Ben Rohrbach

  • Marshawn Lynch 'ready' for Carolina, but is Seattle ready for him?

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 26 days ago

    After running back Marshawn Lynch's surprising decision not to travel to Minnesota for the Seattle Seahawks' game against the Vikings, it appears he's "ready" for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

    In response to a question about his status for the divisional round, Lynch texted ESPN's Kenny Mayne, "I'm Ready," which might be the most words he's shared with a member of the media in quite some time.

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    Divisional playoff previews: KC-NE (4:00), GB-AZ (12:00), SEA-CAR (18:30), PIT-DEN (30:00):

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  • Are Gronk's injury woes the straw that breaks the Patriots' back?

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 27 days ago

    More questions surround the New England Patriots, and this time they concern a player on the field.

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not participate in Thursday's practice due to knee and back concerns, the team's injury report said. What's worse, the All-Pro spent a portion of the day at a Boston hospital receiving treatment on his injured right knee, according to multiple media reports.

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    There are conflicting reports about whether Gronkowski received an injection in the right knee he bruised and strained in a Week 12 loss to the Denver Broncos.'s Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss reported that he got the injection, although's Ian Rapoport reported otherwise:

    Either way, nobody in New England should feel good about Gronkowski nursing knee and back injuries.

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  • Jets corner Antonio Cromartie expecting twins despite vasectomy

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 28 days ago

    His boys can swim, all right.

    Despite undergoing a vasectomy, New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is expecting twins this summer with wife Terricka Cromartie, the couple revealed to Us Weekly, defying odds that suggest the male sterilization procedure has roughly a 99 percent effectiveness rate. Cromartie is 31 years old.

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    "I didn’t even tell Antonio right away because I didn’t think it was possible," Terricka Cromartie told the weekly magazine. "I was going back and forth in my head how it could even happen. In my head we were good to go, we were having free sex! I just really thought that his procedure was the best protection you could have at this point.


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  • St. Louis fans want @LARams Twitter account to hold Rams hostage

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 28 days ago

    St. Louis lost its NFL franchise and Los Angeles got its back, but GoPro director of communications Lara M. Sasken may have been the biggest winner in the league's overwhelming decision to move the Rams.

    You see, Sasken has owned the Twitter handle @LARams since March 2008, only she writes it as @LaraMS for obvious reasons. The Silicon Valley woman had an interesting Tuesday, to say the least.

    @darrenrovell you mean it's not because of my poetic tweets, charming personality and witty comebacks? 😉

    @BroncoPeyton I hear you! 😉

    RIP to @LARams mentions. I feel bad for her 😂😂😂😂😂#NFL

    The team's Twitter handle remains @STLouisRams for the time being. The account has been silent since the decision. While Sasken's mentions were filled with all sorts of suggestions, mostly folks from St. Louis just wanted her to squeeze every penny out of Rams owner Stan Kroenke to cash in on the coincidence.

  • St. Louis politicians blast NFL, Rams owner Stan Kroenke over move

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 29 days ago

    The Rams are leaving St. Louis for Los Angeles, and the city's politicians are pretty upset about it.

    Mayor of St. Louis Francis Slay blasted the NFL, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger took Rams owner Stan Kroenke to task, and other politicos joined in after the league's owners approved the move. The focus of their statements surrounded Kroenke's alleged failure to negotiate in good faith with the city to keep the Rams in St. Louis and the NFL's deviation from guidelines in place to prevent such a move.

    Following the NFL's 30-2 decision, Slay released the following statement:

    Tough night for all of us who worked so hard to keep the #Rams in #STL. We will review decision & determine next steps #STLNFL

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  • Blair Walsh and the 10 worst FG misses in NFL playoff history

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    "It's a chip shot," said Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. "He's got to make it."

    That about sums up Vikings kicker Blair Walsh's 27-yard field goal that hooked left and handed the Seattle Seahawks a 10-9 win with 22 seconds remaining in their wild-card round playoff game on Sunday.

    Minnesota star Adrian Peterson, whose fourth-quarter fumble set up Seattle's go-ahead field goal, attempted to take the blame, as did placeholder Jeff Locke for his Dan Marino-esque "laces out" mistake.

    "I've got to spin it," Locke told reporters in the aftermath. "Simple as that."

    But Walsh knew where the blame would ultimately lie. Nearly a quarter-century after the release of "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," there's a reason we remember fictional field goal kicker Ray Finkle's name. Give him credit, though, a teary-eyed Walsh answered every reporter's query with remarkable perspective.

    Undoubtedly, Walsh's miss ranks among the 10 worst in NFL playoff history. The only question is where.

    10. 2009 AFC divisional round: Jets 17, San Diego Chargers 14.

    7. 2015 NFC wild-card round: Seahawks 10, Vikings 9.

  • Ben Roethlisberger ('sore'), Antonio Brown ('fine') prepare to play

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    The Pittsburgh Steelers may have survived Saturday's wild-card battle against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the extent of their wounds will likely decide their fate Sunday against the top-seeded Denver Broncos.

    Currently, the Steelers expect to have Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown — both of whom found themselves on the wrong end of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's questionable to deplorable hits — in uniform for their divisional-round game in Denver.

    Roethlisberger returned for Pittsburgh's final drive, completing five of his eight short attempts to help set up the game-winning field goal — thanks in part to Burfict's unnecessary roughness penalty on Brown.

    As for the All-Pro receiver, he entered concussion protocol following Burfict's vicious blow to his head at the end of the fourth quarter, but Brown "is said to be fine and should be able to play against the Broncos," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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  • More bad news, Rams fans: Reggie Bush sues St. Louis over injury

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    After suffering a season-ending ACL injury when slipping on concrete surrounding the field at Edward Jones Stadium in a Week 8 loss to the Rams and hiring an attorney shortly thereafter, San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush has officially filed a lawsuit against the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.

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    Bush is seeking punitive damages as well as lawyers' fees "in excess of $25,000."

    Bush's lawsuit opens the possibility of an absolute worst-case scenario for St. Louis. The people could lose their team  and the CVC — a government entity — could lose this lawsuit, burdening the taxpayers anyhow.

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  • Benching of Brock Osweiler won't end Broncos' quarterback debate

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Whether Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak would start Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler in the divisional round was one of the most intriguing questions of the pre-playoff NFL debate. We now have our answer — Manning will be under center after the bye — but that won't put an end to the questions.

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    Why, exactly, is Kubiak so confident in a guy who statistically ranked among the league's worst QBs through the first nine weeks of the season? Is it because of his experience? Because that's never been so great in the playoffs, either. Is it because he provided a spark in the second half against the Chargers? Because Osweiler likely would've done the same, if given the chance. Or is there another reason?


    Or maybe Kubiak and his players really do believe Manning gives the Broncos the best chance to win.

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  • NFL Playoff Preview: Can Redskins' Cousins foil Packers' Rodgers?

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Washington Redskins (9-7) Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX


    How they got here: Essentially, on a miracle, which is a strange thing to say when a team features the reigning NFL MVP. But if not for Aaron Rodgers' Hail Mary in a Week 13 win over the Detroit Lions, Green Bay would've lost for the fifth time in six games and opened the door for a 9-7 sixth seed in the NFC. Instead, the Packers limped to the fifth seed with a 4-6 finish following an impressive 6-0 start.

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    QB1: 379-of-543 (69.8 percent) for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

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