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With Davis and Allen back, Carolina's 'D' will be at full strength Sunday


With Davis and Allen back, Carolina's 'D' will be at full strength Sunday

All week, the Panthers had been hopeful that linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive end Jared Allen would be healthy enough to play in the Super Bowl.

On Friday, Coach Ron Rivera provided confirmation: Davis and Allen won’t just suit up, the key veterans will assume their usual spots in Carolina’s starting lineup.

“I really was real pleased with what we got from both those guys,” Rivera told reporters, according The Charlotte Observer. “I'm excited about having them back on the football field.”

Officially, the three players listed on Carolina’s injury report—Davis, Allen and fullback Mike Tolbert—are probable for Sunday’s game after participating fully in Friday’s practice, the Panthers’ final session in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. The Panthers will hold a walkthrough Saturday and take a team picture at Levi's Stadium.

Davis, who needed surgery to repair the broken forearm he suffered in the NFC Championship, is expected to play with a brace made by a 3D-printer. According to, it will mark the first time an NFL player has used a 3D-printed piece of equipment in a game.

Allen, meantime, has been sidelined since breaking a small bone in his foot in the divisional round.

Getting Davis and Allen back should give the Panthers’ already stout defense a big boost against Peyton Manning and Co. Davis, who is considered the heart and soul of the unit, ranked second in the regular season to teammate and fellow Pro Bowler Luke Kuechly in combined tackles. Allen, on the other hand, isn't the dominant force he once was, but the 33-year-old can still dial it up. In fact, he's registered 18 quarterback hits and 18 pressures since joining Carolina in Week 4.      

“The only last hurdle, obviously, is the conversation I have to have with the doctors just to make sure and that they're feeling comfortable,” Rivera said. “But I'd be surprised if it was anything different” than they’re good to go.

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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