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Tony Gonzalez injury: Falcons TE will play vs. Bucs

Atlanta Falcons veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez will start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reports Jay Glazer of CBS Sports.

Youth Alonzo Gee Jersey Gonzalez was listed as a game-time decision for Sunday’s matchup after being limited in practice on Friday with a toe injury. The veteran tight end and future Hall of Famer has been steady for the Falcons’ passing attack this season, but has been limited the past three weeks with just 12 total catches. The Falcons lost all three games.
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The 17-year veteran has 505 yards on 47 receptions this season with four touchdowns, aiding a Falcons passing attack that is No. 6 in the NFL at 275 yards per game. Atlanta has struggled significantly in the running game and rank last in the league with just 64.3 yards on the ground per game.

The Falcons, 2-7 on the season and losers of three straight games, kick off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. ET.

It’s important to note that I kept the game’s master “Stamina” slider at its default level. Bo could, and did, get tired, and on a couple of occasions I had to call a timeout to keep him on the field.

He was effective even when tired. At full strength, he was immortal.

With varying degrees of success, I tried running a few circuitous, loop-de-loop runs, like we all used to in Tecmo Bowl. But once these guys are on the field for more than 30 seconds or so, they seem to run out of programming. They just don’t know what to do. While Bo was running for his life back at his own 20, the rest of my team would congregate 40 yards upfield and just sort of hang out.

At one point, Madden stopped bothering to even animate members of the Titans’ defense. Rather than actually block for me, my blockers decided it was more worthwhile to knock over the dude at the far corner of the field who wasn’t moving.

Florida teams meet under storm of controversy

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football in Week 10, but both teams are getting far more attention for off-field issues than the on-field product.

The Bucs fell to 0-8 after blowing a 21-0 lead to the Seahawks, and the heat continues to rise on Greg Schiano. The Dolphins finally snapped their four-game losing streak, but are embroiled in a bullying controversy involving Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James will miss the remainder of the season with a broken left ankle. James, a rookie out of the sixth round, had taken over as the starter when Doug Martin was placed on injured reserve. James broke out in Week 8 with 158 yards on 28 carries and seemed to have a promising season ahead of him.

The Green Bay Packers are reeling from a collarbone injury that will keep Aaron Rodgers away from the team for up to six weeks. Desperation could see the team turning to an old face, with Matt Flynn expected to work out for the Packers this week.

Flynn last played for Green Bay in 2011 when he finished the season with a 480-yard passing performance that prompted teams to wonder whether he was a franchise quarterback trapped behind Rodgers on the depth chart. Flynn had chances in Seattle and Oakland, but was unable to take advantage of his opportunities with either team.

The issue is Jonathan’s treatment by his teammates. Jonathan endured harassment that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing. For the entire season-and-a-half that he was with the Dolphins, he attempted to befriend the same teammates who subjected him to the abuse with the hope that doing so would end the harassment. This is a textbook reaction of victims of bullying.

In addition to the claims of physical violence, there are allegations of an aggressively sexual statement uttered to Martin about his sister, the details of which were also outlined in Thursday’s statement.3

NFL odds and lines, Week 11: Packers vs. Giants 2017

The Steelers lifted themselves out of the NFL’s cellar, but the team continues to leave a lot to be desired on offense. Le’Veon Bell is having up-and-down performances in his first season, averaging 2.6 yards per carry against the Bills. Dick LeBeau’s defense held Buffalo to 3-for-14 on third down, which resulted in the win, but there’s a lot more Pittsburgh needs to build on moving forward.
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C.J. Spiller has struggled to follow up his breakout 2017 season and was once again ineffective against the Steelers, running for 23 yards on eight carries. Earlier this season, Spiller was struggling with a high ankle sprain, but heading into Sunday’s game he said he was feeling like his own self and starting to get back on track. That obviously hasn’t happened, and evaluating him moving forward will be key to the offense in 2017.

Youth Chris Carter Jersey The New York Giants host the Green Bay Packers in Week 11, and Vegas is giving the edge to the home team. According to OddsShark, the Giants are favored by by six or seven points. The line opened up at minus-3 in New York’s favor, but quickly moved up.

