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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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Ryan Kerrigan had elbow surgery, faces 6-8-week rehab
Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had already pulled out of the Pro Bowl because of an injury, now he’s getting it taken care of. According to John Keim of ESPN.com, Kerrigan had surgery to clean up...
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Full list of 103 players entering 2017 draft early
The NFL announced on Friday that 103 players have been granted early entry rights to the 2017 draft. The full list of those players appears below. Jamal Adams, S, LSU Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida Budda Baker...
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103 players secure early entry to the draft
The incoming class of NFL players has been supplemented by the players who have achieved special entry to the process. The NFL has announced that 95 players have been granted “special eligibility...
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Brian Gutekunst withdraws from 49ers G.M. search
There were two Packers executives included among the candidates for the 49ers General Manager job, but it appears neither one of them will be making the move to Santa Clara. A day after director of football...
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Vikings make a couple of coaching moves
The Vikings promoted Pat Shurmur to offensive coodinator after Norv Turner’s departure last season and they’ll be keeping him in that role this year, which left them in need of a new tight ends...
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Vance Joseph shares his thoughts on the AFC title game
Broncos coach Vance Joseph knows the two participants in the AFC title game very well. As the defensive coordinator in Miami, he faced the Patriots and Dolphins twice this year. So I asked Joseph during his...
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Packers center J.C. Tretter has knee surgery
The Packers have been without center J.C. Tretter since a Week Seven knee injury, and it doesn’t appear he’s going to be back anytime soon, if at all. Via Wes Hodkiewicz of the team’s...
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Artie Burns: I have to be ready for Tom Brady to come after me
The Steelers defense rounded into form down the stretch this season and ranks among the best defenses in the league over the course of the nine-game winning streak that the team carries into Sunday’s...
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Pursuit of Vic Fangio says plenty about 49ers search
The 49ers may not like their neighbors to the not-too-distant north, but they currently seem to be trying to take a page from the playbook of long-time Raiders owner Al Davis. How else can anyone explain...
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Steelers vs. Patriots - Who wins AFC Championship?
The Patriots are favorites because of their 9-2 record against Pittsburgh in the playoffs. Can the Steelers manage to get an upset?
Zach Orr says he’s “forced to walk away” because of neck condition
Ravens linebacker Zach Orr is retiring not because he wants to, but because doctors are telling him he has to. Orr says an examination on a herniated disc revealed that he has a rare neck condition that...
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NFL confirms games at Wembley Stadium in Weeks 3-4 of 2017
The NFL has confirmed the two games that will be played at Wembley Stadium in London in Week Three and Week Four of the 2017 season. The Jaguars will “host” the Ravens in Week Three on Sunday,...
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Jordy Nelson dealing with illness, still could play Sunday
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is dealing with an illness in addition to broken ribs as the Packers finalize preparations for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Atlanta. Nelson missed last week...
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NFL denies that it gave Lady Gaga a mandate not to mention Donald Trump
The story is a couple of days old, but it’s inauguration day, so anything regarding the incoming or outgoing president takes on extra relevance. ETonline.com reports that Lady Gaga, who’ll...
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Report: Ravens’ Zach Orr to retire at age 24
After becoming a starter and having his best season in 2016, Ravens linebacker Zach Orr is planning to retire, at age 24. Orr decided to retire despite the Ravens attempting to talk him out of it, Ian...
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As youngest head coach, Sean McVay plans to earn players’ respect
New Rams coach Sean McVay is only 30 years old, an age his players may associate more with a teammate than with a head coach. But McVay isn’t worried about whether players will listen to a coach who...
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Sean Smith, Austin Howard recovering from shoulder surgery
Cornerback Sean Smith’s first season with the Raiders got off to a shaky start when he was benched in the first game of the season, but he was able to rebound from that low to turn in a solid season...
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Broncos planning to give Paxton Lynch a chance to be starter
With a new head coach and a new offensive staff in place in Denver, the Broncos have an opportunity to go in a new direction. That direction is apparently not a trade for a veteran such as Tony Romo....
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Report: Chiefs G.M. is “best bet” to be next Packers G.M.
The Packers are going to keep at least one of their top personnel lieutenants, but the future of their General Manager job could be decided from outside the organization. With Eliot Wolf pulling out of the...
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Friday morning one-liners
Mel Kiper’s first mock draft has the Bills taking Clemson QB Deshaun Watson. A list of players the Dolphins could check out during the East-West Shrine Game. DT Alan Branch will be part of the...
