NBA proposes new set of strict rules for unvaccinated players
ESPN has obtained a memo from the NBA that proposes stringent protocols for the upcoming season for players who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. The memo states that unvaccinated players "will have lockers as far away as possible from their vaccinated teammates and will have to eat, fly, and ride buses in different sections." Unvaccinated players will also be subject to testing on practice days as well as game days and could be potentially be checked twice ahead of games. Other bullet points, as mentioned above, regarding the limited contact unvaccinated players can have with their inoculated teammates.
LAS VEGAS – Carl Nassib, a defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders, has played 74 games in the NFL and said he tries to remember them all.
“And I won’t forget this one,’’ he said Monday night.
It was Nassib’s first regular-season game since becoming the NFL's first active, openly gay player – and he had a starring role.
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With the Raiders and Baltimore Ravens battling it out in overtime on "Monday Night Football," Nassib caused a fumble – with a strip-sack of Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson -- that set up the Raiders’ game-winning touchdown in a thrilling, 33-27 victory.
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Nassib, 28, publicly came out on June 21.
“I’m happy we got the win on the day I kind of made a little bit of history, which was really, really nice to do,’’ said Nassib. “I had a lot of people come before me in the LGBTQ community that helped me get to where I am, and I’m super thankful for that.’’
Nassib is a backup and was needed more than ever for two reasons: Two other defensive ends suited up because two others were out with injury, and Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, is one of the best and most elusive runners in the league.
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Texans audition veteran CB Dre Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick was a longtime Bengals starter, but he has yet to find work this year. He spent 2020 with the Cardinals, appearing in 14 games with 11 starts. He finished out with 56 tackles, seven passes defended, three interceptions and a much softer market than anticipated. He’s since worked out for the Niners, Saints and Patriots, but left all of those visits without a deal. Now 31, Kirkpatrick has totaled 358 tackles, three sacks, 72 passes defensed and 13 interceptions across nine NFL seasons. The Texans could certainly use his help, and it stands to reason that the Buccaneers could also give him a call.
Jackson was more than solid on Monday, passing for 235 yards and rushing for 86. But with Nassib helping apply pressure, the Ravens superstar wasn’t good enough to propel his team past the Raiders. Especially after Nassib knocked the ball loose while taking down Jackson in the backfield.
Raiders defensive tackle Darius Philon recovered the fumble with 4:31 left in overtime at the Ravens' 27-yard line. Two plays later, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw a 31-yard strike to Zay Jones for the game-winning touchdown. Nassib joined the wild celebration, and not long after drew praise from Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.
“That was big,’’ Gruden said of Nassib’s forced fumble. “He made us a big play at the end of the game.’’
Chances are, Nassib will have opportunities to make others.
Jaguars released Tim Tebow because of lack of special teams experience?
Urban Meyer told reporters Tuesday that Tebow's inability to help the special teams portion of Jacksonville's roster cost him his chance at a comeback. "It was special teams," Meyer explained. "This whole roster management is really critical as we journey here into the next two weeks. Two of the special teams phases are tackling and he had never tackled. . . . The tight end position is one of those [positions], and tailback, if you can’t contribute on special teams, that’s a tough go." It's widely believed Tebow has played his last down of competitive football at the highest level.
“He’s had a great training camp, and we’re going to need him here obviously as we move forward,’’ Gruden said.
Nassib seems to understand what will help make his subsequent games as easy to remember as the last 74.
“Getting turnovers is the make-or-break of a good defense,’’ he said. “Hopefully, I can get the ball out in really clutch situations.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Raiders' Carl Nassib makes history and has huge play in his first game since publicly coming out
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