Demario Davis explains why NFL won't let him wear his 'Man of God' headband

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    Saints linebacker Demario Davis wore a headband during the first three weeks of the regular season that read "Man of God" across the top. Photos also show him wearing the headband during preseason games as well. But heading into Week 4, Davis said the league fined him for the apparel.

    In his post, Davis asked, "Should I continue 夜网论坛to wear it, or nah?" He received several messages telling him to continue wearing it, but he opted out of wearing it in Week 4. He was fined $7,017 after Week 3 and the minimum fine for a second offense is $14,037.

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    According to Davis, his headband fell under the "personal messages" article in the NFL rulebook.

    "I don't think a lot of people were aware of the policy that was in place — I wasn't even fully aware of it," Davis told The Times-Picayune. "I just wanted to put it out and just kind of help fans who care about the game understand a more intricate part of the game."

    Here's what the NFL rulebook says about personal messages:

    Throughout the period on game-day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience (including in pregame warm-ups, in the bench area, and during postgame interviews in the locker room or on the field), players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office. Items to celebrate anniversaries or memorable events, or to honor or commemorate individuals, such as helmet decals, and arm bands and jersey patches on players’ uniforms, are prohibited unless approved in advance by the League office. All such items approved by the League office, if any, must relate to team or League events or personages. The League will not grant permission for any club or player to wear, display, or otherwise convey messages, through helmet decals, arm bands, jersey patches, or other items affixed to game uniforms or equipment, which relate to political activities or causes, other non-football events, causes or campaigns, or charitable causes or campaigns. Further, any such approved items must be modest in size, tasteful, non-commercial, and non-controversial; must not be worn for more than one football season; and if approved for use by a specific team, must not be worn by players on other teams in the League.

    Since Davis is no longer allowed the wear the headband, he's decided to sell it and donate the proceeds to charity or a Christian organization.

    "I can't wear it and represent God and glorify him," Davis told The Times-Picayune. "It's something that's important to me so I'm just tryin[......]



    Jalen Ramsey injury update: Jaguars star (back) visits Houston specialist, report says

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    The Jaguars need answers before determining the next step with Jalen Ramsey.

    According to NFL Media, the disgruntled cornerback is in Houston at the request of the team to see a back specialist for the injury that has forced him to miss Jacksonville's last two games. 

    T夜网论坛he report noted the Jaguars have not considered trade offers over the last week, but Ramsey’s request to be dealt "still stands."

    While in Houston, Ramsey made time to meet up with Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and agent David Mulugheta, who represents both players.

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    Ramsey's injury comes after he was involved in a heated exchange with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on the sidelines during the team's loss to the Texans in Week 2. Ramsey requested a trade shortly after the incident and hasn't played since, ending his streak of starting the first 51 regular-season games of his NFL career.

    Ramsey, who initially was selected by Jacksonville with the No. 5 pick in the 2016 draft, has nine interceptions and 45 pass breakups in those games. 

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    Bruce Arians rips NFL officials for 'baffling' calls after loss to Saints

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    Bruce Arians voiced his displeasure with the officials' performance in the Buccaneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

    The Tampa Bay coach called the officiating "baffling" and lost two challenges that should have been overturned.

    The first challenge came at 2:20 in the first quarter when Saints punt returner Deonte Harris lost the ball after he was tackled by T.J. Logan. Harris fell on Logan, which prevented him from hitting the turf, as the ball came out. Tampa Bay's Antony Auclair jumped on the ball and said he had it, but the officials called it a muffed punt and Harris recovered.

    Arians challenged the call, but officials said Harris was down by contact and the ball remained in the Saints' possession.

    “They blew the call. It’s simple,” Arians said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “It was a clear recovery on the fumble. (Auclair) came running out of the pile with (the ball), and they knew it. … It’s all coming from New York.”

    The next play that upset Arians was in the third quarter, when Saints receiver Michael Thomas ran for 42 yards, but Arians said there was offensive pass interference. He challenged that play, but the refs declined to call a foul on Thomas.

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    Kyle Shanahan on 5-0 49ers: 'Our defense is just getting started'

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    Few people could have guessed the 49ers would be one of two remaining undefeated teams at the end of Week 6.

    Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was confident entering Sunday's game in Los Angeles, but he still sees room for improvement after a dominant defensive performance that allowed the team to leave with a 20-7 win.

