Thursday, August 21, 2014

Le’Veon Bell made his own way to Philadelphia

Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were both in a car pulled over by police on Wednesday and are expected to be charged with possession of marijuana after 20 grams of it were found in the vehicle, but only Bell is also facing potential DUI charges since he was behind the wheel.
Bell was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital to have his blood drawn to test for marijuana in his system, which meant that he didn’t make it on the team’s charter flight to Philadelphia for Thursday’s game against the Eagles. Missing the charter won’t mean that Bell is staying at home, however.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Bell made his own way to Philadelphia. Blount, who did not have any blood drawn, was on the team’s charter flight.
The team is aware of the incident on Wednesday, but offered no further comment about either player’s status for Thursday night’s game or anything else having to do with their status.

Author: Josh Alper
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 AFC Offseason Round-up Part 2 Football ERA Formula Podcast

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Report: Jim Kelly won’t be partnering with Bon Jovi

Upon further review, Jim Kelly and Andre Reed may have come to the same conclusion about Jon Bon Jovi.
According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Kelly has declined to team up with Bon Jovi after a recent meeting, citing concerns over his sincerity about keeping the team in Buffalo.
“I can confirm that Jim Kelly met with Jon Bon Jovi, but Kelly and (investor) Jeffrey Gundlach will not be pursuing a relationship with the Toronto group,” a source told Graham. “Kelly and Gundlach do not feel confident that their aspirations for keeping the Bills in Buffalo long-term are aligned with the interests of the Toronto group.”
Bon Jovi’s reaching out to Kelly seemed like a Hail Mary from the start, a chance to generate some goodwill by attaching himself to perhaps the city’s greatest hero, who happens to be battling cancer.
But the fact the link was so short-lived also casts some doubt about the legitimacy of the group’s bid.

Author: Darin Gantt
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Whisenhunt roots for eventual Locker contract dilemma

Good problems to have remain problems.  And Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt currently hopes that the team will have a full-blown problem after the 2014 season.
With the Titans opting not to pick up the fifth-year option on fourth-year quarterback Jake Locker, the team’s current starter enters a contract year.  And Whisenhunt hopes that Locker plays well enough to put the team in a delicate spot when it comes to extending his stay.
“I hope so,’’ Whisenhunt tells Peter King of regarding whether Locker is the team’s quarterback of the future.  “I feel good about what I see out here [in practice].  But you’re not getting hit out here either.  The question is, can you do all the right things when you’re about to get hit?”
For Locker, the question also is, can you get up after you get hit?
For the Titans, the question could become whether they’re willing to take a hit in the range of $17 million for 2015 if Locker plays well enough in 2014 to make the Titans want to keep him, since that would in turn create a market for his services elsewhere?  With the Titans unwilling to commit $14.66 million on an injury-only basis for 2015, it could be hard to cough up even more money if the light finally comes on for Locker.
Of course, it’s possible that the Titans already have concluded that Locker is merely the quarterback of the present, and that Whisenhunt doesn’t want to undermine that reality by saying, “No.  We’re done with the guy after this season.”

Author: Mike Florio
Photo: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

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