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The NFL has been unpredictable, even for a league that sets a high standard for volatility.

Alleged favorites have faltered. Supposed tanking teams have surged. Picking the Super Bowl contenders might be even harder now than it was at the start of the season.

If the regular season has been wild, wait until the offseason. One thing made clear, six weeks into the season, is how many quarterback situations will be in flux heading into next year. This season, 25 teams entered Week 1 with the same No. 1 quarterback with whom they began the 2016 season. The league kept quarterback turnover to a minimum.

Rodgers threw for 288 yards, becoming the first quarterback to eclipse 250 yards since Week 12 of the regular season, and threw no interceptions against a team that ranked fifth with 21. He helped the Packers to a 31-25 win thanks to his three-touchdown effort.

Even without top scorer Collin Sexton, who is sidelined by an abdominal injury, the Tide managed to flummox the Tigers’ defense, led by John Petty’s 27 points on eight 3-pointers.

“We didn’t have a lot of energy, and I’m not really sure why,” Pearl said. “The grind of the season maybe.”

Whatever it was, it wasn’t pretty. A troubling pattern of falling behind early has emerged. Auburn had won four of five previous games in which it trailed by double figures, but not in Tuscaloosa, where it fell to 9-49 all time.

That is how the Eagles win, provided Foles does not force throws, something both he and Keenum do a bit too often. While Keenum has, as Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has noted, gotten away with a few (though Keenum was burned last week), Foles might not be so lucky, especially not against the No. 1 scoring defense in pro football. Minnesota safety Harrison Smith is worthy of Defensive Player of the Year mention. chargers_012

Jets’ Robby Anderson arrested on 9 charges after speeding, threatening officer’s wife

Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Friday in Sunrise, Fla. after he was clocked in his Jaguar SUV driving 105 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 2010, LeBeau’s coaching career is synonymous with the Bengals and Steelers.

He first joined the Bengals staff in 1980 as a secondary coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1984. He helped the Bengals reach the Super Bowl in both 1981 and 1988, when they lost to the 49ers each time. After spending 12 seasons with the Bengals, the Steelers plucked LeBeau in 1992 to coach defensive backs. He was named defensive coordinator in 1995, when the Steelers returned to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1979 season.

As usual, Bill Belichick’s message to the team: Don’t be late.

I think guys know. We’re in the NFL playoffs. I think everyone kind of — if you’ve been here for a week or two weeks you kind of get that this guy Bill that talks every day in the morning meeting, he doesn’t play. So not much needs to be said about being here on time and being ready to work.

Belichick famously sent home four players — Randy Moss, Adalius Thomas, Derek Burgess and Gary Guyton — in 2009 who were late due to a December snowstorm. Moss being disciplined proved Belichick doesn’t play favorites or give reprieve because Mother Nature rattles the cages.

McCourty noted the hype around the Moss discipline, which took place the year before he was drafted to New England out of Rutgers, instructed his living decisions as a rookie.patriots_124_77368f4a06a8e644-180x180

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills makes a circus catch from his back

Kenny Stills dropped his name into the list of catch of the year contenders Sunday with an acrobatic play against the New York Jets that he didnt secure until he was on his back on the ground.
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Originally, the play by the Miami Dolphins receiver was ruled incomplete, but replay showed Stills never went out of bounds and the ball never touched the ground.

That a pretty solid impression of the tip-drill catch made by Jermaine Kearse in the Super Bowl a couple year ago.

The 36-yard completion set up the Dolphins in the red zone, and one play later, Jay Cutler connected with Jarvis Landry for a 4-yard Authentic New England Patriots Jersey touchdown.

Throwing more jump balls to Stills might not be a bad idea.

If he does have a weakness, it’s that he’s too much of a perfectionist, Gruden says. He wants everything to be perfect. Unfortunately, I can’t get guys 30 f—ing yards open all the time. There are going to be some tight-window throws he’s going to have to throw some days. I’ll call some of these in practice, and if it doesn’t look exactly the way I drew it up, he’ll [say], ‘I don’t know if I like that. I can’t call it in a game.’ I’m like, ‘Bud, c’mon.’

