24 Oct 2016 20:59:32 -0400
Arian Foster announces retirement from NFL
Arian Foster has played in his last NFL game. Writing an essay for Uninterrupted, the Miami Dolphins and former Houston Texans running back announced his retirement, explaining his decision in great detail.
BREAKING NEWS: @ArianFoster announces his retirement on UNINTERRUPTED. His story on why he’s walking away. pic.twitter.com/FK09XpkqUo
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) October 25, 2016
Foster retires with 6,527 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns. He added 255 receptions for 2,346 yards and 14 touchdowns in the air. He made four Pro Bowls, was First-Team All Pro in 2010 and Second-Team All-Pro in 2011.
He went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, where he rushed for 3,464 yards and 23 touchdowns while catching 83 passes for 742 yards and two touchdowns from 2005-2008
After the draft, Foster signed with the Texans shortly after. He remained in Houston through the 2015 season. In 2016, Foster signed with the Dolphins, where he finished his career.
24 Oct 2016 20:10:46 -0400
Brock Osweiler booed in return to Denver
Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler could’ve taken a bit less money to stay in Denver, but he chose not to.
And the Broncos have not forgotten that.
Linebacker Brandon Marshall said the defense wants to “kill” him on Monday night, so yeah, we don’t want to be in his shoes.
The fans, apparently, haven’t forgotten about it, either. When Osweiler was warming up on the field, he was showered with boos.
Plenty of boos as Brock Osweiler trots onto the field for 1st time
— Rhett Lewis (@RhettNFL) October 24, 2016
Osweiler made the decision he felt was best for he and his family. It remains to be seen if it was best for his football career. The Broncos are reigning Super Bowl champs, and that defense is loaded. The Texans, well, they’re a work in progress.
24 Oct 2016 17:57:59 -0400
Josh Rosen out indefinitely with nerve issue in shoulder
UCLA sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen might not play for quite a while. He’s out indefinitely with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, something that head coach Jim Mora finally acknowledged publicly on Monday.
#UCLA QB Josh Rosen is dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, coach Jim Mora finally acknowledged.
— Dan Greenspan (@DanGreenspan) October 24, 2016
Once the nerve starts firing again, Mora said, Rosen should be back to normal. However, no idea or timetable when that could happen.
— Dan Greenspan (@DanGreenspan) October 24, 2016
There is currently no timetable for his return.
Rosen missed the past two games against Washington State and Utah after sustaining an injury during the team’s road game against Arizona State.
He’s one of the quarterbacks who has been projected very favorably as a potential star at the next level. However, this year’s production has not shown the kind of ascension that was expected following an up-and-down freshman campaign....
24 Oct 2016 16:27:13 -0400
Report: Tom Herman to Texas is ‘all but official’
Houston suffered a stunning loss on Saturday that sent the team tumbling out of the top 25, but that apparently has had no effect on a major program being interested in its head coach.
In fact, a report on Monday claimed Tom Herman becoming the next head coach at Texas is essentially a done deal.
Big rumor today is that Tom Herman to #Longhorns is "all but offical." Reliable sources saying what has been suspected for awhile now.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 24, 2016
Houston had an outside chance at making the BCS Playoff if the team ran the table, but a loss to Navy earlier this month all but eliminated those hopes. Then on Saturday, the Cougars were dominated by SMU, 38-16.
In his first season as the head coach at Houston last year, Herman led the Cougars to a 13-1 record, which was a significant improvement over the team’s 8-5 record the season before. The former Ohio State offensive coordinator began the 2016 campaign with an impressive win over Oklahoma, and he has been linked
24 Oct 2016 16:32:18 -0400
Metta World Peace survives Lakers cuts, makes team
Metta World Peace’s NBA career is alive and well.
The veteran survived the last round of roster cuts on Monday, meaning he will make the final roster with the Los Angeles Lakers.
A big reason World Peace survived was because Yi Jianlian requested and received his release.
We know the Lakers value World Peace, particularly his veteran leadership. In fact, they were prepared to find him another role if he didn’t make the team. That will no longer be a consideration, but you can tell that the Laker brain trust has a high opinion of him.
24 Oct 2016 16:24:38 -0400
Jared Sullinger out two to three months after foot surgery
Toronto Raptors new free agent acquisition Jared Sullinger may not see the court for them until the 2017 calendar year.
Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri said on Monday that Sullinger is expected to miss two to three months after undergoing foot surgery, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports.
News of Sullinger missing extended time because of the injury, which apparently occurred in a preseason game earlier this month, first broke over the weekend. Now that a timetable has taken shape, it’s even more disheartening, especially since the ailment is to the same left foot where Sullinger had a stress fracture in 2015. Health concerns also caused him to fall out of the lottery in the 2012 NBA Draft.
The Ohio State product was expected to start at power forward for Toronto in 2016-17, but now Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is hinting that Patrick Patterson is the front-runner to replace Sullinger in the starting lineup with rookie Pascal Siakam also figuring to be in the mix.
Patterson is strong on the offensive
24 Oct 2016 15:29:41 -0400
Hue Jackson shoots down Joe Thomas trade rumors
The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a game heading into Week 8. This has sparked some trade rumors that include All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas.
On Monday, speaking with media, Browns head coach Hue Jackson shot them down with a strong statement.
#Browns coach Hue Jackson is unequivocal today: “We are not going to trade Joe Thomas.” That does not leave any gray area.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2016
This isn’t the first time Thomas has been the subject of trade rumors, even during this calendar year. But he made it clear he did not want to leave Cleveland back in May.
It remains to be seen if he still has those same feelings now. Cleveland appears poised to legitimately challenge for the dubious mark of going winless in 2016.
The Browns would be smart to keep Thomas, especially as they’ll be in the position of drafting a quarterback at the top of the 2017 NFL Draft. The last thing any franchise wants to do is throw a rookie into the fire without first offering him som...
24 Oct 2016 15:12:33 -0400
Teammates Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch tussle after race
Controversy has followed Kevin Harvick like the plague throughout his career, and it did so again in Sunday’s Hellman’s 500.
Harvick advanced to the Round of 8 following a seventh-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway, but he wasn’t filled with joy when he pulled onto pit road. Instead, he was looking for one of his teammates, Kurt Busch.
Busch and Harvick got together on the cool-down lap, and it’s pretty clear Harvick was anything but cool afterward. Harvick appeared to throw a haymaker toward his teammate while Busch was still in the car.
For a guy nicknamed “Happy Harvick,” he’s earned a fighting reputation. In 2013, he lashed out at his team at the time, Richard Childress Racing, for its driver choice. Harvick and Camping World Truck Series teammate Ty Dillon got together during the race, and continued the scuffle on pit road at Martinsville Speedway.
Then, he essentially sparked a fight in 2014 between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski at Texas Motor Speedway by pushing Gordon into the
24 Oct 2016 13:51:17 -0400
Report: Dez Bryant expected to play in Week 8
Dez Bryant is expected to play in Week 8 for the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report.
Bryant has been out since suffering a knee injury in Week 3 against the Bears. The Cowboys had Week 7 off with a bye, and the plan was to hold Bryant out through that time and not take any risks with his health.
Now ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Bryant is expected to play on Sunday night against the Eagles.
Cowboys expect WR Dez Bryant, who missed past three games due to knee injury, to play Sunday night vs Eagles, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2016
The report comes as no surprise given that Bryant said last week he would be playing in Week 8 against Philly. The only question is whether or not this bizarre injury will affect his hands.
Bryant has 11 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown this season.
24 Oct 2016 13:48:13 -0400
Jay Cutler cleared to return from thumb injury
Chicago Bears head coach John Fox announced on Monday that quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared to return to practice and will be able to play in Week 8.
Cutler had been out since Week 2 with a thumb injury, and there was a growing sense that he was not going to get his starting job back from Brian Hoyer. However, Hoyer suffered a broken left forearm in Thursday night’s loss to the Green Bay Packers and is expected to be out at least six weeks.
The Bears have just one win on the season with a game upcoming against the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings.
Cutler suffered ligament damage and bruising in the thumb on his throwing hand, and it’s possible he will be playing at less than 100 percent. If not for Hoyer getting hurt, the Bears probably would have had Cutler take his time recovering.
With Chicago clearly not heading for the playoffs and the report we heard about how Cutler sees his future with the team, it will be interesting to see how the situation shakes out down the stretch.
