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The much-anticipated meeting between NFL owners and players commenced in New York Tuesday and lasted about four hours.

The league has been the subject of contentious debate in connection with players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social injustice.

but rather it was an open dialogue about the social issues behind the protest and how to solve them.,Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said the meeting didn't really center around players' protests and taking a knee

" said Jenkins. "Everything we talked about has everything to do with the state of the NFL and how we can move this forward and make some long sustainable change.","Very little of the meeting was about the national anthem

even doing ride-alongs with officers.,The Eagles' safety recently partnered with the Philadelphia Police Department to do just that

" said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. "He made it clear about the issues that he has regarding law enforcement and people of color. He's also made additional attempts to make some inroads to make things better.","I give him credit that he is extending the olive branch

both the league and the players agreed to keep the conversation going.,At the meeting

" said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "That was the focus today.","I think we all agree there's nothing better than going back into our communities and making them better

some members of the public said talk is cheap.,Authentic Vince Williams Jersey,However

"I think it's a step that should have been made a long time ago, of the 10-22 protest committee. "We can't be satisfied with letting a few black players talk about social issues. These social issues are not new.",Authentic Fletcher Cox Jersey," said Supreme Dow

and they are planning to protest in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.,Dow said his group is still calling for a boycott of next Monday's Eagles game

My feeling is that whoever wins the third-down battle will win the 60-minute war. The Eagles are first in the league in third-down efficiency. The Panthers are second.

they can win. But that’s a tall order in a short week on the road,If the Eagles can convert 50 percent of their third-down opportunities and maybe force Cam Newton into a couple of third-down mistakes

I might feel differently. But Carolina and Cam Newton,Authentic Torrey Smith Jersey,Hard to pick against the Eagles right now, but I’m going to. If the game were being held at the Linc or if the Birds were a bit healthier,Authentic Timmy Jernigan Jersey, have played lights-out the past two weeks. And I generally like the home team in these strange Thursday night setups., after starting the season without a lot of juice

Kudos to Jim Schwartz, Carson Palmer just wasn’t able to make them. Newton will be much harder to throw off-balance or get out of sync.,Womens Timmy Jernigan Jersey, but I think there are plays to be made against the Eagles’ young corners

That said, regardless., I expect the Eagles to show up. I’m at the point where I expect Carson Wentz to make things happen and keep his team close

Maybe it comes down to this: If the Eagles win at Carolina, and I am not there yet. Wouldn’t mind being there with the Eagles; it’s been a while. I’m sure the view is still nice. But I’m not quite there yet.,Womens Jalen Mills Jersey, we have to start thinking about them as a team that ought to do more than just contend for a playoff berth

but Halapoulivaati Vaitai will be hard pressed to match Johnson’s level against Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers. Tyler Larsen is a capable backup to Kalil, but his performance could depend solely upon whether Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (calf) can go. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been on fire the last few weeks. Receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess have gotten separation downfield and multifaceted tailback Christian McCaffrey has been tough to cover underneath. But the Eagles offense poses its own set of challenges. The Panthers will have to pick a poison in defending Carson Wentz and his skill players. But they have three of the very best linebackers in the NFL – Luke Kuechly,Both teams will be without key fixtures on the offensive line. The Eagles won’t have right tackle Lane Johnson (concussion) and the Panthers will be missing Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil (neck). Both losses will hurt, Thomas Davis, and Shaq Thompson – and their ability to make the Eagles one dimensional could be the difference.

and with a hot quarterback, a win is always possible despite key injuries. But the Panthers have a scorching quarterback to go along with a tough-minded team and home-field advantage. That’s why I’m giving the edge to Carolina. Three of their victories have come against teams with winning records. Cam Newton is playing as well as anyone in the NFL right now. The Panthers can get pressure around the left side with Julius Peppers, so right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai will have a major challenge on a short week. That front seven is among the best in the NFL. The Eagles need another big game from Carson Wentz, which is certainly possible. I think Alshon Jeffery has his best game in an Eagles uniform Thursday. Will that be enough? They still have Newton to worry about, and the attention devoted to spying Newton and tracking Christian McCaffrey could create opportunities elsewhere for Carolina. The Eagles are playing with house money in this game. If they go into Charlotte and win as underdogs to advance to 5-1, it’s a true statement win. If they lose and drop to 4-2,It’s impressive how the Eagles navigated the first five weeks of the season, opinions shouldn’t change about this team. My guess is the Panthers win a close one, but the Eagles still enter a mini-bye in a respectable position.

who missed all of last year with a serious knee injury,Eagles linebacker Joe Walker, has been voted by his teammates this year's Eagles recipient of the prestigious 2017 Ed Block Courage Award.

Kevin Turner, Correll Buckhalter,Walker joins such hallowed names in Eagles history as Andre Waters, Chad Lewis and Jason Avant in receiving the award, given annually to a player on each team who shows a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage on and off the field.

a seventh-round pick out of Oregon in 2016,Walker, suffered a knee injury the second week of training camp last summer but bounced back to make the 53-man roster this year and has played in all six games for the 5-1 Eagles.

With Jordan Hicks hurt in the second half Thursday night in Charlotte,Womens Vince Williams Jersey, Walker played a career-high 13 snaps on defense against the Panthers. He's played 53 special teams snaps this year.

Ed Block was the Colts' trainer from 1954 through 1977 after earning a Purple Heart in the Army under General Patton in the tank corps in World War II.

The 32 Ed Block Courage Award winners will be honored at the annual Ed Block Courage banquet in Baltimore this spring.

Can the Eagles keep it going? Things will be a lot tougher Thursday night than they have been the last three weeks, when the Eagles beat three teams with a combined 3-12 record.

The Panthers are 4-1 with the NFL's No. 3-ranked defense and one of the league's most dynamic quarterbacks. It's a short week. The game's on the road. The Eagles are banged up.

But you know what? I don't care.

with big plays on both sides of the football. If they continue running the ball and stopping the run,Womens Fletcher Cox Jersey,The Eagles are 4-1 also and I feel like they still haven't put together an all-around game, Womens Torrey Smith Jersey,they're going to be very tough to beat - for anybody.

Tough game but I'm going Eagles.

The Panthers aren't the Chargers.

So sure,Authentic Ronald Darby Jersey, the Eagles were able to go to California a couple weeks ago and get a big road win against Los Angeles. Winning this game in Charlotte against the Panthers on a short week is a completely different animal.

the Panthers are also 4-1,Like the Eagles, except their last two wins came at New England and at Detroit. Maybe it'll help the Eagles that the Panthers had to come back from Detroit to play on a short week. But that cancels out against a team traveling to play on Thursday. Home teams win over 61 percent of Thursday Night Football games; it's a bigger advantage than normal.

it would establish them as one of the best teams in the NFC. But this is going to be too hard without Lane Johnson. Remember,Womens Ronald Darby Jersey,If the Eagles find a way to pull out a win, the Eagles are 2-8 without him since the beginning of 2016.

I think the Birds keep it close, but close doesn't get it done.

Carolina is coming off impressive back-to-back road wins at New England and Detroit. Cam Newton appears to have his 2015 groove back. In his last two games,Authentic Jalen Mills Jersey, Newton has completed 77 percent of his passes with six TDs and one INT.

The Eagles totally dominated Arizona, but this is an upgrade in competition. The Birds could use Fletcher Cox in the trenches. He was a full participant in practice on Tuesday but his availability for Thursday night is unknown as a game-time decision.

The Birds could use another one of those steady run games to keep the Panthers' defense on its heels. This game will be won in the trenches. The Panthers like to get physical on both sides of the ball, and the Eagles are determined to match them blow for blow.

In the end, Carolina delivers the knockout punch.

winning at San Francisco, New England and Detroit. The Panthers have been less than inspiring at home,Carolina has played its best football on the road, squeezing past Buffalo (9-3) and getting hammered by New Orleans (34-13). So the Eagles have that going for them, which is nice. But does it really apply to tonight's game at Bank of America Stadium? I'm not sure it does.

coming off the wins over the Patriots and Lions in which he threw for more than 300 yards in each game. It took him awhile to get over the loss of his favorite target, tight end Greg Olsen (broken foot), but he is spreading the ball around to rookie Christian McCaffrey (27 catches),Newton makes the Carolina offense go and he is red hot, Devin Funchess (24 catches, three touchdowns) and Ed Dickson (175 yards vs. Detroit). Newton is completing 68 percent of his passes after completing just 53 percent in a miserable 2016 season.

but the short week,The Eagles are playing very well themselves and they thoroughly dominated Arizona on Sunday, the travel and the loss of Johnson tilts this one in Carolina's favor.
Eagles would be wise to inquire about 49ers RB Carlos Hyde
The Philadelphia Eagles backfield has been productive as of late, and Wendell Smallwood has missed two games with a knee injury., but they’ve been dealing with significant injuries. Darren Sproles is out for the season

If the San Francisco 49ers are indeed shopping running back Carlos Hyde, the Eagles should inquire about the fourth-year back., as has been rumored

The Eagles have a real shot at contending in the NFC this year, and Hyde would help their cause. LeGarrette Blount has been effective lately and Hyde could complement him well in the backfield.

On Sunday, with 13 attempts for 28 yards and two touchdowns., 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan denied rumors that the team was thinking about dealing Hyde. The running back got most of the carries in San Francisco’s loss to Washington this week

Though he didn’t gain a ton of yardage with his carries in Week 6, Hyde was averaging 4.5 yards per carry on the year prior to the game. He can run through defenders and make them miss in the open field. Hyde would fit well in Doug Pederson’s offense.

A main reason San Francisco would consider trading Hyde is that he’s in the last year of his rookie deal. The 49ers aren’t going anywhere this season and may not want to pay the running back after the season. They really liked rookie back Joe Williams from Utah before he got injured.

The Eagles have averaged 147.4 rushing yards per game since Week 1, so maybe they shouldn’t mess with their backfield. But if Philadelphia continues to play at a high level, they could make some serious noise in the playoffs. A combination of Blount and Smallwood is fine, but Smallwood’s recurring injuries make that duo hard to depend on.

Undrafted rookie Corey Clement has made a few plays this year, but he gained just seven yards on his five carries., though he’s far from the talent of Hyde. The Eagles gave Kenjon Barner an opportunity on offense in their win against the Panthers

If the Eagles would be willing to sign Hyde to a long-term deal, the team is going to have several important personnel decisions to make after the year., trading for him would make sense. Philadelphia signed Blount to only a one-year contract this offseason. Between Blount and others

Linebacker Nigel Bradham is on the last year of his deal, as is defensive tackle Tim Jernigan. All of this may financially prevent the Eagles from being too eager to commit to Hyde., and Jordan Hicks will likely be looking for an extension. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is a free agent after the season

Though he’s missed 14 games in his brief NFL career,Womens Vince Williams Jersey, Hyde has the potential to be one of the better backs in the league. He’s gained 4.0 yards per carry or greater in every year of his career and has averaged more than 65 yards per game for the past three seasons.

