Monthly Archives: December 2015

Tony Romo Womens Jersey

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have many needs for 2016, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones reiterated finding a quarterback is at the top of the list.

Backups Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore have combined to go 1-10 this season after starter Tony Romo(Tony Romo Jersey) suffered a broken left collarbone twice this season. Jones has acknowledged the front office handled the backup spot entering the season poorly.

“We’re going to try to all the ways – all ways – to come up with a way to get Tony a backup, while at the same time looking toward the future,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “Some people would say that’s dreaming. Everybody wants that, but we have a high draft pick, obviously. We’re earned it, and we’ve got it. If we evaluate and get an opportunity to get a couple of players there, we got to look at it hard.”

Jones said he had a conversation with Romo about the future of the position on Saturday night in Buffalo. He has said he believes Romo, who turns 36 in April, has a 3-5 year window left at playing at a high level.

The Cowboys have not drafted a quarterback since 2009 (Stephen McGee, fourth round) and have not selected a quarterback in the first round since Troy Aikman in 1989. They took Steve Walsh with a first-round pick in the 1989 compensatory draft as well.

It’s possible the Cowboys could take a quarterback early in the draft as well as look in free agency for a veteran backup.

“It’s obviously going to be a high priority for us, the backup situation, as it relates to not only being able to come in and do better than we did this year, but whatever way, whatever we do, do better, but we’re looking to our future,” Jones said. “That’s as big a thing for me.”

Adrian Peterson Womens Jersey

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson(Adrian Peterson Jersey) said he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter of the team’s 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, though Peterson returned to the game late in the third quarter.

Peterson’s left ankle bent awkwardly as Bears defensive end Pernell McPhee dragged him down following a 9-yard gain. Peterson went to the trainer’s table but quickly hopped off and appeared to try to walk off the injury. He went to the locker room with Vikings officials after consulting with athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.

“You could call it an alligator tackle; they snap on, and they twist,” Peterson said. “A guy rolled me up.”

Asked about the severity of the injury, Peterson said, “I really can’t pinpoint it right now, but it was definitely an ankle sprain. I was able to get out and kind of get it loose, and I got loose enough after about the first series (of the third quarter) and was able to get back out there.”

Peterson said he did not need X-rays, adding, “The bone and everything is OK.” He said he wasn’t sure if he would need an MRI.

The NFL’s leading rusher, Peterson finished the day with 63 yards on 18 carries and has 1,314 yards for the season, taking a 9-yard lead over Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin with two weeks to go. Peterson admitted he was initially worried about being able to return to the game, but he had six carries in the second half.

“I came in and was sitting around for a little bit,” he said. “They taped it up, and it got a little stiff on me. When I got out and was able to move around and get the muscles and tendons back firing, it got to a point where I was OK and I could go.”

Damontre Moore Womens Jersey

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants on Friday waived defensive end Damontre Moore(Damontre Moore Jersey), a young and promising former third-round draft pick.

Multiple sources said Moore was released because he repeatedly violated team rules and had behavior and maturity issues that have not improved during his three years in the NFL.

Sources say the final straw was a recent fight in practice between Moore at his defensive line teammates. But sources said Moore had also been fined several times by the team this year for rules violations and behavior problems and that the decision to waive him was based on the accumulation of issues, not just one fight.

Coaches and administrators have spoken to Moore on several occasions, this year and in years past, about his behavior in practice. Sources say Moore routinely clowned around on the practice field in front of everyone from teammates to Giants owner John Mara and responded poorly to efforts by teammates and coaches to get him to take practice more seriously. Moore was also penalized several times this year during games for roughing the passer, and his lack of on-field discipline earned him a full-game benching in a Week 7 over the Dallas Cowboys.

Sources also said Moore feuded openly with some team officials, including general manager Jerry Reese, when confronted about his behavior. Reese is fiercely loyal to his draft picks, so for him to cut a former third-rounder during the third year of his rookie deal would likely require extreme circumstances.

Moore was 20 when the Giants drafted him in 2013, and he just turned 23 in September. He was viewed as an outstanding raw talent coming out of Texas A&M, but he dropped into the third round due to concerns about maturity and behavior. The Giants believed he represented strong value once he fell to the third round, pointing to the 21 sacks he had over his final two college seasons, and believed his raw talent as a pass rusher could be developed.

But over the course of Moore’s three seasons in the league so far, his playing time has been limited by his inability to earn the trust of the coaching staff. When there were calls for him to play more last year, coaches would say they couldn’t trust him to handle his assignments in games because he wasn’t showing an ability to do so in practices. Undrafted Kerry Wynn passed him on the depth chart this offseason, and even as the Giants have languished near the bottom of the league in sacks, he was unable to earn more playing time.

The Giants could be thin at defensive end Monday night in Miami, as Robert Ayers was added to the injury report Friday with a neck injury. They did not immediately announce a corresponding move to fill Moore’s roster spot, but Brad Bars is the defensive end on the practice squad and George Selvie, who’s on the 53-man roster, has been inactive for the past two games, so there are in-house options to replace Moore in the short term.

Austin Davis Browns Jersey

The Browns are not walking back on their punishment of Johnny Manziel.

The team announced it will start Austin Davis(Austin Davis Jersey) — not Manziel — against the Bengals this Sunday in a clear indication that at least some members of the Browns’ power structure are intent on teaching Manziel a lesson. NFL Media’s Rand Getlin was first to report the news.

The Browns confirmed Davis as the starter later in the morning.

“Austin took advantage of his opportunity on Monday night,” Pettine said in an article posted to the team’s web site. “He was prepared, played well and put us in position to win. He’s been great in the quarterback room all season and he has earned the right to start on Sunday. We expect him to play well.”

Pettine said that Manziel is not done for the season and could see the field at some point this year.

“We’ll revisit this,” he said, per The Plain Dealer. “These are two players that we both want to see play is the bottom line. I don’t want to declare, ‘Hey, this is what it’s going to be here on out.’ These are two young quarterbacks that have upside and we want to see what that upside is. So Austin’s the guy for this week.”

While Manziel might get another chance, Pettine is willing to sacrifice what could be a crucial evaluation period at the end of this lost season to instead show Manziel that there are consequences for lying to the staff and jumping back into an old hard-partying lifestyle.

Photos and videos of Manziel partying emerged following the team’s bye week, just a short time after Pettine named him the starter for the remainder of the season. After researching the origin and timing of the photos and videos, Pettine made Manziel the team’s third-string quarterback against the Ravens on Monday. When Josh McCown was injured, he sent Davis into the game.

If nothing else, credit Pettine for sticking to his guns. This cannot be an easy — or remotely popular — decision in Cleveland. There’s a safe bet that even some of the major power players inside the building would prefer to see their first-round quarterback against the in-state rivals. Manziel was actually improving quite nicely despite the team’s dismal record.

Though Davis is just 26, and even drew some comparisons to a young Brett Favre, he was not billed as “the answer” to an endless timeline of quarterback woes in Cleveland. Perhaps he will play well to end the season, but will that solve anything?