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Dolphins owner defends players who protest during national anthem
Miami’s Stephen Ross is the second NFL owner to issue a statement against President Trump’s call to fire NFL players who protest during the national anthem. “Our country needs unifying...
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Will other owners follow Giants’ lead?
It was Giants co-owner John Mara who inadvertently legitimized the business-related reasons for shunning Colin Kaepernick earlier this year. Now, Mara and his partner, Steve Tisch, have no come out with a...
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Jim Caldwell signed multi-year contract extension with Lions
Jim Caldwell is no longer in the final year of his contract. Caldwell and the Lions have signed a new deal that will keep Caldwell in Detroit for multiple years, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN....
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James Harrison not complaining about lack of playing time
First, he lost his starting job. Then, he slid behind Anthony Chickillo as the primary backup to Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt. Neither development has caused Steelers veteran linebacker James Harrison to...
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Giants’ owners call Trump’s comments “inappropriate, offensive and divisive”
After President Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who kneel during the national anthem, the owners of the New York Giants said they will certainly not do that. Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve...
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JPP knows it’s a “must-win” game for Giants
Two months ago, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was musing about his team going undefeated. Now he’s just hoping they can win a game — and he knows they need to do it on Sunday at...
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President Trump reiterates his point, via Twitter
On Friday night, President Donald Trump told the attendees of a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who disrespects the flag. On Saturday afternoon, he repeated his...
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President’s remarks could cause protests to intensify, spread
Is it possible that the President was trolling the NFL and its players on Friday night? If so, it’s entirely possible that it will work. With many contending that anthem protests are causing NFL...
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Jason Garrett steers clear of President Trump’s remarks
Pretty much everyone has something to say about President Donald Trump’s decision to slam “son of a bitch” NFL players for anthem protests. At least one head coach has decided not to say...
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Chargers lose starting cornerback Jason Verrett to season-ending knee surgery
For the second consecutive year, Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett will miss most of the season with a knee injury. Verrett, who suffered a knee injury in Week One, will have season-ending surgery,...
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Richard Sherman: Donald Trump’s behavior is “unacceptable”
President Donald Trump’s words last night were inflammatory enough to get the NFL to rebuke him (even if they didn’t mention his name). And a number of players are using even stronger terms to...
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Saturday one-liners
The Patriots defense has surrendered three plays of 50 or more yards, four plays of 40 or more, and a dozen of 20 or more. Pilates made Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander a Pro Bowler. Here’s an excellent...
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NFL fines Bud Dupree for “sexually suggestive” celebration
Too many hip thrusts cost Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree. The NFL fined Dupree $12,154 for a “sexually suggestive” celebration of a sack on Sunday. Dupree thrust his hips several times after...
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Goodell calls Trump comments divisive, disrespectful
The NFL has responded to Friday night’s comments from President Trump. And the NFL isn’t mincing words. “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our...
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President rescinds invitation to Golden State Warriors
At a time when many are telling athletes to “stick to sports,” the President definitely isn’t sticking to politics. Following last night’s strong comments about the NFL, both as to...
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NFLPA “will never back down” when protecting player constitutional rights
Just as the focus on the national anthem protests seemed to be subsiding, the President stirred it up again with his ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now’ remarks. The union representing...
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Ravens’ rookie from London hopes a British invasion is coming to the NFL
Ravens rookie Jermaine Eluemunor will play in London on Sunday, a homecoming for a young man who was born and raised in the London area and moved to the United States to explore the possibility of making it...
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Frank Gore says he has no regrets about signing with the Colts
After spending 12 seasons in San Francisco, Frank Gore signed with the Colts in 2015 thinking he could earn a Super Bowl ring. It hasn’t worked out that way. The Colts missed the playoffs in each of...
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DeMarcus Lawrence says being in a contract year isn’t why he’s playing well
Demarcus Lawrence had four sacks, tying him for the league lead. However, earlier this week, after a review of the game film from the Cowboys’ season opener against the Giants, the Elias Sports Bureau...
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Tank Carradine could be headed for IR
Among the various injures sustained last night for the 49ers was an ankle sprain for defensive lineman Tank Carradine. Coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Friday that Carradine could be headed for injured...
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Trump to NFL owners: Fire players who don’t stand for the national anthem
President Trump today called on NFL owners to cut any players who don’t stand for the national anthem, the strongest statement yet from the president about the anthem protests that began last year...
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C.J. Anderson: Fastest I ran all game vs. Cowboys was to meet Jason Witten
Most NFL players were NFL fans growing up, which means young players are often playing with and against their childhood idols. In the case of Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, meeting a childhood idol was...
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NFL suspends Ra’Shede Hageman six games
The NFL has suspended former Falcons defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman six games, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media first reported. The league placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list Sept. 2 as a...
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Kyle Shanahan on offensive pass interference: I saw a very good route
In postgame interviews, Kyle Shanahan didn’t have much to say about the offensive pass interference penalty called against his team late in Thursday’s game. The 49ers coach said then that he...
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Derrick Henry could start with DeMarco Murray listed as questionable
Titans running back Derrick Henry could make the second start of his career Sunday. Tennessee lists DeMarco Murray as questionable with a hamstring injury. Henry has 20 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown...
