Defense Wins Championships, or Does It?

Over the past two decades, we've seen some absolutely dominant offenses. Who can forget Rodger's 15-1 2011 Packers (560 total points), the Brady-Moss 2007 Patriots (589 total Points), or Manning's swan song with the 2013 Broncos (606 total points). As a result, these teams ended up having some of the best records in football, however

Over the past two decades, we’ve seen some absolutely dominant offenses. Who can forget Rodger’s 15-1 2011 Packers (560 total points), the Brady-Moss 2007 Patriots (589 total Points), or Manning’s swan song with the 2013 Broncos (606 total points). As a result, these teams ended up having some of the best records in football, however none of them won the Super Bowl. The Packers didn’t even win a playoff game.

Bear Bryant’s old adage “defense wins championships,” is based in fact. Super Bowl XLVIII is a perfect case study: The Seahawks dismantled the record-setting Broncos 43-8 in one of the most lopsided Super Bowls in history. The 2002 Buccaneers – featuring defensive stars like Warren Sapp, Derrick Thomas, Simeon Rice, John Lynch and Ronde Barber – allowed only 196 points the entire season and handily beat the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl. An offense led by Brad Johnson and Mike Alstott didn’t light up the scoreboard, but that didn’t matter for the Bucs. 

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Is the Western US Lagging on Sports Betting? Part One: The Coast

The post Are Western States Lagging on Sports Betting? West Coast Edition appeared first on SportsHandle and was written by Robert H. Mann. 

This story is the first of two detailing the latest situations on the West Coast.  A second installment covering the Mountain States will be posted later this week.

While

The post Are Western States Lagging on Sports Betting? West Coast Edition appeared first on SportsHandle and was written by Robert H. Mann. 

This story is the first of two detailing the latest situations on the West Coast.  A second installment covering the Mountain States will be posted later this week.

While the blossoming business of sport betting continues to flower or, at least, attempt to flower on the east coast of the U.S., the western states, except Nevada, formerly the only state with full-fledged sports betting, seem to be getting left behind.

To no one’s shock, as the more western states see the revenue being generated in newly opened eastern sports betting markets, such as New Jersey and Delaware, legislators are growing increasingly eager to access, for their own jurisdictions, the tax dollars that sports betting can generate.

Some states will require a change in gambling laws, others may need a state constitutional amendment by which voters could decide the issue.


California, Oregon and Washington Sports Betting Legalization: Where Things Stand And Where They May Be Going.

Pala Casino Resort and Spa in southern California

California

Native Americans control gambling in California and will have a large impact as to if and when sports betting becomes legal in the Golden State.

Tribes pay a hefty fee to the state in exchange for the privilege of exclusively operating numerous casinos — some rivaling Las Vegas casino/resorts in opulence and others not nearly as swanky. Industry observers believe there will be immense contention (a real donnybrook) as tribal casinos, card clubs and racetracks engage in a expensive political scuffle over the rights to the millions of dollars of revenue sports gambling would generate.

“You can expect lots of money to be spent,” Jennifer Roberts, a former gaming lawyer and associate director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, told the Los Angeles Times after the Supreme Court ruled that states could now authorize Nevada-style sports betting.

About a year ago, assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced an amendment to the state constitution that would allow sports wagering should the nationwide prohibition be lifted. The bill requires a two-thirds vote in the state legislature to be placed on the ballot. It then would need the support of the majority of voters for passage.

However, California’s tribal casinos believe state law grants them the exclusive right to operate casino-type games, which they say, by definition, includes sports betting. Allowing card clubs and horse tracks to run sports betting operations would violate that exclusivity, they say. California leads the nation with 63 tribes that run gambling operations.

In 2017, tribal casinos nationally produced $32.4 billion in revenue, with about 25 percent of that figure coming from California, according to most estimates.

Oregon

One of the more progressive states in the nation and one with some experience dealing with sports betting, having had some limited sport betting grandfathered under the now-defunct federal ban (PASPA), Oregon is currently exploring how to re-introduce wagering to the state. And it may be able to do so without having to pass any new legislation.

Oregon Lottery Sports Betting

Starting in 1989, Oregon was the home of “Sports Action,” a state-sponsored parlay version of betting on NFL games run by the Oregon Lottery. However, when NBA games were added the menu, the league, now an open and powerful advocate of national sport betting, filed a suit that halted its inclusion. “Sports Action” was abolished in 2007 when the NCAA said it would not hold any NCAA basketball tournament rounds in the state as long as “Sports Action” was in action.

