August 2015

Peyton Manning hasn't had his pair of Pro Bowl receivers on the field with him since the playoffs. Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is sitting this one out and Demaryius Thomas is still working his way into ''football shape'' after missing the entire offseason program in a contract dispute. In his debut last week, Manning's four drives all ended in punts thanks to drops and flags.
Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle R.J. Dill has been suspended for the first four games of the season due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Dill, 25, was undrafted out of Rutgers in 2013 and had short stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams. - - Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter, initially charged with felony malicious wounding for his involvement in a bar fight in July, has had the charge reduced to misdemeanor assault and battery.
The folks at StubHub have cross-referenced their NFL ticket sales with people in those various cities purchasing concert tickets and, wham bam, we have a pretty fun list. Yes, these musical acts are the ones that NFL fans are most flocking to in each of the 32 areas. Here they are: Arizona Cardinals — U2 Larry Mullen Jr. is huge in the desert, apparently. Atlanta Falcons — The Rolling Stones What, no Widespread Panic? Baltimore Ravens — Florida-Georgia Line Geographically confused fans. Buffalo Bills — Garth Brooks Guessing Rex named-dropped him in his opening press conference or something. (Saving "Friends In Low Places" joke for later.) [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Carolina Panthers — Taylor Swift Getting serious for a minute, Swift is not bad. Really. She's like the Panthers: You don't want to give them respect, but at some point you just relent.
Head & Shoulders has a new NFL main man. Or make that, mane man. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] With the retirement of Troy Polamalu, the shampoo giant has tabbed the "it" NFL star of the day, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., to be the face of its product. Yes, Beckham has risen to both football-playing and coiffure greatness thanks to that famous one-handed catch and OBJ's two-tone hair. If he has any good conditioning secrets, let's hope — for those of us who are follically challenged — Beckham and the company are in a sharing mood. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 1 contest ] Want to watch the company's baton passing from Polamalu to Beckham? Here it is . The extra attention turned Polamalu into a star with, of course, his flamboyant style helping a little, too. Beckham seems primed for the same greatness — for both his talent and his appearance. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Willie Colon walked out of the New York Jets' facility eight months ago uncertain if he'd ever be back. ''The business side, you can never control,'' Colon said after the Jets held their final training camp practice Thursday. Many fans and media assumed the Jets would let the veteran offensive lineman leave as a free agent.
The New York Giants might have their offensive line ready to play in the annual preseason game against the Jets. Coach Tom Coughlin on Thursday said that starting right tackle Marshall Newhouse was not injured when a defender stepped on his left ankle in practice on Wednesday and that center Weston Richburg's left knee is improving after missing a couple of days with tendinitis. Coughlin expects Newhouse will play on Saturday, but was not sure whether Richburg will be able to play or backup center Dallas Reynolds will go.

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