Please pardon an abbreviated version of the Daily Links this morning...
News circulated on Thursday that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of a suspension of violating the NFL's policy on using performance-enhancing substances. Both Sherman and Packers defensive lineman Mike Neal reportedly tested positive for using Adderall, but Neal did not win his appeal. Based upon his words, Neal isn't holding a grudge, however. "I don't know how (Sherman) got away with his or what his situation was but I wouldn't change mine for the world," Neal is quoted as saying by Tyler Dunne of JSOnline. "I would send the guy who suspended me a Christmas card and tell him 'Thank You.' He took the shadows off of a beast, he (ticked) me off and that was the right thing to do." Neal certainly has been playing better than at any point previously during his career. His 10 games played and 4.5 sacks are career highs. If he's using his suspension as motivation, it's working.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb shared a funny story on Thursday, saying he only jogged off the field on Sunday after being injured because his mother was in attendance at the game. “I was worried the whole time,” Cobb is quoted as saying by Bill Huber of Packer Report. “I jogged off the field because my mom was there. I know she was crazy in the stands so that’s the only reason I jogged off the field. Sunday, it was hurting pretty bad. When I woke up Monday, I felt a lot better. Just trying to get better each day.” Cobb said it's possible that he plays on Sunday against the Vikings, but I think it's doubtful. The Packers will likely err on the side of caution and make sure he's healthy for the playoffs.
After all the controversy about the Pro Bowl selections earlier this week, defensive lineman B.J. Raji suggested having NFL scouts determining the makeup of the Pro Bowl team. “There won’t be any bias there,” Raji is quoted as saying by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. “The pro scouting department, they look at so much (video) tape, they know what they see, their eyes don’t lie type of thing. Like, you played against a guy, he cheap shot you, so you don’t like him, so you’re not going to vote him type thing. There’s no hard feelings (with the scouts)." Raji is absolutely right. Having scouts vote on the Pro Bowl would give the most-worthy players the nod instead of the most-popular players.
More on B.J. Raji and the Pro Bowl comes from JSOnline.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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