Report: Marcus Williams, Saints unlikely to beat deadline for long-term deal


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What did Conor Mcgregor break?

Conor McGregor had stress fractures in his left leg prior to getting injured in UFC 264, the star fighter said Thursday. "I had multiple stress fractures in the leg above the ankle," McGregor said in a video on Instagram. ... The Irishman broke his leg while fighting Dustin Poirier in UFC 264 on Saturday. The AthleticConor McGregor had stress fractures in leg before injury in UFC 264

Panthers offensive tackle Taylor Moton agreed to terms on a long-term deal Thursday afternoon, but it appears the other franchise-tagged players without a long-term deal won’t get one.

The deadline is fast approaching, minutes left instead of hours, days or months, for Bears receiver Allen Robinson, Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin, Jaguars tackle Cam Robinson, Washington guard Brandon Scherff, Jets safety Marcus Maye and Saints safety Marcus Williams.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports Williams and the Saints “don’t appear on track to do a deal, despite both sides working on making it happen. So barring a dramatic turn, just one deal today.”

The franchise tag guarantees Williams $10.612 million for this season.

Williams has 246 tackles, 13 interceptions, one interception return for a touchdown, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a sack in 60 regular-season starts for New Orleans. He also has 38 tackles and an interception in seven playoff games.

The Saints and Williams can begin negotiating again after the 2021 season.

I heard that the Saints wanted to put a clause in his contract that deducts 20k every time he throws a shoulder instead of wrapping up to tackle but his agent assumed that Marcus would be in debt by season’s end and wouldn’t go for it.

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Jake Paul ships off ‘Sleepy Conor McGregor’ necklace to Dustin Poirier

MMA Mania 15 July, 2021 - 08:00pm

“The Diamond” Dustin Poirier is about to add a few more to his collection thanks to Jake Paul in the aftermath of UFC 264.

Dustin Poirier can add a few more diamonds to his collection thanks to Jake Paul in the aftermath of his victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 264 (watch highlights).

Paul finally got around to sending his $100,000 “Sleepy McGregor” diamond-encrusted chain to Poirier. The YouTuber-turned-boxer — who fights Tyron Woodley on Sun., Aug. 29, 2021 — shared on Tuesday that Poirier will auction the necklace with the proceeds benefitting charity. Paul included a handwritten note to Poirier with the chain:

“Dear Dustin,” the letter from Paul reads. “Congrats for your much-earned victory. I love what you are doing with your Good Fight Foundation! You deserve this chain more than me! Good always defeats evil! Keep winning! Love Jake. P.S. Tell Jolie I said ‘hi’ — she’s a badass!”

Nevertheless, Poirier earned a first-round technical knockout over McGregor at UFC 264, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past weekend (Sat., July 10, 2021), after McGregor’s ankle broke (see it).

Paul will face Woodley in the latter’s professional boxing debut taking place at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sun., Aug. 29, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, streaming online via Showtime pay-per-view (PPV).

Conor McGregor shares photos of left leg wrapped, insinuating pre-UFC 264 injury existed

MMA Junkie 15 July, 2021 - 05:56pm

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The plot thickened Thursday night in regards to Conor McGregor’s lower left leg injury suffered at UFC 264.

Following McGregor’s unfortunate break of his tibia and fibula against Dustin Poirier in their trilogy fight, McGregor and his team have stated that an injury was pre-existing, which might’ve led to his foot giving way and snapping in the final seconds of the first round.

McGregor took to Twitter on Thursday evening to share various photos purporting to be from his training camp, which show his left leg was compromised and receiving medical attention. The caption by McGregor that accompanied the first set of photos alludes that other fighters would have pulled out of the fight in his situation.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 16, 2021

All you pull out merchants wouldn’t last 13 seconds in my world. My 4 part Netflix docuseries coming soon has the entire bts. I’m gonna title it “Mad Mac’s: Fury Road”

Wouldn’t change my journey for no ones! The greatest of all time!

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 16, 2021

Wouldn’t chance my journey for no ones! The greatest of all time!

The photos show McGregor’s lower left leg wrapped with athletic tape, sitting in an ice bath, elevated, and receiving medical attention, including X-rays. They raise questions about McGregor’s pre-fight medical screening and what the Nevada Athletic Commission and UFC might’ve known.

The NAC did not respond to MMA Junkie’s public records request to obtain McGregor’s pre-fight questionnaire early Thursday. The UFC also acknowledged an email request for comment on the situation but had yet to provide one as of Thursday evening.

