Tucker’s field goal lifts Ravens over Browns 23-21

The Baltimore Ravens aren’t letting anything distract them from winning. While there are still questions about how their handling http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/COREY-LINSLEY-JERSEY-CHEAP.html of Ray Rice’s case, it’s clear the Ravens haven’t changed – on the field. With Rice’s troubling situation lingering over them, they pulled off a comeback win Sunday as Justin Tucker kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give Baltimore a 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns. Tucker’s boot capped another challenging week for the Ravens (2-1), who continue to be dogged by their management of Rice’s domestic violence arrest and suspension. But for the second straight game, the Ravens blocked out any external noise and knocked off another division rival. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is impressed with his team’s ability to focus on the task at hand. ”The best way to silence it (distractions) is handle it with class,” he said. ”There’s always going to be in life, challenges and attacks and consequences and all those kinds of things that we’ll talk about I’m sure probably this week and ongoing forever. You just gotta stand up, be accountable and be who you are and try to stand for the right things. ”And our guys do that.” Joe Flacco set up Tucker’s game-winner with a 32-yard pass to Steve Smith with 1:28 left. Smith beat Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden before hauling in Flacco’s pass and taking it to Cleveland’s 13. The Ravens ran the clock down before bringing in Tucker, who split the uprights and sent the Browns (1-2) to another tough loss. It was the kind of play the Ravens expected from Smith, signed as a free agent in the offseason. And, it was typical Flacco, who finished 19 of 31 for 217 yards with one touchdown. ”We call him, ‘Joe Cool,”’ Smith said. ”Throughout the whole game, good or bad, Joe stays the same.” The Browns blew several chances to put the Ravens away in the second half. Cleveland missed a field goal, had one blocked, committed 12 penalties and wide receiver rookie Davon House Authentic Jersey Taylor Gabriel fell after catching a long pass from Brian Hoyer, failing to score what should have been an easy touchdown. ”It’s going to be a long two weeks,” Hoyer said. ”I know we’re going to watch this film and be mad at ourselves. We had some opportunities to put this game away and we didn’t do it. It’s on us.” Following the game, Harbaugh addressed an ESPN report that claims he wanted the team to immediately release Rice in February after he was arrested for punching his then-fiancee. The report says Harbaugh was overruled by owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome. ”I can tell you this, we work together in our organization,” Harbaugh said. ”Every single football decision we make, we work together. You get together, you hash it out. Everybody’s got their opinions. It’s not black and white. It’s never nuanced on anything. That decision was exactly like all the other ones. When we…
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Season over for key Cardinals defender Abraham

A severe concussion has ended John Abraham’s season, and perhaps his career. Arizona placed the 15-year NFL http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/ANDREW-QUARLESS-JERSEY-CHEAP.html veteran on injured reserve on Friday. ”You feel bad for somebody who it’s probably the end of their line,” coach Bruce Arians said. The 36-year-old outside linebacker sustained a concussion in the season opener against San Diego. He left the team briefly after that, reportedly contemplating retirement, before making an attempt to return this week. ‘I think the concussion had a part to do with the depression and everything that went on last week,” Arians said. ”He was excited and ready to roll and hoping to get the OK from the doctor, then to get that kind of news was real hard.” The extent of the injury became apparent in a concussion test Abraham took on Thursday. ”The concussion protocol really did its job coming back finding a couple of problems,” Arians said. ”The doctors feel that he should shut it down for at least a year. We’re glad we caught it now and not later.” Asked what those problems were, the coach said he wasn’t smart enough to know what ”all those words” mean, ”but it’s not good.” It’s the latest in a series of problems to hit the Cardinals. Quarterback Carson Palmer is out with a nerve injury in his shoulder. The team lost defensive tackle Darnell Dockett for the season with a knee injury in training camp. Then this week, backup running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on domestic violence charges. The Cardinals quickly placed Dwyer on the non-football illness list, ending his season. Abraham is the NFL’s active career sacks leader with 133 1/2, ranking him ninth on the league’s all-time list. He had a team-high 11 1/2 sacks with the Cardinals last season and is in the second year of a two-year contract with Arizona. Abraham had four forced fumbles last season, giving him 48 for his career, tied with Jason Taylor for most in NFL history. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said the team will miss ”just the football experience, a guy that’s played in the league http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/CLAY-MATTHEWS-JERSEY-CHEAP.html for 15 years and played at that high level.” Arians said the team will miss Abraham’s leadership, too, calling him ”an extra coach.” Tight end John Carlson, who has had his own concussion issues, noted how the NFL’s attitude toward those injuries has changed. ”That’s an example of the league being proactive and looking after a guy’s interests,” Carlson said. ”I appreciate that. There’s been such a shift in recent years in the league, starting at the top and that’s a great thing that they’re looking after his long-term health.” Abraham had a tumultuous early season with Arizona. He arrived late to training camp, later confirming that he had been undergoing rehabilitation for an alcohol issue. He was arrested in suburban Atlanta in June and accused of drunken driving. Abraham played six seasons with the New York Jets and seven with the Atlanta Falcons before signing with Arizona as…
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Raiders seek ways to get Reece more involved

