Seahawks injury report for Super Bowl 2016: Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman should play

The Seattle Seahawks are entering Super Bowl XLIX without many concerning injuries.

The most serious one is to All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who’s reportedly dealing with torn ligaments in his elbow, which he injured in the NFC Championship. He is listed as probable to play Sunday on the Seahawks’ final injury report of the week following Friday’s practice.

Authentic Youth Kenny Clark Jersey Strong safety Kam Chancellor is dealing with a bone bruise sustained in Friday’s practice and is probable for gameday. Chancellor exited practice with a wrap on his left knee after he fell near the goal line and suffered a bruise. Friday was the first time all week that Chancellor made the team’s injury report.

Currently, the most lucrative quarterback contract in the NFL is the seven-year, $126 million extension the Bears and Jay Cutler agreed on last spring. He’s guaranteed $54 million. Current MVP and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed a five-year, $110 million deal that includes $55 million guaranteed and a $33 million signing bonus.
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The league and the NFLPA have yet to agree on a salary cap number for 2016, and projections have it anywhere from a slight uptick to $141.8 million to something beyond last year’s $10 million year-over-year jump in the cap limit.

Wilson has the most regular season wins of any quarterback over his first three seasons in the NFL. During those three seasons, the 2012 third-round pick has been the Super Bowl twice, winning it all in 2014 and trying to again this year.

April 1, 2013: Chicago Blackhawks acquire center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round pick.

It’s impossible, impossible, to go on like this

Sandoval admitted as much, saying he got “so complacent with the things I already accomplished.” And in two seasons with the Red Sox, he almost lost it all.

After ranking as one of the majors’ worst every-day players in 2015, Sandoval lost his job last spring to upstart Travis Shaw, started just one of the season’s first five games, and went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. The exploding belt represented the depths of his humiliation.

Rock bottom wasn’t far behind. Because neither he nor the Red Sox were able to pinpoint how he injured his shoulder, conspiracy theorists doubted whether he was really hurt, only grudgingly coming around when highly regarded orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews confirmed the labrum tear. Sandoval’s season ended May 3 on an operating table.

“I want to play eight more years to show my son, so he can see his dad play growing up. You learn a lot of things from the mistakes you make when you get comfortable. I’ve heard a lot. My family has helped me do it.”

But hope is the defect of the human psyche. It makes the subsequent pain greater. Leo Tolstoy knew this:

“Always the same. Now a spark of hope flashes up, then a sea of despair

rages, and always pain; always pain, always despair, and always the same.”

We’ve been here before. Always the round of 16. Always a terrible performance in the first leg and then a hopeful one in the second. Always an exit. Bayern, Barcelona, Bayern, Bayern, Barcelona. Always the same. “It’s impossible, impossible, to go on like this.”

All the games aren’t alike though, and, within this madness, this despairing repetition, there’s some hilarity and stories to be found. And because the round of 16 seems to be Arsenal’s theme for the Champions League, here are 16 of those observations about the previous six exits.

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Rhodes is entering the fifth-year option on his rookie deal

Jairus Byrd Authentic Jersey In addition to whatever they do in the draft, the Vikings need veteran solutions now to build a functional offense. Maybe they use one of those picks to acquire a left tackle. If the Eagles really do want to move on from Jason Peters, Minnesota could do worse than send a late-round pick to Philadelphia for a player who is signed to a reasonable two-year deal. Alternately, maybe the Vikings prefer to sign Andrew Whitworth in free agency and hope that the 35-year-old buys them time to find their left tackle of the future over the next two seasons.

Womens Donald Brown Jersey Lock up CB Xavier Rhodes. Perpetually one of the league’s most underrated cornerbacks, Rhodes is a Pro Bowl-caliber player who was finally recognized as such in 2016. NFL.com noted that Rhodes led the league in passer rating allowed this season, and while individual cornerback statistics are perpetually a work in progress, Rhodes’ play on tape matches the numbers.

