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Jay Cutler was glad to get first big hit out of the way
New Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t do much last night, but he was glad to get out there. Primarily, there was a sense of relief after he took his first big hit on his surgically repaired right...
Who should be Jacksonville’s Week One starter?
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone made it clear last night that he’s looking for a starter, and he didn’t rule out someone not currently on the roster being the guy. So who should be the guy? It’...
Chris Long on show of support for Malcolm Jenkins: “I just told Malcolm, ‘I’m here for you.'”
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has been raising a fist in the air during the national anthem since last season as a symbol of protest. Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills, Jenkins was joined in a show...
Bills receiver Rod Streater left game on cart with apparent foot injury
Bills head coach Sean McDermott had called Rod Streater one of the highlights of training camp this year in Buffalo. That made the abrupt conclusion to his night in Philadelphia that much more difficult to...
Doug Marrone: “I’m looking for someone that’s gonna lead this offense”
The Jaguars probably already regret picking up Blake Bortles‘ fifth-year option. After a sluggish night for the team, a blunt and pointed coach Doug Marrone took to the podium to provide a blunt and...
Gun charges dismissed against free agent linebacker Khaseem Greene
Linebacker Khaseem Greene was released by the Kansas City Chiefs in May after he was indicted on gun charges stemming from a shooting outside a nightclub in Elizabeth, N.J. According to Jessica Remo of NJ....
Scot McCloughan visits PFT Live on Friday
He recently has emerged as a compelling and informative presence on Twitter. On Friday, he’ll make a phone call to PFT Live. Former San Francisco and Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan will join the show...
Aqib Talib on tiff with Pierre Garςon: “I’ve been in real fights; that was nothing”
Aqib Talib and Pierre Garςon mixed it up during a joint practice between their teams. But apparently all’s well that ends well as the two posed for a photo with Von Miller after the practice ended. “...
Report: Danny Shelton to miss 3-6 weeks
Browns defensive lineman Danny Shelton is expected to miss 3-6 weeks, according to Field Yates of ESPN, putting his availability for the season opener in jeopardy. Shelton injured his knee in Wednesday...
Dak Prescott aims to throw better deep ball this season
It’s hard to criticize anything Dak Prescott did or didn’t do last season. He arguably had the best rookie season for a quarterback in NFL history, winning 13 games, completing 67.8 percent of...
Ryan Mallett struggles again for Ravens
Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett may benefit from some more grade inflation, since the Ravens happen to be ahead on the scoreboard when he was finished for the night. Starting in place of the rehabbing Joe...
Blake Bortles hears boo birds during brutal night in Jacksonville
The Blake Bortles era could be on the verge of ending, sooner than later. In a rare nationally-televised night game in Jacksonville, the Jaguars quarterback drew boos during a lackluster performance...
Sean Smith charged with felony assault
Suddenly, the possibility of losing his job in the Oakland starting lineup is the least of Sean Smith‘s concerns. Via A.J. Perez of USA Today, Smith has been charged with felony assault and felony...
Folk has extra point blocked
Nick Folk may not be Tampa’s [expletive] kicker for long. Five days after the team decided to dump Robert Aguayo and cast its lot with Folk, Folk is 0-1. The Buccaneers scored a touchdown on their...
Coughlin: Bortles needs consistency, production
As the Jaguars and Buccaneers prepared to square off in Week Two of the preseason, new Jacksonville executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin was interviewed by Lisa Salters of ESPN. He was asked...
Max Unger passes physical, activated off PUP
Saints center Max Unger will return to practice Friday. Unger passed his physical Thursday and was activated off the physically unable to perform list, according to the NFL’s transaction wire. Unger...
Art Rooney hopes Le’Veon Bell shows up next week
With Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell exercising his right to not accept the franchise tender after the Steelers exercised their right to apply it, it remains to be seen when Bell will show up and...
Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long make a statement of unity during anthem
At a time when many around the nation are talking about a search for some sense of unity, a pair of football players gave us a picture of it Thursday night. As the national anthem played before the Eagles-...
De Smith: Lockout or strike in 2021 is “almost a virtual certainty”
Four seasons remain under the current labor deal, but the drums of labor war already are beating. “I think that the likelihood of either a strike or a lockout in 2021 is almost a virtual certainty,...
Adrian Peterson doesn’t know if he will play in preseason
Saints running back Adrian Peterson said last week he was “itching a little more” to play in the preseason this year. Apparently, he has scratched the itch, and it has gone away. Peterson said...
Steelers hope to sign Stephon Tuitt to extension before season opener
The Steelers are working to sign defensive end Stephon Tuitt to an extension before the start of the season, owner Art Rooney II said via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Tuitt enters the final...
Hue Jackson revisits national anthem comments, “would respect any individual decision”
Earlier this week, Browns coach Hue Jackson was one of many NFL players and coaches asked about players sitting during the playing of the national anthem before games and said that he “would hope that...
John Elway wants one of his QBs “to take the reins and take over”
John Elway continues to patiently wait for one his quarterbacks to win the starting job. “We’d like the decision made by itself,” the Broncos General Manager said Thursday, via Josh Dubow...
