Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston calls visit to Dr. James Andrews ‘standard protocol’

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston calls visit to Dr. James Andrews ‘standard protocol’

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston says consulting Dr. James Andrews about his sore throwing shoulder was “standard protocol” and not an indication the injury is worse than he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers initially believed.

“I’ve known Dr. Andrews for a long time,” the 23-year-old quarterback said Wednesday, a day after traveling to Pensacola, Florida, to visit the renowned orthopedic surgeon he has known since he was in the sixth grade.

“All the doctors are working together to come up with what they think,” Winston added. “All I know is for the next two weeks I’m going to be rehabbing to get the shoulder 100 percent.”

The Bucs announced Monday that the third-year pro, who sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder on Oct. 15, will miss at least two games after aggravating the injury during last week’s 30-10 road loss at New Orleans.

Coach Dirk Koetter reiterated doctors believe the best course of action at this time is rest.

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Winston has played through the injury the past three weeks, with Tampa Bay (2-6) extending its losing streak to five games.

“Dr. Andrews has been involved in this since the beginning. He’s been getting the updates every week. He’s been seeing the MRI reports every week,” Koetter said. “Yesterday was just the first time Jameis went there in person.”

On Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Winston, who’s made 40 consecutive starts to begin his pro career. Fitzpatrick will face the New York Jets, the veteran backup’s team the past two seasons.

“It’s challenging. But at the same time, it gives me an opportunity to be there for my team in any way that I can — not just on the field,” Winston said of the decision to shut him down. Obviously I want to be out there playing. I love this game. I’m very passionate about this game. I look at it as a great opportunity to rest and become 100 percent.”

Meanwhile, the quarterback apologized for his role in a sideline skirmish last Sunday with New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The incident escalated when Bucs receiver Mike Evans got involved, too.

Evans was suspended one game by the NFL for violating league rules on unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness after running up from behind and knocking Lattimore to the ground when the Saints rookie pushed Winston in response to the quarterback coming off the sideline to confront Lattimore. Winston was not in the game at the time because of his injured shoulder.

“I want to apologize for the incident … (It’s) just something I can’t do,” the quarterback said, adding he acted in the “heat of the moment.”

“I can’t come off the field and make any gesture toward an opponent, let alone touch them,” Winston said. “I can’t do that.”

Evans leads the Bucs with 40 receptions for 532 yards and four touchdowns. He appealed the league discipline; however, the suspension was upheld Tuesday.

“I want to sincerely apologize for my actions. … I saw my quarterback getting shoved and I let my emotions get the better of me,” Evans said in a statement released by the team.

“My response was not appropriate and not a true indication of who I am as a player and a person,” Evans added. “I take pride in playing the game the right way, and I realize it was unprofessional and hurt my team.”

Evans will sit out Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Winston would not be surprised if he winds up being fined by the NFL.

“I haven’t received it yet,” the quarterback said. “It’s probably coming.”

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/florida/story/tampa-bay-buccaneers-jameis-winston-dr-james-andrews-110817

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Lions not looking ahead, focused on Browns (Nov 12, 2017)

Lions not looking ahead, focused on Browns (Nov 12, 2017)

Matthew Stafford doesn’t want to hear how the schedule sets up favorably for the Detroit Lions.

The outlook appears unusually rosy for a .500 team at the midpoint of the season. The Lions only face one more team, Minnesota, currently above the .500 mark. They are also the only NFC North team without any major quarterback issues.

Stafford, who has thrown 14 touchdown passes compared to four interceptions, shrugs off the Lions’ seemingly clear path to the playoffs. They get the juiciest matchup of all, a home date against the winless Cleveland Browns, on Sunday.

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“We don’t look that far ahead,” Stafford said. “You do that, you start getting in trouble. I’ve been a part of some really good second halves of the season and some not. The times we’ve played well, we’ve really put our full focus on every single opponent that we play, which is what we’ll do this week and, hopefully, throughout the rest of the year.”

