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Report: Concern over ankle injury led to bizarre Antonio Brown incident

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It turns out there is more than meets the eye regarding the outburst of Antonio Brown on Sunday afternoon.

In case you missed it, the now ex-Bucs receiver suddenly ripped his uniform and shoulder pads off on the sidelines midway through the third quarter of the team’s 28-24 win over the New York Jets, threw his shirt into the crowd and left the field and the arena.

A clearly angry Bruce Arians told the media that Brown is no longer a member of the team. So what led to such a bizarre incident?

According to NFL network insider Ian Rappaport, this is what transpired.

“Midway through the game yesterday, Bruce Arians and the offensive staff told Antonio Brown to go into the game. They believed he was healthy,” Rapoport said. “Antonio Brown did not believe he was healthy. He had been battling an ankle injury for the last several weeks. He did not practice Thursday, did not practice Friday, and I know personally had some doubts whether or not he would be able to be out there and play.

“What he told the staff, from what I understand, is he was not going into the game because in his mind he did not feel he was healthy. The response then from the offensive coaches and from Bruce Arians was if you are not going to go into the game when we tell you to go into the game then you cannot be here. At that point, they threw him off the sidelines and then cut him from the team.

Brown, who was participating in first game since Week 6 due to a suspension and injury issues, has yet to comment publicly on the incident.

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Broncos reportedly hiring Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach

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This certainly won’t dispel Aaron Rodgers to Denver rumours.

According to reports, the Denver Broncos are set to hire Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach.

The 42-year old had been the Packers offensive coordinator for the previous three seasons, working alongside and reportedly having a good relationship with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers (who is rumoured to be interested in signing elsewhere as a free agent this offseason).

Hackett has also enjoyed stints in the NFL as Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinator (2016-2018) and Quarterbacks coach (2015-2016) and Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator (2013-2014).

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BC Lions quarterback Michael Reilly retires after 11 CFL seasons

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Longtime CFL veteran Michael Reilly is hanging up the cleats.

The BC Lions quarterback officially announced his retirement on Tuesday, putting an end to a successful 11 year career.

“Michael will go down as one of the great players and people our football club and league has ever seen,” said Lions co-GM/director of football operations Neil McEvoy.

“From his arrival mid-way through the 2010 season to scrapping his way to make our squad in 2011 training camp with a quarterback room that included Travis Lulay and Jarious Jackson, his drive to compete and win is something all young professionals should aspire to.”

The 37-year old completing 2,772 passes for 34,805 yards, 181 touchdowns and 105 interceptions to go along with 3,566 rushing yards and 56 rushing touchdowns over a span of 11 seasons and 168 games split between the Lions and Edmonton Eskimos.

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Tom Brady noncommittal about playing future following loss to Rams

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Despite playing a pivotal role in an incredible comeback, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came up just short after the Los Angeles Rams secured a 30-27 win due to a clutch field goal as time expired in the fourth.

At 44 years of age, Brady is no spring chicken. Despite putting up MVP calibre numbers during the regular season, insiders in recent days have speculated whether he will continue his playing career in 2022. According to various reports, he has contemplated finally hanging up the cleats for good

He was asked about it during the post-game news conference, and didn’t exactly make a commitment one way or another.

“I haven’t put a lot of thought into it…We’ll just take it day by day and see where we’re at.” said Brady about his future as an NFL player.

Brady has won seven Super Bowls, five Super Bowl MVPs, and cemented his legacy at the best quarterback in NFL history during his 22 seasons and 318 career games split between the New England Patriots and Buccaneers, dating all the way back to 2001.


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