Teams have no legitimate reason to ask players about kneeling

When the national anthem controversy erupted in 2016 and became an even bigger issue for the league in 2017, the NFL made one point very clear publicly: Players have the right to kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the national anthem. Privately (and at times publicly), some of the NFL’s teams have sent a very different message.
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This duality has resulted in a collusion grievance from free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and a collusion Womens Tramaine Brock Jersey grievance could (in theory) be the path that free-agent safety Eric Reid eventually chooses to follow.

Setting aside personal opinions on whether it’s proper or improper to use the anthem as a mechanism for protest, as a matter of labor and employment law, it’s proper for players to choose to protest during the anthem. Which means that, as a matter of labor and employment law, it’s not proper for the NFL or its teams to hold protesting during the anthem against any player who chooses to protest.

With Kaepernick, the NFL’s teams had a chance to fix the problem before it got out of hand. With Reid, the window is still open. Once it closes, however, the NFL could end up with a second player claiming that the league and/or its teams are working in coordination to keep out of football one of the players who have been at the core of the issue of protests during the national anthem.

The Browns traded all three of last year’s quarterbacks, sending DeShone Kizer to the Packers, Cody Kessler to the Jaguars and Kevin Hogan to Washington. They’ve already acquired Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton, and will add another in two weeks when they draft one first overall.

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But as with most things Cleveland and quarterbacks, success tends to be short lived.

The last clean sweep was after the 2009 season, when they let Derek Anderson leave in free agency and traded Brady Quinn, and replaced them with Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, and Seneca Wallace.
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After the 2004 season, they released Jeff Garcia, traded Luke McCown and let Kelly Holcomb leave in free agency, and replaced them with Trent Dilfer and Charlie Frye.

And while a good Milt Plum reference wasn’t anything we were expecting today, the Browns can only hope it works out the way it did in the 1960s, instead of the way it generally has.

Monty Grow gets nearly 22-year prison sentence

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Former NFL player Monty Grow was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison and ordered to pay about $18 million in restitution for a health care fraud scheme, the
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It feels like the playoffs, especially now that we’re down 0-1, he said. We better be ready for it.

He originally signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers in 2014. Coleman spent most of that season on the practice squad before the Saints promoted him to the active roster December 26, 2014.

Coleman made the 53-player roster the past three seasons and played all 16 games each season. He has 79 career catches for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns.

Could another 49ers-Patriots quarterback trade be looming?

Last season, the Patriots and 49ers provided a major surprise with a deal that sent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from New England to San Francisco. Six months later, could they possibly get together for another quarterback deal?

As the draft approaches, there’s a sense that the top four quarterbacks have been whittled to a top three, with separation developing between the trio of Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen, who many regard as Joffrey Lupul Youth jersey the guy with the highest floor of all 2018 quarterbacks. If Rosen trickles out of the top five and if neither the Dolphins nor the Bills jump up to No. 6 (Colts), No. 7 (Bucs), or No. 8 (Bears) to get him, the 49ers will be sitting there at No. 9.

Honestly, just take it one day at a time, Martin said, via Deepi Sidhu of the team website. Right now, I’m doing the workouts, doing the meetings, trying to get mental and trying to get back.

Martin had the same injury during training camp his rookie season, costing him all of 2016 after surgery. He started 14 games last season before injuring his ankle in a December 17 game against Jacksonville.

Yeah, obviously I’ve been through this before, Martin said. Definitely easier the second time just from a mental standpoint. Also, we have great guys, Deshaun [Watson], J.J. [Watt] in there, too, rehabbing, making it competitive and keeping people going.

A former second-round pick, Martin is hoping for better health this season.

It really makes you appreciate just the game of football, going back to basics, Martin said.

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While trusting Facebook with any of your information seems especially risky these days, watching the broadcast did not cost any actual money.

When Scott Braun, the play-by-play man on the Mets-Phillies game, began the exclusive Facebook stream Wednesday, he announced, “We are making baseball history in the broadcast world.”

Initially, it felt like they were just annoying fans, who either didn’t have a Facebook login, didn’t want to give the social media behemoth any information or, when connected, couldn’t figure out how to sweep away the comments and emojis to watch their beloved Mets.

With Wednesday’s game unavailable on SNY or any other television network, fans who wanted to see it had no choice but to log in to Facebook for the first foray on the exclusive 25-game, Wednesday afternoon package on the social network.

