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The most important question of August for the Carolina Panthers now lingers into September, and we came nowhere close to finding the answer between the raindrops at Bank of America Stadium Thursday night.

Carolina and Pittsburgh sloshed through the NFL’s annual bow to irrelevance Thursday. The fourth exhibition was attended by many empty and damp seats as well as about 30,000 hardy souls, around half of whom seemed to be swinging a Steelers-issued Terrible Towel.

But the man the fortunes of the 2017 Panthers most depend upon was on the sidelines, in uniform but not playing.

Quarterback Cam Newton is as ready to turn the page on August as anyone in Charlotte. After a promising start to training camp in late July,Womens Max Tuerk Jersey, he spent much of August waiting around,Womens Denzel Perryman Jersey, or else throwing gently to a trainer. He ultimately sat out every Carolina Panthers drive but one in the four preseason games.

Certainly Newton wasn’t going to play Thursday night,Authentic Mike Williams Jersey, when Pittsburgh also benched quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of its stars and the two teams again provided a fine example of why the NFL needs to play two exhibition games instead of four.

But the question of “Is Cam ready?” won’t really be answered until Sept. 10 on the West Coast,Authentic Forrest Lamp Jersey, when Newton revisits the stadium in which he lost the Super Bowl 19 months ago and tries to launch a new chapter at San Francisco.

the 58-yard touchdown pass by Pittsburgh and all the rest – will be quickly forgotten. What lingers,Authentic Denzel Perryman Jersey,What the Panthers did on the field Thursday night after benching all their starters – the early interception from linebacker David Mayo, like the Cheshire Cat’s smile, Fozzy Whittaker’s 5-yard TD run, is Newton’s shoulder.

completed both – one for a touchdown – and then departed. We still don’t know how healthy that arm is after a partial rotator cuff surgery in late March that everyone wishes in retrospect could have happened in mid-January,In that lone drive Newton did participate in on Aug. 24, he threw two short passes, although Newton proclaimed after that game he was “ready to go.”

“You really won’t know ’til the opener,” head coach Ron Rivera said this week about Newton’s status. “Just the way it is.”

And that’s true. Nothing we saw Thursday night altered the fact that a healthy Newton vs. a “trying-to-gut-it-out-with-a-sore-arm” Newton may mean the difference between 11-5 and 6-10.

Watching Newton in practice over the past five weeks has been entertaining,Authentic Max Tuerk Jersey, partly because Newton has such a big personality and game and partly because you never know where the ball is going to go.

Newton will look just as good as he did in 2015. On other days,Authentic Craig Mager Jersey,On one day,Womens Craig Mager Jersey, when he’s letting an occasional big throw rip and the timing is right,Womens Mike Williams Jersey, he looks rusty and indecisive.

the quandary that Indianapolis has with Andrew Luck. Luck had his own throwing-shoulder surgery,Womens Forrest Lamp Jersey,Newton’s situation is still a lot better than, in mid-January, say, and still hasn’t even practiced. It seems a given now that Luck will miss some regular-season games this season.

So it could be worse. But it could be better, too – this has hardly been ideal preparation for a quarterback who is trying to evolve.

The most animated Newton got Thursday night was when Joe Webb threw a deep pass to Kaelin Clay, who laid out for a 47-yard diving catch.

We’ve seen Newton in that role before – he’s a great cheerleader for his teammates on the sideline.

But now we need to see him do what he is paid so well to do.

Now Cam needs to play.

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HOUSTON (AP) — J.J. Watt was ready to discuss his preparations for the Houston Texans' opener — and his return from a back injury that sidelined him for most of last season.

But first he took a few moments Tuesday to receive yet another donation — the biggest one yet — to a fundraising effort he set up in the days after Hurricane Harvey.

Watt accepted the check for $5 million from HEB Grocery Company, giving him more than $28 million in donations. Then he discussed how he's handled getting back to football with the city just beginning to recover from the storm.

obviously not on this scale," Watt said. "I've been doing things like this my whole career, but when I'm in meetings, when I'm at practice,"It's obviously a balance ... I've had a foundation my whole career,Authentic Josh Jones Jersey, when I'm in the weight room,Authentic Montravius Adams Jersey, that's where 100 percent of my focus is."

Watt leaves his cellphone on airplane mode when he's at the facility so he can handle football duties without interruption. He joked about being so busy getting ready for the game that he hadn't yet reached out to Jimmy Fallon to thank him for the $1 million he donated to Watt's fund on Tuesday night.

Jimmy,Womens Jamaal Williams Jersey, you can look out for an email from me here as soon as practice is over,Authentic Kyler Fackrell Jersey,"I appreciate him and sorry," Watt said.

Sunday's game against Jacksonville will be Watt's first since Sept. 22 after his second back surgery forced him to miss the final 13 games of last season. And while his attention is on making sure he's ready for that game, he certainly knows what Sunday's game could mean to the city.

but for three hours on Sunday, Authentic Damarious Randall Jersey,we want to take people's minds off of everything that just happened,"This is so much bigger than a game," he said. "We want to give them an escape from everything that just happened, so I know for a fact that our guys are going to give every single thing that we have to make sure that we put a smile on this city's face and give them something to cheer about for three hours."

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year can't wait to get back on the field after missing the first games of his six-year career last season. The Texans believe he'll return to form in no time.

" coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think I've said this now a 1,000 times. It's hard to describe what it's like to block him,"He's had an excellent preseason. He's fully healthy,Womens Montravius Adams Jersey, so it's been very difficult. I would expect him to go out there,Authentic Kenny Clark Jersey, be his usual self (and) play very well."

