CTE expert Dr. Chris Nowinski to NFL stars: Stop hiding concussions

Dr. Chris Nowinski found it “incredibly disappointing” what he has heard in the past week from Calvin Johnson, Drew Brees and Tom Brady’s wife. The frank acknowledgments — one, of course, coming second-hand — that NFL superstars still keep brain injuries a secret, again confirmed something very dangerous.

“The troubling thing is, we’re not hearing from NFL players that it’s bad to hide concussions,’’ Nowinski, the co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and of the Boston University CTE Center, told Sporting News on Monday.

“It’s a terrible message to send to young players,’’ Nowinski continued. “You could not express a worse public health message than this, to tell them to hide a concussion from their team.’’

Forget about Fox’s piece becoming available. It has the NFC package, which means it has the Cowboys, the most popular NFL TV draw. During Fox’s upfront presentation, the network trotted out two Cowboys legends — No. 1 game analyst Troy Aikman and “Fox NFL Sunday” analyst Jimmy Johnson — to remind ad buyers of the network’s Cowboys connection.

NBC and CBS like the NFL so much, they split the arguably inferior “Thursday Night Football” package to add to their Sunday packages.

There’s also growing competition from the tech sector. The NFL cut a deal with Amazon Prime to take over its “TNF” package this season. Savvy sports Cheap Jerseys Good Quality media types have told me it’s only a matter of time before Amazon and other tech giants, such as Facebook and Google/YouTube, challenge networks for live sports rights — or at least partner with them, which will make negotiations that much more complicated.

If TNT wants to get back into the NFL TV game, it had better be ready to navigate Cheap Jerseys MLB that tough road.

Dalvin Cook making strong first impression, could emerge as fantasy stud

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott proved last year that rookie running backs can be fantasy football assets. Dalvin Cook could join him this year among the fantasy elite.

The Vikings traded up to get Cook with the 41st pick in last month’s NFL Draft despite having already signed former Raiders back Latavius Murray. Most NFL teams use multiple running backs, and Cook appears poised to be the lightning to Murray’s thunder.

Speed backs can be hard to predict while making the jump to the NFL. The game is faster and they sometimes can’t rely purely on their speed like they did in college. But Cook looks like a solid all-around back.

Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has certainly been impressed with his rookie during OTAs.

“He certainly caught our eye in the rookie stuff,” Shurmur told reporters, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Now that he’s in with the vets, you can still see all the things that we saw. He’s a very instinctive runner. He’ll get his foot down and gets up the field. He’s actually pretty instinctive when it comes to who to block in pass protection and he catches the ball extremely well… He’s making good progress.”

While it is not uncommon for a coach to praise his rookie, it’s nice to hear that Cook has done well as a blocker. That can often be one of the main Cheap Jerseys China NHL detriments to playing time early in a running back’s career.

From a fantasy standpoint, Cook will Cheap Ireland Jerseys possess more value in PPR (points per reception) leagues than in standard leagues, at least to start the season, because Murray figures to claim most of the red-zone carries.

Chiefs’ Alex Smith admits he’s looking over his shoulder at rookie Patrick Mahomes

Alex Smith feels like he may have been in this movie before, and in the first showing, it didn’t end well for the tragic figure.

The Chiefs, Smith’s current team, traded up in the NFL Draft last month to select quarterback Patrick Mahomes. When Smith was in San Francisco in 2011, the 49ers drafted QB Colin Kaepernick in the second round. Kaepernick replaced Smith as the starter midway through the 2012 Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys season, and Smith was traded to Kansas City the following March.

On Tuesday, a judge also dismissed the assault and disorderly conduct charges as a result of Jones’ guilty plea. Video of Jones’ arrest caught him yelling profanities at an officer, including the phrase, “I hope you die tomorrow.”

“I would like to apologize for my actions that night towards the police officer,” Jones said in court. “That is not an example of how I want kids to see me.”

Although a number of the charges were dismissed, the NFL is still likely to step in. Jones is a repeat offender as arrests early in his career almost cut his professional football life short, but the Bengals gave him another chance and have supported him since.

“I’m trying to get better every day with the necessary treatments that I’m taking,” Jones said Tuesday.

The cornerback has been mostly quiet about the arrest in public. When asked about the incident last month, Jones erupted at a reporter.

Roger Goodell: Tom Brady was not diagnosed with a concussion last season

Gisele Bundchen ruffled a lot of feathers last week when she said her husband, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, had a concussion last year and has “concussions pretty much every year.”

Bundchen’s comment on “CBS This Morning” caused some to question the integrity of the Patriots’ injury report because Brady never appeared on it last year for a concussion.

