- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner35 mins ago
Shortly before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys running back Christine Michael posted a photograph to his Instagram account that appeared to show him posing with a Texas police officer alongside a highway. The Texas Highway Patrol indicated that Michael had been pulled over because of suspicion regarding the level of tint on his front windshield.
Now, per TMZ Sports, the officer, who did not issue Michael a ticket, will face disciplinary action. "The trooper's actions have been reviewed by DPS and are not consistent with department procedure," sergeant Lonny Haschel told TMZ. "Corrective action, in the form of a procedural review, will be taken. In conversations with his chain of command, the trooper realized his error in judgement and was apologetic for the incident."Sun, Oct 11New England30 - 6DallasGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner57 mins ago
When he was at the podium last week forthe press conference announcing him as the Dolphins' interim head coach, Dan Campbell spoke of making practices more competitive and changing the culture around the team; in days since, he's said he wants his team to be tougher.
Toughness is certainly something Campbell knows a thing or two about. It of course takes a level of toughness to play in the NFL, and as a tight end, as Campbell was, to take on defensive players who are often heavier than you.
But Campbell's former teammate, Sean Ryan, gave an indication of how tough the now 39-year old is during an appearance on NFL Network's "Around the NFL."
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
One of the stranger plays of the NFL season came midway through Sunday's Jacksonville Jaguars-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. Tampa Bay's Bobby Rainey was returning a punt, and Jacksonville's Bernard Pierce was part of the squad looking to bring him down.
Suddenly, inexplicably, Pierce turned around and began blocking for Rainey, allowing Rainey to add more yardage and reach the Jacksonville 17. The Bucs soon scored, and would go on to win the game 38-31.
What happened? A mental lapse? Immediately afterward, Pierce was as confused as anyone. "I don't know," he said. "I really don't have an answer for you. I can't really explain it."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
While it's easy to bury the Seattle Seahawks now, it's probably worth a look back at last season.
The Seahawks are 2-3 after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Last year, they started 3-3. After that 3-3 start, the Seahawks lost two more times: A four-point loss at Kansas City on Nov. 16, and when Malcolm Butler picked off Russell Wilson a yard short of a Super Bowl title. That's it. After 3-3, they had 11 wins and two losses. Worth noting.
Also, you can make a case that the Seahawks could easily be 4-1 this season. They led in the final minute of regulation in two of their three losses. If the Rams don't get a long touchdown after a Seattle defensive back fell down and Tyler Eifert doesn't make a circus catch for the Bengals in the final two minutes Sunday, the Seahawks are about where we thought they'd be, with just one loss at the Green Bay Packers.Sun, Oct 11Seattle24 - 27CincinnatiGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Steelers had five seconds left and a choice.
They could have kicked a field goal and sent Monday night's game against the San Diego Chargers to overtime or go for the win. The Steelers went for it and were rewarded for their boldness.
Le'Veon Bell stretched across the goal line with no time left on the clock, and the Steelers pulled out a crazy 24-20 win. The flight home to Pittsburgh, at 3-2, will be a lot more pleasant than if Bell had been stopped.
The Steelers had a timeout and probably figured that one play might not take off the entire final five seconds, but that was a huge risk. And on a direct snap to Bell, all five seconds ran off. Had Bell not scored, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who was criticized after last week's overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, would have been under some extreme fire.
Tomlin said he was hoping that he would have had enough time to call a timeout, but ultimately he was fine going for the victory.Mon, Oct 12Pittsburgh24 - 20San DiegoGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
For some reason, those who have been suspended in the NFL for performance-enhancing drugs aren't treated the same as baseball players.
Baseball players generally carry around scorn the rest of their careers after positive tests or even just accusations (with a few exceptions, and without exception the PED cheats who are forgiven are the ones who are friendly with the media), but NFL players just come back and everyone moves on like nothing happened. Oh, hey, Antonio Gates, good to have you back.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Even when there's something positive with the Jacksonville Jaguars lately, the black cloud suddenly forms again over their heads.
One good story line out of a 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday was the play of second-year quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles had easily the best game of his career with 303 yards and four touchdowns. And now Bortles is hurt.
Bortles has a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his shoulder, the team announced. Coach Gus Bradley was optimistic, saying " We think he should be in good shape," and to not be alarmed if Bortles doesn't practice Wednesday. But Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano's shenanigans in misleading everyone on Andrew Luck's shoulder injury reminds us to not believe everything at face value.Sun, Oct 11Jacksonville31 - 38Tampa BayGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Boston magazine published a takedown piece on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's friend, business partner and "personal guru" on Friday, citing the Federal Trade Commission's claims that Alex Guerrero passed himself off as a doctor, peddled "Supreme Greens" and "NeuroSafe" as preventative treatments, and falsified clinical trials claiming to have cured 96 percent of terminally ill patients.
Despite the FTC's $65,000 fine and additional restrictive measures against Guerrero for products that made his investors millions, Brady stuck by his pal in Monday's weekly interview with WEEI in Boston.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legisaltion on Sunday banning use of the term "Redskins" as a mascot or team name in the state.
AB 30, the California Racial Mascots Act, was approved by both houses of the state's legislature last month and was one of several bills Brown signed into law.
Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo, who introduced the bill, says the name "Redskins" dates from a time in California's history when bounty hunters were rewarded for killing Native Americans and it should not be affiliated with schools.
There are currently four schools in California that still use the name Redskins for their teams. The ban goes into effect in 2017.
In a statement, the grassroots campaign Change the Mascot lauded California's new law.Sun, Oct 11Washington19 - 25AtlantaGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Josh McCown has silenced the critics who implored the Cleveland Browns to start Johnny Manziel after McCown got hurt Week 1 against the New York Jets.
All McCown has done the past three weeks since returning from a concussion has thrown for 1,154 yards (8.2 yards per attempt) with six TDs and one interception on 96 of 141 passing (68.1 percent) and given his team a chance to win each of the past three games.
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas couldn't help himself. The stoic team leader has stood up for Manziel recently in terms of his personal growth but had to have fun with the Johnny truthers a bit after the Browns' overtime win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens.
When asked about #Browns QB Josh McCown's performance, LT Joe Thomas quipped, "Put in Johnny. That’s all I can say."Sun, Oct 11Cleveland33 - 30BaltimoreGame Recap