- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner48 mins ago
Either the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson have truly mended all fences or they were at least able to put on a really happy face on Tuesday.
Peterson reported to OTA practices on Tuesday, after staying away during an acrimonious time. Peterson missed almost all of last year while dealing with a legal situation that stemmed from his young son suffering injuries when Peterson hit him with a switch. There were many reports that Peterson wasn't all that happy with the organization. You wouldn't have known that on Tuesday, when he and coach Mike Zimmer gave their news conferences.
"I love this kid. I really do," Zimmer said. "I wouldn’t fly down to Houston to see him if he wasn’t important to me and to my program and our coaches and the rest of the football team."
Peterson said that all of his teammates reacted with hugs and jokes when they saw him. He was asked why he reported now, and he said it was because he "just wanted to." He said it felt like family when he came back.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Unsurprisingly, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell won’t recuse himself from the Tom Brady appeal.
Goodell officially informed the NFLPA of his decision Tuesday, confirming his decision to personally preside over the hearing regarding the New England Patriots quarterback’s four-game deflate-gate suspension.
"Our Collective Bargaining Agreement provides that ‘at his discretion,’ the Commissioner may serve as hearing officer in ‘any appeal’ involving conduct detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence in, the game of professional football. I will exercise that discretion to hear Mr. Brady’s appeal,” Goodell’s letter reads, via NFL Network’s Albert Breer.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The Washington Redskins' plight isn't going to be unusual for many NFL teams going forward, it's just that the Redskins had one of the biggest stadiums in the league.
That stadium is getting smaller, as far as capacity goes. The Redskins have removed thousands of seats from FedEx Field, the third time in five years the team has removed a large number of seats, according to the Washington Post. The Post said seats were gone from the top eight rows of the upper deck during an open house for fans hoping to buy season tickets, and the team said it would reveal full details of the stadium reshaping plan later. Although the team says it has sold out every home game for the past 47 seasons, attendance in the 85,000-seat stadium never topped 81,000 last season, the Post said. The attendance average was 77,964 as the team went 4-12. The team is hoping downsizing will help the fan experience.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
When San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick appeared at his retirement news conference, it was shocking. He looked like he was half the size he was for his last NFL game.
Not quite. But he lost 85 pounds in less than five months. That, of course, prompted speculation on how someone could quit the NFL and look like a new person in less than a half of a year.
Hardwick talked about the weight loss in a great story by Emily Kaplan of The MMQB, but the story has to begin with the weight gain. To maintain a body of about 300 pounds to play in the middle of an NFL offensive line, Hardwick's eating habits were mind-blowing. Here's what he told Kaplan he consumed every day:
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The Cleveland Browns made 9-year-old Dylan Sutcliffe’s dream come true.
Dylan, who was diagnosed with ataxia telangiectasia (A-T), a rare genetic disorder, told the Make-A-Wish Foundation that his dream was to play for the Browns. That became a reality as he signed a one-day contract on Tuesday morning.
VIDEO: Browns welcome new signing Dylan Sutcliffe to the team facility in Berea. pic.twitter.com/qYMUfkdhgb
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
It should probably go without saying that if you're not healthy enough to participate in NFL offseason practices, it's not the best idea to go all out in a charity dodgeball tournament.
It shouldn't comes as a surprise that the San Diego Chargers weren't happy to see rookie linebacker Denzel Perryman, who has been sitting out practices with a hamstring injury, getting crazy during the Fox Sports San Diego Dodgeball Tournament along with many other Chargers.
The difference between Perryman and his teammates at the dodgeball tournament is that his teammates are healthy enough to participate in their day jobs.
- Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Adrian Peterson is returning to the Minnesota Vikings.
Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP, told multiple outlets that he will join the team for their organized team activities on Tuesday.
“I've been away from the game for an entire season,” Peterson told the Associated Press. “I wanted the chance to be around the players and coaches, the guys that really matter to me.”
It’s the first time the All-Pro running back has been with his teammates since September, when he was indicted for child abuse for disciplining his young son with a switch.
Peterson eventually reached a plea agreement and avoided jail, but was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list and missed the final 15 games of the season.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day 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 Corner1 day 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 Corner1 day 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.