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More talk in Buffalo of drafting a quarterback

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Apparently beating the Dolphins on Thursday night didn’t do much to raise hopes that the Bills could turn their season around. Because the talk in Buffalo is all about the future, and drafting a franchise quarterback.

We noted earlier this month that Bills G.M. Buddy Nix says he wants to take a quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft, and today the main Bills story in the Buffalo News is about the quarterbacks the Bills might choose.

Unfortunately for the Bills, at the moment 2013 doesn’t look like a strong quarterback class. USC’s Matt Barkley has been widely regarded as the top quarterback prospect since the day he decided to return to school for his senior season, but his draft stock seems to be slipping. West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson of Arkansas are probably the next-best senior quarterbacks, but neither of them looks like an elite prospect either. There definitely isn’t an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this year’s draft. If the Bills are set on a first-round quarterback, they may have to settle for a Ryan Tannehill.

But the best-case scenario for the Bills may be that there’s another Russell Wilson in next year’s draft, a quarterback who doesn’t look like an elite prospect but turns out to have talent that the scouts are overlooking. If they’re going to find their franchise quarterback in a draft without a Luck, the Bills will need some luck.

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Eugene Monroe expects to play this week

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The Ravens have only had left tackle Eugene Monroe on the field for a few plays this season, but it sounds like that should change when they take on the Browns this weekend.

Monroe was a full participant in practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a concussion on Baltimore’s first offensive possession. Monroe has missed the last three weeks while waiting to get cleared through the concussion protocol, but feels like he’s on track to resume his role on Joe Flacco’s blind side this weekend.

“You can’t really control being injured,” Monroe said, via “I had some things happen that are just unfortunate, both last year and this year. I’m healthy now and preparing for this game on Sunday. That’s all that matters.”

The Ravens will be trying for a second straight win when Cleveland comes to town on Sunday, a goal that should be a bit more attainable with Monroe in the lineup.

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Tomsula wants a confident starting quarterback, but does he have one?

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Confidence. As one of the minor characters on The Office once said, it’s the food of the wise man but the liquor of the fool.

On Wednesday, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula (who may have eaten some food with liquor in it because he had a mark on his cheek that he said he got from walking into a doorway) told reporters he wants a confident starting quarterback.

“I want a confident man, just full bore ahead at that position,” Tomsula told reporters on Wednesday, via a transcript circulated by the team. “I believe it’s critical. And I believe in the quarterback. I believe in him. I believe in Colin Kaepernick.”

But Tomsula’s “confident man” apparently isn’t confident at times, because he’s possibly second-guessing his throws.

“That was something we hit head on,” Tomsula said. “Look, if you are, are you? No, if you are, stop. Can’t have it. Can’t play that way. And to me, again, it goes to the weight of the world on your shoulders. . . . I got you, you want to make a play. And I got you that you want to do good. Do well in the way and don’t play not to make a mistake. Just play. Play to make the play. So, making sure that’s something that we’ve hit, again, head on to make sure that we don’t have anybody on this team in that situation.”

Regardless of whether Kaepernick is second-guessing his throws, Tomsula doesn’t want Kaepernick second-guessing his job security. Which is how the issue of confidence came up, with Tomsula asked why he doesn’t have a competition at the quarterback position.

“I think that starts a whole lot of things that I just don’t believe,” Tomsula said. “I think that runs wild. There’s not a competition. Guys are playing. . . . I understand that position’s different. It’s the most important position in all of sports. I got it. But, also with me and the philosophy of coaching, when guys come in, when I send guys on the field at other positions that I’ve coached, as a starter you have to go in, you go in and you play. Now, other positions sub through more than that position, but I want a confident man, just full bore ahead at that position.”

The simpler answer may have been that the alternative is Blaine Gabbert. Either way, is Kaepernick’s confidence shaken?

“Well, I don’t see it shooken,” Tomsula said, apparently confident in his conjugation. “He and I and the coaches and players, we’re not seeing that.”

