Former NFL defensive end Chris McCain is only 27

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Former NFL defensive end Chris McCain is only 27

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 [url=https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Marshall-Faulk-Jersey]https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Marshall-Faulk-Jersey[/url] , and if he wanted to continue to play football there’s a chance he could. But he has decided to try a different sport.As explained by Gilbert Manzano of the Southern California News Group, McCain hopes to make it in MMA.McCain became a solid contibutor to the Chargers in 2017, racking up five sacks in 15 appearances. The Chargers applied a $1.9 million restricted free agency tender offer for 2018, but an accusation of spitting on a woman and grabbing her neck, which resulted in two counts of misdemeanor battery, prompted the Chargers to rescind the tender. (McCain denies the allegations.) He later signed with the Colts, but he was released during the 2018 preseason.McCain has decided not to return to football, because he believes football was the root of his problems.“I had hit the worst points of my life when I was playing in the NFL,” McCain said. “I just can’t [return to the NFL]. There is no point. More money, more problems. No point. Less money, less problems. I’m not making nearly as much as I was making in the NFL, and I don’t hear from nearly over 80 percent of the people I met and know, which I’m thankful for. God showed me something. I’m blessed with the people still in my corner and people I talk to, but definitely showed me something.”So McCain, who also played for the Dolphins and Saints, texted former Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, expressing an interest to try fighting.“I just got a lot of anger and frustration,” McCain said. “I really needed to figure out what it is I can do to really help me express myself, and football just wasn’t enough. I’m getting tired of being fined for stuff. Fighting in the locker room. Fighting on the field. Sitting out a practice because you’re fighting in practice. Had joint practices with different teams, getting in fights on that. It was just a lot. I just think this is what I need to be doing. . . . To be in the NFL, it’s not worth the stress and depression. It’s really not.”His new sport is worth it, because he believes his new sport is helping him.“This is my therapy, me beating you up [url=https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Eric-Ebron-Jersey]Eric Ebron Jersey[/url] , and I can beat you up the right way,” McCain said.He makes his official MMA debut on Saturday, as he attempts to beat up Jamal Harris (0-2) as an unpaid amateur in Merriman’s second Lights Out Xtreme Fighting event.McCain hopes to eventually fight Jon Jones. McCain has a very long way to go to get to that point, but if the talent he showed as a pass rusher translates to the octagon, McCain could end up having an interesting second career. INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck‘s surgically repaired right shoulder is being tested in ways even he couldn’t imagine.The Indianapolis Colts quarterback threw 121 passes during a five-day span last week — easily the highest total he’s ever accrued in consecutive games.Dropping back so frequently subjects Luck to more potential hits and more potential injuries as well.And it’s something the Colts know must change to keep Luck on the field for the final 11 games.“I think for us a big part of it is we need more success early,” said coach Frank Reich, a former NFL quarterback. “Let’s not get behind, let’s play good, sound football, let’s not beat ourselves in all three phases. Let’s stay in the game, don’t get behind, stay patient with the runs and then have some success early with the run game that gives you the confidence to keep going back to it.”Circumstances primarily dictated the Colts’ play-calls against Houston and New England.Luck had to throw on nearly every play after the Colts fell into an 18-point, third-quarter deficit against the Texans. He led the Colts to a late, tying score that forced overtime before Indy lost 37-34.On Thursday, Luck helped Indy cut a 21-point halftime deficit to seven in the fourth quarter before losing 38-24 at New England.It’s been a recurring theme this season.Luck also had the Colts (1-4) in position for go-ahead touchdowns in the final two minutes against Cincinnati in the season opener and at Philadelphia in Week 3, only to come up short both times.But the expanded workload has shown up in the numbers.Luck’s 245 attempts through five games lead the league and have him on pace to throw 784 times this season, a number that would shatter Matthew Stafford’s single-season record of 727 in 2012.100<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj MehtaIn the past two games, Luck broke the franchise’s single-game record with 62 attempts against Houston and matched Jeff George’s previous mark (59) against the Patriots.It’s uncharted territory for Luck, who never threw more than 63 passes in back-to-back games at Stanford, never threw more than 99 passes in any previous two-game stretch in the NFL and can’t even remember a time in high school when he threw so frequently.So far, Luck’s arm seems to be just fine.“Physically, I feel better and better,” he said Wednesday. “I think there’s been a concerted effort in this locker room so guys continue to progress physically [url=https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Matt-Slauson-Jersey]Matt Slauson Color Rush Jersey[/url] , stay strong, keep getting strong and not to plateau. I subscribe to that theory and I think it’s paying off in the recovery from games, the recovery from throwing a bunch of throws and I’m excited to keep rolling.”While game situations certainly have forced more throws than Reich scripted, injuries to Luck’s supporting cast haven’t helped, either.Starting running back Marlon Mack missed four of the first five games with a hamstring injury. He hopes to return Sunday against the New York Jets (2-3).Backup running back Robert Turbin, Indy’s short-yardage specialist, returned last week after missing the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton couldn’t finish the Houston game and sat out against New England with a hamstring injury, and Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle has missed three straight games with an injured hip.Indy’s starting offensive line also has been in flux. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) might make his season debut this weekend and the Colts already have used four different starters at right tackle.The good news is Denzelle Good returned to practice Wednesday after missing the last week following the death of his brother, Overton, in a drive-by shooting in South Carolina and could return Sunday.But right guard Matt Slauson, who started each of Indy’s first five games, will miss the rest of the season after breaking two vertebrae against New England. Rookie Braden Smith, who started last week at right tackle, could return to his more natural spot on the interior line in Slauson’s absence.“There are a couple of different options we’re looking at, and obviously we’re pretty geared into it,” Reich said. “We’ll evaluate that over the next few days.”But through it all, Luck has provided stability and continuity with an arm that appears to be getting stronger by the week.“You have that weekend off, which is sort of nice, especially in the one sense if you win — not so much if you lose,” he said. “We have to run the ball a little more effectively to give ourselves a consistent chance to win.NOTES: Indy has signed veteran safety Mike Mitchell, possibly to replace starting safety Clayton Geathers, who went down with a neck injury and entered the concussion protocol. Geathers returned late last season after having neck surgery.