>>Rams Give Free Tickets To Three Local High Schools
(Ferguson, MO) -- The Rams are reaching out to some of the high school players affected by the events going on in Ferguson. St. Louis will give away free tickets to football players from McCleuer High, McCluer North and McCluer South for its preseason game against Green Bay this weekend. This comes amid the protests and rioting that have followed the recent shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by the local police.
>>Bears Gear Up For Seahawks
(Lake Forest, IL) -- Wide receiver Santonio Holmes practiced with the Bears yesterday at Halas Hall for the first time since signing with the team. The Bears are preparing for Friday's third preseason game against the Seahawks in Seattle. Chicago opens the regular season September 7th hosting Buffalo.
>>Hail Mary Lefts Redskins Over Browns
A Hail Mary at the end of the game was successful for the Cleveland Browns, but their 2-point try failed as the Washington Redskins held on for a 24-23 preseason win on Monday.
With just seconds to play, Connor Shaw rolled out to the left and tossed the ball down the field and into the end zone from 45 yards out. The ball was then tipped into the hands of Emmanuel Ogbuehi to make it a one-point game.
The Browns went for two points and the win, but Shaw was pressured on the roll out to the right and his pass into the end zone sailed high.
Robert Griffin III struggled in the start, going 6-for-8 for 112 yards with an interception and a lost fumble. Kirk Cousins led the Redskins on a pair of scoring drives during his time under center, going 12-for-21 with 145 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Cleveland rookie Johnny Manziel also struggled in his second game, although he didn't start. He did lead the team to a fourth quarter drive that saw him toss his first touchdown pass of the preseason.
Washington is 2-0 on the preseason while Cleveland fell to 0-2.
>>Manziel And Hoyer Struggle For Browns
(Landover, MD) -- The Browns quarterbacks took center stage in their 24-23 loss to the Redskins in preseason action from FedEx Field. Brian Hoyer got the start and rotated with Johnny Manziel in the first half. Hoyer was 2-for-6 for 16 yards and was sacked once. Manziel played deep into the second half, going 7-for-16 for 65 yards and a touchdown. Manziel was put on the ground three times. Neither quarterback was especially impressive.
>>Manziel Delivers Middle Finger During Preseason Game
(Landover, MD) -- Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel [[ MAN-zell ]] is getting all kinds of attention, but it's not all for his play on the field. "Johnny Football" was caught on camera during Monday night's preseason game against the Redskins issuing the middle finger to the Washington sideline. Manziel's "bird" was shared in screen shots throughout social media following the incident. Manziel is battling with Brian Hoyer for the starting job this preseason.
>>Report: Manziel-Cowboys Report Not True
(Irving, TX) -- A report is denying a claim in a book that Stephen Jones blocked the Cowboys from drafting Johnny Manziel [[ man-ZELL ]]. A source tells "The Dallas Morning News" the Cowboys Executive Vice President didn't overrule Jerry Jones on the draft pick. The book "Manziel Mania" by Jim Dent says Jerry Jones had Manziel's name on a card, when Stephen Jones "snatched the Manziel card straight out of his dad's hand." Dallas ended up picking offensive lineman Zack Martin from Notre Dame. Manziel went to Cleveland instead.
>>"Gronk" Practices In Full
(Foxborough, MA) -- The Patriots offense got its top weapon back. New England tight end Rob Gronkowski participated in practice Monday for the first time since training camp has begun. "Gronk" has been recovering from a torn ACL suffered on January 9th. He is hoping to be able to play in the Pats regular season opener on September 7th at the Dolphins. The tight end had 39 catches for 592 yards and four touchdowns in seven games last season.
>>Cardinals' Dockett Out For Season
(Glendale, AZ) -- The Arizona Cardinals will be missing a big part of their defensive line this season. The team has announced that defensive lineman Darnell Dockett suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in Monday's practice and will undergo season-ending surgery. The injury happened while working in 11-on-11 drills. The front seven of Arizona's defense has taken hits through injury, suspension and free agency. In addition to Dockett, middle linebacker Daryl Washington will miss the season due to suspension and Karlos Dansby signed with the Browns. In ten seasons, Dockett had made the Pro Bowl three times and missed only two regular-season games.
>>Report: Mathieu To Come Off PUP
(Glendale, AZ) -- The Arizona Cardinals secondary is getting one of its playmakers back. ESPN reports defensive back Tyrann Mathieu will come off the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday. Mathieu is recovering from a torn ACL and LCL that occurred in December. A tweet from Adam Schefter also stated there is "now some optimism he will play in Arizona's opener." The "Honeybadger" had 68 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and nine passes deflected in 13 games during his rookie season. The Cardinals drafted him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
>>Chiefs' Charles Injures Foot Carrying Box
(Kansas City, MO) -- Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles is recovering from a foot injury that happened while moving out of his training camp dorm last week in St. Joseph, Missouri. Head coach Andy Reid says Charles was carrying a box from the dorms down a grassy slope when he rolled his foot, but X-rays and an MRI came back clean. Charles did not travel with the team for Sunday's preseason game at Carolina. KC plays Minnesota this Saturday.
>>Lions' Calvin Johnson To Play This Week
(Allen Park, MI) -- Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson will see his first preseason action this week. First-year Lions head coach Jim Caldwell tells reporters Johnson will make his preseason debut Friday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "Megatron" led the team in most receiving categories again last season, hauling in 84 catches for nearly 15-hundred yards and 12 touchdowns.
>>Falcons Move Matthews To Left Tackle
(Flowery Branch, GA) -- Atlanta Falcons first-round pick Jake Mathews is making the move across the team's offensive line sooner than expected. The "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" reports, with the season-ending patellar tendon tear for left tackle Sam Baker, Matthews will now have the chore of protecting quarterback Matt Ryan's blindside. The Falcons drafted Matthews with the sixth overall pick out of Texas A&M to be the team's left tackle of the future.
>>Saints' Graham To Stop Dunking
(Metairie, LA) -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham may have dunked on his last goalpost. After drawing two penalty flags Friday night and the frustration from his head coach Sean Payton, Graham says he doesn't want to hurt his team during the regular season. The Pro Bowler has been celebrating touchdowns with a slam dunk the past four seasons, but this offseason the NFL made a rule prohibiting such a move. Payton chased down Graham after the second goalpost dunk last Friday, which led to a brief shouting match between the two.