On that point, Tomsula seems to be accurate. Kaepernick told reporters that he’s 100 percent confident, about himself, the team, everything.

“I don’t play for job security,” Kaepernick said. “Whether football’s here or not, I will be fine. I go out, I play to win. I’m not worried about job security when I step in this building.”

He’s not worried about job security in part because Tomsula’s philosophy is that the quarterback shouldn’t be worried about job security. At some point, later this year or next year, Tomsula will have to worry about his own job security, which will in turn make the quarterback necessarily worry about job security.

For Kaepernick, whose injury-only guarantees don’t become full guarantees until April 1 of each of the next three years, the time to worry about job security will be when games aren’t happening, because the 49ers will have an extended opportunity to search for a new starter via free agency and trades before having to renew their vows with Kaepernick.

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Saints expected to stick with Zach Hocker

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The Saints had the unemployed kicker caravan in town on Wednesday, but they’re reportedly letting it leave town without adding Zach Hocker to its roster.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the team has decided to stick with Hocker despite his miss from 30 yards in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. The Saints went on to win the game in overtime on a touchdown pass to C.J. Spiller.

Before the kickers tried out, coach Sean Payton talked about the need for better work in the kicking game.

“I think this, and I said this in the morning meeting, the snap hold kick process, all three parts need to be better and so that emphasis this week is going to be pretty strong and, obviously, when you get into a position like we did the other night we have to be able to make that type of field goal, and if not, then someone else will have a chance to,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Garafolo reports that Randy Bullock made all of his field goals during the tryout and that Kai Forbath also kicked well, so Hocker probably shouldn’t feel too secure about his spot should he struggle again in Week Five.

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Chip Kelly: I have to admit my play calling hasn’t succeeded

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Eagles coach Chip Kelly admits that he’s to blame for a lot of the problems his team is having on offense.

“I’ve got to do a better job play calling,” Kelly said today.

Asked if he questions his own plays, Kelly answered, “You have to.”

“They’re not successful,” Kelly said of the plays he’s calling. “You can’t sit there and say it’s working. We’re not successful on first and second down. We haven’t been successful in the first half of games.”

One thing Kelly won’t question, however, is his personnel moves. Although Kelly’s two biggest offseason acquisitions — trading for Sam Bradford and signing DeMarco Murray — haven’t looked great so far, he believes he has the right players to run his offense.

“I think we have the right personnel here, no question about that,” Kelly said.

If they have the right personnel, and the offense still isn’t getting the job done, that suggests that Kelly’s right: His play calling isn’t good enough.

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Beckham: “Kind of confusing” to hear complaints from Bills

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Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham received an $8,681 fine from the league for striking Bills safety Duke Williams in last Sunday’s game, a blow that was part of accusations from Buffalo players that Beckham “likes to throw cheap shots.”

On Wednesday, both Beckham and Giants coach Tom Coughlin were asked about Sunday’s events and Coughlin said that Beckham came to him to talk about what happened. Coughlin said he was “disappointed” because he feels Beckham is “beyond and above a lot of that stuff.”

Beckham had a different tale about his conversation with Coughlin. Beckham said he didn’t go to see the coach, but ran into him at the team’s facility and had a conversation that had nothing to do with the Bills game. What’s more, Beckham said he hadn’t heard anything the Bills players said but called it confusing based on the identity the Bills have talked about building on defense.

“You brought it to my attention, I didn’t really know much about it besides now,” Beckham said. “For a Bills team who I think is one of the best defenses in the league, could be one of the best teams in the league, just to hear remarks and stuff like that, it’s kind of confusing, it kind of messes with my idea of their identity. And where do they go from here? I don’t know. Like I said, it’s all irrelevant, it’s all words, it’s all in the past. There’s nothing any one of us can do about it. So we move forward to San Fran.”

Beckham said it was tough to avoid responding when teams are “targeting you and they’re trying to do things to you” and said he’d appeal the fine for something he feels gets done to him every week while getting in another shot at the Bills.

