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If RG3 can’t go, McCoy will start for Redskins

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says that unless Robert Griffin III is 100 percent ready to return from injury, Colt McCoy will start at quarterback against the Dallas Cowboys next week.

Gruden says Monday he can’t rule out Griffin, “but he still has a way’s to go.”

Griffin has been sidelined since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2 against Jacksonville.

Kirk Cousins took over as the starter, but he was benched at halftime Sunday, when McCoy came in and led Washington to a come-from-behind 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

If McCoy does begin next Monday night’s game against Dallas, it would be his first NFL start since December 2011, when he was with the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Congrats to Jamaal Charles becoming Chiefs all time leading rusher

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Fred Jackson expects to be sidelined up to four weeks

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson says he expects to be out for about four weeks with a groin injury.

Jackson told WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning that doctors gave him that prognosis.

Jackson was injured during the Bills’ 17-16 win Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings. Fellow running back C.J. Spiller also was carted off during the game after injuring his shoulder. His injury is potentially season-ending.

The Bills will likely have a depleted offensive backfield when they face the Jets on Sunday.

Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon are expected to shoulder the workload with both Jackson and Spiller sidelined

While only time will tell how coach Doug Marrone intends to use his new backfield formation, Jackson spoke highly of Brown when asked specifically about the third-year back during the interview.

“He is an every down back,” Jackson said, via the team’s official website. “He can do it all. He’s a guy who can carry the ball 20-25 times. He’s a guy who can pass protect his butt off and run routes well out of the backfield. We won’t miss a beat with a guy like him. He’s a guy who is going to come out and can produce. We know what he’s capable of doing. I’m excited to see him get his opportunity. It comes at a time when we’ve lost a couple of guys who were valuable to the team, but that’s why we have Bryce and Boobie.

 

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Brian Orakpo out for season with torn pectoral muscle 

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo left Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans after the second play of the fourth quarter with what the team initially announced as a right shoulder injury.

But after the game, coach Jay Gruden clarified that the injury was to Orakpo’s right pectoral area. He described the injury as “significant,” but he didn’t offer further details and said that the linebacker will have an MRI exam on Monday.

Several reports then surfaced Sunday night that the Redskins feared Orakpo was lost for the season due to the injury.

And on Monday their worst fear became reality as the MRI revealed that Orakpo did suffer a torn right pectoral muscle and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Orakpo, a sixth-year veteran, already has suffered two serious pectoral muscle injuries in his career. He tore his left pectoral muscle at the end of the 2011 season, and then in Week 2 of the 2012 season, he tore the same pectoral muscle. Orakpo missed the final 14 games of the 2012 season.

Last season he returned to register double-digit sacks for the second time of his career.

With Orakpo injured, rookie Trent Murphy took over at right outside linebacker on Sunday. He finished the game with three tackles.

Washington selected Murphy in the second round out of Stanford. He previously has been used primarily to spare Orakpo and fellow outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and at times, he joins them on the field, running stunts on nickel packages.

 

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Sunday was not a good one for the NFC South.

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CBS – Many believed it was a matter of when — not if — someone would leak additional footage of the Ray Rice elevator incident. They were right. Early Monday, TMZ published what it said was video from inside the elevator at the shuttered Revel Casino in Atlantic City, where Rice was arrested on Feb. 15 for a domestic dispute involving his now-wife Janay. The video shows Rice hitting Janay with his left hand, which knocks her into the railing before she hits the floor. Rice then drags his apparently unconscious fiancee out of the elevator.

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Everyone is in agreement that Roger Goodell did nothing short of an abortion on the Ray Rice case. From start to finish, Goodell and the NFL butchered this situation about as badly as they could. They had a chance to take a stand against domestic violence. In a league where week after week someone new gets a DUI to the point we don’t even bat an eye, where another guy is suspended for doing steroids or drugs on a weekly basis, the NFL is not known for being a clean cut league by any stance. If you take a second and really think about it, it’s remarkable how many people we cheer for every week- multi-millionaires, many younger than us, grace our televisions and we lose our minds over every last rushing yard or incomplete pass. So when Ray Rice slugged his fiance (now wife), the NFL, namely Roger Goodell who runs the league with czar-like control, had the chance to make a grand-statement against domestic violence in a way they haven’t been able to do about drugs, drinking and driving, or beating puppies. (But remember kids, don’t take a hit of a bong or pop an adderall.) And what did Goodell do? Suspended Ray Rice for 2 games. 2. We all lost our minds when that decision came down a few weeks ago, and now that the video was released, we are collectively losing our minds again. We, as normal thinking human beings, simply cannot comprehend how Goodell could see that video and decide 2 games is what he wants to suspend Ray Rice. How he could see that video and not want to make an example out of Ray Rice? How he could see that video and not feel angry, sad, and disgusted and then not decide that type of behavior is not acceptable in his league? Seriously, what world is Roger Goodell living in? Now, there are mixed reports on if Goodell actually saw the tape before handing down the suspension. It’s hard for me to believe he wouldn’t immediately request to see the tape. Of course now that we’ve seen it, Goodell would say he didn’t see it in order to cover his tracks. It’s simply impossible to believe Goodell didn’t see it. That’s what is scary. He saw it and decided 2 games is fair. Disgusting.

