New England Patriots star Tom Brady is feeling "pretty good" despite being limited in practice.

The 42-year-old has been dominant so far this season, throwing for 911 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions as the Patriots have opened 3-0.

Brady was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday because of a calf injury, but he said there was nothing to worry about. 

"You know, football is a contact sport," Brady said. "I wouldn't say I'm a spring chicken anymore. So, I'm trying to just feel as great as I can and see how it goes [on Thursday]. But, I feel pretty good."

The Patriots will look to remain undefeated when they face the 3-0 Bills in Buffalo on Sunday. Buffalo enter the matchup with the number five ranked defense in the NFL. 

"I think they're good at all levels, so that's the challenging part," Brady said.

"They have a good front, very good at linebacker, very good in the secondary, play the pass well, tough, physical, stout defense, well-coached, fundamentally sound. They play well at home. It's a great environment.

"So, it's pretty tough, it's pretty tough. It's a great challenge. They're 3-0, they're off to a great start and it's going to be really a great environment for football. They're going to challenge us. This will be the toughest game we've faced, and we're going to have to play a great game."

Brady added the Bills are "a very good team".

"I think [the Bills play] a great style of defense because [they] really make the offense earn everything, and I think they have very smart players that all work well together," Brady said. "I think they're playing really well. They're playing well on offense, they've got a very good defense, they're turnover driven, they win close games."

While Melvin Gordon looks to possibly make his way back to the field, Jalen Ramsey appears to be dodging it for speculative reasons.

Wednesday was a busy day around the NFL as teams prepare for Week 4.

The Pittsburgh Steelers made another trade, and there is some reason for concern around one of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive stars.

From Nick Vannett's trade to Amari Cooper's injury, we look at the latest news around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.


Three things that matter

Melvin Gordon could return this week

An initial report suggested the Los Angeles Chargers running back will end his contract holdout and report to the team on Thursday. A subsequent report said a return date has not been set, but that Gordon is considering coming back as early as this week.

Even if that happens, he is not expected to play until next week, when his team go up against the Denver Broncos.

Still, his return would be major progress and beneficial for the Chargers, as their offense struggled in successive defeats to the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans.


Jalen Ramsey sits out practice again

The Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback had every intention of working out on Wednesday after calling in sick on Monday, but was unable to participate after being listed on the team's injury report with a back issue.

It was reported Ramsey is "a little banged up" and is receiving treatment for problems related to his lower back and hamstrings.

But there is scepticism around Ramsey's absence from practice this week considering he has expressed his desire to be traded.

The Jaguars also claimed Ramsey reported back soreness during the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s win over the Tennessee Titans, but did not miss any snaps.

His availability will be closely monitored the rest of this week as the Jaguars prepare to visit the winless Broncos.


Cooper has MRI on ankle

It was rumoured to be a precautionary exam of his right ankle, but news of a potential injury to Cooper will be concerning to the Dallas Cowboys after the receiver missed almost all of training camp with a left heel problem.

Cooper has played 171 of 209 offensive snaps for Dallas through the first three games of this season, racking up 16 catches for 238 yards and four touchdowns.

The Cowboys are already thin at receiver after starter Michael Gallup underwent surgery on his knee and backup Tavon Austin missed the last two games with a concussion.

Dallas have enjoyed a superb 3-0 start to the season, but can ill afford a further blow to their offense as they look to stay unbeaten.

Two things that don't matter

Julian Edelman back at New England Patriots practice

The receiver left Sunday's win over the New York Jets in the first half with a chest injury and did not return. While Edelman was not expected to miss much time after X-rays came back negative, his return will come as a relief for New England after the team cut Antonio Brown and saw Josh Gordon battle a few minor injuries last week.

Edelman leads the Patriots with 17 receptions and 196 receiving yards this season.


Antonio Brown's agent says receiver still wants to play

Speaking on Warren Sapp's "99 Problems" podcast, Drew Rosenhaus claimed that Brown "wants to continue his career in the NFL" despite tweeting on Sunday he is done playing in the league.

