Eagles’ LB Nigel Bradham suspended for season opener by NFL

Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the season opener by the NFL.

Bradham’s suspension stems from an incident in July 2016 involving a hotel worker in Miami Beach, Fla. The linebacker says the issue is now resolved.

The key, then, will be whether Winston can bridge the gap from promising to great; that hope is a big reason why Koetter is still the Bucs’ coach. Marcus Mariota (drafted one spot after Winston in ’15), Wentz, Jared Goff and Deshaun Watson all look to be on faster tracks. Patrick Mahomes and Mitchell Trubisky are on deck.

The suspension will be only three games, but that’s a lot for a QB who is trying to live up to his lofty draft status.

Winston has a ton more to prove this year. It will be impossible to do that at the maximum level when his season will be incomplete from the start.

The Packers fully expect Cobb to be available for their season opener against the Bears on Sept. 9.

The Titans hardly knew 2017 No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis as a rookie, at least during the regular season. Hamstrung from the get-go, he saw only 65 targets in 11 games and produced 34 catches for 375 yards. But in the two playoff games while looking close to fully healthy, Davis turned 15 targets into 9 catches, 98 yards and two TDs, both against the Patriots.

Davis’ lingering injury hampered his progress and chemistry with Mariota, so it’s not a surprise that he’s living up to his draft status in his first full offseason. His size, speed and quickness combine to scream ideal No. 1 for LaFleur.

Davis’ emergence puts smooth route-running and good-hands Rishard Matthews in a more appropriate role as a No. 2. Taywan Taylor, last year’s third-round pick, should be much more effective in a dedicated slot role.

Devin Funchess looking to build on last season in contract year

The moment the Panthers traded Kelvin Benjamin was the moment Devin Funchess took over as the team’s No. 1 receiver. In the eight games following the trade, Funchess had 483 yards and averaged 16.1 yards per catch while playing the X.

The former second-round pick enters the final year of his rookie deal looking to prove he can do it for a season.

What was a hunch last week has become a reality. The NFL, despite a reputation for meting out discipline without compromise, reached a compromise with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, giving him a three-game suspension in exchange for an agreement not to appeal and to apologize generally to the victim for whatever it is that he did.

Every year there’s more and more data that gives insight into how we can play safer and improve the game, Bailey said, via the Dallas Morning News. So, I get it and I’m all for guys playing safe because it means they are going to have long careers. You want everyone to play as long as they can. I think it’s just part of the game now. We’ve got so much data and everything is tracked. It’s good to implement what you can to make everybody safer.

However, Bailey said the rules changes, designed to result in fewer high-speed collisions, could lead to more kickoff returns and potentially more chances for injuries.

More returns could be an unintended consequence of the new rules, Bailey said. If eight members of the return team have to be lined up within 15 yards of the spot of kickoff, what’s to keep the kicker from just popping it right over the top? That could be dangerous. Not maybe a concussion, but guys being in a scrum trying to get to a popped-up ball and maybe getting an ankle rolled.

Tanaka was a hitter for the second time this season because this was his second road interleague game start.

Hitting eighth ahead of second baseman Gleyber Torres, Tanaka lined out to center field his first time up facing Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the third.

Batting again with one out and nobody on in the sixth with the Mets up 1-0, Tanaka hit a weak grounder to first that was bobbled by Adrian Gonzalez for an error.

Despite that injury and his new one, Tanaka says that he’s not worried about having to hit a few times each season.

You don’t worry about that going into the game, but I am surprised it happened, said Tanaka, who is 1 for 24 with a single, walk, sacrifice and 12 strikeouts as a hitter in five big-league seasons.

It happened, and because Tanaka is so important to the 41-18 Yankees, they’ll surely proceed with extreme caution.

Edelman, who missed the entire 2017 season after tearing a knee ligament in the preseason, apologized to owner Robert Kraft and his teammates before adding: I will be ready to play and pursue another championship with our team and for Patriots fans around the world.

The suspension, currently under appeal, would force Edelman to miss September games against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins. 

