Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey was carted off the field after a helmet to helmet hit with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.
Mundy was not penalized for the hit.
Heyward-Bey was running across the end zone when Mundy threw himself towards Heyward-Bey and hit him right in the facemask. Heyward-Bey's neck jerked violently and his head slammed into the O.co Coliseum turf.
Heyward-Bey's eyes were closed for about 10 minutes as Raiders trainers attended to him. He was then placed on a stretcher with his head strapped down. He raised his hand as we was being carted away.
Heyward-Bey is currently in the hospital. No word on his condition at this time.
Maybe this should have been a sign of things to come for Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.
During the pregame ceremonies, Weeden was trapped underneath a huge American flag being draped across the field. Weeden tried to get out of the way, but it was too late as he was soon immersed by the gigantic flag.
Weeden's day didn't get much better as he went 12-35, 118 yards passing, and threw four picks, but the Browns almost pulled off the upset against the Eagles (Vick didn't fare much better).
Welcome to the NFL, Brandon.
A man by the name of Shawn Payton has been sentenced for calling in a bomb threat to the Superdome back in January.
No, not that Sean Payton, but rather a Michigan man with the same name.
Payton, a Detroit Lions fan from Jackson, Michigan, called in the bomb threat to the Superdome in the third quarter of the Lions playoff game with the New Orleans Saints. The call was made right after Jimmy Graham's touchdown put the Saints up 24-14 and called the reception desk and said, "I will blow up your building."
Payton called back again after an onside kick didn't go the Lions way and had a message for Saints coach Sean Payton.
The message said, "Hi, I want you to relay a message to the sideline: If your stupid Southern team keeps winning, there will be reper...severe consequences, OK?"
Payton has had a problem with anger issues (shocker) and has had misdemeanor convictions dating back to when he was just 17, but never had a felony conviction before now.
Shawn Payton made the call from his home, so the FBI didn't need to do much to track him down. He was arrested and plead guilty to one felony count of threatening interstate communications.
Payton has been sentenced to three years probation and two months of home confinement, where he will have plenty of time to make threatening calls to Lambeau Field and all points beyond.
Maryland politician Emmett C. Burns has sent the Baltimore Ravens a letter to tell linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to "cease and desist" his gay marriage advocacy.
Burns, a four term Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, said that he was "appalled and aghast" with Ayanbadejo's "injurious actions".
The letter, obtained by Baltimore station WBAL, was addressed to owner Steve Bisciotti and says that many Ravens fans and Burns constituents are upset with Ayanbadejo's stance and that football players should focus on the game rather than social and political issues.
Ayanbadejo took to his Twitter, @brendon310, and said, "Football is just my job it's not who I am. I am an American before anything. And just like every American I have the right to speak!!!"
Ravens officials have said that they are aware of the letter, but have no further comment.
Burns is also a pastor for the Rising Sun First Baptist Church, a church that he founded, and has been a vocal opponent of gay marriage since it was legalized in Maryland earlier this year. The bill faces a referendum vote this November.
Burns has also said that he would drop his support of President Obama after the President came out and supported gay marriage.
Maybe Burns has a point by saying that players shouldn't speak up on issues considering they are probably the last people you want to hear from, but what Ayanbadejo is doing is very admirable. He is speaking up for the growing number of people who support gay marriage and he has a right to do so and should keep doing it.
Del. Burns, in case you haven't known, we have a thing called the First Amendment rights and Ayanbadejo has a right, no matter how much you disagree with him, to say whatever he wants on this issue and you nor Bisciotti are going to stop him.
Keep fighting the good fight, Brendon.
According to a report by FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the Miami Dolphins are set to release David Garrard.
Garrard was in the running to become the Dolphins starting quarterback until Texas A&M rookie Ryan Tannehill was named the week one starter by head coach Joe Philbin.
Garrard has not played since early August when he needed surgery on his knee to remove loose bodies. Garrard never played in a single game for the Miami Dolphins.
"They didn’t want me to, and I didn’t feel like I was quite ready to move with guys flying around me,” Garrard told the Miami Herald. “But I feel good. I know I’m not quite exactly where I want to be, but it felt good just being back out there, realizing I can still drop and do all of those things."
Garrard thanked the Dolphins and their fans on his Twitter account, @davidgarrard9, "To all the dolphins fans thx for ur support! Best of luck to all my teammates.Thx for making me feel at home!! Phins up!!"
This is the second season in a row that Garrard has been cut the week before the start of the NFL season. Last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars cut Garrard in favor of quarterback Luke McCown.
A new shirt being produced by Old Navy states that the Houston Texans had won the 1961 AFC Championship.
