Two key members of the Colts secondary did not practice Wednesday.

Starting safety Matthias Farley and rookie cornerback Nate Hairston, who has locked himself into the nickel spot, were both out with quad injuries. Both players finished last weekend’s game against the Seahawks. Veteran Darius Butler could start at safety if Farley is forced to miss Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Rookie cornerback Quincy Wilson returned to practice, albeit on a limited basis, on Wednesday. — Mike Wells

Bowen: Zach Miller, TE, Bears. With Mitchell Trubisky getting his first NFL start on Monday night, look for the Bears to lean heavily on play-action and movement passes to create open windows and high-percentage throws for the rookie. That means targets for Miller on middle-of-the-field throws and off-the-boot action versus a Vikings defense giving up an average of 13.8 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (24th in the NFL).
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Clay: Jaron Brown, WR, Cardinals. Who? The former undrafted free agent was targeted 12 times against the 49ers last week and has now reached double digits in the category during two of his past three games. The key stat this weekend in Philadelphia is the one that shows Brown having lined up on the perimeter on 81 percent of his routes this season. That means he’ll see Eagles perimeter corners Jalen Mills and Rasul Douglas all afternoon long. They rank first and sixth, respectively, among corners in fantasy points allowed this season.

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Oklahoma man charged with manslaughter in Dennis Byrd death

An Oklahoma man has been charged with manslaughter almost a year after a collision killed former NFL player Dennis Byrd.

Rogers County court records indicate the charge was filed Wednesday against 18-year-old Zachary Reed of Claremore. The records show a warrant was issued for Reed’s arrest but don’t indicate whether he is represented by an attorney.

Byrd was 50 when he died Oct. 15 after a two-vehicle crash north of Claremore, a Tulsa suburb. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said at the time that a northbound vehicle driven by Reed veered into the oncoming lane and struck a vehicle driven by Byrd.

Byrd played for the University of Tulsa and later was a defensive lineman for the New York Jets. A neck injury ended his career in 1992.

What has gone right: Russell Wilson continues to cover for the flaws that come with a patchwork offensive line and an inconsistent running game. Chris Carson was a nice surprise at running back, but the 2017 seventh-round pick suffered what is Matt Barkley Jersey believed a serious ankle injury in last Sunday night’s rout of Indianapolis.

What has gone wrong: The Seahawks are struggling Joel Ward Jersey to stop rushing attacks, with their first four opponents averaging 134 yards on the ground. As referenced above, Wilson is under heavy pressure far too frequently.

What’s next: The Seahawks usually start the season slow — they have a 2-10 road record in September since Pete Carroll became head coach in 2010. Seattle needs to get out of that malaise quickly heading into Sunday’s game against the surprising Rams.

NFLPA to decide soon whether DeMaurice Smith will face challengers

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DeMaurice Smith could find out this week if he’ll face a challenger to his position as the NFLPA executive director.

The NFLPA selection committee could begin voting Tuesday on whether to retain Smith or open the job to other candidates, league sources told the Washington Post.

Beckham provided a much different explanation after the 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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I’m a dog, so I acted like a dog. I don’t know if the rulebook said you can’t hike your leg. He said I peed on somebody, so I was trying to find the imaginary ghost that I peed on. But I didn’t see him, Beckham told reporters.

After scoring again late in the fourth quarter on a one-handed, acrobatic catch in the corner of the end zone, he raised his fist in the air to celebrate.

Did it look like it [had meaning]? he said. OK. Well, if it looked like it, then it might have been something.

The Giants players were off on Monday and Beckham was not available for comment.

For a greater challenge, try using 12 or 14 teams. With that many squads, the player pool is thinned out enough that owners will need to have knowledge of lesser-known players in order to succeed.

Make League Viewable to Public: If you want to be able to let people who aren’t in your league (friends, family, etc.) see your league pages, make it Public and share your league link with them.

Standard rosters include one Quarterback (QB), two Running Backs (RB), two Wide Receivers (WR), one Tight End (TE), one Flex (RB/WR or TE), one Defense/Special Teams (D/ST), one Kicker (K) and seven Bench Spots (BE — players on your roster who are not in your active lineup for a given week).

The next phase of Charles Tillman’s career after football will be the FBI, per report

If you were making a list of careers little kids dream of pursuing when they grow up, both NFL player and FBI agent might make the list. Charles Tillman already accomplished one of those. Now, he’s working on the other.

TIllman, who retired from the NFL following the 2015 season, is currently in training to become an FBI agent, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

And Tillman is getting in just under the wire. Prospective agents must be at least 23 years old to begin training, but they also must be younger than 37. Tillman is 36, with his next birthday coming up in February.

The FBI would not confirm the report.

We don’t speak about personnel matters,” agent Garrett Croon, on behalf of the Chicago bureau, told the Tribune.

