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Elway on Broncos: “We got a little bit soft”
Earlier this week, we dubbed first-year Broncos coach Vance Joseph this year’s potential surprise firing. It may not be a surprise, based on comments made Friday night by his boss, John Elway. “I will...
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Philip Rivers cleared to play Sunday
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will play Sunday, the team announced Friday. An independent neurological consultant cleared Rivers from concussion protocol. He self-reported concussion symptoms Monday, a...
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Week 11 injury report roundup
Week 11 kicked off on Thursday with a Steelers win and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday....
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Clearing the air on Goodell’s jet request
A recent report from ESPN claimed that Commissioner Roger Goodell has asked for the use of a private jet for life, as part of his new contract. That’s generally accurate, but it’s missing one...
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Sheldon Richardson calls fine for low hit on Drew Stanton “extortion”
Seahawks defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is adamant his hit on Drew Stanton was not illegal, calling the NFL fine he received for it “extortion.” He has appealed the $18,231 fine for what...
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Jerry Jones: “I have the NFL’s best interest in mind”
Even at a time when the NFL seems to be embroiled in its most contentious and public bout of dysfunction in decades, the guy at the center of it continues to be willingly to speak publicly about it. In the...
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Jerry Jones apologizes for “inappropriate” comment
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has apologized for a racially insensitive comment from four years ago that surfaced this week. “That comment was inappropriate,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth...
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Daryl Worley fined for unnecessary roughness
The NFL fined Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley for unnecessary roughness in Monday night’s 45-21 victory over the Dolphins. Worley saw his paycheck docked $9,115. Officials flagged Worley in the...
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Giants S Darian Thompson fined for late hit on first play against 49ers
The tone for last Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Giants was set on the first play from scrimmage. 49ers running back Carlos Hyde ran through and around the listless Giants defense for a 28-yard...
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Buster Skrine fined $48,620 for unnecessary roughness
Jets cornerback Buster Skrine has been penalized more often than any other defensive player in the league this season and a penalty he picked up against the Buccaneers will be a costly one. Skrine was...
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Marqise Lee, Ben Koyack fined for actions in Chargers game
Marqise Lee received a fine for taunting, a penalty that could have proved more costly than money. The NFL docked the Jaguars wide receiver $9,115 for his ill-timed “celebration” directed at...
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Karlos Dansby fined $18,231 for roughing Russell Wilson
The NFL hasn’t announced the results of their look into whether the Seahawks failed to follow proper procedures for quarterback Russell Wilson‘s concussion evaluation during last Thursday’...
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Dez Bryant will play; Tyron Smith officially questionable
Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will play Sunday, as he said he would, despite a knee injury that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice. Bryant practiced in full both Thursday and Friday, and the...
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Russell Wilson was on liquid diet for a few days due to jaw injury
The handling of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson‘s concussion evaluation during last Thursday’s game against the Cardinals has come up for scrutiny from the league and Wilson said on Friday...
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Vontaze Burfict not fined for contact with official
We knew earlier in the week Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was not going to be suspended for making contact with an official last week. But according to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, he wasn’t...
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Stefon Diggs fined for hugging goal post
The NFL has lightened up on touchdown celebrations this season, but touching the goal post remains a no-no. Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs found that out the hard way: He hugged the goal post to celebrate a...
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Bucs promote Freddie Martino, waive Bernard Reedy
Wide receiver Freddie Martino rejoined the Buccaneers’ 53-player roster four days after they cut him to activate Mike Evans from the suspended list. Tampa Bay waived wide receiver Bernard Reedy in a...
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Tamba Hali, Dee Ford out for Chiefs
Linebacker Tamba Hali made his first appearance of the 2017 season when the Chiefs faced the Cowboys in Week Nine, but he’ll have to wait at least one more week before making appearance No. 2. Hali...
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Chargers crop Army soldier from photo to eliminate “San Diego”
The Chargers are taking criticism for editing a photo of Army soldiers holding a San Diego Chargers’ flag in 2014. The team tweeted the photo during the league’s “Salute to Service”...
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Doug Marrone: We’re being cautious with Leonard Fournette
The Jaguars held running back Leonard Fournette out of practice on Friday as he continues to deal with the ankle injury that has bothered him for several weeks. Fournette had been limited on Wednesday and...
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Philip Rivers listed as questionable, with concussion
Philip Rivers is still going to have to pass tests from an independent neurologist. But the Chargers seem confident he’s going to. The veteran quarterback was a full participant in practice today, and...
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Kenny Stills expects to play Sunday
Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills expects to play Sunday, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. Stills injured his back in Thursday’s practice and sat out Friday. Coach Adam Gase was more guarded...
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Burkhead trending in right direction vs. Raiders
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead, Redskins WR Jamison Crowder and Texans WR Bruce Ellington are primed for big games in Week 11 due to their matchups.
Ronnie Stanley expected to miss game, unclear if Danny Woodhead will play
The Ravens have been talking about a more aggressive offensive approach after their bye week, but it looks like they’ll begin implementing it without the help of left tackle Ronnie Stanley. Stanley is...
