Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly has ‘good chance’ of playing Monday night

While Odell Beckham Jr. is listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Lions, ESPN reports there is a good chance he’ll play.
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ESPN said Monday morning the plan is for Beckham to test his ankle pregame before a final determination is made, but there is more optimism among teammates that he’ll be able to play this week compared to last.

The Colts have been waiting for this moment since Luck had January surgery on his right shoulder. He missed the team’s offseason workouts and was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp. Luck was taken off the PUP list before the start of the regular season, but the team kept its stance that there was no timetable on when he would practice.

Womens Taylor Decker Jersey There’s also not a set date for when Luck will play in a regular-season game once he starts practicing. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Luck will need three to four weeks to get ready to play and a possible return game would come in Week 7 against Jacksonville at Lucas Oil Stadium, barring any setbacks.

Once Luck does practice, he’ll initially get snaps with the scout team because the Colts don’t want to disrupt the first-team reps Jacoby Brissett is getting. Brissett, who the Colts acquired from New England on Sept. 2, has started the past two games. He’s 39-of-64 for 526 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception this season.

Brissett ran for two touchdowns on Sunday as the Colts (1-2) defeated Cleveland 31-28.

Texans vs. Bengals 2017: 4 things we learned from Houston’s low-scoring win

The Houston Texans squeaked out a road win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night, 13-9, in a game that didn’t feature much exciting action and only had one touchdown the whole night. The good news is that it was a dazzling touchdown, a 49-yard scamper by Deshaun Watson that ultimately decided the game.

Throughout all of this Luck’s camp has said nothing. Even the process of negotiating the six-year, $140 million contract he signed in June 2016 was remarkably leak free, something that almost never happens in the NFL. Shooting down this rumor was the first time Luck’s official reps have made any kind of comment on the state of the Colts.

Andrew would not have signed a five-year extension last year if he was not committed to the Colts. Complete nonstory, Wison said.

We’re no closer to knowing when Luck will play again, and we’re a long way off from a day when the Colts will be a legitimate contender again, because of the way they’ve handled everything from his injured shoulder to coaching to roster building.

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Domata Peko and Derek Wolfe created push up front that Elliot could not penetrate. The defensive line rotation harassed and bullied the Cowboys offensive line. It was a tall order, but they showed up for the challenge. Their ability to dictate the line of scrimmage forced the Cowboys into the exact offensive scheme the Broncos wanted.

Aaron Rodgers threw his 300th touchdown on the dinkiest shovel pass possible

Aaron Rodgers’ Hall of Fame NFL career hit another milestone on Sunday: 300 career touchdown passes. The 300th was this hilariously boring shovel pass from Rodgers to running back Ty Montgomery, coming from all of one yard away from the Falcons’ end zone and making the score 34-23, Atlanta, in their Sunday Night Football game:

Rodgers is incredible. He’s the best gunslinger of his time, and he’s made so many wowing plays in his career that counting out a list of the best ones is really hard. My favorite wasn’t even a touchdown. It was that pass to Jared Cook that set up a game-winning field goal at Dallas in 2016’s divisional playoff round:

There’s no denigrating 300 TD passes. It’s just kind of funny that Rodgers would get there — and tie John Elway for the 10th-most all-time — on a play as boring as a shovel pass to a converted wide receiver who wears No. 88 as a running back.

If you have been following Dak Prescott, you know his story of his mother tragically passing away after a battle with colon cancer. Well, this was the weekend in which the tragedy occurred. Dak, a self-proclaimed momma’s boy, was preparing to take on Jadeveon Clowney and the South Carolina Gamecocks. It was the first game of his life that he didn’t get to hear his mother’s voice before he took the field. He then played his self-proclaimed worst game of his collegiate career.

The following week, Dak split time with then incumbent starter Tyler Russell against the Aggies. In a game that he split snaps and eventually left with an injury, Dak had an impressive performance against Johnny Manziel and company.

Rams vs. 49ers odds 2017: San Francisco set as home underdog for TNF matchup

Over their last 22 games, the San Francisco 49ers are 3-19 straight up and 6-15-1 against the spread. That stretch includes a 3-0 SU and ATS record against the Los Angeles Rams and an 0-19 SU and 3-15-1 ATS record against the rest of the NFL. The 49ers will try to pick up another win over the Rams this Thursday night.

