Frank Schwab

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

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs 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 9 hrs 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 12 hrs 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 2 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 2 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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  • Check out the Minnesota Vikings' fabulous new stadium

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    One of the most impressive things about the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium was how it looked on television. It looked, for the most part, like the Vikings and San Diego Chargers were playing outdoors.

    That’s not easy to pull off in an enclosed stadium. New U.S. Bank Stadium’s roof isn’t retractable, but 60 percent of it is transparent. That let the sun shine in during the new building’s first ever NFL exhibition game on Sunday. It was bright, and it looked wonderful.

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    The Vikings’ new stadium, which cost about $1.1 billion, is expected to be one of the best in the NFL. Here are some pictures of its Vikings debut on Sunday:

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  • Colin Kaepernick says he'll continue to sit during national anthem

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick understood his national anthem protest would draw some attention and criticism. So even after Kaepernick became the hot-button story in the sports world over the weekend, he said he’s not going back on what he thinks is right.

    Kaepernick will continue to sit during the national anthem, he told 49ers reporters on Sunday.

    #49ers Colin Kaepernick: "I'll continue to sit." pic.twitter.com/L1k0WcJVn8

    — Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) August 28, 2016

    Chris Biderman, who covers the team for The Niners Wire, a part of the USA Today network, reported that Kaepernick addressed the team.While not all of his teammates agree with him sitting during the national anthem, they support his right to do so.

    “The support I’ve gotten from my teammates has been great,” Kaepernick said, via Biderman.

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  • Josh Brown situation gets worse for Giants, NFL

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The NFL and/or the New York Giants aren’t very good at public records requests, it seems.

    The league said it gave Giants kicker Josh Brown a one-game suspension for a misdemeanor domestic violence arrest, and not a standard six-game suspension (which the new domestic violence policy said Brown should have gotten) because Brown’s then-wife didn’t speak to the league and during a 10-month investigation, “we also made numerous requests — as late as this spring — to local law enforcement officers for information on the case and previous allegations.”

    And apparently in those 10 months they couldn’t find that Brown had violated a protective order two months after his arrest.

    “He drove by the house and I looked in the rearview mirror,” his wife wrote in her statement to police, according to USA Today. “Josh knows about the order and cannot come within 500 feet form the house. I have no idea why Josh would come by my the house.”

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