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Cardinals sign Zach Zenner
Running back Zach Zenner was set to be in uniform for the Saints in New Orleans this weekend right up until he was released by the Saints on Tuesday. As it turns out, Zenner may still be in New Orleans...
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Lions promote Paul Perkins from practice squad
The Lions put Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve after he had a knee procedure and they moved to bolster their running back group on Wednesday. The team announced that they have promoted running back Paul...
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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan not practicing today
The Falcons reportedly don’t think quarterback Matt Ryan‘s ankle injury is that serious. But it’s apparently serious enough to keep him off the field today. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told...
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Adam Thielen “lobbying” to play on Thursday night
With Minnesota’s Week Eight game only a day away, receiver Adam Thielen remains optimistic that he’ll be able to play despite an injured hamstring. “I’m hoping so,” Thielen told Dave Lee of WCCO...
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Steve Jordan enters Vikings Ring of Honor on Thursday night
On Thursday night, former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and quarterback Case Keenum return to town as members of the visiting team. Former Vikings tight end Steve Jordan also will be back, for a...
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James Conner feels healthy, expects to play Monday night
The Steelers last played against the Chargers on Sunday night in Week Six and they closed out that game without the help of running back James Conner. Conner was ruled out for the final quarter of the game...
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Brian Burns coming back from wrist surgery
The Panthers are coming off a bye week, and one of their most impressive players on defense is coming off a minor surgery. Via Joe Person of TheAthletic.com, rookie pass-rusher Brian Burns said he had a...
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Patriots have 18 interceptions while allowing 1 touchdown pass
The Patriots’ pass defense is dominating opposing quarterbacks like no defense we’ve seen in a long time. Maybe like no defense ever. The most incredible statistic to sum up how the Patriots...
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“Mad” and “upset” Eagles face a stiff challenge to turn the season around
On Sunday night, the Eagles suffered a stunning and embarrassing loss to the Cowboys. As the Eagles prepare for the last of a three-game road trip (in Buffalo), coach Doug Pederson provided at his Wednesday...
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Patriots announce Mohamed Sanu trade, cut Eric Tomlinson
Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is officially a member of the Patriots. The team formally announced Sanu’s acquisition in a Wednesday morning press release. The team sent a 2020 second-round pick to...
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Urban Meyer rumors pick up in Jerry's World
Mike Florio and Chris Simms debate if it's more likely Jason Garrett leads the Cowboys to the NFC title game or Urban Meyer becomes the next head coach in Dallas. Plus, who is going to lead the MVP race...
Sam Darnold may be limited in practice after having toenail removed
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold‘s rough Monday night extended beyond the apparitions that appeared due to the play of the Patriots defense. Darnold had his foot stepped on during the game and Jets head...
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Marcell Dareus may need surgery for core muscle injury
Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is heading to Philadelphia, but it is not because he’s been traded to the Eagles. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Dareus is making the trip to see Dr....
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Steelers NFLPA reps rip “greedy” owners for wanting a 17th game
The push for 18 games has become a potential 17-game compromise, with the growing sense that, eventually but inevitably, the regular season will expand by one game. Still, it’s going to take some work...
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DeSean Jackson will remain out of practice Wednesday
When Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered an abdominal injury in September, word was that he’d miss a couple of weeks before getting back in action. That proved to be an overly hopeful...
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Jim Harbaugh: Claims I want back in NFL are “total crap”
There have been whispers, rumors or reports that Jim Harbaugh could return to the NFL since Harbaugh left the 49ers to become the head coach of the University of Michigan in 2015, but he has not left and he...
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The Week Seven #PFTPM coaches of the week
Every Tuesday, MDS and I hand out a variety of awards for the week that was during an extra-long episode of #PFTPM. The prizes include a pair of coaches of the week — and for Week Seven they are...
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PFT Draft: Top MVP candidates
From Aaron Rodgers to Lamar Jackson to a few darkhorse challengers, Mike Florio and Chris Simms draft 2019 NFL MVP candidates.
Texans promote wide receiver from practice squad
The Texans filled a need with one of their own. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are signing wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. from their practice squad. He’s being...
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Will Eagles be able to turn season around?
After two crushing losses to the Vikings and the Cowboys, the Eagles are at a crossroads and with the toughest part of their schedule coming up, Philly's season could be over before they know it.
How Mahomes can still win NFL MVP in 2019
Patrick Mahomes' chances at repeating as NFL MVP took a big hit with his knee injury, but Mike Florio and Chris Simms lay out a scenario in which he could still win the award.
Lions players upset with Diggs trade
Lions players voiced their displeasure with the team trading Quandre Diggs to the Seahawks. Mike Florio and Chris Simms examine the effects this could have in Detroit.
Green, Harris could be next players traded
Mike Florio and Chris Simms list the veterans that could be on the trade block with the deadline less than a week away.
When will Falcons move on from Dan Quinn?
Dan Quinn's firing seems inevitable, so why don't the Falcons just part ways with their head coach immediately?
What did Darnold's 'seeing ghosts' comment mean?
Chris Simms explains what it means for a quarterback to "see ghosts" on the field after Jets' QB Sam Darnold's comments went viral during Monday night's game between the Jets and Patriots.
Pats, 49ers, Saints lead Week 8 Power Rankings
Chris Simms examines the Week 8 PFT Power Rankings, including whether the Saints should be No. 2 over the undefeated 49ers.
