HALIFAX - Back at UFC 160, T. Custom Seattle Seahawks Jerseys .J. Grant showed his championship mixed martial arts credentials by earning a lightweight title shot with an impressive knockout of Gray (The Bully) Maynard.Entering the MGM Grand Garden Arena to Whitesnakes Here I Go Again — his usual soundtrack, chosen after seeing boxer Mickey Ward walk out to it in 2002 — the lightweight from Cole Harbour, N.S., knocked out Maynard in the first round to earn a 155-pound title shot.The first minute of the fight belonged to Maynard, who landed some hard shots. But the rest belonged to Grant, who put Maynard down with a right to the jaw and then swarmed him at the fence. The Canadian fired knees and punches until the referee stepped in to save a dazed Maynard two minutes seven seconds into the fight.Huge, huge victory for T.J. Grant, said UFC commentator Joe Rogan. What an impressive knockout, in the most important fight of his career.The win, his fifth straight since dropping down to lightweight, earned Grant a US$50,000 bonus for knockout of the night and a shot at then-world champion Benson (Smooth) Henderson.Nothing but respect. But hey, I want to fight the champ, I want to be the champ, Grant said in the cage that night. Lets do it.Today, the euphoria of May 25, 2013, seems a distant memory.Saturdays televised show in Grants backyard represents the 56th UFC card since he battered Maynard. And the Canadian contender has not been a part of any of them.Two weeks after the Maynard win, Grant was hit in the head by his training partners foot during a jiu-jitsu session. Later in the session, he used his head to stop a sweep and was hit again.I dont know which one it was, he said of the head blows. All I know is just when I was done training, I didnt feel right.Diagnosed with a concussion, the 30-year-old has not sparred since.A proud, private man, Grant (21-5) is reluctant to do much media these days. He wants to focus on getting well, rather than rehash his medical problems.It has been one step forward, one step back. A frustrating, bumpy road back. And while acknowledging he was on the cusp of being able to secure my future, he is not complaining.Im making improvements, basically, Grant said in an interview this week. Its a slow process. Nothing really new to report. Getting some good direction, trying to do my best.There is no quick fix for a concussion. Every one is different. And unlike a broken leg or surgically repaired knee, there is no set return date.At a news conference in August to promote the Halifax card, Grant seemed more optimistic.Im near the end of it, and Im looking forward to resuming my career soon, he told reporters. I hope to be ready to fight this fall.Summer is over and Grants plans have changed.For me, its just really up and down, hit or miss, he said. Ill say one thing one day and Ill feel good and the next day I wont. Ive decided to just kind of take a little step back, put my career on hold and just do what Ive got to do to get better.Grant looks good, lean and in shape. He works out but doesnt spar. But some days, going to the gym turns out to be a bad idea.You dont really want to go roll around with people when you have a headache.Its doubly painful because training is what he loves to do.And there seems no rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes you dont know what you did, he said of setbacks.He follows his sport closely, watching every show he can. And he is grateful for the support he gets daily, often from people he doesnt know.But he doesnt want to be a sad-story poster boy, one of the reasons he has limited interviews.By all rights, his story should be that of a blue-collar athlete who turned himself into a hard-nosed, prickly opponent with multiple weapons, a fighter who dropped down a weight class and became a dangerous contender.There are no airs to Grant, who knows the value of honesty and hard work. But sadly character doesnt factor into concussion comebacks.Grant has had plenty of help in recent months, from medical experts to other athletes. Fellow Cole Harbour native Sidney Crosby reached out to share his concussion experiences.It really meant a lot, said Grant.He tries to apply discipline to his recovery, for example watching what he eats — which he admits wasnt easy at the beginning when he couldnt train. The fighter remains optimistic and has no plans to retire. But