Thursday, September 24, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 9.24.15 #Browns #Seahawks #YogiBerra #NBAFinals

By @cleeverizon

- The Browns announced quarterback Josh McCown has passed all tests in the NFL concussion protocol and is cleared to resume team activities. McCown returned to practice on Wednesday and will get the start Sunday against the Raiders. McCown was close to returning last week against the Titans,but failed one of the final tests administered by the independent neurologist Friday. In Mike Pettine's press conference yesterday he said "Josh McCown has done everything we've asked of him. We think he gives us best opportunity to win on Sunday."  "I solicited the opinions of Flip and Kevin (O'Connell) and we were all in agreement'' on starting Josh. Manziel was if he thinks the Browns still expect him to become the long-term starter one day, Manziel said, “I’ve been told, whether [it was] our GM, our owner, from everything that I’ve heard, that’s still the case.” 

- Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor ended his holdout and flew to Seattle on a private jet late Monday night to rejoin his team without a new contract. As of now he owes the Seahawks $2.1M in fines and salary/bonus forfeitures. I'm suspecting Chancellor's agent Alvin Keels will speak with Seahawks brass to get the fines reduced. Kam Chancellor said he'll handle business things (like a contract) after the season and believes he'll play Sunday. Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters, "I'm not going to talk about anything about any of the business of it all,you get nothing from us".

- Browns WR/KR Travis Benjamin was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Last week versus the Titans Benjamin had 6 punt returns for 154 yards, including a 78 touchdown return. He also had 2 receiving touchdowns for a total of 269 all purpose yards for the game.

- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger beat out Tom Brady for AFC Offensive Player of the Week. He Threw for 369 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT in a 43-18 win over the 49ers. Brady threw for 466 yards vs. the Bills, most ever allowed by Buffalo.

- Darrell Revis was named AFC defensive player of the week. Revis forced 3 turnovers,had 2 fumble recoveries,and 1 interception.

- Larry Fitzgerald was named NFC offensive player of the week. He caught 8 passes for 112 yards and 3 touchdowns as Arizona defeated Chicago 49-23.

- Sean Lee was named NFC defensive player of the week. Lee recorded 14 tackles including 2 tackles for loss and a interception to secure the Cowboys a win.

- Cardinals rookie David Johnson was named NFC special teams player of the week. Johnson returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. He also had a rushing touchdown in the game.

- Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller will not face charges in the alleged domestic violence case. According to the Berea prosecutors office they could not find that "Proof of the required degree of "Beyond a reasonable doubt" could be achieved. Moeller will meet with NFL officials next week to discuss the incident. The Browns said in a statement that Andy Moeller's suspension by the team remains indefinite. We will withhold further comment until appropriate time."

A link from the prosecutors report has been provided HERE.

- Urban Meyer announced Cardale Jones will start Saturday at quarterback against Western Michigan. "It’s not him. The offense right now is in a funk", said Meyer. “He is the guy. Unless he doesn’t perform well.”

- Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra died at the age of 90 on Tuesday. Berra won 10 World Series titles as a player with the Yankees and 3 as a coach for the Mets (1) and Yankees (2). During his 19 year playing career he made the All-Star team 15 times. He was also a 3-time MVP and had a career batting average of .285, 358 home runs and had 1,430 RBI's. Yogi Berra was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

- Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti says Kevin Durant has been cleared to play in the upcoming season opener. "He's been playing without restriction, five on five, competing as normal", said Presti.

- The NBA extends travel breaks during the Finals to 2 days, to give players more rest between games. Under the new format if the finals were to go 7 games it would be take 20 days to complete.

The NBA released the 2016 finals schedule on Wednesday (* if necessary):

Game 1 June 2
Game 2 June 5
Game 3 June 8
Game 4 June 10
Game 5 June 13*
Game 6 June 16*
Game 7 June 19*

- Free agent big man Austin Daye has agreed to one-year non guaranteed contract with Cavaliers. The 6'11" forward played 34 games last season with the San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks. Daye averaged 3.8 points per game and 2.2 rebounds, averaging about 10 minutes per game. He is expected to compete for a roster spot. Daye was 15th overall pick to Detroit in the 2009 draft out of Gonzaga. Daye's six seasons in the NBA have been with the Pistons, Memphis, San Antonio, Toronto and Atlanta.

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