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  • Patriots acquire LB Kyle Van Noy in trade with Lions, send TE A.J. Derby to Broncos

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    Trader Bill was back in business on Tuesday, as Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots acquired linebacker Kyle Van Noy from the Detroit Lions.

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    Via multiple reports, the Patriots sent a sixth-round pick to Detroit, with the Lions sending Van Noy and a seventh-round pick in the exchange.

    A second-round pick out of BYU in 2014, Van Noy was finally starting in his third season with the Lions, part of the opening 11 on defense for each of the team’s seven games. He was credited with 23 total tackles and a pass breakup. In his first two years, Van Noy played in 23 games with zero starts.

    It’s not a surprise to see the Patriots and Detroit swing a deal: the Lions’ first-year general manager, Bob Quinn, spent 16 years with New England before being hired by Detroit.

    The Broncos must have really wanted Derby: the Patriots will reportedly receive a 2017 fifth-round pick in return.

  • Giants finally release Josh Brown, John Mara cites team's 'misguided' actions

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    The New York Giants have released kicker Josh Brown, who admitted to abusing his wife in written documents, after the team previously said it would “not turn our backs on him.”

    Brown was left home from the Giants’ game against the Los Angeles Rams in London in Week 7 and was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by the NFL, granting the team a roster spot to replace him. But they’ve decided to move on.

    Giants co-owner John Mara explained (via ESPN) why the team decided to release Brown now and not when the allegations of abuse first surfaced, or after the shocking documents in which Brown admitted he abused his wife were released by the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office.

    “We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” Mara said. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility. We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father.

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  • A fan died falling from Denver's Mile High stadium after the Broncos game

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    A fan exiting Monday night’s game between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans died after falling from a “severe height” at Mile High stadium, according to The Denver Post and other media reports.

    The Associated Press estimated the unidentified fan’s fall from the stadium’s north side at 30-50 feet. Medical personnel responded to a 911 call from Gate 5 around 9:44 p.m. local time, shortly after the game concluded, and the fan was pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center, reports said.

    “A fan was taken to the hospital after falling over a stairwell railing at Sports Authority Field at Mile High shortly after Monday night’s game,” Stadium Management Company, which oversees the Broncos’ stadium, said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the injured fan, and we are in the process of learning more about this incident from the Denver Police Department’s investigation.”


  • Giants kicker Josh Brown issues statement: 'I never struck my wife'

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, whom the NFL placed on the commissioner’s exempt list following the release of troubling documents that detailed an abusive relationship with his ex-wife, has issued a statement shortly before the Giants released him.

    Brown tries to clear up the definition of abuse, claiming that he never actually hit his wife during the slew of incidents that were first reported and investigated back in 2015. Still, he admits to his role in his abuse of her and how he’s trying to rehabilitate himself.

    His words, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

    It’s notable that he denies striking Molly Brown, but as he says “abuse takes many forms.” That is different than a straight-up denial, it would seem.

    But it still rings a bit hollow — and the Giants appeared to not like the way Brown worded that part of the statement. The one the team released from Brown did not contain the part about striking his wife.

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  • Unhappy 49ers fan edits Trent Baalke's Wikipedia page

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    The San Francisco 49ers might be the worst team in the NFL. Yes, the Cleveland Browns are winless, but taking a glance at the 49ers roster, there’s not a lot there. And to many fans of the once-dominant franchise, that is the fault of one man: general manager Trent Baalke.

    So one frustrated fan tried to exact some revenge on Baalke.

    As The Mercury-News discovered on Monday, someone did some … creative editing to Baalke’s Wikipedia page.

    After the standard biographical information, like Baalke’s date of birth and ascension through the San Francisco organization, the vandal added these sentences:

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  • NFL trade chatter heating up, but don't count on any major deals happening

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

    Our advice is to not hold your breath very long.

    Every year, there are a few puffs of interesting smoke at the NFL trade deadline, and most times those potential fire sales are stamped out rather quickly. Remember the names that were floating around one year ago? Joe Thomas, Matt Forte, Eric Weddle, Alex Mack, Jared Cook, Willie Young and maybe half a dozen names were bandied about as being potentially available for trade.

