Texans LB Brian Cushing suspended 10 games for second PED offense

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games by the NFL for his second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Pro Bowler was also suspended four games in 2010 for performance-enhancing drug use.

The NFL announced the suspension Wednesday.

“Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans has been suspended without pay for the team’s next 10 games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances,” the official statement read. “Cushing’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Texans’ active roster on Tuesday, November 28 following the team’s November 27 game against the Baltimore Ravens.”

Rapoport noted that even though coach Sean Payton tried to work out those issues Top Cheap Jerseys with Cooks, the wide receiver “felt the elephant in the room -— Brees’ arm strength not Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping enabling him to find Cooks deep — couldn’t be talked about on any level.”

Cooks’ problems with the Saints arose following a 35-34 win over the Chargers in Week 4 last season in which he only had three catches. The damage became irreparable two months later when he had no catches in the team’s 49-21 win over the Rams.

“Closed mouths don’t get fed,” Cooks told reporters at the time.

New Orleans traded up in the 2014 NFL Draft to take Cooks 20th overall, and he hauled in 215 receptions for 2,861 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons with the team.

The Saints will host the Patriots for their home opener at the Superdome on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano enters pivotal season under unsettling circumstances

It has been four years since the Colts last won their NFL season opener, but even before the result of their visit Sunday to play the Rams is established, it is obvious they’re off to a rough start this year. Because coach Chuck Pagano will send out Scott Tolzien to open at quarterback instead of Andrew Luck.

What this means for the Colts is they will be employing a quarterback with three career starts and no career wins, with two career touchdowns and seven career interceptions, instead of the guy who won 61 percent of his games until his shoulder went to heck.

What it means for Pagano is less clear.

David Johnson, RB, Cardinals: With a base salary this year of $615,000, Johnson is probably the biggest bargain in the NFL. Johnson is in the third year of his rookie contract and the 2015 third-round pick from Northern Iowa is likely looking at a rich contract extension next year. Johnson ran for 1,239 yards last season and his 16 rushing touchdowns ranked second in the league while his 20 total scores were an NFL-high.

Zack Martin, OG, Cowboys: Martin was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons. Now in the fourth year of his rookie contract, Martin will earn $1.64 million this season. Martin is one of the best guards in football and a key piece in the league’s best offensive line. The Cowboys already picked up his fifth-year option, which is worth $9.341 million. That’s a pretty nice bump, but for this season, he’s underpaid.

Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots: Like Martin, Cooks was a first-round pick in the 2014 draft. After consecutive 1,100-yard seasons, the Saints traded Cooks to the Patriots in March. New England will pay Cooks just $781,599 this year, a bona fide bargain for a productive receiver who gets to play with Tom Brady. The Patriots did pick up the fifth-year option, so Cooks is looking at $8.46 million next year and Cheap Quality Jerseys likely Cheap Patriots Jerseys a long-term deal if things go well this season.

Both Amendola and Gronkowski have had difficult times staying healthy.

At first blush, many observers thought the Patriots’ offense would be fine with premier tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers such as Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell picking up the slack. Coach Bill Belichick is highly regarded as a master of adjusting when key players are lost, and he traded for former Colts No. 1 pick Phillip Dorsett.

But the problems at receiver intensified first when Mitchell went on injured reserve with a knee injury (he can return in eight weeks if healthy), and then when Amendola left the Chiefs game with a concussion.

Without Edelman, Mitchell and Amendola if he’s out for a few weeks, Brady must work with a receiving corps that includes two guys, Cooks and Dorsett, in their first years in the Patriots’ system, plus Hogan in his second year. Even a 12-time Pro Bowler and five-time Super Bowl champ needs time to develop chemistry with new receivers.

As pointed out in Geoff Schwartz’ preview of the opener, the Chiefs’ West Coast-style offense emphasizes a strong rushing attack and intermediate passing routes to move the chains.

“Smith helps win football games because he doesn’t make mistakes and manages Reid’s game plan,” Schwartz wrote. “However, for the Chiefs to take the next step, they need him to throw the ball downfield more. Since 2013, he’s had the fewest air yards per pass attempt.”

On Thursday, Smith attempted only four passes of more than 20 Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa yards, but when he did, he nailed it. He completed three of those passes for 178 yards with two Cheap Official NHL Jerseys touchdowns.

Dalton won’t throw four picks again next week.

My concern with the longtime Bengals starter, though, is that offensive line. Dalton has historically been among the quarterbacks most affected by pressure; since entering the league in 2011, he has posted the league’s worst Total QBR and fourth-worst passer rating when pressured by opposing Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys defenses (among passers with at least 1,500 attempts).

During his breakout season in 2015, Dalton had a bevy of talented receivers, a group of playmakers the Bengals are hoping to re-create by selecting Mixon and John Ross in the 2017 draft. More importantly, Dalton had a great offensive line that made it through 78 of 80 total starts. Dalton blossomed in a quarterback-friendly scheme designed to get the ball out quickly and keep him away from pressure.

