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Sam Bradford knee injury forces him from preseason game (Video)

Sam Bradford was forced from Saturday’s preseason game between the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns after appearing to suffer a knee injury.

Bradford was 4-of-9 for 77 yards before exiting the game after appearing to hurt his left knee. Bradford had surgery last year to repair a torn ACL in his left knee suffering in his 7th game of the season.

Bradford was hardly even hit on that play, making you worry about the condition of his knee. I really don’t even see how/why/or where he would have been injured.

Sam Bradford knee

Maurice Jones-Drew makes ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture after scoring touchdown (Video)

In the wake of the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, numerous protests have been staged. The incident has become front-page news, drawing attention from across the United States and other parts of the world.

mjd-hands-up-celebrationIn the sports world, we have seen the St. Louis Rams provide free tickets to the football teams at three Ferguson area high schools for the Rams’ second preseason game. Washington Redskins players have also shown support, making the now famous “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that has become synonymous with protests in around Ferguson, Mo., during introductions.

On Friday, Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew took the opportunity to make the same gesture after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers, shown in the above video.

As seen over the years, sports continues to be a powerful medium for the support of social causes.

H/T BlackSportsOnline

Michael Vick calls report about him not trying to win starting job ‘fictitious’

Michael-Vick-JetsGeno Smith has played relatively well throughout training camp and the preseason, and as a result his starting job has never really been in jeopardy.

On Friday, a report from Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com cited anonymous New York Jets coaches who were “disappointed” that Vick didn’t make more of an effort to beat out Smith.

No one is intimating that Vick is washed up, which is why some Jets coaches have privately expressed disappointment that Vick didn’t show up more hell-bent on winning the starting job, or at least a little more vested in making Ryan lose sleep again as he agonized over a difficult decision.

As you might expect, the report irritated Vick.

“That’s not true; that’s not true at all,” Vick said Friday, per Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “Me and my coaches, we have great conversations, we have a different dialogue, and that was far from the case. So whoever wrote that story, it was on the side of being very fictitious. You’ve got to come up with better stories that that. There’s better things to talk about.”

According to Pro Football Talk, Vick was told before he signed with the Jets that the starting quarterback job belonged to Smith. The former West Virginia star led New York to an 8-8 record last year, which is impressive for a rookie no matter what his passing stats were. PFT’s source added that Vick has “worked his ass” thus far in New York.

The Jets want Smith to play well enough to keep Vick on the sidelines. That’s the reason they used a second-round draft pick on him. That said, Rex Ryan brought in a viable backup with starting experience for a reason. Like Vick recently said, the Jets probably won’t be overly patient with Smith. Ryan is coaching for his job, and Vick is more than just injury insurance.

Jets QB Matt Simms does salsa dance and ref loves it (Video)

Matt Simms was playing the New York Giants in a preseason game on Friday night, so he figured that would be the perfect time to do his best impression of Victor Cruz’s salsa dance.

After throwing a touchdown pass to give the Jets the lead in the fourth quarter, Simms broke out his salsa dance.

Simms’ salsa dance was in clear view of the referee who was staring and later dropped his head and whistle because he couldn’t contain his smiling/laughter:

Matt Simms salsa ref

Ndamukong Suh levels Chad Henne with late hit (Video)

Ndamukong SuhWhile Ndamukong Suh’s list of questionable on-the-field actions is fairly lengthy, he’s talked about becoming a more mature player.

Considering his track record, there are more than a few who rather see it from Suh rather than hear him talk about it.

During Friday night’s preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, Suh delivered an obvious late hit on Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne that will fuel of his biggest detractors.

Not surprisingly, Suh was flagged for roughing the passer.

Ndamukong Suh has been two three Pro Bowls and named a First Team All-Pro member twice. Despite that, the first thing we often think about when it comes to the 27-year-old are plays that draw the attention of officials and the league office. The longer that happens, the longer his ability as one of the more disruptive defensive players in the NFL will continue to be overshadowed.

Mike Evans says fight at club happened during spring break in March

Mike Evans Bucs

Mike Evans says the video of him in a fight outside a nightclub in South Beach was recorded while he was on spring break in March, not last weekend as initially reported.

[Watch it: Mike Evans fight video released]

On Friday, TMZ Sports released video of the fight and said it took place last weekend. Evans and his agent say it happened in March.

“The incident in question happened during spring break in March while I was vacationing with friends in Miami,” Evans said in a statement issued through the team. “The issue occurred at the end of the night when someone in my party was approached by a member of the security staff. The situation escalated very quickly from there, but fortunately no one was injured. I regret that this incident that happened nearly six months ago has become a distraction to my team and I look forward to continuing to prepare for the start of my rookie season with the Buccaneers.”

Look at all the passive terms used: the issue occurred; the situation escalated; the incident in question. I guess that’s one way to describe the situation.

Another way to describe it is that a fight broke out outside a club and Evans went nuts and was throwing punches. Right, but keep regretting that it has become a distraction for the team.

The person who recorded the video insists it took place over the weekend. Whom do you believe?

Mike Evans gets in big fight outside club (Video)

Mike EvansMike Evans’ NFL career is not getting off to the greatest start, and you know the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cannot be happy with their rookie after this.

TMZ released video Friday of a fight Evans was a part of that they say took place outside a nightclub on Saturday night.

Evans, who turned 21 on Thursday, supposedly was inside the 21-and-over club last weekend despite being 20 years old. The video shows Evans upset and yelling while seemingly in a dispute with some of the club’s staffers. He throws some punches and darts around during the fight.

No arrests were made despite the obvious assaults.

Evans was an All-American and voted first-team All-SEC last season. He left for the draft following his redshirt sophomore season at Texas A&M and was drafted No. 7 overall by Tampa Bay.