An NFL doctor says he “guarantees” Damar Hamlin will play pro football again. That’s a pretty good way for us to start Thursday.
The Jolly Roger gave his annual State of the NFL assessment Wednesday in Phoenix. Goodell said NFL officiating has never been better. He said that with a straight face.
The Commish also said that “flex scheduling” will likely be extended to Thursday Night Football in 2023. Presumably, Al Michaels is smiling, or at least has stopped shaking.
The Chiefs are getting healthier as we approach SB 57. Mahomes reports his ankle is better, and receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney are good to go, as is cornerback L’Jarius Sneed.
The Eagles? Hey, this is the healthiest they’ve been all season.
‘Niners QB Brock Purdy will have surgery to repair the Ulnar Collateral Ligament in his right elbow on February 22. Recovery will take six months, meaning he could be back during the early stages of training camp.
The NFL Scouting Combine is great for the league’s 32 teams. But it sucks in almost every way imaginable for the players. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith wants to do away with The Combine. His case is a strong one, IMO.
The Commanders will have a new quarterback to start the season for the seventh straight year. It looks like it will be now second-year QB Sam Howell, who was impressive in Washington’s season finale victory over the Cowboys.
The NFL Network has removed Michael Irvin from its Super Bowl Week coverage. WTH? All we know is that a woman complained about Irvin’s behavior during a brief encounter Saturday at a hotel in Glendale. Irvin says he committed no wrongdoing.
Something about a trade deadline in the NBA? I guess the Suns are all in. And the Nets appear to be out of the basketball business, at least for the remainder of the 21st Century. That Brooklyn Superteam? Never mind…
And it looks like the Lakers are trying to surround LeBron with some three-point aces in an attempt to make a late playoff push. After a three-team, eight-player deal involving the Jazz and the Timberwolves, L.A. gets guard D’Angelo Russell from Minnesota while Russell Westbrook is headed to Utah.