In the deal, MLB tore a page out of the NFL playbook. MLB had 25 games of already-sold Wednesday-afternoon inventory and sold them again, receiving another $30 million from Facebook, a source confirmed. When you spread it around to all 30 clubs, that money can help the Wilpons pay Hansel Robles’ $900,000 salary for the season.

Once people figured out the kinks, it didn’t feel that much different than any other streaming most people do these days. Was it history? Well, no, it didn’t feel that big, and most New York baseball fans are probably just happy they are likely done with it for this season.

Several key Flames dealt with injuries during the season, including goalie Mike Smith, defenseman TJ Brodie and forwards Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk. Meanwhile, the free-agency signing of 45-year-old winger Jaromir Jagr was a bust; Jagr played only 22 games before he was put on waivers in late January.

Calgary also fired assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard on Tuesday.

As was expected, the Calgary Flames fired coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday after two seasons. The team was a massive disappointment: a lifeless offensive group, including an atrocious power play, propped up by goalie Mike Smith like he was doing a community theater version of “Weekend At Bernie’s.” So where do they go now? GM Brad Treliving has a relationship with highly regarded Dave Tippett going back to their Coyotes days. He selected Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, who is under contract but apparently allowed to shop his services, as head coach for the 2016 world championships. AHL coach Ryan Huska will be in the mix; will former NY Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault as well? And what about Albertan farmer (and former Flames coach) Darryl Sutter? The Flames won’t suffer for options.jets_003

Berrios was Minnesota’s first-round pick in the 2012 draft and made his major-league debut late in the 2016 season.

After striking out on Peyton Manning for Monday Night Football, ESPN has considered big names, like Brett Favre, and not as big, like Booger McFarland, while holding auditions as if it were American Idol.
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The analyst competition remains open as ESPN has lined up Rex Ryan and McFarland for upcoming auditions, sources said. Ryan, a Sunday NFL Countdown analyst, called a Monday night double-header game with Beth Mowins to begin last season. McFarland is a college football analyst, who was on the first week of Get Up!

ESPN has had All-Pro tight ends Jason Witten and Greg Olsen in for auditions. Both are under contract to play next season, while the network also has considered Kurt Warner, Matt Hasselbeck, Louis Riddick and the recently retired Joe Thomas, among others.

The 23-year-old was born and raised less than 10 miles away in Papa Juan and expects to have as many as 150 relatives and friends in the stadium when he hurls the game’s first pitch, becoming Bruce Ellington Jersey the first native Puerto Rican to throw a major-league pitch in his native land since the Expos’ Javier Vazquez on Sept. 7, 2003

My family has been waiting a long time for this, just like I have, Berrios said. This is a special moment for all of us, for the country to come together as one.

He established himself as a potential cornerstone of the Twins’ rotation a year ago, going 14-8 with a 3.89 ERA in 25 starts and was a leading candidate to be the team’s Opening Day starter.

Instead, manager Paul Molitor adjusted his rotation to make sure Berrios’ turn would fall during one of the two games in Puerto Rico — a plan that nearly was shattered when a spring blizzard wiped out three straight games ahead of the road trip.
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Jim Kelly discharged from hospital after having jaw surgery to remove cancer last month

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was discharged from a New York City hospital on Saturday after having surgery last month to remove cancer in his upper jaw.
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Elite Youth Rickey Henderson Jersey Mr. Kelly was discharged from the hospital today after an extremely favorable recovery, said Dr. Mark Urken, who treated Kelly. The speed of that process, considering the extensive nature of his surgery, was a function of his toughness, the firmness of his resolve, his faith and the support of his family. All of those factors will continue to serve him well as he moves on to the next phase of his rehabilitation.

This was the third time Kelly has been treated for cancer. He had jaw surgery in 2013 to remove oral cancer and underwent Jaroslav Halak Youth jersey chemotherapy when cancer was found in his maxillary sinus in 2014.

Kelly, 58, played for the Buffalo Bills from 1986 to 1996 and appeared in four consecutive Super Bowls. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

A three-time Pro Bowler acquired last month in a trade with Miami, Landry was at the team’s headquarters Friday as the Browns continued preparations for an NFL draft that may reshape their franchise.

Jarvis Landry is the type of football player we want on this team for a long time, general manager John Dorsey said. Obviously, he’s an accomplished playmaker, that’s why we went after him in the trade but in his short time as a Brown we can already see the type of leadership and competitiveness he’s going to bring to his teammates. We are very pleased that we’ve been able to secure him to a long-term contract.
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Landry led the NFL with 112 catches last season and scored nine touchdowns, two more than Cleveland’s entire receiving corps.

