Steve Gleason responded to the three now-former Atlanta radio hosts who made offensive jokes on-air about the former New Orleans Saints player and ALS sufferer. Gleason took the high road when he wrote back on his Facebook page, accepting the hosts' apologies and explaining how all parties can move on:
I think everyone can learn from this event. Its clear to me that, on a national & global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why its under funded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Lets talk about this ... There are zero treatments for ALS. If you take any action as a result of this event, I prefer it to be action to end ALS. See what we are doing to change that @ teamgleason.org. SG
Everyone seems to be at peace with the ordeal (except for those still looking for jobs), and hopefully the awareness raised for an awful disease will have an even further reaching impact on more people.
That Atlanta Falcons approved a retractable roof design for their new 70,000-seat stadium, but it's not just any old retractable roof. The top of the stadium would open up like a camera lens, with multiple pieces opening and closing together. The design is unlike anything in the NFL, and has been affectionately dubbed the "Stankonia Dome" by SB Nation's Jason Kirk.
Unfortunately, the Stankonia Dome likely won't be called the Stankonia Dome officially, and instead will probably be slapped with the name of a corporate sponsor du jour. Still, Falcons fans have every reason to be excited about the latest and grandest display of opulence in the NFL coming to their town.
I know there's this great curiosity about Tebow, but the truth is the two bigger and much more significant questions in New England are: How are the Patriots going to replace Wes Welker and how much will upcoming back surgery impact tight end Rob Gronkowski this season? Those two factors will have a much greater impact on what the Patriots' record will be this season.
Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop visited with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, and has already set up a visit with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Jacksonville Jaguars are also reportedly interested, though no visit has been set up.
Bishop was released after he refused to take a pay cut with the Packers. He started for the team in 2010 and 2011, but missed the 2012 season with a torn hamstring, making him a somewhat risky pickup as a free agent. That said, Bishop is just 28 years old and has been plenty productive in the past. He could come cheap due to injury concerns, and ultimately become a difference-maker wherever he lands.
Victor Cruz may have lost all of his bargaining power with the New York Giants when he signed a $2.879 million tender offer last week. Cruz is holding out hope for a long-term contract that will pay him no less than $9 million per season, but a sports agent speaking anonymously with the New York Post said not to expect Cruz to get what he wants:
"You look weak,'' the agent said. " ‘I want a long-term deal and I'm not going to play unless you give me one,' and then I sign, which takes my leverage away from getting a long-term deal. There are some players who will come in and say, ‘I trust the team and hopefully they do the right thing,' which is basically what Cruz is doing.''
Cruz could be holding out hope that a big 2013 season will turn the bargaining tables back in his favor when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, but according to the agent the Giants could slap the wideout with a franchise tag in that case. Unfortunately for Cruz, unless he accepts the Giants' standing offer worth approximately $7 million per season, he may not be getting a long-term deal until 2015.
Maurice Jones-Drew's foot has reportedly healed from Lisfranc surgery, and the running back can start running again. He sat out OTAs and minicamp because he could not put any weight on his foot. He packed on a few pounds in the process, but Jones-Drew says he will have no trouble shedding weight.
From the Jaguars' official site:
"The weight's going to come off as I work out," Jones-Drew said. "All I could do (after surgery) was eat. With this injury, you don't want to break the screws and have to get the surgery over again. I couldn't move."
Jones-Drew has had no trouble bouncing back from time off before. In 2011 he came back from micro-fracture surgery to lead the league in rushing. Last year, he sat out through training camp in protest of his contract before rejoining the team and averaged 4.8 yards per carry, albeit in an injury-shortened season.
Jonathan Stewart missed Carolina Panthers OTAs and minicamp after undergoing surgery on both ankles in the offseason, but despite the time off, Stewart's return date is still unknown. When asked if Stewart would be ready for the start of training camp by the Charlotte Observer, general manager Dave Gettleman only said "time will tell."
Stewart appeared in just nine games last season, and averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry as he struggled through ankle issues. He underwent surgery in January.
John Moffitt has a public urination problem. On Friday, the Seattle Seahawks offensive guard pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges after being caught urinating on a parked car at Bellevue Square Mall. Five months earlier, he was caught urinating off a skybridge connecting Bellevue Square Mall to Lincoln Square Mall, and was given a one-year ban from the premises.
Moffitt received a suspended sentence of 24 months in jail. He will need to avoid trouble to keep from behind bars. At least 319-pounder is keeping a sense of humor about the situation: