Color Rush on Thursday nights is no more, according to Fox

After three seasons of “Color Rush,” the monochromatic uniforms won’t be a Thursday Night Football staple anymore, according to Fox Sports executive Bill Wanger.

At NAB Show — a convention for the media, entertainment and technology industry — Wanger said Fox plans to go in a different direction for Thursday Night Football and steer away from “gimmicks” to get fans to watch. Color Rush was apparently one of those gimmicks.

But this doesn’t mean Color Rush alternates are gone, altogether. Nike is still the uniform provider of the NFL, the alternate uniforms already exist, and they will probably just be moved to another night of the week or used sporadically on Sundays. It just won’t be exclusive to Thursday nights.

The real challenge for Fox, though, will be if they can keep Thursday Night Football games from continuing to be poopfests . That remains to be seen.

He added of his recovery: “I’ve skipped steps before and I’ve paid for it before, and I’m not gonna do that again.”

Luck did suggest that he was making progress, however, noting, “If I wasn’t making progress, I would freak out,” per Holder. He also said his right arm is “feeling really good,” according to George Bremer of CNHI Sports Indiana.

“Still a bit of the journey left. Wanna be on the field with my teammates. Wanna be the best I can be,” Luck continued, per Kravitz, adding: “Not changing my throwing motion, but there are things I can do better from the ground up and that’s what been working on. Using my entire body.”

Luck also hinted that playing hurt in the past may have contributed to his recent injury woes

As Holder wrote, “One of the things Andrew Luck admitted in a vague way was that there might have been some impact from his decision to play hurt in 2015-16. This is a bigger factor in his issues than anyone has really admitted, from what I’ve been told.”rams_036

Horsin’ around: Gronkowski to run in 2018 Kentucky Derby

Gronkowski is going to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Hold your horses, though, because this is a thoroughbred named for the Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski.

The Kentucky-bred racehorse collected his fourth straight win, a clear victory in Friday’s Burradon Stakes at Newcastle in England, to clinch an invitation to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs announced Friday.

“Sanchez should have been out automatically for passing Stanton.”

“Thought Didi got a good jump on it,” right fielder Aaron Judge said. “Bang-bang play at home plate. I’m just glad Didi’s OK, and not hurt.”

In addition to that play, there was another controversial one in the sixth inning involving Yankees duo Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez. New York was incorrectly the beneficiary of that call, Meals said.

Stanton began the play in question at third base and Sanchez was at first. With one out, Neil Walker hit a ground ball back to Orioles pitcher Richard Bleier, who ran toward Stanton, getting him into a rundown. While Stanton went back and forth between third and home, Sanchez advanced to third base.

Dallas shot 11 of 40 from 3-point range in its final road game. The Mavs will soon face big decisions in the draft and free agency that the Sixers were once contemplating.

“I hope that I represent a real-time example to other owners that can say, `Here’s the plan, and we’re really going to adhere to the plan and walk it down and not blink,” Brown said. “We have fantastic owners that have said something to me and they have delivered.”

Mavericks: Barnes started 0 of 7 from the field and missed his first three free throws. … Dallas finished 9-32 on the road.

76ers: The 1982-83 Sixers won 14 straight from Dec. 21-Jan. 21. … Philadelphia won 18 straight over two seasons in 1966. … The Sixers last lost March 13 to Indiana. … Ersan Ilyasova had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Brown said Embiid could resume conditioning and shooting as soon as Monday.buccaneers_090

Former Packers hero Jeff Janis signs with Browns

Wide receiver Jeff Janis, whose Hail Mary TD catch in a 2015 NFC Playoff game will be remembered in Packers’ lore, has signed with Cleveland, the Browns announced Friday.

The team also signed former Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton.

The Packers’ seventh-round pick out of Saginaw Valley in the 2014 NFL Draft, Janis caught only 17 passes in four seasons, mostly playing special teams. Yet he came up huge for Green Bay in the 2015 NFC Divisional Round overtime loss against the Cardinals, hauling in seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including the Hail Mary TD as time expired to send the game into OT.

“You don’t often a second chance at it,” Albers said. “If you give it, it’s good to get to go back out there. I felt pretty good about the outing. It’s unfortunate I blew the save.

