Hall of Fame coach Don Shula hospitalized for breathing complications

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    Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, 86, has been hospitalized due to fluid retention and sleep apnea, his wife, Mary Anne, announced on Tuesday.

    “The family is looking for a speedy recovery,” she wrote in a statement, via the Palm Beach Post.

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    "Coach has been entertaining staff with jokes, and we expect him to be home very soon," another Shula family member told Miami television station WSVN.

    Further details on Shula's condition were not immediately known.

    Shula's NFL career began when he was drafted by the Browns in the ninth round of the 1951 NFL Draft. He had 21 career interceptions in seven seasons when he finished his career with the Redskins in 1957. 

    After beginning his professional coaching career with the Lions in 1960, Shula went on to coach in six Super Bowls and lead the NFL’s only undefeated team during the Super Bowl era (1972 Dolphins). He finished his career with 347 victories, including 19 postseason wins, two Super Bowl championships and an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.




    Gronk's party cruise might be one-time deal, brother Glenn says

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    Rob Gronkowski's party cruise may never set sail again.

    According to brother Glenn Gronkowski, the three-day cruise Rob hosted in February might have gotten a little too out of control.

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    "I've heard they're not (doing it again), but if they do, I'm definitely going to be on it," Glenn told Rochester, N.Y., radio station WCMF on Wednesday, via ESPN.com. "I heard it (was) absolutely crazy. But it might have been too crazy to do another one, they said."

    The cruise boasted performances by Flo Rida and Waka Flocka Flame as well as games of flip cup and other Gronk shenanigans.

    Glenn, the youngest of the five Gronkowski brothers, was preparing for the NFL Combine and didn't participate in cruise festivities.

    "I decided to skip that one," Glenn said. "Probably was in my best interest not to be on that."

    The choice paid off for Glenn, a fullback out of Kansas State. He was signed by the hometown Bills as an undrafted free agent this week and was able to celebrate with all four of his brot夜网论坛hers.

    "(We did) probably a lot of things I shouldn't say," Glenn sa[......]



    Jameis Winston looks slim and trim this summer

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    James Winston will enter his second NFL season with a new head coach and and a new waistline. 

    The Buccaneers quarterback entered the league last season with questions centered around his midsection when this unflattering image hit social media.

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    But now, Winston has reportedly lost 20 pounds and it shows in pictures from his recent vacation.



    A photo posted by Jameis Winston (@jaboowins3) on Jul 18, 2016 at 6:30am PDT

    Winston's trainer, Tim Grover, showed us the before and after.


    For #Jameis @jaboowins3 there has been no offseason. You want extraordinary results, you need an extraordinary work ethic. Our work continues. #RESULTS #RELENTLESS #NoOffseason #buc夜网论坛caneers #attackathletics #timgrover

    A photo posted by Tim Grover (@attackathletics) on Jul 18, 2016 at 10:37am PDT

    Winston isn’t the only signal caller dropping the pounds this offseason. Both Colin Kaepernick and Ben Roethlisberger have been spotted with more aerodynamic physiques.




    Rob Gronkowski to play Thursday against Texans

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    If Jacoby Brissett is to make his NFL debut夜网论坛 with the New England Patriots tonight, he’ll have arguably the league’s best offensive weapon at his disposal — tight end Rob Gronkowski.

    Gronkowski missed the first two game of the season with a nagging hamstring injury, but ESPN reported he’ll be in uniform and available for a clash with the Houston Texans. 

    Team owner Robert Kraft also hinted at Gronkowski’s game status:

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    With Gronkowski off the field, Martellus Bennett is thriving in the Patriots offense with eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. Bennett should still see targets, but Gronkowski will undoubtedly step back into the lineup as the team's biggest pass-catching threat.




    Siemian makes it rain TDs as Broncos best Bengals

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    Trevor Siemian led the Denver Broncos to a 29-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals as he made his presence felt Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

    A rematch of their wild December 2015 Monday night battle of the backups, when Brock Osweiler and AJ McCarron were under center, both teams went back and forth in the first half before Siemian went full throttle with the Broncos' offense. He finished 23 of 25 for 312 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Broncos to a 3-0 start in his first season as a starter.

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    Prior to Sunday's game, Siemian had only completed one pass that traveled at least 20 yards in the air. That all changed when he put up big numbers in his first game away from Denver, including touchdown passes of 41 and 55 yards to wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, respectively.

