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Miller was held to less than 50 yards TOTAL in the two games Jay Cutler started earlier this season

Australia, a country which legalized sports betting around the turn of the century, is a prime example of what America wants to avoid.

Widespread legalization of online sports betting arrived in Australia in 2001, but even in a culture with a longtime acceptance of gambling as a form of entertainment, it didn’t explode onto the market.

Around 2009, Australians began to notice a dramatic shift in the atmosphere surrounding sports and how the games were presented by the media. International bookmaking companies, with much larger marketing budgets, began arriving on the scene. Soon, advertising for betting could be found near schools and on public transportation. The gambling talk during game broadcasts went from subtle to constant, with commercials from sportsbooks bleeding into the media coverage. At one point, one of Australia’s biggest bookies was a regular in the broadcast booth.

Others receiving votes: After a slow start, there Scott Hartnell Jersey have been signs of life in Gary Barnidge, who has more than 55 yards in five straight games (the second-longest streak among tight ends this season) and now gets a Jets team that is in the top 10 in most fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. … The Raiders have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in the past three weeks and cough up the fifth-most yards to tight ends this season, so while it has been a quiet few weeks for Cameron Brate, he has some nice streamer appeal Sunday. … We’ve been waiting for a Zach Ertz breakout game for a while now and Sunday, I think we get it against a Cowboys team that gives up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing Sergei Bobrovsky Jersey tight ends. … Deeper-leaguers looking for someone should check out C.J. Fiedorowicz of the Texans, who now has seven or more targets in three straight games and faces a Lions team that has given up at least eight points to opposing tight ends in all but one game this season. Overall, the Lions allow the third-most TE points per game.

Coby Fleener, Saints: As much as I am not scared of the Seahawks this week and like the majority of the Saints’ passing game this week at home, I am nervous about Fleener. He had the one big game against Atlanta, he had the fluky two-touchdown game against the Panthers, in which he got a goal-line CARRY because Sean Payton hates me and Mark Ingram with equal venom. But other than that, it has been a quiet, inconsistent year for Fleener, as 83 percent of his scoring has come in those two games, while he has been held below 45 yards (and no scores) in all his other games this season. Tight ends have scored more than six points against Seattle just once this season, so Fleener is outside my top 10.

Zach Miller, Bears: Miller was held to less than 50 yards TOTAL in the two games Jay Cutler started earlier this season, so we just don’t know how much usage he will get now that Cutler is back under center. He was productive last season with Cutler, so it’s too small a sample size to really judge anything, but facing the Vikings, who have yet to give up a touchdown to a tight end this season — and only the Carolina Panthers’ tight ends, led by Greg Olsen, have had more than 70 yards in a game against them (Olsen had 64 yards in that one) — it’s hard to see Miller returning top-15 value this week.

If sports betting is legalized in the U.S., recreational bettors will have far more options, like gambling hedge funds. But they will also have increased competition. And not only from humans.

NFL quarterback battles are a farce

Zimmer was hired by the Vikings to take over as head coach following the 2013 season, and since that time, he has led Minnesota to an 18-14 record, including a 11-5 finish and division title last season. It was the Vikings’ first NFC North championship since 2009.

The Vikings did not make Zimmer’s previous contract Peyton Manning Authentic Womens Jersey details available, either, but Zimmer said in a press conference following the team’s announcement of his extension that Minnesota approached him about a new deal before his previous contract was set to expire.

“I feel very, very fortunate to be the coach of the Vikings,” Zimmer said on Thursday.

Vikings ownership had plenty of positive things to say about Zimmeras well. Owner and chairman Zygi Wilf pointed to the team’s desire to have continuity with Zimmer at the helm as a priority.

“His focus on helping our players develop and maximize potential, individually and collectively, is critical for our current and future success,” Vikings Phil Taylor Authentic Womens Jersey principal owner Zygi Wilf said. “We believe the continuity established with Mike leading our football team is a very positive step for our organization.”

It wasn’t all that long ago that Kaepernick was one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the NFL. But that was two head coaches ago. At the same time, Gabbert was cementing his place on the list of first-round busts.

This offseason, Kaepernick didn’t get early reps under new coach Chip Kelly because he was recovering from a shoulder injury, giving Gabbert an early lead in the race. Since then, Kaepernick’s been cleared for camp. He has the perfect skill set for Kelly’s offense, and he should overtake Gabbert as long as he’s healthy and can adapt to his new coach.

