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He has not taken an offensive snap this year and was inactive in Week 7’s win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Dallas Cowboys are without a kicker for the remainder of Sunday after Dan Bailey suffered a groin injury that has ruled him out against the San Francisco 49ers. He has been replaced in the game by safety Jeff Heath.

With Bailey out of action, the Cowboys went for a two-point conversion instead of an extra point attempt in the second quarter, but were unsuccessful and instead settled for a 20-3 lead. As long as the 49ers offense continues to struggle, the absence of Bailey may not matter much Sunday.

They did give Heath the chance to kick one extra point and he was successful in dramatic and LOUD fashion. His second wasn’t even close to good.

But teams can choose to avoid using a kicker with two-point conversions. On kickoffs, someone has to boot it off the tee, and Heath has been called into action. The starting strong safety for the Cowboys did well on his first attempt, kicking it to the goal line where it was returned to just the 14-yard line.

The only teams to allow more in a pair of consecutive games this season are the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, who gave up 1,025 and 966 yards, respectively, in the first two weeks of the season.

But if it wasn’t for a wacky ending against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday that featured about as much drama as possible, the Chiefs would be 6-1. Instead, Kansas City is 5-2 and will be at the top of the AFC West after Week 7, regardless of how the 3-2 Denver Broncos do against the Los Angeles Chargers.

If the Chiefs avoid a third consecutive loss and beat the Broncos next weekend, they will improve to 6-2 and will have at least two wins over the rest of the division. Ultimately, the Chiefs are in good shape in a division where the other three teams are hovering around .500.

Alex Collins ran for a career-high 113 yards, and Baltimore (4-4) returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the most lopsided shutout in franchise history.
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Emmanuel Sanders Limited Jersey Former Colts pass rusher Robert Mathis was arrested early Tuesday on charges of drunken driving, according to Hamilton County (Indiana) online court records.
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You could see all that hard work jelling into something special during Washington’s Week 4 game against Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium. Cousins, who had missed practice during the week for the birth of his son, Cooper, but still managed to FaceTime into meetings, came out throwing lasers, including a 44-yard touchdown to Terrelle Pryor Sr. on the first drive. As the game went on, he recognized mismatches and exploited them readily, making crisp throws into small windows and avoiding big mistakes.
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THERE HAVE BEEN signs of thawing in the relationship between Cousins and the team. This spring Snyder got involved in Cousins’ recruitment for the first time, reaching out to express that he wants Cousins to be part of the team’s future. He has taken Cousins to dinner, texted with him off and on, and tried to make his appreciation clear. He’s Carl Davis Authentic Jersey done everything right, Cousins says.

Cousins, in turn, has said several times that the Redskins remain his first choice. He would like to play his entire career with one franchise, he says. Asked last week about the significance of the 2012 locker room snub, Cousins says he has moved on. The team has clearly communicated their desire to have me around, he says. I was the one who decided to play on the tag. The team was happy to commit and do a long-term deal.

The wide receiver depth chart below breaks down all 32 NFL teams in terms of current fantasy value for the 2017 season. This is a file I’ve done in the past — previously known as the Tamme Index — and it’s important to note it does not necessarily reflect a player’s position on his NFL team’s depth chart.

There’s a three-way tie in the AFC East right now.

The Bills, Jets, and Patriots are all sitting at 3-2. Really. That race could start looking a Gaylord Perry Womens Jersey little more like what you’re accustomed to this week when the Patriots travel to New Jersey to play the miracle Jets. Our panel isn’t convinced the Jets will keep flying this week, siding with the Patriots unanimously.
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Over in the NFC North, the Packers sit one game up on the Lions and Vikings. The Vikings got the edge in an ugly one against the Bears Monday night, thanks to capitalizing on a rookie mistake from an otherwise solid Mitch Trubisky. They’re not so lucky this week when they host Aaron Rodgers. The Packers are a lock for our panel.

Yeah, I think I did that a little bit in 2015. I came back after a year off and led the league in rushing, but yeah, because it is what it is, Peterson said. A lot of people like to put a stamp on guys that it’s over, running backs especially that are over 30, 32, but that doesn’t mean anything. You’ve got guys that are playing at a high level, not at the running back position.

Elite Womens Ryan Switzer Jersey You’ve got a couple guys that are still out there, but everyone is different. Everyone approaches it differently, as far as their mindset, the tools that they have, the ability that they’ve been blessed with. So I don’t think they should attach that to every single player, especially running backs.

