Chandler Parsons Calls Grizzlies Fans Booing Him ‘Tasteless’

The 2017-18 NBA season is only on game old, but Memphis Grizzlies fans are already growing restless with Chandler Parsons.

Although the Grizzlies captured a 103-91 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night at FedExForum, Parsons heard boos from the crowd as he mustered six points on 2-of-2 shooting from the field and 1-of-5 shooting from the free-throw line.

As it turns out, those jeers didn’t sit well with the swingman.

“It’s tasteless,” Parsons said, according to the Commercial Appeal‘s Geoff Calkins. “I’ll treat home games like road games if that’s the way it’s going to be.”

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was also turned off by the fans’ actions and said that booing Parsons “is like booing Mike [Conley] or booing myself,” per Calkins.

Now in his second season with the Grizzlies, the pressure is on Parsons to live up to a four-year, $94 million max deal that didn’t pay dividends during an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign.

Following a productive two-year stint with the Dallas Mavericks, Parsons was limited to 34 games last season because of recurring knee issues, including a partial meniscus tear. As a result, he averaged a career-low 6.2 points per game on 33.8 percent shooting from the field and 26.9 percent shooting from three.

Parsons has since been shifted into a bench role, where he will try to operate as a microwave scorer and floor-spacing small-ball 4.

“Sometimes, contracts put a ton of pressure on you,” head coach David Fizdale said before the start of the season, according to the Commercial Appeal‘s Ronald Tillery. “Now, it’s about getting back to enjoying the game, and being able to play night in and night out.”

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Nikola Mirotic Out 4-6 Weeks with Face, Head Injuries After Bobby Portis Fight

John Paxson, the Chicago Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations, announced Wednesday that Nikola Mirotic will miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season and needs to clear the NBA‘s concussion protocol before making his 2017-18 debut.

ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Bobby Portis punched Mirotic during an altercation between the two players. According to Wojnarowski, Mirotic “stayed down several minutes” after the incident ended.

In an official statement, the Bulls confirmed Portis and Mirotic “had a physical altercation.” Paxson confirmed Wednesday that Portis is suspended for eight games. The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry shared his comments from the team’s practice:

Mirotic averaged 10.6 points per game and shot 34.2 percent from beyond the arc for Chicago last season. The Bulls signed him to a two-year extension in the offseason. Mirotic will earn $12.5 million guaranteed this year and has a $12.5 million team option in 2018-19.

Between Mirotic’s injury and Portis’ suspension, Lauri Markkanen is poised to start at power forward for the Bulls in their opener against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

In his one year at Arizona, Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds a game. He also a 42.3 percent shooter from beyond the arc.


 

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Yu Darvish, Dodgers Take 3-0 Series Lead over Cubs with Game 3 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from eliminating the defending champions and reaching their first World Series in 29 years.

Los Angeles seized a commanding 3-0 lead in the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs with a 6-1 victory in Game 3 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Yu Darvish did exactly what the Dodgers envisioned when they acquired him from the Texas Rangers via trade in July, allowing one run on six hits and one walk while striking out seven in 6.1 innings.

Solo home runs by Andre Ethier and Chris Taylor as well as Taylor’s RBI triple provided enough offense as Darvish and the Dodgers’ shutdown bullpen flummoxed Cubs hitters.

Darvish appeared destined for a short outing after he allowed a solo home run to Kyle Schwarber and two singles in the first, but he settled in and pitched like the four-time All-Star he is.

Scott Miller of Bleacher Report highlighted why it was such a blow for Chicago to miss an early opportunity to do more damage:

Darvish even played a part with his bat, though he didn’t really need it during his sixth-inning plate appearance. Carl Edwards Jr.—who entered for Kyle Hendricks after an error by Kris Bryant and a single by Ethier—walked Darvish on four pitches with the bases loaded.

The Los Angeles starter matched his one career regular-season RBI with the plate appearance and extended his team’s advantage to 4-1 in the process.

Hendricks allowed four runs, including three earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out five in five-plus innings and failed to replicate his performance from Game 6 of last year’s NLCS, when he outdueled Clayton Kershaw to help punch the Cubs’ ticket to the World Series.

His inability to protect the early 1-0 advantage meant Chicago lost its third straight game in the series after scoring first.