San Francisco is a 2-point home underdog at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last nine home games against the Rams, the 49ers are 7-1-1 SU.

Kyle Shanahan was brought in for his brilliance as an offensive Justin Hunter Jersey coordinator, but that brilliance hasn’t translated into any offense for San Francisco just yet. The 49ers haven’t scored a touchdown in their first two games, averaging a paltry 232.5 Mark Scheifele Womens Jersey total yards per game and six points per game.

The Lions are 4-3 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against NFC East opponents per the OddsShark NFL Database. All four of those wins came at home, however; Detroit is 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS in its last four road games against NFC East foes.

New York opened its season with a dud of a performance last Sunday night, losing to the Dallas Cowboys 19-3 as 6-point road underdogs. With that loss, the Giants fell to 2-5 SU in their last seven night games.

The Giants went on an impressive 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS run late last season, but are now just 1-3 SU and ATS over their last four games. The return home might help as New York is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in its last six games at MetLife Stadium.

Monday night’s total is set at 43.5 points. The UNDER is 8-2 in New York’s last 10 games and 9-3 in Detroit’s last 12.

The Giants and the Lions both advanced to the postseason with a wild card berth last year. Both teams figure to be in the hunt for these spots again this year, and this early-season meeting could play a role in how things shake out down the stretch.

Michael Bennett sits during national anthem, others protest in Week 1

Michael Bennett continued his national anthem protest into Week 1 of the NFL season by sitting during the national anthem. According to Greg Bell of the News Tribune, Justin Britt stood next to Bennett, while Cliff Avril and Frank Clark came over to shake Bennett’s hand. Avril then sat, per Bell.
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On the Packers’ side, Bennett’s brother Martellus raised his right fist during the anthem in protest.

Michael Bennett shared his account of police officers in Las Vegas that he says pointed a gun at his head, jammed a knee in his back, and handcuffed him so tightly that his fingers went numb. Bennett said that the incident happened the night of the Mayweather-McGregor fight.

Bennett, and the people around him heard what they believed to be gun shots, so Bennett says he and others ran for safety, when police singled him out.
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Cleveland coach Hue Jackson is confident in Kizer, and imagine the bump if the QB is somehow able to top Pittsburgh in his first start. It’s going to be a learning experience for Kizer the next three weeks against three division rivals, but he’s the next attempt to answer a quarterback question that has taken more than two decades to answer. All eyes will be on the 2017 second-round pick.

The Browns released Haden this preseason, and the rival Steelers promptly picked up the eighth-year veteran for their defense. Haden joins a line of Cleveland pro sports athletes who left for rival teams, and if he happens to make a big play or two, it’s going viral.

Even without Garrett, there are exciting new rookies all over the place that will bring new flair to this AFC North rivalry. Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt was good enough to win the starting job ahead of James Harrison, and running back James Conner will make his NFL debut just one year after beating Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Both players have become instant fan favorites.

The Chiefs’ offense has been terrific so far this season and Smith seems to be a bit more aggressive with his throws through two games.

Kareem Hunt is 2-for-2. Following a record-setting NFL debut, Hunt put up 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 touches against a tough Eagles front seven. Any talk of a committee was put to rest, as Hunt was the only Chiefs running back to touch the ball. Hunt was on the field for 57 percent of the snaps in Week 1 and 73 percent in Week 2. His target share was down slightly (15 percent to 12 percent), but he was actually on the field for a larger share of the team’s pass plays (49 percent to 54 percent). Hunt is averaging a league-high 7.6 yards per carry, including 2.4 after initial contact (third best), and is locked into the RB1 mix.

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He’s a smart add for anyone who is either looking ahead to their quarterback fill-in week or wants to add a second quarterback to play the matchups.

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Cowboys’ Jason Garrett: Ezekiel Elliott ‘very focused’ amid suspension upheaval

The NFL upheld Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension, but because of the proximity of the Cowboys’ first game of the season, the NFL will allow him to play against the Giants.

Despite the fact that Elliott might not take the field again until Week 8, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the running back was honed in just on Sunday’s game.

