-For those of you who went to bed a little on the early side, you missed out on a Gamecock-filled second game of Monday Night Football's doubleheader between the MInnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers. Well, in theory you would have, at least. Despite three former Gamecocks being active for the game, all of whom have favorable spots on the depth chart, they didn't make much noise, if any at all. Mike Davis was completely inactive, not even making an appearance after Reggie Bush was hurt, with the team opting to go with the only Australian I don't care for, Jarryd Hayne.
Speaking of being upstaged by Kangaroo Jarryd, Bruce Ellington didn't even get a chance to return that much, with a lone zero-yard return to his name. At least he looked better than Hayne there, as Hayne fumbled away his first attempt at a return. Ellington also caught two passes... for 5 yards. Though he was only targeted twice, so I suppose it's good he didn't drop either. On the other side of the ball, Captain Munnerlyn produced just one tackle all evening. At least it was a solo tackle!
-In more bad news, Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. This is actually related to the charges filed against Culliver back in March, involving traffic violations and some brass knuckles. Culliver pleaded guilty to both charges. Regardless of what the crime was, this suspension comes at a weird time, given how long the NFL had to make a ruling. I know the NFL isn't the best with dishing out fair punishment, but the idea that they still needed another week, going into the regular season, to make the decision is hilarious, if unbelievable. The NFL writes its own jokes about its lack of competence, which explains why the jokes are so rarely funny.
-In the only bit of good news out of Monday, defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles has been signed to the Cleveland Browns' practice squad, where he joins Connor Shaw in what I presume will be a tremendous buddy cop movie. Ooh, or a TV series! Personally, I was surprised Quarles wasn't picked up for a practice squad prior to the season. He's only in his second season, not far removed from his impressive college career, and played in two regular season games last year. It's so strange to see so many members of the impressive defenses that were around during the 11-win years not get regular work. At the same time though, that's how pro football works. There's only so much room across 32 teams, and you're competing against literally thousands of incredibly gifted men for a job, with more and more coming in each year. Dreams get crushed, hearts get broken, and so on. It is what it is, and everybody knows it, including Kelcy Quarles.
* = Practice Squad
+ = Injured