Cowboys rookie Jourdan Lewis found not guilty in domestic assault case

A jury found Dallas Cowboys rookie Jourdan Lewis not guilty of domestic assault in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, according to Mike Persak of Michigan Daily. Lewis was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in March.

Per MLive.com, Lewis told police that he was asleep on March 15 when his girlfriend at the time came home around 1 a.m. and woke him up. He said she yelled at him, asking Do you pay the bills? The couple had allegedly fought about money issues before.

The visit meant a lot to Ponce and his family.

We were blessed to spend time with this amazing soul and his friend! There’s no words for this experience, a family member posted on the Team Jayro Facebook page. Jayro enjoyed this experience to the fullest. Thank you Make-A-Wish!

If you want a Team Jayro shirt like Beckham’s, they are available for purchase. All of the proceeds go toward Ponce’s family’s medical and travel expenses.

The Giants report to training camp on Thursday.

Howard’s collegiate hype was based more on potential than production, but his combine numbers were a showcase of the kind of athleticism that will make him a matchup nightmare in the NFL. The Alabama tight end maxed out at 602 receiving yards in a season, but his 4.5-second 40 time and ability to make quick cuts downfield give him the potential to do much more. Cameron Brate’s breakout 2016 season with the Bucs suggests Tampa will find more ways to utilize its athletic tight end than the Crimson Tide ever did.

Eli Manning will get another weapon to pair with Odell Beckham Jr. in Engram, a converted wide receiver who brings great speed and hands to the tight end position. Engram won’t be a plus blocker in his first pro season, but he can wreak havoc up the seam. He had 926 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his final season with Ole Miss.

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New study finds there’s no cognitive risk from playing high school football

Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy (CTE) in football has become one of the biggest issues they face after finishing their careers. However, a recent study from JAMA Neurology suggests that former high school football players do not face an enhanced risk.

The findings from the study (which took on 3,904 men with an average age of 64.4 years) read as such:

Collins was a first-team All-Pro during the 2016 season and is feeling as good about the Giants’ chances as Pierre-Paul is.

The 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots are the only two teams that have ever finished the NFL regular season unbeaten. The Dolphins went on to win Super Bowl VII and end the year 17-0, but the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLII to the Giants and finished 18-1.

During the 2016 season, the Giants allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL, but were near the bottom of the league in points scored. The team addressed its offensive struggles in the offseason by signing wide receiver Brandon Marshall and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker in free agency, and drafting tight end Evan Engram in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

I think the key is we added a lot of guys and people are like Wow, this year has to be a team that goes to a Super Bowl this year,’ Pierre-Paul said. But it’s all about the hard work.

Another double-digit win season would likely be enough to get the Giants in the postseason again, but apparently the team is thinking much bigger than that.

In this cohort study using data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study among men graduating high school in Wisconsin in 1957, there was no statistically or clinically significant harmful association between playing football in high school and increased cognitive impairment or depression later in life, on average.

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Panthers unexpectedly fire GM Dave Gettleman

The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that general manager Dave Gettleman has been relieved of his duties. The move comes as a surprise despite the team’s 6-10 finish in 2016, primarily because of the timing.

After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in the team’s release. I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success over the past four seasons. While the timing of this decision is not ideal, a change is needed.

Steve Smith has the last laugh

Smith, DeAngelo Williams, and Josh Norman all took pleasure in Gettleman’s firing.

Gettleman is the second general manager to be fired this summer, which is unusual. The Kansas City Chiefs also parted ways with former general manager John Dorsey in June.

Brandon Beane, the Panthers’ former assistant general manager, was hired by the Buffalo Bills to fill their GM vacancy in June. Beane would have been a natural choice to take Gettleman’s place, but Carolina will have to go in another direction now.

Darboh was an efficient and dependable wideout for the Michigan Wolverines, and he’ll join a Seattle depth chart that will offer him opportunities as a rookie. The Seahawks need a clear WR2 to step up behind Doug Baldwin, and while Darboh isn’t an explosive athlete, he’s steady enough to fill that role on a team in need of aerial targets.

Kupp is the most prolific receiver in NCAA history, but after dominating FCS opponents through four seasons at Eastern Washington, he has to prove he can get open against NFL defensive backs. He’ll have his work cut out the Rams ranked No. 31 in passing offense in 2016.

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This Pittsburgh Penguin got absolutely smoked by Terrell Owens during training drills

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been getting some offseason training in after recovering from a herniated disc that ended his season in April. Unfortunately for Letang, this recent bout of training has only served to embarrass the defenseman when former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens came to play.

And play he did, as Owens absolutely smoked Letang on a routine deke that left the Penguins defenseman in the dust and out of frame on the video in a heartbeat.

It only seems fair now that Owens has to lace up skates and go one-on-one with Letang on the ice as the NHL season approaches. Considering the silky hands and skates Letang possesses in his natural element, we could be looking at quite the payback.

The study used data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, with players matched between March 1 and July 1, 2017. Controlled variables included adolescent IQ, family background, and educational level. This included three types of studied subjects: all controls, those who played a noncollision sport, and those who did not play any sport.

So for those who attended high school 60 years ago, playing football didn’t expose itself as a major risk factor for later-life cognitive impairment or depression that comes with CTE. Despite the game being quite different today with bigger, faster, and stronger athletes, it still found that the risk today is similar as it was then.

The study also stated that, cognitive and depression outcomes later in life were found to be similar for high school football players and their nonplaying counterparts. That’s got to be even more comforting knowing that it’s as if they never played at all.

For players that have taken their careers to the next level, and the professional level, this isn’t necessarily encouraging. However, there has to be some relief for people who may have questioned what football may have done to their bodies just from playing high school ball.

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Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman saved a man from choking on brisket

Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman probably didn’t expect to save someone from choking on brisket at an Austin airport while on his way to training camp.

On Sunday, July 23, Freeman’s flight to Chicago was delayed, so he took the time to eat a brisket sandwich he ordered from the airport’s Salt Lick Taco Bar. A few moments later, he saw Marcus Ryan choking on some brisket at a nearby table.

Ryan was eating brisket and quickly rose to his feet, in a story recounted to the Chicago Tribune. He had a concerned look on his face. Ryan was choking.

Freeman decided to thrust himself into the situation and apply the Heimlich himself. He performed the maneuver two times.

On Tuesday, Davis pushed back against the notion that he or Olsen’s contract talks were the reason for the firing. Offensive tackle Michael Oher also came to Gettleman’s defense and said he built a strong personal relationship with the executive.

Hurney has spent the last few years as a radio host on ESPN 730 in Charlotte. Now he’ll step back into his old role for a while and try to make sure the team is ready for a rebound after disappointing in 2016.

That led him to Arizona, where a spot in the desert helped revive his career. He ran for more than 800 yards in 15 despite playing in only 11 games to help the Cardinals advance all the way to the NFC Championship Game. He was poised to capitalize on that performance in 2016, but a groin injury ended his season after only four games.

David Johnson, who had 1,239 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns last year, will still be the team’s top back. But Chris Johnson will have an opportunity to make an impact in rotation.

He’ll work on a bounce-back season with the Cardinals, though he’ll have to prove Father Time wrong. Johnson will be 32 next season, making him one of the league’s oldest backs.

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