In April before the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on full-fledged betting outside Nevada, Farshad Allahdadi, Chief Gaming Operations Officer for the Oregon Lottery told Legal Sports Report:

The Oregon State Lottery and its board broad authority to introduce and remove games as it sees fit. Sports betting on a local level — if it is authorized federally — does not need any additional state legislative action. While we’re waiting, on principle Oregon State Lottery is interested in getting back into the sports wagering market.

Following PASPA’s elimination in May, we learned more about those plans. The Lottery is currently working on a mobile app connected to its existing products, while also exploring some sports wagering offerings. “At some point in time, and we’re not sure what that’s going to look like, we will offer games and some sort of sports betting,” said Oregon Lottery Senior Public Affairs Officer Chuck Baumann.

So far, the app is not available and there is no timetable for when it may come. In June, Baumann suggested it could be this summer (ending Sept. 22).

Although Lottery officials do not believe new legislation will be necessary for it to begin offering some sort of sports betting, the legislature may still take up the issue and craft a law calling for a more robust framework for licensure and taxation and such. Although the Oregon legislature is not scheduled to begin its next session until Feb. 1, 2019, as with other states, preparatory work begins after the November election.

Washington

Legal sports betting in Washington is clearly on the back burner.

Sixth Legislative District Senator Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) told KIRO radio in June that despite believing it would be a good idea, he doesn’t see sports betting on the table anytime soon for his state.

“I don’t think it’ll happen in the near future — it’s something that I think should happen,” he said. Baumgartner noted that gambling is already popular in Washington through the state’s 29 casinos.

In uncommon frankness regarding Indian gaming, he told KIRO, “The tribal gaming interests really have a lot of political influence in Olympia, so I think if it does happen in Washington State, which I think it eventually will … the tribal gaming interests will probably be a player at the table.”

He’s also concerned, as are other lawmakers in many states, that sports betting would hurt local lottery revenues.

“Eventually somebody is going to want that money (from sports betting), and I think they’ll probably work a deal where they cut the tribes into the agreement,” he said.

Washington has some of the strictest online gambling laws in the nation and playing fantasy sports to win money in Washington remains illegal and a felony. Oddly, the old-fashioned games called “sports pools” in which squares are sold and winners are determined by the score during and after an athletic contest are legal. All entry money for squares sold must be awarded to the winners and the organizer may not withhold a commission, state law stipulates.

Jan. 14, 2019 is the date for the next legislative session in Washington.

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NFL roundup: Eagles’ Foles strains shoulder

NFL roundup: Eagles' Foles strains shoulder

Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles sustained a shoulder strain in the Eagles' 37-20 preseason loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass.

The injury occurred in the second quarter when Foles was hit by Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Foles grabbed

NFL roundup: Eagles’ Foles strains shoulder

Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles sustained a shoulder strain in the Eagles’ 37-20 preseason loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass.

The injury occurred in the second quarter when Foles was hit by Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Foles grabbed his throwing arm as he fell to the ground. He didn’t return and told reporters postgame he will have the injury evaluated more thoroughly on Friday. Nate Sudfield replaced Foles, throwing for three touchdowns and 312 yards in a 22-for-39 performance.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdowns in his preseason debut, finishing 19 of 26 for 172 yards with no interceptions.

New England first-round pick Isaiah Wynn was carted to the locker room in the first quarter with an ankle injury, according to the team. The Georgia product was playing right tackle in his preseason debut.

Packers 51, Steelers 34

Green Bay returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a victory over visiting Pittsburgh.

Tramon Williams was responsible for the first Packers pick-six, a 25-yard return, on the first pass of the game, while second-round draft pick Josh Jackson took his interception return 22 yards to the end zone in the third quarter.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers saw limited action, completing 2 of 4 passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did not play after reportedly being cleared of a concussion earlier in the day. DeShone Kizer tossed two touchdown passes for the Packers, while Pittsburgh third-round draft pick Mason Rudolph threw a touchdown and an interception.

Redskins 15, Jets 13

New York’s quarterback competition appears no closer to being settled after the Jets took a 15-13 loss to Washington in Landover, Md.

No. 3 overall draft pick Sam Darnold got the start for the Jets and played the first half, completing 8 of 11 passes for 62 yards and ending his day with a red-zone interception. Free agent signee Teddy Bridgewater took over in the second half and finished 10-for-15 for 127 yards with a touchdown, though he also threw a pick.

