By Danny Cox
Think things are slowing down because the final week of the season is upon us? Well, think again because it is only getting busier. Actually, most of the news is coming from the teams that aren’t even in the playoffs this season, and some of it could truly alter the state of the NFL.
Richard Sherman wins appeal, four-game suspension overturned
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will not be suspended for four games after winning his appeal and getting his punishment overturned. His suspension came for the use of performance-enhancing substances, but now the Seahawks will have him for the playoffs.
Due to confidentiality provisions, the NFL is declining comment on the matter. League spokesman Greg Aiello did say that the NFL is reviewing the decision to overturn the suspension though.
Jets Greg McElroy hid suspension from coaches by going to players first
Recently promoted quarterback Greg McElroy didn’t let the coaching staff of the New York Jets know that he had been having concussion symptoms, but his teammates did. A number of players were approached by McElroy, and he confided in them that he had been experiencing concussion-like symptoms, but didn’t know whether or not to let coaches know.
“He came to my room and we talked about it,” Jets wide receiver Clyde Gates told ESPNNewYork.com. “He was hurting real bad. I was like, ‘Bro, I know, I’ve been down that road already. I’m just saying you can’t try to tough it out cause you going to end up hurting yourself. You’ve got to let everybody know how you really feel.'”
After having some headaches during morning lifts at the Jets facility on Thursday, McElroy finally advised the coaching staff of the situation. Immediately, coach Rex Ryan said that McElroy would not start the season finale against the Buffalo Bills, and that Mark Sanchez would start in his place. Tim Tebow will still be sitting on the sidelines.
Steven Jackson considering free agency or possible retirement
Running back Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams is only 29-years-old, and will have the chance to see how free agency is after the season ends. While that option is on the table, Jackson also laughed about things while saying that he would like to leave fans and critics wondering what may have been.
“If I have to write my story,” Jackson said Thursday, “I’d rather go out like Barry Sanders and leaving people to want more than to leave too late.”
“Maybe this last one,” he said laughing. “Those hits hurt.”
Jackson is a nine-year veteran and has played them all with the Rams, and he hasn’t always had the greatest years either. Well, he has had great years, but the Ram teams that he’s been on, haven’t.
The possibly soon-to-be ex-Rams’ running back insists that he’s never quite thought about his future in the NFL. He doesn’t think about where he may end up, going higher in the all-time rushing charts, or even if he’ll be playing again in the league. He only thinks about the possibility of this week being his final one with the Rams.
Right now though? Jackson would love to have his St. Louis Rams go undefeated in divisional play and have his first ever winning season. The last winning season for the Rams was back in 2003, which was the year before Jackson arrived in St. Louis.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.