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April

Russell Wilson doesn't have to worry about Terrelle Pryor running away with his job and he's certainly not concerned about the newly acquired signal-caller disrupting the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback's room. Wilson called Pryor a "great... more

The San Francisco 49ers have been to three consecutive NFC Championship Games with a Super Bowl appearance wedged in the middle. Special-teams blunders , a failed Super Bowl goal-line series and Richard Sherman's famous swat play have highlighted the... more

The confidence oozing from the Oakland Raiders' veteran offseason acquisitions is palpable. Following Maurice Jones-Drew's declaration that Matt Schaub can lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl , newly signed pass rusher LaMarr Woodley said Oakland is... more

Cam Newton spoke publicly for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery and watching the Carolina Panthers' offense stripped down like an aged car. Still wearing a walking boot , Newton said he -- like everyone else within the Greater-Charlotte... more

Andy Dalton isn't the only man looking for a new contract from the Cincinnati Bengals. The NFL's leading tackler, Vontaze Burfict, is also eligible for an extension this season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Burfict and the... more

When the Miami Dolphins signed wide receiver Mike Wallace last offseason, they imagined him consistently hauling in deep bombs from Ryan Tannehill. Those images turned out to be mirages as the Wallace-Tannehill combo didn't offer many explosive plays... more

The Seattle Seahawks gave up a seventh-round draft pick for the rights to quarterback Terrelle Pryor. It's interesting for the Seahawks to give up anything for a player who likely will sit third on the depth chart and -- barring injury to starter... more

When the NFL announces the 2014 schedule this week, DeSean Jackson already knows which games he's going to highlight first. Speaking on "The Arsenio Hall Show" on Monday night to promote his book, "No Bullies in the Huddle," the new Washington Redskins... more

Center Phil Costa spent a little more than a month on the Indianapolis Colts' roster. The Colts announced Monday they placed the 26-year-old offensive lineman on the reserve/retired list. "Phil feels it's in his best interest to retire from the... more

Armed with a bevy of early draft picks, St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead has been doing his due diligence on quarterbacks. "We've definitely scouted QBs," Snead told NFL Media's Adam Schein on Sirius XM Mad Dog Sports Radio on Monday ".... (The... more

Last year's No. 1 overall draft pick, Eric Fisher, missed the Kansas City Chiefs' playoff game with a groin injury . Apparently that was not all that ailed the offensive tackle heading into the offseason. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout... more

LaMichael James won't join the San Francisco 49ers as they begin voluntary offseason conditioning Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the running back is in Texas to train on his own as the team begins workouts. CSN Bay Area first reported... more

Andy Dalton's future with the Cincinnati Bengals continues to be an offseason issue . The quarterback enters the final season of his rookie contract having taken his team to three straight playoff games -- in which he played miserably on each occasion.... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' free-agent signing of quarterback Josh McCown served a twofold purpose: 1) Find a starter Lovie Smith trusted, and 2) find a mentor for whatever young signal-caller they settle on to be the future of the franchise. McCown,... more

Jadeveon Clowney is the most popular pick among draftniks to go No. 1 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. However the uber-athletic pass rusher from South Carolina might not even be the top defensive player on the Houston Texans' board. TheMMQB.com's... more

It's Back-to-Work Day for many NFL players. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32 teams. Find out your favorite team's schedule. More... Nineteen teams will begin Phase 1 of their offseason... more

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman knows he can't afford to whiff on another highly drafted quarterback. Three years after reaching for Christian Ponder, the Vikings have been linked to numerous quarterbacks with the No. 8 overall pick... more

Jim Kelly has returned to Buffalo. The Hall of Fame quarterback flew from New York where he was receiving treatment for a recurrence of sinus cancer . "NYC has been good to us but...there's no place like Buffalo!" -Jill Kelly #PrayersForJK... more

Terrelle Pryor can spend his Easter Sunday reminiscing on his brief three-year career in Oakland. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32 teams. Find out your favorite team's schedule. More...... more

On Friday, we noted that Alabama coach Nick Saban said he recently swapped knowledge with Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase in Tuscaloosa, Ala. If the quarterback and coordinator were talking football during the... more

The Harbaugh family is planning a little preseason get-together. Offseason Dates The NFL offseason workout program calendar has been released for all 32 teams. Find out your favorite team's schedule. More... This edition of Brother-to-Brother... more

While Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was swapping stories with Nick Saban, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera had his own meeting of the minds. Rivera, however, didn't exactly keep it in the realm of football. The man known as... more

Eric Decker became the first piece of the New York Jets' revamped offense earlier this offseason. The wide receiver is glad he wasn't the lone addition. Gang Green's new pass catcher told NFL Network on Friday that the recent signing of running... more

Peyton Manning is 38 years old and entering his 17th NFL season, but his insatiable hunt for improvement hasn't abated. Earlier this week Manning promised to use an embarrassing Super Bowl performance to fuel the Broncos. It wasn't just... more

The Cincinnati Bengals could be next in line to host a "home" game in London. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen The Bengals and Hamilton County... more

In the past two seasons, Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has played in a grand total of 12 games due to knee injuries. The former Defensive Rookie of the Year tore his ACL in 2012 and broke his fibula and tore his LCL in the same knee seven... more

Jairus Byrd signing with the New Orleans Saints easily was one of the best schematic linkups during this offseason. The three-time Pro Bowl safety said a big reason he chose New Orleans -- presumably aside from the six-year, $54 million contract the... more

T.J. Ward wasn't on the Denver Broncos when the Seattle Seahawks demolished them in Super Bowl XLVIII. Heck, the Pro Bowl safety hasn't even met most of his teammates yet. Those facts didn't stop the Broncos' free-agent acquisition from making a... more

Troy Aikman knows a thing or two about back surgeries. The Hall of Fame quarterback underwent back surgery when he was 26 years old and retired when he was 34 in part because of back issues . Given his experience, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback... more

Chris Johnson found a new home in New York on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean the running back is forgetting he was cut by the Tennessee Titans and disregarded by critics. "I have a fresh start . Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my... more

New York Jets general manager John Idzik has been criticized for moving at a slow pace this offseason, but he moved fast enough to get Chris Johnson to sign on the dotted line. Check out the best photos of Chris Johnson. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Clay Matthews' 2013 season ended with him standing on the sidelines as the Green Bay Packers fell to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. The outside linebacker expects the Packers' 2014 offseason to begin with him mostly watching organized team... more

The New York Giants apparently didn't get to see enough of Josh Freeman last season. The quarterback has agreed to terms on a contract with Big Blue, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday , per a source involved. Fox Sports first reported the... more

The last time Peyton Manning stood on a football field, the Denver Broncos were getting trampled by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Two months later, before delivering the keynote address at the Boy Scouts of America's 38th Annual Sports... more

The departure of Knowshon Moreno to the Miami Dolphins left the Denver Broncos' backfield in the hands of second-year player Montee Ball and fumble-holic Ronnie Hillman. The inexperience -- especially in pass blocking -- could bring some instability... more

In our NFC North Roster Reset , Gregg Rosenthal pointed out that Golden Tate was the Detroit Lions' sole big addition this offseason. Coming off a disappointing season, Detroit expects a lot out of that one splash signing. The wide receiver believes... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' most valuable player won't hold out for a new contract. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy told reporters Tuesday that he has no plans to miss training camp, regardless of the status of his contract, per The Tampa Tribune.... more

The New York Jets are taking the next step toward potentially signing running back Chris Johnson. Gang Green is hosting the veteran runner at its training facility, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday , citing a source who spotted Johnson in... more

Quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Matt Flynn aren't the only veterans the New York Giants are kicking the tires on to begin the week. Big Blue met with defensive tackle Kevin Williams on Monday night, The Star Tribune reported . Williams' visit will... more

The New York Giants got an up-close-and-personal look at Josh Freeman's one abominable Week 7 start with the Minnesota Vikings in 2013. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of... more

The Buffalo Bills have another famous suitor fighting to buy the franchise. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi reportedly will be the face of a Toronto-based group seeking to purchase the club, according to the Toronto Sun . "Jon remains passionate in his... more

When Houston Texans running back Arian Foster stated earlier this week that his back surgery "wasn't as major as it sounded, " the question remained what exactly Foster meant when he was "medically cleared" for his participation in offseason workouts.... more

The New York Giants announced quarterback Eli Manning successfully completed arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday afternoon. Manning suffered a high left ankle sprain in the Giants' 2013 regular-season finale, a 20-6 win over the... more

Reggie Bush is returning to a familiar offense, and the change could diminish his workload. New Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi brought much of the New Orleans Saints' playbook with him to Detroit . Bush is acquainted with that offense,... more

If Carolina Panthers fans are confused and frustrated by their team's offseason , they aren't alone. During a Thursday interview on NFL Network's "NFL AM," running back DeAngelo Williams sounded particularly exasperated that the Panthers lost "all" of... more

Ryan Tannehill enters a pivotal third season in 2014. The Miami Dolphins quarterback showed flashes of brilliance his first two seasons but inconsistency has weighed down his overall productivity. The 25-year-old knows it's time to step up his game.... more

Roster Reset: NFC South April 09, 2014

The topsy-turvy NFC South, which never has seen a back-to-back conqueror, took another spin this offseason. The gap between teams in the South closed as the teams that finished 2013 at the top of the division shed veteran players, while the teams at... more

Casey Hayward played in only three games in 2013 due to a nagging hamstring injury. After just under six months of rehab, the Green Bay Packers cornerback believes he's ready for offseason workouts, which start April 22. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The... more

Erin Henderson still is looking for a job, but says he's on the path to personal recovery. The Minnesota Vikings cut the linebacker after separate arrests on DUI and drug charges. Henderson wrote to TMZ.com that he checked into an inpatient... more

The Alex Mack saga in Cleveland took to the red carpet -- err, orange carpet, to be literal. At a local pre-screening of the movie "Draft Day," which features the Browns organization, owner Jimmy Haslam intimated that the Browns plan to match any offer... more

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank believes last season's 4-12 record was an outlier, not a trend for his team. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ...... more

Career sidekick Nate Burleson has played alongside some otherworldly receivers. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... He started his career on... more

Mike Williams returned home to Buffalo, N.Y., with a mindset to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers regret their recent trade of the wide receiver. "I'm going to go out and prove they made a mistake and this is a great decision for the Buffalo Bills,''... more

Rafael Bush will remain in New Orleans. The Saints matched the Atlanta Falcons' offer sheet for the restricted free agent. The safety confirmed the news on Twitter on Monday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market... more

Jake Locker is closer to being ready for what he admitted was a make-or-break season . The Tennessee Titans quarterback told reporters Monday his rehab from Lisfranc surgery is ahead of schedule and he is shooting to be ready for organized team... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they signed wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins to a contract Monday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen wants to make sure we know he's healthy. Less than a month after declaring his surgically repaired injury was "100 percent " healed, the 24-year-old upped the ante. "I feel like I'm almost to 110 percent,"... more

Seven NFL teams kick off Phase 1 of their offseason workout program  Monday. Per the collective bargaining agreement, teams with new head coaches get a two-week head start on Phase 1, which includes meeting with players and conditioning work. The... more

The St. Louis Rams are viewed as the linchpin of the 2014 NFL Draft. With few glaring starting needs and two top-15 picks (No. 2 and No. 13), the Rams are in a position to field a lot of offers for teams trying trade up. In a discussion with... more

The Chicago Bears bolstered their offensive line depth Sunday with a low-cost free agent buy. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The team... more

Alex Mack continues to be the center of offseason attention. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The Cleveland Browns offensive lineman,... more

Brandon Weeden will be fighting for a roster spot with the Dallas Cowboys behind Tony Romo. The 2012 first-round draft pick told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday that he believes the constant change in Cleveland was one factor that stymied his growth as... more

John Harbaugh isn't the only one "excited " by the Baltimore Ravens' additions this offseason. On offense, the Ravens locked up tight end Dennis Pitta, added Owen Daniels, signed five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith, re-signed receiver Jacoby... more

Mary Wilson, widow of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr., will take over as controlling owner of the franchise until the team is sold, the Bills announced Thursday . Battista: What's next for the Bills? Ralph Wilson Jr.'s passing means the... more

Free safety Thomas DeCoud remains jobless after being cut by the Atlanta Falcons in February. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The 2012... more

Jared Allen has no illusions about how he will be welcomed when he returns to Minnesota next season. The 32-year-old told NBC Sports Network that he knew staying within the NFC North meant he'd be booed when the Chicago Bears travel to meet the Vikings.... more

Nate Burleson hopes his career keeps swimming along. The free-agent wide receiver will visit the Miami Dolphins. The former Detroit Lions receiver told "NFL AM" he will land in Miami on Thursday evening, as NFL Media's Steve Wyche announced during the... more

"It's payback, Russell Wilson falling way back in the draft, turn nothing into something, still can make that, straw into gold chump I will spin Rumpelstiltskin in a haystack." - Eminem, "The Monster" Russell Wilson continues to make general managers... more

The Detroit Lions are bringing back the man most famous for running out the back of his own end zone . Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The... more

Kyle Rudolph ended 2013 on injured reserve with a fractured left foot after playing just eight games. However, the Minnesota Vikings tight end does not lack for confidence in looking toward 2014. The 24-year-old was asked at a charity event in St. Paul... more

Maurice Jones-Drew conceded Wednesday that several teams believed he didn't have much left in the tank. During an interview with NFL Media's Adam Schein on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio, the running back said his final choices -- among eight teams... more

