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Report: Some NFL players had access to Ray Rice video ‘a week or two’ after incident

Ray Rice apologyMost people seem to agree that NFL officials are either lying when they say they did not see the Ray Rice elevator video or are telling the truth because they made minimal effort to obtain it. The claim that the NFL did not have access to the footage gets harder to believe by the day. Another tidbit from Adam Schefter on Monday made it seem even more bogus.

During an appearance on “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” Schefter revealed that there were NFL players who had access to the video of Rice knocking his then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious “a week or two” after the incident took place.

“There were players who were in Las Vegas a week or two after this incident and I know one player said, ‘You want to see the videotape of what happened?'” Schefter explained, via Deadspin. “So there were players who could see the videotape, yet the Ravens, many of the Ravens, claim they couldn’t see it.”

And yes, Schefter specified that it was the second TMZ tape and not the first, which only showed Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator.

The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL claim law enforcement officials did not make the footage available to them. TMZ somehow got the tape, but we are supposed to believe that one of the most powerful organizations in America didn’t have the resources to track it down.

“You would have to think at some point somebody here will be in trouble over this,” Schefter added. “The security guy clearly knew exactly what was going on. Leadership, management, did what it could to conceal and push it through. I think that Ray Rice’s track record helped him here, that they cared about him. They wanted to believe that it was an isolated deal but they knew.”

The NFL has to be lying. It also sounds like Roger Goodell was lying when he said Rice gave him an “ambiguous” account of what happened on the elevator. We should believe hardly any of what we hear at this point, but that doesn’t mean any of it should surprise us.

H/T Deadspin

Stephen Tulloch celebrated so hard he tore his ACL

Stephen-Tulloch-injuryThe most embarrassing chapter of Stephen Tulloch’s NFL career was written on Sunday, and it cost him the remainder of the 2014 season. The Lions announced on Monday that Tulloch suffered a torn ACL against the Green Bay Packers when he celebrated his sack of Aaron Rodgers by mocking the “Discount Double Check” dance.

Tulloch was removed from the game and said his knee was “sore” afterword. That must have been before he went for an MRI. I’m sure he was hoping the injury would be nothing serious, especially given the way it happened. Despite the unfortunate incident, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he will not discourage players from showing that kind of enthusiasm.

“It’s not going to happen,” Caldwell said. This is an emotional game, we want enthusiasm.”

A lot of people have been bashing Tulloch, and you can understand why. Could he have gotten up quietly and just gone back to the huddle after sacking Rogers? Sure, but saying he “deserves it” is a bit harsh. Tulloch played in 131 straight games prior to the injury — the longest streak among NFL linebackers. That could have happened to anyone. We have an entire tag full of celebration injuries as proof of that.

Cary Williams critical of Chip Kelly’s practice routine after 3-0 start

Cary-Williams-EaglesMost people would look at the Philadelphia Eagles, see that they are off to a 3-0 start and tell Chip Kelly to keep doing whatever it is he has been doing this season. Cary Williams isn’t most people, which is why the Eagles corner found a way to complain after his team beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Williams, who may have been salty after DeSean Jackson torched him for an 81-yard touchdown and then taunted the home crowd, told reporters that he wasn’t completely healthy during the week and that Kelly’s rigorous practice schedule caught up to him on Sunday.

“I’m going to be honest with you: It didn’t matter if we had a short week or a long week, it’s been the same,” Williams said, per NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo. “Something needs to change for us to be more productive. It’s tough enough to go out there and play hard for 60 minutes, let alone having to fight through the week. When you don’t have legs, period, it shows up in the game. Period. Throughout the game. Period.”

When asked to be more specific, Williams basically complained that Kelly is making the team practice too much.

“I’m saying [practicing every day] impacted a lot of people,” he added. “A lot of people, but I’m just the only one man enough to get up here and say anything about it, talk to ya’ll as a man and discuss an issue that, obviously, in my opinion, is an issue in our starts [to games].

“But again, I’m just employee 26, and whatever they deem necessary to get us ready for Sunday is whatever it is. If we have to find energy from outside sources to start games quick, then we’ve got to do it. But right now, the way we’re doing it, it’s not conducive to success.”

Again, the Eagles are 3-0. In the National Football League, that is the definition of success. Kelly addressed Williams’ remarks during a chat with Angelo Cataldi on the 94WIP Morning Show on Monday.

