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The NFL informed clubs today any team employee who refuses a COVID-19 vaccination without “bona fide medical or religious ground” will be barred from Tier 1 or Tier 2 status, and thus have restricted access within the team facility and not work directly with players, per sources.
Going to be interesting to see the backlash that will come from this.
 

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I was talking about the picture. It was bad enough to spoil it, but I have seen a lot worse.

I'm sure it hurt like hell though.
 

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I guess I’ve seen people shot. I’m not sure what scale you’re working on but that’s pretty bad.
 

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Donald claims that this guy swung (and missed) a bottle at Donald's head. A brawl broke out and Donald actually helped get people off of the guy.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31269749/lawyer-aaron-donald-refutes-assault-claim-los-angeles-rams-star
And the lawyer is apologizing

Todd Hollis, the attorney for De’Vincent Spriggs, said he reviewed video showing the fight from the club. He said after seeing it, it’s clear that Donald was trying to break up the fight. He said this situation was simply a mix-up.
“I certainly extend an apology to Aaron for any problems this may have caused him. Aaron has certainly been through enough so we want to put this to rest,” Hollis said.
Hollis said the man who did attack his client somewhat resembles Donald, but he wanted to publicly apologize for the false accusations. He said Spriggs suffered a concussion, broken nose, orbital bone and possibly a broken arm in the fight.
https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/attorney-man-who-claimed-nfl-player-aaron-donald-assaulted-him-apologizes/JQM3PAFG5BHQZCH3W3V4Q2E7QQ/
 

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Sheldon Richardson’s contract terminated by the Cleveland Browns.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31271041/cleveland-browns-release-dt-sheldon-richardson-save-11m-vs-salary-cap

30 years old, had a seemingly strong and typical season last year with 44 solo tackes, 6 sacks, and a forced fumble. Seems like a BB type of player up front, would be an interesting add on the DLine if the Pats had room.
It's been a little whole, so maybe hes matured now that hes 30. But isnt he kind of an asshole? At the very least, defensive rookie of the year seemed to go to his head.

He was suspended 4 games for violating the NFLs substance abuse program.

Before a divisional game, he was caught on video saying, "Where the hoes at? Fuck this game."

He was arrested for going 143-mph and resisting arrest.

I'm sure theres stuff I'm missing, but hes also been on four teams in five years (soon to be five teams in six years).

He was a hell of a talent coming out of college, but nothing about his actions or the desire for teams to bring him back screams that he gives a shit about football. If I saw him in a Patriots uniform, I think my Albert Haynesworth PTSD would resurface.
 

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It's been a little whole, so maybe hes matured now that hes 30. But isnt he kind of an asshole? At the very least, defensive rookie of the year seemed to go to his head.

He was suspended 4 games for violating the NFLs substance abuse program.

Before a divisional game, he was caught on video saying, "Where the hoes at? Fuck this game."

He was arrested for going 143-mph and resisting arrest.

I'm sure theres stuff I'm missing, but hes also been on four teams in five years (soon to be five teams in six years).

He was a hell of a talent coming out of college, but nothing about his actions or the desire for teams to bring him back screams that he gives a shit about football. If I saw him in a Patriots uniform, I think my Albert Haynesworth PTSD would resurface.
Reading your first 5 sentences I said, “Oh. He is Albert Haynesworth. Fuck that.”

Then I read your 6th sentence. Lol
 

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The orange with black pants version looks awesome. Rest are ok. I'm not crazy about something about them, I think maybe the font - sometimes trying to modernize these things almost has the opposite effect of what's intended and emphasizes the inherent cheesiness.
 

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If the NFL ever allows teams to go back to multiple different colored helmets, the white would look even better with a white helmet with black stripes. That'd be one of the best unis in the league IMO.
 

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In a way it makes the comeback all the more impressive. Dude busted his ass to get one more half season, as if just to prove he could do it. I hope he's satisfied with the career he had, he deserves a ton of respect both for coming back from incredibly high profile bust status as well as the return from injury.
 

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In a way it makes the comeback all the more impressive. Dude busted his ass to get one more half season, as if just to prove he could do it. I hope he's satisfied with the career he had, he deserves a ton of respect both for coming back from incredibly high profile bust status as well as the return from injury.
I mean.. it's an awesome story that he played, but.... he was so bad I can't imagine anyone would have signed him.
 

