It has been many weeks since there was any doubt about the Los Angeles Rams being the best team in football. The Rams dismantled the San Francisco 49ers 39-10 on Sunday. While it’s not exactly a 2007 Patriots-type start, considering they were challenged by the Seahawks and the Broncos technically only lost by three (a late score made the game look a lot closer than it actually was), what we’re seeing out of the Rams is pretty good.
The Seattle Seahawks placed safety T.J. Green on the exempt/left squad list on Monday to accommodate the addition of linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee off waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers. Head coach Pete Carroll said after practice on Monday that Green apparently decided he didn’t want to keep playing football any longer. “He was ready to stop playing football,” Carroll said of Green.
The Seattle Seahawks returned from their bye week with two key players back on the field after missing the first six games due to injuries. The Seahawks welcomed back linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Ed Dickson to practice Monday as they began preparations for Sunday's game against Detroit. Wright's return has been a long time coming after he underwent what was deemed minor arthroscopic knee surgery following Seattle's third preseason game in August.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks returned from their bye week with two key players back on the field after missing the first six games due to injuries.
The Seahawks welcomed back linebacker K.J. Wright and tight end Ed Dickson to practice Monday as they began preparations for Sunday's game against Detroit.
Wright's return has been a long time coming after he underwent what was deemed minor arthroscopic knee surgery following Seattle's third preseason game in August. The team initially believed Wright would be back within a few weeks, but a setback in his recovery extended the rehab and ultimately led to the starting linebacker missing nearly two months.
"We're not too bad right now," coach Pete Carroll said.
The Seahawks officially returned to practice Monday following their Week 7 bye, and Pete Carroll spoke with reporters afterward to offer a few quick updates. Will K.J. Wright or Ed Dickson have most impact for Seahawks in return? Seattle’s head coach confirmed that linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) and tight end Ed Dickson returned to practice, and also announced a return for rookie defensive end Rasheem Green (ankle), who has missed the last three games. “They did fine,” Carroll said of Wright and Dickson. “I need to see the (practice) film to see it all. We limited them, they didn’t take all of the work. They probably had a dozen competitive plays, as well as all the rest of the stuff in practice. But enough to get them going and get them feeling part of it.” Carroll said tight end Nick Vannett, who missed Week 7 with a back issue, was also able to return to practice. Update on Mychal Kendricks Mychal Kendricks spent three weeks with the Seahawks this season, playing in relief of Wright at weakside linebacker,
The Oakland Raiders have placed running back Marshawn Lynch on injured reserve, the NFL team announced on Monday.
Lynch suffered a groin injury in the Raiders' 27-3 week-six loss to the Seattle Seahawks in London.
The 32-year-old and Super Bowl champion
The Los Angeles Chargers believe running back Melvin Gordon will be able to return after the bye week from a hamstring injury that kept him out of their game against the Tennessee Titans. Gordon, who entered the weekend third in the league with 466 rushing yards, was added to the injury report on Saturday.
It could be someone like Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, or even Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Trubisky did it again on Sunday. It was the third consecutive week Trubisky threw for at least 300 yards, rushed for at least 45 yards, and scored multiple touchdowns.
Below is a full list of Week 8 NFL game spreads, via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Thursday, Oct. 25 (8:20 p.m. ET) Dolphins at Texans (-7.5) Sunday, Oct. 28 (9:30 a.m. ET) - Game in London Eagles (-3) at Jaguars Sunday
The Dallas Cowboys badly need a wide receiver, so they're reportedly doing their due diligence on Amari Cooper before possibly trading for him, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing league sources. The Oakland Raiders reportedly are seeking a first-round draft pick in exchange for Cooper, a former Pro Bowl pick who hasn't performed as expected in 2017 and 2018. Cooper is just 24 and himself a first-round pick, so a turnaround is possible.
Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who was suspended indefinitely earlier this month, will meet with the league office sometime this week to discuss his ban, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Kendricks’ suspension, of course, stems from his involvement in insider trading, to which he has pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced in January 2019 and could receive 30 to 37 months in prison. As a result, Kendricks, his lawyers, and the NFLPA have been battling to prove that the NFL does not have the right to impose an indefinite suspension under these circumstances. Although the indefinite suspension was upheld on appeal, arbitrator Harold Henderson’s written ruling suggested that a more specific punishment should be forthcoming. Some sources familiar with the situation, however, believe the league wants to postpone such a decision until after Kendricks is sentenced. Florio opines that the NFL should impose a suspension of a fixed number of games and should do it quickly out of fairness to Kendricks. He adds
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has been fined Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict $112,000 for multiple unnecessary roughness penalties in Cincinnati's loss to Pittsburgh last Sunday.
