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  • Dallas Cowboys bus involved in accident that killed four near Las Vegas

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago

    The Dallas Cowboys bus that often drives around team owner Jerry Jones in NFL cities was involved in a crash in Kingman, Ariz., an accident that killed four people in another vehicle, according to multiple reports.

    #breaking active scene of fatal crash involving #cowboys bus that killed 4 ppl #8NN pic.twitter.com/h3cntaZn2F

    — Brittany Edney (@BrittanyEdney) July 24, 2016

    Jones wasn’t on the bus at the time of the crash and no one on the Cowboys’ vehicle was injured, driver Emery Tyler told Shutdown Corner on Sunday.

    The accident occurred midway between Dallas and Oxnard, Calif., where the Cowboys hold training camp. It appears that there was a scheduled stop for an event in Las Vegas before reaching camp, but that appears to be on hold now. The accident happened about 70 miles from Las Vegas.

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  • 2016 NFL Preview: Jets' quarterback issue clouds everything else

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 6, the day before the Hall of Fame Game kicks off the preseason.

    We started this series on July 6, counting down all the teams in reverse power rankings order. The rankings had to be finalized a little before that, for production reasons.

    When these rankings were set, I had no idea what to do with the New York Jets. Almost a month later, I still don’t.

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  • St. Louis fans honor Rams legends indoors, trash Stan Kroenke outside

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    ST. LOUIS — Jeff Schnurbusch spent his hard-earned money on his beloved St. Louis Rams for more than 20 years, but he has made his final two purchases toward the team whose owner broke his and thousands of others’ hearts when the franchise moved to Los Angeles.

    One was a ticket to Saturday’s Legends of the Dome game that honored the great Rams teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The other was a custom-made Rams jersey with one clear message.

    That would be Stan Kroenke, perhaps the most hated man in Missouri. As much as Saturday’s event was a celebration for most of the Rams legends that lit this city on fire starting in 1999, it also served as another painful memory of the team that the city now has lost, the second time in 30 years an NFL left St. Louis behind.

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  • 2016 NFL Preview: Raiders will be a Super Bowl contender, and soon

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 6, the day before the Hall of Fame Game kicks off the preseason.

    If the Oakland Raiders break out this season, we can point to last Dec. 13 as one of the turning points.

    The Raiders were 5-7, still searching for a quality win that would make everyone take notice of their improvement. Against the Denver Broncos, defensive star Khalil Mack had five sacks. Quarterback Derek Carr threw two second-half touchdowns against the best defense in football. The Raiders went into Denver and beat the eventual Super Bowl champions 15-12. The Broncos went 8-2 from Nov. 22 on, including a Super Bowl 50 win. Denver only lost at Pittsburgh (understandable) and at home against the Raiders.

    It wasn’t the prettiest win for the Raiders, but it mattered. Given the strides the Raiders have made the past couple years, it seemed like a milestone in their rebuild. My guess is that by the end of this season, everyone will agree that the Raiders are finally back.

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  • NFL rejects affidavits from Harrison, Matthews and Peppers, demanding interviews

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 days ago

    Things may get quite interesting between the NFL and three of its better-known names in the coming days.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the league has rejected written affidavits from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison and the Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free agent Mike Neal, four of the players (along with now-retired Peyton Manning) named in January’s Al-Jazeera America documentary, linking them to performance-enhancing drug use.

    The league notified Harrison, Matthews and Peppers in Junethat they would be interviewed by NFL investigators on the first day of their respective training camps; Neal was to be interviewed on or before July 22.

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  • Colts' Arthur Jones suspended four games for PED use

    Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 days ago

    Add Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Arthur Jones to the long list of players who will miss games at the start of the coming season because of NFL suspension.

    Jones will sit the first four games after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, as reported by the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson and others.

    Signed by the Colts to a five-year, $33 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) in 2014, a deal that reunited him with his defensive coordinator in Baltimore, Chuck Pagano, and was meant to shore up the Colts’ bad run defense.

    But more than two years in, the move has not worked out for Indianapolis.

    Jones missed seven games of the 2014 season to an ankle injury, and then missed all of last season to another ankle injury, this time surgery to repair torn ligaments.

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  • Dennis Green drafted Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald, coached Jerry Rice

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 days ago

    Dennis Green had a fascinating career in football before he died Friday at the age of 67.

    Green played briefly in the CFL. He coached under Bill Walsh at Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers. Green was only the second African-American college head coach in NCAA history at Northwestern and the first in Big Ten history. He won four division titles and made the playoffs eight times in his 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and widely was considered one of the most successful African-American head coaches in league history before Tony Dungy won a Super Bowl.

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