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Kevin Patra


Kevin Patra has been writing for NFL.com since 2013 after a three-year run on the NFL Network newsdesk. He is more handsome than he appears.


May

The New Orleans Saints agreed to a four-year contract with offensive lineman Andrus Peat, their first pick of the 2015 NFL draft. The No. 13 overall pick out of Stanford is a massive blocker, standing 6-foot-7 and 313 pounds. The discussion since last... more

The Indianapolis Colts stockpiled offensive weapons for Andrew Luck this offseason. General manager Ryan Grigson added Andre Johnson, Frank Gore and rookie speedster Phillip Dorsett to an arsenal that already featured T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Dwayne... more

Last offseason Drew Brees boasted that he hoped to play until he was 45 years old . The New Orleans Saints quarterback -- now 36 -- admitted he might have been getting ahead of himself on that one. "45 is a long way away," Brees said Wednesday on... more

Teddy Bridgewater's stellar rookie season earned him the 2014 Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award and ramped up the expectations for the 2015 season. During an interview to commemorate winning the award, which was voted on by fans, Bridgewater was asked... more

Derek Carr missed offseason team activities with an injury , but his agent is downplaying the situation. Tim Younger called reports that Carr might need surgery on his right ring finger a "nonstory" and said the Oakland Raiders quarterback is being... more

Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will reportedly miss at least a portion of OTAs due to injury. CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir reported Wednesday that Kerrigan underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, per sources. It's unclear how long... more

The New York Giants' offensive line woes continue. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Giants left tackle Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral injury lifting weights on Tuesday, per a source who has spoken to the player. Beatty underwent... more

The Indianapolis Colts host the New England Patriots in Week 6 of the 2015 season. Following the Deflategate scandal , which occurred in the aftermath of the AFC Championship game between the two teams, many eyeballs will be on the matchup. "The Patriot... more

Randy Gregory officially signed his four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced on Wednesday. It's official! Second-round pick @RandyGregory_4 has signed with the Cowboys. Welcome to #CowboysNation pic.twitter.com/3NY0QYERgm ‚??... more

Vontaze Burfict's recovery from microfracture knee surgery might not be going as swimmingly as the optimistic overtones on display back in February. Initial reports indicated the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker could be ready by training camp. Our own... more

Landon Collins thought he was a surefire first-round pick. Then a few weeks before selection day, the notion that the defender was a "box safety" with little range began to spread, widely. Collins believes that not only did that cause him to fall into... more

NFL owners approved the Competition Committee's proposal on extra points for the 2015 season. The NFL announced the extra point will now be kicked from the 15-yard line with two-point conversions remaining at the 2-yard line. The new rule also gives the... more

The Oakland Raiders began OTAs Tuesday without their starting quarterback. Derek Carr did not participate in practice due to an unspecified injury. "Time missed in May is better than time missed in September," coach Jack Del Rio said Tuesday, via... more

EJ Manuel's future in Buffalo appears up in the air †as the Bills' offseason quarterback competition begins to ramp up. Manuel has been the subject of rumors that he won't make the team's roster if he doesn't show progress. Offensive coordinator Greg... more

Alfred Morris is the Washington Redskins' starting running back. No one disputes that fact. Rookie Matt Jones, however, plans to push the incumbent. "We will compete," Jones said during rookie minicamp over the weekend, via the Washington Times . "I... more

Garrett Grayson said he was like a "deer in headlights " when meeting Drew Brees. The New Orleans Saints' Pro Bowl quarterback in return has been "impressed" with the rookie signal-caller. "It's always a process for a young quarterback coming into an... more

The health of Jadeveon Clowney weighs heavily on the minds of most Houston Texans fanatics. One young fan in particular is persistent in his goal to get daily updates on the second-year player. This 10-year-old inquisitor named Michael happens to be the... more

The Dallas Cowboys took heat locally and nationally when they signed defensive end Greg Hardy, who is currently appealing a 10-game suspension for domestic violence issues. The pass-rusher told WFAA-TV he is motivated to reward owner Jerry Jones for... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have navigated their way to the playoffs for four consecutive seasons, and for four consecutive seasons, Marvin Lewis' team has exited the first weekend. The sense of urgency in the Queen City is becoming palpable. "It's now... more

Odell Beckham Jr. sits as the brightest young star in America's most popular sport and the current cover boy of Madden 16 is using his platform to establish his belief that NFL players deserve a pay bump. "I think that we should make more money,... more

Dominique Easley's return from a season-ending knee injury will be one of the many subplots to the New England Patriots' offseason. As Bill Belichick goes into full-fledged remodel mode on defense, Easley will be one of the cogs in a defensive tackle... more

During the New Orleans Saints' rookie minicamp over the weekend, coach Sean Payton gushed about offensive lineman Andrus Peat, envisioning the first-year player eventually taking over at right tackle . The question is whether that vision will come to... more

Jason Witten knows firsthand the ramifications of domestic violence . The Dallas Cowboys tight end has dedicated himself to helping families affected by domestic violence and counseling against it with his SCORE Foundation . Witten's personal experience... more

It's a new week in May, which means the New England Patriots cut another cornerback. The Patriots announced Monday they released Chimdi Chekwa. Exactly a week ago the Patriots released cornerback Kyle Arrington. The previous week they released... more

Robert Kraft believes Tom Brady is innocent of any wrongdoing in the Deflategate scandal. Nevertheless, the New England Patriots' owner faces the possibility of opening up the season with second-year signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo for up to four games,... more

Following the release of the Ted Wells Report, Robert Kraft released a statement disputing the findings of the 243-page document. Now, after the NFL handed down a stiff penalty last week, the New England Patriots owner is talking and remains fervent in... more

When is a quarterback battle not really a competition? Six NFL squads conducted rookie minicamps over the weekend (49ers, Chargers, Chiefs, Redskins, Saints, Titans) with the most interesting battle pitting Tennessee Titans rookie Marcus Mariota versus... more

Orlando Scandrick is set to join Dallas Cowboys teammates for voluntary workouts for the first time this offseason. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Sunday that Scandrick will report to Valley Ranch on Monday, a sign of progress toward a new deal.... more

The future has been on the minds of many who wear a Dallas Cowboys jersey. With Tony Romo turning 35 last month, he's coming down the stretch on the back nine of his career and the Super Bowl aspirations are becoming urgent. That was the reason Romo... more

The so-called Deflategate scandal embroiling the New England Patriots has often been compared and contrasted with the New Orleans Saints' similarly suffixed Bountygate situation from 2012. Saints coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the entire 2012... more

While the outside world buzzes about the penalties handed down to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, the quarterback is going about his work. Despite the media firestorm, Brady hasn't missed a single voluntary workout since the Patriots began their... more

The New Orleans Saints might have drafted their eventual successor to Drew Brees when they snagged Garrett Grayson in the third round of the NFL draft earlier this month. First, however, the rookie will have to get past being star-struck by his... more

While enjoying an Atlanta Hawks playoff game from courtside seats rooting for his hometown NBA team last week, Bruce Irvin was quoted by a website as saying he wanted to play for the Falcons next year. As it does these days, Irvin's quotes made their... more

Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . ¬Ľ We aren't buying stock in the "Trent Richardson... more

Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . ¬Ľ Jeremy Maclin will provide Alex Smith with a... more

Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . ¬Ľ Melvin Gordon will step in as an immediate starter... more

Broncos Chiefs Chargers Raiders Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here . ¬Ľ It's a new world for the Broncos' offense under Gary... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear the appeal of Tom Brady's four-game suspension, the league confirmed to NFL Media's Albert Breer on Thursday. The NFL Players Association's appeal of Brady's suspension was officially filed earlier Thursday and the... more

The good ol' days. Lately it seems like that is all Oakland Raiders fans have to hang their hats on. Raider Nation has witnessed 12 consecutive non-winning seasons, including four or fewer wins the past three seasons. During their heyday the inverse... more

When the Seattle Seahawks traded for tight end Jimmy Graham, it marked a bold move that imported a huge red-zone target who would help strengthen one of their biggest weaknesses. "He can be an offense completely amongst himself. His ability to be a big... more

Once again, Jerry Jones won't rule out the Dallas Cowboys signing another veteran running during the summer months, but he reaffirmed his belief in the current stable of backs. The Cowboys owner believes that the totality of the running game, despite... more

The Detroit Lions signed second-round running back Ameer Abdullah to his rookie contract Wednesday. The former Nebraska tailback is expected to battle for a share of the load in the Lions' backfield with starter Joique Bell and jitterbug Theo Riddick.... more

Rex Ryan loves him some Terminator. The Buffalo Bills announced they signed fullback John Conner, nicknamed The Terminator. Conner was Ryan's "hand-picked" fullback in 2010 while the coach was with the New York Jets. Ryan famously gushed over the... more

Now that we've passed May 12, there is a chance we could see more action on the veteran free agent market. As NFL director of communications Randall Liu pointed out Wednesday , any unrestricted free agent who did not receive a tender from an old club on... more

Dante Fowler Jr.'s season-ending ACL tear made big headlines over the weekend. Denver Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman suffered a similar injury with less attention. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, however, wishes he could have appropriated the injury from a... more

To many Arizona Cardinals players, coach Bruce Arians is known as the "cool uncle," thanks to his swag style and personality . To one player trying to make the roster this summer, though, Arians quite literally is an uncle. Free agent receiver Trevor... more

Victor Cruz hit the next phase in his rehab from a devastating patellar tendon tear suffered last season. The New York Giants receiver is now able to cut. "We got (to cutting)," Cruz said Tuesday night via NJ.com . "We started running some intermediate... more

As Dick LeBeau sets sail toward the season with a new team for the first time in a decade, the defensive guru hopes the Tennessee Titans shut down all quarterbacks in 2015 save one: Marcus Mariota. LeBeau understands that it's an entire team effort to... more

The Washington Redskins officially inked offensive tackle Brandon Scherff to his rookie contract on Tuesday. Scherff was a surprise pick by the Redskins early in the first round of the NFL Draft. Washington general manager Scot McCloughan made Scherff... more

The Houston Texans' quarterback battle will come under the microscope as the spring bleeds into summer and we press toward the start of the 2015 season. Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett will split first-team practice reps when OTAs begin later this month,... more

The annual offseason discussion about how Jay Cutler will improve this year took on an interesting label over the weekend. As Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase talked offensive philosophies with his new quarterback -- Cutler has ran through four... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' coaching staff continues to talk up Jameis Winston during the opening stages of offseason work. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter praised the rookie quarterback, citing Winston's recall and football intelligence during the... more

How the outside world views Tom Brady following the quarterback's four-game suspension doesn't change how teammates within the New England Patriots' locker room will view him. The first Patriot to publicly voice support for Brady was veteran safety... more

Over the course of his coaching career John Fox has utilized running back by committee approaches to success. Along with offensive coordinator Adam Gase, the past two years in Denver a dual-threat approach led to C.J. Anderson (179 carries) and Ronnie... more

D.J. Swearinger's time with the Houston Texans has expired. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the team informed the safety he'll no longer be a member of the Texans, according to a source informed of the situation. Several media... more

Less than a week after being reinstated by the NFL, tight end Fred Davis found a landing spot. Davis signed with the New England Patriots on Monday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for one year. Davis was... more

Blake Sims won't follow the road of some big-school college signal-callers and insist on being a quarterback and a quarterback only. After spending the weekend with the Green Bay Packers as a minicamp arm, the former Alabama starter will travel to... more

It's only May and the Jacksonville Jaguars took a big loss Friday when No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler suffered a season-ending ACL tear . Despite losing what could have been his top pass rusher on a team devoid of quarterback hurriers, Jags coach Gus... more

The man in charge of the New York Giants' defense is a familiar face. Steve Spagnuolo's return after his gallop around the NFL following his Super Bowl run with Big Blue from 2007 to 2008 has brought with it hope that the 29th-ranked defense can turn it... more

Rookie minicamps opened this weekend, putting players together on the field for the first time in the 2015 season. The principal events provided the latest example that an NFL player's job is unlike any us plebeians pursue. Regardless of how many... more

Terrelle Pryor earned another shot at an NFL quarterback gig. The Cincinnati Bengals announced Sunday they signed the signal-caller to a contract after his tryout during rookie mini-camp. Pryor will battle backups AJ McCarron and Josh Johnson for a... more

Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas represent a plurality in any ranking of the top receivers in the NFL. Each member of the quartet also carries a contract predicament. Jones and Green enter the final years of their rookie deals... more

Prior to the draft, Andrew Whitworth dared the Cincinnati Bengals to draft his replacement . Marvin Lewis followed by drafting offensive tackles in the first two rounds. The miffed veteran left tackle then griped about his contract situation and lack of... more

The New York Giants are poised to drop a whole heaping of expectations onto the shoulders of rookie safety Landon Collins. Big Blue traded up seven spots to swipe the safety atop the second round of the draft to fill a yawning hole in their secondary.... more

Andre Ellington wasn't threatened when the Arizona Cardinals selected running back David Johnson in the third round. On the contrary, Ellington was delighted to have aid in the backfield. "I don't see why not," Ellington said when asked if he would be... more

Perusing the Chicago Bears' roster, it seems clear that defensive coordinator Vic Fangio lacks clear options at outside linebacker in his 3-4 defense. Most holdovers from the last regime are natural 4-3 defensive ends now slotted at linebacker out of... more

The Oakland Raiders officially inked the wide receiver who could transform their pass-catching corps. As evidenced by the photo below, Amari Cooper signed his rookie contract on Thursday. The Oakland Raiders have signed WR Amari Cooper, the Raiders... more

The New York Jets inked three rookies on Thursday, with quarterback Bryce Petty as the headliner. We have signed LB Lorenzo Mauldin, QB Bryce Petty & DL Deon Simon- http://t.co/S8OUJtzTRc pic.twitter.com/RGgGzBodAe ‚?? New York Jets (@nyjets) May 7,... more

The offseason of retirements continues. Nine-year veteran Kamerion Wimbley announced Thursday that he will hang up his cleats for good. The 31-year-old outside linebacker spent the past three seasons with the Tennessee Titans after being drafted by... more

When Dwayne Harris got poached by the New York Giants for a head-scratching contract, it left a gaping hole in the Dallas Cowboys' return game. Discussing the topic during a conference call with season-ticket holders on Wednesday, executive vice... more

With a great young quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, the NFL's best running back in Adrian Peterson and a solid stable of pass-catchers in Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson, Kyle Rudolph, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright, the Minnesota Vikings' offense... more

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell insisted this offseason the Lions planned to run the ball better in 2015. The team's draft displayed that Caldwell wasn't bluffing. The Lions' used a first-round pick on guard Laken Tomlinson -- after trading for veteran... more

The prevailing assumption from the outside world is that Sam Bradford will be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback when the season opens. Mark Sanchez, however, isn't ready to concede the gig. The quarterback told CSN Philly he still... more

The Tampa Bay version of Lovie Smith is adamant that his offense runs fast. Last offseason, Smith made it clear that his year sabbatical allowed him to reform his view of how offenses are dictated. His handpicked coordinator Jeff Tedford would run the... more

Chip Kelly tried to move up to draft Marcus Mariota, but the price tag was too rich. After watching Nick Foles plateau last season, the Eagles swapped him for Sam Bradford before going after Mariota. Kelly acknowledged that with the importance of the... more

Receiver is known to be the position of divas in the NFL. From Keyshawn Johnson to Terrell Owens and the multitude who have come before and after. However, Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick Nelson Agholor rings a different tune. "I think I... more

The Dallas Cowboys famously didn't draft a running back in a deep 2015 NFL Draft at the position after losing DeMarco Murray. Instead the team will enter the NFL season with a depth chart of runners starting with Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, Lance... more

During the pre-draft process, many wondered how the skills of Marcus Mariota would translate from the spread offense he worked in at Oregon into a pro system. After selecting the†quarterback†with the No. 2 overall pick , the Tennessee Titans have been... more

The Dallas Cowboys officially declined to pick up the fifth-year option on cornerback Morris Claiborne's contract. Back in January owner Jerry Jones said he was open to exercising the fifth year of the deal, which would have paid the No. 6 overall... more

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, teams will now turn their attention to extension for veteran players, especially those entering the final year of their contracts. One of the biggest names to keep an eye on as we progress towards the season is... more

Jameis Winston's time as a multi-sport athlete will come to an end due to contractual decree. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wrote a clause into the No. 1 overall pick's contract prohibiting him from playing professional baseball during the duration of his... more

Charles Haley is the go-to example when discussing the Dallas Cowboys' propensity to give talented but troubled players a chance in the NFL. The Haley example was again conjured when the Cowboys selected Randy Gregory in the second round of this year's... more

Running backs returned to the first-round of the NFL draft this past weekend, but one former first-round tailback is getting some less-than thrilling news. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not pick up the fifth-year option for running back Doug Martin, per... more

Chip Kelly doesn't agree with Mark Sanchez's assessment of the Tim Tebow signing. After the Philadelphia Eagles added Tebow last month, Sanchez essentially called Tebow a camp arm the team needed while Sam Bradford healed from ACL surgery. During an... more

When Jerry Jones said the Dallas Cowboys didn't view running back as an urgent need during his pre-draft press conference, the owner wasn't tossing out a major smokescreen. Twenty-two running backs were selected in the three-day NFL Draft, zero by the... more

Jay Ajayi's slide finally came to a halt when the Miami Dolphins sccoped up the running back in the fifth round (No. 149) of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Boise State tailback tumbled down draft boards amidst concerns about knee issues. Ajayi had knee surgery... more

The Carolina Panthers sorely needed to add an offensive tackle and moved up to the top of the fourth round Saturday to secure a blocker. Carolina sent three picks to the Oakland Raiders to move up and select offensive tackle Daryl Williams from... more

The St. Louis Rams added a young signal-caller to their depth chart, nabbing Sean Mannion in the third round (No. 89) of the 2015 NFL Draft. A four-year starter at Oregon State, Mannion guided a pro-style offense, totaling 13,600 yards through the air... more

CHICAGO -- The New Orleans Saints might have identified Drew Brees' eventual successor. With the No. 75 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Saints selected Garrett Grayson. The 6-foot-2 Grayson started the past two seasons at Colorado State.... more

CHICAGO -- Buffalo's first pick of the draft had Rex Ryan's fingerprints all over it as the Bills selected athletic cornerback Ronald Darby with the No. 50 pick Friday night. The Florida State product has the kind of man-cover upside that Ryan loves to... more

With the first round of the NFL draft over and Adrian Peterson still in Minnesota, the running back's agent, Ben Dogra, is swiftly changing gears. After months of insisting that it was best for Peterson to be traded from the Vikings, Dogra told USA... more

CHICAGO -- If Shane Ray translates the passion and fire he displayed during his media sessions Thursday night onto the field, the Denver Broncos will be plenty happy with their first-round pick. For the second consecutive day in Chicago , Ray faced the... more

The Tennessee Titans snagged quarterback Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 overall pick Thursday and expect the rookie to start right out of the gate. Giving the gig to the first-year signal-caller sends Zach Mettenberger back to the bench after the Titans... more

The biggest curveball early in the first round of Thursday's NFL draft came when the St. Louis Rams selected Todd Gurley . The move has the potential to be a game-changer for the Rams' offense, which took a player many consider the best running back to... more

April

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears snagged another big-play receiver to pair with Alshon Jeffery when they tabbed Kevin White with the No. 7 pick in Thursday's first round. The hometown fans populating the draft in the Windy City gave rousing approval of the... more

Martellus Bennett is on the trading block, but that doesn't mean he's on his way out of Chicago. Bears coach John Fox was asked Thursday morning if he expects the tight end to be on the roster after the NFL draft. "Yeah," Fox responded, per the... more

The intrigue surrounding the top of the first round looms large as we creep toward Thursday night's NFL Draft, but there could also be some shuffling at the back end of Round 1. The Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3 are a wild card -- as general manager... more

Few discussions about Marcus Mariota end in complete agreement about the quarterbacks' future in the NFL. Those disagreements don't just happen on social media, internet comment sections or at a local beverage location, they are happening within team... more

The Washington Redskins sit at what could prove to be a pivot point of Thursday's first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Selecting No. 5 overall, new general manager Scot McCloughan could be a seller for a team looking to jump up to nab a player. NFL... more

Montee Ball's injury ravaged, disappointing 2014 season saw not one, but two other running backs blow by him on the depth chart. As the Denver Broncos enter offseason workouts, Ball sits behind and C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman -- intriguing Juwan... more

Chip Kelly called Fletcher Cox the Philadelphia Eagles'†MVP last season . Entering Thursday night's NFL Draft, that MVP defensive end could become a trade chip. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that Cox is one of three veteran players other teams have... more

CHICAGO -- Leonard Williams couldn't help smiling at the question from a reporter: Dante Fowler Jr. says he's the best defensive player in the draft, how about you? "I respect his confidence," Williams said Wednesday following a "Play 60" event in... more

CHICAGO -- Shane Ray didn't hide from the questions. Days after his citation for marijuana possession , the former Missouri defensive end stood tall in front of a cavalcade of reporters following a "Play 60" event as a lead-up to Thursday's NFL Draft.... more

As far as Darrelle Revis is concerned, he's like a fine wine: getting better with age. The cornerback returned to the New York Jets, for whom he starred for his first six professional seasons before spending a year in Tampa and swinging through New... more

Matt Forte wants everyone to know that his absence from this week's voluntary minicamp is not due to any perceived contract slight. The Chicago Bears running back enters the final year of a $30.4 million contract he signed in 2012. Forte skipped the... more

The Minnesota Vikings have no intention of trading Adrian Peterson . The Dallas Cowboys have no intention of trading for a veteran. Those facts won't stop the running back from dreaming about one day playing in Dallas. While attending the Dallas... more

Starting over isn't new for Jay Cutler. The 10th year pro has been through five offensive coordinators in his seven years with the Chicago Bears. "Is it five?" Cutler asked when reminded by reporters Tuesday, via the Chicago Tribune . "That can't be... more

Evaluating the needs of the Dallas Cowboys entering the NFL Draft -- two days away -- running back sticks out as a seemingly obvious desire for a team that lost its load-carrier, DeMarco Murray. However, owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday it's not a... more

The 2014 NFL Draft produced one of the most dynamic wide receivers classes in league history. It was a class that might rival the best ever. As college Chris Wesseling broke down, last year's talented gang went more than 15 deep . Carolina Panthers... more

Cordarrelle Patterson didn't make a leap in his second season. Instead he crashed to earth in a disappointing 2014 that saw him lose his starting gig. The 24-year-old receiver understands he's embarking on a pivotal season with the Minnesota Vikings.... more

Fans love the NFL draft. The intrigue and the promise of hope are the reason it's been built into a spectacle with a buildup that stretches for three months. While rookies enjoy their day in the sunshine, in the background sits another aspect of the... more

It's not just the outside world that believes Adrian Peterson will remain in Minnesota . Players within the Vikings' locker room trust the running back will be wearing purple in 2015. "We expect Adrian to be here," Teddy Bridgewater said Monday, per... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Friday he is finishing up the paperwork to pick up the fifth-year option on offensive tackle Riley Reiff. The No. 23 overall pick in 2012 started 31 games over the past two season. The fifth-year option... more

Stephen Tulloch's 2014 season ended in one embarrassing celebration. The Detroit Lions linebacker blew out his knee celebrating a Week 3 sack of Aaron Rodgers by mimicking the quarterback's "Discount Double Check" celebration . The 30-year-old middle... more

John Brown burst onto the scene with fire during his rookie campaign. The Arizona Cardinals' speedster posted 48 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns, with several of those scores being of the big-play variety. However, his production waned late... more

During his first week working out with the Oakland Raiders, Michael Crabtree admitted Thursday it "feels a little funny" to be playing for the team across The Bay. The former San Francisco 49ers receiver is appreciative of the chance to show that his... more

The Denver Broncos slapped Demaryius Thomas with the franchise tag. The receiver has yet to sign the tag and wants a new deal consummate with his production as one of the top receivers in the NFL. Like other players tabbed with the tag -- Dez Bryant,... more

Victor Cruz continues to rehab from a devastating patellar tendon tear suffered six months ago. New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese was cautious Thursday when discussing the receiver, but said Cruz is tentatively on schedule to return by Week 1.... more

Philadelphia Eagles new vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz became the first of the team's brass to discuss the Tim Tebow signing, when he spoke to the media on Thursday. Marynowitz said that after working out the quarterback this offseason... more

Eric Weddle skipped the start of the San Diego Chargers' offseason workouts, saying he felt "highly disrespected " by the organization and its refusal to address his contract. On Wednesday, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco called Weddle a "major... more

Larry Fitzgerald hasn't put up a 1,000-yard year since 2011 and his last 90-catch campaign came five seasons ago. His dip in production to 63 catches for 784 yards in 2014 led some to question whether the 31-year-old wideout has many years left.... more

The San Diego Chargers continue to remain staunch in their stance that Philip Rivers will remain their quarterback. "There really is no update," general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday. "It's the same thing I've said for the last four months,... more

One version of the Super Bowl "curse" involves how difficult it becomes for teams to repeat as champions -- often referred to as the Super Bowl hangover. The last team to cure that hangover happens to be the one stepping to the plate: The New England... more

Orlando Scandrick is currently skipping the beginning of the Dallas Cowboys workouts. While these workouts are voluntary, Scandrick's absence is related to his contract situation, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week . The corner is... more

The new Oakland Raiders coaching staff disagrees with the old coaching staff on which position best suits Taiwan Jones. The team's official website noted on Tuesday that the 26-year-old will move back to running back. Jones was drafted as a running... more

The dot connecting between the Dallas Cowboys and a trade for Adrian Peterson has always made sense from a theoretical standpoint. However, that's just what it's been, dot connecting. The Cowboys have a hole at running back with DeMarco Murray's... more

John Elway played his entire professional career with the Denver Broncos, then moved to the front office. As such he has never experienced competing against a former team in the NFL. But the Broncos executive vice president told the team's official... more

The New England Patriots lost the starting cornerback duo of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this offseason. Devin McCourty, who did re-sign, knows that replacing them will be difficult right out of the gate. "I'd be lying if I came out here and told... more

For the second straight season we have a full slate of Thursday Night Football games shown on NFL Network, with eight on CBS. This year we couple those fourteen contests with two Saturday games in Week 15 and 16, exclusively on NFLN. Once again... more

T.Y. Hilton understands the lineage of Indianapolis Colts receivers and accepts that with Reggie Wayne gone , the torch of leader and teacher falls to him. "Absolutely, I don't really have a choice," Hilton told the team's official website Monday. "I'm... more

Before Nate Solder helped the New England Patriots hoist another Lombardi Trophy, before he rumbled for a playoff touchdown , before he started a game or even partook in workouts in 2014, he took a physical. Luckily for Solder, that physical in April... more

Part of the problem with the Detroit Lions' offense last year came down to the struggles and injuries of the offensive line. Entering the 2015 season, guard Larry Warford believes things will be different. "We have to be more aggressive," Warford said... more

