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The Friday 5: November 12th

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OBJ to LA and Cam is Coming Home

November NFL signings are not usually that exciting, but that was not the case this week, when Odell Beckham Jr. found a new home and Cam Newton returned to his.

After being released by the Cleveland Browns and clearing waivers earlier this week, Beckham was a free agent before signing with the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams add to a wide receiving corps that already has Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson, while Beckham will have Matt Stafford throwing to him and a legitimate shot at a Super Bowl ring.

Meanwhile, with QB Sam Darnold battling a shoulder injury, the Carolina Panthers have signed quarterback Cam Newton. Newton returns to the team he led a Super Bowl and played for when he was named the NFL’s 2015 MVP. Who says you can’t go home again? 

Darnold has been placed on IR and is expected to miss at least four weeks. 


Miami Madness on Thursday Night

Don’t look now, but the Miami Dolphins have won two in a row, after upsetting the Baltimore Ravens, 22-10, on Thursday Night Football. And they did it behind the play of two injured quarterbacks.

Jacoby Brissett started the game in place of Tua Tagovailoa, who has a fractured finger in his throwing hand. But Brissett left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury, so Tagovailoa came in and passed for 158 yards. Dolphins’ cornerback Xavien Howard forced a fumble and returned it for a 49-yard touchdown. With 2:19 left to play, Tagovailoa ran one in himself, and that was ballgame. 

The real highlight of the game, though, came on a touchdown that wasn’t, when Miami guard Robert Hunt caught a screen pass and came barreling down the field and into the air to break the plane for a touchdown. Sadly, Hunt was an ineligible receiver, so no touchdown and a five-yard penalty. That being said, it was epic.


Portland Trail Blazers

As the Portland Trail Blazers investigate president of basketball operations and general manager Neil Olshey on allegations of creating a toxic and hostile work environment, team president Chris McGowan has decided to resign. Dewayne Hankins will be promoted to the position.

“Since joining the Trail Blazers in 2013, Dewayne has been crucial to our success and growth,” said Jody Allen, chair of the Trail Blazers, in a statement. “Now in his ninth season with us, we’re thrilled to have him lead the organization.”


NFL Week 10: Who’s In and Who’s Out

  • The Cleveland Browns will be without running backs Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton, both who tested positive for COVID, for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.
  • The Green Bay Packers expect to have quarterback Aaron Rodgers to be cleared to come off the Reserve/COVID-19 list in time for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. If he’s not, we will see Jordan Love under center.
  • The New Orleans Saints will be quite depleted as they head to Tennessee to take on the Titans, as they will be without RB Alvin Kamara (knee), LT Terron Armstead (knee, shoulder) and safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (foot). DE Payton Turner was placed on IR with a shoulder injury.
  • Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was activated off IR and on track to play against the Packers.


Jon Gruden

Former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is suing the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, after he had emails leaked during an investigation of the Washington Football Team, leading to Gruden’s resignation last month.


The emails contained racist, anti-gay and misogynistic language that were written in 2011 when Gruden was an analyst on Monday Night Football. Many of the emails were sent to then-president of the WFT, Bruce Allen.

Tracy Sandler

Tracy Sandler

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