In usual Watt style,Authentic Jason Spriggs Jersey, the man who has piled up 76 sacks in his career insisted that he has no worries about if he can return to form this season.

" he said. "I'm going into this game extremely confident. I'm going into this game with a ton of energy, with a ton of excitement and I feel very,Authentic Jamaal Williams Jersey,"Any of those concerns were more handled in OTAs and training camp and then the preseason snaps that I did get,Womens Josh Jones Jersey, very good about where I'm at going into this game."

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- T.J. Watt is a quick study. Growing up in a household with two older brothers,Womens Connor Shaw Jersey, he didn't really have a choice. Adapt or get left behind. Quickly.

a habit T.J. embraced,Those childhood habits die hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker. His mother Connie taught her boys about organization. Older brother Derek espoused the virtue of cramming spiral notebooks with information during their days together at Wisconsin, one that helped fuel the transition from reserve college tight end to NFL starter on the other side of the ball in a span of three years.

''' T.J. Watt said. ''Coaches were always like, 'Man,''(Derek) said 'I write everything down, your brother is taking a bunch of notes.' So I take notes every day.''

That's not the only writing Watt does. Before he began his first season with the Steelers, he jotted down a list of goals. Some of them were small. One of them was not: be out there with the ones when Pittsburgh opened the season on Sept. 10 in Cleveland.


he'll be the first rookie outside linebacker to start in an opener for the Steelers since Aaron Jones in 1988. Five-time Pro Bowl teammate James Harrison didn't do it. Neither did Joey Porter, now Watt's position coach. Lamar Woodley and Jason Gildon,When Watt's No. 90 runs out of the tunnel on Sunday against the Browns, too.

Watt had the job from the moment Pittsburgh grabbed him with the 30th overall pick in the draft. ''Day zero'' as coach Mike Tomlin called it. Yet Tomlin never passed that information along to Watt, who probably would have ignored it anyway.

working my butt off,''I just came out here every day,'' Watt said. ''Just doing whatever they ask me to do.''

One thing they're not asking Watt to do? Become a smaller version of oldest brother J.J. Different positions. Different expectations. And far different personalities.

the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the Houston Texans,Authentic Walter Payton Jersey, is a 6-foot-5 livewire who's nearly as quick with his mouth as he is with his feet,Authentic Jordan Howard Jersey,J.J.,Womens Kendall Wright Jersey, and is in the middle of a career that could be on its way to the Hall of Fame.

T.J. is ... not that. Oh,Womens Markus Wheatont Jersey, he's fast enough. You don't collect sacks on consecutive snaps of your first professional game if you're slow. Yet that's where the similarities end. The youngest of the three Watt brothers in the NFL (Derek plays fullback for the Chargers) is also the quietest.

'' veteran Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats said. ''He just wanted his play to speak for itself. Even in meeting rooms he's quiet. He still is. You could just tell he's always listening,''He didn't want to come in and do a lot of talking, always learning.''

a move that forced him to rethink the way he approaches football. That's where the note taking Derek championed became more than a habit,It's the path Watt needed to take. He flipped from tight end to linebacker in the middle of his collegiate career, it became a lifeline.

''I believe if you write it down it's more likely to stick in the memory,'' Watt said.

they were low, his memory may border on photographic. Porter and inside linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky keep track of errors during practice and games, everything from missed assignments to missed tackles. The number of times Watt was dinged for a misstep in training camp wasn't just low for a rookie,Judging by Watt's performance during his first few months on the job, period.

he's not flustered,''During the pre-snap,Authentic Connor Shaw Jersey,'' Moats said. ''He's ready to play the game.''

The proof was immediately apparent to Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva,Authentic Markus Wheatont Jersey, who spent much of the late spring and summer trying to fend Watt's rapidly expanding repertoire of moves.

'' Villanueva said. ''He knows exactly what he's supposed to do and when the ball is snapped he doesn't think there's anything preventing him from making the play. When you have that approach as a defensive player,Womens Jordan Howard Jersey, ''He knows exactly where he's supposed to be,Womens Walter Payton Jersey,you become more dangerous.''

so Watt and Dupree could develop a level of comfort together. The first real test awaits against the Browns,Authentic Kendall Wright Jersey,The Steelers need Watt and fellow outside linebacker Bud Dupree to be dangerous to help them return to the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. It's one of the reasons Tomlin made Watt a starter from the jump, and Watt will find himself lined up opposite perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers released their first official participation report of the season after wrapping up Wednesday's practice.

While the list is short,Authentic John Brown Jersey, there are two potential starters dealing with hamstring injuries who have uncertain statuses heading into Sunday's season opener against the Carolina Panthers. Free safety Jimmie Ward and tight end George Kittle have had hamstring issues during the preseason and both were limited in Wednesday's practice.

In Ward's case,Womens Haason Reddick Jersey, he did some running on a side field in the portion of practice open to media and coach Kyle Shanahan indicated he wasn't sure if Ward would be involved in team drills.

"Once he can string together a few good days in a row is when we'll feel better about putting him in the game,Authentic Chad Williams Jersey," Shanahan said.

the Niners will have to choose between undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome and Jaquiski Tartt,Authentic Dorian Johnson Jersey,The 49ers pulled Ward off the physically unable to perform list a couple of weeks ago but he's only been able to practice on a limited basis in the time since. If Ward can't play this week, both of whom spent time with the starting defense in the preseason and training camp.

