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Jerry Jones: Cowboys need to “cool it” on Tony Romo talk
Nine days in to the offseason, the biggest question for the Dallas Cowboys continues to be the future of quarterback Tony Romo. On Tuesday, the team’s ordinarily loquacious owner made it clear that he...
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Matt Patricia praises Julio Jones
The Patriots surely have gone to work on a defensive game plan aimed at neutralizing the Atlanta passing attack and, specifically, receiver Julio Jones. There’s a chance that, no matter how New...
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Eagles “want to make sure” Carson Wentz on board with offseason moves
The Eagles made a big move ahead of the draft last year when they swung a deal with the Browns for the second overall pick in order to select quarterback Carson Wentz. That move didn’t sit well with...
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Dabo Swinney: If Browns pass on Deshaun Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says there’s no doubt that his star quarterback should be the first overall pick in the draft. In fact, Swinney says that if the Browns don’t use the No. 1 pick on...
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Colts want to interview Ravens’ Eric DeCosta for G.M. job
Eric DeCosta has been the right-hand man to Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome for two decades, and for most of that time other teams have viewed DeCosta as a strong candidate to become a G.M. himself. Unfortunately...
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Todd Gurley: 2016 a “nightmare” I don’t want to experience again
Shortly before the Rams fired Jeff Fisher as their head coach, running back Todd Gurley shared his feeling that the team was running a middle school offense and that some players on the team were just going...
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Mike Tomlin didn’t see Antonio Brown pouting, will “continue to challenge him”
After a week filled with plenty of discussion about his decision to post video from the team’s locker room on social media, wide receiver Antonio Brown had a quiet game in the Steelers’ season-...
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Brandon Spikes disputes lawsuit from The Fish Guy
There are two sides to every story, and soon-to-be-free agent linebacker Brandon Spikes disputes the claims of The Fish Guy who is carping about not getting paid. Instead, Spikes is portraying Joshua...
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Should any team trust Johnny Manziel?
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Johnny Football is all about football. That was the mantra three years ago, with Manziel focused solely and exclusively on football in the months preceding the...
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Report: Colts want to interview Chris Ballard for G.M. job
The Colts kicked off their search for a new General Manager by firing Ryan Grigson last weekend and the list of candidates they’re putting together will look familiar to anyone who has been keeping an...
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Terry McDonough to get second interview with 49ers
While many have pulled out, the 49ers do still have candidates for their General Manager opening. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, Cardinals executive Terry McDonough is expected to have...
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Johnny Manziel is done with Twitter “distraction”
Not long after former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel sent the President of the United States some advice about social media via social media, he deleted his social media account. Now, he says he got out...
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Bill Belichick: Falcons look faster than almost every team they play
The Patriots haven’t faced the Falcons since the 2013 season and Atlanta’s team has changed considerably since they lost to the Patriots 30-23 on their way to a 4-12 season. Belichick outlined...
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Colts ask for permission to talk to Eliot Wolf about G.M. job
Eliot Wolf got another raise out of the Packers after pulling out of the running for the 49ers job. He may be about to parlay a surprise opening into another one. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today,...
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Saints angering teams by taking Senior Bowl players off site for interviews
We have our first mildly interesting story to emerge from Senior Bowl week. Per multiple sources, the Saints have been taking Senior Bowl players off site for interviews. This has been rubbing other teams...
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It’s time for the Steelers to get their next starting quarterback under contract
At a time when it’s fair to explore the message being sent by the Steelers via the leaks regarding Antonio Brown, it’s more than appropriate for the Steelers to explore the message being sent by...
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Steelers bring Karlos Williams back for another chance
Now that there’s some mystery about whether the Steelers will have a Big Ben in their future, they can at least take comfort in having a Big Karlos under contract. The team announced that they signed...
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Mike Tomlin not surprised Ben Roethlisberger is thinking of retiring
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s comment today that he is considering retirement came as a surprise to some people, but not to coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin told reporters today that he wants to...
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Philip Rivers ends search for AFC’s final Pro Bowl quarterback
The NFL had a hard time finding a quarterback to join the AFC team at this week’s Pro Bowl, but their search has come to an end. Philip Rivers of the Chargers will take the spot vacated by Steelers...
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Brandon Spikes sued by Fish Guy
Everywhere Brandon Spikes turns up, animals seem to end up dying. And this one could again cost him a few real bucks. According to Melinda Miller of the Buffalo News, the Bills linebacker has been sued by...
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Ben Roethlisberger to evaluate “if there’s going to be a next season”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gave an interesting answer on Tuesday to a question about how much longer he thinks he will be playing in the NFL.
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Steelers may be sending the rest of the league a message about Antonio Brown
Last week’s ominous remarks from Steelers coach Mike Tomlin may have been more than a warning to Antonio Brown; they may have been the first step in baiting the hook to trade the star receiver....
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Bills hire David Culley as quarterbacks coach
The Bills hired Rick Dennison as their offensive coordinator last week and they added someone to his staff on Tuesday. The team announced that David Culley will be their quarterbacks coach. The move...
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PFT Live heads to Houston next week
Houston, hello. Next week, PFT Live heads to Texas for the first time since two inches of ice coated all of Dallas and beyond six years ago. We’ll be broadcasting every day from the media center at...