One of Tom Brady’s closer friends and favorite receivers, Edelman posted a career-best 1,106 receiving yards in 2016, which ended with a Super Bowl victory. His absence presents an additional challenge to a passing game that already lost wideouts Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks this offseason.

The Houston Texans revealed Friday that free safety Andre Hal has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Snag in Machado Orioles-Red Sox talks?

For what it’s worth, Bowden ends his column, Here are six trades AL contenders should make before the deadline, with a deal sending Cole Hamels to the Angels.

This skill has Rutgers’ Tariq Cole receiving early NFL Draft 2019 buzz

Tariq Cole still has plenty of fans at Pro Football Focus.

Racetrack’ means the physical facility and the land, as of the effective date… where a permit holder conducts a horse race meeting with wagering under a license issued by the racing commission… and includes any former racetrack.’

Requests for comment from Penn National Gaming and Greenwood over the past two weeks were not returned.

The site plan for the proposed OTB was approved in 2007 during a redevelopment of the former racetrack which closed in 2001. Since then, a bustling retail mecca has populated the site.

Beyond that, though, you run into potential problems. With Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer gone, it looks like rookie second-round pick Courtland Sutton and unproven sophomores Carlos Henderson and Isaiah McKenzie will be fighting for reps beyond Thomas and Sanders, but they could have used a veteran presence in that mix. 

Same goes for the battle at tight end, where Jake Butt (a second-year fifth-round pick with no NFL experience) is trying to beat out 2015 third-round pick Jeff Heuerman (just 18 catches since coming into the league).

It’s possible rookie running back Royce Freeman could pull a Kareem Hunt or Alvin Kamara, but the Broncos would prefer not to rely on something like that happening. Problem is with C.J. Anderson gone, Devontae Booker is the only veteran competing for the job, and the 2016 fourth-round pick has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry.

Even if Thomas and Sanders re-emerge, Keenum will probably have his work cut out for him.

If Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is able to return in 2018 after losing his 2017 season to a lingering shoulder issue, he’ll at least have an elite No. 1 receiver and two talented tight ends at his disposal.

Falcons bring back a running back

The Falcons made a change at running back, near the end of the offseason program.

The team announced they had waived running back Demario Richard and brought back running back Terrence Magee.

Richard was an undrafted rookie from Arizona State.

I’ve thought about that often, but nothing really stands out as connecting football to the sort of feeling I’ve had with depression, Kramer said. It very well may be linked. It doesn’t feel like it to me.

But Kramer did acknowledge that his fall from grace after joining the Chicago Bears for the 1994 season had an impact on his well-being.

Coming in as the starter and the free agent and then getting hurt, feeling better after a few weeks, like I could play, but then not getting an opportunity to, Kramer told the Detroit Free Press. And I think that all played a part in it.

Murray, who turns 21 on Aug. 7, is expected to be at the Coliseum to sign the contract and take batting practice before Friday’s game, the Chronicle added.

He hit .296 (56-for-189) with 46 runs, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs, 47 RBI, a .398 on-base percentage, and a .556 slugging mark in 51 games with the Sooners this season.

Murray started as a true freshman for Texas A&M before transferring to Oklahoma. He then took over as the Sooners’ backup QB in 2017 and started a game against West Virginia when Mayfield was suspended for a quarter.

Murray remains the only player in history to play in both the Under Armour All-American games in both football and baseball. He said in a conference call shortly after he was drafted that he fully intended to play football in the fall.

49ers two-time Super Bowl champion tackle Keith Fahnhorst dies at 66

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Keith Fahnhorst died at the age of 66 on Tuesday, according to a release from the team.

Fahnhorst was a second-round pick of the 49ers in 1974 and spent his entire 14-year NFL career with the franchise. He was a two-time first-team All-Pro (1983, 1984) and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1985. He was also a member of the 49ers’ two Super Bowl championship teams in 1980’s.

On behalf of our son and my husband, we want to reiterate our love, support and affection for him during this difficult process, his wife, Janelle, and father, Winslow Sr., said.

