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Dan Hanzus

Dan Hanzus

 

Dan Hanzus is a writer for Around the League, providing non-stop analysis and opinions on all things football. Previous stops include The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., and MLB.com before joining NFL Media in 2010. Hanzus co-hosts the "Around the League Podcast" and is a regular guest on the "Dave Dameshek Football Program."


April

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Robert Griffin III: RGIII's quarterback guru (which sounds like awesome work if you can get it)... more

Sure, it's the middle of April. The league hasn't released its official schedule and we haven't even reached the NFL draft, a huge piece of the puzzle in building rosters for the upcoming season. But projections are fun. Especially projections rooted in... more

Aldon Smith's future remains unclear one week after a bizarre airport arrest in Los Angeles. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen NFL Media Insider... more

Contract talks between the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick are on hold. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32 teams. Find out your favorite teams' comprehensive schedule. More...... more

Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released from an Arizona jail Thursday after serving a one-day sentence for a misdemeanor DUI charge, according to the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office. McNabb was cited Dec. 15 of last year for speeding... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars released outside linebacker Russell Allen and three other players Thursday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... Allen... more

Chris Johnson sees himself as a victim of his own success. The running back rushed for 2,006 yards in his second season in the NFL. He's been chasing the ghost ever since. "Once you rush for 2,000, you set the expectation for yourself," Johnson said... more

The San Francisco 49ers could be looking to move a running back before the 2014 NFL Draft. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that the 49ers are actively shopping LaMichael James , citing a league source. The Niners'... more

Sidney Rice is headed back to the Super Bowl champions. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that the veteran wide receiver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, according to a source close to the deal. The move comes on the... more

Give John Idzik some credit. The New York Jets general manager has received his fair share of criticism this offseason for the pace at which he's operated during free agency. No one doubted Idzik was hard at work -- the question was whether the... more

Are you a Green Bay Packers fan? Has true love eluded you? Read on, my friend! Because the Internet is both awesome and outrageously expansive, we now have Greenbaypackerslovers.com , a dating site devoted to unattached fans of the defending NFC North... more

Donald Trump demands to be taken seriously . The billionaire entrepreneur and professional famous person insists he's sincere in his wish to purchase the Buffalo Bills. And he wants to keep the team in Western New York. "I'm going to give it a... more

Kurt Coleman has found a new home. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the veteran safety agreed... more

Von Miller has high hopes for the new season. The Denver Broncos linebacker, currently working his way back from surgery to repair a torn ACL, has vowed to return to the field as a better version of the player who tormented opposing offenses in his... more

Rashean Mathis is staying put. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The veteran cornerback will sign a one-year contract to remain with the... more

The Cleveland Browns have added another face to their new-look rushing attack. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The Browns announced Monday... more

LeSean McCoy is still getting asked about why the Philadelphia Eagles decided to pull the plug on their marriage with DeSean Jackson. Each time the topic comes up, McCoy has a similar version of the same answer: He doesn't know why the Eagles dropped... more

Steve Smith hasn't put any thought into the Carolina Panthers' unsettled wide receiver position. Carolina's "Moneyball" approach might be arching eyebrows across the football landscape, but Smith no longer busies himself with matters concerning... more

Chad Johnson could head north to continue his professional football career. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the former NFL wide receiver will work out for the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes in Vero Beach, Fla.... more

Rob Gronkowski remains on the right track in his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that the New England Patriots tight end visited with famed orthopedist Dr. James... more

Matthew Stafford is taking the earmuffs approach to handling the criticism that's mounted following his uneven 2013 season. "(You) learn not to pay attention to everything," Stafford said Thursday, according to MLive.com . "Obviously, there are a lot of... more

On Friday in the NFL Media newsroom, I had a nice conversation with Charley Casserly about the ceiling of Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg. (Verdict: We agreed Strasburg has vintage Doc Gooden potential if it all breaks right.) What... more

Which version of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will show up this season? Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... Will it be... more

The Carolina Panthers have added a Canadian Football League star to their roster. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The Panthers signed... more

Roster Reset: AFC East April 10, 2014

The AFC East remains Patriots country. Sure, this has been the case pretty much since Creed ruled the charts, but New England has gained serious in-house separation in recent years. The Jets were a worthy challenger in Rex Ryan's early era in New... more

Thomas DeCoud is staying in the NFC South. The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday that they have signed the veteran safety to a two-year contract. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, per a source who has seen the contract, that the deal... more

Adrian Peterson is taking an optimistic viewpoint on his recovery from groin surgery. The Minnesota Vikings running back told reporters during a Wednesday conference call that he is close to full strength and intends to participate in offseason... more

Champ Bailey won't be changing positions in 2014. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis confirmed Wednesday that New Orleans intends to play Bailey only at cornerback this season. "You always have a need for good players and that's a valuable... more

We've been waiting for Brandon Spikes to speak out about his unceremonious exit from the New England Patriots. On Wednesday, the new Buffalo Bills linebacker lifted his personal omertà. Great games on the schedule for 2014, but it's going to be like... more

Josh Freeman is back on the grid. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Freeman worked out for the Chicago Bears on Monday, according to a source informed of the quarterback's plans. It's believed to be the first free-agent visit for the... more

Richard Sherman is one of the NFL's premier cornerbacks. He's also one of the game's great self-promoters. We knew this long before Sherman's NFC title game pass deflection sent the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl and set the stage for a large-scale... more

The Washington Redskins finished the 2012 regular season with seven consecutive wins, a hot streak that culminated in the franchise's first NFC East title in 13 years. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its... more

The Baltimore Ravens continued the retooling process of their offense on Friday, reaching a one-year deal with former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels. The Ravens suddenly are worlds ahead of where they were at tight end last fall, when Dennis... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a hard look at Alex Mack. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Chris Johnson could find a new home quickly. Chris Johnson Tracker Chris Johnson is on the market, so keep an eye on all the latest news surrounding his next move with our CJ2K tracker.†More... ProFootballTalk reported Saturday that Johnson is... more

DeSean Jackson was surprised to learn he was being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, and a conversation with Chip Kelly did little to clear up why the team was parting ways with its best receiver. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the... more

Champ Bailey finally reached the Super Bowl in his 15th season in the league. It didn't go too well, of course. The Denver Broncos got pasted at MetLife Stadium, leaving Bailey without a ring to complete his Hall of Fame resume. Enter the Saints. The... more

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson asked for an explanation why the Philadelphia Eagles didn't want him anymore. He never really got it during a phone call with coach Chip Kelly. Silver: Daniel Snyder's major coup There is a winner in... more

Joe Haden has been in the NFL for four seasons. The Cleveland Browns have a record of 18-46 in that time. Could the Browns' incessant losing ever sour the star cornerback on sticking with the team? Does Haden need to see substantial progress to tie his... more

The New England Patriots have cut ties with Adrian Wilson. The veteran safety was released by the team Friday, ending Wilson's tenure with the Patriots after one season and zero snaps. Wilson signed a three-year, $5 million deal with the Patriots last... more

Mike Williams put down nearly $1 million dollars in cash to buy a house in the Tampa area two weeks ago, so it's safe to say his trade from the Buccaneers on Friday came as something of a surprise. Williams might similarly have been surprised to... more

The Baltimore Ravens have added another weapon on offense. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Thursday that tight end Owen Daniels and the Ravens have agreed to terms on a deal, according to a source apprised of the negotiations.†NFL Media Insider... more

DeSean Jackson has worn No. 10 for his entire NFL career. Robert Griffin III has worn that same number since high school. The two men are now teammates. This is what you would call low-level drama . Silver: Daniel Snyder's major coup There is a... more

John Kuhn is sticking around in Green Bay. The agent for the veteran fullback announced Thursday that Kuhn re-signed with the Packers. The one-year deal is worth more than $1 million , according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Free-Agent Tracker... more

Danieal Manning didn't stay on the market for long. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Manning and the Cincinnati Bengals are finalizing a one-year deal , according to a source informed of the situation. The team later officially... more

In Wednesday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast ," we speculated if Colt McCoy's next job might be on the sideline as an assistant coach with the University of Texas. Any hypothetical post-NFL plans are now on hold. The Washington Redskins... more

If Washington Redskins fans are looking for someone to thank for the signing of DeSean Jackson, they perhaps can start with QB1. Silver: Daniel Snyder's major coup There is a winner in the DeSean Jackson drama, Michael Silver writes: Daniel... more

Darrius Heyward-Bey is getting another fresh start. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Wednesday they had signed the speedy fifth-year wide receiver to a one-year contract. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with... more

DeSean Jackson's arrival in Washington offers the Redskins the potential to become one of football's top offenses in 2014. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

The Philadelphia Eagles cut their best receiver last week, then watched him sign a new deal with a division rival. Why exactly Chip Kelly believed he couldn't move forward with DeSean Jackson is unclear, but Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman... more

March

The Oakland Raiders have locked down another veteran in their ongoing roster rebuild. The team announced Monday that it has signed former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers. The Raiders offered visual proof via social media: The Raiders have... more

Kenny Britt has found a new home. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the wide receiver... more

The Washington Redskins have added a veteran presence to their secondary. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

Jared Allen doesn't see himself as a player in decline. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... Now 10 seasons into a remarkably consistent... more

The New York Jets are once again going bargain shopping to find their replacement for Antonio Cromartie. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

The NFL Annual Meeting has wrapped up and the pigskin landscape is (relatively) calm. Let's get a mailbag out there before Mark Cuban yells at us. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. @NFL_ATL Who do you think will win more superbowls in their... more

Vince Wilfork's work address will remain in Foxborough. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday... more

The Miami Dolphins have added another option to their backfield. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that former Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has agreed to a one-year deal worth about $3 million with the Dolphins, according... more

The next chapter in the career of Mark Sanchez begins with the Philadelphia Eagles. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh knows what he's getting from Steve Smith. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The veteran wide receiver... more

We already know that Terrelle Pryor isn't long for the Oakland Raiders. The question is how he'll exit the picture. Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reported Wednesday that the Raiders have received "trade feelers" for Pryor. If the Raiders cannot move the... more

We were told Jared Allen was willing to retire rather than continue his career at a compensation level he felt to be beneath him. Turns out, the veteran pass rusher didn't even take the biggest offer on the table. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Stop us if you've heard this one before: No team has ever advanced to the Super Bowl in a season in which it was the host of the game. That's 48 years without a match, but Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes his team can make history when... more

Wade Davis came out as gay in 2012, nine years after the conclusion of an NFL career that included brief stops with the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins. With former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam now hoping to become the... more

Reggie McKenzie was criticized when the Oakland Raiders didn't fight to retain Jared Veldheer, a talented left tackle who might have been the best player on a barren roster. Now the Raiders' general manager has shed some light onto why the team... more

Another Seattle Seahawks star could be headed for hip surgery. ESPN's John Clayton reported Tuesday that Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor will undergo surgery to "clean up" a hip problem that developed last season, according to a source. The surgery is... more

Peanut butter and jelly. Rust Cohle and Martin Hart. Jimmy Graham and dunking footballs. Some things are just better together. The New Orleans Saints tight end might not have invented the celebration , but it's most certainly become his thing . That... more

The San Francisco 49ers are serious about getting a new deal done with Colin Kaepernick ahead of the 2014 season. General manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando that the team hopes to lock down a new contract with the... more

In his 2011 autobiography †Play Like You Mean It , New York Jets coach Rex Ryan wrote love songs for Mark Sanchez. The rise and fall of Mark Sanchez Dan Hanzus looks back at the QB's wild five-year ride with the Jets: the playoff wins, strange... more

Jay Gruden represents a fresh start in Washington. The 3-13 nightmare is history, as is the acrimonious relationship between franchise quarterback and glamour head coach. The Redskins hope Gruden can bring back trust to that most important of bonds... more

The Washington Redskins have launched a new initiative they hope will help improve the quality of life for tribal reservations across the country. In a four-page open letter released Monday evening, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder announced the creation... more

There is most certainly a market for running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Monday that representatives for Jones-Drew will meet with the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers might have found their replacement for Larry Foote. ProFootballTalk reported Monday that the Steelers and inside linebacker Arthur Moats have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to a league source. The Steelers later... more

Howie Roseman can't hide from the reality: Hurricane DeSean has touched down in Orlando. The Eagles general manager met with reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting on Monday morning, where he was predictably met with questions about wide receiver DeSean... more

More trouble for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams. A spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office told NFL Media that Williams was stabbed in the left thigh with a kitchen knife at his residence in Tampa on Sunday afternoon.... more

Mark Sanchez's tumultuous journey with the New York Jets is complete, but his NFL career will continue. Count the St. Louis Rams as one prospective suitor. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our... more

The Mark Sanchez era in New York has come to a close. The Jets released the quarterback †Friday after a turbulent five-season run that included four playoff wins, too many turnovers, a controversial shoulder injury, and of course, a butt fumble. Let's... more

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen told reporters Friday he saw Matt Schaub as a long-term solution who could lead the team at quarterback for several years. That faith in Schaub's ability won't necessarily preclude the Raiders from investing in a QB... more

Jay Cutler landed a huge new deal with the Chicago Bears in January. Could Ben Roethlisberger be the next big-ticket quarterback to get paid? A deal isn't on the immediate horizon, according to Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert.... more

The San Francisco 49ers have been a reported potential suitor for wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Their general manager downplayed that notion Sunday. "Right now, he's under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles," Trent Baalke said from the owner's... more

The Minnesota Vikings have snagged a big man from a division rival. Defensive lineman Corey Wootton has agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings, according to Wootton's agent. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Wootton's deal has a max... more

The New York Jets will welcome Michael Vick into their building Friday. Could a high-profile former teammate come up in conversation? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Jets are among the teams that have inquired about... more

There will be no further fallout connected to Mike Tomlin's infamous sideline incident last Thanksgiving in Baltimore. Steelers president Art Rooney III said Thursday that the team has been informed it will not be docked a pick in the 2014 NFL Draft... more

New York Jets general manager John Idzik has earned a reputation as a deliberate worker, an executive unlikely to act without a good amount of time and thought preceding action. Whether this trait is a positive or negative depends on who you ask.... more

Jason Campbell's nomadic journey through the landscape of the 21st century NFL continues. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... NFL Media... more

Hakeem Nicks won't be the only big addition to the Indianapolis Colts on offense next season. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... Promising... more

What would you give up for DeSean Jackson? Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The Philadelphia Eagles†are open to trading the playmaking... more

The Oakland Raiders have located another left tackle. We'll see if this one sticks. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Joe Morgan is back with the New Orleans Saints. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen The Saints announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old wide... more

Israel Idonije is heading back to Soldier Field. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the... more

The New York Giants and Mathias Kiwanuka will remain in business together -- on the team's terms. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... Ralph... more

James Jones might have loved the chance to play in Carolina , but he's found a home in the Black Hole. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL... more

Brandon Weeden quickly has found a new home. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the... more

Darrelle Revis officially is a member of the New England Patriots. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The star cornerback received a tour of... more

The New York Jets locked up one notable free-agent wide receiver in Eric Decker. They're not done yet. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

The Carolina Panthers paid Steve Smith to go away, then let Ted Ginn and Brandon LaFell walk out the door. Hakeem Nicks seemed like a logical fit, but general manager Dave Gettleman reportedly told the hometown kid he was better off catching passes from... more

Brandon Weeden needs to find a place to rehabilitate his NFL career. Could that be in Big D? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Brandon Weeden will visit the Cowboys on Monday, per a team source. Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com first reported... more

Jared Allen's first free-agent visit is over, and now the veteran pass rusher has a second one lined up. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Allen has a meeting scheduled with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, according to a source informed of... more

It might be a Big Apple (well, East Rutherford) showdown for the services of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ...... more

Steve Smith has left the Carolina Panthers behind. With it, he bequeaths his status as a true No. 1 wide receiver. Speaking to reporters for the first time since signing with the Baltimore Ravens, Smith explained how he sees himself fitting into Gary... more

The New York Giants could be interested in a reunion with one of their Super Bowl heroes. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that wide receiver Mario Manningham is set to visit with the team Monday, according to a source informed of the... more

Calvin Pace is staying with the New York Jets. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the... more

Emmanuel Sanders says he agreed to join only one team this weekend -- and that was the Denver Broncos. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL... more

Hell hath no fury like Steve Smith scorned. Take a look at the best shots of Steve Smith. The veteran wide receiver isn't thrilled with certain members of the Carolina Panthers organization following his unceremonious release †Thursday, but he won't let... more

Jermichael Finley isn't a member of the Seattle Seahawks yet, but it could be headed that way. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... NFL Media... more

Tracy Porter is on the move again. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Porter has agreed... more

The Carolina Panthers made the expected official on Thursday, releasing franchise stalwart Steve†Smith after 13 seasons with the team. Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reported that Smith gave Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman five teams as... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found a new left tackle. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday... more

Steve Smith's days with the Carolina Panthers are over . He shouldn't be out of work for long. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media's... more

Darren Sproles is on the move. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the New Orleans... more

Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets might have a future together yet. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... Manish Mehta of The New York Daily... more

Mike Neal was a durable and productive presence for the Green Bay Packers' defense last season. It appears he's been rewarded for those qualities. Hi Green Bay!!! I'll enjoy your winters for two more years!! ‚?? Michael Neal (@mneal96) March 12, 2014... more

Jacoby Jones is staying put. The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday that the wide receiver and return man agreed to a four-year contract with the team. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal is worth $14 million , per a source who has seen... more

Darrelle Revis was released Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What's next for the Pro Bowl cornerback? Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

Michael Vick remains on the open market. He might stay there for awhile. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is in "no rush" to sign with a team and could wait until after the draft before... more

Darrelle Revis' stay on the trade block should prove to be uneventful. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday night it's now considered unlikely that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback will be moved in a trade. Free-Agent Tracker Follow... more

The Miami Dolphins have locked up Randy Starks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the versatile defensive tackle is finalizing a deal to stay with the Dolphins , according to a source informed of Starks' plan. The deal is likely for... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have found a new running back. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday... more

The New Orleans Saints have had a change of plans concerning Darren Sproles. The team originally intended to release the running back in a salary cap related move, but now the Saints believe they will be able to trade him , according to NFL Media... more

Jared Allen's first visit as a free agent will be with the Denver Broncos, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported.† The veteran defensive end is testing the open market for the first time in his career. The Broncos are in the market for pass rushers... more

Darren McFadden's career with the Oakland Raiders will continue. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that McFadden has signed a one-year, $4 million contract to remain in Oakland, according to a person informed of the deal. Glad to be... more

Jermichael Finley is sitting down with the Super Bowl champs. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Finley's first visit in free agency will be with the Seattle Seahawks, according to a source. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the... more

Left tackles continue to fly off the open market at the start of free agency. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media's Aditi... more

The Washington Redskins got right to work adding new pieces to their offense at the start of free agency. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Tuesday that the team will sign wide receiver Andre Roberts and guard Shawn Lauvao. The Redskins also will... more

Andre Caldwell is staying with the Denver Broncos. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that... more

The uncertain future of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is the NFL's biggest storyline as the free agency period kicks off Tuesday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

The Cleveland Browns have found their replacement for D'Qwell Jackson. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Karlos Dansby has agreed to join the Browns on a deal that will average $6 million per season. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all... more

Give Peyton Hillis credit: The kid stays in the picture. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News... more

Karlos Dansby's big comeback season in Arizona last season could lead to a big payday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans are in the running for Dansby,... more

Darrelle Revis is on the block. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are uncomfortable paying the star cornerback's $16 million salary and are open to a trade, according to two sources informed of the team's... more

Good news for those of you who own an authentic Jay Feely jersey: The kicker is staying with the Arizona Cardinals. Happy to announce I am signed back with the @AZCardinals I never wanted to play with different teammates or for another organization.... more

Ike Taylor†apparently is staying with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran cornerback used his Twitter account Monday to share the news that he'll be back for a 12th season in the Steel City. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Aditi... more

Jason Babin and the Jacksonville Jaguars have reached the end of the road. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Babin has voided the final two years of his contract to become a free agent, according to a source who has spoken with the... more

Rolando McClain retired at the age of 23. He's hoping to launch a comeback at 24. The Carroll County Times reported Monday , via a source close to the player, that McClain "is in a better place mentally," is working out regularly and has been... more

Where will Jermichael Finley end up in 2014? It's a loaded question for a player who hasn't even received full medical clearance following a scary injury that required spinal fusion surgery last year. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday... more

The New York Jets won't let Jeff Cumberland wade into the free-agent pool. The Jets announced Saturday that they've agreed to retain the tight end. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Cumberland signed a three-year, $3.7 million deal , with $1... more

Matt Cassel is staying put. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Cassel signed a two-year , $10 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source informed of the team's move. Cassel voided the final year of his contract... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. D'Qwell Jackson: Last week Jackson was on the last-place Browns. Now he's on the first-place Colts... more

You don't pass up the opportunity to write about Better Than Ezra on the official website of the National Football League. For the uninitiated, Better Than Ezra is a New Orleans-based alternative rock trio that found commercial success in the 1990s with... more

Wade Phillips might be out of work, but he's not out of fire. Apropos of nothing, the former Houston Texans defensive coordinator and Dallas Cowboys coach took to Twitter on Thursday and set his sights on the walls of Jerrah World. Jason Garrett is... more

It's becoming increasingly apparent Michael Vick will have no shortage of suitors on the open market. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Jacksonville Jaguars are among the clubs interested in the veteran quarterback,... more

The Arizona Cardinals are poking around the free-agent market for tight ends. Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports John Carlson is visiting with the Cardinals on Thursday. Carlson was released last week after two disappointing seasons with the... more

In the latest edition of the ATL Mailbag, we presented the unabridged list of Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks during Adrian Peterson's NFL career. It's a grim collection of signal-callers. Joe Webb, Brooks Bollinger and Donovan McNabb's remains (ID'd by... more

While drama swirls around him , Jim Harbaugh remains unchanged. We're talking about his clothes mostly, but in other ways, too. Here's the San Francisco 49ers coach at the University of Kansas, wearing his now comically standard $23 flat khakis and... more

D'Qwell Jackson has found a new home. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the inside linebacker has agreed to a four-year, $22 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts, according to a person who has seen the contract. The deal includes... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are staying busy. On the same day Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller received contract extensions , the Steelers announced they released linebacker Larry Foote, offensive tackle Levi Brown and cornerback Curtis Brown. Foote is... more

When the New Orleans Saints used their franchise tag on Jimmy Graham, it seemed to ensure the star tight end would be catching passes from Drew Brees for at least another season. Yes, the tag's nonexclusive nature allows other teams to bid for... more

Here's your Wednesday update on Chris Johnson, courtesy of the Tennessee Titans running back himself. Spoiler: The update is there is no update. Which is still kind of an update, right? Let's just go with it . My agent and titans front office had a... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Most of the football world believes James Jones won't be back with the Green Bay Packers in 2014. While the team has talked extension with Jordy Nelson, and the coach has sung the praises of Jarrett Boykin, Jones has heard... more

The Washington Redskins have opted to move on from defensive end Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. The team announced Tuesday it was terminating the contracts of both veterans. The moves save approximately $3.2 million in salary cap space. The... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What's changing? Youngry didn't take. Neither did Sgt. Schiano. Now the Bucs will ask Lovie... more

You can safely cross Anquan Boldin off the list of San Francisco 49ers players who have reportedly grown weary of their coach's antics. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the... more

Russell Wilson continued his spring training dalliance with the Texas Rangers on Monday, putting on the uniform, fielding grounders and basically looking exactly the part of a Major League Baseball player. Seriously, Wilson could easily portray a... more

Jairus Byrd appears to be on a collision course with the open market. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that, after gauging the market and looking at possible trade options, the Buffalo Bills now are unlikely to use their franchise tag on... more

The extra point has become the NFL's great afterthought. Could a substantial change be on the horizon? NFL Media's Judy Battista reports the NFL Competition Committee is in preliminary talks about placing the ball at the 25-yard line for the... more

The Cleveland Browns are making their move to hold on to center Alex Mack. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Jim Harbaugh remains the 49ers' coach. Trent Baalke remains the general manager. Jimmy Haslam's "opportunity" has come and gone. Still, uncertainty lingers in San Francisco. The relationship between Harbaugh and Baalke has been portrayed as the... more

The Philadelphia Eagles signed both Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin to new contracts last week. Could the team's aggressiveness in locking up those wide receivers say something about DeSean Jackson's future? Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski offered an... more

Karlos Dansby was a certified offseason steal for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. After being released by the Miami Dolphins, the inside linebacker returned to the desert on a one-year deal and proceeded to have one the best seasons of his career.... more

Malcom Floyd doesn't know when he can get back on the football field -- or if that's even a possibility. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen The... more

The 2013 season was one of transformation for Josh McCown. The Chicago Bears quarterback entered the season as a journeyman and exited as a late bloomer with high-earning potential on the free-agent market. McCown made eight appearances and five... more

February

The NFL has notified clubs that the salary cap for 2014 will be $133 million, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday. That is an increase of nearly $10 million per team over 2013. The cap is primed to soar even higher in 2015, after money from... more

The NFL Scouting Combine is in the rearview, the beginning of free agency is near. Dan Hanzus takes questions from you, the reader, and answers them in the latest ATL Mailbag. What would the 2011 draft top 5 look like if done with hindsight?... more

Charles Woodson said earlier this week he "definitely" plans on playing in 2014. Will that change if the Oakland Raiders don't make him an offer he feels is fair? "If the right numbers don't come across for myself and from the team standpoint, it's... more

If you somehow came into the possession of "Weird Science" -like software that could create the prototypical baseball manager, the great machine would undoubtedly spit out Ron Washington. Washington is gruff, wise, mustachioed and not one to suffer... more

Riley Cooper is unlikely to ever fully escape the long shadow cast by his behavior at that Kenny Chesney concert. Still, the five-year, $25 million contract signed by the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver proves you can move on from personal blunders... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the New York Giants. What's changing? The Giants were buried from postseason consideration by Halloween, losing... more

Jonathan Martin wants to continue his NFL career. If that doesn't happen with the Miami Dolphins, then where? One intriguing potential landing spot is Indianapolis, where the Colts have become fertile ground for the high-profile Stanford alumni.... more

The Philadelphia Eagles are keeping busy before the start of free agency. On the same day the team announced a contract extension for left tackle Jason Peters, the Eagles also are closing in on new deals with wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy... more

The Cleveland Browns are moving on without D'Qwell Jackson. The team released the linebacker Wednesday, soon after the sides met and mutually agreed to part ways. Jackson had been due a $4.1 million roster bonus on March 15. Jackson told The Plain... more

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman raised eyebrows at the NFL Scouting Combine last week when he chose not to commit to veteran wide receiver Steve Smith. "Steve's had a great career," Gettleman said, "and the bottom line is, it's... more

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has yet to have a conversation with Jonathan Martin since the release of the Wells report, but he believes that might soon change. During a Tuesday conference call to promote anti-bullying legislation, Ross... more

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Saturday that the NFL Competition Committee has discussed a proposal to penalize players for the on-field use of racial slurs. Newsome, a member of the committee, said discussions took place at the... more

The 2013 season was a lost one for Von Miller. The Denver Broncos' two-time All-Pro linebacker was suspended six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy , then suffered a torn ACL that ended his season in December. 'ATL Podcast' The... more

Charles Woodson's Oakland Raiders homecoming was a success. The veteran defensive back started in all 16 games last season and played in 1,098 of the team's 1,105 defensive snaps. He made an impact, too, forcing three fumbles and recording an... more

The Baltimore Ravens and Dennis Pitta are headed in the right direction. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Pitta and the Ravens are making progress on a new deal, according to sources informed of the negotiations. Nothing is imminent... more

Could Michael Vick's next home be at the Meadowlands? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that, based on conversations in the past week, it's clear the Jets are viewed as a legitimate possible landing spot for the Philadelphia Eagles... more

Kirk Cousins is happy being a part of the Washington Redskins. He also really wants to be a starter. This is what you call a "conflicting situation." 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning... more

The update on Chris Johnson is that there is no update. The Tennessean reports the running back's status is unchanged after the Titans met with Johnson's agent at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend. Johnson is coming off a season in which he... more

Jadeveon Clowney made sure he'd be the story Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine. The polarizing University of South Carolina star blew the doors off the 40-yard dash, posting unofficial times of 4.47 and 4.48. (He later was clocked officially at 4.53.)... more

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York flatly denied his team nearly traded coach Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns. Harbaugh echoed York's denial. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has a different story. In fact, Haslam confirmed the two teams did discuss a deal... more

The legend of Chris Johnson lives on ... just barely. Johnson -- who holds the NFL Scouting Combine record for the 40-yard dash -- got a legitimate scare in the form of Kent State running back Dri Archer , who ran his 40 in 4.26 seconds Sunday. That's... more

Philip Rivers will have the familiarity of his longtime starting center for another year. Nick Hardwick has told the San Diego Chargers he will return for an 11th season. Hardwick had been weighing retirement, but he has opted to finish his... more

Michael Sam provided compelling evidence Saturday that he's absolutely the right guy for this unique spotlight. Silver: Standing with Sam Facing the assembled media for the first time since announcing he's gay, Michael Sam truly impressed Michael... more

The chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that monitors racial diversity in the NFL, believes the league will soon enact a rule that will penalize a player 15 yards for using the N-word on the field during a game. John Wooten said he expects... more

The San Francisco 49ers have started to talk business with Colin Kaepernick. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the 49ers and representatives for the quarterback met at an Indianapolis steak house Friday night to begin... more

The New York Jets are inching toward decision time on Mark Sanchez. Both the player and team are operating under a March 25 deadline. That's the date Sanchez is due a $2 million roster bonus, money the erstwhile starting quarterback will never see.... more

Arian Foster is coming off a year in which he missed time with preseason injuries, looked a step slow when he returned, then got shut down by back surgery after eight games. It was a disappointing, if not totally shocking development for a running... more

Jeremy Maclin wants to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles. It's starting to look like a real possibility he gets that wish. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that the Eagles have prioritized retaining Maclin before Riley Cooper,... more

Nick Collins was a standout safety for the Green Bay Packers before suffering a bruised spinal cord early in the 2011 season. Collins underwent surgery and -- despite his wishes -- hasn't played since. The speculation that Packers tight end... more

Kirk Cousins isn't untouchable, but don't expect to see him change football addresses this offseason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Washington Redskins do not intend to trade their backup quarterback. This comes two days... more

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has made his first public comments following the arrest of running back Ray Rice. Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, were arrested last week after Atlantic City police said the pair got in a fight and hit each... more

The Cleveland Browns are targeting Jairus Byrd. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday from the NFL Scouting Combine that the possibility of a reunion between Browns coach Mike Pettine and the playmaking safety "is real," according to sources... more

Bigger is apparently better for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That's our takeaway after seeing the "enhanced" helmets for the Bucs, unveiled during Thursday's edition of "NFL Total Access." Former Bucs great Warren Sapp and current Bucs star Gerald McCoy... more

Stephen Jones said this week that the Dallas Cowboys were getting "the lay of the land " on DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin, two high-priced veterans employed by a team with legitimate salary-cap concerns. Austin is unlikely to survive the purge.... more

Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner has been relieved of his duties following the release of Ted Wells' independent investigation of misconduct in the locker room, the team announced Wednesday. Head trainer Kevin O'Neill also was dismissed .... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Miami Dolphins. What's changing? A lot. The Dolphins' tumultuous 8-8 season proved to be the final straw for... more

Ted Wells' incendiary report on the Miami Dolphins' workplace appears to have claimed its first victims. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Wednesday †that the Dolphins have fired longtime trainer Kevin O'Neill, a source confirmed. ESPN's Chris... more

Fred Davis continues to be his own worst enemy. The Washington Redskins tight end has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The suspension begins immediately. "I would like to clarify the... more

The Dallas Cowboys are believed to be close to $25 million above the NFL's projected salary cap. The team obviously needs to make decisions on how to eliminate that bloat. Enter defensive end DeMarcus Ware and wide receiver Miles Austin, two... more

The Washington Redskins remain open to parting ways with Kirk Cousins at the right price. Mark Maske of The Washington Post reported Wednesday the Redskins want a second-round pick in the NFL draft if they were to trade the backup quarterback,... more

More trouble has found star-crossed San Diego Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander. Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reported Wednesday that Alexander has required "multiple" surgeries on his right knee because of an infection after undergoing a... more

Breathe easy, PAT purists. The extra point appears safe ... for now. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Tuesday... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- These are good times to be Randall Cobb. The Green Bay Packers wide receiver, just 23, has established himself as one of the game's best young playmakers. Now he enters a 2014 season that doubles as a contract year. A huge payday... more

Every team has needs. But few have one as pressing as the New York Jets do at wide receiver. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith had very little to work with last season, and the cast won't look any better after the Jets purge the bloated salary of... more

Anquan Boldin and the San Francisco 49ers proved to be a perfect match last season. Don't expect the partnership to end. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Wednesday on NFL Network that the 49ers want the soon-to-be free-agent wide receiver back... more

The new offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens says Ray Rice will remain the engine of the team's offense in 2014. "I think as he goes, we'll go," Gary Kubiak told the Ravens' official website †Friday. "Our goal is to get him going, and he's... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Michael Sam: The path ahead is uncertain , but history will remember Sam as a trailblazer.... more

In normal civilization time, it wasn't long ago that Brian Hoyer was making plays in NFL games that count. But in Cleveland Browns time, Hoyer's ascension to the starting job seems like a generation ago. Hoyer tore his ACL in October. Since then,... more

When excerpts from Seth Wickersham's ESPN The Magazine profile on Tony Gonzalez began to leak last week, the blogosphere couldn't resist. Tony Gonzalez says Matt Ryan's not elite! Tony Gonzalez wanted out before the trade deadline! Tony Gonzalez... more

The Houston Texans have a need at quarterback. They also own the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Teams that traded No. 1 overall pick prior to draft Year Player selected Traded from Traded to 1941 Tommy Harmon Eagles Bears 1967 Charles... more

Jermichael Finley is determined to return to the field in 2014. His agent continues to paint a very optimistic picture it will happen. Blake Baratz said the tight end's neurosurgeon told Finley that there's a "99.9 percent" chance his spinal fusion... more

The New York Jets want to lock up a key in-house free agent before he hits the open market. The New York Daily News reported Thursday that the Jets have started negotiations with right tackle Austin Howard, according to a team source. The team... more

The Green Bay Packers are usually bystanders while other teams throw around millions in free agency. That's about to change. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Wednesday on "NFL Total Access" that the Packers plan to take advantage of their nearly $30... more

Hours after going on an extended Twitter rant directed at estranged teammate Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito released an exclusive statement to NFL Media columnist Michael Silver. "The facts clearly show the allegations are false... more

Richie Incognito knows his NFL career is hanging in the balance. The findings of Ted Wells' independent report on the Miami Dolphins' workplace could decide Incognito's future. Wells' report isn't expected to be released until later this week at the... more

Tedy Bruschi believes Michael Sam can assimilate into an NFL locker room. But the former New England Patriots linebacker cautions it could take time for some teammates to accept the sport's first openly gay player. "It's going to be unusual at... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Michael Bennett is laying on a black couch as I enter the room. The Seattle Seahawks' defensive lineman remains this way after I sit in a chair and begin to ask him questions. I am not a psychiatrist, though for a brief moment I... more

You might vaguely recall the Chicago Bears once mortgaged their future to land a temperamental young quarterback named Jay Cutler. The year was 2009, and then-Bears general manager Jerry Angelo was beaming after pulling the trigger on a trade that... more

Michael Sam's public announcement that he's gay has received widespread support, from his alma mater †Missouri to current NFL players to the President of the United States . Of course, not everyone is going to be acceptant of Sam's sexual... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done some housekeeping. The team announced Monday it signed quarterback Mike Kafka and released offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, defensive tackle Derek Landri, quarterback Jordan Rodgers and running back Michael Hill.... more

Has Miles Austin's time with the Dallas Cowboys run out? ESPNDallas.com reported that talk out of the Cowboys' facility has the team ready to "move on" from the veteran wide receiver after eight seasons. This would not be a surprise. The Cowboys... more

We've reached the math portion of the NFL calendar. This isn't as sexy as, say, the "Super Bowl portion" of the NFL calendar, but the numbers game is vitally important to all 32 NFL teams. This is the time when front offices size up rosters and... more

It's the Sunday after the Super Bowl. The NFL Media newsroom is quiet. It only makes sense we check back in with Jared Lorenzen. The Hefty Lefty (or The Pillsbury Throwboy, or The Abominable Throwman or The Round Mound of Touchdown -- this is your call... more

It's time for us -- as a people -- to respect Alex Smith. He is not the system quarterback you remember from Jim Harbaugh's first season in San Francisco. Smith's performance against the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFL playoffs was one high-profile... more

The 2014 NFL Draft is still three months away, but Rick Spielman already has a plan. The Minnesota Vikings general manager has set a goal of having 10 selections in his pocket. He's two short right now. Spielman will work the phones to hit double... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the New York Jets. What's changing? Rex Ryan returns, but some notable veterans are likely to be shown the door... more

Here's something I'm 110 percent positive Peyton Manning will never watch: The Super Bowl XLVIII episode of NFL Network's "Sound FX." It's essentially an hour-long "Saw" sequel for Broncos fans, serving as a reminder of how outrageously the Seahawks... more