The 25-year-old will make an immediate impact for a Cleveland team that lost all 16 games last season and is 1-31 in two years under coach Hue Jackson.

Cardinals strength coach Buddy Morris offers honest reply to first day

The Cardinals opened their offseason program yesterday, and the man in charge of it said that without a doubt, it wasn’t the worst thing he had ever seen in his life.
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But Cardinals strength coach Buddy Morris said it was by no means the best, either.

In the early leader for best strength coach quote of the season, Morris offered a blunt assessment of the work he saw from the players who arrived for the first day of voluntary work.

That’s his shorthand for personal trainers, and he’s not always sure they’re helping players to be ready for his program, particularly when the highlights of the workouts seem designed to show off on social media.

I’m to the point now I’d rather have (players) do nothing because you’ve got to correct everything, he said. Also, not a fan of social media. It’s ruined this country. So when my guys walk into their personal terrorist, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram. That stuff is ridiculous.

Welcome back, football.

Elite Evgeny Svechnikov Jersey There’s a fair chance the Giants stay at No. 2 and don’t take a QB, but there’s an equal chance a team like the Cardinals jumps in between the Browns and Jets to make sure they can get Wyoming’s Josh Allen ahead of the Broncos at No. 5.

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Neither bothered him, though.

To be in the history books is something that I’m always going to look back and be proud of, Hellebuyck said. The fact that this locker room has come together, playing the way we’re playing, now the city is behind us the way they are, it’s a fun time being in Winnipeg.

Bears matriarch a big fan of Sister Jean

Chicago’s nonagenarian sports icons don’t know each other personally, but there’s clearly some respect.

Bears owner Virginia McCaskey, 95, is a huge fan of Loyola-Chicago’s 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, and has made it a point to alter her schedule to keep up with the college basketball sensation.

THE FIRST SIGNS of trouble for Jamie came his freshman year at Michigan State University: He was the video manager of the Spartans hockey team, and he talked of going to law school and becoming a sports agent. But he joined a fraternity and, according to friends, started using heavy drugs.

“Jamie has a very addictive personality, where he can’t really say no, and he didn’t really know his limit either, so he’d just keep doing it and taking more because he liked the way it made him feel,” says Amanda Farber, Jamie’s friend from both high school and Michigan State.

Farber says that during Jamie’s freshman year in East Lansing he started abusing cocaine and, more frequently, Vicodin and Xanax. It wouldn’t be long before his family also recognized the troubling signs of his addiction.

As to the concussion Cooks suffered in Super Bowl LII, we’re told that Cooks has no lingering issues, and that he actually was symptom-free later that night. He has no other concussion history.

As to a potential new contract with the Rams, a league source tells PFT that there’s no timetable for getting something done. Cooks will make $8.459 million this year, absent a new deal.

Woods, 64, spent 30 years working as a police officer in Delray Beach before retiring in 2009.

In 2014, he noticed a shift in the character of the sober homes that dotted residential neighborhoods. Shortly after the Affordable Care Act kicked in, insurance companies lifted the limits on policies for drug treatment, essentially giving treatment centers a blank check. Around that same time, Woods says, many sober home operators realized urine samples could be liquid gold, because the insurance companies would reimburse them for the tests.flames_003

Mark Rypien details mental health issues, suicide attempt in effort to help others

Mark Rypien found success in nearly everything he did as an athlete, from his days as a three-sport star in high school to excelling at Washington State and being named Super Bowl MVP with the Redskins.
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In the years since he retired from the NFL, though, Rypien has seen his mental health deteriorate to the point that he first threatened to kill himself, then actually made an attempt to do so, he told the Spokesman-Review in a wide-ranging interview.
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Rypien, now 55, played in the NFL from 1986-97, then Shaun Livingston Jersey returned for a final season in 2001. His post-retirement experience has followed a similar pattern to others who spent decades playing football, with mood swings and memory loss preceding increasingly erratic behavior that sometimes turned violent.

Limited Womens Jean Beliveau Jersey Let’s address this now, Rypien said. Let me share my story so others can share theirs. Let’s get rid of this silence that happens when you’re caught up in this cycle and you don’t know how to find the help I’ve been afforded. There are ways to get help. There’s great work going on in our community. But we need to team up and do more.

