During a local radio appearance Monday, Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team got good news” on tackle Garett Bolles’ leg injury and that Bolles is week to week.”
Authentic Youth Wily Peralta Jersey During an interview with Orange and Blue 760 — the Broncos own a 50 percent interest in the station — Joseph said Bolles had suffered a bone bruise to his lower left leg. Bolles underwent an MRI exam Monday morning as the Broncos were checking for a possible fracture.
When asked who might play in Bolles’ place, Joseph said, We have lots of options that I won’t share (Monday), but we have lots of options. We can insert guys and take guys out of certain spots and put someone at left tackle. It’s a lower leg bruise, and he’s week to week, and we’ll cross that bridge when we have to.”
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A year ago, Miami was 0-2 and 27th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings after two weeks. They didn’t turn it around immediately, either; the Dolphins were 1-4 and 28th in DVOA after five weeks. But they went 9-2 the rest of the way to win an AFC wild card. And in 2015, two teams rebounded from 0-2 starts to make the playoffs: Seattle (23rd in DVOA after two weeks) and Houston (28th).
We’ve gone through the nine 0-2 teams below to look at what’s gone wrong so far, what has occasionally gone right and what are the chances for each team to rebound and make it into the postseason. The ratings we use for our simulation are based 20 percent on performance so far and 80 percent on our preseason projections. However, even with only two games played, the winless teams have played poorly enough to suggest that they will be bad for the remainder of the season — with one clear exception.
The Packers and Patriots enter the 2017 season seemingly on a collision course to meet on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, but who will join them in the playoffs?
That is just one of several questions for the upcoming season. Who will be the league MVP? Who will take home rookie of the year honors? How about the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year?
The Bears had four cracks at a go-ahead touchdown from inside the Falcons’ 10-yard line in the final minute, but two dropped passes allowed Atlanta to sneak out of Soldier FIeld with a win. Chicago was +250 on the money line.
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The underdog Jaguars jumped out to a 19-0 lead and ran away in the second half. The Jaguars were around 2-1 underdogs on the money line.
Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson replaced starter Tom Savage in the second half. Jacksonville wide receiver Allen Robinson left the game in the first quarter with a left knee injury.
Successful streaming requires we dismiss the lure of recency bias — such as the fact Flacco struggled statistically in a win over Cincinnati in Week 1 — and instead value the promise an inviting matchup fosters. Flacco posted QB1 production against the Browns in two games last season, tallying nearly 600 yards and five touchdowns in the series. The Browns have ceded the highest touchdown rate (per attempt) in the NFL since the start of last season, while they claim the fourth-lowest pressure rate (per dropback) since the beginning of 2016. Afforded time to operate against a suspect pass defense in the friendly confines of Baltimore, Flacco is poised to post QB1 numbers at merely the price of a few clicks and a roster spot.
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell’s performance needs to get better after a 47-yard debut in Cleveland, coach Mike Tomlin said.
And it will, Tomlin said.
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A mix of penalties, a screen-heavy attack early and the Browns’ run defense steered Pittsburgh off its plan in the opener.
It’s unfair, Newton said Tuesday, five days before he will lead the Panthers in their season opener against the 49ers. In my opinion, do I think Kaepernick is better than some of these starting quarterbacks in this league? Absolutely. Should he be on a roster? In my opinion, absolutely. There’s no question about it. Is he good enough to be on a roster? Is he good enough to be a starting quarterback? Absolutely.
Kaepernick, 29, was a second-round pick of the 49ers in 2011 and helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl a year later. He had consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons in 2013 and 2014, but injuries forced him to miss seven games in 2015. He played in 12 games last season, taking over as the Niners starter in Week 6, and threw for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
The Bucs, in consultation with the NFL and Tampa Stadium Authority, made the decision after an assessment of the team’s home stadium, which suffered no significant damage from Irma.
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Unsure about the damage Hurricane Irma might do to their South Florida home, the Dolphins are relocating to California ahead of the storm and their Week 2 season opener against the Chargers.
Multiple outlets reported Friday that owner Stephen Ross has chartered a flight out of Miami that is scheduled to leave for Los Angeles Friday evening. Players, coaches and family members who are still in South Florida are welcome on the plane, ESPN said.
“The only reason he’s listed as questionable is because that’s what the form says,” Rivera said, via ESPN. “I’m telling you guys I believe the guy is ready to roll. I really do mean it. I’m pretty confident in his abilities and hopefully things will fall into place nicely for us on Sunday.”
The Panthers have been cautious with Newton since he underwent surgery on his right shoulder in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff, though he did get in some reps during the preseason after resting his shoulder throughout a good portion of training camp.
Should Newton experiene any furter setbacks, backup Derek Anderson will be ready to go in his place.
Carolina will visit San Francisco to start the season, with kickoff scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.
Drew Brees will be without one of his favorite weapons for the first three games of the regular season.
The NFL announced Friday that Saints receiver Willie Snead has been suspended three games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
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We are aware of it. That will factor into how we plan for the early part of the season, Saints coach Sean Payton said Friday.
Snead, undrafted out of Ball State in 2014, caught 72 passes for 895 yards and four touchdowns last season. He had 69 receptions for 984 yards and three scores in 2015.
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In addition to missing the Saints’ opener at Minnesota on Monday, Sept. 11, Snead will have to sit out the home opener against the Patriots on Sept. 17 and a road game against the Panthers on Sept. 24. He will then be allowed to report to the Saints facility on Sept. 25 and eligible to play in New Orleans’ Week 4 home game against the Dolphins.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers: Where Brown shined, Bryant flopped in his return to the NFL, managing just 3.4 PPR and 1.4 non-PPR fantasy points on his six targets. It was only the fifth time in PPR and seventh in non-PPR that he was held beneath five fantasy points in his 22 NFL games, but as he continues to shake the rust off, his more characteristically big performances should return.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals: He’s Dalton’s go-to guy in the red zone, so understandably on a day when Dalton was held quiet, Eifert was held quiet too. Eifert’s 1.4 PPR fantasy points (and 0.4 non-PPR) on his lone target were his second-worst numbers, trailing only 2015 Week 3, when he was shut out in both formats.