Marshawn Lynch: My body feels pretty good considering the layoff
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch had a session with reporters on Thursday that featured questions about a few topics, including Lynch’s decision to sit during the national anthem before last...
Quincy Enunwa will have surgery next week
Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa will undergo neck surgery next week, coach Todd Bowles said Thursday. A second medical opinion confirmed surgery was the best course of action for Enunwa, according to Bob...
Reuben Foster expected to play Saturday
49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster‘s mild AC joint sprain in his surgically repaired right shoulder isn’t expected to keep him from playing Saturday. “I expect him to,” coach Kyle Shanahan...
Seahawks announce three-year extension for Justin Britt
The Seahawks and center Justin Britt were said to be closing in on a three-year extension on Thursday and they got the final steps out of the way before the day was out. The Seahawks announced the extension...
Marshawn Lynch addresses media, says nothing about national anthem
When Colin Kaepernick sat out the national anthem last year, he spoke repeatedly about his reasons for doing so. Marshawn Lynch is taking a different approach. Lynch, the Raiders running back who sat out...
Chuck Pagano: We have a long way to go
The Colts had their final practice of training camp on Thursday, but not much will be changing for the team other than that they’ll no longer be staying in a hotel. The team didn’t go away for...
Cowboys begin second phase of camp next week at home training facility
The Cowboys held their final full practice in Oxnard, Calif., on Thursday morning. They head home Friday and begin training camp at The Star, their home facility in Frisco, Texas, next week. Despite having...
Cam Newton still “rusty,” may not play this week
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is doing a little more each day, as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. But Panthers coach Ron Rivera still isn’t prepared to declare the former MVP ready to...
49ers sign LB Shayne Skov
The 49ers announced they signed linebacker Shayne Skov to a one-year deal on Thursday.   Skov rejoins the 49ers after spending the previous three years in San Francisco. In his career, Skov has appeared in...
No way Aaron Donald skips the season
The report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter regarding the pessimism surrounding the Aaron Donald holdout includes a claim from an unnamed source that the Rams defensive tackle may sit out the entire season....
Thomas Rawls to sit with ankle injury this week
The Seahawks will get a longer look at running back Eddie Lacy during Friday’s game against the Vikings. Coach Pete Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, on Thursday that running back...
Former Patriots NT Lester Williams dies at 58
Former Patriots nose tackle Lester Williams died at his home in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday. He was 58. Williams played in 40 games for the Patriots from 1982-1985, including as a starter in Super Bowl...
Tony Dungy, Buccaneers contribute to have Tampa Confederate monument removed
Former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy helped raise money to have a Confederate monument removed from the front of the courthouse in Downtown Tampa, and the Buccaneers rose to the occasion after Dungy...
Jim Mora had a front-row seat for Takk McKinley’s draft-night excitement
Falcons pass rusher Takk McKinley dropped an “F” bomb on live TV after the team made him a first-round pick. To little surprised, it wasn’t his only utterance of the eff-dash-dash-dash...
Commissioner says Josh Gordon reinstatement “not under active consideration”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Browns season ticket holders that Josh Gordon‘s reinstatement “is not under active consideration,” according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain...
Report: Pessimism about how long Aaron Donald will hold out
Rams General Manager Les Snead was a guest on PFT Live Thursday and didn’t say much about where things stand in contract talks with defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who has not reported to work with the...
Josh Brown case may be relevant to Ezekiel Elliott appeal
As the six-game suspension for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was looming, MDS made an observation via Twitter that attracted plenty of attention: How does Elliott’s behavior compare to the conduct...
Report: Seahawks, Justin Britt closing in on extension
The Seahawks have had their share of issues with continuity on the offensive line in recent years, but they’ve reportedly found a blocker they want to keep around in center Justin Britt and they...
Best of PFT: Who will win Browns' quarterback job?
Joe Thomas believes the Cleveland Browns will start Brock Osweiler in Week 1 and that might be a good call to ease DeShone Kizer in.
Reuben Foster dealing with AC joint sprain
Before this year’s draft, there were concerns about linebacker Reuben Foster‘s shoulder that contributed to his slip from the top of the first round to the 31st pick. The 49ers traded up to make...
Von Miller has high praise for the 49ers’ offensive tackles
The 49ers have a lot of work to do on rebuilding from last year’s 2-14 season, but they’re set at the important position of offensive tackle. That’s the word from Broncos pass rusher Von...
Simms: Patriots' offense impossible to emulate
Chris Simms shares his experience playing as Tom Brady's backup in New England and when he expects the Patriots star to retire.
John Lynch: Joint practices “great opportunity” to explore trades
When teams hold joint practices during the summer, there’s often talk about the benefits that come from working against other players after spending weeks with the familiar faces on their own roster....
Alex Smith’s agent isn’t worried about him finding another home, eventually
The Chiefs are slowly nudging rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes up the line. But the agent for veteran starter Alex Smith said he’s not worried about the day when Mahomes reaches the front. Tom...
Patriots send Derek Rivers back home after Wednesday injury
Rookie Derek Rivers is one of the players in the mix for work at defensive end for the Patriots this season, but his chances of gaining playing time could be impacted by an injury. Rivers left Wednesday...