For now, the Texans aren’t looking to thrust Quessenberry back on the field since it has been so long since he has practiced, let alone played. But he said the team is working with him and has been supportive since his cancer diagnosis at age 23.

“That’s what they’re working on right now,” Quessenberry said. “We’re in uncharted territory. But I feel great and it will be very soon where I can play. I’m definitely not the same person, probably physically and mentally. But I think I came out of this stronger, both physically and mentally.”

Quessenberry was diagnosed with the disease in June 2014 after he felt constantly tired and had a continual cough. Even though his cancer was said to be in remission in February 2015, he completed his final treatment in April.

The sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys has yet to Cheap Barcelona Jerseys play in an NFL game after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a broken foot but he has remained with the Texans on their non-football injury list.

Dodgers re-sign veteran Chase Utley, add Franklin Gutierrez

Manny produced a career offensive WAR of 81.2; McGwire was at 64.8, Palmeiro at 66.7 and Sosa at 49.6. But you probably didn’t need a reminder of Manny’s no-doubt Hall statistics, or that he’d already hit 527 homers and had a 1.004 career OPS before that 2009 suspension.

And you don’t need a reminder that the tide is turning when it comes to players connected to PEDs. I will, though, remind you that this was my first Hall of Fame vote, so obviously I can’t speak for what voters did when McGwire and Palmeiro arrived on and disappeared from the ballot. I wrote about my thoughts on Sosa at the end of this column.

Veteran second baseman Chase Utley reportedly turned down several free agent offers to sign a one-year deal to stay with the Dodgers.

Also, the Los Angeles Times reported that the club has agreed to Cheap Dog Jerseys a one-year, $2.6 million deal with outfielder Franklin Gutierrez.

The 38-year-old Utley appeared in 138 games last season, hitting 14 home runs and slashing .252/.319/.396, usually from the leadoff spot. The Dodgers acquired Logan Forsythe in January as the full-time second baseman, so Utley, a six-time All Star, will primarily be used for depth.

Gutierrez brings some much-needed pop for the Dodgers against left-handers. He hit 12 home runs, with an .884 OPS, in 186 at-bats against lefties with Seattle last season. The veteran, who turns 34 next week, must pass a physical before the deal is finalized.
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NFL free agency rumors: Cowboys will reportedly release Tony Romo barring ‘major upset’

Despite rumors of a trade, Tony Romo will reportedly be cut by the Cowboys, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter tweeted Saturday that barring a “major upset” the Cowboys will have to release the four-time Pro Bowler.

Based off multiple people inside league, it would be a major upset if Dallas is able to trade Tony Romo. Cowboys will have to release him.

Romo, who is under contract in Dallas through 2019, is likely not in the Cowboys’ future plans with Dak Prescott solidified as the team’s starting quarterback.

By releasing Romo, the Cowboys would save $5.1 million against the cap. The Texans and Broncos appear to the frontrunners to land the 37-year-old.

Houston made some major cap space this week by sending overpaid quarterback Brock Osweiler, a sixth-round in 2017 and a second-round in 2018 pick to the Cleveland Browns for a fourth-round pick in 2017. The deal clears the way for the Texans to sign Romo.

The offseason pinwheel hasn’t stopped spinning quite yet, but most major league teams have at least a pretty good idea which players will be in the starting lineup on opening day.

So, because we miss baseball, we thought we’d take a look at the best Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys infield units (starters only) in baseball. Next, we’ll look at the best outfields, then best rotations and, finally, best bullpens.
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Boulware had led Clemson with 116 tackles last season and had 11 1/2 tackles for loss and four sacks.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Thursday Boulware will probably always play with a chip on his shoulder.

“If he had been taken in the first round, he would have rolled Cheap Discount Jerseys in with a chip on his shoulder. That’s just kind of who Ben is,” Swinney told reporters at the annual annual Prowl and Growl Tour in Greenville, S.C., via the Post and Courier. “But he’s a football player. He shines between the lines.

“There are always guys bigger, taller, faster and all that stuff but there’s very few that are going to play better. That has never changed for him. In his entire life playing football from peewee to middle school to high school to college, it’s not going to be any different at the next level. He’ll be just fine.”

Boulware was a twoyear starter at Clemson and a defensive captain. The knock on him coming out of Clemson is that he isn’t athletic enough to succeed at the next level. But it’s his intangibles that make him a coach’s dream. He was actually so excited to get to work, he showed up at Bank of America Stadium an hour and a half early to beat Charlotte traffic, then took a nap in his car until it was time to go.

Savage was the only QB draft pick in the first three years of the Bill O’Brien regime. But he’s a fourth-round flyer who was limited with an elbow injury late last season. He has little chance to provide legitimate results.

Watson, on the other hand, is a weapon the Texans haven’t had at quarterback, since, well, ever.
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The Bears gave up a lot to move up one spot to get North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2.