DeAndre Hopkins has zero interest in getting into any discussion about former Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson. Hopkins twice replied "no comment" to overtures about Johnson's absence as the team opened up offseason workouts Monday. Hopkins made it... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have 11 days until Commissioner Roger Goodell announces they are on the clock to commence the 2015 NFL Draft. Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Monday if his team was forced to make a decision today, they know whom they'd... more

Johnny Manziel is back at the Cleveland Browns' facility. As expected, the quarterback is present for the Browns voluntary conditioning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a team source. On Friday, Manziel released a statement... more

Coming off his first All-Pro season, Antonio Brown is easily one of the top receivers in the entire NFL. The Steelers wideout now wants to be compensated as such. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Brown won't report to voluntary... more

Voluntary workouts for 25 NFL teams began Monday . The key word in the above sentence is†voluntary . As such, many NFL players will decide to skip the offseason workouts at team facilities -- which are restricted to strength and condition and physical... more

San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone has flipped his narrative regarding Jim Harbaugh. Boone vehemently attacked all those who attacked his former coach during the season. More recently the guard told Andrea Kremer, in an interview that will air... more

Tom Brady is eager to get his 16th NFL season underway. The New England Patriots quarterback was reportedly the first player through the team's doors this morning when offseason workouts officially began. Monday marks the beginning of a road for 25 NFL... more

The positivity pouring from Tennessee about Zach Mettenberger's potential continues to flow. The latest comes from Titans veteran tight end Delanie Walker, who praised the young signal-caller for organizing practice sessions and believes the team's... more

Tim Tebow's workout with the Philadelphia Eagles last month will lead to another chance for the quarterback. The Eagles officially announced †Tebow will join a quarterback room that includes Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne.... more

Five-time Pro Bowl and 2009 All-Pro safety Adrian Wilson is expected to hang up his football cleats. The Arizona Cardinals announced on Sunday they will hold a press conference on Monday involving president Michael Bidwill, general manager Steve Keim... more

Denver Broncos receiver Cody Latimer spent most of his rookie season on the sidelines. The 6-foot-2 wideout caught just two passes for 23 yards on 37 offensive snaps. Latimer admitted he struggled keeping up with Peyton Manning's pace of play. "It... more

Offseason workouts for many teams are set to begin on Monday. Don't expect Adrian Peterson to take part in the Minnesota Vikings' activities. When Peterson was reinstated from the Commissioner's exempt list on Thursday , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue is coming off a solid rookie campaign in which he earned 528 yards on 169 carries and three starts in place of an injured Arian Foster. The 23-year-old running back is amping up his offseason workouts thanks to... more

Danny Woodhead suffered a gruesome season-ending injury to his fibula and right ankle in Week 3 last year that required surgery. The San Diego Chargers running back told the team's site he's healthy and ready for offseason workouts to start Monday. "I... more

Denard Robinson currently sits atop the Jacksonville Jaguars' running back depth chart. While the shifty back seems like an obvious candidate to get his gig swiped by an incoming rookie , Robinson doesn't see it that way. "I think I should be a No. 1... more

A year ago at this time, Jimmy Garoppolo became one of several draft-darling quarterbacks, with many prognosticators touting the relative unknown as an early-round pick after his time at Eastern Illinois. The Patriots swiped Garoppolo in the second... more

Never underestimate the pride of a professional athlete. Never. Our latest example of this mantra comes to us via Tony Romo. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback is a well-known fan of golf. As far as NFL players go, he's one of the better golfers around.... more

For his career, six-year pro Andrew Quarless has a total of 85 receptions for 909 yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers are essentially what tight end Martellus Bennett compiled in 2014. In 11 starts for the Green Bay Packers last year, Quarless... more

Prior to the 2014 season, the world looked at the San Diego Chargers' tight end group and declared that an aging Antonio Gates would give way to a younger, athletic Ladarius Green. Per usual, the world was wrong. Instead of stepping aside, Gates... more

Paul Posluszny was on pace to be the Jacksonville Jaguars' leading tackler for the fourth consecutive season before the middle linebacker suffered a season-ending pectoral muscle injury after just seven games in 2014. Ahead of next week's start of... more

DeMarcus Ware is coming off a 10-sack season in 2014. However, just three of those sacks came after Week 8 and the Denver Broncos' pass rush was utterly punchless in their playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.† The pass rusher admitted he fell off --... more

Even as we stretch into mid-April, it's obvious that it will take more than a couple of months of offseason training for Green Bay Packers players to get over their monumental collapse to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. Speaking... more

Two days after the Detroit Lions contested the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offer sheet for restricted free agent George Johnson, the two sides agreed to a trade. The Lions announced Wednesday that the team shipped Johnson and a seventh-round pick (No. 231... more

It didn't take long for Rex Ryan to fire back at Jace Amaro. The New York Jets tight end, who played under Ryan as a rookie, said a little more than a week ago that Gang Green wasn't held "accountable" and had several instances of tardiness †last... more

The Greg Jennings tour presses on.† The veteran wide receiver plans to visit with the the New Orleans Saints, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source informed of Jennings' plans. The Saints are in the market to add pieces to... more

Jamaal Charles is coming off his third consecutive Pro Bowl season, compiling 1,033 rushing yards and another 5.0 yards per carry year. The Kansas City Chiefs running back missed just one game in 2014, but the 28-year-old Charles called it the most... more

The majority of the American conscious will remember the Indianapolis Colts' 24-13 playoff victory over the Denver Broncos as a game in which an injured Peyton Manning looked as mortal as ever and spawned debate and discussion about the quarterback's... more

Mike Pouncey was emotional during a press conference Monday announcing his†five-year contract extension with the Miami Dolphins, choking up multiple times when discussing past mistakes and promising a brighter future. "I always had faith that I'd be a... more

The top of the Baltimore Ravens' current wide receivers depth chart includes Steve Smith Sr., Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken. With Torrey Smith leaving for San Francisco, it would seem the Ravens are in the market for a receiver early... more

The KUUUUUUUUUUHN calls aren't done in Green Bay just yet. Fullback John Kuhn re-signed with the Packers on a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum $870,000, agent Kevin Gold told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday. Kuhn will turn 33 in... more

Sean Richardson is staying in Green Bay. The Packers matched the offer sheet the restricted free agent safety signed with the Oakland Raiders, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a source. The contract is a one-year, $2.55 million... more

"You come at the king, you best not miss." The lesson verbalized by character Omar Little in the HBO series The Wire has been translated and heeded by AFC East foes in 2015. New England's reign over the division has been complete and ironfisted for... more

The San Francisco 49ers' defense has seen as much high-profile turnover this offseason as any NFL team. The stunning retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland continue to cause startled reaction from teammates "It was definitely a surprise,"... more

The Detroit Lions are searching for a running game. The team ranked 28th in rushing in 2014, earning just 88.9 yards per game. They then cut Reggie Bush in the offseason, just a year removed from a 1,006-yard rushing and 506-yard receiving season.... more

The Green Bay Packers gutted their ineffectual inside linebackers corps this offseason, first cutting Brad Jones, then long-time stalwart A.J. Hawk. The moves leave Sam Barrington atop the depth chart as he enters his third season. The 24-year-old... more

In December 2010, the Metrodome -- the former home of the Minnesota Vikings -- collapsed for the fifth time. You remember, right? If not, here is one of the greatest pieces of stadium video in the history of stadiums or video: Not to fear, patrons... more

Kendall Hunter didn't even make it out of the second day of training camp in 2014 after suffering a torn ACL that cost him the entire year. Yet, when quarterback Colin Kaepernick assessed the San Francisco 49ers' running back committee after the... more

Five months after an ACL tear wrecked a certain Pro Bowl season, Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Branden Albert is on his feet and in a boxing ring working his way back into shape. Video proof from the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley : Albert said he has... more

New Cleveland Browns tight end Rob Housler would rather you not judge him on last season's output. With the Arizona Cardinals in 2014 he compiled just nine receptions on 18 targets for 129 yards in 15 games, including seven starts. That followed a 2013... more

The NFL suspended New York Giants linebacker Victor Butler for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. A fourth-round pick by the... more

The New Orleans Saints have added veteran linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer. The†31-year-old veteran†signed a one-year contract, the team announced Friday . The eight-year pro had played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. Spencer had... more

Troy Polamalu was a central character in the Pittsburgh Steelers' second Super Bowl run, winning Lombardi Trophies in the 2005 and 2008 seasons, to go along with four from the immortal 1970's squads. With Polamalu's retirement on Thursday, it's... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Friday morning what the world found out late Thursday night : safety Troy Polamalu is retiring from the NFL. "Since we drafted him in 2003, Troy Polamalu has been an outstanding player and person," said Steelers... more

In just two NFL seasons, Buffalo Bills receiver Robert Woods has already played with four different quarterbacks. With the additions of Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, QB No. 5 could come as soon as the start of the 2015 season. Woods told WGR-AM on... more

The market for Hakeem Nicks hasn't exactly been scorching this offseason after the 27-year-old receiver snagged 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns in one season with the Indianapolis Colts. After beginning his career with the New York Giants... more

Le'Veon Bell is staring at the possibility of missing the first three games of the 2015 NFL season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is facing a three-game suspension and a fine of an additional... more

If there is any question about the Denver Broncos' faith in Peyton Manning to come back fully healthy from his thigh injury, no one in the team's organization sounds concerned. The latest to express his faith in Manning was star pass rusher Von Miller,... more

Colin Kaepernick continues to be the lightning rod during an offseason of uncertainty for the San Francisco 49ers. From the quarterback trying to improve his pocket presence by working with Kurt Warner , to questions about how the offense will or will... more

The Miami Dolphins visited with the one they let get away. Wes Welker met with the Dolphins on Wednesday, his first known visit of the offseason, the team announced. However, he left Miami without a deal, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.† The... more

The updates on Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma continue to provide an upbeat message. The latest note comes from Berry's brother, Evan, a sophomore defensive back for the Tennessee Volunteers. "He's doing... more

The "Rob Housler Watch " continues. Hopefully it's not keeping you up at night in anticipation of the tight end's landing spot. Up next on the 27-year-old pass-catcher's itinerary is a trip to Cleveland to meet with the Browns on Wednesday, NFL Media... more

The relationship between Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III appears to be one built on rocky terrain. In an interview Tuesday, RGIII said in reality the two have a singular goal. "We both want to win," Griffin said,... more

After sitting out all of 2014, Josh Freeman is back in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. The quarterback's comeback inspiration: Kurt Warner. "I haven't found anybody with the same exact situation, but I'll tell you, last week I was out in Arizona... more

For the first time in his NFL career, Darren McFadden will wear a different logo. After seven seasons in Oakland, the running back told NFL Network's NFL AM on Friday that he's ready to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's better... more

Given that Drew Brees' first social media interaction following the Jimmy Graham trade was a picture of his son wearing the tight end's jersey, it's not surprising his first public comments on the topic were of surprise. "I think it shocked all of us,"... more

With owner Stan Kroenke planning to build a football stadium in California, speculation that the St. Louis Rams will once again become the Los Angeles Rams isn't going away anytime soon. Rams coach Jeff Fisher has heard all the rumors and prefers to try... more

The Chicago Bears are swapping centers. The team released long-time center Roberto Garza and signed Will Montgomery to a one-year contract, the Bears announced Thursday. Garza, 36, spent the past 10 seasons of his 14-year pro career with the Bears,... more

We've reached the "Rob Housler Watch" portion of free agency. Get excited, people! The former Arizona Cardinals tight end is visiting with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source informed of Housler's... more

When seasons fall apart in the most depressive, devastating fashion, some coaches shred the film, believing that reliving the experience isn't worth the cost of possibly being captured forever in that moment of despair. Not Mike McCarthy and the Green... more

The Detroit Lions made zero free agent splashes this offseason. The plan to improve the offense in coordinator Joe Lombardi's second season lies in part in the improvement of 2014 first-round pick Eric Ebron. After his disappointing first season,... more

The San Francisco 49ers are leaving no stone unturned to replenish their linebacking corps. Philip Wheeler was in the Bay Area Monday to meet with the Niners, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. The Miami Dolphins cut the... more

Robert Mathis is still not yet to the running portion of his rehab from an Achilles tear. Even though he's not to that important stage of the process, the Indianapolis Colts pass-rusher told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday night that he plans to be ready... more

Chip Kelly blew away the outside world when he traded running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. However, safety Malcolm Jenkins told NFL Network's NFL AM on Wednesday that it didn't shock most players inside the... more

The Dallas Cowboys hung on to one of their best defenders from 2014. Rolando McClain and the Cowboys have reached a one-year contract worth $3 million in base salary and another $1 million in playtime incentives, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported... more

The Detroit Lions lost one of the best defensive players in the NFL when Ndamukong Suh defected to Miami. Yet, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin expects no drop off from the No. 2 overall defense. "We plan to be better this year," Austin told... more

That Tony Romo wanted DeMarco Murray back in Dallas is not a new revelation . How far would he have gone to keep his running back wearing a star? "DeMarco ended up asking me, he was like 'Why don't you take a pay cut,' " Romo told KRLD-FM, via the... more

March

The Indianapolis Colts continue to stockpile weapons for their receiving corps. The team announced Tuesday it signed wide receiver Vincent Brown. The pass-catcher appeared in seven games in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders and caught 12 passes for 118... more

The news was straightforward: The Jacksonville Jaguars waived fullback Bradie Ewing. Your two responses to this report are likely: 1) Who is Bradie Ewing? and/or 2) Why are you telling me this low-level information? (Hopefully asked with at least a... more

Mike Tannenbaum has been so busy since joining the Dolphins he can joke about not knowing what the weather is like in Miami. "When I started, free agency was right around the corner, so it hasn't exactly been quiet," Tannenbaum told the Boston Globe's... more

Stevan Ridley will make his first free-agent visit in South Beach. The former New England Patriots running back will meet with the Miami Dolphins, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, according to a source informed of the player's plans.... more

During his 2013 campaign, Tyrann Mathieu thrust his name into the discussion for Defensive Rookie of the Year. After shredding his knee to end that season, the Honey Badger didn't have the 2014 he'd planned and admitted he was never fully healthy. "It's... more

Chip Kelly is adding another wideout to his receiving corps. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the wide receiver has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million in base salary with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source... more

The Seattle Seahawks continue to search for a replacement for center Max Unger. Chris Myers will visit Seattle on Monday,†NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Myers is a two-time Pro Bowl center who spent the past seven seasons with the Houston... more

The Atlanta Falcons have been punished for pumping in crowd noise to their stadium. The NFL fined the Falcons $350,000 and the franchise will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, the league announced Monday. President Rich McKay... more

Hakeem Nicks is finally getting a look-see on the open market. The receiver told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Monday that he is visiting the San Francisco 49ers. Nicks, who checked in at No. 76 on our Top 101 free agents list when the month started,... more

Jadeveon Clowney continues his arduous recovery from knee surgery. The Houston Texans pass-rusher told reporters on Saturday that he is "very encouraged " by the rehab process†and he hasn't had any setbacks. "Man, I'm just having fun. I'm just glad to... more

The San Francisco 49ers continue the search to replenish their depleted linebacking corps. Veteran Lance Briggs has a visit scheduled with the Niners on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday.† The 34-year-old spent his first 12... more

During the NFL Annual Meeting this week teams authorized the league to research the use of fixed cameras and stadium video in replay systems -- an addition Bill Belichick stomped hard for. That study will begin posthaste. NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

Tom Brady attempted to send every Patriots fan into cardiac arrest Saturday morning. The quarterback posted a 41-second video on his Facebook page in which he dove feet-first off a rock cliff into the water, well below. Patriots fans proceeded to lose... more

One of the most intriguing offseason battles to watch this summer will take place in the Denver Broncos' backfield, which is stocked with young runners C.J. Anderson, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. "Who's going to be the bell cow, who's going to play... more

One focus former-MVP quarterback Kurt Warner and his group of signal-callers has attempted to instill in flame-throwing Colin Kaepernick during offseason workouts is better use of touch on passes. The current NFL Media analyst stumbled upon a perfect... more

The Indianapolis Colts are not expected to work out a contract extension with coach Chuck Pagano prior to the start of the 2015 season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday . On Friday, Pagano released a statement that suggests he's... more

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower's status is in question for the start of the 2015 season. Hightower is expected to be sidelined six to seven months following offseason surgery on his right shoulder, the Boston Herald reported.† NFL Media Insider... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hanging on to Darrius Heyward-Bey. The team announced Thursday it signed the wideout to a one-year contract. Heyward-Bey spent last season with the Steelers, starting one game and catching just three passes for 33 yards on... more

No franchise wants to head into the NFL draft with its team needs laid bare for all to see. When the Philadelphia Eagles signed Ryan Mathews in free agency, many draft analysts turned back to the San Diego Chargers and declared them a likely landing... more

A day after Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan wouldn't rule out drafting a quarterback with the No. 5 overall pick, coach Jay Gruden reiterated there would be no hesitation to snag a signal-caller if there was consensus in the draft... more

We might have identified the man who will be the Detroit Lions' proverbial offseason hype bunny: Eric Ebron. As Around The NFL partially covered in Wednesday's version of What We Learned at the NFL Annual Meeting , coach Jim Caldwell said he sees big... more

Tom Coughlin defended the New York Giants giving special teams ace Dwayne Harris a head-turning $7 million guaranteed contract on Wednesday. The coach pointed not only to Harris' unique ability to both return kicks and play gunner on special teams, but... more

The Chicago Bears are all in on Jay Cutler. They have no other choice. In the days leading up to the deadline for $10 million of the quarterback's 2016 money becoming guaranteed, the Bears' brass met with Cutler sans the player's agent . NFL Media... more

When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back DeAngelo Williams, it was viewed mostly as a depth signing of a low-priced veteran. After watching the running game wither without Le'Veon Bell in the playoffs last season, Williams' addition might be... more

While the NFL continues to waltz with Los Angeles as a franchise destination, it appears that Toronto hasn't been completely crossed off the list of potential landing spots in the future. With new Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula keeping the team in... more

The Dallas Cowboys placed the franchise tag on receiver Dez Bryant to ensure he wouldn't hit the open market while a long-term deal could be worked out. Jerry Jones doesn't sound in a hurry to get that multi-year deal done. "It's not imperative for him... more

Eric Berry's battle with Hodgkin lymphoma is going well, according to Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey. "Well, anybody who knows Eric Berry knows that if there's a challenge presented to him, he will attack it with a vengeance," Dorsey... more

Ray McDonald will join defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in Chicago. The Bears have agreed to terms with the defensive end on a one-year contract, the team announced. From an on-field perspective, the re-union between McDonald and his former... more

The Chicago Bears continue to revamp their defense in coordinator Vic Fangio's mold. The Bears announced that they have signed defensive end Jarvis Jenkins to a one-year contract. Moving to Fangio's 3-4 defense, the Bears are in desperate need of... more

The Dallas Cowboys suffered a blow watching the NFL's leading rusher defect to their division rival this month. Making his first comments since DeMarco Murray signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett acknowledged that the... more

Martin Mayhew chose to spin watching one of the NFL's best defensive players -- and the heart of his team -- walk out the door in free agency as a good thing. The Detroit Lions' general manager told reporters Monday at the NFL Annual Meeting that he's... more

Sean Payton understands Drew Brees' pain in losing a target like Jimmy Graham. Speaking for the first time since the New Orleans Saints shipped the tight end to Seattle for center Max Unger and a first-round pick, Payton told NBC Sports on Monday he... more

Johnny Football should be back to the playing field soon. Johnny Manziel is expected to participate in the Cleveland Browns' workouts on April 20 after he completes more than two months of treatment, coach Mike Pettine confirmed Tuesday .†ESPN's Jeremy... more

The NFL has suspended the long-standing local blackout policy for the 2015 season, the league announced Monday. NFL clubs have approved suspension of local blackout policy for 2015 pre- and regular seasons. There were 0 BOs last reg-season. ‚?? Greg... more

With the Saints revamping seemingly their entire team this offseason, speculation ran rampant that New Orleans could trade quarterback Drew Brees and move into full rebuilding-mode. General manager Mickey Loomis emphatically shot down those rumors... more

A byproduct of Rex Ryan moving west but remaining in the AFC East is that he will still have to deal with Bill Belichick twice a year. Speaking with NFL Media's Judy Battista in a sit-down at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix -- which will air Monday on... more

The Miami Dolphins still don't know what to do with Dion Jordan. "That's one (decision) we're going to keep talking through," Dolphins vice president Mike Tannenbaum said at the NFL Annual Meeting of possibly moving Jordan permanently to linebacker, per... more

Ben Roethlisberger got his contract extension . Philip Rivers appears intent on playing out the last season of his deal. Eli Manning sits as the final pillar in the quarterback triumvirate of the 2004 NFL Draft. Like Rivers' situation, Manning's... more

Hard Knocks might be on the verge of delving deep into the Cleveland Browns' Factory of Sadness. The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci -- who previously worked for the Browns' official team website --†reported Sunday that Cleveland is the front-runner †to be... more

The Denver Broncos lost a cavalcade of starters in free agency. The list of key losses includes tight end Julius Thomas, defensive lineman Terrance Knighton, guard Orlando Franklin, safety Rahim Moore, linebacker Nate Irving, receiver Wes Welker,... more

Marvin Lewis enters his 13th season running the Cincinnati Bengals as the second-longest tenured coach in the NFL. He'll also enter 2015 without a new contract extension. In an interview from the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix on Sunday, owner Mike Brown... more

The Miami Dolphins will bring back safety Louis Delmas, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday, per a team source. Delmas' agent later announced the signing on Twitter. Delmas, who turns 28 in April, played last season in South Beach on a one-year... more

The Indianapolis Colts will add run-stuffing depth to their linebacker corps. The team announced Friday it agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos inside linebacker Nate Irving. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Irving will sign a three-year... more

Travis Kelce became a revelation in 2014 and a cult figure for many Kansas City Chiefs fans. The tight end -- referred to by admirers as "Zeus" for his Greek-god-like physique and ability -- snagged 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdown catches,... more

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman continues to state †that he wants Adrian Peterson back in 2015. But let's say, for the sake of argument, that a team blows him out of the water with a trade offer. Where will the Vikes turn then in the... more

For the most part, the New York Giants have been bystanders during the first week and a half of free agency. This was by design. To hear John Mara, Big Blue's co-owner, tell it, the team peeked at what it would cost to bring in new talent and determined... more

The tangled webs in the Adrian Peterson saga continue to be woven. Tuesday night we were told that the Minnesota Vikings wouldn't release Peterson . On Wednesday we had Larry Fitzgerald calling it a potential "game-changer" if the Cardinals could trade... more

It's tight end Thursday for the Atlanta Falcons as they continue the search for Tony Gonzalez's replacement. The Falcons announced they have signed a pair of veteran tight ends: Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki. Tamme, 30, had 86 receptions over a... more

Now that we've ventured past the immediate deluge of free agent signings, the second phase will become more deliberate. Veterans can check out the facilities, meet coaches and take physicals as they work toward new contracts. Many players will visit... more

It has been a good week for Devon Still and his family. The defensive tackle re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, his agent announced on Thursday. Congrats to Devon Still on signing his contract with the Bengals. It has truly been a special week for... more

While the Pittsburgh Steelers added DeAngelo Williams this offseason as a backup to Le'Veon Bell , offensive coordinator Todd Haley would also like to get running back Dri Archer more involved in the offense. "The important thing is that we do have a... more

The New Orleans Saints pacified an unhappy Keenan Lewis by re-working the corner's contract. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Lewis had his deal re-done to add more guaranteed money. The move also gave the Saints a bit more... more

Joe Banner, a Philadelphia Eagles executive from 1995 to 2012, sits and watches from afar as Chip Kelly essentially dismantles the team he in part helped build for years. Many fans in Philly are beside themselves about the Eagles' moves to jettison... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' offense exploded last season once rookie Martavis Bryant entered the lineup in Week 7. The 6-foot-4 rookie receiver brought a size/speed element to Ben Roethlisberger's offense that perfectly complemented superstar Antonio... more

The Baltimore Ravens announced they have released Bernard Pierce after the running back was arrested early Wednesday morning on a DUI charge. Pierce's 2014 Ford Mustang was stopped just before 2 a.m. for speeding at Dulaney Valley Road and I-695 in... more

Kenrick Ellis is switching locker rooms at MetLife Stadium. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the former New York Jets defensive lineman will sign a one-year contract with the Giants. NFL Media's Albert Breer adds the deal is worth $1.65... more

The New England Patriots have replaced Darrelle Revis with Bradley Fletcher. The cornerback will sign with the Pats on a one-year deal after visiting the team on Tuesday his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. ESPN first... more

The New York Jets added a super trio of cornerbacks this offseason in Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine, thrusting the future of former first-round pick Dee Milliner into question. After beginning last season atop Gang Green's depth... more

Greg Hardy could be on the verge of signing with the Dallas Cowboys.† The defensive end visited Valley Ranch on Tuesday, the team's official website reported . The Cowboys used Tuesday to get to know Hardy, and the defensive end spent the night in... more

The Washington Redskins will keep their quarterback triumvirate in place for at least one more go-around. The team is re-singing free agent signal-caller Colt McCoy to an one-year contract, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

Stevie Johnson will remain on the West Coast. The wide receiver will move south after agreeing to a deal with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Chargers will pay Johnson $10.5 million... more

Outside of some Saints fans and a few footballheads, defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker was a relatively unknown commodity among laymen when free agency started a week ago. Walker had amassed just 306 snaps and 19 tackles in 2014 and had just nine total... more

Andre Johnson won't just be catching passes from Andrew Luck, he'll be mentoring the quarterback's young risers. At 33 years old, the new Indianapolis Colts receiver has nearly a decade on the team's stable of young studs, T.Y. Hilton (25 years old),... more

In an unsurprising move the Oakland Raiders announced they have released quarterback Matt Schaub. The Raiders traded a sixth-round pick for Schaub last offseason, but the 33-year-old lost the starting job to Derek Carr before the season even started.... more

The Cleveland Browns upgraded their defense in the second phase of free agency. Mike Pettine's squad added veteran defensive lineman Randy Starks and cornerback Tramon Williams on Monday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it's a... more

The Carolina Panthers added more youth to the secondary on Monday, announcing they signed safety Kurt Coleman to a two-year contract. The 26-year-old spent four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Kansas City Chiefs last season. In... more

Reggie Bush is headed back to the West Coast. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday the running back reached an agreement with the San Francisco 49ers.†ESPN first reported †the deal. The best is yet to come #49ers ‚?? Reggie Bush... more

Another safety is off the free-agent market. Ron Parker will sign a contract to remain with the Chiefs, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source informed of the situation. The deal is for five years and can max out at $30 million. The Kansas... more

Despite two disappointing seasons to start his career, Geno Smith seems to have the support of new Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall. "He has a drive and a passion that a lot of people don't see," Marshall told reporters Friday, per the New York Daily... more

After 12 seasons with the Houston Texans, Andre Johnson will practice in a new city and pull on a different jersey on game day for the first time in his NFL career. Following his signing with the Indianapolis Colts this week, the seven-time Pro Bowl... more

