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Detroit coach John Kuester said before the game he expected Brown to play

AUBURN HILLS — Villanueva called it not acceptable. Ben said it was terrible. Stuckey added there are no excuses. No matter how it is looked at, the Detroit Pistons’ defense really was that bad. Without centers Ben and Kwame Brown, the Pistons’ frontcourt was chewed up Thursday night by the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit fell 122 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. It was the Pistons’ fourth loss a row Dick Butkus Jersey heading into Friday’s preseason game against Milwaukee, their last before Wednesday’s opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. Guys just aren’t on the same right now, said Villanueva, who started at forward for the first time this preseason. Not to discredit anything from Minnesota, but we should have beat this team. Seemed every time we made a run, they picked it up even more. We gotta pick up the defense. Minnesota, which halted a five-game streak, picked apart Detroit’s depleted frontcourt to turn by far its best offensive performance of the preseason. Timberwolves forward Gomes and centers Oleksiy Pecherov and Hollins each set or matched preseason highs against Eddie Goldman Jersey Detroit’s porous interior, which played without Brown because of a hand injury and because of a sore knee. The Pistons were not ducking from their play on defense. That’s just no excuse, Stuckey said of playing without Brown and. We shouldn’t have just given this team 122 points, first of all. Offensively, we got it. It’s just all about how badly we want to do it on defense.. 122 points is too many for a team like Minnesota — any team the NBA.

Detroit coach John Kuester said before the game he expected Brown to play, but he did not. The team still is waiting on X-rays taken of his injured left hand. Center Chris Wilcox got his first start of the preseason Brown’s place. Villanueva had a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while starting for. Detroit started the game on a 12 run and appeared to overwhelm Minnesota, which played without center Al and forward — its two best players. But the Timberwolves responded, scoring 14 of the game’s next 18 points to pull even at 16. Detroit led by three points at halftime and quickly expanded the margin to nine as Minnesota missed six of its first seven shots the third quarter. It’s a game of spurts, and our energy level at the beginning of the game and at the beginning of the third, we did a nice job, Kuester said. But sustaining that for 48 minutes, we didn’t give the energy we had early on. Minnesota proceeded to put together a 26 run the rest of the quarter to put away the Pistons, who did not trail until that decisive run. The Timberwolves, who averaged only 97 points per game entering play Thursday — 19th best the NBA — had six players score double digits. Guard Corey Brewer netted a team-high 21 points. is very concerning, Kuester said. I told all along we had to defend to win, and we’re not doing that right now. I’ve got to get more energy and effort, and more consistent energy and effort, from this group, and try to sustain it. A bright spot for Detroit was the play of Stuckey, who had a team-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, dished out five assists and committed only two turnovers. More importantly, he appears to be emerging as a consistent leader at point guard. Stuckey ran the team they way I want the team to be run, Kuester said. He got people involved the game, and I thought he did outstanding a job of taking care of the ball. Really, he did outstanding job, and that was one of the things we looked for going into this game, is the leadership at that position, and he did do a good job.

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I don’t want to keep piling on the Lakers

All sorts of things, he says, not football but normal life. Child abuse, animal cruelty, that sort of thing. But football I rarely get angry about anything. He is, though, getting excited about tomorrow. Niemi’s first football memories are of watching FA Cup finals on a black and white television. The sport was not big Finland then but the Cup final was always broadcast. Niemi has played Europe Andrew Wiggins Jersey for Rangers and Hearts and Old Firm match but insists none of that compares with this weekend’s fare at Villa Park. This is easily the biggest and most important club game I have played, he says. I have been lucky to play some big but this is something different. The Old Firm game we lost 5, it’s not a good memory for me, and I only played one. The Old Firm game is massive but there are four of them at least the, whereas with FA Cup semi- finals you are lucky if you play one 10 years. Niemi had a frustrating time at Rangers, ending up down the pecking order after choosing Ibrox favour of Strachan’s Coventry. Five years later Strachan lured him to Southampton, with Niemi unable to resist the call of the Premiership this time. He’s a perfect manager for this group because we ‘t have any players, says Niemi of Strachan. We have some good Anthony Bennett Jersey footballers but nothing like some other clubs. When it’s like that, you need a manager who gets 100% out of the players every match.