Just before Reid and the other players and union leadership arrived, talk among the owners turned to a final issue, small but symbolic: the seating arrangement. In collective bargaining negotiations, the owners sat opposite players and union representatives. But Goodell told the owners their job that morning was to listen; the session was not a negotiation or anything that could be resolved by a quid pro quo. The owners decided the meeting would have to start with the tiniest of gestures:

THE NIGHT BEFORE that meeting, Jerry Jones stood in a suite at Yankee Stadium, watching the Yankees play the Houston Astros in the ALCS but also, perhaps, catching a terrifying glimpse into his future. The Cowboys are what the Yankees once were: America’s most iconic team in America’s most iconic — and patriotic — sport. Jones was a man at the pinnacle of his profession that chilly night, the Hall of Fame owner whose power among his peers is drawn from a relentless skill at growing the NFL’s total revenues and the guile to outmuscle everyone.

Eagles players protest during national anthem before ‘Monday Night Football’ against the Bears

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Steven Means, cornerback Ron Brooks, and defensive end Marcus Smith united to protest by raising their fists in the air during the national anthem prior to the team’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Bears in Chicago.

Only Jenkins, Means, and Doug Flutie Jersey Brooks were shown raising their fists on television. Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Smith also joined the protest.

These players follow the example set by Colin Kaepernick beginning during the preseason. As each week passes, more NFL players join in the protests, which are intended to increase awareness of social injustice, particularly oppression of black Americans.

Pederson also said he just didn’t Drew Kaser Jersey want the protest to become a distraction for the team, but with protests mounting around the NFL, he doesn’t feel that’s been the case so far.

“I really don’t think it has been a distraction for teams,” Pederson said. “I know early on, when Colin (Kaepernick) did his thing, it might’ve been because of the shock and awe of what happened, but I think now that everyone has sort of embraced it and knows it’s going to happen, I think everybody is braced for it, so it won’t be a distraction.”

As player protests of the national anthem continue, so do the conversations about social injustice in the United States.

“During the team’s June 6, 2016 Organized Team Activity (OTA) day, players engaged in excessive on-field physical contact, which is expressly prohibited in all offseason workouts under the NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement,” the league announced in a press release. “The prohibition is one of several measures the NFL and NFLPA implemented to enhance player safety by limiting contact during offseason workout programs. The rules also help to prevent any team from gaining a competitive advantage.”

Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are well aware of the strict guidelines of OTA practices as the team was punished for the same violation in 2014.

The NFL announced Seattle will be docked a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and the team won’t be able to use the first week of OTAs in 2017. In addition, the Seahawks received a $400,000 fine and Carroll received a $200,000 fine.

That’s a much harsher penalty for the Seahawks than the $300,000 fine the team received for the same violation in 2014. Seattle was already without a fourth-round pick in 2017 after trading it to the New England Patriots during the 2016 NFL Draft.

Monday was a feel-good day for the Diamondbacks organization

Monday was a feel-good day for the Diamondbacks organization, with only a loss by the Dominican League D-backs Omri Casspi Jersey keeping the organization from a top-to-bottom sweep of eight. As it was, a 7 ledger isn’t bad. It started with a 4 victory for the big guys over Gerrit and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Also the win column were Triple-A Reno, Visalia, Hillsboro, Missoula and the Arizona Rookie League D-backs. Mobile and Kane County had the night off. This type of success doesn’t come out of the blue. Visalia and Hillsboro both rank at the top of their league’s overall standings, with Kane County and Missoula striking distance of the best record their leagues. RENO: Aaron continues to pitch well for the Aces, improving his record at Reno to 6 with six strong innings a 3 victory over Colorado Springs the first game of a double-header sweep on Monday night. gave up seven hits and two walks and struck out four. He’s now 12 with a 2 over two levels. Catcher Laird drove Oscar Robertson Jersey two runs and is now hitting.444 on his rehab assignment. — the second game, a 7 Aces’ victory, had four hits and Romak, just back from two weeks with the big club, had two hits, including his 23rd home run, and pushed his RBI total to 90, second best the PCL. Pacheco also had a home run among his two hits. VISALIA: The Rawhide erupted for 23 hits on Monday to eke out a 13 victory over 10 innings. a bit of a statistical oddity, the 23 hits consisted of 22 singles and one extra-base hit — a home run by Gerson Montilla. A pair of Arizona products led the way, as Kevin Cron had five hits and drove two runs, giving him 90 on the year, and Westbrook had four hits and reached base six times seven plate appearances. Infielder Gosselin, acquired the Bronson Arroyo-Touki Toussaint trade, went 2 for 5 the fifth game of his rehab stint. Gosselin was playing his first game for Visalia after four with the Diamondbacks’ Rookie League team. –Cron hit his league-leading 24th home run a 7 loss to Stockton on Sunday, and teammate Palka belted his 22nd. Palka also has 21 stolen bases and 33 doubles 430 at-bats. KANE COUNTY: -Chieh Huang pitched five hitless innings on Saturday a 3 victory over Lansing. Huang walked two, struck out three and improved his record to 7 with a 2. Zac Curtis pitched the ninth, retiring all three batters he faced for his club-record 27th save. Curtis, a sixth-round draft pick out of Middle Tennessee State 2014, has been dominant his two years as professional. At 5-feet-9, the organization felt he was better suited for a relief role, and he’s responded with two dominant seasons. He had 14 saves, a 1 and 42 strikeouts 27 innings last for Hillsboro and has followed that up with a 1 and 65 strikeouts 46 innings for Kane County. HILLSBORO: No. 1 overall draft pick Dansby Swanson continues to acclimate himself to pro ball with the Hops. four, he’s 3 for 17, with all three of the hits going for extra-bases.