If Kaepernick can’t accomplish that and cedes the starting job to Gabbert, this is one of those QB competitions that winds up in the previous category.

Griffin’s got the job 95 percent locked down. Like Kaepernick, it’s just a matter of staying healthy and regaining the electrifying form he showed earlier in his career. Hue Jackson has a reputation for being a miracle worker with quarterbacks, and he’ll have to earn every bit of that reputation if he has to use any of the signal callers behind RG3 on the depth chart.

Keenum’s listed as the starter on the team’s official depth chart, but that’s part of the dance teams do when they take a quarterback first overall in the draft, especially one they traded away a bounty of picks to get.

Head coach and noted quarterback expert Jeff Fisher said that Goff and Keenum will both get first-team reps. He even said Sean Mannion, last year’s third-round pick, will get first-team reps. So, officially, this this is wide open.

49ers sign NaVorro Bowman to surprise 4-year extension

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman is going to stay in the Bay Area for a long time. The 49ers inked the Pro Bowl linebacker to a four-year, $44 million contract extension with $20 million guaranteed Wednesday. Bowman had three years left on his existing deal, meaning he’s now signed through 2022.

Bowman tore his ACL in the 2013 NFC Championship and missed the entirety of the 2014 campaign. But he came back strong last season, with a league-leading 154 tackles. It’s clear the 49ers aren’t concerned about his ability to stay healthy.

Amidst turmoil in the front office and two coaching changes within the last two years, the 49ers have gone 13-19 since qualifying for the NFC Championship in 2013. Kelly has a tough task in front of him, and one of his first moves is ensuring Bowman Cody Kessler Jersey is entrenched as one of the team’s stalwarts.

ANOTHER WIN FOR THE RODGERS FAMILY: Jordan Rodgers has a championship now, too. When a quarterback takes a knee, it means he just won. That turned out to be true on The Bachelorette, as Jordan Rodgers ended the show with a proposal to JoJo Fletcher.

BENNETT MAKES GOOD: Michael Bennett reaches Cody Parkey Jersey out to Cam Newton: “How can we be better influencers?” The Seahawks DE wants to see NFL players be more active in social issues.

BAD BLOOD: Jason Kelce throws shade at DeMarco Murray. The Eagles center spreads the blame for the Eagles poor ground game last year, pointing the finger directly at the team’s former running back.

FOSTER EMERGES: Jay Ajayi will be out a couple of days with a bone bruise. The Dolphins running back missed practice on Monday, opening the door for Arian Foster to get more playing time with the starters.

GOLDEN AGE OF SLOT RECEIVERS: The NFL is in the era of the slot receiver. Long considered an afterthought, slot receivers are now taking over the game.

FICTIONAL QUARTERBACKS WE LOVE: Uncle Rico and the other greatest movie quarterbacks of all time. There are a slew of fictional quarterbacks that have graced the silver screen, but which ones are the best? You’re about to find out.

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT: Laremy Tunsil and the Dolphins give us the first NFL training camp fight of 2016. Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil and defensive end Chris McCain were the first players to drop the gloves at training camp this year.

STICK TO SACKS: Von Miller is good at everything, except kicking a football. Stick to sacks!

Dashon Goldson signs with Falcons

Safety Dashon Goldson has found another home, signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. This will be Goldson’s third team in three years after brief stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington.

Goldson was once a mainstay on defense Glover Quin Jersey for the San Francisco 49ers, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He spent six seasons with the 49ers, making the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012. Goldson developed a reputation as a hard-hitting but reckless player, with a penchant for personal foul penalties.

Bad scene. Bridgewater down in pocket grabbing left knee. Players freaked out, swearing and praying. Immobilized. Practice halted #Vikings

The Vikings upgraded the offensive line Golden Tate III Jersey this offseason, and they have one of the most dynamic rushers in the league in Adrian Peterson. Rookie Laquon Treadwell headlines a talented receiving corps, and the defense is shaping up to be solid, also.

Zimmer did not rule out acquiring a veteran quarterback.

Some have called his protest a distraction, but Kaepernick insists it isn’t, saying it’s something that can spark conversations that may bring about change.

“No, I don’t see it being a distraction,” Kaepernick said. “It’s something that can unify this team. It’s something that can unify this country. If we have these real conversations that are uncomfortable for a lot of people. If we have these conversations, there’s a better understanding of where both sides are coming from.”

