Sep 25, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) runs with the ball as Washington Commanders cornerback Benjamin St-Juste (25) chases during the second quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles WR A.J. Brown (personal) missed second straight practice

Philadelphia Eagles receiver A.J. Brown missed practice Thursday for the second straight day due to personal reasons.

The Eagles haven’t divulged what matter Brown is dealing with. It is unknown if he will be back with the club for Friday’s practice.

Brown has 20 receptions for 309 yards and one touchdown. He was acquired from the Tennessee Titans in a draft-night trade.

Brown, 25, is in his fourth NFL season. He has 205 receptions for 3,304 yards and 25 touchdowns in 46 games (39 starts).

Running back David Boston (ribs) also missed his second straight practice.

Cornerback Darius Slay (back) and guard Landon Dickerson (foot) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday. Slay was a full participant while Dickerson was limited.

Receiver DeVonta Smith (back) practiced in full after being limited on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 10, 2022; Stanford, California, USA;  Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw smiles before the start of the first quarter against the USC Trojans at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Power 5 Hot Seats: Stanford’s David Shaw next to go?

Nebraska’s Scott Frost and Arizona State’s Herm Edwards didn’t make it a month into the 2022 season before becoming the first two Power 5 coaches let go by their programs in an eight-day span.

After Edwards ‘mutually’ agreed to part ways with the Sun Devils program on Sunday, West Virginia’s Neal Brown was installed as the 4-1 favorite to be the next Power 5 coached fired by SportsBetting.ag.

The Mountaineers opened the season 0-2 for the first time in more than four decades with losses at Pittsburgh and at home against Kansas before rebounding with a 65-7 victory over Towson on Saturday. However, that did little to cool the heat under Brown’s seat as he sits with an 18-20 career record at West Virginia and has yet to get the Mountaineers into the national rankings.

Brown’s fate could be determined by upcoming games at Virginia Tech and Texas followed by a home game against Baylor, with all three opponents currently 2-1.

The next shortest odds belong to Stanford’s David Shaw at 5-1.

After an opening win against Colgate, the Cardinal weren’t competitive in a 41-28 home loss to Southern Cal last week. Stanford travels to Washington and Oregon the next two weeks before returning home to play host to Oregon State before another road trip to Notre Dame.

The Cardinal have failed to reach a bowl game the past three seasons, leaving Shaw’s long-term future very much in doubt. Shaw’s record at Stanford has fallen to 94-46 (.671 winning percentage) over 12 years, and the Cardinal are 12-20 since their last bowl appearance following the 2018 season.

That’s also the case for Geoff Collins at Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets were shut out 42-0 at home by Ole Miss on Saturday, dropping Georgia Tech to 1-2. The Yellow Jackets opened the season with a 41-10 home loss to Clemson before beating Western Carolina 35-17.

Georgia Tech travels to Central Florida this week before starting ACC play with a game at Pittsburgh. Collins’ record over four years at the program has fallen to 10-27 after a successful two-year stint at Temple where he went 15-10 with the Owls.

Next NCAA Coach Fired Odds
Neal Brown, West Virginia: 4-1
David Shaw, Stanford: 5-1
Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech: 6-1
Jeff Scott, South Florida: 6-1
Chip Kelly, UCLA: 9-1
Ken Niumatalolo, Navy: 9-1
Jay Norvell, Colorado State: 10-1
Karl Dorrell, Colorado: 12-1
Scott Satterfield, Louisville: 12-1
Steve Sarkisian, Texas: 14-1
Bryan Harsin, Auburn: 16-1
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M: 16-1
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern: 18-1
Marcus Freeman, Notre Dame: 20-1

–Field Level Media

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA;  Illinois Fighting Illini running back Chase Brown (2) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the first half against Wyoming  at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Brown scores 3 TDs as Illinois routs Wyoming

Chase Brown rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Illinois thumped Wyoming 38-6 in each team’s season opener in Champaign, Ill.

Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito was unspectacular but efficient in his first game for the Fighting Illini, completing 25 of 35 attempts for 185 yards with two scores and no interceptions. Brown also caught a touchdown pass.

Defensively, Illinois held the Cowboys to 211 total yards and kept them out of the end zone. Wyoming’s Andrew Peasley, a transfer from Utah State, struggled mightily and hit only 5 of 20 passes for 30 yards with an interception.

Titus Swen rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries for Wyoming.

It took Illinois only 41 seconds to get all the points it needed. Two plays after setting up on its 48, DeVito found Brown for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Brown rushed for 38 yards on the first play from scrimmage.

Wyoming got a 22-yard field goal from John Hoyland with 34 seconds left in the first quarter, but the Illini answered with Brown’s 11-yard scoring jaunt with 8:12 left in the second period for a 14-3 advantage.

Kicker Caleb Griffin added a 27-yard field goal less than four minutes later for a 17-3 Illinois lead at halftime. Hoyland responded with a 46-yard field goal less than three minutes into the third quarter.

