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Monday, October 23, 2017

Stories by Steve DelVecchio:

Carson Palmer believes return in 4-6 weeks is possible

Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer suffered a broken arm in his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, leading many to speculate that his career could be over in addition to his season. However, the Arizona Cardinals quarterback does not sound ready to call it quits just yet.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday that there is no official timetable for Palmer’s return, but the 37-year-old is not ruling out being ready to play again in four to six weeks.

The team has not yet made a decision about whether they will put Palmer on injured reserve, which would mean he cannot play until Week 16 at the earliest. If he is placed on IR and the Cardinals fall out of the playoff race, it is highly unlikely that Palmer would play in the final game or two of the season.

Arians said Sunday that Palmer is expected to miss eight weeks, but obviously no official word has been given yet. With how uncertain Palmer previously sounded when asked if he will play beyond 2017, the retirement questions make sense.

ESPN cancels Barstool Sports show after one episode

Pardon My Take

ESPN made a surprising decision recently to partner with Barstool Sports for a late-night TV show, but the partnership was incredibly short-lived.

On Monday, ESPN announced that it has cancelled its new show “Barstool Van Talk” after just one episode. ESPN president John Skipper admitted in a statement that the network was hoping to be able to distance itself from the Barstool brand despite working with two of its employees.

Dan “Big Cat” Katz and PFT Commenter are cohosts of “Pardon My Take,” which has quickly become one of the most popular podcasts in the country. The Barstool personalities released a statement of their own after the news broke.

It’s almost impossible to believe ESPN didn’t know there would be backlash after partnering with Barstool. What network executives probably didn’t expect was one of their own employees leading the charge in bashing the World Wide Leader for getting into bed with a site that has been criticized for its content, which is exactly what Sam Ponder did in a series of tweets last week.

Janet Jackson reportedly not banned from performing at Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake confirmed on Sunday that he will be headlining the halftime show at Super Bowl LII, which of course sent Twitter into a frenzy with people calling for Janet Jackson to join him. If that’s what JT wants, he is apparently free to extend the invite.

The belief has existed for years that Jackson was banned from ever performing at an NFL event again because of the infamous incident in which her breast was intentionally exposed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVIII in 2004. However, a representative from the NFL told TMZ “there is no ban” when asked about Jackson.

“We are not going to comment on any speculation regarding potential guests,” a league spokesperson said. “There may be no guests. Along with Pepsi, we’re excited to have Justin Timberlake.”

After the performance that coined the phrase “wardrobe malfunction,” Timberlake went on to become one of the most successful artists in the music industry. Jackson, on the other hand, was supposedly pressured to bow out of the Grammy Awards the following week, where Timberlake took home an award. Many people feel J.T. blamed Jackson by saying the shocking end to the performance was “unintentional.”

If you’re hoping to see the two share the stage again in Minneapolis, you will probably be disappointed. There’s a better chance Timberlake will get his old band back together, though that is also unlikely.

Report: Steelers have no plans to trade or discipline Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant may be intent on doing everything in his power to force his way out of Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t mean he is going to be successful.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers have no intention of trading Bryant before the Oct. 31 trade deadline. They also aren’t expected to discipline the receiver for not showing up for a mandatory team meeting on Monday.

After Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Bryant made some comments on Instagram criticizing rookie teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster and indicating he wants the Steelers to trade him. Veteran offensive lineman Ramon Foster said Monday that he wishes Bryant showed up to work so he could explain himself.

“I just wish he were here to answer his own questions,” Foster said.. “I’m over that. I don’t know what happened. I think he called in sick today. I don’t know. I just wish he were here to answer his own questions. You can’t throw that stuff out there on social media land and expect no forest fires behind it.

“He can’t leave us here to answer, is how I feel about it. I feel like last week we kind of pushed it aside and then you double down on it? Not cool from a teammate perspective.”

Bryant’s agent told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that the 25-year-old felt ill on Monday morning and went to see a doctor. As Bouchette notes, Bryant has missed some practice time the last two weeks with what the Steelers labeled an illness.

Even though Bryant recently mocked a report about him wanting to be traded, he is not fooling anyone anymore. The problem is he has been suspended multiple times for failed drug tests, so the Steelers know they aren’t going to get anything for him in a trade. Unless Bryant becomes an unmanageable headache, the team will probably just ride it out.

Adam Schefter has Twitter hacked by coworkers after leaving computer open

Adam Schefter ESPN

Adam Schefter is arguably the most well-known reporter in American professional sports, so he knows better than to leave his social media accounts unattended. But what Schefter learned on Monday is that he should never trust anyone — not even his coworkers.

It was immediately obvious that Schefter’s Twitter account had been hacked when his nearly 7 million followers saw a quote from “Anchorman” appear on it.

As he often does, Schefter got to the bottom of the story within minutes. It would appear that Trey Wingo is the man responsible for the hack.

Shame on Schefter for forgetting what happened a few years back, when another one of his co-workers got ahold of his Twitter account. Fortunately, Wingo let him off easy with a recognizable “Anchorman” quote. Schefty might not be so lucky next time.

Martavis Bryant reportedly missed Steelers team meeting Monday

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant clearly wants nothing to do with playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers anymore, but is the wide receiver going to just stop showing up for work?

On Monday, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Bryant was absent from mandatory team meetings. One of Bryant’s teammates said the 25-year-old “called in sick.”

Bryant’s agent said his client was at the doctor on Monday morning.

It would be unfair to accuse Bryant of lying before having all of the facts, but the timing certainly raises some red flags.

Earlier this month, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Bryant is unhappy in Pittsburgh and wants to be traded. Bryant later mocked that report with a pretty funny comment, but his actions since then have indicated that it was accurate.

Following Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Bryant criticized Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in an Instagram comment that was later deleted. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler later spoke with someone close to Bryant who says the receiver “wants out” of Pittsburgh.

Bryant has been suspended multiple times for failed drug tests, and he could be facing another suspension now for conduct detrimental to the team. The Steelers have little chance of finding a trade partner for him, but an outright release isn’t out of the question.

Michigan player apologizes for flipping off Penn State fans

Penn State proved that it is one of the best teams in the country on Saturday night with a dominant performance against Michigan, and one Wolverines player was in no mood to hear it from the fans at Beaver Stadium after the game.

The Nittany Lions received an incredible home field advantage from the record 110,823 fans in attendance. Despite his team losing 42-13, Michigan cornerback Lavert Hill let all 110,823 know how he felt about them.

On Monday, Hill issued a statement apologizing for his actions:

The 42 points allowed by Michigan were the most in Jim Harbaugh’s three seasons with the team. The Wolverines were dominated so badly that fans began chanting for another team at one point, so you can understand why Hill was frustrated. Still, he has to use better judgment than that going forward.

Joe Thomas will miss rest of season with torn triceps

Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns

Joe Thomas saw his incredible streak of 10,363 consecutive snaps played come to an end on Sunday when he suffered an injury, and the All-Pro offensive tackle’s consecutive games started streak is going to meet the same fate.

The Browns revealed on Monday that Thomas suffered a torn triceps in his team’s loss to the Tennessee Titans and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017 season.

Prior to Sunday’s game, the Cleveland Browns could say they had their left tackle on the field for every offensive snap since 2007. Thomas’ streak is easily one of the most remarkable in sports, and it’s a shame to see it come to an end.

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