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Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Arian Foster announces retirement from NFL

Arian Foster

After eight seasons in the NFL, Arian Foster has announced his retirement.

In a blog post for UNINTERRUPTED, the 30-year-old cited his body and ambition being on different pages as the reason he’s hanging up his shoulder pads for good.

Foster went from being undrafted out of Tennessee in 2009 to leading the NFL in rushing yards (1,616), rushing touchdowns (16), and yards from scrimmage (2,220) the following year. He spent the first seven years of his career with the Texans and is the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards (6,472) and touchdowns (54). Unfortunately, injuries limited Foster to just four games last season with the Texans and four this year with the Dolphins.

Sheldon Richardson on Geno Smith injury: I told him to get rid of the football


Geno Smith played less than a full half of football before suffering a season-ending injury, and one of his New York Jets teammates seems to think the quarterback could have avoided said injury by playing smarter.

After Smith injured his knee in Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said he has urged the former West Virginia star to get rid of the ball quicker.

“I keep telling him to get rid of the football, but he won’t listen to me,” Richardson said, per Connor Hughes of “Told him I sack a lot of quarterbacks. You’d think he’d listen to me.”

Smith tore his ACL on a play where he scrambled out of the pocket on third down and was tackled, with his leg bending awkwardly underneath him. The injury didn’t seem serious at first, but it obviously was. Richardson felt it could have been avoided it Smith threw the ball away.

“He was looking good,” he said. “Tough break.”

It should be noted that Smith remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game and was even able to stand under his own power, so it came as a major surprise that he suffered a torn ACL. Had Richardson known the severity of the injury, he may not have been critical.

Whether the injury was his fault or not, Smith can’t catch a break. The Jets’ quarterback situation has now taken a very awkward turn, as head coach Todd Bowles reminded us when he made a surprising remark on Monday.

Blue Jays want to negotiate with both Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista Edwin Encarnacion

The Toronto Blue Jays’ loss in the American League Championship Series was painful not just because it ended their World Series hopes, but because it may have been the last time two of the franchise’s iconic players took the field for them.

While it seems like keeping both will be a tall order, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Monday that he wants to do whatever he can to retain outfielder Jose Bautista and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. Both players are poised to become free agents, and Toronto will have a very brief window of five days following the conclusion of the World Series to negotiate with them.

Encarnacion may be an easier sell than Bautista, who gave the Jays something of an ultimatum before the season. Bringing back both is probably impossible.

Report: Signs point to Kyle Schwarber making World Series roster

Kyle Schwarber Cubs

The possibility of Kyle Schwarber making the Chicago Cubs’ World Series roster appears to be realistic and not a dream.

Schwarber, who suffered two torn ligaments in his knee in April that were supposed to knock him out for the season, was sent to the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. He played in a game on Monday and went 1-for-3 with a walk, double and run scored.

Now FOX’s Ken Rosenthal says “all signs point” to the Cubs adding him to their World Series roster.

The downside to such a move is that if Schwarber re-injures himself during the World Series, the Cubs would not be able to replace him. Still, they may consider the risk to be worthwhile.

In nine postseason games last season, Schwarber smacked five home runs. That kind of pop has to be extremely appealing to the Cubs as they get set to play part of their World Series games in an American League park where the DH is available.

Indians confirm Danny Salazar will appear on World Series roster


The Cleveland Indians got some welcome news on Monday with regards to their pitching staff.

Pitching coach Mickey Callaway informed Salazar that he had made the World Series roster after recovering from injury.

Salazar was sidelined with a forearm strain in mid-September and it took him a while to get himself back into game shape. As good as the performances were against Toronto, the Indians will definitely feel great about having Salazar. It improves their pitching depth immensely and means they won’t have to lean as much on guys like rookie Ryan Merritt, great as he was.

Police recover car stolen from Kristen Ledlow during robbery

Kristen Ledlow

Police have made some progress in the hold up at gunpoint involving NBA TV host Kristen Ledlow.

According to TMZ Sports, Atlanta police were able to recover Ledlow’s vehicle, which was among the things taken from her at gunpoint when she was held up at her apartment complex on Saturday.

Ledlow was held up around 3:15 pm on Saturday as she pulled up to her apartment complex in her car. Two men who were waiting for her exited a silver sedan and robbed her at gunpoint, taking her car, purse, wallet and phone.

The crime was reported to police, who were able to track down the vehicle through an OnStar system about 25 minutes later.

