One hit on DeShone Kizer told David Njoku that his QB is going to be great

Browns first-round pick David Njoku said he did not “feel good” about getting his quarterback hurt on a missed block in Cleveland’s 38-24 loss to the Lions Sunday, but he also learned something from it: DeShone Kizer has a chance to be something special.

“He’s playing with a (bruised) rib. I see the bruise. It’s a big (mark),” Njoku, a tight end, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “He’s going to be a great one, I believe. We obviously started slow this season, and there’s no excuse for that as well. So we’ve just got to pick up the pieces and just keep working.”

The Islanders outshot the Flyers 16-12 in the first period and 13-10 in the second.

Michael Raffl put the Flyers back on top with a breakaway goal 46 seconds into the middle period. The goal was Raffl’s first in 22 games this season and came with assists for Sean Couturier and Ivan Provorov. Raffl had zero points in 21 games before scoring against Greiss.

It was the first of four meetings between the teams, who play again in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.

A stellar four-touchdown performance on Thursday night saved Ben Roethlisberger from “C” status. He’s been effective at times, but has missed throws he usually makes, particularly deep downfield, failing to complete 16 of his first 18 attempts beyond 31 yards. He has had moments of indecision in the pocket and just recently raised his QB rating from the low 80s. But the vintage Big Ben moments have been strong and provide hope for the playoff push. He seems to be surging at the right time. — Jeremy Fowler

Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come back even stronger both on and off the field.

The six-game suspension stems from a domestic violence allegation by Elliott’s former girlfriend in July of 2016. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell initially decided there was enough “persuasive evidence supporting” Tiffany Thompson’s allegations of domestic abuse. Elliott has not faced legal charges in connection with the allegation.

The union immediately appealed Goodell’s suspension decision and Elliott has been able to play while the case works its way through the legal system and led to hard feelings between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Goodell.

He intends to release a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we have no further comment.”

Austin’s role will now be “a combination” of being a threat out of the backfield and lining up as a traditional receiver, McVay said. Lance Dunbar, a change-of-pace running back, could theoretically replicate what Austin was doing out of the backfield. But Dunbar has been serving as Todd Gurley’s backup while Malcolm Brown rehabs from an MCL injury.

Woods injured his shoulder with just over two minutes left in Sunday’s game, when he caught a pass across the middle of the field and was brought down by Vikings safety Harrison Smith.

The Rams also lost two cornerbacks on Sunday, with Kayvon Webster in concussion protocol and Nickell Robey-Coleman nursing a thigh injury. That, coupled with Troy Hill’s hamstring injury, forced the little-used Dominique Hatfield into action, and he was subsequently burned by Vikings receiver Adam Thielen on a 65-yard touchdown.

Luke Walton says Lakers teammate spoke to Lonzo Ball about walking away from Suns scuffle

Coach Luke Walton said a teammate spoke to Lonzo Ball about the rookie point guard walking away from a scuffle toward the end of the Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns game on Friday night.

While the altercation between Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tyler Ulis did not escalate as players from both sides broke things up, Ball walked by the two players as they refused to back down from each other. When Caldwell-Pope and Ulis started shoving each other, Ball paused to look back and then kept walking to the Lakers bench before stopping again and looking from afar.

“I don’t really care about how that looks because our guys love Zo,” Walton said. “He’s one of the few rookies I’ve ever seen that everybody is just kind of drawn toward him. Everyone really wants him to succeed. They all love playing with his group, whether it’s practice or the game.

“I think they all know what that looked like isn’t what Zo is about and isn’t symbolizing what his feelings are on that type of situation. I know the general public and the internet world likes to do what they do.”

“The Committee is continuing its work towards finalizing a contract extension with the Commissioner, consistent with the mandate provided in the unanimous May 2017 Resolution.

An attorney representing Jones said last week that the Cowboys owner had sent a letter to league counsel that was shared with the other NFL owners that said they were being misled during the negotiations. That has caused a deepening rift between Jones and Blank, visibly evident during the pregame leading up to their teams meeting Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.

According to, which cited an unidentified source familiar with the negotiations, the last written counterproposal from Goodell on the extension seeks some $50 million per year, as well as other perks such as lifetime medical insurance and use of a private jet.broncos_093-500x500

Campbell doesn’t want for a second to consider the ramifications.

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen on being 6-2 heading into the bye week: “This is the best team I’ve ever been a part of, from top to bottom.”

Ingram on his performance against the Bears: “I let my teammates down. I put us in a bad position. The game was only close because I sucked. I sucked. I sucked. That’s the bottom line: I sucked. Two possessions we’re about to ice the game, and I sucked. Let the ball go, hurt my team, hurt my coaches. That’s the thing about a family, that’s the thing about a team: They lift you up, they had my back, and we were able to get the W. But I was whack, I sucked, and I’ll be better.”

Arizona had a lead, and it lasted a full 1:18 before Gibbons tied it with the Devils down a man at 11:55. Gibbons drew a hooking call on Oliver Ekman-Larsson on a breakaway, leading to the penalty shot. New Jersey’s leading goal scorer broke in on Domingue and faked a shot before using a forehand-backhand move to slide the puck under Domingue.