Strachan demonstrated his belief Niemi last December by instantly recalling him after injury to replace Paul Jones, who had been outstanding against Newcastle the previous match. Little wonder Niemi calls Southampton the perfect club for him at the moment and has no regrets about leaving Hearts, much as he enjoyed living and playing Edinburgh. The Premiership has been every bit as good as I expected and even more, he says. Everywhere you go it’s a full stadium and the pitches are perfect. It’s a fantastic league. I was making some good saves Scottish football but the spotlight the Premiership is much bigger. There are cameras and every single game and situation is highlighted, it’s easier to shine. decision to move was purely on a football basis. I hardly get any more money than I did Scotland. I was there for five years and for two and half years I was playing regularly. Sometimes I felt I was playing against the same teams and the same players the whole time. Watford tomorrow is a whole new challenge. Niemi, albeit without the rifle, cannot wait for battle to commence. TV: Sky Sports 1, tomorrow, 4pm; kick-off, 4.

I don’t want to keep piling on the Lakers, but their failed wooing of LaMarcus Aldridge sounds like the biggest free-agency botch since Kobe spent a couple hours yelling at across a conference-room table. And each new detail that comes out is sadder and more hilarious than the last. The Trail Blazers seem to have some magic about them this season. Knocking on the door of the playoff picture, Portland overcame a 21-point second-half deficit to pull out a last-second win over, thanks to a pair of unlikely sharpshooters. Nicolas Batum tied the game with a rushed three with 28 seconds left,….

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Brett Connolly had three assists and the Boston Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 6

Menu Patrice Bergeron scored twice, Brett Connolly had three assists and the Boston Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 6 on Thursday night Marchand had a goal and two assists and Loui Eriksson and Jimmy Hayes each had a goal and assist for Larry Bird Jersey the Bruins. Pastrnak also scored to help Boston win its fifth straight road game. Little had a goal and assist and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for Winnipeg. Blake Wheeler had two assists. Tuukka Rask made 34 saves for Boston, which rebounded from a 9 home loss to Los on Tuesday night. Connor Hellebuyck started goal for Winnipeg, but was replaced by Michael Hutchinson after the first period. Boston led 3 at the first intermission, and then the teams were scoreless the second. Pastrnak gave Boston a 4 lead 35 seconds into the third period when he put his own rebound past Hutchinson. Bergeron put a close rebound from Connolly at 7 of the final period for his second of the game. Hayes scored into empty net. Hellebuyck had stopped eight of the 11 shots he faced. Hutchinson finished with 25 saves on 27 shots. Bergeron ended a five-game goal drought when he scored his 20th of the at 1 of the first period after making slick moves around two Jets defenders front of the net. Winnipeg responded with Little’s goal at 3. Wheeler Marcus Smart Jersey took a rebound and quickly passed it across the front of the net to a charging Little, and he shot the puck into a wide-open net for his 17th goal. Eriksson regained the lead at 16 after Hayes forced a turnover, but Ehlers scored on the power play just under a minute later with Talbot the penalty box for holding. Marchand got his 26th goal of the with a backhand shot to make it 3 at 18. He extended his point streak to five, including six goals and one assist. Winnipeg outshot the Bruins 18 the first. Boston didn’t get its first shot on goal the scoreless second period until just past the midway point of the period. NOTES: The Jets led 30 shots on goal after two periods, but Boston flipped to the 39 edge after the whistle blew…. The Bruins play at Minnesota on Saturday, and the Jets play at Edmonton Saturday night.

