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Broncos Injury Report: Paxton Lynch works on short throws
Lynch did not practice Thursday, but did have a throwing session one day earlier. [...]
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NFL, players’ union to jointly address anthem issues in “civil and constructive way”
DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, will attend next week’s owners’ meeting in New York along with players, the league and union announced in a joint statement Wednesday in which they pledged to work cooperatively to address the issue of players’ protests during the national anthem. “Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith today and both he and player leadership will attend the League meetings next week,” the statement said. “There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized. Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way.” Owners are scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday in New York. The owners appear likely to consider the possibility during the meeting of requiring players to stand for the anthem. In a letter to NFL teams Tuesday, Goodell wrote: “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem.” The league has been under pressure from President Donald Trump to compel players to stand for the anthem rather than allow players to kneel in protest. [...]
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Fantasy football scout: Redskins are rested, but who will be ready to take advantage?
As we look ahead to Week 6, I have to admit I’m kind of fascinated by the Giants. I mean, what in the world are they going to do on offense as they head into Denver? The Broncos are first in total defense and are the toughest team to run against, which is kind of a problem for New York, which has almost no pass-catchers after last week’s carnage. Who knows, maybe Evan Engram will get something like 75 percent of the pass targets, while the rest are divided up between Shane Vereen and Wayne Gallman, but in the meantime, here are some situations the week is offering that promise to have a little more fantasy impact. As always, the idea is to get an idea about how to proceed with moves such as trades or waiver claims. The Redskins offense Brian Davidson, Getty ImagesQuarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins scrambles during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 2, 2017 in Kansas City, Mo. Matchup: vs. 49ers, Sunday, 1 p.m. Coming out of a bye, and at home against one of the league’s more generous defenses, we may see some Washington players break out of their early season malaise. Jordan Reed, in particular, is healthy and has a great chance to finally reward those who took him with an early draft pick. So does Terrelle Pryor Sr., but he’ll need to show that he is still a priority in the passing game, especially with Josh Doctson coming on strong. Jamison Crowder is another fantasy-draft darling who has underwhelmed, while Ryan Grant‘s two TDs are as many as the rest of the WRs combined. Rob Kelley is expected to miss this game, or at least be very limited, with an ankle injury, giving Samaje Perine a terrific chance to put fumbling and pass-protection issues behind him and earn more of the coaching staff’s trust. Or he could, you know, literally fumble away the opportunity. Chris Thompson owners will want to see him get back to making big plays after a too-quiet Week 4. T.Y. Hilton and Marlon Mack, Colts Michael Conroy, The Associated PressIndianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton makes a catch against San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmie Ward during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. Related ArticlesOctober 12, 2017 Carter: Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesson for NFL protesters October 12, 2017 Diddy’s solution to the NFL’s anthem controversy? He’ll buy the league. The whole league. October 12, 2017 Unbeaten Kansas City looking to get even as Steelers roll into town October 12, 2017 NFL, players’ union to jointly address anthem issues in “civil and constructive way” October 11, 2017 Giants suspend cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Matchup: vs. Titans, Monday, 8:30 p.m. The Colts haven’t fared well in their first two road games, but they were jumped in the first by a Rams team that we now know is much better than expected, and predictably stifled in the second at Seattle. Tennessee should make for a more welcoming host, as it allows the third-most fantasy points to both QBs and WRs, making this a tasty spot for the Jacoby Brissett-T.Y. Hilton connection. If Hilton does have another big game, which would be his third in four weeks, it could make him a great sell-high candidate. Indy’s schedule during the all-important Weeks 13-16 is brutal (at Jaguars, at Bills, vs. Broncos, at Ravens), but the star WR’s expected production, plus reports of Andrew Luck coming back soon, should leave his owners capable of getting out while the getting’s good. Marlon Mack’s eye-opening Week 5 (9 carries for 91 yards and a TD) made him a popular figure off waiver wires this week — ESPN’s 10th-most added player, as of this writing — and he’ll be set up nicely to eat into Frank Gore‘s workload some more. Heaven knows, the Colts could use some more big-play guys apart from Hilton, and it’s not as if Gore figures into the team’s long-range plans. Packers at Vikings Ronald Martinez, Getty ImagesAaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on Oct. 8, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. Matchup: Sunday, 1 p.m. The RBs will be worth watching on both sides of this divisional battle. For Green Bay, Aaron Jones figures to be the lead back again, but this time against a tougher opponent, and a big game in Minnesota would be all the more impressive than his 125-yard, 1-TD rushing day at Dallas. We don’t know yet if Ty Montgomery will play, as he returned to a full practice this week but is still recovering from multiple broken ribs. If Jones continues to look good, Montgomery may see his playing time significantly reduced, no matter how soon he returns to full health. Latavius Murray‘s playing time was signi [...]
