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2014-2015 GAME 2 RECAP - Dallas vs. Tennessee - Tony Romo hands ball to DeMarco Murray

FIRST TAKE VIDEO – Murray & McClain show up big | 2:45 | First impressions of the Dallas Cowboys week 2 victory at Tennessee. (Watch | Listen)


GAME RECAP – DeMarco Murray leads Dallas Cowboys to a 26-10 win

The Dallas Cowboys went old school in their impressive 26-10 victory over Tennessee, using a grinding rushing attack, solid specials teams and another good performance from the defense to come away with their first win of the season.

With an emphasis on running the rock early, Dallas saw DeMarco Murray post 167 rushing yards in the game on just 29 carries, an average of 5.76 yards per attempt. Overall, Dallas ran for 220 yards total, compared to just 148 passing.

Murray topped the century mark in the second quarter when the Cowboys ran the ball on 12 of their 21 plays, which led to 13 unanswered points. And, he led the charge on the team’s first touchdown of the game. Already up 3-0 and set up on the Titans’ 40-yard line after a Barry Church interception, he was handed the ball on four straight snaps. In response, he ripped off runs of 18, 6 and 13 yards before lunging the ball forward across the goal line from 3 yards out to put Dallas up 10-0.

The Cowboys then tacked on two more field goals before halftime as Bailey was good from 44 and 51 yards to stay perfect on the year, the second coming with only nine seconds left in the half after Dwayne Harris returned a punt 15 yards to give Dallas field position at the Tennessee 48-yard line.

Likewise, the Dallas defense was equally impressive through the first 30 minutes of the game, as the unit shut out the Titans while limiting them to just two first downs and 68 yards of total offense. They even produced their first turnover of the season with the pick by Church, who made a diving interception of an overthrown Jake Locker pass.

Things got interesting after the half, though, when Tennessee came out and promptly scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter with a 47-yard field goal by Ryan Succop and a big 61-yard touchdown from Locker to tight end Delanie Walker that narrowed the gap to a one possession game, 16-10.

But Dallas responded with another touchdown, this time doing their damage through the air, as Tony Romo guided the team on a 12-play 80-yard drive, he and Dez Bryant connecting five times during the series. The last was a dart to the right side of the end zone after Bryant created separation (some would say pushed off) to then haul in the pass for the score and an again-comfortable 23-10 lead.

Despite Murray getting most of the accolades, Bryant was equally as dangerous, as he finished with 103 yards receiving on 10 catches. And while Romo still didn’t always look sharp, he was definitely better than last week, managing to throw for 176 yards on 19-of-29 passing with one touchdown, and perhaps more importantly, not throwing any interceptions.

Whatever thoughts the Titans had about coming back were quashed on Tennessee’s next possession. Though the home team was driving, Henry Melton tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage, which was then followed by linebacker Rolando McClain making an acrobatic catch that was originally ruled incomplete. But after head coach Jason Garrett threw the red flag, the play was overturned upon review and Dallas had the ball.

McClain’s effort led to Bailey’s fourth field goal, the Cowboys wrapping up their scoring for the day.

Through two games so far, McClain has proven a steal for the Cowboys as he led the team in tackles against the Titans and had a sack in addition to the pick. Behind his effort, Dallas limited its opponent to 314 total yards for the afternoon, punctuating the defensive effort by keeping Tennessee out of the end zone on fourth-and goal from the Dallas 6-yard line with just more than six minutes remaining.

With that, the Titans never saw the ball again, as Dallas pounded their way down the field, eating up the remainder of the clock to secure the victory and improve their record to 1-1 on the season. They’ll next travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams before returning home to face the Saints on Sept. 28.


RELATED: Murray carries Dallas Cowboys to dominant win

NASHVILLE – If his own mistake wasn’t motivation enough, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had some inspiring words for DeMarco Murray on Sunday.

Murray had just lost a fumble to the Titans on his fourth carry of the afternoon – his second lost fumble of the young season. As he returned to the sideline, Garrett quickly told his Pro Bowl running back what the gameplan would be going forward.

“I said ‘That was about the third carry of about 30 you’re going to get today. Hold onto the damn ball,’” Garrett said.

He did that, and more. In a surprisingly dominant 26-10 win, the Cowboys force fed the Titans with an unstoppable ground game that saw them finish with 223 total rushing yards on the day.

Murray accounted for a whopping 167 of those, as he carried the ball an unprecedented 29 times and scored a touchdown in the process of amending for that fumble.

“D-Mo’s a guy that always keeps his head forward,” said Travis Frederick. “It happened. You could tell he was upset when it happened, but he flipped a switch and it was on to the next play. You knew after that he wasn’t going to give it up again.”

Amid the crush of reporters that comes with that type of performance, however, Murray was careful not to speak too boldly. He heaped praise on the play of the offensive line and the wide receiver, and he complimented Scott Linehan’s play calling.

“We had a good day running the ball, but we definitely left some yards out there,” Murray said. “We’ve got to get better on a few things, we’ll watch film and review it. It was a good victory for us, but we’ve got to clean it up a little bit.”

It says a lot that against a front that limited Jammal Charles to 19 yards just last week, Murray didn’t go backward one time. Three of his carries went for no gain, but Murray wasn’t tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

It’s not that Tennessee’s front seven isn’t talented. Led by All-Pro defensive end Jurrell Casey, the Titans sacked Tony Romo four times in a losing effort, but they simply had no answer for Murray’s physicality. His runs weren’t even of the game breaking variety, as he had just two runs of 15 yards or more. He simply battered the Titans into submission, instead.

“This is how you want to play, obviously,” Garrett said. “You have to control the line of scrimmage in order to run the ball throughout the game. Hopefully, if you’re able to do that, you can do that at the end of the game.”

The Cowboys were so effective that by the end of the 16-point win, it was Lance Dunbar winding down the clock. Murray rested on the sideline, his fumbling woes long forgotten – by everyone else, at least.

“I can’t let that happen. I’ve just got to revert what I’m used to doing and holding it with the hand I’m comfortable in,” Murray said. “I can’t let that happen, and I’ll get to work on that.”

The fumble set the Titans up near midfield, putting the Dallas defense in a bad spot to open the game. Murray’s proficiency with the football more than made up for that during the rest of the game. With the rushing attack clicking, the Cowboys limited the Titans to 19 minutes of possession, allowing their defense to flourish for the 49 snaps they were on the field.

“When you can do that, drive the football again and again and again and control the football and control the game, it gives you a great chance to win,” Garrett said.

When the Titans did manage to rally, the Cowboys picked up the slack to put things away. Tennessee cut their deficit to six points thanks largely to a 61-yard touchdown by Delanie Walker in the third quarter. With the lead in the balance,

Tony Romo led Dallas on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. His three-yard touchdown connection with Dez Bryant set the Cowboys up to do what had been working in the fourth quarter – run the ball.

The Cowboys ran 22 plays in the fourth quarter – 17 of them runs. Murray’s big day is likely to make him the NFL’s leading rusher through two weeks. Downplaying again, he reiterated his focus on the stat he cares most about.

“Like I said before, I’m not worried about those stats, I’m just worried about wins and losses,” he said.


RELATED POSTGAME VIDEOS …

Jason Garrett Postgame Press Conference | (Watch Video)

Tony Romo Postgame Press Conference | (Watch | Listen)

Jerry Jones Postgame Comments | (Watch | Listen)

DeMarco Murray Highlights vs. Titans | (Watch Video)

FOX HIGHLIGHTS: Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans | (Watch Video)

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2014-2015 GAME 2 RECAP - Dallas vs. Tennessee - Tony Romo hands ball to DeMarco Murray

FIRST TAKE VIDEO – Murray & McClain show up big | 2:45 | First impressions of the Dallas Cowboys week 2 victory at Tennessee. (Watch | Listen)


GAME RECAP – DeMarco Murray leads Dallas Cowboys to a 26-10 win

The Dallas Cowboys went old school in their impressive 26-10 victory over Tennessee, using a grinding rushing attack, solid specials teams and another good performance from the defense to come away with their first win of the season.

With an emphasis on running the rock early, Dallas saw DeMarco Murray post 167 rushing yards in the game on just 29 carries, an average of 5.76 yards per attempt. Overall, Dallas ran for 220 yards total, compared to just 148 passing.

Murray topped the century mark in the second quarter when the Cowboys ran the ball on 12 of their 21 plays, which led to 13 unanswered points. And, he led the charge on the team’s first touchdown of the game. Already up 3-0 and set up on the Titans’ 40-yard line after a Barry Church interception, he was handed the ball on four straight snaps. In response, he ripped off runs of 18, 6 and 13 yards before lunging the ball forward across the goal line from 3 yards out to put Dallas up 10-0.

The Cowboys then tacked on two more field goals before halftime as Bailey was good from 44 and 51 yards to stay perfect on the year, the second coming with only nine seconds left in the half after Dwayne Harris returned a punt 15 yards to give Dallas field position at the Tennessee 48-yard line.

