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The Browns are off to an underwhelming start and the team received a bit of a scare regarding its quarterback on Sunday.
During the team's 32-28 loss to the Seahawks, quarterback Baker Mayfield injured his hip on a scramble in the first half. A few plays later, he was seen down on one knee in pain. He was evaluated in the locker room between series and remained in the game.
After the game, Mayfield said his hip felt "tender," but that it was no excuse for the way he played.
"It hurts," Mayfield said (via ProFootballTalk.com). "But it's a physical game of football."
On Sunday, Mayfield completed 22 of his 37 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He also rushed four times for 35 yards and one score.
The Browns (2-4) head into their bye week before visiting the Patriots (6-0) in Week 8.
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The Patriots are bringing a new kicker on board ahead of Week 9.
New England released Mike Nugent on Tuesday — after he went 2 of 4 on field goals in Sunday's 27-13 victory over the Browns — in order to sign Nick Folk, according to NFL Network.
The #Patriots are signing free agent K Nick Folk, source said. Most recently, he held the AAF record for longest field goal at 55 yards. He’s also played for the #Bucs, #Jets and #Cowboys.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2019
Folk, 34, hasn't played in the NFL since he spent four games with the Buccaneers in 2017. The 11-year NFL veteran though did set the AAF record for the longest field goal in league history earlier in 2019 before it was disbanded in April.
The Patriots placed longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski on the IR in early October after he suffered a season-ending injury, which required surgery.
Folk's experience could lend a helping hand to a New England team that has been dominant on both offense and defense this year.
The Patriots (8-0) will look to continue their unbeaten str[......]
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Week 16 of the NFL regular season features a matchup that will be pivotal in the race for the NFC East as the Cowboys take on the Eagles on Sunday.
Dallas (7-7) is coming off a dominant 44-21 win over the Rams as it moved back to .500 on the season. Philadelphia (7-7) topped Washington in Week 15 to keep its playoff hopes alive.
While both teams have identical records, the Cowboys hold the head-to-head tiebreaker which makes Sunday's game even more important for the Eagles as a loss would surely knock them out of playoff contention.
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The Cowboys' season has been disappointing to say the least. A 3-0 start led many to peg Dallas as a Superbowl contender, but things soon fell off the rails. The Cowboys are just 4-7 since their undefeated start and have looked pedestrian at times. Coach Jason Garrett's job may very well be on the line if he isn't able to get Dallas back to the playoffs.
Philadelphia's season hasn't gone much better. The Eagles[......]
NFL Draft grades issued upon the conclusion of the selection process, in which Sporting News gave the Packers a league-worst D for their 2020 class, are not nearly as important as the grades teams issue to NFL prospects before the draft. Those evaluations fuel all of the picks.
And when Green Bay scouted Jordan Love, it certainly did not give him a D. Quite the contrary.
In the context of Aaron Rodgers' continued strong play and the Packers' apparent need for help at wide receiver, among other positions, their trade up four slots in the first round to select the quarterback from Utah State was the most criticized move of the 2020 NFL Draft. (The Eagles gave them a run for their money one night later). Yet Green Bay's reasoning for such a selection was simple.
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"I know a lot of people are saying this puts a clock on Aaron, but I don’t see that at all," Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told NBC Sports' Peter King on Sunday. "We prioritize the quarterback position, and have for a long time with this franchise. I remember one year in camp they had Brett Favre, Ty Detmer, Kurt Warner and maybe Mark Brunell.
"It’s one of the most important positions in sports, and if you don’t have one, you can't win."
Gutekunst understands the worst time[......]
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ESPN is changing its tune for "Monday Night Football."
Fans flipping on the TV to catch the 2020 debut of "Monday Night Football" will have a familiar yet unfamiliar voice to greet them on ESPN, with Hank Williams Jr. officially off ESPN's Monday night broadcast.
MORE: Breaking down 'Monday Night Football's' new booth for 2020
The change — which ESPN says was made to reflect the lack of (or limited) fans in stands this season — came as a bit of a surprise, but it's not the first time the network has waved goodbye to the country music singer. It's the latest in a myriad of changes for ESPN's Monday night offerings, which also includes a brand-new three-man booth for the 2020 season.
Here's what you need to know about the new anthem for "Monday Night Football."
New 'Monday Night Football song'
For the 2020 season, ESPN has released a re-recorded rendition of Little Richard's "Rip It Up," which will be used as the pre-game hype song for "Monday Night Football." The revamped version of the 1956 classic features new instrumentals and backing vocals by Butcher Brown, a Virginia-based band.
ESPN said its reasoning for the song replacement is to reflect the absence of actual rowdy fans in the stands during the NFL season.
