Frank Schwab

  • Dez Bryant fined after showing up too late for meetings and MRI

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago

    Everyone wanted to know the status of Dez Bryant’s knee early this week. The Dallas Cowboys wanted to know too.

    So you can understand the Cowboys’ angst when their star receiver didn’t show for an MRI on Tuesday. He missed team meetings too after showing up late to the Cowboys’ facilities. So the team fined him, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.

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    The amount of the fine wasn’t disclosed, the Dallas Morning News said.

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  • 'The season is not over!' Jim Mora, 81, gives us a new rant

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    Jim Mora getting mad this week wasn’t on the level of his famous “PLAYOFFS?!?” or “diddly poo” rant, or even his underrated “You may think you know” lecture.

    But cut the guy a break, he’s 81 years old. And he still gets excited when he’s upset.

    The former Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints coach was asked on a postgame show in New Orleans after the Saints lost Monday night to fall to 0-3 if the season was over. On one hand, it’s not totally unfair: No team has started 0-3 and made the playoffs since 1998. Only three teams have rebounded from 0-3 to make the playoffs in the current 12-team format, adopted in 1990.

    On the other hand … take it away, Jim.

    One final ICYMI VIDEO 81 years old and still as fiery as ever! I love Jim Mora.#13Games@wdsu pic.twitter.com/foHN5EUL9k

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  • Last chance? Seahawks sign running back C.J. Spiller

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    C.J. Spiller was a disappointment with the Buffalo Bills, considering he was drafted ninth overall in 2010.

    He was definitely a disappointment with the New Orleans Saints, who dropped big money on Spiller in free agency and cut him a year later.

    Spiller is being given another shot with the Seattle Seahawks, and it seems like it could be his last chance to shine. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoportreported the signing.

    Spiller wasn’t signed in the two weeks since the Saints cut him, so there wasn’t a lot of interest in him as a free agent. But the Seahawks had a need, given Thomas Rawls’ injury. He’ll be out a few more weeks. Rookie back C.J. Prosise has battled injuries as well. Seattle needed some depth.

    Spiller has physical talent and has shown it, at times. He had a 1,244-yard season in 2012, with a 6-yard average per carry. Still, it’s not often a 29-year-old back revives his career, and it has been a few years since Spiller was a factor.

    It’s an interesting acquisition, however. Seattle could use a running back to help out. Spiller could use a kick-start to his career, too.

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  • Antonio Brown says refs warned him to take off custom cleats or be sidelined

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    The NFL will always take its uniform code way too seriously, and that won’t change.

    It’s not just the hefty fines. Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown said officials last Sunday told him if he came out for the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles with his blue cleats, which had the faces of his four children on them, they would not let him play.

    DKPittsburghSports.com first reportedthat officials told Brown to stay in the locker room if he didn’t change his cleats. Brown confirmed that story on his WDVE radio show, via ESPN. Brown complied, and wore league-approved cleats for the second half.

    Here are the custom blue cleats, which are pretty cool:

    The four reasons I lace them up everyday #callgod #boomin pic.twitter.com/63BAysNCjE

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  • What's Peyton Manning up to? Tobogganing down the Great Wall of China

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    Don’t bother calling Peyton Manning if you’re an NFL team that has injuries at quarterback and is desperate. He’s busy.

    No, he’s not really spending his Sundays at the grocery store or inviting brother Eli over to have nachos. Manning, who retired after winning a Super Bowl last season with the Denver Broncos, is in China and rode the Great Wall of China in a toboggan.

    Yep.

    Peyton Manning tobogganing down the Great Wall of China? YES!

    Add "NFL" on @Snapchat for more of Peyton's trip to China. pic.twitter.com/jMiiuCvACv

    — NFL (@NFL) September 28, 2016

    I guess this is what NFL legends do after they retire. Next, he’ll ski down the Great Pyramid of Giza in the latest episode of “A Quarterback Abroad.”