The third-quarter plays involved Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back James Conner. Burfict, who has been fined 11 times for more than $315,000 during his seven-year NFL career, was suspended for four games to begin this season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancers.
Burfict was fined for a helmet hit to Brown; he previously served a three-game suspension for a hit on Brown during the 2016 playoffs.
His other fine, announced Saturday, came for a high hit on Conner.
"*mouth drop* don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything" - Simone Biles on Twitter to Mary Bono. USA Gymnastics has long been in need of an administrative housecleaning. As of this week, it appears one is about to be forced on it. Over the last seven days, the scandal-plagued organization that oversees the development and selection of American gymnasts for the Olympics and World Championships suffered a pair of self-inflicted blows to its already sullied reputation with the hiring and near-immediate resignation of former U.S. Congresswoman Mary Bono as its new chief and the arrest of former chief Steve Penny for alleged evidence tampering in the investigation of convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar. The trouble began on Oct. 13 when the current face of USA Gymnastics, four-time gold medalist and Nassar victim Simone Biles, tweeted her “mouth drop” disgust with the hiring of Bono, who, in September, publicly defaced a pair of Nike golf shoes to protes
SEATTLE (AP) — By the time December rolls around, the Seattle Seahawks may have more regret than they currently do about what transpired the first two weeks of the regular season.
Because in hindsight, those first two games appear such outliers from where the Seahawks are headed based on the way they've played for the past month.
"I'll never not be frustrated by the way we started this season, but we're moving," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "This is kind of how we've done it over the years and we got a chance to be a really nice team."
The Seahawks sit at 3-3 going into their bye week, but a .500 record doesn't fully tell the story of what Seattle has shown through six games.
Former Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen — who passed away earlier this week — was the man responsible for hiring then-USC head coach Pete Carroll. And if you ask Carroll, he’d tell you that he’d like nothing more than to remain head coach of the Seahawks beyond 2018. “Absolutely,” Carroll says via Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. Of course, that’s not up to him. And, the Seahawks did just miss the playoffs last season. Right now, they’re 3-3 but three games off the division pace set by the L.A. Rams (6-0). The passing of the man who hired Carroll has allowed him to reflect on his head coaching career at both the collegiate and professional levels. And he notes that it was Allen’s confidence in him that helped ease him in with the Seahawks. “He wanted to win championships and that’s what he was all about,” the head coach adds. “He wasn’t going to let anything get in the way and he was really clear about that. The message that came through was really one that I hadn’t heard in that fashion with that commitmen
Before we talk about anything else, I would like to take a moment to honor the Seattle Seahawks’ fallen owner, Paul Allen. While not everyone counts themselves among his fanbases (Seahawks, Blazers, and Sounders), the NW and Seattle native definitely made a positive mark on the sports world and spent billions of his own money [...]
The Seattle Seahawks enter their Week 7 bye week on a bit of a hot streak. Seattle is 3-1 in its last four games, the loss coming to the only undefeated team left in the NFL—the LA Rams. It must have been a nice flight back from London after destroying the Oakland Raiders to get [...]
The “sense” at the NFL’s ongoing league meetings is that the Seahawks franchise will be eventually be sold following owner Paul Allen‘s death, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (Twitter link). Allen, who passed away Monday due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, purchased the Seahawks in 1996. Allen never married and has no children, so there’s no clear heir to helm the club. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes, the Seahawks could be turned over to Allen’s sister Jody, but it’s not apparent she has any interest in running an NFL team. As such, the team is likely to be sold at some point, although the organization is expected to remain in Seattle, tweets Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who holds a significant amount of sway in league matters, told Garafolo that he “can’t imagine the Seahawks not being in Seattle.” Per Forbes, the Seahawks are currently valued at $2.5 billion, with yearly revenue of $413M and an operating income of $71M. Those are obviously unofficial figures, but the
The sports world and the entire global community lost a trailblazing figure on Monday following the passing of a larger than life figure in that of Paul Allen on Monday. Allen passed away at the age of 65 from complications due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Allen’s family released a statement following his passing. “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Allen’s sister, Jody, wrote. “Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.” The co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates back in 1975, Allen’s charitable efforts, philanthropy and keen sense of business defined a life that was lost to
Seahawks owner Paul Allen has died at the age of 65. The Northwest billionaire succumbed to complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Monday afternoon. “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Paul’s sister Jody Allen, said in a statement. “Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.” Allen was well-known in the sports world as the owner of the Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Of course, his cultural significance spread well beyond that realm. As the the co-founder of Microsoft, Allen’s work made an indelible impression on technology and human interaction. His net w
Paul Allen, the owner of the NBA’s Trail Blazers and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, has died, according to a statement from his family (link via Mike Rosenberg of The Seattle Times). Allen, who was 65 years old, had announced just two weeks ago that he was once again being treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Allen was treated for the same cancer in 2009. A co-founder of Microsoft, Allen had owned the Trail Blazers for three decades, having purchased the franchise way back in 1988. Although the Blazers didn’t win a championship during Allen’s tenure as owner, the club appeared in the NBA Finals twice – in 1990 and 1992 – and made the playoffs in all but seven seasons. Our condolences go out to Allen’s family and friends.
