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Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship drops bars in 2018 rap single
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Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship drops bars in 2018 rap single

You might know Rodrigo Blankenship as the bespectacled Colts rookie with a golden kicking leg. Now get to know his rapping alter ego. Meet Blanko, who dropped a 2018 single during his days booting through the uprights at the University of Georgia. The track is called "ATD" -- a reference to UGA coach Kirby Smart's book -- and it deserves several listens. Blankenship nailed his musical debut like he nailed that overtime walk-off field goal in Week 11. In "ATD", Blankenship raps that all he wants is "for me and my brothers… to make the league." Fourteen former Georgia Bulldogs have been drafted since that song dropped in 2018, a total which doesn't include the Colts' undrafted rookie kicker. That undrafted rookie kicker now leads the NFL in points scored. It's time to respect...
Bengals fans donate more than $27K to Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund following QB’s injury
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Bengals fans donate more than $27K to Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund following QB’s injury

NFL fans are at it again, honoring a player by supporting a charity in his name. After Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered what is a season-ending knee injury, Cincy fans showed their support by donating to the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that as of mid-morning on Monday, the relief fund had received more than 1,300 gifts totaling more than $27,000. According to the fund's website, donations support operations of the Athens County Food Pantry, which helps provide supplemental and emergency food aid to residents of Athens County, Ohio, Burrow's hometown. The No. 1 overall pick was carted off the field early in the third quarter after taking a crushing blow. He will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL that will r...
NFL overreactions, Week 11: Cowboys are a lock in NFC East
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NFL overreactions, Week 11: Cowboys are a lock in NFC East

Taysom Hill is the Saints' next franchise QB One start, one win, one overreaction. Or is it? We knew Taysom Hill could run, but the jury was still out on his passing prowess. Well, the highly versatile fourth-year pro provided a clear verdict in his first career start under center, completing 78.3 percent of his passes for 233 yards and posting a passer rating of 108.9 in a rout of the Falcons on Sunday. Among starters in Week 11 heading into Monday Night Football, Hill had the second-highest completion percentage, behind Russell Wilson (82.1), and ranked seventh in passer rating. Despite having a total of 10 career completions heading into Sunday, the 30-year-old was poised against pressure, connecting on all seven attempts against the blitz for 106 yards, per Next Gen Stats. Hill did n...
Bengals QB Joe Burrow suffers torn ACL, MCL in left knee
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Bengals QB Joe Burrow suffers torn ACL, MCL in left knee

Joe Burrow suffered more than just an ACL tear in his knee Sunday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Monday that Burrow tore the MCL in addition to the ACL in his left knee, an MRI revealed, per a source informed of the injury. The team placed him on injured reserve. The news confirms the No. 1 overall pick is done for the year. Burrow will undergo reconstructive surgery and rehab for 2021. Based on Monday's tests, the Bengals are anticipating Burrow to need 8-9 months of recovery and be ready around the beginning next season, Pelissero added. Bengals coach Zac Taylor later confirmed that Burrow will undergo season-ending knee surgery, however, he did not currently have a timeline for when the procedure will occur. Taylor added that the Bengals "expect him to make ...
Vikings place WR Adam Thielen on reserve/COVID-19 list
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Vikings place WR Adam Thielen on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Vikings will be without one of their best offensive weapons for an uncertain length of time. Minnesota announced Monday they have placed wide receiver Adam Thielen on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The timing isn't ideal. The Vikings (4-6) sit just two games back of the NFC's final postseason bid as they prepare for a Week 12 matchup against the Panthers. Thielen, moreover, is coming off his best performance of the year, catching eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Cowboys. He leads Minnesota in receptions (49) and the entire NFL in receiving touchdowns (11). Depending on future test results, there's a chance Thielen is back with the team before Sunday. If the two-time Pro Bowler can't play, the burden would be that much greater on league-leading rusher Dalvin...
Bears place S Eddie Jackson on COVID-19 list; Nagy noncommittal on starting quarterback
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Bears place S Eddie Jackson on COVID-19 list; Nagy noncommittal on starting quarterback

