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NFL reinstates Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant

Martavis Bryant is finally getting back on the field.

The Steelers announced Wednesday that the former Clemson wide receiver has been reinstated by the NFL after he was suspended for the entire 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Everybody that’s able to play in the game will play in the game, O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. Obviously, we’ll talk about it as a staff, how much everybody plays. You have injuries, so, 80-plus guys you have to get into the game [and] you need to evaluate.

Watt missed the majority of last season after he reinjured his back in Week 3 and underwent surgery on a herniated disc. The four-time All-Pro and three-time Defensive Player of the Year played most of the 2015-16 season with torn torso and groin muscles and the herniated disk.

During his last full season in 2015, Watt started all 16 games for Houston and recorded 76 tackles, an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, eight passes defended, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Cutler’s recklessness is well known and has become his unfortunate brand as a quarterback. But in 2015, especially, Cutler proved to be in control and quite effective in pressure situations. He completed nearly 50 percent of third down opportunities in the air, generating 4.6 first downs with his arm per game (among the highest in the NFL that season).

Both numbers are stark upgrades from those of Tannehill, whose 2016 season was his best in both categories over his five-year NFL career.

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Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry under investigation for battery, per report

Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry is reportedly under investigation for battery, according to a report from Andy Slater of 940 WINZ.

The incident allegedly occurred in a Ft. Lauderdale earlier this year and involves Landry’s girlfriend, who is reportedly not cooperating with the investigation. Landry has not yet been faced with charges from the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. Those charges could be levied against him as early as next week if at all.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase addressed the investigation Monday morning, saying the team was aware of it.

Landry is entering the final year of his four-year, $3.74 million contract. He has 3,051 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in three seasons at Miami, including consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2015 and ’16.

Drew Bledsoe’s last meaningful appearance with the Patriots was a fitting end to his tenure in New England. With Brady injured in the first half at Heinz Field, he turned a 7-3 game into a 24-17 AFC title win that would set up his only NFL championship. Bledsoe’s third pass of the game was an 11-yard touchdown strike to David Patten his last as a Patriot.

Another fan favorite, Troy Brown, returned a punt for a 55-yard touchdown and scooped up a blocked field-goal attempt that was returned for another score, making it a great day for local heroes.

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Mitch Trubisky off to shaky start at Bears camp

While he showed flashes of solid quarterbacking talent, Mitch Trubisky got off to an inauspicious start with the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, fumbled three of six snaps during one sequence in a drill at the first padded practice of training camp, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

After his first successful exchange with the center, Trubisky was given a patronizing round of applause from the Bears fans at Olivet Nazarene University.

Cutler, who came out of retirement Monday to sign a one-year contract worth $10 million, previously worked with Gase during the 2015 season with the Bears and immediately was rumored to be heading to Miami after news broke of Ryan Tannehill’s left knee injury. Although Cutler underwent surgery in December to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder suffered last season, Gase doesn’t think his playing abilities will be affected.

After watching him last year, I saw the same stuff, Gase said. He got injured and decided to move on they decided to move on from him. He stepped away for a minute, but I feel good about where he was at the last couple of years and feel good about how he fits with us.

Cutler posted a career-high 92.3 passer rating as he threw for 3,659 yards and 21 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in 2015 while Gase served as the Bears offensive coordinator. Although Matt Moore will run the offense in the team’s first preseason game Thursday against the Falcons, Cutler likely will take over once he feels up to speed with his new team.

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Watch: Texans D’Onta Foreman pulls off flawless hurdle against Panthers

Human beings should not be able to move like Texans running back D’Onta Foreman.

The 6-foot, 233-pounder moves like a much smaller man as he demonstrated Wednesday night by hurdling poor Panthers defensive back Cole Luke.

Foreman ran for 2,028 yards and 15 touchdowns last season at Texas and was a third-round pick of the Texans in April’s NFL Draft.

If Wednesday’s match-up with the Panthers is any indication, Foreman is looking to prove he should have been drafted much higher.

