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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."
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.

‘RETURN' TO GLORY

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.

HAWKINS OUT

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.

BROWNS INJURY REPORT

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.
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
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.”
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.
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
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."
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.

Done.

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.
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."
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.
Jaguars Notebook: Dante Fowler feeling good after resting sore knee

It was noticeable last week in practice when Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler wore a brace on his left knee.

Fowler missed his rookie year (2015) with a torn left ACL,Authentic Tevin Coleman Jersey, but played all 16 games last year.

Fowler was held out of practice Aug. 21-22 and the Aug. 24 preseason game against Carolina.

“Nothing was wrong,Authentic Joe Flaccos Jersey,” Fowler said after returning to practice this week. “It got a little tired so it was precautionary by them. They wanted me to rehab it and rest it.”

Fowler returned to practice Saturday and worked four consecutive days.

” Fowler said.,“When I went out to practice on Saturday, it felt really good, it felt really good and then practicing in the rain Sunday, too

Fowler said he put his knee brace back on as a just to be extra cautious.

Fowler was held out along with 21 other healthy players for Thursday’s preseason finale against Atlanta.

Fowler was pleased with his training camp/preseason.

“The thing is consistency and being able to play four full quarters hard,” Fowler said. “I want to play hard and play fast to be able to dominate for four quarters. That’s the goal and the first test is Houston[on Sept. 10].”

Harper carted off

Jaguars reserve safety Jarrod Harper was strapped to a stretcher and carted off the field early in the game after he was injured covering a punt.

The Jaguars said Harper was being evaluated for a concussion.

Koyack’s strides

a 2015 seventh-round pick,Jaguars tight end Ben Koyack wasn’t that noticeable to the untrained observer during training camp until his 30-yard catch and run against Carolina last week. But Koyack,Womens Justin Hardy Jersey, could have a role as a combo tight end this year.

The key for Koyack: His blocking.

” Koyack said earlier this week. “And things of that nature,Womens Joe Flaccos Jersey, “I’ve tried to work on my leverage and hand placement,Authentic Matt Ryan Jersey, I’ve tried to translate from the practice field to the game.”

Koyack spent hours upon hours in the Jaguars’ weight room after arriving from Notre Dame.

there’s a lot of technique that goes into blocking. Strength doesn’t matter if your technique isn’t there.”,Authentic Vic Beasley Jersey,“If you look at where I came from to now – I was lucky if I could bench 225 pounds more than 15 times when I got here,Authentic Justin Hardy Jersey, I’m up strength-wise,” Koyack said. “Now, but at the end of the day

If the Jaguars start the season without Mychal Rivera, Koyack could be the third tight end behind Marcedes Lewis and Alex Ellis.

Not focused on Hopkins … yet

Cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin said earlier this week they had not started focusing on Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the Jaguars’ big-time Week 1 problem.

“”We’ll get to him when we get to him,” Colvin said.

Said Bouye: “I’m just working on myself. I’m going to watch film on them[next week]. The person that beats me is me so I focus on me.”

Bouye will enter Houston Week without any preseason game snaps. But …

” Bouye said. “I watch film every day and I stay locked in. I feel good on the field. I know when the lights go on,Womens Vic Beasley Jersey,“I know I’m ready,Womens Tevin Coleman Jersey, I’ll be ready to compete.”

Colvin (foot) missed the first three preseason games but did play in the first half against Atlanta.

Etc.

construction workers were spotted atop the 50-yard line in the rafters. The stadium has components of Dallas (standing areas directly behind the team benches) and Seattle (field-level luxury boxes behind both end zones). The video board is unique – it encircles the top of the stadium but unlike Dallas,Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened for football last week for Falcons-Arizona. The roof remains closed while final kinks are ironed out. During pre-game warm-ups,Womens Matt Ryan Jersey,it doesn’t overpower the spectators. … The Jaguars players will be off Friday-Sunday. The team must trim its roster to 53 players on Saturday.
As far as preseason games go,Womens Fabian Moreau Jersey, Thursday night’s contest between the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium certainly did look like a fourth one.

