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Latest NFL News brings Injuries and Cold Wars
One New York Jet receiver is already hurt, another is jobless. The Philadelphia Eagles face the loss of a major defensive presence, and it’s not Tebow Time in Denver after all. Bear witness to the carnage that is NFL news.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard leaves Practice with Back Injury
A slew of injuries are already happening, and it’s barely a week into training camp. The latest big name to go down was quarterback David Garrard of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Garrard was hit repeatedly during drills despite his non contact jersey and left practice with a back injury. If the injury is serious, it definitely jeopardizes Garrard’s place as the starter with first round pick Blaine Gabbert awaiting his chance.
Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton getting All Reps with First Team
Just when the Tim Tebow bandwagon had something to cheer for, their hopes took a major hit when Denver Broncos teammate Kyle Orton made NFL news by taking all the snaps with the first offensive unit. Experts believed Orton would be traded at the start of free agency, but when offers for him cooled down, the coaching staff had him split snaps with Tebow in practice. Clearly the more experienced Orton is making more plays and staking a claim for the starting job.
New York Jets cut Jericho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress hurt Ankle
More and more, the New York Jets are becoming Rex Ryan’s team. Veteran Jet wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery got released, expecting replacement by Derrick Mason from the Baltimore Ravens, Ryan’s former team. Cotchery suffered a season ending leg injury last season and seeks a change of scenery since the Jets already brought in Plaxico Burress, who recently tweaked his ankle in practice, to flank Santonio Holmes. Cotchery enters free agency healthy and eager to find a landing spot where he can compete as a starter.
Philadelphia Eagles DT Mike Patterson has Tangled Blood Vessels in Brain
The collective breaths of the Philadelphia Eagles roster held when defensive tackle Mike Patterson went to the hospital after having a seizure during practice. Thankfully, he’s awake and alert since that terrifying ordeal and now has a diagnosis for what happened. According to Eagles trainers, Patterson has a unique condition where blood vessels have become tangled in his brain. Doctors call the condition arteriovenous malformation or AVM. Patterson’s agent disputes the diagnosis, saying it’s far too early to say the defensive tackle has AVM. However, if he does, Patterson may need surgery to repair the blood vessels.
Free Agency War continues between Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers
The free agency period that covers NFL news daily has turned into a personal battleground between the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals all week. In mere days, both teams took players off each others’ roster, a battle that escalated when safety Donte Whitner announced he would join the Bengals then changed his mind and signed with the 49ers. The two teams face off in Week 3 of the regular season. This quiet war should add spice and sizzle to the matchup.
San Francisco 49ers takes troubled Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards off Market
Despite his recent issues with the bar brawl in Detroit, wide receiver Braylon Edwards found a new home. The San Francisco 49ers gave him a one year deal for $3.5 million to flank young Michael Crabtree and be a big target for quarterback Alex Smith. Whether or not Edwards can stay out of trouble is a far bigger question for new head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Current NFL player considers revealing he
A current NFL player is contemplating coming out to the public in the next few months in hopes that the day will come when an openly gay athlete can play professional football without his sexuality being an issue.
News of the player comes as the Supreme Court begins to hear arguments challenging California’s ban on gay marriage, in a historic case that could have sweeping implications for all states.
In that case, lawyers representing one lesbian and one gay couple from California will try to persuade the nine Supreme Court justices to strike down the state’s voter approved ban on same sex marriages and to declare that gay couples can marry nationwide.
Lawyers representing supporters of the California ban, known as Proposition 8, will argue that the court should not override the democratic process and impose a judicial solution that would redefine marriage in the some 40 states that do not allow same sex couples to wed.
The case has the potential to be monumental, as the justices could, if they choose to rule broadly, overturn every state constitutional provision and law banning same sex marriages.
Freeman’s article illustrates how homosexuality has become something of an issue in the NFL. Just this year, a San Francisco 49ers defensive back was widely criticized for what was perceived as homophobic comments before the Super Bowl.
“I don’t do the guys. I don’t do that,” Chris Culliver said. “We don’t have any gays on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”
NFL power rankings for Nov
In this week’s NFL power rankings, the Denver Broncos remain in the top spot, closely followed by the Kansas City Chiefs. Joining the Chiefs and Broncos from the AFC (in the top ten) include the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts. The top ranked NFC team is the Seattle Seahawks, followed by the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.
Here in Detroit, our Lions check in at No. 11, which is one spot better than a week ago. The aforementioned Packers are No. 10, the Chicago Bears check in at No. 13 and the Minnesota Vikings round out the NFC North squads at No. 28.
The Philadelphia Eagles rose the furthest from a week ago, moving from No. 19 to No. 14. Meanwhile, both the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons fell the furthest, five spots each.
Finally, if the 2013 14 NFL Playoffs were to start today, Saints, Seahawks, Lions, Dallas Cowboys, 49ers, Panthers, Patriots, Bengals, Colts, Chiefs, Broncos and New York Jets would be postseason bound.