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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.


January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 17 Cheat Sheet December 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Viewer's guide: Week 17 December 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 16 Cheat Sheet December 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Viewer's guide: Week 16 December 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 15 Cheat Sheet December 13, 2014

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

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

The offseason signing of free agent offensive tackle Michael Oher didn't work out in 2014 for the Tennessee Titans. The team announced Saturday it placed the right tackle on season-ending injured reserve with a toe injury and promoted defensive back... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 15 viewer's guide December 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 14 Cheat Sheet December 06, 2014

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

Week 14 viewer's guide December 05, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bears sign kicker Jay Feely December 03, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November

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

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

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

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

Week 13 Cheat Sheet November 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 13 viewer's guide November 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 12 Cheat Sheet November 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 12 viewer's guide November 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 11 Cheat Sheet November 15, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches ... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Reggie Bush (ankle) RB -- INACTIVE -- Detroit Lions Harrison: Week 11 predictions Who will take control of the NFC: the... more

Arian Foster is looking like he'll sit out Sunday when the Houston Texans visit the Cleveland Browns. The running back suffered a groin injury in Houston's†Week 9 loss to Philadelphia. There was some thought Foster would be fine after the team's... more

The Chicago Bears will get another tall, playmaking receiver on the field Sunday . The team announced it placed wideout Marquess Wilson on their 53-man roster on Friday, and he is expected to play this week versus the Minnesota Vikings. Wilson... more

Reggie Bush missed practice for the third time this week. The Detroit Lions running back was not at practice Friday, per the team's official website . Bush reinjured his ankle early in the team's Week 10 matchup with the Miami Dolphins after... more

In one of the biggest interconference matchups of the weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals travel to New Orleans to face the Saints. The game will have big playoff implications for both teams coming off losses. Key for the Bengals will be slowing down Jimmy... more

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb have been on a tear as the Green Bay Packers have zoomed to a 5-1 record in their last six games. The duo has combined for 18 receiving touchdowns, the most in the NFL for any receiving combo, and are second in yards with... more

The Arizona Cardinals face one mega-challenge Sunday against the Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson. On NFL Network's NFL AM on Friday morning, Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu was asked how the team plans to stop Megatron. "That's why you pay Patrick... more

Everyone knew this was coming. The moment the words left Casey Matthews' mouth, he probably knew his brother would deny them. After Casey said older bro, Clay Matthews,†wasn't thrilled with moving to inside linebacker , it was clear that Clay would... more

Week 11 viewer's guide November 14, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup for Week 11 . Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Matt Ryan is averaging 49.9 fewer passing yards on the road than at home this season.... more

The Tennessee Titans sit at 2-7 and have lost seven of their past eight games. If the season ended today, the Titans would get the fifth pick in the NFL Draft, which has led to some players being asked about their thoughts on tanking the rest of... more

One more game, and then the Cleveland Browns can take the Ferrari out of the NFL-imposed suspension garage and out for a spin . On Monday, following the Browns' Sunday tilt with the Houston Texans, receiver Josh Gordon will return from his 10-game... more

Watching Kyle Orton sputter in the Buffalo Bills'†22-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins there was one obvious question to ask Doug Marrone: Are you considering going back to EJ Manuel? "No, right now, that hasn't crossed my mind," Marrone said. Marrone... more

Ryan Tannehill is having his best season under center for the Miami Dolphins, however the team continues to evaluate whether or not he will be their future franchise quarterback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Thursday on NFL Network's Around The... more

The New York Giants' struggling running game could be in for a boost Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Coach Tom Coughlin hinted that he expects running back Rashad Jennings to play, but added, "I don't intend for him to carry a full load,"... more

Jadeveon Clowney's rookie season still hasn't gotten off the ground, but the outside linebacker will be back on the field Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Clowney told reporters Thursday he expects to play after missing time with a knee injury... more

Todd Bowles is having the best season of any coordinator in the NFL. We know it. You know it. The Arizona Cardinals certainly know it. Now, the team is making sure Bowles knows how much it values his mastery. The Cards and the defensive... more

The Matthews brothers will reunite when the Philadelphia Eagles travel to meet the Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon . Oddly enough, both Clay and Casey Matthews are playing more at inside linebacker than either did just several weeks ago. Casey is... more

Fred Jackson returned to the Buffalo Bills' lineup last week, just 21 days after suffering a groin injury. The running back's status for Thursday Night Football , exclusively on NFL Network, has taken a turn for the worse. Jackson is officially... more

The Denver Broncos appear to be looking for a bit of outside help to jump-start the running game, but they did not find it Tuesday. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington revealed earlier in the day that the team brought in free agent guard Richie Incognito... more

Seattle's defense took another big blow this week. Brandon Mebane tore his hamstring and is done for the season, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday, per a Seahawks source. The team later announced the defensive tackle was placed on injured... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is making it a routine to rule out Troy Polamalu and Ryan Shazier on Tuesdays. For the second straight week, Tomlin said neither Polamalu (sprained knee) nor Shazier (ankle) will play due to injury. Ike Taylor will... more

Aldon Smith has been reinstated from his nine-game suspension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker will participate in the team's walkthrough on Tuesday. Smith was suspended the nine games in... more

The Sanchize is back, baby! Mark Sanchez made his first start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night . The formerly maligned New York Jets quarterback started his first game since 2012 and completed 20 of 37 passes for 332 yards, two touchdowns... more

Clay Matthews had the best game of his 2014 season as the Green Bay Packers shifted him to inside linebacker to help fend off the Chicago Bears' rushing attack. Aaron†Rodgers However, coach Mike McCarthy doesn't want anyone labeling Matthews... more

On this Veterans Day, Pittsburgh Steelers players won't have to go far to thank a military man. First Lt. Alejandro Villanueva, who was signed to the Steelers' practice squad earlier this year, remains in the Army Reserve. Villanueva joined NFL AM... more

Jay Gruden, it appears, is a "glass half-full" sort of guy. Coming off the Washington Redskins' bye week and sitting at 3-6, last place in the NFC East , Gruden chose to see the positives from his team. "When you go back and you look at what's... more

The Buffalo Bills felt like they fumbled away a sure win Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, with a quick turnaround to play the Miami Dolphins on Thursday †(shown exclusively on NFL Network), defensive back Leodis McKelvin declared on... more

Cam Newton had another dreadful outing Monday night, throwing three interceptions, losing a fumble and getting pounded for nine sacks in the Panthers' 45-21 loss to the Eagles. "I pride myself on protecting the football, but that's just not happening... more

While Mark Sanchez's starting debut for the Philadelphia Eagles garnered glowing exaltations from the far reaches of the Internet, one important aspect became clear Monday night: The quarterback loved finding rookie receiver Jordan Matthews. "I felt... more

The Detroit Lions sit a 7-2 for the first time since 1993, largely with the same players that cratered last season, which caused sweeping changes to the coaching staff. Jim Caldwell has brought an air of calmness to the Lions' locker room that has... more

The Chicago Bears' defense has been so bad, it became only the second team in NFL history to allow 50-plus points in consecutive games. That other team was the 1923 Rochester Jeffersons (1923!!!). Despite the swirling winds in Chicago surrounding his... more

Lamar Miller carried the ball just four times in the Miami Dolphins' 20-16 loss Sunday in Detroit. The lack of playing time led to some speculation that the running back's shoulder injury from Week 9 was worse than it appeared. However, NFL Media... more

The Miami Dolphins' best offensive player is gone for the season. The team announced that Branden Albert was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Santa Clara District Attorney's office has declined to press charges in the Ray McDonald case due to insufficient evidence. The San Francisco 49ers defensive end was arrested in late August on suspicion of committing domestic violence against his... more

New York Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor's star has fallen hard and fast . After spending the offseason hearing glowing praise from Rex Ryan, Pryor didn't play a single defensive snap during Sunday's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. One reason... more

In his second stint under Baltimore Ravens new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Justin Forsett has been a revelation. On Sunday, Forsett carried 20 times for 112 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans 21-7 .... more

With Carson Palmer headed to injured reserve with a torn ACL , the most important job on a football field will fall to Drew Stanton as the Arizona Cardinals fight to maintain their conference lead in the NFC. Following Sunday's win over the St. Louis... more

Ndamukong Suh was the best player at Ford Field on Sunday . The defensive tackle ripped up the Miami Dolphins' offensive line from the first play of Sunday's 20-16 Lions win , earning a tackle for loss on Lamar Miller. On the Dolphins' second snap... more

After getting blown out in back-to-back games while giving up 50-plus points in each, there isn't much Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman could do other than state the obvious. "It's like I told our football team at halftime and after the game:... more

The Miami Dolphins lost a game in Detroit on Sunday in excruciating fashion , and the news only got worse after the game.† Left tackle Branden Albert, easily their best offensive player, injured his knee and is believed to have suffered ACL and MCL... more

Another week and another come-from-behind win for the Detroit Lions, who earned a final-minute touchdown sling from Matthew Stafford to Theo Riddick and beat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 in a low-scoring but highly entertaining contest between two of the... more

Dez Bryant wants to get paid like he's one of the top receivers in the NFL -- which he is. However, the Dallas Cowboys are worried about handing Bryant a boatload of guaranteed money. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on†NFL GameDay Morning... more

Adrian Peterson's case for reinstatement following a plea deal of no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault will be expedited and is expected to be heard this week , per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport said on NFL Network's NFL... more

Geno Smith will sit on the bench for just the second game of his career Sunday when the New York Jets host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The quarterback was yanked in Week 8 after throwing three terrible picks and was inactive last week against the Kansas... more

Week 10 Cheat Sheet November 08, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Harrison: Week 10 predictions Can the 49ers step up for a must-win contest in New Orleans? Elliot Harrison picks the winner of each Week 10 game. READ Key game-time decisions All players... more

LeGarrette Blount said this week that Terrell Suggs is "known to be a dirty player " after the Baltimore Ravens linebacker hit him low on a tackle last Sunday night . Suggs will pay for the deed. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday... more

The Cincinnati Bengals could be without one of their playmaking pass-catchers for the rest of the season. Coach Marvin Lewis said Friday that tight end Tyler Eifert could be out for the duration of 2014. "I can't give you an update until he's... more

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is backpedaling slightly from his Thursday comments that Fred Jackson is "not ready " for game action just yet. Speaking to WGR-AM on Friday morning, Marrone said a decision hasn't yet been made on the veteran... more

One of the most fascinating storylines of the season has been the emergence of Denard Robinson in the Jacksonville Jaguars' backfield. The former college quarterback has 329 yards on 57 carries the past three weeks, more yards than every running back... more

The New York Giants stand on the brink of a lost season. After an embarrassing home loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Big Blue travels to face the Seattle Seahawks in one of the toughest environments in the NFL. Another loss would send them to 3-6... more

It appears Tony Romo will play in front of the London crowd on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback took part in a Friday morning walkthrough and practiced later with his teammates. Romo was officially listed as... more

Week 10 viewer's guide November 07, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action: Zach Mettenberger shouldn't expect a ton of help from his running game in his second NFL start.... more

Rookies have a lot to learn when they enter the NFL. One thing they shouldn't need reminding is not to downgrade an opponent who just whooped up on you. Despite the Cleveland Browns trouncing the Cincinnati Bengals in their own home 24-3 -- a loss... more

A.J. Green looked visibly frustrated at times during Thursday night's 24-3 home humiliation at the hands of division foe Cleveland Browns. "This one right here has me speechless," Green said after being held to just three catches for 23 yards by... more

Nick Foles is out the next six to eight weeks with a cracked clavicle, giving Mark Sanchez a shot to reignite his career in Chip Kelly's quarterback-friendly system. Mark†Sanchez After Foles' injury, NJ.com reported, citing unnamed sources with... more

The NFL announced its slate of three games for the 2015 International Series in London on Thursday. The Miami Dolphins will play host to the New York Jets in Week 4, on Sunday Oct. 4, the Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 7, on... more

Andre Johnson hasn't exactly had booming stat lines with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. Now with the switch to the strong-armed Ryan Mallett, might we see a rejuvenated A.J.? Coming off a game in which he had two catches for 12 yards, Johnson was... more

The San Francisco 49ers sit at 4-4 and are staring at a swirling season . Jim Harbaugh's team sits three games back of the Arizona Cardinals for the division lead in the NFC West and a game behind rival Seattle Seahawks. With NFC wild-card hopefuls... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox took a page out of Bill Belichick's book after getting whipped by the New England Patriots coach. "We're on to Oakland," Fox replied to two different answers Wednesday, per The Denver Post , echoing Belichick's "On to... more

Tony Romo is taking his first substantial step toward playing Sunday . The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was practicing for the first time in London on Thursday. Romo officially was listed as a limited participant in practice. Romo had not... more

The Indianapolis Colts' fierce secondary will get another shot in the arm this week. Andrew†Luck The team announced Tuesday it activated LaRon Landry off suspension this week after the safety was suspended four games in September for violating... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without two big-name defensive starters Sunday when they take on the New York Jets. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that veteran safety Troy Polamalu and rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier are both ruled out. Polamalu... more

Giovani Bernard is looking like he will miss the Cincinnati Bengals' Thursday Night Football matchup with the Cleveland Browns on NFL Network. The running back sat out his second straight practice on Tuesday after missing the team's Week 9 win... more

Greg Hardy's assault trial has been officially postponed until 2015, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. The news confirms what NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last week. The trial had been slated to begin on... more

We made it! We've hit that point of the season wherein players from down-and-out teams attempt to convince their fan bases not to give up on them. The 2-6 Tennessee Titans are up. "Stick with us," cornerback Jason McCourty said Monday, per the... more

When the players change ends during the first and second quarter of Thursday night's Cincinnati Bengals-Cleveland Browns tussle on NFL Network, some important people will step into the spotlight. During the quarter break, a brief ceremony will take... more

Robert Griffin III returned to the starting lineup with an uneven, but positive performance in a loss Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. As the quarterback progresses learning the Redskins' offense, coach Jay Gruden said Monday that RGIII still... more

The Green Bay Packers returned from their bye week and the tweak to Aaron Rodgers' hamstring appears mended. "Aaron did everything today," coach Mike McCarthy said Monday, per ESPN.com . "He looked good. He went through the workout today." The... more

The Green Bay Packers locked up coach Mike McCarthy to multi-year extension, the team announced Monday. McCarthy is in his ninth season as the Packers' head coach, racking up a Super Bowl championship, four NFC North division titles and six playoff... more

The Arizona Cardinals sit atop the NFC West with a 7-1 record and part of the reason has been the stellar play of quarterback Carson Palmer. In a division with young stud quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, along with Austin Davis... more

Jason Garrett is optimistic that Tony Romo will play Week 10 when the Dallas Cowboys face the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. "Hopefully he just progresses," Garrett said adding the team would take it day by day . "He's gotten better and better every... more

The Detroit Lions reinstated defensive tackle C.J. Mosley from suspension Monday, coach Jim Caldwell announced. The veteran was suspended and sent home from London prior to the team's Week 8 game versus the Atlanta Falcons. "C.J. Mosley is... more

Teddy Bridgewater struggled mightily in the first half against the Washington Redskins on Sunday . His deep ball was way off and he couldn't get into any sort of rhythm. His biggest rookie moment came on a fourth-and-two from the Redskins' 39 with... more

Prior to his worst performance of the season , it was announced that Dez Bryant signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports agency . The Cowboys and Bryant couldn't come to an agreement this offseason before the receiver's self-imposed season deadline.... more

Just as the San Francisco 49ers appeared to escape with a win against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Colin Kaepernick fumbled the ball as he tried to reach the end zone. Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis came up with the ball and refs ruled it a fumble,... more

James Harrison's Steel Curtain call reached a crescendo Sunday night at Heinz field. The 36-year-old linebacker was the best defender on the field, time and time again pounding Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco into the turf . Harrison ended... more

Peyton Manning passed 57 times for 438 yards and two scores in Sunday's†43-21 blowout loss to the New England Patriots at Foxborough. Battista: That stinking feeling Peyton†Manning criticized himself after Denver's loss in New England, but Judy... more

Norv Turner was a step ahead of Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on seemingly every play in the second half as the Minnesota Vikings rallied from behind several times for a 29-26 victory . Our takeaways: 1. Robert Griffin III's... more

Bill Belichick said this week he didn't trust weathermen's forecasts †in the days before a game. How about five hours before a game, coach? The weather in Foxborough turned blizzardly Sunday morning, with snow flurries pouring down prior to the Denver... more

Tony Romo will not play †Sunday due to a back injury when the Dallas Cowboys host the Arizona Cardinals, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Desmond Purnell report, per a source close to Romo. Brandon Weeden got his first start of the season.... more

We knew Darren Sproles would suit up Sunday after being designated as probable and practicing in full all week. The question was how much he'd play. NFL Media's Stacey Dales reports, per a team source, that the running back was close to playing last... more

Jadeveon Clowney will not play against the Eagles . The rookie is battling an illness , per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source informed of Clowney's condition. The team later announced that Clowney is inactive. Earlier in the week, Houston... more

Week 9 Cheat Sheet November 01, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Harrison: Week 9 predictions While Manning vs. Brady takes center stage, Elliot Harrison eyes other factors in Broncos-Pats. Check out his Week 9 picks. READ Key game-time decisions All... more

A source close to Tony Romo informed NFL Media's Desmond Purnell on Saturday that the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has two fractures in his transverse process , but it is possible he could still play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The injury is not... more

Jim Kelly was declared cancer-free in September, but now the Hall of Fame quarterback has developed a staph infection in his bones. The former Buffalo Bills quarterback told The Miami Herald this week that he is undergoing an eight-week treatment for... more

The Cowboys are keeping Josh Brent around Dallas beyond this season. The defensive tackle signed a one-year contract extension through 2015 at the minimum, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source who has seen the deal. Brent is... more

The Indianapolis Colts will get two of their key cogs back to face the New York Giants on Monday night . Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Saturday that both Reggie Wayne and Vontae Davis will play this week, per the team's official website .... more