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Week Three injury report roundup
Week Three kicked off on Thursday with a Rams win and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday....
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Cliff Avril fined $9,115 for facemask
Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril cost his team 15 yards Sunday against the 49ers. He cost himself $9,115. That’s what the league fined him this week for a facemask penalty. During Carlos Hyde...
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Ezekiel Elliott will play for the next two games, at a minimum
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has spoken, sort of. Ignoring the league’s request for a ruling by September 26 on the emergency motion to stay the injunction that allows Cowboys...
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Evan Engram fined for celebration that cost Giants 30 yards
Giants tight end Evan Engram cost the Giants valuable field position and cost himself some money with a celebration on Monday night against the Lions. Engram was fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct,...
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Patriots rookie Harvey Langi fined for facemask
Undrafted rookie Harvey Langi made his NFL debut Sunday. The Patriots linebacker played six defensive snaps, 12 special teams snaps and made one special teams tackle. He also came out of it with a $9,115...
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OBJ not fined for block that caused Jarrad Davis concussion
The Lions don’t have a problem with the block in the back from receiver Odell Beckham Jr. that shoved first-round rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis into a concussion. The NFL doesn’t have a problem...
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Travis Kelce avoids fine for taunting
Chiefs coach Andy Reid is tired of talking about tight end Travis Kelce‘s extracurricular activities on the field and he won’t have to answer any questions about a fine for Kelce’s most...
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Miami's Parker a strong play against the Jets
Miami Dolphins' Devante Parker is a must-start against a struggling Jets defense while both Lions running backs, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, could be valuable in a shootout against the Falcons.
Noah Brown not fined for low block on Von Miller
Von Miller didn’t like it, but Cowboys receiver Noah Brown did nothing illegal with a low block on the linebacker that injured Miller’s knee. The league did not fine Brown. “Von Miller is...
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Buster Skrine fined $24,309 for unnecessary roughness
The Raiders had four personal fouls during last Sunday’s win over the Jets, but none of those plays resulted in a fine. The one Jet flagged for one wasn’t so lucky. Cornerback Buster Skrine was...
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Alex Smith has been great in AFC West road games
The Chiefs head to L.A. for the first of three AFC West road trips on Sunday, and they should be very encouraged by one historical fact: Since 2013, quarterback Alex Smith has generated 16 touchdown passes...
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Patriots placing Vincent Valentine on injured reserve, promoting Geneo Grissom
The Patriots are placing defensive tackle Vincent Valentine on injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. New England will promote defensive end Geneo Grissom off its practice squad, according...
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Saints running thin in secondary, Marshon Lattimore out
The Saints defense is already the worst in the league, and will play this week without its top pick. Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, cornerback Marshon Lattimore is out this week...
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Melvin Gordon questionable, Jason Verrett out again
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon popped up on Thursday’s injury report as a limited participant in practice because of a knee issue and he remained limited in practice on Friday. That led the team...
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Randall Cobb doubtful, Jordy Nelson questionable for Packers
The Packers have a long injury list, most of them starters. Green Bay lists wide receiver Randall Cobb (chest) as doubtful, and wide receiver Jordy Nelson (quadriceps) as questionable. Nelson could move to...
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Steelers will play without T.J. Watt, Marcus Gilbert this week
The Steelers have ruled out starters on each side of the ball ahead of Sunday’s game against the Bears. Linebacker T.J. Watt hurt his groin in last Sunday’s victory over the Vikings, but didn...
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Evan Engram out of concussion protocol, cleared to play
Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram went through a limited practice Friday after being cleared from concussion protocol. He will play Sunday. Engram has eight catches for 93 yards and a touchdown this...
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Broncos list Garett Bolles, Bennie Fowler as questionable
The Broncos list left tackle Garett Bolles as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills. The first-round pick has a lower left leg bruise that initially looked worse than what it turned out to...
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Browns promote Jordan Leslie
The Browns promoted wide receiver Jordan Leslie from the practice squad. They waived wide receiver Reggie Davis in a corresponding move. Cleveland placed wide receiver Corey Coleman on injured reserve...
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Brent Grimes, Gerald McCoy questionable, Chris Baker doubtful, Kwon Alexander out for Bucs
The Buccaneers won’t have middle linebacker Kwon Alexander on Sunday, presenting an even bigger challenge in trying to stop Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Alexander missed practice all week with a...
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Colts add Matt Jones to active roster
Running back Matt Jones‘ first stay on the Colts’ active roster lasted less than a week, but came back to their practice squad and will get some more time on the main roster this weekend. The...
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Raiders' road show heads to Washington
The Raiders and Redskins clash in a Super Bowl 18 rematch on Sunday Night Football and Mike Florio expects to see big things as Oakland travels play Washington.
Vikings must adapt without Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford has been ruled out against the Bucs, it won't make much of a difference for the Minnesota Vikings.
Titans' grinding offense could be trouble for SEA
The smash-mouth offense of the Tennessee Titans could be dangerous for the floundering Seattle Seahawks.