My story is impactful because people see me in a different light. I want them to see me in an accurate light. I’ve been down the darkest path. I’ve made some horrible, horrible mistakes. But I’ve given myself a chance to progress forward.

If your helmet comes in contact? Norman asked. How are you going to avoid that if you’re in the trenches and hit a running back, facemask to facemask and accidentally graze the helmet? It’s obviously going to happen.

Sherman was more visual with his evaluation of the rule.

It’s ridiculous, he wrote in a text message to USA Today. Like telling a driver if you touch the lane lines, you’re getting a ticket. (It’s) gonna lead to more lower-extremity injuries.

While both Norman and Sherman both make good points, new Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn had more of an entertaining response.

The new rule will take some getting used to for players, officials and fans alike, but Norman was right in pointing out how the implementation of the rule is showing the change in the game of football.

Berrios tosses 3-hitter as Twins beat Orioles 7-0

One after another, the Minnesota Twins’ starting pitchers kept getting better and better against the Baltimore Orioles.
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Jose Berrios threw a three-hitter in Minnesota’s 7-0 victory Sunday, capping a season-opening series in which Twins starters combined for 21 innings of five-hit ball.

After Jake Odorizzi blanked Baltimore for six innings in the opener, Kyle Gibson tossed six no-hit innings before Berrios rang up his first career complete game.

Just a lot of positives, getting off to a start like that, manager Paul Molitor said. Our starters haven’t given up a run yet.

Berrios (1-0) struck out six and walked Sharrif Floyd Jersey one in his 40th career start. He threw 107 pitches.

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Brian Dozier homered on the game’s first pitch to launch a four-run first inning and added a solo shot in the sixth for his eighth career multihomer game.

Kluber (0-1, 2.25 ERA) threw an eight-inning complete game for the Indians (2-3) on Thursday, but was outdone by a half-dozen pitchers for the Seattle Mariners, who combined to allow one run and five hits in the 2-1 victory.

The two-time AL Cy Young winner has made five starts in his career against the Angels (4-2), owning a 2-2 record and 4.31 ERA. He last faced the Angels on Aug. 11, 2016 and received plenty of support in the 14-4 victory. Kluber made his last start in Anaheim two months earlier, throwing a three-hit complete game in a 6-2 win.

Justin Upton is one of the few Angels to have success against Kluber. He’s 5-for-16 in his career against the right-hander with three home runs. Albert Pujols is 0-for-13 and Mike Trout is 2-for-13 with a home run against Kluber.

Rutgers has since lost over 50 percent of last season’s sacks (9) to attrition or graduation.

Manziel’s participation in last week’s pro day at the University of San Diego was a surprise and was also rebuffed by some as the quarterback serving as nothing more than a camp arm. Manziel threw in front of a baker’s dozen of club personnel, and while assertion might have been true last week, it wasn’t Tuesday.
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Manziel’s appearance came with advance warning, and teams showed up. They got a look at Kirk, a projected second- or third-round pick in the upcoming draft, and at the former No. 22 Hau’oli Kikaha Womens Jersey pick of the 2014 draft. We published a speculative piece last week on potential landing spots ( click here to read it ) that was panned by some as being preposterous, and while our own Daniel Jeremiah gave Manziel a less than 50 percent chance of signing with a team, the turnout was undeniable.

The Scarlet Knights were ranked 120th nationally and dead-last in the conference in 2015 before a bump to 91st and 12th, respectively, in 2016, head coach Chris Ash’s first season. But Rutgers slid back down last year, despite the fact Rutgers played six games in 2017 against teams ranked 75th or worst in sacks allowed in the 129-team Football Bowl Subdivision, and three against teams ranked 100th or worst.

I felt that was one of our biggest weaknesses as a d-line, said defensive tackle Jon Bateky, who had 1.5 sacks last year, tying him with Turner and safety K.J. Gray for the most returning 2017 sacks from any one player. We really weren’t getting to the quarterback enough and helping the defensive backs enough. The last three years, we really haven’t been doing it. I feel like that’s our main focus as a d-line.
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Snell’s scoreless streak is the fourth-longest active streak, behind Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill (18 innings), Minnesota Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (15 innings) and Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer (14 1/3 innings).
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Snell’s 2018 season debut is a continuation of his work from late last season when he was recalled from the minors on Aug 8. Since then, he is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 11 starts and opponents are hitting .194 off him.