The Dallas Cowboys are set to receive some pass rushing aid. The team activated rookie defensive end Demarcus Lawrence on Saturday from the injured reserve-designated to return list. The No. 34 overall pick broke his right foot in July. The... more

Anyone who watched Tyrann Mathieu leap to knock the ball away from Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews last week with under 10 seconds left to play walked away thinking, "Mathieu must be close to healthy again." After tearing ligaments in... more

Joe Philbin returned to the Miami Dolphins in advance of Sunday's tussle with the San Diego Chargers after missing the past two days of practice. The coach was away from the team to be with his family. Philbin's father, Paul, died Friday night,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are welcoming running back Charles Sims to the backfield committee. The team activated the rookie from the injured reserve-designated to return list Saturday. With Doug Martin doubtful due to an ankle injury, Sims could... more

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief had his coming-out party last week replacing Reggie Wayne, who was out with an elbow injury. The rookie caught seven passes for 113 yards and his first career touchdown . However, the talented wideout... more

After sitting out practice all this week with a back injury, Tony Romo plans to participate in the Cowboys' Saturday walkthrough, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a team source. After the light walkthrough, Dallas will gauge how the... more

October

A.J. Green is participating in the Cincinnati Bengals' final practice of the week, per the team's official website , and appears on pace to play Sunday against Jacksonville . The star wideout has been nursing a toe injury and missed the past three... more

Jadeveon Clowney's return to the Houston Texans' lineup appears short-lived. Coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Friday that the No. 1 overall pick could be out Sunday versus the Philadelphia Eagles. "I don't know," O'Brien said. "I wouldn't say... more

Robert Griffin III is expected to return as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback Sunday when they take on the Minnesota Vikings. In a sit down with the team's official website , RGIII indicated that he thought he'd be back earlier after... more

Nick Foles hears the consternation about his play this season and knows he needs to improve . "I'm the decision-maker on offense," Foles said, per ESPN.com . "I have the ball every single play. Yes, I have to do a better job. Words can't describe... more

In last week's Snap Report , Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling noted that Stevie Johnson has been the most effective San Francisco 49ers pass catcher this season, despite receiving a comparatively minuscule portion of the snaps. A three-time 1,000-yard... more

We've reached that part of the season when the New York Giants are already declaring games must win. "This is like the playoffs for us," defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said, per Newsday . "We gotta win, basically. We gotta win ... (the playoffs) have... more

DeAngelo Hall has experienced multi-interception games before. But multi-Achilles tears? That's a different story. The Washington Redskins cornerback, who tore his Achilles in Week 3 and underwent surgery, tore it again this week and underwent... more

Week 9 viewer's guide October 31, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. With the Bucs' offense floundering behind Mike Glennon, Tampa should go to the ground against a... more

Derek Carr won the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback job with a blistering preseason performance against the Seattle Seahawks, during which he fearlessly went after star corner Richard Sherman. The defensive back said Thursday he wasn't stunned... more

Drew Brees was picked off on the New Orleans Saints' first drive of a 28-10 declawing of the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. As the ball took flight, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis walloped tight end Jimmy Graham right under the chin .... more

Apparently you can tug on SuperCam's cape . Cam Newton had his third straight poor game as the Carolina Panthers fell 28-10 on Thursday night to the New Orleans Saints. Newton posted career lows in completion percentage (35.7) -- on 10-of-28... more

The San Diego Chargers will be without their stud rookie cornerback, Jason Verrett, for at least the next couple weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Verrett was diagnosed with a torn labrum and is out at least two to three... more

Tony Romo did not participate in Thursday's practice, and the Dallas Cowboys are being cautious about what he's able to do in practices moving forward this week. Jason Garrett said Thursday the quarterback is "feeling better" and he's "certainly"... more

The Arizona Cardinals sit atop the difficult NFC West and lead the NFL with a 6-1 record . Larry Fitzgerald believes the best is still ahead for the team from the desert, and the wide receiver had an interesting comparison for the Cards' penchant for... more

It's fitting that as Tom Brady enters his 16th matchup against Peyton Manning he will tie the signal-caller's record for most AFC Offensive Player of the Month awards since the accolade was created in 1986. Tom Terrific won his seventh player of the... more

Calling a quarterback a "game manager" is often taken as a dig. However, New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson gave us our umpteenth lesson that context is paramount. You'll remember that the Jets have two quarterbacks who turn the ball... more

The Atlanta Falcons suffered the largest blown lead in franchise history Sunday when they let a 21-point lead slip through their hands against the Lions in London. The loss was the Falcons' fifth straight after a 2-1 start to the season. The... more

Jay Gruden played coy all week with Robert Griffin III's availability for Monday night's tussle with the Dallas Cowboys. RGIII was listed as questionable after Gruden continually said he would start if the quarterback's ankle was deemed healthy... more

Zach Mettenberger started his first game Sunday after a haircut and mustache trim. The Tennessee Titans then got blown out by the Houston Texans 30-16 . Apparently the decision to clean up his look wasn't all on the rookie. Coach Ken Whisenhunt... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars labeled Denard Robinson an "offensive weapon" last season, then struggled to get the athletic former quarterback involved in the offense. In the past two weeks, however, the Jags finally found the proper holster for their weapon.... more

The New York Giants' defense will be without stalwart Jon Beason for the rest of the season. The linebacker will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his injured right foot, NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Monday. The procedure has not yet been... more

Gronk like to score . Gronk like to score touchdowns. Gronk like to score a lot of touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski was an unstoppable force Sunday as he rumbled for three touchdowns, including a 46-yard bulldozing catch-and-run . "I like scoring... more

The New Orleans Saints' blowout win Sunday night marked the first victory for an NFC South team since Oct. 5. The Saints sit at 3-4, but with a win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football , Drew Brees and Co. will be in first place in... more

With Vontae Davis exiting Sunday's contest early, the Indianapolis Colts' defense got torched, allowing Ben Roethlisberger to rack up 522 yards passing and six touchdown connections. Darius Butler, one of the corners who got burned in Davis' stead,... more

Arian Foster plowed over the Tennessee Titans and drove the Houston Texans to a blowout 30-16 road win. Our takeaways: 1. Foster went over 100 yards rushing for the sixth time this season, jaunting for 151 yards on 20 carries, two rushing touchdowns... more

Brandon Marshall made waves when he called out teammates following last week's Chicago Bears loss . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on†NFL GameDay Morning †on Sunday that during Marshall's rant a Bears teammate rolled his eyes and said, "Here we go... more

As Tuesday's trade deadline approaches, one name that keeps coming up is Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning that the Eagles, Patriots, Chiefs and Seahawks are among... more

Foremost among those affected by the New York Jets' addition of the speedy Percy Harvin is receiver Eric Decker, who will be buoyed by the attention that defenses give his new teammate. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport spoke with Decker this week about... more

Jadeveon Clowney is seeing his first action since Week 1 as he took the field Sunday for the Houston Texans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported on NFL GameDay First that Clowney would make his return this week from a torn meniscus.... more

The Detroit Lions will again be without star receiver Calvin Johnson. Megatron tested out his ankle pregame, running on the field at Wembley Stadium in London, where the Lions will take on the Atlanta Falcons , but the wide receiver was unable to play.... more

Week 8 Cheat Sheet October 25, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Week 8 predictions Will the Seahawks snap a two-game skid -- or will the Panthers end a bum streak of their own? Elliot... more

Week 8 viewer's guide October 24, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. The Lions' defensive line should feast on Matt Ryan on Sunday in London. Led by Ndamukong Suh, the... more

Two of the Denver Broncos' biggest playmakers, Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas, are playing out the final years of their rookie contracts. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that the Broncos don't plan to address the contract situations of the... more

The Dallas Cowboys have ridden DeMarco Murray's NFL record-setting seven-game streak of outings over 100 rushing yards to open the season 6-1. The running back has 187 carries for 913 yards (4.9 per rush), leading the NFL by nearly 300 yards rushing.... more

Breaking News: The defense wants to create turnovers. The New Orleans Saints are desperate to turn around their 2-4 season. For that to happen, Rob Ryan's defense knows it must improve its takeaway ratio in order to give Drew Brees and the offense... more

Dwight Freeney said he thought a "million" times about sacking Peyton Manning when he signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2013. Unfortunately, injuries sidelined the pass rusher all three times the Chargers faced Manning and the Denver Broncos... more

Denard Robinson provided the first semblance of a running game for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season when he went for 127 yards last week against the Cleveland Browns. Denard†Robinson Coach Gus Bradley said earlier in the week that the... more

Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has more experience with Percy Harvin than anyone in the NFL. After spending two years with Harvin in Minnesota -- in the receiver's first two seasons, when the wideout totaled 1,658 receiving... more

Darrelle Revis was sent back to his island. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per a source close to the player, that Revis overslept Tuesday and would have been late to his 7:30 a.m. ET meeting, so he was not told not to show . Per team... more

Tre Mason bust onto the scene in Week 7 , carrying the rock 18 times for 85 yards and one touchdown run in the St. Louis Rams' upset victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Mason far outdistanced the Rams' other running backs. Zac Stacy was announced the... more

The Tennessee Titans sit at 2-5 and are staring down the barrel of a lost season. In reality, that record should be much better. In their last two losses (to Cleveland and Washington ) the Titans have held leads with under two minutes to play... more

Jay Gruden said repeatedly during his Wednesday news conference that Robert Griffin III's status for Monday night's game versus the Dallas Cowboys hinged on the team doctors clearing the quarterback. "It's up to the trainers and doctors right now,... more

Calvin Johnson is in London . Calvin Johnson is running in London . But Calvin Johnson is just barely practicing in London. The Detroit Lions' star receiver was listed as limited Wednesday as he continues to attempt a comeback from his injured... more

The Atlanta Falcons' offense has sputtered with just one touchdown in each of the last two weeks. Julio Jones put the lack of offensive production squarely on his own shoulders . "It starts with me," he told NFL Network's NFL AM †on Wednesday. "I... more

Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's career touchdown record and added to his own mark in a four-touchdown barrage Sunday night as the Denver Broncos trounced the San Francisco 49ers. 42-17 . To go along with his record, Manning picked up the AFC... more

The New England Patriots have acquired some help for their banged-up defense. The Patriots announced Wednesday they traded for Tennessee Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers. New England released 'backer Ja'Gared Davis is a corresponding move. NFL Media... more

The NFL announced Tuesday it suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers without pay for the team's next two games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport adds, via a source... more

The Carolina Panthers announced they released veteran defensive back Charles Godfrey. The 28-year-old has spent his entire seven-year career in Carolina after being selected in the third round of the 2008 draft. "Making this move was difficult... more

After going down with a broken collarbone in Week 7 , C.J. Spiller could still return this season. Kyle†Orton The Buffalo Bills placed the running back on injured reserve/designated to return on Tuesday. In a corresponding move, the team signed... more

Darren Sproles returned to the practice field Tuesday, according to Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Sproles suffered a sprained MCL in the team's Week 6 win over the New York Giants. He was expected to miss one game -- potentially two --... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith could be on the fast track to an early return from suspension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that per the terms of Smith's union-league negotiated settlement, his suspension could be shortened... more

Reggie Wayne brushed off the elbow injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Bengals. "I'm good now," he said after the game. "I just kind of fell on it, fell on my arm. Go home, have an adult beverage and see how it feels in the morning."... more

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware make up the fiercest pass-rushing duo in the NFL. It's something that Colin Kaepernick found out the hard way Sunday night when the twosome combined for five sacks on the 49ers quarterback. Miller currently leads the... more

Finally, Dion Jordan has come back to the Miami Dolphins. The defensive end returned after missing six games while on suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. The 2013 No. 3 overall pick has yet... more

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Monday star receiver A.J. Green was progressing from his toe injury. Speaking on NFL Network's NFL AM †on Tuesday, the wideout corroborated that he's getting better, but his status for this week is still... more

Entering Sunday's game the Cleveland Browns owned the NFL's third-best rushing attack (146.4 yards per game), but could only manage 69 yards on 33 carries against a middling Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Ben Tate ran for just 36 yards on 16... more

The Houston Texans won't be able to unleash their duo of terror in prime time against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jadeveon Clowney is officially out for Monday Night Football . NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala said on Monday's... more

Percy Harvin is settling into his new gig with the New York Jets and said he wants to put the past behind him. Speaking to the New York media for his first time Monday, the wide receiver admitted his deployment in Seattle was the cause of frustration.... more

The Detroit Lions are heading to London on Monday for their Week 8 overseas battle with the Atlanta Falcons. Calvin Johnson will make the trip with the team, coach Jim Caldwell said . Megatron has missed the previous two games with an ankle... more

Just don't throw an interception. That was all Drew Brees had to do for the New Orleans Saints to likely close out the Detroit Lions for a road win on Sunday . Instead the All-Pro quarterback forced a pass on third-and-9 with 3:20 left in the contest... more

Tony Romo gets the lion's share of the blame when the Dallas Cowboys stumble, so we should give him credit for helping guide America's Team to a surprising 6-1 start. While DeMarco Murray has shouldered the load, galloping to a whopping 913 yards... more

The Buffalo Bills lost their top two running backs Sunday when Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone) left a thrilling 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Jackson is out multiple weeks, while Spiller's season will end with surgery... more

Golden Tate took what should have been a 15-yard grab and turned it into a 73-yard game-swinging touchdown scamper in the Detroit Lions' 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints. At the time, the Lions trailed 23-10 with less than four minutes to... more

The Baltimore Ravens steamrolled the soft Atlanta Falcons 29-7 on Sunday by dominating their visiting opponent in all facets. "I mean, football is a physical game," Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith said after the win when asked about things getting... more

Following Percy Harvin's trade to the New York Jets, some not-so-flattering issues about the receiver's time in Seattle began to leak. One of the big storylines was of a physical altercation Harvin had with then-teammate Golden Tate before the... more

Ryan Tannehill ripped up the Chicago Bears' defense as the Miami Dolphins rolled to a 27-14 win at Soldier Field. Our takeaways: 1. Ryan Tannehill was flawless early. The quarterback diced up Chicago's defense with an on-point quick passing scheme.... more

The NFL trade deadline sits nine days away on Oct. 28, and speculation is ripe to start flying. With one big-name trade already being consummated this weekend when the Seattle Seahawks shipped Percy Harvin to the New York Jets, what other players could... more

Matthew Stafford will be without his security blanket for another week.† All-Pro wideout Calvin Johnson will miss his second straight game, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported . Hampered by an ankle injury he suffered last month, the talented... more

Percy Harvin is in New York. The dynamic receiver told the Jets' official website he was "very excited" to join Gang Green. "I just think they got a lot of the pieces here," Harvin said. "You've got Geno (Smith), with a great veteran behind him. You... more

Week 7 Cheat Sheet October 18, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Week 7 predictions Can the Chargers and Cowboys each notch their sixth win of the year? Elliot Harrison projects Week 7's... more

Safety Will Hill's fourth chance at an NFL career is set to begin. The Baltimore Ravens announced Saturday †they moved Hill to the 53-man roster, making him eligible to play Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons. Hill served a six-game suspension to... more

The Carolina Panthers downgraded running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle) to out for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. The team announced the move Saturday. Williams had been designated Friday as doubtful for Sunday , making it highly... more

The Indianapolis Colts are averaging an NFL-best 31.5 points per game and lead the league in total yards per game (444), passing yards per game (328.7) and time of possession (36:28). A year after insisting on sticking with a plodding running game that... more

The most stunning aspect of the Seattle Seahawks trading Percy Harvin to the New York Jets on Friday was that general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll only got a mid-round draft pick in return . Why would a team essentially give away... more

The New York Jets are making room on their roster for Percy Harvin. When the acquisition of the former Seahawk was official, the team also announced that they parted ways with wide receiver David Nelson. When the unexpected happens- we either react,... more

Your weekly "Will Jake Locker play this Sunday?" update: Outlook not good. Charlie Whitehurst took the majority of the first-team reps during the open portion of practice and signs point to him starting Sunday against the Washington Redskins,... more

During the offseason Adrian Peterson raved about running back Jerick McKinnon. Now the rookie is replacing All Day in the Minnesota Vikings' starting lineup. With Peterson on the Commissioner's exempt list , McKinnon has leaped Matt Asiata as the... more

Kelvin Benjamin returned to practice after missing the previous two days due to a concussion. According to multiple beat reporters , the rookie receiver wore his helmet and took part in all the pass-catching drills with the rest of his position group... more

On Friday, we found out what it would take for Calvin Johnson to play Sunday : a miracle. Speaking to reporters, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said, "Miracles can happen ," when asked about Megatron's availability, per the Detroit News. Johnson has... more

Patrick Peterson has not played like the top cornerback in the NFL through five games. Not even close. Peterson has given up an opposing passer rating of 132.4 when targeted this season (12th highest among all corners) and has allowed four... more

Prior to the New York Jets' final field goal attempt Thursday night, an official nudged New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, keeping him from standing over the center, which would have been a penalty. In any other situation, a ref... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense entered the season billed as one that would recapture its dominant form after several years of being old and slow. However, Dick LeBeau's unit has been gashed recently and some former members of the Black and Gold... more

Week 7 viewer's guide October 17, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. The Falcons have been a completely one-sided team this season, ranking first in yards per play on... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was agitated and seemingly disheartened when he faced the media Thursday night after the team's 27-25 loss to the New England Patriots. It turns out that Ryan let out some steam just before stepping in front of the cameras.... more

Geno Smith played by far his best game of the season Thursday night against the division rival New England Patriots, but it still wasn't enough in a 27-25 loss . Smith put the ball on point for the most part, made plays with his feet and didn't make his... more

As if Matt Ryan didn't have enough trouble overcoming a brittle Atlanta Falcons offensive line, the quarterback was the victim of a multitude of dropped passes in last week's loss. Pro Football Focus charted seven drops as a team †in Week 6 on... more

Cam Newton's top target continues to deal with a concussion. Kelvin Benjamin missed his second day of practice as he goes through concussion protocol, per the Associated Press' Steve Reed . The Panthers also practiced without Fozzy Whittaker,... more