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Frank Gore seems unhappy with his lack of usage

Frank-Gore-NinersSince Jim Harbaugh took over in San Francisco, the 49ers have remained successful by running the football and playing great defense. They deviated from their usual strategy on Sunday, and the end result was a 23-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. After the game, Frank Gore did not seem at all pleased with his team’s offensive approach.

Colin Kaepernick led the way for the Niners on the ground with 13 rushes for 54 yards. Gore totaled just 10 yards on six carries and did not catch a pass. Rookie running back Carlos Hyde rushed three times for 13 yards and a score. According to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, Gore was “too upset” to speak with reporters for long on Sunday.

“I can’t talk right now,” he said after answering questions for a minute. “I’m sorry. I can’t talk.”

Gore touched the ball just once in the second half. If the Niners were trying to overcome a huge deficit, that would be understandable. But they were leading 14-6 after two quarters, so the way they abandoned the run was pretty inexplicable. It allowed the Cardinals and their underrated defense to climb back into the game and take the lead despite not forcing any turnovers.

Gore has been a focal point of San Francisco’s offense for several years now. He has carried the ball more than 250 times in each of the past three seasons, but it seems like he is destined to have a much lesser workload this year. The Niners drafted Hyde for several reasons, and one of them is that Gore is 31. While the veteran will have to grow used to sharing touches, giving him just six in a game doesn’t seem like a good plan. Don’t expect it to happen again.

H/T Around the League

Cam Newton looked very pretty during postgame interview

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Cam Newton wasn’t able to do enough to lead the Carolina Panthers to victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, but he didn’t let the loss affect his postgame wardrobe. Newton still made sure he looked very, very pretty.

Newton made quite the fashion statement with some black leggings (or were those capris?) and classy loafers. He also rocked a sport coat that had just a hint of pink or purple. It wasn’t loud enough that you needed sunglasses to look at him, but it was definitely a statement piece.

Dwyane Wade might be one of the few people who truly understands Newton.

Photo: Twitter/Black and Blue Review
H/T The Big Lead

‘South Park’ gets in on Redskins name debate with commercial (Video)

South-Park-RedskinsThose of you who watched Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins may have seen a funny one-minute “South Park” commercial air during the fourth quarter. The ad spot, which promoted the show’s upcoming 18th season, poked fun at the Redskins name debate.

In typical “South Park” fashion, the geniuses behind the commercial focused on the fact that the Redskins are in danger of losing their trademark. Cartman started a company using the Redskins name and logo, which offended Daniel Snyder and company. Cartman’s argument was that he started the company because he has “total respect” for Snyder and his people.

You get the point. The commercial was a home run, and the fact that it ran during the Eagles-Redskins game was hilarious.

Video via DC Sports Bog

Dolphins players reportedly ‘beyond furious’ with defensive scheme

Joe-Philbin-DolphinsThe Miami Dolphins have not looked good over the past two weeks after kicking off their season with an impressive win over the New England Patriots. They allowed 34 points against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and 29 against the Buffalo Bills the week before. Neither opponent has what you would call a powerhouse offense.

According to Adam H. Beasley of The Miami Herald, many of the Dolphins players are blaming defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle for Sunday’s blowout loss.

One source said Dolphins players are “beyond furious, irate” at Coyle’s defensive adjustments and game plan.

Players are privately questioning a host of decisions, including Coyle’s call to have Cameron Wake and Jason Trusnik cover speedy Chiefs running back Joe McKnight in space, said another. McKnight exploited the matchups and had two touchdown catches in the second half Sunday.

As Beasley noted, the Dolphins had plenty of issues against Kansas City that had nothing to do with scheming or playcalling. Knile Davis, who started in place of the injured Jamaal Charles, broke a ton of tackles and shook several Miami defenders on his 21-yard score. Cortland Finnegan also failed to bring Travis Kelce down when the tight end grabbed a 20-yard touchdown.

“I don’t think we tackled well enough,” head coach Joe Philbin said. “We have to do better. … I don’t think any phase played well enough to win.”

Offensively, Lamar Miller looked strong but Ryan Tannehill continues to struggle with intermediate and deep throws. While offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has found ways to utilize Mike Wallace as a true No. 1 receiver, Tannehill can’t seem to get Wallace the ball downfield.

The Dolphins have plenty of issues. They have been down two scores heading into halftime of all three of their games the season. They were able to come from behind against New England but have not been as fortunate the past two weeks. One thing that never seems to help is playing the blame game. If Dolphins players are pointing fingers after just three weeks, they could be in for a long year.

H/T Pro Football Talk