Blount can get the job done, he could probably be acquired for a mid- to late-round draft pick., but Hyde is four years younger than him and could be the Eagles main back of the future — if he can stay healthy. Should the 49ers decide they won’t be re-signing Hyde and they want to get value for him before he walks away

It doesn’t seem likely Philadelphia will make a deal with San Francisco for Hyde before the Oct. 31 trade deadline,Womens Fletcher Cox Jersey, but they should at least inquire about how much he’d cost. The Eagles are scheduled to get a firsthand look at Hyde when the 49ers come to town in Week 8.

Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims might have gotten away with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Titans running back Chris Johnson but it seems like Sims didn’t leave Tennessee without a fine.

On Wednesday -- more than a week after the Eagles embarrassing 37-19 Music City Meltdown -- Sims was hit with a $50,000 fine for his hit on Titans wideout Lavelle Hawkins.

The fine was issued because Hawkins was a defenseless receiver when Sims hit him.

And this might not be the last time the Eagles hard-hitting linebacker gets slammed with a fine or even possibly a suspension.

I’ll let the AP explain:

Sims is a repeat offender, having been fined twice for unnecessary roughness,Womens Torrey Smith Jersey, on Dec. 28, 2009, 2008 and on Sept. 13, both while with the Detroit Lions.

The fine was issued by NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson,Womens Timmy Jernigan Jersey, who told Sims that “further offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension.”

Hawkins' only catch in the game was for 5 yards in the third quarter.

The hit in question wasn't when Sims tackled Hawkins on that catch but on another play. Now the question is how many more hard tackles he can make before the NFL benches him for a game.

As for Sims he spoke on Thursday, telling ESPN.com that the fine was "outrageous."

"I really, I just think it's crazy. But this is the league that I play in and I've got to respect that, really hate the fact that I got fined $50,Authentic Jalen Mills Jersey,000," he said. "I don't care how much money you make, money I worked hard for my whole life. Just for anybody to take it away from me for something that I do on the field, that's a ton of money, so I'm just going to go out there and keep playing football."

The Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long is playing the 2017 season for charity, and sports Twitter is cheering him on.

The Chris Long Foundation said Wednesday that the player’s final 10 game checks will be donated to support educational equality in the three cities he’s played for during his decade-long career: Philadelphia, Virginia., St. Louis and Boston. Long had already donated his first six game checks toward scholarships to his middle and high school in Charlottesville

Long’s base salary this year is $1 million, and he signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles in March that included a $500,000 signing bonus and a guaranteed $1.5 million.

“In my 10th year,” Long said in a statement. “Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.”, I want to celebrate the awesome opportunity I’ve had to play football by giving back to the communities that have given me that gift

Long is encouraging fans and business owners to donate as well, by launching the “Pledge 10 for Tomorrow” campaign. The city that raises the most money will earn an additional $50,000 donation. “We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it,” Long said.

Long is being hailed on Twitter for his act of generosity, being called a “class act” and the GOAT.

Wendell Smallwood and Lane Johnson returned to practice Tuesday, but that can only happen if the second-year Delaware native is on the field., giving the Eagles’ offense a major boost as they prepare for Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins. Johnson missed one game with a concussion and will be back at right tackle on Monday to solidify the offensive line. Smallwood could be the Eagles’ most-used running back after missing two games

“Held me out of these two, “but I should be ready for Monday.”,” Smallwood said

In the Eagles’ first game without Darren Sproles on Oct. 1, Smallwood took 44 percent of the offensive snaps. He has sat ever since with a swollen right knee – the same knee that ended his season last year in Week 14 because of an MCL sprain. He did not offer details about the nature of the injury.

“It’s been coming along,” Smallwood said. “Felt good these past few days,Authentic Vince Williams Jersey, really since the Carolina game, feeling good. I was full go [Tuesday]. Practiced with the guys. Didn’t bother me that much.”

Johnson missed last Thursday’s game with a concussion; the league-mandated concussion protocol made it difficult for him to play with only three days between games. The extended rest during the weekend offered ample time for Johnson to get cleared, and he was back on the field Tuesday. Johnson is one of the most valuable players on the roster and last Thursday’s was the only game he has missed due to injury since joining the Eagles in 2013. He has missed 14 career games due to suspension.

The question is whether he’ll block for Smallwood. As long as the swelling doesn’t reappear in Smallwood’s knee,Authentic Fletcher Cox Jersey, he will join LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement among the top three running backs on the team. After Sproles’ Week 3 injury, requiring him to catch and block. Tight end Zach Ertz said Smallwood’s return would be “huge for us” because Smallwood is a “beast on third down and protection.” That wasn’t how Smallwood was used last year, Smallwood took over the third-down duties,Authentic Torrey Smith Jersey, but he filled it well against the Chargers.

“He’s that thrashing downhill runner,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. “He’s got some explosiveness. He’s a three-down back. He’s good out of the backfield. He’s really good in protections. It brings all those things.”

In 17 career games for the Eagles, and a touchdown on a kickoff return.,Authentic Timmy Jernigan Jersey, Smallwood has 106 carries for 425 yards (4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also has 13 catches for 111 yards

Smallwood felt knee pain early in the Chargers game,Womens Ronald Darby Jersey, but adrenaline carried him through. After the game, he realized there was a problem. Smallwood did not practice leading up to the Arizona game or Carolina game, and the team has been purposefully vague about his absence.

He progressed in recent days,Womens Jalen Mills Jersey, which is often a challenge for players with knee injuries., noting that the extended absence helped. He underwent “extra treatment” and benefited from more rest than usual. Smallwood said he’s even planted his knee and made cuts

“I’ve been doing that since last week, been getting my foot in the ground and not thinking about it at all,” Smallwood said. “It feels good. I know that’s the hardest part of the knee [recovery], but I’ve got it.”

The Eagles have survived without Smallwood, who was the third running back entering the season. They won the past two games and topped 100 rushing yards in both games. But the Eagles need talent in the backfield, and Smallwood is best suited to complement Blount in the Eagles’ running-back committee. He is the team’s best remaining running back catching the ball out of the backfield, with four catches against the Chargers.

In his brief career, Authentic Ronald Darby Jersey,he needs to stay on the field., Smallwood has been on the injury list too frequently. The MCL injury last year followed a quadriceps injury and concussion during the preseason. He missed time this past summer with a hamstring injury. He does not want to receive the “injury-prone” label and is frustrated whenever he’s not in a game plan. If he wants a big role

” Smallwood said. “I’ve got that confidence in myself. I’m getting comfortable with myself and feeling how I’m feeling. I’ll be good to go.”,“I’m not going to hold back any and not going to think about it or get nervous

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Steelers vs. Bengals midweek injury report: 5 players held out of practice on Wednesday
The Pittsburgh Steelers took to the practice field on Wednesday missing more than half of their starting offensive line. They were joined on the sidelines by two more starters from the defensive side of the ball.

After seeing Marcus Gilbert leave the game in the first quarter last Sunday, it was always expected he would feature in the first injury report of the week. Having missed the previous three games with a hamstring injury, his reaggravation does not bode well for a quick return to action.

but it is hoped this is more of a rest day for an injury they are carrying than a long-term health concern. It is worth noting that Pouncey sat out practice last Wednesday as well with the same chest issue.,The appearance of Stephon Tuitt and Maurkice Pouncey among those not participating on Wednesday was something of a surprise

Having missed the game in Week 6, the sooner Ramon Foster can return to practice the better his chances of playing against the Cincinnati Bengals. Should he still be unable to resume training on Thursday, it is unlikely he will suit up on Sunday.

The team’s full injury report as per Steelers.com

Steelers:

Did not participate: OG Ramon Foster (Thumb), C Maurkice Pouncey (Chest), OT Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring), ILB Vince Williams (Hip), Stephon Tuitt (Back)

In fact, given the way Pittsburgh’s defense is designed, it’s kind of expected.

But the linebacker currently leading the team in sacks isn’t someone you would generally think of as a pass rusher.

After recording two sacks on the same series in last Sunday’s 19-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, which improved the Steelers to a 4-2 record, inside linebacker Vince Williams now leads the team with four. Three of those four sacks have come in the past two games.

For a player who leaves the field at times on obvious passing downs and entered the season with 2.5 career sacks, nobody would have thought Williams would be the team leader. And Williams, one of the more vocal Steelers both in the locker room and on the field, isn’t afraid to let his teammates hear about his success.

“He’s rubbing it in every day,” said defensive end Stephon Tuitt,Womens Alejandro Villanueva Jersey, who is second on the team in pressures but has yet to record a sack.

some of the players who would have been considered the team’s better pass rushers entering the season haven’t really gotten going just yet.,That has to be concerning to Pittsburgh’s opponents. While the Steelers have 20 sacks

whose team visits Pittsburgh on Sunday.,Womens Jordan Berry Jersey,That’s what concerns Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis

“They mix and match,” said Lewis, crediting defensive coordinator Keith Butler. “Keith does a great job of pairing them together. Who is going to be the rusher based on a particular pressure and changing it up. Right now,Womens Mike Mitchell Jersey, Williams is doing a great job of rushing from inside linebacker and winning his matchups. They’re doing a great job. (Rookie) T.J. Watt has gotten off to a great start. It’s a matter of who’s at the tip of the sword. When your number is called, their guys are producing.”

Anthony Chickillo, who is tied with Watt and defensive end Cameron Heyward with three sacks each,Womens David DeCastro Jersey, said that is exactly the case.

” Chickillo said of the team’s linebackers. “I feel like any of us can get there. Any of us can make that play. I feel comfortable with any of us.”,“I feel like our whole room is capable of making plays

Like Williams, who did not practice Wednesday with a sore hip,Womens Ramon Foster Jersey, Chickillo’s opportunities to rush the passer have been limited. But he’s taken advantage when given the chance.

something that has been a key ingredient in the team’s pass defense. The Steelers have allowed 153.5 yards per game through the air to lead the NFL.,Nine different players have recorded sacks for the Steelers

Inside linebacker Ryan Shazier joins Tuitt with no sacks, despite getting pressure on opponents’ starting quarterbacks. James Harrison,Womens Marcus Gilbert Jersey, the team’s all-time sack leader, didn’t record his first until Kansas City’s final possession last Sunday. Harrison had only played seven snaps in Pittsburgh’s first five games before getting 15 against the Chiefs.

Lewis expects to see Harrison this week as part of the Steelers’ dynamic pass rush.