The right-handed-hitting, 26, saw action in 64 games over the last two seasons. He hit.182 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 138 plate appearances in what has been a crowded Rockies outfield picture. After a strong Spring Training didn’t get him an Opening Day roster spot, spent most of last at Triple-A Albuquerque. He overcame a slow start to hit.280 with nine home runs and 58 RBIs in 93 games. He was called up on June 9 and optioned back the next day, then recalled Aug. 1 and kept for the rest of the. The Rockies selected out of Clemson with the 26th overall pick in 2010. also was the starting quarterback on the Clemson football team. He stayed in football through the 2010 and played through a rib injury before becoming a full-time baseball player. Parra’s three-year, $27 million contract Tuesday.

Cardinals manager La Russa recently wondered whether his 2005 team is feared the way the thundering

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals manager La Russa recently wondered whether his 2005 team is feared the way the thundering, dominating ’04 Cards were. On Tuesday afternoon at Busch Stadium, his club showed that maybe it should be. Announcing its postseason presence with authority, St. Louis thumped San, 8, the opener of a National League Gigi Datome Jersey Division Series for the two teams. The Cardinals scored with balls and bloop hits. They got outstanding start. They played defense. short, they looked like a 100-win team matched up against 82-win team. Leading the charge was Sanders, who broke open the game and the record book with a fifth-inning grand slam off Padres ace Jake Peavy. It was the third grand slam Cardinals postseason history, and the sixth Division Series play since the current format began 1995. Sanders also chipped a two-run single, giving him six RBIs to set a Cardinals record and NLDS. Edmonds added his 11th career postseason home run, and Chris Carpenter twirled six shutout innings before he was pulled due to cramping his pitching hand.

There was a downside — a outing for a Cardinals Isaiah Thomas Jersey bullpen that was a question entering the postseason. Four relievers pitched, and each was charged with at least one run. the postseason, though, the only thing that matters is the final score. Up 1 with issues is much better than down 0 with smooth sailing. We’d obviously like to give up less runs, but I think the run it be nice that everybody got the game today, said Edmonds. I’m sure we’d like to pitch a little better and maybe keep scoring runs, but we had a solid game, a lot of guys got the game and we got a couple of breaks against one of the top pitchers the National League. Sanders hammered a 3 pitch from Peavy high and deep to left field, turning a 4 game into 8 rout and chasing the National League’s strikeout leader. The Cardinals had loaded the bases on infield hit, a line-drive single and a walk before Sanders came to the plate. With Peavy struggling to hit his spots, La Russa elected to let Sanders swing away, and the decision worked out beautifully. gave me the green light, so it was one of those deals where, if I wanted it, I had the opportunity to swing, said Sanders. is one of those guys that goes past the norm. that situation, he understood that was not locating the ball.