The Bears’ offense will feature a different look without Cutler and Pro Bowl wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Glennon leads a passing attack that includes 2015 first-round pick Kevin White and veteran Kendall Wright, who spent the past five seasons with the Tennessee Titans.
Partly because of a thin receiving corps, look for Fox and his coaching staff to emphasize the running game. That could mean another heavy workload for second-year running back Jordan Howard, who turned heads as a rookie with 1,313 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
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It’s football, man. It’s the nature of the business. We’ve all seen it happen before, Talib said, noting that when you get three super-talented safeties who are 23 years old, the move wasn’t surprising. Hey that’s part of what makes us professionals man, we can get somewhere and adjust so fast. T.J., man, he’s going to get to Tampa and adjust so fast and lead those guys.
I feel great. Not going to the playoffs, it seems like it’s been so long since we’ve played a real football game, he said. I’m ready for it to be here, man.
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The New England Patriots were the most well-rounded team in the NFL last season, and they spent the offseason getting better. The Patriots are entering with the same coordinators for the sixth straight season; the offense upgraded with players like Brandin Cooks, and the defense added Stephon Gilmore while retaining Dont’a Hightower and Malcolm Butler. The 2016 Super Bowl champions should be better at every single positional group in 2017 and will face the easiest schedule in the NFL. Anything less than the Super Bowl will be a disappointment.
There are some slight injury concerns with Myles Garrett. When he has been healthy this offseason, he’s looked every bit like the generational player that everyone billed him as. Most teams have a quarterback who ends up being the face of their franchise, but Garrett appears to be a guy who can step in and have an All-Pro impact from day one. If any injuries happen or persist during the regular season, though, it would kill the buzz that the entire defense and fan base has built up for 2017.
The difficult part about this for Browns fans is that we know the other AFC North teams do not consider Cleveland a rivalry. When the Browns finally turn the corner, though, there is no doubt that their biggest rival would be the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s something that has been simmering for way too long, and it could be reignited in Week 1. Imagine if Myles Garrett takes down Ben Roethlisberger in victory? Browns fans will begin talking, fueled by years of frustration and a glimpse at hope. Steelers fans will feel beside themselves that they actually lost to Cleveland.
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Of course, it’s tough to project schedules when we don’t know how good teams will be in the future.
We’ve done it here using our projections of Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings, which account for general statistical trends and specific personnel changes. The numbers here come from an updated set of projections that account for preseason injuries and suspensions. These projections account for the Ezekiel Elliott suspension lowering the strength of the Cowboys for six games, although they do not attempt to predict the length of Andrew Luck’s injury or Aaron Donald’s holdout.
The lawsuit says Hunt made a deal 12 years ago with two men with political connections who promised to steer New Mexico investment money to a hedge fund in exchange for payments. Hunt was a partner in the hedge fund.
New Mexico awarded $300 million to the hedge fund and paid millions in management fees. The lawsuit said one of the investment funds lost $13 million during the period.
“Hunt sought to gain unfair advantage by paying for influence over the process,” New Mexico officials said in the lawsuit.
The accusations are tied to the pay-to-play scandal that took place during administration of former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
New Mexico has already negotiated more than $30 million in settlements related to the pay-to-play investment scandal.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos had Peter Norman. Malcolm Jenkins (and Michael Bennett, and Colin Kaepernick) have Chris Long.
That latter group, the increasingly-visible faces of NFL player protest, needed Chris Long. Bennett said as much just Wednesday, when he explained on ESPN why white players joining the movement would change the whole conversation.
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Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard didn’t play long, but had two catches for 28 yards in Tampa Bay’s win over the Jaguars.
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The Jaguars might have something in undrafted rookie receiver Keelan Cole, who had an electrifying 31-yard punt return against the Bucs. Cole was an All-American at Division II Kentucky Wesleyan, where he started his career as a walk-on.
Jaguars receiver Dede Westbrook caught six passes for an eye-popping 131 yards. The Biletnikoff winner from Oklahoma slipped to the fourth round because of off-field issues, but looks like he could be a draft steal.
In just two series vs. Baltimore’s defense, it was pretty evident Parker is Cutler’s go-to guy, just as Landry was Tannehill’s. Cutler threw eight times on 14 plays, and four went in Parker’s direction. That included a pretty deep shot on third-and-16 on the first possession that was negated by a holding penalty. To open the next drive, Cutler threw a laser to Parker down the middle for a 16-yard gain.
Including tight end Rob Gronkowski, Edleman has been Brady’s most reliable weapon of recent seasons. But with a healthy Gronk, the trade for Brandin Cooks, last year’s free-agent steal Chris Hogan and ersatz Edelman Danny Amendola, it adds up to losing some veteran depth. But wait, behind them, while second-year wideout Malcolm Mitchell heals up from his own knee injury, undrafted rookie Austin Carr and 2016 seventh-rounder Devin Lucien have been worked well in the mix, too.
Oh yeah, almost forgot: there’s also top passing-game back James White, starting scatback Dion Lewis and aptly named Danny Woodhead sequel Rex Burkhead.
Our players know that I have a great appreciation for every single one of them, Jackson said while reading a prepared statement. I respect and support their right for peaceful protest; a right afforded to every American. We’ve always made it clear to our players that they should embrace the platform they have as NFL players to improve our community and use their platform in a positive, thoughtful and respectful manner.
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