Ravens CB Jimmy Smith suspended 4 games for PEDs

After suffering a season-ending Achilles injury Sunday, Jimmy Smith received more bad news Monday.

The Panthers return a punt for a touchdown, and the Jets have now COMPLETELY Jets’d this up. They allowed consecutive defensive and special teams touchdowns to go from winning this game to having no chance to cover. I can’t WAIT to go back to not caring about the Jets.

The Eagles defense, thinking they’d intercepted a Trubisky pass late in the game, perform the Electric Slide. But the call is overturned, so they intercept Trubisky again, and perform the Electric Slide again.

For a couple of blissful minutes, my kids play together peacefully without any involvement from their parents. Is this … Could this be a glimpse of what we hoped for when we had kids 19 months apart? Like, OF COURSE, they’ll fight over toys, but the mere NOTION of entire minutes where I don’t have to actively parent one or both of them makes my heart sing.

Despite being out front at the beginning of his run, the 24-year-old was chased down from behind, preventing an 86-yard touchdown.

Keenum isn’t an All-Pro quarterback by any means, but he’s playing well enough to keep Bridgewater, now healthy for the first time in over a year, on the bench.
Keenum has been more than a game manager for a Viking team that’s surprised throughout 2017. After a rocky start — losses in Weeks 2 and 4 — the sixth-year veteran has laid the foundation for the league’s ninth-ranked offense. In his last six games, all victories, he’s averaged 240 passing yards per game and a 68% completion rate.

His numbers got even better once Bridgewater returned from injured reserve to push him for playing time. In his last two games, hard-earned wins against Washington and the Rams, he’s thrown for 584 yards and five touchdowns while completing 71.6 percent of his passes.

NFL scores: Week 9 results, highlights

Though the heavy usage provides optimism, Westbrook ran behind both Marqise Lee and Keelan Cole and figures to also be behind Hurns once he returns from an ankle injury. Westbrook, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft, has the talent to explode onto the fantasy scene, but he’s facing tough odds in a run-heavy offense. He should be rostered but on benches against Arizona this week.

However, the Giants (1-7) aren’t planning on making any changes to the coaching or front office staff until the season is over, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

News that McAdoo’s job is secure for now comes on the heels of admissions from anonymous Giants players who are fed up with McAdoo.

According to ESPN’s report, players complaining in the middle of the season is normal and the Giants ownership isn’t too worried about it.

However, the Giants’ egregious 51-17 loss to the Rams Sunday seemed to be the final straw for some players, who anonymously said that McAdoo has “lost the team.”

Despite the grumblings, McAdoo didn’t seem too concerned in Thursday’s press conference.

Luis Severino struggled to a 5.38 ERA in his first full season and had been booted out of the rotation in 2016, but finished third in the AL Cy Young voting. And who would have predicted Mike Trout not making the final three of the AL MVP voting?

Richard Sherman said his Achilles had been bothering him since Rams game.

Toss-up: The Chargers have won four of their past six games following an 0-4 start. Five of their losses have been by eight or fewer points. Most Chargers games are toss-ups, so it’s no surprise their season has been one too.flyers_0832495

Giants’ GM Jerry Reese: ‘I’m the reason we’re 1-6’

Enough pointing fingers at embattled left tackle Ereck Flowers or the New York Giants’ offensive line. General manager Jerry Reese says to point them directly at him after the team’s 1-6 start to the season.

Bowen: Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins. I’ll take a flier here on Doctson, who got the start over Terrelle Pryor Sr. on Monday night. Doctson caught three of five targets in that game, and it’s obvious that the Redskins want to increase his workload in the offense. With great body control at the point of attack and red zone ability, Doctson could surprise this Sunday against a Cowboys defense giving up an average of 36.6 points per game to opposing receivers (27th in the NFL).

“I asked them explicitly, ‘Can you atchargers_047 least tell me if I’m going to be here next year to play this position?'” Reid said. “They told me ‘no.’ … Right now, I just trust that the film I have at safety is good enough for me to enter free agency with. And just get some film at linebacker, as well.”

In their letter granting permission to seek a trade, the Bills noted that Boldin might not make visits, undergo a physical or try out with other teams at this time. The Bills reserved the right to have ultimate say on trade compensation and the designated club.

The trade deadline is Tuesday, so there is a finite window on any talks.

Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, where he played his first seven seasons, Boldin walked away from the game with 1,076 receptions for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns. He won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 season. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions.

Browns’ Myles Garrett leaves practice with ankle injury, reportedly might miss multiple games

Myles Garrett’s NFL debut may have to be put on hold.

The Browns’ rookie defensive end and No. 1 overall pick of this year’s draft suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday’s practice and was unable to finish the workout.

