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HOUSTON OILERS ERA

1989

OILERS PLAY INCONSISTENT FOOTBALL ALL YEAR LONG & GET IN THE PLAYOFFS WITH A 9-7 RECORD:

After playing inconsistent football through the first eight games while compiling an 8-8 record, the Oilers win five out of six games to earn a spot in the playoffs. However, losses in their final two games would cost them the AFC Central Division Title, as the settled for the Wild Card with a 9-7 record. In the Wild Card Game at the Astrodome, the Oilers would play sloppy football all afternoon losing in overtime to the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-23. Following the season Coach Jerry Glanville would be let go and replaced by Jack Pardee. 

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HOUSTON OILERS ERA

1988

OILERS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS  FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR, LOSE TO BILLS IN THE SECOND ROUND:

With a roster with eight All-Pros the Oilers have another solid season, finishing with a 10-6 record, to qualify for the playoffs for the second year in a row. Among the starters Bruce Mathews, and Mike Munchak who provided the foundation of a solid offensive line, Mike Rozier who scored 10 Touchdowns, Warren Moon who despite injury managed 17 Touchdown passes, and Wide Receiver Dew Hill who collected 1,141 receiving yards. In the Wild Card game the Oilers would face the Browns in Cleveland on a snowy Christmas Eve afternoon. The game would nail bitter to the end as the Oilers won 24-23 with Running Back Allen Pinkett scoring two Touchdowns. However, the Oilers season would end a week later with a 17-10 loss to the Bills in frigid Buffalo.

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HOUSTON OILERS ERA

1987

OILERS MAKE THEIR FIRST PLAYOFF IN SEVEN YEARS, LOSE TO BRONCOS IN THE SECOND ROUND:

 The Oilers show some promise while splitting their first two games before a players strike leads to the use of replacement players. The regular would eventually return as the Oilers scabs went 2-1. After the regulars return the Oilers won their first two games, as Warren Moon began to fulfill the promise he showed in the CFL, but after the Oilers lost three of their next four games their playoff hopes looked all but lost. However, the Oilers would win three of their last four games to finish with a 9-6 earning them their first playoff berth in seven years. In the Wild Card game at the Astrodome the Oilers battle back to beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-21 in overtime on a Tony Zendejas’ 42-yard Field Goal. However, the Oilers season would end with a 34-10 to the Broncos a week later in the Divisional Playoffs at Denver.

2014 NFL WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

-THURSDAY, SEPT. 4 (8:30PM)-
GREEN BAY PACKERS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

-SUNDAY, SEPT. 7 (1:00PM)-
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at ATLANTA FALCONS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS at ST. LOUIS RAMS
CLEVELAND BROWNS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
OAKLAND RAIDERS at NEW YORK JETS 
CINCINNATI BENGALS at BALTIMORE RAVENS
BUFFALO BILLS at CHICAGO BEARS
WASHINGTON REDSKINS at HOUSTON TEXANS
TENNESSEE TITANS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at MIAMI DOLPHINS

-SUNDAY, SEPT. 7 (4:25PM)-
CAROLINA PANTHERS at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS at DALLAS COWBOYS

-SUNDAY, SEPT. 7 (8:30PM)-
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at DENVER BRONCOS

-MONDAY, SEPT. 8 (7:10PM)-
NEW YORK GIANTS at DETROIT LIONS

-MONDAY, SEPT. 8 (10:20PM)-
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS at ARIZONA CARDINALS

COULD WE SEE VINCE YOUNG BACK IN THE NFL?The last time quarterback Vince Young started a regular-season game in the NFL, was in 2011 when he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was in training camp with the Green Bay Packers last year but was released before the final roster was announced.Now Young is working out in San Diego and says he’s drawn interest from some teams, though he wouldn’t name them. “You never know when you’re going to get a call,” Young told the Houston Chronicle. “There is some interest.”If he doesn’t get back in the NFL, Young said he wouldn’t consider the CFL. He’d take a job with the University of Texas, serving as an ambassador and doing speaking engagements, according to the Chronicle.Young said “there are some tough days” when he sees teams sign free-agent quarterbacks during the offseason.But if his playing career is over, Young said he’s ready to move on.“You don’t want to finish your career like that,” he said. “You want to finish your dreams you have for yourself. If it doesn’t work out you still had a great shot at it, still was a Pro Bowler, playoff guy and still got a winning percentage and things like that. If it doesn’t work out it’s in God’s hands. I just stay strong and continue to live my life and enjoy my life, especially taking care of my little ones.”Young was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006 and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

COULD WE SEE VINCE YOUNG BACK IN THE NFL?

