Aug 28, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) looks on as team medical personnel help Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) after being injured against the Washington Football Team in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens RB JK Dobbins disputes Week 1 readiness report

Baltimore Ravens running back JK Dobbins refuted an NFL Network report that doubted his readiness for the team’s season-opening game.

Dobbins, 23, missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the preseason.

On Monday, NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said Dobbins is “no sure thing for Week 1” and that “Baltimore has no incentive to rush him back.”

Dobbins responded with a series of tweets Monday afternoon, saying he may not go on the PUP list and insisting that he is “damn sure going to be ready for week 1.”

“Just know I been working… I been quiet for a reason. I thrive best when I face adversity… .go check my resume,” Dobbins wrote.

“I would post videos but I want all you fake a** doctors and people who have never spoken a word to me to see what me and Jesus been up to on the biggest stage.”

A second-round draft pick, Dobbins rushed for 805 yards and nine touchdowns and added 18 catches for 120 yards in 15 games (one start) as a rookie in 2020.

The Baltimore depth chart at running back also includes Gus Edwards and veteran Mike Davis.

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Sep 21, 2019; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart is interviewed by CBS sports reporter Jamie Erdahl after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jamie Erdahl to host ‘Good Morning Football’

Jamie Erdahl will take over as host of NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” effective July 25.

She will join Kyle Brandt, Peter Schrager and Will Selva on the Emmy-winning show, which airs weekdays beginning at 7 a.m. ET. She replaces Kay Adams, who left the network in May.

Erdahl, 33, had been with CBS Sports since 2014, working as a sideline reporter for the NFL and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. She also was the lead reporter for SEC on CBS, an anchor on CBS Sports HQ and an analyst for select women’s college basketball games.

Erdahl, who previously worked at NESN in the Boston area, will continue to work for CBS on special assignments.

“To be able to add a talent of Jamie’s caliber and experience to ‘Good Morning Football’ is tremendously exciting for not only the show but NFL Network overall,” said Mark Quenzel, NFL Network senior vice president in charge of content. “I have long been a fan of Jamie’s since her time at NESN, and throughout her career thus far she has earned a remarkable reputation throughout the industry.”

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Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  Rich Eisen of the of the NFL Network prior to the Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Network’s Rich Eisen quarantining with COVID-19

NFL Network sportscaster Rich Eisen announced Thursday he is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

Eisen, 52, said he received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine in February.

“Double-vaxxed. COVID+. It’s possible, folks,” he posted on Instagram. “As someone sitting Day 4 in quarantine and fighting off symptoms, I can personally attest you still need to be careful and, most importantly, get vaccinated.”

Eisen worked at ESPN from 1996-2003 before joining the NFL Network.

“So, be careful if you’re vaccinated and, if you’re not vaccinated, don’t wait another second,” Eisen wrote. “I know my comments might get messy, but life is truly too short. Stay safe and healthy everyone.”

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Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Kurt Warner of the NFL Network prior to the Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kurt Warner says he tested positive for COVID-19

Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL Network studio analyst Kurt Warner announced Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

“… Bummed I won’t be in studio w/my guys on NFL Gameday Morning bc I have recently tested positive for Covid… I’m doing well, going through protocols & hope to be back in studio next weekend!” Warner posted on Twitter.

Warner joined NFL Network in 2010 following his 12-year NFL career. The two-time MVP and Super Bowl XXXIV winner was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Feb 28, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A view of the NFL microphone during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Network suspends reporter Rapoport

NFL Network has suspended reporter Ian Rapoport for a violation of network policy.

Rapoport announced the suspension Friday night to his 2.3 million followers on Twitter.

“Recently, I posted something to my social channels without clearance from NFL Network, which went against its guidelines. As a result, I will be off-air until October 22,” Rapoport said in his statement. “I respect and understand the decision made by the network and am deeply sorry for my mistake.”

The New York Post said Rapoport was suspended for posting a video ad for a men’s grooming product that the network hadn’t authorized.

His suspension will keep him off the network throughout Weeks 5 and 6.

He becomes the second high-profile reporter suspended by a network over the past three months.

On July 11, ESPN suspended NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski without pay after he sent a profane email to Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley after Hawley wrote a letter to league commissioner Adam Silver that questioned the NBA’s relationship with China, among other points.

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Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Deion Sanders appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Deion lands gig with Barstool Sports

Deion Sanders has landed a new job, a day after it was confirmed that he was leaving NFL Network.

Barstool Sports announced Wednesday that Sanders will host the “21st and Prime” podcast for the website. The announcement came on Barstool’s podcast, “Pardon My Take,” which had Sanders as a guest last month.

“I had no idea when I went on with you guys last time that this would transpire so quickly,” Sanders, 53, said on the podcast Wednesday.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame member also tweeted about his new job, saying Barstool Sports “is giving me the platform to give u everything I got inside of me and more. This next generation needs TRUTH & SUBSTANCE now!”

Multiple reports Tuesday said Sanders’ contract with NFL Network had expired. He had been a network analyst since 2006.

“Deion has been one of the key figures responsible for the growth of NFL Network,” Alex Riethmiller, the network’s head of communications, said in a statement Tuesday. “We thank him for his work and wish him the best in the future.”

A two-time Super Bowl champion and eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Sanders recorded 53 interceptions during his 14 NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (1989-93), San Francisco 49ers (1994), Dallas Cowboys (1995-99), then-Washington Redskins (2000) and Baltimore Ravens (2004-05).

Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Jan 27, 2020; Miami, FL, USA; NFL Network  analyst Deion Sanders during Super Bowl LIV Opening Night at Marlins Park.  Mandatory Credit: Douglas Defelice-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders leaves NFL Network

Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is leaving NFL Network.

According to multiple reports, Sanders’ contract expired. He had been with the network as an on-air analyst since 2006.

NFL Network’s Head of Communication Alex Riethmiller confirmed the move in a statement.

“Deion has been one of the key figures responsible for the growth of NFL Network,” Riethmiller said. “We thank him for his work and wish him the best in the future.”

Sanders, 53, came under criticism for his recent comments in regard toward players electing to opt out of their respective seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A two-time Super Bowl champion and eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Sanders recorded 53 interceptions during his 14 NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (1989-93), San Francisco 49ers (1994), Dallas Cowboys (1995-99), then-Washington Redskins (2000) and Baltimore Ravens (2004-05).

Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

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