With the Saints' roster re-tooling shifting focus from the aerial attack to the ground game, newly added running back C.J. Spiller said he would have been a "fool" not to consider hooking up with Sean Payton.† "I've been following this offense very... more

The St. Louis Rams will hang on to free-agent receiver Kenny Britt. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the receiver is staying with the Rams on a two-year, $9.125 million deal worth up to $14 million, per a source informed of the... more

The New Orleans Saints continue to churn their roster. Earlier this week NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Saints were open to trading nearly anyone on their roster. He wasn't kidding. Following the Jimmy Graham blockbuster with the... more

The Dallas Cowboys have added a veteran running back in the wake of losing DeMarco Murray. Jerry Jones' squad agreed to a two-year deal with Darren McFadden on Friday worth up to $5.85 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. ("Up to"... more

Jordan Cameron spurned the Cleveland Browns for the Miami Dolphins †on Thursday evening. The tight end then told the Dolphins' official team website that the chance to play with Ryan Tannehill played a role in swaying him to South Beach. "He's young... more

Like most of the football world, Jimmy Graham was shocked he was traded from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday , just a year after inking the richest contract ever for a tight end. Speaking with reporters on a conference call Thursday the new Seahawk... more

The Tennessee Titans added firepower to their pass rush Friday morning. The team agreed to terms on deals with outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Morgan's deal earns him $30 million over four... more

When discussing the blockbuster trade of Jimmy Graham this week, New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis cited a desire to upgrade the defense. One of the biggest needs on that defense resides at the corner position. With the market... more

Justin Forsett got his wish. The running back will remain in Baltimore. The Ravens announced Thursday that Forsett agreed to a three-year deal to remain the team's lead back. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports the deal is worth about $9 million. The... more

The Patriots re-did receiver Danny Amendola's contract to lower his salary cap hit and keep him in New England. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the 29-year-old was given a new three-year contract worth $12.75 million that can max out at $15... more

Lovie Smith continues to collect his former Bears players. The Buccaneers have finalized a deal to bring in defensive tackle Henry Melton on a one-year deal that can be worth $5 million. The base is $3.75 million, with $1.25 million coming in... more

Shane Vereen traded his Patriots jersey for a Giants one, Boston for New York and owner Robert Kraft for John Mara. As far as the running back is concerned the move was a "step up." "It's just a decision for my family," Vereen told the Giants' official... more

The New England Patriots are taking the money from losing out on Darrelle Revis and using it to upgrade their front seven. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the team signed versatile linebacker Jabaal Sheard to a two-year contract... more

General manager Ryan Pace announced publicly Wednesday what had become abundantly clear as free agency opened: Jay Cutler will be the Chicago Bears starting quarterback. "We went through the process of thoroughly evaluating the roster and we're moving... more

The worst-kept secret in South Beach became official on Wednesday. Ndamukong Suh is officially signing his contract with the Miami Dolphins, the team announced on Wednesday. The deal will make him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. NFL... more

Jeremy Maclin officially reunites with Andy Reid and returns to Missouri. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the 26-year-old's contract with the Kansas City Chiefs is for five years and $55 million dollars. The former University of Missouri... more

Cortland Finnegan has considered retirement in the past. Now he's making it official. The 31-year-old cornerback announced on Wednesday he will walk away from the NFL on Instagram in a perfectly Finneganian fashion: "Spent 9 years doing something I... more

One twist that played out on Tuesday's epic first day of free agency was Frank Gore getting cold feet over the weekend on a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles before agreeing to sign with the Indianapolis Colts . Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy... more

The New York Jets are dominating a corner of the market. A day after landing cornerback Darrelle Revis, Gang Green is poised to reunite the cornerback with running mate Antonio Cromartie. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Jets are the... more

The Miami Dolphins' payroll slashing rolls on. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the team will cut defensive tackle Randy Starks. The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero first reported the news of Starks' impending release. The move... more

Less than a year after a trade brought him to San Francisco, Stevie Johnson will be released. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Niners will release Johnson today pending wideout Torrey Smith passing his physical and signing his... more

For the third consecutive offseason, the Indianapolis Colts are attempting to fix a defense that has lacked a backbone versus quality competition. Indianapolis has agreed to terms with former Philadelphia pass-rusher Trent Cole and former Rams defensive... more

Jake Locker is walking away from the NFL. Despite being the top quarterback remaining on Around The NFL's Top 101 list, the signal-caller with a career of injuries will retire. "I am retiring from football after much reflection and discussion with my... more

The New York Jets finally corralled a free agent cornerback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Gang Green is locking down Buster Skrine, per a source. ESPN first reported the news. The 5-foot-9 corner had a heat-seeking market after... more

The New Orleans Saints haven't been shy about shaking things up after a disappointing season. Apparently that extends to almost everyone on their roster. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday of a trade to ship tight end Jimmy Graham to... more

The Tennessee Titans will add depth to their wide receiver corps. The team reached a three-year contract with Harry Douglas, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source involved in the negotiations. The Atlanta Falcons cut the 30-year-old... more

The Arizona Cardinals are in the process of revamping their linebacker corps. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that with Sean Weatherspoon set to join the team, the Cardinals will likely host former Denver Broncos inside linebacker Nate Irving.... more

For the second straight season the New York Jets are importing an offensive lineman from Seattle. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that guard James Carpenter is set to sign a four-year deal worth roughly $5 million a year, per a source.... more

In a story that epitomizes the Social Media-era, DeMarco Murray's Twitter profile is the talk of Tuesday morning. The running back scrubbed his Twitter account of any mentions of the Dallas Cowboys, leading to the speculation that the free-agent-to-be... more

Common sense prevailed when Randall Cobb re-signed with the Green Bay Packers over the weekend. The wideout agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract . Cobb told the team's official website †that returning to Green Bay was all about winning. "I want... more

Johnny Manziel will remain in rehab beyond the standard 28-day minimum, coach Mike Pettine said Monday. "There was no set end date," Pettine said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot . "It's more important -- the personal stuff now --... more

The Miami Dolphins continue to slash their payroll to dive further under the salary cap. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that linebacker Philip Wheeler will be released with a post June 1 designation, per a source informed of the move. The... more

Spurred on by pending free agency, another player is sticking with his current team. The Jacksonville Jaguars are re-signing defensive end Tyson Alualu to a two-year, $6 million deal with $4.25 million fully guaranteed, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Houston Texans locked down their starting right tackle for the foreseeable future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Houston agreed to terms on a five-year deal with Derek Newton, per a source involved in the situation. Big... more

The Atlanta Falcons talked up the return of Sean Weatherspoon this offseason. However, it appears those words were all for naught. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the linebacker will hit the open market and is unlikely to be back in Atlanta,... more

Add another horse to the Ndamukong Suh race. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the San Diego Chargers are preparing to make a run at Suh, per sources informed of the team's plans. The Chargers enter the $100 million sprint that is... more

We turn the heat up on our slow boil toward free agency as the NFL's negotiating window is now open ahead of the raging torrent that will come Tuesday. The three-day negotiating period allows agents of players set to become free agents on March 10 to... more

Mark Sanchez might opt not to change addresses again this offseason. The Philadelphia Eagles and Sanchez have a "strong mutual interest" in reuniting next season, NJ.com reported Saturday . The three-day negotiating window -- when agents can talk with... more

The New England Patriots used their 2015 franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Pats locked down the kicker with a $4.58 million tag (120 percent of 2014 cap), the team announced Monday. Gostkowski signed that tender, NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

QBs RBs DL WRs DBs LBs TEs The defensive backfield is becoming higher-profile as the proliferation of gaudy passing attacks skyrocket. It's as simple as cause and effect. Yet the 2015 free-agent market lacks the star power of... more

David Harris won't be looking for a new home this offseason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the New York Jets have re-signed the linebacker for three years at $21.5 million, according to a source who has seen the deal. The contract includes... more

He gone. Brandon Marshall will no longer be a part of the Chicago Bears. The new brass, which was lukewarm at best when speaking about the wideout, has agreed to trade Marshall to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick pending a physical, NFL Media... more

With the New Orleans Saints perched at around $15 million over the salary cap, changes needed to be made before free agency hits on Tuesday. One obvious cut candidate was veteran Marques Colston, who was due to count $9.7 million against the cap.... more

Brian Orakpo possesses the talent to be a top-tier pass rusher. Three pectoral injuries have punctured holes in that trajectory and could end his run with the Washington Redskins. After missing nine games in 2014 and only earning .5 a sack -- following... more

The Cleveland Browns inking Josh McCown last week signified the end of Brian Hoyer's run as hometown hero. Hoyer, set to hit free agency on Tuesday, told USA Today's Jim Corbett on Thursday he's looking forward to a new chance on the open market.... more

Aldon Smith's $9.75 million salary was set to become fully guaranteed on Tuesday. Instead, the San Francisco 49ers linebacker restructured his deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that Smith converted the guarantee into monthly... more

The Carolina Panthers locked down Greg Olsen a year before he was set to become a free agent. The team announced a three-year contract extension for the tight end Thursday that will keep him in Charlotte through the 2018 season. The extension is worth... more

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew decided to walk away from the NFL after nine seasons. The 29-year-old running back announced his retirement on Thursday via his Twitter account: "All good things come to an end!!! " "After much discussion with my family... more

Greg Hardy remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List, but that won't preclude him from partaking in free agency when it starts Tuesday. League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that the soon-to-be free agent will be eligible to sign a new deal despite his... more

Vince Lombardi famously bemoaned that football would be the perfect team game if the quarterback wasn't so overwhelmingly essential to winning. In today's NFL, Brandon Flowers would like to add cornerback to that list of vital positions. "The... more

Darnell Dockett is defecting to an NFC West rival. Agent Drew Rosenhaus announced via Twitter that the former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman joined the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the deal is for... more

The Seattle Seahawks are meeting with a potential replacement for Byron Maxwell. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that cornerback Cary Williams is visiting the NFC Champions on Thursday, per a source informed of the player's plans. The... more

The two biggest questions facing the Buffalo Bills as free agency approaches are the quarterback quandary and the future of C.J. Spiller. Visiting NFL Network's NFL AM on Tuesday, the running back reiterated that the ball is in the Bills' court as far... more

Brian Hartline is heading closer to home for his next job interview. The wide receiver is meeting with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. Pro Football Talk first reported the... more

The New Orleans Saints are one of the few teams in salary-cap jail. Sitting at approximately $22 million above the salary cap ceiling, per OverTheCap.com , the Saints will need to make deft maneuvers to upgrade their roster after a disappointing 2014... more

Woody Johnson got his franchise in hot water after he "misspoke " publicly about Darrelle Revis late last December, noting a desire to bring the corner back to the New York Jets, which led to tampering charges being filed . Gang Green's owner is still... more

Franchise Tag Tracker March 02, 2015

TOP 101 FREE AGENTS FRANCHISE TAG TRACKER FREE AGENT TRACKER Deadlines spur action. Monday's 4 p.m. ET franchise tag deadline was no different. A bevy of teams were in line to use the one-year leverage tag or at least consider using it on... more

Darnell Dockett vowed to return in 2015 as the Comeback Player of the Year. Where that campaign will take place remains to be seen. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Dockett has scheduled a visit with the San Francisco 49ers beginning Monday... more

The 2015 NFL salary cap is officially in. And it's high. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the NFL told teams Monday that the 2015 salary cap will be $143.28 million -- well above its December estimate of $138 million -- per a source who... more

Ndamukong Suh will hit the open market. Explaining the tag ¬Ľ The exclusive franchise tag is a one-year tender offer to a player for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player's position, or 120 percent of the... more

The Cleveland Browns' signing of Josh McCown last week was met with some eye rolls and sarcastic comments regarding the franchise's revolving door at the quarterback position. The 35-year-old quarterback understands that people are skeptical of a career... more

Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch had his 2014 season end after tearing his ACL while performing the "Discount Double Check" celebration following a sack of Aaron Rodgers in Week 3 . Speaking to SiriusXM NFL Radio's Alex Marvez and Zig Fracassi... more

February

The Washington Redskins parted ways with two big-money players on Friday. The team announced it released defensive linemen Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen after four years† Both were signed to sizable contracts in 2011. Cofield signed a six-year, $36... more

The Baltimore Ravens have†terminated the contract of veteran Chris Canty. The defensive end was entering the final year of a three-year, $8 million contract signed in 2013. Cutting him saves the Ravens $2.66 million on the salary cap, per... more

The free agent pool continues to fill up with veterans prior to the market opening on March 10. The Miami Dolphins released wide receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson on Friday. The wideouts were†logical cut candidates †as the Dolphins seek to... more

The Atlanta Falcons cut Steven Jackson on Thursday after two seasons in which the running back earned a combined 1,250 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns. On his personal website , Jackson termed the two-year stint a "disappointment." "In terms of... more

The Buffalo Bills boasted a playoff-worthy defense in 2014 without one of their best young players. Linebacker Kiko Alonso missed the entire season with an ACL tear in this left knee, suffered while working out last summer. The 2013 Rookie of the Year... more

The Mike Wallace question persists for the Miami Dolphins: What to do with the overpaid, malcontent wide receiver? While NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports of the Dolphins shopping Wallace , the wideout has no plans to rework his contract to remain... more

After 10 NFL seasons, all with the Tennessee Titans, offensive tackle Michael Roos announced his retirement Thursday. The 2008 All-Pro lineman declared his departure in an†Instagram post †thanking coaches and teammates. "To all the men I've shared the... more

Brandon Bostick knows he screwed up a shot at the Super Bowl. In an emotional first-person account †published Thursday on The MMQB, the former Green Bay Packer said that moment still festers. "I messed up in the NFC Championship Game, and trust me, it... more

In 2014 the Pittsburgh Steelers tagged Jason Worilds, paying him $9.754 million to ensure he wouldn't play in other colors. They won't take the same route in 2015. According to ESPN's Scott Brown the Steelers have no plans on using the transition tag... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Arizona Cardinals. What's changing? James Bettcher taking over the defensive coordinator role from Todd Bowles will... more

The Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday they have cut linebacker A.J. Hawk. The inside linebacker ranks first in franchise history with 1,118 tackles. "I spent nine great years in Green Bay," Hawk said in a team statement. "I had awesome teammates... more

Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry provided some great news on Wednesday. The 24-year-old who was diagnosed with lymphoma last June , said his cancer is in remission after he completed radiation treatment and he's on a 30-month... more

Devin McCourty remains the linchpin of the New England Patriots' defensive backfield. The soon-to-be free agent is so vital to Bill Belichick's scheme that the franchise tag seems a logical choice for the team to employ before the March 2 deadline.... more

Another long-tenured veteran player became a salary cap casualty on Tuesday. The New York Giants released defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, the team announced. The 31-year-old Kiwanuka has spent his entire nine-year NFL career with Big Blue and was part... more

The Baltimore Ravens' brass sounds resigned to the fact that Torrey Smith could command too much on the open market to retain the wideout. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team wants to keep their speedy... more

C.J. Spiller will hit the free-agent market with much interest from fans on both sides of New York State. Many are connecting Spiller to the New York Jets -- who are fresh off parting ways with Chris Johnson -- due to the presence of offensive... more

Dan Marino, Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill were on hand as the Miami Dolphins introduced their new preview center for stadium improvements on Tuesday. Over the next two years, Sun Life Stadium will undergo a $400 million renovation and modernization,... more

2014 seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam is taking his talents to the stage as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars . Cast members, including the 25-year-old defensive end, were announced Tuesday on Good Morning America. Sam, who last year became... more

Cleveland Browns The Cleveland Browns released their new logo and new logo for the Dawg Pound on Tuesday. The much-anticipated revamp of Cleveland Browns logo has finally been released. The changes to the team's main logo are minor. The... more

Philip Rivers heads into the final year of his contract with the Chargers as swirls of uncertainty surround the franchise's future in San Diego. Rivers told XEPRS-AM in San Diego on Monday that all the "noise" about the team possibly relocating to Los... more

Marshawn Lynch is a marketing genius. The man who utters as few words as possible to the media is able to turn those scant phrases into dollars with ease. After his famous "I'm just here so I won't get fined" line went viral during Super Bowl media... more

Carolina Panthers all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams told WBTV on Monday he will be released . "We sat down and (Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman) told me 'The fact of the matter is we're going to have to release you,' " Williams told... more

A.J. Smith's brief time with the Washington Redskins has come to an end after just two seasons. On Sunday Smith told the Providence Journal that his contract -- which expires Feb. 28 -- will not be renewed. "A contract could not be worked out," Smith... more

Nine-year New Orleans Saints starter and six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans might be looking for a new home in the near future. Katherine Terrell of The Times-Picayune reported Monday morning that the Saints were prepared to release Evans, according... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew acknowledged that all decisions sit behind the massive Ndamukong Suh quandary. However, at the NFL Scouting Combine, the team isn't sitting on its hands. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Sunday that Lions... more

As the co-chairman of the NFL's Competition Committee, the opinion of Rams coach Jeff Fisher on potential rule changes is noteworthy. When it comes to the possibility of the league moving the extra point back permanently, Fisher doesn't seem thrilled.... more

The Green Bay Packers announced Friday they released inside linebacker Brad Jones. The release of the six-year pro will save the team approximately $3.7 million on the cap. The 28-year-old Jones signed a three-year $11.5 million deal in 2013 -- one of... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Last season at the NFL Scouting Combine, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman spoke brusquely about veteran Steve Smith as a precursor to the receiver's eventual release. This year the GM was softer on an aging veteran who... more

The Detroit Lions have had "extensive" talks with Ndamukong Suh's representative during the NFL Scouting Combine, but general manager Martin Mayhew isn't ready to make a determination on the $26.9 million franchise tag. "I'm not leaning any way" on the... more

Trent Richardson and Reggie Wayne entered the 2014 season with big roles for the Indianapolis Colts. By the season's end those roles were dismissed. Now their statuses are in doubt. The Colts suspended Richardson for two games†at the end of the season... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider still hasn't gotten any more clarity on Marshawn Lynch's future. The running back is taking his time to decide if he wants to return to the NFL next season. Schneider was asked if he'd be... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Detroit Lions. What's changing? Both trenches could be in for an overhaul. The dominant Detroit defensive line has... more

Martin Mayhew's update on Ndamukong Suh's contract negotiation wasn't much of an update. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their skills at the combine (Feb. 17-23), only on NFL Network.... more

If Gary Kubiak has his way, Peyton Manning will be his quarterback in 2015. "No doubt I want him to be," the Denver Broncos coach said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think all indications are that everything that he's said, and through his... more

Rick Spielman doesn't see Adrian Peterson playing in any jersey other than purple. The Minnesota Vikings general manager told reporters in Indianapolis Wednesday morning that he expects the running back to remain with the franchise after he comes off... more

Josh Gordon is fighting a suspension, but that won't get him on the field any faster. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the NFLPA has filed a grievance for Gordon regarding his one-game suspension last season. The suspension came... more

The two-week window for teams to franchise tag players opened on Monday (until March 2). One question for teams is at what cost would they be tagging their star players. NFL Media's Albert Breer collected the estimated tag figures, according to one... more

Many questions face Nick Fairley as the Detroit Lions' defensive tackle enters free agency. A knee injury that shortened a promising season, an inconsistent start to his career, a team that declined an option on his contract to motivate him, etc.... more

Monday marked the first day the Green Bay Packers could utilize the franchise tag on potential free agent Randall Cobb. There are no indications that the team plans on slapping the restrictive tag on the wideout. Combine on NFL Network In advance of... more

In the immediate wake of the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin expressed no regrets about the excretion-themed touchdown celebration that ended up earning him an $11,025 fine. However, after a few more weeks to think it over, the... more

The most noteworthy bit of information to come out of the St. Louis Rams' introductory news conference for offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti on Friday was that the team wholly supports quarterback Sam Bradford. Cignetti spent the past three years as... more

The chorus of optimism emanating from Detroit regarding the Lions' ability to retain soon-to-be free agent Ndamukong Suh added another voice. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin told the team's official website this week he hasn't even considered a... more

To the surprise of no one, the New York Jets' new brass will make some changes to a flawed offensive roster. Gang Green†declined the contract option for running back Chris Johnson on Saturday, the team announced. The Jets did, however, exercise the... more

We've hit that part of the NFL calendar where teams will be making decisions on the future contracts of players who were on their roster in 2014. For some, the decision to cut a player will be hastened by a scheduled bonus or money set to become... more

The fire that destroyed the Alabama home of Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain was set intentionally, officials announced Friday. Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said in a release Friday that investigators determined the December 23 blaze... more

If anyone knows the heat Pete Carroll is taking after the Seattle Seahawks' final offensive play in their Super Bowl loss, it's Jim Harbaugh. The former San Francisco 49ers coach took major heat in 2013 after his goal-line offense threw three passes... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Kansas City Chiefs. What's changing? Pressed firmly against the salary cap ceiling, Andy Reid and John Dorsey must make... more

Another offseason meant another surgery for Brian Cushing. Thankfully, this one isn't as major as the previous two knee surgeries. The Texans linebacker had surgery on a broken right wrist, he revealed Wednesday at a charity fashion show in Houston.... more

Rex Ryan clarified earlier comments that he wants to build a bully in Buffalo, saying he wants it limited to the football field. "I'm about the biggest anti-bullying guy there is, especially off the field and in the community," the new Bills coach told... more

Josh Gordon is out for the 2015 season after missing the first 10 games of 2014 and the first two games of 2013 all due to league-imposed suspensions for off-the-field incidents. Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was critical of his 23-year-old stud... more

The Bills' signing of guard Richie Incognito was met with criticism from both outside and within Buffalo . When the team announced it signed the player most famous for a 2013 bullying scandal, owner Terry Pegula said he, wife Kim and the rest of the... more

Earlier this week Brett Favre re-announced that he would return to Green Bay for his induction into the Packers' Hall of Fame. It wasn't new news, but nevertheless sent the sports world atwitter (because, well, BRETT FAVRE!). Now the former No. 4... more

New Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave spent the last season as the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback coach, so he's very familiar with the quick-tempo, no-huddle offense. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr is pumped that he'll be working sans huddle... more

The Seattle Seahawks know Marshawn Lynch is the heartbeat of their offense, however they don't know if the running back has decided he's done beating for them. In a radio interview Tuesday on KIRO-AM , general manager John Schneider said that the team... more

With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. Next up: Miami Dolphins. What's changing? The biggest change in Miami came in the front office with the import of Mike Tannenbaum . It will be... more

Matthew Stafford made his first Pro Bowl last year, but his 2014 game tape wasn't nearly as impressive as many hoped under Jim Caldwell and coordinator Joe Lombardi. "I thought (Stafford) was up and down," NFL Media's Kurt Warner told the Detroit Free... more

Brian Hoyer expects to get a shot at a starting quarterback gig in 2015. The question remains whether it will be back with the Cleveland Browns. One of the top quarterbacks set to hit the open market , Hoyer said Saturday that the results of the... more

Rod Woodson returns to the Oakland Raiders. The Hall of Fame safety was among the 12 additions to Jack Del Rio's staff announced Monday. Woodson worked with Del Rio last offseason when the 49-year-old assistant received an NFL minority coaching... more

Much like one of his runs in Indianapolis, Trent Richardson's time in a Colts jersey could end up being short, disappointing and conclude in frustration for everyone involved. The running back's two-game suspension , announced after Richardson missed... more

The San Diego Chargers announced the hire of a new defensive quality control coach. Normally such employment transactions wouldn't warrant an individual posts -- that's why we concoct trackers and the like. However, the name of coach Mike McCoy's new... more

The Buffalo Bills announced Monday that Richie Incognito has officially signed his contract after agreeing in principle over the weekend . The contract -- one year in length, per NFL Media's Jeff Darlington -- has come under scrutiny after the guard was... more

Sam Bradford is set to make $12.985 million in the final year of his rookie contract, a number that is much too high for the injury-plagued quarterback. According to the St. Louis Dispatch's Jim Thomas , the St. Louis Rams will seek to restructure the... more

Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata turned 31 years old last month and is set to receive a base salary of $8.5 million in 2015 with a $16 million cap number. Entering his 10th season, Ngata's current production might not be aligned with that... more

Richie Incognito's NFL career might not be over after more than a one-year hiatus. The Bills announced †on Saturday that the team†and Incognito†agreed in principle on a contract. The contract length is one year, NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported... more

Brian Hoyer is a quarterback. And quarterbacks get a lot of attention -- especially ones set to become free agents. The Browns signal caller spoke with the media on Saturday at the "Great Big Home and Garden Show" in Cleveland. With few options for... more

Marvin Jones' broken foot sacked the wide receiver's entire 2014 season and foreboded an injury-plagued season for the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive weapons. In a playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Andy Dalton was without pass catchers... more

Philadelphia Eagles 2014 first-round pick Marcus Smith played just 74 defensive snaps this season and earned zero tackles. For the past year, assistant coach Tra Thomas -- who played left tackle for the Eagles for 11 seasons (1998 to 2008) -- worked... more

Malcolm Butler made one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, picking off Russell Wilson to seal the New England Patriots' victory. The 24-year-old undrafted rookie has been a media darling the past week, something he's soaking up. However,... more

Pete Carroll is backtracking on his statement that Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman would need Tommy John surgery. A day after saying his All-Pro corner would need the elbow surgery most commonly used on baseball pitchers, Carroll said on 710... more

Dan Quinn is "so fired up" to be the Atlanta Falcons coach. Those were the first words the new leader said Tuesday in a news conference just two days after losing in the Super Bowl as the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks. Quinn repeated... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy made sure to emphatically state that Clay Matthews is an outside linebacker †during his postseason press conference last week. However, Matthews told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein at the Super... more

Tom Brady won the Super Bowl MVP award after his masterful performance guiding the New England Patriots down the field on two fourth-quarter drives to gain the 28-24 edge over the Seattle Seahawks. However, the award, the fourth Super Bowl trophy and... more

After suffering a devastating loss in Super Bowl XLIX, Russell Wilson will reportedly take his mind off football to shag some baseballs. As he did last season, Wilson will attend the Texas Rangers' spring training, per FOX Sports Southwest . The Rangers... more

Rob Gronkowski played the most prominent role of any New England Patriot in the scuffle that marred the end of Super Bowl XLIX and got Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin ejected. Speaking on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! †on Monday, Gronk explained that once... more

Khalil Mack did not win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but teammate Justin Tuck believes the upside for the Oakland Raiders' linebacker is Hall of Fame-level. "I've watched a lot of film on guys like Derrick Thomas, Lawrence Taylor ... I'm not... more

The Atlanta Falcons have zeroed in on a new head coach and are patient enough to wait for him to become available. The Falcons announced Dan Quinn as their new head coach on Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier on Monday that... more

A record number of people watched the New England Patriots' dramatic 10-point come-from-behind thriller against the Seattle Seahawks. 114.4 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLIX, NBC announced . That number easily trumped the 112.2 million-record from... more