The knee injury that ended Jerod Mayo's season was a brutal blow for the veteran . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning, via a source informed of the situation, that Mayo underwent surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon. The hope... more

How pumped are you for wall-to-wall coverage of Peyton Manning's drive for 509 this weekend? The Denver Broncos signal-caller sits at 506 touchdown passes, two behind Brett Favre's NFL record of 508. Sunday Night Football got the juicy tease, and Al... more

Clay Matthews has struggled this season. Part of those struggles have been due to a groin injury sustained earlier this season. Another culprit is that teams have been able to take advantage of his over-aggressive style in the read option. "I know... more

Darrell Bevell has heard you, Seattle Seahawks fans. The offensive coordinator heard the rampant consternation and deep-throated queries wondering how Marshawn Lynch got just 10 carries in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, including just two in... more

Ryan Mathews sprained his MCL more than a month ago. The San Diego Chargers' running back has yet to reach the point in his rehab where he can start running. "I'm hoping," Mathews told U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken . "I'm just taking it one day at... more

Jeff Demps is being sprinted out of Tampa. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are releasing the running back from their practice squad, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, according to a source informed of the move. The 5-foot-7, 191-pound U.S.... more

Mike Zimmer has watched his Minnesota Vikings get outscored 59-13 and outclassed in all three phases of the game in the past two weeks. The first-time head coach has seen enough. After Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Detroit Lions, Zimmer called out his... more

Big time players make big time plays. At least that is what we've been told. Early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against Arizona, Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo had a chance to make a game-changing interception with the Cardinals... more

Jerod Mayo left the New England Patriots' locker room on crutches Sunday after injuring his knee. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources informed of the situation, Mayo is believed to have suffered a "significant " knee injury and... more

A.J. Green's return to the field won't be this week. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that the Cincinnati Bengals' star wide receiver will miss another week with the toe injury that forced him to miss Sunday 's 37-37 tie with... more

Cam Newton orchestrated the Carolina Panthers' offense in every facet during Sunday's 37-37 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals. After being limited to start the season, we finally saw the real SuperCam. The Panthers took the training wheels off... more

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin was a tad angry at the offense's struggles after being upset by the Dallas Cowboys 30-23 on Sunday. At one point during the loss Baldwin could be seen vociferously orating his feelings at quarterback... more

Teryl Austin's defense dominated as the Detroit Lions swarmed Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings in a 17-3 victory . Our takeaways: 1. The Lions' defensive line absolutely ruled the game. Ezekiel Ansah was all over the field, compiling 2.5... more

Jerry Jones said this week the Dallas Cowboys aren't running from Richard Sherman. Cowboys coaches are taking that fearlessness to another level. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL†GameDay Morning that Cowboys coaches believe the... more

Rex Ryan and the New York Jets face Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in a five-day stretch and could be staring at a 1-6 record this time next week. Ryan knows he's on the hot seat and must turn it around -- or else he'll be looking for a new job.... more

Jimmy Graham's time off will extend beyond the New Orleans Saints' bye week. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on GameDay First †on Sunday that the tight end will miss a few weeks after the bye , "likely two or three," with a shoulder sprain,... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have their towering†starting receivers in the lineup when they face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that both Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans will play, according to sources... more

Week 6 Cheat Sheet October 11, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Tom Brady (ankle) QB, New England Patriots Tom Terrific popped up on the injury report Friday, but NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Vernon Davis appeared to be on pace to play Monday night against the St. Louis Rams. But he's not quite sure he'll make it on the field. "I don't feel like I'm where I need to be at the moment, but I'm getting there," Davis said, per Matt Barrows... more

If you've sat next to a San Francisco 49ers fan for any game this season, you're likely to have heard "just give the ball to Frank" muttered or shouted more than once. Frank Gore's carries have gone up the past two weeks -- 24 and 18, respectively --... more

It seems almost weekly a question about Jermichael Finley's possible return gets bandied about -- mostly from Cheesehead fans. While the tight end still holds out hope of a return, he's begun the process of implementing plan B. USA Today's Tom... more

Doug Martin hasn't found the right footing since his breakout rookie campaign in 2012. After missing most of last season with a shoulder injury, Martin missed two games for the Buccaneers this year with a knee injury. In the time he has been on the... more

Marvin Jones might have been listed as questionable on the Cincinnati Bengals' injury report, but he won't play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The receiver was†downgraded to out ahead of Sunday's game. It's not a surprise in the least that... more

Some teams prefer to ignore Richard Sherman's side of the field when facing the Seattle Seahawks. The Dallas Cowboys don't plan on being one of those teams this Sunday . After watching Deion Sanders shut down one side of the field for years in the... more

A.J. Green is not expected to play in†Sunday's game †against the Carolina Panthers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the star receiver met with a foot doctor Thursday morning and is not likely to play , according to a source... more

Following the Houston Texans' failed comeback attempt Thursday night , J.J. Watt said he needed to "find a way to do more ." One Texan who appeared to have a chance to do more was DeAndre Hopkins. The receiver was the closest Houston player with a... more

Two of the NFL's best wide receivers are likely to miss Sunday. A.J. Green was in a walking boot on Friday and will likely be out †for at least this week's game. Green won't require surgery , according to NFL Media's Albert Breer, per a club source;... more

Coach Tony Sparano said after taking over the Oakland Raiders' head gig that he would give players like Denarius Moore a clean slate and judge them with his own eyes . One position the coach isn't taking a new look at is quarterback. In fact, Sparano... more

Cordarrelle Patterson isn't going to whine or flip tables because he has exactly two touches in each of the Minnesota Vikings' last two games. "I'm not a drama queen or anything," Patterson said, per The Star Tribune . "I don't want to go to the... more

Week 6 Viewer's Guide October 10, 2014

Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 66.7 percent of 20-plus-yard passes through the air, the highest... more

The Philadelphia Eagles have won some close games en route to a 4-1 record. In fact, one could argue the Eagles are one yard from 5-0. New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sees it a different way. "They could have easily been 0-4,'' he... more

On the back of J.J. Watt, the Houston Texans stormed from behind to turn a blowout in to an almost win. In the end they still lost, 33-28 . Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who fumbled to seal the loss , reiterated the well-known saying that close... more

Teddy Bridgewater has played just under seven full quarters of NFL football. Still that didn't stop Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell from comparing him to Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson. "This guy is a good player," Caldwell said... more

Ronnie Hillman will need to update his LinkedIn page after Sunday. It should read:†Ronnie Hillman: Starting NFL running back . For at least the next several weeks the third-year back will start in place of Montee Ball for the Denver Broncos. "You feel... more

Devin Hester finds the Atlanta Falcons' matchup with the Chicago Bears on Sunday a familial one. "It's kind of like playing against your brother," he said of facing a team with which he spent eight seasons. "I thank them a lot, and I wish them all the... more

Geno Smith kept his starting job for at least another week. The struggling New York Jets quarterback wasn't permanently benched in part because backup Michael Vick did nothing to take the job during his one half of play Sunday. Vick, who completed 8... more

The New York Jets got what Rex Ryan described Sunday as an "ass whipping " courtesy of the San Diego Chargers. Ryan defended his team, its work ethic and his job security during a very Rexian radio interview Tuesday with WEPN-FM in New York. "This... more

Teddy returns. Teddy Bridgewater is back at practice Tuesday, per multiple reporters, after he missed last Thursday's game . The rookie is on pace to play this week against the Detroit Lions. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 4 during his... more

Some Lions fans don't care that Jim Schwartz was carried off the field following the Buffalo Bills' road win Sunday . Others found it a classless move by the self-absorbed coach. For those in the latter group, you have company. Wide receiver... more

Andy Reid has regrets. His biggest one coming off Sunday's road loss to the San Francisco 49ers was not getting Jamaal Charles the ball enough. The Kansas City Chiefs' most dynamic offensive player went long stretches without touching the ball .... more

The largest come-from-behind road victory in NFL history hinged on a fourth-and-1 stuff by the Cleveland Browns. It was a play Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes should have been converted. With 3:09 remaining on his own 42-yard line, Titans... more

Kyle Orton made plays down the field that helped lead the Buffalo Bills to a last-second road victory in Detroit. Kyle†Orton Several of the pivotal throws Orton made in the fourth quarter were ones we hadn't seen benched quarterback EJ Manuel... more

LeSean McCoy had his best game in weeks during Sunday's 34-28 win over the St. Louis Rams. However, it was still un-Shady like . He finished with 81 yards on 24 carries for an average of 3.4 yards per carry (not great, but well more than his 1.5 the... more

Another wide receiver got the post-game Richard Sherman treatment. After Monday night's 27-17 win over the Washington Redskins, the Seattle Seahawks' cornerback took aim at Pierre Garcon. "Pierre doesn't matter in this league," Sherman said, per... more

The football world got a glimpse of what the San Diego Chargers have been seeing from Branden Oliver for the past several months . The dynamic running back gashed the New York Jets for 114 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added four... more

Rob Gronkowski had one goal entering Sunday night's contest against the Cincinnati Bengals: Get Brady's back. Battista: Behind Brady's revival Just when it looked like the Patriots were done for, Tom Brady found his fight. Judy Battista digs into... more

Jim Schwartz brought his Buffalo Bills defense to Detroit and obliterated Matthew Stafford and the Lions' offense on Sunday. After shutting down the Lions for three quarters, the former Detroit head coach was carried off the field by his Bills players... more

If the Dallas Cowboys continue on their current pace and snap their streak of mediocrity, we might be able to point to Dez Bryant's overtime catch Sunday as the seminal moment of the season. While being blanketed by Texans corner Johnathan Joseph,... more

Geno Smith is having a fortnight to forget. A week after cursing out a fan after a home loss, Smith got benched at halftime †as the Jets were blanked by the Chargers in embarrassing fashion . After the disastrous performance , we found out that... more

Kyle Orton brushed off an early pick-six and Dan Carpenter nailed a 58-yard field goal to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 17-14 road win over the Detroit Lions. Our takeaways: 1. Orton looked shaky early, checking down often. His worst pass came on an... more

Megatron will battle his former head coach Sunday afternoon when the Detroit Lions host the Buffalo Bills †-- and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. After telling teammates he would play , Calvin Johnson has been listed as active for Sunday's game.... more

Odell Beckham Jr. will make his NFL debut for the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay First that the rookie receiver will play and the entire playbook will be open... more

Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field sans a walking boot Saturday for some stretching drills with his teammates. It was a positive step for the Washington Redskins quarterback as he works back from a dislocated ankle suffered in Week... more

Week 5 Cheat Sheet October 04, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Harrison: Power Rankings, Week 5 Elliot Harrison completely reassesses the NFL hierarchy at the quarter pole, with 31 of 32 teams switching spots.READ Key game-time decisions All players... more

The New England Patriots waived receiver Kenbrell Thompkins on Saturday. The move appeared on the NFL's transaction wire and the Patriots promoted linebacker Ja'Gared Davis from the practice squad in a corresponding move. Thompkins was an undrafted... more

The Arizona Cardinals travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday afternoon in a highly-anticipated matchup . Cardinals players are ready to make a statement. "This ain't no normal game," linebacker Larry Foote said, per the... more

Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field Saturday†for the first time since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2 . The Washington Redskins' quarterback shed the walking boot and wore cleats on both feet as he joined teammates for agility... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars activated receiver Ace Sanders to the 53-man roster on Saturday . Sanders served a four-game suspension to start the season. The wideout took a month-long leave of absence during the offseason to deal with "personal issues... more

DeMarco Murray has been the Dallas Cowboys' workhorse this season, leading the NFL with 99 carries -- a whopping 18 more than the next closest running back. He is on pace for 396 carries, but given his injury history (Murray has never played more... more

The New York Giants' offense has been humming along the past several weeks and might get another boost Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Odell Beckham has missed the first four games of his rookie season while dealing with a hamstring injury. The... more

Football is a young man's game, but some old(er) fellas have been showing age as merely a marking of time, not a determinate of production. Both Steve Smith (35) and Reggie Wayne (turning 36 in November) are coming off 100-yard-plus performances and sit... more

Brandon Marshall is back on the mend after spending the past several weeks dealing with an ankle injury. For the first time since Week 2 , Marshall headed into the weekend without the "questionable" designation after his name on the Chicago Bears'... more

Calvin Johnson has been dealing with an ankle injury, and Golden Tate popped up on the injury report Thursday with hamstring trouble. However, both Detroit Lions receivers practiced Friday, a positive sign for Sunday's matchup with the Buffalo Bills.... more

Jake Locker will return to the starting lineup Sunday when the Tennessee Titans host the Cleveland Browns. "He's has a good week of practice," coach Ken Whisenhunt said, per The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt . "The first day working back into it with the... more

Bill Belichick said Friday morning that he would have a comment about the report that Aaron Dobson was inactive for two weeks after he "mouthed off " to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Several hours later, the New England Patriots' head coach... more

NFL Week 5 viewer's guide October 03, 2014

The Green Bay Packers made easy work of the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday , but there's still a full slate of games Sunday †and a prime-time matchup Monday. Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your... more

The Aaron Dobson situation in New England is becoming curiouser and curiouser . On Thursday, The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young reported that the receiver was inactive the past two weeks because he "mouthed off " to offensive coordinator Josh... more

First things first: Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said the hip injury he suffered Thursday is fine. What's not fine for us is the lack of opportunities our "Making The Leap " candidate has received in the Vikings' offense the past... more

After a 3-0 start to the season and being showcased as the most complete team in the NFL at the quarter pole, the Cincinnati Bengals aren't going to sneak up on anyone. "Now we're the hunted," offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said Thursday, per The... more

Detroit Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron said in August he'd already hit and broken through the rookie wall . However, after four weeks of preparing and learning multiple roles as a move tight end, the rookie realized how easy it is for young players... more

Aaron Rodgers got off work early Thursday night as the Green Bay Packers bowled over the Minnesota Vikings 42-10 at Lambeau Field. The quarterback exited the contest as the fourth quarter started after compiling a stat line of 12-of-17 passing, 156... more

Oakland Raiders new interim coach Tony Sparano will have to try and alter the team's course without the help of one of his top pass-catchers. The team announced Thursday it placed receiver Rod Streater on the injured reserve -- designated to return... more

Christian Ponder got the start for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is inactive , according to a source informed of the situation.... more

Alex Smith's time in San Francisco was anything but smooth, and the No. 1 overall pick in 2005 eventually exited when Jim Harbaugh chose to stick with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. After essentially being "Wally Pipped" out of his job after leading... more

Cam Newton hasn't been himself this season thanks to offseason ankle surgery that sapped much of his mobility and magical escape ability. Newton, seven months removed from the procedure, said at first†he didn't†realize the extent to which the surgery... more

Team identities: NFC North October 02, 2014

NFC EAST NFC NORTH NFC SOUTH NFC WEST Four weeks of the season is enough time to get a read on what each team is known for. Around The NFL will look at the identity for all 32 teams after the first month of the season. Lions boast... more

DeMarco Murray has been a wrecking ball for the first month of the season. Guiding the Dallas Cowboys to a 3-1 start and earning the running back the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month award for September. Murray leads the NFL in rushing with 534... more

The Washington Redskins aren't being given much of a chance to beat the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Monday night . Coming off an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants and hosting a Seattle squad fresh off a bye week, it's not... more

New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game during Monday's nightmare loss to Kansas City -- a curious situation considering the Patriots' glaring lack of a playmaking, field-stretching receiver.... more

September

Teddy Bridgewater sat out his second straight practice as the Minnesota Vikings prepare to face the Green Bay Packers on a short week. The rookie quarterback suffered a left ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 41-28 win over the... more

Ben Tate returned to the practice field Tuesday as the Cleveland Browns came off their bye week. It's the running back's first practice since spraining his right knee in Week 1, according to the Akron Beacon Journal . Tate's return is a good... more

The cause behind Joseph Fauria's injured ankle, which was shrouded in mystery last week, has come to light. After missing Sunday's win against the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions tight end told a tale of a little dog named Lil' Rufio and a missed... more

Following a pick six in Monday night's blowout win, Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, slid on his knees and bowed in prayer in the end zone. The prayer drew a 15-yard penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, for "going to the... more

Many in Miami took a much-needed exhale following the Dolphins' blowout win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. After defensive discontent boiled into a botched, coach-inflicted quarterback controversy last week, the win helped calm the tumultuous... more

Jim Harbaugh gave his typical Harbaughian response to NFL Media's Deion Sanders' report questioning if †the San Francisco 49ers are behind their coach. After Harbaugh's rebuttal, general manager Trent Baalke -- who has reportedly had his own discord... more

The New England Patriots' offense has been a simmering a pot of rotten stew for weeks and it finally boiled over Monday night in a 41-14 , three-turnover pasting by the Kansas City Chiefs. However, it wasn't just the offense that got lambasted in... more

Mike Glennon guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a comeback win Sunday that should keep him in a starting role. However he'll be without wide receiver Mike Evans for two to three weeks due to a groin injury, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

How to Lose a Game in 10 Ways made its worldwide debut Sunday at Heinz Field. From a slow start, to botched plays, to poor end-game defense, to a dropped flea-flicker, the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to hang around and ended up... more

Steve Smith Sr. entertained like Maximus Decimus Meridus during Sunday's 38-10 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers, his former team. The now-Baltimore Ravens' receiver characterized his 139-yard, two-touchdown day as just "business." Since Smith... more

The Oakland Raiders flew more than 5,000 miles to London but couldn't leave behind their losing stench. The Silver and Black faithful who traveled to Wembley Stadium to watch their team play on foreign soil saw the same humiliation it has the previous... more

The once mighty Philadelphia ground game continues to flounder behind a makeshift offensive line. LeSean McCoy carried the ball 10 times for a grand total of 17 yards in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. In the past two weeks, McCoy... more

Aaron Rodgers threw darts and dropped dimes Sunday as the Green Bay Packers pulled away with a dominating 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears. Our takeaways: 1. Aaron Rodgers told Packers fans to R-E-L-A-X about the team's offense. On Sunday he put last... more

All eyes will be on Steve Smith during the "Goggle Game " at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore this afternoon. The Ravens receiver has spoken plenty since the Carolina Panthers released him this past offseason. During Week 1 , Smith went on an... more

