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Monday, October 23, 2017


Report: Marcus Peters to testify in Marshawn Lynch suspension appeal

Marshawn Lynch referee

Marshawn Lynch will reportedly have the support of Marcus Peters during the appeal hearing for Lynch’s one-game suspension for making contact with an official.

During Thursday’s game between the Chiefs and Raiders, Lynch ran onto the field during a skirmish between both teams after a late hit on Derek Carr and was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for grabbing an official.

The NFL announced a suspension of one game for Lynch, which he has decided to appeal. When the appeal hearing takes place, Marcus Peters, who received a 15-yard penalty for his hit on Carr, will testify in support of Lynch. This is according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.

Lynch and Peters are very close and it was speculated by several members of the media on Thursday Lynch’s involvement in the skirmish was likely to protect Peters. Lynch’s appeal hearing is expected to take place early next week.

Teddy Bridgewater to reportedly return in Week 10 at the earliest

Teddy Bridgewater

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to practice this week for the first time in over a year, but it will reportedly be a while before we see him appear in a game.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Week 10 after the Vikings’ bye is the “earliest target date” for Bridgewater to return.

Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury in training camp last summer, and he has had an extremely long road to recovery. While he reportedly has no physical limitations in practice, he has been on a pitch count of sorts and will need to practice for at least a few weeks before he is back to game speed.

Assuming he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, Bridgewater could have a starting job waiting for him as soon as he is deemed ready to play. The latest reports we have heard about Sam Bradford’s knee injury do not sound all that encouraging, so Bridgewater could conceivably be healthier than Bradford after the bye week.

Report: Jerry Jones was only voice of opposition at anthem meetings

Jerry Jones

NFL executives and owners met with players on Tuesday to discuss the issues surrounding national anthem protests, and most of the reports we have heard about the dialogue were positive. However, Jerry Jones has apparently not softened his stance on the subject.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Jones was “quite vocal” in expressing his opposition to anthem protests during the meeting. In fact, he was the only owner who went against a lot of the things the players were saying about the demonstrations.

Jones was the only owner to rail against the handful of players who are still regularly kneeling, standing or staying in the locker room during the playing of the anthem, the sources said, pronouncing his disagreement with how the NFL is policing the matter before all 32 teams. On Tuesday, when a select group of owners and league officials met with players and NFLPA leadership, there were no dissenting voices or debate about how the ongoing protests were being handled. But that changed on the second day of the meetings, with Jones expressing his feelings several times in what sources describe as a “firm and forceful” manner, but restrained and not over the top.

More specifically, Jones expressed a desire to have the NFL’s game-day manual changed to outline potential punishments for players who do not stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” There were reportedly no other owners who supported his stance.

Most of what we have heard about the meeting indicates the discussions were positive, so it doesn’t sound like Jones created any kind of divide or created a tense environment. Given the public stance he has taken against anthem protests, it is no surprise Jones was the lone voice of opposition.

Andrew Luck reportedly out until at least December

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck suffered a setback with his surgically-repaired shoulder this week, and as a result he is not expected to play meaningful football for at least another month.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Luck’s potential return has likely been pushed back to December. While speculation has begun growing that Luck may not play at all in 2017, La Canfora was told the Colts are “committed” to seeing him back on the field this season.

Luck had returned to practice recently, but he needed a cortisone shot in his shoulder after feeling some soreness. His activity will be limited for the next two weeks before he returns to the schedule the Colts originally had planned for him.

Considering he will likely need to practice in full for at least two or three weeks before he’s ready to play in an actual game again, Luck has little chance of playing in November.

Luck has clearly come along a lot slower than the Colts expected him to. If they knew he would be out through Week 7 and likely beyond, they would have placed him on injured reserve or the physically unable to perform list to start the season. The fact that they did not means they were hopeful the quarterback would return sooner.

Josh Reddick excited to face Dodgers due to how he was treated by their fans

Josh Reddick is very much looking forward to his opportunity for sweet, sweet revenge against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

After his Houston Astros clinched the AL pennant with an ALCS Game 7 win over the New York Yankees, the veteran outfielder said he was excited to play the Dodgers because of how their fans treated him during his brief stint there.

“Personally, I wouldn’t rather do it against any other team,” said Reddick, according to the LA Times’ Pedro Moura. “I wasn’t really a fan favorite there. I got booed a lot as a home player. I didn’t really fit in, it seemed like they thought. I tried to put that behind me. But I think it’s gonna be fun to go back, especially to beat them. It’s gonna be a really good feeling for me personally.

