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Hit on Aaron Rodgers was not fined, skirmish afterward was
The Falcons and Packers had a skirmish on the field after a hit on Aaron Rodgers that some in Green Bay thought was dirty. The NFL ruled that the hit on Rodgers was OK, but what happened afterward was not....
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Report: James Conner unlikely to play vs. Patriots
With the Steelers facing their biggest game of the season on Sunday, they’re expecting to be without their top ball carrier. Steelers running back James Conner is unlikely to play on Sunday against...
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Carson Wentz is officially out for Sunday night
Unofficially questionable a day ago with a back fracture that first became a public issue this week, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is now officially unavailable for Sunday night’s game in L.A....
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Steelers activate Eli Rogers
As the Steelers try to reverse a three-game losing streak, they may have a little more help in the passing game. PFT has confirmed that the Steelers have activated receiver Eli Rogers. The 25-year-old...
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Antonio Gates, Ben Watson are not acting their ages
Before this season, no tight end in NFL history had ever gained 300 receiving yards in the year he turned 38 or older. This season, two tight ends have done so. Antonio Gates, the Chargers’ 38-year-...
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Texans, Bears attempting to go from worst to first in their divisions
The Texans can clinch the AFC South and the Bears can clinch the NFC North this weekend. That would complete a worst-to-first transformation for both teams. Houston was tied for last place in its division...
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Eagles’ Kamu Grugier-Hill fined for leg whip injuring Odell Beckham
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss his second consecutive game on Sunday, with an injury that came on an illegal play. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-...
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Peyton Manning urges Matthew Stafford not to stare at his receivers
The Lions’ offense has been decried as too predictable throughout the season, starting with a Week One loss in which the Jets’ defense said it knew what was coming from Detroit’s offense....
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It might be wise to move Christmas Eve finale in Oakland
With Oakland suing the Raiders and the Raiders yanking an offer for a one-year lease and the Raiders previously threatening to leave Oakland if Oakland filed its lawsuit, the Raiders may be playing their...
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Jeff Driskel lost a TD because NFL treats head-first dives like feet-first slides
As PFT noted in August, the NFL changed the officiating procedures for how to treat a ball carrier who gives himself up, meaning this year, a quarterback who dives head-first should be treated the same way...
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Chiefs at Seahawks looms large for home-field advantage in the AFC
The Chiefs and Chargers are both 11-3, tied for the best record in the AFC. The good news for the Chiefs is, they’ll win any tiebreaker between the two teams, so as long as they win out, they don...
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With Lamar Jackson, Ravens running more, passing less than any other team
To call the Ravens a run-first offense since Lamar Jackson took over as starting quarterback would be an understatement. The Ravens are choosing running over passing like no other team in the NFL. In the...
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Jaguars activate Josh Wells from IR; place Josh Walker on IR
The Jaguars activated offensive lineman Josh Wells from injured reserve Friday and promoted rookie defensive lineman Lyndon Johnson from the practice squad. Besides waiving veteran safety Barry Church,...
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Chargers would host AFC title game at StubHub Center, limited size be damned
The game that will determine the AFC representative in the Super Bowl could be played in an uncharacteristically intimate venue. Per multiple sources, the AFC title game will be played at the StubHub Center...
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Philip Rivers hopes all questions about Mike Williams were answered
Last year the Chargers chose wide receiver Mike Williams with the seventh overall pick in the NFL draft. Williams struggled through an injury-plagued rookie season that saw him catch just 11 passes for 95...
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Mason Foster seeks forgiveness, says social media vent not how he feels
Washington linebacker Mason Foster talked publicly for the first time since his Instagram account posted profane messages as well as a homophobic slur. Foster admitted writing “F— this team and...
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Keenan Allen diagnosed with hip pointer
Chargers receiver Keenan Allen fell on his hip on a near-touchdown in the second quarter Thursday night. He returned for one play before going to a knee in pain. He ended up playing only 17 of 74 snaps....