The New York Giants are adding a veteran defensive lineman to help make up for the loss of Justin Tuck. The team announced Wednesday it had signed defensive end Robert Ayers. Fox Sports reported the deal was a two-year agreement. Free-Agent Tracker... more

NaVorro Bowman approves of a new rule bearing his name. During last season's NFC Championship Game , the San Francisco 49ers linebacker clearly recovered a fumble against the Seahawks -- but officials ruled that Seattle had recovered the ball, and the... more

DeSean Jackson's signing with  the Washington Redskins undoubtedly will enliven the team's offense . Questions have never risen about Jackson's ability on the field. Instead, it was his perceived off-field demeanor, actions and contract comments that... more

The New York Giants announced the signing of former New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Charles Brown on Tuesday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

Donald Trump, NFL owner? The New York business tycoon said Tuesday he has been contacted by a group seeking to purchase the Buffalo Bills. "People have actually talked to me about the Bills," Trump told WBEN-AM in Buffalo, N.Y., per ESPN.com . "I... more

Cincinnati Bengals fullback Orson Charles was arrested Monday night and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment in Madison (Ky.) County. According to a copy of the citation report obtained by NFL Media, Charles was stopped on Interstate 75 after a... more

Danieal Manning won't have to wait long to make his first free-agent visit. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The safety will visit the... more

For most of 2013, Revis Island was under construction. Coming off ACL surgery, Darrelle Revis admitted he only rounded into form down the stretch of last season. However, Revis Island should be ready for its grand re-opening when the cornerback hits the... more

March

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is scheduled to begin a rigorous regimen of chemotherapy and radiation designed to treat the recurrence of cancer. In a gut-wrenching interview with TheMMQB.com's Peter King , Kelly says he had been dealing with... more

Brian Hoyer, almost six months removed from tearing his ACL, said he is on track to meet his mid-April goal to participate in the Cleveland Browns' offseason workouts. The top quarterback on the Browns' depth chart told WKRK-FM  on Sunday that he has to... more

The Tennessee Titans' decision on running back Chris Johnson is coming to a head. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, via sources informed of their plans, that the Titans are expected to either trade or cut the former 2,000-yard rusher... more

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher dismissed the idea that the team would use the No. 2 overall draft pick on wide receiver Sammy Watkins -- considered by many as the draft's best offensive weapon. That notion conjured some skepticism from Rams fans... more

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's 2014 season lies in limbo after he was indicted on one count of aggravated assault  by a New Jersey grand jury last Thursday. Meanwhile, Bernard Pierce believes he will be ready for the team's July training camp... more

The backup quarterback market has been picked clean.  Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... With Mark Sanchez and Michael Vick becoming the... more

Around The League isn't the only one tracking DeSean Jackson's movement . DeSean Jackson Tracker Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and rumors behind DeSean Jackson's potential destinations with our DJax tracker. More... Plenty of NFL... more

The Philadelphia Eagles' release of DeSean Jackson will stoke plenty of criticism about the receiver. With the move, however, the Eagles made an underlying statement: In Chip We Trust. Take a look at the best shots of DeSean Jackson. Talent in the NFL... more

During his introductory news conference with the Philadelphia Eagles, Mark Sanchez joked that he passed Michael Vick on a train from New York and the two former starting quarterbacks gave each other high-fives. Like Vick, Sanchez understands he is... more

In 2013, Steven Jackson compiled the lowest rushing total of his career and broke his personal streak of eight straight 1,000-yard seasons. The 31-year-old back missed four games due to injury, compiling just 543 yards on 157 carries and six touchdowns... more

Texas A&M's Pro Day wasn't just appointment viewing for fans. Thirty NFL teams sent representatives to watch quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans work out, including eight head coaches and eight general managers. The Cleveland Browns... more

Jason Hatcher had his best season in 2013 after the Dallas Cowboys moved him inside to defensive tackle in a 4-3 defensive scheme. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

The Washington Redskins made sure Brian Orakpo wouldn't reach the open market. Now the veteran won't hold out either. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents.... more

Jerry Jones isn't yet making any demands regarding the Dallas Cowboys' 2014 performance. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The man who said... more

Jim Harbaugh didn't win the NFC championship, but so far he is winning the offseason of fun. (Insert snide comment from Seahawks fans about that being all the 49ers will ever win.) Harrison: All-Time 49ers Joe Montana is just the tip of the iceberg... more

Michael Vick found a new home with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. His former coaches, meanwhile, heaped glowing praise on the quarterback. "Michael's been blessed with some unbelievable gifts," Andy Reid said at the NFL Annual Meeting, per the New York... more

The St. Louis Rams found their veteran backup quarterback. Shaun Hill agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Rams, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a person informed of the deal. ESPN first reported the news.... more

The San Francisco 49ers have been stockpiling successors for the day that Frank Gore breaks down. Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore and whatever late-round rookie they add in the draft this year all stand in line behind the 30-year-old... more

The NFL plans to crack down on taunting and on-field misconduct moving forward. Battista: Belichick being Belichick While Bill Belichick remains tight-lipped on the subject of his Pats, he has been very vocal on another front. Judy Battista explains.... more

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had some tough decisions to make this offseason. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... One of... more

Robert Kraft is "still not giving up hope " the New England Patriots can work out a deal with Vince Wilfork. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this month that the defensive lineman asked for his release . The Patriots approached Wilfork... more

In case the Houston Texans' quarterback play in 2013 didn't tip you off. In case Ryan Fitzpatrick's signing wasn't a signal . And in case the trade of veteran Matt Schaub wasn't the foghorn in the midst of your spring gloom: Texans coach Bill O'Brien... more

At some point the Cincinnati Bengals will be forced to make a decision on Andy Dalton's future. Dalton enters the final year of his rookie contract this season. Owner Mike Brown and coach Marvin Lewis have several options: 1) Give Dalton an... more

With the NFL Annual Meeting taking place this week in Orlando, Fla., there will be a lot of chatter about proposed changes and new rules, most of which won't actually lead to change this season . 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the... more

The San Francisco 49ers' brass is in full-out scoffing mode at the NFL Annual Meeting. Jim Harbaugh told NFL Media's Steve Wyche on Sunday that the perceived controversy between himself and general manager Trent Baalke, including reported trade talks... more

Jim Harbaugh continues to harp on Jonathan Martin's potential for a career resurrection with the San Francisco 49ers. In an interview with NFL Media's Steve Wyche at the NFL Annual Meeting, Harbaugh compared Martin with another Niner who became a solid... more

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed his team is interested in Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Johnson said the team is "looking at a number of players, including DeSean." "We're always interested in talent ," Johnson said... more

The Baltimore Ravens upgraded their offensive line via trade once again. General manager Ozzie Newsome obtained offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, per a source... more

With a dearth of running back depth behind Le'Veon Bell, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been pecking around the veteran free-agent pool. The Steelers brought in Maurice Jones-Drew last week and general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed the team will meet... more

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand is planning his first face-to-face meeting with Ndamukong Suh's new agent this week at the NFL Annual Meeting. However, the Lions' brass is in no hurry to get a contract extension done. "We've got a long runway to... more

Steve Smith moved on from the Panthers, but Charlotte is still his city. The former Carolina Panthers receiver took out a three-quarter-page ad Saturday in The Charlotte Observer thanking fans for their support during his 13-year stint. "This has... more

One of the greatest return men in NFL history will join the Atlanta Falcons. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... Devin Hester agreed to a... more

Break out the trumpets. The Carolina Panthers are signing a wide receiver. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

New Oakland Raiders cornerback Tarell Brown flipped Bay Area allegiances for a shorter contract rather than take a longer deal to stick with the 49ers. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute... more

Richie Incognito has returned to Twitter , and now he's focusing on reuniting with the Miami Dolphins. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

Jared Allen is taking a trip back to the Emerald City. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The defensive end will make his second trip to... more

The Tennessee Titans gave their kicker the boot. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported Wednesday that the Titans released kicker Rob Bironas, according to sources. The team later confirmed the move. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on... more

James Harrison said "everybody knows " he wants to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following the linebacker's declaration on NFL Network's "Total Access" this week, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette passes on that there is "mutual... more

Henry Melton is betting on himself. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The defensive tackle signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys that... more

Chris Johnson's tepid willingness to take a pay cut to facilitate a trade might have stoked some interest. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More...... more

When it comes to two-sport athletes there is one truth in life: Bo Knows. The ultimate football-baseball player, Bo Jackson had some advice for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who attended the Texas Rangers' spring training. "Stick to... more

Jared Allen plans to end his visit with the Dallas Cowboys without signing a contract. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... NFL Media Insider... more

Free agent Henry Melton is racking up the frequent-flyer miles. The defensive tackle is on his way to visit the St. Louis Rams, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, according to a person informed of the player's schedule. Free-Agent... more

Don't expect a contract extension for Ndamukong Suh to be finalized anytime soon. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... With the defensive... more

Bryant McKinnie's 12-year NFL career has been spent at left tackle. Now, with his free-agent prospects drying up, the offensive lineman says he's willing to swap sides. "It shouldn't be too hard," McKinnie told WQAM-AM of playing right tackle, per the... more

The New York Giants won the battle for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... DRC signed a five-year,... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers need to replenish their receiving corps. In that vein, the team will check up on Lance Moore. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the veteran pass-catcher is scheduled to visit with the Steelers on Tuesday, according to... more

The Seattle Seahawks locked down kicker Steven Hauschka. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the sides agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $9.15 million with $3.35 million guaranteed, according to a source informed of the... more

Free-agent offensive tackle Zach Strief isn't moving. The New Orleans Saints announced Monday that it agreed to a five-year contract with the 30-year-old lineman. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the deal is for $20.5 million with $8.4... more

The first week of free agency has been ruled by the tit-for-tat signings between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

After checking the market, Julian Edelman is returning home. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The New England Patriots and the wide... more

After being cut by the Chicago Bears, Julius Peppers is joining the enemy. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The former Bears defensive end... more

Justin Tuck is now a member of the Oakland Raiders, but only after the New York Giants didn't come close to offering him similar compensation. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking... more

The Tennessee Titans added a coverage linebacker to Ray Horton's defense. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... Wesley Woodyard signed with the... more

Do the rich always get richer? Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... Defensive tackle Henry Melton, our No. 2 free agent left on the market ,... more

Brandon Pettigrew isn't leaving Detroit. The free-agent tight end has signed a four-year contract with the Lions, the team confirmed Friday morning. Schein: Moves I love/hate In free agency, there's the good, the bad and the Raiders. Adam Schein... more

After being reinstated by the NFL earlier this month, ex-Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner now will start visiting teams. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that Browner is visiting the New England Patriots on Thursday, according to a source.... more

The Steve Smith era with the Carolina Panthers is over after 13 seasons. The Panthers officially announced Smith's release Thursday morning. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport had reported earlier the Panthers were set to release Smith today, and Bill Voth... more

In need of safety help, the Detroit Lions look to be adding one very familiar with new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free... more

When the Denver Broncos handed $57 million to Aqib Talib, one concern about the six-year deal was the cornerback's health issues. Battista: Broncos charge ahead Denver's spending spree was not your typical free-agency free-for-all. John Elway... more

Can we finally get direct flights from Seattle to Jacksonville? It would only help all the former Seahawks who continue to make the southeastward trek to join the Jacksonville Jaguars. Defensive end Chris Clemons is the latest player in the process of... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to execute their offseason plans. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The team agreed to a two-year contract... more

John Elway has hooked another big free-agent fish. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The Denver Broncos signed pass rusher DeMarcus Ware... more

The New York Giants will keep linebacker Jon Beason wearing blue. NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported the team agreed to a contract with Beason on Wednesday, according to a person apprised of the negotiations. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the... more

The Seattle Seahawks released  defensive end Chris Clemons on Wednesday, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported, per a source involved. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's... more

The wide-receiver market was quiet on a wild first day of free agency . The New York Jets were equally as silent. The silence could end soon. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking... more

Julius Peppers' time with the Chicago Bears has ended after four seasons. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... The Bears released the... more

Arthur Jones will reunite with Chuck Pagano. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More... The defensive end agreed to a five-year contract with the... more

Running back Joique Bell was never going to leave Detroit. On Tuesday, the Lions made sure he wouldn't leave for a few years. Detroit signed the running back to a two-year, $7 million contract extension with $4.3 million in guaranteed money, NFL Media... more

One of the best bargains on the open market could be wide receiver Andre Roberts. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Indianapolis Colts announced they are bringing back kicker Adam Vinatieri on Tuesday. Free-Agent Tracker Follow all the developments on the NFL's open market with our up-to-the-minute tracking of 2014's free agents. More ... NFL Media... more

One of the first names that should come off the board when free agency starts is offensive tackle Branden Albert. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Dolphins could sign Albert shortly after free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET.... more

After Alex Mack was slapped with the seldom used transition tag , his agent had to sit out the thrilling weekend of speculation and theory . The transition tag allows any team to negotiate with the top center on the market (once free agency opens... more

The Chicago Bears have parted ways with their high-priced backup running back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Bears were releasing Michael Bush, according to a source informed of the team's decision. The Bears later... more

Questions about Steve Smith's future have swirled since Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman's vague comments at the NFL combine last month. On the eve of free agency, Smith's future in Carolina appears to be in doubt. NFL Media... more

The New England Patriots are hanging on to tight end Michael Hoomanawanui . 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen The bane of announcers, Hoomanawanui... more

"Bro to Bro" with Martellus and Michael Bennett didn't give any hints as to where Michael would be signing as a free agent. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation.... more

