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Matthew Stafford hopeful to play again this season despite lingering back injury

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The Detroit Lions’ playoff hopes have all but completely slipped away as there 3-6-1 record puts them far behind the two NFC wild card spots heading into the final stretch of the season.

If there is any hope of them making a final push, they are going to need to get their starting quarterback Matthew Stafford back in the lineup. The 31-year old is dealing with a nagging back injury and hasn’t played since the team’s 31-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders on November 3rd.

Despite talks about him being shut down for the remainder of the season, Stafford reiterated that he is doing everything he can to get back on the field to help the team.

“I just know the work that I put into every season and I want to get as many chances as a I can to play with these guys as I possibly can” said Stafford.

“That’s really just how I think about it. If I’m healthy enough to go play, I’m going to go play.”

The 2009 first overall pick is in his 11th season with the franchise. He has recorded 187 pass completions for 2499 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games this season.

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Falcons owner convinced that 2020 NFL season will be shortened to 16 games

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The NFL season isn’t supposed to be underway until September, but the coronavirus could even impact that.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank certainly thinks the structure of the season could look different due to the aftershock of this Covid-19 pandemic. He predicts that the regular season will be cut down to 16 games.

“If I had to speculate now, and I use the word speculate because that’s really all it is, I would say yes,” said Blank.

“Only because it’s so far away from where we are today. I could easily see camps being shorter, players being tested on a daily basis, things of that nature. No fan attendance. Things like that. We may have fewer preseason games, which probably wouldn’t be the end of the world. But I think by September, my hope is by the time the regular season starts, that we’ll be able to bring people together in some form or fashion in a safe manner and play.”

It remains to be seen if this comes to fruition. The United States’ progress in their recovery from coronavirus over the next month will determine a lot in the world of sports moving forward.

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Saints ink Janoris Jenkins to a two-year extension

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The New Orleans Saints are keeping Janoris Jenkins around for a couple more years.

The team announced that they have signed the veteran cornerback to a two-year, $16.75 million contract extension. He still has a year remaining on his previous deal, which would improve the total value of his contract with New Orleans to $27 million with $10.2 million guaranteed.

The 31-year old registered 61 combined tackles, 16 passes defended and five interceptions split between the New York Giants and Saints last season.

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Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans admits it feels “surreal” that he will get to play alongside Tom Brady in 2020

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Count Mike Evans as one of the many in Tampa Bay who are ecstatic that Tom Brady is a member of the Buccaneers.

The Veteran wide receiver, who has been a Pro Bowler three of the past four years, is beyond excited that he will be catching passes from the greatest quarterback of all-time in 2020.

“It’s surreal…He’s about to be my quarterback, man. I know you don’t know football like that, but I’ve played six years in the NFL, and I haven’t been to the playoffs yet. Tom Brady has won six Super Bowls.” said Evans.

the 26-year old was already putting up great numbers with a mediocre quarterback at the helm, so you can only imagine how productive he will be with Brady calling the shots. In 2019, Evans posted 1157 receiving yards, 67 receptions and eight touchdowns over 13 games.

Brady, along with Evans and star receiver Chris Godwin, are aiming to lead the Buccaneers to their first postseason appearance since 2007.

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