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Mike McDaniel addresses practicing with Tom Brady after tampering scandal

Mike McDaniel at a press conference

Feb 10, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel speaks during a press conference at Baptist Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins were hit with massive sanctions last week after an NFL investigation determined that they illegally tried to recruit Tom Brady. As luck would have it, the penalties came just before the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were set to hold joint practices. Mike McDaniel insists that is not an issue, however.

McDaniel was asked on Wednesday if it is uncomfortable to scrimmage against Brady a week after the NFL stripped the Dolphins of multiple draft picks, fined the team $1.5 million and suspended owner Stephen Ross. The coach downplayed it.

McDaniel was not with the Dolphins when any of the tampering occurred, so the violations have nothing to do with him. Still, the joint practices have to be at least slightly awkward for some people given the timing.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell described the Dolphins’ tampering violations as “of unprecedented scope and severity.” The investigation determined that they spoke with Brady about joining their franchise both in 2019 when he was with the New England Patriots and again last year. We can’t imagine the Bucs are happy about that, but McDaniel is right that none of it is his problem.

Video: Aidan Hutchinson brought down the house with his rookie show

Aidan Hutchinson dances in the locker room

Rookie talent shows are somewhat of a right of passage in the NFL, and Detroit Lions first-round pick Aidan Hutchinson did not take his performance lightly.

For his rookie show at training camp this week, Hutchinson treated his teammates to a rendition of “Billie Jean” from Michael Jackson. While the former Michigan star probably should not audition for “America’s Got Talent” anytime soon, he proved that he knows how to make the room come alive.

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If Hutchinson puts that much passion into getting after opposing quarterbacks, the star pass-rusher should do just fine in the NFL.

The Lions took Hutchinson, a Michigan native, with the second overall pick in this year’s draft. The Heisman Trophy finalist had 14 sacks with the Wolverines last season and has already set one big goal for himself in the NFL.

Frank Gore charged after alleged domestic violence incident

Frank Gore on the practice field

Jul 25, 2019; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) comes off the field during training camp at St. John Fisher. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Gore was involved in an alleged domestic violence incident last month, and the former NFL running back is now facing an assault charge.

The Atlantic City Police Department told TMZ on Tuesday that they responded to a domestic violence call at the Tropicana Atlantic City Hotel in New Jersey on July 31. When they got there, a 28-year-old woman was speaking with hotel security about an alleged incident but “did not exhibit signs of injury and complaints were not filed at the time.”

Police still opened an investigation, and Gore was charged with simple assault this week. The charge was described as being “related to the domestic violence incident.” There were no further details disclosed.

Court records show that Gore, 39, is due in court for a hearing in October.

Gore played in the NFL for 16 seasons, the first 10 of which were with the San Francisco 49ers. He signed a one-day contract with them earlier this offseason to retire as a member of the franchise. Gore ranks third on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 16,000 yards. He averaged 4.3 yards per career during his career and made five Pro Bowls.

While he initially expressed interest in playing last season, Gore did not sign with a team. The 39-year-old instead turned his focus to professional boxing. He made his boxing debut in a loss to a former NBA player a few months ago.

Dan Campbell steals the show during first ‘Hard Knocks’ episode

Dan Campbell on the field

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell on the field before action against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier/USA TODAY NETWORK

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell delivered some incredibly funny moments during the latest installment of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

Campbell has become known for his sometimes hilarious and motivational quotes, and that continued to be the case during Tuesday’s season premiere.

While addressing his team during a meeting, Campbell provided a somewhat graphic example of the lengths he is willing to go to in order to win.

“It doesn’t matter if you have one a– cheek and three toes, I will beat your a–,” Campbell said (edited for profanity by LBS).

Warning: The below tweet contains profanity.

One of the funniest moments of the episode came while the final credits were rolling. Campbell was out on the practice field, and dropped a “deez nuts” joke that he referred to as “old school.”

While the funny comments tend to stand out for Campbell, he has no shortage of fiery and passionate messages as well. On Saturday, he delivered a staunch warning to the NFL in front of the Detroit fanbase during the Lions’ annual Fan Fest at Ford Field.

It will be interesting to see what else Campbell has in store for the remaining four episodes.

Photo: Marshawn Lynch mug shot was a serious concern

Marshawn Lynch in his mug shot

Marshawn Lynch was arrested on Tuesday for suspicion of driving under the influence, and his mug shot was a serious concern.

The former Seattle Seahawks running back was arrested in Las Vegas after police saw Lynch driving into curbs on the side of the road. Lynch refused a breathalyzer but had his blood drawn. He was booked into jail for DUI.

Lynch’s mug shot was later released.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Lynch’s seems to be worth one word: wasted.

Lynch can barely keep his eyes open in the mug shot. Maybe he’s just acting in that photo, but anyone who looks as sleepy and wasted as him should never be driving.

Lynch’s DUI comes a day after it was announced he has a new role with the Seahawks.

XFL signs former All-Pro NFL player

Marquette King smiling.

Aug 12, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King (7) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Marquette King will be returning to professional football in 2023.

The former star NFL punter announced on Twitter Tuesday that he accepted an invitation to join the 2023 XFL Draft Player Pool.

King’s tweet included a video of what appeared to be an email from XFL president Russ Brandon thanking King for accepting the league’s invitation.

“Had to make sure I was in the right state of mind before I committed to this,” King wrote. “I’m all IN! @XFL2023.”

