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Percy Harvin reportedly pulled himself out of three games

Percy Harvin Seahawks

Percy Harvin had a history of negative behavior with the Seattle Seahawks that eventually led the team to trade him to the New York Jets on Friday. Not only did he fight with teammates, but he also pulled himself out of games when things didn’t go his way.

According to FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer, Harvin pulled himself out of a preseason game and two regular-season games this season. The most recent offense — pulling himself out of Seattle’s home loss to the Dallas Cowboys — led the team to finally trade him.

Glazer ran down this timeline of Harvin pulling himself out of games:

– First preseason game: Harvin upset about Earl Thomas returning punts in the game. Harvin did not have any stats in the game

– Final preseason game: Harvin did not travel to Oakland for it after his fight with teammate Doug Baldwin

– Second regular-season game: Harvin pulled himself out because he did not get enough touches early and was angry. He finished the game — a 30-21 loss — with one catch for 5 yards and two rushes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

– Week 6 loss to the Cowboys at home – pulls himself out

The Seahawks had so many problems with Harvin that they began quietly shopping him. They tried to trade him to the Broncos, Browns and Bucs, among others. They were prepared to release him if they could not find a trade partner, which they eventually did.

Darnell Dockett trolls Raiders fans with 0-6 sign

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Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals is out for the season with a torn ACL, but he was with the team in Oakland for their game against the Raiders on Sunday. Raiders fans probably wish he wasn’t.

Arizona improved to 5-1 thanks to a 24-13 victory, which dropped Oakland to 0-6, leaving them the only team in the NFL without a win this season. As if Raiders fans didn’t already know, Dockett reminded them with the above pictured sign.

Simply stating the record apparently wasn’t enough, as Dockett rubbed salt in the wound by adding “Worst team in NFL” above it. Then, there’s the smiley face inside the zero.

That’s top notch trolling.

During his first practice with the Raiders, head coach Tony Sparano had the team bury a football to symbolize the end of a disappointing first quarter of the season. The second quarter isn’t off to the best of starts either.

Don’t feel bad, Raiders fans — Dockett has said much, much worse to people like AJ McCarron.

Photo: Twitter/theTYmartinez

Tony Romo nearly runs into A-Rod at Cowboys game (Video)

Why does A-Rod always seem to get himself in the middle of things no matter what? The guy can’t even attend a Dallas Cowboys football game without making a headline for literally getting in the way.

As the Cowboys were running through the tunnel onto the field for their game with the New York Giants, A-Rod had to move out of the way because someone showed him that the team was approaching.

You think Tony Romo had a clue that was Alex Rodriguez in front of him? Probably not. He had his game face on.

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Or was that a smile he was sneaking in there?

Also see: Chelsea Handler says she called A-Rod a ‘f—ing a—” to his face
Also see: Tommy Lasorda is not an Alex Rodriguez fan

Jameel McClain messes with Tony Romo at line of scrimmage (Video)

Jameel McClain messed with Tony Romo at the line of scrimmage in hilarious fashion on Sunday.

One thing quarterbacks try to do at the line of scrimmage is identify the opposing team’s “Mike” — which is a middle linebacker who generally fills the gaps and makes the stops on running plays.

Romo walked up to the line of scrimmage and identified No. 53 of the Giants (McClain) as the “Mike.” McClain messed with Romo and yelled back that he wasn’t the “Mike”! It was pretty awesome.

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Kyle Long: Bears fans booing team is ‘unacceptable’

Kyle Long BearsChicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long was unhappy with the home fans for booing the team during a poor performance against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. He also challenged them to make more noise in the right situations.

“I don’t know if upset is the word I would use,” Long said after the game via The Chicago Tribune. “But as somebody who is blood, sweat and tears like the other guys in this locker room and the coaches, the trainers, the staff, the equipment guys, to be getting booed at home when you’re walking off the field down two possessions is unacceptable. Especially when there is not a lot of noise being made on third down. Period.”

After realizing his comments would cause a stir, Long tried to clarify his position via Twitter.

One person who completely understands fans booing a poor performance is tight end Martellus Bennett. He compares it to walking out of a movie.

Here’s a simple solution: you don’t want to be booed at home, don’t play like crap, especially when you’re a decent team.

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

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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.

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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.

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GIF via @cjzero

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