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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.
December

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. The battle of the maligned quarterbacks! In his seven games played this season, Mark Sanchez... 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'sNFL 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'sNFL 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. The team announced Saturday it placed the right tackle on season-ending injured reserve with a toe injury and promoted defensive back... 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 inPhiladelphia. 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 alate-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 their33-10 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 featuringthe 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. //

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