Kaepernick addressed the team prior to Sunday’s practice and after practice concluded his teammates expressed support for his actions.

Center Daniel Kilgore told Cam Inman of the Mercury News that he wasn’t on board with Kaepernick’s decision at first, but Kaepernick won him over.

“When it came out, honestly I took offense to it,” Kilgore said. “But after Kap stated his case and seeing where he’s coming from, I do stand with Kap when he says enough is enough against crime, violence, discrimination and racism.”

The Chargers wanted to spread out Bosa’s signing bonus over the life of his deal, but he reportedly demanded it all be included in the first year. If San Diego wasn’t willing to do that, Bosa’s camp said the team would have to remove offset language from his contract.

Adrian Peterson’s wife says he’s already walking after knee injury vs. Packers

The knee injury suffered by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Sunday is a torn meniscus, according to head coach Mike Zimmer, and his wife says that he was already walking on the injured leg before the end of the night.

According to Larry Fitzgerald, Sr. (Yes, that Larry Fitzgerald. He’s a sports writer based in Minnesota), Peterson had an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, but the running back’s wife believes he will be OK. Zimmer even said that it’s possible Peterson will play in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers.

While Peterson has had a rough start to the 2016 season, managing just 50 yards on 31 carries with zero touchdowns, it is big news for the Vikings that the former MVP isn’t seriously injured. The team already Dan Fouts Jersey lost Teddy Bridgewater for the year and Peterson’s backups, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, haven’t had much running room either in the first two weeks.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer seemed to believe that good news was on the way for Peterson on Sunday night, telling reporters that the injury “calmed down” after the game.

Peterson’s injury Danny Woodhead Jersey also revealed a bizarre flaw in the new U.S. Bank Stadium, as he had to limp his way through a sports bar on his way to the locker room:

I can’t believe the Vikings have to walk Adrian Peterson through a restaurant to get to the locker room pic.twitter.com/otjYbrEhGT

— Steve Palec (@stevepalec) September 19, 2016
Peterson has dealt with knee injuries in the past, including tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in 2011. He is just 275 rushing yards away from being the 16th player in NFL history with 12,000 career rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns from being the ninth player to 100.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS: We want stars to speak out, unless we don’t like what they have to say. Two seasons ago, Marshawn Lynch was vilified for not talking to reporters. Now Colin Kaepernick is being treated the same way for speaking out. Who do we want our athletes to be?

MARTIN OUT FOR AWHILE: Doug Martin expected to miss time with hamstring injury. Charles Sims takes over as the Bucs’ lead running back.

SERIOUS BOAT RIDE: Ron Rivera’s not having any of your shenanigans. Longtime fans of the Panthers know very well the demeanor of Riverboat Ron Rivera. Contrary to the exuberant sounding nickname, Ron has only two facial settings on the sidelines: upset and not upset.

DAKTOBERFEST: Why Dak Prescott’s got this for Cowboys: Mom, family, community. Being a mama’s boy is who Dak Prescott is, growing up in a three-bedroom trailer in Princeton, La., before becoming a high school star at Haughton (La.) and college star at Mississippi State. Now he’s looking to do the same in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Menu Marcus scored 20 points, including two free throws the closing seconds of overtime, and Kansas State held on to beat No. 7 Kansas 85 on Monday night. Spradling added 15 points for the Wildcats, who blew a nine-point lead with less than 2 minutes left regulation, only to survive for just their third win over the Jayhawks 26 played at Bramlage Coliseum. Hundreds of students flooded the court when the final buzzer sounded to celebrate the end of a six-game skid against Kansas. The Wildcats, who had lost 48 of the last 51 the series, hadn’t beaten their rivals their on-campus octagon since Feb. 14. Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points for the Jayhawks, including a putback of his own miss with 6 seconds left to force overtime. Perry had 19 points, Naadir Tharpe added 13 and Brannen Greene Kobe Bryant Jersey scored 10 for Kansas. The Wildcats took the lead with 17 left the second half, and never trailed until Tarik Black scored the opening basket of overtime. But every time the Jayhawks tried to build a lead, the Wildcats had answer – a three-point play by, a free throw by Omari Lawrence, or a big putback from unheralded big man D.J., who had nine points. Still, it wasn’t over until ‘s two free throws with 21 seconds left gave Kansas State 83 lead, and Wiggins missed a 3-pointer at the other end. Black missed another shot, and the Wildcats finally corralled the rebound, allowing time to run out. It was the first victory six tries against Kansas for Wildcats coach Bruce Weber, and just the fourth loss 26 against Kansas State for his counterpart, Self. Unlike the first meeting January, when the Jayhawks raced out to a big lead and then simply nursed it through the second half, the rivals played to a draw Monday night.

