Allen Robinson injury update: Fear is Jaguars WR tore ACL

In a potentially big blow for the Jaguars and fantasy football owners, wide receiver Allen Robinson went to the locker room with a knee injury early in Jacksonville’s Week 1 game against the Texans.

Kearse has barely unpacked his bags after a recent trade to the Jets from Seattle, but he did lead the team with nine targets and seven catches in Week 1, playing 95 percent of the snaps. Although Jeremy Kerley’s eventual re-debut for the Jets will eat into Kearse’s target share, he’s a deeper league pickup who could find his way into flex consideration in PPR leagues.

The Bills are going to run, run and run the ball some more this season. Tolbert toted the ball 12 times in Week 1 and scored a touchdown. It’s going to be hard to trust him as a play in a given week given that he’s touchdown-vulture dependent, but if something were to happen to LeSean McCoy, he’s a focal point for a ground-and-pound attack. If you have McCoy, you should grab Tolbert.

This Seattle backfield will likely befuddle us for a few more weeks, particularly with Thomas Rawls on the radar to return in Week 2. But after leading all Seahawks backs in snaps and playing effectively when given the chance to handle the football, Carson emerged as a bright spot for an otherwise quiet offense in Week 1. He’s a player who can be added for now as a bench player, but it would not be a surprise if his role blossoms in future weeks. Eddie Lacy played just seven snaps in Week 1.steelers_105

This was such an awesome experience to be in front of so many people and let them all be part of this

While the fourth-year USHL club adopted its new moniker on Aug. 24, the organization’s visual identity had remained under wraps. The parade offered an opportunity to showcase the new designs.

“This was such an awesome experience to be in front of so many people and let them all be part of this,” said first-year head coach Mike Watt. “This community has become very special to me since I moved here two years ago with my wife Niki and our two kids. It’s our home and this team’s home, and I don’t think there was a better way to show that we’re committed to being here than this.”

“No matter,” he added. “I just made a call to Drake. Better to use a legitimate university anyway,” before adding a “Go Blue Devils!” for some reason.

It’s so nice to see a hockey team embrace the Mighty Ducks, as the Anaheim Ducks likely won’t return to their roots anytime soon. The past is in the past for the Ducks, and their orange-splashed jerseys and branding are likely here to stay.

Being an NFL fan can be expensive. Never mind the steep ticket prices and $13 stadium beers. Even that jersey of your favorite player that has you feeling like the lord of Buffalo Wild Wings each Sunday costs serious coin. Furthermore, it might be obsolete in a month when that player gets hurt or traded.

The subscription runs $20 per month for adults and $17 for kids, and seems to target casual fans and kiddos who might quickly outgrow expensive jerseys. In an interview with ESPN, Watkins also makes his pitch to fantasy football nerds who might want to “rep their squad” one week admin
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Seahawks schedule 2017: Seattle set up to dominate NFC’s easiest slate

The Seahawks’ 2017 schedule is exactly what they need in the regular season to find their way back to home-field advantage in the playoffs. No NFC team can boast having a more favorable strength of schedule based on the combined 2016 winning percentage of its 2017 opponents (.455).

Seattle will be favored to win the NFC West again, but in the big picture, it’s sitting pretty for one more run at a ring.

Seattle gets a marquee opener on the road to get Green Bay out of the way early กช before the proverbial tundra is frozen. The other two games make sure the Seahawks will get out of this month with an above-.500 start.

That confidence in himself, along with the knowledge that the Cowboys have the best offensive line in the league coming back this season, and two running backs who have amassed five 1,000-yard seasons between them in their careers keep Prescott from being too worried about the upcoming season.

“We have great running backs,” Prescott said Tuesday after the team’s walk-through (via ESPN.com). “Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris. Those guys have had a lot of success in this league for a long time. It’s just an opportunity for them to come in and get more reps in that time off.”

In the meantime, Prescott said Elliott has stayed positive since the suspension was announced.

“He’s been a positive spirit, been the same Zeke, and that’s good for him and that’s good for this team,” Prescott said.

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Wizards’ Markieff Morris credits certain body part for performance vs. Warriors

The Wizards defeated the Warriors on Wednesday night, and a big part of the victory was Markieff Morris’ rebound and two made free throws at the end of the game to make it a two-possession lead. Speaking after the game about how he was able to make the free throws, Morris got a bit graphic.

“My wife tells me all the time I’ve got big nuts,” he said, puzzling reporters. “I put my nuts on the line.”

That’s certainly one way of putting it.

