Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley to get suspension

New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley is being suspended by the NFL for an undisclosed violation, a league source confirmed Tuesday.

Kerley practiced with the Jets on Tuesday, declining to answer any questions about a pending suspension.

Jalin Marshall is on the practice squad and Nick Marshall no longer is with the team.

Kerley, a fifth-round pick of the Jets in 2011, returned to the team in September after being released by the San Francisco 49ers. He wanted so badly to return that he initiated talks by reaching out directly to coach Todd Bowles.

In seven seasons, Kerley has 268 catche for 3,109 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Rams are on their bye week, and first-year coach Sean McVay might have a new play for the offense when they face on the Giants on Nov. 5.

McVay appeared on the Rich Eisen Show on Friday and broke down a play drawn up by rapper Snoop Dogg.

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McVay was impressed by the play, which Snoop named, “Fake 31, Fake 24 Z-reverse.”

“I think it looks like something the Rams offense needs to think about putting in,” McVay told Eisen, saying Snoop “has some good X’s and O’s.”

McVay, who has the Rams leading the NFC West at 5-2, said the play could get slot receiver Tavon Austin involved with “a little misdirection” for running back Todd Gurley.

“Don’t be surprised if you see this against the New York Football Giants,” McVay said. “This is something that is going to get logged away in the Rams playbook.”

Snoop Dogg, who coaches youth football, drew up the play in a recent appearance on Eisen’s show and said he’d like to see the play executed by Ben Roethlisberger, Rob Gronkowski and Le’Veon Bell.blues-017

Texans’ Christian Covington likely out for rest of season with torn biceps

Texans defensive end Christian Covington is likely out for the season with a torn biceps, coach Bill O’Brien said Monday.

Covington suffered the injury in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Covington has seen an increased role since Texans defensive end J.J. Watt broke his leg in Week 5 and started Sunday in Seattle.

George Bollas completed 16 of 35 passes for 140 yards and ran for 84 with a touchdown for the Golden Flashes (2-7, 1-4).

The draft has a lot of players with exciting and diverse talents. That is particularly true among defensemen. There should be a whole bunch taken in the first round, with several in the first half of the first round. We haven’t seen the number of blueliners selected in the first round hit double digits since the 2012 draft, when 13 were selected, but this year is going to get close to that. Dahlin is obviously at the top, but there are so many others, including four in the top eight of this ranking.

It is an especially deep crop of dynamic puck-moving defensemen under 6-feet tall. That group includes the University of Michigan’s Quinn Hughes and Bryans IF’s Adam Boqvist, with others such as Ty Smith of the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes and Ryan Merkley of the OHL’s Guelph Storm falling in line. As the NHL continues to look more and more like a rush league, where a premium is placed on highly skilled defensemen with top-end passing skills, this year’s draft is very much on trend.blues-009

Giants suspend CB Janoris Jenkins after he fails to return from bye week on time

Jenkins’ suspension is the second for the Giants in recent weeks. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was also suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules after he was told he would be benched for his actions late in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and then eventually walked out of a team meeting.

The Giants (1-6) are in the midst of a disappointing season where they have dealt with multiple suspensions and the loss of a good chunk of their receiving corps. Star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are out for the season.

Jenkins was signed prior to the 2016 season as a free agent after four years with the Rams. He made the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Giants.

It was a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena for opening night of the Warriors’ 2017–18 NBA season. As if meeting the new-look Houston Rockets was not enough, the crowd was treated to a long-awaited ring ceremony. It was a well-deserved celebration of Golden State’s title. Fans were greeted with a 2017 Championship t-shirt and light-up bracelet so they could fully participate in the experience. A crowd of almost 20,000 came to witness Golden State officially receive their rings for a fifth franchise championship—and second in the past three years.

Before Queen’s “We are the Champions” blared throughout a glowing arena with a standing crowd of overjoyed fans, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver congratulated and introduced the team. Each member of the Warriors received some impressive new hardware. Jason of Beverly Hills was the jeweler responsible for the design of this record-breaking ring. Each ring contains more diamonds than any other in the history of America’s four major sports. chargers_043

Colin Kaepernick still wants to play in a league where Matt Cassel, Josh McCown are starters

Colin Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the 2016 season came to a close. He’s not counting out a 2017 return, however. In fact, he’s grinding as hard as ever to get there.

The veteran quarterback, known as much for his social activism as his five seasons as the 49ers’ starter, has been working out six hours a day in preparation for his return to the field.

Green Bay sits atop of the NFC North at 4-1, and it’s coming off the heels of a 35-31 comeback victory against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. The Packers average 27.4 points per game, which is tied for sixth-best in the league. Green Bay’s offense — led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers — averages 245 passing yards per game, good for 11th in the league.

After the change at QB, Keenum guided three scoring drives in the second half to lead the Vikings past the Bears, 20-17. Since there is a lot of uncertainty on the Vikings’ offense, Minnesota may have to depend on its defense to win this game. Minnesota employs the 11th-best defense in the NFL, and this unit played a huge role in the team’s win against Chicago.

“It’s kind of a blur,” Peterson said later about the run. “The guys created a hole. I pressed the line of scrimmage and that cutback was there and it was a big gap. And it was off to the races.”

The run was off-tackle to the left, with the Vikings line absolutely demolishing the Bears front seven. Urlacher and Hunter Hillenmeyer were manhandled, mostly legally. Peterson had the first down before a Bear made contact.

That was safety Brandon McGowan, who squared up, got his shoulders low, put his helmet into Peterson’s thighs, and got whipped into oblivion with his legs spinning beneath him.falcons_014

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.

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