Bengals’ Kevin Huber turns in first sassy punter moment of 2017

Punters aren’t usually the ones who turn in the most memorable plays in any given game. The Bengals’ Kevin Huber was the exception on Sunday.

Ten Texans players, including wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Braxton Miller, and running backs D’Onta Foreman and Akeem Hunt, stayed behind in Houston. The team has been in close contact with them, according to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain.

Tickets were on sale for the preseason matchup for $25 each. Proceeds were set to go to the United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund, per the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.

What about Week 1? That’s up in the air at this point. The team hopes it will be able to play the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars in NRG Stadium.

“I’m gonna stand because that’s the way I feel about the flag — but I’m also 100 percent supportive of my teammates or any fellow players who are choosing not to,” Rodgers said. “They have a battle for racial equality. That’s what they’re trying to get a conversation started around.”

A year ago, Rodgers expressed a similar thought when he told Alex Marvez of Sporting News that he wouldn’t join the protests, but supported the freedom of expression used by Kaepernick and other players.

“I think the best way I can say this Cheap Kings Jerseys is: I don’t understand what it’s like to be in that situation,” Rodgers told ESPN. “What it is to be pulled over, or profiled, or any number of issues that have happened, that Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys Colin was referencing — or any of my teammates have talked to me about.”

Bell’s contract situation will be a major storyline next spring

Because the Giants already had a championship-caliber defense in 2016. Now, with Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram they have significantly upgraded what they have on offense. And regardless of what outsiders think, I still believe Eli Manning has enough left in the tank to win big games.

If Bell doesn’t return in time for the regular season, he’ll forfeit large amounts of his salary for the 2017 season. And no matter how much he believes he’s worth record-breaking amounts, Bell is going to receive $12.12 million under the franchise tag.

So he’ll show up soon, and things will get back to normal with Bell grinding for the best season he can have for the Steelers.

He celebrated the signing of Joe Haden, congratulated Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert on his extension, and has shut down critical tweets from fans. He also retweeted Rams running back Todd Gurley who said Bell should be getting $20 million per year.

Bell’s contract situation will be a major storyline next spring, but for now, Thursday is likely the last day it will be discussed much publicly. So Bell is ending the holdout with attitude.

Whoever gets the call will have to be able to produce in a high-pressure environment. Expectations in Kansas City are mounting after last season’s AFC West title ended with a one-and-done playoff performance. Alex Smith’s conservative passing makes the Chiefs’ running game a priority, and Ware was pegged Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China to be the leader of that unit in 2017. Now, those duties fall to a Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys group of players loaded with question marks.

No one can make nonsensical challenges and lose them like Ron Rivera.

It isn’t going to be in 2017 that the Jets go all the way. They once again hit the reset button, which is the first step to eventually competing for a championship down the road. They at least didn’t delude themselves into believing the core they had was capable of winning a championship, which avoids delaying the necessary rebuilding process.

This is going to be a rough year for the team. The defense has a lot of question marks in key spots, and that’s the stable side of the ball. The team needs Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson to bounce back from bad seasons. Rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye have potential, but some growing pains are expected. It probably won’t matter, though, because it is tough to see how an offense with no Pro Bowl talent can score points consistently.

The Atlanta Falcons, simply due to geography and the fact that they’ve been in the same division since the Panthers came into the league in 1995. Panthers fans and Falcons fans rarely see eye to eye on anything, but let’s not let that distract us from the fact that the Falcons blew a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl.

Bojangles’ fried chicken. Spicy, legendary, and the best in the South. They’ve both been owned by Jerry Richardson, too, but it’s mainly because of the legendary and best in the South part.

No one can make nonsensical challenges and lose Cheap Jerseys Throwback them Cheap Jerseys Rugby like Ron Rivera. I don’t have the data to back this up, but he’s something like 3-28 on challenges since he was hired by Carolina in 2011.

NFL investigator reportedly recommended no suspension for Ezekiel Elliott

New details are emerging in the Ezekiel Elliott case that could see the Dallas running back’s suspension reduced or overturned.

According to a report by the Star-Telegram, Kia Roberts, director of investigations for the NFL, recommended that no suspension be given to Elliott. Roberts’ conclusion was based on interviews with Elliott’s accuser. This was, perhaps, the reason why Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones had such faith that there would be no suspension for Elliott:

Roberts’ recommendation of no discipline is the main reason Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed so much confidence in the case until the NFL announced the suspension on Aug. 11.

