Anthony Mcdougle Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 5:18 PM EDT Sep 18, 2018 Good afternoon. Today is Tuesday, September 18, and this is your CL NOW! newsletter. Here are some of the day's top stories at ClarionLedger.com. The Jackson Police Department is being sued. The family of Crystalline Barnes, the 21-year-old woman who was shot to death in an officer-involved shooting, filed a $10 million lawsuit Monday against the department. The lawsuit accuses the department of using excessive force in violation of constitutional rights. Days after State Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher said law enforcement agencies would no longer purchase Nike equipment, Jackson State University has reached an apparel deal with the brand. The school said it soon plans to announce a five-year sponsorship deal that includes at least $200,000 in savings in the first year. School districts all over the state are being forced to redirect bus routes as they await … [Read more...] about Today is Tuesday, September 18, and this is your CL NOW! newsletter.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy looked to be in pain as he left the field holding his chest during Sunday's game, and now we know why: He suffered cracked rib cartilage, coach Sean McDermott confirmed Monday. While the injury sounds painful, McDermott said his star running back isn't ruled out for the team's Week 3 visit to Minnesota. “We'll just take it one day at a time and make sure he's comfortable as we go forward,” McDermott said. “I know he's a guy that's been through some injuries before and played at a high level, so we'll just take it one day at a time.” The Vikings, who possess one of the league's best defenses, are already favored by more than two touchdowns against the Bills. But if McCoy can't go, the Bills will lose their only established offensive weapon. Sunday could be tough sledding for Josh Allen's offense. Josh Allen reviews: Mark Gaughan graded Allen's first career start as a 1.0 on the 1-5 scale in his Bills Position Grades. "Josh … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills’ LeSean McCoy suffered cracked rib cartilage; not ruled out for Week 3
Sunday's game was supposed to be remembered as Josh Allen's first career start. But that will only be a footnote, because cornerback Vontae Davis stole the headlines by outrageously deciding to retire in the middle of the Bills' 31-20 loss. You read that correctly. Two quarters into his Bills career, Davis took off his gear and went home, telling coaches he was finished. He said later in a statement that reality hit him in the middle of the game and he realized he shouldn't be out there anymore. Teammates were dumbfounded. There's an argument to be made that the Bills are better off without Davis. They trailed 28-6 at halftime and allowed only three points in the second half. Davis will undoubtedly go down in history with other Bills quitters like Doug Marrone, Mike Mularkey, Anquan Boldin and Kyle Orton (just to name the recent ones; Lou Saban, anyone?). And yet, it feels like something's missing here. At some point, everyone realizes they can't keep up anymore. Most players … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills defense literally absent as Davis retires during another loss
Josh Allen, the highest-drafted quarterback in Buffalo Bills history, makes his first NFL start today against the Los Angeles Chargers. The rifle-armed rookie will also experience the home opener atmosphere at New Era Field for the first time. After a nightmarish opener with Nathan Peterman starting in Baltimore, the Bills will look to avoid the snowball effect with Allen under center now, Vic Carucci writes. Pregame primer: Jay Skurski details everything you need to know before the 1 p.m. kickoff and five storylines to watch for. If you're going to the game, it's forecast to be the warmest home opener since 2002. Vic Carucci's Take Five: Allen will make big plays and blunders in his starting debut. Inside the Bills: Skruski explains how offensive coordinator Brian Daboll plans to make life easier for Allen. One-on-one coverage: Josh Allen's QB coach Jordan Palmer tells Carucci why the rookie will have a strong debut. Mark Gaughan's analysis: Philip Rivers pre-snap reads pose … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: The Josh Allen era begins at New Era Field
Sunny skies and low-80s temperatures are in the forecast for Sunday, which could make it the warmest Bills home opener since 2002, according News environment reporter TJ Pignataro. That means the only cloud hanging over Orchard Park will be regarding tailgating activity. The Bills have taken steps this offseason to try to cut down on the tailgate theatrics that go viral for negative reasons, and the ante was upped Friday when the the Erie County Sheriff's Office put this line into a Facebook post: "Table Slamming is not permitted and violators will be ejected and could face criminal charges." That's a bummer, especially since it coincided with Shawne Merriman's Slam Fest getting cancelled. The former Bills and Chargers linebacker was going to put fans through tables before the home opener, but the event got canned. Table slamming may seem stupid, but a subset of people take enjoyment from it, and they're not really hurting anyone but themselves. Going through folding tables … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Table slammers at Bills’ tailgate ‘will be ejected and could face criminal charges,’ Sheriff’s Office says