The Seattle Seahawks will always continue the search to beef up and strengthen their defensive line. Seattle hosted two players for visits to the facility on Tuesday – former Seahawk defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas and defensive end Breeland Speaks. The Seahawks also had defensive end John Daka in for a tryout.
The visits come on the heels of an injury to one of Seattle’s defensive ends during the Week-1 win over the Falcons. Rasheem Green briefly left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and was still bothered by it on Monday.
Christmas was with the Seahawks over the summer but was waived during the initial 53-man roster cuts.
Speaks was originally selected by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and appeared in all 16 games as a rookie. He spent last season on the injured reserve after undergoing knee surgery. While on the IR, he was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
The Seahawks also hosted defensive back Michael Jacquet and guard Andrew Jones for tryouts.
No other transactions were listed for the Seahawks on Tuesday so if any signings were executed, we’ll have to wait until Pete Carroll addresses the media on Wednesday to find out.
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Paul Barber ‘very disappointed we’ve gone backwards’ in fight against Covid-19
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber believes football’s efforts to fight back against coronavirus took “a gigantic step back” when plans to allow fans to return were put on ice.
The Premier League club staged a successful pilot in August as a scheduled limited reopening of stadia loomed, but a delay has since been ordered following a surge in cases.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live as the debate over whether top-flight clubs should help those below them in the football pyramid continues, Barber said: “Football is so important to the country.
“It’s our national sport, it’s a pastime for millions of people right the way from the top of the country to the bottom, and we’re very, very disappointed that we’ve gone backwards.
“On August 29, we staged a pilot event. We had 2,500 people in our stadium for a friendly match against Chelsea, we put in place at great cost a huge amount of mitigation measures, as directed by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and the Government. We complied with every single request.
“We got overwhelming support from the fans that were in the stadium saying how safe they felt, how enjoyable it was for them to be back in the stadium, and now we’ve taken a gigantic step back.
“We’re being asked to support the football pyramid, but what we’re asking for is to be able to sustain our own businesses to put us in a better position to be able to do that.
“We think we can do it safely, we think that we can do it with people’s health absolutely paramount, but it’s absolutely vital that we’re able to sustain our own businesses if we are being asked to help others.”
Barber pleaded with ministers to allow Premier League clubs to given the opportunity to sustain themselves by being allowed to open the turnstiles once again.
He said: “We have not asked for any direct Government support, most Premier League clubs have totally avoided the use of the furlough scheme, we have not benefited from Government grants or loans.
“We have literally tried to stand on our own two feet while also helping the NHS and doing all we can in our community to help them through this very, very difficult time.
“We’re being hit here from all directions. We’re not being permitted to run our own businesses to generate our own income, we’re supporting where we can the Government’s messages and everything else they’re asking us to do, but at the same time, we’re also being asked to help others.
“It doesn’t seem quite right. We’re simply asking to be able to put our businesses back in some kind of shape where we can actually sustain local jobs and continue to support where we can.”
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Rangers to buy out Henrik Lundqvist’s contract Wednesday, ending his historic tenure: report
In an unsurprising but nonetheless difficult move to make, the Rangers will reportedly buy out Henrik Lundqvist’s contract on Wednesday.
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers are expected to make the move official on Wednesday, thus ending one of the more memorable tenures in franchise history.
The writing has been on the wall for most of the season, with the emergence of Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Giorgiev as the team’s one-two goal-tending punch.
Lundqvist made 26 starts this past season, posting a 10-12-3 record with a .905 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average, both the worst marks of his illustrious 15-year career with the Blueshirts. His playing time decreased drastically as the season went on.
The two-time All-Star and Vezina Trophy winner in 2011-12 holds franchise records in wins (459), shutouts (64) and postseason wins (61), while helping the Rangers win 11 postseason series, including a run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 before falling to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.
Lundqvist has one year remaining on his Rangers’ deal, and while the 38-year-old could elect to make one more run at a Cup with another team (likely in a backup role), he could also hand up his skates as the sixth winningest goalie in NHL history.
No matter what happens next, though, it sounds as if King Henrik’s reign in New York has finally reached its culmination.
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