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Steelers to start QB Devlin Hodges vs. Browns

The Browns will see a new face at quarterback when they face the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Devlin Hodges, who replaced a struggling Mason Rudolph in Pittsburgh's narrow victory over the Bengals, will make his second start of the season when Cleveland and Pittsburgh square off in a massive game for both teams.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced the decision at his Tuesday press conference.

"The decision is clear for us and some really clear reasons why," Tomlin said. "Like I talked about after the game, I thought he provided us a spark in game. I'm hopeful he's capable of continuing to provide that spark as we step into this stadium."

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Hodges completed 5-of-11 passes for 118 yards in the win over Cincinnati. His 79-yard touchdown pass to James Washington gave the Steelers the lead and ultimately proved to be the difference in the 16-10 victory over the winless Bengals.

Earlier this season, Hodges, an undrafted rookie out of Samford, started against the Chargers in a game Pittsburgh won, 24-17. He's 27-of-40 for 318 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the season.

Rudolph struggled in his start against the Browns earlier this month, tossing four interceptions and leading the Steelers on just one scoring drive. He was 8-of-16 for 85 yards and an interception before he was benched in Cincinnati.

The Steelers have been without veteran starter Ben Roethlisberger since he exited a Week 2 loss to the Seahawks with a season-ending elbow injury. This will mark the first time Cleveland has not seen Roethlisberger during a season since he entered the league in 2004.

NIKE TO DROP COLIN KAEPERNICK’S SIGNATURE SHOE IN DECEMBER

Nike is set to release a signature shoe featuring former quarterback Colin Kaepernick

According to Heavy.com, the shoes appear to be “a new colorway of Nike Air Force 1 lows which Kaepernick wore as he warmed up in his recent workout for NFL teams,” the outlet writes.

Below is a look at Kaepernick’s rumored signature shoes, expected to roll out across the U.S. in December.

 

Former teammate Eric Reid posted a photo of what are believed to be Kaepernick’s signature shoes. 

“Game day fit 🔥You already know #ImwithKap y’all see the kicks,” Reid posted on Instagram.

The shoes are part of Kaepernick’s endorsement deal with Nike which the company renewed in 2018. Yahoo previously reported that the deal is worth “millions per year plus royalties.”

Here’s what is known so far about the upcoming release, via Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson :

The inclusion of a shoe and a Kaepernick branded “Icon” jersey was first reported by Yahoo Sports in 2018, with his footwear rollout speculated to be on track for the 2019 holiday season. Sources told Yahoo Sports this week that Nike is expecting a nationwide release of the shoe early next month as it continues to develop the company’s endorsement strategy around Kaepernick…

Sources declined to say how many Kaepernick shoes Nike would release, but the projected demand has been strong enough that the apparel giant ramped up production figures during the course of development.

Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016, where he decided to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustices in America.

CRIS CARTER: HALL OF FAME WIDE RECEIVER FIRED FROM FOX SPORTS 1

Former Vikings star wide receiver Cris Carter is out at Fox, and the reason, apparently a serious one, according to the New York Post, has not been disclosed.

Fox Sports 1 announced on November 7, the immediate departure for Carter, who has been a member of the network since December of 2016, following an eight-year tenure with ESPN.

Via The Blast:

Carter’s career with FS1 took a nasty turn this NFL season, as, according to reports, he was upset with the network choosing another former Hall of Famer, Tight End Tony Gonzalez, to be an analysis on the network’s Thursday Night Football coverage. Gonzalez has been with the network since May of 2017 after a short tenure with the CBS football program.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was an intense, emotional meeting between Carter and his bosses at the network. At that point, Carter was suspended indefinitely from the air, showing that his days at the network were limited.

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According to Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead, Carter was escorted out by security after having his desk cleaned out. Currently, NFL defensive lineman Chris Canty has taken Carter’s spot on the morning show he co-hosted.

“Cris Carter is no longer with Fox Sports,” a spokesperson for the Murdoch-owned outlet announced Thursday. “There is no further comment at this time.”

Deadline writes, “Absent from the air since October 30, I hear that Carter has been the subject of an internal probe at Fox Sports involving his conduct, though the exact nature of the investigation is being tightly contained.”

Carter was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013 after a 12-year career, most of that time with the Vikings.

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