If a report by CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd is correct, Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith, a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, has a nice payday ($700,000) coming his way because of a payout from his loss-of-draft-value insurance policy. Smith had surgery early last year to reconstruct his left anterior cruciate ligament after injuring his knee in Notre Dame's bowl game in the 2015 season. The injury was enough for Smith to fall to the Cowboys in the second round of last year's NFL draft (34th overall pick). Though he's not fully recovered, Smith says the nerves are beginning to fire in his knee and that he's 'gonna ball this year.' The Cowboys are counting on him to be a contributor in 2017.
This fall, the football team in the tiny Oregon logging town of Banks will once again take the field as the Braves. It's one of many changes in the works this spring across Oregon prompted by the nation's long-running uproar over Native American sports mascots. School districts in the state with tribal mascots must do away with them by July 1 or risk punishment that could include the withholding of state funds.
On Thursday, officially, we could put an end to the case of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey (but don’t stop brainstorming that Mauricio Ortega documentary, that thing will be gold). The FBI posted a picture of Brady’s jerseys from Super Bowls XLIX and LI back at Gillette Stadium, alongside the Patriots’ five Lombardi Trophies.