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Eagles’ Lane Johnson, from a family of Cowboys fans, told his grandma to shut up about it
Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson was born and raised in Texas among Cowboys fans, some of whom will be there when he plays against the Cowboys on Sunday night. And if they know what’s good for...
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Michael Vick repays $17.4 million of $17.6 million owed in bankruptcy
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick made good on his promise not to “stiff people who never stiffed me.” He repaid the final $1.5 million to creditors Thursday, according to Darren Rovell of...
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Mike Remmers out again this week with concussion
Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers and safety Andrew Sendejo have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Rams. According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Remmers had practiced on...
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Blaine Gabbert will start for Cardinals on Sunday
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will celebrate his new contract extension by catching some passes from Blaine Gabbert. The Cardinals will be in Houston and coach Bruce Arians announced on Friday...
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Cordy Glenn, Mike Tolbert ruled out for Bills
When Nathan Peterman makes his first start at quarterback for the Bills Sunday, he won’t have a full complement of offensive tools with him. The Bills have ruled out veteran running back Mike Tolbert...
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Jordan Reed, Terrelle Pryor ruled out
A disappointing first season in Washington isn’t getting any better for wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. Pryor has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Saints because of an ankle injury. It...
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Jameis Winston: The accusations against me are false
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has released a statement in response to allegations that he groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Scottsdale, Arizona in March 2016. In the report by BuzzFeed...
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Tom Savage motivated by Bill O’Brien’s comments
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said on Thursday that it is time for quarterback Tom Savage “to get going” and that Savage’s relative inexperience is no excuse for his ragged play since...
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Vontaze Burfict: Officials are disrespectful to me, but I have to stay out of their way
After Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected from last Sunday’s game against the Titans for making contact with an official, one of his teammates said that officials have tried to provoke...
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Adam Jones out this week with concussion
The Bengals will be without cornerback Adam Jones this week when they play the Broncos, and two other starters. Jones remains in the concussion protocol, after leaving last week’s loss to the Titans....
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NFL investigating Jameis Winston for allegedly groping an Uber driver
An allegation that Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped an Uber driver in March 2016 is under review by the NFL. Talal Ansari of BuzzFeed News reported on Friday that the driver received a letter...
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Best of PFT Live: Big Ben, Steelers impress on TNF
The Pittsburgh Steelers' impressive performance in their big win over the Tennessee Titans highlights Friday's PFT Live.
Ziggy Ansah still out with back problem
Ziggy Ansah‘s back issue continues to be an issue for the Lions. The star defensive end didn’t practice Friday and isn’t expected to play Sunday against the Bears. That makes two weeks...
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Josh Norman named Week 10’s NFLPA Community MVP
The NFLPA will be making a $10,000 donation to Josh Norman‘s foundation or the charity of his choice in honor of Norman being named the union’s Community MVP for Week 10 of the 2017 season....
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Fitzgerald could still retire despite extension
Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals agreed to a one-year extension, but that doesn't mean the veteran won't retire at the end of the year.
Patriots-Raiders could get ugly in Mexico City
The Patriots have properly prepared themselves for the altitude in Mexico City while the Raiders are struggling to live up to expectations.
Leonard Fournette not practicing Friday, not looking forward to cold Sunday
Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette grew up in Louisiana, stayed there to go to LSU and then landed in Jacksonville, so he doesn’t have much experience with playing in cold weather. He’s set...
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Wentz helping Eagles by spreading ball around
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has made a major leap in his second NFL season by getting all of his teammates involved on a weekly basis.
Daniel Snyder emerges as primary ally of Jerry Jones
Dogs and cats are indeed living together, as the NFL borders on mass hysteria. In his ongoing assault against the contract extension to be given to Commissioner Roger Goodell, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones...
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Bills' McDermott, Dolphins' Gase facing heat
Bills coach Sean McDermott and Dolphins coach Adam Gase are two coaches that are under the most pressure heading into Week 11.
Packers expect to be without Ty Montgomery Sunday
The Packers are set to be without two running backs this weekend. Aaron Jones will miss the game with an MCL injury he suffered in last Sunday’s win and coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that he...
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Ugly quarterback battle looms for Cardinals-Texans
The Cardinals and Texans are both struggling at quarterback but Arizona should be able to handle an inferior Houston team.
Corey Davis still trying to find his way
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota asked to be blamed for Thursday night’s loss to the Steelers because he threw four interceptions and he shouldn’t have a hard time finding people willing to...
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Could Gruden return to coach Bucs or Raiders?
Jon Gruden has not ruled out a coaching return and his best fits in the NFL may be with his old teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Oakland Raiders.
Dolphins face must-win game against Buccaneers
The Buccaneers and Dolphins will meet in a game that was supposed to take place in Week 1, but was delayed until Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma.
Saints' balance should give them win over Redskins
The New Orleans Saints' balance on both sides should be too much for the Washington Redskins to handle on Sunday.
Jaguars have to be careful against Browns
The Jacksonville Jaguars have an opportunity to show their maturity as they face the woeful Cleveland Browns in Week 11.
No reason to think Chiefs will lose to Giants
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has had great success after a bye week and there are plenty of reasons to believe his team will crush the Giants.