    "I’m very happy with how we played," Shanahan told reporters after the game. "We’re 5-0, which is a great thing, but we’re not playing our best ball. We can do a lot of things better than that. It seemed like our defense played at an extremely high level, obviously minus the first drive.

    "We can continue to get better on offense. We can continue to get better on special teams. I also think our defense is just getting started, too."

    The Rams opened the game by running seven times on a 56-yard touchdown drive, but it would end up being the only points the team put on the board.

    The Niners held Los Angeles to 3.3 yards per play, which is the lowest average in Rams franchise history, and quarterback Jared Goff had his worst performance to date as he completed 13 of 24 for a career-low 78 yards. Now Los Angeles is on its first three-game losing streak of Sean McVay's tenure.

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    Lions' Tracy Walker blasts 'awful' referee call over Geronimo Allison hit

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    Lions safety Tracy Walker had some harsh words for the officiating crew after the team's 23-22 loss to the Packers Monday night.

    Walker was asked about the unnecessary roughness call he was penalized for in the third quarter when he collided with Packers receiver Geronimo Allison. He said was just trying to go for the ball and had no intention of trying to smash into Allison, who left the game to be checked out for a concussion and chest injury.

    "Awful. It was an awful call," Walker said, via ESPN. "I felt like I went for the ball and [it] just so happened we collided, but I was looking for the ball. It was an awful call by them. It is what it is, though."

    According to Walker, he was trying to intercept Aaron Rodgers' pass and was not trying to make contact at all with Allison. However, they had helmet-to-helmet contact, which is what drew the flag.

    "Extremely pissed off right now," Walker said. "It is what it is. Disappointed. Hurt. We had that game. I'm going to say the same s—. We should have won it. It is what it is, though. Got to bounce back."

    The fact that the Lions essentially lost the game on two blown penalties against Trey Flowers in crucial third- and fourth-down situations added to Walker's ire against the referees and the game itself.

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    Raiders, Darren Waller agree to multi-year extension

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    It looks like one夜网论坛 of the breakout stars for the Raiders this season won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

    Tight end Darren Waller has agreed to a multi-year extension with Oakland through the 2023 season, the team announced Wednesday.

    Waller, who was to be a restricted free agent this offseason, is expected to make around $9 million a year with the new deal, according to NFL Network.

    The 27-year-old is in the midst of a career year this season with 37 catches and 359 yards. In his previous three seasons with Oakland and Baltimore, the Georgia Tech product had 18 catches, 178 yards and two touchdowns combined. 

    Waller was originally drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Oakland signed him off of Baltimore's practice squad in Week 13 of 2018.

    The Raiders (3-2) head north to take on the Packers (5-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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    Chiefs' Travis Kelce on Patrick Mahomes' knee injury: 'It was all out of whack'

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    The NFL world held its collective breath when Patrick Mahomes went down with a knee injury during the Chiefs' 30-6 win over the Broncos on Thursday — even his teammates.

    Chiefs tight end was asked for his reaction to seeing Mahomes' knee after dislocating his patella midgame.

    "His knee didn't even look like a knee," Kelce said (via ESPN). "It was all out of whack. I couldn't even describe it."

    Mahomes, 24, looked to have his knee cap re-aligned on the field by the Kansas City training staff. He was able to walk off to the locker room on his own power.

    "He refused to get in a cart," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Not too many people get hurt on a sneak. It's a freak thing and it happens."

    The reigning NFL MVP will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his injury.

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    Dallas TV station delayed tornado warning during Cowboys game, issues apology

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    The Cowboys took center stage on "Sunday Night Football" against the NFC East rival Eagles and nothing could deter the game in Dallas — not even a tornado.

    Dallas' local NBC affiliate, KXAS-TV, waited six minutes after the tornado warning was sounded before interrupting the Cowboys' matchup to provide weather updates during the major storm.

    "We made a mistake by not immediately interrupting the football game with a tornado warning," the company said Monday in a statement, in part. "Although our meteorologists were tracking thunderstorms across the area when the National Weather Service iss夜网论坛ued a Tornado Warning for Dallas County, we delayed breaking into programming for six minutes.

    "Our meteorologists were also streaming live weather coverage throughout the evening on our site, NBCDFW.com. We also alerted the football audience to our weather livestream throughout the game.

    "When it comes to dealing with severe weather, we know that seconds matter. We should have broken into football programming sooner. We apologize and want you to know that we’re doing everything in our power to make sure this does not happen again."

    The Cowboys beat the Eagles, 37-10, to take first place in the NFC East, and there were no reports of fatalities or missing people in the area as of Monday evening.