The game’s remainder was all Illinois. DeVito found Pat Bryant for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 2:56 left in the period to make it 24-6.

Brown started the fourth quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run and Reggie Love scored on a 33-yard burst with 6:49 remaining.

Wyoming converted just one of 12 third-down opportunities. Illinois was seven of 16 while racking up 477 yards.

Overall, the Illini had a 26-10 edge in first downs.

–Field Level Media

Jun 13, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) participates in minicamp at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars release veteran DT Malcom Brown

The Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive tackle Malcom Brown on Wednesday.

The move was surprising because Brown started all 17 games for the Jaguars last season and had two sacks and a career-best 57 tackles.

However, Brown was scheduled to earn $5.4 million in base salary this season and potentially $500,000 more in game bonuses. He was slated to receive $29,411 for each game he was active.

Also, Brown had fallen behind DaVon Hamilton on the depth chart during training camp.

Brown was a first-round draft pick (32nd overall) by the New England Patriots in 2015 and has started 97 of 106 games played in his seven seasons. He has 304 tackles, 13.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries.

The 28-year-old played for the Patriots from 2015-18 and the Saints in 2019-20 before the Jaguars acquired him from New Orleans in March 2021.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown (57) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs LT Orlando Brown to report, sign franchise tender

Chiefs left tackle Orlando Brown plans to be back on the field with his teammates this week, ESPN reported.

That means the Kansas City offensive line anchor will report to training camp and sign his franchise tender, guaranteeing his one-year salary of $16.662 million for the 2022 season.

Brown, 26, started 16 games for the Chiefs last season and was voted to his third straight Pro Bowl.

Both sides worked feverishly into July but missed the mid-month deadline to work out a long-term deal. According to multiple reports, the Chiefs put a contract worth $139 million on the table that included guarantees totaling $55 million and a $30.25 million signing bonus. But Brown, per ESPN, rejected that offer because no guaranteed money went beyond the second year of the deal.

Acquired before the 2021 NFL Draft from the Baltimore Ravens, Brown was drafted as a right tackle but jumped to the left side when Ronnie Stanley (ankle) suffered an injury. With Stanley due back and Brown established on the left side, he requested a trade that would allow him to stay on the blindside.

The Chiefs jumped at the chance, coming off of a Super Bowl blocking debacle in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers annihilated Patrick Mahomes behind a largely second-string offensive line. Primary left tackle Eric Fisher missed the Super Bowl with a torn Achilles and didn’t re-sign.

Brown is eligible for unrestricted free agency but can be kept on the franchise tag again in March 2023, guaranteeing him a one-year salary equal to the average of the top-five base salaries at the position.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown (57) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs, Orlando Brown fail to reach long-term deal

The Kansas City Chiefs and left tackle Orlando Brown failed to reach a long-term agreement ahead of Friday’s NFL deadline for franchise-tagged players, multiple outlets reported.

Brown, 26, still has not signed his franchise tag tender, which would see him earn approximately $16.5 million for the 2022 season.

It is unclear whether the three-time Pro Bowl selection will report to training camp on July 26. Because Brown is unsigned, he would not be subject to any fines.

Acquired from the Baltimore Ravens for a first-round pick in the 2021 draft, Brown started 16 games and made his third consecutive Pro Bowl last season.

Brown has started 58 of his 64 games since the Ravens picked him in the third round out of Oklahoma in the 2018 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown (57) lines up during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs use franchise tag on LT Orlando Brown

Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Orlando Brown became the first player tagged in the NFL offseason on Monday.

Brown would make approximately $16.5 million on the franchise tag in 2022 if the two sides are unable to work out a long-term deal.

Acquired from the Baltimore Ravens for a first-round pick in the 2021 draft, Brown stabilized the left side of the Kansas City offensive line in a focused overhaul of the Chiefs’ front wall last offseason.

A third-round pick of the Ravens who began his career at right tackle, Brown is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who hiked his value by moving to the left side for the Ravens when Ronnie Stanley (ankle) was lost for the 2020 season.

Tagging Brown shifts the attention of general manager Brett Veach to safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week.

Mathieu turns 30 in May and said he would love to be back in Kansas City. But he’s also expected to draw significant interest in free agency.

Signed to a three-year, $42 million deal in 2019, Mathieu was an All-Pro pick in his first two seasons in Kansas City.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Mathieu has 26 career interceptions and 10 sacks in 129 career games. He has played for the Chiefs, Texans and Arizona Cardinals.

Veach said he met with reps for Mathieu in Indianapolis but painted a wait-and-see picture that implied the Chiefs would let Mathieu entertain other offers while keeping the door open for his return.

Contract talks with Mathieu were complicated when the Minnesota Vikings and 32-year-old Harrison Smith signed a four-year deal worth $16 million per season in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Tommy Brown (75) against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama OL Tommy Brown transfers to Colorado

Former Alabama offensive lineman Tommy Brown announced on Thursday that he is transferring to Colorado.

