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REDSKINS S BRANDON MERIWEATHER SUSPENDED TWO GAMES FOR ILLEGAL HIT…AGAINThe NFL has suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather two games for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, according to several reports.Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said in a release that Meriweather “delivered a forceful blow to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver (Smith) with no attempt to wrap up or make a conventional tackle of this player.” The two-game ban marks the second straight season that Meriweather has been suspended for a hit. The Redskins safety was also suspended one game in 2013. Last season’s suspension was originally a two-game ban, but Meriweather got it reduced to one game.Meriweather is eligible to play in Washington’s final preseason game, he’s also allowed to practice with the team from now until the preseason’s over. The 30-year-old’s suspension will begin on Sept. 1 and Meriweather will be eligible to return to the Redskins’ active roster on Sept. 15.Under terms of the CBA, Meriweather has three days to appeal the suspension. (Photo: Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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REDSKINS S BRANDON MERIWEATHER SUSPENDED TWO GAMES FOR ILLEGAL HIT…AGAIN

The NFL has suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather two games for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, according to several reports.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said in a release that Meriweather “delivered a forceful blow to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver (Smith) with no attempt to wrap up or make a conventional tackle of this player.” 

The two-game ban marks the second straight season that Meriweather has been suspended for a hit. The Redskins safety was also suspended one game in 2013. Last season’s suspension was originally a two-game ban, but Meriweather got it reduced to one game.

Meriweather is eligible to play in Washington’s final preseason game, he’s also allowed to practice with the team from now until the preseason’s over. The 30-year-old’s suspension will begin on Sept. 1 and Meriweather will be eligible to return to the Redskins’ active roster on Sept. 15.

Under terms of the CBA, Meriweather has three days to appeal the suspension. (Photo: Mitch Stringer/USA TODAY Sports)

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Lions sign first-round pick Eric Ebron:
The Detroit Lions and first-round pick, tight end Eric Ebron agreed to a four-year deal with a team option for the fifth-year on Friday. MLive.com reports.
While the financial terms of Ebron’s contract are still unknown, the final numbers should check in slightly higher than the four-year, $12.2 million deal signed by Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack last year. Warmack and Ebron were both selected No. 10 in their respective draft classes.
Ebron’s deal also includes a slotted $7.3-million signing bonus.
"It’s amazing," Ebron said in a statement released by the team today. "All your hard work, everything that you worked for back to playing flag football, it’s just that moment you can’t describe. It’s done. I’m officially a member of an organization, a team and a family. It’s the Detroit Lions."
Though he worked with the second-team offense for most of this week’s minicamp, Ebron is expected to start at tight end for the Lions this year.

He adds a field-stretching element to the position, and Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has said Ebron could be a weapon similar to what he had with the New Orleans Saints in Jimmy Graham in recent years. (Photo: Daniel Mears/Detroit News)

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Lions sign first-round pick Eric Ebron:

The Detroit Lions and first-round pick, tight end Eric Ebron agreed to a four-year deal with a team option for the fifth-year on Friday. MLive.com reports.

While the financial terms of Ebron’s contract are still unknown, the final numbers should check in slightly higher than the four-year, $12.2 million deal signed by Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack last year. Warmack and Ebron were both selected No. 10 in their respective draft classes.

Ebron’s deal also includes a slotted $7.3-million signing bonus.

"It’s amazing," Ebron said in a statement released by the team today. "All your hard work, everything that you worked for back to playing flag football, it’s just that moment you can’t describe. It’s done. I’m officially a member of an organization, a team and a family. It’s the Detroit Lions."

Though he worked with the second-team offense for most of this week’s minicamp, Ebron is expected to start at tight end for the Lions this year.

He adds a field-stretching element to the position, and Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has said Ebron could be a weapon similar to what he had with the New Orleans Saints in Jimmy Graham in recent years. (Photo: Daniel Mears/Detroit News)

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AQIB TALIB SAYS PEYTON TOPS BRADY AS LEAGUE’S BEST QB
Aqib Talib figures he’s upgraded quarterbacks by moving to Denver and he’s definitely traded up when it comes to the wide receivers he’s facing in offseason workouts.
Talib first weighed in on the Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady debate last week when he was a guest on the NFL Network, which chose him as one of the league’s top 100 players of 2013. He said that with all due respect to Brady, who will always be his friend, he’s now playing with the best quarterback in the business.