Likewise, the Dallas defense was equally impressive through the first 30 minutes of the game, as the unit shut out the Titans while limiting them to just two first downs and 68 yards of total offense. They even produced their first turnover of the season with the pick by Church, who made a diving interception of an overthrown Jake Locker pass.

Things got interesting after the half, though, when Tennessee came out and promptly scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter with a 47-yard field goal by Ryan Succop and a big 61-yard touchdown from Locker to tight end Delanie Walker that narrowed the gap to a one possession game, 16-10.

But Dallas responded with another touchdown, this time doing their damage through the air, as Tony Romo guided the team on a 12-play 80-yard drive, he and Dez Bryant connecting five times during the series. The last was a dart to the right side of the end zone after Bryant created separation (some would say pushed off) to then haul in the pass for the score and an again-comfortable 23-10 lead.

Despite Murray getting most of the accolades, Bryant was equally as dangerous, as he finished with 103 yards receiving on 10 catches. And while Romo still didn’t always look sharp, he was definitely better than last week, managing to throw for 176 yards on 19-of-29 passing with one touchdown, and perhaps more importantly, not throwing any interceptions.

Whatever thoughts the Titans had about coming back were quashed on Tennessee’s next possession. Though the home team was driving, Henry Melton tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage, which was then followed by linebacker Rolando McClain making an acrobatic catch that was originally ruled incomplete. But after head coach Jason Garrett threw the red flag, the play was overturned upon review and Dallas had the ball.

McClain’s effort led to Bailey’s fourth field goal, the Cowboys wrapping up their scoring for the day.

Through two games so far, McClain has proven a steal for the Cowboys as he led the team in tackles against the Titans and had a sack in addition to the pick. Behind his effort, Dallas limited its opponent to 314 total yards for the afternoon, punctuating the defensive effort by keeping Tennessee out of the end zone on fourth-and goal from the Dallas 6-yard line with just more than six minutes remaining.

With that, the Titans never saw the ball again, as Dallas pounded their way down the field, eating up the remainder of the clock to secure the victory and improve their record to 1-1 on the season. They’ll next travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams before returning home to face the Saints on Sept. 28.


RELATED: Murray carries Dallas Cowboys to dominant win

NASHVILLE – If his own mistake wasn’t motivation enough, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had some inspiring words for DeMarco Murray on Sunday.

Murray had just lost a fumble to the Titans on his fourth carry of the afternoon – his second lost fumble of the young season. As he returned to the sideline, Garrett quickly told his Pro Bowl running back what the gameplan would be going forward.

“I said ‘That was about the third carry of about 30 you’re going to get today. Hold onto the damn ball,’” Garrett said.

He did that, and more. In a surprisingly dominant 26-10 win, the Cowboys force fed the Titans with an unstoppable ground game that saw them finish with 223 total rushing yards on the day.

Murray accounted for a whopping 167 of those, as he carried the ball an unprecedented 29 times and scored a touchdown in the process of amending for that fumble.

“D-Mo’s a guy that always keeps his head forward,” said Travis Frederick. “It happened. You could tell he was upset when it happened, but he flipped a switch and it was on to the next play. You knew after that he wasn’t going to give it up again.”

Amid the crush of reporters that comes with that type of performance, however, Murray was careful not to speak too boldly. He heaped praise on the play of the offensive line and the wide receiver, and he complimented Scott Linehan’s play calling.

“We had a good day running the ball, but we definitely left some yards out there,” Murray said. “We’ve got to get better on a few things, we’ll watch film and review it. It was a good victory for us, but we’ve got to clean it up a little bit.”

It says a lot that against a front that limited Jammal Charles to 19 yards just last week, Murray didn’t go backward one time. Three of his carries went for no gain, but Murray wasn’t tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

It’s not that Tennessee’s front seven isn’t talented. Led by All-Pro defensive end Jurrell Casey, the Titans sacked Tony Romo four times in a losing effort, but they simply had no answer for Murray’s physicality. His runs weren’t even of the game breaking variety, as he had just two runs of 15 yards or more. He simply battered the Titans into submission, instead.

“This is how you want to play, obviously,” Garrett said. “You have to control the line of scrimmage in order to run the ball throughout the game. Hopefully, if you’re able to do that, you can do that at the end of the game.”

The Cowboys were so effective that by the end of the 16-point win, it was Lance Dunbar winding down the clock. Murray rested on the sideline, his fumbling woes long forgotten – by everyone else, at least.

“I can’t let that happen. I’ve just got to revert what I’m used to doing and holding it with the hand I’m comfortable in,” Murray said. “I can’t let that happen, and I’ll get to work on that.”

The fumble set the Titans up near midfield, putting the Dallas defense in a bad spot to open the game. Murray’s proficiency with the football more than made up for that during the rest of the game. With the rushing attack clicking, the Cowboys limited the Titans to 19 minutes of possession, allowing their defense to flourish for the 49 snaps they were on the field.

“When you can do that, drive the football again and again and again and control the football and control the game, it gives you a great chance to win,” Garrett said.

When the Titans did manage to rally, the Cowboys picked up the slack to put things away. Tennessee cut their deficit to six points thanks largely to a 61-yard touchdown by Delanie Walker in the third quarter. With the lead in the balance,

Tony Romo led Dallas on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. His three-yard touchdown connection with Dez Bryant set the Cowboys up to do what had been working in the fourth quarter – run the ball.

The Cowboys ran 22 plays in the fourth quarter – 17 of them runs. Murray’s big day is likely to make him the NFL’s leading rusher through two weeks. Downplaying again, he reiterated his focus on the stat he cares most about.

“Like I said before, I’m not worried about those stats, I’m just worried about wins and losses,” he said.


RELATED POSTGAME VIDEOS …

Jason Garrett Postgame Press Conference | (Watch Video)

Tony Romo Postgame Press Conference | (Watch | Listen)

Jerry Jones Postgame Comments | (Watch | Listen)

DeMarco Murray Highlights vs. Titans | (Watch Video)

FOX HIGHLIGHTS: Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans | (Watch Video)

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On Sunday night, I had the chance to watch Cris Carter’s passionate speech about the Minnesota Vikings siting down Adrian Peterson.   Peterson will be playing next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.    Peterson who was inducted for negligent injury to a child and the trial will be set for October.  Last Monday, Mike Hill of Fox Sports 1 challenged to do more and devote a month to domestic violence and do more for this problem.   Before Thursday night Steelers vs. Ravens game,  CBS James Brown made a plead to men about devaluing women, and prevent violence against them.  During Sunday’s ESPN Sportscenter,  Hannah Storm made some powerful comments on how she had to explain to her daughter about the Ray Rice video, and what does zero tolerance mean to the NFL, plus what does the league stand for with everything that is going on.  Sports Illustrated.com and CBS Sports Radio host Maggie Gray talked about where she wants to cover the league with all of these issues going on.  In my case I have one question to ask why has the NFL not addressed this issues, and have a policy to deal with domestic violence, DUI, child abuse and other important issues.   Commissioner Roger Goodell’s inaction has tarnished his legacy and a lot of people has called for his resignation.   The question I am asking now is how does one love the NFL, but hate all of the off field issues that is plaguing the league.   Rice, Peterson, Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers and Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers legal issues are hurting the fanbase of the NFL especially the females.   Women make up 45% of the NFL fanbase, but will they give up watching the game if the league doesn’t address the issues of domestic and child abuse.    The NFL owes to their female fans that domestic and child abuse is not going to be tolerated.

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Here are my Week 3 NFL Picks

Atlanta beat Tampa Bay

San Diego beat Buffalo

ST. Louis beat Dallas

Philadelphia beat Washington

NY Giants beat Houston

New Orleans beat Minnesota

Baltimore  beat Cleveland

Green Bay beat Detroit

Indianapolis beat Jacksonville

New England beat Oakland

San Francisco beat Arizona

Seattle beat Denver

Kansas City beat Miami

Pittsburgh beat Carolina

Chicago beat NY Jets

The Steelers played a lackluster game in a 26-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.   The defense was ineffective against the run giving up 157 total yards and not getting any sacks or turnovers.  Those two things were lacking in the defense last season in 0-4 start, and too many penalties, but a couple on the Ravens touchdown drive in the 3rd quarter were questionable.   The offense did not score a touchdown and had 3 turnovers.  The Steelers didn’t play a clean game and they have address some problems.   Such as cut back on turnovers and penalties on offense, and force turnovers on defense.   They are 1-1 and have a 10 day break before taking on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night at the Bank of America with kickoff  at 8:30 P.M.

