Tag:Josh Katzowitz
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:39 pm
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Report: Michael Turner in middle of GF squabble

TurnerBy Josh Katzowitz

If you’re into sleazy news, TMZ has you covered with the report that Falcons running back Michael Turner supposedly broke up a fight between a former girlfriend (and the mother of his two children) and his current live-in girlfriend in front of his house on Monday.

In a word, ugh.

According to the police report, Elizabeth Delacruz, the girlfriend, attacked Rasheeda Walker, the former girlfriend, with a golf club after Walker knocked on the door of the home so she could talk with Turner about their two children and about the possibilities of a third child (Walker apparently is pregnant).

That supposedly led Delacruz to attack her with the club and scream, “You at my house now, bitch.”

According to Delacruz, though, she only used the golf club when Walker walked into the house through an unlocked door.

Both women have decided not to press charges, so, you know, no harm, no foul (except, of course, for the head wound apparently suffered by Walker).

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Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:20 pm
 

Marcus Vick, expected in jail, fails to show

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Miami WR/QB Marcus Vick. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Marcus Vick, who’s spent his entire football career in the shadow of his immensely-more successful brother, Michael Vick, is, once again, in trouble with the law.

As the Newport News (Va.) Daily News reports, a circuit court judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday morning for Marcus Vick after he failed to turn himself into jail. He was supposed to report to Newport News City jail by Monday evening for a 10-day stay on a contempt of court charge, but he never showed up.

Which shouldn’t be surprising, because the reason Vick was in contempt of court in the first place was because he twice failed to appear on a charge of driving on a suspended license.

This stems all the way back to an incident in January 2010 when he was pulled over in his car and accused of driving on a suspended license for the second time. Clearly, though, Vick has a tough time keeping up with his schedule.

The paper tries to dissect the timeline:
(Vick) failed to show up for a hearing in Newport News General District Court on Feb. 26, 2010. After a warrant was issued for his arrest, he turned himself in on April 5, 2010. He was released on a $2,500 bond and a promise to appear in court on April 23, 2010.

Again he failed to show for his court date, and another arrest warrant was issued. After several delays in the case, Vick was in court on Aug. 5, 2011, to answer the original charge of driving on a suspended license for the second time, as well as two misdemeanor failure to appear counts.

At that hearing, General District Judge Al Masters sentenced Vick to 60 days in jail on the charge of driving on a suspended license -- with all 60 days suspended. He also suspended his license for 90 days, ordered him to perform 80 hours of community service, and ordered him to pay $286 in fines and costs.

You might recall Vick from his glory days at Virginia Tech when he was suspended the entire 2004 season for a variety of criminal problems and then, in 2005, stomped on the leg of Louisville’s Elvis Dumervil. He was kicked off the Virginia Tech squad the next season and wasn’t selected in the 2006 NFL draft.

He eventually signed as a free agent with the Dolphins, where he was listed as a quarterback/receiver. He spent much of his time on the practice squad in 2006, but he did play in one game as a receiver. He did not make a catch.

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Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Report: Dielman close to announcing retirement

DielmanBy Josh Katzowitz

San Diego’s Kris Dielman has been one of the best offensive guards in the league, but after suffering a scary seizure on the Chargers flight home from their Oct. 23 contest vs. the Jets, Dielman is close to announcing his retirement, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

It’s not a stretch to believe that this decision, which could be announced as early as Thursday, is a direct result of suffering a concussion early in the fourth quarter against  New York -- it went undiagnosed at the time -- and then being allowed to fly back with the team afterward.

On the flight, Dielman suffered a grand mal seizure, and a few weeks later, he was placed on the IR list. That incident led the NFL to place mandated officials in league press boxes to monitor potential head injuries.
 
The Union-Tribune writes that Dielman -- a four-time Pro Bowler -- wants to play, but that he won’t on the advice of doctors who are looking to his future. Of course Dielman wants to play. After colliding with Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, a wobbly Dielman waved off an official who had approached to make sure he was OK. The Chargers, who expected Dielman to return in 2012, said at the time that they handled Dielman’s injury appropriately.

If Dielman does, in fact, retire, he’ll leave a $4.5 million salary (and a $1 million bonus) on the table, and considering he was scheduled to be a free agent after the 2012 season, he could have made tens of millions of dollars more.

To Dielman, though, apparently his health is worth more than that.

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Browns GM Heckert had heart surgery

By Josh Katzowitz

It caused a minor stir last week when it was revealed by the Browns that general manager Tom Heckert wouldn’t travel for the combine because he was “ill,” but that he should be fine to return to work this week.

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If you count “needing heart surgery” as being “ill,” then I guess Heckert was, in fact, ill.

That’s what Cleveland president Mike Holmgren announced at a press conference Monday afternoon when he revealed (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer) Heckert underwent heart surgery to clear a blockage and that he was recovering well.

Holmgren said Heckert -- who Holmgren said did not have a heart attack -- would return to the office Tuesday and would continue to be an integral part of the Browns draft efforts.

Heckert also missed the Senior Bowl, but he participated in combine interviews with potential draft picks the past week via Skype.

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:11 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Report: D'Qwell Jackson gets $42.5 mil extension

Jackson wanted a five-year extension, and that's exactly what he got. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

D’Qwell Jackson was one of the best comeback stories of 2011. Though Matthew Stafford took home the AP comeback player of the year award, Jackson was as good a candidate for that honor as anybody.

After missing two seasons because of pectoral injuries, Jackson returned as a force in 2011, leading the AFC with 158 tackles (second-best in the NFL), recording a career-high 3.5 sacks and recovering three fumbles (tied for best in the AFC)*.

