Tom Brady limited in practice due to hand injury

Tom Brady was limited in practice Wednesday due to an injury in his throwing hand.

According to the Boston Herald, a teammate ran into Brady in practice, jamming his hand.

Miami led by double digits before halftime, but the game stayed close throughout most of the second half. It was tied with about three minutes left when Harden hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired. That was the start of a 7-2 run that made it 95-90 with 38 seconds left.

James Johnson missed a 3-pointer on the other end, but Miami’s Hassan Whiteside grabbed the rebound. Harden blocked his layup, and Houston added a dunk by Clint Capela with 18 seconds left.

Ramsay has stated that the Jaguars, already winners of two playoffs games this year, will go on to win the Super Bowl. The defending champion Patriots aren’t ready to concede just yet.

If you’re going to make a statement like that, you better be able to back it up, Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. It’s a bold statement to make. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That’s all I can really say about that.

The Jaguars are set to play in their first AFC championship since 1999 at New England, where the Patriots will be playing in their seventh straight AFC championship.

Toby Hegner chipped in 16 points for Creighton (16-5, 6-3 Big East). It was Foster’s 11th 20-plus game this season and 35th of his career.

Simon had 17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals for St. John’s (10-11, 0-9), which has lost seven of those conference games by seven points or fewer. Shamorie Ponds, who leads the team in scoring at 20.7 points per game, was just 3-for-11 shooting and scored seven points.patriots_144_5ea496525832b01a-180x180

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones throws shade at AT&T Stadium sunlight complaints

Those complaints about on-field glare at the Cowboys’ $1.2 billion stadium? Youstick ’em where the sun doesn’t shine, Jerry Jones says.

“But the sun has not been a factor at all in any win or loss we’ve had in that stadium.”

The Cowboys play their two remaining home day games in the 3:30 CT time slot, meaning the sun could again be an issue. Their other two remaining home games are in primetime.

Listen to “The Jerry Jones Show” on 105.3 The Fan below:

“It’s a tough one,” he said. “Thankfully, we get to go right back at it Thursday. I’ll watch this a couple times and hopefully forget about it and move on.”

Prescott was without both a suspended Ezekiel Elliott and an injured Tyron Smith for a second consecutive game, but he said ”there are no excuses.”

“We’re not putting it together,” Prescott said. “We get the running game going and the passing game is not, we get the passing game going and the running game is not. Us as players, we’ve just got to find a way to get it done better on the field.”

Luckily for Prescott, his shot to rinse the taste of Sunday out of his mouth comes quickly as Dallas hosts the Chargers at 4:30 p.m. ET Thanksgiving Day.

Instead, Jagr got a contract with the Calgary Flames, which means a full season of Jagr assaulting the record books, Jagr defying the expectations for what a 45-year-old athlete can accomplish and Jagr extolling his Hockey Jedi wisdom during every tour stop with bon mots like, “If someone loses their speed, they are going to replace him with somebody quicker. That’s why you have to have something that nobody has, so that they can’t replace you.”
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The Hurricanes finish the regular season at Pittsburgh on Nov. 24.

“Obviously, when we beat them in 1995, it was one of my early memories because we had not beaten them before,” long-time Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. “That was my first year as coordinator, and we were 0-2 going into that game.

In fact, if the Hurricanes win, the only team that could beat them out of their first title-game appearance would be Virginia. The Cavaliers have lost twice in league play going into their game against Georgia Tech on Saturday and could wind up in a tie with the Hurricanes if they would win out and Miami loses one other league game.

One more loss, however, would eliminate Virginia from the race.

The Cavaliers and Hurricanes meet Nov. 18 in Miami.

USC’s players trotted off the field while a few of Arizona State’s lingered as the officials went to a replay review. After about five minutes, they ruled Williams caught the ball in the end zone before falling out to the 1.

Arizona State’s PAT team took the field, but had to wait as the Trojans’ special-teams unit returned from the locker room. Brandon Ruiz’s extra point cut USC’s lead to 31-10, and the Sun Devils pulled within two touchdowns on Wilkins’ 1-yard dive to open the second half.

Arizona State’s penchant for missing tackles gave USC the momentum back when Jones, who had a 67-yard scoring run in the first half, shed several defenders on a 64-yard dash to make it 38-17.

“We prepared ourselves, but a couple of us didn’t come ready to play today,” Arizona State linebacker D.J. Calhoun said. “You win together, you lose together.”patriots_033

Roger Goodell makes presentation to NFL owners concerning demonstrations

Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff made a presentation to NFL owners similar to the one made earlier Tuesday to the players in an attempt to resolve the issues surrounding the national anthem demonstrations, a senior NFL official told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

NFL owners, players and representatives met to discuss social issues in the wake of protests across the league, and many involved called the session a positive step.
The owners have been asked to consider Goodell’s presentation and work with the players as a dialogue about the topic continues, the source said.

The official told ESPN that the players and owners have agreed to meet again soon to hammer out specific steps and actions that can be taken jointly to resolve the issue.

Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality.

Once the season started, Folk struggled even more. He missed almost half of his attempts, going just 6 of 11 on field goals and 7 of 9 on extra points.

The Buccaneers will have to try to find some kind of consistency at a position that seems almost cursed. They haven’t had a kicker who has lasted more than one season since Connor Barth’s first stint with the team, from 2008-12. In that time, they’ve trotted out Rian Lindell (2013), Patrick Murray (2014), Kyle Brindza (2015), Barth again (2015), Aguayo (2016), and Folk (2017).

They have the worst field goal percentage in the NFL since then by a wide margin, just 74.1 percent. In the past two seasons alone, the Bucs have hit only 28 of 42 field goal attempts, or a paltry 66.7 percent.

Murray has spent time with the Saints and the Browns. When he played for the Buccaneers in 2014, he made 20 of 24 field goal attempts.sabres_002

Odell Beckham traveled to Dallas, may still sit vs. Cowboys

Odell Beckham is in Dallas, but that doesn’t mean he’ll been seen in action at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night.

While the Giants wide receiver flew to Dallas with the team ahead of their regular-season opener against the Cowboys, he may sit out as he continues to heal from an ankle injury.

That explains part of the issue, but you’re probably wondering why they cut him earlier in the week as well. The answer, again, is money. By not making the 53-man roster, Spiller’s contract went from $980,000 to $900,000. It’s not much and it hardly seems worth all of this drama, but I guess you gotta save money where you can.

The drama appears to be over for now, although don’t be surprised if Spiller gets released again at some point this season. Rookie Kareem Hunt looked great in his debut, and Charcandrick West is a solid backup as well. There’s not much opportunity for Spiller to get touches.

Dalton used to be reliable in 1 p.m. ET home games at the very least. But he was an absolute mess, looking like a rookie in the headlights vs. Baltimore’s pressure. He was sacked five times and had five turnovers — including four INTs vs. only 16 completions. Now he has to play in his least favorite time slot, at night, on Thursday, vs. the team that’s given him the most trouble: Houston. The whispers may be heard with another meltdown, given the Bengals would then have a long week to prepare McCarron to start in Green Bay.

Nothing like a shutout in AFC North play to remind fans of daunting defenses past. Their strong front exploited one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, leaving easy pickings for the secondary. Let’s see how things go when they play the Steelers and Raiders back-to-back in a few weeks.
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Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer and Week 1 Indianapolis starter Scott Tolzien were not in the survey.

I projected Kizer with a 4.0 tier average — in the Blake Bortles range for now — while slotting Tolzien at the bottom with a 4.5. All over/unders are courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook as of Sept. 5.

Because of a number of decisions you have to make, you can’t skip any cut-scenes —even if this is your second time going through the story mode. It doesn’t matter because what happens in the story mode relies on the choices you have made.

There isn’t just one singular ending to this story mode, and your choices will determine which ending occurs. The scenes run long at certain points and save checkpoints aren’t as convenient. There were times when I was scared to quit the game because that would mean that I’d have to listen to the same dialogue again.

The ball placed on either hash mark eliminates lots of options for both sides of the ball. More often than not, the ball will be run toward the field (away from the sidelines), because there is more space out there. If the ball is run into the boundary (toward the sidelines), it’s typically an inside zone, or in the rare instance there’s a TE down there, maybe a power play. Being on a hash narrows down the amount of pressures that can be run.

Usually, if a team will run a zone blitz where the DE drops into coverage, it wants that DE to be into the boundary because he has to cover less ground. When the ball is in the middle of the field, a zone pressure can come from anywhere. Also, when a team is in a 3×1 formation on the hash — three players are out wide in the formation, with one into the boundary — this really defines the pressure situation for the offense. The defense has to cheat big time to cover all that ground to the field if it wants to bring pressure. It’s easier to see for the offense.

Jets claim TE Will Tye off waivers from Giants

Hurt by injuries and a suspension at tight end, the New York Jets claimed Will Tye on waivers.

He was among four players claimed by the Jets on Sunday. New York also claimed wide receivers Kalif Raymond (from the Denver Broncos), Damore’ea Stringfellow (from the Miami Dolphins) and linebacker Edmond Robinson (from the Minnesota Vikings).

To create room for the new additions, the Jets waived running back Marcus Murphy, tight end Jason Vander Laan and linebacker Freddie Bishop and released veteran linebacker Bruce Carter.

With Taylor’s status initially uncertain for Sunday’s game, the Bills had been preparing to start fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman. They also signed veteran quarterback Joe Webb on Monday.

Webb is expected to take over Yates’ role as the No. 3 quarterback.

In three preseason games, Taylor completed 48 percent of his passes for 100 yards, two interceptions and a 27.9 quarterback rating.

Also on Tuesday, the Bills re-signed safety Colt Anderson after releasing him Monday. They signed defensive tackle Cedric Thornton and waived defensive tackle Deandre Coleman.

