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INDIANAPOLIS – The internet can be a breeding ground for theories that run the gamut, whether the subject is who killed John F. Kennedy or whether there really is life in other corners of the universe.

And, now, here comes another: Indianapolis Coltsquarterback Andrew Luck, if deemed ready to play by doctors and coaches, should sit out the rest of 2017.

No, social media, message boards and reader emails aren’t a fair depiction of fan sentiment. But they’re certainly representative of at least a segment of Colts fans. And they suggest a fair number of people — including Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd — have embraced this as something the Colts should absolutely do.

Luck on Wednesday practiced for the first time in 2017 after offseason shoulder surgery and appears to be slowly approaching a point where returning to action will be a consideration. He’s not there yet. And we don’t know when he’ll get there.

But when he does, you can rest assured Luck has every intention of playing and the Colts have every intention of playing him.

When asked Wednesday, in his first interview since late July, whether he is certain he will play in 2017, Luck unflinchingly replied, “Oh, yeah,” as if he were puzzled by why the question would even be asked.

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The Cleveland Browns will honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October, in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

This year, the National Football League and the American Cancer Society are expanding their efforts to support the fight against cancer through the “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. After nearly a decade of supporting breast cancer, the NFL and ACS have evolved the campaign to address early detection and risk reduction efforts for all cancers to increase their impact.

The Browns elected to continue their commitment toward raising awareness and funds for breast cancer testing and research with the American Cancer Society. The team will host its dedicated breast cancer awareness game during this Sunday’s matchup against the New York Jets. The game is presented by University Hospitals.

During pregame, the Browns will recognize breast cancer survivors during the presentation of a custom pink ribbon banner. Honorees were nominated by loved ones and selected through an open-nomination process, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.

Additionally, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center’s Director of Breast Center Operations Dr. Jill Dietz will serve as the team’s First and Ten Coin Toss captain, celebrating her exceptional work in her field, as well as her volunteerism throughout the year.

On Tuesday, the Browns, including OL Shon Coleman, TE J.P. Holtz, QB DeShone Kizer, OL Marcus Martin, DL Larry Ogunjobi, DL Danny Shelton and TE Randall Telfer, visited patients who are receiving treatment for various types of cancer at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. The team also spent time in the hospital’s Breen Breast Health Pavilion and delivered Browns hats to Le Salon, a free nail and wig salon part of the American Cancer Society Wig Salon Program for patients in the UH Seidman Cancer Center.

Additionally, FirstEnergy Stadium will once again be lit in pink throughout October to bring additional awareness to the platform during BCA month.

Prior to Sunday’s contest, Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae and collegiate members will #give10 while distributing 20,000 pink ribbons on Dawg Pound Drive and FirstEnergy Stadium entrances to raise awareness and show support. This marks the 15th consecutive year that the Browns and ZTA have partnered for the initiative, which has resulted in ZTA volunteers providing more than 300,000 THINK PINK ribbons to Browns fans.

Since 2009, more than $18 million has been raised for the American Cancer Society through the partnership with the NFL. Money raised through Crucial Catch this season will be directed towards support of three screenable cancers: breast, colorectal and cervical. Funding will continue to support the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, which provides outreach and cancer screenings to individuals in underserved communities. Since 2012, grant recipients have contributed to more than 152,000 screenings and more than 344,000 education and outreach interventions. In Cleveland, Circle Health Services received a $75,000 grant from this partnership to help serve the community with much needed cancer screenings and will be hosting a Crucial Catch Day screening event on October 28 at their Euclid Ave. location.

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Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz celebrates the week’s most disrespectful blocks. This week, we’ve got the Titans helping themselves to slabs of ribs, Washington’s OL, and some receivers in on the fun!

Welcome back to the Disrespectful Blocks of the Week video for Week 4 of the NFL season. I had too many clips this week — it was a fabulous week of knockdowns and pancakes. And thank you to everyone who continues to support this project and sends me clips to review for the reel.

What is better than one order of slab meat?

That’s right, two slabs and two knockdowns.

We start in Houston with the Titans offensive line. This was an ugly contest for the Titans, but not on this play. Starting with the center, Ben Jones, and working to the left guard, Quinton Spain, and the left tackle, Taylor Lewan, this is beautiful. Jones starts the party, knocking J.J. Watt off balance, then Spain cleans up for Lewan and ends up knocking down both Watt andJadeveon Clowney.

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Notable Week 4 Pro Football Focus grades for the Tennessee Titans.

After two impressive wins over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks we saw the horrific play from the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. This game could have been a statement win and could have given the Titans the ability to take over the AFC South. In all three phases of the game, execution was poor and the beatdown by the Houston Texans resulted in the offense moving away from the game plan.

Some may say that Watson could be the real deal, but could it have been the terrible scheming from the Titans? Even though the Titans’ defense was on the field for 84 games and gave up 57 points, there was some good to match the bad. According to Pro Football Focus, below are the Titans’ top five players on Sunday.

