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Kevin Patra

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.


April

Jerry Jones wanted to get a backup quarterback and successor for Tony Romo on Thursday night, but couldn't close the deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Dallas Cowboys tried to trade back into the first round to draft Paxton Lynch , b... more

The Arizona Cardinals entered the offseason knowing they needed to address the defensive line. Steve Keim added another big piece Thursday night. The Cards grabbed talented but troubled defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with the No. 29 overall pic... more

The Minnesota Vikings added a big-play weapon for Teddy Bridgewater, selecting Laquon Treadwell with the No. 23 overall pick in Thursday night's first round. Treadwell became the first Ole Miss wide receiver drafted in the first round in the commo... more

Rex Ryan's love of Clemson spilled over into draft night. The Buffalo Bills selected pass rusher Shaq Lawson with the No. 19 overall pick in Thursday's first round. The edge rusher is Ryan's type of player: an active worker with an aggressive mot... more

Quarterbacks. Quarterbacks are the lifeblood of the NFL. If a team owns a franchise passer, the limits are boundless. If a team has squat under center, the search becomes all-consuming. With so many teams constantly spinning on the quarterback... more

Peyton Manning is a well-known letter writer, often penning notes to retiring teammates, opponents, those battling life-threatening illnesses or people inspiring him in any fashion. In a tribute to Manning's retirement, Gatorade filmed a commercial... more

One of the pivot points of Thursday's NFL draft will come when the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock at No. 4. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could go several ways: corner Jalen Ramsey , defensive end Joey Bosa or running back Ezekiel Elliott . The... more

CHICAGO -- Two weeks ago, Laremy Tunsil seemed poised to be the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft. Now, there is a chance he's not the first offensive tackle off the board. The Ole Miss product said Wednesday at an NFL Play 60 Clinic in Chi... more

CHICAGO -- Jalen Ramsey doesn't know what team will call his name during Thursday night's NFL Draft. He does know exactly what position he wants to play at the next level. "Corner," Ramsey replied with no hesitation when Around The NFL asked what... more

CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback room entered a precarious position after Sam Bradford requested a trade earlier this week, following the team's trade up to the No. 2 pick to select a signal-caller. Carson Wentz is the presumptive s... more

"Is Joe Flacco elite?!?" The debate regarding the Baltimore Ravens quarterback has raged in vast corners of the internet and flamed many bar discussions for years. Now the question has some polling data. In the thick of the political season, poll... more

The Chargers are making a big push to keep the team in San Diego. On Saturday, the team held a rally to help gather signatures for their downtown stadium project. Among those in attendance were Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and ex-Chargers run... more

When the New York Jets traded for left tackle Ryan Clady there were concerns about the lineman returning to form after missing all of 2015 due to an ACL tear. General manager Mike Maccagnan said Friday that Clady is healthy and ready to start in 20... more

After losing Lamar Miller, the Miami Dolphins' current running back depth chart consists of Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, Jahwan Edwards, Daniel Thomas and Isaiah Pead. According to GM Chris Grier, he's content if that's the group that enters the 2016... more

Victor Cruz hasn't played a football game since October 2014, but the New York Giants' receiver believes he's ready to return during training camp later this summer. "I'm feeling great. Workouts have been going amazing. Each day, it gets better and... more

We have more fifth-year option fun! The Atlanta Falcons exercised their fifth-year option on cornerback Desmond Trufant for the 2017 season, the team announced Friday. It's a no-brainer move for the Falcons to ensure one of the NFL's best young... more

The New York Jets' staring contest with Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to press on. Speaking Friday, general manager Mike Maccagnan said the team is intent on bringing back the signal-caller. "Our focus has always been Ryan," he said, per the team's... more

Rob Gronkowski generated a mini-stir last month when he tweeted about his contract. The New England Patriots picked up the option on the tight end's deal, which means he's under contract through 2019. At his current rate over the next four years,... more

The NFL and CFL announced Friday the creation of a joint officiating development program . In its statement, the NFL announced that beginning this summer, a group of officials will have the chance to work as part of CFL crews during preseason and... more

The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns each received massive hauls for trading away the top two picks in next week's NFL draft so their counterparts, Rams and Eagles, respectively, could draft an unproven quarterback. If teams are willing to giv... more

A Denver Broncos trade for Colin Kaepernick seemed poised to take place a month ago. Now the prospect sits in a catatonic state. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said Thursday that trade talks with the San Francisco 49ers are "dormant."... more

Dave Gettleman's decision to rescind the franchise tag on Josh Norman will have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the Carolina Panthers' offseason and could leak into the 2016 season. An already substantial hole at corner becomes crater-sized... more

Of all the 2015 first-round picks who played as a rookie, Melvin Gordon experienced by far the worst year. The San Diego Chargers running back even admits he was awful. "It was terrible. I was terrible." Gordon said of his rookie season, via the te... more

The Denver Broncos' defense lost Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan to free agency this offseason, wiping away two key playmakers on a Super Bowl champion. Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. told reporters that any talk about those losses affecting the Bronc... more

In a day of twists, the Carolina Panthers provided the most unexpected turn. In a shocking move, the team rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman on Wednesday. Norman immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent. "... more

The Dallas Cowboys suffered another big blow to an already depleted defensive front. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the team and Demarcus Lawrence were notified that the defensive end faces a four-game suspension for anothe... more

"You're never going to get it. You know what you are, Romo? You're a ball in high grass. ... Lost." -- Bill Parcells to Tony Romo, 2003 . Tony Romo finally maneuvered the tall weeds, developing from undrafted rookie into the Dallas Cowboys' starti... more

The Philadelphia Eagles shipped a boatload of draft picks to acquire the No. 2 overall pick from the Browns, with the assumption they will select a quarterback. Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman said that will not change the starting g... more

The Buffalo Bills conducted their due diligence on quarterbacks leading up to next week's NFL Draft, but it won't change the depth chart. General manager Doug Whaley said Wednesday that Tyrod Taylor is entrenched as the starter. "Tyrod's our star... more

Matthew Stafford finished the 2015 season afire. In the final eight games of the year, Detroit's quarterback posted a completion rate just over 70 percent, threw for 2,179 yards with a 7.4 yards per attempt average, and 19 touchdowns to just two... more

After Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 season, Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals went through quarterbacking hell. The Cards trotted out the likes of John Skelton, Derek Anderson, Max Hall, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Lindley, heck, even Brian... more

With the majority of teams beginning voluntary offseason workouts, we are inundated with updates on players coming off injuries. Most players returning from season-ending injuries are running or lightly working out after being on the shelf for mont... more

After a two-year journey that took him to New England and New Orleans, Brandon Browner is back in Seattle. The cornerback feels like a child on the first day of school. "I still feel like this is my first year," Browner said Monday, via the team's... more

The Denver Broncos will open up offseason workouts Monday without Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. Miller will not attend the Broncos' offseason program Monday because he has yet to sign his franchise tender and is still competing on "Dancing With The St... more

Most of the focus this offseason in Houston has been squarely on Brock Osweiler. The quarterback is not the only offseason question mark for the Texans. The health of left tackle Duane Brown will go a long way in determining Osweiler's success in 2... more

Tony Romo continues to make progress from offseason surgery on his problematic collarbone. The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback said Saturday he's been able to throw without restriction. "I can throw fully," he said, via the team's official website .... more

Saturday we celebrated the sweet 16 anniversary of the move that altered the course of NFL history. On April 16, 2000, day two of the NFL Draft, Bill Belichick -- now 64 years old -- spent his 48th birthday in the New England Patriots' war room, si... more

When the Chicago Bears open up offseason workouts on Monday, Kevin White will finally be able to fully participate. The receiver sat on the sideline his entire rookie season after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin. After we... more

The stunning trade between the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans took the NFL by storm Thursday, leaving many onlookers slack-jawed. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones -- no stranger to making big, bold draft trades -- was of dual mind on the ma... more

When John Elway won his first Super Bowl Trophy as a quarterback, he followed it up with another, giving the Denver Broncos consecutive titles in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII. Now, Elway is trying to duplicate the feat as an executive. Only one tea... more

Traditionally, NFL teams that play in London are given a bye the following week, to ensure players will be able to recover after a long flight across the Atlantic. The 2016 Indianapolis Colts will be the first team to not take a post-Europe bye. †... more

Vontaze Burfict is enemy No. 1 in Pittsburgh. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker was suspended three games for an illegal hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown -- which knocked the wideout out of Pittsburgh's playoff loss the following week. Burfic... more

The New York Giants spent enough money in free agency to sustain the GDP of a small country. Now general manager Jerry Reese must hit on his high draft picks. Giants co-owner John Mara noted Wednesday the importance of bookending a productive free... more

The Rams are moving to Los Angeles, a city of beautiful faces. To woo aloof L.A. fans, the team needed a face of the franchise at quarterback to sell. Case Keenum was not going to work, no matter how hard coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les S... more

With offseason workouts already underway, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a visit from rap mogul and entrepreneur Jay-Z on Wednesday. The hip-hop artist stopped by to meet quarterback Jameis Winston. The second-year signal-caller gave Jay-Z customized... more

Two huge pieces of the Seattle Seahawks' offense remain question marks for the start of the season. Tight end Jimmy Graham tore his patellar tendon on Nov. 29. Running back Thomas Rawls broke his ankle on Dec. 13. In an interview with KJR-AM in... more

Top to bottom, the San Francisco 49ers own one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Following a disastrous one season under Jim Tomsula, the Niners could be in for more pain as Chip Kelly retools. Many have already termed the 2016 season a "rebuilding"... more

The Washington Redskins added aid in the secondary. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports corner Greg Toler agreed to a one-year deal with the Redskins. The team later confirmed the signing. A physical corner, Toler struggled the past three seas... more

Quick, with only your memory to guide you, did Mike Evans play better in Year 1 or Year 2? Based solely on stats, Evans bumped his catches and yards, earning 74 receptions and 1,206 yards in 2015 (versus 68 and 1,051 as a rookie). However, his... more

With all the focus on Cam Newton's post-Super Bowl pouting and Cam Newton's non-dive attempt on his fumble, most ignored the nightmare day Carolina Panthers right tackle Mike Remmers experienced during Super Bowl 50. After weeks of not watching the... more

Kirk Cousins will make more than $19 million in 2016 after starting just one full NFL season. Some criticism fluttered about when the Washington Redskins slapped the tag on Cousins, paying him a boatload with so few starts, but general manager Scot... more

Dennis Pitta isn't walking away from his NFL career yet. The Baltimore Ravens tight end has decided to make an attempt at a return after twice dislocating and fracturing his hip, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source close t... more

Thanks to a young, explosive offense that is growing by leaps and bounds and several key defensive acquisitions this offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars are morphing into a trendy pick to rise in the AFC South. While the attention is good for the... more

Much of the discussion this offseason regarding the New York Giants' receiving corps has surrounded the massive need for a No. 2 wideout to pair with Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham has earned 2,755 yards and 25 touchdowns in just 27 games to begin his... more

Darlings of national television stations, the NFC East produced some of the sloppiest games of 2015. The quartet ranked squarely at the bottom of Around The NFL's offseason power rankings in 2016, in part because the division lacks potential for a... more

The New York Jets moved swiftly to fill the massive hole at left tackle created by the retirement of longtime cornerstone D'Brickashaw Ferguson. The Jets have worked a trade with the Denver Broncos for offensive tackle Ryan Clady. New York will s... more

It's been 80 days since we wrote that receiver Josh Gordon applied for reinstatement to the NFL. We're still without any resolution on Gordon's future. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that the receiver's situation is "status quo," accor... more

On Friday, we learned the surprising news that D'Brickashaw Ferguson was retiring. On Saturday, the New York Jets' stalwart left tackle for the past decade said goodbye, thanking former teammates , coaches, owner Woody Johnson, fans and many other... more

Blake Bortles said this week on NFL Network that Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are the best pass-catching duo in the NFL . Hurns isn't disagreeing with his quarterback. "We are the No. 1 duo in the league," the receiver told Mike DiRocco of ESPN... more

Trent Richardson will get another chance. The former No. 3 overall pick told the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrbiec on Thursday that he expects to sign with the Baltimore Ravens in time to start offseason workouts on April 18. "I can't wait," Richardso... more

NFL owners tabled discussions about instant replay expansion at last month's NFL Annual Meeting and will pick the up again next month at another owner's session. In the interim, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh won't stop stumping for expanded... more

After a decade without missing a game, New York Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson is hanging up his cleats. Ferguson, 32, is retiring after 10 seasons in the league, the veteran left tackle announced via Twitter on Saturday . ESPN's Rich Cim... more

Tyrod Taylor's agent, Adisa Bakari, isn't afraid to publicly stomp for his client. While the Buffalo Bills have insisted they don't want to negotiate with their quarterback through the media, that seems to be what happened Thursday. After Bills G... more

The announcement in January that Calvin Johnson was considering retirement hit many outside the Detroit Lions' locker room like a manifested anvil in a Looney Tunes film. Some within the locker room, like quarterback Matthew Stafford, said at the t... more

Justin Houston is making progress from offseason surgery on his ACL and LCL. The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker underwent surgery in February to "fix" an ALC that the team said wasn't torn, but not functioning properly . The recovery period is six... more

The Buffalo Bills continue to turn over every rock to find a franchise quarterback. General manager Doug Whaley has already†met with some of the draft's top signal-callers . The meetings cast a shroud over Tyrod Taylor, who impressed last season wi... more

The San Francisco 49ers have spent the offseason being ground in the rumor mill, with Colin Kaepernick trade buzz this offseason's topic de jour. Earlier this week, after Colin Kaepernick reported to Niners offseason workouts, NFL Media analysts... more

The Victor Cruz rehabilitation project nears its 18-month anniversary. The New York Giants receiver hasn't played since tearing his patellar tendon on Oct. 12, 2014. In 2015, he injured his left calf and missed the entire season. He still wasn't ev... more

Thomas Rawls said he plans to "be ready for camp" after having his rookie season cut short by an ankle injury. Last week, the Seattle Seahawks running back said he had yet to start running †-- an ominous omission for his offseason workout availabil... more

The Denver Broncos beefed up their defensive line by swiping a former Houston Texans starter. The team announced Wednesday it agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Jared Crick. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for $4 million.†... more

Andrew Luck experienced an injury-plagued 2015 season, with a lacerated kidney wiping out the final seven games of his season. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano recently told NFL Media's Judy Battista †that some of the hits Luck takes -- like t... more

The Houston Texans might not have met with Brock Osweiler before signing him to a big-money contract, but the quarterback isn't taking that same chance with his teammates before offseason workouts start. With the Texans not reporting for their offs... more

Darlings of national television stations, the NFC East produced some of the sloppiest games of 2015. The quartet ranked squarely at the bottom of Around The NFL's offseason power rankings in 2016, in part because the division lacks potential for a... more

The Miami Dolphins were a mess in every facet in 2015. The offense was inconsistent, the defense was a major disappointment and the coaching staffs were overwhelmed. While the offense and quarterback Ryan Tannehill have gotten the majority of the... more

J.J. Watt has been the most dominant defensive player in the league for the balance of his five-year career. Could that half-decade represent the majority of his career? Watt noted on KILT-AM on Wednesday morning that his retirement could happen so... more

While the world continues to buzz about a potential resolution to the Colin Kaepernick situation, little is being said about a 10-win quarterback who remains on the open market. It's been mostly quiet regarding Ryan Fitzpatrick for weeks. Usually a... more

Karlos Dansby has seen his share of bad teams and down seasons in 12 years since being drafted in 2004 by the Arizona Cardinals. There were the back-to-back five-win seasons with Dennis Green early in his career in the desert or the six-win season in... more

Colin Kaepernick requested a trade and has gone so far in his quest to get out of San Francisco that he's met several times with Denver Broncos general manager John Elway. The sides couldn't come to an agreement before the quarterback was scheduled... more

With three teams that could tunnel deep into the 2016 playoffs in the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, the AFC North ranked No. 1 in Around The NFL's division power rankings . It's impressive that the strength of the trio... more

Once again the Cincinnati Bengals are going through an offensive overhaul with long-time quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese taking over the reins. Zampese, who had been the Bengals' QB coach since 2003, marks the third different offensive coordinator f... more

The NFL is coming to Twitter. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday morning that Thursday Night Football will be streamed live on Twitter for 10 games in 2016. This fall Thursday Night Football will be streamed live @twitter so fans... more

Two years ago, it seemed†inevitable the NFL would expand the playoffs . Then last offseason,†the issue was tabled . At last month's Annual League Meeting, playoff expansion wasn't even one of the talking points. That doesn't mean the door is closed... more

With the path to the draft the only remaining road between us and summer football doldrums, trope season is officially in full swing. A main byproduct of trope season are updates on weight losses and gains of NFL players. Some stories are interesting... more

This week Around The NFL ranked the AFC North the top division in the NFL. Part of the reasoning stems from our belief in the resurgence of the Baltimore Ravens after John Harbaugh's team was blown off course during an injury-riddled season. A hug... more

As Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary became guaranteed this week, the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback was reportedly meeting with a potential trade partner. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Kaepernick met with Denver Broncos general ma... more

Another son of an NFL head coach earned a promotion this offseason. The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday †Britt Reid, the son of Andy Reid, was promoted to defensive line coach, after serving as assistant line coach to long-time line coach Tommy... more

The Bruce Carter free agency tour is coming to an end in New York. The ex-Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker is signing a one-year deal with the New York Jets on Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source.... more

For NFL teams, finding a starting quarterback is vital for success. Finding a quality backup is necessary insurance. And drafting quarterbacks with upside is just smart business. With a market shortage on quality quarterbacks, landing a player with... more

The Arizona Cardinals sit in an enviable position, with three running backs who, when healthy, could be starting. Combining second-year stud David Johnson, the return of Chris Johnson and a healthy Andre Ellington create a stable rotation for coach... more

The Detroit Lions added a power runner to their backfield. Stevan Ridley announced Friday on Instagram †he's heading to Detroit. "...To the Organization and city of NEW YORK I truly thank you for all the love," the former Jets running back wrote.... more

For the second straight offseason Patrick Chung is being rewarded for his play. This time he gets one year added to his contract. The Patriots signed the safety to a one-year contract extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, keepi... more

One of the most mind-twisting truths about the 2015 season that will be lost in the annals of history and in the minds of football is rookie Thomas Rawls outplaying Marshawn Lynch. Despite participating in just 13 games, the rookie running back ave... more

While Thomas Davis rightfully garnered all the attention for playing in Super Bowl 50 with screws in his arm after a fracture, it's no less impressive that fellow Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly played the entire playoff stretch with a torn labrum i... more

March

The Miami Dolphins have been scraping the barrel for some running back help. They finally dug out a prospect. Isaiah Pead signed with the Dolphins on Thursday, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added that the Dolphins also brought... more

Not all deadlines spur action. As anticipated, the San Francisco 49ers opted not to cut Colin Kaepernick ahead of Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, meaning the quarterback's $11.9 million salary is fully guaranteed for 2016. Thursday marked the deadl... more

J.J. Watt won his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2015 and vaulted to a level of play only Lawrence Taylor can discuss with authority . As it turns out, Watt's season was even more badass when you consider the injuries he went throu... more

Brandon Carr remains a member of the Dallas Cowboys, nearly a month after he was expected to be cut. The cornerback plans to keep that spot on the roster. "I do, unless you guys know something I don't know," Carr said Wednesday at a charity event... more

Tony Romo announced Thursday that Tony Romo's surgery has "healed up nicely" and Tony Romo is looking forward to a "full" offseason of workouts, per Tony Romo's twitter account . The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback underwent surgery on his clavicle on... more

Almost no one expects Josh McCown to remain on the Cleveland Browns for the remainder of 2016. With the Robert Griffin III reclamation project underway, McCown sits squarely on the trade block and will likely be cut if no team is willing to part wi... more

With three teams that could tunnel deep into the 2016 playoffs in the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, the AFC North ranked No. 1 in Around The NFL's division power rankings . It's impressive that the strength of the trio... more

After losing two receivers in free agency, Cincinnati landed a wideout with a 70-plus catch season under his belt. The Bengals announced Thursday they signed receiver Brandon LaFell. LaFell was released last month by the New England Patriots afte... more

Walter Thurmond sits as one of the top remaining free agents. The defensive back could have a home already if he wanted. Thurmond, 28, has turned down offers of $4 million-plus per year as he ponders retirement, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

In the first days of free agency, many big-name, high-priced players flew off the board, creating splashy headlines. Often it's signings that flew under the radar -- propping up niche corners of the internet -- that can have the biggest influence on... more

Anquan Boldin is finally seeing some action. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Boldin visited with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, per a source informed of his plans. It's the veteran receiver's first free-agent visit. The Washingt... more

Colin Kaepernick has sat in the center of the rumor cycle for weeks. But he won't be jettisoned anytime soon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday night on NFL Network's Total Access that the San Francisco 49ers won't cut the quarterback... more

Blair Walsh's missed chip-shot field goal cost the Minnesota Vikings a playoff victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The miss was so devastating, even first-grade students felt bad for the kicker . Last week during the NFL Annual Meeting, Vikings coac... more

After jettisoning Joique Bell this offseason, the Detroit Lions have been in the market to add a between-the-tackles veteran running back. On Tuesday, they took Stevan Ridley for a test drive, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The run... more

The New Orleans Saints have added much-needed beef to their defensive line. Nick Fairley signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Monday, the team announced. New Orleans officially announced the signing later that day. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapopo... more

The first stage of the Robert Griffin III reclamation project is over after the ex-Washington Redskins quarterback landed with the Cleveland Browns. That was the easy leg of this journey. Now the hard part begins. As Around The NFL's Chris Wesse... more

If Marcus Mariota is to take the second-year leap into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks he'll need help from his receiving corps. The Tennessee Titans added Rishard Matthews this offseason. Kendall Wright has been a solid slot receiver with ru... more

When the Washington Redskins didn't attempt to bring back Alfred Morris this season, the message was clear: It's Matt Jones' backfield. Coach Jay Gruden said this week the team has confidence the second-year runner can shoulder the load. "Matt pl... more

When news dropped in January that Calvin Johnson was considering retirement, it hit many like a bombshell. Not Matthew Stafford though. The Detroit Lions quarterback, speaking at a coaching clinic for his alma mater Georgia on Friday , said he coul... more

The Tennessee Titans continue to stockpile veteran defensive assets. The Titans announced Friday they've struck a deal with ex-Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson. New chapter, same grind. I'M COMING HOME!! #TITANUP #GODWINS... more

Since being drafted No. 3 overall out of Alabama, Trent Richardson's professional career consists of a series of epic flops and failed comebacks. With the Baltimore Ravens considering another excavation of the decaying running back, Richardson is... more

The Baltimore Ravens' secondary was one of the worst units in the NFL for the balance of last season. While the back end has been the focus this offseason, owner Steve Bisciotti is zeroing in on the front end of his defense. The Ravens boast two qu... more

Perhaps the most interesting change to come from the NFL's Annual League Meeting this week in Florida was moving the touchback to the 25-yard line. Motivated by player safety, the move was made in an effort to try and induce more touchbacks. The re... more

Most of the offseason chatter emanating from the Bay Area has surrounded the status of Colin Kaepernick. Sometimes we forget it was Blaine Gabbert who finished out the season under center for the San Francisco 49ers. While Kaepernick's status remai... more

Andrew Luck finally showed in 2015 that he's not invincible. After years of taking a beating without significant injury, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback missed nine games last season. His season ended with a lacerated kidney after a brutal hit o... more

Cliché time: NFL games are won in the trenches. Most often, these coaching phrases become overused because they ring true throughout history. Thus, when setting out to improve this offseason, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer identified the on... more

As 2015 displayed yet again, a quality backup quarterback is vital for NFL teams. By December alone, 12 quarterbacks missed a combined 55 starts due to injury. The Dallas Cowboys provided the leading example of how the lack of a backup signal-call... more

As Philadelphia Eagles players found out in 2013, changes come in waves when Chip Kelly is hired. To get ready for a different type of offense and a different type of practice, San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde revamped his offseason rou... more

The Miami Dolphins continue their exhaustive effort to find a veteran running back to pair with second-year tailback Jay Ajayi. The Dolphins never seemed close to re-signing Lamar Miller, their offer sheet to C.J. Anderson got matched and Chris Joh... more

The NFL appears to be going to China. According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the NFL is working on the idea of playing a regular-season game in China for 2018, with the likelihood the Los Angeles Rams would be the home team. The Los Angeles Times... more

When Sean Payton decided to remain the head coach of the New Orleans Saints in January, a new contract was inevitable. During Wednesday's NFC Coaches Breakfast, Payton himself announced he's finally agreed to a five-year contract that will take him... more

The Washington Redskins made the playoffs behind Kirk Cousins' vast improvement down the stretch. This offseason, the questions have been about a quarterback who didn't take a snap in 2015. During Wednesday's NFC Coaches Breakfast, Redskins coach J... more

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman has consistently said he doesn't draft and develop quality players to let them leave for other teams. The philosophy is why he franchise tagged corner Josh Norman. Now the GM is employing that philos... more

The prospect of defending Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett in the New England Patriots' offense has even the most prolific defensive coaches scratching their heads. When asked at Tuesday's AFC Coaches Breakfast at the Annual League Meeting, Buf... more

The Miami Dolphins hired coach Adam Gase with the main objective to improve quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Before a single offseason snap has taken place, the quarterback's confidence has already been boosted. "(Gase) has made it abundantly clear to... more

The Dallas Cowboys added a between-the-tackles runner on Tuesday. Alfred Morris signed a two-year contract with the Cowboys, the team announced Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported per Morris' agent that the deal is worth $3.5 million a... more

Will Justin Houston be ready for the start of the regular season? Kansas City Chiefs trainer Rick Buckholder told reporters Tuesday that Houston had his ACL "fixed" in February, per the team's official website . The linebacker's ACL wasn't torn, bu... more

What does Steve Belichick do for the New England Patriots? Prior to Super Bowl XLIX, Around The NFL's Marc Sessler attempted to answer that question . At the time, most Patriots staffers were mum on what job Bill Belichick's oldest son specifically... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are taking a flier on a defensive player.† The team announced it signed Tautvydas Kieras (a.k.a. TK). The interesting part: Kieras has played zero snaps of football in his life. He threw the discus in college. Exhibit A:... more

C.J. Anderson's new $18 million contract with the Denver Broncos puts him among the upper echelon of running backs. In the first year of his front-loaded four-year contract, Anderson's $6 million is alongside the likes of Jamaal Charles and Jonath... more

The Chicago Bears shopped Martellus Bennett for 18 months before they finally found a taker for the tight end. Following Wednesday's trade to the New England Patriots, Bennett -- in his family's creative fashion -- said he never worried about the... more

During his introductory news conference with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, Mike Wallace said, "I need a good quarterback ." To those with ears, it sounded like the receiver was taking a shot at his former quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. Apparent... more

Don't forget to fill your NCAA bracket out before games start on Thursday afternoon. If you need any help, you could always copy Tom Brady's strategy: // (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if... more

The Arizona Cardinals' trade of a second-round pick and Jonathan Cooper for Chandler Jones works in the long run only if the Cards can lock down the pass rusher long-term. Speaking on Wednesday, Jones said he's not thinking about a new deal, with o... more

The second-tier of free agents are starting to make the rounds and find homes. Ex-Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw fits squarely into that rank. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Upshaw will make his first visit of free ag... more

Since being hired by the San Francisco 49ers, Chip Kelly has insisted he looks forward to coaching up quarterback Colin Kaepernick. With trade winds swirling, however, his insistences on that outcome have become vague. "If he's here on April 4 , we... more

During the Baltimore Ravens' introductory news conference for newly signed Eric Weddle on Wednesday, coach John Harbaugh wouldn't delve into the plans for how he'd divvy up snaps for his glut of safeties. The team answered the question an hour late... more

