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CBS cuts to commercial in mid-play during Thursday’s NFL game

Someone in the CBS control booth had an itchy finger for a man with a plan during Thursday night’s NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos. 

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According to Bleacher Report, San Diego led 16-3 with 4:25 left in the third quarter and was facing 3rd-and-11 at the Denver 35 yard-line. Just before the snap, CBS cut to a commercial for its new comedy, “Man With A Plan,” starring Matt LeBlanc. 

Viewers missed a pass interference call against Denver, which gave the Chargers a first down at the Broncos’ 20. That led to a Josh Lambo field goal that gave San Diego a 19-3 lead. 

San Diego went on to win 21-13. 

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Kaepernick named starting QB for Sunday's game

San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick is making headlines again after the controversy involving his decision to kneel during the national anthem before a preseason game.

Coach Chip Kelly made an announcement on Tuesday saying that Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback come Sunday, taking Blaine Gabbert’s spot.

“We need to improve on the offensive side of the ball, and this is the decision we’ve made,” Kelly said.

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The 49ers, who’ve lost four games in a row, will play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The last time Kaepernick started in a game was on Nov. 1, 2015, according to The Daily Beast.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently spoke out about Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee during the national anthem, along with the many others who’ve followed in his footsteps.

“I think it’s really dumb of them,” Ginsburg said in a Yahoo! News interview with Katie Couric. “Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning.”

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Packers player gets nasty surprise in his wings order

He just wanted to enjoy some chicken wings, but instead, Jared Cook of the Green Bay Packers got a stomach-turning surprise.

Cook posted an image on Twitter of what he found in his order Tuesday at a Buffalo Wild Wings location. It was a chicken head, beak included. According to the TMZ report, when Cook inquired about the unwanted piece in his order, staff told him, “Sorry, unfortunately this happens because the chicken is fresh."

Buffalo Wild Wings released a statement Friday addressing Cook's claim:

Buffalo Wild Wings takes food preparation, service and quality extremely seriously and we are looking into this situation. We’ve reached out to Jared Cook and our suppliers for more information.

Cook, 29, is spending his first season with the Packers after playing for the Rams and the Titans. He played college football at the University of South Carolina, and was a third-round NFL draft pick.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sued for damages at Beverly Hills mansion

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is being sued over damages to a mansion in Beverly Hills, California. obtained the lawsuit filed by Jared Pobre, the husband of former WWE star Stacy Keibler, against Newton.

The MVP quarterback is being sued for more than $270,000.

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According to court documents, Pobre manages a luxury home rental company that leased an $11 million home to Newton in March, following the Super Bowl.

The lawsuit says Newton paid $123,000 to rent the home for 61 days with the agreement that there would be no parties or smoking.

The court documents say that after Newton moved out, Pobre had to replace a rug valued at $32,930. Other damages included destroyed bath towels and linens, damaged toilets and water damage to wood floors, damage to the walls near the kitchen and stains in the driveway, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit says Pobre tried to collect more than $90,000 from Newton for the damage, but it was never paid. It says the damages took more than two months to repair, which resulted in lost rent of $72,000 a month. said Newton’s representatives have not commented on the lawsuit.

Brady's suspension ends; 'Deflategate' appeal dropped

"Deflategate" is finally over and Tom Brady can return to the New England Patriots.As of Monday, Brady's four-game suspension is officially over.

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Brady has not been allowed to have any contact with the team since the end of the pre-season. Sunday, TB12 was spotted working out at the Dexter School in Brookline.


Also Sunday, the quarterback told the NFL Players Association to drop his Deflategate appeal.

In a tweet, the NFL Players Association writes:

After consultation with Tom Brady and our appellate counsel, we have decided to not purse additional appeals in this matter.

This means Brady and the NFLPA will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.


On the field, the Patriots weren't able to remain perfect during Sunday's game vs. the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo took advantage of sloppy, Tom Brady-less New England to hand the Patriots their first home shutout at Gillette Stadium, winning 16-0 Sunday.

Why are NFL ratings down this season?

NFL ratings are down. And that's something that doesn't happen often, considering that the league has cemented itself at the top of American sports. 

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Ratings for the NFL's biggest prime-time games dropped about 12 percent from last year during the first couple weeks of the season. They were down in Week 3, too, including the lowest-rated Monday Night Football broadcast ever

If you ask some people, they'll tell you it's because of recent player protests during the national anthem, like Colin Kaepernick taking a knee. 

In a way, it makes sense that people would turn to anthem protests to explain the drop in ratings. Seeing the NFL take a ratings hit is unusual and so are the protests.

But there are other factors at play too.

For example, that lowest-ever Monday night rating should probably be taken with a grain of salt. 