” said Lewis. “(He just has) tremendous spirit. I love him when he’s not playing against us.”,“No one has seen James more than me

Pittsburgh knows it has to continue to bring the pressure.,Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he is open to Harrison continuing to play. But whether he plays or not

even if they come from the talkative Williams.,And it doesn’t matter who gets the sacks

“Whoever gets the sacks, I’m happy,” said Heyward. “We’ve just got to hit home. We’ve got Vince getting sacks. We’ve got James getting in there. Sometimes you have a little guy like Mike Hilton getting in there. We don’t care how it’s done, as long as it gets done.”

Running back Le’Veon Bell was named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday for his 179-yard rushing effort last Sunday against Kansas City. It is the third time in his career Bell has won the award. … The Steelers signed offensive lineman Jake Rodgers to their practice squad and released wide receiver Justin Thomas. … Center Maurkice Pouncey (chest), guard Ramon Foster (back), right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and Tuitt (back) joined Williams on the sideline during practice Wednesday. ... Linebacker Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) was a full participant.

2 defensive starters,Steelers short 3 offensive

Maurkice Pouncey (chest), Ramon Foster (back), Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), Stephon Tuitt (back) and Vince Williams (hip). Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

Tuft's injury was the only one not previously known. He was limited last Wednesday with a quadriceps injury.

Foster sat out Pittsburgh's 19-13 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Gilbert left the game in the first half having reaggravated the Week 2 hamstring injury that kept him out of game action in Weeks 3-6.

Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Vince Williams has a chance to return in time to face the Bengals.

He was recorded crutching down a hallway at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday. The starting inside linebacker walked the locker room without crutches Wednesday.

Mike Tomlin scouts the Bengals

though Jesse James said Hubbard moving to tight end against Kansas City forced Pittsburgh to abandon some three-tight end personnel sets the team had installed for Sunday's game plan.,Authentic Alejandro Villanueva Jersey,Gilbert was not seen in the locker room after practice. Chris Hubbard has started in his place

B.J. Finney replaced Foster in the starting lineup at left guard.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant reportedly wants a trade after a sluggish start to the 2017 season.

Bryant missed all of the 2016 season while serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and has now missed 20 games total during his career to suspensions. However, when he’s been on the field and healthy,Authentic Jordan Berry Jersey, he’s proven to be an explosive playmaker with a penchant for the long touchdown.

that hasn’t really materialized since his return and there have been some clear issues earning back the trust of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the organization. And that appears to be why he’s requesting the trade.,Unfortunately for Bryant

It’s difficult to say exactly what Bryant, a former fourth-round pick,Authentic Mike Mitchell Jersey, might be worth on the trade market. He’s unquestionably talented, but the baggage he carries ultimately impacts his value significantly.

However,Authentic David DeCastro Jersey, in looking at depth charts around the league, there are three teams that stand out as potential trade destinations. So let’s take a look at how he might fit with each.

Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. All four teams are within at least a game of the Patriots and the Bills could certainly use some additional playmaking firepower for the stretch run.,The Buffalo Bills are coming off a bye week in the thick of a race for the AFC East with the New England Patriots

and the genesis of those struggles is int he passing game. No wide receiver on the Bills roster has more than 10 catches through five games.,Authentic Ramon Foster Jersey,The Bills are 27th in scoring offense and 31st in total offense to this point

In fact, running back LeSean McCoy (27 catches) and tight end Charles Clay (20 catches) have been far and away the two most prolific pieces in the Bills passing attack. Luckily, the Bills’ No. 1-ranked scoring defense has kept them competitive.

would the Steelers want to trade him to an AFC team in the playoff hunt?,Authentic Marcus Gilbert Jersey,Adding Bryant would add an element of explosiveness to the offense they lost when they traded Sammy Watkins and being in a playoff race with plenty of targets coming his way has to sound pretty good to Bryant. The holdup
Steelers Hold On To Beat Chiefs
This time, the tip went the Steelers' way on offense. And this time, James Harrison had a big sack at THE critical moment on defense.

So they seemed like the Steelers of old Sunday in their 19-13 win over the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

And, just like the Steelers of old, they're 4-2 and on top of the AFC North.

But this game teetered on the brink between those old-school winning Steelers and this year's seemingly snake-bitten team -- until Antonio Brown caught a tipped pass for a 51-yard touchdown on a play that would've been intercepted last week.

It gave the Steelers a 19-10 lead with 3:24 remaining and allowed the defense to withstand a furious Chiefs rally.

A 33-yard field goal, followed by a 32-yard punt return by Tyreek Hill, gave the Chiefs one final chance at their own 44 with 1:42 left.

Stephon Tuitt batted down a pass at the line,After a 16-yard pass to the Pittsburgh 40, and then Harrison sacked Smith for an 8-yard loss. The 39-year-old's first sack of the season set up a fourth-and-18, Harrison pressured Alex Smith into an incompletion, and Cameron Heyward pressured Smith into a final incompletion.

The defensive stand was appropriate for a unit that allowed only 251 yards, 245 of which were gained in the second half to turn the game into a nailbiter.

" said Mike Tomlin. "They're competitors,Authentic Joe Haden Jersey,"They're a good team, man, so we expected them to do that."

The Steelers dominated the first half defensively,Authentic Anthony Chickillo Jersey, enough to survive a Barry Foster-esque misplay on a kick by Brown and also a poor route by Brown that cost Ben Roethlisberger an interception.

The Steelers outgained the Chiefs in the half 237-6 and didn't allow them a first down until 1:39 before halftime.

A safety got the Steelers rolling when substitute center Zach Fulton snapped a ball over Smith's head and out of the end zone for a 2-0 lead.

But Brown allowed the free kick (a punt) to fall in front of him -- similar to what Foster did on an infamous kickoff in San Francisco in 1990 -- and the Chiefs recovered at the Pittsburgh 32. But the Steelers held the Chiefs to a 46-yard field goal, and the Le'Veon Bell show was about to begin.

Bell gained 64 yards on eight carries on the second Steelers drive, and capped it off with a 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. He finished the game with 179 yards on 32 carries.

But the Chiefs were given another gift when Brown stopped running on a third-and-5 play that would've sent him off to the races for a long gain. Instead,Authentic Jesse James Jersey, Marcus Peters intercepted the pass. However, the Chiefs couldn't move the ball and punted to the Pittsburgh 1.

From there, the Steelers began a 93-yard drive that ended with a field goal and a 12-3 lead.

the Chiefs drove to the Pittsburgh 12 on a 37-yard pass to Kareem Hunt. Mike Mitchell,Authentic Eli Rogers Jersey,After a scoreless third quarter, then hit Smith after he threw the pass to tack on another 12 yards to the Pittsburgh 12. On fourth-and-2 at the 4, who had missed an easy sack on the play,Womens Eli Rogers Jersey, the Chiefs eschewed a field goal and Sean Davis broke up a pass to Travis Kelce in the end zone.

The Chiefs got the ball back at their 18 with 9:03 remaining, and Smith hit De'Anthony Thomas with a 57-yard touchdown pass to cut the score to 12-10 with 6:13 remaining.

But the Steelers got their first big break of the game, and it resulted in Brown's 51-yard touchdown on a third-and-2 deflection off the helmet of Phillip Gaines that ended up in Brown's hands at the KC 32. He galloped down the sideline and into the end zone with the touchdown for a 19-10 lead with 3:24 remaining.

The Chiefs continued their fourth-quarter push until Harrison shut the door with his first sack since the last time he faced KC left tackle Eric Fisher in the 2016 playoffs.

"We really like that matchup. We like the element of that matchup," said Tomlin. "He delivered a significant play at a significant moment. That's why we value him,Womens Chris Boswell Jersey, not only in terms of what he does in the stadium -- you saw that today -- but just his general approach. He's a good example for young players."

Roethlisberger finished with a passer rating of 97.4 by completing 17 of 25 passes for 252 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Brown, of course, was his leading receiver with 8 catches for 155 yards.

Defensively, Davis led the Steelers with 8 tackles and Vince Williams had 2 of the team's 3 sacks.

Williams left the game with a hip injury at the end of the third quarter. He joined right tackle Marcus Gilbert on the sideline. Gilbert left in the second quarter after aggravating his injured hamstring.

The Kansas City Chiefs five game win streak to open 2017 was snapped on Sunday afternoon.

Kansas City failed to find any offensive momentum in the first half against the Steelers and its comeback came up just short as Pittsburgh held on for a 19-13 road victory.

The Chiefs found a rhythm offensively in the second half, but registered just one first down and six total yards in the opening 30 minutes. Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 246 yards and a touchdown, while Kareem Hunt totaled 89 yards on five catches for Kansas City.

Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 32 times, tallying 179 rushing yards and a touchdown to lead Pittsburgh to the win. Antonio Brown also added 155 receiving yards and a score.

Sporting News provided live updates throughout Sunday’s game. Here’s how the Steelers came away with a victory in Kansas City.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t have much to say about Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Burfict has been a proverbial thorn in the side of the Steelers for years, even if Pittsburgh has dominated the series overall as of late — and that’s putting it lightly.

When asked about Burfict before the two teams collide in Week 7, Tomlin kept it short and sweet:

The quote certainly leaves the meaning behind it up for an eye-of-the beholder ordeal.

though,With Burfict, he’s had a few questionable plays against the Steelers over the years and injured names such as Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell in the process. For the most part, his play has cost the Bengals more than the Steelers.

This quote is but a small appetizer before the coming storm. Anything short of a violent, bitter affair between the rivals with so much at stake would be a shocker

NFL Power Rankings: Patriots, Steelers, Seahawks surge for Week 7

The shocking results of Week 6 have the NFL power rankings all shook up for yet another week. Just when you think you know a team, that's when it won't be as good or as bad as you think it is.

There are no more undefeated teams after the Chiefs fell to the Steelers, the Eagles., but they still are the team that defeated the league’s only other one-loss team

Kansas City and Philadelphia are the easy choices for the top, but behind them, the three powerhouses of preseason predictions — New England, Pittsburgh and Seattle — are making their moves.

1. Kansas City Chiefs 5-1 (last week: 1)

Alex Smith was bound to cool off a little with some injuries to his skill players against a good defense, stat., which is exactly what happened against the Steelers. They need to shake off the stirring up of tough playoff memories

This week: at Raiders, where they can put away their rivals in the AFC West

2. Philadelphia Eagles 5-1 (last week: 4)

Carson Wentz is slowly building his MVP case,Womens Joe Haden Jersey, but the biggest strength of this team is premier play on both the offensive and defensive lines. They are a legitimate threat to finish atop the NFC in the end.

This week: vs. Redskins, a rematch from Week 1

3. New England Patriots 4-2 (last week: 7)

Tom Brady is a little banged up, and there are other kinks in the offensive machine including so-so line play and no reliable power running game. At least Rob Gronkowski and the defense are making more plays to save their days.

