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#pounditThursday, October 29, 2020

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Ron Rivera sends great tweet after finishing cancer treatment

Ron Rivera

The Washington Football Team came away with a huge win on Sunday when they dominated the Dallas Cowboys, but head coach Ron Rivera had a much bigger victory on Monday morning. Rivera completed his final cancer treatment, and he is understandably excited about it.

Rivera has been undergoing treatment for lymph node cancer. His last treatment was Monday, and the coach decided to get in on the “How it Started vs. How it’s Going” social media trend with an awesome tweet.

The photo on the left shows Rivera earlier on in his treatment, and you can see he looks exhausted. The photo on the right was taken on Monday morning, when Rivera got to ring the bell that symbolizes his treatment program has been completed.

Washington also shared a heartwarming video of Rivera receiving a round of applause as he exited the treatment center.

Rivera has received IV treatments during games this season and was visibly struggling to get through a few contests, according to reporters. He recently described his battle with cancer as having a 300-pound gorilla on his back and said he is usually exhausted by about 5 p.m.

Hopefully, Rivera will start to feel a lot better now.

Mike McCarthy gets vote of confidence from Stephen Jones

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy has had a pretty brutal start to his tenure as Dallas Cowboys head coach, but he has not lost the faith of the organization’s key figures.

McCarthy’s Cowboys dropped to 2-5 after an ugly loss to Washington on Sunday. A day later, executive vice president Stephen Jones made clear that the organization did not regret the hire.

“I know we’ve got the right head guy for the job,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan, via Rob Phillips of the team’s official website. “These things just take time. I know our fans are frustrated. We certainly understand the criticism that’s come our way. But we’ve got to go to work.”

To be fair to McCarthy, plenty of things have gone wrong that he can’t really control. Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury is chief among them. However, it seems he and his staff have failed to impress some of his players so far. That’s not about to deter ownership from sticking by McCarthy, but things have to start to turn around at some point.

Andy Dalton does not remember what happened on big hit

Jon Bostic Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol after he took a brutal shot to the head in Sunday’s game, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback appeared to lose consciousness for a brief time. As of Sunday evening, Dalton was unsure of what happened to him before he was taken off the field.

Dalton was alert and feeling well enough to fly home with the Cowboys, but Jon Machota of The Athletic reports that he does not remember the hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic.

While that is troubling, it is not exactly a surprise. Bostic launched himself as Dalton went into a slide and drilled the QB right in the head with his shoulder. Dalton laid motionless on the turf for a couple of seconds before trainers tended to him. You can watch the play here.

Bostic was ejected for the hit and is expected to be fined by the NFL, but it does not sound like he will be suspended. Even Washington coach Ron Rivera acknowledged that the play was dirty, as he apologized to Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy.

Dalton’s health is the primary concern for the Cowboys, but McCarthy also expressed disappointment in the way players reacted to the hit. Dalton will now have to clear concussion protocol to be able to play in an important Week 8 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Joey Bosa helped teach Jaguars’ K’Lavon Chaisson after game

Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL since joining the league in 2016, which is why his Los Angeles Chargers teammates likely lean on him for advice. Apparently opponents can count on Bosa, too.

Following the Chargers’ 39-29 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bosa was spotted spending some time working with Jags rookie linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah says Bosa showed Chaisson different footwork and hand techniques for about 5-10 minutes.

As one Twitter user pointed out, this may have been Bosa’s way of paying it forward. Former Kansas City Chiefs pass-rusher Tamba Hali once did something similar with Bosa after a game.

Bosa showcased his leadership earlier in the season with some words of wisdom he gave to rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. There are many reasons the Chargers signed him to a five-year, $135 million extension prior to the season, and intangibles are a big part of that.

Washington shares awesome video from Ron Rivera’s final cancer treatment

Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera reached a major milestone with his cancer treatment on Monday, and the Washington Football Team documented some of it for those who have been following the coach’s journey.

Washington shared a video on Twitter Monday morning that was captioned “It’s a different kind of Victory Monday.” The clip showed Rivera walking out of his final treatment with people cheering him on wearing “Rivera Strong” shirts. The head coach then got to ring the bell that symbolizes that his treatment is complete.

Rivera has received IV treatments during games this season and was visibly struggling to get through a few contests, according to reporters. He recently described his battle with cancer as having a 300-pound gorilla on his back and said he is usually exhausted by about 5 p.m.

Being the head coach of an NFL team is a taxing job to begin with, let alone trying to fulfill all of those responsibilities while battling cancer. Here’s hoping Rivera continues to make positive strides.

Odell Beckham Jr. out for season with torn ACL

Odell Beckham Jr

Odell Beckham Jr. has once again had a season cut short by a significant injury.

Beckham left Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter. Indications were that the injury could be serious, and Beckham told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Monday that he suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.