Schatz: Houston. The Texans’ schedule is somewhat front-loaded in Weeks 2-5 (at Bengals and Patriots, then Titans and Chiefs at home) so a slow start is a distinct possibility. There’s no reason to believe Watson would be worse than Tom Savage, and the upside is so much greater. A Week 6 home game against Cleveland would be a pretty nice way to ease the rookie in with his first start.
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49ers schedule 2017: San Francisco gets treated to needed breaks

The 49ers’ 2017 schedule is one of the NFC’s most favorable for their first regular season with Kyle Shanahan as coach and John Lynch as general manager. With low preseason expectations, this season is all about improving and potentially climbing out of the NFC West basement.

Although at a glance San Francisco gets breaks with fellow last-place teams in the AFC South, their own division and the NFC East balances that out for another well below-.500 outlook.

“They haven’t let me down or haven’t let this team down yet.”

The Bills revamped their receiving corps by trading Sammy Watkins and acquiring Matthews in separate deals on Friday. Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2014 draft, was dealt to the Rams along with a sixth-round pick for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-rounder. The Bills then made a deal with the Eagles for Matthews and a third-round pick next year for cornerback Ronald Darby.

Wentz, who drove Matthews to the airport after one last dinner with four other Eagles players, was notified of the trade after it was completed but before it was announced. Given their chemistry both on and off the field, Wentz knows Matthews’ presence will be hard to replicate but is still hopeful he finds his groove in Buffalo.

“We were so close off the field that on the field that helped,” Wentz said. “Replacing a guy like that in the locker room is definitely not going to be easy.”

Matthews, a second-round pick in 2014, was second on the Eagles with 73 receptions last season.

Three names didn’t help Tolliver find success with any of his five NFL teams, but 1994 with the then-Houston Oilers was the lowlight. He went 0-7 with a passer rating of 62.6 and a completion percentage of just 50.4. He also took 28 sacks, or 10 percent of his dropbacks. He resurfaced in the league three seasons later only to be slightly less awful for the Chiefs, Falcons and Saints.dolphins_116

Dontari Poe and Alex Smith earned extra cash for losing weight and showing up

Imagine working at a job that would pay you hundreds of thousands — or even millions — extra just for losing a little weight or showing up when you were supposed to be there. That was the case for Dontari Poe and Alex Smith this week.

Poe, the Falcons’ new defensive tackle, has several make-weight bonuses built into his contract. Every time he hits a benchmark, he gets a hefty bonus. No pun intended.

So Dallas Cowboys defensive end David Irving probably should’ve thought twice before showing up for camp with nipple rings … because the obvious happened.

Irving tweeted Thursday night that he lost a nipple ring in practice, and it was about as gross as you’d expect.

Irving, 23, is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy, so his nipple should have plenty of time to heal before it’s time for the third-year pass rusher to go after opposing quarterbacks in the regular season.

But for now, Irving’s going to keep practicing in camp and it will probably be uncomfortable. Maybe that’s a good thing, though.

A quality starter his first two years, Fuller’s 2016 ended before it began when he got knee surgery in training camp and ended up missing the entire season. Fuller should be healthy in time for the 2017 season, but the Bears are clearly hedging their bets, signing Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper in free agency. Now playing for a coaching staff and GM who didn’t draft him, it’s not a sure thing that Fuller gets his fifth-year option picked up.
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Rajon Rondo reportedly agrees to one-year deal with Pelicans

Rajon Rondo is making his way to New Orleans.

According to USA Today, the former Chicago Bulls point guard agreed to a one-year deal with the Pelicans on Saturday.

Rondo averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists during the 2016-17 season with the Bulls and had Chicago on the brink of a first round upset of the Boston Celtics, but a hand injury forced him to miss the final four games of the series, all of which the Bulls lost.

Rondo joins Jrue Holiday in signing with the Pelicans this offseason. Holiday agreed to a five-year contract worth some $126-150 million with added bonuses July 1.

Well, the Pelicans just added an All-Star in his prime at a time when they’re only 2.5 games out of the playoffs at the break. That’s always good!

Cousins should help to ease the load on Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, both of whom are having stellar seasons. There is some concern that Cousins and Davis may not be an ideal pairing — especially given the success Davis has had at the 5 this year and the overall direction of the league toward small ball. But in terms of skill allocation on the floor, Davis and Cousins have everything you could want on both ends.

Over the last two years, Cousins has morphed into a dynamic offensive force that is equally as comfortable outside as he is in the paint. The 6-11 center has stretched out his range, hitting 95 3s this season on nearly 36 percent from behind the arc. He’s also morphed into a prolific passer, particularly in both the mid and high posts, plus is still deadly as a post-up weapon. That versatility of skills will mesh nicely with Davis, who excels as a pick-and-roll/pop big man and as a baseline cutter/rim runner. Basically, these two have a perfect mix of power (Cousins), length (Davis) and quickness (both). steelers_004