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Russell Wilson missed an open receiver on key 4th-and-1 play

KJ Hamler open in the field

The Denver Broncos blew a big opportunity at the end of their game against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

The Broncos were down 12-9 and had a 4th-and-1 with 2:38 left in overtime. Rather than kick a field goal to tie the game, Denver decided to play for the win.

After running the ball three times in a row to get to 4th-and-1, the Broncos decided to come out in shotgun on 4th-and-1 following timeouts called by both teams.

Wilson threw a pass in the end zone that was broken up by Stephon Gilmore. But fans noticed that Wilson screwed up and missed an open KJ Hamler.

Not only was Hamler open when he made that cut, but he also was open as he headed to the end zone. Wilson had a few opportunities to find the receiver, but was looking elsewhere.

Indianapolis won 12-9 on that play. Hamler was seen bashing his helmet into the turf after the play because he knew he was open and Wilson missed him.

Nyheim Hines was wobbly after hit put him in concussion protocol

Nyheim Hines unable to walk

Nyheim Hines was knocked out of his Indianapolis Colts’ game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night after taking a hit on the opening possession.

Matt Ryan checked a pass down to Hines on a 3rd-and-7 play a minute into the game. Hines got bumped around before being knocked to the ground.

The 25-year-old running back had wobbly legs after trying to get up from the hit.

Hines unsurprisingly did not clear concussion protocol and was quickly ruled out for the game.

The Colts, already without star running back Jonathan Taylor, were left with Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay at running back.

The NFL learned its lesson after Tua Tagovailoa was cleared to return in the Dolphins’ Week 3 game against Buffalo despite showing concerning signs following a hit in the second quarter. They updated their concussion protocol, and Hines did not clear his check on Thursday.

Paul Finebaum caller makes outrageous Jimbo Fisher ‘hitman’ comment

Jimbo Fisher with a headset on

Oct 16, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher reacts during the first half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

A caller to “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Thursday made an absolutely outrageous comment about Jimbo Fisher.

A caller who identified himself as “Roger in Texas” discussed the Texas A&M coach. Roger began by talking about some comments Nick Saban made about fans attending Saturday’s game between the Aggies and Crimson Tide. Then Roger turned his attention to Fisher.

“As far as Jimbo’s contract, that $90 million contract, a hit man costs a lot less than that. Thank you and have a great afternoon,” the caller said.

Yeah, that is pretty wild.

We’re not suggesting that Fisher should start traveling with extra personal security. But for a fan to even think in those terms is a big concern.

Fisher got a big contract extension after going 9-1 with A&M in 2020. He followed that up with an 8-4 season, and the Aggies are 3-2 this year with losses to Appalachian State and Mississippi State. The bad losses have led to talks about buyouts for Fisher, who is owed over $90 million.

Clemson football players sued over alleged crash with mail truck

Dabo Swinney

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney after the 14-8 win over Georgia Tech in Clemson, S.C., September 18, 2021. Credit: Ken Ruinard / staff via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Two Clemson football players are facing a lawsuit after they were allegedly traveling at a dangerous speed in a car that crashed into a mail delivery truck last year.

Defensive backs Fred Davis II and Malcolm Greene were named in the lawsuit, which was filed in Pickens County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. According to Scott Keepfer of the Greenville News, the civil suit claims Davis was racing and driving recklessly on a highway near Clemson when he collided with a mail truck on July 21, 2021. The driver of the mail truck, Karen Alvarez, suffered serious injuries.

Electronic data from the airbag module in the vehicle driven by Davis showed that Davis was “traveling at 115 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone when he first applied his brakes 2.8 seconds before he collided with the rear of Plaintiff’s vehicle,” the suit says.

Davis was arrested and charged with reckless driving. Greene, who was in the vehicle with Davis at the time, is also named in the lawsuit. Alvarez is seeking unspecified damages.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said the lawsuit will not effect the two players’ status with the team. He expressed sympathy for the victim. Both players were disciplined internally after the incident.

“It’s a very sad situation,” Swinney said. “Someone almost lost their life. They’re really fortunate that the lady involved survived, but she’s got a lot of challenges. I don’t think anybody’s surprised that this will play out on the civil side.”

Davis, a junior, has started three games for the Tigers this season. He has 10 total tackles and has broken up two passes. Greene, also a junior, has appeared in three games and made 7 total tackles.

Draymond Green reportedly had physical altercation with Warriors teammate

Draymond Green on the court

May 24, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors’ title defense is already off to an interesting start.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that a physical altercation occurred at Warriors practice Wednesday that has the team considering disciplinary action against ex-Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green. Charania says Green had a heated interaction with teammate Jordan Poole. The two players reportedly came chest-to-chest and exchanged pushes and shoves before Green escalate the situation by “forcefully” striking Poole.

Charania adds that Green and Poole are known to regularly get into verbal spats but that team management feels a line was crossed with Wednesday’s incident. You can read Charania’s full reporting on the situation here.

Green, 32, is one of the NBA’s most animated and controversial characters and serves as the emotional leader of the Warriors. As for Poole, 23, he is entering his fourth season in Golden State and broke out last year with 18.5 points per game. Poole is also having ongoing contract negotiations with the Warriors as he is currently due to hit restricted free agency next offseason. Similarly, Green can become a free agent next summer too and reportedly wants Golden State to pay up.

This kind of behavior is hardly surprising from Green and is perhaps not all that uncommon among NBA teams overall (after all, Warriors coach Steve Kerr once famously punched then-Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan during a practice in the ’90s). But it is worth noting that Green has already been disciplined by the Warriors in the past for squabbles with teammates.

