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DENVER — Afraid of the long-term consequences of an NFL career and uninterested in making a Super Bowl run, Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt shockingly informed the team Tuesday of his plans to retire.
Moffitt, 27, failed to report to the Broncos after their bye week on Monday. A day later, he indicated on his Twitter feed that he was stepping away for good.
third-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL draft, Moffitt was traded twice this offseason—once to the Cleveland Browns and then finally to Denver after the initial deal was rescinded. The Broncos pegged the talented, 319-pound guard as an integral part of their line, but he never caught on. He played in only two of Denver’s first eight games and was listed behind Louis Vasquez on the team’s depth chart at right guard.
While a source initially told The Denver Post’s Mike Klis that Moffitt made his decision after doing some “soul searching” due to his lack of playing time, the former Wisconsin standout indicated that wasn’t the case.
“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all,” Moffitttold the Associated Press, via ESPN.com. “And I think it’s really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being and risk your happiness for money.”
Moffitt, who indicated he doesn’t have a history of concussions, said the possibility of long-term brain injury did play a factor in his decision.
“I’m not trying to be the poster boy for ‘Oh, I thought I should leave because of concussions.’ I’m just saying, it’s a valid point,” Moffitt said. “I love the game and I respect the game and everybody who plays it knows what they risk and I knew what I risked when I played, and I’m no longer willing to risk it.”
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SEATTLE — The Miami Dolphins’ Richie Incognito has been in the headlines recently over allegations that he bullied rookie teammate Jonathan Martin.
Omar Kelly with the Sun Sentinel reported that Miami Dolphins coaches asked player Richie Incognito, who was the offensive line’s undisputed leader, to toughen up teammate Jonathan Martin after he missed a voluntary workout last spring, multiple sources said.
The sources told the paper they believe that Incognito, who is accused of using racially incendiary language and bullying tactics against Martin, may have taken those orders too far.
It’s not clear whether those marching orders will now become part of a pending investigation by the NFL into the Dolphins’ locker room culture, and the alleged bullying that took place between Incognito and Martin.
“I’m just trying to weather the storm right now. This will pass,” Incognito told WSVN-TV when reached outside a doctor’s office.
Incognito has been suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins for conduct detrimental to the team for his tactics involving Martin, the team’s 2012 second-round pick, who left the team last week and later accused the Dolphins of having an unsafe working environment.
In response to the situation, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who is a former teammate of Martin’s at Stanford, made these statements Wednesday:
“To generalize the question: I guess that I would say that I’m extremely disappointed in the reaction that I think has been generated from this entire event. I’m not trying to say too much about it but I think that a lot of people might look at Jonathan Martin and think that he’s soft because he stepped away from the game – “why don’t you just fight him?” Well, let’s really look at it with common sense and being logical.
What options did Jonathan Martin have? He could either fight Richie Incognito. He could go and tell on him, which we know in football locker room doesn’t go over well. Or he could remove himself from the situation and let the proper channels take care of itself. I think he made the intelligent, smart choice without putting himself or Richie Incognito’s physical abilities in danger.
I know Jonathan Martin as a person, I know his character, I know he’s a great guy, a great friend of mine. He’s never been in trouble. So, I can only speak about him. So, for this situation to be as serious as it has become, it has to have been something serious that was going on.
I think there’s some reports that have come out that have said Jonathan Martin was soft or the way he handled the situation – he couldn’t take the verbal abuse or whatever it was. I don’t know the specifics of what happened. So I don’t want to speculate. But at the same time, we saw the voice mails, the text messages. And for anybody to say that “You can’t handle that – you’re soft because you can’t handle that” – that’s ridiculous to me, that’s disappointing that our society even has to question that. It’s pathetic to me, actually.
I’ve talked to him. I reached out to him to make sure he’s alright. I let a couple days go by before I said anything. I made sure he was alright and I made sure he knew that I was there for him if he needed anything.