Norv Turner has plans for Adrian Peterson in 2013. Plans that could be different than the previous coaching regime in Minnesota. Turner, hired as the Vikings' new offensive coordinator last month, wants to run an offense that gets the ball to his best... more

Jack Del Rio will remain under the employ of the Denver Broncos. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the defensive coordinator reached agreement with the team on a new two-year contract, per a team source. The Denver Post first... more

We might not have seen the last of Tony Gonzalez, after all. The prolific tight end "consistently confessed" during Atlanta's 4-12 season that he was uncertain about retirement, according to a profile by Seth Wickersham in the latest edition of ESPN The... more

The Vikings might have found a new offensive coordinator in Norv Turner, but Minnesota's search for a franchise quarterback remains a work in progress. After the bumbling trio of Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman led the Vikings to a... more

A press conference immediately following a Super Bowl victory parade is not typically a bastion for hard news. Brooks: Anatomy of a beatdown What can we learn from a shockingly one-sided Super† Bowl? Bucky Brooks breaks down tape of Seattle's epic... more

They call it the first professional sports title for the city of Seattle in 35 years. This is not technically accurate. The Seattle Storm captured WNBA championships in both 2004 and 2010. Do you want to tell WNBA Finals MVP Betty Lennox that Seattle's... more

While the Seahawks paraded through major civic hubs of the Pacific Northwest, Peyton Manning found solace on the links with Bill Belichick. Wait, what? Golf Channel anchor Todd Lewis tweeted out the photographic evidence from the AT&T Pebble Beach... more

The NFL appointed Ted Wells to lead the independent investigation of the Miami Dolphins' workplace related to the fractured relationship between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. We'll soon learn Wells' findings. A representative for Wells said the... more

Change is on the way to "Thursday Night Football." It was announced Wednesday that the NFL will partner with CBS to produce and televise 16 games under the "Thursday Night Football" banner for the 2014 season. CBS will air eight early-season... more

Welcome to a special edition of the Around The League End Around, looking back at Super Bowl XLVIII. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good Super Bowl for ... 1. Russell Wilson: He's young, talented, clutch and the quarterback of a team with a... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Pete Carroll had reached the NFL mountaintop. Now came the time to celebrate with the players who got him there. Around The League was on the scene when the Seattle Seahawks coach gathered his players in the center of the... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This was a fitting way to say for us to say goodbye to Marshawn Lynch. The Seattle Seahawks running back's quirky demeanor and strict code of silence around (most ) humans with microphones made him a media fascination during... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Joe Namath handled coin-toss duties for Super Bowl XLVIII. How could it not end up being entertaining? Super Bowl commercials Watch all the funniest spots from Super Bowl Sunday. Share them via social media and rate your... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Derrick Brooks had just been announced as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 . Warren Sapp couldn't wait to congratulate his ex-teammate with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Harrison: Hall of Fame reaction Andre... more

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- By almost all accounts, Super Bowl week has been a definitive success. The events in New York City and New Jersey have been safe, smartly coordinated and well-attended. The weather has cooperated as well. The frigid cold earlier... more

NEW YORK -- "NFL Honors" is getting bigger. Now in its third year, the league's huge award gala has become a must-attend event for luminaries in town for the Super Bowl. The decision to include the announcement of the incoming Pro Football Hall of Fame... more

NEW YORK -- I am walking the red carpet at the Maxim party. NFL Fan Pass Want the ultimate access to Super Bowl XLVIII? NFL Fan Pass takes you behind the scenes with top stars and celebrities. READ Well, technically, it's a white carpet. And... more

January
What's it like on Radio Row? January 31, 2014

NEW YORK -- Before we head into Super Bowl weekend (we've made it, people), here are some thoughts on Radio Row: ¬Ľ The random factor is pretty high. I encountered a clearly lost Frank Caliendo at one point. Head down a flight of steps and there's... more

NEW YORK -- Greg Hardy tied a franchise record with 15 sacks for the Carolina Panthers this season. He won't turn 26 until next July. These are the types of guys you want to keep in the building. That's not assured for the man who calls himself The... more

NEW YORK -- You get the feeling that Darrelle Revis will always be the one that got away for Rex Ryan. The coach knew exactly what he had in Revis during the cornerback's six seasons with the New York Jets. Contract squabbles poisoned the relationship... more

NEW YORK -- Martellus Bennett is the runaway winner as the most entertaining athlete to talk to during Super Bowl week. The Chicago Bears tight end truly is unique. To cite one excellent example, Bennett was the only guy walking around Radio Row... more

NEW YORK -- The first thing that jumps out at you is the hair. Bruno Mars has an outrageous follicle situation going on. It rises approximately three inches into the air, a towering Hawaiian wave just about to crest. It's hard to concentrate on anything... more

NEW YORK -- Michael Vick doesn't know where he'll end up next season. Wherever he lands, he doesn't expect to be a backup. Around The League caught up with the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Wednesday at the Super Bowl Media Center, where he was... more

NEW YORK -- Sometime around my 30th birthday, I made a solemn vow to never again stand in line outside a bar. I'd estimate I spent roughly 47 percent of my twenties waiting for some disagreeable behemoth to let me in the door of an overpriced hole.... more

So much for the idea neither Super Bowl team would set foot in Manhattan this week. NFL Fan Pass Want the ultimate access to Super Bowl XLVIII? NFL Fan Pass takes you behind the scenes with top stars and celebrities. READ The intrepid humans... more

NEW YORK -- The trio of Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Alshon Jeffery seemed to garner much of the spotlight on the Chicago Bears' offense this season. While a quarterback controversy raged and Jeffery put on a weekly show, running back Matt Forte chugged... more

NEW YORK -- When Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri rolled past me on the NFL.com/Live set Wednesday, I felt compelled to pull up his stats on my phone. This is what sports nerds do. His career achievements are staggering. Eighteen seasons,... more

NEW YORK -- Maurice Jones-Drew finds himself at a crossroads. The Jacksonville Jaguars running back turns 29 in March and is coming off the worst statistical season of his career. This is not the ideal time for him to hit free agency, but that's... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- You have to admire what Marshawn Lynch pulled off on Media Day. The man who said the least mattered the most during Super Bowl week's grand circus, held this year in the cramped confines of the Prudential Center. As Gregg Rosenthal put... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- Percy Harvin says he feels great. His body is right and his head is sound after a concussion forced him to miss the NFC Championship Game . He looms as a potential X-factor in Super Bowl XLVIII. Staying on the field always has been... more

NEWARK, N.J. -- What's the first image that pops to mind when you think of Peyton Manning? For me, it's this . Manning, ankle being treated in a tub, helmet on so he can listen to play calls in practice, eyes intently studying the playbook on his... more

Marshawn Lynch's reclusive nature with the media already had the Seattle Seahawks running back on thin ice with the NFL as he entered Super Bowl week. The situation might soon escalate.† In an exclusive one-on-one with NFL Media columnist Michael... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was vocal in his displeasure with last year's Pro Bowl, disparaging the level of play and openly broaching the possibility the game could be eliminated. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest... more

True story: Super Bowl XLVIII will be played outdoors in northern New Jersey. Also true: There is no roof on MetLife Stadium. Mother Nature will have a voice in the year's biggest game. A potentially†loud one. The weather seems to be all anyone can talk... more

For the owners of metropolitan New York's NFL franchises, the first cold-weather Super Bowl counts as a triumph. Jets owner Woody Johnson can still recall a conversation years earlier with Giants co-owner John Mara in which the question was asked :... more

Congratulations. You were able to collect on that debt from your idiot brother-in-law and buy Super Bowl tickets. If you're doing this right (and I imagine you are, seeing as how you managed to get that money back from Todd ), you'll arrive in Manhattan... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- This is supposed to be the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, but Sunday was all about the land of Springsteen. The first official media event of the week leading up to Denver Broncos versus Seattle Seahawks was held aboard the... more

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Peyton Manning's boss had the NFL's greatest ever sign-off. John Elway won back-to-back rings with the Denver Broncos -- then walked away. In his first press conference of Super Bowl week, Manning was asked if it has ever... more

Danny Amendola's debut season with the New England Patriots was a disappointment. Will he get a chance to redeem himself in 2014? The Boston Globe's Ben Volin speculated Sunday that the Patriots could designate the wide receiver as a post-June 1... more

Mike Adams grew up in Paterson, N.J., a short distance from MetLife Stadium and the site of Super Bowl XLVIII . It's not quite walking distance -- Paterson is 12 miles away -- but the safety promises to be on foot if the Denver Broncos beat the... more

The Miami Dolphins' winding search for their next general manager has ended with a surprise decision. The team announced Sunday it has hired Dennis Hickey as the new GM . Hickey previously had served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' director of player... more

Cam Newton was the picture of bliss during the first ever Pro Bowl draft on Wednesday, looking and acting like a man who has an amazing life. This makes sense, because he does. But Newton admitted that the Carolina Panthers' divisional playoff loss... more

The Miami Dolphins signed Mike Wallace with the hope that he'd be the big-play wide receiver who would take Ryan Tannehill to the next level. It didn't quite work out that way. Wallace had his moments in his first season in Miami (he finished with... more

The Denver Broncos were still down a kicker Friday. Matt Prater missed practice with an illness for the second consecutive day, according to multiple reports. Broncos coach John Fox isn't worried about the All-Pro with Super Bowl XLVIII still nine... more

The Dallas Cowboys believe they have a potential solution for internal disagreements over the direction of their offense. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Cowboys have discussed hiring former Detroit Lions offensive... more

Les Snead has earned the reputation as a great wild card in matters concerning the NFL Draft. Last year, the Rams moved up in the first round to land dynamic wide receiver Tavon Austin. In 2012, they dealt away the No. 2 overall pick (and the right to... more

Richard Sherman's on-field celebration in the NFC Championship Game has come at a cost. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Seahawks cornerback has been fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting. After his pass... more

It appears the Denver Broncos will get a full helping of Percy Harvin in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Harvin will "do everything we want him to do" next Sunday, according to †KJR-AM. Barring a setback, Harvin will... more

So it's inevitable the comment section here will spring to life with greatest hits like "Slow news day, huh?", "This writer should be fired" and "Your and idiot." I don't care. These NFL "Bad Lip Reading " videos are just about the funniest thing... more

The Miami Dolphins are looking to the cupboard of a division rival in their ongoing search for their next general manager. Nick Caserio, the New England Patriots' director of player personnel, was in South Florida on Friday to interview for Miami's... more

In an era of extreme inconsistency for the franchise, Dan Bailey has emerged as someone the Dallas Cowboys can count on. On Thursday, the team rewarded its kicker for his steady performance. The Cowboys officially signed Bailey to a seven-year contract... more

Adrian Peterson is in for repairs. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported †that the Minnesota Vikings running back was expected to undergo groin surgery Thursday morning, according to a source close to Peterson. The team later confirmed Peterson... more

Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning have gone from business partners to competitors. That hasn't changed how the Indianapolis Colts owner feels about the quarterback, who is set to appear in his first Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. FedEx Air & Ground... more

When Brandon Jacobs announced his retirement earlier this month, he made sure to praise the New York Giants as a "great organization" he was proud to be associated with for nearly a decade. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's... more

It didn't take long for the cracks to show between Darrelle Revis and Greg Schiano. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen After Week 2 (Week 2!),... more

Welcome to the 2014 Pro Bowl Draft Live Blog. The NFL is attempting to deliver a shot of adrenaline to its annual all-star game, and Around The League decided to track the NFL Network coverage of the draft and deliver our own complement to the... more

We now have hard and indisputable proof that Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree do not like each other. If you didn't know this, we're happy you survived your "127 Hours "-like canyoneering mishap. In an act of prescience (or just good ole common... more

Bill Belichick called Wes Welker's block of Aqib Talib "deliberate " and "one of the worst plays (he'd) ever seen." The NFL's take on the block that ended Talib's afternoon? Deliberate? Potentially. Dirty? Nope. "It was a legal hit," Dean... more

Richard Sherman believes himself to be a man of a bygone era. On NFL Network Sound FX will feature Championship Game sound from Richard Sherman , Michael Crabtree, Russell Wilson and more at midnight ET on Wednesday, Jan. 22. ¬Ľ NFL... more

Robert Griffin III never found solid footing in his relationship with Mike Shanahan. New Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden represents a fresh start for the quarterback. Gruden's biggest job with the Redskins, by far, is helping return Griffin to the... more

Vince Young has gone from franchise cornerstone to cautionary tale. The 30-year-old, free-agent quarterback filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, according to court records. Young has been mired in financial difficulty, stemming from two... more

We will have a "Hard Knocks" this summer. This was ensured at the NFL Fall Meeting, when a rule passed that allowed the league to appoint a team to be the subject of the popular HBO series if no other team volunteers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Rob Ryan was the architect of a New Orleans Saints defense that went from historic laughingstock to one of the league's stingiest in one season. FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Drew Brees became the first quarterback in NFL history with three... more

Richard Sherman's large-scale evisceration of Michael Crabtree on Sunday night made the Seahawks cornerback the most popular watercooler subject in America. Sherman didn't exactly back down in subsequent interviews , on Twitter or in his own column .... more

The injury was as bad as it looked for NaVorro Bowman. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the San Francisco 49ers linebacker suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Sunday's NFC Championship Game loss to the Seattle Seahawks. On NFL Network NFL... more

A major aspect of the NFL's ongoing initiative to create a safer game has been the increased penalty enforcement on contact to the head and neck areas of players considered defenseless. An unfortunate side effect of this added protection has been the... more

Knowshon Moreno appears to have avoided significant injury in the AFC Championship Game . Denver Broncos coach John Fox said Monday that X-rays on Moreno's ribs were negative and the running back is considered day to day. Moreno was injured on a... more

Bill Belichick believes Wes Welker made a "deliberate" effort to take Aqib Talib out of Sunday's AFC Championship Game . Will the league office agree with the New England Patriots coach? On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Denver... more

Colin Kaepernick was the driving force in the San Francisco 49ers' sprint to the Super Bowl last year. The quarterback failed to provide the same spark this time around. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Seattle Seahawks' 23-17 win... more

Here's something you probably knew, but I feel compelled to bring up anyway: Peyton Manning was under serious pressure Sunday. The historic regular season was nice, as was last week's playoff win and the unprecedented fifth MVP award that will follow... more

Aaron Dobson was a go for the AFC Championship Game . GMC Never Say Never Moment Tom Brady and the Patriots overcame a 24-point halftime deficit against the Broncos to prevail in Week 12. Was it the best moment of 2013? VOTE NOW The New England... more

The 2001 divisional playoff matchup between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders -- colloquially known as The Tuck Rule Game -- happened 12 years ago tonight. GMC Never Say Never Moment Tom Brady and the Patriots overcame a 24-point halftime... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Football fans: Patriots vs. Broncos and 49ers vs. Seahawks? On the same day? For the right to go... more

Joe Montana views Colin Kaepernick as a great talent capable of leading the San Francisco 49ers back to Super Bowl glory. Montana also sees Kaepernick as a project with room for improvement. "I like his mobility and that he's getting the ball... more

Robert Quinn had an outrageous season. We worry the middling nature of the St. Louis Rams' 2013 could have obscured this reality. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the... more

Malcom Floyd chooses to remain optimistic about an NFL future hanging in the balance. FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Philip Rivers posted a passer rating of 105.5, ranked fourth in the NFL with 32 touchdown passes and had his fifth 4,000-yard... more

Antonio Cromartie wants to finish his career with the New York Jets. He's just not so sure that's going to happen. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen... more

Megatron is in the shop. Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Wednesday that wide receiver Calvin Johnson underwent surgeries last week on his knee and finger. Mayhew called the knee procedure "a minor scope," while adding some... more

Give Jim Caldwell this: The man makes a strong first impression. Brandt: The task at hand Gil Brandt takes a closer look at the rosters of the seven teams that will have new coaches at the helm for the 2014 season. READ The newest coach of the... more

Kyle Shanahan continues to generate interest on the open market. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Baltimore Ravens have interviewed Shanahan for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to a source informed of... more

Peyton Manning had to know it was coming as he stepped up to the podium Wednesday. The Denver Broncos quarterback became a subject of national fascination this week over his use of the word "Omaha," barked out 44 times during Sunday's divisional... more

The Green Bay Packers want to know why they struggled to get their fans to attend a playoff game at Lambeau Field. GMC Never Say Never Moment Aaron Rodgers' fourth-down TD to Randall Cobb put the Packers in playoffs after a win in Week 17. Was it the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have used an in-house option to fill their defensive coordinator vacancy. Pepsi NEXT Rookie of the Year Giovani Bernard had 695 yards and five touchdowns rushing, and 514 yards and three touchdowns receiving. Was it the best... more

The New York Giants' hiring of Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator came as a surprise on Tuesday. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen... more

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy had eight sacks in the final three games of the regular season. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen He... more

The San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins have promoted from within in appointing their next offensive coordinators. On the same day Ken Whisenhunt was introduced as the new coach of the Tennessee Titans, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Tennessee Titans introduced Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach Tuesday,†agreeing to a deal with the San Diego Chargers' former offensive coordinator. Some takeaways from Whisenhunt's first press conference in Nashville: ¬Ľ Perhaps not... more

We learned last week that Dennis Allen will return for his third season as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. On Tuesday, we found out one of Allen's top lieutenants also will remain on board. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the... more

We now have a better idea why Ryan Mathews finished both his playoff games this month as a spectator. U-T San Diego reported Monday that the San Diego Chargers running back was attempting to play through a high ankle sprain. The injury typically comes... more

The Detroit Lions were convinced Ken Whisenhunt was their man. They targeted the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator as their next coach before the exit door had swung closed behind Jim Schwartz. As recently as Saturday, a source close to the... more

And now, another wholly organic email chain from the Around The League team: From: Hodgson, Henry Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 11:14 AM To: Wesseling, Chris; Hanzus, Dan; Sessler, Marc; Rosenthal, Gregg; Patra, Kevin Subject: ORGANIC EMAIL CHAIN... more

This weekend offered one unconquerable truth to NFL teams with Lombardi dreams: run or die. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen As our own Chris... more

Hue Jackson was the coach of the Oakland Raiders when Darren McFadden enjoyed the best season of his oft-frustrating NFL career. Pepsi NEXT Rookie of the Year Giovani Bernard had 695 yards and five touchdowns rushing, and 514 yards and three... more

Marshawn Lynch's name rarely comes up when putting together a short list of the best running backs in the NFL. His game doesn't have the easy grace of Adrian Peterson, the flash of Jamaal Charles or the style of LeSean McCoy. He certainly doesn't lean... more

Percy Harvin's return to the lineup didn't last. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver was knocked out of Saturday's 23-15 divisional round victory over the New Orleans Saints with a concussion. Harvin was hurt while attempting to pull in a Russell... more

We might be seeing a lot of Percy Harvin today. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that Harvin will have "no restrictions" during Saturday's Divisional Round Matchup against the New Orleans Saints, according... more

The 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 were announced Thursday on NFL Network. A vote calling for fans to pick a "Final 15" of their own delivered significantly different results. First, here's the official list of... more

Ken Whisenhunt is hard at work for the San Diego Chargers this week, but it's unlikely to be a working arrangement that continues much longer. Whisenhunt interviewed with the Detroit Lions on Thursday and remains the clear front-runner to become... more

Brandon Spikes was moved to injured reserve this week with a lingering knee injury. Why the New England Patriots came to that surprise decision became a matter of curiosity Saturday. ‚??ATL Podcast‚?? Around The League's Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal,... more

A quick weather update from the Around The League meteorology team. (Note: We're actually leaning on Weather.com , but just be cool and roll with it.) We'll start in Seattle, where there's a 70 percent chance of precipitation with winds up to 30 mph... more

Terrell Davis didn't make the cut as a top 15 finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday. It marked the seventh consecutive year the former Denver Broncos running back was removed from consideration when the list of 25 finalists was... more

The Minnesota Vikings are getting closer. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Vikings have concluded the search portion of their quest to find their next head coach. The one loose end is Greg Roman, the San Francisco 49ers offensive... more

Could Kyle Shanahan get another chance to work with a high-profile quarterback from the 2012 NFL Draft? The Dolphins announced Friday that the former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator interviewed for Miami's offensive coordinator position... more

The odds of making it to the NFL are long enough. Derrick Coleman had an additional obstacle standing in the way of achieving a lifelong dream. 'ATL Podcast' Around The League's Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler and Chris Wesseling preview... more

And now, another wholly organic email chain from the Around The League team: From: Wesseling, Chris Sent: Thursday, January 9, 2014 3:17 PM To: Hanzus, Dan; Dameshek, Dave; Sessler, Marc; Rosenthal, Gregg; Patra, Kevin Subject: ORGANIC EMAIL CHAIN... more

Everyone knows Bill Belichick is renowned for his curmudgeon nature, but never before had someone attempted to quantify said grumpiness of The Hooded One. Bhanpuri: Chasing NFL dreams Kenbrell†Thompkins is among a group of Pats rooks whose journey... more

The Detroit Lions don't have a coach, but they do have the league's two most intimidating players. That according to an anonymous survey by ESPN.com which asked more than 320 players, "Who is the most feared player in the NFL?" Defensive tackle... more

At his peak, Terrell Davis was the best running back on the planet. Unfortunately for Davis, he didn't stay on that peak long enough to hold the attention of Pro Football Hall of Fame voters. The former Denver Broncos star was not among the 15... more

The Miami Dolphins have shed some light on their search for a new general manager. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a lengthy statement late Thursday night that read in parts like a job listing on Monster.com. The statement made it clear the... more

Robert Griffin III can rest easy. His offseason will include no uncertainty about his place in the Washington Redskins landscape. Silver: A tale of two quarterbacks Michael Silver says Jay† Gruden's move from Cincy to Washington D.C. greatly... more

True story about NFL locker rooms after a game: Naked dudes. Everywhere. Harrison: Game Picks Elliot Harrison provides his predictions on each game in Divisional Round Weekend. How many road teams will taste victory? READ This is how it goes.... more

The playing future of David Wilson remains very much in doubt. New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese revealed Thursday that the running back will undergo neck surgery next week. Reese acknowledged the team doesn't expect Wilson to be ready for... more

The Tennessee Titans' coaching search is coming into clearer focus. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has emerged as a top candidate for the Titans, according to sources familiar... more

Saints-Seahawks Colts-Patriots 49ers-Panthers Chargers-Broncos Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots, Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, CBS The backstory Debate: Road rulers this weekend? Three road teams won wild-card games. Who can... more

Trent Richardson won't take many fond memories from his playoff debut . Billick: Marquee matchups at QB Poring over the slate for Divisional Round Weekend, Brian Billick says the quarterback pairings stand out in each game. READ The... more

Things continue to look promising for Percy Harvin. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver was a full participant in practice Wednesday, another positive sign he will return to the lineup for Saturday's divisional matchup against the New Orleans Saints.... more

Marshawn Lynch spent the regular season ducking reporters. The league fined the Seattle Seahawks running back $50,000 for his personal closed-door policy. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were... more

You never want to end up on #DunkCam . The popular social media trend found its way into the San Francisco 49ers' locker room Wednesday. The dunker? Alex Boone. The dunked upon? Colin Kaepernick. The video evidence: Thankfully, the event's setting... more

The Kansas City Chiefs want Alex Smith to stick around. National Football Post reported Wednesday that the Chiefs will try to extend the quarterback's contract this offseason, according to a source. FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Jamaal... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Not everyone seems to think the Chicago Bears made the right move by giving Jay Cutler a fat new contract last week. FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Matt Forte finished second in the NFL this season with 1,339 rushing... more

Another Flacco is trying to make it in the NFL. Mike Flacco, University of New Haven tight end and younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, has declared early for the 2014 NFL Draft, according to The Baltimore Sun . A former... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Brandon Marshall just completed a season many contemporaries would give their left pinkie toe for. FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Matt Forte finished second in the NFL this season with 1,339 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are one-and-done in the playoffs -- again -- and Andy Dalton has emerged as the primary scapegoat for the team's latest January failing. This is not totally unjust. Dalton morphed into a red-haired turnover robot in the second... more

The Miami Dolphins and Jeff Ireland have reached the end of the road. The Dolphins announced Tuesday they had parted ways with the general manager after six seasons. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Dawn Aponte, vice president of football... more

The Indianapolis Colts signed Deion†Branch on Monday , a nice little bit of gamesmanship ahead of their playoff showdown against the New England Patriots. Branch's best seasons came as the preferred target of Tom Brady, of course. The quarterback was... more

The maiden NFL voyage of Chip Kelly was a success. Kelly might be reticent to say as much so soon after the Philadelphia Eagles were bounced out of the first round of the NFL playoffs . But the Eagles went from 4-12 to 10-6, proof the coach's principles... more

Ric Flair spoke with the San Francisco 49ers during a team meeting Saturday night . Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Turns out the New Orleans Saints aren't so helpless outside the Superdome. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New Orleans Saints' 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles from Wild Card Weekend on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ... more

Andrew Luck was viewed as The Chosen One from the moment he was selected with the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Saturday provided the best example yet why all the hype is completely justified. Luck wasn't perfect in the Indianapolis Colts' bonkers... more

Jamaal Charles' day ended before it even really started. The All-Pro running back exited†Saturday's wild-card loss †to the Indianapolis Colts after suffering a concussion on the game's opening drive. Charles hit his helmet against the turf at the... more

The Cleveland Browns' search for their next head coach is heating up. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Saturday on NFL Network's "GameDay Morning" that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob... more

Are the Cleveland Browns set to make a play for Bob Stoops? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Friday on NFL Network's "Around The League Live" that the Oklahoma Sooners coach could be a potential target as the team seeks to fill it head coach vacancy.... more

The Tennessee Titans continue to handle their internal evaluation process at their own pace. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday on NFL Network's "Around The League Live" that indications are Munchak will return for a fourth season with the... more

Ray Horton is headed to another interview for an NFL head coaching gig. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Minnesota Vikings will interview †the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Tuesday, according to a source informed of the Vikings'... more

Back in March, NFL owners approved a rule that banned ball carriers from initiating contact with the crown of their helmets in the open field. The safety measure -- popularly known as the Trent Richardson Rule -- was met with heavy criticism. Some... more

Welcome to a very special edition of the Around The League End Around, where we take a look back at the best and worst of the 2013 regular season. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good season for ... 1. Peyton Manning: America's uncle just... more

Bill O'Brien was introduced Friday as the third head coach in Houston Texans history. O'Brien inherits a team coming off a 2-14 season, but also in possession of legitimate talent on both sides of the ball. Of course, not all is well on the Texans'... more

Wes Welker has kept a low profile since suffering a concussion on Dec. 8, his second head injury in a three-week span. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ...... more

The Minnesota Vikings will be keeping very close tabs on the Cincinnati Bengals' playoff game this weekend. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ... NFL... more

The Chicago Bears have decided to see their investment in Jay Cutler through. General manager Phil Emery dropped a bombshell Thursday morning, announcing the team had signed Cutler to a seven-year contract extension that will take the quarterback... more

All is calm around the Miami Dolphins right now. That might soon change. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington and NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport report that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will be at the team's facility Thursday, according to team sources. Ross... more

Motivation isn't an issue for teams in the NFL playoffs. At least, it shouldn't be. Ryan†Mathews That said, we suppose added motivation can't hurt. That's obviously what Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had in mind when he showed players a... more

The NFL regular season is history, and now it's time for teams to enter the playoff fray for Wild Card Weekend, with trips to Divisional Round Weekend on the line. Let's take a closer look at all four games. Chiefs at Colts Saints at Eagles... more

Wade Phillips couldn't convince the Houston Texans to make him their next head coach. He'd like to remain with the organization anyway. Debate: Bounceback teams for 2014 Of the 20 teams that missed the playoffs, which one is most likely to make it... more

The Kansas City Chiefs might be without the services of Eric Fisher this weekend. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ... The starting right tackle won't... more

The Houston Texans reached an agreement to make Bill O'Brien their next head coach Tuesday night, an important step forward for the franchise in the aftermath of a lost season. Before the O'Brien news hit, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt used his... more

This was supposed to be the season C.J. Spiller established himself as one of the best running backs in football. It didn't quite work out that way. Spiller suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 4 and was never the same. He spent the season... more

The New York Jets aren't ready to commit to Geno Smith. General manager John Idzik made that clear during the team's end-of-season news conference. "We're all excited about having Geno as part of the Jets, but we will always look to improve every... more

December

Mike Munchak wasn't on the list of coaches shown the door on Monday. He's not out of the woods yet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday on NFL Network's "Around The League Live" that the Tennessee Titans are meeting with Munchak on Monday... more

Rex Ryan gets to keep his job with the New York Jets. The coach won't get everything he wants, however. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Monday that Jets brass do not plan on giving Ryan the long-term extension he... more

In his final meeting with the media at Washington Redskins headquarters on Monday, Mike Shanahan discussed his dismissal from the team in a steady, almost casual, tone. The Redskins might have just paid him millions to go away, but the old coach looked... more

You can go ahead and take Jon Gruden out of the mix for any of the NFL head-coaching vacancies that have opened up in the last 24 hours. "I don't want to be considered for any of these jobs," Gruden said in a phone interview with the St. Paul... more

The NFL acknowledged Monday that officials missed a penalty call that, if enforced correctly, would've given the Kansas City Chiefs another opportunity at a game-winning field-goal attempt against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday . The Chargers... more

The ax fell Sunday night on Rob Chudzinski, only one season into his dream job with the Cleveland Browns. Silver: Chud firing infuriates Browns In the wake of Rob† Chudzinski's abrupt firing, numerous Browns players vent their frustrations to... more

And then there were 12. The list of teams with the chance to smudge up the Lombardi Trophy in February just got a lot more exclusive . We're 35 days away from crowning a new Super Bowl champion. Five of the 12 entrants weren't in the conversation this... more

The schedule for the first two rounds of the 2013 NFL playoffs was released on Sunday night. Let's take a look: Saturday, Jan. 4 4:35 p.m. ET -- Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC) 8:10 p.m. ET -- New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia... more

The San Diego Chargers punched their ticket to the postseason with a 27-24 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Everything broke right for the Bolts, who got losses from both the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens to qualify for the... more

The Denver Broncos break records and win football games. Both those traits were on display in a 34-14 drubbing of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The 13-3 Broncos finish as the AFC's No. 1 seed and will have home-field advantage throughout the... more

Records continue to fall at the feet of the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning's 63-yard touchdown pass to DeMaryius Thomas against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday gave the Broncos 595 points this season, breaking the NFL's all-time scoring record. The... more

Saying the Miami Dolphins stumbled on their way to the finish line is too kind. This is a team that fell flat on its face, capped by a 20-7 home loss in Sunday's finale against the New York Jets. The Dolphins will miss the playoffs for the fifth... more

A lost season for Eli Manning has come to a premature close. The New York Giants quarterback was knocked out of Sunday's finale against the Washington Redskins with a sprained ankle. Manning didn't come back out on the field after halftime and was... more

Adrian Peterson has played his final down in 2013. The Minnesota Vikings have downgraded their star running back to out for Sunday's season finale against the Detroit Lions. Peterson continues to deal with groin and foot issues that have slowed his... more

What can we expect from Aaron Rodgers? The playoff picture See where each team stands in the playoff picture heading into the final week of the 2013 NFL regular season. More ... The Green Bay Packers quarterback practiced again Friday, one day... more

Wade Phillips would like you to know that Peyton Manning shouldn't have set the single-season touchdown record on his watch. The Houston Texans' interim coach told reporters Friday that Manning's third of four touchdown passes Sunday -- a 20-yard... more

Dashon Goldson said earlier this month he felt targeted by the league for his aggressive style of play. We don't imagine that viewpoint is about to change. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety was fined $60,000 Friday for his helmet-to-helmet hit on... more

The Broncos will go another week without Wes Welker. The wide receiver has been ruled out of Denver's Week 17 finale against the Oakland Raiders. It will be the third consecutive missed game for Welker, who suffered a concussion in Week 14 .... more

The Baltimore Ravens drafted Michael Oher in 2009 believing he could be Joe Flacco's blindside protector for a decade. It never quite worked out that way. Oher struggled at left tackle and was eventually moved to the right side. A position change... more

There will be no fairy tale ending for Tony Romo this season. It became official Friday when Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced the quarterback had undergone back surgery . Romo's headed to injured reserve, taking him out of the mix for Dallas'... more

When I saw Mikel Leshoure spoke publicly about his desire for an increased workload, my first instinct was to reach out to Kevin Patra, our ATL Chicago correspondent and resident tortured Detroit Lions fan. Me: Can I have a review of Mikel Leshoure's... more

Michael Crabtree has done what the 49ers had hoped he'd do this season. The wide receiver returned from Achilles' tendon surgery last month and has made an immediate impact. Crabtree caught his first touchdown of the season in Week 15 , then... more

Jason Witten and Tony Romo entered the NFL together in 2003. Tony†Romo Witten has seen his Dallas Cowboys teammate play through injuries that would've sent lesser players to a quiet area of the trainer's room. That shared history is what keeps... more

Chris Johnson fans in Tennessee should take a good look at their running back Sunday. It's almost certainly the last time you'll see him in a Titans uniform. Johnson was asked Thursday if he was open to taking a pay cut to remain with the Titans,... more

Antonio Cromartie said Thursday he would be willing to restructure his contract to remain with the New York Jets. "This is where I want to retire," the cornerback said, according to the New York Daily News. A season ago, the Jets†surely†would be... more

Aaron Rodgers is back. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy made it official Thursday, announcing the quarterback will return from a seven-game absence Sunday when the team meets the Chicago Bears in a matchup that will decide the NFC North . The... more

The Dallas Cowboys will continue the wait-and-see approach with Tony Romo. The quarterback received an epidural injection this week to ease the pain caused by a herniated disk in his back. Romo's availability for Sunday night's play-in showdown... more

The Detroit Lions have never been afraid to look beyond convention when it comes to finding potential NFL talent. The team welcomed a German Football League wide receiver (yes, those do exist) in for a tryout last year. There also was Havard Rugland... more

The decision on Aaron Rodgers' availability will come today. What that decision will be remains anybody's guess. Rodgers continues to look and feel good in practice sessions, but whether or not the former MVP returns for Sunday's play-in game... more

Could a controversial call that went against the Steelers lead to a change in the NFL rule book? Le'Veon†Bell That remains to be seen, but NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Tuesday that the inability to review a play in... more

The Dallas Cowboys are holding out hope that treatment on the herniated disk †in Tony Romo's back will allow the quarterback to play in Sunday night's NFC East showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday... more

Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes to take back ownership of one of football's most prestigious records†Sunday .†That achievement was enough to garner AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Peyton†Manning Manning torched†the Houston... more

We learned last week that Leslie Frazier's chances of returning to the Vikings in 2014 were "grim." The coach acknowledged Tuesday he felt the speculation about his job status served as a distraction in the days leading up to Minnesota's 42-14 loss... more

The beat writers have spoken. Justin Tucker is the MVP of the Baltimore Ravens. Middle linebacker Daryl Smith finished second in the voting of reporters who regularly cover the team, according to The Baltimore Sun . Smith, who Tom Brady recently... more

A trailer has been released for "Draft Day," the new Kevin Costner vehicle about an embattled general manager of the Cleveland Browns tasked with making the right decisions on a hugely important day in franchise history. Also, Jennifer Garner is... more

We might have seen the last of Clay Matthews this season. The playoff picture See where each team stands in the playoff picture heading into the final week of the 2013 NFL regular season. More ... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday... more

Mike McCarthy doesn't sound interested in another week of Aaron Rodgers drama. The playoff picture See where each team stands in the playoff picture heading into the final week of the 2013 NFL regular season. More ... The Green Bay Packers... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks saw his 2013 season almost entirely wiped out by a dangerous staph infection in his left foot. There are now concerns he could be dealing with a toe issue in the same foot that could threaten his career. Mike... more

Let's take a closer look at the final seconds of the Packers' 38-31 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. With 23 seconds to play and the ball on Pittsburgh's 1-yard line, Green Bay committed a false start penalty that pushed the team back to the... more

Luke Kuechly played like a man possessed Sunday. The second-year middle linebacker finished with 24 tackles and an interception in the Carolina Panthers' dramatic 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints. It was the most tackles in an NFL game since New... more

Peyton Manning needed 15 games to throw 51 touchdown passes this season. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air Peyton Manning's record-setting performance in the Denver Broncos' 37-13 victory over the Houston Texans from Week 16 on Tuesday,... more

Chicago Bears coach†Marc Trestman showed his loyalty to Jay Cutler when he welcomed the quarterback back to his starting lineup last week. One lost night wasn't enough to eradicate that faith. After Sunday's 54-11 loss to the Philadelphia... more

The Detroit Lions completed their free fall out of playoff contention with a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants on Sunday at Ford Field. Here's what we learned: 1. The end is near for Jim Schwartz. The Lions coach needed to guide his team... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers kept their slim playoff hopes alive while dealing the Green Bay Packers a potentially deadly blow in a 38-31 win on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today?... more

An official-fueled controversy found its way into Lambeau Field on Sunday . It happened on a 23-yard field goal attempt by Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby with 5:32 to play in the third quarter. Crosby's kick was blocked by Pittsburgh's Steve... more

What a difference a week makes for the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo led two scoring drives in the fourth quarter and Monte Kiffin's maligned defense made a final four-and-out stop to lift the Cowboys to a dramatic 24-23 win over the Washington Redskins on... more

