- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
The saga has gone on so long, with no real development for months, that it's easy to forget running back Ray Rice is still trying to get an NFL job.
Don Banks at Sports Illustrated had an interesting piece last week, polling an array of NFL sources to see if they thought Rice would play again. The answers were roughly split. The most interesting answer from an NFL source to Banks singled out the Buffalo Bills as a potential spot, saying their new coach Rex Ryan " thinks the world of him from their time together in Baltimore [in 2008]. He loves him. He doesn’t like him. He loves him."
A couple days later, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak shot down that theory. He said there's no interest by the Bills in Rice, who infamously struck his then-fiancee in an elevator last year. Rice was suspended, cut by the Baltimore Ravens and hasn't even been close to signing with another team since.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
The New Orleans Saints added a much-needed banner to their indoor practice facility on Saturday.
The banner is a photo of team owner Tom Benson hoisting the Lombardi Trophy from the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV victory in 2009. There already were several banners commemorating that Super Bowl in the facility, but head coach Sean Payton decided that a tribute to Benson was needed.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Rob Gronkowski is going to drive the pace car at a NASCAR race later this month. What could possibly go wrong?
Our closet living equivalent to DuffManwill serve as Grand Marshal for the Chicago Xfinity Series race scheduled for Saturday, June 20. (For those not in the know, the Xfinity Series is a developmental race series just below the top level, NASCAR's equivalent of Triple-A baseball ... or, in NFL terms, the NFC South.) Gronk and his brothers Gordie Jr., Chris, Dan and Glenn -- why why WHY is there not a reality show with these dudes -- will all be co-marshals, and Gronk's pops will be honorary starter.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
It’s been nearly a year since Leah Still, the daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, was diagnosed with cancer on June 2, 2014.
To commemorate Leah’s strength over the past year, Devon got an awesome tattoo of Leah on his back.
Though she has been in remission since March, Leah, just five years old, had a setback in her recovery from neuroblastoma, Devon announced Friday.
“I need some prayers sent up for Leah tonight! We hit a pretty serious complication from the stem cell transplant called VOD,” Devon wrote on his Instagram account. “They caught it early so hopefully it gives the doctors a better chance of stopping it from getting aggressive. As you can imagine our minds are all over the place but we're going to try and remain positive!”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Cam Newton is a polarizing figure among NFL quarterbacks, but it's not like the Carolina Panthers had any choice but to pay him.
Newton was very close on Monday morning to an agreement on a five-year contract extension that was reportedly worth more than $100 million, according to multiple reports including the Charlotte Observer. Newton was slated to make $14.67 million in the last year of his rookie deal this year. His new contract will run through 2020.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
The Buffalo Bills won't hold practice Monday, but head coach Rex Ryan has found a worthy replacement.
Ryan and the entire team attended Jim Kelly’s charity golf tournament in Batavia, New York, Monday morning. Kelly, the Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback, announced that the team was coming at the event’s gala on Sunday evening.
By the looks of it, Ryan has a pretty smooth swing.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Giants punter Steve Weatherford welcomed his daughter into the world over the weekend in San Diego, then flew across the country to join the team at OTAs. But early Monday morning, he suffered a major wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike that had him thanking heaven on social media.
Weatherford was flying in from San Diego, but poor weather forced him to land in Washington, D.C. He landed at 11 p.m. and rented a car to get to Monday morning's practice on time. At 3:30 a.m., he hit water on the turnpike, hydroplaned and hit the median as the airbags deployed.
"I walked out without a scratch," Weatherford wrote on Instagram. "I am feeling so incredibly blessed. Not only has God given my family and I a beautiful, healthy 10 pound baby girl. He sent his guardian angels to keep my car from flipping and possibly dying."
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Mike Sherman is getting another shot at being a head coach – but this time at the high school level.
According to the Cape Cod Times, Sherman, the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M University, has accepted the head-coaching job at Nauset Regional High School in Eastham, Massachusetts.
Keith Kenyon, Nauset’s athletic director and now former football coach, said Sherman will meet his new team this week.
“This has been in the works for a few months after I knew I would be giving up coaching,” Kenyon said. “It’s exciting. Mike is a quality person and obviously his coaching resume speaks for itself.”
Sherman’s most notable coaching stop was a five-year stint (2000-2005) as head coach for the Packers, where he led the team to three NFC North championships. He also had stints as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins. He also was the head coach at Texas A&M from 2008-2011 and served as an assistant at Pitt, Tulane, Holy Cross and UCLA.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was back in Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic on Saturday, and something happened. That's about all anyone can agree on.
First, let's go to Manziel's agent, per Cleveland.com. Erik Burkhardt said Manziel was harassed by a fellow fan in the gallery, but handled the disturbance without major problems.
Seems harmless enough, but here's another angle. A fan, Chase Fritz of Plano, Texas, told Yahoo Sports that he spotted Manziel yelling at someone and, later, throwing a water bottle at the fan. Manziel missed, and the other fan responded, "Hey, nice throw, Johnny." Manziel, according to Fritz, became "super pissed," "took off his hat," and began walking toward the other man.
At that point, security officials in the area rounded up everyone, including Fritz and his father. Someone in Manziel's entourage told Fritz not to take a picture, but he did so anyway. Here's Fritz's photo from another account:
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
Update: 5/29 - 5:35 p.m. ET
Hours after news of his arrest emerged, the Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo.
“We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo," the team said in a statement. "We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo.”
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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Shembo’s ex, Denicia
From the AJC:
Williams told police she had taken Dior to Shembo’s home at a Mall of Georgia apartment complex four days earlier, according to police.
At some point during her stay, Williams left Shembo and her dog unattended. When she returned, Dior was unresponsive, she told police.