As soon as it happened I kind of knew what happened, Thomas said. I could feel the tendon detaching from my elbow and get rolled up into my mid-triceps. I really had no function in that arm. I knew right away that I wasn’t going to be able to go back out there even if I wanted to.
Goodell’s law and order tenure began reasonably enough. His goal was to present a law-abiding league to the public. But that goal has not always been supported by the investigative infrastructure to pull it off. The NFL often finds itself in grievances or in federal court to defend its discipline — the ongoing litigation involving Dallas Cowboys tailback Ezekiel Elliott is the latest example. What’s more, those efforts seeped into internal probes in a way that created as many stories as it addressed.
Think about the self-inflicted mistakes the NFL has made while investigating allegations of impropriety. It sowed mistrust by destroying the evidence it used to penalize the New England Patriots in the 2007 Spygate episode.
He’s really not fazed by much. He has kind of seen everything. I love watching their offense play. I think they do a good job involving everybody, and Philip is always standing in there making the throws. That’s really what you look for, and he does a great job of that. He’s a great player.
The Patriots, battered and bruised in their secondary, played well on defense (and perhaps played their most complete game of the season) Sunday night, but they had help from the opposition. Now, they have to deal with the Rivers-Gates combination, one almost as potent as New England’s Brady-Rob Gronkowski quarterback/tight end relationship.
As far as the secondary goes, Eric Rowe (groin) and Stephon Gilmore (concussion, ankle) have been missing. Rowe was still out Wednesday, while Gilmore, who has missed two games after struggling with his new team, was back and limited Wednesday.
Two of the three victories in the Chargers’ winning streak have come on the road, and the players realize the task ahead after losing four in a row out of the gate.