“Heading west… Sko Buffs!” Brown said on Twitter.

Brown put his name in the transfer portal one day after the Crimson Tide lost to Georgia in the College Football Playoff title game on Jan. 10.

Brown played in 11 games, starting once at left guard, during the 2021 season. Overall, he played in 29 games over three seasons with Alabama.

The graduate transfer has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA;  Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown cheers during the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown blames Bucs, claims ankle, Bruce Arians caused in-game exit

Antonio Brown emerged late Wednesday claiming his badly injured ankle, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers “cover-up” of his status, caused his in-game exit from the sideline at MetLife Stadium.

Brown, spotted earlier this week courtside at the Brooklyn Nets game, issued a statement through his attorney on the same day the Buccaneers included him on the team’s injury report for Week 18.

Though the Buccaneers made it clear after beating the New York Jets on the day Brown bowed out that he was “no longer a Buc,” no official transaction was made in what could be shaping up as a litigious face-off. Of note in Brown’s professional career and pertinent in any legal dispute over his remaining salary are unceremonious exits from the Pittsburgh Steelers, then-Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots prior to his fresh start with the Buccaneers.

Brown, 33, claimed the Buccaneers were aware of the severity of his ankle injury and that an MRI “shows broken bone fragments stuck in my ankle, the ligament torn from the bone, and cartilage loss, which are beyond painful.”

Only three weeks ago it appeared Brown might be done with the Buccaneers over his “representation of vaccination status” to the team and NFL. But head coach Bruce Arians allowed another chance as Brown rehabbed his hurting ankle.

With the Buccaneers down several wide receivers — including starters Chris Godwin (ACL) and Mike Evans (COVID-19) — Brown played for the first time in 10 weeks on Dec. 26 at Carolina, one game before the incident vs. the Jets.

Brown said in his Wednesday statement that “Because of my commitment to the game, I relented to pressure directly from my coach to play injured. Despite the pain, I suited up, the staff injected me with what I now know was a powerful and sometimes dangerous painkiller the NFLPA has warned against using, and I gave it my all for the team. I played until it was clear that I could not use my ankle to safely perform my playing responsibilities. On top of that, the pain was extreme.”

Brown said general manager Jason Licht acknowledged in a text message that Brown disclosed his ankle pain to Arians.

Arians was asked Wednesday if it was a matter of “how and not if” Brown was gone, he replied: “Right.”

“It’s a management decision, what’s happening right now,” Arians said.

Brown claimed in the lengthy statement that Arians also directly exchanged texts with Brown prior to the game and discussed the injury.

“I took a seat on the sideline and my coach came up to me, very upset, and shouted, ‘What’s wrong with you? What’s wrong with you?’ I told him, ‘It’s my ankle.’ But he knew that. It was well-documented and we had discussed it. He then ordered me to get on the field. I said, ‘Coach, I can’t.’ He didn’t call for medical attention. Instead, he shouted at me, ‘You’re done’ while he ran his finger across his throat.

“Coach was telling me that if I didn’t play hurt, then I was done with the Bucs.

“I didn’t quit. I was cut. I didn’t walk away from my brothers. I was thrown out.

“…Being fired on the sideline for having a painful injury was bad enough. Then came their spin. Coach denied on national television that he knew about my ankle. That’s 100 percent inaccurate.”

Brown was a member of the Super Bowl-winning roster in 2020 and was one of a number of free agents to re-sign with the team in the offseason.

This season, he had 42 receptions for 545 yards and four touchdowns in seven games.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) is tackled by New York Jets cornerback Bryce Hall (37) after a catch during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Antonio Brown throws tantrum, exits field vs. Jets

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown removed his shoulder pads and jersey, ran across the end zone and headed to the team’s locker room midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the host New York Jets.

The Buccaneers trailed 24-10 at the time and were driving downfield on offense, but Brown was not among the players in the game. According to the FOX broadcast, Brown “boiled over” about something and could not be convinced to stay with the team on the sideline.

Fellow receiver Mike Evans tried to keep Brown from taking off his shoulder pads to no avail.

Brown was seen standing in the end zone, making a “peace out” gesture to the crowd, while the teams were playing on the other side of the field.

Brown had three receptions on five targets for 26 yards at the time he left. He has 42 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season.

The 33-year-old has a trail of off-the-field incidents, distractions and legal trouble dating to the start of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most recently, Brown was suspended three games by the NFL this season for falsifying a COVID-19 vaccine card.

Brown spent the first half of the 2020 season suspended for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He turned himself in to police in Florida in January 2020 due to charges of battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

He was released by the New England Patriots after one game in 2019 due to allegations of sexual misconduct and threatening text messages sent to his accuser. New England picked up Brown after he was released by the then-Oakland Raiders before he played in a game due to multiple controversies.

–Field Level Media