In a video message Thursday morning, McGregor said UFC president Dana White and UFC brass were aware of his stress fractures.

“I was injured going into the fight,” McGregor said. “People were asking me when was the leg break – at what point did the leg break? Ask Dana White. Ask the UFC. Ask Dr. Davidson, the head doctor of the UFC. They knew. My leg – I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage. There was debate about pulling the thing out because I was sparring without shin pads, and I was kicking.”

Fighters are asked to provide accurate health information prior to competition. McGregor could face repercussions from the athletic commission if inaccurate information was submitted prior to UFC 264.

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Conor McGregor Reveals Previously Unknown Injury Details

The Spun 15 July, 2021 - 11:30am

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It was previously believed Conor McGregor suffered his leg injury during his bout against Dustin Poirier in the Octagon last Saturday. But the lightweight contender revealed new, eye-opening details surrounding when his injury actually occurred on Thursday.

In a new social-media video, McGregor revealed he was actually “injured going into the fight.” The veteran fighter apparently took the risk and ultimately paid the price when he went down with an injury, leading to his defeat in the process.

“I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage,” McGregor revealed on Thursday, via ESPN MMA. “It was debated about pulling the thing out.”

Injury or not, McGregor didn’t look very promising in the trilogy against Poirier. Even before he was injured, Poirier was controlling the fight – and McGregor looked lost in the process. But McGregor clearly feels he wasn’t 100 percent heading into last Saturday’s bout.

“I had stress fractures in my leg going into that cage. It was debated about pulling the thing out.”

Conor McGregor describes shin and ankle injuries he says he had heading into #UFC264 (via @TheNotoriousMMA)

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 15, 2021

This definitely isn’t the last we’ve seen of Conor McGregor. He’s already committed to a fourth fight versus Dustin Poirier (when McGregor gets healthy, of course).

The 33-year-old just isn’t the same fighter he once was, though. Opponents feared going into the Octagon with the lightweight contender back in the day. His knockout-punch ability was lethal at one point. But opponents appear to have figured him out by now.

McGregor’s defense has taken a step back in recent years, and he’s obviously weak in the ground game. Poirier took advantage of both weaknesses during his victory over McGregor back in January and did it again last weekend.

If McGregor wants to continue contending in his division, he’ll have to improve his defense and do everything he can to avoid the ground game.

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Conor McGregor 'will be out for A YEAR' says Dana White

Daily Mail 15 July, 2021 - 03:48am

By Will Griffee For Mailonline

UFC president Dana White believes Conor McGregor will be out of action for a year while he recovers from a broken leg. 

The Irishman fractured his tibia in the closing seconds of the opening round against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in Las Vegas

He has since undergone surgery but faces a long road to recovery and White confirmed that the former two-weight champion is to be out for 12 months. 

Conor McGregor suffered a broken leg in his fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264

Dana White (R) revealed that McGregor will now be sidelined for a year while he recovers

'I think they just released him right now from the hospital about 10, 15 minutes ago,' White told TMZ Sports

'He’ll be in [Los Angeles] for a little while. I don’t know if he’s gonna fly home, or what he’s gonna do.

Asked when the 33-year-old will be back, White said: 'He’ll be back in a year.'

McGregor took to social media after surgery and said: 'Just out of the surgery room, everything went to plan, everything went perfect and I'm feeling tremendous. 

'We've got six weeks on a crutch now and then we begin to build back.

'A clean break of the tibia and it was not to be. Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you've done nothing in there. That second round would have shown all.'

Poirier dominated the first round against McGregor, who went for the clinch at one point

McGregor broke his leg while throwing a kick that landed on Poirier's elbow late in the first round. 

His coach John Kavanagh revealed to Laura Sanko that the 'Notorious' suffered an ankle problem in training camp that could have been a contributing factor.

'We’d got a scan on it. Did that have a small part to play in weakening [his ankle]? I don’t know', he said. 

'We were with [an orthopaedic surgeon in Los Angeles] a couple of weeks ago to get a scan on the ankle. They say when you look at an MRI or CAT scan, it’s perfect, but they say it’s more like listening to an engine. 

McGregor insisted there will be a fourth fight with Poirier and their battle is not over

'A very skilled mechanic can maybe pick up something, but it’s not until you open up that you see something.

'There might have been something in there. It seems unusual that a young, healthy, fit man can wrap his foot around an elbow without there being something there before. But you can play those sorts of guessing games all day long.'

McGregor's absence will be a blow to the UFC but the lightweight division will move on without him for the time being and Poirier will compete with Charles Oliveira for the belt in his next fight.  

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