In a game that,Womens Colt McCoy Jersey, featured players that are going to be looking for work in a couple of days, largely, the Dolphins handed the Vikings their second loss of this preseason by a final score of 30-9.

The Dolphins got on the board first in this one, capping things with a 1-yard touchdown run by Kenyan Drake. That was all the scoring for the first quarter in this one, as they took the opening possession and moved 78 yards in 10 plays for the score, as both defenses stiffened up a bit after the initial Miami drive.

as backup quarterback David Fales found wide receiver Jakeem Grant for a huge 65-yard touchdown pass about three minutes in to give the Dolphins a 14-0 lead. The Vikings answered on their next drive,Miami struck again in the second quarter, however, as Taylor Heinicke found Cayleb Jones for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Marshall Koehn missed the extra point, keeping the score at 14-6.

the Dolphins got another touchdown as Fales found former Marqueis Gray for a 6-yard touchdown. The Vikings appeared to have the Dolphins stopped,With time winding down before halftime, Taylor Heinicke was sacked in the end zone to make it 23-6, but Mackensie Alexander was inexplicably called for taunting after an incompletion on third down to keep the Dolphins’ offense on the field. Miami hit the extra point to make it 21-6. On the Vikings’ next offensive play,Womens Ryan Anderson Jersey, and that’s how they went into the locker room at halftime.

Another former Gopher, took over for Heinicke at halftime for the Minnesota offense. His first drive resulted in a three-and-out, quarterback Mitch Leidner,Womens Samaje Perine Jersey, Leidner acquitted himself fairly well, so he clearly has a pretty solid grasp of the offense at this point. In all seriousness,Womens Montae Nicholson Jersey, and led the Vikings down the field on his second drive,Authentic Colt McCoy Jersey, with a Kai Forbath field goal cutting the deficit to 23-9 early in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins then added another touchdown on a pass from Fales to Mitch Mathews. . .who was with the Vikings earlier in the offseason. . .to make it 30-9.

as wide receiver Moritz B?hringer caught his first pass as an NFL wide receiver,One of the few Vikings’ highlights came later in that fourth quarter, it was only the one pass and it didn’t amount to much, a 6-yarder from Leidner. Yeah, but it was still pretty cool.

Looking at the stat sheet for the Vikings in this one, and was actually not awful for the most part, Heinicke had a rough first half for the most part. He finished his night completing 9-of-20 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Leidner came in for the second half, completing 14-of-19 for 123 yards.

On the rushing portion of the stat sheet, Bronson Hill led the way for the Vikings with 38 yards on 13 carries. Terrell Newby chipped in with 28 yards on 13 carries, and Heinicke had 18 yards on a pair of scrambles.

The biggest offensive story in this one for the purple was Cayleb Jones, he had over 100 yards more than the next highest Vikings,Authentic Fabian Moreau Jersey, who was a favored target of both Heinicke and Leidner. He finished his evening with 127 yards and a touchdown on nine catches. He certainly made an interesting case for potentially making the team this evening. In fact, as Kyle Carter had 23 yards on three grabs.

as they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.,Authentic Samaje Perine Jersey,Both the Dolphins and the Vikings finish the preseason with records of 2-2. We know that the Vikings will kick off the season on Monday Night Football on 11 September against the New Orleans Saints. Miami will also open the regular season at home on 10 September

The Miami Dolphins take down the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason finale by a final score of 30-9,Authentic Ryan Anderson Jersey,folks.,Authentic Montae Nicholson Jersey, and now the countdown to the cutdown begins. Teams have to have their 53-man rosters set by 3:00 PM Central time. We will have all of that news for you right here at The Daily Norseman
Fowler returned to practice Saturday and worked four consecutive days.

“When I went out to practice on Saturday, it felt really good, it felt really good and then practicing in the rain Sunday,Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey, too,Womens Curtis Samuel Jersey,” Fowler said.

Fowler said he put his knee brace back on as a just to be extra cautious.