Jake Locker missed†Sunday's game . That's been a familiar statement in the quarterback's four-year career. He's missed 14 games in the past two seasons. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the quarterback would miss his first game of the 2014... more

Arian Foster's hamstring injury won't keep him out for the second consecutive week. NFL Media's Albert Breer relayed that the Houston Texans running back is officially active †to play against the Buffalo Bills.† Foster missed last week's loss and... more

Week 4 Cheat Sheet September 27, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Power Rankings, Week 4 After three weeks, three teams stand alone at 3-0 -- but only one can take the top spot in Elliot... more

Stephen Tulloch suffered a punch-line injury in Week 3 when the Detroit Lions' linebacker tore his ACL celebrating a sack of Aaron Rodgers while mimicking the quarterback's "Discount Double Check" move. The linebacker told the Detroit Free Press'... more

Jamaal Charles practiced for the third straight day on Saturday and is listed as probable for Monday night when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots. The probable designation means we are all but assured of seeing the running... more

The New England Patriots will be without starting defensive tackle Sealver Siliga for at least eight weeks. The team announced it placed the third-year pro on injured reserve with a designation to return. Siliga is eligible to practice in six weeks... more

The San Diego Chargers have struggled to run the ball, but that won't make them quit trying. Through three games the Chargers are averaging a pitiful 2.4 yards per carry average (worst in the NFL), but their 97 handoffs places them fifth in attempts.... more

Jake Locker is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. However, the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback didn't throw much this week as he dealt with a wrist injury. While the Titans haven't ruled out... more

It's Week 4 . We haven't even reached the quarter-pole of the 2014 season yet.† Yet, for the Oakland Raiders, Sunday's London-held tussle against the Miami Dolphins has veteran receiver James Jones playing the "must-win game" card. "To me, it's a... more

The New York Giants were rolling so well in Thursday night's thrashing of NFC East rival Washington Redskins, they got to witness one of the rarest of rarities: Eli Manning score with his feet. "It's almost like seeing a UFO or seeing a unicorn or... more

The Week 3 fight that broke out between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins has resulted in two fines. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Eagles left tackle Jason Peters was fined $10,000 for striking a player in the... more

Joe McKnight's time in the NFL sun didn't even last a week. The Kansas City Chiefs running back ruptured his Achilles at practice Thursday, per the team's official website . McKnight had the best game of his NFL career Sunday against the Miami... more

Most of the discussion surrounding the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Carolina Panthers on Sunday has revolved around Steve Smith facing his former teammates. Less talk has taken place of how those teammates will react to facing Smith. Linebacker... more

Matthew Stafford had an eventful Friday morning. The Detroit Lions quarterback was driving around 6 a.m. to the team facility when he became one of several motorists stranded after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on a freeway on Detroit's west side. A... more

NFL Week 4 viewer's guide September 26, 2014

We're into Week 4 and starting to see who some of the contenders and pretenders are. Kevin Patra is here every week to fill you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Consider this your handy guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL... more

The GenoCoaster reopens Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium, when the New York Jets host the Detroit Lions. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg scoffed at the idea of considering benching starting quarterback Geno Smith if he struggled again,... more

The Chicago Bears have earned back-to-back road wins without much aid from running back Matt Forte. Generally one of the best, but lesser-heralded, running backs in the NFL, Forte currently holds a 3.2 yards per carry average in 2014. Take out the... more

Kirk Cousins' two-week daydream came to a crashing end Thursday night in a five-turnover horror. Washington Redskins first-year coach Jay Gruden used several unflattering adjectives to describe his team's 45-14 loss to the Giants, calling it a... more

Antonio Allen is in the midst of one of the most brutal three-game stretches a cornerback can face. In the past two weeks he's seen Jordy Nelson and Alshon Jeffery. On Sunday he'll match up against the NFL's best receiver: Calvin Johnson. The converted... more

The New York Giants should expect to face a longtime nemesis Thursday night when they meet the Washington Redskins. DeSean Jackson is expected to play tonight , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a team source. Jackson has been... more

Ryan Fitzpatrick faces many of his former teammates Sunday when the Houston Texans host the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick was given his first full-time gig in Buffalo -- who eventually paid him outrageously -- but was cut prior to last season . Now with... more

Morris Claiborne sounds like he's in denial. The Dallas Cowboys cornerback was benched Tuesday , then stormed out of the building like a petulant child. Wednesday he returned , and coaches said he would play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.... more

It's no secret that Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas has struggled to start the season. During the team's bye week, the 26-year-old admitted the first three games involved some of the worst performances of his career. "I know I ain't playing... more

Kirk Cousins is a fast starter. In both games he's participated in 2014 -- subbing for an injured Robert Griffin III in Week 2 and starting in Week 3 -- he's come out of the gate slinging the pigskin. Billick: The truth about backup QBs The backup... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense struggled Sunday to sustain drives against a surprisingly feisty Detroit Lions defense. As we mentioned on Sunday's Around The NFL Podcast , the Packers'†lack of a rushing attack and poor third-down conversion rate... more

We have an Odell Beckham sighting. For the first time since the middle of August, the New York Giants rookie receiver ran routes at full speed and caught passes during the individual portion of practice Tuesday, per NJ.com's Jordan Raanan . The wideout... more

The Carolina Panthers' dire backfield situation could extend beyond this week. The team announced Tuesday it placed fullback back Mike Tolbert on the Injured Reserve-designated to return list after he suffered a hairline fracture in his right leg.... more

When Jerry Jones traded up to No. 6 overall in the 2012 draft to snag Morris Claiborne, he thought he was getting the next Patrick Peterson. Instead -- like his cornerback -- Jones has gotten burned. After giving up a first- and second-round pick... more

The Jeff Tedford era in Tampa Bay will remain on hiatus. The Buccaneers offensive coordinator is taking an indefinite leave, the team announced Tuesday. The reason for Tedford's leave is because his medical condition has not improved, NFL Media Insider... more

The Arizona Cardinals sit at 3-0 and lead the vaunted NFC West. The quarterback situation has gotten most of the headlines, but it's been Todd Bowles' defense that keyed the start. The team's offseason losses to free agency and injury have been well... more

Oh those sneaky, sneaky Cardinals. Arizona swooped in Monday and plucked rookie running back Marion Grice off the San Diego Chargers' practice squad, the team announced Tuesday. The move was of interest because, with injuries to Ryan Mathews and... more

Manti Te'o's struggles with foot injuries continue. The San Diego Chargers linebacker reportedly suffered a right foot fracture during Sunday's victory over the Buffalo Bills, according to U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken . Te'o is expected to... more

Climb back on to the GenoCoaster, New York Jets fans, grab that security lap bar and hold on tight. This ride could make you nauseous. After two promising weeks, Geno Smith reverted to his up-and-down rookie ways Monday, making several poor decisions... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers demolished the Carolina Panthers 37-19 Sunday night, but suffered a slew of injuries in the process. Linebacker Ryan Shazier left the game with a knee injury. The good news is that it might not be serious. NFL Media... more

It took Nate Freese just three weeks to lose his job. The Detroit Lions reportedly plan to cut their starting kicker and sign former Philadelphia Eagles starter Alex Henery, the Detroit Free Press first reported . Freese missed four field goals in... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are the most impressive team through three weeks of the 2014 season, and it's not really that close. An overlooked defense has stymied three offenses, allowing an NFL-best 11 points a game. The offensive line became just the third... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense has waded into uncharted waters. On paper everything looks grand: Aaron Rodgers is back and healthy. Jordy Nelson is paid and happy, Randall Cobb is injury-free, Eddie Lacy should be better in his second season. On the... more

For the second consecutive week, the Miami Dolphins got blasted by 19 points. This time they lost to an undermanned Kansas City Chiefs team at home, 34-15 . The lackluster defensive performance has led to some rumblings out of the Dolphins' locker room.... more

St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook dropped what should have been an easy touchdown grab in the 34-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The drop -- one of Cook's specialties -- led to frustration, which led to the tight end shoving young quarterback... more

The New England Patriots overcame a lackluster effort and held off an Oakland Raiders' comeback with a Vince Wilfork interception to ice a 16-9 field-goal palooza. Our takeaways: 1. For the third straight week the Patriots' offense couldn't generate... more

The Detroit Lions' defense rattled Aaron Rodgers in a 19-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Our takeaways: 1. Credit where credit is due: The much-maligned Lions' defense battered and frustrated Aaron Rodgers all game long, holding the quarterback... more

We asked for more Austin Davis, and we'll get more Austin Davis. The second-year quarterback got the start against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday . Davis took almost all the first-team reps in practice and conducted the walk-through, per NFL Media... more

After a disheartening 0-2 start to the season that caused veteran Charles Woodson to declare that the Oakland Raiders "suck ," questions about the future of coach Dennis Allen have already begun to swirl. Fans shouldn't expect hasty answers to those... more

The Houston Texans' path to 3-0 looks like it will get a little more difficult. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported that Arian Foster will not play vs. the New York Giants on Sunday . The team later confirmed that Foster is on the inactive list.... more

Vernon Davis is inactive for the San Francisco 49ers' Week 3 tussle with the Arizona Cardinals. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that it was unlikely Davis would play in the NFC West bout due to a bruised ankle, according to a... more

Week 3 Cheat Sheet September 20, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches ... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Harrison: Week 3 predictions Can the Broncos avenge their Super Bowl loss? Will the Bills be 3-0? Elliot Harrison projects Week... more

Tom Brady is having some fun with his Facebook account this week. First he shared his college resume . Now the New England Patriots' quarterback is trolling Oakland Raiders fans. Post by Tom Brady . Clearly Brady is referring to the Tuck Rule Game,... more

Melvin Ingram's teammates described the linebacker's play versus the Seattle Seahawks last week as the "best game of his career ." The third-year pro will have to wait at least eight weeks for an encore performance. The San Diego Chargers... more

For the second straight week, the Chicago Bears head into a primetime matchup with starting receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery listed as questionable. Jeffery practiced on a limited basis all week with a hamstring injury. Marshall was limited... more

The Minnesota Vikings on Saturday filled Adrian Peterson's vacated spot on the roster. The team announced it signed wide receiver Charles Johnson off the Cleveland Browns' practice squad. Johnson is familiar with Vikings offensive coordinator Norv... more

The Tennessee Titans' passing game has its work cut out for it Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Marvin Lewis' defense has stymied Joe Flacco's Baltimore Ravens and Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons in the first two weeks. Those two teams have averaged... more

DeMarco Murray feasted both times he faced the St. Louis Rams. The Dallas Cowboys running back ran for 253 and 175 yards in those respective outings (a 214-yard average). So what will those performances mean when he faces the Rams on Sunday ? "Um,... more

A whole lot has changed for the Kansas City Chiefs in a year. The offensive line struggles have been under the microscope all year, but another reason for the flip from the Chiefs' fast start in 2013 to their 0-2 beginning in 2014 has been a defense... more

For a player that had Bill Belichick gushing, calling him a "real tough matchup," Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece sure gets ignored by his own team. The shifty back has just four touches through two games. It's not just a product of rookie... more

Josh Gordon's year-long suspension has been officially reduced to 10 games , which means the Cleveland Browns will get their most talented player back on the field for the home stretch. Gordon is eligible to return for the Nov. 23 game versus the... more

The Arizona Cardinals won't wait until game time to test out Carson Palmer's shoulder before making a call on their starting quarterback. Coach Bruce Arians announced Friday that Drew Stanton will start Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers . Palmer... more

After all the positive talk about John Abraham's return, the Arizona Cardinals placed the linebacker on injured reserve list Friday due to a concussion, ending his 2014 season and possibly his NFL career. It's the latest plot twist in a bizarre... more

When the San Francisco 49ers travel to face the Arizona Cardinals this week -- one of the best matchups in a week of great matchups -- a familiar family rivalry will be renewed. Cardinals' running back Andre Ellington will hit the same field as his... more

Matthew Stafford followed up his Week 1 dominance with a slight letdown on the road to a very good Carolina Panthers defense. Last week 's performance led to questions about whether Stafford is reverting to his tradition of force-feeding Calvin... more

Cincinnati Bengals fans and Fantasy Footballers exhale and rejoice, for I relay to you good tidings of great joy that should be spread throughout our vast pigskin nation. Adriel Jeremiah "A.J." Green told the Bengals' official team website he "feels... more

Thursday was Devin Hester's night. The nine-year pro set the NFL record with 20 returns for touchdowns. Hester also scored his first career rushing touchdown, recovered a fumble and had two other long returns nullified by penalty. When a veteran... more

Shellacked, trounced, drubbed, clobbered, walloped, lambasted, thrashed, hammered, overwhelmed, destroyed, debacle, disaster. Whatever word you want to choose to describe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers'†56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons would be apt.... more

NFL Week 3 viewer's guide September 18, 2014

The Atlanta Falcons made a statement with a thrashing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, but there's still a full slate of games on Sunday. Around The NFL's Kevin Patra fills you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Here's your guide as you... more

What if I told you J.J. Watt had more touchdown catches than tackles against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday? Is that something you'd believe? The dominant defensive lineman caught a touchdown pass after lining up as a tight end on second-and-1 from... more

Following Kirk Cousins' Week 2 extravaganza , the discussion immediately turned to whether he fits Jay Gruden's offense better than Robert Griffin III. Gruden himself said Cousins is "very much suited " for the Redskins' version of the West Coast... more

What is the Exempt List? September 17, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List early Wednesday morning . The move will require Peterson to remain away from all team activities while he takes care of his legal proceedings. Like many people... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars confirmed changes on offense, but the team made sure to emphasize quarterback isn't one of them. The Jags announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that rookie Luke Bowanko will start at center and Sam Young will start at right... more

Darren Sproles' shoulders might not be considered broad, but the Philadelphia Eagles rode them to a 2-0 start. His performance earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award in Week 2 . The running back was one part five-pin bowling ball, another... more

John Abraham is ready to rejoin his team , but first he must pass concussion protocol. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said in an interview with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian on Sirius XM NFL Radio that Abraham failed that concussion test on... more

Jake Matthews returned to Atlanta Falcons practice Monday after missing Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bengals with a left ankle injury. With a quick turnaround to Thursday's matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the rookie left tackle believes he's... more

Maybe playing on a banged-up, second-rate Dallas Cowboys defense was exactly what Rolando McClain needed to turn around an NFL career he's personally retired from, twice. The linebacker has been far and away the Cowboys' best defensive player through... more

Brandon Meriweather returned to the Washington Redskins on Monday after serving his two-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith in the preseason. As a repeat offender of targeting opponents'... more

Like children arguing over who is going to clean up the spilled milk, we have a new taker in the New York Jets' intimate game of "Blame Me." Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson shouldered the responsibility for the timeout fiasco immediately following... more

Darren Sproles sits as the Philadelphia Eagles' undoubted MVP of their come-from-behind 2-0 start to the 2014 season. LeSean McCoy went so far as to say the Eagles "would be in some trouble" without the diminutive Sproles' play through two weeks. NFL... more

The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday morning that running back Adrian Peterson will fully practice and is expected to play this week against the New Orleans Saints. Peterson was deactivated for Sunday's loss after being indicted Friday on charges... more

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Greg Hardy will practice and the team will determine later in the week whether the defensive end will play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Greg is with the team," Rivera said. "We're... more

With Knowshon Moreno out after dislocating his elbow, the Miami Dolphins are reportedly bringing back Daniel Thomas. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins re-signed Thomas on Monday morning, according to a source informed of the move.... more

The Minnesota Vikings' offense looked lost on Sunday without Adrian Peterson in a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Several Vikings players said the offensive struggles went beyond Peterson's absence (i.e. Matt Cassel heaving four inter ceptions... more

Colin Kaepernick was blunt when asked to assess his play following the San Francisco 49ers' 28-20 loss †Sunday to the Chicago Bears. "Terrible," he said. He'll get no argument with that description outside the 49ers' locker room. The quarterback... more

The New York Jets had a potential game-tying 36-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith wiped out in the fourth quarter due to an ill-timed timeout from the sidelines Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Following the 31-24 loss, defensive lineman... more

The early season optimism has already dissipated for Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson. Following a 30-14 demolition at the hands of the Houston Texans, which saw the Raiders' offense turn the ball over four times and the defense get bowled... more

Greg Hardy was inactive for the Carolina Panthers' 24-7 win†Sunday over the Detroit Lions. The defensive end has been embroiled in controversy after being arrested on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats on May 13. Hardy was found... more

Cam Newton returned to the lineup after missing last week with a rib injury and lead the Carolina Panthers to a convincing 24-7 win over the Detroit Lions. Our takeaways: 1. Cam Newton looked excellent in his return. He didn't lose any of the velocity... more

Carson Palmer won't play Sunday vs. the New York Giants. Palmer was deemed inactive Sunday morning, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Palmer tested his shoulder out and couldn't go. On Friday coach Bruce Arians... more

Cam Newton returns for the Carolina Panthers, but the quarterback will likely be without starting running back DeAngelo Williams against the Detroit Lions . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday's†NFL GameDay First †that the Panthers coaches... more

East Coast trips aren't fun for western time zone teams, even on a normal week's rest. The Arizona Cardinals have an even tougher schedule than normal, having fly to New York to face the Giants after a late Monday night game . New York also played... more

Week 2 Cheat Sheet September 13, 2014

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) WR; Brandon Marshall (ankle) WR, Chicago Bears Harrison: Week 2 predictions Elliot Harrison picks... more

Adrian Peterson's case will be reviewed under the NFL's personal conduct policy, league spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to NFL Media. The Minnesota Vikings' running back was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child . The... more

With Adrian Peterson deactivated, the Minnesota Vikings will head into their matchup with the New England Patriots with a backup leading the way. NFL Media's Stacey Dales reported Saturday that running back Matt Asiata will start Sunday's game,... more

Andre Johnson was not happy with the direction the Houston Texans were headed in earlier this summer during his standoff . When Johnson finally relented, ending his holdout before training camp, the receiver cited the rapport he built with new head... more

