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Eagles concerned that Darren Sproles Jersey broke arm; MRI scheduled

The Philadelphia Eagles believe running back Darren Sproles broke his arm during Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, a league source confirmed.

Sproles was injured in the first half following an awkward plant and hit from safety Darian Thompson. Trainers were originally looking at the knee area. Sproles was able to walk off under his own power, though, and the concern quickly turned to his wrist as he held his right arm in obvious pain as he headed indoors. Replays showed that Thompson’s foot inadvertently hit Sproles on the arm.

The 34-year-old running back holds a key role in the Eagles rotation. LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood received the bulk of the carries in his absence Sunday.

Sproles has rushed for 61 yards this season on 15 carries. He also has seven receptions for 73 yards.

NFL Network first reported the Eagles’ concern that Sproles suffered a broken arm.
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With a decent amount of cap space to work with — and an additional $13.9 million following the release of Dalton — go get players in free agency and the draft that can help turn this ship around. Hint: It would be a good idea to start with the offensive line.
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For now, the Bengals are just 0-2 and had a couple of bad offensive performances against a pair of defenses that were top 10 units a year ago. There’s time to turn things around and make up ground in the AFC North.

But Cincinnati already fired Zampese — an unusually proactive move for a franchise that had never before in its 50-year history fired a coordinator during the season. If the team is taking its offensive ineptitude serious enough to make that move after only two games, why wouldn’t it continue to make changes if things don’t get better?

A matchup against the Packers next week could quickly mean 0-3. The last team to bounce back from a start that poor and make the playoffs was the 1998 Buffalo Bills.
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Whether it’s now or in a few weeks, the Bengals look toast. And if that’s the case, there’s not much reason for keeping Lewis and Dalton along for the ride to the bottom.

Here in Jacksonville, we haven’t experienced a powerful runner since Maurice Jones-Drew. When teams in the league have a feared run game, their passing offense seems to fall more in place, and I believe that is the reason we were so productive against the Texans — Blake Bortles completed the game with zero sacks and interceptions, which is something that hasn’t happened since Week 2 of the 2015 season. With an effective play-action, the defense does not have the freedom to cheat and this prevents the defensive backs and linebackers from jumping routes or blitzing every play forcing the run.

With an efficient run game, we do not have to pass on a short second down. We can gain those yards early and give the offense more snaps which gives a better chance in a touchdown.

Cowboys vs. Broncos delayed due to severe weather

The Cowboys-Broncos game was delayed due to severe weather in the area, but the game eventually resumed just before 6 p.m. ET.

The delay came toward the end of the first quarter. The Broncos held a 7-0 lead, when it was announced that the game would be delayed at least 15 minutes to allow thunderstorms to pass.

If, in the Commissioner’s opinion, it is reasonable to project that the resumption of an interrupted game would not change its ultimate result or adversely affect any other inter-team competitive issue, he is empowered to terminate the game.

The following Monday, the NFL filed an appeal of the injunction. Two days later, the NFLPA filed an opposition, saying “The NFL faces no threat of irreparable harm if the stay is not granted, while others, including both Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys, will suffer substantial — in fact, severe and irreparable — harm.”

In its motion, the NFL said that if Mazzant did not issue a ruling by the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 14, that it would appeal to a higher court. Mazzant did not issue a decision, and the NFL filed an emergency motion with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals the following morning, according to sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach.

Elliott’s team didn’t take long to issue a response via a statement obtained by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

“The NFL’s latest maneuvering appears to be indicative of a league with an agenda: trying to navigate a public relations crisis rather than focus on fairness and fact finding,” the statement read.17

Michael Crabtree Jersey stole the headlines with his three-touchdown afternoon

Jalen Richard quietly put together a big day as the change-of-pace back to Marshawn Lynch. Richard posted 109 yards and a score on only eight touches. The high-end efficiency is nothing new for Richard, who averaged 5.9 yards per carry (second best), 2.7 of which came after contact (third), last season. If Lynch goes down, Richard will form a committee with DeAndre Washington, but he’d certainly be a worthwhile flex option in that scenario.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: The Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars game was yet another of those classic fantasy fails, a 37-9 Titans victory in which once fantasy owners checked the box score, they realized that practically none of the Titans’ more prominent names contributed a big score. Henry’s was the one that stood out, as he managed 15.2 PPR fantasy points, the fourth time in his past seven regular-season games that he has scored in double digits, and he out-carried DeMarco Murray (14-6) for the second time in his past three regular-season games. Kudos to those of you in the 1.5 percent of ESPN leagues who were so bold as to start Henry. (Side note: Jonnu Smith, who scored 11.0 PPR fantasy points, was started in 0 percent of leagues.)