Fowler was held out along with 21 other healthy players for Thursday’s preseason finale against Atlanta.

Fowler was pleased with his training camp/preseason.

“The thing is consistency and being able to play four full quarters hard,Womens Taylor Moton Jersey,” Fowler said. “I want to play hard and play fast to be able to dominate for four quarters. That’s the goal and the first test is Houston[on Sept. 10].”

Harper carted off

Jaguars reserve safety Jarrod Harper was strapped to a stretcher and carted off the field early in the game after he was injured covering a punt.

The Jaguars said Harper was being evaluated for a concussion.

Koyack’s strides

a 2015 seventh-round pick,Authentic Harrison Butker Jersey,Jaguars tight end Ben Koyack wasn’t that noticeable to the untrained observer during training camp until his 30-yard catch and run against Carolina last week. But Koyack, could have a role as a combo tight end this year.

The key for Koyack: His blocking.

” Koyack said earlier this week. “And things of that nature,“I’ve tried to work on my leverage and hand placement, Authentic Curtis Samuel Jersey,I’ve tried to translate from the practice field to the game.”

Koyack spent hours upon hours in the Jaguars’ weight room after arriving from Notre Dame.

“If you look at where I came from to now – I was lucky if I could bench 225 pounds more than 15 times when I got here, I’m up strength-wise,” Koyack said. “Now, but at the end of the day,Womens Christian McCaffrey Jersey, there’s a lot of technique that goes into blocking. Strength doesn’t matter if your technique isn’t there.”

If the Jaguars start the season without Mychal Rivera,Authentic Daeshon Hall Jersey, Koyack could be the third tight end behind Marcedes Lewis and Alex Ellis.

Not focused on Hopkins … yet

Cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin said earlier this week they had not started focusing on Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins,Womens Daeshon Hall Jersey, the Jaguars’ big-time Week 1 problem.

“”We’ll get to him when we get to him,Womens Harrison Butker Jersey,” Colvin said.

Said Bouye: “I’m just working on myself. I’m going to watch film on them[next week]. The person that beats me is me so I focus on me.”

Bouye will enter Houston Week without any preseason game snaps. But …

” Bouye said. “I watch film every day and I stay locked in. I feel good on the field. I know when the lights go on,Authentic Taylor Moton Jersey,“I know I’m ready, I’ll be ready to compete.”

Colvin (foot) missed the first three preseason games but did play in the first half against Atlanta.

Etc.

construction workers were spotted atop the 50-yard line in the rafters. The stadium has components of Dallas (standing areas directly behind the team benches) and Seattle (field-level luxury boxes behind both end zones). The video board is unique – it encircles the top of the stadium but unlike Dallas,Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened for football last week for Falcons-Arizona. The roof remains closed while final kinks are ironed out. During pre-game warm-ups, it doesn’t overpower the spectators. … The Jaguars players will be off Friday-Sunday. The team must trim its roster to 53 players on Saturday.
On the same day the Raiders got the good news that top pick Gareon Conley came off PUP and returned to practice,Authentic Everson Griffen Jersey, they were without second round pick Obi Melifonwu.

His absence was not noted by myself or other media in attendance during practice itself -- perhaps because we were all looking for Gareon Conley or perhaps Melifonwu was there early on and left after (?) — but Raiders officials told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle afterward that Melifonwu had not practiced.

Obi Melifonwu didn’t practice. Not a good sign after playing 20-some plays Saturday. His ankle again? Del Rio unavailable for comment

— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 29, Womens Harrison Smith Jersey,2017

The rookie safety had missed most of camp with an ankle injury,Womens Latavius Murray Jersey, but finally returned to practice full as of last week and saw his Raiders debut in the third preseason game last Saturday.

but come practice Tuesday,Authentic Harrison Smith Jersey, he was not on the field with his teammates,At no time was it apparent he had suffered an injury in that game,Authentic Teddy Bridgewater Jersey, leading to the conclusion that he may not play in the team’s preseason finale on Thursday.

It also raises concern his ankle may not have responded well and perhaps even a re-injury situation. This is speculation,Womens Everson Griffen Jersey, of course.

