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Posted on: July 12, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Hot Routes 7.12.11: Is July 17 date for new CBA?



Posted by Ryan Wilson

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  • Hines Ward denied allegations that he was driving drunk but he reportedly blew a 0.128 on something called an Alco-Sensor FST test, which is above the Georgia legal limit of 0.08.
  • Browns first-round pick Phil Taylor paid his own way to take part in the team's informal minicamp that began Monday.
  • Barry Sanders admits that it would have been nice to win a Super Bowl but adds, "I don't know what else I could have done." He also says that "I would never say that (I was better than Emmitt Smith). He was too great of a player, and I loved competing against him.”
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Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Brandon Graham (knee) likely not ready by Week 1

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Graham
Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham was having a decent 2010 rookie season until he tore his right ACL December 12. The 13th overall pick of last year’s draft has spent his offseason rehabbing on his own (the lockout prevents him from working with Eagles doctors).

Graham recently told Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he is progressing well but likely won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. He’s rehabbing five days a week at Select Physical Therapy in Los Angeles. He’s not running yet but his knees “both look regular”.

“I'm excited to see how I come back from this, but I know I'm going to come back good,” he said. It’s a little unusual to hear a player declare in May that he likely won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Even if it’s true, players generally don’t talk about that sort of time frame at this point. Other players like Philip Rivers and Wes Welker have also recovered from January ACL injuries in time to play in Week 1, but without knowing specific details of all these guys’ injuries, it’s not fair to compare.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Teammate(s) to Graham: can I borrow $100K?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

During the past year, the NFLPA has been rather vigilant about warning players to start saving money in case of a lockout. Don’t spend lavishly, the union has said. Set aside a rainy-day fund.

But because many of the players in the league are young, they spend recklessly. They buy too many cars. They spend $100,000 on a single night’s bar tab. They buy things they don’t need.

Perhaps, in this labor fight, the NFL owners are counting on that to break the union’s resolve. Once the paychecks stop coming and the players begin to miss payments on their cars and houses, what will they do if they didn’t heed the union’s advice and put money away?

Try to borrow from other teammates, maybe?

That might be the case, according to Eagles DE Brandon Graham, who tells Philadelphia Sports Daily he’s been approached by teammates who have asked to borrow a little bit of money. How much, exactly? The equivalent of one night out with Bryant McKinnie -- $100,000.

“They try not to make it awkward,” he said. “They’ll come to you like they’re joking, but they’re serious. They’re trying to feel you out, to see what you’ll say.”

Graham, however, denies the request.

“I’ll be like, ‘What are you going to do with it, other than blow it?’ I don’t want to be beefing with guys on my team because they owe me money,” said Graham.

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Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:18 am
 

Top Ten With a Twist: Super Bowl contenders

New England has to be considered a Super Bowl contender (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s getting to be about that time.

The time when we really can crack down on the best teams in the NFL and really figure out which squads are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Preseason favorites (like, ahem, the Jets) have begun to show cracks in the foundation, while other teams – in this case, it’s just one team, really – have begun pulling away.

Three weeks left in the regular season, so we should have a pretty good indication of which team is going to do what once it makes the playoffs (if it, in fact, makes the playoffs at all). Without further ado, here’s your guide to which squad will be spending February in Dallas.

10. Jaguars: Why they will: Why the hell not? I mean, they won’t really. But RB Maurice Jones-Drew is fun to watch, and QB David Garrard has played great football lately. Jacksonville is just a fun underdog to watch. Why they won’t: I’m not even sure they’re good enough to get to the playoffs.

9. Chargers: Why they will: QB Philip Rivers is still having a fantastic season and is still an MVP candidate. Plus, San Diego is the No. 1 defense in the NFL (you can look it up!). Why they won’t: They simply haven’t played well for most of this season. Losses that look like this: 27-20 to the Seahawks; 35-27 and 28-13 to the Raiders; 20-17 to the Rams.

8. Bears: Why they will: They’ve surpassed many people’s expectations for the season while dragging coach Lovie Smith off the hot seat, so why can’t the surprises continue? I mean, if Jay Cutler can play fairly well on a consistent basis, anything can happen. Why they won’t: The offense isn’t good enough, and the defense isn’t good enough to overcome one of (statistically) the worst offenses in the league.

7. Ravens: Why they will: They’ve got plenty of talent at the WR position, and much of the time, QB Joe Flacco can even get his receivers the ball. Plus, there’s always Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis. Why they won’t: Did you see the way the defense collapsed Monday vs. the Texans? That’s unlike the Baltimore defense we’re accustomed to seeing every season. That secondary struggles, as well.

The duo of B. Jacobs and A. Bradshaw has been big for New York this year (US Presswire). 6. Giants: Why they will: The Giants offense, though beat up in the WR corps, still picks up the yards. Once they figured out their roles, the running back duo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw has been outstanding. Why they won’t: For one, Eli Manning doesn’t have very many healthy receivers. For two, the team won’t stop turning the ball over to its opponents.

5. Eagles: Why they will: Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson can lead this team anywhere. The proof lies in the league-leading 402 yards of offense Philadelphia produces per game. Why they won’t: Some injuries on defense – CB Asante Samuel, LB Stewart Bradley and DE Brandon Graham – certainly don’t help. Plus, it seems like Vick would have to play perfect all the way through, doesn’t it?

