Some players spend a lifetime trying to make it to college, much less the NFL.

“We’ll see,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to make medical decisions. I’m not very good at them. We’ll see where we are as we move through the week.”

Garrett had a foot issue in minicamp, but Jackson said he did not believe the ankle injury was related. Garrett was the first overall pick in this year’s draft.

“He was out there at practice; obviously he didn’t finish practice,” Jackson said. “Let’s just leave it at that. He didn’t finish today, so we’ll see where we are.”

There’s one bit of Pack-related uni news, however: Last season, wide receiver Ty Montgomery spent most of his time lining up in the backfield. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it looked a little weird, because he was wearing No. 88. This year, he’s officially listed as a running back, but he’s keeping No. 88, a move permitted by NFL rules.
There’s also a solid-gray Color Rush design. At first it seemed the Lions wouldn’t be wearing it in 2017 (which would be just as well — it’s a stinker) because they aren’t scheduled for a Thursday night game this season. But it turns out that they’ll wear it for a Saturday afternoon game Dec. 16 against the Bears.

Five years ago, Edwards picked up an American football for the first time at a park at Ballarat University near Melbourne; smaller and less round than an Australian Rules Football ball, Edwards said, “it did feel a little foreign.”

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Preseason Week 3: Jaguars quarterback situation still not settled

We had the opportunity with the right coverage and perfect play call, Smith said during the Eagles broadcast. I feel great. The chemistry with Carson has been awesome.

Second-year Dolphins receiver Jakeem Grant bounced off two would-be tacklers and then turned on the jets for a 69-yard touchdown in the third quarter of Thursday’s game.

The choice to do so for the latter last year backfired, as kicker Roberto Aguayo had such a poor rookie season and awful training camp that he was recently cut despite the Buccaneers having spent a second-round pick on him.

The biggest head-scratcher with Madden NFL 18 when it comes to clutch players is once again a rookie for Tampa Bay.

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All the other clutch players have firmly established themselves in the league.

Imagine that. Kaepernick was the one labeled a coward in so many places for so many reasons last season 鈥?including, implausibly, for making it known that he would no longer do the same protest at games next season.

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Meanwhile, those who said the rich, entitled jock really wasn’t sacrificing anything with his kneeling must be aware by now exactly what he sacrificed.

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For Madden NFL 18, a great deal is riding on the game’s first story mode, titled Longshot. Story modes are ambitious efforts for sports games, yet the major licensed titles are now expected to have them every year thanks to the likes of NBA 2K and FIFA which have developed narrative-driven experiences that compliment their other more traditional ways to play.

Some of the SN staff pushed back on this, but come on: This guy has gotten more negative publicity than any player in history who’s never seen the field. It might be different if he weren’t with a New York team, or if he hadn’t been (surprisingly) a second-round draft choice. But he is, and he was, and so the stories continue about how much he resembles Ebby Calvin (Nuke) LaLoosh, plucking off mascots (actually reporters) whenever he cuts loose a pass. Last year, an NFL coach told ESPN that Hackenberg couldn’t throw a ball into the ocean. Jets owner Woody Johnson maybe was trying to laugh it off, but responding, I guess it depends upon which ocean, wasn’t much of a defense.

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The Falcons showed resolve just by playing well and making the playoffs last season 鈥?the NFC title was a bonus, regardless of how things ended in Houston. The more the talk of a potential massive Super Bowl hangover gets overblown, the easier it is to believe Matt Ryan and Dan Quinn will make sure they don’t succumb to it.

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Antetokounmpo was an All-Star for the first time last season and led his team in every major stat category.

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Ball filled up the stat sheet with 36 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds against Philadelphia. But the dominant storyline one day later is how well he played in Kobe A.D’s instead of his signature ZO2 Big Baller Brand sneaker.

The Ball brothers are the only athletes signed on the Big Baller Brand roster at this moment. Lonzo Ball wore the ZO2’s in the previous two games he played, but missed the third game after an apparent groin injury.

Rose obviously isn’t at the same MVP level he was years ago, but he’s still a decent NBA player. He averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game on 47 percent shooting from the field last season.

Rose has never been much of a shooter, so floor spacing could become a challenge in Milwaukee. It isn’t the greatest basketball fit, but if the money is there for Rose he’ll take it.

NFLPA to vote on whether director DeMaurice Smith will face opponents

The NFLPA could be making a huge change to how it elects its director.

According to The Washington Post, the NFLPA has decided that if the 14 selection committee representatives unanimously approve of a current director, he or she won’t have to face any challengers. If less than half the committee reps approve, the job would be declared “open.”

The total number of people who watched any regular-season game grew by 5 million in 2016, SportsBusiness Journal reported Monday, and a Fox Sports executive pointed to those numbers as evidence that Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest had no negative impact on viewership.

“That is in conflict with the idea of a boycott (by fans upset about Kaepernick’s actions),” Fox Sports executive vice president of research, league operations and strategy Mike Mulvihill told SBJ. “If there was really a meaningful boycott going on, you’d see reach go down. And we didn’t.”

That’s not to say the NFL’s overall ratings dip had nothing to do with politics — it just wasn’t Kaepernick’s politics. Mulvihill cited coverage of the presidential election as the top factor in fewer people choosing to tune into football on a regular basis than in previous years.

The SBJ report notes that the trend could continue into 2017 due to continued strong ratings for cable news networks covering President Donald Trump’s administration.

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Celtics trade Avery Bradley to Pistons

The Boston Celtics are finalizing a trade to send perimeter defender Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Celtics will also send a 2019 second-round pick in exchange for forward Marcus Morris, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

The trade is one that will help create cap space for Boston’s pending free agency acquisition of Gordon Hayward, who agreed on July 4 to a four-year, $128 million max contract to join the Celtics. Boston must now create the room to fit his contract into its payroll.

