The Saints’ struggling defense could be even worse Sunday against the Panthers.
New Orleans will travel to Carolina without cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (concussion) and Sterling Moore (chest), the team announced Friday.
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The Saints are currently last in the NFL in yards allowed per game (512.5), and last in passing yards per game at 388.5. Without Lattimore and Moore in the lineup, Carolina should have a field day in front of its home crowd.
Cam Newton is currently questionable to face the Saints, but the struggling quarterback should play and be ready to get his season moving in the right direction.
The Saints will also be without starting offensive tackles Terron Armstead (shoulder) and Zach Strief (knee).
After President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who lodge pregame protests, several players protested during the national anthem in Week 3.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver: “I [put my hand over my heart] for the troops and military. People are going to try to misconstrue and depict a different picture than what it really is. I love the military, like I said last year when I took the knee. It is nothing against the military at all. The anthem is different for other people. People say it’s unpatriotic to kneel, but it’s unpatriotic of the president for not respecting our rights.” Evans knelt alongside fellow receiver DeSean Jackson.
DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns quarterback: “It’s a tragedy in our country that we have to sit here and still have these discussions. I know for a fact that I’m no ‘son of a bitch’ and I plan on continuing forward and doing whatever I can from my position to promote the equality that’s needed in this country.” Kizer stood for the anthem.
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The Astros and Rangers will play their three-game series this week in St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field instead of in Houston. The Rays decided to do more than just allow the two Texas teams to use their facilities:
All ticket, concessions and parking revenues from this three-game series are being donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Mike Bibby Game Jersey There is still a lot of football to played, but people are really high on the Jaguars after their Week 1 performance. That is the biggest NFL surprise after Week 1. Hopefully the Titans can go down there and bring the Jags expectations back to where they probably should be — as a team that has a really good offense but is going to struggle to score points.
I think for me, watching week one offered this potentially surprising thought: what the hell (was Washington) working on in the preseason to come out so flat against a divisional opponent out of the gates? I was surprised that Kirk had trouble with his accuracy, given he is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history (still #3 overall … ALL-TIME).
But Fowler looked every bit the part of a No. 3 overall draft pick with his performance in the season opener. He had three tackles, two sacks, one fumble recovery, and a touchdown. It was the best box score a defensive end has had in a long, long time.
Even more surprising — not only is Smith the top QB in the league, but Tom Brady (yes, that Tom Brady) is among the worst (24th out of 30 if you haven’t bothered to click the link).
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The Los Angeles Rams are trending upward. A rocky first season in L.A. gave way to a 1-0 start in 2017. Last year’s worst offensive team exploded for 46 points against the Colts, giving former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff his first win as a starting quarterback and setting the tone for a promising year.
The local fans, however, haven’t seemed to notice.
The Rams hosted Washington on Sunday in front of a mostly-empty stadium, casting doubt on whether the City of Angels is a premier market for one NFL franchise, let alone two. The red and white seatbacks of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were plainly visible throughout the first quarter as a smattering of fans took in the action live.
According to the motion it filed with Mazzant, that was always the plan. The NFL said in its filing that if Mazzant had not issued a decision on its motion by close of business on Thursday, the league would file an appeal with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The NFL filed that motion on Friday morning. Mazzant issued his decision on Monday afternoon.
Elliott’s legal team sent a swift response.
“The NFL’s latest maneuvering appears to be indicative of a league with an agenda: trying to navigate a public relations crisis rather than focus on fairness and fact finding,” the statement read.
Now we wait for the outcome of that appeal. In the meantime, Elliott will keep playing.
With the game tied 13-13, Smith threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce at the 6:25 mark of the fourth quarter, and rookie running back Kareem Hunt scored his second touchdown of the game to put the Chiefs in front 27-13 with just over two minutes to play.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor with eight seconds to play to put the game over the total.
After opening at Pittsburgh -6, the line climbed as high as Steelers -9.5 on Sunday morning when Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was ruled out. It wasn’t enough for any bettors who stuck with Minnesota and replacement passer Case Keenum, though. Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of touchdown passes, and the Steelers’ defense limited the Vikings to 237 total yards.
A notice to eligible players, approved by the judge this year, said that some players had signed contracts with third-party providers for up to 15 percent of their eventual awards. The providers offered to guide players through a claims process they advertised as difficult. In reality, the notice said, none of the steps are complicated, and a court-appointed claims administrator helped players register or file claims free of charge.
Kris Versteeg Authentic Jersey If you exclude a meaningless Week 17 game, since Week 3 of last year the only defenses not to score at least six points against the New York Jets are the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns. During that span of 15 games, teams have averaged 12 fantasy points and scored at least 10 fantasy points in two-thirds of those games. It just doesn’t get more obvious than this … grab the Dolphins off the waiver wire immediately. -K.D.
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Alex Smith’s final preseason as Kansas City’s starting quarterback began in the same locale that the Pony Express originated.
Only in his case, the ride has not been nearly as bumpy as the ride experienced by those pioneering mailmen. Thanks to the attitude of Smith’s heir apparent, the bumpiness Smith thought could transpire this summer has been absent.
One of the ancillary benefits to the Chiefs holding training camp away from club headquarters is greater opportunity for teammates to connect while on the road. Smith says that bonding has occurred between him and Patrick Mahomes, the big-armed rookie Kansas City drafted in the first round to ultimately take his place.
The 49ers’ new management retained Kerley with a three-year contract extension in March but, thanks in part to the preseason performances of younger receivers, eventually decided to release the 28-year-old. Kerley is young and talented enough to be coveted by multiple teams in need of depth at wide reciever.
