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Garoppolo has Grade 2 AC joint injury; has difficulty raising arm

Garoppolo has Grade 2 AC joint injury; has difficulty raising arm

Jimmy Garoppolo has a Grade 2 AC joint injury in his right shoulder, which means a ligament was torn when he was taken down by Miami's Kiko Alonso.

Garoppolo is doubtful for Thursday night's game with Houston. He continues to have difficulty raising his right arm without pain.

Among the different levels of AC joint injuries, Grade 1 sprains are the kind that feature some stretching and fraying of a ligament but no tears. Grade 1 sprains are the ones that quarterbacks can play with fairly soon if the pain can be tolerated.

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Grade 2 injuries are two-to-four week injuries. It's rare for a player with a Grade 2 to play the ensuing week. With Garoppolo sustaining the injury Sunday, he hasn't even had a week to recover.

The Patriots were hopeful Garoppolo might be able to be on the field in some capacity against Houston but the "doubtful" listing that came down Wednesday afternoon is an indication the injury was too severe and the turnaround too tight.

Jacoby Brissett will most likely start for the Patriots. Julian Edelman, who's taken practice reps at quarterback this week, will be the backup. 

Architect of Colts' infamous fake punt vs. Patriots was at it again

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Architect of Colts' infamous fake punt vs. Patriots was at it again

Perhaps Denver Broncos special teams coach Tom McMahon knew the anniversary of the NFL's worst fake punt was upon us.

Why else would McMahon, formerly the Indianapolis Colts special teams coach, call for probably the second-worst fake punt on Thursday night in Denver's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs? 

Did he really think this (see below) would work?

Metaphorically, at least, haven't we all been Broncos punter Colby Wadman at one time or another?

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe pointed out that McMahon was also the mastermind behind the Colts' fake punt with a formation-never-before-seen in football that came four years ago today in a Patriots' 34-27 victory in Indianapolis.

That one left backup wide receiver Griff Whalen snapping the ball to safety Colt Anderson, all by their lonesome, with the rest of the formation yards away and not on the line of scrimmage, which led to a subsequent illegal formation penalty flag, but only after Whalen and Anderson got blasted by five Pats defenders.

Next time, McMahon draws up a fake punt, (if there is indeed a next time), his head coach might want to just go for it. It couldn't be any worse. 

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That 617 Life Podcast: The Madden Curse continues with Patrick Mahomes' injury

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That 617 Life Podcast: The Madden Curse continues with Patrick Mahomes' injury

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' knee injury is just another example of the Madden Curse, says the 617 Life crew. That and more in this week's edition:

5:26 - Leroy Irving, Shanda Foster and Cerrone Battle talk about the knee injury Patrick Mahomes suffered vs. the Broncos, how it affects the Patriots' chances to win the AFC and what it means for the marketability of the league.

13:04 - Cerrone gives his Cold Cuts and Hot Takes, NBA-preview style.

23:24 - Shanda sounds off on Michael Stahan's wife seeking child-support money, Myles Garrett being punched in the face by a fan and the pettiness of Detroit Lions fans after their controversial loss to Green Bay.

31:41 - The Madden Curse is real and Patrick Mahomes being injured Thursday night proves it. Who are the few players who have actually escaped their fate?

37:02 - In this week's playa's call, Leroy calls out Shaq, Shanda calls out Damien Williams and Cerrone calls out Michael Jordan.

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