The St. Louis Rams locked down dominant pass rusher Robert Quinn for the near future. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Quinn signed a new six-year , $65.6 million contract that will keep him in a Rams jersey through 2019, according to a source... more

The New Orleans Saints' defense was terrible in Week 1 giving up 568 total yards to Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons -- second most in Saints team history. After conducting a top-five defense last season, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan admitted that... more

Jamaal Charles had just 11 touches in the Kansas City Chiefs' demoralizing loss to the Tennessee Titans in the season opener . Over the previous two regular seasons, Charles has averaged a shade under 21 touches per game. Given the disparity from Week... more

Jordan Reed will miss his eighth game in two seasons when his Washington Redskins teammates take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday without the tight end. "It's just frustrating, man," Reed said of the current hamstring injury suffered last... more

NaVorro Bowman's shredded left knee is on the mend and the superstar linebacker hopes to return to form by midseason, when the bulk of the 49ers' schedule begins. Bowman took a sizable step toward that return when he began sprinting this week. "I... more

Carson Palmer is officially listed as questionable to play Sunday against the New York Giants. The Arizona Cardinals' quarterback was limited in practice all week with a sore shoulder. Coach Bruce Arians called the injury a "nerve thing," but... more

With the emergence of a powering Mark Ingram and the upside of bruising Khiry Robinson in the New Orleans Saints' backfield, Pierre Thomas' role has changed. Changed doesn't mean diminished. In Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons, Thomas took over the... more

The Cincinnati Bengals got two big pieces back on the practice field Friday. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict returned after suffering a concussion in the season opener , per the team's official website . The NFL's leading tackler last season missed the... more

Byron Maxwell was a busy man opening week as Aaron Rodgers completely avoided Richard Sherman's side of the field. The 26-year-old†Seattle Seahawks†corner has a message for quarterbacks planning on repeating the Packers' "Ignore Sherm" strategy:... more

After hanging 37 points on the New Orleans Saints last week , Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White declared the 30-point plateau as the team's mission in every game of the 2014 season. "That's our goal," White told ESPN.com . "From the start of the... more

There is going to be a run on goggles in the Baltimore area very soon, because Steve Smith is on a warpath.† The former Carolina Panthers receiver vowed there would be "blood and guts everywhere " in a Week 4 matchup with his former squad. Smith has... more

It appears a hand injury will force Maurice Jones-Drew to miss his first home game as an Oakland Raider. The running back confirmed Thursday he underwent a procedure on his right hand -- not for a broken bone, he said -- and wouldn't rule himself out... more

Ben Roethlisberger was guiding his team down the field, a chunk at a time, during an eight-minute opening drive. Just as he was about to bring the Pittsburgh Steelers into the red zone, receiver Justin Brown fumbled , short-circuiting the drive. It... more

NFL Week 2 viewer's guide September 11, 2014

We are now in the full swing of things as Week 2 ramps up. Kevin Patra is here every week to fill you in on the key storylines for each matchup. Consider this your handy guide as you settle into your couch for all the NFL action. Against a mediocre... more

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without playmaking tight end Tyler Eifert for at least the next eight weeks after he suffered a gruesome elbow injury Sunday in Baltimore. The Bengals placed Eifert on the injured reserve-designated to return list on... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense got gashed in the second half of Sunday's last-second win over the Cleveland Browns. Dick LeBeau's unit allowed two rookie running backs to scamper all over and rarely got pressure on quarterback Brian Hoyer as the... more

Matt Ryan put on a show in the Georgia Dome leading the Atlanta Falcons to a thrilling 37-34 overtime win against rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The win earned the quarterback the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Ryan completed 31 of 43... more

After witnessing Larry Fitzgerald targeted fewer than a handful of times on Monday night, Mr. Fitzgerald Sr. took to Twitter to tell the world he believed it was a preemptive move by the Arizona Cardinals to diminish his son's worth. The comments from... more

The Cleveland Browns will be without their prized free agent running back for the next few weeks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that running back Ben Tate will likely miss a few weeks with a knee sprain, according to a source... more

Editor's note: San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York appeared on KNBR-AM on Tuesday morning and addressed defensive lineman Ray McDonald for the first time since the player's arrest on domestic violence charges . Below is the transcription of his radio... more

The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday they will offer an exchange for fans owning Ray Rice jerseys. The news comes a day after the team†cut Rice . The running back was also suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video emerged on TMZ Sports of Rice... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense struggled in a Week 1 loss to the Carolina Panthers. A lot of that had to do with the Panthers' stout defense; another portion of those struggles might have had to do with Tampa missing offensive coordinator Jeff... more

The Buffalo Bills are actively trying to keep C.J. Spiller in western New York. General manager Doug Whaley told WGR-AM on Tuesday morning he had a sit-down meeting with Spiller's representatives about a long-term contract extension for the running... more

After losing two key defenders to injury in Week 1 , the Kansas City Chiefs are brining in a reinforcement. The team signed former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson to a one-year contract on Monday, Pro Football Talk first reported .... more

Tom Coughlin has watched his team play a lot of bad football in the past 12 months. The problems of 2013 were the same that plagued the New York Giants in Monday night's 35-14 blowout loss to the Detroit Lions: turnovers, lack of protection, defensive... more

DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford's feet have been a talking point in NFL circles for the past nine months for all the wrong reasons. Matthew†Stafford After years of shoddy footwork and backpedaling heaves, Stafford -- in the first game of the Jim... more

The Miami Dolphins took a hit to their linebacker corps during the 33-20 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. Head coach Joe Philbin announced Monday the team would place Dannell Ellerbe on season-ending injured reserve after the... more

The 2014 New England Patriots were supposed to boast a new and improved defense. Instead, on Sunday, Knowshon Moreno gashed them incessantly in the second half, making it look like 2013 all over again in a 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins. "Any... more

EJ Manuel wasn't named a team captain before the season started, but that doesn't mean he's not allowed to lead. After the Buffalo Bills'†23-20 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, several of Manuel's teammates revealed that the... more

The unveiling of Baltimore's new offense under coordinator Gary Kubiak isn't off to a raving start. "We just played about as bad as you can, in terms of just simple fundamental things -- throwing, catching, running routes, staying up, just running the... more

The Philadelphia Eagles awoke from a first-half nightmare to win†34-14 †over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chip Kelly's team scored 34 unanswered points after getting down 17-0 at halftime. Here is what we learned: 1. Nick Foles' luck didn't carry over... more

Fred Jackson punished the Chicago Bears' secondary to set up a game-winning field goal in overtime, which gave the Buffalo Bills a 23-20 road victory . Here is what we learned: 1. EJ Manuel looked better than he did in any of the Bills' five... more

Cam Newton is going to miss the first game of his NFL career.† The Panthers' star QB is out for Sunday's division tilt against the Bucs with a rib injury. Derek Anderson will start in his place. Newton was optimistic he would be able to go, but... more

The New England Patriots plan to ease Rob Gronkowski into the 2014 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapport reported on NFL Network's GameDay Morning on Sunday that Gronk will be on the field against the Miami Dolphins , but won't see the full complement... more

All the optimism and good meetings between Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant couldn't get a contract extension done for the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that the sides did not reach an extension by... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Cam Newton (ribs) QB, Carolina Panthers Newton was a full participant in Friday's practice. Coach Ron Rivera spoke optimistically,... more

Anyone holding out hope New York Giants rookie Odell Beckham would miraculously play in Week 1 can stop foolishly holding their breath. The No. 13 overall pick in the draft has officially been ruled out of Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions.... more

The Minnesota Vikings and right guard Brandon Fusco agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, according to a source involved in the deal. The extension includes $6 million guaranteed. The... more

Getting through the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line hasn't been a huge challenge for defenses the past two seasons. Getting Andrew Luck to the ground, on the other hand, presents a problem. Luck has a knack of shedding tacklers, buying time and... more

Jimmy Graham kills the Atlanta Falcons. He knows it, we know it and the Falcons certainly know it . In an effort to stem the Graham dominance this Sunday , the Falcons might try to employ some of the tactics the New England Patriots did in slowing down... more

After shredding his knee in December 2012, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller was never himself last season. The 10-year pro missed two games and looked painfully slow for weeks after he returned. A year removed from the injury, the... more

Kyle Shanahan intimated backup quarterback Johnny Maziel could see time against Pittsburgh. Steelers coaches fully expect Johnny Football to play. For his part, Manziel said he'll be ready if his number is called. "I have to be (ready),'' Manziel... more

Everything about the New York Giants' preseason suggests its offense is going to be painful to watch come Monday night in Detroit. Despite what the numbers and films showed, new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo insists his first-team unit is improving.... more

Bryan Bulaga dodged a bullet in Thursday night's 36-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Green Bay Packers' right tackle sprained his MCL, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the injury.†The starter is not expected to be... more

Jonathan Martin's first game since the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal will come as a starter.† San Francisco 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis has been battling a hamstring injury and missed his third straight practice on Friday. Coach Jim Harbaugh... more

Cam Newton continues to progress toward playing in Sunday's opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.† The Carolina Panthers' quarterback, suffering from a rib injury, was listed as questionable for the 4:25 p.m ET kickoff, after being a full... more

Seven NFL teams have new head coaches in 2014. No player on those teams will benefit more from the change in leadership than Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The former No. 3 overall pick has been unblockable during the preseason in... more

Arian Foster missed eight games in 2013 and sat out the entire preseason slate, but Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he plans to ride the veteran running back in his first game back on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. "Arian's going to... more

NFL Week 1 viewer's guide September 05, 2014

The season opener between the Seahawks and Packers is over, but we still have a full slate Sunday and a juicy Monday night doubleheader to look forward to. Luckily, Kevin Patra is here every week to fill you in on the key storylines for each matchup.... more

Richard Sherman got the cold shoulder from the Green Bay Packers. Not once in 33 pass attempts did Aaron Rodgers target Sherman, and you'd be hard pressed to find many occasions in which the quarterback even looked that direction during the 36-16... more

An emotional Sam Bradford met with the media Thursday for the first time since tearing his ACL for the second time in two seasons. The St. Louis Rams' quarterback said the tear in the Aug. 23 preseason game didn't feel at all like the first time he... more

The Earl Thomas punt return experiment got off to an adventurous start in the Seattle Seahawks' 36-16 beatdown of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. The first return Thomas caught in close quarters and got walloped. The second boot he fumbled as... more

Champ Bailey might not have taken his final shot at continuing a Hall of Fame-caliber career. The veteran cornerback worked out with the Detroit Lions on Thursday, according to Tim Twentyman of the team's official website . The New Orleans Saints... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have set up their thunder-and-lightning backfield. Sledgehammer Toby Gerhart was always slated to get most of the carries, but the team moved Denard Robinson up to the No. 2 running back on the depth chart heading into a Week 1... more

In an effort to get as many snaps out of his most dynamic playmakers, Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone confirmed Wednesday he will deploy C.J. Spiller as the team's lead kick returner. The running back hasn't returned a kick since 2011 and battled... more

Hue Jackson has been mum on specifics of his offense since taking over as the Cincinnati Bengals coordinator. While he has praised individual players -- as he is wont to do -- Jackson hasn't fully displayed the intentions for his scheme. But the... more

Marshawn Lynch took just three carries in the preseason after rumbling his way to a Super Bowl last season. After the running back briefly held out earlier this preseason, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Lynch is ready to "let it rip"... more

When the Arizona Cardinals open the season against the San Diego Chargers on†Monday night ,†2013 No. 7 overall pick †Jonathan Cooper won't be starting at left guard -- rather, veteran free-agent signee Ted Larsen will be at the position. "I don't care... more

Sammy Watkins appears on track to start the first game of his rookie campaign after dealing with injured ribs during the preseason. The Buffalo Bills' No. 4 overall draft selection was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. While the wideout... more

Despite an unproductive preseason that could leak into the start of the regular season, the Cleveland Browns assured starting quarterback Brian Hoyer they won't be calling for bullpen aid at the first stumble. The team could utilize backup Johnny... more

Wes Welker continued to dispute that he knowingly took a drug laced with amphetamines, which trigged a PED violation causing him to miss the first four games of the 2014 season. In a phone conversation Tuesday night with The Denver Post's Mike... more

Days after cutting safety Major Wright, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing the veteran back aboard the ship. The team announced Wednesday they have re-signed the 26-year-old Wright. The Bucs also placed rookie running back Charles Sims on... more

Derek Carr won the Oakland Raiders' starting quarterback gig with improved play throughout the preseason. Following the rookie's performance against the Seattle Seahawks in the finale , the call for Carr wasn't a surprise, especially to some veterans... more

Green Bay Packers rookie center Corey Linsley is expected to get the unenviable task of making his first career NFL start on the road against the Seattle Seahawks when the season kicks off Thursday night . A swarming Seahawks defense will be licking its... more

August

Alex Smith avoided bowing to the pressures of signing a team-friendly contract like other quarterback deals this offseason. Smith's new four-year, $68 million contract has $45 million in guarantees, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport .... more

There is nothing like a deadline to spur action. Days before the NFL season opens, quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs struck a four-year, $68 million extension worth roughly $17 million per year that includes $45 million in guarantees,... more

The Tennessee Titans juggled their wide receiving corps with two waiver additions. The team announced Sunday it claimed pass-catchers Kris Durham and T.J. Graham. The duo should fight for playing time behind the Titans' top trio of Justin Hunter,... more

The Buffalo Bills cut Jeff Tuel on Saturday , but the team isn't giving up on the quarterback. The Bills announced Sunday that Tuel was one of seven players signed to the team's practice squad. Every team can sign 10 players to their practice squad .... more

With Brandon Meriweather set to miss the first two games of the season due to suspension , the Washington Redskins needed safety help. On Sunday the team claimed Duke Ihenacho off waivers from the Denver Broncos. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams... more

The Stephen Hill era is over in New York. The Jets released the second-round receiver, the team announced Saturday. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports on each team's moves. READ... more

The Detroit Lions cut another former second-round pick. The team released running back Mikel Leshoure on Saturday, the Lions announced. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports on each... more

The Carolina Panthers' receiver overhaul is complete. On Saturday the team cut second-year wideout Tavarres King. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Saturday to trim their rosters to 53 players. Around The NFL is following each... more

Despite major questions at receiver the Cleveland Browns didn't see enough of Nate Burleson to keep him on the roster. The team announced Saturday that the veteran wideout was cut as they trimmed their roster down to the 53-man limit. The 33-year-old... more

Ryan Nassib won the right to be Eli Manning's backup . The New York Giants cut veteran backup Curtis Painter on Saturday, the team announced. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players on Saturday. Around The NFL reports on... more

The San Francisco 49ers can finally start planning for life without Aldon Smith. The NFL on Friday announced a nine-game suspension for Smith for violating the league's policy on personal conduct and substances of abuse. Smith will be eligible to return... more

As of Friday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will enter the 2014 season with an inexperienced starting kicker. The team cut ties with veteran Connor Barth, the team announced. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Aug. 30 to trim their... more

New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz avoided surgery on his dislocated right big toe, but he might not avoid missing significant time on the field. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Friday that as the Giants cut the roster to 53 players, it's likely... more

Dez Bryant and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones met one-on-one to discuss a potential contract extension for the Pro Bowl receiver, but the meetings brought the negotiations no closer to a deal. "We have had good visits," Jones said, per ESPN Dallas .... more

Lost beneath the euphoria over Derek Carr's preseason performance during the Oakland Raiders' 41-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks was Denarius Moore's resurrection. The former starting receiver has been buried on the Raiders' depth chart, well... more

Jimmy Garoppolo has been the talk of Beantown since Bill Belichick took the quarterback in the second round of May's draft. On Thursday, the rookie quarterback played his first full NFL game in what was viewed as a preseason audition for the New England... more

Most former Super Bowl MVPs aren't battling for a job during the fourth preseason game. But such is the current state of affairs for receiver Santonio Holmes. In Thursday night's preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns, the veteran was stating... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday apologized for his decision in the Ray Rice domestic abuse case in a letter to NFL owners and announced sweeping changes to the league's Personal Conduct Policy. Battista: NFL corrects course Judy Battista... more

The Dallas Cowboys didn't punish cornerback B.W. Webb after a training camp tussle that led to a fan swinging a helmet at Webb, who retaliated by shoving the fan. Roster cuts tracker NFL teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Aug. 30 to trim their rosters to... more

Fire up another round of the "Adrian Peterson wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys' discussions. In an ESPN "Outside the Lines" story, writer Don Van Natta Jr. reported that Peterson told Dallas owner Jerry Jones in a June phone call he'd like to play... more

Peyton Manning wasn't happy Saturday night after Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger hit Wes Welker in the head, but the Denver Broncos quarterback will gladly accept an NFL fine for a taunting penalty . Manning confirmed to ESPN's Chris Mortensen on... more

Optimism surrounding New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson has waxed and waned for much of the offseason. The second-year player hasn't seen a snap of preseason football while rehabbing from a March surgery in which doctors inserted a... more

The case of the missing cornerback continues to get more curious. Dimitri Patterson skipped the New York Jets' preseason game last week. That led to the team suspending the corner until Sept. 1. Amid speculation that he was unhappy over the... more

Lost in the shimmering glow radiating from Blake Bortles' preseason performance has been the play of another Jacksonville Jaguars rookie: Allen Hurns. Twelve receivers were taken in the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, including two in the... more

Derek Carr's candidacy for a starting quarterback gig has been smothered by the Oakland Raiders' standing party line that Matt Schaub remains the team's first-team signal-caller, despite a sore throwing elbow that will keep the veteran out of tonight's... more

Jurrell Casey has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Tennessee Titans that keeps him under contract through 2018. "We are excited to come to an agreement on an extension with Jurrell," general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement.... more

The San Francisco 49ers' first-team offense has looked off-kilter all preseason . The issues are one part offensive line struggles and another part chemistry with receivers. The most notable disconnect is between Colin Kaepernick and new No. 3... more

