Woman accused of stalking Cam Newton is asked to leave practice

Panthers coach Ron Rivera addressed Cam Newton laughing at and making light of a female reporter’s question, saying Thursday that the quarterback “made a mistake.”

Cam Newton’s comments to a female reporter have cost him a sponsorship, as Dannon, maker of the Oikos yogurt brand, said in a statement that it will “no longer work with him.”

The incident occurred Wednesday, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday, “I know there was something there, but that’s about it. I have no knowledge of that.”

Of course, the reason wasn’t as obvious as “down goes Carr, taking his team with him.” The Raiders weren’t lighting up the Broncos as it was; they managed seven points before Carr was helped off (and eventually into the locker room) with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter. They broke down in plenty of other areas against a team they have to get past just to get out of their own division.

They couldn’t run the ball. Amari Cooper and Jared Cook dropped crucial throws. Michael Crabtree’s absence was glaring. Marquette King pulled a double-bonehead move on a poorly planned fake punt Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal and a dumb personal foul. Trying to block Von Miller looked comical at times.

A lot of that is just a function of playing the Broncos’ defense — but a lot of that has hounded the Raiders throughout an uneven start, too. They looked jet-lagged, or whatever else makes Cheap Jerseys Sale one lethargic in front of crowds 3,000 miles from home, against Washington last Sunday night. In their 2-0 start, they averaged 35.5 points and 384.5 yards; in their two losses since, those averages are 10.0 and 191.

Titans’ Marcus Mariota ‘day-to-day’ with hamstring strain

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is day-to-day after leaving Sunday’s 54-17 loss after halftime with a hamstring injury.

“He did have an MRI, and there is a strain of the hamstring,” coach Mike Mularkey said Monday in a press conference. “We will right now take it day-to-day. He’s a pretty fast healer.”

Mariota may have avoided a major injury, but Mularkey mentioned that the team is looking into adding another quarterback to its roster this week, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for Mariota’s status Sunday against the Dolphins.

Even when healthy, Mariota has struggled this season, completing just 60 percent of his passes. The dual-threat quarterback has thrown three touchdowns and rushed for three more scores, but he also has a 79.8 QB rating this season.

Mularkey said Matt Cassel, who came in for Mariota on Sunday, will take some first-team reps in practice this week. He will likely start if Mariota is unable to play.

In the second quarter of the Steelers’ 26-9 victory over the Ravens, Brown broke free on a double move, but Roethlisberger worked the other side of the field, resulting in an incompletion Cheap Ireland Jerseys intended for running back Le’Veon Bell.

From the sideline after the play, Brown flipped a Gatorade bucket and shrugged Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys off offensive coordinator Todd Haley as the coach tried to calm him. Brown said after the game he’s a passionate player and the chance to unwrap that particular play made him feel like a kid excited at Christmas.

Roethlisberger told 93.7 he was simply following his read on the play based on the Ravens’ pre-snap coverage, noting that he’s never going to find every open receiver.

Derek Carr injury gives Raiders flashback to their worst fear

The Raiders lived through their worst nightmare about nine months ago. They didn’t need to relive it Sunday in Denver, but they did. Derek Carr was lying on the turf, twisted in pain, and it looked ominous.

So are NFL team owners seeing these types of scenes and saying, “enough” to player protests? These men didn’t become billionaires without a keen business sense. They can certainly read the polls that show more than half of fans oppose anthem protests.

Polls taken this week, by CBS, Fox and the Remington Research Group, show anywhere from 52 to 64 percent of those surveyed oppose protests during the national anthem. The Remington poll found 51 percent of respondents say they are watching less football this year, and when asked the reason, 69 percent responded, “Players using the NFL as a stage for their political views.”

It’s premature to draw a conclusion that TV ratings have declined this year because of protests, but they are down about 10 percent through the season’s first three weeks, according to Nielsen.

Polls taken this week, by CBS, Fox and the Remington Research Group, show anywhere Cheap Gaelic Jerseys from 52 to 64 percent of those surveyed oppose protests during the national anthem. The Remington poll found 51 percent of respondents say they are watching less football this year, and when asked the Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys reason, 69 percent responded, “Players using the NFL as a stage for their political views.”

It’s premature to draw a conclusion that TV ratings have declined this year because of protests, but they are down about 10 percent through the season’s first three weeks, according to Nielsen.

Giants won’t punish Odell Beckham Jr. on field for touchdown celebration

Odell Beckham Jr. won’t be punished on the field for his crude touchdown dance last week, NFL Network reported.

The Giants won’t bench Beckham or lessen his reps after he simulated peeing like a dog in last week’s loss to the Eagles.

Team co-owner John Mara said he was “very unhappy” with Beckham and that he would be dealt with internally. Beckham had already been fined by the NFL for the celebration, and apparently Mara talking to him was enough to set him straight.

