Rams’ Ethan Westbrooks arrested on gun charges

Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was arrested over the weekend in Kern County, California, for allegedly possessing a handgun that was not registered to him, ESPN confirmed Monday.

Westbrooks was initially pulled over for speeding Friday night, and the officer found a handgun inside the vehicle that was loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition. Records later revealed that the handgun was reported stolen in 2009, according to records from the California Highway Patrol.

The Rams player was booked in Kern County Jail in Bakersfield, California, located roughly 115 miles north of Los Angeles, and later posted bail. He practiced with the team in Thousand Oaks, California, on Monday afternoon.

Bolles didn’t practice Wednesday, but he returned to the field on Thursday with his left ankle and foot heavily taped.

He said he feared his season was over when he suffered the injury.

“I love this game, and it was something I thought this game was going to end sooner than I thought for the season,” Bolles said after Thursday’s practice. “Then they were telling me they didn’t really know what my diagnosis was … but then I knew I was going to be able to come back to it.”

Bolles initially was checked for an Achilles tendon injury and then was evaluated Monday morning to determine whether he had a fracture. After X-rays and an MRI on Monday, Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said Bolles had a bone bruise.

Meanwhile, Denver wide receiver Bennie Fowler III, who is listed as questionable for Sunday with a concussion, also is expected to play against the Bills, a source also told Schefter.
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You’re still our favorite NFL kicker this week.

Kickers are the IT professionals of football. They tend to work outside of a traditional team structure, do a job everyone understands in theory but not at all in actual execution, and when they fuck up, everyone gets very angry indeed.

I love them. I love everything about them. I love their lone wolf status. I love that they’re essentially uncoached, leaving it up to them to figure out how the hell they’re supposed to kick a misshapen lump of pig upwards of 60 yards.

It doesn’t seem like this would be an orchestrated scenario Alex Smith like I attributed the Blount situation of 2014 to being. But it could be. It also could be hypocritical to want a player to do the same thing Blount did to the Steelers to another franchise. But I can live with some hypocrisy on my record.

Will this happen? Originally I found it very unlikely of a scenario. I figured that Timmons would likely only get a 1-game ban from his new team and eventually all would be forgiven. Or I thought the Dolphins would wait and cut him in the off-season and the Steelers could sign him back at the vet-minimum, but now with the suspension now in play, this could actually come to fruition.

As off-base and improbable as all this might still be, it’s sure fun to speculate. I would love to see No. 94 back at the veteran minimum, and he might accept it to get back to the Steel City.

Doubtful to occur, but nobody expected Joe Haden to ever be in black and gold either. But we need to remember that the Steelers have done nothing but prove they are all-in for 2017, so anything can happen.

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Saints vs. Vikings 2017: Start time, TV schedule for ‘Monday Night Football’

In 2016, the Minnesota Vikings ran out to a 5-0 start before falling back to earth like a malfunctioning satellite, ending their year at 8-8 and outside the playoffs. On Monday, they’ll look to recapture that early season matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The first Monday Night Football game of the fall kicks off at 7:10 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN (live stream).

The Vikings and Saints will each look to shake off last season’s mediocrity as they embark on a blossoming new campaign. For Minnesota, this fall will be about following up on 2016’s abandoned promise. For New Orleans, the upcoming season could be the team’s last chance to cement Drew Brees’ legacy with a second Super Bowl championship.

As brutal as the loss was Monday, he continued, it was different: “It wasn’t just like, they just went out and played terrible. We fought, we battled — I’m sure it was a heckuva game to watch, those who weren’t asleep, or didn’t turn it off when it was 24-7 (Broncos).”

“There are a couple of series in there that I would love to have back, but you can’t take those back,” Lynn said. “You have to take advantage of those moments when you have those opportunities.

Pittsburgh is willing to bet Haden at 100 percent is still capable of being a game-changer. The Steelers could desperately use one if they hope to get past the Patriots and reach the Super Bowl. Tom Brady is 10-2 in his career against the Steelers (including the playoffs), most recently carving up their zone schemes in the 2017 AFC championship game (32 of 42, 384 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions). You aren’t beating Brady without capable corners.

So, what can Haden bring to Pittsburgh after seven seasons in Cleveland? And what happens when Haden returns to face the Browns in Week 1? The 28-year-old covered that and a lot more with reporters Thursday.
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Donald’s absence makes it seem unlikely that he will be available for Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Su’a Cravens surprised the Redskins this weekend by informing the team of his plans to retire before being talked out of the decision. Newscom
An article on SI.com this spring stated that Cravens left teammates wondering about his desire when he didn’t push through harder with a bruised biceps injury. In training camp, linebacker Will Compton was miked for CSN Washington and was heard prodding Cravens about his motivation for being on the field. Compton told him, “I haven’t felt it from you. The last two [practices], you haven’t gave me anything.”

Compton wanted to know what helped him push through the tough part of camp, and Cravens later told him, “I can’t fake it, though.”

Donald’s absence makes it seem unlikely that he will be available for Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. McVay, however, said Donald is “not ruled out,” and he wouldn’t impose a firm deadline on when Donald would have to arrive to play in Week 1.

Rams coach Sean McVay jokingly compares his pursuit of Aaron Donald to “chasing a girl in high school,” as Donald has yet to report to the team.
“It’s hard to say,” McVay said when asked about a deadline. “Until we come to a solution, then that’s when I think you have a chance to really put a specific plan in place, out of respect for Aaron and the team. Our mindset right now is if we have to go play a football game, guys are ready to go. And Aaron hasn’t been here as a part of the preparation.”

“I would just prefer his name be Caylin. He’s deserved that right.”

Caylin (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) pales in size compared with his big brother (6-5, 245 pounds). Because of his size, Caylin wasn’t highly recruited out of Grady High School in Atlanta, winding up at the historically black university in Washington, D.C.