Two players did leave the game Saturday — fullback Jamize Olawale and David Amerson.

Olawale pulled up after a long run without contact. Missing practice today could rule out the possibility it was just cramps,Authentic Latavius Murray Jersey, which raises other concerns. He is currently the only fullback on the roster.

but not drills,Womens Teddy Bridgewater Jersey,Amerson suffered a concussion in the game and is going through the concussion protocol. He participated in stretches,Authentic Linval Joseph Jersey, which means he is in stage one of the protocol.

Neither Cory James nor Seth Roberts made the trip to Dallas for the game. Roberts returned to practice today,Womens Linval Joseph Jersey, but James remained out.

Ben Heeney was also not practicing. He remains on the Non-Football Injury. Keith McGill is still not back from his foot injury.

I would be surprised if any of the players missing from today’s practice play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Seahawks.

The next time the Raiders take the field for practice will be a week from today. That day will be the first in which they must turn in an official injury report which will help clarify the issues each player faces. Some players may also land on injured reserve prior to that day which will also clear things up.
Texas (AP) — While J.J. Watt still thinks the Houston-Dallas preseason game shouldn't be played because of catastrophic flooding in Houston,FRISCO, the star defensive end for the Texans is getting his wish that money generated by the exhibition finale will go to Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

Watt, who started a fundraising page that reached $4 million in donations in barely more than two days,Authentic Ryan Anderson Jersey, reiterated his stance that the game originally scheduled for Houston on Thursday night should have been scrapped instead of moved to the home of the Cowboys.

The Texans,Authentic Fabian Moreau Jersey, who are in charge of the game since they are technically the home team,Authentic Samaje Perine Jersey, said Tuesday that tickets and parking will be $25 apiece. Tickets were available online starting Tuesday night.

"I think the only good thing that can possibly come out of a game on Thursday would be a massive fundraiser,Authentic Montae Nicholson Jersey," Watt said. "This is bigger than football. It's bigger than a game. It's bigger than any of us."

Speaking of massive fundraisers,Authentic Colt McCoy Jersey, Watt almost didn't know to react to the stunning growth of his effort, which started with a web page and a selfie video Sunday. Since then, he's been offering video updates as the total climbed. The original goal was $200,000.

The highlight Tuesday was a $1 million donation from Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, daughter of the late Bud Adams. Strunk's father owned the Houston Oilers when the franchise moved to Nashville in 1997.

"That's remarkable, from a team in our division, one of our rivals, willing to go above and beyond football," Watt said. "It just speaks to humanity. It speaks to the good in people."

The team flew to the Dallas area after a preseason loss in New Orleans last weekend and practiced the past two days at Cowboys headquarters. Coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans were hopeful of a return home before Monday.

The Texans have two concerns that dwarf the game against the Cowboys, which will involve few if any starters. The first is their families back in Houston. The second is the season opener against Jacksonville,Womens Ryan Anderson Jersey, which is supposed to be at home Sept. 10.

"It's not easy,Womens Fabian Moreau Jersey, but being a professional athlete isn't,Womens Samaje Perine Jersey," linebacker Brian Cushing said. "We have to juggle a lot of different things and be expected to do it at the highest level."

All team personnel are accounted for,Womens Montae Nicholson Jersey, and O'Brien said the club was working to help the players who weren't on the trip that never made it back to Houston. He has said there were about 10.

"Two or three times a day,Womens Colt McCoy Jersey, we've tried to reach them," O'Brien said. "Sometimes the issue is the cell service, not being able to get them on the cellphone. But we're doing the best we can to help. Some guys are in areas that are harder hit than other areas."

O'Brien said the position and roster battles that always define the preseason finale will give plenty of players something to think about other than what's going on at home.

"I realize it's not the AFC championship game," O'Brien said. "But I will tell you for all the guys that are going to play in that game, it's a very important game. It's an important game for them as Houston Texans and it's an important game for them to be able put some good football on tape."

And soon after, the Texans hope they will be home.
 
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