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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Football

Report: Reuben Foster believed to have torn ACL

Reuben Foster

The first day of OTAs has resulted in a significant injury for the Washington Redskins.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, linebacker Reuben Foster is believed to have a torn ACL plus additional damage, and will see a specialist to figure out the true severity of the injury.

This was the fear as soon as Foster was carted off the practice field. Such an injury would put his season in serious jeopardy, but Washington will wait to get the full picture on the injury before making any pronouncements on recovery time.

Aaron Rodgers details his complaints about ‘Game of Thrones’ ending

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers appeared as an extra in the penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones,” the popular HBO show that ended its run on Sunday. Being part of the cast, though, did not stop Aaron Rodgers from airing a list of grievances about how the show ended.

On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers quarterback shared them while also clarifying his appearance.

Rodgers, who is not the first athlete to cameo on the show, confirmed that he was neither the guy who was blown up in an explosion, nor the Lannister archer, as many believed. He mused that the guy who was running away and blown up in a scene was “not an athlete” and seemed insulted that people assumed that was his role in the show.

But he saved his greatest critique for the ending. Rodgers is not a fan of Bran ruling Westeros at the end of the show, and took 90 seconds to go through his view of the ending like he was breaking down an upcoming opponent. He rattled of a laundry list of characters who had a better story than Bran. Rodgers offered his preferred winner: Danaerys Targaryen.

“I loved the opportunity to be in the show, which most probably don’t think I was, but I was there. I love the show, but the writers were also doing Star Wars, so I think they might have been a little busy this last season,” Rodgers said in one final shot.

Sounds like someone does not want to be part of the upcoming comedy series detailing Bran’s reign over Westeros.

Bucs to release Gerald McCoy, have interest in Ndamukong Suh

Gerald McCoy

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are releasing Gerald McCoy but reportedly have interest in a potential replacement.

The Bucs informed McCoy on Monday of their plans to release him, The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud reports. They reportedly are interested in free agent Ndamukong Suh as a potential replacement.

Tampa Bay apparently worked with McCoy on the matter and wants him to find a suitable home. They gave his agent permission to talk with other teams.

The two sides seemed destined to part ways. McCoy was set to make $13 million this season, which is an amount Tampa Bay did not want to pay. The team was looking to trade him but apparently did not find a partner because other teams did not want to pay that amount and surrender an asset to get him on top of that. If he is going to take a pay cut, it would be for a championship contender. There is an up-and-coming AFC team was said to have interest in the six-time Pro Bowler.

McCoy, 31, had not been participating in off-season activities for Tampa Bay. The defensive lineman had 28 tackles and six sacks in 14 games last season.

Carson Wentz reveals what he misses with not having Nick Foles around

Carson Wentz

Now that Nick Foles has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carson Wentz will not have to listen to the debate this season surrounding which quarterback should start for the Philadelphia Eagles. That is probably a relief for the former first-round pick, but he says there are still things he will miss when Foles isn’t around.

One of them is the coffee.

On Tuesday, Wentz told reporters he will miss Wentz’s “laid back” personality, and he also joked about what a good barista his former teammate was.

Whether Wentz is a better player or not, there was a lot he could have learned from Foles. A bombshell report indicated last year that Foles was far more popular in the locker room than Wentz, and Wentz later admitted he needs to do a better job of being a leader. Foles managed to lead the Eagles to a win in the Super Bowl after Wentz went down two years ago, so there is plenty he did right.

As for the coffee, the Eagles will just have to find someone else who knows how to make a killer latte.

Chris Long: I don’t know how anyone can dislike Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Tom Brady is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, and many fans hate him simply because he has dominated the NFL for nearly 20 years now. As far as Chris Long is concerned, jealousy is the only reason anyone could dislike the future Hall of Famer.

Long, who announced his retirement from football over the weekend, spent one season playing for the Patriots in 2016. He told Peter King of NBC Sports that one year was enough time for Brady to make a huge impression on him.

“Tom Brady blew me away. Who’s the most famous athlete of our generation: Tom Brady? LeBron? Messi? Ronaldo? Serena Williams? Maybe I haven’t been around enough to know how the biggest stars really act. But Brady is a normal guy,” Long said. “When I got there, here comes Tom. ‘Hey Chris, I’m Tom, nice to meet you.’ Well, yeah, I know you’re Tom. A lot of people want to hate him for all the success, and I understand how you can dislike the Patriots, but I cannot understand how you can dislike Tom.”

Long has a very unique perspective, as he saw two different winning cultures in a span of two seasons. After the defensive end won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016, he then joined the Philadelphia Eagles and immediately captured his second championship. Some of Long’s teammates with the Eagles went out of their wash to bash the Patriots, though none said anything about Brady in particular.

Most players who have played in New England with Brady share a similar opinion to Long’s. While you can say you don’t like the Patriots because of Spygate or Deflategate or whatever other Gate you can come up with, the real reason they’re so despised is because they keep winning. As someone whose career benefitted from that commitment to excellence, you can understand why Long enjoyed his time playing alongside Brady.

Cowboys say Ezekiel Elliott Vegas incident will not impact contract talks

Ezekiel Elliott

The Dallas Cowboys say that the incident involving Ezekiel Elliott over the weekend in Las Vegas will not impact their long-term contract talks with him.

Elliott was handcuffed and detained briefly during an incident at the Electric Daisy Carnival music festival early Sunday morning in Las Vegas. TMZ Sports reports and shared video that showed the Cowboys running back shoving an event staff member to the ground. Las Vegas police handcuffed Elliott after the shove and detained him, though he was eventually let go.

Police say the staffer who was shoved to the ground declined to press charges for misdemeanor battery.

“Two officers approached and placed Elliott into handcuffs while they investigated,” Las Vegas police said in a statement. “The security guard who was the victim of the misdemeanor battery refused to press charges and officers escorted Elliott a short distance away and he was released.”

Elliott later appeared at his youth football camp in Frisco, Texas that day.

Speaking with reporters on Monday, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said the incident would not impact their contract negotiations with the running back.

Elliott, 23, is still on his rookie contract and the Cowboys plan to pick up his fifth-year option for 2020, which would pay him just over $9 million.

The two-time NFL rushing leader has been the subject of multiple off-field incidents, going back to his time in college when he was cited for driving on a suspended license. He was accused of domestic assault shortly after being drafted by the Cowboys and was later suspended six games by the NFL. He was accused in 2017 of breaking a man’s nose during an altercation.

The Cowboys believe the young back is still maturing and has shown signs of progressing off the field, such as the generous gesture he recently made to a grieving family.

NFL overtime format could change for playoffs in future

Roger Goodell

The NFL could eventually make changes to its overtime rules to guarantee
both teams an opportunity to possess the ball, but the format will remain the same for at least the 2019 season.

On Wednesday, NFL owners did not vote through a proposal from the Kansas City Chiefs that would have given both teams at least one possession in OT — even if the receiving team scores a touchdown. The proposal will be reviewed again next year, and there is some support for implementing the change at least for the playoffs.

It’s no surprise that the Chiefs are the team that made the proposal, as they were on the wrong end of the NFL’s overtime format during the AFC Championship Game last year. After battling back to force OT, the Patriots and their red-hot offense won the coin toss and scored a touchdown, so Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s offense never got a chance to take the field.

The OT rules are better now than they were years ago, when the receiving team could end the game just by kicking a field goal. Now, you simply have to get a defensive stop or hold your opponent to three points or less if you want a chance to possess the ball. The Chiefs have no one to blame but themselves for not doing that at home in a playoff game, which is why Andy Reid has been careful with his comments about a possible OT format change.