UCLA edge-rusher Takkarist McKinley went one step further after being picked by Atlanta at No. 26. Wanting to honor the late grandmother who helped raise him, McKinley took the stage sporting a framed photo of Myrtle Collins.

Following his interaction with Goodell, McKinley turned his back to the crowd and began screaming about how he fulfilled a promise to Collins by making it out of a tough Oakland neighborhood onto college and now the NFL.

McKinley remained amped as Deion Sanders approached, telling the NFL Network analyst, “That means every f—ing thing to me! Excuse my language. Fine me later, man! Fine me later!”

If anything, Goodell himself should pay the fine if the FCC comes a calling. It’s money well spent for the exclamation point McKinley provided to a draft that hopefully Cheap NFL Jerseys China serves as a harbinger to an equally entertaining 2017 season.

Speaking of unpredictable, competitive divisions, only Carolina has won consecutive NFC South titles (2013-16) since 2002, when the division was created. The 2017 edition is expected to be same song, different verse, with all four teams’ win totals separated by just 1.5 games. New Orleans’ win projection of eight is the highest total for the “worst” team in any division.

It clearly was devalued in this draft. The Bears gave up a lot to move up one spot to get North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2. The Chiefs gave up a lot to move up 17 spots to get Patrick Mahomes II at No. 10. The Texans gave up their first-round pick in 2018 to the Browns to move up 13 spots and land Watson. The move came after the Texans traded Brock Osweiler’s monster salary to Cleveland on March 9.

The Oklahoma State receiver had been suspended during his final season for a recruiting violation

Coach Marvin Lewis has done an underappreciated job of turning a joke franchise — the Bengals averaged a 5-11 record during 11 consecutive non-winning seasons before he arrived — into a consistent playoff contender. In part, the lack of appreciation stems from the absence of a single playoff victory. It’s never been clear, though, whether Lewis lacks the will or authority to demand a greater emphasis on character with the roster.

Following that Patriots game in ’07, he could be heard yelling through the locker room doors, “If you don’t want to be on this team, please don’t show show up! You don’t call the offense; you don’t call the plays. You just play. Nowhere in the NFL do guys act like this.”

That side of Lewis hasn’t really been seen since. Brown’s imprint on the team remains strong, as evidenced by his defense of the Mixon pick.

The Oklahoma State receiver had been suspended during his final season for a recruiting violation; he had what they call a “troubled” past and was subject to the now-infamous question about his mother by the Dolphins general manager in a pre-draft interview. The Cowboys Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys refused to repeat the Moss mistake, traded up and caught Bryant before he fell further.

It was practically unanimous that the Arizona State linebacker was a first-round talent, but it was just as unanimous that he was the riskiest player of that draft class. Between all his on-field personal fouls, a reported failed drug test and a disastrous combine, teams ran from him as if he was a typhoid carrier. Not surprisingly, some of the same issues have surfaced with the Bengals over the years — and so has the immense ability.

The Thunder already had to be perfect to compete with a team as gifted offensively as the Rockets

In all, the Thunder held a 14-point third-quarter lead. That advantage evaporated when Westbrook went to the bench. Oklahoma City outscored Houston by 14 points with its MVP front-runner on the floor. When he exited the game, the Rockets erased that lead wholly.

The Thunder’s late-game breakdown was reminiscent of their Game 2 woes, where the Oklahoma City offense reduced to ash behind Westbrook’s 18 fourth-quarter shot attempts. Of those 18, the Thunder guard only made four, while the rest of the team shot 4-of-11 in the final period.

The Thunder already had to be perfect to compete with a team as gifted offensively as the Rockets. Folding late in games won’t help their case, either.

Houston will look to wrap things up when they take Game 5 back home. The Thunder will need another Herculean effort from Westbrook, who posted both his third straight triple-double and the fastest playoff triple-double in the last 20 years, to stay alive.

If Oklahoma City wins, it earns a shot at redemption on its home floor in Game 6. But one thing is for sure: The Thunder can’t melt down the way they did in Game 2 — or on Sunday.

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In this respect, Ferraro is echoing voices of the game like THN’s Ken Campbell, another writer who’s been vocal in condemning the culture in the NHL that allows violence to escalate to this level.

Ferraro is consistent and openly condemning of dirty play wherever it comes from – as seen in a tweet today where someone asks “what about the Crosby slash on Methot” and he reacts equally disgustedly. Campbell, too, has written a column bemoaning the NHL’s lack of protection for “star players” like Crosby. Even Tie Domi (TIE DOMI!) has said that hockey needs to sort itself out and that the Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys mentality of such things as “a hockey play” needs to be eliminated from the game.