The Giants are on a mini-surge after their 0-6 start. They beat the Oakland Raiders, 24-20, to get their third straight win. The Giants were 7-point favorites, but failed to cover the spread despite winning. New York improved to 3-6 in the standings and 3-6 against the spread. Somehow, they’re still just two games behind the Cowboys and Eagles in the NFC East.

The Packers’ divisional hopes are fading after a second straight loss. Forced to start Scott Tolzien at quarterback, they fell to the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-13. The Packers were 1.5-point underdogs and never came close to covering. Green Bay is now 5-4 on the season and 5-4 against the spread. They will dearly miss Aaron Rodgers over the next month or so.

Derrick Rose says winning higher priority than money in free agency

Elite Womens Mike Ribeiro Jersey Derrick Rose says he’ll prioritize winning over money in free agency this summer.

Name another guy making 100 million who calls their rookie right guard every morning at 6AM to make sure that he’s on time for work. Name another Quarterback that shows up at your house on an off day just to make sure you’re behaving. Name a quarterback that will grab you by the collar and pull you out of a brawl in your first game in the NFL. Name a friend honest enough to tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. I have that friend in Jay and I will never forget the things he did for me. I learned a lot from you dude. You have a pretty kick ass family too!!

Mens Dallas Cowboys Jersey It was an absolute pleasure my friend! 2014, back-shoulder rope in the back of the south end zone at soldier field was the first football you ever threw to me in a game. That back shoulder throw gave me a chance at a comeback and another shot at this game! Can’t describe that feeling and what it did for me! I’m sorry we weren’t better for YOU. You took every bullet for our football team and never once pointed a finger or deflected anything! Always called a spade a spade, stand up man and a tough S.O.B. Nov 20th, 2016. MetLife stadium, I never imagined that being your last touchdown pass in a Chicago Bears uniform… but I’m grateful that it was me to pull it down! Always had my back brother and for that I thank you! We wish You and @kristincavallari and your awesome family nothing but the best!

I would like to thank Virginia, George and the rest of the McCaskey family for their support over my tenure in Chicago as well as [former Bears GM] Jerry Angelo, [former Bears GM] Phil Emery and [current Bears GM] Ryan Pace. It was a great experience to have played with such a great list of teammates during my time as a Bear. Also, I would like to thank all of the great employees of the Bears from the locker room to the front office.

NFL Draft 2017: Which player do mock drafts project each team to pick?

Elite Kids Matt McGloin Jersey Now that the 2016 NFL season is over, all eyes turn to the 2017 offseason. The big event is the NFL draft, scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

The Isles drafted five forwards in the first round over the last three drafts. All of them (Josh Ho-Sang, Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal, Michael Dal Colle, and Kieffer Bellows) are already close to NHL-ready.

So New York should spring for a defenseman this year. Foote, son of Adam Foote, will round out their defensive core nicely. At 6鈥?, Foote is imposing in his own end with a safe, but smart, game.

Valimaki is a well-rounded two-way defenseman with leadership qualities already apparent at such a young age. Valimaki is 55 points lead all teenage WHL defensemen this year, indicating he could make a rapid ascent to the NHL.

Mens Francisco Rodriguez Jersey Size and skill are a rare combo for centers these days, but Rasmussen fits that mold. His 6鈥? frame makes him seem Kings-worthy already, and his poise around the net makes him a valuable offensive presence on the power play.

Suzuki is a rare gem: an uber-talented penalty killer who can score in bunches. His defensive prowess was well-known before this season, but he erupted into one of the OHL is best scoring threats with 45 goals and 96 points in 65 games. Winnipeg is leaky penalty kill would love to have Suzuki join them.

Kentucky’s clutch blocks snuffed out Wichita State’s NCAA tournament upset bid

With two massive blocks in the final 20 seconds, Kentucky escaped its second-round matchup with under-seeded Wichita State. Two important defensive stands pushed the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 — and sent the Shockers home to Kansas thinking “what if.”

