Titans to start Matt Cassel Jersey with Marcus Mariota Jersey inactive

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota, considered a game-time decision due to a hamstring injury, has been ruled inactive Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the team announced.

Mariota injured his hamstring in the Titans’ loss to the Texans a week ago as he dove for the end zone while outrunning a defender on a 2-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. He tried to play with it and tested it out after halftime, but the team decided to be safe and go to Cassel.
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Mariota gradually did more at practice each day this past week, but most of his work consisted of throwing intermediate passes in individual drills before going inside for rehab, while Cassel led the first-team offense.
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The Titans signed veteran quarterback Brandon Weeden last week, who will serve as Cassel’s backup.

After all, he was held out of the second half of last week’s game for those exact reasons. Unable to fully step into his throws over that left leg may have accounted, at least in part, for an interception by Mariota just prior to halftime. Concern about his ability to move in and out of the pocket added to the rationale for holding him out. So, in order to return this week, Mariota would need to erase these same concerns. He did return to practice on Wednesday, but was very limited, making stationary throws and moving very little in general.

Coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota did more each day (although he remained limited throughout the week), and Mariota is certainly making the case to play. But, as ESPN.com’s Cameron Wolfe notes, the team will have to balance its own expressed desire to be safe with its quarterback with allowing him to take the field in a limited role. If Mariota does play, the test will come in-game, as he has not replicated those demands in practice thus far. The Titans will not make Mariota’s status official until game time.

Both teams have a shot, but the Bills have a clearer path to the playoffs.

Wide receiver Marqise Lee was walking around in the locker room on Wednesday with a wrap on his ribs, which he injured during last week’s loss to the Jets. He didn’t practice Wednesday, and it’s uncertain if he’ll be able to do anything the rest of the week. Not having Lee against Pittsburgh on Sunday would be a massive loss given that the Jaguars are already down Allen Robinson (torn ACL). That would leave Allen Hurns as the No. 1 receiver and little-used veteran Arrelious Benn, rookie Keelan Cole and first-year player Max McCaffrey as the rest of the crew. — Mike DiRocco

Kimes: Buffalo. Both teams have a shot, but the Bills have a clearer path to the playoffs. They get to play the Dolphins twice as well as the Jets, Colts and Chargers. And they’ve found a recipe that works, with a stout defense and an efficient, turnover-averse quarterback in Tyrod Taylor.

Sando: Buffalo. Mina’s reasoning makes sense, and could be why ESPN’s Analytics model puts the Bills’ chances near 50 percent, with the Rams’ closer to 30 percent. The Rams are a bigger surprise than the Bills, at least to me. My preseason projection had them starting 2-3 and then falling off the map, which probably is not going to happen now.

Seifert: Buffalo. A defense that is holding opponents to an NFL-low 13.5 points per game provides more cover … and more long-term stability. The Rams’ defense has been gashed for 26.3 points per game (28th in the NFL), putting their own offense in an unsustainable position.

This week’s bye came at the perfect time for the Falcons, with top receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu coming off injuries during a loss to Buffalo. Jones suffered a hip flexor injury, and a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Jones is not expected to miss any game action. Meanwhile, Sanu is expected to be sidelined two to three weeks with a hamstring strain, so he’s likely to miss the Falcons’ next game against the Dolphins in Week 6. But the bye gives both receivers a chance to rest and recover. — Vaughn McClure

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One of the biggest questions for the Colts has been the return of quarterback Andrew Luck after his shoulder surgery in January. Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that Luck will return to the practice field Wednesday, do rehab Thursday and practice Friday.

A.B. is a competitor, we all know that. It aids him, it aids us. He has to control [his emotions]. If not, it can work against him, it can work against us. Those are lessons you learn along the way.
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But Brown has been in the news for some of his antics in the past. When Brown live-streamed the Steelers’ locker room last season, Roethlisberger said he was a little disappointed by Brown’s decision.

During that time there was also a report from NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala saying Brown’s antics could cost him in contract negotiations in the future.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin agreed with Roethlisberger, saying in his press conference a while later that Brown has to control his emotions.

He’s a competitor, but he has to control it. If he does not, it can work against him, it can work against us, Tomlin said. They need to be taught good things, good lessons, ways to conduct themselves as professionals. We all make mistakes. He made a mistake. I’m sure he’s ready to move on from it. But I also think there’s a lesson to be learned or a lesson to be taught there. And I hope that he addresses that element of it as well as he moves forward.