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Unbeaten Kansas City looking to get even as Steelers roll into town
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith lived through last year’s playoff loss to Pittsburgh, then relived it countless times on video, trying in vain to learn how the Chiefs lost to a team that didn’t even score a touchdown. With the Steelers rolling into town on Sunday, he had a chance to see it all unfold again. “Any time you play an opponent in the recent past, you look back on that stuff,” the Kansas City quarterback said. “If they had success, are they going to repeat the same stuff? Do things different? “We’re a different team now as well,” Smith added, “so you relish the opportunity a little bit, the chance. But you look at it. It does bring back memories of a missed opportunity.” Smith is right on many accounts: The Chiefs did miss their opportunity that cold January day at Arrowhead Stadium, squandering a strong defensive effort in an 18-16 defeat. The Chiefs are much better now than they were last season, the NFL’s lone unbeaten team through the first five weeks. And the Chiefs do relish the opportunity to exact a little revenge on the Steelers. “We’re onto a new year,” running back Charcandrick West said, “but we all know what happened.” The Chiefs (5-0) have every intention of changing the script, too. On offense, they’re more dynamic than the one that managed 227 yards total against the Steelers. Smith is now the league’s top-rated passer, Tyreek Hill has built on his dramatic debut season and rookie Kareem Hunt has emerged as one of the league’s premier running backs. On defense, they return just about everyone that held Ben Roethlisberger and Co. in check. Related ArticlesOctober 12, 2017 Carter: Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesson for NFL protesters October 12, 2017 Diddy’s solution to the NFL’s anthem controversy? He’ll buy the league. The whole league. October 12, 2017 Fantasy football scout: Redskins are rested, but who will be ready to take advantage? October 12, 2017 NFL, players’ union to jointly address anthem issues in “civil and constructive way” October 11, 2017 Giants suspend cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie “You take care of the ball, you play great special teams and defense you have a real chance of being 5-0. That’s why they are,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “We respect it, we don’t fear it.” Especially since the same video of the previous meeting — the one Smith and the Chiefs have spent the entire offseason lamenting — is likely to fill the Steelers (3-2) with some much-needed confidence. They’re coming off a letdown last week against Jacksonville, when Roethlisberger tossed five picks, two of them returned for touchdowns, and the Jaguars rolled to a 30-9 victory. “I don’t know about that,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re still top of the AFC North. We’re right there in the hunt in the AFC. So I think you guys are much more panicked that we are.” Here are some crucial story lines as the Chiefs and Steelers prepare to meet again: RUNNING BACKS: The Steelers’ LeVeon Bell gouged the Chiefs for 170 yards rushing last January, and he’s still one of the best running backs in the league. But the best right now is Hunt, whose 609 yards on the ground is nearly 150 yards better than fellow rookie Leonard Fournette. By the way, Fournette ran for 181 yards and two scores against Pittsburgh last week. PREMIER PASS D: Smith is having a career season, ranking near the top of the league in just about every passing category. But he’ll be facing the NFL’s stingiest pass defense, one that held the Jaguars’ Blake Bortles to 8 of 14 for 95 yards with an interception last week. “He’s always done a good job of managing and minimizing negativity for his offense,” Tomlin said. “He can throw on the move. He can create by design or by scramble. His mobility is an asset. It really limits what you’re capable of doing at times. You better respect his mobility.” TURNOVER TROUBLE: Not all of Roethlisberger’s interceptions last week were his fault, but the five still pushed the Steelers’ total to nine on the season. Compare that to Kansas City, which has not turned it over since Hunt’s fumble on the first play from scrimmage in the opener against New England. “Turnovers are tough. Those get you in the long run,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Alex has always been good with that and our ball carriers are hanging onto the ball.” BIG BEN’S BOUNCEBACK: Roethlisberger said he flushed last week’s performance when Monday rolled around, then provided a very simple explanation for how he managed it: “Two Super Bowls, 100 [...]
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Diddy’s solution to the NFL’s anthem controversy? He’ll buy the league. The whole league.