Detroit (4-4), which trails the Vikings by two games in the division, is coming off a rare road win at Green Bay. With Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sidelined by a broken collarbone, the Lions dominated the Monday night game, 30-17.

Stafford took apart the Packers’ secondary, completing 26 of 33 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. The Browns (0-8) are allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 68.8 percent of their passes and 16 touchdowns.

Cleveland’s defense has been much stingier in the ground game, giving up just 2.9 yards per carry.

“You throw the tape on, these guys jump off the screen to you, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Stafford said. “These guys stop the run about as good as anybody in the NFL. They’ve got young, really talented guys in the secondary. They’ve got a bunch of first- and second-round picks, guys that have obvious talent and skill.”

The Lions lost their last three home games, in large part due to red-zone woes. They rank 27th at 45.83 percent scoring touchdowns in the red zone, just one spot ahead of the Browns (45.0).

“Got to get better,” Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. “We got in a couple of times (against Green Bay) but we’ve got to keep working at it. We figured out a couple of things, but we haven’t gotten them all solved.”

Finding a goal line back is one of those unresolved issues. Ameer Abdullah scored a rushing touchdown but also fumbled twice against Green Bay, including one near the Packers’ goal line that the Lions recovered.

Abdullah’s ball-security issue was one of the few negatives to come out of the division win.

“What was encouraging was how we played,” Caldwell said. “That game was one that I think the guys played real well. Beyond that, it’s a matter of keeping our focus narrow.”

The Browns are coming off a bye week. They lost 33-16 to Minnesota in London prior to their break.

Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, who was benched early in the second half the previous week after throwing two interceptions against Tennessee, played the entire game against Minnesota. He completed 18 of 34 passes for only 179 yards but didn’t commit any turnovers.

“There’s a lot of plays to be had out there,” Kizer said. “Obviously, there’s a big emphasis on not turning the ball over and I was able to develop that throughout the first half of the season. Didn’t turn it over against Minnesota, but now there’s big plays that can turn into touchdowns that need to be made throughout the game.”

Kizer, a second-round pick out of Notre Dame, is completing just 52.1 percent of his throws with three touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

He realizes he needs to improve quickly or become just another failed Browns signal caller.

“When you’re in a position where you’re 0-8 and on a club that hasn’t been winning in the recent past and hasn’t had a solid quarterback in a long time, you’ve got to prove (it) every time you step out there,” Kizer said. “It’s going to take a lot for a guy to hold onto this position for a while. That’s why you’ve seen so many guys who haven’t been able to hold onto it. So, there’s definitely a chip on my shoulder to go out and do whatever I can to be the quarterback here for a long time.”

Browns cornerback Jason McCourty (ankle) is questionable after missing the last two games.

Lions offensive tackle Taylor Decker, who underwent shoulder surgery in June, could make his season debut. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (back) is a question mark after missing practice Wednesday.

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/lions-not-looking-ahead-focused-on-browns-110817

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Radio host who teamed with ex-NFL player shocked by charges

Radio host who teamed with ex-NFL player shocked by charges

NEW YORK (AP) A radio host who teamed up for years with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason on a New York City sports show says he was shocked by his arrest and will prove his innocence.

Craig Carton spoke outside Manhattan federal court after pleading not guilty Wednesday to fraud charges in an indictment.

Carton says he’s ”unequivocally not guilty” and will show a jury that the government made false accusations when he was arrested in September.

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The longtime co-host of the ”Boomer and Carton” show remains free on $500,000 bond. He quit the job after his arrest. He says the government conceded to his lawyers recently that his ticket reselling business was legitimate even though prosecutors have called it a sham.

A spokesman for the government declined to comment on Carton’s remarks.

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/radio-host-who-teamed-with-ex-nfl-player-shocked-by-charges-110817

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Tom Brady isn’t masking his respect for the Broncos

Tom Brady isn’t masking his respect for the Broncos

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady isn’t masking his respect for the Broncos, even as Denver enters its prime-time home matchup with New England riding a four-game losing streak.

Brady’s history against the Broncos is reason enough to make him wary of Sunday’s opponent. The Patriots quarterback is 6-6 against them in the regular season, including a 3-4 mark in Denver, and 1-3 in the postseason.