Halftime. A relatively rough first half offensively for both teams ended with the Broncos holding a 153-110 total yards advantage over the Chargers. Trevor Siemian scored both of Denver’s touchdowns, one rushing and one passing, and the Philip Rivers-Melvin Gordon connection was responsible for Cheap NFL Jerseys China Los Angeles’ lone score.

Trevor Siemian showed off his wheels — and apparently some sweet moves, as Joey Bosa found out — on a 1-yard touchdown scamper to cap a nine-play, 56-yard drive and give the Broncos the lead in the late stages of the second quarter. 14-7, Broncos.

The Chargers scored their first touchdown of the game on the first play of the second quarter with an 11-yard Philip Rivers touchdown pass to running back Melvin Gordon. The score capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive and tied the game with the extra point. 7-7, tie game.

Bills open McDermott’s coaching era with 21-12 win over Jets

The new-look Buffalo Bills might be better than advertised under rookie head coach Sean McDermott.

The Jets, however, opened the season playing well below even their meager expectations.

Tyrod Taylor showed no lingering signs of a concussion that sidelined him for two weeks by throwing two touchdowns in a 21-12 win on Sunday. The Bills never trailed after opening the scoring on Taylor’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Charles Clay 3 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.

The Bills’ Webb signing is a reaction to the injury status of Taylor, plus that of third-stringer T.J. Yates. When asked to expand on why he chose Webb, McDermott mentioned the word “culture,” and that Webb would be “good for the locker room.” He cited his positive history and familiarity with the 30-year-old veteran.

But McDermott insists familiarity is not necessarily the driving force behind Buffalo’s roster moves. Only six players who were drafted by former GM Doug Whaley remain on the roster. McDermott says it’s not about bringing in his own players; it’s about bringing in the right players.

“It’s about the right guys at the right time,” McDermott explained. “That’s really what we’re interested in, is good people, good football players that are interested in the team-first mentality (and) that embrace what this city is all about.

“With regards to that, there’s good football players Cheap Jerseys Basketball that were Cheap Jerseys brought on by Doug. That’s what we’re interested in. Whether it was past regime (or) current regime.”

Patriots vs. Chiefs: Score, results, highlights from NFL season opener

Thursday’s NFL season opener between the Patriots and Chiefs was supposed to be a celebration of New England’s fifth Super Bowl title and a win for the home team.

Kansas City, which entered the 2017 season with high expectations of its own — the defending AFC West champ was too close to an AFC title game appearance last season not to aim for another deep playoff run this year — pulled off a stunning upset over New England with a 42-27 win.

Truly for those in deep PPR leagues and desperate situations — or some blend of both — Ellington is an interesting flex candidate for managers who can’t acquire Williams. In relief of an injured David Johnson, Ellington played on 16 snaps to Williams’ eight.

Game script while trailing certainly aided Ellington’s exposure rate. I believe the team will rely on Williams on early downs, but a valuable share of the receiving work that buoyed Johnson to special heights will go to Ellington, who worked as a slot receiver at times in the offseason. Ellington ran a route on 15 of his 16 snaps and produced 35 yards on his two receptions. There is clearly risk in deploying Ellington, yet I also find some intriguing upside to consider given what should be a respectable snap share.

Despite being acquired just days before the regular season opened, Kearse played on 52 of the New York Jets’ 55 offensive snaps. He led the Jets with 10 targets, seven receptions and 59 receiving yards. Those Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys are impressive achievements that point to an expanded role in upcoming games, as he can actually be factored into the offensive game planning. In Week 2, the Jets don’t have a great matchup as they’ll face an Oakland Raiders team Cheap Goalie Jerseys that allowed the 11th-fewest points to opposing wide receivers last season, but there’s so little competition for targets for Kearse that the chance for significant fantasy production should not be ignored.

McVay joked Saturday that trying to lock in a deal for Donald is like “chasing a girl in high school.”

The youngest head coach in NFL history said the sense of urgency to get something done will increase with each passing day. That doesn’t mean he’s giving Donald a deadline to report.

“It’s hard to say and I think until we come to a solution, then that’s when I Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys think you have a chance to really put a specific plan in place,” McVay said. “Out of respect for Aaron and the team, our mindset right now is – if we have to go play a football game, guys are ready to go and Aaron hasn’t been here as a part of the preparation. So, right now that’s the way that we’re approaching this, if he’s here then it’s a bonus and that’s something that we’ll have to come to figure out when he does get here if that’s the case.”

“That kind of helps the selflessness in knowing there are other ways to measure your importance than just sacks or whatnot,” said Matthews, whose seven seasons of six-plus sacks since 2009 ranks behind only ex-Packers teammate Julius Peppers (eight) among active players. “Mike had a great quote the other day talking about NFL players like, ‘There’s good players, there’s players who have great moments and then there’s great players. And great players make people around them better.’

“That’s one of the things you appreciate about other people. Rather than focusing Cheap Jerseys Authentic on one kind of attribute or aspect of the game, you focus on everything — who’s being disruptive, who’s creating pressure to create an interception and stuff like that. It just helped me see the bigger picture of it all.”

