Marcus Mariota ruled out with hamstring injury

Marcus Mariota is out and Matt Cassel is in at quarterback for the Titans.

Mariota was ruled out in the third quarter of Sunday’s game at NRG Stadium with a hamstring injury. Mariota was 6 of 10 for 96 yards and two interceptions in the first half as the Texans held a commanding 37-14 halftime lead.

There is, however, another player expected to make his regular-season debut tonight who is worth keeping an eye on for fantasy owners. Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, suspended for the first three games of the season (Tampa Bay had its bye in Week 1 as a result of Hurricane Irma, hence the delayed suspension and subsequent debut), is expected to play tonight.

What is not known is just how much action Martin will see, assuming he does take the field, given that he has not been able to even practice with the team during his suspension. He has flashed star running back quality at times, faded at others and overall has struggled with consistency.

“I’m a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. I take ownership to everything that comes with that. What I did was extremely unacceptable.”

Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue had asked Newton a question about Panthers receiver Devin Funchess Wednesday.

“I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards,” Rodrigue Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Site began. “Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him truck-sticking people?”

Before giving his answer, however, Newton said, “It’s funny to hear Cheap Jerseys Toronto a female talk about routes like that. It’s funny.”

Rodrigue was not amused, tweeting afterward: “I don’t think it’s ‘funny’ to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.”

What a difference three weeks make.

What raw athlete? Watson is already making a claim as the NFL’s most exciting young player as an early Michael Vick-like sensation. He quickly has stolen the thunder from J.J. Watt as the face of the Texans’ franchise, on and off the field. Andrew Luck (shoulder) isn’t playing and won’t be for a while longer. Marcus Mariota (hamstring) looks to be back on the shelf, too. Blake Borltes is still Blake Bortles, even when fully healthy.

One now wonders why Houston even threw away Week 1 to Jacksonville — a game that is bound to haunt the team later — with Tom Savage, the division’s worst QB not named Matt Cassel or Scott Tolzien. Funny how Watson, a seasoned college QB with championship intangibles, would immediately make whatever plays necessary to win games.

It also came after Carolina coach Ron Rivera said his quarterback “made a mistake” with his conduct.

Charlotte Observer beat reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton during Wednesday’s news conference about wide receiver Devin Funchess embracing the physicality of routes and whether Newton Cheap Hockey Team Jerseys got enjoyment out of that.

Newton laughed and responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like … it’s funny.”

Rodrigue confronted Newton after the news conference, but he did not apologize, the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth reporter said in a statement Wednesday.

Tomlinson sat out the final preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Jayrone Elliott brings some special teams help as well as pass rush potential to the Cowboys. Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports
His $3 million base salary is guaranteed; however, there is offset language in the deal that would ease some of the Cowboys’ burden should he sign with another team.

Elliott, 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, brings some special-teams help as well as pass rush potential to the Cowboys, even though he has just four sacks in the past two seasons.

Tye, 25, was released Saturday after two seasons with the New York Giants. He started 10 games and caught 48 passes for 395 yards and a touchdown last season, but he fell down the depth chart after the Giants added free agent Rhett Ellison and No. 1 pick Evan Engram.

The Jets are thin at tight end because presumptive starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins is serving a two-game suspension stemming from a DUI arrest last September.

The backups are Eric Tomlinson and rookie Jordan Leggett. Tomlinson sat out the final preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Clay: Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys. Shadowed by Janoris Jenkins in two games last season, Bryant caught two passes for 18 yards and zero scores on 14 targets in those games. That included one 10-yard catch on nine targets against Jenkins. The Giants’ top Cheap Throwback NBA Jerseys corner will chase Bryant around the perimeter Sunday night, so he’s a Cheap Sports Jerseys candidate for a slow start to 2017.

Bills trade 2016 2nd-round pick Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs

The Bills have worked out a deal to trade Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs, the team announced Monday. Buffalo will send the former second-rounder to Kansas City in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019.

