Jalen Ramsey Goes Under the Knife, Bell out for the Year

Officially it’s a “small tear: after all in Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s knee. The team announced that Ramsey underwent surgery to repair the tear Tuesday,

Ramsey was just the first rookie to mess up his leg this camp. Monday seventh-round pick Jonathan Woodard tore his Achilles and will miss the entire 2016 season.

The good news for the Jags with Ramsey at least is that he’ll be ready to practice by training camp and, conceivably, shouldn’t miss a start. Ramsey, Myles Jack and Dante Fowler Jr. all being healthy at once for the Jags should help the team make a marked improvement on defense, if they can keep Tonya Harding’s ex husband away from their knees.

Byron Bell will miss the entire 2016 season

The Tennessee Titans didn’t need any more bad news about their offensive line, but they got some anyway. Titans left guard Byron Bell dislocated his left ankle Tuesday morning and will miss out on the entire 2016 season.

The Titans have made multiple moves to bolster their offensive line this season, including Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin in the first round of this year’s draft. They also added Sebastian Tretola as a guard, who now has a legitimate chance to fight for a starting job. The Titans are incredibly poor when it comes to offensive linemen already according to their roster. They’ll need to add someone quickly in free agency.

As it is, they have Tretola, Second-year center and guard Andy Galik, Center Ben Jones, guard Jose Matias, guard Jaremiah Poutas, center Brian Schwenke and guard Quinton Spain vying for the three open offensive line spots. Presumably Taylor Lewan will hold down the left tackle spot, Conklin the right and Chance Warmack the right guard position.

Abiola Aborishade trying to live the NFL dream with the Patriots

In case you’re not aware of of how the whole NCAA Division system works, Division III schools can’t offer athletic scholarships. That means a kid that goes to a DIII school either pays his own way or gets an academic scholarship. They’re all the type of guys Division I coaches refer to as “hard workers and high motor guys.”

Facing an uphill battle to get into the NFL has not stopped Abiola Aborishade from trying to find his way onto an NFL team, specifically the New England Patriots. Aborishade hasn’t played a down of football since 2014 when he caught 84 passes or 802 yars and nine touchdowns for UMass-Dartmouth.

“The first thing is that the see me so often that they get sick and tired of me,” Aborishade told UMass live. “So they almost give up, give into it, because I’m not giving in. So they give an say, ‘OK, let’s see what this kid can do.’ The second thing is the people who drive around here, who work around here see me so often they almost say, ‘hey, we want to see what he can do,’ And the third thing is they just leave me out here.”

Chances are for Aborishade, the third thing is how it finally goes down. Really it doesn’t hurt the Patriots at all to bring him in for a tryout and see if he’s got any NFL chops. Currently there are 10 former Division III players on NFL rosters including Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon and Tampa Bay offensive lineman Ali Marpet.

Shaq Thompson involved in car accident

Just a year and a half after Cam Newton was in a car accident, Carolina Panthers defensive end Shaq Thompson was involved in a car accident of his own, a a two car wreck that occurred Sunday morning,

According to the state troopers Thompson said he dropped his cell phone in his SUV and was trying to pick it up, causing him to cross the center line. By crossing the center line Thompson inadvertently hit former Duke football quarterback Anthony Boone. Both men are fine after the crash and, frankly, Boone is probably just happy to see his name in the paper again.

The accident happene at 7:15 a.m. Sunday. Boone was hospitalized with hand an hip injuries an was not wearing his seatbelt. Thompson was sited in the accident but not arrested. It’s unlikely the Panthers or the NFL will take any disciplinary action against him. Thompson was the Panthers’ first-round pick, No. 25 overall, out of Clemson in April’s NFL Draft.

About Adam Greene

Adam Greene is a writer and photographer based out of East Tennessee. His work has appeared in USA Today, the Associated Press, the Chicago Cubs Vineline Magazine, AskMen.com and many other publications.

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