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  • Paternity test shows La'el Collins was not the father of Brittney Mills' child

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    According to a report, a paternity test showed that LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins was not the father of Brittney Mills' child. Mills was shot and killed on April 24, and Collins was questioned by investigators in Baton Rouge. Collins also passed a polygraph test.

    ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that news, via Collins' representatives. NFL Network's Albert Breer,citing Baton Rouge Police Department, confirmed the results of the paternity test. 

    Collins not being the father doesn't necessarily clear him of any wrongdoing, and the accuracy of polygraph tests have been debated for a while. The polygraph test was administered by an independent investigator in Mills' case, Anderson reported. But Collins, who has never been named a suspect in the case, continues to try to clear his name, which would mean NFL suitors would start officially lining up to sign the offensive tackle who was once considered a first-round lock.

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  • The 10 hidden highlights from Ted Wells' report on deflate-gate

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    By now you are well aware of the term "more probable than not" and that in the case of deflate-gate, two New England Patriots employees you've never heard of were probably at fault and quarterback Tom Brady knew about it ... more probable than not, of course.

    Investigator Ted Wells' report, which took more than three months to put together, runs 243 pages. Don't have time to read it? That's OK, we did, and we found 10 not-so-obvious items that are worth noting:

    1. Who is John Jastremski? Who is Jim McNally?

    2. McNally's bathroom stop is key to the whole thing

    A lot is made of why McNally stopped in a bathroom on the way to the field and what he did there. Even what was in the bathroom is debated.

    3. The Colts informed the NFL the day before the game about deflate-gate

    4. The officials freaked out when the Patriots' balls went missing before the game

    This one might be the winner:

  • Long-awaited deflate-gate investigation implicates Pats, Tom Brady

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    Ted Wells' investigation into the possibility that the New England Patriots were involved in deflating footballs for the AFC championship game has found that it's more likely than not some of the Patriots were guilty.

    "Based on the evidence developed in connection with the investigation and summarized in this Report, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules," the report, released Wednesday, said.

    With that line on Page 121 of the massive report, it again questions the validity of the Patriots' great dynasty, which included a Super Bowl victory this past February, the fourth for coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

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    Brady was specifically implicated as well.

     

  • Marcus Mariota has already made one big impact on Titans: Relevance

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    When is the last time you really thought or cared about the Tennessee Titans, other than in passing?

    Even if you're a hardcore football nut, the Titans have been boring for a while. The only time you'd choose to watch the Titans is if you're a fan of the team or they have their annual "Thursday Night Football" appearance that everyone dreads. Unless you're in a really big league or have some affinity for Kendall Wright, you haven't owned any of their players on your fantasy team in a while either. They haven't been in a playoff game since the end of the 2008 season.

    Regaining some NFL relevancy wasn't why the Tennessee Titans drafted quarterback Marcus Mariota, but it doesn't hurt either.

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    ICYMI: Here's the latest Sports Illustrated cover featuring Marcus Mariota in Titans two-tone blue. #ProDucks pic.twitter.com/pUqYWfCiQd

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  • LeSean McCoy says Chip Kelly got rid of 'all the black players'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy took his bitterness toward Chip Kelly to a new level.

    The former Philadelphia Eagle has taken a few shots at his former coach Kelly this offseason, but that's nothing too new from a player traded by a team. What does break new ground is McCoy hinting that Kelly is racist.

    How else would you interpret this comment from McCoy to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak?

    "The relationship was never really great," McCoy said about Kelly to Rodak. "I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that's the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That's the truth. There's a reason. ... It's hard to explain with him. But there's a reason he got rid of all the black players -- the good ones -- like that."

    Nevertheless, when a high-profile player like McCoy says it, it won't help Kelly's reputation. That seemed to be the point.

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  • Julian Edelman has funniest Cinco de Mayo tweet, thanks to Bill Belichick

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It's Cinco de Mayo and Julian Edelman and Bill Belichick are ready to party.

    Edelman, the New England Patriots' receiver whose wit and humor make him a great follow on social media, tweeted his message for the May 5 holiday:

    #FiestaTyme #Cincodemayo pic.twitter.com/LwBLS2txGD

    That's hilarious.

    Edelman doesn't have teammate Rob Gronkowski beat on antics and suit choices, but anyone who is willing to crack a joke at Belichick's expense is all right.

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  • In 2011, Houston Texans fans did NOT like the J.J. Watt pick

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Houston Texans landed the best player in the NFL with the 11th pick of the draft four years ago, and most of their fans absolutely hated it.

    Instant draft reaction might be the most inexact science (hey, have you read Shutdown Corner's draft grades yet?) but it also might be the funniest thing to look back on with hindsight. The Texans' Facebook postwhen the team drafted Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt has been making a comeback on social media four years after the fact (h/t to @NYJUpdates on Twitter) and knowing what we know now, the comments are hilarious.

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    " Uh Prince Amakamara?"

    " really?? wtf we need a strong safety's and DB's!!! why not Prince?!?!?!"

     

  • Undrafted La'el Collins still not a suspect in shooting after police meeting

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    After meeting with Baton Rouge police on Monday, La'el Collins is still not considered a suspect in the shooting of Brittney Mills, his former girlfriend.

    It's also after the NFL draft has come and gone, but teams are still interested to see how the case plays out. Collins, a former LSU offensive tackle, met with homicide detectives for more than an hour on Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said. BRPD spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola told the Times-Picayune that Collins is still not considered a suspect.

    Mills was pregnant when she was shot and killed on April 24. Authorities wanted to question Collins. He left the draft in Chicago to go back to Louisiana. And as all of this was unfolding, Collins went from a near first-round lock to entirely undrafted.

    Collins' attorney Jim Boren said Collins answered every question. Boren was asked if he thought Collins would be cleared of the charges, according to the Times-Picayune.

    "Only the police can answer that question," Boren said, according to the paper. "In my mind he's been cleared from the very beginning."

  • Who will win this year's 'Madden' cover? Odds on each semifinalist

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The contest to be hopelessly cursed by being on the cover of "Madden" is down to four unlucky souls.

    The "Madden" cover curse didn't seem to affect last year's winner, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. He had a fine season and the Seahawks went back to the Super Bowl. But we can't ignore more than a decade of torturous tradition, from Daunte Culpepper to Peyton Hillis, when it comes to the "Madden" curse. The video game's cover boy has generally had something really bad happen after he appears on the cover.

    With that in mind, here are the four semifinalists for the "Madden NFL 16" cover with our entirely made-up and meaningless odds with them:

    Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (10-to-1)

    I like Peterson, he's a popular and good player, but he doesn't have the star power of the others. And the Cardinals' fan base won't overpower the voting like ...

    Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (6-to-1)

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (2-to-1)

    But our money is on another big favorite ...

    New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (even odds)

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  • A few teams don't pick up fifth-year options on 2012 first-round picks

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    NFL teams now have to declare which first-round picks they think look like busts after three seasons.

    Right after welcoming in a new draft class last week, NFL teams have a deadline for picking up or passing on the fifth-year option for first-round picks from the 2012 class. If a first-round pick has played well, it's automatic. Teams err on the side of caution. The Washington Redskins picked up quarterback Robert Griffin III's fifth-year option for $16.1 million coming off two disappointing seasons. Matt Kalil, who is looking like a possible disappointment as a left tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, had his option picked up too.

    So if you don't get a fifth-year option picked up, it's a sign things are not going well.

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