Why trade Ragland? Ragland missed his rookie season after suffering a torn ACL during training camp last year. This offseason, the Bills are shifting to a 4-3 defense. Ragland, a 3-4 inside linebacker, was slow to adjust. He slipped down the depth chart, all the way to third string.

The flooding in Houston is widespread and destructive, and it’s not over. Some areas could get over 50 inches of rain from this storm when it’s all said and done. At least five people have been confirmed dead, and many are still trapped by the high water. The damage is catastrophic.

As of this morning, over $300,000 has been raised through Watt’s efforts, and that number continues to grow. If you want to contribute, you can do so through Watt’s YouCaring campaign, and here are some other ways you can help.

Watt raised the goal to $1 million, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that it was met quickly. Since then, Watt has raised the goal half a million dollars each time the goal has been met. By the time it reached $3.25 million, he raised the stakes to $4 million, and then $5 million.

“Werth became an amateur MMA promoter and asked me to come on one of his shows and help sell some tickets, so I said OK,” Mitrione said. “I just wanted to use the opportunity to make sure that Werth was happy — he wasn’t Cheap Rugby Jerseys New Zealand charging Cheap Red Wings Jerseys any money to take our product to the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies. So I was like ‘Well, this is something that will appease him and will be good for the company as well. It’ll be fun for me to do it.’”

Aaron Rodgers believes Colin Kaepernick’s protests are the reason he’s unsigned

Aaron Rodgers doesn’t share his opinions often, but recently opened up in an interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes. He was still tight-lipped about his relationship with his family and wasn’t very revealing about his break up with Olivia Munn, but Rodgers shared his thoughts on other subjects, including the unemployment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Wright, who underwent the process two weeks ago, told the Seattle Times he felt “1,000 percent” better than before.

Pete Carroll has been happy with it overall and has even given it a nickname. “We have a few guys who have entered the circle—that’s what I’m calling it now instead of the process,” Carroll said. “They’ve entered the circle and they’ll be gone this week to do their stuff, then they’ll meet us in Oakland … We’re doing it to make sure that they’re strong going into the start of the season.

“Our guys that have gone through it have really been positive about it, brought back really good reinforcement thoughts and we’re kind of banking on that,” Carroll said.

Through two games, he’s attempted only 15 passes, but he completed 12 of them en route to an 8.7 yards-per-attempt mark. So far, it’s been the best preseason performance of his career.

The starting role still belongs to the veteran, but another big game from Mahomes could flip the hourglass that determines Smith’s tenure in Kansas City. If he struggles early in the regular season, Chiefs fans could point to the rookie’s ability to adapt as evidence he’s ready to take over the offense. First, he’ll have to work Cheap Online Jerseys his rookie magic against a much more difficult Cheap Pro Jerseys opponent — the Seahawks.

Not good for a guy who was supposed to be a speed receiver.

Ravens third-year receiver Breshad Perriman is a guy who was known for his speed and athleticism coming out of college, but there were a lot of question marks about his hands. For people who know how I evaluate receivers, a guy with inconsistent hands always scares me, no matter how fast their 40 time is. Perriman was also thought to be a little raw with his route running coming out, too.

He seemed to be a guy who had the tools to be a good NFL player, but who would need to work on his technique, especially catching the ball correctly.

And then he lost his entire rookie season to a PCL knee ligament injury.

Now, I’m not saying Clarke will definitely be the starter this year, because we all know that the Bengals aren’t necessarily known for doing what seems logical to everyone else. All I’m saying is that Clarke played well enough last year that it should at least be a consideration for them.

Even if Clarke doesn’t overtake Johnson as a starter, this season should still certainly be a big one for him. Especially if the Bengals continue to rush him inside on passing downs opposite of Geno Atkins. That should give him plenty of one-on-one pass-rush opportunities both inside and outside, and I think Clarke is going to make the most of them. By season’s end I would expect Clarke to be close to double-digit sack numbers and probably starting somewhere on the defensive line.

I think Will Clarke will in fact be an upgrade over Johnson Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys this year no matter how much he plays, and that’s why I chose him as the Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping Bengals’ breakout player.

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.”

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.

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.