Ed Reed is a proud man. Earlier this month, he responded to questions about his declining performance by saying he still believed he was playing at a high level and planned on extending his NFL career another two years . On Friday, Reed didn't... more

Joe Philbin was asked this week if a three-game winning streak had instilled a level of swagger in his Miami Dolphins. Philbin -- ever the straight man -- replied by explaining he didn't know what "swagger" was. On Friday, the coach arrived with the... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Justin Tucker : We are in the golden age of kickers. Everyone is awesome, but Tucker might be... more

Aaron Rodgers will miss another week for the Packers. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy made the announcement Friday, ruling the star quarterback out for a seventh consecutive week. Matt Flynn will make his fourth straight start Sunday against the... more

We're almost there. Sunday commences Week 16 of the NFL season. Four teams have clinched playoff spots. Fifteen teams are currently in position for a playoff spot or still in the hunt. NFL.com provides a handy guide to track such matters. Keeping... more

All signs continue to point to Aaron Rodgers spending another Sunday on the Green Bay Packers sideline. Here's how Aaron Rodgers spent the 11-on-11 period at #Packers practice that was open to media. Flynn took 1s reps. pic.twitter.com/DbhntgCIPm... more

The Houston Texans' search for their next head coach has begun with Lovie Smith. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Smith interviewed for the open position Monday, per a source informed of the scheduled meeting. Rapoport reported... more

Tony Gonzalez said last year he was 95 percent certain he would retire after the 2012 season. He did not. The Atlanta Falcons tight end sounds like he's finally found that last 5 percent as he puts the ultimate touches on his 17th season. "I... more

Overlooked amidst the drama surrounding the Washington Redskins in recent weeks has been the health of Jordan Reed. The rookie tight end emerged as a bright spot in an otherwise lost season before suffering a concussion last month. Reed nearly... more

We all learned a little bit more about the NFL rule book this week thanks to Kevin Huber. The Cincinnati Bengals punter was sent to injured reserve after being on the losing end of a vicious block by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin on... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Marty Schottenheimer won 205 games during his NFL head-coaching career. Of those wins, 197 came during successful runs with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. The rest -- and this is easy to... more

The Arizona Cardinals are optimistic Larry Fitzgerald will be ready to go Sunday. Antoine†Cason Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio (via The Arizona Republic ) that Fitzgerald won't practice Wednesday but is expected... more

Sean Payton has run out of patience in Garrett Hartley. The Saints waived Hartley on Tuesday, ending the kicker's six-year tenure in New Orleans. Hartley had been a disappointment this season, making just 22-of-30 field-goal attempts. The final straw... more

Kevin Huber's season came to an abrupt and violent end†Sunday night when the Cincinnati Bengals punter was leveled by a block during an Antonio Brown touchdown return . Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, has confirmed what had... more

Brandon Marshall is very particular when it comes to footwear. The Chicago Bears wide receiver has been fined on three separate occassions for cleat-related uniform violations, most recently a $15,000 pop for wearing orange shoes in a Week 14 win... more

There's an entire generation of young NFL fans who know nothing about the Dallas Cowboys as a successful NFL franchise. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Green Bay Packers' 37-36 win over the Dallas Cowboys from Week 15 on Wednesday,... more

Aaron Rodgers plans to practice Wednesday, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback doesn't sound optimistic his next scan will reveal significant changes to the status of his injured collarbone. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Green Bay... more

Jim Schwartz has reached the put-up-or-shut-up stage of his career with the Detroit Lions. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that Schwartz is unlikely to keep his coaching job if the Lions miss the... more

Rex Ryan stood in front of his players Monday and laid out all the scenarios that would allow the New York Jets to qualify for the postseason . The goal was simple: Ryan wanted to show his team they had much to play for despite a 6-8 record.... more

Where does Gronk go when he goes away? On the same afternoon Tom Brady was targeting a double-covered Austin Collie on the game-deciding play of the New England Patriots' 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins, injured tight end Rob Gronkowski was riding... more

The result of the crushing (and possibly illegal ) block absorbed by Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber on Sunday night could be more serious than originally believed. Huber was diagnosed with a broken jaw after being leveled by Steelers... more

Kevin Huber had been enjoying a successful season for the Cincinnati Bengals. On a weekly basis, he delivered the type of production that sends a punter to the Pro Bowl. That all changed after he kicked the ball to Antonio Brown on Sunday night.... more

The San Francisco 49ers look like a team determined to put a death grip on the sixth and final playoff seed in the NFC. The Niners overpowered the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 33-14 , winning their fourth consecutive game. Here's what we learned:... more

The Seattle Seahawks inched closer to locking up home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, overwhelming the flatlining New York Giants in a 23-0 win †Sunday at the Meadowlands. Here's what we learned: 1. Richard Sherman continues to build... more

Richie Incognito will remain on paid leave for the balance of the 2013 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, per a team source, that the Miami Dolphins guard will stay on the suspended list, with pay, while the NFL continues its... more

The end appears to be near for Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the prospects of Frazier returning in 2014 are said to be "grim," according to team... more

Kyle Shanahan is ready to end his professional relationship with his father. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the Washington Redskins offensive coordinator has decided he can no longer work for... more

Lawrence Taylor has plenty of respect for Tom Coughlin. That doesn't change his opinion that it's time for the New York Giants coach to go. "Tom Coughlin has done wonders for the Giants. Personally, I don't know if I could play for him, but the guy is a... more

For a brief period, Terrelle Pryor looked like he could be an actual solution to the Oakland Raiders' long-standing quarterback problem. It didn't last. Injury and inconsistency opened the door for Matt McGloin to take his place last month, and... more

Kirk Cousins is about to embark on a three-game audition. Making the most of his surprise opportunity won't give him permanent residence atop the Washington Redskins' depth chart. It could, however, set him up for a starting job elsewhere in 2014.... more

Dexter McCluster was at the height of his powers last Sunday , setting a Kansas City Chiefs record with 177 punt-return yards -- including a 74-yard touchdown -- in a blowout win over the Washington Redskins. Five days later, McCluster is battling... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Philip Rivers: Rivers isn't eligible for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award, but he... more

The Dallas Cowboys' struggling defense will be without its anchor†Sunday . NFL Media's Desmond Purnell reported Friday that middle linebacker Sean Lee will not play against the Green Bay Packers due to a lingering neck strain suffered during... more

We've heard plenty from Mike Shanahan this week. On Thursday, it was Kyle Shanahan's turn to talk about the Washington Redskins' surprising quarterback shuffle. The offensive coordinator told reporters he had "zero involvement" in the team's... more

Marc Trestman consistently maintained that Jay Cutler would resume his duties as starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears once he was healthy enough to do so. The coach has proved himself to be a man of his word. Josh†McCown Trestman announced... more

The first draft by New York Jets general manager John Idzik has the look of a mixed bag. Cornerback Dee Milliner (ninth overall) and quarterback Geno Smith (39th overall) have provided more questions than answers. The same cannot be said for 13th... more

As you know by now -- or as you should know by now -- Russell Wilson has a background in professional baseball. The Baltimore Orioles selected the Seattle Seahawks quarterback out of high school in 2007, but Wilson opted to go to N.C. State instead.... more

Victor Butler's 2013 season officially is a total loss. The Saints outside linebacker was moved to injured reserve Wednesday, ending any possibility he'll be able to contribute in his first season in New Orleans. Drew†Brees Butler signed a... more

While his Indianapolis Colts teammates chase a first-round bye, Reggie Wayne is going about the business of getting back to full health. The veteran wide receiver recently underwent a checkup in Miami and was told he was ahead of schedule as he recovers... more

The NFL has confirmed that referee Jeff Triplette and his officiating crew made an on-field error for the second time in as many weeks Sunday in Cincinnati. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Tuesday on NFL Network's "NFL Total... more

There were no shortage of culprits responsible for the Cowboys' embarrassing blowout loss to the Bears on Monday night . Chicago scored on every possession save for the one that ended with Bears quarterback Josh McCown's game-ending kneel-down.... more

The Dallas Cowboys received good news on Sean Lee. An MRI revealed that the star middle linebacker suffered no structural damage in his injured neck Monday night, league sources told ESPN's Ed Werder. Lee is feeling numbness and soreness in the... more

Mike Shanahan raised eyebrows Monday when he told reporters he was considering sitting Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season. The Washington Redskins coach said Griffin was taking too many sacks and reasoned that keeping the quarterback healthy... more

On the day he fired Gary Kubiak , Texans owner Bob McNair explained -- with utter sincerity -- his belief that Houston wasn't long for the AFC South cellar. "This is not a long-term rebuilding process -- I want to make that clear," McNair said .... more

Think back to early August. A sense of panic was in the air for the San Diego Chargers. Danario Alexander, a wide receiver who had emerged as a rising star in the back end of the previous season, had just torn his ACL in practice. At the time,... more

Just in case anybody was wondering, T.Y. Hilton did play for the Colts on Sunday. The second-year wide receiver was on the field for 45 snaps in Indianapolis' 42-28 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The playing time produced all of two catches for... more

Christmas came early for the Baltimore Ravens. The gift? A healthy and productive Dennis Pitta. Just five months ago, Pitta was writhing in pain after suffering a dislocated hip in the first contact practice of training camp. It was a bad injury,... more

The news continues to be good regarding the status of Adrian Peterson's sprained right foot. Both Peterson and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Monday that Peterson will visit a foot specialist and undergo more X-rays and a CT scan. The... more

The Arizona Cardinals are living proof that you don't need to back up the Brinks truck to acquire high-end talent in free agency. Sometimes, it's about finding a young player who's ready to break out. And then there's how the Cardinals succeeded... more

Peyton Manning was the subject of constant speculation this week centering on his supposed inability to play at a high level in cold temperatures. The Denver Broncos quarterback quieted the doubters the way he's done it all season -- by putting up... more

The Arizona Cardinals know they are working with no margin for error as they chase the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC's final playoff spot. They kept pace Sunday with a decisive 30-10 win over the St. Louis Rams. Here's what we learned: 1.... more

Eli Manning didn't want to play for the Chargers. We can't imagine he's too fond of playing against them, either. Manning threw two interceptions against the team that originally drafted him and San Diego kept its faint playoff hopes alive with an easy... more

Tyrann Mathieu's promising rookie season has likely come to an abrupt and disappointing end. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Mathieu appeared to suffer a torn ACL in his left knee during Sunday's 30-10 win over the St.... more

Led by a revitalized Geno Smith, the New York Jets kept themselves in the AFC playoff hunt with a 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what we learned: 1. The GenoCoaster is back on the rails and operational.... more

The Oakland Raiders have shaken up their quarterback position Sunday at the Meadowlands. Matt McGloin started Sunday's matchup against the New York Jets but was replaced by Terrelle Pryor after two possessions. After Pryor led a field-goal drive,... more

Brandon Browner isn't backing down in his fight against a lengthy league suspension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Browner has turned down a deal that would significantly reduce his one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse... more

Ron Rivera can't fight it anymore. Battista: Carolina's confidence boost In her Week 14 primer, Judy Battista digs deeper into the Panthers' eight-game win streak. Plus, 10 more subplots to follow. READ The Carolina Panthers head coach... more

The Seattle Seahawks will be without Percy Harvin for yet another week. Harrison: Week 14 Game Picks Elliot Harrison provides his predictions for the entire Week 14 slate, including three key bouts with major playoff implications. READ The... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Eric Decker: Decker's Sunday: Woke up, looked in mirror. "Still really, really, really ridiculously... more

Minutes after news broke that Gary Kubiak had been fired Friday †after seven-plus seasons as Houston Texans coach, team owner Bob McNair held a news conference to commend Kubiak and announce the search for his replacement is underway. "I want to... more

On a now-weekly basis, Ed Reed provides evidence the end is near. The veteran safety struggled with the Houston Texans before getting a pink slip . Signing with the New York Jets returned Reed to a starting role, but not to his former self. He looks a... more

The Chicago Bears will be without Jay Cutler for another week. Bears coach Marc Trestman made it official Thursday, ruling the quarterback out for a fourth consecutive week. Josh McCown will continue to start in Cutler's place when the Bears play the... more

Aaron Rodgers appeared to take another step forward in practice Thursday. According to multiple reporters †from the scene, the Green Bay Packers quarterback practiced in pads for the first time since suffering a broken collarbone Nov. 4. Does... more

In case you haven't noticed, Chip Kelly has himself a wry sense of humor. Silver: Believe the hype in Philly Riding a four-game win streak, the Eagles couldn't be more bullish on first-year coach Chip†Kelly, Michael Silver writes. READ The... more

The Cleveland Browns finally have some good news to report regarding their uncertain quarterback position. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters Thursday that Jason Campbell has been cleared to return to practice. Campbell has been held out of team... more

Call Thursday night's matchup between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars the Confusion Bowl . The objective of every NFL team is to win, and players are hard-wired to compete regardless of extenuating circumstances. But in truth, a win does... more

The football gods giveth, and the football gods taketh away. Just ask Lance Dunbar, who was tearing up the Oakland Raiders last Thursday and seemingly on his way to a time share in the Dallas Cowboys' backfield before a helmet to the knee ended his... more

The Indianapolis Colts signed Daniel Adongo to a one-year contract under the impression that the Kenyan rugby star could develop into a productive NFL rush linebacker. Four months in the experiment, the Colts have decided to add Adongo to their 53-man... more

Aaron Rodgers' return to the Green Bay Packers' lineup remains uncertain. Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Tuesday that Rodgers has not been ruled out to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, but the quarterback has yet to be medically... more

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was openly unhappy with the job done by game officials in the team's Week 13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, going as far to call the league office for an explanation before he even left the locker room Sunday.... more

As someone who recently got married, I would not suggest you send wedding invitations to famous strangers. Peyton†Manning While it's a funny story to tell friends, invitations are expensive, and they shouldn't be sent around the world all... more

We already knew the Seattle Seahawks would be a tough beat at home this season. Right about now it feels like a near impossibility. Russell†Wilson The New Orleans Saints never had a chance Monday night. Feeding off the energy of a legit... more

Antonio Smith was looking for answers. The Houston Texans' defense had just folded against the New England Patriots in the second half, resulting in a franchise-record 10th consecutive loss for a team that once fancied itself a Super Bowl favorite.... more

The Thanksgiving night sideline behavior of Mike Tomlin eventually†will†stop being studied like the Zapruder film . We're not there yet. A raw field-level feed -- helpfully provided by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday -- showed the Pittsburgh Steelers... more

The Carolina Panthers have Riverboat Ron. The Chicago Bears have Maverick Marc. Or at least they thought they did. Adrian†Peterson Marc Trestman has been praised for his fearless style, but a far more conservative rookie coach was on display... more

Looking and feeling refreshed, John Fox returned to active duty as coach of the Denver Broncos on Monday. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Denver Broncos' 35-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs from Week 13 on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9... more

In the video above you'll see Vernon Davis get dragged down to the ground Sunday by St. Louis Rams safety T.J. McDonald. If you look closely, or care to watch the high-definition slow-motion replay kindly provided by the Fox network, you can see... more

The Redskins found another way to lose Sunday night. Washington let a 14-point first half lead slip away, then found itself on the wrong end of a miscommunication with officials in a 24-17 loss to the New York Giants at FedEx Field. In a matchup... more

The San Francisco 49ers strengthened their grip on a playoff spot Sunday with a workmanlike win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at Candlestick Park. The loss effectively extinguishes any postseason hopes for the 5-7 Rams. Here's what we learned in... more

Toronto mayor Rob Ford forever won Around The League's heart when he wore an outrageously dated NFL novelty tie to the news conference in which he formally admitted to smoking crack. William†Moore Naturally, it was our sincere hope Ford would... more

For the second consecutive week, the New England Patriots went into the tunnel at the half facing a double-digit deficit. And again, the Patriots came out with a victory to remain in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the AFC . On NFL Network NFL... more

The Miami Dolphins got a double treat Sunday. They kept themselves in the AFC playoff race while pushing the rival New York Jets to the brink of 2013 irrelevance. Here's what we learned from the Dolphins' 23-3 win †at MetLife Stadium: 1. Jets... more

Another lost Sunday for Geno Smith has led to a seat on the bench. Matt Simms replaced the New York Jets' struggling rookie quarterback to begin the second half of a pivotal Week 13 matchup †against the Miami Dolphins. Smith was pulled after a... more

November

The job of an NFL coach is all-encompassing. As you might imagine, the antenna of the average coach isn't exactly raised for news and pop culture†minutia. It's very unlikely†Greg Schiano could give you a nuanced take on Miley Cyrus' performance at... more

The San Francisco 49ers are about to welcome back Michael Crabtree. The fifth-year veteran receiver practiced for the third consecutive day Friday and is not listed on the 49ers' injury report. When asked if Crabtree will play Sunday against the... more

Can a closer look at Robert Griffin III's background help explain his actions during a trying second season in the NFL? Breer: Youth movement in St. Louis In his notebook, Albert Breer talks to Jeff†Fisher about the Rams' promising future. Plus, an... more

Richie Incognito isn't any closer to getting back on the field for the Miami Dolphins, but his days without a paycheck will soon be over. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported that Incognito and the Dolphins have reached an agreement to extend... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Tony Romo: Romo led the Cowboys to a pair of wins in four days, playing through flu-like... more

Do you believe in the Dallas Cowboys? On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Dallas Cowboys' 31-24 win over the Oakland Raiders from Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network schedule Answer honestly, and rest easy... more

There are blowouts, there are embarrassments and then there's what the Detroit Lions did to the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Reggie†Bush This was complete and utter destruction at a nearly historic level. The Lions wiped out... more

The Denver Broncos are getting their head coach back. Billick: How to coach the double dip The Broncos and Chiefs play twice in three weeks, as do the Saints and Panthers. Brian Billick studies this unique challenge. READ John Fox told NFL... more

We're always hesitant to buy in when we hear that two teams "don't like each other." It's the type of blanket statement that leaves plenty of room for embellishment. And what does it mean anyway? Do any teams actively like each other during competition?... more

The suspensions facing Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner have left the Seattle Seahawks' vaunted secondary in a weakened state. Golden Tate doesn't hide his disappointment with teammates over this reality. "Everyone should realize where this... more

Aaron Rodgers took a positive step forward Tuesday, practicing with Green Bay Packers teammates for the first time since breaking his clavicle early this month. Rodgers has yet to be cleared by doctors to return to game action. Still, the quarterback... more

The Indianapolis Colts have been blown out in two of the past three weeks. It was only a matter of time before Jim Irsay shared his feelings on the team's uncertain state. That time became Tuesday. Naturally, it all occurred on Irsay's carnival ride of... more

Mark Sanchez remains as optimistic as ever about his New York Jets career. The injured quarterback took time from volunteer work at a New Jersey soup kitchen Tuesday to speak with reporters for the first time since undergoing season-ending shoulder... more

Aaron Rodgers is back at practice with the Green Bay Packers. The star quarterback took part in individual drills Tuesday, his first practice of any kind since suffering a broken collarbone against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4 . According to the... more

The San Francisco 49ers knew they couldn't afford to lose. The Washington Redskins knew they had little to gain. It was a bad combination for competitive football. The Niners beat up on the Redskins on both sides of the ball, cruising to an easy 27-6... more

The Chicago Bears won't have Jay Cutler back on the field when they meet the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13 . Bears coach Marc Trestman told reporters Monday that the quarterback remains "week to week" with a high ankle sprain. Trestman shot down... more

The Seattle Seahawks are in need of cornerback help. Could Antoine Winfield be the solution? Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told KIRO-AM on Monday that Winfield is a candidate to come out of retirement to help Seattle's secondary. Winfield has been out of... more

Tony Carter is the new Rahim Moore in Denver . As you might imagine, this is not a good thing. Carter gets the goat horns for the Broncos' excruciating 34-31 loss in overtime on Sunday night, but that doesn't mean the setback should be pinned... more

The Tennessee Titans are riding a resurgent Ryan Fitzpatrick back into the AFC playoff picture . Ryan†Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick threw for 320 yards and two scores, including the go-ahead 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kendall Wright with... more

The Green Bay Packers got the spark they needed from Matt Flynn. They took the lead in overtime. They still couldn't finish the job. The Packers rallied back from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, then traded field goals with the... more

As the New York Jets fade, the Baltimore Ravens position themselves as players in the AFC wild card race . Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 273 yards and a touchdown in freezing conditions, and the Ravens' defense held the Jets to 220 total yards in... more

Matt Flynn is back in action for the Green Bay Packers. With the offense struggling and the season hanging in the balance, Flynn replaced Scott Tolzien at quarterback during Sunday's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Flynn entered the game... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Cam Newton: Has the Cam Revolution begun? Playing with a hugely talented defense and a coach... more

Ed Reed took some verbal jabs at Wade Phillips on Wednesday, telling Baltimore reporters that the Houston Texans defensive coordinator was "probably" the reason he was released by the team last week. A day later, Phillips made it clear he wasn't... more

Wes Welker has taken a positive step toward an active return to his old stomping grounds. NFL Media's Steve Cyphers reports the Denver Broncos wide receiver practiced Thursday as the team continues to prepare for its†Sunday night matchup against the... more

Jason Garrett's job is safe. For now, anyway. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters Thursday that Garrett will return as coach in 2014, regardless of how the current season plays out, according to NFL Media's Desmond Purnell. Jones' vote of... more

The New York Jets are running out of patience with Stephen Hill. The second-year wide receiver has slipped off the grid in his second season, and went his second consecutive game without a catch in Sunday's 37-14 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills.... more

Why is Josh Freeman on the Minnesota Vikings? The team won a bidding war to land the quarterback after his unceremonious exit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They then rushed him into the starting lineup, where he bombed against the New York Giants... more

Talk doesn't necessarily equate to action, but the New York Giants sure are talking a big game ahead of their key matchup against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said the game is "like a Super Bowl to us ," which actually... more

Life has gotten a lot harder for Eddie Lacy in the past couple weeks. Running lanes have sealed up for the Green Bay Packers rookie in losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. It's no coincidence this has happened with quarterback Aaron... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has a message for Ray Lewis: Thanks, but no thanks. During ESPN's "Monday Night Countdown" telecast, the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker pulled out his black Amex card and offered to pay half the amount if... more

Here's a story about the dangers of Twitter. Earlier Wednesday, some Detroit media members tweeted that Greg Schiano had hung up on them during a conference call ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Week 12 matchup against the Lions. Schiano just... more

Peyton Manning practicing on Wednesdays is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Manning & Brady: Roads to Glory Peyton†Manning and Tom†Brady have taken two very different paths to iconic status. Judy Battista and Albert Breer explain.READ... more

Cam Newton added his name to the MVP conversation †Monday night with a Superman-like performance in the Panthers' heart-stopping win over the Patriots. The game's controversial ending shouldn't obscure how great Newton was in the win. He played... more

The Cleveland Browns had a turbulent Sunday -- and it far went beyond their blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Inclement weather turned what was supposed to be a routine flight home into a harrowing adventure, culminating with a bumpy landing... more

Erik Walden's head-butt of Delanie Walker comes with significant consequence for the Indianapolis Colts linebacker. The NFL is suspending Walden one game for his on-field altercation with the Tennessee Titans tight end Thursday night. Fox NFL Insider... more

The New England Patriots might not be happy about the decision made by game officials on Monday night, but the NFL's vice president of officiating said it came down to a "tight judgment call." On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Carolina... more

The Carolina Panthers' run of great play -- and good luck -- continues. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Carolina Panthers' 24-20 win over the New England Patriots from Week 11 on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network... more

The New England Patriots have used their official newspaper publication to make a frisky statement about the controversial ending to their Monday night loss to the Carolina Panthers. This week's Patriots Football Weekly cover:... more

Percy Harvin's role with the Seattle Seahawks will increase as the season progresses, but don't expect the offense to be reshaped around the playmaker. Silver: Year of the 'Hawk The Seahawks, who are off to their best start ever at 10-1, have... more

Mike Pouncey is taking steps to remain in the equation for the Miami Dolphins. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Tuesday that Pouncey -- who missed Sunday's win over the San Diego Chargers due to gallbladder issues -- will attempt to resume... more

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that Brandon Browner would be out "quite a while" after suffering a groin injury in a Week 10 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Carroll offered an updated report on the standout cornerback's condition... more

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams accused NFL umpire Roy Ellison of swearing at him during Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. It's not the first time Ellison's name has come up in connection with alleged abusive on-field... more

Geno Smith remains Rex Ryan's choice for now. That doesn't mean forever. The Jets coach reiterated Monday that Smith will start when New York visits the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. However, Ryan said backup Matt Simms could get more reps in practice... more

The Chicago Bears will go another week without quarterback Jay Cutler. Bears coach Marc Trestman announced Monday that Cutler will miss his second consecutive game as he continues to recover from a left ankle injury. Josh McCown will make his third... more

The Kansas City Chiefs proved they could keep up with the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Beating them will have to be a challenge for another day. Mercury Morris is free to rejoice (again). The Chiefs are no longer unbeaten, toppled by the host Broncos... more

Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was taken from Soldier Field in an ambulance following Sunday's overtime loss to the Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune. "Ozzie Newsome did not feel well after today's game and a team doctor... more

The Minnesota Vikings become the latest team to learn of the perils playing at the home of the Seattle Seahawks. Marshawn Lynch rushed for two touchdowns and caught another as the Seahawks rolled to a 41-20 win over the Vikings on Sunday. Seattle... more

The New York Giants and Green Bay Packers continue to head in opposite directions. Pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul's leaping pick six of a Scott Tolzien pass was the turning point in the Giants' 27-13 win †Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The playoff picture... more

The New York Jets remain allergic to momentum. Quarterback Geno Smith threw three interceptions and lost a fumble before being benched, dooming the Jets to an ugly 37-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It's a... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Ron Rivera: We have a Disney movie coming together in real time here, people. NARRATOR: Ron was... more

Marcus Lattimore is eager to take the next step. Brooks: Trouble by the Bay What's wrong with the 49ers' offense? Bucky Brooks identifies the three biggest problems for Colin† Kaepernick and Co. READ The rookie running back remains on the... more

Rex Ryan began his Thursday news conference with a grin on his face. One could understand why. The coach, who once looked like the lamest of the lame ducks, now finds his booming voice restored within the walls of his facility. Ed Reed is a New York... more

Clay Matthews will look different the next time you see him on the field for the Green Bay Packers. Gone will be the padded club cast -- or as Dameshek put it, the Thor hammer -- that protected his injured right thumb against the Philadelphia Eagles.... more

While watching the Washington Redskins let their Thursday night matchup against the Minnesota Vikings slip away last week , the same thought kept coming to mind: "Man, RGIII is getting hit a lot." The playoff picture How would your team's prospects... more

Rex Ryan wanted Ed Reed on the New York Jets. Now he's got him. Reed signed a contract with the Jets on Thursday, one day after the veteran safety cleared waivers following his release by the Houston Texans. Reed practiced with his new teammates and... more

The Miami Dolphins don't plan on increasing the defensive end Dion Jordan's role during the season's stretch run. Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft, played just nine snaps in the Dolphins' Monday night loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.... more

Coach Gary Kubiak made his return to active duty with the Houston Texans this week . One of his first tasks was explaining why the team parted with All-Pro safety Ed Reed. Houston released Reed on Tuesday , ending the veteran's disappointing (and... more

This is what we know about the AFC playoff picture as we enter the season's final seven weeks: The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture midway through the... more

Jermichael Finley will turn to surgery in an attempt to save his NFL career. Blake Baratz, the agent of the Green Bay Packers tight end, said in a statement†obtained by NFL Media that Finley will undergo spinal fusion surgery. ProFootballTalk first... more

There won't be a homecoming between Ed Reed and the Baltimore Ravens. A reunion with Rex Ryan might be a different story. Ryan danced around questions about the New York Jets' interest in Reed on Wednesday, one day after the veteran safety was... more

The health of Terrelle Pryor remains a question mark as the Oakland Raiders begin preparation for their Week 11 matchup against the Houston Texans. The third-year quarterback -- dealing with the effects of a sprained MCL in his right knee -- sat... more

Brandon Marshall made some news with his comments about the Detroit Lions, who completed their season sweep of the Chicago Bears on Sunday . "It's the little brother that, big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother... more

Seneca Wallace has gone from starter to the shelf in the space of two days. Brandt: In case of emergency ... What to do in a genuine quarterback catastrophe? Gil Brandt explains what teams scrambling to fill holes at QB look for. READ Green... more

Where does Michael Vick fit in the current landscape of the Philadelphia Eagles? He might not want to know the answer. Nick†Foles Nick Foles has exploded over the past two weeks, throwing 10 touchdowns without an interception in back -to-back... more

The countdown clock has begun for the end of the marriage between Santonio Holmes and the New York Jets. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Tuesday that people close to the wide receiver say he's "accepted the idea" he'll likely be... more

Kyle Williams has run out of chances with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers announced Tuesday that the wide receiver was placed on waivers, along with cornerback Perrish Cox. "Decisions like these are always difficult ...Kyle & Perrish have... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the board. Greg Schiano's team coughed up a big first-half lead, got it back and then made a late defensive stand to secure a 22-19 win over the crumbling Miami Dolphins on Monday night. The 1-8 Bucs become the final... more

The controversy surrounding Jonathan†Martin and Richie Incognito has consumed the Miami Dolphins, making Monday night's matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a welcome respite for a troubled franchise. Of course, nobody is going to forget... more

A Matt Flynn homecoming with the Green Bay Packers has been a common topic of speculation. Now it's reality. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Flynn is signing with the Packers, according to a source who has spoken to Flynn. The... more

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters Monday that the team will make changes in the aftermath of the Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito scandal that has rocked the organization. Ross called the circumstances surrounding Martin and the... more

The Dallas Cowboys gave up 625 yards of total offense to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Amazingly, that wasn't the most embarrassing aspect of their night. Dez Bryant -- the NFL's best wide receiver not named Calvin Johnson -- was targeted a grand... more

The Philadelphia Eagles appear ready to begin another week of preparation without Michael Vick. Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters Monday that Nick Foles will take first-team practice reps Tuesday. Vick has missed the past two weeks with a... more

The New Orleans Saints used a national stage to remind the NFL what they're capable of. It was an impressive sight to behold. The Saints dominated an undermanned and overwhelmed Dallas Cowboys team in a 49-17 win at the Superdome on Sunday night.... more

The Arizona Cardinals became the latest team to take advantage of the Houston Texans' slide to irrelevance. Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes and the Arizona defense made a late stand in a 27-24 win over the Texans on Sunday. The win moves... more

The Tennessee Titans have lost Jake Locker again. This time, it might be for good in 2013. The Titans believe that Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury, a team source told NFL Media's Albert Breer on Sunday. The... more

It looked like one of the games of the year in August. Week 10. Seattle Seahawks visiting the Atlanta Falcons. Two NFC superpowers in a rematch of their contentious playoff affair 10 months earlier. It didn't quite work out that way, of course. The... more

The New York Giants are still alive. Andre Brown ran for 115 yards and one touchdown in his season debut, as the Giants overcame a slugglish start to post a 24-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at the Meadowlands. New York has now won three... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Greg Schiano: Have you read a single negative story about Schiano this week? Is this the first time... more

Roddy White has locked in on Sunday as his return date to the Atlanta Falcons' lineup. The veteran wide receiver has missed the past three weeks with knee and hamstring issues but has made considerable progress in recent days. He practiced again... more

Jay Cutler is all clear for a return to the Chicago Bears' starting lineup. Matt†Forte Bears coach Marc Trestman announced Thursday that the quarterback has been cleared by team doctors and is expected to start when Chicago hosts the Detroit... more

Former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Lydon Murtha told TheMMQB.com that Richie Incognito took Jonathan Martin "under his wing " during Martin's uneasy rookie season in 2012. "Martin had a tendency to tank when things would get difficult in... more

Doug Martin remains confident he'll get back on the field this season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back has been at work rehabbing the torn labrum he suffered in the†Week 7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Surgery to repair the injury is... more

Andre Brown's return could signal the end of David Wilson's deeply disappointing second season with the New York Giants. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones†reported Wednesday on NFL Network's "Around the League Live"†that the Giants could place Wilson on... more

Andrew Luck again reminded us Sunday night why he's the best young quarterback in football. Luck, as he's done 10 times in his brief career, led the Indianapolis Colts to a comeback win, throwing three second-half touchdowns to T.Y. Hilton to... more

There are many reasons why the Baltimore Ravens' defense of their Super Bowl hasn't gone as planned. The struggles of Ray Rice are right near the top of that list. Rice has fallen off a statistical cliff in his sixth season. The three-time All-Pro... more

The Green Bay Packers are at a crossroads. Aaron Rodgers is likely to miss at least the next four weeks as he recovers from a broken collarbone. At 5-3, Green Bay's playoff hopes will hinge on how they manage without their best player for the next... more

A lot of people have shared their opinion on the raging Miami Dolphins imbroglio involving Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Brandon Marshall is just one of them, though his thoughts on the matter carry more weight than most. The Chicago Bears wide... more

The NFL Players Association is making an attempt to open up the lines of communication between the camps of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the NFLPA contacted the agents of Incognito and Martin on Wednesday... more

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little wasn't worried about penalty flags when he flung James Ihedigbo's helmet Sunday. To Little, things had progressed past the point of competition once the Baltimore Ravens safety put his hands on Little's throat... more

Nate Burleson is getting closer to returning for the Detroit Lions. The veteran wide receiver was back at practice Tuesday, nearly six weeks after suffering a broken arm in a car accident . After practice, Burleson was asked about his timetable for a... more

Richie Incognito is in the eye of the hurricane right now. The Miami Dolphins guard was suspended indefinitely Sunday for his behavior toward teammate Jonathan Martin, the offensive tackle who suffered an emotional breakdown at the team complex last... more

Aldon Smith met with the media Tuesday for the first time since leaving the San Francisco 49ers for an out-of-state rehabilitation clinic in September. He said the time away allowed him to clear his head. "It's been a process since I left," Smith said,... more

The Green Bay Packers gave Scott Tolzien a raise to keep him around last week. Now he's waving goodbye to the practice squad. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Tolzien was added to the team's 53-man roster on Tuesday, according to a... more

It hasn't taken long for Kiko Alonso to earn fan-favorite status within the ranks of Bills Mafia. The second-round draft pick is second in the league in tackles and tied for first in interceptions, stamping himself as one of the game's most promising... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- You have aged over the past 10 years. On a surface level, it doesn't appear that Jerry Rice can relate. That was my first takeaway when I sat down with the greatest wide receiver of all time Tuesday in the NFL Media newsroom.... more

The San Francisco 49ers' wide receiver depth chart is improving by the day. One day after Mario Manningham was activated from the team's physically unable to perform list, the team announced that Michael Crabtree has been cleared to practice.... more

Have you figured out the 2013 New York Jets yet? If so, please let us know. A week after getting bombed in a 49-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Jets outplayed the New Orleans Saints for four quarters in a 26-20 win at MetLife Stadium. The... more

We now have more information about the medical emergency involving Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak on Sunday night. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that Kubiak suffered what doctors refer to as a... more

The Miami Dolphins acted swiftly in their handling of Richie Incognito on Sunday, suspending the veteran guard indefinitely for his role in Jonathan Martin's absence from the team. It's a nightmare situation for the Dolphins, who are dealing with a... more

The waiting game will continue for the New York Giants and running back David Wilson. The team announced Monday that Wilson is not ready to resume football activities nearly one month after suffering a herniated disc in his neck against the... more

John Elway met with reporters Monday and explained how the Denver Broncos will handle the absence of coach John Fox, who underwent aortic heart valve replacement surgery earlier in the day. Elway, the team's executive vice president of football... more

Matt Flynn's career with the Buffalo Bills was as brief as it was uneventful. The Bills released Flynn on Monday, three weeks after they signed the veteran quarterback as depth chart insurance. Flynn became expendable on the day rookie EJ Manuel... more

The night was supposed to be about Case Keenum. Instead, Andrew Luck stole the show. Luck led the Indianapolis Colts on four scoring drives in the second half on Sunday night, wiping out an 18-point deficit and lifting his team to a stunning 27-24 win... more

Has Jason Campbell arrived to play hero for the Cleveland Browns? The veteran quarterback performed well for a second straight week, leading the Browns to a 24-18 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Cleveland reaches its bye week in contention... more

The Seattle Seahawks began Sunday in a deep slumber. They woke up just in time to stave off embarrassment. Seattle spotted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 points, but rallied back in the second half for a 27-24 overtime win . The Seahawks overcame a... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Gio Bernard : Bum rib aside, Gio's star continued to rise on Thursday night. He'll slide neatly... more

We've reached the midway point of the NFL season. Well, kind of. Technically speaking, the season's true halfway point won't come until sometime during one of Sunday's early games. You scientists out there are welcome to pinpoint the exact location of... more

October

The Seahawks are coming off their†worst offensive performance of the season, and now are without Sidney Rice the rest of the way , so the time would appear ideal for Percy Harvin to make his Seattle debut. It won't work out that way. Seahawks coach... more

Albert Haynesworth went hard at Mike Shanahan this week. On Thursday, the Washington Redskins coach delivered a substantial counter punch. Haynesworth, considered by many to be the biggest free-agency bust of all time, eviscerated his former coach... more

When Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley went down with injuries, popular sentiment had the Green Bay Packers' offense taking a step back. Eddie†Lacy Instead, the unit has remained among the league's best. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' offense looked plenty dangerous during its destruction of the New York Jets on Sunday. Now, they're adding another weapon to the mix. The team announced Thursday that wide receiver Andrew Hawkins has been activated from the... more

The last time Albert Haynesworth's name came up around these parts, he was being verbally assassinated by a former Washington Redskins teammate. Now the man Chris Cooley calls an "awful human being" is firing off some shots of his own. In an interview... more

The dramatic touchdown drive Matthew Stafford engineered to beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday counted as one of the signature moments of the 2013 season. Matthew†Stafford The folks at NFL Films -- who are having a nice week , by the way -- had... more

Thad Lewis has taken a beating over his first three NFL starts. It won't keep him off the field in Week 9. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night that Lewis is expected to start for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday against the Kansas... more

Fred Davis wasn't moved before Tuesday's trade deadline, despite the Washington Redskins' best efforts . He doesn't sound like a guy who's too thrilled about it. Harrison: Midseason All-Pro Team Which players have defined their respective positions... more

Aldon Smith continues the process of dealing with his multiple legal entanglements. The San Francisco 49ers pass rusher surrendered to authorities Tuesday night in connection with felony weapons charges , Santa Clara County authorities confirmed.... more

An unusual situation is unfolding in Miami, where Dolphins right tackle Jonathan Martin has left the team this week after suffering what one teammate described to NFL Media's Jeff Darlington as an "emotional breakdown." Darlington reported Wednesday on... more

Robert Griffin III's trying sophomore season reached its nadir Sunday in Denver. At least, that's the hope for Washington Redskins fans. The stars appeared to be aligned for Griffin to break out against the Broncos. Instead, Griffin was a... more

San Francisco and Seattle spent the last few years establishing themselves as the preeminent heavyweights of the NFC. This offseason marked the beginning of a tougher challenge: Staying on the mountaintop. The 49ers and Seahawks were notably quiet... more

The New England Patriots -- known the world over as an organization that loves to cut loose --† held a rollicking Halloween soiree on Monday night. Is this enough setup? Yeah, that should do it. Thoughts: As Gregg Rosenthal points out, this is the... more

The Miami Dolphins have lost four consecutive games, wiping away any of the good cheer that accumulated during a 3-0 start in September. Perhaps predictably, the recent struggles have led to some internal questions about the team's direction. NFL... more

The Seattle Seahawks have gotten very bad news on wide receiver Sidney Rice. Earl†Thomas NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that Rice is done for the season after tearing his ACL during Monday's win over the St. Louis Rams, according to... more

This is not a post about Tavon Austin's breakout performance in the NFL. Midway through his rookie season, we're still waiting for that. But the St. Louis Rams wide receiver did garner some attention during Monday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, thanks... more

The Seattle Seahawks succeeded in their core objective Monday night in St Louis. Earl†Thomas They beat the Rams, 14-9 , to reach the halfway point of the regular season atop the NFC West at 7-1. On the surface, all is well. But this was a... more

Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver's fine for his obscene gesture toward an official was resolved Monday between the Raiders and the league, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported. The team will impose the fine in cooperation with the... more

The sideline behavior of Dez Bryant became a major subplot in the aftermath of the Dallas Cowboys' killer 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Matthew†Stafford From a distance, it appeared that the playmaking wide receiver lost his... more

For those who have followed the New York Jets in the Rex Ryan era, Sunday's 49-9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals summoned memories of another setback three years earlier. It was a Dec. 6, 2010, matchup against the New England Patriots. The Jets... more

The New England Patriots will move forward without right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Vollmer is having season-ending surgery Monday to repair his broken right leg, a source informed of the player's plans said.... more

Jason Tarver can expect to hear from the NFL this week. The Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator was caught by Fox cameras flipping the bird to officials during the Raiders' 21-18 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Tarver became... more

If the Cincinnati Bengals expected a challenge from the New York Jets on Sunday, they certainly didn't get it. The Bengals embarrassed Rex Ryan's defense, jumping out to a huge first-half lead and cruising to a 49-9 win at Paul Brown Stadium.... more

There are very few teams that can keep up with the New Orleans Saints' offense. The Buffalo Bills aren't one of them. Drew Brees threw for 332 yards and five touchdowns as the Saints overcame a slow start to roll to a 35-17 win . What a difference a... more

The New England Patriots taught the Miami Dolphins a lesson Sunday in how to close. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New England Patriots' 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins from Week 8 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL... more

The New England Patriots might be facing life without Sebastian Vollmer for the rest of the season. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New England Patriots' 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins from Week 8 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. ET.... more

Brandon Gibson left the field on a cart Sunday after suffering a first-half knee injury against the New England Patriots. It might be the last time we see the Miami Dolphins wide receiver in 2013. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New... more

The NFL will conclude its 2013 International Series schedule Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars meet at Wembley Stadium in London. The San Francisco 49ers have arrived in London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the... more

We're getting close to a point where we need a whole separate website for bad news about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wide receiver Mike Williams told The Tampa Tribune on Friday he has a torn hamstring. The news comes on the same day the Tampa Bay... more

So let's address the Washington Bravehearts situation. TMZSports reported Friday that a man named Aris Mardirossian registered the name, WASHINGTON BRAVEHEARTS earlier this month. According to the trademark application, the name was designed for... more

Greg Schiano is under siege. His team is 0-7 , and his players aren't buying in . The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sinking to the bottom of the Atlantic, and it's Schiano who's viewed as the hard-headed captain who guided them into the iceberg. Every... more

Ronnie Hillman's ball-security issues have earned him penthouse arrangements in John Fox's doghouse. The Denver Post reported Friday that Hillman will not dress when the Broncos host the Washington Redskins on Sunday . Running back C.J. Anderson... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Jerry Richardson: The owner saw his Panthers win twice this week, moving the franchise above the... more

The Carolina Panthers have reached a place they haven't been since the 2008 season: over .500. Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the Panthers to an easy 31-13 win over the helpless Tampa Bay Buccaneers on... more

Calm has returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Left for dead after an 0-4 start, the Steelers are back on the radar after two straight wins, including a had-to-have-it victory over rival Baltimore Ravens on Sunday . Up next is a trip to The Black... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have legitimate optimism that Doug Martin has not played his final down of the 2013 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, citing a team source, reported on NFL Network's "Around The League Live" that the Bucs have put a... more

Steven Jackson might not be locked in for a Week 8 return, after all. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Jackson planned to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. On Thursday, the veteran running back clarified that when he... more

If you're looking for a sign Percy Harvin will debut for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night , you haven't gotten it yet. Harrison: Week 8 Power Rankings After a strange week in the NFL, Elliot Harrison has plenty of changes in his league pecking... more

File this one under: Stupid Crazy People. New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs received a death threat from a Twitter user before the Giants' 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Jacobs -- who missed the game with a hamstring... more

The former agent of Elvis Dumervil still is paying for the failed fax transmission heard 'round the world. The NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that agent Marty Magid has been hit with a six-month suspension and fined $25,000 for "negligence"... more

If you watched any of the Cleveland Browns' Week 7 loss to the Green Bay Packers, you know they're a team in desperate need of quarterback help. Brandon Weeden is not the answer, and Jason Campbell doesn't exactly inspire goosebumps. Is there another... more

Brandon Meriweather continues to take fire from members of the Chicago Bears. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Washington Redskins' 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears from Week 7 on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network... more

The Detroit Lions have parted ways with Tony Scheffler. The Lions released Scheffler on Tuesday, according to the team's official site. The tight had been with the Lions since the 2010 season. Scheffler had a quiet start to the season before... more

Brandon Meriweather has a well-earned reputation as a head-hunter in the Washington Redskins' secondary. His unwillingness (or inability) to change his playing style has taken him off the field. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the... more

With the Indianapolis Colts nursing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter Sunday night, Andrew Luck took a shotgun snap and stuck the ball into the gut of Trent Richardson. This was why the Colts got Richardson. They gave up a first-round pick -- gold... more

If you're a JaMarcus Russell fan (which, truthfully, would be kind of weird) you were no doubt disappointed Monday. The St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans and Chicago Bears are in the market for quarterback help right now, but Russell hasn't popped up... more

David Garrard proved he was healthy to the New York Jets. The display has earned him a roster spot. The Jets activated the veteran quarterback to the active roster Monday. In order to make room for Garrard, the team released Brady Quinn.... more

Did Rex Ryan pull one over on Bill Belichick? On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New York Jets' 30-27 win over the New England Patriots from Week 7 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network schedule NFL Media's Albert... more

The Indianapolis Colts will be forced to go the rest of the way without Reggie Wayne. Andrew Luck feels partly responsible for that unfortunate truth. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Indianapolis Colts' 39-33 win over the Denver... more

The news on the condition of Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley continues to be positive. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Finley is moving around and in good spirits one day after he was taken off the field on a stretcher... more

The night was supposed to belong to Peyton Manning. Instead, the Indianapolis Colts stole the show. Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes and Indy's defense forced three turnovers Sunday night in a 39-33 win at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts... more

The Indianapolis Colts are holding their breath on Reggie Wayne. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Indianapolis Colts' 39-33 win over the Denver Broncos from Week 7 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network schedule... more

The Green Bay Packers are depleted on offense. This is when it's especially nice to have Aaron Rodgers on your side. The former MVP played at his typically elite level, tossing three touchdowns in a 31-13 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns. It... more

You can officially stop worrying about the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners jumped out to a big early lead and cruised to a 31-17 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in Nashville. San Francisco showed itself to be the superior team on both sides... more

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was taken off the field on a stretcher Sunday after suffering a neck injury in the Packers' win over the Cleveland Browns. Green Bay later announced Finley has full feeling and movement in all of his... more

The New York Jets know drama. Nick Folk kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime on Sunday, lifting the Jets to a dramatic 30-27 win over the New England Patriots. It marked the third time in seven weeks that Folk has kicked a game-ending field goal for... more

Yes, we saw what LeBron James had to say during his Twitter chat with fans Friday night. "I wanna play one NFL game before it's over," the Miami Heat star replied when asked if he'd ever consider playing pro football. We have no idea what that... more

Forget Peyton Manning vs. the Colts. The real Week 7 matchup we should all be pumped for is Gronk vs. Baby Gronk. Battista: Quiet before the storm Peyton†Manning has kept mum about his return to Indy. In her Week 7 primer, Judy Battista says this is... more

Jameel McClain is back for the Baltimore Ravens. The team announced Saturday it has activated the sixth-year inside linebacker to the active 53-man roster. Tight end Billy Bajema was cut in a corresponding move. McClain is listed as probable to play... more

All systems appear to be go on Rob Gronkowski's return to the New England Patriots. Battista: #AskJudy Mailbag Judy Battista discusses the most encouraging aspect of the Pats' start, a sudden Coach of the Year candidate and much more. READ The... more

It's no secret that Jerry Jones has deep and profound admiration for Tony Romo's skill as an NFL quarterback. Harrison: Week 7 Game Picks Can Peyton†Manning beat his former squad? Which NFC East team will end the week in first? Elliot Harrison has... more

Wade†Phillips lost his father †Friday, but the Houston Texans defensive coordinator will fulfill his football duties this weekend. A team spokesman told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Phillips is traveling with the team to Kansas City following the... more

Jake Locker is headed back to the Tennessee Titans' lineup -- far sooner than anyone could have predicted. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that, barring a late setback, the Titans expect Locker to start Sunday against the San... more

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was greeted with another FedEx delivery to his locker this week, this time a $31,500 fine for a hit on Brandon Weeden in Week 6 . The hit was hardly egregious. Suh charged at Weeden and shoved the... more

The play of Darrelle Revis is far from the top of the list when breaking down the factors behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 0-5 start. Still, there has been some hand-wringing about how the star cornerback has been deployed -- a mix of man and zone... more

Tavon Austin played just three snaps in the St. Louis Rams' blowout win over the Houston Texans on Sunday, a head-scratching development for the eighth-overall pick in April's draft. Austin leads the Rams in catches (24), but he's made very little... more

As much as Bus Cook's "50 Shades"-like description of his client might tempt us to think otherwise, we must -- as a people -- face reality: Brett Favre is not coming back to the NFL. The Ol' Gunslinger is done, trading in gridiron glory for life's... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Rob Gronkowski: Gronk is back . The Patriots star announced his return with a video that forces us... more

Great stuff this week from the "Sound FX" crew, who had quarterback Tom Brady wired during Sunday's win over the New Orleans Saints. Tom†Brady Brady, of course, led the New England Patriots on a last-minute touchdown drive that still has Saints... more

Adrian Peterson continues the process of moving forward following the tragic death of his young son. The Minnesota Vikings running back told reporters he missed practice Wednesday to attend his son's funeral in South Dakota. Peterson confirmed he... more

Jim Harbaugh says weird things. This is what we love about him. In a world of mundane NFL front men, Harbaugh is the outlier. The San Francisco 49ers coach was up to his old tricks Thursday when asked about the Tennessee Titans defense's ability... more

We already got into all the reasons why we think it makes sense for the Atlanta Falcons to trade Tony Gonzalez. There's logic to it, especially when you remember Gonzalez says the only reason he came back for a 16th season was to claim a Lombardi... more

Kenny Britt played a grand total of two snaps in Week 6 , more than enough circumstantial evidence to tell us the Tennessee Titans wide receiver has taken up lodging in a master suite of Mike Munchak's doghouse. Apparently, looks can be deceiving.... more

The Seattle Seahawks can make a strong case for being the class of the NFC. The Arizona Cardinals have the look of an also-ran. Does that mean we're headed toward a mismatch on Thursday night ? Not so fast. The Seahawks are nearly unbeatable at home,... more

Rob Gronkowski will return to the New England Patriots' lineup this week. Or he won't. In other words, the status quo rolls on for the world's most famous inactive tight end. Stevan†Ridley On Thursday, Gronkowski's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, spoke... more

While teammate Randall Cobb was down on the field , Aaron Rodgers walked over to the Baltimore Ravens sideline to let safety Matt Elam know he wasn't happy about the low hit that broke Cobb's leg. Rodgers said after the game he believed Elam had... more

J.J. Watt looks angry. Like, Jefferson-against-Lincoln angry. A four-game losing streak can have that effect on the game's best defensive player. The Houston Texans star defensive end kept his Wednesday media availability brief, choosing to skip the... more

Brandon Weeden turned 30 on Monday. Happy birthday to the NFL's answer to Scott Bakula . Of course, we're not so sure Weeden was able to enjoy his special day, not so soon after The Flip . It's an interception with the rare ability to appear worse... more

Josh Cribbs is the new kid on the block with the New York Jets, but it didn't take long for the veteran return man to understand how much Patriots week means to Rex Ryan. "I can tell he really wants this game," said Cribbs, according to the team.... more

If you thought Peyton Manning would ramp up the drama in the firestorm involving his current coach and former owner, think again. During a conference call with Indianapolis reporters and again during a media gathering at the Denver Broncos' facility,... more

You don't have to read too closely between the lines to sense Michael Vick might be facing a lengthy absence from game action. Nick†Foles The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback sounded discouraged Wednesday when discussing the hamstring injury that... more

Ryan Mathews made a critical mistake Monday night, running out of bounds when the San Diego Chargers were attempting to run out the clock late in the fourth quarter. Nick Novak bailed out the running back with a long field goal that iced a 19-9 win... more

If you were wondering why you saw Al Michaels and a multi-colored peacock doing backflips in the streets on Tuesday, we have your answer. The Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts will meet on "Sunday Night Football" in five days. That matchup got... more

The people of Seattle wept in the rain when Chiefs fans in Kansas City broke the world record for loudest outdoor stadium crowd on Sunday. Chiefs fans reached 137.5 decibels late in the fourth quarter of a win over the Oakland Raiders, breaking the... more

We now have a better idea just how long the Green Bay Packers will be without Randall Cobb. Eddie†Lacy The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that Cobb had been placed on injured reserve with the designated to return tag, according to... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers finally cracked the win column. That doesn't mean Mike Tomlin is about to loosen up the reins. The Steelers coach banned games from the locker room in the week leading up to the team's 19-6 win over the New York Jets. Now... more

Josh Cribbs has found his way back into the NFL. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the New York Jets planned to sign Cribbs, according to a source who had spoken to the receiver. The team later confirmed the move .† Cribbs will... more

Miles Austin returned to the Dallas Cowboys' lineup Sunday after missing two games with a strained hamstring. The wide receiver was targeted four times and held without a catch by a subpar Washington Redskins defense. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett... more

At long last, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a pulse. Or at least a victory. Ben Roethlisberger played mistake-free football, and Mike Tomlin's defense made Geno Smith look like a confused rookie in the Steelers' 19-6 win over the New York Jets at... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Geno Smith: The kid is a human roller-coaster . The Jets should play their home games at Six Flags.... more

Unfortunate news on Carl Nicks, who is again dealing with a dangerous infection in his left foot. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard has seen a recurrence of the MRSA infection that affected him at the... more

Peyton Manning will soon make his return to Indianapolis. His former team will celebrate his arrival. The Colts are planning a tribute for Manning when the Denver Broncos come to Lucas Oil Stadium for a "Sunday Night Football" matchup Week 7 .... more

Chip Kelly was asked by reporters Thursday when he believes he needs to make a decision on the Week 6 status of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Kelly's response? "12:59." As in 12:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, one minute before the Eagles and Tampa Bay... more

We all know Tony Romo took the brunt of the criticism for the Cowboys' 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Tony†Romo The quarterback's late interception doomed Dallas, overshadowing what had been a day of historic production. A lot of... more

Progress for Calvin Johnson. Contrary to a previous report , Johnson made his return to Detroit Lions practice on Thursday. Johnson has been dealing with swelling in his knee. The Lions' official website reported that Johnson took part in the... more

Here's something random: David Garrard is back with the New York Jets. Geno†Smith The veteran quarterback signed with the Jets in March, but he†left the team two months later because of recurring knee issues. Garrard started feeling better as... more

When Mark Sanchez went under the knife to repair his busted shoulder this week, it also had the effect of severing the quarterback's ties to the New York Jets. Geno†Smith With a $13.1 million cap charge in 2014, the Jets almost certainly will... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-4 for the first time since 1968. We don't expect a veteran locker room to implode from within, but a certain level of restlessness should be expected. Take, for instance, safety Ryan Clark. The Steelers' defensive... more

Julio†Jones is gone . He took with him any hope of a Super Bowl run for the Atlanta Falcons. That's how special Jones is, and how important the wide receiver was to his team's offensive scheme. Is Matt Ryan good enough to lift the 1-4 Falcons back... more

Poor Tony Romo. The Dallas Cowboys star was this close to the greatest statistical performance by a quarterback in NFL history Sunday . Instead, well, you know what happened . Battista: The Romo fallout Tony†Romo outplayed Peyton†Manning, but... more

The signing of Mike Wallace was supposed to be the ticket to Ryan Tannehill's deep-ball salvation. Wallace arguably is the game's best pure deep threat, and the Miami Dolphins gave the wide receiver gobs of money to take the top off defenses and... more

Calvin Johnson said he was "real close" to playing Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Megatron didn't suit up , of course, and the Detroit Lions' offense barely showed up at Lambeau Field. It's safe to presume these two things were related.... more

Amid mounting controversy, is Daniel Snyder ready to change the nickname of the Washington Redskins? Don't count on it. Snyder continues to stand by the nickname, but the owner took a new, softer approach to the hot-button topic in a letter sent this... more

Last week, we broke down the 10 biggest surprise players at the season's quarter pole. We now present 10 players who have fallen well short of expectations. 1. David Wilson, New York Giants The Giants' collapse has been a true team effort, but we... more

Geno Smith's big performance Monday night has given New York Jets fans permission to dream. Geno†Smith The rookie quarterback put on his big boy pants against the Atlanta Falcons, showing ability and poise in a tough enviornment. A byproduct of... more

DeSean Jackson is fast. Brooks: The backup plan in Philly With Nick†Foles replacing the injured Michael†Vick, how will Chip†Kelly alter his offensive approach? Bucky Brooks examines. READ This isn't a new development. Speed is Jackson's thing... more

We now know the three finalist cities to host Super Bowl LII in 2018. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the three bid cities for the game are Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans, according to sources involved with the process. NFL... more

Ahmad Bradshaw is shutting it down. Andrew†Luck NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Indianapolis Colts running back will undergo neck surgery †and miss the remainder of the season, per a team source. The Colts later... more

You won't find Warren Sapp in the corner of embattled Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano. The Bucs are 0-4 and still reeling from the drama that culminated with the release of Josh Freeman, the former starting quarterback, who was no favorite... more

Dominic Raiola has owned up to the insensitive remarks he made toward the University of Wisconsin marching band Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Detroit Lions center issued a public apology Tuesday and made a "significant" monetary contribution to the... more

An already difficult season for the Atlanta Falcons just took a calamitous turn. Julio Jones loss sinks Falcons The Falcons fear Julio Jones is lost for the year. Marcas Grant writes it could derail the fantasy value of everyone in Atlanta's passing... more

The sun is shining brightly upon the campus of Ball So Hard University. Terrell Suggs is back in a big way for the Baltimore Ravens. The veteran linebacker is healthy and playing like a man possessed. Or more specifically, a man with his sights set... more

Don't expect a Matt Flynn homecoming with the Green Bay Packers. Flynn was released Monday by the Oakland Raiders, his second team since leaving the Packers as a free agent following the 2011 season. The Packers auditioned several quarterbacks... more

Colin Kaepernick remains the king of Jersey Mountain. This is not a real place, but the San Francisco 49ers quarterback can take solace in that fact that, if there was such a jurisdiction, he would enjoy all the finest meats and cheeses. Top-selling... more

Bad news (?) for the Jacksonville Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert might be going away for awhile. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Gabbert heard his hamstring "pop" during Sunday's 34-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams, according to a... more

Steve Smith is an outspoken individual. This is great for those of us who cover the daily happenings of the NFL for a living. It's not so great for Dan Ferrell. Ferrell served as an umpire in the Carolina Panthers' 22-6 loss to the Arizona... more

Matt Millen's run as general manager of the Detroit Lions has become the stuff of legend. Not the good kind of legend, of course. The Lions went 31-84 with Millen at the controls for seven-plus seasons. He was fired in the midst of the team's historic... more

Say so long to the NFL's pink penalty flags. (Try to keep it together, folks.) NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed to NFL Media on Monday that the flags -- used to promote the NFL's breast cancer awareness initiative -- no longer will be used... more

Here's an unpleasant story out of Green Bay, where Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola has been accused of hurling hateful comments at members of a college marching band before Sunday's loss to the Packers . According to eyewitnesses , Raiola spent... more

The San Francisco 49ers are starting to get their swagger back. Tramaine Brock's early pick six of Matt Schaub set the tone for a laugher Sunday night, as the Niners won 34-3 over the Houston Texans and moved to 3-2. After being beat up in... more

Knowshon Moreno had himself a nice game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, rushing for 93 yards and one touchdown . People won't remember that, of course, not when we're talking about an instant classic shootout that featured more than 900 passing... more

The Denver Broncos survived their first scare of the 2013 season. It was a big one. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air a special 3.5-hour version of the Denver Broncos' 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys from Week 5 on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9... more

Resilience has been Baltimore's calling card in the John Harbaugh era. That trait was on display Sunday. The Ravens washed away the taste of their ugly Week 4 loss to the Buffalo Bills with a grind-it-out 26-23 win over the Miami Dolphins. Joe... more

The time to recognize the Indianapolis Colts as legit AFC contenders is now. Battista: Colts reflect Pagano's grit The Colts are much more than just a QB. Andrew†Luck is great, but Judy Battista points out Indy is all about what coach Chuck†Pagano... more

Wait-and-see time continues for Ahmad Bradshaw. The Indianapolis Colts running back is dealing with a neck injury that reportedly has created the possibility of season-ending surgery. Bradshaw and the Colts aren't ready to go down that road yet.... more

The Oakland A's are in the MLB playoffs, a reality that's forced the Oakland Raiders to push their Week 5 matchup against the San Diego Chargers into the deep recesses of Sunday night . The game -- which will now kick off at 11:35 p.m. ET and be... more

Dashon Goldson escaped suspension this week. He also sidestepped a swipe at his wallet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety was not fined for his hit on Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown, according... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Peyton Manning: Manning is a video game. The only thing that can stop him is The Lord Master And... more

The Cleveland Browns will see C.J. Spiller on Thursday. The Buffalo Bills have confirmed that the running back has made enough progress in his recovery from an ankle injury to play in the opening game of Week 5 . "I think we feel good, think... more

The inevitable now is official: Josh Freeman has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bucs released their erstwhile starting quarterback Thursday. According to Rapoport, the Bucs called the other 31... more

More Josh Freeman drama. Erik Burkhardt, agent for the then-embattled Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, sent out a tweet Thursday addressing reports that Freeman has been subject to further team fines. The Tampa Tribune reported Wednesday that... more

Reggie Bush arrived in the NFL as one of the most hyped college prospects of his generation. Reggie†Bush Bush never matched those sky-high expectations with the New Orleans Saints, and a two-year stay with the Miami Dolphins... more

The Indianapolis Colts are hoping for the best and bracing for the worst when it comes to Ahmad Bradshaw. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Bradshaw faces the possibility of neck surgery for the injury Bradshaw suffered in Week... more

Breathe easy, New York Jets fans: The color-coded wristband will not be exhumed. At least, not right now. Coach Rex Ryan told a New York radio show that Geno Smith will not use the same red-yellow-green wristband that Mark Sanchez used as a rookie in... more

Gary Kubiak predicted Matt Schaub was going to have a "tough week ." The Houston Texans coach wasn't wrong. Kubiak's quarterback has been a major talking point in the wake of Houston's bitter loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The criticism... more

We have another high-profile NFL trade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed on a deal that will send left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for multiple draft picks, per a... more

Peyton Manning's video-game start to his 2013 season is turning the Denver Broncos quarterback into a mega-watt attraction everywhere he goes. Peyton†Manning In truth, Manning always has been a huge draw in NFL cities, but things are different... more

Hurricane Josh continues to pick up momentum in Tampa. Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer reported Tuesday on "Fox Football Daily" that Josh Freeman was asked not to attend the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' team meeting Tuesday. According to Glazer, Freeman was... more

Believe it or not, the NFL's regular season has already reached its quarter pole. We figured it was as good a time as any to take a look at 10 players who surprised in a good way during September. 1. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers... more

Jo-Lonn Dunbar is back with the St. Louis Rams. Dunbar officially re-signed with the team Tuesday, nearly one month after he was released on the eve of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Offensive... more

Jake Locker has avoided serious injury. The Tennessee Titans confirmed Tuesday that Locker has a sprained hip, an optimistic diagnosis that should allow a midseason return for the quarterback. "We received reassuring reports from the second MRI today... more

Don't expect to see Chris Snee back in the lineup for the New York Giants any time soon. The three-time All-Pro right guard is struggling with a torn labrum in his hip. He didn't play in the Giants' Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and reportedly... more

Nate Burleson suffered one of the more memorable non-football injuries last week, when the Detroit Lions wide receiver broke his arm in two places in a car accident caused by pizza sliding off his passenger seat. Burleson understands "The Pizza... more

September

The Jacksonville Jaguars might be the NFL's worst team by a considerable margin. Somebody needs to tell the mascot. According to Deadspin , Jaxson DeVille has been making bets with the mascots of the Jaguars' opponents all season. Mr. DeVille keeps... more

Associated Press / Ric Tapia The Oakland Raiders' Week 5 game at O.co Coliseum has been moved to 11:35 p.m. ET on Sunday. A clash of tenants at O.co Coliseum has set the stage for an unusual Sunday night in the NFL. The Oakland Athletics are... more

C.J. Spiller already has discarded the thought that he'll be at full health for the Buffalo Bills' Week 5 matchup against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night . Instead, Spiller's focus is to be healthy enough to play after spraining his ankle during... more

After Matt Schaub burned the Houston Texans on Sunday, fans in the Reliant Stadium parking lot returned the favor in kind. It was awkward. The scene accurately represented one of the toughest afternoon's in the franchise's 12-year history. Schaub's... more

Geno Smith provided a dark glimpse into the New York Jets' worst-case scenario Sunday. The rookie quarterback had a game to forget against the Tennessee Titans, committing a season-high four turnovers in a blowout loss in Nashville. Smith has 11... more

Jake Locker's right hip injury is significant, but it's unlikely to end his 2013 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Tennessee Titans believe their starting quarterback will miss at least a month †with a hip injury sustained... more

There's no hiding it right now. The Steelers are a bad football team. Pittsburgh is 0-4 for the first time since 1968 following a 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Mathematically, the Steelers are still alive. But all indications tell us... more

Are you taking Philip Rivers' comeback season seriously yet? You should be. The San Diego Chargers quarterback was brilliant again Sunday, setting a career high in completions and throwing for 401 yards with three touchdowns and only one... more

An impressive win for the Tennessee Titans came at a huge -- and potentially season-altering -- cost. Jake Locker was carted off the field during the third quarter of the Titans' 38-13 win over the New York Jets with a right hip injury. Locker had... more

The Tennessee Titans lost their starting quarterback to injury on Sunday. Jake Locker was carted to the locker room after suffering a right hip injury during Sunday's 38-13 win over the New York Jets. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that... more

We didn't really learn anything new about the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. They came to Jacksonville, they conquered with ease in a 37-3 win and they left without any major injuries. At 3-1, they move on. As for the Jaguars? We already knew they... more

Ahmad Bradshaw won't play for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. How much longer he'll miss beyond that remains unclear. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday , via a team source,†that the Colts' current plan for Bradshaw is to rest the neck in... more

Lost in the euphoria of the Cleveland Browns' rousing Week 3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings? A plodding start by their new running back. Willis McGahee struggled mightily his debut as Trent Richardson's replacement, finishing with 9 yards on eight... more

The San Francisco 49ers are down another wide receiver. Niners coach Jim Harbaugh announced Friday that rookie Quinton Patton will "miss some time " after suffering a fractured foot during Thursday's win over the St. Louis Rams. Harbaugh said... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. The Ryan Brothers: Rex was supposed to be the face of a raging dumpster fire in East Rutherford.... more

Any sentence that includes "Miles Austin" and "hamstring" should be met with apprehension. Hamstring pulls have robbed Austin of both games and explosiveness dating back to 2011. The Dallas Cowboys say the latest one isn't serious. Excuse us for our... more

Riley Cooper began training camp as a supporting player in the Philadelphia Eagles' offense. Things escalated quickly. The team was rocked when Jeremy Maclin suffered a season-ending knee injury in training camp. Suddenly, Cooper was being asked to... more

Unless you follow the Miami Dolphins (who's happier than this guy ?), these are grim times to be a professional football fan in Florida. Both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are floating facedown in the Atlantic with an 0-3... more

The San Francisco 49ers are coming off back -to-back losses for the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era. Time to panic ? We'd say no. The Niners, even in their current depleted state, still have plenty of time to hit the accelerator on a season that's... more

Put on your hard hat, we're hopping back aboard the Bryant McKinnie party bus. Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones now has put his own spin on the TMZ report that he was "bleeding everywhere" after a stripper named Sweet Pea apparently... more

It's become increasingly apparent Rob Chudzinski didn't leave much goodwill behind in Charlotte, N.C. DeAngelo†Williams Chudzinski stepped down as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers to become the Cleveland Browns head coach this... more

Frank Gore would like you to know any frustrations he's dealing with goes back to losses, not his coaching staff. It was reported Sunday that Gore had "choice" words for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh following a disappointing 27-7 loss to the... more

Anthony Spencer's season has come to an unceremonious close. DeMarco†Murray Jordan Woy, Spencer's agent, tweeted Tuesday that the Dallas Cowboys defensive end will undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing left knee. According to Woy, doctors... more

What motivates Colin Kaepernick? You could ask him, but let's face it, he probably won't give you much. Kaepernick is not a verbose man -- at least in typical conversation with media folk. Luckily, the world of Twitter offers us another glimpse into... more

The Baltimore Ravens found themselves mired in a TMZ typhoon Monday after Jacoby Jones allegedly got himself cracked over the head with a champagne bottle by the mysterious Sweet Pea. It wasn't a shining moment for Jones, the Ravens or Bryant... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are about to get a much-needed lift at running back. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported late Monday night that rookie Le'Veon Bell is expected to play when the Steelers meet the Minnesota Vikings in London on Sunday . Coach... more

Before kickoff of the second half Monday night, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden remarked that Peyton Manning's late-career surge evoked memories of John Elway. Peyton†Manning On the surface, the comparison worked. Like Manning, Elway was a premier... more

The Denver Broncos are giving Champ Bailey another week. Bailey was inactive for Monday night's game against the Oakland Raiders. ESPN first reported the news. Bailey returned to practice last Thursday, a month after suffering a strained foot... more

The New York Jets might not have the services of Chris Ivory for some time. ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini reported Monday that the Jets are "not expecting a quick rebound " after Ivory re-injured his hamstring during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Buffalo... more

Vincent Jackson appears to be on track for a quick return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Jackson did not suffer any broken ribs Sunday and should be OK, according to a person who spoke with the player.... more

As you might expect, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh is not thrilled with the salacious news surrounding wide receiver Jacoby Jones. TMZ reported Monday the wide receiver was "bleeding everywhere" after a stripper named Sweet Pea struck him in the... more

The Miami Dolphins received good news on Cameron Wake, but they still will be without their star defensive end for the immediate future. Wake sprained an MCL during the Dolphins' 27-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

There's plenty of blame to go around the New York Giants locker room in the wake of the team's first 0-3 start since the Dan Reeves dark ages. But if you want to start somewhere , look to an offensive line that was non-competitive in Sunday's grim 38-0... more

This was a game the Pittsburgh Steelers usually have. Backs against the wall, playing at home, Al and Cris in the booth. The stage was set for The Win That Righted The Ship. Take a look at Sunday's best action from around the NFL. Instead, the... more

The New York Jets didn't paint a masterpiece Sunday. They'll have to settle for a win. The Jets set a franchise record with 20 penalties, but still managed to get by the Buffalo Bills in a 27-20 win at MetLife Stadium. Geno Smith became the first... more

The Buffalo Bills lost C.J. Spiller to injury on Sunday. The running back exited the Bills'†27-20 loss †against the New York Jets due to a knee injury. Spiller was seen limping to the locker room, his leg in a wrap, during the early part of the... more

What in the world has happened to the New York Giants? Tom Coughlin's team didn't even show up on Sunday, suffering an embarrassing 38-0 loss at the hands of the Carolina Panthers. The 38-point loss is the worst of the Tom Coughlin era. At 0-3, the... more

The Dallas Cowboys found the balance on offense they've been looking for. This was bad news for the St. Louis Rams. DeMarco Murray piled up 175 yards on 26 carries in an easy 31-7 win at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. The Cowboys sit alone atop the NFC East... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. ATL's Dan Hanzus serves as your guide. It was a good week for ... 1. Donovan McNabb: The former Eagles quarterback wasn't booed during the halftime ceremony that... more

Do you believe in the Kansas City Chiefs yet? The team that went 2-14 in 2012 is now 3-0 in 2013 after an impressive 26-16 win over the Eagles in Andy Reid's Philadelphia homecoming . This was a win earned in large part by the Chiefs' real-deal... more

Mike Holmgren didn't believe it when his daughter told him on the phone. The Cleveland Browns had traded Trent Richardson? The former Browns president wasn't convinced until he saw it for himself on his computer. Holmgren had moved up aggressively in... more

Eric Berry got the Chiefs rolling en route to a 26-16 win †Thursday over the Philadelphia Eagles with a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown. A pick six is a big deal for any player, but this one was even sweeter for the Kansas City star safety.... more

J.J. Watt isn't happy with Rob Turner. Rob Turner isn't happy with J.J. Watt. That's right folks, interior of the trenches heat! It started Sunday , when Turner, the Tennessee Titans' veteran center, was penalized -- and later fined -- for a... more

Martellus Bennett is off to an excellent start with the Chicago Bears, quickly establishing himself as one of Jay Cutler's go-to targets. Bennett is also an interesting dude. You already know this if you follow him on Twitter , but you were provided... more

It's unclear if quarterback Brandon Weeden will regain his starting job with the Cleveland Browns. He will remain an option for coach Rob Chudzinski, however. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL Network's "Around the League... more

It appears to be all-systems-go for Andre Johnson. The Houston Texans wide receiver was a full participant in practice on Thursday, checking off the final box in completing the NFL's concussion protocol. Barring a setback, expect Johnson to be on... more

The Denver Broncos are reeling from the loss of one All-Pro . They got another one back on the field Thursday. USA Today reported cornerback Champ Bailey returned to practice , his first since spraining his foot Aug. 17. Bailey was in full pads ,... more

Dashon Goldson won't find a defender in Drew Brees. Drew†Brees The Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety successfully appealed his one-game suspension Wednesday and now will pay a $100,000 fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running... more

The Trent†Richardson trade was a landscape-changing move by the Cleveland Browns, but it wasn't the only sign Wednesday of the team distancing itself from a prior regime. Before Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson erased what was left of... more

One of the most stunning moves in Cleveland Browns history came together in a hurry. Browns CEO Joe Banner told reporters Wednesday that the trade that sent Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick wasn't even... more