On Saturday, King tweeted that he was going to be in the XFL in February. The league is set to kick off its season on February 18.

The 33-year-old has played in the XFL before. During the league’s prior attempt at a comeback in 2020, King played for the St. Louis Battlehawks and led the league in punting yards.

King has not played in the NFL since 2018 despite having one of the more powerful legs among all punters during his six-year career. In four seasons with the then-Oakland Raiders, King averaged 46.8 yards per punt and had 19,941 total yards. In 2013, he led the NFL with an average of 48.9 yards per punt. In 2014, King led the league in both total punts (109) and yards (4,930).

After the Raiders released King in March 2018, he played in four games for the Denver Broncos the following season.

Troubled former NFL kicker could get another shot with 1 team?

Aldrick Rosas looking on

Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Aldrick Rosas could be getting his shot at redemption.

Green Bay Packers writer Zach Kruse reported on Tuesday that the former NFL kicker Rosas was among the kickers to work out for the Packers this week. Several other special teams players (including USFL long snapper Mitchell Fraboni, ex-Clemson punter Will Spiers, and many more) also participated in the workouts.

Rosas, 27, was a Pro Bowler and a Second Team All-Pro with the New York Giants in 2018 but went completely downhill from there. The Giants cut him before the 2020 season following a hit-and-run incident. Since then, Rosas has been signed and released three different times by three different teams. In 2021, Rosas had almost as many times drawing the public ire of his head coach (one) as he had total field goals made (two).

Fortunately for Rosas, the Packers were just as miserable on special teams last season. Longtime kicker Mason Crosby, who will be 38 next month, had a career-worst year. He missed several crucial kicks throughout the season and underwent a knee procedure in July that he is still recovering from. Meanwhile, Green Bay’s only current backup on the roster, Gabe Brkic, could just as plausibly be a grocery store clerk as he is an NFL kicker.

The Packers already made one big move this offseason to fix their special teams woes. Bringing in a fairly young and seasoned kicker like Rosas to address their lack of depth at the position might be the next logical step.

Giants OL coach apologizes for role in provoking brawl

Bobby Johnson looking ahead.

Aug 9, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Indianapolis Colts assistant defensive line coach Bobby Johnson reacts during a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field. The Colts defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants offensive line coach Bobby Johnson apologized for his actions during a massive brawl that broke out after a four-play stretch at Giants training camp on Monday.

Tensions were high due to Saquon Barkley knocking cornerback Aaron Robinson to the ground during the non-tackling portion of practice. Robinson took a hard swipe at a ball carried by running back Antonio Williams during the second play, while linebacker Tae Crowder threw Williams to the ground on the third play.

That did not sit well with center Jon Feliciano, who sought out and wrestled Crowder to the ground during the following play.

Feliciano and linebacker Cam Brown threw punches at each other, while Johnson further escalated the situation by shoving Brown before both sidelines emptied.

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Johnson spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said that he regretted his involvement in the scrum.

“I take full responsibility,” Johnson said. “I’m remorseful. It can’t happen, it won’t happen again. I’ve apologized to the appropriate people, in particular Cam. I have to be better than that.”

While training camp scuffles are not uncommon, especially with many players trying to do everything they can to make the 53-man roster, a coach’s job should be to de-escalate the situation rather than provoke it.

Luckily for the Giants, they will not have to wait long in order to compete against players other than their own teammates. New York will travel to New England on Thursday to play the Patriots in their first of three preseason games.

New report reveals Sean McVay received new contract from Rams

Sean McVay on the sideline

Dec 1, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams have apparently signed head coach Sean McVay to a new contract. But the details of the deal will not be made public until another contract is figured out.

Various reports from Tuesday said that McVay told reporters that he did receive a new contract from the Rams this offseason.

McVay also said that the Rams were waiting to announce the details of his contract until a new deal for GM Les Snead is also in place.

A feature article on McVay by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham published Tuesday indicated that McVay “received a raise” this offseason amid speculation that the 36-year-old might leave coaching altogether.

McVay was non-committal about returning to the Rams following their Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals in February. He did later clarify that he was not anywhere close to not wanting to coach anymore, although Amazon reportedly offered McVay a massive contract to try to lure him into a broadcasting role.

Although coaching contracts are not disclosed, McVay was reportedly set to make around $8.5 million annually through 2023. With a Super Bowl championship under his belt and a career 55-26 record, that number is sure to increase.

Video: Patrick Mahomes shows off impressive trick throws during practice

Patrick Mahomes throwing

Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is widely known for his incredible sidearm throws and the occasional flashy pass during games, and he showed off a few more during Tuesday’s practice.

Mahomes looked to be playing a game where the objective was to hit the crossbar of the goalpost. Doing so with his conventional throwing style would likely have been too easy for the four-time Pro Bowler, so Mahomes chose to make the game more challenging.

The 26-year-old uncorked a behind-the-back pass with his right hand from the 20-yard line that nailed the crossbar. He then hit the bar flush with a virtually perfect spiral thrown with his left hand from a similar distance.

Mahomes has broken out a behind-the-back pass once already during training camp. During the first week of camp in late July, Mahomes was captured working on a special behind-the-back pitch play with running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (see video here).

There have been some occasions where Mahomes’ flashy throws have not yielded a positive result. He attempted a no-look pass against the Los Angeles Chargers last September that did not work out in his favor.