Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Sep 2005, 05:22pm by Michael David Smith

Injuries Contributed to Retired Player's Death

A disturbing story out of Pittsburgh, where former Steelers lineman Terry Long died from a brain inflammation that resulted, in part, from repeated head injuries suffered while playing football. Long, 45, died on June 7, a few hours after paramedics found him unconscious at his home. A contributing factor was "chronic traumatic encephalopathy" - also known as dementia pugilistica - a condition most often seen among career boxers.

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22 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2005, 12:39pm by Carl

13 Sep 2005, 02:52pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: Basketball's Warning to Football

This week, Gregg Easterbrook has a warning for professional football, mentions the Bills' old school unis (as an FO reader predicted in a thread earlier this week), makes fun of the Vikes for not going for it on fourth down, and ridicules rich dumb people.

TMQ also offers some advice on how to stop the Colts' offense, wonders why the Chargers' suspended Antonio Gates, and actually manages to use "Nocturne Aubergine Klavierlack" in a sentence.

And two more things: Stats of the Week No. 4 should give Kyle Boller hope, and if you bet the Earlham-Manchester game, I hope you took the over.

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216 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2005, 12:16am by calig23

12 Sep 2005, 09:44pm by Michael David Smith

Trotter, Mathis Ejected in Pregame

A pregame scuffle between the Falcons and Eagles resulted in Jeremiah Trotter and Kevin Mathis being ejected. This happened before a Florida-Florida State game once. Has anyone ever seen it in the NFL? I don't think I've ever seen an official throw a flag during pregame warmups. The ref is looking in the replay booth to see what happened, which I believe is improper, as there's no listing in the rule book that allows the ref to review such things. Are you ready for some football?

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46 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2005, 12:28pm by Gaius

12 Sep 2005, 07:15pm by Al Bogdan

Brunell Replaces Ramsey as Redskins' Starting QB

Hope you didn't pick Patrick Ramsey as your quarterback in the Loser League contest. Instead of waiting to see if Ramsey will be able to play Sunday after suffering a sprained neck, Joe Gibbs decided to name Mark Brunell the starter right away. I'm guessing the Redskins are on their third starting QB by Week 5.

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32 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2005, 8:20pm by heavyjumbo

12 Sep 2005, 06:18pm by Michael David Smith

Saints To Play In Baton Rouge, San Antonio

The Saints will play four home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., and three in the Alamodome in San Antonio this season. The Saints will play the weekends of Oct. 30-31, Nov. 6-7, Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 17-19 on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge. The San Antonio games will be on the weekends of Oct. 2-3, Oct. 16-17 and Dec. 24-26. Specific days and starting times for those games have not been determined. The four home games at Baton Rouge will be against Miami, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Carolina. The San Antonio games will be against Buffalo, Atlanta and Detroit.

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4 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2005, 1:28pm by The Real Mora

12 Sep 2005, 04:18pm by Michael David Smith

Kris Jenkins Out for Season

This is a major blow to a team many expected to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Kris Jenkins tore his ACL in Sunday's opener against the Saints. He'll miss the rest of the season. Jenkins established himself as one of the best players in football in 2003, but he missed 12 games last year with a shoulder injury and now won't be on the field again until 2006.

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7 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2005, 1:31pm by Starshatterer

12 Sep 2005, 11:56am by Ned Macey

Javon Walker Injures Knee

Does Brett Favre have any thoughts on Walker's contract situation now?

UPDATE: As is mentioned in the comments and is now in the linked article, Walker is done for the year. Now Favre can back up his pre-season statements that they did not need Javon to win.

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32 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2005, 4:13pm by MRH

12 Sep 2005, 11:19am by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Saints Belong in New Orleans

In Peter King's Week 1 MMQB, he pleads with Saints owner Tom Benson to keep the team in New Orleans, gives Willie Parker some props, uses the phrase "defense of the week" to describe ... gasp! ... the Chiefs, and names Chad Pennington the Goat of the Week. King also pimps the Drew Bledsoe-Burger King commercial, gives due respect to Rodney Harrison, and recognizes Ohio University -- his alma mater -- as they beat the Miami Dolphins of the Big East, the Pitt Panthers.

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87 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2005, 9:41pm by B

12 Sep 2005, 10:03am by P. Ryan Wilson

Ravens' Late Timeouts Irritate Colts

Did anyone else think it was kinda weird that the Ravens called consecutive timeouts with 1:35 on the clock in the fourth quarter of a 24-0 game? I know it's one thing to avoid a shutout in a Week 1 home opener, but keeping people healthy seems important too. In other Ravens-related news, QB Kyle Boller suffered a 3rd quarter injury, but his backup, Anthony Wright, didn't fare much better.

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54 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2005, 8:13pm by bobman

11 Sep 2005, 02:09pm by Michael David Smith

49ers' Fortunes Can be Reversed

Our friend Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News has a good look at what it would take for the 49ers to turn things around, and whether the path they're setting out on is similar to what other teams that have made successful turnarounds have done.

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6 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2005, 8:52pm by Miles