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Here's a bit of Polish Sausage for your weekend amusement & your Den comment section for the weekend.

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POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: NFLPA "emboldened" to challenge field conditions after Hall of Fame debacle - ProFootballTalk - Last night, the NFL went a perfect six-of-six in the key statistical category of games attempted. A week ago, anything other than perfection was taken for granted.

Smith: Stephen Jones says Manziel "certainly" won’t be coming to Dallas - ProFootballTalk - Reports out of the Cowboys' draft room in 2014 said owner and General Manager Jerry Jones had to be physically stopped by his son Stephen from picking Johnny Manziel. Two years later, Stephen Jones remains adamant that Manziel will not be a Cowboy.

Philipse: Bucks second round kicker badly misses first ever pro kick, and extra point - Bucs Nation - So, this is not how you want to start your career as one of the highest-drafted kickers in the history of the NFL — and the single highest-drafted kicker in the 2000s.

Patra: Tyrod Taylor signs six-year Bills contract extension - NFL.com - The Bills are confident they've found their quarterback of the future. Buffalo rewarded Tyrod Taylor with a six-year contract extension on Friday.

Alper: Doug Whaley says Bills didn’t want to get "greedy" with Tyrod Taylor deal - ProFootballTalk - Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has a new contract with the team that reportedly tacks five years onto the one year left on his initial contract and could pay him $90 million or more if he plays out the entire deal.

Patra: Cam Newton's sideline celebration costs Panthers TD - NFL.comCam Newton came off the sideline early while linebacker A.J. Klein returned an interception 95 yards for a score. A penalty on the Carolina Panthers quarterback wiped out the touchdown.

Lyles: Jeff Fisher's mom called him after he dropped an F-bomb on 'Hard Knocks' - TheComeback - HBO's 'Hard Knocks' caught Jeff Fisher dropping an F-bomb, and his mother was not happy.

Lyles: IK Enemkpali tries to punch a Bills teammate a year to the day he punched Geno Smith - TheComebackIK Enemkpali seems to really like punching his teammates on August 11.

Florio: Is the damage to Bosa, Chargers relationship "irreparable"? - ProFootballTalk - It's been 15 days since the Chargers and the agents representing defensive end Joey Bosa last communicated. If a new report regarding Bosa's mindset is accurate, there may be no further reason to talk.

Mule: Houston Texans’ Linebacker Whitney Mercilus Looks to Build Off Career Year - The Sports Journal - Following a 2015 campaign where he posted career-highs in tackles for a loss and sacks, Houston Texans tight end Whitney Mercilus is looking to be even better in 2016.

WEINERWURST

Jones: Green Bay Packers celebrate 97th birthday - 247 Sports - The Packers were former Aug. 11, 1919.

A SLICE OF DEEP DISH & A COLD PINT

Mayer: 4 positives in Bears' preseason loss - Chicago Bars - Having receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White on the field together for the first time was one of at least four positives in the Bears' preseason-opening loss to the Broncos.

Hoge: Positives, Negatives From The Bears’ First Preseason Game - WGN Radio - Preseason scores almost never matter, but it’s not good when you have a big zero on the scoreboard at the end of the night.

Householder: Bears-Broncos, Five Takeaways - Windy City Gridiron - Well the Bears seemed to have picked up in 2016 where they left off in January. The good news is that it was the first preseason game and there is still time for the team to get better before the...

Fappiano: Bears' Expert Indicates Highly Anticipated Rookie May Go Unused - Sports Mockery - Many expected this Bears' rookie to have a big first season. But according to one Bears' expert fans must temper those expectations. Ken's Note: More accurately, this article should read "Some Random Guy Who Writes For A Blog thinks that a fifth-round draft choice may not get a ton of playing time his rookie year"