Roddy White is expected to remain with the team that drafted him.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is expected to sign a long-term deal to remain with the organization, according to the NFL Network.

In a brace covering his left leg, Bridgewater seems to move pretty well before firing off a pass to a receiver.

In late February, Vikings GM Rick Spielman told reporters that there was no timetable for Bridgewater’s return, and would also not say that he was certain Bridgewater could make it back.

Spielman also wouldn’t commit to an extension with Bridgewater’s replacement, Sam Bradford. Bradford set an NFL single-season record for a starting quarterback, completing 71.6 percent of his passes in 15 starts. He had a career-best 3,877 passing yards and 20 touchdowns, against just five interceptions. It led head coach Mike Zimmer to say that Bradford had earned the right to be the starting quarterback.

Just a month ago, Spielman wouldn’t even say he was certain Bridgewater would return. Hopefully this video means he’ll be back sooner rather than later.

Mike Glennon was perfect, maybe not statistically — but practically. Against the Falcons he completed 87 percent of his passes, finding seven different receivers and leading the team’s win. Two straight wins might not be enough to save Greg Schiano his job, but the Buccaneers offense has a lot of build on with Glennon under center and Bobby Rainey, who broke out with three touchdowns on Sunday.

Atlanta is a disaster, it’s that simple. Years of neglecting the team’s defense is coming back to haunt them, paired with injury struggles. There are simply too many holes to be patched and not enough talent to do it. It’s unclear whether these issues can be solved in one year, and it might be time for a full rebuild on defense.
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The Dolphins lineman refused to say whether or not his coaches had asked him to “toughen up” Martin

He told Glazer that he and Martin communicated this week via text message. He showed Glazer the text message the two exchanged, including one in which Martin blames the locker room rather than Incognito as an individual.

The Dolphins lineman refused to say whether or not his coaches had asked him to “toughen up” Martin, which was reported last week.

Incognito is one of dozens of NFL players who have trained with Glazer at his mixed martial arts program in the past. The interview went about like you’d expect it to given the friendly setting of Incognito’s choosing, and the talking points he stuck to were the same ones fed to the public over the last week.

Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins last Sunday after the team received a copy of a voice mail message he sent to Martin that contained threatening and racist language. Martin left the team on Oct. 28, reportedly after an incident in the cafeteria.

The Cardinals are a long shot for the postseason, fighting with multiple other teams with better records for a wild card position, yet could feast on a struggling Texans team to boost their chances on Sunday.

“I didn’t hear what he had to say, but he’s not in the building with us,” Kaepernick said. “So what he’s saying really doesn’t affect me at all. I’m worried about what this team thinks and what I’m doing in here with my teammates.”

Kaepernick also suggested media ask “if he (Dilfer) knows my progression first.” Regardless of discussions about how many reads he has or whether he is progressing, there’s no denying Kaepernick has regressed statistically in 2013.14

Dolphins considered releasing Richie Incognito before season, per report

The Miami Dolphins were considering releasing offensive guard Richie Incognito prior to the 2017 season and before the issues with Jonathan Martin went public, according to a report from Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

Foster had been seeing a number of specialists in regards to an issue with a disc in his back and had been hoping to find a way to avoid season-ending surgery. Foster was already listed as “out” for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals after injuring his back against the Indianapolis Colts before even touching the ball.

The veteran running back has been dealing with a hamstring injury for the last several weeks and had only four carries for 11 yards on Oct. 20 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Foster enjoyed a monster game against the Rams the week prior, racking up 141 yards on 20 touches, but for the majority of the season has struggled relative to expectations alongside the rest of the Texans team.

Foster has 121 carries for 542 yards and one touchdown on the season. The Texans are set to take on the Cardinals on Sunday in the first game with Wade Phillips as the interim coach, with Gary Kubiak still recovering from a mini-stroke suffered during last week’s game.

The Bears have been swept by the Lions and are now essentially two games back of the NFC North lead with seven games left. Winning a wild card could be difficult with the way that the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers are playing. There isn’t much wiggle room for Trestman and he’s going to have to go with whoever gives him the best chance to win. There also isn’t much for Cutler, an impending free agent. He will miss this week’s game against the Ravens with an ankle injury, and McCown will get another chance to show what he can do.

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Michigan was great all month. Oregon made it just regular enough to lose in the Sweet 16.

Oregon is back in the Elite Eight for the fourth time since 2002, after the Ducks yanked out a 69-68 thriller against Michigan in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. The Ducks are going to play either Kansas or Purdue for a Final Four berth on Saturday, and after this one, they’ll probably feel invincible when they do it.

Notwithstanding that the school won a national title in 1939, this is the golden era of Oregon basketball, and now the Ducks have a chance to make it to the Final Four for the second time ever. Their 1939 title came in the first Final Four ever, and they haven’t been back. Only Kansas or Purdue stands in their way after Thursday’s result.