”It’s just there’s little margin of error when you go out there, and we’re going to have to play good,” Brady said Wednesday. ”They’ve got a great defense. They’ve got great players on both sides of the ball. You can’t go out there and make a bunch of mistakes and expect to win.”

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With the Broncos (3-5) coming off a 51-23 loss in Philadelphia last Sunday, the Patriots (6-2) fully expect to see a refocused Denver team that still leads the NFL in fewest total yards allowed (2,246).

”All these wins are important for every team,” Brady said. ”No one likes to lose. … We’ve (lost games and) there’s definitely urgency, and you learn a lot from the losses, and everyone wants to get the bad taste out of their mouth.”

The Patriots are well-rested coming off a bye, but enter a difficult stretch with five of their next six games on the road, including a game in Mexico City versus Oakland on Nov. 19. After visiting Denver, New England will practice in Colorado before flying to Mexico City the day before facing the Raiders.

”It’s just a unique thing; it probably will never happen again, and hopefully we can go take advantage of it,” Brady said about the trip.

New England is 10-21 in Denver, the last team to deal the Patriots a road loss with a 30-24 overtime victory in 2015.

”It’s a great crowd, a great football environment, Sunday night. I’m sure that place will be lit up,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

The Patriots have won 11 straight away from home and are 5-1 overall in their last six meetings with the Broncos.

NOTES: WR Chris Hogan (shoulder), DT Malcom Brown (ankle) and OT Marcus Cannon (ankle) were absent from practice Wednesday. … The Patriots did not activate LB Shea McClellin (concussion) from injured reserve before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, meaning he will miss the rest of the season. … Newly signed DL Ricky Jean-Francois will wear No. 94 with the Patriots. ”We just tried to add a little depth to the defensive line,” Belichick said of the signing.

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Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/tom-brady-isn-t-masking-his-respect-for-the-broncos-110817

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Winston visits Dr. Andrews, apologizes for role in scuffle

Winston visits Dr. Andrews, apologizes for role in scuffle

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston says consulting Dr. James Andrews about his sore throwing shoulder was ”standard protocol” and not an indication the injury is worse than he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers initially believed.

”I’ve known Dr. Andrews for a long time,” the 23-year-old quarterback said Wednesday, a day after traveling to Pensacola, Florida, to visit the renowned orthopedic surgeon he has known since he was in the sixth grade.

”All the doctors are working together to come up with what they think,” Winston added. ”All I know is for the next two weeks I’m going to be rehabbing to get the shoulder 100 percent.”

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The Bucs announced Monday that the third-year pro, who sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder on Oct. 15, will miss at least two games after aggravating the injury during last week’s 30-10 road loss at New Orleans.

Coach Dirk Koetter reiterated doctors believe the best course of action at this time is rest.

Winston has played through the injury the past three weeks, with Tampa Bay (2-6) extending its losing streak to five games.

”Dr. Andrews has been involved in this since the beginning. He’s been getting the updates every week. He’s been seeing the MRI reports every week,” Koetter said. ”Yesterday was just the first time Jameis went there in person.”

On Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick will replace Winston, who’s made 40 consecutive starts to begin his pro career. Fitzpatrick will face the New York Jets, the veteran backup’s team the past two seasons.

”It’s challenging. But at the same time, it gives me an opportunity to be there for my team in any way that I can – not just on the field,” Winston said of the decision to shut him down. Obviously I want to be out there playing. I love this game. I’m very passionate about this game. I look at it as a great opportunity to rest and become 100 percent.”

Meanwhile, the quarterback apologized for his role in a sideline skirmish last Sunday with New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The incident escalated when Bucs receiver Mike Evans got involved, too.

Evans was suspended one game by the NFL for violating league rules on unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness after running up from behind and knocking Lattimore to the ground when the Saints rookie pushed Winston in response to the quarterback coming off the sideline to confront Lattimore. Winston was not in the game at the time because of his injured shoulder.

