- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner26 mins ago
Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless told the media on Monday that his baby daughter died at birth last week, ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde tweeted.
Quarless had missed the start of training camp and head coach Mike McCarthy said on the first day of camp that the tight end was "dealing with a very difficult, extremely difficult family situation" and wasn't sure when he'd rejoin the team.
More Quarless: “It’s the saddest day of my life. I thank this team for the type of support they have given me to help me get through this."
Quarless got in trouble this offseason with an arrest in Miami on gun charges, firing a weapon outside a parking garage, and even though the Packers stuck with him, Quarless has yet to hear from the NFL on a possible suspension related to the matter.
But right now, his thoughts have to be on family. He's back at practice — amazingly — but you certainly could understand if Quarless would need more time away in such a time of tragedy.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner38 mins ago
Taxpayers in St. Louis might end up partially funding a new NFL stadium for St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the 77th richest man in America at $6.3 billion according to Forbes, and have almost no say in it.
St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Thomas Frawley ruled that no public vote will be required to build a riverfront stadium for the Rams, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The stadium is expected to cost $998 million, the Post-Dispatch said. The governor's task force broke down the costs for all parties as $250 million from team ownership, a $200 million National Football League loan to the owners, $187 million in tax incentives, $201 million in state and city bond proceeds and $160 million in seat license sales, the report said.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the eight new Hall of Famers, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.
Junior Seau San Diego Chargers 1990-2002 Miami Dolphins 2003-05 New England Patriots 2006-09 Linebacker
Seau dragged the Chargers to their one and only Super Bowl appearance with one good arm.
Seau had a pinched nerve in his neck for most of the 1994 season, which meant he was basically playing without his left arm. And in the AFC championship game at Pittsburgh at the end of that season, he had a phenomenal 16-tackle game. It was the quintessential Seau performance, with him flying around everywhere on the field and disrupting the Steelers all day. He was great. The Chargers won their only AFC championship in the final minute when linebacker Dennis Gibson batted down a fourth-down pass deep in San Diego territory.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2015 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 8, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.
NO. 6: DENVER BRONCOS
When you have a quarterback like Peyton Manning, everything else is just the previews before the movie starts.
The story lines around the Denver Broncos all revolve around Manning's fade last season, if this is his last year and how he fits in Gary Kubiak's run-centric offense. Other questions on the first couple days of Broncos camp seemed like an intrusion. (When I visited Broncos camp, I wrote about Manning and the offense too, here and here.)
And you wonder how Denver's third-ranked defense feels about all of that.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
When the NFL asked Maine's Scarborough Police Department to keep an eye on commissioner Roger Goodell's $6.5 million coastal vacation home, "the shield" probably didn't anticipate an aerial attack.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Life around the Dallas Cowboys is just a little different.
If you didn't know that already, it probably became clear when the Cowboys' Twitter feed proudly shared a clip of star receiver Dez Bryant and cornerback Tyler Patmon throwing haymakers at each other when tempers got hot at practice.
And what did owner Jerry Jones think of Bryant, his new $70 million investment, fighting a teammate at training camp?
“That’s good stuff," Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "That’s training camp. Now that’s not new. That’s been happening at our training camps for years and years and years. It is a throwback to the years when you saw Michael Irvin out here, Deion [Sanders] and those guys.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The San Diego Chargers have been given a soft deadline of the next 10-14 days to sign quarterback Philip Rivers to a contract extension, and yet Rivers is hardly the only Chargers free-agent-to-be of note in 2016.
Tight end Antonio Gates and safety Eric Weddle also are set to enter the final years of their respective contracts, and with the state of the franchise — this whole L.A. business and all that — up in the air, it's not clear if there's room for all of them to return.
Weddle seems to have realized this, and he's talking like a man who might already have come to the mental grips of playing for a new team in 2016. In an interview with NFL Network, Weddle made it sound like he might have packed a bag or two — and not just for training camp.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was suspended six games by the team, punishment for an allegedly ugly incident this offseason that led to his arrest.
Kromer was arrested for assault and battery after allegedly confronting a boy about the use of beach chairs and then punching the boy in the face, The police's press release also said Kromer told one of the boys that if he reported him to the police, Kromer would "kill his family."
This wasn't the first time Kromer was in the news for something negative in the past year. He was in the middle of a Chicago Bears controversy when he was the team's offensive coordinator, when it was found out that he was the source of an anonymous leak for a report that the Bears had "buyer's remorse"about quarterback Jay Cutler. He was fired at the end of the season, along with the rest of the coaching staff. He hooked on with the Buffalo Bills as an offensive line coach, then found worse headlines.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Lost a bit in the hoopla of the Philadelphia Eagles trading quarterbacks this offseason was that the quarterback they acquired was coming off back-to-back major knee injuries.
It appears, however, that Sam Bradford has had a successful rehab. Bradford, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury during the 2013 season and suffered another torn ACL in the preseason last year, practiced on Sunday when the Eagles opened camp.
He " didn’t look hindered at all " according to Philly.com's Jeff McLane.
McLane also wrote that Bradford has ditched a bulky knee brace in favor of a sleeve. Bradford told reporters the big brace was too constricting. He looks to be on track to start the Eagles' preseason opener, on Aug. 16.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Chip Kelly might be a bit crazy when it comes to personnel moves, but that doesn't make the Philadelphia Eagles coach a racist, no matter how hard people pitch that controversy.
Running back LeSean McCoy was first to insinuate Kelly was racist, likely because he was hurt he was traded to the Buffalo Bills. Former Eagles lineman Tra Thomasjoined in the chorus for some reason. Now the comments of cornerback Brandon Boykin, after he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, are being put under the "is Kelly really a racist?" microscope. Ugh.
In a text to Derrick Gunn of CSN Philly, Boykin said Kelly is “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.”