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Reggie McKenzie “not the type” to wait on deals for Derek Carr, Khalil Mack
Drafting defensive end Khalil Mack and quarterback Derek Carr in 2014 was a major part of the turnaround for the Raiders that pushed them to 12 wins and a playoff spot this year. Now the Raiders have to...
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Donald Trump got a phone call from Tom Brady
Despite a “Make America Great Again” hat being spotted in his locker early in the campaign, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has tried to keep under wraps his support of Donald Trump in the closet...
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Aaron Rodgers: “Size matters” when it comes to his hands
When NFL evaluators descend on Indianapolis late next month for the Scouting Combine, people will laugh about their obsession with the measurements of the quarterbacks. But for all the jokes, there was a...
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Kyle Shanahan: No deal yet, focusing on Packers this week
Kyle Shanahan admitted being distracted. For the five minutes it took him to get ready for a press conference, anyway. Via Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons offensive coordinator...
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John Pagano interviews for defensive coordinator in Washington
Add another name to the long list of candidates to be the next defensive coordinator in Washington. John Pagano, who spent the last four years as the defensive coordinator in San Diego, has interviewed for...
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Mark Gastineau diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons
Former Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau said during a radio interview with WOR that he’s been diagnosed with multiple brain problems, which he traces back to his days in football. “When my results...
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Report: 49ers denied by Bears in pursuit of Vic Fangio for defensive coordinator
Even though he’s not officially the head coach yet, the San Francisco 49ers are in the process of assembling a coaching staff for presumptive new coach Kyle Shanahan. However, that coaching staff will...
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Davante Adams says last year’s ankle injury “more difficult to deal with”
Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams is not practicing this week and his status for Sunday’s NFC Championship game is still in doubt after an ankle injury sustained in the fourth quarter of last...
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Who will win the AFC championship?
Thursday’s PFT Live presented a question of the day based on the NFC championship. Friday’s PFT Live flips things over to the other conference. Who wins the AFC title game between the Steelers...
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Oakland mayor issues statement regarding Raiders relocation
The Raiders, as expected, have filed for permission to move to Las Vegas. The team’s current home, as expected, has issued a statement cloaked in political cover. “It’s no surprise that the Raiders...
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Report: Browns close to new deal with Jamie Collins
The Browns are close to finalizing a multi-year contract with linebacker Jamie Collins, CBS Sports reported Thursday. The report said “significant progress” has been made between the sides and...
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49ers may have trouble hiring a G.M.
As the 49ers continue to look for a G.M. who, as a practical matter, will be working for coach Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers could be facing a different set of challenges. If control over the roster was promised...
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Gregg Williams: No one will be more aggressive or physical than us
New Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams says his players will love playing for him in Cleveland because they’re going to be the toughest defense in the league. “From an attitude...
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Bills hire Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator
New Bills head coach Sean McDermott has made the most important hire on his staff. Rick Dennison will be the Bills’ offensive coordinator, the team announced. Dennison spent the last two years as the...
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Robert Kraft is still salty about #DeflateGate
Patriots fans who are still salty about #DeflateGate aren’t alone. The man who owns the team remains miffed, too. “Sometimes, the league really messes up, and I think they really messed this up badly...
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Hall of Fame obtains full Super Bowl I post-game audio
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has obtained a full audio recording of the post-game show following Super Bowl I, and it’s a fascinating 30 minutes for anyone who’s interested in the history of...
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NFL moves Commissioner’s Super Bowl press conference from Friday to Wednesday
Super Bowl week typically ends with a Friday press conference involving the Commissioner. Although he speaks on various other occasions throughout the year (but hardly “almost every day“), there...
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Championship week PA and Florio podcast is up
It’s AFC and NFC title-game time, and the PA and Florio podcast will help get you ready for the games. The latest edition of the half-hour-or-so discussion is available wherever podcasts can be...
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Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison remain out of practice for Packers
The Packers didn’t have a change in status for any of their injured wide receivers during Thursday’s practice. Jordy Nelson was on the field for the second straight day, but media in Green Bay...
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Several Steelers have the flu, Mike Tomlin says they’ll be fine
An illness is going around the Steelers’ locker room, but coach Mike Tomlin says he’s not overly concerned about it. Four players missed practice with an illness today, and there are reportedly...
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Interpreting Jim Irsay’s tweet about Andrew Luck
At a time when plenty of eyes had been watching the Twitter page of Colts owner Jim Irsay to see if he’ll say anything about the status of G.M. Ryan Grigson and/or coach Chuck Pagano, Irsay threw...
