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Shurmur: QB Jones will see more reps against Bears

Shurmur: QB Jones will see more reps against Bears

Shurmur: QB Jones will see more reps against Bears

Giants coach Pat Shurmur said all four of his quarterbacks will see playing time when New York hosts the Chicago Bears in Friday night’s preseason game.

And he plans on getting an extended look at rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft in June.

Jones was on the field in last week’s preseason opener against the Jets for just eight plays and about 4 1/2 minutes. He was 5-of-5 passing for 67 yards and a touchdown, but his action was limited because of a weather delay.

“The plan, obviously, last week was to play him longer,” Shurmur said. “But with the delay, I shut down that whole group and restarted a new group. That was the idea. Ideally, the way last week played out would have been for Eli (Manning) to play a few more plays (than three snaps), and then Daniel Jones to play a few more plays.”

Shurmur did not disclose how long Jones or Manning or any of the quarterbacks would play. The Giants’ other QBs are veteran Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta, in his second season.

“I do plan on playing all four quarterbacks, like I did last week,” Shurmur said. “We’ll see. I’d like to see Eli get a little bit more time. We’ll just see how that plays out. But there’s a chance that he (Jones) could play behind the one (offensive) line.

“I think Daniel’s going to play throughout (the preseason). We’ll just have to see how it plays out. I think it’s important for him to compete in all four of the games, and certainly you’d like him to get as many reps as you can as he gets himself ready to play.”

Jones said he’s ready for whatever Shurmur’s plan is.

“I think for everyone, it’s just to build off what we’ve done, what we did in that first game, and what we’ve done since then, and kind of taking the next step as a team,” Jones said. “I think with each group, it’s just building off what we’ve done.”

–Field Level Media

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Thomas, Kokrak tie record with 65s at BMW

Thomas, Kokrak tie record with 65s at BMW

Thomas, Kokrak tie record with 65s at BMW

Justin Thomas began the day in a fog and ended his first round Thursday with a record-tying 65 and the lead in the BMW Championship in Medinah, Ill.

Thomas finished at 7-under 65 to share the early lead with Jason Kokrak at Medinah Country Club. The twosome joined Tiger Woods (2006), Mike Weir (2006) and Skip Kendall (1999) as the only golfers to post a 65 on the course.

Jim Furyk, Joel Dahmen, Lucas Glover and Brandt Snedeker were tied for third at 6 under, with nine other players still on the course.

Thomas said he didn’t see the low round coming on the driving range earlier in the day.

“I couldn’t hit the ball,” he said. “I had no idea what I was doing. … I mean, I probably would say that I had the worst warmup I’ve ever had in my life this morning.

“I didn’t know what it was going to do. I didn’t know how I was going to hit it. My dad and (caddie Jimmy Johnson) and I just kind of said that we were going to have to guess out there and just try to find something.”

What Thomas found: seven birdies, no bogeys and a sweet perch entering the second round as he goes for his fourth consecutive top-12 finish and a spot at East Lake for the Tour Championship next week.

He recorded four birdies on the last six holes of the front nine, then added three in a row from No. 14 to No. 16.

“I’m usually pretty good at finding my way around a golf course and finding something, but definitely didn’t expect that today,” Thomas said.

Kokrak responded impressively to his lone bogey of the day, at No. 9, making an eagle at the par-5 No. 10, when he sank an 86-foot chip shot from the rough. The rest of his round included six birdies and 10 pars.

Furyk continued his mastery of Chicagoland golf courses, registering four birdies and an eagle in a bogey-free round.

Furyk won the Medinah event in 2005, when it was named the Western Open, and posted a 59 while finishing third at the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill. He also won the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club in 2003.

“Chicago has been good to me,” Furyk said.

Tiger Woods, who withdrew in the middle of the PGA Tour’s playoff opener last week due to an oblique strain, shot a 1-under 71 on Thursday. He is tied for 50th, well off the projected top-11 finish he needs to earn a place at East Lake, where he is the defending champion.

Woods notched three birdies and a bogey over the initial five holes, but he had two bogeys and just one birdie the rest of the way.

–Field Level Media

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Pats’ Brady says of post-career coaching: ‘Hell no’

Pats' Brady says of post-career coaching: 'Hell no'

Don't expect to see

Pats’ Brady says of post-career coaching: ‘Hell no’

Don’t expect to see Tom Brady on an NFL sideline after his playing career is done.

The 42-year-old New England Patriots quarterback said after practice on Thursday, “Oh, hell no, I’m never coaching. Playing is enough for me.”

The question from reporters came in the wake of the Patriots practicing this week against the Tennessee Titans. Mike Vrabel, the Titans’ 44-year-old head coach, is a former Brady teammate who was part of three Super Bowl championship teams as a linebacker for the Patriots.

Brady is heading into his 20th season, all with New England, fresh off capturing his sixth Super Bowl championship. Last week, he agreed to a two-year, $70 million contract extension that would allow him to become a free agent after the 2019 season.

A three-time league MVP, Brady has been selected to 14 Pro Bowls.

Since taking over the starting job in 2001, he has started every game with two exceptions: missing the last 15 games in 2008 due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and getting suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for allegedly scheming to deflate footballs.

The Patriots open the season Sept. 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Foxborough, Mass.

–Field Level Media

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Reich: Colts could start Brissett if Luck not ready next week

Reich: Colts could start Brissett if Luck not ready next week

Reich: Colts could start Brissett if Luck not ready next week

Jacoby Brissett could open the season as the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

Andrew Luck has not practiced since the third day of training camp as team officials have separately defined his injury as a calf strain, bone injury and ankle issue.

Brissett started 15 games for the Colts in Luck’s absence in 2017.

While Luck said his goal is to start Week 1 of the regular season against the Los Angeles Chargers, he isn’t on the field this week for joint practices with the Browns and head coach Frank Reich said the team needs to know who will start by next weekend. That’s when the Colts, and most of the NFL, will utilize preseason Week 3 as a dress rehearsal for the season opener.

“You have to be able to make a call and move from there,” Reich said. “Whether we’re full speed with Andrew after that third preseason game or if at that point we are going with Jacoby (Brissett).”

Brissett was 4-11 as the 2017 starter, completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 260 yards and four scores.

–Field Level Media

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Steelers WR Moncrief (finger) returns to practice

Steelers WR Moncrief (finger) returns to practice

Two weeks after breaking his right ring finger,

Steelers WR Moncrief (finger) returns to practice

Two weeks after breaking his right ring finger, wide receiver Donte Moncrief is a full practice participant with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 26-year-old was back on the field Wednesday as he competes for the No. 2 receiving spot behind JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Moncrief’s experience has helped him get up to speed quickly with the Steelers, who signed the five-year NFL veteran to a two-year, $9 million contract in March.

“Cumulative reps, no question,” Tomlin said, per The Athletic. “Money in the bank.”

Moncrief caught 48 passes for 668 yards and three scores in 16 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. In four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2014-17), he caught 152 passes for 1,875 yards and 18 touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

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NFLPA sends players ‘work stoppage guide’

NFLPA sends players 'work stoppage guide'

The NFL Players Association told its players in a memo to

NFLPA sends players ‘work stoppage guide’

The NFL Players Association told its players in a memo to start preparing for a potential work stoppage.

In a memo from the NFLPA, players were given directions on how to plot for what is considered an unlikely lockout scenario after the 2020 season, including money and home management during a time with no pay.

Bargaining sessions continue between the NFL and NFLPA and more talks are tentatively scheduled for next week.

ESPN reported on Thursday that the NFLPA has said all along that its mission is to “negotiate for the best while preparing for the worst.” The current CBA doesn’t expire until March 2021.

The guide, shared by ESPN, suggests the following steps for fiscal responsibility — just in case:

–Save at least half of each paycheck, if not more.

–If your current expenses are too high to save this much, you should look at ways to change your spending habits and reduce financial commitments.

–Try cooking at home instead of eating out as much.

–Designate one day a week as “no spending day.”

–Take care of major home repairs now.

–If you’re in the market for a new home, consider renting instead of buying for now.

–Find renters for your unoccupied homes or bedrooms.

–Consider selling a car you have not driven in the past six months.

Commissioner Roger Goodell publicly stated he wants a new CBA in place before the start of the 2019 season. Players would like their percentage of overall revenue to go up from the current take of no less than 47 percent.

–Field Level Media

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Domestic violence case against Giants’ Moore dismissed

Domestic violence case against Giants' Moore dismissed

A judge dismissed a

Domestic violence case against Giants’ Moore dismissed

A judge dismissed a domestic violence complaint against suspended New York Giants safety Kamrin Moore, citing unsubstantiated claims in a written ruling.

Moore has been on the suspended list since mid-July, when he was accused of violence against a woman he had been dating. According to the criminal report, the 22-year-old said she arrived at Moore’s residence when he didn’t respond to text messages and was confronted by another woman. The alleged victim was knocked to the ground and claimed Moore stepped on her neck, punched her and knocked her unconscious.

Moore, claimed off waivers from the New Orleans Saints, is away from the Giants during training camp. The team said at the time of the alleged incident that Moore was suspended “pending further investigation.”

Police did not report to the scene of the incident but the alleged victim had wounds indicative of a physical confrontation, per New Jersey Advance Media.

