July 2014


(The Sports Xchange) - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season by the NFL after his offseason arrest on an assault charge stemming from an incident with his fiancee. He is eligible to be reinstated Sept. 12, meaning Rice will miss key home games against division rivals - the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and a Week 2 tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. Bernard Pierce is expected to start in Rice's absence. The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with Roddy White on a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season and could set the wide receiver up to finish his career with the franchise that drafted him in the first round in 2005.
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season by the NFL after his offseason arrest on an assault charge stemming from an incident with his fiancee. Rice stands to lose more than $470,000 in base salary and will also be fined $58,000, per the report. Rice can practice with the team and play in preseason games, with the suspension beginning Aug. 30. He is eligible to be reinstated Sept. 12, meaning Rice will miss key home games against division rivals -- the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and a Week 2 tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.
Jon Beason turned around the New York Giants' defense last season. Jameel McClain was signed as a free agent in March. Not much room on the roster at middle linebacker for a fifth-round pick out of Southern California. So Devon Kennard is making room.
Rashad Jennings never made fun of the fat kid with asthma who couldn't keep up with everyone else: Jennings was that kid. Now he's the likely starter at running back for the Giants, and he credits his difficult childhood for much of his success. ''I've had the opportunity to overcome so much, and that's really where my drive is from,'' Jennings said Thursday. ''At a point in my life, I did a 180,'' added Jennings, who runs a camp in Lynchburg, Virginia called, yes, Camp 180.
Former Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly, who is recovering from cancer treatments, will take part in the coin toss for the Hall of Fame game to kick off the NFL season. Kelly will represent Buffalo as an honorary captain, while former linebacker Harry Carson will be the New York Giants' honorary captain to open the NFL's 95th season at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. ET.
Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is recovering from cancer treatments, will participate in the coin toss at the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3. The Hall of Famer will represent Buffalo as an honorary captain, while former linebacker Harry Carson will be the New York Giants' honorary captain when the teams face off in the first NFL preseason game. Kelly, inducted into the hall in 2002, in May completed radiation and chemotherapy sessions to treat sinus cancer, which spread from his jaw.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles tendon during the team's conditioning test and is out for the 2014 season. Coach John Harbaugh said the likely nickel cornerback in his first season with the team could be placed on injured reserve. A pair of fifth-round picks, 2011 draft choice Chykie Brown, and Asa Jackson (2012), are in line behind starters Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith.
Antrel Rolle has a Super Bowl ring. So does Prince Amukamara. NFL veterans Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Zack Bowman, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps and Trumaine McBride know the ropes. Now, they all need to blend together in the New York Giants' secondary.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Antrel Rolle has a Super Bowl ring. So does Prince Amukamara. And newcomer Walter Thurmond.
The story of the New York Giants hiring David Tyree to be their director of player development seemed heartwarming on the surface. Tyree made one of the greatest plays in NFL history, the famous "Helmet Catch" that led to the Giants upsetting the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He never caught another NFL pass. The Giants hiring him was a callback to their past glory, bringing a former Super Bowl hero home. The Human Rights Campaign wasn't so excited about the idea, recalling Tyree's views on gay people and his stance on gay marriage in 2011, and ripped the Giants for the hire. Tyree tweeted in 2011 that “there is no scientific evidence to support the claim of being born gay," according to CBS New York. He also told the New York Daily News in 2011 that he'd trade his famous catch and the Giants' championship to stop gay marriage. Remembering this, the Human Rights Campaign criticized the Giants for hiring Tyree, according to ESPNNewYork.com . "When did Tyree decide to be straight?" HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement to ESPNNewYork.com. "The idea that someone can change their sexual orientation or gender identity is ludicrous, and the New York Giants are risking their credibility by hiring someone who publicly advocates this junk science. His opposition to basic legal equality aside, David Tyree's proselytizing of such dangerous practices goes against the positive work the Giants organization has done in recent years." Tyree had no comment on the HRC statement when reached by ESPNNewYork.com. The Giants told ESPNNewYork.com in a statement, that Tyree "was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization." Wade Davis, who came out after his NFL career was finished and now is a LGBT advocate, supported Tyree. At @nfl symposium I hung w @DTyree85 & his family. People evolve, learn & love. Compassion is a 2-way street @HRC @YouCanPlayTeam @Giants — Wade Davis II (@Wade_Davis28) July 23, 2014 - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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