Winslow was drafted in 2004 and played 10 seasons in the NFL. He had a short stint with the New York Jets in 2013.

The context was a bit out of kilter: Sam Darnold, the Jets’ first-round draft pick and hopeful franchise-quarterback ticket to a first Super Bowl nearly 50 years, roaming the U.S. Open grounds Saturday at Shinnecock Hills.

Upshaw was a 2012 second-round pick by the Ravens and spent four years in Baltimore before moving on to the Falcons for the last two seasons. He appeared in 13 games last season and played 197 defensive snaps while recording nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

Jones signed with the Jets as a sixth-year veteran free agent on June 5. He was drafted by Houston in the sixth round in 2013 and spent time on the rosters of the Buccaneers, Patriots, Dolphins and 49ers.

He saw most of his action as a defensive lineman and special teamer with New England in 2013-14, playing 28 games with 22 starts.

CAA did not return a call for comment. After an apology, Allen was eventually selected by the Buffalo Bills as the seventh overall pick in the draft.

In the end, he was lucky that his career wasn’t totally trashed. But Cuban points out that even tweeting less incendiary statements can come back to bite anyone. The reality of anything digital is: The minute you hit send or post, you no longer control the message.

It’s an old business adage: Don’t ask me to do for you what I wouldn’t do to you.

Rod Woodson predicts New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play another two to three years

The NFL Total Access crew and former cornerback Rod Woodson discuss how much longer they think New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play..

I don’t care that Mickelson went Happy Gilmore on the green. He wasn’t going to win anyway, and his fans are certainly not going to love him any less. It was his explanation that bothered me.

Look, I don’t mean disrespect to anybody, Mickelson said. I know it’s a two-shot penalty. At that time, I just didn’t feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over. I took the two-shot penalty and moved on. It’s my understanding of the rules. I’ve had multiple times where I’ve wanted to do that. I just finally did.

So Mickelson wants us to believe this was premeditated? That, in those fateful seconds as the ball started rolling toward oblivion, that he processed what was happening, considered the many outcomes, and chose to chase after the ball like a 7-year-old on a windmill hole?

The San Diego County District Attorney didn’t offer any further details. However, a member of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department did tell NBC San Diego that the case involved multiple victims. Winslow is potentially looking at life in prison if he’s convicted on all charges, according to TMZ.com. The SDCSD also added that the charges were unrelated to Winslow’s arrest last week. On June 7, the former first-round pick was charged with one count of residential burglary after an incident at a mobile home park just north of San Diego. Shortly after the incident, Winslow’s attorney, Harvey A.

Weinberg, issued a statement saying that Winslow didn’t commit any type of burglary. In that case, Winslow ended up spending several hours in jail before being bailed out on a $50,000 bond. Winslow was actually supposed to be arraigned for that case on Thursday, but that’s now been pushed back to Friday. The former NFL tight end hasn’t played in the NFL since 2013 when he caught 31 passes for the Jets.

Jimmy Garoppolo ignores the playoff noise

After winning the first pick in Tuesday’s PFT Live draft regarding the teams most likely to get back to the playoffs in 2018, I didn’t hesitate: The 49ers.

I didn’t really see it, to be honest, Garoppolo said. I kind of threw it and looked out the corner of my eye and saw it all going on. It’s football. Stuff is going to happen out here like that. Honestly, I love to see that out of the O-Linemen. It gets me fired up. I can’t do it and it’s probably a better thing that I don’t.

Thus, Oakland is confident it’s interception numbers will rise this season. Then again, it’s hard to be much worse than they were last season.

It’s just a different color, said Ware, who made 138.5 sacks in his career. They’re all football players. They all have the same hearts, and they all want to win the best way they can, and I’m trying to teach them that.

Pass rusher to pass rusher, you always want to learn something new to up your game, Lawrence said. That’s what he’s coming out here to do — help us.

Injuries have slowed Parker’s development, forcing him to miss five regular-season games and three preseason games. He sat out three games last season with a sprained ankle.