The Arizona Cardinals wasted no time replacing guard Jonathan Cooper following Tuesday's blockbuster trade with the New England Patriots for Chandler Jones. The Cards announced Wednesday it agreed to a one-year deal with guard Evan Mathis. NFL... more

The Los Angeles Rams are the latest team that hopes to eek a pass rush out of Quinton Coples. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Coples agreed to a two-year deal to join L.A.. NFL Media's Rand Getlin adds the deal has a base value of $6.5 milli... more

With Martavis Bryant suspended for at least the entire 2016 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense lost a matchup nightmare. At 6-foot-4, with 4.3 speed, Bryant was the perfect complement alongside Antonio Brown. Bryant's worth was exemplified by... more

The offensive tackle market is rapidly clearing up. The Oakland Raiders will re-sign left tackle Donald Penn to a two-year deal worth $14 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. Roughly $7 million is guaranteed in the first year... more

It seems the Arizona Cardinals are impressed by what Evan Mathis could offer their team in 2016. The former Broncos offensive guard visited the Cardinals on Tuesday and the team offered him a two-year deal, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapop... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed offensive tackle Ryan Harris to a two-year contract. The team did not announce the terms of the deal, but the Denver Post reported it's worth $3.9 million . Harris started 16 games for the Denver Broncos last... more

Jason Pierre-Paul believes he will return to form in 2016. The New York Giants' pass rusher said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters that he won't use a club after undergoing further surgery on his hand, which he famously injured during a... more

The Seattle Seahawks brought in some much-needed aid for their offensive line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday the Seahawks have agreed to a contract with guard J'Marcus Webb, per a source involved in the deal. FOX Sports first... more

The Indianapolis Colts handed tight end Dwayne Allen a four-year contract worth nearly $30 million . To some, that seemed like a hefty investment for a player with just 16 receptions in 2015. Allen recently told the team's official website he's hea... more

Miami Dolphins football czar Mike Tannenbaum aggressively overhauled his team this offseason. The Dolphins added defensive end Mario Williams, cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Kiko Alonso, safety Isa Abdul-Quddus and tackle Jermon Bushrod, amon... more

DeMarco Murray became a punch line in Philadelphia before getting his wish to leave granted in a trade to Tennessee. On Monday, the running back took responsibility for the nosedive in Philly, telling 102.5 The Game in Nashville he respects the Eag... more

Last week, a Colin Kaepernick trade seemed certain to happen . On Monday we sit in an amorphous cloud of uncertainty. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported that all's quiet on the Kaepernick front, with the Broncos holding firm in their belie... more

The NFL competition committee will meet this week ahead of annual owners' meeting, which takes place later this month in Florida. Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, noted Monday that among the issues the committee w... more

Since his return from a Chip Kelly-induced sabbatical, Howie Roseman systematically dismantled seemingly every move the former coach made wrestling away football power in 2015. Most notable among Roseman's transactions were trading the bloated... more

A couple of former Indianapolis Colts have a lot to say about a disappointing 2015 season. During his introductory conference call with the New Orleans Saints on Friday, tight end Coby Fleener noted that some players went "along for the ride " last... more

The Chicago Bears added another piece to their defensive re-building job. The team announced a two-year deal for defensive end Akiem Hicks on Sunday night. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added the deal is worth $10 million. The New England Patrio... more

John Elway wouldn't match Brock Osweiler's asking price. The Denver Broncos general manager could balk at another free agent quarterback's cost. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported last week that the Broncos reached out to Ryan Fitzpatrick'... more

The Los Angeles Rams hung onto another defensive lineman. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Rams re-signed defensive end Eugene Sims to a three-year deal worth $10 million. The contract includes $3.75 million in guarantees. The Rams draf... more

Just two years ago, Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders were the butt of NFL jokes when it came to free agency. Now they are winning the week . "It's good to see people call us and not always have to beg," McKenzie told the Bay Area News Group'... more

Chris Ivory's big payday was one of the head scratchers of the week. The Jacksonville Jaguars paid a running back with a history of injury troubles $32 million over five years with $10 million guaranteed. The money and Ivory's tendency to boom one... more

Danny Trevathan signed a big free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears on Thursday. It's a deal the linebacker never thought he'd get. The 25 year old feared his career was over in December 2014 after suffering a dislocated kneecap, the third inj... more

Fresh off inking a whopping $62.5 million contract with the New York Giants, Janoris Jenkins was asked in a conference call on Thursday what he could improve upon. The cornerback's answer was ... ummm ... interesting: "Just stop being lazy at the e... more

The biggest question following the flurry of free agent moves on the first day of the new league year is what in the name of St. Peter will the Denver Broncos do at quarterback ? With Brock Osweiler getting a huge payday in Houston and Peyton Manni... more

It pays to be a free agent wide receiver in 2016. A day after Marvin Jones agreed to a 5-year, $40 million deal with the Detroit Lions, his former Bengals teammate, Mohamed Sanu, agreed to a five-year deal worth $32.5 million with the Atlanta Falc... more

Brock Osweiler predictably earned all of the attention Wednesday after agreeing to a $72 million contract with the Houston Texans, but the quarterback was not the only big addition to Bill O'Brien's offense. The Texans also added former Dolphins... more

Tom Brady's two-year extension with the New England Patriots was finally filed after the NFL's new league year opened. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for two years, $41 million with $28 million as a signing bonus. Brady's base... more

After DeMarco Murray carried the ball 392 times with Dallas in 2014, his total dipped to just 193 totes last year in Philadelphia. After getting a fresh start with his trade to the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, Murray was in a joking mood. "I feel... more

The Oakland Raiders continue to gobble up quality, high-end free agents. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Thursday morning the Raiders and cornerback Sean Smith agreed to terms, according to a source familiar with the player's decision. NFL Media... more

Months ago, Ryan Fitzpatrick returning to the New York Jets seemed like a no-brainer. Done deal. Now? Not so much. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that there is no end in sight for negotiations, the sides are still far a... more

The Atlanta Falcons added some oomph to their defensive line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports defensive end Derrick Shelby will sign with the Falcons. The deal is for four years, $21 million, a source told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington. Th... more

The Kansas City Chiefs are keeping a couple defensive players in town. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Derrick Johnson will re-sign with the Chiefs on a three-year deal worth $21 million. In addition, the Chiefs also will re-sign Jaye Howar... more

The Lions locked down another starting defensive tackle. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Detroit re-signed Haloti Ngata to a two-year deal worth $12 million and will earn $6.25 million in the first year of the contract, per a source informed... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' trade of Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins became official Wednesday afternoon at the start of free agency and the new league year. The Eagles acquire the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 draft from the Dolp... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have secured one of their host of free agent defensive backs. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bengals have reached a five-year, $30 million contract with safety George Iloka, per a source informed of the deal. Rap... more

With Calvin Johnson retiring, the Detroit Lions added the top wide receiver set to hit the free agent market. Marvin Jones will sign with Detroit when the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The five-year d... more

The market is thinning quickly on the defensive front ahead of free agency opening Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Oakland Raiders have reached an agreement to sign former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin... more

The Miami Dolphins are tossing more money at the defensive line. Mario Williams signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Dolphins that will include $11.9 million in guarantees, sources told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday. The Dolphin... more

Tamba Hali won't change his address in 2016. The Chiefs reached an agreement with the linebacker on a three-year deal that will enable him to finish his career in Kansas City, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source involved w... more

Calvin Johnson's retirement leaves a mega-sized hole in the Detroit Lions' receiving corps. The 30-year-old wideout's production waned slightly the past few seasons due to injury, but he still was a massive matchup problem for defenses. When Meg... more

Calvin Johnson might still have gas left in the tank, but he's putting his NFL career in park for good. The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday the receiver filed his retirement papers after a nine-year pro career. Johnson's announcement comes more t... more

With the start of free agency a day away, the running back market is beginning to heat up. A position devalued over the course of the past half-decade could provide some of the biggest intrigue when free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. ET on... more

As we move towards free agency next week, locking up Brock Osweiler is becoming an earnest proposition for the Denver Broncos. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday the Broncos offered Osweiler a three-year deal that can be worth as much... more

The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a new contract with safety Andrew Sendejo, who was slated to be a free agent. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday the deal is for four years and is worth $16 million, per a source involved in the process... more

Sam Bradford played his best football down the stretch last season. After Philadelphia's Week 8 bye, the quarterback completed 68.2 percent of his passes, earned 279.9 yards per game with a 10-to-4 TD-to-INT ratio and a 97.0 passer rating. New Ea... more

Some franchise tagged players have already scampered to sign their tenders, including Kirk Cousins and Cordy Glenn. Don't expect Josh Norman to put pen to paper on his one-year, $13.952 million tender anytime soon . "I'm comfortable where I'm at. T... more

Miami's lack of salary-cap space won't keep Dolphins football czar Mike Tannenbaum from probing the market. Mario Williams visited the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the team later confirmed the visit on Twitter . The No. 7 free agent on Around The NF... more

Almost a month has passed since Peyton Manning hoisted the Lombardi trophy and told the world he planned to hug his family and imbibe while deciding whether or not to ride into retirement. Surely by now enough beer has been drank. Still we've heard n... more

With one franchise tag to wield, the Los Angeles Rams had a choice between corners Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins. The team chose Johnson. Johnson accepted his non-exclusive franchise tender from the team, but has not signed it, Johnson's age... more

During the NFL Scouting Combine, new Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase vociferously stated that he wanted to retain Lamar Miller. Just how much is the franchise willing to shell out for one of the top running backs set to hit the open market? Accord... more

New Orleans added a kicker. Veteran Josh Scobee announced on Facebook on Friday that he signed with the Saints // (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js =... more

Free agency opens in five days (FIVE DAYS!!!). With a host of teams owning massive amounts of salary-cap space -- led by the Jacksonville Jaguars inching close to $90 million in spending money -- it's a good time for players hitting the open mark... more

Jared Allen spent his final NFL days in the Carolina Panthers' locker room before literally riding off into retirement . As a guest on NFL Network's Total Access Thursday, the defensive end gushed about his experience with the Panthers. "They have... more

Sam Bradford never wanted to leave Philadelphia. He got his wish after inking a two-year, $36 million contract with the Eagles. "It's one of those things, I told you guys at the end of the year that this is where I wanted to be, I wanted to be back... more

Brandon Carr is on his way out of Dallas. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the Cowboys are expected to release the cornerback and save more than $6.38 million in salary-cap space, barring a last-minute change of mind, per two source... more

Tyrunn Walker is headed back to Detroit. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Lions are signing the defensive tackle to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million, with a chance to make $2.25 million based on play-time incentives, per a source... more

The logjam for wide receivers to enter the Hall of Fame has forced many worthy candidates to wait years to be enshrined. This time the Hall of Fame committee selected Marvin Harrison to enter, forcing Terrell Owens to wait at least another year.... more

The Carolina Panthers announced they have parted ways with defensive end Charles Johnson on Thursday. The 29-year-old pass rusher was a candidate for release due to his $15 million salary-cap hit in 2016. Carolina will save $11 million in cap spac... more

Le'Veon Bell recently posted a picture of himself running on a treadmill as he rehabs from a knee injury suffered in early November. After posting the picture, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back got some support from a surprising source: the man... more

You can put away those questions about Julius Peppers retiring. When asked by the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett †at the league's inaugural NFL Business Academy through Michigan's Ross School of Business whether he plans to play for the Green Bay... more

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Brice McCain, the team announced Wednesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported McCain agreed to a two-year deal worth $5 million. McCain was released by the Miami Dolphins... more

Green Bay Packers fans begged, pleaded and screamed for receiver Jeff Janis' role to increase as the offense struggled sans Jordy Nelson in 2015. During the season, coach Mike McCarthy stiff-armed the idea. Janis struggled with some key aspects of... more

The official wording when the Tom Coughlin-era ended in New York read that the coach stepped down from his position with the Giants. Since that time it became clear that Coughlin was forced out. It's a notion the coach more or less confirmed in an... more

The Kansas City Chiefs won't let the Comeback Player of the Year reach free agency. The Chiefs applied the non-exclusive franchise tag safety Eric Berry on Tuesday, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported.† Explaining the tag ¬Ľ The exclusive... more

Mario Williams' time in Buffalo has ended. The Bills announced on Tuesday that they have released the linebacker. The move was expected after a down season in which Williams repeatedly attacked coach Rex Ryan's defense, openly questioning his rol... more

Marshawn Lynch might be retiring from the NFL, but he's not done finding interesting modes of transportation to ghost ride. Years after Beast Mode took a cart on a spin around Memorial Stadium after a Cal victory , Lynch is now rapping from a camel... more

Despite a mediocre record, the Rams want to lock down Jeff Fisher for the next few years as they move to Los Angeles. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Rams and Fisher are conversing about†a contract extension . The coach is set to e... more

Steve Smith's torn Achilles ended what was supposed to be the veteran's retirement tour. The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver decided to return for another year after suffering what he called the worst injury of his career. On Monday, Smith said he... more

Josh Gordon -- like many who struggle to cope with life knocking them off their feet -- hit "rock bottom" during his latest suspension, according to Browns teammate Donte Whitner. The safety, however, believes the talented but troubled receiver can... more

February

James Laurinaitis might not be out of work long. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported†that the New Orleans Saints are bringing in the linebacker for a visit on Tuesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said last week that the Saints have strong intere... more

After a decade the New Orleans Saints have decided to part ways with receiver Marques Colston. According to the league's transaction wire the Saints released the 32-year-old receiver, due to a failed physical. The Saints' all-time leading receive... more

Alshon Jeffery was never leaving Chicago this offseason. The Bears made it certain Monday, announcing they had used their franchise tag on the star wideout. Explaining the tag ¬Ľ The exclusive franchise tag is a one-year tender offer to a... more

Now that the salary cap for 2016 is set at $155.27 million , the numbers for the franchise and transition tags can be figured. The deadline for teams to franchise tag players is Tuesday, March 1. The franchise tag figures for each position are as... more

Tony Romo's offseason decision on surgery is coming to a head. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback told NFL Media's Desmond Purnell on Saturday he is "leaning toward" getting a plate inserted to reinforce his collarbone, but won't make a decision until... more

It's NFL Scouting Combine time on NFL Network! With the annual combine comes some bizarre, but entertaining comparisons. After Derrick Henry 's impressive work out, THE Network flashed a graphic showing the stud running back's closest NFL compari... more

Could the NFL cut out the final preseason game? Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy told reporters that the competition committee has had lengthy discussions this week at the NFL Scouting Combine about reducing the preseason to three games, per... more

Jamaal Charles won't be cut. Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey reiterated Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that the running back will be back in 2016. "He will be an important piece of this team moving forward," Dorsey said, via... more

Mike McCarthy wants Eddie Lacy to get in shape. He also disputes the amount of weight the running back needs to lose. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport previously reported that the team wanted Lacy to lose 30 pounds , which McCarthy now says isn't tru... more

The Denver Broncos could lock down Von Miller without wielding the franchise tag. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Broncos are poised to push for a mega long-term extension for the linebacker. Per sources, there is optimism a deal g... more

INDIANPAOLIS -- Peyton Manning still needs more time. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, John Elway said he's not pushing Manning to make a decision on retirement. "I met with Peyton a couple nights ago and we had a good talk," Elw... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- If Arian Foster's days in Houston are numbered, it won't be due to his salary. When asked point-blank if Foster would be on the roster at his current salary, Texans general manager Rick Smith said Foster's salary isn't prohibitive.... more

The NFL Players Association announced salary-cap "carryover" amounts for every NFL team on Thursday. Each of the 32 teams elected to roll over unused salary-cap space from 2015. Under the collective bargaining agreement, teams are required to spe... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- The chasm between the Ryan Tannehill believers and nonbelievers is Grand Canyon-sized. On Wednesday, new Dolphins coach Adam Gase stood on the advocate's side, shouting deep praise for his quarterback. "He has the skill set you ar... more

The Philadelphia Eagles announced they released linebacker DeMeco Ryans on Wednesday. The move isn't a surprise given Ryans' age, injury history, salary and the Eagles' move to a 4-3 defense. The move will save Philly $3.5 million in salary-cap s... more

INDIANAPOLIS --Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman won't shy away from wielding the franchise tag to ensure corner Josh Norman remains a Panther. "I told you guys I don't believe in drafting, developing players for other teams," Gettle... more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Doug Martin's future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remains nebulous. General Manager Jason Licht said Wednesday from the NFL Scouting Combine he plans to meet with the soon-to-be free agent running back's representatives, but admitt... more

The San Francisco 49ers announced they signed tight end Garrett Celek to a four-year contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Celek's deal can be worth up to $14 million, per a source informed of the contract. He will get $4.5 mil... more

Roddy White's future in Atlanta remains in question after compiling just 506 receiving yards and one touchdown in 2015. For his part, the receiver doesn't want to be jettisoned by the Falcons after 11 seasons. "It would be a tragedy if I had to... more

Robert Griffin III's time with the Washington Redskins is just about up. If there were any questions (there weren't) about whether the team would change gears and keep RGIII, president Bruce Allen shut them down Tuesday during an interview with XEP... more

For the second straight offseason, Jameis Winston has admitted he wants to get in better shape. During the Rookie Symposium last June, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Around The NFL he wanted to "get back skinny" before his first pro seas... more

Evan Mathis has never been shy about offering opinions regarding Chip Kelly, his former coach. A year ago, Mathis wanted to rework his deal to remain in Philadelphia. He then reversed course and asked to be released. Kelly eventually acquiesced to... more

Prepare for an offseason of tossed weights and giant tires being flipped. J.J. Watt is back in the gym. The Houston Texans defensive lineman tweeted Monday that he was cleared to begin training for the first time since undergoing surgery on Jan. 12... more

Vontaze Burfict knows his style of play needs to change. The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker is suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season, following multiple violations of the player-safety policy. The latest incident came in the AFC Wil... more

James White couldn't corral several sideline passes from Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game, which could have changed the tenor of the contest, and, perhaps, history. The prevailing thought throughout New England remains that had Dion Lewis... more

Many, like New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, bemoan incoming rookies training for specific drills performed at the NFL Scouting Combine -- like the 40-yard-dash. Could those days be coming to an end? Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY repots that... more

The Detroit Lions cut Joique Bell last week , but apparently gave the running back a chance to stick around. Bell told reporters on Saturday night that prior to his release the team offered him the chance to take a pay cut to remain in Detroit. The... more

Add another name to the free agent list when the new league year opens on March 9. The Atlanta Falcons will cut defensive lineman Paul Soliai after the sides couldn't agree on a contract restructure to lower his $5 million salary for 2016, NFL Med... more

Calvin Johnson still hasn't told the Detroit Lions whether or not he plans to retire this year. Speaking on WMGC-FM in Detroit on Thursday morning, Lions president Rod Wood said he spoke to Megatron on Monday, but the receiver had not made a decisi... more

New Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has consistently said Sam Bradford is a fit for his offense if the free-agent-to-be returns. But what if the quarterback signs elsewhere? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted on Thursday that one name t... more

The Miami Dolphins are trying to make moves to free up salary-cap space. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the Dolphins are in talks to extend defensive end Cameron Wake's contract before the new league year, according to two sources... more

Jamaal Charles' torn ACL in Week 5 ended the running back's season and left the Kansas City Chiefs' offense without a wheel to spin on. K.C. then went 11-2 and made the playoffs. Behind Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, coach Andy Reid's offens... more

Offseason downtime in the NFL has a unique way of coloring memories. For Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, it's a time for optimism and remembering how his team beat up the NFL's eventual No. 1 offense and NFC champion Carolina Panther... more

The Miami Dolphins hired Adam Gase to help bring Ryan Tannehill to the next level of quarterbacking, where previous coaching staffs have failed. Last week, receiver Greg Jennings told the team's official website that previous coaches held Tannehill... more

Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins aren't close to locking up a long-term deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the sides haven't gained traction on contract talks. With the franchise tag window open, it could take th... more

The Chargers will play in San Diego in 2016 and chairman Dean Spanos sounds more dedicated than ever to finding a long-term solution. "Whatever we need to do," Spanos told the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee . "We're going to do what we need t... more

There is nothing like a day with wounded veterans to snap a football team out of the malaise of losing a Super Bowl. On Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers recognized 28 wounded veterans, and their families, at Bank of America stadium. Coach Ron River... more

The respect for Jerod Mayo flowed on social media after the linebacker announced his retirement Tuesday . Mayo took on a leadership role with the New England Patriots from the moment he stepped on the field in 2008, earning the Defensive Rookie of... more

The NFL's 2016 Hall of Fame Game will pit the Green Bay Packers versus the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Aug. 7, to open the preseason slate. The decision was a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame. Longtime Packers legend Brett Favre being enshrined... more

Rashean Mathis is calling it quits. After 13 NFL seasons, the cornerback†told the Detroit Lions' official website that he has decided to retire . "(It's been) an awesome 13 years," Mathis said. "And I think it's time for me to hang up the cleats.... more

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey isn't retreating from his goal of getting quarterback Marcus Mariota to use his legs more in Year 2. It's a refrain Mularkey has preached since he took over the Titans midway through the 2015 season. On Monday,... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers boasted the top offense in the AFC and the third-best offense in the NFL. If it hadn't been for Antonio Brown's concussion, it might have been Pittsburgh, not Denver, in Super Bowl 50. After watching an explosive offense... more

The Cleveland Browns brought in Josh McCown last season in part because of his willingness to work with young quarterbacks, like Johnny Manziel. While the Manziel project is kaput, McCown reiterated that he's willing to help mentor whatever young... more

Tuesday marks the first day of a two-week window during which NFL teams can use the Franchise or Transition tag on players set to become free agents. Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling already weighed in on who is likely or unlikely to get slapped wi... more

With free agency a little more than three weeks away, rumors and reports will swirl about players set to hit the open market. Expect a lot of Internet space to be used on Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller during that time. One of the top... more

The Arizona Cardinals have been vocal about wanting to sign Tyrann Mathieu to a long-term deal. The safety wants to be around longer than just one more contract. "We're both eager, we're both interested," Mathieu told Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 91... more

Could the play that sealed the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl victory been flagged as an illegal bat? With just over four minutes remaining in the contest, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller came screaming around the edge, knocked the ball out of Cam Newton's h... more

Super Bowl champion safety Shiloh Keo was arrested early Saturday morning in Idaho on a driving under the influence charge.† According to the arrest report on the Ada County Sheriff's website, Keo, 28, was booked at 2:19 a.m. by Idaho State Police.... more

Adrian Peterson has been vocal over the years about his desire to swipe the NFL's career rushing record from Emmitt Smith. If the Vikings running back doesn't accomplish the feat, the record could stand for a long time. "If he doesn't get it, I don... more

In a world where every politician leaves something to be desired, a few New Hampshire voters cast their ballot for successful football men. Several -- presumably Patriots fans -- voted for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in the New Hampshire's preside... more

Jobs were lost in San Diego this offseason in part because a running game, featuring a first-round pick, never found traction. The Chargers fired Frank Reich and brought back Ken Whisenhunt. Whiz's first objective is to jumpstart the limp running g... more

The running back market could become saturated. We already know Matt Forte will reach free agency . It appears Doug Martin could be headed there as well. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Martin will become a free agent and test the mar... more

Cam Newton won't change. The Carolina Panthers quarterback made it very clear following the Super Bowl 50 loss that he will be himself regardless of what the nitpickers and hot-take haters think. Newton doubled-down on his message Friday, posting... more

Matt Forte confirmed what we've expected all season: the running back will hit the open market in March. The running back announced on Instagram that the Bears told him they will not attempt to re-sign him. "Despite my wishes, my days as a membe... more

Ted Thompson continues his offseason tradition of locking down his players. The Green Bay Packers re-signed veteran defensive tackle Letroy Guion, the team annonced Friday. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported it's a three-year, $11.25 million contrac... more

The Arizona Cardinals' offseason priority appears clear: sign Tyrann Mathieu to a long-term deal. Speaking with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Thursday general manager Steve Keim said locking down the safety is the goal. "It's hard to say that that w... more

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. "In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer," Blank said in a statement released by the team. "Over the last several weeks An... more

Future trivia question at your local pub: What player caught Peyton Manning's last NFL completion? If Manning retires, as most of the football world believes he will, the answer to that question will be Bennie Fowler. The wideout snagged a Mannin... more

Josh Norman is set to get P-A-I-D, paid this offseason. The All-Pro corner could become the highest paid defensive back in the NFL or he could get slapped with the franchise tag. Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman wouldn't tip his h... more

After nine seasons in Tennessee, Michael Griffin was cut Tuesday, the Titans announced. I knew one day my time would come and I cherished every minute of it. It's been real Tennessee?. Thanks for everything. #nextchapter ‚?? Michael Griffin... more

Cam Newton defiantly defended his actions in the post-Super Bowl news conference †that spawned a million hot takes. "I don't have to conform to what anybody wants. I am my own person," the NFL's MVP told reporters Tuesday, via BlackandBlueReview.co... more

Tom Brady took part in Super Bowl 50's pregame ceremony announcing every Super Bowl MVP in NFL history. The New England Patriots quarterback was booed during the display -- by a heavy Denver audience -- and in a pregame interview with Jim Gray of Wes... more

Tom Coughlin still has the coaching itch. For the first offseason in more than a decade, the two-time Super Bowl winning head coach doesn't have a team to prep. Speaking Monday on FOX News, to discuss his Jay Fund charity, Coughlin said so far he's... more

The world assumes Peyton Manning's retirement announcement is imminent -- as soon as he's done drinking all the Budweiser, of course. DeMarcus Ware, however, thinks the Denver Broncos quarterback could continue to play. Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel L... more

The Riley Cooper era in Philadelphia is over. The Eagles announced they released the wide receiver Monday, the first day teams can cut players. Cooper signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract with $8 million guaranteed†in 2014. The contract, gi... more

Cam Newton's postgame news conference spawned an overflow of hot takes after the NFL's 2015 MVP answered questions in a clipped manner and walked off after less than three minutes. The setup for the postgame interviews did Newton and the distraugh... more

Welcome to Depression Monday. Drudging through your seemingly endless workday, nursing a nagging headache, the realization washes over you: With the Super Bowl over we must wait 213 days for the next meaningful NFL game. Yuck. Instead of dwelling... more

The Denver Broncos defense steered clear of inflammatory talk in the lead up to Super Bowl 50. After the 24-10 win they talked plenty. The Broncos boasted proclamations that ranged from claiming GOAT status to calling out Cam Newton for a perce... more

About that offseason paycut for Peyton Manning... The $4 million reduction in pay for the 2015 season was a much-discussed storyline last offseason. In the end, Manning didn't end up losing a dollar. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that w... more

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware wrecked the Carolina Panthers' offensive game plan in the Broncos'†24-10 Super Bowl 50 victory †Sunday. The duo compiled 4.5 of the Broncos' seven sacks, which tied for most in Super Bowl history. Cam Newton was sacke... more

Two weeks ago Thomas Davis underwent surgery to repair a broken arm. On Sunday he played like it never happened in the Carolina Panthers' 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Davis compiled seven tackles, including one for loss, whil... more

No. 2 was greater than No. 1 in Super Bowl 50. Von Miller, the No. 2 overall pick in 2011, snagged the Super Bowl MVP award after leading a dominant Denver Broncos defense that shut down the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense and league MVP Cam Newton, th... more

The most famous Carolina Panthers fan will take part in Sunday's Super Bowl. The team announced that NBA MVP Stephen Curry banged the Panthers' Keep Pounding drum prior to kickoff. .@StephenCurry30 + #KeepPounding † Let's goooooo #SB50... more

Peyton Manning is soaking up what could be the final game of his NFL career. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Broncos quarterback was among those who addressed the team Saturday night , delivering his final message. DeMarcus Ware... more

The last all-time great to walk away from the Detroit Lions is surprised another is possibly following his footsteps. Barry Sanders said Calvin Johnson retiring would be a "big blow." "I'm just shocked, man," Sanders reporters Saturday at NFL Hon... more

