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The Illinois Fighting Illini will take on the No. 22 USF Bulls at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. This is a homecoming of sorts for Fighting Illini head coach Lovie Smith, who was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014-15 before he was fired after compiling an 8-24 overall record:

Elliott’s lawsuit against the NFL is a labor law issue, and the court must establish whether or not Goodell acted appropriately in issuing this suspension. In his decision granting the injunction, Mazzant acknowledged that the league may not have upheld its own credible evidence standard in Elliott’s case. The outcome of this case could shape Goodell’s authority in the future.

Does the NFL have other options? Since Mazzant was the judge who issued the injunction, it was unlikely he was going to overturn his own ruling. The NFL is appealing to a higher court, according to Wallach.

“The key to the game was our defense. If they play like that (for the rest of the season), we’ll be tough to beat,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after the season-opening win.

The Falcons’ new offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, is still getting his feet wet in the NFL and working out how best to use an offense that features the likes of Julio Jones and Tevin Coleman. With talent in abundance, Sarkisian will need to work out when best to use each offensive weapon, and he certainly needs to improve on his Week 1 play calling.

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Never underestimate how grateful fans are to get real games, said Waller, who was born in South Africa to British parents. Just the fact a team was willing to give up a home game to go to the UK to play, that meant a lot to fans. These are smart fans. They’re smart fans of American football, soccer, rugby. They know there are good games and less good games, but you don’t stop loving a sport or a team because a game doesn’t quite live up to expectations.

Would you rather have a bad game or no game at all? Ninety-nine percent would say a bad game.
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Redskins running back Rob Kelley hasn’t been ruled out for Washington’s Week 3 game against the Raiders after suffering a rib cartilage injury in Sunday’s win over the Rams.
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In a statement Monday, the team said, We sincerely hope that Su’a uses this time away from the club to reflect upon whether or not he’d like to resume his career in the National Football League in 2018.
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Cravens has three more years on his contract with the Redskins. If he returns, the team still controls his rights for that length of time.

Three of the co-authors — Drs. Ira Casson and David Viano and neuropsychiatrist Mark Lovell — were once members of the league’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, which was disbanded in 2009; a fourth, Gary Solomon, is a consultant to the Tennessee Titans; and the final author on the paper, Dr. Allen Sills, was named the NFL’s chief medical officer earlier this year.

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The question once raged, who should go No. 1 in the 2016 NFL Draft: Jared Goff or Carson Wentz?

The Rams traded up in the draft to get the No. 1 pick and chose Goff, who struggled in seven games as a rookie.

The Eagles traded up to select Wentz No. 2, and the former North Dakota State star had a typical up-and-down rookie campaign.

So the two former draft kings entered this season almost as an afterthought.

But both players showed Sunday why they were so highly touted a year ago, racking up big numbers in leading their teams to victory.

Wentz set the tone early in Philly’s game against the Redskins, scrambling around in the pocket like vintage Randall Cunningham to buy time to find Nelson Agholor for a 58-yard touchdown.

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Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: The 6-1, 190-pound junior is a fluid route runner with great speed and showed off both skills while catching seven passes for 82 yards in No. 1 Alabama’s 24-7 win over No. 3 Florida State. Ridley’s 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter gave Alabam the lead for good.
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Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina: North Carolina State had no answer for the 6-foot, 215-pound Samuel, who caught five passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns in South Carolina’s 35-28 victory.

Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa: Wadley showed toughness and some nice shiftiness while rushing for 116 yards on 24 carries. The 5-11, 195-pound senior is coming off a season in which he ran for 1,081 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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After benching quarterback Tom Savage for rookie Deshaun Watson at halftime of the Houston Texans’ season-opening 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Bill O’Brien said he had not decided who will start Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Kids Carnell Lake Jersey I’ll think about it a long time tonight and try to continue to work on Cincinnati, and we’ll see what the best approach is versus them, O’Brien said.