Lions can't look past Bears in Week 11
The Lions will have a quick turnaround after their Week 11 game against the Bears, but Detroit can't overlook a Chicago team that has nothing to lose.
Cowboys' Prescott facing prove-it game vs. Eagles
The Eagles-Cowboys showdown on Sunday Night Football is just one of the many games in Week 11 with playoff implications.
Jon Gruden wants something, but what?
In past years, rumors of a return to coaching by former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden were fueled by others. This year, the rumors primarily are coming from Gruden himself. It began in July, when...
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Two things we need to know about Jones vs. Goodell
There are plenty of questions that need to be answered in the Jerry Jones vs. Roger Goodell saga.
Steelers gaining confidence after win over Titans
The Steelers' dismantling of the Titans on Thursday Night Football highlighted how Pittsburgh is ready to make a Super Bowl run.
Jerry Jones is ready for long fight with NFL
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told Roger Goodell that he was going to come at him with everything he has, according to a report.
Steelers offense comes alive in win over Titans
The Pittsburgh Steelers offense looked like the explosive group we expected them to be in the team's 40-17 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Jerry Jones reacted to the Ezekiel Elliott suspension with colorful language
As Jones vs. Goodell, which is becoming far better than Mayweather vs. McGregor could have ever dreamed to be, continues to boil, the two guys doing some of the best reporting anywhere on the subject have...
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Hue Jackson says Josh Gordon will be ready to go at practice next week
Browns receiver Josh Gordon‘s conditional reinstatement has allowed him to be in the facility for the last couple of weeks, but he hasn’t been allowed to practice. That will change on Monday,...
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Antonio Brown goes off against Titans
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown recorded 10 catches for 144 yards and three touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans.
Falcons trying to minimize differences in run game without Freeman
Tevin Coleman‘s a different runner than Devonta Freeman. But the Falcons are trying to minimize the differences, since they don’t have a choice this week. With Freeman expected to miss Monday...
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Cardinals announce one-year extension for Larry Fitzgerald
PFT reported that the Cardinals and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald were close to agreement on a one-year deal on Thursday. They’ve reached the finish line. The Cardinals announced the deal on Friday...
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Marty Mornhinweg wants Ravens offense to be “aggressive in a real smart way”
Before the Ravens scattered during their bye week, quarterback Joe Flacco said that he wanted the offense to do more attacking over what’s left of the 2017 season. Around the same time, former Ravens...
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Friday morning one-liners
It looks like Dion Dawkins is in line for another start at left tackle for the Bills. Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso thinks he needs better technique. C David Andrews missed Patriots practice with an illness. Jets...
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Texans ready to see something from Tom Savage
For a guy they felt confident enough in this offseason to keep Deshaun Watson on the bench, the Texans are ready to see something from Tom Savage. The opening week starter — who was quickly benched and only...
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Steelers do something they haven’t done in 33 years
Through nearly two generations of impressive defensive performances by the Pittsburgh Steelers, they did something on Thursday night that they haven’t done in more than 33 years. As noted during NBC...
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Ryan Fitzpatrick: We’re talented enough to go on a winning streak
A 15-10 win over the Jets last Sunday snapped the Buccaneers’ five-game losing streak, but the overall quality of the performance hasn’t inspired too many predictions of wins piling up in Tampa...
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Chaz Green keeping head down, eyes off the internet
Yes, Chaz Green is aware he performed rather poorly last week. He is trying to work to prevent such incidents in the future. And no, he did not read your tweet about him. After opening the floodgates for...
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Antonio Brown is quickest receiver to 700 catches
Antonio Brown had a huge game for the Steelers on Thursday night and he reached a milestone on his way to 10 catches for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Brown’s eighth catch of the night was the 700th...
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Marcus Mariota takes the blame for the Titans’ loss
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota threw four interceptions in Tennessee’s 40-17 loss in Pittsburgh last night, and afterward he took full blame. “If you throw four interceptions it is tough to win,”...
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Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says criticism is deserved
Losing five straight games after a 3-1 start isn’t exactly the best way for a rookie head coach to endear himself to a new fan base. However, that is the predicament Vance Joseph finds himself in with...
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Marcus Mariota shoulders blame for four INTs against Steelers
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota had never thrown more than two interceptions in a game prior to Thursday night’s game in Pittsburgh. The Steelers managed to pick off Mariota four times in...
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Thursday Night wrap-up: Steelers roll Titans 40-17
The Steelers haven’t wrapped up the AFC North title or a playoff berth just yet, but go ahead and pencil them in. Or use ink if you prefer. The Steelers won their fifth game in a row, and, at 8-2,...
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Dion Jordan relishing second chance with Seahawks
It had been approaching three full calendar years since defensive end Dion Jordan last played in a regular season football prior to his season debut for the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday night in Arizona....
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Brown: Steelers 'clicked' in red zone vs. Titans
Antonio Brown admits he doesn't know how he came down with his spectacular helmet catch, but he's thankful for Ben Roethlisberger for putting them in the position to win.
Brown's third TD is a ridiculous helmet catch
Antonio Brown's third touchdown of the night versus the Titans is a ridiculous one-handed helmet catch in the fourth quarter.