This week: vs. Falcons,Womens Anthony Chickillo Jersey, when they don’t want to call it a comeback

4. Pittsburgh Steelers 4-2 (last week: 9)

There’s still not much going on offensively beyond their top wide receiver and top running back, it can work out nicely — especially when many guys are swarming on defense., but when those guys are Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell

This week: vs. Bengals,Womens Jesse James Jersey,Womens Stephon Tuitt Jersey, their third division game

5. Seattle Seahawks 3-2 (last week: 8)

There has been little buzz around this team because of concerns about defensive decline and familiar offensive issues, but they still have a Russell Wilson and many other leaders, including Pete Carroll,Authentic Stephon Tuitt Jersey, who can carry them back to NFC supremacy post-bye.

This week: at Giants, a long flight after a long break

6. Carolina Panthers 4-2 (last week: 3)

Cam Newton was great on the road in Detroit and New England, but he stunk at home vs. New Orleans and Philadelphia. The inconsistency will continue as long they can’t power run the ball or execute anything deep because of line woes.

This week: at Bears,Authentic Chris Boswell Jersey, a stop on the Julius Peppers reality tour

7. Minnesota Vikings 4-2 (last week: 15)

Their fortunes are quickly changing in the NFC North, and it looks like Teddy Bridgewater might be an option soon. They are a strong favorite in the division after beating Green Bay and knocking out Aaron Rodgers., as Case Keenum has been a solid fill-in QB for Sam Bradford

This week: vs. Ravens, when there will be a whole lot of purple going on

8. Green Bay Packers 4-2 (last week: 2)

It's your team, Brett Hundley. The rest of the Packers, need to raise their games so it’s not all on Hundley to be the impossible savior in place of Rodgers. Otherwise, namely their defensive backs and running backs, remaining playoff hopes will be dashed quickly.

This week: vs. Saints, when frozen tundra meets a cool Brees

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9. Los Angeles Rams 4-2 (last week: 11)

Sean McVay should be considered the favorite for coach of the year after revving up everything as Jeff Fisher’s rookie replacement and upgrade. He wasn’t too young for the job, and his team isn’t too young to make a jump to the playoffs.

This week: vs. Cardinals, in search of their second home win

10. New Orleans Saints 3-2 (last week: 16)

The Saints are rediscovering a strong running game and a sack- and takeaway-oriented defense to try to prop up the championship window with Drew Brees. The scary thing is he hasn't yet played his absolute best.

This week: at Packers, when bayou meets Lambeau

11. Buffalo Bills 3-2 (last week: 13)

They went into the bye with a reeling offense, but their surprising start has been anchored by a defense playing better on every level under Sean McDermott. Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy need to put the team on their backs.

This week: vs. Buccaneers, a defense built for them to exploit
Three things to know: Sharks’ success vs. Price, Meier’s game and Donskoi’s minutes
Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan said Paul Martin recently offered up a basic tip for playing alongside Brent Burns.

” Ryan said,“(Martin) was joking with me that anytime we’re in the offensive zone, Burnsy’s always open, “so try to get him the puck as much as possible.”

Seems pretty straightforward, but that’s part of Ryan’s approach as he tries to show that he belongs in the NHL: Be consistent, make the simple play and stay in constant communication with arguably the league’s most dynamic defenseman.

” Ryan said of Burns. “He’s always talking to me on the bench. You’ve obviously got to watch what he’s doing,“He talks a lot out there, and try to read off of him as well. If he’s going to be jumping up, and I try to talk a lot too so we help each other out, I’ve got to stay back.”

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Recovering from a setback he had last week following offseason ankle injury, Martin is not expected to join the Sharks on their five-game road trip that begins later this week. So the next 10-12 days clearly presents a huge opportunity for Ryan to show that he can play at this level.

He’s been steady so far, averaging 20:24 of ice time in his first two NHL games as he and Burns have formed some quick chemistry. The pair will be back together Tuesday as the Sharks (1-3) host the Montreal Canadiens (1-3-1) looking to finish their five-game homestand on positive note.

same way he plays,“He’s a calm,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said of Ryan. “Doesn’t seem like anything rattles him, cool guy, he doesn’t seem overwhelmed up here at all or the situation he’s in. I think that’s how he plays on the ice. That’s what you like about his game.”

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Here are three things to know going into Tuesday’s game.

THE FORMULA FOR SUCCESS VS. CAREY PRICE: The Sharks are just one of a handful of NHL teams that can say they’ve gotten the better of Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who is just 2-6-1 in his career against San Jose.

The Sharks got two wins over Price and the Canadiens last season, including a 4-2 win on Dec. 16, 2016 where they scored four goals on 18 shots. Price was pulled at the 6:44 mark of the second period when Melker Karlsson scored to make it 4-0.

Past success will not necessarily mean much Tuesday, but the formula for a win against Price isn’t any different from what it would be against other elite goalies.

” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said Tuesday morning. “If you get a little bit of a screen and get second and third opportunities,adidas Jonathan Drouin jersey,“He’s like anyone. If he sees the puck, he’s going to stop it. He’s one of the best at that, that’s where we’ll get a lot of our goals.”

DeBoer said the Sharks have to do a better job on their zone entries, putting the puck in a place where Price won’t be able to play it as often. DeBoer felt that was a big part of Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders,adidas Victor Hedman jersey, when Thomas Greiss made 40 saves in a 3-1 Islanders win.

” DeBoer said. “Last game against the Islanders,“One of the best in the league, one of the areas we didn’t do well was (dumping) the puck. I thought the other goalie touched it way too much. That’s something we’ve got make sure we fix tonight,adidas Nikita Kucherov jersey, a big part of our pre-scout this morning was making sure he doesn’t get it, because he will make you pay for it and eliminate our forecheck.”

PLAY THE BODY, TIMO: Timo Meier has fond memories of playing against the Canadiens, as he scored his first NHL goal at the Bell Centre in that 4-2 win last December.

Still,Authentic Auston Matthews jersey, young guys like Meier have to prove themselves on a nightly basis, and Meier showed what he could do in one sequence against the Islanders.

Early in the second period, Meier bodied Nick Leddy off the puck in the corner to the right of Greiss. Meier took control and tried to beat Greiss on the short side. Greiss made the save, Meier skated toward the bench and the Islanders eventually cleared the zone.

Perhaps Meier could have shown a bit more patience with the puck and tried a higher-percentage shot. Still,adidas Daniel Sedin jersey, that’s the template for how Meier has to play.

he can escape,“That’s his game,” DeBoer said. “He’s a big powerful man. He can create space for himself. He’s got quick feet, he’s a hard guy to handle down low and he also isn’t afraid to shoot the puck and get it to the net.

“Those are all elements that we’re looking for. He’s got to continue to keep getting better every day.”

Meier will no doubt be the physical presence on a line Tuesday with Chris Tierney and Mikkel Boedker.

I want to create offense with my physicality and protect the puck,“I want to be a physical player out there,” Meier said. “It’s just about going out there, but at the same time, earning my ice time very shift and helping the team.”

DONSKOI NEEDS TO MAXIMIZE HIS ICE TIME: Getting a regular shift hasn’t always been easy for Joonas Donskoi through the first four games of the season. Donskoi had two assists against Buffalo last week, but is last among 21 Sharks skaters with just 11:24 of ice time per game.

DeBoer on Tuesday stressed the importance for Donskoi to maximize the ice time he does get. Donskoi isn’t really asked to kill penalties and his power play time is limited as part of the second unit.

“He came in great shape. It’s never for lack of effort. He works his tail off out there,” DeBoer said. “We need some production out of those guys. He’s got to turn the minutes he’s getting into positive results. That’s what we’re looking for, not just from him but all those guys.”

Donskoi missed 21 games last season because of recurring shoulder issues, but is one of the players that benefited from a long offseason. He’s on a line Tuesday with Ryan Carpenter and Jannik Hansen.

“It’s great to play when you’re healthy,” Donskoi said. “My body feels good, my legs feel good. That was the No. 1 thing when I was getting ready for the season.

“There’s a lot of things I can improve in my game. I still have to be stronger. I think I can create more chances in the offensive zone. Just overall, get more positioning and get more chances.”

It’s already bad news that the New York Rangers (1-5-0) and San Jose Sharks (1-3-0) enter Tuesday’s games with a single win apiece.

There’s a simple reason why those slow starts should sting a little extra, though: these teams are squandering home-heavy stretches, or at risk of doing so.

There are some reasons to believe in both the Sharks and Rangers, with their long track records of recent regular-season success headlining such arguments. It’s worth noting that the Rangers have played two road contests versus four at home, so the situation isn’t too extreme. Yet.

Things could get ugly in a hurry, starting with a real challenge in hosting the Pittsburgh Penguin at Madison Square Garden tonight:

a creaky start could cost them seeding. At worst,By the end of October, the Rangers will have played 10 of 41 home contests. At best,Authentic Jonathan Drouin jersey, they may look back at this when pondering how they missed the postseason.

(It doesn’t help their cause that they’re in the brutal Metropolitan Division, either.)

the Rangers boasted a better record on the road (27-12-2) than at home (21-16-4). While they were better at home in 2015-16,Beyond the established track record,Authentic Victor Hedman jersey, they were also 19-17-5 in away games then, the Rangers can also point to recent history as an act that travels well. In 2016-17, too.

So,Authentic Nikita Kucherov jersey, it’s not all bad for Alain Vigneault & Co.,adidas James Van Riemsdyk jersey, but they could make life much easier for themselves (and maybe see openings to rest Henrik Lundqvist more often) if they take advantage of these opportunities.

San Jose ends a five-game homestand against the mercurial Montreal Canadiens tonight. A 2-3-0 mark in such a run wouldn’t be the end of the world, while going 1-3-1 or 1-4-0 would hurt.

While the Rangers look to October as a time where they need to create some breathing room, the Sharks need to take better advantage of future homestands,Authentic Daniel Sedin jersey, as their schedule seems to rotate road trips and runs of home games.

This veteran group readies for a five-game road trip, then they play eight of nine at home from Oct. 30 – Nov. 20.

and Rick Nash might view October as insignificant; they’ve each likely been on teams that shook off bad starts,Significant members of both the Sharks and Rangers have “been there before.” Players such as Joe Thornton,adidas Auston Matthews jersey, Lundqvist, even if it meant squandering bountiful opportunities at home.

You can understand a certain level of complacency, but you never know when you’ll no longer have the spring in your step to make it up that hill once again.

wins and standings points weigh the same during an 82-game season,The next month or two isn’t “make-or-break” for the Rangers or Sharks, at least in a literal sense. Then again, Authentic James Van Riemsdyk jersey,so why not stock up while the schedule bends in your favor?