Finally, someone has come up with a solution to help the NFL get past its President Donald Trump problem with the national anthem. That person is Sean Diddy Combs, whose solution, unfortunately, is entirely unworkable and would most likely only trigger another presidential tweetstorm. Still, we give the rapper/entrepreneur/mogul props. His plan? Buy the league. Lock, stock and kicking tee. He outlined his “dream” in a Twitter rant Tuesday night. Related ArticlesOctober 12, 2017 Carter: Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesson for NFL protesters October 12, 2017 Unbeaten Kansas City looking to get even as Steelers roll into town October 12, 2017 Fantasy football scout: Redskins are rested, but who will be ready to take advantage? October 12, 2017 NFL, players’ union to jointly address anthem issues in “civil and constructive way” October 11, 2017 Giants suspend cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie “I did have a dream to own a NFL team but now my dream is to own our own league!” he tweeted Tuesday evening. In Diddy’s vision, this would be: “A league where you can be yourself. Have a retirement plan,” he continued. “Have freedom to be a great human and protest for your people without being demonized for your beliefs as a KING!! NEW DREAM ALERT!!!!” That kind of freedom would only exacerbate the problem and, besides, it’s not going to happen. Alas. There are 31 owners and one publicly owned, nonprofit team and none of them is in the mood to sell, let alone all of them. Besides, Diddy is out of his league here. With a net worth estimated at $820 million by Forbes, Diddy would have to start with the cheapest NFL team and work his way up. And that team, the Buffalo Bills, still has an estimated value of $1.6 billion, according to Forbes’ latest number. With NFL teams valued at nearly $75 billion in total, Diddy is just a wee bit short. [...]
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Can the Denver Broncos play spoiler to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West?
The Kansas City Chiefs are the best team in the NFL right now, but can the Denver Broncos ruin their hopes and dreams in 2017? The AFC West is still the best division in the NFL, but it is now a lot more top heavy than we all expected. The Best in the West As the only undefeated team left in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs are clearly the best in the west right now. However, the Denver Broncos are nipping no their heels after five weeks. It’s a two horse race. Frankly, the Chiefs have a history of regular season prowess and then find ways to falter come January. The Broncos could be the spoiler that ruins their hopes and dreams, which would be glorious. The Worst in the West A few weeks ago, this would have easily been the Los Angeles Chargers. However, their losses have been tough and close affairs, while the Derek Carr-less Oakland Raiders are just not very good. They get my vote as the worst team in the west right now. If Carr is out or not very good after rushing back to the lineup, the Raiders could easily drop 3-4 games in the next six weeks and that would put them out of playoff contention rather quickly. [...]
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Denver Broncos and New York Giants injury report: Broncos are healthy while the Giants are not
Here is your Wednesday injury report for the Denver Broncos and New York Giants. The Denver Broncos are coming off their week four bye week, so they’re feeling well rested right now. That is shown on their first injury report of the week where they only have two players listed with injuries. The rest are key veterans getting a rest day before taking the field tomorrow. Vance Joseph said Broncos just had best Wednesday practice of year. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 11, 2017 Quarterback Paxton Lynch is expected to start throwing this week while receiver Cody Latimer is only dealing with a minor/nagging knee injury. So there are no real concerns with either of those two who are just backups anyways. In other injury news, rookie tight end Jake Butt and injured edge rusher Shane Ray will begin practicing next week as well. So all is good in Bronco land right now on the injury front. They’re healthy and ready to make that postseason run throughout the remainder of the regular season. As for the Giants, they’re a mess. They lost star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a season-ending broken ankle, and also lost Brandon Marshall(the receiver) for the season as well. Add in Sterling Shepard also hurt, and their wide receiver group is severely banged up. They also have key defensive starters Landon Collins and Oliver Vernon on the injury report as well. Their defense took another big hit today when corner D. Rodgers-Cromartie left the team and was suspended. So the hits keep on coming for the winless Giants squad. Here are the entire Wednesday injury reports for the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants. BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play [...]
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s suspension is the latest twist in the Giants’ meltdown
The New York Giants suspended cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Wednesday after he came into the team’s facility and then decided to leave. Head coach Ben McAdoo would not specify a timetable on the suspension when he talked to reporters on Wednesday afternoon: “DRC came in yesterday, we had a conversation that was personal upstairs,” McAdoo told reporters. “He came in today, decided to leave. We will suspend him.” McAdoo refused to answer any questions beyond that. DRC told ESPN’s Josina Anderson about what went down: According to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, McAdoo told Rodgers-Cromartie‏ on Tuesday that he wouldn’t play Sunday night against the Denver Broncos. Rodgers-Cromartie left before [...]