Speculation about Josh McCown's future remains rampant as free agency approaches. With the quarterback market shallower than a dog bowl , McCown sits as a prime target for teams in need of a veteran signal-caller. McCown, who played well as the... more

The turnover in New Orleans seems to have caught some Saints players by surprise . The pending release of running back Darren Sproles might have been the most flabbergasting news. "Everything has been shocking," running back Mark Ingram told The... more

The Miami Dolphins could be following up one splashy offseason with another star-studded dive into free agency. Already linked to left tackle Branden Albert, the Dolphins are expressing "real interest " in free-agent safety Jairus Byrd, NFL Media... more

The long-awaited dismissal of Antonio Cromartie is upon us. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the New York Jets will release Cromartie, according to a person who has spoken to the player. The cornerback tweeted his thanks to the organization... more

The Minnesota Vikings are making hay this weekend. After inking Everson Griffen to a big contract , general manager Rick Spielman signed linebacker Jasper Brinkley to a one-year deal, according to Fox Sports 1 . A fifth-round draft pick in 2009,... more

Detroit Lions owner and chairman William Clay Ford Sr. has died of pneumonia at his home, team president Tom Lewand announced Sunday . Ford was 88. Ford, the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, was a staple in the Detroit community. He purchased the... more

Michael Johnson's agent is a popular man right now. During the first 24 hours of the three-day negotiating period, the Cincinnati Bengals free-agent defensive end has been linked to at least three NFC teams. On Saturday, we broke down the... more

Tony Romo is on pace to participate in next month's organized team activities. The quarterback spoke Saturday night for the first time about the back surgery that ended his 2013 season two days before the finale. "It's going good," Romo told ESPN... more

The Detroit Lions are dipping a paw into the waters of free agency to test the temperature of the defensive backfield market. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Lions inquired about Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward . The... more

Gus Bradley will have a familiar face on his defensive line. The Jacksonville Jaguars reached an agreement with former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant on a four-year , $17 million contract , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly tried to trade right guard Davin Joseph. However, they were unsuccessful and instead cut the 30-year-old veteran , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. The Tampa Bay Times first reported the news . The... more

Over the next several weeks we -- you, me, Around The League and every writer who gets paid to discuss the NFL -- will fall all over ourselves about the free-agent signings that take place. Good signings, bad signings, expensive signings, cheap signings,... more

Ben Tate will hit free agency as the most sought-after running back on the open market. The 25-year-old plans on becoming a top-shelf NFL runner. "I think I can bring you an elite running back," Tate told KRIV-TV in Houston on Friday. "I've learned... more

The Arizona Cardinals didn't let John Carlson leave the desert after meeting him on Thursday. The Cardinals signed the tight end to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal is worth $4.65... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars got the quarterback they desired. Chad Henne agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the team, a source informed of the process told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Friday. Fox Sports first reported the news . Rapoport... more

The Indianapolis Colts have been busy locking up free agents, but aren't close to a contract with their top priority, Vontae Davis. With the legal tampering period set to begin Saturday, the Colts and the cornerback aren't close to a contract... more

The New Orleans Saints continue to shed veteran contracts. Lance Moore will be released, Ian Rapoport reported Friday , per a source who has spoken to the wide receiver. The team later confirmed Moore's release. Earlier in the day, Moore tweeted his... more

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, poised to be a free agent next week, said Friday on NFL Network's "NFL AM" he is ready to move on from New England. "I would never say never -- everybody (says) you never want to burn a bridge," he said of returning... more

Steve Smith, the longtime face of the Carolina Panthers, finally met with general manager Dave Gettleman this week, but he wasn't in the mood to talk about it. "Here's all I have to say about it," Smith told ESPN on Thursday . "I am working out and... more

DeMarcus Ware knows that if the Dallas Cowboys ultimately cut him, he would have no shortage of suitors. The defensive end will listen to the Cowboys' overtures regarding restructuring his contract, but Ware doesn't want to take a pay cut, the Fort... more

The Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday that defensive tackle Letroy Guion has been released. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen The... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars are keeping their prospects in house. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the team agreed to terms with tight end Clay Harbor on a two-year contract , according to a source who had spoken to Harbor. The team... more

Placekickers would like it known they don't appreciate the NFL trying to meddle with their extra point. Several kickers were up in arms after NFL Media's Judy Battista reported that the competition committee will discuss the possibility of moving the... more

Sometimes the tea leaves lie. When NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this offseason that the Green Bay Packers wanted to get more versatile and athletic on defense , we surmised that might mean the end of B.J. Raji's time in Green Bay.... more

Champ Bailey will become a free agent for the first time in his career after being released by the Denver Broncos. The veteran cornerback isn't thrilled with the prospect. "It sucks, but at the same time, I have to move on," Bailey told USA Today... more

The free-agent quarterback market is as shallow as a plastic kiddie pool . With Michael Vick being the best available talent, teams looking for starting-quality quarterbacks will be hard-pressed to meet expectations. But there are some options for... more

The San Francisco 49ers will keep Anquan Boldin in the Bay Area. The wide receiver announced Monday, via his foundation's website , that he has agreed to return to the team. The team later officially announced that it has agreed to terms with Boldin on... more

The offseason of Alex Mack continues. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Cleveland Browns' brass met with the free-agent center this weekend , according to a team source. The source reiterated to Rapoport that Mack is the... more

The New York Giants aren't charging up a hill to try and re-sign Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck or Linval Joseph. Instead, the front office is focusing its efforts on locking up 29-year-old linebacker Jon Beason, according to The Star-Ledger (Newark,... more

The Miami Dolphins are keeping Brent Grimes in South Beach. The team announced Monday it re-signed the cornerback to a new multi-year contract. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the deal is for four years and is worth up to $32 million... more

Last month's reveal of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' updated helmet and logo was met with ennui. Monday's announcement of the Bucs' new Nike jersey  likely will stoke more vigorous responses. We were so excited about our new look, we couldn't wait any... more

The Indianapolis Colts would like to keep Vontae Davis, but aren't planning to play tag with the cornerback. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Colts want to strike a deal with Davis, but won't use the franchise tag if they... more

With the franchise tag deadline looming at 4 p.m. ET today, the Baltimore Ravens will have a critical decision to make on left tackle Eugene Monroe. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the sides have made no real progress on getting a new... more

The Washington Redskins view Brian Orakpo as a priority this offseason, but if and how they will retain him remains to be seen. The Washington Post cited an unnamed member of the organization saying it is a "really close call " whether or not the... more

The Miami Dolphins announced Saturday that they promoted John Benton to offensive line coach. Benton was signed in January as an assistant offensive line coach. The move was expected following former O-line coach Jim Turner being relieved of his... more

The Arizona Cardinals sit in arguably the toughest division in the NFL: the NFC West. (I write "arguably" to be politically correct. If you argued against that division being the best, you'd be wrong. Sorry.) Finishing 2013 at 10-6, the Cardinals... more

In a division where covering Pro Bowl receivers is paramount, the Green Bay Packers will watch cornerback Sam Shields hit the open market. The team will not get a deal done with Shields by March 8 -- the date other teams can contact agents for... more

When the New Orleans Saints slapped the franchise tag  on Jimmy Graham on Friday, they did so with the non-exclusive designation. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed the non-exclusive tag, which was causing a hubbub Saturday morning . This... more

February

The San Diego Chargers locked up their top offseason priority. Linebacker Donald Butler announced Friday via his Twitter account that he has agreed to re-sign with the Chargers. Feeling blessed! Y'all heard it here first! Deal is done!! SD I aint... more

The New England Patriots announced Friday that they released veteran Steve Gregory. The safety's agent, David Canter, first announced the news via Twitter .  Gregory started in 13 games last season. He showed promise before injuring his thumb in... more

Fridays are fantastic. The anticipation of the weekend spurs positive motivations, optimism of revelry and signals an end to the week's grind. For some, this last Friday in February also signifies one other great positive: payday. Some people's... more

Seattle Seahawks head honchos, Pete Carroll and John Schneider, have spoken profusely about the desire to retain Golden Tate. Tate is Around The League's No. 5 rated wide receiver and No. 45 overall free agent heading into March. Tate told The... more

Jairus Byrd might not be close to signing the long-term contract he wants from the Buffalo Bills, but compared to last season's contentious standoff, things appear to be moving along. The Buffalo News' Tim Graham reported Thursday night that two... more

The Baltimore Ravens are no stranger to shedding veteran contracts in the offseason. It's not on the level of last year's purge, but the Ravens released fullback Vonta Leach and linebacker Jameel McClain on Thursday, according to the team's official... more

The Washington Redskins announced Thursday they re-signed defensive lineman Chris Baker. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Baker signed a three-year contract worth $12 million with $4 million guaranteed, per the lineman's agents Tony Paige... more

The NFL will reprise a matchup of Super Bowl XXV when it opens the 2014 preseason. The league announced Thursday that the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will participate in the Hall of Fame Game, which kicks off the 2014 exhibition season,... more

Jay Cutler won't have to break in a new center in 2014. The Bears agreed to terms with center Roberto Garza on a one-year contract, the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reported Thursday . The team later confirmed the signing. The 34-year-old veteran... more

Momentum continues to build toward expanded playoffs, possibly as early as 2015. In a January interview with NFL Media's Rich Eisen, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he didn't believe expansion would happen in 2014 , but that owners could vote to... more

Eric Decker is a smart man. If the Denver Broncos won't pay him enough to keep him catching passes from Peyton Manning, the wide receiver would like to go catch balls from another all-world passer: Andrew Luck. According, to WCNC-TV's Vic... more

To cut DeMarcus Ware or not to cut DeMarcus Ware: That is the question in Dallas. Jerry Jones admitted Monday that the Dallas Cowboys' financial constraints could necessitate cutting ties with their best defensive lineman. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

There will be at least one football presence when the NHL takes over Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, on Saturday. Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will don a helmet painted to resemble that of the Pittsburgh Steelers when his team... more

Team trainers are the unheralded, overlooked champions of the NFL. Like most health care professionals, we never notice them until we need them. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast.... more

The Carolina Panthers have their answer on left tackle Jordan Gross' status for 2014. The 11-year veteran will announce his retirement  at a Wednesday news conference, the team declared Tuesday. "I knew that this was the time for me to step away:... more

Jadeveon Clowney singled out the Atlanta Falcons as a team he'd love to see trade up and draft him. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen Falcons... more

Two years ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars had a different front office, different coaching staff and were interested in participating in HBO's "Hard Knocks" series. The new regime isn't so smitten with the idea of the cable channel's cameras... more

Monday ended up as a day for teams to lock up key special-teams players. The Tennessee Titans agreed to a one-year contract with running back Jackie Battle, The Tennessean reported . That followed the Oakland Raiders' signing of corner/special-teams... more

We learned last week the NFL Competition Committee will consider adopting a rule to penalize players for the on-field use of the N-word. Veteran safety Ryan Clark of the Pittsburgh Steelers told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Sunday that it will be... more

Christian Ponder might remain with the Minnesota Vikings, but his presence isn't hindering the search for a new quarterback. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer visited with NFL Network's "NFL AM " on Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine and discussed his... more

The Seattle Seahawks' salary shedding continues. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the Seahawks are strongly considering releasing Red Bryant, according to a source informed of the team's plans. The defensive lineman's $8.5 million... more

Residents of downtown Minneapolis had a blast Sunday. The upper ring of the Metrodome, the former home of the Minnesota Vikings, was destroyed by "controlled explosives" -- 84 charges of dynamite -- at about 7:30 a.m., according to The Star Tribune , as... more

The San Francisco 49ers are close to keeping Anquan Boldin off the open market. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the two sides are closing in on a deal, according to two sources involved in the situation. ESPN first reported the... more

The Alex Mack news cycle continues in 2014. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Cleveland Browns view re-signing the veteran center as "priority No. 1 ," according to a source informed of the team's thinking. Cleveland has... more

The Green Bay Packers appear poised to watch another wide receiver walk out the door. James Jones hasn't been offered a new contract and likely won't be offered one, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who cited an unnamed... more

The New York Jets continue to make contingency plans just in case the Geno Smith experiment explodes. In addition to talking with Mark Sanchez's agent at the NFL Scouting Combine, the Jets are eyeing free-agent quarterback Josh McCown to provide a... more

Sidney Rice's time in Seattle grows short. Rice is expected to be released by the Seahawks, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, according to a source close to the player. Rapoport predicted earlier this month that Rice would likely be a... more

Andre Ellington displayed explosiveness, elusiveness and speed during his rookie season. Simply put, he was the Arizona Cardinals' best running back in 2013. But coach Bruce Arians maintained throughout the season that the rookie was too slight of... more

Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes keyed the Miami Dolphins' secondary in 2013, but he's unlikely to receive the franchise tag. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the $11.3 million franchise number for cornerbacks makes the tag... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew expects to sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a contract extension soon. Speaking to local beat reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, Mayhew said he thinks a deal with Suh can be struck... more

Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson's rocky 2013 season ended with shoulder surgery. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Richardson underwent "just a scope " on his shoulder, according to a person informed of the... more

Randall Cobb told Around The League's Dan Hanzus this week that he'd like to sign a contract extension with the Green Bay Packers. The wide receiver might have to wait in line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Packers... more

We sit in the thick swelter of smokescreen season. New Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer embraced the weather of the time when he was asked if it's safe to assume he will draft a quarterback at No. 4 overall. "It could be safe, but we... more

Lovie Smith spoke glowingly about quarterback Mike Glennon during his introductory press conference with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Smith still praised Glennon's strong arm and hard work, the coach said Thursday that if a franchise... more