"I have had discussions with a few teams that are very interested in him and want to know about his future and what's going on with the NFL," Rosenhaus said. "Hopefully, when that is all resolved, Antonio will be able to continue his Hall of Fame career."

Brown will first need to address the allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual assault and rape made against him, all of which he continues to deny. 

"It's a very difficult time for him, not playing," Rosenhaus added. "It's tough for someone who loves the game not to be playing right now, and the hope is that we'll cooperate with the NFL in its investigation and get him back with a team to continue this tremendous career he's had."

One video you have to see

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew once tried to break his hand to get a redshirt. Spoiler: It did not work.

Wednesday's tweet of the day

Vannett bid farewell to Seattle before he heads to the Steelers following his trade.

The New England Patriots have added depth at quarterback with the signing of free agent Cody Kessler, the team announced on Wednesday.

Kessler joins veteran Tom Brady and rookie back-up Jarrett Stidham at Gillette Stadium and fills an open roster spot after the Patriots placed fullback James Develin on injured reserve.

The move comes after Kessler was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles in August, while New England released Brian Hoyer before the start of the season.

The defending Super Bowl champions selected Stidham in the fourth round of the 2019 draft and he impressed during the preseason, but the rookie threw an interception in his first regular-season game against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Kessler started for Philadelphia in their third preseason game, yet he threw for just 34 yards and was ultimately overshadowed by veteran Josh McCown.

The 26-year-old previously spent two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, who selected him in the third round of the 2016 draft, and one with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he appeared in five games during the 2018 season.

He has played in 17 regular-season games (12 starts) and has completed 224 of 349 passes (64.2 per cent) for 2,215 yards and eight touchdowns with five interceptions.

The Patriots (3-0) will travel to Buffalo to face the Bills (3-0) on Sunday.

Through three weeks of the NFL season, a quarter of the teams are still yet to taste defeat.

While some of those were expected to excel - see the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys - others, such as the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, have all started strongly after losing seasons in 2018.

This weekend sees the 3-0 Patriots and Bills face off, while the 2-0-1 Lions host Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Here we take a look at the eight undefeated teams and determine when their first defeat might come, if at all...

DETROIT LIONS (2-0-1)

Upcoming games: vs Chiefs, @ Packers, vs Vikings, vs Giants, @ Raiders, @ Bears

Are the Lions for real? Or did they get fortunate facing a Los Angeles Chargers team that shot themselves in the foot and an injury-ravaged Philadelphia Eagles after their opening tie with the Arizona Cardinals?

Their luck might soon run out, though, as their next three games - against the Chiefs, Packers and Minnesota Vikings - could easily leave them 2-3-1 and behind in the ultra-competitive NFC North.

BUFFALO BILLS (3-0)

Upcoming games: vs Patriots, @ Titans, vs Dolphins, vs Eagles, vs Redskins, @ Browns

Sean McDermott's team nearly suffered their first 'L' on Sunday, only to rally and beat the winless Cincinnati Bengals. 

A daunting clash with the Pats represents a good barometer of where this Bills team is and, even if they go down to Tom Brady and Co, their upcoming contests suggest they can remain firmly in the wildcard mix come November and December.

DALLAS COWBOYS (3-0)

Upcoming games: @ Saints, vs Packers, @ Jets, vs Eagles, @ Giants, vs Vikings

Everything is rosy in JerryWorld at the moment, with coordinator Kellen Moore overseeing a more potent offense thanks to quarterback Dak Prescott taking a significant step forward.

Get past the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football and the Cowboys might march all the way to 10-0 before visiting the Patriots. But New Orleans, coming off an impressive win in Seattle, are a formidable foe at home and should end Dallas' winning streak.

GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-0)

Upcoming games: vs Eagles, @ Cowboys, vs Lions, vs Raiders, @ Chiefs, @ Chargers

Rookie head coach Matt LaFleur is certainly enjoying life at the helm in Titletown and Green Bay host the depleted Eagles this week.