For Michigan, it’s a devastating end to what had been a dream postseason. The Wolverines survived an actual plane accident just weeks ago, won the Big Ten tournament, and got to within one point of the Elite Eight.

Lue’s frustration in the game boiled over, as he was called for a rare technical foul late in the third quarter for getting on referee Zach Zarba for what he believed was incessant physical play by Denver’s Jameer Nelson.

“A team’s up 40 points and they’re just playing physical and hard,” Lue said of the Nuggets, whose largest lead was actually 21 points. “We’re down 40, and we got guys just walking away and doing whatever. So we got to take pride in that, and we got to be better.”

Cavs center Tristan Thompson took the critiques of his coach personally.

In an unexpected twist, the league also announced that this person also had Brady’s jersey from the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks. Until Monday, that missing jersey hadn’t made headlines. But the fact that it had also been stolen may be part of the reason that the jersey from Super Bowl LI became such a big story.13

Aaron Hernandez is former friend recounts night of alleged double murder during testimony

A key witness in the ongoing double-murder trial of Aaron Hernandez took the stand Monday and described in gripping detail the night the one-time NFL star allegedly shot and killed two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.

Alexander Bradley, a former confidant to Hernandez, testified he was driving the Toyota 4Runner when, prosecutors say, Hernandez opened fire from the passenger window, killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012. During testimony, Bradley identified Hernandez as the trigger man. Hernandez was angry over an encounter with the victims inside the nightclub, Bradley said, and ordered him to pull up next to the BMW sedan carrying de Abreu and Furtado at an intersection outside.

Bradley then went into detail about what happened during and after the killings, via an account from the Boston Globe:

Bradley testified that Hernandez extended his body out the window, braced himself, and twice said, Yo. Then, the witness said, Hernandez said What is up now, [expletive], and began shooting.

He fired five shots, five rounds,’’ Bradley said, who added he next heard three or four clicks as Hernandez kept pulling the trigger on what authorities allege was a six shot revolver.

After the clicks, [Hernandez said] C amon let is go! Bradley recalled.

Bradley said he saw one or two men run away from the BMW as he and Hernandez drove away, and that they made their way onto the Massachusetts Turnpike. During the ride, Hernandez turned towards Bradley and asked him, Did I see that?

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Chip Kelly doesn’t expect Michael Vick to play in Week 9

Michael Vick likely won’t be suiting up when the Philadelphia Eagles play the Oakland Raiders in Week 9, Chip Kelly said Monday morning according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Vick aggravated his hamstring during the Eagles’ loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. He left during the second quarter and did not return to the game.

From Pats Pulpit:

There were certainly some concerns from this game. For about 35 minutes, the Patriots looked purely bad. If things hadn’t turned around in those last 25 minutes, we’d be singing a completely different song post-game. But the Patriots did turn things around. They found a way to play their best football of the season, and they found a way to move to 6-2.

On his penalty shot, Sedlak skated to the edge of the right circle, cut toward the middle and beat Cory Schneider with a low shot to the left corner for his seventh goal.

With Matt Calvert off for tripping, Jenner outworked three Devils behind the net to gain control of the puck and eventually knocked the rebound of Jack Johnson’s shot off Schneider at 10:23 for his 15th goal.

Henrique got the Devils back into the game only seven seconds later, breaking in after taking a pass from Pavel Zacha and sliding the puck between the legs of Bobrovsky.

Dubinsky converted the second penalty shot at 6:28 of the second period after Anderson was taken down on a breakaway by Dalton Prout. Anderson was hurt on the play and there was some confusion about who would take the shot.

A more appropriate comparison for the Rams situation would be Steve DeBerg. He retired at the tender age of 39 in 1993, but returned to the league five years later, in 1998, as a backup with the Atlanta Falcons. He played in eight games, starting one. He threw three touchdowns and one interception, completing just over 50 percent of his passes. He did not return in 1999.
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NFL picks and predictions, Week 8: Steelers vs. Raiders 2016

Opinions vary on who will win Sunday’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders, but one thing is certain: you probably shouldn’t expect a lot of points. Both teams have scored fewer than 20 points in four of their six games played this year, and neither has topped 27 points. They have run the gamut of offensive issues, setting up what could be an ugly affair in Oakland.

Reynolds was in training camp with the Eagles under first-year head coach Chip Kelly, so he understands Philadelphia’s offense. His limited experience with Kelly may help in game-planning for the Eagles. Prior to Kelly’s arrival, Reynolds had been with the Eagles since 2009. He started 14 games for Philadelphia last season and was a fixture of their practice squad for years. The new regime released Reynolds during final cuts in August.

As reputable as they may seem, there is no worse negotiator than Anonymous Dick Picture Salesperson. In their eyes, they have all the leverage, they are the ones who knock. There is also perhaps no more easily offended profession than Anonymous Dick Picture Salesperson. They will honestly get their feelings hurt if you offer them less than five figures for a picture of a man’s penis who plays a sport on television.