The one run wasn’t going to hold up against the Dodgers with the wind blowing out, though, and Ethier’s second-inning blast tied the contest before Taylor’s third-inning shot put the visitors up for good.

Taylor was far from done, as his RBI triple in the fifth plated Joc Pederson, though Anthony Rizzo threw him out at home on Cody Bellinger’s grounder to keep the Cubs within striking distance.

Seattle Mariners fans would have been wise to look away, as Greg Johns of MLB.com pointed out:

Los Angeles added two insurance runs in the eighth. Logan Forsythe scored on a passed ball, and Kyle Farmer drove in Austin Barnes with a sacrifice fly.

While the Dodgers bullpen did its job yet again, the one downside for the victors was the fact two-time All-Star Kenley Jansen didn’t receive the day off. Tony Watson retired both batters he faced in the seventh, Brandon Morrow pitched a scoreless eighth, and Ross Stripling gave up a single and double in the final frame before Jansen cleaned up the mess with a pop out and two strikeouts.

Chicago will turn to 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta to keep its season alive in Wednesday’s Game 4 at Wrigley. Los Angeles will counter with Alex Wood—who will be making his first career postseason start—and simply needs to win one of the next four games to advance.

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Chandler Parsons Calls Grizzlies Fans Booing Him ‘Tasteless’

The 2017-18 NBA season is only on game old, but Memphis Grizzlies fans are already growing restless with Chandler Parsons.

Although the Grizzlies captured a 103-91 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night at FedExForum, Parsons heard boos from the crowd as he mustered six points on 2-of-2 shooting from the field and 1-of-5 shooting from the free-throw line.

As it turns out, those jeers didn’t sit well with the swingman.

“It’s tasteless,” Parsons said, according to the Commercial Appeal‘s Geoff Calkins. “I’ll treat home games like road games if that’s the way it’s going to be.”

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was also turned off by the fans’ actions and said that booing Parsons “is like booing Mike [Conley] or booing myself,” per Calkins.

Now in his second season with the Grizzlies, the pressure is on Parsons to live up to a four-year, $94 million max deal that didn’t pay dividends during an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign.

Following a productive two-year stint with the Dallas Mavericks, Parsons was limited to 34 games last season because of recurring knee issues, including a partial meniscus tear. As a result, he averaged a career-low 6.2 points per game on 33.8 percent shooting from the field and 26.9 percent shooting from three.

Parsons has since been shifted into a bench role, where he will try to operate as a microwave scorer and floor-spacing small-ball 4.

“Sometimes, contracts put a ton of pressure on you,” head coach David Fizdale said before the start of the season, according to the Commercial Appeal‘s Ronald Tillery. “Now, it’s about getting back to enjoying the game, and being able to play night in and night out.”

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Firefighter Matt Parziale Earns Spot in US Open, Masters with Mid-Amateur Win

Matt Parziale, a 30-year-old firefighter from Massachusetts, earned a spot in the 2018 Masters and U.S. Open tournaments with a victory at the United States Mid-Amateur Championship on Friday.

Per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), Parziale defeated Josh Nichols 8 and 6 in the final to win the event held on the Crabapple Course at Capital City Golf Club in Georgia. 

“At the time, I didn’t know I would be the one going, but I’m very fortunate to have that opportunity now,” Parziale said after his win. “I’m very excited for the upcoming year.”

The finals consisted of 36 holes. Parziale got off to an excellent start with eight birdies over the first 18 holes during the morning session, going into the afternoon seven up. 

Parziale only lost one of the 12 holes during the afternoon session, with a birdie on the par-five 30th hole that sealed the victory. His margin of victory represents the third-biggest in the history of the tournament, according to the AP. 

“I had some good numbers, was able to stay aggressive and had the putter going and made some nice putts, and was fortunate to have a pretty decent lead going into the afternoon,” Parziale said, via John Strege of Golf Digest. “I was locked in with the numbers. I knew exactly how far I was hitting them. I had the speed of the greens down. It was a special day.”

The 2018 Masters will take place April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club. The U.S. Open is scheduled for June 14-17 in Shinnecock Hills, New York. 

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Joe Hawkins Says He Will Beat Greg Hardy in Former NFL Player’s MMA Debut

Joe Hawkins, who will be fighting against Greg Hardy in the former NFL player’s MMA debut at Rise of a Warrior 21 on Nov. 4, unsurprisingly believes he will come out victorious in the bout.

“I’m gonna be incredible,” he said, per TMZ Sports, adding, “I see the referee raising my hand.”  

Hawkins, who is also making his professional fighting debut, told TMZ his goal is to fight in the UFC one day.

Hardy, 29, last played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. While he was a talented player, registering 40 sacks in his six-year career, the NFL suspended him for four games in the 2015 season for domestic assault. Hardy had been convicted of the crime but the charges were dropped after Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, stopped cooperating with prosecutors.

He was also arrested in September 2016 on charges of cocaine possession.

According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com, Hardy began MMA training in 2016. 

“I have a lot of different issues that I’m definitely working through and working on,” Hardy told MMAFighting.com (h/t Okamoto). “I would say [training MMA] helps me channel everything. It helps me just come back down to earth, be humble, because these are machines that I see every day.

“I get choked out, punched in the face and laid out on the mat daily, and that’s not something that a guy my size and my stature with my history has ever come across.”


 

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Ezekiel Elliott’s Lawsuit vs. NFL Dismissed by Judge; RB Can Re-File in New York

There was another development in the Ezekiel Elliott case Tuesday. 

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Judge Amos L. Mazzant dismissed the Dallas Cowboys running back’s case in a Texas court due to a “lack of jurisdiction, as ordered by [the] Fifth Circuit.” Pelissero noted “all eyes [are] now on New York,” where Elliott can re-file.

Pelissero provided additional details regarding the news:

What’s more, attorney Daniel Wallach noted Elliott will play in his team’s next game:

According to Will Brinson of CBS Sports, the next hearing will be Oct. 30, meaning Elliott “should play” in the Cowboys’ Sunday contest against the San Francisco 49ers and the Oct. 29 showdown with Washington.

These updates and changes come after Ian Rapoport of NFL.com noted Elliott was suspended six games for the time being, sharing Wallach’s Tuesday tweet revealing the fifth circuit denied a motion from the NFL Players Association “to recall [a] mandate.”

Rapoport reported the running back’s legal team and the league were told the New York Southern District court would issue a ruling Tuesday.

Elliott was initially suspended six games after an investigation into domestic violence allegations from 2016. He played in Dallas’ first five games while fighting the punishment through the courts and has 393 rushing yards and three total touchdowns.

Kaja Whitehouse of the New York Post provided details on the situation, echoing Rapoport’s report a New York judge would issue a ruling Tuesday.

“Judge Paul Crotty said he first wants to review a similar case involving New England Patriots‘ quarterback Tom Brady, who was ordered by a Manhattan federal appeals court last year to begin a four-game suspension amid objections from the NFL Players Association,” Whitehouse wrote.

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You Had One Job: Chicago Bulls Can’t Even Get Culture Right

CHICAGO — From day one of the Chicago Bulls rebuild, management has pushed a new and improved culture as a central selling point.

Really, it’s all they can sell.

Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are out of the picture, and questions surround many of their young players. There isn’t enough talent on the roster to expect anything more than 30 wins. Even hope isn’t marketable yet.

So that leaves culture. Coaches, players and management have repeated the talking points ad nauseum since the start of training camp—they may not win a lot, but everyone plays hard and everyone is unselfish. Or so it goes.

But just two days before Chicago opens its season Thursday in Toronto, that new Bulls culture is being tested in a way that nobody wanted or anticipated. The first of potentially many rebuilding seasons was derailed Tuesday by an incident during practice between power forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic.

By all accounts, what started as a normal, high-intensity practice escalated into words and shoving between the two big men. Portis threw a punch at Mirotic, and it landed. Mirotic is in the hospital, out at least four to six weeks with a concussion and maxillary fractures, while Portis has been suspended for the Bulls‘ first eight games.


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In short, it isn’t an ideal start to the new era of Bulls basketball, which the organization hoped would be different from previous years. That Rajon Rondo Instagram post from January, and everything else that came with the “Three Alphas,” seems small by comparison.

