NaVorro Bowman trade rumors shut down by 49ers’ John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan

NaVorro Bowman’s future with the 49ers, considering the injuries that have forced the star linebacker off the field in two of the last three seasons, became questionable when San Francisco went through an organizational overhaul with this year’s hiring of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. The latter brings a defensive scheme in which Bowman has never played in the NFL.

Some believe it shifted from questionable to doubtful when the 49ers signed Malcolm Smith to a free-agent deal and then drafted Reuben Foster. And a recent report from The Ringer’s Michael Lombardi — that San Francisco “definitely” is shopping Bowman — escalated trade rumors around the four-time All-Pro selection.

Lynch and Shanahan, though, called shenanigans on the Bowman trade rumors Thursday with a joint statement issued to NBC Sports Bay Area.

“The report that we have been shopping NaVorro Bowman is completely false,” the statement reads. “From the time we joined the organization, NaVorro has been the consummate professional. It is evident he has been working very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and we have been impressed by what we have already seen on the field.

“We are looking forward to NaVorro’s future contributions to this team.”

The rawness of his tribute to her — complete with an F-bomb dropped live on NFL Network — was jarring in the context of an event so heavily stage-managed. But there was no denying the former UCLA star’s sincerity as he attempted to regain his composure with help from Deion Sanders.

McKinley took to social media himself Sunday with a response, posting a screengrab of Travis’ tweets as evidence “the devil is alive and well.”nike_chargers_220

The latest in the perceived Welker line for New England is Chris Hogan.

Edelman is a frequent comparison, but he was a quarterback in college who only lines up in the slot about half the time.

Danny Woodhead also comes to mind, but he played much more running back than slot receiver.

The latest in the perceived Welker line for New England is Chris Hogan. Although Hogan studied Welker, he plays on the outside and is nearly five inches taller.
But Switzer will in fact join the Cowboys’ young core of exciting young skill players forming a triumvirate with Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott to continue to pursue an elusive world championship in this millennium for America’s Team. The last time they won a Super Bowl, Barry Switzer was the head man.

But no, Ryan’s not related to Barry, although Barry did call Ryan’s father just to make sure as the young Tar Heel’s career ascended, now he’s landed in the NFL.

“He just talked about where he was from, where we are from. He wondered if it was a possibility if we were related,” Michael Switzer said. Leonard Fournette weighs 240 pounds and runs like a swarm of angry bees. Dalvin Cook’s record-setting career at Florida State has helped everyone forget his character issues. Joe Mixon hasn’t been as lucky. Christian McCaffrey does just about everything well, including playing the piano.

Those may be the first four tailbacks off the board April 29, but they’ll be followed by a handful of runners who may go on to even more lucrative careers. Alvin Kamara and Curtis Samuel are versatile rushing/receiving threats. D’Onta Foreman ran for more than 2,000 yards in just 11 games last season. Donnel Pumphrey finished his career with more rushing yards than any FBS player besides Ron Dayne and Tony Dorsett.nike_ravens_298-223x223

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He faced a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance after allegedly spitting at a female officer. That charge was dropped last month, but he still faces three additional misdemeanor charges in the incident. Those charges include assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business.

Jones has an extended “legal issues” section on his Wikipedia page, but the Bengals have been supportive of him through most of his career. Brown commented on the cornerback’s character last month.

“I see Adam Jones through my own eyes. I see different facets of his personality. I see him as a person who is energetic, lively, positive for the most part, exceptionally so. I know a little bit about his family, that weighs in my mind. I think back to when he had his little daughter and she was a premie. He used to drive up from practices at Georgetown every day after practice to look through the glass and see her where they kept the premie babies in the hospital and the lights went out, one after another in that group of little babies, they disappeared. His little girl managed to survive.