Big nuts or small nuts, there’s no doubt Morris was a huge factor in the team’s upset win over Golden State. He scored 22 points and hauled in six rebounds while also blocking four shots.

Within this deal, Hield seems likely to be the one piece that will add current and future value, even if his rookie year has been underwhelming. He has posted a 9.9 PER with a 50.2 true-shooting percentage. He’s making nearly 37 percent of his 3s, but he’s been dreadfully inefficient around the basket at just 48.1 percent in the halfcourt, according to Synergy. He’s also been weak as a playmaker with the ball in his hands, posting just a 0.75 point-per-possession mark in all pick-and-roll situations.

NBA trades shifting the balance of power aren’t exactly commonplace in the middle of the season. Let’s break down what this deal means in the short term and in the long term for each organization, then dive into what it means around the league.
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Best performances of NBA regular season, as told to someone who saw none of them

Imagine you have a friend who just emerged from a coma-like state after being unconscious from late October until mid-April, just in time for the NBA playoffs. Ignore the unrealistic nature of this premise and stay with me for a minute.

You are both huge NBA fans, and you need to explain to your friend the insanity of this season. (Also, you have a bit of an uneasy relationship with this friend. Let’s be honest — this friend can be a tool sometimes, and you discuss this friend with your other friends and become closer with your other friends by complaining about this friend.)

In certain situations, we could see some trades that functionally swap one big man for another in an attempt to change dynamics and alleviate a strained relationship. However, the problem with negotiating and projecting those types of moves is that they require general managers who have either different evaluations of the players in question or different constraints in terms of desired contracts.

That becomes even more complicated because many of the teams with centers on their trade block do not want one in return, so it would be hard for the conversation to even occur. They arise from larger negotiations but could be hard to sell their owners and fan bases on.

Even with all those elements in place, part of the fun of this offseason will be seeing which front offices misread the situation and keep up the tradition of overpaying seven-footers. The same structural factors were in place last summer, and numerous teams still bit the bullet. The same will happen this July.
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Seahawks DT Jarran Reed reportedly under investigation in domestic assault case

Police are looking into a claim by a woman who said a Seahawks player assaulted her at a home in Bellevue, Wash., on April 27.

Bellevue police responded to a complaint from a woman who accused second-year defensive tackle Jarran Reed of assaulting her, according to Seattle television station KING.

KING reporter Alex Rozier said sources confirmed a domestic violence case is open, though no charges have been filed.

Bovada says the Patriots’ O/U is the highest win total for any NFL team in the past decade. That number seems fair, though, given New England’s 14-2 record last year and its seeming success in upgrading the roster in the offseason.

Several other NFL teams have a double-digit over/under win total in Bovada’s list of props: The Steelers and Seahawks are at 10.5, while the Raiders and Packers are at 10.

The Cowboys’ O/U, interestingly, is 9.5 wins. Dallas finished 13-3 last season in winning the NFC East. The second-place Giants check in at 9 after an 11-win season in 2016.

On the bottom end, the lowest O/U totals belong to the Browns (4.5), 49ers (4.5), Jets (5), Bears (5.5) and Rams (5.5). Value bettors will be studying those O/U numbers closely.

Las Vegas’ early over/under win total for the Patriots is a full win lower, at 11.5, but that number was bumped up after big public action on Pats at the South Point sports book, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal. cubs_2210

Bears pick Tarik Cohen went viral in college for these wild backflip catch stunts

Tarik Cohen is one of the more enjoyable players in this year’s NFL draft. A 5’6 product of a small school, North Carolina A&T, Cohen ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at the league’s scouting combine. He’s a human lightning bolt on the field, and he does cool flips that look better-suited to gymnastics than football.

SB Nation spoke to Watson on Thursday before the draft, and he said because of his mother’s special day, a car would be the first thing he purchased.

“My mom’s birthday is Saturday so after I make sure that she’s set I’m not really sure,” he said. … “We might wait on [buying her a] house. But buy her a car or something like that. Something special for Saturday.”

While Watson’s mother, may have to wait on a new house with the buying power of her soon-to-be millionaire son, the home she currently occupies has its own immense sentimental value. The home was provided for the family by the Habitat For Humanity when Watson was 12.

As far as what he’s going to buy for himself?

“I want a California sized king sized bed. That’s the Limited Youth Sylvester Williams Jersey plan.” Sensible choices for Oakland. The Raiders have some great pieces on defense to build around, and adding cornerback Tre’Davious White in the first and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins in the second is smart. In the third round, running back D’onta Foreman can contribute now, and assuming the Raiders do get Marshawn Lynch, Foreman can take on a heavier workload the next Elite Womens Niles Paul Jersey time Lynch retires.