he knows he has to put his chosen profession on the side. For how long, he doesnt know.Im know Im going to get back to 100 per cent. I just dont know exactly when thats going to be.The Halifax show represents another missed opportunity for Grant, the flag-bearer for MMA in the region.Anthony (Showtime) Pettis replaced him at UFC 163 in August 2013 and dethroned Henderson. Grant, still not feeling right, then had to withdraw from a scheduled December 2013 title fight with Pettis.On the plus side, Grant has the support of a sizable family. He grew up with four older brothers. His mother was one of nine kids and his father one of 14. At a recent family reunion, he discovered he had 50 first cousins.At home, one-year-old daughter Casey keeps Grant and wife Belinda busy.Shes awesome, Grant said of the little one. Shes tons of fun. Every day is like a new journey. Shes doing something different. It keeps you on your toes.Kids, Grant has learned, are quick learners.They just watch you and they see what youre doing. The next thing you know theyre imitating, he said.Youve got to make sure youre holding yourself to the highest standards, so youre not teaching them any bad habits, he said with a laugh.Unfortunately for Grant, he also stands as a reminder of concussion — a confusing, debilitating injury that is no stranger to combat sports.Athletic commissions routinely hand out medical suspensions to the victim of a knockout. But in a sport where you have to compete to get paid, the pressure to return to action quickly is intense.Grant was fortunate in winning three UFC bonus cheques worth $180,000, which no doubt have helped matters although a hefty chunk of that goes to the taxman. He bought a Nissan Maxima with his first bonus cheque, for knocking out Kevin Burns at UFC 107.Speaking last year, UFC president Dana White said concussions are monitored closely. Often fighters have to be cleared by a doctor before they can step back into the cage after a bad loss.Injuries in training are tougher to monitor, he acknowledged.We cant baby-sit everybody. We cant police grown men, White said prior to UFC 165. We can lay down the rules.If you are on a three month suspension because you were hit in the head or whatever your deal is in a fight and you go back into the gym and start sparring again, first of all youre a moron. No 2, the people who handle you probably dont care about you.Grant knows he is not alone.Im not going to say it doesnt happen in this sport because you see it happen on every fight card, said Grant. Like I said, everybodys different ... some people dont get symptoms. Im just trying to deal with what Ive got right now.---Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Barkevious Mingo Jersey . The All-Pro left tackle agreed to a five-year contract with the Eagles on Wednesday. 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While he threw an interception -- a spectacular diving effort by Broncos LB Danny Trevathan, incidentally -- that ultimately led to the Broncos game-winning field goal, Cowboys QB Tony Romo (25-for-36, 506 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT) had an unbelievable game, engineering four touchdown drives longer than 75 yards. Though coming up short in that spotlight feels all too familiar for Romo, that performance was not one that should have been denigrated in any way. 2. Broncos QB Peyton Manning (33-for-42, 414 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT) had another crazy game, but may have been the second-best quarterback on the field at Dallas. 3. Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (150 YDS, 1 TD 24 touches) again asserted his position at the top of the Broncos running back depth chart, ahead of Ronnie Hillman (59 YDS, 11 touches) and Montee Ball (1 YD, 1 carry). 4. Starting in place of an injured Miles Austin, Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (4 REC, 151 YDS, 1 TD, 4 targets) got deep, while WR Dez Bryant (6 REC, 141 YDS, 2 TD, 10 targets, 1 fumble) and TE Jason Witten (7 REC, 121, 1 TD, 10 targets) also had huge production. 5. Broncos TE Julius Thomas (9 REC, 122 YDS, 2 TD) is tied for second in the league with six touchdowns and ranks fourth among tight ends with 359 yards receiving. 