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  • New details emerge in Joe McKnight shooting and release of shooter

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 52 mins ago

    After hearing criticisms of his office for releasing the man who admittedto shooting former NFL running back Joe McKnight, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand held a press conference to reveal some details of the case, including that the man who shot McKnight was in his car when he fired all three shots.

    McKnight was shot and killed on Thursday afternoon in New Orleans. Authorities said that Ronald Gasser, 54, shot McKnight. Gasser was released overnight, and a JPSO spokesman told the Baton Rouge Advocate he wasn’t charged “as of yet.” Gasser reportedly stayed at the scene and gave his gun to police when they arrived. A report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, said a witness “saw a man at the intersection yelling at McKnight, who was trying to apologize.” The witness also told the Times-Picayune that Gasser stood over McKnight and shot him.

    Normand said that wasn’t true. He specifically discounted three things he said he has seen reported.

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  • Johnny Manziel’s assault case dropped if he undergoes anger management, rehab

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    Johnny Manziel’s domestic violence case has been conditionally dropped, but he still has to meet a few requirements.

    WFAA in Dallas reported that Manziel must complete an anger management course, attend a domestic violence victim impact panel, and take part in the NFL’s policy and program for substance abuse or a rehabilitation program. If he fulfills those requirements the assault case against him will be dropped.

    Manziel was accused of hitting ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley and dragging her into a car against her will. He faced misdemeanor charges but prosecutors agreed to drop the charges if he meets those requirements.

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  • Trevor Siemian misses another practice, Paxton Lynch reportedly will start

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    Trevor Siemian had one of his better games on a national stage last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he won’t have a chance to build on that momentum this week.

    Siemian missed his third straight practice on Friday and according to Mike Klis of 9News in Denver, he’ll be out against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. First-round pick Paxton Lynch will make his second career start.

    Siemian suffered a foot injury last Sunday, near the end of an impressive performance. Siemian had 368 yards and three touchdowns.

    Right when Siemian was getting hot, it appears the Broncos have to go to Lynch for at least one week. Lynch started one other game this season, a loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons. Lynch has played in two games, and has completed 37-of-59 passes for 393 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Broncos liked him enough in the draft to trade up and get him, but he had a slow start to the offseason and Siemian ended up winning the starting job.

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  • Cheers! Von Miller sends thank you note, bottle of wine to every player in AFC West

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    It’s pretty common for quarterbacks to buy gifts for their offensive linemen (or, in the case of Tom Brady, to get Uggs for every New England Patriots teammate), and more and more often we’re seeing opposing players exchange jerseys after a game.

    But Denver Broncos star Von Miller decided to honor his opponents in a unique way.

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    Via Denver Post Broncos writer Nicki Jhabvala, Miller sent a custom bottle of wine and thank you note to every player in the AFC West. Even the ones on practice squads and injured reserve. For the record, that’s close to 300 bottles.

    The thank you note read:

    Thank you for helping to make our game great!

    -Von Miller

  • Earl Thomas watched last week's Seahawks game incognito at Buffalo Wild Wings

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    If you were in a Portland-area Buffalo Wild Wings last Sunday afternoon, you probably noticed a man in sunglasses and a hoodie who seemed a little too into the Seattle Seahawks’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    It was All-Pro safety Earl Thomas.

    Thomas missed the first game of his career last week because of a hamstring injury and didn’t travel with the team. To take his mind off it he went with his family to Portland according to Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. He took in a couple Trail Blazers games. But of course he was going to watch his teammates play in Tampa Bay.

    He said he took in the game at Buffalo Wild Wings with his hoodie up and sunglasses on, trying to not draw any attention. Thomas is one of the most intense players in the NFL, so it’s easy to imagine him blowing his cover as the Seahawks suffered a 14-5 loss.

    “It was definitely hard,” Thomas said, according to the News Tribune.

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  • NFL against the spread picks: Chiefs-Falcons is a huge game for both teams

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    This week might not be the best for compelling matchups, but there will be a good one in Atlanta.