Kansas State surged to early lead thanks to some poor shooting by the Jayhawks, only to go into a slump of its own. Both teams eventually got into foul trouble as the game began to resemble old Big Eight tussle, and the result was a 29 halftime tie. fact, there have been more bodies on the court than baskets made, and the Jayhawks’ Black even had to limp off after twisting his ankle while going up for a rebound. The angst reached a crescendo midway through the second half, when Gipson of the Wildcats and Kansas guard Frank got into a shoving match. Both were given technical fouls. Kansas was already playing without reserve forward Jamari Traylor, whom Self sat for disciplinary reasons. With the nagging injury to Black on top of the foul trouble, one of the deepest teams the nation had its depth tested one of the rare instances all. The Jayhawks didn’t quite respond the way Self would have liked. After taking a 35 lead with 17 remaining, the Wildcats ripped off the next nine points. And even when turned his right ankle and briefly went to the locker room, Kansas State was still able to match the Jayhawks basket for basket. The Wildcats couldn’t close the game regulation, though. Wesley Iwundu made one of two free throws with 30 seconds left to give Kansas State a lead, but Tharpe quickly answered with a layup. Iwundu was fouled again but missed the front end of a 1-and-1, giving Wiggins a to send the game to overtime.

Menu Though the Baltimore Orioles are off to a strong start

ROCKFORD, MI — The 18-and-under and 16-and-under teams from the Rockford Aquatic Club have qualified to take part this month’s Olympic Nationals California, where they will compete against top-ranked squads from around the country. The James Young Jersey West Michigan teams will be part of the 44th annual event, scheduled for July 27 to Aug. 4 Orange County, Calif., after making the cut at the Midwest Zone Qualifying tournaments. than 500 teams and 8 players will compete for 18 national championships various age divisions A part of the U.S. Olympic Development Program, the Olympic tournament California will feature the top 48 teams from around the nation age divisions as as 10-and-under. They all meet out there to play out the top 48, said Rockford Aquatics Club and Rockford High School water polo coach McWatters. Most of the players are from Rockford, but we also have players from across West Michigan. The 16U roster even includes one player from Ohio. One of the reasons we do this is to foster sportsmanship among the teams West Michigan, McWatters said. We are trying to increase the number of kids who play the sport and we want to increase the quality Jared Sullinger Jersey of the game Michigan. The Rockford Aquatic Club’s 18-and-under teams features Rockford players Hams, Jacob Brown, Stephan Cress, Jacob, Hulsebus, Reese Patino, and Finnie, Brendan and Alex Saum from East Kentwood, Blum and Hewitt of Hudsonville, Evan Lubbers and Mutersbaugh of Jenison, Kameron Damaska of Grand Haven and Okemos’ Fountain. The 16-and-under team from the Rockford Aquatic Club that is scheduled to play the 2013 U.S Olympics Orange County, Calif. includes Rockford’s Joel Olson, Brent Trewhella, Chad Greenberg, Christian, Cutler, David Newberger, Cody Schmitt, Stephan Cress, Nathan Isley and Timmer and Hoffmeister; Blake Wheeler of West Ottawa, Berens from Zeeland, Logan Snider of Grand Haven and Watson from Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rockford graduate Hulsebus, who is headed to Grand Valley State University this fall, where he plans to play on the Lakers club water polo team, is the captain of the Rockford Aquatics 18U team and will be making his fourth trip to the U.S. Olympics. It is a great learning experience for everyone who goes out there, Hulsebus said. Some of us started together on the Rockford team, we have good chemistry, but the other guys have fit well too, overall our team chemistry is good. We have really solid defense, we play hard and we have a lot of fun. Teams are seeded into Platinum or Gold divisions for the national tournament, the Platinum Division featuring the top 24 teams the age group while the Gold Division includes teams ranked 25. This is an interesting experience and always a lot of fun, Hulsebus said. And you learn a lot of water polo.