It’s not to say that I knew going in that I was going to love what we were doing (with a quarterbacks coach) or what we were trying. It was just a trial-and-error kind of thing. I ended up liking a lot of the stuff that I was learning and doing.

As far as training and th the rest of my body, it’s not so much different. Training the way my arm is now? Yeah, for sure it’s different and I think it’s helping me. I feel really good throwing the ball.

Do you throw as much in the offseason now as you did three or four years ago when you were younger?

Honestly, that’s kind of part of this. A little bit part of the program that is intensive is throwing in the offseason. That’s something I didn’t have as much of a set thought process or plan on maybe then as I do now. I used to throw maybe just a couple times a week, two or three. Now, it’s probably a little bit more than that. It’s a change-up but something that I think helped me kind of step right into (training) camp and feel no arm soreness, the general stuff that every quarterback feels. I feel like I’ve gotten ahead of the curve on that.

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Panthers’ Cam Newton kept out of practice with sore shoulder

Cam Newton isn’t out of the woods with his shoulder injury just yet.

The Panthers quarterback is dealing with soreness in his throwing shoulder and was held out of Tuesday’s practice as a result, the team announced.

Coach Bruce Arians told reporters Tuesday that he won’t play any of his starters in the preseason opener against the Cowboys in Canton, Ohio. And when it comes to his quarterbacks, he won’t even let his backup play.

So it’ll be Blaine Gabbert running the show in the first half and Trevor Knight in the second as Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton save themselves for the Cards’ four remaining exhibitions leading up to the Sept. 10 season opener.

While fans likely won’t be thrilled about the lack of star power as the NFL finally returns, Arians and his staff will at least get a longer look at the players who figure to be on the fringes of the 53-man roster when final cuts arrive.

Beckham is by far the biggest star the NFL has to offer today. By the time his NFL career is over, he’s going to be the player with the longest lasting influence from his generation.

He’s the most recognizable player in the league. Part of it is because of his curly blonde hair. Part of it is his catches that make you starve for an instant replay. Part of it is because of his style on and off the field. It also helps that he plays on the biggest stage in New York.

Fans can relate to him outside of football as well. He gives fans a sense of how they imagine themselves living life as an NFL superstar. Nobody’s done that as well as he has since his arrival, and he’s just getting started.

Beckham produces numbers on the field that have made him one of the best receivers in the NFL since his arrival in 2014. But he’s already had a signature career play that put him on the map.

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Jets WR Quincy Enunwa out for season with bulging disk

The Jets were dealt a tough blow right before the preseason starts.

Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa is out for the season after he injured his neck during practice on Saturday, coach Todd Bowles said after practice Monday.

The injury isn’t career-ending, but Enunwa will be sidelined for six to nine months. The Jets are looking for a second opinion, but it’s most likely that Enunwa will need surgery.

Enunwa sustained the injury during a non-contact drill when he dropped a pass from quarterback Christian Hackenberg and fell to the turf face-first.

Bowles earlier said that the team will readjust if they lose Enunwa, who was expected to be the top wide receiver for the team after the Jets cut Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall during the offseason.

Enunwa, who was selected by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, has recorded 1,172 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 28 games for the Jets.

The two most iconic athletes in history — Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali — had a number of these during their respective careers. The two best examples would be Ali standing over Sonny Liston in 1960, and Jordan crossing Byron Russell into history for the series-winner in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.

Beckham’s (first) iconic moment was his catch against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in 2014.

The catch was the final introduction anybody needed that hadn’t heard of him up until that point. The catch was so damn good, you would be mad if it happened against you in a game of Madden.

That moment was the first building block he needed to become bigger than just another NFL star. Since then, he’s taken advantage of it.

The old-head sports fan in your life’s biggest gripe against Beckham is how he’s always dancing on the field and celebrating. Gone are the days where the football is placed on the ground or given to the referee after a score. Week to week, fans aren’t sure what they’re going to see out of Beckham, and that’s just another reason to tune in.

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LaMelo Ball-Zion Williamson matchup causes Vegas chaos

LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson is kind of a big deal.