”I want to apologize for the incident … (It’s) just something I can’t do,” the quarterback said, adding he acted in the ”heat of the moment.”

”I can’t come off the field and make any gesture toward an opponent, let alone touch them,” Winston said. ”I can’t do that.”

Evans leads the Bucs with 40 receptions for 532 yards and four touchdowns. He appealed the league discipline; however, the suspension was upheld Tuesday.

”I want to sincerely apologize for my actions. … I saw my quarterback getting shoved and I let my emotions get the better of me,” Evans said in a statement released by the team.

”My response was not appropriate and not a true indication of who I am as a player and a person,” Evans added. ”I take pride in playing the game the right way, and I realize it was unprofessional and hurt my team.”

Evans will sit out Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Winston would not be surprised if he winds up being fined by the NFL.

”I haven’t received it yet,” the quarterback said. ”It’s probably coming.”

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL.

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/winston-visits-dr-andrews-apologizes-for-role-in-scuffle-110817

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Packers release TE Martellus Bennett in surprising move

Packers release TE Martellus Bennett in surprising move

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, bringing the tight end’s short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end.

General manager Ted Thompson announced the move on Wednesday after practice.

No reason was given for the move, though the veteran was added to the injury report after the bye last week with a shoulder injury. He did not play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions.

Bennett also posted on Instagram during the bye week a message that indicated he was thinking about retirement.

Messages left for his agent were not immediately returned.

Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last offseason and started seven games. He had 24 catches for 233 yards.

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/san-diego/story/packers-release-te-martellus-bennett-in-surprising-move-110817

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Cowboys bid for fourth straight win, face Falcons (Nov 12, 2017)

Cowboys bid for fourth straight win, face Falcons (Nov 12, 2017)

The Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons have to feel as though they are looking in the mirror when they assess each other this week.

Both teams have prolific offenses that put them high on the list of divisional favorites when the season began. But the Cowboys and Falcons have struggled to find their rhythm consistently and therefore are looking up at rivals leading their respective divisions.

So it’s no surprise that the opposing coaches see a lot to like in the other.

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn heaped praise on the Cowboys’ running game during the week.

“The scheme’s not so unusually different, but they’re really performing up front at a high level and the running back is a factor in that too,” Quinn said. “Like most times, when the run game’s really going well, it’s a combination of the line playing well and the backs playing well, and I think that’s a clear illustration of that.”

Likewise, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett blurted out rapid-fire compliments of Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones when he met with the media on Wednesday.

“I just think he’s a rare player,” Garrett said about Jones. “He’s rare physically. He’s so big and strong. He’s fast. He’s quick. He’s explosive. He’s a great route runner, unbelievable competitor.”

However, aside from the mutual admiration, the Falcons and the Cowboys each have a pressing need to defeat the other when they meet on Sunday afternoon at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Atlanta (4-5) has lost four of five games after a hot start.

Despite an arsenal of proven offensive players, the Falcons struggled to move the chains last week in a 20-17 loss at Carolina. Atlanta converted just 4 of 15 opportunities on third and fourth down, including a pair of costly failures in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve got lots of work to do,” Quinn said. “We’re pleased that we improved in the red zone offensively. But third down, we improved defensively, but offensively we still have much work to do.”

Conversely, Dallas (5-3) has started to regain its momentum from last season. The Cowboys have won three straight, including a 28-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

But Dallas has to continue winning in order to keep up with the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys trail Philadelphia by two games and, though the NFC East rivals still have both of their head-to-head matchups ahead of them, Dallas probably can’t afford to fall further behind in the standings.

Dallas fans can take solace in the fact that quarterback Dak Prescott is shining in his second season in the NFL. Prescott has completed 63 percent of his passes this season for 1,818 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.

“I think he’s improved across the board,” Garrett said. “So much of it has to do with the experience he’s had. … He plays in these games and does a lot of good things and builds on those things. He does some things that aren’t exactly what we want or what he wants and he learns from them.”

Of course, the Ezekiel Elliott saga is still hanging over Dallas.

