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Muhammad Wilkerson a no-show at Jets' birthday celebration

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson skipped an Oct. 22 walk-through/defensive meeting in which there were plans to serve cake to celebrate his 27th birthday, a league source confirmed.

The no-show, first reported by the NFL Network, came to light Monday — one day after Wilkerson and fellow defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson were benched for the first quarter of the Jets’ 27-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Coach Todd Bowles again refused to explain why he benched two of his best players, but a source said it was because they were late to a team meeting last week.

“It’s a coach’s decision,” Bowles said Monday, repeating what he said after the game. “My decisions I make outside of injuries and football are usually handled in-house. I don’t divulge that kind of information, one way or the other.”

Wilkerson’s absence Oct. 22 was the day before the Jets faced the Baltimore Ravens at home. He missed that game because of an ankle injury and was back in the lineup the following week against the Cleveland Browns.

Wilkerson and Richardson have been reprimanded on more than one occasion this season, a source said, but Sunday was the first time it resulted in the loss of playing time in 2016. The Jets tried to trade Richardson before last week’s deadline in part because of concern about his attitude, sources said.

Bowles said he has no problem with either player. Asked if he is satisfied with their level of commitment, he said, “Yes, I am.”

“I know how we handle things in here and everybody is accountable for their actions, and we handle things in here,” Bowles said. “I’m perfectly fine with those two commitments.”

Neither player stayed in the locker room after the game to speak with reporters, an apparent violation of the NFL’s media policy.

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The Dolphins have been searching for Dan Marino —but found Larry Csonka instead

Miami is a special place. It is about sun and fun and good times and vacations and vibrant energy. And the way people down here grew up watching football — with Dan Marino throwing the ball all over the place — defined a generation. It also colored the opinion of a generation.

That’s why South Florida has been so anxious about finding the next Marino the past 16 years.

That’s why even as Ryan Tannehill stepped up and played quarterback for the Dolphins better than anyone before him (except Chad Pennington for one year), tadalafil everyone kept wondering when Tannehill would look more like and play more like Marino.

And when Tannehill didn’t, viagra sale as he rarely has, fans have convinced themselves the Dolphins’ quarterback search has to continue.

Well, no it doesn’t.

It doesn’t because these Dolphins have done something that no other Miami team or iteration of the organization has done: These Dolphins gave up on trying to replace Dan Marino and instead are replacing Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris and Jim Kiick.

(Those guys, by the way, were so good in their day they won two Super Bowls. Just saying).

The Dolphins running game and indeed the emerging talent in the Dolphins backfield is becoming the core weapon for this team. Behind a good offensive line, Jay Ajyai, rookie Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams are helping to carry the offense now.

On Sunday, for example, Ajayi carried the rushing load again. He gained 111 yards on 24 carries. That happened against the No. 1 ranked run defense in the NFL. Ajayi’s downhill running fits the Csonka mold and role for this group. Indeed, Ajayi has become the face of the offense.

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How Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake outran the New York Jets

MIAMI GARDENS — It was all weighing on Kenyan Drake. Zero rushes and zero pass catches in the past two games. Coaches stressing the need to always be professional.

And in the second quarter against the rival New York Jets on Sunday, thumb an illegal block above the waist by Drake that actually nullified a punt return for a touchdown by fellow rookie Jakeem Grant.

Drake was drafted in the third round to create touchdowns, malady not nullify them.

And so with the Miami Dolphins trailing 23-20 and 5:47 left at Hard Rock Stadium, buy Drake and Grant were awaiting a kickoff from Nick Folk.

“I owed him one, point blank,” Drake said of Grant. “It was a tough call and he had a great return. I told him right before that, ‘If he kicks to either one of us, we’ve got to make them pay. It doesn’t matter if we’re rookies. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done before, in this game or in our careers. We’ve got to make this next play count.’ And we did.”

Grant received the kick at Miami’s 4-yard line.

Miami running back Damien Williams was a blocker on the play.

“Really, they were trying to kick it away from Jakeem,” Williams said. “He had just taken it to the crib and it got called back unfortunately. But you know, they kicked a short ball, which is bad on their part.”

Drake began to accelerate, just as he had in Alabama’s national championship game victory in January.

As he ran toward a wall of blockers, one by one, Miami washed out potential tacklers in green.

Mike Hull had his man. So did Michael Thomas. And Spencer Paysinger. And Walt Aikens. A crease was developing.

“You have to play every (kickoff return) like we’re taking it out, so get on your blocks,” Aikens said. “Get on your man, you never know. Special teams can change the whole dynamic of a game.”

Dolphins punter Matt Darr knows, having flat-out dropped a punt that set up a Jets go-ahead score.

But back to Drake, who burst through the seam and easily outlasted a dive by Jets defensive back Buster Skrine and a chasing Juston Burris.

In the end, it was Drake and Folk.

“I knew with (Drake’s) speed and what he did in college, I already knew what time it was,” Damien Williams said. “He was going to the house.”

