Randall Cobb was not at all happy about the hit from Thomas Davis that concussed his Green Bay Packers teammate, Davante Adams.
Davis leveled a defenseless Adams with a blindside hit following an Aaron Rodgers interception during Sunday’s game, which left the wide receiver concussed.
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 17, 2017
After the game, multiple talked about the play. Cobb said he was “pissed off” about the unnecessary hit.
“I was pretty pissed off at first when I saw the replay at how unnecessary it was. But once I saw ‘Tae’ moving, he was all right and I was happy to see he was able to walk off the field,” Cobb said, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy also said many of the team’s players felt the hit was dirty.
Davis, who has stressed player safety in the past, at least felt badly about the hit.
Thomas Davis visibly upset with himself after that cheap shot hit to Davante Adams pic.twitter.com/hlbaR5nG6p
— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) December 17, 2017
Roy Williams paid respect to the late Pat Summitt while coaching at Tennessee on Sunday.
Williams’ North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Vols 78-73 Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena. The court inside the arena is named “The Summitt” after Pat, who died last year. At halftime, Williams says he went over and gave a pat to the floor as a way of honoring Summitt.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams paid tribute to the late Pat Summitt in his postgame press conference. He said he walked over and “patted the floor,” which is named after Summitt at Thompson-Boling Arena. “She was a great friend, and I even brought my daughter to Pat’s camp.”
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 17, 2017
Williams also noted that he had taken his daughter to one of Summitt’s camps.
Along with Geno Auriemma, Summitt is regarded as one of the greatest women’s basketball coaches in history. She won eight national championships and seven NCAA Coach of the Year awards. Summitt was diagnosed in 2011 with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She died five years later.
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Antonio Brown was taken to the hospital for further evaluation, possibly indicating that the leg injury he suffered is much more serious than just a simple bruise.
Brown was injured trying to make a catch in the end zone early in the second quarter on Sunday against the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver had to be helped off the field, then was taken in for examination.
The Steelers initially termed Brown questionable to return to the game with a calf injury. Further reports said Brown has a bone bruise and avoided a broken leg. But if he’s being taken to the hospital, it sounds like the injury could be serious.
Brown had two catches in the game prior to departing. That gave him 101 catches for the season, making him the first NFL player in history with five consecutive 100-catch seasons.
JuJu Smith-Schuster certainly doesn’t seem to regret his hit on Vontaze Burfict. Instead, he’s recreating it in touchdown celebrations.
In his first game back after serving a one game suspension for an illegal block — which he followed up by taunting — Smith-Schuster joined up with Martavis Bryant, who caught the touchdown, to stage his block on Burfict in the form of a touchdown celebration.
Juju returns from suspension for his helmet to helmet hit & taunt against Vontaze Burfict.
Immediately turns it into a TD celebration pic.twitter.com/Kh0waTJfE7
— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) December 17, 2017
This isn’t even the first time Smith-Schuster has celebrated a touchdown by reenacting an NFL scuffle, but it being his own — and one he was suspended for — is certainly notable. There’s probably not much the NFL can do about this, but they can probably conclude that the Steelers receiver didn’t exactly learn his lesson.
- Juju Smith-Schuster
Jadeveon Clowney was understandably frustrated after his Houston Texans got smashed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, so he was in no mood to hand out compliments.
Clowney talked after Houston’s 45-7 defeat and said the Texans were beat badly on both sides of the ball. Then when asked about Blake Bortles, Clowney called the Jaguars quarterback “trash.”
Jadeveon Clowney: "They beat us on both sides of the ball. They beat us, bad…They were that much better than us today….Nobody wants to get beat like that. It's embarrassing to the whole organization, everybody on the team." (Asked if Blake Bortles is improving?) "He's trash."
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 17, 2017
Were you really expecting Clowney to heap praise on an opponent after a game like that? The Texans allowed Bortles his highest passer rating of the season. Bortles completed 21 of 29 passes for 326 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers.
When you allow that kind of game to a quarterback who’s not too highly regarded, you’re going to be extremely upset.
Antonio Brown left Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers-New England Patriots game in the second quarter with what the team said was a calf injury.
Brown was hurt trying to make a catch in the end zone when two defenders converged on him.
