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    After a year of supposedly “rebuilding” under Nick Saban, the Alabama football program will kick off camp without one of their key offensive stars.  Perhaps Nick Saban misspoke. Maybe this is the actual “rebuilding” year. After all, how can we expect the Tide to dominate without Cameron Latu? All that aside, Saban revealed Thursday that the Crimson Tide star tight end would miss a portion of camp due to an undisclosed injury. This would be a tough blow to Alabama’s offensive core as Latu is the returning leader in all three major receiving categories among Alabama’s returning tight ends. Last year, Latu had eight touchdowns, one more than Irv Smith caught back in 2018. Additionally, Latu had 26 total catches for 410 yards. That may not seem flashy, but eight touchdowns are enough to make defenses aware of your presence. Latu is undoubtedly worthy of the attention, especially after catching five passes for 102 yards and scoring a touchdown in the loss to Georgia in the national championship last season.Alabama football: Cameron Latu to miss some of campYou have to...
    Getty Zach Tom #OL53 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons speaks to reporters during the NFL Draft Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 3, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Green Bay Packers have a history of loading up on offensive linemen on the third day of the NFL draft, and we now know one of the big reasons why Wake Forest tackle Zach Tom appealed to them in this year’s fourth round. Packers offensive line coach Luke Butkus spoke about Tom during his press conference with reporters during May’s OTAs and explained the team was largely drawn to him because of his shutdown performance against Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson during the 2021 collegiate season. Tom was pitted against Johnson — who the New York Jets picked at No. 26 overall in the 2022 NFL draft — last September in Wake Forest’s third game of the season and completely denied the future first-round pick, allowing zero pressures at left tackle. Not only did his standout performance eventually force the Seminoles to have Johnson rush the...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Buoyed by a visit from a neighbor and ally, Ukrainians were digging in to defend the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, which came under heavy bombardment from Russian forces trying to take the industrial area known as the Donbas. Sievierodonetsk is the main city under Ukrainian control in Luhansk province, which together with Donetsk province make up the Donbas. Luhansk’s governor, Serhii Haidai, said Sunday that the Russians were “simply intentionally trying to destroy the city … engaging in a scorched-earth approach.” He said the Russians had occupied several towns and cities in Luhansk after indiscriminate, 24-hour shelling. Haidai said Moscow was concentrating forces and weaponry there, bringing in forces from Kharkiv to the northwest, Mariupol to the south, and from inside Russia. The sole working hospital in Sievierodonetck has only three doctors and supplies for 10 days, he said. The Ukrainian military said Russian forces had mounted an unsuccessful attack on Oleksandrivka, a village outside of the city. While Russian and Ukrainian forces battled along a 551-kilometer (342-mile) wedge of Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland, Poland’s...
    BOSTON (CBS) — We’ve known for a while that Bill Belichick is quite fond of Matt Patricia’s football acumen. The head coach’s faith in Patricia is perhaps about to reach new levels. ESPN’s Mike Reiss — who’s always tied in closely with the team — said that he’s heard from those involved with the current phase of organized team activities (OTAs) that the offense is being run by Joe Judge and Matt Patricia, with Patricia potentially being the play-caller for the upcoming season. Here’s what Reiss said on “NFL Live” on Wednesday: No one has seen anything, so you have to go by what you’re told. And here’s something that was relayed to me — that if you were on the field for these [OTA] sessions and you just closed your eyes and listened, you would know who the leading presence is for the offense among the coaches. The voices of Matt Patricia and Joe Judge standing above everyone else. They are leading this offense. Now, Bill Belichick hasn’t said who is gonna call the plays, but it will...
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rebounding and turnovers have been the Warriors’ biggest areas of concern these playoffs. Their second-round opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies, get their offensive superpowers by generating turnovers and gathering rebounds. “Their game starts when the ball goes up,” coach Steve Kerr told the team, as told by Draymond Green during the TNT broadcast. On paper, this was a recipe for disaster for Golden State; its own weakness feeds directly into the opponents’ strengths. In their slim Game 1 win in Memphis on Sunday, the Warriors beat the Grizzlies at their own game. To win the series, they’ll have to keep that up. Golden State out-rebounded the Grizzlies 51-47, collecting four more defensive rebounds than them and matching their offensive rebounds with 16. They also forced one more turnover (17) than Memphis, with both teams scoring 24 points off turnovers. “We figured out that if we’re going to win not only this game but this series, you have to rebound the ball against this team,” Green said after practice on Monday. “It can’t be on the second or third...