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    Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

     

  • Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in his knee, but could still play

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    Playing through a fracture in your knee doesn’t sound enjoyable, but Dez Bryant might try to do it.

    Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett revealed Wednesday that Bryant has a hairline fracture in his injured knee, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. While that sounds like a bad injury, Garrett didn’t seem too concerned. According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Garrett said it’s a “slight” fracture in one of the bones. Garrett said Bryant is day-to-day, or week-to-week, and hasn’t ruled out playing on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

    Bryant went down awkwardly against the Chicago Bears, though he came back to the game and there had been no news from the Cowboys’ tests on his knee this week. It seemed like maybe Bryant had escaped a major injury, but that wasn’t the case.

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  • After another back injury, will we ever see dominant J.J. Watt again?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    Over the past four seasons, J.J. Watt was building a case as the greatest defensive player ever.

    After a solid rookie season, Watt exploded. The Houston Texans defensive end had 69 sacks over the past four seasons. He won three NFL defensive player of the year awards. Nobody can match that four-year run. Not Reggie. Not Deacon. Not Butkus. Not L.T. And when Watt was given his third defensive player of the year award last February, he was only 26 years old. Another four or five years at that level, and the greatest ever argument would have probably been over.

    Maybe 2016, and the back injury that sent him to injured reserve after three games, is just a small bump in the road for Watt. Maybe his story is more Joe Montana — who had many good years left after doctors suggested retirement following back surgery in 1986 — than Terrell Davis, whose rightful place in NFL history was lost after knee injuries cut his career short.

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  • NFL Power Rankings: How high can the Philadelphia Eagles fly?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Through three games, the Philadelphia Eagles have a legitimate claim as the best team in the NFL.

    If you thought the Eagles’ 2-0 start was a product of playing two bad opponents, and that Carson Wentz would be exposed against a real opponent, Week 3 was startling. The Eagles destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-3. It was never competitive. Wentz was great. And as I said on Sunday, if the Steelers were considered Super Bowl contenders before that game, what does that make the Eagles?

    The Eagles are blasting through the rest of the NFL through three weeks, and it’s tough to chalk it up to beating bad teams after watching them dominate the Steelers.

    Here are the power rankings after Week 3 in the NFL:

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  • Saints offer little resistance to Falcons on Monday night, fall to 0-3

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Maybe it’s better for the New Orleans Saints’ defense that it was the rare night in which most televisions were tuned into something other than “Monday Night Football.”

    As Hillary Clinton was talking about Iran and Donald Trump was trying to interrupt her again, the Saints’ defense was letting Tevin Coleman run over left tackle for a touchdown without a defender anywhere near him. Jon Gruden called that play “embarrassing” on ESPN. Drew Brees and the Saints offense scored 32 points and they never had a chance. The Saints lost 45-32.

    Injuries or not, this wasn’t pretty.

    The Falcons rarely slowed down on their way to the end zone. Atlanta put up 442 yards. Devonta Freeman had 152 yards rushing. Coleman had three touchdowns, including his walk-in score. Matt Ryan was efficient.

    The Saints had a lot of players sidelined with injury. They’ll help some when they come back. But they’re probably not going to turn around the season. They are 0-3 and this looks like a repeat of 2015, as a terrible defense wastes another season of Brees’ amazing career.

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  • Saints-Falcons don't do anthem protest, hold hands instead

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    NFL players are joining Colin Kaepernick’s protest in different ways, and they’re all allowed to express their feelings however they wish. That’s how we ended up with Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem, after all.

    But the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons had an unusual method of joining the protest, which has spread not just around the NFL but to other levels of football too.

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    After the anthem the Saints and Falcons came to the middle of the field, got in a circle and held hands.

    With a message of togetherness, the Falcons and Saints lock arms and put the rivalry aside for a moment before #MNF. #Together #ATLvsNO pic.twitter.com/kK6F0ULycJ

     

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