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  • Bills say if Patriots run through their pregame drills again there will be another fight

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    The first time the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills played each other this year, the most memorable highlight might have been a pregame skirmish.

    The Bills are promising more fireworks if the Patriots don’t show more respect for their pregame warmups.

    Football doesn’t have a ton of unwritten rules, but one is that you don’t run through the other team’s warmup drills before the game. Patriots rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett and rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell ran too close to the Bills’ drills, safety Robert Blanton shoved Mitchell, and then Bills defensive backs Nickell Robey-Coleman and safety Aaron Williams joined in. Blanton, Robey-Coleman and Williams were fined.

    The Bills say that if the Patriots do the same thing before Sunday’s game, they’re ready.

    Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore agreed with Robey-Coleman, that if the Patriots do something similar the Bills would retaliate.

    “Of course,” Gilmore told New York Upstate. “You’re not going to let anybody push you around, you know what I’m saying? But we have to play smart.”

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  • Jaguars owner holds meeting with team and asks what the problem is

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan isn’t pleased, and it’s understandable.

    Khan handed out a lot of money in free agency this offseason. Between that, a draft class that was widely praised and a host of young players who were expected to break out, the Jaguars were a buzzy team this offseason.

    And yet here they are, 2-4 and in last place of a bad AFC South. The Jaguars have lost at least 10 games in five straight seasons, and six in a row seems to be a good possibility.

    So Khan met with his team on Monday and basically asked what the problem was. The Associated Press reported on the meeting, saying Khan’s message was “why are we not winning and what can we do to fix it?” This led to players and coaches exchanging ideas, the AP said.

    Khan has invested a lot in this team and has little to show for it so far, in terms of on-field success. When he met with the team on Monday, it should have put everyone there on notice.

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  • Russell Wilson has a radical idea for breaking ties after OT

    Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    Daddy-to-be Russell Wilson wasn’t thrilled to walk off the field after Sunday’s strange 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals. The quarterback thought he and his Seattle Seahawks teammates had played too long for the game to end with no real outcome.

    So after the game, Wilson offered his own solution for games that remain tied after the 15-minute sudden death overtime. And it involves one field goal attempt with the entire game on the line.

    “Let’s say we’re the away team. We win the coin toss, we get the ball on the 35-yard line going in. You kick one field goal,” Wilson told reporters in Arizona. “You can’t do anything else but a field goal. You make the field goal, the game’s over. If you miss the field goal, the game’s over and the other team wins.”

    Only 21, in fact.

    Personally, I like two ideas for overtime:

  • Greg Cosell's Week 7 Review: The Colts' adjustments, and Andrew Luck's execution

    Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    The Indianapolis Colts had some offensive obstacles to overcome last week.

    Their offensive line had to be reshuffled because starting guard Jack Mewhort was inactive. The Colts had to rethink their personnel groupings because receivers Phillip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief were out.

    The Colts still had quarterback Andrew Luck, and he was excellent. He got some help too.

    On the offensive line, the Colts played pretty well. They often featured six- and seven-man protection concepts to keep Luck protected. Luck was rarely under pressure, which was huge for their offensive success. The Colts use more “12” personnel (one back, two tight ends) than any other team in the league, and we saw a lot of that and even nine snaps of “13” personnel with three tight ends. Luck was 11-of-15 for 163 yards out of multiple tight end sets.

    It was a good example of a coaching staff adjusting to the personnel on hand and making it work.

    And it’s important to note how well Luck is protected against the blitz here. He has a clean pocket to throw this pass. If Luck gets that kind of protection, he’s tough to beat.

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  • Tom Brady's mother actually believes her son is really fast

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 13 hrs ago

    Moms just see their kids differently, right? Perfect, without flaws and better than the other kids. That’s the way it should be.

    It’s the same with Tom Brady and his mother. Mrs. Brady loves her son dearly, we’re certain, and the New England Patriots quarterback confirmed that on Wednesday when asked about a key scramble against the Pittsburgh Steelers — with the auspice of knowing, well, the dude is as slow as a sloth.

    “Don’t tell my mom that,” Brady said. “She would totally disagree with that. She thinks I’m very fast. She’ll say, ‘I think you’re the fastest person on the field.’ I say, ‘Mom, you’re crazy. There’s no way.’ That’s moms.”

