How was your week

Posted: November 4, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I think that every fan of an NFL team understands that injuries are going to be part of the game. There’s not a team in the league that goes through a season injury free, but the Houston Texans have really suffered from the injury bug this season.

In their 5th game of the season the Texans lost their top two defensive players J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus to season ending injuries. Even with those losses there was a bit of light for the Texans as they have seemed to have found a franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson. Well at practice on Thursday during a non-contact drill Watson went down. Now he got right back up and there didn’t appear t be anything majorly wrong with him. He was carted off the practice field to be checked out just to be safe since he is the teams starting quarterback. After his examination it was learned that Watson torn the ACL in his left knee and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Even with Watson the Texans where a game under .500 at 3-4, but in the AFC South that put them just one game out of 1st place.

Even though it was a loss Watson is coming off his best game as a pro. In Week 8 Watson threw for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns and added 67 rushing yards against the Seattle Seahawks. It’s the third time in Watson’s short career that he’s thrown for 4 or more touchdowns in a game, but it was the first time that he broke the 400 yard barrier.

With Watson out Tom Savage returns to the starting quarterback role for the Texans. Savage was the starter to open the season, but lasted just a half before Watson came into the game. Savage was 7 for 13 for 62 yards, but was sacked 6 times in the Texans opening night 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaquars.

Now this is one of the quarterback opens that is very interesting. Watson skill set in the read option offense the Texans are running is very, very similar to Colin Kaepernick’s. With the Texans in playoff contention you’d think they’d be the team that would be interested in taking a look at Kaepernick. Now it appeared that earlier in the week the Texans coaching staff may have been interested in bringing Kaepernick in for a try out, but Texans owner Bob McNair didn’t give permission for them to bring Kaepernick in. Will the Texans be the team that would put a playoff chance ahead of the distraction, if any at this point that might come with bringing Kaepernick in.

McNair has found his name in the headlines quite a it lately. First he made the stupid “inmate” comment that caused some of the Houston players to actually leave the teams facility and consider not playing in last Sunday’s game. Then we find out that he didn’t give his coaching staff permission to try out Kaepernick. Now he’s linked with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft as the first three owners to be asked to turn over their cell phone and e-mail records in Kaepernick’s collusion suit against the NFL. San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll where also on the deposition list. Other owners, team officials, and league officials may also be deposed, but those are the individuals confirmed for now.

Instead of taking a look at Kaepernick the Texans signed Matt McGloin and T.J. Yates as back up quarterbacks.

While we’re talking about players who’s season are over the Indianapolis Colts have finally decided to put quarterback Andrew Luck on season ended IR. Luck hasn’t played a down for the Colts this season after having shoulder surgery in the off season. Luck did use the term “very optimistic” when he was asked about his future. The Colts decided to finally shut Luck down after multiple doctors recommended it to the team.

Another player who’s season is over is 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon suffered a neck injury in the second half of the 49ers Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Garcon signed with the 49ers in March as a free agent so he could be with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Garcon had a 1000 yard season for the Washington Redskins in 2016 with Shanahan as the offensive coordinator. The 49ers gave Garcon a 3 year $23 million dollar deal and in order to save their salary cap space Garcon got $17 million dollars in guaranteed money.

Garcon was the 49ers leader in receptions with 40 and yards with 500. While Garcon hadn’t found the end zone this season to be fair the only 49ers wide receiver to score a touchdown is Aldrick Robinson.

With baseball officially in the off season now teams are making decisions on which plyers contract options they’ll pick up and which players they’ll decline options on and allow them to go into free agency. Now there will be a lot of players that will be involved in these type of contact decisions, but the name that jumped out at me was Ichiro Suzuki.

It’s no real surprise that the Miami Marlins made this move. With a new ownership group taking over and quite a few reports that they’re looking to cut payroll Ichiro may be the first of many players Miami gets rid of. The question now is at 44 years of age will another team sign Ichiro.

Ichiro appeared in 136 games for the Marlins last season playing all three outfield positions for them. He hit .255, but is a career .312 hitter.

Ichiro is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer. He currently has 3080 career hits. Ichiro has won the Rookie of the Year award and the M.V.P. in the same season, 2001. He’s a 10-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner. He’s won 2 batting title and 3 Silver Sluggers and was named All-Star game M.V.P. in 2007.

Ichiro has made it clear that he’d like to continue his major league career, but will a team take a chance on him. He could be a good fit for a contending team as 4th or 5th outfield. Now the Marlins only paid Ichiro $2 million dollars a season while he was with them; so he may be a value for the right team. Would you like to see your favorite team sign Ichiro?

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