- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
To everyone speculating on the possible acquisitions for the Minnesota Vikings to replace Teddy Bridgewater: Good luck finding a good, available quarterback on Aug. 30.
Bridgewater is out, probably for the season, with a significant knee injury suffered in practice. That’s a terrible blow for a team that is coming off an NFC North championship and had high hopes this year.
Shaun Hill is next in line at quarterback, which prompted people to name every possible quarterback who might actually become the starter instead of Hill. That’s not realistic. Any quarterback available in late August is not saving your season.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Let me preface this thusly: as a former New England Patriots beat writer for the Providence Journal, I covered Rodney Harrison for two-plus years. I admired him as a player, a passionate, hard-hitting safety who forever carried a chip on his shoulder as a fifth-round pick from a I-AA school, and as a locker room leader valued by teammates. He could be cutting, as he was during his takedown of Freddie Mitchell before Super Bowl XXXIX, and kind, as he was one day when he pulled his Bible from his locker to read me a passage to try and offer comfort on a particularly bad day. Like so many of us, he could be emotional, but also capable of being reasonable.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
The Minnesota Vikings held quarterback Teddy Bridgewater out of their second preseason game, in part to avoid any injury exposure. But they couldn’t keep him from suffering a significant and presumably season-ending knee injury in practice on Tuesday.
The Vikings sent out an update a little after 7 p.m. Central time, saying Bridgewater dislocated knee and a torn ACL “and other structural damage,” though he suffered no nerve or arterial damage. Here’s the update, from Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
We know the NFL is restrictive with players who are suspended. They can’t be with their team, basically, at all.
But we admit we didn’t quite know just how restrictive it is for a suspended player. Take Tom Brady. You’ve heard of him, right? And deflate-gate — by now you know that whole deal. Well, starting at precisely 4 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 3 (and we would not put it past the NFL having a garrison stationed, like, at Gillette Stadium at that time), Brady has to have everything he needs out of his locker until Monday, Oct. 3.
And don’t even TRY to sneak into a luxury box at University of Phoenix Stadium to catch Jimmy Garoppolo’s first start, Tom. Here’s everything Brady can’t do:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
Colin Kaepernick started his national anthem protest as a way to draw attention to social injustice. It has just become a nation-wide analysis of his method of protest, which is unfortunate.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
If you have any memory of how the Cincinnati Bengals’ season ended, then you might understand why Vontaze Burfict might be hesitant to discuss the Pittsburgh Steelers in great depth.
The Bengals fell completely apart in the final 90 seconds of the home playoff loss to their rivals, and Burfict had a hand in it. After a Bengals fumble, 15-yard penalties by Burfict and Adam Jones put an injured Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the unexpected position of stealing the game.
Plain and simple, it was an incredible meltdown by a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season. Hence Burfict’s frustration, which came out in what he had to say to The MMQB.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
With one hit on Tony Romo, rookie Dak Prescott went from an intriguing preseason story to the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback.
Romo will miss a significant portion of the regular season with a broken bone in his back, so we have to examine Prescott differently. He’s no longer a rookie who can develop behind Romo. He has to play right away.
The good news is Prescott has shown some advanced quarterbacking skills, albeit in preseason games.
One thing that has stood out in Prescott’s preseason film is that he’s comfortable in the pocket, especially against the blitz. Some quarterbacks never master that, so it’s impressive to see it from a rookie.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Calvin Johnson may have been the quietest NFL superstar in recent memory. Other than his sensational play, he did little, if anything, to draw attention to himself, and his typically understated retirement earlier this year – there was no farewell press conference at the Detroit Lions’ facility – followed suit.
So when news came Monday night, and then confirmed on Tuesday morning through an official announcement, the the Quiet Man had signed on to be part of the coming season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” it took many by surprise.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 30, 2016
- Shutdown Corner at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Get ready for some bonus Wednesday preseason football.
Instead of having all 16 games this week on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced their preseason finale against the Washington Redskins has been rescheduled for Wednesday. They’re trying to avoid Tropical Depression Nine, which is expected to hit the Tampa area.
What about all the fans who planned their weeks around the Buccaneers-Redskins game? What about the folks who were anticipating … oh, I can’t do it anymore — nobody cares about the fourth preseason game. Very few starters see the field in the last preseason game and most teams approach it like they wish there was a running clock. But there are probably some fans who were looking forward to attending and won’t be able to with the last-minute change, and there are a lot of logistical issues for Washington, as the road team.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is the oldest player in the NFL at 43 years old, and will turn 44 just before the end of the regular season. But he hasn’t really been showing his age: last year he made 25 of his 27 field goal attempts, and actually missed more extra points than three-point tries (he was 32-for-35).
Despite that, Vinatieri revealed on Monday that he’ll play just three more seasons – or fewer.
Appearing on the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take,” Vinatieri was asked how much longer he’ll keep kicking.
“We’ll see,” he said. “Maximum would be three years, minimum would be day-to-day.”