The Chicago Bears are headed for a pivotal meeting with the rival Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, but might play that game without a key defender. The Bears have placed All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson on the reserve/COVID-19 list, per a team announcement Monday. Jackson has started in all 10 games for Chicago's stellar defense this season, recording 58 tackles, three forced fumbles and two passes defended. Jackson has 10 interceptions in his career, but has yet to record one in 2020. Sherrick McManis is listed behind Jackson on Chicago's depth chart, but suffered a broken finger against Tennessee in Week 9. He hasn't played since then, making this a situation to monitor as the week progresses. Per NFL-NFL Players Association protocol, if Jackson tests negative twice, he'll be able t...
What we learned from Rams’ win over Buccaneers on Monday night
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What we learned from Rams’ win over Buccaneers on Monday night

Los Angeles Rams 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 1) Jared Goff was equally outstanding and bewildering, while the Rams' top-flight receiving duo was stellar. But Monday night was a showcase of the epitome of who the 2020 Rams are -- a team led and defined by a dominant defense. Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and the bunch confounded Tom Bradyand the Buccaneers offense on the way to an important win. Rookie Jordan Fuller's second interception of Brady -- each of them shockingly horrible throws by TB12 -- fittingly wrapped up the contest, the Rams moving to 7-3 and keeping pace with the Seahawks atop the NFC West. Los Angeles has reaffirmed that it is indeed one of the NFC's heavyweights and its defense is the catalyst for that ranking. On an evening in which the Rams' terrific tandem of wideouts d...
Sean Payton retweets ex-Falcons WR Roddy White’s Taysom Hill barb after Saints’ win
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Sean Payton retweets ex-Falcons WR Roddy White’s Taysom Hill barb after Saints’ win

Sean Payton heard them snickering. He was aware of their reactions. The New Orleans Saints coach of nearly a decade and a half knew his decision to start Taysom Hill instead of Jameis Winston this Sunday, reported but not confirmed by the coach on Friday, was being mocked and questioned, by basement dwellers, media members and even former NFL players. So on Sunday afternoon, minutes after New Orleans, led by an impressive Hill, trounced the rival Atlanta Falcons, 24-9, Payton, pro football's crown prince of pettiness, took to Twitter to respond, not with a rhetorical retort, but a retweet. Savage. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/Vg44124LZZ — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 22, 2020 That's Payton exposing one freezing-cold day-old take from former Falcons receiver Roddy...
Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) inactive vs. Lions; P.J. Walker to start
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Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) inactive vs. Lions; P.J. Walker to start

The Carolina Panthers said Teddy Bridgewater would be a game-time decision. They meant it. After it first appeared Bridgewater would be active, the Panthers changed their minds at the last minute, and the starting signal-caller is officially inactive for today's game vs. the Detroit Lions due to a knee injury. P.J. Walker is set to get the start, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The Panthers later confirmed the news. The Panthers initially planned to have all three quarterbacks active with Bridgewater working as the emergency QB, Rapoport reported, but the team will play it safe. Bridgewater suffered a sprained MCL late last week against Tampa Bay. Early in the week, he did little in practice, and it appeared he would miss Sunday's game against the Lions. As the week progress...
Notable injuries, news from Sunday’s Week 11 games
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Notable injuries, news from Sunday’s Week 11 games

Injuries and news we're monitoring around the league on this Week 11 Sunday: Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Dennis Daley was evaluated for a concussion. Matt Rhule told reporters after the game that Teddy Bridgewater (knee) had been cleared to play but would've been operating at about 80-85 percent, prompting him to stick with P.J. Walker. Rhule added that Bridgewater "prepared like a monster" but felt it was in Teddy's best interest to sit Week 11 out. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was carted off the field after suffering a left knee injury and did not return against Washington. Tennessee Titans linebacker Jayon Brown was ruled out against the Ravens after suffering an elbow injury. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport later reported, per an informed source, that Brown suffer...