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There is a lot of blame to go around with the Ray Rice situation.   Rice’s behavior is the main factor, but not the only one that people are talking about.  Roger Goodell is taking a lot of heat for it, and during an interview with CBS Noriah O’Donnell he didn’t see the video before it was shown on TMZ Sports. He said that the NFL could not get hold of the video, and lot of people don’t really believe that.   Blame should also been given to the New Jersey State Police,  Atlantic City Police, and the District Attorney for not pursuing the case.   The Ravens organization should have punished Rice in the first place, and Owner Steve Bisciotti wrote a letter of apology to shareholders for not taking action ahead of time.   There is a lot of blame to go around and they have been calls for Goodell to resign or fired by the owners.    Everyone should be blame for not punishing Rice in February for what he did.

Early this morning, TMZ Sports released a video showing Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé, in an Atlantic City casino this past February.  Within a few hours  his contract was terminated by the Baltimore Ravens.    He was indefinitely suspended by the NFL, and there have been a lot of discussion did NFL see the video beforehand.   Some people think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should resign, and a possible cover up into the matter.   I have not seen or ever want to see the video, but Rice’s behavior is so appalling that the Ravens had to do this.    Will Ray Rice get a second chance in the NFL, and some current and former players went on social media to say he should be banned for life.    Personally,  I don’t see him getting any second chances anytime soon.   His NFL career could be finished and has no one to blame but himself.

These days Rashard Mendenhall is a writer who putting together a pilot for a new series for HBO.   I remember him running the ball for the Steelers for 4 of his 5 NFL seasons.    I remember he did something real stupid, and was not resigned with the Steelers.   During the 2012 season, he was benched for a game against the San Diego Chargers, and he did not show up to Heinz Field.  He was suspended for the following week against the Dallas Cowboys.   I had a problem with what he did, and he let down his teammates.   If I was benched I would have helped the team anyway I could.   There was always questions about his dedication to football back to his days back at the University of Illinois.    Dedication is something you can’t measure with a stopwatch either you have it or not.

Here are my NFL Week 2 Picks

Steelers defeat Ravens

Dolphins defeat Bills

Redskins defeat Jaguars

Cowboys defeat Titans

Cardinals defeat NY Giants

Patriots defeat Vikings

Saints defeat Browns

Falcons defeat Bengals

Panthers defeat Lions

Buccaneers defeat Rams

Seahawks defeat Chargers

Raiders defeat Texans

Packers defeat NY Jets

Broncos defeat Chiefs

49ers defeat Bears

Colts defeat Eagles

It was a tale of 2 halves for the Steelers against the Cleveland Browns this afternoon.    They dominated the Browns in the first half, but let them back in the game.  Shaun Suisham made a 41 yard game winning field goal to give the Steelers a 30 to 27 win over the Browns.   Ben Roethlisberger had an outstanding game throwing for 365 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked 4 times during the second half.    Le’Veon Bell rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown, plus Antonio Brown had 5 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.   Markus Wheaton had a great game as well with 6 catches for 97 yards.    LeGarrette Blount scored a  touchdown and proved he is a good short yardage/goal line running back.   The defense had a great first half with 3 sacks, but didn’t finish the job.  They gave up 100 yards to Terrance West, and Brian Hoyer had a great 2nd half.   Special Teams had a great game with Suisham making 3 field goals including the game winner, Brad Wing had a good day punting, and loved the fake punt pass from Robert Golden to Antwon Blake.   However the Steelers have to finish teams off and that is something they have to learn from this win.    They have four days to get ready for the Baltimore Ravens this Thursday night at M&T Stadium with the kickoff at 8:30 P.M.

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Is it allergy season? Did I get dust in my eye? That must be it. I’m reading about the Cincinnati Bengals signing DT Devon Still to the practice squad and my eyes are getting all watery.

Making the practice squad as a three-year veteran normally wouldn’t be cause for celebration. But for Still, it could drastically affect his—and his daughter’s—life.

You see, in June, Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with Stage 4 pediatric cancer. Since her diagnosis, Still understandably hasn’t been able to concentrate on football as he did before. So when the 25 year old failed to make the Bengals 53-man roster, Still — who drafted him 53rd overall out of Penn State in the 2012 draft — said he wasn’t surprised.

Cincinnati DT Devon Still and his 4-year-old daughter Leah, who is battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer.
Photo courtesy of Man_of_Still75 via Instagram
“I completely understand where they were coming from,” Still said of getting cut. “I can’t give football 100 percent right now. In the business aspect they want guys to solely focus on football, which is understandable. We are here to win this city a Super Bowl and right now I am not in a position where I can give football 100 percent of everything I have.”

Then, with what can only be described as a completely-non-football-related decision, coach Marvin Lewis called Still and offered him a spot on the team’s practice squad. The move means the Bengals will pay Still $6,300 a week and, more importantly, provide medical insurance to him and his daughter, who completed her fourth round of chemotherapy last week.

The practice squad in Cincinnati, Lewis also pointed out to Still, is the perfect opportunity for the team to help Still, because he’ll continue to make more than $100,000 if he stays there all year, and he’ll maintain his health insurance at a critical time. It also means he won’t travel on road trips, so he’ll have the opportunity to spend more time in Delaware with his family and travel with them to Philadelphia as Leah continues chemo.

So while Still was disappointed not to make the roster, he said it feels like a blessing in disguise.

“They could have just washed their hands completely of it,” he said. “Say [sic] ‘we don’t care what’s going on in his personal life, we just want people who can care 100 percent on football,’ that’s what they pay us to do. But they thought about my personal issues and allowed me to come back on the practice squad so I still have insurance.”

Stories like this make me love sports even more; the camaraderie, the brotherhood and the bond between players and teams. 

You might be saying, “of course they did that.” But trust me when I say this doesn’t happen everywhere — a coworker of mine recently told me that her husband’s company let go of an under-performing 60-year-old employee. When he called to say he was scheduled to get a pace maker in the next month, and would they please keep him on the insurance at least until that was complete, they said “no.” Sadly, he passed away from a heart attack shortly thereafter.

It would have been easy for the Bengals to completely cut ties with an under-performing second-round draft pick who wasn’t putting his whole heart and soul into football; but it also would have been wrong. Still now has a loyalty to the team that drafted him and kept him in his time of greatest need, allowing him not only the insurance to pay for his daughter’s treatments, but the ability to be there for her as she goes through them. He said he hopes to repay them soon by living up to the expectations they had when they drafted him in the second round.

“Loyalty is something I really need right now because I never know what direction this is going to go with my daughter,” he said.

This is a reminder that there are a lot of great people in the world. Cheers to the Cincinnati Bengals, and prayers for Leah – stay strong little girl, you’ve got millions of people praying and rooting for you.

Read More of Jennifer at Real Women Love Sports

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Is it allergy season? Did I get dust in my eye? That must be it. I’m reading about the Cincinnati Bengals signing DT Devon Still to the practice squad and my eyes are getting all watery.

Making the practice squad as a three-year veteran normally wouldn’t be cause for celebration. But for Still, it could drastically affect his—and his daughter’s—life.

You see, in June, Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with Stage 4 pediatric cancer. Since her diagnosis, Still understandably hasn’t been able to concentrate on football as he did before. So when the 25 year old failed to make the Bengals 53-man roster, Still — who drafted him 53rd overall out of Penn State in the 2012 draft — said he wasn’t surprised.

Cincinnati DT Devon Still and his 4-year-old daughter Leah, who is battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer.
Photo courtesy of Man_of_Still75 via Instagram
“I completely understand where they were coming from,” Still said of getting cut. “I can’t give football 100 percent right now. In the business aspect they want guys to solely focus on football, which is understandable. We are here to win this city a Super Bowl and right now I am not in a position where I can give football 100 percent of everything I have.”

Then, with what can only be described as a completely-non-football-related decision, coach Marvin Lewis called Still and offered him a spot on the team’s practice squad. The move means the Bengals will pay Still $6,300 a week and, more importantly, provide medical insurance to him and his daughter, who completed her fourth round of chemotherapy last week.

The practice squad in Cincinnati, Lewis also pointed out to Still, is the perfect opportunity for the team to help Still, because he’ll continue to make more than $100,000 if he stays there all year, and he’ll maintain his health insurance at a critical time. It also means he won’t travel on road trips, so he’ll have the opportunity to spend more time in Delaware with his family and travel with them to Philadelphia as Leah continues chemo.

So while Still was disappointed not to make the roster, he said it feels like a blessing in disguise.

“They could have just washed their hands completely of it,” he said. “Say [sic] ‘we don’t care what’s going on in his personal life, we just want people who can care 100 percent on football,’ that’s what they pay us to do. But they thought about my personal issues and allowed me to come back on the practice squad so I still have insurance.”

Stories like this make me love sports even more; the camaraderie, the brotherhood and the bond between players and teams. 

You might be saying, “of course they did that.” But trust me when I say this doesn’t happen everywhere — a coworker of mine recently told me that her husband’s company let go of an under-performing 60-year-old employee. When he called to say he was scheduled to get a pace maker in the next month, and would they please keep him on the insurance at least until that was complete, they said “no.” Sadly, he passed away from a heart attack shortly thereafter.

