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Fringe players fighting for roster spots will have their NFL dreams crushed to pieces, and it’s happening next week in the finale.

Riley Bullough, LB: Bullough is probably not going to make it, even though the coaching staff loves how competitive he is. Mike Smith pretty much said it out loud this week.

We saw Cam Newton take the field for the first time since his shoulder surgery, and though he was only in the game for one series, he looked sharp, hitting Kelvin Benjamin for a 9-yard touchdown to cap off that drive.

Chad Henne got the start for the Jaguars over Blake Bortles, and Henne was … OK. Henne completed 8 of 14 passes for 72 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Bortles still got plenty of work in the second half, and he was … OK, too. He went 12-of-16 for 125 yards, a touchdown and a pick.

We got our first look at Jay Cutler in a Dolphins uniform, and he looked great, actually. He had 105 yards and a touchdown on just five completed passes. Matt Moore, on the other hand, completed fewer than half of his passes and had two picks and no touchdowns. If this is a quarterback competition in Miami, it’s in name only.

This Goff is unquestionably better, even allowing for how awful the Colts looked. He also gets a relatively easy slate of defenses to start the year, given that the Rams will face Washington, the 49ers and the Cowboys during the first quarter of the season. It’s too early to say that Goff has turned things around and will deliver on the promise he held coming out of college, but this was the first time Goff looked like a viable professional quarterback in the NFL. That alone is progress.steelers_127

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New Orleans Saints right tackle Zach Strief suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee, a source confirmed Tuesday, when he left Monday night’s 29-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings late in the first half.

Typically, that can be about a four-week injury, which means Strief could be out through the Week 5 bye, at least.

It’s a big blow to the New Orleans offense, which began the year without starting left tackle Terron Armstead, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.

The Ravens were hoping Woodhead was going to be a catalyst for the NFL’s No. 21 scoring offense from a year ago, especially based on his only drive with Baltimore. In six snaps, he caught three passes for 33 yards (picking up first downs on each one) and ran the ball once for 4 yards.

This isn’t the first time Woodhead dealt with this injury this year. He was sidelined for the last two preseason games because of an issue with his hamstring.

Staying healthy has been a problem for Woodhead. He has missed 27 games over the previous three seasons. A torn ACL ended his season last year with the Chargers after two Kenneth Acker Youth Jersey weeks.

The injury to Woodhead left the Ravens with two healthy running backs: Terrance West and Buck Allen. Baltimore can promote one of two running backs on the practice squad — Alex Collins and Jeremy Langford — to fill Woodhead’s roster spot. Receiver Michael Campanaro also DeMarre Carroll Youth Jersey could be a candidate to help out out of the backfield.

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The Colts are uncertain about quarterback Andrew Luck’s status for Week 1 after offseason shoulder surgery. Scott Tolzien is expected to start if Luck isn’t able to play against the Los Angeles Rams.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Dorsett was a 2015 first-round draft choice of the Colts (29th overall). He has played in 26 regular-season games (seven starts), totaling 51 catches for 753 yards and 3 touchdowns.

They were a 13-point favorite against the New York Giants in the Super Bowl and were laying double digits in essentially every game, Kunovic told ESPN. They would have to be doubles again. That 2007 team had one of the best offenses in NFL history.

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We don’t know what [the 2017 team] is yet, and Randy Moss was the best WR this side of Jerry Rice, Kessler said of the ’07 team.

But for both Lane and Anders, the prospect of making money anywhere near the equivalent of McGregor, or even a player on an NFL practice squad, is far on the horizon. Couple that with the danger of stepping into a cage across from another man aiming to injure and MMA is a road that still doesn’t draw many former football players.

A new company is giving fans the opportunity to wear a new jersey each week — by renting them.

The Bengals have also broken out the Flyswatter — and not a moment too soon. In addition to scrapping the Flywire, they’ve rid themselves of the neck roll format on their black jersey, with the orange trim now extending all the way around the collar — a big upgrade.

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The defense, by contrast, is suffering. Rookie Jarrad Davis is one of just two homegrown first-rounders in the starting lineup, and the other is Ezekiel Ansah, who missed all of training camp with an ankle injury. The Lions have question marks at every level of their defense, which finished last in DVOA in 2016. If the Lions can get their defense to take a modest step toward respectability, their offense could carry them into the postseason.
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The Giants wide receiver is considering buying a hefty insurance policy if he and the team are unable to agree on a contract extension before the regular season starts, Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday, citing unidentified sources.
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Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned following the backlash last year for kneeling during the anthem in protest against police brutality and racial injustice. However, other players around the league have begun to echo his protest this season in light of the violent white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Va., and President Donald Trump’s controversial comments that followed.

Browns coach Hue Jackson recently said he prefers his players not to partake in the protest, though more than 10 members of his squad kneeled before Monday’s game against the Giants in the largest demonstration since it all began last preseason.

There are football reasons why Big Ben makes the list, as well. Since early in his career, Roethlisberger has been accused of being a drama king — by former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott, for instance, and former Ravens coach Brian Billick — for publicly discussing various injuries he has sustained.

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The quarterback competition in Jacksonville has reached the point where even the team’s flagship radio station was willing to ask Jaguars owner Shad Khan whether he would approve the addition of Colin Kaepernick.

Khan told 1010XL before Thursday night’s latest Blake Bortles-Chad Henne preseason nightmare that he wouldn’t be adverse to such a move. Such a decision would ultimately be made by top football executive Tom Coughlin, who has thus far shown no known interest in pursuing Kaepernick or any other free-agent passer.