All of them do things that take your breath away, that make you say, Let me that one again. Just when you think you’ve seen them make the ultimate play, they do something. Isn’t greatness a wonderful thing? As terrific as those guys are, they’re simply not capable of doing all the things Trout can do. He’s so good that if you broke him down by skill set, if you just looked at one part of his talent — power, speed, defense, you name it — you’d have a. Here’s the other part of the deal. Trout is only 22 years old and continue to get better. That’s maybe the most amazing part. His career is just getting going. He has had such a dazzling two seasons, it’s sometimes hard to remember he’s about to begin just his second full the big leagues. He has played 336, with fewer than 1 plate appearances. as pitchers continue to work on things to use against him, Trout continue to adjust to them and refine his game. Pujols is healthy again. He’s confident, too, and driven to reestablish himself as the player every other is measured against. He hasn’t been that Pujols for a couple of seasons. Hamilton may do the same thing. He has added 30 pounds and looks more like the player who at times made the game look easy during five seasons with the Rangers. No lineup recent memory has had a trio this good, three players capable of dominating and carrying a team right into October. If that happens, plenty of fans who have caught only glimpses of Trout are going to realize how good he is. To hear people talk about him is one thing. To examine the numbers is another thing. None of it comes close to the pleasure of watching him night and night out. One game, he’s sprinting toward the gap to bring a ball sailing over the fence back. Another game, he’s lining a ball and flying around the bases for a triple. Or he’s stealing a base or hitting a home run or getting on base front of the big boys. short, Trout is the whole package. Last, he got on base 309 times, tops the Leagues. He was the top three the American League runs, triples, walks, batting average, on-base percentage and on-base-plus-slugging. He was on the leaderboard other places — seventh triples, 14th home runs, eighth stolen bases. He’s also above-average defender, one capable of making breathtaking plays. There’s also the way Trout goes about it. He plays with such and control — it’s easy for him. There’s something about him that’s special. That’s his personality, his approachable nature. He’s seems genuinely thankful for everything that has happened to him. There’s a humility about Trout, everyman quality, and he appears to understand and accept that kids are watching him and emulating him. If he’s going to be the best player the game, he’s going to do things right. That is, he’s going to show up early, take care of his business and then play every game as if it might be his last. Pujols is a great role model for someone like that. He’s a workaholic, someone who shows up early and spends hours the cage and the weight room. He takes his craft seriously. When Trout sees someone beginning his 14th with the intensity of a rookie just called up from Double-A, there has to be some benefit, some reassurance he’s doing things right. The Angels appear to be a good place. General manager Dipoto has upgraded the rotation and back of the bullpen. If Pujols and Hamilton can stay on the field, this could be a great baseball for the Angels. Some of the people who know Trout best say that he burns to win, that he’s driven to play October baseball. Maybe this be the. Maybe he’ll make October his personal showcase. First, though, there’s the regular, which means more chances for Trout to amaze and thrill and entertain us. Justice is a columnist for. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

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That’s plan. That’s music to Kubiak’s ears

Menu Gary Kubiak has had it with the NFL’s running back by committee fad. The Broncos’ head coach would rather stick one do-it-all ballcarrier on the field and let him play for three downs. I can tell you this, I believe the, Kubiak told the. And I believe it’s up to the player to prove he can do that. That’s a direct message to C.J., who’ll start the as ‘s top dog. Kubiak needs to running ability, but also Keith Tandy Jersey receiving and blocking skills. Do all three, and get his to shine. Kubiak coached a league-leader carries once, with two other Kubiak-coached backs cracking the top 10 other seasons. He has told us if you get the and play well, you stay out there. goal is to be out there all three downs, said.

That’s plan. That’s music to Kubiak’s ears. If he had his way, he’d never pull from a game. Said Kubiak: I think if a goes out there and he shows he can play three downs, can protect the quarterback, and can handle it, then he should stay out there.

Menu Memphis, TN – Memphis Kevin Pamphile Jersey All-Star center Marc Gasol left Friday’s 102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year was hurt on a non-contact play early the period. Gasol was defending Ayres the post, and as Ayres went to receive an entry pass from Manu Ginobili, Gasol limped off the court obvious pain. He was diagnosed with a left knee sprain and will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the injury. Gasol played 10 minutes and tallied two points, two rebounds and three assists before his departure.
Menu A 45-year-old man has been charged with capital murder after authorities say he intentionally crashed his vehicle into a West Texas police officer who was on his motorcycle at intersection. Investigators initially believed the fiery chain-reaction wreck 10 that killed El Paso police Officer Ortiz was accident. In a statement Thursday, police say they believe John made a decision to drive his vehicle into Ortiz’s motorcycle. Police declined to discuss a motive the case. was arrested Merkel, near Abilene, on Wednesday. It was not immediately known when would be returned to El Paso or if he had attorney who could comment on his behalf. Ortiz was a nine-year veteran of the El Paso Police Department.

