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Steelers’ Antonio Brown cited for driving over 100 mph


Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was cited Thursday morning after he allegedly drove over 100 mph on Pittsburgh streets, according to WPXI.

WPXI reports that Brown, who was in a black Porsche, was charged with reckless driving after speeding past an officer.

A Steelers spokesman said the team is aware of the situation and gathering information.

The Steelers (5-2-1) will host the Carolina Panthers (6-2) on Thursday Night Football.



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‘Madden’ boosts Linval Joseph’s speed rating after 18 mph TD run – Minnesota Vikings Blog


EAGAN, Minn. — At 329 pounds, Linval “Big Goon” Joseph is the heaviest player on the Minnesota Vikings roster by a good 13 pounds, but the Pro Bowl nose tackle isn’t slow.

Joseph sparked the Vikings in their 23-21 win over the Eagles in Week 5 when he returned a fumble 64 yards for a touchdown.

EA Sports took notice of Joseph’s run and announced they were boosting his speed rating in Madden NFL 19 by 12 points to an 80, which ties him with Fletcher Cox as the third-fastest defensive tackle in the video game. The only players with a faster speed rating than Joseph are Tyquan Lewis (83) and Ifeadi Odenigbo (82).

“I’m not slow,” Joseph said. “I know I might be big, but I’m really not slow. Even when I ran the 400 and 200 (meter relay in high school), I didn’t get first, but I didn’t get last. I always made points for our team. I like running. Running is fun.”

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Joseph reached a max speed of 18.2 miles per hour on his fumble-return touchdown. To put that into context, Jets safety Marcus Maye reached a max speed of 18.3 miles per hour on his 104-yard interception return that wasn’t a touchdown against the Broncos.

A multisport athlete at Santa Fe (Fla.) High School, Joseph excelled away from football in powerlifting and track and field. His best event was the discus throw and shot put, where he often came away with first place awards; the latter event earned him the title of state champion his senior year.

He also regularly found himself in the winner’s circle of the “Fat Man Relay,” where athletes around his size (roughly 250 to 275 pounds, Joseph said) competed against each other on foot. Even at 315 pounds in high school, Joseph’s athleticism allowed him to outrun those smaller than him.

Following the Vikings’ win, quarterback Kirk Cousins offered up support to get Joseph involved more with the offense. Many of his teammates answered in similar fashion this week. Even Arizona coach Steve Wilks joked that Joseph “looked like a running back or a receiver.”

While Joseph said he’s played tight end and running back before (he scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown at East Carolina in 2009), the chance of him moving over to the other side of the ball on a regular basis is highly unlikely.

But Joseph’s athleticism is undeniable, although he believes he surprised some in the Vikings organization with his speed on the way to the end zone.

“I think I did,” Joseph said. “I think it was pretty good form. It was fun, man. It was a dream come true. I was telling all the guys that in my career, I still have to get an interception, but I want an interception and a touchdown. It was pretty good to catch the ball and show everybody that I’m faster than what I look.”





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Carolina Panthers rookie DJ Moore charged with reckless driving after being clocked at 113 mph


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver DJ Moore, the team’s first-round draft pick, was charged earlier this month with driving 113 mph in a 65 mph work zone.

The incident occurred Aug. 10 on Interstate 77 at 2:52 a.m. after the Panthers returned home from a preseason win at Buffalo.

Trooper H.L. Bautista summed up in his report how fast Moore, 21, was going in his white Mercedes, which first approached Bautista’s vehicle from behind.

“F— that car is moving,” wrote Bautista, who followed Moore and then cited him for reckless driving. Moore’s court date is Oct. 2.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Moore came to the team right away after the incident to explain what happened.

“He was very remorseful. He understood,” Rivera said. “We chastised him, obviously. Moving on. And again, it is an opportunity for him to learn. Not just him, but the other young guys, that you have a responsibility to the community.”

Moore, the 24th overall selection in this year’s NFL draft, has four catches for 75 yards in two preseason games. He was the Big Ten receiver of the year last season at Maryland, catching a school-record 80 passes for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games.

He has been compared to former Panthers star Steve Smith, the team’s all-time leading receiver.

ESPN’s Bob Pockrass contributed to this report.



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