Man, this is not Antonio’s first rodeo, Tomlin added. I’m not going to waste a lot of time talking to Antonio about not throwing water coolers and so forth. Be a professional.

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Steelers rookie T.J. Watt Jersey sidelined with groin injury

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Game Deacon Jones Jersey T.J. Watt’s momentous launch to the NFL has come to a halt.

The Steelers announced the rookie linebacker left Sunday’s win over the Vikings a groin injury and did not return.

Watt suffered the injury in the first half and was seen standing on the sideline before retreating to the locker room for further evaluation. A long-term loss would be a blow to Pittsburgh’s stout defense.

Although the Giants were down 14-0 when they took over on their 45-yard line after an ugly Donnie Jones punt with 14:49 left to go in the fourth quarter, it would be fair to say they had been knocking on the door for a while. Their running game had been functionally useless for most of the day, but coach Ben McAdoo had been both conservative and aggressive with little luck. The Giants punted twice from Philadelphia’s side of the field in the first quarter, lost the ball on a pair of Manning interceptions, and were stopped on downs twice in the red zone, including a pair of plays from the 3-inch line at the end of the first half.

The Eagles were limited by injuries, with the secondary down three would-be contributors: Ronald Darby, Jaylen Watkins and Corey Graham. By the end of the first half, star defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and every-down linebacker Jordan Hicks were done for the day. The Giants eventually took advantage. Their drive from midfield to start the fourth quarter set up Odell Beckham Jr. for a devastating double-move past Jalen Mills for one score.

The Super Bowl Jersey hangover is more myth than reality.

In Week 1, the Falcons were struggling with a Bears team that tossed a bunch of money this offseason at Mike Glennon, who last started a game in 2014. Glennon entered the game with a 5-13 record as quarterback. His top receiver, Cameron Meredith, was already lost for the year. His other, Kevin White, suffered yet another injury and left the game. And yet, the Bears came within 5 yards of pulling the upset.

The Falcons got the victory, even after a rookie running back from North Carolina A&T, Tarik Cohen, was making the defense look silly at times. But it was not a performance that would leave Falcons fans confident going into Week 2 against the Packers.
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Panic index: There have been teams to succeed the season after going to the Super Bowl. The Falcons are stacked with talent, and it was the first week of the season. Let’s not get too concerned … yet.

In two seasons in Grand Forks, he made 15 starts. He led the team in receptions as a sophomore, and after growing four inches his first two seasons with the program, he had developed into one of the Big Sky Conference’s top targets.

Authentic Youth Morris Claiborne Jersey The things we wanted Kenny to get better at, and he did, is to hold his line on vertical routes a little more, embrace being the big receiver, NIU coach Rod Carey said, via ESPN.

One season on the sideline was all he’d need to catch up at one of the MAC’s top programs. Golladay instantly emerged as the Huskies’ top aerial threat. He averaged 15.5 yards per catch and scored 10 touchdowns for the MAC West champions. He followed that up with a second straight 1,100-yard season in 2016.

The rangy wideout had proved himself as a Division I standout at two different stops, but plenty of questions remained about whether that talent would translate in the NFL. He earned an invitation to test himself at the NFL Combine, but the results weren’t what the two-time All-MAC standout had hoped.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will bounce back and here’s why

Dak Prescott led a team filled with two and three-star level talent to the number one team in the nation for half of the college football season. Dak and the Bulldogs traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide. Dak didn’t get much help from his over-matched supporting cast.

On Wednesday, ESPN published an interview with Lacy in which he opens up about how the constant attention towards his weight, and public shaming for it whether it’s bad or good, does in fact bother him.

This is counting playoffs, but Ryan has been so remarkably steady that he’s never even dipped down to 199 yards on his worst days. Having great weapons helps, but #2 has been so reliable that the longest streak in NFL history just seems fitting.

In the current CBA, the number of padded practices was severely restricted relative to the last one. Those negotiations were between NFL veterans and NFL owners with zero input from coaches across the league. However, the end result has resulted in poorer OL play and that’s created a domino effect in free agency and other methods of team building. It makes coaching and developing a solid offensive line more difficult overall. Belichick makes a golf analogy to illustrate his point.

Why was Beckham out? He was injured during the Giants’ second preseason game, and he’s lucky it wasn’t worse. Beckham sprained his ankle after taking an ugly helmet to the knee.

Le’Veon Bell Jersey might be off to a slow start, but the other Steeler B’s aren’t.

