Tag:DeSean Jackson
Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:51 pm

NFL investigating Landry spittle, pregame scuffle

Posted by Will Brinson

In the wake of Michael Vick and the Eagles dropping some record-breaking offense in Washington last night, some alleged details emerged that didn't paint some Redskins defenders in a flattering light. Namely that LaRon Landry and DeAngelo Hall taunted DeSean Jackson about the concussion he suffered a few weeks ago, and that Landry spat on Philly center Mike McGlynn several times.

Naturally, the NFL is investigating -- a spokesman told the Philadelphia Daily News that they were looking into both the alleged spittle and the pregame skirmish between players (which occurred because of the alleged taunts directed at Jackson).

This is the second week in a row that the NFL's had to investigate an incident of spitting during a game. Last week Channing Crowder and La'Ron McClain got into a nasty little war of words after the Dolphins-Ravens game, although the NFL concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to warrant punishing McClain, despite some video that seemed to indicate otherwise.

Landry's denied that he spit on McGlynn (the two incidents in question were on an extra point to put the Eagles up 21-0 and then again with four minutes remaining in the game), claiming that the proof he didn't is positional, as there'd be no reason for him to line up in the A-gap at any point during the game.

"This is my answer: When would I ever be in touch with the center? I never blitz the 'A' gap." Landry said, according to the Washington Post."Extra points? Still, when would I ever be in the 'A' gap? Extra points I'm on the end. With that said, that's your answer."

Hall also, according to the Post, denied taunting Jackson before the game and Landry "downplayed" it.

Given a lack of video evidence (that we know of so far anyway) on Landry spitting, it seems like a long shot that he'll be punished by the NFL, given that McClain received no punishment the week before.

As for the taunting, though, that might be more serious of an offense given the way in which the NFL has handled concussions this year. The notion of one player threatening another one with physical harm and/or making light of what is a very serious injury probably won't go over well with the league office.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 8:47 am

More details on LaRon Landry's behavior

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Will was up late Monday night telling you about how Redskins S LaRon Landry and CB DeAngelo Hall mocked Eagles WR DeSean Jackson about his concussion from a few weeks back.

You know, the typical “making pillow gestures” and saying “night, night” that we all seem to think is absolutely hi-larious (especially when you talk about another man’s health).

Not surprisingly, that disgusting behavior seemed to motivate the Eagles, who absolutely dominated Washington as Michael Vick had the individual performance of the year (20 of 28, 333 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions) while feeding an 88 yard touchdown pass to Jackson 18 seconds into the game.

Needless to say, after the game, Philadelphia described the pregame trash-talking and how it got the Eagles blood boiling.

“He brought up my concussion, and said, ‘I’m going to put you asleep again,’” Jackson told reporters, via the Philadelphia Sports Daily, recounting his pregame conversation with Landry.

Said Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin: “Everybody trash talks, but there are certain things you talk about and certain things you don’t. In incidents where someone is really hurt, or life-changing incidents like that – you don’t talk about those type of things. Thirty was running at the mouth a little too much.”

But that’s not all. Apparently, the Redskins couldn’t keep the saliva from pouring out of their mouths (why is spitting in people’s faces, all of a sudden, becoming a trend?) According to Philadelphia center Mike McGlynn, Landry spit on him at least twice.

While the Redskins were embarrassed badly on their home field, one person came off looking worse. Apparently, Landry had an off-night.

As a human being.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:30 am
Edited on: November 16, 2010 9:37 am

Report: Redskins taunted Jackson for concussion

Posted by Will Brinson

You probably saw the pregame skirmish between the Eagles and the Redskins -- we were told it was "all in good fun" (or some similar cliche relating to people being pumped up to smash each other for money). Turns out that might not be the case, as multiple people are reporting that the early scuffle was a result of LaRon Landry and DeAngelo Hall taunting DeSean Jackson for his concussion against Atlanta a few weeks ago.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer cites sources that that indicate the two were mocking Jackson before warmups. And Comcast SportsNet, via The 700 Level, reports that various Redskins players were making "pillow gestures" and saying "night, night" at Jackson before the game started. It also turns out that Landry also spit on some people and told Jackson he was "going to put him to sleep again."

That's pretty cold all-around, and certainly not professional behavior. Of course, it led to this photo happening, so, um, you know what they say about karma.

Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:32 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 11:13 pm

Eagles, Redskins smashing records Monday

Posted by Will Brinson

Anyone who decided to skip the Philadelphia - Washington Monday night game and do something boring like watch the NBA eat dinner with your family is gonna be pretty upset come Tuesday. Michael Vick treated fans to a first-half performance that might go down as one of the most memorable primetime explosions in NFL history as Vick threw for 264 yards and three TDs and ran for another 66 yards and 2 TDs.

The opening play from scrimmage, an 88-yard bomb from Vick to DeSean Jackson, was the longest first play from scrimmage in Eagles history, the 10th longest pass play in Eagles history, the longest play from scrimmage ever against the Redskins, and the longest play in both Vick and Jackson's respective careers.

The Eagles didn't stop there, though, pouring on the points for the entire half, and taking a 28-0 lead into the second quarter, which set the NFL record for biggest lead by a road team in NFL history after one quarter.

Oh yes, and the Eagles posted 280 yards from scrimmage in that first quarter, also an NFL record.

Fortunately, for interest and ratings' sake, the Redskins realized the game had started, and McNabb connected on two long passes to Anthony Anderson and Fred Davis, both of which eventually led to touchdowns for the Eagles. (Expensive ones, too, since McNabb's making a little bit more money now, in case you missed the news about his extension.)

But Washington's attempt to salvage some pride didn't last too long, as Vick kept distributing the ball en route to piling up 45 total points, an Eagles record for points in a half. On the way, nearly everyone got in on the action as LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin both caught touchdowns and even Jerome Harrison scored on a 50-yard scamper.

A less impressive way to look at the 45 points? That ties the record for most points given up by the Redskins in one half, previously set when they lost to the Bears 73-0 way back in 1940.

For those of you who play fantasy football, Vick (who I'm starting in a pair of leagues, *shimmy*), piled up 46 points in standard CBSSports.com leagues, and even warranted a hot sticky ... after the first quarter.

And one more for the road: Vick managed to pass Steve Young for second all-time for rushing yards by a quarterback, trailing only Randall Cunningham (who once received a contract extension the night before playing the Redskins; seriously).

Needless to say, there's not a whole lot that could happen in the second half to really shock anyone. Or is there ...

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 6:56 pm

Helmet options are limited for concussed

D. Jackson recently suffered a concussion, but as of now, it doesn't appear that any helmet could guarantee he wouldn't suffer anothe one (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

An interesting story by the Associated Press here on the as-yet-unrealized concussion-proof helmet that probably will never come into being.

Recently-concussed Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, for instance, was given a new, specially-made helmet that is supposed to reduce head injuries. But the manufacturer can’t guarantee that the helmet will prevent concussions.

It’s probably impossible, in fact. A scary thought.
From the AP:

In a series of interviews with The Associated Press, representatives of the NFL, its players' union and the four equipment companies that make every helmet worn in the league all agreed there's no football helmet – in production or on drawing boards – that can eliminate concussions. And there might never be one.

The NFL acknowledges that the lack of a perfect helmet contributed to its decision in recent weeks to use hefty fines and the threat of suspensions to cut down on dangerous hits. It's also why the league's head, neck and spine medical committee is holding a two-day meeting next month to look into new ways to test and design helmets.

"A concussion-proof helmet? So far, there's nothing to that effect," said Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations. "I don't know if (manufacturers) could ever convince us or assure us that a helmet that would absolutely prevent concussions is doable. I haven't heard such a thing."

And you know what? Even if this helmet could be conceived and available to NFL players, I guarantee many – if not most of them – would bypass the product altogether and play with what they’ve got now.

That’s perhaps the saddest part of all.

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 5:39 pm

Vick might give Eagles free agent discount

Posted by Will Brinson

Two years ago, Michael Vick was a pariah in the NFL. Understandably, no one wanted the PR nightmare that came along with signing an ex-con who'd served time for ostensibly torturing dogs.

The Eagles took that chance and now that Vick is an MVP candidate about-to-turn free agent, he says he would consider rewarding them for their faith by giving them a discount and/or edge in contract negotiations next year."When nobody else wanted me they did and I'll defintely have to take that into consideration when it's time to make a decision," Vick said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

This makes a ton of sense, provided you buy into the "New Vick." (And there's no reason that you shouldn't, it's just that there are plenty of people who don't like Vick.)

Of course, it might not even matter, because the Eagles can slap the franchise tag on him and keep him for another year. Or, alternately, if Philly's concerned that the franchise tag might not be around when a new CBA is reached, they can negotiate with Vick now. After all, November's a favored month for the franchise to hand out money, and nothing says "long-term playoff team" quite like locking up Vick and DeSean Jackson.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 10:39 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 10:40 am

DeSean deal could come 'sooner than later'

Posted by Will Brinson

DeSean Jackson sought a new deal after last season's duel Pro Bowl appearance -- he was on a very similar path as Chris Johnson, becoming an elite player in the NFL during his rookie deal and seeking additional money before a potential lockout.

