August 2015


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo practiced Monday, with his left eye looking better after his second bout with a sty that kept him out of practice for a day early in training camp a month ago.
Leonard Williams didn't even realize he was injured at first. Then, the New York Jets rookie defensive lineman crouched on the sideline and a sharp pain shot through the back of his right knee. It turns out Williams only strained a muscle behind his knee in the first half of the Jets' 28-18 preseason victory over the Giants on Saturday night.
The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster. ''Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback,'' tight end Rob Gronkowski said Monday. ''If I ever got called to play fullback, I know when I lined up in the backfield a couple of times and played fullback.
The National Football League and its players union failed to reach a settlement in their dispute over New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game "Deflategate" suspension despite weeks of talks, leaving a federal judge to resolve the issue in the coming days. Following a final round of unsuccessful private discussions, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said at a brief court hearing on Monday that he will likely decide whether to uphold or throw out the suspension within one or two days. The Patriots open their season on Sept. 10 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Safety Stevie Brown is back with the New York Giants. The Giants re-signed Brown on Monday in a move to shore up a position that has been decimated by injuries. Since training camp opened, rookies Landon Collins (knee), Mykkele Thompson (Achilles tendon), free agent Justin Currie (broken leg), and veterans Bennett Jackson (knee), Nat Berhe (calf), Cooper Taylor (foot), and Josh Gordy (hip) have been hurt.
It's all or nothing for two of the game's most prominent figures as they await a ruling from Judge Richard Berman.
Monday was billed as a significant day in court for both sides in the deflate-gate case, as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared at Manhattan Federal Court, but the session came and went with little progress in the proceedings. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The most significant news to come out of the brief hearing was Judge Richard M. Berman's announcement that he will rule on the case in the next 48 hours after the two sides failed to reach a settlement for the last time. New York Daily News court reporter Stephen Brown, as always, chronicled the proceeding on Twitter. Final push by both sides yields no settlement in#deflategate case. Berman to rule in next day or two. — Stephen Brown (@PPVSRB) August 31, 2015 In hopes of avoiding any further appeal of his upcoming ruling, which could prolong the deflate-gate case for years, Berman had been pushing both sides to reach a deal from the moment the trial began earlier this month. New York Giants co-owner John Mara and former NFL kicker Jay Feely — a college teammate of Brady's at Michigan — reportedly participated in the final round of settlement talks. In a five-minute hearing on Monday morning, we learned Mara and Feely were unsuccessful in their attempts to resolve the case. Brady and Goodell stood feet apart and made sure to never look at each other. Neither appeared in a good mood. — Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) August 31, 2015 [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 1 contest ] As a result, Berman will either uphold Brady's four-game suspension or vacate the penalty entirely when he rules Tuesday or Wednesday, but the losing side is expected to appeal regardless of the outcome.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Chris Owusu is certainly not short of options. The New York Jets wide receiver has a degree from Stanford, after all. He's from a family of high achievers with a brother at Stanford, another at Harvard and a sister at Columbia. But Owusu realizes that his NFL career might go at any moment because of his history of concussions. He was an undrafted free agent signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, bypassed by all 32 teams despite his strong college career and a good showing at the NFL combine. One possible reason was a history of concussions, and it was something that happened to him again just a couple weeks ago. Owusu has had a total of four concussions since he started playing college football, three while at Stanford including two his senior year and then one this August in training camp. At 25 years old, he should be entering the prime of his NFL career, especially after a camp where he was the best wide receiver on the Jets' roster after Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] "Football is a very, very fun sport," Owusu told Shutdown Corner. "It can be rewarding, but it is also going to take a lot of sacrifice." And for Owusu, he has to hope it doesn't take his mind away prematurely. He has a history of head injuries and has yet to play more than nine games in an NFL season. But this season, with the Jets' wide-open roster, Owusu has a chance to make the team and be a contributor on special teams and offense.  This past Monday after suffering the first concussion of his NFL career early in training camp, Owusu returned to the practice field. He played Saturday night against the New York Giants and opened the game with a 41-yard kickoff return then had a 32-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 1 contest ] But there was a monkey wrench thrown into those plans as his latest concussion now makes it three in five years he has suffered. "It's tough because I haven't been put in this situation for three years," Owusu said. "My symptoms didn't get worse. It was like, hey, I had another concussion. Obviously you think about long-term risk. I do a lot of things to prepare my head: I read books, I take fish oils. In many ways, I think I'm ahead of people who don't take care of their heads. I'm not thinking too far down the line, I'm just competing.  "My mom, she's a mom. She's told me — it's been a couple [times] now — to be careful. 'We support you, but maybe go down more.'" He chuckles before turning serious. "My parents talked to me about options. It wasn't what to do, it was what to think about moving forward," Owusu said. "And I respect my family so much that I listen, I consider it. I will listen." Their advice, he says is "to consider going out there and using my Stanford degree." It's something Owusu might have to consider doing if football doesn't work out.
With the regular-season opener two weeks ago, Tom Coughlin says the New York Giants have a long way to go to be ready. Less than 24 hours after a 28-18 loss to the Jets in the annual preseason game between the New York-named teams, Coughlin didn't have a lot of positives to say after the Giants lost for the second time in three preseason contests. Eli Manning and the first-team offense produced one touchdown in five series in the first half and handed the Jets another score in the closing seconds when Antonio Cromartie returned an interception for a touchdown.
Dallas is adamant that its elite offensive line can be the glue that elevates a collection of parts into a greater whole.

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