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Sunday, September 15, 2019


Report: Sam Darnold could be out more than a month with mono

Sam Darnold

The New York Jets made a very surprising announcement this week that Sam Darnold will not play in Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns after he was diagnosed with mononucleosis, and it sounds like the best-case scenario for the quarterback would be a return after the team’s Week 4 bye. However, that is far from a guarantee.

The Jets do not have a firm return date set for Darnold and are unsure of how long he will be out, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. As La Canfora notes, mono is highly contagious and can be particularly dangerous for football players, as it leads to swelling of major organs and could leave them susceptible to rupturing. Darnold’s recovery timetable will depend on how quickly his body recovers and how long he experiences fatigue.

Darnold has also reportedly lost several pounds, which is normal for someone who is dealing with mono. Even if he starts to feel better sooner than expected, the second-year QB may have to take some time to get back in shape and pack on some weight.

The Jets struggled offensively and only scored 16 points at home against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, and they may have an even tougher time moving the ball with Trevor Siemian starting. In Adam Gase’s defense, the head coach did not expect his quarterback to come down with a case of mono when he made his bold promise about the 2019 season.

Britney Taylor to meet with NFL over Antonio Brown allegations Monday

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown will not be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list ahead of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, but the star receiver’s status could change as early as next week.

Britney Taylor, the woman who filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Brown in court earlier this week, is expected to meet with NFL officials on Monday to discuss the case, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The league is hoping to wrap its investigation up quickly, so officials will likely meet with Brown later in the week and then determine if any disciplinary action is warranted.

As of now, there have been no criminal charges filed against Brown. That is why the NFL has chosen to wait until speaking with both him and Taylor before making a decision about whether or not Brown should be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.

Taylor says Brown sexually assaulted her twice in 2017 and raped her in 2018. Brown’s lawyers and agents have dismissed the allegations as nothing more than a “money grab” from a woman who used to be friends with Brown and had a consensual sexual relationship with him. Neither the New England Patriots nor the Oakland Raiders knew of the allegations against Brown prior to the lawsuit being filed, as Brown and Taylor had been in confidential legal talks for months.

Brown is expected to play against the Dolphins on Sunday, and numerous reporters have heard the Patriots will feature him heavily.

For more on the subject:

A summary of the lawsuits filed against Antonio Brown since 2018
Britney Taylor passed lie detector test regarding Antonio Brown allegations
Britney Taylor planning to meet with NFL after her wedding
The text messages Antonio Brown allegedly sent Britney Taylor
Antonio Brown planning to file countersuit against Britney Taylor
Attorney defends Antonio Brown against ‘money grab’ allegations
Patriots react to lawsuit filed against Antonio Brown

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Report: Cowboys looking to trade former first-round pick Taco Charlton

Taco Charlton appears to have fallen out of favor with the Dallas Cowboys, so it is no surprise that they are open to trading the defensive end.

The Cowboys have had recent discussions about trading Charlton, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report. Those talks have the potential to heat up in the coming days.

Charlton was the Cowboys’ first-round pick back in 2017, but he does not appear to be in the team’s plans. He was a healthy scratch in Week 1 against the New York Giants and is not expected to be active to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The former Michigan star had just four sacks in 27 games over his first two seasons.

The Cowboys have been mentioned as a possible suitor for one of the last good players remaining in Miami, but it seems unlikely that the tanking Dolphins would be interested in anything other than draft picks. Charlton’s trade value is also fairly low considering teams know Dallas doesn’t want him, so they could just wait to see if the Cowboys cut him.

Old Gardner Minshew swag outfit photo goes viral ahead of Texans game

Gardner Minshew swag

An old photo of Gardner Minshew dripping swag went viral on Saturday, and it’s a must-see.

Back in March, Minshew shared this photo comparing himself and his style to Ryan Fitzpatrick as Conor McGregor.

Minshew, a sixth-round pick, will get his first career start as the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Houston Texans Sunday. A few Twitter accounts shared the old Minshew photo and said that’s how he looked getting off the plane in Houston.

Minshew didn’t quite show that swag traveling to his first start, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t feeling it.

Minshew was 22/25 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception filling in for the injured Nick Foles in a Week 1 loss against Kansas City. He needs to play like the guy who was confident enough to dress that boldly.

Report: NFL, NFLPA to reassess concussion protocol after Sterling Shepard error

Sterling Shepard

The NFL and NFLPA are taking another look at the league’s concussion protocols after New York Giants receiver Sterling Shepard played through a head injury last Sunday.

Shepard suffered a concussion during last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys but finished the game anyway. That’s a failure of protocol and has prompted an investigation from the NFL and the players’ union.

Shepard’s concussion was serious enough that he’s already been ruled out for Week 2. The NFL has aggressively tried to be proactive about head injuries, so the fact that Sterling played through one despite all the protocols is a bad look.

Report: Browns’ Damarious Randall ruled out with concussion

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns abruptly suffered a significant loss for their Monday night game against the New York Jets.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, safety Damarious Randall reported to the team facility experiencing concussion symptoms and was placed in the protocol. He will not play Monday night against the Jets.

Concussion symptoms can show up belatedly, and that’s what happened here. There was no indication that Randall was experiencing any issues during the week until they manifested themselves Saturday.

Randall started 15 games for the Browns in 2018, racking up 85 tackles and four interceptions. He’ll be a big miss for the Browns. If there’s any good news for their secondary, however, it’s that they’ll be facing the Jets’ backup quarterback.

Terry Bradshaw ‘can’t stand’ Antonio Brown, wouldn’t throw to him

Terry Bradshaw

Many in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization weren’t particularly sorry to see Antonio Brown go this past offseason. Count Terry Bradshaw as someone outside the organization who felt the same way.

Bradshaw said Friday that the Steelers shouldn’t have put up with as much as they did from Brown, adding that he “wouldn’t throw to him” if he was the quarterback and the receiver was behaving that way.

“I had no idea they catered to Brown as much as they supposedly did,” Bradshaw said, via Joe Rutter of TribLive. “I can’t stand players like Antonio Brown. Winning football games is all about the team and all about players caring about one another and everybody pulling together, not pulling apart. You can’t have Antonio Brown for all the greatness that they are, do you want the baggage that goes with that crap? I wouldn’t.

“I’m glad they got rid of him and I’m upset now that I know how he got away … (what) he was doing there. I wish the heck they would have gotten rid of him a long time ago.”

Brown went full scorched earth on the Steelers during the offseason after a lot of behind-the-scenes drama. The organization has been known to put up with its fair share of drama, so for Brown to wear out his welcome is something. Bradshaw, it seems, wouldn’t have let it go on as long as it did.