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  • Ex-Jaguars RB Fred Taylor says NFL doctors hid injuries from him

    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.

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    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!

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  • Steelers restructure Antonio Brown's contract, giving him more money in 2016

    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.

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  • Veterans, including former Green Beret NFLer, show support for Kaepernick

    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.

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  • Rodney Harrison apologizes for comments on Kaepernick but still leaves troubling questions

    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.

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  • What can Tom Brady do during suspension? Not much with Patriots, it turns out

    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.

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    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:

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  • Bengals' Vontaze Burfict has no f-bombs to give for Steelers

    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.

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