Luck Shocks The World With Retirement

After spending seven seasons in the NFL and picking up injury after injury, particularly in the last three years of so, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has made the “hardest decision of his life” by deciding he will retire effective immediately. Citing a lack of joy playing the game due to the nature of continuously rehabbing his body only to once again get hurt, Luck has opted to do the only thing he claims can stop the cycle: retire from it entirely.

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The news came out during the Colts’ third preseason game of the year against the Chicago Bears, a game that ended in a 27-17 loss. It was first reported that he would make his announcement official on Sunday, but with the cat out of the bag, the former #1 pick out of Stanford delivered the news on Saturday night. There were a contingent of fans that we unhappy and turned their vitriol toward him as a result, but this is a decision you have to respect. He has a long life ahead of him, a family, and a great education to back him up. At 29 years of age, Luck joins the likes of Calvin Johnson and Rob Gronkowski as big names to hang up his cleats early in recent years. Luck was last season’s Comeback Player of the Year, leading the Colts to an unlikely playoff spot after their slow start.

Florida Survives Miami Upset In CFB Opener

The 2019 college football season is officially off and running after the Camping World Kickoff Game took place on Saturday night in Orlando between #8 Florida and unranked Miami. Despite that high ranking, the Gators didn’t have the easiest of gos at it, only just about hanging on to win 24-20 in the intrastate match up. Feleipe Franks, their quarterback, was one of the main reasons why they had such an up-and-down game.

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The QB was unpredictable and incredibly inconsistent, throwing for three touchdowns while also giving up three turnovers. Even with all of that, you have to commend the Gators after they had fallen behind so often. They trailed 3-0 in the first quarter, 13-7 at half time and were down 20-17 early in the fourth quarter. Franks’ rushing TD with eight minutes to go put them in the lead, and they held on, starting their season with a 1-0 record but certainly giving them plenty to work on as they move toward their SEC schedule.

Newton Sprains Left Ankle

The NFL preseason is all about two things: individual performances and assessments and making sure that your key players are both ready to go and remain injury-free. Unfortunately for the Carolina Panthers, their star quarterback Cam Newton did not manage to get through Thursday night’s game with the New England Patriots unscathed.

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After a sack in the first quarter, Newton left the game with a left ankle sprain. At the moment, not much more is known about the severity of the injury, and there isn’t a firm timetable. One thing to their detriment is that he has already had the ankle repaired back in 2014. He had only just returned to the lineup after having a shoulder surgery in the off season. He has missed the opener before as well, doing so in 2014 due to an injury against… the Patriots.

Bell Asking For Contact From Teammates

Modern football practice is much different than what it used to be, even in the NFL. Especially in the NFL, that is. But that’s not stopping Le’Veon Bell from asking his teammates to hit him.

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The New York Jets’ new running back has joined the team after taking an entire season off and is also being kept out of all preseason games. As a result of that, Bell claims that he needs contact so that he can get used to it ahead of week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. It’s an interesting ask, but it’s also one that makes sense given just how long he has gone without playing a game.

Cowboys Paying Out… To LB Smith

All the talk this summer about the Dallas Cowboys has- seemingly- centered around paying Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper. They did splash some cash on Tuesday, but it wasn’t what those three or many would have expected or hoped for.

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Instead, they gave a seven-year contract extension to linebacker Jaylon Smith that is said to be worth $64 million, with $35 of that to be guaranteed money.

It’s a big deal for a player three years removed from being a second-round draft pick that might have never played due to injury, but it is one that he has earned.

He has played in 32 games running now and racked up 249 tackles in that time, including leading the team in the stat last season.

Brown Still Looking For Helmet Avenues

If you thought the sideshow circus was over with Antonio Brown this summer, then you were mistaken. The Oakland Raiders wide receiver continues to court controversy and apparently this has led to him filing yet another grievance with the NFL. This time, it looks like he has done so by claiming that he has not had a full year to prepare for the new helmet rules.

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This comes on the back of last season when Tom Brady, chiefly among others, were allowed a one-year grace period to wear their old helmet. Brown is hoping to get the same treatment, but he might find it tough since the league is insisting that the loophole has been eliminated. Brown had reportedly thought he had found a helmet last week only to find out it would also not be accepted. Regardless of the ultimate outcome, this whole exercise has to be getting old with fans as well as staff members.

Jets’ Gase Seeks To Learn From Mistakes

The relatively short tenure of Adam Gase with the New York Jets has been more than just interesting so far. It’s certainly not been dull. And he kept up that tradition by being totally honest on Sunday, admitting that he took the blame for the injury that prematurely ended linebacker Avery Williamson’s season on Thursday.

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The head coach admitted fault that he had left his man in for too long, leading to last season’s top tackler to come up lame with an ACL injury. Nevertheless, while Gase is remorseful about it, he doesn’t plan to not learn from it. Due to that, he will not be lining up running back Le’Veon Bell until the official season begins in September.

Gordon Reinstated By NFL

There is some good news to be had for Josh Gordon and fans of the New England Patriots after the NFL declared that the wide receiver had been reinstated on Friday. And that he would be eligible to play in the regular season as well. Gordon was given the chance by Roger Goodell, who talked up how everyone was rooting for him this time around, as he lifted the suspension that had been hanging over him since December of last year.

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Gordon has had substance abuse issues throughout his career, so it’s been a struggle for him to spend a lot of time on the field as a result. The 28 year old is currently on a smaller contract with the Patriots as they hope to coax as much out of him as they can. He will not play, it’s been announced, in this week’s upcoming preseason games, with the team making it clear he needs more time to get into game shape before throwing him in there.

Colts Running Out Of Luck

If the Indianapolis Colts aren’t totally out of luck, they could be the NFL season starts in just over three weeks after GM Chris Ballard stated that star quarterback Andrew Luck now had a problem with his upper ankle. Luck had previously been dealing with a calf injury, but now it seems to have moved, either by strain or because it’s effectively a new injury.

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The former Stanford QB has not been practicing like they would want him to and it’s been made clear that he will be missing all of the preseason games. At this point, the Colts will just be hoping that they can get him healthy for the regular season, especially seeing as how he helped lead them to the playoffs in comeback fashion last year. One thing is clear after Ballard’s media talk: they will play him if he’s less than 100%. But only if he’s “functional.”

Jones To Keep Deals Within Cap

If it weren’t for the NFL’s salary cap, you would have to believe that none of this would be taking place right now. Jerry Jones would have given massive extensions to all three of his stars looking for one: Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott. Alas, there is one, though, and because of that, the Dallas Cowboys’ owner knows all too well he has to stay within in it.

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Well, at least that was his latest excuse for not tying up Elliott and getting him back into camp as a result. Jones did make one valid point when he said that he gave up DeMarcus Ware back in 2013 only to see the defensive end win the Super Bowl, so it only makes sense that he doesn’t want to overextend too much to keep his strong offensive core together.