Ra’Shede Hageman suspended six games after 2016 arrest on domestic violence charges

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman has been suspended six games by the NFL, a league spokesman confirmed Friday.

Hageman was arrested last year on domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged incident with his then-girlfriend.
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To take Crick’s place on the roster and along the defensive front, the Broncos said they’ve signed former Seahawks nose tackle Ahtyba Ruben, who started every game in Seattle in 2015 and ’16 but was cut this year after the Seahawks traded for Sheldon Richardson.

Crick, who had 53 total tackles and three sacks in 2016, had practiced only twice since Aug. 15, when he left the field because of what ESPN now describes as a disk issue.

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Lineup Changes: You can choose to lock lineups when the first game of the week starts, typically Thursday evening. This is a good setting if your owners don’t have a lot of time to spend obsessing about their teams throughout the week, because roster moves can be made only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (prior to kickoff). The downside is that since you have to set your official lineups by Thursday evening most weeks, you can’t wait for injury information you may get Saturday or Sunday morning to make lineup and waiver moves.

Most leagues use the setting that allows you to change your lineup right up to the start of each individual player’s kickoff that week. This allows you to find out if a player is active/inactive due to injury, react to the score of your game against your opponent (e.g., using a safer play if you are in the lead or a riskier upside option if you’re behind), etc. It also helps avoid situations where a player gets hurt in warm-ups or gets benched unexpectedly.

The Giants’ offense is broken, and it could cost them their season

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It wasn’t too surprising when the New York Giants offense sputtered without Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 1, but Monday night’s 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions exposed some huge problems that go way deeper than Beckham’s health.

This offense is rotten to the core, and it’s hard to see any quick fixes.

With the Giants now 0-2, a return to the playoffs is looking like a distant proposition. The defense still played well, holding Matthew Stafford to just 122 passing yards, the lowest total of his career. But none of that matters as long as the offense plays limp, lifeless, dull football. It’s been a running trend for a while now — New York hasn’t reached 20 points since Week 12 of the 2016 season, an eight-game streak that continued this week.

Ross finished the 2016 season with 1,150 receiving yards, 17 receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one kick return touchdown. But it was his only truly productive seasons at UW after an ACL tear cost him all of 2015.

That injury and the fact that Ross has already had a few dings during the 2017 offseason raises serious concerns about his longevity. But the Bengals took him at No. 9 overall and that means he’ll have to be more than just a role player with a few manufactured touches.

Marcus Williams Jersey It’s difficult to know how Ross fits in because preseason gave us so little to work with. A shoulder injury kept the rookie sidelined for the first two games and a knee sprain cut his time in the preseason finale short.

In two games, Ross was on the field for a combined 28 snaps and touched the ball three times — twice on running plays. His highlight was a 25-yard run on an end around that showed some of the juice that made him a top draft pick.

Indians have won 21 consecutive games. Browns have won 21 games since Oct. 24, 2011

The Cleveland Indians have been hot — they’ve won 21 straight games, which sets an American League record, and ties the MLB record.

It also matches the amount of games the Cleveland Browns have won over several years:

Unfortunately, the injury appears to be to his right leg, the same leg he suffered an ACL tear in back in 2015, a season he missed in its entirety. Nelson earned the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award for 2016 after returning from said injury and grabbing 97 receptions, 1,257 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

Nelson suffered the injury in the first quarter and was not targeted prior to the injury. He and Randall Cobb are the Packers’ top receivers, with Nelson catching seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Nelson, 32, has been considered somewhat injury prone later in his career. He was a second-round pick by the Packers in 2008 and has spent his entire career with the team.

It’s a good sign for New York that the team was able to get its offense chugging for a couple minutes there, but this was a missed opportunity after getting so close to the end zone.

Lions 17, Giants 7: Eli Manning keeps getting sacked, and offensive tackle Ereck Flowers in particular has struggled badly. One Giants fan provided a review.

Lions 17, Giants 7: Matt Prater needed his kick to go 56 yards for a field goal late in the second quarter. He got there, but it was as close as you could possibly imagine. The ball bounced off the crossbar and squeaked through by that much.

Somehow, he managed to do this (and hit a 58-yarder last week) without his regular holder, too.
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The 5-foot-6 playmaker had five carries for 66 yards and eight catches for 47 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut.

A federal judge Friday mercilessly trashed the NFL’s investigative process in granting Ezekiel Elliott a preliminary injunction in his fight to overturn his suspension. Terms like unique and egregious and breach of the CBA are signals that the NFL overstepped its bounds and abused its power in the eyes of the court. Elliott, it was ruled, did not get a fundamentally fair hearing.” Again, punches were not pulled.