" Shanahan said. "They've got three days to do it. Depends how we use them,"Both those guys will be competing, what packages. I'll probably have a better answer for you on Sunday."

Kittle seemed to be a little bit further along. He,Womens John Brown Jersey, too,Authentic Budda Baker Jersey,While Ward wasn't doing much in the early stages of practice,Womens Dorian Johnson Jersey, is listed as limited but was working in special teams drills during practice.

Kittle is listed as the starting tight end on the Niners' first unofficial depth chart but Shanahan said Wednesday his role this week will depend on health as well as where he fits into the game plan.

down-and-distance,Authentic Haason Reddick Jersey, how healthy he is,Womens Budda Baker Jersey,"That will be on situations,Womens Chad Williams Jersey," Shanahan said. "He's another guy who will be limited today. We've got three (tight ends) on our roster, so we'll see how that plays out throughout the week. We won't really know that until Sunday."

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Myles Garrett's big plans to sack Ben Roethlisberger in the season opener may be on hold.

At this point, everything's suddenly in question.

Cleveland's rookie defensive end, suffered a right-ankle injury Wednesday, who through preseason has lived up to enormous expectations as the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, leaving his status for Sunday's opener against the Steelers in doubt.

Coach Hue Jackson opened his news conference by saying Garrett “was limited today with an ankle,” but he did not provide any specifics about the injury other than to say the 21-year-old did not finish practice.

“He went as long as he could,” said Jackson.

Garrett was scheduled to undergo further medical tests, on Wednesday night, including an MRI, and it's not likely the Browns will provide an update until Thursday.

Jackson, who typically downplays injuries when he knows a player will return, was evasive when asked about his level of concern on Garrett.

“We'll see. I don't want to make medical decisions,” he said. “I am not very good at them, so we will see where we are as we move through the week.”

Jackson refused to elaborate on Garrett's condition,Womens Leonard Floyd Jersey, how he hurt his ankle or at what point it occurred during the workout. He declined to answer further questions about Garrett as he left the podium, led by a team spokesman.

If serious,Womens Cody Whitehair Jersey, who went 1-15 last season and are counting on the 6-foot-4, the injury to Garrett would be a devastating blow for the rebuilding Browns,Authentic Kevin White Jersey, 272-pounder to improve a defense that ranked 31st overall.

Earlier in the day, Garrett didn't back down from previous comments about wanting to “chop down” Roethlisberger in his first game. Now,Authentic Eddie Goldman Jersey, that chance may have to wait as he recovers from another injury.

Garrett suffered what he feared was a serious left-foot sprain during the spring. It turned out to be nothing major, and he didn't miss the start of training camp. He has dazzled with his speed, strength and commitment.

Garrett was severely limited with a left-ankle injury.,During his junior season at Texas A&M

the Browns were satisfied Garrett was healthy and worth the first choice and investment when they selected him despite the need for a quarterback.,Despite a drop in production and sacks

had nailed this choice.,Before he was released last week, who have had a checkered history with bad first-round picks, two-time Pro Bowler and new Steelers cornerback Joe Haden felt the Browns

“He is looking like the first overall pick,” Haden said on a conference call. “I was super excited when we got him. I feel like that is the pick that is a stamp. We didn't miss on that one. I could tell that from the very beginning. He just has stuff that you can't teach: his motor, his professionalism and his attitude. He definitely is a pro already. He is mature beyond his age. He just loves the game and loves getting after it.

I really feel like Myles can make the Pro Bowl his rookie year.”,“My bold prediction

saying he was “coming for him first.”,Garrett said he hopes to begin his season by getting his hands on Roethlisberger, Garrett made it clear he intended to make Roethlisberger his first sack,Authentic Leonard Floyd Jersey, who is 20-2 in his career against the Browns. Following the draft

” Garrett said with no hesitation Wednesday before the injury. “You shouldn't be scared to take anybody down.”,Authentic Cody Whitehair Jersey,“I stand by it

Garrett did concede that bringing down Big Ben is no easy task and had already formulated a plan of attack.

and make sure you wrap up and gator roll.”,Authentic Jonathan Bullard Jersey,“He's no small fella,Womens Kevin White Jersey, try and stay above the knee if they get him in his lower bodyWomens Jonathan Bullard Jersey,” Garrett said. “It's going to be pretty tough. He just makes you don't hit him up high. You see a lot of guys who make that mistake and he just shrugs them off and he'll find a little escape hatch and extend the play. So make sure you get him low

Jackson said he appreciates the rookie's confidence.

we do have to get Ben down. That's not something that's out of the ordinary. He was expressing the truth.”,Womens Eddie Goldman Jersey,“Absolutely,” he said. “In order to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, I do. Now you've got to back it up

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The challenge to Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension has from time to time centered on the role of NFL Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel. Elliott and the NFL Players Association believe that Friel downplayed at best and concealed at worst the concerns of NFL Director of Investigations Kia Roberts regarding Elliott’s accuser’s credibility because Friel wanted to recommend an Elliott suspension — and because she knew that Roberts (who interviewed Elliott’s accuser six times to Friel’s none) didn’t agree with that outcome.