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks' plan to earn Victor Cruz-type money started by emulating the salsa dancer's management setup. Nicks, who will be a free agent March 11, signed with Jay Z's sports agency, Roc Nation, the receiver tweeted... more

Jon Baldwin reportedly will stick around with the San Francisco 49ers for at least a couple more months. The wide receiver has reworked his contract with the Niners, ESPN Boston's Field Yates reported Thursday. According to the report, Baldwin's... more

The NFL's money pie just got a bit bigger. Several executives from the NFL believe the salary cap will jump from $123 million in 2013 to around $130 million in 2014 for a five-percent increase, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The... more

Tony Romo's recovery from late-December back surgery appears to have him on target to return by the time the Dallas Cowboys begin their offseason program April 21. "All I can go off of is what the doctors and trainers tell me, which is they think... more

As the Chicago Bears continue to pile up young, middling cornerbacks , questions continue about the future of Charles Tillman. The cornerback told "The McNeil and Spiegel Show" on WSCR-AM  that he doesn't know if he will return to Chicago but is certain... more

After the world gasped at the grotesque way some members of the Miami Dolphins treated one another in the locker room, NFL players began reaching out to tell fans that those actions were isolated, not pervasive. Offensive tackle Eric Winston has... more

It almost seems too obvious that the Jacksonville Jaguars will use the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on a quarterback. However, general manager Dave Caldwell reiterated that he's not going to force taking a quarterback, regardless of what... more

The Chicago Bears' defense fell from questionable to awful in 2013 when defensive tackle Henry Melton went down with a knee injury. The team's best interior lineman said Tuesday that he isn't sure of the odds of returning to Chicago. "I honestly... more

BREAKING NEWS: The Dallas Cowboys won in February. The Cowboys won a coin flip with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday in Indianapolis, in advance of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. The win gives the Cowboys the No. 16 overall pick in the first... more

Don't expect centralized replay to be employed by the NFL next season. When the NFL Competition Committee met Tuesday, it only briefly touched on the topic of moving all replays to one location in order to streamline consistency and the speed of... more

The Houston Texans' top selection in the 2014 NFL Draft will be the hottest topic of discussion the next two and a half months. NFL Media analyst and draft guru Mike Mayock, during his yearly all-encompassing draft teleconference , boiled down the... more

Terrell Suggs' restructured contract signaled the start of the offseason period when veterans on the back slope of their careers remake their deals. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport passed on another potential vet  who might restructure: St. Louis... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around the League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. What's changing Coach Mike Zimmer is bringing in a strong personality and defensive scheme that should whip a disappointing Vikings group into... more

President Barack Obama reiterated his support of Michael Sam's decision to publicly announce that he's gay in advance of this week's NFL Scouting Combine. "I really like the fact that Michael did it before the draft, because his attitude was, 'You... more

Prior to the release of Ted Wells' condemning report , NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell already had been speaking with players about locker-room life so the league could learn from what happened inside the Miami Dolphins' workplace. Peter King of... more

The Ted Wells report on the Miami Dolphins' workplace conduct found that offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was subjected to a pattern of pervasive harassment by teammates Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey. One question moving forward: What is... more

Minnesotans should hold off on their plans to throw Christian Ponder a going-away party. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Friday that he plans to keep Ponder in Minnesota in 2014. Ponder "will be here" next season, Spielman said, per... more

Will Smith "wasn't surprised" the New Orleans Saints cut him this week . The defensive end/linebacker told NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Friday that it was disappointing to see himself and three other veterans -- Jabari Greer, Roman Harper and Jonathan... more

It wasn't a surprise when the Detroit Lions cut Nate Burleson  on Thursday. Fans weren't surprised, we weren't surprised and the wide receiver wasn't surprised. The 11-year-pro told NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Friday that he knew it was "50-50"... more

The New Orleans Saints parted ways with four veterans this week in part to prep for the inevitable signing -- or franchise tagging -- of Jimmy Graham. The tight end isn't fretting about when a contract will get finished. "For me, I'm just... more

With new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi declaring that he's bringing the New Orleans Saints' playbook to Detroit, Lions tight end Joseph Fauria is upping his personal expectations. The undrafted rookie compared himself with Saints tight end... more

Ed Reed had a bag-o-money stolen from the front seat of his car in Houston on Wednesday. According to a police report obtained by NFL Media, the free agent safety had $50,000 taken from his 2006 Audi after someone broke his passenger-side window to... more

The United States is exporting a former big-name football player to China: Ricky Williams. The former Heisman Trophy winner, who rushed for 10,009 yards during his 11-year NFL career, is an assistant coach, helping Chinese university students who will... more

The Cleveland Browns keep firing people. And those men keep finding work. Rob Chudzinski landed with the Indianapolis Colts; Norv Turner took over the Minnesota Vikings' offense; Ray Horton now will lead the Tennessee Titans' defense. The newest... more

A minuscule chance remains that Hakeem Nicks will return to the New York Giants. Still, that reality won't stop Victor Cruz from lobbying for his outside receiver to stick with Big Blue. "I have (asked him to stay)," Cruz told The Star-Ledger's... more

Sean Payton told us last week there were cuts coming for the New Orleans Saints. On Wednesday, the team gave us the first three names. The team announced it terminated the contracts of cornerback Jabari Greer, safety Roman Harper and... more

So, Kevin Colbert, you're telling me there's a chance? The Pittsburgh Steelers general manager spoke to local scribes Wednesday and suggested his team potentially might keep both outside linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Jason Worilds. However,... more

The Oakland Raiders of the mighty AFC West will face three playoff teams within their division, playing each twice in 2014 -- and outside of practice, they don't get to face the Oakland Raiders. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the... more

Scrapping their front office wasn't the only important business matter for the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Wednesday that the Browns spoke with Joe Haden's representatives Tuesday, according to a source involved in... more

Michael Bennett continues to reiterate that he wants to remain with the Seattle Seahawks. The defensive end, however, doesn't plan on signing a contract from the Blue Light Special aisle. "There is no such thing as discount," Bennett said on NFL... more

New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has primary knowledge of the type of football player and person Michael Sam will be in the NFL. Richardson roomed with Sam when they were teammates at the University of Missouri. "I am (proud),"... more

The Chicago Bears are looking for the black-belt treatment. The team announced Tuesday it has hired martial arts expert Joe Kim to help develop hand technique and skill development. Kim will work with all of the Bears position groups to help... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. What's changing The biggest change in Detroit already took place with the overhaul of the coaching staff. Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator... more

Joey Porter is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team announced Tuesday that the four-time All-Pro linebacker has been hired as a defensive assistant. Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest expects Porter to help tutor outside linebackers. Debate:... more

Ndamukong Suh is inching closer to having Jay Z in his corner. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle, who fired his agents before the Pro Bowl, is expected to have the rap mogul and Roc Nation included as part of his advisory group, according to an... more

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma appeared on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" Monday night to clarify comments he made to NFL Media's Andrea Kremer earlier this month about how an openly gay player might be accepted in an NFL locker room. "I... more

We sit less than one week away (Feb. 17 ) from NFL teams beginning to utilize the franchise tag. For most players, the tag is a hindrance to a desired long-term contract. Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes is a prime candidate to receive the... more

The news that Michael Sam is poised to become the first openly gay man to enter an NFL locker room brought questions about how the University of Missouri defensive end would be welcomed by organizations. Players took to Twitter on Sunday and... more

When the Dallas Cowboys promoted Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator -- while still keeping Monte Kiffin in the building -- it signaled that the team would continue to use a 4-3 base defense. Linebacker Sean Lee, who dealt with multiple injuries... more

New Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey likely is spending these next few weeks being briefed not only on players to watch at the NFL Scouting Combine , but also his own players. The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson got a taste of some of the... more

Former NFL defensive back Wade Davis told the world he is a gay man years after he left professional football. Drawing from his own experience, Davis spent the past few days counseling the University of Missouri's Michael Sam before the defensive... more

In 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles believed they were close enough to a Super Bowl run to break the bank in free agency. Popular thought at the time was the signings of Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins and Vince Young would get the Eagles... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams will carry a disastrous end of 2013 with him into 2014. Williams has an arraignment hearing on misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing at 9 a.m. ET on Feb. 24, stemming from an... more

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson wants a pay raise, but has no designs on holding out to obtain a contract extension. "It will be taken care of, definitely. But all that holdout and all that other talk that people were saying and... more

With the offseason officially under way, Around The League will examine what's next for all 32 teams. The series continues with the Jacksonville Jaguars. What's changing? With the least-talented NFL roster, Gus Bradley's team showed progress... more

Sean Payton is confident the New Orleans Saints' brass will get a deal done with tight end Jimmy Graham -- as it did with Drew Brees -- but the coach understands the restraints of the salary cap. "The most challenging part of your job as a coach, and I... more

We mentioned earlier this week how Bill Belichick began his offseason by playing golf with Peyton Manning at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in coastal California. The New England Patriots' coach apparently isn't as confident on the golf... more

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski won't be jobless in 2014. The man known as "Chud" was hired by the Indianapolis Colts as a special assistant to coach Chuck Pagano, the team announced Saturday . Pagano and Chudzinski's... more

The Detroit Lions' unofficial offseason slogan is "Fix Matthew Stafford." Whether or not he actually needs "fixing" as much as "fine-tuning" is debatable. For Lions new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, an analysis of each of Stafford's 19... more

Entering Super Bowl XLVIII, the world expected a close matchup that would come down to the wire. We watched the opposite unfold. After the Seattle Seahawks' domination of the Denver Broncos, the question was posed to linebacker K.J. Wright: If the... more

The Detroit Lions will keep intact one of the NFL's best offensive lines. The team re-signed center Dominic Raiola to a one-year deal, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday. The 13-year pro will get a significant raise after taking a pay cut last... more

Every shifty running back in the past two decades has been compared to King Make-You-Miss , Barry Sanders. Even on Sanders' former team, the Detroit Lions, Reggie Bush's style on occasion harkens back to the days when Barry bounced around the... more

Questions about where starting quarterbacks rank is standard fodder during the NFL offseason. Over-evaluation of young quarterbacks is even more prevalent with a plethora of still-developing signal-callers dominating the NFL landscape. Our most... more

New Lions new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi isn't just bringing a famous last name to Detroit; he also will bring the New Orleans Saints' offensive playbook. "There will be a lot of similarities (to the Saints' playbook)," the former New Orleans... more

During Lovie Smith's introductory news conference , the new coach made a flattering comparison between Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David and 2014 Hall of Fame enshrinee Derrick Brooks. On Thursday, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy took the... more

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell wouldn't take an overt stance like the team's owner, Shad Khan, did last week on their chances of drafting a quarterback. Brooks: Clowney's best fit? Jadeveon Clowney is one of the main figures in... more

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander missed the entire season after tearing his right ACL in August . Now, his preparation for the 2014 season has been put in jeopardy. Alexander underwent an additional follow-up surgery to repair the... more

Kyle Shanahan, in his introductory news conference with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, discussed coaching beyond his father's shadow. "I'm looking forward to it," Shanahan said, per The Washington Post . "I think it's gonna be nice when I hear... more

Ron Rivera is like you, Mr. & Ms. NFL Fan. The Carolina Panthers' coach is frustrated by the inconsistency with which pass interference is called. "I think if there was one that a lot of coaches talk about that has a lot of concern throughout the league... more

With Hue Jackson taking over the offensive coordinator duties, the Cincinnati Bengals are expected to move toward a more ground-and-pound approach. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard will be the biggest beneficiaries of the approach.... more

Former Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins doubled down on his desire to return to the NFL since missing the past two seasons after suffering a severe neck injury. "My whole purpose of doing what I did on Twitter, I wanted to remind everybody I'm... more

It was a big year for Ron Rivera: His Carolina Panthers rattled off a 12-5 record; he won the NFC South division; he earned Coach of the Year honors ; he received a contract extension and -- most importantly -- he was branded with the nickname... more

Michael Bennett deserves to get paid for a dominant season that ended in a Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl championship. The defensive end, coming off a one-year, $5 million contract, won't be cheap, but is on the record saying he wants to remain in the... more

Ray Rice played most of 2013 while dealing with a hip injury. The Baltimore Ravens running back said in December the injury wasn't something "you just bounce back from." Now he expressed some regret that he tried. "I played through an injury and... more

The botched snap on the first play from scrimmage of Super Bowl XLVIII started the avalanche, which engulfed the Denver Broncos. On NFL Network Watch Seattle celebrate its first major sports title since 1979 on "NFL Total Access Special: Seahawks... more

Malcolm Smith won the Super Bowl XLVIII MVP award on the strength of being at the right place at the right time to snag two Denver Broncos turnovers. "I've always just been taught to run to the ball and good things will happen for me," Smith said Monday... more

Russell Wilson's first pass of Super Bowl XLVIII was a high, wobbly, off-target throw to tight end Zach Miller in the flat. "Honestly, I wasn't nervous at all," the second-year pro told NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Final" after the game. "I think it... more

The saddest part of the post-Super Bowl hangover is the moment you realize we have to wait seven months for another real NFL game. Before the Seattle Seahawks kick off the 2014 season, we must wade through the NFL draft, free agency, minicamps,... more

Critics admonished Pete Carroll when he left the University of Southern California to join the Seattle Seahawks. The narrative then stated that the coach, who failed twice already in the pros, couldn't win in the NFL. On NFL Network NFL Replay... more

