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Rams linebacker needs pectoral surgery

One of the dangers of having a talented and top-heavy roster is that it forces young players into contributing roles to balance the books. So when those young players get hurt, things can get weird. According to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com, Rams linebacker Micah Kiser will have surgery Tuesday to repair a pectoral injury suffered [more]

Bad call in Cowboys-Rams highlights more problems with PI replay review

If you’re concerned about the manner in which replay review for pass interference calls and non-calls will affect the NFL’s 100th season, there’s a chance you’re not nearly concerned enough. Last night’s Cowboys-Rams game included in the final four minutes of clock time a pass interference replay challenge that took nearly four minutes to resolve. [more]

Jason Garrett: Tony Pollard “plays with maturity beyond his years”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had jokes. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was slightly more serious in his assessment of the ability of rookie running back Tony Pollard to handle the job in the absence of Ezekiel Elliott. “I thought he did a good job running the football,” Garrett told reporters after Saturday’s preseason game against the [more]

Jason Witten calls preseason action “the next step in the comeback”

Jason Witten caught one pass for 10 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams in Hawaii. One was enough. “It felt really good,” Witten said in halftime quotes from the team. “I was very anxious to get out there and play. It is just the next step in the comeback.” Witten retired after the [more]

Jared Goff, most Rams starters won’t make trip to Hawaii

Sean McVay isn’t a big believer in playing his starters in the preseason. Rams quarterback Jared Goff played no snaps in the 2018 preseason. It appears that’s the plan for him again this preseason. Goff did not play in the preseason opener last week and won’t play this week either, McVay told reporters Thursday. In [more]

Which teams will have the best offenses in 2019?

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is feeling pretty good about his team’s offense in 2019. And for good reason. But other offenses should be pretty good this year, too. Simms and I looked at six of them via Thursday’s PFT Live draft. The results were a bit surprising. Which is a nice way of saying [more]

Sean McVay: We have a “positive problem” with cornerback depth

The next couple of weeks will see teams making decisions about which players will wind up on their 53-man rosters for the first week of the regular season and we’ll likely see trades as teams with good depth at one position hook up for deals with those lacking the same strength in numbers. One such [more]

Louisiana Supreme Court pauses Rams-Saints lawsuit

Good news, NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t have to testify in September. Bad news, NFL: Goodell may still have to testify. Via the Associated Press, the Louisiana Supreme Court has stayed the lawsuit arising from the Rams-Saints NFC Championship game while it considers whether to allow the case to proceed. This decision pauses the “discovery” [more]

Rams likely won’t be taking Todd Gurley to Hawaii for preseason game

Todd Gurley apparently won’t be getting lei’d. Coach Sean McVay told reporters on Tuesday that the Rams most likely won’t be taking their star tailback to Hawaii for a Saturday preseason game against the Cowboys. “That’s something that I would say, more likely than not, but we’re still working through the specifics of that as [more]

Trumaine Johnson is “week to week” with hamstring injury

As Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson tries to justify the team’s decision to give him a big contract in 2018, he’ll be unable to do so for the foreseeable future. Via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, coach Adam Gase told reporters on Monday that Johnson is “week to week” with a hamstring injury. “It’s going to be [more]

Blake Bortles ready for his preseason opportunity

Jared Goff won’t play in the Rams’ preseason opener Saturday. Blake Bortles will. Bortles has two more years and 35 more starts than Goff, but Goff is the starting quarterback and Bortles now is his backup. If things go as planned for the Rams this season, the only action Bortles will see is in the [more]

Rams launch a gambling-style game

It’s not quite gambling, but it wouldn’t be happening if legalized sports gambling weren’t sweeping the nation. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that the Rams will become the second NFL team to implement a gambling-style game. Free of charge (and thus not gambling), the “Rams Pick’em” will debut on Saturday night when the [more]

Saints caution Louisiana Supreme Court against potential impact of spectator lawsuits

Frivolous lawsuits make strange bedfellows. The Saints and the NFL have had a rocky relationship to say the least in recent years, starting with the bounty scandal and continuing with the badly-blown call at the end of regulation in the NFC Championship loss to the Rams. On the question of whether a ticket holder should [more]

NFL hopes to keep depositions of Roger Goodell, game officials out of Louisiana

The NFL hopes to secure a dismissal of the Rams-Saints NFC Championship lawsuit because (duh) it wants to win and (more importantly) it wants to shield Commissioner Roger Goodell and multiple game officials from answering tough questions under oath. The NFL, as a fallback proposition, wants to ensure that Goodell and other league employees won’t [more]

As Stephen Ross catches flak for supporting the President, who’s next?

An anonymous quote given to four different publications didn’t work. An on-the-record statement with more holes than his team’s roster didn’t work, either. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross finds himself on the receiving end of extensive criticism from Dolphins players, Dolphins fans, and customers of two businesses he owns (SoulCycle and Equinox) for his planned fundraiser [more]

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