Jun 28, 2011
Hey! We are preparing for another week of labor talks, so [INSERT CLEVER BLOG INTRO HERE]. In the meantime, there’s still plenty of news to go around this week.
Labor talks heating up yet again… With crunch time approaching to save a healthy free-agency period before a full training camp, the NFL and its players are back to meeting in hopes of ending the lockout and striking a new labor deal. This time, they’re meeting in Minnesota, and optimism remains high that deal will be struck not only in enough time to preserve the preseason and regular season, but to preserve training camp as well. It appears as if the snags in last week’s talks were over a potential rookie wage scale, which both sides are willing to implement but have different ideas on exactly how to do that.
Hillis reveals he played with broken ribs… Brown RB and new Madden cover boy Peyton Hillis had a magical breakout year in 2011, but the honeymoon ended just soon enough so his owners didn’t benefit from using him in the fantasy postseason. Hillis combined for just 32/107/0 on the ground and 4/31/0 through the air over the final three weeks of the season, and most just chalked up the decreased production to normal wear-and-tear on a body that invites punishment but had never seen as much of it in the past/. But Hillis recently revealed that he played with cracked ribs over those last three games, and for a player who runs as violently as he does, the injury was anything but a walk in the park. Hillis expects to be healthy in 2011, and if Montario Hardesty is able to rebound from serious injury himself, the Browns will be better equipped to handle a likewise situation moving forward.
- No surprise here, but rookie Christian Ponder says he wants to be the Vikings’ starting QB this year, even though he understands why the team would want to bring in a veteran after the rookie. If you have a few minutes, this interview with the rookie is a pretty good listen.
- Dolphin WR Brandon Marshall wasn’t pleased with his gameday speed last season, so he’s working on getting it back up to the 4.4 range. That speed, along with his size, made him elite in the first place, but he took a bit of a step down from that pedestal in his first year with Miami.
- Falcon WR Harry Douglas, who was relatively unproductive last season as he worked his way back from a serious ACL tear, looks healthy.
- Joe Dolan