Judge Mazzant used a footnote for making his point.,Judge Amos L. Mazzant III took specific aim at Friel’s credibility in the 22-page ruling blocking the Elliott suspension pending resolution of the lawsuit. Like many judges do

Here’s footnote 9 to the written decision from Judge Mazzant: “Friel presented varying testimony throughout her arbitration[appearance] regarding Roberts’s opinions. She initially claimed that she could not discuss what conversations took place during the meeting because ‘[w]e had counsel in the room at the time, so[the conversations] would be protected by privilege.’ . . . Friel stated, in response to the very next question she communicated Roberts’s views to Goodell. . . . Yet,Authentic Ty Montgomery Jersey, she could not ‘tell[the attorney] precisely’ how Roberts’s views were expressed,Womens Jason Spriggs Jersey, but just that ‘it was presented to him.’ Then,Womens Damarious Randall Jersey, ‘I don’t know if[Roberts]’ had the opportunity to discuss her views on the sufficiency of the evidence. Friel further said that ‘[Roberts] wasn’t in the meeting[Friel] had with[the Commissioner].’ . . . She additionally states ‘[t]hat’s not to say[Roberts’s] views were not communicated to him in some other fashion. I don’t know the answer to that.’ She confidently states that she does not ‘know if they were or weren’t[communicated to him in some fashion]’ but she asserts ‘that’s certainly possible.’ . . . However,Womens Ty Montgomery Jersey, Friel claims that ‘Cathy Lanier may have’ expressed Roberts’s views to the Commissioner, but she does not ‘recall anything specific.'”

The most reasonable explanation for Friel’s zeal to suspend Elliott comes from the obvious desire to avoid another Ray Rice scenario,Authentic Quinten Rollins Jersey, and it’s now clear that the league has crafted a process aimed at erring on the side of suspending the innocent instead of failing to properly punish the guilty.,Womens Brett Hundley Jersey, in which a player who was indeed guilty of domestic violence wasn’t sufficiently disciplined. Friel was hired in the aftermath of the Rice fiasco

Then there’s that nagging perception that Friel’s status as a life-long Giants fan has at some level influenced her decision-making when the league failed to properly punish former Giants kicker Josh Brown last year and more recently when the league threw the book at Elliott.

it’s fair to point out league-office allegiances that could help a team. Moreover,Here’s what we wrote on the topic in 2016: “If Mike Kensil’s relationship with the Jets was fair game for scrutiny in the #DeflateGate saga regarding whether the league wanted to harm the Patriots, during the officiating lockout of 2012,Authentic Brett Hundley Jersey, a replacement official who made it clear that he is a Saints fan was pulled from a Saints game. If fan allegiance is enough to result in an official being removed from a given game,Womens Kenny Clark Jersey, it’s fair to at least ask the question of whether Friel’s affinity for the Giants influenced her decision to opt for lenience with Brown — and her willingness to not press harder to hear from Brown’s ex-wife or from law enforcement.”

That same reasoning makes it fair to wonder whether Friel’s affinity for the Giants influenced her decision to opt for a harsh outcome for Elliott under circumstances that a federal judge has found to reveal fundamental unfairness to the player. Regardless of the reason (helping the Giants,Womens Kyler Fackrell Jersey,hurting the Cowboys, protecting the league office against another Rice fiasco, and/or good,Womens Quinten Rollins Jersey, telling the boss what she thinks the boss wants to hear, old-fashioned incompetence) the Elliott ruling shines a fresh light on Friel and the work she has done on behalf of the league.

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COSTA MESA, while Michael Schofield spent his first three NFL seasons with the AFC West outfit., Calif. -- Russell Okung played one season with the Denver Broncos

Now, ESPN/WatchESPN)., both offensive linemen are with the Los Angeles Chargers and helping their new team prepare for Monday night's visit to Denver (10:20 p.m. ET

“They definitely have a lot of new guys,Womens Eli Apple Jersey, going on my eighth year in the league.,Womens Sterling Shepard Jersey,” Okung said. “But there’s also guys that I have been watching a lot earlier than last year. I’m definitely familiar with a lot of those guys

“They’ve always been an exceptionally talented group. So we know who those rushers are on the outside,Authentic Ereck Flowers Jersey, too.”,Authentic Owa Odighizuwa Jersey, and we know what they can do on the back end

Schofield joined the Bolts this week, a waiver claim by the Chargers after the Broncos released him during final roster cuts. The Michigan product said he’s worked mostly at right and left guard for his new team.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Schofield provides some depth up front for the offense. Schofield said the Chargers run an offense similar to the Broncos', making the transition easier.

obviously just coming from there,“I’m excited for it,Womens Ereck Flowers Jersey,” Schofield said about playing in Denver. “I’m excited to go and see what it’s like to be a visitor there.

“I’m definitely motivated. It’s an ‘I want to prove Denver wrong’ kind of thing. I was a part of that team for three years so I feel like I know that defense pretty well. So I’ve been trying to help the guys with what they do from what I know.”

One of the toughest tasks for Okung and the rest of the offensive line will be limiting the impact plays from talented Denver pass-rusher Von Miller. Okung faced Miller daily in practice last season during one-on-one pass-rush drills and should have some tricks up his sleeve to slow down Miller.

knowing where you’re help is coming from and you’ve got to win your one-on-one battles,Authentic Eli Apple Jersey,“With guys like him,Authentic Darian Thompson Jersey,” Okung said. “The quarterback’s timing with the receiver with their routes,Womens Owa Odighizuwa Jersey, all things have to be rolling well, Authentic Sterling Shepard Jersey,too.

“It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to as a team. They’re obviously one of the better teams in the NFL,Womens Darian Thompson Jersey, and we consider ourselves the same.”