Steelers pulling away, up 30-17 early in fourth quarter
The yards were even after three quarters with the teams tied at 264. But on the first play of the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh got 1 more yard and has started to pull away, up 30-17. The Steelers thought they...
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Officials err on spot after Antonio Brown’s fumble
Officials apparently forgot the “Holy Roller Rule.” For those too young to remember, Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, about to be sacked, “fumbled” the ball forward on the final play...
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Steelers lead 16-7 at halftime
The Steelers lead 16-7 at halftime, but they could have had more. Pittsburgh scored only six points off two Marcus Mariota interceptions that set them up deep in Tennessee territory. Steelers cornerback...
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Marcus Mariota runs for touchdown to draw Titans within 10-7
Marcus Mariota threw an interception on the Titans’ third play from scrimmage, but he rebounded with a 7-yard touchdown run on the team’s next chance to get Tennessee within 10-7. On the Titans...
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Brown, Roethlisberger connect for 41-yard TD
Antonio Brown goes up and grabs an impressive 41-yard bomb from Ben Roethisberger to help the Steelers to a quick 7-0 lead over the Titans.
Steelers waste no time, score quick touchdown
The Steelers wasted no time, marching right down the field to score with only 2:35 elapsed in Thursday night’s game. Using a no-huddle offense against Dick LeBeau’s defense, Pittsburgh needed...
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Titans bond over beer, hockey and catfish
Taylor Lewan reminisces about the team's bonding experience during the Predators' Stanley Cup run.
Jerry Jones requests special meeting of owners
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is no longer laughing about the possibility of being disciplined for conduct detrimental to the interests of the NFL. Via Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal, the latest...
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Mike Mitchell, Vance McDonald won’t play tonight
The Titans have all their starters healthy and active tonight. That hasn’t happened since the season opener. Left guard Quinton Spain returns after missing the past two games with a toe injury....
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Jason Witten respects how Ezekiel Elliott handled battle with NFL
For most of the season, the Cowboys didn’t know from week to week whether Ezekiel Elliott would play. Now, they know. Elliott dropped his battle with the NFL this week, meaning he will miss five more...
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Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald close to one-year contract extension
The Cardinals and receiver Larry Fitzgerald are closing in on a new deal that would ensure Fitzgerald plays the 2018 season in Arizona. A league source tells PFT that the Cardinals and Fitzgerald are near...
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Pete Carroll says too early to know if Richard Sherman can return for start of camp
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman underwent surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles on Wednesday. Coach Pete Carroll said it’s too early to know whether Sherman can return in time to start of...
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Jordan Reed frustrated after hamstring setback
Tight end Jordan Reed was on track to playing in last Sunday’s game against the Vikings, but his hamstring had other ideas. Reed missed Week Nine with a hamstring injury and then suffered a “...
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Manning continues to be a viable fantasy option
The Giants have given up on the season, but Eli Manning hasn't. The veteran QB remains a streaming option for fantasy owners heading into Week 11.
Quiet Marcus Mariota will yell when he needs to
Marcus Mariota has become a great NFL quarterback in less than three seasons, but he doesn’t fit the typical NFL quarterback mold. Mostly because he’s quiet and reserved and far from a dynamic,...
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Dalvin Cook vows to come back “better than ever”
Dalvin Cook wants to be the next Adrian Peterson. Not only on the field but in his rehab. The Vikings running back talked to the team’s beat reporters Thursday for the first time since tearing the...
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Is Jim Bob Cooter interested in University of Tennessee opening?
Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter makes perfect sense for the University of Tennessee. Cooter, 33, was a backup quarterback at the school and served as a graduate assistant in Knoxville in 2007-08...
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Mariota: I try to be the best I can be for Titans
Titans QB Marcus Mariota talks about the importance of building relationships with his teammates, finding his leadership style, bouncing back from injury and playing for Hawaii.
Alshon Jeffery pops up on injury report, says he’s good for Sunday night
The Eagles returned from their bye week with a healthy roster as all players on the active roster were full participants in Wednesday’s practice. That wasn’t the case on Thursday, however. Wide...
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Report: Tyron Smith won’t play Sunday
Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith won’t play Sunday, according to Jane Slater of NFL Network. Byron Bell will start in his place. Bell would give the Cowboys their third starting left tackle in three...
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Dolphins OC thinks DeVante Parker is missing “edge” he had in training camp
In the months leading up to the 2017 season, one of the popular talking points around the Dolphins was that wide receiver DeVante Parker was going to have a huge year in the Miami offense. That’s been...
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Washington signs Tyler Catalina, places T.J. Clemmings on IR
Washington can’t catch a break with its offensive line. It announced Thursday it has placed tackle T.J. Clemmings on injured reserve. Clemmings’ ankle injury ended his season after he appeared...
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Alex Collins will continue to be the featured back in Baltimore
In the absence of running back Kenneth Dixon, the Ravens have been trying to generate a ground game with various different players. Alex Collins will continue to be the centerpiece of the effort. Via Jeff...
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Anthony Lynn thinks Philip Rivers will play this weekend
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is in the concussion protocol, but coach Anthony Lynn expects that to change sooner rather than later. Rivers was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice and...
