Eagles’ Ronald Darby, Caleb Sturgis expected to miss time

An MRI revealed that Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby’s dislocated ankle will not require surgery, a team source confirmed to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Coach Doug Pederson would not confirm the report during his news conference on Monday, saying he is still gathering information.

A team source confirmed that Darby received the best possible diagnosis, and doctors believe he is in a 4-6 week timeframe to rehab and return. The team has encouraged Darby to get a second opinion, and Darby is expected to see Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle orthopedic specialist in Charlotte, North Carolina, the source added.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis, meanwhile, injured his hip early in the season opener against Washington on Sunday and is expected to miss time. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Sturgis is expected to miss four weeks. Pederson said the Eagles will work out kickers this week.

The Free Press is reporting among the punters the team is bringing in for workouts are former Miami punter Matt Darr and Drew Butler, who was a camp leg for the Lions in 2014.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday he didn’t think fitting in to the team on short notice was more difficult for a punter than other positions — including offensive line, secondary and quarterback.

“I can think there are a lot that are a lot more difficult,” Caldwell said. “But it’s just a matter of a guy doing his job, plain and simple. There are going to be some things he’s not going to know right away. We can limit that but if he does his main job, that’s what counts.”

Caldwell also declined — again — to explain how Martin was injured this summer. Caldwell had initially said Martin would be back during training camp, but he never participated in practice. When asked if he was disappointed in Martin for getting hurt, Caldwell didn’t answer the question and walked off the podium.steelers_037

the Steelers get a reliable third safety with starter’s experience.

Elite Youth E.J. Gaines Jersey If Kirk Cousins gets injured, the team is screwed … and I guess so is Kirk, since he is on a one-year deal. Jay Gruden has really created a successful mind meld with the quarterback. Kirk is comfortable in this offense, and he has weapons. Neither Colt McCoy nor Nate Sudfeld could come in and run this offense for an extended period the way that Cousins can, and the lack of offensive production would doom a young defense that is counting on help in the time-of-possession department.

In Wilcox, the Steelers get a reliable third safety with starter’s experience. Sources say Mike Mitchell and Sean Davis both expect to play Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns, but they’ve missed some time in the preseason, with Mitchell missing more than a month.

Backups Jordan Dangerfield and Robert Golden are core special-teamers, but the secondary as a whole was not crisp early in the preseason, and the Steelers look ready to upgrade in case their starters go down again.
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Wilcox signed a two-year deal with the Bucs this spring for $6.25 million to help fill the void left by Bradley McDougald, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

He was brought in to challenge for a starting role but wound up behind Chris Conte and Keith Tandy on the depth chart. Wilcox was seeing action as the third safety in the Bucs’ big nickel packages, however.

I don’t think there’s a sports venue in the country that can say that

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New York started the offseason by cutting ties with veterans Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, and Brandon Marshall three months ago, then got rid of David Harris and Eric Decker in June.

Now the team parted ways with one of its best defensive players, jettisoning Sheldon Richardson to Seattle in exchange for Jermaine Kearse and a second-round pick.

When you can come to an NFL stadium or a Major League Soccer stadium and be able to feed your family, a kid for $10, and get a hotdog, a refillable soda, a popcorn, and a pretzel, and right there you’ve only spent $8, stadium general manager Scott Jenkins told SB Nation. I don’t think there’s a sports venue in the country that can say that.

Authentic Kids Bo Jackson Jersey There are 15 local Atlanta food options along with 1,264 beer taps in the stadium, so don’t worry about having a lack of variety.

Yes, there’s a Chick-fil-A that’ll be closed during games on Sundays but open for college football games and other events. Besides, I sampled the chicken sandwiches at West Nine and Game Changers, and they were absolutely delicious.

The storyline was great. I entered this mode knowing very little about the game, and I was surprised with the plot twists and overall story developments. The time jumps and plot points seemed to make sense, on top of the fact that this story mode touches on tragedy and the real shit that athletes in the spotlight have to go through sometimes.

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell signs franchise tag

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Steelers fans can heave a collective sigh of relief because star running back Le’Veon Bell has signed his franchise tag, the team announced Monday.

Bell’s one-year deal will pay him $12.1 million this season, which is the average of the three highest-paid running backs in the NFL, as the franchise tag requires.

Robert Quinn Jersey The former Michigan State running back sat out the preseason with hopes that he would get a long-term contract. He did not receive the deal, but he also did not have to take any abuse on the field during the preseason, so he will be ready to go Week 1 when the Steelers take on the Browns on the road.

Bell arrived Friday at Steelers facilities for the first time during the preseason to take the team physical and signed his tag Monday.