Jackson, however, declined to make a lot of noise out of training camp and instead showed up and played football with no additional cash in hand.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer believes that Jackson's recent concussion (cause on the play in which Dunta Robinson knocked him unconscious) may help expedite a deal -- and that it could come "sooner rather than later."

McLane points out that the Eagles like November as a month to give new money (both Brent Celek and Winston Justice got deals from the Eagles then), and it would go a long way to comforting Jackson, who Philadelphia believes is a long-term answer at wide receiver.

That also means you shouldn't expect to see too much of Jackson being put in harm's way, at least until he gets a new deal or some sort of restructured cash.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 11:50 pm

Week 9 injury report analysis Part IV

Posted by Andy Benoit

Colts @ Eagles
D. Jackson (US Presswire)
These days, it’s almost easier to list which Colts players are NOT injured. Actually, there’s only one that needs to be mentioned: Peyton Manning. He’s fine, so the Colts are fine.

Though if you MUST know more details, Anthony Gonzalez went on IR with a knee, but Austin Collie (finger) could be back this week, so it’s all a wash. Joseph Addai (shoulder) is doubtful; Mike Hart is unavaila nble after not practicing on a bad ankle all week. Cornerbacks Jerraud Powers and Justin Tryon did not practice either, due to foot injuries (or would it be feet injury?). LB Clint Session, who deserves serious Pro Bowl consideration, was hoping he could fight through a dislocated elbow and fractured forearm, but he’s out Sunday.

The Eagles have Michael Vick 100 percent healthy now that his rib injury has healed. The hope is that Vick’s favorite target, DeSean Jackson, will be able to return from his Week 6 concussion. Jackson practiced and is probable. LT King Dunlap is out with a knee, but fortunately, the man Dunlap was filling in for, Jason Peters, is back from his own knee injury. No Ellis Hobbs (hip) for Philly, which is crucial because he has always killed the Colts as a return man.

Chiefs @ Raiders

Dexter McCluster was limited in practice for the Chiefs with a high ankle sprain. The rookie did not play last week and it would probably behoove the team to be safe and sit him one more game.

Speaking of ankle sprains, Raiders superstar Nnamdi Asomugha has one. He sat out practice all week and is doubtful. It’s actually amazing Asomugha’s status is even that hopeful; on Monday, speculation was he’d miss about a month. Tight end Zach Miller was on crutches during the week and is doubtful (i.e. 99 percent certain to be out) with a foot injury.

Wideouts Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee) remain sidelined. Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski’s shoulder is still not 100 percent, which is why Jason Campbell gets the nod. Most people believe the hot-handed Campbell should keep the job anyway. This gives us a chance to pass along this tidbit from Mike Tanier, arguably the funniest football expert in the biz:

“Of course, leave it to Oakland to get stage fright after a two-game winning streak: the team was considering benching Jason Campbell in favor of Bruce Gradkowski, generating a quarterback controversy for its own sake. The Raiders ultimately decided to go with Campbell, but have said Gradkowski will return as the starter when healthy. With decisions like these, they’ll be back to punchline status by Thanksgiving.”

Cowboys @ Packers

Does anyone care who plays and doesn’t play for the Cowboys at this point? (Included in that “anyone” are the 53 Cowboys themselves.) Out of principle, we’re going to skip right ahead to the Packers.

For only the second time in a little over six years, the Packers will take the field without wide receiver Donald Driver. The veteran was ineffective the past two games trying to fight through a quad injury. Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett will once again test his injured ankle. RT Mark Tauscher remains questionable with a shoulder injury (first-round rookie Bryan Bulaga has started in place of him the past four weeks). Both starting linemen on the left side, T Chad Clifton (hamstring) and G Daryn Colledge (back), are probable. Despite constantly battling for his job, Colledge actually has a 72-game consecutive starts streak that he’s continuing to build on.

Steelers @ Bengals

DE Aaron Smith (out, triceps) is the only Steeler listed on the injury report. The Bengals’ injury report reads like the first string of the defensive depth chart. S Roy Williams, CB Johnathan Joseph, DT Tank Johnson, LB Keith Rivers, S Chinedum Ndukwe, DE Jonathan Fanene and DE Frostee Rucker are all banged up. Their status for Monday night has not yet been declared.

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