In fact, a matchup between two of basketball’s elite prospects caused what ESPN.com described as “a chaotic scene” Wednesday, as police capped entry to the Las Vegas gym where the pair’s AAU teams faced off at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships.

The event’s organizer said local police cited fire-code concerns in blocking the doors at the Cashman Center and setting up a barricade outside.

“Andrew’s got to work on getting his throwing motion back, all his strength back,” Ballard said Monday. “Andrew has not had any setbacks at all in his rehab process or with his surgery. He is in good shape; he’s in good standing. Long term, his shoulder, the prognosis is very good and that’s very positive.

“We’re going to continue to follow the doctor’s orders and the rehab process. This is a process. We’ve not put a timetable on this for a reason. There’s a process with his rehab and his health and long-term success.”

Luck underwent surgery in January to repair a lingering issue in his throwing Cheap Jerseys USing Paypal shoulder. Ballard said Monday Luck has “been outstanding” during the rehab process.

“He is in a good place,” said Ballard, who was hired as the team’s Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping new GM on Jan. 29. “He understands what he’s got and what he’s got up in front of him. Since the day I walked in this building, watching him work and deal with his teammates has been fun to watch.”

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Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are already getting a jump on next season.

The Pelicans’ big men have begun working out together in Los Angeles and Las Vegas in an effort to get ahead of training camp and the 2017-18 season after being unable to practice together last year.

“We’ve just tried to get in as much work as possible this summer,” Davis said, via the team’s website. “We didn’t have that much time last season to work out with each other, because we didn’t have training camp or [many practices]. So we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity, where we had time in the summer in the same city and can get in some work in together, because we’ll be playing with each other a lot.

Redick, who hosts a podcast for Yahoo’s The Vertical in which he interviews both NBA and outside figures about varying topics, also expressed worry regarding firearm regulation, particularly as a father. Redick and his wife Chelsea just had their second child in August.

“Especially now that you have kids, you think about everything,” Redick said. “You think about gun control and what that means, and what’s the best practice for that. You want your kids to grow up in a world that’s better than the one you grew up in. I’m not talking about my own family’s wealth. I’m talking about the actual world and all the issues that we have.”

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Damian Lillard calls out ESPN writer for Kyrie Irving comparisons

Damian Lillard has nothing to do with Kyrie Irving and his reported demand to be traded from Cleveland, but he keeps finding his name intertwined with the drama.

The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor was the second overall pick by the Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft. He led the Redskins to the playoffs, but a knee injury during a playoff loss to the Seahawks eventually led to Kirk Cousins taking over as Washington’s starting quarterback.

Griffin was released on March 7, 2016 and spent last season with the Browns and was the team’s opening-day starter. But a shoulder injury in the season opener limited him to just five games. The Browns released Griffin this past March and he has been waiting for another opportunity since.

Former Browns assistant Pep Hamilton has been working with Griffin and told NFL Media the 27-year-old Griffin is healthy and could be a viable backup to Philip Rivers in San Diego. The Chargers currently have Kellen Clemens, Mike Bercovici and Eli Jenkins on the roster behind Rivers.

Griffin has thrown for 8,983 yards with 42 touchdowns and 26 interceptions and has been sacked 123 times in 42 career games over five seasons.

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Cardinals place Dexter Fowler on 10-day DL, recall another prospect

The Cardinals placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a left wrist strain.

Fowler, who was batting third in the lineup before suffering the injury, joined teammate Stephen Piscotty (groin) on the shelf. Fowler is batting .241 with 14 home runs and 37 RBIs so far this season.

In a corresponding move, the Cardinals recalled outfielder Harrison Bader from Triple-A Memphis. Bader will become the sixth Cardinals player to make his MLB debut this season.

Despite their inexperienced lineup, the Cardinals are just four games back in the National League Central. St. Louis is currently fourth in the packed division, but they have time to make up ground.

Red-hot Tommy Pham, Randal Grichuk and Jose Martinez will likely start in the outfield while Fowler recovers.

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