Manning said last week he hadn’t seen the segment, but he certainly returned the compliment, suggesting Talib — and therefore not Super Bowl champion cornerback Richard Sherman — “was probably the toughest corner that we played against last year.”
Talib was asked to explain his choice of Manning over Brady, and he said, “The question was, ‘Who won last year?’ It was an honest opinion. I mean, who had the better (season) last year? If you throw that many touchdowns and you won the last head to head, then you’ve got to say you had the better year last year.”
Manning threw an NFL-record 55 TD passes and beat Brady’s Patriots in the AFC championship game.
Talib was knocked out of that game when Wes Welker, another former Patriots player, took him out on a pick play at the line of scrimmage in the second quarter. Talib went to the locker room with a bruised knee and didn’t return.
With the Patriots’ best cover player out, Manning finished with 400 yards passing and two TDs — nearly 300 of those yards coming with Talib sidelined. In his season-ending news conference the next day, Patriots coach Bill Belichick suggested Welker deliberately tried to hurt Talib and complained to the league about it. The NFL said no infraction had occurred.
When Talib signed a six-year, $57 million free agent deal with Denver this spring, he called Welker, “a good friend of mine,” and said, “I watched that play 1,000 times and I can promise you he didn’t do it on purpose.”
Welker put to rest any notion of bad blood between the two on Tuesday, saying, “We got along really well in New England and we’re still good friends no matter what anybody else thinks from the AFC championship game. We’ve always gotten along really well and we continue to.”
With Welker in Denver along with Demaryius Thomas and newcomer Emmanuel Sanders, this group of wide receivers is the best Talib has had to work against in offseason practices in his six seasons in the NFL.
Not only is that preparing him for the 2014 season, but it’s showing his new team that he’s healthy. Talib, bothered by a thigh injury last season, has never played all 16 games in a season. (Photo: Jack Dempsey/Associated Press)

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AQIB TALIB SAYS PEYTON TOPS BRADY AS LEAGUE’S BEST QB

Aqib Talib figures he’s upgraded quarterbacks by moving to Denver and he’s definitely traded up when it comes to the wide receivers he’s facing in offseason workouts.

Talib first weighed in on the Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady debate last week when he was a guest on the NFL Network, which chose him as one of the league’s top 100 players of 2013. He said that with all due respect to Brady, who will always be his friend, he’s now playing with the best quarterback in the business.

Manning said last week he hadn’t seen the segment, but he certainly returned the compliment, suggesting Talib — and therefore not Super Bowl champion cornerback Richard Sherman — “was probably the toughest corner that we played against last year.”

Talib was asked to explain his choice of Manning over Brady, and he said, “The question was, ‘Who won last year?’ It was an honest opinion. I mean, who had the better (season) last year? If you throw that many touchdowns and you won the last head to head, then you’ve got to say you had the better year last year.”

Manning threw an NFL-record 55 TD passes and beat Brady’s Patriots in the AFC championship game.

Talib was knocked out of that game when Wes Welker, another former Patriots player, took him out on a pick play at the line of scrimmage in the second quarter. Talib went to the locker room with a bruised knee and didn’t return.

With the Patriots’ best cover player out, Manning finished with 400 yards passing and two TDs — nearly 300 of those yards coming with Talib sidelined. In his season-ending news conference the next day, Patriots coach Bill Belichick suggested Welker deliberately tried to hurt Talib and complained to the league about it. The NFL said no infraction had occurred.

When Talib signed a six-year, $57 million free agent deal with Denver this spring, he called Welker, “a good friend of mine,” and said, “I watched that play 1,000 times and I can promise you he didn’t do it on purpose.”

Welker put to rest any notion of bad blood between the two on Tuesday, saying, “We got along really well in New England and we’re still good friends no matter what anybody else thinks from the AFC championship game. We’ve always gotten along really well and we continue to.”

With Welker in Denver along with Demaryius Thomas and newcomer Emmanuel Sanders, this group of wide receivers is the best Talib has had to work against in offseason practices in his six seasons in the NFL.