Game Kids Gerald Everett Jersey Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Though he played on Sunday despite being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, Howard never got anything going and finished with a miserable 0.7 fantasy points — PPR or non-PPR — on just nine carries. It was easily the worst performance of his 17-game NFL career, and it was of particular concern because his backup, Tarik Cohen, managed another 15 total touches and 12.8 PPR fantasy points. Howard was started in 83.6 percent of ESPN leagues, a rate that is likely to drop in Week 3 with his role beginning to come into question.

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The Jets gutted their roster in the offseason and are going with 38-year-old Josh McCown Jersey as their starting quarterback.

Coach on the hot seat: Todd Bowles, Jets — The Jets have become the NFL’s definition of dysfunction and have even been accused of tanking even before the season begins. They have plenty of talent on defense, but the offensive side of the ball leaves a lot to be desire. The Jets don’t appear capable of improving on last year’s 5-11 record, which could mean Bowles will be out of a job at season’s end.

Falling: Jets — The Jets gutted their roster in the offseason and are going with 38-year-old Josh McCown as their starting quarterback. McCown has a 2-20 record as a starter since 2014, but Bowles said he gives the Jets the best chance to win. With Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg as the other two quarterbacks, that’s probably true. But the Jets also don’t have a receiver with more than 42 career receptions.

He just out-savvied Manning, a quarterback who was making his 200th consecutive career start. If you were ranking NFC East quarterbacks right now, Prescott would have to be at the top of that list, followed by Carson Wentz, Manning and Kirk Cousins. Prescott already has gone to a Pro Bowl. He has the arm, the pocket intelligence and the mobility to check off that Super Bowl column too.

Game Youth Kasperi Kapanen Jersey On Sunday night, Elliott called his quarterback his best friend. Their stalls are positioned side-by-side in the left corner of the Dallas locker room.

When we’re out there, Elliott said, it’s like nothing can stop us, and you know it’s just great having a guy like him to root me and kind of go through everything like this with me.

They do make for a hell of a tandem. But over time, the more Dallas emphasizes Prescott’s stability over Elliott’s instability, the better off it will be.

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Tom Brady Jersey: ‘Sucked’ having extra days off after Patriots loss

Tom Brady couldn’t wait for the weekend to be over.

During his weekly interview on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan program, the Patriots quarterback said it’s been difficult getting over his team’s Thursday night upset by the Chiefs given the extra days to sulk in defeat.

Game Youth Josh Gorges Jersey It’s probably easier when you’re getting right back to work, Brady said. It actually kind of sucked having three extra days to think about it and re-watch the game.

Cravens said during a minute-long video posted to his Snapchat account he just wants to be happy.

I don’t feel I need to explain myself. I don’t feel like I have to, Cravens said. I think I need to follow what makes me happy, get my mental right, my well-being right and my family right. I’m not worried about the comments or what people think about me.

I’m gonna be a lot more open with y’all now that I can, now that I have nobody to answer to at the moment so I’ll be open with you. You all will really get to know me. You can hate me or love me. There will be no gray area or in-between. I don’t prefer it any other way. Love you all.

The Redskins placed Cravens on the team’s exempt/left squad list Sunday after he told the team he was thinking of ending his career after just one season. Cravens has been out this summer with a knee injury.

Johnson, who spent the previous two years with the Cardinals, likely will assume the featured back role in David Johnson’s absence.

David Johnson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. He is expected to miss two to three months after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated wrist, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Chris Johnson will likely get most of the carries against the Colts on Sunday in Indianapolis, followed by Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington, Elijhaa Penny and D.J. Foster. With each running back having a separate strength, Arizona’s rushing game will likely be by committee instead of relying on one player.
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Aaron Donald ends holdout, rejoins Rams

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has officially ended his holdout and reported to the team one day before the team will open the season against the Indianapolis Colts, according to Pro Football Talk.

The late arrival means that Donald will not be on the field when the Rams begin the season Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The holdout for Donald ends without a contract, which means it could be tough for the Rams to keep the defensive tackle when his rookie deal expires.

With his fast rise and status as the Rams’ best defensive player, Donald was severely underpaid heading into the season, with two years left on his rookie contract. Currently, he’s scheduled to make just $1.802 million, a bargain for the Rams but a pittance for a player of Donald’s caliber.

Tolzien had two, and damn near a third to tie the record, but his receiver bailed him out.

That’s Donte Moncrief nearly ripping off the defensive back’s head and knocking the ball out. He got a facemask penalty, but that’s a small price to pay to save your quarterback from historical football status.

