NFL suspends 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster two games

The former Olympic sprinter played through his share of adversity in 2017, earning every bit of his new contract. During the season, his son died after complications during his wife’s pregnancy. Five weeks later, Goodwin’s father died before the 49ers’ game against the Titans.

A third-round draft pick by the Bills in 2013, Goodwin holds the third fastest 40-yard dash time (4.27 seconds) in NFL combine history.

2. His essay was titled To the Islanders Faithful. It included a rather lovely valentine to the fan base he spurned, discussing their support for the team and the familial aspect of the community. You’ve got grandparents there with their grandchildren … parents there with their kids … young couples there on first dates … old couples there for, like, 40th wedding anniversaries … just this amazing sense of tradition. And then on top of that, everyone there is also somehow all there together, in a way, as part of an even larger tradition — as part of this … I don’t even know … one, big, crazy, perfect, Long Island thing, he wrote. (OK, wrote.)

He was not the league’s fastest or most athletic safety. Earl Thomas has always been the smoother, more refined of the two Seattle safeties. Chancellor’s style of play was perhaps a better fit for the early years of pro football, when fierce hitters such as Jack Tatum of the Raiders patrolled the secondary, and the Bears’ Dick Butkus and the Steelers’ Jack Lambert were huge hitters from their linebacker positions. Chancellor very much looked like a linebacker when he attacked the run.

The game is different today, which is a good thing in terms of player safety. But for a player like Chancellor, it creates a conundrum.

Would he have been just another safety had he been a more passive tackler? Would he have become a $12 million-per-year safety if not for his aggressive style of play?

Chancellor just hit 30, and the three-year extension he signed last year had not gone into effect when his career-ending injury struck. He will not officially retire until after his injury guarantees kick in fortunately for him, the figures are $6.8 million in 2018 and $5.2 million in 2019.

Those numbers are the other part of the conundrum for Schneider as he deals with the salary cap ramifications over the next two years.

Philadelphia placed right-handed starting pitcher Vince Velasquez on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with a right forearm contusion.

Velasquez was hit in the second inning just below the elbow on a liner back up the middle by Washington’s Adam Eaton. Velasquez would eventually record the out by picking the ball up and throwing it lefthanded to first base to get Eaton to end the inning, saving a run from scoring during Philadelphia’s 3-2 victory.

Snellings: It all comes down to the ring. If LeBron leads the Lakers to a title, then it is a huge benefit to his legacy. This would be the third team he has led to a championship, and he’d have done it for the most glamorous organization in the league. But he must lead it to that title. Anything short of that and one of the most rabid fan bases in the NBA would be disappointed and the King’s legacy would be tarnished in ways it wouldn’t have been had he stayed in Cleveland. This was a high-risk, high-reward move for LeBron, who has set himself up to be compared to the ghost of Kobe Bryant every day from now until he wins a ring.

At some point Friday evening, the 1,215th final score of the 2018 Major League Baseball championship season will be entered in the logs. It’s the natural halfway point — peak baseball — when we have as many games behind us as we do ahead.

I will just say stay tuned that next week there will be news on Kap and on Eric Reid, Geragos said on a podcast released Saturday, June 23, but taped before that. That’s all I can say right now. I’m going to say, as you’re listening to this, there will be news next week.

Geragos likely wasn’t referring to the news that the NFL hopes to short-circuit the entire case via a summary judgment motion (more coming on what that means). So the questions remain: Where is the news? And who, if anyone, is going to dime out the NFL?

There is so much irony to Palmer’s injury.

Aside from the continuing belief that the Bengals and their fans aren’t allowed to have nice things, the fact that he was injured by Von Oelhoffen is borderline comical.

After all, the defensive tackle played for Cincinnati his first six years in the league and was knee-deep (see what I did there?) in The Lost Decade that was the Bengals in the 1990s.

Aside from that aspect, a big rivalry had been brewing between the Steelers and the Bengals that year. Pittsburgh, and to a somewhat lesser extent, the Baltimore Ravens, were used to being the big bullies on the AFC North’s block. The other clubs didn’t like this brash, explosive and up-and-coming Bengals team pushing back.

He made two Pro Bowls as the Bengals’ quarterback (2005, 2006) and led them to another playoff berth in 2009 before leaving the club in the 2011 offseason. However, Palmer suffered other significant injuries to his elbow, nose and ankle before his departure.

But if the argument is who would I rather have on my defense in the year 2018? Come on, that choice is easy. Mack all day.

With Mack, you’re talking about a guy with a 40-inch vertical, 128-inch broad jump, 4.18-second 20-yard shuttle, and 4.65-second 40-yard dash. The NFL Combine didn’t even exist when Long was a draft prospect in 1981, so we can’t compare numbers — but it’s safe to assume Long’s numbers pale in comparison.

It’s not that Long was an unathletic player, by any means. He was a standout in shot put and discus, and he was even a collegiate boxing champion. But in the last 30 years football players keep getting bigger, faster, and stronger, and Mack is as big, fast, and strong as it gets.