Now, the Browns are rewarding him, as they’ve announced they’ve signed him to a multiyear contract extension. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the deal is for five years and $42.5 million (including $19 million in guarantees and bonuses).

*Obviously, the hyperbaric chamber he loves so much was one reason he was so successful. At least in his mind.

The news obviously is great for Jackson, who wanted a five-year extension, but it’s also a positive step for the Browns, who were thinking about placing the franchise tag on Jackson at about $8.8 million for 2012.

As the Plain Dealer wrote earlier this month, the Browns also were thinking about tagging kicker Phil Dawson. That would cost them about $3.8 million since they also tagged him last season. Running back Peyton Hillis also remains an option to be tagged.

"Do I want to be back? This is where I started," Jackson told the paper in mid-February. "That's not even an afterthought to me. Yes, I want to be with the Browns, no question about it. I'm here in this locker room and I like the guys I'm playing with right now. That's all that matters."

"They indicated they wanted me back when they gave me an opportunity to come back after an injury; that was enough for me. That told me that they wanted me back. I was out for 26 games and they could've easily gone in a different direction, but they didn't. I owe it to them in a sense."

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:59 am
 

Dontari Poe posts eye-popping combine numbers

Poe ran a 4.87 in his first attempt at the 40 on Monday. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

We told you earlier about Bruce Irvin, the defensive lineman/outside linebacker who ran an unofficial 4.43 in the 40 as a 245-pounder. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe, out of Memphis, might have managed to top that in terms of other-worldly feats.

After bench-pressing 225 pounds 44 times -- the most of any combine participant this year (though it was five reps short of the all-time record set by Stephen Paea) -- the 346-pounder ran an unofficial 4.87 in his first attempt at the 40 (he went 4.94 in his second attempt).

The fact a guy who weighs that much can be that strong and that fast is fairly ridiculous. As NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington writes, "RG(3)'s 4.41 40 is proportionate to a 346-lb man running it in 6.84 secs. And Poe (at 346 lbs) just did it in 4.87 secs.”

Poe is the 27th-ranked prospect in the NFLDraftScout.com rankings, and in his mock draft, Rob Rang projects Poe to go to the Bengals while the 21st pick, while Dane Brugler has him going to the Steelers at No. 24.

With a performance like today, though, Poe might have catapulted himself into the top-15.

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:24 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Bruce Irvin runs blazing 4.5 in 40

Irvin ran a 4.43 in his second attempt at the 40 on Monday. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

When a defensive end/outside linebacker who’s 6-foot-3 and weighs 245 pounds runs an unofficial time of 4.5 in the 40, it’s an impressive feat. When he, in his second attempt, runs an unofficial 4.43, the result is rather mind-blowing.

That’s what former West Virginia standout Bruce Irvin accomplished Monday morning at the scouting combine, easily earning the fastest 40 time among defensive linemen and sending plaudits across Twitter when his times were announced. His official time was clocked at 4.50.

Irvin ranks No. 13 among outside linebackers in the NFLDraftScout.com rankings, and he has a fascinating story. He didn’t play high school football because of academic problems -- in fact, he earned a GED instead of a high school diploma -- and after a stint in junior college, he emerged as a force as a junior at West Virginia, compiling 14 sacks.

“I have a different story than a lot of these guys,” Irvin said this week. “I grew up in a rough neighborhood in Atlanta, dropped out of high school in 11th grade and got in some trouble. I ran with the wrong crowd. I finally saw the light and got my GED, took the test and passed all five parts on the first time. That January I went to school and never looked back.”

But he played less his senior year at West Virginia, coming off the bench in the second half of the season, and his draft stock dropped. Coming into the combine, he was projected as a situational pass rusher, probably as a stand-up linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. The problem there is that he played with his hand in the dirt in college, so there might be an adjustment for him.

But his performance in the 40 isn’t a surprise to CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman, who wrote the following in his analysis of who could put on the best combine performances: “A pass-rushing specialist Irvin plays super fast. According to some of his teammates, he also times that way too. They swear he can run a sub-4.4 at 235 pounds. The question is how much heavier will he been in Indy and has he retained that speed?”

The fact he was listed at 245 pounds and nearly ran a sub-4.4 makes Irvin’s performance Monday even more impressive and very well could move him up on teams' draft boards.

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:22 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 9:24 am
 

Former TE Ben Patrick plays role of hero

By Josh Katzowitz

The last time we heard from Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick, he had just suffered a displaced kneecap in August 2010, and though that injury might sound rather, um, unhealthy, he said he was determined to be ready for that regular season.

It turns out, he was right, as he started in Week 1 and went on to catch a career-high 15 passes that season for Arizona, and though he was out of the league in 2011 following his surprising retirement, that kind of determination clearly isn’t reserved just for the football field.

As AZ Family reports, Patrick played the role of hero last weekend when he helped rescue a group of people who were trapped inside their overturned van following an auto accident on Saturday.

Patrick was driving his Lamborghini on Interstate 17 near Black Canyon, Az., when he came upon a van lying on its side. He stopped his car, and he smelled gas leaking from the van.

"My first thought was just to help the people on the inside," he said. “I ran over and I looked in the front window and everybody was laying sideways and I debated on kicking the window in, but I didn't want to get glass over everyone.”

Patrick retired before the 2011 season, saying he needed to attend to some family and personal matters, but about a month later, he unretired. The Giants held his rights, but released them, making him a free agent. He worked out for the Chiefs but didn’t sign a deal for 2011.

Patrick said he hopes to sign with the Panthers this year. But if not, Patrick can take solace in the fact that he’s already put forth a heroic performance so far in 2012.

                             


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