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James Harrison, Ladarius Green don’t practice Thursday
Running back Le’Veon Bell wasn’t the only player to miss practice for the Steelers on Thursday. Steelers tight end Ladarius Green returned to the practice field as a limited participant during...
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Dolphins hire Frank Bush as linebackers coach/assistant head coach
The Dolphins have hired a longtime NFL assistant to fill the linebackers coach job left open when the team promoted Matt Burke to replace Vance Joseph as the team’s defensive coordinator. The team...
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Le’Veon Bell excused from practice for “personal reasons”
The Steelers need running back Le’Veon Bell for Sunday. Presumably, they’ll have him. On Thursday, they didn’t; Bell wasn’t at practice. Coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that Bell...
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Manziel admits he was 'lost in the sauce,' vows to be better
Will Johnny Manziel ever return to the NFL?
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NFL says Cowboys unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was properly called
The Cowboys were moving the ball in Packers territory in the first half of last Sunday afternoon’s game when their drive stalled thanks to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Unlike other calls of...
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Julio Jones out of practice again, says he’s fine
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones‘ absence from practice stretched to a second day on Thursday, but there’s no change in the way he feels about playing this weekend. Jones aggravated a toe...
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Trump confirms Woody Johnson will be UK ambassador
President-elect Trump confirmed today that Jets owner Woody Johnson is his choice to be the next United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. In a speech today, Trump referenced that Johnson was “...
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Adrian Peterson eyes Texans, Giants, Buccaneers
So where will Adrian Peterson play in 2018? He’d like to stay with the Vikings, but he has declined to say whether he’ll take a pay cut. If he won’t and if the Vikings will cut him if he...
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Seahawks may lose 2nd-round pick for not disclosing Richard Sherman injury
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll admitted this week that the team failed to disclose a knee injury that cornerback Richard Sherman was dealing with throughout the regular season, saying “he never missed...
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Raiders file paperwork for Las Vegas relocation
The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. OK, if they get 24 owners to support the move, the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. OK, when they get 24 owners to support the move, the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas...
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Joe Flacco expects Marty Mornhinweg to put stamp on offense this year
The Ravens made an in-season change at offensive coordinator when they dismissed Marc Trestman and elevated Marty Mornhinweg from offensive coordinator. It wasn’t always the smoothest transition and...
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It’s time for the Packers to make Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player again
During a four-game losing streak that invited plenty of criticism from the outside and speculation about the status of key relationships and how the future could unfold for coach Mike McCarthy and G.M. Ted...
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Eliot Wolf withdraws from 49ers G.M. search
If the 49ers were down to four finalists for their General Manager position, they’re down to three now. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Packers executive Eliot Wolf has pulled out of the hunt...
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Ravens hire Joe D’Alessandris as offensive line coach
The Ravens have filled their vacant offensive line coach position, hiring veteran assistant Joe D’Alessandris. He replaced Juan Castillo, who went to Buffalo to work on coach Sean McDermott’s staff. D...
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Marcus Mariota “should be back” when Titans get rolling this offseason
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota had a metal plate implanted to his fractured fibula in a surgical procedure three weeks ago and a Wednesday update on his condition from coach Mike Mularkey was a positive...
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PFT’s conference championship game picks
The season is getting closer and closer to its final act. The last Sunday with more than one game has arrived, and MDS and I are separated by only one game with three left. Last week, I correctly picked...
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Melvin Gordon: Anthony Lynn is “perfect” coach for me
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon’s second season was a big step up from his rookie year as he made strides as both a runner and receiver while cutting down on the fumbles that marred his rookie...
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QB who played for both thinks Kyle Shanahan’s like Bill Belichick
The 49ers are willing to wait for Kyle Shanahan, and one of his former quarterbacks thinks it’s a decision that will pay off handsomely for them. Via Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, veteran quarterback...
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Packers or Falcons - who will win?
The Falcons might have home field advantage but will the Packers' momentum to be too much to handle? Mike Florio weighs in.
Broncos hire Brock Olivo as special teams coach
The Broncos interviewed Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub for their head coaching opening. They hired his assistant to be one of their assistants. According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the Broncos are hiring...
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Report: Andrew Luck expected to start throwing in three months
Colts owner Jim Irsay announced on Thursday morning that quarterback Andrew Luck had surgery on his right shoulder and that the team expects he will be ready to play in Week One next season. There’s a...