The Indianapolis Colts made a trade that doubled as a statement of intent: The time to make a Super Bowl run is now. Trent Richardson will line up in the backfield behind Andrew Luck. The first and third picks of the 2012 NFL Draft now are teammates... more

The stunning trade of Trent Richardson left a massive void in the Cleveland Browns' backfield. They didn't waste any time attempting to fill it. Shortly after the Richardson deal became official Wednesday, the Browns announced that free-agent running... more

Darrelle Revis attempted to "clear (the) air " Tuesday regarding his relationship with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano. On Wednesday, it was Schiano's turn. The coach provided detail on his conversation with Revis, a meeting first reported by... more

In the video above, you'll see Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch shoot the gap and drop Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall for a 1-yard loss during Arizona's 25-21 win Sunday. A nice defensive play, but it's not the reason we're bringing... more

We found Brandon Lloyd. The former New England Patriots wide receiver reportedly has turned down the advances of at least six NFL teams, but he jumped at the opportunity to work with Alec Billy Stephen Tito Daniel Baldwin in "After Effect," a... more

Darrelle Revis insists everything is fine between him and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media's Andrea Kremer reported that Revis met with Bucs coach Greg Schiano for about 15 minutes Tuesday "to clear (the) air." The star cornerback said he's... more

Tom Brady is going through growing pains with the New England Patriots' offense right now. It was all on display Thursday night against the New York Jets. Brady's open frustration led to criticism that the quarterback should tone down his act to be... more

The New England Patriots could get Danny Amendola back sooner rather than later. A person informed of the situation told NFL Media's Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport on Tuesday that no surgery currently is planned for Amendola, who is dealing with a groin... more

The Houston Texans signed Ed Reed to be the missing piece in their secondary. So far, the decorated safety simply has been missing. Reed, recovering from offseason hip surgery, sat out both Texans wins to start the season and remains a question mark... more

It appears the New England Patriots' wait for Rob Gronkowski will go on. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday it's more likely than not that Gronkowski will sit out Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source who spoke to... more

Statistically speaking, the Washington Redskins have the NFL's sixth-ranked offense through two games. This is extremely misleading if you've watched the Redskins get blown out in back -to-back †games to begin the season. Robert Griffin III and Co.... more

Geno Smith is the New York Jets' starting quarterback. How long it stays that way remains to be seen. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that former undrafted free agent Matt Simms has "real support" within the Jets' building. Smith was asked... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' offense sputtered badly in their season opener , but offensive coordinator Todd Haley remains optimistic about the team's ability to bounce back. During a Monday appearance on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," NFL Media... more

Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Monday that Andre Johnson suffered a concussion during Houston's 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Houston Texans' 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans from Week 2... more

The Baltimore Ravens are optimistic about the health of Ray Rice. The All-Pro running back exited in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns after suffering a strained left hip flexor. Tests on Rice showed no significant... more

Contrary to popular belief , "Operation Patience" never ended. Its properties just transferred elsewhere in the Washington Redskins' organization. Just ask coach Mike Shanahan, whose news conferences continue to be peppered with questions and... more

Let's do some math. Through two games, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 44 attempts, a healthy 4.4 yards-per-attempt average. Now, let's throw out his best gain (a 78-yard touchdown... more

The Detroit Lions are optimistic about the health of Reggie Bush. The running back suffered a knee injury late in the first half of Detroit's 25-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Bush attempted to return to the game to start the third... more

The Philadelphia Eagles quickly have established themselves as football's most aggressive offense in the dawn of the Chip Kelly era. They were perhaps too aggressive in the final minutes of their 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.... more

The San Francisco 49ers will want to forget Sunday night in a hurry. It might not be that easy. The Seattle Seahawks sent a message to their NFC West rivals in Week 2, handing the 49ers an ugly 29-3 loss in front of Al Michaels and the world. We... more

We told you earlier Sunday about the growing disconnect that has developed between Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano. In the aftermath of another grisly last-second loss Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback addressed a report that he might... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken a lead into the final minute of regulation in each of their first two games this season. They are 0-2 for their efforts. It's been that kind of start for Greg Schiano's team, which lost a 16-14 heartbreaker to the... more

Have the Houston Texans finally found a true counterpart to Andre Johnson? On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Houston Texans' 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans from Week 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. ¬Ľ NFL Network... more

The Chicago Bears made a habit last season of allowing games to slip away late in the fourth quarter. They've turned the tables in the early stages of 2013. Jay Cutler's 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds remaining... more

It didn't take long to see the first big play of Sunday's action. Minnesota Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson pulled in the opening kickoff near the back of his own end zone and ran it back 105 yards to give the Vikes an instant lead over the... more

Welcome to the Around The League End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the NFL. ATL's Dan Hanzus serves as your guide ... These guys had a good week 1. Chip Kelly: Boy Man Genius (no, not that one ) is one 45-17 win over the San Diego... more

Jim Harbaugh didn't hold back when asked about Clay Matthews' now infamous late hit on Colin Kaepernick in Sunday's Week 1 opener . Colin†Kaepernick "That certainly was a cheap shot," the San Francisco 49ers coach told reporters Monday .... more

A time could come when Arian Foster assumes the workload he was known for during the past three seasons with the Houston Texans. Brian†Cushing That time is not now. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said this week he'd like to give running backs Foster... more

Greg Schiano would have loved if his Thursday news conference dealt solely with his team's upcoming matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Instead, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach spent a good portion of his availability discussing Josh Freeman and... more

Brandon Jacobs is getting a second chance to end his NFL career on good terms. The veteran running back, re-signed by the New York Giants on Tuesday, had just five carries for 7 yards in a season with the San Francisco 49ers he called a "curse." He was... more

Andrew Luck is an excellent quarterback. He might turn out to be the best of an excellent crop of young signal-callers in the NFL right now. Speaking of crop (nailed it ), we direct your attention to just east of Waterloo, Ind., where the Indianapolis... more

Few people on the planet are looking forward to Sunday more than David Wilson. The New York Giants running back, under fire since losing two fumbles in the team's season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys, deemed it necessary to clarify his... more

The quarterback competition didn't conclude in Jacksonville at the end of the preseason. Blaine Gabbert got the start in Week 1, but he earned no believers in the Jaguars' embarrassing 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He suffered another injury to... more

All news continues to be bad news in matters concerning the Oakland Raiders' offensive line. ESPN reported Thursday that left tackle Menelik Watson is expected to miss one month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on a torn lateral meniscus in his... more

Has Mark Sanchez taken his final snap with the New York Jets? NFL Media's Albert Breer reported late Wednesday that Sanchez has a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder, according to a source informed of the diagnosis. Surgery is a... more

More trouble for Von Miller. Orange County, Calif., court records show that the suspended Denver Broncos linebacker was cited for speeding on March 8, 2012, and didn't appear for a mandatory court date on July 9, 2012. Miller currently is one game... more

The Green Bay Packers have a better offense when Jermichael Finley is on the field. It's too soon to say if he'll be available for their Week 2 matchup against the Washington Redskins. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Finley... more

Here's something cool. NFL Films had Colin Kaepernick wired for sound Sunday, providing us with some sideline access in the moments immediately following Clay Matthews' controversial late hit of the 49ers quarterback in San Francisco's 34-28 win †over the... more

Much of the football world views Ndamukong Suh as dirty. His agent believes the Detroit Lions star is persecuted. Roosevelt Barnes explained Wednesday in a conversation with NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport why his client decided to appeal his $100,000... more

There was a walker leaning against the wall next to Ed Reed's locker Wednesday. It was the exact device your great grandmother uses to get to her recliner. At first glance, this was a very, very bad sign for the state of Reed's surgically repaired... more

Nine black quarterbacks started in the NFL during Week 1. It was the highest number the league had ever seen. Is it the signal of a coming sea change in the NFL? Or is it an anomaly -- a narrative that feels familiar because it is ? Carolina... more

If you've wondered why Brandon Lloyd hasn't resurfaced on the NFL grid this season, we now have an answer. Tom†Brady ProFootballTalk reported Wednesday that Lloyd has dismissed at least six teams that have approached him about playing in 2013,... more

Remember the time Rex Ryan dropped Bill Belichick at midfield before a key matchup between the New York Jets and New England Patriots? You don't -- or, at least, you shouldn't -- because it never happened. But that doesn't mean Ryan never told his... more

Speaking on the topic of David Wilson's nightmarish season debut, Giants safety Antrel Rolle told a New York radio station Tuesday that the running back has two options: "He can either get in the tank, or he can man up ." Judging by his Twitter feed,... more

The NFL sent a message to Ndamukong Suh on Tuesday, hitting the controversial Detroit Lions defensive tackle with a $100,000 fine for his illegal block during the season opener . The fine is the largest ever for on-field conduct. As you might... more

A rough opening week for NFL officials continues. Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, said Tuesday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," that the wrong call was made when Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas was penalized 10 yards for... more

Brandon Jacobs is headed back to the New York Giants. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Giants were set to sign the veteran running back, according to a source involved in the process. The Giants later announced the signing,... more

Midway through the fourth quarter of the Texans' Monday night opener , Ben Tate took a Matt Schaub handoff and powered through a small hole on the left side of Houston's line for a 3-yard gain. Tate, as has been the norm the past three seasons, began... more

The NFL sent a loud message to Ndamukong Suh about his extracurricular activities on the field. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks notified Suh on Tuesday that the defensive tackle has been... more

The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are a natural fit as the NFL's next great rivalry. All the ingredients are there: They're divisional rivals and Super Bowl favorites that boast the two most talented rosters in football. There's some bad... more

Mike Wallace had only one catch for 15 yards in his Miami Dolphins debut. After the game, the receiver†didn't seem happy about it. One day later, Wallace offered clarification on his behavior in the wake of the 23-10 win over the Cleveland Browns.... more

Don't hold your breath for sweeping changes to the NFL's preseason schedule. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday on "Around†The†League Live" that, while the NFL has examined structural alterations to the preseason, it's highly unlikely any... more

Ndamukong Suh's latest incident of questionable on-field behavior could cost him significantly. Reggie†Bush NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the league likely will hit Suh with a "heavy" fine for his low hit on Minnesota... more

The Carolina Panthers finished Sunday's 12-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with three passes that gained more than 10 yards. It's a grim statistic, and one day later, Panthers coach Ron Rivera was asked a question that had an obvious answer: Is... more

Kiss, a rock band that sells everything -- seriously, everything -- now would like to get into the business of selling Tim Tebow. The LA KISS -- an Arena Football League team owned by the veteran rock band -- has offered a three-year contract to the... more

Lavonte David's late shove of Geno Smith will be the play Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans remember most from Sunday's 18-17 loss to the New York Jets. With good reason, too -- the Jets were dead in the water if David let Smith step out of bounds without... more

The Dallas Cowboys received good news on the state of Tony Romo's sore ribs. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said X-rays on Romo's rib area came back negative Monday, and a team source told NFL Media's Albert Breer that the quarterback has bruised... more

One of the more entertaining moments of the Dallas Cowboys' Sunday night opener had nothing to do with game action. "Hey, he's faking it! He's faking it!" tight end Jason Witten yelled to a side judge while pointing back at New York Giants... more

You can safely assume Tom Coughlin is headed for a largely sleepless night. The coach watched his New York Giants self-combust on "Sunday Night Football," committing six turnovers in an ugly 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. It... more

The Dallas Cowboys were forced to finish the first half of Sunday night's 36-31 win over the New York Giants without quarterback Tony Romo. Romo left the game late in the second quarter after taking a nasty hit from Giants pass rushers Mathias Kiwanuka... more

The 49ers were the benefactor of an official's error Sunday , giving San Francisco an extra down on which it scored a touchdown in Sunday's 34-28 win over the Green Bay Packers. Head referee Bill Leavy admitted after the game that he mistakenly... more

The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks get the most pub in the NFC West, but don't sleep on the division's other two teams. That's what we learned from the St. Louis Rams' 27-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at the Edward Jones... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made all sorts of head-scratching mistakes Sunday afternoon against the New York Jets. It's only fitting that their last one cost them the season opener. Bucs linebacker Lavonte David delivered a late hit out of bounds on Jets... more

No team is ever happy with a loss, but the Oakland Raiders have to feel optimistic about Terrelle Pryor after Sunday's 21-17 defeat at Indianapolis. Pryor made mistakes you'd expect from a quarterback with his lack of experience, including a... more

Everyone is getting on Danny Trevathan for his drop-six on Thursday night , but we like to think Trevathan failed so that we may learn. There's no way to predict what's going to happen during an NFL season. The football gods are out to make fools... more

Do NFL teams fake injuries during games? That's a rhetorical question. Of course they do. They've been doing it for-ev-er . It's not glamorous or particularly endearing, but it's an unwritten rule of a game that's filled with them. The written... more

Don't expect to see Manti Te'o make his NFL debut Monday night . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Thursday on NFL Network's "Around The League Live" that he's been told it's unlikely Te'o will be on the field when the San Diego Chargers meet the... more

Santonio Holmes remains the New York Jets' man of mystery. Are you there, Rex? Mark Kriegel says Rex Ryan lacks his usual bluster. Entering a do-or-die season, could the New York Jets' coach use a little dose of his famous swagger? More ...... more

Denver Broncos starting tight end Julius Thomas was arrested last week for failure to appear in court for a traffic citation, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. Capt. Glenn Thompson confirmed to NFL Media on Thursday that Thomas was... more

Cam Newton, at long last, wears the "C." Carolina Panthers coach Ron†Rivera announced before Thursday's practice that the quarterback is one of six captains for the 2013 season, as voted on by teammates. Newton joins a group that includes... more

Human growth hormone testing in the NFL is like a two-ton boulder being pushed up a hill. Every time it appears the boulder is about to reach the top, something happens to send it rolling back down. The NFL and NFL Players Association came close to... more

Ziggy Ansah is back at practice for the Detroit Lions. The rookie defensive end was on the field for the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website. Ansah had been... more

The great Danny Amendola experiment is ready to begin in New England. Amendola will be on the field when the Patriots open the regular season on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Amendola has been limited in recent weeks by a groin injury he suffered... more

With all due respect to Calvin Johnson, we found Dez Bryant to be the most impressive wide receiver in football last season. Newfound maturity did wonders for the Dallas Cowboys star, who was borderline uncoverable during the season's final two... more

Terrelle Pryor will be the man under center when the Oakland Raiders open their season Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. It's a decision that speaks volumes about the Raiders' current state. Pryor has little experience and clear deficiencies... more

Silver: 32 questions for 32 teams With the regular season upon us, Michael Silver asks a piercingly pertinent question about each squad in the NFL. More ... What would you do for $24,000? Actually, don't answer that. Anything you write in this... more

The Denver Broncos will start the regular season without Champ Bailey. The veteran cornerback has been ruled out for the Thursday night season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, the Broncos confirmed Wednesday. NFL Network's Thursday lineup... more

Maurice Jones-Drew says he's now back to full health in his return from a Lisfranc injury. He wasn't always so confident. On Wednesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars running back acknowledged the beginning of training camp served as a legitimate test of his... more

Geno Smith will be the New York Jets' starting quarterback in Week 1. Rex Ryan won't say where the team will go beyond that. "Our focus is strictly on this game," Ryan said Wednesday from Florham Park, N.J. "We're not thinking past Tampa, I can tell... more

Jayson DiManche and Bruce Taylor both were undrafted rookies, both linebackers, both chasing the same dream. Now they were sharing a quiet car ride on the way to the Cincinnati Bengals' final preseason game. "This might be our last ride, bro,"... more

The Buffalo Bills might be forced to start a new season without safety Jairus Byrd. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said Tuesday on "Around The League Live" that it's believed Byrd will be forced to miss some time with his plantar fasciitis injury, according to... more

The New York Jets didn't envision Bilal Powell would open the regular season as their starting running back. And yet here we are.Powell currently sits atop the depth chart found on the Jets' official website . Chris Ivory and newly acquired Alex Green... more

St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar survived final cutdowns Saturday. He still wasn't safe. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Dunbar has been released, according to a source informed of the move. Howard Balzer had the first report ,... more

The Cleveland Browns have settled on a kicker to start their season. The team announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with Billy Cundiff. Barring something unforeseen, Cundiff will handle kicking duties when the Browns open their season... more

Arthur Jones will visit a specialist Wednesday as he fights an undisclosed illness that has taken him off the field for the Baltimore Ravens. On Tuesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the illness is not life-threatening, though he could not offer... more

Robert Meachem is headed back to the Superdome. The Saints announced Tuesday that they have signed the wide receiver to a one-year contract. ESPN's Bill Williamson was first to report †the move. Meachem had just 14 receptions for 207 yards and... more

Andre Brown is going away for a little while. NFL.com's Kimberly Jones reported the New York Giants will place Brown on injured reserve-designated to return Wednesday, per a person informed of the team's plans. Brown suffered a fractured left leg in... more

It's been two days since the New England Patriots decided they were better off without Tim Tebow. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said Monday on "NFL Total Access" that Tebow hasn't attracted any NFL interest since his release, according to a source close to... more

It's been a fun last few days in surprising revelations involving prominent members of the Dallas Cowboys. First, there was team executive Stephen Jones talking about the Cowboys' "secret sauce ." Then, there was Jerry Jones dishing on his potential... more

Has Dan Carpenter's summer of consternation ended on a happy note? NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Buffalo Bills have finalized a deal with Carpenter, according to a source informed of it. The Bills acted quickly after in-house kicker... more

There was a time when the Oakland Raiders believed Tyler Wilson was a realistic option at quarterback. On Monday, the Raiders signed him to their practice squad . Wilson was cut Sunday. One day later, the 2013 fourth-round draft pick passed through... more

Zoltan Mesko wasn't out of work for long. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the punter -- a surprise cut by the New England Patriots on Saturday -- would sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a person informed of the deal. The... more

The New England Patriots' secondary has a significant game-plan obstacle to contend with as it prepares to face the Bills on Sunday. At least, according to Buffalo wide receiver Stevie Johnson . "I don't think they got nobody that can stop me," Johnson... more

August

We saw an interesting little trend as NFL teams completed 53-man roster cutdowns Saturday. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players. Who was cut? More ... The Washington... more

The tension between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and ailing kicker Lawrence Tynes continues to escalate. Tynes was informed Saturday that he was placed on the team's non-football injury list, a designation that guarantees Tynes his $840,000 base salary... more

On a day known for cuts, the Seattle Seahawks executed a trade. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players. Who was cut? More ... The Seahawks announced Saturday they have... more

Adrian Wilson's debut season with the New England Patriots is over before it started. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players. Who was cut? More ... The team announced... more

Antoine Winfield couldn't crack a deep Seattle Seahawks secondary. The veteran cornerback might have taken that as a sign to end his lengthy NFL career. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Saturday that Winfield, who reportedly was going to be among... more

Brady Quinn lost the numbers game in Seattle. The Seahawks released Quinn on Saturday, meaning Tarvaris Jackson beat him out to be starting quarterback Russell Wilson's backup this season. Quinn tweeted his goodbye hours before the move officially was... more

Greg McElroy's time with the New York Jets is over. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players. Who was cut? More ... NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have run out of patience with guard Danny Watkins. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Watkins -- a first-round draft pick in 2011 -- is being released, per a source informed of the transaction. The Eagles later... more

Joe McKnight, whose NFL career has included vomiting , erroneous statements and, yes, an impressive kick-return average , is visiting Green Bay. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that McKnight is set to work out for the Packers on Saturday, according to... more

Allies remain in short supply for Mark Sanchez. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that Marty Mornhinweg will unequivocally side with rookie Geno Smith if the offensive coordinator has a vote in the New York... more

"Kickalicious" lives. Havard Rugland, the Norwegian YouTube sensation cut by the Detroit Lions this week, tweeted that he worked out with the Green Bay Packers on Friday. Had a great workout with Green bay this morning. Thankful for the opportunity... more

Ed Reed is taking a step in the right direction. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Houston Texans plan to take the veteran safety off the physically unable to perform list, according to a person informed of the impending transaction.... more

"Hard Knocks" star DeQuin Evans has hit a substantial bump in the road in his quest to land a roster spot with the Cincinnati Bengals. The team announced Friday that Evans has been suspended eight games for a violation of the NFL's... more

Jonathan Cooper's rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals is a complete loss. Cooper, the seventh overall pick in April's draft, was moved to season-ending injured reserve Friday, six days after he suffered a broken leg in preseason action. Schein:... more

The Patriots have done some tight end housecleaning. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that New England has released †Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard, per a source informed of the transaction. The team later confirmed the cuts . The Patriots'... more

The New York Giants have lost Andre Brown again. The running back suffered a fractured left leg during the second quarter of Thursday night's preseason finale against the New England Patriots. It's unclear how much time he'll miss. Brown --... more

It was a historic day for the NFL, which agreed to a settlement that will promise $765 million to potentially thousands of retired players who developed brain disorders after their playing careers. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered... more

The New York Jets might have to plan for the start of the regular season without Mark Sanchez. Schein: Super†Bowl XLVIII forecast Adam Schein predicts each conference's rep in New Jersey -- and picks a winner. (Popular opinion need not apply.) More... more

Matt Leinart is getting his shot. The newly signed quarterback started for the Buffalo Bills when they closed the preseason against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night . Leinart got the nod despite just two days of practices and one walkthrough... more

Andy Lee has a secret weapon. He's hoping to unveil it Thursday night when the San Francisco 49ers close out their preseason schedule against the San Diego Chargers. Schein: The best division in football Adam Schein says one division is head and... more

Philip Rivers hears the noise. He knows a lot of people now view him as damaged goods. A once-great quarterback now mortal and turnover-ridden. A link to the San Diego Chargers' past, but not necessarily their future. Rapoport: Charged by change The... more

Jerry Jones will outlive us all. This always has been a working theory around these parts, admittedly rooted in a gut feeling rather than tangible medical evidence. But now ... now we have something to work off. The Dallas Cowboys owner received... more

The Jay Ratliff saga in Dallas now has an added level of intrigue. The nose tackle will begin the season on the Cowboys' physically unable to perform list with hamstring and groin injuries. Ratliff didn't attend rehab sessions†regularly†at Valley... more

Jay Gruden had himself a transcendent episode of "Hard Knocks" on Tuesday night. It started in the gymnasium, where the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator answered James Harrison's challenge by stroking a 3-point jumper from the deep corner.... more

Are you ready for some more Richard Sherman-Darrelle Revis banter? Wait, you're not? Well, you're getting it anyway! The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback remains on track for Week 1 as he makes his way back from ACL surgery. Revis was asked... more

Never challenge James Harrison to an arm-wrestling match. You wouldn't think this is something that needs to be said. But there was Cincinnati Bengals rookie Jordan Campbell turning to the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year at a linebackers meeting... more

Brandon Marshall is likely to be on the field when the Chicago Bears open their season†Sept. 8 . That doesn't mean he'll be in peak physical condition. The star wide receiver conceded to reporters Tuesday he's not as far along as he'd like to be... more

What can we expect from Darren McFadden in 2013? The Oakland Raiders probably are wondering the same thing. The running back is coming off a dreadful season in which he averaged 3.3 yards per carry in an offense that didn't play to his strengths.... more

Blaine Gabbert hasn't gripped a football since suffering a hairline fracture of his throwing thumb 10 days ago . Gabbert's already been named the Jacksonville Jaguars' starting quarterback. The question is if he'll be ready to go when Jacksonville... more

Part of us wishes Joe Namath was above it. The New York Jets are in turmoil -- again -- stumbling through an embarrassing preseason typified by the continued mishandling of the quarterback position. The Jets are practically inventing ways to foist... more

Lawrence Okoye remains a raw athlete trying to make the transition to a bad football player . That quest hit a speed bump Tuesday. Needing to get down to 75 players, the San Francisco 49ers waived/injured Okoye, the 2012 Olympian from Great Britain who... more

The NFL will pull back the curtain on the 2013 season next Thursday in Denver, debuting with all the pomp and circumstance you've come to expect from the league's annual "Kickoff" event. In a polarizing bit of set dressing, huge banners†have been hung... more

DuJuan Harris has been taken out of the mix for the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Tuesday that Harris has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. The move comes four days after the running back re-injured his knee in Green... more

If Jeff Tuel is the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback on Sept. 8 , he'll become the first undrafted rookie to start in Week 1 in his first season out of college since at least 1950. This is the type of tidbit that would hint at very bad things for the... more

Mike Goodson has returned to the New York Jets ... with a catch. The Jets announced Monday that Goodson has been placed on the active/non-football injury/illness list. It also was announced that Goodson has been suspended without pay for the first four... more

The New Orleans Saints need serious help at outside linebacker. They added a new name to the mix Monday. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the Saints have acquired linebacker Parys Haralson in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Matt Barrows of... more

DeMarco Murray is slated to be the Dallas Cowboys' featured running back this season. His ability to stay healthy and productive makes him the X-factor on a potentially special offense. Which made it all the more eyebrow raising when Cowboys coach... more

Santonio Holmes' rapidly accelerating recovery process continues to yield impressive results. The New York Jets wide receiver practiced for the first time in 10 months Monday. ESPNNewYork.com reported Holmes was running less than full speed , but... more

The Arizona Cardinals aren't ready to write off Jonathan Cooper's rookie season as a complete loss. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that Cooper is out of surgery to repair a broken leg and could return to action in 10 to 12 weeks in a... more

Injuries continue to rock the New Orleans Saints' front seven this summer. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that outside linebacker Will Smith is expected to miss the 2013 season with a knee injury , according to a source who spoke with Smith. The... more

Danny Amendola is back at practice with the New England Patriots. Field Yates of ESPN Boston reported †that Amendola was practicing with the team Monday following a one-week absence with an unspecified issue. According to Yates, Amendola was "seemingly... more

Jairus Byrd's decision to sign his franchise tender got him in training camp. Putting pen to paper didn't alleviate all issues, however. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that "ill will remains" between Byrd and the Buffalo Bills. The... more

The New York Jets want very badly for you to think of them as anything other than a circus. The franchise has earned the big-top moniker over the past two years, a fallow period in which they've gone from Super Bowl contenders to AFC also-ran status.... more

The Houston Texans received their best news of the summer Wednesday when Arian Foster was activated from the team's physically unable to perform list. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said earlier Wednesday that his bell-cow running back doesn't have to play... more

The Cleveland Browns have a speed issue concerning wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon. It has nothing to do with their on-field performance. Rapoport: How Browns hit 'refresh' Ian Rapoport says "new" is more than a buzzword after an... more

Robert Griffin III says what's on his mind. Breer: More than just RGIII Though led by one player, the Redskins' rebirth has involved the transformation of the entire team, Albert Breer says. More ... This isn't unusual in a general sense, but... more

The San Francisco 49ers traded away perhaps the best backup quarterback in football this year in Alex Smith. The move was necessary, but it has left the team without a comfortable arrangement behind Colin Kaepernick. CSN Bay Area reported Wednesday... more

Jordy Nelson's practice work Wednesday was limited to playing catch on the sideline with Randall Cobb. More strenuous activities are approaching for both receivers. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Nelson is very close to a... more

The news is not good for Le'Veon Bell. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Pittsburgh Steelers believe their rookie running back has a Lisfranc injury, according to a source informed of his injury. Bell could miss around six weeks ,... more

I'm on the phone with Giovani Bernard. I have 10 minutes with the Bengals' exciting rookie running back, and there are no shortage of topics to discuss. His place on Cincinnati's depth chart. His comfort in Jay Gruden's offense. His role in Gillette... more

Emotions are checked at the door come cutdown time at NFL training camp. Judging by Episode 3 of "Hard Knocks," Bengals president Mike Brown learned this long ago. The decision on who stays and who goes is a collaborative one in Cincinnati, but it's... more

Jairus Byrd has ended his extended holdout from the Buffalo Bills. The team announced late Tuesday that the free safety has signed his $6.9 million franchise tender . NFL.com's Albert Breer reported that Byrd's tender didn't contain a no-tag provision... more

The Miami Dolphins have cut ties with Richard Marshall. NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reported Tuesday that Miami released the veteran cornerback, who appeared to be in line to start opposite Brent Grimes this season. ProFootballTalk had the first report... more

Antonio Smith will be out of action until Week 2 , thanks to his helmet-handed swing at Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito on Saturday , a person briefed on the matter told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Tuesday . The league confirmed the suspension... more

John Moffitt -- once ticketed for the Cleveland Browns -- now is a member of the Denver Broncos. Let us explain. The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reported Tuesday that the Browns voided their deal with the Seattle Seahawks , citing health... more

When the Kansas City Chiefs came to Alex Smith about A.J. Jenkins, the quarterback didn't hesitate to vouch for his former 49ers teammate. True, Jenkins was buried on Jim Harbaugh's wide receiver depth chart in San Francisco, and Jenkins never managed a... more

We heard reports last week that Bart Scott was close to choosing a team to continue his NFL career. Instead, the veteran linebacker has decided to enter the TV business, a career step that had been a mortal lock since his "Can't wait!" proclamation a... more

Antonio Smith's helmet-swinging ways came at a significant cost. Citing a person briefed on the matter, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Smith will be suspended for the Texans' final two preseason games and season opener for ripping off... more

Kirk Cousins' night came to a premature conclusion. Breer: More than just RGIII Though led by one player, the Redskins' rebirth has involved the transformation of the entire team, Albert Breer says. More ... The Washington Redskins' backup... more

The injury woes continue for Le'Veon Bell. The Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie running back exited after one series of Monday night's 24-13 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins with a right foot injury. The Steelers announced that Bell would not... more

Daryl Richardson has won the St. Louis Rams' running back derby. Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the expected with reporters Monday, announcing that Richardson will start in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. Richardson entered camp in a... more

Sharrif Floyd likely will miss the rest of preseason after undergoing a "minor procedure" on his left knee. Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement Monday. The team expects Floyd, the 23rd overall pick in April's draft, to be ready... more

The Cleveland Browns made a move to address the injuries hitting at the interior of their offensive line. The team acquired guard/center John Moffitt from the Seattle Seahawks on Monday in exchange for defensive lineman Brian Sanford. "John's a... more

The Oakland Raiders were less than adequately prepared when left tackle Jared Veldheer went down with a triceps injury that required surgery last week. The team is attempting to make a go of it with Alex Barron, a 30-year-old former first-round bust of... more

This is a big year for Hakeem Nicks. The New York Giants' wide receiver has the potential to clean up in free agency next March. But first, Nicks must prove that he's the same playmaker he was before foot and knee injuries derailed his 2012 season.... more

It was not a good night for the New York Giants. The final score was 20-12 in favor of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, though that was the least of Tom Coughlin's concerns. Before the first possession was over, Coughlin had lost center David Baas... more

Coby Fleener's disappointing preseason continues. The Indianapolis Colts tight end was forced out of Sunday night's 20-12 victory †over the New York Giants after suffering a knee sprain. Fleener will have more tests on his knee Monday , Fox Sports 1's... more

A big piece of the New York Jets' revamped front seven is going off the radar for the time being. The Jets announced Sunday that Quinton Coples will have a procedure on his ankle Tuesday and be sidelined for the balance of the preseason. The outside... more

The New York Giants lost Victor Cruz to injury early Sunday night in their†20-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The star wide receiver headed to the locker room after the team's first possession to get X-rays taken on his foot. The results were... more

Dee Milliner didn't have a great Saturday night. The rookie cornerback struggled against the Jacksonville Jaguars, lacking aggressiveness and allowing too much space in man coverage in the Jets' 37-13 win . Struggles are expected for any rookie, but... more

EJ Manuel underwent his scheduled knee procedure Sunday. Now the Buffalo Bills are trying to figure out when they can get their prized rookie back on the field. Bills coach Doug Marrone couldn't give a definitive timetable on Manuel's return. "I... more

The waiting game continues for Arian Foster. Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak had hoped to have his star running back on the practice field Monday. Instead, Foster will remain sidelined as he deals with complications stemming from injections in his... more

The penultimate game of Week 2 's preseason schedule can be seen on Fox tonight when the New York Giants host the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Here are five things to watch as you watch. 1. Many expect the Giants to employ a time share in... more

Matt Flynn didn't play Friday night. He survived. The Oakland Raiders quarterback was nearly eaten alive by the New Orleans Saints' pass rush, sacked five times in the first half of a 28-20 loss at the Superdome. Flynn was extremely fortunate not to... more

Tracy Porter's Crescent City reunion did not go to plan Friday night. Porter -- the Raiders' starting right cornerback and Super Bowl pick-six hero for the Saints -- exited Oakland's 28-20 preseason loss to New Orleans with a groin injury.... more

The Kansas City Chiefs aren't taking any risks with Jamaal Charles. As expected, the star running back did not play in Friday night's preseason matchup †against the San Francisco 49ers. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported earlier Friday that Charles... more

The Seattle Seahawks are getting their starting tight end back on the field. Zach Miller was activated from the team's physically unable to perform list Friday. Miller has been recovering from a plantar fascia tear that he suffered during January's... more

It's always disappointing when sports telecasts don't show the idiot fan running on the field. We don't buy into the logic that keeping the cameras off these human misdemeanors will discourage others from attempting the same dunderheaded act. If... more

In case you were wondering, Ndamukong Suh has not had some offseason epiphany about his punishing ways on the football field. We know this because we watched the Detroit Lions defensive tackle on Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns. We start... more

Week 2 of the preseason is here. It all kicked off Thursday night with four games on the schedule. This stretch begins a vitally important weekend for hundreds of NFL players looking to lock down a starting job or simply secure a roster spot. With... more

Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo was hospitalized overnight after suffering a bruised lung during Thursday night's 24-6 preseason win over the Detroit Lions. Rapoport: How Browns hit 'refresh' Ian Rapoport says "new" is more than... more

If you thought Bernie Kosar would plead for forgiveness over his harsh on-air comments about the St. Louis Rams last week, well, you don't know Bernie Kosar. The quarterback-turned-Cleveland Browns television analyst addressed his criticism of St.... more

Le'Veon Bell has turned heads with an impressive performance in his first career training camp. The lone blemish is a knee issue that continues to linger. Bell aggravated his left knee injury Thursday, forcing the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back... more

The Detroit Lions are taking a cautious approach with Calvin Johnson. A knee bruise will keep the record-breaking wide receiver off the field when the Lions meet the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night . The Detroit Free Press reported that... more

So who's winning the New York Jets' quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith? According to the numbers, it's a dead heat. With the team breaking camp in Cortland on Wednesday, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News took it upon... more

The Minnesota Vikings will be without Adrian Peterson's lead blocker for the balance of the preseason. The Star Tribune first reported Wednesday that fullback Jerome Felton underwent an emergency appendectomy , according to multiple sources. Felton is... more

Kevin Kolb remains a viable player in the Buffalo Bills' quarterback derby. Bills coach Doug Marrone announced that Kolb will start in Friday's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings . "Just the one thing I hope everyone understands is not to... more

The Maurice Jones-Drew comeback train is right on schedule. Jones-Drew will play Saturday when the Jacksonville Jaguars†face the New York Jets . It will be Jones-Drew's first game action since he suffered a Lisfranc injury last October. Jones-Drew... more

The St. Louis Rams will begin a new season without one of their starting linebackers. Jo-Lonn Dunbar has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league... more

Coby Fleener's absence from Indianapolis Colts practice was short-lived. The promising tight end practiced with teammates in full pads Tuesday, one day after he was held out as part of the NFL's concussion protocol. Colts coach Chuck Pagano didn't... more

We might remember Wednesday as the day the New York Jets' quarterback competition came to an unceremonious conclusion. Battista: Jets' QB pickle persists Whoever Rex Ryan and the New York Jets choose to play quarterback, the team's problems run deep,... more

The "Hard Knocks" galaxy welcomed a new star Tuesday night. His name is Margus Hunt, and he's a 26-year-old rookie defensive end from Estonia who is basically The Comic Relief Foreign Guy from every bad sports movie you've ever seen. He is nothing less... more

In the absence of a sexier storyline, the media (yes, us, too) have paid heavy notice to Robert Griffin III's thoughts about his recovery plan. Griffin -- as he's wont to do -- spoke honestly during a Monday morning news conference, expressing his... more

Rob Chudzinski tells us the Cleveland Browns have an honest-to-goodness quarterback competition between Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. "I think it's still close," the coach said after Tuesday's practice, according to The Associated Press. "We... more

Trent Richardson is about to come out of shrink wrap. Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters Tuesday that Richardson will play "a couple series" Thursday against the Detroit Lions , according to The Plain Dealer . "Oh, he told you... more

We were led to believe Dennis Pitta's 2013 season had been wiped out after he underwent surgery to repair a dislocated hip two weeks ago. That might not be the case. We learned Monday that an unnamed Baltimore Ravens coach told TheMMQB.com's Peter King... more

Malcom Floyd had a smile on his face at San Diego Chargers training camp Tuesday. It was as good a sign as any that the wide receiver had escaped disaster. The Chargers reportedly feared Floyd had suffered a season-ending knee injury after he crumpled... more

Robert Griffin III couldn't convince his coaching staff to play him in the Washington Redskins' third preseason game . But it sounds like Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has a much better shot of it. Revis told the Tampa Bay Times on... more

Santonio Holmes stood in front of reporters Monday and acknowledged "I can't run ," now 10 months removed from his first of two foot surgeries to repair a nasty Lisfranc fracture. There have been whispers the temperamental wide receiver isn't pushing... more

