- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner16 mins ago
Well, well, look who made an appearance at football practice on Wednesday.
A mere eight days after he was in a frightening-looking car accident, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton participated in practice in advance of Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, according to Black and Blue Review's Bill Voth.
(Here's the video of some of what Newton did today above.)
Is it possible that Newton could play Sunday?
Pump the breaks there — part of this is the Panthers seeing where Newton is with his transverse process injury he suffered in the crash.
But it has to be tremendously encouraging that Newton is even in a place where he can go through basic practice movements, which would give the Panthers a sure lift as they remain in the thick of the NFC North race.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner31 mins ago
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald, who was in the news earlier this season for an alleged domestic violence incident for which he ultimately wasn't charged, is being investigated for alleged sexual assault.
The San Jose Police Department said it received a call at about 10:43 p.m. on Tuesday from an area hospital regarding a possible sexual assault victim, CSN Bay Area reported. The SJPD said no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The alleged victim is not McDonald's fiancee, CSN Bay Area said.
“Officers responded and made contact with the adult female victim,” SJPD reported in a statement, via CSN Bay Area. “The victim alleged she was possibly sexually assaulted a day prior. The preliminary investigation revealed the alleged suspect was Ray McDonald.”
CSN Bay Area said detectives secured a search warrant and served it at McDonald’s house.
The 49ers stuck by McDonald in the domestic violence incident after he was arrested Aug. 31, citing due process. No charges were filed because there wasn't sufficient evidence.
- - - - - - -
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Nobody should question Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray's toughness again.
Two days after undergoing surgery for a broken bone in his left hand, Murray was back on the field, wearing a pad on his injured hand. He caught passes, too. While there are still a few days to go before the Cowboys play the Indianapolis Colts, it would seem he's got a great chance of playing given that he didn't sit out Wednesday's practice.
Many fantasy football owners carried to the championship this week by Murray, who leads the NFL with 1,687 yards (nobody else has more than 1,278), are impatiently waiting to hear if he'll play.
It looks like if Murray plays, it'll be with a large pad over his surgically repaired left hand, like he wore in practice.
DeMarco Murray, with special padded glove on surgically repaired left hand, catching passes early in practice today. pic.twitter.com/540SQpRZsU
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Social media was supposed to be great for athletes, a way for them to get their message directly to fans.
Here’s the rub: People then have unlimited access to complain to those athletes. And with the anonymity of the Internet, they could blast away. If you want to criticize the media for being overly cynical and critical, that's fine, but go and check a prominent athlete's mentions on Twitter sometime. It can be brutal. If an athlete screwed up and it cost a fantasy victory, plenty of fans will let him know in 140 characters.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The key questions remaining in the Ray Rice spousal abuse investigation remain: What did the NFL know and when did it know it?
An investigation into those questions is digging deep into NFL personnel's correspondence.
In July, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell served Rice with a two-game suspension for striking his then-fianceé in an Atlantic City elevator in February. However, when a videotape of the incident became public in September, Goodell increased that suspension to indefinite. Rice appealed that decision, saying the league office had knowledge of and access to the incriminating videotape at the time of the initial punishment. Rice won that appeal and is currently available to be signed by any team.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The NFL's concussion era has raised the moral question of what the league can do to protect players who don't appear to want to protect themselves.
"I'd rather have the experience of playing in the NFL and die 10 to 15 years earlier than not play in the NFL and have a long life," Chris Conte said Monday on WBBM Radio (via Chicago Tribune, h/t PFT).
"I don't really look toward my life after football. I'll figure things out when I get there. As long as I outlive my parents."
Conte, who turns 26 in February, has been beset by injuries throughout his short career, and especially this season: back (which kept him out Monday against the New Orleans Saints), shoulder and eye ailments, and, maybe worst of all, mutliple concussions. Of the 12 games Conte has played this season, he has been unable to finish seven of them.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Your browser does not support iframes.
The San Diego Chargers will stay put. For another season, at least.
The franchise could have opted out of its lease at Qualcomm Stadium but has decided to extend the agreement at least through the 2015 NFL season, with the hope of getting a long-term agreement on a new, publicly funded stadium.
From the Chargers' website:
"On February 1st of every year since 2007, the Chargers have been eligible to terminate the team’s lease for Qualcomm Stadium," said Mark Fabiani, the Chargers' special counsel to team president Dean Spanos, in a prepared statement. "And each year since 2007, the Chargers have announced that the team will not exercise the termination clause and instead continue to work toward a permanent stadium solution in San Diego.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Adding insult to injury (or is it the other way around?) following the Chicago Bears' miserable loss on Monday to the New Orleans Saints, Bears chairman George McCaskey was shoved by a Saints fan at Soldier Field.
According to the Chicago Tribune, McCaskey arrived at some of his seats only to find some Saints fans sitting in them. After speaking with them briefly, McCaskey left to the concourse to get Soldier Field security to rectify the situation.
That's when Richard Kohnke, 58, pushed McCaskey in the back, according to police and the team. After that, a Bears fan tackled Kohnke, who pushed McCaskey to the ground, according to the team.
Kohnke, an attorney from New Orleans, was ejected from the stadium, arrested after the incident and charged with simple battery, according to police.
The Bears said that McCaskey did not require medical attention.
- - - - - - -Mon, Dec 15New Orleans31 - 15ChicagoGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
While once we had Janet Jackson's breast to blame for the decay of American society, it appears we can now blame New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's potty mouth for our downfall.
Just as the Federal Communications Commission was inundated with complaints after Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII, the government agency received three grievances when Brady mouthed the F-word during his team's 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 30, according to The Smoking Gun. How the complainants' children have slept since the life-altering event is unclear.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Following Monday night's disaster of a performance, Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is starting to feel more heat about his job security.
And it might come from above the man who hired Trestman, GM Phil Emery, according to CBSChicago.com senior columnist and WSCR radio host Dan Bernstein.
Source: #Bears ownership met last night. Trestman likely fired at season's end, Emery's fate still undecided.