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Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, and Star Lotulelei of the Buffalo Bills have been placed in quarantine after being considered close contacts.

NEW YORK’S BUFFALO
— Wide receivers Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis of the Buffalo Bills will miss the next five days of practice after being identified as close contacts of a team trainer who tested positive for COVID-19, according to a league source.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is also under quarantine.
After testing negative for the virus on Tuesday morning, all three players are required to skip practice per to the NFL’s COVID-19 policy.
According to Schefter, the trainer is completely vaccinated.
The news of Beasley and Davis being quarantined was first reported by the New York Daily News.
The NFL’s policy, which severely restricts unvaccinated athletes while allowing vaccinated players to return to near-normalcy, drew criticism from Beasley in June, when he tweeted that he was not vaccinated and would “enjoy my one life like I want.”
If they are close contacts with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, unvaccinated players must stay away from the team for five days; vaccinated players do not have to quarantine if they are close contacts with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
Unvaccinated players are needed to be checked everyday under the policy controlling preseason and training camp, whereas vaccinated players are only required to be tested every two weeks, according to Beasley.
“It’s self-evident that if a vaxxed or unvaxxed athlete is tested less frequently, the chances of being removed for COVID diminish drastically,” Beasley said.
“In terms of player safety, I’ll just say that we all want to be safe,” Beasley said. Beasley was the Bills’ second-leading receiver in 2020, with 967 yards on 82 catches, both career highs.
During his rookie season last year, Davis had the second-most receiving touchdowns on the team with seven.

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Ray Lewis, ranked No. 17 in the NFL 100, ‘was the perfect defensive player’ when he entered the league, despite being undersized.

The Athletics’ initiative to select the 100 greatest players in football history is known as the NFL 100.
We’ll reveal new members of the list every day until the season starts, starting with the No.
On Wednesday, September 1st, one player will be crowned.
8.It was the entire experience that drew me in.
Ray Lewis defined a football Sunday in Baltimore for 17 years, with his pregame dances, passionate speeches, and crushing hits. When Ray Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in 1996, the team didn’t have a logo, jerseys, a state-of-the-art football stadium, or a contemporary training facility.
The Ravens had become one of the most recognized and dependable franchises in the league by the time his “final ride” ended in a sea of confetti in February 2013.
The two gleaming Lombardi trophies on display in the lobby of their magnificent training facility serve as proof.One of the players most responsible for the franchise’s success is now immortalized in bronze in front of the team’s downtown stadium, inviting a fan base that has embraced the team’s blue-collar, defensive-minded approach.There stands Lewis, 9 feet tall and 1,200 pounds, a fittin’s son, a fittin’s son.
Lewis is posing, preening, and encouraging his teammates to follow in his footsteps. Few NFL players are as synonymous with a franchise as Lewis is with the Ravens.
That hasn’t changed in the more than eight years since his final game. “He could motivate not only a defense, but an entire community,” said former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, a longtime foe of Lewis’.

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Dan Campbell notices Derrick Barnes and Tom Kennedy on the Lions’ risers and fallers list; is Tim Boyle still QB2?

Preseason football’s goals are to adequately evaluate a roster against live competition and to avoid any potentially devastating injuries.
On both counts, the Lions won in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Head coach Dan Campbell rested many of his regulars, primarily as a precaution, allowing players vying for second- and third-team spots to face the Steelers starters.
It was nasty for a while, with Detroit falling behind 20-0 at halftime, which could have been much worse. But the Lions rallied in the second half, eventually pulling within 6 points.
Several players stood out for their efforts on the way to the 26-20 loss, both in good and terrible ways.
The second round of preseason risers and fallers is as follows:RisersA.J.
Parker, CBIn this year’s draft guide, Dane Brugler graded the Kansas State product as the 52nd-best cornerback prospect.
Parker had too many “negative drills in run support,” according to the scouting report, but “may be enough to survive in the NFL if he can improve his tackling and physicality.” Parker led the Lions with eight tackles (on 30 defensive reps) in their second preseason game.
At this point, it appears he’ll do more than just “survive” in the NFL; he’s started both games as Detroit’s slot corner, and he doesn’t appear willing to relinquish that role. “A.J., great,” said linebacker Derrick Barnes on Saturday night.
“An undrafted player”
Day one has everything under control.