For a player who generates so much attention from opposing defenses and gets paid handsomely by his own team, Marcel Reece somehow has become the forgotten man on the Oakland Aaron Rodgers Authentic Jersey Raiders offense. Reece has touched the ball just four times through two games and been on the field for just more than one-third of the offensive snaps as the Raiders have lost the first two games. With an offense that lacks playmakers and has been struggling to score points, Reece would seem to be a prime option to spark a winless team. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson said he always looks for ways to get Reece the ball but for some reason it just hasn’t happened much so far. ”We have to be a little bit aware early in the game of getting him involved early,” Olson said. ”We only had 20 snaps again in the first half. There were things designed to him. … We had some things there it just didn’t end up going there. We’ll continue to find ways to utilize Marcel.” Reece said that any offensive player wants to get the ball as much as possible but said his frustration is solely on the Raiders’ record and not about how he is being used. ”I’m about winning,” he said. ”That’s all it’s about for me. If we’re winning and I don’t touch the ball, I think that sits well with me. We haven’t won yet so I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help this team win and make plays on the field.” Reece was given a three-year contract extension worth more than $11 million last September, making him one of the highest-paid fullbacks in the NFL. His nearly $4 million cap charge this season is the second highest of any Oakland skill position player, trailing only backup http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/KHYRI-THORNTON-JERSEY-CHEAP.html quarterback Matt Schaub. Reece’s few touches and limited time are somewhat typical for fullbacks, who have become almost an endangered species in this wide-open passing era that has teams often using three or four wideouts at a time. But Reece is far from a typical fullback. He is a converted college wide receiver who had the speed to outrun the New York Jets defense on a 63-yard touchdown run last year and the hands to catch 52 passes in 2012. In a sign of his versatility, Reece spent more than one-third of his snaps last year lined up as a wide receiver or tight end, according to Pro Football Focus. ”He’s a real tough matchup,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. ”It’s hard to find guys that have his skills that you can put on. You can put faster, quicker guys on him that probably don’t have his size and you can put bigger guys on him that probably don’t have his speed and quickness. It’s a tough matchup. Obviously, we’ll be challenged trying to get him covered.” Making Reece’s lack of opportunities more puzzling is the fact that he has excelled in…
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Colts trying to bounce back after rare 0-2 start