The Seahawks' defense was dominant, powerful, domineering, demonstrative and ascendant. Pick your adjective. The unit was exemplary as it destroyed the Denver Broncos' historic offense in Seattle's 43-8 win in Super Bowl XLVIII. Only one man could win... more

With Robert Griffin III's place as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback secure, Kirk Cousins is hoping to get a ticket to a place he could start. The backup quarterback has had discussions with the Redskins about his desire to start and is... more

Rex Ryan's contract extension was viewed as a win for both Ryan and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, who has never hidden his infatuation for the boisterous coach. During Super Bowl week in New York, Johnson told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Russell Wilson will become just the sixth NFL quarterback to start in the Super Bowl before the end of his second season. Speaking with NFL Media's Michael Irvin for a feature that aired on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" on Sunday, Wilson... more

Remember those doomsday scenarios of historic snowstorms predicted to bury Super Bowl XLVIII and make the NFL rue the decision to play the biggest game of the season outdoors -- in New Jersey -- in February? Apparently even Mother Nature loves good... more

The Denver Broncos' walkthrough at MetLife Stadium on Saturday lasted 30 minutes and was full of light and fun action. According to pool reporter Ben Volin of The Boston Globe , coach John Fox encouraged his players to soak up the experience.... more

Despite having zero players with Super Bowl experience, the Seattle Seahawks have been a relaxed bunch all week. The trend didn't change the day before the biggest game of their lives. After getting their first glimpse of MetLife Stadium on... more

Geno Smith isn't worried about whether or not New York Jets coach Rex Ryan declares him the starting quarterback. "Regardless of anything, as long as there's a season next year, I'll be starting,'' Smith told Newsday's Kimberley A. Martin on Friday.... more

Kyle Shanahan landed on his feet in Cleveland after all. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Browns would hire Shanahan as their offensive coordinator, according to a source informed of the team's plans. Fox Sports first... more

A Super Bowl disaster was averted for two Seattle Seahawks fans. Nicole Hill and Sarah Agerup, of Seattle, told WCBS-TV on Friday that they had their Super Bowl tickets stolen when Hill's wallet was pilfered at the San Francisco International Airport,... more

It's the Saturday before the Super Bowl, which means we won't be hearing from the players who are actually playing in the biggest game of the season. Instead, we can fill our day listening to an epic remix of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn... more

Watching the Arizona Cardinals' turnstile of an offensive line in 2013, one would think it would be the team's biggest offseason priority. Coach Bruce Arians said the group will be evaluated, but he believes an upgrade at left tackle "doesn't have to be... more

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan admitted what the rest of the football world understood to be true: The team will draft at least one quarterback. "I think there's no mystery that we're going to be taking a quarterback and maybe two," Khan told... more

January

The Denver Broncos moved their Thursday practice inside, but that didn't stop Peyton Manning from getting some work done in the bitter cold. USA Today's Jarrett Bell , the pool reporter covering the Broncos, reported that Manning took backup... more

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is ready to test free agency. "I will see what the market is for me," Tuck told the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch  on Thursday. "I've never been in this situation before, and it's a great opportunity for myself.... more

After a bevy of interviews, the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator position remains unfilled. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that both Kyle Shanahan and Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo interviewed for the gig... more

Charles Tillman will test free agency , but the cornerback plans to end his career with the Chicago Bears. "In a perfect world, I will finish as a Bear," Tillman told 670-AM's Laurence Holmes  on Wednesday. "I guarantee you I will retire as a Chicago... more

Much consternation and overdramatic "oh no he didn't" z-snapping  ensued after Colin Kaepernick whipped out the mock-SuperCam celebration during the San Francisco 49ers' playoff win over the Carolina Panthers. 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team... more

The plush, indoor field at Florham Park sat yards away, with its warmth beckoning to Denver Broncos players. Instead, John Fox's team braved the cold for its first full practice of Super Bowl week -- going for one hour and 40 minutes after a... more

Jonathan Martin is ready to get back to playing football. The offensive tackle told Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy repeatedly that he misses the competitiveness of football and the camaraderie of the locker room. "I'm ready to get back to... more

When John Elway signed Peyton Manning in 2012, the Denver Broncos' executive said he wanted to make sure Manning ended his career as the best quarterback ever to play football. On Wednesday, Elway said he realized that question never will be truly... more

Peyton Manning wants to put a Lombardi-shaped cherry on top of the sundae of awesomeness that was his record-setting 2013 season. Many, including his brother Eli, didn't believe Peyton would make it back to the Super Bowl after multiple neck... more

Super Bowl XLVIII could be Knowshon Moreno's final game wearing Denver Broncos orange. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Wednesday on NFL Network's "Super Bowl Live" that the Broncos don't expect to be able to re-sign the running back for 2014,... more

The job of Jimmy Graham's representation this offseason will be to argue that the New Orleans Saints' tight end should be paid more in line with a wide receiver's compensation. They got no help Wednesday. All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees defined the... more

The multitude of cooks in the Dallas Cowboys' coaching kitchen got a clearer definition of their 2014 roles Tuesday. The Cowboys announced that Rod Marinelli will take over defensive coordinator duties, while Monte Kiffin will stay with the organization... more

Every cornerback in the NFL will have his opportunity to address whether Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in the league. As we said last week , "best cornerback" has replaced "elite quarterback " as the 2014 NFL buzz phrase. Tuesday was... more

Jonathan Martin recently discussed with Super Bowl XLIV-winning coach Tony Dungy why he abruptly left the Miami Dolphins during the season. "I'm a grown man. I've been in locker rooms. There's vulgar language in locker rooms. One instance doesn't bother... more

The Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom can silence most receiving corps. However, in Super Bowl XLVIII they won't be facing most receiving corps.  The Denver Broncos' pick-your-poison offense poses problems with its ability to attack any part of the field... more

Kyle Shanahan already has missed out on offensive coordinator opportunities with the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins. Now he hopes to catch on with the Cleveland Browns for their OC position in 2014. Cleveland will meet with Shanahan on Wednesday... more

Richard Sherman called Michael Crabtree mediocre. He has the opposite feelings about Peyton Manning. "His numbers speak for themselves," Sherman said at Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day. "He's a living legend. He's been a living legend for years."... more

Marshawn Lynch spoke to the media for just over six minutes in his first spin around Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day session . NFL Media's Deion Sanders then tracked Lynch down. The conversation was vintage Beast Mode. Enjoy . .. SANDERS:  How you doing,... more

Richard Sherman's 20 seconds of ranting about Michael Crabtree following the NFC Championship Game has caused a media stir the past two weeks. At Super Bowl Media Day, the Seattle Seahawks cornerback wished he'd have focused on his own teammates.... more

The media got its wish. Marshawn Lynch will not skip Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. Silver: Lynch opens up Marshawn Lynch has shut out the media for much of the season, but the prolific runner recently sat down with Michael Silver for a rare... more

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has no problem with Richard Sherman's declaration that he is the best cornerback in the NFL. "If you feel like you are the best, go ahead and say it," Bailey told NFL Network's Deion Sanders on Tuesday at Super... more

John Elway secured his playing legacy with two Super Bowl championships before walking into the sunset. Take a look at the scene inside the Prudential Center as the Denver Broncos face the media before Super Bowl XLVIII> Returning to the Super Bowl for... more

HONOLULU -- The NFL wanted Pro Bowl drama. The NFL got Pro Bowl drama. Alex Smith, the final pick in Wednesday's Pro Bowl Draft, led Team Rice on the final touchdown drive on a rain-soaked field. Then Jerry Rice and Riverboat Ron Rivera went for two and... more

HONOLULU -- The NFL wanted to manufacture excitement with the new Pro Bowl Draft format and changes to the rules. They got it. Alex Smith led a final-minute game-winning touchdown drive as Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21 on a rain-soaked field... more

HONOLULU -- We wondered, given the new Pro Bowl format, whether or not teammates would hit each other ferociously. Our answer came early in the contest when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson smoked running back Jamaal Charles in the first... more

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- The first nonconference Pro Bowl kicks off Sunday between Team Sanders and Team Rice at Aloha Stadium. The new format has NFL players in Hawaii buzzing about going up against teammates and playing alongside men from opposite... more

By his own admission, Darrelle Revis didn't have his best season in 2013. Coming off of ACL surgery, he was even surprised he was voted to the Pro Bowl. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback said he's now fully healthy, with "no pain," and is looking... more

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas would relish the challenge of going head-to-head with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in Super Bowl XLVIII. "(Sherman's) a great player. I'd love to have that matchup to show what kind of... more

Running backs coach Kirby Wilson is leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers to don purple -- just not Baltimore Ravens purple. Wilson was eliminated as a potential candidate for the Ravens' offensive coordinator position Saturday, but he won't return to... more

The positive assessments of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon continue to pile up with each new hire. Coach Lovie Smith gushed about Glennon's strengths in his introductory news conference earlier this month . This week it was newly... more

The Buffalo Bills wasted little time filling their vacant defensive coordinator position after Mike Pettine took the Cleveland Browns' head coaching position Thursday . The team announced Friday it hired ex-Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz to run... more

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Jimmy Graham wasn't thrilled when told New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis already declared he plans on using the franchise tag on the tight end if a long-term contract can't be settled. "That's real unfortunate,"... more

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Darrelle Revis laughed. The Pro Bowl cornerback knew the question about Richard Sherman was coming. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers star, who previously had gotten into Twitter battles with Sherman, had one major critique of the Seattle... more

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Roger Goodell stirred up a hornet's nest in the kicking community when he suggested on NFL Network on Monday that the NFL might consider dumping the extra point . Pro Bowl kickers Justin Tucker and Stephen Gostkowski weren't thrilled... more

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Joe Haden doesn't know much about new Browns coach Mike Pettine. However, the cornerback hopes his new coach will bring swagger to Cleveland. "I like attitude, definitely," Haden said after Wednesday's Pro Bowl practice. Haden... more

The Seattle Seahawks will have their offensive X-factor in Super Bowl XLVIII. Percy Harvin passed concussion protocol and has been cleared to play against the Denver Broncos, the team confirmed Thursday to NFL Media. With Harvin on the field, the... more

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- To hit Andrew Luck or not to hit Andrew Luck? That might be the question facing Robert Mathis at Sunday's Pro Bowl. Pro Bowl Draft Day 2 recap QUARTERBACK Pk Team Player 1 Team Sanders Andrew Luck 2 Team Sanders Cam Newton... more

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- The NFL's inaugural Pro Bowl Draft added intrigue, smack talk and entertainment to the roster selection process on Wednesday in Hawaii. The day started with Andrew Luck being selected No. 1 overall by Team Sanders. (All Luck does is... more

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Richard Sherman's postgame lambasting of Michael Crabtree sent the entire NFL community into a tizzy. The storyline even made its way out to Hawaii. During a press conference Tuesday for the 2014 Pro Bowl Draft, legendary wide... more

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- The cornerback-wide receiver banter has moved to Hawaii this week. Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice continued their friendly repartee as Pro Bowl week kicked off with the NFL's new draft format. Pro Bowl Fantasy Draft Day 1 recap... more

Michael Crabtree watched as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman swatted away a potential game-winning touchdown pass. The tipped ball resulted in an interception and a San Francisco 49ers loss in the NFC Championship Game . Sherman taunted the... more

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman twisted in midair, contorting his lanky frame to swat San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's touchdown pass attempt away from wide receiver Michael Crabtree. On NFL Network NFL Replay will... more

The New England Patriots did not add a punter to their roster Saturday. As we pointed out Friday , the Patriots refraining from adding a punter this week is a good sign that Ryan Allen is fine after injuring his shoulder last week  against the... more

Adrian Peterson should find out soon how tough his offseason rehab will be this year. Peterson will visit a specialist Sunday in Philadelphia about his injured groin and decide if surgery is needed, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports per a source... more

Champ Bailey struggled through a nightmare 2013, battling a foot injury that cost him the majority of the season. When the Denver Broncos cornerback finally returned after two earlier failed recovery attempts, he was used in a limited role. With... more

We have some deflating news out of Minnesota this Saturday. Literally. The Metrodome in Minneapolis was deflated -- on purpose this time -- Saturday as the Minnesota Vikings prepare to build their new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2016. The... more

All anyone wants to hear from new Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is how he plans to mold Matthew Stafford into a better quarterback. In an interview with NFL Media's Lindsay Rhodes on Friday's "Around The League Primetime," Caldwell said that... more

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie confirmed this week that running back Darren McFadden will test the free-agent market. "Darren's going to be a free agent and there's been communication with his agent," McKenzie said, per ESPN.com .... more

Ray Horton is on track to reunite with his old boss Ken Whisenhunt. The Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator is Whisenhunt's choice to take over the DC duties for the Tennessee Titans, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, according... more

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will not play in the NFC Championship Game . Harvin suffered a concussion during last week's Divisional Round Weekend win over the New Orleans Saints and has not been cleared by doctors. "It's super... more

Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Kevin Greene announced Friday he is leaving the coaching staff. "I am stepping away from the NFL at this time in order to spend more time with my wife, Tara, and our children, Gavin and Gabrielle," Greene said, per a... more

Mike Zimmer came out firing during his introductory news conference as the Minnesota Vikings' new head coach . 'ATL Podcast' The Around The League team hits all the NFL's hottest topics in its award-winning podcast. Join the conversation. Listen... more

Richard Sherman requested to shadow Anquan Boldin in the Seattle Seahawks' Week 2 romp over the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman then completely shut him down. During the second matchup in Week 14, the 49ers threw away from Sherman, targeting corner... more

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford believes he is on pace to return from ACL surgery by the time his team opens training camp in July. "Barring any major setbacks, I feel very confident for camp," Bradford told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on... more

