“No. He’s all good,” Grigson said, according to Colts.com. “I mean the guy’s thrown a zillion balls. The media’s seen it.”
About a month into the 2016 season, Luck had consistently appeared on the injury report as a limited participant, typically on Thursdays. But the team continued to brush off concerns.
“There isn’t some kind of chronic shoulder injury or anything like that, I promise you,” Irsay told the Indianapolis Star before a Week 4 game in London. “There are no surgeries planned. He is fine and the shoulder is something that just disappears into the woodwork when he wins his next MVP or when he wins a Super Bowl.”
Darvish also struggled in Game 3, with both fastball command and the grip on his slider, and lasted just five outs as the Astros pounded him for six hits and four runs. He threw 49 pitches in the outing and induced just two swings-and-misses out of 26 total swings. In the second inning, the Astros hit seven line drives — two of them hard outs — off him.
“We cannot in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind, that the (NFL) and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag.”
A rib injury kept him off the field for an extended stretch early this season, but he’s a player to consider in deeper leagues (14 or 16 teams) to fill-in as a flex in Week 10 or 11 (when eight teams are on a bye) or as a player whose role could increase in a very talented offense. There’s still going to be a healthy dose of James White and Dion Lewis, but Burkhead is intriguing in deeper leagues.
On Monday, the NFL will to formally endorse the Grassley-Durbin criminal justice reform bill, according to NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart.
But some teams have faced blowback. Last week, the Jaguars took the unusual step of writing a letter to military leaders in the Jacksonville, Fla., area to apologize for protesting as a team before a recent game. Sponsors have also expressed concern to several teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, whose owner, Jerry Jones, has taken the unusual step of threatening to bench any player who does not stand for the anthem.
The anthem controversy is just one of several issues facing the league. League officials also spoke to owners on Wednesday about some of the declines in television ratings this year. One owner said they were told that a big part of the decline was the continued interest in cable news programs, as well as the different viewing habits of younger football fans. The owner, who did not want to speak publicly about the private briefing, said league officials did not say the anthem protests were at all responsible for some of the declines in ratings.
He has spent his entire career with the 49ers since being drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft out of Penn State. He, along with Patrick Willis, led a fearsome 49ers defense for years, where he earned four consecutive first-team All-Pro nods from 2011-2015.
Shazier picked himself up from the ground and rumbled into Jacksonville territory, but his return would be called back when officials ruled he was down by contact after the turnover. Ben Roethlisberger would drive the Steelers 45 yards in 38 seconds to set up a 34-yard Chris Boswell field goal that made it 7-6 Jacksonville at the end of the half.
It’s that time of year where we question whether certain teams should or should not be resting their starters, and the Dallas Cowboys have been at the center of that discussion.
On Thursday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that Mark Sanchez would be active on Sunday against the Eagles, and receive the majority of playing time at quarterback. Rapoport also indicated that Ezekiel Elliott might be having a light workload with Darren McFadden also getting the majority of reps. McFadden came in for Elliott this past Monday night against the Lions in the second half.
A week after two starting quarterbacks — Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota — broke their legs, the decision to ease up on starters in the final week shouldn’t be too surprising. Besides, the Cowboys don’t even benefit from a win since they’re already the NFC’s top seed. As Rapoport mentioned, left tackle Tyron Smith will be out this week, as well, adding to the inclination to lighten the workload for his starters.
If the Bengals lose out it would drop the team to 10-6 and open the door for the Pittsburgh Steelers to swoop in for the AFC North title. Cincinnati owns the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh even after a Week 14 loss, so the Steelers would need to win out to take the division. The Bengals also own the tiebreakers over the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, the two wild card teams that could keep them out. So the scenario that keeps the Bengals out of the playoffs looks like this:
It’s not as easy for the Broncos, who don’t have a tiebreaker over the Chiefs, Jets or Steelers. It’s possible that even an 11-5 record could keep Denver out, but the most realistic scenario that leaves the Broncos on the outside looking in is three straight losses. If that happens, this is the what the scenario looks like to keep them out.