Frank Schwab

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner. He spent 10 years covering the NFL for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent, and is a former NFL MVP voter. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and currently lives near Denver with his wife and daughter.

  • The Buffalo Bills could be without tight end Charles Clay for Sunday’s game, because Clay stayed home due to the expected birth of his child.

    The team announced Saturday that Clay did not make the flight to Oakland.

    There have been many stories through the years of NFL players saying they would miss a game to witness the birth of their child – there was even some question if Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman would miss Super Bowl XLIX for the birth of his child (his daughter was born four days later) – but it’s pretty rare for an NFL player to actually end up missing a game.

    The Bills kept open the possibility of Clay joining the team in Oakland for the game, which kicks off at 4:05 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday. Clay has started all 11 games for the Bills this season and has 323 yards

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  • While many NFL players have paid tribute to Joe McKnight on social media, the most vocal has probably been Buffalo Bills running back Reggie Bush.

    McKnight, who was shot and killed in New Orleans on Thursday afternoon, and Bush are both former USC running backs who went on to play in the NFL. Although the college careers of the two didn’t overlap, there was a clear kinship between the two.

    This week the NFL is allowing players to wear special cleats if they wish, as part of a “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative. Bush said on Twitter he will use that platform to pay tribute to McKnight.

    There will be many good causes represented on Sunday and Monday on the cleats of many NFL players. Bush’s tribute to McKnight will be among the most heartfelt.

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  • New details emerge in Joe McKnight shooting and release of shooter

    After hearing criticisms of his office for releasing the man who admitted to shooting former NFL running back Joe McKnight, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand held a press conference to reveal some details of the case, including that the man who shot McKnight was in his car when he fired all three shots.

    McKnight was shot and killed on Thursday afternoon in New Orleans. Authorities said that Ronald Gasser, 54, shot McKnight. Gasser was released overnight, and a JPSO spokesman told the Baton Rouge Advocate he wasn’t charged “as of yet.” Gasser reportedly stayed at the scene and gave his gun to police when they arrived. A report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, said a witness “saw a man at the intersection yelling at McKnight, who was trying to apologize.” The witness also told the Times-Picayune that Gasser stood over McKnight and shot him.

    Normand said that wasn’t true. He specifically discounted three things he said he has seen reported.

    Normand, who said the incident

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  • Johnny Manziel's assault case will be dropped if he meets certain requirements (AP)
    Johnny Manziel’s assault case will be dropped if he meets certain requirements. (AP)

    Johnny Manziel’s domestic violence case has been conditionally dropped, but he still has to meet a few requirements.

    WFAA in Dallas reported that Manziel must complete an anger management course, attend a domestic violence victim impact panel, and take part in the NFL’s policy and program for substance abuse or a rehabilitation program. If he fulfills those requirements the assault case against him will be dropped.

    Manziel was accused of hitting ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley and dragging her into a car against her will. He faced misdemeanor charges but prosecutors agreed to drop the charges if he meets those requirements.

    Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and a 2014 first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, is coming up on the one-year anniversary of his last NFL game. Last Dec. 27 he started for the Browns against the Kansas City Chiefs. He didn’t play in Week 17 and was cut in the offseason.

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  • Trevor Siemian misses another practice, Paxton Lynch reportedly will start

    Trevor Siemian had one of his better games on a national stage last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he won’t have a chance to build on that momentum this week.

    Siemian missed his third straight practice on Friday and according to Mike Klis of 9News in Denver, he’ll be out against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. First-round pick Paxton Lynch will make his second career start.

    Siemian suffered a foot injury last Sunday, near the end of an impressive performance. Siemian had 368 yards and three touchdowns.

    Right when Siemian was getting hot, it appears the Broncos have to go to Lynch for at least one week. Lynch started one other game this season, a loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons. Lynch has played in two games, and has completed 37-of-59 passes for 393 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Broncos liked him enough in the draft to trade up and get him, but he had a slow start to the offseason and Siemian ended up winning the starting job.

