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[December 29, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - The New
York Giants hired Dave Gettleman as their new general manager, the
team announced Thursday.
A formal introduction will occur at a press conference on Friday.
The 66-year-old Gettleman was general manager of the Carolina
Panthers from 2013-16, a stint that included a Super Bowl appearance
among three NFC South titles. Carolina was 40-23-1 on his watch
before he was fired in July.
The Giants, who are suffering through a 2-13 season, tabbed a
familiar face as well. Gettleman worked for the team from 1998-2012
before taking the Panthers' GM job.
Gettleman replaces Jerry Reese, who held the job for 11 seasons
before being fired earlier this month.
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Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is expected to miss the first game of
his five-year NFL career this weekend as the Houston Texans wrap up
their season against the Indianapolis Colts, multiple outlets
Hopkins sustained a calf injury during the Texans' 34-6 loss to the
Pittsburgh Steelers on Christmas. The 25-year-old has yet to
practice on either Wednesday or Thursday this week, and Sunday's
game between the Texans (4-11) and Colts (3-12) holds little value
in the standings.
Signed to a five-year, $81 million deal, Hopkins enters the final
week of the season with a league-best 13 touchdown receptions to go
along with 96 catches and 1,378 yards.
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The Tampa Police Department is investigating an incident after a
vehicle registered to Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson was
involved in a single-car crash on Christmas Eve, with a search of
the Chevy Silverado turning up marijuana and hollow-point bullets.
Per the police report, officers found an abandoned Chevy Silverado
that had left the road and crashed into a tree, with police finding
6.3 grams of marijuana and two .38 caliber hollow-point bullets,
which are legal in Florida.
Jackson responded to the scene after being contacted by authorities,
telling police that he was not operating the vehicle at the time of
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The Canadian Football League officially cleared the path for former
NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel to play in the league next season.
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Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches a pass against Seattle
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas (29) in the third quarter at AT&T
Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie is set to approve a contract for
Manziel if the former Cleveland Browns quarterback can reach a deal
with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the league said.
While the CFL has opened the door, it is not immediately known if
the Tiger-Cats are willing to let the 25-year-old Manziel walk into
the room. A Heisman Trophy winner in 2012 and a first-round
selection by Cleveland in 2014, Manziel was cut by the Browns in
March 2016 after two seasons of inconsistent play and off-the-field
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is not interested in taking
a pay cut to remain in Big D.
Scheduled to make $12.5 million next season, Bryant was asked if he
would be willing to take less money to remain in Dallas.
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Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters that he's a man of
With that said, someone soon will need to hand Jackson a warm towel
-- and perhaps some extremely hot soup -- after the coach said that
he would honor a vow he made one year ago. That vow was that if his
team went 1-15 again, that people would find him "swimming in (Lake
"I made that statement. I got to back it up," said Jackson, who owns
a 1-30 mark at the helm of the Browns.
Now, the winless Browns need to post their first win of the season
in their finale versus the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) on Sunday just
to reach 1-15. They haven't won in the Steel City since 2003 when
Tim Couch was their quarterback and Butch Davis was the head coach.
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