I like to think that on more than one occasion, Tony Kornheiser sat down on his plush brown leather office chair, delicately put on his shaded bifocals, and used a letter opener to slice into a sealed manilla envelope sent from an anonymous source only to find a series of pictures of Wes Unseld’s crotch. “What a scoop!” He’d say, and then slit his wrists. Then Deadspin had to go and give ten grand for the Favre pictures and now everyone thinks they have what it takes to make it in the industry.14

Rhode Island wins 2017 Atlantic 10 basketball tournament

The Rhode Island Rams are dancing after beating VCU, 70-63, in a game they never trailed. They take the Atlantic 10 tournament title and the NCAA tournament’s automatic bid that comes with it.

Get to know guard E.C. Matthews as the sentimental star of this team, recovering from a torn ACL last year to have a nice comeback campaign. Hassan Martin is great in the middle as an enforcer, and URI blocked seven VCU shots during the win.

It was not the first time that Tatum and Giles have shared a stage.

The two teammates have known each other since eighth grade, and they quickly became close friends. The duo competed against each other on the AAU circuit and with each other for USA Basketball. As the recruiting process heated up, so did the talk of the two of them potentially committing to the same school.

“We always knew we could play together,” Giles said. “Our games complement each other. We knew we could make it work, so why not?”

One of their more memorable meetings before arriving in Durham came when the two squared off 20 months ago in the Nike Peach Jam semifinals, the summer before they began their senior years of high school. Tatum’s St. Louis Eagles slipped past Giles and Team CP3 that day en route to the most prestigious championship of the summer.

After the semifinal, Tatum sat in the North Augusta gym in front of a makeshift ESPN set and committed to Duke. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski was seated in the bleachers, maybe 50 feet away, flanked by assistants Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer.

Westbrook nearly lost his standing averaging a triple-double last week. He responded by blasting the stat sheets on Saturday in a win over Utah.
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Bracketology 2017: The bubble is in disarray and the top line is taking shape

After the Kansas Jayhawks’ stunning Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal loss to the TCU Horned Frogs, I’ve shuffled the top line of the bracket again.

Thanks to KU’s loss, the Villanova Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels are now first and second overall, with Kansas, No. 1 yesterday, dropping to third. Still, Bill Self’s team is destined for Kansas City and the Midwest Regional. The Gonzaga Bulldogs continue to sit fourth, anchoring the West.

The UCLA Bruins and Duke Blue Devils join the Kentucky Wildcats and Oregon Ducks on the second line, thanks to their close conference tournament victories yesterday. But the Bruins’ Pac-12 Tournament semifinal against the Arizona Wildcats, currently a three seed, and the Blue Devils’ ACC Tournament rubber match with eternal rival North Carolina will help determine their respective eventual fates.

Keep an eye on the top team on the three line, the Florida State Seminoles, who have a great shot at landing on the two line, particularly if they can knock off the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the second ACC semifinal in Brooklyn.

Every game takes place at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas. The top four seeds enjoy byes into the quarterfinals, while the bottom eight have first-round games for the right to join them there. It’s a single-elimination event, like all conference tournaments. The winner gets an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Meanwhile, Plumlee is averaging nine and seven for Denver and will be a restricted free agent in July. Nurkic is averaging 16-9-4-2 for Portland and has another year left on his rookie deal. Portland got the best player, best contract, and best pick in this trade. And best of all, the trade looks like it will help the Blazers steal their trade partner’s playoff spot. Unbelievable.
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The Lakers may have been able to offer a better package

If you’re not drafting Fournette because you don’t need a running back at that point or because the big guy isn’t a fit for your system or whatever, then great. But if you’re passing on him because he didn’t jump very high at the Combine, I think you should review the tasks most running backs have to fulfill on the football field, which rarely include jumping straight up. The vert is meant to measure explosiveness, not just leaping ability, but we’re all friends here.

From MMQB’s Emily Kaplan:

On Friday, he more than quashed weight concerns when he blazed through the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, the fastest time by a running back weighing more than 240 pounds since 2006. … When I texted a scout I know to ask if he was concerned about Fournette’s vertical numbers, the response was: “Lol. Absolutely not.”
This tweet by the NFL adds slightly more perspective (I’d guess “burst” refers to 10-yard splits in the 40, since Harvin didn’t do any other footwork drills, but Harvin’s split was .2 seconds better than Fournette’s):

Los Angeles did, in fact, discuss a trade for Cousins, but would not include the rookie Ingram in their offer, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Sacramento then shifted its focus to getting a deal done with New Orleans — they received Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and a 2017 first- and second-round pick.

The Lakers may have been able to offer a better package. But by not involving Magic, they slept while New Orleans made moves.

And if Johnson made one thing clear in his first act as president — dealing Lou Williams to Houston for Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-rounder — it’s that he won’t sleep until the Lakers win again.3