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The Lions released their linebacker in March after he had missed too many starts due to injury in relation to the contract extension he signed in 2015, and the situation with Detroit has turned messy. Questions around the knee on which he had offseason surgery will make it difficult for him to land with a new team in 2017.
A Hall of Fame-caliber career has not outweighed Mangold’s age and recent injury history (ankle) in terms of his chances of being signed to a new team after 11 years as the Jets’ starting center. Not yet, at least 鈥?he might be an injury away from another gig in the NFL.
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The Cowboys have filed a strongly worded legal document supporting Ezekiel Elliott in his legal battle against his six-game suspension by the NFL.
ESPN reported Friday that the team has filed a declaration of support for the NFL Players Association’s bid to get a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction that would halt Elliott’s suspension.
According to ESPN, the declaration filed by team general counsel Jason Cohen says an Elliott suspension would cause the Cowboys irreparable harm. The declaration noted that every practice and game that Elliott misses will hurt our team’s chances of having a successful season and making it to the 2017-2018 NFL playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl.
Kendrys Morales Mens Jersey The petitions state the NFLPA doesn’t have the legal standing to seek a temporary restraining order since NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson has not yet ruled whether to uphold the six-game suspension for Elliott.
Henderson’s ruling is expected Tuesday but the courtroom saga could be far from over as Elliott and the NFLPA can re-submit their claims of a league-orchestrated conspiracy especially after NFL lead investigator Kia Roberts reportedly was silenced for recommending no suspension.
With Cameron Meredith already on injured reserve with torn knee ligaments, the Bears hoped that White would emerge as the club’s No. 1 wide receiver.
White finished the game with two receptions for 6 yards on four targets.
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The Houston Texans got J.J. Watt back Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars after he missed most of 2016 due to a back injury, but the defensive end suffered a hand injury in his first game back and was taken to the locker room.
Shortly after leaving, the Texans announced Watt was probable to return and he did make his return to the field in the third quarter.
After the game he brushed off the injury, even if it sounds pretty sounds.
But open heart surgery may mean the end of his NFL career.
The serious condition was found by a Saints doctor who performed a physical on Dorenbos. Saints coach Sean Payton said that the diagnosis “basically saved his life.”
However, he was released by the team Saturday and Payton said the team is working to rescind the trade due to the pre-existing condition which has prevented him from suiting up for the team.
Dorenbos was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Eagles, but he grabbed headlines last year when his abilities as a magician earned him a third place finish on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Hopefully he makes a full recovery and gets back to blowing Jon Gruden’s mind with magic.
Elite Levine Toilolo Jersey Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt avoided major damage to his biceps and can return to the lineup as early as Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
We’ll leave the light on, coach Mike Tomlin said about Tuitt’s availability.
Tomlin said the team is fortunate the injury wasn’t worse. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday night the team feared a biceps tear, but that ultimately an MRI would reveal the injury’s severity.
Tuitt on Monday privately told some teammates he got good news from that MRI. Defensive end Cam Heyward said the Steelers’ defensive line was breathing a sigh of relief that the injury wasn’t season-ending.
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Tuitt, who signed a six-year, $61 million extension Saturday, had a quarterback pressure and a tackle for a loss before leaving in the first quarter of Pittsburgh’s 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Tuitt has 109 tackles and 11.5 sacks since being selected in the second round of the 2014 draft.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: More fantasy points! More fantasy points! We fantasy players can be a greedy bunch, especially when we see stat lines like what Brown, the game’s best at his position, put forth in Week 1. For the sixth time in his career, he managed at least 10 receptions and 20 PPR fantasy points despite failing to score a touchdown, and five of them have occurred within the past three calendar years. Brown’s 29.2 PPR fantasy points were his 18th-best performance in his 102 career NFL games, and they were the second-best performance he has had while failing to score a touchdown (45.6 PPR, 28.6 non-PPR in 2015 Week 9).
Considering his ability to catch the football, I feel like Rodgers is just a much better all-around back than Martin, regardless of the suspension. If not for the suspension, Rodgers probably wouldn’t have been afforded another opportunity at this point in his career to show what he could do as a starting running back in the league.
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I am betting that Rodgers will be as motivated as he has ever been, and in the first three games he’s going to try to nail down that starting position for at least the rest of this season, if not longer.
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Edelman’s impending stint on injured reserve opens up a roster spot for one of the team’s many young undrafted wideouts looking for an opportunity to earn their place. Carr was a 2016 first-team All-Big Ten selection who has looked impressive in spurts this preseason.
Lucien knows the team well after spending last season on New England’s practice squad. Hollister was a priority undrafted free agent pickup, though he hasn’t made much of an impact during preseason games. Maye, for whatever it’s worth, is ahead of all three on the team’s unofficial depth chart.
The 2017 New England Patriots are the overwhelming favorites across Las Vegas to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but are they better in bookmakers’ eyes than the 2007 team?
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ESPN spoke with seven Vegas bookmakers and asked them to make a line in a hypothetical matchup between the two teams. Six of the seven had the ’07 team favored, with lines ranging from a small favorite (William Hill US) to 11 points (Frank Kunovic at Caesars).
A delicious slab of ribs. You’ll get so invested in them at the start, and even when you’re getting to the end, you’ll still partake, even if it’s not as good. That’s supposed to relate to the football product on the field from Week 1 to Week 17 — as bad as things can get, fans still stick around to the end.
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Man, if I were a cynic, I could just give a one-word reply: suck. From a football outlook in 2017, Cleveland should be able to run the football better than anyone else. The team had offensive line and quarterback issues in 2016, yet still managed to have the second-best yard per carry average in the NFL. Now, with Cleveland having the highest-paid offensive line in the league and expected to feature a run-heavy offense, there’s no rhyme or reason as to why that yards per carry average shouldn’t remain among the league’s best.