"The new 'Monday Night Football' pre-kickoff hype song replaces 'All My Rowdy Friends' by Han[......]
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Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco won't be getting anywhere near a Super Bowl in 2020. The latest stop in Flacco's football journey brought him to the New York Jets, where he and James Morgan are part of Sam Darnold's backup brigade.
Because of a Darnold shoulder injury, though, Flacco will be a starting NFL quarterback once again in Week 9 against the Patriots on 'Monday Night Football.' At 0-8, the Jets are the leaders in the clubhouse to land Trevor Lawrence in the 2021 NFL Draft, but for now, it's Flacco at the controls against New England's Cam Newton in a battle of two quarterbacks who've fallen mightily from their peaks.
MORE: How the Steelers stole Chase Claypool in the 2020 draft
Where is Joe Flacco playing in 2020?
Flacco signed his one-year contract with the Jets on May 22. It's due to pay him $1.5 million and includes another $3 million in incentives, according to NFL.com. The Denver Broncos let Flacco go after Drew Lock took over their starting job, and Flacco had neck surgery in the offseason.
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Nick Foles won't start against the Packers on Sunday Night Football. Mitchell Trubisky gets the nod instead.
Unlike earlier in the season, when Foles took over for Trubisky due to performance issues, Week 12's Foles absence is due to injury. He injured his hip late in Week 10 against the Vikings and wasn't able to recover over Chicago's bye week. Trubisky starts for the Bears (5-5) in an NFC North showdown with the Packers (7-3) on NBC on Sunday night.
Here's more about why Foles isn't playing and when he might be back.
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What happened to Nick Foles?
With less than a minute left against the Vikings in Week 10, Foles was slammed to the ground by the Minnesota pass rush. He landed hard on the right side of his hip.
#Bears QB: Foles takes a nasty hit.
Still on the field, obviously in pain. pic.twitter.com/6WNh8NxkcB
— Lawrence Owen NFL (@Colts_Law) November 17, 2020
Foles was carted off the field as Tyler Bray finished out that game. Postgame, the[......]
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The Jets announced Thursday night that they had reached an agreement in principle with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to become their new head coach. The move marks a return to the mindset the franchise has held for the better part of a quarter-century.
Saleh, 41, is succeeding Adam Gase, who was fired after the Jets' Week 17 loss to the Patriots. The Jets finished 2-14 in 2020 after losing their first 13 games. Gase was 9-23 in two seasons with the team.
MORE: Jets fan takes Saleh watch to an extreme
New York is getting one of the hottest coaching prospects in the NFL, a coordinator who led a Super Bowl-caliber unit two years ago and a group that was fifth in total defense this year despite multiple injuries to key players.
It's also returning to its recent philosophy of going with a defensive mind as its head coach. Todd Bowles, Rex Ryan, Eric Mangini, Herm Edwards, Al Groh, Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells all hailed from that side of the ball, with Gase breaking the string. The individual coaching records show a mixed bag of results:
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Jalen Ramsey is using Stephon Gilmore's holdout from the Patriots as a recruiting opportunity.
Gilmore, 30, is looking for a raise on the $7 million base salary he's due in the final year of his contract. He's hoping to get one more lucrative, long-term deal before his career ends, but the Patriots haven't shown a willingness to extend him.
Thus, Ramsey saw an opening and decided to ask Gilmore on Twitter how he's doing amid his holdout.
Yo @BumpNrunGilm0re what’s good my dawg?
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) June 14, 2021
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More notably, Ramsey invoked the name of Mookie Betts while tweeting at Gilmore about a potential trade from New England to Los Angeles.
@mookiebetts got traded from Boston to LA & won a ring! That was nice. What you think @BumpNrunGilm0re
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) June 14, 2021
Betts was traded to the Dodgers from the Red Sox in a multi-team deal and went on to finish second in the NL MVP race and win a World Series in his first, pandemic-shortened season in Los Angeles.
Evidently, Ramsey sees parallels between that situation and the one[......]
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The Jaguars and Eagles engaged in an interesting trade early Saturday, when Jacksonville sent third-year quarterback Gardner Minshew to Philadelphia for a conditional sixth-round pick.
Minshew garnered 12 and eight starts for the Jaguars in 2019 and '20, respectively, compiling an overall record of 7-13 (which helps explain why Jacksonville picked Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft). For his career, Minshew has completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 5,530 yards and 37 touchdowns to 11 interceptions.
Why then, would the Jaguars move him? Even if new coach Urban Meyer is all in on Lawrence as his starter, Minshew could have been a backup with valuable starting experience if called into action in a pinch. Moreover, why did the Eagles trade for him considering Jalen Hurts is the presumed starter, while Joe Flacco has looked impressive as a backup?
