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Joe Fauria suffers ankle injury trying to stop dog from peeing in house

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Detroit Lions tight end Joe Fauria suffered a mysterious ankle injury last week that could cause him to miss some time. He was spotted walking around the team facility on Monday with crutches and a walking boot, and now we know why. Fauria’s puppy is to blame.

According to the Lions, Fauria injured his ankle while trying to stop his little dog from peeing inside the house.

“Fauria was trying to stop Lil’ Rufio from urinating in the house when he misstepped & sprained his ankle at home,” the team’s official Twitter account wrote on Monday evening.

Fauria later confirmed it.

“I was hanging out with my dog and he did something bad and ran away from me,” Fauria told reporters, via the Lions official website. “I wasn’t running downstairs but I was going a little faster than usual and I missed the last two steps. My carpet goes to hardwood and I was wearing socks. I just put all of my weight on my left foot. It was kind of an agonizing pain.”

As far as we can tell, this is not a joke. Fauria’s dog is three months old, and we must admit he is a handsome little devil. Anyone who has ever raised a puppy can tell you how much work it is and can certainly understand how one would roll his ankle while trying to rush to prevent an accident.

We have heard of athletes injuring themselves while playing with their kids, but this is a new one. The Lions will miss Fauria, especially in the red zone. He caught seven touchdowns last season.

LaRon Landry posts funny photo on Instagram after PED suspension

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Indianapolis Colts safety LaRon Landry has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and the 29-year-old veteran had an interesting way of expressing his displeasure with people who were jumping to conclusions about the suspension on Monday.

Because of Landry’s hulking muscles, most are assuming he tested positive for steroids or something of the like. Shortly after the Colts announced the news, Landry shared the photo you see below on Instagram with a caption that read, “Sometimes things aren’t what they appear to be.”

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For those of you who just gasped, that’s actually a foot between the guy’s legs. In the interest of full disclosure, I actually fell for the illusion in the picture and some Twitter followers were kind enough to point out that I missed the joke. I’m not going to explain how I interpreted the photo, because that would probably get me into trouble.

Screenshot via SportsGrid

Bills bench EJ Manuel for Kyle Orton

EJ Manuel BillsBuffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced on Monday that quarterback EJ Manuel will be benched for next weekend’s game against the Detroit Lions. Kyle Orton will start in his place.

Manuel threw two interceptions in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans. One came on the final drive with the Bills trailing 23-7 with a chance to win the game. Marrone said Monday that the decision to bench Manuel in favor of Orton was his and not one that was cleared with the team’s front office.

“It’s not all EJ’s fault,” Marrone told reporters, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “We need to get better production out of that position. We can’t keep going in the direction that we’re going. I didn’t ask [front office] for an agreement. I just went in and said this is the direction I’m going.”

Manuel, a first-round pick in 2013, hasn’t been horrible. He has a passer rating of 80.3 in four games this season and has completed 58% of his passes. The Bills, who beat the Chicago Bears on the road in Week 1, are 2-2. Apparently Marrone has seen enough for now.

When the Bills signed Orton earlier this month, Marrone was reportedly upset that the team chose to spend nearly $11 million on a two-year deal for a backup quarterback. He also supposedly felt that signing Orton could hinder Manuel’s development. He has already changed his mind.

Jovan Belcher’s brain reportedly showed signs of CTE

Jovan-Belcher-ChiefsJovan Belcher, the former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who shot and killed his girlfriend nearly two years ago before committing suicide, may have suffered from a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Dr. Piotr Kozlowski, a neuropathologist, wrote in a report that he detected neurofibrillary tangles of tau protein in Belcher’s brain after his body was exhumed a year after his death. Kozlowki said the tangles were found in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that deals with memory, learning and emotion.

Belcher is one of a number of former NFL players who have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, after death. Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who took his own life by shooting himself in the chest in May 2012, was also diagnosed with CTE.

Several reports indicated that Belcher drank nightly and seemed depressed before he committed suicide.

Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, is the one who initiated the process of having her son’s body exhumed so his brain could be studied. While her attorney would not reveal the reason that Kozlowski’s results have been released nine months after the diagnosis, OTL noted that Belcher’s daughter and mother would be eligible for up to $4 million from the NFL under the proposed concussion settlement between the league and a number of former players if it is determined that Belcher had CTE.

The lawyers representing Belcher’s young daughter have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Chiefs. Belcher’s mother has filed her own separate suit, alleging that Belcher was knocked unconscious during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009 and did not receive proper treatment. The lawsuit also claims Belcher “suffered what should have been recognized as an acute concussion” in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012 but was never removed from the game “despite exhibiting obvious symptoms.”

Report: John Harbaugh not interested in Michigan job

john-harbaughMichigan is expected to have a head coaching vacancy within its football program in the near future, as the Wolverines are off to a terrible start this season and Brady Hoke has found himself in the middle of a controversy. There have been reports about Michigan having potential interest in both John and Jim Harbaugh, but the interest is apparently not mutual with at least one of the Harbaugh brothers.

According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, there are “multiple reasons” why John Harbaugh would not be interested in the Michigan job, one of them being that he is close friends with Hoke.

In addition, Harbaugh’s Ravens are 3-1 on the season and just two years removed from winning a Super Bowl. Some feel that he would be inclined to leave Baltimore in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, but Harbaugh has firmly denied that he had any disagreement with the Ravens’ front office over whether Rice should be released after footage of him hitting his wife and knocking her unconscious surfaced.

Harbaugh has a contract with the Ravens that runs through 2017 and is one of the highest paid coaches in the NFL with an average annual salary of $6.5 million.

While Jim Harbaugh was a star quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist at Michigan in the 1980s, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that Michigan would prefer John to Jim. John also has ties to the Ann Arbor area, as he went to high school there while his father was on the Michigan staff.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Deion Sanders: 49ers players want Jim Harbaugh out

Jim HarbaughThere have been few times in NFL history where a head coach has had as much success with a team as Jim Harbaugh has had with the San Francisco 49ers but still been considered persona non grata. The 2-2 Niners have reached the NFC Championship game in each of Harbaugh’s three seasons with the team, yet there is still speculation that the team wants him out. According to Deion Sanders, a quality win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday didn’t change any of that.

After the 49ers came from 21-10 down to beat the Eagles, Sanders said on the NFL Network that Harbaugh’s players want him gone.

“They want him out. They’re not on the same page,” Sanders said, per Gregg Rosenthal of Around the League. “I really want to know if they’re really playing for the head coach. I got a question with that. Are you really down with your head coach, San Francisco 49ers? Because the way it looks and what I’m hearing, you’re really not down for your head coach. And that’s a problem.

“They really got some problems that we hear rumblings. We all know people inside locker rooms.”

As Rosenthal noted, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also reported on Sunday that the complaints of several veteran Niners players are growing “louder and louder” because Harbaugh treats his players like children. That’s consistent with what Rapoport said earlier this month about Harbaugh losing his locker room.

At this point, it is starting to look like Harbaugh could be fired if the Niners wind up missing the playoffs. There have been some rumblings about Michigan being interested in him, but some believe the Wolverines would actually be more likely to target Jim’s brother John.

As long as he keeps winning, Harbaugh will keep the critics at bay. But if the Niners start losing, the team might pounce on the opportunity to use it as an excuse to push him out.

Cal RB Daniel Lasco emerges from swarm of players to score TD (Video)

Cal running back Daniel Lasco may have scored the most incredible touchdown of the weekend against Colorado. While his 91-yard score didn’t involve anything flashy like a one-handed catch, we still don’t understand how he emerged from a sea of about seven or eight white jerseys and broke down the sideline.

Lasco caught a pass out of the backfield and had one blocker in front of him. Two Colorado players initially had a shot at him, but neither could get his hands on the junior. Lasco then trucked one defender and kept his legs moving. There were so many players surrounding him at one point that you couldn’t even see him.

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And that, my friends, is why you never give up on a play. I’m sure the Colorado players will be forced to watch that replay several times this week.