Elite Womens Alfred Morris Jersey It’s especially egregious when the team had Fournette, a bruising hulk of a runner. Trusting him to punch the ball past the sticks and keep driving for a game-winning score should have been the obvious call.

Myles Garrett is the Browns’ one bright spot in an otherwise terrible season

The Cleveland Browns were still unable to get their first win of the season on Sunday. The Jets handed the Browns a 17-14 loss that forced Hue Jackson to bench DeShone Kizer in favor of Kevin Hogan. At the very least — Myles Garrett was good.

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It’s extra sad because Watt used to be an ironman. From his drafting in 2011 through 2015, he started all 85 games the Texans played, including five in the playoffs. He racked up 79.5 sacks in that span, which is inner-circle Hall of Fame stuff.

His numbers don’t do justice to how good he was, either, because offenses were forced to feed him a steady buffet of double-teams (which he’d beat anyway). During Watt’s 2011-15 run, Houston finished in the top nine in scoring defense four times and in the top seven in total defense four times, too. All of that started with Watt. How many defenders were made better by the three-time Defensive Player of the Year’s presence?

Jaguars release kicker Jason Myers after FG misses

The Jaguars released kicker Jason Myers and signed former Los Angeles Chargers kicker Josh Lambo on Tuesday.

“[Running backs coach Jim Skipper will] quiz me over the phone, and then I’ll go over everything, and he’ll tell me what to learn for the next day,” McCaffrey said in June, via Panthers.com. “You can still get the plays down and get good training when you’re home, but nothing will ever compete with actually getting the reps on the field, being with the guys.

“It is what it is. That’s the rule, and we’ll just have to deal with it.”

The NFL implemented the rule in 1990 “to protect student-athletes who have remained in school to complete their schoolwork,” rather than pressuring players to drop out of school and join their new clubs, according to NFL.com.

“That’s being discussed, whether to bring some one up [from the practice squad] or add someone,” Joseph said.

Tackle Billy Turner, who replaced an injured Menelik Watson at right tackle during the Giants game, fractured his right hand and was sent to Vail, Colorado, on Monday for surgery.

Watson had a calf injury and Turner could play with a cast on his hand; both players will be monitored through the week. Donald Stephenson, who was a game-day inactive Sunday for the first time this season, or Allen Barbre could play right tackle if both Watson and Turner are not available Sunday.

Steelers players had fun with the trade rumors in the locker room Monday. When reporters surrounded Bryant, several players started hollering, prompting a smile from Bryant.
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Travis Kelce being evaluated for a concussion in Chiefs vs. Texans

Travis Kelce left the first half of the Chiefs Sunday Night Football matchup with the Texans to be evaluated for a concussion. He was cleared to return, but he was kept out in the second half to be checked for a head injury once more.

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In Oakland, Jared Cook’s fumble is returned for a Ravens TD, and Baltimore is up 14-0 less than four minutes into the game. With Derek Carr out, EJ Manuel is responsible for getting the Raiders back into the game. With all due respect to Joe Flacco’s crappiness, this game is effectively over. I will not write another update about it unless Marshawn Lynch, like, crowdsurfs in the Black Hole after scoring a touchdown.
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During the pregame for Eagles-Panthers on Thursday Night Football, Bill Cowher casually asked Steve Smith who the best receiver on the field was going to be. Without hesitation, he answered with the only person he had complete confidence in:

It doesn’t matter if Steve Smith is better than the likes of Kelvin Benjamin and Nelson Agholor. What matters is that Steve isn’t going to concede to anyone. While his reaction is a fairly strong one, he does has another level of confidence which is a lot meaner. Remember when he talked trashed to opposing defensive ends while he was on the sideline?

Roger Goodell: Didn’t ask players, owners to change national anthem policy

After meeting with owners and players Tuesday concerning social issues, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league did not ask for any changes to the policy on the national anthem.

Limited Womens Milan Lucic Jersey We did not ask for it, Goodell said. We spent today talking about the issues players are trying to bring attention to. Issues in our communities, to make our communities better.

Expect plenty of defense in this contest as both the visiting Seahawks (second in defensive FPI) and the host Giants (fifth) rank near the top of the league in defensive FPI.

The Giants are coming off of their best defensive performance of the season in getting their first win of the year at Denver, where they had a defensive efficiency of 93.5. Seattle is coming off a bye week but has posted a defensive efficiency of 80 or better in two of its past three games.