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CHICAGO BEARS DETROIT LIONS GREEN BAY PACKERS MINNESOTA VIKINGS Around The NFL's season preview looks to the NFC North. Our podcast NFC preview is right here . Change we can believe in Many teams are going to wish they'd given... more

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Tuesday, the New England Patriots shipped long-time guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright . On Wednesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport gave us a peek behind the curtain, detailing how the trade went down,... more

Wes Welker is making daily progress on his return from a†third concussion in under a year . "He's in the exercise mode right now. He won't be back out there until he's completely well," coach John Fox told KOA-AM radio Wednesday morning, via Broncos... more

After spending the past three seasons in a bland scheme under offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, Adrian Peterson is gushing over Norv Turner's brand of football. "I've been watching the offense the last few games, and it's like, 'Man, they don't... more

The Kansas City Chiefs likely will have to tackle the first quadrant of the season without starting linebacker Joe Mays. Mays is reportedly expected to miss at least six weeks after undergoing surgery last week to repair a torn tendon in his wrist,... more

Christian Ponder expects to play a good chunk of time in the Minnesota Vikings' preseason finale Thursday against the Tennessee Titans. The former first-round draft pick has fallen well behind starting quarterback Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will head into the final game of the preseason without the designer of their new offense. Coordinator Jeff Tedford will miss Thursday's game against the Washington Redskins while recovering from an undisclosed medical... more

Brady Quinn is back in the news business. The former first-round quarterback announced his own release from the Miami Dolphins. It was short lived but I enjoyed every second. Thank you @MiamiDolphins for the opportunity to play the game I love again.... more

The Oakland Raiders will start the season without their 2013 first-round draft choice, D.J. Hayden. In a move that was expected , the team officially announced it placed the cornerback on reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday. Hayden... more

The New York Giants got some good news on guard Geoff Schwartz, who was carted off the field Friday night with a dislocated right big toe. The team announced Tuesday that following an examination, Schwartz will remain in a walking boot for... more

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone was peeved with his backup quarterback situation after Saturday's preseason debacle †in a loss to†the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the days that have followed, jobs have been lost. The Bills cut ties with Thad Lewis on... more

The Miami Dolphins imported offensive coordinator Bill Lazor from Philadelphia in part to mimic the efficiency and speed with which Chip Kelly's Eagles played. Thus far, the returns haven't been what Dolphins coach Joe Philbin hoped. Not only has the... more

Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount played in last week's contest because coach Mike Tomlin believed it would be more reward than punishment to miss a preseason game. On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach reiterated that the duo would be punished by... more

Optimism usually buoys fans through the preseason, but Bills devotees were already in midseason frustration form, loudly serenading EJ Manuel and the offense with boos into halftime of a 27-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manuel gave nothing... more

In Friday night's 13-12 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Reggie Bush reminded us he's still got speed to burn. Backed up to its own 3-yard line, the Detroit Lions deployed big back Joique Bell for two bruising runs of 3 and 8 yards. Then come... more

The Seattle Seahawks pummeled the Chicago Bears from the first kickoff Friday night. That kickoff was taken by Percy Harvin and zoomed 46 yards down the field. It was the start of a night that displayed the type of difference maker the wide receiver can... more

First Lt. Alejandro Villanueva was among 14 players cut by Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, the team announced. The converted defensive end was a long shot from the start to make the roster, but at 6-foot-9, 277 pounds, he†displayed some intriguing... more

The Green Bay Packers just lost a big cog in their defense. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news Saturday †that B.J. Raji tore his right biceps, according to a source informed of his prognosis. The nose tackle will miss the season. Coach... more

The Matt Schaub experiment in Oakland continues to flounder on choppy waters. The veteran signal-caller should be getting more comfortable in the Raiders' system; instead, he's looking as shaky as ever. In Friday's 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers,... more

Rex Ryan did what we all knew he was going to do and named Geno Smith the New York Jets'†Week 1 starting quarterback after Friday's 35-24 loss to the New York Giants. Following the announcement, veteran backup Michael Vick fired back at a recent... more

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh once again will not shake up the backup quarterback order for the pivotal third game, despite Blaine Gabbert's abysmal preseason. "Blaine is that guy right now," Harbaugh said Friday of the No. 2 quarterback,... more

Imagine if Johnny Manziel had given the Washington Redskins' bench "the toe." The NFL fined the Cleveland Browns backup quarterback $12,000 for gesturing with his middle finger toward the Redskins sideline Monday night, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

A year ago Isaac Redman sat atop the Pittsburgh Steelers' depth chart. On Friday the 29-year-old running back announced in a tweet entitled "Why I'm not in the NFL " that he is retiring due to a spinal cord injury. "To those who are wondering... more

Jeremy Hill left last week's preseason game with a shoulder injury . This week the Cincinnati Bengals running back could be shouldering some of the first-team responsibilities in the third preseason game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. "He's... more

Just days after naming Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback and dismissing a two-quarterback system , Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine is already hedging. "And people have asked me about potentially a two-quarterback system and having a package for... more

The Summer of Honesty continues for Michael Vick. Months ago the veteran quarterback stated publicly he was engaged in a rigged competition against Geno Smith. While the New York Jets brass flatly denied the staring job was Smith's, they went ahead... more

Instead of the third preseason game being a dress rehearsal, the Philadelphia Eagles, in Thursday's 31-21 win , just undressed the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Tomlin's team struggled in every aspect -- so much so that the coach left his starters in for... more

Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr won't see action in Friday's preseason tussle in Green Bay. Coach Dennis Allen said Carr has been cleared from a concussion, but the quarterback still has sore, bruised ribs and the team doesn't want to... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired guard Rishaw Johnson in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for safety Kelcie McCray on Thursday. The trade continues the Bucs' overhaul of the offensive line. Johnson, an undrafted player in 2012, started... more

The Dallas Cowboys took another blow on the defense. Coach Jason Garrett told reporters on Thursday that linebacker DeVonte Holloman's neck injury will likely end his career. The second-year player left Saturday's contest against the Baltimore... more

Ben Roethlisberger called second-year receiver Markus Wheaton "key" to the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense in 2014. After Wheaton struggled mightily down the stretch of his rookie campaign -- zero catches in the final six games -- Big Ben believes the... more

Da'Quan Bowers dropped to the second round in the 2011 draft due to medical issues. Those same concerns could end up getting him cut in Tampa. The Buccaneers pass rusher is nursing a groin strain that has kept him out more than a week, and it's... more

Through two preseason games, the Baltimore Ravens' offense already looks improved under new coordinator Gary Kubiak. Fellow newcomer Steve Smith believes the key to the Ravens' success will be that defenses can't focus on one player. "With the... more

Megatron is headed to battle under his third coaching staff and fourth offensive coordinator in eight seasons. Calvin Johnson will see his first game action Friday , and even the reciever is pondering what he will look like in Joe Lombardi's new offense... more

Seemingly every season Pierre Thomas hears another runner is going take over the main duties in the New Orleans Saints' backfield. But each year the 29-year-old ends up carrying the load. After starting the preseason slotted a surprising No. 3 on the... more

HOUSTON TEXANS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS TENNESSEE TITANS Around The NFL's season preview starts in the AFC South. Change we can believe in The upgrade to Ken Whisenhunt is an immediate benefit to the offense. The... more

HOUSTON TEXANS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS TENNESSEE TITANS Around The NFL 's season preview continues in the AFC South. Change we can believe in Blake Bortles . Blake Bortles . Blake Bortles . Blake Bortles . Blake... more

HOUSTON TEXANS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS TENNESSEE TITANS Around The NFL's season preview continues with the AFC South. Change we can believe in Pep Hamilton finally appears on board with opening up the offense and... more

HOUSTON TEXANS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS TENNESSEE TITANS Around The NFL's season preview starts in the AFC South. Change we can believe in Jadeveon Clowney has been as good as advertised as the No. 1 overall pick.... more

Montee Ball returned to Denver Broncos practice for the first time since undergoing an appendectomy earlier this month. According to multiple reports out of Broncos camp, the running back was participating in non-contact practice Tuesday. Ball,... more

D.J. Hayden is on an unfortunate track. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, via team sources, that it appears the Oakland Raiders cornerback is headed towards starting the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The team... more

Mark Ingram hasn't been involved much in the New Orleans Saints' passing attack the past three seasons. In fact, the running back didn't pick up his first NFL receiving touchdown until Friday's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, which... more

Perhaps no one will benefit more from rookie Ryan Shazier's play in the middle of the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense than Troy Polamalu. The 33-year-old spent last season dropping down to fill in at linebacker because the group lacked anyone who could... more

Even after weeks of training camp, questions about Jeff Tedford's offense in Tampa Bay have not been answered. An offensive line that was horridly faulty and then shuffled has stunted some of the Buccaneers' offense. Another reason we still don't... more

The Washington Redskins weren't offended that Johnny Manziel gave their bench the one-finger salute during Monday's 24-23 win over the Cleveland Browns. In fact, linebacker Brian Orakpo, who mocked Johnny Football's "money" celebration after a sack,... more

Rob Gronkowski took another step toward the goal of playing in the season opener . The New England Patriots tight end saw his first work in 11-on-11 drills Monday, per ESPN's Mike Reiss . He also took part in 7-on-7 drills and got "in and out of his... more

Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher did not have a great outing in Sunday night's 28-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Fisher was pushed around by Greg Hardy, who blew by the lineman on one occasion to make a big tackle for loss. He was also... more

In the minds of the Carolina Panthers, last season's playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers began to slip away†in part due a to a number of penalties ,†including two personal fouls against defensive backs. It's a problem the Panthers intend to not... more

Colin Kaepernick has started 29 consecutive regular and postseason games for the San Francisco 49ers. However, given his proclivity to run, he takes more shots than some quarterbacks. With this in mind, the 49ers' backup quarterback spot, like on... more

With all they hype surrounding Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the impact of No. 9 overall selection Anthony Barr is getting lost in the weeds. The rookie outside linebacker leads the Vikings in sacks (1.5) though two games and has the... more

Another preseason game and another long Travis Kelce touchdown catch-and-run. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end caught Aaron Murray's first ever NFL completion -- not his first attempt -- and darted past the Carolina Panthers' defense for a 43-yard... more

While the Kansas City Chiefs used Sunday night's 28-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers as a lengthy tune up -- the starting offensive unit played the entire first half -- running back Jamaal Charles stayed at home. While it's not surprising for a player... more

Jimmy Graham caused a slight kerfuffle when he decided to dunk twice after touchdowns during Friday's 31-24 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans. With the new rule outlawing that particular post-score celebration -- colloquially known as "The Jimmy... more

Drew Brees is back. The New Orleans Saints quarterback took part in team drills on Sunday, per The Times-Picayune . The team had been holding Brees out since Aug. 1 for precaution after the signal-caller suffered a minor oblique strain . Core... more

The San Francisco 49ers suffered another injury to the defensive backfield. Safety Antoine Bethea went down early in the second quarter of Sunday's matchup with the Denver Broncos. The safety was blocked by receiver Cody Latimer when he went down... more

Backup quarterback might be a job nobody wants , but when a team employs a good one he can be a big asset. Not only does a stellar backup give a team insurance if a starter goes down with injury, but -- as the Philadelphia Eagles know well -- a... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars stuck with Blake Bortles' normal practice routine Sunday: playing with the second-team offense. That should change Monday. "I think he'll get some reps with the ones tomorrow," coach Gus Bradley said after Sunday's... more

The Indianapolis Colts' 27-26 loss to the New York Giants on Saturday night was clearly no ordinary preseason game for Hakeem Nicks. The Indianapolis Colts receiver hasn't been heard from much during camp due to his reported "run-of-the-mill " play.... more

After a third preseason game we are still no closer to knowing how Ben McAdoo's offense will look for the New York Giants. What we do know is that Eli Manning didn't play very well again. The signal-caller went just 1-of-7 passing in Saturday night's... more

Manti Te'o must dislike playing preseason games against the Seattle Seahawks. For the second consecutive year the San Diego Chargers' linebacker suffered a foot injury against Seattle. "It's not the same foot, it's not the same injury -- it's... more

Three games into the preseason and the struggles continued for EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills' first-team offense. In an effort to build momentum from a good week of joint practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Doug Marrone kept his starters... more

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier epitomizes the optimism for a new, younger, faster defense in Pittsburgh. After missing 10 days with a knee injury, the first-round pick out of Ohio State didn't miss a beat. He was all over the field... more

St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam's battle to become the first openly gay player to make an NFL roster got a boost during the team's 21-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Sam earned his first NFL sack in the fourth quarter. Mimicking the pass-rush... more

Brandon Bostick's drive for the Green Bay Packers' starting tight end gig took a hit during Saturday's 21-7 preseason win †over the St. Louis Rams. The tight end left the first half with what the team called a lower leg injury and will not return.... more

Sam Bradford took the field on Saturday for his first game action in 300 days as St. Louis fell to the Green Bay Packers 21-7 . The Rams quarterback, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury last year , got smoked on his second drive by Packers... more

St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead was streaking down the field on a kickoff return when he spilled to the ground untouched, it appears the injury will end his season. "It appears that we've lost Isaiah with an ACL," coach Jeff Fisher said... more

Whatever your feelings about Johnny Manziel are, at least the man is honest. With the Cleveland Browns set to decide on a Week 1 quarterback next week, Manziel pointed out he's only played one preseason game . "I don't think I'm ready for... more

Long after all of the other Oakland Raiders first-string defenders sat down for the night , Khalil Mack was on the field, still trying to get his first official stat of the game. The No. 5 overall pick in the draft didn't record his first official... more

The glowing reviews of Jordan Matthews took a bit of a sidestep after last week's struggle in the preseason opener when the receiver dropped three passes. However the rookie pass-catcher dashed any doubters on Friday night, catching nine balls (on... more

If the Tennessee Titans' goal was to motivate Justin Hunter by plastering a "J.A.G" (Just Another Guy) label on the receiver's jersey this week, that message was received. And received. And received, some more. The second-year pass-catcher went... more

The Chicago Bears are turning to Santonio Holmes to try to fill their No. 3 receiver role. The former New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers pass-catcher agreed to terms on a contract with the Bears, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday,... more

The throwing arms of NFL referees must be getting sore with all the penalty flags they've been slinging during the preseason. In Friday's four games alone, a combined 86 penalties were accepted (that's accepted, not thrown) with the Tennessee Titans... more

The news was not good for Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller's return to football after he injured his foot in Thursday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team placed Miller on the injured reserve list. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

With Brian Hoyer getting the start Monday night for the Cleveland Browns, coach Mike Pettine attempted to clarify how the veteran and rookie Johnny Manziel would share reps against the Washington Redskins NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

New York Jets rookie receiver Jalen Saunders was involved in a single-car accident Friday morning on the way to the practice facility, the team announced. Saunders was taken to a hospital and was being monitored as a precaution. It doesn't appear he was... more

The Miami Dolphins face a tough decision whether to place Mike Pouncey on the physically unable to perform list after the center underwent hip surgery earlier this offseason. Pouncey hopes to avoid sitting out those mandatory six games. "We had a... more

Cam Newton will see his first game action this preseason when the Carolina Panthers host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night . Coach Ron Rivera said after Thursday's practice the plan is for Newton to play the first quarter, per The Charlotte... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' backups couldn't hold off the Chicago Bears' late rally in 20-19 loss Thursday night, but the Jags came out big winners with their quarterback play. Chad Henne moved up and down the field against a limp Bears pass defense,... more

Reports of Dwayne Bowe's training camp performance have been a mixed bag. The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver has said he was in the best shape of his career and started out strong, but recent reports have noted he has dropped a number of passes.... more

The Cleveland Browns will start with Brian Hoyer under center when they take on the Washington Redskins on Monday night , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Thursday . Browns coach Mike Pettine shortly afterward confirmed the news in a... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to overhaul their roster. The team announced it signed defensive end Larry English on Thursday. English was a former first-round pick (16th overall) of the San Diego Chargers in 2009. The Chargers cut English in... more

With the Oakland Raiders visiting the Dallas Cowboys for joint practices in Oxnard, California, this week, a new round of discussions about a potential move of Mark Davis' franchise to Southern California began percolating. The Raiders hold a strong... more

The Arizona Cardinals will spin the wheels on another veteran inside linebacker. The team signed Desmond Bishop, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported , per a source informed of the move. USA Today's Tom Pelissero first reported the news. The team... more

John Abraham has, at last, made his debut at Arizona Cardinals training camp. Abraham arrived at the team facility Thursday morning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source close to the player. Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com first reported... more

Back in July, St. Louis Rams receiver Tavon Austin admitted that the playbook looked like "Spanish" to him as a rookie . Now, the second-year pro says it's "exactly what I speak." "Toward the middle and the end (of the season) I probably started... more

The health of Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin has been a trending topic in Seattle throughout the offseason. The concern is such that Harvin getting accidentally stepped on Tuesday at practice sent everyone a-Twitter. (No worries, "12s," he was... more

Late last month Emmanuel Sanders turned heads by essentially bashing Ben Roethlisberger when saying Peyton Manning is a "far better leader ." Earlier this week Sanders told NFL Media's Omar Ruiz he didn't mean it to disrespect Big Ben, but wasn't going... more

The New York Giants are returning to the site of Mario Manningham's greatest NFL reception -- his over-the-shoulder grab that helped to propel Big Blue to the Super Bowl XLVI win -- when they visit the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday . The difference... more

Drew Brees took a step forward in his recovery from a minor oblique injury. The New Orleans Saints quarterback participated in some individual passing drills with the quarterbacks and receivers Wednesday for the first time since the injury. However, it... more

Through two preseason games we haven't been able to glean a whole lot about the functionality of the New York Giants' new offense. Eli Manning has thrown just nine passes (six completions for 43 yards) and several key players -- including rookie... more

After last week's "terrible " preseason debut, the Houston Texans are getting some much-needed reinforcements back. A trio of vital playmaking starters has returned to the practice field. Receiver Andre Johnson, running back, Arian Foster and... more

The Detroit Lions entered 2014 with a goal of motivating 2011 first-round pick Nick Fairley. They oddly declined to pick up his fifth-year option †for 2015 -- even though cutting him after the season would have cost the same price -- hoping it would... more