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order Friday evening. This means his suspension has been blocked for the foreseeable future and the 22-year-old now appears likely to play in each of the Cowboys' games this season.

For those of you who selected Elliott with one of the top three picks earlier this year, consider yourself bailed out. For those of you who snagged him at a discount in the second or third round of recent drafts, let this be a lesson as to why you shouldn't sell low., your bold strategy appears to have panned out. And for those of you who traded Elliott away at a discount in recent weeks

According to my colleague Tristan H. Cockcroft, and of the six other running backs he fell behind between those dates, on the date his six-game suspension was announced (August 11),Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey, not one finished within even 45 non-PPR or 25 PPR fantasy points of his 2016 totals.,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, Elliott was the No. 4 player in terms of average draft position at 3.9. At kickoff of Thursday's season opener,Authentic Dawuane Smoot Jersey, Elliott's ADP had dropped to 17th (19.0)

Most 2017 fantasy drafts are complete,Authentic Dede Westbrook Jersey, but some of you will be hosting your draft party this weekend. Though there remains some slight risk Elliott could end up serving a suspension late this season -- which would be devastating during the fantasy playoffs -- that outcome appears unlikely. Considering his massive fantasy ceiling,Womens Dede Westbrook Jersey, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. instead., it's now fair to reconsider Elliott during the early stages of the first round. I've bumped him back to third overall behind David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell, but -- same as was the case prior to his six-game suspension -- I wouldn't fault anyone who wanted to swing back to wide receiver and take Antonio Brown

Elliott should obviously be locked into lineups against New York this weekend and beyond, Samaje Perine, but the same can't be said for Darren McFadden. Those who went with the "zero-RB" draft strategy and scooped up McFadden in the middle rounds may be staring at a void at that position. McFadden remains one of the game's most-valuable handcuffs,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, but he'll only see a few touches per week as long as Elliott is active, which leaves him with no standalone value in a majority of formats. If you're looking for a Week 1 dart throw or alternative upside bench stash at running back,Womens Allen Robinson Jersey, Wendell Smallwood and Chris Carson are available in over 89 percent of ESPN leagues.,Authentic Cam Robinson Jersey, the likes of D'Onta Foreman,Womens Cam Robinson Jersey, Jamaal Williams

Now back in the fold for Dallas, Elliott has re-emerged as the favorite to repeat as the league's leading rusher and is also a strong bet to improve on his rookie-season reception total of 32. Dallas' offensive line did lose two key pieces -- Doug Free and Ronald Leary -- during the offseason,Womens Dawuane Smoot Jersey,900 yards and 14 touchdowns from scrimmage in 2017., but it remains one of the league's top units. Pencil Elliott in for 1

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Just when it appeared the Steelers would have their entire allotment of starters healthy and available for the regular-season opener,Authentic Jordan Willis Jersey, the status of one of the defense's most important players is in question.

Outside linebacker Bud Dupree did not practice Friday because of a shoulder injury, the team said. Dupree was listed as limited for Thursday's practice for the same reason.

however,Under coach Mike Tomlin, the Steelers have had a relatively strict policy of players not playing Sunday if they can't practice Friday. Dupree, is listed as questionable to play Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns.

If Dupree can't play, Womens Josh Malone Jersey, Anthony Chickillo would start at left outside linebacker opposite rookie T.J. Watt.

“You just have to be ready for your opportunity when they call your number,” Chickillo said. “I'll be ready if needed.”

A sixth-round pick in 2015 who has seven career starts, Chickillo beat out Arthur Moats during the preseason to be Dupree's top backup.

Chickillo said he expects Dupree to play Sunday.


Antonio Brown confirmed he was returning punts in practice, but he was coy about whether he would do so against the Browns.

“It‘s my job,Authentic Joe Mixon Jersey, man,Authentic John Ross Jersey,” Brown said. “Just can't go out there without doing nothing.”

Eli Rogers also confirmed he was returning punts in practice.

With only brief exceptions,Authentic Carl Lawson Jersey, Brown has been the Steelers' primary punt returner for most of his career,Authentic Josh Malone Jersey, and that is expected to continue Sunday.

” Brown said. “If coach calls my number,“Whatever is needed, I am always willing and capable,Womens John Ross Jersey, whatever he needs me to do. I'm in the helmet and willing to do it.”

Kickoff return duties for Sunday are murkier. One man who said he won't do them is Artie Burns. The second-year cornerback is listed as the No. 2 kickoff returner on the Steelers' depth chart, but Burns said he won't be doing so this season.

Under Tomlin, Womens Carl Lawson Jersey,the Steelers have mostly used offensive players to return kickoffs, and Burns has not returned one in the NFL.

Backup running back Terrell Watson and rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster are expected to be the Steelers' kickoff returners.


Aside from Dupree,Womens Jordan Willis Jersey, the only other player on the Steelers' official injury report is backup offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins. He will not play because of a knee injury but was unlikely to be active for the game if healthy.

The Steelers will need to trim a player from their 53-man roster for Le'Veon Bell to be eligible to play against the Browns. The NFL granted the Steelers a two-week roster exemption for Bell because he did not sign his franchise-player tender, but he cannot play until activated.


Other than rookie No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett — who is out with a sprained ankle — the Browns are healthy heading into Sunday's game.

Although 10 players are listed on their injury report,Womens Joe Mixon Jersey,eight are expected to play. Defensive tackle Danny Shelton (knee) is questionable.

Starting left guard Joel Bitonio (knee injury) and starting defensive end Nate Orchard (groin) each went through a full practice Friday for the first time this week.

