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Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons went AWOL. What’s going on?

yankees_1442_dff9d4f842e906f3-180x180 missed a game for the first time since 2009 after leaving the Miami Dolphins just before the team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. He was officially ruled inactive by the team and didn’t make the trip to StubHub Center where the Dolphins won 19-17.

According to TMZ, the Dolphins filed a missing persons report with police in Los Angeles this past weekend for Timmons. TMZ reports that the team became concerned when Timmons wasn’t in his hotel room Saturday night at bed check.

He was then found by police at LAX, where he was trying to fly back to Pennsylvania for a family matter.

The linebacker spent the first 10 seasons of his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but joined the Dolphins on a two-year, $12 million contract in March. After the team’s Week 1 game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, Timmons was set to make his debut with the Dolphins in Week 2 against the Chargers.

The move is pretty unprecedented for the Bengals too. Zampese is the only coordinator in the team’s 50-year history to get the boot in the middle of a season.

With Zampese out, there’s nobody else to fire if things don’t get better for the Bengals soon. More losses like the one against the Texans on Thursday could mean Lewis is out of a job before 2017 ends.

The players are scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday

“I was actually right in front of him when he caught it,” said Patriots running back James White, who set a Super Bowl record with 14 receptions for 110 yards and scored three times. “I was pretty sure that he caught it. It was a big play in the game. It seems like there is one of those catches every Super Bowl. I’m just glad it went our way this time.”

After Tom Brady’s pass was tipped in the air by Falcons safety Keanu Neal, Edelman beat a trio of Falcons to the ball. He grabbed it just as it hit the foot of Falcons cornerback Robert Alford and then kept it off the turf for a 23-yard completion to get the ball to the Falcons 41-yard line just before the two-minute warning.

“You saw Julian Edelman catch a ball between seven guys’ legs,” Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett said. “There was a lot of awesome stuff happening on the football field. There were just a bunch of guys that really wanted to win.”

I have no doubt that their visit will be a powerful experience for them and I hope that, through their visit, they will get a balanced picture of Israel, the opposite from the false incitement campaign that is being waged against Israel around the world. I hope that the players will present the beautiful face of Israel to their tens of millions of fans in the United States.”

The delegation of NFL players also includes: Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, Titans tight end Delanie Walker, Eagles linebacker Michael Kendricks, Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, Raiders defensive tackle Dan Williams, Broncos running back Justin Forsett, and ESPN’s Kirk Morrison, a former NFL linebacker.

The players are scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday, and an exhibition game with players from the Israeli Football Association is on their itinerary for Feb. 18 in Jerusalem.
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Justin Forsett announces retirement from football

Justin Forsett is calling it a career.

The free agent running back announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons in a post on his Twitter page Wednesday morning.

The tweet included a link to Sports Spectrum, where Forsett released a statement on his decision to walk away from football.

However by late Tuesday night, the auction had been taken down, as reported by the Boston Globe.

According to TMZ Sports, “the person who has the car now is using the fame from the trial to drive up the price of the car.” The seller added “the car still has soot from when investigators fingerprinted the car” and also comes with an autographed Hernandez jersey.

Hernandez, who was already serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in the death of Odin L. Lloyd in June 2013, was acquitted in the double murder trial but was found hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., just five days later on April 19. His death was ruled a suicide.

After taking the massive risk on Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley to try to improve their defense, the Raiders fell more into their old ways of being too enamored by size, speed, quickness, height and weight over more tangible football traits: Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu and UCLA tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.

Those picks do a young, contending team no good for immediate impact.
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What will be Jackson’s biggest challenge in the NFL?

Weighing 186 pounds didn’t stop Jackson from being a willing tackler in run support, but that doesn’t mean it had no bearing on his play. On physical routes like slants across the middle of the field, Jackson struggled to force incompletions.

It also led him to be aggressive when lined up in press coverage, and that resulted in some bad moments. His shakiness in one-on-one trickled into all matchups too, including one against the similarly undersized and speedy John Ross.

Covering smaller receivers in the slot could mask those concerns, but Jackson played few snaps inside at USC. It would be a new position for the cornerback and one that typically doesn’t warrant a first-round selection.

Out of this list, the player expected to be drafted the highest out this list is McCaffrey, who’s ranked third in SB Nation’s running back rankings behind Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and LSU’s Leonard Fournette.

DT Darius Hamilton, Rutgers: Hamilton started in 24 games during his sophomore and senior years at Rutgers, and he totaled he totaled 166 tackles over his career. His father, Keith Hamilton, had a career as a defensive lineman for 12 seasons in the league, all with the New York Giants.

