NFL News – Wednesday, October 27, 2021

In this Wednesday’s NFL news: Jabrill Peppers, out for the remainder of the 2021 NFL Season; Roger Goodell comments on the WFT and Deshaun Watson; the Scouting Combine could change venues by 2023, and beyond. Don’t miss the NFL news.

Jabrill Peppers, out for the rest of the 2021 NFL Season

Bad news for the Giants. Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, this Tuesday it was confirmed that the team placed safety Jabrill Peppers on the Injured Reserve due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will end his 2021 NFL season.

Peppers was hurt in the third quarter of a punt return in the Giants’ 25-3 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He is the third of the team’s captains to suffer an injury that prematurely ends his year; New York previously lost OG Nick Gates to a broken leg and LB Blake Martinez also to a mishap in his anterior cruciate ligament.

Peppers is a five-year league veteran who is in his third season with the Giants after being acquired in 2019 via trade from the Browns in a move that included first- and third-round picks, plus WR Odell Beckham Jr .; and during his tenure with the team, he recorded a total of 3.5 sacks, 2 INTs and 197 total tackles in 30 games played. How will they survive in New York without one of the best safeties on the roster?

Roger Goodell comments on the WFT and Deshaun Watson

Two of the current issues that generate the most noise around the NFL are the work culture investigation of the Washington Football Team, and the up to 22 civil lawsuits facing Deshaun Watson, Texans quarterback. However, neither of these two situations is new, in fact, they have not been closed for a long time, and this Tuesday, the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, in a press conference spoke about both.

Regarding the WFT, Goodell noted that the investigation findings have not been and will not be published because the league promised anonymity to the people who assisted with the investigation: “We are very conscious of ensuring that we are protecting those who spoke,” Goodell said. . “They were incredibly brave, incredibly open, and we respect the pain that they probably went through. That was a very high priority. “

In this investigation to the Football Team, the same organization already has documents that could change the course of how we know the league in matters of work environments; There is even talk of forcing a sale of the WFT, however, so far, nothing has been made public, and the NFL does not provide detailed information to the press, the United States Congress, or anyone in general.

Regarding Watson, Goodell commented that the absence of a decision stems from the lack of information on the matter: “Obviously the police have been investigating. We don’t have full access to that information right now, and we pride ourselves on not interfering with that, on being as cooperative as possible to make sure we get all the facts, but I think that process is still ongoing. And until (…) we have enough data and information we can make a determination as to whether he should be placed on paid leave, we do not believe that we have such necessary information at this time. “

Due to such a lack of information, the league is also up against the wall with the delicate task of evaluating whether or not Watson will be allowed to play. If he plays, the NFL will be accused of not taking allegations of sexual misconduct seriously, but if he is assigned on paid leave, the same organization will come under fire for depriving a player who has not been involved. formally accused of any crime. How should the NFL handle both situations?

Scouting Combine could change headquarters by 2023

This Tuesday, for the first time since 2019, the owners of the league’s 32 teams met in person in Manhattan, New York, with the aim of bringing to the table several issues that revolve around the NFL, including, in addition to the recent scandals arising from the investigation of the Washington Football Team, the future of the Scouting Combine, which has been hosted by the city of Indianapolis since 1987, but this could change soon.

Although the executive vice president of operations of the league, Troy Vincent, confirmed that in 2022 the Scouting Combine will be carried out again in Indianapolis “in the most normal way possible”, later, Indianapolis, Dallas and Los Angeles, will compete to be headquarters for 2023 and in subsequent years. However, the date of the final decision is unknown so far.

Also, if the Scouting Combine were to move to Dallas in 2023, Dallas-Fort Worth might have a chance to host it. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones built the team’s training facility with the Scouting Combine in mind. The Star It has a sports medicine center and a hotel on the property, along with two outdoor practice fields and two other roofed ones, including one with capacity for 12,500 people, making it, without a doubt, a perfect venue to host the combined . Which city is the best option to host the Combine since 2023?

Chargers sign Dustin Hopkins

In more NFL news, over the years the league has shown us that having a reliable kicker is of the utmost importance to win close games, and this Tuesday, the Chargers confirmed the acquisition of a veteran free agent. Through social media, the team announced that it had signed kicker Dustin Hopkins to the roster of 53, who just last week had been cut by the WFT.

Hopkins, who came to the Football Team as a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NFL season, has missed two field goals and two total extra points during his first six games this season. However, throughout his professional career, he has hit 163 of 194 field goals for an 84% effectiveness, in addition to 179 of 191 extra points (94.2%); And now he gets a chance to make a fresh start under Brandon Staley in Los Angeles.

Finally, in a parallel movement, the Chargers sent waivers to K Tristan Vizcaino, an undrafted free agent in 2018 who in 2021 had won the starting job from veteran Michael Badgley, and although this season Vizcaino has been 9 out of 10 field goals, he has only connected 10 of 15 extra points, so the team decided it was time to move on without him. Will the kicker problems in Los Angeles end with Hopkins on the roster?

Packers place Allen Lazard in COVID-19 Reserve

The recent COVID-19 woes the Packers are going through have not ended. After the team announced the previous Monday that WR Davante Adams and DC Joe Barry were placed in the COVID-19 Reserve, this Tuesday, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, it was confirmed that WR Allen Lazard will also join the Reserve as an unvaccinated high-risk contact case, which is why he was eventually ruled out for the next Thursday Night Football, where Green Bay will face the Cardinals.

Current NFL protocols against COVID-19 indicate that, as a result of not being vaccinated, Lazard must be isolated from the team for a period of five days. In contrast, players who have already been fully vaccinated do not have to isolate themselves after being classified as high-risk close contacts. And those who test positive while vaccinated can be reactivated after two negative tests taken 24 hours apart.

However, it is not all bad news in Green Bay heading into Week 8 TNF. This Tuesday the Packers recovered from the COVID-19 Reserve WR Malik Taylor, who will join Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers and Equanimeous St. Brown on the active roster of 53 as the receiving corps likely to face Arizona this coming Thursday. How much will Allen Lazard’s absence affect the Packers?

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NFL News – Wednesday, October 27, 2021