Edelman Passes Physical, Off NFI List – New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who missed the first three-and-a-half weeks of training camp with a thumb injury, was removed from the non-football injury list, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates. Edelman participated in his first practice Monday, and immediately shoots to the top of the receiver depth chart. The Super Bowl LIII Most Valuable Player is quarterback Tom Brady‘s go-to target, especially in critical situations. In three playoff games last year, Edelman totaled 26 catches for 388 yards (14.9 average). Edelman’s 115 career postseason catches is second in NFL history, behind Jerry Rice (151). The Patriots had been thin at receiver in recent practices due to a string of injuries, but Edelman’s return, coupled with Josh Gordon‘s conditional reinstatement, has altered the outlook. Gordon remains on the non-football injury list for now. Before practice Monday, coach Bill Belichick was asked about the competition that has unfolded at receiver, and noted a group of receivers who had yet to practice, a reference to Edelman, Gordon, Cameron Meredith (non-football injury list) and Demaryius Thomas (physically unable to perform list). “There’s still a lot of people we haven’t seen actively on the field, so ‘to be determined,’ ” he said. Edelman is no longer part of that list for the Patriots, who host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night in preseason action.
UPDATE: Brown Files New Grievance Over Helmet – Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has filed a new grievance against the NFL in an attempt to be able to wear the helmet he wants, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This grievance is the latest part of Brown’s ongoing fight against an NFL policy that requires helmet certification according to industry standards. Brown already lost a grievance against the NFL that sought an exception so he could wear his Schutt Air Advantage, a helmet he has worn throughout his career. He believed last week that he had found a suitable replacement, but that particular helmet was not certified according to the standards of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Monday that the star receiver’s helmet concerns are safety-related. General manager Mike Mayock said Sunday that Brown had left camp over the helmet issue, and it was “time for him to be all-in or all-out.” Rosenhaus disputed that Brown had left camp, and the wideout was back with the team at the facility on Monday morning, a source told Schefter. The Raiders acquired Brown in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, then signed him to a three-year deal worth $30.125 guaranteed. I hope he can get past this; its for his own protection. Lets move on.
UPDATE: Boston’s Sale Likely Avoids Tommy John – Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to avoid Tommy John surgery after a second opinion on his injured left elbow from Dr. James Andrews confirmed a previous diagnosis of inflammation, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN. Sale, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, flew to meet with Andrews on Monday, sources said. The 30-year-old is in the midst of the worst season of his 10-year career after this spring signing a contract extension that begins in 2020 and pays him $145 million over five years. Following his last start six days ago, Sale felt soreness in his elbow and underwent an MRI. Initial readings showed changes from the MRI he took in the spring but weren’t clear enough to definitively judge whether there was damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. Monday’s news delivered a collective sigh of relief to Boston. The course of treatment for Sale is unclear, as is his timetable to return, though both are expected to be determined in the coming days, according to sources.
NBA’s Steph Curry Helps Howard U. Start Div. 1 Golf Team – Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry is helping Howard University launch a Division I golf program. The Golden State Warriors star guard and the school announced the six-year partnership Monday. The specifics of his contribution were not disclosed. Howard officials say they plan to have women’s and men’s golf teams for the 2020-21 academic year. The school had a Division II golf program in the past, along with intercollegiate and intramural club teams. The 31-year-old Curry, who has won three NBA championships with the Warriors, says he decided to get involved after meeting a Howard student who had been trying to get the university to have a golf team. Curry says “it’s tough” to hear about students “who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game.”
College Football Rankings: Preseason Top 25 For 2019 – The 2019 college football season starts this Saturday, meaning it’s time for preseason college football rankings. The preseason Associated Press Top 25 was revealed on Monday, Aug. 19, with Clemson No. 1. The Coaches Poll was released earlier. Check out the preseason Top 25 polls below.
AP Poll: Preseason Top 25
Raiders GM: Time For AB To Be ‘All-In Or All-Out’ – Antonio Brown left training camp again Sunday, and though Mike Mayock said it was over the receiver’s anger from being denied use of his helmet, the Oakland Raiders‘ general manager also issued an ultimatum to Brown. “You all know that AB is not here today, right?” Mayock told a group of beat reporters as practice began Sunday afternoon. “So, here’s the bottom line: He’s upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that, we appreciate that. But at this point, we’ve pretty much exhausted all avenues of relief. “So, from our perspective, it’s time for him to be all-in or all-out, OK? So, we’re hoping he’s back soon. We’ve got 89 guys busting their tails, we are really excited about where this franchise is going and we hope AB’s going to be a big part of it, starting Week 1 against Denver. End of story. No questions, OK? Just wanted you guys to know where we were. Fair?” Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, responded to Mayock’s comments later on Sunday, taking issue with his assertion that all avenues over the helmet issue have been exhausted. “There’s no doubt it’s still an ongoing process,” Rosenhaus told South Florida’s 7 Sports Extra. “We are trying to work with the team and the league and the union to come up with a solution. We haven’t figured it out yet. To say that AB is upset about the decision to not let him wear his helmet is accurate, but we’re still processing it and figuring it out. I wouldn’t make too much about him not being there today, as much as we’re still trying to come up with a solution that works for everyone.” Surprised Mayock came out this strong against Antonio Brown? I’m not, he’s suppose to hold everyone accountable.