The Colts are ready to start fighting back. They know the unpleasant reality of a 0-2 start – that only 12 percent of those teams have made the playoffs Mike Neal Elite Jersey since 1990. They understand why outsiders worry about the lack of a consistent pass rush. They’ve heard Andrew Luck walk into postgame news conferences the past two weeks and lament his own decisions. And they understand why so many questions are being asked just two weeks into the season. Now, for the first time in more than two years, Indianapolis is attempting to rebound from back-to-back losses Sunday at Jacksonville. ”You can point out every week if we did this, this and this we’d be 2-0,” coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday. ”We have 14 games left and the only that matters right now is Jacksonville and that’s the next one. The record is the record. We’re not going to sit there and dwell on anything other than Jacksonville.” The Colts haven’t been this desperate since Peyton Manning went down with a neck injury in 2011 and the Colts opened the season at 0-13. After Monday night’s debacle, there are obvious reasons for concern. The defense allowed 24 points over the final 20 minutes and still hasn’t found a replacement for the suspended Robert Mathis, the 2013 sacks champion who will miss the entire season after tearing his Achilles’ tendon during a private workout last week in Atlanta. Indianapolis couldn’t even generate consistent pressure against Philadelphia’s makeshift offensive line, and now the Colts http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/JEREL-WORTHY-JERSEY-CHEAP.html could be without their key free agent acquisition, Arthur Jones, for several weeks, too. Pagano confirmed Tuesday that Jones has a high right ankle sprain and listed him week to week. The offense, which ran for 169 yards – its highest total since Week 3 of the 2013 season, couldn’t seal the win because the Eagles converted two second-half turnovers into two TDs. And instead of running the ball on third down when they were in field goal range with a little over 5 minutes to play, the Colts got aggressive and threw the ball – and essentially the game – away with an ill-advised pass from Luck. Sure, there were complaints about that there was no call when Luck’s intended receiver, T.Y. Hilton, appeared to be grabbed on the play. But the Colts refused to make the calls the issue. ”We played as good a half as you can play against a good team, a playoff team,” Pagano said, referring to the Colts’ 17-6 halftime lead. ”But it’s a 60-minute game and that’s what we’re shooting for, to play a complete game.” Where do the Colts look to fix things? Perhaps they’ll start with Luck, who acknowledged he ”wasn’t sharp” Monday night. While his completion rate is up, from 60.2 percent last season to 63.2 percent through two games this season, his yards per attempt have dropped for the third straight year. And he’s already thrown three interceptions after throwing only nine during…
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Raiders tab rookie Derek Carr as starting QB

Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders Josh McCown Jersey quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow. ”We’ve seen signs of Derek Carr’s development from the day he stepped on campus here to where he is at right now,” Allen said. ”We’ve seen him grow by leaps and bounds and I think he’s ready to accept the challenge.” Schaub was anointed starter after being acquired in a trade from Houston in March but has been outplayed by Carr all summer. Carr solidified the starting job by throwing three touchdown passes and leading the Raiders to the end zone four times in as many drives against Seattle last week. ”It’s not an indictment on Matt Schaub at all,” Allen said. ”I feel very confident in Matt Schaub. I think it says more about we feel Derek Carr is in his progression.” Neither Carr nor Schaub was available in the locker room Monday. Both are scheduled to talk to the media Tuesday. Carr, a second-round pick out of Fresno State in May, will become the 18th starting quarterback for the Raiders since the start of the 2003 season. Carr was one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football last season. He threw for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in a spread offense at Fresno State that included many quick screens and almost exclusively shotgun formations. But he also played one year in college http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Keith_Tandy_Jersey in a pro-style offense under former coach Pat Hill and has made the transition back to that kind of system since joining the Raiders. Carr played well in the preseason, completing 66.7 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, one interception and a 108.2 passer rating. He showed the strong arm needed to stretch the field, completing 11 of 18 passes more than 10 yards downfield for 234 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Receiver James Jones, who spent the past six seasons catching passes from Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, had high praise for the rookie. ”It didn’t surprise me at all,” Jones said. ”I’ve been calling him baby A-rod since he got here.” Carr joins his older brother, David, as rookies to start in the season opener. According to STATS, they are the only brothers to do that since at least 1950. David won his debut for the expansion Houston Texans against Dallas in 2002 but never developed into the quarterback the Texans were hoping for when they picked him first overall. Derek Carr faces a tall task in the opener as Jets coach Rex Ryan’s defenses have been tough on rookie quarterbacks. Russell Wilson is the only rookie in eight tries to beat Ryan’s Jets in his first start against them, with the eight…
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Colts safety seeing specialists about neck injury