Police continue to investigate the matter.

Ledlow, who hosts NBA TV’s “Inside Stuff,” says she is taking a social media hiatus for now.

Russell Wilson suggests do-or-die field goal to break ties

Russell Wilson Seahawks

Russell Wilson is not a big fan of ties.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was on the end of one Sunday night, and he suggested a way to break the tie: a field goal contest.

“Let’s say we’re the away team,” Wilson suggested, via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN. “We win the coin toss, we get the ball on the 35-yard line going in. You kick one field goal. You can’t do anything else but a field goal. You make the field goal, the game’s over. If you miss the field goal, the game’s over and the other team wins.

“I just think that if you play that long, you’re putting your lives on the line. You should find a way to win. I don’t like ending in a tie.”

To be fair to Wilson, it’s hard to tell if he’s being totally serious here. Maybe he came up with this in the spur of the moment. Still, it seems like a pretty silly way to end a game. At least force the other team to kick, too, but then it starts to sound like a shootout in the NHL, which isn’t a universally proper treatment. It just seems unfair to essentially boil the result down to a coin toss and not give both teams a chance, like college overtimes. In fact, if Wilson wants to completely stop ties, college overtime rules might be the best way, although Wilson’s proposal has the potential to give us some great coach faces like those we saw Sunday.

Allen Robinson ‘shocked’ by his struggles this year

Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson was a revelation for the Jaguars last season as he caught a franchise record 14 touchdown passes. This season he’s far off the numbers he posted last year, and that has him frustrated and searching for answers.

Following a two-catch game Sunday against the Raiders, Robinson said he was “shocked” by his play this season.

“I’m pretty shocked,” Robinson said via the Florida Times-Union. “It’s frustrating. I can’t focus on those plays last year. I’ve got to make the plays this year. I can’t try to make a super play every time. I’ve just got to make the play in front of me.”

Not only is Robinson not making the long-yardage plays he did so frequently last season, but he is also dropping many passes. He dropped a potential touchdown against the Bears, and he only hauled in two of eight targets against Oakland.

Through six games, Robinson has 26 catches on 55 targets for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Last season he posted 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Jags, meanwhile, have not taken the leap this season they were hoping for, as they’re 2-4.

Report: Tom Herman to Texas is ‘all but official’

Tom Herman Houston

Houston suffered a stunning loss on Saturday that sent the team tumbling out of the top 25, but that apparently has had no effect on a major program being interested in its head coach.

In fact, a report on Monday claimed Tom Herman becoming the next head coach at Texas is essentially a done deal.

Houston had an outside chance at making the College Football Playoff if the team ran the table, but a loss to Navy earlier this month all but eliminated those hopes. Then on Saturday, the Cougars were dominated by SMU, 38-16.

In his first season as the head coach at Houston last year, Herman led the Cougars to a 13-1 record, which was a significant improvement over the team’s 8-5 record the season before. The former Ohio State offensive coordinator began the 2016 campaign with an impressive win over Oklahoma, and he has been linked to more than one high-profile head coaching job.

While Herman has said in the past that he remains committed to Houston, you can understand why he’d leave for a program like Texas. Charlie Strong has been a major disappointment, and the Longhorns are said to be ready to move on from him. From the sound of it, they have already found their next guy.

Todd Bowles has strong quote about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s turnover problem

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The New York Jets announced on Monday that Ryan Fitzpatrick will go back to being the team’s starting quarterback now that Geno Smith is out for the season with a torn ACL. And with that, an awkward situation has gotten that much more awkward.

Fitzpatrick played well in relief of Smith on Sunday, completing 9 of 14 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown and leading the Jets to a win over the Baltimore Ravens. After the game, the 33-year-old said he was motivated by head coach Todd Bowles and the team’s front office not having faith in him.

“I think I should start every week,” Fitzpatrick said, via the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta. “I play better as an underdog p–ed off.”

On Monday, Bowles was asked about Fitzpatrick’s bold remarks. He did not hold back.

Prior to the win over Baltimore, Fitzpatrick had thrown an NFL-worst 11 interceptions in six games. Bowles continued to throw support behind the struggling veteran after a loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, but he ultimately decided to bench him. You can read more about why Bowles had a change of heart here.

While the odds are heavily stacked against the Jets making the playoffs, the best-case scenario for them is that being benched was a wakeup call for Fitzpatrick. He’s fortunate to have gotten his job back so quickly.

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