Another star running back appeared to be banged up as well: Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy.

The New England Patriots and cornerback Malcolm Butler, the hero of Super Bowl XLIX, may be headed for a divorce. Butler, playing for $3.9 million this season and a free agent next summer, wants a new contract. Eric Rowe started over Butler in Sunday’s 36-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Butler ended up playing more than Rowe, 49 snaps to 34, but the starting snub led to speculation about a possible trade.

The Patriots could use Butler to add to their capital a year after sending a first-rounder to New Orleans for Brandin Cooks. They could also use help with their pass rush and at receiver following a spate of injuries.

“It’s all about this year,” defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said about Butler and Rowe, per the Boston Herald. “I think what things have gone down in the past doesn’t really matter to us. We’re trying to get better for this year, and the guys that are out there and positions are where we think they need to be right now currently, and to help us win that particular week.

As for a veteran, the Redskins would likely pursue 33-year-old Alex Smith if he parts with Kansas City, or one of Minnesota’s triumvirate. All three Vikings quarterbacks — Case Keenum, Sam Bradford (another former Heisman winner) and Teddy Bridgewater — are pending free agents.

Perhaps the biggest injury news of the day relates to Cardinals star running back David Johnson, who left Arizona’s 35-23 loss to Detroit with a wrist injury. X-rays were negative, according to Pro Football Talk, but Johnson will have an MRI exam on Monday. Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN report that the MRI will determine whether Johnson will miss “a few weeks” or “half the season” with his sprained wrist.

However, it proved to be a false alarm, as McCoy was cleared to return following his wrist injury.

Fournette vs. McCaffrey … The Panthers have an interesting choice to make if they stay put at No. 8 and both Fournette and McCaffrey are available. At that point, it would be all about what style of offense Carolina wants to play with its new featured tailback, according to former NFL coach Jon Gruden.


Losses to the Cardinals and 49ers are unforgivable for a team that should be making a late-season playoff push.

“One of the things that is important to point out about this that may not be evident and does not necessarily show up on our protocol sheet, is once a player gets a sideline evaluation, that is not the end of their contact with the medical staff,” Sills said. “Let’s say that a player comes off, gets the sideline evaluation and clears that, they pass that evaluation and are cleared to go back in and play.

Instead of there being hope for a deep playoff run, the lopsided defeat to the Rams produced speculation that a teardown of the roster could be in store. Would Coach Pete Carroll stay around for a rebuilding project around QB Russell Wilson and LB Bobby Wagner? The narrative certainly can change quickly in the NFL, can’t it?

The Titans no longer are deserving of a spot in the postseason. They have played their way out.

The future is bright with Jimmy Garoppolo at QB. The three straight wins with Garoppolo as the starter have raised expectations for next season. It always seemed like a near certainty that the Niners would franchise-tag Garoppolo this offseason if they couldn’t re-sign him first. But if anyone had any doubts about that, they should be erased. Garoppolo cannot be allowed to leave.

It promises to be quarterback-rich draft class, but the Browns’ possession of the No. 1 pick gives some players a decision to make: Would spending another year in college be more attractive than possibly landing in Cleveland? UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen already has said he would rather be drafted lower and end up with the right team than be drafted higher by the wrong team. Rosen must decide whether to enter the draft or spend another season at UCLA playing for the Bruins’ new coach, Chip Kelly.

Award watch … Here’s how one set of picks for this season’s major awards would look:

MVP: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots … With Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz’s season cut short by his knee injury, it comes down to Brady or Rams running back Todd Gurley II. Gurley has been terrific. But no player in the league has been more indispensable than Brady, whose game shows no signs of deterioration in the year in which he turned 40.jaguars_044

The 3-point king is having by far the best season of his career inside the arc, ranking eighth in the league in 2-point field goal percentage.

The seven players ahead of him on average stand 6-foot-10 (LeBron James the shortest among them at 6-8).

Curry’s ability to finish among the trees isn’t simply significant within the context of this season either. Entering 2017-18, there have been 63 instances of a player making at least 60 percent of his 2s. Every one of them was done by a player standing at least 6-5, which gives the 6-3 Curry a shot at finishing with the best 2-point field goal percentage ever by a player of his stature (shoutout to 6-3 Brad Davis for making 59.5 percent in 1982-83 on 7.4 attempts per game).

