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Redskins CB Breeland injured his knee today at practice; Headed for MRI

breelandThe Washington Redskins have been bitten by the injury bug bad.  This year they have suffered several injuries but maybe none more than today’s injury to their young cornerback Bashaud Breeland.

The fourth-round pick from Clemson made several huge plays against the Cowboys, including back-to-back pass breakups against Bryant that thwarted a Dallas touchdown drive. Those plays were the result of the intense study Breeland has dedicated himself to after some tough learning experiences prior to the Cowboys game.

“You have a pretty good sense if a guy is going to get it or not by how much they really study the game, and he’s here later than just about anybody watching tape,” Gruden said. “He really studies the game, wants to be great and it’s carrying over.”

Today the Redskins lost Breeland to a knee injury and his return is questionable for Sunday’s game and he will also head to the Doctor’s for an MRI today.

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Gruden said CB Bashaud Breeland tweaked his knee at the end of practice; he’s questionable for Sunday’s game.

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Stevie Johnson is enjoying his role for the 49ers

stevieWhen Stevie Johnson was traded to the San Francisco 49ers by the Buffalo Bills many Bills fans were hurt, including myself.  Stevie Johnson was the best wide receiver since probably Eric Moulds.  He has three back-to-back years of eclipsing 1000 yards. He was the number one wide receiver in Buffalo for several years, and when he was traded to the Niners, his role changed. A matter of fact he went from being the man, to assisting the man.  That did not hurt him either, he is a competitor but he is also enjoying his role.

“No frustration at all,” he said, per CSN Bay Area. “(The) only sense of frustration is being a competitor, you know, wanting to do more. But it ain’t like there’s a bunch of pansies in front of me.

“It’s cool to a certain extent. When we get in those situations, in the heat of the moment, of course, I’m a warrior. I’m ready to go out there. We got great guys out there on the field. You can’t be frustrated. It’s not going to look right.”

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Ike Taylor says he will pay William Gay’s fine for his PURPLE shoes

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I hope William Gay wears purple spikes this week as well, because they face the Ravens. A matter of fact the Ravens organization should pay for his fine…..

I am not sure the NFL would have even known that William Gay was wearing Purple cleats for Domestic Violence until his teammate told reporters he would pay any fine the league imposed on Gay for his uniform violation according to ESPN.

He wore the cleats in the Steelers’ Week 7 win over the Texans on “Monday Night Football” and pulled them out this past Sunday for Pittsburgh’s thrashing of the Colts. Gay was playing in his 120th consecutive game — the longest such active streak for an NFL defensive back — but his 33-yard pick-six of Andrew Luck was what brought the spotlight to his purple footwear. Afterward, fellow cornerback Ike Taylor told reporters he’d pay any fine the league imposed on Gay for a uniform violation, because Gay’s message was one worth highlighting. (According to a league spokesperson, a first offense for a uniform violation usually nets a $5,512 fine.)

After the black eye the NFL has had for the Ray Rice domestic violence the NFL should not even fine Gay. Gay is bringing up a very valid point. The NFL does need to have purple and pink month.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and purple is the flag-coloring hue used to promote domestic violence awareness. It has now been some two decades since Gay’s mother was shot and killed by her husband, making her a victim of the all-too-often-quieted kind of violence.

“I’m not trying to be a bad teammate or embarrass the owners,” Gay said Thursday. “There’s so much pink — on shoes, on gloves — for breast cancer awareness; I think domestic violence awareness is just as important.”

I support William Gay as well, and I hope he continues to wear the Purple Shoes.

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Michigan’s Athletic Director is resigning from his position today

michiganMichigan football is not the same, and today Dave Brandon the teams Athletic Director is resigning.  The school has scheduled at 1:30 p.m. ET news conference, and various media reports have Brandon stepping down.

Brandon, 62, has been the AD since 2010. He is a Michigan alum and was the chairman of the board of Domino’s Pizza when he was hired by Michigan.

He hired Brady Hoke as football coach, and Hoke definitely is on the hot seat. The timing of Brandon’s resignation could throw the expected Michigan coaching search into turmoil, as it would be difficult to hire a new coach without that coach knowing who his boss would be.

Expect Brady Hoke to be the next canned, There will be a switch at Michigan.

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Was LaVar Arrington’s Halloween costume RACIST?

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LaVar Arrington was criticized bad for painting his face white. What do you think, is it a double standard?

Today, former NFL superstar LaVar Arrington dressed up for Halloween the best way he could, by putting on a costume of J.J. Watt.  Watt is the best defensive player in the NFL and I feel that LaVar was just trying to show support for Watt, but the fans were outraged claiming a double standard.

People are very soft now a days, but what do you think?  Were people just on their edge, or is it a double standard?

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Expect NFL players to be wearing Adidas gloves and spikes again

adidasAccording to Darren Rovell, Adidas brand will be allowed on the NFL field again.  It marked the first time that the brand had an on-field logo presence during an NFL game since the 2012 season, when Reebok, which is owned by Adidas, had the official apparel deal and Adidas was allowed an on-field presence as well. Nike took over as the league’s on-field apparel provider the following season.

Last night Jimmy Graham wore a pair of Adidas spikes on the field and several of Adidas’ major sponsors will be dawning the garb again. Darren Rovell confirmed that Adidas did in fact reach an agreement with the NFL and Nike.

Adidas spokesman Michael Ehrlich confirmed Friday that a deal was in fact reached that would allow players who endorse the brand to freely wear cleats and gloves using the logo. Under the previous conditions, only Nike and Under Armour athletes were allowed to wear cleats and gloves with branding since both companies had official status with the NFL.

Adidas endorsers, besides Graham, include Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

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Could the Buccaneers be targeting Jameis Winston? Their GM was in the box last night

jameisLast night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager was able to watch former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston put on a show.  The team was down 21-0 and was able to rally back and get a huge win to beat Louisville in Louisville.

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Bucs’ Jason Licht was among the NFL GMs on press-box seating chart for Thursday’s FSU-Louisville game, per @AdamSchefter. Winston, anyone?

The Bucs were not the only team in attendance, almost a dozen of GM’s were present, but the Buccaneers are truly one quarterback away from making an impact in the NFL.  They have tons of talent on their football team, but they cannot get over the hump for whatever reason.

Adam Schefter    @AdamSchefter
Close to a dozen NFL GMs attended last night’s FSU-LOUISVILLE game to scout all the talent. Here’s the roll call… http://t.co/4qAZeXEGeb

What do you think Buccaneers fans? Do you want Jameis?

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New York Giants are hungry, they want to prove to everyone they can win

giantsThe 3-4 New York Giants have a lot to prove according to Jason Pierre-Paul.  Their division is not really up for grabs because the Cowboys are slowly pulling away, but they are in the toughest division in football.  This week the Giants face Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.  To many it is just another game, but to the Giants this is the playoffs.

“This is like the playoffs for us,” defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said, per Newsday. “We gotta win, basically. We gotta win…(the playoffs) have started.”

The Giants sit two games back in the loss column to both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, and veteran linebacker Jameel McClain wants the team to right the ship.

“Nine weeks of focus, nine weeks for a season, nine weeks of passion, all of those things,” linebacker Jameel McClain added. “We get a chance to show the world who we are, how we finish, and it’s a great opportunity for this team to prevail. My mentality is nine weeks to win.”

Last week the GM wanted Eli Manning to unleash the beast and don’t hold back.  This could be another bad game for the Colts defense who was performing well….

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