The last time quarterback Vince Young started a regular-season game in the NFL, was in 2011 when he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was in training camp with the Green Bay Packers last year but was released before the final roster was announced.

Now Young is working out in San Diego and says he’s drawn interest from some teams, though he wouldn’t name them. “You never know when you’re going to get a call,” Young told the Houston Chronicle. “There is some interest.”

If he doesn’t get back in the NFL, Young said he wouldn’t consider the CFL. He’d take a job with the University of Texas, serving as an ambassador and doing speaking engagements, according to the Chronicle.

Young said “there are some tough days” when he sees teams sign free-agent quarterbacks during the offseason.

But if his playing career is over, Young said he’s ready to move on.

“You don’t want to finish your career like that,” he said. “You want to finish your dreams you have for yourself. If it doesn’t work out you still had a great shot at it, still was a Pro Bowler, playoff guy and still got a winning percentage and things like that. If it doesn’t work out it’s in God’s hands. I just stay strong and continue to live my life and enjoy my life, especially taking care of my little ones.”

Young was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006 and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

CARDS’ S TYRANN MATHIEU COULD START TRAINING CAMP ON PUP LISTTyrann Mathieu’s rehabilitation from knee surgery is on schedule, but it’s doubtful the Arizona Cardinals free safety will be ready for the start of training camp, the Arizona Republic reports."I think Ty is going to up to the wire," coach Bruce Arians told the Republic. "I still anticipate him on PUP, but he refuses to believe it. That’s a good thing."Mathieu was a ball hawk during his rookie season. He was a legitimate candidate for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award before tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee in December against the Rams.The 21-year-old Mathieu’s been working his tail off to the point where the team almost has to kick him out of the building, General Manager Steve Keim told the paper.When told that Arians said he might start training camp on the PUP list, Mathieu’s didn’t even know what the ‘PUP list’ was."Like I said, when my team takes the field, I want to take the field, too," he said. "I don’t know if I’ll be pushing it but it’s what I want. I’ll be shooting for that." (Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

CARDS’ S TYRANN MATHIEU COULD START TRAINING CAMP ON PUP LIST

Tyrann Mathieu’s rehabilitation from knee surgery is on schedule, but it’s doubtful the Arizona Cardinals free safety will be ready for the start of training camp, the Arizona Republic reports.

"I think Ty is going to up to the wire," coach Bruce Arians told the Republic. "I still anticipate him on PUP, but he refuses to believe it. That’s a good thing."

Mathieu was a ball hawk during his rookie season. He was a legitimate candidate for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award before tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee in December against the Rams.

The 21-year-old Mathieu’s been working his tail off to the point where the team almost has to kick him out of the building, General Manager Steve Keim told the paper.

When told that Arians said he might start training camp on the PUP list, Mathieu’s didn’t even know what the ‘PUP list’ was.

"Like I said, when my team takes the field, I want to take the field, too," he said. "I don’t know if I’ll be pushing it but it’s what I want. I’ll be shooting for that." (Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