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Homecoming: Trevor Siemian pauses NFL reality, returns to where unlikely career began
When Trevor Siemian arrived at Northwestern, there were no promises of an NFL career. He still made the unrealistic into reality, and his journey back to Evanston this weekend served as a reminder of the people and places that helped turn a 175-pound freshman who lacked NFL dreams into the Broncos’ starting quarterback. [...]
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Why Vance Joseph makes plan for player health; Aqib Talib talks anthem protests
Perhaps it’s a sign, and if it is, Vance Joseph will take it. The Broncos, he believes, had the best Wednesday practice they’ve had all year as they return from a bye and prepare to face the 0-5 Giants. Joseph has generally been candid with his assessments of practice. In the days leading up to their loss at Buffalo in Week 3, he noted a change in a focus in players. It differed from the weeks prior, when they dismantled the Chargers and then the Cowboys, and the lacking attention to detail in Week 3 led to their first loss of the season. “The difference is we’re off a bye so guys are feeling good,” Joseph said. “We’ve got very few injuries — knock on wood — thus far. It’s beautiful out, it’s nice weather, and that helps. But I think it’s just guys being fresh, and being excited about playing a football game again. We’re in a good spot right now, so we got to continue to do more and push our guys to continue to focus and push forward and get better every day.” The Broncos’ only injured or recovering players are receiver Cody Latimer, who is working his way back from a knee injury, and quarterback Paxton Lynch, who is healing a shoulder sprain. Joseph has made an effort to give certain veterans — running back Jamaal Charles, cornerback Aqib Talib and nose tackle Domata Peko — rest days each week in an effort to preserve their health. He’s taken lessons learned from his time with former coach Gary Kubiak in Houston and Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati and applied them here. Related ArticlesOctober 11, 2017 Depleted Giants reeling ahead of meeting with Broncos October 11, 2017 NFL Week 6 Preview October 11, 2017 Broncos Insider: Denver embarks on grueling 12-game stretch October 10, 2017 Will Parks, the Swiss Army Knife of the Broncos defense, growing comfortable with multiple roles October 10, 2017 Peyton Manning, Rashaan Salaam elected to Colorado Sports Hall of Fame “It’s important. Obviously, we’re playing football and it’s a physical game, so you’re going to have some injuries. What (the Giants went through on Sunday, you can’t prevent that. But I think having a plan for the entire year helps to keep players healthy. … Long-term, you have to plan early for that. You can’t in Week 10 say, ‘let’s back Talib off because he won’t make it and Jamaal Charles won’t make it.’” Stance on protests. In a memo to NFL owners, commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear the league wants players to stand during the national anthem. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went so far as to say his players will not be allowed to compete if they don’t stand. Talib took a knee before the Broncos’ game at Buffalo as part of a league-wide response to Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments about protesters. But the Broncos’ cornerback has stood for every other game and said Wednesday that if the league requires all players to stand going forward, he wouldn’t have a problem with it. “I stand anyway, so it wouldn’t affect anything I do. I stand anyway. Like I said, I don’t feel like taking a knee and all that, it doesn’t really solve a problem in my eyes. There definitely is a problem out there, but taking a knee and all that — I stand for the people who go to war for us. Trump may make us go to war again and then those guys are going to go to war for us again. So that’s why I’m standing. I appreciate everything those guys do.” [...]
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Broncos-Giants odds: Denver heavy favorites on Sunday Night Football
We don’t like it when the Denver Broncos are two touchdown favorites over a team, even if its the 0-5 New York Giants. The Denver Broncos opened 9-point favorites over the New York Giants last week, but that was before the Giants lost four wide receivers in one game - three of them to IR. The line now stands between 12 and 13 points. Those odds are ridiculous, especially for an offense that can sometimes score points and sometimes not. They dropped 42 on the Dallas Cowboys, but then against a really bad Oakland Raiders secondary could only muster 16. If I were a betting man, I’d avoid this game like the plague. The Broncos need this game to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs who are now 5-0, so who cares if they cover or not. [...]
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NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys aren't the same team this year
The 2017 Dallas Cowboys had a problem, though. No, the Cowboys’ 2016 season didn’t end with a championship, but it was incredible. Behind rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, Dallas was 13-2 before sitting starters in Week 17. [...]
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High School Coach of the Week : Chad Cooper
Erie’s Chad Cooper is recognized as the sixth High School Coach of the Week for 2017. [...]
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