Beckham’s touchdown celebration was in respond to President Donald Trump comments that those who kneel for the national anthem are “sons of bitch” and should be “fired.”

Again, reading a lot into a small sample of games is dangerous. But it’s impossible not to wonder why, for one, Watson was even there for the Texans to trade up to get on draft day. For another … well, Savage started that opener, although throwing a rookie out for his debut with his anchor left tackle, Duane Brown, still holding out would have been risky.

For yet another: Why did O’Brien roll the dice so much with the Brian Hoyers, Ryan Malletts, Ryan Fitzpatricks and Brock Osweilers of the world? It’s more complicated Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys than Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men that, of course, and general manager Rick Smith is on the spot for that, too.

But there’s a difference between re-molding somebody else’s work and sculpting one’s own original. Watson is O’Brien’s first original, and he’s the real thing, exactly what so many expected coming out of school, with all the traits the NFL desires in future franchise foundations.

Panthers fill void by signing safety Jairus Byrd

The Carolina Panthers signed three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd on Tuesday with starter Kurt Coleman set to miss multiple games with a sprained knee.

Byrd was a three-time Pro Bowl selection early in his career with the Buffalo Bills. He signed a blockbuster six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in 2014 worth up to $54 million.

But Byrd suffered a major knee injury during practice four games into the 2014 season and never totally returned to form. Scheduled to make $7.8 million in salary and bonuses this season, he was released in March and remained unsigned until Tuesday.

“I’m tired of the cameras in my face all the time,” Villanueva said after a 29-6 win Sunday (via USA Today). “It’s crazy. It’s sad, because we had the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game and everybody is focused on the pregame procedures.”

Villanueva served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor, so it’s no surprise he has become the poster boy for those upset with players demonstrating during the anthem. However, Villanueva has no interest in playing that role.

“To use me as a tool to push an agenda and push message is completely unacceptable,” he said. “I respect every single player in the NFL. Every single citizen has their rights. I am not into the Cheap Barcelona Jerseys politics of the game. I’m just a football player.”

Villanueva said last week he felt “embarrassed” about being the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China lone Steeler on the field in Week 3 at Chicago and that “this national anthem ordeal has sort of been out of control.”

Kareem Hunt is the X factor the Chiefs have been waiting for

You can win a championship with Alex Smith, but Alex Smith is not going to win you a championship. Yes, there is a difference. A big one.

An athlete first and a quarterback second, Smith proved Monday night that, at 33 Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale years old, he still has plenty of life in his arm and in his legs. As he was establishing the Chiefs as pro football’s best team in a 29-20 comeback victory over the Washington Redskins, Smith showed the toughness and wisdom shaped by a dozen years of hard living in the NFL.

Newton on his raised-fist touchdown celebration: “It was to signify Black Power, but more importantly, I pray every night for God to give me a pinnacle to give people hope. I did it to raise — to show Black Pride because I am an African American, but more or less, I want all people just to see when I play, I want them to see the joy that I go out there and play with. Win lose or draw, it was a great win for us today. I just hope that I put a lot, or not I, we as a team put a lot of smiles on the beautiful people of the Carolinas.”

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown on throwing a Gatorade bucket on the sideline after Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see he was wide open in the second quarter of Pittsburgh’s win over the Ravens: “I’m passionate about the game. Any time you work as hard, and you expect something out of the play Cheap Jerseys Cn and it doesn’t go the way you wanted, you get a little frustrated.”

He Said What?! The best NFL quotes from Week 4

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall on the NFL’s best defense: “We’re gonna shut down everybody we play, I promise you. We just have a different tenacity about us this year, a different mindset. A lot of guys came back stronger and more focused. We’re just more aggressive, more confident.”

With the win, the Packers (3-1) now hold the lead in the all-time series for the first time since 1933. The NFL’s oldest rivalry was in a deadlock after 96 years and 194 games with each team winning 94 times and six ties. They were also separated by just four points entering Thursday’s game with the Packers scoring 3,335 points against the Bears, who had 3,331 against Green Bay.

Green Bay gained 23 games on Chicago over the last 25 years, thanks to stability at quarterback with Hall of Famer Brett Favre and Rodgers, who is now 16-4 as a starter against the Bears.

The Packers are still the overwhelming favorite to win the NFC North and will hope to Cheap Jerseys From China Free Shipping get healthy over the next 11 games before they play the Cowboys on Oct. 8. They have the best quarterback Cheap Jerseys From China in the division with Rodgers, who finished Thursday’s game 18 of 26 through the air for 179 yards and four touchdowns.

Glennon went 21 of 33 for 216 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions and two lost fumbles as Bears fans are clamoring for rookie Mitchell Trubisky to get his first NFL start. It just might happen when the Bears (1-3) face the Vikings on Oct. 9.