Will NFLPA sue NFL over allegation of victim-shaming?
The legal battle arising from the Ezekiel Elliott suspension could spawn other courtroom skirmishes. On Monday, the NFL made a stunning allegation against the NFL Players Association: “[W]e’ve...
Ryan Kelly needs foot surgery, will miss regular season time
The Colts haven’t made a definitive call on quarterback Andrew Luck‘s status for the first week of the regular season, but they know they won’t have center Ryan Kelly in the lineup. Colts...
Mike Tice finds something beneficial about Donald Penn’s holdout
The Raiders don’t have left tackle Donald Penn practicing with the team and there’s no sign that his decision to hold out in hopes of landing a new contract is coming to an end soon, which would...
Rams, Steelers taking very different approaches with high-profile holdouts
At a time when the Steelers repeatedly are squeezing running back Le'Veon Bell to show up for training camp, the Rams are applying a much different approach to defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Appearing...
Blake Bortles under pressure vs. Bucs in preseason
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles needs to change his recent momentum in the team's second preseason game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or he could lose his starting job.
Jay Cutler set to make Dolphins' debut vs. Ravens
The Miami Dolphins will get a glimpse of Jay Culter in game action as he's set to make his preseason debut against the Baltimore Ravens.
Eagles, Bills meet just days after Matthews trade
The Eagles and Bills recently swapped WR Jordan Matthews and CB Ronald Darby and now they'll meet in the second week of preseason action.
Greg Olsen’s not sweating whether he’s next for extension
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis broke the seal on contract extensions this week, which would seem to be good news for teammate Greg Olsen. But after failed attempts to get a raise this summer which...
Aaron Rodgers deserves new deal from Packers
Aaron Rodgers wants to play into his 40s, which makes Mike Florio wonder why the Packers haven't given him a new contract to reflect his value.
Bill Belichick can't get over grudge against Jets
It's been almost 20 years since Bill Belichick resigned after a two-day stint as coach of the New York Jets but the New England Patriots won't let it go.
Cardinals receiving corps could be weakness for AZ
As Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer inch closer to retirement, the Arizona Cardinals receiving corps must perform at a higher level.
Momentum swinging toward DeShaun Watson
Don't be surprised that the moment that DeShaun Watson is ready to start for the Houston Texans, he will take Tom Savage's spot.
Falcons putting Chick-Fil-A in stadium is comical
Just because the Atlanta Falcons put a Chick-FIl-A in their new stadium does not mean that it will be open on Sundays.
Alexander: NFLPA didn't leak info in Elliott case
Lorenzo Alexander, Bills star and NFLPA executive committee member, insists that the players union had nothing to do with the recent reports emerging about Tiffany Thompson in the Ezekiel Elliott case.
Ravens' Woodhead has incredible value in 2017
Raymond Summerlin explains why the Baltimore Ravens' Danny Woodhead is an absolute steal for 2017 fantasy leagues.
Rams still like Tavon Austin’s potential, despite injuries
Tavon Austin hasn’t become the kind of player the Rams thought he would be when they traded up to take him with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. But the Rams still think he can be that...
Wait on quarterbacks in your fantasy draft
Jesse Pantuosco outlines why waiting on a quarterback is the way to go in fantasy leagues.
Michael Bennett’s cause would benefit more from a franchise quarterback
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett believes that national anthem protests would benefit from the involvement of white players. There’s another group of players that would benefit the effort...
NFL franchise quarterbacks must join protest
If franchise quarterbacks publicly support anthem protests, mainstream NFL fans will finally be on board.
Kizer, Osweiler still battling for starting spot
The third preseason game could influence who starts for the Cleveland Browns at quarterback this season.
Deshaun Watson feels he can control the Texans offense
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said early this month that Deshaun Watson is “ahead of any rookie quarterback I’ve ever been around” and Watson’s been seeing time with the first team...
Who is leaking details of Elliott case?
Mike Florio issues an update on the Ezekiel Elliott case, including examining the independent arbitrator and why there have been so many leaks.
NFLPA’s Lorenzo Alexander calls NFL statement on Ezekiel Elliott “appalling”
Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, a member of the NFL Players Association’s executive committee, is not pleased with the NFL’s statement accusing the union of smearing Ezekiel Elliott‘s...
Jim Mora: I’m never going to stifle Josh Rosen’s opinions
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen recently found himself in some hot water when expressing opinions about the intersection of academics and athletics on college campuses, but his coach is OK with it. Jim Mora...
Rams enjoying Sammy Watkins’ speed and juice down the field
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins hasn’t been a member of the Rams long enough to have the entire offense down, but what he’s done in practice with the parts he has grasped has left him with plenty of...
Thursday morning one-liners
Philadelphia is just another business trip for Bills coach Sean McDermott now. The Dolphins took a look at some veteran LB depth. The Patriots got a chance to catch up with old friend Mike Vrabel during...
Bruce Arians on John Brown: If he can’t run long enough, we have to replace him
When Cardinals coach Bruce Arians gave a negative critique of his receiving corps this week, wide receiver John Brown‘s inactivity because of a quad injury was among the issues affecting the group....