Menu Though the Baltimore Orioles are off to a strong start, they still appear to have their issues with the Texas Rangers. After back-to-back defeats following their 7 start, the visiting Orioles can get back on track by avoiding a sixth consecutive loss to the Rangers on Friday night. Baltimore averaged 5 runs those first seven contests but has totaled five the last two. The Orioles led 3 and chased Hamels the top of the sixth inning Thursday before Texas scored five times the bottom of the frame en route to a 6 victory. The baseball gods weren’t too kind to us, Orioles manager Showalter said. Nolan Reimold had two hits and Trumbo clubbed his third home run for Baltimore, which has batted.202 and been outscored 40 while seven of eight to the Rangers. The Orioles have dropped five a row at Texas after winning six straight there, including the postseason. That’s why you got, Baltimore veteran Adam Jones said. Just keep moving forward as a team and keep getting better. Nomar Mazara continued his strong career start for Texas with two more hits and a RBI the series opener. The 20-year-old Dominican outfielder is 8 for 20 with three RBIs his first five league contests. Perez will try a third time to earn his first victory of 2016 when he takes the ball for the Rangers. The left-hander issued five of his nine walks and hit a batter for the second straight game, when he allowed three runs and seven hits 6-3 innings of a 3 loss to the Los Angels. ”I thought his stuff was good,” Texas manager Banister said. ”But, it was the five walks and the hit batter – the freebies that we’ve got to cut down on.” Perez didn’t walk anybody while yielding three runs 6-3 innings of a 4 home victory over the Orioles on Aug. 29. Trumbo is 4 for 9 with a home run and a double against Perez while Manny Machado is 3 for 9 with a. Wieters and J.J. Hardy have each gone 3 for 6 with a double versus Perez. The Orioles hand the ball to Worley, who allowed two earned runs and seven hits 4-3 innings of a 5 win over Tampa Bay on. The right-hander’s only previous appearance against the Rangers came April 2013 with Minnesota. Prince Fielder hasn’t faced Worley since that season but is 4 for 9 with a double and a home run against him. Fielder, who went 0 for 4 on Thursday, is 7 for 40 with 14 strikeouts. Jones also went 0 for 4 his return from going six games without at-bat because of a rib injury. He is 2 for 14 with six strikeouts 2016. He’s going to hide it as much as he can if he wasn’t, Showalter told MLB’s official website. But he’s going to be frank with us…. It’s more about than.

Played the majority of the with the Revolution of the independent Atlantic League

But like former child stars, the 42-year-old has ditched his squeaky-clean image the most dramatic way possible – a run- with the law. The actor was arrested British Columbia after allegedly robbing a bank and fleeing Jameis Winston Jersey from the police last week. According to reports, he was charged with robbery, intent to commit indictable offence, disguise, failing to stop for a police officer and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. The Canadian Mounted Police revealed he had donned a wig, sunglasses and a bandanna upon entering the Scotiabank Sechlet, before demanding money. After running from the scene of the crime, was identified by surveillance footage, with authorities recognising him from previous incidents. Despite the fact that a disguise was used during the robbery, the suspect was quickly identified by some of our officers, who had recently dealt with him on unrelated matter, Constable Mohr revealed.

Related videos Jeff Demps Jersey Authorities have yet to reveal whether the robbery was armed. currently remains custody. After starring Flight of the Navigator, he appeared Stone Fox before returning to his home town of British Columbia.

Played the majority of the with the Revolution of the independent Atlantic League, hitting.301 with 26 doubles, 19 home runs and 74 RBI 96…Signed by Angels as a Minor League free agent on Aug. 6 and appeared 26 with Triple-A Salt Lake, hitting.362 with 2 doubles, 6 homers and 18 RBI. Spent fifth and final the Indians organization…Made 45 appearances at third base and 32 appearances at first base…Also made first professional pitching appearance with 1 scoreless inning of relief on 7 vs. the New Yankees; he was the first non-pitcher to appear a game for since Laker on 4 04 and 21st non-pitcher club history…Went 0-for-9 with five strikeouts as a pinch hitter…Went deep for the first time while collecting a -high tying three RBI on 4 at Minnesota…Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 5 with a non-baseball medical issue…Appeared one game on rehab with Single-A Lake County before being recalled from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the disabled list on 6…Was charged with three errors one inning while playing third base on 6 vs. Boston…Went 8-for-24 from 9 thru the remainder of the…Went 7-for-50 with a double, two home runs and five RBI 17 while playing for Licey the Dominican League. Resurrected his tenure with the organization after being outrighted off the 40-man roster spring training…Spent the first four months of the at Columbus where he hit.327 with 24 doubles, 1 triple, 18 home runs and 66 RBI 82…At the time of his recall he was leading the League OPS and slugging %, was 2nd RBI, tied for 2nd HR and extra base hits and 3rd batting average…Over his last 11 he hit.400 w 3B, 7HR & 15 RBI to go along with a.385 July w 9 HR & 24 RBI…He hit.406 with runners on base and.427 with RISP for the Clippers…Had three 4-for-4 with the Clippers and a pair of 2…Was named to the League post- all- team & Topps Triple-A All- after the…Appeared 74 at third base and 6 at first base with Columbus…Contract purchased from Columbus on July 28 and spent remainder of the with the Indians…Made 43 starts at first base and 1 GS at DH with the Tribe…Hit first HR of the on 25 at KC and hit go-ahead 2-run HR on 27 at Baltimore…Enjoyed a career- 10 game hitting streak from 20…Started slowly the big leagues, hitting.175 his first 12 before hitting.252 over his last 35 from 20th-on…Finished the going 14-for-79 from 30th-on…STATS: Hit.277 with runners on,.313 with RISP and.375 with RISP-2 outs…Played for the Toros Este after the the Dominican League.