He has rushed for 4,045 yards and 26 touchdowns in his four years with the Steelers but has played in all 16 games in a season just once.

Yes, it was pitiful tackling from the Eagles, but credit Thompson for staying on his feet through the contact. Kind of unfair that Kirk Cousins gets credit for throwing that touchdown.

In Houston, where J.J. Watt received a hero’s welcome when he stepped on the field, the Texans are getting worked by the Jaguars. Tom Savage fumbles, resulting in a scoop-and-score for the Jags, but it’s overturned on review his arm was moving forward before he lost the ball. The telecast barely has time to show that Calais Campbell has 3.5 sacks in the first half when Savage is sacked and fumbles AGAIN, resulting in another defensive score. For a moment, I thought I was watching a replay of the previous fumble return touchdown, but no: This is a different play, and this time it counts. The Jags go into halftime up 19-0; Tom Savage has been sacked six times while leading Houston to 52 yards of offense.

Jones joins a backfield in Indianapolis that includes Frank Gore, Robert Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack.

When he met the media before practice, Garrett refused to back down from his statement in the spring that he hoped to take down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“Stand by it,” Garrett said. “You shouldn’t be scared to take anybody down.”

“I’ve been playing this game for 14 years now,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “He’s not the first or the last one to talk about trying to get me. I’m just blessed to have a group in front of me to help protect that. … I know they are always up for the challenge. They always want to protect me, open up things in the run game. They take pride in being the best in the business and that’s what I think they are.”

Jones rushed for 950 yards and six touchdowns in his two seasons in Washington. One of his biggest problems was an inability to hold onto the ball. He fumbled seven times with the Redskins, losing six of them. The six lost fumbles tied Melvin Gordon of the Chargers for the most over the past two seasons.

Schwenke, signed by the Colts as a free agent in March, started 28 games over the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

The other players claimed by the Colts were defensive backs Pierre Desir (Seattle) and Kenny Moore (New England), offensive lineman Ian Silberman (Oakland) and receiver Matt Hazel (Washington).

The other players let go Sunday were tackle Zach Banner and safety Ronald Martin (both waived) and tight end Brandon Williams (released).rockets_024

Coach Kyle Shanahan is the proven offensive mind eager to instill his culture with a young team

If you’re looking for an NBA rebuild comparison, it’s in Los Angeles. Thomas is to the 49ers as Lonzo Ball is to the Lakers, a selfless, culture-changing talent with versatile playmaking ability. Cousins is the 49ers’ Paul George, a star who has, both privately and publicly, stated interest in signing with the team. Coach Kyle Shanahan is the proven offensive mind eager to instill his culture with a young team, not unlike Luke Walton.

The NFL is not quite like that in terms of wholesale roster changes, and it’s significantly harder to change a football team in one or two offseasons. But that doesn’t mean NFL teams can’t borrow the team-building strategy models NBA teams have formulated.

The Browns, for example, shocked the league when they took on a bad contract from the Texans (Brock Osweiler) for the price of a second-round pick. The Bills moved down in the 2017 draft to get an future first-round pick and traded two starters for a second- and third-round pick in next year’s draft.
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All the players are committing to reaching out in their hometowns, their NFL homes and every place in which they’ve had connections to the communities. For Boldin, that means south Florida and his hometown of Pahokee, near Palm Beach — the region in which, in October 2015, his cousin, Corey Jones, was killed by an officer in a roadside incident. The officer awaits trial on attempted murder and manslaughter charges.
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Boldin testified about this before a Congressional forum and later spoke to the two senators who sponsored the police reform bill, New Jersey’s Cory(cq) Booker and Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen.

He defended his young quarterback, saying the woeful offense was a team effort.

Neville Hewitt Womens Jersey While that performance led some in the New York media to predict McCown, who did not play Saturday, won the team’s quarterback competition by default Saturday, head coach Todd Bowles said he is not ready at this point to name a Week 1 starter.

He defended his young quarterback, saying the woeful offense was a team effort.

He really didn’t get a chance, Bowles said of Hackenberg. It’s not a fair evaluation of the kid, because he didn’t get a chance on the couple of pass plays he had. There was a lot of pressure on him.

Seems everyone has an opinion on Kaepernick, his protests, and his difficulty in finding work this season in the NFL. But Brown’s opinion carries extra weight. Not only is he one of the game’s all-time greats, but he’s also been extremely active in social causes through the years. It’s a tough stance to balance, supporting a cause that’s important to the African-American community, without dishonoring the flag and anthem.

Elite Blake Bortles Jersey Last year, Brown told Syracuse.com he had talked with Kaepernick and expressed my thought that his intentions are great and I back that 100 percent.