It would have been easy for the Bengals to completely cut ties with an under-performing second-round draft pick who wasn’t putting his whole heart and soul into football; but it also would have been wrong. Still now has a loyalty to the team that drafted him and kept him in his time of greatest need, allowing him not only the insurance to pay for his daughter’s treatments, but the ability to be there for her as she goes through them. He said he hopes to repay them soon by living up to the expectations they had when they drafted him in the second round.

“Loyalty is something I really need right now because I never know what direction this is going to go with my daughter,” he said.

This is a reminder that there are a lot of great people in the world. Cheers to the Cincinnati Bengals, and prayers for Leah – stay strong little girl, you’ve got millions of people praying and rooting for you.

Read More of Jennifer at Real Women Love Sports

Since the Steelers are opening against Cleveland Browns this coming Sunday afternoon I have something to say.   LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell being arrested for marijuana charges two weeks ago, and with Bell being charged with DUI.    Their actions are an embarrassment, and a disservice to their teammates for their selfish behavior.  Their stupidity is something that I can’t forgive because they were more concerned about getting high than being ready for a game.   It bothers me that it happened before they were going to the airport in route to Philadelphia for a pre-season game.    Both men are could be facing a suspension, but with they might get punished before or during next season.   However, their actions are a disgrace to Steelers, Mike Tomlin, and the Rooney family.    No amount of weed is worth losing money or the privilege of playing in the NFL.

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2014-2015 NFL WAIVER PICK-UP - Unclaimed DE Michael Sam joins Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad - NFL Pro Scouting Report - Team and Media Reaction - Dallas Radio Shows

Michael Sam: Going To Help The Team Any Way I Can | 4:00 | Michael Sam speaks with the media after today’s practice at Valley Ranch. (Watch | Listen)


IRVING, TexasMichael Sam’s NFL journey will continue in Dallas.

Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in NFL history, joined the Dallas Cowboys practice squad today (Wednesday) after getting released from the Rams 53-man roster over the long holiday weekend.

“We felt like it was a good move for our football team right now,” said head coach Jason Garrett. “We’re bringing a player in we wanted to see on the practice field, and got nothing but good reports about him from our people and the people in St. Louis. We just want to give him a chance to come in and see if he can help our football team.”

St. Louis selected Sam, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, in the seventh round of this year’s draft. But the Rams didn’t bring him back to the practice squad after a productive preseason, and he went unclaimed on waivers.

Garrett said he knew the Rams had a very good defensive line, making it difficult for Sam to make that roster. He feels that Sam has a chance to come to Dallas and compete at a position the Cowboys have tried to address this offseason.

“This is about football,” Garrett said. “We evaluated him as a football player and think he can help us as a football player. We want to see what he can do, but our attention and focus is on football.”

Sam wasn’t initially on the radars of some NFL teams. Many of them viewed the 6-2, 260-pound pass rusher as a “tweener” – not quite quick or athletic enough to be an outside linebacker in the 3-4 but not big enough to be a 4-3 defensive end.

But it was that latter position Sam demonstrated he could play in St. Louis, with a preseason that included three sacks, five quarterback hits and 11 combined tackles. His biggest game came in the third week of the preseason (commonly the dress rehearsal game) against the Browns, when he recorded two sacks against Johnny Manziel.

That was just a follow-up to an impressive college career, which included 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2013, helping Missouri reach the SEC Championship Game.

Sam released a series of tweets following his release from St. Louis, thanking the Rams for giving him a chance. He also stated after a successful preseason that he knows he belongs in the league. 

“I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level,” Sam tweeted. “I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.

“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.”

For now, that journey continues in Dallas.

Sam passed his physical today and was allowed to practice. The Cowboys dropped seventh-round pick Will Smith from the practice squad to allow Sam to officially join. Sam is the second defensive end on the practice squad, joining Kenneth Boatright.

The Dallas Cowboys had eight of their 10 practice squad players picked by Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, they also added tackle John Wetzel and defensive back Jemea Thomas to the practice squad.

With Sam on the practice squad, the Cowboys have another player who can help in the pass-rushing department. The Cowboys finished last in the league in sacks per pass attempt last season and already lost their two defensive end draft picks, DeMarcus Lawrence and Ben Gardner, for the beginning of the year.

Lawrence, the team’s second-round pick, is expected to return before the end of the season, while Gardner, one of the Cowboys’ seventh-round picks, was placed on injured reserve. 

With Lawrence out early, the Cowboys could use help at right defensive end. Most of his opportunities in St. Louis came as a left defensive end, but Sam did get some experience on both sides and any pass-rushing skills could assist the front seven. 


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RELATED: Michael Sam grateful for chance with Dallas Cowboys

IRVING, Texas – Whatever off-field talking points have surrounded Michael Sam during his brief, but well-documented NFL career, they didn’t faze anyone within the Dallas Cowboys facility at Valley Ranch.

That’s not to deny the obvious. Sam’s status as the league’s first openly gay player has been celebrated and debated since he revealed that fact seven months ago. It’s the reason why the rookie defensive end has already sold custom-ordered jerseys during his one day with the Cowboys, and it’s the reason why his signing drew throngs of reporters to the facility – more than usual, even by Dallas Cowboys standards.

“It was a little longer than I expected, but you know what, I’m here now and that’s all that matters,” said Sam of his four-day wait for an opportunity after being released by St. Louis.

Sam, who is undoubtedly accustomed to similar scenes by now, spent five minutes with a multitude of reporters — outside the Dallas Cowboys locker room to accommodate for the size of the crowd. The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year said he’s been tired of the attention since February, when he first came out publicly, but he understands it.

“This is part of the job, so I’ve just got to do it – I just don’t care,” he said.

He added: “I’m trying to help the Cowboys any way I can, so I can earn a spot on this team and help our team win games – anything I can. Special teams, left end, right end, wherever. If you want me to hold the ball, I’ll hold the ball – I’ll do it to perfection.”

Despite that fact, discussion is bound to persist about Sam as a person – on both a local and national level. Inside the confines of the locker room, however, Tony Romo turned that conversation toward the player.

“For us as football players it’s all about – there’s 53 guys, there’s 10 guys on the practice squad — consistently, everyone’s got different politics, religion, views on things. I think what you find is, in the locker room no one cares,” Romo said. “It’s all about ‘Can you help this football team win?’ We’re always bringing in people to help the football team, and if he can help us that’s a bonus and we’ll be lucky to have him.”

It remains to be seen how much Sam can help the Cowboys win, as he’s just a practice squad player for the time being. Having just concluded a three-sack, 11-tackle preseason in St. Louis, though, Sam said he’s eager to prove what he’s capable of.

“I thought I did really good to earn a spot on a team, and I’m very grateful that it was the Cowboys,” he said. “I’m very grateful of Jerry Jones and the Dallas organization.”

Along that same line, the focus was the same for Sam as his new quarterback – this return to his home state of Texas is about football, not his sexual orientation.

“The veteran guys, Tony Romo, the quarterback, said ‘Hey, welcome. Let’s get to work.’ Witten came to me and said pretty much the same thing,” Sam said. “It’s about football, and they want to win. They think I can help them win, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said this morning that the decision to sign Sam was about personnel. He also downplayed the necessity of fielding so many questions about a practice squad player, who won’t be eligible to play in games barring a roster move.

“He obviously just got here this morning, so he needs to understand what we’re asking him to do,” Garrett said. “We have a full complement of defensive guys who have been here for a while, so like with any of the new guys, the biggest thing they have to do is understand what we’re asking them to do, get into the flow of things and hopefully show us that they belong as quickly as possible.”

Whether he belongs on the field is something the Cowboys will sort out in the coming days in the weeks, but whether he belongs in the locker room is something they answered firmly from the get-go.

“I think most importantly, it’s an external thing. It comes from the outside,” Garrett said. “That’s your decision — what question you want to ask. We’re focused on football.”


RELATED: Teammates show support for Sam; focus is on football

IRVING, Texas – Camera crews don’t double at Valley Ranch every time a practice squad player gets signed.

But the Dallas Cowboys players inside the locker room don’t appear to mind the added attention paid to new addition Michael Sam. They just care if he can play football.   

As the first openly gay player in the league, Sam’s going to garner a lot of attention. But the attention within the locker room from the players is all football-related. Dez Bryant said Sam deserves respect just like any other teammate, and he’s going to treat him as he would any other player fighting for a spot on the roster.  

“He deserves the same respect as anybody else, so that’s what we’re going to give him,” Bryant said, “and play football.”

Bryant said owner/general manager Jerry Jones gave him and other leaders on the team a heads up that Sam would be signed, and Bryant expects all his teammates will show him respect as they would any other addition.

He said the team will continue to focus on football, and whatever Sam needs, his teammates will be there for him. Bryant said he doesn’t see a reason to make it a bigger deal than that, and that’s likely how Sam wants it.