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Browns activate Corey Coleman, waive Kasen Williams
Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman will return to the lineup Sunday against the Jaguars. Coleman has not played since he broke a bone in his hand Sept. 17 against the Ravens. Cleveland activated him off...
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Cairo Santos visits with Bears
The Bears got a good performance from kicker Connor Barth last Sunday, but that’s not stopping them from keeping tabs on the available options should they want to make a move at some point. Brad Biggs...
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Janoris Jenkins says his effort wasn’t lacking last Sunday
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was suspended for Week Nine for violating team rules and returned in Week 10 with a poor performance in a 31-21 loss to the 49ers. When asked about Jenkins’...
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Stephen Hauschka’s sore hip kept him from kicking Thursday
Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka did not practice Thursday. He had an extended conversation with coach Sean McDermott after practice, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN. The Bills listed Hauschka with right hip...
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Mexico City’s altitude will affect Patriots’ and Raiders’ special teams
The Patriots and Raiders are meeting in Mexico City on Sunday, and special teams will be affected. The game is at Azteca Stadium, which is 7,380 feet above sea level. That’s much higher than the 5,280-foot...
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Teddy Bridgewater: It’s about us, it’s not about me
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer delayed his announcement of the team’s starting quarterback for this weekend until Wednesday, which created some speculation that the team might turn to Teddy Bridgewater...
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Cardinals promote Vinston Painter from practice squad
The Cardinals promoted offensive lineman Vinston Painter from the practice squad. Painter was on the Cardinals’ active roster in Week 4 and appeared on special teams. The team cut him and re-signed...
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Richard Sherman expects to be ready in May or June
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had surgery on his ruptured Achilles in Green Bay on Wednesday and spent some time answering questions from fans while in his hospital bed on Thursday. Sherman posted a...
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Unnamed owner: Jerry Jones at most would be fined
With Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at odds with the league and other team owners over a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, PFT reported last weekend that NFL owners have discussed the...
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Best of PFT Live: Bills make bold decision
The Bills' decision to bench Tyrod Taylor for Nathan Peterman and Jerry Jones' feud with the NFL highlight the best of PFT Live.
Chargers will welcome Nathan Peterman to NFL
The Bills shockingly decided to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman before their Week 11 game against the Chargers.
Rams-Vikings has major playoff implications
Lost in the unexpected controversy regarding FOX’s misguided decision to invite an active player to work a game involving a future opponent is the reality that the Jared Goff/Case Keenum reunion game...
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Vikings need win over Rams in Week 11
The Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings both enter their Week 11 showdown with 7-2 records, but who will come out on top?
Packers need to take care of business vs. Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers both enter their Week 11 matchup in desperate need of a win, especially with the possibility of Aaron Rodgers returning soon.
Cowboys face tough task against Eagles on SNF
The Philadelphia Eagles hit the road to face a Dallas Cowboys team who must figure out how to get their offense rolling without Ezekiel Elliott.
Jaguars rookie Dede Westbrook ready to excel
The Jacksonville Jaguars surprised many by selecting WR Dede Westbrook in the 2017 NFL Draft and now he's ready to light it up against the Cleveland Browns.
Patriots have chance to vanquish Raiders
In a Super Bowl XLIX rematch, Marshawn Lynch has a chance to beat the New England Patriots, except this time on a new team.
John Lynch on Jimmy Garoppolo: We don’t need to play him right away
The 49ers have a week off and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is sticking around the team’s facility to continue the work on learning the offensive scheme that started when he was acquired in a trade with...
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Demetri Goodson back at practice a year after severe knee injury
There’s a lot of buzz in Green Bay about quarterback Aaron Rodgers doing some rehab work during Packers practice on Wednesday, but another player with a much longer absence from the lineup also took a...
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Aaron Rodgers: “Good being back on the practice field”
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hanging around with his teammates yesterday, and happened to be on the practice field. But he said nothing has changed regarding his timeline for recovering from...
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Dez Bryant will practice on Thursday
The Cowboys will get one of the four starters who sat out Wednesday’s practice back on the field Thursday. Wide receiver Dez Bryant took Wednesday off with the knee issue that he was dealing with last...
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Everson Griffen: “For sure” playing this week
The Vikings thought Everson Griffen might be able to play last week. This week, he says, there will be no confusion. The defensive end said he was definitely playing Sunday against the Rams after missing...
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Jack Del Rio on Mexico City altitude: Preparing in Oakland makes sense for us
The Raiders and Patriots will be playing in Mexico City this Sunday and the two teams have opted for different ways of preparing for the game. The Raiders are practicing in Oakland and are treating the game...
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Mike McCarthy says Aaron Rodgers is making good progress
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be eligible to return from injured reserve in Week 15, and coach Mike McCarthy sounds optimistic that it could happen. McCarthy said today that Rodgers is “...
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Will the Steelers rough up Marcus Mariota?
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has never faced the Steelers. After Thursday night, he may wish he still hadn’t. Five years ago, when current Titans assistant head coach Dick LeBeau served as the...
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Steelers are almost impossible to figure out
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 7-2, but there have been points this season when they've looked more like a 3-6 team.
