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Ed Cunningham stepped down from his role as an ABC/ESPN college football analyst, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The five-year NFL veteran no longer could handle sitting "in the cheerleader's spot" while brain injuries happened on the field below him. He's believed to be the first football broadcaster to quit because of growing concerns over CTE. Some have…

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Fans of the Buffalo Bills' "original glory days" can rejoice. The two long-standing oversights on the Bills' Wall of Fame now have been corrected with Wednesday's announcement that Cookie Gilchrist has been given the team's highest individual honor. Cookie's name will go up on the wall on Oct. 29 and join that of great coach Lou Saban, who was inducted to the wall in…

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J.J. Watt was hoping to raise $200,000 for recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and instead collected more than $4 million in donations after two days. The amount will increase with proceeds from the Texans-Cowboys preseason finale being directed toward southeast Texas. Ideally, every NFL team would follow Watt's lead and donate profits from preseason games …

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Sean McDermott arrived 20 minutes late Tuesday morning for his scheduled gathering with the media, which was hardly anything new. McDermott had been tardy nearly every day since training camp began, prompting a veteran grump (not me) to ask if he would send himself home. McDermott showing up late for a bunch of reporters certainly isn't a felony, but he couldn't dismiss…

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Art Briles cared. During a 10-minute phone call, the then-Baylor head football coach raved about the inner strength and courage shown by two of his former college players turned NFL pros. They were young men who, like him, had faced devastating heartache far too early in life — the loss of a parent. “It's an inner pain that never leaves,” Briles had told me, expressing c…

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Fine, I’ll admit it. I was one of those naive souls who thought Tom Brady’s suspension to start the 2016 season would open the door for another AFC East team to (finally) close the gap. But after four games, I had learned my lesson: Never doubt the genius of Bill Belichick and the power of The Patriots’ Way. We’ve all heard the tired coach-speak cliché, “next man up.” Bu…

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One way to catalyze a culture transformation within a sports franchise is to pretend the previous regime didn't exist. The Buffalo Bills continue to airbrush previous General Manager Doug Whaley out of the picture like the Russians did Nikolai Yezhov in the 1930s. That really important secret-police commissioner photographed next to Joseph Stalin? He's not there anym…

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Here’s a shocker: Vontaze Burfict is facing NFL discipline again. The Cincinnati Bengals’ linebacker could wind up serving a five-game suspension for his illegal hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman. Depending on the angle… https://twitter.com/MySportsUpdate/status/902003544122937344 …you can debate whether this hit warranted such a steep punishment. …

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A head injury and a head case. That sums up the Bills' sorry state of affairs after Saturday's unwatchable, 13-9, preseason loss in Baltimore. Tyrod Taylor, the team's beleaguered starting quarterback, suffered a concussion after completing one pass against the Ravens. His status for the last preseason game (assuming the Bills would be foolish enough to let him play)…

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Expect frustrating times ahead, Bills fans. But if you’re lucky, the foundation of what general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott are trying to build will be fertile ground for sustainable success. Prior to the start of Saturday’s preseason game in Baltimore, the pair sent home their high-priced defensive tackle, Marcell Dareus, for violating team rule…

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The people aren't in a very cheery state of mind these days. You can tell by the tenor of the tweets and emails, which reflect a sense of despair and frustration that's remarkable even by the standards of Bills fans. Are they tanking? Why don't they give Nathan Peterman the No 1 job? Do you think they'll bring in (fill in name of unemployed veteran wide receiver) to hel…

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LeSean McCoy’s voice was barely audible over the din of the Bills' locker room. But the running back’s message was direct and unmistakable: Colin Kaepernick simply isn’t worth the trouble. Asked Thursday for his take on NFL players choosing to sit during the national anthem, McCoy brought up Kaepernick unsolicited, saying: “I think, maybe, they can choose a better platfor…

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Considering the circumstances, Tyrod Taylor was surprisingly upbeat Tuesday afternoon. He sounded the way a starting quarterback is expected to sound, like a leader, a veteran who feels it's his duty to show the new guys how an NFL player responds in trying times. You couldn't have blamed Taylor if he had been in a sour mood. His receivers are disappearing faster than T…

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Even before Anquan Boldin stunned the Bills by deciding to retire from the NFL on Sunday,  people were suggesting that quarterback Tyrod Taylor was being "set up to fail." I've been hearing that sentiment a lot on talk radio and elsewhere on social media. Taylor can't have been thrilled with the trade of his top wideout, Sammy Watkins. Now Boldin, who was expected to be a …

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This is a two-point commentary: 1. I’m sad to see Usain Bolt retire. 2. Bolt’s retirement makes me marvel even more at Tom Brady. The connection? Bolt closed his sprinting career at the IAAF World Championships last week in London. He’s 30 years old. He’s still great. Why is he retiring? He’s tired of grinding to the degree that is required to be the best in the world. …