    None were moved. We instead were treated to the blockbuster of Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos. It’s a deal that didn’t hurt the team that eventually won the Super Bowl, but Davis caught 20 passes for 201 yards and no touchdowns in nine games for the Broncos, so it was a pretty good reminder that trades are rather uncommon for a reason this time of year.

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    So when you hear the names of Thomas (again), Joe Staley, Torrey Smith, Alshon Jeffery or the line, our advice is this: assume something won’t happen before you assume it will.

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  • Mike Zimmer used bloody interesting tactic to try to keep Vikings focused

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs ago

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is a bit of an odd duck. He’s intense, of course, and his players love him, but his most recent attempt to keep his players focused – which ultimately didn’t work – was bloody strange.

    According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune beat writer Matt Vensel, before sending his then-undefeated team off for its bye, Zimmer massacred some poor stuffed animals.

    The coach put stuffed cats all over the team’s practice facility, their throats slashed and their little furry bodies splattered with fake blood.

    A large cat was hung in the locker room with a sign: “Fat Cats Get Slaughtered.”

    As motivational tactics go, it’s about as weird as Jack Del Rio’s “Keep Chopping Wood” in Jacksonville years ago – although in Zimmer’s case, outside of the toy cats, no one got injured.

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  • NFL Power Rankings: The Seahawks need Russell Wilson to look like himself again

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    The Seattle Seahawks obviously aren’t going to sit Russell Wilson for a game or two. It’s not like they have a reliable backup. And, teams don’t sit a great player like Wilson if he can play.

    But it seems like he could use some time to heal. This isn’t the Wilson we’re used to seeing. And without any time off to get healthy, it might be a while before he looks right again.

    Wilson was bad on Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals, in a weird 6-6 tie. He was 5-for-14 for 34 yards in the first half. He had just 121 yards by the end of regulation. Wilson rarely moved around, and was a standing target for Arizona’s pass rush behind a leaky offensive line. He added 104 passing yards in overtime, but Sunday night was a reminder that Wilson doesn’t appear anywhere close to 100 percent healthy, something he refuses to admit.

    2012: 4th 2013: 7th 2014: 5th 2015: 2nd

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  • It looks like Brock Osweiler made a mistake leaving the Broncos this offseason

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    DENVER – Brock Osweiler talked on Monday night about how much he loved the Denver Broncos, and it felt sincere.

    The Denver fans don’t love him anymore, not after he left them as a free agent for a big payday with the Houston Texans. But after Denver’s 27-9 win, many Broncos hugged Osweiler at midfield.

    “They meant a lot to me,” Osweiler said. “I think all those guys know how I feel about them as well. I have nothing but love, appreciation, gratitude not only for those players, the coaches, the organization, the city of Denver. This place was nothing but great for four years for my wife and myself.”

    And as he was gushing about Denver, it became clear: Osweiler made a mistake this offseason.

    “I was definitely not surprised by that,” Osweiler said. “I assumed I’d get a lot of boos. In fact, I thought it would be a little bit louder.”

    “Absolutely not,” Osweiler said. “I’ve always told people I’ve never lived my life looking in the rear-view mirror with any regret. So absolutely not.”

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  • Brock Osweiler's awful Denver return summed up by one embarrassing play

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago

    DENVER – Brock Osweiler dropped the ball. Literally.

    However bad you thought Osweiler’s return to Denver could be, it was worse than you imagined. Osweiler is shaping up as a huge free-agent mistake for the Houston Texans, and on Monday night he produced a blooper that will serve as a sad summation of his first Texans season.

    Osweiler’s faux pas came at the start of the fourth quarter. Trailing 21-9, Osweiler wound up for a pass and even though he wasn’t under pressure, the ball slipped out of his hands just before he started to throw it. The ball floated aimlessly and meekly for a few yards. The Broncos recovered the fumble. Broncos fans, many of whom are still upset that Osweiler left as a free agent in the offseason, laughed.

    Osweiler having the ball fall out of his hand is the highlight that you’ll see often from Monday night’s game, but it was an awful homecoming long before that. At the time of Osweiler’s fumble to start the fourth quarter, he had 64 yards on 23 attempts. His longest pass to that point was 12 yards. Not one of his other attempts in the first three quarters went for more than 10 yards.

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