    Getty The Kansas City Chiefs offense, including right tackle Lucas Niang, huddle around Patrick Mahomes. When Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid addressed the media on April 18, he was asked about right tackle Lucas Niang — who suffered a torn patellar tendon in Week 17 of the 2021 season. “Lucas has done a nice job rehabbing,” Reid told reporters, but was hesitant on offering a timetable for his return. “I don’t want to put a date on it Herbie [Teope], but we’ll just see where it goes once we get back in these next two phases [of the offseason].” Surprisingly, general manager Brett Veach actually provided fans with more information on Niang when he held a press conference on April 22. ALL the latest Chiefs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Chiefs newsletter here! Join Heavy on Chiefs! Veach Shares Some Positive News
    Small ball became an identity for the Chicago Bulls this season, but their undersized roster will be tested in the first round of the playoffs against the size of the Milwaukee Bucks. From guard to center, the Bucks present a challenging matchup for the Bulls — especially in the paint. The Bucks cede the 3-point line to pack the paint on defense and diminish chances at the rim, which creates hurdles for low-volume 3-point shooting teams such as the Bulls. Most concerning is the potential mismatch created by their two starting bigs: 7-foot center Brook Lopez and 6-11 forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. “You have to really play to beat them,” Bulls center Nikola Vučević said. “They’re not going to beat themselves.” The Bucks game plan relies on their length, which isn’t restricted to Lopez and Antetokounmpo. The average height of the Bucks starting lineup is 2 inches taller than that of the Bulls. Guard Jrue Holiday — the best defender on the Bucks roster and, arguably, in the NBA — boasts a 6-foot-7 wingspan. Experienced defenders Holiday and Wesley Matthews are...
    Getty Ryan Bates looks on before a game against the New England Patriots. The Buffalo Bills found an unexpected late-season gem in Ryan Bates, a guard who was pressed into starting duty after injuries and illness and ended up holding onto the position through the playoffs. Now, the team is at serious risk of losing the 25-year-old restricted free agent after the Chicago Bears made an offer that Buffalo may be forced to refuse. Bates had made several visits with interested teams since ffee agency started and was seen as one of the best young linemen on the market, and now the cash-strapped Bills could lose him. The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Join Heavy on Bills! Chicago Aims to Land BatesAs ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg and Courtney Cronin reported, the Bills had offered an original-round tender of $2.4 million on Bates, but he gained significant interest including visits with the Bears,...
    The Hotline’s coverage of spring football across the Pac-12 continues with a deep dive into areas of intrigue for each team, with one massive caveat: We’re ignoring the quarterback position. That’s right, this is a QB-free space. Rest assured, plenty of words … thousands of words … will be devoted to an assessment of Pac-12 quarterback depth at the conclusion of spring. Here and now, the spotlight is on other position groups. You’re welcome. (Note: ESPN will televise USC’s spring game, with all others on the Pac-12 Networks. Dates provided by the conference office. Times have not been finalized.) ArizonaOur eye is on: The offensive lineComment: For all the progress second-year coach Jedd Fisch has made with the roster, the line of scrimmage is the most daunting challenge for a program that hasn’t had a center, guard or tackle drafted in over a decade. The Wildcats return four starters up front, including both tackles (Jordan Morgan and Paiton Fears). Size isn’t the issue (average across the front last year: 311 pounds), but dramatic improvements are needed in both run blocking...
    Getty The Giants have signed starting offensive linemen Jon Feliciano and Mark Glowinski to help bolster their offensive line. The Giants were quiet for much of the day after the tampering period of free agency officially began at noon E.T. on Monday. But in the early hours of the evening, new general manager Joe Schoen made two significant moves to bolster the offensive line. First, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Giants signed offensive guard Mark Glowinski to a three-year, $20 million contract, which includes $11.4 million in guaranteed money. OG Mark Glowinski has agreed to terms with the New York Giants, per source — three years at $20 million with $11.4 million fully guaranteed, per source. — Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 14, 2022 Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians Glowinski, who was previously with the Colts from 2018 to 2021, started 46 out of 48 games at guard for...
    The busy offseason for the Dallas Cowboys has continued with the team reportedly looking to trade star offensive tackle La’el Collins.  In what’s been a very busy offseason for the Dallas Cowboys, it looks like Jerry Jones and the front office are only getting started. While the Amari Cooper release news made plenty of headlines, a trade of a key player could be coming too. According to Ian Rapoport, Dallas is actively looking to trade offensive tackle La’el Collins. Collins has spent the first six seasons of his career in Arlington, but a change could be coming for the 6-foot-4, 320-pounder. The #Cowboys are having active trade conversations centered around starting OT Lael Collins, sources say. A mainstay since 2015, Collins is due $10M this coming year and there is interest from other teams. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2022 Dallas should receive plenty of interest on tackle La’el Collins Despite battling some injuries throughout his career, Collins has been a force in the trenches for the Dallas offense. Since 2015, the veteran lineman has appeared in 74 games...
    Getty Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts were both limited participants heading into Week 15 against Washington. Miles Sanders rushed back from a broken hand last season after promising he’d be back for the postseason. He returned in three weeks. Sanders upheld his end of the bargain, now the Philadelphia Eagles have a choice to make. The 24-year-old is entering the final year of the $5.35 million rookie contract he inked in 2019. Teams tend to begin negotiating with their young playmakers in Year 3, but there were no reported talks between the Eagles and Sanders in 2021. The starting running back is slated to enter training camp as a lame-duck player, perhaps due to his troubling injury history. #Eagles RB Miles Sanders is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Howie Roseman on Sanders: “The best is yet to come.” Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians — Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) March 2, 2022 General manager Howie Roseman was asked to provide an update on Sanders’...
