Eric Edholm

  • Colin Kaepernick explains why he won't stand during national anthem

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 14 mins ago

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a lightning rod for attention in his career, and his latest statements surely could make him an even more polarizing figure.

    Kaepernick explained his unwillingness to stand for the playing of the national anthem, which of course happens before the kickoff of every NFL game. It happened in last night’s preseason game at Levi’s Stadium against the Green Bay Packers, one in which he struggled in his first action since last season.

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    The 49ers issued a statement on the matter:

    It appears Kaepernick is aware of what he will face.

    But based on Kaepernick’s words, it sounds like he’s willing to make that sacrifice. It’s a powerful, controversial statement to make for an athlete clearly in a flashpoint of his career.

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  • Browns punter gives hilariously bad effort on non-tackle attempt

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    You can call the third preseason game the dress rehearsal for NFL teams if you wish. But Andy Lee might just laugh at you. And we’re going to laugh at him.

    It’s clear tat the Cleveland Browns punter is directionally kicking to the regular-season opener, if you know what we mean. Check out the effort — rather, the lack of — as Tampa Bay Buccaneers punt returner Adam Humphries flies by Lee to give the Bucs a 17-3 lead in the first quarter Friday night.

    There's nobody there!@adamhumphries13 takes the punt back 73 yards TO THE HOUSE! #CLEvsTB

    — NFL (@NFL) August 27, 2016

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    Naturally, the reaction on Twitter was mostly hilarious.

    Andy Lee just ran slower than a 3rd grader coming in from recess.

  • Bengals' A.J. Green says he'll skip regular-season game if baby born that day

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 23 hrs ago

    The Cincinnati Bengals’ schedule has them playing the Miami Dolphins in Week 4 on Sept. 29. The following day, star wide receiver A.J. Green’s first baby is due.

    Green says he’ll skip a game if the baby arrives on a Bengals game day, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. The baby, which is officially due Sept. 30, would be the first born for Green and his wife.

    “I can’t play,” he said. “First one, definitely. I want to be there.”

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    For Green, who skipped Thursday practice to attend a doctor’s appointment with his pregnant wife, it was a non-starter; he’s going to be at the birth no matter what. And for the Bengals, it’s apparently more than fine, too.

    “It was good for Coach [Marvin] Lewis,” Green said. “I didn’t even ask him, he just said I could go.”

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  • Safety Eric Berry reportedly returning to Chiefs this weekend

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It appears that Eric Berry’s holdout with the Kansas City Chiefs is nearing an end.

    According to Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor and other media reports, Berry will end his hiatus from the team on Sunday. The Chiefs travel to face the Chicago Bears on Saturday for their third preseason game, which is usually a dress rehearsal for the starters, but Berry clearly will not play in the game.

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    Earlier this week Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said he hoped that Berry, who has missed all of training camp and the preseason to date, would be ready to go for the Chiefs’ season opener against the San Diego Chargers. Reid even believed that the four-time Pro Bowler could be good to go even if he did not appear in the preseason finale next Thursday.

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  • Jerry Jones on Ezekiel Elliott visiting marijuana dispensary: 'It's just not good'

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Dallas Cowboys got a glimpse Thursday night of what rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott can accomplish on the field. But before the game, they were disappointed in his actions off of it.

    TMZ reported that Elliott visited a marijuana dispensary, Herban Legends in the Belltown area, just a few minutes away from where the Cowboys later that night would play the Seattle Seahawks in a preseason game. Not only did TMZ shoot video of Elliott inside the store but also posted a picture he took with a fan.

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    To the Cowboys, it was a bad look.

    “It’s just not good,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “That’s a part of just really getting the big picture here.”

    Of course, the NFL likely has its eye on this story — as well as the allegations of domestic violence against Elliott, even though no charges have been filed, by his ex-girlfriend.

  • Tom Coughlin, John Mara together on NFL's competition committee? It appears so

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Tom Coughlin’s resignation from the New York Giants was an awkward affair. But he and Giants owner John Mara now will be on the same committee together again.

    According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the out-of-work Coughlin joins two other prominent newcomers to the influential committee.

    Along with John Elway and Bruce Arians, former NYG HC Tom Coughlin also has been added to NFL's competition committee, per source.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2016

    Coughlin, who turns 70 next week, led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories but stepped down from the team following the 2015 season under strange circumstances. The divorce couldn’t have been summed up better than in the way the two passed each other at the Giants’ facility after Coughlin gave his farewell speech.

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  • Why Joey Bosa better hope the Chargers' offer still stands

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    On Wednesday, Shutdown Corner’s Frank Schwab did a great job of updating the Joey Bosa situation — namely how the San Diego Chargers made this standoff public and ugly.

    And though it has been common for many in the media to slam the team and side with the player, there is one undeniable fact: Bosa doesn’t have a lot of leverage here.

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    Oh, sure, these are the Chargers we’re talking about, and calling them a well-run organization might not be able to be done with a straight face. The fact that their local stadium issue hovers over them like a pother of California smog doesn’t help public-relations matters either.

    With the season on the brink, Bosa’s leverage has passed. He has no options now, really; he must sign with the Chargers to maximize his future options.

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  • Texans lose expected rookie starter at center for season with ankle injury

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Nick Martin, the overwhelming favorite to be the Houston Texans’ starting center as a rookie, is now done for the 2016 season. He underwent ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve.

    A second-round pick out of Notre Dame, Martin — the brother of Dallas Cowboys All-Pro guard Zack Martin — had looked the part in the early going before suffering the injury and serious damage to his ankle during a joint practice with the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago. Martin also had been slowed by a back injury, although that was believed to be less serious.

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    Although he had not played in either preseason game, Martin projected to start. Head coach Bill O’Brien extolled the rookie’s toughness, intelligence and athleticism.

    Will this affect a rebuilt Texans’ offense? The line, missing several pieces this camp and preseason, still must come together — and it will now have to do so without an important piece.

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  • Is Devin Hester ready for a return? His workout videos look encouraging

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Devin Hester was cut by the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, and some wondered whether it might be the end of his career. But based on his recent social-media spree, Hester certainly isn’t among those people.

    Hester, 33, has been recovering from toe surgery in January and hopes to play an 11th season in the NFL. Although he was limited to five games last season and might not have many years left, this Instagram video makes him appear to be on the road to recovery.

    A video posted by Devin Hester (@devin_anytime_hester_17) on Aug 24, 2016 at 6:49am PDT

    And for fun, here’s Hester’s post-workout strut … he seems to have that mojo back, eh?

    That feeling you have when you done working out for the rest of the day.

    A video posted by Devin Hester (@devin_anytime_hester_17) on Aug 24, 2016 at 9:45am PDT

    Hester added he might be a mere two weeks away from returning to action.

    Teams y'all better started calling my Agent I'll be ready in 2 weeks Top!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Patriots traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, but he could retire

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The Bryan Story story has taken more twists and turns than a late-summer ride at the amusement park.

    First, it was reported that the New England Patriots were planning on releasing their third-year center, who started in their Super Bowl XLIX win as a rookie in the 2014 season. Then word arose that the Washington Redskins, seeking an upgrade, had sent a conditional draft pick to the Patriots for Stork.

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    Then came another odd turn: Was the concussion-plagued Stork, 25, considering retiring instead of joining his new team?

    Okay – fluid situation at #Redskins Park. Source says Bryan Stork is considering retirement. Team clearly working to convince otherwise

    — Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) August 24, 2016

    Despite this, Stork seemed to be fully committed to playing football until recently.

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