“Of course. Of course,” Beckham said. “Yeah, I get punched every single game or “punched” or whatever it is — I get hit in my face every single game. Like I said, it is what it is, but we’re playing football and these are grown men out here. I don’t think anybody should be talking about what happened after they lost the game.”

Beckham should probably expect more of the same treatment in the weeks to come, especially if teams see Sunday’s game as an example of what can happen when someone gets under Beckham’s skin.

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Report: Dolphins were also considering Greg Schiano and Mike Smith

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The Dolphins didn’t bring in Jim Schwartz to their reconstituted coaching staff because he said “No, thanks.”

But the former Lions head coach wasn’t the only guy with experience they were considering adding to help interim head coach Dan Campbell.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Dolphins also considered former Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano and former Falcons coach Mike Smith for positions on their coaching staff to help with the defense.

While each had their own issues in their last jobs, Schiano and Smith could also add some legitimacy to a defensive coaching staff that has under-delivered considering the money spent on that side of the ball.

Of course, Schiano was a guy who monitored the temperatures in meeting rooms, a level of control which probably appeals to Campbell since he’s running Oklahoma drills during his first day of practice.

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Cecil Shorts, Nate Washington will miss Thursday’s game

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The Texans are going to be shorthanded at wide receiver against the Colts on Thursday night.

Houston ruled out Cecil Shorts (shoulder) and Nate Washington (hamstring) on Wednesday afternoon, which means they’ll head into the game with an inexperienced group of wideouts to go with DeAndre Hopkins. Rookies Keith Mumphrey, Chandler Worthy and Jaelen Strong make up the rest of the receiving corps and they’ve combined for nine catches through four weeks.

Strong hasn’t had any of those catches because he hasn’t played in a regular season game yet. The third-round pick should change that on Thursday night and Strong said this week, via the Houston Chronicle, that he’s “ready to go out there and do what I’m coached to do.”

The Texans also ruled out safety Quintin Demps, linebacker Akeem Dent and running back Jonathan Grimes with hamstring injuries. Safety Lonnie Ballentine (knee), linebacker Whitney Mercilus (thigh) and running back Chris Polk (knee) are all questionable. If Polk can’t play, Arian Foster and Alfred Blue are the only two other backs currently on the 53-man roster.

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Dan Quinn will have “easy conversation” with Roddy White

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Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said earlier this week that he wants more catches than the six he’s managed through the first four weeks of the regular season.

White likely heard some criticism for that stance because he followed up by saying that his desire to have the ball in his hands more often doesn’t mean he’s unhappy with the Falcons offense and that his primary goal is to win. At the time of the initial comments, coach Dan Quinn said he “wouldn’t want it any other way in terms of the mindset and the attitude” and the topic came up during his Wednesday media session as well.

Quinn said that he would have an “easy conversation” with White, who missed Wednesday’s practice for personal reasons, about his feelings. He also said the team wasn’t going to alter its approach just to put the ball in White’s hands with greater frequency.

“I wouldn’t say a point of emphasis,” Quinn said, via “We’ve got great respect for Roddy and all the unique things that he brings to our team. But we don’t generally go into this or that to make it happen. He’s somebody that we think the world of and think a ton of. The [opportunities] will be there, although they weren’t in some of the games. We certainly think that they will be moving forward.”

Julio Jones is the centerpiece of the Atlanta offense and the Falcons have looked Leonard Hankerson’s way more than they’ve looked to White this season, something that is definitely a big change but not a particularly surprising one. It’s a new coaching staff and offensive scheme that isn’t going to use players the same way that Mike Smith’s staff did, to say nothing of the fact that White isn’t the first 33-year-old wideout to see his role diminish in the later stages of his career.

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Tom Brady takes high road in response to Greg Hardy remarks

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In advance of his first game back after a four-game suspension for domestic violence, Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy made some ill-advised remarks about the wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and her sister.

Have you seen his wife?” Hardy said. “I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game, all her friends come to the game.”

Tom Brady will definitely be coming to the game. But Brady had nothing to say when asked about Hardy’s comments.