    As Andy Dalton, who was injured for the matchup last season when the Broncos clinched a playoff berth, struggled for consistency, the Bengals outran the Broncos 143 yards to 52. Dalton finished the[......]



    Ryan Tannehill isn't getting any better, which means Dolphins aren't, either

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    CINCINNATI — Let’s get the other excuses out of the way first for the floundering Dolphins offense: 

      A bad offensive line.A spotty ground attack.An inconsistent group of receivers outside of Jarvis Landry.The growing pains that come with trying to master a third different system in a four-year span.

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      None of these things are helping Ryan Tannehill right now, nor have they through much of his four-plus NFL seasons. The worst part, though, is that Tannehill still isn’t helping himself or the Dolphins overcome those issues with quarterbacking that regularly lifts those around him, which is something the league’s top-tier passers do.

      The Dolphins should be in full-fledged panic mode about whether he ever will.

      A 22-7 road loss to the Bengals on Thursday night was the latest example of why Miami brass has every reason to sweat the decision in May 2015 to reward Tannehill with an elite QB contract in hopes he would develop into exactly that. Tannehill again didn’t perform like he was worth the six-year, $95.3 million extension, which includes $45 million guaranteed.

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      The Dolphins did nothing on offense after Tannehill exploited a busted Bengals coverage to throw a 74-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Stills on their second play from scrimmage. Miami gained 148 yards the rest of the game, which were 25 fewer than what Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green produ[......]



    This Aaron Rodgers will bring Packers all the way back to playoffs

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    That Aaron Rodgers who carved up the Eagles all night on Mond夜网论坛ay night? He's not the same Aaron Rodgers the Packers have had at quarterback over the past five weeks. He's even better than that.

    Because Green Bay had gone 1-4 since Week 6 and was trying to end a four-game losing streak, it has been lost on many that Rodgers has gone full elite since the middle of October. But there was still a little something missing before their 27-13 romp in Philadelphia.

    With his team at a most desperate, most unusual 4-6, Packers coach Mike McCarthy finally went all in on Rodgers. Taking into account all of the rash of injuries on defense, the nicks on the offensive line and a non-existent traditional running game, everything in the game plan was built on trusting Rodgers' arm and athleticism. It all worked.

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    McCarthy had been getting stodgy with his formations and personnel groupings, leading to predictable play calls. He had been too determined to establish a power rushing attack when the Packers were no longer built to make it a focal point. He also had been OK with Rodgers still forcing the deep ball in unfavorable situations.

    In Week 12, however, Rodgers was set up to be the perfect possession passer. There are few other QBs in the league who can be so prolific with dropbacks and not have a drop-off in efficiency.

    All of them, like Rodgers, own Super Bowl rings. All of them[......]



    Cleveland Browns' worst is behind them; Joe Thomas is sure this time

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    Avoiding the ignominy of being the second 0-16 team in NFL history is great news for the Cleveland Browns.

    The better news: Cleveland’s best player says the worst is truly behind this downtrodden franchise following Saturday’s 20-17 home win over San Diego.

    "First of all, we’ve got Hue Jackson," Browns left tackle Joe Thomas told Sporting News in a postgame telephone interview. “He’s an outstanding head coach who has proven that he can win and develop quarterbacks and offenses in a number of different places. That’s a big reason for optimism."

    Thomas said the other is the “legitimate commitment" that Browns ownership has made to give Jackson and top football executive Sashi Brown the time needed to get the team back into the postseason for the first time since 2002.

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    "They’re going to get the opportunity to see the plan through, which is the first time that has happened in my career," Thomas said.

    He’s not exaggerating.

    Thomas has earned future Pro Football Hall of Fame induction playing for a club that is an NFL punch line. The Browns went 10-6 during his rookie season of 2007. They’re 38-97 since.

    Thomas hasn’t missed an offensive snap during that time. Such consistency stands in stark contrast to the revolving door of folks running the franchise.

    By his own count, Thomas said he has played under “six different head coaches, a number of GMs, all sorts of different presidents[......]



    NFL players blown away by Shaquem Griffin's Combine performance

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    Shaquem Griffin, a linebacker from UCF who had his left hand amputated when he was four years old, has emerged as the feel-good story of the NFL Combine. He followed his eye-opening 20 bench press reps Saturday with an equally stunning 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds on his first run Sunday.

    NFL players, current and former, were among those blown away by Griffin's sprint.

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    Below are some of their reactions after Griffin's run.