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Dick LeBeau will return for his 59th NFL season, at age 80
Dick LeBeau will be 80 at the start of the 2017 season, his 59th as an NFL player or coach. And if you think he’s ready to retire, you don’t know Dick LeBeau. LeBeau, a Hall of Fame defensive...
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Adrian Peterson contract question will be resolved sooner than later
Adrian Peterson has said he’d like to stay with the Vikings. Teammate Chad Greenway thinks there’s a good chance Peterson won’t be back. Much more will be known soon. Peterson’s...
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Browns fire Robert Nunn, finalize five other assistant hires
The Browns continue to tweak their coaching staff, and have fired another one. The team announced a number of hires, many of which have already been reported. They also added defensive line coach Robert...
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Bill Belichick rips Dion Lewis at practice
Patriots' radio analyst Scott Zolak discusses why Bill Belichick gave a negative answer about home field advantage, Dion Lewis getting crushed in practice and why the defense must focus on Le'Veon Bell.
Brown is under pressure to deliver after gaffe
It's another edition of PFT's pressure cooker and Antonio Brown's poor decision to air a postgame speech on Facebook Live is under the microscope. Will he need a big game to move past his mistake?
Cowboys’ Byron Jones reaction to final pass: “Really, Rodgers?”
When Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hit tight end Jared Cook on a seemingly impossible pass to set up the game-winning field goal on Sunday, all Cowboys safety Byron Jones could do was shake his head in...
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Which player gave the best offensive line gifts?
There were plenty of great gifts given to offensive linemen this season, Mike Florio and Stats determine which ones were the best.
Smith: Belichick likely focused on Antonio Brown
The Steelers pose a threat to the Patriots' defense because they are good at both passing and running. Michael David Smith expects that Bill Belichick will focus on slowing down Antonio Brown.
Chad Greenway not sure if he or Adrian Peterson will be back next year
Chad Greenway has gone to work every day the last 10 years with Adrian Peterson. And he’s not sure if either one of them will be back with the Vikings next year. The veteran linebacker told Sid...
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Dennis Thurman joins list of defensive coordinator candidates in D.C.
Being a Rex Ryan assistant is proving to be a helpful line on the resume when it comes to getting an interview for the Redskins’ defensive coordinator job. Josh Reed of WIVB reported on Thursday...
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Aaron Rodgers climbing up the all-time postseason rankings
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has rewritten the NFL’s postseason record book, but he’s not the only quarterback playing on Sunday who has a particularly impressive postseason record. Packers...
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Jim Irsay: Andrew Luck recovering from shoulder surgery
Colts owner Jim Irsay was back on Twitter Thursday morning, but he still isn’t discussing anything having to do with coach Chuck Pagano or General Manager Ryan Grigson. His latest post isn’t...
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Thursday morning one-liners
Former Bills coach Rex Ryan is selling his home in Buffalo (one can only imagine what Rob did to the guest room). An offseason to-do list for the Dolphins. Patriots WR Michael Floyd is still learning what...
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Vance Joseph: Sexual assault claims are false
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph responded to the publication of details from a 2004 Boulder Police Department report that included sexual assault allegations against him. Joseph was accused of sexually...
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Jordy Nelson: I can’t be out there moving slowly
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday, marking the first time that he’s been on the field since breaking ribs against the Giants in the Wild Card...
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Roger Goodell confident things are going to be just fine in L.A.
Never mind that Los Angeles doesn’t seem to want the Chargers, or that the Chargers reluctantly went there. And never mind that they’ll play in a 30,000-seat stadium for a couple of years,...
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Brandon Marshall: Any team should be happy to have me for $7.5 million
When the regular season ended, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall spoke to reporters in the locker room and seemed to suggest that he’d be open to taking a pay cut for the 2017 season. Marshall said...
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Bills interview Ken Dorsey for offensive coordinator opening
Panthers coach Ron Rivera stressed the need for his offense to “evolve,” but so far, that hasn’t included any major changes. But one may be coming. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte...
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Tom Brady in trouble? Right
The man who shrugged at an assault from Dabo Swinney by claiming it’s better to be interesting than right has opted for neither this week when launching an assault on the greatest quarterback to ever...
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Antonio Brown: Malcolm Butler “puts hands on you like no other”
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown will have his hands full with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. And Brown thinks Butler may have his hands full of Brown’s...
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Pete Carroll concerned with C.J. Prosise’s durability
Seattle’s season came to an end on Saturday before running back C.J. Prosise could return from a fractured scapula that wiped out the second half of his rookie season with the Seahawks. The broken...
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Who will win the NFC title game?