Not only is that preparing him for the 2014 season, but it’s showing his new team that he’s healthy. Talib, bothered by a thigh injury last season, has never played all 16 games in a season. (Photo: Jack Dempsey/Associated Press)

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Titans QB Jake Locker returns ahead of schedule after season-ending injury:
Jake Locker is back on the field with the Tennessee Titans — a couple of weeks ahead of the schedule doctors estimated for his return from an injured right foot.
The quarterback said Tuesday that he pushed hard to give himself every chance to learn a new offense before the season starts.
"With it being a new system, I want to run plays behind center as often and as much as I can before we take our first snap of the season," Locker said via the Tennessean. "And I want the guy son the team to know it means something to me. I’m not just taking a break because I can. I’m going to do everything I can to be on the field, and hopefully it helps create a culture that we’re all going to work that way."
Locker took part in his first team drills Tuesday since suffering a Lisfranc injury to his right foot Nov. 10, which cost him the final seven games of the season. He has missed 14 of his first 32 starts and now is busy learning a third offense in four seasons with a coaching change. Locker had to watch the voluntary three-day minicamp in April, and his personal target had been being on the field for this final stage of the offseason.
He said he felt really good moving around. Locker expects to deal with some stiffness and soreness now that he’s finally back on the field for the organized team activities. He is experimenting with different shoes right now to find the right fit.
"Barring any setbacks, I hope to keep moving forward," Locker said.
This is a crucial season for Locker. The 10th overall draft pick in 2010 is heading into the final season of his rookie contract after the Titans decided not to pick up his fifth-year option. New coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster both have endorsed Locker as their starter repeatedly, but the pressure now is on the quarterback to stay on the field and win.
Locker was good when he was on the field in 2013, completing a career-best 60.7 percent of his passes. He also had twice as many touchdowns (eight) as interceptions (four). But he was only started seven games, winning four.

The Titans have tried to protect themselves by bringing in veteran Charlie Whitehurst, who knows Whisenhunt’s offense very well, to back up Locker. They also drafted Zach Mettenberger of LSU in the sixth round. Whisenhunt said it’s a credit to Locker for working hard and now they must see him continue that progress off the first day. (Photo: Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

Locker back to action.

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Titans QB Jake Locker returns ahead of schedule after season-ending injury:

Jake Locker is back on the field with the Tennessee Titans — a couple of weeks ahead of the schedule doctors estimated for his return from an injured right foot.

The quarterback said Tuesday that he pushed hard to give himself every chance to learn a new offense before the season starts.

"With it being a new system, I want to run plays behind center as often and as much as I can before we take our first snap of the season," Locker said via the Tennessean. "And I want the guy son the team to know it means something to me. I’m not just taking a break because I can. I’m going to do everything I can to be on the field, and hopefully it helps create a culture that we’re all going to work that way."

Locker took part in his first team drills Tuesday since suffering a Lisfranc injury to his right foot Nov. 10, which cost him the final seven games of the season. He has missed 14 of his first 32 starts and now is busy learning a third offense in four seasons with a coaching change. Locker had to watch the voluntary three-day minicamp in April, and his personal target had been being on the field for this final stage of the offseason.

He said he felt really good moving around. Locker expects to deal with some stiffness and soreness now that he’s finally back on the field for the organized team activities. He is experimenting with different shoes right now to find the right fit.

"Barring any setbacks, I hope to keep moving forward," Locker said.

This is a crucial season for Locker. The 10th overall draft pick in 2010 is heading into the final season of his rookie contract after the Titans decided not to pick up his fifth-year option. New coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster both have endorsed Locker as their starter repeatedly, but the pressure now is on the quarterback to stay on the field and win.

Locker was good when he was on the field in 2013, completing a career-best 60.7 percent of his passes. He also had twice as many touchdowns (eight) as interceptions (four). But he was only started seven games, winning four.

The Titans have tried to protect themselves by bringing in veteran Charlie Whitehurst, who knows Whisenhunt’s offense very well, to back up Locker. They also drafted Zach Mettenberger of LSU in the sixth round. Whisenhunt said it’s a credit to Locker for working hard and now they must see him continue that progress off the first day. (Photo: Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

Locker back to action.

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Marvel Portraits (Classic X-Men) by Mike Mitchell / Tumblr / Store

12” X 16” S/N limited edition giclee prints, Part 1 of the online prints sale begins Tuesday 29th April 2014, via Mondo's random twitter release announcement HERE. More info HERE.