Allison served a one-game suspension last week for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, regarding a marijuana charge last season. He is eligible to play in Sunday’s game at Atlanta.

Gunter finished last season as the Packers’ No 1 cornerback and was assigned to cover Odell Beckham Jr., Dez Bryant and Julio Jones in consecutive playoff games in January. However, he had fallen out of the regular rotation at cornerback this season and played just two snaps in the opener.

The Jean Francois move leaves the Packers with just five defensive linemen: Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Adams and Dial. But considering how much defensive coordinator Dom Capers uses his sub packages with only two defensive linemen on the field, they often go with just five linemen.

Kids Jeremy Langford Jersey The Packers gave Jean Francois a $250,000 signing bonus. He’s also eligible for termination pay, meaning the team would owe him the remainder of his $1.25 million base salary because he was cut after Week 1. Vested veterans can collect that one time during their careers. Had the Packers released him before the opener, they would not have owed him anything.

Steelers, CB Joe Haden agree to 3-year deal

It didn’t take long for Joe Haden to find a new team following his release from the Browns.

The cornerback signed a three-year deal worth $27 million with the Steelers after Pittsburgh emerged as the favorite to land the veteran, ESPN and other outlets reported.

According to the ESPN report, the deal will include $7 million in guaranteed money this season. To sweeten the deal, Haden will face his former team when the division rivals collide in the season opener Sept. 10 in Cleveland.

All of this backstory leads to a tweet from Bell on Thursday. After news broke that general manager Kevin Colbert had his contract extended, Bell responded with what can be viewed as a sarcastic “congrats.”

These two are probably on good terms, but there is a certain hilarity in the fact Bell can’t get an extension, but Colbert can. Several other NFL fans and analysts took notice at Bell’s tweet, and came away with the same view of his underlying message.

There’s still time for Bell to get a long-term deal, but getting one before the season is ideal so the drama doesn’t carry out. If Colbert was smart, he’d want to lock up Bell for as long as possible, because he’s easily a top five back in the league.bears_017-223x223

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Marshawn Lynch is playing in his first game back since retiring after the 2015 season and is holding nothing back in his return.

It’s not the first time Lynch has drawn a finger on the field. He flipped off Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for calling a play-action pass to tight end Kellen Davis against the Cardinals instead of handing the ball off on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

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Limited Mens Jamaal Charles Jersey The league’s investigation reviewed police reports, witness statements, photographic evidence, texts and other metadata. It also interviewed Elliott, the accuser, and a dozen witnesses.

In the NFL’s letter to Elliott, it says the four external advisors to the investigation individually were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that you engaged in physical violence against (the accuser) on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016.

Former Attorney General of New Jersey Peter Harvey, an independent advisor appointed by the league, spoke to the media via phone about what they learned over the course of the investigation. Harvey said that he came to the conclusion that Elliott had been physically violent toward his former girlfriend.

Harvey said it raised suspicions when witnesses who had given affidavits did not want to be interviewed by the NFL. He was also struck by an inability of Elliott’s representatives to explain the accuser’s injuries any other way, even with the bar fight she was reportedly in earlier in the evening on July 22, 2016.
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At one point in the video, Michael is heard yelling to the officer: I wasn’t doing nothing, man! I was here with my friends. They told us to get out; everybody ran. Can you answer my question, sir?

Martellus Bennett said he received a call from his brother in the hours shortly following the incident, after the Packers had returned home from a preseason game at Denver. He described Michael as hysterical during the phone call and said he just tried to calm him down.

Michael’s doing well, Martellus said. I think the first couple days were really tough. I think he’s doing well. He has a lot of support, a lot of good support, a lot of friends, but he’s doing well.
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Peyton Manning went out on top, with the Broncos’ victory in Super Bowl 50 the last game of his 18-year career. Andrew Hancock for ESPN
Authentic Mens Marcus Sherels Jersey At age 39, after the 2015 season, Manning became the oldest quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. He also won the Associated Press MVP, NFL Offensive Player of the Year ad Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year for 2013 at age 37 after leading the NFL in passing yards. Another fact that shows his longevity: He is the only quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two franchises — the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos — and the only quarterback to start more than one Super Bowl for two franchises.

