Coronavirus: Redskins, Buccaneers suspend pre-draft travel, NFL discussing possible draft changes and more – CBSSports.com

The coronavirus has unfortunately begun sweeping the globe and sports leagues are being brought to their knees as they try to manage what’s now been officially deemed a world pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). While the U.S. government and others around the world attempt to get a handle on the virus, new reports of infection are beginning to crop up virtually every minute, and several NFL teams aren’t waiting on a mandate before taking action. There are now four teams confirmed to have pulled back their scouts from travel ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft — the latest being the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

“Due to health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Redskins have informed all coaches and scouts to suspend all travel until further notice,” team owner Dan Snyder said in an official statement. 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is also taking precautions to protect NFL fans. They’ve now announced the postponement of the first-ever “Hall of Fame Fan Fest” that was scheduled for March 21-22 “as a safeguard against the COVID-19 virus.” Those who purchased tickets for the event will receive a full refund. 

The decision was made after receiving input from state and local health care authorities, and it will likely not be the last major change seen at the NFL level. The league is currently in discussions as to the coming 2020 NFL Draft and if there will be any changes or drastic overhauls made, and at least two teams — namely the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers — have opted to revisit their pre-draft strategies when considering the amount of travel involved to scout prospects.

The league’s front office has also instructed all but operationally critical staff to work from home until further notice, beginning Friday, March 13. We at CBS Sports will continue to monitor news and provide updates whenever possible — updating this article frequently in the process.

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Redskins aiming to bring back both Ereck Flowers and Brandon Scherff – CBSSports.com

Ron Rivera and the Washington Redskins don’t have many important impending free agents this offseason, but they do have some big decisions to make along the offensive line. While everyone is aware of the Trent Williams drama, both of Washington’s starting offensive guards are set to hit free agency as well. It wasn’t long ago that Ereck Flowers was considered one of the worst first-round draft busts in recent memory, but the Redskins now want to bring him back.

During a recent appearance on Redskins Nation, Rivera made it clear that Washington wants to bring back not only Brandon Scherff, but Flowers as well. 

“We’re going to try to bring both guards back,” Rivera told Larry Michael.

The former No. 9 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft was released by the New York Giants midway through his fourth season back in 2018, after he struggled at both the left and right tackle spots. He was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he started at left tackle for the remainder of the year, but wasn’t brought back in 2019. The Redskins took a flier on Flowers last offseason and decided to move him inside as a guard. He then started all 16 games and improved as the year went on.

Despite not having Williams for the entire season and not having Scherff for five games due to injury, the Redskins’ offensive line finished at No. 13 in the league according to Pro Football Focus and their power rankings.

Scherff is set to become one of the highest-paid offensive guards in the league and if the Redskins do end up keeping Williams, he will likely want a new contract as well. With Flowers also expecting a new deal, the Redskins could sink a lot of money into their offensive line this offseason, but it sounds like Rivera believes it’s worth it. 

“Once we get that situation figured out, we will have four of the five (starters) that we know what’s going to happen,” Rivera said. “Then again, the looming question will always be Trent.”

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2020 NFL free agency: Delayed CBA deadline helps Cowboys in contract talks with Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper – CBSSports.com

Attempting to ratify a new NFL collective bargaining agreement has not been a quick and efficient process, and that’s starting to work in the favor of the Dallas Cowboys in their ongoing talks with Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper. As owners await a decision from the entirety of the NFLPA voting body, namely every single player in the league who qualifies for a vote, deadlines are beginning to move to accommodate all parties involved. 

First, the league moved the tag deadline from March 10 to March 12, giving the Cowboys and other teams two extra days of negotiation before they’re forced to decide on which player(s) to tag, and now there’s been another change to the calendar that should make owner Jerry Jones and Co. smile a bit.

The CBA voting deadline was initially set for March 12 to mostly coincide with the tag deadline but has now officially been moved to March 14 at 11:59pm ET. That is significant as it relates to the Cowboys because they currently have access to both the franchise tag and transition tag unless a new CBA is installed. If one is ratified, they’ll be forced to rescind one of the tags, but now the soonest that would have to happen is March 14 — meaning they can tag both Prescott and Cooper on March 12 and still have time to land extensions without immediate risk of either hitting the open market.

Those are the logistics, and now here’s the plan

The team would ideally like to sign both and not need the tag for either, but realize that’s a tall ask. If they ultimately have access to only one tag, they’ll reserve it for Prescott, leaving Cooper free to take calls from other teams — something they don’t want to happen but would be powerless to stop. Contrarily, if Prescott agrees to terms before a new CBA steals away a tag, the existing tag would be applied to Cooper and talks regarding his extension will continue with a deadline to strike a deal sitting in mid-July. 

Of course, All-Pro cornerback Byron Jones is an odd man out in this discussion unless both Prescott and Cooper land deals and leave a tag on the table, but sources tell CBS Sports the likelihood of Jones being tagged is very slim — reason being the franchise tag and transition tag on a cornerback are projected to price out at $16.47 million and $14.57 million, respectively, but the Cowboys are averse to playing Jones anything higher than $13 million annually. 

