Redskins

NFLPA files grievance over Toradol waivers

NFLPA files grievance over Toradol waivers

WASHINGTON (AP) The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the league's clubs and its management council asking that team doctors no longer try to make players to sign waivers before being prescribed the painkiller Toradol.

The NFLPA said Wednesday that if a doctor believes a player would ``be placed at an unacceptable medical risk by using Toradol ... the team's medical staff should inform the player of that opinion and refuse to administer Toradol. The NFL club physician should not administer Toradol and require that a player sign a waiver of liability before doing so.''

According to the union, the NFL management council ``assured the NFLPA ... it would instruct its clubs that they could not ask players to sign such contracts. However, it has, to this point, refused to give the same directions to team physicians.''

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has not seen the grievance and would not comment immediately.

Quick Links

2018 NFL Power Rankings: There's a lot of shuffling going on already

kelley_vs_la_rams_usat.png
USA Today

2018 NFL Power Rankings: There's a lot of shuffling going on already

After one week in the NFL, you try not to overreact. Two weeks into the season, however, and you begin to see some trends.

FOR THE UPDATED 2018 NFL POWER RANKINGS, CLICK HERE

Of course, you should still take a measured approach with the NFL, because things often change so much in a span of seven days. With that being said, it's time to start taking the following things seriously:

1) The Bucs. Ryan Fitzpatrick won't keep this up all season long, but he's done it against the Saints and the Eagles and neither win was that stressful. It's still hard to envision them really mattering in December, but so far, they've climbed in NBCSportsWashington.com's NFL power rankings.

2) The Steelers issues. Le'Veon Bell is nowhere to be seen and now Antonio Brown is blowing up on the sideline then missing practices. Pittsburgh will pretend that everything's OK, but this has been a very non-Pittsburgh start to the schedule.That doesn't even mention their defensive woes.

3) The Jaguars, and not just their defense. Blake Bortles isn't better than Tom Brady every week but he was in Week 2. It was nice seeing that offense do their part in a crucial victory, because their defense has already proved itself plenty.

There are plenty of more takeaways to digest, including a new team at the top of the list and plenty of more action throughout. You know the Bills are at the bottom, but check out the updated rankings to see where everyone else lands.

FOR THE UPDATED 2018 NFL POWER RANKINGS, CLICK HERE

Quick Links

Vernon Davis reacts to brother Vontae Davis' abrupt retirement

screen_shot_2018-09-18_at_5.png
Instagram.com/@vernondavis85

Vernon Davis reacts to brother Vontae Davis' abrupt retirement

Easily the most talked about story following Week 2 in the NFL was the abrupt retirement of Buffalo Bills' cornerback, Vontae Davis. 

Not once in the history of the NFL has there been a mid-game retirement, which caused plenty of reason for a stir.

Davis' brother Vernon, Redskins' tight end, took to social media Tuesday to address his younger brother's abrupt retirement via Instagram. An inspirational video containing photos of the two brothers and a voice-over was a fitting tribute to the younger Davis' time in the NFL.

"I feel like I retired because we’re so close and I look at him as he’s my son even though he’s my younger brother," Vernon said in the Instagram post.

Vontae was signed by the Buffalo Bills in February 2018 on a one-year deal. He had been in the NFL since 2009 with the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts. 

Despite the drama surrounding what seemed like an impulsive decision to many, Vontae was inactive for his first week with the Bills and did not see the field in Week 2. 

See Vernon's tribute to his brother on Instagram below: