Eagles Will Likely Miss Jameis Winston
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is expected to be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The planned suspension, which could come as quickly as Friday or as late as July 4, stems from an alleged incident in March of 2016 with an Uber driver in Scottsdale, Arizona, something which Ronald Darby, Winston's former teammate at Florida State and the Eagles starter at right cornerback, inserted himself into as a potential witness.
ESPN Tallahassee's Jeff Cameron initially reported the news and it has since been confirmed by multiple media reports.
Winston is accused of grabbing his Uber diver's crotch while they were waiting at a drive-thru at a Mexican restaurant. The driver claimed that the Bucs' QB1 was her only passenger but Darby released a statement saying he was in an Uber with Winston on March 13, 2016, and claimed his friend did nothing inappropriate with the driver.
"I felt the need to come forward and clarify some inaccurate accounts of the evening of March 13, 2016, when myself, a friend and Jameis Winston took an Uber ride in Arizona," Darby said in his statement. "There were three of us in the car, not just one as has been reported. Myself and Jameis were in the backseat. I am confident that nothing inappropriate in nature happened in the car that evening and Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver. The accusations are just not true."
An attorney for the Uber driver, John Clune, has disputed Darby's account.
Winston was never charged in the incident but the driver did file a formal complaint with Uber.
The Buccaneers are scheduled to host the Eagles in Week 2 of the season on Sept. 16, meaning Jim Schwartz and his defense will likely be preparing for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick instead of Winston.
EAGLES GIVE DORENBOS SUPER BOWL RING
The Eagles gave long-time long snapper Jon Dorenbos a Super Bowl ring.
The popular Dorenbos was with the Eagles for 12 years before being traded to New Orleans before the 2017 season. He was ultimately forced to retire in September when his physical with the Saints revealed an aortic aneurysm.
The Eagles posted the video of Dorenbos receiving his ring at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday morning:
ZACH AND JULIE ERTZ START FOUNDATION
Zach and Julie Ertz announced the formation of the Ertz Family Foundation on Thursday.
Driven by their visit to Haiti the couple wants to "transform others' lives through faith, hope, and love. The foundation will focus on promoting an active lifestyle for kids, improving education and building up communities.
Its first event will be next month, with proceeds benefitting a sports complex in Haiti, as well as the Bay Area and Philadelphia.
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