- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Former NFL running back Fred Taylor, who played the majority of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, says NFL doctors failed to reveal to him some major injuries during his career.
Taylor posted on Twitter a string of messages after he visited a doctor recently, saying that tests he underwent showed he suffered injuries that he previously was unaware of.
Visited Chicago last week for full Ortho exam. Took 11 MRIs and 12 X-rays. Got results yesterday. Somehow I played career with fractured->
— Fred Taylor (@FredTaylorMade) August 31, 2016
clavicle, 2 partially torn labrum, one in each shoulder. I'm Appalled! I was never told this as a player. Oversight? Or BS!
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Antonio Brown’s bank account just got a nice little bump.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro receiver has reportedly restructured his contract with the team, moving $4 million of his 2017 salary to 2016. He will now make $10.25 million for this season.
The bulk of that money, nearly $9 million, is a signing bonus that Brown gets up front. The rest is his base salary.
There were no additional years added to his contract, which is still set to expire after 2017. The Steelers have reportedly promised to give Brown a true extension next year.
The 28-year-old Brown, who was a third-round draft pick in 2010, totaled 265 receptions over the last two seasons, the highest two-season catch total in NFL history.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
There are few players who have sniffed death on the front lines and life in the NFL, as Nate Boyer has.
The former Green Beret returned from service to make an unlikely run at making the league — as a long snapper — and got a one-game taste as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks, in a preseason game against the Denver Broncos last year.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 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.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Let me preface this thusly: as a former New England Patriots beat writer for the Providence Journal, I covered Rodney Harrison for two-plus years. I admired him as a player, a passionate, hard-hitting safety who forever carried a chip on his shoulder as a fifth-round pick from a I-AA school, and as a locker room leader valued by teammates. He could be cutting, as he was during his takedown of Freddie Mitchell before Super Bowl XXXIX, and kind, as he was one day when he pulled his Bible from his locker to read me a passage to try and offer comfort on a particularly bad day. Like so many of us, he could be emotional, but also capable of being reasonable.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 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:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
We know the NFL is restrictive with players who are suspended. They can’t be with their team, basically, at all.
But we admit we didn’t quite know just how restrictive it is for a suspended player. Take Tom Brady. You’ve heard of him, right? And deflate-gate — by now you know that whole deal. Well, starting at precisely 4 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 3 (and we would not put it past the NFL having a garrison stationed, like, at Gillette Stadium at that time), Brady has to have everything he needs out of his locker until Monday, Oct. 3.
And don’t even TRY to sneak into a luxury box at University of Phoenix Stadium to catch Jimmy Garoppolo’s first start, Tom. Here’s everything Brady can’t do:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 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.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
If you have any memory of how the Cincinnati Bengals’ season ended, then you might understand why Vontaze Burfict might be hesitant to discuss the Pittsburgh Steelers in great depth.
The Bengals fell completely apart in the final 90 seconds of the home playoff loss to their rivals, and Burfict had a hand in it. After a Bengals fumble, 15-yard penalties by Burfict and Adam Jones put an injured Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the unexpected position of stealing the game.
Plain and simple, it was an incredible meltdown by a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season. Hence Burfict’s frustration, which came out in what he had to say to The MMQB.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
With one hit on Tony Romo, rookie Dak Prescott went from an intriguing preseason story to the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback.
Romo will miss a significant portion of the regular season with a broken bone in his back, so we have to examine Prescott differently. He’s no longer a rookie who can develop behind Romo. He has to play right away.
The good news is Prescott has shown some advanced quarterbacking skills, albeit in preseason games.
One thing that has stood out in Prescott’s preseason film is that he’s comfortable in the pocket, especially against the blitz. Some quarterbacks never master that, so it’s impressive to see it from a rookie.