Texans’ David Quessenberry finishes first practice since cancer diagnosis

For the first time in three years, David Quessenberry finished an NFL practice.

The Texans offensive lineman completed treatment for non-Hodgkins T lymphoblastic lymphoma last month and has since been cleared to practice.

“When I finished my intensive treatment I felt like the furthest thing from a football player — no hair, skinny — but your body is an amazing thing,” Quessenberry said Tuesday, via the Houston Chronicle. “We just took it slowly. We just did one workout at a time, one treatment at a time and eventually here we are.”

Brady’s agent, Donald Yee, released a statement Friday saying his client was not diagnosed with a concussion last year. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell echoed that Tuesday after being asked about Brady at the NFL spring meetings in Chicago.

“He has not been diagnosed with a concussion, or was not last season,” Goodell told reporters. “This is something that’s an ongoing issue for us. We want to make sure that the proper medical care is given to every player. The responsibility is a shared responsibility for our teams, our medical professionals, the players themselves. We put in a lot of safeguards that I think are incredibly important in changing the culture, and I think that’s what we’ve done. But I think there’s still more work to be done, we’ll continue to do that.

“We do not have any records that indicate that Tom suffered any kind of Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping concussion or head injury. But we’ll continue to work with the NFLPA to see what we can do to improve the protocols.”

Goodell said a “culture change is taking place” and reporting concussions is a “shared responsibility” between the league office, coaches, team medical personnel Cheap Jerseys In UK and players.

Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster dances to ‘JuJu on That Beat’ with hospital patient

The team’s rookie class visited the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Monday and Smith-Schuster danced to the song, along with one of the hospital’s patients. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler captured the scene on video.

This wasn’t the first time the former USC wide receiver has danced to the song, and if he has success in Pittsburgh, it likely won’t be the last.

Inman, 28, was signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2011. After failing to make the roster, he took his skills to Toronto and logged two 50-catch seasons Cheap Jerseys Cycling for the Argonauts in the CFL before signing with the Chargers in 2014.

The Packers began organized team activities on May 22 and ended the initial three days of practice on Wednesday. OTAs resume on May 31 with a minicamp scheduled for June 13-15.

That’s probably not what Wilson needed to say, considering the Cowboys just got finished with a seasonlong quarterback controversy that ended with Romo’s exit from Dallas for a foray into TV.

Here’s the full context of the quote: Have the Saints, in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era, ever had a running back like Adrian Peterson? Trick question: There is no running back like Adrian Peterson, even the version the Saints scooped up after the Vikings let him go after 10 years.

There also has not been pressure to win again during the Payton-Brees era like there is now. This is Payton’s 11th year in charge; that Super Bowl win was eight years ago. At 38, Brees’s career clock is ticking. They’ve had three straight 7-9 seasons. In one way Cheap Jerseys 90 or another, the rest of the NFC South has passed them; two of their rivals have been to the last two Super Bowls.

The average NFL player salary was in the $2 million range for 2009 and 2010

Despite that security and the healthy wage scale for NFL players of all levels, the failure to live within its means or other financial mishaps and hardships created issues among a portion of NFLPA membership that became anxious for the union to accept the league’s CBA offer. Examples of well-paid players who turned to short-term “lockout loans” at interest rates of 20 percent-plus include tackle Bryant McKinnie, cornerback Will D. Allen and quarterback Vince Young.

The average NFL player salary was in the $2 Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys million range for 2009 and 2010. The minimum salaries were $310,000 and $325,000 in those years, respectively. The minimum has increased to $465,000 for the 2017 season with the average player salary at more than $2 million annually.

“In 2009, we were faced with a major sort of signal that the owners were going to try and lock players out,” Atallah said. “We were trying to get as many players prepared as possible.”

Atallah said the NFLPA plans to recruit current and former players who went through the 2011 lockout and other work stoppages to offer advice if another labor lockout is on the horizon. Atallah also said “money management is probably the No. 1 thing that we have tried to impress upon players over the last couple of years.”

“We need players of every generation to really help the young guys understand what it takes to go through some ‘labor strife,'” he said. “For the players who went through it in 2011, the union administration and player leadership did everything it could to prepare players across the league. I think it needs to happen again with the same sort of fervor.”

He pauses a moment and plucks the beard he’s sporting to keep out the New Jersey winter

Mauk hangs on to every word as he breaks down film with the former NFL quarterback. The CFL might be the pathway toward the NFL. He’s simply willing to work at this point.

“The thing I like about working with (Fiedler) is that all these QB gurus, some have played and some haven’t,” Mauk said. “Jay is a guy that has played in the NFL, won in the NFL and is very well respected. That’s what I really love.