Dolphins worked out Kelvin Sheppard Wednesday
Rey Maualuga had some company as the Dolphins kicked the tires on veteran linebackers in the wake of Raekwon McMillan‘s season-ending knee injury. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the...
Janoris Jenkins shrugs off being posterized by Odell Beckham Jr.
Though it was lost in the hype about Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s latest greatest catch of all time, there’s also the small matter that cornerback Janoris Jenkins had what would have...
Hue Jackson: Joe Thomas knows I make the QB decision
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas recently said he believes quarterback Brock Osweiler is being groomed to start the regular-season opener against the Steelers. Coach Hue Jackson, after announcing that Osweiler...
Mitch Trubisky not buying his own hype
The hype around Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky may reach Tim Tebow proportions, but Trubisky himself is shrugging it off. “I don’t know what hype you’re talking about,” Trubisky said when reporters asked...
Ty Montgomery injury opens door for Packers rookie
Packers running back Ty Montgomery is still getting used to being a running back. But at the moment, he’s sidelined by an unspecified leg injury, which is creating an opportunity for some other backs...
Michael Bennett: Protest for equality needs a few white faces
Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett has been the most outspoken of late, among the players protesting during the national anthem by sitting or raising a fist. And he’d like to have a little more...
Ben McAdoo wants to see more out of Paul Perkins
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo awarded the starting running back job to Paul Perkins in May. While Perkins may not be on the verge of losing that designation by any stretch, it’s clear McAdoo...
Raiders’ Justin Ellis hopeful trimmed weight boosts production
Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis was a force during the team’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals last week. The fourth-year pro out of Louisiana Tech recorded three tackles,...
Tom Cable hopeful to solidify starters on Seahawks offensive line sooner than later
After two years of serious flux in training camp searching for a starting offensive line, the Seattle Seahawks may be close to settling on a starting five. Assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tom...
NFL easing footwear restrictions, a little
The No Fun League gradually is becoming the Some Fun League. With players allowed to engage in a broader range of celebrations in 2017, they’ll also be permitted to wear a broader range of shoes. Sort...
49ers place Donavin Newsom on injured reserve
The 49ers announced Wednesday they placed linebacker Donavin Newsom on injured reserve and waived linebacker Jayson DiManche with an injury designation. Newsom collided with safety Chanceller James on Aug....
Tom Brady still not willing to give quarterbacks from other teams pointers
When the Patriots had joint practices two years ago with Washington, quarterback Robert Griffin III hoped to pick the brain of quarterback Tom Brady. Brady declined. With the Texans and Patriots spending a...
NFLPA “seething” over accusation of victim shaming
The NFL took the Ezekiel Elliott case to the proverbial next level on Wednesday by accusing the NFL Players Association of “spreading derogatory information to the media” about Tiffany Thompson...
Special edition PFT Live podcast breaks down the Elliott developments
With multiple developments in the Ezekiel Elliott case after Wednesday’s PFT Live concluded, today was an appropriate day to tape a special edition of the PFT Live podcast. So we did. And it’s...
John Lynch respects players’ reasons for standing during anthem but says it’s “divisive”
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the face of the national anthem protests last season. Two of his teammates, Eli Harold and Eric Reid, later joined him. While Seahawks defensive end Michael...
Seahawks sign LB Rodney Butler
In addition to adding cornerback Tramaine Brock, the Seahawks signed linebacker Rodney Butler on Wednesday. To make room, they waived receiver Jamel Johnson and waived safety Jordan Simone with an injury...
Kenny Golladay earns promotion to first team
Kenny Golladay‘s two-touchdown performance against the Colts earned him a promotion. On Wednesday, the rookie receiver worked exclusively with the first team in practice for the first time in training...
Jermichael Finley seeks education “on how to contribute to solving racial injustices”
After taking criticism from, among others, Martellus Bennett a day earlier, former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley tweeted he will seek to become part of the solution for solving racial injustices....
Julian Edelman credits Wes Welker for inventing his position
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman does many of the same things in New England’s offense that Wes Welker did from 2007 to 2012. And Edelman says that if not for Welker, Edelman may never have gotten the...
Frank Clark apologizes to Germain Ifedi for punch
Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark apologized to teammate Germain Ifedi for punching the offensive lineman in the face. “It was a heat of the moment thing,” Clark said, via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN...
DeMarco Murray expected to play Saturday
Titans running back DeMarco Murray expects to make his preseason debut Saturday. The Pro Bowler returned to practice Monday and worked against the Panthers in a joint practice with the Panthers on Wednesday...
Lucky Whitehead to undergo surgery on foot
Jets receiver Lucky Whitehead probably should consider going by something other than “Lucky” after the training camp he has had. Whitehead will undergo surgery on his broken foot, coach Todd...
Thomas Davis happy new deal won’t limit other Panthers moves
Linebacker Thomas Davis got what he wanted this week. The Panthers announced a one-year extension for Davis on Tuesday after an offseason that saw their decision to fire General Manager Dave Gettleman tied...
