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Tyron Smith only player missing from open portion of Cowboys practice

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The Dallas Cowboys have to be feeling about as healthy as they’ve been in quite a while after their Week 6 bye week, which is certainly a big deal.

The Cowboys are 2-3 on the season at this point and are facing somewhat of a must-win situation in Week 7 against the winless San Francisco 49ers. It was a mixture of good news and bad news that ESPN’s Todd Archer reported, though, as star offensive tackle Tyron Smith was the only player missing from the open portion of Wednesday’s practice.

If the Cowboys can get Smith and specifically some depth back in their secondary, it’ll go a long way toward righting the ship as the second half of the 2017 NFL season approaches. The Cowboys have shown that they have plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball, but being without a key member of that talented offensive line for any period would be a big issue.

Time will tell, but for now, it seems as though Smith should be alright moving forward. We’ll keep you updated on any news that’s released about his status for Week 7.

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Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returns, but Eli Apple isn’t at practice

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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is back after being absent for about a week, but the team was missing fellow cornerback Eli Apple at today’s session.

“Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returns from his suspension, stands out in a crowd,” reported Paul Schwartz of the Post. “Eli Apple was not on the field during the brief portion of practice open to the media.”

That raised some eyebrows since Rodgers-Cromartie, unhappy with his role, argued with coaches and stormed out of a practice before the win over the Denver Broncos – his old team. He was then suspended for his actions and didn’t play in that game, the team’s first win of the year.

Fans can breathe a sigh of relief, though, since it doesn’t look like anything nearly that dramatic is happening with Apple, a former first-round pick. The team isn’t saying a lot, but they appear to still be on good terms with the young defensive back.

“Giants CB Eli Apple, who is not at practice, is away today for personal reasons, I’m told,” wrote NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “Nothing more.”

We may never know more, as teams often don’t give out the reasons for personal days and they don’t have to be on the injury report.

Speaking of injuries, the Giants also got one of their wideouts back.

“Sterling Shepard (ankle) on the field, ready to practice,” Schwartz added. “Will no doubt [will] be limited.”

It’s a step forward for Shepard. They would love for him to come up big with Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall both out for the year.

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Win over Broncos jumps Giants’ Super Bowl odds up drastically

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The New York Giants are 1-5, in last place in the NFC East and are still without their top-two wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall for the season. But, apparently, their Week 6 win over the Denver Broncos showed many oddsmakers that they still deserve some love in terms of their chances to win this season’s Super Bowl.

As Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports, Bovada has moved the odds for the Giants to win the Super Bowl from 300-1 last week, up to 100-1 this week.

For comparison’s sake, these odds put them ahead of the Los Angeles Chargers (150-1), but within striking distance of the likes of the Jacksonville Jaguars (75-1)Baltimore Ravens (75-1), Arizona Cardinals (75-1) and Cincinnati Bengals (66-1), just to name a few teams.

The Giants still have multiple issues, including improving their offensive line play and finding consistency at wide receiver without Beckham Jr. and Marshall as well. These are just a few of the issues, and to top it off, the Giants saw a running back hit the 100-yard mark for just the second time since the end of the 2015 season.

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Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are getting an insane workload

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell are absolutely carrying this team right now. No one else even comes close.

“Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell have received 70 percent of the Steelers offensive touches,” wrote NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano.

Both are superstars and perhaps the very best in the NFL at their respective positions. In that sense, this workload fits. Not many guys can do what they can do. The best way for the Steelers to produce is simply to give their best players a chance to make plays.

For example, in beating the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, the Steelers gave Bell 32 carries. He turned that into 179 yards and a touchdown. They also threw him the ball three times, bringing his total yards from scrimmage up to 191.

At the same time, Brown caught eight passes. He turned those into 155 yards and another score. His longest play was a 51-yard touchdown on a tipped pass.

All told, that means Brown and Bell combined for 346 offensive yards in the win. The Steelers are only credited with 439 total net yards on the night. That leaves less than 100 yard yards for all of the other players on the roster. At the end of the day, Bell and Brown were responsible for 78.8 percent of the net offensive yards and the Steelers’ only two touchdowns.

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Dallas to host 2018 NFL Draft

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The 2018 NFL Draft has a home.

Dallas will host the 2018 draft, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

All 22 will have more on this story soon.

 

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Broncos promote WR Hunter Sharp, sign River Cracraft to practice squad

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Wide receiver Hunter Sharp got a promotion.

The Denver Broncos promoted Sharp to the active roster, the team announced on Wednesday. Sharp was previously on the Broncos’ practice squad. He signed with the team as a practice squad member in Dec. 2016.

Sharp’s addition to the active roster comes in the wake of a few injuries at wide receiver for the Broncos. His addition fills one of two openings on the active roster since Denver released nose tackle Atyhba Rubin and placed offensive tackle Billy Turner on injured reserve due to a hand injury.

Receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie are both out Week 7 versus the Los Angeles Chargers with ankle injuries.

Pass catcher River Cracraft is filling Sharp’s spot on Denver’s practice squad.

