Apr 1, 2011
We are officially in April, and no worries, we are not about to pull any April Fools’ Day jokes here in the Fantasy Guru Daily. Instead, we sit here in the calm before the storm as we await the April 6 preliminary hearing in Brady v. NFL.
Pennington gets hurt again … To call free agent QB Chad Pennington injury-prone would be an understatement at this point, as he tore his ACL in a pickup basketball game and will undergo surgery with Dr. James Andrews next week. This comes after he dislocated his shoulder after just two plays in 2010. That, of course, came after a shoulder injury ended his 2009 season in Week Three. Pennington has attempted a total of two passes since September 2009, and with a torn ACL on top of the shoulder problems, it’s getting harder and harder to see him making an impact in the NFL again. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano has expressed interest in Pennington as an assistant coach, which seems like a good move for Pennington at this point.
Your lockout news for the day … We know how much everyone just loves lockout news, so for today, we bring you the players putting an unknown number on damages the NFL should pay back in the case over $4 billion in TV revenue. Everyone’s favorite judge, David Doty, will hear the case May 12. Get your popcorn ready.
In other lockout news, get ready for the awkward handshake of the year when Texas A&M LB Von Miller, not to be confused with German engineer Oskar von Miller, takes the stage at the draft. A potential top-5 pick, Miller is the lone rookie plaintiff in the Brady v. NFL case, but that’s not stopping him from getting his moment in the spotlight in New York, as he still accepted an invitation to the draft. Miller apparently will also be in court April 6, making for an eventful month that will end with a nice photo-op with Roger Goodell at Radio City Music Hall.
Gonzalez ponders future … Veteran Falcon TE Tony Gonzalez has made it clear that he’ll return for another season in 2011, but if “next season” means 2012 because of the lockout, don’t expect to see him back on an NFL field. The 35-year-old Gonzalez said he likely would not return for another year if the 2011 season gets wiped out, but of course, we believe that we’ll see Tony again because THERE WILL BE FOOTBALL IN 2011.
- While Bronco DE Elvis Dumervil saw charges against him get dismissed, former Bronco RB Laurence Maroney has been charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
- Giant C Shaun O’Hara underwent a second surgery to have his Achilles and ankle cleaned out, the New York Post reports.