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NFL: Coming out of the pile with the ball doesn’t prove a clear recovery
The Patriots appeared to catch a break during the NFC Championship Game when Tom Brady fumbled on a quarterback sneak and Steelers nose tackle Javon Hargrave came out of the pile with it, but the officials...
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Tyrod Taylor, Trevor Siemian pass on Pro Bowl due to injuries
The three quarterbacks selected for the Pro Bowl in the AFC were Tom Brady, Derek Carr and Ben Roethlisberger, but none of them are going to be in Orlando. Brady’s going to the Super Bowl, Carr is...
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Bud Dupree: Steelers were surprised by Patriots offense
The Steelers didn’t know what hit them in Foxboro on Sunday. Literally. “The first drive hit us by surprise,” linebacker Bud Dupree said Monday, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “...
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Report: Alex Mack unlikely to practice this week due to sprained ankle
The Falcons will be practicing in Atlanta this week before heading to Houston for the final preparations before Super Bowl LI, but one of their starters may not be on the field. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media...
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Dan Quinn: Keeping things normal will be “a big topic” heading into Super Bowl
In terms of Super Bowl experience, the Patriots have a big edge over the Falcons. They won the title two years ago with many players who remain in prominent roles with this year’s team and it’s...
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Steelers concern could have ulterior motives
The Steelers' concern over Antonio Brown's attitude toward statistics could have some ulterior motives.
Falcons taking all their employees to Houston with them
It’s not just the players and coaching staff going to Houston next week, it’s the entire Falcons organization. Via Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons owner Arthur...
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Concern in Pittsburgh that Antonio Brown cares too much about stats
Bad judgment on social media isn’t the only concern the Steelers have about Antonio Brown. The Steelers are also concerned that Brown is focused too much on his own personal statistics even at the...
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Dak Prescott has some Senior Bowl advice
As potential NFL employees continue a three-month job interview process that includes plenty of free labor that allows NFL Network to generate cheap content during the slow months, a guy who lasted until...
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Jeremy Zuttah among replacement Pro Bowlers
The Ravens and Steelers were involved in a Pro Bowl swap at linebacker with Ryan Shazier taking the place of C.J. Mosley and they’re involved in another one on the offensive side of the ball. It...
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William Gay to younger Steelers: Press forward in face of criticism
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spent some time wondering if playing in the AFC Championship Game “was almost too big for some of the young guys” on the roster in the wake of their 36-17...
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Chiefs bring receivers coach Greg Lewis aboard
Greg Lewis wasn’t out of work long. The former Eagles wide receivers coach, who was fired this offseason, has landed a job with the Chiefs, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News. The link is a...
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Tom Brady adding to a long list of Super Bowl records
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is already the owner of several Super Bowl records, and he’ll add to those records in Super Bowl LI. Here’s a look at the records Brady owns: Games played: Brady...
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Tuesday morning one-liners
Former Bills will be on both sides of the Super Bowl matchup. The Dolphins have drafted Senior Bowl participants in each of the last two years. Last Sunday saw the Patriots offense in fine form. The Jets...
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Ryan Shazier headed to Pro Bowl in place of C.J. Mosley
One AFC North linebacker decided to pull out of the Pro Bowl and he’ll be replaced by another player from the same division. Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley withdrew from the game with a calf injury,...
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Malcolm Butler’s been waiting to cover Julio Jones for a while
The internet never forgets and this week it is providing a reminder of how far Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler over the last four years. On December 22, 2012, the Falcons were playing the Lions in a...
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Dan Quinn impressed with Kyle Shanahan’s balancing act
Falcons coach Dan Quinn knows how stressful it can be, when you’re balancing game-planning for the playoffs with thinking about a future head coaching job. And he said he’s been impressed with...
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Eagles fill staff, hire Mike Groh to coach receivers
The Eagles filled their coaching staff Monday, adding Mike Groh as their new receivers coach. Groh was the passing game coordinator for the Rams last year, though that seems like a title you’d scrub...
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Jets offensive coordinator search includes George Godsey
While teams are in Mobile this week to watch players at Senior Bowl practice, it’s also a de facto job fair for coaches. And for teams with vacancies, it’s time to get moving. According to Rich...
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Falcons’ Grady Jarrett: Packers get away with holding, struggle when game is fair
Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett says the officials did their jobs on Sunday, and that was a problem for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Jarrett said the Packers usually get help from the officials,...
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Should Deshaun Watson try to avoid the Browns?
Thirteen years ago, quarterback Eli Manning successfully avoided playing in San Diego, thanks to a campaign launched and sustained by his father, Archie. Three months from now, could quarterback Deshaun...
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Doug Baldwin named to Pro Bowl in place of Larry Fitzgerald
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is not taking part due to an injury....
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Demaryius Thomas replaces Antonio Brown in Pro Bowl
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown won’t be doing any Facebook Live broadcasts from the locker room or practice sessions or elsewhere at the Pro Bowl. Brown is out and Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas...
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Wade Phillips’ departure from Denver was amicable
A draft analyst looking to pass along some of the scuttlebutt from the Senior Bowl got more than he bargained for on Monday, when Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips decided to fire back on Twitter at...
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Bengals, Adam Jones’ lawyers release statements on arrest video
Attorneys for Bengals cornerback Adam Jones released a statement Monday night after video was released of Jones threatening and using profane language toward police officers who arrested him earlier this...
