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Brandon Marshall yelled at Robbie Gould, called out Jay Cutler after loss

Brandon Marshall Bears

Brandon Marshall reportedly yelled at Robbie Gould in the Chicago Bears’ locker room following the team’s brutal 27-14 home loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and he also called out quarterback Jay Cutler.

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Adam Jahns reported that there was a lot of yelling coming from the Bears’ locker room after the game, which is to be expected from a team that lost that badly at home.

Jahns even heard some words that appeared to be directed at the kicker, Robbie Gould:

NBC Chicago’s Peggy Kusinski heard something similar:

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora later confirmed that Marshall yelled at Gould.

In addition to yelling at Gould, Marshall reportedly called out his quarterback, who went 21/34 for 190 yards, a touchdown, an interception and one fumble lost.

Marshall was still heated when the media entered the locker room and called the team’s record and performance “unacceptable.”

“Same mistakes, same mistakes, same mistakes,” Marshall said via ESPN Chicago’s Michael C. Wright. “We’ve got to protect the football. We’ve got to protect the football. We’ve got to execute the game plan. We’ve got to adjust when things don’t go as we saw on the film. We’ve got Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte. We’ve got a stud offensive line. We’ve got a great, great group of guys, and this is unacceptable. What did we put up, 14 points? Was it 14 points? That’s unacceptable.”

Marshall and Gould were team captains in the game. The Bears are now 3-4 after the loss and have been wildly inconsistent this season. They were expected to contend for the NFC North title.

Here are Marshall’s comments:

Rams fumble not reviewed in controversial ending vs Seahawks

There was a controversial ending in Sunday’s Seahawks-Rams game after the Rams appeared to lose a fumble that the referees said they recovered.

St. Louis had a 3rd-and-1 from their 45 with 1:14 left in the game. They were trying to hold on to a 28-26 lead and gave the ball to Tre Mason, who broke for a first down. Mason had the ball stripped by Malcolm Smith and it started bouncing around on the turf. Rams tight end Cory Harkey appeared to jump on the ball at first, but it squirted out and then it looked like Richard Sherman had it.

Richard Sherman fumble

It’s unclear who recovered the ball, but the referees determined that the Rams maintained possession, allowing them to kneel out the clock on the next play and win the game. Replays shown on TV made it difficult to know who recovered the ball:

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll bolted up the sidelines asking for a review of the play and never got one. FOX’s Mike Pereira says he would have asked for a review, but he doesn’t think the play would have been overturned.

Current NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino says there was no evidence the Seahawks recovered the fumble.

GIFs via SB Nation

Luke Kuechly ejected for getting physical with referee (Video)

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was ejected from Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers for making contact with an official.

Referee Steve Freeman came up from behind Kuechly and tried to remove him from a pile/potential trouble, and Kuechly, not knowing who was forcibly moving him around, waived his arms to get the person off of him.

Luke Kuechly referee

Unluckily for Kuechly, it happened to be an official who decided to ejected him for a personal foul.

FOX NFL rules expert Mike Pereira said he didn’t think there was enough contact to warrant an ejection, but he thinks the league will defend it because they are protective of the referees.

Kuechly is not expected to be fined for the play. After the game, he said there was no excuse for his actions.

Doug Baldwin touchdown celebration – hands up, don’t shoot? (Video)

Doug Baldwin scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Rams to make it 28-26, though the Seahawks came up short and lost by that score.

After scoring the touchdown, Baldwin did a celebration where he threw some air punches then stuck his hands up in a “hands up, don’t shoot” looking gesture.

Many people in the blog world thought he was taking a shot at Percy Harvin because a report said Harvin, who was traded on Friday, fought Baldwin in the preseason. But I thought this was Baldwin doing the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture since he was in St. Louis, not far from where the racial tensions over the police incidents in Ferguson took place.

Maybe reporters will ask Baldwin about it after the game so we can learn the real answer.

Doug Baldwin hands up don't shoot

GIF via @cjzero

Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown fantasy – CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson both injured

Anthony-Dixon

The Buffalo Bills were left scrambling for options in their backfield on Sunday after Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller were both carted off with what appeared to be serious injuries. Jackson looked like he injured his groin while early speculation has indicated that Spiller suffered a broken collarbone.

The Bills had been using Spiller and Jackson in a two-man committee. The next two backs on their depth chart are Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. Dixon had carried the ball 14 times for 86 yards this season heading into Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Brown, who recently said he was surprised with his lack of usage, had been a healthy scratch for the first six games of the season.

