Today we start a new feature: Your NFL news. Every week I'll be posting about a couple of interesting or noteworthy things that happened in the NFL so that you can participate in the watercooler conversation if you so choose. First up, Week 4.
Cutler and Cavallari
Remember Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears’ quarterback who is dating Kristin Cavallari? Well, he had a rough game on Sunday, when his team lost for the first time this season to the New York Giants. Kristin’s new man was sacked (meaning he was tackled while trying to throw the ball) a record 10 times and he left the game with a concussion. Apparently it’s not serious (is it possible for a head injury to not be serious?) and he’ll be back playing next week when his team meets the Carolina Panthers.
Speaking of the Carolina Panthers, one of their players, DeAngelo Williams, was one of those responsible for all the pink – pink gloves, pink shoes, pink hats - you may have noticed if you caught any of the games this weekend. No, the players didn’t call each other before the game and coordinate outfits junior high style; the NFL is actually honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. The NFL’s participation was championed by Williams, who lost three aunts to the disease and whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. Doing good must have given him some good karma: he scored his first touchdown of the season on Sunday.
Speaking of karma, Michael Vick – you know the guy, the one who went to jail a few year ago for his role in a dog fighting ring – got squished between two opponents and had to leave the game with a rib injury. He's damaged some cartilage and will find even basic things like breathing quite painful until it heals. No word yet on when exactly he will return as quarterback to his team the Philadelphia Eagles, but it sounds like it may be a while.
Vick getting sandwiched
So there you have it: three little tidbits to get you through a football conversation. So much happens every week that there's no point trying to keep up with it all, but this will keep you going - at least 'til next week.