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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had one of the most severe cases of CTE researchers have encountered in someone his age, his lawyer said Thursday.

Boston University’s center for the study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy announced Thursday that a study of Hernandez’s brain indicated he had Stage 3 CTE, one step short of the most severe level. The 27-year-old killed himself in prison in April while serving a life sentence for murder.
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Attorney Jose Baez said he is filing a federal lawsuit against the NFL and the Patriots on behalf of Hernandez’s daughter. According to the lawsuit, Stage 3 CTE is most commonly found in patients with a median age of 67.

Tom Brady led the Patriots 75 yards into the end zone over the final minutes Sunday — the 52nd time he has orchestrated a game-winning drive.

I suspect Detroit would have had enough time to spike the ball, but on fourth down, that wasn’t an option. The Lions would have needed to call and run a play on the fly, and unless Cooter sent in a playcall for fourth down before the snap on third down, there wouldn’t have been enough time for Stafford to communicate the playcall.

There was some drama before the concluding moments of the game were played out by runoff. The final Lions drive crammed 15 plays into 153 seconds. Stafford appeared to hit Marvin Jones on the 2-yard line with 1:10 to go, only for his pass to be wiped out by a penalty on Kerin. Jones committed offensive pass interference on the next play to make it first-and-30, but a Stafford interception on second down was wiped off the board by a holding penalty on star Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant. Four plays later, Trufant was called for pass interference in the end zone on a play where he clearly contacted Jones, but on a pass that did not seem catchable on replay.
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The Buffalo Bills Jersey had no answers on offense, getting completely shut down by the Carolina Panthers for most of Sunday.

Game Trevor Siemian Jersey However, the Panthers offense was also putrid, so the Bills inexplicably had a chance to win the game when they got the ball down, 9-3, at the end.
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Tyrod Taylor was stringing throws together, and Buffalo marched down the field for the first time pretty much all day. It was an encouraging drive, but the Bills apparently forgot that the clock was running and they had two timeouts left. After a 4-yard scramble by Taylor to the Carolina 42, over 20 seconds elapsed before the Bills ran their next play, an incomplete pass to Zay Jones.

It wasn’t a good throw by Taylor, but the Bills could’ve had a much better shot if they didn’t waste time and got a chance to run more plays. By leaving yards on the field and a timeout in their pocket, the Bills cost themselves a chance to spring the road upset.

Glennon was adequate in his first start since 2014, avoiding turnovers and getting the Bears in position to upset defending NFC champion Atlanta as time wound down in Chicago. His upset bid fell short, but a potentially more meaningful game awaits when he returns to Tampa for the first time since leaving as a free agent this spring.

The lanky quarterback spent his first four seasons with the Buccaneers after being selected by the franchise in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He earned some buzz after replacing Josh Freeman as the team’s starting passer as a rookie, but went just 5-13 with the Bucs before being usurped by Winston.

Tolbert was the Panthers’ starting fullback from 2012-16, and he went to the Pro Bowl three times during his stint there. But the Panthers released Tolbert in the offseason. He then decided to sign a deal with the Buffalo Bills, now coached by former Panthers defense coordinator Sean McDermott.

Texans vs. Bengals 2017 live updates: Scores, highlights, and results from ‘Thursday Night Football’

The Texans scored the game’s only touchdown when rookie Deshaun Watson busted out a 49-yard run to put his team up for good. It wasn’t a pretty game, but Houston got the win and improved to 1-1. Cincinnati fell to 0-2.

He isn’t hitting the holes with the same speed and power we are used to seeing, and he also isn’t getting the lanes from the offensive line which became a regular occurrence in years past.

Whatever the case may be, after two weeks Bell looks like more like your everyday running back than a back wanting more than $12.5 million dollars a year.

Hull was an undrafted free agent in 2015, and spent the majority of his first season in the NFL on the Dolphins’ practice squad. In 2016, he played in all 16 games while making just one start.

Rookie linebacker Raekwon McMillan would be handy for the Dolphins right about now, but he tore his ACL in the preseason, effectively putting his NFL career on pause has he misses the season.

There’s little question that Matt Ryan will finish the year as a top ten quarterback in nearly every statistical measure you can dream up. If he can keep these streaks going and add some of those gaudy stats the MVP voters love, he might make a run at the award for a second straight season.2

Sources: Ex-NFL CB Charles Tillman Jersey training to be FBI agent

Former NFL All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman is training to become an FBI agent, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday evening.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the news.