AB's injury. This isn't good pic.twitter.com/u9SHYLzkxG
— Benstonium (@Benstonium) December 17, 2017
Brown had to be helped off the field and then was taken into the stadium for examination. The Steelers announced Brown has a calf injury and termed him questionable to return.
#84 Antonio Brown sustained a left calf injury.
His return is questionable to tonight's game.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 17, 2017
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport later said Brown has a bone bruise and that X-rays were negative.
The specific injury to #Steelers WR Antonio Brown is a calf bruise, source said. That indicates X-Rays were negative.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 17, 2017
The league’s leading receiver had two catches for 23 yards before leaving the game.
Tom Brady is arguably the best quarterback ever, and he has also enjoyed particular success against the Pittsburgh Steelers. A former Pittsburgh defender explained why.
Ryan Clark, who was a safety for the Steelers from 2006-2013, was asked on Twitter Sunday what’s so hard about being a defender against Brady. He gave an interesting answer.
His understanding of how you are going to attack him. Always found the 5th blitzer and the hole in the defense. Always seemed a step ahead. He is amazing before and after snap https://t.co/k6tdXDtsd5
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) December 17, 2017
If you’re a Steelers player, it makes sense to feel that way about Brady. The longtime New England Patriots quarterback has gone 7-2 against Pittsburgh, throwing 24 touchdowns to just three interceptions against them. He often seems a step ahead of the defense, regardless of whom he is playing. That’s not only a big reason for his success, but also a big part of why he’s expected to continue playing so much longer.
Antonio Brown had to be helped off the field and exited Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots because of a left leg injury.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a 2nd-and-18 situation early in the second quarter when Ben Roethlisberger threw to Brown in the end zone. Brown was unable to hold onto the ball and got crunched by two defenders. He was down in the end zone grabbing his left leg afterwards.
Brown was helped off the field and taken into the medical tent for examination.
Antonio Brown helped to the sideline as chants of "MVP" rain down. pic.twitter.com/QS248mv391
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 17, 2017
He later headed into the locker room.
Brown had two catches for 24 yards prior to leaving the game. On Sunday, he became the first NFL player to record five consecutive 100-catch seasons.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn was surprisingly inactive for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, and it’s safe to say the veteran is not happy about it.
Coach Ron Rivera had stated before the team’s game that Munnerlyn, who left Wednesday’s practice for undisclosed personal reasons, would not play, and the decision had been made Saturday morning.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he made the decision Saturday morning not to play Captain Munnerlyn, who left practice on Wednesday for "personal reasons." https://t.co/nJB9ATCgN1
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) December 17, 2017
After the game, Munnerlyn reasserted that the benching had been for personal reasons — and called the decision a “slap in the face.”
Captain Munnerlyn said he was benched today because of a "personal thing within the team." Was his first healthy scratch. He called it a "slap in the face" but how coach Ron Rivera wanted to handle it. He is moving on. https://t.co/5tSaPvZv9u
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) December 17, 2017
Munnerlyn and Rivera had not seen eye-to-eye in the past, when the cornerback made some less-than-flattering comments about the Panthers during his stint with the Minnesota Vikings. It seems all is not totally smooth between the two once again.
- Captain Munnerlyn
The Green Bay Packers brought Aaron Rodgers back from his collarbone injury as soon as they could to give themselves a better shot a the playoffs. But if they get eliminated from the postseason, would they continue to run Rodgers out there at quarterback? It’s not so certain.
Packers head coach said after the team’s 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers Sunday that he hasn’t decided on Rodgers’ future.
Mike McCarthy wouldn't say if Aaron Rodgers would continue to play if the Packers are eliminated from the playoff race. "Let's focus on today," McCarthy said. "We'll get back and assess it." https://t.co/oAdF3UOBab pic.twitter.com/DHQF1ABXDp
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 17, 2017
Rodgers was also non-committal.
Aaron Rodgers on whether he will play next week: "I'm going to see how I feel tomorrow and go from there." He wouldn't say whether being eliminated from the playoffs would change that. https://t.co/vQ9WnoKc9l pic.twitter.com/TPIq1VdleZ
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 17, 2017
The Packers are understandably concerned about Rodgers re-breaking his collarbone given that it’s not fully healed. If the playoffs are no longer on the line for the 7-7 club, it would make a lot of sense for Green Bay to go back to Brett Hundley and give him more chances to develop rather than to risk Rodgers’ health in a wasted season.