But he also knew that situation, bases loaded, that he’s got to throw a strike. So take a hack and let’s what happens. Edmonds also went deep, putting the Cardinals ahead the first. The slugging center fielder lofted 0 fastball from Peavy 382 feet into the visitors bullpen left field for the 11th postseason home run of his career. Edmonds’ seven career homers Division Series play rank second among National League players, behind only Atlanta’s Chipper Jones. Chris Carpenter pitched six shutout innings for the Cardinals his playoff debut before being pulled due to cramping his pitching hand. Carpenter frequently worked out of trouble the early innings, inducing three double plays, before rolling through a hitless fourth, fifth and sixth. It was Carpenter’s best start more than three weeks, answering what had been one of the biggest questions about the Cardinals. The right-hander was unbeatable from until early, but looked less sharp his final four starts. I thought early on I got away with a couple pitches, but we made some nice defensive plays, Carpenter said. I felt like after the second, I started to settle down and get the ball down the strike zone and make the quality pitches I had to make. And again, we had three key double plays that stopped some rallies. Carpenter escaped from a bizarre jam the second. Sweeney reached on a leadoff infield single, although replays indicated that Albert Pujols beat him to the bag. Hernandez followed with a line drive that David Eckstein simply didn’t catch, and the error left Carpenter with two on and no outs. But Khalil Greene flied out to center, and Carpenter induced a double play from -killer Joe. St. Louis turned double plays to end the next two innings, including a key 5 twin killing the third with No. 3 hitter Loretta at the plate, two men on base and the dangerous Giles on deck. Loretta worked a nine-pitch at-bat before smoking a bouncer right at Nunez at third. Nunez stepped on the base and unloaded to first base time, thwarting danger. That was a battle between me and Loretta, and he comes up and hits the ball hard, said Carpenter. But it was right at Nunie, and he made a great play. Sanders’ two-run single capped a dink-and-dunk rally the third. The Cards put runners on second and third with a soft single by Eckstein and Edmonds bloop double. After Pujols was walked intentionally, a wild pitch scored Eckstein. Peavy fell behind 3 before walking him intentionally, and Sanders singled off the end of the bat — and off first baseman Sweeney’s glove — to make it 4.

I still think there’s a the Cup could end up Hockeytown

Blaster run Bartertown. This we know. But thanks to a Sports Illustrated article December that stole Detroit’s Burger crown and handed it to St., Minnesota, the question of who really run Hockeytown, USA is a little hazier. The Red Wings and Wild went to overtime last night. Two teams enter, one team George Johnson Jersey leaves! Break a deal, face the Winged Wheel! Who would control both the Western Conference and Turner’s pig ? That would be the Wings. Cleary got a little lucky and beat Niklas Backstrom with 1 remaining the third and then assisted on Lebda’s overtime goal for the 3 win ‘s home state. But if this were a Presidential primary, Minnesota would get the delegates, outplaying Detroit for two periods while Dominik Hasek kept the Octopussies the game. No one’s catching Detroit – they’re going to have more points than some of the Pistons by the end of the – but a President’s Trophy has promised them equal parts of jack and squat the playoffs. The Wings’ Postseason Scared Shitless List, ascending order: The No. 8 seed, as a goalie like Bryzgalov can go Arturs Irbe on that ass; The Wild, who were missing some key players last night and still took it to Detroit for 40 minutes; and the Ducks, who snapped a six-game streak after getting Selanne back last night against the Islanders and will be a fully armed and operational battle station when Sammy Pahlsson arrives.

I still think there’s a Gerald McCoy Jersey the Cup could end up Hockeytown, USA this. Depending on where you believe that is. I’m pretty sure it’s not Newark. At least that’s what Melrose was screaming when I lifted his money clip the other night. Strange Things Are Afoot C-Bus. Last night’s Capitals Blue Jackets game ranked fairly high on my weird–o-meter. Pascal Leclaire suffered a bruised neck and will at least the next two after colliding with a Cap and a Jacket. Nash scored a short-handed goal on a 5-on-3 kill. Ovechkin scored the game-winner OT, 4, to continue to lead the NHL scoring; more impressively, he leads the all-important James Mirtle MVP voting. But the most bizarre moment of the game was on Nash’s second goal, when referee Bill McCreary set a perfect pick on defenseman Shaone Morrisonn at the top of the offensive zone. It almost looked like a premeditated tackle; I half-expected to see him patting -Mo down for an assassin’s gun while someone the stands yelled out, Hey… it’s Enrico Palazzo! Toronto Snarky Depression Update. prison-raped the Leafs last night, 8, Toronto. And by prison raped, I mean anally violated a frightened submissive with a broken spirit as the inmates banged on their cell doors encouragement.

