The Pittsburgh Steelers had agreed to all wear stickers on the backs of their helmets this season. The team had agreed to wear the name Antwon Rose Jr. for the full season. But it only took one game for this to change.
Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva changes his helmet up and instead of Rose, he put the name Alwyn Cashe. According to Steelers reporter Chris Adamski, here is why Villanueva chose Cashe.
Alwyn Cashe died 10/17/05, when an improvised explosive devise detonated near his vehicle in Samarra, Iraq. He suffered 2nd/3rd-degree burns 70%+ of his body when he ran back into the vehicle in attempt to rescue soldiers trapped inside.
There will be plenty of fans who want to vilify Villanueva for this. But having read the story of Cashe, it’s hard to argue with him being a great person to pay tribute to. The rub comes with Villanueva going against what the team agreed to.
Do you agree with Villanueva once again not following with what the team has agreed to do or should he be allowed to honor a fellow veteran despite the agreement?
Titans have NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak, with 8 positives
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five other personnel tested positive for the coronavirus.
The NFL issued a statement Tuesday saying both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings suspended in-person activities following the test results. The Titans beat the Vikings 31-30 in Minneapolis on Sunday.
”Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and the NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments,” the NFL said.
A person familiar with situation told The Associated Press the eight test results were all confirmed positives, making this the first COVID-19 outbreak of the NFL season in Week 4. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of health privacy regulations.
The Vikings released a statement saying they had not received any positive results from their testing after Sunday’s game against the Titans. They also said they followed NFL protocol by closing their facility immediately and are working to determine when they can reopen.
The Titans (3-0) are scheduled to host the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) on Sunday in a matchup of two of the league’s seven remaining undefeated teams. With the Titans not able to practice until Saturday at the earliest, when that game might be played is unknown.
”All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration,” the NFL said. ”We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.”
The Titans initially announced Tuesday morning that they would be working remotely ”out of an abundance of caution” after several test results came back positive. They beat the Vikings in Minneapolis without outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen, who did not travel with the Titans following a test result Saturday.
Coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that Bowen was not with the team. Rookie offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson, their top draft pick out of Georgia, also has been on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Titans since Sept. 6.
AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis and AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.
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Donovan McNabb calls out Cowboys’ Jerry Jones for strange Dak Prescott comments
McNabb calls out Jerry Jones for strange Dak comments originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones always keeps us guessing.
The Cowboys are 1-2 through three weeks this season, but could easily be 3-0 if a few plays broke their way. Dak Prescott is averaging 8.3 yards per attempt, is completing more than two-thirds of his passes, and has generally looked solid.
But in a radio appearance Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan, during a discussion about Patrick Mahomes, Jones took what some felt was an unnecessary shot at Prescott, who threw an interception on the second-to-last snap of Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks.
Here’s the exchange:
“HOST: Watching last night, do you see a major gap between the Cowboys and where the Chiefs are right now?
“JONES: Obviously, with [Mahomes], who’s at I think the highest level right now, because of his – frankly, as much as just his natural ability to make plays, also his mobility. This guy’s very quick and elusive, and can get in and out of situations with his feet and buy time. [Russell Wilson] is of that kind of nature. He has a great ability to get in and out, and then make the play, the play that Dak made at the end of the game that got intercepted.”
I’m going to stop here, because this is the part that is getting Jones some heat.
Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb chimed in on Jones’s comments:
I will never be the first one to defend Jones, but I think the internet is willingly misreading his comments. Because this was the rest of Jones’s thought process:
“The result of Dak’s ability that let him get that ball off was really great and outstanding – well, these guys do that and have that ability a lot.”
I think Jones mentioned the interception as a reference for which he play he was discussing, not to highlight the fact that Prescott failed. He was more talking about the process of extending plays, which Prescott did, and which Mahomes and Wilson do. He went on to call Dak’s ability extend plays “great and outstanding”.
But any time an owner – and particularly an owner with full control of personnel decisions, and particularly an owner who declined to give Prescott a long-term deal this offseason – willingly draws a comparison between his own player and another player, and says his own player is lesser, sparks wil inevitably fly.
When the Cowboys roll to an NFC East division title later this year, this will all blow over. And then we’ll see, during the offseason, what Jones really thinks about Prescott.
Mladenovic collapses again but blames umpire
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic’s first match since her nightmarish end to the U.S. Open produced another collapse and a controversial umpire’s call at the French Open on Tuesday.
The French player lost to Laura Siegemund of Germany 7-5, 6-3 after serving for the first set at 5-1.
Mladenovic was furious with chair umpire Eva Asderaki for not spotting a double bounce on set point. During a 10-stroke exchange, Mladenovic hit a drop shot that Siegemund ran for and got back over the net — although a TV replay showed the ball bounced twice. Mladenovic slowed up, looked confused, and wound up touching the net, which automatically gave the point to Siegemund.
”I think the chair umpire was the only person not to have seen it on the center court,” Mladenovic said.
That point and the set should have belonged to her right then because of the double bounce, but neither Siegemund nor Asderaki acknowledged as much.
”Mistakes are human but I don’t see how the umpire can miss that. She didn’t see a double bounce,” Mladenovic said. ”Unfortunately she will continue at Roland Garros, and I won’t continue at Roland Garros.”
She did not expect Siegemund to have to own up.
”If she would have done it, she would have all my respect and be super fair play,” Mladenovic said. ”But she’s not the one responsible. I think the chair umpire is the one that should be really focused on that call.”
But she did call for video replays, like the highly controversial VAR system used in soccer.
”It would be great and we’d avoid a sad scenario like I had today,” Mladenovic said.
It wasn’t quite as sad as Flushing Meadows, though, where she served for the match at 6-1, 5-1 against Varvara Gracheva then lost a tiebreaker and was crushed 6-0 in the third set.
She called that the most painful loss of her career. Four days later, there was more misery when she was part of the top-seeded women’s doubles team dropped from the U.S. Open for having been potentially exposed to COVID-19.
Public health officials who oversaw her tournament hotel said she was at risk after playing cards in a group including Benoit Paire, the Frenchman removed after testing positive for the virus. She had to go into quarantine.
Following Siegemund on Court Philippe Chatrier was top-ranked Novak Djokovic beneath a closed roof. Djokvoic, bidding for a second title here and an 18th major title overall, faced Mikael Ymer.
In other women’s first-round matches, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Mayar Sherif 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4. Sherif was the first Egyptian player to qualify for the main draw at Roland Garros.
Danish teenager Clara Tauson earned her first tour-level victory by beating U.S. Open semifinalist Jennifer Brady 6-4, 3-6, 9-7. The 17-year-old Tauson, who won the Australian Open junior title last year, saved two match points.
In remaining men’s first-round play, U.S. Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The seventh-seeded Italian next faces Lloyd Harris.
No. 20 Cristian Garin of Chile won against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and plays lucky loser Marc Polmans.
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