According to multiple ESPN sources, Tillman is currently at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
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TMZ Sports first reported the allegations, made earlier this year in Louisiana by a woman Johnson was living with. She filed for a restraining order in July, according to a spokesperson for the Lafourche Parish Clerk of Court, but the request was dismissed July 21. The woman has appealed the decision.

A representative for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office told TMZ Sports that the case is still under investigation.

Johnson was the NFL’s top official from 2010 to ’12 before returning to the field as the league’s first full-time official. He dropped full-time status a few years later and was not among the 21 full-time officials announced by the league earlier this month.

Johnson is part of referee Terry McAulay’s crew and worked Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Giants didn’t practice Saturday. Instead they spent the afternoon at the team facility taking care of their bodies before a workout Sunday at about 85 percent.

Beckham is expected to be a game-time decision Monday night.

Right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle) is also questionable, and linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion) was ruled out for the second straight week.
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Ezekiel Elliott Jersey suspension won’t derail Cowboys thanks to depth, Tony Romo says

Regardless of the decision on Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal of his six-game suspension, the Cowboys likely will be without their star running back for a portion of the the 2017 season.

Elliott, who is in the process of appealing the league’s ban, led the NFL in rushing last year, his rookie season. He’s an integral part of the Cowboys’ offense, one who will be missed when Dallas opens its season Sept. 10 against the New York Giants.

But one person who thinks Elliott’s absence won’t derail the Cowboys’ season is former starting quarterback-turned CBS analyst Tony Romo. Speaking Wednesday at a CBS media event, Romo said if there’s any team that can manage losing Elliott, it’s Dallas.

This is not something Tomlin will view as a big deal, because he has enough to concern himself getting the Steelers prepared for a home game Sunday against the Vikings, part of which will involve trying not to commit as many penalties as last week.

It’s reasonable as professionals to ask those guys to play hard and smart. We need to see that. We need to see that immediately, Tomlin said. I think it’s reasonable to accept pre-snap penalties to be at zero. It wasn’t that the other day.
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We’re very much individuals and a group still in development, and will be, as all teams are … It’s reasonable to expect our techniques to be more consistent, our hand placement to be more consistent, our footwork to be more consistent. And in doing so, naturally, you play cleaner football.
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The risk of evaluating a team’s discipline after a single week of football is obvious in the way teams rank in the penalty department after such a small sample size.

Cam Newton Jersey believes rookie Christian McCaffrey will make immediate impact

The Panthers are trying to get back to the Super Bowl after completely missing the playoffs last season. Cam Newton believes he has the supporting cast to make some noise.
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Newton, who is coming back from a surgically repaired shoulder, can’t wait to start the season with rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel added to his offensive arsenal.

We didn’t draft (McCaffrey) as high as we did to kind of grow up in this offense. We need him to be ready to go – him and (Samuel), Newton said, via panthers.com. Those guys, whether battling injuries or not, they’re being forced into fire, and we’re expecting big things from them.

The hearing on the NFLPA’s motion for a temporary restraining order Elliott has been set for Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET, per U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant.

If granted, the temporary restraining order, or preliminary injunction, would put on hold Elliott’s suspension if it is upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson.

Elliott and the players union have accused the NFL of conspiracy in hiding critical information regarding the circumstances around his suspension for domestic violence.

Elliott was accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, but was not charged with a crime.

Limited Brian Elliott Jersey Johnson played in just four games last season before suffering a groin injury that required surgery and sent him to injured reserve. Before he was hurt, he had 25 carries for 95 yards as the primary backup. In 2015, he was the NFL’s third-leading rusher (814 yards) before he fractured his tibia in Week 12.

Before 2015, Johnson had never missed a game because of an injury.

He enters this season with 9,537 rushing yards. He told ESPN this offseason that his goal before he retires is to reach 10,000 yards.

Colts QB Andrew Luck officially out for Week 1

Colts GM Chris Ballard confirmed Monday what everyone expected: His team’s highest-paid player, QB Andrew Luck, will not play Week 1 against the Rams.

Luck underwent shoulder surgery in January and while there have been no reported setbacks, Luck was on the physically unable to perform list during the preseason so he has not been able to work with his teammates leading up to the regular season.

