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Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers returned to practice Wednesday.
Flowers, who’s missed the last four games with a concussion, was listed by the team as a full practice participant.
His return would be a boost for a Chargers defense that’s been thin in the secondary since top cornerback Jason Verrett was placed on injured reserve earlier this month. Craig Mager, a second-year player, has been starting in Flowers’ absence.
Flowers, 30, is in his third season with the Chargers. He played his first six seasons with the Chiefs, who drafted him in the second round in 2008.
He’s been a starter when healthy for his entire career, and he has 20 career interceptions.
Absent from practice were running back C.J. Anderson, who has a bone bruise in his knee that reportedly will keep him out for several weeks at a minimum, linebacker Brandon Marshall (hamstring), center Matt Paradis (hip), defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (ankle), and cornerback Aqib Talib (low back).
The Broncos lost to the Chargers 13 days ago in prime time. Both teams won in Week Seven.
Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief was back at practice on a limited basis Wednesday.
Moncrief has been out since Week Two due to a shoulder injury. He’s proven to be both a big target and a reliable one for Andrew Luck, and his return would boost a Colts’ receiving corps that’s been hit hard by injuries.
Colts Coach Chuck Pagano said Moncrief would wear a no-contact jersey in his return to practice and would be monitored through the week. Moncrief has been recovering from a fractured scapula.
Pagano said he’s hopeful that Moncrief will play this week, and Moncrief told reporters he’ll “be surprised if [he] doesn’t play Sunday.”
NFL players who make millions of dollars only to go broke shortly after retiring are commonplace. They wouldn’t be if more players lived like Lions safety Glover Quin.
Quin is in the fourth year of a five-year, $23.5 million contract, but he’s still driving the same car he bought before he signed that contract, and he and his family live on just 30 percent of his take-home pay, with the other 70 percent going toward investments.
“You see so many guys around you buying cars, buying jewelry, doing this, spending money, talking about the money that they spend,” Quin told ESPN. “And you’re sitting there like, ‘Man, I’m living off this much money every month, and this cat spending this much money every day.'”
Quin invests 50 to 60 percent of his take-home pay in blue-chip stocks, and 10 to 20 percent in higher-risk private equity. He estimates that his investments have earned about as much for him as he’s earned from his NFL contracts.
“I’ve played for eight years and made this much money, I was in a couple investments for five years and kind of made the same amount of money,” Quin said. “It’s kind of like having a double NFL career.”
Quin said that early in his career, some of his teammates accused him of being cheap. By living comfortably if not lavishly, Quin is setting himself up to be rich for the rest of his life, long after some of those teammates have gone bankrupt.
Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware returned home from the team’s Monday night game to find that his home had been burglarized, something he announced on social media along with a mention of the cameras he has installed in his house.
Since the burglars opted not to use masks while helping themselves to Ware’s belongings, the Denver Police Department was able to use clear pictures of their faces and the promise of a reward to solicit help from the public in identifying the suspects. It didn’t take long for their efforts to bear fruit.
The Denver P.D. announced on Wednesday that they have apprehended the suspects and that the property stolen from Ware has been recovered.
Ware said earlier on Wednesday, via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post, that his Super Bowl ring was among the items taken and said he’d already started an insurance claim to deal with its loss. Now that he has it back, Ware need only worry about getting back on the field after breaking his forearm so he can help the team’s effort to hold another ring ceremony next year.
Broncos running back C.J. Anderson is going for a second opinion on a knee injury he suffered in Monday night’s game against the Texans, which is the first sign that there’s reason for concern about his availability in the near future.
More signs came on Wednesday afternoon with multiple reports that Anderson will miss multiple weeks as a result of the injury, which is being described as a bone bruise. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the second opinion is expected to give Anderson and the team a better sense of just how long he’ll be out.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said, via Mike Klis of KUSA, that the team expects to have that sense on Thursday. For now, though, it looks like it is safe to assume that rookie Devontae Booker is going to be the lead back when the Chargers come to Denver on Sunday.
Booker saw a big jump in playing time against Houston and responded with 83 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
The Jets, by all appearances, have had a tumultuous week. Their head coach says it wasn’t. Which makes us wonder how crazy it would have to be before he’d use that label.
“It is actually not tumultuous at all,” Bowles said of a game that included a torn ACL to quarterback Geno Smith and a postgame no-one-believes-in-me rant from starter-turned-backup-turned-starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Ryan said what he said. We had a conversation, we are all on the same page and we have moved on.”
Bowles believes that Fitzpatrick’s performance against the Ravens, which helped the Jets snap a four-game losing streak, can result in more strong play.
“I do believe it,” Bowles said. “Everybody needs motivation every now and then, and whatever a player needs to be motivated to help him play, I think he should use that. Ryan came in and gave us a boost, and he finished the game for us and got us a win. We had lost four in a row before that. Going forward, it will be his team.”
Like the Bears with Jay Cutler, the Jets have no choice. They’re still alive, technically, for a playoff run. Until they’re more clearly cooked, there’s no reason to test out Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg.
Regardless, the coach who never seems to be flustered by anything isn’t flustered by what happened on Sunday. If he wasn’t flustered by that, he’ll possibly never be flustered by anything.
Texans tackle Derek Newton is looking at a long rehab process before he can walk again after tearing the patellar tendons in both knees during Monday night’s loss to the Broncos, which leaves a return to football as something to put on the back burner for a long while.
As a result, the Texans have moved Newton to injured reserve. The team announced that they have signed tackle Jeff Adams to fill his spot on the roster.
Adams is a familiar face around the Texans. He signed with the team in 2014 and played in two games before starting the first two games of the 2015 season. His run in the lineup came to an end when he suffered a torn patellar tendon of his own and he failed to make the team this summer.