Mike Pettine still hasn't decided whether Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer will get the starting nod for Monday night's second preseason game against the Washington Redskins. But both quarterbacks will get first-team reps. The Cleveland Browns coach told... more

You have to hand it to Rex Ryan. Even when some of his toys are taken away, he never loses that positive attitude. Two of his top three cornerbacks suffered injuries over the weekend, with Dee Milliner spraining his ankle and rookie Dexter McDougle... more

The distance between Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback job appears to be growing. After an average performance in his first preseason action, which saw the rookie slow on his decision making,... more

The distance between Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback job appears to be growing. After an average performance in his first preseason action that saw the rookie slow on his decision making,... more

Over the summer we had a no-holds-barred debate †whether Justin Hunter would Make the Leap or be relegated to Just Another Guy status. After Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt called out the receiver during a film session for a route mistake in... more

Coach Bill O'Brien could have picked any synonym of rotten at random, and it would've qualified to describe the Houston Texans' performance in a 32-0 drumming at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. The first-year coach went with... more

In his first preseason action, Jadeveon Clowney reminded us that his pass rush can be devastating when he's moving forward. The No. 1 overall pick displayed the strength and athleticism during the Houston Texans' 32-0 preseason loss †to the Arizona... more

With Andy Dalton signing his new deal with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this week , all eyes turn to Alex Smith and his effort to get a new long-term contract. Entering his 10th season, Smith said he wants a new deal from the Kansas City Chiefs... more

Yeremiah Bell started 64 consecutive games the past four seasons, including 16 in 2013 as an every-down safety in the Arizona Cardinals' menacing defense. However, the 36-year-old free agent strong safety told The Winchester (Ky.) Sun this week... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars' receiving corps has been decimated by injury this offseason making the play of rookie receiver Marqise Lee more vital. However, the pass-catcher played just 16 snaps in Friday night's 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay... more

Perhaps no non-quarterback rookie will have as much heaped on his plate as Carolina Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin. With a revamped receiver corps, the Panthers' offense must get production from the first-round pick if the team is to become the... more

Veteran safety Steve Gregory announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday. The 31-year-old signed with the Kansas City Chiefs this summer as added depth alongside Eric Berry, Husain Abdullah and third-round pick Phillip Gaines. Gregory... more

Over the weekend, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton caused a stir when he questioned receiver Hakeem Nicks' conditioning . On Thursday, Nicks defended himself, insisting to ESPN's Josina Anderson that he's never been in better... more

With Steven Jackson's hamstring injury keeping him out this preseason, the Atlanta Falcons will lean on running back Devonta Freeman. The fourth-round pick out of Florida State has potential, but offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Thursday it's... more

Ernie Sims never rose far enough on the Arizona Cardinals' depth chart to keep his roster spot. The team announced it released Sims on Thursday. Arizona signed the nomadic linebacker in June in the wake of Daryl Washington's season-long... more

Optimism regarding Blake Bortles' improvement has percolated as training camp has progressed. However, despite the praise the quarterback has gotten from coaches and media alike, the No. 3 overall pick will remain a backup as the Jaguars open the... more

NFL Media's Mike Mayock called Ryan Mallett a legitimate starting NFL quarterback this week. As fate would have it, the signal-caller will reportedly get his chance to show it Thursday night. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Mallett... more

One of the NFL's most influential owners has undergone a 10-month battle with two different forms of cancer. Houston Texans owner Bob McNair told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle he was given a clean bill of health after receiving an experimental... more

Robert Woods not taking snaps with the Buffalo Bills' first-team offense turned out to be one of the more surprising aspects of Sunday's Hall of Fame Game. Three days after Woods†exclusively†played with the backups, coach Doug Marrone pulled aside... more

The Detroit Lions claimed receiver Jon Baldwin off waivers on Monday , but he didn't even make it to the practice field in Michigan. The Lions announced they waived the wideout due to a failed physical on Wednesday. The former first-round pick... more

An emotional David Wilson stepped in front of the media for the first time Wednesday to discuss his recent neck diagnosis that ended a once promising New York Giants career. "These are tears of joy," Wilson said "Don't for a second do you all think... more

The depth in the New York Giants' backfield continues to dwindle. Coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that running back Peyton Hillis' sprained ankle was worse than originally thought. "Looks like it'll be a little while," Coughlin said when asked... more

Last offseason there was talk that Tyler Wilson could win the Oakland Raiders' starting-quarterback job. He's been cut twice since then. The Tennessee Titans released Wilson on Wednesday, the team announced . The Raiders selected Wilson in the... more

DeSean Jackson left practice and headed to the locker room early after injuring his ankle. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported from Richmond, Virginia -- where the Washington Redskins are practicing with the New England Patriots -- that the wide... more

Mastering a new offense is never as easy as it sounds and is almost always accompanied by massive potholes in the road. Such is the life Ryan Tannehill leads during the Miami Dolphins' training camp. Learning his first truly new offense since... more

After spending almost seven weeks on the shelf, Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno can join training camp practices. The team announced the back will has been taken off the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday after†undergoing... more

The New York Jets drafted three receivers in May. One suffered a shoulder injury that could threaten his rookie season. Rex Ryan called fourth-round pick Shaq Evans' injury "severe" on Tuesday. The wideout could end up on injured reserve, the coach... more

Teddy Bridgewater is going to get every opportunity to win the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback gig this preseason. The Vikings released their first preseason depth chart Tuesday, with Matt Cassel listed as the starter. However, the praise... more

The Cleveland Browns released their first depth chart of the 2014 season on Tuesday. Johnny Manziel was slated in the backup quarterback role behind Brian Hoyer. This should be surprising to no one, not even Johnny Backup. The Browns have maintained... more

Detroit Lions rookie Eric Ebron had some early training camp struggles with dropped passes. The subsequent discussion of his alleged substandard hands has apparently motivated the tight end. "I love it," Ebron said, per the Detroit Free Press . "I love... more

Give Trent Richardson credit: He doesn't shy away from the media. Despite a woeful 2013 campaign that saw him rush for 458 yards on 2.9 yards per carry after his move to Indianapolis, Richardson's optimism for his future has never wavered. With... more

The San Francisco 49ers waived running back Kendall Hunter with an injured designation on Monday. Hunter cleared waivers on Tuesday, reverting back to the Niners' injured reserve list, according to the NFL's transaction wire. The running back tore his... more

The Chicago Bears' "four horsemen " suffered a blow in Monday's practice. The team announced wide receiver Marquess Wilson fractured his clavicle. There is no timetable for his return. "It's extremely disappointing ," coach Marc Trestman said of... more

It appears David Wilson's career with the New York Giants is coming to an end, and his NFL future might be jeopardy. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported that the Giants will "most likely " place the running back on injured reserve because of a neck... more

The New England Patriots continue to keep a leash on Rob Gronkowski. Gronk sat out of Monday's competitive practice with the Washington Redskins, per NFL Media's Albert Breer . The Patriots left Gronkowski back in Foxborough, Massachusetts when they... more

Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay banged up his knee over the weekend. While not considered overly serious, the No. 89 player in the NFL's Top 100 will miss multiple practices and perhaps Friday's preseason opener due to the injury, per The Palm... more

Dez Bryant was torturing the Dallas Cowboys' defense during Sunday evening's Blue and White Scrimmage. Second-year safety J.J. Wilcox decided to defend his unit. During one supposedly non-contact drill Bryant came across the middle and Wilcox... more

The Buffalo Bills' offense had an up and down night in their 17-13 loss to the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame Game, which finally put NFL football back on our TVs. The most surprising aspect of watching the Bills' offense might have been that... more

Finally! Finally, tonight we play football. Congratulations! You made it through the bitterness of offseason doldrums without completely losing all your faculties. Your reward comes at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, when a sanctioned NFL football game will be... more

A familiar song is emanating from Indianapolis during training camp. The hook of that tune states that everything is on the up-and-up for Trent Richardson. This version of that now-familiar ballad comes back to the Colts' running back being more... more

The Miami Dolphins' center position sits as the shakiest spot on an overhauled offensive line. With incumbent starter Mike Pouncey sidelined after undergoing hip surgery this offseason, quarterback-center exchanges have been a disaster early in... more

It's DeAndre Hopkins' time to shine. With perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson sidelined due to a hamstring injury, the second-year receiver has taken the chance to impress coach Bill O'Brien with his improvement in the Texans' new system.... more

Green Bay Packers fans glowed at the mere mention of Jared Abbrederis. The son of Wisconsin -- born in Wisconsin, attended University of Wisconsin, drafted by Wisconsin's most beloved team -- brought out the pride of the Badger State. On Saturday, we... more

Optimism regarding the Arizona Cardinals' chances of flying over both the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks to claim the NFC West title rests heavily in a revamped offensive line. The hopefulness stems from a belief that the addition of... more

Rodney Harrison has never been bashful with his opinions. On Friday night at the Ty Law's New England Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony , Harrison provided some bulletin board material for his former team. "You have an opportunity to play for... more

Entering this offseason, the future looked bright for Joseph Fauria in Detroit. The 6-foot-7 tight end expected to get plenty of opportunities in the Lions' new offense under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Then the Lions re-signed Brandon... more

If Drew Brees is going to play until he's 45 years old , the quarterback is going to have to deal with a lot more nicks and minor injuries. The New Orleans Saints held their quarterback out of Saturday's scrimmage because of a strained left oblique... more

One of the Carolina Panthers' most important pieces in 2014 returned to practice Saturday. Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was back practicing in full pads after missing this week's work after tweaking his knee on Sunday. Coach Ron Rivera told... more

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen enjoyed a spectacular rookie season, but wanted to add another element to his game. During the offseason, Allen added speed to his impressive repertoire. "I'm a deep threat now," Allen said with a smile to... more

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be enshrined on Saturday. Each day this week, the Around The League crew will pick a player who we believe is also deserving of enshrinement. Terrell Davis' NFL career took the course of a dazzling... more

July

David Wilson tweeted Wednesday that his neck "burner" was fine , but apparently not everyone close to the situation reciprocates that optimism. During his media availability on Thursday, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, "Until we hear what the... more

Miami Dolphins fans planning to get a look at the improved Ryan Tannehill-Mike Wallace deep combination this weekend will be disappointed. Wallace missed his second consecutive day of practice after tweaking his hamstring. The receiver is out at... more

The Indianapolis Colts' offensive line has taken another hit. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that guard Donald Thomas re-tore his right quadriceps †in Wednesday's practice and will undergo surgery, liking ending his season, according... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed a lot of their 2014 eggs in the rookie pass-catcher basket. At the start of training camp, coach Lovie Smith said first-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was "behind a lot" -- thanks in large part to having... more

Patrick Peterson became the NFL's highest-paid corner on Tuesday night, signing a five-year, $70.05 million extension. The Arizona Cardinals' cornerback told NFL Media's Alex Flanagan on Wednesday that having that feather in his cap was a goal.... more

Emmanuel Sanders' recent comments about Peyton Manning being a "far better leader " than Ben Roethlisberger have caught attention. Not only did media and fans rubberneck, but some of Sanders' former teammates in Pittsburgh also took note . "Yeah, that... more

The Buffalo Bills suffered another blow to their linebackers corps. The NFL announced Wednesday it suspended Nigel Bradham without pay for the first game of the 2014 regular season for violating the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Bradham... more

The Pro Bowl will enter its second year using the draft format when players head to Arizona prior to Super Bowl XLIX. Two Hall of Fame wide receivers -- Michael Irvin and Cris Carter -- have been selected as the alumni captains, the NFL announced... more

Patrick Peterson got paid. P-A-I-D, paid. The cornerback signed a five-year extension late Tuesday worth $70.05 million with $48 million in guarantees , per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The key detail is that the extension made Peterson the NFL's... more

Concerns about Arian Foster missing two straight practices can be set aside for the day. The Houston Texans' running back returned Wednesday from what was believed to be a hamstring tweak, per the Houston Chronicle . Bill O'Brien cheekily said on... more

The Green Bay Packers want Eddie Lacy to stick on the field more on third downs this season in order to keep up the offensive pace . For that to happen, the second-year running back will have to improve pass blocking and route running. According to... more

At the top of nearly every NFL coach's goal sheet is winning his division. The difficulty for a team like the Arizona Cardinals is that they reside in the NFL's toughest grouping. Four of Bruce Arians' squad six losses in 2013 came to NFC West... more

Chip Kelly doesn't stutter when asked in earnest how the Philadelphia Eagles plan to replace a player like DeSean Jackson, who attracted defensive attention away from other receivers. The second-year coach is comfortable with his new group of receivers,... more

Fights, scraps and brawls happen at football practices. It's a reality of the NFL that once the pads go on the attitudes come out. The Cleveland Browns had a doozy of a scuffle on Tuesday morning: Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that to build the... more

NFLPA president Eric Winston finally found work. The right tackle tweeted Tuesday that he will join the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The team later announced the signing. Season finally starts for me today! Looking forward to chasing a ring... more

The New Orleans Saints have their high-priced free agent acquisition on the field. The team tweeted out a Vine of Jairus Byrd at Tuesday morning's walkthrough, meaning the safety is off the physically unable to perform list. .@jairusbyrd in the... more

The optimism surrounding Aaron Dobson earlier this month has waned as the New England Patriots' receiver has yet to be cleared for practice. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe , Dobson actually had a permanent screw inserted into his left foot... more

Hyperbole season continues to bake the NFL landscape as training camp creeps into Week 2. The glowing praise for Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has been ubiquitous throughout the start of camp. Left tackle Joe Thomas took those raves into the... more

This offseason, the San Francisco 49ers have ticked a couple of names off their checklist of players deserving contract extensions, giving quarterback Colin Kaepernick and offensive tackle Joe Staley new deals . General manager Trent Baalke would like... more

Ndamukong Suh will play out the final year of his current contract in Detroit. Lions president Tom Lewand told reporters the team tabled talks with the three-time first-team All-Pro defensive tackle until after the 2014 season, per the Detroit News... more

Kelvin Benjamin sat out Monday's practice and was sent to Charlotte to undergo a "precautionary" MRI exam . Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday afternoon that Benjamin suffered a bone bruise to his left knee. The injury stems from when Benjamin... more

As far as Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is concerned, Ben Roethlisberger's contract extension is just a matter of time. "I don't see any circumstances where Ben does not finish his career here," Colbert told reporters Monday, per... more

The Atlanta Falcons are bringing Julio Jones back slowly after his second foot surgery, but when he's been on the field during training camp the receiver has looked like his dominant self. ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reported that Jones looked... more

The "Summer of Matthew Stafford" is garnering some positive reviews. New coach Jim Caldwell said he's been impressed with Stafford's improvement from minicamp to the beginning of training camp. "He is getting better," Caldwell said, per The Detroit... more

Safety was a glaring weakness in Green Bay last season. To help shore up the corps, the Packers selected Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the 21st overall pick in the draft. However, the man who's drawing raves in camp is Micah Hyde, who is being converted from... more

Despite the recent loss of Vick Ballard and other questions in the backfield, the Indianapolis Colts announced they waived running back Chris Rainey on Monday. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that Rainey was waived due to†breaking of a team rule . The... more

The Houston Texans have plenty of motivation coming off a 2-14 season and 14 consecutive losses. On Sunday the offensive line announced it added one more incentive to protect Ryan Fitzpatrick. The unit said it is dedicating the season to teammate David... more

Buy property on Revis Island before its grand reopening in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Local Patriots beat writers gushed lavishly about the cornerback during Saturday's practice. Darrelle Revis was the "star of the show, and it wasn't even close,"... more

Johnny Manziel got most of the media hype as the Cleveland Browns opened training camp practice Saturday. But Brian Hoyer got the starter reps. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reported that Hoyer took all the first-team reps. According to... more

Earlier this offseason, Texans running back Arian Foster said Andre Johnson "is Houston ." Fans turned the statement into sound Saturday when they loudly rejoiced †after a simple screen pass went to the veteran receiver at the Texans' first training... more

There was some concern entering training camp about No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney's availability coming off sports hernia surgery. The good news is that the outside linebacker participated in the first day of Houston Texans camp. However, Clowney... more

The deep San Francisco 49ers backfield became a bit shallower. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday †the 49ers feared Kendall Hunter suffered an ACL tear, per a source. The team later confirmed that Hunter's injury is an ACL tear. The... more

The Green Bay Packers prioritized getting Jordy Nelson a contract extension. On Saturday, they struck that deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news that the team agreed with the receiver to a four-year extension worth $39 million, with $14.2... more

One key storyline for the Indianapolis Colts entering training camp was finding a player to supplement Robert Mathis' production while the vet serves his four-game suspension . The preferred choice for the Colts would be second-year outside linebacker... more

Cam Newton participated in his first full practice Friday night since undergoing ankle surgery in March. The Panthers signal-caller didn't appear to run with a limp during the session, per The Associated Press , but did limp when jogging over to... more

Marshawn Lynch's battle for a reworked contract is causing the first sense of disappointment in Seattle in a long time. The Seahawks running back told former teammate Michael Robinson on Thursday's edition of NFL Network's Inside Training Camp Live... more

Rolando McClain was convicted Friday of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident in his hometown of Decatur, Alabama in 2013. He was sentenced to 18 days in jail. The Dallas Cowboys linebacker immediately appealed the... more

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is coming off an All-Pro season and is a keystone to Rex Ryan's defense. At the tail end of his rookie contract, Wilkerson is vastly underpaid for his production. He is scheduled to earn a $1.2 million base... more

Ozzie Newsome isn't afraid to take a chance on a troubled but talented player. On Friday the Baltimore Ravens signed safety Will Hill. The New York Giants cut Hill this offseason after he was suspended six games for violating the NFL's... more

Jerod Mayo was one in a hoard of injured players the New England Patriots' defense lost in the course of the 2013 season. The linebacker missed 10 games last year after tearing his pectoral muscle in Week 6 . The 28-year-old was cleared for training... more