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Mich. (AP) — When Kenny Golladay caught two touchdown passes in his first exhibition game,ALLEN PARK,Womens Sterling Shepard Jersey, he became a rookie to watch for the Detroit Lions.

After he repeated the feat in his regular-season debut,Womens Owa Odighizuwa Jersey, there's no telling how high expectations might soar for the young receiver.

but this was a whole new level, Authentic Sterling Shepard Jersey,I realized this was real," Golladay said. "This game counted, and again in Indianapolis at the first preseason game,"When I got to training camp, and that's a rush."

Golladay's two touchdowns against Arizona on Sunday lifted the Lions to a 35-23 victory — and the second of those scoring plays was legitimately spectacular. The 6-foot-4 Golladay stretched out to make a diving catch of Matthew Stafford's pass for a 45-yard TD, capping an impressive day for two of Detroit's top draft picks this year.

linebacker Jarrad Davis,The Lions took Golladay in the third round. Their first-round pick , started and recovered a key fumble in the third quarter.

"I think it's kind of been the last couple years we've had quite a few young guys playing for us early," coach Jim Caldwell said Monday. "I think it helps us without question because they make plays for us and we're just anticipating they got to keep working to keep it going."

several players Detroit picked in 2016 made an impact Sunday as well. A'Shawn Robinson (second round) and Anthony Zettel (sixth round) started on the defensive line. Zettel had a sack, and while Davis and Golladay were representing the 2017 class well,The Lions have had two drafts under general manager Bob Quinn, and Robinson forced the fumble that Davis recovered.

and Miles Killebrew (fourth round) returned an interception for a touchdown. Dwayne Washington (seventh round) misplayed a kickoff early in the game,Graham Glasgow (third round) started at guard,Womens Eli Apple Jersey, but had six carries for 22 yards.

Detroit's first-round pick in 2016,Womens Darian Thompson Jersey,Tackle Taylor Decker, is injured now but started 16 games as a rookie.

" Caldwell said. "I think the relationship is really,Womens Ereck Flowers Jersey, a fine job of blending the two, really it's productive, and coaches are involved with that as well,"Our front office has done a great job. They do a fine job of identifying the talent, and it always helps when you got young guys that can come in and contribute as much as we've had here in the last couple years."

and Golladay is clearly a threat in Detroit's offense. Golladay grew up in the Chicago area and was offered a scholarship to play at North Dakota,Authentic Eli Apple Jersey, who played at Florida, has an important role already for the Lions,Davis, where he began his college career. He grew about 5 inches over two years and transferred to Northern Illinois.

After impressing in both the preseason and the regular-season opener,Authentic Darian Thompson Jersey, Golladay will move on to an even bigger stage in Detroit's next game: a Monday night matchup on the road against the New York Giants. It's no wonder he's trying to keep his sparkling debut in perspective.

but I've got to keep my head forward,Authentic Ereck Flowers Jersey, all the highlights," Golladay said. "Of course I've got to say my thank yous and everything,"You know you're going to get all the texts,Authentic Owa Odighizuwa Jersey, keep it down and get ready for the next week."

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Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham had a difficult game at Lambeau Field on Sunday as the Seahawks dropped their opener 17-9 against the Green Bay Packers. Graham was targeted seven times,Authentic Ronnie Stanley Jersey, catching three passes for a total of eight yards. That equates to a mere 2.7 yards per catch for one of the leagues best tight ends.

” Carroll said Monday after practice. “There were a couple of throws that he had chances,Authentic Justin Tucker Jersey, but they got broken up,Womens Eric Weddle Jersey,“I think Jimmy had a hard game,Womens Ronnie Stanley Jersey, they legitimately got broken up.”

Graham stands at six-feet-seven and weighs in at 265 pounds. Graham was clearly targeted by the Packers as a threat and subsequently found it difficult to find space. The only place Graham found any was in the flat as a check down for Russell Wilson,Authentic Bronson Kaufusi Jersey,Graham isn’t used to having passes batted away from him. An imposing figure, and even there the Packers were quick to swarm.

where he racked up 51 touchdowns, two 1000-plus yards receiving seasons and an average of more than 12.1 yards per catch. In 28 games with Seattle,Graham rose to stardom over his first five seasons in the NFL in New Orleans,Womens Justin Tucker Jersey, Graham has maintained a high yards per catch average but has seen a decline in his touchdown receptions with just eight.

” Carroll continued. “We went to him in crucial situations,Authentic Eric Weddle Jersey,Authentic Kamalei Correa Jersey,“He had a couple of chances on big balls,Womens Kamalei Correa Jersey,they did a nice job covering him.”

Graham also struggled with run blocking on Sunday. Graham has never been a prolific blocking tight end during his career and worked hard to improve prior to the start of the season.

” Carroll said. “In the run game,Womens Bronson Kaufusi Jersey, “He pass pro(tected) well, it’s not his best game.”

While the Seahawks would love to see more production with Graham’s blocking, they acquired the pro-bowl tight end from the Saints to add a weapon to the passing attack. Red-zone opportunities for Graham to showcase his physical skills would seem the best way for the Seahawks to capitalize on having a player of his caliber.

Graham will look to have a bounce back outing in the Seahawks home opener against a San Francisco 49ers defense that game up 23 points to the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have all the incentive necessary to forget a disappointing loss. Next up are the Jacksonville Jaguars, who sit atop the AFC South.

That's the spot the Titans want.