One problem, though. The Texans first NFL season was in 2002. In fact the Texans finally made their postseason debut this past season.
The Houston OILERS, not the Texans, won the 1961 championship.
Old Navy has a new line called "NFL Team Champions Collection" and has already seen many problems. For one, the AFC didn't exist in 1961, it was the AFL. They have done the same thing to NFC teams too by calling them NFC champions, and not NFL champions.
Two shirts that they have produced, the 1969 Kansas City Chiefs and 1968 New York Jets, wrongfully states them has NFL champions even though they were part of the AFL. The merger between the AFL and NFL didn't happen until 1970.
Maybe Old Navy should fact check and proof read shirts before trying to produce trendy sports shirts.
Texans know how to fight. Especially when alcohol is involved and what fight doesn't involve alcohol.
This brawl during the Texans-49ers game back on August 18 has been making the rounds on the Internet after a cell phone video has made the light of day.
KHOU reports that the fight all started when a beer was thrown on a fan and it all escalated from that point. You can even see a child get in on the action (0:46 mark in the video) and start hitting a man.
Security was nowhere to be seen during and after the fight and that left some Texan fans up in arms. One fan said, "They need to make security better here at Reliant. You never know what’s going to happen,"
Still no word on have any action was taken after the fight.
Oxford High School in Michigan is installing a much publicized blue colored FieldTurf for its football field, but now it appears as if the school might be having a hard time to pay for it, now five local families could lose the their homes as a result.
The Oxford turf committee must pay AstroTurf LLC $300,000 by September 1 or the five families that put up their homes as collateral could lose them. One of the people that could be losing their home is Detroit Lions senior vice president Bill Keenist, who is a donor.
Officials for the turf project opted to take out a $400,000 loan after voters rejected a bond to pay for the turf. The school has raised only $100,000 and now the community must come up with $300,000 in a little over a week.
"Lots of people around the community are stepping up to the plate and chipping in to get this thing repaid," said Jim Reis, chairmen of the turf committee and one of the home owners that stand to be foreclosed upon. "I'm honestly blown away by the response by everyone in this town and beyond. A woman from Warren just sent in a check for $1,000 the other day when she read about our situation. "We've just been overwhelmed by all the support."
Fundraisers have been set by local businesses to help pay off the debt. Little Caesars in Oxford will donate half of its proceeds on August 18 and an area McDonald's will donate all of its proceeds on an unknown date. People can donate to the fund by going onto oxfordboosters.com
According to AstroTurf LLC, the committee has not requested an extension.
This is not the first time that the new field has made news. Almost a year to the date, Boise State sent a letter to the high school stating that it cannot legally call the new field "Blue turf" as the name is trademarked by the university.
Summer is coming to a close and fall is a comin'. You know what that means, right?
Football season! And with football season comes fantasy football season and The Mark Graham Sports Blog is now getting into the act, but with a catch.
The goal of this league is to create the WORST fantasy football team. You can play any fantasy football game, but they are all the same. So I decided to twist it around a little.
The winner gets absolutely nothing, except bragging rights knowing that you either (A. Have a complete lack of football knowledge or (B. Have so much football knowledge that you know what players are the worst.
If you are interested contact me via Facebook or Twitter, @MarkWGraham.
May the worst team win!
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was seen wearing an "I'd Hit That" shirt while posing with an attractive young blonde.
One question arises from this: Is Tim Tebow embarrassed by this?
Well played, Rex. Well played.
Pittsburgh Steelers fullback David Johnson is out for the season after tearing his ACL in the first quarter of the Steelers opening preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Coach Mike Tomlin referred to the injury as a "significant knee inury" and the loss of Johnson creates a huge hole for the Steelers. Johnson was going to play both fullback and tight end this upcoming season.
The Steelers now have only one fullback on their roster, Will Johnson, an undrafted rookie from West Virginia.
To make matters worse, the Steelers lost the game, 24-23, to their cross state rivals.
Former Minnesota Viking running back Michael Bennett has plead guilty in Florida after participating in a tax refund and identity theft scheme.
Last week, Bennett plead guilty to one count of wire fraud in Florida. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors are seeking less than the possible 20 year sentence that Bennett was facing.
The FBI operated an undercover check-cashing store in North Miami that was used by a group of eight people that included Bennett. The group cashed checks at the store from February to April and cashed about $500,000 in fake refund checks.
Bennett was drafted by the Vikings in the first round in 2001 and became a starter right away after the retirement of Robert Smith, but he never became the player the Vikings had hoped for due to injury and fumbling problems.
Bennett also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, and more recently, the Oakland Raiders in 2010.