At least the Panthers finally got to hear the sound of a sellout crowd cheering for them. Here’s what the self-loathing Leafs media and fans are saying after this embarrassment: For the of God, for pity’s sake, somebody shoot this team. Put it down, out if its misery. And if Mats Sundin isn’t saying today, where do I sign, or -sign, then he’s a sadomasochist, perhaps a fool. – Rosie Dimanno of the Toronto, who also referred to as the Pussy Panthers. One interesting note was that it was the 82nd game of Leafs defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo’s NHL career. That is the length of one regular, but because of injuries, Colaiacovo, 25, is his fifth NHL. – Globe & Mail With scouts from 14 NHL clubs watching, the Leafs did not play for their coach. And remember, this was against a Panthers team that had just two more points than Toronto, and dressed people such as David Brine, Tanner Glass and Kamil Kreps. Most households could not name them. – Toronto Sun I think the players should boo the fans for showing up. – ItsGameTime,. Puck Headlines Another quarterfinal the KB best hockey hit of all-time tournament.

It’s Dion Phaneuf on Hamel vs. a hit that I have to confess I had never seen before: Pavel Bure shredding Shane Churla like he was Kournikova’s panties. You’re thrilled that your team beats the Hurricanes, but you aren’t allowed to leave the arena because of a tornado. Welcome to Mooseport… Finally, some great youth hockey fight commentary from what I’m sure is a wonderful mom who just happens to sound like Essman.

Jaguars CB Prince Amukamara re-enacts ‘Lion King’ scene to introduce his son

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Prince Amukamara and his wife recently had their first son and the Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback made a dramatic — and symbolic — birth announcement on Labor Day.

The contract extension is through the 2019 season.

In an Instagram post, Sanders said he was “honored” to announce that he would be remaining with the Broncos past this season.

“Emmanuel has proven himself as a great player and one of the most productive receivers in this league,” Elway said in a statement. “He plays with intensity, and we love the way he competes. We’re thrilled Emmanuel is going to be a Bronco for many more years to come.”

Sanders, 29, is in the third year of a three-year, $15 million contract he signed in 2014.

He has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Broncos and was named to his only career Pro Bowl in 2014, when he finished with 101 catches for 1,404 yards. He had 76 receptions for 1,135 yards last season.

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“We’ve been very blessed to get everything that we got in here,” Giemont said.

So that’s what we are dealing with here. To be a bold prediction, it has to be, in fact, bold. Saying I think Aaron Rodgers is going to have a great year is not bold, it is in fact likely to happen based on his talent and previous production. A bold prediction would be to say Rodgers finishes outside the top 15 at QB (he never has been lower than seventh). I’m not saying that, by the way, as Rodgers is my No. 2 QB.

Mularkey is a former tight end and tight ends coach who emphasized that the smashmouth brand of football he wants the Titans playing isn’t all about the run, but all about being physical in everything the team does.

The Titans have historically been a two-tight-end base offense.

In their most recent unofficial death chart, however, they shifted the starting lineup to two running backs.

Final 53-man roster projections for all 32 NFL teams

Will the Broncos part ways with veteran Mark Sanchez and keep just two quarterbacks? What will the Giants do with Victor Cruz? Is former top-10 pick Justin Gilbert on his way out in Cleveland? NFL Nation reporters answer these questions and much more as they take their final crack at projecting the 53-man rosters for all 32 teams.

Click the links after each team’s description to view the full posts.

Arizona Cardinals: Within the past few weeks, Mike Jenkins has made a push at cornerback. There isn’t a clear-cut starting corner opposite of Patrick Peterson.

One saving grace in light of what has been an injury-filled August is fourth-round pick Dak Prescott, who has been one of the breakout players of the 2016 preseason. Among quarterbacks with 25 attempts or more this preseason, Prescott leads the league in passer rating (137.8). He’s third in completion percentage (78.0 percent), fifth in yards per attempt (9.1 yards per throw) and has thrown for five touchdowns without an interception. Toss in two rushing touchdowns and Prescott has arguably been the offensive MVP of the preseason.