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Irsay will personally make G.M. hire
The 49ers have received some flak for conducting a coach and G.M. search without the involvement of senior football executives and/or high-level football consultants. The Colts may be getting more of the...
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Raiders hire ex-Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano
The Raiders have announced the hiring of John Pagano as assistant head coach-defense. Pagano has 21 years of NFL coaching experience and spent the last 15 seasons with the Chargers. He was defensive...
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Is NFL regretting the Chargers’ move to L.A.?
The early days of the Chargers’ return to L.A. haven’t gone well. There’s now a question as to whether they’ve gone so poorly as to spark a full-fledged case of mover’s regret...
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Bills linebacker Zach Brown headed to Pro Bowl
Bills linebacker Zach Brown has been named to the Pro Bowl. He replaces Dont’a Hightower of the Patriots, who is instead playing in the Super Bowl. Brown led the Bills and set a career high with 149...
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Melvin Gordon added to Pro Bowl
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has been added to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. Gordon missed the final three games of the 2016 season due to hip...
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Browns finalize four-year deal for Jamie Collins
The Browns announced on Monday that they have signed linebacker Jamie Collins to a new four-year contract. A CBS Sports report last week said the sides were close on a four-year deal. NFL Network reported...
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Drew Brees’ Pro Bowl snub is rectified
Saints quarterback Drew Brees should have made it to the Pro Bowl as part of the original roster. He didn’t. He now has. The team has announced that Brees will replace Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in...
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Pacman Jones to cop: “I hope you die . . . You’re gonna be out of a job”
Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones unleashed profane tirade on the Cincinnati police officer who arrested him on charges of obstructing official business, disorderly conduct, and assault...
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Stephon Gilmore lands in Pro Bowl
The Bills would like to get all 53 players to a postseason game. They’ll have to settle for roughly 10 percent of that amount playing in the Pro Bowl. Cornerback Stephon Gillmore has made it to the...
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LeGarrette Blount: Tom Brady is the best ever, I don’t see an argument
Tom Brady: Great quarterback, or the greatest quarterback? To LeGarrette Blount, the answer is clear. After Brady led the Patriots to yet another Super Bowl, his seventh as their starting quarterback,...
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Kyle Shanahan set for second meeting with 49ers on Saturday
The Falcons will spend this week starting their preparations for Super Bowl LI against the Patriots and they’ll be heading to Houston on Sunday, but offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will squeeze in...
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T.J. Lang pulls out of Pro Bowl, Josh Sitton takes his place
Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang spent five seasons as the starting tandem of guards for the Packers before the run ended with Sitton’s release ahead of the start of the 2016 season. Sitton landed in Chicago...
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Andy Dalton replaces Tom Brady in Pro Bowl
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is preparing for the Super Bowl, so Brady is being replaced in the Pro Bowl by Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. The Pro Bowl will be played this Sunday, Jan. 29, in Orlando....
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Add David Bakhtiari to the Pro Bowl roster
The changes keep on coming to the rosters for this week’s Pro Bowl in Orlando. Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari is the latest addition to the fun. He was announced as the replacement for Eagles...
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Ladarius Green hopes next season “works out a lot better”
The 2016 season didn’t go as hoped for Steelers tight end Ladarius Green as it started and ended with injuries, but he said on Monday that he wants to be back in Pittsburgh for another chance next...
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Patriots open as three-point favorites to win the Super Bowl
Vegas is expecting the Patriots to win a close and high-scoring Super Bowl. New England is a three-point favorite over Atlanta, and the over-under is set at 58.5, which would suggest the oddsmakers are...
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Johnny Manziel offers advice to Donald Trump, of course
Welcome to 2017. The President of the United States just got some advice on how to handle the pressure of social media from an unlikely source — former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel tweeted out...
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Joe Thomas is rooting for the Patriots, for one specific reason
The Browns have never been to the Super Bowl, and they probably won’t be during the remaining time tackle Joe Thomas has with the team. Thus, his interest in the NFL’s annual championship game...
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Dez Bryant named to Pro Bowl in Julio Jones’ spot
Dez Bryant had a down year, by his own standards. But he’s still a Pro Bowler. The Cowboys wide receiver was named as a replacement to the all-star game, in the place of the Falcons star. Bryant...
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Belichick explains defensive improvement in simple terms
For much of the 2016 season, the defense seemed to be a major weakness for the Patriots. Over time, however, the defense steadily improved. On Monday, reporters asked coach Bill Belichick to explain the...
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Jason Kelce, Darren Sproles added to Pro Bowl
The Falcons are going to the Super Bowl, so center Alex Mack and running back Devonta Freeman will not be heading to Orlando for the Pro Bowl this week. They’ll be replaced by a couple of players from...
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Pats fan who pulled alarm at Steelers hotel told cops he was drunk
Well, this one is pretty much #asexpected, but it’s worth entering into the record simply because it’s one of the most to-the-point quotes ever. According to Cristela Guerra of the Boston Globe...
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Matt Prater replaces Matt Bryant in Pro Bowl
Now that we have the Super Bowl participants set, the players on the Patriots and Falcons who were elected to the Pro Bowl will need to be replaced from the other 30 teams in the league. That group includes...
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Julio Jones creates nightmare for man who advised against trade
As the Patriots prepare to face the Falcons in the Super Bowl, New England coach Bill Belichick will have to come up with a game plan rivaling some of his best work, including Super Bowl XXXVI against the...
