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Ryan Leaf is still picking up the pieces of a broken life, years after flaming out of the NFL and serving time behind bars.
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I always believed that because I was a good football player, that made me better than you, and that’s not the case at all, Leaf, 40, said Tuesday during an interview on Ellen.

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!

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I don’t like to get pushed around by a bully, Sheriff John Urquhart of the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office said Thursday on KIRO radio in Seattle. I don’t like the NFL taking shots at the Sheriff’s Office when it’s not deserved. 鈥?For them to say it’s our fault that they only gave them a one-day suspension, that’s just not true.”
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Urquhart pushed back at the NFL, saying the first contact he received following Brown’s arrest came from a goofus named Robert Agnew, using a generic Comcast email address 鈥?with no mention he was working for the NFL.

We had no idea who this yokel is,” Urquhart said. Nowhere on the request does he say that he works for the NFL 鈥?so we denied it.”

The league, and the Giants, have been barraged by an onslaught of criticism for the handling of this unsavory affair. The Giants stuck with Brown after his arrest, even though his ex-wife, Molly, detailed more than 20 instances of abuse.

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Papa John’s, the official pizza sponsor of the NFL, ended up apologizing last month after white supremacists praised Schnatter’s comments.

But Ritchie’s role could be short-lived, given Schnatter’s history. In 2005, during another dip in sales, Schnatter stepped down as CEO, only to take over the helm again five years later.

Scully is the latest to weigh in on the controversial protests, which have spawned imitators, derision and praise. The players who will not stand 锟斤拷 led by Colin Kaepernick, now out of the NFL 锟斤拷 repeatedly have said the protests have nothing to do with the military and everything to do with racism, but many cannot separate the flag from the armed services.

McNair’s comments reminded a number of athletes of Donald Sterling, who was forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers because of racist comments a few years ago. Richard Sherman of the Seahawks believes players would boycott if they had guaranteed contracts. I appreciate when people like that show who they really are, Sherman said of McNair’s comments.

During warmups, the Indianapolis Colts wore black T-shirts that said We Will on the front and Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity on the back. They locked arms during the anthem.
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Team president Mark Lamping sent a letter to the director of military affairs and veterans in Jacksonville 锟斤拷 home to a major naval base 锟斤拷 saying the team was remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country.

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Peters wants to talk about Trump’s renewed public assault on the league after Womens Sammie Coates Jersey Lynch, in Sunday’s game in Mexico, would not stand for The Star-Spangled Banner, for which he hasn’t risen all season, but stood for Mexico’s anthem. Trump called the act by the Raiders running back great disrespect! and implored the NFL to suspend him for remainder of season next time.

Peters, who grew up in Oakland with Lynch, raised a fist during the anthem last season and has mostly taken a seat this year.

I ain’t trying to get into a back and forth conversation of me trying to prove that I’m not being disrespectful or that I am being disrespectful toward the American flag, Peters told the Kansas City Star last month. Man 锟斤拷 come on, man. I’m an American, bruh. I’m an African-American that was born in this wonderful country that we all can live in. How about we start all protecting each (expletive) other and come together, you feel me? It will be better for it.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, names Eric Weinberger, a former executive producer at NFL Network and current president of Bill Simmons’s media group, as well as Marshall Faulk and Heath Evans, retired football players who provide on-air commentary for the network.

According to the complaint, Weinberger pressed his crotch against her shoulder and asked her to touch it, in addition to sending her several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts and telling her she was put on earth to pleasure me.

If defense wins championships, then the football Gods will likely have to flip a coin to see who wins this game.

This game would match the AFC’s top-ranked defense against the NFC’s top-ranked defense in a game that might as well be sudden death because one score might be all we see if these two teams play. Minnesota and Jacksonville were the only two teams in the NFL in 2017 that surrendered less than 17 points and 290 yards per game on the season.
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If we can’t get the NFL’s top ranked offense (Patriots) against the NFL’s best defense (Vikings) in the Super Bowl, then this game would be a nice consolation. Saints-Jaguars would give us the NFL’s second-best offense against the league’s second-best defense, which would be almost fitting for Drew Brees, who’s finished second best in NFL MVP voting three times.
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Oddsmakers have imagined it and they don’t think it would be pretty, making the Titans a 10.5-point underdog, which is the biggest point spread of any of the 16 Super Bowl matchups that could happen. The one big reason this game would be worth watching would be to see if the Vikings can win their first Super Bowl in team history, and not Womens Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey only that, but do it on their home field. The Vikings and Bills are tied for the worst Super Bowl record in NFL history (0-4).