2014 NFL SCHEDULES LEAKEDThese are a few of the rumored games that are scheduled for the 2014. These are just rumors. - The NFL season will open on Sept. 4 with the GREEN BAY PACKERS traveling to the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS.- SEAHAWKS will travel to San Francisco for a Thanksgiving night game.- The SAN FRANCISCO 49ers open their season at the DALLAS COWBOYS and will open their new stadium Week 2 vs. the BEARS at Levi’s Stadium.- Peyton Manning vs. Andrew Luck to kick off the SNF schedule. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at the DENVER BRONCOS on Sunday night, Sept 7. This will be the 4th year in row Broncos open in primetime.- The COLTS will have 5 total primetime games including 2 on Monday Night Football.- The NEW YORK GIANTS will open their season on MNF when they host the DETROIT LIONS. The GIANTS have 4 prime time games (TNF vs. REDSKINS on Sept. 25 – SNF vs. the EAGLES on Oct. 12 – MNF vs. Colts Nov. 3 – SNF vs. COWBOYS Nov. 23.).- The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS open the season at the ATLANTA FALCONS. Will have primetime matchups at the DALLAS COWBOYS on Sept. 28 (SNF), vs. GREEN BAY PACKERS on Oct. 26 (SNF), at CAROLINA PANTHERS on Oct. 30 (TNF), vs. BALTIMORE RAVENS on Nov. 24 (MNF) & at CHICAGO BEARS on Dec. 15 (MNF).- Flex scheduling can now begin as early as Week 5.

2014 NFL SCHEDULES LEAKED

These are a few of the rumored games that are scheduled for the 2014. These are just rumors. 

- The NFL season will open on Sept. 4 with the GREEN BAY PACKERS traveling to the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS.

- SEAHAWKS will travel to San Francisco for a Thanksgiving night game.

- The SAN FRANCISCO 49ers open their season at the DALLAS COWBOYS and will open their new stadium Week 2 vs. the BEARS at Levi’s Stadium.

- Peyton Manning vs. Andrew Luck to kick off the SNF schedule. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at the DENVER BRONCOS on Sunday night, Sept 7. This will be the 4th year in row Broncos open in primetime.

- The COLTS will have 5 total primetime games including 2 on Monday Night Football.

- The NEW YORK GIANTS will open their season on MNF when they host the DETROIT LIONS. The GIANTS have 4 prime time games (TNF vs. REDSKINS on Sept. 25 – SNF vs. the EAGLES on Oct. 12 – MNF vs. Colts Nov. 3 – SNF vs. COWBOYS Nov. 23.).

- The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS open the season at the ATLANTA FALCONS. Will have primetime matchups at the DALLAS COWBOYS on Sept. 28 (SNF), vs. GREEN BAY PACKERS on Oct. 26 (SNF), at CAROLINA PANTHERS on Oct. 30 (TNF), vs. BALTIMORE RAVENS on Nov. 24 (MNF) & at CHICAGO BEARS on Dec. 15 (MNF).

- Flex scheduling can now begin as early as Week 5.

SEAHAWKS, RICHARD SHERMAN CLOSE TO AGREEING ON CONTRACT EXTENSIONThe Seattle Seahawks and cornerback Richard Sherman have “made considerable progress” on a multi-year contract extension that would make the All-Pro cornerback the highest-paid player at his position, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.The two sides are hoping to have the deal completed by week of the NFL draft.Keeping the 26-year-old Sherman in the fold would take care of one of the Seahawks most pressing offseason items with both he and All-Pro safety Earl Thomas entering the final year of their rookie contracts. Keeping both members of the “Legion of Boom” secondary would go a long way toward Seattle maintaining the NFL’s No. 1 pass defense — a key factor in the Hawks’ 2013 championship run.Since entering the league as a fifth-round pick in 2011, Sherman has developed into one of the top defensive backs in the game. A tough, physical corner with impeccable ball skills who is also willing to help in run defense, Sherman led the league with 8 interceptions last season and matching his total from 2012. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder was voted first-team All-Pro in both 2012 and 2013. (Photo: Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times)

SEAHAWKS, RICHARD SHERMAN CLOSE TO AGREEING ON CONTRACT EXTENSION

The Seattle Seahawks and cornerback Richard Sherman have “made considerable progress” on a multi-year contract extension that would make the All-Pro cornerback the highest-paid player at his position, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

The two sides are hoping to have the deal completed by week of the NFL draft.