Alex Smith started for the Redskins and completed 4 of 6 passes for 48 yards. Kicker Dustin Hopkins scored all 15 of Washington’s points, including the game-winning field goal from 40 yards out with four seconds remaining.

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Rodgers plays, Roethlisberger sits as Packers top Steelers

Rodgers plays, Roethlisberger sits as Packers top Steelers

The Green Bay Packers' defense scored two touchdowns on interceptions in defeating the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 51-34 in a preseason game on Thursday night.

Tramon Williams was responsible for the first Packers pick-six, a 25-yard return, on the first pass of the

Rodgers plays, Roethlisberger sits as Packers top Steelers

The Green Bay Packers’ defense scored two touchdowns on interceptions in defeating the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 51-34 in a preseason game on Thursday night.

Tramon Williams was responsible for the first Packers pick-six, a 25-yard return, on the first pass of the game, while second-round draft pick Josh Jackson took his interception return 22 yards to the end zone in the third quarter.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers saw limited action, completing 2 of 4 passes for 35 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown toss to Jimmy Graham in the opening quarter.

His Steelers counterpart, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, did not play after reportedly being cleared of a concussion earlier in the day. Roethlisberger entered concussion protocol following a hit he took in practice on Tuesday, though he wasn’t scheduled to play Thursday even before the injury scare.

DeShone Kizer tossed two touchdowns, finishing 7-of-12 for 149 yards with no interceptions for the Packers, while Brett Hundley was 6-of-9 for 77 yards with no TDs or picks.

Steelers quarterback Joshua Dobbs was 12-for-18 for 192 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Pittsburgh third-round draft pick Mason Rudolph threw a touchdown and an interception, completing five of his 12 passes for 47 yards. Steelers second-rounder James Washington hauled in five catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

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Brady sharp in preseason debut as Patriots top Eagles 37-20

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady moved the New England Patriots with ease in their Super Bowl rematch against the penalty-prone Eagles, winning 37-20 with a little help from running back James White and fifth-round draft choice Ja'Whaun Bentley.

In his first action since losing in the NFL title game to Philadelphia, Brady

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady moved the New England Patriots with ease in their Super Bowl rematch against the penalty-prone Eagles, winning 37-20 with a little help from running back James White and fifth-round draft choice Ja’Whaun Bentley.

In his first action since losing in the NFL title game to Philadelphia, Brady completed 19 of 26 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night to help stake New England (2-0) to a 27-7 halftime lead.

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury after a strip sack that Bentley recovered and ran 54 yards for a touchdown.

White caught six passes for 61 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown, and also ran for 31 yards in the first half of the Patriots’ 37-20 victory. The Eagles (0-2) had five penalties for 50 yards in the first quarter — including two for lowering the head to initiate contact and one for hitting a defenseless receiver — and 97 penalty yards in all.

After sitting out last week’s exhibition season opener, Brady led New England to scores on four of the six series he played.

REDSKINS 15, JETS 13

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Sam Darnold threw an interception and showed some of the growing pains of a rookie quarterback in his first preseason start for New York, which lost to Washington on a last-second field goal by Dustin Hopkins.

Darnold threw an interception, took two sacks and had a couple of balls batted out of the air. It was a far cry from the impressive debut in which the third overall pick went 13 of 18 for 96 yards for the Jets (1-1) and looked like the front-runner to win New York’s starting QB competition.

The former USC star played the entire first half before giving way to veteran Teddy Bridgewater. The former Vikings quarterback had his own inconsistences, going 10 of 15 for 127 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Alex Smith was 4 of 6 for 48 yards in one series, his only work so far in the preseason for the Redskins (1-1).

Hopkins made all five of his field-goal attempts, including a 40-yarder as time expired to win it.

PACKERS 51, STEELERS 34

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers needed just one drive to look at home in his first action at Lambeau Field in almost a year.

Rodgers connected with tight end Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard score, and Tramon Williams had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage of Green Bay’s win.

Five minutes after throwing the pick, Mason Rudolph found JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 4-yard touchdown pass for Pittsburgh (1-1). Rudolph, who is competing with Joshua Dobbs for a backup job, was just 5 of 12 for 47 yards in playing the first half.

Dobbs didn’t look much better after throwing a 22-yard interception returned for a touchdown by rookie cornerback Josh Jackson in the third quarter for the Packers (2-0). But Dobbs finished strong and connected with rookie receiver James Washington for two second-half touchdowns.