Hunt, Hill will continue to excite vs. Chargers
The Chargers are looking to avoid an 0-3 start to the season, but it's going to be tough against a Chiefs team made up of Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt.
Bengals need to feature one RB against Packers
Mike Florio says new Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor needs to take a page out of the Niners and Rams playbooks if Cincinnati has any hope of beating the Packers are Lambeau.
Lions rule Jarrad Davis and Tavon Wilson out for Falcons game
The Lions are down a pair of starting defensive players for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions listed linebacker Jarrad Davis and safety Tavon...
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Corey Graham’s consecutive game streak will end at 159
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said that safety Corey Graham would be a game-time decision when he met with the media on Friday morning, but Pederson was either misinformed or trying some misdirection with the...
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Browns' relevance could begin by beating Colts
The Browns and Colts have both opened the season 0-2 and Cleveland enters the Week 3 matchup as the favorites. Mike Florio believes a Browns win could be the start of a path to relevance.
NFL Network’s Thursday night ratings are up over last year
The NFL’s television ratings have been a mixed bag early this season, but the league-owned network is getting good news. For the second week in a row, NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football...
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Lions hype should come with dose of skepticism
The Atlanta Falcons are looking to stop the hard-charging Detroit Lions in Week 3.
Broncos' turnaround season heads to Buffalo
The Broncos, Trevor Siemian have the opportunity to prove what they can do away from Colorado as they travel to take on the Bills, who's QB struggles have led to some calling for rookie Nathan Peterman.
Falcons without right tackle Ryan Schraeder this week
The Falcons are going to be without a starting tackle and their best pass-rusher for this week’s battle of undefeateds against the Lions. Via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Falcons right tackle Ryan...
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Ryan Kalil will miss another game
The Panthers will be rolling with one member of the Kalil family again this week. Center Ryan Kalil has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints after missing practice all week with a neck...
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Rob Gronkowski says he’s ready to go after groin injury
The Patriots finished last Sunday’s victory over the Saints without the help of tight end Rob Gronkowski due to a groin injury, but it looks like they’ll be starting this Sunday’s game...
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Offensive pass interference may be a sudden point of emphasis
So why did officials kill the 49ers’ final drive with a tacky-tack offensive pass interference call on Thursday night? It’s possibly a result of the periodic reminders that the league office...
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Best of PFT: Jared Goff's confidence is growing
The Rams' impressive win over the 49ers and Jared Goff's stunning improvement highlight the best of Pro Football Talk Live.
Tyler Eifert, John Ross out for Bengals this week
Tight end Tyler Eifert will miss the 28th game of his NFL career this weekend. The Bengals have ruled Eifert out with a back injury, which means he’ll miss their first game under newly promoted...
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Sam Bradford out again this week
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford got in limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday, raising hopes that he’d be able to return to the lineup against the Buccaneers this week. Friday’s...
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49ers: More than 60,000 attended Thursday night’s game
Despite photos suggesting a sparse crowd on Thursday night, the 49ers say that more than 60,000 attended the home game against the Rams. The team also distributed 97 percent of the 68,500 available tickets...
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Cordy Glenn won’t play this week
The Bills will be down a starting offensive lineman against the Broncos on Sunday. Left tackle Cordy Glenn said on Friday, via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, that he will not be in the lineup when Denver pays a...
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Jamie Collins out, Myles Garrett doubtful for Browns
Browns coach Hue Jackson said this week that defensive end Myles Garrett has made huge progress in his recovery from a high ankle sprain and that was enough to keep the team from ruling him out of this...
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Randall Cobb, Mike Daniels set to be game-time decisions
The Packers have had several key players on the sideline for practices this week, but they aren’t willing to rule any of them out at this point. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that wide...
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NFL adjusts its cancer awareness focus
For the NFL, October has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness. In 2017, the league will for the first time since the program began adjust its focus. During a Friday media briefing, NFL spokesman...
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Chris Long named NFLPA Community MVP for Week Two
Eagles defensive end Chris Long announced this week that he is donating his first six game checks of the season to fund a pair of scholarships to his high school and he’ll now have $10,000 more to use...
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No plans to move Patriots-Raiders from Mexico City
After an earthquake on Tuesday that killed more than 200 people and toppled buildings in and around Mexico City, the NFL said it was looking into whether the game between the Patriots and Raiders scheduled...
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NFL won’t rule out Ezekiel Elliott suspension beginning Monday night
If an appeals court rules the NFL’s way, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could begin a six-game suspension as early as Monday night’s game against the Cardinals. Despite previous talk that...
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NFL cautions against painting Aaron Hernandez as a victim
The NFL didn’t have a response to the news of the Aaron Hernandez lawsuit against the league and the Patriots on Thursday. On Friday, the league definitely had one. League spokesman Joe Lockhart,...
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Ben McAdoo takes part of the blame, retroactively
Giants coach Ben McAdoo was quick to blame quarterback Eli Manning for some problems in last week’s loss to the Lions. But after sleeping on it, he realized some of the fault was his, and was willing...
