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Report: Javonte Williams may have suffered serious injury

Javonte Williams before a game

Aug 27, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (33) looks on before a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos’ struggling offense may have taken another significant hit in Sunday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Broncos running back Javonte Williams suffered an apparent knee injury during Sunday’s game after seemingly twisting it awkwardly on a tackle. Williams left the game and did not return.

After the game, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the knee injury is feared to be serious, and the Broncos are not optimistic about Williams’ status.

Williams was expected to have a major role in his second NFL season. He ran for 903 yards in 2021 as a rookie, and had accumulated 176 rushing yards through the first three weeks of the 2022 campaign. Veteran Melvin Gordon is in line to get most of the work assuming Williams misses time.

The Broncos have been shaky on offense so far this season, even with new addition Russell Wilson. Losing a key part of their backfield for any period of time is unlikely to help matters.

Zach Wilson had vulgar inspirational message for Jets teammates before game-winning drive

Zach Wilson on the practice field

May 7, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during rookie minicamp. Mandatory Credit: New York Jets/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Zach Wilson brought the fire in his season debut for the New York Jets.

The Jets quarterback Wilson led a game-winning drive in Sunday’s Week 4 showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With 3:34 left to go in the fourth quarter and the Jets down 20-17, Wilson rattled off six straight completions before running back Breece Hall punched it in with a go-ahead two-yard touchdown (which ultimately proved to be the game-winner).

Speaking with reporters afterwards, Hall revealed the message that Wilson had for the Jets before embarking on the crucial drive.

“‘Let’s go score a f–king touchdown,” Hall quoted Wilson as having said to the team, per Connor Hughes of SportsNet New York.

The 23-year-old Wilson was making his first start of the 2022 season for the Jets. Wilson had missed the first three weeks with a knee injury as the team went 1-2 with veteran backup Joe Flacco under center.

Though Wilson was a bit shaky overall against the Steelers (he went just 18-for-36 for 252 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions), he definitely spoke that game-winning score into existence here. The rest of the Jets also matched Wilson’s energy in other ways too.

Baker Mayfield has interesting response to boos from Panthers fans

Baker Mayfield with a hat on

Aug 19, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) exits the field after the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers struggled at home Sunday in a 26-16 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and some fans had certainly had enough by the fourth quarter.

The Panthers’ offense was audibly booed during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game after going failing to pick up a first down on an apparent do-or-die drive. Carolina got just nine yards on four plays, turning the ball over on downs while trailing 20-10.

The Panthers came out and put together a touchdown drive once they got the ball back following an Arizona touchdown, though it was too late to impact the outcome. Quarterback Baker Mayfield, however, suggested that it was a response to the boo-birds in the crowd.

Mayfield is motivated by doubters, but putting together a scoring drive in what was essentially garbage time is hardly going to show anyone. His inability to consistently put those types of drives together is why the Cleveland Browns felt a need to upgrade at the position, and why the Panthers are not looking very sharp with him under center.

Mayfield threw for just 197 yards in the game and was picked off twice in addition to one touchdown pass. His wide receivers seem frustrated with him, and the fans definitely are. Comments like this probably won’t help endear him unless he starts performing better.

Antonio Brown going after Tom Brady with latest Instagram post?

Antonio Brown with a smile

Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown enjoys pressing buttons, and it seems like he was trying to push Tom Brady’s buttons with his latest social media post.

Brown posted a photo on Instagram Sunday night that showed him hugging Brady’s wife Gisele after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl LV win.

“Put that s— on,” was Brown’s caption (edited by LBS for profanity).

There’s no way to interpret the post as a friendly one.

Brady is known to be having marital problems with Gisele. And here’s Brown posting a photo of himself hugging his former teammate’s wife. That’s not something friends do.

Brown’s post comes a day after he made headlines for exposing himself in the swimming pool of a Dubai hotel earlier this year. Not only is the former wide receiver not showing any remorse for his actions, he seems to be asking for more trouble and attention.

DK Metcalf goes viral for funny tweet about his bathroom incident

DK Metcalf without a helmet

Nov 8, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

No. 14 is all but confirming that he had to do a No. 2 during Sunday’s game.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf had a hilarious incident in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. Early in the fourth quarter, Metcalf was carted off the field because he needed to [checks notes] take a bathroom break. Have a look at the funny video here.

Metcalf posted a hilarious tweet about the incident a few hours later.

“That clinch walk wouldn’t have made it,” he wrote with a laughing emoji.

Anyone who has ever experienced such an emergency (particularly once you have hit the “prairie dog” phase) can relate. It is best to stay as stationary as possible en route to the nearest bathroom and avoid, um, unclenching.