Letterman’s final Top Ten list featured some of the late night host’s most legendary guests each announcing something they’ve always wanted to say to Dave. Baldwin, Steve, Walters, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Julia -Dreyfus, Peyton Manning, Tina Fey, and all chimed in.
Menu The New Orleans Pelicans say forward Ryan the remainder of the because of a herniated cervical disc that has sidelined him since early. is scheduled to have neck surgery 8 to repair the injury, which occurred when he collided with the Celtics’ Gerald during a game in Boston on. 3. The 6-foot-10 Pelicans forward, who had been averaging 19 points during the first two months of the, had been undergoing routine evaluations for nearly three months in hopes he would heal adequately with rest and that surgery could be avoided. However, team officials say physicians monitoring have determined that surgery provide the six-year veteran with the best chance of a full recovery.

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Tennessee has benefited from a light schedule

It’ll be fascinating to how this one goes down. 9. Buffalo Wild Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. , 1 This game might end 3, but it should be awesome slugfest as two great defenses get after it. ‘s D held Alabama check for much of the SEC title game, and it could slow down Michigan, which was much-improved year one under Harbaugh. 10. Outback Bowl: vs. Tennessee, 1 The Wildcats have quietly put together one of the best seasons school history, racking up 10 wins and ascending to No. 12 this week’s AP poll. That gives the Big Ten four teams the top 12, and six the Top 25.

Tennessee has benefited from a Earl Thomas III Jersey light schedule, but the Vols are on the way back towards relevance what’s normally considered the nation’s toughest conference. It’ll be interesting to how these teams match up. 11. Military Bowl presented by Northop Gruman: Navy vs. Pittsburgh, 12 Ummmm, I ‘t know, a to watch college football’s all-time touchdowns leader ? And one of the most prolific offenses the country? And the best Navy team since the ’60s? And improved Pittsburgh team that won eight and nearly knocked off Iowa? Is this even a real question? Come on. 12. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: vs. State, 12 Is for real? We’ll find out this game, as they take on the Seminoles, who came on like gangbusters at the end of the and might be one of the six or seven best teams the country. FSU running back Dalvin Cook might be reason enough to watch this game, as the sophomore rushed for 1 yards and 18 touchdowns this . It’ll be fascinating to how high-flying , with AAC Player of the Year Jr. matches up. You can’t Dak Prescott, the greatest player Mississippi State history. 13.

Belk Bowl: NC State vs. Mississippi State, 12 This is Mississippi State legend Dak Prescott ‘s final game as a Bulldog, that’s reason enough to watch. Prescott was the Heisman frontrunner at one point last , when he had the Bulldogs atop the national rankings. Things didn’t come as easily this year, but the senior still carried this extremely group to eight wins. He’ll likely go down as the greatest player Mississippi State football history. You can’t his final game…come on. 14. St. Petersburg Bowl: Connecticut vs. , 12 Obviously, we’re homers here, but for Huskies fans, it’ll be very interesting to whether or not the program can finish off a breakthrough . This is a big game for UConn, which would to finish with a winning record , and beat a team with a gaudy 9 record.

It would also show some symmetry between Earl Thomas Jersey the Diaco and the Edsall , which really got going after the Huskies beat opponent Toledo the 2004 Motor City Bowl. 15. Birmingham Bowl: Auburn vs. Memphis, 12 Auburn isn’t great , but the Tigers looked better the regular finale against Alabama, and Memphis is underrated team that beat Ole and has one of the best quarterbacks the country Paxton Lynch, who threw for 3 yards and 28 touchdowns against 3 interceptions this . This should be interesting clash of styles, as Memphis puts up 42 points per game.

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Saints agree to deal with former Pro-Bowl guard Jahri Evans

METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints and six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans agreed to a contract on Wednesday, a fitting signing bonus to go along with quarterback Drew Brees’ contract extension.

A league source told ESPN’s Adam Caplan that Evans received a one-year deal.

Evans started the first 114 games of his career before he began battling a series of nagging injuries in recent years — including knee and ankle issues that sidelined him for five games last year.

The Vikings are splitting snaps between Hill and Bradford this week after acquiring Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade on Saturday. The deal, made after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tore his ACL and dislocated his left knee on Aug. 30, plucked Bradford from the Eagles’ starting lineup and has forced him to learn a new offense eight days before the start of the regular season.