Josh Gordon has taken steps to get right after his recent DWI arrest. Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo reported Thursday that the Browns wide receiver checked himself into rehab after his recent legal troubles. Gordon still expects to report to Browns... more

San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith expects to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell prior to any punishment being handed down. Smith said Thursday he anticipates a meeting to happen "as soon as possible," NFL Media's Omar Ruiz reported, but... more

Jim Kelly will take the field before the Hall of Fame Game. The former Bills quarterback, who is currently recovering from cancer treatments, will participate in the coin toss at the game on Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. ET, the Hall of Fame announced . Kelly... more

The Baltimore Ravens will be without running back Ray Rice for the first two games of the 2014 season . Speaking to the media Thursday, John Harbaugh said he couldn't comment on the suspension until the league announced it. The coach did, however,... more

John Elway fought back emotions, voice cracking as he sought to explain what Pat Bowlen meant to the Denver Broncos. Take a look back at photos through the years of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. "What a sad day it is around here," Elway said rawly.... more

The New York Jets are adding another pass rusher. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported Wednesday morning that defensive end Jason Babin agreed to terms with Gang Green, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The contract is for two... more

Jamaal Charles knows he is underpaid and is willing to sit out until his contract is remedied. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that, barring a contract breakthrough, the running back will not report for Kansas City Chiefs... more

The optimism surrounding David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery continues to mount as we gallop toward training camp. Echoing general manager Jerry Reese's comments last month, New York Giants co-owner John Mara said at a YMCA donation ceremony... more

NFL fans who have wanted DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket but have been stymied by satellite restrictions are about to get a reprieve. DirecTV announced on its website the introduction of NFLSundayTicket.tv , which allows subscribers to stream live,... more

During the build up to the 2014 NFL season Mike McCarthy and the rest of the Green Bay Packers' staff will harp on the depth of the backfield. They will point to the versatility of James Starks and DuJuan Harris. But let's not kid ourselves, this is... more

In advance of this weekend's training camp practices Buffalo is getting its ducks -- err, Bills? -- in a row. The team placed linebacker Kiko Alonso on active/non-football injury list Wednesday. The move is merely procedural as Alonso is likely out... more

No one is more relieved that Jimmy Graham is back to work than the tight end himself. "I'm beyond excited," Graham told the team's official website Tuesday night . "I didn't get into football to learn litigation. I got into football to win games with my... more

Around The League's Training Camp Preview series will identify three things to watch for the teams in each division this summer. Houston Texans 1. All eyes will be on No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. The 6-foot-5 physical specimen will have to... more

Rookies are reporting! Like children on the first day of school, on Wednesday, rookies for the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills kick off the procession of players reporting for training camp. The Bills list 18 rookies on... more

Andre Johnson's future with the Houston Texans remains unknown as we barrel toward training camp . The disgruntled wide receiver wants out of Houston and the Texans have no intention (or need) to fulfill a trade request. Speaking to KPRC-TV on... more

Darren Sproles' role in Chip Kelly's offense will be one of the intriguing plot lines as we encroach upon training camp. In an interview this week with NFL Media's Rich Eisen, the eponymous host of The Rich Eisen Podcast , Philadelphia Eagles... more

The Seattle Seahawks steamrolled the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII like a bully at recess. When prompted during an interview on ESPN's First Take †on Tuesday, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner agreed that the Broncos' offense was intimidated... more

Break out the 2014†offseason trope monitor at least one more time: Dwayne Bowe is in phenomenal shape. The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, coming off a subpar season, told USA Today's Tom Pelissero on Monday he's lost 10 to 13 pounds (down to... more

Jimmy Graham got his long-term deal in New Orleans on Tuesday, but it appears Brian Orakpo will not join the contract party. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Washington Redskins outside linebacker is expected to play on the... more

Drew Brees' favorite target is now a happy one. It's official I'm bleeding black and gold this morning! Thank you WhoDatNation for all the support. ‚?? Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) July 15, 2014 Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints reached an... more

Jermichael Finley's quest to return to the football field continues at the doctor's office. The free agent tight end will undergo further testing on his injured neck Wednesday and send the results to all 32 teams, Finley told USA Today's Tom... more

Change is rarely easy, especially in the NFL. When the Detroit Lions dumped coach Jim Schwartz, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and most of the offensive staff, quarterback Matthew Stafford knew he was in for a demanding offseason. "I think... more

Mike McCarthy wants to put his pedal to the metal this season. The Green Bay Packers already play fast with Aaron Rodgers under center, but the goal for coach and quarterback is to up the ante to 75 plays per game, according to ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky .... more

The praise emanating from Philadelphia surrounding quarterback Nick Foles has yet to dissipate this offseason. Over the weekend at his charity basketball game, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy doubled down on his faith in Foles. "Nick Foles has... more

Heading into the final days before training camps start, we're likely to get a bevy of injury updates about who will or will not be ready when practices begin. We'll start the process with one of the few injury issues for the Super Bowl champion Seattle... more

Last month Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jonathan Casillas turned some heads when he compared quarterback Josh McCown to Drew Brees. Casillas had spent four years in New Orleans watching Brees' work habits before joining the Bucs last season. On... more

A bad offseason away from the field got worse for the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night. Cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer after an incident at a Towson restaurant, Baltimore... more

One offseason storyline in New York has been the influence of new Giants coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was imported when Kevin Gilbride retired after 10 seasons with the club.† Last month New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the new offense forced... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No.1 on the list: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Why Patterson is on the list We've been eagerly awaiting Patterson's 2014 season since... more

Cam Newton participated in 7-on-7 drills during the team's June workouts , a month earlier than expected coming off March ankle surgery . Still, with a completely new receiving corps, the lack of chemistry building this offseason has made the transition... more

Andy Dalton's contract situation remains in limbo as the quarterback hopes to come away with Jay Cutler-type money †and questions about whether the Cincinnati Bengals want to pay that price tag go unanswered. Silver: The Bengals' odd couple Can a... more

One under-discussed aspect of the Indianapolis Colts' 2014 prospects is the return of tight end Dwayne Allen. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton had big plans for Allen last year before the athletic tight end was lost for the season due to hip surgery.... more

Richard Sherman dislikes Michael Crabtree, this we know. He announced it to the world following the NFC Championship and continues to reiterate the point. The latest rendition of the hate rap will air tonight when Sherman discusses his distaste... more

The enthusiasm surrounding Aaron Dobson's availability for training camp got another boost. On Tuesday, we learned through Nick Underhill of MassLive.com that there was "optimism " that the New England Patriots' wide receiver would be ready to hit... more

Dennis Pitta will be on the move often this season in the Baltimore Ravens' new offense under Gary Kubiak. "I have done a lot of different things in this offense already," Pitta said during last month's minicamp, per The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson "I... more

Emmanuel Sanders jumped from playing with Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers to joining Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos when he signed a three-year, $15 million contract †with the latter team back in March. For Sanders, the move to... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014. No. 3 on the list: Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington. Why Ellington is on the list Cardinals fans spent most of the 2013 season loudly yearning to see... more

Fascinatingly, the Dallas Cowboys' backup quarterback situation has become a hot topic this offseason . Kyle Orton skipped all offseason work and is seriously considering retiring -- though it would cost him millions of dollars -- even as the Cowboys... more

It's no secret Cordarrelle Patterson is set to explode in his second season. The Minnesota Vikings plan to use the dynamic receiver all over the field and Greg Jennings said last month Patterson would be "showcased " in the team's offense. During... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been steadfastly clear with their intentions to shelter Blake Bortles to start the 2014 season. While the rookie quarterback agrees with the decision to sit and learn behind Chad Henne, Bortles told NFL Media's Bryan... more

Percy Harvin owns a Super Bowl ring, but after playing in just one regular-season game, the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver didn't exactly sound thrilled to be a bystander during a magical run. "A lot of people were asking me, did (the Super Bowl) kind... more

The Minnesota Vikings will hold one of the few legitimate quarterback competitions when they open training camp practices July 25. In advance of camp, offensive coordinator Norv Turner spoke with KFAN-FM †on Monday, praising his signal-calling corps of... more

Josh Gordon's NFL future is in question after he was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gordon was already facing a potentially lengthy suspension for a positive drug test. At this point in his career, future... more

Oakland Raiders rookie Khalil Mack recently admitted his head was spinning from all the different positions he had to learn. However, the pass rushing linebacker knows it's a good thing. Writing for TheMMQB.com on Monday ,†Mack†reiterated that he... more

With camp comes HBO's fantastic Hard Knocks series. This season we get an inside look at the Atlanta Falcons with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the ever-entertaining Roddy White. Less than a month before the first show, HBO released the official trailer... more

An arbitrator recently deemed Jimmy Graham a tight end for franchise tag purposes. However, in New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' view, how Graham is designated doesn't encapsulate how he's changed the way the position is played. "It doesn't... more

The Summer of Johnny Football sits just 20 days from being shuttered by training camp. In the meantime, questions rain down about whether Johnny Manziel should heed the Cleveland Browns' desire for the quarterback to lay low or live by his own... more

Ryan Broyles is no stranger to offseason rehab assignments. Suffering ACL injuries in 2011 and 2012, the Detroit Lions wide receiver has yet to experience a full NFL offseason. After tearing his Achilles in 2013, the 26-year-old is again rehabbing.... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans missed time during his first month of offseason practice with a hamstring injury. He returned for minicamp healthy but still isn't in the best condition. "Physically, I'm not in tip-top shape. I'm... more

With Kiko Alonso likely sidelined for the season with a torn ACL , the Buffalo Bills appear to be looking to a rookie to fill the sizable void . The Buffalo News' Tim Graham reported the Bills' staff is looking at third-round pick Preston Brown to jump... more

Who is the NFL's top quarterback? Aaron Rodgers? Peyton Manning? Tom Brady? Drew Brees? The world needs to know. Everyone has their opinion on where quarterbacks rank. NFL players voted on NFL Network's The Top 100 . Chris Wesseling rolled out his... more

ROSENTHAL'S TOP 10 HANZUS' TOP 10 SESSLER'S TOP 10 WESSELING'S TOP 10 PATRA'S TOP 10 We've reached the end of the yellow brick road on the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2014 countdown. On Wednesday night, players 10 through 1... more

Julius Thomas' breakout season took place last year and put him in line for a contract extension , but the Denver Broncos tight end could make another leap in 2014. Battista: On-the-job training Fresh off a breakout season, Broncos tight end... more

New York Giants safety Stevie Brown suffered a torn ACL last preseason and missed the entire 2013 campaign, but he doesn't expect to be restricted during the team's upcoming training camp. "It's not a thing at all," Brown told the New York Daily... more

No charges will be filed against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith in the alleged bomb threat incident at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in April, the Los Angeles City Attorney announced Tuesday . Smith was booked on April 13 for false... more

The NFL sent a memo Monday to league members and players stating that the use of non-standard facemasks would be banned beginning this season . For many players this isn't a real issue. But for Baltimore Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty it's... more

Eric Ebron is expected to move around in the Detroit Lions' offense and, as a rookie, is getting fully initiated into how overwhelming learning multiple positions can be. "I've been everywhere and that is what's killing me," the rookie tight end... more

Despite possessing the physical skills to succeed as an NFL quarterback, Zach Mettenberger slid to the sixth round of the draft due to his ACL injury and concerns about a lack of production in big games at the college level. However, he fell to a... more

June

National Football League The NFL will ban the use of non-standard facemasks, such as those pictured above in a league illustration. We've likely reached the end of the Bane-like facemasks in the NFL. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport obtained... more

Ike Taylor took a hefty pay cut this offseason to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is not too pleased about losing $4.25 million in the process . "I'm pissed off about it, still am pissed off about it and I'm going to be pissed off until the... more

Chris Harris suffered a partially torn ACL in the divisional round of the playoffs, which ended up being a big blow to both the cornerback -- who was set to be a restricted free agent -- and the Broncos as they marched toward a Super Bowl defeat . Just... more

No one can ever say Hue Jackson doesn't support his players. The Cincinnati Bengals' new offensive coordinator told SiriusXM NFL Radio last week that his quarterback/receiver duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green is the best in the business. "I think... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are upping the video board game. The team is expected to unveil its new 362-feet wide video boards at EverBank Field on July 26 at a soccer friendly and Carrie Underwood concert, per The Florida Times Union . In the meantime,... more

Maurice Jones-Drew joined the Oakland Raiders this offseason amid queries about whether the three-time All Pro had anything left in the tank. His career-low average of 3.4 yards per carry in 2013 followed an injury-plagued 2012 campaign and had MJD... more

The pivotal season for quarterback Jake Locker is slated to begin in 10 Sundays. Staying healthy will be the biggest key entering his fourth season, but Locker also must display the growth he showed last season before injuries ended his year . The... more

The transformation of Darrelle Revis from Bill Belichick-hater to unrepentant disciple is nearly complete. The cornerback, who, when playing for the New York Jets, once called Belichick a "jerk," now speaks glowingly of his coach and the work ethic... more

After finally making his way from prison back to an NFL field , defensive end Johnny Jolly's 2013 season ended prematurely when he was placed on IR with a neck injury. A free agent, Jolly hasn't seen much interest from teams as he waited to be medically... more

When the Tennessee Titans drafted offensive tackle Taylor Lewan with the No. 11 pick in the NFL draft, the immediate question was what position he would man in 2014. "I know this for sure, Taylor has to be able to play both sides," said offensive... more

The running back position is being devalued throughout the NFL, but Adrian Peterson would like to be the man to reverse that trend. The Minnesota Vikings back told Dan Pompei, for Sports on Earth , he wants to "beat down the things they are saying about... more

Thanks to a dominant defense and an overwhelming home field advantage, the Seattle Seahawks marched relatively unimpeded through the 2013 season en route to a Super Bowl blowout . Despite the fantastic championship season, Seahawks quarterback Russell... more

Julio Jones was already on record as confidently stating he is the best receiver in the NFL . Now he and Roddy White plan to restake their claim on best combo. "When you step on the field, you should feel that you're the best, you and whoever your... more

How much longer Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will continue their respective NFL careers has been a much-discussed topic during the doldrums of the offseason. Manning, 38, recently said retirement isn't on his radar and Patriots owner Robert Kraft... more

The Chicago Bears' receiving corps appears to be just missing the 7-foot center for their offseason intramural basketball team. In 2013, coach Marc Trestman's quarterback combo of Jay Cutler and Josh McCown benefitted from tossing the pigskin to... more

With the news late last week that running back Johnathan Franklin suffered a career-ending neck injury , a crowded Green Bay Packers backfield was suddenly down a man. Franklin's prognosis better explains why general manager Ted Thompson re-signed... more

Jimmy Graham's arbitration hearing †remains one of the key storylines during this dead period before training camp. With the New Orleans Saints player arguing he should be paid at a wide receiver-level -- rather than at the tight end-level, which... more

Around The League will profile the top 25 players we see Making the Leap in 2014 . No. 13 on the list: Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen. Why Griffen is on the list Not all Making the Leap candidates are equal. No other player on this list was... more

Detroit Lions rookie Eric Ebron quite literally wants to redefine the tight end position. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has already signed his deal with the Texans. Find out which other first-rounders have secured... more

First Lt. Alejandro Villanueva has spent the last several months juggling his time between offseason work with the Philadelphia Eagles and his U.S. Army Ranger duties. The 6-foot-9, 277-pound Villanueva has a lot on his plate learning a new position --... more

It's that time of the year when players gush over the additions to their rosters, seeing only rose petals and none of the thorns. While Ben Roethlisberger is glowing over the speed-infused Pittsburgh Steelers defense , over in Green Bay, Aaron... more

Mike Groll/Associated Press Flutie writes that the current NFL -- no huddle, pass-heavy offense focus -- looks more like the CFL. After five seasons of struggling to find a foothold in the NFL during the 1980s, Doug Flutie ventured to the... more

Almost immediately after making Blake Bortles the No. 3 overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced plans to stash the quarterback behind veteran Chad Henne to start his rookie season. Questions abound about the merits of keeping a talent like... more

One key talking point at the NFL Rookie Symposium this week in Aurora, Ohio, is respect in the workplace. Following last season's Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin controversy in Miami, the incoming rookies have been discussing professional conduct... more

The New England Patriots announced the signing of first-round draft pick Dominique Easley on Monday. First-round draft pick signing tracker No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney has already signed his deal with the Texans. Find out which other first-rounders... more

Understatement of the day: Brandin Cooks is fast . The New Orleans Saints wide receiver is so speedy, it took all of two days of offseason workouts for cornerback Keenan Lewis to give him a meteorological nickname. "I called him 'lightning,'" Lewis... more

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham has been described as the most pro-ready route runner coming out of the draft. Now there is a chance he also adds punt and/or kick return duties to his job description. First-round draft pick signing... more

One of the keys to the Minnesota Vikings' offensive success in 2014 will be the maturation of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Making the Leap in 2014 Around The League profiles 25 players (like Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes ) primed to enjoy... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't heard much from wide receiver Justin Blackmon during his indefinite suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The Florida Times-Union's Gene Frenette reported that Blackmon is in the... more

The fascination surrounding the eventual end to Peyton Manning's NFL career continues to swirl in the offseason vortex. The Denver Broncos quarterback visited retiring New Yorkers Derek Jeter and David Letterman earlier this offseason, opining "I'm... more

Two of the NFL's most traditional teams are getting technological. First we start in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers are one of 33 NFL and NCAA teams to use Schutt Vision helmets. The full-contact helmets are embedded with HD video cameras that allow... more

Darrelle Revis has a new contract, a new team and a new outlook. In the past, Revis might respond if another cornerback tried claim the "best corner" crown. Now with the New England Patriots, the veteran isn't worried about proving he's back to top form... more

When Khalil Mack was coming out of Buffalo, scouts viewed him as a versatile playmaker who could be a difference-maker in any defensive scheme. In the Raiders' 4-3 defense, Mack is expected to primarily play strongside linebacker, but the skilled... more

Alec Ogletree entered the NFL with undeniable athleticism and playmaking ability that made him an intriguing addition to the St. Louis Rams' defense. In his second season, the linebacker expects to make even more plays in new coordinator Gregg... more