Still, the questions for the Cowboys are everywhere.

What have the Cowboys done to put themselves in this situation? Can they work their way out of it? And is their 2016 season doomed before Week 1? I watched Prescott’s preseason tape, ran through some numbers, and found some echoes from bad Cowboys decisions of the past still haunting them years later. Let’s attempt some answers.

Romo is hurt, but Prescott has looked great so far. So should the Cowboys be worried about their offense?

Yes, the Cowboys should be worried. Obviously, there’s no reason to feel worse about things with Prescott playing well; you would much rather have your rookie quarterback look precocious in the preseason than overwhelmed and underprepared. I just don’t know how much Prescott’s preseason performance means and how well he fits in the offense the Cowboys have run over the past few years.

There’s no real history of preseason performance by rookies (or players in new places) having any meaningful value in projecting their immediate NFL futures. I wrote about this very topic in regards to Blake Bortles in 2014 after the then-rookie got off to a sterling start in August. Bortles was a mess during the same regular season. In 2015, Bortles’ preseason performance was worse, and yet, he was a much better quarterback during the regular season. During that same 2015 preseason, Sam Bradford was so incredible during a 15-pass preseason that he turned down a four-year, $72-million contract extension.

Raw rookies can look great in the preseason for a number of reasons. One, they’re often playing against the opposing team’s backups with the second and third strings. Second, the schemes they are running are simplified and nowhere near as complex as the responsibilities they’ll be forced to run when the games count. And even more important, the same is true of the defenses they’re up against: Preseason defenses are less likely to blitz and regarded as far more vanilla than the stuff they’ll show to the opposition during the regular season.

Thanks to Romo’s injuries even before this past week, Prescott has spent some time during this preseason with the Dallas ones. He has exhibited all the tools you would want from a modern quarterback, showing off arm strength, a quick release and the speed to get out of the pocket when things get hairy. You can see why Dallas drafted him despite less-than-impressive efficiency numbers at Mississippi State.

Atlanta Falcons: Vic Beasley Jr., the eighth overall pick in the 2015 draft, has to elevate his game after a disappointing preseason. Maybe the switch from end to strong-side linebacker has been too much.

Baltimore Ravens: Michael Campanaro gets the nod over rookie sixth-round pick Keenan Reynolds for the slot receiver/returner job.

Buffalo Bills: Undrafted rookie Glenn Gronkowski saw some action with the first team, and coach Rex Ryan did not rule out the possibility of keeping two fullbacks. It’s hard to see the Bills managing that, however.

Carolina Panthers: Why keep a third quarterback when Cam Newton has missed only two starts in five seasons and Derek Anderson is a reliable backup? Simple. Joe Webb can play quarterback, wide receiver and on special teams.

Steelers release Matt Spaeth after failed physical

“You don’t talk about tight ends (anymore). You’re looking at either a Y or an F, and that’s the way we talk about them,” Keim explained. “You’re either an inline guy who usually lacks the skill set to be a pass catcher. It’s a tough overachiever that’s physical at the point of attack. And then you have the guy who can flex and is essentially a big wide receiver. So the guy who can do it all generally doesn’t exist anymore.”

As Steelers fans know, Miller was one of the few exceptions to Keim’s rule of thumb. He and Spaeth functioned as the Batman and Robin of the position for nearly a full decade in Pittsburgh.

Out of football for almost two years, former Baltimore Ravens running back is still holding out hope that he’ll play in the NFL again.

And if that happens, Rice told USA Today’s Tom Pelissero that he will donate his entire 2016 salary to organizations and programs that focus on domestic violence education and prevention, as well as those that support survivors and their families.

“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” said Rice, who has not played a down since Dec. 29. 2013.

If Rice were to sign with a team this year, it would likely be for the league minimum; for a player like Rice, with six accrued seasons, that would be $885,000.

“Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me,” Rice said. “But I know there’s a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It’s raising awareness.

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt underwent surgery to repair his herniated disc on Wednesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.

Watt will open camp on the physically unable to perform list, per Rapoport, but the team is hoping he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Rapoport added that a recovery time of eight weeks is the best-case scenario, and since the surgery happened so recently, it puts Watt right up against the opening weekend kickoff.