    Getty Trey Lance and 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan shares a laugh during the Week 17 contest versus the Texans. The San Francisco 49ers have now lost their eighth member of the 2021 coaching staff. This time, one man who was instrumental in the development of an important offensive position is doing this rare NFC West swap: He’s heading to a place where he’s replacing a future Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator. ALL the latest 49ers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on 49ers newsletter here! Join Heavy on 49ers! San Francisco quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello is leaving the franchise to take the open offensive coordinator spot at the University of Kentucky, first reported by the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero on Friday, February 25. Scangarello is replacing Liam Coen, who will soon join Sean McVay and the Rams’ staff. The University of Kentucky is hiring #49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello as its new offensive coordinator, per sources. A widely respected QB developer, Scangarello replaces Liam Coen, who took the #Rams OC job...
    Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh making a call during an NFL contest. This year’s 2022 Senior Bowl provided a unique opportunity for assistant coaches to assume larger roles. Both the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets embraced the new rules changes and they have already paid off major dividends. Gang Green could be set to lose a key member of its coaching staff based on the latest buzz. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Decision Time Could Be Rapidly Approaching Play The Jets Zone: Franchise Tag questions, Free Agency Buzz, Draft QuestionsBoy Green is LIVE talking all things New York Jets! Free agency buzz + franchise tag musical chairs + the latest 2022 NFL Draft speculation! Come join us and bring up your topics and hot questions!2022-02-24T06:18:52Z Nick Roush of KSR shared that Jets offensive assistant Rob Calabrese is “in the mix” to become Kentucky’s next offensive coordinator. The head coach of the Wildcats, Mark Stoops, is considering...
    Getty Images Dak Prescott talks with guard Connor Williams on August 3, 2021. With the 2022 NFL league year officially starting on March 16, the newest group of free agents will test the market and the Arizona Cardinals are one of many teams with positional holes that need to be addressed. Despite making the playoffs for the first time since 2015, the Cardinals have plenty of decisions to make moving forward. Will the team keep 2021 Pro Bowlers Chandler Jones and James Conner? Is Christian Kirk worth the potential price tag? What’s the situation looking like with free-agent tight ends Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams? We haven’t even mentioned free agents Chase Edmonds, A.J. Green or Robert Alford. ALL the latest Cardinals news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Cardinals newsletter here! Join Heavy on Cardinals! While the Cardinals certainly have in-house players to investigate, there’s another world of talent that will be available when free agency starts on March 16.Glaring Hole Gets FixedThe Cardinals struggled mightily at the right guard position in 2021....
    Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff isn’t just changing, it’s doing so at major spots, and this is looking like an annual occurrence. Who will he hire next? They likely won’t be as familiar to him as the trusted confidants who got poached the past 13 months. Offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel was hired Sunday as the Miami Dolphins coach, not long after the Chicago Bears announced Richard Hightower as their new special teams coordinator, a role Hightower had held since 2017 with the 49ers. Shanahan not only has those staff changes to address but also the departure last week of Jon Embree, who oversaw the tight ends and held the title of assistant head coach. Those are three key coaches gone, a year after Shanahan saw his staff poached via the New York Jets’ hiring of Robert Saleh as their coach and Mike LaFleur as offensive coordinator. DeMeco Ryans, promoted a year ago from linebackers coach to replace Saleh, is expected to return for a second year as defensive coordinator. He rebuffed a follow-up interview last week...
    Getty The Chicago Bears have just poached one of Matt LaFleur's top assistants. The Chicago Bears just poached one of their top rival’s best coaches. As first reported by NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Bears are adding former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Luke Getsy to the staff. Getsy will be Chicago’s new offensive coordinator, a role that appealed to him, at least in part, because he’ll get to call plays on offense. It will be his first time calling plays in the NFL. Packers’ QB coach Luke Getsy is expected to leave Green Bay for the Bears’ offensive coordinator job, per league sources. Packers now will be losing Nathaniel Hackett and Getsy, leaving holes in their offensive coaching staff. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 30, 2022 Getsy is a well-respected offensive mind who has spent seven seasons with the Packers. Over the last two seasons, he has been serving as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator under Matt LaFleur, working with one of the best to ever do it, Aaron Rodgers. ALL the latest...
    Getty Dan Campbell coaching the Lions during a 2022 game against Green Bay. The Detroit Lions have a big decision to make with regards to what happens at offensive coordinator, and they might not be in a complete rush to make a move at this point in time. Without many hirings at head coach, the league’s carousel hasn’t begun to spin in the opposite direction just yet, meaning the Lions could have a bit more time to gage what they want to do moving forward at the position. In spite of that, the team might also understand what they want to do already. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! In an ESPN Insider piece looking at updates concerning the coaching carousel, Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler passed along some of the latest rumors about what could take place across the league. The Lions have an offensive coordinator role to fill after letting go Anthony Lynn, and might not be looking very far to...
    Getty Bucs running back Ronald Jones is not expected to play against the Eagles. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are likely to be shorthanded, at least on offense, as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round. Buccaneers head Coach Bruce Arians revealed that wide receiver Cyril Grayson and running back Ronald Jones are doubtful against the Eagles as both players are dealing with injuries. “The only guys that wouldn’t have practiced today were Cyril Grayson, Ronald Jones and Anthony Nelson,” Arians explained during his January 12 press conference, per Buccaneers.com. “The guys in the 21-day [practice window] – it was a walk-through anyway, so we won’t know much about any of those guys anyway. I think Cyril and ‘RoJo’ are doubtful. Anthony Nelson – I’ve got my fingers crossed because he’s been playing really, really [well].” ALL the latest Bucs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bucs newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bucs! Fournette’s Status vs. Eagles Remains UncertainBoth injuries have significance but for different reasons. Jones adds to the...