–Field Level Media

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Jay-Z defends NFL deal, touts furthering Kaepernick’s message

Jay-Z defends NFL deal, touts furthering Kaepernick's message

Jay-Z defends NFL deal, touts furthering Kaepernick’s message

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter defended the entertainment deal his company, Roc Nation, made with the NFL this week during a press conference with commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday, amid criticism that the deal contradicts Carter’s support of Colin Kaepernick.

Carter and Goodell were asked repeatedly about Kaepernick, who has gone unsigned since the end of the 2016 season after drawing national attention for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social injustice.

Carter has publicly supported Kaepernick in the past, including wearing a teamless Kaepernick jersey during an appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2017. Asked if Roc Nation’s partnership with the NFL goes against his support of Kaepernick, Carter said the partnership will actually further the quarterback’s message.

“We forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice,” Carter said. “In that case, this is a success. This is the next phase. There [are] two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says, ‘I hear you. What do we do next?’

“… Everyone heard, we hear what you’re saying, and everybody knows I agree with (Kaepernick’s message). So what are we gonna do? You know what I’m saying? [Help] millions and millions of people, or we get stuck on Colin not having a job.”

The deal, which the NFL announced Wednesday, named Roc Nation the league’s “official live music entertainment strategists,” with the group expected to play a major role in major events like the Super Bowl halftime show. The league also said the partnership will support its Inspire Change social justice initiative, a nonprofit established by the NFL’s owners and the Players Coalition in December 2017 that included $89 million in funding from the league.

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid — a close friend and supporter of Kaepernick’s who withdrew from the Players Coalition because he disagreed with its vision — criticized the Roc Nation-NFL partnership Tuesday on Twitter.

“I won’t quit playing but I will be a royal pain in the NFL’s a** for acting like they care about people of color by forming numerous disingenuous partnerships to address social injustice while collectively blackballing Colin, the person who brought oppression and social injustice to the forefront of the NFL platform,” Reid wrote.

Goodell told reporters he anticipated criticism over the partnership, but that it wouldn’t prevent a deal from getting done.

“I don’t think either one of us expected that this relationship wouldn’t have its critics,” Goodell said. “But you don’t let the critics or the negativity overwhelm the chance to do something really positive. We talked about (Kaepernick’s situation). We talked about a variety of issues.”

–Field Level Media

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Report: Chef suing Raiders’ Brown for $38.5K

Report: Chef suing Raiders' Brown for $38.5K

A chef filed a lawsuit against Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio

Report: Chef suing Raiders’ Brown for $38.5K

A chef filed a lawsuit against Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown earlier this summer, alleging the receiver did not pay a bill of $38,521.20 during the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Stefano Tedeschi told ESPN that Brown — who was still with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the time — rented a mansion and hired a chef to host nearly 50 fellow Pro Bowlers during the last week of January.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Osceola (Fla.) County on July 30, alleges Brown wrongfully terminated the agreement and did not allow Tedeschi to retrieve his equipment and food, per ESPN. It adds that Tedeschi was told by a Brown associate not to make eye contact with Brown while leaving.

Tedeschi told ESPN he paid employees and passed up other opportunities to work for Brown, and he wasn’t given a reason for the lack of payment. He said Brown later offered to pay through social media advertising.

“I’ve cooked for countless NFL superstars and celebrities,” Tedeschi told ESPN, referring to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald, among others. “Never once have I had one problem (until this). My food is so good and my mannerisms in someone’s home is second to none.”

Darren Heitner, Brown’s attorney, told ESPN he and his client “expect to be filing a motion to dismiss the complaint and will let the filing speak for itself.”

Brown, a Miami native who was traded from Pittsburgh to Oakland this offseason, has had other legal disputes in Florida recently.

Two lawsuits were filed against him in 2018 stemming from an incident in South Florida in April of that year. One of those — brought by a man who claimed his toddler was nearly hit by furniture Brown threw off a 14th-story balcony — was settled in April 2019. The other was brought by the unit’s landlord for damages and breach of the apartment agreement.

In January, the mother of Brown’s daughter filed a report with the Hollywood, Fla., police department saying Brown pushed her out of a doorway and to the ground. Brown was not arrested or charged, and Heitner called the allegations “baseless and false.”

–Field Level Media

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NFL notebook: Jay-Z defends NFL deal, talks Kaepernick

NFL notebook: Jay-Z defends NFL deal, talks Kaepernick

NFL notebook: Jay-Z defends NFL deal, talks Kaepernick

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter defended the entertainment deal his company, Roc Nation, made with the NFL this week during a press conference with commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday in New York amid criticism that the deal contradicts Carter’s support of Colin Kaepernick.

Carter and Goodell were asked repeatedly about Kaepernick, who has gone unsigned since the end of the 2016 season after drawing national attention for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social injustice.

Carter has publicly supported Kaepernick in the past, including wearing a teamless Kaepernick jersey during an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in 2017. Asked if Roc Nation’s partnership with the NFL goes against his support of Kaepernick, Carter said the partnership will actually further the quarterback’s message.

“We forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice,” Carter said. “In that case, this is a success. This is the next phase. There (are) two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says, ‘I hear you. What do we do next?'”

–A chef filed a lawsuit against Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown earlier this summer, alleging the receiver did not pay a bill of $38,521.20 during the week of the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando, ESPN reported.

Stefano Tedeschi told ESPN that Brown — who was still with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the time — rented a mansion and hired a chef to host nearly 50 fellow Pro Bowlers during the last week of January.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Osceola (Fla.) County on July 30, alleges Brown wrongfully terminated the agreement and did not allow Tedeschi to retrieve his equipment and food, per ESPN. Tedeschi told ESPN he paid employees and passed up other opportunities to work for Brown, and he wasn’t given a reason for the lack of payment. He said Brown later offered to pay through social-media advertising.

–Quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn’t care if other clubs think the Cleveland Browns are being overhyped.

Mayfield insists that the Browns are worried about their locker room, not the noise coming from others.

“You’ve got to believe in it and take it one week at a time,” the 24-year-old Mayfield said in an interview with Complex Sports. “I think in the media and everything that comes with the hype around our team right now, people want to see us lose, just because the hype is so real. But we’ve got to go out there and take it one week at a time. We’re trying to win every week.”

–Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. missed joint practice against the Indianapolis Colts due to what ESPN reported is a hip pointer, but the injury is not serious.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters Beckham should be back “pretty soon,” with ESPN reporting the receiver could be back in team drills Thursday.

–New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell isn’t worried about getting up to speed after sitting out all of last season in a contract dispute.

He told reporters he doesn’t believe preseason work is required for him to be ready for the season opener.

“I don’t really necessarily need (preseason reps),” Bell said, per the New York Daily News. “If I get them, they’ll help. But I don’t think I’ll need them. I think once we get out there … football is football.”

–Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake wore a walking boot on his right foot and did not participate in joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Drake told ESPN the injury was “nothing crazy.” Head coach Brian Flores told the Miami Herald that Drake would be sidelined for a while, but he was hopeful about the back’s availability for the season opener.

Drake, 25, is entering his fourth season with the Dolphins, who picked him in the third round out of Alabama in the 2016 NFL Draft.

–The Atlanta Falcons claimed quarterback Danny Etling off waivers from the New England Patriots.

Etling, whom the Patriots had tried moving to wide receiver, was waived on Tuesday. The Falcons need depth after losing quarterback Kurt Benkert to a toe injury earlier this month.

–The Los Angeles Chargers signed tight end Ben Johnson.

Johnson, 25, spent time in training camp with the Chargers last season as an undrafted rookie from Kansas.

–Field Level Media

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Stills and Dolphins owner ‘agreed to disagree’ over Trump

Stills and Dolphins owner 'agreed to disagree' over Trump

Miami receiver Kenny Stills said he

Stills and Dolphins owner ‘agreed to disagree’ over Trump

Miami receiver Kenny Stills said he has talked with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on the phone about his comments last week regarding Ross’s relationship with President Donald Trump.

“We agreed to disagree and that was it,” Stills told reporters after practice Tuesday, per the Palm Beach Post.

Stills, who characterized their conversation as cordial, said that Ross hosting a fundraiser for Trump contradicts the owner’s nonprofit organization that opposes racial discrimination in sports.

“There’s not much to argue about,” Stills said. “He has his feelings about it and he stands firm in that, and I respect that. But I disagree and I told him there’s no hard feelings. There’s no beef and let’s win some games this year.”

Stills, 27, said his criticism is not about politics, adding “I don’t have any hard feelings toward (Ross).”

“It’s not right,” Stills told reporters. “Our country is in a rough place right now. I think there are other candidates (Ross) could support, but it’s not about Democrat or Republican. It’s about why are you trying to help this man raise money to continue to do the things he has been doing.”

“Someone has to have enough courage to let him know he can’t play both sides of this,” he added. “If you say you’re going to be about something, let’s be about it.”

Stills said he received death threats, but he doesn’t regret making his voice heard.

Stills is entering his fifth year with the Dolphins and has been a team captain the last two years. He has knelt during the national anthem before games since the 2016 season.

–Field Level Media

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Woods feeling ‘way, way better’ at BMW pro-am

Woods feeling 'way, way better' at BMW pro-am

Woods feeling ‘way, way better’ at BMW pro-am

Tiger Woods said he felt much better during his pro-am round Wednesday at the BMW Championship, a stark contrast to how he felt at The Northern Trust last week.