U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant came down on Roger Goodell the way Richard Berman lit him up when Tom Brady appealed his Deflategate suspension two years ago.
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Goodell was taken to the woodshed by various entities, in court and in arbitration, over the handling of Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Brady and now Elliott. The players association keeps calling the league out on violation after violation of their own collectively bargained disciplinary procedures.

DeAngelo Hall Elite Jersey There’s panic in Washington after Kirk Cousins dropped a 33.8 Total QBR in the opener. Washington lost receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency, and the main replacement was Pryor, who caught only six of his 11 targets for 66 yards on Sunday. Cousins and Pryor need time to get in sync, and it’s worth remembering that this is only the second year as a full-time receiver for Pryor, a former college quarterback.

I think I’ve got a lot to work on, Pryor told me when I was at Washington’s training camp last month. He said he gives himself one technique point to focus on in every practice and believes he is still evolving as a receiver.

Someone with the Bears told me a couple of weeks ago that Tarik Cohen would be this year’s Tyreek Hill, so determined was Chicago that it could use him to effect in a variety of roles. The 5-foot-6 playmaker had five carries for 66 yards and eight catches for 47 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut.

Foreman is a worthwhile bench stash.

Authentic Youth Duncan Keith Jersey Lamar Miller remained Houston’s lead back in Week 2, but rookie D’Onta Foreman played a much bigger role in his second game. Miller racked up 18 carries on 46 snaps, whereas Foreman handled 12 carries on 16 snaps. This came after Miller out-snapped Foreman 56 to 2 and out-carried him 17 to 1 in Week 1. Miller struggled with efficiency last year and sports a 3.6 yards per carry early this season. He’ll continue to be involved on all three downs, which keeps him in the RB1 discussion, but Foreman’s role on early downs only figures to increase.

Authentic Youth Anton Khudobin Jersey Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots: One of the most started wide receivers in fantasy in Week 2, as Cooks was active in 97.6 percent of ESPN leagues, Cooks was a total dud in his return to New Orleans on Sunday. He managed just 6.3 PPR fantasy points, his seventh-worst single-game output in 44 career contests. Cooks was targeted on just four of Brady’s 45 pass attempts, which seems more like an aberration than trend.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins: Like Newton, Cousins’ 11.9 fantasy point output wasn’t catastrophic, but it still placed him outside the top 15 at his position in a week during which he was started in 53.4 percent of ESPN leagues. Worse yet: Cousins scored that on the heels of a 10.6 point opening week, and he has showed little in the way of chemistry with any of his wide receivers. Things should improve for him in Week 3, as he’ll battle the Raiders in a home game, but he’s going to need to rebound in a major way in that game in order to avoid sinking into the streaming tier.

White was observed after the game in a sling and holding his wrist to stabilize the injured side of his body.

He left Soldier Field in an ambulance.

White, the seventh pick of the 2015 NFL draft, appeared in just four regular-season games in his first two seasons in the league because of two fractures in his leg.

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When you’ve been through that and he’s done it, and it’s happened again, it’s happened again, done it, and it sucks, Bears tight end Zach Miller said. You can’t control that stuff. Kevin is such a good football player. He’s had unfortunate stuff happen to him early in his career. It won’t derail the kid.

Hopefully it’s not terrible. That’s a blow to our football team. It’s a blow to him, but it’s a blow to us, too. He’ll bounce back. He’s got to. He doesn’t have a choice.

With Cameron Meredith already on injured reserve with torn knee ligaments, the Bears hoped that White would emerge as the club’s No. 1 wide receiver.

These examinations were previously conducted on the sideline in full view of fans and television cameras. The league hopes this measure will allow for better evaluations and a more respectful environment to assess an injured athlete.
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All of our sideline concussion evaluations will occur inside the tents, which we think will not only obviously provide more privacy and dignity for the player, but certainly will eliminate some of the visual and auditory distractions that we want to try to eliminate to get the best concussion evaluation we can, Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, told the Washington Post.

Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension and appeal, explained

On Aug. 11, the NFL finally announced a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott to start this season, after an investigation spanning more than a year. The suspension stems from domestic violence allegations made against Elliott in July 2016.

A woman who identified herself as Elliott’s ex-girlfriend filed a police report claiming Elliott had been abusive over the course of five days in July 2016. She filed two separate reports with the Columbus Police Department. Witnesses who claimed to have been present did not corroborate her statements, and police and prosecutors decided not to bring charges against Elliott.

Elliott filed an appeal, as expected. The NFL and NFLPA are publicly at odds over this situation, and this thing could drag on for some time.

