Thursday, August 13, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 8.13.15 #Indians #Phase2 #Browns #Cavs

By @cleeverizon

- The Cleveland Indians announced that Phase 2 of the Progressive Field renovations will start in October. The renovations include extending the "Right Field District Themes" throughout the ballpark. Which includes adding more local themed restaurants to the district. Also, a new club will be added behind home plate for season ticket holders that will include a full glass front to watch the game, concessions and a customer-service center. The club will stay open after games and provide season ticket holders a place to go while everyone else clears.

- Court was adjourned yesterday in the NFL’s “Deflate-Gate” case, that many see as Roger Goodell vs. Tom Brady and NFLPA, with no resolution.

Judge Richard Berman stated, "I have not made up my mind on which side will prevail”. Judge Berman continues emphasizing hope for a Deflate-Gate settlement.

"Everyone is of a view that this case can be resolved expeditiously." The Judge seemed skeptical of Ted Wells's dual role as lead investigator and attorney hired by the NFL. Berman also added civil cases of this nature typically last 2 years. "I think it’s safe to say nobody here wants to wait that long”, ”I think there are strengths and weaknesses to both sides here”.

So with this all being said its back to the drawing board to reach a settlement between Brady and the NFL. The biggest hang up is that the NFL wants Brady to admit guilt. But Brady can't accept Wells’ report in settlement since his testimony refutes it. The union and Brady's position remains same: A fine, no games suspended and no admission of guilt. Looks like a long road ahead and we will likely see Brady Week 1 versus Pittsburgh.

- One day after breaking Geno Smith's jaw, IK Enemkpali finds himself with the Jets former head coach, Rex Ryan. The Buffalo Bills claimed Enemkpali off of waivers yesterday. Ryan was the Jets' head coach when the team drafted Enemkpali in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. Contract terms are not known at this time.

- The NBA released the Cavaliers regular season schedule last night. The Cavs open the season October 27, on the road against the Chicago Bulls. The home opener will be October 30, as they host the Miami Heat. Cleveland has a league high 34 national televised games, with ten on ESPN, nine on TNT, six on ABC and nine on NBA TV. The Cavs will play 19 back-to-backs during the course of the season and play 4 games in 5 nights, from December 25-29. One of the highlights of the season is the Christmas Day game that will see the Cavs on the road playing the Golden State Warriors, in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals.

You can click on the picture to enlarge, or download the schedule HERE.

- Tonight’s uniform combo for when the Browns host the Washington Redskins will be white on white. 

- Browns Injury Report
The following players did not practice Tuesday:

WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring)
DB Pierre Desir (hamstring)
RB Shaun Draughn (hand)
DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee)
RB Duke Johnson Jr.(hamstring)
RB Luke Lundy (concussion)
RB Joe Madsen(concussion)
OL Andrew McDonald (concussion)
LB Barkevious Mingo (knee)
DB Robert Nelson Jr. (hamstring)
WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring)
DB De’Ante Saunders (calf)
TE Randall Telfer (foot)
OL Joe Thomas (rest)
DL Billy Winn (knee/ankle)
RB Glenn Winston (knee)

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