24 Oct 2016 13:31:31 -0400
Report: Geno Smith likely suffered torn ACL
After just one game as the New York Jets starting quarterback, Geno Smith’s season is reportedly done.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Smith suffered a torn ACL Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Sources: Based on initial MRI, belief is that #Jets QB Geno Smith tore his ACL. Incredible. Players in the locker room are learning about it
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2016
If that does turn out to be the case, there is no way Smith will be able to return in 2016. And to think, Jets legend Joe Namath criticized Smith for standing on the sidelines with the injury and not playing. You can see what Namath tweeted here.
This must come as a shock to the Jets, who reportedly felt optimistic about Smith’s status as recently as Monday morning. It means Ryan Fitzpatrick will once again take over the starting job after getting benched, and this time, there’s no viable alternative for New York if he continues to struggle.
24 Oct 2016 12:08:15 -0400
Report: 49ers willing to trade LT Joe Staley
At 1-6 on the season and in the midst of a six-game losing streak, the San Francisco 49ers are embarrassing themselves on the field.
With no real hope for that to change anytime soon, the team may already be looking to turn the page from what will likely end up being a lost season.
It’s in this that every veteran with any sort of value should be on the chopping block. Those remaining from the long gone Jim Harbaugh era won’t be helping this team back into contention. Move on. Move forward. That should be the motto in Santa Clara.
So it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the embattled brass atop the organization’s hierarchy is potentially looking to trade Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley.
“In addition to Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, 49ers left tackle Joe Staley also could be had in trade,” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported late Sunday night.
The reported asking price here is a first-round pick. And in reality, Staley himself might be worth that.
24 Oct 2016 12:07:28 -0400
Report: Rockets management worked to cut Howard’s minutes
Last season’s Houston Rockets did not work for a whole lot of reasons, and there’s even more evidence of that now.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, with the support of owner Leslie Alexander, pressured interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff into cutting Dwight Howard’s minutes to give Clint Capela more playing time. The stated priority was to help develop Capela, but Bickerstaff resisted the overtures.
League sources even went as far as to say that James Harden was a driving force in putting the idea in management’s mind, but team sources denied that.
Howard essentially confirmed that something similar to this was happening. By the end of the season, it was pretty apparent that Houston simply didn’t want Howard in the fold anymore. It was a grand experiment that did not work.
24 Oct 2016 00:58:49 -0400
WATCH: Cardinals, Seahawks trade missed chip shot OT field goals in worst game ever
Oh my god. The Cardinals-Seahawks Sunday Night Football game was the worst football game I’ve ever seen.
Not just the worst NFL game. The worst FOOTBALL game. At any level.
It ended, in a tie, deservedly so. Even if the final score said one team had more points, there were no winners. So it’s only fair it ends in a tie. And not even a tie of double-digit points. A 6-6 tie. 12 total points, in five total quarters.
But as boring and awful as the game was, man did it make for a hilarious, perfectly fitting finish.
It looked like the Cardinals were going to come away with a victory as David Johnson ran to the one-yard line with under five minutes left. He tried to get into the end zone on the next run, but was stuffed. So Arizona then went for a 19-yard field goal attempt. Well, they took a delay of game, probably on purpose to give kicker Chandler Catanzaro a better angle. Still, a 24-yard field goal attempt… these are like 95%+ makes. But of course, because this game was the worst, Catanzaro missed t
24 Oct 2016 00:32:29 -0400
Gronk giggles like a school boy thinking of 69th career touchdown
If this isn’t the most Rob Gronkowski thing ever, we don’t know what is.
The New England Patriots’ All-Pro tight end caught his second touchdown pass of the season Sunday in his team’s 27-16 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was more than just any other touchdown, though, as Gronk tied Stanley Morgan’s team record of 68 career scores. That means Gronkowski’s next touchdown will be a Patriots record — and also his favorite number: 69.
While the Patriots often are tight-lipped when it comes to personal achievement, Gronk clearly was aware of the numbers and downright giddy like a school boy thinking about them.
Gronk on his next touchdown being the 69th of his career and he couldn't be more excited,..@RobGronkowski #Patriots pic.twitter.com/w1KOfWhWy0
— Chad Amaral (@chad_amaral) October 24, 2016
It’s not the first time Gronkowski has publicly had fun with the number 69, if you know what we mean — he once rocked a makeshift practice jersey with that very numbe