The Pack's offense - LaFleur's speciality - has largely underwhelmed, though, and a Week 5 trip to the talented Cowboys looks likely to spell the end of their unbeaten run.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-0)

Upcoming games: vs Browns, @ Rams, @ Redskins, vs Panthers, @ Cardinals, vs Seahawks

San Francisco have the earliest possible bye in Week 4 so their unbeaten run will last until at least Week 5, when they should have too much and be too fresh for a Cleveland Browns team flattering to deceive.

However, after that it's a visit to the Los Angeles Rams, where Sean McVay's offense might prove a bridge too far for the Niners' quietly impressive defense. San Francisco's playoff hopes likely hinge on home games against the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-0)

Upcoming games: @ Lions, vs Colts, vs Texans, @ Broncos, vs Packers, vs Vikings

Reigning MVP Mahomes and the Chiefs offense looks even better than it did in 2018 but they have a tricky run of games coming up against teams with playoff aspirations.

A Week 7 Thursday night trip to the Denver Broncos might spell the end of their unbeaten run. Vic Fangio's 0-3 team could conceivably be 2-1 now and Von Miller and Bradley Chubb have to get it together eventually, right?

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-0)

Upcoming games: @ Bills, @ Redskins, vs Giants, @ Jets, vs Browns, @ Ravens

New England can thank the schedule-makers for a start that has seen them breeze past the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets - who are a combined 0-9.

A stiffer test against the Bills lies in wait next, but New England have won seven in a row in Buffalo. The Pats could easily be 8-0, but a trip to their nemesis Baltimore - against a Ravens team coming off a bye - might prevent them from winning nine straight.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-0)

Upcoming games: vs Buccaneers, @ Seahawks, vs 49ers, @ Falcons, vs Bengals, @ Steelers

Many tipped the Rams to take a blip after their Super Bowl appearance, but here are they are 3-0.

The sternest assignment in their next six games is a trip to Seattle - though New Orleans showed the Seahawks are beatable in the Pacific Northwest. After that, the schedule is kind - particularly now Pittsburgh have lost Ben Roethlisberger - so the Rams look the most likely to be the last unbeaten team standing.

As a new NFL week ramps up, headlines dominated by Antonio Brown could finally wind down.

We take a look at the receiver's next move and various injury updates from around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

Three things that matter

Saquon Barkley out for 4-8 weeks

The New York Giants running back suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and an MRI on Monday confirmed the extent of the damage, but Barkley was in high spirits after the game.

"I'm not out for the season," Barkley told reporters. "I'm going to do whatever I can to get back as quickly as possible. Not for myself, but for my team. That's what I continue to think about. I caught myself getting a little upset on the sideline just because I wasn't able to be out there with those guys."

If Barkley is out the entire two months, he will likely return for the last six regular-season games following the team's bye in Week 11. The state of the Giants at that point will depend heavily on the performance of Daniel Jones as he continues to get comfortable as the starting quarterback.

Cam Newton will sit again with timetable unknown

The Carolina Panthers have already ruled out their franchise quarterback for Week 4 against the Houston Texans and it has been reported he could miss more time before the team's Week 7 bye, but coach Ron Rivera reiterated the starting job will be Newton's when he is healthy enough to return.

"What Cam needs right now is time and rest for his foot. We want him at 100 per cent when he's ready, so there's no exact timetable for his return," coach Ron Rivera said in a release. "At this point, we're going to go forward with Kyle [Allen] as our starter."

For the time being, Allen proved to be a reliable backup as he threw four touchdown passes on Sunday to help Carolina earn their first win – a 38-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals cut Michael Crabtree

The 11-year wide receiver lasted just three games in Arizona after signing a one-year deal with the team in August.

Crabtree's struggles were evident as he managed just four catches for 22 yards so far this season, though his offensive snaps have been limited the past two games after he was inactive in Week 1.

Two things that don't matter

Julian Edelman unlikely to miss time

The New England Patriots receiver suffered a chest injury in Sunday's win over the New York Jets, though it was reported X-rays of his ribs came back negative and an unnamed source told NFL Media "he'll be good".

