Raiders wider receiver Amari Cooper was knocked from Sunday’s game against the Broncos with a concussion following what an angry Oakland coach Jack Del Rio described as a “vicious hit.”
The Raiders’ Derek Carr said a postgame conversation with Cooper left the quarterback feeling relatively positive, though seeing Cooper motionless on the ground was hard, especially since Carr felt some responsibility for the pass and then hit.
“Anytime I throw a ball and I feel like I had anything to do with it, it rips my heart out,” Carr said. “I’m not even going to lie, I had to hold back the motions of him getting hit and thinking it was my fault. The way the linebacker played it, I had to throw it where I had to throw it. But anytime he gets hit, I feel terrible. (Center Rodney Hudson) saw it on my face and said, ‘Hey man shake it off, we gotta win this game.’ I was like ‘You’re right, I’ll be good, but that’s my brother.’”
Former Patriots and Colts coach Ron Meyer, who also led SMU’s famed “Pony Express” teams that starred Eric Dickerson and Craig James, has died, according to multiple reports. He was 76.
“I am sad to hear of Ron Meyer’s passing,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said, per the team’s website. “He was a colorful head coach who was very entertaining for fans during his tenure. … On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we send our thoughts and prayers to the Meyer family and the many friends who are mourning his loss.”
Meyer later compiled a 36-35 record with the Colts and led the team to its first division title and playoff appearance in Indy in 1987. Meyer was hired when the Colts were 0-13 and after three seasons, they were 9-6 during another strike-shortened year. In 1991, the Colts got off to an 0-5 start and Meyer was fired.
Many of the players and organizations that Meyer impacted took to social media to pay tribute to the coach.