Shutdown Corner

  • Panthers acquire Browns punter, who dogged it on touchdown return

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago

    The Cleveland Browns traded punter Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers, but this isn’t your everyday punter trade.

    First of all, the timing is fascinating. Not on the Panthers’ end; their expected punter, Mike Scifres, suffered a knee injury against the New England Patriots and had to leave the game. But for the Browns, they could not have enjoyed watching Lee, their former Pro Bowl punter, completely dog it on a 73-yard punt return touchdown by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Adam Humphries.

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  • Bryan Stork fails physical, canceling trade from New England to Washington

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago

    One of the low-key stranger stories of last week has taken another turn.

    In case you’ve forgotten, since it came before Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo: last Wednesday morning, news came that the New England Patriots were releasing center Bryan Stork, who started Super Bowl XLIX for the team as a rookie.

    But once that news was out there, the Washington Redskins reached out to New England, seeing if the two could work out a trade without Stork hitting the waiver wire. And they did, for a conditional seventh-round 2017 draft pick.

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