Orlando Franklin: I've never been 100 percent healthy going into a game, playing hurt is part of the jobOrlando Franklin at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Denver Broncos offensive lineman is giving Yahoo Canada Sports an exclusive first-person account of life in the NFL. Franklin grew up in Toronto before playing at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Broncos in the second round in 2011.
Picture being in a car crash on a Sunday. You spend the entire following week trying to recover, trying to get healthy. Then come the next Sunday, you get into another car crash.
That’s what life is like in the NFL. Everybody’s hurt. I’ve never been 100 percent healthy going into a football game. Ever. Even since college. You just try to get as close to 100 percent as possible. It’s a battle of constantly trying to get as healthy as possible then ruining your body all over again.
In my four years in the NFL I’ve started every game except one. That was last year. I had a high ankle sprain. The doctor told me I should sit out for four weeks, I sat out one week. I just wanted to get back out there and I felt like I was able to be effective.Sun, Nov 231:25 PM PSTMiami at DenverPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
We should be able to point to some good reason why an 0-10 team beats a 7-3 team that has emerged as one of the safest picks every week in the NFL.
And in the case of the Kansas City Chiefs' upset loss to the Oakland Raiders, we have a few reasons.
The Chiefs were in a really tough situation on Thursday night. They were just four days removed from playing the Seahawks, a physical game. Teams haven't done well the past couple years the game after playing Seattle, and the Chiefs had just a few days rest. Kansas City's next game is a home game against Denver, and while we hear "one game at a time" all the time, players aren't robots. They know what that one means.Thu, Nov 20Kansas City20 - 24OaklandGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
The NFL's Ray Rice mess has been wiped up a tad in the public eye since the September release of the now-infamous "elevator" video, but its lasting ripples still can be felt in pop culture.
NBC's "Law & Order" series, in this case the "SVU" show, notoriously borrows (or rips) from real-life newsworthy incidents and folds those stories into their plots, and there's no question that the recent episode "Spousal Privilege" borrows from the post-Rice theme of domestic abuse.
Detective Ice-T, as I like to call him, is scanning some prurient material on the internet — all part of the job — when he stumbles upon a streaming video of a famous sportscaster appearing to push around his wife in a parking garage staircase on some kind of security camera. (I don't know how this happens exactly, or why, but consider this a tease to watch the entire show.)
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
You'll have to excuse the Oakland Raiders for losing their minds celebrating late in Thursday night's 24-20 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was their first victory in more than a calendar year.
Still the sight of linebackers Khalil Mack and Sio Moore celebrating a sack 15 yards offside as the clock ran and the Chiefs were getting ready to snap the ball was pretty darn funny.
The sack came on third down, with the Raiders trying to seal a close win. Maybe Mack and Moore thought the sack came on fourth down. Maybe they thought the Chiefs called a timeout, even though they had none left. Maybe the two were so overwhelmed by the moment they forgot what to do next. Either way, the two were doing goodness knows what well behind quarterback Alex Smith as he called for the snap.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
In an interview with USA Today, suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he never will use a switch again and that he thinks he might need a fresh start elsewhere once his NFL career resumes.
Peterson expressed remorse about the way he disciplined his 4-year-old child, which brought charges in Texas, caused Peterson to be placed on the NFL's exempt list and — following a plea deal in the case — a suspension for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season, through at least next April 15.
"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."
His status with the Vikings is unknown. The team said it supported the league's suspension of Peterson and did not comment further. Peterson suggested in the interview that it might be time for a new team.Sun, Nov 2310:00 AM PSTGreen Bay at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
You can forget about the Oakland Raiders now. That’s a good thing for them.
History won’t really remember these Raiders anymore, the way the 2008 Detroit Lions and their 0-16 finish will be remembered forever. The Raiders, who were 0-10 coming into Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, won 24-20. They can finish 1-15 and nobody will care much.
The NFL’s last winless team, which hadn’t won in more than a calendar year, knocked off a Chiefs team that was 7-3 and coming off a win against the defending champion Seahawks. If that doesn't sum up the NFL in this crazy 2014 season, nothing can.
It looked good early on for the Raiders, looked scary when the Chiefs took a fourth-quarter lead, and then running back Marcel Reece saved the day.
Latavius Murray, who had been criminally underused by the Raiders in their first 10 games, had two early touchdowns, including a 90-yard score. On his fourth carry he suffered a concussion and didn’t return. Even when something goes right for Oakland, it goes wrong.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying it would be "impractical" for the Buffalo Bills to host the New York Jets as scheduled on Sunday, given the heavy snow that has hit the area, the NFL will not play the game in Buffalo.
The NFL announced on Thursday afternoon that the game would not take place in Buffalo due to the storm. Instead, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Thursday night that the game will be 7 p.m. Eastern time in Detroit. Having the game in Buffalo just wasn't possible or safe.
"All available public safety resources must be available for the community at this time," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Twitter.
The three sites that were in consideration wre Detroit, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh, according to the New York Post.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
We’ve talked extensively this season about how a roundly accepted truism — that running backs should not be drafted in Round 1 in this day and age of the NFL — could be tested this coming April.
Earlier this season, the belief was that Georgia’s Todd Gurley was the one who was most likely to break that. But with Gurley’s ACL injury, which could put him on a timetable to return to football-related activities in late summer, his first-round possibilities are now cast in doubt.
Enter Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. The current all-time NCAA record holder in career yards per rush (8.46), Gordon set the FBS record last week for rushing yards in a game with 408, beating LaDainian Tomlinson’s mark from 1999 — and Gordon achieved it on a mere 25 carries, playing only the first three quarters.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Let's take a look back at the NFL's world before "Monday Night Football" on Oct. 5, 1998.
The Green Bay Packers ruled the NFC. They did not lose at Lambeau Field. Randy Moss was a fun and talented rookie, but one who still hadn't had a 100-yard game in the NFL. Moss' Minnesota Vikings were a bit of a surprise at 4-0. But, again, nobody won at Lambeau except the Packers. They had won 25 regular-season games in a row there.
That world changed in a big way.
By the end of that night, the Packers had no more home winning streak, the Vikings started on their way to being one of the storied (and yes, tragic) teams in NFL history, and we saw the birth of one of the greatest careers an NFL receiver has ever had.
The Packers had no answer for Moss in a 37-24 loss. It was like they hadn’t seen anyone like Moss before. And really, they hadn’t.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Tuesday will be known as the Day of Running Back Reckoning in the NFL, a day when teams once and for all determined that running backs were as disposable as water bottles, useful only for so long.
Cleveland cut loose Ben Tate and Pittsburgh released LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday, big-name backs that didn't deliver on their promise (andthey are by no means alone in that designation). But the churn goes on: the Patriots claimed Blount, and the Vikings picked up Ben Tate.
ESPN's Field Yates reports that the Vikings weren't alone in putting in a waiver claim for Tate; both the Colts and the Cardinals made a run at him as well. But the Vikings were the team with the worst record, and therefore got themselves a brand-new running back. The Colts' and Cardinals' bids for Tate are interesting given their records; clearly both are looking for more depth in the backfield as they head to the playoffs.