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#pounditThursday, August 13, 2020

Football

Tom Brady debuts new-look visor in Buccaneers camp

Tom Brady looks different than you’ll remember, and not just because of his new uniform.

The veteran quarterback debuted a new look during Sunday’s workouts, wearing a dark visor as he went through his reps.

Is the tinted visor going to be a way forward for Brady? Probably not, unless he has a good excuse. The NFL prohibits players from wearing tinted visors in games unless they receive a medical exemption, and Brady has obviously never needed one before. A regular, clear visor would be acceptable, though, and would still constitute a new look.

Brady’s probably just shielding himself from the sun while he can get away with it — it’s a lot warmer and brighter in Florida than it is in New England, after all. Plus, we know that Brady is pretty slow to change things up. It’s probably a one-off, but it’s an intimidating look.

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Report: NFL officials remain confident in full season being played

There have been some doubts recently over the college football season being played, but the NFL reportedly remains as confident as ever behind closed doors.

NFL officials have privately been expressing a “high degree of confidence” that there will be a full 2020 season, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. It’s possible that some teams will be required to follow bubble protocols in their cities with extended hotel stays and other unique guidelines, but there is still optimism for an uninterrupted season after no players were added to the COVID-IR list on Saturday.

Teams have yet to begin practicing in pads, so there are some hurdles to clear. The NFL understands that there will likely be issues that pop up like players not being able to practice and/or having to miss games, but there is not a sense it will be enough to shut the season down or force the cancellation of games.

Florio also notes that there are some who believe the NFL’s health and safety protocols are designed to protect the league in case someone contracts the coronavirus. Still, officials believe the season can — and will — begin without interruption.

The NFL could make some serious schedule changes if the college football season is canceled.

Report: NFL likely to play Saturday games if college football is canceled

With increasing doubts about the college football season being played on schedule in the fall, the NFL appears ready to swoop in to fill the potential void.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the NFL is likely to move some games to Saturdays in the event college football does not take place. There are some questions and hurdles about how this would work that would need to be addressed, but the league is motivated to attempt to do so.

Two key issues must be sorted out if this were to happen. First, the NFL would have to determine how these games would be broadcast, be it on television, via streaming, or some sort of pay-per-view service. Relatedly, the league would also need to receive special permission from the broadcast antitrust exemption which prevents the league from televising games on Saturdays for the majority of the season.

The NFL has been leaving the door open on this for months. It has every reason to want to swoop in if there are Saturday openings for football action, and broadcast partners would probably be in favor of that as well if there is no college football to televise.

Report: Captain Munnerlyn arrested at airport for allegedly writing bad checks

Captain Munnerlyn

Former NFL player Captain Munnerlyn was arrested at an airport for allegedly writing bad checks.

Andy Slater, a radio host at 640 AM in South Florida, reported on Friday that Munnerlyn was arrested at Miami International Airport. Slater says Munnerlyn was headed from Miami to Cancun but was pulled off his flight. There is a fugitive warrant for him in Las Vegas as he is accused of writing bad checks, Slater says.

Munnerlyn’s attorney says the whole this is a misunderstanding.

Munnerlyn, 32, was a 7th-round pick by Carolina in 2009. The former cornerback had 12 interceptions and 10 sacks over 10 seasons. He has not played in an NFL regular season game since the 2018 season.

Deion Sanders has message for players opting out of sports

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders had a message on Friday for athletes who are opting out of their sports.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer reminded athletes that sports are a business and that athletes are interchangeable.

Sanders’ comments come a day after the final tally showed 69 NFL players opted out of playing this season. The New England Patriots topped the list with eight players choosing not to play. Some of the notable players who opted out include Nate Solder, Dont’a Hightower, Damien Williams, CJ Mosley and Star Lotulelei.

Sanders, 52, played both professional football and baseball during his career, and also ran track in college. He was a versatile, hard-working athlete, who was recognized as one of the best players in the league during his time in the NFL. He doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable conversations, which probably explains why he didn’t mind sending a tweet that would make some feel uncomfortable.

Antonio Gibson, Bryce Love could see more opportunity after Guice release

Washington Football Team logo

Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love could be in line for greater roles after Washington’s release of Derrius Guice.

Guice was let go by the Washington Football Team on Friday for his domestic violence arrest. Guice was cleared for football activity and looked like he would have a big role in Washington’s offense. Now, there will be three players Washington could be looking at more chances, and each player represents something different.

Veteran Adrian Peterson is regarded as more of a traditional early-down back. Though he is 35, he still found a large role in Washington’s offense last year, rushing for 898 yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries. He also has no plans of retiring any time soon.

Much like Guice, Love was returning from injury. The former Stanford star underwent a second surgery last year to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He was a fourth-round pick by Washington last year and is still looking to make his NFL debut.

The player who could really be in for something is Gibson. He was a third-round pick by Washington out of Memphis this year and ran a blazing 40 time at the NFL Combine. He’s a versatile player who could see action as both a running back and receiver, and could be Washington’s back of choice in passing situations.

Washington still has plenty of options even after releasing Guice.

Derrius Guice released after domestic violence arrest

Derrius Guice

Derrius Guice was released by the Washington Football Team on Friday after being arrested for domestic violence-related charges.

Guice turned himself in to authorities at Loudoun Adult Detention Center according to the Washington Post. He is facing five charges total, including a felony strangulation charge. The other four charges include: three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property.

Guice was not at Washington’s practice on Friday.

Here is the team’s statement on the matter:

The 23-year-old entered the league as a second-round draft pick in 2018, but has only appeared in five games for Washington. He suffered a torn ACL in his first preseason game, costing him the entire 2018 season. His 2019 was shortened by both the MCL sprain and a torn meniscus that cost him most of the first half of the year.

Guice tallied 245 yards and two touchdowns on 42 rushing attempts last season. He recently announced that he had been cleared for football activity.