    The Atlanta Falcons are one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South. The Kansas City Chiefs’ dramatic overtime win over the Denver Broncos puts them one game behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. Even though this is one of those odd non-conference games between two teams with little history against each other, it has enormous ramifications for both.

    It’s also strength vs. strength. The Falcons have had a great year on offense, as one of three NFL teams averaging more than 400 yards per game. The Chiefs defense was pretty good even before getting Justin Houston back, and Houston announced he was all the way back last week with three sacks at Denver.


    Broncos (-4) over Jaguars: I’m not traveling down this road with the Jaguars again. I know the line is moving toward the Jaguars. I know Trevor Siemian is banged up. But I don’t want to pick the Jaguars, look up on Sunday and realize I’m riding with Blake Bortles against Denver’s defense. (Broncos are -5 in Yahoo Pro Football Pick’em.)

    And here are the other Week 13 picks:

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  • NFL players can wear custom cleats to promote causes important to them this week

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    As has been chronicled thoroughly, the NFL’s obsession with legislating every single thing players can and cannot do includes the color and design of the shoes they wear on game days. Stray, and they’ll be fined.

    But for once, the league has relented. For all Week 13 games, players can wear custom-designed cleats to highlight a cause that’s important to them. If you search #MyCauseMyCleats on Twitter and Instagram you can see dozens of examples, and here are just a few:

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  • Jason Witten's receptions streak ends at 130 games after catch wiped out

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    Lost a bit in the postgame shuffle of the Dallas Cowboys beating the Minnesota Vikings and running their record to 11-1 was the fact that for the first time in 130 games, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten did not catch a pass.

    Actually, Witten did — but it didn’t count. With just under 12 minutes remaining, Dak Prescott hit Witten for an 11-yard catch on 3rd and 8 for what would have been a big conversion as the Cowboys tried to close out the game, but the play was called back on a clear hold by Ezekiel Elliott. Dang rookies! Witten would not see an official target for the entire game as Prescott attempted a mere 18 passes.

    Witten played all 52 snaps on offense, plus four more on special teams, including corralling the Vikings’ final-gasp onsides kick attempt to seal the victory. Call it a catch if you want to, it just won’t change the record books.

    “Those records really don’t mean anything,” Witten said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I still have a lot of confidence in my ability and feel I can play at a high level. A big part of that is making catches.

  • Man who police say killed Joe McKnight released without being charged

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    The NFL world was shocked to hear news Thursday that former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed in New Orleans.

    There was more shock on Friday with news that the man authorities say shot McKnight was released without being charged.

    TheNew Orleans Times-Picayune and Baton Rouge Advocate said Ronald Gasser, 54, who authorities say shot McKnight, was released overnight without being charged “as of yet,” a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

    “Gasser was released overnight and has not been charged as of yet. The matter remains under investigation,” Col. John Fortunato of the JPSO told the Advocate.

    Normand cautioned to not rush to judgment. He wouldn’t share details because “there are still witnesses that are out there.”

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  • A couple of controversial calls go Dallas' way, and the Cowboys escape with a win

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    The Dallas Cowboys marked another thing off their championship contender checklist.

    Even when their offense was shut down, and Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant all had relatively quiet nights, the Cowboys still won a tough road game. The Cowboys beat the Vikings 17-15 in a defensive battle, improving to 11-1 this season.

    The Cowboys had a couple of controversial calls go in their favor, including on a potential game-tying two-point conversion at the end.

    The Vikings scored with 25 seconds left on a Jerick McKinnon touchdown catch, but they needed a two-point conversion to tie it. Sam Bradford had his arm and his face mask hit by Cedric Thornton on the pass attempt, but no penalty was called on Thornton for hitting Bradford in the head. The pass was incomplete, the Cowboys recovered the onside kick and escaped with a win.

    It was a soul-crushing loss for the Vikings, who desperately needed a win. A 5-0 start for the Vikings has now turned into a 6-6 record.

    The Cowboys keep rolling though. Not every game is going to be easy, and this one was as tough as it gets.

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