NFL news and notes: Cowboys want Ezekiel Elliott fresh for playoffs; Colts work out Brock Osweiler

first_imgThree things that matterJerry Jones takes clear stance on Ezekiel Elliott holdoutAnd it’s probably not what Dallas fans want to hear, as the Cowboys owner hinted the team is prepared to play without their star rusher to start the season.”We want Zeke when we get to the playoffs. We want Zeke when we’re in the dog days of this season,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan. “We may very well play without a player that’s not coming in on his contract. We’ll play and we’ll play well.” Related News One video you have to seeIt appears the cast of “Happy Gilmore” snuck into Green Bay’s annual welcome back luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium.Happy, Chubbs & the Caddy are ready for the #Packers Welcome Back Luncheon! 😂Also that orderly guy seems very nice 👨🏻 pic.twitter.com/ejVLyyvmis— Green Bay Packers (@packers) August 28, 2019Wednesday’s tweet of the dayNo, captain, thank you.Dearest friends —A heartfelt thank you. And a fond farewell.— Andrew https://t.co/vReoCytpJw— Capt. Andrew Luck (@CaptAndrewLuck) August 28, 2019 Broncos’ Jake Butt ‘may miss some time’ with new knee issue, reportedly needs surgery NFL free agency rumors: Brock Osweiler visits Colts after Andrew Luck’s retirement Elliott has one year left on his rookie contract as well as a fifth-year team option but has been holding out for a new deal all preseason while he trains in Mexico, even after the Cowboys reportedly offered to make him the league’s second-highest paid running back.Colts host veteran Brock Osweiler for visitIt’s been four days since Andrew Luck announced his surprise retirement at age 29 and while Indianapolis has yet to officially name Jacoby Brissett the team’s season-opening starter, the Colts reportedly ramped up their search for a solid backup.They still have Phillip Walker, who has never played a regular-season snap, and Chad Kelly, who is suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.Osweiler went 2-3 as a starter for the Dolphins in place of Ryan Tannehill last season, but Peyton Manning’s former backup certainly has the experience the Colts are looking for.Jerick McKinnon has setback in knee rehabThe 49ers running back tore his ACL last September and was activated from the PUP list earlier this month, though Niners general manager John Lynch is concerned a recent “flare up” could keep him off the field.”Just because he’s kind of working through this, we’re working it, I’m going to kind of leave it at that, but yesterday was not encouraging from that standpoint,” Lynch said. “What that means, we’re not sure yet, and we’re working hard to find that out.”Two things that don’t matterKareem Hunt barred from Browns facility during banHowever, teammate and receiver Antonio Callaway will be permitted to attend meetings and other team functions while serving his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Cleveland.com that Hunt will not be allowed at the Browns facility until his suspension is over. The running back’s ban stems from an incident in which he was seen kicking a woman on video and goes into effect Sunday, though Hunt can return after the Browns play the Broncos on November 3.Jake Butt slated for second knee surgeryThe Broncos tight end was optimistic about his comeback campaign in 2019 after he tore his ACL in practice last September, but it was reported that Butt is set to undergo a “minor procedure” as he continues to deal with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.Broncos coach Vic Fangio already made it clear Tuesday that Butt won’t practice this week or play in Thursday’s final exhibition game against the Cardinals.”When he starts to feel good and plays or practices, then it flares back up again,” Fangio said, per the team’s official website. “It’s just something we’re going to have to deal with here. He won’t play in this game and he may miss some time.” Jerick McKinnon injury update: 49ers running back (knee) placed on IR, report says With one team seemingly prepared to lose a star player for at least part of the regular season, another team has no choice but to keep their distance from one of theirs.Meanwhile, a couple of other players appear to be extending their absence after succumbing to setbacks in their injury recovery.last_img read more

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Mourinho names Messi among the game’s greats… but forgets all about Ronaldo

first_imgJose Mourinho forgot about Cristiano Ronaldo when talking about the ‘stars’ of football capable of creating the game’s greatest moments.  Upd. at 22:40 Sport EN 06/04/2015 CEST The Chelsea manager was asked about the goal scored against his side by Stoke City’s Charlie Adam, which was from inside his own half. center_img “It was a fantastic goal,” Mourinho conceded. “A goal which any of the world’s best players would like to score. If you talk with Pele, [Diego] Maradona or [Lionel] Messi, or any of those top players, they would like to score that goal. “And not all of them have [scored a goal like that] in their careers, so in that way [Adam’s goal] is magnificent.”  It adds another chapter to the Ronaldo-Mourinho story. That the Portuguese coach didn’t mention his former player on the list with Messi, Maradona and Pele could be deemed as an intentional dig.  The relationship between the two deteriorated significantly in Mourinho’s final months as Real Madrid boss.last_img read more

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Paris Saint-Germain are set to increase their initial offer for Juve’s Paul Pogba

first_img Remembering that Manchester City have already offered an amount higher than 100 million euros, Barça are not yet at these heights. However, as we have previously said at SPORT, they are looking into ways to secure Pogba’s signing, including paying him a 12 million euros net salary per season. Keep in mind that Pogba has said he wants to not just play in La Liga, but for the Blaugrana.  19/06/2015 CEST Paris Saint-Germain are making a big push to sign Juventus’s French midfielder Paul Pogba. Knowing the offers that are arriving at Juve’s door for the player, the Ligue 1 champions have decided to increase their initial offer to 98 million euros, according to the British press. PSG manager Laurent Blanc has asked those in charge of the French club to go all out for the Juventus star.  For now, Juventus are standing firm, although their general director, Beppe Marotta has also admitted that if Pogba wants to leave, they will negotiate. Sport EN Upd. at 14:56 last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola: Man City need the perfect game to beat Liverpool

first_img “I think to reach the semi-final would be only the second time in our history. We don’t need to talk about motivation. The way they play in every game shows what they want to do. My team is extraordinary, it’s not comparable to many others, it’s top, exceptional. I will be close to them no matter what happens between now and the end of the season. It’s a joy to be manager of them. “This year and even in the last game we showed we are able to create a few chances in just a few minutes and the opponents know that, too. RELATED STORIES 09/04/2018 “We have to defend better. I don’t want to lose but I was so delighted to lose the way we did (vs Man United on Sunday), the way we played is outstanding, I am so happy.” “We are going to try. We don’t have think about how many we have to score. We have to score the first one and then make a second one and we’ll see where the momentum takes us. Guardiola: “Necesitamos mucho, pero todo puede pasar” Upd. at 18:18 IN SPORT.EScenter_img Manchester City host Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday. They are 3-0 down from the first leg. But coach Pep Guardiola says his team can go through if they play the perfect game. CEST “If we concede, don’t give up. It’s more than 90 minutes. Many times we created a lot of chances in short period of time, we have to be clinical and if we are not clinical then move on to the next one. “I don’t know [if we are mentally damaged by Liverpool and United defeats] but if we are not able to do it, it will be a good lesson for the future. We are going to see it’s a good test. Football is a challenge like life and we are happy to handle it. “Of course to go through you have to make almost the perfect game. Create chances, be clinical, concede few chances. All the conditions have to be almost perfect to go through so we know it’s going to tough but we have 90 minutes and in football everything can happen,” said Pep. Pol Ballús Ander Herrera, accused of spitting on the Man City badgelast_img read more

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