- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Even for professional athletes, one of the benefits to being on vacation is to be able to indulge. Dinner lasts a little longer and may include one or two extra courses, the dessert menu is a requirement, an extra drink or two are consumed at the resort bar.
But for Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown, an indulgent getaway almost led to a lost season.
On Tuesday, ESPN.com reported that the 30-year old veteran was facing a 10-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs but won his appeal when the NFL Players' Association was able to prove that Brown's positive test came from Mexican beef.
The cliche has long been not to drink the water in Mexico, but now you can't eat the beef either? Apparently not if you don't want to test positive for the anabolic substance clenbuterol.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
“Dancing with the Stars” welcomed many an NFL player over its first 21 seasons, but Season 22, which premiered on Monday, March 21, features three: newly-minted Super Bowl MVP Von Miller from the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro Antonio Brown and former Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, a Canadian Football League legend who also spent 13 years in the NFL. We’ll be posting recaps each Tuesday morning until all three are eliminated – or one wins.
Music icons week, with songs from some of the biggest acts in history, saw another NFL player sent home, though not the one we expected to see.
Antonio Brown and his pro partner Sharna Burgess trained to dance a tango to the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black.”
Burgess tells us that the pair stayed in Los Angeles for the week, not traveling to Pittsburgh as they’d done previously, and it was a plus that they did since they had two dances to learn (in addition to their couple’s dance, the two were part of a group number).
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
Cordy Glenn should thank the people in the Buffalo Bills organization who saw him as a left tackle, and not the guard some viewed him as coming out of the University of Georgia.
Glenn is not only making left tackle money, he's making more money than all the left tackles. He signed a five-year extension on Tuesday worth $65 million, including $36 million guaranteed and $30 million in the first two seasons according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. According to Spotrac, the $13.6 million annually makes Glenn the highest paid left tackle in football, based on average per year. Although Glenn hasn't made a Pro Bowl, he is considered one of the best tackles in the NFL. He has the paycheck to match now.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Junior Seau died almost four years ago to the day, but his spirit lives on in the NFL — as well as his name.
Ian Seau, Junior's nephew, signed with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent on Tuesday, according to NFL.com. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Nevada defensive end, who was named first- and second-team All-Mountain West the past two seasons, capped off his career with 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss.
He's nowhere close to the prospect his uncle was when he came out of USC in 1990, but Ian has risen up noticeably since transferring from Grossmont College. According to a scouting report from NFL.com, the younger Seau "plays with a motor his uncle would be proud of and has a history of making impactful plays" but might have a tough time making the Rams' deep defense as an undersized pass rusher.
Still, a football-playing Seau is doing work now in Southern California, and it's a great story worth following.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
The social media fiascos that struck offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil on draft day may have contributed to a surprising fall in the draft, and it sure seemed like an embarrassment that will be remembered for a long time.
And that's not all.
Because the infamous video showed Tunsil taking a bong hit, it has drawn the attention of the NFL. There was a report that said Tunsil would start his career with a clean slate in the NFL's substance abuse program, but the leaguetold USA Today on Tuesday that isn't necessarily the case. Tunsil will have to be e valuated by clinical professionals before any determination on his inclusion in the drug program is made, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
An ATV accident will knock Oakland Raiders tight end Clive Walford out of the team's offseason work, which he could have used as an up-and-coming second-year player.
Walford injured his knee in an accident, Fox Sports first reported. The team is hopeful Walford will be back for training camp, perhaps for the beginning of it, the story said.
According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the injury happened "a while ago" and involved a "big gash" on one of his knees. It's still just speculation on what exactly the injury is, though it's severe enough that it's keeping him out of action for at least three months.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Peyton Manning suiting up for a team other than the Denver Broncos in 2016? It was closer than you might think to happening, according to Manning's agent.
"I really like to play," Manning told Tom Condon, as Condon related on The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt (via PFT). Not only that, Condon said, there were teams who would have wanted Manning to play for them. (The teams leading the speculation at the time were the Texans and the Rams.)
So why isn't some team rolling out an entire Peyton Manning-themed campaign for this fall? Probably because of the obvious reasons: Manning was a shell of his former self by the end of 2015, and won the Super Bowl largely because he was a decent caretaker rather than a game-changing playmaker.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Before the draft, we talked a lot about scheme fits for many of the prospects, and now we get to see how the draftees fit with their new teams.
In the latest episode of our podcast, “The Shutdown,” we discussed many of the players and how they fit in with their new teams. We talked about why Joey Bosa fits well in the San Diego Chargers’ 3-4 defense, how the Jacksonville Jaguars defense will change with all their offseason acquisitions including Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, and the new-look Houston Texans’ offense. Here’s the podcast:
The most interesting discussions are how the highly drafted quarterbacks fit with their new teams. We talked about many quarterbacks in the podcast, and here’s some of the discussion on the three quarterbacks who were taken in the first round:
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Eagles and Sam Bradford appear to be digging in their heels over his status, but one area chef isn't taking this whole deal sitting down. He's digging out his utensils and quietly protesting — by making a sandwich in Bradford's (dis)honor.
Hey, whatever works.
Per the Philly Voice, chef Drew Abbruzzese of Big Q BBQ restaurant in Levittown has created a sandwich that's just dripping with symbolism and one that expresses his annoyance over the Eagles' well-paid QB saying he wants out. On Wednesday, Abbruzzese will give away 150 of these meaty Bradford creations.
The ingredients say it all:
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The New England Patriots made all of their assistant coaches available to local media on Monday, and that meant the in-front-of-cameras debut of the team's new safeties coach: Steve Belichick.
The middle of head coach Bill Belichick's three children and the older of his two sons, Steve, 29, served as a defensive coaching assistant for four years before getting his first chance to run a position when there was a shakeup in the team's coaching staff.
A defensive assistant is pretty much a gopher for all of the other coaches on that side of the ball, and it's likely Steve Belichick also spent a lot of time breaking down film. He also listened.
“Just kept my mouth shut and learned,” he said when asked what he'd done to prepare himself for his new position. “Everybody in this building is smarter than I am. I’ve got a lot to learn from everybody. These guys have been through it, and I haven’t.”