Joe Flacco suffers concussion after hit by Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco suffered a concussion in the 40-0 rout of the Miami Dolphins, leaving the field Thursday night bloodied and dazed.

In the midst of his best game of the season, Flacco took a gruesome shot to the head late in the first half from linebacker Kiko Alonso after sliding to the ground on a run. Flacco’s helmet immediately flew off of his head, and the Super Bowl-winning quarterback went to the locker room with a glassy-eyed look and blood coming from his left ear.

Cook becomes the 17th pledge for the Bulldogs, who boasted RecruitingNation’s No. 8-ranked class before Cook’s commitment. Kirby Smart’s second full class in Athens now features eight ESPN 300 members, including No. 1 overall and top-ranked quarterback Justin Fields and No. 1-ranked running back Zamir White.

White and Cook will head to Georgia with perfect timing as Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are departing for the NFL following the season.

The Bulldogs now have a second straight top-5 class in sight with targets such as five-star defensive end K.J. Henry, five-star cornerback Tyson Campbell, No. 27 Deontrey Hill, No. 28 Jamaree Salyer, No. 38 Tyreke Johnson, No. 63 Luke Ford and No. 211 Channing Tindall remaining in play. Georgia hasn’t inked back-to-back top-5 classes in the 13 years ESPN has ranked prospects and classes.

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A day after undergoing surgery on his broken collarbone, Aaron Rodgers was placed on injured reserve.
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The action plan had met harsh criticism when it was first introduced inside the league office the Thursday before the owners’ meetings. Anna Isaacson, the NFL’s Authentic Ziggy Ansah Jersey vice president of social responsibility, chief marketing officer Dawn Hudson and others had presented the plan to Goodell and top executives, including public relations chief Joe Lockhart, chief operating officer Tod Leiweke, chief media and business officer Brian Rolapp and general counsel Jeff Pash. Isaacson characterized the plan as a chance to seize the social moment and make an impact beyond football. There was also a request for a huge marketing budget.

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The NFL announced Friday that Lynch has been suspended one game for unsportsmanlike conduct after making contact with an official during the second quarter of Thursday’s win over the Chiefs.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension, telling Lynch in a statement he made deliberate contact with one of the game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players.

Lynch was ejected from the game and assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after running onto the field from the sideline following a late hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters.

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Last Tuesday, Trump tweeted that tax laws should be changed so that the NFL doesn’t get massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country.
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The NBA has a rule that forces players to stand for the national anthem. The league and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum Andy Levitre Jersey reiterated the rule in a memo to teams and players recently. The rule reads:

Players, coaches, and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem.

Colin Kaepernick sat for the national anthem during the 2016 preseason, before converting his protest of police brutality and inequality people of color face in the United States into a kneel.
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After Kaepernick’s protest was noticed, many players followed his lead, including others around the country in other sports and levels of sport.

Discussions around the national anthem were raised after President Donald Trump attacked NFL players who kneel while it is played. Trump said at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners who have players disrespecting the flag by kneeling should say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired.

It led to a Week 3 in the NFL that showed many different demonstrations, from kneeling, to linking arms, to not coming out for the anthem at all.

In Week 5, Vice President Mike Pence left the Colts’ game after 49ers players took a knee for the national anthem. Pence sent out a series of tweets before firing off a prepared statement in what appeared to be a planned PR stunt.
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The fact that during this whole process I’ve already lost sponsors and countless fans, I realize that the joke is really on me. I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this. And to the young people who see this, I hope you learn something from this as well. Don’t be like me, be better than me. To the reporters, the journalists, the moms, supermoms, to the daughters, the sisters, and the women all around the world, I sincerely apologize and hope that you can find the kindness in your heart to forgive me. Thank you.

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The only real injury question mark heading into the Rams’ Week 7 game in London is defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, who has missed the past three weeks because of a lingering hamstring injury. Joyner practiced last week but only on a limited basis. If he continues to progress, Joyner should be ready to go against the Cardinals. The Rams would then have all their starters healthy. — Alden Gonzalez

His succinct response was: I’m considering my options.

Asked what the options are, he added: I cannot elaborate at this time. I am exploring my options and considering them carefully.

That certainly sounds like he has a job offer to consider, presumably in a bigger market. He is under contract at Channel 2, but those contracts typically can have outs for bigger market offers or offers within the TEGNA group of stations owned by Channel 2’s owner.

Javad gave a non-denial denial when asked specifically if he was offered a job out of town.

Ben Roethlisberger finished the game with 312 yards passing, primarily targeting Antonio Brown who posted 10 receptions for 157 yards receiving. But Roethlisberger also threw a pair of interceptions to Tashaun Gipson and one to Ramsey early. The five interceptions are a career worst for Roethlisberger who hadn’t thrown four since the 2008 season.

After the game, he made comments that seemed to suggest he has doubts about how much longer he should play in the NFL, although at least one reporter there believed he was speaking facetiously.

Colin Kaepernick has donated to to organizations looking for reform in many areas, including criminal justice in his $1 million pledge he started since taking a knee during the national anthem. Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation in Chicago is one of those organizations, where he donated $25,000.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee kicker Ryan Succop set an NFL record with his 47th consecutive successful kick inside 50 yards on a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter of the Monday Night Football game between the Titans and the Indianapolis Colts.

