Frank Schwab

  • Steelers offense takes another hit as Martavis Bryant suspended

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    The NFL likes its first regular-season game on the Thursday of Week 1 to be a showcase event. The way things are going, it'll look more like a continuation of the preseason with backups playing prominent roles for each team.

    Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant, expected to be the team's No. 2 option in one of the league's best passing attacks, is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy according to multiple reports. He is appealing the suspension, according to reports including ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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    The NFL will love that so much time on the opening night broadcast will be spent explaining to viewers which players on each side are suspended and why.

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  • Bills QB battle gets even murkier, as EJ Manuel will get preseason start

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    The Buffalo Bills suddenly have a new contender to start at quarterback this season: the forgotten former first-round pick, EJ Manuel.

    Manuel hadn't been seriously discussed as an option to start during the offseason and training camp, but Bills coach Rex Ryan announced on Thursday that Manuel would start Buffalo's preseason game on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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    The third preseason game is often treated as the dress rehearsal for the starters, which tells us a few things about Ryan's decision. First, he is entirely undecided at quarterback. If he was leaning toward Tyrod Taylor or Matt Cassel at this point, that's who would start the third preseason game. Also, it means that Manuel has a legitimate shot to steal the job for Week 1.

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  • Construction resumes on Vikings stadium as worker who died is identified

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    Construction on the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium continued Thursday morning, one day after a worker fell from the roof and died.

    On Wednesday morning, a worker fell 50 feet off the edge of the roof into a snow gutter and died. The man wasn't officially identified, but according to multiple reports including the St. Paul Pioneer Press that cited friends and relatives, the worker who fell and died was 35-year-old Jeramie Gruber. Another man was injured on the roof on Wednesday morning. He was rescued from a crevice in the roof.

    While construction on the site continued on Thursday morning, a co-owner of Berwald Roofing Co. said its employees would not return to work before the weekend.

    U.S. Bank Stadium is scheduled to open in July of 2016.

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  • Controversial Washington pass rusher Junior Galette has torn Achilles

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    When the New Orleans Saints cut pass rusher Junior Galette due to off-field issues, the Washington Redskins took the gamble and signed him to get after the quarterback, no matter the bad public relations.

    Now Washington won't even get that benefit from Galette. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Wednesday. NFL Network's Albert Breer said an MRI confirmed the injury. That's usually a season-ending injury. 

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    Prayers up for my boy junior! It's a lot of people that want to see him fail and may be happy this happened. He gon come back stronger......

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  • Jonathan Martin opens up about not fitting in, NFL problems, suicide attempts

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    For an offensive lineman who played three NFL seasons and then retired, Jonathan Martin will be remembered for a long time.

    Martin was in the middle of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal in 2013. His name was in headlines everywhere, and the details of his experiences in the locker room were publicly available for consumption and criticism. But whatever your opinion of what happened with Martin in Miami, it's clear that his NFL experience wasn't pleasant.

    It was bad enough that, he says, his job caused him to attempt to kill himself on "multiple occasions." Martin opened up in a long Facebook post about his experiences growing up and in football, explaining the many difficulties he had in the game.

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    The line that will get the most attention will be about his suicide attempts, but the entire post is revealing. He talks about how he was perceived as not "black enough" growing up and how that led to him becoming an introvert.

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  • One worker dies, another injured, in accident at new Vikings stadium

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    A worker died and another was injured on Wednesday in a fall while doing construction on the roof of the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium.

    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune saidthere was no immediate word on what caused the accident. There was a rescue effort by the fire department "retrieved one of the victims from a crevice of the roof," the Star-Tribune said. The surviving worker was in serious condition.

    The man who died fell 50 feet into a snow gutter according to a media briefing by construction officials, the Star-Tribune said. The other man was injured on the roof.

    The accident happened about 7:45 a.m. on the stadium's north side. Ground was broken on the construction of the new downtown stadium in December of 2013. U.S. Bank Stadium is expected to open in July of 2016. It is set to host the Super Bowl in early 2018. 

    Here is a s tatement from John Wood, senior vice president of Mortenson Construction, which was posted on the Vikings' website:

    "All work on the project has been stopped."

    The Vikings also put out a statement:

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  • Injuries for Packers, Cowboys and holdout for Seahawks open up NFC

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Unless you're from Philadelphia, Detroit or Arizona, at some point this offseason you figured out there was a very good chance that the NFC champion was going to be one of three teams: the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks or Dallas Cowboys.

    August hasn't been kind to any of those three teams, and suddenly maybe the rest of the pack is a little closer to them.

    The latest big blow happened Tuesday when Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick blew out his ACL. Scandrick isn't one of Dallas' headliners, but he was one of its more indispensable players. Scandrick was by far Dallas' best cornerback, and now there's a big hole there. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne have struggled. Byron Jones was the team's first-round pick, but he's still a rookie. A weakness of the Cowboys got a lot weaker.

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  • Broncos add G Evan Mathis, who says he passed bigger deal elsewhere

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Evan Mathis was scheduled to make $5.5 million from the Philadelphia Eagles this year, and $6 million next season. He complained about his contract situation, got cut and didn't see any of those base salaries.

    Mathis ended up costing himself a lot of money, though he insists he turned down a $5.5 million deal to play for a contender for less money. Mathis agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, and it's for $2.5 million. He can make up to $4 million if he hits certain playing time bonuses, according to 9News' Mike Klis.

    Theoretically Mathis could make up the money in free agency next year, though he'll turn 34 during this season. Mathis previously said that he doesn't regret asking the Eagles to add incentives to his deal, and he doesn't know if his complaints were the reason he was cut. He thinks he might have just made too much money for a guard in Chip Kelly's plans. Kelly said the decision was just based on money.

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  • Michael Vick to Steelers? Veteran QB taking a visit to Pittsburgh

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Michael Vick spent the summer out of work, seemingly at the end of his NFL rope, but a pretty interesting opportunity might be available to him.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers, with one of the top few offenses in the NFL, are bringing in Vick for a visit, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has a dislocated left ring finger and will have surgery, Schefter said. The Steelers could be in the market for a new backup.

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    Vick would be an interesting choice. He hasn't had a great season since 2010 and turned 35 years old in June. He has 42 touchdowns rushing and passing the past four seasons, and 42 turnovers. The Vick that electrified the NFL early in his career left the stage long ago. But he would still be a solid backup, which the New York Jets signed him to be last year. Vick appeared in 10 games last year, started three, and had 604 yards passing.

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  • Jameis Winston plays well but then leaves game after ankle injury

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    So much focus this season, and for many more, will be on how No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The players around Winston won't be under as much scrutiny but they're instrumental in his development.

    When the Buccaneers' offensive line gave Winston time against the Cincinnati Bengals, as it did for most of Tampa Bay's first two drives, Winston showed off his skills. He moved the team easily on the first drive, making a few nice passes, and he scored a rushing touchdown. The running game, led by Doug Martin, was big on that drive too. Finding a running game is also very important for Winston as a rookie, so the entire offense doesn't fall on his shoulders. Martin looked much better than he has the last two years, when he appeared to be running in quicksand.

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