    Getty Images Chase Edmonds celebrates a touchdown with teammates against the Green Bay Packers on October 28, 2021. The Arizona Cardinals on December 9 made a few roster moves that are worth diving into. Starting running back Chase Edmonds, long snapper Aaron Brewer and safety Charles Washington were designated to return off the injured reserve list. We have designated LS Aaron Brewer, RB Chase Edmonds and S Charles Washington to return from the injured reserve list. They can begin practicing and can be activated to the 53-man roster at any time during the next 21 days or at the conclusion of the three-week period. pic.twitter.com/Ux46rhyiV9 — Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 9, 2021 This gives all three players the chance to return to practice and opens a 21-day window to be officially activated to the roster. If any player isn’t activated by the 21-day deadline, they will be placed on IR for the rest of the season. ALL the latest Cardinals news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Cardinals newsletter here! Join Heavy on Cardinals! Edmonds...
    The Dallas Cowboys are worried about running back Tonny Pollard possibly being unavailable against the Washington Football Team because of a foot injury. There’s a bit of roster intrigue for the Cowboys as they gear up to play Washington this week. On Wednesday, running back Tony Pollard missed practice with an apparent foot injury. At the same time, Dallas signed running back Ito Smith to their practice squad. Immediately speculation emerged that Pollard’s status for the weekend isn’t 100 percent certain. Tony Pollard injury update: RB missed practice with foot problemThere is some concern – maybe not red-alert – about Tony Pollards availability Sunday with that foot injury. With Ezekiel Elliott dealing with the knee issue, Pollard banged up, thats why they added Ito Smith to PS. Corey Clement the other RB on the 53-man roster. — Todd Archer (@toddarcher) December 8, 2021 The Cowboys’ official Twitter account tried to pour water on the whole thing by tweeting about having enough healthy running backs for practice. While the #DallasCowboys are counting on both Zeke and Tony Pollard to play...
    Green Bay Packers quarterback does not believe offensive tackle David Bakhtiari will be ready for Week 14. The Green Bay Packers are returning from their bye week looking to earn their 10th win of the season and climb up the NFC standings. Their opponents are the Chicago Bears, a team they already defeated 24-14 back in Week 6. But will a key player on the offensive side of the ball be ready to make his season debut on Sunday night? During his weekly appearance on the “Pat McAfee Show,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said that he doesn’t think left tackle David Bakhtiari will be able to play this week. But, Rodgers did add “you never know.” Aaron Rodgers to @PatMcAfeeShow on David Bakhtiari: "I dont think hes coming back this week, but you never know." — Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) December 7, 2021 Aaron Rodgers does not believe David Bakhtiari will return this weekend Bakhtiari has not suited up for the Packers at all this year due to the fact that he tore his ACL late last season. According to NFL...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake. The Las Vegas Raiders can’t catch a break this season. They’ve already been without two starting offensive linemen for most of the year due to injury in Richie Incognito and Denzelle Good, and the injury issues on offense are continuing to pile on. Tight end Darren Waller missed Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team and it remains to be seen when he’ll return to the field. Now, the Raiders will no longer have their No. 2 running back the rest of the season. Kenyan Drake had to get carted off the field against Washington on Sunday after taking an awkward hit to his ankle. The Raiders’ worst fears were realized as the ankle is broken, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. #Raiders RB Kenyan Drake suffered a broken ankle in today’s game, sources say, and he is out for the season. Drake, the team’s second-leading rusher, was ruled out quickly in the loss to the Washington Football Team. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2021 Drake hasn’t been having as...
    Getty Halapoulivaati Vaitai celebrates with D'Andre Swift during a Lions game in Minneapolis. The Detroit Lions have seen injuries pile up at tons of key positions on the field, and the offensive line has been one of the most dinged-up spots of the roster all season long. Once again, the Lions sustained a tough injury in the first half of Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. Guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai managed to get injured and leave the game to be evaluated for a concussion in the first half. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! The Lions revealed that Vaitai would be evaluated for a concussion during the game with a tweet: #Lions Injury Update: G Halapoulivaati Vaitai is being evaluated for a concussion. — Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) November 21, 2021 Detroit then quickly updated Vaitai’s status out of the locker room, and confirmed he was lost for the rest of the game. #Lions Injury Update: G Halapoulivaati Vaitai has been downgraded to Out....
    Getty Jamaal Williams on the field for Lions vs. Rams in 2021. The Detroit Lions are in search of a bit of momentum as they attempt to turn the corner from their 0-8 start to the season, and they will be forced to go without a few of their key players on offense to get the job done on the road. This week, the Lions will be tasked with competing against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are coming off a short week. Even though they had the bye week to recover, the Lions will be down a pair of key players for the matchup that could hurt them on offense. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! What do the injury designations look like heading into Sunday? Here’s a look at some of the top injury situations to monitor for the team, and who is already in and out for Week 10.Lions Week 10 Injury Report & Designations vs. SteelersJamaal Williams, Running back. No practice...
