Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens didn’t shed light on why he might retire, but in his Snapchat story Monday afternoon he said he needed to do what made him happy.
Bears coach John Fox said during his postgame press conference that Cooper understands the full scope of his error, and that both Cooper and the team have already moved forward.
He will learn from it, Fox said. Nobody feels worse than (Cooper) does. It’s a matter of focus and finishing. He understands that.
Cooper was also flagged for defensive holding in the third quarter, a penalty that set up a one-yard touchdown run for Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. But the day wasn’t all bad for Cooper, who had a couple key pass breakups and contributed two tackles as the Bears held the Steelers to just 70 yards rushing and sacked Ben Rothlisberger three times.
To overcome those mistakes is a great thing, said Cohen. It shows our character. We’re a fighting team.
As for the batted ball, there was confusion regarding the decision upon review, but referee Clete Blakeman explained the ruling after the game.
Tight end Jimmy Graham briefly left Seattle’s win over San Francisco after his ankle got caught underneath him. He later returned and finished the game, but coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Graham’s status for this week is uncertain as his ankle remains sore. Graham has only four catches for nine yards (with two drops) so far, so an injury is the last thing he needs to be dealing with as he tries to get things going. Carroll was optimistic that wide receiver Paul Richardson, who caught the winning touchdown against the 49ers, will be able to play this week despite dislocating a finger earlier in the San Francisco game. — Brady Henderson
That doesn’t mean the Steelers defensive end has forgotten his roots.
Heyward’s inspiration to play football came from his late father. Craig Ironhead Heyward not only forged an 11-year career (1988-98) as a big-bodied running back. His size and fun-loving personality also helped Hayward become a cult figure whose popularity led to a memorable soap commercial.
Although his father died from cancer in 2006 at age 39, Cam Heyward said Wednesday he continues to hear fun stories about Ironhead to this day.
Just a couple weeks ago, a woman was able to hand me some photos of my dad from when he was in college, Heyward told co-host Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio. One of them was with him wearing these short, skinny jean shorts.
Aside from the Cousins situation, Green endorses the recent youth movement in Washington, as well as the changing of its locker room culture. The Redskins over the past couple seasons have gone the way of building through the draft and also have found pieces via undrafted free agency.
In particular, Green likes the fact that his old team has eschewed some of the trouble-makers on the roster.
Character is a big thing for Green, now 57. In his partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Centene, Green is backing the Strong Youth, Strong Communities program. He said the goal is to establish what he calls a non-negotiable foundation to make their own stances and beliefs based on what is good and right; what will help them and their friends be successful.
Jay Cutler started for the Dolphins on Sunday, and out came the old Jay Cutler jokes.
But make no mistake: Miami is not Chicago, and this Jay Cutler is not that Jay Cutler.
Well, he kind of is, because he’s playing for Adam Gase again. But that’s the only similarity. Cutler was paid well as a suddenly-wanted quarterback to elevate a playoff team. His situation with the Dolphins is a lot different than being a lame duck with little support on a lost Bears team.
The most talked-about throw Cutler made in his Dolphins debut, a 19-17 win over the Chargers, is one that didn’t land anywhere near intended wide receiver Kenny Stills … or in bounds. His Hail Mary fail on his final pass attempt of the first half got way too much attention given what he did near the end of the second half.
The Jets have been burned by workhorse and speed backs early, and Jay Ajayi is both of those rolled up into one premier package. While Jay Cutler won’t need to do much and will keep it simple playing off Ajayi, Josh McCown (Cutler’s former backup in Chicago) will have trouble doing much with limited time on the field.
This is not a misprint. In a battle of winless teams, Cleveland is in the rare position of being a road favorite. The Browns have been competitive early, and the Colts fought as much as they could in Week 2. Go horseshoes over lucky dogs, with a winning kick from venerable Adam Vinatieri in a non-shootout between Jacoby Brissett and DeShone Kizer.
Guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Mass., find a shank in Hernandez’s cell during a search of his prison block. After the incident, he was taken out of the general population and put in an isolated unit.
Ernest Wallace, a friend of Aaron Hernandez, is acquitted of murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. But Wallace is found guilty of being an accessory after the murder.
Jose Baez, the noted Florida attorney who defended Casey Anthony in 2011, is retained to serve as lead counsel for Hernandez during the former NFL star’s double-homicide trial.
After drawing just two targets during the Carolina Panthers’ week one win, Devin Funchess saw six targets in Week 2. The rise in targets is almost definitely attributable to Greg Olsen leaving the game early in the first quarter with a foot injury as all of Funchess’ targets subsequent to the injury. The best part of those targets is the depth at which they were thrown as five of those six targets came at least 13 yards down the field.
The depth of those targets is sweet, but this week’s opponent is sweeter. The New Orleans Saints’ passing defense can only be described as nonexistent. After finishing dead last in the league last year by allowing 274 passing yards per game, they’ve actually found a way to make that seem respectable as they’ve allowed a whopping 389 passing yards per game this year. -K.D.
Speaking of streaming against the Colts’ suspect defense, Higgins is a fun pairing with Kizer in deeper leagues given the instant rapport the two enjoyed in Week 2. Corey Coleman is headed to injured reserve, meaning a batch of meaningful targets are up for grabs in Cleveland. Higgins was targeted on a whopping 28.6 percent of his team-leading 35 routes in Week 2, evidence he might be the key beneficiary of Coleman’s absence over the next several weeks. -J.M.