Early indications are that the injury is not serious and likely will not force him to miss Week 4, which is lucky for the Patriots considering the team cut Brown and saw Josh Gordon briefly leave Sunday's matchup with an injury before returning.

Brown goes back to school

The receiver re-enrolled at Central Michigan University in the wake of his release from the Patriots on Friday. Brown, who previously attended the school from 2007-09 before declaring for the 2010 draft, is set to take classes online.

Brown tweeted on Sunday that he will "not be playing in the NFL anymore" even though he was rumoured to draw interest from other teams. He continues to deny the accusations of sexual misconduct as well as sexual assault and rape against him, all of which are still being investigated.

One video you have to see

Ravens coach John Harbaugh's analytically-driven approach was praised despite Baltimore's loss at Kansas City on Sunday.

Monday's tweet of the day

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes capped his Week 3 win over the Ravens with a nostalgic concert.

Tom Brady believes Antonio Brown's release from the New England Patriots was a "difficult situation" for all involved.

Brown was released from his contract with the Patriots just 11 days after being let go by the Oakland Raiders after multiple sexual assault allegations against the wide receiver surfaced.

The 31-year-old's former personal trainer accused him of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit, while a second unidentified woman has also made allegations of sexual misconduct.

It subsequently emerged that the anonymous woman alleged Brown has sent threatening text messages to her following the accusations.

Brown has strongly denied the accusations through his attorney and tweeted on Sunday that he has no intention of resuming his NFL career.

Speaking to sports radio station WEEI, Patriots quarterback Brady said that the controversy and fallout had been "unfortunate" but added he cares a lot about his team-mates beyond football.

"I do have a lot of personal feelings, none of which I really care to share," he said. "That is about it. It’s a difficult situation. That’s kind of how I feel."

Brady didn't say any more on Brown specifically but said when he invests in his team-mates he tries to be as open and caring as possible.

"There's a lot of human elements and I think because as a player and a person I care deeply about my team-mates," he said. 

"I want everyone to be the best they can possibly be. From the day I started with this team, even back I'd say in college, it's such a tight-knit group and you want everyone to become the best they can possibly be and you try to provide leadership.

"You try to care for people. You try to provide whatever you think you can to help them reach their highest potential, whatever situation it is. I've had a lot of team-mates over the years. You invest not just your head, but your heart. You invest your soul. That is what makes a great team. That is what makes a great brotherhood. I think in the end, that is the endearing trait about sports.

"I am very optimistic. People who know me, I think know how optimistic I am and just my belief that positivity and optimism can overcome a lot of things. There’s a lot of things that get in the way of that, and again, I think we're in a culture that we want to pass judgment so quickly on people.

"We want to disparage people so quickly. It speaks to me that a lot of people are probably hurting because when you're not feeling great you want other people to know that.

"I think it becomes very emotional and again, it's a tough life. Life is not easy. Football is not easy. Evolving and growing as people is not an easy thing."

On Monday, Brown posted on his Instagram story to suggest he has re-enrolled in classes at Central Michigan University, where he attended between 2007 and 2009.

On an eventful Sunday filled with headlines, Daniel Jones still managed to steal the show.

The New York Giants rookie shined under center as he made his first career start in a 32-31 NFL win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jones – starting in place of veteran quarterback Eli Manning – completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns to snap the Giants' winless start to the season and give New York fans hope for the future.

The 22-year-old helped the Giants rally from an 18-point deficit at half-time and sealed the victory with his go-ahead run into the end zone.

It did not hurt that Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay missed the 44-yard attempt for the win as time expired.

 

Injury report

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the field in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers with an apparent leg injury. 

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels was downgraded to out after leaving with a foot injury against the Philadelphia Eagles, though it was reported that initial tests revealed no broken bones.

New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was ruled out against the New York Jets after suffering a chest injury in the first half. It was later reported that Edelman suffered a rib injury, but X-rays were negative.