Ravens reportedly close to deal with Jeremy Zuttah
The Ravens are “close” to a deal to reunite with center Jeremy Zuttah, according to Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun. Per Preston, discussions have become “more intense” between the...
Steelers G.M.: Le’Veon Bell would be better off in camp
Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert has no idea when running back Le'Veon Bell is showing up. But whenever it happens to be, he expects Bell to have a big year. The running back hasn’t signed...
Brock Osweiler to start again on Monday night
The Browns may be excited to see how rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer looks under the bright lights against the Giants on Monday Night Football, but he won’t be the first quarterback in the game. For...
Tramaine Brock’s agent says 49ers lied about lack of interest in reunion
After former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock was cleared on domestic violence charges, a report emerged that the team had contacted Brock about a reunion. Coach Kyle Shanahan promptly denied it. Now that...
Marshon Lattimore returns to practice, could play Sunday
The Saints welcomed back first-round selection Marshon Lattimore, who sprained a knee July 31. Coach Sean Payton said the rookie cornerback’s chances of playing Sunday against the Chargers are “...
Joel Bitonio week-to-week with a knee injury
The Browns will be down a pair of starting offensive linemen when they play the Giants on Monday, but there are no injury concerns about left tackle Joe Thomas. Thomas won’t play because the team...
Rams started pursuit of Watkins when Bills didn’t exercise fifth-year option
The trade that brought receiver Sammy Watkins to the Rams was more than three months in the making. In an interview that will be included within Thursday’s PFT Live, Rams G.M. Les Snead explained how...
Kyle Long gets surgically repaired ankle re-examined
Bears guard Kyle Long was kicked out of the team’s practice on Monday for fighting with teammates and he wasn’t on the practice field at all on Wednesday. The reason had nothing to do with a...
Josh Doctson returns to individual drills
Washington receiver Josh Doctson participated in individual drills Wednesday as he works his way back from the hamstring he “slightly” pulled Aug. 6. “Doctson went out and did some...
Sean Payton on firing orthopedists: Everyone wants a high level of accountability
Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed on Wednesday that the team has dismissed a pair of orthopedists in the wake of cornerback Delvin Breaux finding out that he has a fractured fibula. Breaux went for a...
Rico Gathers out with a concussion
Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has shown off the progress he’s made since trading in his basketball uniform for a football one in Dallas’ first two preseason games, but he probably won’t...
Derrick Henry says the NFL is “a little bit faster” than the SEC
Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette raised some eyebrows when he said after his first preseason game that NFL play is slower than he thought and “really easy” after playing in the SEC...
Death of Texas “Bathroom Bill” could pave way for 2018 NFL Draft
The death of a Texas “Bathroom Bill,” which targeted transgender people, puts North Texas back in line to host the 2018 NFL Draft. It marks the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom...
Titans altering schedule in light of eclipse
From fireworks damaging their stadium in July to a solar eclipse screwing up their practice in August, it’s been a weird couple of months for the Titans. Via Terry McCormick of, the...
Free agent corner Leodis McKelvin visiting the Rams
There was some interest from the Saints, who have other cornerback issues at the moment. So veteran cornerback Leodis McKelvin is moving on with a free agency tour. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL...
NFLPA accuses NFL of “stooping to new lows”
It’s been obvious all week that the Ezekiel Elliott case will become ugly and nasty and mean. An unexpected skirmish emerged on Wednesday when NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart (who previously served as...
Lions waive/injured Brandon Copeland, sign three players
The Lions cleared three roster spots on Tuesday and they filled them on Wednesday by signing three new players to their 90-man roster. They also opened up another one by waiving linebacker Brandon Copeland...
NFL’s attack on NFLPA raises several questions
The NFL has aggressively challenged the NFL Players Association with the contention that the union has been “spreading derogatory information to the media” about Tiffany Thompson, who has...
James Harrison on reduced role: I’m fine with whatever they ask
Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter said this week that Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt will be the team’s starters at the position and that the duo will “play until they’re tired”...
Falcons add a running back
Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is sidelined with a concussion at the moment and that injury may have led the team to make an addition to their backfield on Wednesday. Coach Dan Quinn announced that...
New Falcons stadium will have, essentially, a Chick-fil-A ghost store
Chick-fil-A conspicuously doesn’t operate on Sundays. The Falcons conspicuously play most of their games on Sundays. A Chick-fil-A store will be conspicuously closed for most games played at the new...
Jets sign Kenbrell Thompkins
The Jets’ receiving corps took another hit this week when Lucky Whitehead broke his foot and they made a move to shore up the unit on Wednesday. The team announced that they have signed Kenbrell...
NFL accuses NFLPA of shaming Ezekiel Elliott’s accuser
The NFL is firing back at what they consider victim-blaming in the case of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The league just put out a statement from executive vice president of communications Joe...
Elvis Dumervil: Rashard Robinson can be better than Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson
As a rookie last season, 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson started six games and recorded one interception. This year, teammate Elvis Dumervil thinks Robinson is going to take a big step forward. Dumervil,...
Harold Henderson isn’t a truly impartial arbitrator
Harold Henderson is an independent arbitrator. Unless he isn’t. It’s an issue that has come up in the past, and with Henderson now appointed to handle the Ezekiel Elliott appeal it will come up...