Woods was in an upbeat mood during his nine-hole round at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago, doing as much talking as playing while working his way back from an oblique strain.

“Way, way better,” he said. “It was nice to take those days off and let it calm down and get a bunch of treatment on it. It feels so much better. I played the front nine today and played quite well. It was nice to see. Took the back nine off, chipped and putted quite a bit. It feels a lot better than it did on Friday. That’s for sure.”

Woods, 43, told reporters that his oblique injury came as a result of changes he made to his swing in response to a back ailment.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t really done a very good job of that, and when I have, I’ve hit the ball quite well,” Woods said. “I was really excited about what I was doing at Liberty (National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.). I made some nice changes and obviously didn’t feel very well on Thursday.”

Woods withdrew before the second round of The Northern Trust on Friday morning. He struggled a day earlier, shooting an opening-round 4-over-par 75 in the first of three events of the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs.

Woods dropped from 28th to 38th in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 70 advanced to this week’s no-cut tournament at Medinah, but he has work to do to make the 30-man field for next week’s Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

Woods will need to finish in 11th place or better this weekend to punch his ticket to Atlanta.

The reigning Masters champion has a tee time of 11:54 a.m. ET for Thursday’s opening round, going off with Billy Horschel and C.T. Pan.

Since winning his 15th major, Woods has played in five events, missing the cut at the PGA Championship and Open Championship, tying for ninth at the Memorial, tying for 21st at the U.S. Open and withdrawing last week.

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Tiger Woods long shot to win BMW Championship

Tiger Woods long shot to win BMW Championship

Tiger Woods long shot to win BMW Championship

Tiger Woods has won two major championships at Medinah Country Club and is ranked sixth in the world entering this week’s BMW Championship.

He’s also recovering from an oblique injury that forced him to withdraw from last week’s The Northern Trust and has only 13 competitive rounds under his belt since winning the Masters in April.

So it’s certainly not surprising that sportsbooks list him as a long shot to win the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs outside Chicago this week.

In fact, it’s likely only because his name is Tiger Woods that PointsBet is offering 40/1 odds on him winning the BMW. That’s compared to 50/1 by DraftKings and FanDuel.

The BMW is a no-cut event with only 69 players in the field. Woods is projected to need an 11th-place or higher finish to advance to Atlanta next week and defend his Tour Championship title.

DraftKings is offering +900 on Woods finishing in the top 5 (PointsBet +800, FanDuel +650) and +450 on him claiming a top 10 finish (PointsBet +360, FanDuel +310).

None of the three books are offering Woods in H2H or group bets, but PointsBet does have him listed as the ninth favorite to be the top finisher from the United States, offered at +2000 along with Jordan Spieth. DraftKings is also offering a +150 bet on Woods finishing in the top 20 and +4500 odds that the notoriously slow starter leads after the first round.

DraftKings currently has No. 1 Brooks Koepka as the favorite to win the FedEx Cup at +250, with Woods well down the list at +8000.

Woods, 43, said he felt much better during his pro-am round Wednesday after playing nine holes.

“Way, way better,” he said. “It was nice to take those days off and let it calm down and get a bunch of treatment on it. It feels so much better. I played the front nine today and played quite well. It was nice to see. Took the back nine off, chipped and putted quite a bit. It feels a lot better than it did on Friday. That’s for sure.”

–Field Level Media

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Browns QB Mayfield: ‘People want to see us lose’

Browns QB Mayfield: 'People want to see us lose'

Browns QB Mayfield: ‘People want to see us lose’

Quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn’t care if other clubs think the Cleveland Browns are being overhyped.

Mayfield insists that the Browns are worried about their locker room, not the noise coming from others.

“You’ve got to believe in it and take it one week at a time. Because I wouldn’t say that everybody wants to beat us,” the 24-year-old Mayfield said in an interview with Complex Sports.

“I think in the media and everything that comes with the hype around our team right now, people want to see us lose, just because the hype is so real. But we’ve got to go out there and take it one week at a time. We’re trying to win every week.”

Mayfield wasn’t done.

“It went from having excitement over Bud Light coolers being opened to now people waiting to see us lose so they can say, ‘Oh, they got too hyped up.’ That’s why you’ve got to have an even-keel mindset when it comes to that stuff.”

The Browns made a series of offseason moves following their 7-8-1 mark in 2018, most notably naming Freddie Kitchens as head coach and acquiring Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., running back Kareem Hunt and defensive end Olivier Vernon.

Mayfield was 6-7 as the starter last year, throwing for 3,725 yards and setting an NFL rookie record with 27 touchdown passes.

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Chargers sign TE Johnson

Chargers sign TE Johnson

The Los Angeles Chargers signed

Chargers sign TE Johnson

The Los Angeles Chargers signed tight end Ben Johnson on Wednesday.

Johnson, 25, spent time in training camp with the Chargers last season as an undrafted rookie from Kansas.

The Chargers needed another tight end after losing Andrew Vollert, who sustained a torn ACL in last week’s preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

Johnson recorded 61 receptions for 670 yards and two touchdowns in 45 career games at Kansas, including 30 catches for 363 yards and a score in 2017.

The Chargers waived linebacker Josh Corcoran to free up the roster spot.

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Dolphins RB Drake dealing with foot injury

Dolphins RB Drake dealing with foot injury

Miami

Dolphins RB Drake dealing with foot injury

Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake wore a walking boot on his right foot and did not participate in Wednesday’s joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

There was no immediate word on the extent of the injury, which reportedly happened in Tuesday’s practice.

Drake, 25, is entering his fourth season with the Dolphins, who picked him in the third round out of Alabama in the 2016 NFL Draft.

He has rushed 286 times for 1,358 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 94 passes for 762 yards and six scores while playing all 48 games since 2016.

Drake has been splitting carries in camp with second-year running back Kalen Ballage, who gained 247 yards from scrimmage in 12 games last season.

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Jets RB Bell: Preseason reps not essential for success

Jets RB Bell: Preseason reps not essential for success

Jets RB Bell: Preseason reps not essential for success

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell isn’t worried about getting up to speed after sitting out all of last season in a contract dispute.

He told reporters he doesn’t believe preseason work is required for him to be ready for the season opener.

“I don’t really necessarily need (preseason reps),” Bell said, per the New York Daily News. “If I get them, they’ll help. But I don’t think I’ll need them. I think once we get out there … football is football. I’ve been playing for so long. It naturally will come back to me. I’ll get adjusted to the game … in a couple plays and I’m ready to go.”

Bell, 27, signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets in March.

Bell rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns and caught 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven scores in five seasons (62 games) with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2013-17.

The Jets face the Atlanta Falcons in a preseason game on Thursday.

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Colts GM: Luck’s injury to high ankle, not bone

Colts GM: Luck's injury to high ankle, not bone

The Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday

Colts GM: Luck’s injury to high ankle, not bone

The Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday gave a third suspected cause for the pain that quarterback Andrew Luck has been feeling in his lower left leg, this time not involving the “small little bone” that team owner Jim Irsay blamed it on the day before.

General manager Chris Ballard told media members on a conference call on Tuesday that Luck’s problem is a high ankle issue, specifically to the front of the ankle. And while Ballard wasn’t ruling Luck out for the Colts’ season opener on Sept. 8 on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers, the QB “most likely” won’t take part in preseason games.

“We’re 3 1/2 weeks away from regular season, so I’m not ready to say” whether Luck will take part, Ballard said.

With the new diagnosis, Ballard hopes that an appropriate change in treating Luck’s leg can still get him ready for the regular season.

“Once we get that under control, then we can really move forward,” Ballard said. “All players need reps, and he knows that, and he knows he needs to get out there and get his reps. So we’ll play that kind of day-by-day.”

Ballard’s comments came a day after team owner Jim Irsay said the reason for Luck’s extended absence from practice is related to a “small little bone” in his left leg — the os trigonum, a small bone behind the ankle.

“I know everyone’s had their questions about Andrew and that sort of thing, but I really feel very confident that he’s going to find his way through this thing,” Irsay said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I think after the (Kevin) Durant things (that) everyone’s erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly this is not even in the Achilles tendon. It’s in another area. It’s a bone. You know I’m not good at these things. … It’s a small little bone.”

Luck, who turns 30 next month, originally injured his calf in April and has participated in only limited fashion in three practices in training camp. That brought the initial word that he was dealing with a calf strain.

Zak Keefer of The Athletic listed the sequence of the team’s announcements of suspected causes of Luck’s discomfort, saying the team “believes they’ve found source of pain.”

Luck was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2018, passing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns after sitting out the entire 2017 season because of a shoulder injury.

It’s possible a third quarterback would be kept on the Colts’ 53-man roster behind Jacoby Brissett, who would start if Luck is absent.

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Jags QB Foles likely to sit vs. Eagles

Jags QB Foles likely to sit vs. Eagles

New Jacksonville

Jags QB Foles likely to sit vs. Eagles

New Jacksonville quarterback Nick Foles isn’t expected to face his old team Thursday night when the Jaguars host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jags coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday he likely will hold out many of his starters and doesn’t want to put Foles on the field until his first-string line is healthy and ready to play.

