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.