With two games to be played this weekend, the questions of the day for Thursday’s and Friday’s PFT Live are as simple as they can be. Who wins? For Thursday, it’s the NFC. Packers at...
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Report: Seahawks will sign Perrish Cox
The Seahawks plan to sign veteran cornerback Perrish Cox, NFL Network reported Wednesday. The Seahawks need experience in their secondary with Deshawn Shead having ACL surgery after being injured last...
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Jim Irsay breaks silence, says nothing about his coach and G.M.
Long before Donald Trump was using Twitter as a tool for talking directly to the people, Colts owner Jim Irsay had perfected the craft. To a fault. But even as the Two-Days-From-Now-Commander-In-Chief...
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Rams long snapper picked for Pro Bowl
Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide has been selected to represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl. McQuaide is a first-time Pro Bowler. He’s been the Rams’ long snapper since 2011. The Pro Bowl is Jan. 29...
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Carl Cheffers set to referee the Super Bowl
The referee who made the most controversial penalty call of the playoffs will referee the Super Bowl. Carl Cheffers, who threw the holding flag on Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher that negated Kansas City...
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Jaguars keep Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator
The Jaguars announced Wednesday that they’re retaining Nathaniel Hackett as their offensive coordinator. Hackett, 37, spent the last two seasons as the team’s quarterbacks coach and last year...
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Jordy Nelson returns to practice
At a time when it’s believed to be unlikely that receiver Jordy Nelson will play on Sunday due to broken ribs, he returned to practice only 10 days after suffering the injury. Per the official injury...
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NFL: Jaguars complied with Rooney Rule in hiring Tom Coughlin
An interesting question has emerged regarding the decision of the Jaguars to make former Jaquars coach Tom Coughlin the executive V.P. of football operations. Did the Jaguars comply with the Rooney Rule...
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How much is success helping the Falcons sell PSLs?
Here’s a shocking revelation: Teams that win games enjoy success when it comes to selling things. For the Falcons, who went 11-5 this year and will host the Packers for a berth in the Super Bowl in...
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Sean Davis says he was fined for hit on Chris Conley
Steelers safety Sean Davis got flagged for a hit to the head of Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley last Sunday night and said Wednesday that he has been fined by the league. Davis said he was fined around $...
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Three Washington Pro Bowlers pull out of all-star game
Three of Washington’s four Pro Bowlers will be skipping the all-star game because of injuries. According to J.P. Finlay of CSNMidAtlantic.com, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, tight end Jordan Reed...
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Antonio Brown: “I absolutely regret the Facebook Live situation”
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown did his best to apologize and move on today after his bizarre decision to broadcast the Steelers’ postgame locker room on social media on Sunday. “I absolutely...
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Emmanuel Sanders replaces Amari Cooper in Pro Bowl
The Broncos offense will be represented at the Pro Bowl. Denver already had four defensive players set to play in the game and announced on Wednesday that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will be joining them...
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Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell limited at Patriots practice
The Patriots had all 53 players on their active roster on the field for Wednesday’s practice, but seven of their players were listed as limited participants in the workout. Among that group were wide...
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Andrew Whitworth named to Pro Bowl
Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth was named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday as an injury replacement for Donald Penn of the Raiders. This will be Whitworth’s third Pro Bowl. He joins Bengals...
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Ladarius Green gets in a limited practice
The Steelers gave two of their offensive stalwarts a chance to rest during Wednesday’s practice, which is exactly what they did with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell...
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Report: Greg Olson to Rams as quarterbacks coach
Greg Olson has been linked to the Bills offensive coordinator job recently and was slated for a Thursday interview with the team, but it seems he may not need to stock up on parkas and earmuffs. Adam...
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LeGarrette Blount won’t talk about differences between Steelers and Patriots
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s decision to stream video from the team’s locker room after they beat the Chiefs has drawn a lot of reactions around the football world. The Patriots were...
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Aaron Rodgers preparing for a loud environment in Atlanta
As the Falcons prepare to host their last game at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is preparing for it to be loud. Rodgers said today that the Packers are preparing their snap...
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Vance Joseph plans to have an up-tempo, attacking offense
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, who got the job due to his work as a defensive coach, knows that he’ll need to get more out of his new team’s offense. Appearing on Wednesday’s PFT Live,...
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Davante Adams won’t practice until late in the week
Last week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said his injured wide receiver wouldn’t practice until Saturday, seeming to know it was unlikely he’d play. So the fact he set the same timetable for...
