The weekend looms closer, and as we approach yet another Sunday without Football, we can console ourselves with the knowledge that we have the Pre-Season right around the corner. With that, let’s finish off the week with your final bit of gossip and grit.
Hardy tries out for Jags –
The Jags tried out former Cowboy and Panther Greg Hardy on Wednesday and Thursday. The handsy Defensive end has been in free agency since the Cowboys dropped him after he came back from a ban, and didn’t deliver. That ban was served for slapping around his ex-girlfriend, but we all know that, so he’s kind of a pariah in the FA market. The Jags don’t care. They are all about putting together a team that could compete this year, and Hardy could figure into that, if the numbers are right. Nothing is confirmed on this yet, but the Jags could well be bolstering their defence with one of the least popular men in football.
Rice is Sorry –
Speaking of unpopular players who get a bit handsy with their women, Ray Rice is back on the radar. Having effectively removed himself from the NFL by attacking his partner in a casino lift (shortly before marrying her – true love, eh?), and doing his best to avoid prosecution for this, Ray Rice has come out this week to say he wants back in. Having spent some time on the naughty step, married the woman in question, and gone on several courses, Rice has declared that he wants to play Football again, to “end his legacy the right way”. I’m assuming he’d rather be remembered as the guy who came back from a domestic abuse rap, rather than the guy who ended his career in a lift. Domestic abuse is a serious issue, and Rice has implied heavily that he would be prepared to donate his whole annual salary to a domestic abuse charity group as a show of intent. He’s been clear to point out that he isn’t declaring this as a way to try and leverage his way back into the game, but he wants to show how far he has come from the day that effectively ended his career. No news yet from any franchises on whether this will be taken seriously.
Watt out for pre-season –
JJ Watt has undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. This operation will put him out for an estimated 8-10 weeks. 8 would put him just in time for the beginning of the season. 10 would mean missing the first two games of the season. JJ Watt has never missed a game in his career, not once. The man played with a broken hand. The man played with torn abdominal muscles. The man played with major groin injuries. He’ll be back within 8 weeks. The question is, how long can he continue to play with these kind of injuries?
Gordon meets Goodell –
Josh Gordon, the Browns receiver with a penchant for controlled substances, met with Roger Goodell to discuss his current ban under the controlled substances policy. Having not played a game since December back in 2014, Gordon appears to have decided that Jonny Manziel is not the model by which he wants to organise his career in football. He claims to be in rehab, and the meeting indicates he’s serious about a return to football, but Goodell said that he needs to register for reinstatement on 01/08, and they can’t discuss any further until then. In the meanwhile, the draft saw the Browns draft 4 new receivers, so they may not be holding out for Gordon to return this season.
Norman doesn’t care –
The worlds longest game of flirting continues as Josh Norman replies to OBJ’s most recent attempt to throw shade in his direction. Norman replied to the claim that he only transferred to stay relevant by playing OBJ twice a year, by stating that could “only laugh” at the statement. Frankly, I think these guys should just give it up, get a room at a motel 6, and hug it out. We’re all getting bored of this media spat, there are more entertaining things to look at.
Steelers drop Spaeth –
Matt Spaeth has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 32 year old Tight End failed his recent medical inspection, and isn’t ready to return to football yet. The Steelers have rotated the roster at tight end, with the draft of two new players into the position after Heath Miller retired, and now Spaeth is no longer capable. The question is, does the 9 year veteran hold out for another couple of seasons, maybe going back to the Bears, or does he take the time to announce his retirement from the game? Watch this space.