    Getty The Cowboys face a difficult decision at tight end. The emergence of tight end Dalton Schultz is both a gift and a curse for the Dallas Cowboys. Schultz has become the Cowboys TE1 and one of the better tight ends in the league. The challenge for the Cowboys is Schultz is a free agent after the season and his play has skyrocketed his value. Schultz is headed for a sizable raise from his $2.18 million salary that is part of bargain four-year, $2.9 million contract. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell believes the emergence of Schultz may prompt the Cowboys to release Blake Jarwin this offseason. “I think [Chargers receiver Mike Williams] will get franchised if he has a big season. (Mike Gesicki might also fall into this boat.) The same might not be true for Schultz, who plays for a Cowboys team with big investments just about everywhere else on offense,” Barnwell detailed on November 11. “Dallas could cut Blake Jarwin to keep Schultz, who since entering the starting lineup in Week 2 of last season ranks...
    Getty Images A.J. Green runs after the catch against the Los Angeles Rams on October 3, 2021. After a long list of players on the November 10 injury report, the Arizona Cardinals are getting back an important offensive player. On November 11, the Cardinals activated A.J. Green from the Reserve/COVID list prior to Thursday’s practice. The three-time Pro Bowler missed Week 9’s matchup with the San Francisco 49ers after testing positive for COVID. We have activated WR A.J. Green from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, and placed LS Aaron Brewer and TE David Wells on injured reserve. pic.twitter.com/2uL8lvzVfB — Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 11, 2021 In his first year as a member of the Cardinals, Green has 29 catches for 456 yards and three touchdowns in eight games. His yards per reception average (15.7) is the most since his rookie year. ALL the latest Cardinals news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Cardinals newsletter here! Join Heavy on Cardinals! Adding Green gives Colt McCoy or Kyler Murray one more option in an offense that didn’t have...
    Getty The New York Giants are "hopeful" to get Saquon Barkley and Andrew Thomas back after the bye week. The bye week could not have come at a better time for the New York Giants, who have been decimated by injuries throughout the first nine games of the 2021 regular season. After the Giants beat the Las Vegas Raiders by a score of 23-16 on Sunday, November 7 to improve to 3-6, they will now get a much-needed week off from game action. This should help some of New York’s injured starters get healthy in order to make it back in time for their next contest against the mighty Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 22. Among these impact players who are on the mend include superstar running back Saquon Barkley, and left tackle Andrew Thomas. And on a positive note, head coach Joe Judge told reporters on Monday, November 8, that he is “hopeful” to have this duo back for their next game based off conversations he has had with the team’s training staff. Joe Judge says he...
    SANTA CLARA — The rain kept falling Sunday night, symbolically escorting the 49ers to a fourth straight loss that has their season in an embarrassing freefall. The 49ers emerged from their bye week to lose 30-18 to the Indianapolis Colts amid a torrent of rain, wind, defensive penalties and offensive implosions. It was the most inclement weather the 49ers have endured since Levi’s Stadium opened in 2014, and, with their stands half-full of poncho-wearing fans, boos loudly cascaded from the crowd during second-half sorrows. Appalling play by their defensive backs mostly was reflected in pass-interference penalties, but, for good measure, Colts quarterback Carson Wentz finished them off with a 28-yard touchdown pass over Dre Kirkpatrick with 2:49 remaining. Jimmy Garoppolo and the mistake-prone 49ers (2-4) simply could not keep pace with the Colts (3-4). Garoppolo’s return to the lineup came without rookie understudy Trey Lance (sprained knee) lurking over his shoulder, and even though a Garoppolo touchdown pass launched a fourth-quarter comeback, it ended shortly thereafter with two interceptions. Next up for the 49ers...
    The 25 most important hip hop albums from the 90s The 8 Best Side Hustles for Gen Z Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is at a crossroads as far as the Tigers' 2021 season is concerned. Following Clemson's 27-17 loss at No. 23 Pitt on Saturday, the Tigers are now 4-3 on the season — the first time since 2014 the Tigers have three losses. The difference between the 2021 and 2014 seasons, however, is that it took till Week 10 of the 2014 campaign for Swinney's squad to lose their third game, and it followed up with three straight victories, including a bowl game victory, to finish 10-3. This year, Clemson still needs two more victories to get bowl eligible. MORE: Clemson's Taisun Phommachanh briefly replaces DJ Uiagalelei at QB vs. Pitt No play on Saturday better encapsulated the Tigers' struggles this year than a shovel pass pick-six at the start of the third quarter. The play, which gave Pitt a 21-7 lead, led Swinney to briefly bench D.J. Uiagalelei — a far cry from the player who was ranked the...
    Getty Images James Conner of the Arizona Cardinals (left) and Javon Hargrave of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a bye in Week 7, but several dozen former Steelers will be in action around the NFL this weekend. Here’s how those players have been faring this season…. The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here!James Conner and Kelvin Beachum – Arizona CardinalsThere are two ex-Steelers playing prominent roles for the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (6-0), namely running back James Conner and offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum. Conner has been splitting time with Chase Edmonds in Arizona’s backfield and hasn’t been putting up gaudy numbers (79 carries, 279 yards, 3.4 yards per carry), but he has been effective in the red zone, with five rushing touchdowns in six games. At the moment, former NFL running back turned NFL.com analyst Maurice Jones-Drew has Conner ranked as his No. 14 back in the league, three spots behind Steelers rookie Najee Harris. Ex-Steelers offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum is one of the five linemen helping to...