6. Saints QB Drew Brees (29-for-35, 288 YDS, 2 TD) was efficient against the Bears, hooking up with TE Jimmy Graham (10 REC, 135 YDS, 11 targets) again. Graham leads the league with 593 receiving yards, averaging 31.0 yards per game more than Antonio Gates, the tight end with the second highest per-game yardage (87.6). Grahams dominance in the Saints passing game, has left WR Marques Colston (2 REC, 15 YDS, 2 targets) on the outside looking in, to some degree. His 62.6 yards per game ranking as a career low for a receiver that has gone over 1,000 yards in six of his seven previous NFL seasons. 7. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (145 YDS, 1 TD, 1 fumble, 27 touches) continues to rack up yards. He ranks second in yards from scrimmage with 647, behind only LeSean McCoy (700). 8. Eagles QB Michael Vick (6-for-14, 105 YDS) suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out of action in Week Six. The goods for the Eagles is that Nick Foles (16-for-25, 197 YDS, 2 TD) was instrumental in Philadelphias win over the Giants on Sunday and Foles should be prepared to run the offence smoothly, possibly on a more even keel than Vick, who varies from higher highs to lower lows. 9. Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor (18-for-23, 221 YDS, 2 TD; 31 YDS, 11 carries) was very effective against San Diego. The Chargers dont have a good defence, ranking 29th in yardage allowed, but Pryor continues to give the Raiders reason for hope. 10. Packers RB Eddie Lacy (99 YDS, 23 carries) returned to action and carried the load, exactly the kind of game that the Packers expected from the physical back when they drafted him in the second round. 11. Ravens WR Torrey Smith (6 REC, 121 YDS, 9 targets) leads all wide receivers with 556 yards this season. (Atlantas Julio Jones plays Monday night and has 481 yards.) Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (7 REC, 132 YDS, 1 TD, 13 targets) now ranks second among wide receivers with 525 receiving yards. 12. Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon (5 REC, 136 YDS, 1 TD, 6 targets) and Cecil Shorts (5 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD, 10 targets) had productive game against St. Louis, though both would be better with a higher-calibre quarterback. 13. Rams WR Austin Pettis (4 REC, 49 YDS, 2 TD, 5 targets) is emerging as a bit of playmaker, with four touchdowns on the season. Hes been targeted 36 times in five games, more than Steve Smith, T.Y. Hilton and Denarius Moore. 14. It came in a losing effort, but Chargers QB Philip Rivers (36-for-49, 411 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT) had another big game against the Raiders and now ranks third in yardage (1,610) and second in touchdown passes (13) this season. 15. Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (7 REC, 105 YDS, 16 targets) was targeted a lot against Baltimore, and while he went over 100 yards, he caught fewer than half of the balls sent his way. Among 33 players with at least 40 targets through five games, Wallace has the fourth-worst receiving percentage (50.0%), ahead of Kenbrell Thompkins, Vincent Jackson and Robert Woods. 16. Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks (9 REC, 142 YDS, 12 targets) and Rueben Randle (6 REC, 96 YDS, 2 TD, 13 targets) had big games agains the Eagles, while Victor Cruz (5 REC, 48 YDS, 12 targets) was largely kept under wraps. 17. Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (10 REC, 218 YDS, 1 TD, 13 targets) had a monster game against the Saints as the preferred target of QB Jay Cutler (24-for-33, 358 YDS, 2 TD). WR Brandon Marshall (4 REC, 30 YDS, 1 TD, 5 targets) wasnt used as much, but had missed practice time during the week with a foot injury, so its not altogether surprising that Jeffery took on a bigger role. 18. Saints RB Pierre Thomas (91 YDS, 2 TD, 28 touches) had a productive, if not terribly efficient, day in Chicago. With Mark Ingram sidelined, there are more carries available for Thomas. 19. With RB Stevan Ridley hurt, LeGarrette Blount (51 YDS, 1 fumble, 12 carries) had the chance to carry the mail, but a lost fumble worked for him the same way it did for Ridley early in the year. Brandon Bolden (64 YDS, 11 touches) continued to be productive with limited touches. 20. Against his former team, Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (67 YDS, 1 TD, 19 carries) took on a bigger role with the Bengals than he had in previous weeks. Giovani Bernard (69 YDS, 1 fumble, 15 touches) also lost a fumble, so perhaps that running back competition is a little closer than it looked heading into Week Five. 21. Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (8 YDS, 3 carries) suffered a concussion against Oakland so, once again, Danny Woodhead (71 YDS, 1 TD, 18 touches) was the productive one in the San Diego backfield. 22. Rams RB Zak Stacy (78 YDS, 14 carries) had most of the backfield action against Jacksonville, with more touches than Daryl Richardson (48 YDS, 13 carries). 23. Ravens RB Ray Rice (102 YDS, 2 TD, 1 fumble, 33 touches) had the yards and scores, but took a lot of touches to get there against Miami. 24. With WR Calvin Johnson out for the Lions, RB Reggie Bush ended up with 69 yards on 17 touches. WR Kris Durham (3 REC, 30 YDS, 1 TD, 8 targets) was the most targeted Lions wide receiver and Ryan Broyles (2 REC, 27 YDS, 2 targets) may as well have been an afterthought. With Johnson and Nate Burleson sidelined, QB Matthew Stafford (25-for-40, 262 YDS, 1 TD) was missing his top two receivers. Lions tight ends Brandon Pettigrew (4 REC, 59 YDS, 5 targets) and Tony Scheffler (4 REC, 55 YDS, 7 targets) led the Lions receiving corps with Calvin Johnson out. 25. The San Diego passing game has thrived despite season-ending injuries to Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd. Vincent Brrown (8 REC, 117 YDS, 9 targets) and rookie Keenan Allen (6 REC, 115 YDS, 1 TD, 9 targets) played big parts against the Raiders, while Eddie Royal has seen his role decline. Sebastian Janikowski Jersey. 26. Since scoring five touchdowns in the first two games, Royal has eight catches for 102 yards and no scores in three games. 27. Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (5 REC, 140 YDS, 2 TD, 6 targets) had a big game against Seattles top-flight secondary. Darrius Heyward-Bey had nothing on six targets, making Hilton the clear No. 2 among Indy wide receivers behind Reggie Wayne. 28. Packers WR James Jones (4 REC, 127 YDS, 1 TD, 6 targets) was tops among Green Bay receivers and has pulled just ahead of Randall Cobb in yardage (339 to 325) for the season. 29. In Kansas City, WR Donnie Avery (3 REC, 91 YDS, 4 targets) is emerging as a more productive option than big-money WR Dwayne Bowe (4 REC, 35 YDS, 6 targets). For the season, Avery has 304 yards and one touchdown, while Bowe has 183 yards and two scores. While this can be considered a credit to Avery, its also an indictment of Bowe, who is barely a factor in the Chiefs offence. 30. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had another tough day passing (15-for-31, 210 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT), but made a difference on the ground (102 YDS, 13 carries) against Indianapolis. WR Golden Tate (5 REC, 61 YDS, 1 TD, 11 targets) and WR Doug Baldwin (5 REC, 80 YDS, 9 targets) got most of the looks from Wilson. 31. Panthers QB Cam Newton (21-for-39, 308 YDS, 3 INT, 1 fumble) had a dud of a game against Arizona. Hes still ranked seventh in fantasy points per game (18.7) on TSN, but consistency remains a problem. 32. Bills QB E.J. Manuel (11-for-20, 129 YDS) suffered a knee injury in the Thursday nighter, and was replaced by Jeff Tuel (8-for-20, 80 YDS, 1 INT) with predictable results. 33. With Manuel out for 4-8 weeks, Thad Lewis has been named as the Bills new starter, which seems like bad news for Bills recievers Robert Woods (5 REC, 64 YDS, 13 targets) and Stevie Johnson (2 REC, 19 YDS, 3 targets; also hurt Thursday). 34. Browns QB Brian Hoyer (2-for-4, 25 YDS) suffered a season-ending ACL injury, opening the door for Brandon Weedens (13-for-24, 197 YDS, 1 TD) return. Weeden at least has some weapons, with TE Jordan Cameron and WR Josh Gordon giving him a chance to be productive, but Weeden hasnt distinguished himself in 18 career games, throwing 16 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. 35. Bills RB C.J. Spiller (66 YDS, 1 TD, 8 carries) was productive thanks to a 54-yard touchdown run and Fred Jackson (93 YDS, 2 TD, 21 touches) carried the bulk of the workload against Cleveland. With limited appeal to their passing game, expect Spiller and Jackson to get plenty of touches going forward. The issue, for those who thought Spiller could be an elite fantasy runner, is that Jackson has 82 touches to Spillers 83. Tough to be a top producer with such an even split. 