That means Foles, the MVP of Super Bowl LII after taking over for injured Eagles starter Carson Wentz late in the season and through the playoffs, won’t get to match up against his former mates.

Foles also took over down the stretch in 2018 when a back injury ended Wentz’s season, and he pushed Philadelphia to a playoff win over the Chicago Bears before a loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Foles left in the offseason via free agency, signing a reported four-year deal worth $88 million.

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NFL notebook: Brown back in Raiders’ camp

NFL notebook: Brown back in Raiders' camp

Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown returned to

NFL notebook: Brown back in Raiders’ camp

Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown returned to training camp Tuesday in Napa, Calif., one day after losing his helmet grievance with the NFL.

Brown had not been with the team since he left practice early on July 30. The 31-year-old veteran had sought permission to wear his old helmet, which is no longer certified.

Brown remains out of practice because of blistering feet, the result of a frostbite mishap during cryogenic therapy. Coach Jon Gruden was unsure when Brown would return to practice but expressed confidence the receiver would play in the season opener against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 9.

–Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck isn’t likely to play in the preseason because of a calf injury that has turned into an ankle problem, general manager Chris Ballard said on a conference call.

Luck, who originally injured his calf in April, has only participated (in limited fashion) in three practices in training camp. Ballard said the injury to the front of the ankle developed while Luck was dealing with the calf.

Ballard added that no surgery is planned while the 29-year-old quarterback rehabs the ankle though the preseason. Luck’s availability for the season opener is uncertain.

–New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate lost the appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Tate, who reportedly will forfeit $465,000 in base salary, previously indicated that the positive test came from a prescribed fertility medication. He said he reported the use to the league and the Giants prior to testing positive.

“I went into this arbitration with the understanding that due to the facts, unlike many other cases, we could be the exception to win,” Tate said in a statement. “Unfortunately the NFL stood by their no tolerance policy, which I hope one day to help have a part in reforming, so no other player has to go through this situation.”

–Giants rookie first-rounder Daniel Jones is the franchise’s future at quarterback, but owner John Mara hopes to see only 38-year-old Eli Manning this season.

“I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara said. “That would be in an ideal world, you’d like to see that. At the end of the day it’s going to be a decision by the head coach as to when, or if, Daniel ends up playing this year.”

Manning is 8-23 as the starter over the past two seasons, throwing 40 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions during that span. Jones was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 draft.

–New England released Danny Etling, ending the Patriots’ attempt to convert the second-year quarterback into a wide receiver.

The Patriots selected Etling in the seventh round of the 2018 draft, and he spent last season on the practice squad for the Super Bowl LIII champions.

The 25-year-old was waived to clear space for tight end Eric Saubert, acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

–New Jacksonville quarterback Nick Foles isn’t expected to face his old team Thursday night when the Jaguars host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jags coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday he likely will hold out many of his starters and doesn’t want to put Foles on the field until his first-string line is healthy and ready to play.

Foles was the MVP of Super Bowl LII after taking over for injured Eagles starter Carson Wentz late in the season and through the playoffs. He left this offseason via free agency, signing a reported four-year deal worth $88 million.

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed safety Darian Stewart, who is entering his 10th NFL campaign.

Stewart, 31, won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos and made the Pro Bowl in 2016.

He has appeared in 130 games (91 starts) with the Broncos (2015-18), Baltimore Ravens (2014) and St. Louis Rams (2010-13) since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina.

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Pats end Etling experiment, cut former QB

Pats end Etling experiment, cut former QB

New England released Danny

Pats end Etling experiment, cut former QB

New England released Danny Etling on Tuesday, ending the Patriots’ attempt to convert the second-year quarterback into a wide receiver.

The Patriots selected Etling in the seventh round of the 2018 draft and he spent last season on the practice squad for the Super Bowl LIII champions.

The 25-year-old was waived to clear space for tight end Eric Saubert, acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

Etling’s experimental shift to wide receiver and special-teams duties had been one of the most closely watched storylines for the team in training camp.

The notable comparisons were to New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and to the Patriots’ own Julian Edelman, the Super Bowl MVP receiver who played quarterback in college for Kent State.

Hill rushed 37 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns, caught three passes and returned 14 kicks for 348 yards with the Saints last season.

Etling had been bumped from New England’s QB depth chart following the selection of Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Stidham is listed third behind superstar Tom Brady and veteran backup Brian Hoyer.

Saubert, who was a fifth-round choice in the 2017 NFL Draft, caught five passes for 48 yards last season. The Patriots sent a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick to the Falcons in the trade, according to NFL Network.

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Tiger feels ‘good’ as he arrives at Medinah

Tiger feels 'good' as he arrives at Medinah

Tiger feels ‘good’ as he arrives at Medinah

Tiger Woods arrived at the BMW Championship on Tuesday and announced “I feel good” after withdrawing from last week’s event due to injury.

“Feel a lot better than I felt last week,” Woods said via Golfweek.com. “Felt good this morning so I thought I’d give it a go.”

Woods withdrew before the second round of The Northern Trust on Friday morning, citing a “mild oblique strain that led to pain and stiffness.” He struggled a day earlier, shooting an opening-round 4-over-par 75 in the first of three events of the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs.

Woods, 43, dropped from 28th to 38th in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 70 advanced to this week’s no-cut tournament at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago, but he has work to do to make the 30-man field for next week’s Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.

According to projections on PGATour.com, Woods needs a solo 11th-place finish to play next week.

The reigning Masters champion was expected to undergo treatment Tuesday and participate in Wednesday’s pro-am, with a 7:50 a.m. ET tee time. He has a tee time of 11:54 a.m. ET for Thursday’s opening round, going off with Billy Horschel and C.T. Pan.

Since winning his 15th major, Woods has played in five events, missing the cut at the PGA Championship and Open Championship, tying for ninth at the Memorial, tying for 21st at the U.S. Open and withdrawing last week.

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Giants WR Tate loses appeal of four-game ban

Giants WR Tate loses appeal of four-game ban

New York

Giants WR Tate loses appeal of four-game ban

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate lost the appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Tate’s appeal was heard by an arbiter in New York on Tuesday. Tate will reportedly forfeit $465,000 in base salary.

Tate will be eligible to return to the Giants on Sept. 30, one day after the club’s Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins.

Tate previously indicated that the positive test came from a prescribed fertility medication.

After the suspension was initially announced on July 27, Tate released a statement.

“This past April, during the offseason, my wife and I decided to see a specialist for fertility planning,” the statement began. “I started the treatment prescribed to me and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient on the league’s banned substance list. I immediately discontinued use, I reported the situation to the Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and general manager. I did all of this well before a failed test was even confirmed.”

The Giants signed Tate, 31, to a four-year, $37.5 million contract during the offseason. He spent the 2018 season with the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles, catching 74 passes for 795 yards and four touchdowns.

Over nine NFL seasons, Tate has 611 receptions for 7,214 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Cody Latimer is expected to join the starting lineup during Tate’s suspension. The 26-year-old has 46 catches for 635 yards and four touchdowns in 51 games over five NFL campaigns.

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WR Brown rejoins Raiders after helmet grievance

WR Brown rejoins Raiders after helmet grievance

Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown returned to training camp

WR Brown rejoins Raiders after helmet grievance

Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown returned to training camp Tuesday in Napa, Calif., one day after losing his helmet grievance with the NFL.

Brown had not been with the team since he left practice early on July 30.

The 31-year-old veteran had sought permission to wear his old helmet, which is no longer certified. He revealed his feelings about the decision on his Instagram account.

“While I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision I’m working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field,” Brown wrote Monday.

Pro Football Talk reported Monday that the NFL will let Brown wear his preferred Schutt Air Advantage helmet if he can find one that is less than 10 years old.

On Tuesday, Brown turned to Twitter for help locating one. “I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In exchange I will trade a signed practice worn @Raiders helmet.”

The Raiders acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl selection from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a trade in March and later signed him to a three-year, $50.125 million contract.

He caught at least 100 passes and exceeded 1,200 receiving yards in each of the past six seasons with the Steelers. He appeared in 130 games with Pittsburgh from 2010-18, catching 837 passes for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns.

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Golf Glance: Race for top 30 heats up at BMW Championship

Golf Glance: Race for top 30 heats up at BMW Championship

Field Level Media's Golf

Golf Glance: Race for top 30 heats up at BMW Championship

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: The Northern Trust (Patrick Reed)

THIS WEEK: BMW Championship, Aug. 15-18

Medinah CC No. 3, Medinah, Ill. (Par 72, 7,657 yards)

Purse: $9.25 million (Winner: $1.665 million)

Defending champion: Keegan Bradley

FedEx Cup leader: Brooks Koepka

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 12-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (GC), 2-6 p.m. (NBC)

NOTES: The is the second of the three FedEx Cup Playoff tournaments and is a no-cut event. The top 30 players in the rankings after the BMW Championship will advance to next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta, where the top-ranked player will begin the tournament with a two-shot lead over the No. 2 player. … Tiger Woods is No. 38 in the standings after withdrawing from The Northern Trust with an oblique injury. The defending Tour Championship winner is projected to need an 11th-place finish or higher to advance to Atlanta. Woods won the PGA Championship at Medinah in 1999 and 2006. … Kevin Na withdrew on Monday to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple’s second child. … Paul Casey returns after sitting out The Northern Trust to spend time with family. … Course No. 3 has held the Ryder Cup (2012), three U.S. Opens (1949, 1975 and 1990), two PGA Championships (1999, 2006) and three Western Opens (1946, 1962 and 1966).