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Bridgewater, Darnold fail to impress as Jets lose to Redskins

Bridgewater, Darnold fail to impress as Jets lose to Redskins

The Jets' quarterback competition appears no closer to being settled after New York took a 15-13 loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday in Landover, Md.

No. 3 overall draft pick Sam Darnold got the start for the Jets and

Bridgewater, Darnold fail to impress as Jets lose to Redskins

The Jets’ quarterback competition appears no closer to being settled after New York took a 15-13 loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday in Landover, Md.

No. 3 overall draft pick Sam Darnold got the start for the Jets and played the first half, completing 8 of 11 passes for 62 yards and ending his day with a red-zone interception.

Free agent signee Teddy Bridgewater took over in the second half and finished 10-for-15 for 127 yards with a touchdown, though he also threw a pick.

Alex Smith started for the Redskins and completed 4 of 6 passes for 48 yards. Colt McCoy got the lion’s share of the workload from there, going 12-for-16 with 140 yards and an interception.

Kicker Dustin Hopkins scored all 15 of Washington’s points, including the game-winning field goal from 40 yards out with four seconds remaining.

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Bryant enthusiastic after Browns visit

Bryant enthusiastic after Browns visit

Free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant likes Cleveland, saying he and the Browns are "just trying to work some things out" on the team's radio station after a visit Thursday.

"[We] will know more tomorrow," Bryant said as he and the Browns negotiate the possibility of

Bryant enthusiastic after Browns visit

Free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant likes Cleveland, saying he and the Browns are “just trying to work some things out” on the team’s radio station after a visit Thursday.

“[We] will know more tomorrow,” Bryant said as he and the Browns negotiate the possibility of the three-time Pro Bowler joining the club, which finished 0-16 last season.

Bryant, 29, has played all eight of his seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, who selected the Oklahoma State product with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

But Dallas released its franchise leader in touchdown receptions in April.

Bryant had 73 touchdowns and 531 receptions for 7,459 yards in 113 games with the Cowboys.

“I tell everybody that shows up here, we don’t care by what means you get here,” Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley told reporters Wednesday.

“If you’re willing to put your hand in the pile and work and be part of moving forward and having success, I’m all for it.”

Bryant reportedly turned down a three-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens, hoping a one-year deal will lead to a bigger contract in 2019.

“It’s a very open and candid conversation with guys about how your locker room is, how your team is run, how we go about doing things and see if it fits,”

Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “The player has to be honest and we have to be honest with what our expectations are and just lay it out.”

Bryant finished last season with 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns.

The Browns are 1-31 during the last two seasons, with their win coming in the second-to-last game of 2016.

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Eagles QB Foles injures shoulder in loss to Brady, Patriots

Eagles QB Foles injures shoulder in loss to Brady, Patriots

Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles suffered a shoulder strain in the Eagles' 37-20 preseason loss at the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

The injury occurred in the second quarter when Foles was hit by Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Foles

Eagles QB Foles injures shoulder in loss to Brady, Patriots

Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles suffered a shoulder strain in the Eagles’ 37-20 preseason loss at the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

The injury occurred in the second quarter when Foles was hit by Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Foles grabbed his throwing arm as he fell to the ground. He didn’t return and was being evaluated.

Meanwhile, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdowns in his preseason debut, finishing 19-of-26 for 172 yards with no interceptions. He connected with Chris Hogan for a 4-yard score in the first quarter and with James White on a 20-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.

Patriots first-round pick Isaiah Wynn was carted to the locker room in the first quarter with an ankle injury, according to the team. The Georgia product was playing right tackle in his preseason debut.

Nate Sudfield replaced Foles, throwing for three touchdowns and 312 yards in a 22-for-39 performance.

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Report: Packers, Rodgers ‘creeping’ toward extension

Report: Packers, Rodgers 'creeping' toward extension

The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are "creeping along towards a deal," ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday, citing a source.

Schefter added that both sides are motivated to get a long-term extension done, with the biggest issue being the fact that there

Report: Packers, Rodgers ‘creeping’ toward extension

The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are “creeping along towards a deal,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday, citing a source.

Schefter added that both sides are motivated to get a long-term extension done, with the biggest issue being the fact that there is no ceiling on a contract that will make Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history.

That mark is currently held by Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, who signed a five-year, $150 million deal with $94.5 million guaranteed at signing in May.