Rhodes is entering the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, so he’ll be an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Vikings could get a relative discount by just going year-to-year with him if they were so inclined: They could pay him $41.9 million over the next three years if they choose to franchise Rhodes twice, whereas Janoris Jenkins just got $39.7 million over his first three years on the free market with the Giants. Rhodes would get more on the free market thanks to salary-cap inflation alone, in addition to the fact that he’s the better corner of the two. But it benefits both sides to figure out a long-term deal, so Rhodes should be locked up for years to come sooner rather than later.

Hightower’s second-half performance in Super Bowl LI reflected his value to the team, as he made four impact plays (a tackle for loss, strip sack, a drawn holding penalty, occupying two defenders to free up teammates for a sack) when the game was on the line. With some level of uncertainty at the other linebacker spot, Hightower’s presence is that much more important — not to mention he runs the defensive huddle and is a captain.

Skepticism about Atlanta’s recent insistence that Paul Millsap is completely off the market has been fairly rampant.

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After all the buildup leading into Friday’s trip to the nation’s capital, Indiana endured a deflating reality check that spoiled the whole weekend, losing narrowly to the Wiz before returning home on tired legs and absorbing a 16-point pounding from struggling Milwaukee. The Pacers entered that showdown with Washington at 13-5 since Jan. 1, good for the league’s fourth-best record in 2017 to that point.
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Yet they also had played the league’s easiest schedule to that point, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, with Indy not-so-coincidentally now just two games into a 10-game stretch that serves up eight teams with .500-or-better records. The two games against sub-.500 opposition in that stretch, in case you’re wondering, are Saturday’s date with the Bucks that Indy just lost … and a Feb. 25 visit to the increasingly inhospitable Heat.

Skepticism about Atlanta’s recent insistence that Paul Millsap is completely off the market has been fairly rampant. The Hawks, however, are adamant that Millsap is staying put in the wake of the Kyle Korver-to-Cleveland deal in early January … whether rival teams believe them or not.

Atlanta began sounding out teams about potential Millsap interest at the same time Korver was made available in early January. Then the team abruptly changed course and told Millsap he should plan to play out the season with the team he’s about to rep in his third successive All-Star Game, even if that means Atlanta risks losing the 32-year-old for nothing when Millsap hits free agency in July.

Now that the Jusuf Nurkic trade we’ve been anticipating for weeks has materialized at last, league sources say Danilo Gallinari is a prime Nugget to watch between now and the deadline. The Raptors and Clippers are among the teams said to be monitoring Gallinari’s availability, amidst a growing belief that Denver is prepared to move him, given that the Nuggets anticipate that Gallinari will bypass the final season of his current contract (valued at $16.1 million) and join Millsap on the open market, and they don’t plan to spend big to retain the Italian.

Luol Deng’s signing was underwhelming for most Lakers fans — and some staff

ON JULY 1, 2016, after being outmaneuvered in recent years, the Lakers decided to strike quickly by agreeing to terms on a combined $136 million over the next four years with 30-year-old Timofey Mozgov and 31-year-old Luol Deng.

According to sources, Kupchak was reluctant to allow Mozgov to be tempted by other offers, giving him a four-year, $64 million deal just minutes after free agency began. Deng heard offers from other teams, but sources indicated he had no other offers that extended beyond three seasons. The Lakers gave him four years and $72 million.

Consider that STRIVR is developing a “hangover experience” to demonstrate to NBA players what it’s like to play basketball with slower reaction times as a result of a long night of drinking and a lack of sleep. There is talk of creating experiences that allow injured players to feel as if they’re on the court while their teammates sweat out road games.