Fortunately for Metcalf, he appears to have made it to the john just fine. The Seahawks also defeated Detroit 48-45 as the former All-Pro Metcalf finished with a season-high 149 yards receiving. He is not the only NFL star to have experienced that kind of in-game crisis either.

Dan Campbell threatens staff changes after Lions’ loss

Dan Campbell on the sideline

Aug 28, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell watches the third quarter action against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. The Steelers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions lead the NFL in points scored per game. Unfortunately, they also lead in points allowed, which is why the team is 1-3.

Sunday’s 48-45 loss to the Seattle Seahawks raised more questions for coach Dan Campbell, as his team put up 45 points in a losing effort. After the game, Campbell was asked about changes on the defensive side of the ball, and even left staff reshuffles on the table.

It’s tough to say which changes Campbell and the Lions could even make. Defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn has been viewed as a rising star in the industry, and Campbell made clear how much he values Glenn prior to the season. The Lions’ defense has been so bad, however, that it’s tough to imagine the team doing nothing.

The Lions’ defensive performances are made more exasperating by the offense. They’ve been great all season, and even kept it going without key players in Week 4. That unit has done its part, but the defense has not held its own.

Paul Chryst fired as Wisconsin head coach

Paul Chryst press conference

The Wisconsin Badgers have made a major coaching change after a disappointing start to the 2022 season.

The Badgers fired head coach Paul Chryst on Sunday, according to multiple reports. Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard will take over as the interim head coach.

The Badgers will owe Chryst $16.4 million if he is fired without cause, making this a very costly firing on Wisconsin’s part.

Chryst had been the coach at Wisconsin since 2015, and few would have put him on the hot seat prior to the season. He posted a 67-26 record at the school, but a 2-3 start to the 2022 season simply was not acceptable from the school’s point of view.

The Wisconsin job should attract some high-profile names, depending on how the school handles the search. Leonhard, who has been linked to high-profile NFL jobs, could be a candidate to get the gig full-time as well.

Bill Belichick flips out on referees over stopped clock

Bill Belichick looks upset

Bill Belichick flipped out on the referees in Sunday’s game between his New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers.

Belichick’s Patriots were tied with the Packers at 24 late in the game. Green Bay was facing a 3rd-and-8 with 2:08 left. Aaron Rodgers attempted a deep pass into the end zone for Romeo Doubs, who initially made the catch but lost control of the ball as he went to the ground.

The pass was ruled incomplete with 2:02 left in the game. The play clock should have been ticking down from 40, but it reset at some point. Belichick went nuts because the play clock was reset, giving the Packers more time to decide if they wanted to challenge the call.

Green Bay, the home team, decided to challenge. They lost the challenge, but that doesn’t change that Belichick was right about the play clock.

Green Bay ended up punting the ball away on fourth down after taking a delay of game penalty. The Patriots got it back and didn’t do much, leading them to punt the ball back with little time left.

The game ended up going to overtime tied at 24.

Belichick is generally pretty composed while on the sidelines. Few coaches manage the clock better than he does, which is why it’s no surprise he was all over the error by the clock operator.

Ex-rival player takes shot at Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo wearing headphones

May 13, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots during warmups prior to game six of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most likable guys in the NBA to most … but not to all.

The Milwaukee Bucks star went viral for his comments this week on what he would like to do after he retires. Antetokounmpo said that he would like to enjoy a quiet retreat from the spotlight and mentioned one particular NBA player as an inspiration.

Those comments sparked a derisive response from former NBA swingman Evan Turner, who tweeted, “Buddy like attention too much for that lol.”

Turner, still only 33, retired in 2020 after 11 seasons in the NBA. He spent most of those seasons as Eastern Conference rivals with Antetokounmpo, playing for Philadelphia, Indiana, Boston, and Atlanta. Turner also later became an assistant coach for the Celtics in 2020-21, the year that Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee went on to win the NBA title.

The two-time MVP Antetokounmpo has a fun and outgoing personality, which has made him a darling of NBA fans. Perhaps that is why Turner finds it so ironic that Antetokounmpo supposedly wants to lay low after he retires.

Wild video shows Ty Dillon losing window during race

A look at Ty Dillon window

Ty Dillon lost a window during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega, and NBC’s cameras were able to catch footage of the flying part.

Dillon was responsible for the first caution of the YellaWood 500, which came on lap 12 due to flying debris. The debris turned out to be the No. 42 Chevrolet’s right side window.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. couldn’t believe the footage NBC got of the flying window.

Dillon was able to get his window fixed and continue.

The No. 42 finished 23rd in the race, which was an improvement from Dillon’s 33rd-place finish at Talladega in April.