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Bills hire Kelly Skipper as running backs coach
The Bills on Wednesday announced the hiring of Kelly Skipper as their new running backs coach. Skipper held the same job the last two seasons with the Jaguars. Prior to that he coached in the college ranks...
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Bill Belichick on home field advantage helping: Go ask Dallas and Kansas City
The Patriots finished with the top seed in the AFC playoffs, which assured they wouldn’t have to play games anywhere other than Gillette Stadium in order to make it to Houston for the Super Bowl. That...
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Louis Riddick out, 49ers G.M. list reportedly down to four
The 49ers are narrowing their search for a new General Manager, and it appears the list is down to four. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the team has informed a number of candidates they were...
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Falcons owner Arthur Blank admits Kyle Shanahan is “a big loss”
The Falcons spent the year nailing opponents with their offense. So it stands to reason they might lose the manager of the hardware department. Falcons owner Arthur Blank admitted it would be difficult for...
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Morgan Cox added to AFC Pro Bowl team
There have been a fair number of players added to the Pro Bowl rosters the last couple of weeks as players have dropped out, but the latest addition to the AFC team didn’t come with a corresponding...
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As 49ers candidates fled, Kyle Shanahan won big
Not long ago, the interest of Kyle Shanahan in the head-coaching job in San Francisco was lukewarm at best. It has heated up considerably this week. Shanahan’s spike in interest in the job resulted...
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Julio Jones held out of practice Wednesday
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said there was “no concern” about wide receiver Julio Jones‘ toe injury after he left last Saturday’s win over the Seahawks, but added that the wideout might...
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Jets hire Dennard Wilson as defensive backs coach
The Jets dispatched three defensive coaches after the end of the regular season and they’ve announced a new hire to replace one of them. The team announced on Wednesday that Dennard Wilson will be the...
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NCAA needs to do more to protect college football players
Browns tackle Joe Thomas wisely wanted to see someone fired for the Oregon offseason workout debacle. It’s not happening, unfortunately. Instead, the adult responsible for an exercise regimen that put...
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Browns, Jaguars, 49ers carrying over most money into 2017 cap
When teams don’t spend the maximum amount allowed under the salary cap, NFL rules allow them to carry over unspent money and apply it to the next year’s cap. The NFLPA announced the amounts of...
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Report: Bears to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach
The Bears need a new running backs coach with Stan Drayton taking a job at the University of Texas and they’ve reportedly found their man. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the team is expected to hire...
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Texans won’t hire an offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien to call plays
In the coaching shuffle the Texans are going through, it appears one spot is going unfilled. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans aren’t going to hire an offensive...
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Ronald Leary prepared to move on from Cowboys
Ronald Leary wanted to leave the Cowboys before the start of the 2016 season as his run in the starting lineup came to an end with the arrival of La’El Collins in 2015, but the Cowboys held onto him...
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How much credit should Paul Tagliabue get for the Rooney Rule?
As the annual Hall of Fame vote approaches, it’s time for plenty of the media members who will or, in my case for example, won’t be casting ballots to begin to push their agendas, either...
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Deshaun Watson won’t go to Senior Bowl
The Browns coaching staff will be in Mobile, Alabama to work with the South team, something that will give them extended time with prospects headed into the draft this year. They won’t get to spend...
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49ers to have G.M. candidates meet with Kyle Shanahan
The 49ers coaching search appears to have ended with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the team’s choice to be their next head coach. No hiring can be finalized until the Falcons are done...
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Ben Roethlisberger to Julian Edelman: Our Lombardi Trophies show how we’re run
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman derided the Steelers after Antonio Brown turned Pittsburgh’s postgame locker room into a Facebook Live session, saying, “That’s how that team is run....
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Jon Robinson: Draft currency is a powerful thing
When Jon Robinson was hired as the Titans’ General Manager last year, he had the first overall pick in the draft in his pocket but opted to trade it to the Rams for a bounty of picks in both 2016 and...
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Patriots' defense hasn't been tested this year
The Patriots finished the season 14-2 due to their strong defensive performance but Mike Florio argues that they've only faced one star quarterback in Russell Wilson. Could the Pats have problems vs. Ben...
Why did Tomlin apologize for 'a--holes' comment?
Mike Tomlin had a very stern and sincere apology for his comments towards the Patriots which were leaked by Antonio Brown. Mike Florio says it doesn't mean the Steelers' coach is going to change his...
Can Kyle Shanahan turn around dysfunctional 49ers?
Kyle Shanahan has been reportedly offered the job with the 49ers and he has quite the task ahead of him considering the team's instability over the past few years.