Keeping the 26-year-old Sherman in the fold would take care of one of the Seahawks most pressing offseason items with both he and All-Pro safety Earl Thomas entering the final year of their rookie contracts. Keeping both members of the “Legion of Boom” secondary would go a long way toward Seattle maintaining the NFL’s No. 1 pass defense — a key factor in the Hawks’ 2013 championship run.

Since entering the league as a fifth-round pick in 2011, Sherman has developed into one of the top defensive backs in the game. A tough, physical corner with impeccable ball skills who is also willing to help in run defense, Sherman led the league with 8 interceptions last season and matching his total from 2012. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder was voted first-team All-Pro in both 2012 and 2013. (Photo: Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times)

BENGALS P KEVIN HUBER STARTING TO KICK AGAIN AFTER SUFFERING CRACKED VERTABRAKevin Huber has gained back the 15 pounds he lost while his jaw was wired, forcing him to drink his meals. He no longer wears a neck brace to help a cracked vertebra heal.The Bengals punter is nearly back to normal after recovering from one of the most painful hits of the 2013 season.Pittsburgh’s Terence Garvin blocked Huber during Antonio Brown’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown last December, hitting the punter’s chin with the top of his helmet. Huber broke his jaw and had to have surgery to wire it in place. He also cracked a vertebra, which healed without surgery.Huber said on Monday that he’s still limited in his weightlifting workouts, but he’s getting ready to return to a full kicking routine."I’ve started getting back into swinging the leg some," he said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I haven’t had full kicking sessions yet, but I’m going to start trying to get back into that here pretty soon."Huber’s injury left the Bengals without a proven punter for December and the postseason. They lost at home to San Diego, the third straight season in which they’ve been eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs.It took three months for Huber’s jaw to fully heal. The cracked vertebra isn’t expected to pose any issues long-term. Doctors are being cautious and haven’t cleared him for full workouts."I feel good," Huber said. "They just want a little more time to make sure I’m fully recovered. I’m ready to get back into it. It’s been a long time with neck braces and the stuff in my mouth." (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

BENGALS P KEVIN HUBER STARTING TO KICK AGAIN AFTER SUFFERING CRACKED VERTABRA

Kevin Huber has gained back the 15 pounds he lost while his jaw was wired, forcing him to drink his meals. He no longer wears a neck brace to help a cracked vertebra heal.

The Bengals punter is nearly back to normal after recovering from one of the most painful hits of the 2013 season.

Pittsburgh’s Terence Garvin blocked Huber during Antonio Brown’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown last December, hitting the punter’s chin with the top of his helmet. Huber broke his jaw and had to have surgery to wire it in place. He also cracked a vertebra, which healed without surgery.

Huber said on Monday that he’s still limited in his weightlifting workouts, but he’s getting ready to return to a full kicking routine.

"I’ve started getting back into swinging the leg some," he said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I haven’t had full kicking sessions yet, but I’m going to start trying to get back into that here pretty soon."

Huber’s injury left the Bengals without a proven punter for December and the postseason. They lost at home to San Diego, the third straight season in which they’ve been eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs.

It took three months for Huber’s jaw to fully heal. The cracked vertebra isn’t expected to pose any issues long-term. Doctors are being cautious and haven’t cleared him for full workouts.

"I feel good," Huber said. "They just want a little more time to make sure I’m fully recovered. I’m ready to get back into it. It’s been a long time with neck braces and the stuff in my mouth." (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

GIANTS S WILL HILL FACING 3RD SUSPENSIONNew York Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, according to several reports.Fox Sports and the Star-Ledger of Newark were the first to report on Tuesday that the talented but troubled 24-year-old Hill failed another drug test.Hill could face a suspension of six games to a year depending on what the tests showed.Hill was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for using a performance-enhancing drug, which he said was Adderall. He was suspended for the first four games last season for using marijuana, which he said was to relieve stress. The East Orange native underwent drug rehabilitation in March and April in Boston last year, and followed up that with outpatient meetings in New Jersey.Hill started 10 of 12 games last season. He made 77 tackles, intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, forced two fumbles and recovered another."It could be a big deal, because he’s a big part of this defense," defensive end Jean Pierre-Paul said via the New York Daily News after organized team activities on Tuesday. "But we have other guys who can fill in for him."The preseason depth chart had Hill starting at safety with Antrel Rolle. There is depth in the unit with Stevie Brown back after missing last season with a knee injury and Quintin Demps signed as a free agent after making six starts for the Kansas City Chiefs.Rolle said he treats Hill “like a little brother.”"It’s always tough when you hear news like this," Rolle said. "Will Hill is a great guy and a great teammate. He’s a phenomenal talent. My concern is for him as a person, not as a football player. I am going to support him, keep his spirits up and hope that all of this is nothing. We don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ll see." (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