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The Jaguars are Urban Meyer’s willing students as he learns how to be an NFL coach.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (AP) —
— Listening to Urban Meyer is all it takes to realize he isn’t your ordinary NFL head coach.
Meyer’s Jaguars training camp practices simply sound different. Consider the dramatic pre-practice speeches, which are sometimes delivered by an assistant coach but are frequently delivered by Meyer himself.
Or consider Meyer’s recent post-stretch speech, which lasted more than five minutes following a particularly intense workout.
Then there are the daily practice reports from Meyer’s chief of staff, Fernando Lovo, which are broadcast on the field over speakers. Meyer hosted his first Winner-Loser day of camp in early August, when every competitive drill was scored individually or for the offense or defense.
Lovo not only announced the winners of each drill, but he also counted down the seconds of each phase and gave instructions to the players on what would happen next.
The Ohio State and University of Florida customs included having a master of ceremonies.
It’s rare for the NFL, where most workouts are a cacophony of music, whistles, and artificial crowd noise. Meyers’ practices are also unique, especially if you follow the former college coach from drill to drill.While it’s not uncommon for a head coach to get hands-on with players to teach a technique, only in Jacksonville will you hear the head coach.
Meyer’s success in his first NFL job, though, will most likely be determined by how well he integrates the habits and motivational techniques he employed to help Florida and Ohio State become national champions with the realities of teaching professional athletes.

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After Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans was named to the NFL’s Top 100 Players list, the league released an unsettling video.

Before to the 2021 season, the NFL is in the midst of releasing its Top 100 players list.
Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, is highlighted extensively for the second year in a row.
According to the league’s announcement on Sunday afternoon, Watson is rated 18th.
Many people were perplexed by the accolade.
In 22 civil lawsuits and ten criminal complaints, Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault.
So why is Watson listed among the NFL’s top 100 players?
It wasn’t the NFL’s decision, to be sure.
The players, not the league or NFL Network, vote on the annual Top 100.
For the fourth year in a row, the players chose Watson, who led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards last season.
His career-high ranking of 18 is the highest of his career.
MORE: What you need to know about Deshaun Watson’s lawsuits That said, the NFL was clearly not pleased with Watson’s inclusion on the list, or at the very least, it didn’t congratulate him on his accomplishment.
Instead, the league created an extremely unsettling video to go along with the award.
It opened with this comment from the narrator: “Nobody knows when Deshaun Watson will take the field again.” It had zero player interviews, which are usually a hallmark of the rankings.
His future is in doubt.
But his talent is undeniable.” See the entire 87-second video on the NFL’s YouTube channel.
It’s impossible to hold the NFL responsible for the video, but given the claims against Watson, it’s worth considering why it was made at all.
The league could have simply confirmed his inclusion on the list and went on with its business.
The NFL has yet to decide whether or not to sanction Watson for breaching the league’s personal conduct rules, and a decision is unlikely to be made anytime soon.
Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, stated that the league has not yet contacted Watson or his legal counsel.
According to Yahoo Sports, “the NFL frequently tries to avoid contacting the defendant and his lawyers and seeking evidence from them until the criminal investigation is completed.”
“Historically, they’ve wanted to avoid interfering with criminal investigations.”
When the criminal inquiry is over, they will proceed with their own separate follow-up.
I’ve had no interaction with the NFL other than a phone call to say, ‘When the time is right, we will completely comply.’
‘You let us know,’ and that is exactly what will happen.”

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The Baltimore Ravens have won 19 consecutive exhibition games, which is a ‘notable’ record.