On Sunday the world witnessed quite possibly the greatest Super Bowl in history -- certainly the best I've watched. The ebb and flow of the game offered a plethora of hinge points. Let's look at seven plays that explained the game (in chronological... more

Pete Carroll said Monday that Richard Sherman's injured left elbow will require Tommy John surgery. The Seattle Seahawks' corner suffered ulnar nerve damage after being hit in the second half of the NFC Championship by teammate Kam Chancellor. Sherman... more

Johnny Manziel will spend the start of his offseason receiving rehabilitation treatment. The Cleveland Browns quarterback entered treatment on Wednesday, according to SSG's Erik Burkhardt. "Brad Beckworth, friend and advisor to Manziel and his family,... more

Put the pigskin away, football season is over. The most depressing moment each year, as we decompress from a glorious Super Bowl, is that there will be zero NFL-sanctioned football games for the next seven months. No Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn... more

Tom Brady cemented his place atop quarterback mountain with his four-touchdown, 37-completion performance Sunday night to win his fourth Super Bowl ring and third Super Bowl MVP. But don't expect the New England Patriots' quarterback to saunter into... more

With the seconds ticking down, trailing 28-24, facing a second-and-goal on the New England Patriots' 1-yard line, the Seattle Seahawks didn't hand the ball to the most bruising running back in the NFL. Instead of running with Marshawn Lynch, offensive... more

The final seconds of Sunday's Super Bowl turned ugly when a skirmish erupted between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected for a hit to the face of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski as the fight... more

Tom Brady put a stamp on his legacy with a cold-blooded fourth quarter, leading the New England Patriots from a 10-point deficit to capture his fourth Super Bowl ring and third MVP award in the 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. "It wasn't the way we... more

Fans flying in for the Super Bowl on Sunday are finding a thick blanket of fog in their way. The cloudy gloom draping the city is delaying flights into Phoenix, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is... more

Pete Carroll isn't going to change what has gotten his Seattle Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowls. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the coach has created normalcy for the team the last two weeks. In his pre-Super Bowl speech on Saturday night he... more

The future of Ndamukong Suh will be a hot topic over the course of the next month as the Detroit Lions defensive tackle is poised to be the biggest name on the open market. However, the All-Pro won't leave the Motor City if Calvin Johnson has any say.... more

The Arizona Cardinals' mantra all season was that they would not let others dress in their locker room for Super Bowl XLIX. That dream ended in the Wild Card round , but coach Bruce Arians is already getting lathered for Super Bowl 50, hosted by the San... more

January

The New England Patriots will likely have their offensive line intact for Sunday's Super Bowl. The team announced that center Bryan Stork (knee) was upgraded to probable on the official injury report. Stork suffered the injury in the Divisional Round... more

Kam Chancellor is listed as probable on the Seattle Seahawks' injury report after falling on the second-to-last play of Friday's session . He exited practice with his left knee wrapped. However, on Saturday coach Pete Carroll, told Emily Kaplan -- who... more

The Cleveland Browns will make a hire that might bode well for Johnny Manziel's future along the shores of Lake Erie. The team is signing Kevin O'Connell as their quarterbacks coach, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, according to team... more

On the first day of Super Bowl week, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave an impassioned speech defending his team during the deflating scandal, adding the NFL should apologize to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady if the investigation finds no fault... more

The New England Patriots are taking the "if we don't know it by now, one more day won't help" approach. According to Jarrett Bell's pool report for the Pro Football Writers of America on Friday, coach Bill Belichick determined he would cancel... more

The Arizona Cardinals want Larry Fitzgerald back. Larry Fitzgerald wants to remain in the desert. None of this is new. However, team President Michael Bidwill said Friday on NFL Network's Super Bowl Live that he's confident a deal will be worked out,... more

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said Friday on NFL Network that his team promoting Jim Tomsula to coach, Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator and Eric Mangini to defensive coordinator is a positive to keep continuity on a squad that is a year removed... more

Last year J.J. Watt famously spent his offseason staying at a friend's home, often sleeping in the dining room, while dedicating all his time to working on his game. This offseason, the Houston Texans' MVP candidate won't bum a room from a friend.... more

When John Fox hired well-respected coordinator Vic Fangio it was assumed was that the Chicago Bears would move toward a base 3-4 defense. However, the quandary for the Bears, who lacked a consistent pass rush in 2014, is that most of their defensive... more

Colin Kaepernick finds himself playing for a new head coach and new offensive coordinator for the first time in his NFL career, but they aren't new faces. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback told FOX Sports on Thursday the continuity and relationship... more

The Marc Trestman era in Chicago lasted just two seasons, with the second full of turmoil. Bears tight end Martellus Bennett told NFL Network's NFL AM on Friday morning that the coach struggled to control a locker room full of personalities.... more

The thought process within much of the NFL is that running backs are interchangeable. This belief likely led to the Dallas Cowboys extending a low-ball offer to DeMarco Murray. While talking to NFL Media's Michael Irvin on Thursday, the NFL's leading... more

Entering the offseason, Nick Foles' grip on the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback job has been questioned. However, the 26-year-old told NFL Media's Michael Irvin on Thursday that he's still considered the starter. "I'm still being introduced... more

Plenty of suitors will line up to court Ndamukong Suh if the Detroit Lions defensive tackle becomes a free agent on March 10. Some players are already out recruiting. Defensive end Justin Tuck said Thursday from Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIX that he... more

The New England Patriots have utilized substituting eligible and ineligible players to confuse opponents in the past two playoff games. In advance of the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he contacted the league office to discuss the... more

Questions about the future of Peyton Manning continue to circle. Teammates have remained steadfastly confident the quarterback will return. Tom Brady, Manning's biggest rival throughout his career, joined the chorus in hoping that the Denver Broncos'... more

The Philadelphia Eagles found a man to help guide their personnel department under Chip Kelly. The Eagles announced Thursday that Ed Marynowitz was named vice president of player personnel. He signed a three-year contract. The 30-year-old joined the... more

Rob Gronkowski is a self-proclaimed "baller" who wants to be taken seriously for how hard he works on and off the football field. That's fair enough, but to hear Patriots owner Robert Kraft tell it, the tight end leads the life others envy. "In our... more

There is a legitimate argument to be made that Le'Veon Bell's knee injury cost the Pittsburgh Steelers a playoff game and a chance to make another Super Bowl. The NFL's biggest dual threat suffered a hyperextended knee injury in Week 17 that caused him... more

Two days ago we wrote about a fire alarm going off at the New England Patriots' hotel. At the time it seemed like an anomaly ; a story that allowed for possible suspicion of subterfuge to be speculated upon and dismissed. Now we've had a second false... more

The Green Bay Packers have several key free agency decision to make this offseason regarding players such as Randall Cobb, Bryan Bulaga and Tramon Williams, among others. Speaking at his season-closing press conference Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy... more

Marshawn Lynch's goal on Media Day was to not get fined . In the end, there is a chance that effort goes for naught. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Lynch could be subject to a fine for wearing a "Beast Mode" hat during his... more

Rex Ryan previously said the Buffalo Bills will explore all avenues to resolve their quarterback quandary . In his introductory news conference on Tuesday, new offensive coordinator Greg Roman said he's still going through the tape on the two... more

LeGarrette Blount was unceremoniously cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers in November, one day after the running back reportedly left the field early after being perturbed he didn't get any carries in a game. Days later Blount was on the New England... more

Despite what you might think about Doug Baldwin's histrionics, the Seattle Seahawks' receiver undoubtedly oozes confidence in his own skills. Following the NFC Championship, Baldwin took issue with NFL Media's Deion Sanders calling the Seahawks'... more

A subdued Doug Baldwin told NFL Media's Michael Irvin at Tuesday's Media Day that he's looking forward to facing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL, during Super Bowl XLIX. "I'm excited about it," the wideout... more

The New England Patriots have spent the lead-up to the Super Bowl tiptoeing around talking about their opponent. Most quotes have been tempered or effusive with praise about the Seattle Seahawks. LeGarrette Blount drove the bus in a different direction... more

Tom Brady will set a record by starting his sixth Super Bowl. With a win on Sunday he would become just the third quarterback to win a fourth championship ring. "I never imagined this in my wildest dreams," Brady told NFL Media's Kurt Warner at... more

The Son of Bum is getting another interview. Wade Phillips is meeting with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday to discuss the team's defensive coordinator job, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source with knowledge of the franchise's plans.... more

Rob Chudzinski isn't leaving Indianapolis. The Colts announced Tuesday morning they agreed to a new contract with Chudzinski and named him associate head coach. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that both the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis... more

The New Orleans Saints were an offseason Super Bowl favorite in 2014. However, a rash of injuries and disappointing play led to a 7-9 season. Drew Brees told The MMQB's Greg Bedard †after Sunday's Pro Bowl that it was the "most frustrating season" he's... more

It's unlikely all New England Patriots players and coaches were able to achieve a full night of REM sleep in advance of Tuesday's Media Day. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington tweeted early Tuesday that a fire alarm at the Patriots' hotel went off for about... more

With the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks set to square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, understanding what it's like to face these two No. 1 seeds can best be explained by the foes each faced during the season. During last week's Pro Bowl,... more

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The 2015 Pro Bowl provided a fitting visual on the awards podium: The quarterback with the gaudy stats standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the man who terrorized him for nearly two quarters. Matthew Stafford threw for 316 yards, two... more

Andrew Luck was the No. 1 pick in the Pro Bowl draft, but after taking a beating in the AFC Championship game last Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback considered skipping the event altogether. "It was hard," Luck told the Indy Star's Stephen... more

PHOENIX -- The 2015 Pro Bowl kicks off Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, when the elite, best of the best †will face off at University of Phoenix Stadium. For the second consecutive season, the Pro Bowl went nonconference, with players chosen by Hall of Fame... more

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas returned to the practice field on Friday after missing two sessions while nursing his injured shoulder . Coach Pete Carroll said that the team will continue to keep the All-Pro limited in practices, but isn't worried... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' main focus on defense this offseason is improving their pass rush. After coach Mike Tomlin and new defensive coordinator Keith Butler each addressed the issue this offseason, team president Art Rooney II underscored the point... more

Some might be tired of Marshawn Lynch's disdain for talking to the media or proclivity to make gestures that result in fines , but not the Seahawks brass. "No, I kind of love his act," Seattle general manager John Schneider told reporters on Friday, per... more

PHOENIX -- Justin Forsett turned a nomadic career into a Pro Bowl season in 2014, churning for 5.4 yards per attempt, tops in the NFL. After spending the past four seasons with four different franchises, the 29-year-old wants to return to Baltimore for... more

PHOENIX -- Emmanuel Sanders said last offseason he had made it to "receiver heaven " after linking up with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Playing in that paradise earned the wideout his first Pro Bowl trip. Sanders told Around The NFL on Friday... more

PHOENIX -- For the sixth straight season, Mario Williams will be playing under a new defensive coordinator. With Doug Marrone and Jim Schwartz gone from Buffalo, Williams and the rest of the Bills will switch back to a base 3-4 defense under new coach... more

PHOENIX -- During Wednesday's Pro Bowl Draft, team captain Michael Irvin selected six Dallas Cowboys to fill out his roster. The Hall of Famer cited the continuity between the six offensive players as vital to his strategy. DeMarco Murray, Tony Romo,... more

PHOENIX -- J.J. Watt might be the biggest rock star at the 2015 Pro Bowl. The Houston Texans' defensive lineman is fawned on where he travels in Phoenix, with fans at practices shouting his name and clamoring for autographs from the MVP candidate.... more

PHOENIX -- Mike and Maurkice Pouncey are back where they feel most comfortable, at each other's side. The twin offensive linemen were both drafted by Team Carter in this week's Pro Bowl Draft, Maurkice (Steelers) to play center and Mike (Dolphins) to... more

PHOENIX -- Jimmy Graham was barred from doing what he loves to do this season: dunk footballs over the goal post. The New Orleans Saints' tight end was flagged twice after dunks in a preseason game and fined $30,000 by the NFL for violating what is now... more

PHOENIX -- Coming off his best season as a pro, Mark Ingram is headed toward free agency, but hopes he doesn't have to change addresses. "I'm looking forward to getting a new deal," Ingram told Around The NFL on Thursday from Pro Bowl practice.... more

PHOENIX -- With the Pro Bowl Draft format used for the second consecutive season, some interesting teammate-on-teammate matchups arise. The most compelling this year is Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (Team Carter) vs. corner Vontae Davis (Team... more

The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday morning that owner Tom Benson has restructured ownership transfer and control. The 87-year-old owner reorganized succession of the NFL franchise -- along with the control of his local NBA team -- naming wife... more

PHOENIX -- Odell Beckham's star rose fast. Lightning fast. The New York Giants' receiver went from causing his coach consternation due to a hamstring injury that cost him the first four weeks of the season to shooting up like a firework and dazzling... more

PHOENIX -- Following the Seattle Seahawks' improbable comeback victory in the NFC Championship Game, wide receiver Doug Baldwin provided the world with an entertaining -- if not superfluous -- rant to any doubters left for the defending Super Bowl... more

PHOENIX -- With the NFL narrowing the goal post width from 18 to 14 feet for Sunday's Pro Bowl, ageless veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri will be one of the guinea pigs for the league's experiment. The 42-year-old -- who said Wednesday night at the Pro... more

PHOENIX -- Andrew Luck entered the media scrum after being selected No. 1 overall in Wednesday night's Pro Bowl Draft looking like a weary warrior who just got done battling Wildlings beyond the Wall in Westeros. After losing in Sunday's AFC... more

PHOENIX -- The second annual Pro Bowl Draft took place Wednesday night and thanks to a wonderful "STAFF" pass I was able to sneak a peak in the green room. For anyone who's ever been to an off-field sports function this was exactly the same. Well,... more

Marty Mornhinweg won't be out of football in 2015. The Baltimore Ravens announced they have hired the former New York Jets offensive coordinator to be the quarterbacks coach under new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. Mornhinweg will replace Rick... more

New Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave knows a thing or two about running the football. Musgrave guided a top-10 rushing attack four of his six seasons as an offensive coordinator -- in Jacksonville and Minnesota. He also had some... more

Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL in November, which would normally put him on a path to return by the time the Arizona Cardinals opened up training camp. However, coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Palmer is already "so far"... more

New England Patriots corner Brandon Browner will play in the Super Bowl this year after missing last year's bout due to suspension . Facing his former Seattle Seahawks teammates in the biggest game of his career only adds to the intrigue. "It means a... more

The Washington Redskins found the man who will lead their defense in 2015. It just took a little longer than Joe Barry expected. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday the Redskins are hiring the former Chargers linebackers coach as their... more

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork went from helping wreck the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night to helping a woman from out of her wrecked vehicle. On his way driving home from Gillette Stadium at around 12:45 a.m., the 325-pound... more

Aaron Rodgers said glumly that the better team Sunday didn't win following the Green Bay Packers' monumental collapse against the Seattle Seahawks. As Packers players cleaned out their belonging in the locker room Monday, Pro Bowl left guard Josh... more

The New England Patriots scored six touchdowns in a 45-7 demolition of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night in Foxborough. Most of those touchdowns will get lost in time, save one: left tackle Nate Solder caught a Tom Brady pass and rumbled 16 yards... more

John Elway believed he needed a new coach to get the Denver Broncos to the "next level ." The executive vice president trusts his former backup quarterback to take them to that promised land. The Broncos announced Monday that Baltimore Ravens offensive... more

Following the Seattle Seahawks' miraculously improbable come-from-behind victory , Russell Wilson gave an emotionally wrenching interview , and†Doug Baldwin provided an entertaining, expletive-filled rant . Meanwhile, Michael Bennett went on a... more

One thing was certain after the Seattle Seahawks' miraculous comeback victory Sunday : Despite owning a Super Bowl ring, receiver Doug Baldwin still carries around a Lombardi-sized chip on his shoulder. After helping fuel an overtime victory, the... more

The New England Patriots find themselves amidst another controversy following their 45-7 pummeling of the Indianapolis Colts. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, via NFL spokesman Michael Signora, that the league is looking into the... more

The New England Patriots once again beat the Indianapolis Colts to a pulp, in a 45-7 shellacking Sunday night in Foxborough. In their last three meetings, the Patriots have averaged 43.3 points, 439.7 yards per game and 219.0 rushing yards per contest.... more

The Seahawks entered the year viewing it as Marshawn Lynch's final season in Seattle. Into November that sentiment didn't change . However, we finally have our twist. Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's†NFL GameDay Morning that the Seattle brass... more

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson couldn't get away with a simple mea culpa after commenting on Darrelle Revis at a news conference last month. The New England Patriots filed tampering charges against the Jets and asked the NFL to look into Johnson's... more

Championship Rains. No, that's not the name of a new popular indie alt-grunge rock band from Seattle -- yet. It's the weather forecast for Sunday's NFC Championship bout between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. It rained overnight in... more

The Indianapolis Colts' defense was pummeled, beaten, battered, bashed, whipped, walloped and crushed the last time they met the New England Patriots on the gridiron. "Absolutely just demoralizing," safety Mike Adams said, per The Indianapolis Star .... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Injury Reports Seattle Seahawks: †INACTIVE: OT Justin Britt (knee), S Jeron Johnson (elbow); ACTIVE: DE Michael Bennett (not injury related), RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related), DT Tony... more

Trent Richardson insisted his Divisional Round benching wouldn't happen again . However, he didn't travel with his Colts teammates to face the Patriots in the AFC Championship. Kevin Bowen of the team's official website reports that Richardson did not... more

When the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts met in Week 11 more than just a blowout occurred. Rob Gronkowski also hoisted safety Sergio Brown from the field of play during a touchdown run -- a play that received a penalty flag. After the game... more

Nick Foles struggled at the start of the season before suffering what ended up being a season-ending collarbone injury in Week 9 . The quarterback's play spurned questions about whether he's the man to guide the Eagles in the future. Running back LeSean... more

When the New York Jets hired Todd Bowles, some questioned why replace a defensive-minded wizard like Rex Ryan with another defense-first coach. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie played four years under Ryan and spent last season under Bowles. Cro knows... more

When the Green Bay Packers traveled to Seattle for their Week 1 blowout loss to the Seahawks, they got a taste of just how ridiculously loud it gets at CenturyLink Field. Having gone through the experience that caused Around The NFL's Dan Hanzus to... more

Earlier this week the Washington Redskins were set to hire San Diego Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry as their new defensive coordinator. Not so fast. We have a twist in the development. That curveball came when San Francisco 49ers defensive... more

After a two-year venture with an offensive guru crashed and burned in a flourish only surpassed by the Hindenburg, the Chicago Bears are getting back to defense and discipline. John Fox will be brought in †to clean up the mess left behind by Marc... more

Chan Gailey milked the most out of C.J. Spiller during their time together, leading to the running back's breakout 2012 season. The soon-to-be free agent gushed earlier in the week about the prospects of Rex Ryan in Buffalo, but told the New York Daily... more

Apparently , not everyone loves cheese. In advance of Sunday's heavyweight showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, one city is banning Wisconsin's favorite product. The city manager of Bainbridge Island, just west of Seattle,... more

Questions abound in Denver these days, with a coaching staff overhaul and the future of Peyton Manning up in the air. Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware is confident in one thing: Manning will return. Ware told USA Today's Lindsay Jones on Thursday... more

The Niners didn't have to look far for their replacement for Jim Harbaugh. San Francisco has chosen to promote defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to the top job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted that the 49ers chose Tomsula over Denver Broncos... more

The pass interference that wasn't during the Wild Card battle between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions spurned a lot of debate about reviewing such calls in the future. The NFL's Competition Committee will discuss the issue this offseason. One... more

With Adrian Peterson's future still up in the air after the running back's suspension was upheld in December, the Minnesota Vikings might need to consider other options at the position moving forward. "I think a lot (of the offseason plan) will depend... more

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts knocked off Peyton Manning and AFC's No. 2 Denver Broncos on the road last week. Now they face Tom Brady and the No. 1 seeded New England Patriots in Foxborough Sunday . On Wednesday, Luck, in his own understated... more

Chances rise and fall fast in the NFL. Those prepared can soar. Those unable, crash and burn. The Indianapolis Colts' backfield is the most recent example of the dichotomy. It wasn't supposed to be Daniel "Boom" Herron leading the Colts' rushing... more

The Green Bay Packers were trounced by the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, falling 36-16 at CenturyLink Field. However, speaking on his radio show on ESPN Milwaukee Tuesday Aaron Rodgers said that game isn't the best indicator of Sunday's rematch for the... more

Jason Garrett's contract is up, but the Dallas Cowboys coach isn't entertaining any relocation plans. "Absolutely, I want to be here," he told reporters Tuesday. Owner Jerry Jones has been steadfast in his confidence that Garrett would return during... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't look far for Dick LeBeau's replacement. The team announced Tuesday that Keith Butler will be the team's new defensive coordinator. Butler, 58, has been the Steelers' linebackers coach since 2003 and has been viewed as... more

As the San Francisco 49ers get set to interview head-coaching candidate Adam Gase on Tuesday, they have some potential rumblings from a coach still currently on their payroll. NFL Media columnist Mike Silver passed along this nugget Monday night: I'm... more

The New York Jets will get the first crack at hiring Todd Bowles this week. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Bowles will head to talk to the Jets for his second interview before the Cardinals defensive coordinator meets with the... more

The Indianapolis Colts' defense knows its No. 1 priority Sunday against the New England Patriots will be stopping the run. In their Week 11 matchup, Patriots running back Jonas Gray pulverized a limp Colts defense for 201 yards; the team went for 246... more

The status of NFL's leading rusher DeMarco Murray will become a key talking point in the next several months as the Dallas Cowboys delve into the offseason. On Monday, Murray wasn't interested in getting into that topic just yet. "I'm not worried... more

After watching Aaron Rodgers drag his injured calf around Lambeau Field in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys, the prevailing thought was that the Green Bay Packers' quarterback would be in worse shape to face the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC... more

Rex Ryan's arrival in Buffalo certainly sparked optimism about the NFL's No. 4 ranked defense remaining among the cream of the crop. The buoyancy is also shared on the offensive side of the ball, where the Bills stable of backs is excited about the... more

John Harbaugh didn't appreciate not being able to substitute after the New England Patriots lined up ineligible receivers Sunday. After the game, in response, Tom Brady suggested the Baltimore Ravens "study the rule book " more. On Monday the Patriots... more

The interest in Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is coming to a head. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that both the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons are bringing in Bowles for a second interview, according to sources... more

John Elway spent the offseason revamping his defense to get tougher and deeper in order to match the Seattle Seahawks and avenge a Super Bowl blowout. Instead Peyton Manning's team limped out in the Divisional Round after a 24-13 loss to the... more

Rex Ryan is sticking in the AFC East. The Buffalo Bills have made Ryan their new coach, the team announced Monday. There will be an introductory press conference on Wednesday. "Rex brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the position that we... more

Andrew Luck will garner the headlines and torch-passing talk this week, but the Indianapolis Colts' defense deserves credit for clamping down on one of the best wide receiver groups in the NFL in Sunday's 24-13 road victory over the Denver Broncos.... more

Aaron Rodgers gutted out a 26-21 Green Bay Packers win Sunday over the Dallas Cowboys, limping around Lambeau Field on his injured calf. It was wholly evident he isn't 100 percent healthy and probably won't be for the remainder of the playoffs. "I... more

The Dallas Cowboys will have two key pieces on the field as they attempt to slow down Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy in Sunday's Divisional Round matchup . Both linebacker Rolando McClain and pass rusher Jeremy Mincey are active for the Dallas Cowboys.... more

When examining the coaching openings this offseason, one match seemed almost too perfect: Rex Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. The thought process in the dot-connecting marriage followed that Ryan had never had a franchise quarterback and the Falcons... more

The first domino in the New York Jets' new era fell Sunday morning. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the team is expected to hire Texans college scouting director Mike Maccagnan as the new general manager, according to two sources informed... more

"Kam Chancellor damages people's souls." - Richard Sherman. The above quote, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer , could describe the punishment Chancellor puts on opponents or the depressed state his play left Carolina fans in Saturday night.... more

Cam Newton was the reason the Carolina Panthers hung with the Seattle Seahawks through three quarters Saturday. His turnovers were also the reason the game turned into a blowout in the end. "I did a bad job of protecting the football," Newton said, per... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Injury Reports Dallas Cowboys: DOUBTFUL: T Doug Free (ankle); QUESTIONABLE: LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), LB Rolando McClain (knee, concussion) , DT Terrell McClain (ankle), DE Jeremy Mincey... more

During his introductory news conference on Friday, Washington Redskins new general manager Scot McCloughan underscored his major mantra: The draft. The draft. The draft. "I honestly think (the) draft is the lifeline of an organization," McCloughan... more

The Dallas Cowboys' defense got some great news Friday. Both pass rusher Jeremy Mincey and linebacker Rolando McClain were cleared from concussions and hit the practice field, per the team's official website .† Mincey and McClain are listed as... more

Matthew Stafford had an uneven year by nearly all accounts outside the Detroit Lions' facility.† In his final 2014 QB Index , the erudite Gregg Rosenthal described Stafford -- whom he ranked No. 17 -- as "... depressingly consistent. He misses too many... more

The Lambeau Leap. The iconic post-touchdown celebration has become somewhat of a requirement these days in Green Bay. But has one of the NFL's fastest-paced offenses made the celebration -- invented in 1993 by LeRoy Butler -- too difficult to... more

DeMarco Murray has played the last three games with an injured hand that required surgery. His production in those games has been down. In the last three contests, the running back has averaged 20.3 attempts, 77.7 yards per game and 3.8 yards per rush.... more

Kurt Warner is willing to offer his services to any quarterback seeking help to grow their game; Colin Kaepernick is the first to take him up. Speaking on CBS Radio on Thursday, the Hall of Fame finalist dismissed Cardinals and Rams fans -- his former... more

The New England Patriots are locking up their depth before the offseason hits. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday that the Pats signed safety Patrick Chung to a three-year contract extension, per union records. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

When Aaron Rodgers is behind center, blitzing is always a tenuous strategy. In the second half of Week 17, Rodgers returned with a calf injury to lead a gutsy Green Bay Packers win. To the surprise of some in that half, the Detroit Lions did not go... more

The Carolina Panthers suffered a massive loss this week and will be without one of their stud defensive lineman as they try to slow down Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson Saturday in Seattle . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Wednesday that... more

Matthew Stafford might have been semi-composed when he addressed the media following the Detroit Lions' 24-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. But he was wholly agitated immediately following the picked up pass interference flag with just over... more

Rolando McClain will continue to sit out Dallas Cowboys practice as he deals with concussion symptoms. NFL Media's Desmond Purnell reported Wednesday that the middle linebacker likely wouldn't return to practice until at least Friday. McClain left... more

Daniel "Boom" Herron gave some punch to a nonexistent Indianapolis Colts backfield in their 26-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Herron, starting his third straight game, had 12 carries for 56 yards (4.7 average) and a touchdown while... more

Rob Ryan will return as the Saints' defensive coordinator for the 2015 season, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source informed of the team's plans. The Times-Picayune first reported †the news. Since the end of the season, Sean... more