“I was thinking about having (Puddicombe) try to focus on some sort of relaxing mechanism while you step up to the line, but we haven’t brought in anyone (experts) yet. … Meditation is very hard. We’re gonna keep doing it in hopes that some of the young guys can pick it up and get into it.”

Walton is hoping the next appointment with Puddicombe in February, after a grueling five-game road trip, will help the team somehow with its awful foul shooting.

“We tend to only struggle in our minds when we are either thinking back and going over and over on things we aren’t happy with or when we are thinking forward kind of either worried of how things will turn out or hoping they will turn out a certain way,” Puddicombe said of the outside pressures younger athletes can face and the short attention span that this multitasking generation can have impacting their performance.

Tagovailoa’s surging performance, from Alabama’s 13-0 deficit to its 26-23 overtime win, “validated that this really not a fluke, it’s not an anomaly.”

National quarterbacking stardom from Saint Louis School: routine!

The school sits up on Kalaepohaku, which Medeiros called “a large hill or a mountain, one of the two” — this week, surely a mountain — and which Mariota mentioned in his Heisman speech with, “To the men of Kalaepohaku, and the Saint Louis brotherhood, thank you for teaching me to be always mindful and faithful.”

It hatched in 1846, overseen by Marianist Catholics. Its first 10 years of teaching came in the native Hawaiian language. It has 880 students, K-through-12. It’s 53 percent native Hawaiian, Medeiros said, plus other Polynesian students. It’s on its third campus, built of adobe in 1926. It shares its mountain with Chaminade University. Its students graduate in white tuxedos. jaguars_019

The ugly ironies in the recent cases are overwhelming.

Al Davis, the late father of current Raiders owner Mark Davis, never needed a league rule to hire Tom Flores, Art Shell or Amy Trask. Also, Reggie McKenzie, the Raiders’ general manager, who got his job the old-fashioned way — paid his dues for years, then got a chance from his old organization — spoke out against token interviews “just to satisfy the rule.”

He said that in 2013, when the NFL managed to hire zero minority candidates for eight head-coaching and seven general manager openings that offseason. The lowlights: The Chiefs essentially pulled a Raiders in hiring ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid after just four days, while meeting the minimum Rooney Rule requirements; and the offensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion Ravens, Jim Caldwell, did not get a single interview.

Officials at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., discovered Hernandez’s body with a bedsheet tied around his neck shortly after 3 a.m. on April 19, but it took more than a day for state officials to rule the death a suicide. This caused a brief controversy surrounding Hernandez’s remains, including his brain, which the family had requested be sent to Boston University’s CTE Center for further study.

President Trump has said his fight with NFL players is about respecting the flag and honoring veterans — not race. But the president and some conservative commentators have made wealth a part of the debate, inflaming racial resentment among Trump’s white working-class supporters who express no tolerance for black athletes raising concerns about institutional racism while making millions of dollars a year.

Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders: An ankle injury that Cooper aggravated in Week 14 likely will keep him out in Week 15. Cooper has been a big disappointment in fantasy this season, and if his owners have managed to get this far without him, they obviously have other options.

Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles: Ertz cleared concussion protocol and practiced Wednesday. He should return to TE1 status despite the loss of quarterback Carson Wentz. Philadelphia visits the New York Giants in Week 15, and Ertz will be looking to settle back into the offense while Nick Foles takes over behind center. Foles could look Ertz’s way quite a bit simply as a check-down option. Either way, Ertz owners should have him in the lineup.jaguars_004

The New England Patriots entered the 2017 season as the top team on each power ranking list.

Now that the regular season is over, the Patriots finished as the top-ranked team in the league.

But teams like the Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, and Philadelphia Eagles have all exceeded expectations this season. These six aforementioned squads are in the playoffs, and any of them could end up playing in Super Bowl 52.

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After you clean out your locker, you have the team exit meeting.

These can be interesting. Win or lose, the head coach will thank you for your effort and all the hours you’ve put in. If the coach will be back, he might give you a short preview of the schedule in April when you return. You will get an offseason workout packet from the strength coach.

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To get to the AFC Championship, the Bills would have to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road on Sunday and the New England Patriots on the road six days later.

The upstart Jaguars ended a playoff drought of their own. They won the AFC South for the first time since the division was created and reached the postseason for the first time in 10 years. While Blake Bortles’ propensity for turnovers makes it hard to trust Jacksonville entirely, the team is led by an elite defense and leans heavily on Leonard Fournette on offense.