Bruce Irvin found something to try and lift his spirits following an ugly loss in London. Irvin’s Oakland Raiders got smashed by the Seattle Seahawks 27-3 on Sunday. After the game, Irvin put things in perspective, saying he was looking forward to going home to his beautiful wife and making babies. Good for Irvin. That’s one way to get over a bad loss. And if he and his wife are trying to get pregnant, maybe they should follow Jordan Matthews’ cue and head to Buffalo.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper left Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half after taking a huge hit over the middle of the field. Cooper was trying to corral a low pass from Derek Carr when Seattle Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald threw a ferocious hit on him. There was contact to the head and neck area, but surprisingly no flag was thrown. The Raiders announced that Cooper was being evaluated for a concussion. That should have been a penalty, and hopefully the injury to Cooper is not serious.
It has not been smooth sailing for Jon Gruden in his first season back on the sideline as head coach for the Oakland Raiders. And having to take to the air for a long flight to London for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks has Gruden filled with dread. It turns out Gruden is not fond of such trips, so the hours-long flight across the pond will not be enjoyable by any stretch. “I hope I can make it, honestly. I’m not great (traveling),” Gruden told NBC Sports Bay Area . “I get claustrophobic. My son was a weightlifter and he won a powerlifting competition in Belarus. I had to fly 14 hours. I had to fly home 14 hours. I had vertigo for a month. I couldn’t even lay down, the house was spinning. I am hoping I don’t get vertigo. I’m not a great traveler.” It certainly sounds like Gruden’s issues with traveling go far beyond a simple aversion. Instead, it’s possible the flight to London to play at Wembley Stadium on Sunday could provoke a debilitating reaction. Meanwhile, Gruden has no choice but to set hi
The obscene parting shot that Seahawks safety Earl Thomas made in the direction of his team’s bench as he was being carted off the field last week was not directed at any one person or player, but at the Seattle organization as a whole, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. And, even though all signs were already pointing towards a parting of the ways between Thomas, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, and the only NFL team he has ever known, Schefter reports that the Seahawks are not expected to use the franchise tag on Thomas, which all but ensures that he will not return to Seattle in 2019. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that Thomas will have surgery to have a rod inserted in his leg this week, which will increase his chances of healing while lowering his chances of a re-fracture, so he is expected to be fully healthy well before free agency officially opens in March. Now for more from the NFC, starting with another item out of Seattle: Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks was hit with an indefinite suspe
Earl Thomas is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, which means there’s a chance he has played his last snap for the Seattle Seahawks after he suffered a fractured leg in Week 4. According to one report, that is more of a certainty than a chance. The Seahawks could prevent Thomas from becoming a free agent by using the franchise tag on him, but sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the team has no plans to do that. The franchise tag number for safeties is expected to approach $12 million in 2019, and it makes sense that Seattle does not want to pay that for a player who would almost certainly hold out and create distractions again. Unfortunately, the end of Thomas’ outstanding career with the Seahawks will be remembered for the middle finger he flipped his own sideline while being carted off the field. Schefter also reported that Thomas was not flipping the bird at Pete Carroll or anyone in particular, but rather the organization as a whole. Thomas had been seeking a long-term deal and was sit
Earl Thomas has likely played his last game for the Seattle Seahawks after he suffered a broken leg in last week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, but he should still be able to cash in with a huge contract as he heads toward free agency. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Thomas will undergo surgery this week to have a rod inserted in his leg, which will help the healing process and help prevent a re-fracture in the future. He is expected to be back to 100 percent health long before free agency begins. Limiting his injury risk was the reason Thomas had started skipping practices in Seattle, as he was seeking a long-term contract. He let the Seahawks know exactly how he felt about them as he was being carted off the field next week, but Thomas’ career shouldn’t be affected that much by the injury.