After being flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for tossing his helmet away as he realised the extent of his injury, Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal exited in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on a cart and was later ruled out with an Achilles injury. He is rumoured to need surgery this week.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton was ruled out after sustaining a quad injury in the first half against the Falcons.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley was downgraded to out after being helped off the field against the Buccaneers. 

By the numbers

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the only player in the last 40 years with 200 or more passing yards and two passing touchdowns in the first half in each of his team's first three games of a season.

The Patriots won their 116th game of the decade, beating the 2000s Colts and breaking the record for most wins by a team in a single decade in NFL history. New England's point differential of +89 (106-17) through the first three weeks of the season is tied for second-highest in league history.

The Miami Dolphins, however, find themselves on the opposite end of that spectrum.

Meanwhile, the Jets broke new ground at Gillette Stadium by scoring their first touchdown in Foxborough in nearly four years.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins extended his streak of 19 games with one or more passing touchdown, making it the longest active streak in the NFL. He finished his outing against the Oakland Raiders 15 for 21 for 174 yards.

Quotables

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell on his frustration after going 0-3: "I'm not frustrated at all. I just know this team has a lot of talent, we just have to put it together. It's a new system, guy's first time playing together, a new coaching staff. We've just got to mesh everything together and we've got to get on board."

Broncos linebacker Von Miller on not catching the quarterback: "I need to find a way to play better. I have to find a way to get sacks and do my job. No one holds me to a higher standard than myself. I could sit here and make excuses, but I got clean rushes today. I just need to find a way to get the quarterback on the ground."

Week 3 NFL scores

Thursday's game

Jaguars 20, Titans 7

Sunday's games

Cowboys 31, Dolphins 6
Bills 21, Bengals 17
Lions 27, Eagles 24
Patriots 30, Jets 14
Colts 27, Falcons 24
Vikings 34, Raiders 14
Chiefs 33, Ravens 28
Packers 27, Broncos 16
Panthers 38, Cardinals 20
Giants 32, Buccaneers 31
Saints 33, Seahawks 27
Texans 27, Chargers 20
49ers 24, Steelers 20

Antonio Brown said he has no intention of resuming his career in the NFL after being released by the New England Patriots on Friday.

The 31-year-old - who was also released by the Oakland Raiders earlier this month - spent just 11 days with the Patriots and was let go after multiple sexual assault allegations surfaced.

Brown's former personal trainer accused him of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit, while a second unidentified woman has also made allegations of sexual misconduct.

Seven-time Pro Bowler Brown, who was only traded to the Raiders from the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, wrote on Twitter that he was now done with the league having missed out on millions of dollars following his recent releases.

​"Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the @NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up !" Brown wrote.

Brown then proceeded to take aim at Patriots owner Robert Kraft, former Steelers team-mate Ben Roethlisberger and Hall of Fame wide receiver Shannon Sharpe in a further series of tweets.

Earlier this year, Kraft was one of 25 men charged after an investigation by police into human trafficking in Florida. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and the case is yet to go to trial.

​"Kraft got caught in the parlor AB speculations fired different strokes different folks clearly," Brown said on Twitter.

The wide receiver then tweeted a screenshot of a story regarding a sexual assault allegation against Roethlisberger, his ex-quarterback, who served a four-game suspension in 2010 after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Georgia nightclub. Roethlisberger was not charged by authorities.

"4 games for Big Ben crazy world I'm done with it​," Brown wrote.

Brown also tweeted a screenshot of a 2010 news story regarding a sexual assault allegation against Sharpe, who has been critical of Brown's behaviour in his role as a TV pundit. The allegations against Sharpe were later recanted.

Writing on Twitter, Brown said: "Shannon Sharp [sic] the funny guy on TV still after this".

Reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots became the first team this NFL season to activate an International Pathway player.

Full-back Jakob Johnson, 24, made the Patriots' active roster after New England cut Antonio Brown ahead of their Week 3 matchup against the New York Jets.

Johnson – born in Germany – was signed by the Patriots as a free agent in April via the NFL's International Pathway Program.

