- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The bond between the Kemoeatu brothers is so tight that when Chris' career with the Pittsburgh Steelers ended because he needed a kidney transplant, that was it for Ma'ake and his Baltimore Ravens career too.
"He couldn't play anymore, and I didn't want to be in a position where he couldn't play but I'd keep playing," Ma'ake Kemoeatu , a former nose tackle, said according to the Associated Press. "As soon as my brother's health was at risk I wanted to stop everything."
Chris Kemoeatu's health was more important than football, and Ma'ake Kemoeatu helped him in an incredible way, not only quitting his NFL career but donating a kidney.
The kidney transplant surgery on Aug. 27 went well, and the two talked to the media on Wednesday. Ma'ake, now 35, quit the Ravens in 2012. Chris, now 31, was a guard for the Steelers for seven seasons before his health forced him from the game.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
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Now, before I get to Eagles coach Chip Kelly's outright lie about why Philadelphia cut receiver DeSean Jackson, I know why he did it.
Before Jackson's first game against Philadelphia since the Eagles cut him, Kelly was of course asked about why the team cut Jackson this past offseason. The Redskins signed Jackson shortly after he was cut. There were plenty of rumors about why the Eagles let him go, including one explosive story from NJ.com that said the team was worried about Jackson's possible gang activity.
Whatever Kelly's real reason, Jackson was gone after a 1,332-yard, nine-touchdown season. And it serves Kelly no purpose to say the real reason. He doesn't want to make Jackson any more motivated than he already is, not to mention that he doesn't need the union looking into what his reason was.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
For some, the Adrian Peterson controversy comes down to personal feelings about what is acceptable when disciplining your child.
Peterson, the Vikings star running back who was indicted for causing injuries to his 4-year-old son, faced physical punishment when he was growing up, and his mother didn't hide that fact. Peterson's mother Bonita Jackson, speaking to the Houston Chronicleon Wednesday, said her son was "trying hard to be a good parent" and stuck up for Peterson. The Chronicle story said Jackson said she " used her hand, switches and belts to occasionally spank all of her six children in order to correct their behavior ."
"I don't care what anybody says. Most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes," Jackson, who lives in the Houston suburb of Spring, told the Chronicle. "But we were only trying to prepare them for the real world.
"When you whip those you love, it's not about abuse, but love. You want to make them understand that they did wrong."
Before Wednesday, it would have been hard to find many people who knew the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list existed. Now, two of the league's best players are on it.
The Minnesota Vikings used the little-known list to deactivate running back Adrian Peterson while his legal case is resolved, and on Wednesday afternoon the Carolina Panthers did the same with Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy. He was placed on the exempt list and like Peterson, will receive his full salary.
The Panthers played Hardy, who was found guilty by a judge in a domestic violence case in July and has appealed, in Week 1. The franchise has had a complete change of heart since then. They deactivated him just before Sunday's Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions, and now have told him that he won't be playing until his legal situation is settled.
The jury trial is set for Nov. 17. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he expects Hardy to return in November.
To be fair, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman can't know exactly what Adrian Peterson's long-term future with the team is, because the team is waiting for his legal case to be resolved. He doesn't know what that resolution will be, and one would assume the result could affect the team's next action.
But the way Spielman did answer the question of whether Peterson will play with the Vikings again is worth noting.
"Our focus right now, today, is to get this right, OK?" Spielman said. "We admitted making a mistake and we want to get this right."
There was no unwavering commitment to bring Peterson back once his case for injuring his 4-year-old son is resolved. Spielman told ESPN last weekend, after Peterson was deactivated for a Week 2 game, that "all options are on the table"for what would happen next. It appears that might be the case again, at least for after this season.
The most interesting moment of the Minnesota Vikings' news conference on Wednesday, when the team's brass repeated the message about "getting it right" in having Adrian Peterson stay away from the team while his child injury case is resolved, came when Kevin Warren, the team's executive vice president of legal affairs, wanted to answer a question that almost slipped by without an answer.
Who made the decision that Peterson wouldn't play for the Vikings until his case is resolved, the player or the team?
The NFLPA said Peterson being put on the exempt/commissioner's permissions list was a "voluntary leave." Vikings general manager Rick Spielman gave a non-answer about it being a collaborative effort to come up with the best solution to the issue.
No, Warren said.
"It’s very important, the question was asked about who started this, it’s very clear that the Minnesota Vikings initiated this process with the National Football League in regards to this current situation," Warren said. "It was the Vikings.Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTMinnesota at New OrleansPreview Game
For most fans, the biggest takeaway from Wednesday's announcement that the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed upon at least parts of a new drug policy is this: Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker will return this week, right in time for the Broncos' showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey also return to work immediately, the NFL and NFLPA announced. Their punishments were adjusted to reflect the new policy.
Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon reportedly will return after 10 games, although the NFL has reinstated only those three players for now.
The revamped drug policy also includes testing for human-growth hormone, which will be fully implemented this season. The other headline is that third-party arbitrators jointly selected and retained by the NFL and NFLPA will hear appeals.
Welker and the others had to wait an extra week after the policy couldn't be worked out in time for Week 2 games.Sun, Sep 211:25 PM PDTDenver at SeattlePreview Game
The NFL Players Association was put in a tough spot with former Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension. It's safe to assume it didn't want to appear to be condoning domestic violence. But there's also good reason to believe that Rice's rights as a union member were violated by commissioner Roger Goodell as he tried to make up for his own mistakes.
The NFLPA officially filed an appeal on behalf of Rice on Tuesday, with a carefully worded statement that made it clear it was protecting the rights of "all NFL players," not necessarily siding with Rice and his actions:
"Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players.
"The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
If you knew nothing about the NFL before Sept. 4, were dropped in and watched the first two weeks and had to determine the best team in the NFL just off that, the answer would be easy.
It's the Cincinnati Bengals. It's not particularly close, either.
In Week 1, the Bengals played very well in a road win against the Ravens. Four days later, the Ravens looked phenomenal against the Steelers. The Falcons couldn't be stopped against the Saints in a Week 1 win. Then Atlanta played Cincinnati, and the Falcons didn't score until deep into the fourth quarter when the game's result was not in doubt anymore. Also, the Bengals won that game without their best player, receiver A.J. Green, who left early with a toe injury.
The Bengals' defense looks like one of the best in the NFL. The offense has a lot of playmakers. They have been dominant in both games. So are they the best team in the NFL?
I'll explain here:Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTTennessee at CincinnatiPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
Anyone who tuned into the Vikings' press conference announcing their decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson, despite his indictment for allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a switch, might have noticed that the Radisson hotel logo appeared on the banner that acted as a backdrop. It was hard to miss, considering it appeared all over the banner behind general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer as they spoke about deciding tolet Peterson's case unfold in the legal system while he plays.
Radisson must not have liked that look too much, because on Monday evening it announced it is suspending its sponsorship of the Vikings.
The Radisson hotel chain announced on its website and Twitter that it is suspending its limited sponsorship with the Vikings. The Radisson brand of hotels is operated by the Carlson Hotel Group, which is headquartered in Minneapolis.
Here is Radisson's statement: