July 2014


A contrite Ray Rice apologized publicly to his wife, his 2-year-old daughter, his mother and children wearing No. 27 Baltimore Ravens jerseys in his first public comments since the NFL suspended him two games for a domestic violence incident in February. "My actions that night were totally inexcusable," Rice said Thursday. Rice said the most difficult punishment he'll deal with is knowing daughter, Rayven, will first hear not of his football achievements but what happened with his then-fiancee Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City casino. ---Running back David Wilson's future with the New York Giants and in football is in doubt.
Everywhere Linval Joseph goes, Sharrif Floyd is right there with him. They are the Minnesota Vikings' twin tackles, 620 pounds worth of humanity that represent a new day for the team's defense and a new hope that the struggles of last year will soon be forgotten.
After receiving the news that fellow running back David Wilson was going to be sidelined with a neck injury, the rest of the New York Giants backfield have rallied around their injured teammate. ''When I signed here, I knew we had a chance to be a force in the backfield,'' said Rashad Jennings, signed as a free agent in the offseason from Oakland. ''It's good to see him,'' Jennings said.
Running back David Wilson's future with the New York Giants and in football is in doubt. A report Thursday by NJ.com cited a source familiar with Wilson's neck injury as saying the former first-round pick "needs a miracle" to resume playing. Wilson suffered a burner -- a nerve injury in the neck area -- during Tuesday's practice and will be shut down until at least Aug. 4, when he'll consult Dr. Frank Cammissa, who performed his spinal fusion surgery on January 16. Head coach Tom Coughlin was visibly shaken discussing Wilson after Tuesday's injury, and said the team is praying for the best possible outcome.
Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. Is it too late to add a highlight to his already impressive reel? In case you missed it — and judging by my Twitter feed, you did not — Strahan was among the array of incredible cameo appearances in "Sharknado 2," the spectacularly bad spoof spinoff of the first movie. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] And naturally, Strahan was needed to tackle a shark.  OK, there are probably a handful of you who feel like you're in an alternate universe right now. All is good — you can submit to the Sharknado craze without feeling weird about it. Frankly, Strahan's highlight reel in the movie might have been about the seventh-most ridiculous thing to happen, and that's saying something, plus the first movie was better. But this is quite the post-career move for Strahan, who now has a chance to dominate the shark-themed cinematic genre, and that's nothing to scoff at these days. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
You might notice something interesting the first time either the Buffalo Bills or New York Giants score a touchdown in Sunday's Hall Of Fame Game. The extra points will be just a little harder. As Pro Football Talk wrote , the NFL is experimenting with the length of extra points, and for Sunday's games as well as the second week of the preseason, when the other 30 teams play games, the NFL will move the ball back from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line for all attempts. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Two-point conversions will be declared first, taking the rare fake out of the equation, and will be tried from the standard 2-yard line. Will this work? Will it reveal much? Honestly, doubtful. Kicks from 33 yards out are not that much tougher from those from 20 yards. NFL kickers missed only five extra-point attempts last season, and they all 14 combined kicks from 19 yards and in. Heck, they only missed six kicks (out of 242 attempts) inside 29 yards. The number of misses goes up from 30 to 39 yards — 30 misses out of 295 — so we're talking about about a 90-95 percent certainty versus a 99-percent make rate. That said, this change is coming. Roger Goodell has suggested scrapping the extra point, and others around the league agree with him in theory. We already have goalposts that reach five feet higher, and the NFL could make the extra-point change full time in a season or two if there are enough proponents, and right now the extra point is, as Bill Belichick once so eloquently said, a "non-competitive play." - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell has waited patiently for his opportunity to excel in a secondary loaded with talent. After three years being buried in the depth chart, Maxwell is determined to prove he belongs. Maxwell is the favorite to replace Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond as the starting right cornerback in Seattle's defense. Maxwell took over as a starter late last season after Browner and Thurmond were suspended for violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.
New York Giants running back David Wilson will not practice for the rest of the week and is out for Sunday's Hall of Fame game after suffering what the team called a ''burner'' in practice on Tuesday. Late in Tuesday afternoon's practice, Wilson took a short pass from backup quarterback Curtis Painter and ran with his head down into the back of reserve guard Eric Herman. Soon after, Wilson was taken off the field by an assistant trainer. After practice, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that Wilson suffered a ''burner.'' Wilson underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disc in his neck in January.
The New York Giants have made no secret of their desire to improve the offense's 2013 performance, a season in which they finished 29th in the NFL. Thanks to the hiring of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, the former Green Bay Packers assistant who has installed a faster-paced offense that de-emphasizes the Giants' previous vertical attack, New York is hoping to revitalize its production and get back to being a top NFL offense. There has been another advantage to the Giants installing the West Coast offense, and that has been the challenges it poses to their defense. In 2013, the Giants' defense struggled against opponents that ran an up-tempo offense.
New York Giants running back David Wilson is out indefinitely and will not play in Sunday's Hall of Fame preseason opener and his football future is in question. Wilson awaits an appointment on Aug. 4 with Dr. Frank Cammissa at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Dr. Cammissa is the surgeon who performed Wilson's spinal fusion. With about 10 minutes remaining in practice Tuesday, Wilson was spotted walking off the field with head trainer Ronnie Barnes after suffering what coach Tom Coughlin described as a "burner."

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