Tolzien’s previous two picks were exactly the same, a panicked throw late to his left.

Mercifully, the Colts brought in Jacoby Brissett for the fourth quarter.

Way to go, Colts! You might be worse than the Jets, maybe.


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Ben Roethlisberger is an excellent quarterback and a terrible fighter — that’s what we learned on Sunday against the Browns.

Browns lineman Emmanuel Ogbah shoved over Ben like he was a sack of potatoes, which Roethlisberger emulated perfectly. Then he went for the Karate Kid technique of … sweeping the leg.

Well, kind of. It was more a halfhearted lunge. Like a seal trying to enter water and landing back on the ice. He didn’t ever try to swat with his arm or anything, he just dove head-first and hoped.

Paul Perkins made his debut as the Giants lead back on Sunday night, but the team’s offensive woes allowed him only nine touches for 25 yards on 17 snaps. Shane Vereen, meanwhile, was on the field for 29 plays and caught 9 of 10 targets for 51 yards. It was an ugly day for an offense that was without Odell Beckham Jr., but also one that ranked 30th in the league in scoring opportunities (touchdowns plus field goal attempts) last year.

The Giants’ offseason improvements (Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram) were overstated, especially considering Eli Manning’s struggles, a lack of a running game and a poor offensive line. There will be better days for the offense, but it’s hard to expect much after a laid egg against a mediocre, at best, Dallas defense. Perkins shouldn’t be in lineups against Detroit this week, and Vereen is a desperation PPR flex option.

Limited Kids Charles Clay Jersey It didn’t take long for newcomer Jermaine Kearse to take on a gigantic role in the Jets’ offense. The former Seahawk was on the field for 52 of the team’s 55 offensive plays (95 percent) against the Bills on Sunday.

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Roger Federer Jersey takes place among greatest age-defying sports figures

At age 36, Roger Federer is defying all tennis odds. When injuries sidelined him for a good chunk of 2016, fans and experts alike predicted that he would never be the same Federer again. But he has proved them wrong this year, winning the Australian Open — after a vintage Federer-Rafael Nadal final — and Wimbledon.

Sean McVay’s tone was a little different when talking about Aaron Donald after the Rams wrapped up their preseason Thursday. Is a deal on the horizon?
Limited Mens Ender Inciarte Jersey With Donald out, the Rams’ only solidified starter in 3-4 base sets appears to be Michael Brockers. The other five down linemen, after the Rams trimmed their roster to 53 players, are Ethan Westbrooks, Louis Trinca-Pasat, Morgan Fox, Tyrunn Walker and Tanzel Smart. They all have a chance to get significant playing time now.

Donald is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time first-team All-Pro who has compiled 28 sacks in his three-year career, four more than any other defensive tackle from 2014 to 2016. Last season, he led the NFL in quarterback hits (31) and tied for the lead in tackles for loss (17). Heading into this season, many would argue that he is the game’s best defensive player, regardless of position.

But he is underpaid by virtue of the two years that remain on his rookie contract.
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The artist behind the Colin Kaepernick Authentic Jersey mural explains why it belongs in Atlanta

The No. 7 on a Falcons uniform is a number that resonates with Atlanta sports fans as much as the No. 10 on a Braves uniform. Michael Vick and Chipper Jones immediately come to mind, and immediately strike memories Atlantans hold near and dear to their hearts.
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So when a Colin Kaepernick mural popped up after two days of work on the corner of Lowery and Fair streets in the West End with him wearing the No. 7, it was surprising, but welcomed.

I would say 2007 Patriots -3.5, Jason Simbal, vice president of risk management at CG Technology, told ESPN. It’s hard to really determine because we know the 2007 version was 18-1, [but] we have no actual results for this year’s team. The 2007 version had a top-five defense, so I would give them the nod.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, who has listed this year’s team as +275 to win the Super Bowl, was the one sportsbook that said it would favor the 2017 team (by 3.5 points).

We’ve never had a win total of 12.5, said Jeff Sherman, oddsmaker at Westgate. The NFL game has advanced in the last 10 years to the point where this 2017 Patriots team would have the highest power rating vs. any previous team.
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For Mitrione, it offered a road that most recently stopped off at Madison Square Garden 鈥?the most famous venue in the history of combat sports, which hosted eight Muhammad Ali fights 鈥?and a win over the best heavyweight in MMA history.

It will be a long climb for Lane or Anders or any other former football player to match or surpass Mitrione’s accomplishment. And it may be an even taller task to reach a point where their pay is on par with their NFL counterparts.