Injury-prone is one of many labels Parker hopes to shed this season.

That opinion is shared by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who recently released a statement urging Congress to pursue legislation with the following four principles in mind: There must be substantial consumer protections; Sports leagues can protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it; Fans will have access to official, reliable league data; and Law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary to protect our fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad.

Jarvis Landry: Browns QBs ‘a lot better’ than Miami’s

Does Jarvis Landry prefer his current quarterback to his last one?

It sure sounds that way.

Again, I didn’t do that in Miami with the quarterbacks because they didn’t want to do it. I would say that the chemistry and the type of guys that I’m around here makes me that much more excited because I know I’m going to be pushed at all levels at all times.

It’s crystal clear Landry wasn’t thrilled with Tannehill and Miami’s cast of signal-callers.

It’s entirely unclear why the veteran chose to publicly slam a former teammate — but that’s for another day.

According to TMZ Sports, an official at the resort located in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, confirmed that Hunt was involved in an incident but did not offer specifics.

The alleged victim reportedly did not seek medical attention, and he told TMZ that he does not plan on pressing charges.

In February, a 19-year-old woman told police that Hunt pushed her at a hotel in Cleveland. However, Hunt’s friends said that the accuser called Hunt the N-wordand punched one of his female friends.

The 22-year-old Hunt is set to enter his second NFL season after bursting onto the scene as a rookie in 2017.

He’s a very typical case of a kid with good size who hadn’t quite filled out and proven an ability to repeat or hold his velocity and his inconsistencies with his secondary stuff, said a scout based in the South. You could see it coming, but kids generally in this part of the country go to SEC-land rather than sign for fifth- or sixth-round money.

Mize has no problem putting the ball where he wants it. In 255 1/3 innings at Auburn, he has struck out 308 batters and walked 37. He throws his fastball in the 92-96 mph range and is equally confident in his slider, cutter and his signature pitch, a split-finger change that induces lots of strikeouts.

Virginia Tech’s Adonis Alexander ruled ineligible, will enter NFL’s supplemental draft

‘s Virginia Tech career is over after he was ruled academically ineligible, and the cornerback plans to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft this summer.

Virginia Tech announced in a release Friday morning that Alexander was no longer participating in team activities but didn’t specify a reason. Hours later, agent Andy Ross released a statement from the player that revealed why he would not suit up for the Hokies in 2018.

Starlin Castro drew a walk to load the bases, but Lauer (2-4) got out of the inning by striking out Anderson.

Rivera’s two-out walk with the bases loaded in the fifth pushed the lead to 3-0, and Realmuto grounded into a fielder’s chose in the sixth to cap the scoring.

Lauer allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked a career-high seven.

Those guys (on the Angels) have power. They really do, Seattle manager Scott Servais told reporters afterward. They are special players. The guys who have put up numbers in this league and continue to. When you’re in the other dugout and Mike Trout steps up there it’s not a great feeling. He had a good night tonight and we got to try to make some adjustments with himtomorrow. He’s a tough out.

It was a particularly difficult loss to swallow for Los Angeles (37-30) and left-hander Andrew Heaney (3-5), who had thrown a one-hit shutout in his previous outing against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

Andrew just looked like he missed some spots with his fast ball, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters afterward. Those guys tonight didn’t miss him. Cruz got ahold of a couple fast balls. It just didn’t seem like he got settled in to be able to repeat pitches like he did in his last start.

Of additional concern was Angels first baseman Jefry Marte, who left in the second inning with a wrist injury after colliding with Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon, who was running out a ground ball.

Angels rookie Jaime Barria (5-1, 2.48 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season and he could become a regular in the rotation as Shohei Ohtani remains out.

Barria is coming off four shutout innings against the Texas Rangers in a 6-0 win on June 1. He’ll be opposed by veteran right-hander Mike Leake (6-3, 4.46 ERA). He has strung together four consecutive quality starts to lower his ERA from 6.00 in the middle of May.