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Case Keenum holds a considerable edge over rookie No. 1 pick Jared Goff in the ongoing quarterback competition with the Los Angeles Rams. "Case is still clearly ahead," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "Jared's getting better." Goff is unlikely to play with the first team this week and left the preseason opener early after taking a hit on his shoulder. The opportunity exists for Keenum to widen his advantage and be the starter on "Monday Night Football" on Sept. 12, when the Rams play the San Francisco 49ers.
The Miami Dolphins have sold their stadium naming rights to Hard Rock International. Sources told SportsBusinessDaily that the Orlando-based Hard Rock company has signed an 18-year deal to rename the building Hard Rock Stadium. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the overall value reportedly places it among the top three deals in the NFL. The 29-year-old stadium is home to the Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes and Orange Bowl game. The facility is currently undergoing a two-year, $500 million renovation and will play host to Super Bowl LIV in 2020.
First-team All-Southeastern Conference cornerback Jalen Tabor was suspended for the season opener against UMass for "behavior that is not acceptable" along with tight end C'yontai Lewis. Tabor, currently the No. 1-ranked cornerback in the 2018 NFL Draft according to NFLDraftScout.com, had claimed a previous suspension opened his eyes and Florida was using him to mentor Tyrie Cleveland, who was involved in BB gun incident.
Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians became ill during the team's practice with the Chargers in San Diego on Tuesday night, and he was taken to a hospital by ambulance. The Cardinals announced that Arians experienced stomach pain. He underwent tests and was expected to stay overnight in the hospital. A team source told AZcentral.com, "He'll be fine." AZCentral.com reported that Arians wasn't feeling well ahead of the practice at Qualcomm Stadium and that team physician Wayne Kuhl accompanied him to the hospital before later returning to the joint practice.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday were selected as contributor finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2017. The Hall of Fame selection committee will vote on Jones, Tagliabue and safety Kenny Easley, the seniors committee nominee, and a contingent of 15 other finalists prior to the Super Bowl. Jones and Tagliabue still need to be affirmed by 80 percent of the full voting committee to earn entry into the Hall of Fame.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison said he is weighing his options in regard to whether to cooperate with the NFL investigation into steroid allegations that surfaced late last year via a report by Al-Jazeera. Harrison was one of four players notified that they face a suspension if they don't consent to an interview with the NFL by Aug. 25. The other three players are Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and unsigned free-agent linebacker Mike Neal.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was not on the field for Tuesday's joint practice with the Chicago Bears after pulling up with an undisclosed injury. The Patriots and Bears are holding three joint practices at Gillette Stadium ending Wednesday. Gronkowski took himself out after going for a pass from quarterback Tom Brady in 7-on-7 drills along the sideline. The severity of the injury was unknown but it does not appear to be a serious issue.
ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore said he was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer known as multiple myeloma. "First, I feel great and my prognosis is good," Gilmore said. "I have great support with an amazing medical team, an incredible wife and family, and amazing friends and colleagues. "Second, my condition was discovered during an annual physical, which I've had done for more than 25 years. Early detection is critical, and I encourage all of you to get annual physicals—cancer does not discriminate, and it will hide if you let it."
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Monday that former Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley has been selected as a senior finalist for the Class of 2017. The Seniors Committee gathered in Canton, Ohio, on Monday and named its finalist in Easley, who was selected with a first-round pick by Seattle in 1981 and played in seven seasons with the club. Easley recorded 32 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries and eight sacks in 89 games with the Seahawks, earning AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1981 and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award three years later.
Alex Rodriguez will not be playing baseball for the rest of the season, his publicist confirmed on Monday. "I want to put all this talk to rest about Alex playing for any team this season," publicist Ron Berkowitz wrote in a statement. "It's not happening. Like he said Friday night, he is happy and he is going to take some time to relax and hang with his family and friends."