A's lead effort to replace 9-year-old's memorabilia
who lost his vast collection of A's memorabilia in the wreckage,Authentic Joe Thornton jersey,Loren Jade Smith, penned a touching letter to the club. An outpouring of responses has followed.

upon seeing the letter published by ABC7 News, tweeted,adidas Martin Jones jersey,A's president Dave Kaval, "This is so touching. So sad to hear about their loss. We would be happy to completely outfit the family in new Athletics gear."

urging fans to join the cause: "If you'd like to donate baseball memorabilia to our pal Loren," the A's tweeted,The team's official Twitter account backed Kaval,adidas Alex Pietrangelo jersey, "please send items to the address below and we'll make sure they get to him."

The Tampa Bay Rays also showed their support for Smith, with former A's pitcher Dan Haren and Eireann Dolan, the wife of former A's pitcher Sean Doolittle,adidas Vladimir Tarasenko jersey, tweeting a picture of a care package stocked with collectibles headed his way. Others are also rallying to rebuild the boy's collection, offering to ship him memorabilia.

the producer of baseball trading cards and collectibles, tweeted,Even Topps Company, "can you send us info on how we can help" as Smith's letter went viral.

Smith's letter reads:

"I love watching your A's games. I want to be an A's player and I play at Mark West Little League in Santa Rosa. I played baseball in my backyard all day loving the A's and making up my own game. In my backyard they won six World Series in a row. But my house burned down in the Santa Rosa fire and my saddest things was my baseball collection cards, my 17 jerseys and 10 hats and my baseball from the game and also a ball signed by the whole team and Rickey Henderson and Bob Melvin. My brother and me have so much fun but he is only 9 months old. I am teaching him how to throw balls. I have every single A's card from 2000 to now but I am 9 years old. I had a major league baseball and it all burned up. So sad. I know you are not all together but hope they get this."

Oakland Raiders,The A's have also joined forced with other Bay Area professional sports teams -- San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks and San Jose Earthquakes -- to collectively commit $450,000 to support fire disaster relief efforts. They've called on fans to assist in these efforts at youcaring.com/firerelief.

The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t accustomed to what befell them last season, and the Atlantic Division rivals are both off to 4-1 starts as they strive to put the bad memories in the rear-view mirror.

after reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2015 and the Eastern Conference final in 2016,The Lightning, suffered through an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign and missed the playoffs by one point.

The Red Wings also failed to qualify for the postseason, the first time that had happened to the team since the 1989-90 season.

Tampa Bay, hit the road for a three-game trip after completing a 3-0 homestand. Detroit, meanwhile, 2-1 winners over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, returns home from a 3-1 road swing and riding a two-game winning streak after back-to-back victories at Arizona (Thursday) and Las Vegas (Friday).

” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think we’ve done a good job in this organization for a long time with that. Now with that said, we had a good start last year (6-2-0) and we didn’t finish good enough,“Quick starts are big factors in success, so every game becomes critically important.”

Forward Nikita Kucherov has scored in all five of Tampa Bay’s games, a franchise record. He’s the first NHL player to score in each of his team’s first five games since Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks in 2012-13.

“Kucherov has so much deception to his game,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper told NHL.com.

while Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos each have seven points. Defenseman Mike Green leads the Wings with eight points, all assists,Balanced scoring has proven to be the success story for both teams. Kucherov and forward Brayden Point lead the Lightning in scoring with eight points, while forwards Anthony Mantha and Henrik Zetterberg both show 3-4-7 totals. Rookie forward Martin Frk has also accounted for three goals and Gus Nyquist scored twice in the win at Las Vegas. Even fourth-line forward Luke Glendening has scored in each of the past two games.

“The most important thing is we know we can play well if we do it right,” Detroit captain Zetterberg said. “I think we have a good mix on the team. We’ve still got to get better in a few areas but obviously we will take this start.

“We’ve got a big game here at home against Tampa that’s going to be a challenge for us but we’re looking forward to it.”

While the Wings have alternated both Jimmy Howard (three games) and Petr Mrazek (two) in goal thus far — Howard’s .955 save percentage is second in the NHL — the Lightning have rode Andrei Vasileskiy for all five of their games, and he’s responded with four wins and a .911 save percentage.

(Vasilevskiy) has been our best player,“I think if you ask anyone in this room,” Lightning forward Tyler Johnson told NHL.com.

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (lower-body injury) will miss his third straight game for Detroit.

it’s day to day but he didn’t skate today so he’s certainly not in tomorrow,adidas Patrick Marleau jersey,“As far as I know,” Blashill said after Sunday’s practice. The Lightning reported no injuries.

Perhaps the move to Little Caesars Arena will give the Wings a fresh approach to this rivalry. Tampa Bay has won seven in a row from the Wings, including the final two meetings at Joe Louis Arena.

the New Jersey Devils host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. ET. To watch the game online,Authentic Martin Jones jersey,2017-18 NHL season continues with a doubleheader on Tuesday night. In the early game,Authentic Alex Pietrangelo jersey, click here.

The Lightning are coming off a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. For the sixth game in a row, Nikita Kucherov managed to find the back of the net (he actually scored twice, including the game-winner).

but he just keeps on rolling.,Authentic Brent Burns jersey,When injuries were piling up for the Bolts last season, that hasn’t changed. The Lightning are healthier than they were a year ago, the Russian winger was the guy they relied on to get the job done. This season

Another player who’s performed well,Authentic Vladimir Tarasenko jersey, is goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. The young netminder became the full-time starter when the Lightning traded Ben Bishop to the Kings last season. Although he had some ups and downs last year, he’s been terrific this season.

but he’s come up with a number of big saves already in 2017-18. Last night’s game against the Wings was no different.,His individual numbers might not jump off the page (3.00 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage)

Vasy has bailed us out.”,“He’s our starter for a reason,” head coach Jon Cooper said after the win over the Wings, per the Tampa Times. “If you want to win in this league, you have to check and you need your goaltender to bail you out on occasions. And the times we haven’t been checking

After missing the playoffs last season, many expected the Lightning to be better now. The same can not be said for the Devils, but they’ve been one of the pleasant surprises so far.

and it’ll be interesting to see if they’re able to keep it together.,New Jersey has a 4-1-0 record and they own a plus-8 goal differential. This young team has really come together early

which isn’t bad for a 19-year-old drafted in the sixth round.,Rookies Will Butcher and Jesper Bratt have been nothing short of fantastic in the early going. Butcher, has eight assists in five games. Bratt has accumulated six points in five contests, who the Devils signed as a college free agent this summer

it’s power play — but that’s something I feel like he can ride as far as he can.”,“He’s a good player,” forward Drew Stafford said of Butcher, per NJ.com. “You guys are seeing that. Doesn’t really surprise me anymore. He’s a heck of a player, so for him to have the success that he’s had so far — granted

In the late game, the San Jose Sharks host the Montreal Canadiens at 10:00 p.m. ET. To stream that game live, click here.

as they’ve managed to come away with one win in their first five contests.,It’s been a tough start to the year for the Canadiens

Despite adding Jonathan Drouin this off-season and having Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and a few others, Montreal is still the only team in the league to has played five games and scored less than 10 goals.

but they fell 4-3 in overtime thanks to Auston Matthews‘ game-winner.,They scored a season-high three goals against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night

per the Montreal Gazette. “I think so far they’ve done a pretty good job of that. There’s no doubt when you got some guys that are goal-scorers that haven’t scored yet … it’s a normal thing that they might be squeezing the stick a little bit. But that’s what they got to overcome and that’s what we got to try and do and improve our game as we go along here.”,adidas Brent Burns jersey,“I think our guys are focused on what needs to be done internally, inside the dressing room, and what we’re trying to accomplish here,” Claude Julien said

but he hasn’t found the back of the net since. Drouin and Galchenyuk both netted their first goals of the season on Saturday night. Authentic Patrick Marleau jersey,Three goals in five games from those three players simply isn’t enough.,Pacioretty scored a goal in the season opener against Buffalo

This will be the first of a three-game road swing in California that never seems to treat the Canadiens well.

as they have just one win in four contests.,Things haven’t been much better for the San Jose Sharks

then they’re going to change them around. How we play will dictate what the lineup is.,“It’s on us as players,adidas Joe Thornton jersey,” Logan Couture said, per the San Jose Mercury News. “If we’re playing well, then the lines aren’t going to change. If we’re not
Bucs take their biggest hit yet in USA TODAY's NFL power rankings
Tampa Bay came up short because of their inability to generate any production during the first half along with one of the worst performances yet from the defense. ,The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Cardinals 38-33 in embarrassing fashion on Sunday,Womens Aqib Talib Jersey, and this time it isn’t because of the Bucs’ kicking curse. Instead

Fitzpatrick took over in his absence and helped the Buccaneers find that spark they were searching for. Fitzpatrick also helped Tampa Bay haul in a handful of touchdowns and nearly clinch a win. But the Bucs still came up short and Arizona held on for the win.,The Buccaneers were able to bounce back in the second half and rally for a victory thanks to a dominant performance from both sides of the ball. However, they unfortunately weren’t able to get the job done and notch a much needed road win. The Bucs lost Winston after he suffered a shoulder injury in the second half and he did not return to the field. Therefore

click here., (2) Philadelphia Eagles,Authentic Chris Harris Jr Jersey, (3) Pittsburgh Steelers,The top five ranked according to USA TODAY’s power rankings are: (1) the Kansas City Chiefs,Authentic C.J. Anderson Jersey, (4) Carolina Panthers and (5) New England Patriots. To see how the rest of the team’s were ranked this week

The Bucs will have another chance to bounce back and redeem themselves when they take on the Bills in Week 7. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. ET from Buffalo.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the midst of preparing for their Week 7 clash with the Buffalo Bills this weekend but are unsure whether it will be Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick under center for Tampa Bay. Therefore, Bills head coach Sean McDermott is preparing his team with a game plan that will ensure his team is ready to take on either quarterback on Sunday.

of the preparations going into this week’s game. They’ve got weapons all over the field. They’re getting healthy. I think when you look at the score,Authentic Matt Paradis Jersey, so we look forward to, the way it was yesterday,“It’s difficult I mean,Authentic Shelby Harris Jersey, this is a team that came back from, as well as Coach Smith on the defensive side so this is another big challenge for us. It’s at home, this is a good team coming in here, I believe it was 31-0 at one point. Well-coached football team and Coach Koetter does a great job,” McDermott said during his press conference Monday, like I said before the bye, to getting back home here and playing in front of our fans.”

they rallied for a win by putting on an incredible performance in the second half in their remarkable come back. The Bucs unfortunately weren’t able to do enough to get the job done and lost 38-33, however, but proved that they have what it takes to win games when they play hard. The talent is definitely there on both sides of the ball, in the game and execute, but it ultimately all comes down to execution. If Tampa Bay can remain focused,Although the Buccaneers fell to the Cardinals in Week 6, then they’ll still be able to turn their season around and punch a ticket to the post season. If not, then the Bucs will have another winning season that “came close” to a playoff berth but not close enough – once again.

three touchdown passes and two interceptions.,Winston was hurt attempting a throw during the second quarter of the game when Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones dropped the 23-year-old gunslinger to the ground while the Bucs were being shut out by Arizona. Shortly after,Authentic Aqib Talib Jersey, Ryan Fitzpatrick took over for Winston. Fortunately for Tampa Bay, Fitzpatrick carried the workload well,Authentic Emmanuel Sanders Jersey, completing 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards

Winston was seen on the sidelines throwing as if he was going to return to the field but never did. Following the game, Winston seemed optimistic and felt that the injury was minor. Winston told Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times,Womens Emmanuel Sanders Jersey, that he was in pain but didn’t feel that it was anything serious at all.