John Elway could have a franchise tag dilemma after the confetti stops falling on Super Bowl 50. With Peyton Manning likely playing his final game, it's important for the Denver Broncos hang on to quarterback Brock Osweiler. However, pass rusher Vo... more

There was no debate over Brett Favre's Pro Football Hall of Fame candidacy. When it came time for the HOF committee to discuss The Gunslinger's worthiness during Saturday's marathon meeting, the debate lasted nine seconds , per NFL Media's Steve Wy... more

The game plan has been set for at least a week. The media interviews are over. The final practices and walkthroughs are taking place and the team picture is snapped. Now the wait from Saturday until Sunday's 6:40 p.m. ET Super Bowl kickoff can be... more

The Denver Broncos faced Rob Gronkowski twice, Travis Kelce twice, Antonio Gates twice, Heath Miller and Gary Barnidge, among other tight ends. Sunday they will attempt to slow Greg Olsen "We've been battle-tested going against the tight ends," cor... more

The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos are making sure all their employees can enjoy the Super Bowl festivities, not just the ones on the field. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson invited every employee to join the team in San Francisco ahead of Sup... more

Tony Romo continues to consider whether to have surgery on his injured collarbone. The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback said this week from Super Bowl 50 that he will make a decision in early March. "You weigh all of those things, but nothing is going... more

With the vast majority of the NFL cognoscenti predicting a Carolina Panthers romp in Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos aren't feeling the burden of expectations. "We just have to go out there and play football," running back C.J. Anderson said, via... more

The NFL continues its effort to encourage female involvement at every level of the sport. Speaking at the first "Women's Summit" at Super Bowl 50, Commissioner Roger Goodell applauded the progress being made. "We believe in diversity," Goodell sa... more

In an alternate universe, Antonio Brown bounced back quickly from a concussion suffered in the wild-card round on a hit from Vontaze Burfict, he played the next game, the Steelers went on to defeat the Broncos and ultimately replace them in the Super... more

As Calvin Johnson contemplates retirement from the NFL at 30 years old, The GOAT laments seeing Megatron possibly leave with gas left in the tank. "It's just unfortunate to see him (walk away) because he's around, like, 32," Jerry Rice told MLive.... more

The Carolina Panthers' receiving corps is often referred to as a bunch of no-name players. That the group is pointed to as the weakness of the NFC champions sticks in the craw of receivers coach Ricky Proehl. "It pisses me off, I ain't going to lie... more

The Denver Broncos practiced Wednesday with two key members. Broncos safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart were each limited in practice. In addition, guard Louis Vasquez (knee) was limited for the Broncos. Panthers defensive end Jared Allen (foot)... more

Like many young boys, Aqib Talib always dreamed of being a professional athlete. His insistence that dream would come true even got him in trouble once. "I was in the NFL when I was about 6 years old," Talib said as he reminisced about his daydre... more

The NFL found no issues with football inflation during the course of the 2015 season, Commissioner Roger Goodell said. Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday, Goodell covered a number of topics, including confirming that the NFL did not conduc... more

Demaryius Thomas has caught heavy, heavy criticism for his play this season. The Denver Broncos receiver struggled with drops and disappeared for long stretches, including the two postseason contests. Thomas leads the Broncos with 10 drops this sea... more

The Arizona Cardinals bowed out in a blowout loss in the NFC Championship Game to the Carolina Panthers. Coach Bruce Arians noted that merely being the second-best team in the NFL in the regular season means bupkis if you aren't playing in the Supe... more

Brock Osweiler has played the good soldier this week, facing questions about what it means to be benched for Peyton Manning, a legend likely making his final run. Osweiler has said all the right things during the frenzy of media amid Super Bowl Wee... more

Kickers might not have enjoyed the extra point being moved back to the 15-yard line, but it accomplished the NFL's goal. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday on The Rich Eisen Show that the longer PAT changed the play from an afterthought t... more

The Oakland Raiders are hoping to continue playing in the O.co Coliseum for one more year. Owner Mark Davis told the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami that he's negotiating a one-year stadium lease extension and wants his team to remain in Oakla... more

Calvin Johnson's NFL future remains up in the air. NFL Media's Nate Burleson, a former teammate of Johnson's with the Lions, said Monday he reached out to Megatron after an ESPN report surfaced pronouncing his retirement. Burleson said Calvin brush... more

Cam Newton owns the most ridiculous combination of size, speed and agility in the NFL. During Super Bowl Opening Night media festivities on Monday, Cam was asked if he was the LeBron James of the NFL. "Why can't LeBron be the Cam Newton of power... more

Thousands of media members cascaded upon Opening Night on Monday to asked innumerable questions -- some of them good, some downright embarrassing. It was Austin Denton, a 14-year-old cancer survivor, who stole the show. His interview of Peyton Mann... more

Jared Allen desperately wanted to play in the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago, but Panthers coach Ron Rivera kept the pass rusher out for precaution due to a foot injury. The veteran told NFL Media's Nate Burleson at Monday's Opening Night that... more

During Monday's Opening Night media extravaganza Peyton Manning again bashed the HGH allegations made by Al Jazeera America. "I can't speak for anybody else," Manning said of the story involving several professional athletes. "I've addressed this... more

Two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday. "After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I've had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very... more

The Carolina Panthers had full participation in practice at San Jose State on Monday of Super Bowl week. Thomas Davis, who had surgery last week for a broken arm suffered in the NFC Championship Game, was back on the field with a cast on his forear... more

Mike McCarthy said Eddie Lacy needed to lose weight . We now have a goal to track. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Packers want Lacy to lose 30 pounds. Rapoport added the running back is committed to dropping that chunk of weight thro... more

We always knew that power outages led to a spike in the birth rate nine months later. Apparently, Super Bowl victories have the same effect. The NFL released a commercial featuring Seal (!!) ahead of Super Bowl 50, which insinuates the singers are... more

Baltimore Ravens center John Urschel began his offseason program Monday: the Applied Mathematics Ph.D program at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Speaking to The MMQB's Peter King , Urschel compared starting a doctorate program at a top mathematics... more

"Welcome home, Vernon!" read a sign greeting the Denver Broncos in San Francisco for Super Bowl 50. The tight end played more than nine seasons for the 49ers, helping them reach Super Bowl XLVII. On Sunday, Davis returned to the Bay Area with his n... more

What is a catch? It's currently the most confounding question in professional sports. The NFL's desire to fix the rule led to the formation of a committee of coaches and players specifically to try and solve the problem. Despite the negative attent... more

Injuries are the biggest issue with the Pro Bowl. In a sport in which injury is more inevitable than avoidable, players attempting to dodge getting hurt leads to a less-than-stellar product. In Sunday's 49-27 blowout win by Team Irvin , tight end T... more

January

Calvin Johnson's future remains up in the air. Megatron's agent, Bus Cook, told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday there is no timetable for Johnson's decision on potential retirement . Amid rumors the Pro Bowl receiver could walk... more

More evidence mounts that Super Bowl 50 will be Peyton Manning's last game in the NFL. As NFL Network cameras caught Manning and Bill Belichick embracing after the AFC Championship Game , the quarterback acknowledges it might be the last time the t... more

The Arizona Cardinals suffered an embarrassing defeat in the NFC Championship Game . Despite the excruciating end to the season, the Cards are built for more than just a one-year run. "Oh, God. Looking at the team that's coming back versus where we... more

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera played for Mike Ditka and the dominant 1985 Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. Ahead of Super Bowl 50, Rivera plans to give his team the same advice he got from Ditka. "One of the things coach Ditka emphasized to us... more

Breathe easy, Broncos fans, your team won't be wearing orange this Super Bowl. Denver, the home team in Super Bowl 50, chose to wear white threads. "We've had Super Bowl success in our white uniforms," John Elway said, via The Associated Press .... more

The NFL continues to pile up massive TV ratings. The league announced Monday that a combined 99 million viewers watched Championship Sunday. With Peyton Manning and Tom Brady squaring off for the 17th time, the AFC Championship Game between the D... more

Thomas Davis could play in Super Bowl 50 despite suffering a broken arm in Sunday's NFC Championship Game win . The Carolina Panthers linebacker underwent surgery early Monday morning and coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Davis could play in two... more

Green Bay Packers fans have long lamented Ted Thompson's close-to-the-vest, take-few-chances approach to team building. Perhaps coach Mike McCarthy is joining the chorus. Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one of the most plugged-in NF... more

The Philadelphia Eagles locked down Zach Ertz. The team announced the tight end inked a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping him in Philadelphia through 2021. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is worth $42.5... more

Bill Belichick eschewed field goal tries twice while trailing by eight points in the New England Patriots' 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos. The coach reiterated Monday morning that the score and situation dictated his decision to go for it on... more

The Denver Broncos heard all week how good Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are. It burned. Listening to critics predict a Patriots win in Denver got under the Broncos' skin, especially the defense. "We just felt so disrespected. I felt disrespected,... more

The Ted Ginn revenge game came in full force Sunday. The Carolina Panthers receiver played a pivotal role in the 49-15 shellacking of the Arizona Cardinals. After spending just one season with the Cards, the game was personal for Ginn. "I felt l... more

Not like this. Larry Fitzgerald got emotional at the podium after the Arizona Cardinals were walloped by the steamrolling Carolina Panthers, 49-15 , lamenting the missed opportunities. "It hurts to lose like this, in this fashion," he said, fight... more

Watching Tom Brady and Peyton Manning battle deep into the postseason at age 38 and 39, respectively, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has no doubts about his longevity. "There's no question, I'll be able to play for a while," the 35-year-old... more

Jamie Collins was officially questionable with a back injury, but he was made active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game. The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe first reported †that Collins was "good to go" despite the questionable status, per a source. Am... more

The Arizona Cardinals understand slowing down Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and tackling quarterback Cam Newton are paramount to pull off the road win Sunday. The keystone in accomplishing those two goals is "Moneybacker" Deone Bucannon. The conver... more

In case you somehow hadn't heard, Winter Storm Jonas is raging on the East Coast. In places like Charlotte, North Carolina, even a modicum of snow can debilitate the region. While the Carolina Panthers dealt with practicing in the winter weather... more

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe isn't hiding his feelings regarding the New England Patriots ahead of the tussle for the AFC crown . "I hate everything about them," he said, via the Denver Post . "They're always in my way. They're always i... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Championship Weekend Injuries New England Patriots OUT : T LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder), G Tre Jackson (knee) QUESTIONABLE : WR Danny Amendola (knee), TE Scott Chandler (knee), LB Jamie Collins... more

The Carolina Panthers will host the NFC Championship for the first time in franchise history. It's the furthest Carolina has advanced in the playoffs since 2005, when most of the Panthers' players weren't even in the NFL -- Thomas Davis was a rooki... more

The Buffalo Bills might not know "what's going on " with Percy Harvin, but they won't rule out bringing the enigmatic wide receiver back. General manager Doug Whaley told WGR Sports Radio 550 on Friday that he'd like to bring back the free agent... more

Andy Reid's game mismanagement continues to give amateur comedians fodder. The Chiefs' epically-slow drive in their playoff loss to the New England Patriots must have left many Kansas City fans bald. And hearing former offensive coordinator Doug... more

Gus Bradley is no lame duck. The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Friday they have extended the head coach's contract for one season, through 2017. "It's an exciting day," Bradley said during a news conference. "It's been quite a process." "For a... more

Russell Wilson completed the best statistical season of his four-year NFL career, leaping over the 4,000-yard passing mark for the first time. The Seahawks' signal-caller became the first player in NFL history with 4,000-plus passing yards, 30-plus... more

New England Patriots fans hold their breath every time a defender tackles Rob Gronkowski low. Given the heart palpitations caused by such collisions, Pats fans got worked up this week when Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. described hitting Gronk... more

The Cleveland Browns' new brass still doesn't know where Johnny Manziel was prior to the end of the season. Executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown told the media on Thursday the team fined the quarterback for missing a scheduled medical... more

Of all the aspects of life Tom Brady at which excels, his quick release from the pocket ranks high. The quarterback's rapid trigger was in prime form in the Patriots' Divisional Round win. NFL Media Research charted Brady at 2.18 seconds from snap... more

As the days tick away, we inch closer to the Chargers making a decision about their future in San Diego. If owner Dean Spanos decides to join Stan Kroenke and the Rams in Los Angeles, eyes will then turn towards the Raiders -- who don't currently h... more

The biggest focal point for the New England Patriots' defense this Sunday is not Peyton Manning, but rather the Denver Broncos' ground game. In the Week 12 matchup between the two squads, Denver backs compiled 179 rushing yards. C.J. Anderson in... more

Everyone has an opinion on Peyton Manning. Wednesday night it was Brandon Marshall's turn. The New York Jets receiver appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his Project 375, which supports mental-health awareness, and compared t... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Lovie Smith and promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to the lead job. When subordinates overtake a boss, it's often defined as a coup. Koetter told NBC Sports Radio on Wednesday that speculation in league circl... more

Peyton Manning-Tom Brady XVII looked like it might never happen. When Brock Osweiler led the Denver Broncos to a overtime victory over the New England Patriots in Week 12 , some considered it the end of the rivalry between the two greatest quarterb... more

Ahead of the AFC Championship Game , the Denver Broncos tossed some scorn towards the New England Patriots. Defensive lineman Antonio Smith said it's accurate to call Tom Brady a crybaby because he whines every time a defender hits him . Linebacker... more

LeSean McCoy might be the best representation of what went wrong for Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. From their disintegrating relationship to the casting off of a talented player, he's the perfect example for Philly fans to point at when discussing Kell... more

Josh Gordon has taken a step toward a potential return to the football field. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cleveland Browns receiver officially applied for reinstatement, per a source informed of his situation. ESPN's Tony Gros... more

The Philadelphia Eagles continue to round out their coaching staff. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday the Eagles will hire former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as their quarterbacks coach, per sources informe... more

If Sunday's AFC Championship Game is close, the Denver Broncos are confident they can defeat the New England Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl. Why? Because they've done it all year. "I've been saying, of course you want to blow somebody out o... more

Jerod Mayo's season is over. The New England Patriots placed the linebacker on injured reserve †Tuesday because of a shoulder injury. It's the third straight season that Mayo's year ends on IR. ESPN first reported the news. Mayo was a rotati... more

Jim Schwartz will return to the sidelines in 2016. The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Schwartz as defensive coordinator, new coach Doug Pederson announced during Tuesday's news conference. Don Banks of SI.com first reported the news . Schwartz... more

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kicked off Championship week with the first salvo of trash talk. When asked on NBC Sports on Monday why Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is so difficult to cover, Marshall pointed at pushing. "I say 'c... more

Jordy Nelson's absence played a huge role in the Green Bay Packers' offensive struggles this season. It was evident from the team's bye week onward, when defenses played press coverage and stacked the box, knowing the slow-footed receiving corps coul... more

Following Sunday's 31-24 Divisional Round win over the Seattle Seahawks, Cam Newton said the Carolina Panthers played with their "butts tight ," watching their big lead wither in the second half. Specifically, Newton said "a lot of guys playing wi... more

Sunday afternoon's Divisional Round tussle between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers comes with a plethora of questions at the quarterback position. Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder injury isn't expected to restrict the playbook , but how mu... more

Marshawn Lynch is playing in the Seahawks' Divisional Round tussle with the Carolina Panthers. Lynch was listed as probable on the team's official injury report. Still, after not flying to Minnesota last weekend at the last minute, everyone has... more

When Demaryius Thomas takes the field Sunday afternoon , his biggest fan will be in the stadium for the first time in his NFL career. Katrina Stuckey Smith, D.T.'s mother, will be watching Thomas play in-person for the first time ever, the Denver P... more

Ben Roethlisberger has a separated shoulder. He has torn ligaments in that separated shoulder. He missed practices this week because he couldn't throw. But he is listed as active for†Sunday's Divisional Round matchup †against†the Denver Broncos. Gi... more

No risk it, no biscuit. Bruce Arians' football philosophy was on display in the Cardinals' wild Divisional Round playoff†victory over the Green Bay Packers. On offense, Arians decided to throw the ball on second down ahead of the two-minute warn... more

For the second straight postseason the Green Bay Packers were bounced from the tournament in overtime without touching the football. After a double Hail Mary drive by Aaron Rodgers to tie the game, the Packers lost a bizarre coin flip , then watch... more

Divisional Round Cheat Sheet January 15, 2016

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Divisional Round injury reports Kansas City Chiefs OUT : G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (concussion), C Mitch Morse (concussion) QUESTIONABLE : LB Tamba Hali (knee, thumb), LB Justin Houston (knee... more

Ken Whisenhunt is returning to the Chargers. The team announced Friday that Whisenhunt is the Chargers' new offensive coordinator. Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune †first reported the development.† The move had been speculated sin... more

Chandler Jones spoke to the media for about 90 seconds on Thursday for the first time since being taken to the hospital on Sunday for a medical issue. "I want to start off by saying I made a pretty stupid mistake this weekend," Jones said, via Mark... more

Ben McAdoo's offensive staff is beginning to take shape. The New York Giants new coach is expected to promote QB coach Mike Sullivan to offensive coordinator, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Fox Sports first reported the move. Sullivan... more

Chip Kelly will be an NFL coach in 2016. The San Francisco 49ers announced they hired Kelly as the team's 20th coach in franchise history on Thursday. He will be formally introduced as the team's new head coach during a news conference next week,... more

In the end, Tom Coughlin wasn't a fit for the Philadelphia Eagles. The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach withdrew his name from consideration for the Eagles' head coaching job, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. ESPN first reported the news... more

As Calvin Johnson's future remains up in the air, his quarterback is taking the retirement talks sincerely. "I think, anytime Calvin says something, it's not for show, it's something serious," Matthew Stafford said on The Mitch Albom Show on WJR-AM... more

Could Tom Coughlin really be headed to a division rival? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that there are ongoing discussions between Coughlin and the Philadelphia Eagles, which could come to a head quickly, per sources involved in the situat... more

The Tennessee Titans have locked down their new general manager. Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel Jon Robinson agreed to terms Thursday to become the Titans' general manager, the team confirmed Thursday night. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Ben Roethlisberger's status for Sunday's contest versus the Denver Broncos remains up in the air as he deals with a shoulder injury. Big Ben missed practice on Wednesday and termed himself "day to day" and "hour to hour." I expect to see him on th... more

When the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks square off in Charlotte on Sunday, the matchup will pit the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense versus the No. 1 scoring defense. The Carolina Panthers led the NFL in scoring with 500 point this season. Led b... more

Justin Houston didn't look like himself last weekend after missing five games with a knee injury. The Kansas City Chiefs linebacker said the knee brace was a bigger problem than the injury. "It's doing (well)," Houston said of his injured knee on... more

Chargers owner Dean Spanos has one year to exercise his option to join the Rams in the Inglewood stadium that is due to open in 2019. It doesn't sound like he will take even a month to decide. The Chargers have seen the framework of a stadium deal... more

Rob Gronkowski was officially listed as limited in practice on Wednesday with a knee injury. Gronk had not been on the injury report since Week 14. The tight end missed one game after being knocked out of the New England Patriots' Week 12 contest... more

The Minnesota Vikings believe they've found aid for their troubled offensive line. The team is hiring Tony Sparano as its offensive line coach, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. The Vikings fired offensive line coach Jeff Davidso... more

The New Orleans Saints added two notable pieces to their coaching stable. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Saints are hiring Joe Lombardi as QB coach and Dan Campbell as assistant head coach/TE coach, according to a source informed of th... more

Jonathan Stewart's return took a big step forward Wednesday. The Carolina Panthers' lead tailback returned to the practice field for the first time since Week 14, per the Charlotte Observer . Stewart missed the final three games of the regular se... more

When Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal Sunday that cost the Minnesota Vikings a chance to advance in the playoffs, many took it as an opportunity to display outrage and vulgarity and spew hatred. First-grade teacher Judie Offerdahl of Northpo... more

The biggest cloud hanging over the Pittsburgh Steelers this week is the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben suffered torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder in addition to a sprained AC joint during Saturday's win over the Cincinnati... more

Talking got Joey Porter in hot water during Saturday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to keep him quiet. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports that the Steelers have banned the media from talki... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers interviewed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter for their head coaching position Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports. The Tampa Bay Times first reported the news. Koetter is considered the favorite to win the B... more

Davante Adams played one of his best game in a calendar year Sunday in the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Washington Redskins. Unfortunately he left early with a right knee injury that appears will keep him out of the Divisional Round. ESPN's... more

Dan Campbell will not stick around to watch another man do the job he held on an interim basis for 13 weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Campbell received his release from the Miami Dolphins on Monday and is looking at opportunities... more

DeAngelo Williams watched young backs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman combine for 183 scrimmage yards in the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-16 wild-card win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Then the veteran gushed over the young playmaking of the duo,... more

Julian Edelman is expected to make his return after missing the past seven games with a broken foot -- the Patriots lost four of those seven contests. The receiver said Monday that there is "no dipping the toe in" the waters and easing back into t... more

The Minnesota Vikings own the building blocks to remain atop the NFC North in 2016 and beyond, but they need more out of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to pull it off. Entering his second NFL offseason, Bridgewater understands he needs to work on... more

During the Denver Broncos' 34-27 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 15, Steelers center Cody Wallace smashed safety David Bruton Jr. with a late hit. It's a play that Broncos players haven't forgotten. Come Sunday, Denver defenders are planning (legal) on-... more

The Cincinnati Bengals continue to take issue with Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter's role in the unraveling end of Saturday's wild-card matchup. Porter was on the field following a vicious hit on Antonio Brown by Bengals linebacker... more

As Blair Walsh's field-goal attempt sailed wide left Sunday afternoon in Minnesota, perhaps Vikings fans weren't the only ones lamenting the loss. Carolina Panthers fans weren't thrilled at the prospect of facing a streaking Seattle Seahawks squad... more

The Houston Texans drafted Jadeveon Clowney to help win playoff games. The No. 1 overall pick stood on the sidelines during Saturday's blowout loss to the Chiefs. Clowney played in just four games as a rookie and missed another four in 2015 --... more

Blair Walsh is the face of the Minnesota Vikings' playoff failure , but he shouldn't be in the picture alone. Adrian Peterson's second-half fumble led to a Seattle Seahawks' field goal and a 10-9 lead. "It's tough," Peterson said explaining the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals found a new way to lose Saturday night with personal foul penalties on linebacker Vontaze Burfict for an illegal hit and cornerback Adam Jones for unsportsmanlike conduct. The two penalties gave the Pittsburgh Steelers 30 yard... more

Giovani Bernard exited Saturday night's wild playoff loss †with a concussion. The Bengals running back was knocked out on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier after catching a pass late in the third quarter. Berna... more

Knile Davis returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for touchdown and the Chiefs' defense pitched a shutout as Kansas City obliterated the Houston Texans 30-0 in the AFC Wild Card matchup. K.C. now will face the Patriots next Saturday in New England.... more

The NFL playoffs kicked off in incredible fashion. Knile Davis returned the first kickoff of the 2015 playoffs back for a 106-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the Texans. Kansas City went on to cruise to a 30-0 win . It's just th... more

The most vital piece of the Kansas City Chiefs' passing game went down during the team's victory . Jeremy Maclin was taken to the locker room on a cart after his knee got tied up following a reception in the third quarter. Texans' J.J. Watt injur... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Kansas City Chiefs OUT : C Mitch Morse (concussion) QUESTIONABLE : S Husain Abdullah (concussion, not injury related), L... more

Mike McCoy will not enter 2016 as a lame-duck coach. San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco announced Friday that McCoy's contract has been extended through the 2017 season. The team announced earlier in the week that it would bring back... more

It's going to be frickin' frackin' cold in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon when the Vikings take on the Seattle Seahawks. The current forecast has jumped all the way to a high of 4 degrees. We're making progress ! (To steal a line from John Candy's... more

The Packers posted the worst offensive production numbers of the Aaron Rodgers era during the regular season. Green Bay ranked 23rd in total yards per game in 2015 (334.6). The franchise hadn't ranked 20th or worse in total offense since 1991 (rank... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers were preparing as if DeAngelo Williams would be out. He will be. The Steelers ruled Williams out with a foot injury on Friday. If Pittsburgh wins in Cincinnati on Saturday , there is a chance the running back could play i... more

On the first play of his NFL career, rookie Marcus Peters jumped DeAndre Hopkins' route and picked off Brian Hoyer. The interception helped the Chiefs build a big lead they would not relinquish in a Week 1 win over the Houston Texans. After maki... more

If San Francisco 49ers fans want the team to make a splashy hire, Chip Kelly might be the best option. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Kelly met with the Niners on Thursday, per a source. CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco first repo... more

Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict remains the central figure in the vortex of bitterness felt between the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. "I hate Pittsburgh," Burfict said after practice Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . "It's not... more

Calvin Johnson might have played his last NFL snap. The Detroit Lions' receiver released a statement Wednesday stating that he's calculating his future. "Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my... more

The Washington Redskins want fans to embrace the "You Like That?!" revolution. The team will hand out towels to fans emblazoned with the phrase prior to Sunday's playoff game versus the Green Bay Packers. #YouLikeThat ?! Arrive early to #GBvsWAS... more

Bundle up, Minnesota, it's going to be cold Sunday. According to AccuWeather and Weather.com the temperature in Minneapolis will be a high of 1 degree -- not counting the 10-15 mph wind chill factor. The low sits around -9 degrees. The good news?... more

The Indianapolis Colts kept Chuck Pagano, but his defensive coordinator is heading out of town. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Colts have fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. The team confirmed the news on Wednesday.... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars fired defensive coordinator Bob Babich, the team announced Tuesday. The move comes hours after general manager Dave Caldwell said to expect changes on defense. Babich, who became defensive coordinator when coach Gus Bradl... more

Rex Ryan couldn't get the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs in his first year. His job could be in jeopardy if he fails for a second time. The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reported Tuesday , citing a team source, that during Terry Pegula's 2015 post-morte... more

The search for Tom Coughlin's replacement begins expeditiously for the New York Giants. Co-owner John Mara told reporters Tuesday the hunt would be extensive. While he wouldn't name specific outside candidates, Mara confirmed that both Giants... more

89 is back and spitting fire already. Steve Smith Sr. spoke to the media for the first time since declaring that he would return to the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 -- after initially deciding 2015 would be his final NFL season. The 37-year-old receive... more

Last offseason the Bears' new regime was actively seeking to ship Jay Cutler out of Chicago. After a year together, the team is fine being married to the quarterback for 2016. "I think Jay knows that we have extreme confidence in him," general mana... more

Tom Coughlin's 12-year career in New York has come to an end. The Giants announced that the 69-year-old coach decided to step down . Prior to the announcement, quarterback Eli Manning spoke to the media about Coughlin, the only coach he's played... more

The Tennessee Titans' head coaching gig has been open for months, but there has been little groundwork for a coaching search. If that sounds odd, it should -- especially when teams like the Philadelphia Eagles waited just days to interview their fi... more

Upon Peyton Manning's entrance in the third quarter of Sunday's 27-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos offense exploded. Except it wasn't the passing game that came to life. The 20 second-half points were on the backs of run... more

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams left the stadium Sunday in a protective walking boot, but will the keep him out of Saturday's tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday on NFL HQ that Willi... more

The Houston Texans (9-7) didn't need outside help to win the AFC South, destroying the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) 30-6. It's the Texans' first division championship since 2012. Houston will host the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round. Here is... more

The first day that the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders can apply for relocation is Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that all three teams will file. It isn't a surprise t... more

No one doubts Peyton Manning belongs standing alongside the greatest football players in the history of pigskin. The rest of this season, however, he'll be standing on the Denver Broncos' sideline. Manning is officially active Sunday for the first... more

With Mike Pettine set to coach his final game in Cleveland, attention will quickly shift to the next man to take his crack at the Browns' gig. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that among those expected to be interviewed are Detroit Lions... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' search for Chip Kelly's replacement began in earnest. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Eagles interviewed running backs coach Duce Staley on Friday for their head coaching vacancy. ESPN's Ed Werde... more

