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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Carson Palmer believes return in 4-6 weeks is possible

Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer suffered a broken arm in his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, leading many to speculate that his career could be over in addition to his season. However, the Arizona Cardinals quarterback does not sound ready to call it quits just yet.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday that there is no official timetable for Palmer’s return, but the 37-year-old is not ruling out being ready to play again in four to six weeks.

The team has not yet made a decision about whether they will put Palmer on injured reserve, which would mean he cannot play until Week 16 at the earliest. If he is placed on IR and the Cardinals fall out of the playoff race, it is highly unlikely that Palmer would play in the final game or two of the season.

Arians said Sunday that Palmer is expected to miss eight weeks, but obviously no official word has been given yet. With how uncertain Palmer previously sounded when asked if he will play beyond 2017, the retirement questions make sense.

Joe Thomas says he will consider NFL future in offseason

Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas has admitted that his NFL future is something he’ll have to think about — but it won’t happen until the offseason.

Thomas said Monday that recovering from his torn triceps is his first priority, and he’ll think about 2018 once the offseason begins and he has time to think it over.

Thomas’s 2017 season is over, the first time in his NFL career he’ll deal with an injury. He probably won’t want to go out like that, though he does turn 33 in December.

Janet Jackson reportedly not banned from performing at Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake confirmed on Sunday that he will be headlining the halftime show at Super Bowl LII, which of course sent Twitter into a frenzy with people calling for Janet Jackson to join him. If that’s what JT wants, he is apparently free to extend the invite.

The belief has existed for years that Jackson was banned from ever performing at an NFL event again because of the infamous incident in which her breast was intentionally exposed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVIII in 2004. However, a representative from the NFL told TMZ “there is no ban” when asked about Jackson.

“We are not going to comment on any speculation regarding potential guests,” a league spokesperson said. “There may be no guests. Along with Pepsi, we’re excited to have Justin Timberlake.”

After the performance that coined the phrase “wardrobe malfunction,” Timberlake went on to become one of the most successful artists in the music industry. Jackson, on the other hand, was supposedly pressured to bow out of the Grammy Awards the following week, where Timberlake took home an award. Many people feel J.T. blamed Jackson by saying the shocking end to the performance was “unintentional.”

If you’re hoping to see the two share the stage again in Minneapolis, you will probably be disappointed. There’s a better chance Timberlake will get his old band back together, though that is also unlikely.

Vance Joseph dismisses Trevor Siemian’s struggles as ‘group problem’

Trevor Siemian

It’s no secret that the Denver Bronco offense has not performed well this season, but coach Vance Joseph refuses to lay all the blame at the feet of quarterback Trevor Siemian.

Siemian turned the ball over twice on Sunday as the Broncos were shut out by the Los Angeles Chargers, and there were several other near-interceptions that he managed to avoid. Joseph, however, said Monday that Siemian’s starting job is safe — and the offense’s problems are as a unit, not because of the quarterback.

The Broncos have been steadfast in their commitment to Siemian, though he has failed to impress as the team’s starter at any point. There isn’t a better option on the roster right now, though.

Sean McVay downplays Rams’ strong start: ‘We haven’t arrived by any stretch’

Sean McVay isn’t getting ahead of himself despite his team’s 5-2 start.

After a 33-0 dismantling of the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7, the Los Angeles Rams head coach downplayed their early-season success.

“We haven’t arrived by any stretch,” said McVay, per Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “But 5-2 is a good feeling. But that’s all it is right now.”

There’s definitely still a lot of football to be played, especially in a fairly tough NFC West. But there’s also a ton of reason for encouragement with the Rams now leading the entire NFL in both point differential (+74) and points per game (30.3). That’s significant improvement from a 2016 campaign where they couldn’t even reach five wins in 16 tries, much less seven, but it sounds like McVay is staying focused on ways that the team can continue to improve.

H/T ProFootballTalk

TY Hilton apologizes to Colts’ offensive line for criticism

TY Hilton

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton apologized Monday after publicly criticizing the offensive line following his team’s 27-0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hilton threw the offensive line under the bus following the team’s defeat, but he was remorseful on Monday, offering a public apology and pledging to speak to each offensive lineman in private as well.

The offensive line may have had their share of issues, but the Colts are a mess in pretty much every department, and their bad play can’t be pinned all on one unit. Hilton was wrong to go off and right to apologize.

Report: Steelers have no plans to trade or discipline Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant may be intent on doing everything in his power to force his way out of Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t mean he is going to be successful.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers have no intention of trading Bryant before the Oct. 31 trade deadline. They also aren’t expected to discipline the receiver for not showing up for a mandatory team meeting on Monday.

After Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Bryant made some comments on Instagram criticizing rookie teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster and indicating he wants the Steelers to trade him. Veteran offensive lineman Ramon Foster said Monday that he wishes Bryant showed up to work so he could explain himself.

“I just wish he were here to answer his own questions,” Foster said.. “I’m over that. I don’t know what happened. I think he called in sick today. I don’t know. I just wish he were here to answer his own questions. You can’t throw that stuff out there on social media land and expect no forest fires behind it.

“He can’t leave us here to answer, is how I feel about it. I feel like last week we kind of pushed it aside and then you double down on it? Not cool from a teammate perspective.”

Bryant’s agent told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that the 25-year-old felt ill on Monday morning and went to see a doctor. As Bouchette notes, Bryant has missed some practice time the last two weeks with what the Steelers labeled an illness.

Even though Bryant recently mocked a report about him wanting to be traded, he is not fooling anyone anymore. The problem is he has been suspended multiple times for failed drug tests, so the Steelers know they aren’t going to get anything for him in a trade. Unless Bryant becomes an unmanageable headache, the team will probably just ride it out.

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