Everything was setting up nicely for the Bulls to fly under the radar, out of the national spotlight, losing enough games to land Michael Porter or Luka Doncic in next year’s draft lottery. In the preseason, free of ball-dominant stars like Butler and Wade, the new-look Bulls were finally able to run the free-flowing pace-and-space offense that was Fred Hoiberg‘s calling card at Iowa State. After a famously contentious relationship with Butler and a series of roster moves in his first two seasons that were ill-fitting for his offense, Hoiberg was getting the chance to put his stamp on the team that signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract in 2015.

 

Now, Hoiberg and the rest of the organization are facing questions as to whether this situation should have been diffused sooner. How does it get to the point where the Bulls would be without two of their three power forwards for the foreseeable future?

“Should we have stepped in and stopped practice?” Hoiberg said Wednesday. “Looking back on it, sure, hindsight’s 20-20.”

The blame for this week’s incident is difficult to parse neatly. It wasn’t the beginning of the Bulls‘ organizational problems, and it certainly won’t be the end.

Portis has been frustrated for a long time by his inconsistent role in the rotation, and he’s largely well-liked and respected by his teammates for his tireless work ethic. Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson characterized Portis on Wednesday as a good kid who made a mistake and now faces the consequences. He deserves his eight-game suspension, and probably more—there’s no excusing a punch. 

Mirotic, too, has had an up-and-down three seasons in Chicago. He’s been benched for lengthy periods, played inconsistently, battled confidence issues and endured a drawn-out contract negotiation this summer that wasn’t resolved until the day before the start of training camp. Last week, Hoiberg named him the opening-night starter at power forward, and for the first time, that designation was based on merit. Players and coaches indicated Wednesday that he had a role in escalating the situation with Portis. Now, Mirotic will have to start from square one when he returns.

Past incidents like Butler’s comments in 2015 that Hoiberg needed to coach the team harder and Rondo’s Instagram post from last season have undermined Hoiberg’s credibility, but it was supposed to be easier with this younger, unproven group. Practices get competitive and contentious all the time in the NBA, but those disputes typically don’t put players in the hospital. Bulls center Robin Lopez said Wednesday that he had never before seen a player land a punch on a teammate in practice in his 10 seasons in the league. These situations usually get resolved before then.

Management isn’t blameless here, either. The culture and continuity they constantly preach has been disrupted for as long as anyone can remember by questionable roster moves like bringing in Wade and Rondo last season; their ugly breakups in years past with Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau; and a conservative, risk-averse approach to team-building that’s left them on the outside looking in at anything resembling relevance in the NBA, even in a market as big as Chicago.

“I think for us, it’s obviously a lesson learned,” Paxson said. “All of our players saw it, they were around it, and it’s a lesson learned. It’s really unfortunate that it happened, and honestly, we’re disappointed. It hurts both players, but it hurts our team. And I think at the end of the day when both Bobby and Niko digest it and look at it, they’ll both understand the position they put their teammates in.”

In the short term, the Bulls will move past this incident, which won’t dramatically impact the results of a season in which they were expected to finish at or near the bottom of the standings. But their hopes of moving past their organizational perception have taken a hit that could take time to rebound from.

     

Sean Highkin has covered the NBA for outlets including Bleacher Report, The Athletic, NBC Sports and USA Today. Follow him on Twitter: @highkin.

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Picking the All-Time Postseason Hero for Every MLB Team

The beautiful thing about the MLB postseason is that anyone can be a hero.

Just look back at the New York Yankees’ storied history.

Alongside names like Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford, we’ve seen the likes of Bucky Dent, Don Larsen, Jim Leyritz, Luis Sojo, Bobby Richardson and Brian Doyle play the part of playoff hero.

With that in mind, we set out to name the biggest postseason hero in the history of each MLB franchise.

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Mike Freeman’s 10-Point Stance: Does Kaepernick Have a Chance to Beat the NFL?

Figuring out what’s behind the Kaepernick case, Dwight Freeney gets real, and Aaron Rodgers has a long recovery ahead of him. All that and more in this week’s 10-Point Stance.

   

1. A Primer on the Colin Kaepernick Case

Before embarking on this voyage, we need to understand something. This isn’t about what we want to happen, or don’t want to happen, or what Donald Trump thinks, or the NFL, or anyone else. 