Rodgers, 34, still has two years remaining on his contract. His $22 million annual average, which was the highest in NFL history when the deal was signed in April of 2013, now ranks 10th among NFL quarterbacks. Rodgers can make a little over $20.5 million this season and $21.1 million in 2019 before his contract expires, including roster and workout bonuses.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told PFT Live in May that he expected an extension to get done sooner than later.

A CBS Sports report in May suggested Rodgers would receive around $110 million guaranteed over the first three years of his new deal.

Rodgers, a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time MVP who missed nine games with a broken collarbone last year, made his preseason debut Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He played one drive against the Steelers, going 2-of-4 for 35 yards with an 8-yard touchdown to free agent signee Jimmy Graham before ceding to Brett Hundley.

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NFL notebook: Elway says Kaepernick ‘had his chance’ to join Broncos

NFL notebook: Elway says Kaepernick 'had his chance' to join Broncos

Asked Thursday if the Denver Broncos would consider signing Colin Kaepernick as a veteran backup, general manager John Elway said the quarterback's opportunity to join the Broncos came and went in 2016.

"Colin had his chance to be here,"

NFL notebook: Elway says Kaepernick ‘had his chance’ to join Broncos

Asked Thursday if the Denver Broncos would consider signing Colin Kaepernick as a veteran backup, general manager John Elway said the quarterback’s opportunity to join the Broncos came and went in 2016.

“Colin had his chance to be here,” Elway told reporters, referencing the Broncos’ trade discussions with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2016 offseason. “We offered him a contract. He didn’t take it. So, as I said it in my deposition (for Kaepernick’s collusion grievance against the NFL) — and I don’t know if I’m legally able to say this — but he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it.”

The Broncos and 49ers got far enough in trade discussions during the spring of 2016 that Kaepernick was allowed to meet with Elway. The GM reportedly asked Kaepernick to take a paycut of $12.4 million combined over the final two seasons of his deal, a six-year, $114 million pact that had been signed in 2014, and Kaepernick declined. No trade was ever made.

That August, Kaepernick knelt in protest during the national anthem for the first time, during a preseason game. He played in 12 games that regular season for the 49ers before opting out of his contract in March of 2017, though many expected the team to release him if he did not opt out. He has not played in the NFL since.

–Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack will not report to the team before Saturday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, and his holdout has ‘no end in sight,’ according to an ESPN report.

Mack, who has missed one game thus far, is subject to fines of $814,000 for every preseason contest missed, per the collective bargaining agreement. He is also subject to fines for his absence from mandatory minicamp in June and the entirety of training camp in Napa, Calif., as the Raiders wrapped up a day early on Wednesday.

Mack, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, will make $13.85 million this season in the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, after he earned $18.7 million through his first four seasons.

–Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden ended training camp a day early when he called off practice.

Gruden did not give a reason for the unexpected move. Fans who showed up to watch were turned away at the gates. Players packed up instead of practicing and left Napa to head back to team headquarters 60 miles south in Alameda, Calif.

Gruden sounded satisfied with the Raiders’ work when he met the media after Wednesday’s practice. Canceling the session gives the players an extra day off before they play the Rams on Saturday.

–Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not sustain a concussion during a collision that caused him to leave Tuesday’s practice, and he will play Aug. 25 in the team’s third preseason game, according to an ESPN report.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Roethlisberger’s helmet was jarred loose in a collision with right tackle Marcus Gilbert on Tuesday.

Roethlisberger stayed on the ground for a while after the collision but eventually walked off. Coach Mike Tomlin announced later that day in a statement that Roethlisberger was being evaluated by team doctors in the concussion protocol.

–As he ramps up his activity level in joint practices with the Detroit Lions, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. remains confident that his contract situation will be resolved with the team.

“I definitely think it’s gonna work itself out,” Beckham, who is entering the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, told reporters. “You know, when is it gonna happen, you don’t know. That’s the business side that is new, is still new to me in a sense — it’s the first time I’ve ever had to deal with this or go through any of those things.”

Beckham, 25, is still working back from a broken ankle that required surgery and kept him out of all but four games last season, but he has made big strides this week in practices against the Lions. He’s taken more reps in up-tempo sessions against the Lions, including Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay.

–Rookie running back Saquon Barkley is “coming along” but likely to sit out Friday’s preseason game for the New York Giants.

Head coach Pat Shurmur reiterated that Barkley’s hamstring strain is minor and the team is being cautious with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Barkley stretched and did light running on the sideline Thursday as the Giants continued joint workouts with the Lions. The Giants play at Ford Field on Friday after opening the preseason against the Cleveland Browns last week.

