Bell went in motion to the right side.

Running back Matt Forte (turf toe), who missed last week’s game, is in danger of missing Sunday’s matchup against the Browns. There’s no reason to rush him back. Bilal Powell and rookie Eli McGuire combined for 256 rushing yards and two touchdowns last week. The Jets lose a bigger, more physical back with Forte, but they gain speed with Powell and McGuire. — Rich Cimini

On third-and-goal, McCarron scrambled for 13 seconds and headed for the end zone, where he was met by cornerback Dustin Harris, setting up fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Will Johnson: That was real tension on the sidelines … we’ve come this close to a monumental win and now it could get taken away. Energy and elation left the A&M sidelines after those two bombs and now reality was setting in. The defense is on the field, so Johnny’s not the one that can bail you out now, it has to be somebody else.

McCarron took the snap. Cooper ran high and Bell ran underneath. A&M cornerback Deshazor Everett jumped in front of Bell — avoiding the rub by Cooper — and intercepted McCarron with 1:36 left.

In Cook’s place, running back Latavius Murray will inherit the bulk of the workload. Murray is coming off ankle surgery during the offseason that still has him feeling less than 100 percent.

To be honest, I think I’m still getting to that point, said Murray, 27, who spent the previous three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. It’s not going to quite feel the same for awhile. I knew that dealing with my previous ankle procedure.

For me, it’s being well enough to be out there and being able to help the team be successful. … I feel good enough to be out there, and I’m confident in myself that I can play at a high level.

The key this week is seeing how Beckwith fares against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The Bucs will likely be without starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (hamstring) and weakside linebacker Lavonte David (ankle), as neither have practiced this week or last. They’ll be replaced again by Kendell Beckwith and Adarius Glanton. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith raved about Beckwith’s performance against the Giants. He didn’t blink. He was very impressive, Smith said. Safety Keith Tandy has not practiced this week because of a hip injury. Safety T.J. Ward (hip) returned to practice. If neither Tandy nor Ward can go Thursday, the Bucs would be forced to rely on rookie Justin Evans, who has yet to make an NFL start and played only minimal snaps on defense prior to last week. — Jenna Laine

Obviously, I wish we would’ve won more games and it had gone better, McCown said after practice Wednesday. But I think we learned from it and they’re in the process of trying to build their own thing there.
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Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was asked after Wednesday’s practice if he’s afraid this could be a trap game for the Jets, although it’s hard to label it that since it is virtually a pick’em in Las Vegas.

Nah, I’m not afraid, are you? Wilkerson asked reporters. Nah, nobody is afraid. We’re going to execute and do our job. We don’t care about their record.

The Jets’ defense, led by rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, and defensive end Kony Ealy, has been on fire their last two games, allowing only two touchdowns, including one on the last play of the Miami game that didn’t affect the outcome. It also has three interceptions and four sacks in that stretch.
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And the running game came alive last week for a season-high 256 yards behind career days from Bilal Powell (163 yards, touchdown) and rookie Elijah McGuire (93 yards, TD). With Matt Forte again questionable to play because of turf toe, the running game will likely lean heavily on these two again.

The axiom goes that champions are built through the NFL Draft.

By my count, the Chiefs are starting 16 players who they drafted, with just one of those players — veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson — having been on the roster longer than Reid.

This team has been built in Reid’s image, particularly on offense where the Chiefs have finally stockpiled a critical mass of squat, fast-twitch, space-destroyers to hornswoggle the league.
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Every time around this year, you get the story that the Patriots only employ lefty punters, as they do this year with Ryan Allen. They do this, the announcers love telling us, because Bill Belichick knows returners have a difficult time picking up the spin on the ball and also because Bill Belichick doesn’t see people as human beings, just collections of body parts that he can use to win another trophy and, thus, for another year at least, keep quiet the ghosts that haunt him.

Also, I know this started out as a kicking column, but we’re gonna have to throw punting in as well because if it’s just kicking this is going to devolve by like Week 3 into Giorgio Tavecchio erotic fan fiction. That still might happen, actually.

Demaryius Thomas Elite Jersey He also made history. Two of those kicks came from 52 yards, making him the first NFL player to kick a pair of 50+ yard field goals in his debut.

Tavecchio was born in Milan, Italy but moved to the United States as a child. He played his high school football at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California — a city approximately 13 miles from Oakland. He was an effective kicker, though his thick Italian accent occasionally made things difficult for his teammates. Via The Mercury News:

We had a punt-nerd-out go viral this weekend! This doesn’t happen often, but, oh boy, when it does. Former NFL punter Pat McAfee broke down this video of Rams’ Johnny Hekker, and for us in the Laces Brigade this was just like mainlining that good stuff.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen on crutches with broken foot

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen limped off the field in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Bills with what the Panthers called a foot injury.