But Brown indicated he understands why Kaepernick is having trouble finding another job in the NFL. The 29-year-old quarterback opted for free agency and left the 49ers earlier this season, and it’s widely believed his political activism has led several teams to shy away from signing him.

Anquan Boldin says Charlottesville unrest fueled need to focus on humanitarian work

Anquan Boldin shocked the NFL world Sunday when he announced his retirement after being with the Bills for just two weeks.

However, the receiver said a lot of thought went into his decision to walk away from football, but the catalyst was the unrest that took place in Charlottesville, Va., last week.

Game Womens Pavol Demitra Jersey It wasn’t a decision that I made all of a sudden, Boldin said on Sirius XM NFL Radio, via ProFootballTalk. It was something that I had been dealing with for a couple years. I always felt like football would be my passion, football would get me past a lot of things. When I stepped up to the podium, what I said was honestly true.

But just seeing things that transpired over the last week or so, I mean, I think for me, there’s something bigger than football at this point. It’s kind of shocking for me to say that because football has been something that I’ve dedicated my life to. I can remember as a kid wanting to get to the NFL and wanting to be a professional football player. I dedicated my life to that and I never thought anything would take the place of that passion, but for me it has.

When we run ’74’ or something like that where I’ve got to scan and read both sides, that’d be pretty difficult, Lynch said. But for the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.

After former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem last season, other players followed suit with their own anthem protests to put a spotlight on police brutality and other injustices toward minorities.
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Players like Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins continued their protests this season and Lynch, who did not play last year, sat on the bench during the national anthem before the Raiders opened their preseason schedule against the Cardinals.

Lynch said he did not miss football last year and the hardest thing about coming back this year is getting out of bed.

Giants tackle Michael Bowie charged with domestic violence

New York Giants offensive tackle Michael Bowie faces misdemeanor domestic violence charges stemming from allegations he physically assaulted his girlfriend during an argument in Bixby, Okla., this summer.

The Tulsa World reports that Bowie is accused of one count of domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury to property under $1,000. Bowie, 25, had a warrant out for his arrest as of Saturday afternoon.

“Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work. At this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority. My life’s purpose is bigger than football.”

Boldin, 36, caught 67 passes for 584 yards and eight touchdowns for the Lions last season. He was slated to see plenty of action moving forward in an offense without Sammy Watkins, while also serving as a mentor to rookie Zay Jones.

In 14 NFL seasons with the Cardinals (2003-09), Ravens (2010-12), 49ers (2013-15) and Lions, Boldin has 1,076 receptions (ninth on the league’s all-time list) for 13,779 and 82 touchdowns and was named to the Pro Bowl three times.

Contracts for guards have exploded in the last two years, and part of that should be attributed to Sweezy, who surprisingly cashed in with the Bucs on this $32.5 million contract. Sweezy spent the entire season on the PUP list last year and never played a down for the Bucs. He’ll get a chance to start this year, but it would not be surprising if this season proved to be his last in Tampa.seahawks_127

Iman Shumpert trade to the Rockets has been stalled, per report

After the Cavaliers appeared to be trading Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets, the deal has reportedly stalled significantly, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Cleveland was close to sending Shumpert to the Rockets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, for a future draft pick and a trade exception. The potential deal was an effort by the Cavs to conserve space under the luxury tax in order to retain sharpshooter Kyle Korver, who becomes a free agent this summer.

On Friday, the Timberwolves traded Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz for a first round pick, clearing the cap space that they needed to sign Teague. While Teague isn’t a lethal shooter, his jump shot is more dependable than Rubio, who still can’t crack the low 30s on just a couple attempts per game. Meanwhile, Teague is a career 36-percent shooter from deep, which makes more sense for a Timberwolves team that needs more spacing around Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and newly added Jimmy Butler.
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Teague spent his first seven seasons in Atlanta but has quickly jumped from a season in Indiana last year to Minnesota now. He’s a reliable pick-and-roll guard who averaged 15 points per game on 44 percent shooting last season, and while he might not be the ideal guard for the team the Timberwolves are developing, his three year deal isn’t outrageous and leaves the team with flexibility.

Authentic Womens Danielle Hunter Jersey Since Payton wasn’t protected by the Rockets, he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in early April. He played six games with them, making $35,166, plus playoff bonuses. He remains under contract with the Bucks, albeit with a non-guaranteed deal.

However, if Payton can make the team next season, he’s in line to receive more than $1.3 million. (His contract will fully guarantee on Jan. 10, and Milwaukee has an open roster spot as of July 18.) Without his late-season addition to Milwaukee, the team may not have brought him back this year or handed him the starting point guard keys in Summer League.