And they stumbled out the gate in Week 1 after finishing a game behind the Houston Texans in the division last season. The Titans haven't won the AFC South since 2008, — which happens to also be the last time they swept the Jaguars and reached the playoffs.

Add to the mix the Jaguars ended Tennessee's hopes of winning the division in 2016 with a 38-17 rout of the Titans in the game Marcus Mariota broke his right leg .

"It's crucial,Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey," Titans linebacker Avery Williamson said. "It's a division game,Womens Leonard Fournette Jersey, so we've got to definitely make sure that we're on top of this one because it's a team that is in our division and what happened last year. It's definitely a whole lot of extra emphasis on this week."

Coach Mike Mularkey wants his Titans simply focusing on the Jaguars because they're next after opening with a 26-16 loss to Oakland.

"I hope not ...,Womens Cam Robinson Jersey," Mularkey said of last year's loss providing extra motivation. "I think our guys are locked in. Getting ready for a division game,Authentic Dede Westbrook Jersey, and starting the season with a division game early on the road against a team that just went on the road and beat another good football team at their own place. They'll be ready."

The Titans do have a few things to fix. Defensively, they were nearly perfect on third downs in the first half converting five of seven, they need to tackle better after a game where Marshawn Lynch ran through and over the Titans. Offensively, then went two of seven in the second half.

But flooding in Jacksonville on Monday could affect whether the game is played in Florida or Nashville with the rivals flipping games or even delayed. The Titans are scheduled to wrap up the season Dec. 31 hosting the Jaguars,Authentic Leonard Fournette Jersey, while the teams also share the same bye on Oct. 29.

Joe Lockhart, the NFL's senior vice president of communications, said the league is not close to making a decision on the game scheduled in Jacksonville or Tampa Bay's delayed home opener. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says officials are assessing damage to EverBank Field and will then determine whether the game will be played as scheduled

"So far,Womens Allen Robinson Jersey," said safety Johnathan Cyprien,Authentic Cam Robinson Jersey, all I've heard was there's a chance of it being here and last game of the season will be there because there's some flooding,Womens Dawuane Smoot Jersey, who played last season with Jacksonville.

Mularkey said he hadn't heard anything from Jacksonville and was trying to find out about the home he still has in the area. One of his sons evacuated,Womens Dede Westbrook Jersey, and Mularkey's home also was in an area evacuated because of Hurricane Irma.

"You really can't worry about where you're going to play,Authentic Dawuane Smoot Jersey," Mularkey said. "We're going to go where we have to play, that's really up to the NFL. I would anticipate us playing down there."

If so, the Titans will have to find a hotel because Mularkey said they don't have one for this weekend as of Monday.

Mularkey does believe his Titans will be ready for the Jaguars who made a statement of their own with a 29-7 win in Houston.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The 49ers could be without promising rookie linebacker Reuben Foster for multiple games after he suffered a high ankle sprain in his debut against the Panthers, coach Kyle Shanahan said.

but that's my experience with high ankle sprains.'',Womens Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey,''We'll put him in a boot here for a little bit,'' said Shanahan. ''Those tend to be a month, a little more. I can't exactly put a date on it

and a near interception of Cam Newton.,Foster had to be carted off the field following his 11th snap as a pro when his right ankle twisted underneath him as he tried to tackle fellow rookie Christian McCaffrey late in the first quarter. Foster,Womens Solomon Thomas Jersey, was sparking San Francisco's defense with three tackles,Authentic Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey, to that point,Authentic C. J. Beathard Jersey, including one for a loss

''He was playing well. He was around the ball a ton,Womens Joe Williams Jersey,'' Shanahan said.

Foster underwent X-rays that came back negative. He walked back to San Francisco's sideline and tried to make his case to the training staff to return, but was held out.

The 2016 Butkus Award Winner was the story of 49ers training camp, ascending to the starting lineup after veteran free agent addition Malcolm Smith went down with a season-ending pectoral injury.

San Francisco traded back into the first round of the draft to select Foster with the 31st-overall pick after he was widely considered a top-10 talent. General manager John Lynch said Foster was the third-ranked player on the team's draft board.

The 49ers next travel to play the Seahawks, where they'll be tested by elusive quarterback Russell Wilson. Veteran Ray-Ray Armstrong is expected to replace Foster after filling in Sunday following the injury.

didn't lack any effort. He was around the ball and made some plays.'',Womens C. J. Beathard Jersey, ''I thought Ray-Ray did a solid job,Authentic Solomon Thomas Jersey,'' Shanahan said. ''He stepped up and came in,Womens Reuben Foster Jersey,played real hard

Armstrong,Authentic Joe Williams Jersey, 26,Authentic Reuben Foster Jersey, played 45 snaps and was credited with six tackles in Foster's absence. He was flagged for pass interference deep in San Francisco's territory before the Panthers scored their second touchdown.

Armstrong in 2016 earned a starting job next to NaVorro Bowman but was lost for the season in Week 2 when he suffered a torn pectoral. The former college safety is known for his athleticism and coverage skills.

The 49ers lost 23-3 Sunday but only allowed 287 yards of offense to the Panthers.

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RENTON,Womens Carl Davis Jersey, Wash. (AP) -- Before the first regular-season game of his career, cornerback Shaquill Griffin had already earned the respect of the veterans in the Seattle Seahawks locker room,Womens Maxx Williams Jersey,.

That's not the easiest group to gain praise from right away.