The no suspension recommendation never made it into the league’s final report and, as Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram reports, Roberts wasn’t included in the meeting to discuss disciplinary action:

Since his disastrous start in Cleveland, Weeden has bounced around the league as a journeyman. He made one start for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, filling in for an injured Tony Romo. In 2015, the Cowboys tried him again as a starter when Romo broke his collarbone, but Weeden got benched for Matt Cassel and later Cheap Jerseys Online China waived. The Texans picked him up as a desperate option and he started two games Cheap Jerseys NBA China near the end of the regular season. Weeden spent the entire 2016 season on the bench behind Brock Osweiler and Savage.

Did Joel Embiid really catch a ball at the Home Run Derby?

There are many questions at the Home Run Derby — how far can Aaron Judge hit a ball? How many home runs can Aaron Judge hit? Why is Aaron Judge the greatest human being of all time?

We also know that Embiid CLAIMS he caught a baseball at some point during the night. Is this possible? Sure, plenty of balls get hit into the stands. But we also know, through video evidence, that while Embiid had a chance to catch the ball, he probably did not.

Rose was traded last summer from the Bulls to the Knicks, where he averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists for a New York team that ended the season 30-52. Over his career, he averaged 19 points and 6.5 assists. He has since entered unrestricted free agency and had reportedly made contact with the Milwaukee Bucks.

When healthy, Rose showed shades of the electrifying 21-year-old point guard who took the league by storm and won 2011 MVP. But the 28-year-old guard battled nagging back injuries before a partially torn meniscus in early April shut a fruitless Knicks season down.

The Cavaliers needed to find a way to bolster their bench in order to compete with the Warriors and Celtics, who landed Gordon Hayward in free agency. Rose adds another layer to a lineup that Rugby Cheap Jerseys crushed the East last season on a near unblemished trip to the NBA Final

The two most important deals from the weekend: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute follows Chris Paul to H-Town, and Rajon Rondo reunites with DeMarcus Cousins in Nola. Score two for Ravens Cheap Jerseys friendship!

Gordon Hayward’s Players’ Tribune farewell explains why he chose Celtics

Gordon Hayward’s Players’ Tribune announcement, titled “Thank You, Utah,” is more than 2,100 words long and doesn’t really talk about the Boston Celtics until the final few hundred words. In journalism, you call that “burying the lead.” In lengthy farewell stories, though, that’s actually pretty normal. (Reminder: 99 percent of Players’ Tribune stories are ghostwritten.)

Here are some facts about the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors locked up Stephen Curry to a massive contract. Kevin Durant is next. The Warriors can expect an incredibly large tax bill just on account of the salaries owed to Curry, Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. The Warriors just convinced Shaun Livingston to take a small, short deal to stay. The Warriors rightfully believe they can win more titles with just their superstar core and spare parts, that Iguodala isn’t absolutely necessary to rampage over the NBA.

Iguodala has been meeting with other NBA teams seemingly since midnight struck on the East Coast and the 2017 free agency period opened. Reports suggest Iguodala has no meeting scheduled with the Warriors, which is interesting.

What’s more interesting is who Iguodala is meeting with. The first squad Iguodala met with after midnight: the San Antonio Spurs, widely believed to be the Warriors’ top challenger in the West. On Philadelphia Eagles Cheap Jerseys Saturday, Iguodala is set to meet with the Houston Rockets, perhaps the next great Warriors Order Cheap Jerseys Online rival after acquiring Chris Paul.

Kevin Pelton suggests a win-win trade scenario with the Phoenix Suns

Irving has given Cleveland four preferred choices, per Windhorst: the Spurs, Knicks, Heat, and Timberwolves. But, while Irving is likely to be traded, he has no real leverage on where he’ll be traded because he’s under contract for two more seasons. San Antonio would not appear to have the pieces to make a move for Irving in a straight-up deal — Cleveland doesn’t need LaMarcus Aldridge.

Minnesota is too messy a trade partner at this point. Miami is flexible, and a New York trade would likely center on Carmelo Anthony.

Kevin Pelton suggests a win-win trade scenario with the Phoenix Suns, who would offer Irving the central role he desires while offering Cleveland a win-now piece in Eric Bledsoe (a friend of LeBron’s) and some youth.