Last week, Manning passed along his emails to New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court.

In the emails via the New York Post, Alan Zucker, Manning’s marketing agent, asked him to send “2 game used helmets and 2 game used jerseys” to provide to Steiner Sports in 2010.
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The Commissioner and membership had found in 2016

Under the League’s Policy and Procedures on Proposed Franchise Relocations (the “Guidelines”), the application was reviewed by the NFL Finance and Stadium Committees. Prior to the member clubs meeting to consider the application, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a report addressing the factors identified in the Guidelines as relevant to the member clubs’ evaluation of proposed franchise relocations.

The Commissioner and membership had found in 2016, in the context of considering an application by the Raiders to relocate to Los Angeles, that the Raiders’ current home stadium is not adequate for NFL football, and must be replaced, a conclusion agreed to by the civic leadership in Oakland. Notwithstanding the established preference for clubs to continue to serve their existing fans and communities, the member clubs concluded that the Raiders should be permitted to relocate from Oakland. This conclusion has not changed in the past year. Similarly, the Raiders are not barred by the club’s current lease from relocating to another community.

The league called the Las Vegas proposal “clearly defined and well-financed” while placing blame on Oakland’s civic leadership for not finding a way to agree on a stadium that was “adequate for NFL football.”

“On March 27, 2017, League membership considered an application from the Oakland Raiders to relocate the club’s home territory to Las Vegas, where the club would play in a new stadium to be built through a public-private partnership,” the statement began.

“Under the League’s Policy and Procedures on Proposed Franchise Relocations (the “Guidelines”), the application was reviewed by the NFL Finance and Stadium Committees. Prior to the member clubs meeting to consider the application, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a report addressing the factors identified in the Guidelines as relevant to the member clubs’ evaluation of proposed franchise relocations.
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Green Bay’s head coach thinks the two are kindred souls.

Why did Martellus Bennett sign with the Packers? Green Bay’s head coach thinks the two are kindred souls.

“I was really impressed with his personality,” McCarthy told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Frankly, I may not look like it, (but) I kind of classify myself as a creative person. I’m married to an artist, and all my children are very creative. So I live in that type. That’s a reflection of my household with my wife Jessica and I.

“So sitting down and talking to Marty and his interests, and some of the things he does, he’s an extremely creative individual. When I meet people, I’m always curious on their view in life, how they look at things and how they process things. I enjoyed his view on life, the things he wants to accomplish.”

There will more than likely be a few NHL players who make the trip to Pyeongchang, but the majority of the players will likely come from the collegiate level like they used to. But that throws a whole new dimension into the mix, as college kids would have to forgo two and a half weeks of their school schedule in mid-February. Add that in with the run up to the NCAA tournament in March and you’ve got a lot of wrinkles to be ironed out within 10 months.

Also in play are the Canadian major junior leagues, but mid-February also brings challenges. Much like the NCAA, the month of February is the run up to the finals for each of the three leagues in the CHL before the league-wide championship in May.

It’s also uncertain if the AHL counts under the NHL’s restriction, but it’s unlikely considering the players are under NHL contracts.
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Can Green Bay win without Aaron Rodgers?

At the start of the season, the Week 10 matchup between Philadelphia and Green Bay was set to be a battle of Pro Bowl quarterbacks. Instead, it will be a battle of the backups with Aaron Rodgers out for the Packers and unlikely to play for the Eagles.

Vick has bounced in and out of the lineup this season due to injury. Nick Foles has struggled at times in replacement duty, but has been terrific at others, including his seven touchdown performance last week against Oakland. On the other side, Seneca Wallace will make his first start since 2011 with Rodgers likely out for at least three weeks due to a fractured collarbone.

The Dolphins have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Richie Incognito has been suspended indefinitely for the harassment of Jonathan Martin, and the coaching staff is coming under fire for their alleged involvement in the case.

The ongoing story has overshadowed a team that remains decent, even with a depleted offensive line. Cameron Wake took home AFC Defensive Player of the Week after Miami’s 22-20 overtime win over the Bengals. The Dolphins are 4-4 and still in good position to make a playoff run, but it’s hard to say how much the team holds together on the field with so much scrutiny off it.

In 2003, Gainesville watched, we can only assume enviously, as Bowe helped LSU to a National Championship. The next year, Bowe helped LSU defeat Florida, in front of tens of thousands of witnesses, right there in Gainesville’s Ben Hill Stadium. The year after that, Bowe’s touchdown helped LSU do it again, this time Baton Rouge.