"Jak came in with a great attitude this offseason," offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels recently said.

"He really put his head down and worked hard through our offseason program, and then continued to do that in OTAs and into training camp — good attitude. He's been out there every day, toughness, willing to do the things that you need to do to play that position on offense, smart kid, studies hard, prepares well, knows what to do and is ready to go.

"And he's competitive, so I think there's nothing more you can ask of each player than to give your best and be ready to go when your number's called."

Normally players who are a part of the program, which started in 2017, are carried as an extra 11th member on the team's practice squads. Because of the roster exemption, teams cannot promote a player in the program to the active roster during the season.

But, the Patriots made Johnson a regular member of their 10-man practice squad, which then gave them the option of promoting him.

The move comes a day after New England released Brown amid sexual assault allegations that surfaced since he joined the team less than two weeks ago after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders.

With sexual assault allegations coming out against Antonio Brown, the New England Patriots made a big move on Friday.

We take a look at New England's decision to move on from the receiver in addition to injury updates from around the league.

Three things that matter

Patriots cut Brown amid sexual assault allegations

The Patriots have decided to move on from wide receiver Brown. The team announced the move ahead of their Week 3 matchup against the New York Jets. Brown's release comes after multiple sexual assault allegations surfaced since he joined the Patriots less than two weeks ago. Brown has denied the allegations. He was released by the Oakland Raiders earlier this month after an offseason filled with drama. 

"The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown," the team said in a statement. "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."

Brown played just one game in New England. Coach Bill Belichick was pressed with questions about Brown earlier in the day and was not willing to give any details on the receiver's status.

"I know there are questions about Antonio," Belichick said. "We take all the situations with our team very seriously. There are some things we're looking into, but I'm not going to have any comment on any off-the-field situations or questions on that. Anything about football, I'm happy to answer." 

Brown was accused by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit, and a second unidentified woman has also made allegations of sexual misconduct against the receiver.

He has strongly denied the allegations through his attorney but avoided answering questions directly during Patriots media availabilities.

Cam Newton officially ruled out for Week 3

Cam Newton has been ruled out of the Carolina Panthers' Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals as he recovers from a foot injury, the team announced on Friday. Kyle Allen, a second-year quarterback who went undrafted in 2018, will start in Newton's place.

"He felt pretty good at the end of the week," coach Ron Rivera told reporters. "But we don't want another setback. We want to make sure he's ready to roll."

Newton re-aggravated a left foot sprain in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has not practised this week. He initially injured his foot during the preseason, forcing him to miss nearly a week of practice. The veteran was in a walking boot in the locker room on Thursday, but his prognosis beyond this week is not clear. 

Eagles' DeSean Jackson out, team optimistic Alshon Jeffery will play 

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced that DeSean Jackson has been ruled out, which was somewhat expected, while he left the door open for Alshon Jeffery to play against the Detroit Lions.

"DeSean will be out of this game," Pederson said on Friday (via the team's official website), before adding, "I'm still optimistic" about Jeffery. 

Both receivers suffered injuries against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, forcing them to leave Sunday's game in the first half without recording a catch. Jackson is dealing with an abdominal strain that initially was announced as a groin injury, while Jeffery is recovering from a calf strain. 

Two things that don't matter

Jaguars reportedly prefer to keep Jalen Ramsey

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey made it clear he does not want to be in Jacksonville by requesting a trade – but are they willing to do whatever it takes to keep him? Ramsey could be offered a lucrative deal to entice him to stay, according to NFL Network.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan reportedly has had several meetings at the facility hoping to solve the issues, which might include giving Ramsey the long-term contract extension he wants, according to Yahoo Sports.

Speculation around Ramsey's future with Jacksonville came after he got into a heated exchange with coach Doug Marrone in Week 2 during a 13-12 loss to the Houston Texans.

Tom Brady downplays criticising refs

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady clarified that he is "pro-ref" after downplaying a couple of tweets he shared on Thursday during the Jaguars-Tennessee Titans game. He took to social media to call out the number of penalties in the game, writing: "I'm turning off this game I can't watch these ridiculous penalties anymore ... Too many penalties. Just let us play!!!!"