4. Steelers: Why they will: The Steelers played well without QB Ben Roethlisberger, and now with him in there – even though he’s less than 100 percent – they’re nearly unbeatable. Plus, you know, Troy Polamalu. They don’t win ‘em pretty, but they win ‘em anyway. Why they won’t: The offensive line isn’t very good. Like, not very good at all.

3. Saints: Why they will: New Orleans has played progressively better as the season has neared its end. Even if the Saints can’t catch the Falcons in the NFC South, the wild card should be there for the taking, and hopefully for them, they would catch one of the NFC West teams on the road. Why they won’t: They’re not as good as they were last year.

2. Falcons: Why they will: They have the quarterback, they have the running back, they have the receivers, they have the TE and they have the coaching (and a pretty decent defense). There’s a lot to like about this Atlanta squad. Why they won’t: Not a ton of guys on the team have been on teams that have made deep playoff runs. Unlike, say, the New Orleans Saints.

1. Patriots: Why they will: It’s obvious. Rewatch their last two games – destructions of the Jets and the Bears. Why they won’t: Can Tom Brady really keep up this unbelievable pace? Isn’t the young – and, at times, ineffective – secondary eventually going to get the team in trouble? Especially if the Patriots face somebody like Philip Rivers or Drew Brees?

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Major injury news for Eagles defense

Posted by Andy Benoit

Good and bad news from Philadelphia. First, the good news: Stewart Bradley will only miss a couple of weeks with a dislocated elbow. Anyone who saw Bradley’s elbow get bent in the wrong direction Sunday night thought that the Pro Bowl caliber middle linebacker would surely miss the rest of the season. But Andy Reid said Bradley will not need surgery and he is NOT headed to Injured Reserve. In all likelihood, he’ll probably shoot for a return in the playoffs.

As for the bad news: defensive end Brandon Graham tore his ACL Sunday night. The first-round rookie had been Philly’s pass-rushing specialist after losing his starting job earlier in the season. Graham had three sacks on the year. He’ll go under the knife and spend his first NFL offseason rehabbing.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:33 am
 

Hot Routes 9.16.10: Video killed the NFL star

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  • We've been discussing how "locker room spies" are beneficial to their new team (although Eric Winston told me he doesn't think Kyle Shanahan will make that big of a difference) and the Giants have the best one of all in Jim Sorgi, who was Peyton Manning's backup for quite a while. (Of course they also have, you know, his brother Eli Manning, but he doesn't know the Colts offense.) Sorgi, however, doesn't think it'll matter. Because it's Peyton.
  • One of Brian Bassett's readers noticed that Kris Jenkins had a tough time making it up the stairs at Cortland. Provided this account is true, well, it kind of makes it seem like he shouldn't have even been on the field for Week 1. Or we should have seen another injury coming.
Posted on: September 9, 2010 7:45 pm
 

NFL Predictions from the F&R Crew

Posted by Will Brinson

It's prediction time, kiddos! And really, nothing's more awesome than putting yourself in charge of compiling these, creating HTML, squeezing them in just before the start of the first game and then being totally wrong a few months from now. The nice part is, you can make your own predictions below. Seriously, you can, and we're interested. So comment away. Or don't -- this post will be here all season long so you come back and remember just how right we all were.

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SB  Champs Colts Colts Falcons
NFC Champs Packers Saints Falcons
AFC Champs Colts Colts Chargers
NFC South
Saints Saints Falcons
NFC North Vikings
Packers Packers
NFC East Cowboys Cowboys Eagles
NFC West 49ers 49ers 49ers
AFC South
Colts Colts Colts
AFC North Bengals Ravens Bengals
AFC East Jets Patriots Patriots
AFC West Chargers Chargers Chargers
MVP Peyton Manning Aaron Rodgers Philip Rivers
Coach Jim Caldwell Mike Tomlin Norv Turner
Offensive POY Chris Johnson Aaron Rodgers Aaron Rodgers
Defensive POY Darrelle Revis Troy Polamalu Patrick Willis
Offensive Rookie Ryan Mathews Jahvid Best Ryan Mathews
Defensive Rookie Ndamukong Suh Brandon Graham Sean Weatherspoon

Posted on: September 9, 2010 4:38 pm
 

Brandon Graham gets scolded by coach

Posted by Andy Benoit

From the “not really news, but still, sort of interesting” department, we’ll pass along this story of Eagles rookie defensive end Brandon Graham getting scolded by head coach Andy Reid.

Jeff McClane, the Eagles beat writer from the Philadelphia Inquirer , writes:

On Monday, Graham wrote on Twitter: "Its time to get ready for them Green Boys this week! I cant wait to whisper something in Aaron Rodgers ear.....SACK!!!!!!"

Reid "didn't like it," Graham said. "I was only trying to have some fun. But I learned my lesson."

Graham said that he wasn't punished and that he's still slated to start Sunday.

Rodgers, during a Wednesday conference call with Philadelphia reporters, was told of Graham's tweet.
"What's he going to whisper in my ear?" Rodgers asked.

Told that Graham wrote, "sack," Rodgers replied, "Is he?"


Graham, who was sensational in training camp and the preseason, will be making his NFL debut Sunday. If he does get to Rodgers, let’s hope Fox cameras zoom in on his celebration.

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