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Such an interesting career. Overall probably a "disappointment" from the standpoint of being a #1 pick, but he went 80-36-1 beginning in 2011 when Harbaugh took over the Niners.
 

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I mean.. it's an awesome story that he played, but.... he was so bad I can't imagine anyone would have signed him.
I can't really disagree with that, so maybe impressive was the wrong word. Commendable might be more fair. He had to know this (or not making it back at all) was a possibility, so I give him a bit of extra credit for making it back when he was already well on the back 9 when the injury happened in the first place.
 

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Such an interesting career. Overall probably a "disappointment" from the standpoint of being a #1 pick, but he went 80-36-1 beginning in 2011 when Harbaugh took over the Niners.
And he was probably a fumbled punt away from winning a ring too. Solid career and player.
 

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I can't really disagree with that, so maybe impressive was the wrong word. Commendable might be more fair. He had to know this (or not making it back at all) was a possibility, so I give him a bit of extra credit for making it back when he was already well on the back 9 when the injury happened in the first place.
Oh I still think it's a remarkable achievement, and kinda crazy he wanted to do it.
 

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And he was probably a fumbled punt away from winning a ring too. Solid career and player.
And about 6 interceptions his secondary dropped or knocked out of each other's hands.

On the other hand, I believe most of us were rooting pretty hard for SF in that game strictly based on not wanting to deal with the Giants DL.
 
I mean.. it's an awesome story that he played, but.... he was so bad I can't imagine anyone would have signed him.
Funny, I saw it bandied about on a Falcons discussion forum the other day that Alex Smith might have been a good backup QB signing if Atlanta doesn't pick a QB at #4 (or perhaps later in the draft). But then, we are the Falcons, so...
 

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And about 6 interceptions his secondary dropped or knocked out of each other's hands.

On the other hand, I believe most of us were rooting pretty hard for SF in that game strictly based on not wanting to deal with the Giants DL.
I was rooting pretty hard for SF because I wanted to avoid losing to the NYG in another painful fashion, which of course then occurs.
 

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Smith picked up some grizzle along the way and was very solid for a few years. Might have been the good soldier of all time in moving aside for Kaep with that loaded team.
 

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Smith picked up some grizzle along the way and was very solid for a few years. Might have been the good soldier of all time in moving aside for Kaep with that loaded team.
Pretty crazy that he played this role twice - and that both teams almost won the Super Bowl (KC won it in year 2 post Smith)
 

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Somethings missing on all those uni’s. The pants all seem uncommitted to the overall design. My nits: exposed knees - particularly a pie slice of knee looks terrible. I’d guess this wasn’t a preference of the designers either. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Also, I almost always hate the numbers with outlines.
 
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Pretty crazy that he played this role twice - and that both teams almost won the Super Bowl (KC won it in year 2 post Smith)
Forgot about KC - Smith decided to lap the field!

Weirdly (at least to me), I play bb with a guy who I thought rooted for KC and when I offered condolences after a loss a few years ago, he said it was all right. He was just a Smith fan and he had had a good game. He couldn’t explain why he was a Smith fan which was actually a good explanation.
 

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I can't really disagree with that, so maybe impressive was the wrong word. Commendable might be more fair. He had to know this (or not making it back at all) was a possibility, so I give him a bit of extra credit for making it back when he was already well on the back 9 when the injury happened in the first place.
I mean, they almost had to amputate the leg. As someone who went through exactly that due to a similar staph infection and returned to sports (granted, not as a starting QB in the NFL) I think it's pretty awesome, even if he wasn't exactly an all pro upon his return. They literally almost had to cut the fucking thing off.
 

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Are they throwing a disproportionate amount of rock to see if the players are smart enough to adjust to an exploitive paper-heavy strategy?
 

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And this is the competition committee proposal:

That proposal would limit teams receiving onside kicks to nine players in the setup zone 10-25 yards from the spot of the kickoff.

Rules limiting how kicking teams can line up have made it very difficult to recover onside kicks in recent years and both proposed changes were devised to improve the odds of a team mounting a comeback in the final minutes of games.
 

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Is the new onside kick rule really going to make a difference? Teams are going to limited to 9 in the setup zone. Don't teams typically use 10 guys in the setup zone with 1 guy back deep to guard against a pooch kick and/or fake currently? Is having 1 fewer in the zone really going to make that much difference?