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  • Earl Thomas watched last week's Seahawks game incognito at Buffalo Wild Wings

    If you were in a Portland-area Buffalo Wild Wings last Sunday afternoon, you probably noticed a man in sunglasses and a hoodie who seemed a little too into the Seattle Seahawks’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    It was All-Pro safety Earl Thomas.

    Thomas missed the first game of his career last week because of a hamstring injury and didn’t travel with the team. To take his mind off it he went with his family to Portland according to Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. He took in a couple Trail Blazers games. But of course he was going to watch his teammates play in Tampa Bay.

    He said he took in the game at Buffalo Wild Wings with his hoodie up and sunglasses on, trying to not draw any attention. Thomas is one of the most intense players in the NFL, so it’s easy to imagine him blowing his cover as the Seahawks suffered a 14-5 loss.

    “I was into it. You can’t be silent. You can’t hide who you are when you are passionate about something like this,” Thomas told Bell. “Luckily, people kind

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  • NFL against the spread picks: Chiefs-Falcons is a huge game for both teams

    This week might not be the best for compelling matchups, but there will be a good one in Atlanta.

    The Atlanta Falcons are one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South. The Kansas City Chiefs’ dramatic overtime win over the Denver Broncos puts them one game behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. Even though this is one of those odd non-conference games between two teams with little history against each other, it has enormous ramifications for both.

    It’s also strength vs. strength. The Falcons have had a great year on offense, as one of three NFL teams averaging more than 400 yards per game. The Chiefs defense was pretty good even before getting Justin Houston back, and Houston announced he was all the way back last week with three sacks at Denver.

    There has to be some concern about how the Chiefs rebound after playing 75 minutes of football last week in high altitude. But I still like them to at least cover the 3.5-point spread (it’s +4 in the SuperContest, and I’m

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  • Man who police say killed Joe McKnight released without being charged

    The NFL world was shocked to hear news Thursday that former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed in New Orleans.

    There was more shock on Friday with news that the man authorities say shot McKnight was released without being charged.

    The New Orleans Times-Picayune and Baton Rouge Advocate said Ronald Gasser, 54, who authorities say shot McKnight, was released overnight without being charged “as of yet,” a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

    “Gasser was released overnight and has not been charged as of yet. The matter remains under investigation,” Col. John Fortunato of the JPSO told the Advocate.

    JPSO Sheriff Newell Normand held a press conference on Friday afternoon, which was broadcast on NOLA.com, in which he discounted some things that have been reported since McKnight’s death. He said Gasser did not stand over McKnight and shoot him, as one witness told the Times-Picayune. Normand said based on three casings from bullets

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  • The Dallas Cowboys marked another thing off their championship contender checklist.

    Even when their offense was shut down, and Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant all had relatively quiet nights, the Cowboys still won a tough road game. The Cowboys beat the Vikings 17-15 in a defensive battle, improving to 11-1 this season.

    The Cowboys had a couple of controversial calls go in their favor, including on a potential game-tying two-point conversion at the end.

    The Vikings scored with 25 seconds left on a Jerick McKinnon touchdown catch, but they needed a two-point conversion to tie it. Sam Bradford had his arm and his face mask hit by Cedric Thornton on the pass attempt, but no penalty was called on Thornton for hitting Bradford in the head. The pass was incomplete, the Cowboys recovered the onside kick and escaped with a win.

    The other controversy came on a fumble. Vikings punt returner Adam Thielen was stripped by Cowboys linebacker Kyle Wilber deep in Vikings territory in the

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  • One solution that is always suggested to fix the NFL’s officiating issues is hiring full-time officials. Now we’ll see if that helps.

    NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent told the Associated Press that the league plans to hire up to 17 full-time officials. Vincent also said with new officials crews can increase from seven members to eight, and that might be an even more important change.

    Many missed calls would still be missed by full-time officials. The NFL game moves at an unbelievable speed and missed calls are inevitable. But it can’t hurt to have an official on each crew whose full-time job is to study the trade and the rule book. Officials for many years have worked NFL games part time and have other full-time jobs outside of football.

    The AP story said Vincent wasn’t sure where the eighth official would be positioned. He mentioned two possibilities: a middle sideline judge to monitor interior defensive line penalties, or an official to oversee hits to the

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