LeSean McCoy was limited to 9 yards on 12 carries but paced the Bills in targets (seven), receptions (six) and receiving yards (34) against Carolina. McCoy has been on the field for 73 percent of the team’s snaps and has run a route on 62 percent of the team’s pass plays, both of which are his highest marks since 2013. McCoy’s obscene target share (27 percent) is well above his career high (17 percent in 2010) and double where he was last season (13 percent). Buffalo has issues at wide receiver, but McCoy’s usage in the passing game is sure to dip. The good news is that his workhorse role will allow high-end RB1 numbers moving forward. Needless to say, don’t panic after the slow start.

Le’Veon Bell might be off to a slow start, but the other Steeler B’s aren’t. Ben Roethlisberger has completed 21 passes for 16 yards per catch to Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant this season. Pittsburgh is off to a 2-0 start for the second straight year.
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Tom Brady reminded everyone in Week 2 that he is still, in fact, Tom Brady, and that alone is reason for optimism. But another reason for optimism is the Patriots’ stable of running backs, who have combined for a league-best 385 yards from scrimmage this season. James White, Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead are all producing early on.
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The Raiders have two wins, have yet to turn the ball over and have the best point differential through two games (plus-35). If the Raiders keep that up, there will be plenty more dancing for Marshawn Lynch this season.

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Tavon Young Womens Jersey The Cleveland Browns gave Brock Osweiler a fair shot at winning the starting job. He just couldn’t prove he deserved it — or a spot on the roster. After naming rookie DeShone Kizer as the regular season starting quarterback, the Browns released Osweiler.

The Pittsburgh pass defense was middling last fall. Steeler defensive backs held opposing passers to an 89.5 rating — a mark that ranked 18th in the league despite facing the Browns’ shameful cavalcade of quarterbacks twice.

T.J. Oshie Womens Jersey Why did Cleveland release one of its longest-tenured players?: Pittsburgh isn’t getting a can’t-miss player here. Haden has struggled with injury recently, playing in just 18 games over the last two seasons. With more than $14 million in salary commitments on the books, he was an expensive risk for a rebuilding team. The Browns tried to trade him before letting him hit the free-agent market, but ultimately failed to recoup any assets for their two-time Pro Bowler.

Instead, they’ll turn to Jason McCourty, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, and Jamar Taylor in what promises to be an underwhelming coverage unit in 2017.

The fan perspective: Opinions coming out of Cleveland may not matter much to those in Pittsburgh, but Browns supporters overwhelmingly wanted to hold on to their long-tenured defensive back. A poll at Dawgs By Nature shows how badly fans wanted the team to keep Haden.

Eyes will be on NBC as it follows sideshow between Roger Goodell Jersey, Patriots fans

Smile, Roger, you’ll be on candid camera tonight.

NBC Sports told Sporting News on Thursday evening that it will show NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the network’s broadcast of the NFL regular-season opener between Chiefs and Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

We will show the commissioner during tonight’s coverage of the game, and cover any related news appropriately, NBC spokesman Dan Masonson said.

Goodell will have to run the gauntlet of a rabidly anti-commissioner crowd of Patriots fan still enraged over his four-game suspension of Tom Brady over Deflategate last season. For example, Barstool Sports distributed 70,000 towels showing Goodell wearing a clown nose, according to Sports Illustrated.

After Texans star J.J. Watt gave his initial 100K donation, he set his goal at $200,000. His project had raised more than $16 million as of Saturday morning and he has a new goal set for $20 million.

My first phase is what I’m doing is this weekend, my teammates and I have semi-trucks rolling in from out of town that we filled up, Watt told CNN’s AC360 with Anderson Cooper (via ESPN). We have about nine semi-trucks that are going to come to town. And we have those all filled with stocks, supplies, water, food, clothing, everything. So, we’re going to give that out this weekend.

I’m not just here for the initial fundraiser, Watt later added. I’m here to make sure that we take care of you down the road.
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Limited Kids Ryan Switzer Jersey With all due respect to the Raiders with Khalil Mack and the Chiefs solid on every level, the Chargers and Broncos are set up to have the two best defenses in the AFC West. Joey Bosa and Von Miller will make sure this battle is more about them than it is about Trevor Siemian and Philip Rivers. It’s a late-night, low-scoring special that pleases the under crowd, with Denver’s home field making the slight difference. Broncos win 17-16 but fail to cover the spread.

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.”