Now she has grown into a 5-year-old little girl. Wonderful little girl. Very pretty, very attractive, very energetic. To me, that is a story that registers. I would say this point blank: Am I looking to harm her? I’m not. It’s a bigger picture than one incident. And I get to be the one that sits in the chair to decide that. So I have chosen to decide it the way I am deciding it. I’m going to give him a chance. I hope it comes out right for him, for his family and for us. I know there are critics. I understand. But that is a full answer. And that’s what I have to say about it.”
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I do think we’re heading in the right direction.

The latest controversial penalty was on a hit by Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Mara defended that as the “proper call.”

“Is it more difficult for officials? Yes, I think it is and unfortunately these calls get scrutinized and replayed over and over again and it does increase the pressure on officials. I think those are thing we just have to live with because we do need to continue to try to make the game safer. That’s an obligation that all of us who are associated with the NFL have, and it’s something that I take very seriously being on the Competition Committee,” Mara said.

“Listen there are plenty of calls against my team that I don’t particularly like from time to time, but when you sit back at the end of the season and look at everything there are certain things that you just have to live with in order to make the game safer for the players. I think it’s well worth the effort that we’re putting into it.

“I do think we’re heading in the right direction. It’s not going to be without controversy, it’s not always going to be smooth sailing but if we can reduce the number of hits to the head and neck area and reduce the number of serious injuries then it’s all worthwhile.”

It is a fact of life in the MAC. The better you do, the faster you are looking for a new coach. You just hope to claim as many prizes as possible before he leaves.

Northern Illinois pulled this off a few years ago. The Huskies, two years removed from losing Jerry Kill to Minnesota, claimed an Orange Bowl berth before losing Dave Doeren to NC State. Bowling Green at least got conference titles out of Doeren (2017) and Dino Babers (2017) before losing them to Wake Forest and Syracuse, respectively.
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Thursday Night Football takeaways: Are the Redskins broken, or the Vikings reborn?

The Washington Redskins appeared to be on their way to an easy victory Thursday night. The first half went about as well as they hoped. Robert Griffin III threw three touchdowns in what was arguably his best half of football this season, Alfred Morris had 88 yards rushing and the Redskins held a 24-14 lead over the Minnesota Vikings. Life was good.

The Panthers scratched out a road win against San Francisco and managed to remain relatively healthy in the process. Ted Ginn left the game briefly due to leg cramps but returned to action. Linebacker Chase Blackburn has battled a foot injury and re-aggravated it on Sunday. He did not return to the game, but head coach Ron Rivera said the injury will not require surgery according to Joe Person.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed running back Doug Martin on injured reserve on Friday, ending his 2017 campaign. Martin sustained a torn labrum in Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s a shame for Martin, who had an exciting rookie season in which he earned a Pro Bowl berth. The Buccaneers are 0-8 on the season so the decision to shut him down was probably easier for that fact. Martin finished the season with 127 carries for 456 yards and a touchdown.

Linked above is the report that the Dolphins took appropriate action in regards to the incident last year in which Incognito was accused of sexually harassing a female volunteer at a Dolphins golf event. Head coach Joe Philbin said that the team took “immediate action” after being made aware of the situation.

Then there was a report that suggested Incognito was in danger of being released prior to the 2017 season. The Dolphins were reportedly concerned with the various offseason incidents Incognito was involved in, most of which reportedly involved the abuse of alcohol. At the very least, the man keeps busy.
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NCAA condemns flying of Confederate flags outside South Carolina tournament site

Prior to a slate of opening round games of the NCAA tournament in Greenville, S.C. on Sunday, groups of protestors and other citizens waved large Confederate flags around the city, on sidewalks, and from the top of a parking structure next to an arena hosting the games, multiple outlets have reported.

Though the flag in the truck on the parking structure raised alarm, other citizens of Greenville were also around the arena waving Confederate flags. Some rode pickup trucks toward the arena near the games and attached flags to the back of their trucks.

Maverick Morgan, who gave that quote earlier in the season, scored four points and had two rebounds and five turnovers in 27 minutes.

