NFL New and Rumors: Thomas reports to 'Hawks, Bell continues holdout
The NFL officially starts tomorrow!
But just because the games are here, doesn't mean all the players will be.
Earl Thomas officially ended his holdout, but it remains to be seen if he will be ready for game action on Sunday. While Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues his holdout in Pittsburgh.
What else is going on around the NFL ahead of kickoff? Let's get you up to speed...
Steelers players unhappy with Bell
Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell continues his holdout in Pittsburgh and his absence is starting to frustrate some of his teammates.
According to Cindy Boren of the Washington Post, Bells holdout has "begun to openly frustrate teammates as the clock ticks down to the season opener, especially since Bell is still slated to make $14.5 million this year, the most of any running back."
“What do you do? Here’s a guy who doesn’t give a damn, I guess, so we’ll treat it as such. I just hate it came to this,” offensive lineman Ramon Foster told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He’s making seven times what I make twice as much as Al [Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva] is making and we’re the guys who do it for him.”
Read more HERE
Happy time in Seattle
While Le'Veon Bell continues his holdout, another high profile star has ended his. Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has finally reported to camp, and could be ready for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Thomas himself posted the news on his personal Instagram account, saying "I worked my whole life for this..... I’ve never let me teammates, city or fans down as long as I’ve lived and don’t plan on starting this weekend. With that being said, the disrespect has been well noted and will not be forgotten. Father Time may have an undefeated record but best believe I plan on taking him into triple overtime when it comes to my career."
Read more on the news from our Aaron Fentress HERE
Griffin gets the start
In some more surprising news out of Seahawks camp, the team has announced that rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin will get the start on Sunday. Many people know Griffin because he only has one hand, having his left hand amputated when he was young, but now they will know him as the Seahawks starting linebacker.
John Boyle of Seahawks.com has a great in-depth article on Griffin, breaking down how the rookie's success means so much to so many people.
You can read Boyle's piece HERE
Taking all bets
Las Vegas is taking your bets all season long, and the guys over at ESPN have put together a great article to help get you up to speed and ready to break the bank. Some funs stats pointed out in the piece:
• $12,000 on the Falcons at 22-1. Would net $264,000.
• $10,000 on the Raiders at 20-1. Would net $200,000
• $4,000 on the Titans at 50-1. Would net $200,000
• $1,000 on the Browns at 100-1. Would net $100,000
• Favorites are 97-66-5 ATS on Thursdays since 2003.
• $240,000: The amount one bettor placed on the Minnesota Vikings at -200 to make the postseason at the SuperBook.
Read the full article HERE
Nike backs Kaepernick
Nike made waves earlier this week when they revealed that Colin Kaepernick would be the face of their latest "Just Do It" ad campaign.
Now the campaign will be taking over more than just Twitter, as reports have stated that Nike will be airing the commercial for the first time on television during Thursday Night Football.
You can get an early look at the commercial HERE. Regardless of what you think about Kaepernick, the commercial is amazing.
Trump weighs in on Nike, NFL
As expected, President Trump had something to say about Nike. Trump said on Twitter, "Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!"
He later told the Daily Caller, “As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way — I mean, I wouldn’t have done it... In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”