The Indianapolis Colts(1-2) enter Week 4 with few doubters for Sunday’s home game against the Tennessee Titans (1-2), as many are predicting the Colts to come out victorious. The Colts began the season with two consecutive losses but bounced back last Sunday with a resounding win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Meanwhile, the Titans looked fantastic in their season opener, pounding the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 before dropping ugly games to the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals.
Indianapolis was expected by most pundits to win the AFC South for the second straight year, but it has suffered a bevy of injuries. Middle linebacker Jerrell Freeman has missed time with a hamstring injury, while outside linebacker Robert Mathis is out for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon.
“I really hope someone calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell. If one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner is a liar, and I get to talk about that on my podcast. Please, call me and say I’m in trouble, I dare you.”
The suspension given to Simmons by ESPN for criticizing Goodell is actually one week longer than the original suspension given to Rice for knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City elevator. Simmons’ rant happened after ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” released a report on how the Ravens and NFL attempted to cover up the incident.
ESPN has issued a statement on Simmons’ suspension:
“Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards. We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.”
The Ravens have since released Rice after the video of him striking his now-wife was circulated by TMZ.