Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, but it may not even be serious enough to require an MRI.
During his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he does not believe Bryant has undergone an MRI, despite reports that Dez was scheduled to have one Monday. Jones also hinted Bryant will be good to go for Week 4.
Jerry Jones tells @1053thefan that Dez has not taken an MRI "to my knowledge. So I'm assuming he's on go."
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) September 27, 2016
It’s somewhat surprising that the team hasn’t taken an MRI for precautionary reasons, but Bryant was able to return to Sunday’s game after suffering the injury. It probably isn’t that serious.
As we learned when he made these comments over the offseason, Bryant is willing to play through injuries. Even if he suffered some sort of minor sprain, our guess is he’ll be ready to face the San Francisco 49ers.
Week 3 of the NFL regular season is now officially in the books and it provided a whole lot of excitement. There were several emotionally-charged games across the league that spurred on impressive individual performances.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five players who stood out above the rest and dominated on an individual level.
5. Dustin Hopkins (kicker, Washington Redskins)
A kicker?! Yes, a kicker.
Dustin Hopkins deserves his due because without him, the Redskins would be 0-3 in the NFC East with two divisional losses, and their season would be all but over. However, thanks to his five field goals and two extra points totaling 17 points, Washington will live to fight another day.
“Dustin Hopkins and the field goal team did a great job,” quarterback Kirk Cousins told reporters after the game.
By the time his day was done, Hopkins had connected on field goals of 49 yards, 33 yards, 45 yards, 25 yards and, with only 1:51 remaining, the eventual game-winner from 37 yards out.
Obviously the Skins would prefer to score touchdowns rather than settle for field goals, but that’s just how things shook out on Sunday. And Hopkins’ perfection ultimately saved their skin.
Final line: 5/5 on field goals and 2/2 on extra points for 17 points.
4. Shane Ray (linebacker, Denver Broncos)
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LSU quarterback Danny Etling took an extremely unfortunate hit on Saturday — one that happened to come at a time where he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Despite that, the junior insists he is not going to miss any time.
And as an added bonus, Etling says his social life has not been negatively affected by his newly-arranged face.
“My health is good,” Etling told reporters on Monday, per Ross Dellenger of The Advocate. “Face has had better days. Hasn’t thrown off my game with the ladies too much, I guess.”
— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) September 26, 2016
Thank goodness for that.
After Auburn defensive back Nick Ruffin’s helmet collided with Etling’s bare face, the quarterback needed medical glue to close cuts above his right eye and between his nose and upper lip. He’s now sporting a couple of bruises and a nose that apparently is not aligned properly.
“It’s crooked now,” Etling said. “I don’t know how to get that back straight.”
Heading into this weekend’s game against Missouri, Etling has a brand new face and a totally new coaching situation. But hey, at least his status with the ladies remains unchanged.
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When Ed Orgeron was named the interim head coach at LSU, his first major decision was firing his offensive coordinator.
According to a report from Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com, LSU only fired head coach Les Miles. It was initially believed that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was let go along with Miles as a package deal, but Lopez reports that Orgeron was given the option of keeping Cameron.
Feeling that the Tigers’ offense isn’t where it needs to be, Orgeron chose to dismiss Cameron and promote tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator.
“We’re going to spread the ball out a little bit, do some different things, change the style of play,” Orgeron said at his introductory press conference Monday. “There’s a lot of things on offense that we’ve done well, running the football, and we want to have a different passing game. We want to be more creative, find ways that the quarterback can get the ball down the field throwing it.
“Obviously, we know people hold up the box on Leonard (Fournette) and Derrius Guice, and we want to put the ball in our playmakers’ hands. We want to throw short for the quarterback and move the ball down the field. You have to score points these days.”
Orgeron was 10-25 in three seasons as a head coach at Ole Miss from 2005-2007. He went 6-2 as a USC interim head coach in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired. Another program was interested in hiring Orgeron as an assistant this past offseason, but once again he has ended up in the right place at the right time.
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Matt Ryan showed off his veteran smarts when he pulled a Deion Sanders and thought better of giving up his body to block a massive defender on Monday night.
Late in the Saints-Falcons game, Atlanta was trying to run out the clock and gave the ball to Devonta Freeman. Freeman ran to the right but then reversed course and headed left, which gave Ryan an opportunity to throw a block. The QB acted at first like he was about to do it, but as soon as he saw 320 pounds of potential danger coming his way, he went down like a grenade was about to go off:
Matt Ryan broke his ankles trying block and his reaction is priceless pic.twitter.com/1Womtn2m9E
— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) September 27, 2016
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The Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation is getting dangerously close to reaching critical mass.
Right-hander Corey Kluber was forced to exit his start against the Detroit Tigers on Monday early due to right groin tightness, per Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com.
Kluber left game with right groin tightness.
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) September 27, 2016
The former AL Cy Young Award winner gave up two earned runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts before exiting in the fourth inning of the 7-4 Indians victory. Though the team would officially clinch the AL Central division title with the win, the greater question is what Kluber’s injury means for their pitching staff moving ahead into the postseason.
The Indians have already been felled by a season-ending injury to Carlos Carrasco and a multi-week absence from Danny Salazar. Things have gotten so bad that the team was already said to be considering a three-man rotation for the playoffs.
Kluber, 30, is Cleveland’s undisputed ace, and for him be forced to miss time as well would likely signal a quick postseason exit for the Indians.
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Tom Brady appears to be making the most of his suspension from the NFL.
The New England Patriots quarterback traveled to Italy with wife Gisele for a nice getaway. Brady was even photographed sunbathing nude while in Positano. The NY Post shared the photos.
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) September 27, 2016
Brady was suspended four games by the NFL for his role on the Deflategate scandal. The Pats have gone 3-0 without him and face the Bills in Week 4.
Brady certainly should be well rested when he returns in Week 5 against the Browns.
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During Monday’s game between the Saints and Falcons, two members of New Orleans’ special teams unit were part of a bizarre moment.
Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis was back to return a punt from Matt Bosher. While the ball was in the air, rookie De’Vante Harris collided with Lewis, leading to a loose ball. Harris attempted to gain possession, but was unable to. The Falcons ultimately recovered.
He ran into his own guy!?!
— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2016
On the ensuing drive, Tevin Coleman scored on a two-yard touchdown to tie the game.
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Russell Wilson may have a sprained MCL, but Pete Carroll isn’t acting like he’s too concerned about the status of his quarterback.
The Seattle Seahawks head coach said he plans on Wilson practicing on Wednesday.
“We’re planning on practicing him on Wednesday,” Carroll told reporters on Monday.
Carroll also said it’s too early to say whether Wilson will be able to play on Sunday when the Seahawks visit the Jets, although he has said Wilson “feels great.”
Wilson has been toughing things out this season. He also suffered an ankle injury in Week 1 yet did not miss any action. The Seahawks are 2-1 this season.
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Heading into the 2016-17 season, idiosyncratic swingman Nick Young is still on the Los Angeles Lakers, and it looks like he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. That apparently starts with retiring his famous “Swaggy P” nickname.
At Lakers media day on Monday, a cheerful Young revealed that he’s now going by the moniker of “Uncle P” due to the team’s young roster, per Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.
Nick Young is back with a happier mood. Because it's a young team, he's now referring to himself as "Uncle P."
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) September 26, 2016
At 31 years old, Young is actually the fifth-oldest player on the team, behind Metta World Peace and Marcelo Huertas as well as newcomers Jose Calderon and Luol Deng. Entering his fourth straight year with the Lakers, Young is now also their longest-tenured player (if you disqualify World Peace for leaving in 2013, then coming back last season).
It may be hard to take Young’s new nickname seriously though after an offseason in which he acted like anything but a wise old uncle. But with the Lakers unsuccessful in their persistent attempts to get rid of him, it’s good to see that Young is at least attempting to embrace something of a new era.
Here’s just hoping that Young doesn’t take the nickname a step further and delude himself into thinking that he’s a Splash Uncle as well.