This is one of the games that would have the potential to turn into one of the most bizarrely entertaining Super Bowls ever. The only bigger mismatch than Nick Foles against the Jaguars defense would be Blake Bortles against the Eagles defense. The Jaguars 10-3 win over the Bills would probably be considered a shootout compared to what might happen if the Jags and Eagles play: We might only see three points the entire game, we could see a kicker win MVP. I’m getting so excited, I’m actually starting to hope this happens.

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Players met with owners and league officials in October at the NFL offices in New York. The owners then held their regularly scheduled fall meeting, and emerged from it without enacting a rule requiring players to stand during the anthem.
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The woes David Backes Authentic Jersey of the Browns are not primarily a coaching issue. They are primarily a roster-construction issue. The Moneyball approach to building an NFL team is failing miserably, at least as it’s being applied in Cleveland. No NFL team has gone so far out of its way, it seems, to avoid drafting a franchise quarterback as the Browns, who traded away opportunities to choose Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the past two drafts. The front office couldn’t land Jimmy Garoppolo. It couldn’t manage to file the trade documentation in time to complete an agreed-upon deal for AJ McCarron. This isn’t all Jackson’s doing. It isn’t even primarily Jackson’s doing. But with a team that is 1-27 the past two seasons, it’s difficult to argue that any key football decision-maker deserves to stay.

Joseph is a rookie head coach, and front office roster architect John Elway bears the responsibility for the Broncos’ quarterback woes beginning with Peyton Manning’s final season. But it’s Elway’s call, and he certainly isn’t going to fire himself. It will be interesting to see how much patience he has with Joseph after accusing the team that Joseph coaches of being soft.

The New England Patriots backfield will be back at full strength for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rex Burkhead will make his return to the lineup on Sunday, despite his questionable designation.
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Stat geek R.J. White is currently SportsLine’s hottest analyst. He also finished in the top one percent in the Las Vegas SuperContest — his second cash in three years in the world’s most prestigious handicapping competition. Anyone who has followed his advice is up big.

Now, he’s studied every angle of this battle. He’s found statistical trends when each team has the ball that is pointing him in one direction with confidence, and he’s sharing it over only at SportsLine.

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And just when the Steelers looked like they were clawing back after a 23-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown and another drive in Jacksonville territory, disaster struck again. The Jaguars forced a fumble on a sack of Roethlisberger, and Smith scooped it up for a 50-yard return touchdown.

Facing a fourth-and-11 in the final minute of the first half, the desperation for points for the Steelers was evident by a decision to go for it.

It paid off in a big way. Roethlisberger perfectly feathered a ball over the top of the Jaguars’ defense for a 36-yard touchdown to Martavis Bryant that made the score a manageable 28-14 at halftime.
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Gronkowski will also help clear space for Lewis and whoever might be taking handoffs for the team just by being on the field.

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And that defensive focus will also allow space for his wide receivers to thrive. Gronkowski demands defensive coordinators plan around him, which will lessen the burden on Cooks, Amendola, and Hogan. That will be more than enough to offset the loss of Edelman 鈥?as long as Gronk can keep himself on the field.

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If the Chargers can actually manage to stay healthy for once, this offense has a chance to be really, really good in 2017. Rivers is the most underrated passer of his era and Gates can still make plays, but they also have a good offensive line, a deep, versatile corps of wide receivers (Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, and rookie Mike Williams if he’s healthy), a budding star at running back (Melvin Gordon), and a very good No. 2 tight end (Hunter Henry).

It’s now been three days since Tom Brady injured his right hand in practice, and just like any injury in New England, the Patriots have been tight-lipped about how serious things may or may not be with their star quarterback.
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The Browns, despite their best effort against the Steelers’ B-team, finish their season 0-16. Congratulations?