March 10-12: Michigan kept winning and won the Big Ten tournament.
UM’s quarterfinal game against Purdue was a thriller, with Michigan coming back in the last minute to force overtime against the Big Ten’s No. 1 seed.

Then Michigan won against Minnesota in the semifinals, and against Wisconsin in the championship game. The Wolverines won four games in four days, with three of their wins coming against teams that had a bye on the day the Wolverines played Illinois.

Michigan found out on that Sunday night, March 12, that it was a No. 7 seed in the Big Dance. The Wolverines were only a few days removed from being a bubble team.

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Injuries ended Silatolu’s career early and Kalil is nearing the end of his career

They’ve invested a second-round pick on a lineman only twice in the past 10 drafts, center Kalil in 2007 and guard Amini Silatolu in 2012.

Injuries ended Silatolu’s career early and Kalil is nearing the end of his career.

By comparison, the Dallas Cowboys — with an NFL-best 8-1 record — drafted an offensive lineman in the first round in 2014, 2013 and 2011. They Mike Wallace Youth Jersey also committed a first-round pick to running back Ezekiel Elliott this year.

Carolina hasn’t spent a top-three pick on a running back since selecting Jonathan Stewart in the first round in 2008.

That Dallas is second in the NFL in rushing (1,449 yards) and Elliott leads the league with 1,005 yards has allowed the Cowboys to prosper with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott after Tony Romo was injured.

Robert Griffin III should be back from injury this season, according to Browns VP of football operations Sashi Brown.

Griffin, though, has not been cleared to play Morgan Cox Youth Jersey a in game and won’t play Sunday when the Browns face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Though Griffin might be ready to practice in some form, he could be limited and would have to work his way back before practicing fully.

Before he could return to practice, Griffin must be “designated to return” from injured reserve by the team. Once he begins practicing, he can practice for up to 21 days before the Browns have to make a decision on returning him to the active roster.

The club must determine whether it’s worth starting the 21-day clock this week, or waiting.

Earlier this season Josh McCown was cleared to practice as he recovered from a broken left collarbone. He was not ready to play a game for two or three more weeks, though. That is where the Browns are with Griffin, who broke a coracoid bone in his left shoulder in the season opener.

Like it or not, Ravens earned right to be in sole possession of first in AFC North

The Baltimore Ravens took sole possession of first place in the AFC North, and some will want to put an asterisk next to their name.

The Ravens sit atop the division, but they did so by crushing the winless Cleveland Browns 28-7 on Thursday night. Baltimore is the only team in the AFC North with a winning record, but its win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday came with Ben Roethlisberger at less than full strength.

It’s time to hold off on the “but …”

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw Marshawn Lynch Authentic Jersey three touchdown passes against the Browns but was intercepted twice. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Ravens (5-4) did what they had to do to turn around their season. Sure, Baltimore might not look like a playoff team in all phases of its game. The Ravens, though, might be the best team in a bad AFC North.

“What we are is what we are,” wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said. “We have to accept that, and we have to keep working hard. What are we? 5-4. We could be 4-5 or we could be 0-9. You have to appreciate where you are and not take anything for granted.”

Two reporters in Boston, Tom Curran of CSN New England and Steve Burton of WBZ-TV, tweeted Tuesday morning that Belichick wrote a letter to Trump and that the words Trump read aloud were his words.

As for Brady, his wife Gisele Bundchen implied to Michael Bennett Authentic Jersey a fan that neither she nor Brady would vote for Trump. Asked on Instagram if it is true that the pair supported the Republican candidate, Bundchen – who rarely responds to Instagram comments – replied with an emphatic, “NO!”

While Brady told radio station WEEI early Monday morning that he hadn’t voted yet, he did vote later, submitting an absentee ballot in Brookline, Mass., where he lives.