If Mack’s career continues on its current trajectory, he may one day have an argument that he is even better in his era than Long was in the 1980s. But if I need one of them to turn the corner on a modern day offensive tackle, Mack is the choice.

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor might have played his last NFL game, as a neck injury appears to have ended his career.

Although he never used the word retire, a series of tweets seemed to indicate he is moving on from the sport.

To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another, Chancellor tweeted.

The 30-year-old suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season and said in May that he would continue playing if his health permitted.

If my body says don’t play, I’m not playing. I’ll listen, Chancellor told 13News Now in May. I’m a very good listener.

It had seemed more likely than not that Chancellor had played his final down. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the end of the season that Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril were going to have a hard time playing football again. Avril also suffered a career-threatening neck injury last season and was released in May with a failed physical designation.

The team had no updates on Chancellor’s status over the offseason, other than general manager John Schneider saying that Chancellor was scheduled to have another test in June or July that could provide some clarity on his football future. In his message, Chancellor said his final test showed no healing, indicating that he has yet to be medically cleared to return to football.

Bennett did nothing at UNLV to suggest he was the best pro prospect in what was clearly going to be an empty draft in 201But Cleveland grabbed him anyway, stunning many who had analyzed the draft in advance. What wasn’t stunning: Bennett’s failure with the Cavs, who missed the chance to add a quality piece to a promising young group of players. The team was delighted to include him in a trade to acquire Kevin Love in 2014; Minnesota gave up on him after one season and 57 games.

Other unproductive 1s: Michael Olowokandi, Los Angeles Clippers, 1998; Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards, 2001; Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers, 2007.

Evaluating Thabeet always was going to be a tricky deal. He stands 7-3, not a common height for elite NBA centers. But he was a game-changing shot-blocker at UConn, helping the Huskies to reach the 2009 Final Four.

Garcia had two doubles and one of two triples for the White Sox, who started the day tied for second in the majors with 23 triples.

Abreu’s RBI were on a groundout, a triple and a sacrifice fly.

Hamels (4-7) gave up a season-high seven earned runs on nine hits, which tied the season high from his previous start. The left-hander matched a season low with five innings amid talk of a deadline trade with the Rangers in last place in the AL West.

The heat’s the heat, said Hamels, whose ERA in home starts went up to 5.83 while that number in day games ballooned to 7.53. It doesn’t really have any sort of effect on locating a pitch. I think it’s a lot of the times you just get into a rhythm or you get outside of your rhythm and you just don’t slow it down.

White Sox: RHP James Shields (3-9, 4.29 ERA) is scheduled for the opener of a three-game interleague series in Cincinnati on Monday. He is 1-4 with a 5.97 ERA in six road games this season, including five starts.

Rangers: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-1, 3.57) is scheduled for the opener of a two-game series against Houston on Tuesday. He pitched five scoreless innings in a no-decision against San Diego on Tuesday.Sabathia, homer-happy Yankees top Boston 8-1 for best record

Iglesias chased Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (10-4) with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth.

Happ matched season-worsts by allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

It’s not a pretty outing and I own that, Happ said.

Happ had won six consecutive decisions since his previous defeat, May 10 against Seattle.

Teoscar Hernandez tripled in the first and scored on a two-out double by Justin Smoak, but Zimmermann recovered to retire the next nine Blue Jays batters.

For the second straight game, the roof was closed at Rogers Centre because of high heat and humidity.

Randall Cobb knows change is inevitable

Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb has made it to the final year of his contract. But he plays for the Packers, so he knows nothing is guaranteed.

The odds were stacked up against me to get my bachelor’s degree. It was a surreal moment, he told the Associated Press. I kind of put it up there with the Super Bowl, neck and neck. Super Bowl probably would have been better if we’d won two in a row. It was a great moment, not only for me but for my son and my family. I’m glad I got to experience it.

The NFL paid Irvin’s tuition as part of a program that encourages players to pursue their degrees during the offseason. Irvin, who turned pro after two seasons at West Virginia, said he wanted his son to see the importance of education.

I think people made the mistake that Mike’s job was to predict what the official on the field was going to rule, and his job really was to give his opinion and his interpretation of the rules with respect to a specific play, McManus told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. When he disagreed a number of times with the officials, I think he was unfairly maligned on social media and it became a running theme. It was a shame and I think it hurt his ability to be considered an expert in this area, which I don’t think was fair.

McManus is definitely correct that maligning Mike Carey became a running theme on social media. But if it was unfair, CBS should have stuck with Carey through the down times and kept him on board, rather than moving on from him after the 2015 season. The reality is, Carey just wasn’t as good at his job as Mike Pereira, who was doing the same job at the same time on FOX, and CBS decided that if it couldn’t beat FOX, it was better not to compete in the officiating analysis department. Now CBS is hoping Steratore can live up to the standard Pereira has set.