The first presidential debate, which was aired the same night, was the most-watched debate ever. That's bad news for a football broadcast happening at the same time. 

Plus, political coverage as a whole has put up big numbers throughout the election cycle. It's not unthinkable that it could be cutting into the NFL's viewership a bit. 

Another possible factor in the NFL's ratings slide: A lot of the games weren't as good as usual. 

Several star quarterbacks were on the sidelines during prime-time games due to an injury or suspension. Plus, nearly half of the prime-time games through Week 3 were decided by 14 points or more. 

Still, it's early in the season, and ratings have plenty of time to bounce back. Professional football is still the most-watched sport in the U.S. by a long shot. 

DeSean Jackson wears custom cleats to spur dialogue about 'senseless killings' of 'citizens and police'

A closer look at Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson's cleats during warmups for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns show yellow caution tape in a design that criss-crosses the shoes.

In a statement, Jackson addressed the design, saying it was part of a bigger message. 

"Today is the start of my attempts to be part of a solution and start dialogue about the senseless killings of both citizens and police," he said. "I have chosen to wear these cleats in pregame today to use my platform as a pro athlete to add to this discussion. This isn't meant to be any kind of protest against the good men and women in law enforcement in this country. I just want to express my concern in a peaceful and productive way about issues that are currently impacting our country."

"I've seen enough yellow caution tape, and it's time for a stand and a change in our community and society," Jackson told TMZ.

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The Redskins organization said it supports Jackson's effort. 

"We stand in support of both DeSean and the law enforcement community," the team's statement said. "We have great respect for law enforcement and the sacrifices they make each and every day to protect and serve our communities. We continue to have open dialogue with our players about issues that are important to them and support their efforts to bring awareness to those issues when done in a responsible manner."

Jackson, who also told TMZ that he's using his "stage and platform" to raise "awareness to help prevent these killings," said that he is "also coming up with a master plan to start a movement."

East Carolina fans boo own marching band for national anthem protest

Following in the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes around the country, East Carolina band members kneeled during the national anthem Saturday ahead of the team’s tilt with Central Florida.

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The band was also booed during halftime.

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Reactions were varied after the stance:

Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem in protest of racial inequality, prompting other athletes to follow suit.

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Steelers' Antonio Brown to honor Arnold Palmer on his cleats

Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown will honor Arnold Palmer during Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, not with an end zone dance, but on his feet. Brown told that he’s planning to wear black and gold cleats with Palmer’s image on them.

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According to ESPN, Brown said he wants to have some “motivation” and inspiration during each game, and chose Palmer after spending time at his house before training camp.

Brown called Palmer “an inspiring guy” whom he was glad to share a moment with.

The Steelers play the Chiefs Sunday night.

Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert pays Charlotte body shop $3,900 in coins

Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert said he paid a car repair shop over $3,000 in coins after they wouldn’t accept his check.

In an Instagram post Tuesday, Tolbert warned anyone in Charlotte and the surrounding area to avoid the body shop.

Queen City and surrounding areas!!!! If you need any motor work or anything done to your car I urge you DO NOT I repeat DO NOT go to this place! I was quoted a price and a 10 day completion time frame!!! 2 1/2 months later still not done and upped the price from the original quote! Terrible business and owner! I expected a level of professionalism that I did not receive and the owner expected me to pay more because I'm "a millionaire"!!!! Charlotte beware they are crooks to the fullest extent!!! A photo posted by Mike Tolbert (@yogidagreat35) on Sep 26, 2016 at 3:24pm PDT

He said he was quoted a price and a 10-day completion time frame, but after 2 1/2 months later, the repairs were still not done, and the shop upped the price form the original quote.

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“I expected a level of professionalism that I did not receive, and the owner expected me to pay more, because I'm ‘a millionaire,’" Tolbert said.

Tolbert spoke to the media Wednesday, saying he went to the bank and got $3,900 in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

“So what kind of respectable establishment won’t take a check? So they wouldn’t take my check. They said it wasn’t going to clear the bank, so I was like, ‘Hmm, you throwing shots. I got one for you.’ So I went to the bank and got $3,900 in coins.”

When asked what did the body shop say? “Oh they was upset. You’ve got to sit there and count, basically, four grand in coins, you’ll be mad too. They got what they asked for,” Tolbert said. 

The body shop responded with a Facebook post saying:

"From the beginning, he attempted to get us to do work for free because he is 'Mike Tolbert.' So today, I am disappointed that it came to this, I had to call the police on Mike Tolbert. He and his buddy threatened me. CMPD actually banned him from the property today. They forced him to pay his bill before leaving though."

The body shop's response has been removed. 

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