BEST BETS: Koepka (8/1 by PointsBet) is a three-time winner this season and wants to secure the No. 1 spot for the coveted two-shot cushion entering Atlanta. … Despite missing two cuts in his last eight PGA Tour starts, Jon Rahm (10/1) is on a hot streak with a win, a pair of T-3s and two top-10 finishes in the other six events. He was leading on the back nine at The Northern Trust on Sunday but suffered another string of late errors to fall short. … England’s Justin Rose (16/1) is trying to become the first player to successfully defend as a FedEx Cup champion. He is coming off a T-10 at The Northern Trust and has not finished worse than T-20 in his past five events. … Byeon-Hun (Ben) An is a gut shot play at 80/1. He has finished T-13, T-32, 3rd and T-38 in his past four events while rising into the world top 50. An has three career international victories, with the most recent coming in 2015.

NEXT WEEK: Tour Championship, East Lake, Atlanta

LPGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Ladies Scottish Open (Mi Jung Hur)

THIS WEEK: OFF

NEXT TOURNAMENT: CP Women’s Open, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 22-25

CHAMPIONS TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: The Senior Open Championship (Bernhard Langer)

THIS WEEK: DICK’S Sporting Goods Open, Aug. 16-18

En-Joi Golf Course, Endicott, N.Y.

Purse: $2.05 million (Winner: $307,500)

Defending champion: Bart Bryant

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron

Television: Friday, 4-6 p.m. ET; Saturday, 2-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

NOTES: Bryant is a two-time winner of the event. His first Champions Tour victory came during his rookie season in Endicott in 2013. … Fred Couples, who won the 1991 B.C. Open at En-Joie, returns to compete at the course for the first time in 24 years. … Langer is fifth in Cup standings following his victory at The Senior Open. … Retief Goosen won the Senior Players and finished T-3 at the Senior Open in his past two events. He was also fourth at the Senior PGA Championship … Kevin Sutherland shot a 59 in the second round in 2014 at En-Joie.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Boeing Classic, Snoqualmie, Wash.

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Giants owner hopes rookie QB Jones won’t have to play

Giants owner hopes rookie QB Jones won't have to play

Giants owner hopes rookie QB Jones won’t have to play

New York Giants owner John Mara is rooting for Eli Manning.

Asked by SNY what he thought an ideal 2019 season would look like, Mara said the 38-year-old Manning is the Giants’ present and rookie first-rounder Daniel Jones is the franchise’s future.

“I hope Eli has a great year and Daniel never sees the field,” Mara said. “That would be in an ideal world, you’d like to see that. At the end of the day it’s going to be a decision by the head coach as to when, or if, Daniel ends up playing this year.”

Manning is 8-23 as the starter over the past two seasons, throwing 40 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions during that span.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection enters his 15th NFL season ranked seventh all-time in passing yards (55,981) and eighth in TD passes (360).

The Giants selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was 5-for-5 for 67 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut last week.

Mara said he would be happy if Jones never took a snap this season.

“I’d be very happy with that because that means we’re having a great year and Eli’s having a great year,” he said.

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Book removes Luck prop bets

Book removes Luck prop bets

The uncertain nature of Andrew Luck's injury situation and timetable

Book removes Luck prop bets

The uncertain nature of Andrew Luck’s injury situation and timetable for return has led DraftKings to remove the Indianapolis Colts quarterback from multiple 2019 player future prop bets.

Luck returned from shoulder surgery to throw for 4,593 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2018. However, he injured his calf in April and has only taken part in three training camp practices.

DraftKings still listed his over/under total passing yards at 4,450.50 (-110 moneyline) last week. Only Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (4,650.50) and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (4,575.50) were projected to throw for more yards this season.

But the sportsbook had removed multiple Luck-related future prop bets on Tuesday after Colts owner Jim Irsay said the soon-to-be 30-year-old quarterback has a “small little bone” injury in his left leg.

“I know everyone’s had their questions about Andrew and that sort of thing, but I really feel very confident that he’s going to find his way through this thing,” Irsay said. “I think after the (Kevin) Durant things (that) everyone’s erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly this is not even in the Achilles tendon. It’s in another area. It’s a bone. You know I’m not good at these things. … It’s a small little bone.”

Over/under prop bets on Luck are not being offered by DraftKings for passing yards or passing touchdowns in 2019.

However, he is still being offered at +650 to lead the NFL in passing yards, behind only Mahomes (+400) and Ryan (+475). He is +600 along with Ryan to lead the league in touchdowns, with Mahomes the clear betting favorite at +350.

Luck is also still listed as the second betting favorite to win the NFL MVP award (+900) behind Mahomes (+600).

PointsBets and FanDuel are not listing player-related over/unders, but Luck is +900 by FanDuel to win MVP (Mahomes is +600). He is offered at +700 by both books to lead the league in passing yards and +450 by PointsBet and +420 by FanDuel to lead the league in passing TDs.

Luck is also being offered at +2200 by FanDuel to win Super Bowl MVP honors.

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Byrd seeking kidney donor for mother

Byrd seeking kidney donor for mother

Byrd seeking kidney donor for mother

Five-time PGA Tour champion Jonathan Byrd turned to social media hoping to find a kidney donor for his mother.

“Her best possible option is to find a living donor with O positive or O negative blood type,” Byrd said in a video posted Monday on Twitter. “Up to this point, she’s had 12 friends and family come forward to donate their kidney but unfortunately no one has been approved a match yet. This would greatly improve her quality of life.”

Byrd, 41, said his mother, Jo, is battling kidney disease. He lost his father, Jim, to brain cancer in 2009. His former caddie, Chuck Hoersch, passed away in 2012 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Byrd competed in 17 events on the PGA Tour in the 2019 season, posting his best finish in March when he placed fourth at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic.

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Report: WR Brown to rejoin Raiders on Tuesday

Report: WR Brown to rejoin Raiders on Tuesday

Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown will be at

Report: WR Brown to rejoin Raiders on Tuesday

Oakland Raiders wideout Antonio Brown will be at training camp Tuesday in Napa, Calif., ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Brown, who lost his helmet grievance against the NFL on Monday, has not been with the team since he left practice early on July 30.

The 31-year-old veteran had sought permission to wear his old helmet, which is no longer certified. He revealed his feelings about the decision on his Instagram account.

“While I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision I’m working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field,” Brown wrote Monday.

Pro Football Talk reported Monday that the NFL will let Brown wear his preferred Schutt Air Advantage helmet if he can find one that is less than 10 years old.

On Tuesday, Brown turned to Twitter for help locating one. “I’m looking for a Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after. In exchange I will trade a signed practice worn @Raiders helmet.”

The Raiders acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl selection from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a trade in March and later signed him to a three-year, $50.125 million contract.

He caught at least 100 passes and exceeded 1,200 receiving yards in each of the past six seasons with the Steelers. He appeared in 130 games with Pittsburgh from 2010-18, catching 837 passes for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns.

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Colts owner says QB Luck has bone injury

Colts owner says QB Luck has bone injury

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said

Colts owner says QB Luck has bone injury

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said the reason for star quarterback Andrew Luck’s extended absence from practice is related to a “small little bone” in his left leg.

Luck is known to be dealing with a calf injury, but Irsay’s comments Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio suggest the four-time Pro Bowl passer may have multiple ailments.

“I know everyone’s had their questions about Andrew and that sort of thing, but I really feel very confident that he’s going to find his way through this thing,” Irsay said. “I think after the (Kevin) Durant things (that) everyone’s erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly this is not even in the Achilles tendon. It’s in another area. It’s a bone. You know I’m not good at these things. … It’s a small little bone.”

Luck, who turns 30 next month, originally injured his calf in April and has only participated (in limited fashion) in three practices in training camp.

Luck was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2018, passing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns after sitting out the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury.

The Colts open the regular season Sept. 8 at the Los Angeles Chargers. It’s possible a third quarterback would be kept on the 53-man roster behind Jacoby Brissett, who would start in Luck’s absence.

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Buccaneers sign veteran S Stewart

Buccaneers sign veteran S Stewart

Buccaneers sign veteran S Stewart

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed veteran safety Darian Stewart on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Entering his 10th NFL campaign, the 31-year-old Stewart won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos and made the Pro Bowl in 2016.

He has appeared in 130 games (91 starts) with the Broncos (2015-18), Baltimore Ravens (2014) and St. Louis Rams (2010-13) since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina.

Stewart has registered 439 tackles, 11 interceptions, six forced fumble and five sacks.

Denver released him in March in a cost-cutting move that saved the team nearly $3.5 million against the 2019 salary cap.

The team also announced that defensive lineman Dare Odeyingbo has been waived.

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Redskins’ Gruden favorite to be first NFL coach fired

Redskins' Gruden favorite to be first NFL coach fired

Redskins’ Gruden favorite to be first NFL coach fired

Oddsmakers view NFC East rivals Jay Gruden and Pat Shurmur as big favorites to be the first coaches to lose their jobs this season.