Sean Payton: Mike Westhoff will oversee all special teams units
The Saints made an addition to their coaching staff this week by bringing longtime NFL special teams coach Mike Westhoff into the fold. Westhoff last coached with the Jets in 2012 and the 69-year-old told...
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Byron Bell could send Chaz Green to the bench
Without left tackle Tyron Smith, the Cowboys’ offense performed horribly on Sunday, with Chaz Green repeatedly whiffing on Adrian Clayborn. If Smith can’t play again this week, Green may not get...
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Is Gabbert just a victim of playing on bad teams?
Bruce Arians believes QB Blaine Gabbert has enough talent to lead the Arizona Cardinals, but there are some reasons to doubt Arians' assessment.
Mark Cuban opens up on NFL's rocky future
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban explains why he believes there's a major issue headed for the NFL in the near future.
Tashaun Gipson ready to crush Browns in Week 11
Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson hopes his current team "hangs 40" on his former team, the Browns.
Bill Belichick: Marshawn Lynch “looks good on every run”
Marshawn Lynch‘s career has taken some twists and turns since Pete Carroll decided not to give him the ball on the 1-yard-line in Super Bowl XLIX, but the coach on the other sideline in that game...
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Steelers giving Le’Veon Bell an unprecedented workload
Le'Veon Bell has been the Steelers’ starting running back since they drafted him in 2013, but he’s never been the kind of workhorse he is this year. Bell has 220 carries through nine games...
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Cuban wouldn't be afraid to sign Kaepernick
If he owned an NFL team, Mark Cuban would have no reservations about signing Colin Kaepernick.
Titans-Steelers matchup ripe with subplots
The Pittsburgh Steelers want to make a statement with a win vs. the Titans, but under-the-radar Tennessee could sneak out a win.
Mark Cuban can relate to Jerry Jones' NFL fight
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban explains why he can relate to the fight Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is currently having with the NFL.
PFT’s Week 11 picks
The bad news is that I’m now nine games behind MDS through 10 weeks. (Pointing out that it’s through 10 weeks makes it sound a little less lame.) The good news is that it can’t get much...
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Jerry Jones needs to work within confines of NFL
The NFL owners have warned Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that his "antics" could be conduct that's detrimental to the league.
Zeke revealed unfair nature of NFL's punishment
Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott decided to finally accept the rest of his six-game suspension, but there is still a way for Elliott to get a fair shake.
Bills give Nathan Peterman the nod vs. Chargers
The Buffalo Bills shockingly decided to bench QB Tyrod Taylor and put in fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman.
Optics of Bills benching Taylor are bad
Even for a defensive coach like Sean McDermott, this move by the Buffalo Bills to bench Tyrod Taylor makes little sense.
Keenum has one more chance to keep starting job
The Minnesota Vikings are currently going with Case Keenum as their starting quarterback, until the magic dissipates.
Derek Carr thinks Raiders are Mexico’s team
Considering their home is a temporary one, and they’re going 2,000 miles from home this week, the Raiders expect to enjoy home-field advantage Sunday. Via Chris Booker of the Las Vegas Review-Journal...
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Golden Tate: I understand players not liking Thursdays, but I love Thanksgiving games
Players’ complaints about Thursday Night Football have intensified recently, particularly after Thursday Night Football critic Richard Sherman suffered a season-ending injury on a Thursday night. But...
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Bill Belichick moved by experiences with service academies
The Patriots are spending the week at the Air Force Academy, giving them an opportunity at some perspective for the military. And for coach Bill Belichick, an opportunity to speak to another service academy...
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Wall Street Journal confirms owners have discussed removing Jerry Jones
I’ve previously resisted paying for online content from the Wall Street Journal. (Primarily because I’m cheap.) Now that I know that their online content includes reporting something that...
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Kurt Coleman was fined for hit on Devonta Freeman in Week Nine
Fridays usually bring a flurry of reports about fines for infractions in the previous week’s games, but last Friday didn’t feature word of a fine for Panthers safety Kurt Coleman. Coleman did...
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Dede Westbrook has a big goal for his NFL debut
Missing the first nine games of his rookie season while recovering from core muscle surgery hasn’t done anything to lower Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook‘s expectations for his first NFL...
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Thursday morning one-liners
New Bills QB Nathan Peterman is the 17th starter since Jim Kelly. The Dolphins will be watching these final seven games to see if they need to blow up this roster. The Patriots are getting a week of...
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LeSean McCoy: Everyone was surprised by QB change
Bills coach Sean McDermott said publicly that Tyrod Taylor would remain the Bills’ starting quarterback more than once, so the outside reaction to his Wednesday announcement that Taylor is not the...
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Buffalo’s decision seems more long-term than short-term
The Bills seem to think that changing from quarterback Tyrod Taylor to rookie Nathan Peterman will suddenly end a losing streak punctuated by an inability to run or stop the run, helping a team with five...
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Richie Incognito: Players got hosed on the last CBA and we’ll get hosed on the next one
Bills guard Richie Incognito isn’t happy about the league’s 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement and isn’t optimistic about the next round of negotiations in 2021. Incognito told Tim...
