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Fishing on the Potomac: Waking Up!

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Fishing on the Potomac: Waking Up!

The river is cooling a bit and clearing too! Last weeks break in the heat and rain cooled the river, but hasnt made a muddy mess. Water temperatures around 80 in the early part of the day rising to about 85 as the week warms. Another moving bait week!

An early morning low tide and cloudy skies should make for an excellent topwater bite this week! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Typical July in DC! Highs in the low to mid 90s early in the week with afternoon thunderstorms a possibility. Cooling to upper 80s on Wednesday and Thursday under cloudy skies before the July pattern returns for Friday with the weekend looking good!

With low water early, topwaters like Lucky Crafts G-Splash and walkers like Lucky Crafts Gunfish worked over submerged wood and grass should produce. Try wake baits like Manns Waker tied to braid to snap this lure out of grass. Burn in clear water and slower in stained!

As the tide rises, and the topwater bite slows, Manns Baby 1-Minus in firetiger patterns on 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line and a KVD cranking rod will pick off aggressive fish. BlackBlue chatter jigs and Manns Stone jigs with a HardNose craw in the same patterns will run even deeper as high tide approaches in the afternoon. If there are clouds, moving lures will continue to produce.

During sunny afternoons with higher tides, dock fishing and pad edges are good targets for pitching Mizmo tubes, Texas rigged on a Mustad 30 Ultra Point tube hook. Soaking in Jacks Juice bait spray will get fish to hold on. Try swimming the tube in the pads and killing on the edges. GAMMA 16-pound test fluorocarbon line is best for the heavy cover.

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NFL revamping players' pain management and prevention programs

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NFL revamping players' pain management and prevention programs

NEW YORK -- The NFL and the players' union have two new agreements to address player health in the areas of pain management/prescription medications, and behavior well-being.

The joint agreements, announced Monday, are designed to lead to advancement and understanding of dealing with pain and to improve potential treatments. The league and union also will add to programs already established in education, prevention, and overall behavioral health throughout the league.

"I was hired two years ago and when I was hired I was asked about areas of concern," said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's medical chief. "And I said these were two areas I saw from my knowledge of someone taking care of athletes for over two decades. I felt a real need there."

"We've been working together with the players' union to come up with something that would work proactively for both. We have the same goal, to take care of the whole player and in a holistic way, and to focus on prevention."

Among the stipulations in the pain management area will be formation of a committee of medical experts appointed by the league and union that will establish uniform standards for club practices and policies in pain management and the use of prescription medication by players. The committee also will conduct research concerning pain management and alternative therapies.

That committee will receive periodic reports from a newly developed prescription drug monitoring program that will monitor all prescriptions issued to NFL players by club physicians and unaffiliated physicians.

Each NFL club must appoint and pay for a pain management specialist before next season.

All this builds on the programs in place.

"We've had an electronically submitted health record for each club in place for a number of years," Sills said. "Medical providers enter the prescriptions they have given to the players. Periodically, our medical advisory committee and the NFL Physicians Society would issue white paper guidelines around strategies. The important change here is obviously it creates a committee tasked with overseeing our educational efforts -- the best practices around pain management."

All 32 teams now must retain by the start of training camp a behavioral health team clinician focused on supporting players' emotional and mental health and well-being. The old bromide of "toughing it out" when someone has such issues has long been discarded, Sills said.

"This is not novel to the NFL or to sports," Sills added. "It applies across all levels of society at all age groups and walks of life, and we know these are issues we need to address."

While the NFL and NFLPA have had previous joint programs in these health areas, Sills and NFLPA President Eric Winston note these initiatives are a major step forward in medical care.

"These agreements are positive developments for our membership as they will provide new and important resources to help players and their families," Winston said. "Our union has always advocated for advancements in health and safety and we think this work with the NFL is another important step to improve care for NFL players."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a recap of the first day of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Yesterday, (Monday) was the first day of the Ravens' OTAs. OTAs continue today (Tuesday) as the Ravens work on developing a new offense. Check out some of the highlights here. 

2. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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