Olsen told reporters following Carolina’s 9-3 win he has a broken foot. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Olsen will see a doctor on Monday to determine whether he needs surgery.
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Olsen, who has been to three straight Pro Bowls, is the only tight end in NFL history with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He had one catch for 10 yards at the time of Sunday’s injury as the Panthers held a 6-0 lead.

Leonard Williams, New York Jets defensive end: [Acting owner Christopher Johnson] individually spoke to every single person in this locker room. He didn’t have one big speech. He walked up to every individual, looked them in the eyes and told us he was going to support us in what we wanted to do. He also asked us if he could join us, and that meant a lot to everybody. Williams on Johnson, who stood arm-in-arm with the Jets during the anthem.

Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta Falcons defensive end: A lot of stuff needs to change, man. [Trump] has his support, and he has his people that’s behind him that’s continuing this crazy rhetoric that he’s spilling. I want to be optimistic, but it’s crazy times. I didn’t [kneel], but I support my brothers 100 percent. Anytime somebody has a question for me about how I feel about it, I’m going to answer it. And the way I feel about it right now is stuff ain’t right and he’s just spilling all this hatred that’s not doing anything positive for what’s going on in this world. Clayborn stood along with the majority of his teammates.

Marshawn Lynch flips the double birds to Titans’ Karl Klug

Marshawn Lynch played in his first game back since retiring after the 2015 season and held nothing back in his return.

It’s not the first time Lynch has drawn a finger on the field. He flipped off Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for calling a play-action pass to tight end Kellen Davis against the Cardinals instead of handing the ball off on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

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“I don’t have anything to say about any of the appeal or anything about that issue, today,” Jones said via the team’s website. “But certainly I’ll be visiting with you guys about it in the future. Right now, today, is just not the time for me to talk about it.”

The league isn’t happy with Elliott’s plan to discredit his accuser in his appeal or the NFLPA’s role in it. While the record shows that the woman was dishonest at times, shifting blame to a victim is “shameful,” in the words of NFL Executive Vice President of Communications Joe Lockhart.

On the NFLPA side, it simply said the league is lying and isn’t leaking derogatory information about Elliott’s accuser to the media. This contentious back-and-forth could get even uglier before this whole thing is settled.

Elliott finally spoke to the media after his injunction was granted and his Cowboys beat the New York Giants in the team’s season opener. He said the injunction is a relief.

“Just relieved from the fact that I finally get a fair trial,” Elliott said, via Pro Football Talk.

Now Elliott, Jones, and everyone else just have to wait until the resolution of the court case to see what happens.rays_516

the NFL paraded a 26-foot-tall robotic version of star Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor around London.

It meant a lot to me, said Eluemunor, a fifth-round draft pick out of Texas A&M. Without that game, I wouldn’t be standing here in the Ravens locker room. That really was my first taste of American football.

While I was playing high school and college football, I’d always think about it, like where would I be if I hadn’t switched the channel to that game?

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Authentic Womens Marcus Cooper Jersey Though the Giants and Dolphins didn’t treat the Wembley crowd to the sport at its finest, the fans appreciated what they saw. Waller said all 84,000-plus seats sold out in less than 90 minutes. To hype the event, the NFL paraded a 26-foot-tall robotic version of star Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor around London.

Despite having only three catches in Week 1, it’s worth noting that one of those catches for Rudolph came in the end zone. Last season, his first with Sam Bradford throwing to him, Rudolph set a career high in both receptions (83) and yards receiving (840) while netting seven touchdowns. Even the presence of other downfield threats in Minnesota isn’t likely to disrupt the end zone chemistry between Bradford and Rudolph. The price is right for a tight end who should easily be among the top 10 in fantasy points this week. — Stephania Bell

Giants vs. Cowboys 2017: Start time, TV schedule for ‘Sunday Night Football’

Sunday Night Football kicks off its regular season with a time-honored showdown between two fierce NFC East rivals. The Giants will head south to Texas for a Week 1 contest against the Cowboys; the broadcast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be carried nationwide by NBC (live stream).

Ronald Leary Elite Jersey Eli Manning, a longtime competitor for the title of best quarterback in the division, will have to fend off a challenge from a second-year competitor. Dak Prescott lit the league on fire as a rookie, taking advantage of Tony Romo’s latest (and, it turned out, final) injury to start all 16 games for the NFC’s No. 1-seeded team. After emerging as an MVP candidate in his very first year, he’ll have to prove he can escape a sophomore slump and hang with Manning on a national stage Sunday night.