He was ruled out for the rest of the game and the fear is he tore the ACL in his left knee, according to NFL medical analyst for SiriusXM and the San Diego Union-Tribune Dr. David J. Chao. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Robinson, who is in a contract year, suffered a significant knee injury, while NFL Media says it’s indeed an ACL tear.

The injury occurred on the third play from scrimmage. On a third-and-2 from the Jacksonville 23-yard line, Jags quarterback Blake Bortles hit Robinson for a 17-yard gain. Robinson was hurt when he was pushed out bounds by Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson.

The exciting rookie third-round pick played 44 offensive snaps for Detroit in Week 1 (62 percent), hauling in two scores and four total catches. There’s a ton to love about his skill set, as he’s a big-bodied receiver with good functional speed and a massive catch radius. For now, he’s the No. 3 wideout in Detroit, but this is an offense that will be among the leaders in three receiver sets and I wouldn’t be surprised if Golladay surpasses Marvin Jones Jr. on the depth chart. He is a must add in all leagues based on talent and potential role.steelers_123

DraftKings, FanDuel will pay $2.6M in Massachusetts settlement

Fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel will have to pay the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office $1.3 million apiece for deceptive policies.

“I am glad to have reached these settlements to address various consumer issues that existed at the early stages of this new industry,” Massachusetts AG Maura Healey said in a statement, via ESPN.com.

“We have since implemented a set of comprehensive regulations that provide consumers with broad-ranging protections and that have served as a model for many D’Onta Foreman Jersey other states.”

The allegations stem from those who used the daily fantasy sites before 2016. According to the release, the companies are up to date with current regulations.

“It’s just a real historic place and the fans take pride in making it as loud and as uncomfortable as they can,” Lacy said Thursday. “For me, it’s going to be the first time being on the opposite side of that. I’ll get to see how it is from the other side.”

Following an injury-plagued 2016 season, the Packers did not seek to re-sign Lacy and he joined the Seahawks on a one-year contract in March.

“I thought I would be back there, I was there for four years and I thought it would continue,” Lacy said. “Sometimes it doesn’t work out like that (and), sometimes Authentic Bryan Little Jersey a change of scenery isn’t bad.

“I’m just going to go out and play the game that I love to play. It just so happens that I’m on a different team playing against where I came from.”

No owner can openly admit he’s tolerating it while still charging the customer full fare.

Limited Bobby Wagner Jersey The craziness of football used to be GMs who are on the hot seat, an exec said. That was the group driving trades. But nobody liked trading future picks. Now, it is just very different. These guys are all willing to trade.
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Tanking is a dirty word. No owner can openly admit he’s tolerating it while still charging the customer full fare. But this is essentially what teams are doing when they willfully become significantly less talented in the short term.

Every owner wants to win, the exec said, but the real question is: Would you rather go 8-8 or 5-11 plus $30 million? If you are the Jets and you traded Sheldon and got rid of Decker, isn’t the owner saying he’d rather go 2-14 and save $40 million than go 6-10? If you are the Bills with Watkins or the Browns with Joe Haden, is it the same thing?

What Henderson said: In his decision, Henderson said that it was his job to determine whether Roger Goodell was in his right to give Elliott the six-game suspension, but it was not his job to second guess his decision.

Rather, the review is to determine whether the player was afforded adequate notice of his alleged violation, the right to representation, opportunity to present evidence, and a decision which is fair and consistent. In a case involving violation of a policy, fair and consistent means whether the process and result were in compliance with the terms of that policy. This one is, in every respect.

The Patriots get a speedy player who was taken in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Colts get a quarterback who made two starts during the 2016 season as a rookie after he was taken in the third round.

Why would the Patriots make the trade? For New England, Brissett was a movable piece. The team has Tom Brady and it’s anyone’s guess how long he plans to continue playing, but as long as he’s around, it’s his show. Behind him is Jimmy Garoppolo, a young quarterback who was subject to trade rumors but not moved because the Patriots insist he’s the future for the team.

On Thursday night, the Star-Telegram reported that NFL lead investigator Kia Roberts recommended no suspension for the running back.

The investigation of Elliott spanned more than a year and looked closely at accusations made against Elliott before he ever played a game for the Cowboys. Among those shocked by the eventual punishment was Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was reportedly told by a top NFL executive that no suspension was coming.

Elite Womens Grant Hill Jersey What does the lawsuit aim to accomplishThe short answer is that Elliott is looking to avoid a suspension altogether. But his lawsuit makes accusations that could have a bigger impact than that.
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I was working the 9-to-5, just doing the desk-job thing, which did not satisfy me at all, Anders said. I had the urge to compete in something and there’s just not a whole lot of things for adults to compete in.

That competitive drive led him to an MMA gym in Alabama. Two months later, he was lined up across from another fighter.