The Bengals are marking their 50th season with a new jersey patch.

If your uniform passion extends to practice gear, the Steelers added their team name to their practice jerseys this season — and added an advertising patch to boot:

Finally, if you were wondering what happened to uni numbers on the front of the Steelers’ helmets, don’t worry. They never bother with the front numbers during the preseason, but you can be sure the numerals will reappear for the season opener Sept. 10 in Cleveland.

The Bengals are marking their 50th season with a new jersey patch. Interestingly, it’s one of the newfangled synthetic patches, not a traditional embroidered design. These modern patches have been worn in the Super Bowl, but this appears to be the first time an NFL team has worn one for a standard season-long patch.

Bennett said the incident is an example of the racial inequality that he is protesting by sitting for the national anthem during NFL games. Bennett sat through the anthem for all four of the Seahawks’ preseason games this summer, and he has said he will continue doing so during the regular season.

The situation: Early in the third Cheap Fishing Jerseys quarter with the Cheap European Soccer Jerseys Giants up 7, New Orleans is in New York territory. Out of a trips alignment, the Saints run the X spot concept. Collins shows Cheap Baseball Jerseys 2-deep at the snap, drops as an inside hook player in 3 Buzz and reads through the route. With the 7 route pushing to the cornerback, Collins can get his eyes on Willie Snead running the crossing route. He breaks downhill on the throw and finishes.

I’m holding high, breaking downhill from there and I know where my help is — I have my flat defender, my corner, the linebacker inside. I have the first “inside,” the linebacker has the second one — Brandin Cooks — coming over. So I have the hash to the numbers to cover. By holding off the tight end, it gives my corner time to play over the top and gives me the time to break on anything below.

Cody Bellinger is happy to let Lonzo Ball have the LA sports spotlight

Count Cody Bellinger among the Los Angeles sports fans enjoying the Lonzo Ball Show this summer, but don’t think for a second he wishes it was the Cody Bellinger Show.

Bellinger, the Dodgers’ 22-year-old phenom and the overwhelming favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year award, is a microcosm for his team: a reserved, wide-eyed player with immense talent who is laser-focused on delivering the team its first championship since 1988. Born and raised in a suburb of Phoenix, Bellinger hasn’t let his newfound celebrity status in a major city sidetrack his mission.

“I’m a laid-back guy, so being all over TV … that’s cool, but at the end of the day, it’s whatever,” Bellinger said. “They can have cameras following [Lonzo] all over the place.”

“It’s more than basketball with that,” Smith says when asked about Carlisle’s words. “That’s the way I was raised to be as a man. That’s a credit to my whole family, especially my father. It just translates from being a man on to basketball.”

After spending time with the senior Smith in Las Vegas this week, Carlisle agrees:

“I’ve gotten to know his dad a little bit, sat with him during the second game, and I can see why he’s a kid with strong character.”

Smith, the ninth overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, joins the Mavericks as a future face of the franchise, something made even more important due to Dirk Nowitzki’s career drawing near an end. The Mavericks hadn’t owned their own top-10 draft pick since Nowitzki was selected No. 9 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys in 1998. They felt certain that Smith was a top-five talent in the draft, putting him Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants out of their reach.

But when the New York Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina one pick before, Carlisle says the Mavericks draft room erupted into “thunderous applause” knowing the guy they truly wanted was still on the board.

Derrick Rose to the Bucks only makes sense for one side

How Derrick Rose has fallen.

The latest update on Rose’s free agent market comes from ESPN’s Chris Haynes, who reported that Rose and the Milwaukee Bucks are “in discussions to schedule a meeting.” This comes after a number of teams have been floated as suitors for Rose, but none of those reports has materialized into anything.

Rose’s tepid future is partly due to the point guard market, which in June looked like it would be wide open and by July had tightened considerably. But even though Rose averaged 18 points on 47 percent shooting last year, his inability to hit threes and his struggles on defense make him a relatively unattractive basketball player in the modern NBA.

The Wizards had the right to match any offer for Bogdanovic as a restricted free agent, but he became an unrestricted free agent as soon as the Wizards pulled his qualifying offer off the table.

The Nets’ cap space is currently tied up with Porter’s offer sheet, but they now know Washington has intentions of matching the deal and can move on. That’s important, because now Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a free agent. After the Pistons traded for Avery Bradley earlier this morning, they renounced Caldwell-Pope’s rights as a restricted free agent.

During the regular season, Keith Smart of Real GM reported that the Nets would make Caldwell-Pope and Porter their top two targets in free agency.

The Nets have been notorious for tendering offer sheets to unrestricted free agents over the last few years, but haven’t had success in the past. Now, with Caldwell-Pope on the open Cheap NBA Jerseys market without any barriers in the way, the Nets can go after their guy.

The Nets could have a backcourt of D’Angelo Russell and Caldwell-Pope Cheap NFL Jerseys From China together, which is a much better spot than they were in just four or five months ago — let alone last year.