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has guided his team to back-to-back 4-12 seasons as he tries to overhaul a tragic roster. According to the GM, the Raiders were much better this season than the previous 4-12 squad. "I thought we... more

History tells us Tom Brady should have a good performance in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos. FedEx Air & Ground Players of Year Peyton Manning set new NFL single-season records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns... more

For the past three seasons, John Elway has watched from a suite as his Denver Broncos competed in playoff contests. The two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback said Thursday he liked the playoffs much more as a player. "It's very different," the... more

Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin is still not cleared after suffering a concussion in last weekend's win over the New Orleans Saints. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters that the dynamic pass-catcher did not participate in Wednesday's practice... more

Tom Brady was not seen during the media portion of the New England Patriots practice Wednesday. Multiple outlets reported that the quarterback was not with the team during stretching and individual drills. It is the Patriots' first practice as they... more

The Legion of Boom is the most physically imposing secondary in the NFL, leading some to believe their play borders on illegal. "These are the toughest guys you are going to face," Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said of the Seattle... more

The Seattle Seahawks have lost only one game at CenturyLink Field over the past two NFL seasons. A big reason for that success is the loud, intimidating atmosphere Seattle fans create. Schein: So we meet again ... Adam Schein says Jim Harbaugh vs.... more

During his introductory news conference  as the Tennessee Titans' new leader, Ken Whisenhunt was asked what kind of quarterback he'd prefer to coach. Wiz's response: "Kurt Philip Roethlisberger." The amalgamation of Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers and Ben... more

The Detroit Lions' hire of Jim Caldwell on Tuesday  was viewed by many in the Motor City as an underwhelming, reactionary move after missing out on Ken Whisenhunt. If the now-Tennessee Titans coach was Lions general manager Martin Mayhew's choice... more

Bill Belichick has guided an injury-plagued team, missing essential starters on both sides of the football, to the AFC Championship Game. The New England Patriots' leader rarely gets heavy consideration for Coach of the Year -- normally on the grounds... more

Last July, when questioned about whether Cam Newton was the right quarterback to build a team around, Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman answered with what The Charlotte Observer called "a pregnant, seven-second pause " before saying:... more

The Detroit Lions moved swiftly Tuesday, hiring Jim Caldwell as their next coach , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported per a source informed of the team's plans. The Lions officially announced the hiring later that day and will hold a news... more

Andrew Luck provided the bright spot in an otherwise dreary ending to the Indianapolis Colts' season. Now that he doesn't have a game to prepare for, the currently clean-shaven, baby-faced quarterback is meandering in the proverbial dark. "When... more

As Seahawks pass rushers Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril were beating up Drew Brees on Saturday , the New Orleans Saints quarterback surely wished Seattle didn't have all that free salary-cap space to sign the veteran defensive linemen on the cheap this... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking a second lap in the race to find a new general manager. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Tampa Bay will conduct second interviews with Tennessee Titans vice president of football operations Lake... more

The Denver Broncos got some bad news Monday. Cornerback Chris Harris suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during Sunday's 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported . USA Today first reported the news and John Fox... more

Wes Welker will take the field this weekend against some old friends. The Denver Broncos wide receiver returned to game action Sunday , but he wasn't interested into getting into the minutia of his future matchup with the New England Patriots. On... more

Peyton Manning had just finished dispatching Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers 24-17 when he was asked if a report regarding his future was weighing on his mind. On NFL Network "NFL Replay" will re-air the Patriots' 34-31 win over the... more

The Carolina Panthers' exit from the playoffs means we unfortunately will be without Steve Smith for the next several months. GMC Never Say Never Moment A stingy Panthers defense led by linebacker Luke Kuechly aided in a huge down-to-the-wire road... more

The English language doesn't contain enough words to effectively describe what it's like to witness Andrew Luck play quarterback. In Saturday's 43-22 loss to the New England Patriots, Luck dropped some of the best dimes of the postseason. The... more

A nearly disastrous play turned out to be a good break for the New England Patriots. With 2:28 remaining in the first half of the Patriots' 43-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts, New England set up to punt from their own 44-yard line. Long snapper... more

The prolific duo of Drew Brees and Sean Payton were psyched out once again in Seattle over the course of Saturday's 23-15 loss to the Seahawks. The emblematic sequence for the New Orleans Saints' offensive struggles came late in the fourth quarter,... more

Pierre Thomas will miss his second straight playoff game. The New Orleans Saints' starting running back entered Saturday as questionable to play with a chest injury. He is officially inactive against the Seattle Seahawks. In a game that will be... more

Tensions were rising as we progressed toward kickoff in Seattle. New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got in a brief brouhaha with several Seattle Seahawks players prior to the game, including linebacker Bruce Irvin. If you didn't know, these... more

The Miami Dolphins' general manager search is escalating throughout the Divisional Round Weekend. The Dolphins will interview Browns assistant GM Ray Farmer and Titans VP of Player Personnel Lake Dawson for their opening this weekend, sources tell... more

NFL Media's intrepid Insider Ian Rapoport has been dropping info on general manager, coaching and assistant coaching prospects throughout Friday morning. Before this info slips into the ether, we thought it would be a good idea to round it all up... more

The new Washington Redskins era under Jay Gruden is getting off on the right foot. We already know the first-time head coach won't play media games with his starting quarterback job, vociferously announcing Robert Griffin III would be the starter. On... more

Now that Hue Jackson has been elevated to offensive coordinator to replace the recently departed Jay Gruden, the Cincinnati Bengals' offense won't be disrupted. Pepsi NEXT Rookie of the Year Giovani Bernard had 695 yards and five touchdowns rushing,... more

Amidst preparing to try and outscore Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is running an interview gauntlet for head coaching jobs. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Whiz... more

The Washington Redskins expect new coach Jay Gruden to help improve their offensive efficiency. Silver: A tale of two quarterbacks Michael Silver says Jay  Gruden's move from Cincy to Washington D.C. greatly impacts Robert Griffin III and... more

Mike Munchak could return to Houston. The former Tennessee Titans coach will interview for the Houston Texans offensive line coaching gig Friday, according to the Houston Chronicles' John McClain . Munchak was drafted by the Houston Oilers in... more

The key for any defense facing the New Orleans Saints is scheming to stop tight end Jimmy Graham. Brooks: Battle in Seattle The Seahawks annihilated the Saints in Week 13. Can New Orleans flip the script Saturday? Bucky Brooks studies the film. READ... more

The Washington Redskins' hiring of Jay Gruden as their new leader put the focus squarely on Robert Griffin III and the offense. There are legitimate questions regarding how RGIII will transition into Gruden's West Coast offense. Griffin, for his... more

Saints-Seahawks Colts-Patriots 49ers-Panthers Chargers-Broncos New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks, Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, FOX The backstory Billick: Marquee matchups at QB Poring over the slate for Divisional Round Weekend,... more

When the Miami Dolphins parted ways with general manager Jeff Ireland on Tuesday, the questions turned to coach Joe Philbins future with the franchise . The belief that owner Stephen Ross would keep his coach for at least the next season,... more

The New York Giants' search to fill their offensive coordinator role will get a jolt Wednesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Giants interviewed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, per a source told of... more

The Denver Broncos know the San Diego Chargers' plan for Sunday's tussle . They've seen the blueprint before. "As a defense, we just have to go out there and stop the run, stop them from getting second-and-short, third-and-short and get... more

Tony Sparano might be on the move again. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Sparano likely is headed to Tampa Bay to be the Buccaneers' offensive line coach, according to a source informed of the Oakland Raiders' situation.... more

Chris Johnson's future with the Tennessee Titans seems in doubt heading into the offseason. The running back said Tuesday that he'd prefer the Titans let him move on if they aren't going to take advantage of his talents. "I feel like if they are... more

After two NFC wild-card teams traveled on the road to face teams with worse regular-season records, there was some rumbling regarding reseeding teams for the playoffs based on record rather than a division championship. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell... more

The Green Bay Packers' season came to an abrupt close Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers. GMC Never Say Never Moment Aaron Rodgers' fourth-down TD to Randall Cobb put the Packers in playoffs after a win in Week 17. Was it the best moment... more

Improving the stadium experience is high on the NFL's priority list in the coming seasons. There are several ways teams will go about making attending games more enjoyable for fans, as NFL Media's Albert Breer broke down last month . The Carolina... more

John Harbaugh believes he has an answer to the Baltimore Ravens' 2013 running woes. The coach was asked if adding a big, bruising running back to complement Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce will help the Ravens' ground attack after his team struggled in... more

It's not a surprise that Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo is getting considered for job openings. The openings for which he will be interviewed for is a surprise. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that McAdoo will... more

Brandon Marshall agrees with the "Around The League" top wide-receiver duo rankings . Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ... The Chicago Bears receiver... more

Ken Whisenhunt remains the Detroit Lions' top choice to fill their coaching vacancy . However, the team isn't waiting for the San Diego Chargers' offensive coordinator to get bounced from the playoffs. Former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak... more

Colin Kaepernick played his worst NFL game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10 , completing just 11 passes for 91 yards, one interception and a measly 16 rushing yards. GMC Never Say Never Moment A stingy Panthers defense led by linebacker Luke... more

A Lovie-fest busted out at One Buc Place on Monday. Lovie Smith was announced as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' coach, reuniting him with the franchise that gave him his first NFL start as a linebackers coach from 1996-2000. With his grandson, Jackson,... more

DeSean Jackson had a career year in Chip Kelly's offense, with highs in catches (82) and yards (1,332) along with nine touchdown receptions. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New Orleans Saints' 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles... more

T.Y. Hilton smoked the Kansas City Chiefs' defense from the first whistle to his game-winning touchdown catch. Andrew Luck's No. 1 target compiled 224 yards on 13 catches and bookended his day with first and fourth quarter touchdown snags. On NFL... more

On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers' defense held an opponent under 25 points for just the second time since Week 7. GMC Never Say Never Moment Aaron Rodgers' fourth-down TD to Randall Cobb put the Packers in playoffs after a win in Week 17. Was it the... more

Fingers of blame pointed squarely at quarterback Andy Dalton following the Cincinnati Bengals' disappointing 27-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Diego Chargers' 27-10 win over the Cincinnati... more

Mike Munchak could have kept his job as coach of the Tennessee Titans if he was willing to acquiesce to management's requests to fire his assistant coaches. Munchak had no intentions of coaching under someone else's plan. "I can't fire someone when... more

The injuries piled up. The bumps, bruises and concussions took their toll on the Kansas City Chiefs. But the biggest pain came from the gut-punch following a 28-point lead dissolving in 25 minutes. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the... more

The positive signs for Mike Munchak's future with the Tennessee Titans turned out to be short lived. The Titans fired Munchak on Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a team source. ESPN first reported the firing and the team later... more

Good news for the Kansas City Chiefs' pass rush. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Tamba Hali should play against the Indianapolis Colts -- barring a pregame setback. Hali is officially active. Hali was listed as... more

Jim Caldwell knows the key to nailing the Detroit Lions' coaching job is proving he can propel Matthew Stafford to the next level of quarterbacking. Prior to his interview with Lions brass, Caldwell charted every one of Stafford's 2013 passes. He... more

The notion that cornerback Darrelle Revis doesn't fit in Lovie Smith's defense continues to be debunked . Appearing on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said Revis absolutely has a future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' late-season surge quelled any need for a complete offseason upheaval on offense. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" on Saturday that offensive coordinator Todd Haley is expected to... more

Bill O'Brien has made his first swift decision as coach of the Houston Texans. O'Brien met with Texans assistant coaches Saturday for just five minutes . With meetings still underway, O'Brien wasn't expected to retain any of the former staff, NFL Media... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made official what we knew from the start. Jeff Tedford will join Lovie Smith in Tampa as the team's offensive coordinator. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the sides finalized a two-year contract Friday,... more

The Green Bay Packers' offensive line is waiting on an all-important game-time decision prior to Sunday's home game against the San Francisco 49ers: To wear or not to wear sleeves. "The weather forecast is pretty damned cold," right guard T.J.... more

The Cleveland Browns' coaching search is coming into focus. Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview in Cleveland on Friday for the Browns' head coaching position, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday . If the... more

Jay Cutler projected confidence, charisma and candidness while meeting the media after signing a new seven-year contract with the Chicago Bears. Debate: Bounceback teams for 2014 Of the 20 teams that missed the playoffs, which one is most likely to... more

The Detroit Lions are an easy target. (What's new?) After self-combusting down the stretch this season Detroit was the perfect team to point to when NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley sought to compare his former sport with the NFL. "The Detroit... more

The Chicago Bears ended the questions and rumors surrounding quarterback Jay Cutler. Debate: Bounceback teams for 2014 Of the 20 teams that missed the playoffs, which one is most likely to make it next season? The Big Ben -led Steelers?READ... more

Randall Cobb played on just 47 percent of the Green Bay Packers' offensive snaps in his first game back from a broken leg. Playoff schedule The first two rounds of the NFL's postseason schedule for the 2013 season were released Sunday night. More ...... more

Peyton Manning's otherworldly regular season notched him another award. Peyton Manning The NFL named the Broncos' quarterback, and presumed NFL MVP, it's Player of the Month for December. Manning threw for 1,755 yards in five December games,... more

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

Prep your favorite rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for this weekend. Three of the four wild-card games will be downright cold. It's a fitting beginning to a playoff season that will end in New York in February . Playoff schedule The first... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted no time finding the man to run their team. Lovie Smith will be the new coach in Tampa, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday , according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The team officially... more