    Getty Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson stiff arms a Los Angeles Chargers defender during Sunday's game. All the talk about Jalen Hurts not being the franchise quarterback in Philadelphia may be overblown. Sure, the record isn’t up to snuff for the organization’s gold standard but that doesn’t mean the man under center hasn’t done enough. Hurts has put up some incredibly gaudy statistics in 10 career starts. The 23-year-old has thrown for 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns this season while rushing for 300 yards and another five scores. While many skeptics are pointing at too many designed runs for Hurts – and lamenting a lack of touches for Miles Sanders – it’s important to put Hurts’ rushing statistics in perspective. According to Pro Football Focus, the dual-threat quarterback is ahead of Lamar Jackson in total fantasy points from rushing production dating back to Week 14 of 2020. Hurts only trails Derrick Henry, Jonathan Taylor, David Montgomery, Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott in that department. Some other not-too-shabby milestones for Hurts include a career-high five rushing scores in 2021,...
    Getty Jared Goff gets sacked in Minnesota. The Detroit Lions are one of the most desperate teams in the NFL right now given how they have lost games this season in a multitude of heartbreaking ways. Detroit found another new way to lose in Week 5, dropping a game they had inexplicably took the lead in against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cincinnati Bengals also had a heartbreaking loss in overtime to Green Bay, so the challenge will be finding a way for both sides to put the frustration aside and channel it for this week’s game. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! So what matchups will be the most important as it relates to getting this done? Here’s a look Ja’Marr Chase vs. Lions’ SecondaryChase is off to a fast start as a rookie receiver in the league, and through five games, has put up some very solid numbers with 456 yards and 5 touchdowns. Those are numbers good enough to make him...
    Getty Jon Feliciano prepares for a snap in a game against the New York Jets. The Buffalo Bills will be heading into Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans without a key member of the offensive line after a mishap at practice this week. Starting guard Jon Feliciano has been ruled out for this week after he suffered a concussion during practice on Wednesday, the team reported on Friday, Oct. 1. The injury will be a blow to the offense, which has leaned more heavily on the rushing game this season and had a breakout performance in last week’s blowout win over the Washington Football Team. The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! Next Man Up for the BillsAs Matt Warren of SB Nation’s Buffalo Rumblings noted earlier in the week, before the Bills officially declared Feliciano out for Sunday’s game, the injury is a major concern for the team going forward. Concussions can come with a long recovery time and the added complication of the...
    Getty Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn and the Bears defense celebrate. The Detroit Lions are ready for another challenge and hungry to try and lock down their first win of the season. They will have the chance to do just that against the Chicago Bears, who come in reeling a bit as well. Though they have a win so far this season, it can be argued that the 1-2 Bears have looked worse than the 0-3 Lions in stretches. Detroit has competed in every game and looked close to winning, while the Bears have gone through the motions at times. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Regardless of that, the teams will get to settle things on the field once again for the first time in the rivalry. What will be the keys to the game? Here’s a look at some important things to remember that will help in determining the outcome this week.Lions’ Defensive Line vs. Bears’ Offensive LineThe Lions have to find...
    Getty D'Andre Swift during a Lions game against the 49ers. The Detroit Lions emerged from a competitive Week 1 battle with some injury issues a few of their big-time contributors, and there are more than a few cases worth monitoring as the team prepares to close out Week 2 on Monday Night Football. Detroit is dinged up a bit on both sides of the ball, but at this time, it seems the more significant injuries do lie on the offensive side of things. Detroit needs to rest up and get ready for Monday and a quick turnaround for Week 3. Health will be a big way they hope to get this done. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! So what does the injury report look like this week? Here’s a look at how things get started for Week 2.Lions Week 2 Injury Report vs. PackersKevin Strong, Defensive End. No practice Thursday (concussion). Tyrell Williams, Wide Receiver. No practice Thursday (concussion). Michael Brockers, Defensive...
    Getty Cowboys owner Jerry Jones The Dallas Cowboys announced starting right tackle La’el Collins has been suspended by the NFL for five games. Collins’ suspension is the result of a violation of the NFL Policy of Substances of Abuse. “Starting right tackle La’el Collins has been suspended without pay for the next five games for violating the NFL Policy on Substances of Abuse, the NFL announced Friday,” the Cowboys stated in a press release. “Collins will be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 18, following the team’s Week 6 game at New England.” The Cowboys have a bye in Week 7 which means the soonest the Cowboys will have had their offensive line at full strength will be Week 8 against the Vikings. Starting guard Zack Martin missed the season opener after testing positive for COVID-19, and Collins will be sidelined when the veteran returns to the field. Collins Plans to Appeal the Suspension: ReportSo far there have been few details released on what prompted Collins’ suspension. According to NFL Network’s Ian...