What goes on in the locker room stays in the locker room. I’ve never come across any type of situation that was reminiscent of what has come out from this situation. There is part of initiation when you get to the NFL, whether it be paying for veterans’ lunch or whatever it may be – every once in awhile, that’s common in this workplace. So, I don’t think that was the case in Miami.”
Head coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon ahead of the team’s 1:30 p.m. PT “Competition Wednesday” practice and preparation for the club’s Week 10 road contest with the Atlanta Falcons.
Carroll said he threw around with wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) before the team’s walk-through practice today and was impressed with his work out, but noted that Harvin would not practice with the team on Wednesday.
“We’re excited that he’s strong and feeling good,” said Carroll. “We’ll see what he can do in the days ahead.”
Carroll emphasized that it is a matter of when – not if – the wide receiver will return to action this season. While the club feels confident in what Harvin has demonstrated in his recovery from his August hip surgery, Carroll said they need to make sure he’s physically fit in all areas, as Harvin’s aggressive playstyle as a runner, returner, and receiver features quick cuts and breaks in route-running, changes in direction, and leaves him vulnerable to some of the more violent hits on the field.
“We just have to do it right because we want him to finish the season with us and have this not be an issue,” Carroll said. “For him to play at this level he’s got to be ready to go.
“When he really feels secure, solid, and great, then we’ll bust him out.”
Below are some more news and notes from Carroll’s Wednesday presser:
- Right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) and left tackle Russell Okung (toe) will return to practice this week. Carroll reiterated that it’s unrealistic Giacomini will be ready for this week’s game against the Falcons. Okung is eligible to return for the team’s November 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
- Carroll said center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant (concussions) would not practice Wednesday. “Both guys are really determined to make it back (this week) if possible, but we’ve got to do this right,” Carroll said. More will be known on the pair’s status toward the end of the week.
- As we’ve seen throughout this season, running back Marshawn Lynch‘s practice status will be managed throughout the week. Carroll said Lynch would not practice Wednesday.
- Strong safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) is expected to return to practice this week with the hope of being ready for next week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Carroll said fullback Derrick Coleman (hamstring) is not as close in his return.
- Carroll heard back from NFL officials on the pass interference call that went against free safety Earl Thomas in last Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “It should not have been called,” Carroll said. Thomas appeared to have picked off the pass from Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon on the play.
- Carroll said Malcolm Smith could see “elevated opportunities” in the linebacker rotation to help keep the unit at their best. Carroll said tackle Alvin Bailey would receive a similar treatment along the offensive line.
- “There are some games you don’t want to forget because they keep you going – this is one of them,” Carroll on last year’s postseason-ending loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
SEATTLE — Things looked bleak early on.
The Seattle Seahawks nearly had their 11-game home winning streak snapped by the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at CenturyLink Field, trailing the Bucs 21-0 in the second half.
But the one-loss Hawks showed their grit and toughness, making up for early mistakes to beat the team from Tampa Bay 27-24 in overtime.
Those early mistakes caused big headaches for the Hawks and a sold out crowd at CenturyLink Field. A fumble on a Jermaine Kearse kick-off return led to the third Bucs touchdown of the first half, putting the Hawks down 21-0 with 2:23 to go in the first half. The Hawks gave up three turnovers, including an uncharacteristic two-interception game from Russell Wilson, with one coming the Hawks’ 10-yard line as the team late.
Wide reciver Doug Baldwin said even with a comeback win, the Hawks have not put together a complete offensive performance.
“The offense is yet to put together a solid four quarters,” Doug Baldwin said after the game. “But we find ways to win.”
The Hawks again struggled to contain the running game, with Mike James gashing the Hawks for 158 yards on 28 carries.
“We showed a little vulnerability last week,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said about the rushing defense. “We knew they were going to do that again.”
