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Bears LB Jerrell Freeman announces retirement

Free-agent inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman officially called it a career after six seasons in the NFL.

Freeman, who the Bears released in February, announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, citing his health and family as top priorities.

The 6-foot, 235-pound Freeman entered the league in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Mary Haydin-Baylor with the Titans but was released before the start of the regular season.

The 2017 season didn’t produce a comeback tour for the linebacker.

Freeman landed on injured reserve with a concussion and pectoral injury suffered in the regular-season opener against the Falcons. In October, he was suspended 10 games for another violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

On his NFL career, the 32-year-old Freeman appeared in 70 games all starts and totaled 598 tackles (390 solo), 12 sacks, four interceptions, 20 passes defensed and eight forced fumbles.

Not great news, but it’s not worse-case news either, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before the Yankees and Astros played at Minute Maid Park.

Worse case would have been a ligament tear and season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Flexor strains often are precursors to Tommy John surgery, but the Yankees believe that won’t happen in this case.

There’s nothing that would suggest that at this time, Boone said. It’s a strain of the flexor. I think it’s pretty straightforward and clear of what it is, so the three-week shutdown is kind of the timeline.

The Yankees’ No. 5 starter, Montgomery was placed on the 10-day disabled list and is expected to be able to resume throwing in three weeks.

Montgomery didn’t seem overly concerned in his post-game interview.

Penny, 5’11 and 220 pounds, faces the expectation of instant production as an every-down back. It’s something he’s capable of, or Pete Carroll and the Seahawks wouldn’t have made him the pick, as elusiveness and strong cuts make him more than potent at the next level upon arrival. 

But most know where the real pressure lies for this draft class. It isn’t on projected rotational defensive Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys end Rasheem Green out of the Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys third round or inline blocking tight end Will Dissly out of the fourth. 

NFL files appeal of Ezekiel Elliott injunction

The NFL has fought doggedly to preserve the six-game suspension Roger Goodell issued to Ezekiel Elliott. The latest step in that lengthy process is appealing the decision of a federal court in Texas to grant an injunction that will let Elliott play until his lawsuit against the NFL is completed. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league took that step Monday morning.

And then Thursday night happened, when Kansas City hung 42 on New England.

That 42-27 win wasn’t driven by pick-sixes or fluky special teams plays that FPI sees as minimally predictive. No, it was a traditional offensive beatdown.

Quarterback Alex Smith chucked a couple deep touchdowns and was ruthlessly efficient with his usual short passes, altogether earning him a Total QBR of 91.8 for the game, second-best of Week 1. Passing plays that involved receiver Tyreek Hill were overwhelmingly positive. And while the ground attack didn’t add much from an expected points standpoint, rookie running back Kareem Hunt proved to be an asset in the passing game.

The Chiefs’ offense’s unit efficiency — a clutch-weighed version of expected points per play — was second-best in the league in Week 1, behind only the Vikings. That was pretty meaningful given that Cheap Jerseys China heading into the contest FPI considered the Kansas City to have the 10th-best offense compared to the Patriots’ second-best Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys defense in the NFL (although it downgraded the Patriots’ defense all the way to 16th after Week 1).

What’s more, Kansas City accomplished all that on the road.