May 2015


An appeal hearing for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension over Deflategate will begin June 23, according to a report on Friday. The hearing could be extended to June 25, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The NFL suspended Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season in connection with the Patriots using underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts in January.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has lost his main blind-side blocker for next season as offensive tackle Ryan Clady has a severe left knee injury, the NFL team said Thursday. The Broncos said Clady, a left tackle selected to four Pro Bowl all-star games, suffered a torn left anterior cruciate knee ligament in a Wednesday off-season workout session. Doctors expect Clady will miss the entire 2015 campaign, a major setback to the Broncos' offensive line as Clady was expected to be the key rear guardian to prevent rival defenders from tackling 39-year-old Manning, whose 530 career touchdown passes are an NFL record.
There are more than a few troubling stories of NFL players struggling to find their way once their football careers are done, but there are also many great stories like Kareem McKenzie's tale. A fantastic story by Lisa Zimmerman at the NFL's player engagement site tells of how McKenzie, who played in 161 games over 11 seasons with the New York Jets and New York Giants, needed something to do when his playing career was done after the 2011 season. McKenzie was just 32 and even though he had made plenty of money (including a $37 million deal in 2005) and was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants, he was really just beginning his life. So he decided to become a psychologist. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] The NFL site said McKenzie is on track to earn his Masters of Education in Professional Counseling from William Paterson University’s College of Education in 2016. He'll pursue his doctorate after that. He wants to provide counseling to retired athletes and also retired members of the military. “[The question] was, what to do with my free time,” he told Zimmerman. “You can only go to the gym so many times, visit family and friends. You have to find something to do with your time, if not everything becomes very chaotic and dangerous. An idle mind is the devil’s playground.” McKenzie said he got counseling before his retirement from the NFL and saw firsthand how beneficial it was. Now he wants to be on the other side of those talks. He told Zimmerman that he wants to help assist current players in planning for the next stages of their lives. He'll be a great example for them. The professional and major college football world isn't really set up to prepare players to walk into a new profession after they've retired at 30 ... if they're lucky enough to have their football career last that long. Because it takes all of their time and effort to make it to the highest level of the sport, preparing for a career after the game is difficult at best. But many players have done well in careers outside of football after they're done playing, as Dr. McKenzie will be able to tell those who are searching for a new identity after football. - - - - - - - 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
Justin Pugh originally had his mind set on moving from his right tackle spot of the last two years to right guard, where he would team with first-round tackle Ereck Flowers to transform the Giants into an efficient power-running team. The first-unit front that lined up in Wednesday's first organized team activity practice of the season represented a totally new look from 2014, featuring Flowers and Pugh on the left side, Weston Richburg at center and guard Geoff Schwartz and free agent tackle Marshall Newhouse on the right side. Richburg started at left guard as a rookie.
It seems like our list of "Hard Knocks" candidates is down to three, and no, the Cleveland Browns aren't on the list. The Browns did not want to be on the HBO reality show that follows a team through training camp, because quarterback Johnny Manziel is returning from a stint in rehab and he doesn't need that kind of spotlight on him. That's fair. But ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi seemed to come up with our list of three candidates: Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] Grossi pointed out that those three teams were the willing participants, so that apparently isn't the official list of finalists (though, the Houston Chronicle confirmed that the Texans are one of three finalists). So perhaps we could get a surprise pick from one of the other forced candidates , based on the NFL's criteria: Cleveland, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings. Teams are exempt if they have a first-year head coach, have made the playoffs in either of the past two seasons or have appeared on the show in the previous 10 years. But it seems unlikely any of the teams that aren't exempt but haven't volunteered would be picked because the producers want to feature a team that actually wants to be on the show. So let's rank the three teams that appear to be the real candidates: 3. Houston Texans It's a strong field if the Texans are third. We'd get to see Arian Foster's wit, J.J. Watt's mega personality ( "Sno-Caps, perhaps?" ) and the seemingly always irritated ways of coach Bill O'Brien. There would also be a quarterback controversy, Jadeveon Clowney trying to return from knee surgery, DeAndre Hopkins announcing himself to a bigger audience ... a lot to like here. But as a whole, there's just a little more to like with the other two. 2. Buffalo Bills I mean, it's Rex Ryan. Come on, that's enough. Not like anyone wasn't entertained when the Jets were on "Hard Knocks." There's also a quarterback controversy here, LeSean McCoy with a new team, future star Sammy Watkins and a peek inside pass rusher Mario Williams' world. And, again, Rex. It would not be bad. Yet ... 1. Washington Redskins We all want a peek behind this curtain, right? Forget DeSean Jackson, the much-discussed Jay Gruden-Robert Griffin III relationship and Griffin himself. Those are all interesting story lines. But a chance for expanded access to Daniel Snyder's kingdom? This is widely considered the most dysfunctional NFL team, even by many of its own fans. A lot of that comes from Snyder, the owner who seems to have the thinnest skin in the entire league. How would an owner who has spent so much time and effort trying to manipulate the media in Washington (another less complicated way to get positive media coverage: actually winning games) react to NFL Films having so much access? What would we get to see? Would we get an honest look at Snyder? Even if it turns into the Griffin Show, that's still not too bad. Sign us up for Washington on HBO this summer. - - - - - - - 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
We’re still four months away from the season, and the New York Giants are already down an offensive lineman. The team announced Thursday that starting left tackle Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights on Tuesday. The injury required surgery, which will keep him out of action for “five to six months.” Beatty, entering his seventh season, has played in 82 games and started 63 for the Giants since the team selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] The 6-foot-6, 319-pound Beatty hasn’t missed a game for the Giants in three seasons, but now will conservatively miss the first half of the 2015 campaign. Beatty’s injury likely opens up the starting role for first-round pick Ereck Flowers to fill in at a tackle spot. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Miami product was picked ninth overall, but there’s undoubtedly a steep learning curve that comes with protecting Eli Manning’s blindside. Right tackle Justin Pugh, the team’s first-round pick in 2013, could also potentially slide to the left side. Another option is five-year veteran Marshall Newhouse, a recent free agent signing. Newhouse has past starting experience during his time with the Green Bay Packers, but was signed as a backup. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper
At the conclusion of the NFL spring owners meetings on Wednesday, commissioner Roger Goodell said Robert Kraft's decision not to appeal the penalties from the Deflategate investigation was the initiative of the New England Patriots' owner alone. "The decision Robert made was his decision," Goodell said. Goodell would not comment on the specifics of quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension or his appeal, but he said he looked forward to hearing from Brady.
New York Giants starting left tackle Will Beatty is going to be sidelined up to six months after tearing a pectoral muscle, a person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The source said Beatty was injured lifting weights on Tuesday. Dr. Bradford Parsons, chief of shoulder surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said the surgery will repair the tear but the player has to regain the flexibility in his shoulder and get strength back in the muscle.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Cowboys are bringing back special teams ace Danny McCray after losing Dwayne Harris to the New York Giants in free agency.

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