What is the value of helping people feel closer together and more empathetic? Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, created “the plank” and other scenarios not just for basketball players but for all people. He’s a co-founder of STRIVR and works with companies such as Google, Facebook and Samsung. He says the most interesting development in VR may be diversity training to reduce bias.
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LIKE MANY HYPED tech revolutions, the VR bonanza hasn’t taken off yet. While the short term has seen intriguing signs in beleaguered Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond (sporting a career-high 43.8 percent from the free throw line this season after incorporating virtual reality into his training), the long term is riddled with potential.
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Patriots TE Martellus Bennett gives his perspective on being black in America

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett has garnered a lot of attention lately, and it’s not just because he was a contributor to his team’s Super Bowl win.

Bennett said after the Super Bowl that he plans to not attend the White House because he doesn’t support Donald Trump. That’s rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, but Bennett is sticking by his decision, and has even been joined by teammate Devin McCourty. The two protested during the national anthem with raised fists earlier this year, to raise awareness for the oppression that African-Americans face in the United States.

On Tuesday night, Bennett went on Twitter in a string of insightful tweets. For many, it might offer a different perspective on the life of a black athlete.

Bennett is going to keep facing backlash for his refusal to attend the White House, and sticking up for what he believes in. He’s said that he doesn’t care what detractors say, and that he’s going to continue to use his platform for good. That’s exactly what he did by tweeting on Tuesday afternoon.

That same day, McCown said, “My plan is to play. I have another year left on my deal. So right now, that’s the plan.”

“We’ll obviously get away,” McCown added. “I’ll get with my family and discuss that and see where that leads us. But right now, that’s the plan.”

McCown signed a three-year contract to join the Browns in 2015, and was due to be paid $3.6 million with a $750,000 roster bonus in 2017.

The Browns finished out the 2016 season with Robert Griffin III under center, and some mock drafts have had the team taking Clemson’s Deshaun Watson with the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

On Tuesday, Cleveland also parted ways with defensive back Tramon Williams.

Wilbur laughed at the memory of how far Andersen has come

Andersen was on a path to becoming an Olympic handball player in his native Denmark before he came to America in 1977 for what was supposed to be a 10-month cultural exchange program. But it wasn’t long before Andersen’s host father and the teacher in charge of the foreign-exchange program suggested he try kicking a football, since he had also been a standout soccer player in Denmark. So some of the other kids on the Ben Davis High School football team in Indianapolis took him out to the practice field.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

“One of the players come running to me and said, ¡®Coach, you gotta see this kid,'” recalled Bob Wilbur, the former Ben Davis coach whose son was serving as both the quarterback and kicker at the time. “And when we walked out, I think Morten was on the 45- or the 50-yard line, and he put it through about sky high.

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They went to the state semifinals that year before Andersen earned a scholarship to Michigan State and went on to kick for 25 years in the NFL.

Wilbur laughed at the memory of how far Andersen has come. He recalled Andersen running over to the sideline toward him during his first game as instructed after every kickoff, since the other team always sent a blocker after the kicker.
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Call No. 3: Cheffers penalized the Falcons three times for defensive holding, all on third down, to keep a Patriots drive alive. Two were called on cornerback Brian Poole and one on cornerback Robert Alford. The NFL rulebook defines defensive holding as occurring when a player “grasps an eligible offensive player (or his jersey) with his hands, or extends an arm or arms to cut off or encircle them.”

The verdict: Pregame tendencies suggested that this crew would let defensive backs be physical, but all three of these plays were obvious and clear violations. The timing was bad for the Falcons, but they were correct and appropriate calls. Grade: A

Black is making $6.1 million in the final year of his contract this season with the Lakers and is expected to continue his NBA career

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Three days after Malone was fired, Ranadive told the media, “We need to go from a rules-based organization, which was important when you had chaos, to a values-based organization — from kind of a programmatic offense, to a read-and-respond, free-flowing offense. I like to use a music metaphor. We had a Sousa marching band, which was needed when there was chaos, but now we need to shift to a jazz band, where people can be individually showcased and improvised. What we need is a jazz director.”