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Howie Roseman revises explanation for Eric Rowe trade
Cornerback Eric Rowe had an interception in the AFC Championship Game and will be heading to the Super Bowl with the Patriots five months after they acquired him in a trade with the Eagles. Eagles executive...
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Antonio Brown skips out on post-game media obligations
A week after Steelers receiver Antonio Brown gave the public unauthorized access to the locker room via Facebook Live, Brown bolted the locker room without providing any access whatsoever. Via Ed Bouchette...
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Eric Weddle headed to Pro Bowl
Patriots safety Devin McCourty was selected to play in the Pro Bowl this year, but he has a bigger game ahead of him in Houston in a couple of weeks. That opened the door for another safety to join the AFC...
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Tom Brady on Donald Trump: He’s a friend, doesn’t mean I agree with everything
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s relationship with President Donald Trump has occasionally come up for discussion over the last couple of years and it happened again last week when Trump said that he...
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Mixed bag for conference championship ratings
The NFL was going to have a hard time matching last year’s conference title games, because much of the eastern part of the country was buried under at or about two feet of snow, or more. This year, it...
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Kyle Shanahan called a great game, while recovering from stomach bug
What the Falcons’ offense did to the Packers yesterday was sick. As it turns out, so was the guy calling the plays. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Falcons coordinator Kyle Shanahan came down...
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Ross Tucker: Tom Brady's the best beer chugger
The former New England Patriots lineman said that a young Tom Brady was the best beer chugger he's ever seen.
Jets sign former Chiefs wideout Frankie Hammond
The Jets added another wide receiver with some return experience. The team announced they had signed former Chiefs wideout Frankie Hammond to a future contract. Hammond spent two years on the Chiefs’...
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Colts want to interview Minnesota’s George Paton, too
The Colts’ interview list is beginning to look very familiar. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Colts have asked for permission to interview Vikings assistant General Manager George Paton....
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Chiefs extend long snapper James Winchester’s contract
The Chiefs took care of a little offseason business on Monday by signing long snapper James Winchester to a contract extension. Winchester’s agent Ken Sarnoff made the announcement on Twitter. No...
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Hue Jackson “leaning towards” Greg Seamon as new Browns QB coach
Browns Coach Hue Jackson plans to stay in-house to replace quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, Cleveland.com reported on Monday. Jackson said he’s “leaning towards” moving Greg Seamon from...
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Zolak: Patriots took advantage of Hogan's matchup
Patriots Radio Analyst Scott Zolak discusses New England's dominant win over the Steelers. Zolak believes Chris Hogan found an important role in the team's offense. He also discusses the 'where's Roger'...
Report: Colts request interviews with Trent Kirchner, Scott Fitterer
Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer have been in the mix for General Manager jobs the last couple of years and it looks like they will be again in Indianapolis. The...
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T.J. Lang hopes he hasn’t played final game with Packers
Packers right guard T.J. Lang left Sunday’s loss to the Falcons after aggravating the broken bone in his left foot that cost him time earlier this season. Lang said after the game that it felt similar...
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Kirk Cousins will replace Matt Ryan in Pro Bowl
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will replace Super Bowl-bound Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the Pro Bowl, John Keim of ESPN.com reported on Monday. You like that? Cousins is making his first trip to...
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Washington re-signs long snapper Nick Sundberg
Washington is getting a head start on the offseason work, keeping a veteran who has created a bit of a cult following. The team announced they had signed long snapper Nick Sundberg, a seven-year veteran who...
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Greg Manusky, Matt Cavanaugh officially promoted to coordinator positions
The Redskins spoke with several outside candidates to fill the defensive coordinator slot on head coach Jay Gruden’s staff, but word over the weekend was that they settled on promoting outside...
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Manziel showing teams cannot trust him
The embattled quarterback attended the AFC championship game and Mike Florio says that Manziel's actions haven't indicated that NFL teams can trust him.
Anthony Barr replaces Vic Beasley Jr. in Pro Bowl
When Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley visited PFT Live after the naming of the Pro Bowl rosters, he said he’d like to the play in the game — but he noted that he’d prefer to not be available...
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Tom Brady: Maybe I’ll share thoughts on Roger Goodell after Super Bowl
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said that he didn’t hear fans at Gillette Stadium chanting “Where is Roger?” at absent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during Sunday’s win over the...
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Did Steelers conceal Le’Veon Bell injury?
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell exited Sunday’s game with a groin injury. He admitted after the game that the he had been playing through a groin issue for weeks. If he had a “groin...
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Travis Kelce stands by ref comments, writes out check to NFL
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce got fined $12,500 by the league last week after he ripped the officiating in the team’s divisional round loss to the Steelers. Among the thoughts Kelce shared was that...
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Aaron Rodgers: We need to win more to have the playoffs at home
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers shook off a mediocre start to the season to play as well as anyone in football over the second half of the season. But Rodgers wishes they hadn’t waited to turn it on....
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Hue Jackson won’t hold Senior Bowl skip against Deshaun Watson
Browns coach Hue Jackson might have been disappointed by not getting to work with Deshaun Watson for an extra week. But he promises he won’t hold it against the Clemson quarterback for deciding to...