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Ex-49ers legendary receiver Dwight Clark diagnosed with ALS

Dwight Clark, the former 49ers star best known for his leaping, winning catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, says he has been diagnosed with ALS.

He disclosed his diagnosis of the disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Sunday in a statement posted on the website of former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr.

On the back of an NFL record 93-yard touchdown run, Terrelle Pryor managed to rush for more yards than he passed for against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pryor remains one of the NFL’s least consistent passers, but it’s a moot point if the team is finding ways to win. The Raiders managed to knock down a Steelers team going for a third straight victory, as Oakland’s run defense was dominant on Sunday.

The key to Pittsburgh’s offensive success is rookie Le’Veon Bell, and he struggled. Bell was unable to follow up a strong performance in Week 7 by rushing for just 24 yards on 13 attempts. An early deficit caused the Steelers to abandon the run, but when they did turn to their running backs, nobody could deliver. Mike Tomlin can attempt to determine how much is on his backs and how much of the blame falls on his woeful offensive line.

The senior hasn’t had the All-American season that some were predicting four months ago, but he was at his best when his team needed him the most. Hayes grabbed eight rebounds and scored 19 points, including what proved to be the game-winning basket with 11 seconds to play.

Most of the deals struck prior to the official start of the league year are of the “agreed in principle” variety, i.e. teams and players have the details all worked out, they just can’t sign any dotted lines until the league blows the whistle.16

NFL concerned domestic abuse scandal could stunt international popularity

This Sunday, the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins will kick off from Wembley Stadium, the first of three regular season games being played in London as part of the NFL’s emphasis on growing its international market. There is concern among league officials, however, that the recent domestic violence scandal could potentially stunt that growth, according to a report by the UK-based magazine Marketing Week.

“We’re in the process of measuring the fallout [on the UK brand] of the incident and will not know anything immediately,” said Mark Reeves, the NFL’s international commercial director. “It’s a negative issue for us and it’s our job is to make sure we rectify it quickly and accordingly. It has not impacted the relationships with any of our sponsors in the UK.”

While Vegas thinks the Niners can keep up and pull out a victory, SB Nation’s own experts weighed in, collectively thinking along the same lines:

Above, the Niners and safety Eric Reid either have a breakdown in coverage assignments or Reid simply waits too long to break on the crossing route. Brown’s speed kills.

On the next Cardinals’ possession, the attention that opposing defenses must pay to Fitzgerald once again comes into play.

It’s a two-man route combination, and against man coverage, this is deadly. Stanton pump fakes to Fitz on the slant. Reid bites. Why? It’s third down, San Francisco likely thinks the Cards will just go for the sticks to pick up a first down, and this is a common concept you’d see in that situation. Few players are tougher over the middle than Fitz, and he’s not easy to bring down. So that’s the thought process that Reid probably has in his mind, and he doesn’t give Brown enough attention. Rookie Jimmie Ward doesn’t jam, then can’t quite keep up in man coverage.
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Inglewood council approves NFL stadium plan

A plan to build an NFL stadium on the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack was approved unanimously by the Inglewood city council Tuesday night, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The stadium plan, spearheaded by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, was originally created in January and would create an 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood, a suburb just southwest of downtown Los Angeles. According to the L.A. Times, an economic impact report commissioned by the city estimated that the privately funded stadium would be the most expensive in U.S. history at about $1.86 billion.

This is the first Veteran’s Combine and will be held in Tempe, Ariz. Approximately 100 players will be chosen to take part in the proceedings, helping a few guys enjoy another opportunity. In the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Sam struggled with a slow 40-yard dash time of 4.91. Going into the event, Sam was projected to be a third- to fifth-round selection, but dropped in the draft.

Sam is the first openly gay player to attempt to make a career in the NFL. The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year is now on the outside looking in and earlier this week, signed on to be a contestant in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Sam has maintained throughout that he wants to continue playing football.

The main questions around that change are centered around the offensive line and running backs, of course, because it’s a system that requires slightly different style of players.

“I think that you never know until they get out there and do it,” Elway said in Indianapolis when asked if the Broncos’ current personnel on the offensive line fits the new system. “I think that it’s a combination that’s not strictly zone but that’s part of it. We also have power and gap schemes within Gary’s system. We’re going to find out but we also know that we’ve got the people that can do it and we’ll also look on the market and see what’s available out there and try to create the best football team and create some competition.”