August 20. 2018 12:04AM

Sherman: NFL ‘will be flag football soon’

Field Level Media


Richard Sherman took to Twitter Sunday to voice his dislike of the NFL’s new helmet rule.

The veteran San Francisco cornerback blasted the new regulations in a series of tweets, and he proclamed the NFL “will be flag football soon” because of its player-safety mandates.

“To all those ppl including those who made the rule. I want a video of YOU running full speed and being led by anything but your head while also attempting to bring down a moving target,” Sherman, 30, wrote Sunday. “You will soon realize it’s impossible.”

He continued:

“There is no ‘make adjustment’ to the way you tackle. Even in a perfect form tackle the body is led by the head. The rule is idiotic. And should be dismissed immediately. When you watch rugby players tackle they are still led by their head. Will be flag football soon.”

The NFL owners approved the new helmet rule in March. It is now a penalty if a player lowers his head to “initiate and make contact with his helmet” against any part of an opponent’s body.

The policy applies to all players and results in a 15-yard penalty. A player also can be ejected.

Buffalo QB McCarron getting second opinion

Buffalo Bills quarterback AJ McCarron will get a second opinion about his injured throwing shoulder, and defensive tackle Kyle Williams could miss the start of the regular season because of a knee injury, coach Sean McDermott said Sunday.

The coach spoke Sunday before practice but did not provide many details. Both players were injured in the first half of the Bills’ 19-17 preseason win against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

McCarron initially was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his collarbone, but McDermott said subsequent tests on his right shoulder weren’t “totally conclusive.”

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Saturday that McCarron was expected to miss several weeks. In his absence, the starting quarterback job, at least initially, will go to either first-round draft pick Josh Allen or incoming backup Nathan Peterman. The three have been locked in a competition for the top spot.

Williams was injured when a Browns player rolled up on the back of his right leg. He had trouble putting weight on his leg as he walked off the field, but he was spotted Sunday during practice walking without a noticeable limp. A black wrap covered most of his right leg, however.

Eagles’ Wentz, Foles to split first-team reps

Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles will start splitting first-team reps in practice, head coach Doug Pederson told reporters Sunday, according to multiple outlets.

That’s a significant step for Wentz, who is coming back after suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 14 last season, and for Foles, who escaped Thursday’s preseason game against New England without a serious shoulder injury.

Wentz is “going to jump back into some team drills. Limited, obviously, part of his rehab,” Pederson said. “It’s big. It’s big to begin to evaluate him and see where he’s at and get him back in there with the guys. It’s still a slow process but at the same time it’s exciting for him.”

Pederson didn’t talk specifically about the status of Wentz’s knee, but he said he is throwing the ball well.

“What I can tell you is his arm is live, he’s moving around well at quarterback and he’s excited to get out there,” Pederson said of the 25-year-old quarterback. “Every day, he’ll get a little something.”

It remains unlikely Wentz will see preseason action, but he has not been ruled out as the Week 1 starter. If he isn’t ready, Pederson will turn to Foles, who was removed from Thursday’s preseason loss after hurting his throwing shoulder while getting strip-sacked. Pederson said Sunday that Foles sustained a shoulder strain and is “fine.”

Redskins bringing in some veteran RBs

The Washington Redskins are bringing veteran free agent running backs Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa in for visits in hopes of replenishing an injury-depleted group.

Rookie second-round pick Derrius Guice is out for the season with a torn ACL suffered in the team’s first preseason game. Coach Jay Gruden had hoped running backs Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall would be the answer, but both also sustained leg injuries in the exhibition game against the New York Jets on Thursday.

Perine is likely to miss one week, with Marshall out two to four weeks, according to reports.

Peterson, 33, will visit with the team on Monday, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Darkwa, 26, is set to work out for the team on Sunday. Charles, 31, will meet with team officials, according to the NFL Network.

Peterson was cut by Arizona in March after splitting the 2017 season with the Cardinals and New Orleans Saints. In 10 games (seven starts) with the two teams, Peterson rushed for 529 yards on 156 carries and two rushing touchdowns. He is a seven-time Pro Bowl RB and four-time All-Pro.

Peterson, who starred for the Minnesota Vikings for his first 10 NFL seasons (2007-16), ranks 12th on the league’s all-time rushing list with 12,276 yards — just three yards behind Hall of Fame member Marshall Faulk. Peterson ranks tied for ninth in NFL annals with 99 rushing touchdowns, one behind Faulk and Shaun Alexander.

Last season, Darkwa gained 751 yards on 171 carries — an average of 4.4 yards — and scored five touchdowns for the New York Giants. The fifth-year pro underwent surgery in May to remove a stabilizing plate in his leg.

Charles was a two-time first-team All-Pro selection in nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he played sparingly last season with the Denver Broncos. He appeared in 14 games but carried the ball only 69 times for 296 yards and one touchdown.