This is strictly about facts and the likely outcome of Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL, claiming collusion among ownership to keep him out of the league.

In short, the chances Kaepernick wins are slim, at best. One former NFL executive I’d trust with my life, and who supports Kaepernick, called his situation “extraordinarily hard to prove, albeit not impossible.”

People close to Kaepernick tell me he doesn’t necessarily care about the odds. He despises how the NFL treats its players—more like cattle than equals, in his opinion—and wants the system bettered for them. Kaepernick sees this as a fight, and he is a fighter in every sense of the word.

What lies ahead? Let’s break down each component in this groundbreaking case.

What’s the basis for Kaepernick’s case? Kaepernick is asserting that his protests led to the NFL’s blackballing him. From a strictly football standpoint, there’s no question that something stinks. Look at these names: Keenum, Cutler, Kizer, McCown, Flacco, Manuel, Fitzpatrick, Glennon, Cassel and Hundley, to name a few, are playing.

Hell, you could roll out tape from almost 30 to 40 percent of NFL games every week and see quarterback play that would make John Unitas roll over in his grave. In fact, many of today’s quarterbacks couldn’t hit John Unitas’ grave from five paces.

So he has an easy case then, huh, counselor? I didn’t say that, smart ass. On the contrary, he has a near-impossible case because of the collective bargaining agreement. Courts, especially the higher ones, bow to the CBA in that it serves as a de facto NFL constitution. (It’s why Tom Brady ultimately was suspended for Deflategate.)

And the CBA, in this case, says the fact a player is unsigned, even if that player is more talented than others, does not constitute proof of collusion.

Well, what would constitute proof? Proof would be owners, for example, communicating over text messages how they didn’t want Kaepernick in the league. That seems unlikely, though not impossible.

So you’re saying some owners are dumb? Let’s just say I wouldn’t be stunned if an owner had a file on his laptop called “Super-Duper Secret Kaepernick File—Do Not Share.”

What kind of guy is Kaepernick that he would do this? I’ve met him, interviewed him and interviewed people around him. He’s a genuine, fiercely principled man. Few that truly know him are shocked he’s taking on the league.

Will Kaepernick play in the NFL again? Hell no.

So what is Kaepernick’s goal? Interestingly, I believe, it’s similar to Brady’s: to win.

Brady also wanted to prove a point: that Roger Goodell was corrupt and the NFL’s decision-making process was flawed. Kaepernick, I believe, wants to do the same, except with ownership.

Kaepernick is a fighter, that’s true, and he’s resolute. His fearlessness makes him uniquely suited to mount this charge.

But this is a battle that promises to take a long time, and, in the end, it’s likely Kaepernick will lose.

    

2. Words of Wisdom

Dwight Freeney played 15 seasons in the NFL with four different teams, and though he is a free agent, he remains one of the most respected players in the game and is destined for the Hall of Fame. He’s also one of the smartest players I’ve covered and a perfect person to provide perspective on the player protests that have been roiling the league.

“I think players look at the flag, respect what it means and what it stands for but also know the flag has several meanings,” Freeney told B/R. “One of the meanings is equal justice for all. That’s what players are protesting for. They want everyone in the country to be equal.

“No player is protesting the military or the police. That’s just absurd. … They want people to listen and hear their message. That’s why they take a knee during the anthem. And that’s the dilemma.

“How do you protest something and get your message across while also trying to bridge a gap where there’s misunderstanding?”

Players want to use the moment to get their fellow Americans to focus on the issue of social equality, yet some Americans refuse to get beyond the fact players are protesting during the anthem.

Making things worse is the rhetoric coming from the White House, according to players with whom I’ve spoken. Freeney agreed.

“[Trump]‘s lighting a match and setting everything on fire,” Freeney said. “He’s also trying to use the NFL to divide America.”

Freeney also noted something that has gone largely overlooked, that players didn’t come out for the national anthem for every game until 2009. “I’ve been in the league since 2002,” he said. “We never came out for the anthem. The only time we did was Monday Night Football, maybe, or the Super Bowl.”

     

3. Available: One Hall of Fame-Bound Pass-Rusher

As mentioned above, Freeney is without a team, having last played for Atlanta in 2016. But I get the feeling Freeney will be back this season if he wants. He says he gets calls from teams almost weekly.