Anqun Boldin began his San Francisco 49ers career with 13 catches, 208 yards and a touchdown in a season-opening win over the Green Bay Packers. With a playoff rematch waiting at week's end, coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about that performance and... more

The Washington Redskins search to replace Mike Shanahan presses on. Debate: Most attractive job opening? Which coaching vacancy looks most desirable? Our analysts debate, with the Lions' post getting a lot of love.READ NFL Media Insider Ian... more

December

One interesting name boiled up Tuesday relative to the Detroit Lions' search to replace fired coach Jim Schwartz. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Lions are doing background work on Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach and... more

It's too late for the Kansas City Chiefs -- and the Pittsburgh Steelers -- but a penalty will be assessed due to the key missed call against the San Diego Chargers. The official who missed the illegal formation by the Chargers on the Chiefs'... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars plan on allowing running back Maurice Jones-Drew to hit the free-agent market. MJD said Monday he wants to stay in Jacksonville, but the sides clearly don't see eye to eye on the dollar amount. "I think he'll leave that up... more

Roddy White just completed a disappointing, injury-plagued campaign for the Atlanta Falcons. Harrison: Power Rankings With the regular season in the books and the playoffs upon us, Elliot Harrison takes one more look at the NFL hierarchy. READ... more

The Washington Redskins will begin their search to replace Mike Shanahan by looking to the successful Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Redskins interviewed Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell,... more

Greg Hardy's four sacks propelled the Carolina Panthers to a 21-20 victory  over the Atlanta Falcons and earned him the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award for Week 17. Drew Brees Given Hardy's response to questions after Sunday's... more

With Sunday's 33-28 loss to the Green Bay Packers ending the Bears' season, all eyes in the Windy City now shift to Jay Cutler and his future in Chicago. The starting quarterback stands firm on his desire to remain with the team, but Cutler said... more

The biggest factor leading to coach Leslie Frazier's dismissal from the Minnesota Vikings was his botched handling of the team's quarterback positing. On the day Frazier was fired , quarterback Christian Ponder admitted the role he played. "It was... more

The Denver Broncos' receiving corps will have their dynamic slot receiver back for the playoffs. Wes Welker has been cleared to play after missing the past three games with a concussion, Broncos coach John Fox announced Monday. Peyton Manning... more

The Detroit Lions' front office believes it is primed to win now, and a lack of success was the reason behind firing coach Jim Schwartz . "I think this will be one of the most, if not the single most, attractive head coaching openings in the... more

A month ago, Jim Schwartz's Detroit Lions sat in first place in the NFC North. Today, he's out of a job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that Schwartz had been fired as coach of the team after five... more

Mike Shanahan boiled his tenure with the Washington Redskins down to salary cap issues, both for good and bad. Rather than taking questions when he met with reporters Monday, Shanahan took the opportunity to thank the organization, owner Dan Snyder and... more

Ryan Tannehill's struggles epitomized the Miami Dolphins' collapse in the final two weeks of the season. Coaching Tracker Who will join ex-Browns coach Rob Chudzinski on the firing line and who's safe? We track the latest news. More ... As we... more

Aaron Rodgers' touchdown connection to Randall Cobb on fourth-and-8 Sunday against the Chicago Bears will go down in Green Bay Packers lore. However, it might have not happened if, on a previous fourth down, Packers offensive players hadn't lobbied coach... more

The Houston Texans planned to wrap up their coaching search by Tuesday, but there is a chance that timetable could get pushed. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported late Sunday night that the Texans wanted to interview San Diego Chargers offensive... more

The Baltimore Ravens won't defend their Super Bowl championship as they fell 34-17 to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Cincinnati's defense led the way, holding the Ravens out of the end zone following four Andy Dalton interceptions. The AFC... more

The signs that Rex Ryan will return as the New York Jets' coach have grown positive the last several weeks. However, a final decision on the coach's future is yet to be made. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday  that Jets general manager... more

Jim Schwartz's career in Detroit appears to be coming to a close after his team failed to make the playoffs. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network that the expectation from inside the building -- including from Schwartz -- is the... more

It's looking like Percy Harvin's season with the Seattle Seahawks never will get off the ground. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" that it's doubtful Harvin will play any time soon and it's looking like... more

With the positive vibes flowing from Florham Park, Rex Ryan's future with the New York Jets looks better -- even if a final decision has yet to be made . Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum believes his successor, John Idzik, should keep Ryan... more

The Houston Texans are taking advantage of firing Gary Kubiak before the season's end. Just as other NFL teams begin their coaching search, the Texans plan to be choosing their future leader. The organization plans to wrap up its coaching search by... more

The Green Bay Packers activated wide receiver Randall Cobb from the injured reserve-designated for return list, the team announced Saturday. The dynamic receiver practiced with the first team this week, and he has been running for just three weeks... more

Josh Freeman threw 53 passes in his one game as a starter for the Minnesota Vikings and hasn't been seen on the field since. As he enters free agency, the quarterback said he wouldn't mind giving Minnesota another shot. "I definitely have interest... more

Sunday Primer: Week 17 December 28, 2013

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches ... Harrison: Week 17 Game Picks It all comes down to a final week packed with now-or-never matchups. Elliot Harrison makes his Week 17 picks. READ Key game-time decisions All players... more

A popular sentiment exists that Rex Ryan's 2013 coaching job is one of his best performances, even if it ultimately fell short of a playoff berth. However, there has been no definitive word from ownership to Ryan on his future, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has dominated Jay Cutler over the course of the quarterback's career with the Chicago Bears. Capers is 7-1 against Cutler-led Bears teams since the signal-caller moved to the NFC North in 2009.... more

Everyone has his or her own take on the makeup of this season's Pro Bowl rosters . We gave you our biggest snubs of the 2014 Pro Bowl, leading with linebackers Lavonte David and Thomas Davis. Players, of course, are also likely to have an... more

This season, Reggie Bush experienced what Detroit Lions fans have gone through for more than half of a century. The running back believes he knows what led to the Lions' collapse down the stretch. "There were certain games where maybe the offense was... more

Justin Tuck understands he might be playing his final game with the the New York Giants on Sunday . "It's football -- change is inevitable," Tuck said, per the New York Post . "It's a business, and next year I'll either be here trying to put some more... more

Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks cashed in early on his productive season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Marks agreed to a new four-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars worth up to $22 million, according to a source... more

The top priority for the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason is identifying a franchise quarterback. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch plans to start the evaluation process as soon as possible. "As soon as the season ends," he said Thursday, per The... more

Marvin Lewis understands that naysayers will continue to critique Andy Dalton until the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback performs in the playoffs. "He's been a three-year starter so he's accomplished a lot of things in his career thus far," Lewis told... more

With Tony Romo undergoing back surgery , Kyle Orton will start for the Dallas Cowboys against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night . Owner Jerry Jones has said from the start he would be comfortable if his backup quarterback needed to play. Jones... more

Jimmy Graham currently leads the NFL with 15 touchdown catches. A quintet, led by Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson, sits at 12. Randy Moss believes, if he still were playing, he could have more touchdowns than all of them. "If I had to go out here and... more

Ryan Tannehill was sacked seven times Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Aside from facing the NFL's leading sack unit, left tackle Bryant McKinnie thinks he knows why the Bills were able to get great pressure. Fred Jackson "They got in a rhythm... more

Buried deep in the debate about Jay Cutler's future with the Chicago Bears is an assumption that the team easily could bring back quarterback Josh McCown if it let Cutler walk. One problem with that assumption is McCown sounds perfectly comfortable... more

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Since you are on the Internet this December 25th holiday, we figured you might as well check out some cool NFL Christmas trees. The wonderful people over at The Wall Street Journal got 29 NFL... more

Trailing by 10 points at halftime against the Buffalo Bills' 26th-ranked run defense and top-rated sack squad, the Miami Dolphins ran the ball a total of three times in the second half. On Monday, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman stood by his... more

LeSean McCoy Count LeSean McCoy as a man who didn't believe the news that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo could miss Sunday night's NFC East title showdown. "I don't believe that. Are you for sure?" Eagles running back LeSean McCoy asked... more

Candlestick Park went out with a bang Monday night as NaVorro Bowman scampered down the now-retired turf for a game-sealing 89-yard interception return for a touchdown . Bowman's redemption from a botched onside kick will go down as another of the... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't won much this season, but they scored bonus points in the "classy column" Sunday. In the final home game of center Brad Meester's 14-year NFL career, coach Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch set up a... more

Jim Schwartz dodged questions about his future with the Detroit Lions following a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants. Lions players, however, defended their coach. "It's not my decision but I love playing for him," Stafford said, per the... more

The Kansas City Chiefs laid an egg Sunday in a 23-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Booing fans knew it midway through the fourth quarter. Chiefs players admitted it after the game. "They came in today and they kicked our (butts)," cornerback Dunta... more

Quarterback Tony Romo jogged gingerly to the sideline after finding running back DeMarco Murray to keep the Dallas Cowboys' season alive and set up next Sunday night's NFC East title showdown. Romo didn't decline to celebrate the 24-23 win , or to... more

Andrew Luck picked apart a punchless Kansas City Chiefs defense as the Indianapolis Colts scored 23 unanswered points and romped their way to a 23-7 road victory at Arrowhead Stadium. Andrew Luck With the win, Indianapolis can potentially earn... more

The heat on Tony Romo isn't coming solely from Dallas Cowboys fans. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Dallas Cowboys' 24-23 win over the Washington Redskins from Week 16 on Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. ET. » NFL Network schedule... more

Matthew Stafford has come under fire for his play recently, specifically the 10 interceptions he's thrown during the Detroit Lions' 1-4 swoon which has put them one game back in the NFC North race. Most of the criticism has come from the fans and media,... more

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has been listed as questionable due to a concussion, is expected to play against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16's crucial NFC West matchup , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday per a... more

Sunday Primer: Week 16 December 21, 2013

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) WR; Carson Palmer (ankle, right elbow) QB, Arizona Cardinals NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Cleveland Browns placed wide receiver Davone Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list, and he will miss the final two games of the season, the team announced Saturday . The Browns acquired the slot receiver from the Miami Dolphins in an... more

Jim Irsay is putting the X back in "Merry Xmas." The Indianapolis Colts owner is the gift that keeps on giving, and we don't mean just on Twitter . Irsay surprised his players by giving each of them an Xbox One as a Christmas present. The entire... more

The franchise tag remains in play for Jay Cutler. Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery clarified comments he made earlier this month during a fan Q&A about the franchise tag not being the ideal way to keep his starting quarterback. "I didn't... more

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Friday he believes the perceived tension between himself and coach Jim Harbaugh is overstated. Silver: The 'Stick's greatest hits Michael Silver gets an inside perspective on Candlestick's most... more

Justin Tucker booted a 61-yard field goal Monday that boosted the Ravens' playoff chances and extended his streak of consecutive made field goals to 33. The kick made fantasy football fans happy; Aaron Rodgers thanked him publicly , and Chicago... more

Adrian Peterson returned to practice Friday after skipping Thursday's preparation to receive treatment on his injured foot, and he'll be back on the field Sunday after missing last week. The Minnesota Vikings star running back will be back in action... more

The New England Patriots once will again enter the weekend unsure if their best offensive lineman will be able to suit up against the Baltimore Ravens. Left tackle Nate Solder (concussion) participated in practice for the second consecutive day... more

Don't look now, but Ben Roethlisberger is on pace to play 16 games in a season for just the second time in his 10-year NFL career. (Knocks on wood.) "I'm just trying to play this game, this snap," Roethlisberger said, per the Beaver County Times .... more

Sean Payton isn't ignoring the fact that his New Orleans Saints have played poorly on the road. The Saints are 7-0 at home but just 3-4 on the road this season, including some bad losses. On Sunday, they visit the Carolina Panthers with the NFC South... more

Jay Cutler returned last week amidst a cauldron of questions over whether or not he should have regained the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback job from Josh McCown. Cutler admitted that he felt pressure to perform well in his Week 15 start... more

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York doesn't see tension in the relationship between coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke, despite how much the two might "butt heads." Speaking Wednesday on KNBR-AM, York said his top men often disagree... more

Sean Payton is on a warpath. After releasing kicker Garrett Hartley, the New Orleans Saints coach benched his starting left tackle. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the... more

Michael Thomas wrapped up a whirlwind Week 15 by winning the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award. The Miami Dolphins cornerback registered two tackles, two passes defensed and the game-clinching interception in the team's 24-20 victory over the New... more

As if Seattle fans needed another reason to purchase a Russell Wilson jersey this holiday season, the MVP candidate's garb can now get them to the head of the line at the airport. Alaska Airlines will allow passengers wearing Wilson's No. 3 Seahawks... more

The Green Bay Packers not only remain in the playoff hunt but also can control their own path to the playoffs with two wins to close out the season. Justin Tucker Aaron Rodgers knew exactly who to thank for that at the start of his weekly radio... more

The Detroit Lions' loss on Monday night threw the NFC North back up for grabs. We've discussed for weeks that the division will likely come down to Week 17 . "They have no reason to doubt the Lions will blow it" http://t.co/sgnCvkkjeG â?? NFL:... more

The New York Giants were shut out once from 1997 through 2012. In 2013, they've been shut out twice in 14 games. Sunday's 23-0 pummeling at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks marked the second time in those shutouts the Giants' offense was held... more

Matthew Stafford epitomizes the enigmatic Detroit Lions. Since sweeping the Chicago Bears to take control of the NFC North in Week 10 , the fifth-year pro quarterback has thrown 10 interceptions, lost two fumbles and finished just one game with a... more