I’m just getting ready to play,” Brady told reporters. “I’m focused on my job. He’s a great player. It takes a lot of different things to handle a guy like that. He’s been a great player since he’s been in the league. We’re going to have to prepare for him and be ready for all the different types of moves that he’s got. They have a good D-line anyway. They count on getting pressure from their front four to get to the quarterback. . . . I don’t really care about his personal feelings.”

Via Mike Reiss of, Brady cut the weekly session short after five minutes. “I’m done,” Brady said. “Have work to do.”

That work surely includes getting himself even more prepared for a game that, under the league’s internal appeal procedures, Hardy is allowed to play and Brady, if the league had its way, wouldn’t be. While Brady surely won’t say it, chances are he’s feeling even more motivated than before to not just beat Hardy and the Cowboys, but to send the scoreboard more than halfway to 100, again.

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Lions bring Andre Fluellen back once again

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Lions are big cats and cats have nine lives, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Andre Fluellen is back in Detroit.

The Lions announced that they have signed the veteran defensive tackle after losing Tyrunn Walker for the rest of the season. It is the ninth different time that the Lions have added Fluellen to the roster.

They signed him for the first time after drafting him in the third round of the 2008 draft and then re-signed him in 2011 and 2012. He was released and wound up in Miami that year, but that stint was short and Fluellen returned to the Lions for two games in 2012. He left for Chicago in 2013, but didn’t last long and wound up back in Detroit for 13 more games. He was on and off the team in 2014, spent some time with Buffalo this year and now finds himself back where it all started.

Haloti Ngata is also dealing with a calf injury, which leaves the team thin up front on defense heading into Week Five.

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Sammy Watkins to test calf on Thursday

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Wide receiver Sammy Watkins opened up the practice week the same way he spent last week, but there’s still hope that he spends Sunday on the field this time around.

Watkins missed last Sunday’s loss to the Giants with a calf injury and remained out of practice on Wednesday as the team started preparing for the Titans. Bills coach Rex Ryan said during his press conference that his absence “doesn’t mean that he won’t be available Sunday.”

Watkins said, via Mike Rodak of, that the plan is for him to test his calf on Thursday to see how much he’s able to do and then move on to making a determination about his status for Sunday.

The Bills also practiced without running backs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams on Wednesday and Ryan didn’t rule either of them out either. McCoy said last week that he won’t return to action until his hamstring feels 100 percent while Williams is in the concussion protocol. Boobie Dixon would start if neither of them make it into the lineup.

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The Love Boat, 10 years later

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2005 was a strange year for the Minnesota Vikings. It began with the trade that sent Randy Moss to the Raiders. It continued with a change in ownership. It culminated with quarterback Daunte Culpepper suffering a torn knee ligament trifecta against the Panthers on October 30.

Earlier that month, the strangeness reached a crescendo on Lake Minnetonka, where a bye-week booze cruise became a money-for-sex romp that resulted in several players facing criminal charges.

It came to be known as the Love Boat scandal, and Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune looks back on the fiasco a day after its 10th anniversary. (The Wikipedia page devoted to the case, regardless of accuracy, is far more entertaining.)

Back in December 2005, Deadspin summarized the police reports, which include bizarre allegations involving Fred Smoot and Bryant McKinnie. More recently, Smoot described McKinnie’s activities that night in a way that may or may not induce a craving for okra.

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Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck both officially questionable

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Will the Colts’ starting quarterback on Thursday night be Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck or Josh Johnson? The team’s official injury report does nothing to answer that question.

The Colts have listed Luck and Hasselbeck as questionable for the game against the Texans. Luck is ailing with a shoulder injury that forced him out of Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Hasselbeck, who started in place of Luck on Sunday, is dealing with an illness.

If both Luck and Hasselbeck are out, Johnson would get the call as the only other quarterback on the roster. That’s not a situation the Colts would be happy with, given that Johnson has only spent a few days on the team and couldn’t possibly know the offense.