Now, I’m not going to say Ray Rice should be blacklisted from football. We’ve had killers play in the NFL. We’ve had puppy stranglers play in the NFL. I do believe in second chances. If you do your time and someone wants to give you a job, you have the right to play. What’s sickening is Ray Rice isn’t doing an iota of time. Somehow Roger Goodell is coming out of this situation looking worse than Ray Rice. Rice made a huge mistake. Roger Goodell had the chance to punish him for that mistake and he didn’t. My Twitter suspension for blogging about boobs is going to be longer than Ray Rice’s for knocking out his fiance in an elevator and then dragging her body across the floor. It makes me uncomfortable that Roger Goodell is in charge of running this league. We already knew he fucking sucks…he’s made 100 changes that hurt the on-field product in the last few years. But now we can’t trust him to make off-field decisions either. He lives in another universe where whatever is in his head is right, using zero logic or thought process. I don’t know how the team owners can trust that guy running the league.

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With just over two minutes remaining in the game and a 6-point lead, theSaints had the Lions on the ropes with 4th and 5. Instead of kicking the field goal and taking the points, the Lions decided to go for the touchdown and the win.

Rafael Bush would end up being called for a questionable pass interference penalty on a short pass to Reggie Bush. Instead of the Saints offense taking over on downs and most likely winning the game, the penalty gave the Lions a fresh set of downs and eventually scored the game-winning touchdown.

You can see Rafael Bush wrap his right arm slightly around Reggie Bush. What do you think? Is that enough for the call? Or should the ref had swallowed his whistle on such a crucial play late in the game?

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Lions rally late to beat Saints 24-23

Matthew Stafford and Detroit stunned New Orleans with a late rally — one that wouldn’t have been possible without another big stand by the Lions’ defense.

Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:38, including the winner to Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining, lifting the Lions over the Saints 24-23 on Sunday. Glover Quin lifted Detroit with a crucial interception that set up the winning score.

The Saints (2-4) were in control late in the fourth quarter when Stafford found Golden Tate for a 73-yard catch-and-run that made it 23-17. Then Drew Brees was intercepted on third down by Quin, whose 23-yard return gave the Lions (5-2) the ball at the New Orleans 14.

Detroit caught a break when Rafael Bush was called for pass interference on fourth down. Stafford eventually connected with Fuller in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown and the win.

The Saints committed 12 penalties for 134 yards.

Detroit won for the second straight week without star receiver Calvin Johnson, who is nursing an ankle problem. The Lions sputtered for most of the game before Tate caught Stafford’s pass around his own 35, turned up the field and outran two New Orleans defenders who looked like they had good angles to make the tackle.

Then it was up to Detroit’s defense — which came into the game ranked No. 1 in the NFL — to get the ball back. Since the Lions had timeouts remaining, the Saints let Brees try to throw for a first down, and his pass over the middle was intercepted, giving Detroit a short field.

On fourth-and-5 from the 9, Stafford threw toward running back Reggie Bush, who had not been much of a factor against his former team. Bush appeared to be short of the first-down marker, and the ball fell incomplete — but Rafael Bush arrived a bit early, and the penalty gave the Lions a new set of downs.

Fuller made a nice jumping catch in the back of the end zone and got both feet down for the final touchdown.

Cornerback Darius Slay broke up a fourth-down pass by Brees with 21 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Brees threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, including a 46-yarder to Kenny Stills in the third quarter that put New Orleans ahead 17-3. Stafford threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, although he threw a pair of interceptions that nearly cost Detroit dearly.

Stafford forced a pass into coverage late in the first quarter, and Keenan Lewis picked it off, giving the Saints the ball at the Detroit 29. Brees found Austin Johnson for a 13-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

Matt Prater kicked a 21-yard field goal for the Lions, banking it through off the left upright. Not to be outdone, Shayne Graham banked a 27-yard field goal through off the left upright on the final play of the half, giving New Orleans a 10-3 lead.

Stills slipped behind the defense on the first drive of the second half and gathered in Brees’ deep pass to give New Orleans a two-touchdown lead. The Lions answered with a 12-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Joique Bell’s 1-yard scoring run.

Graham’s 48-yard field goal made it 20-10 with 13:33 remaining. Detroit then drove into the red zone, but tight end Jordan Thompson dropped a pass, and the ball bounced right to Kenny Vaccaro, whose interception put the Saints in very good shape.

But there was enough time left for Detroit’s dramatic rally.

 

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