“I’m the type of person, I’m not going to judge anybody or do nothing like that,” Bryant said. “You need any help, ask me about anything, I’m going to let you know.

“No different from any other player, he’s here to help us. That’s why we brought him here.”

The rest of the Cowboys players voiced similar opinions about welcoming Sam as a football addition. Jason Witten said there’s been so much of an investment in preparing for an NFL season that that’s where the focus is and has to be.

“I don’t really see that being any distraction, and I think everybody understands it’s just in hopes of making our football team better,” Witten said. “That’s all we can try to do, for all of us. Really, that’s been our mindset since Day 1. We’re going to compete. We’re going to challenge each other. We’re going to practice hard. And then hopefully that carries over to Sundays, where we play better football.”

Here’s more from Cowboys players after the signing of Sam to the practice squad:  

Jeremy Mincey: “Sam is a pretty good athlete, man – he’s got some pretty good rushes. He listens to what coach wants, and that’s all we can ask of him. Come out here and cooperate and do what he’s supposed to do.”

J.J. Wilcox – “I’m excited. He’s a great football player. I don’t take nothing away from him, and I have nothing against him. If he can help me win, I’m all in.”

Anthony Spencer – “Every time I’ve seen him, he’s been playing football. When I watch film, he’s doing things that can help this football team win games. He’s here to help us win – that’s the main objective, and that’s all there is to it.”


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2014-2015 NFL WAIVER PICK-UP - Unclaimed DE Michael Sam joins Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad - NFL Pro Scouting Report - Team and Media Reaction - Dallas Radio Shows

Michael Sam: Going To Help The Team Any Way I Can | 4:00 | Michael Sam speaks with the media after today’s practice at Valley Ranch. (Watch | Listen)


IRVING, TexasMichael Sam’s NFL journey will continue in Dallas.

Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in NFL history, joined the Dallas Cowboys practice squad today (Wednesday) after getting released from the Rams 53-man roster over the long holiday weekend.

“We felt like it was a good move for our football team right now,” said head coach Jason Garrett. “We’re bringing a player in we wanted to see on the practice field, and got nothing but good reports about him from our people and the people in St. Louis. We just want to give him a chance to come in and see if he can help our football team.”

St. Louis selected Sam, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, in the seventh round of this year’s draft. But the Rams didn’t bring him back to the practice squad after a productive preseason, and he went unclaimed on waivers.

Garrett said he knew the Rams had a very good defensive line, making it difficult for Sam to make that roster. He feels that Sam has a chance to come to Dallas and compete at a position the Cowboys have tried to address this offseason.

“This is about football,” Garrett said. “We evaluated him as a football player and think he can help us as a football player. We want to see what he can do, but our attention and focus is on football.”

Sam wasn’t initially on the radars of some NFL teams. Many of them viewed the 6-2, 260-pound pass rusher as a “tweener” – not quite quick or athletic enough to be an outside linebacker in the 3-4 but not big enough to be a 4-3 defensive end.

But it was that latter position Sam demonstrated he could play in St. Louis, with a preseason that included three sacks, five quarterback hits and 11 combined tackles. His biggest game came in the third week of the preseason (commonly the dress rehearsal game) against the Browns, when he recorded two sacks against Johnny Manziel.

That was just a follow-up to an impressive college career, which included 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2013, helping Missouri reach the SEC Championship Game.

Sam released a series of tweets following his release from St. Louis, thanking the Rams for giving him a chance. He also stated after a successful preseason that he knows he belongs in the league. 

“I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level,” Sam tweeted. “I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.

“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.”

For now, that journey continues in Dallas.

Sam passed his physical today and was allowed to practice. The Cowboys dropped seventh-round pick Will Smith from the practice squad to allow Sam to officially join. Sam is the second defensive end on the practice squad, joining Kenneth Boatright.

The Dallas Cowboys had eight of their 10 practice squad players picked by Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, they also added tackle John Wetzel and defensive back Jemea Thomas to the practice squad.

With Sam on the practice squad, the Cowboys have another player who can help in the pass-rushing department. The Cowboys finished last in the league in sacks per pass attempt last season and already lost their two defensive end draft picks, DeMarcus Lawrence and Ben Gardner, for the beginning of the year.

Lawrence, the team’s second-round pick, is expected to return before the end of the season, while Gardner, one of the Cowboys’ seventh-round picks, was placed on injured reserve. 

With Lawrence out early, the Cowboys could use help at right defensive end. Most of his opportunities in St. Louis came as a left defensive end, but Sam did get some experience on both sides and any pass-rushing skills could assist the front seven. 


RELATED VIDEO: Film breakdown on DE Michael Sam | 4:22

Bryan Broaddus steps inside the film room to break down the Dallas Cowboys newest addition to their practice squad. (Watch | Listen)


RELATED: Michael Sam grateful for chance with Dallas Cowboys

IRVING, Texas – Whatever off-field talking points have surrounded Michael Sam during his brief, but well-documented NFL career, they didn’t faze anyone within the Dallas Cowboys facility at Valley Ranch.

That’s not to deny the obvious. Sam’s status as the league’s first openly gay player has been celebrated and debated since he revealed that fact seven months ago. It’s the reason why the rookie defensive end has already sold custom-ordered jerseys during his one day with the Cowboys, and it’s the reason why his signing drew throngs of reporters to the facility – more than usual, even by Dallas Cowboys standards.

“It was a little longer than I expected, but you know what, I’m here now and that’s all that matters,” said Sam of his four-day wait for an opportunity after being released by St. Louis.

Sam, who is undoubtedly accustomed to similar scenes by now, spent five minutes with a multitude of reporters — outside the Dallas Cowboys locker room to accommodate for the size of the crowd. The 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year said he’s been tired of the attention since February, when he first came out publicly, but he understands it.

“This is part of the job, so I’ve just got to do it – I just don’t care,” he said.

He added: “I’m trying to help the Cowboys any way I can, so I can earn a spot on this team and help our team win games – anything I can. Special teams, left end, right end, wherever. If you want me to hold the ball, I’ll hold the ball – I’ll do it to perfection.”

Despite that fact, discussion is bound to persist about Sam as a person – on both a local and national level. Inside the confines of the locker room, however, Tony Romo turned that conversation toward the player.

“For us as football players it’s all about – there’s 53 guys, there’s 10 guys on the practice squad — consistently, everyone’s got different politics, religion, views on things. I think what you find is, in the locker room no one cares,” Romo said. “It’s all about ‘Can you help this football team win?’ We’re always bringing in people to help the football team, and if he can help us that’s a bonus and we’ll be lucky to have him.”

It remains to be seen how much Sam can help the Cowboys win, as he’s just a practice squad player for the time being. Having just concluded a three-sack, 11-tackle preseason in St. Louis, though, Sam said he’s eager to prove what he’s capable of.

“I thought I did really good to earn a spot on a team, and I’m very grateful that it was the Cowboys,” he said. “I’m very grateful of Jerry Jones and the Dallas organization.”

Along that same line, the focus was the same for Sam as his new quarterback – this return to his home state of Texas is about football, not his sexual orientation.

“The veteran guys, Tony Romo, the quarterback, said ‘Hey, welcome. Let’s get to work.’ Witten came to me and said pretty much the same thing,” Sam said. “It’s about football, and they want to win. They think I can help them win, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said this morning that the decision to sign Sam was about personnel. He also downplayed the necessity of fielding so many questions about a practice squad player, who won’t be eligible to play in games barring a roster move.

“He obviously just got here this morning, so he needs to understand what we’re asking him to do,” Garrett said. “We have a full complement of defensive guys who have been here for a while, so like with any of the new guys, the biggest thing they have to do is understand what we’re asking them to do, get into the flow of things and hopefully show us that they belong as quickly as possible.”

Whether he belongs on the field is something the Cowboys will sort out in the coming days in the weeks, but whether he belongs in the locker room is something they answered firmly from the get-go.

“I think most importantly, it’s an external thing. It comes from the outside,” Garrett said. “That’s your decision — what question you want to ask. We’re focused on football.”


RELATED: Teammates show support for Sam; focus is on football

IRVING, Texas – Camera crews don’t double at Valley Ranch every time a practice squad player gets signed.

But the Dallas Cowboys players inside the locker room don’t appear to mind the added attention paid to new addition Michael Sam. They just care if he can play football.   

As the first openly gay player in the league, Sam’s going to garner a lot of attention. But the attention within the locker room from the players is all football-related. Dez Bryant said Sam deserves respect just like any other teammate, and he’s going to treat him as he would any other player fighting for a spot on the roster.  

“He deserves the same respect as anybody else, so that’s what we’re going to give him,” Bryant said, “and play football.”

Bryant said owner/general manager Jerry Jones gave him and other leaders on the team a heads up that Sam would be signed, and Bryant expects all his teammates will show him respect as they would any other addition.

He said the team will continue to focus on football, and whatever Sam needs, his teammates will be there for him. Bryant said he doesn’t see a reason to make it a bigger deal than that, and that’s likely how Sam wants it.

