Welcome to Down Under Digest, NFL Down Under’s weekly news recap article. Every Sunday we’ll bring your attention to some of the biggest events of the past week in helpful, easily digestible bite-sized chunks. Enjoy!
This Week In The NFLDez Bryant Arrested Dez Bryant, the talented yet troubled WR was arrested last Monday on a domestic violence charge. According to a source, Bryant was having an argument with his half brother which ended up with him pushing his mother in the chest. Bryant was never the cleanest character coming out of college, but this is by far his most serious incident to date. When you look back at Michael Irvin and Antonio Bryant, maybe the Cowboys #88 attracts receivers with some issues. And Even More Driving Related Arrests Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt was arrested for suspicion of DUI while trying to get into a military base in Kentucky on Friday. Donald Washington, DB for the Kansas City Chiefs was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn "Beast-Mode" Lynch was arrested for DUI last weekend in his hometown of Oakland. I thought I would keep all these short because they're just latest of a long line of players getting caught driving under the influence. We All Knew He Couldn't Stay Away From The Game Forever The famous #4, Brett Favre is back in the game, not in the way we're used to hearing about though. The ol' gunslinger has taken a role as an assistant at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Which could be good news. Or he could throw a couple passes to the kids, decide he's still got it and we'll start hearing about the unretirement rumours again. Players Lying About Concussions To Keep Playing Troy Polomalu, appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, said he has lied about suffering concussions to avoid being taken out of the game. He also estimated that football players suffer between 50 to 100 concussions in their career. The Pittsburgh Steeler isn't alone in his thoughts. Emmitt Smith, the all time rushing leader said he would definitely lie about suffering a concussion to keep playing. The NFL can do all they want to stop concussions, but after hearing things like this, some of the onus is on the players too. Dielman Comes Out Of Retirement, Don't Call It A Comeback Former San Diego Chargers G Kris Dielman retired at the end of last season, after suffering a seizure on a flight home following a concussion he suffered in a game against the New York Jets. A couple days ago, there was a report that he was coming out of retirement. Turns out he's not. He "un-retired" as a technicality that arose while he was considering filing a lawsuit (yes another lawsuit) against the Chargers and/or the NFL. The lawyers for the NFL aren't getting much time off this offseason.
YouTube Clip Of The Week http://youtu.be/MsCJE8APxxg ESPN asks if Goodell has done enough, given the amount of NFL arrests this offseason. Listening to Skip likening the NFL to Ancient Rome was an absolute joy. A hilarious, ridiculous, mess.
Tebow Practices Throw With A Former Major Leaguer Tim Tebow has been spending more time working on his improving his throwing action this offseason, but he's gone for someone with a different background. Tebow was practicing at USC with former Major League pitcher Tom House. But before we scoff, House has worked with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Alex Smith in the past. If Tebow can reach the level of those passers, current Jets starting QB Mark Sanchez might be in trouble. Reid Thought Samuel Was Declining Here is the reason why the Philadelphia Eagles wanted All-Pro CB Asante Samuel gone so badly they settled for a 7th round pick in the trade with the Atlanta Falcons. Andy Reid thought he was in steep decline and didn't suit their system anymore. But a 7th rounder for a CB only one year removed from a run of 4 straight Pro-Bowls? I tend to think the Falcons got the better end of that deal. The Ref's Are In Disarray With the current referees locked out, you would think the former referees that would be training the replacements would be playing an important roles in bringing the newbies up to speed. But now two of the trainers claim the NFL have all but fired them for refusing to train the replacements. The NFL responded by saying that they aren't fired, they're just seasonal employees who aren't working. I'm wondering if were actually going to have referees ready for this season.