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas destroyed the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 . If you extrapolated the tight end's seven receptions, 104 yards and three touchdowns that week over the entire season, Thomas was on pace for 112 catches, 1,664 yards... more

The Dolphins will add another voice to their front office The team announced Tuesday that Mike Tannenbaum will be Miami's executive vice president football operations starting Feb. 1. The former New York Jets' general manager served as a Dolphins... more

Ben Roethlisberger heads into the offseason with contract negotiations in his agent's hands and his health in the hands of the doctors. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said Tuesday on KDKA-FM that he did not have a concussion following a jarring... more

The New York Giants are keeping Tom Coughlin around for 2015 and the coach in turn is reportedly keeping his coordinators in place as well. Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and special teams coordinator Tom Quinn appear set to return, Newsday's... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' season ended Sunday afternoon in part because of their futile pass rushing efforts. The Bengals boasted the NFL's worst pass rush this year, earning a league-low 20 sacks. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins' play was the... more

The Mike Shanahan reunion tour will continue. After meeting with the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Shanahan is also expected to interview with the Chicago Bears †once they... more

The Green Bay Packers are fully aware the threat Dez Bryant provides for the Dallas Cowboys. "Have you seen him on tape?" Micah Hyde said Monday, eyes widening as he discussed the Cowboys receiver, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . "Have you seen him... more

While NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino admitted to Around The NFL's Gregg Rosenthal on Monday that the pass interference okie doke on Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens was "debatable" and added in an NFL Network interview that... more

Ndamukong Suh flashed a rare, raw flood of emotion following the Detroit Lions' playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The display felt much like a politician after losing an election and added to the already looming prospect that the All-Pro... more

The Denver Broncos could get back a big piece of their linebacking puzzle for Sunday's tussle with the Indianapolis Colts. Brandon Marshall was at practice Monday and working on drills, per the team's official website , after missing the final two... more

The early forecasts don't call for anything close to a wind chill of minus-48 degrees (not that 5 degrees is pleasant weather), but next Sunday's afternoon tussle between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field will conjure many... more

The newest plan to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles is underway. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who bought 60 acres in Inglewood, California last year , has joined forces with Stockbridge Capital Group, owners of the adjacent 238-acre Hollywood... more

The main question swirling around the Arizona Cardinals early in their offseason is about the future of receiver Larry Fitzgerald. On Sunday, Bruce Arians was asked how the team's face of the franchise fits into the plans. "He's right where he's... more

The Atlanta Falcons are already searching for a head coach to replace the departed Mike Smith. General manager Thomas Dimitroff's job still isn't all that safe either. Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's NFL GameDay Morning that owner Arthur Blank... more

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett isn't going anywhere, but his top two lieutenants could on the move in the near future. Speaking on NFL Network's NFL GameDay First , Ian Rapoport said Sunday the Cowboys face the very real prospect of losing both... more

The battle between the Detroit Lions' defensive front and the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line is stealing the attention in advance of Sunday afternoon's Wild Card battle . However, perhaps the biggest advantage on the field for the Cowboys is Dez Bryant... more

Ben Roethlisberger took responsibility for Saturday night's 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, which ended the AFC North champion's season. "Anytime you turn the ball over, it's frustrating and that's why I wanted to apologize to the fans, to my... more

The Carolina Panthers' defense continued its month-long steamroll by obliterating Arizona Cardinals fourth-string quarterback Ryan Lindley in a 27-16 wild-card win Saturday. Ron Rivera's defense carried an inconsistent offense and disastrous special... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without their most dangerous target Sunday versus the Indianapolis Colts. The team announced Saturday afternoon it downgraded receiver A.J. Green to out. The dynamic wideout suffered a concussion in Week 17 . He... more

Gary Kubiak could get another shot at a head-coaching gig. While the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator is prepping for his playoff battle with the Patriots next†Saturday †after beating the Steelers, other teams are eyeing potential interviews.... more

The Washington Redskins have lined up one interview for their newly opened defensive coordinator position . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the team will interview Wade Phillips this week, according to a source. The hire would be... more

There is a chance that Saturday 's loss to the Panthers marked the final time Larry Fitzgerald was in an Arizona Cardinals jersey. Speaking on NFL Network's NFL GameDay First †on Saturday morning, Ian Rapoport reported that the Cardinals are expected to... more

The New York Jets' strong interest in Doug Marrone took take tangible form Saturday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Jets interviewed Marrone on Saturday, per a source informed of the team's plans. Marrone opted out of his contract... more

Last season Ron Rivera earned the nickname "Riverboat" when his epiphany about going for it on fourth downs led to a winning streak and a division title. This year the coach made a similarly adept move, just without the catchy title. During an... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Injury Reports Cincinnati Bengals: OUT: A.J. Green (concussion) WR; Dane Sanzenbacher (concussion) WR; James Wright (knee) WR. QUESTIONABLE: Jermaine Gresham (back) TE; Cedric Peerman... more

The Cincinnati Bengals' hopes of getting A.J. Green back for Sunday's Wild Card contest took a major hit. The team announced that the wideout is officially doubtful to play against the Indianapolis Colts. Green did not practice Friday, per the team's... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers turned the light out on the possibility of Le'Veon Bell playing in Saturday's Wild Card matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. The team announced Friday that it ruled out Bell, who suffered a hyperextended knee in Week 17. Bell... more

The Philadelphia Eagles began the season eking out wins thanks to some timely big plays, special teams scores, turnovers and a bit of luck. Speaking on NFL Network's NFL AM Friday morning, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said that once they started... more

The Indianapolis Colts' offense has struggled through December, averaging 12.9 fewer points per game over the last four weeks. In order to jump-start the stagnant offense, coordinator Pep Hamilton said Thursday he plans to get back to what the Colts do... more

Troy Polamalu hasn't been himself while struggling through injuries this season. The 33-year-old has missed the past two games, which happened to be two of the Pittsburgh Steelers' best defensive efforts in 2014. Polamalu's absence, coupled with... more

If the Cincinnati Bengals fall Sunday in Indianapolis , Andy Dalton would tie the NFL record for most consecutive playoff losses by a quarterback to begin his career, a record held by Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle. Dalton's playoff struggles aren't new.... more

Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church wants to get revenge on Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate for a hit the wideout put on teammate Sean Lee two years ago. Tate's first reaction when he heard of the vendetta: Who is Barry Church? "Man, I don't know... more

December

The Pittsburgh Steelers could be without stud running back Le'Veon Bell for Saturday's Wild Card game against rival Baltimore Ravens. Mike Tomlin told reporters Tuesday that he wouldn't rule out Bell, who suffered a hyperextended right knee in... more

With the calendar year set to close there is no questioning many important changes were made in 2014 that will impact the future of the NFL landscape. From a new conduct policy to the Buffalo Bills' sale to integrating sideline technology to HGH testing... more

Kelvin Benjamin added two more drops Sunday to take his total to 11 for the season. Entering a playoff game against a tough Arizona Cardinals secondary, however, the Panthers aren't sweating the rookie receiver's drops. "He'll be fine," offensive... more

The Baltimore Ravens needed help to squeak into the playoffs, but they aren't going to apologize for getting into the dance despite not playing their best football. "You put a stop to the season now in a sense of, 'OK, our record is what it was. It was... more

With the New Orleans Saints' defense turning from solid to a sieve in one season, many on the Bayou are calling for Rob Ryan's job. However, coach Sean Payton wasn't set to make any ruling or announcement Monday on the defensive coordinator's future.... more

Detroit Lions defense tackle Ndamukong Suh will have his appeal of a one-game suspension for stepping on Aaron Rodgers heard in short order. In the meantime, Suh's fellow players lamented Monday that the NFL is taking out its best player in the... more

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke met with the Bay Area media Monday to reiterate that the parting of ways with former coach Jim Harbaugh was mutual , but they would not get into the philosophical differences that led to... more

The Dallas Cowboys could be without a big defensive piece in advance of their Sunday afternoon playoff game against the Detroit Lions. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that defensive tackle Henry Melton sustained a leg injury that could knock him... more

LeSean McCoy has earned his two best statistical rushing seasons the past two years under Chip Kelly, going for 2,926 combined rushing yards. Following his 99-yard performance Sunday in a 34-26 win over the New York Giants, the running back admitted... more

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins wants a shot at the starting job. The third-year quarterback said Monday that if Robert Griffin III is named the starter during the offseason he'll ask for a trade, per WRC-TV's Diana Russini . "Isn't it... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars got some terrible news about the best player on their roster. Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks tore his ACL in Sunday's season finale, the team announced Monday. With a daunting offseason rehab ahead, the Jags' best defender... more

Kyle Orton threatened to retire after last season. This year he's actually retiring. The Buffalo Bills announced the man who quarterbacked them for the final 12 games of the season is calling it quits after 10 NFL seasons. "I just have been going at... more

Mike Smith promised a tougher team in 2014. He didn't deliver, and it now cost him his job. The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday morning they fired the coach after the team was blown out 34-3 at home by the Carolina Panthers in a game that decided the... more

Justin Smith played what appears to be his final NFL game in the San Francisco 49ers' 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. NFL Media's Alex Flanagan reported during the game that she is hearing it would be the 14-year pro's last contest. The... more

Jim Harbaugh is inching closer to a homecoming with the University of Michigan. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday's†NFL GameDay First †that Michigan officials believe their former starting quarterback will become the new head coach .... more

Patriots fans will undoubtedly breathe a sigh of relief after reading the next line: Tight end Rob Gronkowski is inactive for Sunday's contest with the Buffalo Bills. Already having locked up the No. 1 seed there was little reason to risk an injury to... more

New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio was set to be atop any catalog of hot general manager candidates this offseason. You can scratch that name off the list. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots and... more

The Washington Redskins' lost season has taken so many depressing twists and turns it's hard to keep them straight. An expansive report from The Washington Post's Liz Clarke and Mike Jones details the Redskins' wayward season, Jay Gruden's first-year... more

The Atlanta Falcons could have won the NFC South on Sunday with a victory at home against the Carolina Panthers , but Mike Smith remained on the coaching hot seat regardless. Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's NFL GameDay First on Sunday that... more

With a playoff berth on the line , the Atlanta Falcons will have game-changing wideout Julio Jones on the field to face the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons announced that their star wide receiver is active against the Panthers. NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

Week 17 Cheat Sheet December 27, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Week 17 Game Picks With playoff implications in games across the NFL, Elliot Harrison provides his forecast for the... more

The Dallas Cowboys will be without linebacker Rolando McClain on Sunday . The team's second-leading tackler will not travel to Washington to take on the Redskins due to an illness, the team's official website announced . A Comeback Player of the Year... more

Josh Gordon's bizarre year took one more sideways turn before the calendar flipped to 2015. The Cleveland Browns announced Saturday that they suspended Josh Gordon for Week 17 for violation of team rules. NFL Media columnist Michael Sliver reported... more

Jason Pierre-Paul is set to hit the free agent market and has set his sights on earning buckets of dough. "I think I'm worth a lot of money," he said, per the New York Daily News . "What do you think?" In 15 starts entering Week 17, JPP has compiled... more

DeMarco Murray (hand, illness) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. If the Cowboys' running back suits up for the regular-season finale, it will mark the first time Murray appears in 16 games in his four-year career.... more

Jimmy Graham acknowledged Friday that his right shoulder has hindered his production this season. The tight end added that he would get another MRI after Sunday's finale to see if he needs offseason surgery. "I'm not going to make any excuses for it,"... more

Alex Smith's lacerated spleen caused an assumption from the outside that facing Chase Daniel would help propel the San Diego Chargers into the†playoffs . Chargers players, however, aren't taking the backup quarterback so lightly in Sunday's showdown .... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will enter their Week 17 matchup against the San Diego Chargers with their dim playoff hopes taking another hit. Team trainer Rick Buckholder told reporters that quarterback Alex Smith has a lacerated spleen and will not play... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in for another offseason makeover, but they are keeping one player around for the future. The team announced †Friday it reached an agreement with receiver Louis Murphy on a three-year contract extension. Murphy was set to be... more

Tony Sparano was pumping the breaks last month on our Latavius Murray hype train, questioning whether the runner could be a featured back . After seeing the second-year pro carry the load the past three games, the interim coach now has flipped the... more

Viewer's guide: Week 17 December 26, 2014

Around The NFL 's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for the last week of regular-season NFL action. At this point Connor Shaw could be in line to start Week 17 for the... more

It appears that the Atlanta Falcons will make their last stand at the Georgia Dome in 2014 sans running back Steven Jackson. The veteran, who injured his quadriceps in Atlanta's win over the Saints, has missed two practices this week.†ESPN's Vaughn... more

Frank Gore understands his future in San Francisco is in doubt. However, the 10-year pro told NFL Media's Eric Davis on Friday's†NFL AM that with or without him the Niners' offense will bounce back next year. "We just couldn't get that gel this... more

Andre Johnson said earlier this month that he wants to play in the NFL for 15 years, all with the Houston Texans. He recently told The Houston Chronicle he understands accomplishing that goal might mean a pay cut request from team brass. "Nobody wants... more

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones missed practice again on Thursday due to his hip injury. There is a good chance that Jones could miss Friday's practice and still play this Sunday after performing well at less than 100 percent last week. In a... more

When Bruce Arians said earlier this week the Arizona Cardinals would start Logan Thomas at quarterback, he left himself an out if the rookie didn't look ready, promising a quick hook. Just days later, Arians employed that hook. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Marshawn Lynch concluded one of the most ridiculous 79-yard runs you will ever see by grabbing his crotch last week. That finishing move will cost him money. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Lynch was fined $11,050 for unsportsmanlike... more

The Philadelphia Eagles will need to make a decision on their quarterback position within the next few months. The evaluation of Nick Foles is convoluted by his collarbone injury that swiped eight games this season. However, coach Chip Kelly said... more

In a moment of self-reflection, Geno Smith admitted that he didn't play up to his potential in 2014. "I underachieved this year," Smith told The New York Post on Wednesday. (Every Jets fan's reaction: "Ya think?") Smith has a compiled a 58.2... more

The Cleveland Browns first-round haul in 2014 has left a lot to be desired. No. 8 overall pick Justin Gilbert has been publicly chastised several times recently and No. 22 pick Johnny Manziel admitted he needed to take things "more seriously ."... more

Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett did his own Santa Claus impersonation this week, gifting his offensive linemen and tight ends each a 55-inch flat screen TV as thanks for their help in his breakout season. "I've been in a lot of offenses,... more

The Dallas Cowboys clinched their first NFC East title since 2009 and their first playoff appearance with the heretofore 8-8 centric Jason Garrett. Quarterback Tony Romo credited the coach's acumen and philosophy for getting the Cowboys over the hump.... more

If you bailed on "Sunday Night Football" early in Seattle's blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals you missed one of the most fantastic runs, ever. It was simply: Beast Mode. The 79-yard run by Marshawn Lynch was longer than the original Beast Quake,... more

The Baltimore Ravens picked a terrible week to put up a stinker . "Bottom line is, offensively, we just got our ass kicked," Steve Smith said, per ESPN.com , after the 25-13 loss to the Houston Texans. "That's what happened. That's what the score looks... more

The New Orleans Saints talked about giving the Atlanta Falcons their funeral on Sunday . Instead, it was the Saints who had dirt shoveled on their 2014 graves. "It sucks. We lost. Terrible year," linebacker Junior Galette said, per ESPN.com . "I thought... more

The Seattle Seahawks' defense has been absolutely impenetrable the last five games, allowing a combined 33 points over that span. Sunday night, they held the Arizona Cardinals to six points and 216 yards of offense. Yes, they played a third-string... more

The Detroit Lions (11-4) overcame another sloppy game to defeat the Chicago Bears (5-10) 20-14 at Soldier Field. Our takeaways: 1. The Lions won, but it was a sloppy, folly-filled game for the playoff-bound team. If Jim Caldwell's squad repeats that... more

Philip Rivers led the San Diego Chargers back from a 21-point deficit to a 38-35 overtime victory Saturday night over the San Francisco 49ers. He did that with a bulging disc in his back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via two sources close... more

The Atlanta Falcons will have their most important player on the field as they battle rival New Orleans Saints for the NFC South lead. Julio Jones is active for Atlanta. The wide receiver missed last week's game with a hip injury. According to NFL... more

With the NFL season a week from closing, the speculation about head coaching openings begins to heat up. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's NFL GameDay Morning that two college-level coaches could get a sniff at NFL jobs. The... more

This is the way the Harbaugh era ends, not with a bang but a record-setting whimper. Behind a rejuvenated, pin-balling Frank Gore, the San Francisco 49ers rushed for 355 yards, setting a franchise record. Yet the Niners still succumbed to Philip Rivers... more

Bust out the Breaking News strip: Redskins coach Jay Gruden had some nice things to say about Robert Griffin III. Skewered recently for perceived negative talk about his starting quarterback, Gruden praised RGIII following Washington's 27-24 victory... more

Week 16 Cheat Sheet December 20, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Week 16 Game Picks With playoff implications in games across the NFL, Elliot Harrison provides his forecast for the... more

Cam Newton remains on track to start Sunday when the Carolina Panthers host the Cleveland Browns. The quarterback is officially listed as probable, but coach Ron Rivera wouldn't name a starting quarterback. "We'll have a good feel tomorrow," Rivera... more

The optimism surrounding DeMarco Murray is hitting a crescendo . Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM he is "pretty positive" his running back will play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts after undergoing surgery on his left hand this week. Jones... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have been ter-ri-ble in prime-time games since the Andy Dalton era began. On Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights they are 2-6. For a team that has won nine or more games every season since 2011, the trend is flabbergasting. "I... more

Sight is a fairly important sense, especially when your job is finding holes and blasting through them. Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has had a tad bit of trouble with that aspect of life the past few days, limiting him in the last two... more

Bill O'Brien isn't going to show his hand early. The Houston Texans coach likely won't name his starting quarterback -- either Thad Lewis or Case Keenum -- until just before Sunday's contest with the Baltimore Ravens, so that John Harbaugh's team can't... more

The biggest deal in Texas at the moment is DeMarco Murray left hand. After undergoing surgery this week the question remains whether or not the workhorse running back will play this week as the Dallas Cowboys host the Indianapolis Colts and attempt to... more

The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are battling for what will likely be one playoff spot . Meanwhile the Washington Redskins season continues to spiral into the black hole of nothingness. However, Washington faces both the Eagles and Cowboys in... more

Viewer's guide: Week 16 December 19, 2014

Around The NFL 's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Joe Flacco has been sacked just 16 times all season while he continues to impress under Gary... more

Jaguars defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks slammed Tennessee Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to the ground, ending the game and putting an exclamation point on the 21-13 Jacksonville victory. The sack not only sealed a win, but likely had Marks... more

Blake Bortles had to battle just to see the field Thursday night, working out prior to the 21-13 win over the Tennessee Titans just to prove he could play through a mid-foot sprain. As he has most of the season, the rookie showed flashes -- leading... more

Jay Cutler was blindsided when told he would be benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen. "Shocked I think at first, I didn't see it coming," Cutler said Thursday of his initial reaction. Despite the benching, which could signify a potential end to his... more

Cam Newton took another step toward starting in Sunday's matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Coach Ron Rivera said after practice that he wouldn't name a starter, but added that Newton is "on target" to play Sunday. When questioned whether or not he... more

With a scheduled heavyweight bout against the Seattle Seahawks looming Sunday night , Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wasn't about to downplay the matchup. Instead he pumped it up. "Oh, yeah, man! You don't get to play for the damn things very... more

Jay Cutler's benching has led to a new round of blustering surrounding the Chicago Bears and their quarterback. Speaking on NFL Network's†NFL AM †on Thursday, veteran corner Charles Tillman defended Cutler's leadership in the locker room. "I think... more

By definition no person or entity can control their own destiny -- regardless of how many times you hear sports broadcasters use the phrase. At the moment the Philadelphia Eagles control neither their destiny nor their own potential path to the playoffs... more

Philip Rivers missed the past two days of practice as reports of the severity of his back injury swirl. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that while Rivers (chest, back) didn't practice, he did take all the snaps in the team's walk... more

A New Orleans Saints (6-8) victory Sunday at the Superdome can eliminate the Atlanta Falcons (5-9) from playoff contention. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis had a more morbid way of putting it: "We're definitely gonna give them their funeral," he said.... more

The Colt McCoy experiment is over for the season. The Washington Redskins placed McCoy on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday. McCoy suffered a neck injury in Week 14 and aggravated the injury on Sunday after just 13 snaps. The Redskins will... more

The Honey Badger plans to make his return to the field for the Arizona Cardinals in a showdown against the Seattle Seahawks that could determine the outcome of the NFC West . "I wasn't going to miss this one," Tyrann Mathieu said Monday, per the team's... more

The famous winds of Chicago can do nothing but fan the flames on the dumpster fire that is the Bears' 2014 season. A team already spiraling to depths unknown hit another low Monday night in a 31-15 loss to the Saints. It was a dreadful performance that... more

Most won't give the Arizona Cardinals a chance to defeat the surging Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in the desert with a third-string quarterback starting under center. Larry Fitzgerald, however, isn't buying the storyline that Ryan Lindley -- who... more

The Denver Broncos' dominating defense suffered another injury blow to Danny Trevathan. This one the linebacker won't be coming back from this year.† Trevathan is out for the season, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a team source, due to a... more

Robert Griffin III turned a solid outing Sunday into another starting opportunity. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced Monday the plan is to start RGIII Saturday in a divisional matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, to be shown... more

The NFL world could be in for a backup-quarterback duel when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night , exclusively on NFL Network. The Jaguars announced Monday that starting rookie quarterback Blake Bortles will be... more

The Denver Broncos haven't looked dominant in more than a month and are currently in line to need a playoff victory in Foxboro to return to the Super Bowl -- let alone win it. But they keep piling wins and nothing was going to stop defensive tackle... more

No one shuts down MVP quarterbacks quite like the Buffalo Bills. On Sunday, Buffalo's defense held MVP-frontrunner Aaron Rodgers to 17-of-42 passing (40 percent), 185 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. The previous week they held 2013 MVP... more

Jim Harbaugh was irate on the sidelines following a pivotal roughing the passer penalty in Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The penalty helped set up the Seahawks' final touchdown score and eliminate the 49ers from the playoffs. Speaking... more

Johnny Manziel played terribly Sunday . Anyone who watched a snap of the Cleveland Browns' performance of sadness in a 30-0 shutdown by the Cincinnati Bengals knows it. Manziel took blame for a terrible 27.3 passer rating and historically low QBR... more

Every coach harps on how each backup is one play away from being thrust into the lineup. Houston Texans rookie quarterback Tom Savage found that out Sunday . The fourth-round pick entered the game in the second quarter after Ryan Fitzpatrick was lost... more

The Indianapolis Colts (10-4) fended off the Houston Texans (7-7) to clinch the AFC South division title and a third-straight playoff appearance in a 17-10 victory . Our takeaways: 1. Andrew Luck displayed inconsistency for the second straight week in... more

Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured on a scramble and was carted off the field with a boot on his left leg in the second quarter of Sunday's loss †to the Colts. His leg is broken, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a team source. His season is... more

The NFL isn't done tinkering with the kicking game. The league is considering narrowing the width of the goal posts for the Pro Bowl, an NFL spokesman confirmed to Around The NFL. "The Pro Bowl features many different rules than a standard NFL game... more

While the fate of certain coaches seems sealed, it's time for the hot seat to warm up for others as we come down the home stretch of the season. Speaking on Sunday's†NFL GameDay Morning , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the futures of Tom... more

Despite Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith's optimism during the week, Julio Jones was ruled out by the team Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a hip injury. The receiver suffered the injury in Monday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers while... more

Last Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport detailed the pervasive dysfunction within the Chicago Bears organization, specifically relating to Jay Cutler's play. That report led to some fallout after offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer tearfully... more

Week 15 Cheat Sheet December 13, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions Harrison: Week 15 predictions Who takes the upper hand in the NFC East after their clash: the Cowboys or the Eagles? Elliot Harrison picks the winner of each Week 15 game.... more

NaVorro Bowman will not see the field for the San Francisco 49ers this season. The team announced it placed the linebacker, along with defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, on season-ending injured reserve Saturday. The Niners activated Bowman from the... more

The offseason signing of free agent offensive tackle Michael Oher didn't work out in 2014 for the Tennessee Titans. Combine on NFL Network In advance of the draft, Marcus Mariota and others will look to showcase their skills at the combine (Feb.... more

Montee Ball's season has come to an end. The Denver Broncos placed the running back on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Saturday. Ball entered the season as the Broncos' No. 1 tailback after the team let Knowshon Moreno walk in the... more

With their season three games from being over, the Chicago Bears made a move at the quarterback position. No, not that move , Bears fans. The team announced it elevated David Fales to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and placed linebacker... more

The Cleveland Browns made a swap at kicker after all . The team announced Saturday it waived kicker Billy Cundiff and signed Garrett Hartley. Cundiff missed Friday's practice with a knee injury, just days after he staved off competitors to keep his... more

Sunday's "Battle of Ohio" marks a pivotal game for both the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. The most important battle-within-the-battle will be a familiar one, with receiver A.J. Green taking on cornerback Joe Haden. Browns coach Mike... more

Percy Harvin (ankle) believes he will play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, but it's beyond 2014 that most in New York are curious about. For his part, Harvin said he "absolutely" wants to remain with Gang Green beyond his nine-game audition. "I... more

Dwight Freeney can see the light of the end of his NFL tunnel, and time is running out to accomplish one more goal: sack Peyton Manning. "At some time, I'm going to have to get him," Freeney said, per U-T San Diego . "If I retire, I'm going to have find... more

Reggie Wayne had one of the worst games of his career last week, catching just one pass for 5 yards and dropping three balls. After the game it was revealed that the veteran has been dealing with torn triceps. While it's been suggested that Wayne rest... more

The Chicago Bears publicly attempted to piece back their crumbling façade Friday. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer took ownership of criticizing Jay Cutler last week to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport . "I just wanted to say I made a very poor decision... more

The Arizona Cardinals got some great news Friday on quarterback Drew Stanton, who left Thursday night's game with a right knee injury . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday evening that the quarterback has a Grade 2 MCL spain and is expected... more

The last time Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil faced Detroit Lions young pass rusher Ziggy Ansah it did not end well for the offense. The second-year defensive end has exploded onto the scene and his breakout performance came in Week 6 when he... more

Chip Kelly understands the historical animosity between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, but in advance of Sunday's showdown that could decide the NFC East winner, the coach isn't getting into the hating game. "I understand that (dislike),"... more

Week 15 viewer's guide December 12, 2014

Around The NFL 's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Joke from a friend: In hell, they are probably forced to watch Darren McFadden and Maurice... more

Jadeveon Clowney's injured knee will cause him to miss the rest of the season after the rookie underwent microfracture surgery . A man who has undergone the same type of invasive knee procedure believes the No. 1 overall pick will struggle even when he... more