Seahawks, Tramaine Brock agree to terms
The Seahawks got plenty of looks at cornerback Tramaine Brock in an opposing uniform over the last few years and now they’ll reportedly get to see him in their own duds. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media...
Steelers list Martavis Bryant, James Harrison as starters on new depth chart
When the Steelers released their first depth chart last week, wide receiver Martavis Bryant had not been cleared to practice by the league and was therefore listed among Steelers not participating in...
Best of PFT: Baldwin wants fans held accountable
Ben Roethlisberger isn't retiring any time soon, Doug Baldwin sounds off on fans disrespecting the National Anthem and Jets aren't expecting much from Christian Hackenberg in Wednesday's Best of PFT.
Joe Thomas thinks it looks like Brock Osweiler set to start
The Browns aren’t saying much about their quarterback decision, partially because they may not be sure of it themselves. But the guy who will be protecting either Brock Osweiler or DeShone Kizer said...
Can Jeter handle being Mattingly's boss?
Marlins manager Don Mattingly crossed paths with Derek Jeter in Mattingly's final year with the Yankees and now that Jeter will be his boss, he doesn't know how they'll handle it.
NFL announces Harold Henderson will handle Ezekiel Elliott appeal
The first, and most important, decision regarding the Ezekiel Elliott has been made. The NFL has announced (as a practical matter) that Harold Henderson will handle the Elliott appeal. Under the labor deal...
Adam Vinatieri still stresses out about being cut
Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri discuses explains why he's still scared of being replaced and the Buccaneers decision to cut Roberto Aguayo.
Mora details Josh Rosen's comments, Tak at draft
UCLA coach Jim Mora explains Takkarist McKinley's reaction at the NFL draft, why he got into coaching, relationships with college players, and Josh Rosen's comments.
Snead on how Rams landed Sammy Watkins
Rams GM Les Snead discusses the team's decision to trade for Sammy Watkins, why the hiring of Sean McVay was key to the deal and how the process played out.
Roberto Aguayo set kicking back half a century
Younger fans of the NFL might not realize the extent to which kicking has improved through the years. Field goals that seem relatively easy today were a long shot in the 1970s. To illustrate that, I tweeted...
Bill Belichick avoids saying he once worked for the Jets
Bill Belichick may be a Lord Voldemort-type figure for some in the football world, but it was another name that Belichick avoided saying during his Wednesday press conference. Belichick and the Patriots are...
Lucky Whitehead expected to miss 4-6 weeks with broken foot
Jets coach Todd Bowles announced on Tuesday that wide receiver Lucky Whitehead will miss some time after breaking his foot and Wednesday brings some word about just how long he’ll be out of action....
Vegas casinos say Raiders drawing most bets to win Super Bowl
The Raiders won’t be moving to Las Vegas for a while, but they are already having an impact on the biggest local industry. Several casino sportsbooks in Vegas say that the Raiders have been drawing...
Steelers activate Sammie Coates from PUP list
Wide receiver Sammie Coates said in June that he was expecting a “good fight” for spots on the Steelers roster during training camp, but he’s been a non-combatant this summer. Coates had...
Don't handcuff your fantasy team with backups
If you're planning on using your first round pick on Le'Veon Bell, Melvin Gordon or Jay Ajayi, avoid the player behind them on their respective depth chart.
Why Mike Gillislee will shine in fantasy
There are plenty of reasons to take a chance on Patriots RB Mike Gillislee in your fantasy league, according to Rotoworld's Rich Hribar.
Report: Delvin Breaux’s broken leg leads to Saints firing two doctors
The Saints probably won’t be able to trade cornerback Delvin Breaux anytime soon. But they do have a couple of vacancies as a result of the cornerback’s inability to stay on the field. According...
Eli Manning ready to play longer than Peyton
Giants QB Eli Manning recently stated that he's ready to stay in the NFL until he's 40 years old.
Jaguars must make decision soon on Bortles
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said his arm is fine, but he's continuing to struggle in training camp, which could mean his time as the starting QB is coming to an end.
Treadwell needs to step up for Vikings now
With so many young receivers having an impact right away, it's glaring that Laquon Treadwell hasn't stepped up.
Cowboys O-line could cause problems for Prescott
Former NFL coach Kevin Gilbride gives his analysis of the rookie QBs debuting in preseason and provides a potential outlook for the Cowboys' Dak Prescott without Ezekiel Elliott and a new offensive line.
Aguayo's cut shouldn't have aired on 'Hard Knocks'
The Buccaneers cut kicker Roberto Aguayo and the moment was shown on Hard Knocks, which was a mistake according to Mike Florio.
Deshaun Watson is key for Texans' title hopes
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien thinks his team has "a really good situation" at the quarterback position thanks to the arrival of Deshaun Watson.
NFL report shows Tiffany Thompson suggested blackmailing Elliott over sex videos
The NFL won’t be releasing the 160-page investigative report generated in the Ezekiel Elliott case. And maybe we’re starting to see why. Via Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the report contains...
