Saturday, the Rutgers staff welcomed 6-3, 297-pound Ireland Burke back to campus, after a three-month hiatus. The Pope John (Sparta, N.J.) defensive tackle recently recovered from an ACL injury which kept him out of the spotlight for most of the past year. But now he’s back healthy, much physically stronger and put together, and ready to re-establish his recruitment.
Coach Dan Quinn didn’t provide much of an update on Julio’s situation, other than to say he’s been in touch with the wideout.
As for the players, to a man, they brushed off Jones’ absence the way you flick a mosquito off your forearm.
A sampling of responses from Falcons players, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution :
Center Alex Mack : The biggest disruption is the questions that you guys ask. Everything else is business as usual.
Linebacker Deon Jones : The type of player that (Julio) is, we know that he’s going to come in prepared and ready to go. We are just focusing on what we have here. When he gets here, it’s going to be back to work like it never happened.
The Lions got rid of former first-rounder Eric Ebron in March and he signed with the Colts. The Lions backfilled with former Seahawks tight end Luke Willson and former Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo.
New Jersey officials estimate the state will see about $13 million in tax revenue from the betting in the fiscal year that begins July 1 — though some officials say that’s a conservative figure.
Under the bill ( S2602 / A4111 ), the state Division of Gaming Enforcement would regulate the wagering. Casinos and tracks would pay an 8.5 percent tax rate on the revenue to the state, while online bets would be subject to a 13 percent tax rate.