Starting receiver Charles Johnson said after Wednesday’s practice he’s been practicing more with Hill this week than Bradford.

“Sam’s still coming along, learning the playbook and everything,” Johnson said. “He’s getting his work in, as well.”

Bradford said Wednesday he’s much more comfortable in the Vikings’ offense than he was during his first practice with the team on Sunday, adding he doesn’t expect to wear a wristband with the plays on it if he does play Sunday.

“Obviously, just being around here for a couple days, it just helps, seeing cutups, watching film, having meetings, talking to coaches, running plays, getting some reps in practice,” he said.

Asked if starting the game following a short stretch of preparation could have any adverse effects on his confidence going forward, Bradford said, “I’ve been through quite a few ups and downs in this league. As far as my confidence, and my mental approach to things, I don’t think that would have any effect.”

Titans coach Mike Mularkey, though, didn’t sound fazed by the Vikings’ subterfuge on Wednesday, saying the two quarterbacks are “not two completely different styles” and adding that common sense suggests Bradford will be the starter sooner rather than later.

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NFL preseason Week 3 winners, losers

If there is an important week of the preseason, it’s the third one. I make that assertion with as little conviction as possible, of course, because in a few weeks not one of you will remember anything about it. (Except perhaps Dallas Cowboys fans.)

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback: What began as a silent protest — refusing to stand during the national anthem for three consecutive weeks — exploded into the biggest story in sports after Kaepernick acknowledged it publicly late Friday night. You might scoff at the impact of raising awareness, as Kaepernick is attempting to do for what he called racial “oppression” in America. But half the fight is imposing a recognition that the oppression even exists. Kaepernick already has succeeded there by starting a civic conversation in a space that doesn’t host many. Make no mistake: Kaepernick has risked his career, not to mention the ire of those offended by his refusal to stand for the national anthem. But he is precisely the profile of a person who can and perhaps should bring attention to important issues. At 28, he already has earned $29.1 million, according to Spotrac, and is guaranteed $11.9 million this season whether or not he plays. He has the safety net that few others do and is using it as collateral for social change. That makes for a productive Week 3, at least from this perspective.

Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans quarterback: It’s amazing how little we know about the on-the-field proficiency of a player who was guaranteed $37 million during the offseason. But Sunday brought the best evidence yet that Osweiler is up to the challenge of starting full time for the Texans. Osweiler converted 11 of 13 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown as the Texans’ offense rolled up 31 points in the first half of a 34-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Most notable was how decisive Osweiler was, albeit behind excellent pass protection. There was little of the kind of hesitation that suggests a player feels uncomfortable. He also threw two beautiful deep passes to rookie Will Fuller. One went for a 35-yard gain, and Fuller dropped the other.

Tavarres is an undrafted rookie out of Incarnate Word. He made the first round of cuts, as the Eagles recently trimmed their roster to 74 players, and is trying to make the team to contribute mainly on special teams.

“Nothing really changes,” Prescott said. “I just got to continue to do that and make sure I don’t slack up or be lazy in it. I’ve got to stay focused and help this team.”

The Cowboys announced on Saturday that Romo suffered a broken bone in his back during Thursday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, on a hit that initially generated nothing more than a “scare.” Sources told ESPN reporter Todd Archer that Romo sustained a compression fracture to the L1 vertebra and could miss six to 10 weeks. The Cowboys have not issued a timetable and coach Jason Garrett has not yet ruled out Romo for the season opener. “We live in the world day by day,” he said.”

During the play on which he was injured, Romo was in the process of initiating a slide. At virtually the same moment Romo began his motion toward the ground, Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril arrived to tackle him, wrapping his left arm across Romo’s shoulder while applying a downward force with his right arm in an attempt to strip the ball from Romo’s right hand. Romo landed in a seated position with his back rounded and feet outstretched.

The two primary forces in play through his back were compression — the combination of the downward-directed forces through the spine from both Avril and gravity, in addition to the upward force through his spine from the ground as he landed — and flexion, or forward bending, as Avril’s momentum coming from behind brought Romo’s torso forward on impact. The spine can tolerate a fair amount of each, but it’s problematic when the two are combined.