It’s evident that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has emerged as one of the most elite wideouts in the entire NFL and his teammates have taken notice.

The 6-foot-5, 231 pound receiver is Jameis Winston’s most dangerous weapon hands down,Womens Chris Harris Jr Jersey, and this week he just so happened to be Ryan Fitzpatrick’s as well.

In light of the shoulder injury Winston sustained against the Cardinals, Fitzpatrick had the opportunity to work with Evans one-on-one and was incredibly impressed by his teammate.

Along with establishing himself as the offense’s most valuable commodity,Womens C.J. Anderson Jersey, Evans has managed to rack up 265 receptions for 3,949 yards and 30 touchdowns in 51 games.

During the Bucky & Sully Show on 1270 The Fan,Womens Matt Paradis Jersey, Fitzpatrick said his overall production and the fact that he has a knock for making big plays are among the primary reasons why he is such a lethal weapon for the Bucs and why his future is so bright.

or on the field speed but he’s a really impressive guy that’s done things very few have in the NFL and he’s off the charts in my mind.”,“I’m really excited to see how his career turns out because I don’t think he even knows how good he is,”Fitzpatrick said on the show. “The one thing that jumped out to me when I got here,Womens Shelby Harris Jersey, because I saw him at A&M and a little in the NFL and everyone knows he’s big and can go up and get the ball, but he’s really fast. And I think a lot of it might be game speed

If Winston doesn’t recover in time for Sunday’s game versus the Bills then Fitzpatrick will be tasked with disposing to Evans once again – something Fitzpatrick says he couldn’t be any more thrilled about.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is about to become a father.

NASCAR's most popular driver announced Monday afternoon on his Instagram account that he and his wife, Amy, are expecting their first child - a girl.

Earnhardt said on Twitter that he and Amy learned of the pregnancy Sept. 1, then shared a fun text message exchange he had Sept. 4 with fellow driver Landon Cassill, who relayed a "very vivid dream" his wife had about the Earnhardts.

"I just want you to know that my wife is psychic and she had a very vivid dream that you are having a baby girl," Cassill texted.

Earnhardt, responded with "Whoa!" He then proceeded to ask Cassill if his wife knew if Earnhardt would win or at least finish in the top 10 in the next race, who had not revealed the pregnancy news with Cassill, which would have been the regular-season finale at Richmond Raceway.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s suffered an AC joint sprain to his throwing shoulder during Sunday’s Week 6 loss to the Cardinals, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The injury is something that Winston might be able to play through, which means the 23-year-old could be suiting up for this week’s game vs. the Buffalo Bills.

Winston suffered the injury in the midst of Tampa Bay’s 38-33 loss to Arizona. Winston did not return to the game but was seen on the sideline throwing shortly after, which revealed that it may not have been anything too serious.

Following the game, Winston told reporters that the only reason he didn’t return to the game is that he was in an immense amount of pain but didn’t feel that he would miss any more playing time because of it.

Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick took over in his absence and managed to put on a solid performance overall as he completed 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

Coach Dirk Koetter is scheduled to meet with the media this afternoon. We will have more updates regarding Winston’s injury and status following his press conference.

Martin rushed 14 times for 53 yards and a touchdown and brought in one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 38-33 loss to the Cardinals. He also logged a two-point-conversion rush.

Although Martin proclaimed himself ready for more work after logging 13 carries in his Week 5 debut against the Patriots, the opportunity escaped him Sunday due to the sizable deficit the Bucs find themselves in. Martin was solid with the touches he did garner and recorded his second touchdown in as many games when he went into the end zone from one yard out with 3:02 remaining in the game. The sixth-year pro could see a more sizable role in Week 7 versus a tough Bills defense, especially if Jameis Winston (shoulder) is unable to suit up for the contest.
Bucs' Jameis Winston day-to-day with sprain in throwing shoulder
he took a jarring hit from linebacker Chandler Jones and fell hard on his right shoulder. He attempted to play through it but was replaced by backup Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter. Fitzpatrick will get the majority of reps this week.,On Winston's first series Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals

"Jameis is as tough as they come, but we'll be able to see at some point this week how it's affecting his velocity, when Jameis said he needed to come out -- Jameis loves to compete and loves to play -- but he just felt like he couldn't drive the ball down the field like he needed to. We'll just have to see how his days," Koetter said. "That was the thing yesterday, how his recovery and how his treatment goes."

"The fact that he's not definitely out, that's obviously good news, adding that Winston won't attempt to throw until later in the week," said Koetter, if he throws at all.

The team will make a decision to determine if he can play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills later this week. The issue is more about pain tolerance than anything. Koetter said there is no risk of further injury.

"The way I understand it, he will be cleared medically to play, 'Does Jameis feel like he can play at the level he needs to play at?' Obviously," Koetter said. "I know Jameis can handle a lot of pain -- that's not gonna be an issue -- I think it's going to be more of, the No. 1 thing in all of this is Jameis' long-term health. That has to be the No. 1 thing."

If Winston can't go, Fitzpatrick would start. On Sunday, Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He is currently the only healthy quarterback on the Bucs' 53-man roster.

The team's current third quarterback, Ryan Griffin, has been recovering from a sprained AC joint in his shoulder suffered in the preseason, although it has been described as a more severe injury than Winston's. Griffin has been on injured reserve and is eligible to return to practice this week but can't play yet. Koetter and general manager Jason Licht have discussed bringing in another quarterback this week to assist.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter is glad he’s not having season-ending conversations about Jameis Winston.,As other teams around the league are having their seasons scrambled by quarterbacks with shoulder injuries

but the news could have been a lot worse.,That doesn’t mean he’s going to be able to play this week with a sprained AC joint

Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Koetter said Winston won’t throw much if at all this week in practice, but hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Buffalo. Doctors have told Koetter that Winston should be medically cleared, but that pain tolerance and ability to put enough zip on his passes will be the biggest factors.

“Yeah, of course. You don’t want anybody to be hurt, that’s obviously good news. You don’t want your quarterback to be hurt. But Jameis took a shot,” Koetter said. “The fact that he’s not definitely out, he landed right on that thing. Everybody saw the clip of what happened to Aaron Rodgers. We were hoping for the best. . . .

he will be cleared medically to play. I know Jameis can handle a lot of pain. I think it will be does Jameis feel like he can play at the level he needs to play at. The No. 1 thing in all of this is that Jameis’ long-term health has to be the No. 1 thing.”,“The way I understand it

but the expectations change without your starter and they know it.,Nothing against Ryan Fitzpatrick (who led them to 33 points in the second half Sunday)

Since backup quarterback Ryan Griffin’s six weeks on IR are up, he can practice for the next two weeks before he’s activated to return, but can’t play. That gives them a scout team quarterback through the week, though they might need to sign a backup for the game if Winston can’t do that by Sunday.

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Jameis Winston came to Arizona and had a very long afternoon.,Last year

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) return to the desert on Sunday, where they will see Adrian Peterson,Authentic Bryan Anger Jersey, of all people, glaring at them from the Cardinals’ backfield.

Winston threw four interceptions in Arizona last year in Tampa Bay’s 41-7 loss.

” wide receiver Mike Evans said. “They stomped us out last year. They bring a lot of pressure and a lot of man coverage on the back end. We’ve just got to be real physical as receivers and tight ends. We’ve got to be real physical and get open.”,“Well you see what they did to us last year

Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said that last year the Cardinals “physically beat us and took advantage of all of our mistakes.”

confident Winston on Sunday.,The Cardinals expect an improved

“He’s matured as a leader,” Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “You can tell that they gave him the keys to the car.”, as a captain of that team

Winston faces an Arizona defense that was carved apart by Carson Wentz in a 34-7 loss at Philadelphia last Sunday.

The offense for Arizona (2-3),Womens Bryan Anger Jersey, was equally inept, particularly on the ground, where the Cardinals are averaging a league-worst 2.6 yards per carry.

the four-time All-Pro running back who was languishing on the sidelines as the third-string running back in New Orleans. Arizona acquired the 32-year-old back this week in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice.,Enter Peterson

Peterson will have had only three practices when he takes the field as the Cardinals’ lead back Sunday.

” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said.,“He’ll have his role

Peterson said he’s ready to play and insists he still has it despite his unimpressive few games with the Saints.

Running the ball with a new team, is “pretty much easy.”, Peterson said

“I feel like any system is about being on the same page with the offensive line,” he said, “knowing your assignments, knowing the route you have with protections to make sure you keep the quarterback upright. That’s going to be the toughest challenge for me.”

Here are some things to consider when the Buccaneers meet the Cardinals:

The acquisition of a player of Peterson’s stature has provided an emotional boost to a team trying to shake off an ugly loss.

” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “We haven’t had much excitement the first five games of the season.”,“Anytime you bring a guy in of that caliber there’s going some kind of excitement
Sharks frustration continues in loss to Islanders
Joe Pavelski captured the frustration of his team and the Sharks fan base Saturday when he broke his stick in anger after failing to punch in a Joe Thornton feed from the doorstep in the second period of the Sharks 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders at the SAP Center.

the loss dropped their record to 1-3 and things will only get more challenging when they head out onto the road for a five-game jaunt to the East Coast on Wednesday.,Although the Sharks are opening the season on a five-game homestand

” head coach Pete DeBoer said,“We’re used to winning, explaining his captain’s reaction to his missed opportunity. “If you’re seeing frustration it’s because these guys expect to win every night.”, that’s the expectation and we’re not winning

Pavelski acknowledged that frustration had boiled over when he tomahawk chopped the crossbar in the second.

worked through it,“I’d like the finish to be a little bit better. Something had to give, so I sticked it, had some chances. We needed a little finish and I believe I could be better there.”,” the Sharks captain said. “I liked the way the team played tonight. Guys were in it

Chris Tierney also fired the puck wide in the third after Jannik Hansen found him all alone in front on the penalty kill and Joe Thornton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic failed to convert a two-on-one chance in the second.

the Islanders capitalized on a pair of defensive miscues to jump ahead 2-1 by 6:27 of the second.,After Kevin Labanc opened the scoring with a power play goal at 4:16 of the first

Anders Lee scored the Islanders first goal, beating goalie Aaron Dell to the far post after the Sharks defense left him open in the slot., slipping behind defenseman Justin Braun to tap in a pass from Jordan Eberle at 17:02 of the second. Brock Nelson notched the team’s second tally later in the frame

Cal Clutterbuck added an empty-net goal with 1:50 left in regulation.