Gruden and the Washington Redskins have an over-under win total of 6.5 at PointsBet and the 52-year-old is coming off of back-to-back 7-9 seasons. He’s 35-44-1 since being hired in 2014. Gruden began the 2018 season with the fifth-highest odds to be fired.

Washington has just one playoff appearance under Gruden, and his relationship with the front office doesn’t scream kumbaya.

The Redskins are +900 to win the NFC East, per PointsBet.

Shurmur begins Year 2 with the New York Giants following a rocky offseason pointed to a rebuild, including trades of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Olivier Vernon, then drafting the heir to Eli Manning — Daniel Jones — at No. 6 overall. The Giants’ over-under of 6 wins this season portends a rough season ahead.

The Giants are +1500 to win the division at PointsBet.

Gruden is the favorite at +300 according to Bovada to be the first coach fired in 2019.

Shurmur (+700) is not far behind and the Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia (+1000), Houston Texans’ Bill O’Brien (+1200) and Atlanta Falcons’ Dan Quinn (+1200) are just ahead of three coaches with seemingly reasonable playoff expectations all tied at +1500: the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Doug Marrone, Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys and Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings.

Next are New York Jets head coach Adam Gase (+2000) and first-year Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores (+2000).

Hue Jackson was the No. 1 candidate to be fired entering the 2018 season at Caesars sportsbook. He was let go in October as head coach of the Browns.

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Reports: Pats end Etling experiment, cut former QB

Reports: Pats end Etling experiment, cut former QB

New England reportedly

Reports: Pats end Etling experiment, cut former QB

New England reportedly released Danny Etling on Tuesday, ending the Patriots’ attempt to convert the second-year quarterback into a wide receiver.

The Patriots selected Etling in the seventh round of the 2018 draft and he spent last season on the practice squad for the Super Bowl LIII champions.

Multiple outlets said the 25-year-old was waived to clear space for tight end Eric Saubert, acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday.

Etling’s experimental shift to wide receiver and special-teams duties had been one of the most closely watched storylines for the team in training camp.

The notable comparisons were to New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and to the Patriots’ own Julian Edelman, the Super Bowl MVP receiver who played quarterback in college.

Hill rushed 37 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns, caught three passes and returned 14 kicks for 348 yards with the Saints last season.

Etling had been bumped from New England’s QB depth chart following the selection of Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Stidham is listed third behind superstar Tom Brady and veteran backup Brian Hoyer.

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Report: Redskins rebuffing Williams trade suitors

Report: Redskins rebuffing Williams trade suitors

Report: Redskins rebuffing Williams trade suitors

The Washington Redskins have told inquiring teams that disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams won’t be traded, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday evening.

Per the report, Washington “hasn’t flinched,” rebuffing teams that have repeatedly called about Williams’ availability amid his training camp holdout. ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported separately that the Miami Dolphins are one team that has reached out.

Washington coach Jay Gruden told reporters earlier this month that he “would seriously doubt” that the team would trade Williams, who has been named to seven consecutive Pro Bowls.

NBC Sports Washington reported Thursday that Williams is adamant about wanting to be traded or released, quoting a source saying, “He’s not coming back. Period.”

That report added that while addressing Williams’ contract might “ease things a little bit,” the larger issue is the 31-year-old’s concern with the team’s medical staff following its handling of a tumor scare this offseason and previous nagging injuries.

Former Redskin and current Denver Broncos safety Su’a Cravens chimed in about Washington’s medical staff on Monday on Twitter, posting a series of tweets referencing his time with the team. Cravens is seeking more than $600,000 from the team in a non-injury grievance from 2017 after the Redskins put him on the reserve/left squad list as he was recovering from a concussion.

“2 years later and I’m still fighting the Skins on something they’ve continued to do countless time (sic),” Cravens wrote. “Which is why the best tackle in the game refuses to play for them now. Same reason I left. Mishandled injuries and withheld info. All evidence points to them being guilty!”

Williams has been with the Redskins since they took him fourth overall in the 2010 draft. Geron Christian, who appeared in two games as a third-round rookie last year, has worked at left tackle in his absence.

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Jets S Adams offers to player corner due to team injuries

Jets S Adams offers to player corner due to team injuries

Jets S Adams offers to player corner due to team injuries

The New York Jets are hurting at cornerback. So much so that Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams has offered to shift there if needed.

“If they need me to go to corner, I’ll go to corner,” Adams told reporters. “I’m dead serious.”

The Jets sustained another injury at corner in Monday’s practice as undrafted rookie Kyron Brown left the field with a hamstring injury one day after starter Trumaine Johnson injured his own hamstring. Johnson underwent an MRI and his status for the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills is in jeopardy.

“I don’t think it will be months,” head coach Adam Gase said. “But, I mean, we’ll see. It’s week-to-week right now. It’ll be about how his body responds to the rehab.”

The Jets had entered training camp with concerns about the cornerback position after opting not to re-sign starter Morris Claiborne, who recently signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Instead, their top three corners were Johnson, Darryl Roberts (16 career starts) and Brian Poole, who is in his first season with the Jets after three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

But Gase refused to show signs of panic despite the injuries.

“I look at it as Trumaine is down right now,” said Gase. “This is a great opportunity for a lot of guys. Like somebody has a chance to step up and make a name for themselves. Somebody has a chance to get in with that first defense, go against our wide receivers, go against our offense and Sam (Darnold) and those guys and see if a guy can play at that high level.”

Brown was replaced by 26-year-old Arthur Maulet, an undrafted free agent with limited experience in two seasons with the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. Derrick Jones, a 2017 sixth-round pick, was waived by the Jets on Saturday.

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Reports: Na withdraws from tourney to join expectant wife

Reports: Na withdraws from tourney to join expectant wife

Reports: Na withdraws from tourney to join expectant wife

Kevin Na, ranked 55th in the FedEx Cup standings, withdrew Monday from the upcoming BMW Championship to be with his expectant wife, according to Golfweek and Golf Channel.

Julianne Na is pregnant with their second child at the family home in Las Vegas.

By withdrawing, Na won’t be eligible to play in next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.

In July, Na withdrew from the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland due to a neck injury. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open and finished sixth at the Korea Open before the neck injury forced him out of the inaugural 3M Open in early July.

On Sunday, he shot a 9-over-par 80 at the Northern Trust to finish 4 over for the tournament.

In May, Na claimed nearly $1.3 million for his victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. He ranks 43rd on the 2019 PGA Tour money list with more than $2.2 million.

The BMW Championship, which will be played this week at Medinah Course No. 3 in Medinah, Ill., is a no-cut event that guarantees a payday for each player, from $1.665 million to the winner to $18,500 to the last-place finisher. The top 30 finishers qualify for the Tour Championship.

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NFL notebook: Raiders’ Brown loses grievance but will rejoin team

NFL notebook: Raiders' Brown loses grievance but will rejoin team

Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost

NFL notebook: Raiders’ Brown loses grievance but will rejoin team

Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his helmet grievance against the NFL but plans to return to the team.

Brown sought to wear his old helmet, which is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).

Brown, who was traded to Oakland in the offseason, reportedly had a two-hour conference call with an independent arbitrator on Friday. He sought to convince the arbitrator that he should be able to maintain wearing the head gear that he was using as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“While I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision I’m working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field,” Brown wrote Monday on Instagram.

–Dak Prescott reportedly turned down an offer of $30 million annually from the Dallas Cowboys and wants to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.

NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported Prescott is “seeking a contract worth $40 million per year.”

ProFootballTalk.com’s Charean Williams reported, citing her own sources, that Prescott did not demand $40 million per year.

–Tom Brady listed his home for sale, and the New England Patriots’ longtime quarterback is confident you shouldn’t care.

“You shouldn’t read into anything. I think it takes a long time to sell a house. My house is a little bit of an expensive one, so it doesn’t fly off the shelf in a couple weeks,” Brady said on WEEI radio.

Brady and Gisele Bundchen recently listed their Massachusetts mansion for $39.5 million as he turned 42 and signed a restructured contract with the Patriots in the span of about nine days.

–Rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins could still win the quarterback competition in Washington, but two veterans are ahead of him at this stage, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.

Colt McCoy and Case Keenum hold an edge in the open battle based on experience, Gruden told MMQB.

“There’s a lot Dwayne still has to learn, but he can get there,” Gruden said.

–Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is expected to play at some point in the preseason, Denver coach Vic Fangio told reporters.

Sanders has returned to team drills as he recovers from a torn left Achilles, and he has consistently appeared on track to play in the regular-season opener.

According to 9News Denver, Sanders also had “tightrope” surgery on his right ankle this offseason to address pain from the past two years, but he is nearly recovered from both surgeries.

–A week after leaving practice early with a groin injury, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt returned to the practice field.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year sustained the injury during a joint practice session with Green Bay and did not play in Thursday’s preseason opener.

–Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson was removed from the physically unable to perform list.

The move came two days after coach Doug Marrone was skeptical about Robinson being available for the season opener. Robinson is recovering from an ACL tear in his left knee that forced him to miss the final 14 games of the 2018 campaign.

–Cleveland Browns defensive end Chad Thomas was diagnosed with a sprained neck following a scary injury during practice.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens said Thomas was moving his arms and legs and was taken for testing as a precaution.

–Two days after being released by the New Orleans Saints, wide receiver Rishard Matthews announced his retirement from the NFL on Instagram.

