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Saturday, November 18, 2017


Pete Carroll refutes report that Kam Chancellor will miss rest of season

Pete Carroll

One pretty credible source is refuting a report that Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor will miss the remainder of the year: head coach Pete Carroll.

Speaking with reporters on Saturday, Carroll denied an NFL Network report saying Chancellor was expected to miss the rest of 2017 with a neck injury. He said the team was simply taking a wait-and-see approach with Chancellor and that nothing had been determined yet, per Gregg Bell of the News Tribune.

The 29-year-old Chancellor, who had started every game for the Seahawks so far this season, was injured in Week 10’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals. While it sounds like he could still miss time regardless of whether or not he is out for the year, this is at least a somewhat positive development for a Seattle secondary that already took one major gut punch in that win over Arizona.

Devonta Freeman to miss Week 11 game with concussion

Devonta Freeman

Devonta Freeman will miss Monday night’s game at Seattle due to a concussion.

Freeman was knocked out of last weekend’s game against Dallas in the first quarter and was later determined to have suffered his second concussion of the season.

The Atlanta Falcons running back did not practice during the week, which was a strong sign that he would not be playing in Week 11.

With Freeman out for Monday’s game against the Seahawks, Tevin Coleman is expected to see the bulk of the carries for the Falcons.

Freeman has 515 rushing yards and five touchdowns this season.

Rey Maualuga allegedly grabbed victim by throat

Rey Maualuga

Rey Maualuga is being waived by the Miami Dolphins following his battery arrest in Florida early Saturday morning, according to multiple reports.

Miami radio host Andy Slater of WINZ reports that Maualuga was at a club Saturday morning and refused to pay $40 he allegedly owed for a tab. Slater says Maualuga grabbed the victim by the throat when asked to pay again:

Maualuga, who had a drunken driving incident he pleaded guilty to in 2010, had only played six games with the Dolphins this season. According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins filled his roster spot by elevating De’Veon Smith from the practice squad.

Something about the timeline may be off because a separate report says Maualuga was booked at 12:46 am.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Martellus Bennett ‘quit’ on Packers

Martellus Bennett

The situation between tight end Martellus Bennett and the Green Bay Packers isn’t cooling down. Not even a little bit.

Less than two weeks after being released by the Packers for allegedly failing to disclose an injury, Bennett continues to face an onslaught from his former teammates. This time, it was Green Bay safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix who took aim at Bennett, claiming the tight end flat-out quit on the team.

“At the end of the day you have to think of it as a business,” Clinton-Dix told the Wisconsin State Journal. “Me, personally? I thought he quit on us. I don’t fault him, but I did think he quit on us. He let us down — as a teammate. For a guy that came in, of his caliber, his leadership quote-unquote, I expected more from him. I held him to a higher standard, me personally. But he handled it the way he wanted to handle it.

“That Marty stuff, I’m glad we got it out of the way. It’s time to move on.”

While the Packers claim Bennett failed to disclose a shoulder injury, the veteran insists the team was fully aware of the injury and wanted him to play through it. Bennett took specific aim at Green Bay’s team doctor, Dr. Patrick McKenzie, in a series of Instagram posts.

Since Bennett’s Instagram tirade, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, wide receiver Jordy Nelson and linebacker Clay Matthews have all come to McKenzie’s defense. Matthews went as far as to say the entire team got a good “laugh” out of the Bennett situation.

Immediately following his release, Bennett was claimed off of waivers and awarded to the New England Patriots. He passed his physical and played in the team’s Week 10 game, hauling in three receptions for 38 yards.

Although the NFL does not plan to investigate the Patriots for tampering, Green Bay will reportedly attempt to recoup some of Bennett’s $6.3 million signing bonus.

Kam Chancellor will miss remainder of 2017 season with neck injury

Kam Chancellor Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks lost cornerback Richard Sherman to a torn Achilles last week, and now face the reality of being without safety Kam Chancellor for the duration of the 2017 regular season as well.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Saturday that Chancellor will be placed on season-ending injured reserve (IR) as the result of a neck injury suffered against the Arizona Cardinals.

Although Chancellor will not return this season, a source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he intends to return in 2018.

“Kam is still looking to play [next season]. Neck injuries are serious. … He will continue to be evaluated in hopes of getting him ready next year.”

Chancellor, a four-time Pro Bowler with 12 career interceptions, will likely be replaced by rookie third-round pick Delano Hill.

Michael Vick makes final payment, clears $17.6 million in debt

Michael Vick

Retired NFL quarterback Michael Vick is a free man. Again.

On Thursday, Vick made a final $1.5 million payment to creditors, meaning he paid back $17.4 million of his $17.6 million debt, clearing what he owed after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2008.

“Paying 99 cents on the dollar, which he did, is remarkable,” senior vice president of Development Specialists Inc. Joseph Luzinski told ESPN. “It happens in, maybe, one out of 100 cases.”

After serving 548 days in jail for his part in an illegal dog-fighting ring, Vick faced down the additional consequences and vowed not to “stiff” anyone on the debt.

“I didn’t want to stiff people who never stiffed me,” Vick told ESPN at the time.

From 2010-2014, Vick went on a restrictive budget in order to pay back his creditors. Over that span and into 2015, Vick earned more than $50 million during stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring. He now works for Fox Sports as an NFL studio analyst.

The Atlanta Falcons ultimately lost out on $6.5 million for salary owed from 2009. Rather than gambling that Vick would pay it back, they sold the debt to Fortress Capital for an undisclosed amount of money.

Marvin Lewis sent Ochocinco funny text message after skateboarding mishap

Chad Johnson Ochocinco

Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco) got a funny text message from his former coach after a skateboarding mishap.

Ochocinco tweeted on Friday that he had just fallen off his skateboard while attempting a trick. Video later surfaced of his wipeout:

Ochocinco did note one silver lining to the mishap:

The best part came when he received a text from his former coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, Marvin Lewis. Here’s what Ocho says his former coach told him:

We agree, Marvin. We totally agree. But Chad doesn’t exactly have a history of mature and wise behavior, so this shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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