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NFL Warns Houston Texans Don't Bring Expensive Jewelry to Mexico ... And Mind Your Colon!

11/17/2016 6:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1117-houston-texans-nfl-fa-getty-01With the Houston Texans going to Mexico for a game against the Raiders this weekend, the NFL has sent a safety memo to the team -- essentially advising them how not to get robbed ... or diarrhea. 

Among the tips laid out in a memo obtained by the AP ... 

-- DO NOT leave the hotel

-- Leave expensive jewelry at home 

-- Don't bring large sums of money 

-- Don't use ATMs

-- Only drink bottled water 

-- DO NOT order room service

-- DO NOT eat outside of the team meal room

According to the AP, the Raiders did not get the same memo. 

Buena suerte! 

Isaiah Pead Staying Positive, Smiling During Hospital Recovery

11/16/2016 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1116-Isaiah-Pead-twitter-02NFL running back Isaiah Pead seems to be in good spirits -- or as good of spirits as he could be in -- while recovering from a bad car crash ... smiling in multiple pics from the hospital. 

Pead was badly hurt when he wrecked his car in Ohio around 2 AM on Saturday -- and his injuries are so bad, his family says his football career is over. 

But despite the bad news, the 26-year-old mustered up a smile when he was visited by an old friend the other day -- University of Cincinnati Asst. Athletic Director Bob Mangine ... who specializes in sports medicine. 

Mangine brought over Pead's old college football jersey -- which elicited a smile from the RB. 

Pead also posed for a pic in front of the hospital -- sporting a smile while seated in his wheelchair. 

We've reached out to Pead to find out how he's doing. We'll let you know if we hear back. 

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NFL's Geno Smith Busting My Ass In Rehab ... After Bad Knee Injury

11/16/2016 9:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1116-geno-smith-twitter-01Geno Smith is battling through his ACL tear -- working his butt off to try to get back on the field next season ... just days after undergoing surgery. 

The NY Jets QB went under the knife to repair his right knee on Nov. 9th after suffering the ACL tear while playing the Ravens on Oct. 23rd. 

1116-geno-smith-twitter-02Just 3 days later he was already in physical therapy -- and today, one week later, he's still pushing himself. 

Geno's a free agent after this season and he's most likely done with the Jets -- question is, where will he land next season? 

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Rams' Robert Quinn Family Called 911 for Possible Seizure

11/15/2016 4:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

L.A. Rams defensive end Robert Quinn was shaking uncontrollably during an episode on Monday morning -- and his mother-in-law called 911 because she believed he was having a seizure. 

The 26-year-old was at a home in Agoura, CA when the medical episode began around 6 AM. His mother-in-law was at the residence at the time -- and despite the fact she was clearly frightened, she composed herself enough to call 911. 

At the time of the call, Quinn's mother-in-law told the operator he was still shaking ... though he stopped during the call and actually stood up. The operator advised Quinn to lay back down. 

Emergency personnel raced to the scene and Quinn was transported to a nearby hospital. He was released the next day. 

Quinn was diagnosed and treated for a brain tumor in high school -- though it's unclear if that condition contributed to the episode on Monday.

Bucs' Mike Evans ENDING TRUMP PROTEST ... 'I Was Frustrated'

11/15/2016 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1115-mike-evans-getty-03Well, that was quick. 

Tampa Bay Bucs star Mike Evans says he's officially calling off his Donald Trump protest -- and apologizing to the people he offended. 

Evans sat down during the National Anthem at the Bucs vs. Bears game this past weekend -- claiming he was upset that Trump won the election.

But a backlash soon began when it came out that Evans -- who lives in Florida -- didn't vote in the election. 

Now, he's issued an apology. 

"I want to start by apologizing to all the U.S. military members, their families, and the fans who I offended by my actions on Sunday. It was never my intention as I have tremendous respect for the men and women who serve our country."

"I have very strong emotions regarding some of the many issues that exist in our society today. I chose to sit as an expression of my frustration towards this year’s election. It was very personal for me, as it was for so many Americans." 

"With that being said, I will not sit again during the National Anthem because I want to focus my efforts on finding more effective ways to communicate my message and bring about change by supporting organizations and movements that fight for equal rights for minorities."

"This Sunday, I will be back to standing with my teammates."

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Chad Johnson Ray Lewis Is Scared of Me ... Let's Fight, Bro!

11/15/2016 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Yeah, we know he's kidding ... but it's still fun to watch Chad Johnson call out Ray Lewis -- and threatening to beat his ass!

We got Chad out at The Grove in L.A. -- smoking his stogie -- and recalling the most ferocious hit he ever took during an NFL game. 