There are a few personal wrinkles here, too: Bledsoe is a Klutch Sports client. Klutch is run by Rich Paul, LeBron’s close friend and agent. Also, the Suns this week hired James Jones as vice president of basketball operations. Jones is LeBron’s longtime teammate and friend. There are a lot of personal strings to pull on here for both sides.

Possibly. The Celtics added Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum while losing Avery Bradley. Toronto swapped out Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll for C.J. Miles. All of the other high-end Eastern Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys challengers stayed static or got worse. Odds are Cleveland will replace Irving with a major producer and Wholesale NHL Jerseys remain the best in the East, but Boston, Toronto, or Washington could pull off an upset.

Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade to the Bulls before the NBA Draft

Kyrie Irving is ready to move on from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star point guard reportedly requested a trade last week after deciding he no longer wanted to share the spotlight with LeBron James.

But Detroit became hard-capped after signing Langston Galloway and rookie Luke Kennard. The Pistons also finalized a trade that sent Marcus Morris to the Celtics for Avery Bradley, an established two-way shooting guard.

After that trade, the Pistons are only $16.5 million beneath the NBA’s hard cap, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, meaning they could not match any offers on Pope if they were more expensive than that number.

Pope is now the most coveted free agent on the market after players Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Danilo Gallinari made their decisions.

The Los Angeles Lakers have significant interest in offering Pope a one-year “balloon deal,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There, he could join a young, budding core led by No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball.

Pope was expected to receive an offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets, but their US Cheap Jerseys money is tied up after making an offer on Washington’s restricted free agent Otto Porter.

The New York Knicks are another team expected to have interest in Caldwell-Pope, but they offered restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. a lucrative four-year, $71 million offer Wholesale NBA Jerseys sheet — one the Atlanta Hawks are not expected to match.

Kevin Durant taking a discount to help the Warriors is another form of player power

Kevin Durant took a sharper discount than expected upon agreeing to a new deal with the Golden State Warriors this week. Reports indicate he’ll sign for two years and $53 million, a good deal less than the $63 million over two years he was expected to take. Even that is a haircut on Durant’s natural max of two years and $72 million, which any team with cap space (which the Warriors do not have) could offer.

The Kings continue their quest to make Basketball Twitter swoon — sign Vince Carter to a one-year deal.

Speaking of former Grizzlies, the franchise’s front office wrote a beautiful letter about Zach Randolph in which they announced Memphis would retire his jersey.

Nathaniel Friedman on the ripple effect caused by the Warriors’ dominance.

The Wizards and Nets are getting rather petty over Otto Porter’s offer sheet. Washington will end up matching, but now his contract is going to be way messier than it needed to be. Just pay your very good restricted free agents, people!

The most exciting news of the day? Lob City is back, and it doesn’t need Chris Paul. The Clippers won the Milos Teodosic sweepstakes, bringing the Serbian highlight machine over on a two-year Super Cheap Jerseys Fans deal. He’s instantly the flashiest passer in the NBA and maybe one of the five best. The downside: You Wholesale Jerseys China and I both know he’s going to come off the bench behind Austin Rivers.

Justin Turner, Mike Moustakas win 2017 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote

The results of the Final Vote are in, and a pair of third baseman earned a trip to Miami for the MLB All-Star Game, to be played next Tuesday at Marlins Park. Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals won the vote for the 32nd and final All-Star roster spots for the National League and American League, respectively.

Turner is hitting .384/.473/.571 with 17 doubles and eight home runs in 61 games this season, leading the National League in batting average and on-base percentage. This is the first All-Star appearance for the 32-year-old Turner.

Colon, 44, was designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Braves last week after posting a 2-8 record and 8.14 ERA in 13 starts. He signed a one-year, $12.5 million deal with Atlanta last winter, so the Braves will be on the hook for the rest of his salary while the Twins pay a prorated portion of the major-league minimum if Colon reaches the majors.

There was widespread speculation that Colon would re-join the Mets in free agency, with New York expressing interest following his release from Atlanta. That situation obviously failed to materialize, allowing Colon the opportunity to provide depth for Minnesota.

The Twins currently have lefty Hector Santiago on the disabled list due to back trouble and are working with a rotation of Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Adalberto Mejia and Felix Jorge at the major-league level. Colon should be expected to join the big club soon, similarly to how minor-league signee Dillon Gee was called up within days of signing with the club.

Colon owns a career 235-170 record and a 4.02 ERA in 20 Cheap Volleyball Jerseys major-league Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys seasons with nine different clubs. He has never spent any time in the Twins organization.