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Aldon Smith reportedly will not play for 49ers next season

Aldon Smith 49ersAldon Smith is awaiting a hearing relating to his arrest at LAX over the weekend and the San Francisco 49ers are so frustrated with him, they may not have him on the team next season.

San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami says that after speaking to several sources within the organization, he does not think Smith will play for the team this season.

Kawakami says everyone in the organization is embarrassed over Smith’s behavior, which includes DUI arrests in 2012 and 2013, and felony weapons charges relating to an incident at a 2012 party, in addition to the airport arrest. He says there is “weariness and frustration” unlike any other he has seen before.

Smith’s arrest is the latest negative incident involving a 49ers player this offseason. Colin Kaepernick has been mentioned in connection with a potential sexual assault case, while Chris Culliver was arrested for an alleged hit and run incident late last month. The team supposedly supports Kaepernick and is not planning to release Culliver, but their feelings are different with Smith.

Kawakami says the Niners likely will wait through the legal and NFL process before making any decision on Smith, who will likely be disciplined by the league for his off-field problems.

San Francisco owes Smiths over $3 million guaranteed and have a May 3 deadline to pick up his $9.75 million option for 2015. Smith has recorded 42 sacks since being drafted in 2011.

Kurt Coleman: DeSean Jackson was a ‘good guy’ in locker room

DeSean JacksonDeSean Jackson has been taking hits from nearly all angles, but at least one former teammate has come to his defense.

During an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday, former Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings, defended Jackson and described his former teammate as a “good guy” in the locker room.

“I’m very surprised and I think Philadelphia is going to miss him big time,” Coleman said of Jackson. “I find it troubling to hear some of the stories — and I don’t know who is really putting them out there. I thought DeSean was a good guy in the locker room. He was someone that I could talk to and could relate to.”

Coleman’s comments are particularly noteworthy because a CBS Philly report that said Jackson threw tantrums on coach Chip Kelly also quoted a source who pointed out that none of Jackson’s teammates came out to defend him. Now we have an official source on record defending Jackson.

“Did he at times kind of do his own thing? Yeah. But we kind of all do our own thing in our own way. But when it came game time, I would talk to him every game and I would ask him, ‘Is 10-mode on?’ And there was no question. He would give 100 percent. He would take those big hits for the team. And he was one of those guys that you wanted to play every single Sunday because the explosiveness, the X-factor that he brought to a team is [unmatched]. I think Philadelphia is going to miss him.”

“I appreciate him as a teammate and I can’t say anything bad about him,” said Coleman. “I think it’s unfortunate the rap that he got. He is a good person.”

Few teams wouldn’t miss Jackson’s playmaking ability, but it’s everything else about him that has been an issue. Also keep in mind that at least one current Eagle was happy with the decision to cut him, and that was Jason Kelce, who played on the same side of the ball. Maybe Coleman would feel differently if he were an offensive player dealing with Jackson more frequently.

H/T Philly Mag

Aaron Hernandez reportedly threatened to kill jail officer

Aaron HernandezWhen Aaron Hernandez was first sent to the Bristol County House of Corrections and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, we heard nothing but positive stories about the way he had been behaving. That hasn’t been the case lately.

On Tuesday, TMZ reported that Hernandez is being investigated for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a Bristol County jail officer late last year. An ex-inmate who used to share a cell near the former New England Patriots tight end was recently asked about an alleged incident during which Hernandez tried to score some extra food.

According to the report, investigators asked the ex-inmate if Hernandez threatened to kill the guard, said anything about shooting his family, or ever made a noise like a “machine gun round” toward the guard. The ex-inmate allegedly said Hernandez did not threaten the guard but did call him a “bitch” during one heated argument.

In addition, the ex-inmate said that Hernandez was losing a lot of weight in jail and would often try to pull off schemes to get extra food. For example, he said the 24-year-old would eat half of his meal and then put an insect on his plate in an attempt to get a fresh serving. The ex-inmate said Hernandez angered officers by trying to pull the stunts “one too many times.”

Less than two months ago, Hernandez allegedly beat up an inmate who was wearing handcuffs. He was scheduled to be placed in solitary confinement for 30 days after that incident. It’s starting to sound more and more like the former NFL star has not been the model inmate.

Vikings OL Josh Samuda suffers gruesome ankle injury (Picture)

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Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Josh Samuda suffered an ankle injury during practice on Tuesday that you do not want to see if you have a weak stomach. The Vikings were going through some basic agility drills when Samuda’s ankle bent the wrong way. Ben Garvin of the Pioneer Press was there to capture the aftermath.

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Here’s Rob Gronkowski double-fisting giant steak chops

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Rob Gronkowski used to be a figurative meathead. Now he is a literal one.

And you know what the unbelievable part is? The guy posts that picture and then gets both women AND men throwing themselves at him:

They’re just signing up to get Gronked. Jealous?

Oh, and here’s the moment Gronk became an all-conquering hero:

#GetGronked

Donald Trump serious about buying Buffalo Bills

Donald TrumpDonald Trump has emerged as one of the potential buyers of the Buffalo Bills, and the well known TV personality and businessman says he is serious about buying the team.

“I’m going to give it a heavy shot,” Trump told The Buffalo News’ Tim Graham on Monday. “I would love to do it, and if I can do it I’m keeping it in Buffalo.”

Skeptics feel Trump is only expressing interest in the team for publicity purposes so he can stay relevant, but he denies that is the case.

Trump, who once owned the New Jersey Generals of the USFL, says one of the big reasons why the Bills appeal to him is their proximity to his home base in Manhattan. He also says he would do his best to keep the team in western New York, which is important to the fans who are worried about potential buyers moving the team to a city like Toronto.

One person who will also likely be in the mix is Jon Bon Jovi. He has been working NFL ownership circles for a while and could be a front man for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which has obvious ties to Toronto.

NFC executive on Jadeveon Clowney: He’s lazy and spoiled

Jadeveon ClowneyJadeveon Clowney once looked like a supreme NFL draft prospect and surefire top pick, but there are now some mixed feelings about him.

Most people agree that he has absurd talent as a defensive lineman, but the concerns about his work ethic are troubling to many.

NJ.com has been having three different NFL scouts/personnel executives give some evaluations on players leading up to the draft, and on Sunday they reviewed the defensive linemen. One of the three execs was critical of Clowney.

“He’s spoiled, and he’s lazy,’’ the NFC personnel man told NJ.com. “He’s never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you’re going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard. I don’t see it.”

“Oh, he’s going to be a high pick,’’ the personnel man said. “Some team will fall in love with him. But wait and see, just wait and see. I just don’t think you can count on him. I’m betting the under on him.’’

Keep in mind that the same evaluator had a negative overall outlook of the position, calling it the “worst group” he’s seen in a long time. So maybe he was just down on everyone as a whole. But his opinion on Clowney is not exactly unique.

We’ve heard some compare Clowney to Randy Moss in terms of the talent but questionable work ethic/motivation. Even Clowney’s South Carolina coach, Steve Spurrier, describe his former player’s work ethic as only “OK.” That was not a good sign.

Some people may view the criticisms as unfair, but when this many people start expressing the same concerns, you have to figure there’s a good reason for it. The warning signs are definitely there.