Beckham injured his knee while trying to make a tackle after a Baker Mayfield interception. He immediately went down in pain and then limped to the locker room. You can see a video of the play here.

After a disappointing season last year, Beckham and the Browns had played much better through the first part of 2020. OBJ will finish the season with 23 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns.

Beckham also missed the majority of the 2017 season when he suffered a fractured ankle. He took to social media earlier this year to give a shoutout to all the players who had been injured, and he is now unfortunately a part of that group.

Cam Newton responds to Jeff Garcia’s criticism of his wardrobe

Cam Newton has always been known for his zany sense of fashion, and former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia unloaded on the New England Patriots star on Sunday for dressing flamboyantly even with how poorly he has been playing. You may be surprised to hear what Newton thought of the remarks.

Garcia, who works for NBC Sports Bay Area, said after New England’s 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday that Newton should be doing everything he can to draw less attention to himself. He jokingly suggested that Newton should ask the equipment managers to “put me in your jock sock cart and sneak me in the back door.”

“This just goes back to a couple of years of watching this guy and seeing him at the podium, but what he’s doing on the field does not translate to being that guy,” Garcia said.

Garcia was bashed for the take on social media, with many noting that Newton’s play has nothing to do with how he dresses. Newton, however, felt the criticism was “fair.” He said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” Monday that he agrees with Garcia. Although, Newton is not planning to make any style changes.

Newton wore one of his loudest suits for his Patriots debut this season, and that led to some hilarious memes. However, very few people get as worked up about it as Garcia did. If Newton truly agreed with the former Pro Bowler, he would change the way he dresses. We don’t blame him for sticking with it.

Cam Newton is now a member of the Patriots! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Cam Newton Patriots shirt. You can buy it here.

Budda Baker has great response to DK Metcalf chasing him down

DK Metcalf Budda Baker

DK Metcalf was bottled up by Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals’ defense on Sunday night, but he still managed to make one of the most important plays of the game without even touching the ball. Just ask Budda Baker.

Baker intercepted a pass from Russell Wilson near the goal line in the second quarter. It looked like he had an easy pick-six, but Metcalf turned on the jets and chased him down. After the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks in overtime, Baker had a great tweet about the play.

“DK HAWKED MY A– … #RESPECT,” Metcalf wrote (tweet censored by LBS).

Baker had nearly a 10-yard head start on Metcalf, but Metcalf was still able to run him down after about 90 yards. You can watch the incredible play here.

Metcalf’s hustle paid off in a huge way, as the Seahawks stopped the Cardinals on the ensuing possession and turned them over on downs. It’s not uncommon to see wide receivers and other offensive players give up after interceptions, but what Metclaf did was the exact opposite. You can understand why even Baker was impressed.

Report: Jon Bostic will not be suspended for hit on Andy Dalton

Jon Bostic Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton was knocked out of Sunday’s game and potentially beyond after Washington linebacker Jon Bostic delivered a vicious hit to the quarterback’s head. Bostic will likely face disciplinary action from the NFL, but it doesn’t sound like it will be severe.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Bostic is not expected to be suspended by the NFL for his hit on Dalton. Bostic was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for the play, so he will likely be fined.

Dalton had gone into a slide when Bostic launched himself at the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s head. Dalton laid on the ground motionless for a few seconds before being helped off the field. You can watch the play here.

The hit from Bostic was such a dirty play that Washington coach Ron Rivera apologized to Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy over it. If Bostic isn’t suspended, many people will feel he got off easy.

McCarthy already has some concerns over the way Cowboys players reacted to the hit on Dalton. The coach may also be bothered by Bostic not facing harsher discipline.

Cam Newton addresses questions about his shoulder

Cam Newton

Cam Newton has played so poorly over the past two games that people are starting to wonder if he may be dealing with an injury, but the New England Patriots quarterback insists that is not the case.

Following Sunday’s blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Newton was asked about his throwing mechanics and how his right shoulder feels. The former MVP said his energy level has been an issue but not his health.

Newton appeared to short-arm several throws on Sunday, and many people felt he was throwing the ball similarly to when he battled shoulder issues with the Carolina Panthers. Newton has had two surgeries on his right shoulder, though he was said to be 100 percent healthy when the Patriots signed him.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Sunday that Newton is “absolutely” the starter going forward despite being benched for Jarrett Stidham against the Niners.

Newton completed 9-of-15 passes for 98 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the 33-6 loss. He also threw two picks against the Denver Broncos last week, giving him five interceptions and no touchdowns over his past two games. The Patriots are reportedly looking to make a significant move before the trade deadline, but Newton needs to play much better to keep his job.

Cam Newton is now a member of the Patriots! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Cam Newton Patriots shirt. You can buy it here.