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MINNEAPOLIS – Alex Boone opted to wear his Salute-to-Service sweatshirt rather than his No. 76 jersey on Tuesday.
On the Vikings annual visit to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, ailment Boone sought to make a gesture that would deflect attention off of him and back to the veterans.
“I think a lot of it just has to do with respect for these guys,” Boone said. “I didn’t want to come in here today as a football player but rather as a proud American.
“A lot of these guys deal with some serious issues,” he added. “And sometimes I think they get a little bit too overlooked. To come in here today and say thank you for everything they did and make them happy was really the job of my year.”
Joining Boone were teammates Danielle Hunter, Blair Walsh and Kentrell Brothers, along with Vikings alumni Rickey Young and Dave Osborn. Executive Director of Player Development/Legal Les Pico, Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and Viktor the Viking also participated in the visit. Players mingled with long-term patients in the community living room and Spinal Cord Injury Center multi-purpose room. Patients were given Vikings ball caps to have autographed, and they also posed for photographs with the Vikings guests.
“It was a good experience,” said Danielle Hunter, a first-time visitor to the center. “The smiles on the veterans’ faces was a good thing for me to see, and to tell them thank you for their service.”
Added Hunter: “It’s always a good thing for us to be in the community.”
Ralph Heussner, Public Affairs Officer with the Minneapolis VA, said the Vikings annual visit is extremely important to all of the center’s patients.

“As both a Vikings fan and as a VA employee, this is a big deal,” Heussner said. “The patients [here] are in the hospital for a long time, many months sometimes. So it’s a huge break in the routine, and it’s an opportunity to meet these players on a human level. It’s really cool to see that the players are asking [the veterans] about themselves.
“You could say that it is Veterans Day here every day,” he added.
Heussner appreciated Boone, Hunter and Brothers making their debut visit for the Vikings and especially emphasized the way Boone immediately felt so comfortable with the patients.
“You could see from the beginning, Alex Boone had instant charisma,” Heussner said, before adding that the others quickly settled in as well. “They realized they were in friendly territory. […] The Vikings have a lot of friends, especially among veterans.”
In addition to spending time in the common areas, Boone also paid personal visits to those patients unable to leave their rooms.
One gentleman Boone met was Steven Carlson, a former Army sergeant who spent two years serving in the Vietnam War. Although Steven was non-verbal due to his condition, his facial expression when Boone walked into the room spoke volumes.
Boone connected immediately with Steven, who proudly wore a Vikings shirt and shorts. On the far wall of his room, a whiteboard had the 2016 Vikings schedule and up-to-date results written out.

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Nabi four-for delivers big win for Chittagong Vikings

Chittagong Vikings sent out an early warning as they beat defending champions Comilla Victorians by 29 runs in the tournament’s opening game. After Tamim Iqbal and Shoaib Malik helped them set up a fighting total, Man of the Match Mohammad Nabi took control of the game with his four-wicket haul.

Tamim sped to 50 off 32 balls with his team score on 69 for 1 at the end of the ninth over. But he was having trouble running between the wickets with Anamul Haque and, almost predictably, the second-wicket pair had a meltdown when Tamim ran for a second despite Anamul calling no after pushing to long-on.

Tamim, who had been dropped on 23 by Nahidul Islam running back from cover, was furious as he fell for 54 off 38 balls. His knock was studded with two sixes – over long-off and cover – and six attractive boundaries. Anamul was also run out when he backed up too far in the hunt for a single. Marlon Samuels, running in from midwicket, struck down the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

Chittagong’s innings looked in danger of getting derailed, but Malik and Jahurul Islam added 60 runs for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand that took the Vikings to 161. Malik struck two fours and two sixes in his 28-ball 42, while Jahurul contributed 29 off 21 balls. The unbroken partnership meant that Chittagong were deprived of Mohammad Nabi’s big-hitting prowess in the slog overs, but the Afghanistan allrounder made up with the ball.

Nabi removed Liton Das and the dangerous Ashar Zaidi in the eighth and tenth overs respectively, to reduce Comilla to 58 for 4, after Imrul Kayes had fallen early to a reckless waft outside off against Dwayne Smith, and Samuels had chipped a catch to short midwicket off Abdur Razzak.

Mashrafe Mortaza, who promoted himself to No. 6 to breathe life into the faltering chase, fell to Tymal Mills and was followed into the dressing room by Imad Wasim four balls later.

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Redskins will rock gray face masks against the Vikings

When the Redskins take the field against the Vikings on Sunday at FedEx Field, viagra 100mg they’ll apparently do so in throwback uniforms as part of the team’s annual “alumni homecoming weekend” festivities.

On Monday, here the Redskins posted a Vine of the helmet they’ll wear against Minnesota. Like last year’s helmets for Washington’s homecoming game, thumb the helmet stripes have been removed. This year, the Redskins’ regular gold face masks have also been replaced with gray face masks.

For the past few years, the Redskins’ throwbacks were based off the uniforms the franchise sported in 1932. In 2012, the Redskins wore helmets designed to look like brown leather with their throwbacks, a nod to authenticity that brought the look together.

Beginning in 2013, the NFL, citing safety reasons, prohibited teams from switching helmets during the season. While stripes, logos and face masks may be removed or interchanged, the same shells must be used all season. According to Uni Watch, the thinking behind the rule is that new helmets can be unsafe if worn without a “break-in” period.

As a result of the one-shell rule, the Redskins’ helmets have clashed with their throwback uniforms, which are a darker burgundy. The Redskins have not officially announced the uniforms they will wear against the Vikings.

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