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Monday, September 24, 2018

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Twitter reacts to Tiger Woods being ‘back’

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Tiger Woods could not have asked for a much better finish to the 2018 PGA season, and golf fans absolutely loved it.

Woods led all weekend at the TOUR Championship in Georgia and ended up winning the tournament with a score of 11-under. The first-place finish was enough to secure Tiger the second spot in the FexEx Cup standings and a $3 million bonus. It was also his first win on the PGA Tour since August of 2013 and the 80th of his career.

It goes without saying that Woods was overcome with emotion after tapping in his final putt:

As we have seen so many times before when Tiger plays well or shows flashes of his old self, Twitter could not wait to declare that he’s “BACK.”

Saints DE Cam Jordan mocks NFL over roughing the passer rules

Cameron Jordan

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan came up with two big sacks in his team’s overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and he feels fortunate that he did not fall victim to the NFL’s highly unpopular new roughing the passer rules.

On his third down sack of Matt Ryan midway through the fourth quarter, Jordan quickly sprung to his feet and held his arms up as if to say, “See, I followed the rules!” He later tweeted about the play and poked fun at the NFL.

It’s safe to assume Jordan heard about what happened to Clay Matthews before he sent the tweet. For the third week in a row, Matthews was flagged for roughing the passer. Matthews’ hit on Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith would have been perfectly legal in past seasons, but new rules are aimed at preventing defenders from landing on quarterbacks with all of their body weight. You can watch the play and judge whether you think Matthews did that.

Last week, Matthews was flagged for a similar hit on Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, and that penalty may have cost the Green Bay Packers a win. Matthews ripped the NFL over the new rules after Sunday’s game, and you can bet Jordan agrees with everything he said.

Oddsmakers believe Steelers will trade Le’Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly open to trading star running back Le’Veon Bell prior to the Oct. 31 deadline, and Las Vegas oddsmakers believe the team is going to do just that.

Bell has continued his holdout into the regular season, and there’s no real reason to think he will return to the team before Week 10, which is when he needs to show up by to prevent his contract from tolling. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Steelers have begun listening to trade offers for Bell.

Not long after Schefter shared his report on Sunday, new odds were released for how likely it is that Bell will be moved. Oddsmakers believe it is more likely that he winds up with another team than remains in Pittsburgh.

The window for Bell to negotiate a long-term contract extension has closed, so he has no choice but to sign his franchise tender eventually. But even if he can’t technically sign an extension with a team interested in trading for him, Bell could give said team assurances that he will re-sign if he approves of where he winds up.

Judging by some of his recent social media activity, it seems like Bell wants to move on from the Steelers.

Colts bring in Jacoby Brissett over Andrew Luck for Hail Mary attempt

Andrew Luck

The Indianapolis Colts had one last chance to beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday with a Hail Mary attempt as time expired, and they did not feel that Andrew Luck was the quarterback on their roster with the best chance to make the play.

Trailing 20-16 and near midfield, the Colts needed to throw the ball into the end zone with five seconds remaining. Rather than have Luck attempt a 54-yard pass, they brought in backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Prior to the Hail Mary attempt, Luck had thrown a series of checkdown passes to move the ball from the 11-yard line to the 46. He threw mostly underneath passes throughout the game, leading many to believe his arm strength still is not where it needs to be after he missed the entire 2017 season.

Brissett probably has a stronger arm than Luck even when the two QBs are at their best, but it was still noteworthy that the Colts chose to use Brissett in that situation. It was not that long ago that we heard a report about Luck’s arm strength that was not all that encouraging, so you have to wonder if he is truly at 100 percent health.

Twitter reacts to Clay Matthews’ latest roughing the passer penalty

Clay Matthews has seemingly become the poster boy for the NFL’s new roughing the passer rules, and football fans are in an uproar over it.

Matthews on Sunday was flagged for roughing the passer for the third consecutive week, and the general consensus has been that what he did should not constitute a penalty. Matthews did not make helmet-to-helmet contact with Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith or hit him in an area he shouldn’t have, but the Packers star did land on Smith with his body weight, which is now considered roughing the passer.

The rule was applied properly, but most football fans and many players hate it. For evidence of that, look no further than Twitter:

Matthews was flagged for a similar hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins last week, and it negated an interception that likely would have sealed a win for Green Bay. The NFL may have to address the rule going forward.

Clay Matthews gets another roughing the passer penalty for seemingly clean hit

The NFL has new rules in place this season for what constitutes roughing the passer, and no one is having more trouble following them than Clay Matthews.

For the third week in a row, Matthews was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a hit on an opposing quarterback. Just like the play last weekend where he hit Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, Matthews did not make helmet-to-helmet contact with Alex Smith or appear to do anything malicious. However, he did land on Smith with his body weight, which is now considered roughing the passer.

Matthews immediately threw his arms out as if he knew a flag might be thrown, and he was understandably furious to see the laundry come out. No one was more angry than Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who was shown going ballistic on an official near the sideline.

Matthews’ hit on Cousins last week negated an interception that likely would have sealed a win for Green Bay, and many felt it was a perfectly clean football hit. The controversy was one of the biggest of the weekend, and the NFL will once again be facing questions after Matthews was flagged for his hit on Smith.

Muhammad Wilkerson taken to hospital after suffering ankle injury

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Muhammad Wilkerson was looking to get his once-promising career back on track with the Green Bay Packers this season, but he suffered an injury during Sunday’s game that appeared to be quite serious.

Wilkerson collided with a teammate in the second quarter of Green Bay’s game against the Washington Redskins, and he appeared to be in serious pain. The training staff immediately put his ankle in an air cast before carting him off the field. Wilkerson was later taken to the hospital.

You hate to speculate about an injury, but it is never a good sign when a player needs to be immediately taken to the hospital. Wilkerson was seen in tears as he left the field, which would indicate that the injury was not a minor one.

Wilkerson was released by the Jets this offseason after he became something of a headache for the organization. He had just eight sacks in his final two seasons with New York after recording a career-high 12 sacks in 2015.

AJ Green leaves Week 3 game with groin injury

AJ Green

The Cincinnati Bengals went into Sunday’s game without starting running back Joe Mixon, and they lost another star player when A.J. Green left with an injury of his own.

Green landed awkwardly while trying to catch a pass early in the second half of his team’s game against the Carolina Panthers, and the team announced he sustained a groin injury. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, though he was seen limping and later receiving medical attention on the sidelines.

Mixon is expected to be out multiple games after he underwent a procedure on his knee, so the Bengals cannot afford to be without their best wide receiver. Green has not missed many games throughout his career, and fans in Cincy are hoping that trend continues.

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