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Marvin Lewis: John Ross concealed injury

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 12:14 PM

            CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Thursday that rookie first-round pick John Ross had been concealing a shoulder injury and didn’t “come clean” until after the Wednesday press conference in which Lewis said the wide receiver had a chance to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

“I think you guys must have tweeted it out and he must have got afraid,” Lewis joked with reporters Thursday, one day after the team put Ross on season-ending Injured Reserve.

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Lewis said Ross, who took part in the Wednesday morning walk-through, had been feeling discomfort in his left shoulder for a while but tried to fight through it before deciding to have an MRI before Wednesday afternoon’s practice.

“In his mind he’s dealing with it,” Lewis said. “A couple weeks ago when it was raining and we were practicing on the grass, he said when he went to extend it for a deep pass. He ended up dropping it and said he felt hindered on that (left) side a little bit. He pointed to that to me when he came to my office and told me. He said ‘It’s just been bothering me. Now it’s getting to the point where I can’t sleep.’

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While Ross didn’t mention the discomfort to Lewis, he brought it up to trainers who gave him a brace. But Lewis said he didn’t like wearing the brace.

He finished his rookie season appearing in three games with no catches on two targets and one carry while playing 17 snaps.

LOOK: These reflective Louisville uniforms are the most creative of 2017

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

Louisville is getting decked out in some of the most flashiest uniforms, literally, that you’ll ever see.

The Cardinals are squaring off with Memphis on Saturday in the Gotham Classic from Madison Square Garden.

Louisville (7-2) is aiming for its second four-game winning streak of the season. A few hours before tipoff, the Cardinals revealed quite the snazzy set for their trip to the Big Apple.

Click play and witness the magic of technology:

These have to be the most creative uniforms of 2017.

In the first game of the Gotham Classic from Louisville, the Cardinals routed Bryant 102-59. The Gotham Classic concludes with a Louisville home game on Dec. 20 vs. Albany.

Kory Taylor commits to Purdue: Boilermakers land 2018 WR

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

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The Boilermakers added another player to their 2018 recruiting class on Saturday morning, as 3-star wide receiver Kory Taylor announced that he is committed to Purdue.

Taylor, a native of Hilliard, Ohio, made the announcement on Twitter.

See the tweet below:

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Taylor played his high school ball in his hometown at Hilliard Bradley High School.

Taylor received scholarship offers from 21 schools, including Minnesota, Rutgers, Louisville and Iowa State. However, he ultimately chose Purdue after visiting the school on Friday.

According to 247Sports, Taylor is ranked No. 23 among all Ohio wide receivers in the 2018 recruiting class, and No. 97 overall among all receivers.

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Alabama will pay almost $3 million for two non-conference games next season

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

Alabama will pay a pretty penny for two of its non-conference games next season.

The Crimson Tide’s matchups against Arkansas State and Louisiana will total just shy of $3 million for them to come to Bryant-Denny Stadium, according to Chandler Rome of The Anniston Star.

Alabama’s game against Arkansas State on Sept. 8 will cost $1.7 million, while the Sept. 29 meeting with Louisiana will see the school send $1.25 million.

The matchup with the Red Wolves will be the third between the two schools, with the last one coming in 2008, a 35-0 win for the Tide in Nick Saban’s second year coaching in Tuscaloosa. Meanwhile, it will be the first time Alabama has played Louisiana in football.

For comparison, two of Alabama’s non-conference opponents this season also netted about $3 million as the school reportedly paid Colorado State $1.5 million and Fresno State $1.4 million. Mercer of the FCS got $900,000.

Mark Dantonio passes on answering awkward question about Jim Harbaugh’s khakis

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:43 AM

Mark Dantonio was on the west coast earlier this week doing some interviews in the lead up to Michigan State’s meeting with Washington State in the Holiday Bowl. There was one question that caught him off guard — and it had to do with a rival coach’s pants.

Toward the end of an joint interview with Washington State coach Mike Leach on San Diego’s KUSI, Dantonio was asked about an autographed pair of Jim Harbaugh’s khakis that were up for auction at a Michigan banquet. KUSI’s Brandon Stone asked the Spartans’ head coach how much he thought the signed trousers sold for at the auction.

Dantonio, who has been in a war of words with Harbaugh during the last two weeks, sidestepped the question, saying “it’s sort of irrelevant to this conversation, really. I’ll pass on that one.”

Leach, one of the most colorful coaches in college football, stepped in and made things a little less awkward, but it was still a peculiar exchange.

Here’s the video. The khaki question comes around the 7:00 mark.

The starting bid for the khakis in question was $900 and the pants received no bids at the auction.