In mid-July, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski spoke on The Jump about the deal that almost was, stating that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert.
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Indiana pulled out of the deal, though, according to Wojnarowski, and later said yes to the Thunder’s offer.

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But that’s some alternate reality, and here on Earth we have George joining Westbrook in Oklahoma City and Victor Oladipo and Damontas Sabonis in Indiana. We’re also left wondering if this Cavs team will do anything to shake this lineup up ahead of the season.

For now it looks like no team is ready to challenge the reigning champion Warriors.

Cavaliers management hedged on paying its role players

He remains popular internationally, especially among Canadian basketball fans, and that will only continue as he improves on the court. Basketball is a global sport where international appeal matters. Plus, since he’s already signed to Adidas, it has a jump on showcasing his success to an international audience.

The biggest reason Wiggins doesn’t have as much national appeal now is because the Timberwolves haven’t been good. Adding Karl Anthony-Towns to the mix as the Wolves’ best player didn’t help Wiggins’ shoe stock, even if it made the Timberwolves better.

But the Wolves have made solid moves this offseason and should compete for a top-five seed in the West. Making the playoffs would be huge for Wiggins’ stature, even if he’s not the first- or second-best player on his team with Jimmy Butler in the fold.

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But again, Cavaliers management hedged on paying its role players, especially one who would be 34 in the final year of the deal. The discrepancy in pay led to a contract holdout that led to more than three missed weeks of training camp.
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Smith and Cleveland eventually agreed on a four-year, $57 million contract with $45 million guaranteed.

But Minnesota finished No. 29 in defensive efficiency overall (despite the presence of Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio) and advanced defensive metrics like adjusted plus-minus grade Wiggins quite harshly.

Kawhi Leonard suddenly decided to smile this summer, which is delightful

Kawhi Leonard doesn’t smile; it’s not in his DNA. Not after the Spurs traded for him on draft night, not after he became the third-youngest Finals MVP ever, not after winning 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, and not after he emerged as the best two-way player in the NBA.

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I wish McDonald’s still did promotional things like this. I don’t need an excuse to eat more cheeseburgers from that establishment but I’ll take one to make myself feel better about it.

I’m not sure anyone every really wanted Larry Bird and Magic Johnson to play on the same team in NBA, or college for that matter, but it was fun that these two storied rivals joined forces on the Dream Team. This shirt is extremely 1992.

Steelers vs. Giants 2017 live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch online

The Pittsburgh Steelers will boast one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses in 2017. We just probably won’t get to see much of it on Friday.

Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell won’t be playing when the Steelers travel to New Jersey to open their preseason against the New York Giants. Roethlisberger and Brown get to rest, while Bell is continuing to hold out. Bell is not officially under contract until he signs his franchise contract tender.

The Seahawks went 10-5-1 and advanced to the Divisional round last season, but it felt like a disappointment after so many key injuries wiped out their depth. Most of the horses are back, though — Earl Thomas is healed from a broken leg, while Tyler Lockett (also a broken leg) is getting close, though he’s already been ruled out of this game. Doug Baldwin had a practice scare when he got his foot stepped on, but he’s fine.

The scariest injury situation didn’t even happen on the field. Second round defensive tackle Malik McDowell got in an ATV accident that resulted in severe head injuries. The team has been extremely vague on the details, perhaps out of respect to McDowell and his family, but the general feeling is that he won’t play this season. That’s a big loss for the Seahawks, who drafted McDowell to help shore up a suspect interior line.

In non-injury news, Seattle’s running back competition will be heavily scrutinized. Free agent Eddie Lacy is the presumptive favorite, but incumbent Thomas Rawls isn’t going away, and in fact worked exclusively with the first team in practice last week. There’s also pass-catching specialist C.J. Prosise to account for. The Seahawks’ backfield was ruined by injuries last season, but it’s a promising unit on paper if everybody stays healthy.redskins_083_c2b6005825f95d4a-180x180

After being cut by 49ers and Jets, Bruce Ellington made a huge impact for Texans

Bruce Ellington needed fewer than four minutes to make an impact with the Houston Texans. The fourth-year wideout, matched up against All-Pro Malcolm Butler, used his explosive lateral speed to create playmaking separation in his first drive with the team, gaining 60 yards on three targets — all completions — to emerge as the latest threat in the Texans’ offense.

Damaging Goff’s development was a lack of help. In just seven games he was sacked 26 times and had to rely on Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Tavon Austin to throw to. A poor season from Todd Gurley didn’t help much either.

Now it’s crucial that Goff rebounds from those rookie struggles, because it’s the Rams’ best shot at being good any time soon.

If Goff makes significant progress, a potentially upstart offense will be paired with defense that finished top 10 in yards allowed in 2016 and has pieces in place like Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn.
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There were other pieces in the deal, but at its core, the Rams traded away a second-round pick for Watkins. If he plays up to his ability, stays healthy, and remains with the team after 2017, that’s a steal.

The Broncos will have other new faces on their much-maligned offensive line. Free agent addition Menelik Watson is listed as a starter while recent acquisition Allen Barbre is currently Max Garcia’s backup at left guard, but he could easily move into a starting spot once he has more time with the team under his belt.

One player who won’t make his Broncos debut yet is Jamaal Charles, according to Joseph. The veteran running back is still being eased back from a knee injury that cost him most of his final season with the Chiefs.
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The Panthers went into their two-minute drill and Webb got them into field goal range. However, he committed an ugly turnover when he badly overthrew a ball in the end zone, leading to an easy interception by Texans safety Corey Moore.