Chris Clark is expected to start in Newton’s place, which will likely leave Adams as the swing tackle moving forward.
Chargers rookie tight end Hunter Henry practiced on Wednesday, two days after Chargers Coach Mike McCoy said Henry was in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
McCoy said Henry reported concussion-like symptoms after the Chargers won in Atlanta last Sunday. Henry being at practice Wednesday is a positive sign for his status for Sunday’s game at Denver, and McCoy said he’s hopeful that Henry will be healthy and cleared to play.
Henry has 20 catches on the season, three for touchdowns, and had his biggest game of the season with eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown when the Chargers beat the Broncos two weeks ago.
Benjamin missed some practice time last week with a knee injury but played in last week’s game.
The last time the Bills and Patriots got together, a pregame scuffle resulted in thousands in fines but no penalties. In turn, no players received the first of two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls under the new automatic ejection formula.
No penalty flags were thrown because the incident occurred without the officials on the field. The officials weren’t on the field because they don’t arrive until 50 minutes before kickoff.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, no changes will be made to the current pregame procedures in advance of the rematch. Which means that the officials won’t enter the field until 50 minutes before kickoff. Which means that, with more than 50 minutes before kickoff, another scuffle could happen.
While extra attention will be paid to the pregame warmups, if game officials aren’t present to impose pregame penalties, the threat of an eventual ejection won’t apply. And with players like Bills cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman already saying he’ll gladly take another fine, where’s the deterrent?
He was more expansive in his Wednesday press conference. Newton talked about the concussion he suffered against the Falcons in Week Four, saying he knew he was “messed up” by the hit he took while running the ball for a two-point conversion and that he learned he can’t take his guard down at any point while he’s on the field.
What he won’t do is take running out of his game. Newton only ran once against the Saints, a two-yard touchdown run, but said that his ability to run between the tackles is “forever my edge” in the NFL.
“I look at the game different. That makes defenses prepare for extra things,” Newton said. “So if you take that away, the defense is like ‘Yes, we don’t have to prepare for a quarterback.’ I’m trying to find any and every way to create edges for us, whether that’s me running around, that’s me blocking. I’m just trying to win football games.”
The Panthers haven’t had much luck winning football games this season and losing Newton again won’t do them any favors on that front over the final 10 games. Having Newton play a style that’s uncomfortable to him without taking full advantage of his talent won’t do them any favors either, though, so it seems the Cardinals should be ready to see Newton carrying the ball this Sunday.
The Seahawks are confident their running game is going to improve soon.
And they must think they don’t need running back C.J. Spiller to achieve that goal.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Seahawks released the veteran running back.
And with Thomas Rawls getting closer to health, the Seahawks apparently decided they didn’t need him to provide a boost for one of the league’s worst rushing games.
The NFL cracked down severely on the Saints and many of their players and coaches after an investigation revealed a bounty program with cash payouts to players who injured opponents. The game most frequently cited as an example of the Saints attempting to injure an opponent was the NFC Championship Game victory over the Vikings after the 2009 season.
Now a player who was on that Vikings team is saying Minnesota ran a similar bounty program.
Artis Hicks, an offensive lineman on the 2009 Vikings, told Jeff Pearlman, the author of a new Brett Favre biography, that the Vikings were doing the same thing that got the Saints busted.
“It was part of the culture,” Hicks said, in a book excerpt published by Deadspin. “I had coaches start a pot and all the veterans put in an extra $100, $200, and if you hurt someone special, you get the money. There was a bottom line, and I think we all bought in: you’re there to win, and if taking out the other team’s best player helps you win, hey, it’s nothing personal. Just business.”
Brad Childress was the head coach of the Vikings for Hicks’ entire four-year stint with the team. Childress informed the NFL after that NFC Championship Game that he had heard that the Saints had a bounty on Favre, and Childress testified in former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s appeals hearing on Bountygate. He has stayed quiet about the matter publicly, perhaps not wanting to say anything that could see him accused of hypocrisy, given Hicks’ accusation.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan wants to know what’s going on.
According to the Associated Press, Khad met with players and coaches Monday, asking “why are we not winning and what can we do to fix it?”
Khan has generally been upbeat and low-profile, but his team is now 14-40 under coach Gus Bradley, and Sunday’s embarrassing home loss to the Raiders included two ejections, one player penalized for a racial slur and way too many flags in general.
Khan reportedly had an open forum, where players and coaches were encouraged to talk about the problems the franchise had, and why they didn’t make the leap so many expected (including someone who picked them to go to the playoffs).
What makes this meeting a concern for everyone with a job there is it’s the second time in a month he spoke to the team. He talked to them prior to their London game, and they responded with a win that time.
If they don’t Thursday night against the Titans, it’s worth wondering how many of the participants in Monday’s meeting (other than Khan) will be around for the next one.
Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, and that’s a good sign as Coleman tries to return from a broken hand.
Coleman previously hadn’t been cleared to practice since suffering the injury on what Browns coach Hue Jackson described as a freak play in practice last month. The injury occurred a few days after Coleman had 104 yards receiving and two touchdowns in Week Two vs. the Ravens.
Jackson told reporters Wednesday that Coleman is “getting closer” to a return but said Coleman probably won’t play this week vs. the Jets.
The injury did not require surgery. It’s likely that Coleman, the Browns’ first-round pick last spring, will wear some sort of protective brace on his hand and that he’ll have to prove he can play with the wrap or brace and still catch the ball before he’s allowed to play in games.
The Browns also listed wide receiver Terrelle Pryor as limited with a hamstring injury. He missed two practices last week and though he played last Sunday he clearly wasn’t 100 percent.