“To hear an actual sense of somebody that has actually done it and telling me from experience what I need to focus on. Not just going out there … the fact that he’s played in the NFL excites me.”

He pauses a moment and plucks the beard he’s sporting to keep out the New Jersey winter.

“It’s the same future I want,” Mauk said. “It’s where I want to be too and I’ll do whatever it takes to get there.”

That’s why the Sherman-Seattle saga has the look of a Cheap Fishing Jerseys combustible situation that will be a thorn in the team’s side during the 2017 season.

Carroll and Schneider acknowledging interest in parting ways with Sherman tells me they’re tired of his arrogant act. He has always been a highly visible, boisterous player who Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men thinks he’s smarter than most everyone else and is never shy about giving his opinions on any subject, football-related or otherwise.

Which was fine when he was Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 … not so great when his play is not at its peak and when he’s dissing coaches.

Marlins bringing back facial hair, players rejoice

The Marlins have lifted their ban on facial hair, and players could not be happier.

Manager Don Mattingly finally relented on to allow players to let their facial follicles grow free because so many grumbled about having to stay clean shaven.
“It was a constant fight last year, honestly, with guys,” Mattingly said, via the Miami Herald.

The ban went into effect when Mattingly took over as manager two seasons ago. However, the facial hair ban has been a hot topic with the Marlins for about 15 years, when Jeffrey Loria became the owner of the team.

Beards and mustaches were allowed in 2012, but the ban was put in place again in 2016.

While players are allowed to grow out their facial hair again, their beards and mustaches must look neat, according to Mattingly.

“Groomed is what we talked about,” Mattingly said. “We talked about keeping it groomed and being professional.”

But that’s a different discussion, and that doesn’t apply to Manny. He served the punishment that was in place when he broke the rules. He’s back in baseball’s good graces. He’s on the Cheap Echl Jerseys Hall of Fame ballot, with what should be a clean slate. And I believe the Hall should reflect this actual wonderful, flawed sport that I’ve loved watching since I was a kid.

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Mets scratch Noah Syndergaard due to ‘tired arm’

Defensive end. Demarcus Ware, who is the Cowboys’ all-time sack leader with 117, recently retired after playing his final three seasons in Denver. Dallas still hasn’t come close to replacing Ware’s productivity. No Cowboys player has registered more than eight sacks in any of the past three years since Ware’s release.

General manager. I know, this isn’t a player position. But Scot McCloughan’s dismissal has created a hole in talent evaluation at the most inopportune time of year (i.e. free agency and the draft). The firing and behind-the-scenes drama surrounding it — not to mention uncertainty surrounding Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys quarterback Kirk Cousins’ future with the franchise — have also put the franchise back in a negative light.

The Mets were forced to scratch ace Noah Syndergaard ahead of Thursday afternoon’s scheduled start against the Braves.

Manager Terry Collins told reporters Syndergaard is dealing with a “tired arm.” The injury is officially being called biceps tendinitis.

Matt Harvey will start in Syndergaard’s place Thursday against Atlanta.

Syndergaard, who is off to a fantastic start with a 1.73 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in his first four outings, dealt with blister issues during his first couple of starts this season.

While Syndergaard’s arm fatigue doesn’t appear to be anything serious right now, it will be something worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. It is usually not a good sign when a 24-year-old is dealing with a tired arm during the first month of the season.
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Deshaun Watson should win Offensive Rookie of the Year, but he’ll be pushed

When Deshaun Watson became the Texans’ No. 12 overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, he immediately became the front-runner to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

While the Associated Press honor went to one Cowboy, quarterback Dak Prescott, last season, another, running back Ezekiel Elliott, was named Sporting News’ top rookie. Watson can keep one or both awards in the Lone Star State this year.

That, of course, is based on a projection of him winning the starting job in Houston over Tom Savage. When he does, Watson will be front and center of the reigning AFC South champions.

“First of all, Sean is a big wrestler,” Beane said of McDermott, who was two-time national champ in high school. “My oldest son got into wrestling last year, and I knew Sean was a big wrestler. Little did I know he had a wrestling mat in his house. He said, ‘Bring him over, we’ll wrestle.’ He’s got a whole almost a WWF setup over there.”

Beane’s first responsibility is hiring a scouting staff. He also has Cheap Gaa Jerseys to evaluate the rest of football operations and decide who he wants to keep and who he wants to show the door.