Charles Woodson will end his career where it began. The 39-year-old Pro Bowl safety will play his final NFL contest Sunday when the Oakland Raiders visit the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, the same location as his first NFL game in Week 1... more

The Baltimore Ravens won't be playing in the postseason, but they are trying to disrupt the path of as many division foes as possible. Last week, the Ravens put a huge dent in the Pittsburgh Steelers' playoff hopes by beating their rival. This week... more

If you didn't expect the New York Jets' passing attack to lead them to the cusp of the playoffs this season, don't worry, you weren't the only one. Even receiver Brandon Marshall didn't think they'd be this prolific. "I knew we had a great defens... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' backfield of Doug Martin and Charles Sims has flown under the radar as the best tandem in the NFL this season. Martin sits No. 2 in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,354 on 273 carries. With a big game Sunday versus the Caro... more

Andy Dalton hopes to get some good news on Monday. The day after the Cincinnati Bengals wrap up the regular season against the Baltimore Ravens, the quarterback will take a doctor visit and hopes to get the cast off his broken thumb. "I'm hoping... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted QB Andy Dalton (right thumb), TE Ryan Hewitt (knee, illness) -- OUT; TE Tyler Eifert (concussion), QB AJ McCarron, S George Il... more

December

DeMarco Murray's plane-ride chat with Jeffrey Lurie made waves, even if the Eagles owner said it had "zero" to do with Chip Kelly being fired . Murray clearly was disgruntled throughout much of the season with his playing time and production. NFL M... more

Mario Williams is playing his final game in Buffalo on Sunday. The Associated Press reported Thursday that the Bills plan to cut the defensive end this offseason, per an unnamed source with direct knowledge of discussions. The report meshes with... more

Odell Beckham Jr. returns from his one-game suspension in the New York Giants' season finale versus the Philadelphia Eagles. While the second-year receiver said he's learned a valuable lesson, he won't change how he plays. "I don't think anything'... more

C.J. Spiller's season officially ended Wednesday. The New Orleans Saints placed the running back on injured reserve. No specific injury was announced with the transaction, but Spiller never seemed to recover from his training camp leg issues. Spi... more

The Minnesota Vikings enter Sunday's tilt in Green Bay playing its best football of the season. They've scored 38-plus points in their last two outings and took the Arizona Cardinals to the wire without their top three defensive players on the fie... more

This isn't how the season was supposed to unfold. Rocketing toward the playoffs, we were supposed to be writing this week how Andy Dalton was poised to end the playoff nightmares. Instead, the Bengals have a different postseason conundrum. Can AJ... more

Five days from now, many men could be joining Chip Kelly on the NFL coaching job market. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano appears headed toward being one of those following Sunday's season-ender. For his part, Pagano isn't planning to slink... more

Drew Brees stacked points to earn the New Orleans Saints a 38-27 home win Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars. New Orleans' defense, however, continued its inept play in the secondary. On Sunday, the Saints conceded four touchdown passes to Bla... more

This Sunday night, the Minnesota Vikings will attempt to dethrone the kings of the NFC North. Following the Green Bay Packers' blowout loss and the Vikings' dominant win, the two will square off at Lambeau Field to decide who takes a division domin... more

The Carolina Panthers' perfect season is no more. After losing to the Falcons 20-13 , their first loss in the regular season in 392 days, Cam Newton was asked if losing the undefeated season hurt. "It didn't tickle," he responded bluntly, via the... more

Sweeping your rival during a down season is enough reason for Sunday glee. Wrecking their pristine path to the playoff is the cherry on top. "It's the Steelers. We just wanted to beat them," Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams said,... more

The New York Jets' 26-20 victory over the New England Patriots, coupled with a Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-17 loss to the Ravens, gives Gang Green a win-and-in playoff scenario in Week 17. That matchup pits the Jets against their old coach, Rex Ryan,... more

Never underestimate a rival. Despite their first losing season since 2007, the Baltimore Ravens (5-10), with Ryan Mallett under center, beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) for the second time this season. The 20-17 loss put the Steelers' playoff plan... more

Could Peyton Manning be back on the field for Week 17? With controversy swirling around the quarterback regarding a report that he allegedly received HGH in 2011, which he termed "garbage ," Manning's current injury seems secondary. During an... more

Despite dealing with a torn plantar fascia, Drew Brees will start Sunday for the New Orleans Saints against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is listed as active, Brees returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday and was officially listed as... more

We sit eight days away for some major change for several NFL organizations. Jan. 3 marks not only the day many coaches will be fired, but organizational changes could be made at an even higher level. If sweeping changes are made on bad teams, the... more

The Hayne Plane is back in action. The San Francisco 49ers promoted Jarryd Hayne to the active roster from practice squad on Saturday, the team announced. The Niners placed guard Alex Boone (knee) on injured reserve. Hayne, a former Australian... more

Earlier this week Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Peyton Manning would have a "big" workout on Saturday to evaluate the quarterback's progress in his rehab from a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. The coach liked what he saw, sa... more

Dez Bryant won't play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The receiver did not travel with the Dallas Cowboys to Buffalo and has been ruled out, per the team's official website . Bryant missed practice all week while dealing with a foot injury. He... more

Vernon Davis dropped critical passes each of the past two weeks, both Denver Broncos losses. Ahead of Monday night's pivotal matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, Davis took ownership of his struggles and the part he played in the two-game skid.... more

Leonard Hankerson is going back on waivers. The New England Patriots officially waived the receiver just 10 days after claiming him from the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added that if Hankerson clears waiver... more

Doug Baldwin is officially listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, but we got some positive news Friday. The Seattle Seahawks receiver was a full participant in Friday's workout, per the team's official website . Pete Carroll said Thursda... more

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Armonty Bryant and cornerback De'Ante Saunders (practice squad) were arrested during a traffic stop early Christmas morning, the team announced Saturday . Saunders, 23, was cited for operating a vehicle under the... more

It's a big day for Peyton Manning. Earlier this week, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Manning would have a "big workout" on Saturday to evaluate the quarterback's progress in his rehab from a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot.... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Seyi Ajirotutu (ankle) WR, Byron Maxwell (shoulder) CB -- OUT, Philadelphia Eagles Maxwell didn't practice at all this week... more

Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins has been a game wrecker in the middle. After hitting the 10-sack mark, Atkins became the first player in Bengals franchise history with multiple 10-sack seasons (12.5 sacks in 2012). Ahead of... more

Cam Newton is the clear frontrunner to win the 2015 NFL MVP award. Some fans have even gone so far as to refer to it as the CaMVP. The Carolina Panthers' quarterback, however, isn't concerned with the awards race.† "It's irrelevant to me right no... more

The New York Giants need to fill an Odell Beckham Jr.-sized hole in their lineup. With Beckham suspended for Sunday night's contest against the Minnesota Vikings, Big Blue will be without the man responsible for 26 percent of their receptions, 36... more

Charles Woodson earned the Gatorade bath at the conclusion of Thursday night's Oakland Raiders 23-20 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers, the last home game for the 18-year pro. The Pro Bowl safety addressed the Oakland crowd after the win... more

The Green Bay Packers clinched a playoff berth Sunday and notched their 10th win of the season, but the offense remains a rickety wheel. Aaron Rodgers threw for just 204 yards on 39 attempts with a touchdown and interception for a passer rating of... more

Neither the Detroit Lions nor the New Orleans Saints have a shot at the playoffs. But sometimes when two mediocre products meet, it can be beautiful, like Christmas carols and snow. Here is what you should watch for in Monday night's tilt : 1. Cou... more

The Houston Texans were getting badly outplayed early Sunday afternoon by the Indianapolis Colts, turning the ball over on their first two possessions and falling into a 10-0 hole. With their season on the brink, Houston needed saving. As only the... more

Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman got after it Sunday both during and after the whistle , with the Giants receiver crossing the line at certain points. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had his own take on the Beckham-Norman battle. "You g... more

AJ McCarron made positive strides in his first career start, helping guide the Cincinnati Bengals to a road win over the drowning San Francisco 49ers. McCarron completed 15 of 21 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions and a 115.6 p... more

Antonio Brown won't come out and say it, but I will: The Pittsburgh Steelers' receiver is unstoppable. Facing the NFL's No. 1 pass defense Sunday, Brown piled up 16 receptions on 18 targets for 189 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Den... more

The Arizona Cardinals celebrated a t-shirts and hats victory Sunday night in Philadelphia, clinching the NFC West for the first time in six years. "I've got a closet full of these," coach Bruce Arians said of the division championship gear, via the... more

Rex Ryan expected to take the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs in 2015 . His team fell short, officially being eliminated from postseason contention with a 35-25 loss to the Washington Redskins. It was another disappointing week chalk full of errors... more

The Houston Texans won in Indianapolis for the first time in franchise history (1-13 historically). Brandon Weeden led the Texans out of a 10-point hole to win 16-10 in a sloppy pillow fight over the Colts. At 7-7, the Texans took the lead in the AF... more

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck made a brief exit during Sunday's 16-10 loss †to†the Houston Texans because of a back injury, but managed to return before the end. Hasselbeck entered the pivotal AFC South matchup battling a severe ri... more

Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win †over the Indianapolis Colts, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Yates suffered the season-ending injury on a scramble on the final drive of the first half.†Y... more

Peyton Manning isn't healthy enough to be considered for a backup role at this point, but if he is good enough to return this season don't expect to see him holding a clipboard. Manning's injury continues to keep him sidelined, but even if he gets... more

Kellen Moore isn't a long-term answer for the Dallas Cowboys' backup quarterback quandary, but he's better than Matt Cassel. Moore threw three picks in Saturday's loss to the New York Jets, but moved the ball better than Cassel. While Moore's physi... more

Good news Patriots fans, your battle station should be close to fully operational by the time January games roll around. Tom Brady's go-to receiver Julian Edelman has been on the practice field after missing the past four games with a broken bone i... more

The Patriots have added some aid to the backfield. New England promoted fullback Joey Iosefa to the active roster Saturday, per the league transaction wire. With just two running backs -- James White and Brandon Bolden -- on the active roster, th... more

The Detroit Lions listed five starters as questionable for Monday night's tilt with the New Orleans Saints. Calvin Johnson (ankle) and Eric Ebron (illness) are questionable after sitting out practice Saturday. The team's official website expects bo... more

Even an undefeated team can't avoid the difficult questions. The 13-0 Carolina Panthers have plowed over every opponent placed in front of them during the 2015 season. Having already clinched a first-round bye, coach Ron Rivera was treated to inqui... more

Jarryd Hayne struggled with the transition from the National Rugby League to the National Football League in 2015. A preseason sensation, Hayne was cut in late October. The Hayne Plane, however, has no plans to give up on the quest to become an N... more

Several Seattle Seahawks offensive stars are injured, but the team keeps rolling towards January, plowing opponents into a snow bank along the way. The Seahawks have lost such firepower as Marshawn Lynch, Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls. Overcoming t... more

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron made mention of Tom Brady following last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers after he replaced Andy Dalton. McCarron was less comparing himself to Brady than noting other quarterbacks have gone on to h... more

Week 15 Cheat Sheet December 18, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Tom Brady (illness) QB; Scott Chandler (knee) TE; Patrick Chung (foot) S; Dont'a Hightower (knee) LB; Josh Kline (shoulder) G; De... more

Matt Hasselbeck is on track to start Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts versus the Houston Texans. The 40-year-old quarterback is listed as probable on the team's injury report with a rib injury. "Really good. Very, very encouraged," coach Chuck P... more

Ben Roethlisberger attempting to dice up the NFL's No. 1 defense is the most fascinating matchup of Week 15. The Denver Broncos lead the NFL in scoring defense (17.3 PPG), total defense (272.5 YPG) and sacks (44) this season. Since team sacks were... more

DeMarco Murray's role in Philadelphia has been drastically reduced over the past few games. Coming off a 392 carry, Offensive Player of the Year season in 2014, Murray has seen just 39 snaps and 19 carries in the past two games. Eagles RB Snaps S... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense is a bit of an enigma. Defensive coordinator Keith Butler's unit ranks sixth in the NFL against the run (88.3 yards per game) and 11th in points per game allowed (20.0), but is giving up the 31st most pass yards per g... more

Despite not playing in two games and being eased in for a third, Todd Gurley still breached the 1,000-yard barrier with two games to spare Thursday night in the St. Louis Rams' 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In just 11 starts Gurley... more

Matt Hasselbeck returned to Colts practice Thursday on a limited bases after sitting out Wednesday, but the word out of Indianapolis sounds ominous. The 40-year-old quarterback is dealing with rib separation. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

Chip Kelly insisted earlier this week he wants Sam Bradford in Philadelphia for the long term. If Bradford wants a marriage with the Eagles, he's putting any proposal on hold. "Obviously, it's great to hear those things, but I don't think it real... more

Brock Osweiler will make his fifth start of the season this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Beyond Sunday sits a floating cloud of possibilities. Coach Gary Kubiak declined to name a starter for the rest of the season after Peyton Manning ret... more

Lamar Miller needs more touches . That seems like an obvious sentence from an outsider's perspective. It's also one the running back agrees with. "When I'm feeling it, I feel I should get more opportunities," he said, via the Palm Beach Post . "B... more

Bill Parcells' sayings are legendary and stick in the brain, especially the brain of an understudy like Mike Zimmer. Now the coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Zimmer is trying to avoid his squad becoming what Parcells used to call a "yo-yo" team. "... more

The quintessential irresistible force paradox will play out Sunday when the unstoppable force, Odell Beckham Jr., meets the immovable object, Josh Norman. Ahead of the matchup between the current best receiver in the NFL and the corner playing at t... more

Eddie Lacy's struggles on and off the field have landed him in Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy's doghouse at certain points during the season, but Aaron Rodgers believes the maligned running back has found redemption. Speaking to Adam Schein on Mad D... more

The Houston Texans are preparing to enter a battle against the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC South lead with T.J. Yates under center. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Texans are preparing for Yates to start after Brian Hoyer... more

The Cincinnati Bengals got a modicum of good news Monday. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters that quarterback Andy Dalton won't need surgery on his fractured right thumb. Dalton will not play in Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers, per L... more

The Seattle Seahawks are re-signing running back Bryce Brown. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Seahawks will bring back the 24-year-old runner in the wake of Thomas Rawls' season-ending ankle injury . Seahawks coach Pete Carroll l... more

Jordan Reed is the reason the Washington Redskins sit atop the NFC East. That un-nuanced take paints with a broad brush. It's also true. Sunday's 24-21 win over the Chicago Bears came thanks to Reed's hands, feet and shoulders. The tight end was... more

The blood-boiling rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals concluded its 2015 regular season edition Sunday with a romp by Big Ben & Co. Sunday's contest saw a pregame dust up , a two NSFW messages from injured Bengals corne... more

Don't look now, but the Carolina Panthers' championship-caliber defense is matched with a championship-caliber offense. After Sunday's 38-0 whitewash of the Atlanta Falcons, Cam Newton and Co. took the NFL lead in scoring at 31.6 points per game (... more

Tom Brady will have his most important target on the field Sunday night . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Rob Gronkowski will play versus the Houston Texans, according to a source informed of his condition. The tight end was not listed... more

Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed a potential game-tying field goal in the final minutes as the Washington Redskins held on for a 24-21 win at Soldier Field †over Chicago (5-8).†It was the Redskins' first road victory of the season. Here is what you n... more

All week the Steelers and Bengals talked about the bad blood between AFC North rivals . Sunday morning, the blood boiled over. Per NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati players got into some sort of pregame donnybrook before... more

Tim Hightower, not C.J. Spiller will get the bulk of the workload in the Saints' backfield with Mark Ingram on injured reserve. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that the Saints will utilize Hightower... more

Chip Kelly was intent on burying the hatchet with LeSean McCoy this week. Shady was having none of it. Ahead of Sunday's tussle between the Bills and Eagles, Jeff McLane, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reported that Kelly reached out to McCoy on Tu... more

When you've lost 23 out of 28 games, your job isn't safe. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning on NFL Network's GameDay First that longtime Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster is "very much at risk" of losing his job.... more

Jimmy Clausen will make his second start this season against the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Clausen will start Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens with Matt Schaub battling a chest injury. Schaub was officially ru... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Rob Gronkowski (knee) TE; Danny Amendola (knee) WR; Scott Chandler (knee) TE; Dont'a Hightower (knee) LB -- OUT, Josh Kline (shoulder) G -- OUT, New England Patriots Gronk returned to practic... more

The New York Giants are done with Damontre Moore. The Giants released the defensive end, the team announced Friday. Moore was waived after he got into a fight with teammate Cullen Jenkins before practice, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, pe... more

The Washington Redskins added pass-catching veteran running back Pierre Thomas, the team announced Friday. Thomas, 31, spent one week with the San Francisco 49ers earlier this year, carrying four times for 12 yards. The signing could indicate the... more

It's December. It's supposed to be cold in Green Bay. Sunday's outlook when the Dallas Cowboys travel to face the Packers at Lambeau: 57 degrees, with a 90 percent chance of rain. Fifty-seven degrees! That, friends, is not December Wisconsin foot... more

The NFL's plan to fix the catch rule is starting to take shape. A new six-member catch rule committee includes three coaches, a former executive, a former referee and a former wide receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a league... more

Kevin White's rookie season is a wash. The Chicago Bears' first-round pick will not be activated off the physically unable to perform list and his season is over, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The Chicago Tribune first reported the... more

Despite the negativity flying around Eagles' DeMarco Murray this week, the running back insisted Thursday he wants to remain in Philadelphia. "100 percent. Yes," he said when asked if he wanted to be an Eagle in 2016, per NFL Media's Albert Breer .... more

We have a Gronk sighting. Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice for the New England Patriots on Thursday. Gronk alert! Gronk is back at practice. I repeat, Gronk is back at practice! Looks like he has a brace on his knee. pic.twitter.com/OemAmrV... more

There will be no love lost between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in a pivotal matchup in the AFC North . Earlier in the week, Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro said: "We don't like them. They don't like us ." Bo... more

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a tear in his left rotator cuff. Coach Sean Payton announced the surgery a day after the team placed the starting running back on injured reserve. Ingram first... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has been mum on the reason Eddie Lacy's snaps were slashed, but the running back admitted Wednesday that he "lost track of time" ahead of missing curfew †last week. (Somewhere Ryan Mallett is nodding in agreeme... more

Rob Boras took the reins of an anemic St. Louis Rams offense from the vanilla-scheming Frank Cignetti this week, but not much will change with four games left. "We have different thoughts, but at the end of the day, we're pretty far down the road r... more

The Minnesota Vikings will be without four starters Thursday when they face an Arizona Cardinals offense that ranks first in total yards and scoring. The Vikings announced safety Harrison Smith (hamstring), linebacker Anthony Barr (groin/hand),... more

J.J. Watt is the most dominant defensive player of this generation. The runner up isn't even that close. If you want to get a close comparison for the Houston Texans' annihilator you have to go back several decades to the likes of Reggie White or... more

Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this month that the NFL is looking at how it can improve the confounding catch rule . Goodell said he's spoken to former GMs, current GMs, former players and former officials about coming together to form a pro... more

The Oakland Raiders' 34-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs all but dashed their hopes of making the playoffs. Once a 4-3 squad looking like it could make a late-season run, Jack Del Rio's team has lost four of its last five games. At 5-7, the Raider... more

On draft day 2007, the Arizona Cardinals selected offensive tackle Levi Brown at No. 5, leaving Adrian Peterson to fall to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 7. The fate of two franchises changed that day. Larry Fitzgerald was entering his fourth seaso... more

Eddie Lacy's roller coaster season continues. This year, the Green Bay Packers running back struggled through injury, looked like he bounced back with consecutive 100-yard games only to see his role slashed last week while being punished for an... more

LeSean McCoy is out to get revenge on the Philadelphia Eagles for trading him this offseason. Tuesday, the running back made sure to let Bills teammates know exactly how important Sunday's tussle is to him and asked for their help beating his former... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers demoted Jacoby Jones, taking away his return duties. On Tuesday, the team's updated depth chart listed Jones as the backup kick returner and third-string punt returner. (Who knew third-string punt returner was a thing? Whe... more

Adrian Peterson's frustration following an eight-carry, 18-yard performance in a shellacking at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks led to some critiques. While criticizing the team's play, Peterson added the Vikings were "outcoached ." While the... more

Does anyone actually want to win the NFC East? In the past two weeks, the New York Giants and Washington Redskins each had a chance to grab a stranglehold of the division . Both choked. The Redskins, Giants and Philadelphia Eagles each sit at 5-7... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sit as an intriguing playoff candidate. The Bucs, at 6-6, currently reside a game outside the final Wild Card spot, but a young team, led by Jameis Winston, has gelled with enough time to make a run. "We finished up the t... more

Monday night's NFC East showcase between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins turned out to be a slop-fest only a winner could love. Sometimes even the winner sees the warts. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a measured approach when discussin... more

The Seattle Seahawks are done with the Cary Williams experiment. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Seahawks are releasing the cornerback. The Seahawks later confirmed Williams' release. Williams signed a three-year, $18 million... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will lose playmaking rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander for the final four games of the regular season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Alexander will drop the appeal of his four-game ban for violating the league'... more

Cam Newton took a crushing blow to the helmet while coasting towards the end zone during Carolina's 41-38 win over New Orleans. Newton left briefly to get checked for a concussion after throwing a touchdown several plays following the big hit. He... more

The Minnesota Vikings remain in prime playoff positioning with eight wins. However, in two of their biggest tests of the season, they've failed miserably. Two weeks ago the Vikings got lambasted at home 30-13 by rival Green Bay Packers. Sunday, Ru... more

Despite the growing malaise by most local fans and malcontent by some towards the head coach as San Diego's season swirls down the drain, Mike McCoy's seat might not be as hot as it appears. Others on the staff might not be so lucky. The San Diego... more

When Ben Roethlisberger is healthy, the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense is the most explosive unit in the NFL. Sunday night the Steelers piled up 522 total yards of offense in a 45-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts. The win marked the fourth-consecu... more

Let's just be blunt: the St. Louis Rams' offense stinks. The unwatchable unit scored just three points Sunday, leaving even the most talented of the group confounded and dejected. "Everybody's disappointed, frustrated, embarrassed ," Todd Gurley... more

A once optimistic, 5-0 season has turned bitter cold this autumn in Atlanta as the Falcons lost their fifth straight to fall further out of playoff positioning at 6-6. The skid sparked frustration, especially for receiver Julio Jones. Despite pilin... more

Blaine Gabbert hit Torrey Smith on a 71-yard touchdown pass to give the San Francisco 49ers (4-8) a 26-20 overtime win over the Chicago Bears (5-7) at Soldier Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. The San Francisco 49ers dinked and dunked thei... more

Colin Kaepernick's disappointing 2015 season ended with him on injured reserve , but it might not be the end of his career in San Francisco. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that Kaepernick remains in... more

Eddie Lacy was disciplined for a curfew violation ahead of Thursday night's epic win over the Detroit Lions. The concern about Lacy off the field doesn't end there. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning... more

The Carolina Panthers became just the 12th team since 1966 to start 11-0, yet they continue to be overlooked as an NFL power and Super Bowl favorite. The issue some have with the Panthers is how they are winning games: with an overwhelming defense... more

Week 13 Cheat Sheet December 04, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) QB -- PROBABLE; Heath Miller (rib) TE, Pittsburgh Steelers Big Ben was listed as a full partic... more

Following the Detroit Lions' failure to stop the longest game-winning Hail Mary in NFL history Thursday night, many questions arose. Why wasn't 6-foot-5 Calvin Johnson on the field to help knock the ball down? Why rush only three and allow Aaron Ro... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have lost three consecutive games, the past two by a combined score of 90-31. Chip Kelly's squad has been a tire fire the past several weeks, but apparently you wouldn't know that if you work inside the New England Patriots... more

Scott Chandler understands his role will increase exponentially if Rob Gronkowski misses Sunday's contest and any subsequent weeks. Chandler, however, won't attempt to imitate Gronk. "I don't know that it's always that easy," Chandler said of tryin... more

The Green Bay Packers turned the table on Hail Mary history. After long being associated with the infamous "Fail Mary" back in 2012 against the Seattle Seahawks, the Pack came up with their own miraculous ending on Thursday night when Aaron Rodgers... more

New York Giants safety Nat Berhe tweeted Thursday that his cousin was killed in Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino, California. Just got word that one of my cousins was among the 14 killed yesterday, I'm so sick right now. ‚?? Nat Berhe... more

You can have J.J. Watt or Rex Ryan's entire defensive front seven, which do you take? If you want sacks, you'd better pick Watt. J.J.'s sack total: 13.5. Combined sack total of the Buffalo Bills' defensive front: 13. You read that correctly,... more

Consider Sunday's tilt between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons a loser-leaves-the-playoff-hunt match . Bucs coach Lovie Smith told his players this week that Sunday was a must-win game. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter underscored t... more

The Detroit Lions will have their biggest weapon as they attempt to sweep the Green Bay Packers for the first time since 1991. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that Calvin Johnson is expected to play in Thursday night's tussle , airing on CBS and N... more

The Denver Broncos' victory softened his frustration, but Demaryius Thomas knows he can't continue to play the way he did Sunday night. The Pro Bowl receiver caught just one of 13 targets in a win over the New England Patriots. He was charged with... more

Aaron Rodgers' struggles during the Green Bay Packers' 1-4 skid are real. The All-Universe quarterback has gone five straight games with a passer rating below 100.0, the longest slump of his career. He's averaging 6.88 yards per attempt, 24th in th... more

Matt Hasselbeck keeps playing well, posting a 4-0 record in starts for the Indianapolis Colts. Still, the 40-year-old quarterback doesn't believe in sticking with the hot hand. Hasselbeck said Wednesday he's just holding down the fort until Andrew... more

Peyton Manning's cast is off. Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that the cast came off, but the quarterback is still in a boot as he recovers from a plantar fascia injury. The cast removal means Manning can now start rehabbing, but... more

Danny Amendola returned to the practice field Wednesday. The New England Patriots receiver worked out, per WEEI , after missing last week's loss to the Denver Broncos with a knee injury. "Get out there today, run around, and will know more. (I) f... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense is out of kilter. You know it. I know it. The Packers know it. The reason behind an Aaron Rodgers-led offense being ranked No 23 in the NFL in passing is debatable. Most point to receiver Jordy Nelson's preseason ACL... more

The best J.J. Watt is a mic'd up J.J. Watt. NFL Films tracked the Defensive Player of the Year favorite during his five-tackle, two sack trashing of the New Orleans Saints in Week 12. During the pummeling, Watt had a suggestion for Saints coaches... more

The Seattle Seahawks reclaimed their rightful spot in the playoff picture this week after Russell Wilson helped lead a 39-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wilson's best game of the season earned him the Week 12 Offensive Player of the Week... more

Todd Bowles isn't feeling your 'New York rivalry' storyline this week. The New York Jets' first-year coach said Sunday's matchup with MetLife Stadium co-habitant Giants isn't a rivalry. "No, I don't think it's a rivalry because you don't play the... more

November

The worst nightmare of every New England Patriots fan was realized Sunday night as Rob Gronkowski writhed in pain on the turf in Denver. "Noooooo ! Not Gronk too!" they shouted. Luckily, the tight end's knee injury looked worse than the damage... more

Chip Kelly has no interest in returning to college. The Philadelphia Eagles coach denied rumors that the University of Southern California spoke with him about its coaching gig and said he's focused solely on his current job. "No, I've never spok... more

With a chance to bury the rest of the NFC East, the New York Giants forgot their shovels. Big Blue came out flat against the Washington Redskins on Sunday and trailed 20-0 in the fourth quarter. The Giants finally made a game of it late, thanks to... more

The Atlanta Falcons' tailspin continued with a second straight home loss. After staring 5-0, Dan Quinn's squad has lost four straight and five of its last six. Perhaps most disturbing during that stretch has been the play of quarterback Matt Ryan.... more