Spent his first full the big leagues and was the club’s regular third basemen over the final two months of the…Average increased throughout the as his playing time became more consistent…Over his final 34 from 5 thru the end of the he hit.291 with 7B, 1B & 11 RBI to raise his average from.167 to its final total of.221…Hit a career best 9 straight from 22-Sept. 2 and over his last 22 from 22-on he hit.313 with 3B, 1B, 0HR & 7RBI…Hit his first HR on the on July 13 vs. Tampa Bay…Collected first RBI his 57th at bat on July 5 at Minnesota…On July 4 he was hitting.125 26…Overall made 68 starts at third base and collected a fielding % of.971, which would have ranked 1st the American League ahead of Alex Rodriguez with the requisite number of at the position…Appeared first career big league game at first base on 29 vs. Seattle…Missed the last 5 of the with a left calf strain, suffered at Boston on Sept. 23…Rehabbed before playing ball the Dominican…Hit.293 with 4B, HR, 9RBI off LHP and.297 Sept. Highly regarded prospect spent the majority of the at Buffalo before spending the last 2 months of the as the Tribe’s regular third baseman…From 17 thru the end of the regular he hit.262 with 14B, 5HR & 21 RBI 36…Hit.261 w 23B, 15HR & 46 RBI 96 at Buffalo and was named to All-…Did not hit 1st until 119th AB of the and had just 2HR first 205AB before turning on the power…

Players quickly showered and dressed the Pittsburgh locker room Thursday

Friday, September 04 By CRANSTON, AP Sports Writer. , N.C. – Players quickly showered and dressed the Pittsburgh locker room Thursday night before hustling to the bus following their 21 victory over the exhibition finale. Some of the stars have been able to skip the shower part.

Starters on Marco Scutaro Jersey both sides played only three snaps apiece. Ben Roethlisberger threw one pass _ a 7-yard completion on third-and-9. The first-team defense, playing without star linebacker James , forced a three-and-out to complete the preseason without allowing a touchdown.

It’s no surprise then that the Steelers appeared a hurry to leave . Just one week until the real stuff starts against Tennessee. I really have a great deal of respect for how these guys competed and worked, said coach Mike Tomlin, who rested several players, including . we begin the process of moving forward and attacking the . The best news for after injury-plagued, poor-tackling, disjointed preseason is that linebacker Matt Cain Jersey Beason is confident he’ll return from a sprained medial collateral ligament his knee to play the opener.

I really ‘t have any doubt mind, Beason said. The Panthers need their top tackler from last . The first-team couldn’t stop Pittsburgh’s reserves. Rookie running back Isaac Redman have cemented his spot on the 53- roster by barreling over , Peppers and others on a 10-yard touchdown run. That happened shortly after Stefan made a claim for the return job, bringing back a punt 80 yards for a touchdown as the Steelers built a 14 lead.

I ‘t make decisions. They make decisions with how they play, said Tomlin, who announce his cuts Friday. The Panthers be searching for a punt returner on the waiver wire this weekend. Moore, Captain Munnerlyn and Beavers all fumbled. Believe it or not we do practice catching punts, Panthers coach Fox said. Delhomme was 2 of 4 for 19 yards before exiting after two series, seven plays and one first down as the first-team offense finished with one touchdown the preseason. The Panthers were trying to downplay concerns after the game.