Wichita State had momentum in its corner when Landry Shamet’s clutch three-pointer cut Kentucky’s lead to one point with 56 seconds to play. One off-target Malik Monk jumper later, the Shockers had the chance to take a late lead and force UK into a corner. Instead, Monk found instant redemption for the last miss he’d suffer in Indianapolis.

Detroit made a nice investment to upgrade its offensive line this month. Lang gives them a mauler on the inside who helps keep the pocket clean and gets push in the run game. It doesn’t hurt that they also stole him away from the Packers. The downside here is that they have $19 million guaranteed to a 30-year old who had foot and hip surgeries this year.

Cleveland gets: Osweiler & his deal contract, a second-round pick in 2018 and a sixth-round pick this year.Houston gets: A fourth-round pick this year and saves $10 million in salary-cap space and $16 million in cash.

Grade: Give both teams an A for creativity. If Houston can’t land Romo for some reason, I’d drop them to a B, because at least they made Osweiler someone else’s problem.

Cyprien is staying in the AFC South, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He’s fine, an upgrade at a position of need for the Titans, but not the kind of free agent that changes the shape of a team or anything.
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USMNT roster gets shaken up ahead of World Cup qualifying

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Bruce Arena named his squad to face Honduras and Panama on Wednesday, but there’s reason to believe his plans are now a bit different than they were just two days ago.

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan won’t play, as his wife is expecting a child during the international break. That means Tim Howard is almost certainly going to start both matches for the United States if he’s healthy. Nick Rimando will be his backup, while David Bingham has been called in to be the No. 3 goalkeeper.

Arena could also be without regular starter Fabian Johnson, who picked up an injury during a Europa League game on Thursday. Johnson is listed as a midfielder on the roster, not a defender. It’s a squad short on wingers, while Arena has openly discussed playing Christian Pulisic centrally. So it seems likely that Johnson would have gotten a start out wide. If Johnson can’t play, Arena might have to delay those plans for Pulisic.

The intention was not to start a freshman QB in 2016. Senior James Knapke, BGSU’s 2014 starter after incumbent Matt Johnson got hut, started atop the depth chart; he did alright against North Dakota but bombed in the three blowout losses. He was unable to connect downfield, averaging just 8.9 yards per completion in those losses, so Jinks decided there was no harm in giving Morgan a run.

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Eventually, though, even this can get boring, and their interests eventually drifted to other things. Look, here’s Chris Heller trying to give Tomas Rios a piggyback ride.

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John Swofford hints at the ACC Network front-loading 2019 opening weekend

Last summer, the ACC announced that it would be launching its own conference television network, set to debut in 2019. Before that happens, the ACC will carry the network digitally, known as “ACC Network Extra” in which fans can livestream events as long as they have access to WatchESPN. This debuted last season and will continue in 2017 and 2018.

On Thursday, ACC commissioner John Swofford spoke during the conference’s basketball tournament, and the topic of ACC football on the network came up. Swofford hinted at putting some of the conference’s biggest games on the opening weekend that the network launches.

“You want to have a quality launch, and certainly games that are appealing are really important,” Swofford said via The Daily Press. “And not only in that particular year. … We are spending a lot of time talking about scheduling. …

He played three seasons in the NFL as a safety. One with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1981, and two with the New York Giants in 1982 and 1983.

Mayock has been with NFL Network since 2005, and did color commentary for Notre Dame football on NBC with Tom Hammond from 2010 to 2014. From 2011 to 2013, he did Thursday Night Football with Brad Nessler.

If Mayock were to be hired by Washington, it would be somewhat of a risky proposition for the team. His job has been to evaluate players and share insight with NFL Network viewers on who he thinks are the best players in the draft, and give lists by position on how they rank.

To be fair, Mayock wouldn’t be the first GM Washington has hired where that’s happened. McCloughan once joked about scouting a linebacker with a lower grade so that he could draft the player himself.

Schefter would later add that Washington expects to wait until after the draft to officially hire a new GM.14