But a 10-yard Russell Wilson touchdown run with 5:06 left in the 3rd quarter was the spark the team needed to turn the game around. Doug Baldwin tied the game up 24-24 with a 10-yard pass from Russell Wilson with less than two minutes to go in regulation. A nice defensive stop on the Bucs in overtime set the Hawks up in good field position and allowed Steven Hauschka to nail a 27 yard field goal to cement the win and the biggest turnaround victory in franchise history.
Wilson ended the game 19-for-26, and despite the two interceptions showed tremendous poise and confidence to lead the Hawks down the field late, coach Pete Carroll said.
“He put us on his back yet again,” Carroll said after the game.
Marshawn Lynch had his second 100-yard rushing game of the Season, finishing with 21 carries and 125 yards. He left the game briefly in the first quarter with knee issues, but seemed strong late.
The 8-1 Hawks will head to Atlanta next Sunday to face the 2-6 Falcons. The game will be broadcast on Q13 FOX.
Live updates from the game
[4:14] – The Seahawks are certainly a second half team,
[4:08] – Mike James has 156 yards rushing for the Hawks. The run continues to gash the Hawks defense.
[4:06] – The Hawks and Bucs are headed to overtime. What a comeback for the Hawks so far, as they were down by 21 points in the third quarter.
[3:58] – Another defensive stop for the Hawks on 4th down. There is 20 seconds remaining in the game and it is tied up. Earl Thomas comes out of nowhere for a stop. Greg Schiano is leaving his offense on the field, apparently to draw the Hawks offsides.
[3:49] – Hawks face a third down and five with 2 minutes remaining. The ball is on the 10-yard line.
[3:44] – John Pierre now in center for Max Unger. Max Unger is out for the game. Unger is out with a concussion. 3rd and three upcoming for the Seahawks…
[3:37] – Ugh. The Hawks throw a pick on their own 3 and the Bucs takeover on their own 20. About 7 minutes left in the game.
[3:36] – Jermaine Kearse has a beautiful 27-yard catch from WIlson to put the Hawks on the Bucs’ 3.
[3:34] – Wilson is looking solid after a slow first half. He is 13-for18 with 135 yards and one interception.
[3:29] – Sack by Chris Clemons! The Bucs are going to have to punt. Seahawks will get the ball on the 25-yardline.
[3:22] – Steven Hauschka puts the Seahawks within 7 with about 14 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Hawks trail 17-24. It’s go time, Hawks fans.
[3:14] – Bucs lead by 10, but the Hawks have the ball on about the Bucs’ 25.
[3:12] -- The Bucs are forced to punt it away. That’s only the Hawks second stop on third down.
[3:10] – The Bucs are dominating time of possession by almost 10 minutes. This is the second week in a row this has happened against the Seahawks.
[3:02] – Seahawks are driving. We keep looking at the clock. Down three scores with 6:03 left in the third. The crowd is starting to get back into it.
[2:59] – Lynch gets a 13-yard run to get out near midfield. Lynch is averaging about 6 yards per run. Not too shabby, and is the one bright spot so far in this game.
[2:52] – The Bucs kick a field goal to go up 24-7 with 9:48 to go in the third quarter.
[2:49] – The Bucs are 3-for-3 in the Redzone so far this game. The run continues to gash the Hawks. The Bucs have a third-and-long coming up.
[2:47] – The Bucs complete another third down. Their in Hawks territory and driving again to start the 3rd quarter. The Hawks could use a stop…
[2:44] – Pete Carroll, “The Bucs don’t look like an 0-7 team to me, does it?”
The Bucs lead the Hawks 21-7 at the end of the first half
[2:27] – The Bucs are killing the Hawks on third down. They are 7-for-8 on third down attempts.
[2:22] – The Seahawks have never overcome a 21-0 deficit in their history. Lets hope this season is a season of firsts.
[2:20] – TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS! Wilson to Kearse for with 1:30 left in the game cuts the lead to 14.