No one will be able to persuade John Harbaugh that the Baltimore Ravens’ unprecedented run is meaningless since it came within a non-significant period of the NFL calendar.
The Ravens won their 19th straight preseason game with a 20-3 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers, which unofficially ties an NFL record.
From 1959 through 1962, the Packers under Vince Lombardi won 19 consecutive exhibition games, ending just weeks before Ravens coach John Harbaugh was born.
“All those guys who were a part of it over those years should be proud tonight,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s something only one other club has ever done — the Vince Lombardi Green Bay Packers.”
“I’d say that’s remarkable,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. The Ravens went old-school to join Lombardi and the Packers in summer dominance.
On Saturday night, the Ravens, who were tied at halftime with the Panthers, ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the second half at Bank of America Stadium.
After halftime, Baltimore limited the Panthers to 18 total yards.
Since September, the Ravens have not lost a preseason game.
Baltimore’s preseason winning streak began against the Panthers in 2016.
“There are going to be folks who say this doesn’t matter,” Harbaugh said.
“There will be people who look at that and go, ‘Wow, that’s something.’ I believe that everything has purpose in life.” The Ravens’ preseason streak is the longest in at least 26 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Elias’ preseason records don’t go back any further than 1995.
But, according to long-time NFL reporter Rick Gosselin, the Packers won 19 straight exhibition games 59 years ago.
The Ravens were unable to replicate that record since their star players are frequently used in the preseason.
Despite missing seven starters, including Pro Bowl quarterback Lamar Jackson, tight end Mark Andrews, offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, and cornerback Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore defeated Carolina on Saturday.
Tyler Huntley, who began at quarterback in place of Jackson, stated, “It’s a fantastic feeling to have because you can see the type of culture we have as a team and company.”
“Every time we foot on the pitch, we want to win.”
It really goes to show how much depth we have as a team to keep winning in the preseason.” Some players were aware of the run going into the game.
In the locker room after the win, Harbaugh briefed his players about the historic preseason triumph.
Ravens safety Chuck Clark recalled, “We embraced and loved that moment.”
“But for now, we’re kind of in the record books,” he says, “but we just have to keep becoming more and better as a team.”

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Falcons eliminated two unvaccinated players to reach a 100% COVID-19 vaccination percentage, according to reports.

The Atlanta Falcons made waves on Monday when they announced that all of their players have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk provided an update on the subject on Thursday.
According to Florio, the Falcons eliminated two unvaccinated players as part of their recent roster cutting, bringing the team’s immunization percentage to 100%.
Since the spring, both the NFL and the NFL Players Association have stated that players cannot be forced to acquire coronavirus vaccines in order to preserve their roster positions, but it has been generally assumed for months that so-called “fringe” or “bubble” players may be cut during training camp and/or the preseason if they refused to get one of the available and safe vaccines.

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Alvin Kamara and Tyrann Mathieu slam the Giants’ co-owner for his “corny” mocking stance.

NFL superstars Alvin Kamara and Tyrann Mathieu took to Twitter to criticize New York Giants president John Mara for saying the NFL’s Competition Committee was “sick and tired of the talking” on the field.
“We get kind of sick & weary of the taunting that does go on from time to time on the field,” says #Giants owner John Mara, who is also a member of the Competition Committee.
Nobody likes it when another player taunts them.
The NFL has instructed its officials to aggressively enforce the taunting regulations for upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/HDGQSnvsYQ — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 17, 2021
If a player receives two taunting penalties in a game, they will be expelled and fined or suspended, depending on the severity of the offense.
“(The Competition Committee) gets kind of sick and weary of the discussion that does go on from time to time on the field,” Mara remarked.
We attempted to strike a balance between sportsmanship and enabling the players to have fun, and while there is always a narrow line to walk, none of us like seeing that.
It’s simply a issue of whether you can have regulations that can be enforced without detracting from the fun of the game, but no one wants to see a player harass another player.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think so.
“I believe the rest of the Competition Committee feels the same way.” During the first weekend of preseason games, fans and players got a taste of what to expect in terms of taunting penalties.
On Twitter, what did Kamara and Mathieu have to say about John Mara?
Tyrann Mathieu of the Kansas City Chiefs was one of the first NFL players to respond to Mara’s comments, tweeting, “So shut up and play? Got it.”
I got it.
https://t.co/9YrOmSIBup — Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 17, 2021 Mathieu’s reaction refers to Laura Ingraham’s infamous comments about NBA superstar LeBron James on Fox News.
Ingraham raged into James in a clip on her show after he lambasted former US President Donald Trump.
Ingraham received a lot of backlash for her distasteful segment on James, with many accusing her of being racist. She said she wasn’t interested in political advice from “someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball” and added that James should “shut up and dribble.”
Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos also responded to John Mara’s statements on Twitter, calling them “corny as hell.” New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara called Mara’s words “corny as hell.”
“I blame that terrible rap music,” he said, referring to what critics of the genre – typically elderly people – remark when pointing out bad connotations linked with hip-hop/rap music.
“I blame that awful rap music” https://t.co/tu22x4QD0T — Adrian Amos (@_SmashAmos31) August 17, 2021 The majority of NFL fans and players are already unhappy with the league’s new taunting penalties, and Mara’s comments further fueled to the flames.
Rachel Syiemlieh edited the piece.