“We kept at it and scored a run and pulled it off,” he said.

Brewers newcomer Lorenzo Cain tripped over the foot of Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez on a play in the ninth, and both exited. Martinez bruised his right Achilles. Cain has a sore quad.

St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas pitched 6 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits. He struck out five and had a balk.

A two-run single by Manny Pina gave the Brewers a 4-3 lead in the fourth.

Both rivals have lined up their pitching best in this series — even though the Yankees hadn’t named a starter to replace the disabled CC Sabathia in Thursday night’s finale.

On Tuesday night, Luis Severino, off to a 2-0 start with a 1.38 ERA, faces Chris Sale, a hard-luck 0-0 with an 0.82 ERA. On Wednesday, it’s Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 2.92) for the visitors and David Price (1-0, 0.00 ERA) for the Red Sox. Rick Porcello (2-0, 2.84 ERA) goes for Boston on Thursday.

Severino is 2-4 with a 4.32 ERA against the Red Sox in his short career, but he was 2-1 against Boston in his breakout 2017. Sale was 0-3 with a 2.65 ERA in five starts against the Yankees in 2017 — after going 4-1 against New York while with the Chicago White Sox.

Boston’s Andrew Benintendi is 6-for-14 (.429) with two homers and seven RBI against Benintendi, and Mitch Moreland is 4-for-12 (.333). But Sandy Leon is 1-for-10 (.100), Holt 1-for-7 (.143), Hanley Ramirez 4-for-19 with nine strikeouts (.211), Jackie Bradley Jr. 3-for-14 (.214) and Mookie Betts 4-for-17 (.235).

York: 49ers could be forced to ‘move on’ from Reuben Foster

The San Francisco 49ers took a gamble on Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster last year, trading back up into the first round to select him No. 31 overall. It was a gamble because the talented player had some serious red flags, both in terms of health and off-field issues, that were so significant some teams took him off their draft boards altogether.

After one season with the club, Foster is in some seriously hot water, having already been arrested twice this offseason. The first arrest was due to Foster possessing marijuana, while the second was of a more serious nature. Foster was arrested on domestic violence charges, and he was found to be in possession of an assault rifle when police searched his residence.

After speaking with several general managers and decision-makers in Orlando, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Giants would have to be blown away to trade Beckham.

From what I understand just talking to teams… figure it’s going to be a first-round pick plus, Rapoport added on Up to the Minute Live. Percy Harvin, similar situation…. That was a first-round pick and a mid-rounder as well. So figure that’s the ballpark if the Giants want to deal him, which we don’t know for sure.

Quinn acknowledged Ebron’s salary was prohibitive when talking trades.

Yeah, it was, Quinn said. We talked to a lot of teams, but I think, I guess the general response that I got was, ‘The number’s too big.’

Following his release, Ebron signed a two-year contract, $13 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts, with performance escalators that could push it to $15 million. He’ll carry a $6.75 million cap hit this year and next.

Another way the Lions could have lessened Ebron’s financial burden in 2018 would have been working out a long-term extension, but it wasn’t discussed.

A first-round pick in 2014, Ebron caught 186 passes for 2,070 yards and 11 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Lions.

Although the Lions will look to add more competition at the position, they effectively filled Ebron’s roster spot by signing Luke Willson. An Ontario native who spent his first five seasons in Seattle, he’s had limited production as a pass-catcher in the NFL, but the Lions like his versatility.patriots_108-223x223

Butler wanted to confront Belichick during Super Bowl

Ben Richardson was nearly perfect in Loyola’s drubbing of the Wildcats, as he hit 7 of 10 shots — including 6 of 7 from deep — for a game-high 23 points with six rebounds and four assists.

Charles Matthews was terrific for the Wolverines in Saturday’s win, recording a game-high 17 points while adding a team-high eight rebounds.

Every win from here on out is a program record for Loyola, as the 32-win Ramblers are well past their 29-2 pace from 1962-63.

This is Michigan’s eighth Final Four trip, but just its second since the two trips vacated by the Fab Five.

These teams played three times between 1953 and 1969, with Michigan winning twice.

