Martellus Bennett on brother Michael’s incident: ‘A hug is the best thing you can give’

Martellus Bennett heard from his brother, Michael Bennett, in the immediate aftermath of what happened in Las Vegas on Aug. 27. But when Martellus saw the video of the incident involving his sibling for the first time on Wednesday, he had to excuse himself from a meeting room at Lambeau Field, where he and the Green Bay Packers were preparing for Sunday’s season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

Saturday features the busiest day of the week, with nine games set to take place. Only one will be televised nationally — the Battle of Los Angeles between the Chargers and Rams can be seen on CBS. Fans can stream it online at CBS All Access.

Every other game is only available in the local markets (check your listings here), but NFL RedZone has a free preview starting at 7 p.m. ET, so that’s worth checking out.

Aaron Donald still hasn’t reported to the Los Angeles Rams, and there is no telling when he will. But first-year head coach Sean McVay speaks to Donald on the phone from time to time. They talk about football, nothing else — and usually it’s McVay who reaches out first.

“I’ve kind of been chasing him around like I’m chasing a girl in high school,” McVay said, laughing, on Saturday, eight days before his team begins its season. “… I’ve reached out to Aaron, but it’s kind of been a back-and-forth. He’s a guy that I enjoy Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada talking to. I’ll enjoy it a lot more when I see him in person.”

Donald’s holdout will hit 38 days by the end of this week, which amounts to Wholesale Jerseys Cheap $1.52 million in fines — nearly as much as his $1.80 million base salary for 2017.

Ameer Abdullah returns as the starting running back after playing only two games last season because of a foot injury

Despite maneuvering in the draft to select Deshaun Watson 12th overall, and then watching the quarterback flash in the preseason some of the considerable talent that enabled him to lead Clemson to the national championship last season, the Texans remain staunchly committed to fourth-year pro Tom Savage, an unheralded career backup, as their starter.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback since the Steelers drafted him from Miami University in 2004, is 20-2 starting against the Browns. He is 10-1 in Cleveland.

“He is very good above the neck,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday on a conference call. “He knows what’s required to be prepared. He aids the growth and development of those around him. He does all of the things that you would expect a guy at his position to do, and he does it very naturally and does it very well.”

Longshot’s strengths are also its weaknesses. The overall effort and detail that Madden put into the story, plot, and challenges make the game mode inflexible and not as versatile as one would like.

Ameer Abdullah returns as the starting running back after playing only two games last season because of a foot injury. Pass-catching specialist Cheap China Jerseys Theo Riddick, who was limited to 10 games because of wrist injuries, will back him up.

“When we’re healthy, we’re obviously better,” Stafford Cheap China NFL Jerseys said of the running game. “Those two guys are a big part of what we do, as are Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys most backs in this league.

2017 NFL season already has the lamest quarterback battles

With two strong preseason performances, Patrick Mahomes is making a case to succeed Alex Smith as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback sooner rather than later. That’s good, because in 2017 the NFL is falling well short of its quota for QB drama.

While there are a handful of depth chart battles across the league, this year’s array of quarterback competitions is uninspiring. There’s no Philip Rivers-Drew Brees potential changing of the guard to be found, no Steve Young-Joe Montana duel to keep the preseason interesting. There isn’t even so much as a Tim Tebow-Kyle Orton mashup to drive training camp headlines.

The hour-long special aired first on Sunday night of Labor Day weekend on NBC and will be replayed this Wednesday on the NFL Network. It follows the same basic narrative structure of the original Do Your Job, which highlighted the Patriots’ run to a Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks.

We know him better as Fitzmagic, but it would seem Fitzpatrick committed the ultimate faux pas of nicknaming himself years ago. He isn’t Amish, but he’s got the kind of facial hair that would fit right in in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

After last year’s six-interception game with the Jets, he probably considered moving to a small farm community where there are no televisions or internet.

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Tracking the most significant 2017 NFL practice squad signings and waiver claims

As NFL teams make their final roster cuts to get down to their 53-man squads, several players who meet the league’s eligibility requirements could still end up on a team’s practice squad.

Before Lane retired from the NFL to pursue a career in MMA, he found the benefits of training in both sports.

Even if the people running the jockey study weren’t seemingly predisposed to downplay the effects of head trauma, the fact that the NFL is supporting a study of jockeys is problematic. Football players, particularly those who play in the trenches, endure an impact every snap of every game they play for at least 16 games in 17 weeks during the NFL season. According to one concussion expert interviewed by ESPN, comparing a football player to a jockey would be like “comparing apples and pears.”

