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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Football

Lions C Frank Ragnow reportedly avoids serious injury

Frank Ragnow

The Detroit Lions got good news Saturday on one of their starters who suffered a serious-looking injury during Friday night’s preseason game.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, center Frank Ragnow avoided a major injury, suffering a minor ankle sprain in the game against the Buffalo Bills.

The news comes as a massive relief to the Lions. Ragnow, a 2018 first-round pick, is a major part of the team’s offensive line, and started all 16 games in his rookie season. The fact that he was unable to put weight on his right leg as he left the field, leaving many fearing the worst.

The Lions are still waiting on news about another injury suffered in the same game. Starting linebacker Jarrad Davis’ injury looked arguably even more serious than Ragnow’s, and Detroit is holding its breath on that one.

Kyle Shanahan defends using coach with drug past as consultant

Kyle Shanahan 49ers

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan defended his team’s decision to bring on an ex-Miami Dolphins coach who infamously featured in a cocaine video.

Chris Foerster, a former Miami Dolphins assistant, quit his job in 2017 after video surfaced of him snorting cocaine. On Friday, it was revealed that he is working in a consultant role with the 49ers.

Shanahan admitted that Foerster has been working with the team since 2018. His role has been limited to watching film and attending meetings, and has not been on the field during practices or games. The coach added that Foerster completed outpatient rehab after the video surfaced and has been in a 12-step program on a nightly basis since.

“We are not going to act like flat out it didn’t happen and just let him back in right away,” Shanahan said, via Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area. “We are taking a very slow process, and that’s why we did the first year the way we did and why it led to the second year.

“He’s done that exactly the right way for two years. We will see if he continues to do that, and then we will reassess that after this year. If it continues to go well, I think he has a chance to get his life back on track. And that’s really all we are trying to do.”

Foerster’s addiction with the Dolphins was so severe that some of the stories surrounding it are quite awful. The 49ers are clearly confident that he is still receiving the help he needs, and they’re keeping him in a minor role for now because of it.

Watch: Michael Irvin went nuts pumping up Miami fans before game

Michael Irvin

Few people know how to rally the troops quite like Michael Irvin.

“The Playmaker” spoke at an All Canes party Friday night to fire up Miami Hurricanes fans before Saturday’s game against the rival Florida Gators. The former Hurricanes star receiver went nuts on stage and brought all the energy. Dude looked like a jacked up wrestler cutting an old school WWF promo.

That. Was. Awesome.

I need MORE Michael Irvin in my life. I need an app that plays videos of Irvin hyping me up to get out of bed every morning. This guy is unbelievable.

Is there any wonder why Irvin won a national championship with Miami in 1987 and later won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys? Teammates were probably ready to run through walls for him. I know I would.

Bruce Arians has harsh criticism of Buccaneers’ offensive line

Bruce Arians

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians had harsh criticism of his offensive line following the team’s 13-12 win over the Cleveland Browns in Friday’s preseason game.

The Bucs allowed seven sacks in the game, five by the team’s starting linemen. After the game, Arians said his linemen “got their a– kicked. One on one,” via the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud.

The Browns have a pretty beastly defensive line led by Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson, so their defensive unit will probably be racking up sacks this season. Regardless, that’s far too many sacks for an offensive line to allow.

Tampa Bay was hoping to see Jameis Winston take a major step forward in what is a make-or-break season of his career. He’s going to need all the help — and protection — he can get. The Bucs need to step things up come Week 1.

Bucs QB Blaine Gabbert suffers left shoulder injury on scramble

Blaine Gabbert

Blaine Gabbert exited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Friday night after suffering a left shoulder injury.

Gabbert scrambled for a first down on a 3rd-and-5 play early in the third quarter. He dove to the ground after picking up the first down and immediately knew something was wrong. He began calling for a trainer to come out and treat him.

TV cameras later showed Gabbert walking off the field with a towel over his left hand/wrist area as he held his arm stiff.

The Bucs TV Network later reported that Gabbert had suffered a shoulder injury. They showed him on the sidelines with his arm in a sling.

Gabbert was 4/5 for 33 yards in the game. He had one rush for eight yards.

Gabbert, a 2011 first-round pick by the Jaguars, is in his first season with Tampa Bay after signing with them in March. The 29-year-old is second on the Bucs’ depth chart behind Jameis Winston. Ryan Griffin and Nick Fitzgerald are the other quarterbacks the team has in camp, though Fitzgerald is currently dealing with an injury.

Lions C Frank Ragnow helped off field with right leg injury

Frank Ragnow

The Detroit Lions had a rough time with injuries during their preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Friday night.

Center Frank Ragnow suffered a right leg injury while pulling on a running play in the second quarter. Ragnow first ran into a teammate and then tripped over an opponent who was down on the field.

The second-year center out of Arkansas was treated by Detroit’s medical staff while down on the field and then was helped up. He was carried to the sideline so that he didn’t have to put weight on his leg.

Ragnow, who was the No. 20 overall pick last year, played in all 16 games last season. He was the second former Lions first-round pick to leave the game with an injury. 2017 first-round pick Jarrad Davis exited the game earlier with a leg injury.

Lions LB Jarrad Davis carted off field with leg injury

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Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis was carted off the field on Friday night during the team’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

Davis, a 2017 first-round pick, suffered a leg injury as he was chasing down LeSean McCoy for a tackle. He seemed to trip over a teammate and injured himself.

Davis had to be helped off the field and was carted into the locker room.

The 24-year-old Florida product had 73 tackles and six sacks last season. He was replaced by Jahlani Tavai and Jalen Reeves-Maybin in the team’s lineup.