Last week, Elliott appeared to be starting a six-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Then, for the third time this season, the NFL Players Association won a court appeal that allowed Elliott to play versus Kansas City. Elliott made good on the opportunity, rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown.

“He looked very comfortable out there and played with confidence and really in so many ways helped us control that game with his physicalness as a runner,” Garrett said.

However, Elliott’s status remains in limbo with a hearing on Thursday that could result in an immediate decision and the beginning of his suspension. Or Elliott could win a preliminary injunction in the appeals court and possibly continue playing for the rest of the season.

That sort of uncertainty has become the norm for Dallas this season.

Meanwhile, in the Atlanta locker room, the Falcons are focusing inward.

“It comes down to us, the way we execute, the way we attack,” Quinn said. “That’s what I told the team today. Where we go from here will depend entirely on (the team’s attitude) and how we go and attack.”

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/cowboys-bid-for-fourth-straight-win-face-falcons-110817

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Packers waive TE Martellus Bennett

Packers waive TE Martellus Bennett

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have waived Martellus Bennett, bringing the tight end’s short tenure at Lambeau Field to a surprising end.

General manager Ted Thompson announced the move on Wednesday after practice.

The Packers cited a ”failure to disclose a physical condition” for making the move. Bennett was added to the injury report after the bye last week with a shoulder injury. He did not play in the 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions.

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Bennett also posted on Instagram during the bye week a message that indicated he was thinking about retirement.

Messages left for his agent were not immediately returned.

Bennett signed with the Packers as an unrestricted free agent last offseason and started seven games. He had 24 catches for 233 yards.

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Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/packers-waive-te-martellus-bennett-110817

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NFL players union agrees to Veterans Day moment of silence

NFL players union agrees to Veterans Day moment of silence

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL players union wants everyone in the league to honor a two-minute moment of silence on Sunday in observance of U.S. military veterans.

President Barack Obama signed into law the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act in October 2016. The act calls on all Americans to observe a two-minute moment of silence every Nov. 11.

With Veterans Day falling on Saturday this year, the players union voted to ask everyone in the NFL community to observe this moment of silence Sunday prior to kickoffs.

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The NFLPA said it will work with the league office on logistics to implement the observance.

President Donald Trump has lashed out at players protesting during the national anthem, contending that kneeling during the ”Star-Spangled Banner” disrespects the flag and U.S. military members.

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Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/nfl-players-union-agrees-to-veterans-day-moment-of-silence-110817

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Packers shockingly cut TE Martellus Bennett after only seven games

Packers shockingly cut TE Martellus Bennett after only seven games

Martellus Bennett was supposed to function as the best tight end target of Aaron Rodgers‘ career. Instead, after less than one full season, he’s already on his way out of Green Bay.

As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates and later confirmed by the Packers, the Packers cut Bennett on Wednesday. According to Yates, they did so with the failure to disclose a medical condition designation. 

The situation between the Packers and Bennett might not be over, though, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport explained below: 

That’s a stunner. Bennett entered 2017 with sky-high expectations considering his pedigree as one of the league’s most complete tight ends. He can both block and catch, evidenced by his 4,520 career yards and 30 career touchdowns. After successful stints with the Giants, Bears, and Patriots, Bennett signed with the Packers in March, fresh off his first Super Bowl ring. 

It seemed like a perfect fit at the time. Rodgers finally had his top-tier tight end. Bennett was going from Tom Brady to Aaron Rodgers.

It didn’t work out well. Bennett caught 24 passes for 233 yards in seven games. He failed to reached the end zone. He’s also been dealing with a shoulder injury and wasn’t expected to play against the Bears on Sunday. Rodgers is also out until at least Week 15 with a broken collarbone. Without Rodgers, the Packers’ season is likely over at 4-4.

Last month, Bennett revealed that he’s planning to retire after the season. For a while now, he’s demonstrated a passion for his work away from the field, so even if Bennett goes unsigned for the remainder of the season and retires as planned, he likely won’t disappear completely. 

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/packers-shockingly-cut-te-martellus-bennett-after-only-seven-games/

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