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ANDY REID COULD REST CHIEFS STARTERS AGAINST CHARGERS - The dilemma that faces Chiefs coach Andy Reid this week is not an unfamiliar one. In fact, several times during his 14-year tenure in Philadelphia he faced a similar situation.Play his starters or sit them? Rest or let them roll?Kansas City is assured of the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, which means it will head on the road for a wild-card game in two weeks. That also means the Chiefs are playing a game Sunday at San Diego that is virtually meaningless for them, at least in terms of seeding and matchups.If history is any indication, get ready to see Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles spend a whole lot of time on the sideline. Same with the Chiefs’ other key players."If you look at the history of it, it’s about a 50-50 shot over the last three or four years of people who have done it," Reid said. "It’s what you’re most comfortable with as a coach."The obvious benefit is you rest your guys," Reid explained. "You kind of get back a little fresher than what they were at the end of the season. You take a risk of the timing part of it. So those are the things that you have to evaluate."While the game doesn’t matter much for Kansas City, it means a lot for the Chargers. San Diego can still slip into the playoffs with a victory and losses by the Dolphins and Ravens."The Chargers won’t play like it’s an exhibition game," Chiefs offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said. "I promise you we’ll be ready to play."With whoever might be on the field in San Diego."Man, I don’t have nothing to do with it," Charles said when asked whether he wants to play or rest. "We still want to win. We’ve got one more game to play before the playoffs."Another factor for Reid to consider is players who’ve been injured.While it’s unlikely that linebacker Tamba Hali will play after he experienced swelling in his knee in a 23-7 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday, two other players — left tackle Branden Albert and linebacker Justin Houston — could be ready to go for the first time in weeks.Might it be a good idea to get them into the game to knock off some rust?"I’ll try to look at everything," Reid said. "I always try to look at everything, evaluate it and try to come up with what is right for this team."Reid may claim that he’s done it “both ways,” playing guys and resting them, but a look at his time in Philadelphia reveals that on four occasions when the Eagles had nothing to gain before the playoffs — a better seed, home-field advantage — their big names mostly took a seat. (Photo: Ed Zurga/Associated Press)

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ANDY REID COULD REST CHIEFS STARTERS AGAINST CHARGERS - The dilemma that faces Chiefs coach Andy Reid this week is not an unfamiliar one. In fact, several times during his 14-year tenure in Philadelphia he faced a similar situation.

Play his starters or sit them? Rest or let them roll?

Kansas City is assured of the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, which means it will head on the road for a wild-card game in two weeks. That also means the Chiefs are playing a game Sunday at San Diego that is virtually meaningless for them, at least in terms of seeding and matchups.

If history is any indication, get ready to see Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles spend a whole lot of time on the sideline. Same with the Chiefs’ other key players.

"If you look at the history of it, it’s about a 50-50 shot over the last three or four years of people who have done it," Reid said. "It’s what you’re most comfortable with as a coach.

"The obvious benefit is you rest your guys," Reid explained. "You kind of get back a little fresher than what they were at the end of the season. You take a risk of the timing part of it. So those are the things that you have to evaluate."

While the game doesn’t matter much for Kansas City, it means a lot for the Chargers. San Diego can still slip into the playoffs with a victory and losses by the Dolphins and Ravens.

"The Chargers won’t play like it’s an exhibition game," Chiefs offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said. "I promise you we’ll be ready to play."

With whoever might be on the field in San Diego.

"Man, I don’t have nothing to do with it," Charles said when asked whether he wants to play or rest. "We still want to win. We’ve got one more game to play before the playoffs."

Another factor for Reid to consider is players who’ve been injured.

While it’s unlikely that linebacker Tamba Hali will play after he experienced swelling in his knee in a 23-7 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday, two other players — left tackle Branden Albert and linebacker Justin Houston — could be ready to go for the first time in weeks.

Might it be a good idea to get them into the game to knock off some rust?

"I’ll try to look at everything," Reid said. "I always try to look at everything, evaluate it and try to come up with what is right for this team."

Reid may claim that he’s done it “both ways,” playing guys and resting them, but a look at his time in Philadelphia reveals that on four occasions when the Eagles had nothing to gain before the playoffs — a better seed, home-field advantage — their big names mostly took a seat. (Photo: Ed Zurga/Associated Press)

Fantasy owners cringe at this head line.

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Happy One-Year Anniversary to the Infamous Butt Fumble. For the last year you’ve brought us all (except for Fireman Ed) nothing butt joy and laughter.Thanks for being so ass-sum,Football Fans Everywhere

Ah yes.  Memories.

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Happy One-Year Anniversary to the Infamous Butt Fumble. 

For the last year you’ve brought us all (except for Fireman Ed) nothing butt joy and laughter.

Thanks for being so ass-sum,

Football Fans Everywhere

Ah yes. Memories.