Ratings in the NFL, while still stronger than any other challenger on the television landscape, continue to decline, and a new survey by Yahoo Sports and YouGov discerns several reasons why. In a survey of 1,136 Americans who identified themselves as NFL fans, 29 percent said they are watching fewer NFL games. Worth noting: the 40 percent of the “watching less NFL” group claiming protests as the reason represents 12 percent of all NFL fans.
Redskins linebacker Su’a Cravens was a full participant in practice for the first time since getting a concussion in a game against the Browns on October 2. That certainly is good news regarding the rookie’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Lions but that still remains up in the air. Cravens is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol. “He’s going to get evaluated tomorrow, but he did everything today,” said Gruden. “So it’s just the progression of things and the protocol. He’s get checked out by the independent [doctor] tomorrow and hopefully he’ll get good news.” Gruden said that getting through practice was not a problem for Cravens. “He looked great today,” he said. “He did a lot
Colleague Frank Schwab did a thorough job breaking down why the San Francisco 49ers are the worst team in the NFL right now, and could remain at or near the bottom of the league for a while. From subpar drafts to an avoidance (refusal?) to sign big-money free agents to his force-out of coach Jim Harbaugh after the 2014 season, general manager Trent Baalke has made a mess of the Niners. As Schwab notes, Baalke and the team did have to deal with an almost unprecedented offseason in 2015, as a litany of key players decided to retire.