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  • Rolando McClain no-show to Cowboys' camp, team offers no details

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago

    Well, Dallas Cowboys training camp isn’t off to an auspicious start.

    Perpetually troubled linebacker Rolando McClain did not show for the team charter from Dallas to Oxnard, Calif., where the team holds training camp, on Thursday, and had not showed as of Friday afternoon.

    The team placed both McClain and Randy Gregory on the reserve/did not report list, opening up two roster spots.

    Where the Cowboys knew that Gregory wouldn’t be showing – news came Monday that he was checking into a treatment facility for an unspecified problem – it appears McClain being M.I.A. is a surprise.

    And the notoriously chatty Dallas braintrust didn’t offer details on Friday afternoon.

    Asked multiple questions about McClain’s whereabouts during a “state of the Cowboys” news conference, neither team owner Jerry Jones nor chief operating officer Stephen Jones shed much light on the situation:

    "He's not here and we'll move on," Stephen Jones says of Rolando McClain.

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  • Watch Broncos' Jordan Taylor make Odell Beckham-esque catch (Video)

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago

    Training-camp heroes can come and go, but when players make highlights of this caliber it makes you think they might have a chance to stick.

    Check out the insane grab by Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor on Friday on a pass from Mark Sanchez in the video above. Admit it: That’s about as close to the original Odell Beckham Jr. catch as one can get. The fact that Taylor opened up his body to the inside down the right sideline and then catch the darned thing with his inside (right) hand is pretty wild.

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    Of course, Beckham also had to have his own crazy play a few times zones east of there. After all, he’s the originator — perhaps he heard the buzz on the kid in Denver. Watch Beckham’s effort, also from Friday:

    Meanwhile, at @nygiants camp… @iam_objxiii ???? #NFLTrainingCamp

    A video posted by @nfl on Jul 29, 2016 at 1:05pm PDT

    Brilliant stuff. From both guys.

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  • NFL conditionally reinstates Dolphins' Dion Jordan

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago

    The NFL has decided to conditionally reinstate Miami Dolphins’ pass-rusher Dion Jordan, who was suspended for a year under the league’s substance abuse policy after submitting a diluted test sample.

    According to the announcement from the NFL, Jordan can join the Dolphins at training camp, allowed to participate in “meetings, conditioning work and similar activities.” He must also secure treatment in the Miami area, and after he’s done that he will be able to play in preseason games.

    The NFL will re-evaluate Jordan’s case at the start of the regular season, and after meeting with him will determine whether he’s been complying with the conditions of his reinstatement, he will be allowed to participate in regular-season activities.

    The third overall pick in 2013, Jordan hasn’t played a game since December 2014. He received his suspension, which lasted 15 months, after another violation of the drug policy. Before his diluted sample, which counts as a failed test, Jordan was suspended for the first six games of 2014 for testing positive for marijuana and MDMA (ecstasy).

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  • 2016 NFL Preview: If Chiefs want to make a run, now is the time

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 6, the day before the Hall of Fame Game kicks off the preseason.


    It feels weird to call the Kansas City Chiefs a Super Bowl contender. It also feels weird to not call the Kansas City Chiefs a Super Bowl contender.

    I don’t know of another NFL team whose ceiling and floor are closer. The Chiefs won 11 games in a row last season, including a demolition of the Houston Texans in the playoffs. You can’t do that unless you’re a really good team. But their season ended pretty much how you’d figure, in a mundane loss to the New England Patriots, who were clearly the better team. There’s no denying the Chiefs are good. I’m just not sure they have another gear.

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  • Minnesota Vikings lock up head coach Mike Zimmer for long haul

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    There’s a lot to get excited about with the Minnesota Vikings’ future — a new stadium and a talented roster.

    Another big reason for optimism, head coach Mike Zimmer, isn’t going anywhere for a long time. The Vikings announced that they signed Zimmer to a contract extension prior to his third year on the job. The news came as a surprise as the Vikings reported to training camp. Terms of the contract are not yet known.

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    “We expect Mike to be here a long, long time,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said.

    The long-time NFL assistant lost five of his first seven games as head coach but rallied with a strong finish in 2014 and led the Vikings to an 11-5 mark last season and a division title. His 18-14 mark is the franchise’s best after two season behind only the late Dennis Green.

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  • Warren Sapp bitten by a shark (True story)

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    If you believe in karma, this story is for you.

    Retired defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who last year was charged with three counts of domestic violence after heallegedly bit the finger of and stepped on the face of his then-girlfriend, got some comeuppance on Wednesday thanks to a hungry shark.

    Via Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman, Sapp was on a charter, diving for lobster off the Florida Keys, when he and a shark went after the same lobster. Sapp got the lobster, but the shark got a piece of Sapp (the lobster was probably a tastier bite, if we’re being honest).

    Sapp told Auman what happened:

    “I was sticking my hand in a hole and a monster locked on me,” Sapp said. “You’ve got to be careful sticking your hand in some holes down here.

    “It went past the white meat, up to the gristle.”

    Sapp said the boat crew wrapped his arm in duct tape and they finished the expedition.

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