In the blowing snow of Mile High, Brock Osweiler got pummeled time after time by New England Patriots defenders and his receivers dropped pass after pass. Yet in just the second start of his career, the Denver Broncos quarterback made the plays to de... more

The Cincinnati Bengals (9-2) slammed their foot on the gas pedal and sped away from the St. Louis Rams (4-7) to snap a two-game losing skid in a 31-7 win . Here is what you need to know: 1. Coach Hue Jackson's offense hummed Sunday. A.J. Green cau... more

Ndamukong Suh addressed his Miami Dolphins defensive teammates on Monday. It was -- ummmmm -- interesting. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport passed along the fiery address from the defensive tackle Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning . "I'm to... more

It's not just fantasy football owners who have been frustrated with Jeremy Hill's play in 2015. The offensive coordinator is fed up as well. NFL Media's Mike Silver reported on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that Jackson called the running back int... more

The Buffalo Bills ran into some bus trouble Sunday while traveling to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes broke the news Sunday that a team bus had a mechanical issue. Hughes' play-by-play: Bus is sl... more

The Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins are two teams already looking for head coaches. Several others could join the fray once the season ends on Jan. 3. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joined NFL Network's GameDay First on Sunday to discuss some... more

Jeremy Lane returns. The Seattle Seahawks activated the cornerback to the 53-man roster and released running back Bryce Brown on Sunday. Lane broke his arm and tore his ACL on an interception return of a Tom Brady pass early in Super Bowl XLIX.... more

Tom Brady will be without another weapon when the New England Patriots take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Receiver Danny Amendola will not make the flight to Denver on Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informe... more

Thanksgiving is a holiday for gluttony. Smack in the middle of the NFL season, it's not always an easy day for some of the heaviest men on the planet -- many of whom could eat the entire banquet solo, if so desired. Tennessee Titans offensive lin... more

When Ben Roethlisberger is under center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Antonio Brown is unguardable. A precision route runner with speed and hands to make any catch, Brown is a mismatch against every defensive back in the NFL. The question entering... more

Monday Night Football will feature a clash of quarterbacks Josh McCown and Matt Schaub. Get excited, people! Schaub will start his first game since 2013 -- he's lost each of his last six games as a starting quarterback. Despite the physical... more

Brock Osweiler is under center and Gary Kubiak is running his preferred set of play calls, which means the tight end is more heavily involved in Denver. In Osweiler's first start last week, tight ends Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis were the Broncos'... more

Week 12 Cheat Sheet November 27, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Michael Floyd (hamstring) WR; Patrick Peterson (ankle) CB; John Brown (hamstring) WR -- PROBABLE, Arizona Cardinals All three... more

The two-year journey of Charles James from living out of motel on a bare-bones budget so not to burden his mother, to practice squad member, to "Hard Knocks" star, to being cut, to now starting is quite a whirlwind.† "I have motivation from that,"... more

Matthew Stafford enjoyed his best game in years during the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving offensive explosion , carving up the Philadelphia Eagles in a 45-14 win . It's clear after four games, new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter is a better match... more

The Green Bay Packers lost back-to-back games at Lambeau Field for the first time since 2008 when they fell to the Chicago Bears 17-13 Thanksgiving night . It's not just that the Pack lost to the Bears and Lions in consecutive home games, it's how... more

Josh Norman circled Thanksgiving on his calendar , eager to face Dez Bryant. The Carolina Panthers cornerback then went out and led the shutdown of the Dallas Cowboys star receiver. The two went at it from the first pass of the game, when Norman sw... more

Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes as the Detroit Lions destroyed the plummeting Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 on Thanksgiving. Here is what you need to know: 1. Any questions about Matthew Stafford's future in Detroit should be silenced af... more

The news regarding Johnny Manziel's benching continues to evolve. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL GameDay Morning that the team felt betrayed by Manziel's actions. Issue for Johnny Manziel pre-bye: #Browns wanted him to... more

As the losses pile up in Philadelphia and vultures circle in the form of anonymous sources , the future of Chip Kelly will be heavily questioned as we drive toward the end of the calendar year. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NF... more

When the Denver Broncos announced Peyton Manning would be out two weeks , they attached the "at least" modifier. Expect more than two weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL GameDay Morning that Manning is at least three wee... more

Matt Forte will return to the starting lineup on Thanksgiving night for the Chicago Bears after missing the past three games. However, he will not resume his workhorse role. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL GameDay Morning t... more

Josh Norman circled today's date when the NFL schedule came out during the offseason. No, not because he was anticipating cramming his face with stuffing or guzzling down gallons of gravy. Instead, Norman has been looking forward to his head-to-head... more

It doesn't sound good for Darrelle Revis' prospects of facing the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The New York Jets sent the cornerback home to rest Wednesday as he deals with concussion symptoms. "He just wasn't 100 percent still and the doctors won't... more

The opening weeks of Marcus Mariota's career focused almost exclusively on the rookie becoming a pocket passer. Now the coaching staff would like to get his legs more involved. "We're tinkering a little more with his running ability," interim coach... more

Like cranberry sauce or awkward family hugs, Mark Sanchez is becoming something of a Thanksgiving tradition. Sanchez started for the Philadelphia Eagles today versus the Detroit Lions. Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) sat for the second straigh... more

Marshawn Lynch missed Sunday's Seahawks win . He could be out much longer. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that the belief is Lynch's abdomen injury is a sports hernia. Lynch met with noted specialist Dr. William Meyers in... more

The injury Patrick Peterson suffered covering A.J. Green during Sunday night's win over the Cincinnati Bengals shouldn't be a long-term issue for the Arizona Cardinals cornerback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Peterson is bel... more

Mike McCoy's calescent seat in San Diego reached scalding levels following an embarrassing 33-3 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The pitchforks are out and the guillotine is sharpened, waiting for the coach. Long-time, respected Cha... more

Greg Hardy will face his former team, the Carolina Panthers, on Thanksgiving. If the Dallas Cowboys pass rusher has any latent emotions about the reunion, he wasn't revealing them Sunday. "Just a nameless, faceless opponent," Hardy said, via ESPN.c... more

At first blush, the 8-2 Arizona Cardinals are a group of grizzled veterans all enjoying Pro Bowl seasons: Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Chris Johnson, Calais Campbell and Patrick Peterson. Yet in Sunday night's thrilling 34-31 victory over the... more

Call it the Hoodie Game. Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones donned a hooded sweatshirt in Sunday's 30-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings -- an odd garment for an NFL game. The veteran's attire became a social media sensation as Jones put on h... more

If the fine folks of New York weren't aware of how good DeAndre Hopkins is, they got a first-hand lesson Sunday. The Houston Texans wideout torched Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis as part of a five-catch, 118-yard, two-touchdown day in the win over... more

Tony Romo's return sparked the first win for the Dallas Cowboys since September. To hear Cowboys players talk, it seemed as though Jesus walked and woke their season from the dead, Lazarus-style. "Romo made a difference; he made a difference," defe... more

On his 25th birthday, Brock Osweiler helped lead the Denver Broncos (8-2) to a 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears (4-6) in his first career start. Here is what you need to know: 1. Brock Osweiler ran Gary Kubiak's offense. There was nothing spectac... more

Brock Osweiler won't have an important receiving target when he makes his first career start. Denver Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders will miss Sunday's contest versus the Chicago Bears, according to the team. Sanders tested his injured ankle on... more

The New Orleans Saints fired coordinator Rob Ryan this week after watching one of the worst defenses in NFL make pedestrians look like superstars game after game this season. Speaking on NFL Network's GameDay Morning , Ryan admitted a change had to... more

The Washington Redskins torched the New Orleans Saints last week, racking up 510 total yards of offense. It was the last game for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was fired Monday. "They made my bye week turn into a bye-bye week," Ryan said Su... more

Mark Sanchez starts his first game of the 2015 season Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay First that Sanchez is expected to start Thanksgiving with... more

The New England Patriots will be without linebacker Jamie Collins on Monday night against the Buffalo Bills. The Pats officially ruled out Collins with an undisclosed illness. It will be the linebacker's third missed game with the illness. NFL Me... more

Colin Kaepernick's wayward 2015 season came to a surprising end Saturday. The San Francisco 49ers announced they placed Kaepernick on injured reserve and promoted quarterback Dylan Thompson to the active roster. Kaepernick was listed on the team'... more

The Dallas Cowboys officially moved Tony Romo to the active roster Saturday. The procedural move was expected all week as Romo returned to the practice field after missing seven games due to a clavicle injury suffered in Week 2. Romo started Sunday... more

Rex Ryan conceded this week that the New England Patriots would win the AFC East . His players, however, won't admit the division race is over. "No, man, it's never over," running back Boobie Dixon said Friday, via the Buffalo News . "We ain't go... more

The NFL's desire to expand the International Series to Mexico City continues in earnest. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported this week in his NFL notebook that the league will send a contingent to Mexico City for further evaluations of Azteca Stadiu... more

Carolina Panthers rookie receiver Devin Funchess is on track to make his first career start Sunday versus the Washington Redskins. The Panthers listed starting receiver Corey Brown as doubtful to play Sunday with a shoulder injury, meaning in all... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman returns to Seattle for the first time since suffering a gruesome knee injury in the 2013 NFC Championship game. The shredded knee cost Bowman all of 2014 and will motivate him Sunday. "I just want to... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Darren McFadden (groin) RB; Jeremy Mincey (thigh) DE, Dallas Cowboys McFadden was limited on Thursday and Friday. The Cowb... more

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable on the Seattle Seahawks' injury report ahead of Sunday's tilt with the San Francisco 49ers. Lynch sat out practices this week while dealing with an abdomen injury. He... more

The Eagles officially ruled out Sam Bradford for Sunday's tilt with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, paving the way for Mark Sanchez's first start of the season. The move was expected after Bradford suffered a concussion and shoulder injury in a Week 10 l... more

Add one more intriguing plot line to Thursday night's Tennessee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars tilt -- shown exclusively on NFL Network. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported rookie running back David Cobb will make his debut for the Titans . Cobb... more

Teddy Bridgewater hasn't stuffed the stat sheet in 2015 and classmates like Derek Carr have outplayed the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback. Yet, behind Adrian Peterson, Bridgewater has helped the Vikes scale to the top of the NFC North. Teddy has bec... more

All season Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano has insisted he would keep 32-year-old running back Frank Gore on a "pitch count. " With a 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck set to start under center the next few weeks, the Colts could ditch the snap... more

With Brock Osweiler taking over quarterbacking duties for Peyton Manning, the prevailing belief among analysts is that the Denver Broncos will finally be able to run a more traditional Gary Kubiak-style offense. However, with a first-time starter u... more

What is a catch? It's becoming eminently clear no one has a clue. On a weekly basis we as a nation deal with a mind-wrenching torture wheel trying to decipher whether a man snagged an oblong pigskin from mid air and completed an amorphous set of... more

While Peyton Manning's body and play appear to be crumbling, Charles Woodson keeps chugging along at age 39. Woodson, who had been briefly breathed as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate during his 18th season, won't rule out playing a 19th ye... more

Tony Romo is expected to start Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys after missing seven games because of a broken collarbone, sources close to the quarterback told NFL Media's Desmond Purnell on Monday. Romo is eligible to return this week, but coach Jaso... more

With Peyton Manning battling plantar fasciitis it's time for the Denver Broncos to take a long look at Brock Osweiler. Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Monday that Osweiler will start Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Kubiak said Manning won't dress as... more

Greg Hardy's tumultuous tenure in Dallas continues. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Cowboys defensive end was late to work last Thursday and missed meetings last week, per a team source. Hardy made it in time for practice an... more

For the second straight week, Tom Brady watched one of his top playmakers lost for a large swath of the season. Last week, shifty back Dion Lewis went down with an ACL injury. Sunday it was reliable Julian Edelman who left with a broken bone in his... more

The Seattle Seahawks dug a 19-0 hole Sunday night before storming back to take a fourth-quarter lead. They eventually lost that lead and the game , as Carson Palmer diced up the home team's defense . "We put out such a miserable first half of footb... more

The plan for Ben Roethlisberger to get a few weeks rest after suffering a mid-foot sprain didn't last long. Backup Ben took the field after just two series, when starter Landry Jones suffered an ankle injury. Roethlisberger's injury, suffered in We... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense has looked discombobulated, wayward and often times anemic in recent weeks. No more so than during Sunday's 18-16 loss to a Detroit Lions defense that entered the weekend ranked second-to-last in the NFL in scoring.... more

The Chicago Bears wiped out the St. Louis Rams 37-13 on the back of two 80-plus yard touchdown plays at the Edward Jones Dome. Here is what you need to know: 1. The Bears used two huge catch-and-run touchdowns in the first half to bury the St. Lo... more

In wake of the tragic events that took place in Paris over the weekend, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requested teams hold a moment of silence prior to Sunday's games. The moment of silence for the victims took place prior to the national anthems,... more

Eddie Lacy got demoted during the week and is officially inactive Sunday. The Green Bay Packers' running back was questionable with a groin injury and won't see the field versus the Detroit Lions. Coach Mike McCarthy announced this week that Jame... more

Ben Roethlisberger won't start, but will suit up Sunday. Big Ben will be active against the Cleveland Browns. NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports Roethlisberger will back up Landry Jones against the Cleveland Browns. "In case we need him," on... more

The Dallas Cowboys reached reality show levels of drama during their six-game losing skid. "It's the Real Housewives of Valley Ranch," NFL Media analyst Shaun O'Hara quipped Sunday morning on NFL Network's GameDay First . From the decision to sig... more

In wake of the tragic events that took place in Paris over the weekend, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has requested teams hold a moment of silence prior to Sunday's games. The moment of silence to honor the victims will take place prior to the nat... more

Week 10 Cheat Sheet November 13, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Ben Roethlisberger (foot) QB, Pittsburgh Steelers Big Ben was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. We don't question... more

Peyton Manning is back at Denver Broncos practice Thursday. The quarterback sat out Wednesday with what coach Gary Kubiak called a "really sore" foot injury. It wasn't a surprise to see Manning get some rest, as was the team's plan heading into the... more

"Why?" It is a question constantly asked by two distinct sets of humans: 1) adolescent children curious about how the world works; 2) beat reporters. Following his demotion from starter to backup, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was ask... more

The current version of the St. Louis Rams' offense breaks down as such: 1) Todd Gurley runs; 2) Get Tavon Austin the ball; 3) Deep heave down field from Nick Foles. Toss those three options into a can, spit one out and you're likely to have the Ram... more

The Arizona Cardinals are 1-3 the past two seasons when facing the Seattle Seahawks, their opponent Sunday night . After pulling off a 17-10 victory in a bare-fisted brawl in Seattle late in 2013, Bruce Arians' squad dropped two games to their divi... more

While the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to insist the door is "slightly ajar " for Ben Roethlisberger (foot sprain) to play Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns, the reality is that Landry Jones is set to take snaps. Jones has performed well in two re... more

The 1972 Miami Dolphins famously celebrate each season when the final NFL unbeaten falls. With a record three 8-0 teams in 2015, that champagne might be on ice longer this year. Don Shula, the '72 Dolphins' head coach, actually went so far as to sa... more

An unhappy Mike Zimmer scowled at the podium Sunday after watching his starting quarterback get bounced from the game following an illegal hit. The in-game reaction of the Vikings' coach was far more NSFW. Lucky for us, Zimmer was mic'd up for... more

With Eddie Lacy's struggles, the Green Bay Packers made a switch to their running back pecking order prior to Sunday's tilt with the Detroit Lions. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Wednesday he considers James Starks the team's No. 1 tailback, w... more

The Dallas Cowboys' losing skid hit six sans Tony Romo this week. The signal-caller is eligible to return in Week 11, which means the Cowboys must endure at at least one more game against a frisky Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad before their miracle-wor... more

Cam Newton uncorked several huge passes Sunday as the Carolina Panthers sprinted out to a huge lead over the Green Bay Packers and held on late to remain one of three undefeated teams. The quarterback's bad interception late could have changed the... more

Malcom Floyd isn't giving up on his career yet. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the San Diego Chargers' receiver, who tore his labrum Monday night, will rehab and attempt to play through the injury, per two sources... more

Wes Welker's concussion history became a concern again when he signed with the St. Louis Rams on Monday. On Tuesday, the receiver dismissed those worries. "Not at all," he said when asked if he was worried when he walks on the field, via the St. Lo... more

Ben Roethlisberger was carted off the field during a game for the second time this season on Sunday after suffering a mid-foot sprain during the Steelers' 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported at the time that the... more

Lamarcus Joyner's illegal hit that knocked Teddy Bridgewater from Sunday's game -- a 21-18 win for the Minnesota Vikings over the St. Louis Rams -- brought many guttural reactions. The most notable came from NBC studio analyst Rodney Harrison duri... more

The San Francisco 49ers added another runner to their banged-up backfield. The Niners announced Tuesday they had signed free agent Travaris Cadet. Three teams had interest in the shifty back. Pierre Thomas was released in a corresponding move. It... more

With Matt Forte on the sidelines with a knee injury, the door opened for Jeremy Langford. The rookie burst through. While he didn't technically start -- coach John Fox electing to give Ka'Deem Carey the veteran's start -- he carried the load for th... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' linebacking corps suffered another blow, this one season-altering. An MRI on Monday revealed that rookie Jordan Hicks tore his pectoral muscle in Sunday's victory over the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport rep... more

The San Diego Chargers host the Chicago Bears on Monday night in a battle of two-win teams. While the season looks lost for both franchises, there are plenty of reasons to watch this tussle in Southern California -- aside from your fantasy football... more

Marcus Mariota heaved quite possibly the worst pass of his young NFL career Sunday -- a deep wobbler that should have been intercepted . Instead Saints defensive backs Keenan Lewis and Jairus Byrd collided going for the pick. The ball caromed to De... more

Antonio Brown wasn't alone on a football field catching passes Sunday. It just felt like it at times. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver caught 17 passes for 284 receiving yards on 23 targets in the 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders. All three of t... more

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano told his team "either put up or shut up" prior to Sunday's clash with the Denver Broncos. The Colts put up. Andrew Luck and the Colts' offense under Rob Chudzinski came to life, including an uber impressive... more

Rex Ryan spent six years coaching the New York Jets. Thursday night he will return to MetLife Stadium with his Buffalo Bills, but insists he hasn't thought about facing his former team. "I promise you, it's just another opponent right now," Ryan s... more

With his hand so heavily wrapped it looked like a bulky, grey mitten, Jason Pierre-Paul returned to the football field for the first time since a Fourth of July fireworks accident cost him a finger, parts of two others and the first half of the 2015... more

Marcus Mariota lobbed a beautiful throw-back touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano in overtime to earn Mike Mularkey his first win as the 2-6 Tennessee Titans' interim head coach, 34-28 , over the New Orleans Saints (4-5). 1. Marcus Mariota returned in... more

Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton is set to play in†Sunday afternoon's tilt with the Denver Broncos. The Colts' receiver, who had been battling a sprained foot all week, was listed as active by the team. Hilton, the Colts' top pass-catcher... more

The future of every coach and player in the Detroit Lions' facility is on notice after owner Martha Firestone Ford cleared out president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew this week. That includes the future of quarterback Matthew Staffo... more

Jason Pierre-Paul is back. The New York Giants announced Sunday afternoon the pass rusher is active and will play against the Buccaneers. It was a move that has been expected this week after JPP returned to practice. The pass rusher missed eight... more

The Tennessee Titans cut running back Terrance West on Saturday. The team announced the move just over two months after it traded a conditional 2016 draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for the tailback. West didn't play enough to meet conditions of... more

Matt Forte will officially miss the Chicago Bears' clash with the San Diego Chargers on Monday night. The team ruled out the running back Saturday due to a right knee injury, coach John Fox announced. Forte left last week's contest after taking a b... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line was destroyed in Week 2 by the Dallas Cowboys' defensive line. Now the Eagles will try to ward off Rod Marinelli's unit sans their best blocker. The Eagles announced Saturday that left tackle Jason Peters was... more

The reason the Tennessee Titans canned Ken Whisenhunt this week after just 23 games seemed obvious: to protect their young quarterback, Marcus Mariota. Whisenhunt has a terrible track record with young signal-callers. Yet, the main motivation for t... more

Prior to the Philadelphia Eagles' bye last week, there were deep questions about the running back rotation, namely why DeMarco Murray garnered the majority of snaps when Ryan Mathews proved the more productive runner. Ahead of Sunday night's tilt w... more

Percy Harvin is out for season after the Bills placed the wideout on injured reserve on Saturday. Bills general manager Doug Whaley foreshadowed the move Friday, telling Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News that the receiver could be put on season-endin... more

Vernon Davis joined the Denver Broncos Monday and the team has fast-tracked the tight end through the playbook in advance of Sunday afternoon's tilt versus the Colts in Indianapolis. "It's a little nerve-wracking as a coach because you don't want t... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense has sagged of late, scoring just 19.5 points per contest in the last four games, after averaging 32.0 to start the season. The reasons for the struggles are plentiful, but following last week's meager showing against... more

Week 9 Cheat Sheet November 06, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted T.Y. Hilton (foot) WR, Indianapolis Colts The wideout didn't practice all week, but Chuck Pagano said Friday he liked how H... more

With Jason Pierre-Paul practicing this week, the optimism surrounding a possible return Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has bubbled. Take, for example, Odell Beckham Jr.'s hyperbole (we assume): "A guy who has been through so much, I only... more

With the San Francisco 49ers moving to Blaine Gabbert for Sunday's tilt against the Atlanta Falcons, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst compared the signal-caller to a certain former Niners quarterback: Alex Smith. Smith, like Gabbert, was drafted a... more

Is Andrew Luck the reason Pep Hamilton was fired by the Indianapolis Colts? It's a deep question, with many facets and tangents. Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel went right to the source, asking Luck, "Do you think you got him fired? " "... more

Andrew Luck could be without his top receiving threat when he faces the NFL's No. 1 defense on Sunday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported on NFL HQ Friday morning that wideout T.Y. Hilton will be a game-time decision Sunday ahead of the Colts' clash... more

Johnny Manziel flashed moments of potential, especially in the first half, during Thursday night's 31-10 Browns loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Following the contest, Cleveland coach Mike Pettine was frugal with his praise of the second-year quarte... more

Tyler Eifert's health is one big underlying reason the Cincinnati Bengals' offense has been a consistent juggernaut in 2015. Eifert, who caught three touchdown passes in Thursday night's 31-10 romp over instate rival Cleveland Browns, has been big... more

Jason Pierre-Paul returned to the practice field Wednesday for the New York Giants in an effort to get him on the field Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "JPP is in outstanding physical condition so we feel good about accelerating him along,... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula confirmed Wednesday that Colin Kaepernick has been benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert for this week's tilt versus the Atlanta Falcons. "I met with the quarterbacks on Monday and made the decision to go with Bla... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without their starting right tackle Thursday night when they take on the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals ruled out Andre Smith due to a concussion. Eric Winston, a nine-year veteran, will likely get the start in place... more

Sticking to their modus operandi, the Chicago Bears remain mum regarding the extent of Matt Forte's knee injury. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will go into their game Monday night versus the San Diego Chargers with rookie ru... more

After watching Sunday's record-setting touchdown-fest, it was clear that Drew Brees would earn the NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor for Week 8. The quarterback tied a single-game record with seven touchdown tosses, officially threw for 505 ya... more

With Steve Smith Sr. out for the season -- and perhaps his career -- the Baltimore Ravens have added a wide receiver. The Ravens signed wideout Joe Morgan, the team announced on Wednesday. They also placed Smith on injured reserve. Morgan appeare... more

The Houston Texans have lost five games, earned just three wins, own a -31 point differential and have been embarrassingly blown out twice. They are also currently tied for the best record in the AFC South. "It's not necessarily where you want to b... more

We have our first flexed "Sunday Night Football" game of the season. The NFL announced Monday it has moved the Week 11 Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals matchup on Sunday, Nov. 22, to the 8:30 p.m. ET prime-time slot on NBC. The Kansas Cit... more

Khiry Robinson's season is over. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton announced Monday that the running back had surgery on a tibia fracture Sunday night. Robinson was carted from the field during the second quarter of Sunday's 52-49 win over the N... more

Rex Ryan plans to get his starting quarterback on the field this week. "We expect Tyrod Taylor to be back , 100 percent, and ready to play on Sunday," the Buffalo Bills coach said. Taylor returned to the practice field Monday following the team's... more

Richard Sherman traveled with Dez Bryant during Sunday's 13-12 Seahawks victory, holding the Dallas Cowboys' Pro Bowl receiver to two catches for 12 yards. Sherman was glued to Bryant, who played 50 of 61 snaps in his first game since suffering a b... more

While some veterans don't want to be shipped out of town ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline, others don't sound like they'd mind too much. San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has heard his name pop up in trade rumors. "It's a... more

The Denver Broncos' defense flummoxed Aaron Rodgers during Sunday night's 29-10 choke slam at Mile High. After being held to a meager 77 passing yards -- the lowest of his career in a game he's started and didn't leave due to injury -- Rodgers was... more

Kwon Alexander was an unstoppable force for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, compiling a whopping 11 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the 23-20 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons. Alexander, a rookie, played the game despite losing hi... more

With the NFL trade deadline one day away, the influx of names swirling in the rumor cyclone will increase. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Cleveland Browns have engaged in discussions about potentially trading left tackle J... more

Blair Walsh nailed a 36-yard field goal as time expired to power the Minnesota Vikings (5-2) to a 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears (2-5) at Soldier Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. Teddy Bridgewater struggled mightily for most of the... more

Matt Forte left with a knee injury in the second half of Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Forte, 29, walked to the locker room in Chicago under his own power and did not return. After the game, Bears coach John Fox told reporters he d... more

Alex Smith led the Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) on a 38-point scoring streak to bury the Detroit Lions (1-7) in London en route to a 45-10 win. Here is what you need to know: 1. Alex Smith did his best Steve Young impersonation for the London crowd.... more

October

The Hayne Plane hit major NFL turbulence. In a surprise move, the San Francisco 49ers announced Saturday they waived Jarryd Hayne and promoted running back Kendall Gaskins to the active roster from the practice squad. Hayne, a former National Rug... more

The odds Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will see the field Sunday got a whole lot better. The team announced Saturday they have activated the tackling maven to the active roster from the PUP list. Burfict was cleared to practice th... more

As Tuesday's trade deadline approaches, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte's name keeps getting tossed around. Given the Bears are in rebuilding mode and Forte is set to hit free agency in 2016, he's a logical candidate to discuss moving -- how... more

Cam Newton is likely to be missing his Pro Bowl center Monday night when the Carolina Panthers take on the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Kalil is officially listed as doubtful for the 'MNF' matchup with an ankle injury. Coach Ron Rivera said Kalil would... more

With the emergence of a rejuvenated Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington has been relegated to a minor role in the Arizona Cardinals' offense. Things could begin to change Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday the... more

Dez Bryant won't officially be active for the Dallas Cowboys until game time Sunday, but the optimism flowing from Valley Ranch is overwhelming. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told KRLD-FM on Friday that the team "feels really good"... more

Week 8 Cheat Sheet Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Dez Bryant (foot) WR, Dallas Cowboys The Cowboys are optimistic that, barring a setback, Bryant will retu... more

The woebegone San Francisco 49ers offense will be without their top running threat Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Carlos Hyde was officially ruled out with a foot injury. After bursting out in Week 1 (168 yards, 6.5 yards per carry, 2 TDs), H... more

Marcus Mariota will miss his second straight game for the Tennessee Titans. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Friday that the rookie made progress dealing with a knee injury, but the team will hold him out versus the Houston Texans. Mariota practiced on... more

Amari Cooper can catch. Amari Cooper can run. Amari Cooper can leap. Amari Cooper can toe-tap the sideline. There isn't much the Oakland Raiders' rookie receiver can't do on a football field. Every aspect of his teeming skill set was on display i... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to start Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday's pivotal division tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he has no reservations about Big Ben this week and the team is comfortable with where t... more