While both Dixon and Brown will be used going forward, it’s obvious the Bills like Dixon more. There’s a reason he has gotten the ball this year and Brown hasn’t. Don’t expect either to be a fantasy stud.

Rams run trick play for punt return TD against Seahawks (Video)

The St. Louis Rams pulled out all the stops in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, including a trick play that fooled everyone from the camera crew to Seattle’s entire punt return team.

As soon as the punt was in the air, the Rams began running toward the opposite side of the field from where the ball was. The Seahawks defenders simply followed the Rams blockers rather than locating the ball in the air. Tavon Austin appeared to call a fair catch, only he wasn’t the one fielding the ball. SB Nation had a good graphic explaining what happened:

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Steadman Bailey fielded the ball in a full sprint on the opposite side of the field. He put the breaks on and turned it up field for an 88-yard touchdown. By the time Seattle realized what was going on it was too late.

Seahawks reportedly tried to get Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron for Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks were obviously intent on getting rid of Percy Harvin, but that doesn’t mean they accepted the first offer they got for him. Before taking a sixth-round pick from the New York Jets that could turn into a fourth-rounder, the Seahawks aimed much higher.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seattle proposed sending Harvin to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Julius Thomas. The Broncos never even considered giving up their Pro Bowl tight end, who is currently on pace to shatter the NFL’s receiving touchdown record.

The Seahawks didn’t stop there. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Seattle also contacted the Cleveland Browns, and one of the players discussed was tight end Jordan Cameron. While it doesn’t sound like the Browns shot down the trade talks as emphatically as the Broncos did, a deal ultimately never came together.

Cameron and Thomas are both great players, but they also both happen to be playing on expiring contracts. Harvin is signed through 2018, though his contract is not exactly team friendly. Perhaps Seahawks general manager John Schneider felt that the Browns and/or Broncos would be looking to sell high before their tight ends hit free agency.

The latest reports are interesting for two reasons. For starters, the Seahawks are clearly looking for a tight end that can make an impact. Don’t be surprised if they add one in the offseason. Secondly, there obviously aren’t a lot of teams that think highly of Harvin. The fact that the best offer Seattle received was a low draft pick is very telling.

As Chris Mortensen noted on Sunday, the Seahawks were going to get rid of Harvin whether they could trade him or not. They were prepared to release him if no deal was reached. Teams probably knew about Harvin’s alleged issues with current and former teammates, which could have dramatically decreased his trade value.

8-year-old with Down Syndrome scores TD in high school game (Video)

The most important touchdown in a recent high school game between Rhinelander (Wisc.) High and rival Mosinee was scored by an 8-year-old. Gabe White, a young boy with Down Syndrome who is Rhinelander’s honorary captain, was treated to a moment he will never forget.

With Mosinee already having won the game and no time remaining on the clock, all of the players agreed to stay on the field for one final kickoff. The ball was picked up by White, who ran about 80 yards for a touchdown before being hoisted onto the shoulders of several players.

“I wanted to make a special moment for him,” Rhinelander coach Mark Apfel said after the game, via WJVW in Wisconsin. [He's a] special kid. All you have to do is hang out with him for 30 seconds and you see that.”

Players from Mosinee chased White all the way down the field and dove at his feet. It was an incredible moment that was made possible by both teams, and Gabe’s older brother Owen, who plays for Rhinelander, said it was more important than any success the team has had or will have.

“It will outlast any touchdown or game winning play we ever have,” Owen said. “It’s special.”

We’ve featured a lot of heartwarming stories over the years, and Gabe’s is definitely one of the best.

8-year-old-Down-Syndrome-touchdown

H/T Sporting News via Eye on Football

Notre Dame CB Devin Butler says FSU fan threw alcoholic drink at his family

Devin Butler Notre Dame

We’ve heard plenty of horror stories about the poor treatment of relatives of the opposing team’s players during road games, and this certainly is right up there.

Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler says his brother and his daughter had an alcoholic drink thrown at them during Saturday’s exciting game in Tallahassee between Florida State and Notre Dame:

When someone challenged Butler about his story, he wrote this back:

Devin Butler tweet

We’ve heard things like this far too many times before. Josh Hamilton has talked about his family needing extra security in Texas, while family members aren’t even safe from the home crowd in Philly.

You stay classy, Noles fans.

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