“He went as long as he could,” coach Hue Jackson said at his post-practice news conference, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Brady never appeared on the Patriots’ league-mandated injury report with a head injury, and the team said it had followed all NFL procedures properly in his case — though Brady has not specifically denied his wife’s claim.

The league said it reviewed film from every Patriots game last season, along with Brady’s medical records and reports from the independent concussion spotters who worked New England’s games.

“This review identified no evidence of any deviation from the Protocol by the Patriots’ medical staff or the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants assigned to Patriots’ games or any indication that Mr. Brady sustained a concussion or reported signs or symptoms consistent with having sustained a concussion,” the league statement said. “We appreciate the cooperation of the Patriots’ medical staff in conducting this review.”

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt sued over New Mexico investment deal

The owner of the Kansas City Chiefs is being accused in a lawsuit of improperly receiving hundreds of millions in state investment money through a kickback deal with New Mexico officials.

The Kansas City Star reports Sunday the New Mexico State Investment Council filed the lawsuit late last month against Clark Hunt and HFV Asset Management over the politically influenced investment deals.

Hunt didn’t comment to the newspaper on the lawsuit Sunday morning. Hunt’s father, Lamar, founded the Chiefs franchise and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

When the offense might plausibly be excited that Brock Osweiler is back in town, on the other hand, you have problems. More meaningful than Osweiler will be the offensive line upgrades the Broncos made over the offseason, using their first-round pick on Garett Bolles and signing Ronald Leary (Cowboys) and Menelik Watson (Raiders). Returning offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has a deeper offensive line than Gary Kubiak enjoyed last season, which should reduce the number of times the Broncos have to roll out a lineman with no hope against Khalil Mack or Joey Bosa. The line improvements should push Denver’s 28th-ranked offense toward the middle of the pack.

Even just talking about the trip gets his mouth watering. He misses his family, including his two older brothers, and he only sees them rarely.

“My parents came for senior day in Texas, games at Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas,” he said. “There were, combined, maybe 10,000 people. Now they’re going to be in one of the biggest cities in the world, watching their son play football.”raptors_001

Jordan Matthews suffers chip fracture in first practice with Bills

Newly acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews is considered “week-to-week” after suffering a chest injury in his first practice with the Bills.

Multiple reports say Matthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum on Sunday.

The Bills traded for Matthews last week after jettisoning Sammy Watkins to the Rams. Ironically, Buffalo travels to Philadelphia on Thursday for a preseason game.

There are no immediate details on how Matthews sustained the injury.

The Bills sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles for Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

Who put the Packers, Ravens and Steelers on the Browns’ December schedule? That’s brutal, and normally around this time of year, Cleveland is out of the hunt. The Browns are 21-63 since 1999 in December, a winning percentage of .250. That includes one December win in each of the last four seasons.

We’re willing to take a glass-half-full approach with the Browns. Cleveland won either four or five games over six straight seasons from 2008-13. That stretch in late October to early November against the Titans, Vikings, Lions and Jaguars will be a chance to increase that win total and show progress in Jackson’s second season.

Book-ending the schedule on both sides with the Steelers wasn’t exactly a nice touch. Of course, we’re taking a disclaimer considering we’re still not 100 percent sure who Cleveland’s quarterback will be in 2017.

There wasn’t a hunka hunka burning love for Grbac in Baltimore after the 2000 Super Bowl champions splurged to sign the Chiefs Pro Bowler at a then-rich five years for $30 million. He went an OK 8-6, but that was more because of their defense. He only gave the offense 3,033 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was released right after the season and retired soon afterward at age 31.dolphins_081

We asked you what 2017 NFL game you would attend. Here’s what you said.

Football season is almost here! I mean, we still have to ease into it with the preseason and a few players are still holding out to get paid, but the regular season will be here before we know it.

“I think so, but again I haven’t seen him,” head coach Mike Zimmer told the Pioneer Press when asked whether Bridgewater would be placed on the PUP to start camp. That came true Wednesday with the team announcing the quarterback is the latest addition to the team’s PUP list.

Bridgewater’s recovery from a torn ACL and dislocated knee has provided several moments of optimism, but he’s not ready to take the field just yet. Minnesota can still rely on Sam Bradford, who put together one of his finest seasons as a pro last fall after being traded north from Philadelphia. Bradford is signed through the end of 2017, and Bridgewater’s rehab will play a significant role as to whether or not he reaches a contract extension with the team before the season begins.

On Monday, the club placed a pair of players on the PUP list, but not their young QB.