As such, he’ll hit the open market with a list of teams ready to drive his price sky-high and put him in a position to set the market at cornerback, but not necessarily teams that willing to do so and also give up two first-round picks in the process. If Jones was hit with the non-exclusive tag, that would be the cost to steal him from the Cowboys, but failing in that attempt would leave the Cowboys paying a bill already deemed too high for their liking. Ipso facto, it doesn’t make sense for them to tag Jones, in their opinion.

As for Prescott and Cooper, the Cowboys now have an added 48 hours to accomplish two separate missions or at least a minimum of one of them — thanks to the drama surrounding the collective bargaining agreement. 

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WOD – 03/12/2020 • CrossFit Profectus

7 Rounds for time:

-Accessory Work-

3 Rounds (NFT)

-8 Single Arm Ring Rows- each side

*keep your shoulders and hips squared up and your glutes and quads engaged to maintain perfect plank positioning throughout the movement.

-:45 second Forearm Plank hold

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AFL 2020: New ad campaign for season 2020, Believe, video, AFL ad vs NRL Simply The Best ad, which one is better? | Fox Sports

The AFL has unveiled a spectacular new ad for the 2020 season, just days after the NRL copped criticism over its own campaign.

Centered around one word – Believe – the AFL’s campaign is a fresh spin on the 2018 slogan, ‘Don’t Believe In Never’. WATCH THE AD BELOW

AFL’s 2020 season promo

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The 2018 ads featured three major stories of adversity – Richmond’s breakthrough 2017 premiership, Swan Aliir Aliir’s journey from a Kenyan refugee camp to the AFL, and Dema, a teenager playing in a multicultural team in western Sydney.

This year, the advertisement features clips from fans emulating their favourite footy stars producing some of the biggest moments of the 2019 season, such as Essendon star Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s matchwinner against North Melbourne.

It also uses clips of Nick Riewoldt ‘performing’ as Freddie Mercury before the Big Freeze At The ‘G, as well as MND ambassador Neale Daniher’s emotional speech to Melbourne players before that game on Queen’s Birthday.

The ad concludes with Lance Franklin winking, before the phrase ‘Don’t Believe In Never’ appears, then having several words scratched out leaving simply ‘Believe’.

The AFL campaign is unlikely to draw the same criticism the NRL received when they released their renewed ‘Simply The Best’ video earlier this week.

Celebrating 30 years since the original campaign involving Tina Turner, fans pointed out several factual flaws in the commercial involving teams and dates.

Simply the Best – Revived

The NRL has since moved to change certain elements of the ad.

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Coronavirus: Donovan Mitchell confirms positive test after Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert contracted COVID-19 – CBSSports.com

A second NBA player has tested positive for the coronavirus. Utah Jazz All-Star forward Donovan Mitchell confirmed he has contracted the deadly virus after his teammate, Rudy Gobert, became the first player to test positive, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Gobert had been careless in the locker room in terms of touching other players and their belongings despite warnings about the severity of the situation, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. 

On Thursday afternoon, Mitchell took to Instagram to confirm the fact that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, and to thank those that had reached out to him since the news broke. 

“Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test,” Mitchell wrote. “We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them. 

“I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the Utah Jazz who have been so supportive. I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help.” 

The league announced it has suspended the current season after Wednesday night’s matchup between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed as a result of Gobert testing positive. The contest between the Jazz and Thunder was the first of two games that was cancelled on Wednesday night, as the game between the Pelicans and Kings was also called off

Mitchell was the only member of the Jazz other than Gobert to test positive for the coronavirus, per Charania. A charter flight carrying Jazz team members landed back in Utah on Thursday, though it isn’t known if Mitchell and Gobert were on the flight.  The league has told teams that have played Utah in the last 10 days that they should self-quarantine. Utah’s opponents since March 2 include the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors. 

Unfortunately, Gobert’s cavalier attitude toward the situation didn’t end with his teammates. On Monday, Gobert was spotted purposely touching the microphones and audio recorders on the podium during his media session, as seen below: 

So…here is Rudy touching all the mics following Mondays shoot around that has some people concerned… #TakeNote #utahjazz #CoronaVirus pic.twitter.com/dr4auECTr4

— Dave Fox (@Davefox2)

Gobert has since apologized for his actions. The story is still developing, and we will likely learn more about the NBA’s plans regarding how, or if, to proceed with the 2019-20 season in the coming days. 

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Retired Giants punter Steve Weatherford seeks public’s help to find stolen Super Bowl ring – CBSSports.com

Former New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford is asking for the public’s help after his Super Bowl XLVI championship ring was stolen. Weatherford’s car was among eight that were recently broken into in his neighborhood and he took to Instagram to drum up some assistance in finding it.

In the post, Weatherford revealed that the Super Bowl ring was in his wife’s purse, which was left in the car. Weatherford had been wearing it, but took it off prior to a public speaking engagement.

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Weatherford also revealed some details about the ring and that it has his name engraved on the side. Even if the thief does attempt to sell it on eBay or at a pawn shop, it’s likely to cause suspicion because the ring is covered in diamonds and sapphires.

The former Giant also posted his cell phone number in the description of his Instagram post and urged someone to text him if the Super Bowl ring is found. 

Weatherford also pled with Tiffany & Co. to dig up the mold, so that the former punter can have another ring made for his son one day if the original is never recovered.

Despite being undrafted, Weatherford played 10 NFL seasons as he spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and New York Jets in addition to the Giants. Weatherford played just one game for the Jets in 2015, his final NFL season.

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