Colts safety Delano Howell could soon be facing the biggest decision Will Blackmon Authentic Jersey of his football career. On Tuesday, general manager Ryan Grigson told reporters that the 24-year-old Stanford alum is seeking more medical opinions about a neck injury that has kept him out of practice for almost two weeks and could threaten his season or even his career. Howell also missed the final 10 games last season with a neck injury, and, not surprisingly, the Colts want to be cautious about putting Howell back on the field. ”That’s why he’s getting multiple opinions because you want to make sure that everybody has their opinion going in the same direction because it’s not like you’re dealing with a fingernail here,” Grigson said. ”You’re dealing with your neck, and that’s something that has to be really looked at with a fine tooth comb.” Howell entered training camp as the front runner to win the starting job opposite LaRon Landry in the Colts’ secondary. Coach Chuck Pagano and Grigson were so confident Howell could plug the void left by longtime starter Antoine Bethea, they defied conventional wisdom and didn’t draft a safety in May. Instead, Indy (0-2) signed NFL veterans Mike Adams and Colt Anderson to compete with Howell and Sergio Brown for the job. Indy has become all-too-familiar with neck injuries recently. Peyton Manning missed the entire 2011 season after having multiple http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Will_Blackmon_Jersey surgeries to repair a damaged nerve and was eventually released to make room for Andrew Luck. In addition to Howell’s injury last season, running back Ahmad Bradshaw underwent season-ending neck surgery last October – an injury that prompted him to consider retiring before re-signing with the Colts. ”I just told him it’s a serious situation and to take his time with the decisions he makes and that other guys make for him,” Bradshaw said. ”My heart goes out to him and hopefully, like I said, nothing’s there.” If Howell can’t come back, the Colts do have some experienced players to fill in. Adams has 73 starts in 11 NFL seasons and played on Denver’s AFC championship team last season. Anderson is a five-year veteran who spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia. Brown, like Howell, has played the past three seasons in Indy where he has excelled on special teams. This is not the way Adams wanted to win the job, though. ”I was here to compete anyway. I wasn’t given the job. I was here to compete for a job,” Adams said. ”As far as I know, Colt’s still playing well, Sergio’s still playing well and I’m playing well. We’re just trying to make it hard for the coaches.” But Howell may be facing the toughest choice of all. ”At first you’ve got to think about family, the rest of your life and what you’re doing. You know, if you’ve got kids or not. You start thinking about it,” Bradshaw said. ”It’s a whole long process. Dealing http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Tandon_Doss_Jersey with this game, the neck is very…
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NFL roundup: Cowboys LB Holloman’s career likely over

Dallas Cowboys second-year linebacker DeVonte Holloman has been advised Mark Barron Authentic Jersey by doctors to give up football due to a severe neck injury, coach Jason Garrett revealed Thursday. Holloman, 23, missed six games last year with a neck injury and injured his neck in Saturday’s preseason game against Baltimore. Holloman had three different medical opinions, including one in San Antonio this week. “DeVonte got information back from the doctors he visited with regarding his neck and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to play football anymore,” Garrett told reporters. “It’s in relation to the injury he had last year and he had a similar injury this year. I’ll let him speak more to that. But the information we have doesn’t look he’s going to be able to play football anymore.” Garrett said he spoke to Holloman, who was on the field in practice Thursday, although he was not dressed in uniform like his teammates. Holloman appeared in nine games (two starts) for the Cowboys in 2013, recording 26 tackles and two sacks. —Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession on Thursday, but both were with the team in Philadelphia for a preseason game. Bell also was charged with driving under the influence http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Mark_Barron_Jersey of marijuana, Ross Township Police detective Brian Kohlhepp said. Both charges are misdemeanors. A preliminary court date has not yet been determined, Kohlhepp said. The two players were taken into custody Wednesday after a police officer found approximately 20 grams of marijuana in their car. Bell and Blount, the team’s starter and primary backup at running back, were pulled over at about 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday when the motorcycle officer smelled marijuana. Both admitted that the pot belonged to them. —New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on target in his recovery from a strained oblique to play Saturday in an exhibition game against the Indianapolis Colts. It likely will be Brees’ first and only game action during the preseason. He’s expected to play about a half. “It is important, it is important,” Brees said. “I want to play well, I want to get out there and feel comfortable. I feel like this week has been great just to get back out and feel like I’m throwing the ball like I should. And now it’s just time to take it to the game field and go through this final dress rehearsal before the season.” The Saints also waived running back Timothy Flanders, wide receiver Tobais Palmer, tight end Je’Ron Hamm and linebacker Chidera Uzo-Diribe. —The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired guard Rishaw Johnson from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for safety Kelcie McCray. The Bucs continue to search for depth in the middle of their offensive line. Johnson (6-foot-3, 313 pounds) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. The Bucs also signed guard R.J. Mattes and waived defensive end James Ruffin. —Danger was lurking in the opinion…
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Redskins, Bucs eager to get final look at backups