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    Browns waive Jermaine Whitehead after safety's troubling social media tirade

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    A four-game losing streak has derailed what was supposed to be a Browns turnaround this year, and if Jermaine Whitehead's postgame tweets Sunday were any indication, it appears there was quite a bit of frustration in the Cleveland locker room. And the Browns, apparently, weren't having it.

    Cleveland on Monday waived the 26-year-old safety roughly 12 hours after he sent those postgame tweets. A fifth-year player out of Auburn, Whitehead had started all eight games for the Browns in 2019.

    After the Browns' 24-19 loss to the Broncos in Denver, which dropped Cleveland to 2-6, Whitehead took to Twitter to respond to criticism of his play.

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    "Don't get shot at lil b—," he replied to one account. In another tweet, he suggested a user meet him at the Browns' facility in Berea, Ohio, outside Cleveland.

    Whitehead's Twitter account was suspended (presumably for making threats), so only screenshots remain of the outburst. One message was directed at Dustin Fox, a former Ohio State and NFL player who now wor夜网论坛ks as a reporter for the Browns and hosts a radio show in Cleveland.

    "Come get it in blood b— made ass lil boy," Whitehead tweeted to Fox. "Don't get smoked."

    Hours later, Whitehead posted a photo on Instagram and apologized for his "performance" but didn't explicitly mention the postgame tweets.

    "They tell you take the high road, when yo whole life you was taught to meet fire with fire," Whitehead wrote. "I do apologize for my performance, but having a broke hand and a strong fear of letting my team down is my downfall."

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    Crazy world. They line it up and say anything in the book too you. They tell you take the high road, when yo whole life you was taught to meet fire with fire. I do apologize for my performance, but having a broke hand and a strong fear of letting my team down is my downfall. Whatever happens happens. Ain trippin. They probably gone still talk crazy but this me getting smoke off my chest. I don’t need one like.. this from me to me! Keep ya head up homie, can’t nobody fuck with you. I dare em to try.

    A post shared by Jermaine Whitehead (@j2whitehead) on Nov 3, 2019 at 5:39pm PST

    In the comments to the post, Whitehead continued his tirade.

    "F— you," he wrote in one reply.

    He also repeated his invitation to continue the conversation in person: "80 Lou Groza Blvd let me know if you'd like to find out."

    Late Sunday night, the Browns released a statement condemning Whitehead's comments and saying they would be "further addressed[......]



    Cam Newton's trip to IR forces Panthers to confront three questions sooner than expected

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    Following a loss to the Buccaneers early this season, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said it was time to do "some real soul searching" because he simply wasn't performing at a high enough level. Two months after those pointed comments, it's clear the soul searching must go beyond the guy in Charlotte wearing the No. 1 jersey.

    The Panthers announced Tuesday that Newton is being placed on injured reserved. Though surgery is not being considered, the 2011 No. 1 overall pick, who has been dealing with a Lisfranc injury, will now miss the rest of the regular season.

    "For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot," Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said. "He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team's medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.

    "We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam. He's one of the fiercest competitors I've been around during my 20-plus years in the league. At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100 percent is to place Cam on injured reserve."

    Coupled with MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey, current QB Kyle Allen, who is 5-1 as Carolina's starter, could be good enough to keep the Panthers competitive in the NFC playoff race. However, Allen's success and Newton's health status also bring questions about the franchise's long-term strategy to the forefront.

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    How will Panthers handle Cam Newton's future?

    Newton is not the same player who won the NFL MVP award in 2015. In his two outings this season prior to being sidelined by the foot injury, he failed to throw or run for a touchdown and completed 56.2 percent of his passes. He rushed only five times for negative yardage, a telling stat for a dual-threat quarterback who has averaged more than five yards per carry throughout his career.

    While Rivera and the Panthers didn't want to admit it in the moment, Newton was obviously limited physically. The Bucs dared Newton to beat them with his arm, but he was wildly inaccurate. He didn't take off down the field and stiff-arm defenders. He wasn't 100 percent — or even close to it.

    Now Carolina is left wondering if nearly a decade of games, 3,980 pass attempts and 934 carries have taken their toll. However, there is a more prominent issue than Newton's sudden drop-off that could eventually end his time with the Panthers. As is often the case in the NFL, it's all about the money.

    It would be a drastic step, but moving on from Newton's contract wouldn't be that painful financially. Newton is due to make m[......]