Matthews, 29, appeared in 87 games over parts of seven seasons with Miami (2012-15), Tennessee (2016-18) and the Jets (2018).

Meanwhile, the Saints signed offensive tackle Chris Clark and fullback Shane Smith. Clark, 33, started 13 of the 15 games he played for the Carolina Panthers last season.

–The Atlanta Falcons traded third-year tight end Eric Saubert to the Patriots for a conditional seventh-round pick.

The 2017 fifth-round pick appeared in 30 games over the past two seasons and caught five passes for 48 yards.

–The NFL officially suspended Oakland Raiders cornerback Nevin Lawson four games for violating its PED policy.

Lawson had announced the suspension last week on Twitter, saying he tested positive for Ostarine despite never knowingly taking the substance.

–The Detroit Lions released cornerback Marcus Cooper and signed former Alliance of American Football cornerback Jamar Summers.

Cooper, 29, played in four games for Detroit last season after being released by Chicago.

–The San Francisco 49ers placed offensive tackle Shon Coleman on injured reserve and signed tackle Sam Young.

Coleman, 27, reportedly broke his right fibula and dislocated his ankle in Saturday’s preseason opener.

Young, 32, has 21 career starts in 88 games over nine NFL seasons.

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Browns DE Thomas moving extremities after neck injury

Browns DE Thomas moving extremities after neck injury

Browns DE Thomas moving extremities after neck injury

Cleveland Browns defensive end Chad Thomas has feeling and movement in his extremities following a scary injury during Monday’s practice.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens said Thomas is moving his arms and legs and was taken for testing as a precaution.

“He’s at the hospital getting further testing, but he’s moving all of his extremities,” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said after practice. “It was just precautionary. Just making sure everything is OK. Any time something happens like a stinger or anything dealing with any issues like that, you want to be more cautious than anything and that’s what we’re doing.”

The 23-year-old was immobilized on a stretcher in full equipment and carted off the field after suffering an apparent neck injury.

He was taken to University Hospitals in Cleveland for further evaluation and testing.

Thomas, a third-round pick in 2018 out of Miami, appeared in four games as a rookie last season.

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Raiders WR Brown loses helmet grievance

Raiders WR Brown loses helmet grievance

Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his helmet grievance against

Raiders WR Brown loses helmet grievance

Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his helmet grievance against the NFL, but plans to return to the team.

Brown sought to wear his old helmet, which is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).

Brown, who was traded to Oakland in the offseason, reportedly had a two-hour conference call with an independent arbitrator on Friday. He sought to convince the arbitrator that he should be able to maintain wearing the head gear that he was using as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brown revealed his feelings about the decision on his Instagram account.

“While I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision I’m working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field,” Brown wrote. “I’m excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet! #AlwaysAFight #Represent #itsbiggerthanme,” Brown said.

According to published reports, the 31-year-old Brown feels the new helmets certified by the NFL interfere with his vision as he attempts to catch football.

NOCASE will not certify a helmet older than 10 years, according to the league policy.

The NFL and NFLPA added 11 helmets to their joint list of approved models for the 2019 season. At the end of last season, the NFL said 32 players were wearing helmets that became banned for 2019.

Among other players granted a one-year exemption for outdated helmets for the 2018 season were Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady said Monday he has switched helmets because “I don’t really have much of a choice.”

Brown’s reference to his feet is a reference to him getting frostbite-like symptoms after using a cryotherapy machine in France without the proper footwear. Brown recently revealed pictures of the injured feet, and head coach Jon Gruden defended the receiver saying the incident “was not his fault.”

The Raiders acquired the seven-time Pro Bowl selection from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a trade in March and later signed him to a three-year, $50.125 million contract.

Brown caught at least 100 passes and exceeded 1,200 receiving yards in each of the past six seasons with the Steelers. He appeared in 130 games with Pittsburgh from 2010-18, catching 837 passes for 11,207 yards and 74 touchdowns.

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Report: Cowboys QB Prescott turns down $30M-per-year offer

Report: Cowboys QB Prescott turns down $30M-per-year offer

Report: Cowboys QB Prescott turns down $30M-per-year offer

Dak Prescott reportedly turned down $30 million a year from the Dallas Cowboys and wants to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL.

NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported Monday that Prescott is “seeking a contract worth $40 million per year.”

ProFootballTalk.com’s Charean Williams reported, citing her own sources, that Prescott did not demand $40 million per year.

The highest-paid quarterback in the NFL in terms of average annual value is the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson. The Seahawks made Wilson the top-paid passer in the league at $35 million per year on a new deal this year, the latest in a string of new contracts for quarterbacks including Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) and Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons).

In June, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Prescott had considered an offer worth $34 million per year. Not long after, Prescott said he wouldn’t put a ceiling on his value or consider a “hometown” discount.

“For somebody to say you can only take so much because of the salary cap or you can only do this or that, I don’t know how fair that is to say,” Prescott told USA Today. “Because with gambling, with everything going into this league, everything is going to continue to keep going up.”

Whether the Cowboys are in a position, or can create the salary-cap room, to sign Prescott while negotiating with holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott and wide receiver Amari Cooper is unclear. Prescott and Cooper are present at training camp.

Prescott has 67 touchdown passes and 25 interceptions since entering the NFL in 2016 and taking over as the starter from an injured Tony Romo.

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Browns DE Thomas hospitalized with neck injury

Browns DE Thomas hospitalized with neck injury

Browns DE Thomas hospitalized with neck injury

The Cleveland Browns say defensive end Chad Thomas has feeling and movement in his extremities following a scary injury during Monday’s practice.

The 23-year-old was immobilized on a stretcher and carted off the field after suffering an apparent neck injury.

He was taken to University Hospitals in Cleveland for further evaluation and testing.

Thomas, a third-round pick in 2018 out of Miami, appeared in four games as a rookie last season.

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Day and caddie Williams part ways

Day and caddie Williams part ways

Australia's Jason Day

Day and caddie Williams part ways

Australia’s Jason Day and caddie Steve Williams ended their partnership after just six tournaments.

“Parting with Steve was a mutual decision and not an easy one to make,” Day said, per Sky Sports.

The breakup follows Day’s missed cut at The Northern Trust last weekend in Jersey City, N.J.

“He is the ultimate pro. It was a real learning experience being exposed to a caddie who has achieved what Steve has. He has worked with the best,” Day said. “But it was a disconnect of old school and new school. Steve has become a friend and I have a lot of respect for him. I thank Steve for everything he taught me.”

Williams, 55, rose to fame as the longtime caddie for Tiger Woods. He was on the bag for 13 of Woods’ 15 major titles and has also worked with Adam Scott, Greg Norman and Ray Floyd.

Day, 31, is ranked No. 21 in the world and No. 50 in the FedEx Cup standings heading into this week’s BMW Championship in Medinah, Ill.

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Pepperell apologizes for calling DeChambeau a ‘twit’

Pepperell apologizes for calling DeChambeau a 'twit'

Pepperell apologizes for calling DeChambeau a ‘twit’

PGA European Tour player Eddie Pepperell apologized Monday to Bryson DeChambeau for calling him “a twit” while criticizing his slow play at The Northern Trust tournament.

“Seems my comment regarding Bryson’s slow play has garnered plenty of attention and I just want to sincerely apologize to Bryson for being personal and referring to him as a ‘twit,'” the 28-year-old English golfer wrote on Twitter. “That was unnecessary and something I shouldn’t have said.”

Pepperell made his original comments Friday after videos surfaced of DeChambeau taking more than two minutes to attempt (and miss) an 8-foot putt.

“Just look at Tommy (Fleetwood) and Justin (Thomas), both looking completely bored,” Pepperell said. “Slow players do this to their playing partners, making the game less enjoyable. Problem is, the unaffected single-minded twit in this instance doesn’t care much for others.”

“Eddie Pepperell, not fair to say,” DeChambeau told reporters after seeing the comments. “I would love to speak to him personally and talk about it.”

Patrick Reed won the tournament Sunday at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. DeChambeau finished in a tie for 24th place at 7 under. Pepperell was not in the field.

In response to the controversy regarding DeChambeau’s deliberate style, the PGA Tour said Monday it will review its policy on pace of play.

“The tour’s current pace-of-play policy only addresses players whose groups have fallen out of position,” the PGA Tour said in a statement. “We are now exploring whether to expand the policy to address those whose groups are in position, but who take an excessive amount of time to hit a shot.”

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WR Matthews retires after seven seasons

WR Matthews retires after seven seasons

Two days after being

WR Matthews retires after seven seasons

Two days after being released by the New Orleans Saints, wide receiver Rishard Matthews announced his retirement from the NFL on Instagram on Monday.

Matthews, 29, appeared in 87 games over parts of seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2012-15), Tennessee Titans (2016-18) and New York Jets (2018). He signed with the Saints in June.

He caught 230 passes for 3,160 yards and 21 touchdowns. His best season came with the Titans in 2016 as he set career highs with 65 receptions for 945 yards and nine TDs.

In a lengthy Instagram post titled “No Longer Exist,” Matthews said he was tired of feeling disposable as an NFL player. He said he won’t miss the “brainwashing” and “fakeness” he experienced during his career.

“It was cool being a Professional Football Player and getting to play a kids game for work I will always be a fan of the best sport in the world but for me that Kids game No Longer Exist,” he wrote.

