Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Lions tight end Joseph Fauria — nephew of the MFB host — said he sprained his ankle rushing down the stairs to grab his 3-month-old puppy in an attempt to take it outside before it urinated on the floor. Fauria missed Sunday’s game against the Jets and is expected to be out another three weeks.
One day earlier, discussing Rajon Rondo‘s broken hand that he claims he suffered while slipping in the shower, Christian Fauria had questioned players’ offbeat stories about injuries. However, he stands by his nephew’s claim and said the second-year pro was not drunk at the time.
“I did some investigative research, called his mother, called his grandparents,” Fauria said. “When I first heard this I was like, this is BS. No. You’re a professional athlete, you don’t trip, you don’t fall, you don’t miss a final step, OK? But I’ve been told repeatedly that that is exactly what happened, 100 percent. And I told the story yesterday about my issues trying to hide some things. But I have received confirmation that it is 100 percent accurate.”
Said Merloni: “I don’t know if I believe the dog thing. I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t know, but I think it might have something to do with a female, maybe.”
– The NFL announced Tuesday that Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after his interception return for a touchdown against the Patriots in Monday night’s rout. Players are not allowed to slide in celebration, but Abdullah went to his knees in prayer, which is allowed.
Merloni joked that the ref threw the flag due to a “hatred for Muslims.”
Said Benz: “What I don’t understand about that is why would you put the rule in the books if it wasn’t to create the separation of God and football” Why else would you put the rule in the book that you don’t go to your knees?”
– Colts safety LaRon Landry was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Fauria said a photo that has been circulating on the web makes Landry’s arms appear much bigger than they are.
“This is an exaggerated, manipulated picture,” Fauria said, adding: “His bicep is not that big.”
Said Benz: “The real LaRon Landry looks like the fake Hans and Franz from the Aaron Rodgers commercial. That’s how big he is. He’s almost inflated. I don’t know if that picture is doctored, I thought the same thing.”