Connect with us

NFL

Ex-NFL DL Greg Hardy books professional MMA debut

Published

on

The UFC will take a serious look at signing former NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy to an exclusive contract this summer.

Hardy, 29, has booked a heavyweight fight on June 12, on the “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series,” sources said. It will mark Hardy’s professional MMA debut. He has posted an amateur record of 3-0.

The DWTNCS consists of a handful of live fights in Las Vegas. White, along with UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, offer at least one multifight deal with the UFC at the conclusion of each episode.

According to sources, Hardy will face Brandon Sayles (5-1) in the first episode of the upcoming season, which UFC officials have not formally announced. MMA Today first reported the news.

Hardy hasn’t played football since 2015. He was arrested in 2014 after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. A domestic violence case against him was eventually dropped and expunged from his record. He pleaded guilty to an unrelated misdemeanor drug charge in 2016.

Hardy (0-0) fights out of American Top Team, in Coconut Creek, Florida. He has won all three of his amateur MMA fights via first-round knockout.

Source link

NFL

Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. out indefinitely after surgery

Published

on

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts rookie receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is sidelined indefinitely after having unexpected surgery Sunday night to deal with compartment leg syndrome in his calf, coach Frank Reich said Monday.

Pittman Jr., who was taken in the second round of this year’s draft, suffered what was initially called a lower leg injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. He returned to the game in the second half and finished with three catches for 26 yards.

“He had the injury, whatever happens when you get that, but the symptoms don’t crop up until later,” Reich said. “Later (Sunday) the symptoms started cropping up in a more severe nature and (Pittman Jr.) called the trainer, the trainer called the doctors, they met right away and determined you have to relieve the pressure.”

Compartment syndrome is caused when there’s increased pressure in at least one of the compartments of the lower leg. The pressure in the lower leg compresses against different areas, including nerves, arteries and veins.

The Colts are going to be overly cautious with Pittman Jr.’s return because Reich mentioned that Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni suffered an infection after surgery when he also dealt with compartment leg syndrome.

“(The infection) made it a whole lot worse,” Reich said.

Pittman Jr. is the latest Colts receiver to go down with an injury. The Colts announced Monday that second-year receiver Parris Campbell will have surgery on his left knee. The team isn’t ready to say his season is over, but like with Pittman Jr., there isn’t a timetable on his return. Campbell suffered his knee injury in the first half of the Colts’ Week 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Marcus Johnson and rookie Dezmon Patmon are two options to replace Pittman Jr. Johnson is on the practice squad and Patmon has been on the inactive list for the first three games of the season.

Source link

Continue Reading

NFL

Former Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas to visit Houston, will likely sign with Texans, source says

Published

on

The Houston Texans are bringing in safety Earl Thomas for a workout and his signing this week is more likely than not, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Baltimore Ravens abruptly parted ways with seven-time Pro Bowl selection in August after Thomas had an on-field altercation with teammate Chuck Clark.

The Ravens said they terminated Thomas’ contract for personal conduct that adversely affected the team. A source told Schefter that Thomas, 31, punched Clark during the practice.

On Monday, the Texans put safety A.J. Moore on injured reserve with a hamstring, although he is expected to return later this season. Moore is eligible to return from injured reserve after Week 6. If Thomas signs and plays significant snaps for Houston, he will replace Eric Murray, who signed a three-year, $20 million contract in March as a free agent. He played 91% of the defensive snaps in Sunday’s loss but struggled in coverage against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Through three games, Houston does not have an interception, one of three teams this season in that fold. Thomas’ 30 interceptions rank third since he entered the NFL in 2010.

The Texans also rank 29th in opponent QBR (75.6) and have allowed at least 28 points in all three games this season.

It all adds up to an 0-3 mark after losses to the Chiefs, Ravens and Steelers. The Texans sit three games back of the Titans in the AFC South.

While the Texans have held opposing quarterbacks to fewer than 220 net passing yards in every game this season, that is in part because of how well opponents are running the ball against them. After Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 yards in his debut in Week 1 and the Ravens ran for 230 yards the following week, the Steelers had 169 rushing yards on 38 carries on Sunday.

Source link

Continue Reading

NFL

Green Bay Packers LB Christian Kirksey out at least one game, source says

Published

on

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers will be without Christian Kirksey for at least a game and possibly longer, sources told ESPN after the starting linebacker suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints.

A source said the injury is not considered season ending, and although Kirksey is awaiting a second opinion, surgery likely will be avoided.

The best-case scenario is that Kirksey will miss next Monday night’s game against Atlanta and then return after the Packers’ Week 5 bye to play at Tampa Bay on Oct. 18.

However, injured reserve is a possibility, meaning Kirksey would be unavailable for at least three weeks.

The Packers signed the former Cleveland Browns starter to a two-year, $13 million contract in March to replace Blake Martinez, who signed with the New York Giants in free agency. Kirksey played every snap in the first two games and until he got hurt on the 17th defensive play against the Saints.

Kirksey missed all but the first two games last season because of a broken collarbone and played in just seven games in 2018 while missing time because of hamstring, ankle and shoulder injuries.

The injury means the Packers will be without their two preferred starters at inside linebacker. They lost rookie fifth-round pick Kamal Martin, a projected starter, to a knee injury in training camp. Martin was expected to miss at least the first six weeks of the season. Undrafted rookie Krys Barnes, out of UCLA, has filled in for Martin, but Kirksey’s shoes may be tougher to fill because he’s the defensive signal caller.

Second-year pro Ty Summers, who had not played a snap on defense before Sunday, took over for Kirksey against the Saints and played the final 44 snaps. He wore the speaker helmet, taking the playcalls from defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and relaying them in the huddle. The speedy Summers, a seventh-round pick in 2019 who had played only on special teams in his first season-plus, led the Packers with nine tackles. The team reported no communication issues with Summers in charge.

“Ty stepped up,” said Packers defensive tackle Kingsley Keke, who had two sacks against the Saints. “At practice, you can tell he’s dialed in, he’s locked in. I know he prepared well at practice, you know, it’s going to happen into the game. Kirksey went down and Ty stepped in and made some key plays for us. So it’s all about trusting each other and keep building.”

Source link

Continue Reading

Trending