Teams are running out of excuses now.
The deeper Luck’s recovery extends into the season, the more the Colts need to consider shutting him down and preserving the franchise’s only irreplaceable player.
The decision won’t be easy for a staff full of people coaching for their jobs in 2017. Yes, Luck’s return late in the season could lead to a better record for the Colts, who were 2-4 entering Week 7 and one game out of the first place in the AFC South. The Jaguars, Texans and Titans were gridlocked at 3-3 atop the division.
But coach Chuck Pagano and his staff also have to consider the nightmare-inducing hypothetical of a premature Luck return leading to more long-term injury. How would that reflect on those in charge?
9. Buffalo Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines (hamstring), guard Richie Incognito (ankle) and safety Jordan Poyer (knee) all missed practice for the second consecutive day.
10. Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was limited again on Thursday with an ankle injury.
11. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas does not have a serious knee injury, coach Sean Payton told reporters Thursday. Thomas missed practice Wednesday, but was seen participating on Thursday.
12. Chicago Bears center Hroniss Grasu (hand) was limited for the second straight day. Grasu hasn’t played since Week 3. Guard Kyle Long (ankle) was a full participant after missing practice Wednesday.
We’re going against the Texans (next week), and we’re not looking at the Rams, said defensive end Michael Bennett. The Rams are playing somebody else next week, so we’re just looking forward to playing the Texans.
That’s just the fans. Fans always make different things that they see; that they talk about. Obviously the media makes up stuff so y’all can have something to talk about.
The Rams, with a star running back in Todd Gurley and an up-and-coming quarterback in Jared Goff, present the biggest challenge in the Seahawks’ divisional ecosystem. But this is a script with which the Seahawks are familiar; one they’re not reading into as the NFL calendar rolls into Week 8.
We never concern ourselves with other teams, Sherman said. We concern ourselves with our building and what we do.
Johnson played the first four games last season before his appeal was denied.
Although he served the suspension in full, Johnson wasn’t done trying to clear his name. He filed both a lawsuit and unfair labor practices complaint against the NFL and NFLPA, claiming he was a victim of union negligence and fundamentally unfair appeals process.
The NFLPA has filed a motion to dismiss the case in the U.S. District Court of Southern New York, which is where the lawsuit was transferred per the union’s request from a U.S. District Court in Ohio. Johnson’s attorneys are requesting the chance to deliver oral arguments to the court as well as having the ruling that led to the 10-game suspension overturned. The latter would open the door for Johnson to collect the $422,000 in prorated base salary he lost last season. It also would reinstate financial guarantees in his five-year, $56 million contract that were voided by the suspension.
The Bucs just lost speed-rusher Noah Spence, who suffered another shoulder injury and is now on injured reserve. The team also waived Jacquies Smith after he recovered from a torn ACL. The Bucs (2-4) are last in the league with seven sacks in six games. By comparison, the Jacksonville Jaguars lead the NFL with 33.
Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian tossed six touchdowns over the first two games of the season but has thrown just two since. He has five interceptions in that span and has fumbled four times. The Broncos offensive line hasn’t played well, allowing 22 sacks in six games, including five last week.
Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston has 5 1/2 sacks so far and could be looking at a huge night Monday.
I feel like it’s time for people to start seeing what kind of player I really am and maybe been misunderstood a little bit due to the headlines.
The bad news first arrived in August 2016, when Johnson received word he would be suspended again for an even longer period of time than two years earlier when he received a four-game PED ban. Rather than accept the punishment, Johnson fought it under the pretense that he ingested an NFL Players Association-approved supplement that contained a prohibited substance under the league’s drug-testing policy.
For the teams that are attempting to win without one, it takes mistake-free football grounded by an excellent defense. The Bears and the Jaguars haven’t quite found that balance yet to be consistently successful.