“I’m the type of person, I’m not going to judge anybody or do nothing like that,” Bryant said. “You need any help, ask me about anything, I’m going to let you know.

“No different from any other player, he’s here to help us. That’s why we brought him here.”

The rest of the Cowboys players voiced similar opinions about welcoming Sam as a football addition. Jason Witten said there’s been so much of an investment in preparing for an NFL season that that’s where the focus is and has to be.

“I don’t really see that being any distraction, and I think everybody understands it’s just in hopes of making our football team better,” Witten said. “That’s all we can try to do, for all of us. Really, that’s been our mindset since Day 1. We’re going to compete. We’re going to challenge each other. We’re going to practice hard. And then hopefully that carries over to Sundays, where we play better football.”

Here’s more from Cowboys players after the signing of Sam to the practice squad:  

Jeremy Mincey: “Sam is a pretty good athlete, man – he’s got some pretty good rushes. He listens to what coach wants, and that’s all we can ask of him. Come out here and cooperate and do what he’s supposed to do.”

J.J. Wilcox – “I’m excited. He’s a great football player. I don’t take nothing away from him, and I have nothing against him. If he can help me win, I’m all in.”

Anthony Spencer – “Every time I’ve seen him, he’s been playing football. When I watch film, he’s doing things that can help this football team win games. He’s here to help us win – that’s the main objective, and that’s all there is to it.”


RELATED VIDEO: Jason Garrett Press Conference – Adding Michael Sam; Staying focused on 49ers | 15:22

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DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER 2014 - Teams 53-man squad set - Practice Squad taking shape - Final roster cut-down - Player trade

IRVING, Texas – The 2014 Dallas Cowboys roster for Week 1 against San Francisco is bound to look change. But for the time being, this is the team’s 53-man roster – a group that has several surprising additions and subtractions, particularly at quarterback.

Quarterback (3): Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Dustin Vaughan – It’s been a topic of conversation all summer that Dustin Vaughan may have done enough to earn a job in Dallas, but it’s still a bit of a surprise to see him make the final roster. With so many other needs, it says a lot about what the Cowboys think of the rookie to keep him on the 53-man squad.

Running Back (4): DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle, Tyler CluttsThe debate throughout training camp was whether the Cowboys would keep three running backs and a fullback, or four running backs. Clutts got the nod over Ryan Williams (added to practice squad), who was one of the last players cut from the roster. Clutts’ abilities on special teams might have been the deciding factor.

Wide Receiver (5): Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Dwayne Harris, Devin StreetLaRon Byrd and Jamar Newsome made a late push to earn consideration on the final roster, but the numbers weren’t in their favor. It’s likely that one or both of them will get practice squad consideration if they clear waivers.

Tight End (3): Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, James Hanna This time last year the Dallas Cowboys kept a whopping five tight ends as a sign of commitment to using “12,” or two-tight end personnel packages. There never seemed to be any doubt that only the trio of All-Pro Witten and recent draft picks Escobar and Hanna would make the cut this year.

Offensive Line (9): Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug Free, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Jermey Parnell, Darrion Weems, Donald Hawkins – Maybe the biggest surprise here is the decision to part ways with veteran starter Uche Nwaneri. He never made a push for starting time, but it seemed likely the Dallas native would provide reliable depth. John Wetzel, a practice squad player in 2013, did enough to earn an initial spot on the 53-man roster, but he was cut when the Dallas Cowboys got Hawkins off waivers.

Defensive Line (11): Henry Melton, Jeremy Mincey, George Selvie, Tyrone Crawford, Anthony Spencer, DeMarcus Lawrence, Nick Hayden, Terrell McClain , Davon Coleman, Ken Bishop, Lavar Edwards – A deadline day trade brings Edwards, an LSU product, to the team from the Tennessee Titans. The Cowboys gave up an undisclosed 2015 draft pick for the defensive end. That should give the Cowboys some breathing room, as the trade gives Dallas four defensive ends on the roster while they wait for Spencer to get healthy.  DeMarcus Lawrence will likely be moved to injured reserve later this week, but must be on the active roster at the deadline.

Linebacker (6): Justin Durant, Bruce Carter, Rolando McClain, Kyle Wilber, Anthony Hitchens, Cameron LawrenceThe Cowboys opted to release seventh-round pick Will Smith (added to practice squad), who was hampered by a groin injury for the early going of training camp. It looks likely that the top five in this group are going to see extended playing time, regardless of who the starters are. Cameron Lawrence is a core special teamer.

Defensive Back (9): Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Sterling Moore, Tyler Patmon, Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox, Jeff Heath, Ahmad Dixon, Jemea Thomas –The suspensions of Orlando Scandrick and Jakar Hamilton have the position looking a bit different from what many initially thought. Jemea Thomas, the recently-signed Patriots castoff, can play both cornerback and safety – which helps offset the need for a 10th defensive back. For all the talk about him during camp, Terrance Mitchells problems with holding look likely to have doomed his roster chances. It will be interesting to see where the roster cut comes when Scandrick returns to the roster in Week 5.

Specialists (3): Dan Bailey, Chris Jones, L.P. Ladouceur – No surprises here, at least


RELATED: 2014 Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad taking shape

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys signed seven players to their practice squad tonight (Sunday), giving them three remaining places on the 10-man group.

The current signees are running back Ryan Williams, wide receiver Tim Benford, defensive end Kenneth Boatright, center Ronald Patrick, safety Micah Pellerin, linebacker Keith Smith, and linebacker Will Smith.

Williams is the biggest name of the seven, as he was in a battle for the third running back spot throughout training camp – eventually losing to 2013 draft pick Joseph Randle. The Cowboys released him Saturday afternoon, and he cleared waivers today.

This is Benford’s third go-around on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He was signed undrafted by Dallas out of Tennessee Tech, and he spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons on the practice squad. He was released from the team’s 75-man roster earlier this week in favor of defensive back Jemea Thomas.

Three of the signees are rookies who spent training camp with the Cowboys, highlighted by seventh-round pick Will Smith. The Texas Tech product sat out the early portion of camp with a groin injury, but returned to action for the last few weeks of the preseason. Keith Smith and Patrick both signed with the team as undrafted free agents.

Boatright is actually a second-year player, but he is in his first season with the Dallas Cowboys. He signed undrafted with the Seahawks following the 2013 draft, and he spent his rookie season on injured reserve. The Seahawks cut Boatright in June, and the Cowboys added him to their 90-man roster after DeMarcus Lawrence broke his foot during training camp.

This is a familiar landing spot for Pellerin, as he has spent two stints on the Cowboys practice squad – at the tail end of the 2012 season and following training camp in 2013. The Cowboys added him to the active roster in November 2013 and released him three weeks later. The team brought him back at the end of this week and have added him to the practice squad.

There are three spaces remaining on the practice squad as the Cowboys get set to start their Week 1 preparations for San Francisco tomorrow (Monday).


RELATED: Saturday’s initial roster cut-down and DE Lavar Edwards trade

IRVING, Texas– The Dallas Cowboys met the NFL’s roster-deduction deadline by trimming the roster down to 53 players yesterday. Don’t expect this to be the final roster. There could be as many as a handful of moves made before the Cowboys return to the practice field to start preparations for the 49ers.

The Cowboys have been known to claim a few players off waivers on Sunday after the cuts. They’ve already made one trade, acquiring defensive end Lavar Edwards (6-4, 280) from the Titans for an undisclosed draft pick in 2015. Edwards, a fifth-round pick of the Titans in 2013, played in seven games for Tennessee last year as a rookie.

The most notable of the players initially cut include running back Ryan Williams (added to practice squad), a former second-round pick of the Cardinals in 2011 who flashed some strong running ability in three preseason games before a groin injury kept him out of last Thursday’s game. The Cowboys simply couldn’t afford to go long at running back and Joseph Randle gives them more flexibility on special teams. For now, the Cowboys kept fullback Tyler Clutts on the team, as did rookie quarterback Dustin Vaughan.

The Dallas Cowboys got some good news when Anthony Spencer passed his physical and was not placed on PUP. He likely won’t play this week against the 49ers but clearly the Cowboys feel like he will be ready before the six-week period he would’ve been required to miss if placed on PUP.

The Cowboys also released a pair of vets – guard Uche Nwaneri and wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe. Neither player has to go through the waiver process because of their veteran status.

Other noteworthy cuts include a pair seventh-round picks – cornerback Terrance Mitchell and linebacker Will Smith (signed to the practice squad). Mitchell had a solid training camp but struggled in coverage during the preseason games.

Other cuts include wide receivers Jamar Newsome and LaRon Byrd, offensive linemen Stephen Goodin, Ronald Patrick and Josh Aladenoye. Tight end Asa Watson, linebackers Dontavis Sapp, Orie Lemon and Keith Smith, safety Ryan Smith, running backs D.J. Adams and Phillip Tanner and defensive linemen Dartwan Bush and Kenneth Boatwright were also cut. However, the Cowboys could put rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on the IR-return list on Tuesday. That would sideline Lawrence for eight weeks but free up a roster spot.