Sherman subsequently dove at the ball and took out the legs of kicker Dan Carpenter, which should have been called unnecessary roughness. Many called it a dirty play, saying Sherman wasn’t going for the ball.

Well, he responded on Tuesday morning with one simple picture that sums up his defense of the play.

The ball wasn’t thrown in his direction, nor was it going to be with Taylor rolling away from the play. Sherman recognized the opportunity to take out one of Taylor’s targets and used it to his advantage – legally.

Rick Hahn: Chris Sale’s past rifts with front office will play ‘zero’ role in trade considerations

As the White Sox gauge the trade market for Chris Sale, their decision to pursue a deal or stand pat will be rooted in baseball concerns rather than any lingering animosity from past confrontations with the team’s ace.

Sale’s ongoing differences with the Chicago front office came to the fore in July when he sliced up the team’s throwback uniforms rather than wear them in a game. He received a five-game suspension for insubordination and destroying team equipment.

But White Sox general A’Shawn Robinson Authentic Womens Jersey manager Rick Hahn told ESPN.com on Tuesday that past rifts will play no part in the team’s offseason deliberations.

“What am I supposed to say?” Young said, incredulously. “It’s not my fault?”

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After all, Young believed like an article of faith that a quarterback was only as great as his willingness to be weighed down. To account for the chaos of 21 bodies flying around on each play and unfailingly rise above, to be superhuman and immortal and, not for nothing, make it look easy. But Walsh was telling Young that he was wrong.

“There’s such a thing as being over-accountable,” Walsh Ameer Abdullah Authentic Womens Jersey said. It was conflicting and counterintuitive, but it made sense. Young needed to learn the hardest lesson for any good quarterback striving to be great: He needed to learn how to let go.

That’s what made his comments over the summer so interesting. Ryan — coming off the worst season of his career with the Atlanta Falcons — told my colleague David Fleming that his new “thing” was to “see spots” rather than “worry so much about where defenders should be or where they’re supposed to be or all those kinds of things.”

Nobody can imagine how risky, if not impossible, that task is to execute: to take all of the pressure of being a quarterback in the NFL, of replacing a future Hall of Famer, of trying to live up to the expectations of yourself and everyone else, to throw the ball to a guy you can’t see.

Wade said he still keeps an eye on how the Heat are doing

“I think I’ll definitely be appreciative of the moment,” he said. “I think it’s going to be cool just to see familiar faces. I think it’s going to be cool to see love and support and [people] just being thankful for what you did. Unless you’re just cold-blooded, everybody’s going to feel something with that. At the same time, it’s not like my retirement ceremony where I can get a chance to get real emotional. I’m trying to come in there and beat Ahtyba Rubin Jersey their butt. And they’re going to try and beat our butt, so we got to get to the competitive part of the game as well.”

“After the fight in the ring, Manny told me that the Senate will be in recess for eight weeks between the middle of March and the middle of May,” Arum said. “I don’t think for a Mayweather fight that Manny would want to train like he did for Vargas by training in the Philippines and coming over [to the United States] two weeks in front of the fight.

“It’s not the worst-case scenario for him to maybe train Anthony McCoy Jersey for two weeks in the Philippines and then come here and do the last week six weeks during that recess. But he’s definitely fighting in the spring, so I have to plan for dates.

“Manny volunteered the information to me about the schedule. It has to do with the schedule, regardless of whether he is fighting Mayweather or somebody else.”

While Arum does not know for sure if Mayweather will return, the promoter said Haymon told him recently that he probably would.

Arum said he and Haymon spoke a few months ago when he was negotiating for Pacquiao to fight Adrien Broner, the former four-division titleholder and a Haymon client.

Ultimately, Broner did not agree to the money and Vargas got the fight with Pacquiao instead, but Arum said during that conversation he asked Haymon if he thought Mayweather would come back and “he told me he thought the chances were better than not that he would come back.”

If Mayweather does come back, there really is only one fight that makes sense — and a lot of dollars — to do it for.