    Getty A talented Carolina Panthers offensive lineman getting his blocking on in a nNFL game. You could probably say this about any NFL game, but it’s especially true in this Week 1 matchup between the New York Jets and the Carolina Panthers. The battle of the trenches will likely decide who wins this football game on Sunday. We learned early in game week that the Panthers wouldn’t be operating with a full deck after a surprising exit for one of their key cogs. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! COVID Disease Rears Its Ugly Head Play VideoVideo related to panthers lose key cog in trenches, jets path to victory is clear2021-09-06T19:17:09-04:00 During Panthers’ head coach Matt Rhule’s Monday press conference we learned that starting guard John Miller would not participate Week 1 due to a COVID situation. Miller is a six-year pro that was entering his seventh season and with that came a depth of experience. The veteran has played...
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — The Bears are down to one preseason game to trim the roster and get prepared for the regular season. CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek headed to Halas Hall Monday to look at how the offensive line is getting back some key players in the nick of time. READ MORE: It Does Strengthen You: South Side Leaders Work To Get More People Vaccinated As Rev. Jesse Jackson Recovers From COVID “We really haven’t had that starting line together the whole training camp,” said Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. With one week left of camp, several key members of the Bears offensive line are back – including right guard James Daniels and right tackle Germain Ifedi. “We just want to keep getting better every day,” Ifedi said. “I’m Mr. Cliché, but I know we just do our work every day and get a little bit better.” A question mark remains at left tackle – a competition now brewing between rookie Larry Borom and 18-year league veteran Jason Peters. READ MORE: You Hear The Engines Racing: Residents, City...
    New York Giants already declare key offensive players OUT for second preseason game Anthony Rivardo August 20, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit The New York Giants are currently enjoying a week of joint practices with the Cleveland Browns. The Giants and Browns will face off in a preseason Week Two matchup on Sunday night. In their first preseason game, key members of the team were held out in an effort to keep them healthy for the start of the regular season. Players like Daniel Jones and Leonard Williams did not see the field on game day. Many of these key players will return to the field to start ramping up to game speed. But the Giants have already declared a number of key offensive players out for their second preseason game. Kenny Golladay (hamstring), Kyle Rudolph (foot), Saquon Barkley (knee), and Kadarius Toney (unknown) will all be absent from the Giants’ lineup on Sunday. When will these players return? Daniel Jones and most...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops believes his Wildcats can do some damage in the Southeastern Conference this year after persevering through an emotional season. The Wildcats return 14 starters from a 5-6 squad that struggled during a grueling 10-game Southeastern Conference schedule before regrouping to close with a TaxSlayer Gator Bowl victory over North Carolina State. The Wildcats also had to cope with the passing of longtime offensive line coach John Schlarman, who died from cancer. Linebacker Chris Oats was sidelined with an undisclosed medical condition and Kentucky had to navigate coronavirus issues like many schools. But the Wildcats still found a way to capture their third consecutive postseason win, which provided a needed morale boost they aim to build on. The NCAA transfer portal has helped, with the Wildcats adding receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (Nebraska), quarterback Will Levis (Penn State) and inside linebacker Jacquez Jones (Mississippi) among six newcomers. Nine players took advantage of getting an extra year of eligibility, giving Kentucky the pieces it needs to contend in the SEC East. “I feel good about where...
    Getty Dion Dawkins looks to make a block against Taco Charlton of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Buffalo Bills will have their starting offensive line together for the first time this offseason after a key starter returned from a trip to the COVID-19 reserve list. Dion Dawkins was activated on Thursday after spending close to two weeks away from the team. As NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk noted, he went on the COVID-19 reserve list at the start of training camp in late July, but it will likely be a bit longer before he gets back onto the field. The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! Dawkins ReturnsAs WROC-TV’s Thad Brown noted, Dawkins had been easing back into training camp this week, making an appearance on Monday to watch his teammates practice. It was seen as a positive sign that Dawkins could be back soon, as fellow offensive lineman Ike Boettger had also appeared on the sidelines in the days before he returned from the...
    A debate over the meaning of the U.S. national anthem's obscure third stanza is swirling once again, after Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry slammed the lyrics as blatantly racist.  The controversy relates to the phrase 'hireling and slave' in the third stanza, which is never sung in practice. Historians for years have debated whether author Francis Scott Key intended the words as an insult to British troops generally, or as a specific comment on formerly enslaved persons fighting for the British in the War of 1812. In an interview on Tuesday, Berry responded backlash over to her response to the anthem at the Olympic trials in Oregon, where she turned her back on the U.S. flag and draped a T-shirt over her head as the anthem played.  Berry insisted that she does not hate America and does want to represent the country at the Games in Tokyo, but said she had a specific problem with the Star-Spangled Banner.  'If you know your history, you know the full song of the National Anthem, the third paragraph speaks to slaves in America,...
    Getty J.K. Dobbins on the field before Ravens vs. Bills in 2021. The last few seasons, the Baltimore Ravens have been building a roster that has plenty of bright spots for the present as well as the future. On the offensive side of the ball, the Ravens have a player who is very capable of breaking out next season, and that’s especially true given the workload he will have. Running back J.K. Dobbins is beginning to generate some hype as one of the next big things at his position. The latest Ravens news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Ravens newsletter here! Join Heavy on Ravens! Recently, Bleacher Report took a look at picking out the player on every team who is a breakout candidate for 2021, and Dobbins was the choice of writer Kristopher Knox thanks to all he can do on the field and how he can help the Baltimore offense. He said: “Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins was impressive as a rookie last season, rushing for 805 yards and nine...
