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NFL warns that Antonio Brown could be placed on Commissioner’s exempt list if signed

The NFL on Friday issued a statement regarding Antonio Brown following the wide receiver’s release by the New England Patriots. The league said in its statement that they are “vigorously and expeditiously” investigating multiple allegations against Brown. In response to questions re: Antonio Brown’s status: pic.twitter.com/dxjdYptzso — Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) September 21, 2019 The important…Read More

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Padres fire manager Andy Green

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The San Diego Padres’ lack of improvement in 2019 has cost manager Andy Green his job.

General manager A.J. Preller announced Saturday that the Padres have fired Green as they head toward another losing season that saw them fall out of playoff contention early.

Green was in his fourth year as the Padres’ manager. He was 274-366 over that span, though the Padres only began investing in talent toward the end of his tenure. After the addition of Manny Machado this season, San Diego started 45-45, but underperformance from highly-paid players and injuries to key contributors led to a 25-38 record since then.

The Padres’ job is one worth watching this offseason. The new manager will inherit an offense led by Manny Machado, a young star in Fernando Tatis Jr., a quality farm system, and a team that seems to have some willingness to move toward contention, meaning a bigger, more established name may be Green’s replacement.

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor treated for cramps, questionable to return

Standout Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor left Saturday’s game and was treated in the medical tent early in the second quarter.

While there was no obvious play where Taylor got hurt, Fox cameras caught him walking with a slight limp on the sideline. A few moments later, he was seen heading to the medical tent, and was replaced by a committee of Garrett Groshek and Nakia Watson for the team’s first drive of the second quarter.

Fox reporter Jenny Taft said Taylor was being treated for cramps and was being given fluids. He was considered questionable to return. He was having a mammoth day before leaving the game, having gone for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter.

Taylor’s Michigan counterpart also seemed to be dealing with some sort of physical issue during the game.

Michigan RB Zach Charbonnet a non-factor amid knee injury rumors

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Michigan Wolverines running back Zach Charbonnet’s first quarter usage Saturday did nothing to dispel chatter about a possible knee injury.

During the week, rumors flew that Charbonnet had aggravated a previous knee injury and would miss time. These rumors didn’t come from any official source, but persisted throughout the week. Eventually, former offensive lineman Jon Jansen, who maintains close ties to the Wolverines program, refuted the stories.

Chatter about Charbonnet’s status intensified during the first quarter of Saturday’s game against the Wisconsin Badgers, however. Though listed as a starter, Charbonnet didn’t see the field until a 3rd down play with 3:06 left in the quarter, a play on which he did not touch the ball. One tell that something was amiss was when Charbonnet wasn’t on the field when the Wolverines had the ball inside their own 10, a clear running situation.

There’s still no clarity here, but Charbonnet’s usage suggests something is off. It’s bad news for a team that has already dealt with other key minor injuries this year.

Did Jaguars turn down big Jalen Ramsey trade offer from Ravens?

Jalen Ramsey

Rumor has it that the Baltimore Ravens had a pretty good offer for Jalen Ramsey turned down.

It’s well-known that Ramsey is seeking an exit from the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Ravens may be an interested party. Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union cited reports out of Baltimore suggesting that the Ravens offered a first round pick, a second round pick, and tight end Hayden Hurst for Ramsey, but were turned down. Things were serious enough that the Ravens’ locker room was “buzzing” about the potential deal.

Hurst is a 2018 first-round pick with pass-catching potential, while the pick haul speaks for itself. If the Jaguars did turn such an offer down, it would seem they are very serious about getting two first-round picks for Ramsey instead of a first and a second.

15 key questions for NFL Week 3

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Week 3 got started with an unmemorable Thursday night game between the Titans and Jaguars, but there should be better things to come once Sunday gets underway. The most intriguing game is a clash between Lamar Jackson’s Ravens and Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs, but it’s far from the only exciting thing on the schedule.

What are we watching for in Week 3? Here are 15 key questions to be answered.

1. Can the Bengals stop anyone on defense?

There’s very little to like about how Cincinnati plays defense. Only the Miami Dolphins, who aren’t even trying to field a competitive team, have been worse against the pass than the Bengals have this season. Josh Allen might not be best poised to take advantage of that, but he’s a solid dual-threat quarterback with the ability to take Cincinnati apart. If Jimmy Garoppolo could do it, it’s certainly on the table for him as well.

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USC gets penalty after Reggie Bush celebrates with Markese Stepp on touchdown run

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Reggie Bush’s return trip to the LA Memorial Coliseum on Friday night culminated in a penalty for the USC Trojans.

Bush was at the Coliseum as an analyst for FS1. He spent some of his time ripping his team for practicing shirtless before the game. But once the contest was one, Bush couldn’t contain himself.

After Markese Stepp scored a 4-yard touchdown to go up 29-23 on Utah in the fourth quarter, the running back pointed at Bush, who came over and dapped up Stepp. USC got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the celebration.

The Trojans won 30-23, so the penalty didn’t end up mattering. For USC fans, it must have been nice getting to see Bush embrace a current running back during a Trojans win — just like the old days.

Urban Meyer gave Clay Helton love for big win over Utah

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer has been widely rumored to be a potential replacement for Clay Helton as USC’s next head football coach. Apparently the rumors haven’t frayed any relationship between the men.

Meyer was present at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Friday night working in his capacity as an analyst for FS1, which televised the game. The Trojans beat Utah 30-23 despite quarterback Kedon Slovis getting hurt on USC’s second play of the game. Matt Fink, originally the third-string QB, stepped in and threw three touchdown passes to lead the team to victory.

After the game, a few reporters mentioned that Meyer gave love to Helton. One photo even showed Meyer appearing to give Helton the “Fight On” symbol.

This just seems surprising. How can Helton be comfortable with a guy so many are talking about taking his job? Maybe he’ll take the credit wherever he can.

Helton has USC 3-1 so far this season.

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