GIANTS S WILL HILL FACING 3RD SUSPENSION

New York Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, according to several reports.

Fox Sports and the Star-Ledger of Newark were the first to report on Tuesday that the talented but troubled 24-year-old Hill failed another drug test.

Hill could face a suspension of six games to a year depending on what the tests showed.

Hill was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for using a performance-enhancing drug, which he said was Adderall. He was suspended for the first four games last season for using marijuana, which he said was to relieve stress. The East Orange native underwent drug rehabilitation in March and April in Boston last year, and followed up that with outpatient meetings in New Jersey.

Hill started 10 of 12 games last season. He made 77 tackles, intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, forced two fumbles and recovered another.

"It could be a big deal, because he’s a big part of this defense," defensive end Jean Pierre-Paul said via the New York Daily News after organized team activities on Tuesday. "But we have other guys who can fill in for him."

The preseason depth chart had Hill starting at safety with Antrel Rolle. There is depth in the unit with Stevie Brown back after missing last season with a knee injury and Quintin Demps signed as a free agent after making six starts for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rolle said he treats Hill “like a little brother.”

"It’s always tough when you hear news like this," Rolle said. "Will Hill is a great guy and a great teammate. He’s a phenomenal talent. My concern is for him as a person, not as a football player. I am going to support him, keep his spirits up and hope that all of this is nothing. We don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ll see." (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

CHIEFS’ LT ERIC FISHER UNDERGOES SHOULDER SURGERY, MOVING TO LT POSITION - Kansas City Chiefs LT Eric Fisher underwent surgery on Monday to fix an injured shoulder and a sports hernia. During the 2013 season, Fisher had his share of injuries including a groin injury that prevented him from playing in the playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Along with the groin injury, he also sustained a knee, shoulder, back injury, and concussion.Fisher started off the season in the RT position, showing a rough transition from his usual LT position at Central Michigan. His overall grade was a -17.3 for the season, but the last five games he posted a +2.6 allowing 7 sacks and 35 hurries. However, with the departure of former LT Branden Albert to Miami, Eric Fisher received the nod from head coach Any Reid that he would be shifting to the left side of the line."I met with coach (Andy) Reid a few weeks ago and he just told me ‘Hey, this is what’s going to happen,’" Fisher said. "Obviously, I was pretty excited about it because deep down inside, I think I’m truly a left tackle.""Playing right tackle last year, I think, was a great learning experience for me," Fisher said. "I learned a lot from Branden Albert, what a great guy to learn from. The things he’s accomplished … that’s just awesome. I’m ready to take over now. I’m ready to run that left side with Jeff Allen. I think we’re going to have a great crew up front." (Photo: David Eulitt / The Kansas City Star)

CHIEFS’ LT ERIC FISHER UNDERGOES SHOULDER SURGERY, MOVING TO LT POSITION - Kansas City Chiefs LT Eric Fisher underwent surgery on Monday to fix an injured shoulder and a sports hernia. During the 2013 season, Fisher had his share of injuries including a groin injury that prevented him from playing in the playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Along with the groin injury, he also sustained a knee, shoulder, back injury, and concussion.

Fisher started off the season in the RT position, showing a rough transition from his usual LT position at Central Michigan. His overall grade was a -17.3 for the season, but the last five games he posted a +2.6 allowing 7 sacks and 35 hurries. However, with the departure of former LT Branden Albert to Miami, Eric Fisher received the nod from head coach Any Reid that he would be shifting to the left side of the line.