Here’s a look at the roster moves the Cowboys have made so far on Saturday:

Released:

WR Desmon Briscoe (Kansas) G Uche Nwaneri (Purdue)

Waived:

RB D.J. Adams (Portland State) T Josh Aladenoye (Illinois State)
DE Kenneth Boatright (Southern Illinois) DT Dartwan Bush (Texas Tech)
WR LaRon Byrd (Miami) G Stephen Goodin (Nebraska-Kearney)
CB Terrance Mitchell (Oregon) WR Jamar Newsome (Central Florida)
C Ronald Patrick (South Carolina) DE Caesar Rayford (Washington)
LB Dontavis Sapp (Tennessee) LB Keith Smith (San Jose State)
S Ryan Smith (Auburn) LB Will Smith (Texas Tech)
RB Phillip Tanner (Middle Tennessee) TE Asa Watson (North Carolina State)
RB Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech)  

Waived/Injured:

LB Orie Lemon (Oklahoma State) DT Zach Minter (Montana State)

Reserve/Suspended

CB Orlando Scandrick (Boise State) S Jakar Hamilton (South Carolina State)

Acquired in a trade with Tennessee:

Lavar Edwards (Louisiana State) for an undisclosed 2015 Draft pick

Passed Physical:

DE Anthony Spencer (Purdue)


RELATED SCOUTING REPORT: Meet your new DE Lavar Edwards

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys acquired Lavar Edwards in a trade with the Tennessee Titans on Saturday. Edwards was a fifth-round pick in 2013 and spent a season with Tennessee. Here’s the scouting report on some of his pro tape.

Games Studied: Kansas City, Seattle, San Francisco ’13; Green Bay ‘14

  • Edwards was drafted to play as a 4-3 defensive end and not in the current 3-4 scheme that Tennessee defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes to use.
  • Has played as both the left and right defensive end during his career. Feel like that he is better suited to play on the left side for the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Physically doesn’t appear to be a big player on tape, but you will see him extend with his hands and control the blocker. Will sit down and try to fight his man one-on-one. His hand use was much better playing the run than the pass.
  • There were snaps where he was able to anchor down at the point of attack and force the ball back inside to his teammates. Wasn’t as good in the Seattle game dealing with Paul McQuistan, who got after him pretty good but overall was able to strike and shed in the running game.
  • Would not say his initial quickness or burst is special. Was expecting more from him in this area. His pursuit speed and lateral quickness were just okay. There were times where he looked like he was running hard but not covering much ground. There were some plays that he could have made running from the backside had he had a burst.
  • He plays with football intelligence and discipline. Was solid with his techniques against the Seahawks when defending the read-option. Did a nice job of staying square and forcing Russell Wilson to have to keep the ball only for a short gain. Was able to execute the same techniques against the 49ers. Did a nice job of playing on his feet and using body control.
  • If there is an area that he could use improvement in, it is as a pass rusher. Needs to win right off the snap in order to have a chance to have success. Needs more initial quickness along with counter moves as he is going up the field. He’s an average rusher when he doesn’t try moves. Only sack happened in the preseason against the Packers while playing reduced over the guard and went with a quick arm over.
  • Too many snaps where he would go up the field engage the blocker and fight in once spot. Even with the strength that he showed playing the run it was hard for him to get rid of his man. Thought there needed to be much more finish to his rush.

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    Here are my predictions for the 2014 NFL Season.

    AFC  East:    Patriots, Dolphins,  Jets, Bills

    AFC North:   Steelers,  Ravens,  Bengals, Browns

    AFC South:    Colts,  Texans,  Titans, Jaguars

    AFC West:     Broncos,  Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders

    AFC Wild Cards:   Texans, Chiefs

    NFC East:   Eagles, Cowboys, Giants, Redskins

    NFC North:   Packers, Bears, Lions, Vikings

    NFC South:  Saints, Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers

    NFC West:    Seahawks, 49ers,  Cardinals, Rams

    NFC Wild Cards: Bears, Falcons

    AFC Wild Card Games:   Chiefs defeat Texans  Steelers defeat the Colts

    NFC Wild Card Games:  Bears defeat Falcons   Packers defeat Eagles

    AFC Divisional Round:  Patriots defeat Chiefs   Broncos defeat Steelers

    NFC Divisional Round  Seahawks defeat Falcons    Saints defeat Eagles

    AFC Title Game: Patriots defeat Broncos

    NFC Title Game: Seahawks defeat Saints

    Super Bowl XLIX:  Patriots defeat Seahawks

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    DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER 2014 - Teams 53-man squad set - Practice Squad taking shape - Final roster cut-down - Player trade

    IRVING, Texas – The 2014 Dallas Cowboys roster for Week 1 against San Francisco is bound to look change. But for the time being, this is the team’s 53-man roster – a group that has several surprising additions and subtractions, particularly at quarterback.

    Quarterback (3): Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Dustin Vaughan – It’s been a topic of conversation all summer that Dustin Vaughan may have done enough to earn a job in Dallas, but it’s still a bit of a surprise to see him make the final roster. With so many other needs, it says a lot about what the Cowboys think of the rookie to keep him on the 53-man squad.

    Running Back (4): DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle, Tyler CluttsThe debate throughout training camp was whether the Cowboys would keep three running backs and a fullback, or four running backs. Clutts got the nod over Ryan Williams (added to practice squad), who was one of the last players cut from the roster. Clutts’ abilities on special teams might have been the deciding factor.

    Wide Receiver (5): Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Dwayne Harris, Devin StreetLaRon Byrd and Jamar Newsome made a late push to earn consideration on the final roster, but the numbers weren’t in their favor. It’s likely that one or both of them will get practice squad consideration if they clear waivers.

    Tight End (3): Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, James Hanna This time last year the Dallas Cowboys kept a whopping five tight ends as a sign of commitment to using “12,” or two-tight end personnel packages. There never seemed to be any doubt that only the trio of All-Pro Witten and recent draft picks Escobar and Hanna would make the cut this year.

    Offensive Line (9): Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug Free, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Jermey Parnell, Darrion Weems, Donald Hawkins – Maybe the biggest surprise here is the decision to part ways with veteran starter Uche Nwaneri. He never made a push for starting time, but it seemed likely the Dallas native would provide reliable depth. John Wetzel, a practice squad player in 2013, did enough to earn an initial spot on the 53-man roster, but he was cut when the Dallas Cowboys got Hawkins off waivers.

    Defensive Line (11): Henry Melton, Jeremy Mincey, George Selvie, Tyrone Crawford, Anthony Spencer, DeMarcus Lawrence, Nick Hayden, Terrell McClain , Davon Coleman, Ken Bishop, Lavar Edwards – A deadline day trade brings Edwards, an LSU product, to the team from the Tennessee Titans. The Cowboys gave up an undisclosed 2015 draft pick for the defensive end. That should give the Cowboys some breathing room, as the trade gives Dallas four defensive ends on the roster while they wait for Spencer to get healthy.  DeMarcus Lawrence will likely be moved to injured reserve later this week, but must be on the active roster at the deadline.

    Linebacker (6): Justin Durant, Bruce Carter, Rolando McClain, Kyle Wilber, Anthony Hitchens, Cameron LawrenceThe Cowboys opted to release seventh-round pick Will Smith (added to practice squad), who was hampered by a groin injury for the early going of training camp. It looks likely that the top five in this group are going to see extended playing time, regardless of who the starters are. Cameron Lawrence is a core special teamer.

    Defensive Back (9): Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Sterling Moore, Tyler Patmon, Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox, Jeff Heath, Ahmad Dixon, Jemea Thomas –The suspensions of Orlando Scandrick and Jakar Hamilton have the position looking a bit different from what many initially thought. Jemea Thomas, the recently-signed Patriots castoff, can play both cornerback and safety – which helps offset the need for a 10th defensive back. For all the talk about him during camp, Terrance Mitchells problems with holding look likely to have doomed his roster chances. It will be interesting to see where the roster cut comes when Scandrick returns to the roster in Week 5.

    Specialists (3): Dan Bailey, Chris Jones, L.P. Ladouceur – No surprises here, at least


    RELATED: 2014 Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad taking shape

    IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys signed seven players to their practice squad tonight (Sunday), giving them three remaining places on the 10-man group.

    The current signees are running back Ryan Williams, wide receiver Tim Benford, defensive end Kenneth Boatright, center Ronald Patrick, safety Micah Pellerin, linebacker Keith Smith, and linebacker Will Smith.

    Williams is the biggest name of the seven, as he was in a battle for the third running back spot throughout training camp – eventually losing to 2013 draft pick Joseph Randle. The Cowboys released him Saturday afternoon, and he cleared waivers today.