Given that Luck has said he thinks he’s playing, the most likely scenario on Thursday night is that Luck is back under center for the Colts. But if Luck’s shoulder takes a turn for the worse and Hasselbeck’s illness takes a turn for the worse, things could get ugly on the Colts’ offense.

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The wait will probably continue for Julius Thomas

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The next step in the comeback from a finger injury for Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is catching passes in practice without a cast.

Actually playing in game — specifically this Sunday vs. the Buccaneers — doesn’t seem to be imminent.

I’m still limited,” Thomas said Wednesday, per the Florida Times-Union. “I’m definitely going to be able to do all of the things I want to do. I don’t know if [playing] is going to be an option yet.”

Thomas was cleared to return to limited practice three weeks ago but is awaiting full clearance. He suffered the injury in the team’s first preseason game and hasn’t had contact or a full practice since.

Though Thomas said he was “definitely excited” about catching passes in addition to just being with the rest of the team for practice, he said he’s still following the plan the team’s medical staff has developed and doesn’t have a timeline for a return.

The five-year, $46 million contract Thomas signed with the Jaguars last March made him the NFL’s highest-paid tight end. He caught 152 passes, 24 for touchdowns, over the last two seasons with the Broncos.

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Owners approve Stan Kroenke’s transfer of NHL, NBA teams to wife

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Rams owner Stan Kroenke still has hurdles to clear if he wants to move his team to Los Angeles, but his ownership of Denver NHL and NBA are no longer one of them.

Via Nathan Fenno and Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, owners approved a cross-ownership plan, which transfers control of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche to his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke. That’s Walton as in Wal-mart, and her personal fortune is estimated at $4.6 billion. Their son Josh will run the hockey and basketball teams.

The league doesn’t allow an owner to own an NFL team in one city and another pro sports franchise in another. This deal was a condition of Kroenke buying the Rams in 2010, and these things take some time because of the complexity of estate law.

But if his deal was approved, it’s at least an acknowledgement that he’s doing what it takes to make peace, since a group of owners appear to be blocking his attempt to move the Rams to L.A.

The Times also reports that Kroenke and Chargers owner Dean Spanos discussed potential Southern California stadium locations during a 2013 dinner meeting, though nothing has come of those talks.

Some degree of sharing a stadium might be necessary, depending on how the league proceeds with divvying up the pie that is Los Angeles.

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Mike Pettine: I misspoke, Joe Haden wanted to play

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Browns coach Mike Pettine made some headlines this week when he said that cornerback Joe Haden didn’t play after being listed as probable on the final injury report of the week because the team “left it up to Joe and he made the decision that he didn’t want to go.”

That comment led some to criticize Haden and that criticism was met by a defense of Haden from some of his Browns teammates. On Wednesday, Pettine addressed Haden’s absence from the lineup again and said that the criticism was “unwarranted” because Haden’s decision was based on what he thought was best for the team. Pettine said he has spoken to Haden and “will bear some of that blame” for not explaining the decision as clearly as he should have.

“Joe made the decision based on he didn’t feel he could be 100% and he felt it would hurt the team if he played,” Pettine said, via “Nobody questions his toughness, his leadership, how important the Browns are to him, what being a Cleveland Brown means to him and vice versa, so I think it’s unwarranted and I misspoke. Joe wanted to be out there. He wanted to play. … He did not want to put the team at risk knowing he could not be at the percentage in his heart he knew he couldn’t get to.”

Pettine also said that they have presented their explanation for why Haden didn’t play to the league, which is doing their standard investigation into why a player listed as probable wasn’t in the lineup on gameday.

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Coughlin “disappointed” by Beckham’s behavior, wants him to remain physical

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Several members of the Bills defense said this week that Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham threw punches at them during last Sunday’s game between the two teams.

There’s video showing Beckham throwing a quick jab at safety Duke Williams at the end of a play to support the notion that Beckham lost control of his emotions during the game. On Wednesday, coach Tom Coughlin said that Beckham came to discuss what happened during the game with him.