Robert Griffin III wants to see preseason action in the worst way . Unfortunately for Griffin, he doesn't possess final say on such matters. Darlington: Not so fast, RGIII Robert†Griffin III is growing weary of Mike†Shanahan's rehab timetable. Trouble... more

The New York Giants are hoping for good news after safety Antrel Rolle injured his right ankle during practice Monday. The veteran safety was injured while attempting to defend a David Carr pass intended for tight end Bear Pascoe, according to the New... more

Adrian Peterson topped the 2,000-yard milestone. He won the NFL MVP award. Now he has attained the holy grail of breakfasthood. AP got the Wheaties box. (via @DarrenRovell ) The news sparked a spirited debate in the NFL Media newsroom about best... more

Robert Griffin III stepped to the podium Monday with a new cornrow hairstyle. The Washington Redskins quarterback joked it was a sign of bigger changes to come. "New phase, new hair, let's do it," Griffin said. "More reps in practice. Being a football... more

At long last, Chris Ivory has made his practice debut with the New York Jets. The running back, sidelined all of training camp by a lingering hamstring injury, joined teammates in 9-on-7 drills Monday in Cortland, N.Y., according to ESPNNewYork.com... more

The Baltimore Ravens might have to turn to Plan C at tight end to start the regular season. Ed Dickson expressed doubt Sunday that he'll be ready when the Ravens begin defense of their Super Bowl title Sept. 5 against the Denver Broncos. Dickson... more

Are the Chicago Bears losing their patience for J'Marcus Webb? Rookie Jordan Mills, not Webb, worked at right tackle with the first-team offense when the Bears took the practice field Sunday. The change came after Webb surrendered a sack to... more

Bernard Pollard has been outspoken in his desire to bring an edge to the Tennessee Titans' defense. Remember, this is the same man who hung a sign in his locker this spring that read, "Goal -- Super Bowl; Mission -- Kill!!! " In Thursday's 22-21... more

Plaxico Burress has suffered a setback that could mean the end of his roller-coaster NFL career. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver suffered a torn rotator cuff in practice Thursday, according to a source close to the... more

Coach Jim Harbaugh made it clear Wednesday that Colt McCoy wouldn't be handed the San Francisco 49ers' backup quarterback job. One day later, McCoy suffered a potentially damaging setback. McCoy exited in the second quarter of San Francisco's 10-6... more

Peyton Hillis was hoping for a fresh start with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It hasn't taken long for a familiar roadblock to return. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, citing a person informed of Hillis' injury, reported Friday that Hillis suffered a hyperextended... more

It appears we'll have a nice Geno Atkins subplot to follow during the current season of "Hard Knocks." NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Thursday that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle and the Cincinnati Bengals are discussing a long-term contract, per a... more

Travis Frederick gave the Dallas Cowboys something to be hopeful about in Canton, Ohio, holding his own and then some during Sunday's Hall of Fame Game . The first-round draft pick saw time at center and right guard during the Cowboys' win over the... more

Technology can be a wonderful thing. In the old days, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr would have missed the Monday birth of his son, Austin. Carr had just returned to Los Angeles with teammates from the Hall of Fame Game when he received... more

People need to stop asking Greg Jennings about the Green Bay Packers. It's now exceedingly clear that Jennings is unable to help himself when questioned about his former team. He will respond. It's Pavlovian conditioning. We've reached the point... more

Donald Jones' NFL career has come to a premature conclusion. The former Buffalo Bills wide receiver has battled kidney disease his entire life, and now†he has decided to call it quits. "I'll always look at it like I was definitely an up-and-coming... more

Wes Welker's career soared to impressive heights during his six-year run with the New England Patriots. Despite 672 catches and two trips to the Super Bowl, Welker sounds like a man who's happy he got away. In a candid interview with Sports... more

The Miami Dolphins have their $60 million man back on the field. The Miami Herald reported that Mike Wallace returned to practice Wednesday, ending a nearly two-week absence. The wide receiver had been slowed by a sore groin, but he expects to play in... more

Chaz Schilens is attempting to keep his football career alive with the Detroit Lions, who signed the wide receiver the day before training camp began. Schilens' previous stop was in New York, where he made six starts in his lone season with the Jets.... more

Just as Eddie Lacy was emerging as a potential favorite in the Green Bay Packers' running back derby, the rookie has been forced to take a seat. Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Wednesday that Lacy was held out of practice with a pulled... more

Deon Grant made the assumed official Wednesday, announcing his retirement from the NFL after 12 seasons. Grant most recently played with the New York Giants, winning a Super Bowl with Tom Coughlin's team in 2012. The safety had prior three-year stops... more

Why do we still love "Hard Knocks"? Now in its eighth season, the novelty should have worn off by now. The beats are predictable, the plot is familiar. It's an unavoidable byproduct of durability. And yet, "Hard Knocks" remains as addictive and... more

Danario Alexander's left knee has given him a lifetime of challenges. Now the other knee presents what perhaps will be his biggest obstacle yet. The San Diego Chargers announced Tuesday that Alexander tore the ACL in his right knee. It is highly likely... more

The Cleveland Browns continue to take every precaution in their handling of Trent Richardson. The Plain Dealer's Mark Kay Cabot tweeted Tuesday that Richardson "will probably " be rested in the Browns' preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams on... more

It seems like just yesterday we were reading stories about Bill Belichick's genius in matters regarding Jake Ballard. You might recall the New England Patriots coach stealing Ballard off waivers last year, then stashing the tight end while he recovered... more

Say this for Peyton and Eli Manning: They aren't afraid to be ridiculous for the sake of entertainment. Sure, a fat paycheck from the overlords at DirecTV probably helps. But we don't need to know how the sausage gets made. Just show us the sausage --... more

Mark Sanchez is the first man up at quarterback for the New York Jets. Rex Ryan announced Tuesday that Sanchez will start in the Jets' preseason opener Friday against the Detroit Lions. Ryan said Geno Smith will see some work with the first team as... more

It's no secret Mark Ingram failed to live up to expectations in his first two NFL seasons. With a less-cluttered depth chart in New Orleans and health finally on his side, is it Ingram's time to make an impact for the Saints? The running back... more

All news seems to be bad news when it involves New York Jets running backs these days. Joe McKnight, a reserve back and the team's primary kick returner, was arrested last week in New Jersey for outstanding traffic warrants, according to the New York... more

You have to admire Vince Young's patience. He passed on football purgatory, aka the CFL. He told anyone who would listen all he wanted was a backup job in the NFL. His stated goal from the beginning was to find stability and a team with an entrenched... more

Reshad Jones wanted long-term security from the Miami Dolphins. Now he has it. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the playmaking safety has agreed to a four-year, $29.285 million extension with $15 million guaranteed, according to a source who... more

Vince Young and the Green Bay Packers are a match. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Young signed a one-year contract with the Packers following a successful workout with the team. ESPN's Ed Werder was the first to report the imminent... more

The Baltimore Ravens continue to be snake-bitten at tight end. Ed Dickson will miss extended time after an MRI showed a slight tear in his hamstring. Dickson was injured during Sunday's practice. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Dickson will be "out a... more

Patrick Willis is on the shelf, if only temporarily. The San Francisco 49ers linebacker will be sidelined at least two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his injured right hand, ESPN's Mike Sando reported Monday . Willis is expected to be ready in... more

On Saturday, Mark Sanchez was on the receiving end of boos from New York Jets fans who don't want to see any more turnovers from the quarterback -- even if it's during a team scrimmage. Antonio Cromartie expressed his disgust at the fans' treatment... more

The Green Bay Packers now must move forward without a major piece of their offensive line. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Bryan Bulaga, the Packers' starting left tackle, is done for the season after tearing his ACL during Saturday's team... more

The Baltimore Ravens still are adjusting to life without tight end Dennis Pitta. Now they might have to temporarily make do without his replacement. Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed that Ed Dickson exited practice early Sunday with a strained... more

Darrius Heyward-Bey has encountered a road block in his quest for a starting job with the Indianapolis Colts. The veteran wide receiver, signed by the Colts in April, limped off the practice field Sunday with a sprained knee , according to The... more

The Dallas Cowboys will begin their preseason schedule tonight without Tony Romo. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told NFL Network's Stacey Dales that Romo will not see any action in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Miami Dolphins. The Romo-less... more

Eric Wright remains on the radar of the San Francisco 49ers. Jim Harbaugh said Sunday that the Niners are "assessing" Wright, who was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month after a failed physical nullified a trade to San Francisco. The... more

The Denver Broncos have gotten some bad news on starting tight end Joel Dreessen. The team's starting tight end will be sidelined for the rest of training camp after suffering a setback with his surgically repaired left knee, The Denver Post reported... more

Here's some great news that's guaranteed to make your day 14 percent better: HBO's "Hard Knocks" is back on Tuesday. Snuck up on you, didn't it? In a few short days, the wonders of premium cable will allow you to re-connect with the dulcet tones of... more

It wasn't a good day for Jim Harbaugh's defense. Patrick Willis suffered a possible fractured hand during Wednesday's practice, though he'll play through it . The news is more dire regarding cornerback Chris Culliver, who tore his ACL during a... more

The San Francisco 49ers have suffered a painful blow to their secondary. Chris Culliver tore his ACL on Thursday, a source who spoke to the cornerback told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Thursday night. An MRI confirmed the injury, which occurred during a... more

Kellen Winslow Jr. is on a mission to reclaim his career. The veteran tight end is in line for a prominent role with the New York Jets ... as long as his knees cooperate. Once among the most productive tight ends in football, Winslow has no shortage... more

It was late in Tuesday's practice when Alshon Jeffery made a play that opened eyes at Chicago Bears training camp. The second-year player snagged a Jay Cutler bullet in the back of the end zone, leaping high in the air to pull down a pass that looked,... more

Brian Hartline returned to practice for the Miami Dolphins on Thursday after missing time with a calf issue. He didn't share the field with Mike Wallace. Wallace told reporters he's battling a groin injury, according to The Miami Herald . The newly... more

The New England Patriots released Aaron Hernandez hours before he was indicted on murder charges. The swift personnel decision severed Hernandez's ties to the NFL from an employment standpoint, but he very much remains an NFL story. NFL Commissioner... more

Pete Carroll confirmed Thursday that wide receiver Percy Harvin has undergone surgery on his injured hip. The Seattle Seahawks coach said the surgery "went well and there's a long rehab coming." But Carroll added the team doesn't have a timetable yet,... more

Havard Rugland, the YouTube kicking sensation turned Detroit†Lions camp invitee , is off to a fine start. Rugland was 11-of-11 in game-like conditions over three practices through Wednesday, including a 58-yarder. Rugland remains a substantial long shot... more

We have to admit, we're a bit surprised Fireman Ed hasn't reassumed his perch atop Jets Nation. The team's de facto mascot for decades, Fireman Ed -- real name Ed Anzalone -- stepped down from his post after a particularly grisly New York Jets loss to... more

Brian Cushing has taken another step in his comeback. The Houston Texans linebacker joined teammates in 7-on-7 drills for the first time Thursday. Cushing continues to make good progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL. Cushing... more

July

No one is going to feel sorry for Riley Cooper, who met with teammates on Wednesday evening after a video surfaced of the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver using racially insensitive language †at a concert. Still, it's hard to imagine a less comfortable... more

Chris Ivory can't seem to escape a holding pattern in his first training camp with the New York Jets. Ivory was quickly forced to come out of practice Wednesday after his bothersome hamstring tightened up during individual drills. It had been Ivory's... more

The Denver Broncos have coaxed Ryan Lilja out of retirement. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Lilja and the Broncos agreed to terms on a one-year contract, according to a source informed of the deal. The team later announced the deal,... more

Riley Cooper is at the center of a self-made storm after video surfaced of the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver making a racially insensitive comment at a Kenny Chesney concert. The video -- posted by Crossingbroad.com and more widely circulated via... more

Chip Kelly isn't worried about the NFL slowing down his famously high-octane offense. On Tuesday, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino that "we have to make sure teams understand that they don't†control the tempo ; our officials do." The... more

Geno Smith didn't keep the pace during New York Jets conditioning drills Sunday, prompting NFL Network's Brian Baldinger to call the display "embarrassing ." It was a surprising dispatch from Baldinger, who observed the rookie quarterback lagging well... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making The Leap in 2013. No. 5 on the list: New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones. Why Jones is on the list Chandler Jones arrived in Week 1 looking and playing like a fully... more

The NFL is starting over with the Pro Bowl. The NFL and NFL Players Association announced radical changes to the format of the beleaguered All-Star game on Wednesday, eliminating the traditional AFC vs. NFC matchup in favor of a fantasy draft-like... more

The Denver Broncos' search for a starting center is starting to feel like a rejected "Final Destination" screenplay. Two starting options -- J.D. Walton and Dan Koppen -- have seen their seasons wiped away by injury before we've reached August. Now a... more

Percy Harvin is officially on the shelf . He'll be there for a while. It's a tough pill to swallow for a Seattle Seahawks team that imported the playmaker to be the final piece of their puzzle on offense. Still, all is not lost. As Chris Wesseling noted... more

Percy Harvin didn't get the news that he or the Seattle Seahawks wanted to hear. The wide receiver tweeted Tuesday night that he will need surgery to repair his injured hip. when everything is goin good sometimes life throw u a curve ball... sorry to... more

The Buffalo Bills received some good news on the health of Mario Williams. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that, following a second opinion on Williams' sore foot, it's been decided that the best treatment is rest, according to a source who... more

Dee Milliner isn't going to replace Darrelle Revis. First-round NFL draft picks face enough pressure as rookies. Asking Milliner to make fans forget about one of the best players in New York Jets history isn't going to happen. Part of coach Rex... more

The New Orleans Saints are down another linebacker. The Times-Picayune reported Monday that Martez Wilson will miss two to four weeks with an elbow injury, according to a league source. Wilson was injured while attempting to make a tackle during... more

The New York Jets have heavily invested in their defensive line in recent years, using the NFL draft as a means to get younger and more dynamic on the line. Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Sheldon Richardson all have been first-round picks... more

Cheer up , Joe†Flacco. We have some much-welcomed good news on the state of Dennis Pitta's damaged hip. Coach John Harbaugh announced Monday that the Ravens tight end did not suffer ligament or cartilage damage when he fractured and dislocated his... more

Is some concern beginning to creep into the room regarding Mario Williams? One day after sitting out practice with a sore foot , the Buffalo Bills' defensive end left training camp to have the foot examined. Bills coach Doug Marrone didn't seem to... more

Eddie Lacy was minding his own business at training camp Monday when one snapshot turned him into a fleeting social media fascination. Wait... did Eddie Lacy EAT Johnathan Franklin? Look at the difference btwn these photos. Just an unflattering angle?... more

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger watched Geno Smith at New York Jets practice this weekend and came away impressed. Well, mostly impressed. "He looked good to me yesterday until he ran gassers at the end of practice," said Baldinger, who... more

We're approaching the time when we'll have clarity on Percy Harvin. We're not there yet. Asked about the possible outcomes for Harvin's hip injury, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday that "it's really a... more

The last of the top 10 draft picks is under contract. Draft signings Eric†Fisher is under contract, leaving most first-round picks with deals. See the list of contracts right here. More ... NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the... more

The Denver Broncos cannot seem to escape the dark cloud lingering overhead. The team's summer of sludge continued Sunday when starting center Dan Koppen tore the anterior cruciate ligament †in his left knee during training-camp practice. His season, and... more

The San Francisco 49ers continue to give Vernon Davis looks at wide receiver. Davis has played tight end exclusively since coming into the NFL in 2006, but the 49ers could be looking to improvise with Michael Crabtree on the shelf after Achilles tendon... more

Ozzie Newsome has been through this before. The Baltimore Ravens were basking in the afterglow of a Super Bowl win in the summer of 2001 when a knee injury robbed the team of leading rusher Jamal Lewis. Fast forward 12 years, and Newsome faces the... more

Dennis Pitta is out of surgery. He's out for the season, too. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed that fact Sunday, telling reporters "there's no way" the tight end can play in 2013 after he fractured and dislocated his hip. NFL.com's Albert... more

Jim Harbaugh wants to help Tarell Brown. The San Francisco 49ers cornerback lost two-thirds of his 2013 salary when his agent failed to make him aware of a contract escalator clause that obligated Brown to attend voluntary offseason workouts. By... more

The Denver Broncos continue to deal with serious injury issues at center. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, per a source informed of the injury, that Dan Koppen is done for the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left... more

The Baltimore Ravens made an expected move Sunday as they begin life without Dennis Pitta. The team announced it has signed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that Shiancoe signed a one-year, $940,000 veteran minimum... more

New York Jets general manager John Idzik made it clear Saturday that he will have a substantial role in choosing the team's quarterback this season. The comments provided a not-so-subtle hint at the shift in power dynamics within the organization.... more

Jonathan Cooper and the Arizona Cardinals finally ended their standoff. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Cardinals agreed to terms with their first-round draft pick. The team later confirmed the deal with the rookie guard, leading... more

Jeremy Maclin drew a nice ovation from Philadelphia Eagles fans attending Sunday's open practice at Lincoln Financial Field. The cheers likely will be the only ones Maclin receives this season after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in practice... more

We didn't expect Bill Belichick to open up Wednesday on the topic of Aaron Hernandez. The New England Patriots coach surprised us by delivering a message that thoughtfully conveyed his disappointment and sadness. We were reminded of Belichick's... more

Greg Jennings no longer is a member of the Green Bay Packers. We're not so sure he's moved on. The veteran wide receiver -- who parlayed a successful run at Lambeau into a lucrative deal with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason -- keeps getting asked... more

Bryant McKinnie practiced with Baltimore Ravens teammates Friday. This was a good development. McKinnie didn't make it to the end of said practice, a 2¬Ĺ-hour affair under sunny skies in Owings Mills, Md. This was a not-so-good development.... more

Jonas Mouton entered training camp hoping to get his NFL career on track. Instead, a worst-case scenario played out. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the San Diego Chargers linebacker is done for the season after he suffered a torn anterior... more

In Michael Vick and Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has two very different quarterbacks to choose from when deciding on his starter. And while Vick's skill set might better match what Kelly found success with during his college run at... more

Aaron Berry now has another obstacle in his NFL career. This one was beyond his control. Jones: Jets embrace opportunity Expectations are crazy low for the New York Jets in 2013, but just don't tell them that. Kimberly Jones has the story from camp.... more

Let's talk more cheetahs. When Chris Johnson's marketing team approached him about racing the great cat for a special on Nat Geo Wild (check your local listings), the Tennessee Titans running back was all in. "I didn't think it was crazy,"... more

Pierre Garcon is high on the Washington Redskins' offense. Very high. The veteran wide receiver told reporters Thursday that the unit has the potential to be "the best offense ever, really. " Darlington: Lights, camera, RGIII! Robert†Griffin III is... more

Aaron Rodgers knew the questions were coming. The Green Bay Packers quarterback once had publicly defended Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun over alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. Rodgers even chastised Major League Baseball when a Braun... more

Tarell Brown left $2 million on the table this offseason. This hardly was part of the plan. The San Francisco 49ers cornerback was due to earn $2.925 million in 2013, the final year of his contract. To collect $2 million of that salary, he was... more

The Houston Texans are expecting huge contributions this season from running back Arian Foster and safety Ed Reed. That helps to explain why each veteran has started training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Foster is being brought along... more

Joe McKnight once taught us that being out of shape and actively participating in an NFL practice can lead to very bad times . Despite that very public lesson, the New York Jets' reserve running back has run into condition issues once again.... more

Around The League continues our training camp preview with a look at the NFC East. (To hear our latest division previews in podcast form, just click into the sound file below or go right here .) Dallas Cowboys: Is defensive line a serious concern?... more

Peyton Manning won't hide from the fact the Denver Broncos are coming off a pretty rough few months. There was the contract mishap with defensive end Elvis Dumervil. Then the two DUIs by high-ranking front-office officials. Then the capper, a possible... more

Bryant McKinnie was an unsung hero of the Baltimore Ravens' run to Super Bowl glory, a forgotten man who became Joe Flacco's ideal blind-side protector when the games mattered most. Fast forward five months. McKinnie has a new deal with the Ravens and... more

There is legitimate cause for concern regarding the health of Percy Harvin. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Thursday that Harvin -- a surprise addition to the team's physically unable to perform list -- suffered a hip injury during a... more

Several teams have locked up franchise quarterbacks ahead of training camp this year. Add the Atlanta Falcons to that list. Take a look at the best photos of Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Matt Ryan and the... more

Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills were unable to agree on a long-term contract extension before training camp. Now comes the consequences. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Byrd won't report on time to Bills training camp, according to... more

Cowboys Stadium is no more. When Tony Romo drops backs for his first pass of the season, he'll do so from AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys officially announced the partnership with the Dallas-based super corporation Thursday, a long-term naming rights... more

Jerry Jones let some intrigue into the room Saturday when he told the assembled media at Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif., that the prospect of an NFL team in Los Angeles is "closer than ever ." On Wednesday, Jones -- a California... more

Tony Romo enters the 2013 season with plenty to feel good about. He's financially secure for life, healthy after surgery to remove a cyst from his back, and he's playing for a team that truly believes in him. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback spoke with... more

Eric Winston no longer is unemployed. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the veteran offensive tackle was on his way to Arizona to sign a one-year contract with the Cardinals, according to a source informed of Winston's plans. Later... more

Aaron Rodgers stood behind Ryan Braun when the Milwaukee Brewers slugger initially was suspended for use of performance-enhancing drugs last year. The Green Bay Packers quarterback took to Twitter to defend his good friend, then celebrated -- and... more

Andy Reid isn't wasting any time trying to rebuild the Kansas City Chiefs' moribund passing game. The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the Chiefs didn't call a running play during the team portions of the first two days of training camp.... more

Does Tony Romo have designs on a future career in coaching? We've never heard the Dallas Cowboys quarterback publicly express a desire to remain on the sidelines after his playing days end, but that passion exists, according to an interesting tidbit... more

It's now a near certainty that we won't see Robert Griffin III on the field this preseason. The second-year quarterback confirmed Wednesday that the Washington Redskins plan to sit him for the entirety of the preseason as he continues his recovery... more

The Tennessee Titans have started work in training camp without Delanie Walker. The veteran tight end -- signed in the offseason to replace Jared Cook -- has been placed on the physically unable to perform list after recently undergoing arthroscopic... more

The New York Jets just can't quit Braylon Edwards. The New York Daily News reported that Edwards will sign with the Jets if he passes a physical Wednesday. A deal would mark Edwards' third go-around with the Jets. The team claimed the veteran... more

We learned Tuesday of Chris Johnson's race against a cheetah for the benefit of basic cable ratings. That put us exactly one day ahead of Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak, who was unaware of his starting running back's recent showdown with the... more

It's now safe to get back on board the Trent Richardson hype machine. We learned Monday that the Cleveland Browns running back is a "full-go" for training camp, alleviating fears his strained shin muscle would become a lingering concern. Now, Browns... more

Sanders Commings' first training-camp practice in the NFL will be memorable for all the wrong reasons. The Kansas City Chiefs rookie cornerback is out indefinitely after fracturing his left collarbone Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.... more

The Indianapolis Colts aren't taking any chances with Ahmad Bradshaw. The team announced Tuesday that the veteran running back has been placed on the physically unable to perform list. Bradshaw is recovering from offseason surgery on his right foot.... more

And now a story about the time Chris Johnson and Devin Hester raced a cheetah on basic cable. The Tennessee Titans running back and Chicago Bears return specialist raced the great cat during a Nat Geo Wild special that will air in November during Big... more

Michael Vick never has been known for his durability. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has played a full 16-game NFL season only once in 10 tries. Knowing he must present himself as a more dependable option now that he's fighting for a starting job,... more

Peyton Hillis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have struck a deal. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Hillis and the Bucs agreed to a one-year contract at the veteran minimum. The deal came together quickly Tuesday after the running back visited the team,... more

Brian Banks has waited 10 years for the opportunity that begins when he arrives at Atlanta Falcons training camp Wednesday. Banks once was a high-profile recruit ticketed for USC before a false rape charge led to a five-year prison sentence and five... more

Is Mike Wallace worth it? That's the big question in Miami after the Dolphins signed the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver to a five-year, $60 million contract in the first minute of free agency. In a profile by Jenny Vrentas at The MMQB,... more

Peyton Hillis, who set land speed records in his trip from the cover of "Madden" to the NFL's free-agent scrap pile, is getting a chance to extend his NFL career. Jenna Laine of SportsTalkFlorida.com reported Monday that Hillis is scheduled to work out... more

The Dallas Cowboys' defensive line continues to be a place of disconcerting news in the nascent stages of training camp. On Sunday, key reserve Tyrone Crawford was lost for the year after tearing his Achilles tendon. On Monday, starting defensive end... more

And now, the final word on Colin†Kaepernick's 'Snapbackgate .' In his first meeting with reporters at training camp, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh made it clear that he had little issue with his quarterback wearing a Miami Dolphins hat to a... more

Nick Foles enters training camp with a legitimate opportunity to become the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback. A new coach means an absence of loyalties to prior difference-makers on the team. Michael Vick -- Foles' primary challenger for the... more

Jason Garrett probably figured his Monday meeting with reporters would be a nuts-and-bolts affair. He'd talk about the Dallas Cowboys, touch on the team's goals, perhaps dish about some Tony Romo back growth. Instead, he was asked about his... more

The Denver Broncos might be forced to live without Von Miller for part of the 2013 season after it was learned the star linebacker faces a four-game suspension for an unspecified league violation. Miller -- who has appealed the ban -- used Twitter to... more

The Miami Dolphins enjoyed something of an idyllic offseason, marked by roster upgrades and general optimism that the franchise is finally on the way up after an extended fallow period. The New England Patriots, by contrast, suffered through a difficult... more

Josh Gordon has the ability to be a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. That won't happen if he's not on the field, of course. Gordon took himself out of action for two games (and lost four game checks) for violating the league's... more

The New York Jets are taking steps to address their suspect wide receiver depth chart. The team is hosting free-agent receivers Laurent Robinson and Austin Collie for workouts, multiple media outlets reported Monday. Both Robinson and Collie are... more

Trent Richardson will not be held back as training camp begins for the Cleveland Browns. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters Monday that Richardson reported last week to pre-camp with rookies and other players coming off injuries. Chudzinski said... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went to bat for coach Jason Garrett on Saturday, but that wasn't the only news coming out of training camp. Some other takeaways from the coach and owner's opening news conference in Oxnard, Calif.: Tony Romo is... more

Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones sat together at a podium Saturday, fielding questions from a group of reporters at the Dallas Cowboys' summer home in Oxnard, Calif. Training camp had arrived. Hope was in the air. Garrett looked fit and refreshed,... more

The Miami Dolphins don't have to worry about a Dion Jordan holdout any longer. The Dolphins announced Saturday that they have signed Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Dolphins now have all nine draft picks under contract with... more

New York Giants safety Will Hill is in more trouble. The Giants announced Saturday that the NFL has suspended Hill without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Hill... more

There remains a dearth of good news for the New York Jets on the Santonio Holmes recovery front. The wide receiver told reporters Saturday that there's still no hard timetable on his return to action after surgery to repair a severe Lisfranc fracture in... more

A reminder of the San Francisco 49ers' uncertainty at wide receiver landed in our inbox when the team released its physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp. Wide receivers Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams were joined by... more

Brian Urlacher raised eyebrows this week when he told NFL.com's Dave Dameshek he'd be "really pissed " if the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl without him. We understand where Urlacher's coming from (as does Jay†Cutler ), but it's also the type of... more

The San Francisco 49ers shook up their secondary Friday by acquiring troubled cornerback Eric Wright from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wright's arrival means the 49ers likely will cut ties with one of their in-house cornerbacks. Safety Donte Whitner isn't... more

Colin Kaepernick might publicly endorse non-San Francisco†49ers merchandise , but his own jersey is the NFL's hottest seller of the moment. Top-selling 2013 player jerseys Rank Player 1 Colin Kaepernick 2 Russell Wilson 3 Robert Griffin... more

Training camp is right around the corner, meaning Around The League soon will have a much broader scope of topics to choose from in delivering you, the reader, hot news and trenchant analysis. But before we do that, here's Bears quarterback Jay Cutler... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers washed their hands of Eric Wright on Friday, trading the cornerback to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a conditional 2014 late-round draft pick. Wright did his best to book himself out of town, as poor play, a driving... more

The New England Patriots have removed Donald Jones from their equation at wide receiver. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Jones would be released by the Patriots, according to a source informed of the impending move. The Patriots later... more

If you want to know the direction the Cleveland Browns are trying to go, a good man to ask is Joe Banner. Banner is the Browns' CEO, a power player in the organization who sits above general manager Michael Lombardi on the Berea, Ohio, food chain.... more

Jerome Bettis is a Pittsburgh Steelers icon. That doesn't prevent him from giving an objective opinion on the current state of affairs in the AFC North. Friend of ATL, Dave Dameshek, welcomed Bettis as a guest this week on the "Dave Dameshek Football... more

At some point this summer, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan will choose Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith to be his starting quarterback. Considering Sanchez's recent struggles and Smith's lack of experience, this might seem like a lesser-of-two-evils decision... more

Courtney Upshaw's weight became a storyline of the Baltimore Ravens' offseason when the second-year pro acknowledged a "personal issue" led to his weight jumping to 285 pounds. Upshaw played most of his rookie season in the 270-pound range, prompting... more

Has Tyrann Mathieu found motivation in the form of NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock? Mathieu's Twitter feed tells us yes. I'll never forget what mike mayock said about me... I'll blow him a kiss on my first game changing play ‚?? Tyrann Mathieu... more

An otherwise mundane Bill Parcells conference call gained an unexpected level of intrigue Wednesday when it came time for the final question. Readers' choice for players to start a franchise with* Player Pct. vote Peyton Manning 30.9 percent... more

Around The League continues our training camp preview with a look at the NFC South. We already have asked questions on the AFC East , AFC North , AFC South and AFC West . (To hear our latest division previews in podcast form, just click into the sound... more

DeSean Jackson doesn't sound like a guy who wants to get involved in predicting the outcome of the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback competition this summer. He did it anyway. "In my opinion, honestly, I don't want to be put on the spot. I know y'all... more

Not everyone is sold on Andy Dalton as a future NFL star. Two seasons and two playoff trips certainly constitute a nice start for the quarterback's career, but critics look at game tape and see flaws. They question Dalton's deep ball, pocket presence... more

The Dallas Cowboys have one playoff win since 1996. It's an ugly stat that has led to some justified criticism of Jerry Jones, who acts both as the Cowboys' owner and general manager. Harrison: The case for Tony†Romo Tony†Romo haters beware! Elliot... more

No team has repeated as Super Bowl champions since the 2004 New England Patriots. The Baltimore Ravens aim to join the Pats in the back-to-back club in 2013. During a guest appearance on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access," wide receiver Torrey Smith made... more

Colin Kaepernick raised eyebrows -- and the ire of more than a few San Francisco 49ers fans -- when a photo surfaced of the quarterback wearing a Miami Dolphins cap at a Fourth of July party. Kaepernick doubled down in the face of criticism, saying... more

Laurent Robinson suffered four concussions in one miserable season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Eight months after his last head injury, and four months after being released by his hometown team, Robinson wants to resume his career. Free-agent... more

Brett Favre Day at Lambeau Field is going to happen. Fans of the Ol' Gunslinger will just have to be a little more patient. Team president and CEO Mark Murphy spoke to the media Tuesday about the latest (extremely sunny ) financial figures of the... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Upon learning I'd be interviewing Marisa Miller on Tuesday, a sense of anxiety crept in. No, it wasn't because Miller is a renowned supermodel who looks like this and I'm, well, a lowly blogger. The consternation was born out of... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 16 on the list: Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. Why Hardy is on the list As a general rule, we feel compelled to champion any player who speaks openly... more

Mark Sanchez said last week it was "no big deal " that Geno Smith chose not to attend his Jets West camp in Mission Viejo, Calif. Now Smith has echoed that sentiment, while again reminding us that a genuine competition is on tap at New York Jets... more

Rex Ryan wasn't the only prominent NFL figure to go running with the bulls in Pamplona last week. In a decision that surely left Pete Carroll feeling warm inside, star Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung traveled to Spain with his agent to take... more

The Green Bay Packers have made sure Morgan Burnett will remain an anchor in their secondary beyond 2013. Take a look at the best photos from the Green Bay Packers' 2012 season. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Burnett has signed a four-year,... more

Ray Lewis must wait five years before he can be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Baltimore Ravens have no such waiting period when it comes to celebrating a franchise icon. Take a look back at the best photos of Ray Lewis. The Ravens... more

Let's face it: Expectations are low for the New York Jets. You might have to go all the way back to the team's pre-Bill Parcells gory days to find a time when Gang Green was perceived as such a playoff afterthought. Brooks: A return to chaos... more

If you have five dollars, a bottomless hunger inside you and a heart in relative working order, the people over at the Atlanta Falcons training camp have a special treat for you. Behold! The starting lineup from the bottom up: Pulled pork,... more

As training camp calls to us like a teasing siren, we pass the time with another ATL Mailbag. Thanks to all those who submitted questions. Except that one guy. You know who you are. Creep. Let's do this thing. @NFL_ATL #ATLMailbag is it possible... more

The Denver Broncos didn't take any chances with fax machines and deadlines when it came to left tackle Ryan Clady. Darlington: Mile High expectations Jeff Darlington says Peyton†Manning's Broncos must accomplish one feat in the 2013 campaign: win the... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has become the latest entity to publicly distance itself from Aaron Hernandez. The Plain Dealer reported Saturday the Hall of Fame has removed a photo of the former New England Patriots tight end after multiple visitors to... more

The Indianapolis Colts haven't had anyone play under the franchise tag since Edgerrin James in 2005. It appears that will change this season. The Indianapolis Star reported Sunday that punter Pat McAfee will play under the one-year, $2.977 million... more

The Washington Redskins were a terror last season when Pierre Garcon was on the field as Robert Griffin III's No. 1 receiver. Breer: Shanahan praises RG3 Mike Shanahan shares an eye-opening quote about Robert Griffin III's ability as a quarterback in... more

Johnny Manziel was in attendance when the 2013 Manning Passing Academy began. He wasn't there for the finish. A camp spokesman confirmed the Heisman Trophy-winning Texas A&M quarterback known as Johnny Football left the camp early after an unspecified... more

It's impossible to know what the New York Jets will get from Kellen Winslow Jr. in 2013. Winslow's track record tells us he can step into a key role on offense as the team's starting tight end. That same track record hints that bum knees could render... more

Oday Aboushi should be in the process of preparing for his rookie season with the New York Jets. Instead, the fifth-round draft pick is answering accusations about his political beliefs. The Brooklyn-born Aboushi is one of a handful of... more

Ron Jaworski is no fan of Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker. The former NFL quarterback-turned-ESPN analyst ranked Locker 31 out of 32 starting quarterbacks entering the 2013 season. Only Matt Flynn of the Oakland Raiders fared worse in Jaws'... more

Jets West surged forward Friday in Southern California. Take a look as Mark Sanchez and his teammates work out on the west coast. The sun shined, new Jay-Z blared from the speakers, competitive water balloon tossing got real. You almost could picture... more

The Denver Broncos have yet to hammer out a long-term contract with left tackle Ryan Clady, who remains unsigned with training camp on the immediate horizon. Peyton Manning doesn't sound concerned. "I think any quarterback would tell you they want their... more

The Denver Broncos are riding a wave of bad publicity following the revelation that two prominent front-office executives have been arrested on driving under the influence charges in the past month. It's unclear how the team will choose to discipline... more

Kerry Rhodes showed enough with the Arizona Cardinals last season to earn a roster spot with an NFL team in 2013. Rhodes doesn't have a job right now, but the 30-year-old safety says that might soon change. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is... more

Last week, Around The League broke down questions facing teams from the AFC East and AFC North . Now we give the AFC South the same treatment. (To hear our division previews in podcast form, just click into the sound file below or go right here .)... more

A decision on Josh Brent's NFL future is near. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told NFL.com and NFL Network on Thursday that the league expects to make a decision on the troubled Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle by the start of training camp. Brent, 25,... more

Mark Sanchez's Jets West camp kicked off Thursday in Southern California. Geno Smith was not in attendance. NFL.com and NFL Network learned Thursday that Smith will not attend the camp, according to a source. The New York Daily News reported that Smith... more

NFL.com Illustration Rex Ryan painted a bright future for the New York Jets in his 2011 autobiography. There are few things as unintentionally amusing as the superfluous autobiography. Trees gave their life so Erik Estrada could tell his... more

Blaine†Gabbert might have lost the faith of a prior Jacksonville Jaguars regime, but he still has a friend in Marcedes Lewis. "I'm proud of him, regardless of what others may think," the veteran tight end said Wednesday on NFL Network's "NFL Total... more

Mark Sanchez is fighting for his life as the quarterback of the New York Jets. He put himself in this position, thanks to the 52 turnovers that have submarined his last two seasons. The writing is on the wall with second-round draft pick Geno Smith in... more

The Dallas Cowboys view Sean Lee as a major part of their future on defense. Will they make a move to make sure he doesn't get away? Not yet. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that Lee and the Cowboys have not begun talks about a contract... more