The Dallas Cowboys lost on Sunday, but Darren McFadden won a greater share of the carries moving forward. Owner Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday that the back has earned the right to start Sunday in Seattle, via the Dallas Morning News . "He s... more

With Arian Foster headed to injured reserve, the Houston Texans' running back situation is back to square one, but won't make any additions. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that the Texans don't plan to bring in a running b... more

Todd Gurley is the must-see show in St. Louis. The Rams running back became the first rookie with 125-plus rushing yards in three straight games since Cadillac Williams in 2005. Gurley's 433 yards in his first three starts are the fourth-most sinc... more

It's another day and another complaint about headset issues. As the Baltimore Ravens tried to furiously come back against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Monday night , they had communication issues with the headsets on th... more

The Baltimore Ravens (1-5) travel to the desert in desperate need of victory. The Arizona Cardinals (4-2) are coming off a disappointing loss in Week 6 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With both birds craving victory, here are five things to watch:... more

The Philadelphia Eagles got some good news Monday. Coach Chip Kelly said left tackle Jason Peters should be good to go when the team reconvenes next week following the Week 8 bye. Peters was carted off the field Sunday night with what looked lik... more

Kirk Cousins got his "You like that!" moment Sunday in the Washington Redskins' come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It wouldn't have been possible without Jordan Reed on the field. The athletic tight end was Cousins' most pivo... more

For three years Andrew Luck propped up a flawed Indianapolis Colts team. Now that the quarterback is struggling, the ship is springing leaks that threaten to sink the season. "I'd say I'm frustrated up here," Luck said after Sunday's 27-21 loss to... more

Stream, stream, stream. Yahoo and the NFL announced Monday morning that the first-ever livestream football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills Sunday in London attracted 15.2 million unique viewers and 33.6 million total views.... more

The Dallas Cowboys didn't get a last-minute shot to earn a tie and force overtime with the New York Giants on Sunday . After holding the Giants on three-straight runs to force a punt, Dallas should have had about 1:30 for Matt Cassel to try and eng... more

Brandon Marshall's ponderous season continues. While the wide receiver has been spectacular for the most part in 2015, he's had a fair share of boneheaded mistakes and costly errors. During Sunday's 30-23 loss to the New England Patriots, Marsha... more

As the Indianapolis Colts' season spirals, the tension is reaching the upper levels of the organization. Following Sunday's 27-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer reported that Colts owner Jim Irsay and general... more

With more than nine minutes left in the third quarter Sunday night and the game already slipping away from the Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan Mathews planted his foot in the ground, cut through the line, dashed passed Luke Kuechly and galloped by the Caro... more

The Washington Redskins stormed back from a 24-0 first-half deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-30 on a last-minute touchdown throw from Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed. It marked the biggest deficit overcome in franchise history. Here is what y... more

Ryan Mallett's season continues to implode. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the quarterback missed the Houston Texans' charter flight to Miami and had to fly commercial to join the team, per a source informed of the situation. Mallett... more

Teddy Bridgewater led the Minnesota Vikings (4-2) to 22 straight points to defeat the Detroit Lions (1-6) 28-19 at Ford Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. Stefon Diggs isn't leaving the Vikings' starting lineup. The rookie receiver dazzled... more

Last Sunday we discussed potential NFL coaches like Chip Kelly and Sean Payton possibly diving into the college ranks . This week we flip the script. On NFL Network's GameDay Morning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport noted three college coaches op... more

Lately, London has been the place where struggling coaches go to get fired. Last season the Oakland Raiders fired Dennis Allen after a loss across the pond. This season, the Miami Dolphins clipped Joe Philbin after a lackluster game in London. Wi... more

With the NFL trade deadline just 10 days away -- Nov. 3 -- rumors will begin to swirl with more gusto over the next week. Speaking on NFL Network's GameDay First on Sunday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provided us three names to watch, but noted... more

Arizona Cardinals dynamic receiver John Brown is officially listed as questionable for Monday night's tilt with the Baltimore Ravens due to a hamstring injury. Brown was limited in practice on Saturday after missing Friday's session with the injury... more

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is active and will play against the Lions today in Detroit. AP had been listed as questionable with an illness. The Vikings' running back had been listed as probable to play with a finger injury. Peterson was li... more

Ben Roethlisberger made the trip to Kansas City, but we have another sign he is likely to sit one more week. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Saturday that they have promoted Tyler Murphy from the practice. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

The Delvin Breaux phenomenon is captivating New Orleans. The cornerback's journey from local blue-chip talent, to suffering a devastating neck injury, to standout CFL player, to stud Saints cover man makes an exceptional story. The local outlets... more

It's officially official: Dez Bryant is out for the Dallas Cowboys' matchup with the New York Giants. The receiver was downgraded from doubtful to out on Saturday. Bryant didn't travel with the Cowboys on Friday. He was listed as doubtful on the... more

The New England Patriots' receiver corps is getting some firepower back ahead of their division matchup with the New York Jets. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots are activating Brandon LaFell off the PUP list on Saturday, per... more

The New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley (right shin) was added to the injury report Saturday in advance of their contest with the New England Patriots. With his status in doubt, Gang Green will bring back a familiar face.† The Jets have signed former... more

Frank Gore is 32-years-old and has 2,531 carries on his legs. In order to keep the 11-year pro fresh as the season progresses, the Indianapolis Colts have employed a snap strategy to limit Gore's plays. Colts coach Chuck Pagano clarified on Friday... more

If even a sliver of doubt that the San Diego Chargers would not apply for relocation to Los Angeles lived, it has been dashed. Mark Fabiani, point man for the Chargers' LA efforts, told The Mighty 1090 AM in San Diego that the team will indeed fil... more

The praise for Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has flowed wide and deep this season. Prior to the Raiders' matchup with San Diego on Sunday, Chargers coach Mike McCoy went so far as to compare the second-year player to his own signal-caller,... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Odell Beckham (hamstring) WR, New York Giants Beckham missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday. Tom... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers are leaving the door open for Ben Roethlisberger to play Sunday versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Big Ben is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt with an MCL sprain and bone bruise. Mike Vick was ruled out with... more

Marcus Mariota will miss the Tennessee Titans' tilt with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Zach Mettenberger will get the start, coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Friday. Mariota missed the entire week of practice while dealing with a sprained MCL suffer... more

Last season the Philadelphia Eagles thumped the Carolina Panthers and battered Cam Newton, sacking him nine(!) times and forcing three interceptions in a blowout win. The version of Newton that Chip Kelly's squad will face this week is a completely... more

The Dallas Cowboys' pass rush will finally be fully operational Sunday against the New York Giants after missing one or more pieces for the first five games of the 2015 season. Rookie pass rusher Randy Gregory is expected to make his return after... more

For the second straight season, the San Francisco 49ers got embarrassed on their home field by the Seattle Seahawks. Thursday night's 20-3 blowout was especially disheartening to coach Jim Tomsula. "That game today was not what we want," Tomsula sa... more

This time the big fourth-quarter lead was safe. After blowing leads in the final stanza the past two weeks, the Seattle Seahawks didn't let up their relentless pressure en route to a 20-3 blowout road win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawk... more

Marcus Mariota missed practice on Wednesday, but the Tennessee Titans' rookie is optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday. "My knee has felt better every day. We'll see how it goes, and hopefully I'll be ready Sunday," he said, per the tea... more

Jeremy Maclin missed practice Wednesday due to a concussion, the Kansas City Chiefs†announced. Maclin exited the Chiefs' Week 6 loss versus the Vikings after suffering the blow in the fourth quarter. He did not return. The receiver needs to pass... more

Daniel Fells returned home this week after battling a life-threatening Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. In a world full of calloused causes and frozen feelings hardened by pervasive selfishness, this video of Fells' ret... more

DeAndre Hopkins is finally getting the recognition to go with his ridiculous play this season. The Houston Texans' receiver took home the Offensive Player of the Week award for Week 6 after snagging 10 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns.... more

Landry Jones likely will get his first career start with Ben Roethlisberger still rehabbing a knee injury and Mike Vick battling a hamstring tweak. While Jones helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a win over the Arizona Cardinals in his first NFL... more

Entering the bye week, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson admitted the team is still searching for the answer to Jeremy Hill's early-season struggles. "He still doesn't play like I want him to play yet, I'll be the first to tell y... more

The world got to see Odell Beckham Jr. in primetime Monday night. Beckham played against the Eagles after the New York Giants announced before the game he would be active. Beckham had been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered in last week's w... more

A day later, Chuck Pagano has no remorse about the Indianapolis Colts' misbegotten fake punt call †in the loss to the New England Patriots. "No, not at all," Pagano said Monday when asked if he regretted the decision. "Not pleased obviously with th... more

The Seattle Seahawks have flown into turbulent winds following Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers, which dropped them to 2-4 on the season. Since the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, just 14 of 168 teams to start 2-4 have made the... more

Landry Jones led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 25-13 come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Cardinals, but the question looming in the Iron City is whether Ben Roethlisberger will return in Week 7. "We're going to tape it and brace it and I'm go... more

DeAndre Hopkins' weekly display of acrobatic excitement traveled to Jacksonville on Sunday, where the wideout wowed and drove the Houston Texans to a 31-20 victory over the Jaguars. Hopkins earned 10 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns. The... more

Last season the Green Bay Packers' offense steamrolled opponents at Lambeau Field. In 2015, however, it's been more of a struggle. Sunday's 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers was the latest example of the Packers' seemingly herky-jerky offense... more

There is no questioning that Dan Campbell exudes toughness and intensity . Following the Dolphins' 38-10 win over the Tennessee Titans, the first words out of owner Stephen Ross' mouth when giving the interim head coach the game ball was: "shows y... more

There was no postgame hug between Thomas Davis and Jimmy Graham following the Carolina Panthers' 27-23 victory over the Seahawks in Seattle. Instead, the linebacker, who had predicted there would be no love lost between them, tossed some barbs Gra... more

Matthew Stafford heaved a bomb to Calvin Johnson that set up the Lions' game-winning overtime field goal for Detroit's first win of the season. Here is what you need to know about the 37-34 Lions win over the Chicago Bears: 1. Matthew Stafford pl... more

Our weekly national nightmare about what constitutes a catch continues. Prior to halftime during the Detroit Lions' 37-34 overtime win over the Chicago Bears at Ford Field, Golden Tate had a short pass knocked out of his hands as he crossed the go... more

Mike Vick makes his third start in place of Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and could be in line for a fourth next week. Week 7 represents the early window in Big Ben's timetable for a return from an MCL sprain and a bone... more

The University of Southern California's head football coaching gig will be linked to several high-profile candidates. While the early rumors have centered on Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, two other current NFL coaches will also garner a look.... more

EJ Manuel will get the start for the Buffalo Bills Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals with Tyrod Taylor nursing an MCL injury. Could Manuel keep the gig if he plays well? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay First tha... more

Tom Brady spent all week downplaying Sunday night's revenge game with the Indianapolis Colts. His father, Tom Brady Sr., however, would like to see his son to run up the score. "The main thing I want is to see them win. As long as they have one p... more

Week 6 Cheat Sheet October 16, 2015

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Andrew Luck (right shoulder) QB, Indianapolis Colts Luck was full-go on Friday, which is a great sign he could suit up Sunday... more

Dez Bryant was back on the field for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. The star receiver reported to practice for conditioning workouts while teammates went through a light, non-padded practice during their bye week, per the team's official website .... more

The Seattle Seahawks announced Thursday the team has suspended fullback Derrick Coleman indefinitely, pending further information. Coleman, 24, was booked into King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, Wash., at 1:20 a.m. on Thursday morning.... more

The news for Julio Jones keeps improving as we press towards Thursday night's kickoff between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. A day after NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon reported that Jones would play through his hamstring injury, coach D... more

Dan Campbell makes his first appearance as an NFL head coach Sunday when the Miami Dolphins visit the Tennessee Titans. The former tight ends coach, named interim last week, is feeling a mixture of excitement and nausea. "I have to be careful, be... more

Last time we saw Chris Ivory, he was bludgeoning a Miami Dolphins defense to the tune of 166 yards on 29 carries in London. Ivory doesn't just run by people, but through them. His vicious running style is highly entertaining to witness, but can als... more

It's one thing to provide an opponent's players bulletin board material ahead of a battle. It's quite another to give an entire city a rallying cry. Whether it was his intention or not, Cameron Jerrell Newton fired what will be perceived as a shot... more

The New Orleans Saints' defense has allowed 409 yards per game this season, worst in the NFL. Rob Ryan's unit has struggled with every aspect from run defense to avoiding penalties. The defensive coordinator, however, insists he can feel a turnarou... more

Rex Ryan insists he's not yet counting out Tyrod Taylor for Sunday's showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals. "I would not rule out Tyrod Taylor as starting this week," Ryan told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday morning . "Although I know it's widely... more

The 2015 season is all but lost for Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy. Coach Jim Caldwell announced Wednesday that Levy is headed to surgery to repair his injured hip . A decision will be made in two to three weeks on whether he will head to in... more

Blake Bortles won't let a shoulder injury keep him off the football field. The Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterback said Wednesday that his shoulder feels "fine" and he doesn't expect any limitations. Bortles added that he expects to practice and pla... more

Ben Roethlisberger wants to play against Bruce Arians, his former play caller, and the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday . Whether Pittsburgh Steelers doctors and coach Mike Tomlin will allow the quarterback to play remains to be seen, but he took a... more

Josh McCown is your Week 5 AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Yes, that Josh McCown. The one Cleveland Browns fans spent all summer wringing their hands over. That Josh McCown put up 457 yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing score in the... more

Julio Jones will play Thursday , but his snaps will be tracked against the New Orleans Saints. NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon reported that Jones will play Thursday night, but the Atlanta Falcons will "monitor his pitch count," according to a team... more

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn remains optimistic about Julio Jones' availability Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. Quinn told reporters he anticipates Jones playing, despite the superstar receiver dealing with a nagging hamstring inj... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers found the recipe for offensive success in 2015: ride Doug Martin. The diminutive bulldozer was spectacular in Sunday's 38-31 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. "They had eight men in the box. We're running it. They kn... more

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly is on his way back to the field after missing three games with a concussion. The first-team All-Pro linebacker is out of concussion protocol and returned to the practice field on Tuesday. NFL Media's Rand... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are 5-0 following Sunday's dramatic, Earth-aided , overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Bengals players, however, are downplaying the achievement. "It does not mean nothing," Carlos Dunlap said, via the Cincinnati Enqu... more

The offseason of mayhem surrounding the New England Patriots, Tom Brady and deflated balls began following the AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The sides meet again this Sunday in Indianapolis. It feels like the entire B... more

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates returned from his four-game suspension in Monday night's 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He immediately fell back into his role as Philip Rivers' go-to target. Gates' presence was felt from the jum... more

Down three. Five seconds left. At the 1. Zero hesitations. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin went for the win, not the tie. Le'Veon Bell scored the dramatic 24-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers. "It was time to go to the mattresses," sa... more

Denver Broncos pass rusher DeMarcus Ware was carted to the locker room Sunday after just 23 snaps due to a back injury. He'll miss more time. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Ware's injury has been described as a strain and he's expecte... more

Blake Bortles suffered a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his shoulder during the Jacksonville Jaguars' 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the team announced. The quarterback played through the injury. It was not immediately noted when th... more

The Indianapolis Colts' quarterback situation is looking much less dire than a week ago. While there is no official injury report until Wednesday, Chuck Pagano told reporters that both Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck were full participants in pract... more

Golden Tate is living through the most frustrating season of his professional career. Following the Detroit Lions' pathetically abhorrent 42-17 drubbing at Ford Field by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the receiver vented those frustrations, level... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars tumbled to a disappointing 1-4 with a 38-31 loss †to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. A fiery Gus Bradley admitted his team's ship is sailing the wrong direction. "It doesn't feel like the bottom, but it does feel like... more

While the Kansas City Chiefs wait to confirm Jamaal Charles' knee injury is an ACL tear, as feared, the question becomes where to turn at the running back position. While many lay football fans will automatically assume Knile Davis will take over t... more

The Cincinnati Bengals became the first team since realignment to start 5-0 in the AFC North. Many things have factored into the Bengals' early season success: A multifaceted offense; an improved, swaggery Andy Dalton ; a studly defensive front; ti... more

It's a Monday after a 2015 Denver Broncos victory, which means we are still talking about a struggling Peyton Manning offense. The Broncos moved to 5-0 with a 16-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Like the previous four, the fifth win was earned... more

Coach Lovie Smith got his first home win in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers won a game of swings, outlasting the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-31 . Here is what we learned. 1. Doug Martin was fantastic. The diminutive back dominated Sunday's contest crackin... more

The Chicago Bears, led by Jay Cutler, stormed back to earn an 18-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Here is what we learned: 1. Jay Cutler led a dink-and-dunk parade for most of the game, but in the fourth quarter, the Bears quarterback spread t... more

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left in the third quarter of Sunday's 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears with what was feared to be a torn ACL, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game. The initial diagnosis was made after preliminar... more

The Buffalo Bills will be without another offensive weapon. Sammy Watkins will not play against the Titans on Sunday because of a calf injury. Running backs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams have already been ruled out for the Bills. Watkins exi... more

Following Monday night's missed illegal bat against Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, the outcry for expanding instant replay is growing. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's GameDay First that momentum is building amon... more

One of the biggest free agent catches of the offseason will see his first passes this season Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas (hand) made his debut following surgery to repair a torn tendon in his finger. Thomas had not taken a snap a... more

Bradley Fletcher was a healthy scratch in Week 3. Now the cornerback will be searching for a new job. The New England Patriots cut Fletcher on Saturday, in advance of their contest with the Dallas Cowboys. The Pats promoted safety and special teame... more

Shareece Wright wanted out of San Francisco. He got his wish Saturday. The 49ers announced they released the cornerback and signed guard Andrew Tiller from the practice squad. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported early last week that Wright wa... more

The Seattle Seahawks placed cornerback Tharold Simon on injured reserve and promoted running back Rod Smith from the practice squad, the team announced Saturday . Simon dislocated his toe prior to the season opener and played briefly in Week 2 befo... more

Derek Wolfe's return from suspension bolsters the NFL's best defense even further. However, his activation to the roster cost veteran tight end/fullback James Casey his job. The team announced it released Casey on Saturday, while officially moving... more

It's officially official: Lance Dunbar's season is over. The Dallas Cowboys announced they placed the running back on the Injured Reserve list on Saturday, ending his season. Dunbar, 25, suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the Cowboys' Week 4 loss to... more

Terrell Owens' "A Football Life" aired Friday night on NFL Network. While promoting the in-depth look at his life this week, T.O. hopped on Philadelphia radio. Of course, with the Eagles' current struggles the former receiver -- who helped carry Ph... more

T.J. Yeldon leads all rookie running backs with 259 rushing yards and has taken on the lead role in the Jacksonville Jaguars' backfield. Ahead of facing the rookie runner on Sunday , Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy made an intere... more

With both LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams already ruled out, the Buffalo Bills' backfield is razor thin. Boobie Dixon is slated to get the start, but is still dealing with the aftereffects of a calf injury. In Rex Ryan's ground-and-pound offense t... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Marshawn Lynch (calf) RB -- OUT; Fred Jackson (ankle) RB, Seattle Seahawks With Lynch out, the Seahawks hope Jackson can go... more

For the first time since being traded to the Dallas Cowboys, Matt Cassel will be active. The quarterback told reporters he will be active for the Cowboys' contest versus the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Cowboys acquired Cassel from the Bu... more

The 2015 season is not shaping up the way C.J. Anderson envisioned it after being crowed the Denver Broncos' starting running back prior to the season. Gary Kubiak's offense has helped make stars out of lesser talented running backs, but Anderson c... more

The San Francisco 49ers' offense is a trolley wreck. With Colin Kaepernick struggling in the passing game, defenses are loading up against Carlos Hyde and stuffing the run game, discombobulating the operation. Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst sa... more

Mike Vick's first start as a Pittsburgh Steeler came on a short week, which led to some of the inconsistencies on offense. Now that the quarterback has gone through a full week's slate of practices, he's becoming more comfortable with the offense... more

Football is a young man's game. At least, except for Thursday night. In the age of the Millennial, it was four men over 32 years old that combined to score all the points for the Indianapolis Colts in their 27-20 win over the Houston Texans: Frank... more

Never underestimate the "Revenge Game" factor. Indianapolis Colts receiver Andre Johnson entered Thursday night's tilt with the Houston Texans -- the team for which he had played the past 12 years -- looking like a shell of himself. In the four wee... more

Dion Lewis has taken off in his first season with the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick ensured the shifty back will be around for several more years. The Patriots signed Lewis to a contract extension through the 2017 season, NFL Media Insider I... more

Aaron Rodgers stands alone atop the 2015-quarterback mountain. With apologies to first-ballot Hall of Famer Tom Brady, no one is currently within leagues of Rodgers' peak. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has been so skilled at every aspect of the... more

Fire up NFL GamePass , pop on any Cincinnati Bengals contest from this season and one of the first things that will jump off the screen is Andy Dalton slinging the ball deep. Through four games, the Red Rifle has been firing bullets. Many of them d... more

It was just one game, but Todd Gurley has the attention of opponents. The St. Louis Rams rookie running back galloped for 146 rushing yards -- 161 scrimmage yards -- in his first career start in Week 4. In just his second game back from ACL surgery... more

Ryan Mallett got benched Sunday, but he'll retain the starting quarterback job. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Monday that Mallet will keep the starting gig, despite the quarterback's poor performance in the team's 48-21 blowout loss... more

The last winless team in the NFL will take the field Monday night when the Detroit Lions (0-3) battle the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at CenturyLink Field. Here are five matchups to watch tonight: Thomas Rawls vs. Lions' front seven With Marshawn Lync... more

Last week, Todd Gurley said he didn't get to show his explosiveness . On Sunday the rookie running back blew up. "He came out this week and he exploded," receiver Tavon Austin said of Gurley, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Gurley gobbled up... more

Reinforcements are on the way this week for several NFL teams. Four-game suspensions for a bevy of players ended following Sunday's contests. The Dallas Cowboys, who have been decimated by injuries, will get two defenders back on the field in pas... more

Matt Hasselbeck helped get the Indianapolis Colts to .500 with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday . Now the team plans to hand the reins back to Andrew Luck. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL HQ on Monday morning that Luck should... more

Jay Cutler has been compared to a lot of things within the city of Chicago in his last seven years. Odds are Sunday marked the first time that comparison included the Christian savior. Following the Chicago Bears' 22-20 come-from-behind win over t... more

Sunday's slate of NFL games offered so many missed kicks it felt like the errant boots could have been their own Red Zone channel. While the prevailing notion was that we haven't seen a kicking week this poor in a long time, that's a bit overstatin... more

Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin powered the St. Louis Rams over the Arizona Cardinals in a 24-22 win . Austin scored two touchdowns and the rookie running back carried the Rams in the second half, rushing for all but two of his 146 yards after the bre... more

Marshawn Lynch is officially out for Monday night against the Detroit Lions, the team told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday. Heading into the weekend, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll initially said Lynch would be a game-time decision. It appear... more

While kickers across the NFL struggling Sunday, Robbie Gould remains stellar. The Bears' kicker nailed a 50-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give Chicago (1-3) a 22-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders (2-2). Here is what you need to kno... more

The 0-3 Chicago Bears plan to start Jay Cutler Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at Soldier Field. The quarterback's injured hamstring isn't 100 percent, but he is expected to return to the field after missing just one start, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Despite getting through his super secret throwing session Saturday , Andrew Luck will not play Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback was ruled inactive because of a shoulder injury. Matt Hasselbeck started at... more

With the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins kicking of the 2015 London series this week, there has been much discussion about the future of the international games . The plan for 2016 will include more than just London. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapopo... more

Eric Decker will play in London. The New York Jets' wide receiver is active and will play Sunday versus the Miami Dolphins. Decker missed last week's loss with a knee injury suffered in Week 2. Decker's presence on the field is huge for Jets... more

With offensive line injuries piling up, the San Diego Chargers thinned out their loaded backfield to compensate. The team announced it released running back Donald Brown in order to make room for guard Michael Ola. Brown signed a three-year, $10.... more

Marshawn Lynch is officially questionable to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions. The Seattle Seahawks' running back is dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice on Thursday and Friday. Lynch left last week's win over th... more

The outlook for receiver Davante Adams got worse on Saturday. The Green Bay Packers announced Adams and safety Morgan Burnett were both downgraded to doubtful. Adams did not practice all week after exiting Monday night's game early with an ankle... more

After a disastrous performance in Thursday night's overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a move at kicker. The Steelers signed Chris Boswell, NFL Media's James Palmer reported, per a source. To make room on the roste... more

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell missed his third practice of the week on Saturday as he nurses an ankle injury, the team's official website reported . Bell was officially declared out for Monday night's tussle with the Seattle Seahawks. It... more

Victor Cruz returned to the practice field for the first time in more than a month this week, but immediately suffered a setback with his injured calf and will miss another game. Speaking at a charity event Friday night, New York Giants coach Tom... more

Injury news for the Baltimore Ravens' receiving corps continues to trickle in. Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed on Saturday that wide receiver Steve Smith sustained small fractures in his back against the Steelers and will miss Baltimore's Week... more

Brandon Weeden has completed 29 of his first 33 passes in 2015. The quarterback's 87.9 completion percentage is tops of any quarterback to throw 30-plus passes. Those passes, however, have almost all been short. Weeden has thrown just two balls mor... more

With a dearth of pass-catching talent on the roster, the Baltimore Ravens have looked to the trade market to secure a receiver. The Ravens acquired receiver Chris Givens from the St. Louis Rams, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports, per a source informe... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted: Andrew Luck (right shoulder) QB, Indianapolis Colts Luck was limited all week at practice, but coach Chuck Pagano remains... more

Arian Foster Watch has begun in earnest this week. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the running back practiced and will be a game-time decision †Sunday when his team faces the Atlanta Falcons . "Progression is well, I think from t... more

DeMarco Murray was back at practice Thursday, but wouldn't commit to playing Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles running back was listed as a full participant Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Murray missed last week's win over the New York... more

Jared Allen spent all offseason explaining how moving to outside linebacker in the Chicago Bears' new 3-4 defense was rejuvenating and would keep him fresh. With all due respect to the four-time First-Team All-Pro pass rusher, we weren't buying it.... more

Aaron Rodgers is grateful for the comparison to Michael Jordan in his prime, voiced by backup Scott Tolzien on Monday night , but believes he's not on that level. "Well, I appreciate the kind words," Rodgers said Wednesday, via ESPN.com . "I don't... more

The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins are set to square off at FedEx Field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Hurricane Joaquin might have a say in whether that game gets played as scheduled. NFL officials are tracking the hurricane, which is pressi... more

September

Victor Cruz's return to the practice field didn't last long. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the wideout participated Wednesday on a limited basis for the first time since Aug. 17. However, Coughlin added after practice that Cruz felt his... more

Trailing by 10 points in the second half, deep in his own territory on fourth-and-10 with his team in desperate need of a spark, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee took matters into his own hands. The punter took a slightly off-target snap and ru... more

Aaron Rodgers made it easy on those choosing the NFC Offensive Player of Week 3. The Green Bay Packers quarterback threw five touchdowns, to go along with 333 yards on 24-of-35 passing, in a 38-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night... more

Jerry Jones watched Julio Jones carve up his defense on Sunday to the tune of†12 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 20 targets . After seeing the Atlanta Falcons receiver dominate from every portion of the field, the Dallas Cowboys owner g... more

Chris Johnson might not be CJ2K anymore, but he sure looks better than the rusted unicycle we saw the past couple seasons. Johnson carried 22 times for 110 yards, two touchdowns and caught one pass for 40 yards in the Arizona Cardinals' 47-7 rout o... more