Matthews entered the league as Miami’s seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Nevada.

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Jaguars LT Robinson removed from PUP list

Jaguars LT Robinson removed from PUP list

Jaguars LT Robinson removed from PUP list

Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson was removed from the physically unable to perform list on Monday.

The move comes two days after coach Doug Marrone was skeptical about Robinson being available for the season opener. Robinson is recovering from an ACL tear in his left knee that forced him to miss the final 14 games of the 2018 campaign.

“I just know that he was at a point that they couldn’t get him over a point, and that he was going to stay on PUP, and that’s what I was told and then this morning I was told something different in a good way,” Marrone told reporters on Monday. “Now I’m happy. Now you write I’m happy. Before when guys get hurt and I’m down, I know, but hey, you take it.”

Robinson, 23, said he has been shooting for the Sept. 8 opener against the Kansas City Chiefs all along.

“I had a plan this whole time: Be back by Week 1,” Robinson told reporters on Monday. “I didn’t really put a timetable on it. I was just basing it on how I felt coming in each and every day. Anything anybody said (about a return), it didn’t come from me so I never really paid too much attention to it. People are going to talk.”

Robinson suffered the injury in Week 2 against the New England Patriots. He started 15 games as a rookie in 2017 after being a second-round pick out of Alabama.

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Keenum, McCoy ahead in Redskins QB competition

Keenum, McCoy ahead in Redskins QB competition

Keenum, McCoy ahead in Redskins QB competition

Rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins could still win the quarterback competition in Washington, but two veterans are ahead of him at this stage, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.

Colt McCoy and Case Keenum hold an edge in the open battle based on experience, Gruden told MMQB.

“I’d say the vets probably have a little bit of a leg up on him, just because they’re vets and they’ve played,” Gruden said. “Case has played a lot of football, of course he’s new to the system. Colt’s an experienced guy in the system, he’s coming off that injury, we just have to see how he is running around. He got a little nicked today on it, from a confidence standpoint, from a stability standpoint. But they have a little bit of a leg up on [Haskins], just because of their knowledge of third down and red zone concepts. There’s a lot Dwayne still has to learn, but he can get there.”

Haskins has 10 days to make his mark based on Gruden’s timeline. He wants to make a call on the pecking order of his passers by Aug. 22, the day of the third preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

“I think it’ll come probably sooner than later, because you’d like to get that guy ready to go,” Gruden said of the looming call. “I’d like to hopefully make that decision after the third preseason game, so we can get two weeks to get ready for Philadelphia with the starter.”

Alex Smith started for the Redskins last season but complications during and after surgery to repair a broken leg make his return this season beyond unlikely.

Keenum, 31, became available when Denver acquired Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens. He has 54 NFL starts with the Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and Houston Texans.

McCoy, who turns 33 the night of the NFL regular-season opener between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, had surgery to repair a broken right leg. He’s been in Washington since 2014, but made only six starts in those five seasons with 41 pass attempts in the past four years.

Haskins, the 15th overall pick out of Ohio State, threw two interceptions in his preseason debut.

“I think they’ve all done some really good things without a doubt, and they’ve all done some things we’ve got to coach,” Gruden said.

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Patriots QB Brady: Home sale not New England white flag

Patriots QB Brady: Home sale not New England white flag

Tom Brady

Patriots QB Brady: Home sale not New England white flag

Tom Brady listed his home for sale, and the New England Patriots’ longtime quarterback is confident you shouldn’t care.

“You shouldn’t read into anything. I think it takes a long time to sell a house. My house is a little bit of an expensive one, so it doesn’t fly off the shelf in a couple weeks,” Brady said on WEEI radio on Monday. “I think I’m at a point in my life where there’s a lot of considerations that go into playing. I have a very busy professional life, I have a very busy personal life. Any decision that’s made has to consider everything. I’m certainly at a place where I’ve been in the same place for a long time, and I love playing for the Patriots. I have such a great relationship with Mr. (Robert) Kraft, Coach (Bill) Belichick and our team. We’ll just worry about that when that happens. This isn’t the time to worry about it.”

Brady and Gisele Bundchen listed their Massachusetts mansion for $39.5 million as he turned 42 and signed a restructured contract with the Patriots in the span of about nine days.

The timing is not significant, per Brady, who said Monday he’s considering life beyond football. That includes interest in a career in architectural design. Brady has been less certain about where and how long he’d continue his career in measured words since signing the new deal with the Patriots that includes a clause that would make him a free agent in March 2020. On Monday he said his goal to play until age 45 hasn’t changed.

“I think I’m in a great mental, emotional place to approach the season,” Brady said on the program. “There is no point in worrying about things like that. There are so many hypotheticals — this and that — and if you spend all your time and energy on those things, you (lose) track of what’s most important, which is what’s happening right now. This is where I want to be. This is the team I want to be a part of, and leading. I’m really excited about doing that. There’s really not much to read into it than that.”

The future of Belichick could become an annual topic of conversation in New England, particularly if the coach-QB combination continues to collect Lombardi trophies. Their next will be their seventh together, and Belichick has never publicly committed to anything beyond the current season.

“I think what this is about is this season and dealing with this year. Beyond this year, whether it’s signing five more years, or signing a franchise tag, or not playing, none of those things needed to be decided this year,” Brady said. “I’m just focused on this season and being in the right mental, emotional frame of mind to go out there and perform at the highest level. Like I said, I have such a great relationship with the team. I’ve had 20 years of success with Mr. Kraft, and Jonathan (Kraft), and with Coach Belichick, with the whole organization. All the coaches. They know how I feel about them. We’ve just done some great things. We’re going to try to go do it again this year. It takes a lot to get from now to March, and I don’t want to overlook the big challenge that we’re facing. I don’t want my mind convoluted with thoughts that are premature, and ones that I’m worried about beyond what the current situation is — which is us trying to go achieve what we all hope we can achieve. That’s where my focus is and that’s what I’m excited about. So let’s go, baby! Put me in, Coach. I’m ready to go play.”

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Falcons trade TE Saubert to Patriots

Falcons trade TE Saubert to Patriots

The Atlanta Falcons traded third-year tight end Eric Saubert

Falcons trade TE Saubert to Patriots

The Atlanta Falcons traded third-year tight end Eric Saubert to the New England Patriots on Monday for a conditional seventh-round pick.

Primarily used as a blocker and on special teams, the 2017 fifth-round pick appeared in 30 games over the last two seasons and caught five passes for 48 yards.

Saubert, 25, played 178 snaps on offense and 292 snaps on special teams in 2018. He had been listed behind 2018 Pro Bowler Austin Hooper and veteran Luke Stocker on the Atlanta depth chart.

The Patriots lost All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement during the offseason and will be without Ben Watson for the first four games of the season due to an NFL suspension.

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Texans DE Watt returns to practice field

Texans DE Watt returns to practice field

A week after

Texans DE Watt returns to practice field

A week after leaving practice early with a groin injury, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt returned to the practice field on Monday.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year sustained the injury during a joint practice session with Green Bay and did not play in Thursday’s 28-26 preseason loss to the Packers.

“It’s all just precautionary,” Watt said last week. “The groin tightened up a little bit. Rather than try to push through and do some damage to it, I shut it down. I’ve gotten smarter as I’ve gotten older.”

Watt, 30, was not likely to play in the preseason opener even if he was at 100 percent.

After missing 13 games in 2016 and 11 games in 2017, Watt was healthy for the full slate in 2018 and looked like his old self with 16 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

Watt enters his ninth NFL season with 92 career sacks in 104 games. He is ranked No. 12 on the NFL Top 100 list for 2019.

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Reed hangs on to win Northern Trust by one stroke

Reed hangs on to win Northern Trust by one stroke

Reed hangs on to win Northern Trust by one stroke

Patrick Reed posted two birdies in a three-hole stretch on the back nine on the way to a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke victory in Sunday’s final round of The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Paramus, N.J.

Reed finished at 16 under, earning his first win since the 2018 Masters on the first stop of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.

Mexico’s Abraham Ancer, who charged into second place in the third round, stayed there with a 69 and ended up at 15 under.

Harold Varner III (68) and Spain’s Jon Rahm (69) tied for third place at 14 under.

Reed, who began the postseason in 50th place in points, vaults to No. 2 with the victory. With the revamped schedule including only three playoff events, he goes into the BMW Championship in Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., as one of the favorites.

Reed had a messy front nine with three bogeys negating the impact of three birdies.

Three golfers were within a stroke of Reed when he birdied the par-4 16th.

In between birdies on Nos. 14 and 16, Reed made a par-saving putt on No. 15.

Ancer had only one birdie across a 12-hole span until consecutive birdies on Nos. 17 and 18. He was playing in the last group with Reed, creating a showdown for the final hole.

Varner made his move with birdies on Nos. 12-14, pulling within a stroke of Reed. Varner’s round included a double-bogey on No. 9, his only blunder of the round.

Rahm moved briefly into the lead as he was 3 under for the day through 10 holes. Bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15 were costly.

Australia’s Adam Scott (65) finished fifth at 13 under.

Jordan Spieth recovered from Saturday’s 74 with a 67, closing the tournament at 12 under in a tie for sixth place. He was joined by Brandt Snedeker (71), Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (69) and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen (69).

It was Spieth’s best final-round score of the year.

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