NFL painkiller lawsuit filings portray team doctors as willfully negligent

The NFL and NFL teams have been screwing up science for a long time. It took the league more than a decade to admit the link between football and CTE that Dr. Bennet Omalu published in 2005. Last year, the New York Times found that an NFL committee omitted at least 100 concussions from a database it used to downplay the prevalence of head injuries. Later, the Times found that the NFL was perpetuating unsubstantiated claims that a youth football safety program reduced injuries.

Thursday evening, the Washington Post published portions of court filings in a lawsuit by more than 1,800 former players alleging that NFL teams improperly distributed and administered painkillers, causing long-term organ and joint damage. It’s fortunate that the Post got to see the filings at all. The complaint was sealed from public view because of a protect order, but “because of an apparent technical error in the filing process,” the Post was able to view redacted information.

The result is something unique. Allegations of painkiller abuse in NFL locker rooms have existed for a long time, but they have largely stemmed from players. The court filings claim that team doctors and trainers across the league may have been willfully negligent when distributing drugs like Vicodin and Toradol. According to the filings, “every doctor deposed so far” has testified to violating one or more federal drug laws and regulations.

The fight has especially seemed out of them in recent weeks, with reports of unrest in the dressing room and a widening gulf between Wenger and certain parts of the squad. Mesut ?zil has seemed increasingly out of sorts of late, and if recent reports are to be believed, a training ground argument between Wenger and Alexis led to the player storming out of training, and to Wenger benching him against Liverpool.

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He looks out of the window, and sees Moreno playing chicken in the road.

Carlos Martinez has turned into an effective starter with a well-rounded repertoire. Unfortunately for the rest of the league, he’s not done building himself up.

Gary Sanchez is one of the most fascinating players heading into the season, particularly because there are so many possible outcomes for his year.

If the Indians want to take another step forward and push all their chips in, here are the players they could target.

Giancarlo Stanton is the obvious face of the Marlins franchise, but could Christian Yelich be sneaking up on him?

Carlos Asuaje’s mom was worried about her son, so she checked in with his employer’s Twitter account.

The Phillies got good news on Thursday, as Aaron Nola didn’t spontaneously combust in his spring training debut.

Jimmer Fredette: After lighting it up in China, Fredette is getting some NBA looks. But can he defend well enough to earn a spot on someone’s roster?

If a player can beat Johnson’s record of 4.24 seconds, they can probably count on a spot in the draft and a professional contract which they can then use to buy their own island, probably a better one even. You can peruse the market for private islands here. A million bucks would actually go a long way toward a nice little starter island, one you could develop and sell when you’re ready to move up to a bigger island with a walkout basement.

Mourinho pulls out a notepad in which he’s drawn a number of diagrams. He sits down with Moreno, and begin a conversation about the intricacies of full-back play. However, a few minutes in, Mourinho makes a joke and slaps Moreno on the back, only for Moreno’s head to fall off. Aghast, Mourinho realise that he’s been talking to a balloon stuck to the top of a mop, with a training kit draped loosely around. The balloon has a smiley face drawn on it.

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Trailblazing quarterback Bernie Custis dies at 88

Decades before the NFL embraced African-American quarterbacks, Bernie Custis became the first in pro football in 1951 as the starter for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL. On Thursday, Custis died at the age of 88.

“Trailblazers are rightly remembered for being the first,” CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said, via the Associated Press. “Bernie Custis, the first black professional quarterback in the modern era starting with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1951, should be revered as well for being one of our best. A world-class athlete, he excelled both as a quarterback and a running back. A tremendous leader, he was a successful coach who had a positive impact on countless young lives. A true gentleman, he brought honor to our game and our league, and provided us with a role model to emulate.”

The Browns made Custis the sixth overall pick of the 1951 draft. But Cleveland wanted to make him a safety, and Custis wanted to play quarterback. So he went to Canada.

Custis, who played college football at Syracuse and roomed with Al Davis, became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

After his playing career ended, Custis spent 31 years in coaching at various levels.

The Panthers, who pulled the franchise tag from cornerback Josh Norman and watched him go to Washington, were given the 98th pick. The Ravens (annually among the league leaders in comp picks) were 99th, followed by the Rams. The Broncos, Seahawks, Browns, Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks again and the Jets also added third-round comp picks.

Anyway, the Falcons receiver was then asked if the extended halftime was something that his team could’ve prepared for or worked on at practice in the days leading up to the game.