Happy #DeflateGate Day
Two years ago today, the Colts and Patriots squared off for the AFC’s berth in Super Bowl XLIX. The game would come to be known for much more than that. The purpose of this post isn’t to...
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Bryant filed for reinstatement; return uncertain
Martavis Bryant has filed to be reinstated into the league but considering how the NFL handles these cases, it could be a while before he gets back on the field for the Steelers.
Bouchette surprised by Tomlin's reaction to Brown
Longtime Steelers' reporter Ed Bouchette admits he was very surprised by how stern Mike Tomlin was in his comments to Antonio Brown. Bouchette also weighs in on if it will affect the receiver's long-term...
Report: Texans making Mike Vrabel DC and keeping Romeo Crennel
Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel seems to be a rising star in the coaching ranks, but the Texans already a strong defensive coordinator. They seem to have found a way to keep both sides happy. According...
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Vance Joseph: I knew I’d take Denver job over other opportunities
New Broncos head coach Vance Joseph was a candidate for four of the six head-coaching vacancies in the NFL this offseason, but the job he got was always his top choice. Joseph said this morning on PFT Live...
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Panthers kick the tires on quarterback Aaron Murray
Quarterback Aaron Murray was on three teams during an 11-day stretch of September, and is continuing his efforts to turn up with as many teams as possible. Via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the...
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Julian Edelman on Antonio Brown incident: “That’s how that team is run”
In the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live misadventures, most of the attention has centered on why Brown would do it and what the Steelers plan to do about something that conflicts so sharply...
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Agent: Martavis Bryant “clean” and “on a mission”
The agent for suspended Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant disputed a report yesterday that his client had applied for reinstatement (though that’s a technicality since he’s about to). More...
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Julius Peppers: You have to realize the opportunity
Packers linebacker Julius Peppers is no stranger to NFC Championship Games. He played in two of them with the Panthers, one with the Bears and is on his way to his second with the Packers in his three years...
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Bill Vinovich, Terry McAulay to referee conference title games
Bill Vinovich was the referee for last year’s NFC Championship Game between the Panthers and the Cardinals, neither of whom will be in the game this year after failing to make it back to the playoffs...
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Ricky Proehl urges Steve Smith to come home to be honored
Steve Smith was proud to be a Raven, and to attach himself to Baltimore for his final three seasons in the NFL. But one of his closest friends is lobbying him to return to Charlotte, and hopes time heals...
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Wednesday morning one-liners
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s defense can make a statement by shutting down Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday. Bills S Corey Graham signed because he wanted to get Buffalo to the playoffs...
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Darius Slay changes his tune on Pro Bowl, now wants to go to Orlando
A month ago, Lions cornerback Darius Slay scoffed at the Pro Bowl, called it “pointless,” and didn’t seem enthused about a trip to Orlando at all. Now, he’s hoping for the chance at...
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Kiko Alonso could move from middle linebacker
As a restricted free agent-to-be, linebacker Kiko Alonso’s chances of switching teams for a third straight offseason aren’t good. Alonso may still be on the move this offseason, however. The...
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Pending free agent Danny Woodhead ahead of schedule in ACL recovery
There’s no guarantee Danny Woodhead will be with the Chargers as they make their move north. But he is making moves. Via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the running back is reportedly...
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Stanley Wilson II arrested while naked again
Former Lions defensive back Stanley Wilson II has been arrested while naked, and not for the first time. The Oregonian reports that police in Portland arrested Wilson on January 10 after finding him naked...
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Report: Kyle Shanahan “almost certain” to accept 49ers job
The San Francisco 49ers will have to wait a little bit longer, but it appears their search for a new head coach is winding down. According to Mike Silver of NFL Network, Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle...
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What should Kyle Shanahan do?
The 49ers are down to one option for their head-coaching job. So what should Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan do when he’s offered the job? That’s the PFT Live question of the day for...
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Antonio Brown apologizes for Facebook video
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown tweeted an apology late Tuesday night for using Facebook Live to broadcast the Steelers’ locker room celebration after last Sunday’s win over the Chiefs. The...
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Philip Rivers reiterates that he’s fine with L.A.
A strange, nonsensical rumor has emerged in recent days that L.A. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers doesn’t want to play in the team’s new hometown, and that the 49ers are interested in...
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Rex Ryan ditches Bills truck wrap for Clemson magnets
After Rex Ryan became coach of the Bills, he bought a truck and wrapped it in Bills colors and logos. Now that he has been fired, the Bills wrap is long gone. Via ESPN.com, Ryan was spotted driving a white...