–New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his preseason debut against the Philadelphia Eagles in Foxborough, Mass.

Multiple outlets reported the plan was for Brady to play much, if not all, of the first half before ceding to backup Brian Hoyer. The last time Brady faced Philadelphia, he threw for a playoff-record 505 yards along with three touchdowns, but the Patriots lost Super Bowl LII to the Eagles in Minneapolis.

Brady, who turned 41 on Aug. 3, said in a radio appearance earlier this week he “absolutely” planned to play after missing the team’s preseason opener with a sore back. He took more reps in practice this week after missing some in previous sessions.

–Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will make his preseason debut Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks, but defensive end Joey Bosa and guard Forrest Lamp will be held out with injuries, head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters.

Bosa has been out nine days since suffering a foot injury during practice that was deemed “nothing serious.” After being activated from the physically unable to perform list, Lamp practiced on Monday for the first time since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last August.

Starting cornerback Trevor Williams, who sprained his left ankle early in camp, will also sit out when the Chargers host the Seahawks.

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Report: Raiders’ Mack won’t report by Saturday; ‘no end in sight’

Report: Raiders' Mack won't report by Saturday; 'no end in sight'

Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack will not report to the team before Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, and his holdout has 'no end in sight,' according to an ESPN report Thursday.

Mack, who has missed

Report: Raiders’ Mack won’t report by Saturday; ‘no end in sight’

Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack will not report to the team before Saturday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, and his holdout has ‘no end in sight,’ according to an ESPN report Thursday.

Mack, who has missed one game thus far, is subject to fines of $814,000 for every preseason contest missed, per the collective bargaining agreement. He is also subject to fines for his absence from mandatory minicamp in June and the entirety of training camp in Napa, Calif., which the Raiders wrapped up a day early on Wednesday.

Gruden told ESPN on Wednesday that he doesn’t think Mack’s holdout has “been a distraction.”

“It’s obviously, for me, been disappointing,” Gruden said. “You want to have your best player here. This guy is really a great guy, too. I’m disappointed we don’t have him here. Going to try to get him here as soon as we can. In the time being, you got to move on. You’ve got to get up and go to work.”

Raiders’ officials have consistently said they plan to re-sign Mack to a long-term deal as he enters the final year of his contract, but there have been no indications of progress. NFL Network reported at the end of July that the sides had not had contract talks since February and that the Raiders did not have an offer on the table.

Mack, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, will make $13.85 million this season in the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, after he earned $18.7 million through his first four seasons.

Pro Football Talk reported last month that some wonder if the Raiders are financially able to give Mack — who is likely seeking to exceed Von Miller’s six-year, $114 million deal that included $70 million guaranteed — the type of contract he wants.

That concern relates less to the Raiders’ limited cap space (around $4.5 million, 26th in the NFL), which is flexible, than to the team’s fungible cash. A dated rule in the collective bargaining agreement requires teams to put all guaranteed money for signed contracts in escrow, which can limit team’s financial flexibility when it comes to blockbuster contracts.

The Raiders gave quarterback Derek Carr more than $70 million guaranteed on an extension last June, and they owe the NFL a $378 million relocation fee for their expected move to Las Vegas.

Mack, 27, has 40.5 sacks, three Pro Bowl appearances and two first-team All-Pro nods in his career while starting all 64 games.

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Report: No concussion for Roethlisberger; will play next week

Report: No concussion for Roethlisberger; will play next week

Ben Roethlisberger did not sustain a concussion during a collision that caused him to leave Tuesday's practice, and he will play Aug. 25 in the Pittsburgh Steelers' third preseason game, according to an ESPN report Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported earlier

Report: No concussion for Roethlisberger; will play next week

Ben Roethlisberger did not sustain a concussion during a collision that caused him to leave Tuesday’s practice, and he will play Aug. 25 in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ third preseason game, according to an ESPN report Thursday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported earlier Thursday that Roethlisberger was “fine and out of concussion protocol.”

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Roethlisberger’s helmet was jarred loose in a collision with right tackle Marcus Gilbert on Tuesday.

Roethlisberger stayed on the ground for a while after the collision but eventually walked off. Coach Mike Tomlin announced later that day in a statement that the quarterback was being evaluated by team doctors in the concussion protocol.

The 36-year-old veteran traveled with his team to Green Bay for Thursday’s preseason game against the Packers, but he wasn’t scheduled to play even before the practice collision. He has played in just one preseason game in each of the last two seasons.

The Steelers play host to the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 25.

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