Griffin to miss at least next 3, but no major injury counts as a win for Pistons

The news on Blake Griffin’s ankle could have been better. But given the experiences the Pistons have had with ankles this year, it could have been a whole lot worse, too.
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The MRI test on Griffin’s right ankle revealed a bone bruise. He’ll be re-evaluated in a week. But unless the re-evaluation turns up something entirely unexpected, the Pistons will count that as a win.

In a season where Jon Leuer’s sprained ankle suffered in the season’s eighth game knocked him out for the season and Reggie Jackson’s sprained ankle in late December cost him nearly half the season, forgive Stan Van Gundy if he went to bed fearing the worst Thursday.griffin_800_180330

“It’s disappointing, but at least there’s nothing major there,” he said after Friday’s practice.nfl cheap nike jerseys

Griffin’s injury came when he took a charge from Julius Randle in Monday’s win over the Lakers.

“Julius Randle fell on his leg,” Van Gundy said. “I didn’t notice it in the game, either. I had to go back and watch it, but that’s what happened.”

Leuer was guarding Randle on Oct. 31 when the Pistons played at new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap  Los Angeles when he suffered his ankle injury, which eventually ended his season when Leuer opted for January surgery to remove bone fragments that lodged in ankle ligaments.

“Yup. It’s been tough,” Van Gundy said of the crazy bad luck with ankles the Pistons have endured this season. They were 19-14 when Jackson went down and they’re 4-1 since he returned, but are now five games out of the final playoff spot with only seven games left. “You just deal with it and move on.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys  The silver lining is Henry (Ellenson) gets some minutes here earlier than expected in games that are still pretty meaningful.”

Griffin’s diagnosis means he’ll miss at least the next three games – cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping the weekend back to back in New York against the Knicks and Nets and Wednesday’s home game with Philadelphia. After that?

“The last four, we’ll see where he is,” Van Gundy said. “cheap nike jerseys nfl There’s just no way of knowing on that. It’s a matter of the swelling going down and everything else. A week’s a long time.”

Indianapolis Colts: All Out of Luck

We’ve already seen what the worst-case scenario looks like for the Indianapolis Colts. It looks a lot like the organization insisting that star quarterback Andrew Luck is “fine” as days turns into weeks turn into months.

That was the story in 2017, as shoulder surgery ended up sidelining cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys Luck for the entire season.

It’s been well over a year since Luck had surgery on his right shoulder, and he still hasn’t thrown a football since. However, Colts general manager Chris Ballard continued to sound optimistic about Luck’s availability for offseason workouts during a recent appearance on The Grady and Big Joe Show on 1070 The Fan, according to Matt Danely of Stampede Blue.

“We’ll ease him along,” Ballard said. “I mean, he’s in a great place right now, but we’ll ease him along. He’ll be involved, he wants to be with his teammates, he wants to be involved in the offense. He was just in town this cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping last weekend for four days. It was great to see him, he looks great.”hi-res-873ad81d0a835908a13bd7ca449bd7fb_crop_exact

Per The Adam Schefter Podcast, Ballard went one step further, giving April 9 as the magic day that Luck will start participating in offseason workouts.cheap nike jerseys nfl

Of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll throw. Or that he’s close to being able to play. We’ve reached the point now where you can believe Andrew Luck will play quarterback again when you see him in a game.

The worst-case scenario is here for Indy, and there’s no getting around it.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Pittsburgh Steelers

Slow and steady wins the race, or so we’re told. The Pittsburgh Steelers operate in a certain manner, and they don’t stray too far from their plotted course. The Steelers are a build-through-the-draft franchise with an emphasis on re-signing their homegrown talent. The organization cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys  isn’t going to splurge too often in free agency. As such, the team’s problem areas haven’t varied much since the end of last season.

Inside Linebacker
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Everyone is rooting for Ryan Shazier and his recovery. Professional football can be a cold business, though, because the Steelers must move beyond the Pro Bowl performer and plan for their future at inside linebacker. Replacing Shazier will no doubt be difficult. He brought a rare combination of speed, range and physicality. cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping Vince Williams is solid as a starter, but he’s far better moving forward than working in space. A rangy linebacker with good instincts will help solidify a talented front seven.

Safety

The Steelers released veteran Mike Mitchell, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The 30-year-old defensive back originally counted for more than $8.1 million against the salary cap in 2018. The possibility of staying with the team exists if the veteran is willing to take a pay cut. Otherwise, the Steelers’ search for a new starting safety will commence. Sean Davis can move to his more natural position of free safety, while general manager Kevin Colbert addresses the strong version.cheap nike jerseys nfl

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger just turned 36 years old, and he’s already started to contemplate retirement. cheap nfl jerseys from china nike How long he can continue to play will depend on how well the Steelers coaching staff and offensive line can protect him. Roethlisberger has taken a beating over his career, and the odds of him playing until he’s 40 aren’t good. Instead, Colbert and Co. can start planning for the future by selecting a quarterback prospect early in the draft—maybe cheap new nike nfl jerseys  even in the first round.