Leodis McKelvin Kids Jersey The flaws, however, were twofold — and fatal. The first was that the Kings didn’t have a roster to play that style. The second was that the Kings’ only chance of being elite rests on building around Cousins, their only elite player and, by most measures, the game’s most productive big man. Cousins is volatile, however, and stability and trust are evidently preconditions for his best play.

¡°Everyone thinks that being on the scene is the place to be,¡± Black said. ¡°But they don¡¯t understand that the people that are on the scene work for the people that run the scene. The people who run the scene are also in L.A., but they¡¯re not in the clubs, the popular spots or where the paparazzi are taking pictures. They run the scene behind the scene.

Black is making $6.1 million in the final year of his contract this season with the Lakers and is expected to continue his NBA career. He has put in the paperwork to start the Tarik Black Foundation with a mission ¡°to provide inner-city youth with an opportunity and perspective to level the playing field¡± primarily back home in Memphis. He plans to buy his first house this year in Los Angeles. He has also invested in the OjO Electric Scooter, a company that makes e-scooters with a patented ergonomic design for comfort, style and agility.

Kyrie Irving had a career-high 14 assists Wednesday to spark the Cavaliers

There was a moment during game-planning meetings that staffers always dreaded, according to those who have worked with Belichick. It was after practice, early evening, when the day began in earnest for the coaches. Belichick and his staff would review practice. He’d spend two hours that seemed like 12 on defense and special teams. He’d call a five-minute break, during which all the coaches would hustle to the cafeteria, only to see there wasn’t much food left. After they reconvened for film, Belichick would notice that, say, a receiver messed up a read.

“Why the f— doesn’t he know what to do? Didn’t anyone tell him?” he’d say.

He has been as close to a one-man operation as a coach can be in the salary-cap era, winning regardless of staff and roster. But the idea of him truly alone, without a team for the first time — few can say what that looks like. He wants to remember these moments during Super Bowls and to be remembered by them.

“But this year, instead of defending nonsense things like Deflategate, we’re dealing with Trump and it’s kind of indefensible. I’m not going to defend that. He threatens a lot of people’s lives.”

On a night when his shots were off-target, Kyrie Irving had a career-high 14 assists Wednesday to spark the Cavaliers.

As for that workout between Mario Chalmers, Lance Stephenson, Jordan Farmar and Kirk Hinrich, a team source told ESPN it was “likely” the team would sign one of the four. However, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue opened the door to the possibility of Cleveland also working out free-agent big men to fill its 15th and final roster spot.
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the Dolphins need to determine a starter outside and inside

Player you’ll be buzzing about: RB Jay Ajayi — this is the easy choice, but Ajayi could wind up being the best Day 3 pick in this year’s rookie class, if his knee is healthy.

What to watch: The obvious name here is Ndamukong Suh. The man has the richest contract for any defensive player in the league and he’ll need to have an immediate impact. Of course, that’s virtually guaranteed, so watching as the Dolphins run competitions at running back, linebacker and defensive tackle should be more interesting in the end.

Most important position battle: Cornerback — Many will tell you cornerback is the most important defensive position, and the Dolphins need to determine a starter outside and inside. Brent Grimes is locked in, but after him there’s Jamar Taylor, Brice McCain, Will Davis and Zack Bowman all vying for playing time and starting spots.

This is Bell: He says he can, and so he does. With that boundless confidence, Bell has catalyzed the Steelers’ run of nine straight wins heading into the AFC title game Sunday in New England. This transformative season serves as a bold example of how to run the ball effectively — not to mention the textbook entry for how to rehabilitate a career.

Just six months ago, Bell’s recovery from two torn ligaments in his right knee and NFL substance abuse violations in back-to-back years had cast a pall over his future with the team, at least publicly. Media branded him a case study for how to blow impending free agency with off-field problems.

Now, 2,224 yards later, Bell’s status as a franchise cornerstone has no skepticism attached. “No question about it,” Steelers guard David DeCastro says. “He’s an awesome success story.”

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