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'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 recap: Antonio Brown bares soles for Raiders watchers; Jon Gruden swears he'll change

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The 2019 Raiders were destined to be featured on "HBO's Hard Knocks." 

With coach Jon Gruden and wide receiver Antonio Brown continuing to headline the team's training camp drama, the 14th edition of the NFL Films documentary series is already among the best. From hearing the late John Facenda again recite "Autumn Wind" during the opening credits to listening to the legendary Brent Musburger call the team's action, the preseason sounds and sights have made for compelling reality sports television.

MORE: How NFL teams have fared after appearing on 'Hard Knocks'

After each of the five episodes this season, Sporting News will recap the best, worst and the most bizarre of what the team has to offer from its camp in Napa, Calif., as it prepares for its final season in Oakland. Here is our review of the second episode.

'Hard Knocks' Episode 2 best moments, highlights

Move over, "Knock on wood." Don't mistake that camp motto with Gruden preferring to becoming BFFs with some of his players instead of wanting "BFE" from all of them. Gruden expanded on the latter letters in his opening speech: "Better Execution" with a certain colorful adjective between the two words.

Hint: Despite declaring "I gotta quit cussing" later in the episode, Gruden, from beginning to end (spoiler alert), did the exact opposite of that.

Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB could be ready for season opener, report says

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There's a new sense of hope surrounding Andrew Luck's latest injury.

According to a report from ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, there's a "guarded optimism" the franchise quarterback could be ready for the Colts' regular-season opener Sept. 8 at the Chargers.

Luck suffered a calf strain this spring and participated in just three practices during training camp, all as a limited participant. Colts owner Jim Irsay later revealed Tuesday that Luck is dealing with a "small little bone" injury in his lower left leg, which will likely force him to sit out the entire preseason.

“I feel very confident he’s going to find a way through this thing. I think after the (Kevin) Durant thing, everyone is erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly, this is not even in the Achilles tendon,” Irsay said. “It’s a bone. I’m not good at these things, but it’s a small little bone.”

The Colts have been cautious with Luck, who also dealt with a nagging shoulder injury that sidelined him for the 2017 season, so it's unlikely they'll push him too hard too soon.

But with the team's opener nearing, Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters Wednesday he wants to decide by next weekend whether Luck or backup Jacoby Brissett will be the starter.[......]

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NFL news and notes: Colts cope with Andrew Luck aftermath; Odell Beckham Jr. back at practice

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Andrew Luck sent shockwaves through the NFL this weekend as he announced his retirement at age 29, shifting the focus of the final week of the preseason to the Colts.

But life goes on elsewhere around the NFL as teams get ready to flip the calendar and turn their attention to the regular season.

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Colts need a new quarterback

It's widely assumed that backup Jacoby Brissett will take over the starting role now that Luck is gone, but coach Frank Reich and the Colts have yet to make him the official opening-day starter.

"We have not had that deep down heart to heart about the upcoming season just yet," Reich told reporters . "That will probably happen in the next day or two."

Reich acknowledged the team is in "good hands" with Brissett going forward and added the team will next determine whether Chad Kelly or Phillip Walker will move up the depth chart. It was also reported that Joshua Dobbs is drawing interest from Indianapolis if Mason Rudolph does, in fact, secure the backup job with the Steelers.

Chiefs needed a quarterback, too, after losing backup

After Kansas City learned Chad Henne would need surgery for[......]

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NFL trade rumors: Colts may be interested in Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs after Andrew Luck's retirement

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The Colts may be looking to add a quarterback following Andrew Luck's surprising retirement. 

The Steelers' Joshua Dobbs "could be a name of interest" for Indianapolis, according to ESPN. Dobbs, 24, is competing with Mason Rudolph for the second spot on Pittsburgh's depth chart behind Ben Roethlisberger.

Dobbs was originally selected by the Steelers out of Tennessee in the fourth round of the 2017 draft and has played in five career regular-season games. He has completed 53.6% of his passes and thrown two interceptions in three preseason appearances in 2019. 

The Colts, meanwhile, appear to have a need under center after Luck shockingly announced last weekend he was stepping away from football after seven years with the team. The top pick in the 2012 draft was a four-time Pro Bowl player and was named the Comeback Player of the Year last season.

"This is not an easy decision," Luck said at a press conference Saturday. "Honestly, it's the hardest decision of my lif[......]

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Jaguars’ Matt Overton offers to buy tickets from Colts fans angry about Andrew Luck's retirement

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Matt Overton made a generous offer Monday. 