“Nothing against that team, that organization,” he continued. “There’s a lot of history and a lot of great guys over there. But the fanbase, I think it would be more personal for me to win. Just to get that reaction from them. But it’s not gonna be easy. They’re a really good team, a really good ballpark. Their fans are gonna be loud, just like it was for this series for the Yankees.”

Reddick was acquired by the Dodgers in a midseason trade last year but hit just .258 in his two months with them and never seemed like a good fit in LA. He then signed with the Astros in free agency over the offseason, going on to hit .314 for them this year. Dodger fans are known to be pretty savage, so it’s no wonder that Reddick is hoping for the ultimate way to get back at them.

Report: Roger Goodell’s contract extension being held up by anthem debate

Roger Goodell

It has been two months since a report surfaced claiming NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was on the verge of signing a contract extension, and the deal has not yet been finalized. Could that have something to do with the ongoing debate surrounding national anthem protests?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was told by sources that Goodell’s extension is still expected to be completed, though the league has been preoccupied with handling the national anthem discussion and the declining television ratings that have come along with it. Schefter reports that there’s a good chance Goodell’s extension would have been finalized at the NFL owners meetings in New York last week had the anthem controversy not dominated the discussions. However, only 20 minutes was spent talking about Goodell’s new deal.

“The anthem issue has overridden everything — and I do mean everything,” a source told Schefter.

If you remember, a report last month indicated Jerry Jones was impeding Goodell’s contract talks for personal reasons. It seems more likely that the discussions have been stalled by talk surrounding anthem protests.

The NFL has enjoyed tremendous growth in Goodell’s time as commissioner, which is the main reason why he is in line for a five-year extension. However, there have been questions about whether he deserves the insane bonus money he has made on top of his base salary of $3 or $4 million a year.

Stephen Curry says he deserved ejection for ‘stupid’ decision

Steph Curry ejected

Stephen Curry could be facing a suspension after he was ejected from Saturday night’s game for throwing his mouthpiece at an official, and the two-time NBA MVP is not trying to justify his actions.

Following the Golden State Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Curry admitted that he deserved to be thrown out for the way he acted.

“That last play I thought I got fouled,” Curry said. “My frustration boiled over. I did something stupid. I deserved to get kicked out and that’s what happened. I’ll obviously learn from it and try not to do it again.”

Curry felt he was fouled while driving to the basket in the final minute of the game. He reacted by spiking his mouthpiece in the direction of the official, for which he earned an immediate ejection.

Curry says he will learn from his mistake, but you might remember that he earned the first ejection of his career for a similar act.

Report: Aaron Rodgers could resume throwing in six weeks

Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers are hoping that Aaron Rodgers can return from his broken collarbone late in the regular season, and it sounds like there is a decent chance of that happening.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that doctors believe Rodgers can resume throwing in six weeks, which would be the first step toward the quarterback making a return.

For what it’s worth, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was told that the Packers do not expect Rodgers to play for them again this season and are preparing as if Brett Hundley will get every “meaningful start” for the rest of the season.

Rodgers has been placed on injured reserve, meaning the earliest he could return is Week 15. If Hundley is unable to keep the Packers in the playoff hunt, there will be no sense in Rodgers playing again in 2017, anyway.

In reality, Green Bay will probably play it by ear. There’s no way of knowing exactly how Rodgers will heal, though there have been some indications that the team is optimistic.

Kate Upton gives fiance Justin Verlander massive celebratory kiss

Kate Upton Astros

Justin Verlander got a really nice bonus on top of making it to the World Series winning ALCS MVP on Saturday: a huge smooch from fiancee Kate Upton.

Upton was in attendance at Minute Maid Park in Houston to watch her fiance’s team beat the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS Saturday. FS1 cameras showed Upton going nuts when Verlander was named ALCS MVP.

During the postgame celebration, Upton was photographed giving Verlander a huge kiss:

Although her allegiance has been with the Detroit Tigers most of the time she’s been in a relationship with Verlander, she’s made the transition to Houston since the pitcher was traded there just before September. She was wearing Astros gear for Saturday’s game:

She also was decked out in Astros gear for Verlander’s first career start with his new team last month.

Clay Helton says Sam Darnold has been dealing with ankle injury

Sam Darnold

USC head coach Clay Helton said after his team’s 49-14 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday night that quarterback Sam Darnold has been dealing with an ankle injury for the past month.

Darnold went 20 of 28 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Fighting Irish. He was replaced by Matt Fink late in the game after tweaking his ankle. Helton noted that Darnold has been dealing with the ankle injury since the team’s loss to Washington State on Sept. 29.

Darnold doesn’t seem to be fazed by the ankle issue.

Darnold, a redshirt sophomore, is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He’s thrown 10 interceptions this season though and hasn’t been as sharp as he was last season.

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