Seattle remains the class of the division that produced five straight NFC championship game contenders from 2011-15, including three Super Bowl participants. Bovada seems to have lost respect for Arizona, which fell to 7-8-1 last season a year removed from its run to the NFC title game.
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NFL Draft 2017: Thursday night’s spectacle injected fun back into league

It wasn’t just teams who helped themselves Thursday night in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The league itself received a much-needed boost, too.

Blame who or what you want for last season’s eight-percent decline in television ratings. Colin Kaepernick, the presidential elections, millennials with shorter attention spans, concussion-scandal fallout, choppy sequencing of commercials, product oversaturation — it all played a part.

But the underlying reality is that the NFL itself was missing core elements that had helped it become America’s top sport. Quite frankly, the league wasn’t as fun to watch as in previous years.

Raw emotion from players was being sanitized through measures like crackdowns on end-zone celebrations. The NFL’s ability to connect with its fans organically also began to wane. All the money spent on hype and commercialization failed to create a product that seemed fresh and hip.

If one theme was pounded home in the run-up to this draft, it was that this quarterback class was nothing special. This was not the year to give in to the usual quarterback panic — the fear that you’ll miss one if you don’t grab one right now, no matter who he is and how much you had to talk yourself into liking him.

The last thing the Jets needed to do was to repeat what they’d done Cheap Authentic Jerseys each of the previous four years (and five of the previous six): draft a quarterback without a clear-cut plan for him. Drafting them high, drafting them low and drafting them to add to the ones already on the roster, including the ones they signed as free agents.

Jeff Diamond is the former president of the Titans and the former vice president/general manager of the Vikings.

After the first round of the draft Thursday, Browns GM Sashi Brown said about his team’s quarterback situation: “We won’t rest until we solidify that position.”

Well, Sashi, you still have work to do. Perhaps it’s time to call Belichick again and make another offer for Garoppolo.

Because, despite all those high draft grades, the Browns are not making inroads toward their first their first Super Bowl appearance in team history, or even their first playoff berth since 2002, without a franchise signal-caller.

Jeff Diamond is the former president of the Titans and the former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group.

“I said, ‘A’ight, cool.’ So they let me through the metal detector and into the club.

“My friends and I stood at the bar for like five minutes, and the place was packed wall to wall. The security guy suggested we go upstairs, where we could get a table and chill and it wouldn’t be so crazy. So we did, and he led the way.

“The stairway was narrow and dark and everything was black. I had a drink in my left hand and I was walking right behind the security guard. The music was loud and I could feel the bass thumping the stairs under my feet. But I could barely see and I guess I missed a step and my foot Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys slipped. My gun came unhooked from my belt and went sliding down my right pant leg. My instant reaction was to catch it before it hit the floor, and I reached down with my right hand to grab it. And I guess my finger hit right on the trigger, because it went off.

“The music was so loud that nobody actually heard the gun discharge, but I knew that it had because I saw the flash of fire through my jeans.

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Toronto has a problem. No one on the entire roster is remotely as good as James is, and no one can even come close. The Raptors have a collection of good players, with Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys three scoring more than 20 points on Wednesday, but All-Star DeMar DeRozan didn’t even hit a field goal until the fourth quarter, while Kyle Lowry had the quietest 20 points you’ve ever seen.

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Bird stepped down from his position once before. One day before the 2012 NBA Draft, Bird, who cited health reasons, and the Pacers announced they would part ways. One year later, he returned to his post as team president.

The ex-Celtics legend also stepped down as Pacers’ head coach in 2000 after three seasons on the job.

Bird’s departure comes at the end of a rough stretch of Pacers’ seasons. Indiana made back-to-back first-round exits after failing to reach the playoffs in 2015. Bird bulldozed the roster over the summer, adding Jeff Teague, Al Jefferson and Thaddeus Young during free agency. He also replaced head coach Frank Vogel with Nate McMillan.

Paul George’s looming 2018 free agency has been well-documented. George wants to compete for a championship. The Pacers are lightyears away from contending in the East and have failed to add the help necessary to improve the team.

But then, hockey media has an uneasy relationship with incidents like this. It’s almost as if these incidents force the media to confront the results that all their talk of “team toughness”, “playing hard”, and “being accountable” actually produces – a game in which players feel the need to push the envelope of physicality and legality further and further to fit a media archetype – one that then comes back to bite them. And yet the trend continues. See also Damien Cox, no stranger to launching tirades himself, saying that Crosby’s injury is somehow “evening up” for the deeds of Matt Cooke, Tom Sestito, and their ilk – a view that only encourages players to walk even farther down this line between hockey and outright assault so they can be seen to be “making things right”, or risk getting roasted by the kind of men who would soil their pants if forced to stand up and back up their words in an NHL (or even rec league) environment.