The 2017 New England Patriots are good enough to put all of us NFL contrarians in our places. Sporting News, just like every other sports publication on earth, is picking the Patriots to win Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4, 2018. To pick against them to repeat would make us certifiably insane.

There’s NFL parity, and then there are the Patriots. In 2017, it would be a major upset if New England, which has been to an unprecedented six straight AFC championship games, does not make it a lucky seven. This could be the last run for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick together, much to the hope of other AFC hopefuls.

Since the preseason, Kaepernick has been under fire for kneeling during the national anthem to protest what he sees as the oppression of black people in the United States. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has stressed it isn’t a barb at the military, but an effort to bring more awareness to racism in America.
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In a post on Instagram, Heat president Pat Riley announced the team will not issue No. 1 again, and that the jersey number will eventually be retired in Miami.

Chris changed his life and basketball career when he came to Miami, said HEAT President Pat Riley. And he changed our lives for the better, in a way we never would have imagined, when he joined the Miami HEAT. We will forever be indebted to CB for how he changed this team and led us to four trips to the NBA Finals and two NBA Championships. He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise. The number 1 will never be worn by another player and we can’t wait to someday hang his jersey in the rafters. Today, we are both moving on but we wish Chris, Adrienne and their family nothing but the best.

But if you’ve got that insatiable basketball appetite tonight, of all nights, this is the one you want to see. The Suns are a team loaded with young players. Devin Booker isn’t playing, but their No. 4 pick, Josh Jackson, is, as are Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Christian Wood, and Tyler Ulis.

But I could tell Kuzma wasn’t your average late first-round pick in his Summer League debut alone.

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NFL’s ‘My Cleats, My Cause’ campaign to return in Week 13

The “My Cleats, My Cause” campaign is back by popular demand.

The NFL is expected to revive the customized cleats event during Week 13 this season after it drew praise last year, The MMQB reported Wednesday, citing unidentified league sources.

“We’ll discuss it after the (Giants game) and come up with our starter,” Bowles said. “We’ll do it Monday after watching the film.”

Hackenberg had a chance to prove himself last weekend, but was abysmal in his preseason start against the Lions.

He went 2 for 6 for 14 yards in his five possessions, was sacked twice and fumbled once. When Petty took over, he posted better numbers by going 15 for 24 for 160 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

McCown also has far more experience on his side after spending 15 seasons in the league.

However, Bowles recently said the scrutiny of Hackenberg was unfair and that he didn’t have much of a chance to prove himself.

“I just think perception and image is everything. This is not the Colin Kaepernick that we’ve known since he entered the National Football League,” Vick said. “I’m just going off my personal experiences. Listen, I love the guy to death. But I want him to also succeed on and off the field. This has to be a start for him.”

Vick said people advised him during his own career to adopt a professional look, but he didn’t listen until the end of his playing days. He also said he realized he needed to clean up his image if he wanted a second chance in the NFL after spending 18 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and being directly involved in the killing of dogs.seahawks_128

Nick Young’s tweets making fun of Warriors fans resurface after being signed by Warriors

Nick Young might have some explaining to do when he touches down in Oakland. It didn’t take long for fans to sift through his Twitter account and find tweets from 2016 in which he called out Warriors fans for not knowing anything about basketball.

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For Indiana, dealing for Joseph would give them a point guard for their rebuild that’s still only 25 years old and a decent prospect. The Pacers recently lost Jeff Teague to free agency and have reportedly considered Lance Stephenson at the point, which would be highly entertaining. But a tank doesn’t mean that the Pacers stop playing all semblance of organized basketball, and you still need someone to reliably get Myles Turner the ball so his development isn’t stunted. Absorbing Joseph’s salary would do that.

Shaq also took the opportunity provided by his wild new shoes to throw a lighthearted jab at Lonzo Ball’s Big Baller Brand, tagging his post #shaqshoestherealbigballerbrand. You know, that popular hashtag. And while Lonzo Ball’s shoes have gotten a lot of attention for their $500 price tag, I can’t even imagine how much Shaq’s glowing, possibly hovering sneakers cost.

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Steph Curry is enjoying his trip to China, but we’re becoming a little concerned he’s watched too much Game of Thrones. So is his brother, Seth.

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Seth is okay, otherwise he wouldn’t have lived to post the tale of his brush with death. Meanwhile, Steph — we’re glad you’re having fun, but be safe out there. What would you mother think?
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Few players worked free agency better than Iguodala. He took meetings with suitors and even hinted at interest from the rival Spurs. Most people assumed he would return to Golden State, but it would have been interesting to see if he had been forced to choose between a hometown discount or the Kings’ riches. The Warriors smartly never going to let it get to that point and Iguodala got his three years at a premium price. Leverage only exists for those who choose to use it.

Whether it was because of KD’s largesse or the largeness of Joe Lacob’s ambition, general manager Bob Myers didn’t have to scrape by on the margins when filling out the rest of the roster. He signed Young to a 3-year deal and added Omri Casspi, which looks kinda genius. In retaining veteran David West and Zaza Pachulia, the Warriors luxury tax bill will push the payroll to around $175 million. That doesn’t include the $3.5 million the Warriors paid Chicago to buy a second round pick to take Jordan Bell. Including tax implications their payroll over the next few years could be over a billion dollars. That’s … a lot.

Lowry might have been the best guard in the Eastern Conference this season until an elbow injury derailed his All-NBA campaign. Lowry blossomed into an all-star in Toronto, but the franchise has vowed changes after a disappointing sweep by the Cavaliers. The Raptors are already paying DeMar DeRozan more than $30 million per season. Can they pay the backcourt $65-70 million a year and build a competitive team around them? Perhaps not.