In addition to that, no one has seen Luck throw at all in the weeks leading up to the season. Luck himself said weeks ago that he hasn’t thrown a football either, so his return is in question far beyond Week 1.

Colbert, 60, joined the franchise in 2000, initially spending the first 11 years in the front office as director of football operations before taking over as general manager in 2010. He has helped guide Pittsburgh to three AFC championships and two Super Bowl victories in three appearances.

“I have been very fortunate to have been a part of this organization over the last 17 years,” Colbert said in a statement. “I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue to be a part of our annual pursuit of a championship.”

Not everyone, however, shared the same enthusiasm. Following news of the extension, holdout running back Le’Veon Bell sarcastically tweeted his praise for Colbert.bears_001-223x223

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Authentic Jersey signs franchise tag

Steelers fans can heave a collective sigh of relief because star running back Le’Veon Bell has signed his franchise tag, the team announced Monday.

Rob Ninkovich Elite Jersey Bell’s one-year deal will pay him $12.1 million this season, which is the average of the three highest-paid running backs in the NFL, as the franchise tag requires.

Limited Star Lotulelei Jersey The former Michigan State running back sat out the preseason with hopes that he would get a long-term contract. He did not receive the deal, but he also did not have to take any abuse on the field during the preseason, so he will be ready to go Week 1 when the Steelers take on the Browns on the road.

Bell arrived Friday at Steelers facilities for the first time during the preseason to take the team physical and signed his tag Monday.

He has rushed for 4,045 yards and 26 touchdowns in his four years with the Steelers but has played in all 16 games in a season just once.

Killing time until 1 p.m. Eastern during football season used to feel like an eternity. Wake up at 11, eat a breakfast sandwich, set fantasy lineups, and then … wait. Maybe go to a bar? Yes, I would go to a bar and watch dozens of TVs at once and drink all the beer I wanted for three or seven hours.

That was another lifetime. Today, I spend my morning at a 3-year-old’s birthday with my wife, daughter (almost 3), and son (16 months). The party, which is three miles from our home, requires us to pack enough provisions for an Arctic expedition, yet I eat no breakfast and pack no food for myself; I am too preoccupied with the high-wire act of keeping two toddlers happy and entertained without resorting to bribery.

Be sure to pay extra attention when Aaron Rodgers Jersey and the Packers’ offense goes against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks’ defense

Right off the bat we’re spoiled with FPI’s top two teams in the NFC squaring off in a season opener. Even though it’s only Week 1, this game could play a big role in whether either team finishes the regular season as the top seed in the conference. With a victory Sunday, the Seahawks and Packers would have a 36.3 percent and 24 percent chance, respectively, to hold the No. 1 seed.

Be sure to pay extra attention when Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense (FPI of +4.9) goes against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks’ defense (+1.8).
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Neither team has much depth or playmaking ability at the wide-receiver position. The Bills trot out Zay Jones and former Eagle Jordan Matthews. Matthews got injured in his first practice with the Bills, but looks ready to play in Week 1. The unit lacks true deep speed and a dominant player.

The same can be said about the Jets receiving corps. Gone are Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Those playmakers have been replaced by Robby Anderson and former Seahawk Jermaine Kearse. They brought back Jeremy Kerley this week after he was cut by the 49ers.

Kids Eddie Lacy Jersey Due to the lack of offensive weapons on both sides, this game looks to be a low-scoring affair.

Kizer’s task in the opener is a formidable one. Browns left guard Joel Bitonio is warning the rookie from Notre Dame to expect anything and everything from the Steelers’ blitz.

My first NFL start was against the Steelers in Pittsburgh, Bitonio said. Pittsburgh is one of those teams you see and a lot of people talk about.

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As strange as this may have sounded not long ago, I guess right now it would have to be the Packers. Since 2012, the Packers and Seahawks seem to be getting into some of the most intense matchups of any two teams in the NFL, especially the Monday night game in 2012 with Wilson throwing a legitimate touchdown to Golden Tate to win the game legitimately. The two meet again in Week 1 and are probably the odds-on favorites to meet in the NFC Championship game this season.

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The Seahawks had the No. 1 run defense in the NFL last season and should continue to rank highly in that category because of players like Jarran Reed, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and the versatility of Bennett. There’s a lot of focus on the pass defense because of the Legion of Boom, but the Seahawks are extremely difficult to run against, too. Pete Carroll focuses more on the run game, offensive and defensively, than perhaps any other coach today.