“With a jockey on a horse, if he comes off, there’s a high chance of getting a concussion, but he’s not impacting the brain hundreds of times in a race,” said Dr. Willie Stewart, a neuropathologist at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. “If you have a rugby player, perhaps there’s a lower instance of concussion, but there’s a difference in brain impacts that are causing the repetitive subconcussive insults hundreds, maybe thousands of times a season.”

It is rare for a defending Super Bowl champion Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys to have so many starters returning. Running back LeGarrette Blount (Eagles), tight end Martellus Bennett (Packers) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (injury) are the lone offensive players missing from last season. The addition of cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) Cheap NFL Jerseys USA helps make up for losing Logan Ryan to the Titans in free agency. — Mike Reiss

Lonzo Ball named Las Vegas Summer League MVP

Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball was named Las Vegas Summer League Most Valuable Player Monday night ahead of his team’s championship game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Ball will not dress for Monday night’s game after exiting his matchup against Dennis Smith Jr. and the Dallas Mavericks with right calf tightness.

McGee might have been able to sign a more lucrative deal elsewhere, but it appeared that no one pursued him with serious money this summer. If they did, at least no one caught wind of it. The 29-year-old big man has made more than $53 million in his career, after all, though his long wait to re-sign seems to indicate that he was holding out for other offers. Still, getting McGee back for the minimum — really the only option the Warriors had — is an excellent return on investment for general manager Joe Lacob.

Last season, McGee averaged six points and three rebounds in 77 games while averaging only 10 minutes per game. His 65 percent field goal percentage, highest of his career, tells an even clearer story. McGee has a long list of weaknesses, most of them involving mental lapses and ill-advised decisions. But in Golden State, McGee was as consistent as he has ever been, and the Warriors accentuated his strengths to the extent Cheap Volleyball Jerseys For Girlsthat it covered up much of his weaknesses.

McGee’s athleticism and vertical spacing, as Steve Kerr likes to Cheap Vintage Basketball Jerseys call it, is perfect for Golden State. Just like defenses fear its shooters, they can’t cheat too far out to the wings or a rolling McGee will dunk all over them. Teams routinely screw this up because it’s almost impossible not to.

DeMarre Carroll admits he wasn’t a good fit for Raptors’ iso-heavy offense

DeMarre Carroll hasn’t held his tongue since the Raptors traded him in a salary dump to the Brooklyn Nets on July 9. And in his July 19 introductory presser with local Nets media — after already addressing his role in Toronto’s offense — Carroll acknowledged again that he wasn’t the best fit for the Raptors’ isolation-heavy system that ran primarily through DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and, later, Serge Ibaka.

The Jazz will attempt to make up for his absence, of course. They may offer a loaded, player-friendly max offer sheet to Otto Porter Jr., daring the Washington Wizards to match it. (By all accounts, if it comes to that, Washington will.) Rudy Gay seems like a good, short-term fit — as much as Gay can be a good fit anywhere, given his checkered career and the injury that he’s rehabbing from. It appears that JaMychal Green’s future in Memphis is at least cloudy, although what Utah really needs is a small forward and Green’s ability to fill that role is questionable.

Still, Hayward was the plan. Next summer, with Gobert, Hayward, and the potential to acquire cap space, was looking like Utah’s best chance to strike. Another playoff season might have swung the Jazz in the right direction, earning their reputation as a free agency destination.

Instead, Hayward’s gone, likely turned off by a veritable Western Conference Cheap USA Hockey Jerseys arms race and seeing the Celtics — already a No. 1 seed with even more ways to get better — as a better long-term future. There’s nothing Utah could have done Cheap Tigers Jerseys about that. It can only try to regroup now that it has happened.

As to which one should go, you can make a case for each

Bradley and Smart are both heading into the final year of their contracts. The Celtics have depth at guard with Rozier and now Hayward. Jaylen Brown can also play some shooting guard as well. Crowder is now part of a crowd on the wing with Hayward, Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum. He can play up at power forward some, but isn’t a full time option there.

It is also worth noting that Hayward’s addition will not impact the Celtics plans to sign German big man Daniel Theis. He is likely to sign for the Minimum Exception after Boston completes their other moves.

Danny Ainge got his guy, but there is still work to be done. Not only does the team need to clear cap space, but they also need depth. The Celtics depth has been a big part of their success the last two seasons. A good amount of it will need replaced this summer. Brad Stevens has his former player, but he’ll have to figure out a new rotation that will feature lots of new places. But those are issues for another day. On the Fourth of July, Celtics fans finally got the fireworks they were promised years ago and that is something worth celebrating.

Even if James wanted to leave next season, where is he going? Not many teams around the league will have cap space. Those that do, including the Los Angeles Lakers, won’t be that good.