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Bucs and Dolphins sure could use a bye right about now
At the moment, both the Dolphins and Buccaneers could use a week off. Instead, they get to play each other 10 weeks after they were supposed to. When Hurricane Irma roared past South Florida the day before...
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Jared Goff and Case Keenum have come a long way from last year
As it turns out, the problem with the Rams last year wasn’t the quarterbacks, since they both look pretty good now. And Jared Goff looks forward to catching up with his old friend Case Keenum this...
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Bruce Arians: Blaine Gabbert isn’t bad, he was just “on really [expletive] teams”
Cardinals third-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert may have to start this week because of injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is saying the Cardinals will be fine with...
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Julio Jones laments missed chance to face Richard Sherman
Julio Jones and Richard Sherman have squared off against each other several times already throughout their careers. Monday night’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks would have been...
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Clay Matthews: Packers got “good laugh” out of Martellus Bennett saga
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews can’t help but chuckle over the circumstances that led to his former teammate Martellus Bennett lining up Sunday for the New England Patriots after...
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Lions claim defensive end Kasim Edebali off waivers from Broncos
The Detroit Lions claimed defensive end Kasim Edebali off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. To clear room on their roster, they released defensive end George Johnson, who had just re-signed with...
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NFLPA dubs league’s disciplinary process a “sham” and a “lie”
Ezekiel Elliott has declared victory in his retreat. More accurately, the NFL Players Association has called the process a win, issuing a statement lambasting the NFL’s disciplinary process in the...
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Richard Sherman has surgery in Green Bay
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his ruptured Achilles, he texted ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Dr. Bob Anderson, the renowned foot and ankle specialist, operated on...
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Darren McFadden not complaining about his role
Cowboys running back Darren McFadden has dressed for one game this season. He’s gotten one snap and one carry. It would have seemed appropriate if he had gained 1 yard, but he lost 2. “I didn’t know...
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Owners warn Jerry Jones that his “antics” could be “conduct detrimental” to NFL
As the public spat between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his partners over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension dies down (for now), the battle continues privately, via correspondence...
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Marvin Jones, Fitzgerald are smart Wk 11 plays
Marvin Jones disappointed in Week 10, but he should rebound in a big way against the Bears, while Larry Fitzgerald is still valuable without Carson Palmer.
Play Gordon against the Bills, Shepard vs. Chiefs
Alex Smith is a must-play against a struggling Giants defense, while receiver Sterling Shepard also makes the list of a solid Week 11 anchor play.
Keys to the Eagles-Cowboys NFC East matchup
Both the Eagles and Cowboys are missing key players, but Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott will be the difference makers in this NFC East matchup.
Keys to the Falcons-Seahawks matchup on MNF
The Seattle Seahawks will take on the Atlanta Falcons without Richard Sherman as the two teams battle for NFC playoff positioning.
Tamba Hali misses practice Wednesday
Tamba Hali made his season debut in the Chiefs’ last game, but despite coming off a bye, the Chiefs outside linebacker missed practice Wednesday. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked whether Hali’s...
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Mark Cuban on Jerry Jones: Sometimes you have to fight city hall
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reminds Mark Cuban of Mark Cuban. The Mavericks owner had his share of knock-down-drag-outs with Commissioner David Stern and the NBA office early in his career. Jones now is...
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Ben McAdoo awaits “greatest opportunity of my life”
Ben McAdoo has essentially received the Glengarry Glen Ross threat to his ongoing employment, and McAdoo appears determined to at least go home with a set of steak knives. Addressing the media two days...
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Colts claim Jermaine Grace, waive Darnell Sankey
The Colts claimed linebacker Jermaine Grace off waivers from Atlanta. They waived inside linebacker Darnell Sankey in a corresponding move. Grace played in five games with the Falcons this season before...
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Tom Savage on Texans’ injury report but has full practice
The Texans added quarterback Tom Savage to their injury report, but he was a full participant in practice Wednesday. Savage has an injury to his right shoulder. He was sacked three times and hit eight times...
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Elliott decision ends all litigation
It was clear from the statement issued by Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano on behalf of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott that they will no longer attempt to block the suspension while the litigation...
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Mike Mitchell questionable for Thursday night
The Steelers will be down one member of their starting secondary when they face the Titans on Thursday night, but they’re holding out hope for another one. Cornerback Joe Haden is out after fracturing...
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Brock Osweiler limited at Broncos practice
The Broncos bumped up Paxton Lynch‘s workload at Wednesday’s practice in order to see whether his right shoulder is sufficiently healed to allow him to be the team’s No. 2 quarterback...
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Ezekiel Elliott will serve his full suspension and drop all appeals
It’s finally over. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has decided to drop any remaining appeals and to serve his full six-game suspension. “In consultation with the NFLPA and his lawyers, and...
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Philip Rivers limited at practice today
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Philip Rivers will be limited in practice Wednesday. The team is encouraged with the quarterback’s progress through concussion protocol, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media...
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Hue Jackson: We’re 0-9, we don’t need to use Tashaun Gipson as motivation
Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson said this week that he believes the Browns will finish the season with an 0-16 record and that he hopes the Jags put up 40 points on his former team when the play on Sunday. As...
