NFL Picks Dallas to Host 2018 Draft – Dallas has been chosen as the host of the 2018 NFL draft, with all three days taking place at AT&T Stadium, sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. Philadelphia had also been in contention to host the draft. Green Bay and Kansas City were considered long shots. The event will be held April 26-28 at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys had earlier pushed for the draft to be held at both AT&T Stadium and The Star, the team’s new training facility in Frisco.
Eagles’ Long to Donate Rest of 2017 Salary – Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality. The Philadelphia Eagles defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he’s using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign. “My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality,” Long told the Associated Press. “I think we can all agree that equity in education can help effect change that we all want to see in this country.”
NFL Owners Meet With Players Amid Protest – A pair of protests preceded the opening of the NFL’s annual fall meetings, where owners and players are seeking a way to highlight social issues while taking the focus away from demonstrations during the national anthem. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was confronted by two people in the lobby of the Manhattan hotel where the owners are meeting. The protesters shouted at him about white supremacy while Jones was surrounded by bodyguards. Jones stopped to listen but said nothing, and the protesters were peacefully led away. Outside of the hotel, two dozen supporters of Black Lives Matter New York held a rally backing the players for speaking out — particularly former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem last year in protest of social injustice and police brutality in America. A group of owners and players met at the league’s headquarters Tuesday morning. Among the topics discussed were enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues, and the league’s policy that suggests but does not mandate players standing for the national anthem.
Rodgers to Have Surgery on Broken Collarbone – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have surgery on his broken right collarbone “in the near future,” coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. The quarterback’s season “potentially could be over,” but when asked if he’d consider bringing in a veteran quarterback, McCarthy was clear. “I’ve got three years invested in Brett Hundley, two years invested in Joe Callahan,” McCarthy said. “The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be, OK? We’re fortunate to have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. We’re committed to the path that we’re on. We need to play better as a football team.”
Giants Reinstate Cornerback Rodgers-Cromartie – New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been reinstated by the team after being suspended last week for a violation of team rules. Rodgers-Cromartie missed Sunday night’s 23-10 win over the Denver Broncos. The Pro Bowl cornerback met with Giants coach Ben McAdoo early Tuesday. He is expected to be on the field Wednesday when his teammates return to practice. Rodgers-Cromartie was told Oct. 10 he would be benched against the Broncos because of his actions in preceding days. He had left a recovery session early Oct. 6, then thrown his helmet and walked off the field in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Rodgers-Cromartie later walked out of a meeting Wednesday, which prompted an indefinite suspension from the Giants. He was placed on a reserve/suspended list.
After FG Misses, Jags Release Kicker Myers – The Jaguars released kicker Jason Myers and signed former Los Angeles Chargers kicker Josh Lambo on Tuesday. Myers struggled during training camp and preseason but got off to a solid start before struggling in two of the last three games. Meyers missed a 52-yard field goal attempt against the New York Jets in a game the Jaguars lost 23-20 in overtime and missed a pair of 54-yard field goal attempts in the Jaguars’ 27-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Myers made 11 of 14 field goal attempts and 15 of 17 PATs this season and all three of his missed field goals were from 50 yards or longer. His two misses against the Rams were wide left by a significant margin.
- Indianapolis Colts 22 – Tennessee Titans 36
Highlights: Marcus Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL’s longest active losing streak against one team. Mariota was 23 for 32 for a season-high 306 yards. He completed each of his three passes on the drive that ended with Taylor’s tiebreaking score. Jacoby Brissett tried to rally the Colts (2-4) to a second straight overtime. But Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard forced Brissett out of bounds shy of the first-down marker on fourth-and-inches with 2:19 left before going toward midfield to celebrate. Coach Chuck Pagano lost his challenge of the spot and said he wouldn’t blame officials.
Chicago Bears 27 – Baltimore Ravens 24
Highlights: Connor Barth kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:08 left in overtime, and the Chicago Bears used a 167-yard rushing effort by Jordan Howard to beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 on Sunday. The Bears (2-4) blew a 14-point lead in the second half before coming through in overtime behind Howard, whose 53-yard run put Chicago at the Baltimore 40. After rookie Mitchell Trubisky completed an 18-yard pass to Kendall Wright, Barth delivered the game winner. Making his first career start on the road, Trubisky directed a conservative game plan that leaned heavily on the run. The first-round draft pick completed 8 of 16 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Howard had 36 carries and the Bears gained 231 yards on 54 attempts. Baltimore (3-3) trailed 17-3 in the third quarter and 24-16 late in regulation before using two long kick returns to get back in the game. Bobby Rainey took a kickoff 96 yards for a score to begin the comeback and Michael Campanaro brought back a punt 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining. The 2-point conversion was successful, setting up overtime. Chicago forced three turnovers and frustrated quarterback Joe Flacco throughout the afternoon. Operating without injured receivers Jeremy Maclin (inactive) and Breshad Perriman (second-quarter concussion), Flacco went 24 for 41 for 180 yards with two interceptions.
Chicago Cubs 1 – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (LAD leads 2-0)
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- San Francisco 49ers 24 – Washington Redskins 26
- Chicago Bears 27 – Baltimore Ravens 24 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Cleveland Browns 17 – Houston Texans 33
- Miami Dolphins 20 – Atlanta Falcons 17
- Detroit Lions 38 – New Orleans Saints 52
- Green Bay Packers 10 – Minnesota Vikings 23
- New England Patriots 24 – New York Jets 17
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33 – Arizona Cardinals 38
- Los Angeles Rams 27 – Jacksonville Jaguars 17
- Los Angeles Chargers 17 – Oakland Raiders 16
- Pittsburgh Steelers 19 – Kansas City Chiefs 13
- New York Giants 23 – Denver Broncos 10