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San Diego moving companies vowing not to actually move the Chargers
With the help of loyal Chargers fans and a website campaign, San Diego moving companies have banded together in an effort to refuse to help the Chargers physically move from San Diego to their new home in...
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Chris Hogan “feeling good” after injuring thigh
Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan had four catches for 95 yards in two-plus quarters against the Texans last Saturday night, but didn’t get a chance to build on those numbers after he hurt his thigh...
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Report: Brock Olivo also a candidate for Denver special teams job
The Broncos plan to interview Brock Olivo for their vacant special teams coach position, Mike Klis of News9 in Denver reported Tuesday. A special teams standout during his four-year playing career with the...
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More undrafted players make it at running back than any other position
The big season by Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has led some to conclude that spending a high first-round draft pick on a running back is a good idea. But that’s not necessarily the...
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Will 49ers be in play for Kirk Cousins?
With the 49ers planning to hire Kyle Shanahan to coach the team and currently having a quarterback depth chart that consists of Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, and Christian Ponder, the next question...
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Tom Cable thanks 49ers for consideration in head coaching search
Word on Tuesday evening is that the 49ers are planning a second interview with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with the intention of making him their next head coach. If that doesn’t work...
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Packers sign Bene Benwikere to practice squad
Cornerback Bene Benwikere opened the season as a starter for the Panthers and it looks like he’ll end it as a member of the Packers. The Packers announced that they signed Benwikere to their practice...
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Report: 49ers will offer head coaching job to Kyle Shanahan
The 49ers will offer Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan their head coaching job as soon as they’re allowed to, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported The Falcons host the Packers in the NFC...
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Jimmy Graham, K.J. Wright join Pro Bowl roster
The Seahawks won’t be playing this weekend. Two more of them will be playing the following weekend. Unless they finagle a way out of it. The Seahawks have announced that tight end Jimmy Graham and...
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Bills hire Rob Boras as tight ends coach
The Bills on Tuesday announced the hiring of Rob Boras as their new tight ends coach. Boras spent the last two seasons as the Rams’ offensive coordinator. He’s been coaching in the NFL since...
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Falcons place Adrian Clayborn on IR
The Falcons have officially placed defensive end Adrian Clayborn on their injured-reserve list. Clayborn suffered a torn bicep in last Saturday’s divisional playoff win over the Seahawks. He had five...
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Report: Trent Kirchner pulls out of 49ers G.M. search
The 49ers interviewed a pair of Seahawks executives on Monday as part of their search for a new General Manager, but one of them has reportedly taken himself out of the running on Tuesday. Mike Garafolo of...
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Sean McVay: No question Kirk Cousins can keep improving
Sean McVay is the youngest head coach in the NFL after being hired by the Rams and Kirk Cousins had a hand in getting McVay to that spot. Cousins’ play as the starter over the last two seasons has...
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Derek Carr helps find missing child
The social-media platform known as Twitter can be used for plenty of good things, and for plenty of not-so-good things. Here’s one very good thing for which it recently was used: A retweet from...
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San Diego CBS affiliate expects to carry Chargers games
The Chargers have left San Diego, but they’ll still have a presence there. Via the San Diego Union-Tribune, the local CBS affiliate plans to carry “a lot of Chargers games” in 2017. The...
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Sean Lee replaces Luke Kuechly in the Pro Bowl
Luke Kuechly was medically cleared to play late in the season, after missing four games with a concussion. And since he didn’t play the last two because the Panthers were out of the playoff hunt, he...
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Carlos Dunlap replaces Jadeveon Clowney in Pro Bowl
The Texans are out of the playoffs, and their star defensive end is out of the postseason all-star game. The Bengals have announced that defensive end Carlos Dunlap will replace Jadeveon Clowney in the Pro...
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Alex Smith, Dustin Colquitt add to number of Chiefs in Pro Bowl
Chiefs safety Eric Berry pulled out of the Pro Bowl this week, but the Chiefs are still gaining in the number of players from their roster who will take part in the game. The team announced on Tuesday that...
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Ken Whisenhunt will remain Chargers offensive coordinator
The Chargers hired a head coach with an offensive background in Anthony Lynn, but that won’t lead to a change at offensive coordinator. During his introductory press conference, Lynn said that Ken...
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Joe Thomas blasts Oregon for workouts that put players in hospital
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas doesn’t say much. So when he does, people pay attention. On Tuesday, Thomas had something to say about offseason workouts at the University of Oregon sufficiently intense...
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