“I get a call from a different head coach telling me, ‘Stay ready,’” Freeney said.

There aren’t many teams who couldn’t use a good pass-rusher, which is why we probably haven’t seen the last of Freeney in the NFL.

     

4. Is Hollywood Calling Martellus Bennett?

“Creative” remains the key word with Packers tight end Martellus Bennett. No player that I’ve been around has ever prepared himself for life after football more than Bennett, and his vision of life is why. He loves football, but his true passion is making things.

Recently, he directed “Martellus Bennett’s Text Back Pack,” which is a collection of GIFs with some of his Packers teammates, including Aaron Rodgers. Bennett wanted to find a more creative way to text during NFL games.

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“When you direct your first movie,” teammate Ricky Jean Francois told Bennett, “I just want to be on the set.”

Said Bennett: “Being creative is when I most feel like myself. Every player, when it comes to [football] practice, is like, ‘Man, we got to practice again.’ I’ve never had a time when I stayed up late making something and regretted it.

“I’ve said this: The world needs more creativity. If the world had more, we’d see less turmoil.”

    

5. Chiefs Loss May Be a Good Thing

No one thought Kansas City was going 16-0 (at least no rational human), and the loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday ended its undefeated run.

But there is a positive for Kansas City to take out of the game.

Losses, especially in the NFL, can serve as both a pressure release and a teachable moment, and I think the Chiefs will use their loss to the Steelers as both. Sometimes the longer a team tries to make history apart from winning in the playoffs, the heavier the weight becomes.

This doesn’t mean the Chiefs were looking to lose but that their first loss doesn’t change the fact they remain formidable Super Bowl contenders.

   

6. Two Greats Talk Two Great Rookies

It can take a lot to impress a veteran player, but two of this year’s most prolific rookies—Deshaun Watson and Leonard Fournette—have understandably caught the eyes of two of the better players in NFL history, and both offered their thoughts on CBS Sports Network’s NFL Monday QB.

First, Hall of Famer Warren Moon offered some perspective on Watson:

“The only guy I can remember having a better start as a rookie is maybe Dan Marino. He’s doing all of the things that you want a quarterback to do, but he is doing it as a rookie. It’s very, very impressive for him to be doing this, this early in his career.”

Dan Marino.

Then there was retired linebacker London Fletcher, speaking of Fournette:

“We haven’t seen a combination of size, speed and power since maybe Bo Jackson. He can take it the distance. He’ll run through you. He’ll run over you. He’ll run around you. That’s Leonard Fournette. It’s unfortunate he got injured in that ballgame because the Rams defense could not stop him.”

Bo Jackson.

Recall, if you will, that Marino had one of the great rookie seasons, and careers, of all time. And if Jackson hadn’t gotten hurt early in his NFL career, he might have ended up the best runner ever.

Those are some lofty comparisons, especially from two men not prone to hyperbole.

     

7. Aaron Rodgers’ Road to Recovery Looks to Be a Long One

On Sunday, the best football player on the planet, Aaron Rodgers, broke his collarbone, likely sidelining him for weeks. To get a little insight as to what Rodgers faces, I spoke with Dr. Leesa Galatz, systems chair of the department of orthopaedics at the Mount Sinai Health System. Her specialty is shoulder and elbow surgery, and she’s one of the country’s experts in this field.

My question to Galatz: What are the challenges for a quarterback, particularly, coming back from this type of injury?

“Typically, it takes six weeks for a fractured clavicle to heal, but with an injury to a quarterback’s throwing shoulder, that period of healing will need to be followed up with a period of physical therapy and rehabilitation,” Galatz told me. “His arm will be immobilized in a sling, meaning he won’t be able to exercise the muscles surrounding the injury. Because of the demands a quarterback places on their throwing shoulder, the muscles surrounding the injured area must be strengthened to regain an optimal level of performance.”

The Packers have 10 games left. Will we see Rodgers again this season?

     

8. The NFL in One Highlight

• The block: It comes from Washington guard Brandon Scherff against poor 49ers linebacker Brock Coyle. It was a violent hit.

• The pile on: It was kind of dirty but not wildly so.

