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Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Ryan Tannehill has stem cells banked in Cayman Islands

Ryan Tannehill

If advancements in the medical field of stem cells continue, Ryan Tannehill may be in a good place.

Tannehill confirmed on Tuesday that he has some stem cells banked in the Cayman Islands. According to Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson, the stem cells were banked for Tannehill’s future use whether in recovery from injury or to improve his quality of life in the future.

Tannehill had stem cell treatment after his knee injury in 2017. The Miami Dolphins quarterback missed three games in 2016 with a knee injury and all of last season after tearing his ACL in practice. He has dealt with a shoulder injury that caused him to miss five games this season.

Reports have said that Tannehill’s future with the Dolphins is uncertain.

10 NFL teams rising and falling ahead of the playoffs

Dak Prescott

We’re getting to the time of year when momentum starts to matter for potential NFL playoff teams. Bad losses can pile up and prove mentally taxing, while a winning streak breeds swagger and confidence. With the playoffs looming, every team is looking for a hefty dose of the latter to power them through the right time of the year.

Whose stock is rising — and falling — at this pivotal time of the season? Here’s a look at ten teams.

Rising: Dallas Cowboys (8-5)

No team has done more for their playoff aspirations in less time than the Cowboys, who have won five in a row. The acquisition of Amari Cooper, widely derided at the time for the first-round pick they gave up, now looks like a masterstroke, with Cooper looking like the No. 1 wide receiver the Cowboys dreamed he’d be. An improving offense coupled with a strong defense that shut down the Saints means Dallas should be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC playoffs, just weeks after looking like they might not even make it to that point.


Report: ‘No way’ Raiders play in Oakland next year after lawsuit

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A lawsuit filed by the city of Oakland will be the final move pushing the Raiders away from the town, according to a report.

Oakland filed a lawsuit against the Raiders on Tuesday that alleges the team violated antitrust laws and the league’s rules when they “boycotted” the city of Oakland in their move to Las Vegas.

“The defendants brazenly violated federal antitrust law and the league’s own policies when they boycotted Oakland as a host city,” City Attorney Barbara J. Parker said. “The Raiders’ illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers and dedicated fans with the bill. The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold the defendants accountable and help to compensate Oakland for the damages the defendants’ unlawful actions have caused and will cause to the people of Oakland.”

Fansided’s Jason Cole says the lawsuit filed by the city will push the Raiders out of the town after this season. He reports a team official says there is “no way” the Raiders play in Oakland in 2019 and that they will consider several other cities instead.

Cole says Las Vegas, where the Raiders plan to move, is unworkable for next season because they do not have any existing viable stadium options.

Cole further reports that the Raiders are unlikely to play anywhere in Northern California at all.

We have previously heard the Raiders were unlikely to play in Oakland in 2019, so this isn’t too new. There is one city that’s been previously discussed as a potential interim home for the team.

The Raiders’ Las Vegas stadium is expected to be ready for the 2020 season.

Did Rex Ryan suggest he will make coaching return to NFL in 2019?

Rex Ryan

Did Rex Ryan suggest that he will be making his coaching return to the NFL in 2019?

Ryan is now an ESPN analyst after being fired by the Buffalo Bills late in the 2016 season. During ESPN’s “Get Up” on Monday morning, Ryan was providing some analysis and criticism of the New England Patriots’ defense on the final play against the Miami Dolphins.

Ryan said that if any coach other than Bill Belichick had committed the mistake of putting a tight end like Rob Gronkowski out there and playing for a Hail Mary, that coach would be crucified. He also said he didn’t worry about giving such tough criticism, noting that he’ll return to football next year.

“Guess what,” Ryan said. “You know what? I’ll probably get back into football next year, and I don’t care if I make everybody mad at me or whatever. I could care less.”

Was Ryan making just a simple off-handed remark, or was he tipping his hand about his plans? We will see. Ryan has not been mentioned in connection with any jobs since his firing by the Bills, though he and his brother have made some headlines.

Unlikely source breaks news of Bears CB suffering broken foot

The Chicago Bears have had one of the best defenses in football this season, and they could be losing a key contributor for the remainder of the year. We know this because a sports memorabilia shop told us.

On Tuesday, Elite Icons Framing & Memorabilia in Chicago announced that Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan would be unable to attend his scheduled autograph signing after he broke a bone in his foot during Sunday’s 15-6 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Several NFL reporters later confirmed the news and provided some more details.

The Bears rank third in the NFL in both yards allowed (309.9 per game) and scoring defense (19.0 points per game). While Callahan plays primarily in nickel packages, it’s always difficult to lose a key member of the rotation this late in the season.

After they allowed just six points against one of the best offenses in the NFL on Monday, the Bears are now getting more credit for being a legitimate contender in the NFC. Championship-caliber teams always have good depth, and Chicago’s will be tested now that Callahan is out.

Titans investigating whether fan hurled racial slurs at Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette says he had a very good reason for getting into a verbal altercation with a Tennessee Titans fan last week, and the team is investigating the claims made by the Jacksonville Jaguars star.

A video recorded by a fan and published by TMZ shows Fournette confronting a fan and telling him he is “too old” to be harassing players at a sporting event. Fournette then challenged the man to come down to the field so he could “beat your a–.”

While the video did not appear to include any racist language, Fournette told The Athletic on Monday that he reacted the way he did after the fan called him a “servant” and used a racial slur. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he met with Fournette after Monday’s walkthrough and the running back told him the same, adding that he trusts Fournette to tell the truth.

“I sure hope stadium security is involved,” Marrone said. “No one wants that stuff around this game.”

According to TMZ, stadium security has gotten involved. The Titans have launched an investigation to determine if people sitting around the fan who got into it with Fournette heard any racist language. The person who recorded the video told TMZ he did not hear any racial slurs and that Fournette was only being heckled about the score of the game.

You can certainly understand why Fournette would be upset if he had a racial slur thrown his way, but he could be fined by the NFL if no evidence is found. Fournette was ejected from Jacksonville’s recent game against the Buffalo Bills for throwing a swing at an opponent and having it out with him in the tunnel, and he was later suspended for one game by the league.

Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger try to clarify bizarre injury situation

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger suffered a rib injury in Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders and was eventually able to return, but there has been a great deal of confusion about why it took so long for Mike Tomlin to put him back in. The coach and quarterback tried to answer some of those questions on Tuesday.

Apparently, one of the reasons Roethlisberger stood on the sideline for so long seemingly ready to go was that the Steelers were waiting on results from outdated X-ray machines in Oakland.

Tomlin said he continued to communicate with Roethlisberger about the “effectiveness of pain medication” he was given, which likely means the Steelers were waiting for a pain shot to kick in. The coach stressed that the team was trying to make the best decision possible with the information available at the time.

Roethlisberger appeared to suffer the injury in the first half but remained in the game until halftime. Backup quarterback Josh Dobbs came out to start the second half, and the Steelers went punt, turnover on downs, interception, and punt on his first four possessions. After the Raiders took a 17-14 lead, Roethlisberger finally returned to the game and led Pittsburgh on a touchdown drive to put them up 21-17. They eventually lost 24-21 after kicker Chris Boswell slipped and fell on what would have been a game-tying field goal attempt.

Tomlin gave a much different reason on Sunday for why Roethlisberger was held out so long, and that is why reporters were still asking about it on Tuesday. From the sound of it, the Steelers were simply unsure of the exact extent of Big Ben’s injury but decided to take his word for it and put him back in when they realized they were not going to be able to win with Dobbs.