Airing of Grievances: Seeing 'ghosts' is normal
Chris Simms and Mike Florio air their grievances for the week, including the overblown concern about Sam Darnold after he said he was seeing ghosts against the Patriots' defense.
Broncos' Harris not focusing on trade rumors
Broncos DB Chris Harris says his focus is only on the Colts this week, but the trade rumors won't go away as the deadline approaches.
Eagles listed Fletcher Cox out with “illness” after incident at his home
Last week the Eagles put on their official injury report that defensive lineman Fletcher Cox had missed Wednesday practice with an “illness.” There was no explanation of the illness, but Cox was...
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Daily Dose: Johnson on IR; Sanders, Sanu traded
In today's Daily Dose, the Lions placed Kerryon Johnson on IR with a knee injury while the 49ers and Patriots traded for veteran receivers to help bolster their offenses.
Brett Maher named NFC special teams player of the week
Cowboys kicker Brett Maher made some history against the Eagles last Sunday night. The Cowboys elected to try a 63-yard field goal at the end of the first half and Maher put it through the uprights with...
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Josh Lambo named AFC special teams player of week
The Jaguars have had to deal with a number of changes, but they can count on Josh Lambo every week. The kicker was named AFC special teams player of the week, after hitting all four of his field goals in...
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Jacoby Brissett is the AFC offensive player of the week
Jacoby Brissett wasn’t expected to be the starting quarterback for the Colts this season, but Andrew Luck’s retirement in August changed the team’s plans. It has not been a bad change for...
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Tre’Davious White named AFC defensive player of the week
The Bills had to work harder than anticipated to beat the Dolphins. Thankfully for them, Tre'Davious White kept them from having to explain themselves for losing to a winless team. The third-year...
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What teams could Brady leave Patriots for?
Mike Florio has two teams in mind as possible landing spots if Tom Brady ever leaves the Patriots.
Aaron Rodgers named NFC offensive player of the week
Aaron Rodgers didn’t have all of his weapons in the passing game, but he didn’t need any more. The Packers quarterback was named NFC offensive player of the week after his six-touchdown day...
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Chandler Jones named NFC defensive player of the week
After the Cardinals sacked Giants quarterback Daniel Jones eight times in a 27-21 win last Sunday, Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones said that cornerback Patrick Peterson‘s return to the lineup...
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Tom Brady: I don’t know what the future holds
During the pregame show before Monday night’s game between the Patriots and Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN noted that Tom Brady‘s contract is up after the 2019 season and that he’s put his...
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How will Sanders impact 49ers' offense?
Mike Florio and Chris Simms look at how Emmanuel Sanders will fit in Kyle Shanahan's scheme with the 49ers after San Francisco traded for the veteran receiver.
Melvin Gordon: I could be a lot better
The Chargers appeared to be on the brink of beating the Titans when they got the ball to the 1-yard-line late in last Sunday’s game, but they never got into the end zone. Running back Melvin Gordon...
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Falcons haven’t recorded a sack in a month
The Falcons have plenty of issues this season, but among the most glaring is their lack of pass rush. And that drought has lasted more than a month. Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-...
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Brady to the 49ers in 2020 can’t happen, can it?
When trying to identify potential fits for Tom Brady in 2020 if, as some think, he’s destined to leave the Patriots, I left out one team that maybe should have been included. The 49ers. Yes, they have...
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Mike Tomlin calls Dolphins “a very capable group”
The Steelers are 2-4, so they can’t take anything for granted. But coach Mike Tomlin wanted to make sure his players were taking this week seriously, even though they’re playing a team that...
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Lions teammates not thrilled with Quandre Diggs trade
Lions General Manager Bob Quinn has made some out-of-the-Honolulu-blue moves at the trade deadline before. But suffice it to say yesterday’s deal that sent starting safety Quandre Diggs to the...
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Le’Veon Bell: NFL did Sam Darnold dirty by airing “seeing ghosts”
Jets running back Le'Veon Bell is bashing the NFL for allowing Sam Darnold‘s comments about “seeing ghosts” to make the Monday Night Football broadcast. Darnold said he was “...
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Titans re-sign Matt Dickerson, waive Derick Roberson
The Tennessee Titans re-signed defensive tackle Matt Dickerson on Tuesday. Dickerson was released along with defensive lineman Brent Urban last week so the team could add first-round pick Jeffery Simmons...
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If Tom Brady leaves the Patriots, where would he go?
Ever since the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady agreed to a contract extension that isn’t really a contract extension and Brady put his house in Boston up for sale, some have been speculating that...
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Jaguars re-sign Donald Payne, place D.J. Alexander, Geoff Swaim on injured reserve
In addition to former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, the Jacksonville Jaguars brought back a familiar face to aid their linebacker corps on Tuesday. The team re-signed linebacker Donald Payne, who has...
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Who else will be traded?
The in-season trading activity has been significant in recent days, with still seven days to go until the window closes until 2020. So who else could be traded? Receiver A.J. Green tops the list. It’s...
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Eagles aren’t questioning Nelson Agholor’s effort
Nelson Agholor explained what some interpreted as a lack of effort late in Sunday’s loss to Dallas. The Eagles receiver also appeared unbothered by the outside criticism. “Man, I’m a...
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