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49ers fear ACL tear for Jimmy Garoppolo

The San Francisco 49ers are expecting the worst possible news on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan admitted after Sunday’s game that the team fears Garoppolo tore his ACL, which would be a season-ending injury. Kyle Shanahan confirms they’re fearing an ACL for Jimmy Garoppolo. Awful news. MRI to confirm tomorrow. — Mike Garafolo…Read More

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Wake Forest fires DC Jay Sawvel after giving up 56 to Notre Dame

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Wake Forest’s shoddy defensive performance against Notre Dame on Saturday cost one coach his job.

Wake Forest announced on Sunday that defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel has been fired. The move comes a day after the Demon Deacons gave up 56 points to the Fighting Irish.

Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson said the move was a “difficult decision and not a spur of the moment decision.”

Tom Gilmore was elevated from defensive analyst to a full-time position on Wake’s staff as an outside linebackers coach.

Wake has allowed 33.5 points per game this season, which is 106th out of 130 teams.

49ers fear ACL tear for Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo knee

The San Francisco 49ers are expecting the worst possible news on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan admitted after Sunday’s game that the team fears Garoppolo tore his ACL, which would be a season-ending injury.

As Shanahan notes, an MRI will be required for confirmation, but the early signs look very bad. The injury looked to be of the non-contact variety, increasing the likelihood or major ligament damage or a tear. Early noise from the 49ers sideline indicated that they feared a serious injury.

Obviously, as Carson Wentz is proving, an ACL tear isn’t always the end of the world, but it would certainly mean the end of Garoppolo’s 2018 and could also have an impact on his career trajectory depending on the severity.

Colts bring in Jacoby Brissett over Andrew Luck for Hail Mary attempt

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The Indianapolis Colts had one last chance to beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday with a Hail Mary attempt as time expired, and they did not feel that Andrew Luck was the quarterback on their roster with the best chance to make the play.

Trailing 20-16 and near midfield, the Colts needed to throw the ball into the end zone with five seconds remaining. Rather than have Luck attempt a 54-yard pass, they brought in backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Prior to the Hail Mary attempt, Luck had thrown a series of checkdown passes to move the ball from the 11-yard line to the 46. He threw mostly underneath passes throughout the game, leading many to believe his arm strength still is not where it needs to be after he missed the entire 2017 season.

Brissett probably has a stronger arm than Luck even when the two QBs are at their best, but it was still noteworthy that the Colts chose to use Brissett in that situation. It was not that long ago that we heard a report about Luck’s arm strength that was not all that encouraging, so you have to wonder if he is truly at 100 percent health.

Jimmy Garoppolo carted to locker room with leg injury

Jimmy Garoppolo knee

Jimmy Garoppolo was carted into the locker room after appearing to injure his left leg during the fourth quarter of the San Francisco 49ers’ game against Kansas City on Sunday.

Garoppolo took a big hit while scrambling by the sideline against the Chiefs. Prior to the hit, his left leg appeared to give out somewhat, indicating a potential knee injury.

The 49ers quarterback was 20/30 for 251 yards and two touchdown passes, along with 23 rushing yards. Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract during the offseason.

Twitter reacts to Clay Matthews’ latest roughing the passer penalty

Clay Matthews has seemingly become the poster boy for the NFL’s new roughing the passer rules, and football fans are in an uproar over it.

Matthews on Sunday was flagged for roughing the passer for the third consecutive week, and the general consensus has been that what he did should not constitute a penalty. Matthews did not make helmet-to-helmet contact with Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith or hit him in an area he shouldn’t have, but the Packers star did land on Smith with his body weight, which is now considered roughing the passer.

The rule was applied properly, but most football fans and many players hate it. For evidence of that, look no further than Twitter:

Matthews was flagged for a similar hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins last week, and it negated an interception that likely would have sealed a win for Green Bay. The NFL may have to address the rule going forward.

Redskins TE Jordan Reed seen making obscene gesture towards fans

Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed went viral on Sunday, and it was unrelated to anything he did on the field.

FOX was televising Washington’s game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers and flashed to the sideline where quarterback Alex Smith was hanging out. In the background was Reed doing an obscene gesture towards the stands.

Reed could be facing a fine from the league considering that gesture was caught on TV and circulated among fans.

Clay Matthews gets another roughing the passer penalty for seemingly clean hit

The NFL has new rules in place this season for what constitutes roughing the passer, and no one is having more trouble following them than Clay Matthews.

For the third week in a row, Matthews was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a hit on an opposing quarterback. Just like the play last weekend where he hit Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, Matthews did not make helmet-to-helmet contact with Alex Smith or appear to do anything malicious. However, he did land on Smith with his body weight, which is now considered roughing the passer.

Matthews immediately threw his arms out as if he knew a flag might be thrown, and he was understandably furious to see the laundry come out. No one was more angry than Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who was shown going ballistic on an official near the sideline.

Matthews’ hit on Cousins last week negated an interception that likely would have sealed a win for Green Bay, and many felt it was a perfectly clean football hit. The controversy was one of the biggest of the weekend, and the NFL will once again be facing questions after Matthews was flagged for his hit on Smith.

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