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Emmanuel Sanders: We’d win games with Tony Romo, but I trust John Elway
The word at Broncos head coach Vance Joseph’s introductory press conference was that Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will compete for the team’s starting quarterback job and General Manager John...
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Monday morning one-liners
WR Marquise Goodwin is coming off a good year for the Bills. Former Dolphins QB Dan Marino held his annual walk to raise funds and awareness for autism initiatives. Some Patriots newcomers are getting their...
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Jordy Nelson comeback moving, but Packers ran out of bodies
There weren’t many Packers left standing by the end of the game. But the fact that wide receiver Jordy Nelson played at all was amazing to his teammates, and moving. Via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin...
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Sam Shields still having headaches, wants to continue playing
Cornerback Sam Shields only played in one game for the Packers this season as a concussion in Week One turned into a season-ending injury for the veteran. It was the second concussion in less than a year...
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Packers pick 29th, Steelers 30th in 2017 NFL Draft
We’re a game away from the end of the season, and from knowing the order of next season’s draft. After yesterday’s conference championship games, the order is almost filled in for the 2017...
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James Harrison: I’m not done
Steelers linebacker James Harrison retired for a while before returning to action in 2014 and took a little time after last season ended before he declared he’d be back for a 14th NFL season, but he...
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Report: Jim Tomsula to Washington as line coach
After spending last year out of football, former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula found himself in demand. Via Carol Maloney of NBC4, Washington is hiring Tomsula as defensive line coach. The deal is apparently...
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Tom Brady: I didn’t hear crowd chanting about Roger Goodell
When the result of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game was well in hand, the crowd at Gillette Stadium began chanting “Roger, Roger, Roger” in reference to the absent NFL Commissioner Roger...
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Le’Veon Bell says he’s been playing through groin injury
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell said the groin injury that knocked him out of last night’s AFC Championship Game had been bothering him for weeks. Last night, it became more than he could...
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Belichick didn’t know Falcons had won
When the Patriots began their game against the Steelers, the NFC representative in the Super Bowl already was known. As a practical matter, it was known a couple of hours before kickoff. One of the few...
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Tom Brady, Bill Belichick head to seventh Super Bowl
No player has played in seven Super Bowls. No head coach has coached in seven Super Bowls. Until now. Super Bowl LI will be Super Bowl No. 7 for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick,...
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Ben Roethlisberger: Was the game too big for Steelers’ young players?
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has plenty of playoff experience, but a lot of his teammates don’t. And Roethlisberger thinks that may have been the Steelers’ problem in their loss to...
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Mike Tomlin: We didn’t adapt to changed circumstances
Many believed that the Patriots would design a game plan aimed at taking away Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. The Patriots didn’t have to. A groin injury limited Bell to 11 snaps on Sunday...
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Who wins Super Bowl LI?
The Super Bowl participants have been locked and loaded. In 14 days, the Patriots and Falcons will square off. So let’s start the prognostication process now: Who wins the game? Answer below, battle...
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Patriots advance to Super Bowl LI to face Falcons
Roger Goodell kept Tom Brady off the field for the first four games of the season. Nothing was keeping Brady from finishing it, and giving himself a chance to accept another trophy from the NFL commissioner...
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Source: Saints never spoke to Colts about Sean Payton
The Colts have denied it on the record, and the Saints eventually may do the same. For now, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that no one from the Saints at any time has ever spoken to the...
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Aaron Rodgers: We need to reload, can take “big step” this offseason
The Packers’ hot streak came to an end in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon and that means quarterback Aaron Rodgers is already thinking about the future. Rodgers was asked if he felt like he was running...
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Patriots pulling away from Steelers in third quarter
The Steelers may not have had much margin for error anyway. But when they made mistakes, the Patriots quickly made them pay. New England sandwiched touchdowns around a Steelers fumble, and have a 33-9 lead...
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Julio Jones wasn’t slowed by toe injury on Sunday
Before Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has been dealing with three injuries to his foot — two to a toe and one in the...
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Colts deny Sean Payton report
The Colts have moved quickly to throw water on the report that they had back-channel talks with the Saints about a possible deal for coach Sean Payton. Colts COO Pete Ward has gone on the record with...
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Patriots catch a break on review, extend lead
The Patriots have extended their lead over the Steelers, and they appear to have been fortunate to be able to kick a field goal. A Tom Brady sneak attempt for a first down appeared to include him losing the...
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Jonathan Kraft: AFC title game loss might have been Ryan Grigson’s pinnacle
Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson was fired on Saturday and he was on the receiving end of a shot from Patriots president Jonathan Kraft on Sunday. During a pregame appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Kraft...
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Patriots up 17-9 at halftime, thanks to Chris Hogan
The Steelers have the name-brand talent on offense, but the star of the AFC Championship Game so far is a guy the Bills didn’t want to keep this offseason. Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan has two...
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Dan Quinn: Shift took place after loss to Kansas City
The Falcons played a wild game against the Chiefs in Week 13 of the regular season that saw them score 12 straight points in the fourth quarter to grab a one-point lead with over four minutes to play. They...
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Report: Saints, Colts talked Sean Payton deal
Manning isn’t the only Peyton the Colts wanted to hire, apparently. The Colts also explored via back channels the possibility of obtaining the services of coach Sean Payton from the Saints, according...
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Steelers close the gap, without Le’Veon Bell
The Steelers are making a bit of a run, and they’re doing it without their best runner. Le’Veon Bell left the game early in the second quarter and hasn’t returned, and the Steelers have...