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Jon Gruden avoids answering question about Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper said Thursday that Raiders owner Mark Davis traded him to the Cowboys, not then-General Manager Reggie McKenzie or coach Jon Gruden. Reporters asked Gruden about Cooper’s assertion that...
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Week 15 injury report roundup
Week 15 of the 2018 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Chargers and it continues with two more games on Saturday. The Jets, Texans, Browns and Broncos submitted their final injury reports...
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Al Riveron admits Bobby Wagner blocked field goal should have been flagged
A pivotal moment in the Seahawks’ win over the Vikings on Monday night came when Seattle’s Bobby Wagner blocked a field goal with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. One official threw a...
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League fines Ezekiel Elliott for violating helmet rule
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott became the first offensive player penalized under the helmet rule this season. He became the second offensive player fined for lowering his helmet to initiate contact....
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Drew Brees edges out Patrick Mahomes to lead fan Pro Bowl vote
Fan voting for the Pro Bowl ended on Thursday, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees finished atop the standings. Brees received 1,270,631 fan votes, most among all NFL players, while Chiefs quarterback Patrick...
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Packers might not have Bryan Bulaga against Khalil Mack
The Packers and Bears haven’t played since the season opener. You might remember that one. Khalil Mack had three tackles, a sack, an interception, a pass breakup, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble...
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Doug Baldwin questionable to face 49ers
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin returned to practice this week after missing last Monday’s win over the Vikings with a knee injury, but his status for Sunday’s game against the 49ers remains...
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Carson Wentz is officially doubtful for Sunday night
On Friday, Eagles coach Doug Pederson described quarterback Carson Wentz as “questionable” for Sunday night’s game against the Rams. Officially, Wentz is less likely to play than that. The...
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Martavis Bryant suspended indefinitely by NFL
Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant‘s season ended earlier this month when the team placed him on injured reserve with a knee injury and it is unclear when he will be making his next appearance....
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Zack Martin won’t play Sunday; Sean Lee questionable
Cowboys right guard Zack Martin has never missed a game in his five seasons. But his 77-game starts streak will end Sunday. Martin no longer can play through his sprained MCL, needing at least a week of...
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Colts promote Ahmad Thomas from practice squad
The Colts filled the roster spot they opened by waiving tight end Erik Swoope earlier this week. The team announced that linebacker Ahmad Thomas has been promoted from the practice squad to the active...
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Matthew Stafford questionable with back injury
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford did not practice fully all week, and the team lists him as questionable for Sunday’s game. Stafford expects to play despite his bad back, which would mark his 126th...
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Jimmy Graham: It’s not great when you’re not helping team win
Plenty of things have not gone as hoped for the Packers this season and the move to sign tight end Jimmy Graham could go on that list. Graham has 46 catches for 549 yards and two touchdowns on the year and...
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Jaguars cut veteran safety Barry Church
Signing a big contract is not the same as being secure. According to Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars have released veteran safety Barry Church. Church signed a four-year, $26 million...
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Titans add Marcus Mariota to injury report, expect him to play
The Titans added quarterback Marcus Mariota to their injury report Friday. He was limited in practice with an abdomen injury. Not to worry, though, the team expects him to play. The Titans ruled out only...
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Belichick: Past domination of Steelers won’t matter on Sunday
Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t always answer press conference questions in a word or a grunt. But it’s entertaining when he does. Regarding his record against the Steelers and against...
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Tom Brady on No. 1 seed: We just worry about what we control
Depending on how things break in other games, the Patriots could have a playoff berth and a division title wrapped up by the close of business on Sunday. If things fall that way, the next question for the...
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Malik Hooker fined for defenseless receiver hit
The NFL fined Colts safety Malik Hooker for hitting a defenseless receiver, Mike Chappell of FOX59/CBS4 Sports reports. Hooker did not reveal the amount of the fine, but the NFL fine schedule has a standard...