The Sharks nearly charged back in the third, adding to the group’s frustration.,adidas T. J. Oshie jersey, outshooting the Islanders 15-4 in the period after registering the frame’s first 10 shots. But they failed to capitalize on a handful of quality-scoring chances

I feel like we’re heading in the right direction. It’s painful to go through and not get wins doing it,“Throughout the lineup,adidas Blake Wheeler jersey, that was the best game we’ve played of the four, but there was a lot more good than bad tonight.”,” DeBoer said. “Despite the loss

Dell,adidas Patrik Laine jersey, stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced., who was making his first start of the season

— Sharks coach Pete DeBoer is a smart guy. He isn’t going to step outside of his lane and comment on personnel decisions in the media.

DeBoer didn’t shy away from making his opinion of the NHL’s biggest pending-unrestricted free agent known when asked a question about the Islanders after the Sharks morning practice Saturday.,Nevertheless

“In my mind,adidas Dustin Byfuglien jersey,” DeBoer said. “I got first-hand knowledge of him in New Jersey when I (coached) there and he’s a special talent.”, John Tavares is one of the top-five players in the world. He’s that good

With uncertainty surrounding the Islanders longterm-arena plans, 2018.,adidas Ivan Provorov jersey, Tavares could be the highest-profile free agent to hit the open market in more than a decade if he doesn’t sign a contract extension before July 1

Patrick Marleau in Toronto and a projected $17.5 million available in cap space next year (capfriendly.com),With Joe Thornton, 38,Authentic Ivan Provorov jersey, the Sharks could pursue Tavares through a midseason trade this winter or in free agency next summer., entering his twilight years

would allow the Sharks to maintain their formidable depth down the middle,Tavares, giving them a chance to stay in the thick of things in the Western Conference after the sun sets on Thornton’s career., who won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Sochi Games

The 27-year-old centerman lacks the speed of a Connor McDavid, but he checks off all the boxes in what DeBoer is looking for in a top-line center for his puck possession system., the shot of an Alexander Ovechkin and the scoring touch of a Patrick Kane

“He’s elite offensively,” the Sharks coach said. “He’s hard. He’s heavy on pucks. He creates offense. He makes people around him better., but I (like) his compete level

“I think he’s an exceptional player.”

Joe Pavelski captured the frustration of his team Saturday when he broke his stick in anger after failing to punch in a Joe Thornton feed from the doorstep in the second period of the Sharks 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders at the SAP Center.

” head coach Pete DeBoer said,“We’re used to winning, explaining his captain’s reaction to his missed opportunity in the second. “If you’re seeing frustration it’s because these guys expect to win every night.”, that’s the expectation and we’re not winning

The loss dropped the Sharks record to 1-3 and things will only get more challenging when they head out onto the road for a five-game jaunt to the East Coast after a bout with the Montreal Canadiens at the Tank Tuesday night.

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Here’s what we learned in the fourth game of the Sharks miserable five-game homestand

1. Lack of scoring is still an issue.

Patrick Marleau’s decision to skip town to join the Toronto Maple Leafs over the summer raised an obvious question in Sharks territory: Where is the scoring going to come from?

The Sharks are still looking for an answer.

they cut ties with their third-leading scorer,After ranking 19th in goals per game last year (2.67), convinced they could replace his production through the emergence of several key prospects and bounce back seasons from a handful depth players who underperformed last year., the Sharks needed to add scoring punch in the offseason to reinvigorate their stagnant offense. Instead

With 78 games left on the schedule, but it hasn’t happened yet. The Sharks have scored just four even-strength goals through four games., there’s plenty of time for that vision to materialize

Although Kevin Labanc,Authentic T. J. Oshie jersey, the bigger problem right now is that the big dogs aren’t eating., Timo Meier and Chris Tierney have shown signs of promise

Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture have produced just one point a piece and they’ve combined to score a total of one goal.,Authentic Blake Wheeler jersey, Brent Burns

But Thornton isn’t breaking a sweat over the Fab Four’s lack of production just yet.

they score 10 goals. That’s just the way it goes. It’s a long year. As long as we’re getting chances,“It’s four games,Authentic Patrik Laine jersey,” the Sharks alternate captain said. “Getting their chances, things will happen.”, sometimes it just doesn’t go in. Maybe the next five or six games

2. DeBoer insists the Sharks are headed in the ‘right direction’.

The Sharks certainly produced more than enough quality-scoring chances to earn two points Saturday.

Thornton nearly connected with Pavelski and Kevin Labanc for tap-in goals in front. Tierney fired the puck wide when Jannik Hansen found him all alone in the slot and Thornton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic failed to convert a two-on-one opportunity in the second.

In addition,Authentic Dustin Byfuglien jersey, producing the period’s first 10 shots while outshooting the Islanders 15-4 in the frame., the Sharks completely owned the possession game in the third

“Throughout the lineup, I feel like we’re heading in the right direction. It’s painful to go through,adidas Ivan Provorov jersey, that was the best game we’ve played of the four, but there was a lot more good than bad tonight.”,” DeBoer said. “Despite the loss,Authentic Ivan Provorov jersey, and not get wins doing it

the team’s lack of foot speed appears to be rearing its head again.,Although the Sharks produced 41 shots on goal

Instead of creating high-quality scoring chances off the rush, which can lead to feast or famine. Some nights, the Sharks continue to get their opportunities off shots from the point, the well runs dry as evidenced in the first four games of the season., deflections and rebounds, they get the bounces and the goals come in hoards. Other times

” Burns said.,“It’s a pretty small difference between scoring and not scoring

they’ll need to swing a deal for a speedy forward with some home run power.,If the Sharks do attempt to pull off a midseason trade

3. Thornton comes alive.

turned on the jets in open space and set up his teammates with three grade-A scoring chances.,Thornton’s recovery from offseason surgery on his left knee hit another gear in the second period Saturday as he controlled the puck
Le'Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant reportedly requests trade & more news, Antonio Brown key Steelers' win over Chiefs
This Pittsburgh Steelers news roundup is highlighted by coverage of the Steelers 19-13 victory over the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

but it had also lost two of its last three games.,TribLive's Chris Adamski wrote about the Steelers' dominating defensive performance in the win. Pittsburgh entered the game with one of the NFL's top defenses

the defense "could carry a swagger commensurate with its statistics." He continued:,Adamski wrote that after Sunday's performance

who was a great,"We finally got to show everybody on TV who we are," defensive end Stephon Tuitt said. " ... To do it against Kansas City, undefeated team, is awesome.

the defense was nothing short of dominating against the Chiefs.,"Though the fourth quarter somewhat sullied the performance

Kansas City had just two first downs through its first seven possessions. It netted 25 yards on its first 23 offensive snaps.

Read that story and more in today's roundup:

a source told PFT.,The Chiefs got some good news after their first loss: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill does not have a concussion

but the Chiefs have cleared Hill.,Coach Andy Reid said after the game that Hill and running back Charcandrick West both were being evaluated for concussions

Hill took a hard hit at the end of a punt return with 1:42 left in the game.

one run for minus-9 yards and three punt returns for 39 yards.,He had five catches for 34 yards

Wide receiver Albert Wilson has been ruled out of the Chiefs game today against the Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium.

Demarcus Robinson is scheduled to make his first NFL start.

Wilson’s status was downgraded to questionable on Saturday because of a knee injury. He becomes the second wide receiver to miss playing time. Chris Conley was lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles suffered in last weekend’s victory at Houston.

Wilson is tied for third on the Chiefs with 16 receptions. He averages 9.9 yards per catch and has a touchdown reception.

Wilson is tied for third on the Chiefs with 16 receptions. He averages 9.9 yards per catch and has a touchdown reception.

The Chiefs called up wide receiver

The Chiefs called up wide receiver Marcus Kemp from the practice squad on Saturday. Kemp had a solid training camp and preseason for the Chiefs. He lead the Chiefs with six receptions in the preseason and caught a touchdown pass.

Robinson led the Chiefs in the preseason with 134 receiving yards on four receptions.

On the inactive list, center Mitch Morse,Womens Dee Ford Jersey, Wilson joins guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, quarterback Tyler Bray,Womens Laurent Duvernay Tardif Jersey, safety Steven Terrell, defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Ramik Wilson.

pausing while military jets practiced their flyover during his news conference.,KC Chiefs coach Andy Reid updated the team's injury status on Friday before Sunday's game against the Steelers

Every person who attended the Chiefs-Steelers game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday received a white card and was encouraged to dedicate it to someone they know who has been affected by cancer.

It was one of the many ways the Chiefs,Womens Ron Parker Jersey, helped promote early detection during its 'Crucial Catch' initiative., in partnership with The University of Kansas Health System and the American Cancer Society

even in a small role to bring awareness to everyone so that we can save one more life or get detection before something really happens that`s part in partial to what we want to do,"No one is immune to cancer and so if we can play our part,Womens Allen Bailey Jersey," said Bill Chapin, Chiefs senior vice president of business operations.

'Crucial Catch' has raised more than $18 million since 2009.

Seven cancer survivors were recognized at half-time; each fought a different form of cancer and promoted screening for each.

The survivors are: Corina Ramirez (colon cancer), Kristina Traughber (cervical),Womens Eric Fisher Jersey, Samantha Hardisty (breast cancer), Bettye Givens (lung), Donald Hall (prostate),Womens Cairo Santos Jersey, Tim Grimes (melanoma) and Aiden Burkhart (sarcoma).

Grammy-award winning musician Melissa Etheridge — a native of Leavenworth, sang the national anthem. (Watch in the video player above.) Etheridge is a cancer survivor herself. In 2004, Kan., she discovered a lump in her breast. The cancer was also present in a lymph node. She had a lumpectomy; doctors removed 15 lymph nodes, at age 43, and she underwent chemotherapy.

On its website, provided a link to schedule a cancer screening through The University of Kansas Health System. , the Chiefs organization

With regard to playing against the Raiders, it’s the same as it ever was., however

Smith gave his best “aw shucks” answer and claimed to be unaware his games against Oakland were anything out of the ordinary.,Not that Smith will admit it. Asked about his 9-1 career record against the Raiders dating back to his time with the 49ers

” Smith said in a conference call with Bay Area writers. “They’re all different,“To be honest, it’s probably just coincidence, they’re all unique and a lot of these last ones have really been close, down to the wire. I hadn’t even known our thought about it until you just said it right now.