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Sean McDermott: Sammy Watkins’ performance “hard to watch”
When the Bills abruptly traded receiver Sammy Watkins to the Rams in August, many wondered whether he’d have a major impact any time soon. On Thursday night he did, catching six passes for 106 yards...
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Sean Payton admits some bad picks have led to bad defense
The Saints are bad at defense. The Saints have been bad at defense for many years. That’s no longer an accident or a coincidence. Saints coach Sean Payton admitted some draft misses haven’t...
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Raiders want “family-friendly” atmosphere at Las Vegas stadium
The Black Hole is coming to Sin City. And the apparent hope is that the intersection will be Disneyland. “We like the deeply passionate fans,” LV Stadium Company COO Don Webb said Thursday, via the...
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PFT's Week 3 picks
Mike Florio and Chris Simms give their predictions for Raiders vs. Redskins, Giants vs. Eagles, Falcons vs. Lions and the rest of Week 3.
Concussion settlement could impact Hernandez suit
The concussion settlement might affect the Aaron Hernandez lawsuit against the NFL and Patriots, unless Hernandez opted out before his death.
Mularkey on Marcus Mariota's growth, Nashville
Tennesee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey details how they have kept their offensive line together, Marcus Mariota's improvement and the support of Nashville.
Patriots' magic will help them win without Gronk
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice with a groin injury, but even if he misses Week 3, New England is still good enough to take care of business against Houston.
Lions have chance to prove they're for real
A pair of 2-0 teams will square off in Week 3 when the Falcons hit the road to face the Lions.
Ed Dickson feels the love from Panthers he never got from Ravens
Ed Dickson was used to being stuck behind a high-profile, highly productive tight end. The difference between now and his days with the Ravens is that he feels appreciated. The Panthers are going to be...
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Pass interference call puts 49ers in 0-3 hole
A crucial offensive pass interference penalty ruined the 49ers final attempt to pull off a wild victory over the Rams in Week 3.
Jared Goff shows he belongs with win vs. 49ers
The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers game indicates there could be a shift in NFL playing styles.
Bears expect to have Kyle Long back in lineup this weekend
Bears guard Kyle Long hasn’t played in a game for a long time. Long last saw game action in Week 10 of last season and was placed on injured reserve a short time later due to an ankle injury. Long...
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Teammates say it’s time for Le’Veon Bell to get back to himself
Everyone in Pittsburgh has been patient, but they’re also ready for Le'Veon Bell to start being Le’Veon Bell again. After skipping the offseason program and training camp over his contract...
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Ereck Flowers: Three plays overshadow good work I did
Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers‘ play got a lot of attention on Monday night because he was charged with blocking Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah and Ansah’s three sacks helped propel Detroit...
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Friday morning one-liners
Andre Reed likes what he’s seen from Bills rookie WR Zay Jones. Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso said his family in Puerto Rico is OK after the latest hurricane. What’s the best way for the Patriots to...
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Todd Gurley is first with six TDs in first three games since 2011
Rams running back Todd Gurley ran for 113 yards Thursday night, marking the first time that he’s crossed the 100-yard plateau since Week 14 of the 2015 season. That’s reinforces the previous...
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Ravens’ Brandon Williams out Sunday vs. Jaguars
The Ravens will be without their best run-stuffing defensive lineman on Sunday against the Jaguars. Brandon Williams didn’t make the trip to London because of a foot injury, according to Alex Flanagan...
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Stephen Hauschka: White people need to see inequality exists
Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka wasn’t looking to be the face of a movement. But he does think the movement needs more faces which look like his. Moved by the player memo to the league asking for help...
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Rams “feel the confidence coming out of” Jared Goff
Earlier this week, Rams quarterback Jared Goff was asked a question that referenced his rookie season and said that he was done talking about 2016 because “last year was a whole different deal....
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Marvin Lewis to Bengals: Jobs are on the line
Ken Zampese was first. He will not be the last if the Bengals continue to play this way. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told his players early this week that the firing of the former offensive coordinator might...
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Players who drafted memo think NFL can help create positive change
The players who sent the memo to NFL comissioner Roger Goodell earlier this year said they haven’t gotten a response from the league per se, but that conversations have been productive. Four players...
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49ers mum about pass interference call, for now
Last night’s game turned on a questionable offensive pass interference call. When questioned about it after the game, various 49ers opted not to say anything controversial about the potential...
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Seahawks eyeing potential lineup change on offensive line against Titans
The Seattle Seahawks offensive line continues to be a work-in-progress. Having scored just 21 points through the first two games of the season and not getting their first touchdown until the fourth quarter...
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Jaquiski Tartt, Kyle Juszcyzk, Brock Coyle all have concussions for 49ers
Safety Jaquiski Tartt, fullback Kyle Juszczyk and linebacker Brock Coyle each sustained concussion for the San Francisco 49ers in Thursday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Tartt and Coyle each...
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Jared Goff starting to look like a No. 1 pick after best game of his career against 49ers
There wasn’t much to get excited about based on Jared Goff‘s seven starts as a rookie last season for the Los Angeles Rams. Seven starts, five touchdowns, seven interceptions and not a single...
