- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
It's not surprising to hear Mario Chalmers tell Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick, "We all just took too much of a back seat in the Finals," since the San Antonio Spurs undressed everyone not named LeBron James and Chris Bosh in their five-game dismantling of the Miami Heat this past June.
But the mercurial point guard's reflection on a failed three-peat offers words of warning for the Cleveland Cavaliers: Dynasties aren't easily built and even harder to maintain.
Only Scottie Pippen remained on the roster from the first edition of the championship Chicago Bulls when Michael Jordan began his pursuit of a second three-peat in 1995. It was an even lonelier road for Kobe Bryant in the seven seasons between Lakers titles last decade.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Early Monday morning, the Minnesota Vikings got out in front of what was expected to be a weeklong drama over whether Adrian Peterson would take the field Sunday, announcing the All-Pro running back will return to practice this week and is scheduled to play Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.
Now, Peterson is doing his best to avoid the same potentially season-long media firestorm.
Following Peterson's indictment for what doctors described as "child abuse" in a police report and the 29-year-old's subsequent surrender to authorities over the weekend, the Vikings deactivated their star during Sunday's 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
The smoke is beginning to clear on a wild Sunday of NFL injuries, and the prognoses on the seemingly endless list of afflicted will be rolling in as teams take stock of the walking, limping and wounded.
Here's a list of what's been determined so far on the big names that went down in Week 2.
Jamaal Charles: The Kansas City Chiefs running back suffered a high left ankle sprain in the first quarter of a 24-17 loss to the Broncos, coach Andy Reid told reporters on Monday. Among ankle sprains, those of the "high" variety are more severe, and therefore his imminent availabilty appears in serious doubt.
Jamaal Charles has a high ankle sprain, per coach Reid.Sun, Sep 14Jacksonville10 - 41WashingtonGame Recap
If you thought a wild day of NFL injuries would end with the culmination of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET games, guess again. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles — owned in 100 percent of Yahoo's fantasy leagues and drafted No. 1 overall in many — and All-Pro safety Eric Berry both left Kansas City's late afternoon game with ankle injuries.
Charles had just two carries and a catch for a total of 12 yards before being helped to the locker room in the first quarter of Kansas City's 24-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Despite amassing just 34 yards on 14 touches in Kansas City's Week 1 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Charles' absence is a huge blow to the Chiefs, especially against the defending AFC champions. He has played 31 of 32 possible regular-season games since returning from a season-ending torn left ACL in 2011.
The injuries kept on coming, as Berry was sidelined in the second quarter, and the Chiefs limped into halftime trailing 21-10. Berry missed the entire preseason with tendonitis in his right heel.Sun, Sep 14Kansas City17 - 24DenverGame Recap
Maybe Mike Pettine had the right idea when he named Brian Hoyer his starting quarterback.
Hoyer led the Cleveland Browns on a 14-play, 85-yard drive in the final minutes before Billy Cundiff drilled a game-winning 29-yard field goal in a 26-24 victory against the New Orleans Saints, delivering the first victory of Pettine's NFL head coaching career.
While Johnny Manziel made his first appearance in a few pistol plays designed for the first-round pick, it was Hoyer who helped send the Saints to 0-2 for the second time in three years. Hoyer's 28-yard pass to Andrew Hawkins with 13 seconds remaining set up Cundiff's game-winner. The sixth-year QB also completed a key 10-yard pass to tight end Gary Barnidge on fourth-and-6 from his own 38 in the final minute.Sun, Sep 14New Orleans24 - 26ClevelandGame Recap
The New England Patriots expected big things from defensive end Chandler Jones this season, but the team's 2012 first-round draft pick came under criticism for his performance in a Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins — an effort that included a pair of roughing-the-passer penalties from Jones. He bounced back in a big way against the Adrian Peterson-less Minnesota Vikings though.
With the undermanned Vikings attempting a 48-yard field goal in hopes of entering the break down just a touchdown, Jones had other plans, blocking Blair Walsh's effort and returning it 58 yards for a 24-7 Patriots lead just before halftime.
Nearly snatching the field goal try out of the air, Jones swiftly picked up the blocked kick, shoved Blair aside and outran placeholder Jeff Locke thanks to a block from Devin McCourty, showing the athleticism that had so many in New England excited about the younger brother of Indianapolis Colts defensive end Arthur Jones and current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones.Sun, Sep 14New England30 - 7MinnesotaGame Recap
In the opening moments of the NFL schedule's second Sunday of action, a star-studded injury list seemed to grow by the second. Some players returned, but others weren't so fortunate.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was the first to be ruled out, suffering a non-contact left leg injury that appeared among the worst of the bunch. His departure was soon followed by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green's toe injury, Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno's elbow injury, Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson's shoulder injury and so on and so on.
Former Pro Bowlers Green and Jackson along with Moreno were all sidelined for the rest of their games.Sun, Sep 14Atlanta10 - 24CincinnatiGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner4 days ago
The San Francisco 49ers suspended Ted Robinson for two games in response to comments the radio broadcaster made regarding domestic violence, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The suspension is the same Ray Rice initially received for knocking his wife unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator.
In a conversation Monday on KNBR-AM radio about Rice's dismissal from the Baltimore Ravens and indefinite suspension from the league, Robinson reportedly placed a portion of the blame on the running back's victim, Janay Palmer, for not making her version of the story public.
"That, to me, is the saddest part of it," Robinson said, according to the Chronicle. He also reportedly called Palmer's decision to marry Rice after the incident "pathetic."Sun, Sep 14Chicago28 - 20San FranciscoGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie4 days ago
It's been a difficult road for Paul George this summer, so perhaps he's not thinking clearly as he recovers from surgery to repair a broken right leg. Regardless, the Indiana Pacers forward unleashed an ill-advised Twitter rant concerning Ray Rice's domestic violence on Thursday.
As you know, the Baltimore Ravens terminated Rice earlier this week when TMZ released video of the NFL All-Pro running back twice punching his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City elevator. And as you should know, victim blaming is one of the primary obstacles advocates against domestic violence face in their attempts to curb the epidemic.
That didn't stop George from falling into that trap on several occasions throughout his rant.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie5 days ago
In the late 1980s, Michael Jordan's need for roomier Chicago Bulls garb to cover his lucky North Carolina shorts helped pave the way for the even baggier version popularized by Michigan's Fab Five in the early '90s, thus closing the book on the NBA's bare thighs chapter.
But one American hero is hopping in his DeLorean in an attempt to bring short NBA shorts back to the future, and that man is newly signed Los Angeles Clippers wing Chris Douglas-Roberts.
Told Clippers I'm wearing # 14 this yr & I need medium shorts. They said medium shorts? I said yea like Stockton. Gonna be a fun yr #LobCity