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he trusts Hue Jackson on Cody Kessler

“[Kessler] almost completed 68 percent of his passes,” he said shortly after the Browns drafted Kessler. “The guy has had a tremendous career. I understand where everybody is coming from, but you’ve got to trust me on this one. This is a guy that we feel very comfortable with, and we think he’s going to have an opportunity to ascend.”

And this draft was about more than a third-round quarterback. The Browns moved around the draft board, and when it was over they had taken 14 players this year, in addition to the two first- and second-round picks they’ll have in 2017.

“We got a lot of players,” Haslam pointed out. “When you count the defensive back (Jamar Taylor) we got from Miami [in a trade], we got 15 players and I think what’s equally important is that we positioned ourselves well for the next two drafts, so we’re excited.”

Perhaps more noteworthy: Everyone in the organization was on the same page, which isn’t something we’ve been able to say in recent years.

“The most important thing, and we had several more members of our broader family here, is that we all noted just how well everybody worked together,” Haslam said. “The chemistry was good. There was lots of debate, vigorous healthy debate but the group worked together extremely well, that’s what made us feel best.

“They followed the process, they followed the plan and time will tell how good our draft is. You guys have seen a lot of drafts and some are rated high and don’t’ end up so well and vice versa. But we felt good how everybody worked together and how they followed the process and stayed on plan.”

There aren’t much in the way of expectations for the Browns to suddenly turn things around in 2016, but if Haslam allows the front office and coaching staff to lay the groundwork for change, that’s a great start.

Marshawn Lynch isn’t the only player who the Seahawks will lose to retirement this year. Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette has also decided to hang up his cleats.

According to NFL.com, Lockette will make his retirement official during a press conference on Thursday.

Lockette’s decision to retire comes just six months after he nearly died on a field in Dallas.

During a Week 8 game against the Cowboys in November, Lockette took a terrifying hit while covering a punt. After taking the hit, Lockette went straight to the ground and didn’t move for several minutes.
Maliek Collins was selected in the third round to provide pressure from the interior of the defensive line. The Cowboys didn’t get an edge rusher until the fourth round with Charles Tapper. He may get a baptism by fire while Lawrence and Gregory serve their suspensions, since bringing back Greg Hardy isn’t an option. The 2013 All-Pro wore out his welcome by being a distraction without producing as expected on the field. Hardy had six sacks in 12 games.

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Ezekiel Elliott’s father defends the Cowboys rookie after assault allegations

Early Friday morning, Deadspin discovered that Elliott’s reported ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, posted a series of photos to Instagram that appeared to show injuries sustained due to the alleged domestic abuse. Elliott was not arrested.

TMZ acquired a police report, which described the allegations that were made against Elliott:
The female accuser filed a report with the Columbus PD in Ohio Friday morning … saying she was assaulted by Elliott — who she claims is her former live-in boyfriend — while sitting in the driver’s seat of her parked vehicle.

The officers who responded to the scene say the woman claims she had pain in her wrist and a red mark — but declined medical treatment.
Cops contacted Elliott — who denied striking the woman. He also said he never lived with her.


According to the report, cops also spoke with 4 witnesses — but they all told cops they didn’t see an assault. One of the witnesses was in the car at the time of the alleged incident.

Deadspin then obtained the audio of the 911 call. In that call, the woman told the dispatcher that the accused had “been doing it for the past five days” and he hit her “all over.”

Though Elliott wasn’t arrested, the team should obviously be concerned by the serious allegations made against its No. 4 overall pick. Up to this point, the Cowboys and Elliott had enjoyed a successful start to their relationship, with members of the team talking up Elliott so much that they actually expressed belief that he would improve the defense, despite the fact that Elliott plays running back.
Star receiver Dez Bryant even said the team wouldn’t haze Elliott like most rookies, because they were depending on him. Elliott hasn’t played a single down in the NFL and he’s already leading the league in jersey sales.

According to The Star-Telegram, the NFL will investigate if Elliott violated its personal conduct policy.

Even though the players named in Al Jazeera’s performance-enhancing drugs report — the one that named Peyton Manning — sent the NFL written affidavits, the league still reportedly wants to interview those players. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday, the NFL rejected those affidavits and demanded interviews at training camp.