“Stay the course,” Campbell said outside the doors to a defensive meeting room at the Bergstrom Football Complex after his more passionate locker-room appeal to the Cyclones in the wake of Iowa State’s 14-7 upset of fourth-ranked TCU.

This victory, the second in four weeks for the Cyclones over a team ranked in the top five of the Associated Press poll, induced thousands of jubilant bodies to flood the grass at Jack Trice Stadium.

Three of them have already lost by varying margins of sizable stature. The fourth, Stanford, awaits a date with the Fighting Irish in four weeks, which, frankly, bodes well for both — especially for Notre Dame, which looks to sit in the best position of the nine remaining one-loss hopefuls.

Cam Newton remains a mystery from week to week, but this is a matchup built for him to rebound.

Sauter, second in points, is 42 points ahead of fifth-place Austin Cindric, while Crafton is 27 points ahead.

Both squandered opportunities to win Martinsville. Sauter had the best truck in winning the second stage, but then a slow pit stop put him seventh with 90 laps remaining.

Crafton won the opening stage and had the lead until a late restart, when Noah Gragson passed him with 10 laps remaining for his first career truck win.

“This one is going to piss me off for a while,” Crafton said. “We had a good truck. … I don’t worry about the stage points. I just know that I lost the race.”

It doesn’t get much more meta than this: a goalie named Jason with a mask featuring Jason Voorhees in his iconic goalie mask. The sides of the mask featured Jason with a trench coat over a Colorado Avalanche jersey — the psycho-killer Jason, not the goalie. Given the reputation of both professions, we felt the clarification necessary.

The Bucs can’t get to him up front, and they can’t cover anything deep downfield. He’ll be pumped for a must-win against fellow national champion, Heisman winner and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston. The Bucs’ QB is playing well, too, but faces Julius Peppers and a much tougher defense.

Giannis hammers two-handed dunkGiannis Antetokounmpo catches a pass in the paint and abuses the rim with a dunk in second quarter against the Hawks.

As somebody who has lived this, what is the biggest challenge to get from being a quality player on a team to being the face of a team?

One, not to be caught up in [the hype] because we’re all, at the end, basketball players trying to achieve one thing, and that’s to win.canadiens_398_6f5baf9f451fa5c1-180x180

Why NFL trade deadline does not produce NBA-, MLB-like blockbuster deals

Every year as the NFL trade deadline nears, we speculate about player trades. And every year, the trade deadline comes and goes with almost no action.

The Dodgers hadn’t lost a game this year when they led by four runs. But Kershaw’s bedeviling postseason past came back to haunt him at the worst time.

Kershaw was pulled after a pair of two-out walks in the bottom of the fifth. And with the crowd sensing something big, the 5-foot-6 Altuve connected off Kenta Maeda for a home run that made it 7-all.

“At that point, I talked to him before getting the at-bat: `This is your moment,” Correa said. “And he didn’t let me down. He hit a homer and got us going.”

About 10 Texans players, including wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, left the team facility Friday following a comment by team owner Bob McNair that compared NFL players to “inmates,” a source told ESPN.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green took exception with Houston Texans owner Bob McNair’s description of NFL players as “inmates” and said he wouldn’t personally play for someone who views him as an inmate.

Garoppolo starts with the front-side read in his drop. That will keep the Dolphins free safety (orange circle) to the hash mark while Bennett (yellow circle) stems up the field on the seam route. By the time Garoppolo flips his hips, moves his eyes to the back side and sets his platform to throw, the safety is stuck on the wrong side of the field. Great footwork, eyes and mechanics from Garoppolo to deliver a good ball to Bennett for the score.

Garoppolo doesn’t have elite arm strength, but that is often overrated at the position. Instead, we have to focus on the production and ability to create windows on throws down the field to the inside seam or the deep out cuts. In Weeks 1 and 2, Garoppolo was 4-of-7 for 113 yards and two touchdowns on throws that traveled more than 20 yards in the air. And if you study those plays, it starts with his vision.

Texans owner Bob McNair meets with players

Texans owner Bob McNair met with players Saturday morning, the latest development sparked by his recent controversial remark comparing NFL players to prisoners.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported the unscheduled meeting and said that McNair once again apologized to players.

“I know they were upset. I wanted to answer their questions,” McNair said (via the Chronicle). “I told them if I had it to do over again I wouldn’t use that expression.”

That comment infuriated many of the Texans players, not to mention other players around the league. ESPN reported the team wanted to walk out of practice Friday because of the comment, and “had to be persuaded to stay.” Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back D’Onta Foreman left the Texans practice facility. They were present for the meeting Saturday, according to the Chronicle.

We probably had, in my opinion, the best quarterback situation in the league for the last — let’s call it two-and-a-half years, Belichick said. It’s just not sustainable given the way that things are set up.

Garoppolo is entering the last year of his rookie contract, and he’s set to hit free agency after the 2017 season. The Patriots were willing to pay Garoppolo like a starter, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer. But Garoppolo didn’t just want the money. He wanted to play and that’s not happening as long as Brady is still playing like Brady.