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Questionable interference call clouds stellar Thursday night game
It was one of the most competitive, intense, and unexpectedly entertaining Thursday night games since the NFL decided to turn short-week football into a franchise. And it ended with a questionable call that...
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Rams hold off late 49ers rally to earn 41-39 victory
The Los Angeles Rams had to come up with one final defensive stop to thwart a furious rally from the San Francisco 49ers in Thursday night’s 41-39 victory in Santa Clara. Aaron Donald‘s sack of...
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Sammy Watkins leaves with head injury
Rams receiver Sammy Watkins headed to the locker room for further evaluation of a head injury. He was questionable to return. Watkins was sandwiched on his 13-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and...
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Jaquiski Tartt leaves with head injury
The 49ers could hardly stand another injury at safety, but Jaquiski Tartt left in the third quarter to undergo a cognitive evaluation. The team listed him as questionable to return. Tartt (neck) and Jimmie...
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John Sullivan leaves with groin injury; Lamarcus Joyner won’t return
The Rams lost center John Sullivan in the third quarter. The team announced Sullivan has a groin injury and is questionable to return. Sullivan had his groin wrapped and didn’t look like he would...
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Rams lead 49ers 24-13 at halftime as Todd Gurley scores three first-half TDs
The good news for the 49ers: They got their first touchdown of the season, and their 13 first-half points were more than they scored in their first two games combined. The bad news for the 49ers: Todd...
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Lamarcus Joyner injures hamstring
Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner injured his left hamstring on the first play from scrimmage in the second quarter. The Rams announced his return as questionable. Joyner was in coverage on Pierre Garcon when he...
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Carlos Hyde leaves in first quarter with hip injury, returns
49ers running back Carlos Hyde left in the first quarter with a left hip injury. Hyde returned for one play, converting a third down, before leaving again. The 49ers announced him questionable to return,...
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49ers score first touchdown of the season on a Brian Hoyer scramble
It only took three games for the 49ers to get their first touchdown. It came on their 23rd possession of the season, and they needed a penalty on fourth down to keep the drive alive. Brian Hoyer scrambled...
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Rams strike quick, nearly get third pick-six of season
The Rams entered Thursday night’s game with two interception returns for touchdowns. They very nearly had a third on the 49ers’ first play from scrimmage. Brian Hoyer‘s first pass was...
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Von Miller calls block by Cowboys rookie Noah Brown “dirty” and “baffling”
Broncos linebacker Von Miller wasn’t happy with a low block thrown by Cowboys rookie wide receiver Noah Brown. He called the block “dirty” on Wednesday, via Troy Renck of Denver7, and...
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Defensive coordinators already knew blueprint to stop Cowboys
The Broncos did something no other team has done in the 17 games Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have played together. (Elliott sat out the Week 17 game last season.) Denver stopped both. Prescott threw...
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Jaquiski Tartt, Jimmie Ward active for 49ers
The 49ers had two safeties listed as questionable on their final injury report before Thursday night’s game against the Rams and both of them will be in the lineup. Neither Jaquiski Tartt nor Jimmie...
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Melvin Gordon lands on Chargers injury report
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is off to a slow start running the ball this season and an injury could complicate efforts to get things moving in the right direction this week. Gordon was not on the...
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Jordan Reed back at practice Thursday
Jordan Reed has been no stranger to the injury report since entering the NFL in 2013 and the tight end is back on it this week. Reed is dealing with rib and sternum injuries that kept him from practicing on...
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Cardinals planning more work for Chris Johnson this week
Chris Johnson may be headed back to the starting lineup. Johnson was the starter in Arizona until a season-ending injury in 2015 opened the door for David Johnson to take the job and run with it through the...
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NFL ratings struggles getting noticed by Wall Street
TV ratings for NFL games continue to sputter in comparison to the prior year, even when compared to last year’s sputtered ratings. Wall Street is noticing. “Continued declines in NFL ratings...
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Quincy Wilson misses practice again; Vontae Davis limited
Colts rookie cornerback Quincy Wilson (knee) did not practice for the second consecutive day. His absence is a concern with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis trying to work his way back from a “...
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Malcolm Butler: I haven’t been playing well enough
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia were asked earlier this week about cornerback Malcolm Butler not starting a game for the first time since his rookie season in 2014...
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Joe Thomas sees offensive linemen as “mushrooms”
Fresh from 10,000th straight snap, Browns left tackle Joe Thomas arguably has received more attention in one week than he has in his entire career combined. And for good reason — offensive linemen...
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Garett Bolles returns to practice; Broncos haven’t ruled him out for this week
Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles left the field on a cart in tears Sunday, believing his season was over. He returned to practice Thursday the happiest player on the field. “It felt good today, and I...
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Lawyer says Aaron Hernandez had “severe” CTE
The late Aaron Hernandez, who played three seasons with the Patriots, had a “severe” case of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. Lawyer Jose Baez said that Hernandez’s estate has filed a...
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Hue Jackson challenges Kenny Britt “to step up and make plays”
With only five targets, two catches, 15 yards and one big drop, wide receiver Kenny Britt hasn’t yet lived up to the four-year, $32.5 million contract the Browns gave him in the offseason. Instead of...