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Hogan won three of the four majors in 1953 — the Masters, U.S. Open and The Open — at age 40. He won eight of his nine career majors after turning 35 and is one of five golfers to win all four major championships. He achieved this even though he served in the U.S. Army from 1943-45, during World War II, and endured a near-fatal car accident in 1949.

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Sipe was a 13th-round pick of the Browns in 1972 and worked his way from the team’s taxi squad to NFL MVP by 1980. But Sipe lasted three more seasons in Cleveland. Despite losing then regaining his starting job with the Browns, Sipe signed with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1983.

Belle was the Indians’ first pick in the 1987 amateur draft, and played in Cleveland for eight seasons. He became the franchise’s all-time home run leader before leaving for Chicago in free agency in 1996.

And this decade, with the construction of Levi’s Stadium in the city, the renovated restaurant became a gathering spot for football fans.

A 2014 Mercury News special section on Levi’s Stadium called By-Th’-Bucket the “Best place to take the sting out of a 49ers loss,” noting that “If you don’t feel uplifted after a trip to By-Th’-Bucket Bar and Grill, then you’re not a true member of the Faithful.

“At this classic Italian/seafood restaurant, you can surround yourself in memorabilia from the 49ers’ glory days — helmets, jerseys and footballs signed by all the greats — to remind yourself that there’s always next week. Then dig into the ultimate San Francisco-style comfort food: Cioppino by the bucket, as the name says.”

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The front-line talent all-around should have them back on track to contend for the South.

There’s been a ton of hype over what kind of season Jameis Winston can have now that he’s loaded with toys in an offense he loves. But the key lies in getting all that defensive talent to jell as it should.
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Bortles failed to complete 60 percent of his passes for a third straight season. His penchant for turnovers also continued with 16 interceptions, giving him a career total of 51 in 46 career games. And the biggest disappointment: Bortles finished 3-13 as a starter, which contributed to the in-season firing of coach Gus Bradley.

Even so, Marrone and new football czar Tom Coughlin thought Bortles could be fixed. Signs were encouraging enough in May that the Jaguars picked up the fifth-year option on Bortles’ rookie contract that comes with a $19 million salary if he’s on the roster in 2018.

Bortles’ performance in last Thursday’s preseason matchup against Tampa Bay triggered a new wave of fan and media criticism. The biggest knocks were two badly missed passes to wide receiver Allen Robinson that reflected his accuracy issues. This came on the heels of Robinson’s obscenity-filled criticism of Bortles following an incompletion during practice became public fodder.
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The reporter, Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero, challenged Kaepernick on a T-shirt he wore in August, depicting Malcolm X’s 1960 meeting with Castro in Harlem and the words Like Minds Think Alike. Kaepernick said he intended for the shirt to show his support Malcolm X’s willingness to be open-minded, not Castro.

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It’s negotiations, said Rodgers, who is slated to earn $13.65 million in base salary and bonuses in 2017. You negotiate based on what you’ve done, what other people have done. I don’t handle that. My agent handles that. I don’t worry about that stuff.

If it’s meant to happen here, it’s going to happen here. I think it is and I want it to. But again, that stuff takes care of itself. You play well enough, you get another contract.

The torch was then passed to the NFL Foundation, which decided to match the donation from the Texans, per Charlotte Jones Anderson, chairperson of the NFL Foundation. Anderson is also the Cowboys executive vice president/chief brand officer and the daughter of Jerry Jones. Those funds will support the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

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With the damage from Hurricane Harvey still running its course, there’s no telling just how much it will cost to help Houston and its residents get back on their feet. But the NFL took a step in the right direction, setting the standard for those who can afford to donate.
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