The 0-3 Baltimore Ravens desperately need a win over bitter rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football . With Ben Roethlisberger out and Michael Vick in, one might assume the Ravens are glad to see the backup -- just don't tell that to J... more

With injuries depleting their pass rush, the Carolina Panthers have acquired some much-needed aid. The Chicago Bears announced that they have traded pass rusher Jared Allen to the Panthers. Carolina will send a 2016 sixth-round pick to Chicago, Bea... more

Through three games, Julio Jones has stacked the most dominant start to a season of any receiver in NFL history. The Atlanta Falcons' wideout has terrorized secondaries at a record-setting place. Jones has the most receptions (34) by any player i... more

Drew Brees missed the first meaningful game of his New Orleans tenure on Sunday with a shoulder injury, but following the Saints' 27-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the quarterback believes he will be able to play next weekend. "I don't know my... more

After much anticipation, No. 10 overall pick Todd Gurley played his first football game since blowing out an ACL on Nov. 15, 2014. The St. Louis Rams' running back entered the 12-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers early in the second quarter and to... more

A.J. Green dropped his first target Sunday. At the end of a frenetic 28-24 win , the Cincinnati Bengals receiver dropped the hammer on the Baltimore Ravens. Green compiled 10 receptions for 227 yard and the final two Bengals touchdowns to vault Cin... more

For the second straight year the Miami Dolphins opened the season 1-2. Sunday's 41-14 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills at home was particularly disheartening following an offseason of optimism. Coach Joe Philbin took ownership of his team's lackl... more

The Carolina Panthers moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2003 and banished the New Orleans Saints to 0-3 to start on the strength of a 300-yard passing day from Cam Newton in a 27-22 win. Here is what you need to know: 1) Greg Olsen can't be... more

The Minnesota Vikings (2-1) harassed Philip Rivers into two turnovers in a 31-14 home blowout win over the San Diego Chargers (1-2). Here is what you need to know: 1. The Vikings' defense obliterated the Chargers' offensive line and pummelled Phi... more

Jeremy Hill was benched last week following fumble issues. It's all the penalty he'll endure for the two miscues. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala the benching was punishment enough and he expe... more

Brandon Weeden! Luke McCown! It's Sunday Night Football in Week 4! Somewhere an NBC executive will not be happy reading NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport's latest report on Drew Brees. After reporting earlier in the week that Brees would miss games... more

The Indianapolis Colts' depressing 0-2 start to the 2015 season has magnified the rift between coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson. The coach's postgame comments Monday night regarding the poor play of the offensive line the last t... more

The Seattle Seahawks officially activated Kam Chancellor on their 53-man roster Saturday. The transaction was a formality after coach Pete Carroll said Friday he expected the strong safety to start after missing the first two games of the season in... more

Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams are both officially listed as questionable with ankle injures for the Green Bay Packers in Monday night's tilt versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Both participated on a limited basis on Saturday. "I thought Eddie did some... more

Eric Fisher is back in the starting lineup. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters on Saturday the No. 1 overall pick in 2013 will start at right tackle Monday night versus the Green Bay Packers. Fisher battled an ankle injury that... more

New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall is going to great lengths to provide evidence of the very large chip that resides on his shoulder. Speaking on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio on Friday, the 31-year-old wideout lamented that he's not considere... more

Despite all the indications, Jimmy Graham insists he isn't frustrated. "I've been reading the same thing," he said, via the Seattle Times . "It's a surprise to me. I'm not really sure where that came from." We can help there. First NFL Media's... more

Given that we incessantly track when NFL players mess up, it's only fair to highlight when one spends his Friday night doing good deeds in the community. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton crashed a Halloween party Friday night and brought so... more

The length of Dez Bryant's recovery from a broken foot is a bit of contention, but the Dallas Cowboys are optimistic he'll only miss four games. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told KRLD-FM that it's "fair" to think that Bryant will... more

Andrew Whitworth won't play out the final year of his five-year contract. The Cincinnati Bengals signed the left tackle to a one-year contract extension through 2016, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported, according to a team source. NFL Media Inside... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Marshawn Lynch (calf) RB, Seattle Seahawks Beast Mode is battling a calf issue stemming from last week's loss and will be a game-time decision versus the Bears. UPDATE: NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Chicago Bears are officially Jimmy Clausen's team this week. Coach John Fox announced that quarterback Jay Cutler is out Sunday with a hamstring injury, giving Clausen the start against the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport rep... more

After leaving Kam Chancellor's status for this Sunday's home contest versus the Chicago Bears up in the air earlier in the week , Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday the safety looks ready to go. "He's looked like he's in just rare form," Carro... more

Eddie Lacy is on the proper path to playing Monday night. The Green Bay Packers running back was limited in practice Friday after missing Thursday's practice with an ankle injury. "We'll see how things go," McCarthy said, via ESPN's Rob Demovsky... more

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller started his rookie season on fire with a league-leading three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 22 tackles in his first month on the job in 2014. The playmaking was enough to earn Defensive Rookie of The Month... more

Here's one to file under the "duh" drop-down on your Internet browser. Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on his play calling: "Not good enough, I guess," Lombardi said, via the Detroit Free Press . "We got to score more points."... more

One thing abundantly clear from the Jacksonville Jaguars' Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins: The Jags plan to work rookie running back T.J. Yeldon hard. The rookie carried the ball 25 times for 70 yards last Sunday. Bernard Pierce carried just thr... more

After feeling as "low as a crippled cricket's ass" following Tony Romo's injury, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has risen to a more optimistic level. The Cowboys will be without Romo and Dez Bryant for weeks, but Jones believes his team can do mo... more

Don't expect Arian Foster to return to the playing field this weekend. The Houston Texans running back said Thursday he plans to wait until he's 100 percent to hit the field, then said he's not yet 100 percent. "I'm going to make sure I'm 100 per... more

The Baltimore Ravens finally got their first-round pick back on the practice field. Receiver Breshad Perriman returned after missing the past eight weeks with a knee injury. Perriman has done mostly individual drills while dealing with a PCL spr... more

Whether or not Chuck Pagano heaped blame for the Indianapolis Colts' loss †Sunday on Andrew Luck, the quarterback is shouldering the weight of another 0-2 start. "One hundred percent," Luck said Wednesday, via the Indy Star . "I have to improve. Th... more

Drew Brees is "pretty confident " he'll play Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers. That conviction has Sean Payton flowing with optimism. During a conference call on Thursday with Charlotte media, Payton said there is a good chance Brees plays , bas... more

If there is a point-after-try revolution on the way, the Pittsburgh Steelers are at the forefront. Ben Roethlisberger zipped two passes for two-point conversions following early touchdowns Sunday in the Steelers' 43-18 win over the San Francisco 49... more

History suggests that any team falling to 0-3 this week can pack their Super Bowl aspirations into a tiny capsule and jettison it into the outer reaches of the cosmos where that container of despair will eventually be swallowed by an unforgiving blac... more

Anyone who laughingly dismisses the Washington Redskins as having a chance to win the NFC East is stuck on offseason headlines and hasn't paid attestation to the field through two weeks. The Redskins have been one of the most physical teams in the... more

Last week, Todd Gurley said he didn't know what he would tell St. Louis Rams coaches when asked if he was ready to play. This week, when asked the same question, the rookie running back was much more optimistic: "Yeah, I would (say I'm ready)." "I'... more

Despite leading the Cleveland Browns to their first victory of the season and posting a two-touchdown, 133.9 passer rating in Week 2, Johnny Manziel is headed back to the bench in favor of Josh McCown. "Obviously I'm not going to sit here and say t... more

Whether or not Drew Brees plays in a pivotal NFC South bout with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday remains to be seen after the veteran quarterback suffered a rotator cuff injury. While Brees is vocally optimistic about his chances, his offensive li... more

The length of Tony Romo's rehabilitation from a fractured left clavicle is the singular question sitting on the tips of every tongue in Cowboys land. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that tests determined Romo won't need surgery on h... more

Jimmy Graham's one-catch, 11-yard performance Sunday night in a loss in Green Bay isn't what anyone had in mind when Seattle acquired him this offseason in a blockbuster trade. Speaking on 710 ESPN radio Monday morning, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll... more

T.Y. Hilton will take the field as the Indianapolis Colts attempt to avoid an 0-2 start to the season. The wideout is active Monday night versus the New York Jets, the team announced before the game. Hilton was officially listed as questionable.... more

In the movie script of Derek Carr's football life, Sunday's 37-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens could provide the emotional, uplifting scene where the down-on-his-luck quarterback -- coming off an injury -- turns the ball over at a key moment, o... more

SuperCam took flight Sunday afternoon in Charlotte and came down with a touchdown in the Carolina Panthers' 24-17 victory over the Houston Texans. Cam Newton has made some jaw-dropping runs in his career, but Sunday's touchdown to put the Panthers... more

After two weeks, things aren't going swimmingly for Ndamukong Suh in South Beach. Despite adding the $114 million player this offseason, the Dolphins' defense somehow appears worse in 2015.† Sunday, Miami gave up 396 total yards in a 23-20 loss to... more

Pervasive dejection consumed New Orleans following Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The feeling was embodied by Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose post-game demeanor reeked of disappointment and depression after the 26-19 loss , the tea... more

The cacophony of cries emanating from Philadelphia hit fever pitch levels following Sunday's disastrous 20-10 home loss to the rival Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles' offense was a pathetic amalgam of missed blocks, dropped passes, terrible throws and... more

Adrian Peterson plowed over the Detroit Lions' defense as the Vikings moved to 1-1 on the season in a 26-16 home win . Here is what you need to know: 1) Norv Turner's game plan was clear from the start, handing the ball to Adrian Peterson three... more

Johnny Manziel will start Week 2, but he's not playing for the future starting job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Browns still consider Manziel as their backup and Josh McCown as their starter. McCown will retain the job w... more

The Houston Texans turned to Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback this week after watching Brian Hoyer flounder for less than four quarters of the 2015 season. Mallett entered the game last week and sparked the Texans to two scoring drives,... more

LeSean McCoy is on the field as the Buffalo Bills attempt to knock off Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that McCoy is playing in Sunday's AFC East showdown, despite being listed as questionable an... more

The Chicago Bears will try to avoid an 0-2 start against the Arizona Cardinals without Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery will be inactive for Sunday's contest. The hope is that the receiver will return to full health next week. Jeffery was listed questiona... more

With Andre Ellington not making the trip to Chicago, the Arizona Cardinals made a roster move at running back. The team announced it promoted running back Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad in advance of Sunday's game against the Bears. Ch... more

T.Y. Hilton returned to the practice field Saturday and is officially questionable for Monday night's contest versus the New York Jets. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he's optimistic that Hilton will play this week. "He looked good.... more

Alshon Jeffery's hamstring could keep him out this week versus the Arizona Cardinals. Jeffery is officially questionable with his latest injury, a week after being a game-time decision in the season opener. If Jeffery is unable to play, the Bears... more

Tight end Jordan Reed is officially questionable to play versus the St. Louis Rams on Sunday with a quad injury. To hear Reed tell it, there is no question about the matter. "Yeah, I'm going to play," he said, via the Washington Post . "One hundr... more

The old man on the Ravens' block will continue to pull extra duty. While some my quiver at the notion of No. 1 receiver Steve Smith Sr. handling punt return duties, the wideout isn't worried about the added injury risk. "Football has a degree of... more

After sitting out the Week 1 shellacking, Mike Evans feels ready to return to the field, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to be cautious with their young, stud receiver. "Mike Evans has been able to do more and more each day, which is a good... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted. LeSean McCoy (hamstring) RB, Buffalo Bills Rex Ryan is cautiously optimistic about Shady playing Sunday, but hamstrings ar... more

With Josh McCown still marred in concussion protocol, Johnny Manziel will get the start for the Cleveland Browns in Week 2. The team announced Friday that Manziel would make the start against Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. As... more

Kam Chancellor's absence was noticeable on the field in the Seahawks 34-31 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams, as his replacement, Dion Bailey, got burned for a game-tying touchdown. Echoing comments from NFL Media's Michael Robinson †last week,... more

The game that spawned a thousand headlines this week adds another one Friday morning. The lead up to the New England Patriots-Buffalo Bills showdown Sunday afternoon in Western New York has been filled with boisterous proclamations and entertainin... more

With the game on the line Thursday night, Peyton Manning ran the no-huddle, shotgun offense leading an 80-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the Denver Broncos' eventual 31-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Scrapping the under-center snaps and... more

The Denver Broncos got the last laugh after a scoop-and-score fumble recovery led to a 31-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. After the win, Broncos linebacker Von Miller continued to rub it in, calling Chiefs tight end Travis... more

Thursday night Jamaal Charles took control of the contest, then he gave it away. The Kansas City Chiefs' running back fumbled the ball with 35 seconds to plays, leading to the Denver Broncos' game-winning score in a wild 31-24 contest. "It's one... more

With Dez Bryant expected to miss at least a month -- likely longer -- due to a broken foot , the Dallas Cowboys are auditioning some stopgaps. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys plan to work out several wide receivers today... more

When the Pittsburgh Steelers traded for cornerback Brandon Boykin, it looked like a move to upgrade one of the weakest secondaries in the NFL. Then in Week 1, in a loss to the New England Patriots, the slot specialist rode the bench, seeing zero... more

With Andre Ellington likely sidelined this week after suffering a (Grade 1) PCL sprain, Chris Johnson will get new life in the Arizona Cardinals backfield. Prior to Ellington's injury with about 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday'... more

Marcus Mariota's scintillating Week 1 performance has turned the spotlight on the Tennessee Titans, a franchise relegated to the basement and ignored the past several years. However, the man protecting Mariota's blindside, former first-round pick T... more

Carlos Hyde slammed shut the questions about taking over the role shouldered by Frank Gore for the past decade. The second-year back displayed power, speed, elusiveness and a plethora of spin moves in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Minnesota Vik... more

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Cody Parkey missed a 44-yard field goal that could have given his team a one-point edge in Monday night's 26-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Parkey missed time this preseason with a groin injury, but said that wasn't th... more

The Minnesota Vikings resembled nothing that made them a trendy pick to make the playoff leap in 2015 as they bumbled and slunk their way to a 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Monday night. The Vikes looked discombobulated on offense and got g... more

Bill O'Brien might know who his starting quarterback will be next week, but he's not sharing. The Houston Texans coach declined to name a starter publicly until kickoff next Sunday when they visit the Carolina Panthers. "I'm not going to make a b... more

The Washington Redskins will be without their best deep threat for multiple games. DeSean Jackson suffered a pulled hamstring and is expected to miss three to four weeks, coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday. Gruden added that he could be back sooner,... more

Aldon Smith played Sunday for the Oakland Raiders despite participating in just one light practice after signing with the team Friday . He had little impact on the outcome. The pass rusher said after the 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, he is... more

Ndamukong Suh moved to South Beach but his reputation followed in his carry-on luggage. During the second quarter of the Miami Dolphins' 17-10 victory over the Washington Redskins, Suh tackled running back Alfred Morris. While getting up and retur... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton decided to punt the ball down five points with 1 minute and 58 seconds left in an eventual 31-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. With the ball at their own 7-yard-line and two timeouts, facing a fourth-and-6, Pa... more

A "miskick" highlighted the Seattle Seahawks' topsy-turvy opening week loss to the St. Louis Rams, but Marshawn Lynch getting stuffed short on fourth-and-1 in overtime was the exclamation point. The parallels between Sunday's situation and the... more

Jameis Winston's NFL debut did not go as planned. His first pro pass was intercepted and taken back for a touchdown and he struggled to move the offense behind a shaky offensive line. "Jameis didn't play well ," Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. "That... more

Peyton Manning's first contest that counted in coach Gary Kubiak offense did not go swimmingly. Last time the Denver Broncos kicked off the season against the Baltimore Ravens, Manning put on a historic performance, throwing seven touchdowns. Sunda... more

The 2015 season didn't kick off how the Seattle Seahawks planned. To open overtime against the St. Louis Rams, Pete Carroll's team appeared to try a surprise onside kick. In actuality it was just one of the worst hit kicks in memory. "That's not... more

Aaron Rodgers tossed three touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers pulled away from the Chicago Bears in a 31-23 win at Soldier Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. It's like James Jones never left Green Bay. The veteran receiver remained i... more

Jarvis Landry returned a punt for a 69-yard score to give the Miami Dolphins a lead they wouldn't relinquish in a 17-10 win over the Washington Redskins. Here's what you need to know: 1) It wasn't pretty for Ryan Tannehill, but he'll take the win... more

EJ Manuel went from having a shot at the starting quarterback job to being inactive Week 1 for the Buffalo Bills versus the Indianapolis Colts. With Manuel out, Matt Cassel is officially the backup quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor. Taylor... more

Following Geno Smith's infamous broken-jaw incident on Aug. 7, the New York Jets took the temperature of potential quarterbacks available for trade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that one inquiry m... more

The backup quarterback mystery in Washington is solved . NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Saturday that Colt McCoy will be listed as the Redskins' No. 2 quarterback tomorrow behind starter Kirk Cousins, per a team source. McCoy prepared for t... more

Dallas Cowboys ascending defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford got his big payday. The defensive tackle agreed to a new five-year extension Saturday, the team announced. Hard #WorkK pays off! Blessed to be part of the @DallasCowboys for the next 5... more

Aldon Smith will indeed make his debut for the Oakland Raiders when they open the season Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals. The pass rusher signed in Oakland on Friday.† NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Smith will play about 20 snaps... more

The Cleveland Browns added another running back to their 53-man roster. The team announced Saturday they signed Shaun Draughn off the practice squad. Prior to the roster move, the Browns were set to enter Sunday's tilt with the New York Jets with... more

Even with a first-time head coach, the championship expectations won't diminish in Atlanta. The Falcons hired Dan Quinn away from Seattle after Atlanta suffered back-to-back losing seasons in a weak NFC South. In a Q&A with the Atlanta... more

The St. Louis Rams will attempt to plow through the Seattle Seahawks' defense on Sunday with a depleted running back corps. Jeff Fisher ruled out No. 10 overall pick Todd Gurley last weekend. Meanwhile Tre Mason sat out of practice all week with a... more

The Sunday night showdown between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys should be full of offensive fireworks. The Cowboys' secondary is banged up and will need the front seven to provide pressure to ease their task covering Odell Beckham Jr. Th... more

The Oakland Raiders won't reveal whether Aldon Smith will play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, just days after signing a deal with the Oakland Raiders, which can be worth up to $8 million with bonuses. Coach Jack Del Rio didn't sound worrie... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Sunday's key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Alshon Jeffery (calf) WR; Eddie Royal (hip) WR; Marquess Wilson (hamstring) WR, Chicago Bears Coach John Fox was... more

Jonas Gray won't be sleeping through the Miami Dolphins' Week 1 tilt with the Washington Redskins. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the running back has been promoted from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster, per a team sour... more

The hype regarding Sunday's Tennessee Titans-Tampa Bay Buccaneers tussle will surround Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. As Mariota astutely pointed out this week , however, the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in the draft will not take the field at... more

Robert Griffin III has finally been cleared to play. During an interview on WTOP Radio, Redskins team president Bruce Allen announced RGIII was cleared to play by doctors after missing the past several weeks with a concussion. "Robert has been cl... more

The outside paranoia surrounding the New England Patriots got another boost Thursday night when it was reported during the 2015 NFL Kickoff that the Pittsburgh Steelers' headsets were playing the Pats' radio broadcast. Following the Patriots' 28-21... more

Khalil Mack's improved pass-rushing skills this preseason -- as he moved to defensive end in his second year -- caught the eye of opponents. In anticipation of facing the Oakland Raiders' whirling dervish of terror and flame on Sunday, Cincinnati... more

Jay Gruden made an emphatic declaration Monday naming Kirk Cousins the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the entire 2015 season. "When it's all said and done, after all the film we've gone through, after all the offseason activity, all... more

Could A.J. Green soon join the bevy of young superstar receivers with a new mega contract? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that talks between the Bengals and Green have ramped up significantly over the past few days, as the sides t... more

Two years ago Peyton Manning opened up the NFL season by dropping a seven-touchdown mega bombs on the Baltimore Ravens. Fast-forward to this weekend, there are a multitude of questions hanging over the 39-year-old quarterback. Manning hasn't looked... more

Buffalo Bills linebacker IK Enemkpali has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. Enemkpali punched New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith during a locker room alterca... more

No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and No. 2 overall selection Marcus Mariota will share a football field on Sunday, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Tennessee Titans. The rookie quarterbacks spent this week downplaying the matchup. Winston... more

Somewhere Rex Ryan read the above headline and giggled with glee. The Buffalo Bills' loquacious coach has always been enamored with mobile quarterbacks because of their effect on defenses, which is why we always considered Tyrod Taylor to have a... more

While football fans -- and fantasy owners -- wring their hands over the Dallas Cowboys' running back job, Jason Garrett scoffs at the notion that it matters who starts Sunday night versus the New York Giants. "It doesn't matter," Garrett said... more

Arizona Cardinals tight end Ifeanyi Momah has a torn meniscus, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source informed of Momah's injury. Rapoport reported Momah will have surgery on Thursday and has been placed on IR . Momah, 25,... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North. Change we can believe in Geno Atkins is back, baby! After being called a JAG by his defensive coordinator after last season, the defen... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North Change we can believe in History be damned. Pittsburgh's football legacy might be the Steel Curtain, Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Mel... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North Change we can believe in Ozzie Newsome is the shrewdest general manager in the NFL. So when he traded away Haloti Ngata in the offseason,... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North. Change we can believe in The Browns added a terror to an already solid defensive front. Danny Shelton has all the makings of a dominant... more

Montee Ball's stay on the Denver Broncos' final 53-man roster didn't last 24 hours. The team announced it waived the running back Sunday, along with center Gino Gradkowski after they were awarded center James Ferentz and tight end Mitchell Henry of... more

Arian Foster's return should happen sooner rather than later. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Foster won't be placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list as initially expected, per two sources informed of the plans.... more

With the 2015 season looming, Geno Smith took another step toward returning. The New York Jets quarterback participated in positional drills Monday for the first time since suffering a broken jaw when he was punched by a teammate last month, the N... more

The loss of tight end Julius Thomas for up to a month will put more pressure on Jacksonville Jaguars second-year receiver Allen Robinson. Sans the pass-catching tight end, Blake Bortles said the biggest area he expects to see Robinson make a leap... more

This Labor Day is vital for the New York Giants and Jason Pierre-Paul, as the sides will finally meet face-to-face. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer reported JPP is in New York and received a physical on his hand, which d... more

Todd Gurley won't play in Sunday's Week 1 opener, but the St. Louis Rams' running back is making strides. The first-round pick told the team's official website that he's shed the non-contact beanie he'd been wearing in practice. "I can do... more

Reunited and it feels so good! Veteran wide receiver James Jones signed with the Green Bay Packers on Monday, two days after he was cut by the New York Giants. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported James would be rejoining the Packers.... more

The Cleveland Browns thinned out their backfield on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans acquired running back Terrance West from Cleveland in exchange for a conditional 2016 draft pick, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bro... more

The Chicago Bears released starting right tackle Jordan Mills on Sunday after claiming guard Patrick Omameh off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thanks Chicago for the memories and all that you've done for me. #BearDown ‚?? Jordan Mills... more

The New York Jets placed cornerback Dee Milliner on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a wrist injury. The move to IR recall will knock out the former first-round pick for the first eight games of the season -- he will be eligible t... more

Tom Brady spoke to reporters Sunday for the first time since his four-game suspension was nullified . The New England Patriots quarterback said he isn't worried about the NFL's subsequent appeal of the decision. "That's their choice and I think t... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers owned the No. 1 waiver claim position following Saturday's cuts and utilized it well, snatching up five players. The Bucs added defensive end Kourtnei Brown (cut by the Texans), linebacker Jeremiah George (Jaguars), quarter... more

The Dallas Cowboys are adding another young running back to their stable. The Seattle Seahawks traded Christine Michael to the Cowboys in exchange for an undisclosed 2016 draft choice, Dallas announced Sunday. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported, p... more

Robert Griffin III remained part of the Washington Redskins' organization beyond Saturday's cut deadline. On Sunday, coach Jay Gruden insisted the team didn't cut ties with RGIII because the quarterback still can play a role behind starter Kirk Cou... more

The uncertainty of the Baltimore Ravens' receiving corps mounts as the 2015 season approaches. First-round pick Breshad Perriman was drafted to provide a deep threat alongside Steve Smith Sr. Instead, the rookie has been on the sidelines with a kne... more

Lost in the bedlam of Saturday's cuts deadline was some subtextual good news for the New Orleans Saints. Safety Jairus Byrd was not placed on the team's reserve/physically unable to perform list. He's on the active roster and can return to the fiel... more

Uncertainty turned to doubtful , which became official Saturday: Todd Gurley won't play Week 1. St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced the team's first-round pick would miss the opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The announcement comes as n... more

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Thursday following U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's ruling nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension . Kraft highlighted Brady's integrity throughout the process and looked forward... more

The NFL appealed U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's ruling nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a statement released Thursday prior to the league's court filing, cited competitive fairness as a key componen... more

Following U.S. District Judge Richard Berman nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension Thursday morning, the NFL Players Association released a statement from executive director DeMaurice Smith calling for future cooperation between the league off... more

The Tennessee Titans could be one of the most improved teams in the NFL in 2015. There is zero questioning an offense led by Marcus Mariota will be immensely more entertaining than last year's edition in Nashville. One of the wild cards to the... more

Chip Kelly initially took issue with the NFL saying Terrell Suggs shouldn't have been flagged for his preseason Week 2 hit of Sam Bradford because it wasn't on a zone-read play. After viewing the NFL's weekly officiating video, Kelly relented that... more

Prior to naming Tyrod Taylor the Buffalo Bills' quarterback this week, Rex Ryan wanted to keep the decision in-house. The coach's reasoning was to keep their Week 1 opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, guessing and force them to spend time... more

The latest digital extra for NFL Network's Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 New England Patriots special was released Wednesday. In our most recent peek, the Patriots' coach discusses his classic "On To Cincinnati" press conference. "I... more

Add another tick mark to the tally of low-level trades this week as teams swap spare parts that don't fit their NFL hot rods. The Houston Texans shipped tight end Khari Lee to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2017, it was... more

The hits keep coming for the New Orleans Saints' defense and this week it's the secondary that is getting jammed. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that cornerback Keenan Lewis underwent hip surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss four to s... more

With Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension to start the 2015 season sapping some explosion from the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense, the team plans to ride a veteran at the No. 3 receiver spot. That man: Darrius Heyward-Bey "I knew it was coming,"... more

When Randall Cobb went down over the weekend with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder, Packer Nation collectively held its breath. While the sprain was minor, there was concern the wideout wouldn't be ready to face the Chicago Bears in Week 1. Howe... more

Jerry Jones believes the Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden duo can perform behind the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line, but he's hedging on the height of those expectations. The owner told KRLD-FM on Tuesday he just wants a running game that opponent... more

Some Indianapolis Colts fans are not happy Reggie Wayne signed with the New England Patriots. "Anywhere but there!" some bellowed and moaned on social media following his one-year pact with the conference rival. There has been a lot said locally... more

The Buffalo Bills' outward reaction to the release of running back Fred Jackson has been a collective hand-wringing over what has been labeled a difficult group decision. However, Jackson points the finger squarely at one man. "Doug Whaley was be... more

Teams whittled down their rosters prior to Tuesday's deadline -- when each franchise must move from 90 to 75 players -- and some notable names were released. On Monday, the Indianapolis Colts released guard Donald Thomas, the team announced. The... more

Some in the NFL world might have been surprised that career backup Tyrod Taylor won the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback gig, but those in the locker room were not among them. "He's going to be tremendous for this team," Percy Harvin said, via t... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars offense sure could use a consistent deep threat. Marqise Lee was drafted in 2014 with the talent to be that field-stretching option opposite possession receiver Allen Robinson. Lee played just 13 games as a rookie, catchi... more