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    Adorable. My mom thought I was a good artist when I was in grade school. I drew pencil sketches of 1980s baseball players — Dale Murphy, Marty Barrett, Tim Wallach, e.g. — and she would hang them throughout the house. Looking back at my “talent,” it was stunning she risked the real-estate appreciation of the house so greatly.

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  • Broncos RB C.J. Anderson to miss some time with a knee injury

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    The Denver Broncos’ offensive plan on Monday night against the Houston Texans was to have C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker split time and pound the opposing defense on the ground.

    There’s some concern about half of that running back tandem, as Anderson was seeking a second opinion on a knee injury according to 9News’ Mike Klis.

    The severity of the injury is unknown. Klis wrote that there is hope the injury is minor, although he said “it’s also possible he could miss an extended period.”

    (UPDATE:’s Mike Garafolo reports Anderson has a bone bruise and is out at least a few weeks as a result.)

    Booker, a rookie, has shown he can be an effective back. But Anderson’s injury significantly cuts down on Denver’s depth. Anderson has 110 carries for 437 yards this season. Even if Booker can replace him as a starter, the Broncos clearly want two backs to carry the load.

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  • Tony Romo getting closer as he throws passes in Cowboys practice

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    The Dallas Cowboys, in some ways, have caught a break. They haven’t had to decide on Tony Romo or Dak Prescott as their quarterback because Romo isn’t healthy enough to play.

    But he’s getting closer.

    Romo was back on the field Wednesday throwing passes for the first time since his back injury during individual drills (to former Cowboys receiver Miles Austin … didn’t see that one coming), according to multiple reporters at practice.

    It's happening soon. Romo is on field with teammates

    — Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) October 26, 2016

    Dak Prescott watching Tony Romo throw during individual drills

    — Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 26, 2016

    Romo wasn’t dressed out for practice like everyone else, so this has to be considered a very small first step in him getting back on the field in a more official capacity. But it is a step.

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  • NFL says Jarvis Landry's dangerous hit on Bills safety didn't warrant ejection

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    One play that slipped between the cracks a bit from Week 7 was the hit from Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry to the head of Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams, which put him in the hospital.

    Hard to believe such a play wouldn’t get more attention in this era of safety-conscious football, but we were curious to hear what the league’s explanation would be on the play after the fact. Now we have it. Landry was assessed a 15-yard penalty, but was not kicked out of the game. Bills head coach Rex Ryan thought the hit was dirty enough to warrant Landry being automatically ejected.

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    Here’s what NFL head of officials Dean Blandino said about the play:

    “For an automatic ejection … we have very few automatic ejections in the game today,” Blandino said. “If you get two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls in the same game, if you put your hands on a game official in an aggressive way, those are automatic ejections … punching an opponent.”

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  • Joe Namath says he's sorry for questioning Geno Smith's knee injury

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    Even a 73-year-old Hall-of-Fame quarterback can learn that impulsive tweets can sometimes turn out looking pretty bad.

    Like on Sunday, when Joe Namath questioned the severity of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith’s knee injury. Smith was tackled in an awkward way and was done for the rest of the game.

    If you've got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game why are you standing on the sideline the entire 2nd half? How bad can it be?

    — Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 23, 2016

    On Monday, we found out that Smith had torn his ACL and would be done for the season. Seems to be a good excuse for not continuing to play.

    Smith seemed confused about why Namath would question him, but clearly didn’t want to publicly blast a Jets legend. But once the ACL news was out, we got to see an NFL legend drop a “my bad” on Twitter.

    @GenoSmith7 My bad Geno. In the dark ages we players had the say. I hope you heal and play as long as you choose! Joe

    — Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 25, 2016

  • Russell Wilson and Ciara announce they're having a baby

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and singer Ciara got married this offseason, and they didn’t waste any time adding to their family.

    Ciara is pregnant with the couple’s first child together, she and Wilson announced on their Instagram pages.

    On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family.. and I'm excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give… ????????????????????☺️❤️

    A photo posted by Ciara (@ciara) on Oct 25, 2016 at 8:50pm PDT

    It will be Ciara’s second child. She and rapper Future have a two-year-old son.

    Ciara and Wilson were married in England in early July.

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