Report: Wallace plans to report to Steelers this weekend | NFL News

Report: Wallace plans to report to Steelers this weekend | NFL News

 

 

 

By: Chris Taylor

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has reportedly informed teammates that his plan is to show up this weekend and sign his restricted free agent tender. The speedy wideout skipped training camp this summer, in hopes of reaching a long-term contract extension. Sources close to Wallace have confirmed the conversations and his plans.

While Wallace sat out waiting for a new deal, the Steelers inked his teammate Antonio Brown to a five-year, 42.5 million contract extension. If Wallace does report to the Steelers this weekend, and signs his tender, he will earn $2.74 million in 2012.

Wallace led the Pittsburgh squad with 72 catches for 1,193 yards and 8 touchdowns last year. His teammates state that they have been confident all along that Mike would show up.

If Wallace does report to the Steelers this weekend, there is a good chance he could dress for their last preseason game.

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Shawne Merriman released by the Buffalo Bills | NFL News

Shawne Merriman released by the Buffalo Bills | NFL News

 

 

 

 

By: Chris Taylor

FOX Sports insider Jay Glazer first reported that the Bills have informed linebacker Shawne Merriman of his release. The Bills organization has since confirmed the move.

The signing may prove to be one of the worst decisions made during the “Buddy Nix era” in Buffalo. Buffalo signed Merriman to a two-year, $10.5 million contract on New Year’s Day of 2011. The deal contained $5 million guaranteed, including $3 million of his 2012 salary. So essentially, the Bills organization is just paying Merriman to go away.

A three-time Pro Bowl player during his time in San Diego, Merriman has failed to be effective in recent years. He’s missed at least 11 games in three of the last four seasons.

Merriman had this to say via twitter following his release:

“I want to say Thanks to the Organization, the Coaches, my teammates & the fans you guys have been great & I’ll be looking forward to the chapter.”

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Joe Lauzon vs Gray Maynard targeted for UFC 155 | UFC News

Joe Lauzon vs Gray Maynard targeted for UFC 155 | UFC News

 

 

 

By: Chris Taylor

UFC officials announced today that a lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon (22-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Gray Maynard (11-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) has been targeted for UFC 155. The event has not been made official by the UFC but it is expected that UFC 155 will take place December 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lauzon earned “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” bonuses for his UFC on FOX 4 win over Jamie Varner earlier this month. Joe has now won three of his past four fights, with all three wins coming by submission. Prior to Varner bout, Lauzon had scored victories over Melvin Guillard and Curt Warburton. Lauzon is now the sole leader in terms of “fight night” bonuses with 11 total to his credit.

Gray Maynard is looking to build off a June victory over Clay Guida. The former #1 contender, Maynard, has challenged for the UFC’s lightweight title twice, both times coming up short to former champ Frankie Edgar. The American Kickboxing Academy fighter holds notable wins over Kenny Florian, Nate Diaz and Jim Miller, in the past couple of years.

The latest bouts slated for UFC 155 include:

Champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez – (Heavyweight title fight)
Forrest Griffin vs. Chael Sonnen
Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard

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Week 2 Preseason Results | NFL News

Week 2 Preseason Results | NFL News

 

 

 

 

By: Chris Taylor

Thursday August 16th games:

Cleveland Browns defeat Green Bay Packers 35-10

Cincinnati Bengals defeat Atlanta Falcons 24-19

Tennesse Titans defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-7

Minnesota Vikings defeat Buffalo Bills 36-14

Detroit Lions defeat Baltimore Ravens 27-12

Carolina Panthers defeat Miami Dolphins 23-17

Jacksonville Jaguars defeat New Orleans Saints 27-24

Arizona Cardinals defeat Oakland Raiders 31-27

Saturday August 18th games:

New York Giants defeat New York Jets 26-3

Chicago Bears defeat Washington Redskins 33-31

Houston Texans defeat San Francisco 49ers 20-9

St. Louis Rams defeat Kansas City Chiefs 31-17

San Diego Chargers defeat Dallas Cowboys 28-20

Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos 30-10

Sunday August 19th game:

Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Indianapolis Colts 26-24

Monday August 20th game:

Philadelphia Eagles deafeat New England Patriots 27-17

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No timetable set for Jason Witten’s return | NFL News

No timetable set for Jason Witten’s return | NFL News

 

 

 

 

By: Chris Taylor

If you missed the Cowboys 3-0 defeat of the Oakland Raiders last week, then you may not know that the Cowboys star TE, Jason Witten, left the game with what has been diagnosed as a lacerated spleen.

The Dallas Cowboys are hopeful that Jason Witten can return shortly from his injury. One good sign is that the prowbowl TE does not require surgery. However, the reality is that no one knows when he will be back, including Witten himself.

“I’m just going to take it a day at a time,” Witten said according to DallasCowboys.com on Thursday. “Obviously, I’d be hard-pressed to imagine not being out there against the Giants. But there’s no timetable right now.”

“It’s hard … just thinking about sitting in that hotel when the team is working,” Witten said. “It’s a challenge. Ultimately, it’s the best thing you can do for the team. We’ve got plenty of guys to pick up the slack. That’s not a concern. For me, I think it’s just get healthy as quickly as you can. We’ll regroup when we get back to Dallas.”

Witten has been instructed to rest for 7 to 10 days. After that it’s anyone’s guess as to how quickly he will recover.

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UFC on FOX 5 is stacked | UFC News

UFC on FOX 5 is stacked | UFC News

 

 

 

 

By: Chris Taylor

It was announced today that the UFC lightweight championship will be defended live on network television, as Benson Henderson (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) will defend his title against Nate Diaz (16-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) at UFC on Fox 5 on December 8th.

Henderson headlined this past weekend’s UFC 150 event and successfully defended his title against former champ Frankie Edgar. Despite the win being close and controversial, UFC President Dana White immediately made it clear that Diaz, who was promised a title shot following a May win over Jim Miller, would get the next shot at the belt.

A light-heavyweight showdown between former champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and Alexander Gustafsson (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will serve as the co-main event of the evening December the 8th.

Rua is coming off a TKO victory over Brandon Vera earlier this month at UFC on FOX 4. The Pride Grand Prix winner had an opportunity to earn a title shot against the winner of next month’s UFC 151 Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson, but fellow challenger and former champ, Lyoto Machida, leapfrogged “Shogun” with an impressive KO of Ryan Bader.

Rua now faces Gustafsson, who has been on the sidelines since an April win over Thiago Silva in his native Sweden. “The Mauler,” one of the light-heavyweight divisions top prospects, is currently riding a five-fight win streak. A win over the former champ “Shogun” would serve as good means for title shot consideration.

Also featured on the card will be a welterweight battle between Rory MacDonald (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and B.J. Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC). Initially the two were slated to fight at next months UFC 152 event in Toronto. However, MacDonald suffered a cut in training that required 38 stitches, and the bout was postponed.

Penn, who is a former two-division champ and future UFC Hall of Famer, has not fought since announcing his retirement following a loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137. The highly touted Canadian, Rory MacDonald, most recently posted a dominant TKO victory over Che Mills at UFC 145 in April, which marked his third victory in a row.

A venue for UFC on Fox 5 has yet to be announced. Be sure to come watch this stacked fight card at Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu or Kalapaki Joe’s Lihue on December the 8th. Reservations for tables can be made online.