“Odell actually came to me and talked about it,” Coughlin said, via the New York Daily News. “Obviously I was disappointed because I think he’s beyond and above a lot of that stuff. And I think he’ll put it behind him.”

While Coughlin would prefer not to see Beckham throwing any more punches at opposing players, he also said he doesn’t want the receiver to be any less physical during games.

Beckham wasn’t penalized during the game, but Dan Graziano of ESPN reports he’s been fined “about $9,000” (most likely $8,681 based on this year’s fine schedule) by the league.

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Ryan Tannehill: It’s slanderous to report things I didn’t say

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It’s been a rocky few weeks for the Dolphins and things didn’t get any calmer this week with the firing of head coach Joe Philbin and reports of practice altercations between quarterback Ryan Tannehill and members of the defensive scout team at a practice last Saturday.

Philbin reportedly asked the scout team to go easy on the offense during Saturday walkthroughs and that Tannehill got into a shouting match with linebacker Chris McCain when that didn’t happen. Per the reports, Tannehill told McCain that he’d build a scout team trophy case for him and told another member of the team to enjoy his scout team paycheck.

On Wednesday, Tannehill admitted that things boiled over during the practice and that he made the crack about the scout team trophy case. He strongly denied saying anything about a paycheck, however.

“I said nothing about a paycheck. I hold myself to a higher standard than to say something like that,” Tannehill said, via Jeff Darlington of NFL Media. “Yeah, I’m upset. It’s slanderous to report things I didn’t say, to degrade my reputation, it’s sickening to me.”

If Wednesday’s practice with interim coach Dan Campbell, which featured the Oklahoma drill, is any indication, there won’t be any calls to take it easy in Dolphins practices for the rest of the season.

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DeSean Jackson back on the practice field for Washington

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Washington has made it to 2-2, which in the NFC East means a share of first place.

And now, there’s even more reason for hope.

According to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is taking part in practice today, his first action since a Sept. 13 hamstring injury.

To what degree he’s participating isn’t known, but the sight of him will be good news for Kirk Cousins, who had to throw it 95 times the last two games, but is averaging just 6.38 yards per attempt over that span.

It was enough to beat the Eagles, but at some point, Jackson’s big play ability is something they’re going to need.

He was injured on the second series of the opener, and they have muddled along decently without him, running and playing enough defense to be .500. Getting him back on the field could turn them into something more, which in a sloppy division, might be enough.

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Greg Hardy won’t “reminisce,” will talk about Tom Brady’s wife

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Defensive end Greg Hardy is back with the Cowboys this week and, as Darin Gantt noted, he’s ready to come out “guns blazin’” after his four-game suspension to start this year and his long stay on the Commissioner’s exempt list last season.

That wasn’t a particularly good choice of words for a player whose absence was caused by a domestic violence arrest that included allegations that he threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and threw her on a pile of guns. It wasn’t the only time during Tuesday’s media session that Hardy made a questionable statement.

Hardy made it clear that he wasn’t going to express any remorse or regret for his actions. He said he doesn’t “reminisce” at one point and also said only that he’s sticking to the game plan when asked if he planned to do any work with groups working against domestic violence. That game plan apparently has something to do with Gisele Bundchen.

“I love seeing Tom Brady, he’s cool as crap,” Hardy said via the Dallas Morning News. “Have you seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game, all her friends come to the game. One of my favorite games of the year, guys.”

For some reason, Hardy was then told by a reporter that Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles probably has an attractive wife as well.

“Is she?” Hardy said. “This kind of information is important. That’s how I select my Pro Bowls.”

Brady responded on Wednesday by saying he doesn’t care about Hardy’s “personal comments” and is only worried about Hardy’s football ability.

We’d love to say that the same might not be true of some NFL teams considering signing Hardy after this season, but history says that Hardy will keep getting jobs in the NFL as long as he keeps sacking quarterbacks. Sunday will bring the first chance to see if his unchanged personality off the field is matched by his production on it.

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