I suffer from a complex stew of mental health conditions, Rypien told KHQ-TV. Dark places, depression, anxiety, addictions, poor choices, poor decisions, brought about from dozens of concussions and thousands of subconcussive injuries from playing this sport.

Rypien told the outlets, in separate interviews, that he was speaking out after the January suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski and the death earlier this month of Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) High School principal Troy Schueller from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Rypien played collegiately at Washington State.

Let’s address this now, Rypien told the Spokesman-Review. Let me share my story so others can share theirs. Let’s get rid of this silence that happens when you’re caught up in this cycle and you don’t know how to find the help I’ve been afforded.patriots_017-223x223

Bengals have no intention of releasing LB Vontaze Burfict

The Cincinnati Bengals might very well decide at some point that former Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict is not worth the headache.

Already seen as one of the dirtier players in the NFL, Burfict will start his third consecutive season under suspension. Only this time, he’s banned four games for violating the league’s policy against performance enhancing drugs.

If the Bills use that bolstered draft capital to obtain their next franchise quarterback, they could be better in 2018 than when they finally ended the longest playoff drought in football last season. But we can evaluate the Bills only for what they’ve done, and it’s hard to feel too bullish about a team that features AJ McCarron in the top spot on the quarterback depth chart.

Despite finally getting back to the playoffs last season, the Bills ranked 21st in the NFL inDVOA—and that was with the departed Tyrod Taylor playing the most valuable role on the team, according toPro Football Reference. Now Taylor, Preston Brown and E.J. Gaines are gone, and the Bills are overpaying StarLotulelei and Trent Murphy on the defensive side of the ball.

Barring a shockingly strong 2018 season from (fill in the blank) at quarterback, the Bills look like they’ll win between six and nine games for the eighth consecutive year. Call it football purgatory.

This all but ensures Lynch will be part of the Raiders in 2018, despite some talk this offseason that he could be let go.

While weather forecasters are wrong almost as often as mock drafters, it does appear there’s a decent chance it’ll be raining when Darnold takes the field for his workout on Wednesday. Yet ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported he’ll throw regardless of precipitation.

That being the case, Jackson, Dorsey and other executives representing teams that could draft Darnold might consider performing rain dances Wednesday morning. Because football is messy, and I think a lot of folks would be interested in seeing Darnold throw in less-than-perfect conditions.

Brian Cushing visiting the Seahawks

All the Seahawks business today isn’t outgoing only.

Cushing was cut by the Texans last month so they could save some cap room and promote some young ers to bigger roles. He served a 10-game suspension last year for another PED violation.

They have options, none of which have been completely ruled out, according to multiple sources. And now that free agency is all but over, and JPP is in Tampa Bay, here’s a look at the possibilities they’ll be considering in the month-long run-up to the NFL draft:

This remains something they are actively considering, one source said. It’s one reason why coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula, and Chris Mara, the Giants’ senior VP of player evaluation, have been at the Pro Days of the top quarterbacks. And it’s hard to imagine co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch would waste their time at a dinner with one of them – UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, whom they dined with last week if they weren’t at least thinking about who’ll be their franchise leader when Manning is gone.

It’s true, they don’t appear completely sold on any of the quarterbacks – yet. It is believed that USC’s Sam Darnold will be the highest-rated quarterback on their board. Rosen is well-regarded by some in the organization too. This is a big decision, though, that could have 10 years worth of ramifications for the franchise. They’ll be thinking about this one until the very end.

That is about to change.

Washington announced owner Daniel Snyder plans to honor the replacement ers with Super Bowl rings.

The 3-0 record of the Redskins replacement ers was part of the remarkable success of the 1987 Washington Redskins, Snyder said, via quotes distributed by the team. Their contributions are part of Redskins history and represent an integral reason why a Lombardi Trophy from the 1987 campaign resides in our facility today. Thanks in part to the generosity of our partners on this project, we are happy to honor these ers for their role in that World Championship.

A documentary titled Year of the Scab, directed by John Dorsey, aired as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series in September. The team worked with Dorsey, Baron Rings and Uptown Diamonds to make the rings happen.