“These are big games in the division,Authentic Dee Ford Jersey, you know they’re going to come down to the end and you just try and go out every single play and execute. They’re all hard-fought and have been close.”, they’re going to be four quarters

Smith has completed 72.9 percent of his passes for 1,With the Chiefs coming off a 19-13 home loss to Pittsburgh and falling to 9-1,Authentic Laurent Duvernay Tardif Jersey,637 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 119.2 leads all quarterbacks with 100 or more attempts and his 8.5 yards per pass attempt is well above his career mark of 6.9.

with a 105.9 passer rating and has completed 163 of 266 attempts for 2,Authentic Ron Parker Jersey,Against the Raiders, Smith averages 8.7 yards per attempt,113 yards,Authentic Allen Bailey Jersey, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions.

when he was 15 of 19 for 165 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-20 win. His only loss was 24-20 on a Thursday night on Nov. 20,Smith was 2-0 against the Raiders with the 49ers and had one of the best games of his young career in 2006, 2014,Authentic Eric Fisher Jersey, which also happened to be Derek Carr’s first career win with the Raiders coming in with an 0-10 record.

The Raiders have already equaled their season loss total of a year ago and at 2-4 are one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams.

Smith treats that information the same as he does his career mark against Oakland.

I think,“I mean, it’s so early. It’s too early to even be looking at records,Authentic Cairo Santos Jersey,” Smith said. “I think we realize how good the division is. Everyone is good, every week. Every one of these games is going to be tightly contested. You know these are going to be physical games. You know what’s on the line.

“The stakes are high, and there’s so much parity in the division. I think every team understands that.”, they’re going to be hard fought

his former 49ers teammate who filed a grievance with the NFL for collusion after being unable to secure a free agent contract.,Smith also artfully dodged a question about Colin Kaepernick

” Smith said. “I haven’t talked to Colin in a long time. We were teammates there fora while and he was a guy who I felt obviously played hard and was a good teammate on the rise. I think it’s crazy five years later what happened. But it’s been five years since I’ve talked to him or known what’s going on there.”,“It’s tough for me to even speak on it at this point


Jameis Winston has sprained AC joint, could still play
Winston,Authentic D'Onta Foreman Jersey, has a sprained AC joint in his right throwing shoulder according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. While that sounds bad, who left Sunday’s game in the first half with the injury,Womens Joel Heath Jersey, Rapoport also reported that Winston could play through the injury.

though he never went back in the game. That indicated the injury wasn’t too serious. If Winston can’t play,Winston continued to play for a while Sunday after suffering the injury and was warming up in the second half, Ryan Fitzpatrick would step in. Fitzpatrick is unlikely to turn around Tampa Bay’s 2-3 season.

The problem if Winston plays through the injury is he might not be effective. If Winston’s arm strength is impacted by an injured shoulder, however. One notable recent example is Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, that has clear ramifications with his play. Quarterbacks have played through the injury, who suffered a reported sprained AC joint against the Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs at the end of the 2015 season.

Roethlisberger missed some time in that game but returned to lead a game-winning drive, then played the next week against the Denver Broncos and had 339 passing yards in a loss.

Not all injuries or players are the same and perhaps Winston won’t be able to bounce back as quickly as Roethlisberger or others who have dealt with that injury. But it gives the Buccaneers hope that Winston can continue to play. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than watching their disappointing start turn quickly into a lost season without their quarterback.

Jameis Winston to undergo MRI Monday to determine extent of injury

who left Sunday’s game versus the Cardinals with a shoulder injury,Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, says that his X-rays came back negative but he will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extend of the injury.

three touchdown passes and two interceptions.,Winston was hurt attempting a throw during the second quarter of the game when Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones dropped the 23-year-old gunslinger to the ground while the Bucs were being shut out by Arizona. Shortly after, Fitzpatrick carried the workload well, Ryan Fitzpatrick took over for Winston. Fortunately for Tampa Bay, completing 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards

Winston seemed optimistic and felt that the injury was minor. Winston told Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times,Winston was seen on the sidelines throwing as if he was going to return to the field but never did. Following the game, that he was in pain but didn’t feel that it was anything serious at all.

We’ll continue to monitor his status following his MRI results, so stay tuned for more updates.

There is worse news for the Buccaneers than being down 24-0 in the second quarter.

Quarterback Jameis Winston has been replaced by backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Buccaneers announced that Winston was doubtful to return with a right shoulder injury.

but remained in the game. He’s 5-of-10 for 61 yards,Winston was dropped on his right side by Chandler Jones earlier in the game, as the Bucs are being steamrolled.

Winston has started every game since joining the Buccaneers with the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Winston suffered the injury in the midst of Tampa Bay’s 38-33 loss to Arizona. Winston did not return to the game but was seen on the sideline throwing shortly after,Womens Deshaun Watson Jersey, which revealed that it may not have been anything too serious.

Following the game, Winston told reporters that the only reason he didn’t return to the game is that he was in an immense amount of pain but didn’t feel that he would miss any more playing time because of it.

Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick took over in his absence and managed to put on a solid performance overall as he completed 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

Coach Dirk Koetter is scheduled to meet with the media this afternoon. We will have more updates regarding Winston’s injury and status following his press conference.

Patrick Murray is back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, confident he can stop the team’s kicking carousel.

The fourth-year pro who lost his job with the Bucs because of injury in 2015 was signed this week to replace Nick Folk after the struggling veteran missed five of seven field goals and an extra point over the past two games.

in addition to all 31 extra points he tried from the old NFL distance,Womens Zach Cunningham Jersey,Murray made 83 percent of his field goal attempts, as a rookie three years ago.

He becomes the fifth player to kick for the Bucs since he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and spent 2015 on injured reserve.

“Funny how things work out — that’s what I said to Pat,Authentic Kendall Lamm Jersey,” coach Dirk Koetter said after practice Wednesday.

and hopefully he goes out there and knocks it dead.”,“I know when he left here last time he was … a little bit bitter,Womens Kendall Lamm Jersey, because no one likes to lose their position because of injury, and maybe rightfully so,Authentic D.J. Reader Jersey,” Koetter added. “I think in Patrick’s mind … he should have been the kicker here all along. It’s just weird how things work out. He’s back

who appeared in two games with the Cleveland Browns before tearing the patellar tendon in the same knee last season,Murray, is eager to make the most of the opportunity.

” the 26-year-old kicker said. Womens D.J. Reader Jersey,“Truth be told,“I think there is pressure at every position when you get into this league, whatever happened in the past is in the past. I’m looking forward to Sunday and that’s all I can control. I’m looking forward to putting some points on the board.”

Folk was signed in free agency last winter to correct the mistake the Bucs made by drafting Roberto Aguayo in the second round of the 2016 draft.Authentic Joel Heath Jersey,The 11-year pro missed three field goals, two of them during the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s 19-14 loss to the New England Patriots.

The previous week against the New York Giants, Folk missed an extra point and two field goals before booting a 34-yard winner as time expired.

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Murray reiterated he’s not concerned about returning to a situation where his performance will be eyed closely.

if you can’t handle the spotlight it’s probably the wrong profession to be in,“Truthfully,” the kicker said.

“I’m sure Jameis (Winston) gets scrutinized, I feel very comfortable in this locker room. I know these guys feel comfortable with me, as well. I’m sure Gerald (McCoy) and Lavonte (David) get scrutinized, but it’s how you deal with it,Authentic Deshaun Watson Jersey, as well. There is pressure at every position,” Murray added. “To be honest with you,Authentic Zach Cunningham Jersey,so I think we work well together. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
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Preview: Buccaneers seeking balance on offense in road matchup with Cardinals

Winston threw four interceptions in Arizona last year in Tampa Bay's 41-7 loss.

"Well you see what they did to us last year," wide receiver Mike Evans said. "They stomped us out last year. They bring a lot of pressure and a lot of man coverage on the back end. We've just got to be real physical as receivers and tight ends. We've got to be real physical and get open."

Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said that last year the Cardinals "physically beat us and took advantage of all of our mistakes."

The Cardinals expect an improved, confident Winston on Sunday.

as a captain of that team,Womens Deshaun Watson Jersey,"He's matured as a leader," Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson said. "You can tell that they gave him the keys to the car."

Winston faces an Arizona defense that was carved apart by Carson Wentz in a 34-7 loss at Philadelphia last Sunday.

was equally inept, particularly on the ground,Womens D'Onta Foreman Jersey,The offense for Arizona (2-3), where the Cardinals are averaging a league-worst 2.6 yards per carry.

Enter Peterson, the four-time All-Pro running back who was languishing on the sidelines as the third-string running back in New Orleans. Arizona acquired the 32-year-old back this week in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice.

Peterson will have had only three practices when he takes the field as the Cardinals' lead back Sunday.

"He'll have his role,Womens Zach Cunningham Jersey," Arizona coach Bruce Arians said.

Peterson said he's ready to play and insists he still has it despite his unimpressive few games with the Saints.

Peterson said,Running the ball with a new team,Womens Kendall Lamm Jersey, is "pretty much easy."

" he said, "knowing your assignments,"I feel like any system is about being on the same page with the offensive line, knowing the route you have with protections to make sure you keep the quarterback upright. That's going to be the toughest challenge for me."

Here are some things to consider when the Buccaneers meet the Cardinals:

The acquisition of a player of Peterson's stature has provided an emotional boost to a team trying to shake off an ugly loss.

"Anytime you bring a guy in of that caliber there's going some kind of excitement," safety Tyrann Mathieu said. Authentic Kendall Lamm Jersey,"We haven't had much excitement the first five games of the season."

With RB Doug Martin back on the field,Authentic D.J. Reader Jersey, the Buccaneers hope to ease some of the burden on Winston by becoming more balanced on offense.

Martin returned from a suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers last week, averaging 5.7 yards per carry on 13 attempts and scoring one TD during a 19-14 loss to New England.

he was the NFL's second-leading rusher behind, well,Two years ago, Adrian Peterson.

we'd love to be 50-50 on run downs. Balance is the hardest thing to defend,Womens Joel Heath Jersey," Koetter said. "If you're running the football,"At our core, your play-action game opens up. It slows down their pressures. I think every team is like that."

Mathieu said Cardinals defenders still consider themselves among the league's best despite some ineffective play.

who we think we are,"I don't think it really puts a dent in our armor," he said. "I think we'll be all right."

Winston is very familiar with what Arizona does.

"I think it all starts with their rush. They've got some good guys up front, he is a great corner," he said. "They get a good rush on you. Patrick Peterson (is) arguably one of the best corners in the league and (Justin) Bethel, too, but I think we match up well with those guys."

Arizona has been awful on third-down defense and it was especially bad against the Eagles.

Philadelphia was 9 of 14 on third-down opportunities, including Wentz's 79-yard touchdown pass on third-and-19.

Winston has a wide array of options when he passes the ball, including Evans and his fellow wide receiver DeSean Jackson,With Martin back, and tight end Cameron Brate.

"Our hands are definitely full," Patrick Peterson said. "Jameis has a lot of toys to play with."
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