Tag:Nate Clements
Posted on: October 23, 2010 2:59 pm
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Clements out for Niners 'probably the situation'

Posted by Will Brinson

Things haven't been easy for the San Francisco 49ers this year, and despite playing a winless Panthers team on Sunday, they might not get easier -- looks like starting cornerback Nate Clements could miss the game in Charlotte.

"Yes, that's probably the situation," Mike Singletary said after Clements participated in limited practice on Friday.

Clement's likely absence means Will James gets the nod, and Steve Smith, returning from injury, should see a boost in production and targets.

It probably doesn't help, either, that the Niners are en route to London for their Week 8 game against Denver in the now annual Fog Bowl.

Lest you laugh at the travel aspect, think about this little factoid that Darin Gantt dropped on Twitter Saturday morning -- the 49ers are 7-38 since 2003 in 1 PM EST games (after all, that's like kicking off at 10 AM their time).

Additionally, Carolina's been the stopping point for two teams on their way across the pond each of the last two years -- the Saints swung by in 2008 and the Buccaneers in 2009, with the Panthers winning both games.

So, yeah, really, they probably shouldn't even bother playing; we can just move the Panthers to 1-5 now.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 2:29 pm
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 4

Posted by Will Brinson  

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at  NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Revis hold-out might last a while

D. Revis, if he continues his hold-out, will have plenty of more time for photo shoots (Getty). I talked with Lauren Shehadi on Monday during the CBSSports.com Around the League video segment , and I told her I thought the New York Jets would take care of CB Darrelle Revis’ contract. They’d have to, I thought. He’s the best cornerback in the league and he has plenty of leverage.

But I also pointed out that New York had moved Antonio Cromartie to Revis’ side of the field, so it seemed that the Jets felt like a longer hold-out was a possibility. But – and I don’t think I said this – I didn’t expect his absence to last into the season.

Well, that might not be the case. At least, that’s the sense I got from reading this Boston Globe story about Revis’ holdout, which entered its third day today.

From Albert Breer’s piece:

What are the chances the Jets start playing games that count without Revis? Better than you think.

“The main issue with us at this point is total compensation,’’ owner Woody Johnson said. “The guaranteed money or length of a contract or all the things that are part of a contract. . . we haven’t even negotiated those, because we’re so far apart on the other one.’’

The gap is, indeed, cavernous, according to league sources. The Jets have made a one-year offer, giving Revis a hefty raise from his $1 million salary with a promise to revisit the situation later, and they’ve also made a blockbuster long-term offer. Revis’ opinion of both is represented by his absence.

But more than the dollars, the divide is philosophical.

Revis’ position is simple. He wants that highest-paid-cornerback designation. That distinction now belongs to the RaidersNnamdi Asomugha, who signed a three-year, $45.3 million deal with $28.3 million guaranteed in 2009 that brings him $16.585 million in 2010.


Breer then points out something I hadn’t thought about. Sure, Revis deserves to be one of the highest-paid players in the NFL – though I don’t see how New York will give him $15 million – but he’s still only a third-year player who still has three years left on his contract.

Oakland’s Asomugha played out a contract and then was franchise-tagged before getting his huge contract. Asante Samuel, Dunta Robinson, Nate Clements and Champ Bailey went through similar circumstances. Why shouldn’t Revis have to wait a little longer – prove a little more – before he gets paid like a big-boy cornerback.

I think eventually Revis will get more money, because he’s so invaluable to the Jets defense. But it might take longer to get him on the field than I originally thought. And New York – financially and defensively – will be the poorer for it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:33 pm
 

More players connected to StarCaps

The Pioneer Press has a very interesting story that suggests Pat and Kevin Williams weren’t the first players to complain about unknown substances in the StarCaps diuretic.

In 2006 and '07, a rash of NFL players tested positive for bumetanide, which troubled Dr. John Lombardo (the NFL’s drug-testing administrator), who had learned that StarCaps, the diuretic they were using, was tainted with the potent drug.

(Lombardo) was so troubled that he exonerated at least eight players, including a pair of Pro Bowlers, because they told Lombardo they unknowingly ingested the banned substance — clemency that clashed with a steroids policy in which players are responsible for what is in their bodies.

Adolpho Birch was unmoved by the players' excuses. The vice president of the NFL's labor policy and its anti-doping enforcer was so troubled by Lombardo's actions that he ordered his subordinate to stop pardoning StarCaps users who failed tests and to start referring them for discipline.

By training camp 2008, StarCaps ceased to be a get-out-of-jail card, exposing to punishment another cluster of users who tested positive for bumetanide, including Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams.


The exonerated players never had steroid accusations hurled at them, and their names did not come up during the Williams trial. Three of those players are still in the league: 49ers CB Nate Clements, Jets OT Damien Woody and Dolphins OT Vernon Carey. Another five are out of football: former Chiefs/Seahawks OT Damion McIntosh, the late Patriots DE Marquis Hill, Bills/Patriots WR Jonathan Smith, Bills FB Daimon Shelton and Giants/Patriots FB Patrick Pass.

According to the Lombardo and Birch depositions, the eight exonerated players linked their failed tests to StarCaps. The controversial weight-loss pill claimed garlic and papaya as active ingredients, but actually was spiked with bumetanide, according to the recall StarCaps' manufacturer, Balanced Health Products, initiated in December 2008. The company has since filed for bankruptcy.
Bumetanide is a diuretic typically prescribed to treat congestive heart failure and renal disease. The NFL and NFLPA classify it as a potential masking agent for steroids.


The consumption of bumetanide was unintentional, the eight players claimed, and they found a sympathetic arbiter in Lombardo.
Ostensibly, the NFL isn’t thrilled that this information has become public.

--Andy Benoit

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