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Clearly FOX and their broadcasters are off to a slow start this season, but still have time to pick things up before we get down the stretch and the postseason starts.

I went apple picking with my daughter and her preschool on Friday. It was three joyful hours at a beautiful farm in the Hudson Valley bracketed by a six-hour round trip on a school bus full of toddlers. This was (A) not nearly as bad as it sounds, but also (B) NOT GREAT, BOB. A rule of parenting: Any place worth taking young kids to requires a trip that at one point will make you regret your decision to leave the house.

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Two key members of the defensive line are already lost for the year: defensive tackles Kerry Hyder (Achilles tendon) and Haloti Ngata (biceps). But the domino effects of left tackle Taylor Decker’s offseason biceps injury developed into a massive issue the past few weeks.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sacked 17 times in his past three games, two of them losses, and he himself is beaten up with hamstring and ankle injuries. Replacement left tackle Greg Robinson has struggled and was benched during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

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It’s also true that some of the commonly-offered rationales for Kaepernick’s unemployment don’t hold water. It’s said, for example, that since he’s been the focus of a political controversy, teams will find his presence distracting. Nothing could be more preposterous. This is a league that welcomed back in the fold a felon convicted of a repugnant crime of animal abuse (step forward, Michael Vick), and that has employed accused domestic abusers and players who have stood trial for murder.

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NaVorro Bowman was given a late-career gift last week from the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft: free agency.
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Lots of teams (are) trying to sign Bowman, a four-time first-team All-Pro selection who has missed 23 games over the last two seasons due to injuries, according to the report, and he will need a few days to make his decision.

ESPN cited the Ravens, Browns and Panthers as teams with which the 49ers discussed a Bowman trade. The Raiders reportedly are expected to have interest, as well.

The NFLPA has 14 days to file its petition for an en banc appeal hearing and Elliott would be allowed to play while the two sides await a court date. The union immediately appealed Goodell’s decision and Elliott was able to play the first five games of the season while awaiting the ruling from the Fifth Circuit.

The Cowboys (2-3) are on their bye this week and don’t play until Oct. 22 against the 49ers. Elliott, who has 393 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 105 carries, and his legal team are hoping he will be on the field at Levi’s Stadium.

We are currently exploring all of our legal options and will make a decision as to what is the best course of action in the next few days,” Elliott’s attorney Frank Salzano said, via ESPN.

If the six-game ban remains in place, Elliott would miss games against the 49ers, Redskins, Chiefs, Falcons, Eagles and Chargers. He would be eligible to return against the Redskins on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Despite the lack of talks, Smart said his preference is to be in Boston into the distant future.

There are a few different paths, but the most likely, I think, goes like this: Andrew Miller comes into the game to get out of the jam, and then stays in to get through the fifth and sixth innings — eight outs, 40 or so pitches. If things work out, the heart of the Yankees’ order will likely be coming up again in the seventh: Righty reliever Bryan Shaw will face Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez, and lefty Tyler Olsen will face either Gardner before them or Greg Bird after, depending on where the lineup happens to be when Miller leaves. In the eighth, Cody Allen enters. He goes the rest of the way, throwing 35 or so pitches.

Griffin was the NFL’s 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year whose career took such a precipitous fall that he spent all of the 2015 season riding the bench in Washington. He’s currently out of the league.

What happened? Griffin’s attempts to reinvent himself in Cleveland were derailed when he suffered a fractured shoulder in the 2016 season-opener against Philadelphia. If his NFL career is over — and it might very well be despite being only 27 years old — at least Griffin went out on a high note as the starter in Cleveland’s only win in 2016 against San Diego.

While league sources indicate the Celtics are interested in an extension, Smart confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report Monday that suggested that neither he nor his agent have received a formal offer from the team yet.

“Me and my agent haven’t heard anything from the Celtics,” said Smart, who pointed out how other players from his draft class have inked big-money extensions. “You’re seeing everybody else’s numbers and things like that, so we’re just kind of waiting.”ravens_008

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It was another nail-biter Sunday for Green Bay Packers fans, as they watched their team trail the Cowboys in Dallas with under two minutes to spare.

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Rodgers used the valuable time driving down the field with ease and eventually throwing an impressive 12-yard TD pass to Davante Adams to seal the deal with 11 seconds remaining.

Final score: Packers 35, Cowboys 31.
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Needless to say, the jaw-dropping win left many in the sports world in awe.

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders, back, (Q), 4:05 p.m. ET: Wait! What? Carr is questionable? It certainly comes as a surprise when Carr was having difficulty walking last Sunday. He was hoping to just get comfortable enough to travel home after being injured on a sack during the game against the Broncos. On Monday, that discomfort was easily explained when Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Carr had a fracture that would sideline him for anywhere from two to six weeks.

Carr actually suffered a transverse process fracture, a break of one of the small, wing-like lateral projections on the vertebrae. The most important feature of this injury is that it is not to a load-bearing structure of the spine, and therefore does not place the athlete at risk if he opts to play while it is still healing. However, that does not discount the pain associated with this injury. There are soft tissue attachments to the transverse processes, making movement such as bending and twisting painful. There is also bruising and swelling that accompany the injury, adding to the discomfort. Typically athletes will begin to feel better within several days, and movement is encouraged to help with the overall rehab process.