On Friday, he downplayed his comments, saying he was not criticising the officials. 

One video you have to see

Calvin Johnson opened up about his nine-year career with the Lions, and accused the team of making him change his story about suffering a concussion. The Lions issued a statement on Friday, defending the team's medical staff and treatment of player injuries.

"I knew I was concussed because I blacked out," Johnson told Sports Illustrated. "I wasn't seeing straight. And they wanted me to change my story."

Friday's tweet of the day

Brown sent a message before the Patriots announced they cut him.

Antonio Brown has been released from his contract by the New England Patriots.

The news comes after multiple sexual assault allegations surfaced since the wide receiver joined the Patriots 11 days ago following his release by the Oakland Raiders.

Brown's former personal trainer accused him of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit, while a second unidentified woman has also made allegations of sexual misconduct.

The 31-year-old has strongly denied the accusations through his attorney and he opted against discussing the matter further when he was questioned on Thursday in his first public comments since the allegations.

It emerged late on Thursday that the anonymous woman alleges Brown has sent threatening text messages to her following the accusations.

A statement from a Patriots spokesperson read: "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."

In a post on Twitter, Brown wrote: "Thanks for the opportunity appreciate @Patriots."

The Patriots signed Brown to a one-year contract worth up to $15million after he requested his release from the Raiders.

His time in Oakland was defined by a series of sagas that overshadowed their preparations for the 2019 season. Brown's time on the practice field for the Raiders was limited due to foot injuries sustained by wearing incorrect footwear in a cryotherapy chamber.

The seven-time Pro Bowler then became embroiled in a dispute with the NFL over his preferred helmet being banned on safety grounds, before a heated exchange with Oakland general manager Mike Mayock, for which he was fined, led to his Raiders exit.

Oakland acquired Brown in March in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the four-time first-team All-Pro parting with the team that drafted him following an apparent breakdown in his relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Brown caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in his lone game for the Patriots, a 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick cut a news conference short after refusing to answer questions about Antonio Brown.

The Patriots' wide receiver has been embroiled in controversy since his arrival in Foxborough, with the 31-year-old's former personal trainer having accused Brown of sexual assault and rape in a civil lawsuit, while a second unidentified woman has also made allegations of sexual misconduct.

Brown has strongly denied the allegations through his attorney and he opted against discussing the matter further when he was questioned on Thursday in his first public comments since the allegations.

It emerged late on Thursday that the anonymous woman alleges Brown has sent threatening text messages to her following the accusations.

Belichick began his media conference on Friday with a statement on the Patriots' upcoming encounter with the New York Jets, before addressing Brown's situation.

"I know there are questions about Antonio," Belichick said. "We take all the situations with our team very seriously.

"There are some things we're looking into, but I'm not going to have any comment on any off-the-field situations or questions on that. Anything about football, I'm happy to answer." 

South Africa have one of the great names in sport on their side as they prepare to begin their Rugby World Cup campaign against New Zealand.

The Springboks will take on the defending champions on Saturday and they can count on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for support.

NFL great Brady is an American, and the United States are in the competition, albeit in a different pool, but he is backing South Africa.

The 42-year-old sent a video clip to the Springboks, who posted it on their Twitter page, in which he said: "Springboks, good luck to you in Japan. Kick some butt. Go Bok!"

As South Africa's caption noted: "Can't go wrong with the GOAT in your corner."

While Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II was turning heads on Thursday, Tom Brady supposedly stopped watching midway through the first half.

The New England Patriots quarterback was frustrated with the referees during the clash between the Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

Brady tweeted his frustrations at the referees, stating he was turning the game off.

"I'm turning off this game I can't watch these ridiculous penalties anymore," he wrote.

This was after he already sounded off on the officials.

"Just let us play!!!!," he wrote, in part.

The Jaguars took a 14-0 lead in the first half against the Titans.

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