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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Football

Report: D’Onta Foreman likely to miss four months with torn biceps

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Indianapolis Colts running back D’Onta Foreman will miss the 2019 season after suffering a torn biceps.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Foreman tore his biceps and will likely need four months of recovery. He has already been placed on injured reserve.

It caps off what has been a very difficult preseason for Foreman. He was surprisingly waived by the Houston Texans, where he’d been expected to serve as the backup. While he landed quickly with the Colts, he barely had time to make an impression before suffering this injury. Now he’ll miss the year.

Dontrelle Inman will reportedly visit Lions after release from Patriots

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Dontrelle Inman looks likely to land on his feet following his release from the New England Patriots.

According to Ian Rapoport, the wide receiver is generating “immediate interest” and already has a visit set with the Detroit Lions within the next day or so.

Inman caught three touchdowns and racked up 304 yards for the Indianapolis Colts last season. The Patriots added him as wide receiver depth, but when Josh Gordon was reinstated, Inman requested and received his release from the team in search of a bigger role elsewhere.

Ezekiel Elliott thought latest comment from Jerry Jones was ‘disrespectful’

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Ezekiel Elliott has yet to report to the Dallas Cowboys as he seeks a new contract, and team owner Jerry Jones has maintained all offseason that he is not overly concerned about the situation. But the latest remark Jones made about the star running back apparently did not sit well with him.

After rookie Tony Pollard rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on just five carries in the Cowboys’ preseason game Saturday night, Jones joked with reporters by saying, “Zeke who?” On Monday, Elliott’s agent Rocky Arceneaux said both he and Elliott found the quip “disrespectful.”

Jones was obviously joking, and he later said he is excited about the way Pollard might be able to “complement” Elliott but knows Zeke cannot be replaced. Still, you can understand why it irked Elliott given the current state of negotiations between him and the Cowboys, which ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says is inactive.

Jones is known for shelling out big contracts to his star players, but this is not the first time he has indicated he is going to play hardball with Elliott. We’ll see if that continues as Week 1 draws nearer.

Cam Newton to make preseason debut Thursday

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The Carolina Panthers will get their first glimpse of quarterback Cam Newton in a game situation since his shoulder surgery.

Newton will appear in the team’s third preseason game against the New England Patriots on Thursday, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

This is more notable than a lot of preseason debuts for veteran players. Newton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ailing throwing shoulder during the offseason. That shoulder rendered his deep balls fairly useless toward the tail end of last year. Reviews from practice have been good, but there’s no way to mimic a game situation until you get there, so Newton’s progress will be intriguing to see.

Bill Belichick jokes about how ‘excited’ he is for injury report season

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Bill Belichick has to be looking forward to defending his sixth Super Bowl championship with the New England Patriots this season, but that doesn’t compare to the level of anticipation he is feeling for being able to start releasing injury reports again.

Belichick, who is notorious for giving as little information regarding injuries as possible, joked on Monday that he is “pretty excited” official injury reports will start going out again in two weeks.

“I’m pretty excited to be able to give those out,” Belichick deadpanned. “Until then, we’re not able to do that, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Belichick has been in peak midseason form during training camp. His level of annoyance with the media already seems elevated, as we saw with an awkward on-field exchange he had with a reporter on Saturday over the Josh Gordon situation. Injury questions are his favorite, so it’s no surprise he’s bursting at the seam to starting answering more of them.

Antonio Brown reportedly returns to practice Monday

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The daily saga of Antonio Brown brought good news for the Oakland Raiders on Monday, at least.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Brown was at Monday’s practice after skipping Sunday’s over his ongoing spat with the NFL over his helmet.

The good news is that Brown’s foot issues seem to largely be behind him. The bad news is that we still don’t really know how he’s going to handle the helmet situation moving forward and whether the Raiders can trust him to be at practice.

For now, though, it seems that he’s responded to public admonishment from GM Mike Mayock, who essentially challenged him to commit after he skipped practice Sunday. For now, he’s on board, but this story seems to change by the day, so further news about Brown’s helmet search could change the entire situation.

Richard Sherman says comments about 18-game NFL were overblown

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The NFL would probably be open to the idea of extending the regular season from 16 games to 18 games, but players would need a lot of convincing and a lot more money in their next collective bargaining agreement to even consider it. Richard Sherman thinks it is unlikely to happen, and he was slightly annoyed on Monday that people were made to believe otherwise.

In an interview with Peter King for this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, Sherman said he doesn’t see an 18-game season happening unless “something astronomical is conceded.” That led to a headline from Pro Football Talk that claimed Sherman was suggesting an 18-game season is a possibility, and Chris Long was critical of the headline for being misleading.

Sherman agreed and accused PFT of sensationalizing to get more clicks.

That headline did seem a bit unfair. If Sherman is saying it would take something “astronomical” for an 18-game season to go into effect, he’s basically saying it is almost certainly not going to happen.

Team owners would obviously love an 18-game schedule, and some of them have sounded desperate in providing reasons for why they believe it would be beneficial. It still seems highly unlikely to happen, and that’s the point Sherman was getting across.