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Chris Hogan puts the Patriots up 10-0
He’s not Rob Gronkowski, but Chris Hogan has created quite a niche for himself in New England. He just scored to put the Patriots up 10-0 on the Steelers late in the first, dominating a drive. Hogan...
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Mike McCarthy: We ran into a buzzsaw
Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t see Sunday’s NFC Championship Game much differently than anyone else who watched the Falcons roll to Super Bowl LI with a 44-21 win. McCarthy noted the rough...
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AFC lacks NFC fireworks, Patriots up 3-0 early
Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger are no slouches, but the AFC Championship Game is off to a much slower start than its NFC counterpart. The Patriots are up 3-0 in the first quarter, with both teams getting...
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Ryan, Falcons roll to NFC title
Matt Ryan and the Falcons left zero doubt. They dominated from the beginning Sunday, turning the NFC Championship Game into a rout and eventually a 44-21 victory. Julio Jones feasted on an overmatched...
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T.J. Lang carted to locker room
Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang was carted to the locker room late in the third quarter of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Lang suffered a lower leg or ankle injury. The Packers have had a...
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Michael Floyd, Ladarius Green out for Sunday night
As the Falcons continue to shred the Packers en route to Atlanta’s second Super Bowl appearance, another spot remains to be earned. Patriots receiver Michael Floyd and Steelers tight end Ladarius...
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Ryan throws fourth touchdown pass of the day
The Packers finally scored. The Falcons came back throwing, showing they wanted more. The Falcons answered the first Packers’ points with another long touchdown drive, going 75 yards in eight plays to...
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Pereira, Blandino offer different reasons for Falcons touchback
If NFL fans have a hard time understanding the rules, that’s understandable: Even the head of officiating and the former head of officiating don’t always see a call the same way. After the...
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Julio Jones showing off speed, skill as Falcons rout Packers
Julio Jones was limited in practice last week. He’s apparently OK — and he’s killing the Packers. A 73-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Jones early in the third quarter has made it 31-0....
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Packers have few answers, no points at halftime
Matt Ryan and the Falcons dominated the first half and hold a 24-0 halftime lead over the Packers. Ryan has thrown touchdown passes to Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu and also ran 14 yards for a score. He...
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Falcons finagle touchback after fumble near end zone
As Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski bulldozed toward a touchdown, he lost the ball. Falcons safety Jalen Collins pounced at the one and then rolled into the end zone. The officials ruled it was a touchback...
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Ryan runs for score as Falcons extend lead
Matt Ryan and the Falcons keep converting third downs, keep moving the chains and keep scoring. They lead the Packers, 17-0, midway through the second quarter of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. Ryan...
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Falcons dominate first quarter, lead 10-0
The Falcons hold a 10-0 lead over the Packers after one quarter in the NFC Championship Game. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is off to a hot start. Ryan is 11-of-16 for 125 yards and had two passes that...
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NFL teams may have to jam cell signals in locker rooms
As the Antonio Brown Face Book Live fiasco prepares to yield to an actual football game (during which it will be “fair or not” to point out the potential social-media infraction distraction if...
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Ryan sharp as Falcons take early lead
The Falcons got the ball first and scored first in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. They went 80 yards in 13 plays with Matt Ryan completing three third-down passes. The Falcons scored on a third-down...
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Steelers reportedly fine Brown $10K for locker room video
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said last week that the team would discipline wide receiver Antonio Brown for sharing a video from the locker room on Facebook Live and that discipline reportedly includes a five-...
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Report: Chip Kelly could replace Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta
Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is slated for a second interview with the 49ers about their head coaching job this week and the expectation around the league is that he will wind up taking the...
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Report: Matt Cavanaugh “in negotiations” for Redskins offensive coordinator
There’s a report about Kevin O’Connell coming aboard as the new quarterbacks coach in Washington, but it doesn’t look like Matt Cavanaugh, who was in that job during the 2016 season, will...
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Packers wide receivers active, available
The Packers have their injured wide receivers active and available for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Atlanta. Both team submitted their inactive lists 90 minutes before kickoff. Jordy Nelson,...
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Colts used psychologist to improve Grigson, Pagano relationship
On Saturday, Colts owner Jim Irsay insisted that there were no issues between coach Chuck Pagano and now-former G.M. Ryan Grigson. On Sunday, some evidence contradicting that assertion emerged. Adam...
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Wade Phillips on Rams defense: We can fit whatever we need to fit in
The Rams made the hire of Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator official last Thursday, finalizing a move that extends Phillips’ NFL resume to 10 franchises. As in those other stops, Phillips...
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Washington promotes Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator
Washington head coach Jay Gruden didn’t go far to find his new defensive coordinator. Greg Manusky has been promoted to the top assistant job, NFL Network reports. Manusky spent last season as the...
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Gillette Stadium briefly cleared of people after fire alarm
Sunday morning has seen #alternativefacts become a trending topic on Twitter and #alternativefirealarms are trending in New England. A man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly pulling a fire alarm in the...
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Source: Facebook encouraged Antonio Brown to do locker-room live broadcast
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown’s ill-advised decision to broadcast live from the post-game locker room in Kansas City can no longer be chalked up to an exercise of unbridled enthusiasm. Per a league...
