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eturning 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 Youth J'Marcus Webb 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," 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 Womens Al Woods Jersey , 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, but no flag was thrown. The Los Angeles Chargers have used five kickers during coach Anthony Lynn's first 21 games in charge. If Caleb Sturgis' quadriceps muscle doesn't feel a whole lot better soon, they'll employ a sixth on Sunday in Cleveland.With the Chargers well into their second straight season of inexplicably poor performances and untimely injury woes from a carousel of kickers, Lynn still doesn't know why his team can't find a durable, reliable foot. He's simply looking for a solution."Frustrating or not Womens Clayton Geathers Jersey , we've got to fix it, so ..." Lynn said Thursday.The kicking saga took another twist this week when Sturgis, who won the job out of training camp, revealed he has a strained quad. Sturgis missed a field goal and an extra point and delivered a couple of short kickoffs during the Chargers' 26-10 win over Oakland last weekend.Sturgis also missed two extra points in Los Angeles' previous game against San Francisco. The Chargers lead the NFL with four missed extra points this season, and Sturgis has also missed three long field goals.The Chargers even cut Sturgis' holder last week in an attempt to address the problem, but then the kicker came up injured.With a two-game road trip upcoming to Cleveland and London, the Chargers (3-2) held a quick tryout Monday with three potential replacements. They signed Michael Badgley, a rookie from the University of Miami who spent training camp with Indianapolis.Badgley could be in the Chargers' lineup against the Browns, or he could be cut. Although he's new to the NFL, Badgley is learning how to adjust to the constant uncertainty of his profession — an uncertainty that seems to amplify for people employed by the Chargers."You're just waiting for your opportunity," Badgley said. "Guys are saying, 'Stay ready,' and then this opportunity comes. I'm ready to go. I'm excited."The Chargers' kicking job has been a conundrum for the franchise, the coaches and every man who has held it since the franchise relocated to Los Angeles. Even though the Bolts are a solid 12-9 since the move, they've done it with near-constant kicking problems.They were last in the NFL in 2017 in field goal percentage, with four kickers combining to miss 10 of the club's 30 attempts. They also tied for the league lead with five missed extra points.In fact, the Chargers' current kicking woes arguably began before Lynn's tenure — during their last visit to Cleveland on Christmas Eve 2016.Josh Lambo, the Chargers' fairly steady kicker for two seasons, missed two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter of a 20-17 defeat for San Diego. That was the Browns' last win until they beat the Jets 21 months later.Last season, the Chargers cut Lambo and signed Younghoe Koo, who lasted four games. Travis Coons , Nick Novak and Nick Rose all stepped in with middling success, but nobody could manage the combination of consistency and health necessary to solve this problem.So the Chargers started over in training camp, signing Roberto Aguayo and Sturgis, who won this job after getting hurt early last year during the Philadelphia Eagles' championship season. Badgley beat out Aguayo in the Bolts' tryout this week, Lynn said.Sturgis' struggles with extra points against the 49ers were blamed partly on punter/holder Drew Kaser, who was waived. He was replaced last week by Donnie Jones, Sturgis' former holder in Philly."The mechanics are good between him and Donnie and the snapper," Lynn said. "Had a lot of confidence in that group. I thought he kicked well. He missed one (field goal attempt), but he hit it well, and when he missed the extra point, you know, no one thought maybe something was wrong. But the way he missed it was bad, and then we found out that he had the quad (injury)."But Lynn chuckled when he was asked if Sturgis would be assured of being the Chargers' kicker in the future even if he misses this week with his injury."Nobody has assurance in this business," Lynn said.NOTES: The Chargers waived kick returner and receiver J.J. Jones to make room for Badgley on the roster. ... Badgley spent training camp with the Colts alongside Adam Vinatieri, the generational model of durability in a kicker. "Just being around him, I probably learned more on kicking in that preseason than I did in four years at Miami," Badgley said. "The biggest thing was probably just how to be a pro, and how to go about every kick in different situations, and the head game." ... Lynn was asked what he wants to see from Browns QB Baker Mayfield in order to slow him down: "I want him on his back."

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