Football Wiretap

Titans/Steelers Won't Play In Week 4

Oct 1, 2020 1:45 PM

The NFL has announced that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans will not play their game during Week 4 after two additional positive COVID-19.

Four players initially tested positive on the Titans and a fifth player tested positive on Thursday.

"The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel," the NFL said in its statement. "The Titans facility will remain closed and the team will continue to have no in-person activities until further notice."

Mike Vrabel said Thursday that his players "were somewhat shocked" at the news they wouldn't be playing this week.

"They wanted to play; they were preparing to play. But I think that they understood and realized why the decision was made," he said. "I think that they'll handle this like they do everything else; they'll handle it with professionalism, with understanding and a compassion towards not only ourselves and those people that have been affected, but also Pittsburgh, the Steelers -- they were preparing for a game and now will have their schedule changed as well."

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

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Adam Gase's Job Isn't Hanging In Balance With Jets

Oct 1, 2020 8:42 AM

The New York Jets are 0-3 heading into Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos.

However, that doesn't mean Adam Gase's job hangs in the balance pending the result of the game.

According to a report, the Jets feel that firing Gase would not only be counterproductive in general, but also potentially damaging to Sam Darnold.

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Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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Steelers-Titans Will Be Nationally Televised

Oct 1, 2020 8:38 AM

This week's Pittsburgh Steelers-Tennessee Titans game will be nationality televised whenever it is played.

The game has been postponed from the 1:00 p.m. ET cluster of Sunday games due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests among the Titans.

If the game moves to Monday, it's expected to start at 5:00 p.m. ET, setting up a doubleheader, with Steelers-Titans on CBS preceding Atlanta Falcons-Green Bay Packers on ESPN. If the game moves to Tuesday, it will be played at 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. ET.

Andrew Marchand/New York Post

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

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Nick Foles Credits Frank Reich For Past Success With Eagles

Oct 1, 2020 8:32 AM

Nick Foles will start for the Chicago Bears on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. He replaced Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3 and led the Bears to a comeback victory.

The Colts are coached by Frank Reich, who was the offensive coordinator when Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl LII victory.

"He was the one who really figured me out as a player and realized that we had it all wrong," Foles said of Reich. "They just threw some plays out there one day and said: 'Just go play these plays. We studied you and these are the plays you do.' And sure enough, something triggered inside of me.

"And he figured me out as a player to where, even during games when I'd come to the sidelines, usually coaches want to coach you up and all this, and he'd go, 'Just keep doing it, just keep doing it.' Like, he wouldn't say much. At first it was sort of weird because you're not used to a coach doing that. He was like: 'I trust you. Just go do your thing.' No matter what, if I threw an interception or I threw a touchdown, he cared more about the person than the player. And that says a lot about him and that's why I have all the respect in the world."

Chicago Tribune

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

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Washington Has Around 9,000 Suggestions For New Name

Oct 1, 2020 8:27 AM

The Washington Football Team won't rush through the process of finding a more streamlined name.

New club president Jason Wright wrote in a post on the team website that he has plenty of choices for a name.

"Here's the [honest] answer," Wright wrote. "'Bruh/sis, cut me some slack, we need some time to do this right! We can't ** this up!'"

Washington has had "almost 9,000 submissions to date."

Scott Allen/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Football Team, Misc Rumor

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NFL Threatens Bans, Lost Draft Picks For Not Wearing Masks

Oct 1, 2020 8:24 AM

The NFL has issued another strong warning to coaches who won't wear masks on the sideline during games.

The league is threatening suspensions and forfeiture of draft picks as punishment for failing to comply with COVID-19 game-day protocols, according to a league memo.

The memo, which was sent to coaches, general managers and team executives by NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent, includes a passage in which the NFL says it will "address lack of compliance with accountability measures that may include ... suspensions and/or forfeiture of draft picks."

It's the second time this season that the NFL has warned coaches to comply with coronavirus-related protocols by wearing a mask on the sideline.

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Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

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Michael Thomas Returns To Practice On Limited Basis

Oct 1, 2020 8:21 AM

Michael Thomas returned to practice with the New Orleans Saints on a limited basis on Wednesday.

Thomas has missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain. It remains to be seen if the wide receiver will play in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions.

"Obviously, his presence is a difference, because you know at any moment he can make big plays," Drew Brees said. "And he's obviously a featured guy. So it's good to have him back."

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Injury

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NFLPA President Calls On NFL To Eliminate Artificial Turf

Sep 30, 2020 4:03 PM

NFL Players Association president JC Tretter is calling for NFL teams to change all field surfaces to natural grass to reduce the risk of injury to players.

Players have a 28% higher rate of noncontact lower extremity injuries when playing on artificial turf as compared to grass.

"The data stands out," Tretter said Wednesday during a videoconference with media. "Those numbers are staggering, the difference in injury rate between turf and natural grass. It's possible to get grass in every location, and it's about pushing for that. We all should be working toward the safest style of play. We know the dangers of playing on turf. That's not good for anybody. It's not good for players. It's not good for the GMs and the head coaches. It's not good for the owners. It's not good for the fans. Increased injuries isn't good for anybody.

"Until we can find a way to get synthetic turf to respond and react like natural grass, it's too much of a danger to continue to play on and expect different results."

Thirteen NFL stadiums use artificial turf.

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NFL Postpones Titans/Steelers To Monday Or Tuesday

Sep 30, 2020 12:42 PM

The NFL has postponed Sunday's game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers to either Monday or Tuesday.

The postponement follows positive COVID-19 tests among the Titans from four players.

Mike Vrabel said Wednesday that some of the players who tested positive were experiencing flu-like symptoms.

"I know there's going to be a lot of questions about the game and about who's to blame and where it started. Nobody's to blame. We're in a pandemic," Vrabel said. "... This is a very unfortunate situation, but one that we're confident that we will be able to handle safely with the football team and the players' best interests in mind."

ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

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Chris Godwin To Miss At Least One Game With Hamstring Injury

Sep 30, 2020 8:35 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without Chris Godwin for at least one game because of a hamstring injury.

An MRI revealed that Godwin suffered a mild pull in Week 3.

Tampa Bay will face the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday and the Chicago Bears the following Thursday night. The quick turnaround from Week 4 to 5 could result in the wide receiver missing two contests.

Godwin leads the Buccaneers with 11 catches this season.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Injury

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NFL Could Move Titans-Steelers To Monday Night

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