Seahawks CB Richard Sherman has been informed he won his appeal and won’t be suspended for a positive test for a banned substance. Sherman and fellow starting CB Brandon Browner both tested positive for a banned substance, but Sherman appealed his result and argued that his sample cup had a broken seal, and thus was contaminated.
In a surprising bit of NBA news, the Brooklyn Nets have fired coach Avery Johnson. Johnson was the NBA coach of the month in November but now has been fired in December. As they’ve gone 5-10 in their last 15 games.
NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reported late last night that he believes The Carolina Panthers will be making significant changes this offseason, and that head coach Ron Rivera will be fired on Monday. The Panthers have won four of their past five games and are 6-9 heading into Week 17 after finishing 2011 with a 6-10 record.
If the Panther do can Rivera, they’ll join the likes of the Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, and Kansas City Chiefs as team almost certain to be looking for new coaches in 2012. The Eagles will reportedly make a heavy push to hire Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly to replace Andy Reid once the team fires him at the conclusion of the 2012 regular season. It’s untelling who the other NFL franchises are targeting as of now.
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster on Wednesday, making him the first rookie quarterback to earn an outright invite since Dan Marino.
The Green Bay Packers will be looking to clinch a first-round by on Sunday vs. the Minnesota Vikings, but may have to do so without WR/KR Randall Cobb, who is is dealing with both knee and ankle ailments, and will be limited in Thursday’s practice after missing Wednesday’s practice. It’s looking as though he won’t play Sunday now that the Pack ghave a healthy Greg Jennings to help make up for his absence.