Dallas Cowboys Signing Michael Sam, Says ESPN

Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo

Reports of the Dallas Cowboys signing Michael Sam to their practice squad came just one day after the St. Louis Rams left him off their own in favor of an expanded linebacker corps. According to ESPN, Sam will join the Cowboys once he passes his physical. Sam will reportedly undergo a physical examination at the Dallas Cowboys' headquarters Wednesday. Presuming he passes, which he likely will, the Cowboys will sign the rookie to their 10-man practice squad. The news of Sam poised to join the Cowboys is great news … [Read more...]

St. Louis Rams Leave Michael Sam Off Practice Squad

St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn

The St. Louis Rams have finalized their 10-man practice squad, and Michael Sam didn't make the cut. Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, performed well during the preseason but was stuck on a team where the defensive side of the ball seemed pretty well stacked. Sam survived the Rams' first roster cut in the preseason but was let go as St. Louis made its final decisions for the 53-man roster. Considering his good preseason performance, Sam seemed to have a good chance to make the 10-man … [Read more...]

Patriots Gronkowski Cleared for Week 1 Against Dolphins

New England Patriots Tom Brady

It looks like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have one of his favorite targets available for Sunday's game against Miami. Rob Gronkowski, who spent the better part of last season injured and off the field, says he's "good to go" for the Week 1 Dolphins game. News of the Patriots Gronkowski cleared to play was surprising for two reasons. First, the news was delivered by Gronkowski himself on Monday as the tight end wanted to avoid fielding "will you or won't you?" questions all week. Normally the … [Read more...]

Goodell’s Rich: NFL Fines Manziel $12K, Graham $30K

New Orleans Saints Jimmy Graham

The NFL earned $42,000 this week by issuing two preseason fines to highly visible players, the Cleveland Browns' Johnny Manziel and New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham. News that the NFL fines Manziel $12K and Graham $30K is a sign of the league's acute awareness that NFL players are role models. Manziel and Graham were fined for very different reasons. The New Orleans Saints tight end was fined $30,000 for two celebratory dunks over the goalpost during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. Graham has dunked … [Read more...]

Manziel Benched, But Browns Consider Two-QB System

Johnny Manziel Browns Practice

Brian Hoyer was named the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback this week, putting a damper on Johnny Manziel mania. But going into today's game preseason against the St. Louis Rams, Browns coach Mike Pettine said the Browns are considering a two-QB system, re-igniting the discussion about "Johnny Football." Speaking to "The Opening Drive" show on SiriusXM NFL Radio, coach Pettine said "I think in the NFL that you do yourself a disservice if you don't have two quarterbacks ready. People have asked me about … [Read more...]

Team USA Cut Lillard, Korver, Others Before FIBA World Cup

Blazers Damian Lillard LaMarcus Aldridge

Team USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski trimmed his final FIBA World Cup roster to 12 men today. In dropping Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver, Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward, the team clearly plans to play big in the international tournament. The NBA game is largely dominated by players who excel at more than one position, but the international game is still a bit more specialized. That's likely the reason Team USA cut Lillard, Korver, Parsons and Hayward from its roster. Lillard, Korver and Hayward are all … [Read more...]

Geno Smith Named Jets Starting QB After Loss to Giants

NY Jets Geno Smith New England Patriots

The New York Jets lost to the New York Giants in their Friday night preseason game, but they used the post-game press conference to make a little lemonade. Granted, Geno Smith named Jets starting QB for Week 1 wasn't exactly unexpected, but it was still a confirmation that will give Jets fans some comfort as they go into their preseason finale next week. Smith last season completed 247 of 443 passes last season for 3,046 yards and 12 touchdowns. Unfortunately the then-rookie QB also had 21 interceptions. This … [Read more...]

Madden NFL 15 Xbox One Bundle to Release Next Week

Xbox One controller

Microsoft an Electronic Arts are going all-in with their strategic partnerships, as a Madden NFL 15 Xbox One bundle will go on sale next week. The bundle will hit just as the NFL enters its fourth and final week of the preseason and as the Madden NFL 15 video game hits retail. The Madden NFL 15 Xbox One bundle will cost $399, the same retail price as the Kinect-free Xbox One. In essence, then, it includes a free copy of Madden NFL 15. "Free" and "football" are two words that go very well together, especially when … [Read more...]

Brian Hoyer, Not Johnny Manziel, Will Start Monday Night Game

Johnny Manziel Browns Practice

Although the two quarterbacks will split reps, the Cleveland Browns coaching staff has announced Brian Hoyer, not Johnny Manziel, will start Monday night against the Washington Redskins. After an inconclusive Week 1 preseason game, fans were wondering whether Manziel would get the nod in Week 2. Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine got ahead of the rumor train by releasing an official statement that said he and his staff are "comfortable" with Hoyer starting their Monday Night game against the Redskins. “I think it's a … [Read more...]

NFL Phone Cases for Samsung Galaxy, iPhone Now on Sale at OtterBox

OtterBox NFL Phone Cases

Things happen at NFL football games. Spilled beer, stepped-on nachos, dropped smartphones. With that in mind, OtterBox has just unveiled a slew of team-specific NFL phone cases for Samsung Galaxy, iPhone and other smartphone models. The first batch of OtterBox's NFL phone cases are for the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. You can see the full selection here. These aren't just cheap phone protectors, as OtterBox is the most-trusted brand for phone cases. This new series of NFL phone … [Read more...]