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray made the rounds at ESPN on Wednesday, speaking with optimism about the upcoming third -- and most important -- season of his NFL career. Brandt: Cowboys will win NFC East Gil Brandt lists 10 reasons to think... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making the Leap in 2013. No. 25 on the list: Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus. Why Mercilus is on the list The Texans selected Mercilus in the first round of the 2012 draft... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making a Leap in 2013. No. 33 on the list: Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce. Why Pierce is on the list There's a lot to like when you watch Pierce on film. In limited work as a... more

There once was a time when attending an NFL game meant unplugging from the manic-obsessive tracking of your fantasy football team. The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to change that. The Sports Business Journal (via ProFootballTalk.com ) spoke with... more

The offseason began with speculation and reports that Greg Schiano did not see Josh Freeman as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' long-term answer at quarterback. In the months since, Schiano has done his best to shoot down that line of thinking. The coach has... more

Football is coming. We know that sounds crazy. That first regular-season Sunday feels like a mirage deep in the distance. But it's not. It's now actually less than 10 weeks away. First comes training camp. On Monday, the NFL officially released... more

The ATL Mailbag is back. (Author patiently waits for thunderous applause to die down.) As always, thanks to all those who submitted a question. Let's get to it. @NFL_ATL Will the lesser workload affect Adrian Peterson breaking Dickersons record, or... more

What can we expect from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in 2013? Harrison: AFC summer subplots Summer is upon us, but there's still plenty to ponder. Elliot Harrison provides a burning question for each AFC team. More ... He had moments with the... more

The New England Patriots will offer fans the opportunity to turn in their Aaron Hernandez jerseys this weekend in exchange for another player jersey of comparative value. It's a slam-dunk PR move by the Patriots, who get to make Hernandez merchandise... more

Life is good when you're a wide receiver lining up opposite Calvin Johnson. The Detroit Lions see Ryan Broyles as the long-term option in that spot, though Broyles' recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament might put that plan on hold temporarily.... more

June

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Baltimore Ravens. Kinkhabwala: The Raven... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- A season in which you finish with 19.5 sacks never can be deemed a failure. Instant Debate: Sack king in 2013? Who will win the inaugural Deacon†Jones Award as the NFL's sack leader in 2013? Reigning king J.J.†Watt ? Let's... more

If you've suddenly found yourself in the possession of an Aaron Hernandez jersey of little use, the New England Patriots have provided you with a potential out clause. Darlington: Chilling lesson for rookies How did players at the NFL Rookie Symposium... more

Mark Sanchez's latest alleged "butt" video doesn't make him a bad guy. There's nothing wrong with a late night of listening to mediocre dance music while sharing the company of attractive area socialites with a penchant for e-cigarettes. Brooks: A... more

The New Orleans Saints are feeling pretty good about themselves these days. The bounty scandal seems like a distant (albeit still bitter) memory. Sean Payton is back coaching, an advantage that can't be understated. Rob Ryan has been brought aboard to... more

Adrian Peterson is the No. 1 player on NFL Network's "The Top 100 Players of 2013" countdown. It's a well-earned honor for the Minnesota Vikings running back, who shocked the football world by rushing for 2,097 yards in 2012, his first season back... more

Robert Gill is a 29-year-old rookie who will attempt to catch on with the Arizona Cardinals in training camp. Fabiano: Fantasy rookie roundup Which first-year players should you target for your fantasy roster? Michael Fabiano reveals his top... more

Josh Brent continues to find trouble. The Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle -- currently awaiting trial in connection with a Dec. 8 car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown -- is back behind bars in a Dallas County jail after a second positive drug test... more

Though we've never seen this in writing, there appears to be a rule whereby all Tony Romo offseason interviews must include at least one question about his golf game. Brandt: Cowboys will win NFC East Gil Brandt lists 10 reasons to think Tony Romo... more

Around The League will profile the top 40 players we see Making a Leap in 2013. No. 38 on the list: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd. Why Floyd is on the list Floyd is not short on potential. The Arizona Cardinals wouldn't have taken him... more

The New England Patriots acted quickly after Aaron Hernandez's arrest on Wednesday , releasing the tight end who would have been a central aspect of their offense in 2013. It was the move the Patriots felt they had to make, and given the seriousness of... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will be the featured team on HBO's "Hard Knocks" when a new season premieres Aug. 6. It will mark the Bengals' second star turn on the popular documentary series in the last four years. If NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has his... more

Armonty Bryant starred in one of the forehead-slapping moments of the offseason when he was arrested on DUI charges one week after the Cleveland Browns selected him in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Despite the arrest and past drug issues... more

Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks, right, appeared on "The Rich Eisen Podcast" on Tuesday. If you follow football, you know the basics of the Brian Banks story. A top high-school recruit ticketed for USC,... more

And now, another wholly organic email chain from the Around The League team: From: Hanzus, Dan Sent: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 3:34 PM To: Sessler, Marc; Rosenthal, Gregg; Wesseling, Chris Subject: ORGANIC EMAIL CHAIN 5 The Niners and... more

The Seattle Seahawks have emerged as perhaps the greatest threat to the San Francisco 49ers' hopes of continued NFC supremacy in 2013. Pete Carroll's team made several moves in the offseason to fortify an already strong roster, highlighted by the... more

The Baltimore Ravens don't appear to be all that impressed by how Miami Heat fans greeted their back-to-back NBA champions on Monday. #BALTIMORE sure knows how to throw a party!!! #WorldChamps #Ravens pic.twitter.com/iEGWseLkBD ‚?? Baltimore... more

Jim Harbaugh is a skilled ninja in matters of annoyance. That ability to get under people's skin was on shining display last week when Seattle Seahawks cornerback†Brandon†Browner and wide receiver†Golden†Tate each expressed their desire to physically... more

The public relations director dumped by the Oakland Raiders has found a new home. The Cleveland Browns have named Zak Gilbert as their new director of communications Monday, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport . Brandt: A silver lining in Oakland?... more

Justin Tuck continues to paint a positive picture as he approaches a new season with the New York Giants. "For whatever reason it is, I feel more alive in a football sense than I have in a long time," Tuck said at a celebrity golf event on Monday,... more

Warren Sapp believes former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Simeon Rice was a superior player to Michael Strahan. We know that because Sapp went out of his way to explain this in a recent interview with the Tampa Tribune. Sapp's comments were picked up... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The San Francisco 49ers. Schein: 49ers... more

Each day that passes takes Manti Te'o further from the "Catfish" scandal. This is a good thing for the San Diego Chargers' rookie linebacker. Frankly, it's a good thing for all of us. Jeremiah: Instant-impact rookies Daniel Jeremiah identifies... more

Fans in attendance at LeSean McCoy's second annual charity softball game Saturday got a chance to witness more than one competitive battle. Two men were arrested after a fight broke out in the stands during the game in Lancaster, Penn., according to... more

Geno Smith 's chances of starting for the New York Jets this season directly are connected to how quickly he can pick up a pro offense. Smith believes he's off to a fine start as he transitions from a spread offense at West Virginia to Marty... more

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said last February that Jacquizz Rodgers had the ability to be a three-down back in the NFL. Then the Falcons went out and signed Steven Jackson, only one of the game's most durable and productive three-down backs of the... more

Reggie Bush has gotten the most attention when talking about the Detroit Lions this offseason, but the offensive line ultimately might play a bigger part in the team's success or failure in 2013. Take a look at the best photos from the Detroit Lions'... more

It's Sunday. While you cook up your theories on the "Mad Men" finale, I'll serve up another edition of the Around The League Mailbag. Thanks to all who submitted questions. Those of you who were chosen are champions on this day. Let's get started:... more

If you're in the camp that believes Reggie Bush is an elite NFL player, the 2013 season will either validate your thinking or serve as a harsh reality check. Take a look back at some of the best shots of Reggie Bush. Bush is set up. He's with a new... more

Thank you, NFL players. Breer: Shanahan praises RG3 Mike Shanahan shares an eye-opening quote about Robert Griffin III's ability as a quarterback in this Albert Breer story. More ... You've disappointed me on a high level throughout NFL... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Ryan Clark enters his 12th season unsure what the future holds for his NFL career. Kinkhabwala: Pairing up in Pittsburgh After a rocky first season together, Ben†Roethlisberger and Todd†Haley are starting to gel, Aditi... more

Wes Welker is back in New England. Well, for the time being. The former New England Patriot and current Denver Broncos wide receiver has been making the rounds in the region this week as a pitchman for Leonard Hair Transplant Associates. When Welker... more

We already knew JaMarcus Russell had dropped a significant amount of weight in his ongoing attempt to jumpstart his dormant NFL career. Now some photographic proof from the football clinic where Russell has been putting in work for months. Current... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The New York Jets. 1. If you're talking... more

We told you Wednesday about the, well, direct note Bernard Pollard has taped to his locker at Tennessee Titans minicamp. As a refresher, we present the text in its entirety. Harrison: Divisional threats Elliot Harrison runs through the league to... more

The Denver Broncos have turned to a familiar face to fill their sudden vacancy at center. The Broncos agreed to terms with Koppen on Thursday, the team announced. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports it's a one-year contract , per a source close to the... more

Tony Soprano and the NFL crossed paths for only a moment. It happened -- as many things did on "The Sopranos" -- inside the walls of a restaurant operated (but maybe not quite owned) by Artie Bucco. "Tone, you know who's in tonight?" Bucco asked with... more

When the Minnesota Vikings made the decision to release Chris Kluwe, it was speculated that the punter's outspokenness on issues outside football contributed to his exit. Not so, says Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who told reporters... more

Cameras and reporters followed -- and broadcast -- every move of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Thursday as questions continued about what might be his connection to the investigation of a homicide in North Attleboro, Mass. Meanwhile,... more

The last time we heard from our old friend The Anonymous Jet, he was explaining that Mark Sanchez had lost 80 to 90 percent of the Jets' locker room. It was widely reported and more than a little depressing for all the Gang Green fans with a crumpled up... more

Luke Joeckel spent most of the pre-draft process hearing he was going to be the No. 1 overall pick. It didn't work out that way, of course. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Eric Fisher , allowing Joeckel to fall to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 2.... more

There's a piece of paper taped against Bernard Pollard's locker at Tennessee Titans minicamp. The message on that paper -- "Goal - Super Bowl ; Mission - Kill!!!" -- leaves little room for interpretation. "Our goal is the Super Bowl, and our mission... more

This was supposed to be a week of rest and relaxation for the New England Patriots. Instead, it's become a time of hand-wringing and internal concern. Rob Gronkowski's surgery went well, but his timetable for recovery remains murky . And then there's... more

Eyebrows were raised when it was learned Adam "Pacman" Jones remained attached as a speaker at the NFL's Rookie Symposium this month despite his recent arrest for allegedly striking a woman outside Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Debate: Top... more

Ask Erin Henderson, and he'll tell you he knows exactly where he'll be lining up for the Minnesota Vikings on Sundays this fall. "I'm playing the Mike," Henderson said Tuesday from Minnesota Vikings minicamp, according to KSTP-AM. Mike, as in... more

Outside the occasional storm cloud , the Cleveland Browns remain a team with reason for hope in 2013. Part of that goes back to a defense that imported some legitimate talent in Paul Kruger, Desmond Bryant and Barkevious Mingo , the No. 6 overall pick... more

The Arizona Cardinals' death spiral over the final three months of the 2012 season was powerful enough to drag Larry Fitzgerald into the abyss. The dynamic wide receiver suffered through the worst statistical season of his nine-year career as Arizona... more

Rob Gronkowski has another surgery in his rear-view mirror. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday afternoon that the New England Patriots tight end's back surgery is over and went well, according to a source informed of the procedure. The surgery was... more

Darrelle Revis will wear his customary No. 24 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It didn't come cheap, according to Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch.com . "A well-placed source tells me that the amount Darrelle Revis paid to Mark Barron in order to get Barron... more

Arian Foster's lovably ponderous Twitter feed sadly has been laid to rest. Luckily, the Houston Texans running back has another creative outlet via the world of hip-hop. Shortly after signing his multiyear extension last season, Foster approached... more

We've heard from the former Atlanta radio host who was contrite about the ill-conceived and ill-fated Steve Gleason radio skit . We heard from another ex-host who opted for the scorched earth approach . Gleason: My life is awesome Steve Gleason... more

The last time we saw the New England Patriots, they were a team in search for answers. The NFL's most powerful offense had been stifled by the Baltimore Ravens in a 28-13 AFC Championship Game loss . The mighty Pats were held scoreless in the second... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Ronnie Hillman knows the scouting report. He's not big enough. He can't take a pounding between the tackles. He's best-suited as a change-of-pace back. "You get that when you're a smaller guy," the Denver Broncos running... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 1. There's plenty... more

Miles Austin and his hamstrings need to get on better terms. Austin's legs haven't been right for two seasons, leading the Dallas Cowboys to take measures to keep the veteran wide receiver healthy in 2013. Austin was given a day off during last... more

Adam Jones comes from a place of experience when discussing the pitfalls facing young professional athletes. The Cincinnati Bengals defensive back made an impression when he spoke with incoming players at the NFL Rookie Symposium last June in Aurora,... more

It appears Victor Cruz made a prudent business decision. Cruz signed his first-round restricted free-agent tender of $2.87 million with the New York Giants on Friday, three days before the team had the option to slash his tender to $630,000.... more

Harrison: AFC summer subplots Summer is upon us, but there's still plenty to ponder. Elliot Harrison provides a burning question for each AFC team. More ... We learned Friday that Rex Ryan believes he's a "hell of a lot better football coach"... more

The cliche is the enemy of controversy. Look at Bill Belichick. Everyone thought the New England Patriots were inviting the circus to town when they signed Tim Tebow. But when Belichick stepped to the podium Tuesday, it took just 8 minutes and 41... more

We have a break in the stalemate between Victor Cruz and the New York Giants. Cruz traveled to the Giants' facility Friday morning and signed his first-round restricted free-agent tender of $2.87 million. Harrison: AFC summer subplots Summer is upon... more

Jimmy Fallon lost any credibility in the realm of sports when he starred in "Fever Pitch ." Still, Fallon's good at impressions, especially when he melds iconic pop star David Bowie and iconic third-string quarterback Tim Tebow into one... more

Rex Ryan knows he's coaching for his job in 2013. It's been 29 months since the New York Jets appeared in their second of consecutive AFC Championship Games. Since that loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Jets have gone 14-18 with two dark Januarys and... more

Minicamp is a time for positive feelings and general optimism, but don't tell the New Orleans Saints that. Sean Payton's week was ruined when Victor Butler, the Saints' promising outside linebacker, went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament... more

Are you ready to buy in on the Dallas Cowboys this season? We understand if you aren't. After all, the Cowboys have turned mediocrity into an art form in recent years. Call them America's Team if you wish, but the Cowboys have exactly one playoff win... more

Let's check in on the latest development in the New York Jets controversy that's not really a controversy at all. On Wednesday, rookie quarterback Geno Smith floated a "no comment " when asked if he planned to attend Jets West, Mark Sanchez's annual... more

Austin Collie's pursuit for NFL work continues. The former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver took part in a workout for the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today. Collie's workout came two days after it was reported... more

The New York Jets are in dire need of a healthy Santonio Holmes in 2013. Unfortunately for coach Rex Ryan, Holmes' health remains in doubt as the offseason comes to a close. The wide receiver offered a terse "No comment" †Wednesday when asked if he'd be... more

Philadelphia Eagles fans have taken well to new coach Chip Kelly. Would Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin have been greeted in a similar manner? We might never know, but it's not because of a lack of effort by the Eagles. According to the San Antonio... more

It's been six years since the Miami Dolphins used the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft to select Ted Ginn. Ginn never developed into the impact receiver the Dolphins hoped he'd be. Ginn was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, where more... more

The signing of Ed Reed was supposed to solidify the Houston Texans' secondary. As of now, the acquisition has left more questions than answers. It's unclear just how serious Reed's hip surgery was, and nobody knows if Reed will come back as close to the... more

It's no secret that Terrell Suggs wasn't the same player last season. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker made an impressive comeback from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, but he was noticeably heavier and slower on the field. His production... more

Many players came out of free agency this offseason with a foul taste in their mouths. Mike Wallace wasn't one of them. The playmaking wide receiver landed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. Wallace was happy to secure the deal... more

When you're Tom Brady, very few things break your stride. The signing of a third-string quarterback -- no matter how famous that third-string quarterback might be -- does not qualify as one of them. One day after Tim Tebow practiced for the first time... more

Getting a contract extension done with Mike Williams has been on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' to-do list all offseason. Brooks: Extreme makeover in Tampa Bucky Brooks says the Buccaneers are primed to contend for the NFC South title after revamping a... more

With all due respect to Vick Ballard, the Indianapolis Colts made one of the wisest moves of the offseason when they signed veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw this week. Harrison: AFC summer subplots Summer is upon us, but there's still plenty to... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Houston Texans. Harrison: AFC summer... more

Terrell Owens has been off the NFL grid since the Seattle Seahawks cut him during training camp last summer. The writing certainly appears to be on the wall for the 39-year-old wide receiver, who said last week he'd formally retire if he couldn't find... more

Ryan Swope fell to the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft because of concerns over his concussion history at Texas A&M. This issue has followed Swope into the NFL. As ESPN's Adam Schefter pointed out Wednesday morning , Swope... more

Tarvaris Jackson appears headed for a reunion with Pete Carroll. ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that Jackson is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Jackson, released by the Buffalo Bills earlier... more

Tony Romo has kept a low profile this offseason. That hasn't kept him out of the national news cycle. Harrison: NFC summer storylines Don't fear the dog days: Elliot Harrison picks out a storyline worth paying attention to for each team in the NFC.... more

Chris Johnson believes he can run for 2,000 yards again. We've heard this before , of course. Johnson hasn't flirted with that number since his spectacular 2009 season, but that hasn't stopped the Tennessee Titans running back from predicting a... more

Marc Trestman is the first Chicago Bears coach in more than 40 years to have a primary background in offense. Jay Cutler might not know the history of the franchise he plays for, but he understands how trading out Lovie Smith for Trestman can improve... more

Ben Roethlisberger is on a fast track to recovery following knee surgery. Kinkhabwala: Pairing up in Pittsburgh After a rocky first season together, Ben†Roethlisberger and Todd†Haley are starting to gel, Aditi Kinkhabwala reports. More ... The... more

Ed Reed said Tuesday he won't have an idea of his timetable on a return from hip surgery until he gets to Houston Texans training camp next month. The bigger reveal came when the veteran safety explained how he might have injured the hip in the first... more

Robert Griffin III met with reporters for the last time Tuesday before the start of training camp, giving media members one last chance to get an update on the most scrutinized right knee in sports. Griffin said he's feeling better each week, is... more

Austin Collie's hope to continue his NFL career has taken the wide receiver through Foxborough. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reported Tuesday that the New England Patriots had Collie in for a workout . Collie, 27, is working his way back from... more

We don't know how much of an impact Tim Tebow will have with the New England Patriots. We do know we'll be entertained watching Bill Belichick go Burmese Python in his attempt to suffocate the life out of Tebowmania. Belichick was at his guarded... more

The New York Giants now have one of their two top wide receivers in-house. Hakeem Nicks reported Tuesday for the start of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp. Giants punter Steve Weatherford provided visual proof of Nicks' arrival: Hakeem Nicks... more

We got a kick out of the back page of the New York Daily News on Tuesday. It featured a cartoon of Tim Tebow dressed like Pat Patriot, right down to the buckles on his shoes. Bill Belichick is on one knee, Tebowing in front of his new third-string... more

Randy Starks is ready to come to work for the Miami Dolphins. The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that the veteran defensive tackle will be in attendance when the Dolphins begin mandatory minicamp workouts Tuesday. Starks signed his $8.45 million... more

Turns out Gabe Carimi won't be attending Chicago Bears minicamp after all. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Sunday that the Bears have agreed to trade Carimi to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a late-round draft pick, according to a source close to the... more

Happy "Game Of Thrones" Finale Day! Or as those who don't have premium cable call it, Sunday. The ATL Mailbag is back. As always, thanks for your questions, which can be sent to @NFL_ATL or ATLmailbag@gmail.com. If I didn't respond, you're right to... more

Here's something to give you a chuckle on a quiet Sunday. The Big Lead (via IGN.com ) has unearthed a 2009 ESPN poll which asked readers "Which young quarterback would you most want leading your offense in the future?" The list included Jay Cutler,... more

Darrelle Revis is the centerpiece of a rebuilt Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary in 2013. According to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, Bucs coach Greg Schiano calls Revis the best cornerback he's evaluated in 25 years . He referenced Deion Sanders and... more

How different is Joe Flacco than your standard franchise quarterback? To answer that, let's go back to Friday and the Super Bowl ring presentation ceremony , during which Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti addressed Flacco in front of the team,... more

We heard from both Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson on Friday, two former star wide receivers holding out hope that the book hasn't closed on their NFL careers. The plight of those two men should make Plaxico Burress feel fortunate. The veteran wideout... more

The New York Jets' decision to draft Geno Smith was the clearest sign that the team had lost faith in -- and was prepared to move on from -- quarterback Mark Sanchez. Letting tight end Dustin Keller walk out the door was a less publicized (but... more

We've reached the final spoils of victory for the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens. Kinkhabwala: White House welcome Aditi Kinkhabwala says the Ravens' visit with President Obama was marked by a certain friendly familiarity. More ...... more

Darrelle Revis has yet to join his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates in practice, but general manager Mark Dominik has become the latest optimistic voice on the matter. During a Friday appearance on "NFL Total Access," Dominik didn't hesitate when... more

JaMarcus Russell dropped the weight . He landed an NFL tryout . It reportedly went well. Now he waits. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reported that Russell drew "positive reviews" for his Friday workout with the Chicago Bears, according to a... more

There are reasons to be optimistic about the Cleveland Browns in 2013. Brooks: Why Browns will soar People are used to expecting little from the Browns, but Bucky Brooks says their offense is poised to surprise. More ... The roster has... more

Terrell Owens sounds like a man who has begun to stare down career mortality . Chad Johnson isn't quite there yet. Johnson is awaiting his court date after violating conditions of his probation in connection with a domestic violence incident last year.... more

Bad weather forced the Green Bay Packers indoors for the annual team-bonding exercise that concludes veteran minicamp. Undaunted, Packers coach Mike McCarthy led his team into the bowels of Lambeau Field, where they took part in a dodgeball tournament.... more

The Baltimore Ravens have gone to the White House . Now it's time to collect their Super Bowl rings . The rings -- commemorating their Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers -- will be distributed Friday during a private ceremony. Because we... more

Jim Kelly was recovering comfortably Friday after the former Buffalo Bills quarterback underwent surgery to treat cancer of the upper jawbone. The Erie County Medical Center released a statement on behalf of the Hall of Fame signal-caller. "At Mr.... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up next: The Washington Redskins. 1. I'm not... more

We nearly have reached the point where we don't have enough hours in the day to publish a post every time Richard Sherman speaks critically about an NFL contemporary. That's what the Seattle Seahawks cornerback does. He plays a role, and he seems to... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- The New York Yankees' run of extended success in the 1990s and 2000s came at a cost. It was called The Steinbrenner Doctrine, a philosphy named after the team's bombastic owner. The message was simple: Any season that didn't end... more

Isaiah Pead cost himself the chance to play in the St. Louis Rams' season opener after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The one-game suspension doesn't appear to have cost him any favor with his head coach. "Obviously, he has to suffer the... more

The Washington Redskins will kick the tires on free-agent wide receiver Donte' Stallworth. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Thursday that Stallworth will be brought in for a tryout during next week's veteran minicamp, according to a source. A 10-year... more

It's clear that the NFL is committed to building its brand in London. The league has been hosting regular-season games in the city since 2007. There will be two more games in 2013, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly indicated Tuesday... more

The Dallas Cowboys are a far better defense when DeMarcus Ware is at full health. He's on his way, but he's not there yet. Ware -- recovering from offseason shoulder surgery -- told reporters Thursday that he's yet to be cleared by team doctors to... more

It might be premature to hoist a red flag over Trent Richardson's 2013 season. It was reported earlier Tuesday that the Cleveland Browns plan to hold their ailing running back out of action until August, but NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported, via two... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Rosey Grier knew what Deacon Jones was all about. Like Grier himself, Jones was a community-minded man who treated others with respect. But Jones -- who died Monday at the age of 74 -- loved to play to a crowd. If that meant... more

Jimmy Graham is coming off a down year. At least, by his crazy standards. Graham finished 2012 with 85 catches for 982 yards and nine touchdowns for the New Orleans Saints. Strong numbers, no doubt, but well off the production of his 2011 season, which... more

In today's NFL, the idea of "voluntary" offseason practices has become something of a joke. Most teams have perfect or near-perfect attendance for such workouts. When players are missing, it gets noticed. Just ask Philadelphia Eagles cornerback... more

Johnny Jolly's comeback attempt officially is underway. Jolly saw his NFL career gutted by drug use that led to an indefinite suspension and prison time. The Green Bay Packers kept their faith in Jolly and now are giving the defensive tackle an... more

The New Orleans Saints began minicamp Tuesday without cornerback Keenan Lewis. His absence came with a good excuse. The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday that Lewis is recovering after spending a night in a local hospital due to stomach pains. A... more

Darrelle Revis has yet to join his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates on the practice field. That doesn't mean the star cornerback is behind schedule in his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery. Revis is running and cutting in workouts, but it... more

The worst-kept secret in the NFL officially is out. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters Tuesday that offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will handle play-calling duties this season, taking over the role previously held by coach Jason... more

Jason Babin's offseason has come to an end. Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told reporters that the veteran defensive end underwent groin surgery Tuesday morning. Babin is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Babin is an... more

"NFL Total Access" has launched its "32 in 32" series, breaking down the biggest subplots of every NFL team as the 2013 season approaches. Around The League will follow along and offer our own take. Up first: The Dallas Cowboys. 2012 record: 8-8,... more

We don't doubt Donovan McNabb has good intentions when he says he'd like to lend a guiding hand to Robert Griffin III. We do wonder if McNabb understands how any intended message could be lost by publicly sharing his criticisms of the Washington... more

The Green Bay Packers took care of Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews. They're content to play the waiting game with B.J. Raji. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday on "NFL Total Access" that the Packers plan to have Raji play out the final year of... more

Jarvis Jones officially is under contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team announced Monday the signing of their first-round pick, selected 17th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Jones' contract is a... more

Reggie Bush continues to play the role of hype man for the Detroit Lions' offense. Last month, Bush compared the Lions' scheme to the attack run by the explosive New Orleans Saints offenses that he was part of last decade. Now Bush has taken... more

Two men have been arrested and charged this week for their involvement in the stabbing of Pittsbugh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams. While the police case moved forward, coach Mike Tomlin provided a positive update on Adams' recovery. The Steelers... more

Back in March, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh answered a boiler-plate question at the NFL Scouting Combine by citing syndicated giant Judge Judy Sheindlin. Schein: 49ers remain NFL's best Yes, Michael†Crabtree's injury hurts, but Adam Schein... more

Courtney Upshaw has some work to do. Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that the Ravens linebacker acknowledged he's attempting to work himself back into shape after diverting from his offseason workout plan due to a "personal issue."... more

Is Jay-Z's agency closing in on another star athlete in the tri-state area? NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Sunday that Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has fired agent Drew Rosenhaus, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, CSNPhilly.com and... more

It's time to open up the latest ATL Mailbag. You guys really brought the heat Sunday. Thanks to all those who submitted a question. We'll try to make this a weekly thing during the summer and perhaps beyond. Let's dig in. @NFL_ATL who gets signed... more

Two days after he was arrested for the second time this offseason, Chicago Bears tight end Evan Rodriguez released a statement on his most recent troubles. Debate: Brian†Urlacher, Hall lock? In the wake of Brian† Urlacher 's retirement, our... more

The Oakland Raiders' decision to fire public relations director Zak Gilbert was a bad public relations move. It would help if they had their chief PR guy to clean up this mess. Unfortunately, he has been fired. The circle is vicious. Rapoport:... more

The legal woes continue to pile up for Mike Goodson. ESPNNewYork.com reported Saturday that the troubled New York Jets running back has been hit with a paternity suit by a Houston woman seeking child support for the four children Goodson allegedly... more

Knowshon Moreno remains a question mark for the Denver Broncos. Schein: Time is now for Peyton Adam Schein says the window is closing on Peyton Manning's chance to land a legacy-securing second Super Bowl title. More ... The fourth-year... more

The Mangenius is headed back to the NFL. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms that Eric Mangini has accepted an offensive consultant job with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source informed of the move. Brooks: Luck vs. Kaepernick Andrew†Luck... more

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams is expected to make a full recovery after being stabbed in the stomach during an apparent robbery attempt Saturday morning in Pittsburgh. Schein Nine: Breakout candidates Who will become the next... more

Actual news on Tim Tebow is hard to come by these days. Gbajabiamila: The Tebow mistake Akbar Gbajabiamila doesn't understand why NFL teams are giving a proven winner like Tim Tebow the cold shoulder. More ... The New York Jets parted ways... more

It doesn't appear the Kansas City Chiefs have any buyer's remorse in matters concerning Alex Smith. Just ask Chiefs quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy. "He's been everything that we thought he was ," Nagy said, according to The Kansas City Star. "He's a... more

Donovan McNabb is a fan of Robert Griffin III. He's rooting for the Washington Redskins quarterback to succeed in his career, but McNabb's not shy about expressing his disapproval with some of Griffin's life choices in recent months. "It's too much... more

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Ben Liebenberg/NFL Legendary running back Jim Brown joined The ATL Debate Club podcast on Friday. When Jim Brown walks into the room, the temperature changes. Cover sports long enough and the "Wow" factor of seeing a famous athlete in person... more

Isaiah Pead's rookie season with the St. Louis Rams never got off the ground. His second season won't start on a promising note. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Pead will be suspended without pay for the first game of the 2013 season for... more

Doug Marrone now runs the show in Buffalo, and it appears he brought the Football Gods of Common Sense with him. Instant Debate: The pressure is on ... Which rookie faces the most daunting spotlight in 2013? Our analysts debate, with Jets QB... more

Quentin Jammer says he came to the Denver Broncos to win a Super Bowl. Schein: Time is now for Peyton Adam Schein says the window is closing on Peyton Manning's chance to land a legacy-securing second Super Bowl title. More ... That stage... more

The New England Patriots made a shrewd roster move last year when they scooped up Jake Ballard off waivers before the New York Giants could slide the tight end to injured reserve. The move seems especially wise given the uncertain state of the... more

The next time you and your friends begin to scheme about an elaborate phone-prank scenario involving NFL front-office personnel, keep the potential consequences in mind. Brooks: Extreme makeover in Tampa Bucky Brooks says the Buccaneers are primed to... more

Quentin Jammer is staying in the AFC West. The veteran defensive back signed with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, the team announced . Jammer spent his first 11 seasons with the division rival San Diego Chargers. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency... more

Can Sean Spence make it back from the catastrophic knee injury he suffered last preseason? Opinions vary, even in his own building. Spence's position coach, Keith Butler, has said it would be "miraculous" if the linebacker played a down in 2013.... more

Eddie Lacy is in the fold for the Green Bay Packers. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed Wednesday that Lacy -- the Packers' second-round pick in last month's draft -- has agreed to his rookie contract, according to a source who has seen the deal. Terms... more

D.J. Hayden has headed home. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Oakland Raiders' first-round draft pick has been released from the hospital and is resting comfortably, according to a team spokesman. Kremer: Draft's most miraculous... more

Rob Gronkowski is set to return to the operating table, but it doesn't involve his troublesome forearm. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that the New England Patriots tight end will need back surgery, according to a source briefed on... more

USA TODAY Sports / Associated Press Keyshawn Johnson (left) and Justin Bieber live in the same California neighborhood and apparently are at odds. Keyshawn Johnson's brave stand at Belieber Lair has sparked police action. The Associated... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak isn't worried about Arian Foster's long-term availability after the running back was carted off the field †Tuesday because of†a calf injury. Still, Foster might have to cancel some future plans. "(The injury) might... more

The most exciting part of Cam Newton's press conference Wednesday had to be the moment teammate Jordan Gross videobombed him with glorious thunder . But Newton had some noteworthy things to say as well. The Carolina Panthers quarterback is cutting a... more

We learned earlier Tuesday that JaMarcus Russell has dropped 50 pounds since he walked into the TEST Academy in California. Russell's now at a lean 265, his exact weight when he tore up the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine and captured Al Davis' affection.... more

Dez Bryant said last week that the presence of positive role models has played a role in his newly tranquil personal life . Brandt: Cowboys will win NFC East Gil Brandt lists 10 reasons to think Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys will dramatically... more

DeMarco Murray sat out another practice with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday. He hopes to return Wednesday, but it's not the type of start that inspires confidence Murray can shake the injury bug that has marred each of his first two seasons in the NFL.... more

In explaining his new experience with the Miami Dolphins, Mike Wallace couldn't help but compare the atmosphere to the only other NFL stop on his resume. Debate: Toughest shoes to fill? Was Bruce Arians' exit from Indianapolis to coach the Cardinals... more

The last thing Houston Texans fans want to see is "Arian Foster" and "carted off the field" in the same sentence. Unfortunately, that's what happened Tuesday after the star running back suffered a calf injury during organized team activities. Texans... more

We initially passed on the TMZ report of Keyshawn Johnson confronting pop star Justin Bieber under the well-worn principle of "What happens in the gated communities of Calabasas stays in the gated communities of Calabasas." After all, Bieber is kind of... more

The Dallas Cowboys' second week of organized team activities started Tuesday. As expected, Tony Romo remained out of the mix. Romo is unable to practice after having a cyst removed from his back in April. The quarterback hasn't started working with the... more

NFL agent Joe Linta found himself in the 24-hour news cycle this past weekend when he criticized the Baltimore Ravens for their failure to re-sign quarterback Joe Flacco before his breakout playoff run last season. Top 100 plays of 2012 "NFL AM" on... more

No team has had more players suspended for performance-enhancing drug use in the last three years than the Seattle Seahawks. Harrison: Top 20 Games of 2012 The 2012 season was one for the ages. Which games will be remembered the most in NFL lore?... more

Donald Penn would like to set the record straight about his physical condition. Instant Debate: The pressure is on ... Which rookie faces the most daunting spotlight in 2013? Our analysts debate, with Jets QB Geno†Smith topping the list. More ...... more

Based on real-estate choices alone, it doesn't appear Mike Wallace believed he had a long-term future with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Debate: Toughest shoes to fill? Was Bruce Arians' exit from Indianapolis to coach the Cardinals the most impactful... more

By all accounts, Robert Griffin III continues to make positive strides in his return from reconstructive knee surgery. Breer: Shanahan praises RG3 Mike Shanahan shares an eye-opening quote about Robert Griffin III's ability as a quarterback in this... more

Last week, NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote a piece around these parts explaining why he believed the Dallas Cowboys were primed to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Unbeknownst to Gil, his analysis summoned the troll buried... more

NFL Network's Rich Eisen threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Check out some of the best photos of NFL players and coaches throwing out the first pitch at baseball games. Things went smoothly, as this Vine tweeted out by the... more

When the Detroit Lions moved on from Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams this offseason, they did more than cut ties with two veterans in decline. They also removed two vocal defensive leaders from the locker room. That leadership void needs to be... more

Joe Flacco might be the all-time poster boy for good timing in free agency. The walk year of Flacco's contract coincided with a season in which he emerged as a star, silenced his critics and netted a Lombardi Trophy for the Baltimore Ravens. The... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers showed their belief in Emmanuel Sanders when they matched the New England Patriots' offer to the wide receiver in restricted free agency. Now Sanders has a chance to reward his team's faith. He began organized team activities... more

Mike Goodson's future with the New York Jets remains unclear as the legal process plays out following his May 17 arrest on drug and weapons charges Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends May 31. Get... more

Manish Mehta has had a front-row seat for the entire Rex Ryan Experience in New York. Mehta, the New York Daily News' Jets beat reporter, has documented Ryan's roller-coaster first four seasons in Gotham, a ride that's included two deep playoff runs... more

Scott Chandler suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 16, an unfortunate bit of timing that ended one season while potentially impacting the next. Five months to the day after the injury, the Buffalo Bills tight end continues to make... more

If Tyrann Mathieu can't stay clean, there's a very good chance the Arizona Cardinals will know. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on "NFL Total Access" that Mathieu -- who signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals on Thursday -- already has entered... more

The Arizona Cardinals have taken care of business with Tyrann Mathieu . Breer: Cardinal at a crossroads Tyrann†Mathieu wants to change, but can he? Albert Breer digs deep into a complicated issue facing the Arizona Cardinals. More ... The... more

When Charley Casserly broke into the NFL in 1977 as an intern with the Washington Redskins, the job wasn't always pleasant. Casserly would eventually rise to the rank of Redskins general manager, but an early duty in Washington required waking up early... more

We could have some clarity on why Hakeem Nicks was a no-show at New York Giants organized team activities. Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole reported Wednesday that Nicks' "unstated goal" in sitting out OTAs is to express unhappiness with his contract... more