[2:18] – Hawks are driving here with about 1:45 left in the first half. They really need a touchdown here before they go into the half to cut the lead to 14. The Bucs will get the ball to start the second quarter.
[2:10] – This is the Hawks’ largest deficit of the season.
[2:07] – The Bucs are really pulling out all the stops today. They lead 21-0 with 2 minutes left in the second 2nd quarter.
[2:05] – Jermaine Kearse fumbles on the kickoff and the Bucs pick it up on the Hawks 31. Bucs have first and goal on the 2.
[2:02] – Touchdown Buccaneers. They take a 14-0 lead with 2:55 left in the first half. The last drive was 84 yards long.
[2:01] – The Bucs are six of seven on 3rd down.
[1:58] – Underwood secures a first-down and gets the ball out to near the Hawks 44. The 12s are quieting down a bit in CenturLink.
[1:55] – The Bucs have 10 first downs and 93 total yards with 8:57 left in the first half. This isn’t yet a blowout many Hawks fans expected, and the Bucs are driving again and near midfield.
[1:51] – Kearse drops a pass. Two dropped passes in a row. Wilson takes it to the 44-yard line but it looks like the Hawks will have to punt. What is up here, guys?
[1:46] – Surprise onside kick! The Bucs are pulling out all the stops. Luckily, an offside penalty forces a re-kick and the Hawks get the ball on their own 25.
[1:41] – M. Glennon passes to T. Wright for a 12 yard touchdown pass and puts the Bucks up 7-0 with 11:50 left in the first half.
[1:38] – The Hawks suffer a big time pass interference penalty to put the Bucs on the Hawks 22. The Hawks are having trouble getting much going on offense. and look a little tired on defense.
[1:31] – Bucs get a long first down, but a false start penalty pushes them back.
[1:26] – Marshawn Lynch has a bit of knee issue. His return is probable. Hawks are forced to punt and the Bucs get the ball on their own 11.
[1:24] – Wilson takes a big helmet to helmet hit for a 15-yard penalty. Hate to see our man continue to get the hits.
[1:21] – Bucs have to punt the ball and the Hawks will get the ball on their own 20.
[1:17] – The Bucs get their first first down of the game. Lets hope the run doesn’t gash the Hawks like last week.
[1:15] – There’s some question whether or not the defense will be tired from Monday night’s game, where they were on the field for 71 plays.
[1:13] – Russell Wilson throws an interception to stop a promising drive. Wilson hasn’t thrown many interceptions this season. There could have been some miscues on that play.
[1:12] – Golden Tate is the Seahawks leading receiver this season.
[1:11] – Marshawn Lynch already has 43 yards on the game.
[1:10] – Again the offensive line looks shaky at best. Wilson rushed out. Great pass to tight end Zach Miller to pick up 10 on third down.
[1:07] – Wilson sacked. Lets see we don’t see many of those today. He was sacked 7 times against the Rams.
[1:06] – Lynch gets the ball to start the game. Already has about 20 yards. Best mode.
[1:05 p.m.] – Kickoff! Hawks get the ball on their 20.
Rice suffered the injury during a second-quarter collision in Monday night’s 14-9 win over the St. Louis Rams.
Additional tests on Rice’s knee Tuesday showed that he tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), an injury that will end his third season with the Seahawks at midseason.
Rice was signed in 2011 after playing his first four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He led the team with 50 receptions for 748 yards and seven TDs last season, when he started 16 games for the first time. He played in nine games during his first season with the Seahawks, missing the first two with a shoulder injury and the final five because of a concussion. He had 32 catches for 484 yards and two TDs.
With Rice out, it could hasten the return of Percy Harvin, who started the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list after having hip surgery on Aug. 1. Harvin returned to practice on a limited basis last week, but has yet to be added to the 53-man roster.
Tate, who had two touchdown catches in Monday night’s game, leads the team with 32 receptions and 439 yards. Doug Baldwin is second in both categories (23 for 372).
– By Clare Farnsworth