"I met with coach (Andy) Reid a few weeks ago and he just told me ‘Hey, this is what’s going to happen,’" Fisher said. "Obviously, I was pretty excited about it because deep down inside, I think I’m truly a left tackle."

"Playing right tackle last year, I think, was a great learning experience for me," Fisher said. "I learned a lot from Branden Albert, what a great guy to learn from. The things he’s accomplished … that’s just awesome. I’m ready to take over now. I’m ready to run that left side with Jeff Allen. I think we’re going to have a great crew up front." (Photo: David Eulitt / The Kansas City Star)

Happy 28th Birthday to Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch.#BEASTMODE

Happy 28th Birthday to Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch.#BEASTMODE

JAGS’ LB RUSSELL ALLEN RETIRES AFTER SUFFERING IN-GAME STROKEFormer Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen will retire after suffering a concussion and a stroke in a game last December.Allen told MMQB.si.com that he has a dead spot — no bigger than a dime — on his cerebellum. The cerebellum controls motor movement and coordination.The Jaguars released Allen last week after his personal physician consulted with Jacksonville’s medical staff before a scheduled physical.The Jaguars declined comment Tuesday, citing medical privacy laws. Allen, who lives with his wife and 2-year-old son in San Diego, did not immediately return a message left on his cellphone."I told my story so athletes understand you can’t ignore head injuries," Allen posted on his Twitter page Tuesday. "If you’re not sure you have one, then you do. Report it immediately."In the months after Allen’s initial stroke diagnosis, he saw three neurosurgeons. The last one advised Allen to quit playing football.Allen told MMQB he has struggled to pick up and grip hand-held objects — doctors believe this will subside in time — and will be on blood-thinning medication for the rest of his life.Allen hopes others will learn from his experience."Guys talk about it all the time: ‘I’m all right; I just got my bell rung,’" he said. "I’ve had, maybe 10 times in my career, when for a second I felt woozy after a hit. And what I’ve learned from this is that it’s not something to be overlooked. If it feels like something’s wrong, something’s wrong. I want someone to know my experience, so they can know when they experience something similar."Allen sustained the concussion and stroke in Week 15 against Buffalo, after running into Bills center Eric Wood several yards downfield."It was strange because it was so routine," Allen said. "We hit, I got off the block, no big deal. I felt something flash — like they say when you get your bell rung. I didn’t lose consciousness. I walked back to the huddle and finished the drive."Later in the game, though, Allen began having double vision on the sideline. He did not notify team trainers, instead asking teammate Paul Posluszny if his eye was OK.Allen had a headache after the game and again when he woke up the next day, which prompted him to tell the team.The Jaguars ordered an MRI and sent Allen home. That Tuesday, the Jags told Allen to meet a team physician at the emergency room. Allen was told he had suffered a stroke and had tests for three days at the hospital. (Photo: Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

JAGS’ LB RUSSELL ALLEN RETIRES AFTER SUFFERING IN-GAME STROKE

Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen will retire after suffering a concussion and a stroke in a game last December.

Allen told MMQB.si.com that he has a dead spot — no bigger than a dime — on his cerebellum. The cerebellum controls motor movement and coordination.

The Jaguars released Allen last week after his personal physician consulted with Jacksonville’s medical staff before a scheduled physical.

The Jaguars declined comment Tuesday, citing medical privacy laws. Allen, who lives with his wife and 2-year-old son in San Diego, did not immediately return a message left on his cellphone.

"I told my story so athletes understand you can’t ignore head injuries," Allen posted on his Twitter page Tuesday. "If you’re not sure you have one, then you do. Report it immediately."

In the months after Allen’s initial stroke diagnosis, he saw three neurosurgeons. The last one advised Allen to quit playing football.

Allen told MMQB he has struggled to pick up and grip hand-held objects — doctors believe this will subside in time — and will be on blood-thinning medication for the rest of his life.

Allen hopes others will learn from his experience.

"Guys talk about it all the time: ‘I’m all right; I just got my bell rung,’" he said. "I’ve had, maybe 10 times in my career, when for a second I felt woozy after a hit. And what I’ve learned from this is that it’s not something to be overlooked. If it feels like something’s wrong, something’s wrong. I want someone to know my experience, so they can know when they experience something similar."