Despite using a first-round pick on Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks have seemingly settled on a rotation at running back. Despite the rookie’s talents, Seattle will apparently lean mostly on Chris Carson and Mike Davis, and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com thought it was telling that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer didn’t mention Penny when discussing the position. “I think we have a number of backs that can challenge you different ways,” Schottenheimer said. “That’s why it’s hard to get guys rolling sometimes but I think we’ve figured that out the last two weeks, that you go in with a mindset of ‘Okay, this is the guy that we’re going to start with,’ and if things don’t work out that way then you adjust but Chris the week before got significantly most of the touches and then this last week, the plan was to let Mike go. A veteran player, let him get started, see how he does and he didn’t disappoint.” Through four games, Penny has compiled 92 rushing yards on 29 carries. For comparison’s sake, Davis
Is the NFL mishandling the Mychal Kendricks case? Mike Florio of PFT seems to think so, arguing that a potential 12-game suspension for alleged insider trading doesn’t make sense considering the baseline punishment for domestic abuse suspensions is a six-game ban. The “indefinite” suspension for the Seahawks linebacker could technically allow him to return this season, but there won’t be any real progress in his case until his sentencing in January. One could argue that a pre-emptive suspension was not necessary since Kendricks made immediate restitution and has no criminal record. Here’s more out of Seattle: The timing of Earl Thomas‘ four-year, $40M extension was not exactly ideal for the safety, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes. Had Thomas’ contract run out in 2017, the team might have signed him to a third deal heading into last season as it did with Kam Chancellor. Instead, Thomas’ age made a lucrative new deal unpalatable for the Seahawks. Condotta also notes that Thomas can technically be trad
The NFL suspended Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks indefinitely for insider trading, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter. The veteran will be barred from playing until further notice from the league office. The Browns signed Kendricks back in June, but Cleveland quickly released him after news of the insider trading charge broke in August. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll opted to give him a second chance, but the NFL’s disciplinary arm sees things differently. When the Browns signed Kendricks, they believed that the former Eagle was somehow involved with an insider trading case as a victim, but did not know the full extent of his involvement. Later, it came to light that he was the focal point of a federal investigation. General manager John Dorsey explained the Browns' side of things in a statement after his release: “Prior to signing Mychal, we were informed that there was a financial situation that he had been involved with in 2014. We were told Mychal had fully cooperated with investigators as a
Conventional NFL fandom ties people to organizations. Perhaps saying fans who favor teams first and foremost are “just rooting for laundry” is a little glib, but it does drive at a point that fans often disregard what’s best — or even fair — for the players. And if the fans don’t care, there’s nothing holding the teams and their owners to the fire either. Even in fantasy football, when players are mostly divorced from the teams they play for, they’re still just cogs distilled to pure production. It’s not unheard of for fans to follow individual athletes, but it’s the exception to the norm. The public is programmed to see players as commodifiable cogs, only deserving of concern insofar that they’re helping our teams, real or fantasy. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Earl Thomas flipping off his own sideline as he was carted off the field after breaking his leg has raised the hackles of quite a few insiders — who benefit from enforcing the status quo. Just hours after it happened, Thomas was being lectured b
Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen announced on Monday that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that he was treated for in 2009 has returned. “I will continue to stay involved with Vulcan, the Allen Institutes, the Seahawks and Trail Blazers, as I have in the past,” Allen wrote on his website. “I have confidence in the leadership teams to manage their ongoing operations during my treatment.” He also noted that his doctors are optimistic that he will see good results, especially considering the medical advancements since 2009. We wish Mr. Allen nothing but the best as he fights this battle.
Earl Thomas probably played his last game as a member of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and the message he sent the team on his way out the door was a very clear one. It was also one that many felt was classless, but the All-Pro safety’s veteran teammates don’t see it that way. After he suffered a broken leg in a win over the Arizona Cardinals, Thomas was shown flashing his middle finger at Seattle’s sideline while he was carted to the locker room. It was obviously intended for management and not his teammates, and wide receiver Doug Baldwin had no issue with it. “I feel it,” Baldwin said of Thomas flipping the bird, per Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times. “You have a guy who gives his all. He literally puts his body on the line. … I know there’s a business they have to run. I understand that. But how can you get mad at him? He’s got a business he has to run too.” Baldwin also spoke about Thomas’ contract situation, noting that the 29-year-old had every right to want a new deal “especially when you have such