• The flag: A symbol of how the NFL is trying to clean up the sport. It’s a penalty that would not have been called 10 years ago. Still, I guarantee you that in meetings with his line coach, Scherff is being told, “Nice job, bro.”

It’s a play that encapsulates the NFL today. The violence. The extra violence. The league’s attempt to clean up the latter (and sometimes the former).

     

9. NFL Still Wants Culture of Silence About CTE

With the world seemingly teetering on the edge of international conflict, and the Vulcans set to land any minute, you likely have missed one of the more interesting stories of the past few months, if not years.

On Friday, former Lions player DeAndre Levy testified before Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on the Judiciary. He told them the Lions had instructed him not to talk about CTE, the brain disease, after he had spoken to ESPN and sent a letter to the Detroit Free Press about it.

“The moment I said anything about it, I had two calls telling me I shouldn’t talk about it,” Levy testified (per an ESPN.com report). “And I don’t know if it was because of CTE or if it’s because the general NFL rule, like only football, only talk about football, only think about football. So I posted simply the research. I spoke with Dr. [Robert] Stern a couple summers ago, and I wrote the paper and was told not to talk about it the first day it was out. It was like, it could have been just because locker room culture is nobody wants to talk about anything other than football, but it didn’t sit well with me when I’m talking about brain injury, you know, my brain.

“It’s not my shoulder. It’s my brain. It controls everything I do. It controls everything we think, we feel, and if I don’t have the right to speak about that as a player, I think it kind of really speaks about the culture of the NFL, what the conversations are. I think that’s indicative of the conversations that we don’t hear, the closed-door conversations between the owners. They still are trying to find ways to silence us.”

The Lions vehemently denied that anyone from the organization did this.

But why would Levy go before a Congressional committee and make something like that up?

What’s more likely—Levy is lying or he’s telling the truth about what’s long been the culture of football?

A culture that says you don’t talk about CTE or almost anything related to football’s ills.

    

10. What About Zach Ertz?

Here at 10-Point Central, we love passion. I’m serious. I got an email recently that I loved because it was an agent sticking up for his client.

Last week I wrote about how some in the NFL believe the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce is the best tight end in football. That column drew a ton of reaction, from positive to negative to snarky (shocker). The most interesting response came in an email from Steve Caric, the agent for Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Take a look:

Mike -

I saw your article on Kelce overtaking Gronk as the NFL’s top TE. I have a ton of respect for both guys and actually don’t disagree that Kelce is the best YAC TE at this point, but I have to make my case for Zach Ertz as the best TE in the NFL right now. Zach has been overlooked as a top TE since he was the 2nd TE selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. He’s different that those two, and maybe not as sexy, but you can’t argue with his production:

  • Last year it was Ertz, not Kelce or Gronk, who was the only TE to lead his team in catches, receiving yards and receiving targets.
  • If you examine their production since they came into the League in 2013 (see attached chart titled “2013 Draft TE Rankings”) you’ll see that Ertz is currently leading Kelce in career catches, yards and TD’s.
  • Ertz currently leads all NFL TE’s in catches, yards and receiving TD’s, and ranks 4th among all NFL receivers in catches and yards.
  • In 2016 he ranked 5th among all NFL TE’s in catches and yards.
  • In 2015 he was 6th and 7th in those same categories.
  • He holds the Eagles’ franchise single game reception record with 15.

Despite all of this, Ertz is rarely mentioned in the same breath as Gronk, Kelce, Graham, Witten, Reed, Olsen, etc., and he has never been named to a Pro Bowl. Maybe it’s because Ertz isn’t flashy, but he has the best hands of any TE in the NFL, and is the best pure route running TE in the League. He knows how to get open, he stays healthy, and with the same QB in consecutive seasons for the first time in his pro career, he is showing he’s ready to take the title of the best TE in the League.

For whatever reason, Ertz has not been given the attention that his career production deserves. He has been the most productive TE in the League to start the season. He has been a Pro Bowl worthy TE the past 2 seasons. He is easily one of the top 3 TE’s in the NFL today. He is on pace to be one of the best TE’s in the history of the game. He deserves some love! Keep him in mind when ranking TE’s moving forward. He’s earned it.

   

Mike Freeman covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @mikefreemanNFL.

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