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Colts have begun reaching out to G.M. candidates
Maybe Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn’t already know what his next move will be. Per a league source, the Colts have commenced the process of reaching out to candidates currently employed by other NFL...
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Irsay’s slow, deliberate decision ultimately was made by gut feeling
In announcing and explaining the belated decision to fire G.M. Ryan Grigson, Colts owner Jim Irsay spent plenty of time trying to create the impression that the delay had nothing to do with lining up...
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Sunday morning one-liners
A list of quarterbacks with connections to Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Some free agent options for the Dolphins’ defensive front. Patriots WR Danny Amendola is ready to play any role...
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Brice Butler rule could be eliminated or modified
The rule that wiped out a 22-yard gain and turned it into a 15-yard loss for the Cowboys on Sunday eventually could be erased from the rule book. A vestige of the ’50s, the rule that allows the...
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Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan expected to play for Patriots
The Patriots had a few injury concerns among their pass catchers this week, but it doesn’t look like they are going to result in any absences from the lineup on Sunday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports...
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Police apprehend Boston man for false alarm at Steelers’ hotel
The Steelers got a 3 a.m. wakeup call courtesy of a false fire alarm at their team hotel in New England, and the authorities were quick to act. Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that Massachusetts State...
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Report: Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams expected to play
The Packers called up a wide receiver from their practice squad on Saturday, giving themselves a healthy body at the position in the event that one or more of their three unhealthy ones isn’t able to...
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False fire alarm causes Steelers hotel to be evacuated
The Steelers had their night of sleep interrupted early on Sunday morning by a fire alarm. Alarms began going off at the hotel where the team is staying ahead of Sunday evening’s AFC Championship Game...
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Packers couldn’t fly out of Green Bay, got to Atlanta late
The trip to Atlanta did not go smoothly for the Packers. Although the team was supposed to get a flight from Green Bay to Atlanta, dense fog in Green Bay prevented that, as the plane that was supposed to...
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Conference championship ratings almost certainly will drop
The apples-to-apples comparison of last year’s conference championship games to this year’s conference championship games will be hampered by one major difference between the broader...
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Jim Irsay: Peyton Manning won’t be joining the Colts
Colts owner Jim Irsay finally has done that which seemed quite possible if not likely three weeks ago: He has fired G.M. Ryan Grigson. At a press conference to announce the move, Irsay said that Peyton...
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Blandino explains accuracy of Chiefs holding call
The outrage over the holding call that wiped out what would have been a game-tying two-point conversion last Sunday night in Kansas City was entertaining but, ultimately, not accurate. Chiefs left tackle...
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With three receivers hurt, Packers call one up from practice squad
The Packer have called in reinforcements for their ailing receiving corps. Max McCaffrey, a rookie receiver who has yet to play in an NFL game, has been promoted from the Packers’ practice squad to...
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Pat McAfee celebrates the firing of Ryan Grigson, apparently
If you’re wondering what Colts players think about the decision to fire G.M. Ryan Grigson, look no farther than the Twitter page of Colts punter Pat McAfee. “Thank God,” he tweeted not...
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What’s Jim Irsay’s next move? Presumably, he already knows
Nearly three weeks after the Colts’ season ended and a full week after it became obvious that owner Jim Irsay was courting Peyton Manning to run the team and Jon Gruden to coach it, Irsay finally has...
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Colts fire Ryan Grigson
After five seasons and little progress, Ryan Grigson is out as the General Manager of the Colts. Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay fired Grigson today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Colts have announced...
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Brady, Eli, Peyton have identical postseason passer ratings
Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning have decidedly different reputations for playoff performance, and yet their postseason statistics are strikingly similar. In fact, heading into Sunday’s AFC...
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Packers add Christine Michael to injury report
The Packers have added running back Christine Michael to their injury report. The team lists Michael as questionable for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game due to a back injury. On Friday the Packers...
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Bill Belichick going for postseason win No. 25
Patriots coach Bill Belichick is already the all-time leader in career postseason victories, and so each time he wins it sets a new record, and it hardly even seems worth mentioning. But Belichick is going...
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Family connection helped Rams lure Wade Phillips from Denver
New Broncos coach Vance Joseph hoped to retain defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. New Rams coach Sean McVay lured Phillips to Los Angeles. So how did McVay pull it off? He explained the coordinator coup ...
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Enforcement of illegal substitution rule doesn’t match its language
Cowboys receiver Brice Butler’s NFL career may not last very long, but at least his name will be attached to an obscure rule, at least until the next time the rule is applied. It’s quite...
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Spring League invites Johnny Manziel, Ray Rice, Vince Young
There’s never a shortage of eventually-failed football leagues, and with two of them angling to join the list of ventures that will later pull the plug, they’re both trying to stand out for at...
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Stephen Jones: Jerry and Romo will work something out
Stephen Jones has a big role in the operations of the Cowboys, but when it comes to the biggest decision the team will make this offseason — what to do with Tony Romo — Stephen knows that his...
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Tom Brady has 19 touchdowns, 0 interceptions vs. Mike Tomlin
The Rooneys own the Steelers, but Tom Brady owns Mike Tomlin. In the 10 years since Tomlin became head coach of the Steelers, Brady and the Patriots have faced Pittsburgh six times. And in those six games,...