The Jaguars long snapper said on Twitter he would buy the season tickets of Colts fans angry over Andrew Luck's retirement and donate them to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Overton and Luck played together on the Colts from 2012-16.

"To any angry Colts season ticket holders who are seeking a refund, I’d be more than happy to buy your season tix off of you & donate them to @RileyChildrens patients & their families," Overton wrote. "I’m serious."

Luck, who dealt with injuries throughout his career, shockingly announced last weekend he was stepping away from football after seven years with the team. He was a four-time Pro Bowl player and was named the Comeback Player of the Year last season.

News of Luck's impending retirement began to circulate during the Colts' preseason matchup with the Bears on Saturda[......]

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Dolphins name Ryan Fitzpatrick as Week 1 starter

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The FitzMagic era in South Beach has begun.

After Ryan Fitzpatrick spent much of the preseason as the Dolphins' rumored starting quarterback, the team named the journeyman its starter for Week 1 after its final preseason game Thursday.

Fitzpatrick will start the regular season under center, which will make Josh Rosen, who came by way of a struggling Cardinals team, second in command.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores confirmed the news to reporters after their 16-13 win in New Orleans.

Fitzpatrick and Rosen had been battling for the top spot throughout training camp but ultimately Flores decided to go with the veteran option.

Fitzpatrick, 36, started seven games for the Buccaneers last season and has also played for the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans and Jets during his 14-year career.

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Louisiana Supreme court dismisses Saints-Rams 'no-call' case, report says

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This is as far as the lawsuit surrounding the "No call" in the NFC championship game last season will go.

The Louisiana Supreme Court has dismissed the case, according to a report from ESPN.

The case was sent to the Supreme Court after one judge in Louisiana ruled it must go on and that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would have to give a deposition.

That will no longer happen now with this ruling.

All of this began in the NFC championship game when an obvious incident of pass interference was not called in the fourth quarter, which forced the Saints to kick a field goal when a penalty would have extended their drive.

The Rams then got the ball back and drove dow夜网论坛n the field to tie the score and eventually won in overtime after intercepting a Drew Brees pass and kicking a field goal to end the game.

Soon after, a lawsuit seeking $75,000 in damages was brought to court as individuals soug[......]

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Derrius Guice injury update: Redskins RB (knee) has MRI, could miss time

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Redskins running back Derrius Guice is in danger of missing more time after sitting out all of last season.

Injured in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, he had an MRI on his right knee Monday morning and is expected to be sidelined for a while.

The MRI will determine if he needs to have surgery. Guice's injury is in the opposite knee that he had surgery on last year after he tore his left ACL in the 2018 preseason. However, the right knee is the one that gave Guice trouble when he was at LSU.

Guice, 22, rushed for 18 yards on 10 carries in the Redskins' 32-27 loss that saw them blow a 20-7 halftime lead.

Adrian Peterson, who was a healthy scratch Sunday, will likely be starter for Washington as Guice heals. Peterson led the Redskins in rushing last season after Guice missed his rookie year with the torn ACL.

Chris Thompson and Wendell Smallwood also will share carries.

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Tyreek Hill injury update: Chiefs receiver (shoulder) out 4-6 weeks, report says

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Tyreek Hill won't be back in action until October.

According to NFL Media, which cited unidentified sources, the Chiefs receiver is expected to miss four to six weeks with an injury to his sternoclavicular joint, where the collarbone comes into the breastbone.

The report noted Hill likely won't be placed on injured reserve, which is seen as a "positive sign" for Kansas City.

Hill was injured on his second catch of the day Sunday when he was tackled by Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Hill was in obvious pain as he exited the field, finishing his game with two catches for 16 yards.

The injury turned out to be more severe than initially believed and required a trip to Jacksonville hospital. It was later confirmed by Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder that Hill suffered a sternoclavicular joint injury and was b夜网论坛eing treated to reduce dislocation.

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Jets' Gregg Williams responds to Odell Beckham Jr.'s 'cheap shots' comment: 'Odell who?'

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Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams responded to Odell Beckham Jr.'s accusations that the coach told his players to injure the wide receiver during a preseason game two years ago. 

When pressed about Beckham's recent claims, Williams said with a slight laugh: "Odell who?" before saying, "That was a joke ... that was Jerry [Jones]," in reference to how the Cowboys owner responded to Ezekiel Elliott holdout questions in the preseason. 

"We've got several players that have already come out and mentioned things about that," Williams said of Beckham's comment. "We don't do that. Never done that anywhere I've been. We don't do anything to hurt the team. It's the number one primary thing. If you're committing penalties, you're doing that type of stuff ⁠— w[......]

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