36. Good thing Titans RB Chris Johnson had a 49-yard touchdown catch and run, because his rushing numbers (17 YDS, 10 carries) were abysmal again. Johnsons 58.8 rushing yards per game is a career low. 37. Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert (9-for-19, 181 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT) suffered a hamstring injury against the Rams, which brought Chad Henne (7-for-13, 89 YDS, 1 TD) in off the bench. 38. With Ravens receivers Marlon Brown and Jacoby Jones out, Tandon Doss (3 REC, 58 YDS, 5 targets) stepped into a bigger role. 39. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (92 YDS, 1 TD, 26 touches) didnt get loose against the Giants like he did against other opponents, but he still leads the league in yards from scrimmage. 40. Giants RB David Wilson (16 YDS, 1 TD, 6 carries) suffered a neck injury against Philadelphia, leading to Brandon Jacobs (37 YDS, 1 fumble, 11 carries) stepping in. Its hard to count on Wilson who is averaging a paltry 29.2 rushing yards per game, even if he is a starting running back. 41. Patriots QB Tom Brady (18-for-38, 197 YDS, 1 INT), struggled in the rain at Cincinnati, ending his 52-game touchdown streak, WR Danny Amendola (4 REC, 55 YDS, 9 targets) returned and was targeted most by Brady, but his overall production -- like all Patriots receivers -- wasnt great. 42. Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (69 YDS, 14 touches) ranks 15th in yards from scrimmage (371), but hasnt scored a touchdown yet, which limits his fantasy appeal. 43. Making the most of his few opportunities, Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. (4 REC, 78 YDS, 5 targets) leads Carolina wideouts with 221 receiving yards on 18 targets. His emergence is at least costing Brandon LaFell, if not Steve Smith, looks in the Carolina offence. 44. Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (83 YDS, 11 touches) had more yardage than starter Rashard Mendenhall (50 YDS, 1 TD, 19 touches). 45. Texans QB Matt Schaub (19-for-35, 178 YDS, 3 INT) appears to be melting down. Hes thrown an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games, an NFL record. Schaub remains the Texans starter, but that leash is getting shorter and T.J. Yates will be next in line if Schaub is benched. 46. 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (6-for-15, 113 YDS, 1 TD) didnt do much of anything, yet his team still won 34-3. Kaepernick passed for 411 yards in the season opener and has passed for 557 yards (144.3 per game) in the four games since. 47. Raiders RB Rashad Jennings (41 YDS, 10 carries) was supposed to get most of the work in Darren McFaddens absence, but Jennings suffered a hamstring injury Sunday night, so Marcel Reese (57 YDS, 10 touches) got some touches too. 48. The highest-scoring players that are owned in fewer than half of TSN fantasy leagues, by position (min. 3 GP): QB - Matt Schaub (16.3, 35.1%), RB - James Starks (9.0, 25.8%), WR - Ted Ginn (9.0, 7.3%) and TE - Charles Clay (8.8, 28.2%). The least-productive players owned in more than 80% of TSN fantasy leagues, by position (min. 3 GP): QB - Eli Manning (12.0, 91.9%), RB - David Wilson (1.5, 91.5%) WR - Kenny Britt (0.8, 81.3%) and TE - Kyle Rudolph (3.5, 90.2%) 49. Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington (9 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TFL) was a beast in his first game back from suspension. 50. Other defenders with productive days: Bears OLB Lance Briggs (14 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL), Patriots ILB Brandon Spikes (12 tackles, 1 INT, 2 TFL), Lions MLB DeAndre Levy (14 tackles, 3 TFL), Colts ILB Jerrell Freeman (13 tackles, 1 TFL), Jaguars S Jonathan Cyprien (13 solo tackles), Eagles OLB Mychal Kendricks (4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FR), Eagles CB Bradley Fletcher (9 tackles, 5 PD), Giants S Ryan Mundy (15 tackles, 2 TFL), Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly (9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL), Cardinals OLB Karlos Dansby (8 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT), 49ers ILB Michael Wilhoite (13 tackles, 3 TFL), 49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (13 tackles); Raiders OLB Kevin Burnett (14 tackles, 1 sack), Cowboys ILB Sean Lee (16 tackles, 1 TFL). Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. 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