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Jarrad Davis still out with concussion, Lions not complaining about Odell Beckham’s block
Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis remains out of practice with a concussion suffered Monday night against the Giants, raising the possibility that he’ll have to miss Sunday’s big game against the...
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Brian Cushing’s longtime trainer says DHEA caused positive PED test
Joe DeFranco, a personal trainer who has worked with Texans linebacker Brian Cushing throughout Cushing’s high school, college and NFL careers, says that Cushing tested positive for PEDs because he...
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Ezekiel Elliott on lack of effort: I can’t do that; I can’t put that type of stuff on film
Ezekiel Elliott heard LaDainian Tomlinson’s criticism, and the Cowboys star running back didn’t dispute he showed a “lack of effort” on Chris Harris‘ interception. “I...
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Cardinals should utilize Nelson more, not Fitz
Patrick "Roto Pat" Daugherty explains why Tyrod Taylor might not be the best option, how Dez Bryant will match up in Week 3 and why the Arizona Cardinals fans should thank J.J. Nelson.
Gerald McCoy returns to practice
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy returned to practice, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. It is not yet known whether McCoy’s injured right ankle will limit him Thursday, but...
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Jets to use a committee approach at tailback
Matt Forte? No. Bilal Powell? Nope. Elijah McGuire? Not McHappening. The Jets will be using a three-man rotation at tailback. Via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, offensive coordinator John Morton...
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Saints cut John Kuhn, again
For the second time this month, the Saints have released fullback John Kuhn. The Saints cut Kuhn on September 3 and then re-signed him on September 6, and it’s possible they’re planning...
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Odell Beckham expects bigger workload this week
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham returned to the lineup against the Lions on Monday night after missing the season opener with a sprained ankle, but he didn’t play quite as much as he’s...
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Cyrus Mehri won’t concede to De Smith, yet
The campaign for NFLPA executive director ended before it even began. For the candidate who never officially became a candidate, the campaign hasn’t ended. In a letter to the eleven members of the...
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David Bakhtiari, Randall Cobb remain out of practice
The Packers opened the week with eight players out of practice and that number dropped to seven on Thursday, although that’s only because the team placed tackle Jason Spriggs on injured reserve. The...
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Sam Bradford getting what he “needs” in practice
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford continues to be limited by a non-contact knee injury from 10 days ago. He’ll practice again on Thursday as the Vikings continue to be unsure regarding whether he...
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Packers place Jason Spriggs on injured reserve
Wednesday brought word that the Packers were bringing defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois back to the team and Thursday brought the official announcement from the team. They also announced that tackle...
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Adam Gase says Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry injuries aren’t serious
The Dolphins had two key offensive players on the sideline during Wednesday’s practice, but there doesn’t appear to be much concern that they’ll be unavailable this weekend. Running back...
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Jay-Z declines Super Bowl LII invite
With Jay-Z reportedly turning down Super Bowl LII's halftime show, Dan Patrick makes some suggestions on who should perform instead
Ryan Kalil out of practice again for the Panthers
The Panthers were without a key part Thursday, which could complicate their efforts to get their offense fixed. Via Bill Voth of the team’s official website, center Ryan Kalil was held out for the...
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Falcons sign Joe Vellano
The Falcons are missing a couple of players in their defensive front seven because of injury, so they brought in a healthy body to flesh out the group ahead of Sunday’s game against the Lions. The...
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NFL doesn’t think a 2018 game in China is feasible
The NFL has continued to do business in China, but it doesn’t appear there’s going to be a game there soon. Via Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, any hope of the league playing a regular season game...
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25 years ago, Bengals at Packers gave birth to Brett Favre era
In three days from now, the Bengals return to Lambeau Field for a game against the Packers. Twenty-five years ago yesterday, the Bengals played the Packers there — and the legend of Brett Favre was...
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Jets signing David Bass
The Jets are adding a new piece to their defense. According to multiple reports, the team is signing defensive end David Bass on Thursday. Linebacker Freddie Bishop will be waived to make room for Bass on...
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Tens of thousands of empty seats likely at Rams-49ers game
The NFL has been struggling to sell tickets in California so far this season, and when two California teams meet tonight, empty seats will abound. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that tonight’s...
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Nick Perry to have hand surgery
The Packers had a long list of injured players at Wednesday’s practice and one of them will be headed for surgery. Coach Mike McCarthy announced on Thursday that linebacker Nick Perry will have...
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Andy Reid tires of questions about Travis Kelce’s penalties
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce showed off his ability to make big plays on the football field multiple times against the Eagles last Sunday, including a long leap into the end zone to punctuate a 15-yard...
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Eric Winston: If NFL wants more practice time, NFL should make a proposal
The NFL wants to extend the labor deal. When those negotiations begin, the parties will launch into a point-by-point consideration of the relevant issues. And, yes, they ultimately could be talkin’...
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Zay Jones appreciates support, ready to move on
Bills rookie wide receiver Zay Jones is ready to move on. But he does have teammates and a Hall of Famer supporting him, after last week’s near-miss of a huge play went awry. Jones had a chance at a...