49ers not hesitating to start rookie Reuben Foster
Kyle Shanahan has not been shy about his admiration for Reuben Foster, who will start for the 49ers as long as he remains healthy.
Steelers might have to push Big Ben out
Ben Roethlisberger has said he will know when it's time to retire, but will that line up with when the Pittsburgh Steelers think he should retire?
Bills have no problem trading stars for team
The Buffalo Bills have zero qualms about getting rid of superstars for the betterment of the team.
Texans diluting first-team reps by changing QBs
In addition to starting quarterback Tom Savage, the Houston Texans are giving DeShaun Watson first-team reps in a puzzling preseason move.
Should fans be subject to same anthem criticism?
NFL players, like Doug Baldwin, are upset with the lack of criticism for fans' actions during the national anthem.
Washington might put Cousins in position to leave
If Washington decides not to apply the franchise tender, Kirk Cousins could leave, but his loyalty to the team could impact his decision.
Davis benefits from return of GM with extension
Even though Marty Hurney is the interim GM, he still signed Thomas Davis to a contract extension and is looking to sign Greg Olsen.
Elliott case at a critical juncture with appeal
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could be lobbying for an independent arbitrator for the Ezekiel Elliott appeal, which could determine a lot in the case.
Jets have zero expectations for Hackenberg
It's perfectly reasonable to think that after the team called him a rookie, Christian Hackenberg will start less than eight games for New York Jets this season.
Kyle Shanahan says Reuben Foster is a starter
After 49ers linebacker Malcolm Smith was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, the 49ers began giving first-team reps on the weak side of their defense to both rookie Reuben Foster and Ray-Ray...
Jameis Winston had words with backup linemen after Ryan Griffin’s injury
Buccaneers backup quarterback Ryan Griffin suffered a shoulder injury during the team’s first preseason game, and starting quarterback Jameis Winston let the team’s backup offensive linemen know...
Bill O’Brien: We have “really good situation” at quarterback
The Texans have had a couple of goals at quarterback this summer as they prepare Tom Savage to enter a season as the starter for the first time while also developing first-round pick Deshaun Watson into a...
Ron Rivera wants to avoid “BS” fights with Titans
When the Jaguars and Buccaneers scrapped during their joint practice, some saw it as an outgrowth of a naturally competitive environment. (Others saw it as a play for the Hard Knocks cameras which it might...
Jerry Jones is being quiet for a very good reason
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is rarely quiet about anything. In the five days since the NFL imposed a six-game suspension on running back Ezekiel Elliott, Jones amazingly has said nothing. Not a thing. Not a...
Laquon Treadwell back to practice, learning how to “be a true receiver”
Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell‘s attempt to improve on a disappointing rookie season took a hit in one of the first training camp practices when he injured his hamstring. Treadwell missed more...
Blake Bortles says arm is fine
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was pulled from Sunday’s practice after throwing a pair of interceptions because, per coach Doug Marrone, it looked like he had a tired arm. Bortles has been back to...
Lions denounce use of their logo by racists at Charlottesville rally
There are some people who are simply unwilling to stand idly by and let white supremacists defile their proud image. We’re talking about the Detroit Lions, of course. After a version of their logo...
Cards wideout John Brown says he’s not healthy yet
Cardinals wide receiver John Brown heard coach Bruce Arians loud and clear, when the coach complained about his lack of talented wide receivers. But Brown wanted to make it clear that he’s not...
How much longer will Ben Roethlisberger play?
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to make it clear that he has entered the Brett Favre one-year-at-a-time phase of his career. So how many more one-year-at-a-times will he last? That’s...
Eli Manning is ready to play until he’s 40, also
If you’re a quarterback of a certain age this offseason, you’re practically obligated to announce how long you’re intending to play. And 36-year-old Eli Manning of the Giants is no...
Gregg Williams has never seen a rookie like Myles Garrett
Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has coached in the NFL for 27 years, and he’s never seen a rookie adjust to the NFL as quickly as Myles Garrett. “I’ve never had a chance to...
Dez Bryant: Ezekiel Elliott “has all of our support”
While Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott awaits a decision on his appeal on a six-game suspension levied by the NFL earlier this week, wide receiver Dez Bryant was quick to express his support of the team...
K.J. Wright going through “process” on bothersome knee
Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright was absent from practice on Tuesday as he is looking to address an issue with his knee. Head coach Pete Carroll said that Wright wasn’t having surgery, but was in a...
Jerry Jones says Jaylon Smith will make debut this week against Colts
It been nearly 600 days since Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith last played in a football game. His wait will come to an end on Saturday. According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys owner...
Roberto Aguayo on Hard Knocks: I let you guys down; I let myself down
Some of the most compelling moments in Hard Knocks every year come when players are released. One of the hardest cuts for the Buccaneers this season came Saturday when they released kicker Roberto Aguayo,...
Rick Spielman sees a more diverse running game in Minnesota
After a decade with the Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson is gone. In his place, a committee approach consisting of players who collectively have the kind of diverse skill set Peterson simply didn...
Jerry Jones still not talking about Ezekiel Elliott suspension
Since March, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has insisted Ezekiel Elliott had done nothing to warrant a suspension and would not be suspended. Four days after the league suspended the star running back for six...