Chuck Norris has shared his feelings about Tim Tebow. Finally. The martial arts legend, Hollywood action star, random fact-generator inspiration and occasional bearer of very bad news recently wrote an opinion column -- a manifesto really -- on his... more

Ramses Barden is making a U-turn back to the New York Giants. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the latest player rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker. More... The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that... more

Once Charles Woodson saw the mob of Oakland†Raiders fans awaiting his arrival at the team facility Tuesday, he pretty much knew he had to walk out of the building with a new contract in hand. Rapoport: Explaining Raiders draft The Raiders know a... more

Brian Urlacher wasn't going to ignore reality. There was no hiding the fact his 34-year-old body no longer possessed football greatness. Urlacher figured he could catch on with another team if he hung around long enough this summer, but what was the... more

If the New York Jets really do intend to decide on their starting quarterback in the next month , Mark Sanchez can't have too many more practices like he did Wednesday. Schein: Jets have to start Geno David†Garrard's out. Who will the Jets turn to at... more

The Baltimore Ravens will have to make due without Arthur Brown for the foreseeable future. Instant Debate: The pressure is on ... Which rookie faces the most daunting spotlight in 2013? Our analysts debate, with Jets QB Geno†Smith topping the list.... more

Michael Crabtree's 2013 season might be over before it began. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver suffered a torn Achilles tendon during organized team activities Tuesday, according to a person informed of the... more

Geno Smith and Jay-Z are in business together. The New York Jets quarterback's search for new representation ended Wednesday when Smith announced he had hired Roc Nation Sports. Smith has yet to sign a contract with the Jets, who selected him in the... more

Sam Bradford was born and raised in Oklahoma. He lives there to this day, residing in the north section of Oklahoma City. Bradford was at home packing for St. Louis Rams organized team activities when a tornado ripped through the nearby town of... more

Charles Woodson's NFL career has come full circle. The veteran defensive back signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported, reuniting him with the team that selected him in the first round of the 1998... more

Dez Bryant emerged as one of the NFL's best wide receivers last season. His professional rise came at a time when he found a level of tranquility in his personal life. Harrison: Top 20 Games of 2012 The 2012 season was one for the ages. Which games... more

The Oakland Raiders haven't produced a winner in more than a decade, an extended fallow period that would drive some fan bases into hiding. But that's not how Raiders Nation rolls. Case in point: To coincide with Charles Woodson's visit with the... more

The NFL draft provides football fans with a peek into the exhilaration that comes with entering the league. Far less publicized is a player's exit from the game, which carries its own emotional weight. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the NFL... more

The San Diego Chargers have landed a player who likely will become their starting left tackle in 2013. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Tuesday that Max Starks told her he had a one-year contract with the Chargers. The team later announced it had... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell discussed a variety of football topics Tuesday during his news conference at the NFL Spring Meeting in Boston. He began by addressing the devastation caused by a tornado in the Oklahoma City area. "We have to deal with... more

Stephen Ross wasn't surprised that South Florida failed to earn a Super Bowl bid Tuesday. The Miami Dolphins owner believes the NFL will freeze the area out of the game's biggest spectacle until renovations are made at aging Sun Life Stadium. Missing... more

This year's Summer of Gronk will be significantly less fun than the previous edition. Debate: Pats due for a setback? With Rob Gronkowski still not healthy, our analysts debate whether the Patriots are bound to take a step backward in 2013. More ...... more

The New England Patriots decided Kyle Love was expendable after a blood test revealed the veteran defensive tackle had Type 2 diabetes. Debate: Pats due for a setback? With Rob Gronkowski still not healthy, our analysts debate whether the Patriots... more

We learned earlier Monday that the San Diego Chargers have decided to shield Manti Te'o from the media until the team's June 11-13 minicamp. The "organizational decision" was easy to read, even if it was a little perplexing. Te'o's "catfish" scandal... more

When Gabe Carimi opted to sit out organized team activities with the Chicago Bears last week, it was perceived by some as the offensive lineman waving the white flag in his battle to preserve his roster spot. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you... more

Like a powerful freight train with no emergency brake, the honeymoon period between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly rolls on with seemingly unstoppable force. We've heard about the practices that play like "choreographed opera," the delicious... more

Ed Reed landed one last big contract from the Houston Texans in March. He underwent hip surgery shortly thereafter. The Texans expect the 34-year-old safety to be ready for the season, but it raises the question of how much the Texans knew prior to... more

Imagine you've been drafted into the NFL. Congrats, by the way. That's a nice achievement. Buy your mom a house. Brooks: Why Te'o will shine in S.D. Forget all about the fake girlfriend and bad BCS title game. Manti Te'o is poised for big things in... more

Rob Gronkowski came out of surgery Monday with good news for the New England Patriots. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the star tight end had new plates put into his troublesome left forearm, and doctors have determined the infection in the arm is... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are paying Darrelle Revis a lot of money to be a shutdown cornerback. Can he make an immediate return to his prior form? Brooks: Extreme makeover in Tampa Bucky Brooks says the Buccaneers are primed to contend for the NFC... more

Everyone wants to know how the New York Jets will handle Mike Goodson, the running back who was arrested last week in New Jersey on drug and gun charges. No definitive answer came Monday, but circumstances did provide a few clues. Goodson showed up... more

LOS ANGELES -- Life is good for a rookie in the NFL. Especially right now. We're less than a month removed from the 2013 NFL Draft, and the new-car smell still is present. Many players haven't signed contracts yet, but the paycheck that comes with... more

NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013" list promises to befuddle fans week after week. Thursday was no different, when Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was unveiled as No. 61 overall. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for... more

LOS ANGELES -- Who is the real Geno Smith ? This will be a running question through the early portion of the rookie quarterback's career with the New York Jets. Smith was inundated by criticism -- much of it personal -- in the days after the 2013 NFL... more

Rob Gronkowski is heading back to the operating table. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on "NFL Total Access" that the New England Patriots tight end's fourth arm surgery is imminent, according to two sources informed of Gronkowski's prognosis.... more

Joe McKnight has new competition in the New York Jets' backfield following the offseason additions of Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson. Schein: Jets have to start Geno David†Garrard's out. Who will the Jets turn to at QB? Forget about Mark†Sanchez, Adam... more

Bernard Pollard won't join his former Baltimore Ravens teammates in any festivities celebrating their Super Bowl win. Harrison: Top 20 Games of 2012 The 2012 season was one for the ages. Which games will be remembered the most in NFL lore? Elliot... more

Lance Easley once was a replacement ref. Actually, Easley kind of was the replacement ref. It was Easley who infamously signaled touchdown in the "Fail Mary" game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, ruling a touchdown catch for Golden... more

Lack of clarity is an ongoing theme in matters of offense and the Dallas Cowboys. Two days after Jerry Jones told Sirius XM Radio that Romo will have a significantly bigger role in the Cowboys' game plan preparation, coach Jason Garrett downplayed any... more

A reunion between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers is on the horizon. Speaking at a team event on Tuesday, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy provided further evidence the path is being cleared for the retired quarterback's return to Lambeau... more

Victor Cruz's contract negotiations with the New York Giants are about to get interesting. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the next few days are viewed as important, with talks planned, according to two sources informed of the situation.... more

Don't expect to see Brian Urlacher in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on "NFL Total Access" that the Vikings plan to give in-house roster options the opportunity to compete at inside linebacker "barring unforeseen... more

The legal fallout has begun for former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young. According to a felony complaint obtained by NFL.com, Young was due Tuesday in an Orange County, Calif., court, where he was arraigned on eight charges stemming from two... more

The San Diego Chargers hoped that linebacker Melvin Ingram would take a big step forward in his second NFL season. Now its seems Ingram won't have a second season at all. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on "NFL Total Access" that doctors feared... more

James Harrison says this is the best he's felt physically since 2008, the year he won NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. After 10 grinding seasons as a star linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, that's an impressive claim. Harrison's ability to... more

Josh Cribbs remains on the free-agent market despite his best attempts to land a job. Now, we have a better idea why. New York Jets general manager John Idzik told Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger on Tuesday that Cribbs' surgically repaired left knee "isn't... more

LeSean McCoy is being sued by a woman who claims the star Philadelphia Eagles running back assaulted her before kicking her off a party bus,†according to †CourthouseNews.com. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that a source close... more

Jordan Rodgers ' quest to find a home with the Jacksonville Jaguars has hit a speed bump. The rookie quarterback is expected to be sidelined until training camp after undergoing sports hernia surgery, according to Jaguars.com. Breer: It's a new day... more

So what does Jerry Jones mean exactly when he says Tony Romo will be putting in "Peyton Manning-type time" at the Dallas Cowboys facility after signing his contract extension ? Debate: Go-to quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers is definitely clutch -- but... more

Titus Young is a man in need of help. He should have been in a treatment facility Monday. Instead, he sat in the medical ward of a jail in Santa Ana, Calif., following his third arrest in a week . Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The St. Louis Rams. The Big Question: Will Tavon Austin transform the Rams' offense? The Rams entered the draft... more

Geno Smith has yet to share a practice field with Mark Sanchez. When this happens, it will be covered with roughly the same zeal as a papal announcement. Given the media firestorm that's surrounded Smith since he joined the New York Jets, we imagine he... more

Gabe Carimi's make-or-break year with the Chicago Bears is off to a curious start. ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson reported Monday that the third-year pro was not in attendance for the Bears' first day of organized team activities. Get a first look... more

At USC, Matt Barkley was a golden god. At organized team activities with the Philadelphia Eagles, he's a step above a no-name. Which is to say, he has a name ... it just isn't his. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News explains: LeSean McCoy... more

Dennis Pitta is officially under contract with the Baltimore Ravens. The team announced Monday that Pitta has signed his $2.023 million second-round restricted free agent tender. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway. Follow all of the... more

It's safe to say Colin Kaepernick left a lasting impression on the Green Bay Packers. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback made NFL history against the Packers in the divisional playoff round , rushing for 181 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win.... more

Justin Blackmon was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars a little more than a year ago. In that brief time, he has an ugly DUI arrest to go with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Breer: It's a new... more

Michael Lombardi's level of autonomy within the Cleveland Browns is up for debate , but some aspects of a general manager job in the NFL are absolute. For instance: The "Tim Tebow Question" cannot be avoided. Speaking at the Pro Football Hall of Fame... more

Bruce Arians took his downfield passing philosophy with him to the Arizona Cardinals, but don't assume the Indianapolis Colts are going to morph into a dink-and-dunk team under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. "Pep's not going to change just... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Chicago Bears. Have Bears ensured there will be no Urlacher hangover? There will be no surprise reunion between... more

Let's check in with Havard Rugland, the Internet kicking sensation getting a camp tryout with the Detroit Lions. Get a first look at NFL rookies in action. The Norwegian trick-shot artist -- better known as "Kickalicious" -- put himself on the NFL radar... more

The Oakland Raiders' identity continues to shift in the wake of Al Davis' passing. Rapoport: Explaining Raiders draft The Raiders know a return to relevancy is not an overnight fix. Ian Rapoport explains how Oakland plans to get back. More ...... more

Barkevious Mingo was drafted by the Cleveland Browns to bring fire off the edge on defense. 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The draft is finally behind us. How did everybody do? Bucky Brooks breaks out the red pen and grades all 32 teams by... more

We learned Friday that Geno Smith is a harsh grader. Asked to mark his first rookie minicamp practice with the New York Jets, Smith gave himself a big fat "F." After his second practice, Smith kept the red marker in his locker. "I'll leave the... more

It's highly unlikely that Jason Garrett will be calling plays for the Dallas Cowboys offense next season. The writing was on the wall when the Cowboys hired Bill Callahan as the new offensive coordinator in January. Garrett successfully dodged the issue... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Green Bay Packers. The Big Question: Have Packers found stability in their backfield? As long as Aaron... more

Rookie minicamp can be a daunting challenge for any first-year player. This especially is so for Lawrence Okoye . Last summer, Okoye was a discus thrower representing Great Britain in the London Olympics. Now, he's trying to make it in the NFL, despite... more

New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride admits he hasn't given the Victor Cruz situation a lot of thought. Cruz has yet to sign his $2.879 million contract tender.†Gilbride†has nothing to do with the business end of things, and he's staying... more

Rex Ryan had positive things to say about Geno Smith and Sheldon Richardson after the first day of New York Jets rookie minicamp. Draft signings The New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and Detroit Lions' Ziggy Ansah were the first of the 2013 NFL... more

Antonio Gates has a simple explanation why he was ranked just 73rd on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2013" countdown. The people who decide such things don't know what they're talking about. "Apparently they don't watch football," the longtime San... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Philadelphia Eagles. The Big Question: Have Eagles built the perfect O-line for Chip Kelly? Two offensive... more

Kenny Vaccaro became the first 2013 first-round pick to sign a contract. The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday that Vaccaro was among a group of four draft picks to sign a four-year contract with the team. Other signees include offensive tackle... more

Manti Te'o officially is under contract with the San Diego Chargers. The second-round pick was one of four draft choices signed to a deal Thursday, the team announced. In addition to Te'o, the Chargers signed wide receiver Keenan Allen , outside... more

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Charles Woodson figured he'd have more clarity to his situation by now. The three-time All-Pro has remained on the free-agent market since being released by the Green Bay Packers in February. He has met with only one team, a... more

The Washington Redskins might one day change their name. You can argue it's inevitable. It's just not going to happen on Daniel Snyder's watch . "We will never change the name of the team," the Washington Redskins owner told USA Today this week. "As a... more

Can you smell it? That's hope, wafting through the spring air of NFL Nation. Your team stunk last year? Doesn't matter. Everybody is tied for first place at 0-0. ("Even the Jacksonville Jaguars?" asks a wistful young boy in the crowd. Yes son, even... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Kansas City Chiefs. The Big Question: Will Eric Fisher play left tackle in 2013? The Chiefs privately curse the... more

DeMarcus Ware is the latest NFL player to make the switch to an enhanced facemask. DeMarcus Ware's eight-bar facemask is just the latest among the wild NFL facemasks throughout the years. The Dallas Cowboys defensive end on Wednesday gave fans on... more

The Titus Young story took another left turn on Tuesday, when it was learned the former Detroit Lions wide receiver was arrested twice in the span of 15 hours over the weekend. The incidents did nothing to help Young's chances of making it back to the... more

By almost all statistical measures, Arian Foster had another standout season in 2012. His 17 total touchdowns led the NFL. He rushed for 1,424 yards. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season. Still, Foster believes he can be... more

Is Tony†Romo's supposedly expanded role with the Dallas Cowboys manifesting itself in less time on the links? Take a look as NFL stars try their hand at golf. Romo, an avid golfer, has cut back significantly on his participation in offseason... more

Had Geno Smith been selected in the first round by a team in a different market, things would be different right now. Of course, that's not how it played out. Smith slipped into the second round and was eventually drafted by the New York Jets, a team... more

Aaron Curry's quest toward an NFL return will go through the Meadowlands. The New York Daily News reported Monday that Curry is planning to make a free-agent visit to the Giants on Thursday. A source told the Daily News that Curry "has been working out... more

We hear it all the time. The NFL is a passing league. ... We're in a golden age of quarterbacks. ... Running backs will be considered the bottom rung of humanity in a future dystopian society. Breer: Minnesota's grand plan The Vikings made their mark... more

The Minnesota Vikings are filled with optimism as they approach the 2013 season. In a wide-ranging interview with NFL.com's Albert Breer, general manager Rick Spielman describes the Vikings as a team that used the draft to build aggressively around a... more

These are sobering times for the Tebowmaniacs. Was it really just 16 months ago that Tim Tebow was connecting with Demaryius Thomas on walk-off touchdowns in the playoffs? Since then, Tebow's been traded, ignored, ridiculed and discarded. Still,... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The Tennessee Titans. The Big Question: Did Titans solve their problems on offensive line? The Titans didn't get it... more

The Miami Dolphins likely lost their shot at hosting Super Bowl L when Florida lawmakers opted not to approve a deal that would publicly fund improvements to aging Sun Life Stadium. See where players rank in the Top 100 Players of 2013. Could the... more

It's Cinco De Mayo. If you can't celebrate with some cerveza and guacamole , why not take in the latest ATL Mailbag? Thanks to all of those who submitted questions. If you want to be part of the next mailbag, tweet us at @NFL_ATL or email us at... more

When the New Orleans Saints used their first-round draft pick last week to select free safety Kenny Vaccaro , Malcolm Jenkins knew he had been put on notice. How could he not? Jenkins was the Saints' starting free safety last season. Vaccaro's arrival... more

Have we finally heard the last of Terrell Owens in the NFL? Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends May 31. Get your vote in. More ... It has been two full seasons since Owens last played a down... more

Brian Banks is 27 years old. It's not a normal age for an NFL rookie, but normal really isn't in the equation when talking about Banks' life and football career. Get a first look at NFL rookies in action. A former high school star who essentially lost... more

Sean Spence's NFL career was dealt a cruel blow before it really even started. The linebacker -- a third-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 NFL Draft -- suffered multiple ligament tears in his left knee during last year's preseason... more

It's too early to say how LeGarrette Blount will fit into the New England Patriots' backfield plans in 2013 -- or if he'll fit into them at all. Blount at least appears to have the enthusiasm of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. That carries some currency... more

On an otherwise sleepy Saturday in the NFL, two cryptic messages from John Abraham's Twitter account piqued our attention. Abraham wrote "Retiring 13" and "Done," before later deleting the tweets. Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is underway.... more

The Dallas Cowboys doubled down on the Tony Romo Era last month, handing the veteran quarterback a fat contract extension that could keep him in Big D for the balance of his prime. Perhaps in an effort to justify making a massive investment in a QB who... more

He's rehabbing a serious knee injury, but Robert Griffin III's life still seems pretty good. The Washington Redskins quarterback was in attendance at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, taking in one of horse racing's great institutions for the first time.... more

Ziggy Ansah earned several points in our book when -- on a dare from friends -- he wore lensless 3D glasses at Radio City Music Hall for the first night of the 2013 NFL Draft. The fearless fashion choice (he acquired the glasses during a screening of... more

The 2013 NFL Draft transformed 32 NFL rosters. Around The League will examine the aftershocks in our Draft Fallout series. Next up: The New York Jets. The Big Question: How long before Geno Smith takes over? New York Jets general manager John Idzik... more

You can cross the Oakland Raiders off the list of potential landing spots for free-agent quarterback Vince Young. 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The draft is finally behind us. How did everybody do? Bucky Brooks breaks out the red pen and grades... more

The much talked-about Branden Albert trade between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins turned out to be a lot of just that -- talk. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on "NFL Total Access" that both parties now view an Albert trade as... more

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel doesn't have a problem with NBA player Jason Collins telling the world he's gay . Samuel just doesn't understand why sharing that information is necessary at all. "Straight people are not announcing they're... more

More drama continues to rise from the smoldering ashes of New York Jets quarterback†Geno Smith's alliance with Select Sports Group. 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The draft is finally behind us. How did everybody do? Bucky Brooks breaks out the... more

NBA player Jason Collins received plenty of support †from the professional sports community after coming out as gay in a Sports Illustrated cover story this week. For many athletes, that support came via Twitter. Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy... more

Geno Smith is the future for the New York Jets at quarterback. So when does that future begin? Draft Adventureland † Check out the crazy roller coaster ride Manti Te'o, Matt Barkley and Geno Smith went on during their draft journey. More... †... more

Ryan Tannehill's rookie season was one of subtle progress. 2013 NFL Draft grades by division The draft is finally behind us. How did everybody do? Bucky Brooks breaks out the red pen and grades all 32 teams by division. More ... While fellow... more

Is Bryant McKinnie moving closer to a contract with the San Diego Chargers? The veteran left tackle told NFL.com's Albert Breer via text that he's taking a physical with the Chargers on Wednesday. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the... more

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gwcc.com 360 Architecture unveiled concept designs for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium on Tuesday. The Atlanta Falcons landed a stadium deal with the Atlanta City Council last month, an agreement that could give the defending NFC South champs a... more

Justin Blackmon's suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy cost him the first four games of the 2013 season. It might end up costing him much more. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting... more

Tim Tebow cleared waivers on Tuesday, leaving him free to sign with any NFL team. Jones: Jets' Idzik making his mark Kimberly Jones delves into what Jets GM John Idzik's bold moves mean for the team -- and coach Rex Ryan. More ... If he can't... more

Don't take this the wrong way, Internet, but we always get a little bit nervous when fan voting decides anything. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends May 31. Get your vote in. More ... After... more

Collin Klein 's dream of playing quarterback in the NFL is alive. Klein -- the former Kansas State star signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent -- will play quarterback with the team , according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.... more

The Arizona Cardinals made a mistake when they handed out a big contract to guard Adam Snyder. Brooks: Who nailed the draft? With all 254 selections in the books, which teams nailed the 2013 NFL†Draft? Bucky Brooks points out the most notable hauls.... more

LaDainian Tomlinson was in the news this weekend after he told Yahoo! Sports columnist Michael Silver that the San Diego Chargers had approached him about a potential NFL comeback. During a Monday call-in appearance on XEPRS-AM , Chargers executive... more

The man in the backwards baseball cap is country music star Luke Bryan. The other man is Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos quarterback came up on stage at a charity fundraiser gala in Indianapolis last Saturday, performing the Johnny Cash classic... more

Davone Bess had a nice career with the Miami Dolphins, going from undrafted free agent to productive slot receiver over the course of five seasons. Casserly: Draft steals on each day Which players are bound to outperform their draft slots? Charley... more

Jason Worilds seemed primed to get his first starting opportunity with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then linebacker†Jarvis Jones walked in the door. The Steelers selected Jones with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, adding a ready-to-play... more

NBA player Jason Collins made history Monday when he became the first male active professional athlete in one of the four major U.S. team sports to come out of the closet. "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center," Collins began in an essay in this week's Sports... more

NEW YORK -- And in the end, there was only one sliver of drama left at Radio City Music Hall. Who is this year's "Mr. Irrelevant"? Best and Worst Draft Picks Who are the best and worst all-time draft picks by your team? Find out and let your... more

It's pretty much inevitable that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's recovery from knee surgery will be the story of the summer in the NFL. Top 100 Players of 2013 Make sure you vote for the Top 100 players of 2013. Voting ends May... more

NEW YORK -- Marcus Lattimore got the biggest news of his life Saturday while dining at Benihana. A stir-fry lunch with family and friends turned into a celebration when Lattimore learned he was the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers. "I got a... more

Shaun Phillips found his way off the free-agent market. The veteran linebacker signed a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. The team later confirmed Phillips' addition . NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA... more

NEW YORK -- Marcus Lattimore didn't give up his NFL dream after suffering a grisly knee injury last fall. The reward for his perseverance is a job with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers made Lattimore the No. 131 overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft on... more

NEW YORK -- Ryan Nassib's draft free fall was halted by the New York Giants. The Syracuse quarterback was speculated as a potential top-10 pick in the NFL draft. He ended up coming off the board in the fourth round Saturday, joining a Giants team that... more

NEW YORK -- Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was disappointed when Manti Te'o slipped out of the first round in the 2013 NFL Draft. Kelly got encouragement on the matter from Te'o himself. "What I like about him is when I talked to him this morning, he... more

NEW YORK -- It felt like general manager John Idzik deferred to coach Rex Ryan on Thursday night when the New York Jets went defense on back-to-back picks in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The temperature in the room changed Friday. Idzik... more

NEW YORK -- The New York Jets found their quarterback of the future on Friday night. They might have landed their next starting running back as well. The Jets sent their fourth-round pick (No. 106 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft to the New Orleans... more

NEW YORK -- Josh Freeman widely was believed to be on the hot seat entering his fifth season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now we know it. The Bucs added a level of intrigue to their roster Friday night, using their third-round pick (73rd overall) in... more

NEW YORK -- Manti Te'o looked down at his phone Friday night and saw a call from a San Diego area code. He'd been waiting to hear from an NFL team for a day, but he didn't suspect the call was coming from the city's NFL team. "I thought it was one of... more

NEW YORK -- The New York Jets have added another name to their quarterback mix. It's a big one. Former West Virginia star Geno Smith finally came off the board on Friday night, selected by the Jets with the 39th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... more

NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia Eagles continue to reshape their offense under coach Chip Kelly. A day after adding athleticism to their offensive line with Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson at No. 4 overall, the Eagles selected dynamic Stanford... more

NEW YORK -- With the start of the 2013 NFL Draft's second round still more than an hour away, we decided to take a peek backstage at Radio City Music Hall. The green room -- teeming with large humans wearing shiny time pieces on Thursday night -- was... more

Here's a two-minute video, starring New York Giants first-round pick†Justin Pugh , which manages to encapsulate everything that's good and pure about the NFL draft. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content... more

NEW YORK -- An unusual first round is history. We now turn our attention to Part II of this NFL draft trilogy with the second and third round Friday night at Radio City Music Hall. For many teams, the first-round pick addressed a primary area of need on... more

NEW YORK -- The first round is over, and Geno Smith still is there for the taking. Considered by most to be the top quarterback in a weak NFL draft class at the position, Smith was bypassed 32 times Thursday at Radio City Music Hall. The only... more

NEW YORK -- When the Dallas Cowboys' turn finally came in the first round on Thursday night, they made a move to protect Tony Romo. The Cowboys selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick with the 31st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, adding talent... more

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Steelers added a playmaker to their defense on Thursday night, selecting Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones with the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Jones was a terror in his final college season, leading the... more

NEW YORK -- Rex Ryan has much stacked against him as he coaches for his job in 2013. He'll at least get the advantage of a revamped defense. The New York Jets selected Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall pick in... more

NEW YORK -- The New York Jets needed all of four days to find their replacement for Darrelle Revis. The Jets selected Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, adding a much-needed chess piece to Rex Ryan's... more

NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia Eagles' fast-paced offense cannot thrive without athleticism along the offensive line. Head coach Chip Kelly and Co. addressed that with their first pick in Thursday's 2013 NFL Draft, selecting Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson... more

NEW YORK -- The first person I saw as I stepped through the doors at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday afternoon was Frank Langella. The close encounter with the veteran character actor reminded me of two things: 1) Langella played a great bad guy in... more

The Oakland Raiders might find a trading partner for the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but it won't be the Cleveland Browns. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Thursday that the Browns do not plan to trade up, according to a team source.... more

We don't have to tell you that the NFL draft is a hugely important event for every general manager. Teams lean on GMs to select the players who can drive -- or sink -- a franchise for years. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or... more

Eddie Lacy has moved past his disappointing pro day. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content including live video from Radio City Music Hall. The Alabama star running back has said he wasn't physically... more

To tip or not to tip. That is the question. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content including live video from Radio City Music Hall. No, I'm not talking about tipping the guy who gives your Honda a final... more

The Miami Dolphins actively are shopping wide receiver Davone Bess, sources told NFL.com's Jeff Darlington on Wednesday night. The Dolphins have been discussing the possibility of trading Bess for more than a month, Darlington reports, but they... more

EJ Manuel might not go in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but there's no shortage of teams interested in drafting the Florida State quarterback. Just ask EJ Manuel . Speaking to reporters at an NFL Play 60 event in Chelsea Waterside Park on... more

Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu 's 2013 NFL Draft celebration is no more. The wrenching news came straight from the source: There will be no party for Tyrann Mathieu!! - Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 24, 2013 This might stand as the... more

On the eve of one of the most important drafts in New York Jets history, John Idzik is keeping his options open. NFL '13 DRAFT XTRA Follow on your smartphone or tablet for exclusive content including live video from Radio City Music Hall. The... more

NEW YORK -- It's hard to imagine the Philadelphia Eagles getting the opportunity to draft Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel at fourth overall. After all, many experts believe Joeckel will go to the Kansas City Chiefs with Thursday night's first pick... more

NEW YORK -- With the finish line of a marathon pre-draft process in sight, Geno Smith is answering his critics. Schein: Don't sleep on Geno Smith Adam Schein thinks the doubters are wrong -- Geno Smith absolutely has what it takes to be a franchise... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Arizona Cardinals. Cardinals are going to upgrade their O-line ... right? The Arizona Cardinals' offensive line was train wreck... more

Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu will enter the 2013 NFL Draft with a clean slate. Literally. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Monday that Mathieu passed his drug test at February's NFL Scouting Combine, according to sources from two teams. It's... more

The Miami Dolphins have shown all offseason they're unafraid to spend to get what they want. Their pursuit of Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert fits with that new organizational thinking. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine... more

Multiple quarterbacks tend to sneak into the first rounds of NFL drafts, whether they deserve to or not. Will that happen again in 2013? 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft, identifying biggest... more

It widely has been speculated that the Denver Broncos will take a running back at some point in this week's 2013 NFL Draft. If they invest early in the position, logic dictates someone currently on the depth chart must go. As things stand, the Broncos'... more

Associated Press Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker (left) and his fiancée, Jessie James, will star in a new reality TV show. Given the times we live in, a reality television show starring Eric Decker and Jessie James was inevitable.... more

Peyton Manning recently turned 37. This means Manning has teammates who weren't alive when he was in high school. It's a classic generation gap, which Manning tries to bridge through his love of cinema. Darlington: Mile High expectations Jeff... more

When breaking down the Houston Texans in our "Draft Questions" series , we focused on the team's need to add a complement to Andre Johnson who could eventual be his successor. We're hardly the only ones to make this point. In fact, even Andre... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The St. Louis Rams. Will the Rams trade up to get a playmaker in first round? St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead said this month on... more

Count Tank Carradine as one of the more intriguing names in the 2013 NFL Draft. The talented Florida State defensive end was forced to sit out the pre-draft process while recovering from December surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.... more

Judging by history alone, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens unlikely will meet again in Super Bowl XLVIII. We haven't seen a year-to-year rematch since Super Bowl XXVIII (Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills). Of course, that doesn't mean one --... more

Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore is in trouble with the law. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Moore was arrested and charged with simple battery Thursday, according to Fulton County jail records. Tracy Flanagan, public affairs... more

Rex Ryan was on a conference call with New York-area reporters on Thursday, ostensibly to discuss the Jets' just-released 2013 schedule. Ryan seemed more preoccupied, however, with the fact that the Baltimore Ravens will open their title defense on the... more

Another day, another example of questionable decision-making skills by Chris Culliver. The San Francisco 49ers cornerback is in line for more criticism after he used his Instagram account to post a potentially offensive iPhone text message exchange... more

"Thursday Night Football" ... a tradition like no other. Well, not quite, but "Thursday Night Football" -- entering its eighth season -- seems to get better every year. Make no mistake, these NFL Network-aired games don't exist solely to trip up fantasy... more

"Thursday Night Football" ... a tradition like no other. Well, not quite, but "Thursday Night Football" -- entering its eighth season -- seems to get better every year. Make no mistake, these NFL Network-aired games don't exist solely to trip up fantasy... more

We now have names attached to the Crowne Plaza hotel room in Indianapolis that was left in ugly condition following the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Thursday that the hotel room belonged to Clemson wide receiver DeAndre... more

Chip Kelly had no interest in gradual transition during the first three days of voluntary workouts with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jeremiah: Top 50 draft prospects How do the best players in the 2013 draft stack up against each other? Daniel Jeremiah... more

If Robert Griffin III wanted to blame someone about the circumstances that led to his latest knee injury, he could've done it long ago. The Washington Redskins quarterback has pointed no fingers, even as many others said his own team failed to protect... more

On paper -- or, you know, a monitor -- a trade between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs involving offensive tackle Branden Albert makes too much sense. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL... more

We know about the headliners in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but who could be some of the sleepers who sneak into the back end of the round next Thursday night? NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock gave his take on two risers -- one on... more

With all due respect to the man, we're not confident Andy Reid has a deep well of knowledge in matters of health shakes. Reid is more of a barbecue man, which makes him a nice fit in Kansas City with the Chiefs. Chip Kelly, Reid's successor with the... more

Chip Kelly's convoluted quarterback depth chart is very much by design. Best and Worst Draft Picks Who are the best and worst all-time draft picks by your team? Find out and let your voice be heard. More ... The new Philadelphia Eagles... more

Josh Brent wasn't at Valley Ranch for the start of voluntary workouts with the Dallas Cowboys. Don't expect to see him any time soon. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys have asked the nose tackle to stay away from the Cowboys until... more

This is a story about Andrew Luck's cell phone, an archaic and mysterious device that exists in a universe of curiosity. Matt Hasselbeck -- whose off-the-field adventures are earning grand coverage here at Around The League -- provides the photographic... more

The New York Giants enter the embryonic stage of a new season without Ahmad Bradshaw, a reality that will create a new backfield pecking order at the Meadowlands. Popular thinking has David Wilson assuming the featured role, with Andre Brown serving... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is entering his second year in the NFL. Coming off a season in which he started 15 games and set the franchise record for passing yards, you'd think he'd be in a comfortable position with a new league year... more

Joe Andruzzi found himself back in the news Monday after a photo of the former New England Patriots guard carrying a woman away from the Boston Marathon blast area was widely circulated on the internet. Andruzzi's three brothers were first responders... more

On the day Pat Summerall passed away at the age of 82, it's only natural people want to hear from the man with whom Summerall always will be most associated. That man, of course, is John Madden. "Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time,... more

Joe Montana is a legendary figure with the San Francisco 49ers. His son, Nate, is just trying to get the organization's attention. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft, identifying biggest needs,... more

Matt Hasselbeck has worn No. 8 every season since 2001. When he signed with the Indianapolis Colts last month, he found his old number already was taken by Colts backup quarterback Chandler Harnish. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine... more

It remains an understandable curiosity how players will react when Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o finally enters an NFL locker room. 2013 NFL Draft: Position rankings With the draft right around the corner, NFL.com ranks the top prospects available... more

Peyton and Eli Manning converged at Duke University last week to take part in throwing sessions hosted by Blue Devils football coach David Cutcliffe. Peyton was joined by Denver Broncos teammates Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. Broncos... more

The Baltimore Ravens are set to deepen their depth chart behind Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. ESPNChicago.com reported Monday that former Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie is expected to sign with the Ravens. Hanie spent last season as the... more

Peyton Manning's debut season with the Denver Broncos was perfect in almost every way ... except how it ended. 2013 NFL†Draft: Team needs Our analysts examine each team's game plan entering the NFL draft, identifying biggest needs, potential fits and... more

If Mark Sanchez is concerned his days are numbered as starting quarterback of the New York Jets, he sure didn't sound like it on Monday. Schein: 'Revis or bust' for Bucs Adam Schein says the Bucs simply have to swing a trade with the Jets for... more

The Darrelle Revis saga rolls on. The New York Jets' All-Pro cornerback had a positive doctor's visit Monday before reporting to voluntary workouts. The Jets, meanwhile, reportedly have "pushed pause " on trade talks likely in the hope of squeezing more... more

The New York Jets will have to wait a little longer before they have wide receiver Santonio Holmes back in their building. Schein: 'Revis or bust' for Bucs Adam Schein says the Bucs simply have to swing a trade with the Jets for Darrelle Revis -- or... more

The New Orleans Saints have added another name to their quarterback mix, signing veteran Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday . Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow all of the latest rumors and signings... more

If the New York Giants are to turn around their fortunes on defense next season, they're going to need Justin Tuck's help. The defensive end had 11.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2010. He's had nine sacks and a forced fumble in the two seasons... more

Al Powers/Associated Press Faith Hill tweeted she no longer will be singing the intro for NBC's "Sunday Night Football." NBC telecasts of "Sunday Night Football" will be lacking faith this season. Well, Faith Hill. Amazing 2 have been... more

With the 2013 NFL Draft approaching, Around The League will examine one big question facing all 32 teams. Next up: The Chicago Bears. Can Bears finally give Jay Cutler a proper offensive line? The Chicago Bears need to figure out their Jay Cutler... more

The New England Patriots have a void on their roster at wide receiver. They admitted as much when they made their play for Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders. The Pittsburgh Steelers matched the Patriots' offer for Sanders... more

Emmanuel Sanders isn't going anywhere. The Pittsburgh Steelers have matched the one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet Sanders signed with the New England Patriots last week. The wide receiver's agent, Jordan Woy, announced the news Sunday on Twitter.... more

It's Sunday afternoon. You wish you could be watching football. You know you don't want to watch golf. Will you settle for a mailbag? Thanks to all of those who submitted questions. If you want to be part of the next mailbag, tweet us at @NFL_ATL or... more

Each week, Dan Hanzus sifts through the pro football landscape to bring you sublime subplots of NFL life. Some of it he loves. Some he does not. Other stuff, he can't quite decide. The ATL Buzz Report. 1. 'Kickalicious' in Detroit Good for Havard... more

Jeff Demps gave the New England Patriots some unwelcome news when he†declared his intentions †last month to prioritize his track career over the NFL. Demps' commitment to track means he wouldn't be eligible to contribute to the Patriots until midway... more

The Denver Broncos were enjoying a superb offseason until The Great Colorado Fax Failure removed a major piece of the defense. We're referring, of course, to Elvis Dumervil, who found his way to the Baltimore Ravens in the strangest of circumstances.... more

As trade winds swirl around him, Darrelle Revis continues to work his way back to the field. Schein: 'Revis or bust' for Bucs Adam Schein says the Bucs simply have to swing a trade with the Jets for Darrelle Revis -- or they risk blowing 2013. More... more

In the Oakland Raiders edition of our "Draft Questions" series, Gregg Rosenthal asked if Reggie McKenz