- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
When you're an NFL team named for a company that canned animal by-products under the slogan, "A meat market on your pantry shelf," and your fans wear cheese as a hat, your stadium better have a menu to match. Enter The Horse Collar, a 22-inch kielbasa covered in beer cheese and fried sauerkraut.
Damn!! New at Lambeau Field at Packers game. The HORSE COLLAR! pic.twitter.com/96OcTcCYJT
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have an NFC North breakdown:
• Can Detroit ever get out of its own way?
• Will Adrian Peterson ever see success again in Minnesota?
• How will the new-look Chicago Bears fare?
• What does a healthy Aaron Rodgers mean for Green Bay?
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ...
The Shutdown Corner podcast is the product of Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk), Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) and Jay Busbee (@JayBusbee). New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, with bonus episodes when you least expect it. Enjoy!
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Levi's Stadium, the brand-new home of the San Francisco 49ers, might be one of the more fan-friendly spots in the NFL, but that kind of gets overshadowed if the turf is unusable for playing football.
The 49ers cut short their practice on Wednesday, attended by thousands of fans, because of safety concerns over the turf. According to CSN Bay Area, large divots in the turf kept coming up during practice, including when receiver Stevie Johnson fell hard on a normal out route.
According to CSN Bay Area, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh took his team off the Levi's Stadium field after Johnson's fall and the players finished practice at the team facility, which is right next to the stadium. Harbaugh took his team off the torn-up field less than an hour into practice.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Not surprisingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't hold up their team charter flight for Le'Veon Bell while he was having blood drawn following a marijuana possession arrest.
So not only did Bell, the team's second-year starting tailback, get charged with marijuana possession and likely a DUI (that's why he was having blood drawn), he had to book a flight, go through security with the common folk and squeeze into a regular airline seat on the way to Philadelphia for the team's preseason game on Thursday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette confirmed that Bell wasn't on the team charter but made it to Philadelphia on his own. No word on whether Bell kept asking for extra dry roasted peanuts the entire flight to cure his munchies.
One would assume coach Mike Tomlin didn't send a limo to pick him up at the airport either.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
All those little flags you see covering NFL preseason fields? You can blame the Seattle Seahawks for that, say Jerry Jones and DeAngelo Hall.
The Dallas Cowboys owner has seen the rash of penalties in the preseason — eight of the 19 penalties called against his team have been defensive holding calls — and has a good idea what the genesis of it has been.
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"A team like Seattle, who basically played a style that would risk a holding penalty as opposed to not having an aggressive defender back there," Jones said, per Fox Sports Southwest. "That got a lot of complaints, and you're seeing it [called] during the preseason."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Well, at least there are no concerns about lack of chemistry in the Pittsburgh Steelers' running backs meeting room.
Top two tailbacks Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were hanging out together after hours on Wednesday. A little bonding experience. The only problem was they had 20 grams of marijuana when they were pulled over by police, according to CBS Pittsburgh columnist Colin Dunlap. The backs were charged with possession of marijuana and as a bonus, Bell was charged with a DUI. An unidentified female with the two was also charged, Dunlap said.
That's not good. Though, given the appeals process if commissioner Roger Goodell wants to punish Bell and Blount, it's unlikely it would affect either for the 2014 season.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Cheerleaders across the NFL have begun filing suits against their teams and in some cases the NFL, charging an array of offenses including improper working conditions and below-minimum wage payment. Now the NFL has responded to a suit filed by two Oakland Raiderettes cheerleaders, and is declining responsibility for any claims.
The NFL's reasoning follows provisions that prohibit players from bringing antitrust provisions against their teams. The NFL, its attorneys argued in an Alameda County Superior Court filing, is "immune from all state Labor Code provisions," and this is a matter between the team and the Raiderettes alone.
"The NFL is not a party to, and has no authority to enforce the Raiderette Agreement," the NFL's attorneys wrote. "The NFL simply does not belong in this case."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Jim Kelly's battle with cancer has been difficult but uplifting, with the Hall of Fame quarterback staying strong in his fight with support from former teammates, family, friends and fans at every step.
Wednesday brought a great bit of news: A follow-up exam on Tuesday showed no signs of sinus cancer, which Kelly had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments for. According to the Associated Press, Dr. Peter Costantino said in a statement that treatments have "completely eliminated" any pain Kelly was experiencing and Kelly's level of function has "essentially returned to normal." Kelly had surgery to remove cancer from his jaw in June of 2013, but the cancer had spread to his sinus.
Jill Kelly, Jim's wife, said on Instagram that it's positive news but further tests are being done to make sure no more treatments are necessary.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Fans aren't the only ones itching for the NFL season to get started. NFL players are starting to buck up, and it's high time to get them pointed at opposing teams. Otherwise, you have what happened Wednesday at Bills practice.
Bills center Eric Wood and undrafted rookie DE Bryan Johnsoncame to blows during a goal-line drillon Wednesday morning. And this was no ordinary melee; this one included pretty much the entire team, and ended with Wood threatening to kill a rookie. All in a day's work.
Here's the account of the incidentfrom the Buffalo News:
Running back Fred Jackson had slithered into the end zone. The play was over, but the battle was not.
Before the fight could be broken up, tight end Scott Chandler had taken Johnson to the ground. Chandler's helmet also was torn off. An incensed Wood marched toward Johnson and yelled, "I'll f------ kill you!"
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Atlanta Falcons are the stars of this year's HBO show "Hard Knocks." The Atlanta Falcons are trying to rebuild their image into that of a tough, competent, playoff-capable team. HBO also features a show with flying dragons. It's up to you to decide how those three sentences fit together.
• Hope you weren't eating tacos when this episode started, because we begin inside Marquis Spruill's leg. He's getting reconstructive surgery done, and it's delicious. Combine this with Sam Baker's injury at the end of the episode, and you're looking at the actual human cost of football. This is where "Hard Knocks" stands head-and-shoulderpads above any other reality show; this is both true pain and these guys' livelihoods. There's no life off the island to go back to; the football field IS the island.