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Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray officially declares for NFL Draft, leaves MLB future unknown

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray officially declares for NFL Draft, leaves MLB future unknown

Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft just inside the deadline, he announced on Twitter on Monday.

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland A's in June, and the No. 9 overall pick has a $4.66 million deal that allowed him to play football with the Sooners for his junior season. 

He was previously expected to report to spring training with the A's in mid-February, but the San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that Oakland was expecting him to enter the NFL Draft. 

However, declaring for the NFL Draft does not immediately impact his deal with the A's. He could still report to spring training -- position players start Feb. 15 in Mesa, Arizona -- but that could conflict with the NFL scouting combine, which begins Feb. 26 in Indianapolis.

As an outfielder, Murray is in such high demand by Major League Baseball that the league will allow Murray to join Oakland's 40-man roster and build upon his nearly-$5 million deal instead of first playing in the minors, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Sunday. The A's being able to offer Murray a major league contract could hand him a dollar amount similar to what he'd receive as a top NFL Draft pick.

According to USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale, the A's, including team president Billy Beane, met with Murray and made their case for him to choose professional baseball as recently as Sunday.

Murray followed Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma's quarterback this season, and despite the Sooners listing him at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, he could still be a first-round NFL Draft pick too. 

While leading the Sooners to a Big 12 championship and the College Football Playoff -- Oklahoma ultimately lost to Alabama -- Murray maintained a 69.0 completion percentage. He threw for 4,361 yards, which was third nationally, ran for 1,001 yards and accumulated a combined 54 touchdowns.


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Redskins won't see Antonio Brown in Week 5: Controversial star released by Patriots

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Redskins won't see Antonio Brown in Week 5: Controversial star released by Patriots

The Antonio Brown Era in New England is over.

Brown, one of the most prolific wide receivers to ever play in the NFL, was released by the Patriots Friday afternoon, just 11 days after signing with the team.

Shortly after his release from the Raiders, which preceded his signing in New England, reports surfaced of sexual assault allegations being levied at Brown. The receiver was facing charges of rape from a former trainer, and it was initially unclear how much the Patriots knew about prior to his signing.

Brown did end up playing in Week 2, his first opportunity with the Patriots, in Miami. He caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing the ball once for a five-yard gain.

Late Thursday night, additional reports surfaced of intimidating texts sent by Brown to a woman involved in a separate assault case. Less than a day later, the receiver tweeted a farewell to his now former team.

Minutes later, the Patriots announced they had parted ways with Brown. 

The team released the following statement: “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

The investigation into sexual assault allegations against Brown remains ongoing at this time.

The Redskins will host the Patriots in Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season.


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Jonathan Allen says '100 percent' chance he plays Monday night but questions remain for Redskins

Jonathan Allen says '100 percent' chance he plays Monday night but questions remain for Redskins

Jonathan Allen declared himself "100 percent" in for the Redskins Monday night game against the Bears. That's great news, except Allen might not have the final say in the matter.

The Redskins defensive captain and third-year defensive tackle sprained his knee Week 1 in Philadelphia and wanted to return in that game. He didn't, and subsequently, missed Week 2 against Dallas too. Washington head coach Jay Gruden explained that the team has to protect Allen, a fierce competitor, against himself. He doesn't want to miss any action, even if resting his injured knee might be the most prudent course. 

Asked what would happen if the medical staff tried to prevent him from playing in Monday's contest, Allen did not really respond but rather shake his head. 

Elsewhere on the team, there doesn't seem to be as much good news on the injury front.

The news on cornerback Quinton Dunbar doesn't seem encouraging.

"I don’t know about Dunbar. He was struggling a bit today," Gruden said after practice. The cornerback injured his knee against Philly and missed the Cowboys game. It would take some serious progress for Dunbar to play Monday night. 

The news seems even more concerning with tight end Jordan Reed. He hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in the third preseason game, and this week he practiced on Wednesday but didn't make it out on the field Thursday or Friday. At this point, the Redskins seem wise to move forward without Reed in the game plan as he works his way back from the concussion protocol. 

Further down the line, cornerback Fabian Moreau looks like he is tracking to return to the field against Chicago while questions keep popping up around safety Montae Nicholson. Gruden said Nicholson's absence was mainly for rest.