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Any hope of recalcitrant running back Le’Veon Bell

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returning to the football field in the black and gold — or any other team’s colors — any time soon took a major hit when Seattle star safety Earl Thomas broke his lower left leg C. J. Prosise Color Rush Jersey , illustrating the dangers of playing without the security of a long-term deal.Thomas and Bell each held out this summer, but while Bell continued to work out on his own, Thomas returned to the Seahawks in time for the season opener without a trade or a new contract in hand.,That move didn’t pay off financially or otherwise.He got hurt in a game at Arizona, and when he was carted off the field at State Farm Stadium, he raised his middle finger toward the Seahawks’ sideline.“Earl wanted an extension and at the end of the day he didn’t get that,” Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark said. “It sucks to see a guy who puts his heart into something, put his all into his team and he doesn’t get what he deserves.”Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said in an Instagram post, “If he doesn’t come then he’s not a team player. If he does come and gets hurt, then it’s ‘he shouldn’t have came.’ If I was him, I’d be (ticked) off.”ESPN posted the quote and a photo of Thomas’ obscene gesture, and that’s when Bell chimed in , suggesting he wouldn’t be back on the field anytime soon.“Smh, exactly …” wrote Bell. “Get right bro bro (Earl Thomas)! I’ll continue to be the ‘bad guy’ for ALL of us.”Bell has refused to sign his $14.54 million one-year tender, concerned that he’d get overused in a contract year, either subjecting him to the risk of injury or to a devaluation of his talents.NFL Network reported earlier Sunday that the Steelers were shopping Bell.Trading him is a tricky proposition because Bell would have to first sign his tender. Because he can’t negotiate a long-term deal until after this season, he’d still be taking on the injury risk with a new team.Bell can return in Week 10 and still accrue a full season to become a free agent in March.Other takeaways from Week 4 include a fourth-down gamble that backfired on Colts coach Frank Reich, the “Big Four” rookie QBs going 0-4 Sunday after the hype meter cranked up to high last week and the Ravens tricking the Steelers and the officials on a trick play in their 26-14 win over Pittsburgh.FIT TO BE TIEDReich earned kudos from both his players and the Texans for his decision to go for it on fourth-and-4 from his 43 with 27 seconds left in overtime rather than punt, bury Houston deep and settle for the NFL’s third tie game.“We’re not playing to tie Tre Madden Color Rush Jersey ,” Reich insisted after his decision led to a 37-34 overtime loss instead. “We’re going for that 10 times out of 10. That (play) has just got to work.”It didn’t.With his favorite target, T.Y. Hilton, on the sideline with a hamstring injury and a short week ahead with the New England Patriots on tap Thursday night, Andrew Luck bounced his pass to Chester Rogers.The Texans took over and Ka’imi Fairbairn missed a 37-yard field goal as overtime expired. But wait! In yet another call that backfired, Reich had called timeout.Fairbairn nailed the do-over to end the league’s longest losing streak at nine.Reich’s only regret was calling timeout before the fourth-and-4 play after the Texans didn’t jump offside, he said.Luck’s only lament was misfiring the pass, but he loved the bold call.“It had my stamp of approval,” Luck said. “We did not execute well enough.”COOL YOUR JETSAfter a dominant debut against Detroit in the Jets’ opener, Sam Darnold has cooled off in three straight defeats, including a listless loss at Jacksonville on Sunday.A week after being hailed as a hero for leading Cleveland to its first win since 2016 by rallying the Browns over the Jets in relief of an injured Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield had four turnovers in his first NFL start, a 45-42 overtime loss to the Raiders.Mayfield threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns but suffered a pick-6, got strip sacked, fumbled a snap and threw an interception in the final seconds of regulation.“You don’t want to rein him in,” coach Hue Jackson said, “because I like the things he’s doing.”Josh Rosen had a strong debut in his first start for Arizona but it wasn’t enough to keep the Cardinals from falling to 0-4 for the first time since 1986.Josh Allen accounted for three turnovers in the Bills’ 22-0 loss at Green Bay a week after a stunning win at heavily favored Minnesota in his starting debut.“I take this one on my shoulders,” Allen said. “We can only go as far as the quarterback goes.”TRICK OR TREATBaltimore coach John Harbaugh was furious when the Patriots fooled the Ravens in the playoffs a few years ago with a trick play to an eligible receiver who looked like he was lined up as an offensive lineman.The Ravens stole that idea from New England eight months later and unwrapped it again Sunday to fool the Steelers.Tight end Maxx Williams lined up next to the center as the left guard but just far enough off the line of scrimmage to make himself an eligible receiver. He was wide open for a 22-yard gain that set up a field goal for a 23-14 lead.Retired referee Terry McAulay, now an NBC Sports rules analyst, said Williams probably shouldn’t have been an eligible receiver on the play Kam Chancellor Color Rush Jersey , but no flag was thrown. The Seattle Seahawks are going back to the playoffs. Will they be satisfied with that fact alone, or are they going to go all-in to try and beat the Arizona Cardinals to secure themselves a better seed? The instinct I often hear from fans is that they never want to see Pete Carroll rest players, but given the injuries facing the team right now I can’t imagine it will be in their best interests to completely ignore the benefits.That being said, a loss could also be detrimental to their chance of winning in round one.As I wrote in the announcement of the Seahawks making the playoffs, Seattle could still drop to the six seed if they lose and the Minnesota Vikings get a win over the Chicago Bears. That’s unlikely given that the Seahawks are heavy favorites over a Cardinals team that is lining up to pick first overall next year and that the Bears are a very good team that knows it could be playing for a first round bye, but it is still possible.And if Seattle loses, the Vikings win, that tells me that they’d be playing the Bears in Chicago rather than the Cowboys in Dallas. The matchup against the Cowboys seems more favorable.Which players might Carroll want to consider sitting?Well, D.J. Fluker was active but didn’t start as the team is still concerned about his injury. He was forced into action after an injury to J.R. Sweezy. Another offensive lineman on the mend is Germain Ifedi, who missed the start and was replaced by George Fant. The team probably wants to sit Fluker and Ifedi to get an extra week of rest. Then we’ll see the status of Sweezy moving forward. The question then becomes: if the team is starting Ethan Pocic and George Fant and other backups, will they want to keep Russell Wilson behind them for long?Doug Baldwin is another question mark. He came up huge vs the Chiefs but he’s been hurt all year. Some more time off for him seems beneficial. A week off for running backs Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson seems like a conclusion that is foregone.On the defensive side of the ball, Bradley McDougald was questionable going into the game. Jarran Reed missed some pratice this week and came out of the game against Kansas City. Frank Clark was also on the injury report, as was K.J. Wright who has missed most of 2018. Tedric Thompson missed the game and it would be surprising to see him come back against the Cardinals given that Carroll seemed a bit cryptic about his injury and he was the first player ruled out.The Seahawks no longer need to beat Arizona to get into the playoffs, but implications still exist. Will they sit some starters, should they, and what starters are the first on your list to get a week off?

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