“He seems very focused, locked in on meetings, the walk-through,” Garrett told reporters Wednesday (via ESPN.com). “We’ll have a good practice today. He’s done an excellent job in his preparation.”

Redfern’s injury came after he dropped a snap on his second career punt in the first half. He then chose to try and run the ball, getting 10 yards out of the end zone before being tackled by Ifeanyi Momah as he was running along the sideline. Redfern’s first punt went 50 yards.

The Lions immediately brought him to the training table and then carted him back to the locker room.

Detroit will be auditioning punters this week to find a replacement for Redfern at least until Week 7, when starting punter Sam Martin is eligible to come off the non-football injury list. Redfern made the Lions after the franchise placed Martin on the NFI list on cut-down day.

It would appear that Danny Woodhead is going to miss games for the Ravens, which played a part in Allen carrying the ball 17 times in Week 1. Terrance West is the starter and more likely bet for goal-line work, but Allen has a chance to seize a Woodhead-like role. He’s the superior pass-catcher to West and actually played more snaps than West in Week 1. He’s a smart add whose value is boosted in PPR scoring.avalanche_036

A new season provides the Falcons with a chance to renew their focus

Where Jacksonville failed to improve was at quarterback, with Blake Bortles continuing to deliver inconsistent and maddening performances. He was fourth in the NFL with 16 interceptions last season, failed to complete 60 percent of his attempts for a third consecutive year, and posted declines in touchdown percentage and passer rating from 2015.

Considering the burgeoning potential of the defense and the accumulation of young talent offensively, Jacksonville appears only to need solid quarterback play to make the leap. Bortles didn’t showcase that improvement in the preseason and, to exacerbate matters, veteran Chad Henne failed to surpass Bortles on the depth chart when presented the opportunity to do so.

Authentic Womens Alec Ogletree Jersey The Falcons have their own motivations to seek redemption. After an 11-5 campaign, the Falcons rolled through the NFC playoffs to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1998.

As nearly anyone who owns a television knows, the Falcons built a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots and appeared headed for their first championship in franchise history. But the Patriots reeled off the final 31 points for a stunning 34-28 comeback win in overtime that devastated Falcons players and their fans.

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Falcons release DT Ra’Shede Hageman after domestic violence incident

Falcons defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List on Friday, was released by the team Monday the Falcons announced.

Hageman was put on the exempt list Friday after the NFL suspended him indefinitely, preventing him from participating in team activities while continuing to be paid.

The team removed him from the PUP list Saturday, so he is eligible to play any week, but that was more of a move to keep him available before Week 6 because had he remained on
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The Colts traded for Patriots backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett on Saturday for some additional depth and possibly to start in coming weeks if Luck is back later rather than sooner. Scott Tolzien is slated to start Week 1.

The Panthers face the 49ers in Week 1.

In the one drive Newton led in Week 3 of the preseason, the Panthers marched down the field on a 10-play, 75-yard drive for a touchdown in a 24-23 win over the Jaguars. He went 2 for 2 for 21 yards and a touchdown.

Following his MVP season in 2015, Newton struggled in 2016 as Brandon Williams Jersey the Panthers finished 6-10. He was hit countless times during the season from the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Broncos and never got comfortable — and neither did his teammates.

He has not taken hits in the preseason, and the team has repeatedly said it wants him to play in the pocket more to avoid those big hits. So the hope is that Newton will stay clean early in the season and have a better entire year because of it.

Angry Bengals fan throws hat at Andy Dalton

Sunday was a tough day for Andy Dalton. The Bengals quarterback threw four interceptions and was sacked five times in Cincinnati’s 20-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

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Why did Elliott get a six-game suspension when other players didn’t?
Six games is the baseline punishment for first-time offenders who commit domestic violence. This standard was established after the league botched its handling of the Rice situation.

With Rice, the league issued a two-game suspension that was later changed to an indefinite ban after the video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee went public. Rice’s wife, the victim, was present at his disciplinary hearing and gave a statement in support of her husband.

Goodell admitted he didn’t get it right with Rice’s discipline, and the league revised its domestic violence policy as a result and instituted that six-game threshold for players who violate it.