 

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Eagles DE Chris Long is giving away all of his money

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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has decided to simply give away all of the money he’s earning this year. He’s been donating game check after game check to causes that help others, and he’s not stopping any time soon.

“Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality,” reported ESPN. “The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he’s using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.”

Game checks are based on salary, so it’s not as if he’ll earn nothing this year. He already got a signing bonus for $500,000 on his two-year, $4.5 million deal. The base salary for this season alone is $1 million.

Even so, he’s giving away twice as much as his bonus. He is only guaranteed the $1.5 million from the bonus and this year’s salary. So, while he’s on a two-year deal, he’s actually giving away all of his money without any guarantee that he’ll make more next year. Even short NFL salaries are always shorter in reality than they appear.

But he cares about these causes, and he knows he has to help.

“My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality,” Long said to the Associated Press. “I think we can all agree that equity in education can help affect change that we all want to see in this country. There’s a lot of opportunities to help out and they’re wonderful organizations. We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it.”

 

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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell wins yet another award

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has picked up another award in his decorated career, having just been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Bell helped the Steelers take down the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

“The offensive line did a great job of controlling those guys up front,” said Bell, per Teresa Varley of the team’s official website. “We came in with a good game plan, we executed that game plan. They got me to the second level, allowed me to execute on the second level, make some plays on the second level. Other than that we came in expecting to run the ball and we stuck to that game plan and we got the win.”

That game plan helped him net 191 yards from scrimmage. He got 12 of those yards on three catches, and everything else on the ground. He wound up running for 179 yards on 32 carries, and he got into the end zone once. Those 179 yards are the most he’s put up in a single game this season.

Bell started slow after his holdout in camp, but it’s clear that he’s back. The Chiefs had a very stout defense and held the rest of the offense in check, but he could not be stopped.

“It definitely makes the game easier when you are controlling the pace of the game,” Bell said. “I think us controlling the run and getting the run early opened up some plays for some quick passes. Martavis [Bryant] catching some quick slants, JuJu [Smith-Schuster] and AB [Antonio Brown] doing what he does. It just makes the job easier for everybody else. I think even for Ben [Roethlisberger]. I think we did a great job of controlling the pace of the clock. The offensive line did a great job of staying with it. Todd Haley, being consistent calling the run plays. I think it was a total team effort on offense.”

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Analyst says the Packers could sign Tony Romo if they wanted him

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The Green Bay Packers lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone, but one analyst thinks former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could be their next option. If they want him, anyway.

“Things get interesting with Romo. Again, if Romo says there’s no way he’s returning and the Packers say they are sticking with Brett Favre, er, Brett Hundley, don’t necessarily believe that. Teams and people say things all the time that are true only in the moment,” wrote Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. “Green Bay plays the Saints in Week 7 and then has a bye. That is a tremendous amount of time to try to sway Romo. He will say, ‘I’m not returning.’ I promise you. Don’t believe it. If the Packers want him, they could coax him out of retirement. That bye week would help greatly. The Packers could bring in Romo as late as next week and still have time to work him in.”

Will it happen? It’s doubtful. Romo is doing well in the booth and seems to like it. The Packers have expressed faith in backup Brett Hundley.

“Brett Hundley‘s my quarterback. Joe Callahan is the backup,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, per Josh Alper of NBC’s Pro Football Talk.

The only real question here is if the Packers think they’re realistically a viable playoff threat with Hundley behind center and a former practice squad guy as their backup. If so, then they try to keep winning and take the NFC North yet again.

If not, though, then they’re essentially just waiting for Rodgers to come back. Why have a wasted year? Rodgers has carried this team season after season. If Hundley can’t do it, Romo would at least provide a spark and some excitement for 2017, before handing the reins back to Rodgers in 2018.

That Saints game may be telling. If it’s a blowout loss and the offense clearly can’t get it done, maybe they look for other options.

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Steelers cut WR Justin Thomas, add OT Jake Rodgers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have added offensive tackle Jake Rodgers, trying to give themselves a little more depth at a crucial position. They also trimmed the roster down a bit at a position where they seem to have plenty of options.

“We have signed offensive tackle Jake Rodgers to our practice squad,” announced the team’s official Twitter account, “and released wide receiver Justin Thomas from our practice squad.”

These are minor moves, but it does help show that the team is happy with its wideout situation and doesn’t need to carry as many players. With Antonio Brown at the top and rumors that No. 2 wide receiver Martavis Bryant isn’t happy with how little he’s seeing the ball, they’re working from a position of strength. Depth players include Darrius Heyward-Bey, Justin Hunter, Eli Rogers, and rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster.

That depth is impressive because, with the exception of the rookie, all of those guys have been higher on previous depth charts. Hunter spent time as a top wideout option with the Tennessee Titans. Heyward-Bey was once a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, going higher than Michael Crabtree. Rogers saw significant snaps in Pittsburgh in 2016, when Bryant was suspended.

Jake Rodgers, the Steelers newest offensive tackle, played his college ball over at Eastern Washington, and he was then picked in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Atlanta Falcons made him their seventh round selection. He’s 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, so he has the size for the job, and the Steelers want to see what sort of upside he brings.

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