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Ravens put Jeremy Langford on IR
The Ravens put Jeremy Langford on the active roster for a couple of days last week. Today, they shut him down for the season. The team announced that the running back was going on injured reserve, and that...
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Shanahan: Freshness not scheme is the key to short-week football
As the NFL prepares to stage its second short-week game of the 2017 season, it’s important to consider the perspective shared by new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan regarding what it takes to win on...
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Bengals trying to help Andy Dalton avoid benching
Andy Dalton has struggled through the first two weeks of the season, which has forced the Bengals to try and make his life easier.
Pats looking to end losing streak vs. rookie QBs
The Patriots have lost their last five games against rookie quarterbacks, which is a trend that could continue with Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans coming to town in Week 3.
Chargers desperately need win over Chiefs
Even though the Chargers are off to an 0-2 start and the other three AFC West teams are 2-0, Philip Rivers isn't panicking just yet.
Jerry Jones' interference won't stop Goodell deal
Jerry Jones thinks that Roger Goodell makes too much money, but it doesn't appear that is going to stop the NFL compensation committee from paying him.
Injury reporting system far from perfect
NFL injury reports are far from perfect, but they limit insider information for gamblers.
Flex scheduling should be available all year
If the NFL is truly invested in maximizing their reach, they should utilize flex scheduling all the time.
Christian Hackenberg isn't answer for tanking Jets
If the New York Jets really want to secure the No. 1 pick, they should start playing Christian Hackenberg as soon as possible.
Giants are beginning to separate from Eli Manning
The New York Giants could start to look elsewhere with Eli Manning after struggling in Week 2.
NFL teams need more practices to improve scoring
With an alarming dip in scoring in the NFL, the only resolution might be to play starters more in preseason, despite the injury risk.
Ravens talking sleep strategy, as well as football strategy
The Ravens have to worry about the Jaguars’ defense, they have to worry about Leonard Fournette, and they have to worry about bedtime. As they prepare for tonight’s trip to London, where they...
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Niners desperate to get first win vs. Rams
The San Francisco 49ers are under pressure to get their first win of the season when they host the Rams on Thursday. If they lose, they could free fall.
Jaguars hope Allen Hurns continues to be “Mr. London”
Heading into the regular season, it looked like Allen Hurns was going to be playing a diminished role in the Jaguars offense but Allen Robinson‘s torn ACL in the opener pushed him back into a leading...
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Chris Jones has a knack for sacking mobile quarterbacks
Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones has become one of the most disruptive forces in the NFL. Though he had only two sacks in 2016, he racked up three of them on Sunday against the Eagles. Those three sacks...
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Eddie Lacy will “continue to be me,” see what happens after being inactive
The Seahawks left running back Eddie Lacy off their 46-man roster against the 49ers last Sunday, making him a healthy scratch a week after he ran for three yards on five carries against the Packers. Lacy...
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Bernie Casey, Pro Bowl receiver turned actor, dies at 78
Bernie Casey, one of the NFL’s fastest receivers in the 1960s and an actor and artist who gained fame in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 78. Born in the small town of Wyco, West Virginia,...
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PFT’s Week Three picks
Week Three already is upon us, and I enter it with a two-game lead over MDS. By Thursday night, the lead will be three, since MDS failed to realize that the 49ers have a greater claim to ownership of the...
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Bill Belichick sees a lot of Lawrence Taylor in J.J. Watt
Patriots coach Bill Belichick coached one of the best defensive players in NFL history, in Giants outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor. And when he watches Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, he sees a lot of...
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Ben Roethlisberger: We’re getting better and making improvements on offense
The Steelers have won two straight games to open the 2017 seasons, but that hasn’t stopped them from landing on the list of teams facing questions about their offensive effectiveness. They are...
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Andy Dalton on offense: We’re trying to make the easy things easy
Bill Lazor took over as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator last Friday and he’s now charged with finding a way to get an anemic offense into the end zone on a consistent basis. With the season...
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Thursday morning one-liners
Some changes up front have impacted the Bills’ ability to run. The Dolphins are aware of the risk of running RB Jay Ajayi into the ground. Patriots S Patrick Chung could get a look as a punt returner...
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Jets owner says Christian Hackenberg has “a lot of upside”
Acting Jets owner Christopher Johnson made it clear he didn’t think the team was tanking in order to draft a quarterback. He also thinks there’s a quarterback with potential already on the...
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Eli Manning stays on the high road
Unexpected storylines emerge all the time in the NFL. For Week Two, the lingering talking points came from Ezekiel Elliott going too easy after a turnover — and from Ben McAdoo going too hard on Eli...
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Group of players asks NFL to support activism awareness month
The NFL will wrap itself in pink for breast cancer, and put on faux-camo to celebrate the military. Now, a group of players have asked commissioner Roger Goodell to spend a month talking about black and...
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Packers may cut back on Ty Montgomery’s playing time
Packers running back Ty Montgomery has played 139 offensive snaps this season, by far the most of any running back in the NFL. It may be time for that to change. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that...
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Pete Carroll praises Marcus Mariota’s ability in red zone
“It’s all about the ball” is one of Pete Carroll’s core coaching beliefs. Carroll believes that turnover margin is one of the biggest indicators toward which teams win games and...
