October 2019 - Football Wiretap

Patrick Mahomes Receives 'Best-Case Scenario' Diagnosis On Knee

Oct 18, 2019 3:25 PM

Patrick Mahomes received a "best-case scenario" diagnosis after dislocating his right kneecap.

The MRI Mahomes underwent showed no damage beyond the dislocation.

The Kansas City Chiefs are working through second opinions. 

Mahomes suffered the injury during a quarterback sneak on fourth down. As medical staff attended to him on the field, it appeared Mahomes' knee was straightened and popped back into place.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports Mahomes could be back by Week 11, which is in one month.

Adam Schefter, Ed Werder/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Fantasy, Injury

Alvin Kamara Out For Week 7 With Knee, Ankle Injuries

Oct 18, 2019 4:11 PM

Alvin Kamara has been ruled out of the New Orleans Saints' Week 7 game at the Chicago Bears with knee and ankle injuries.

Kamara has rushed 86 times this season for 373 yards and one touchdown to go with 33 receptions for 276 yards receiving and another touchdown.

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Fantasy, Injury

Patrick Mahomes Suffers Right Knee Injury

Oct 17, 2019 9:31 PM

Patrick Mahomes suffered what appeared to be a serious right knee injury during the first half of the Kansas City Chiefs' Week 7 game at the Denver Broncos. Mahomes was able to walk off the field on his own power.

Dr. Mark Adickes believed it was a patella (knee cap) dislocation. The treatment could be for Mahomes to sit out for a weeks, but he could also have season-ending surgery with an MRI determining the course of action.

The early reports indicate Mahomes does not have a fracture.

Mahomes won the NFL MVP in 2018.

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Fantasy, Injury

Analyst: ROI On NFL TV Deal Doesn't Make Sense For ESPN

Oct 17, 2019 10:57 AM

The NFL's TV rights come up for bid again in 2021 (ESPN's Monday Night Football package) and 2022 (CBS, Fox and NBC). The timing could work out well for the NFL if their ratings resurgence continues.

ESPN, however, pays $1.9 billion per year for Monday Night Football compared to just over $1 billion each for the three networks.

"The last ESPN deal was inefficient, and the ROI doesn't make sense for cable networks," said MoffettNathanson media analyst Michael Nathanson.

Nathanson doesn't expect a streaming platform to become the primary outlet for one of the TV packages.

"It's too disruptive. But [there could be more] around the edges like they've done with Thursday night and Amazon [which streams most of those games]," said Nathanson. "But I think the NFL understands, as long as the broadcast monetization system is still there with retrans, they don't want to blow up the ecosystem."

Rick Porter/Hollywood Reporter

Tags: Legal

Darren Waller, Raiders Agree To Three-Year, $9M Extension

Oct 17, 2019 10:53 AM

The Oakland Raiders have signed Darren Waller to a three-year, $9 million extension.

Waller was scheduled to be a restricted free agent in 2020.

Waller, who served a pair of suspensions for failed drug tests while with the Ravens, has gone public with his fight for sobriety, which reached two years during training camp.

Waller has caught a team-leading 37 passes for 359 yards through five games for the 3-2 Raiders.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

NFL Ratings Climb Nine Percent Since 2017

Oct 17, 2019 10:51 AM

NFL viewership is up approximately three percent from last season to an average of 16.3 million viewers through Week 6.

Ratings for the NFL bottomed out in 2017, which sparked speculation that their marketshare would continue to fall.

Since hitting a low for this decade of 15 million viewers in 2017, viewership has climbed 9 percent and is on par with the 2016 season (16.5 million).

"If the conversation around football is primarily about the game, then we're probably winning," says Michael Mulvihill, executive vp and head of strategy and analytics at Fox Sports, which has the Super Bowl this season. "And if the conversation is about topics away from the game, we're probably losing. I think the focus for the past season and a half has become more where we'd like it to be, which is just on the games."

Conversations centered on politics and player safety have receded somewhat for the NFL.

The NFL's TV rights come up for bid again 2021 (ESPN) and 2022 (CBS, Fox and NBC).

Rick Porter/Hollywood Reporter

Tags: Legal

NFL, NFLA Discuss 17-Game Season In CBA Talks

Oct 16, 2019 4:57 PM

The NFL and NFLPA are discussions on a 17-game regular season as part of their new collective bargaining agreement talks.

The NFL previously pushed for an 18-game season while nearly all sides would like a reduction of the preseason schedule.

“We’ve had very fruitful discussion on it, discussing the positives and negatives, and the changes to the game that we’ve made over the last 10 years, which I think are really important as it relates to the safety of the game and how we’re preparing and practicing, and training our players,” Roger Goodell said, via Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily. “I think those changes have made a significant impact in a positive way, and so that is something we’ll continue to discuss.”

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Legal

NFL Sees No Evidence Of Tanking, Not Considering Draft Lottery

Oct 16, 2019 2:05 PM

Roger Goodell sees no evidence of teams tanking and the NFL is not currently considering a draft lottery.

"The good news for us is we don't see that," said Goodell on teams potentially tanking.

The Miami Dolphins have been accused in the media of tanking this season.

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, Legal

Trent Brown Accused Of Multiple Acts Of Domestic Violence

Oct 16, 2019 11:03 AM

Trent Brown has been accused of multiple acts of domestic violence against his girlfriend as part of a lawsuit.

Brown signed with the Oakland Raiders from the New England Patriots this past offseason on a four-year, $66 million deal.

According to the lawsuit, the two began dating in March 2017 and had a child together in January 2019. According to the woman, the couple had a "non-marital partnership agreement."

The woman accused Brown of slapping, punching and choking her on multiple occasions beginning in 2018. She said she has been "bruised, bloodied and battered" from the attacks and lived in fear of Brown.

Brown could be subject to NFL discipline under the personal conduct policy.


Tags: Oakland Raiders, Suspension

Saints' P.J. Williams Suspended For Two Games

Oct 16, 2019 9:17 AM

New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams has been suspended for the next two weeks for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse.

Williams was initially charged with driving while intoxicated in January. However, the case was resolved in August when he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

The 26-year-old has played more than 80% of the Saints' snaps this year.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Suspension

Titans Replace Marcus Mariota With Ryan Tannhill As Starting QB

Turron Davenport/ESPN

Ravens Acquire Marcus Peters From Rams

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

Jaguars Trading Jalen Ramsey To Rams For Three Picks

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Michael Bennett Suspended One Game By Patriots

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Rams Trade Marcus Peters To Ravens For Kenny Young

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Russell Wilson Moves Past Patrick Mahomes In MVP Odds

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Danielle Hunter Sets Record For Most Sacks Before Turning 25

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

John Harbaugh Would Prefer Lamar Jackson Not Take 'Certain Hits'

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Cardale Jones, Landry Jones Among Eight QBs Assigned To XFL Teams

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Cam Newton Expected Back At Practice After Bye

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Buccaneers Not Considering Quarterback Change

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Patriots Re-Sign Benjamin Watson

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tom Brady Won't Try To Convince Rob Gronkowski To End Retirement

Ryan Hannable/WEEI

Thursday Night Football Generates 5.3 Percent Of Salary Cap

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers Defense Is Just Getting Started

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Jerry Jones: Cowboys' Skid 'Not Just' On Jason Garrett

Todd Archer/ESPN

Titans Bench Marcus Mariota In Loss To Broncos

Turron Davenport/ESPN

Jared Goff Says Rams Will 'Get Right Back On Track'

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

Browns Refute Report Of Listening To Trade Offers For Odell Beckham

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Mike Tomlin To Washington Considered 'Far-Fetched'

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