Top Five Overall Grades

DL Jurrell Casey, Overall Grade: 87.5

OLB Brian Orakpo, Overall Grade: 82.4

WR Rishard Matthews, Overall Grade: 80.0

DL Sylvester Williams, Overall Grade: 79.8

ILB Wesley Woodyard, Overall Grade: 79.3

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Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota “did a little more” in practice on Thursday, according to Titans coach Mike Mularkey. His availability for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins remains in question.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota “did a little more” in practice on Thursday, according to Titans coach Mike Mularkey.

Mariota is “day to day” with the hamstring injury, making him questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

“He did a little more, not a lot more, but a little more,” Mularkey said of Mariota. “We’re really being smart, and listening to what he is saying about himself.”

Mularkey said on Thursday there’s a chance the Titans might consider keeping three quarterbacks active on Sunday. In addition to Mariota, the Titans also have Matt Casseland Brandon Weeden, who was signed on Tuesday.

Cassel is in line to start if Mariota can’t go. Mularkey said it was “positive” that Mariota didn’t have a setback following Wednesday’s practice, when he was also limited. Mariota isn’t dealing with pain, according to Mularkey.

“I think that has a lot to do with him being smart and what he is doing with the training staff, and just realizing it’s Wednesday and Thursday still,” Mularkey said. “We have some time.

“He will definitely have to show (he can move around).”

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The Pittsburgh Steelers won in Week 4, and Le’Veon Bell received some added accolades for his performance vs. the Ravens.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 26-9 at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 4, and a large reason for their success was Le’Veon Bell running the football. Bell’s day was so impressive, it coaxed enough voters to select him as the FedEx Ground Player of the Week winner for Week 4

Bell’s 35 carries for 144 yards (4.1 ypc) and 2 touchdowns certainly was impressive, but what is more impressive about this award is how FedEx now donates $2,000 to the USO in Bell’s name. So, not only were the Steelers winners on Sunday, but the USO is receiving money because of his performance.

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The Steelers got back to basics on Sunday with some “ground and pound” football.

“Smash mouth football, Pittsburgh style.”

Jerome Bettis defiantly said those words as he sat on the sideline. He had just run over Brian Urlacher of the Bears to score the game-clinching TD in a crucial game at Heinz Field. The win over the Chicago Bears began the 2005 Steelers 5-game winning streak to end their regular season, and propel them on a Super Bowl run. The Bears had the No. 1 defense in the NFL. Urlacher was the leader of that defense, and considered the best LB in the league. So how do you defeat a tough, physical, defense? You meet force with force.

That’s what the Steelers did on Sunday. They were heading into Baltimore, a place where they hadn’t won since 2012. Ben Roethlisberger hadn’t won there since 2010. The Ravens had their typical imposing defense waiting.

The Steelers first possession defined exactly how the game would be played. Since they began with the ball on their own 3-yard line, it’s no surprise the Steelers started with 2 consecutive running plays. It was 8 plays in that told us everything we needed to know about the Steelers approach in Week 4.

A sack of Ben Roethlisberger had the offense facing a 2nd and 18. Instead of lining up with their predominant personnel grouping of 1 RB1 TE, and 3 WR (11 personnel), and throwing a short or screen pass, or even a draw play, this is what we saw:

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The Steelers’ defense proved their ability to adapt to their opponent’s offense on Sunday. In two particular instances, this stood out in a big, big way.

Game-planning in the NFL is based on studying film to get an idea of your opponents’ play-calling and execution tendencies. But there’s a nugget of truth that often gets overlooked when we think of game plans: Your opponent has been doing the same thing, and they’re probably not going to behave the same way as they did last week. This means game plans mostly go out the window as soon as the ball is kicked off.

The teams that win most consistently are often the ones that adjust well on the fly. The New England Patriots have long fallen into this category. Despite not always being loaded with talent, they are always competitive — even dominant.

The Steelers have been criticized at times during the last several years for what appears to be poor game-planning and in-game adjustments. More often than not, though, the problems are actually in-game recognition and execution by players, and the margin for error in the NFL is painfully thin.

Today, we’re going to look at four plays, in pairs. The first play shows situations where the Ravens successfully executed, and the second shows how schematic adjustments and pre-snap recognition by the Steelers totally changed the outcome the next time around.

1st Quarter, 15:00 Remaining, 1st & 10, BAL 25

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders certainly have been involved in the Denver Broncos‘ offense this season.

The Broncos would like for them to advance a level beyond that, however.

Thomas has been targeted 30 times and Sanders 34 times in four games. No other player on the roster has more than 16 targets.

But the Broncos’ top two receivers have combined for two touchdown receptions in four games — both by Sanders.

They have received plenty of attention from opposing defenses — so much so, that even as the Broncos pound away with the league’s No. 3 rushing attack at 143 yards per game, those defenses have continued to keep extra players in coverage, essentially deciding they’d rather take their chances against the Broncos’ running backs rather than let Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemianpick away at them with Thomas and Sanders in full flight.

Or as coach Vance Joseph has put it: “When you’re facing a lot of Cover 2 or shell coverage, No. 88 [Thomas] and No. 10 [Sanders] are really taken out of the ballgame.”

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