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Philip Rivers not panicking over Chargers 0-2 start
The Los Angeles Chargers may be 0-2 but quarterback Philip Rivers isn’t panicking about the early hole the team finds themselves in this season. Coming off close losses to the Denver Broncos and Miami...
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Kendall Langford signs one-year deal with Saints
After being released by the Indianapolis Colts in August following a failed physical, defensive tackle Kendall Langford has a new team in the New Orleans Saints. According to Jim Trotter of ESPN.com,...
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Vontae Davis returns to practice
Andrew Luck still isn’t practicing, but Vontae Davis is. The veteran cornerback, who suffered a groin injury during a preseason game on August 26 against the Steelers, returned to practice on a...
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Jimmy Graham misses practice with ankle injury
Tight end Jimmy Graham missed practice with what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll described as “an ankle issue.” “We will wait a couple days to see how he does,” Carroll said, via Bob Condotta...
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Cam Newton is limited in practice #asexpected
For Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the new normal will be periodic limited practices, due to his shoulder. He was limited in practice on Wednesday due to both his shoulder and his ankle. It’s...
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Goodell deal “getting done”
Jerry Jones won’t be getting his way, after all. The Cowboys owner — who surely didn’t insinuate himself into the negotiations regarding Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract in...
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PFF: Green, Bryant trending in opposite directions
Bengals' A.J. Green and Rams' Cooper Kupp make for strong DFS plays this week, while Eagles' Alshon Jeffery and Cowboys' Dez Bryant are expected to struggle, according to PFF.
PFF: Raiders, Redskins matchup preview
One of the biggest matchups in the Raiders and Redskins game comes down to QB Derek Carr's ability to connect with his elite receivers against the Redskins' secondary, says Pro Football Focus.
PFF: Giants, Eagles matchup preview
The Giants and the Eagles have two of the best defensive lines, according to Pro Football Focus, and their ability to get after the opposing QB will go a long way to determining the outcome.
PFF: Newton, Ajayi strong DFS plays in Week 3
Cam Newton has struggled, but he's a strong DFS play against a Saints defense that has been torched two times already.
Orlando Scandrick expects to practice this week and play Monday night
Orlando Scandrick expects to practice Thursday and play Monday night against the Cardinals. The Cowboys’ top cornerback missed last week with a fracture in his left hand. “I’m not wearing...
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NFL should be able to use flexible scheduling at any time
As the league looks for ways to make the presentation of its games more compelling on TV, the league needs to further embrace ways to present more compelling games. Currently, flexible schedule isn’t...
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Richard Sherman calls injury reports “meaningless things on paper” done for gamblers
The Seahawks listed cornerback Richard Sherman questionable last week with a hamstring injury. He played every snap, prompting him again to question the reason for the league’s injury reports. “...
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Jordy Nelson says quadriceps “progressing the right way” after full practice
Despite a long injury list, the Packers got some good news Wednesday when wide receiver Jordy Nelson practiced in full. “We’re progressing the right way,” Nelson said, via a video from...
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Chris Thompson will continue as the third-down back despite Rob Kelley’s injury
Although Hall of Famer John Riggins has called for Washington to start Chris Thompson, it doesn’t sound as if the running back’s role will change despite Rob Kelley‘s rib injury. Coach Jay...
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David Johnson: It’s been a tough couple of weeks
David Johnson not only can’t carry the football, but the cast on his left wrist prevents him from comfortably carrying his infant son, David Jr. The Cardinals star running back spoke Wednesday for the...
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Saints promote David Parry, re-sign Darryl Tapp
The Saints made two moves on their defensive line, according to the league’s official transactions report. They promoted defensive tackle David Parry from the practice squad and re-signed defensive...
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Ep. 3: Fantasy is King
Despite the pressures from the town of Draftsville, Coach Stanton is forced to press pause on his own fantasy season when he finds out that Andy refuses to set his fantasy lineup.
Ricky Jean Francois back with Packers
The Packers released defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois after the first game of the regular season, but his departure proved to be a brief one. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Packers are...
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Corey Davis won’t play for Titans this week
The Titans promoted a wide receiver from their practice squad on Wednesday and it looks like Zach Pascal will get an immediate chance to play. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday that wide receiver...
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London games have never matched two teams with winning records
The NFL is back in London on Sunday, and once again it’s for something less than a marquee game. This week it’s the 2-0 Ravens against the 1-1 Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, and that means that...
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Eagles claim S Trae Elston
The Eagles opened the day with injury issues in their secondary and an open roster spot. They’ll open Thursday with those same injured defensive backs, but the roster will be back to 53 players. The...
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Chargers place Chris Hairston on non-football illness list, sign Tyler Marz
The Chargers announced they have placed offensive lineman Chris Hairston on the non-football illness list, ending his season. They will sign offensive lineman Tyler Marz off the Titans’ practice squad...
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Sam Bradford, Anthony Barr limited in Vikings practice
When Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford spoke to the media on Wednesday, he said he would be taking part in practice in hopes of making it back into the lineup against the Buccaneers this weekend. The Vikings...
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