Pull off the upset in Jacksonville and the Bills will have to win in Gillette Stadium three weeks after losing to the Patriots there, 37-16.

It’s no wonder the Bills are 75-to-1 underdogs to win the Super Bowl in a 12-team field.

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Mike Tomlin played his cards correctly down the stretch, despite what many might think.

The team is coming off a big Wild Card Round win over the up-and-coming Los Angeles Rams — who couldn’t come up with their first playoff win since the 2004 season. The Falcons’ defense was able to limit Rams quarterback Jared Goff to 259 yards passing and just one touchdown. By creating turnovers and limiting their own on offense, the Falcons were able to control the clock and finish the day with a 26-13 win.

It’s not hard to suspect that the underdogs heading into this matchup would have been the Falcons if Wentz was still starting at QB, but that isn’t the case. With Foles once again taking over in Philadelphia, its offense isn’t nearly as dominant, but with a solid supporting cast, the Eagles still win their first playoff game under Pederson. Only two SB Nation experts agree, with six expecting the Falcons to get a big win on the road.

In an arrangement with the Players Coalition, a group led in part by Jenkins, the NFL recently pledged to donate nearly $89 million over seven years to projects central to Stills and Jenkins’ focuses—criminal justice reform, law enforcement, community relations and education. The pledge represents the largest amount the NFL would spend on a social cause—more than the Salute to Service and Breast Cancer Awareness/Crucial Catch platforms.

“It’s not a surprise, because when you look at building a multi-billion dollar stadium in Las Vegas, and sure. It just would be very smart to play off of this as kind of a one-off, I would think, in the pros,” Carfagna said. “Because it’s like Gruden coming home … and now a sweet homecoming for [Al Davis’] son Mark to say, ‘Viva Las Vegas. Let’s gamble it all.’”

Resting Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, [Cam] Heyward and Bell ensured the core nucleus of the team will not just be present, but will be healthy. Again, something the team hasn’t done in the past.

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The most notable names on this year’s ballot are, indeed, the first-time candidates.

“I went in there and hit a hard line drive to centerfield. I hit the next pitch and a couple of other good ones, and then they were like, O.K., he can hit live pitching.”

After a few days, and with Pedrique’s blessing, the Astros signed Altuve. Omar Lopez, the manager of their Venezuelan summer-league team, told José he would like to speak with his mother and father to negotiate a signing bonus.

“Signing bonus?” Altuve said. “Just give me a contract. I’ll sign for free.”

Connor Grossman: The Giants have already shown in the Stanton and Ohtani sweepstakes that they’re serious about flipping last season’s disaster upside down. That doesn’t mean a rebuild, but more so a willingness to part with familiar faces to sure up weaknesses like center field or an overall power-starved lineup. Outside of the outfield, San Francisco has holes to address at third base and in the bullpen.

General manager Bobby Evans seems willing to explore adventurous deals, which is a bit of a departure from past Giant teams that have re-signed their proven players. If Stanton doesn’t pan out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Giants shifted gears toward Andrew McCutchen.?

Ray Lewis is a lock to be inducted on his first year after leading the Baltimore Ravens to two Super Bowl titles. Brian Urlacher is another linebacker who has a strong chance of getting in this year, being a rock in the middle of the Chicago Bears’ defense for many years.

The Chiefs didn’t just lose this game. The Chiefs blew a 21-3 lead, allowing 19 unanswered points in the second half.

Andy Reid was mad about the officiating, including a questionable call on a sack-fumble on Marcus Mariota changed the flow of the game. But Kansas City also had its chances to win. The Chiefs went for it on fourth-and-9 just before the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter. Albert Wilson couldn’t come up with a catch to keep the Chiefs’ drive alive.

Hope sparked once more when it looked like a Derrick Henry fumble was recovered by Derrick Johnson, who ran it back for what could have been a game-winning touchdown.

It looked like the Chiefs’ playoff curse was going to be lifted and they’d have their first home postseason win in 23 years. So those fans were left devastated in Arrowhead once again when officials ruled that Henry was down by contact. The Titans kept the ball and ran out the clock to hand the Chiefs a crushing defeat.bears_004-223x223

I’m not out to ruin the NFL’s business.