Despite copious injuries to their roster, the Arizona Cardinals' consistent display of great élan and toughness on the gridiron has led them to 11 wins, all but assuring themselves of a playoff berth and a Coach of The Year award for Bruce Arians.... more

In a move toward making one running back the workhorse, the Cincinnati Bengals will start Jeremy Hill on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Giovani Bernard told reporters that the rookie would start, per the team's official website . Bernard added he... more

A monstrous storm pounding the Northern California, Oregon and Washington regions has forced the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders to move their practice. With neither team sporting indoor facilities both were forced to change locations in order... more

With their playoff hopes dangling in space and the AFC West title on the line, the San Diego Chargers are gearing up to stop Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. In advance of Sunday's tussle , veteran corner Brandon Flowers wrote about preparing to... more

The Miami Dolphins' run defense has dissipated at quite possibly the worst time. Over the past three games Miami has allowed 180-plus yards in each contest and an average of 220.3 yards per game in that span. Defensive end Cameron Wake said the... more

Another year and another injury ends Louis Delmas' season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the safety tore his ACL in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. The team later announced Delmas would be placed on season-ending... more

Back in Week 11, Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling postulated that Detroit Lions safeties James Ihedigbo and Glover Quin -- at the time --†could be considered the best duo in the NFL. Since then, Kam Chancellor has come back in full force for the... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers came away on top in another must-win situation with their 42-21 road victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Winning games with their backs against the wall hasn't been the problem this season, it's been beating the croquembouche... more

"Sad Frank Gore" is a depressing figure to watch as he winds down what could be his last season in San Francisco. The longtime stalwart has gone from workhorse to part-time pony as the 49ers -- for whatever reason -- have gone away from the formula that... more

The Washington Redskins' defense has struggled this season, and long-time linebacker London Fletcher knows exactly where to point the finger of blame: defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. "Why does Jim Haslett still have his job as a defensive coordinator... more

The Seattle Seahawks were unimpressed by the Eagles and Chip Kelly's offense in a 24-14 victory Sunday in†Philadelphia. Richard Sherman dismissed the current group of Eagles wide receivers . Michael Bennett took aim at quarterback Mark Sanchez .... more

The Detroit Lions (9-4) broke a nine-game December losing streak by rolling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-11) 34-17 Sunday at Ford Field . Our takeaways: 1. It was a wide receiver show Sunday, but Calvin Johnson showed why he continues to top all comers.... more

Colt McCoy will be without his best deep threat as he attempts to jumpstart coach Jay Gruden's offense against a stout St. Louis Rams defense. Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is officially inactive for today's game due to a shin injury.... more

University of Michigan fans continue to hold out hope they can lure Jim Harbaugh back to Ann Arbor for one glorious, maize-filled reunion. Hopefully, those fans aren't holding their breath. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay... more

Unlike exchanging an unwanted or poor holiday gift, the Chicago Bears are stuck with Jay Cutler. But that doesn't mean they are enjoying it. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay Morning that the Bears are having a "serious case of... more

As the NFL's international man of mystery and mystique, Marshawn Lynch's future with the Seattle Seahawks remains an intriguing plot line as we push closer to the playoffs. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the running back is considering... more

Week 14 Cheat Sheet December 06, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions Harrison: Week 14 predictions Who takes the upper hand in the NFC after their clash: the Seahawks or the Eagles? Elliot Harrison picks the winner of each Week 14 game. READ... more

Week 14 viewer's guide December 05, 2014

Around The NFL 's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Will the Jets let Geno Smith throw after attempting just 13 passes last week? Odds aren't good,... more

Alshon Jeffery might be listed as questionable, but he won't miss Thursday's showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, shown exclusively on NFL Network. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the receiver will play, even though he's dealing with a... more

Latavius Murray returned to practice on Wednesday, after missing Week 13 due to a concussion. Barring a setback he'll be ready to face off against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. The 24-year-old running back burst into the national consciousness... more

We have hit that point of the season when slumping rookies will be said to have hit an imaginary "wall." Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone was asked this week if rookie receiver Sammy Watkins had hit that hypothetical wall after struggling through... more

For the Dallas Cowboys, there is no place like the road. Jerry Jones' team is 5-0 on the road entering their Thursday night visit to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears -- which can be seen exclusively on NFL Network. "I think, for me, I... more

The Seattle Seahawks' defense is rounding into shape as the playoff push progresses, having allowed a combined six points over the past two weeks. Seattle will face a wholly new challenge Sunday in the Philadelphia Eagles' fast-pace, high-flying... more

The Carolina Panthers have three wins after 12 games. The Carolina Panthers can still make the playoffs. No, seriously, they can. If you mess around with our Playoff Predictor long enough, wonderful, magical things can start to happen -- especially... more

Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said rookie Zach Mettenberger has been progressing from his shoulder injury and was optimistic the quarterback would play Sunday against the New York Giants . Mettenberger, however, took it a step further. "I'm... more

Bears sign kicker Jay Feely December 03, 2014

With kicker Robbie Gould suffering from a sore quad muscle, the Chicago Bears added some insurance in advance of Thursday night's tussle with the Dallas Cowboys, shown exclusively on NFL Network. The team announced Wednesday that it signed veteran... more

The struggling Arizona Cardinals' running game didn't get great news on Tuesday. Coach Bruce Arians told SiriusXM NFL's Late Hits with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt that Andre Ellington's hip-pointer injury is "severe" and he probably wont practice this... more

History has a funny way of talking to the present. With San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at the epicenter of a vortex of reports and rumors that his tenure will end at the season's close, we come to find out that, apparently, the khaki-insistent... more

Ryan Fitzpatrick's return to the lineup led to an offensive explosion for the Houston Texans and earned the quarterback the AFC Offensive Player of Week 13 award. Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 33 passes (72.7 percent) for 358 yards with six touchdown... more

Rex Ryan called it a "joke" that his New York Jets sit at 2-10 after squandering an opportunity to win Monday night . After letting the loss marinate, he doubled down on Tuesday when asked if he was embarrassed about that pathetic record. "Yep,... more

With new ownership committed to Buffalo, Bills fans could stop worrying about being moved to Toronto. Now they don't even have to worry about losing one home game to their northern neighbors. The Bills and Rogers Communications announced Monday they... more

The Buffalo Bills sit squarely in the playoff hunt at 7-5 thanks to an early-season quarterback change. After starting the season 2-2 under EJ Manuel, coach Doug Marrone made the switch to Kyle Orton, which has helped keep Buffalo afloat in a tightly... more

There is no secret as to the Pittsburgh Steelers' plan out of the backfield. It's Le'Veon Bell all game, every game from here on out. With LeGarrette Blount jettisoned, there is not other back on the Steelers roster capable of sharing the load with... more

The Arizona Cardinals have taken another hit on the defensive side of the football. Safety Tyrann Mathieu will undergo surgery on his thumb fracture Wednesday and will be out "a couple weeks ," via Darren Urban of the team's official website. When... more

It's another day and another injury for the New York Giants' defense. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Big Blue defensive lineman Robert Ayers will have his season end due to a torn pectoral muscle and will be placed on injured reserve,... more

J.J. Watt's MVP campaign stems from his dominance on the defensive side of the ball. However, his offensive touchdowns have added some pizazz to the crusade . When discussing the chances of Watt actually overtaking Aaron Rodgers and winning the... more

Like most good businesses, the New Orleans Saints have an eye toward the future, even in prosperous times. On Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Saints will look to select a rookie quarterback in the 2015 draft as they prepare for... more

Bill O'Brien has been vocal about his disappointment in Jadeveon Clowney not being on the field this season, but that doesn't mean the Houston Texans coach doesn't have his rookie's back. "I do want to say that this guy has worked extremely hard to... more

The New York Jets turned back to Geno Smith as their quarterback for Monday night's loss to the Dolphins, but instead ended up actually turning back the clock. Rex Ryan's Jets ran the ball 49 times. During one stretch they ran it 23 out of 24... more

Following the San Francisco 49ers' blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving, many fans called for the dismissal of offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Speaking on Monday, coach Jim Harbaugh backed his coach when asked if Roman will remain... more

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter suffered a lacerated spleen Sunday versus the Houston Texans and was taken to an area hospital. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Hunter will remain in a hospital in Houston and is expected to... more

Fantasy football owners are the only people upset that Jimmy Graham caught zero passes in the New Orleans Saints' 35-32 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. "For me, it's all about the W's. I don't care if it's zero catches, 10 catches or 20, as... more

The offseason dream has been swept away by the harshness of reality, as the only leap Cordarrelle Patterson made this year has been backwards. Sunday's 31-13 Vikings win over the Carolina Panthers marked the apex of disappointment for Patterson's... more

At one point during the Carolina-Panthers-Minnesota Vikings tussle on Sunday , the FOX broadcast showed the wind chill at TFC Bank Stadium to be -7 degrees. That type of freezing turns nearly everything rock hard. During the game, cameras showed... more

Dan Herron became the most recent running back to make Trent Richardson look astoundingly awful. The man called "Boom" blasted his way for 88 yards on just eight carries, including a 49-yard scamper for his first career touchdown. "He's a... more

The Houston crowd is known to serenade their biggest star with a three syllabled "J-J-Watt" chat after the defensive lineman makes a big play. Needless to say, they chant this often.† During his stat-stuffing, game-altering, superhero-esque performance... more

November

The Minnesota Vikings' (5-7) special teams scored twice as the team rolled over the Carolina Panthers (3-8-1),†31-13 ,†on a cold day at TFC Bank Stadium. Our takeaways: 1. The Vikings blocked and returned two punts for touchdowns in the first... more

Arian Foster took the field when the Houston Texans started its game against Tennessee Titans, after the running back missed the past two games. Foster is officially active and played on the team's opening drive. Against Tennessee in Week 8,... more

Is any NFL community winning at life more at the moment than the one in Buffalo? The blizzard that battered the region made national headlines as it interrupted many people's lives with record-setting snow accumulations, including displacing a Bills'... more

The pitifulness of the teams residing in the NFC South has once again brought concern about a team with a losing record hosting a playoff game and questions about playoff re-seeding. At 4-7 the Atlanta Falcons sit atop the NFC South with five games... more

Week 13 Cheat Sheet November 29, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Power Rankings, Week 13 In the latest edition of his weekly NFL pecking order, Elliot Harrison incorporates a number of... more

The St. Louis Rams' devastating defensive line will get more ammunition on Sunday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Rams activated defensive end Chris Long on Saturday, following a stint on the injured reserve-designated to return... more

Carlos Rogers' season didn't pan out like the Oakland Raiders planned. The team announced the cornerback was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season. The Raiders signed Rogers to a one-year deal as part of their offseason... more

The Cleveland Browns will be without Jordan Cameron for the fifth straight game due to a concussion. Cameron was listed as questionable Friday but was downgraded to out by the club on Saturday. The tight end was limited in practice all week,... more

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan was born in Florida and played college football at Florida State. This week marked the first time the rookie had ever seen snow. Jernigan decided to have some fun with the flakes from heaven and build... more

Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Jerick McKinnon is officially listed as doubtful, but doesn't expect to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers due to a lingering back injury. With his most talented back sidelined, the question is: How will... more

The New Orleans Saints, easily one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL, just dropped three straight games at home, where they had been seemingly invincible. While crucial turnovers have plagued Drew Brees and the offense, it's been the defense... more

Reggie Wayne has heard the discussions that his play is diminishing after 13 otherworldly seasons in the NFL, but the receiver said he flushes all that noise. "You ever heard of toilet material? That's the category I put that in," he said with a smile... more

Johnny Manziel addressed a†late-night incident with a Browns fan last Saturday for the first time on Friday. According to the report, Manziel and his associates were involved in an incident early Saturday morning with Ohio native Chris Gonos, who... more

Week 13 viewer's guide November 28, 2014

Around The NFL 's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Philip Rivers has gone five straight games with a passer rating below 100 and thrown just two... more

The Julio Jones and Patrick Peterson rivalry extends all the way back to their SEC days when they played for Alabama and LSU, respectively. Sunday, they will renew their clash when the Arizona Cardinals visit the Atlanta Falcons. "He won a couple... more

When San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York tweeted that Thursday night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks "wasn't acceptable ," it was hard not to view him talking specifically about the offense's performance. The 49ers totaled 164 yards of offense (100... more

Shady played coy Thursday following the Philadelphia Eagles' 33-10 pasting of the Dallas Cowboys. LeSean McCoy started out saying he didn't compare himself to the NFL's leading rusher, DeMarco Murray, and that it didn't matter who ran for more... more

The Chicago Bears' season is all but over as they sit at 5-7 after blowing a 14-3 first-quarter lead in a dismal 34-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. Following the loss, coach Marc Trestman shouldered the blame. "We just didn't do... more

Last time the Seattle Seahawks bested the San Francisco 49ers, Richard Sherman emphatically used the term "mediocre" to describe Niners receiver Michael Crabtree. In his post game press conference Thursday night after the Seahawks' 19-3 rout , the... more

Dez Bryant was held to four catches for 73 yards as the Dallas Cowboys' offense never quite seemed to get on track in their†33-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Bryant got into several confrontations with defensive players throughout the course... more

The Detroit Lions are once again missing Reggie Bush. The running back is inactive for his third straight game and four of the past five contests. Thursday was Bush's target date to return, but his ankle hasn't gotten better as quickly as the... more

The Fuller Family Reunion will take place Thanksgiving afternoon at Ford Field. Chicago Bears rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller (knee) is active for Thursday's game against Detroit. Fuller missed practice this week after leaving last Sunday's game with... more

When the Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles this Thanksgiving afternoon with the NFC East on the line, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will be worried about the fast break. "You remember Loyola-Marymount with coach (Paul) Westhead,... more

Ravens journeyman running back Justin Forsett is playing for his fifth team in seven seasons, and never could find a place to call home. However, after busting out this season, he'd like to stick around in Baltimore. "Definitely, this is a great place,... more

After an afternoon of feasting on turkey and football, we will all settle down to a nightcap featuring†the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, bitter rivals facing off in a pivotal matchup that will go miles in determining playoff seeding. One of... more

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden's decision to send Robert Griffin III back to the bench in favor of Colt McCoy shocked some teammates. "Anytime you see your starting quarterback (get benched), obviously, you're just like, 'Man, that (stinks),' "... more

The Cleveland Browns will be without the NFL's current interception leader for their push toward the playoffs. Safety Tashaun Gipson suffered a Grade 3 MCL injury Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source who has spoken to the... more

Some reinforcements could be on the way for teams hoping to make a playoff push. The Denver Broncos will get a boost as linebacker Danny Trevathan will return to practice Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a team source.... more

Earlier this season the Cleveland Browns were winning in part because Brian Hoyer did a fantastic job protecting the football. The Browns won in spite of the quarterback on Sunday . "It's great to win but I'm really disappointed in myself,'' said... more

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has made an $11 million pledge to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the largest donation in the Hall's 51-year history. "Canton is the birthplace of football. Football has very direct and strong connections to New... more

The Chicago Bears went into halftime of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers down 10-0 and having amassed a measly 68 yards compared to the Bucs' 211. "Basically at halftime coach was telling us that basically we just played the worst half of... more

From the moment Odell Beckham Jr. channeled his inner Spiderman , snagging a touchdown on a play physics would almost certainly deem an impossibility, the question was where it ranks in the Pantheon of greatest football catches ? Some, like LeBron... more

Tony Romo seemed to have every answer for the New York Giants on Sunday night. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback led a crowd-silencing drive in the second quarter after Odell Beckham Jr. set the world on fire with the most ridiculous catch ever .... more

Football has always been known as a game of inches. However, many times the game reminds us that seconds are just as important. On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons gave us a cringe-worthy example . Trailing the Cleveland Browns 23-21, the Falcons were... more

The Chicago Bears scored 21 straight points in the third quarter to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 21-13 , in Lovie Smith's return to Soldier Field. Our takeaways: 1. The Bears' offense was pathetic in the... more

Sometime timing in life is everything. Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton seems to have perfect timing both on and off the football field. Agent Erik Burkhardt tweeted that Hilton's wife, Shantrell, gave birth to the couple's baby girl Sunday... more

Larry Fitzgerald hasn't worked this week due to an MCL sprain, and he won't play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks . Fitzgerald ends a streak of 110 consecutive games played . Though sidelined, Fitzgerald remained focused on the team ahead of Sunday's... more

Two star running backs will miss their Week 12 tussles. Both Arian Foster and Reggie Bush will miss their respective games, according to the teams. Foster didn't practice Thursday or Friday while still nursing the groin injury he suffered in Week... more

LeGarrette Blount didn't have to wait long to reunite with his New England Patriots teammates on the field. The running back is active †in his first game after being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Blount played for Bill Belichick last season, so... more

Ndamukong Suh is the keystone to the Detroit Lions' dominant defense. Suh has governed the line of scrimmage more than anyone not named J.J. Watt this season. Facing a New England Patriots offense that is on a roll, averaging 40.5 points per game in... more

Like seeing a former significant other thrive at life with his or her new squeeze, Eric Decker finds it difficult to view Peyton Manning and the Broncos' offense hum along with Emmanuel Sanders playing his former role. "Honestly, sometimes it's hard to... more

Week 12 Cheat Sheet November 22, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions Harrison: Week 12 predictions Can the Broncos and Seahawks get back on the right track? Elliot Harrison picks the winner of each Week 12 game. READ All players... more

The Cleveland Browns officially activated receiver Josh Gordon to the 53-man roster on Saturday. Gordon will see his first action of the season Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons after serving a 10-game suspension. The activation was a formality... more

The Indianapolis Colts added running back depth at the expense of their kick returner. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Colts promoted running back Zurlon Tipton from the practice squad. The team later confirmed the move.... more

How fast is the Latavius Murray train filling up after the running back burst on the scene Thursday night with 112 yards on four carries, including touchdowns of 11 and 90 yards? The swell of support behind Murray, who left the game in the second... more

Ben Tate doesn't have time to get relaxed in his new Minnesota digs before he's asked to play a role in the Vikings offense. With Matt Asiata out of Sunday's contest against the Green Bay Packers with a concussion, Tate and Joe Banyard (zero NFL... more

The snowstorm that pounded the Buffalo area this week will cause many Bills fans to miss their Week 12 tussle with the New York Jets. However, at least one die-hard plans to make the trip to Detroit, where the game has been relocated and will be played... more

The Seattle Seahawks' passing game has been struggling -- ranked 30th in the NFL with a measly 191.8 yards per game -- and hasn't breached the 200-yard plateau in any of the past four contests. The struggles have led to queries about what the Seahawks... more

If you are planning to be in the Detroit-area on Monday night and would like a free ticket to an NFL game, you could be in luck. The Detroit Lions' official team website announced †tickets for the game between the displaced Buffalo Bills and New... more

The Seattle Seahawks are getting a big piece back in the middle of their defense. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday that linebacker Bobby Wagner will play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The middle linebacker has missed the past... more

The Oakland Raiders earned their first victory of the 2014 season Thursday by shocking the Chiefs , which means Derek Carr's record of being the first rookie since the merger to start and lose his first 10 games of the season can become a mere footnote... more

One day Chris Hogan can tell his grandchildren that he walked to work in four feet of snow. The Buffalo Bills' receiver was one of many players stranded in their homes this week as Western New York was pelted with the white stuff . Hogan was sick of... more

The Detroit Lions' offense stinks. (I'd be more flamboyant with my language in that sentence, but my editor advised against it.) The Lions rank 26th in scoring (18.8 points per game), haven't scored more than 24 points since Week 1 and in their... more

"The refs are human, too. We all make mistakes." --Doug Baldwin The above was part of the Seahawks receiver's reaction to finding out the NFL admitted a pass interference penalty should have been called on a pivotal fourth down incompletion in the Week... more

Last week, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur compared New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to a dinosaur . This week's installment of "An NFL player compares Jimmy Graham to something that isn't Jimmy Graham" brings us to Baltimore,... more

The swings of the Cincinnati Bengals' season are enough to make any fan consider rehab. Marvin Lewis' group has felt highs, such as last week's win over the New Orleans Saints , to the lows of the home blowout loss to the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago .... more

Week 12 viewer's guide November 21, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Josh Gordon's return will be the most intriguing storyline. We'll get to see the best receiver in... more

It's not every day a 9-1 team can play the underdog card. While not using that status as motivation, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians pointed out that his team's road trip to visit the Seattle Seahawks will be a measuring stick. Silver: The... more

Adrian Peterson has officially appealed his season-long suspension . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the NFLPA has filed its appeal for Adrian Peterson, per a source involved in the process. The argument is that the NFL did not... more

The Denver Broncos went 1-2 in their three-game road trip and slipped from darling of the West into a bitter battle for the division. Just weeks after being viewed as the consensus best team in the AFC, the Broncos are now tied, record-wise, with... more

LeSean McCoy isn't having the year he'd imagined in his second season in Chip Kelly's system. After leading the NFL in rushing in 2013 with 1,607 yards and 5.1 yards per carry, the Eagles back is sixth in rushing with 729 yards and has what would be... more

LeGarrette Blount will return to Bill Belichick's stable. The running back, released by the Steelers on Tuesday, was at the Patriots' facility Thursday and subsequently signed a deal , the team announced . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the... more

Giovani Bernard returned to the practice field Wednesday and remains on track to return to the lineup Sunday against the Houston Texans. On Wednesday Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson declined to name a starter and admitted the team... more

With LeGarrette Blount out of the Steel City , the Pittsburgh Steelers will ride on the shoulders of Le'Veon Bell. "I don't really feel pressure," Bell said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . "This is what I trained for. I didn't feel fatigued in... more

Robert Griffin III responded to critics who believe he blamed teammates for poor play following Sunday's blowout loss †to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Post by Robert Griffin III . Griffin's Facebook post came after Washington Redskins coach Jay... more

Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor denied that players have a problem with him or his offense. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported prior to last week's pivotal matchup that several Dolphins offensive players believe Lazor's "abrasive"... more

After this week's †22-9 loss to the Dolphins -- in which his offense looked meager -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said the thought of returning to EJ Manuel as the starting quarterback "never crossed my mind ." After letting it cross his mind... more

Rob Gronkowski had heard plenty of talking from Indianapolis Colts free safety Sergio Brown during Sunday night's 42-20 victory. As New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray scored his fourth touchdown of the night, the fun-loving tight end... more

Tre Mason galloped for 113 yards on 29 carriers, becoming the first player to breach the 100-yard plateau against the Denver Broncos' No. 1-rated run defense this season. "That's how you have to beat this team," coach Jeff Fisher said after the St.... more

Much like swallowing with a sore throat, we don't realize how important some things are until they are no longer easy. Then, simple things become annoyances. Such was life for the Minnesota Vikings, who dealt with malfunctioning clocks at Soldier Field... more

The Indianapolis Colts' blowout loss to the New England Patriots included more than a lopsided score. Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday afternoon that Ahmad Bradshaw has a "fracture of his fibula " and will see more specialists. Pagano added... more

The Chicago Bears (4-6) earned their first home win of the season, rolling over the Minnesota Vikings (4-6) 21-13 at a chilly Soldier Field. Our takeaways: 1. After a week of getting torched, Marc Trestman compiled a good offensive game plan. The... more

Jim Harbaugh's days wearing those black sweatshirts stitched with the 49ers logo appear numbered. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that "it would be a surprise" if Harbaugh returned to San Francisco next season.... more

Marshawn Lynch is expected to play Sunday for the Seattle Seahawks, but the end of the Beast Mode era is in sight. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay Morning †on Sunday that the Seahawks plan to move on from the... more

Beast Mode will be in full force Sunday at Arrowhead stadium. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on†NFL GameDay First †on Sunday morning that those close to running back Marshawn Lynch expect him to play against the Kansas City Chiefs with a... more

Dez Bryant told the Dallas Cowboys this week not to test his loyalties regarding his contract situation. The reality is that with or without a new contract this offseason, Bryant isn't likely to leave Big D in the next calendar year. Bryant and... more

Reggie Bush will miss his third game of the 2014 season. The Detroit Lions running back won't play today versus the Arizona Cardinals due to an ankle injury, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported , according to a source who has spoken to Bush.... more

Week 11 Cheat Sheet November 15, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches ... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Reggie Bush (ankle) RB -- INACTIVE -- Detroit Lions Harrison: Week 11 predictions Who will take control of the NFC: the... more

Arian Foster is looking like he'll sit out Sunday when the Houston Texans visit the Cleveland Browns. The running back suffered a groin injury in Houston's†Week 9 loss to Philadelphia. There was some thought Foster would be fine after the team's... more

The Chicago Bears will get another tall, playmaking receiver on the field Sunday . The team announced it placed wideout Marquess Wilson on their 53-man roster on Friday, and he is expected to play this week versus the Minnesota Vikings. Wilson... more

Reggie Bush missed practice for the third time this week. The Detroit Lions running back was not at practice Friday, per the team's official website . Bush reinjured his ankle early in the team's Week 10 matchup with the Miami Dolphins after... more

In one of the biggest interconference matchups of the weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals travel to New Orleans to face the Saints. The game will have big playoff implications for both teams coming off losses. Key for the Bengals will be slowing down Jimmy... more

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb have been on a tear as the Green Bay Packers have zoomed to a 5-1 record in their last six games. The duo has combined for 18 receiving touchdowns, the most in the NFL for any receiving combo, and are second in yards with... more

The Arizona Cardinals face one mega-challenge Sunday against the Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson. On NFL Network's NFL AM on Friday morning, Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu was asked how the team plans to stop Megatron. "That's why you pay Patrick... more

Everyone knew this was coming. The moment the words left Casey Matthews' mouth, he probably knew his brother would deny them. After Casey said older bro, Clay Matthews,†wasn't thrilled with moving to inside linebacker , it was clear that Clay would... more

Week 11 viewer's guide November 14, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup for Week 11 . Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Matt Ryan is averaging 49.9 fewer passing yards on the road than at home this season.... more

The Tennessee Titans sit at 2-7 and have lost seven of their past eight games. If the season ended today, the Titans would get the fifth pick in the NFL Draft, which has led to some players being asked about their thoughts on tanking the rest of... more

One more game, and then the Cleveland Browns can take the Ferrari out of the NFL-imposed suspension garage and out for a spin . On Monday, following the Browns' Sunday tilt with the Houston Texans, receiver Josh Gordon will return from his 10-game... more

Watching Kyle Orton sputter in the Buffalo Bills'†22-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins there was one obvious question to ask Doug Marrone: Are you considering going back to EJ Manuel? "No, right now, that hasn't crossed my mind," Marrone said. Marrone... more

Ryan Tannehill is having his best season under center for the Miami Dolphins, however the team continues to evaluate whether or not he will be their future franchise quarterback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Thursday on NFL Network's Around The... more

The New York Giants' struggling running game could be in for a boost Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Tom Coughlin hinted that he expects running back Rashad Jennings to play, but added, "I don't intend for him to carry a full load,"... more

Jadeveon Clowney's rookie season still hasn't gotten off the ground, but the outside linebacker will be back on the field Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Clowney told reporters Thursday he expects to play after missing time with a knee injury... more

