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Morning Walkthrough: Eli elite? Really?


Morning Walkthrough: Eli elite? Really?

Honestly, have you ever seen a fanmedia base so concerned with whether or not it can apply an adjective to a player? Here's a proclamation that Eli Manning is "elite." Let's define it like this: when your great games outnumber your average or bad ones by more than 2-to-1, you can be in that mix. Feel free to do the math. Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis fought Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall. I wouldn't recommend anyone fight Brandon Marshall. Huge, fast, strong, perhaps a little cuckoo? No thanks. Mark Sanchez remains a little enigmatic, which is not that hard for the Jets to deal with if their defense is going to play the way it did on Sunday in Buffalo. Chad Ochocinco, who's refused since the start of the season to speak to the media en masse, told Ian Rapoport of The Boston Herald he's "encouraged" by his progress after his third straight catchless performance. Dubious assertion that need not be swallowed with a nod and a thank you. But Ocho doesn't like to be challenged or asked to explain himself, so . . .
The Colts are winless. And they're not happy. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers explains that his pick-throwing binge is a random act of suckitude and not attributable to any one thing. Mike Smith didn't appreciate the timing of his Falcons' wideouts post-TD boogiedown. Mike Reiss at ESPNBoston noted that Albert Haynesworth didn't return to the field after getting wheeled out of the way by Giants guard David Diehl on a third-quarter run by Brandon Jacobs.

Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September


Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September

Appearing on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas’ hip will be evaluated by the Celtics in September before the team decides how to proceed. 

The C’s were unsure of whether Thomas would require surgery on his right hip, which ended his postseason early. He has gone the offseason without surgery, so the C’s will look at it next month. 

“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.

Added Stevens: “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.” 

Stevens said that the uncertainty of not knowing whether Thomas would need surgery was challenging, but that his priority was the player. 

“I don’t know if it was unnerving because you can only control what you can control, but it’s a big deal for me because it’s a big deal to him,” he said. “Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”    

Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump


Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump

Anthony Scaramucci isn't afraid to say stuff. This time, it involves the Patriots. 

The outspoken former White House communications director follows over 180,000 Twitter accounts. One of them is @rslashpatriots, who asked about Robert Kraft's Super Bowl rings via direct message. 

Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005. According to Kraft, he took out the ring to show it to Putin, but Putin put it in his pocket and left without giving it back.

Now that Trump has Kraft's ring, Kraft theoretically only has three of a possible five Super Bowl rings now. Guessing he could get new ones made.