One of Tom Brady’s newest teammates announces retirement

Tom Brady puts up his hand

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently signed Cole Beasley to help them deal with a rash of injuries, but the veteran wide receiver’s stint with the team was very brief.

Beasley has announced his retirement from the NFL. The 33-year-old says he made the decision so he can spend more time with his family.

Beasley first signed with the Bucs’ practice squad after Chris Godwin and Julio Jones both suffered injuries. Mike Evans was also serving a one-week suspension at the time Beasley joined the team. All three wide receivers have since returned, so Beasley probably was not going to play a significant role going forward, anyway.

Though he caught just four passes in two games with the Buccaneers, Beasley had some productive seasons recently with the Buffalo Bills. His best year was in 2020, when he caught 82 passes for 967 yards and four touchdowns. Beasley finishes his career with 554 catches for 5,726 yards and 34 touchdown receptions.

Aaron Rodgers admits he wants to play with 1 star WR

Aaron Rodgers ready to throw

Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers have struggled to find their rhythm on offense after trading Davante Adams, and it sounds like Aaron Rodgers thinks one available player may be able to help the team.

Odell Beckham Jr. took to Twitter to praise Rodgers during Green Bay’s overtime win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The reigning NFL MVP was asked about that during his latest appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” He admitted that he would like to play with Beckham.

“Odell and I have been friends for a number of years now, so we keep in contact often. We’ve talked various times over the years,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, with a player like that, you’re always hoping that there’s a time where you can figure things out and play together.”

You can hear Rodgers’ full response below, but beware that the clip contains inappropriate language:

The Packers were linked to OBJ last year after the Cleveland Browns cut him. One report claimed Green Bay was Beckham’s preferred landing spot. Adams was still in the picture at the time, so the Packers had less of a need at wide receiver.

Beckham is making his way back from a torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl. If he is healthy, the Packers should consider taking a close look at him. Rodgers can only do so much with Allen Lazard as his top target in the passing game.

It is no secret that Beckham wants to return to the Los Angeles Rams, but there is one thing they may need to do in order to re-sign him.

Tom Brady, Gisele reportedly headed for divorce

Tom Brady and Gisele take a selfie

There have been numerous reports in recent months that Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen are having marital issues, and it now sounds like they are headed for a divorce.

According to Sara Nathan and Emily Smith of Page Six, Brady and Gisele have both retained divorce attorneys. The two have been living separately for several weeks now and are beginning the process of dividing their assets.

“I never actually thought this argument would be the end of them, but it looks like it is,” one source told Page Six. “I don’t think there will be any coming back now. They both have lawyers and are looking at what a split will entail, who gets what and what the finances will be.”

Brady and Bundchen share two children together, 12-year-old Benjamin and 9-year-old Vivian. The belief is that they would share custody.

Many have speculated that Brady essentially chose football over his marriage when he changed his mind about retiring and returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One Page Six source said Gisele made it clear that she was concerned about Brady playing football but that it is “not just one thing. The couple is said to have had “a series of blowups” in recent years.

Brady has reportedly been living in Tampa during the NFL season, while Gisele has been in Miami. The supermodel discussed Brady’s return to football in a recent interview.

Brady, 45, and Bundchen, 42, got married in 2009.

Jerry Jones addresses whether Cowboys will have QB controversy

Jerry Jones at a press conference

Jul 26, 2022; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at training camp press conference at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones made headlines recently when he said he hoped to see Cooper Rush play well enough to create a quarterback controversy with the Dallas Cowboys. The team has now gone 3-0 with Rush, but that does not mean Dak Prescott is in any danger of losing his job.

During his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones was asked if there is a scenario where the Cowboys could stick with Rush even after Prescott is cleared to return from his thumb injury. Jones shut it down.

Prescott suffered a fractured thumb in Week 1 and underwent surgery. His initial timeline for recovery was 6-8 weeks, but Jones has repeatedly expressed optimism that Dak would be back sooner. Prescott reportedly had his stitches removed last week and resumed throwing, but Jones said on Tuesday that the QB still cannot grip the ball well enough to play.

All signs point to Rush starting at least one more game for the Cowboys. If he does, it will be his toughest challenge to date. Dallas is traveling to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in Week 5.

Rush has thrown for 737 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in three-plus games since Prescott hurt his thumb. The 28-year-old veteran has avoided making big mistakes, which is why the Cowboys are 3-1 and in a position where Prescott does not need to feel pressure to return before he is 100 percent healthy. Jones is obviously happy about that, but he knows the team is better off long-term with Prescott under center.

Notorious ex-NFL RB throws punches at youth football game

LeGarrette Blount throws a punch

A notorious former NFL running back was captured on video throwing punches at a youth football game over the weekend.

LeGarrette Blount, who played in the NFL from 2010-2018, was coaching a youth football game on Saturday in Gilbert, Ariz. The game was between Blount’s GCYFC Gators and the Chandler Elite Bears, TMZ says.

One video showed Blount chasing after someone following the game. This supposedly came after a problem he had in the handshake line.

Then Blount, who was in a black shirt that said “coach” on the back, was seen throwing two punches at a man in a white shirt. Blount had to be restrained.

Blount is notorious for throwing a punch at a Boise State player after a 2009 loss. The former Oregon running back went undrafted in 2010 and threw a punch at a teammate in training camp that year. In 2014, he was arrested with then-teammate Le’Veon Bell.

Despite his violent tendencies, Blount had a strong NFL career. He rushed for 56 career touchdowns and led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016. Blount rushed for 11 career playoff touchdowns and won three Super Bowls.