Frank Schwab

  • Chris Mortensen plans to make limited return to ESPN this season

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    Veteran reporter Chris Mortensen, who has been battling Stage IV throat cancer, said he anticipates making a return to ESPN’s NFL coverage on a limited basis this season.

    Mortensen said in a statement through ESPN that his oncologists told him after chemotherapy and radiation, the cancer has been “virtually reduced to zero detection of the disease.” Mortensen was diagnosed in January.

    Mortensen said he’ll be returning to the network’s NFL coverage on a limited basis with no definitive date for his return. He said in his statement he is still recovering from “significant weight loss, strength, endurance and related health issues.” After his battle this year, any return to television is wonderful news.

    Mortensen’s statement: “I received very encouraging news last week from my oncologist team of doctors at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center that now enables me to completely focus on recovery rather than treatment. The Stage IV throat (oropharyngel) cancer that was diagnosed in early January and treated with intensive chemotherapy and radiation has been virtually reduced to zero detection of the disease through the latest scans and exams.

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  • If you want to see Vikings' first official game at new stadium, pay up

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    The first regular-season game at the Minnesota Vikings’ new U.S. Bank Stadium is a tough ticket.

    The Vikings opened their impressive new stadium last week, but that was just a preseason game. The first official game? That’s an event. The Green Bay Packers are coming to town on Sept. 18. It’s “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. There have been many incredible sporting events in Minnesota history, but this is somewhere on that list of big games.

    “You can’t buy a ticket to the Green Bay game to save your soul,” Sue Arcand of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which owns and operates the stadium, told the USA Today Network in Wisconsin.

    That’s a little bit of an overstatement. You can spend about $250 to get in, and you can keep your soul. But that doesn’t mean it’s cheap.

    Heck, for that you can buy a pretty nice television for you living room and watch it on the couch. And you can watch the rest of the Vikings season on that TV too.

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  • NFL clears James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    The NFL cleared Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews, and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who were accused in an Al Jazeera America hidden camera report of performance-enhancing drug use.

    That the players were cleared isn’t a surprise. There was no other evidence and no failed drug tests. The league said it found “no credible evidence” that the players “were provided with or used substances prohibited under the NFL-NFLPA Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances.”

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    On Instagram, Harrisonposted a picture of 16 different Internet headlines from the story that the NFL cleared him, with this message:

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  • Shaun Hill takes over for Vikings, who don't have many good options

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    To everyone speculating on the possible acquisitions for the Minnesota Vikings to replace Teddy Bridgewater: Good luck finding a good, available quarterback on Aug. 30.

    Bridgewater is out, probably for the season, with a significant knee injury suffered in practice. That’s a terrible blow for a team that is coming off an NFC North championship and had high hopes this year.

    Shaun Hill is next in line at quarterback, which prompted people to name every possible quarterback who might actually become the starter instead of Hill. That’s not realistic. Any quarterback available in late August is not saving your season.

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  • Teddy Bridgewater suffers dislocated knee, torn ACL in practice

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Minnesota Vikings held quarterback Teddy Bridgewater out of their second preseason game, in part to avoid any injury exposure. But they couldn’t keep him from suffering a significant and presumably season-ending knee injury in practice on Tuesday.

    The Vikings sent out an update a little after 7 p.m. Central time, saying Bridgewater dislocated knee and a torn ACL “and other structural damage,” though he suffered no nerve or arterial damage. Here’s the update, from Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman:

    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it was a non-contact injury.

    “It was a freaky deal,” Zimmer said.

    The way Zimmer spoke, it was obvious the team was preparing for Bridgewater’s injury to keep him out the entire season. Zimmer said he had spoken to Bridgewater’s mother “a couple times,” and also called coach Bill Parcells for advice. Zimmer said he and general manager Rick Spielman had already discussed the possibly acquiring a veteran quarterback. He spoke many times about how the team will overcome the injury, and mentioned examples of teams in the past who have lost their quarterback for the season.

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  • Drew Brees, Jerry Rice join in criticism of Colin Kaepernick's protest

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Colin Kaepernick started his national anthem protest as a way to draw attention to social injustice. It has just become a nation-wide analysis of his method of protest, which is unfortunate.

    Other players have chimed in, some with support and others with criticism. Kaepernick’s former college coachgave his opinion. Even the White House had something to say.

    Rice offered his opinion on Twitter:

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  • Eagles rookie pressured by agent to change stance on national anthem protest

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is under a lot of scrutiny and pressure after sitting for the national anthem as part of a political statement. He has said he understands the possible ramifications. He has played long enough to be secure financially if this ends up negatively impacting his career.

    Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres might share Kaepernick’s feelings on how black people are treated in the United States, and he said he wanted to join in the protest, but his agent talked him out of sitting down like Kaepernick.

    Tavarres, who was undrafted out of Incarnate Word but most Eagles writers have said has a shot at the 53-man roster, initially said on Monday he’d join the protest and sit during the national anthem. He said he thought about doing it last week.

    Then his agent told him that wasn’t a good idea. Tavarres’ agent Corey Williams put out a statement saying Tavarres would be standing for the national anthem. When ESPN asked Williams if he advised Tavarres to change his mind, Williams said, “Yes, I did.”

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  • Standoff over: Chargers announce they've signed Joey Bosa

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Joey Bosa won’t be re-entering the 2017 draft after all. His holdout didn’t even last through the fourth preseason game.

    The San Diego Chargers announced they’ve signed Bosa, the Ohio State defensive end who was the third pick of this year’s draft, to a four-year contract. That came a week after the holdout included some public angst from both sides, and it looked like Bosa and the team were further apart than ever.

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    The public battle over the contract is done. Bosa is now officially a Charger. Finally.

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  • Cliff Avril responds to backlash over hit that injured Tony Romo

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    You’ve seen the replay by now, especially since we learned Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a fractured vertebrae in his back and will likely miss a significant portion of the season.

    Romo was sliding down when he was hit by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril from behind, and then Romo writhed around in pain. Cowboys fans noticed and they have let Avril know they didn’t like the hit.

    “I’m definitely surprised,” Avril said,according to the Tacoma News Tribune. “The Cowboys fans have been sending a lot of hate mail — well, not ‘hate mail’ — but a lot of crazy tweets. But I don’t pay too much attention to it.”

    Avril has maintained his innocence. He says he wasn’t trying to hurt Romo, and after Thursday’s game he tweeted this:

    Look I'm not in the business of hurting anybody… Definitely didn't know @TonyRomo was hurt… So all u guys on my timeline can fall back!!

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  • Brock Osweiler finally has promising preseason performance

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Preseason doesn’t matter, as we all know. But when a quarterback earns $18 million a season, his team wants him to look like an upgrade at the position, even in games that don’t count. It does not want him to look like Brock Osweiler did for the first half of the Houston Texans’ preseason.

    After a poor debut and a so-so second game, Osweiler finally looked comfortable as a Texan in preseason game No. 3.

    Osweiler, against a good Arizona Cardinals defense, completed 11 of 13 passes for 146 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions on Sunday. He had a couple of nice deep completions to first-round pick Will Fuller, who also impressed on Sunday. The second of the deep passes to Fuller was a 26-yard touchdown. This is the Osweiler the Texans thought they were getting.

    Osweiler probably won’t play in the fourth preseason game, because starters usually sit out the exhibition finale. At least Osweiler did something positive before his preseason was done. That will lessen the pressure on him for Week 1 … a little bit anyway.

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