Plus, the Eastern Conference is as weak as it has ever been right now with multiple All-Star players migrating to the Western MLB Jerseys China Conference. To go play in L.A. means James’ path to the Finals runs through the Golden State Warriors start Cheap Vikings Jerseys at least a round earlier than anticipated.

In 2017, sports fans were treated to competing visions of how a playoff should look.

The NHL playoffs were marked by parity. The two favorites in the West — the Blackhawks and Wild — were eliminated in the first round, with one being swept. The Senators made the Eastern Conference Finals despite being outscored during the regular season. And the Predators made a run to the Finals despite having the worst record of any playoff team.

The NBA playoffs were an exercise in dominance. The Cavs and Warriors combined to lose one playoff game before meeting for the third straight year, when the favored Warriors won in five. Games were uncompetitive, but unlike the NHL, there was a sense that the best teams are gaining their just rewards.

A Hawks communications representative told SB Nation they were aware of Roberts’ efforts due to articles about his quest and appearances on programs like SportsCenter and Good Morning America. But due to the amount of letters they receive requesting opportunities for a workout, they were unlikely to “remember one over another.” It didn’t matter that the letter came from a 61-year-old man who played for them in camp in the 80’s.

A Clippers spokesman said they could not find any of Roberts’ letters in their offices, while the Spurs and Lakers declined to comment when Nike Cheap Jerseys asked if they heard from Roberts.

Mark Warkentein, the New York Knicks director of NFL Jerseys Wholesale player personnel, knew about Roberts’ quest to make it to Las Vegas Summer League. Once upon a time, Warkentein coached and recruited Roberts to Cal State MLB Authentic Jerseys Fullerton as an assistant coach. But that was decades ago.

Breaking down new-look Panthers: Cam Newton can make full use of new toys

The Panthers went from 15-1 and reigning NFC champions to the ultimate Super Bowl hangover in 2016, going 6-10 and finishing last in the NFC South. They are trying to recover and rebound in the right way: offensively.

After Carolina took the division and then the conference on the strength of the NFL’s highest-scoring offense in 2015, rival Atlanta followed suit last season. Another team in the South, New Orleans, ranked first in total offense. The Saints and Falcons were 1-2 in that category.

Those two teams figure to put up big numbers and yardage again, and the Buccaneers, with an aggressive offseason of adding playmakers, will be a lot more dangerous.

Gilbert’s comments likely stemmed from the fact the Cavs missed out on George. He was a major target of theirs, and they felt they were close to landing him. An ESPN report claims Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard backed out when “the Cavs were just starting to celebrate.”

The deal, which involved the Nuggets, would have sent Kevin Love to Denver, George to Cleveland and players such as Gary Harris and the 13th pick in the draft to Indiana. Instead, the Pacers ended up with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from the Thunder.

While we don’t know why the Pacers didn’t go with the pre-draft trade, Windhorst mentioned Monday on The Lowe Post the Cavs weren’t interested in a deal the Pacers initiated.

“I know that around the draft and in the Paul George talks, the Cavs were not willing to make Kyrie Irving available for Paul George,” he said.

Zach Lowe added: “The Pacers offered Paul George for Kyrie Irving. That’s a thing that happened, according to people that we’ve talked to.”

When it’s all said and done, though, it was pretty remarkable to hear Gilbert openly mock the Pacers’ haul for George during Wednesday’s conference. He Detroit Lions Cheap Jerseys wasn’t asked a question about it, and instead Fans Cheap Jerseys decided to give his response, unprovoked.

Little League World Series 2017: Bracket, schedule, results, TV channel

The 71st Little League World Series bracket has been announced, setting the stage for the world’s top 10- to 12-year-old baseball players to compete in July and August for the championship.

The LLWS kicks off on Aug. 17 with a game between the Latin American region and Mexico region, culminating with the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game on Aug. 27 in Williamsport, Pa.

“We were extremely disappointed that some of the players chose to speak out after our last game,” general manager Gar Forman told reporters (via The Athletic).

Forman declined to take questions, but coach Fred Hoiberg later stepped up and reiterated the team’s message.

“It’s unacceptable to air your grievances through the media,” he said. “We talked about that at our first meeting of the year.”

Wade implied to reporters Wednesday night that the “young guys” on the Bulls roster “don’t want it” enough, adding that he felt comfortable saying he and Butler were doing their jobs but questioning whether he’d say that about the rest of the roster.

Rondo fired back on Instagram Thursday by Extremely Cheap Jerseys posting a Design Cheap Jerseys Online picture of himself with former Celtics teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce along with a lecture about leadership: “My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team,” he wrote in a lengthy post that also defended the Bulls’ young players: “They don’t deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it’s the leadership.”

Hoiberg met with the involved parties Thursday, but none shied away from addressing the issue Friday.