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First call: Steelers' Le'Veon Bell not on Eagles' radar; Marc-Andre Fleury getting torched

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 7:51 a.m.
Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

In today's "First Call," Le'Veon Bell trade rumors. Jack Eichel lights up Marc-Andre Fleury. Peyton Manning congratulates Drew Brees. RMU hockey launches Season 15 on Neville Island.


Turnpike closed

It doesn't appear that Le'Veon Bell will be a Philadelphia Eagle.

At least not yet.

There has been speculation that the Eagles may be willing to trade for Bell if he eventually signs his franchise tag. Philly lost running back Jay Ajayi recently to an ACL tear. Ajayi is going to have to go on injured reserve.

Some smoke signals went up that the Eagles could be heading in that direction when they freed up salary-cap space by restructuring the contract of standout defensive lineman Fletcher Cox.

But according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, that move was not done with an eye toward trading for Bell.


Flower plucked

The next opponent for the Penguins is Las Vegas. The Golden Knights come to town with Marc-Andre Fleury on Thursday. He had a rough game against Buffalo yesterday.

Jack Eichel beat him for a goal, not once…

... but twice.

Fleury allowed four goals on 17 shots. He gave up five goals on 16 shots against the Flyers in Vegas' opener, with a 29-of-30 save performance for a win in between.

Jesse Granger of the Athletic in Vegas reports Flower won't start in Pittsburgh Thursday.


Good sport

Last night, Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's record for most passing yards in NFL history. He surpassed the previous mark of 71,940 on this 62-yard throw to Tre'Quan Smith.

Now Brees is up to 72,103 after a sparkling 363-yard, three-touchdown effort against Washington. He didn't get a fourth touchdown pass on the night, though. So that means Brees will need to wait at least one more game to get career TD toss number 500.

Manning holds that record, too, at 539. So that mark is being threatened, as well. Manning seems to be taking it stride, however.

Hmm. No reference to XLIV there. Interesting.


Season 15

The Robert Morris Hockey team begins its 2018-19 schedule Friday against nationally ranked Bowling Green. The No. 20 Falcons are at Neville Island at 7:05.

I'll be on the call for ESPN Pittsburgh. I talked to head coach Derek Schooley about some of his returning skill, a heavy influence of freshmen, and the history of his program.

The Colonials went to the Atlantic Hockey title game in each of the last three seasons, after winning it in 2014. They lost all-time leading scorer Brady Ferguson after his senior season.

But they return talented forwards Luke Lynch and Alex Tonge. Francis Marotte is considered one of the better goalies in the conference. And this could be one of the more impactful recruiting classes in Schooley's 15 years on the job.

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