Free agent running back Orleans Darkwa had a plate inserted in his leg after fracturing it during the 2016 season, but it won’t be there when he next takes the field.
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Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Darkwa had surgery to remove the plate on Wednesday. Per the report, the injury has fully healed and doctors recommended removing the plate in hopes that it helps with Darkwa’s explosiveness.

Darkwa visited the Patriots early in free agency and Rapoport reports there’s been other interest in his services from teams encouraged by the decision to remove the plate. Darkwa’s expected to need a month to heal, which may mean any suitors wait until just before training camp to renew discussions about a contract.

It’s fine to have the NCAA, NBA and USA Basketball collaborate to run camps and academies as an alternative to current market offerings. But trying to squeeze out competitive camps with anti-competitive practices is not the answer, and it opens up the NCAA to more claims of antitrust violations.

Coaches need to see players to evaluate them, and players need to be seen by coaches to be evaluated. The NCAA should endeavor to present a better product, not to improperly influence competitors in the industry.

By the way, does it occur to anyone that Nike is the exclusive apparel provider to both the NBA and USA Basketball?

What did I ramble about for that long on a fairly slow day? There’s only one way to find out.
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And it may be the only edition of #PFTPM that gets posted for the next few days. I’m heading Eric Weems Jersey to New York to take care of a little NBC business (hopefully I’m not getting fired) and it’s possible that there won’t be time for the afternoon podcast.

Hopefully, you’ll have time to listen to Friday’s edition. You have all weekend to do it, but why wait?

During spring training, Cora said he expected 20/20 seasons from four players: Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Eduardo Nunez and Xander Bogaerts. If asked to guess the players without knowing, Betts and Benintendi would have been no-brainers. Expecting 20 homers from Nunez is a stretch so guessing Jackie Bradley Jr. would have been justifiable.

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