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Alvin Kamara and Tyrann Mathieu slam the Giants’ co-owner for his “corny” mocking stance.

NFL superstars Alvin Kamara and Tyrann Mathieu took to Twitter to criticize New York Giants president John Mara for saying the NFL’s Competition Committee was “sick and tired of the talking” on the field.
“We get kind of sick & weary of the taunting that does go on from time to time on the field,” says #Giants owner John Mara, who is also a member of the Competition Committee.
Nobody likes it when another player taunts them.
The NFL has instructed its officials to aggressively enforce the taunting regulations for upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/HDGQSnvsYQ — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 17, 2021
If a player receives two taunting penalties in a game, they will be expelled and fined or suspended, depending on the severity of the offense.
“(The Competition Committee) gets kind of sick and weary of the discussion that does go on from time to time on the field,” Mara remarked.
We attempted to strike a balance between sportsmanship and enabling the players to have fun, and while there is always a narrow line to walk, none of us like seeing that.
It’s simply a issue of whether you can have regulations that can be enforced without detracting from the fun of the game, but no one wants to see a player harass another player.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think so.
“I believe the rest of the Competition Committee feels the same way.” During the first weekend of preseason games, fans and players got a taste of what to expect in terms of taunting penalties.
On Twitter, what did Kamara and Mathieu have to say about John Mara?
Tyrann Mathieu of the Kansas City Chiefs was one of the first NFL players to respond to Mara’s comments, tweeting, “So shut up and play? Got it.”
I got it.
https://t.co/9YrOmSIBup — Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 17, 2021 Mathieu’s reaction refers to Laura Ingraham’s infamous comments about NBA superstar LeBron James on Fox News.
Ingraham raged into James in a clip on her show after he lambasted former US President Donald Trump.
Ingraham received a lot of backlash for her distasteful segment on James, with many accusing her of being racist. She said she wasn’t interested in political advice from “someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball” and added that James should “shut up and dribble.”
Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos also responded to John Mara’s statements on Twitter, calling them “corny as hell.” New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara called Mara’s words “corny as hell.”
“I blame that terrible rap music,” he said, referring to what critics of the genre – typically elderly people – remark when pointing out bad connotations linked with hip-hop/rap music.
“I blame that awful rap music” https://t.co/tu22x4QD0T — Adrian Amos (@_SmashAmos31) August 17, 2021 The majority of NFL fans and players are already unhappy with the league’s new taunting penalties, and Mara’s comments further fueled to the flames.
Rachel Syiemlieh edited the piece.

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Is The 1.002 Update For Madden 22 Out Today?

Patch Notes for Madden 22 Update 1.002 We’ll update this with the patch notes as soon as EA releases them.
“EA Play members on Xbox: To ensure you receive the complete Madden NFL 22 Early Access Trial experience, we will be extending the trial for Xbox users,” according to an EA Play announcement made last night.
The Trial has been extended for Xbox gamers to make up for missed time, but it is also being pushed out on PS5, which means there may be other issue patches in the mix.
EA Play members on Xbox: We’re extending the Madden NFL 22 Early Access Trial for Xbox players to ensure you get the most out of it.
The 1.002 update is roughly 1.5GB in size and is currently being rolled out: https://t.co/TBILUwhohQ — EA Play (@EAPlay) August 16, 2021
Although it is uncertain, it is quite likely that when the game is completely launched on August 20th, this recent update will also be rolled out and downloaded automatically.
Upcoming Madden 22 Updates EA has confirmed that Rookie Premier will be released on Friday, October 20th, along with some bug fixes for the ‘Play Next Challenge.’