Todd Bowles is having the best season of any coordinator in the NFL. We know it. You know it. The Arizona Cardinals certainly know it. Now, the team is making sure Bowles knows how much it values his mastery. The Cards and the defensive... more

The Matthews brothers will reunite when the Philadelphia Eagles travel to meet the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon . Oddly enough, both Clay and Casey Matthews are playing more at inside linebacker than either did just several weeks ago. Casey is... more

Fred Jackson returned to the Buffalo Bills' lineup last week, just 21 days after suffering a groin injury. The running back's status for Thursday Night Football , exclusively on NFL Network, has taken a turn for the worse. Jackson is officially... more

The Denver Broncos appear to be looking for a bit of outside help to jump-start the running game, but they did not find it Tuesday. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington revealed earlier in the day that the team brought in free agent guard Richie Incognito... more

Seattle's defense took another big blow this week. Brandon Mebane tore his hamstring and is done for the season, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday, per a Seahawks source. The team later announced the defensive tackle was placed on injured... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is making it a routine to rule out Troy Polamalu and Ryan Shazier on Tuesdays. For the second straight week, Tomlin said neither Polamalu (sprained knee) nor Shazier (ankle) will play due to injury. Ike Taylor will... more

Aldon Smith has been reinstated from his nine-game suspension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker will participate in the team's walkthrough on Tuesday. Smith was suspended the nine games in... more

The Sanchize is back, baby! Mark Sanchez made his first start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night . The formerly maligned New York Jets quarterback started his first game since 2012 and completed 20 of 37 passes for 332 yards, two touchdowns... more

Clay Matthews had the best game of his 2014 season as the Green Bay Packers shifted him to inside linebacker to help fend off the Chicago Bears' rushing attack. Aaron†Rodgers However, coach Mike McCarthy doesn't want anyone labeling Matthews... more

On this Veterans Day, Pittsburgh Steelers players won't have to go far to thank a military man. First Lt. Alejandro Villanueva, who was signed to the Steelers' practice squad earlier this year, remains in the Army Reserve. Villanueva joined NFL AM... more

Jay Gruden, it appears, is a "glass half-full" sort of guy. Coming off the Washington Redskins' bye week and sitting at 3-6, last place in the NFC East , Gruden chose to see the positives from his team. "When you go back and you look at what's... more

The Buffalo Bills felt like they fumbled away a sure win Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, with a quick turnaround to play the Miami Dolphins on Thursday †(shown exclusively on NFL Network), defensive back Leodis McKelvin declared on... more

Cam Newton had another dreadful outing Monday night, throwing three interceptions, losing a fumble and getting pounded for nine sacks in the Panthers' 45-21 loss to the Eagles. "I pride myself on protecting the football, but that's just not happening... more

While Mark Sanchez's starting debut for the Philadelphia Eagles garnered glowing exaltations from the far reaches of the Internet, one important aspect became clear Monday night: The quarterback loved finding rookie receiver Jordan Matthews. "I felt... more

The Detroit Lions sit a 7-2 for the first time since 1993, largely with the same players that cratered last season, which caused sweeping changes to the coaching staff. Jim Caldwell has brought an air of calmness to the Lions' locker room that has... more

The Chicago Bears' defense has been so bad, it became only the second team in NFL history to allow 50-plus points in consecutive games. That other team was the 1923 Rochester Jeffersons (1923!!!). Despite the swirling winds in Chicago surrounding his... more

Lamar Miller carried the ball just four times in the Miami Dolphins' 20-16 loss Sunday in Detroit. The lack of playing time led to some speculation that the running back's shoulder injury from Week 9 was worse than it appeared. However, NFL Media... more

The Miami Dolphins' best offensive player is gone for the season. The team announced that Branden Albert was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Santa Clara District Attorney's office has declined to press charges in the Ray McDonald case due to insufficient evidence. The San Francisco 49ers defensive end was arrested in late August on suspicion of committing domestic violence against his... more

New York Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor's star has fallen hard and fast . After spending the offseason hearing glowing praise from Rex Ryan, Pryor didn't play a single defensive snap during Sunday's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. One reason... more

In his second stint under Baltimore Ravens new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Justin Forsett has been a revelation. On Sunday, Forsett carried 20 times for 112 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans 21-7 .... more

With Carson Palmer headed to injured reserve with a torn ACL , the most important job on a football field will fall to Drew Stanton as the Arizona Cardinals fight to maintain their conference lead in the NFC. Following Sunday's win over the St. Louis... more

Ndamukong Suh was the best player at Ford Field on Sunday . The defensive tackle ripped up the Miami Dolphins' offensive line from the first play of Sunday's 20-16 Lions win , earning a tackle for loss on Lamar Miller. On the Dolphins' second snap... more

After getting blown out in back-to-back games while giving up 50-plus points in each, there isn't much Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman could do other than state the obvious. "It's like I told our football team at halftime and after the game:... more

The Miami Dolphins lost a game in Detroit on Sunday in excruciating fashion , and the news only got worse after the game.† Left tackle Branden Albert, easily their best offensive player, injured his knee and is believed to have suffered ACL and MCL... more

Another week and another come-from-behind win for the Detroit Lions, who earned a final-minute touchdown sling from Matthew Stafford to Theo Riddick and beat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 in a low-scoring but highly entertaining contest between two of the... more

Dez Bryant wants to get paid like he's one of the top receivers in the NFL -- which he is. However, the Dallas Cowboys are worried about handing Bryant a boatload of guaranteed money. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on†NFL GameDay Morning... more

Adrian Peterson's case for reinstatement following a plea deal of no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault will be expedited and is expected to be heard this week , per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport said on NFL Network's NFL... more

Geno Smith will sit on the bench for just the second game of his career Sunday when the New York Jets host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The quarterback was yanked in Week 8 after throwing three terrible picks and was inactive last week against the Kansas... more

Week 10 Cheat Sheet November 08, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Harrison: Week 10 predictions Can the 49ers step up for a must-win contest in New Orleans? Elliot Harrison picks the winner of each Week 10 game. READ Key game-time decisions All players... more

LeGarrette Blount said this week that Terrell Suggs is "known to be a dirty player " after the Baltimore Ravens linebacker hit him low on a tackle last Sunday night . Suggs will pay for the deed. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday... more

The Cincinnati Bengals could be without one of their playmaking pass-catchers for the rest of the season. Coach Marvin Lewis said Friday that tight end Tyler Eifert could be out for the duration of 2014. "I can't give you an update until he's... more

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is backpedaling slightly from his Thursday comments that Fred Jackson is "not ready " for game action just yet. Speaking to WGR-AM on Friday morning, Marrone said a decision hasn't yet been made on the veteran... more

One of the most fascinating storylines of the season has been the emergence of Denard Robinson in the Jacksonville Jaguars' backfield. The former college quarterback has 329 yards on 57 carries the past three weeks, more yards than every running back... more

The New York Giants stand on the brink of a lost season. After an embarrassing home loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Big Blue travels to face the Seattle Seahawks in one of the toughest environments in the NFL. Another loss would send them to 3-6... more

It appears Tony Romo will play in front of the London crowd on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback took part in a Friday morning walkthrough and practiced later with his teammates. Romo was officially listed as... more

Week 10 viewer's guide November 07, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action: Zach Mettenberger shouldn't expect a ton of help from his running game in his second NFL start.... more

Rookies have a lot to learn when they enter the NFL. One thing they shouldn't need reminding is not to downgrade an opponent who just whooped up on you. Despite the Cleveland Browns trouncing the Cincinnati Bengals in their own home 24-3 -- a loss... more

A.J. Green looked visibly frustrated at times during Thursday night's 24-3 home humiliation at the hands of division foe Cleveland Browns. "This one right here has me speechless," Green said after being held to just three catches for 23 yards by... more

Nick Foles is out the next six to eight weeks with a cracked clavicle, giving Mark Sanchez a shot to reignite his career in Chip Kelly's quarterback-friendly system. Mark†Sanchez After Foles' injury, NJ.com reported, citing unnamed sources with... more

The NFL announced its slate of three games for the 2015 International Series in London on Thursday. The Miami Dolphins will play host to the New York Jets in Week 4, on Sunday Oct. 4, the Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 7, on... more

Andre Johnson hasn't exactly had booming stat lines with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. Now with the switch to the strong-armed Ryan Mallett, might we see a rejuvenated A.J.? Coming off a game in which he had two catches for 12 yards, Johnson was... more

The San Francisco 49ers sit at 4-4 and are staring at a swirling season . Jim Harbaugh's team sits three games back of the Arizona Cardinals for the division lead in the NFC West and a game behind rival Seattle Seahawks. With NFC wild-card hopefuls... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox took a page out of Bill Belichick's book after getting whipped by the New England Patriots coach. "We're on to Oakland," Fox replied to two different answers Wednesday, per The Denver Post , echoing Belichick's "On to... more

Tony Romo is taking his first substantial step toward playing Sunday . The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was practicing for the first time in London on Thursday. Romo officially was listed as a limited participant in practice. Romo had not... more

The Indianapolis Colts' fierce secondary will get another shot in the arm this week. Andrew†Luck The team announced Tuesday it activated LaRon Landry off suspension this week after the safety was suspended four games in September for violating... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without two big-name defensive starters Sunday when they take on the New York Jets. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that veteran safety Troy Polamalu and rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier are both ruled out. Polamalu... more

Giovani Bernard is looking like he will miss the Cincinnati Bengals' Thursday Night Football matchup with the Cleveland Browns on NFL Network. The running back sat out his second straight practice on Tuesday after missing the team's Week 9 win... more

Greg Hardy's assault trial has been officially postponed until 2015, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. The news confirms what NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last week. The trial had been slated to begin on... more

We made it! We've hit that point of the season wherein players from down-and-out teams attempt to convince their fan bases not to give up on them. The 2-6 Tennessee Titans are up. "Stick with us," cornerback Jason McCourty said Monday, per the... more

When the players change ends during the first and second quarter of Thursday night's Cincinnati Bengals-Cleveland Browns tussle on NFL Network, some important people will step into the spotlight. During the quarter break, a brief ceremony will take... more

Robert Griffin III returned to the starting lineup with an uneven, but positive performance in a loss Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. As the quarterback progresses learning the Redskins' offense, coach Jay Gruden said Monday that RGIII still... more

The Green Bay Packers returned from their bye week and the tweak to Aaron Rodgers' hamstring appears mended. "Aaron did everything today," coach Mike McCarthy said Monday, per ESPN.com . "He looked good. He went through the workout today." The... more

The Green Bay Packers locked up coach Mike McCarthy to multi-year extension, the team announced Monday. McCarthy is in his ninth season as the Packers' head coach, racking up a Super Bowl championship, four NFC North division titles and six playoff... more

The Arizona Cardinals sit atop the NFC West with a 7-1 record and part of the reason has been the stellar play of quarterback Carson Palmer. In a division with young stud quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, along with Austin Davis... more

Jason Garrett is optimistic that Tony Romo will play Week 10 when the Dallas Cowboys face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. "Hopefully he just progresses," Garrett said adding the team would take it day by day . "He's gotten better and better every... more

The Detroit Lions reinstated defensive tackle C.J. Mosley from suspension Monday, coach Jim Caldwell announced. The veteran was suspended and sent home from London prior to the team's Week 8 game versus the Atlanta Falcons. "C.J. Mosley is... more

Teddy Bridgewater struggled mightily in the first half against the Washington Redskins on Sunday . His deep ball was way off and he couldn't get into any sort of rhythm. His biggest rookie moment came on a fourth-and-two from the Redskins' 39 with... more

Prior to his worst performance of the season , it was announced that Dez Bryant signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports agency . The Cowboys and Bryant couldn't come to an agreement this offseason before the receiver's self-imposed season deadline.... more

Just as the San Francisco 49ers appeared to escape with a win against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Colin Kaepernick fumbled the ball as he tried to reach the end zone. Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis came up with the ball and refs ruled it a fumble,... more

James Harrison's Steel Curtain call reached a crescendo Sunday night at Heinz field. The 36-year-old linebacker was the best defender on the field, time and time again pounding Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco into the turf . Harrison ended... more

Peyton Manning passed 57 times for 438 yards and two scores in Sunday's†43-21 blowout loss to the New England Patriots at Foxborough. Battista: That stinking feeling Peyton†Manning criticized himself after Denver's loss in New England, but Judy... more

Norv Turner was a step ahead of Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on seemingly every play in the second half as the Minnesota Vikings rallied from behind several times for a 29-26 victory . Our takeaways: 1. Robert Griffin III's... more

Bill Belichick said this week he didn't trust weathermen's forecasts †in the days before a game. How about five hours before a game, coach? The weather in Foxborough turned blizzardly Sunday morning, with snow flurries pouring down prior to the Denver... more

Tony Romo will not play †Sunday due to a back injury when the Dallas Cowboys host the Arizona Cardinals, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Desmond Purnell report, per a source close to Romo. Brandon Weeden got his first start of the season.... more

We knew Darren Sproles would suit up Sunday after being designated as probable and practicing in full all week. The question was how much he'd play. NFL Media's Stacey Dales reports, per a team source, that the running back was close to playing last... more

Jadeveon Clowney will not play against the Eagles . The rookie is battling an illness , per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source informed of Clowney's condition. The team later announced that Clowney is inactive. Earlier in the week, Houston... more

Week 9 Cheat Sheet November 01, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Harrison: Week 9 predictions While Manning vs. Brady takes center stage, Elliot Harrison eyes other factors in Broncos-Pats. Check out his Week 9 picks. READ Key game-time decisions All... more

A source close to Tony Romo informed NFL Media's Desmond Purnell on Saturday that the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has two fractures in his transverse process , but it is possible he could still play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The injury is not... more

Jim Kelly was declared cancer-free in September, but now the Hall of Fame quarterback has developed a staph infection in his bones. The former Buffalo Bills quarterback told The Miami Herald this week that he is undergoing an eight-week treatment for... more

The Cowboys are keeping Josh Brent around Dallas beyond this season. The defensive tackle signed a one-year contract extension through 2015 at the minimum, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source who has seen the deal. Brent is... more

The Indianapolis Colts will get two of their key cogs back to face the New York Giants on Monday night . Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Saturday that both Reggie Wayne and Vontae Davis will play this week, per the team's official website .... more

The Dallas Cowboys are set to receive some pass rushing aid. The team activated rookie defensive end Demarcus Lawrence on Saturday from the injured reserve-designated to return list. The No. 34 overall pick broke his right foot in July. The... more

Anyone who watched Tyrann Mathieu leap to knock the ball away from Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews last week with under 10 seconds left to play walked away thinking, "Mathieu must be close to healthy again." After tearing ligaments in... more

Joe Philbin returned to the Miami Dolphins in advance of Sunday's tussle with the San Diego Chargers after missing the past two days of practice. The coach was away from the team to be with his family. Philbin's father, Paul, died Friday night,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are welcoming running back Charles Sims to the backfield committee. The team activated the rookie from the injured reserve-designated to return list Saturday. With Doug Martin doubtful due to an ankle injury, Sims could... more

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief had his coming-out party last week replacing Reggie Wayne, who was out with an elbow injury. The rookie caught seven passes for 113 yards and his first career touchdown . However, the talented wideout... more

After sitting out practice all this week with a back injury, Tony Romo plans to participate in the Cowboys' Saturday walkthrough, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a team source. After the light walkthrough, Dallas will gauge how the... more

October

A.J. Green is participating in the Cincinnati Bengals' final practice of the week, per the team's official website , and appears on pace to play Sunday against Jacksonville . The star wideout has been nursing a toe injury and missed the past three... more

Jadeveon Clowney's return to the Houston Texans' lineup appears short-lived. Coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Friday that the No. 1 overall pick could be out Sunday versus the Philadelphia Eagles. "I don't know," O'Brien said. "I wouldn't say... more

Robert Griffin III is expected to return as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback Sunday when they take on the Minnesota Vikings. In a sit down with the team's official website , RGIII indicated that he thought he'd be back earlier after... more

Nick Foles hears the consternation about his play this season and knows he needs to improve . "I'm the decision-maker on offense," Foles said, per ESPN.com . "I have the ball every single play. Yes, I have to do a better job. Words can't describe... more

In last week's Snap Report , Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling noted that Stevie Johnson has been the most effective San Francisco 49ers pass catcher this season, despite receiving a comparatively minuscule portion of the snaps. A three-time 1,000-yard... more

We've reached that part of the season when the New York Giants are already declaring games must win. "This is like the playoffs for us," defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said, per Newsday . "We gotta win, basically. We gotta win ... (the playoffs) have... more

DeAngelo Hall has experienced multi-interception games before. But multi-Achilles tears? That's a different story. The Washington Redskins cornerback, who tore his Achilles in Week 3 and underwent surgery, tore it again this week and underwent... more

Week 9 viewer's guide October 31, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. With the Bucs' offense floundering behind Mike Glennon, Tampa should go to the ground against a... more

Derek Carr won the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback job with a blistering preseason performance against the Seattle Seahawks, during which he fearlessly went after star corner Richard Sherman. The defensive back said Thursday he wasn't stunned... more

Drew Brees was picked off on the New Orleans Saints' first drive of a 28-10 declawing of the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. As the ball took flight, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis walloped tight end Jimmy Graham right under the chin .... more

Apparently you can tug on SuperCam's cape . Cam Newton had his third straight poor game as the Carolina Panthers fell 28-10 on Thursday night to the New Orleans Saints. Newton posted career lows in completion percentage (35.7) -- on 10-of-28... more

The San Diego Chargers will be without their stud rookie cornerback, Jason Verrett, for at least the next couple weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Verrett was diagnosed with a torn labrum and is out at least two to three... more

Tony Romo did not participate in Thursday's practice, and the Dallas Cowboys are being cautious about what he's able to do in practices moving forward this week. Jason Garrett said Thursday the quarterback is "feeling better" and he's "certainly"... more

The Arizona Cardinals sit atop the difficult NFC West and lead the NFL with a 6-1 record . Larry Fitzgerald believes the best is still ahead for the team from the desert, and the wide receiver had an interesting comparison for the Cards' penchant for... more

It's fitting that as Tom Brady enters his 16th matchup against Peyton Manning he will tie the signal-caller's record for most AFC Offensive Player of the Month awards since the accolade was created in 1986. Tom Terrific won his seventh player of the... more

Calling a quarterback a "game manager" is often taken as a dig. However, New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson gave us our umpteenth lesson that context is paramount. You'll remember that the Jets have two quarterbacks who turn the ball... more

The Atlanta Falcons suffered the largest blown lead in franchise history Sunday when they let a 21-point lead slip through their hands against the Lions in London. The loss was the Falcons' fifth straight after a 2-1 start to the season. The... more

Jay Gruden played coy all week with Robert Griffin III's availability for Monday night's tussle with the Dallas Cowboys. RGIII was listed as questionable after Gruden continually said he would start if the quarterback's ankle was deemed healthy... more

Zach Mettenberger started his first game Sunday after a haircut and mustache trim. The Tennessee Titans then got blown out by the Houston Texans 30-16 . Apparently the decision to clean up his look wasn't all on the rookie. Coach Ken Whisenhunt... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars labeled Denard Robinson an "offensive weapon" last season, then struggled to get the athletic former quarterback involved in the offense. In the past two weeks, however, the Jags finally found the proper holster for their weapon.... more

The New York Giants' defense will be without stalwart Jon Beason for the rest of the season. The linebacker will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his injured right foot, NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Monday. The procedure has not yet been... more

Gronk like to score . Gronk like to score touchdowns. Gronk like to score a lot of touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski was an unstoppable force Sunday as he rumbled for three touchdowns, including a 46-yard bulldozing catch-and-run . "I like scoring... more

The New Orleans Saints' blowout win Sunday night marked the first victory for an NFC South team since Oct. 5. The Saints sit at 3-4, but with a win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football , Drew Brees and Co. will be in first place in... more

With Vontae Davis exiting Sunday's contest early, the Indianapolis Colts' defense got torched, allowing Ben Roethlisberger to rack up 522 yards passing and six touchdown connections. Darius Butler, one of the corners who got burned in Davis' stead,... more

Arian Foster plowed over the Tennessee Titans and drove the Houston Texans to a blowout 30-16 road win. Our takeaways: 1. Foster went over 100 yards rushing for the sixth time this season, jaunting for 151 yards on 20 carries, two rushing touchdowns... more

Brandon Marshall made waves when he called out teammates following last week's Chicago Bears loss . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on†NFL GameDay Morning †on Sunday that during Marshall's rant a Bears teammate rolled his eyes and said, "Here we go... more

As Tuesday's trade deadline approaches, one name that keeps coming up is Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning that the Eagles, Patriots, Chiefs and Seahawks are among... more

Foremost among those affected by the New York Jets' addition of the speedy Percy Harvin is receiver Eric Decker, who will be buoyed by the attention that defenses give his new teammate. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport spoke with Decker this week about... more

Jadeveon Clowney is seeing his first action since Week 1 as he took the field Sunday for the Houston Texans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported on NFL GameDay First that Clowney would make his return this week from a torn meniscus.... more

The Detroit Lions will again be without star receiver Calvin Johnson. Megatron tested out his ankle pregame, running on the field at Wembley Stadium in London, where the Lions will take on the Atlanta Falcons , but the wide receiver was unable to play.... more

Week 8 Cheat Sheet October 25, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Week 8 predictions Will the Seahawks snap a two-game skid -- or will the Panthers end a bum streak of their own? Elliot... more

Week 8 viewer's guide October 24, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. The Lions' defensive line should feast on Matt Ryan on Sunday in London. Led by Ndamukong Suh, the... more

Two of the Denver Broncos' biggest playmakers, Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas, are playing out the final years of their rookie contracts. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that the Broncos don't plan to address the contract situations of the... more

The Dallas Cowboys have ridden DeMarco Murray's NFL record-setting seven-game streak of outings over 100 rushing yards to open the season 6-1. The running back has 187 carries for 913 yards (4.9 per rush), leading the NFL by nearly 300 yards rushing.... more

Breaking News: The defense wants to create turnovers. The New Orleans Saints are desperate to turn around their 2-4 season. For that to happen, Rob Ryan's defense knows it must improve its takeaway ratio in order to give Drew Brees and the offense... more

Dwight Freeney said he thought a "million" times about sacking Peyton Manning when he signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2013. Unfortunately, injuries sidelined the pass rusher all three times the Chargers faced Manning and the Denver Broncos... more

Denard Robinson provided the first semblance of a running game for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season when he went for 127 yards last week against the Cleveland Browns. Denard†Robinson Coach Gus Bradley said earlier in the week that the... more

Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has more experience with Percy Harvin than anyone in the NFL. After spending two years with Harvin in Minnesota -- in the receiver's first two seasons, when the wideout totaled 1,658 receiving... more

Darrelle Revis was sent back to his island. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per a source close to the player, that Revis overslept Tuesday and would have been late to his 7:30 a.m. ET meeting, so he was not told not to show . Per team... more

Tre Mason bust onto the scene in Week 7 , carrying the rock 18 times for 85 yards and one touchdown run in the St. Louis Rams' upset victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Mason far outdistanced the Rams' other running backs. Zac Stacy was announced the... more

The Tennessee Titans sit at 2-5 and are staring down the barrel of a lost season. In reality, that record should be much better. In their last two losses (to Cleveland and Washington ) the Titans have held leads with under two minutes to play... more

Jay Gruden said repeatedly during his Wednesday news conference that Robert Griffin III's status for Monday night's game versus the Dallas Cowboys hinged on the team doctors clearing the quarterback. "It's up to the trainers and doctors right now,... more

Calvin Johnson is in London . Calvin Johnson is running in London . But Calvin Johnson is just barely practicing in London. The Detroit Lions' star receiver was listed as limited Wednesday as he continues to attempt a comeback from his injured... more

The Atlanta Falcons' offense has sputtered with just one touchdown in each of the last two weeks. Julio Jones put the lack of offensive production squarely on his own shoulders . "It starts with me," he told NFL Network's NFL AM †on Wednesday. "I... more

Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's career touchdown record and added to his own mark in a four-touchdown barrage Sunday night as the Denver Broncos trounced the San Francisco 49ers. 42-17 . To go along with his record, Manning picked up the AFC... more

The New England Patriots have acquired some help for their banged-up defense. The Patriots announced Wednesday they traded for Tennessee Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers. New England released 'backer Ja'Gared Davis is a corresponding move. NFL Media... more

The NFL announced Tuesday it suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers without pay for the team's next two games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport adds, via a source... more

The Carolina Panthers announced they released veteran defensive back Charles Godfrey. The 28-year-old has spent his entire seven-year career in Carolina after being selected in the third round of the 2008 draft. "Making this move was difficult... more

After going down with a broken collarbone in Week 7 , C.J. Spiller could still return this season. Kyle†Orton The Buffalo Bills placed the running back on injured reserve/designated to return on Tuesday. In a corresponding move, the team signed... more

Darren Sproles returned to the practice field Tuesday, according to Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Sproles suffered a sprained MCL in the team's Week 6 win over the New York Giants. He was expected to miss one game -- potentially two --... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith could be on the fast track to an early return from suspension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that per the terms of Smith's union-league negotiated settlement, his suspension could be shortened... more

Reggie Wayne brushed off the elbow injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Bengals. "I'm good now," he said after the game. "I just kind of fell on it, fell on my arm. Go home, have an adult beverage and see how it feels in the morning."... more

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware make up the fiercest pass-rushing duo in the NFL. It's something that Colin Kaepernick found out the hard way Sunday night when the twosome combined for five sacks on the 49ers quarterback. Miller currently leads the... more

Finally, Dion Jordan has come back to the Miami Dolphins. The defensive end returned after missing six games while on suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. The 2013 No. 3 overall pick has yet... more

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Monday star receiver A.J. Green was progressing from his toe injury. Speaking on NFL Network's NFL AM †on Tuesday, the wideout corroborated that he's getting better, but his status for this week is still... more

Entering Sunday's game the Cleveland Browns owned the NFL's third-best rushing attack (146.4 yards per game), but could only manage 69 yards on 33 carries against a middling Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Ben Tate ran for just 36 yards on 16... more

The Houston Texans won't be able to unleash their duo of terror in prime time against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jadeveon Clowney is officially out for Monday Night Football . NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala said on Monday's... more

Percy Harvin is settling into his new gig with the New York Jets and said he wants to put the past behind him. Speaking to the New York media for his first time Monday, the wide receiver admitted his deployment in Seattle was the cause of frustration.... more

The Detroit Lions are heading to London on Monday for their Week 8 overseas battle with the Atlanta Falcons. Calvin Johnson will make the trip with the team, coach Jim Caldwell said . Megatron has missed the previous two games with an ankle... more

Just don't throw an interception. That was all Drew Brees had to do for the New Orleans Saints to likely close out the Detroit Lions for a road win on Sunday . Instead the All-Pro quarterback forced a pass on third-and-9 with 3:20 left in the contest... more

Tony Romo gets the lion's share of the blame when the Dallas Cowboys stumble, so we should give him credit for helping guide America's Team to a surprising 6-1 start. While DeMarco Murray has shouldered the load, galloping to a whopping 913 yards... more