Fred Jackson is on course to reunite with Beast Mode. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that Jackson is flying to Seattle this morning to meet with the Seahawks and both sides expect a deal to get done, per two sources informe... more

August

The Carolina Panthers added a new face to their depleted receiving corps. The team announced Monday that they traded for Seattle Seahawks receiver Kevin Norwood. The Seahawks initially planned to cut the 2014 fourth-round pick out of Alabama, bef... more

Martavis Bryant's second-year leap will be put on hold to start the NFL season. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver has been suspended four games†for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse†after his appeal was denied Monday, the... more

After coach Jay Gruden announced Kirk Cousins as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the entire 2015 season , the next logical question is: What does that mean for Robert Griffin III? Gruden said Monday the team has no plans to cut ti... more

Rex Ryan finally made a solid quarterback decision. The Buffalo Bills will head into Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts with Tyrod Taylor under center, the team announced Monday . Taylor was the most impressive of the three Bills in the quarte... more

The Houston Texans acquired some offensive line depth in a trade with the Denver Broncos on Monday. The Broncos announced they shipped reserve offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston in exchange for a 2016 pick. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport repor... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers found a veteran kicker to help plug the hole caused by injuries. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Steelers acquired long-time Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee, per a source informed of the deal. The Steel... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has swung another trade and Tim Wright is on the move again. The Buccaneers traded the tight end to the Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. The trade was later confirmed by the Bucs.... more

The Arizona Cardinals' offensive line has become a sweltering concern as the 2015 NFL season approaches. Injuries and a looming suspension to right tackle Bobby Massie has thrust a unit that was supposed to be improved into flux. During the first... more

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden flashed Saturday night, leading Jerry Jones to label it "vintage McFadden ." Lest anyone think the veteran back's performance would land him the bulk of the carries entering the 2015 season, that's not th... more

The Oakland Raiders' starting offense put up 15 points on the Arizona Cardinals in a 30-23 loss Sunday night. Those 15 points came on five Sebastian Janikowski field goals. Six times in nine drives, the Raiders' first-teamers were in a position to... more

Brandon Bostick is once again searching for a new start to his career. The Minnesota Vikings announced they cut the tight end Sunday, along with 11 other players as they whittle their roster down prior to Tuesday's deadline. The Vikings grabbed... more

The Seattle Seahawks' offense hasn't clicked through three preseason games. While coach Pete Carroll isn't pleased with his struggling first-string unit, he assured fretting fans that the sky is not falling after Saturday's 16-15 victory over the... more

The New York Jets received some good news Sunday. First-round pick Leonard Williams suffered a muscle strain in Saturday night's 28-18 win over the Giants, but there is no ligament damage, NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported. The injury won't keep... more

Every week Odell Beckham Jr. or another receiver makes a ridiculous catch that seems to defy the laws of physics. The jaw-dropping plays from Beckham -- you know the one -- and his ilk are leading some to wonder if the gloves receivers and other... more

With Julio Jones signing a new five-year, $71.25 million contract extension †on Saturday, all eyes now turn to A.J. Green. The Cincinnati Bengals' wideout is next in line for a massive deal after Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Jones and T.Y. Hilton... more

In two preseason appearances Peyton Manning doesn't yet look comfortable in the Denver Broncos' new offense. In Saturday night's 19-12 win over the San Francisco 49ers, Manning finished with 14-of-21 passing for 124 yards, an interception and coul... more

The St. Louis Rams could enter the 2015 season with a bit of a quagmire in their backfield. Saturday night starter Tre Mason exited the Rams' 24-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a mild hamstring sprain, coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Sunday. M... more

Sam Bradford has taken the field for only four series this preseason. All four have ended in touchdowns. Saturday night in a 39-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback looked especially dialed in during his thre... more

Most NFL stars gladly grab pine during the preseason once their allotted snap count is reached. Coming off a missed season due to an ACL tear, San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman rejected his seat on the bench. Entering Saturday night's 1... more

Johnny Manziel's sore elbow will prevent him from being under center for the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. Browns coach Mike Pettine stated there is no structural damage to the quarterback's elbow, but said Thursday that Manziel will miss Saturday'... more

Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman remains out with a knee injury. Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday there is "no timetable " for the receiver to return from a sprained PCL and admitted Perriman's injury is healing slower than the t... more

Some Hollywood actors are simply better at playing the villain than the hero. On the football field, Terrell Suggs embraces that role with open arms. "You're naturally the villain when you go into an opponent's stadium, anyway," Suggs said, via... more

Paper is a wonderful product. Just ask Michael Scott . On paper we can jot names of players down, analyze them on a flat surface and come to conclusions about a football team before a game is played. New Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong... more

Doug Martin looks like a rejuvenated version of the running back who took the NFL by storm in 2012. After two dismal seasons, he has Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to thank for ensuring yet another chance at the starting gig in Tampa... more

Jadeveon Clowney continues to make positive progress toward the 2015 season. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the linebacker is on track to play in the season opener. "The knee is feeling decent. We'll keep inching him forward to... more

The Bennett brothers are not shy about giving their opinions. Lately those sentiments have taken shots at quarterbacks. Michael Bennett recently ripped "mediocre" quarterbacks who get paid too much. Martellus Bennett pondered why signal-callers... more

Terrell Suggs' hit on Sam Bradford this weekend kicked up dust regarding when a quarterback is protected and when he should be protected. A line has been drawn in the grass. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said it was a legal hit... more

Kam Chancellor's holdout reached it's 26th day on Tuesday and it has no appearance of ending anytime soon. Even as games that count rapidly approach, the safety's Seattle Seahawks teammates aren't miffed about the three-time Pro Bowler's stance on... more

After agreeing to a deal to join the Denver Broncos, guard Evan Mathis pointed to the team's chances of winning a Super Bowl as the main factor in his decision. "The No. 1 priority in finding a new place to play was playing for a contender," Mathi... more

Jordy Nelson's season-ending injury sideswiped a Green Bay Packers offense set up for an explosive season. While much of the recent discussion has centered around which of the young wideout targets will step up to help fill the void , Randall Cobb... more

Most NFL coaches entering training camp with a quarterback conundrum want the situation sorted out by the third preseason game to maximize the reps the battle winner gets with the starters in the dress rehearsal . Then there is Rex Ryan. The Buff... more

Ryan Mallett lost the Houston Texans' starting quarterback job to Brian Hoyer, but that doesn't mean we won't see him on the field this season. A dejected Mallett spoke to the media Tuesday morning and said he plans to stay ready if called upon.... more

With the addition of receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Kansas City Chiefs want to open up the offense. Alex Smith believes the veteran's presence, along with speed on the outside in Albert Wilson and De'Anthony Thomas can help improve the Chiefs' deep pa... more

Ronnie Hillman is movin' on up at Mile High. The Denver Broncos shifty running back has stood out during the first two preseason games, carrying 16 times for 120 yards, a whopping 7.5 average per carry. "He's moved himself up. He's had a really... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers added some insurance at center with Maurkice Pouncey injured. Doug Legursky returns to The Steel City, the team announced Tuesday morning . The 29-year-old center started 17 games over four seasons in Pittsburgh from 2009-... more

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Terrell Suggs' low hit on Sam Bradford was a legal play because it was deemed by the league to have taken place on a read option play. Chip Kelly begs to differ. The Philadelphia Eagles coach... more

Sam Bradford didn't appreciate Terrell Suggs hitting him in the knee during the first quarter of Saturday's 40-17 Philadelphia Eagles win over the Baltimore Ravens. Suggs was flagged on the play, but NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino... more

Over the past three seasons, Peyton Manning has completed 1,245 passes for 14,863 yards with the Denver Broncos. The quarterback told The MMQB's Peter King he's done all that without having feeling in his fingertips on his right hand. "I can't f... more

As the outside world packs rocket fuel into the Jarryd Hayne hype train, those within the San Francisco 49ers' organization insist on yanking the break. "I'm still a long way off from where I want to be," Hayne said after another impressive perfor... more

The Houston Texans will roll with Brian Hoyer to start the season. Coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Monday that Hoyer has been named the starter to open the 2015 season, beating out Ryan Mallett. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported the n... more

Marcus Mariota displays a bounty of positive traits on the football field. Perhaps the best attribute the Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback deploys is poise under duress. The unflappable rookie dealt not only with a fierce St. Louis Rams pass rus... more

The Dallas Cowboys got sideswiped by the San Francisco 49ers in a 23-6 shellacking Sunday night. The loss left Jason Garrett sounding like he was rattling off a rejected Dr. Seuss manuscript. "It wasn't very good on offense . It wasn't very good... more

NaVorro Bowman hit the field for the first time in 19 months with a bang. The linebacker played just three snaps in the San Francisco 49ers' 23-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. On those three plays Bowman compiled three tackles, incl... more

If Bill O'Brien declares a starting quarterback next week, it likely won't be based on Saturday night's performances. Neither Ryan Mallett nor Brian Hoyer impressed in the 14-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. In reality, both were downright awful.... more

The Atlanta Falcons deployed one of the most listless defensive pass rushes in the NFL the last several years. Enter coach Dan Quinn. "I love this system," defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux beamed Friday night, via the team's official website... more

Cleveland Browns rookie running back Duke Johnson entered training camp with a chance to earn a large role in the offense. Instead, he's been mostly on the shelf with a hamstring injury, missing the team's first two preseason games. Johnson returne... more

Marcus Smith will miss two to three weeks after he was carted off the field with a tweaked hamstring Thursday. The Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick in 2014 told reporters Friday he expects to be back on the field before the regular season start... more

After the Buffalo Bills' quarterback battle looked like it could have been locked down Thursday night, eyes will turn to the next big QB competition: the Houston Texans, who take on the Denver Broncos on Saturday. As of now, coach Bill O'Brien ins... more

It wasn't the plan for Devin Funchess to become the Carolina Panthers' de facto No. 1 wide receiver out of the gate his rookie year. Alas, injures can ruin even the best-laid plans. With Kelvin Benjamin tearing his ACL , the expectations for Funche... more

Guess who's back, back again. Aaron's back, good luck trying to defend . After a serious calf injury left Aaron Rodgers hobbling down the stretch last season, the Green Bay Packers are ready to declare that "he's back ." "I'm back to playing the... more

Robert Griffin III took a brutal beating early in the Washington Redskins' 21-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. With veteran left tackle Trent Williams sitting out with soreness in his right foot, the Redskins' offensive line was overwhelmed by t... more

Marcell Dareus enters the final season of his rookie deal looking for a massive new contract from the Buffalo Bills. The defensive tackle thought not holding out of training camp might spur a deal, but the sides haven't moved any closer. It's makin... more

Johnny Manziel made several splashy plays during the Cleveland Browns' lone touchdown drive in the 11-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, which induced flutters of optimism about the maligned quarterback. "I'm still going out trying to... more

Le'Veon Bell became the NFL's best dual-threat running back last season, putting up 1,361 yards rushing (second in the league) and 854 yards receiving (top at his position). Despite those numbers, the Pittsburgh Steelers' third-year back believes h... more

As the NFL regular season approaches with vigor, the one play Seattle Seahawks fans would rather forget will be replayed over and over and over and over again. Malcolm Butler's interception to seal the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory is th... more

On Tuesday running back Darren McFadden verbalized what we've all known for a while: The Dallas Cowboys will employ a running back by committee. "You know the competitor in me definitely wants to be the No. 1 guy that goes out there. But at the sam... more

Chuck Pagano enters the final year of his contract as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts armed with what he calls the best team he's helmed. "Our roster is probably better right now than it's been at any point," Pagano said for the second time... more

While the football world effervesced watching Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah gash the New York Jets' defense last week, the rookie had a different take on his performance. "I think my first preseason game went OK, borderline good, but by... more

The Carolina Panthers saw one of their star players, and another promising one, go down Wednesday morning. Kelvin Benjamin was carted from practice after suffering what appeared to be a left knee injury, according to reporters at the joint practice... more

The Buffalo Bills announced the signings of defensive lineman Red Bryant and running back Cierre Wood on Wednesday. The moves address depth issues stemming from injuries at both positions. The top four Bills running backs are sidelined with inju... more

To paraphrase The Everly Brothers : All Jameis has to do is dream. Dream, dream, dream. When asked Tuesday about his relationship with wide receiver Mike Evans, the rookie quarterback said he's got big aspirations for himself and the receiver. "I... more

The Miami Dolphins activated rookie receiver DeVante Parker from the active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday morning. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the move is more procedural than anything and the timetable for a recovery... more

Chris Johnson's standing in the Arizona Cardinals' backfield will depend on his performance over the next three weeks . The running back said Tuesday he's not trying to prove anything. "I don't say (I have) something to prove to somebody, I say... more

Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams is hospitalized, coach Rex Ryan announced Monday. The rookie tailback "was in a lot of pain" when he woke up Monday, Ryan said. The extent of the injury is currently unknown. Williams led the Bills in... more

Monday marked a key day in Jadeveon Clowney's road to redemption. The Houston Texans brought the former No. 1 overall pick off the PUP list and eased him into practice Monday.† "I felt pretty good," Clowney told the media after practice. "Just ha... more

As if putting his John Hancock on a four-year, $83.25 million contract extension weren't indication enough that Philip Rivers is married to the Chargers whether in San Diego or Los Angeles, we got more proof Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Amid all the buzz about offensive playmakers and young studs following the first week of preseason action, one of the most impressive defensive units slid mostly under the radar. The Denver Broncos' front dominated the Seattle Seahawks' beleaguered... more

The Indianapolis Colts have talked up rookie receiver Phillip Dorsett since the moment he was drafted in the first round. On Sunday, we finally got to see what all the hype was about for ourselves. Dorsett didn't disappoint. With T.Y. Hilton and... more

The first week of NFL preseason pollenates the air with optimism about the coming autumn months. If not checked, these spores can blossom into full-blown hype waves, with entire fan bases caught in the contagion. Take, for instance, former Rugby Le... more

A locker room fight cost Geno Smith a broken jaw, along with a month of playing time and forced IK Enemkpali to change zip codes. Two practice scuffles on Sunday earned the entire New York Jets' team wind sprints. While no punches were reportedly... more

Sam Bradford is the Philadelphia Eagles' presumptive starting quarterback, but he won't see the field Sunday in the team's first preseason game. Coach Chip Kelly said Friday that Bradford won't play against the Indianapolis Colts on NFL Network Sun... more

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will miss the preseason, but could be ready when the games that count kick off. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Friday, Ertz is dealing with a core issue. "Zach has a core muscle injury and he's probably going... more

The Ameer Abdullah hype train is ripping so rapidly down the tracks after Thursday night's performance it's about to careen out of control. New York Jets coach Todd Bowles added some gas to the burning optimism about the Detroit Lions' rookie runni... more

When Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said this week the team has†discussed signing Ray Rice it felt like either a trial balloon to gauge public sentiment or a shot across the bow of his young running back group. It turns out it was probably a... more

La'el Collins is not your normal undrafted rookie. On Thursday night the Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman displayed why: Not sure who's watching but what a great block by @70LaelCollins #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/FvK2qhBuCn ‚?? Deryk Gilmore... more

After giving up play calling this season, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy quipped during a halftime interview on Thursday night that he was "bored stiff." After the 22-11 win over the New England Patriots, the coach has some new game tape to w... more

The New York Jets played poorly Thursday versus the Detroit Lions in a 23-3 loss . (Deletes tired punchless pun.) With quarterback Geno Smith on the shelf following jaw surgery, Ryan Fitzpatrick played just one series. He led Gang Green's offense... more

Despite the 27-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, the first look at a Chicago Bears defense moving to a 3-4 defense with a bevy of 4-3 players was about what you'd expect: uninspiring. Most of the first-team defensive unit played only the first serie... more

The Arizona Cardinals' backfield has been a mess this offseason, but we got a smidgen of positive news Thursday. Coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is "real close to being full speed " after dealing with a hamstring injury. Ellington is expect... more

The Minnesota Vikings are a trendy team to take a step forward in 2015 and make a playoff run. But coach Mike Zimmer didn't like what he saw on Thursday. Zimmer stopped practice to make the team run and then reamed out his squad for what he calle... more

If you missed the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" with the Houston Texans you might not be aware of a little squabble between receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall. During a scrimmage, Hall -- from the side... more

Last year Arizona Cardinals receiver John Brown became an offseason sensation. The wideout nicknamed "Smoke," because of his speed, now has a tagalong this training camp in rookie J.J. Nelson, who coach Bruce Arians has come to call "Fire." "Wher... more

Doug Martin will get his shot at becoming the next running back reclamation project. As Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling pointed out on a recent podcast , Martin has the chance to join the likes of Mark Ingram and Ryan Mathews as veteran tailbacks... more

After one big-name receiver got a contract extension Thursday morning, it's on to the next one. Agent Drew Rosenhaus -- who just locked down T.Y. Hilton to a†five-year, $65 million contract extension †in Indy -- plans to travel to Jacksonville to m... more

The Indianapolis Colts and T.Y. Hilton agreed to a contract extension Thursday morning, the team's official website announced. "I love being here. This is a dream come true," Hilton told reporters. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported it's a... more

Wednesday's settlement conference involving the NFL, NFL Players Association and Tom Brady concluded in New York after roughly 7.5 hours. The proceedings included one period open to the public, which was then followed by a session during which the... more

Cancer swiped the end of the 2014 season from Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, but it won't take away the start of the 2015 preseason. Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Berry will play on Saturday night against the Arizona Cardinals in the... more

The Chicago Bears plan to get back to pounding the football on the ground under offensive coordinator Adam Gase. The biggest beneficiary will be Matt Forte, who is glad to be taking more handoffs a year after catching 102 passes. "When you run th... more

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas hasn't missed a regular-season snap through eight seasons. Oh, he's been injured, but that hasn't caused him to miss one play. On Tuesday, while brushing off what he considers a "minor" knee injury after... more

The Geno Smith incident in the New York Jets locker room has brought a lot of questions out of the woodwork. After discussing the situation and locker room dynamic Tuesday night on NFL Network, guest analyst Lance Briggs was asked if he ever wanted... more

Jadeveon Clowney's return from microfracture surgery on his knee could come soon, but the Houston Texans won't push it. Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that the team won't rush the linebacker back to the field if he's not physically ready. The targ... more

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher doesn't expect rookie Todd Gurley to play during the preseason. The running back won't even go so far as to say he'll be ready for the season opener. "I don't know," Gurley told SiriusXM NFL radio hosts Gil B... more

NFL owners met in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss possible relocation to Los Angeles. The outcome didn't sound good for Oakland. Executive vice president of NFL ventures and business operations Eric Grubman made a resounding statement regarding the c... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Tom Brady will meet in New York on Wednesday with Judge Richard Berman in an effort to resolve the legal dispute regarding the Patriots quarterback's four-game suspension. Speaking in Chicago on Tuesday, Goodell... more

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got in a scuffle at practice Monday with corner Josh Norman. The story blew up because generally quarterbacks remain above the fray during training camp fights. On Tuesday, the Panthers' quarterback poked... more

The effusive praise emanating from Tampa Bay about rookie quarterback Jameis Winston reached new heights over the weekend. Buccaneers center Evan Smith sent the plum of positivity into the stratosphere. Smith, who spent the beginning of his career... more

Eric Ebron's progress in his sophomore NFL season remains a pivot point for the Detroit Lions' offense. Behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, Ebron's ability to become a playmaker for quarterback Matthew Stafford would completely open up offensive... more

Training camp and preseason are where new faces on new teams attempt to work out the kinks before the games start to count. The quarterback-receiver timing and relationship is a key aspects offenses work through in August. On the first day of San... more

It's 89 one last time. Steve Smith Sr. announced Monday he will retire at the end of the 2015 season. "I feel like this is the best place, if this is going to be the end, this will be the best place to end," the Baltimore Ravens receiver said.... more

Matt Cassel will get the first preseason crack at winning the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback job. Coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Cassel would start Friday when the Bills host the Carolina Panthers. The announcement signals Cassel is a smid... more

We have a trade! NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports that the Chicago Bears traded guard Ryan Groy to the New England Patriots, according to a source close to the situation. Groy, 24, appeared in four games as a rookie to close out 2014 at left guard... more

A small ownership contingent will meet in Chicago on Tuesday for a Special League Meeting on Los Angeles to discuss potential steps toward relocation to the area. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the meeting will include just principal owner... more

Eric Mangini sits with the unenviable task of leading a San Francisco 49ers defense that has seen major pieces exit the building. The losses have been recounted many, many times this offseason, but the most recent exit is likely the one that sting... more

The preseason is mainly for players battling for jobs and rookies. For the latter group, even those selected in the first round, early games allow them to get their feet wet against NFL competition. Sometimes it goes swimmingly. Sometimes the... more

Darren McFadden won't practice until after the team's first preseason game. There had been a chance the Dallas Cowboys running back would hit the field Saturday, but he remained on the sideline working with trainers while nursing a hamstring injury... more

Eddie Royal is slated for a big role in the Chicago Bears' offense in 2015. The veteran receiver is scheduled to work mostly out of the slot, with Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson and rookie Kevin White --†when healthy -- on the outside. Offe... more

We haven't heard from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell since he upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension , which jumpstarted a hastening legal process . On Friday, he spoke to the Canton Repository's Todd Parker from the Hall of Fame. Goodell was ask... more

BREAKING! Football players are competitive. Even during an amicable training camp scrimmage tempers can flare. Our most recent example comes from the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported the teams had to... more

One huge question mark hovering over the New York Giants' offense as we enter preseason concerns the state of the offensive line. After attempting to settle the position in the offseason, injures have re-jumbled the group. Tackle Ereck Flowers, rig... more

LeSean McCoy scored just five touchdowns last year in Philadelphia, many times coming off the field in goal line situations. Could that change now that he's with Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills? With bigger backs Anthony Dixon and Fred Jackson on... more

The goal of every coach is to get his best 11 players on the field. For Chip Kelly that will be tricky in 2015 with a loaded backfield. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews should take up at least 80 percent of the tailback snaps this season, so Kelly m... more

Aldon Smith went from redemption story to released in the a blink of an eye Friday. After the San Francisco 49ers cut the talented pass rusher following yet another arrest , his former teammates echoed coach Jim Tomsula , saying they hope Smith t... more

LeGarrette Blount suffered a knee injury in practice Friday that will keep him out a few weeks, at least. The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young reports that Blount suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee. It's unclear the severity of the spra... more

Johnny Manziel has a ways to go before snatching the starting gig away from Josh McCown, but Manziel has won over one large critic: Joe Thomas. "He's really proved to a lot of people that this is important to him and he's ready to be an NFL startin... more

Todd Gurley didn't start training camp on the PUP list , but don't expect to see him on the field during the preseason. Coach Jeff Fisher told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp on Thursday that the St. Louis Rams will bring al... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith ran into trouble again. Smith was arrested by Santa Clara police on Thursday night for a hit and run, DUI and vandalism, the department tweeted on Friday . Online records show the 25-year-old was booked on... more

The Minnesota Vikings are a trendy pick to shoot up the standings this season. And why not? It's a team that boasts a promising young quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, devastating running back, nice receiving weapons, a good young corps of defens... more

With Rex Ryan boasting about how much the Buffalo Bills plan to run the ball in 2015 , his tight ends better get ready to block, a lot. So far, according to the coach, the group led by Charles Clay, Chris Gragg, rookie Nick O'Leary and Matthew Mull... more

Tracking quarterback interceptions during training camp is one of the most frivolous plots this time of year. Sure, it's neat that rookie Marcus Mariota has yet to throw a pick in six practices. It's also utterly meaningless without context. What... more

Toby Gerhart's first chance as a featured NFL running back fell flat. The Jacksonville Jaguars' tailback was frank about 2014. "Last year sucked, bluntly," Gerhart said, via the team's official website . He's not exaggerating. Dealing with... more

Robert Griffin III is optimistic Year 2 in Jay Gruden's offense will be much different than his disappointing 2014 season. "Second year in it, I feel like you can go out there and you kind of know what to do, and I think that helps," Griffin said,... more

One of the biggest mysteries entering the 2015 season is the health of Peyton Manning's throwing arm. The first review from Denver Broncos' training camp, via receiver Demaryius Thomas, is a positive one. "I know you're not going to believe this... more

DeSean Jackson doesn't think an NFL player can stop him . But a blocking sled can hold him back a few weeks. The Washington Redskins receiver suffered an injured right shoulder when he ran into a sled Thursday during practice. Redskins coach Jay... more

Chicago Bears coach John Fox attempted to downplay Kevin White's shin injury following Wednesday's practice. But according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the concern about the stud rookie receiver is very real. "He hasn't done any running on... more

Arian Foster's latest groin injury will cost him the beginning portion of the 2015 NFL season. The Houston Texans' running back has missed 11 games over the past two seasons due to injury, including a previous groin issue. The most recent setbac... more

At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray was once asked to move to linebacker during college. Now in the NFL, the tailback tries to emulate other big backs, like Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray. "Size and speed," sai... more

Darren McFadden has yet to see the field during Dallas Cowboys training camp. That could change this weekend. After doing some side work Wednesday, McFadden will test out his tweaked hamstring today and decide if he can practice on Saturday (the Co... more

The NFL is morphing into a running back-by-committee league, with the average number of attempts per season for top-10 rushers falling from 338 in 2006 to 280 last year. Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, however, insists he prefers to ride one back... more

Robert Mathis likely won't hit his goal of being back on the field by Week 1. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday he expects the linebacker to return from his Achilles tendon tear in "early October or late September." "It's hard to... more

The Seattle Seahawks' secondary got some good news Wednesday. Safety Earl Thomas officially passed his physical and is off the physically unable to perform list, the team annnounced . Thomas has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery on... more

During his 10-year run with the San Francisco 49ers, Frank Gore was part of teams that went to a Super Bowl and three consecutive NFC Championship games. The running back told NFL Media's Nate Burleson on Tuesday that his new Indianapolis Colts te... more

The Terrelle Pryor comeback story has hit a snag. Or tweak, rather. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver tweaked his hamstring and sat out Wednesday's practice. According to coach Mike Pettine, it's "doubtful" Pryor will in Friday's scrimmage at Oh... more

Detroit Lions players are tired of hearing how much worse off they will be with Ndamukong Suh no longer on the team. "I think some of (those concerns) are overblown," defensive end Jason Jones said, via MLive.com . "I think so. I just think with th... more

Some analysts believed the Miami Dolphins snagging former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi in the fifth round could have been the steal of the 2015 NFL Draft. While that prediction could still come to fruition, the rookie has a long way to go bef... more

Purgatory is supposed to be a temporary place of punishment. For NFL teams in quarterback purgatory, that temporary state can be interminably long and ultimately doom a franchise. This is where Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley admitted h... more

The importance of Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals' success in 2015 is not to be underestimated. To underscore that point, when Tyrann Mathieu accidentally knocked running back Kerwynn Williams into the quarterback during Monday's practice, t... more

The Indianapolis Colts are working diligently to lock down two cornerstones before training camp ends. No. Not Andrew Luck. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp that the more immediate priorities... more

The comparison was almost too easy. It was like Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter stole it from one of those cheap player-comparison generators used during television shows. When asked about Bucs second-year tight end Austin... more

Khalil Mack's sensational rookie season placed him in the upper echelon of 4-3 outside linebackers. The new Oakland Raiders coaching staff isn't pigeonholing their stud playmakers, however. Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports Mack has been workin... more

The Dallas Cowboys' pass rush was a concern entering last season. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said it's probably the real reason the Cowboys bowed out of the playoffs. "At the end of the day, it's probably what cost us a chance to win a... more

Jimmy Graham isn't perceived as a good blocker. Whether perception is reality -- or whether recent injuries have sapped his ability to block -- we will find out now that he's in the Seattle Seahawks' run-first offense. "(In New Orleans) the la