    Getty Anthony Lynn standing with Justin Herbert in 2020. The offseason workout period has gone just about as well as possible for the Detroit Lions, who have been transitioning a new quarterback and offense as part of some wholesale changes. How those changes get off the ground is going to determine how well the Lions perform, and as a result, training camp is going to be a time where the team can begin to iron some of these issues out. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Heading into camp, it’s time to start pondering some roster questions, and Bleacher Report recently took a look at examining the best ones. Writer Brad Gagnon sees the relationship of Jared Goff and Anthony Lynn as being critical to the team moving forward. He wrote: “The Detroit Lions have a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new quarterback and a new-look supporting cast for that new quarterback. So the natural question entering camp is how...
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban entered two provincial capitals in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, local officials said, the culmination of an insurgent offensive that has overrun dozens of rural districts and forced the surrender and capture of hundreds of government forces and their military equipment in recent weeks. In Kunduz city, the capital of the province of the same name, the Taliban seized the city’s entrance before dispersing throughout its neighborhoods. Kunduz was briefly taken by the Taliban in 2015 and 2016 before they were pushed back by U.S. airstrikes, special operations forces and Afghan security forces. “Right now, I hear the sound of bullets,” said Amruddin Wali, a member of Kunduz’s provincial council. “The Taliban have appeared in the alleys and back alleys of Kunduz, and there is panic all over the city.” The setbacks come at a harrowing moment for Afghanistan. U.S. and international troops, now mostly based in Kabul, the capital, and at Bagram Airfield, are set to leave the country in weeks. To the west of Kunduz in Maimana, the capital of Faryab province, Taliban fighters...
    Cohesion is a key for Chicago Bears OL Sam Mustipher Usayd Koshul June 10, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditOne of the most exciting players to watch for the Chicago Bears during the 2021 regular season, center Sam Mustipher quietly started seven games for the Bears in 2020, quickly showcasing why he’s ready to become a key part of the Bears offensive line for years to come. Chicago has lacked a consistent presence at the center position since the franchise cut ties with Olin Kreutz in 2010. Entering year three, the starting job at center is Mustipher’s to lose. Centers can be considered the quarterbacks of the offensive line and for someone who’s developing into a leader for the Bears, the former undrafted free agent knows what the Bears offensive line must do to become a top unit in 2021. “Offensive line is a unique position in that five guys have to be on the same page on every single snap,” said Mustipher via the Bears official Youtube channel. “Anytime you get the opportunity to...
    A torn anterior cruciate ligament will keep Justin Skule from serving as the 49ers’ top backup this season behind offensive tackles Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey. Skule sustained the injury in Monday’s practice and subsequent tests revealed the ACL tear, according to a league source. He had taken first-team reps at left tackle in place of a resting Williams during practices open to reporters the past two weeks. That was a key indicator Skule, a third-year player with 12 career starts, was in line to serve as this year’s swing tackle behind the starters. It is the second significant knee injury of the 49ers’ offseason program this past month, as 2020 rushing leader Jeff Wilson Jr. sustained a meniscus tear last month that could keep him out until midseason in November. Shon Coleman could move into that spot after lining up as the second-team right tackle. He’s yet to play for the 49ers in three years since a trade from Cleveland. He opted out last season with concerns over COVID; he sustained a fractured ankle in...
    Getty Marquise Brown makes a tough catch against Tennessee. This offseason, the Baltimore Ravens knew they had to prioritize some spots for upgrades, and they did just that at wide receiver, adding some big weapons to the roster. Now that they have those weapons, it’s going to be a fascinating offseason to see who slots in where on the roster. The start of that will happen during training camp, and as a result, there’s going to be an intense battle at this spot in the weeks ahead. The latest Ravens news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Ravens newsletter here! Join Heavy on Ravens! Recently, Bleacher Report and writer Alex Kay took a look at picking out the best camp battles for every team in the league. When it came to Baltimore, it’s only natural that wideout was the choice. As Kay wrote, seeing who steps up and can fill in will be a huge goal for the Ravens. He said: “The Baltimore Ravens have been struggling to get much out of their receiving...
    Getty New York Jets offensive guard Alex Lewis celebrating after a huge play. In the middle of OTAs New York Jets general manager, Joe Douglas pulled off a savvy move to secure depth on the offensive line. Gang Green has reworked the contract of veteran guard Alex Lewis. He was previously set to make $5.8 million in 2021, that number has shrunk to $3 million, per ESPN NFL insider Field Yates. Also as part of the restructure the Jets eliminated the final year of his contract in 2022. That means Lewis is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next season.Why It Was a Smart Move by Joe DNew York Jets G Alex Lewis 2019 Highlights | Nania's All-22Jets guard Alex Lewis 2019 highlights | GET YOUR JET X MEMBERSHIP (FIRST MONTH FREE) WITH A PORTION OF PROCEEDS BENEFITING COVID-19 VICTIMS ► jetsxfactor.com/jet-x-membership Alex Lewis was Joe Douglas' first trade acquisition as the Jets GM, and he proved to be a good one, providing some competent pass protection for an offensive line that…2020-05-27T18:00:14Z A lot of Jets fans...
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