kevin stefanski tests positive for covid-19
The Cleveland Browns have made the playoffs for the first time in almost twenty years annnnnd -fart noise-
The team announced that head coach Kevin Stefanski (and arguably their most significant asset when it comes to their success this season) has tested positive for COVID-19, along with two assistant coaches, a wide receiver, and an offensive lineman. The facility will be closed Tuesday. Not great!
All coaches and players who tested positive today will be absent in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as "acting head coach." And I'm sure the NFL still plans to play the game as scheduled because... NFL.
UPDATE: Three-time Pro Bowler and longest-tenured Browns player left guard Joel Bitonio, and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge are the two players who have tested positive.
stefon diggs dealing with oblique injury
Something Buffalo Bills fans DO NOT WANT: wide receiver Stefon Diggs (and Josh Allen's literal life-line) is dealing with an oblique injury and was limited in Tuesday's practice. The good news is, it's only Tuesday. The bad news is, WR Cole Beasley is still out of practice after injuring his knee in Week 16. Beasley also missed last week's game and is considered "week-to-week." Pls, cross your fingers.
2021 Hall of fame finalists announced
The NFL announced 15 finalists for this year's 2021 Hall of Fame class. The headliners include Peyton Manning (no-brainer), Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Reggie Wayne, and Jared Allen. The full list is below:
texans hire nick caserio for gm position
The first of many general manager positions has been filled. The Houston Texans have hired Nick Caserio to be their new GM.
Caserio has spent the past 13 seasons with the New England Patriots as their director of player personnel.
First order of business: Get Deshaun Watson some fucking help. Please. Love, all of us.
dez bryant grabs his first touchdown since 2017
The Baltimore Ravens blew out the Jacksonville Jaguars in a comfortable 40-14 blowout win. Quarterback Lamar Jackson started the game off with an interception, but that was the only bad thing. Wide receiver Marquise Brown had his best outing all season, finishing with six catches for 98 yards. The highlight of the day was vet receiver Dez Bryant grabbing his first touchdown in three years, and of course, throwing up the X.
ryan tannehill had five touchdowns on the day
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdowns and ran in for two, giving him a total of five for the day (math) against the Detroit Lions. They remain atop the AFC South and sit on a 10-4 record for this season. But it wouldn't be a Titans win without a good, old-fashioned Derrick Henry stiff-arm.
new england eliminated from playoff contention
The New England Patriots have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. While I have been waiting for this for such a long time, it doesn't seem satisfying now that Tom Brady is elsewhere. Division rivals, the Miami Dolphins ended their playoff hopes on Sunday with a 22-12 win. New England hasn't missed the playoffs since 2008.
texans fumble in the end zone, handing the colts a win
As the Houston Texans were trying to tie it up with the Indianapolis Colts, they fumbled away those chances in the end zone, handing Indy a win on a silver platter.
the falcons blew yet another lead
It's truly remarkable how they keep doing this, but they never let me down. The Atlanta Falcons headed into blowout territory in the first half, up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-0. The final score ended up being 31-27, Bucs. You just can't write it any better. The biggest highlight was Antonio Brown scoring his first touchdown as a Buccaneer.
the jets won a game
No, really. In Week 15, the New York Jets have officially won their first game of the 2020, defeating the Los Angeles Rams in probably the biggest upset of the season.
The bigger story with this one is that they may have missed out on their next franchise quarterback if they choose to move on from Sam Darnold. The Jags take over as having the number one pick in next year's draft.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson will likely be out next week against the Baltimore Ravens.
Johnson sprained his ankle on Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
It's a good think RB David Johnson looked like his old self during that matchup, because that's currently where they're leaning.
After being listed as questionable with a calf injury on the Houston Texans' injury report on Wednesday, it looks like there could be a chance for wide receiver Brandin Cooks to play in tonight's game.
Cooks will likely be a game-time decision (god, I have missed saying that), and will workout before the game to determine if he's good to go.
The expectations are high for Cooks, after the team traded away star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals this offseason.
Yes, the Houston Texans really did trade away star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins this offseason (to the Arizona Cardinals). But things are so gray and blue back in Houston, especially not for still-there receiver Will Fuller, who is quite optimistic about the change.
Fuller should be the one to pick up in a lot of the places where Hopkins left off, however there's one factor there that we are all still unsure about -- his injury history. Fuller is a solid, while not exactly a No.1 guy, piece of the offense when healthy. Unfortunately, based on the evidence, we are not sure how full-speed we can count on Fuller as of now.
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien met with the media ahead of training camp on Friday, where he was (of course) asked about Patrick Mahomes' recent contract and how it pertains to current quarterback Deshaun Watson. They love to ask those things.
It goes without saying that Watson is a special talent. While I think it's stupid to assume every 'star player' will get paid like Mahomes, Watson is definitely the best bet to get something similar.