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Aaron Rodgers: It’s loud in Atlanta, whether it’s all natural or not
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a shot at the Falcons’ history of playing fake crowd noise over the Georgia Dome loudspeakers in his final media appearance before Sunday’s NFC...
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Report: Gus Bradley agrees to be Chargers’ defensive coordinator
Gus Bradley will be the Chargers’ new defensive coordinator, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday night. Bradley spent the last four seasons as head coach of the Jaguars. He had been linked to...
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James Harrison on Tom Brady: Any QB can be rattled if you hit him
Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison knows his primary job on Sunday will be hitting Tom Brady. Harrison was asked today whether Brady can be rattled and he answered, “I believe anybody can be...
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Report: Kevin O’Connell will coach quarterbacks in Washington
The Redskins will hire Kevin O’Connell as their new quarterbacks coach, Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reported Friday. The team has not announced the move, nor has it announced a replacement for...
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Travis Kelce fined for ripping ref
After the Chiefs lost to the Steelers on Sunday, Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce ripped referee Carl Cheffers, saying Cheffers “shouldn’t be able to wear a zebra jersey,” even at Foot Locker. The...
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Alfredo Roberts will coach Chargers running backs
The Chargers will hire Alfredo Roberts as their new running backs coach, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported Friday. Roberts previously worked with new Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn in Cleveland, where...
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Jaguars hire Keenan McCardell as wide receivers coach
Jimmy Smith’s prayers have been answered. When word broke that the Jaguars were interviewing Keenan McCardell to be their wide receiver coach, Smith said he was praying for his former Jacksonville...
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Tom Brady still not willing to talk Donald Trump
On Thursday night, Donald Trump said that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called to congratulate the since-inaugurated Commander-in-Chief. On Friday, Brady declined to address the situation, in any way....
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Vikings make it official with coordinator Pat Shurmur
After going through interim quarterbacks, interim running backs and interim tackles last year, the Vikings decided to remove that adjective from their offensive coordinator’s title. The team announced...
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Travis Kelce fined for shoving Ross Cockrell
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce ripped the officials in last Sunday’s playoff loss to the Steelers for a holding call on left tackle Eric Fisher on a two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter...
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No fines for Chiefs-Steelers post-game skirmish
Although it didn’t get a lot of attention in the media, a skirmish broke out between players on the Chiefs and Steelers after Sunday night’s playoff game. The league office didn’t pay it...
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Jadeveon Clowney, Eric Rowe fined for divisional round infractions
Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney hit Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a few times in last Saturday’s Patriots win in the divisional round of the playoffs and one of them led to an animated reaction...
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Patriots list seven as questionable for Sunday
The Patriots didn’t have a player on their 53-man roster miss practice at any point this week, but they aren’t saying that everyone will be healthy enough to play on Sunday in the AFC...
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Sammy Watkins has second foot surgery
The Bills announced Friday that wide receiver Sammy Watkins and defensive end Shaq Lawson have recently undergone surgeries. The team said Watkins had a second surgery on his injured foot and that his...
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Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison listed as questionable
The Packers aren’t ruling any of their injured wide receivers out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, but they know that they may need to go without one or all of Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams...
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Steelers list Green and Harrison as questionable
The Steelers list tight end Ladarius Green and outside linebacker James Harrison as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at New England. Green has missed the last four games due to a...
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Aaron Rodgers also under the weather
No defense has had much luck stopping Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers over the last eight games and he said on Friday that germs won’t be the thing to slow him down either. The Packers have joined...
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Jim Tomsula interviews with Saints for position coach job
We asked for it, and now we have it. According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula has interviewed with the Saints for their vacant defensive line coaching gig. The...
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Kyle Williams replacing Suh in Pro Bowl
Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams has been named to the Pro Bowl. Williams is an injury replacement for Ndamukong Suh of the Dolphins. The Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 29 in Orlando. This will be...
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Bills hire Andrew Dees as assistant offensive line coach
The Bills officially announced another addition to new coach Sean McDermott’s staff on Friday. New assistant offensive line coach Andrew Dees held the same position with the Bills in 2012. He then...
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Ted Thompson calls Packers turnaround an “astronomical feat”
The Packers are getting set to face the Falcons for the NFC title on Sunday, which isn’t where it looked like their season was headed when they were 4-6 in the regular season. There was a lot of talk...
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Jaguars interviewing Keenan McCardell for receivers coach
One of the best receivers in Jaguars franchise history may soon be the team’s wide receivers coach. Keenan McCardell, who was a Pro Bowl receiver for the Jaguars when they were an expansion team 20...
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Report: Chip Kelly met with Bill Belichick
The Jaguars decided against hiring Chip Kelly as their head coach or offensive coordinator. His next conversation was with a team that’s been slightly more successful. According to Chris Mortensen of...
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49ers may have to adjust on the fly, again
The ever-shifting hiring standards for the 49ers may be shifting yet again. With Packers executive and presumed 49ers G.M. favorite Brian Gutekunst opting to withdraw from consideration and stay put in...
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Julio Jones practices, no limitations Sunday
The league did away with the probable designation on injury reports this year, which means that teams are only supposed to give injury designations to players if they have doubts about their ability to play...
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Johnny Manziel says he has gotten sober without professional assistance
Two years ago, Johnny Manziel spent more than 10 weeks in rehab in an effort to overcome addiction. It didn’t work. Manziel now says he has managed to do it without professional assistance. Via Ed...
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