Because all nine (!!!) late games start at 4:25 p.m. ET, RedZone’s Scott Hanson must deal with an action-less lull that’s unusual for so early in the day. It’s 4:15 and RedZone is running highlights, snippets of press conferences, and fantasy updates. And come on: I know the segment is sponsored, no self-respecting fantasy league is active in Week 17. Much like Le’Veon Bell.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ long-term commitment to the U.K. has allowed them to become a much stronger franchise, according to the team’s senior vice president of international development, Hussain Naqi.
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The Jags, who travel to Foxborough on Sunday to play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, have made five visits to London since the NFL launched the International Series back in 2007.

Following a dominant 44-7 victory over Baltimore in their 2017 matchup at Wembley Stadium, it was confirmed last week that the Jags will host the Philadelphia Eagles — a potential Super Bowl rematch — under the famous arch as part of the 2018 schedule.

In addition to transforming Wembley into something of a fortress — winning their last three games at the ground — Naqi says the team’s time in the U.K. has also benefited the franchise away from the field.
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Quite a different vibe than teams that knew their season was ending weeks ago.

If you’re a team expecting the end of the season, the mood is light and loose. Guys are taking about offseason plans and can’t wait to get out of there and start the offseason. If you’ve just lost out on a playoff spot or a playoff game, the locker room is solemn and quiet. Guys reminiscing about the last game.
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I remember entering the locker room in 2013 after we (the Chiefs) blew a 38-10 third quarter lead. Guys were quietly discussing the loss, mostly thinking what if we made a play here or there?

A major part of the final morning is the medical. The medical can set up your offseason. If you’re healthy, you just sign a form saying you’re healthy and move on. If you’re injured, you meet with the doctor and the athletic training staff to figure out a plan for the offseason.
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Well, we’re not supposed to talk about it, but I will say that we as a team, as a brotherhood, know all there is to know about taking care of today for today, about not getting ahead of ourselves and how doing that can put you in a bind, Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said. When you talk about the dos and don’ts of winning, we’ve learned some lessons there in the hardest way. And through it all, we’ve leaned on each other.

With Wentz in the fold, the 2017 Eagles looked a lot like the 2016 Cowboys 鈥?which may not bode well for their playoff hopes:
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The Steelers, who lost 45-42 on Sunday, don’t have that reputation.

Fresh off defeating the ultra-talented Steelers on Sunday in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Jaguars have every reason to be confident as they prepare to face the Patriots and arguably the greatest quarterback of all time in the AFC championship game.
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But Tom Brady is not Jacksonville’s biggest problem in the next round. Nor is the historic challenge that comes with a road game at Gillette Stadium in January. The biggest obstacle in the way of the Jaguars reaching Super Bowl 52 is the Patriots’ status as the NFL’s most prepared team.

When the Celtics are on the road, Ainge sits next to Hayward in the weight room at the club’s headquarters in Waltham, distracting him from monotonous calf raises. What do you think of the adjustment we made last night? he asks, the day after a win in Detroit, atoning for a loss to the Pistons two weeks earlier. Andre Drummond had 20 and 20 last time, Hayward replies. So we packed it in the paint, dared them to shoot, and they couldn’t throw it in the ocean. Maybe it caught them off guard. When the Celtics are home, head coach Brad Stevens spells Ainge. Even though a flight from Chicago landed at 4:45 a.m., Stevens was at the facility by 11, ensuring he would overlap with Hayward.

Much was made of the bond between Hayward and Stevens during the free-agent signing period last summer, when the former Butler star rejoined the former Butler coach. Their college connection has been overstated, but they were always more than the typical power broker and lottery pick, using each other for five months and one tournament run. Stevens was the first recruiter to show up for Hayward’s 6 a.m. practices at Brownsburg, the first to offer him a scholarship, the first to tell Charles Woodson Womens Jersey him he might make the NBA when he still viewed himself as a Steve Nash wannabe. Initially, Hayward was dismissive, arguing with his father that Butler was in Division II. If that’s my only choice, he said, I’d rather go to Purdue and just be a student. But Stevens hung around, watching Hayward in showcases from three courts away so rivals wouldn’t notice whom he was tailing.

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