Sporting News breaks down the trade, and how it makes sense for both teams:
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When the Eagles announced they had traded for Minshew, they also unofficially revealed why t[......]
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Raheem Mostert has exited the 49ers' game against the Lions with a knee injury. San Francisco's starting running back was originally deemed questionable to return after suffering the injury in the first quarter of the team's game against the Lions, but he was later declared out.
It's unclear on which play Mostert suffered the injury. He had two carries for 20 yards before he left the field.
MORE: Urban Meyer off to a bad start with the Jaguars
The 49ers are suddenly very thin at the running back position in wake of Mostert's injury. The team dressed just three running backs on Sunday, including Mostert. With Mostert out of action, the 49ers have only JaMycal Hasty and rookie Elijah Mitchell active. The team's third-round rookie, Trey Sermon, is inactive for the game.
Hasty, 25, is a second-year back who played eight games for the 49ers in 2020. He totaled 148 rushing yards and a touchdown on 39 carries and also played 62 special teams snaps.
Mitchell, 23, is a sixth-round 2021 draft pick who played collegiately[......]
CHICAGO—The rumors have been floating for months now, going back to when Australian guard Dante Exum first signed with agent Rob Pelinka, whose most famous client is Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
Pelinka, the chatter went, would find a way to angle Exum onto the Lakers, where he could be groomed by—and eventually take over for—Bryant as a Lakers icon.
Exum, No. 4 in our latest mock draft, didn’t exactly deny that he would like to play for the Lakers, but understands that he might not have control over his destination.
“It is a thing that the media twisted from what I said,” Exum said. “Obviously, the Lakers are a great organization. But I am in this draft to go to a place where I feel best at, that is a good fit for me and whatever that team is, is the best place for me. There is no one place I want to go to.”
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There have been examples in the past, especially when it comes to internationals, of players who tried to avoid certain teams by not working out for them and refusing to meet with the team’s front office.
That was the case in 2007 when Yi Jianlian only worked out for select teams, and in 2009 when Ricky Rubio did the same. It did not work out for either player, as Rubio went to Minnesota and Yi went to Milwaukee—both were destinations the players were trying to avoid.
Exum said he does not plan to do that, though he said that he will probably have a w[......]
The 40th episode of the Sporting News Podcast is here. Please, have a listen and subscribe on iTunes.
In today's show, co-hosts Bill Voth (@billvoth) and Matt Lutovsky (@MLutovsky) discuss:
- The NBA FinalsThe layoff leading up to the NBA FinalsWhether the Spurs or Heat have “more to lose”The Stanley Cup FinalsWhether a New York-L.A. matchup is good for hockeyHow much people in L.A. care about the KingsThings they missed while they were away the past week (Josh Beckett's no-hitter, Sean Lee's ACL injury, the USMNT's latest friendly, making fun of Spelling Bee kids, the Clippers sale, Lance Stephenson going insane, etc.)
We also talk with Sporting News NBA writer Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney), who chats about whether the two best teams are in the NBA Finals, if the Heat are more vulnerable this year, if home court advantage will make a difference for the Spurs, X-factors for both teams, whose legacy could be enhanced the most with a win, the potential fallout of a Tim Duncan retirement, the changes the Thunder need to make to get back to the Finals, the changes the Pacers need to make to just stay competitive in the East, the latest on the Kevin Love trade rumors, and much more. Sean's interview starts at the 24:29 mark of the show. Click here to go right to Sean's interview.
We finish up by talking with thebiglead.com's Stephen Douglas (@Stephen_Douglas), who writes a weekly “Game of Thrones” recap. As Matt wonder[......]
NEW YORK — Brooklyn center Brook Lopez is expected to be sidelined for 10 days to two weeks after mildly spraining his right mid-foot Wednesday night in the Nets' exhibition game against Sacramento in China.
The Nets said Thursday that X-rays and a CT scan in New York revealed no fractures or bone injuries. Lopez missed most of last season after breaking the foot Dec. 21 during a game at Philadelphia.
Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein made a big decision over the weekend. No, he didn't decide to enter the NBA Draft (He already did that), nor did he decide on a specific agent or move to a specific city.
Nope. Over the weekend Cauley-Stein added yet another peice to his already lengthy name.
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Meet Willie Trill Cauley-Stein.
Yes, he actually changed his middle name from Durmond to Trill, according to the Kentucky.com.
Cauley-Stein, 21, was born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. He filed a name-change order Friday with the Probate Division of the Fayette District Court to legally change his name to Willie Trill Cauley-Stein.
Cauley-Stein's mother, Marlene Stein, said her son decided to change his middle name since he was already there to change his last name.
Trill is the "nickname his 'boys' call him," Stein said.
Personally, we would have gone with Trilly Cauley-Stein, but hey, that's just us.