Chad says he went to fight Ray after the game -- but Ray ran out of the locker room, fearing the wrath of the 6'1", 190 pound receiver. 

The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson has debunked the fight story in the past -- saying Chad and Ray are good friends ... but Chad's a trained fighter and it makes you wonder, "What if?"

Still probably Ray. 

LaDainian Tomlinson Ezekiel >Dak ... For Rookie of the Year

11/14/2016 2:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Two sensational rookies ... but only one can be NFL Rookie of the Year -- and according to LaDainian Tomlinson, it's Ezekiel Elliott all the way. 

We spoke with the NFL legend about the insane season both Zeke and Dak Prescott are having -- and while Tomlinson is extremely impressed with both guys ... he makes the case for EE.

He also thinks Elliott has a real shot at 2,000 yards this season (no pressure!) ... and gives MAJOR props to the Cowboys offensive line.

Alshon Jeffery Tests Positive for PEDs ... Gets 4 Game Suspension

11/14/2016 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1114_Alshon-Jeffery_gettyMore bad news for the Chicago Bears ... star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended for 4 games after testing positive for PEDs. 

A rep for the NFL says, "Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances."

"Jeffery’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Bears’ active roster on Monday, December 12 following the team’s December 11 game against the Detroit Lions."

'Mike & Molly' Star Billy Gardell Big Ben Is Still The Man ... But Steelers Need A Backup Plan

11/14/2016 11:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Billy Gardell says it's not time to jump off the Big Ben bandwagon just yet ... but the "Mike and Molly" star admits the bandwagon needs one thing -- a good backup driver.

We got Gardell out in NYC Monday and asked the lifelong Steelers fan how he felt about the gut-wrenching loss to the Dallas Daks this past Sunday.

Pittsburgh is now 4-5 and a lot of people are wondering if it's time to start searching for the heir apparent to Roethlisberger ... now that his injury, and age -- he's 34 -- are becoming a factor.

Billy makes it plain ... Ben's still got his heart, but it might be time for the Steelers to find their Tony Romo ... a qualified and dependable backup.

It's funny 'cause it's true.

Mike Ditka Don't Blame Jay Cutler ... The Whole Team Stunk!

11/14/2016 10:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Bears looked downright terrible on Sunday -- but don't peg the loss solely on Jay Cutler ... EVERYONE in a Chicago uniform stunk ... so says Mike Ditka.  

The Chicago Bears legend wasn't exactly a staunch defender of the QB when we spoke with him about the crushing 36-10 loss to the Bucs moments ago ... but he explained why it isn't fair to JUST go after Cutler. 

Ditka also weighs in on Broncos QB Trevor Siemian -- "Is he the guy? I dunno. But he's the guy they got!" 

Good stuff. 

Ezekiel Elliott & Dak Prescott How Are We Celebrating?? Serving Meals at Salvation Army

11/14/2016 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

dallas_cowboys_giving_back_launch2Less than 24 hours after shocking the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and a bunch of other Cowboys stars hit up a Salvation Army to serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to the needy. 

The guys were in pretty good spirits -- and the people at the Salvation Army couldn't have been more excited! 

Jason Witten, Lucky Whitehead and Alfred Morris were among the players who pitched in.

Dak and Ezekiel seemed especially chummy during the charity event -- and at 8-1, why wouldn't they be? 

How bout dem Cowboys?!

Snoop Dogg Steelers Killed My Buzz ... Ain't Been the Same Since Polamalu

11/14/2016 7:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Steelers broke Snoop Dogg's heart again -- and the rapper says it's all because his squad still hasn't been able to replace Troy Polamalu.

Snoop vented about Pittsburgh's last second loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday -- and placed the blame on the Steelers' secondary.

"Since Polamalu left, our DBs ... very, very skeptical."

Troy retired after the 2014 season. The Steelers have since retired his #43 jersey.

Herschel Walker Hey, President Trump ... I Want a Council Position!

11/13/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Herschel Walker tells TMZ Sports he wants to be an active part of Donald Trump's inner circle -- and is making his pitch to be appointed to the head of a special government organization! 

As we reported, Walker is a longtime friend of Trump and remains close with his family -- and was a vocal supporter of Trump during his campaign.

Now, Walker hopes to be rewarded with an appointment to the head of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition ... a post currently held by Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes.  

"I hope he would at least consider me."

There's more ... Walker says he's been hit up by politicians trying to kiss his butt because he's close to the man who's about to become the leader of the free world.

He won't say who ... but Walker's no dummy and says he can smell when someone's trying to use him from a mile away. 

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