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Perhaps the most positive finding is that at the start of the 2017 season was the eight head coaches of color and six people of color who were general managers or performing the role of GM. There had been considerable concern among NFL officials and advocates for increased head-coaching opportunities for people of color for several years going back to 2014 when there were only five people of color in head-coaching positions. There were six coaches of color in 2015 and 2016. The record was eight coaches of color in 2011, and that number has been reached again.

I think he’s just going to be sharper.

The Dodgers have the majors’ biggest payroll, but their offense is coming from players of all salaries and pedigrees. And even when the heart of the Dodgers’ order produced little in Game 2, their 6-7-8 hitters — Forsythe, Barnes and Puig — were spectacular.

We’ve got a lot of good players, and a lot of depth, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. There are so many guys in our lineup that can hurt you. I don’t know how many times they were on base, but (the batters in the) 6, 7, 8 spot, those guys were on base all night, being productive, driving runs in.
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The trio reached base a combined nine times, and Los Angeles turned an early 2-0 deficit into a 7-2 advantage with three rallies, capped by a four-run surge in the fifth.

Namath, 74, an outspoken player who wasn’t afraid to challenge the establishment, also addressed the national anthem issue earlier in the day on Fox News. He said, we need more respect for the flag.

Game Youth Joe Hawley Jersey It’s sensitive, you know, he told ESPN. There are a lot of people in this country who are happy to be in this country and respect the flag. Eric Reid did it initially and knelt down because he respected the flag — a sign of submission and respect, kneeling down. That’s how the kneeling started. It wasn’t ducking the flag, it was some respect for the flag.

Namath hosted a benefit for the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. The center believes hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help those dealing with brain trauma. The benefit honored the late Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died in 2015 at the age of 84. His family later revealed that he suffered from CTE. His son, Cody Gifford, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.

They have too much talent to miss the playoffs for the (gulp) 14th straight year.

The Wolves dangled Cole Aldrich and a second-round pick in search of veteran help, sources say, and they should experiment with Butler as a small-ball power forward. They will win a close game at some point.

But they will have to fight for it.

Scoring will be a struggle, even with Quin Snyder designing the league’s most intricate, drawn-out set pieces. In an era of turbo-paced offenses, Utah preys on the attention span of millennial defenders: “Fine, score already. We just want the ball back!”

Roberts, who had been studying Rivera on video, is tested by three pickoff attempts. He resumes a crooked-leg lead of 3? steps, then gets a great jump on Rivera’s first pitch to left-handed hitter Bill Mueller. Catcher Jorge Posada quickly rifles the ball to shortstop Derek Jeter, who puts down a beautiful swipe tag as Roberts slides head-first into the MLB logo on the side of the bag. Second-base umpire Joe West waves Roberts safe.

Doc pumps his fist, and then, on a 1-1 pitch, Mueller singles to center field, and Roberts races home with the tying run. Three innings later, David Ortiz homers — and the Red Sox go on to win the series and their first World Series since 1918.

Roberts made only one more appearance in that series, and none in the World Series. When the season was over, the Red Sox traded him to the Padres. He played for Bruce Bochy in San Diego for two years before following the manager to San Francisco, where he played out his improbable 10-year major league career. It was there that he befriended Aurilia.tigers_050-115x115

Stephen Curry, mom team up in NBA’s initiative to aid youth basketball parents

The NBA is trying to help parents improve their children’s basketball-playing experience, and the league recruited Stephen Curry and his mother to help.

Authentic Kids Barry Church Jersey The two-time MVP from the Golden State Warriors and his mother, Sonya Curry, will take part Wednesday in a parent workshop and panel discussion for families in Walnut Creek, California, to help launch the league’s Jr. NBA Parent Initiative.

The program, which began Monday, aims to educate parents on the needs of young players and will feature parent forums, recommendations and age-appropriate curriculum for those who register on the initiative’s website.

Also, a new Jr. NBA Coach App will include demonstration videos with NBA and WNBA players and coaches, and 48 preloaded practice plans for various skill levels.
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Blake Griffin’s lofty ranking will require an atypically healthy campaign, but there is upside for a top-10 overall campaign in points leagues, given the Clippers’ offense will now funnel through him.

I’m all aboard the Kyrie Irving train this year. Isaiah Thomas finished second in the NBA in usage rate — a measure of team plays consumed by a given player — in two of his three seasons (the first being abbreviated). Already one of the most efficient guards at the rim and with special range from beyond the arc, Irving can mimic the ridiculous offensive volume Thomas produced in green last season. Gordon Hayward is simply a safe option, especially as he leaves one of the slowest offenses in the league for the speedy, space-fueled scheme in Boston.