The Patriots could have tried to extend Garoppolo, but he would have been unlikely to sign with free agency looming. Once the new league year begins, they would have had competition from teams desperate for a franchise quarterback with plenty of money to spend — like the 49ers.

So Belichick did what made the most sense for his team and for Garoppolo’s future. The Patriots get some value for a player they’ve put time and resources into developing. Garoppolo gets a shot to start with a team that needs him.blues-014

NFLPA, Elliott file appeal on district court ruling

Lawyers for the NFL Players Association filed an appeal to the Second Circuit on Tuesday in the Ezekiel Elliott case on Tuesday in an effort to get the Dallas Cowboys running back on the field as soon as possible.

In her ruling Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Katherine P. Failla found the NFLPA failed to establish, among other things, the allegations of fundamental unfairness it raised against the NFL after Elliott’s ban was upheld in arbitration under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. She also found that the steps the NFL undertook in suspending Elliott fell in line with federal labor laws, and wrote the Brady decision established precedent in “rejecting arguments similar to those here.”

A large, glistening crystal ball is what the club’s players and staff will be greeted with upon their arrival, a unique feature which comprises a spiral staircase which leads down into a new, plush reception area.

The players will be able to fine-tune their strengths in a new gym, accompanied by a large swimming pool with two jacuzzi’s which are in place purely for their own relaxation after a tough, exerting training session on the grass.

Tactical work and ball skills will be worked upon on a boastful seven full-size pitches which are dotted around the plot, a five a side pitch is also on offer for their fledgling academy players to use as they strive to become worthy of their senior member’s privileges on a more regular basis.

The dining area looms over the pitches, and if fatigue is to set-in, the complex even harbours its own sleeping rooms to oust any lingering exhaustion from a player’s rigorous regime both before and after games.

NFL trade deadline: Browns reportedly fail on trade for Bengals QB AJ McCarron

The Browns and Bengals reportedly had a trade completed ahead of Tuesday’s deadline that would have sent AJ McCarron to Cleveland for two draft picks, but the trade was never finalized.

McCarron was a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He has yet to take a snap for the Bengals this season, but has been the subject of many trade rumors after he performed well when Cincinnati’s starting quarterback Andy Dalton went down with an injury in 2015.

The 27-year-old went 2-1 in three regular season starts in 2015 with a 66.4 percent completion rate, six touchdowns and two interceptions. He also started a playoff game that the Bengals lost, throwing for a touchdown and 212 yards.

Former NFL wide receiver Derrick Mason was arrested Monday in Nashville and charged with aggravated assault after an altercation with a woman he has been dating for about a year.

Mason turned himself in to police around 9:10 p.m. Monday and released at 6:25 a.m. Tuesday after posting bond, jail records show. He is charged with aggravated assault-strangulation and vandalism and is scheduled to appear in court next Monday.

According to an affidavit filed by Davidson County prosecutors, Mason arrived at the woman’s house Monday morning and let himself in. The woman then told him she wanted to end the relationship, and the situation turned violent, with Mason allegedly grabbing her by the neck and slapping her with an open hand.

The woman told police Mason had punched her in the stomach, and responding officers found “signs of an apparent struggle” in the home, including a hole in the back of the front door. Officers noticed “bruising on the victim’s right upper arm, a red mark on the right side of her neck, and scratch on the top of her left hand.”chargers_031

Kaepernick fires back at Roger Goodell without opening his mouth

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t said much publicly since he stopped being employed as an NFL quarterback.

The last tweet he wrote was on Oct. 10, and it was a shout-out to Eminem for name-dropping him in a long freestyle rap that was extremely critical of President Trump. He has remained active on Twitter though, specifically by re-tweeting several posts per day.

Welcome back to the Disrespectful Blocks of the Week video for Week 4 of the NFL season. I had too many clips this week — it was a fabulous week of knockdowns and pancakes. And thank you to everyone who continues to support this project and sends me clips to review for the reel.

We start in Houston with the Titans offensive line. This was an ugly contest for the Titans, but not on this play. Starting with the center, Ben Jones, and working to the left guard, Quinton Spain, and the left tackle, Taylor Lewan, this is beautiful. Jones starts the party, knocking J.J. Watt off balance, then Spain cleans up for Lewan and ends up knocking down both Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.

Moving along to Kansas City and the Washington offensive line. It’s been featured a bunch in the first three weeks and it continues here. First, right guard Brandon Scherff gives Justin Houston some chin music on a slide protection. This is O-line porn.

Brees does this or something like this every season, so we’ve grown accustomed to how consistently excellent he is. He has never been the best quarterback in football, so there’s no peak season for us to point to. Even during 2009, when Brees led the league in passer rating and quarterbacked a 13-3 Saints team to the top of the NFC and then the Super Bowl, he mustered only 7.5 MVP votes to the 39.5 of Peyton Manning. Brees has racked up only six other MVP votes over the rest of his career combined, so while he consistently has been a top-eight quarterback, we’re collectively sleeping on just how impactful he has been for so long.lakers_015