On Thursday night, the NFLPA filed a petition in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas seeking to vacate any discipline that may be imposed on Ezekiel Elliott by the NFL hearing officer (and former NFL lawyer), Harold Henderson.
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This decision comes as a result of the startling revelations by the NFL’s co-lead investigator that she — the only NFL investigator who personally interviewed all of the witnesses, including the accuser — did not support the decision to discipline Mr. Elliott. She was prohibited from conveying her views to both Commissioner Roger Goodell and the advisory committee that was paneled to make recommendations to the Commissioner.

Arbitrary decision-making and internal inconsistencies continue to plague the most senior level of management of the League. This is the latest and best example of the Players’ belief that independent, transparent and collectively bargained policies generate the best systemic results for all parties.

The Elliott case is rooted in a domestic violence allegation.

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Bennett sat on the bench during the national anthem before the Seahawks’ games this preseason and said he plans to do so throughout the regular season while continuing to use my platform to be able to speak on injustice. He said in the statement he released Wednesday that the Las Vegas incident unequivocally reinforced his belief that equality doesn’t live in this country.

Donald Trump Jersey The system failed me, he wrote. I can only imagine what Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Charleena Lyles felt.

Read the full recounting of the story from Bennett here. Note that it contains language some may find offensive.

Making a side-by-side comparison like some kind of tale of the tape doesn’t fit, but the similarities are growing by the day. Or the night, if you will, since the league’s arbitrator, the impartial party who’s been accused of not being impartial once before, upheld Elliott’s six-game suspension under cover of darkness.

The combination of that timing and the timing of the court ruling on the union’s temporary restraining order request means a little has been decided — and a lot has not, and won’t be any time soon.

Deflategate, one of the worst profanities in the NFL vocabulary, dragged on for two years and stopped one level shy of the Supreme Court. That began over ball-deflation accusations. The Elliott case is rooted in a domestic violence allegation. The investigation itself stretched beyond the usual lengths. This resolution is destined to stretch far further yet, with a subject matter that can’t be laughed off with cringe-worthy jokes.

Adrian Peterson, Sean Payton downplay Saints sideline exchange

Adrian Peterson claimed the nature of his exchange with Sean Payton was nothing but passionate.

The veteran running back was seen shouting at the Saints coach on the sideline during the first half of the team’s loss to the Vikings on Monday night, but Peterson insisted he was just urging Payton to run the ball.

“I’ve said Tom is our starter, and that’s the way it’s been,” O’Brien said. “We’ll see moving forward.”

Goodell didn’t directly answer the question, instead saying he wasn’t involved in teams selecting their roster..

“One thing I do as a commissioner is, I don’t make those decisions. I’m not a football expert,” Goodell said.

Jordan Howard had a strong opening to his sophomore season as the lead Bear in the backfield, but he got company from a small-school little guy. Cohen (13 touches, 113 yards, TD) outproduced Howard (16 touches, 62 yards, TD) in his NFL debut. With wideout now a total mess for the Bears minus Cameron Meredith and Kevin White, Cohen will remain the co-focal point of the offense with Howard because of his speed, quickness and versatility for the passing game.

“A lot of people want to have a fresh start (at general manager) or that mentality like, ‘We have a chance to really get it right this time.'”

Polian believes the nature itself of the head coach and GM jobs make it easier for the former to reinvent themselves.

Bears place LB Jerrell Freeman on injured reserve

The Bears placed Jerrell Freeman on injured reserve Tuesday after the inside linebacker suffered a pectoral injury and a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Freeman becomes the third Chicago starter to land on injured reserve, joining wide receivers Cameron Meredith (knee) and Kevin White (shoulder fracture).

Second-year linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski is expected to take Freeman’s spot in the starting lineup against the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday. Chicago also elevated third-year linebacker Jonathan Anderson to the active roster Tuesday.

The Tampa Bay Bucs, after consulting with the NFL and the Tampa Jarvis Jones Womens Jersey Sports Authority, will play Sunday’s game against the Bears at Raymond James Stadium as scheduled.
Losing Freeman for the year will be tough for the Bears to overcome. The 31-year-old linebacker led the team with 110 tackles last year — despite being suspended four games for Kevin Johnson Jersey violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The roster of nominees consists of 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, five special teams players and 12 coaches. Modern era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January.

During Super Bowl week, 48 voters will discuss the finalists, plus senior nominees Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributors nominee Bobby Beathard. There is no set number for any class of enshrinees, though between four and eight new members will be selected.

Returning finalists from 2017 are receivers Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens; center Kevin Mawae; tackles Tony Boselli and Joe Jacoby; guard Alan Faneca; safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins; cornerback Ty Law; and coach Don Coryell.

Enshrinement will be next August in Canton.