Report: Panthers Luke Kuechly will undergo shoulder surgery

February 16, 2016 – 8:41 pm by Will DeWitt

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According to a report from the Charlotte Observer, Panthers All-Pro linebacker is scheduled to have surgery on his left shoulder to repair a partially torn labrum.

Although his status for OTA’s is in question, Kuechly, who recently made NFL history in becoming the first player to return interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive playoff games, plans on being fully healthy come training camp in July per The Observer.

The injury came in Week 17 in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He injured the shoulder in the first half, but still played the remainder of that game and did not miss any practice time throughout the playoffs.

Despite missing three games after sustaining a concussion in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kuechly still ended up leading the team in tackles with 118. He also had a league-high 29 tackles in the playoffs despite playing with the injury.

Kuechly was named a first-team All-Pro for the third consecutive year. He is also a three-time Pro Bowler and won the 2012 AP Defensive Player of the Year.

With Kuechly set to be fully ready to go by training camp, there is no reason why he cannot continue to be one of the most dominant defenders in the league in 2016.

Aaron Rodgers knee ‘feels great’ less than a month after surgery

February 15, 2016 – 6:37 pm by Will DeWitt

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It’s been less than a month since Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but he says it feels “great.” So much so, that he just participated in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

“It was just good to be out there walking normally,” Rodgers said to Garret Johnson of USA Today. “It feels great. It’s nice to not have any clunking around or anything, so it was good.”

Rodgers underwent knee surgery a few days after the Packers lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional Round. The surgery has been described as a “minor scope.”

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Kobe Bryant pays homage to me with airballed skyhook

February 15, 2016 – 12:16 am by Hickey

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I had no idea he knew, which makes it all the more flattering.

In his final NBA All-Star appearance, Kobe Bryant paid homage to the worst shot ever taken in an organized basketball game by airballing a skyhook attempt.

 

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Report: Panthers Kony Ealy being sued over a dog

February 13, 2016 – 3:39 pm by Will DeWitt

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Less than a week ago, Carolina Panthers Kony Ealy had a Super Bowl performance to remember as the second-year defensive end had three sacks and an interception in the “Big Dance.”

Now, according to the Charlotte Observer, Ealy has been named in a lawsuit which claims he conned a former sports bar owner, Kris Johnson, out of $3,000 for not following through with a dog-breeding plan.

The lawsuit states that Ealy and his brother Danny “Dogman” Jones lured Johnson into a scheme to breed African Boerboel puppies. No, I’m not making this up, his brother’s nickname really is “Dogman.”

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Report: Matt Forte will not return to Chicago, will enter free agency

February 12, 2016 – 10:57 am by Will DeWitt

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This was a decision that seemed to be coming, but it was just a matter of time and now it’s official.

Matt Forte took to Instagram to announce that he will not be returning to Chicago for his ninth season.

“Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end,” he wrote on Instagram. “I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency. I will remain forever grateful for my time spent in Chicago and being able to play for an organization with such a rich history.

“My only regret is not being able to win a Lombardi trophy for the best fans in all of sports. I’m excited about the next chapter of my NFL career. But, Chicago will always be home. God Bless and Bear Down!”

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Jay Cutler’s brother-in-law’s cause of death revealed

February 10, 2016 – 6:49 pm by Will DeWitt

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It has been almost two months since Jay Cutler’s brother-in-law, Michael Cavallari, was found dead in Utah Dec. 10 after being missing for 10 days.

The death has been ruled accidental, as the examiner’s report said that the 30-year-old died from hypothermia after exposure to freezing temperature after he wrecked his 2014 Honda Civic, according to a press release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

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B.J. Penn announces he will return at UFC 197

February 9, 2016 – 2:42 pm by Will DeWitt

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UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn is still planning on coming out of retirement, however, it just won’t be at UFC 196 as originally planned.

Instead, Penn announced on his website that there has been a slight change of plans and he will now square off against an unnamed opponent at UFC 197 on April 23.

Penn said that he was certain that he would return at UFC 196, but that the UFC changed its plans.

“I thought the fight guaranteed was going to happen because the UFC, they set up medicals for me to do,” Penn said. “I did the medicals and they were sending a film crew down and we were getting all that together and I assumed we were setting up the fight, and that might have been what was happening. But, at the end of the day, Sean Shelby (UFC matchmaker) called me and said it would be more convenient for all of us to move the fight to April 23rd.”

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Report: LeSean McCoy accused of assaulting two off-duty Philadelphia police officers

February 8, 2016 – 1:44 pm by Will DeWitt
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According to multiple sources, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, is being investigated after two off-duty Philadelphia police officers were assaulted and seriously injured in early Sunday morning at the Recess Lounge.

The police report states that two officers were hospitalized as a result of their injuries. One officer suffered a fractured skull, with broken ribs and a broken nose. McCoy was joined by Curtis Brinkley who played in the NFL and won the 2011 Ed Block Courage Award.

Mike Rodak tweeted out the official police report:

There is a video of the off-duty cops and both McCoy and Brinkley being ejected from the scene, but the video did not capture the brawl that took place.

The Buffalo Bills have issued their own statement on the matter:

“We are aware of the reports regarding LeSean McCoy and in the process of gathering more information. We will not provide any further comment at this time.”

Even though McCoy does not have a history of off-the-field incidents, if the allegations prove to be true, it is hard to see a scenario in which the 27-year-old running back plays another down in the NFL. He was a member of the Eagles from 2009-14 before being traded to Buffalo.

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