Allen dominated the touches in the second half, as Terrance West was reportedly dealing with a soft tissue injury. The USC product took advantage of his opportunity, as he was the biggest key to the Ravens offense against the Browns.

Allen has been shoved into a bigger role in the offense after Danny Woodhead was placed on IR. Woodhead got barely any playing time this season before getting hurt, but for the short while that Woodhead was on the the field, the Ravens offense showed some promise. Allen is now serving as the Ravens top pass catching back, a roll he has done well in thus far.

With Terrance West now dealing with a soft tissue injury, we could see even more of Allen in West’s place. With a Ravens backfield that has been dealing with a ton of injuries (Woodhead, Kenneth Dixon, and West), Buck Allen is finally getting his chance to truly break out.

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Chris Long earned All-American honors at Virginia and had his number retired by the Cavaliers.

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Look, the Saints have been setting records for defensive futility for a while now, but you have to admire them for always trying to find ways to take it to a new level. It’s pretty special to allow 1,025 yards in two games. And when it’s your first two games, you’re basically announcing to the world: NO! No, world, we have not solved our perennial biggest problem, and it doesn’t look as if we ever will. The Saints have finished 7-9 three seasons in a row. They play in a division that includes the past two NFC champs and an up-and-coming Buccaneers team. They have the feeling of a team that’s going to get left out of the party. Which is about the worst thing that can happen to you in New Orleans.

Elite Kids Andy Dalton Jersey Hopefully we can continue to do the right thing as a whole. Obviously there’s going to be people that don’t follow the same suit. Don’t be those folks.

Neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacist groups staged a rally Friday to protest the city of Charlottesville’s plans to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from a park. On Saturday, a 20-year-old man drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and wounding at least 19 others. Hours later, two Virginia state troopers were killed when the helicopter they were flying in as part of a large-scale police effort at the rally crashed into a wooded area outside the city.

Now with the Philadelphia Eagles, he tweeted his disgust on Saturday for the white supremacist marches.

Insanely frustrating. Evolution will favor the self assured… not man babies with tiki torches or people playing militia

Biggest surprises from Week 1 in the NFL

NFL Nation reporters break down the biggest surprises across the league from Week 1, from the Texans making another change at quarterback to good performances from some unexpected teams, and more.

The biggest surprise from the Titans Week 1 loss was DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry combining for just 69 rushing yards on 18 carries. Tennessee had a top-5 rushing attack in 2016, but they struggled to establish the run against the Raiders.
We’ve got to get better in the run game and set the tone, Murray said. Just got to get more opportunities.

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The Vikings will go with an offensive line of Nick Easton and Joe Berger at guard, rookie center Pat Elflein and tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. Reiff, who spent his first five seasons with the Lions, and Remmers, who spent the last three seasons with the Panthers, were free-agent signings as the Vikings looked to shore up what was a porous offensive line in 2016. The Vikings have five new starters up front as 2016 starting guard Alex Boone was among Saturday’s cuts.

Joe Flacco is returning from a back injury (most likely), but Baltimore’s offense has been banged up everywhere throughout the preseason. Cincy is hoping Joe Mixon will provide a spark to its backfield in what sets up as a bit of an ugly defensive game. It’s at home in the early window, which means Andy Dalton can do his best work. His connection to A.J. Green is the difference in a field-goal fest. Bengals win 23-19 and cover the spread.

Minnesota’s limited offense gets a break early to explode on New Orleans’ ever-reeling defense. Sam Bradford will get big plays to both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielien, buoyed by Adrian Peterson replacement Dalvin Cook running and catching well in his NFL debut. As for Peterson, his revenge plans will be foiled, first by not playing much as Drew Brees needs to go pass-happier again, and then by seeing the Vikings hold on late because of Cook. Vikings win 27-24 but fail to cover the spread.

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Relieved I finally get a fair trial’

Elite Andy Dalton Jersey Ezekiel Elliott, fresh off a 104-yard rushing effort Sunday in the Cowboys’ season-opening 19-3 win over the Giants, addressed a different big win: his in court.

Elite Darrius Heyward-Bey Jersey A U.S. District Court judge in Texas on Friday blocked the NFL’s six-game suspension of Elliott stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016.

Just relieved for the fact that I finally get a fair trial, Elliott told reporters after Sunday’s game. I finally get a chance to prove my innocence and just happy that I’ll get to be with the guys for as long as permitted and not miss time and not having to be away from them.

Carton was released on $500,000 bond after appearing in federal court in Manhattan. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

WFAN announced Wednesday night (per the Post) it had suspended Carton indefinitely. The station also announced that former Giants quarterback Phil Simms would fill in for Carton on Thursday. Subsequent fill-in hosts will be announced as needed, the station said.

Esiason, who also serves as an analyst for CBS Sports’ The NFL Today, and Carton, a former New Jersey radio shock jock, have been on the air together at WFAN for 10 years. Early in Wednesday morning’s show, Esiason told listeners Carton had called in sick. After he was informed of his partner’s arrest, Esiason told his audience he was taken aback and surprised by it just like I’m sure everyone else is.

As the country’s first 24-hour all sports radio station, WFAN is the grandaddy of sports talk radio. ESPN recently profiled the legendary sports radio tandem of Mike Francesa and Chris Mad Dog Russo in the 30 for 30 documentary Mike and the Mad Dog.

This article has been updated with additional details, including Carton’s suspension.

Former Packers receiver James Jones retires, will join NFL Network

Former Packers receiver James Jones has announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons.

Jones spent eight of his nine seasons with the Packers, finishing his career with 433 receptions for 5,861 yards and 51 touchdowns.

He was a key member of the 2010 Packers that won Super Bowl XLV. Jones caught 50 passes for 679 touchdowns and five touchdowns that season. He led the NFL with 14 receiving scores in 2014, a season in which he had 64 receptions for 784 yards.

“I have truly been blessed to have worked with such wonderful people throughout my career. I would personally like to thank the entire Packers organization, Packer Nation and particularly Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Sammy Seal,” Jones said.

Darby was carted off the field with an air cast on his lower leg in the second quarter of the Eagles’ 30-17 victory over Washington. His ankle bent awkwardly as he planted while in coverage, and he immediately went down in pain.

Surgery would have meant that Darby would miss the rest of the season.

The Eagles acquired Darby from the Buffalo Bills in August for receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick.

A 2015 second-round pick out of Florida State, Darby finished second in voting for defensive rookie of the year in 2015 before taking a bit of a step back last season. Asked what he liked about Darby, Eagles executive Howie Roseman pointed to “rare speed” — Darby ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine — as well as his production on the ball. He has only two career interceptions but has 33 pass breakups in 29 games.nike_steelers_957

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Seahawks’ Jeremy Lane ejected for throwing punch vs. Packers, replay shows otherwise

The Seahawks had a pick-six against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers called back Sunday at Lambeau Field for a pair of penalties during the return.

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It appeared Adams took Lane down by the facemask and the defensive back Lane was busted for his response, although replay never showed Lane actually hitting back.

Corey Davis was expected to be limited in his NFL debut, but the fifth-overall pick paced Tennessee with 10 targets. He was on the field for 35 of the team’s 43 pass plays, which was just behind Rishard Matthews (41) and Eric Decker (39). Davis turned the heavy usage into six catches for 69 yards and looked the part on tape. His role is only going to increase as the weeks progress and a Tennessee offense that ranked ninth in the league in touchdowns last year will score more than once most weeks. Davis is quite possibly the league’s next star wide receiver, so try to buy him while he’s still being valued below market.

Game Youth Jimmie Ward Jersey Are you stashing Josh Doctson on your bench? If so, you could not have been pleased with his Week 1 output. Doctson was on the field for 20 snaps, ran 17 routes and was not targeted. Doctson, of course, was the team’s first-round pick in 2016 but missed all but a handful of snaps during his rookie campaign due to an Achilles injury. Doctson’s role figures only to expand in the coming weeks, especially considering Washington’s offensive woes against Philadelphia. Doctson very well could emerge as the team’s top wideout this year and should thus remain on your bench.

the Bears didn’t give him very many touches over the first five games of the season.

When he signed with the Bears in 2015, I’m sure Rodgers was hoping to get more opportunities as a running back and maybe even start there. His time in Chicago didn’t go at all as planned, however.

In his first season in Chicago, the Bears didn’t give him very many touches over the first five games of the season. Then, he landed on IR after breaking his arm in that fifth game. He looked to bounce back last preseason, but then the Bears ultimately released him before the regular season started after talking him up most of last offseason.
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I’m sure his head was spinning at that point. He was two years removed from looking like he was about to really break out. Instead, here he was two years later not even on an active roster for the first week of the season. And that is important because veterans who aren’t on the active roster in Week 1 can be cut at any point after they do sign, and the team won’t owe them the balance of their salary for that season.

There’s a lot of correlation [between football and MMA] because it’s extremely physical, right? It’s physical abuse, said Tareq Azim, founder of Empower Gym. They’re both combat sports. They’re both leverage sports. They’re both speed sports. And they’re both power sports.

Azim was a linebacker at Fresno State, but brought with him a lifetime of training in martial arts. He says his understanding of leverage and hand techniques gave him advantages on the field.
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Now he’s an MMA coach who works with championship-level fighters like Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez, as well as NFL players like Marshawn Lynch and Marcus Peters.