    This is Benford’s third go-around on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He was signed undrafted by Dallas out of Tennessee Tech, and he spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons on the practice squad. He was released from the team’s 75-man roster earlier this week in favor of defensive back Jemea Thomas.

    Three of the signees are rookies who spent training camp with the Cowboys, highlighted by seventh-round pick Will Smith. The Texas Tech product sat out the early portion of camp with a groin injury, but returned to action for the last few weeks of the preseason. Keith Smith and Patrick both signed with the team as undrafted free agents.

    Boatright is actually a second-year player, but he is in his first season with the Dallas Cowboys. He signed undrafted with the Seahawks following the 2013 draft, and he spent his rookie season on injured reserve. The Seahawks cut Boatright in June, and the Cowboys added him to their 90-man roster after DeMarcus Lawrence broke his foot during training camp.

    This is a familiar landing spot for Pellerin, as he has spent two stints on the Cowboys practice squad – at the tail end of the 2012 season and following training camp in 2013. The Cowboys added him to the active roster in November 2013 and released him three weeks later. The team brought him back at the end of this week and have added him to the practice squad.

    There are three spaces remaining on the practice squad as the Cowboys get set to start their Week 1 preparations for San Francisco tomorrow (Monday).


    RELATED: Saturday’s initial roster cut-down and DE Lavar Edwards trade

    IRVING, Texas– The Dallas Cowboys met the NFL’s roster-deduction deadline by trimming the roster down to 53 players yesterday. Don’t expect this to be the final roster. There could be as many as a handful of moves made before the Cowboys return to the practice field to start preparations for the 49ers.

    The Cowboys have been known to claim a few players off waivers on Sunday after the cuts. They’ve already made one trade, acquiring defensive end Lavar Edwards (6-4, 280) from the Titans for an undisclosed draft pick in 2015. Edwards, a fifth-round pick of the Titans in 2013, played in seven games for Tennessee last year as a rookie.

    The most notable of the players initially cut include running back Ryan Williams (added to practice squad), a former second-round pick of the Cardinals in 2011 who flashed some strong running ability in three preseason games before a groin injury kept him out of last Thursday’s game. The Cowboys simply couldn’t afford to go long at running back and Joseph Randle gives them more flexibility on special teams. For now, the Cowboys kept fullback Tyler Clutts on the team, as did rookie quarterback Dustin Vaughan.

    The Dallas Cowboys got some good news when Anthony Spencer passed his physical and was not placed on PUP. He likely won’t play this week against the 49ers but clearly the Cowboys feel like he will be ready before the six-week period he would’ve been required to miss if placed on PUP.

    The Cowboys also released a pair of vets – guard Uche Nwaneri and wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe. Neither player has to go through the waiver process because of their veteran status.

    Other noteworthy cuts include a pair seventh-round picks – cornerback Terrance Mitchell and linebacker Will Smith (signed to the practice squad). Mitchell had a solid training camp but struggled in coverage during the preseason games.

    Other cuts include wide receivers Jamar Newsome and LaRon Byrd, offensive linemen Stephen Goodin, Ronald Patrick and Josh Aladenoye. Tight end Asa Watson, linebackers Dontavis Sapp, Orie Lemon and Keith Smith, safety Ryan Smith, running backs D.J. Adams and Phillip Tanner and defensive linemen Dartwan Bush and Kenneth Boatwright were also cut. However, the Cowboys could put rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on the IR-return list on Tuesday. That would sideline Lawrence for eight weeks but free up a roster spot.

    Here’s a look at the roster moves the Cowboys have made so far on Saturday:

    Released:

    WR Desmon Briscoe (Kansas) G Uche Nwaneri (Purdue)

    Waived:

    RB D.J. Adams (Portland State) T Josh Aladenoye (Illinois State)
    DE Kenneth Boatright (Southern Illinois) DT Dartwan Bush (Texas Tech)
    WR LaRon Byrd (Miami) G Stephen Goodin (Nebraska-Kearney)
    CB Terrance Mitchell (Oregon) WR Jamar Newsome (Central Florida)
    C Ronald Patrick (South Carolina) DE Caesar Rayford (Washington)
    LB Dontavis Sapp (Tennessee) LB Keith Smith (San Jose State)
    S Ryan Smith (Auburn) LB Will Smith (Texas Tech)
    RB Phillip Tanner (Middle Tennessee) TE Asa Watson (North Carolina State)
    RB Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech)  

    Waived/Injured:

    LB Orie Lemon (Oklahoma State) DT Zach Minter (Montana State)

    Reserve/Suspended

    CB Orlando Scandrick (Boise State) S Jakar Hamilton (South Carolina State)

    Acquired in a trade with Tennessee:

    Lavar Edwards (Louisiana State) for an undisclosed 2015 Draft pick

    Passed Physical:

    DE Anthony Spencer (Purdue)


    RELATED SCOUTING REPORT: Meet your new DE Lavar Edwards

    IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys acquired Lavar Edwards in a trade with the Tennessee Titans on Saturday. Edwards was a fifth-round pick in 2013 and spent a season with Tennessee. Here’s the scouting report on some of his pro tape.

    Games Studied: Kansas City, Seattle, San Francisco ’13; Green Bay ‘14

    • Edwards was drafted to play as a 4-3 defensive end and not in the current 3-4 scheme that Tennessee defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes to use.
    • Has played as both the left and right defensive end during his career. Feel like that he is better suited to play on the left side for the Dallas Cowboys.
    • Physically doesn’t appear to be a big player on tape, but you will see him extend with his hands and control the blocker. Will sit down and try to fight his man one-on-one. His hand use was much better playing the run than the pass.
    • There were snaps where he was able to anchor down at the point of attack and force the ball back inside to his teammates. Wasn’t as good in the Seattle game dealing with Paul McQuistan, who got after him pretty good but overall was able to strike and shed in the running game.
    • Would not say his initial quickness or burst is special. Was expecting more from him in this area. His pursuit speed and lateral quickness were just okay. There were times where he looked like he was running hard but not covering much ground. There were some plays that he could have made running from the backside had he had a burst.
    • He plays with football intelligence and discipline. Was solid with his techniques against the Seahawks when defending the read-option. Did a nice job of staying square and forcing Russell Wilson to have to keep the ball only for a short gain. Was able to execute the same techniques against the 49ers. Did a nice job of playing on his feet and using body control.
    • If there is an area that he could use improvement in, it is as a pass rusher. Needs to win right off the snap in order to have a chance to have success. Needs more initial quickness along with counter moves as he is going up the field. He’s an average rusher when he doesn’t try moves. Only sack happened in the preseason against the Packers while playing reduced over the guard and went with a quick arm over.
    • Too many snaps where he would go up the field engage the blocker and fight in once spot. Even with the strength that he showed playing the run it was hard for him to get rid of his man. Thought there needed to be much more finish to his rush.

    • Keep up with the Dallas Cowboys roster year round by clicking on this button:

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      Filed under: Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Cowboys News, Dallas Cowboys Roster moves, David Helman, Edited: Robert D Knight, NFL, NFL Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad, NFL Dallas Cowboys Schedule, NFL Photographs, Nick Eatman Tagged: Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad 2014, Dallas Cowboys roster 2014-2015

      Read more great Cowboys news at The Boys are Back

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      NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that they have established a domestic violence policy.    First offense is an 6 game suspension, second is a lifetime ban with reinstatement after one year.   Goodell admitted that he make a mistake in dealing with Ray Rice who got a 2 game suspension for his actions with his wife at an Atlantic City casino.  The new policy will including all NFL personnel besides players.   They will take the new policy and educated college, high school, and youth players on domestic violence and sexual assault.   Goodell should be credited for admitting a mistake and fixing it.  However, the players union could be complaining about due process in legal matters in dealing with this issue.    The NFLPA should be educating their players and stop women from being assaulted by NFL players.

      The Steelers offense and defense looked awful in last night 31-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.    This team looked flat in their last dress rehearsal before opening day against the Cleveland Browns.  The main story was from the day before when running backs Le’ Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for marijuana possession, and Bell was also charged with driving under the influence of the drug.  I am disgusted with their actions and both should be punished for embarrassing the Steelers organization.  The NFL will wait for the legal matter to play it selves out.  They have to take random drug tests for the rest of the careers, and if either of them screw up again both men could face a 4 game suspension under the NFL substance abuse policy.  Head Coach Mike Tomlin was upset during the post game news conference, and the Steelers could punish both men without it hurting the team.   Blount has been through 4 teams in five years, and has some discipline problems while at Oregon.   On the other hand, Bell never had any off the field problems before this situation.  Bell is being mentored by Blount, and going in the wrong direction.   The Steelers signed Blount to 2 year contract, but could cut him after this season.   You win with men of character, but bad character guys could lead your team down the wrong road.   Le’Veon Bell has potential to be a star, but hanging around LeGarrette Blount could ruin it.  If Le’Veon Bell gets in trouble again his NFL career could literally go up in smoke.

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