In the aftermath of Dak Prescott’s bone-chilling injury and reaction on Sunday, many have asked me about his business decision to turn down a multi-year offer from the Cowboys to instead play on a one-year contract with no security beyond it. Here are some thoughts.

We do not know what the Cowboys were offering, but we do know from their contract history that they prefer long deals—the longer the better—with guarantees only in the low-risk early years of the deal. They have previously signed star players to contracts with lengths up to 10 years, which are essentially one- or two-year contracts with team options following that. Amid that landscape, the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes agreed to a 12-year deal, one that only secures $63 million over the next three years (Ryan Tannehill is making $91 million over the same time frame). Wanting both a better deal from the Cowboys and

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FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan passes against Oregon during first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Coan is dealing with a foot injury as the Badgers prepare for the start of this pandemic-delayed season. Athletic department spokesman Brian Mason confirmed that Coan injured his foot in practice Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, and did not practice Sunday.

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From the moment he announced his college choice, Graham Mertz has received more attention than the typical Wisconsin quarterback.

Mertz is about to get his chance to show he’s worthy of all the acclaim that accompanied his arrival on campus last year. Now that foot surgery has sidelined returning starter Jack Coan indefinitely, Mertz is likely to open the season as the 16th-ranked Badgers’ first-team quarterback.

“Right now I’m very confident in my ability to win

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From the moment he announced his college choice, Graham Mertz has received more attention than the typical Wisconsin quarterback.

Mertz is about to get his chance to show he’s worthy of all the acclaim that accompanied his arrival on campus last year. Now that foot surgery has sidelined returning starter Jack Coan indefinitely, Mertz is likely to open the season as the 16th-ranked Badgers’ first-team quarterback.

“Right now I’m very confident in my ability to win games,” Mertz said Thursday. “Practice has been going great in that sense. I feel like we’re ready to go. I’m excited for it.”

Mertz, a 6-foot-3 redshirt freshman, is competing with sophomore Chase Wolf and junior Danny Vanden Boom but appears on track to start Wisconsin’s season opener Oct. 24 against Illinois if Coan is unavailable. Coan hurt his right foot while dropping back in practice Saturday.

“That’s kind of the path we’re on

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a reputation for being more of a game manager than a game changer. His role with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and now the Panthers has been to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers.

Now the Panthers’ best playmaker — running back Christian McCaffrey — is out for four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain. It puts some pressure on Bridgewater to become more of a game changer to make up for the loss of the league’s best all-around running back.

“I’m definitely ready for whatever is expected,” Bridgewater said as he prepares to face the Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) on Sunday (4:05 p.m., Fox). “As long as they see I have that determination, my coming to work every day with that chip on my shoulder, everyone is going to elevate their game also.

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After serving as Phillip Lindsay’s backup for most of the past two years, it appeared Royce Freeman was being phased out at running back this offseason.

Denver signed veteran Melvin Gordon to a two-year, $16 million deal in March, and before camp added undrafted rookie LeVante Bellamy as well as second-year pro Jeremy Cox via a futures contract. But Freeman didn’t blink in the face of more competition and opened the season as the team’s No. 3 running back.

“I tell myself to control what I can control, and that’s my effort and how I come out in practice. At the end of day, I’m not in control of anything but that,” Freeman said. “That’s what I am focused on — not listening to a lot of noise, not listening to a lot of this or that. That’s what the mindset has been and it helped me when I was

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The Colts’ running backs were an interesting bunch on Draft Day, but the excitement for Jonathan Taylor was obvious. His Round 5 ADP made him the most popular pick of the bunch. 

No one thought he would rise to a big role as soon as Week 1. And no one thought it would come the way that it did. 

The Colts fear incumbent starter Marlon Mack suffered a torn Achilles, per NFL Network. That’s a season-ending, if not a career-altering, injury. 

And it leaves Taylor as the Colts’ best running back, even if Nyheim Hines starred on Sunday with two touchdowns.

You already know Taylor as a bruising rusher with track speed and make-you-miss moves. But perhaps the best part is that Philip Rivers’ penchant for throwing to his running backs clearly appears to be in full effect. At

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DETROIT — The Tigers keep taking hits to their lineup with injuries. But they keep on hitting. And after Tuesday’s 8-3 win over the Brewers at Comerica Park, they might be crashing the American League postseason picture.
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“There’s no cashing in in September right now. We’re all

DETROIT — The Tigers keep taking hits to their lineup with injuries. But they keep on hitting. And after Tuesday’s 8-3 win over the Brewers at Comerica Park, they might be crashing the American League postseason picture.

• Box score

“There’s no cashing in in September right now. We’re all here, hungry,” said Spencer Turnbull, whose six scoreless innings helped Detroit erase the sting of a 2-5 road trip. “We can smell the blood in the water. We want to play in October. We’ve been dreaming about that for a while. Especially here in Detroit — it’s been a

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The Philadelphia Eagles have lost another offensive lineman to injury, increasing the chances that Jack Driscoll will do more during his rookie NFL season than provided depth.

When the Eagles added Driscoll from Auburn in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on April 25, Philadelphia’s offensive line seemed set. The Eagles had 2019 Pro Bowlers in center Jason Kelce, right guard Brandon Brooks and right tackle Lane Johnson. Isaac Seumalo returned at left guard, and while left tackle Jason Peters wasn’t coming back for a 17th season, the Eagles had 2019 first-round draft choice Andre Dillard lined up to take his place.

Brooks tore his left Achilles tendon in June and is on the physically-unable-to-perform list. To fill his spot at right guard, Philadelphia re-signed Peters to play a new position.

Dillard was reported to have suffered a torn biceps muscle in practice last week, and Eagles coach Doug

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With starting inside linebacker Todd Davis sidelined by a calf injury since last week, now is the time for Josey Jewell to prove what he can do in his second year in Broncos coach Vic Fangio’s system.

“Last year, I was playing a little slow with the mental part of the game, and not just letting myself go,” said Jewell, who has been taking Davis’ reps with the No. 1 defense. “This year, I’ve gotten a lot better about that and I’m flying around the football without thinking about it too much.”

Jewell, a fourth-round pick in 2018, earned a starting role midway through his rookie season and carried that job into 2019. But he lost it after three games, when he injured his hamstring at Green Bay. Alexander Johnson eventually took over his spot and did not relinquish it.

Now, with Davis out of training camp indefinitely — Fangio

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In two decades KINNECT has grown into Australia’s largest privately-owned occupational health company. KINNECT’s latest innovation is an online screening tool to help businesses identify employees at risk of psychological harm at the workplace.

WOOLLOONGABBA, QLD, AUSTRALIA / ACCESSWIRE / August 25, 2020 / According to announcements released by KINNECT and Kevin Conlon (CEO & Managing Director), the established occupational health company has developed the RISc (Risk and Integrity Scale) screen, a new online tool to identify individuals in a company’s workforce who may be at higher risk of psychological harm.

With mental health becoming an increasing issue for employers, this easy-to-implement screening procedure has been designed as a simple and effective way to evaluate the psychological risk of a candidate entering the workforce or monitor current employees’ mental health.

Developed by KINNECT in collaboration with a lead Australian Psychiatrist and Psychologist, the Online Psychological RISc screen is specifically meant

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