The Buffalo Bills lost their top two running backs Sunday when Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) left a thrilling 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Jackson is out multiple weeks, while Spiller's season will end with surgery... more

Golden Tate took what should have been a 15-yard grab and turned it into a 73-yard game-swinging touchdown scamper in the Detroit Lions' 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints. At the time, the Lions trailed 23-10 with less than four minutes to... more

The Baltimore Ravens steamrolled the soft Atlanta Falcons 29-7 on Sunday by dominating their visiting opponent in all facets. "I mean, football is a physical game," Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith said after the win when asked about things getting... more

Following Percy Harvin's trade to the New York Jets, some not-so-flattering issues about the receiver's time in Seattle began to leak. One of the big storylines was of a physical altercation Harvin had with then-teammate Golden Tate before the... more

Ryan Tannehill ripped up the Chicago Bears' defense as the Miami Dolphins rolled to a 27-14 win at Soldier Field. Our takeaways: 1. Ryan Tannehill was flawless early. The quarterback diced up Chicago's defense with an on-point quick passing scheme.... more

The NFL trade deadline sits nine days away on Oct. 28, and speculation is ripe to start flying. With one big-name trade already being consummated this weekend when the Seattle Seahawks shipped Percy Harvin to the New York Jets, what other players could... more

Matthew Stafford will be without his security blanket for another week.† All-Pro wideout Calvin Johnson will miss his second straight game, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported . Hampered by an ankle injury he suffered last month, the talented... more

Percy Harvin is in New York. The dynamic receiver told the Jets' official website he was "very excited" to join Gang Green. "I just think they got a lot of the pieces here," Harvin said. "You've got Geno (Smith), with a great veteran behind him. You... more

Week 7 Cheat Sheet October 18, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Week 7 predictions Can the Chargers and Cowboys each notch their sixth win of the year? Elliot Harrison projects Week 7's... more

Safety Will Hill's fourth chance at an NFL career is set to begin. The Baltimore Ravens announced Saturday †they moved Hill to the 53-man roster, making him eligible to play Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons. Hill served a six-game suspension to... more

The Carolina Panthers downgraded running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle) to out for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. The team announced the move Saturday. Williams had been designated Friday as doubtful for Sunday , making it highly... more

The Indianapolis Colts are averaging an NFL-best 31.5 points per game and lead the league in total yards per game (444), passing yards per game (328.7) and time of possession (36:28). A year after insisting on sticking with a plodding running game that... more

The most stunning aspect of the Seattle Seahawks trading Percy Harvin to the New York Jets on Friday was that general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll only got a mid-round draft pick in return . Why would a team essentially give away... more

The New York Jets are making room on their roster for Percy Harvin. When the acquisition of the former Seahawk was official, the team also announced that they parted ways with wide receiver David Nelson. When the unexpected happens- we either react,... more

Your weekly "Will Jake Locker play this Sunday?" update: Outlook not good. Charlie Whitehurst took the majority of the first-team reps during the open portion of practice and signs point to him starting Sunday against the Washington Redskins,... more

During the offseason Adrian Peterson raved about running back Jerick McKinnon. Now the rookie is replacing All Day in the Minnesota Vikings' starting lineup. With Peterson on the Commissioner's exempt list , McKinnon has leaped Matt Asiata as the... more

Kelvin Benjamin returned to practice after missing the previous two days due to a concussion. According to multiple beat reporters , the rookie receiver wore his helmet and took part in all the pass-catching drills with the rest of his position group... more

On Friday, we found out what it would take for Calvin Johnson to play Sunday : a miracle. Speaking to reporters, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said, "Miracles can happen ," when asked about Megatron's availability, per the Detroit News. Johnson has... more

Patrick Peterson has not played like the top cornerback in the NFL through five games. Not even close. Peterson has given up an opposing passer rating of 132.4 when targeted this season (12th highest among all corners) and has allowed four... more

Prior to the New York Jets' final field goal attempt Thursday night, an official nudged New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, keeping him from standing over the center, which would have been a penalty. In any other situation, a ref... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense entered the season billed as one that would recapture its dominant form after several years of being old and slow. However, Dick LeBeau's unit has been gashed recently and some former members of the Black and Gold... more

Week 7 viewer's guide October 17, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. The Falcons have been a completely one-sided team this season, ranking first in yards per play on... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was agitated and seemingly disheartened when he faced the media Thursday night after the team's 27-25 loss to the New England Patriots. It turns out that Ryan let out some steam just before stepping in front of the cameras.... more

Geno Smith played by far his best game of the season Thursday night against the division rival New England Patriots, but it still wasn't enough in a 27-25 loss . Smith put the ball on point for the most part, made plays with his feet and didn't make his... more

As if Matt Ryan didn't have enough trouble overcoming a brittle Atlanta Falcons offensive line, the quarterback was the victim of a multitude of dropped passes in last week's loss. Pro Football Focus charted seven drops as a team †in Week 6 on... more

Cam Newton's top target continues to deal with a concussion. Kelvin Benjamin missed his second day of practice as he goes through concussion protocol, per the Associated Press' Steve Reed . The Panthers also practiced without Fozzy Whittaker,... more

The knee injury that ended Jerod Mayo's season was a brutal blow for the veteran . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning, via a source informed of the situation, that Mayo underwent surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon. The hope... more

How pumped are you for wall-to-wall coverage of Peyton Manning's drive for 509 this weekend? The Denver Broncos signal-caller sits at 506 touchdown passes, two behind Brett Favre's NFL record of 508. Sunday Night Football got the juicy tease, and Al... more

Clay Matthews has struggled this season. Part of those struggles have been due to a groin injury sustained earlier this season. Another culprit is that teams have been able to take advantage of his over-aggressive style in the read option. "I know... more

Darrell Bevell has heard you, Seattle Seahawks fans. The offensive coordinator heard the rampant consternation and deep-throated queries wondering how Marshawn Lynch got just 10 carries in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, including just two in... more

Ryan Mathews sprained his MCL more than a month ago. The San Diego Chargers' running back has yet to reach the point in his rehab where he can start running. "I'm hoping," Mathews told U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken . "I'm just taking it one day at... more

Jeff Demps is being sprinted out of Tampa. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are releasing the running back from their practice squad, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, according to a source informed of the move. The 5-foot-7, 191-pound U.S.... more

Mike Zimmer has watched his Minnesota Vikings get outscored 59-13 and outclassed in all three phases of the game in the past two weeks. The first-time head coach has seen enough. After Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Detroit Lions, Zimmer called out his... more

Big time players make big time plays. At least that is what we've been told. Early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against Arizona, Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo had a chance to make a game-changing interception with the Cardinals... more

Jerod Mayo left the New England Patriots' locker room on crutches Sunday after injuring his knee. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources informed of the situation, Mayo is believed to have suffered a "significant " knee injury and... more

A.J. Green's return to the field won't be this week. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that the Cincinnati Bengals' star wide receiver will miss another week with the toe injury that forced him to miss Sunday 's 37-37 tie with... more

Cam Newton orchestrated the Carolina Panthers' offense in every facet during Sunday's 37-37 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals. After being limited to start the season, we finally saw the real SuperCam. The Panthers took the training wheels off... more

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin was a tad angry at the offense's struggles after being upset by the Dallas Cowboys 30-23 on Sunday. At one point during the loss Baldwin could be seen vociferously orating his feelings at quarterback... more

Teryl Austin's defense dominated as the Detroit Lions swarmed Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings in a 17-3 victory . Our takeaways: 1. The Lions' defensive line absolutely ruled the game. Ezekiel Ansah was all over the field, compiling 2.5... more

Jerry Jones said this week the Dallas Cowboys aren't running from Richard Sherman. Cowboys coaches are taking that fearlessness to another level. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL†GameDay Morning that Cowboys coaches believe the... more

Rex Ryan and the New York Jets face Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in a five-day stretch and could be staring at a 1-6 record this time next week. Ryan knows he's on the hot seat and must turn it around -- or else he'll be looking for a new job.... more

Jimmy Graham's time off will extend beyond the New Orleans Saints' bye week. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on GameDay First †on Sunday that the tight end will miss a few weeks after the bye , "likely two or three," with a shoulder sprain,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have their towering†starting receivers in the lineup when they face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that both Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans will play, according to sources... more

Week 6 Cheat Sheet October 11, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Tom Brady (ankle) QB, New England Patriots Tom Terrific popped up on the injury report Friday, but NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Vernon Davis appeared to be on pace to play Monday night against the St. Louis Rams. But he's not quite sure he'll make it on the field. "I don't feel like I'm where I need to be at the moment, but I'm getting there," Davis said, per Matt Barrows... more

If you've sat next to a San Francisco 49ers fan for any game this season, you're likely to have heard "just give the ball to Frank" muttered or shouted more than once. Frank Gore's carries have gone up the past two weeks -- 24 and 18, respectively --... more

It seems almost weekly a question about Jermichael Finley's possible return gets bandied about -- mostly from Cheesehead fans. While the tight end still holds out hope of a return, he's begun the process of implementing plan B. USA Today's Tom... more

Doug Martin hasn't found the right footing since his breakout rookie campaign in 2012. After missing most of last season with a shoulder injury, Martin missed two games for the Buccaneers this year with a knee injury. In the time he has been on the... more

Marvin Jones might have been listed as questionable on the Cincinnati Bengals' injury report, but he won't play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The receiver was†downgraded to out ahead of Sunday's game. It's not a surprise in the least that... more

Some teams prefer to ignore Richard Sherman's side of the field when facing the Seattle Seahawks. The Dallas Cowboys don't plan on being one of those teams this Sunday . After watching Deion Sanders shut down one side of the field for years in the... more

A.J. Green is not expected to play in†Sunday's game †against the Carolina Panthers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the star receiver met with a foot doctor Thursday morning and is not likely to play , according to a source... more

Following the Houston Texans' failed comeback attempt Thursday night , J.J. Watt said he needed to "find a way to do more ." One Texan who appeared to have a chance to do more was DeAndre Hopkins. The receiver was the closest Houston player with a... more

Two of the NFL's best wide receivers are likely to miss Sunday. A.J. Green was in a walking boot on Friday and will likely be out †for at least this week's game. Green won't require surgery , according to NFL Media's Albert Breer, per a club source;... more

Coach Tony Sparano said after taking over the Oakland Raiders' head gig that he would give players like Denarius Moore a clean slate and judge them with his own eyes . One position the coach isn't taking a new look at is quarterback. In fact, Sparano... more

Cordarrelle Patterson isn't going to whine or flip tables because he has exactly two touches in each of the Minnesota Vikings' last two games. "I'm not a drama queen or anything," Patterson said, per The Star Tribune . "I don't want to go to the... more

Week 6 Viewer's Guide October 10, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 66.7 percent of 20-plus-yard passes through the air, the highest... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have won some close games en route to a 4-1 record. In fact, one could argue the Eagles are one yard from 5-0. New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sees it a different way. "They could have easily been 0-4,'' he... more

On the back of J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans stormed from behind to turn a blowout in to an almost win. In the end they still lost, 33-28 . Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who fumbled to seal the loss , reiterated the well-known saying that close... more

Teddy Bridgewater has played just under seven full quarters of NFL football. Still that didn't stop Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell from comparing him to Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson. "This guy is a good player," Caldwell said... more

Ronnie Hillman will need to update his LinkedIn page after Sunday. It should read:†Ronnie Hillman: Starting NFL running back . For at least the next several weeks the third-year back will start in place of Montee Ball for the Denver Broncos. "You feel... more

Devin Hester finds the Atlanta Falcons' matchup with the Chicago Bears on Sunday a familial one. "It's kind of like playing against your brother," he said of facing a team with which he spent eight seasons. "I thank them a lot, and I wish them all the... more

Geno Smith kept his starting job for at least another week. The struggling New York Jets quarterback wasn't permanently benched in part because backup Michael Vick did nothing to take the job during his one half of play Sunday. Vick, who completed 8... more

The New York Jets got what Rex Ryan described Sunday as an "ass whipping " courtesy of the San Diego Chargers. Ryan defended his team, its work ethic and his job security during a very Rexian radio interview Tuesday with WEPN-FM in New York. "This... more

Teddy returns. Teddy Bridgewater is back at practice Tuesday, per multiple reporters, after he missed last Thursday's game . The rookie is on pace to play this week against the Detroit Lions. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 4 during his... more

Some Lions fans don't care that Jim Schwartz was carried off the field following the Buffalo Bills' road win Sunday . Others found it a classless move by the self-absorbed coach. For those in the latter group, you have company. Wide receiver... more

Andy Reid has regrets. His biggest one coming off Sunday's road loss to the San Francisco 49ers was not getting Jamaal Charles the ball enough. The Kansas City Chiefs' most dynamic offensive player went long stretches without touching the ball .... more

The largest come-from-behind road victory in NFL history hinged on a fourth-and-1 stuff by the Cleveland Browns. It was a play Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes should have been converted. With 3:09 remaining on his own 42-yard line, Titans... more

Kyle Orton made plays down the field that helped lead the Buffalo Bills to a last-second road victory in Detroit. Kyle†Orton Several of the pivotal throws Orton made in the fourth quarter were ones we hadn't seen benched quarterback EJ Manuel... more

LeSean McCoy had his best game in weeks during Sunday's 34-28 win over the St. Louis Rams. However, it was still un-Shady like . He finished with 81 yards on 24 carries for an average of 3.4 yards per carry (not great, but well more than his 1.5 the... more

Another wide receiver got the post-game Richard Sherman treatment. After Monday night's 27-17 win over the Washington Redskins, the Seattle Seahawks' cornerback took aim at Pierre Garcon. "Pierre doesn't matter in this league," Sherman said, per... more

The football world got a glimpse of what the San Diego Chargers have been seeing from Branden Oliver for the past several months . The dynamic running back gashed the New York Jets for 114 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added four... more

Rob Gronkowski had one goal entering Sunday night's contest against the Cincinnati Bengals: Get Brady's back. Battista: Behind Brady's revival Just when it looked like the Patriots were done for, Tom Brady found his fight. Judy Battista digs into... more

Jim Schwartz brought his Buffalo Bills defense to Detroit and obliterated Matthew Stafford and the Lions' offense on Sunday. After shutting down the Lions for three quarters, the former Detroit head coach was carried off the field by his Bills players... more

If the Dallas Cowboys continue on their current pace and snap their streak of mediocrity, we might be able to point to Dez Bryant's overtime catch Sunday as the seminal moment of the season. While being blanketed by Texans corner Johnathan Joseph,... more

Geno Smith is having a fortnight to forget. A week after cursing out a fan after a home loss, Smith got benched at halftime †as the Jets were blanked by the Chargers in embarrassing fashion . After the disastrous performance , we found out that... more

Kyle Orton brushed off an early pick-six and Dan Carpenter nailed a 58-yard field goal to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 17-14 road win over the Detroit Lions. Our takeaways: 1. Orton looked shaky early, checking down often. His worst pass came on an... more

Megatron will battle his former head coach Sunday afternoon when the Detroit Lions host the Buffalo Bills †-- and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. After telling teammates he would play , Calvin Johnson has been listed as active for Sunday's game.... more

Odell Beckham Jr. will make his NFL debut for the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay First that the rookie receiver will play and the entire playbook will be open... more

Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field sans a walking boot Saturday for some stretching drills with his teammates. It was a positive step for the Washington Redskins quarterback as he works back from a dislocated ankle suffered in Week... more

Week 5 Cheat Sheet October 04, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Harrison: Power Rankings, Week 5 Elliot Harrison completely reassesses the NFL hierarchy at the quarter pole, with 31 of 32 teams switching spots.READ Key game-time decisions All players... more

The New England Patriots waived receiver Kenbrell Thompkins on Saturday. The move appeared on the NFL's transaction wire and the Patriots promoted linebacker Ja'Gared Davis from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Thompkins was an undrafted... more

The Arizona Cardinals travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday afternoon in a highly-anticipated matchup . Cardinals players are ready to make a statement. "This ain't no normal game," linebacker Larry Foote said, per the... more

Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field Saturday†for the first time since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2 . The Washington Redskins' quarterback shed the walking boot and wore cleats on both feet as he joined teammates for agility... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars activated receiver Ace Sanders to the 53-man roster on Saturday . Sanders served a four-game suspension to start the season. The wideout took a month-long leave of absence during the offseason to deal with "personal issues... more

DeMarco Murray has been the Dallas Cowboys' workhorse this season, leading the NFL with 99 carries -- a whopping 18 more than the next closest running back. He is on pace for 396 carries, but given his injury history (Murray has never played more... more

The New York Giants' offense has been humming along the past several weeks and might get another boost Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Odell Beckham has missed the first four games of his rookie season while dealing with a hamstring injury. The... more

Football is a young man's game, but some old(er) fellas have been showing age as merely a marking of time, not a determinate of production. Both Steve Smith (35) and Reggie Wayne (turning 36 in November) are coming off 100-yard-plus performances and sit... more

Brandon Marshall is back on the mend after spending the past several weeks dealing with an ankle injury. For the first time since Week 2 , Marshall headed into the weekend without the "questionable" designation after his name on the Chicago Bears'... more

Calvin Johnson has been dealing with an ankle injury, and Golden Tate popped up on the injury report Thursday with hamstring trouble. However, both Detroit Lions receivers practiced Friday, a positive sign for Sunday's matchup with the Buffalo Bills.... more

Jake Locker will return to the starting lineup Sunday when the Tennessee Titans host the Cleveland Browns. "He's has a good week of practice," coach Ken Whisenhunt said, per The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt . "The first day working back into it with the... more

Bill Belichick said Friday morning that he would have a comment about the report that Aaron Dobson was inactive for two weeks after he "mouthed off " to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Several hours later, the New England Patriots' head coach... more

NFL Week 5 viewer's guide October 03, 2014

The Green Bay Packers made easy work of the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday , but there's still a full slate of games Sunday †and a prime-time matchup Monday. Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your... more

The Aaron Dobson situation in New England is becoming curiouser and curiouser . On Thursday, The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young reported that the receiver was inactive the past two weeks because he "mouthed off " to offensive coordinator Josh... more

First things first: Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said the hip injury he suffered Thursday is fine. What's not fine for us is the lack of opportunities our "Making The Leap " candidate has received in the Vikings' offense the past... more

After a 3-0 start to the season and being showcased as the most complete team in the NFL at the quarter pole, the Cincinnati Bengals aren't going to sneak up on anyone. "Now we're the hunted," offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said Thursday, per The... more

Detroit Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron said in August he'd already hit and broken through the rookie wall . However, after four weeks of preparing and learning multiple roles as a move tight end, the rookie realized how easy it is for young players... more

Aaron Rodgers got off work early Thursday night as the Green Bay Packers bowled over the Minnesota Vikings 42-10 at Lambeau Field. The quarterback exited the contest as the fourth quarter started after compiling a stat line of 12-of-17 passing, 156... more

Oakland Raiders new interim coach Tony Sparano will have to try and alter the team's course without the help of one of his top pass-catchers. The team announced Thursday it placed receiver Rod Streater on the injured reserve -- designated to return... more

Christian Ponder got the start for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is inactive , according to a source informed of the situation.... more

Alex Smith's time in San Francisco was anything but smooth, and the No. 1 overall pick in 2005 eventually exited when Jim Harbaugh chose to stick with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. After essentially being "Wally Pipped" out of his job after leading... more

Cam Newton hasn't been himself this season thanks to offseason ankle surgery that sapped much of his mobility and magical escape ability. Newton, seven months removed from the procedure, said at first†he didn't†realize the extent to which the surgery... more

Team identities: NFC North October 02, 2014

NFC EAST NFC NORTH NFC SOUTH NFC WEST Four weeks of the season is enough time to get a read on what each team is known for. Around The NFL will look at the identity for all 32 teams after the first month of the season. Lions boast... more

DeMarco Murray has been a wrecking ball for the first month of the season. Guiding the Dallas Cowboys to a 3-1 start and earning the running back the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month award for September. Murray leads the NFL in rushing with 534... more

The Washington Redskins aren't being given much of a chance to beat the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Monday night . Coming off an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants and hosting a Seattle squad fresh off a bye week, it's not... more

New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game during Monday's nightmare loss to Kansas City -- a curious situation considering the Patriots' glaring lack of a playmaking, field-stretching receiver.... more

September

Teddy Bridgewater sat out his second straight practice as the Minnesota Vikings prepare to face the Green Bay Packers on a short week. The rookie quarterback suffered a left ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 41-28 win over the... more

Ben Tate returned to the practice field Tuesday as the Cleveland Browns came off their bye week. It's the running back's first practice since spraining his right knee in Week 1, according to the Akron Beacon Journal . Tate's return is a good... more

The cause behind Joseph Fauria's injured ankle, which was shrouded in mystery last week, has come to light. After missing Sunday's win against the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions tight end told a tale of a little dog named Lil' Rufio and a missed... more

Following a pick six in Monday night's blowout win, Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, slid on his knees and bowed in prayer in the end zone. The prayer drew a 15-yard penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, for "going to the... more

Many in Miami took a much-needed exhale following the Dolphins' blowout win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. After defensive discontent boiled into a botched, coach-inflicted quarterback controversy last week, the win helped calm the tumultuous... more

Jim Harbaugh gave his typical Harbaughian response to NFL Media's Deion Sanders' report questioning if †the San Francisco 49ers are behind their coach. After Harbaugh's rebuttal, general manager Trent Baalke -- who has reportedly had his own discord... more

The New England Patriots' offense has been a simmering a pot of rotten stew for weeks and it finally boiled over Monday night in a 41-14 , three-turnover pasting by the Kansas City Chiefs. However, it wasn't just the offense that got lambasted in... more

Mike Glennon guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a comeback win Sunday that should keep him in a starting role. However he'll be without wide receiver Mike Evans for two to three weeks due to a groin injury, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

How to Lose a Game in 10 Ways made its worldwide debut Sunday at Heinz Field. From a slow start, to botched plays, to poor end-game defense, to a dropped flea-flicker, the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to hang around and ended up... more

Steve Smith Sr. entertained like Maximus Decimus Meridus during Sunday's 38-10 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers, his former team. The now-Baltimore Ravens' receiver characterized his 139-yard, two-touchdown day as just "business." Since Smith... more

The Oakland Raiders flew more than 5,000 miles to London but couldn't leave behind their losing stench. The Silver and Black faithful who traveled to Wembley Stadium to watch their team play on foreign soil saw the same humiliation it has the previous... more

The once mighty Philadelphia ground game continues to flounder behind a makeshift offensive line. LeSean McCoy carried the ball 10 times for a grand total of 17 yards in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. In the past two weeks, McCoy... more

Aaron Rodgers threw darts and dropped dimes Sunday as the Green Bay Packers pulled away with a dominating 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears. Our takeaways: 1. Aaron Rodgers told Packers fans to R-E-L-A-X about the team's offense. On Sunday he put last... more

All eyes will be on Steve Smith during the "Goggle Game " at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore this afternoon. The Ravens receiver has spoken plenty since the Carolina Panthers released him this past offseason. During Week 1 , Smith went on an... more

Jake Locker missed†Sunday's game . That's been a familiar statement in the quarterback's four-year career. He's missed 14 games in the past two seasons. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the quarterback would miss his first game of the 2014... more

Arian Foster's hamstring injury won't keep him out for the second consecutive week. NFL Media's Albert Breer relayed that the Houston Texans running back is officially active †to play against the Buffalo Bills.† Foster missed last week's loss and... more

Week 4 Cheat Sheet September 27, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Power Rankings, Week 4 After three weeks, three teams stand alone at 3-0 -- but only one can take the top spot in Elliot... more

Stephen Tulloch suffered a punch-line injury in Week 3 when the Detroit Lions' linebacker tore his ACL celebrating a sack of Aaron Rodgers while mimicking the quarterback's "Discount Double Check" move. The linebacker told the Detroit Free Press'... more

Jamaal Charles practiced for the third straight day on Saturday and is listed as probable for Monday night when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots. The probable designation means we are all but assured of seeing the running... more

The New England Patriots will be without starting defensive tackle Sealver Siliga for at least eight weeks. The team announced it placed the third-year pro on injured reserve with a designation to return. Siliga is eligible to practice in six weeks... more

The San Diego Chargers have struggled to run the ball, but that won't make them quit trying. Through three games the Chargers are averaging a pitiful 2.4 yards per carry average (worst in the NFL), but their 97 handoffs places them fifth in attempts.... more

Jake Locker is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. However, the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback didn't throw much this week as he dealt with a wrist injury. While the Titans haven't ruled out... more

It's Week 4 . We haven't even reached the quarter-pole of the 2014 season yet.† Yet, for the Oakland Raiders, Sunday's London-held tussle against the Miami Dolphins has veteran receiver James Jones playing the "must-win game" card. "To me, it's a... more

The New York Giants were rolling so well in Thursday night's thrashing of NFC East rival Washington Redskins, they got to witness one of the rarest of rarities: Eli Manning score with his feet. "It's almost like seeing a UFO or seeing a unicorn or... more

The Week 3 fight that broke out between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins has resulted in two fines. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Eagles left tackle Jason Peters was fined $10,000 for striking a player in the... more

Joe McKnight's time in the NFL sun didn't even last a week. The Kansas City Chiefs running back ruptured his Achilles at practice Thursday, per the team's official website . McKnight had the best game of his NFL career Sunday against the Miami... more

Most of the discussion surrounding the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Carolina Panthers on Sunday has revolved around Steve Smith facing his former teammates. Less talk has taken place of how those teammates will react to facing Smith. Linebacker... more

Matthew Stafford had an eventful Friday morning. The Detroit Lions quarterback was driving around 6 a.m. to the team facility when he became one of several motorists stranded after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on a freeway on Detroit's west side. A... more

NFL Week 4 viewer's guide September 26, 2014

We're into Week 4 and starting to see who some of the contenders and pretenders are. Kevin Patra is here every week to fill you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Consider this your handy guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL... more

The GenoCoaster reopens Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium, when the New York Jets host the Detroit Lions. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg scoffed at the idea of considering benching starting quarterback Geno Smith if he struggled again,... more

The Chicago Bears have earned back-to-back road wins without much aid from running back Matt Forte. Generally one of the best, but lesser-heralded, running backs in the NFL, Forte currently holds a 3.2 yards per carry average in 2014. Take out the... more

Kirk Cousins' two-week daydream came to a crashing end Thursday night in a five-turnover horror. Washington Redskins first-year coach Jay Gruden used several unflattering adjectives to describe his team's 45-14 loss to the Giants, calling it a... more

Antonio Allen is in the midst of one of the most brutal three-game stretches a cornerback can face. In the past two weeks he's seen Jordy Nelson and Alshon Jeffery. On Sunday he'll match up against the NFL's best receiver: Calvin Johnson. The converted... more

The New York Giants should expect to face a longtime nemesis Thursday night when they meet the Washington Redskins. DeSean Jackson is expected to play tonight , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a team source. Jackson has been... more

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