Gerald McCoy’s preseason is pretty much over. Like most of the starters for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lavonte David Authentic Jersey and Washington Redskins, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle will play little – if any -Thursday night in a final tuneup for the regular season. McCoy is entering the final year of the contract he signed as the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, And if training camp and the Bucs’ first three preseason games are any indication, he’s poised to make a splash in an improved defense that Lovie Smith is counting on to help transform the Bucs into winners. Not that the fifth-year pro is making any predictions about the team’s first season under Smith. The Bucs went 4-12 in 2013, missing missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. ”I can’t predict the future, but I’ll tell you we have a team that day-in and day-out is coming out and putting in a lot of work to go from worst to first,” McCoy said. ”We’ve got a ‘why not us?’ mentality. We’re just going to keep that mentality and keep going to work.” The Redskins are taking a similar approach in their first training camp http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Lavonte_David_Jersey under coach Jay Gruden, who inherited a team that won the NFC East two years ago before regressing in 2013. Washington’s offense has struggled this preseason, raising questions about whether Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins should be the starting quarterback. The defense is reeling a bit, too, with safety Brandon Meriweather suspended for the first two games of the regular season for a hit last week on Baltimore receiver Torrey Smith. Gruden initially waffled on whether his regulars on offense, including Griffin, would play against the Buccaneers. The rookie coach decided against it, meaning Cousins will start Thursday and Griffin’s preseason ended with a sloppy performance in which he was 5 of 8 passing for 20 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and three sacks vs. the Ravens. ”I think it would be beneficial in some ways, but I don’t think it’s mandatory that he plays,” Gruden said on Monday. ”I don’t think it’s going to make or break his season whether or not he plays a quarter or a drive in a fourth preseason game.” Smith also has seen enough of McCoy, who’s been dominant during the limited stretches he’s been on the field. The coach wants evaluate backups Thursday, so most of Tampa Bay’s starters likely will sit the entire night. ”Some of our seconds didn’t play a lot last week. … We want to get a good look at them,” Smith said. With McCoy leading the way, the coach insists there’s no limit on what the Bucs can accomplish with a roster that’s been drastically overhauled since the end of last season. The one-time Tampa Bay assistant who later had a successful nine-year run as coach of the Chicago Bears has installed a version of the Tampa 2 defensive system that was once a staple…
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No defensive player

No defensive player in the NFL played more snaps last year than DeMeco Ryans. No lineman, no D-back, no other linebacker. His 1,156 plays represented 96 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps and was four more than Chad Greenway of the Vikings played. That number is very high. And it has to come down, Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis said Monday. “We have to take reps off him,” Davis said. “He’s a warrior and he had way more reps than he should have. “We want DeMeco for the long haul this season, and so many times when you overwork a veteran — and he takes great care of his body — but it’s a lot of games.” Ryans averaged72 snaps per game last season. Of the 45 snaps he didn’t play, 42 were at the end of blowouts — 13 vs. the Bears, a 43-point win; nine vs. the Broncos, a 32-point loss; and 20 vs. the Raiders, a 29-point win. Twelve times, including the playoff loss to the Saints, Ryans played every snap. The only NFL players on the field last year more than Ryans were eight offensive linemen and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. But Ryans, a two-time Pro Bowler with the Texans, is an inside linebacker, the most physically demanding job on the field. He turns 30 next month, and with newcomers like Malcolm Jenkins and Nolan Carroll now in the secondary, Davis believes the Eagles are better equipped to spell Ryans this year on some passing downs. “I think we have more depth than we had and more experience and more people who can play versatile roles in the defense,” Davis said. “I think it’ll help.” Ryans said after a recent OTA practice that he wants to stay on the field in all situations, and he said there’s been no change in practice so far this offseason in his role. “I’m a competitor,” Ryans said. “It doesn’t matter to me. I’m here to play. When it’s time to compete, it’s time to compete, but I think we’ll all help ourselves a lot defensively not by not playing more reps but by playing better, playing smarter.” He joked with a reporter who asked himabout reduced snaps, saying, “Trying to get me off the field?” He added: “I guess that’s the question everybody wants to ask, but I’m still out here playing and giving the team what I have to go out and compete.” Davis said he’s already spoken with Ryans about decreasing his snaps. “He doesn’t want to come off. But neither does Connor [Barwin], neither does Trent [Cole]. None of them want to come off. But what we do as a team and collectively, when you’re honest and explain why it is you want to do what you do, they’re fine. They’re all team players.” Ryans said head coach Chip Kelly’s sports science and emphasis on conditioning has made it possible for him to play an NFL-high 72 snaps per game without wearing down. “It helps a…
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