Doug Baldwin: Fans wear hats, cuss, yell at players during anthem
During a Tuesday press conference that produced many thoughtful and intelligent observations from Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, Baldwin raised a point that often gets lost in the anger that gets directed...
Browns will name Week Two starter on Wednesday
The Browns play their next preseason game on Monday night. Their starting quarterback for the game has not yet been named. He will be soon. Coach Hue Jackson told reporters on Tuesday that the starter will...
Jets will give Josh McCown extended playing time this week
Josh McCown will play more than the one series he played in the Jets’ preseason opener, though coach Todd Bowles wouldn’t commit to exactly how much action McCown will see Saturday. McCown led...
Former NFL CB injures two officers while trying to escape courtroom
Former NFL cornerback Dimitri Patterson was back in a courtroom, and he made it obvious he didn’t want to be there. Patterson bolted from a Miami-Dade courtroom Tuesday after a judge ordered him...
Cowboys’ signings include TE M.J. McFarland, WR Corey Washington
The Cowboys signed receiver Corey Washington, tight end M.J. McFarland, cornerback Dejaun Butler and cornerback John Green. They waived receiver Javontee Herndon, offensive lineman Ruben Carter and...
ESPN apologizes for fantasy football auction
ESPN’s recent effort to take full advantage of the fantasy football phenomenon included a staged player auction segment that looked a little too much like a slave auction. ESPN has now apologized for...
Ben Roethlisberger won’t play until third preseason game
It looks like Steelers rookie quarterback Josh Dobbs will get another extended chance to run the offense when the Steelers face the Falcons on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan, via Jeremy...
Pete Carroll supports Michael Bennett but adds “we should all stand” for national anthem
Michael Bennett’s decision to sit during the national anthem Sunday took Pete Carroll by surprise. The two have visited since, and while the Seahawks coach supports the defensive end, he added his...
Elliott has remained silent so far for a reason
One of the more common comments I’ve seen in response to the Ezekiel Elliott suspension and his camp’s response to it is that if Elliott is innocent he should have been publicly saying so for...
Ezekiel Elliott files appeal of six-game suspension
There wasn’t much doubt about Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s plans to appeal the six-game suspension he received from the league last week and now there’s none at all. The NFLPA...
Goodell continues to push for three preseason games
After not saying much about the obviously subpar preseason for a while, the Commissioner has now mentioned twice in two weeks: (1) that the preseason stinks; and (2) that he’d like to shrink the...
Giants sign Bobby Richardson, place Corbin Bryant on IR
An injury has caused the Giants to make a change to their defensive line mix. Defensive tackle Corbin Bryant dislocated his elbow and the team placed him on injured reserve Tuesday. They signed defensive...
Deshaun Watson has been getting first-team reps
Beyond the various claims that Texans coach Bill O’Brien won’t start a rookie quarterback and the comments from receiver DeAndre Hopkins that veteran Tom Savage has earned the job and vows from...
CBS announces Beth Mowins to call Browns-Colts game
CBS Sports announced its NFL lineup pairings for the 2017 season, and it includes play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins teamed with new game analyst Jay Feely. Mowins and Feely are slated to call the Browns-...
Panthers give Thomas Davis his contract extension
When former Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney took over as interim G.M., his first move was to reward a guy fired G.M. Dave Gettleman drafted and developed. His second move was to clean up one of the...
Report: Rey Maualuga working out for Dolphins
The Dolphins are taking a look at adding some help at linebacker after losing rookie Raekwon McMillan for the season to a torn ACL. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the team will work out...
Lucky Whitehead broke his foot
Given the way things have gone for Lucky Whitehead over the last few weeks, it’s fair to wonder if the nickname he uses as a first name was meant to be ironic. Whitehead’s name and identifying...
Dak Prescott trusts other RBs, saying “it’s not a panic here”
Ezekiel Elliott touched the ball on 35 percent of the Cowboys offensive plays last season, but Dak Prescott insists he won’t have more pressure on him without the star running back. “We’ve...
Lions place Kerry Hyder, Mike James on injured reserve
The Lions opened up three spots on their 90-man roster on Tuesday by making a series of moves that included bringing defensive end Kerry Hyder‘s season to an end. Hyder was placed on injured reserve...
McCloughan: Kaepernick is good enough to be a starter
For months, General Managers in the media who think they know football because they cover it were happy to declare that quarterback Colin Kaepernick was unemployed based solely on merit. Those voices have...
Colts sign WR Justice Liggins, waive RB Dalton Crossan
The Colts signed free agent receiver Justice Liggins on Tuesday, the team announced. They waived running back Dalton Crossan with an injury designation to make room. If Crossan clears waivers, he will...
Bucs, Jags scuffle several times during joint practice
On Monday, Buccaneers tackle Demar Dotson said that Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler is less of a hot-head than he was when the two men scuffled during a joint practice. While Dotson and Fowler were able...
Packers safety Josh Jones carted off with injury
Packers rookie safety Josh Jones was carted off the practice field Tuesday with his lower leg wrapped in ice. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that Jones limped off the field after “it looked like...