While Luck is in line to return by September, the jury is still out on Bridgewater’s return. Bridgewater’s ability to throw without a brace is a step in the right direction, but he’ll have to prove he can regain the mobility that allowed him to buy time in the pocket and find open windows downfield. The Vikings have kept flexible in the face of his unfortunate injury, declining the fifth-year option of his rookie contract while keeping Bradford in the fold. However, with the season just six weeks away, Minnesota will have to make some tough decisions soon.patriots_322-180x180

Russell Westbrook doesn’t care about Steph Curry’s MVP prediction: ‘Who’s he?’

Russell Westbrook and James Harden are seen as two of the favorites to win the NBA’s MVP award this season, and Stephen Curry recently gave the edge to the Rockets star.

“You kind of have to reward the better team, I would think, record-wise,” Curry said. “That’s just kind of going in the history of the MVP award. So, I think James (Harden) will probably edge (Westbrook) out just off of that.”

When asked Thursday about these comments, Westbrook didn’t seem to care what Curry thought.

Obviously Westbrook knows who Curry is and his “who’s he?” remark was more of a “who is he to say who should win MVP?” Curry’s thoughts have no impact at all on the MVP race, so Westbrook isn’t going to concern himself with whatever the Golden State guard says.

But as far back as his debut as a wisp-thin 18-year-old with Milwaukee—he was quickly bought out of his Zaragoza contract and never played in Spain—it was clear that Antetokounmpo had the makings of a revolutionary player. Even at his height, he had point-guard quality ball skills, and natural court vision. His ability to gobble up yardage of hardwood with mere steps made his highlights required viewing. And that hasn’t changed.

“He’s unbelievable,” said All-Star Hornets guard Kemba Walker. “Every time you watch a highlight, he is doing something crazy. I saw him jumping and dunking from the free-throw line the other night. He is a special talent.”

Now comes the challenge for Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee gave him a four-year, $100 million contract last summer. He earned his first All-Star appearance this season, and is averaging 23.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists. He could become just the fifth player in NBA history to lead his team in those three categories, plus blocks (1.9) and steals (1.7). He would join Hall of Famers Dave Cowens and Scottie Pippen on that list, along with future HOFers Kevin Garnett and LeBron James.

Grousbeck is rich, and he almost certainly doesn’t care about this list.

General managers will give you even less than coaches. Frank Kaminsky and Boban Marjanovic should be the reps. And Boban should be allowed to hold other reps like they are babies.

Grousbeck is rich, and he almost certainly doesn’t care about this list. So take your second-to-last ranking, you extremely successful person!

This is nothing against Harris as a player or person. It’s the situation. If — and this is a huge if — the Nuggets snag a top-two pick, they would likely take a guard. Harris would have to be excited about Denver drafting someone to potentially push him out of town. Thanks, Gary. See ya later!

Lopez has always prided himself on being a bit quirky by pro-athlete standards — he calls himself the Screech Powers of the NBA on his Twitter page. As this Bulls season has led the league in weirdness from start to finish, it’s only fitting that Lopez is shining now, just as the Bulls’ fortunes have taken the weirdest turn of all: a possible spot in the East playoffs’ second round.

He’s not getting ahead of himself, however.

“We have been very focused so far, and that is going to be the key for us,” Lopez said. “I said earlier, we have been taking it possession by possession. When we don’t, they’re going to make runs. But that is part of the game. The focus has been very good for us.”

“Coach is always asking how I feel throughout the game, and I feel great,” James said. “If I’m on the floor and I’m hurting us, not giving quality minutes, then I need to come out. In this series, I played a lot of minutes and felt really good. I actually could have played the whole game if need be.”

JaVale McGee to meet with Clippers, per report

While the Warriors are great because of their big four of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, what makes them virtually unbeatable is their depth.

Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee had their own great postseason moments this year and the Warriors will do all they can to keep a championship roster intact. Iguodala and Livingston have both re-signed, so now the front office has to focus on McGee, who has a meeting with another team today.

Francona also missed a game last August after experiencing chest pains, and was hospitalized for similar issues as far back as 2005, when he was managing the Red Sox.

Sanchez has the fewest homers among those competing, but he missed more than a month of the season because of a strained biceps.

Defending champion Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, teammate Justin Bour, Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger and Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon make up the National League team.

“I’m not disappointed,” Morrison said. “It’s par for the course. I play for the Rays. I get it. They can’t even get my picture right. When they put my name up there, they put Corey [Dickerson’s] picture up there … on MLB Network. When they put up the home run leaders, they put Corey’s swing on there — not mine.”

Morrison might get a chance to go to the All-Star Game. Although he wasn’t chosen for the squad, he is on the five-man ballot for the final spot on the American League team.browns_015