ICYMI: NFL News – August 4th 2016
Do you see that? That shining light on the horizon? That beacon of hope, calling us onwards? That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, pre-season games are imminent. Time to dust off your facepaint kit, and get the armchair ready. Thursday brings more news to the RealSport desk, and provides us with plenty to cover.
Daily Cowboys despair update
In what has now become a depressing inevitability, it’s more bad news out of Dallas. Running back Ezekiel Elliott – yes that Ezekiel Elliott, their rookie running back – ‘tweaked his hamstring’ during training camp. Appropriately, he has immediately been benched, and presumably stored in a freezer as a precaution. Stephen Jones confirmed that they currently do not have a timetable for his return to the field, but with the way things are being reported, it seems that they are just being cautious. Expect to see Elliott on the field this season, but I’d keep an eye on that hamstring, it could flare up again.
Steelers to drop the stripes
The Steelers are rumoured to be dropping their perennial throwback uniform, the “bumblebee” black and yellow stripes, after five seasons with the divisive uniform. Apparently time has been called, and a new throwback will be testing the waters this season. Let’s see if they can beat the Goth inspired colour rush uniform that they will be sporting on Christmas day.
Foles goes to Chiefs
Nick Foles, the quarterback released by the Los Angeles Rams, has found a new home in Kansas. The Chiefs agreed terms with Foles after he trained with them, jumping the Vikings and the Cowboys to get him to sign. The Cowboys could have really done with signing Nick Foles, especially after their main backup quarterback broke his ankle earlier in the week. It looks like this could be a good move for both parties, as he will be re-united with Andy Reid, the guy who drafted him back in 2012.
49ers extend Bowman contract
$11 million a year. That’s how much money the 49ers are willing to pay for the Pro-Bowl linebacker, and Navarro Bowman is fine with that. This four-year deal, with $20 million in guarantees, puts him in second place for linebacker pay, just behind Luke Kuechly. Bowman has become a pivotal player in the last few years, being one of the few players to remain after coach Harbaugh left. He filled in behind Patrick Willis and then took the lead in the linebacker corp. In a time dominated by uncertainty, after Chip Kelly came in as head coach, the 49ers are doubling down on solid players, to try and reinforce the durability of the team.
Hall is a wanted man
Leon Hall, dropped by Cincinnati after he required surgery to repair his injured back, is suddenly hot property again. The Bengals want him back,after William Jackson picked up an injury in training, and are already in talks with him about a return to Cinci. Meanwhile, the 31-year-old veteran is travelling to New York for the second time this year, to train with the Giants and discuss potential options.
Lansanah goes to Miami
Danny Lansanah, the former Bucs linebacker, has been signed to the Dolphins. The five year veteran has played at Green Bay, the Jets, and the Bucks. 55 tackles and one sack wasn’t enough to keep him on the roster after last season, but the Fins seem to think that they can do something with him.