The Chiefs were aggressive during the 2017 NFL Draft, and traded up to select quarterback Patrick Mahomes at No. 10 overall. Saturday night, he showed why the team did just that.
In his two drives during their preseason game against the Bengals, Mahomes was impressive. He showed his ability to step up in the pocket, and make some pretty sharp throws. He finished the night 10-of-14 passing with 88 yards and two touchdowns, as well as three carries for 29 yards.
Smith, 22, last played football in January 2016 when he was a consensus All-American at Notre Dame. He was primed to be the first linebacker taken in the 2016 NFL draft, but suffered tears of his ACL and LCL in the Fiesta Bowl — which was his final collegiate game.
The nerve damage from the injury was so severe that there were questions whether or not he’d ever play again, but the Cowboys rolled the dice and took Smith in the second round.
Smith didn’t appear in a game as a rookie, and now — more than a year and a half after suffering the injury — he’s finally on the field in a Cowboys uniform.
He’s unlikely to be the starter in the regular season with Sean Lee ahead of him on the depth chart, but his return to the field is a story all its own.
Elliott’s appeal will be heard by Harold Henderson instead of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Henderson, a former NFL executive vice president, has previously heard appeals from Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson, and will hear Elliott’s on Aug. 29.
Elliott was accused of domestic violence by a former girlfriend in July 2016. She alleged that Elliott had abused her on several occasions over a five-day period. Elliott was not arrested or charged with any crime and he has denied any accusations from the beginning.