Monthly Archives: January 2014

Joique Bell: Let’s just make a long-term deal happen (ProFootball Talk on NBC Sportsa)

Lions running back Joique Bell played a big role in the Lions offense in 2013, rushing for 650 yards and catching 53 passes for 547 yards to provide Detroit with a strong complement to Reggie Bush in the backfield. That makes it all but certain that the team will be tendering Bell a contract as…

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Lions RB suing NFL, helmet maker over concussions (The Associated Press)

Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is suing the NFL and helmet maker Riddell after concussion problems helped cut short his career. Best was selected by the Lions in the first round of the 2010 draft and accounted for 1,000-plus yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. The lawsuit was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

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Packers LB Matthews has pins removed from thumb (The SportsXchange)

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews had the pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb last week, according to FOXSports.com. Matthews originally injured his thumb in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions and then had surgery, missing the following four games. He re-injured his thumb in Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Matthews missed the final week of the regular season and the wild-card loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

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Rams oust Walton as DC (The SportsXchange)

The St. Louis Rams dismissed Tim Walton as defensive coordinator after one season on the job, the team announced Wednesday. ESPN reported that the Rams plan to hire former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to replace Walton. Walton was named to the position last year after joining the Rams from the Detroit Lions, where he worked for four years as the secondary coach. “I would like to thank Tim for his hard work and contributions to our defense,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.

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Chicago Bears: Let’s Say Nice Things About the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings (Yahoo Contributor Network)

This piece wants to change all that from a Chicago Bears’ perspective — for the duration of this piece, anyway. I’m not talking about stuff like, “Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback!” either. Maybe it’s just a “grass-is-always-greener” type thing, but the Packers always look like they have things figured out — even when their MVP-quarterback goes down for half of the season. Mike McCarthy (82-41 career record) is, for now, the best coach in the NFC North and always seems to have his team playing competitive football.

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Jahvid Best suing NFL and Riddell because head injuries ended his career (Shutdown Corner)

Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best’s career ended prematurely due to head injuries.
His legal battle against the NFL has just begun.
Best has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the league knew about head injuries and did not do enough to protect him, according to USA TODAY Sports. The lawsuit also names helmet manufacturer Riddell as a defendant and seeks unspecified “economic and noneconomic” damages, while Best reportedly has worker’s-compensation claim pending against the Lions.
“In Michigan, you plead in excess of $25,000, but we’re not prepared to give a specific amount at this time,” Bret Schnitzer, Best’s attorney, told USA TODAY Sports. “Unfortunately, with these types of injuries, as has been documented, the long-term effects of the injuries to the brain may not manifest themselves for a number of years. Jahvid, obviously, had some manifestation of concussion syndrome, which is well-documented in the media.
“But in terms of the full extent of the injury to the brain, as we can see from other players and from the science, that can’t always be determined in a 25-year-old. It’s just like mesothelioma or asbestos type of case … it sometimes takes decades to see the full ramifications of the injury.”
Best had a history of concussions prior to entering the NFL, and it will be interesting to see if his attorney can prove the league is negligent.

Despite a concussion history, Best was a first-round pick by Detroit in 2010. Best rushed for 555 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, plus had 487 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He had 390 rushing yards and two touchdowns, plus 287 receiving yards and one touchdown, before sustaining a concussion in 2011. Best was never medically cleared to play football, and Detroit released him in 2013.
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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!
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Former Lions RB Best suing NFL, Riddell (The SportsXchange)

Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is suing the NFL and helmet manufacturer Riddell for the concussions he sustained, according to the Detroit Free Press. Best’s career was cut short in November 2011 after a series of head injuries. The Lions released him last year. According to the report, Best filed the lawsuit in Wayne County, Mich., claiming the NFL was aware of the risks of head injuries sustained by players but did not do enough to protect them.

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