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Aaron Rodgers takes snaps from trainer in practice
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t act like a man ready to shut it down for the season. The Packers quarterback took snaps from a trainer and whipped a towel in a throwing motion during Wednesday’s practice...
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Report: More than half of owners want to wait on Goodell extension
The battle continues, at least in the media. Someone (presumably from within the group of owners who support Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his fight against the Compensation Committee) has told Scott Wapner...
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Doug Marrone addresses Tashaun Gipson’s Browns comments in team meeting
Doug Marrone pulled the ol’ Lou Holtz, gushing over the Browns by wondering how in the world his Jaguars possibly might find a way to win. It balanced Tashaun Gipson‘s rip job on the Browns....
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Chris Hogan, Marcus Cannon not with Patriots in Colorado
Special teams ace Matthew Slater isn’t the only Patriots player missing as the team spends the week in Colorado Springs before heading to Mexico City for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Mike...
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Marvin Lewis says John Ross let the team down
Bengals receiver John Ross has been perhaps the NFL’s most disappointing rookie this season: He was the ninth overall pick in the draft and he still hasn’t caught a pass. And now Bengals coach...
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Golden Tate a fan of Thanksgiving football
Golden Tate details Matthew Stafford's evolution, why he likes Thanksgiving football and won't share any details about Seattle.
Cardinals will make quarterback decision by Friday
Drew Stanton has made more progress than expected, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, but Blaine Gabbert still took the majority of first-team reps Wednesday. The Cardinals will make a decision Friday about...
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Falcons add Terrence Magee from Browns practice squad
The Falcons lost a running back from their practice squad on Tuesday when Brian Hill signed with the Bengals, so they poached one from another team to give themselves some depth with Devonta Freeman in the...
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Anthony Hitchens will try to replace Sean Lee at weakside linebacker
Anthony Hitchens wants to be the best version of . . . Sean Lee he can be. The Cowboys play three games in an 11-day span, beginning with Sunday night’s showdown with the Eagles, and Lee could miss...
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Saints adding special teams experience to coaching staff
The Saints are trying to fix a weakness with a midseason addition, but not to their roster. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Saints are adding veteran special teams coach Mike Westhoff to...
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Greg Olsen: Crazy to think I’ll get unfair advantage from calling a game
The Vikings have taken issue with Panthers tight end Greg Olsen serving as a broadcaster for Sunday’s game against the Rams because they believe he could take things he learns while on the job and...
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Falcons move up 5 spots in latest power rankings
The Atlanta Falcons' impressive win over the Dallas Cowboys sees them make a big jump in the latest Rotoworld Power Rankings.
Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith out of practice Wednesday
The Cowboys hope to have left tackle Tyron Smith back from a groin injury when they face the Eagles on Sunday night, but the practice week started without him on the field. Smith was one of four Cowboys...
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Report: Paxton Lynch could back up Brock Osweiler this week
Broncos coach Vance Joseph announced earlier this week that Brock Osweiler will make his third straight start at quarterback when Denver faces Cincinnati on Sunday. That announcement came after a rough...
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Packers ticket prices plummet on secondary market
Good news, Packers fans: It’s cheaper to buy tickets to see the team play at home. Bad news, Packers fans: That’s largely because of the team’s struggles. Via Richard Ryman of the Green...
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Titans don’t issue any injury designations for Thursday night
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said that quarterback Marcus Mariota hurt his ankle and shoulder during last Sunday’s victory over the Bengals, but that Mariota was expected to be ready to go for Thursday...
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Mike Evans returns to Bucs, promising to be smarter
Mike Evans was back with the Buccaneers Wednesday, after serving his one-game suspension for his role in a fight with the Saints. And he’s vowing to be smarter the next time. Via Rick Stroud of the...
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Vikings made the right call with Case Keenum
Plenty of fans are anxious to see Teddy Bridgewater pick up where he left off before a serious knee injury suffered in August 2016. But the Vikings have made the right decision to stick with unexpected star...
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Broncos add linebacker from their practice squad
The Broncos made a change at linebacker Wednesday, promoting linebacker Deiontrez Mount from their practice squad. He replaces Kasim Edebali, who was waived yesterday. Mount, a former sixth-round pick from...
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Best of PFT: Will Brees stay in New Orleans?
Drew Brees' uncertain future with the New Orleans Saints highlights Wednesday's PFT Live.
Over/under on coaching vacancies this year: 7.5
During a recent episode of PFT Live, producer Rob “Stats” Guerrera and I went through the 32-team NFL standing and identified the teams that could be changing coaches after the season. We...
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Brett Hundley to fully participate in practice Wednesday
Packers quarterback Brett Hundley tweaked his hamstring in last Sunday’s victory over the Bears, but it continues to look like the injury will provide little to no obstacle to his presence in the...
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Tagliabue on player protests: “You’ve made your point. Move on with actions.”
Regarding the anthem controversy, a fairly common criticism of Commissioner Roger Goodell has emerged. Without the ability to impose discipline on players who are choosing not to stand for the anthem,...
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Case Keenum remains Vikings starter
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday that he wouldn’t name a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Rams until Wednesday because he hadn’t spoken to everyone he wanted to...
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