The Vikings have been working on their ground game, it seems, over the past few weeks, and may utilize some different looks that were not used in the week one contest. Cook rushed for 127 yards against the Saints in Week 1, with another 10 receiving yards. That is roughly what the level of production the combination of Murray and McKinnon has achieved since the bye week.

I think back in American history to Native Americans touring the east coast to bring awareness to their loss of land and dying tribes, and the many, many other movements of social change in this country. The progress has been slow. My passive act of protest is the least I can do to support Mr. Kaepernick. His sacrifice to spark a movement was career ending.

It was a hard decision for me to stop watching because I was raised a 49ers fans and a lot of bonding between my male friends revolves around football and that’s what brings us together as friends. I still read some articles about the NFL, it helps as my coping mechanism.

I’m just one person who is choosing something else. I’m now watching more of the NHL, and spending Sundays with my kids. In our house the Steelers were 1A and the Penguins were 1B. Now, the Steelers have dropped way down and we are Pens fans in our house. Last year we went to a Stanley Cup finals game, and another game in the playoffs. The money that we used to spend on the NFL we are spending on the NHL.

Alright, I’m exaggerating. But the truth is the up-downs—a required part of new coach Doug Marrone’s program in Jacksonville—were a micro piece of a macro camp theme to get tougher and more physical. That’s exactly what the Jaguars were last Sunday.

They blew up the Texans offense for a staggering 10 sacks, and rushed for 155 yards on 39 carries. Blake Bortles threw it just 21 times. Which is pretty much how Marrone and vice president Tom Coughlin drew it up when that whistle blew and all those professional football players had to hit the deck and pop back up like they were 14 again.

But Blake Bortles hit fullback Tommy Bohanon with a 14-yard touchdown with 4:19 to play, making it a two-score game again. Even at home, that was a tall order for the Steelers. Roethlisberger responded with a spectacular play that started as a rush and turned into a backward pass to Le’Veon Bell, who ran it in 8 yards for a score to pull within seven points of the Jaguars again.nationals_028

The Eagles are the first No. 1 seed to open the postseason as an underdog

The Atlanta Falcons’ Wild Card win in Los Angeles against the Rams this past weekend secured them a trip to Philadelphia to face the top-seeded Eagles this Saturday — and they’re favorites.

Despite Philadelphia being the NFL’s best team for much of the season, oddsmakers have them as an underdog against the sixth-seeded Falcons. It’s the first time a No. 1 seed has started the playoffs as an underdog in NFL history.

In the weeks that followed, Shazier’s defensive teammates wrestled with his injury and what he meant to them. Heyward, a first-round pick in 2011, had watched the defense’s makeup start to change in ’14, when he welcomed Shazier, a fellow Ohio State product. A team defined by its best defensive players had won Super Bowls after the ’05 and ’08 seasons (and then lost one after the ’10 campaign), but by Shazier’s second season almost all of those players had retired. The subsequent Steelers teams came to be known for their offensive firepower, but “when we [drafted] Ryan,” Heyward says, “it felt like a turn back the other way, the start of a new nucleus.”

Along with Shazier, Pittsburgh added Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the second round in 2014, then Kentucky outside linebacker Bud Dupree in the first round of ’15. Heyward, meanwhile, inked a six-year extension worth almost $60 million, and while the juggernaut offense hogged headlines, the two Buckeyes worked in devastating tandem: Heyward cleared space in the interior for Shazier to make tackles, and Shazier blanketed short routes, allowing Heyward time to chase QBs.

Ulriksen added, “This is 49er country, and my mom and I have been going back and forth — she’s upset that players have brought politics into sports, but I say, ‘How would you feel if you had to show up at work every day and salute a country that treats black people like second-class citizens?’

“I’m glad that Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett are making it political,” he said. “I’m sure that if King were around today, he’d be disappointed at the slow pace of progress: two steps forward, 20 steps back. Or 10 yards back, as the metaphor may be.”

Kaepernick started his movement last season with the goal of raising awareness of the oppression people of color in the United States face. He started sitting for the national anthem, before ultimately deciding taking a knee would be the better stance, after talking with former NFL player and Army Ranger Nate Boyer.

Since then, NFL players joined Kaepernick in his protest, including Bennett. The Seahawks defensive end has long been outspoken on the topic, but started sitting for the national anthem in the 2017 season.giants_094