''Shaquill is probably one of my favorite rookies ever when it comes to the mental side of the game,'' wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. ''Nothing fazes him. It is pretty incredible for a rookie to come in at that position, that amount of mental strength,Authentic C.J. Mosley Jersey, to have that amount of poise,Authentic Carl Davis Jersey, he is phenomenal.''

Griffin backed up the praise he received from his teammates in his debut last week. Facing Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field, Griffin finished with 10 tackles and didn't give up any big plays in Seattle's 17-9 loss to the Packers. He was thrust into an even more prominent role in the defense after cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected in the first quarter. Suddenly,Womens Breshad Perriman Jersey, Griffin wasn't on the field only when Seattle went with five defensive backs. He was out there all the time opposite Richard Sherman.

Rodgers knew it. The Packers knew it. And Griffin held his own against one of the top offenses in the league.

'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. ''He had been playing very consistent throughout the preseason and took it right to game time which is really a marvelous thing to see for the coaches.'',Authentic Marlon Humphrey Jersey,''He honestly played just like he has been playing

Seattle had hoped to get this type of performance from Griffin when it drafted him in the third round out of Central Florida. Seattle needed options at cornerback after Deshawn Shead suffered a torn ACL in the playoff loss to Atlanta last January. And they needed someone with the right mentality - and confidence - to handle the attention that comes with being on the opposite side of the field from Sherman.

It's not an easy assignment. But so far Griffin has passed all of his tests.

the Vikings spent the majority of the first half ignoring Sherman and making most of their throws toward Griffin's side of the field.,The most important for Seattle's coaching staff came in the second preseason game against Minnesota. Almost as if the Seahawks had asked for this to happen

It was the perfect prerequisite for taking on a more prominent role in the opener against Green Bay.

'' Griffin said with a chuckle on Wednesday. ''Mainly it was just adjusting to the types of pass patterns I was getting. ... My main thing was some short little routes. I'd rather have that than them going deep on me. The main thing is not letting them score. I feel like that's something I'm adjusting to. It was great going against one of the best quarterbacks. That's a great way to start. ... It was perfect and something I can build off of for the rest of the season.'',''I learned a lot. First off the ball is coming to me most of the time

Green Bay tried to go that route.,Griffin's first game was so productive it even reinforced his film study. Griffin had written in his notes about having to play more ''chest-to-chest'' against Green Bay receivers because Rodgers liked to make back-shoulder throws. True to his study

'' Griffin said. ''So I was locked in every play thinking the ball was going to come to my side and that helped me a lot.'',Authentic Maxx Williams Jersey, ''The ball came to my side and my mindset was to act like the ball is going to come to you every play

Griffin is still likely to split time with Lane,Authentic Breshad Perriman Jersey, beginning Sunday against San Francisco. In nickel situations,Womens Marlon Humphrey Jersey,Lane is expected to move to the slot cornerback and leave Griffin on the outside.

'' Griffin said.,Womens C.J. Mosley Jersey,''I want them to understand they can count on me

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I’ve recently been trying to figure out the craziness in Indianapolis involving the status of quarterback Andrew Luck. Along the way, along with the apparent absence of a plan to replace him while he heals from January surgery., I’ve developed four different theories for the lingering absence of Luck from practices and games

old-fashioned incompetence; (2) a conscious willingness to give Luck a redshirt year if necessary; (3) an effort by new G.M. Chris Ballard to tie one hand behind coach Chuck Pagano’s back in order to make it easier to fire him; and (4) a possible desire by Luck to run out of Indy while he can still walk.,Womens Joe Haden Jersey,They are: (1) good

While sounding this out on various platforms (including PFT Live and Wednesday’s PFT Live afternoon podcast),Womens Corey Coleman Jersey, what they haven’t given him. As Luck enters the front end of the prime years,Authentic Carl Nassib Jersey, I made it clear that it’s just speculation,Authentic Cody Kessler Jersey, his career is currently being wasted, more accurately, arising primarily from what I’d want if me or my kid were employed by the Colts. Look at what they’ve given him or, putting him far closer to Archie than Peyton on the Manning scale.

Speaking of Archie, was a teammate of Archie’s. Oliver knows how the business works, the notion that Luck possibly wants out can be traced to the Manning family patriarch, and he’d surely prefer his son to emerge from the NFL in one piece. More than 13 years ago, Oliver, sort of. Luck’s father,Authentic Joe Haden Jersey, Archie engineered a San Diego stiff arm for Eli; why shouldn’t Oliver at least consider an Andrew extrication from Indy?

actually couching it as rumor. Which has prompted Luck’s camp to try to shoot down any talk of discontent. Wednesday night,Authentic Corey Coleman Jersey,Apparently,Womens Carl Nassib Jersey, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said on the air that Luck’s agent/uncle (or uncle/agent) called the non-rumor rumor “simply false.”,Womens Cody Kessler Jersey, others have been taking it beyond speculation

It’s odd that Luck’s camp would even address the situation at this juncture. The fact that it was shot down on the record will serve only to get more people thinking and talking about it.

at least someone would have a plan of some sort when it comes to the current state of Andrew Luck’s career.,Which could be part of the master plan. If so

consider this: The net charge for trading him in 2018 would be lower than the net charge for keeping him.,Authentic Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey,And before pooh-poohing a possible trade because of the cap hit

Besides, things will only get worse. If, if he decides that he truly wants out (which frankly he should), based on Sunday’s outcome in L.A., why would the Colts want to keep him around? If the quarterback isn’t all in,Womens Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey, that’s even possible.
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