Allen sustained the concussion and stroke in Week 15 against Buffalo, after running into Bills center Eric Wood several yards downfield.

"It was strange because it was so routine," Allen said. "We hit, I got off the block, no big deal. I felt something flash — like they say when you get your bell rung. I didn’t lose consciousness. I walked back to the huddle and finished the drive."

Later in the game, though, Allen began having double vision on the sideline. He did not notify team trainers, instead asking teammate Paul Posluszny if his eye was OK.

Allen had a headache after the game and again when he woke up the next day, which prompted him to tell the team.

The Jaguars ordered an MRI and sent Allen home. That Tuesday, the Jags told Allen to meet a team physician at the emergency room. Allen was told he had suffered a stroke and had tests for three days at the hospital. (Photo: Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

The 2014 NFL scheduled will be released Wednesday night. Which games are you hoping to see on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights?

The 2014 NFL scheduled will be released Wednesday night. Which games are you hoping to see on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights?

NFL ANNOUNCES TOP PROSPECTS TO ATTEND DRAFT IN NYCThe wait for the 2014 NFL Draft is a bit longer than most years, but the league continued to fan the flames of anticipation by announcing the players that will be in New York City for the festivities at Radio City Music Hall on May 8.Here is a list of the scheduled attendees for the draft:-QUARTERBACKS-Blake Bortles, Central FloridaTeddy Bridgewater, LouisvilleJimmy Garoppolo, Eastern IllinoisJohnny Manziel, Texas A&M-WIDE RECEIVERS-Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU Brandin Cooks, Oregon StateMike Evans, Texas A&M Cody Latimer, IndianaMarqise Lee, USCJordan Matthews, VanderbiltSammy Watkins, Clemson-TIGHT ENDS-Eric Ebron, North Carolina -OFFENSIVE TACKLES-Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama Taylor Lewan, MichiganJake Matthews, Texas A&M Morgan Moses, VirginiaGreg Robinson, Auburn-DEFENSIVE ENDS-Jadeveon Clowney, South CarolinaKony Ealy, Missouri-DEFENSIVE TACKLES-Ra’Shede Hageman, MinnesotaTimmy Jernigan, Florida State-LINEBACKERS-Khalil Mack, BuffaloC.J. Mosley, AlabamaRyan Shazier, Ohio State -CORNERBACKS-Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma StateBradley Roby, Ohio State Jason Verrett, TCU-SAFTIES-Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, AlabamaCalvin Pryor, LouisvilleThese prospects are expected to be selected in the first three rounds.The first round will be Thursday, May 8, with rounds 2-3 the next day. (Photo: Associated Press)

NFL ANNOUNCES TOP PROSPECTS TO ATTEND DRAFT IN NYC

The wait for the 2014 NFL Draft is a bit longer than most years, but the league continued to fan the flames of anticipation by announcing the players that will be in New York City for the festivities at Radio City Music Hall on May 8.

Here is a list of the scheduled attendees for the draft:

-QUARTERBACKS-
Blake Bortles, Central Florida
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

-WIDE RECEIVERS-
Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU 
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Mike Evans, Texas A&M 
Cody Latimer, Indiana
Marqise Lee, USC
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Sammy Watkins, Clemson

-TIGHT ENDS-
Eric Ebron, North Carolina 

-OFFENSIVE TACKLES-
Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama 
Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M 
Morgan Moses, Virginia
Greg Robinson, Auburn

-DEFENSIVE ENDS-
Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Kony Ealy, Missouri

-DEFENSIVE TACKLES-
Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

-LINEBACKERS-
Khalil Mack, Buffalo
C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Ryan Shazier, Ohio State 

-CORNERBACKS-
Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech 
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Bradley Roby, Ohio State 
Jason Verrett, TCU

-SAFTIES-
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Calvin Pryor, Louisville

These prospects are expected to be selected in the first three rounds.

The first round will be Thursday, May 8, with rounds 2-3 the next day. (Photo: Associated Press)