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Drew Brees gave all his receivers game balls after setting passing record
When Drew Brees set the all-time NFL record for passing yards, he knew the record didn’t just belong to him. So Brees gave a very thoughtful gift to all the receivers who caught all those passes...
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Best of PFT: Chargers make push for AFC's top seed
Mike Florio and Chris Simms look back at the Chargers' comeback win over the Chiefs on TNF and preview this weekend's slate of games in Friday's PFT Live.
Bengals' Mixon, Rams' Cooks have ideal matchups
Bengals RB Joe Mixon, Rams WR Brandin Cooks and Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels have ideal matchups for Week 15 with the fantasy football playoffs underway.
Dak Prescott nearly set NFL record, and no one noticed
While everyone was busy last week talking about Patrick Mahomes‘ no-look passes and Ryan Tannehill‘s last pass to beat the Patriots, Dak Prescott‘s near-NFL record went unnoticed. Stop if...
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James Conner practices Friday, listed as questionable
Running back James Conner missed last Sunday’s loss to the Raiders with an ankle injury and it looked like he was shaping up to be inactive again this weekend when he sat out of practice on Wednesday...
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Allen Robinson listed as questionable for Sunday
Wide receiver Allen Robinson didn’t practice on Wednesday because of a hip injury, but returned as a limited participant on Thursday and continued making progress on Friday. Robinson was a full...
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Saints sign wideout off Washington practice squad
The Saints added some depth at wide receiver, of the younger variety. Via Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, the Saints have signed wideout Simmie Cobbs off Washington’s practice squad. Cobbs...
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Jordan Reed out; Chris Thompson and Josh Doctson questionable for Sunday
Quarterback Josh Johnson won’t have tight end Jordan Reed as a target when he makes his first regular season start since 2011. Reed has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars after...
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Roy Ellison reinstated, fined one game check for Jerry Hughes incident
After the Bills lost to the Dolphins in Week 13, defensive end Jerry Hughes confronted umpire Roy Ellison in the tunnel to the locker room and accused Ellison of calling him a b—h. Ellison was placed...
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T.Y. Hilton questionable for Colts
The good news is, T.Y. Hilton has played through plenty of injuries this year. The bad news is, they don’t know if he will this week or not. Via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, Hilton is listed...
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DeSean Jackson out again with thumb problem
The Buccaneers are trying to hang onto their only-mathematical playoff chances. But since DeSean Jackson can’t hang onto passes at the moment, he won’t be there to help. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter...
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Thursday’s night game could shake up the MVP race
Any and all discussions about the MVP race aren’t relevant until the regular season ends. But that doesn’t stop them from happening. Throughout the 2018 season, a variety of names have emerged (...
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Jaguars sign Kai Forbath
Kai Forbath was in Pittsburgh for a workout earlier this week, but if he plays on Sunday it won’t be for the Steelers. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Forbath signed with the Jaguars on Friday...
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Xavien Howard doubtful this week for Dolphins
The Dolphins seem to be holding out hope for Xavien Howard‘s quick return. But not much hope. The Dolphins announced that the cornerback was doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Coach...
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Odell Beckham out again this week
The Titans secondary won’t have to tangle with Odell Beckham this Sunday. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said that Beckham has been ruled out for this weekend due to a quad injury. Beckham also missed...
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Bill Fralic dead at 56
Former University of Pittsburgh and Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Bill Fralic died on Friday. The school announced that Fralic, who was 56, died after a long battle with cancer. Fralic was a two-time...
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Eagles put former rugby player Jordan Mailata on IR
The Eagles knew they were drafting a project when they took Jordan Mailata in the seventh round. Now that project will go an entire year before they have a chance to find out if it works. The Eagles...
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Gerald McCoy named this week’s NFLPA Community MVP
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy launched a foundation named after his late mother in order to help improve the lives of single-parent families in and around Tampa. The Patricia Diane Foundation...
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