Joe Flacco was under siege in the second half Monday. He took hit after hit, including a helmet to the lower leg that wobbled his left knee. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback said after the game that he felt fine after the blow that caused his knee to... more

Left for dead two weeks ago on the turf at Ford Field with a lion print on his back and a Thanksgiving turkey forcibly stuffed down his throat, twice-cut quarterback Matt Flynn changed his 2013 narrative Sunday in the second half at Jerry World.... more

The New England Patriots failed to capitalize on a chance to clinch the AFC East when Tom Brady was intercepted  in the end zone on their final drive Sunday to seal a 24-20  loss to the Miami Dolphins. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the... more

Dez Bryant left the field with 1:21 remaining in the Dallas Cowboys' 37-36 loss  to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The Isiah Thomas-esque move is a no-no within the NFL community. "Dez Bryant leaving the field was absolutely, 100 percent,... more

Following the Dallas Cowboys' embarrassing collapse to the Green Bay Packers, owner Jerry Jones described Sunday's 37-36 loss as "one of the hardest losses that I've experienced." "That's a shame that we've lost that ballgame," Jones said, per ESPN .... more

Andrew Luck still has not lost two consecutive games in his pro career as the Indianapolis Colts dominated the Houston Texans 25-3 on Sunday. Here is what we learned from this beatdown: 1. Andrew Luck got T.Y. Hilton involved early and often in... more

The Chicago Bears clearly were the better team when they visited the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Jay Cutler-led Bears overcame three turnovers -- two returned for touchdowns -- in a 38-31 victory. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the... more

Minnesota Vikings fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Adrian Peterson will not be traded, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning," according to two high-ranking team sources. Ownership not only reveres... more

Jeff Fisher is taking the lead with the St. Louis Rams' defense. The coach isn't calling plays, but he has taken over the defensive game plan from coordinator Tim Walton for the past month, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network's "NFL... more

Rob Gronkowski's season is over. Rookie wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) and Aaron Dobson (foot) will be inactive against the Miami Dolphins with a chance to clinch the AFC East hanging in the balance. So who is going to catch Tom Brady's... more

The St. Louis Rams will be without one dynamic rookie as they try and keep up with the explosive New Orleans Saints' offense on the fast turf at the Edward Jones Dome. Wide receiver Tavon Austin is expected to miss the first game of his rookie... more

Sunday Primer: Week 15 December 14, 2013

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Adrian Peterson (groin, foot) RB; Toby Gerhart (hamstring) RB, Minnesota Vikings Peterson and Gerhart are both expected to miss... more

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed will miss his fourth consecutive game. The team announced the rookie did not travel to face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Reed suffered a concussion  in Week 11 and hasn't fully recovered almost a month... more

There is good news and bad news out of Kansas City this Saturday. First the good news: Dexter McCluster does not have MRSA after suffering an ankle infection that kept him out of practice Thursday and Friday, the Chiefs confirmed to NFL Media. Now... more

There aren't enough bulletin boards left in the United States to post all the material generated during an NFL season. This edition of "did you see what player X said about team Y?" takes us to North Carolina. Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is... more

Last Sunday, kicker Matt Prater took down Tom Dempsey and the legendary 63-yard field-goal record when he banged a 64-yard attempt through the uprights in Denver. Dempsey's regular-season mark stood for exactly 43 years and one month. Three men in... more

The Indianapolis Colts made a move at wide receiver. Jim Irsay's team announced  Saturday it had promoted wide receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad and cut cornerback Jalil Brown. Whalen has been active for six games this season and... more

Aside from getting picked on Monday night , Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has been one of the team's best defensive backs. Jerry Jones awarded Scandrick for his play by signing the 5-foot-10 corner to a two-year contract extension that... more

Bush is back. Reggie Bush returned to practice Friday after missing the previous two days, according to the Detroit Lions' official website . The running back missed t he Lions' Week 14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after aggravating a calf... more

On the "Around The League Podcast " Gregg Rosenthal nominated the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense as one of the most disappointing aspects of the 2013 season. The Steelers once dominant defense has become a creaky group, with four starters north of 31... more

Many times postgame interviews can become a practice in dry public relations. Philip Rivers' interview on the NFL Network set  following the San Diego Chargers' 27-20 win over the Denver Broncos was the exact opposite. Ryan Mathews San... more

Jay Cutler said there was "no debate " over who should start at quarterback for the Chicago Bears on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Bears fans might believe that debate should have been waged, and that hot quarterback Josh McCown should have... more

Matt Elam is a rookie. As a rookie, he has a lot to learn about the NFL both on and off the field. Joe Flacco The Baltimore Ravens safety made a mistake Wednesday when asked about Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The description of... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano disagrees with the notion that his defense, especially tackle Gerald McCoy, stunts too much. "That may be one of the biggest misconceptions going about our defense," Schiano said Tuesday during a radio spot with... more

Robert Griffin III not only is being sidelined, he will be inactive Sunday when the Washington Redskins take on the Atlanta Falcons. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Wednesday that Redskins players have been told Kirk Cousins will start and Rex... more

There seemed to be a time warp in the NFL during Week 14. Josh McCown The average age of the Week 14 NFC players of the week is 35.7 years old. In NFL years, that is old-man range. Josh McCown (age 34) continued his career renaissance under... more

Help for the Chicago Bears' struggling defense isn't coming fast enough. Linebacker Lance Briggs told the Chicago Sun-Times he wasn't cleared to play after having his fractured left shoulder evaluated by team doctors Tuesday. "I have to be able... more

Brandon Jacobs' return to the New York Giants was short-lived. The Giants placed the running back on season-ending injured reserve, two days after a knee injury kept him out for a second consecutive game. Jacobs finished the season with 238 yards... more

CHICAGO -- In a somber locker room, Dallas Cowboys players stripped the pads from their thawing bodies after taking a bone-chilling thumping at the hands of the Chicago Bears. As the pads thudded in the deadened space, it was difficult not to hear the... more

What an amazing NFL Sunday. We saw ridiculous endings , broken kicking records and some fantastic snowstorms . We also witnessed 90 touchdowns scored. NINETY. Those 90 touchdowns mark an NFL record for one Sunday, according to NFL communications .... more

Bad news got worse for Tyrann Mathieu. The dynamic defensive back indeed suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the Arizona Cardinals' 30-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, a source informed of the injury told NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers believed they had won Sunday against the Miami Dolphins before referees correctly ruled that Antonio Brown stepped out of bounds. "I thought he was in. I celebrated," safety Ryan Clark said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review... more

The Indianapolis Colts continue to spin the running back Ferris wheel.  Tashard Choice, who was waived by the Buffalo Bills last week, will join the Colts' backfield. The team also placed running back Chris Rainey on injured reserve. The Colts'... more

LeSean McCoy looked like he was the only man at Lincoln Financial Field wearing football cleats. "It was insane," Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer . "When you would stop, you wouldn't be touching the grass.... more

Adrian Peterson sprained his right foot Sunday, but the running back ripped the fans and refs following the Minnesota Vikings' 29-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. "It definitely stung a lot, especially how the game went down," Peterson said, per... more

Surprise, surprise. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had his own take on the team's 19-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the San Francisco 49ers' 19-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks... more

LeSean McCoy put on a show as the Philadelphia Eagles dropped a flurry of second-half points against the Detroit Lions in a snowstorm. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Philadelphia Eagles' 34-20 win over the Detroit Lions from Week 14... more

The Green Bay Packers held on in a must-win game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field to keep their playoff hopes alive . Matt Flynn Here is what we learned in the Packers' 22-21 win : 1. Quarterback Matt Flynn displayed the good and... more

The Detroit Lions were without Reggie Bush when they lost 34-20 Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles in a pivotal NFC matchup. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Philadelphia Eagles' 34-20 win over the Detroit Lions from Week 14 on... more

It's December. It's cold and snowy in much of the country. This is not a new concept. However, my brilliant bosses in Los Angeles react to precipitation like a puppy reacts to the electric can opener. (Insert joke about L.A. drivers in the rain here.)... more

The winds of change are swirling in Tennessee. The Tennessee Titans are not expected to pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Jake Locker for 2015, which would pay him $13 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media columnist... more

The San Diego Chargers' laboring defense got some good news Saturday. Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram has been activated off the reserve-physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the team announced . The Chargers waived linebacker Adrian Robinson to... more

John Harbaugh's wishes came to fruition. The Baltimore Ravens coach said this week he was hopeful that tight end Dennis Pitta could play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported that the Ravens will activate Pitta... more

Have no fear, Arizona Cardinals fans. Carson Palmer will be on the field Sunday , despite the quarterback being listed as questionable on the injury report with an elbow injury. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Sunday on "NFL GameDay First"... more

Sunday Primer: Week 14 December 07, 2013

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Reggie Bush (calf) RB; Chris Houston (foot) CB, Detroit Lions The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the... more

Jay Cutler already has been ruled out of Monday night's game versus the Dallas Cowboys, but his status for Week 15 remains uncertain. Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman said Saturday that Cutler was held out of practice to rest his injured ankle. The... more

With quarterback Matt Flynn slated to start for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday , the Atlanta Falcons rightfully are expecting to see a heavy dose of running back Eddie Lacy. "The way we've been playing run (defense the) last couple weeks, it's a... more

A healthier, improving San Francisco 49ers offense provides the best argument for the Bay Area team knocking off its NFC West division rival Seattle Seahawks on Sunday . The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended... more

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, like quarterback Aaron Rodgers , is frustrated by the slow pace of his recovery. "I thought I was going to be cleared to run two weeks ago, and I still haven't been," Cobb said Friday, per WAUK-AM in... more

We know one veteran quarterback who the New York Jets want back for 2014: David Garrard. The signal caller told the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch that the Jets approached him two weeks ago about returning next season. Garrard signed with the Jets... more

The Green Bay Packers ruled out quarterback Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Flynn will get the start. "Aaron Rodgers is not ready to go," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. Rodgers, who is missing his fifth... more

Jason Campbell will start at quarterback Sunday for the Cleveland Browns versus the New England Patriots. Campbell has been cleared after suffering a concussion in Week 12 . Coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters Friday the veteran quarterback had two... more

Mike Wallace will return to Pittsburgh  this week for the first time as a member of the Miami Dolphins. Former teammate Antonio Brown told USA Today's Tom Pelissero this week he plans on having Wallace over to his house Saturday night to reminisce... more

As Matthew Stafford navigates his best season as an NFL quarterback, critics continue to harp on his turnovers and routinely high throws. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in... more

Robert Griffin III continued his "Refute the Report" tour Thursday. Over the weekend, NFL Media's Albert Breer passed along a note that some within the Washington Redskins' organization believe part of RGIII's motivation to rush back from ACL... more

Instead of providing bulletin-board material for an opponent, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall opted for flattery. When asked about a potential matchup against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr on Monday night , Marshall said... more

Riverboat Ron Rivera took some time away from analyzing fourth-down statistics Monday night and watched his upcoming opponent, the New Orleans Saints, get whooped up on by the Seattle Seahawks. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects... more

The NFL's Offensive Players of the Week were awarded to players from the teams leading their respective conferences in Week 13. Russell Wilson Russell Wilson's dominant performance in the Seattle Seahawks' blowout of the New Orleans Saints... more

The Seattle Seahawks can clinch the NFC West division title Sunday with a win over the rival San Francisco 49ers. Given the 29-3 blowout that took place in Seattle back in Week 2 , tight end Vernon Davis expects the 49ers to give a loud reply.... more

With each game Josh McCown plays, Jay Cutler's future in Chicago becomes more cloudy. With the injured Cutler entering free agency, many have speculated that if the Bears don't want to commit a huge contract to the 30-year-old, the team might use the... more

The Minnesota Vikings conducted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for their new 65,000 seat stadium . The Vikings don't plan on moving into their new digs until the 2016 season. They will spend the next two seasons playing home games at the University... more

The NFL acknowledged Monday that referee Jeff Triplette's crew erred on the Washington Redskins' final possession Sunday night against the New York Giants. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, in a statement obtained by NFL Media... more

When Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy pushed his normal Monday presser until Tuesday afternoon, we postulated the move could have been made in order for the coach to gather more information on the status of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers... more

Lost in the post-game firestorm over Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's sideline antics was Le'Veon Bell's injury after the rookie running back had his helmet drilled off his head by a ferocious hit that appeared to briefly knock him out  in... more

A short week just became shorter and a terrible night got worse Monday for the New Orleans Saints. The Saints' plane broke down and the team was having trouble finding a hotel following its demoralizing 34-7 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks, NFL... more

Andrew Luck isn't going to give back Sunday's 22-14 win over the Tennessee Titans, but the quarterback also isn't pleased with how the Indianapolis Colts' offense played. "Terrible job offensively by us, by me, of converting off those interceptions and... more

The relationship between Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide receiver Mike Wallace took about 10 weeks to evolve into something resembling a consistent dangerous combination. "This is the time when you've got to be the best you can... more

With the Washington Redskins officially eliminated from playoff contention , questions will turn to Mike Shanahan's future in D.C. Shanahan has one year left on his contract and likely will seek an extension this offseason. Fans surely will point... more

Robbie Gould will remember Sunday for the rest of his life. The Chicago Bears kicker took a private jet to meet his team Sunday morning in Minnesota after the overnight birth of his son. "It was one of the greatest days of my life and I'm happy... more

Time is the one opponent no athlete can escape. Eventually the clock will run out. Father Time is catching up to Champ Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection who is in his 15th NFL season. Montee Ball On the final drive Sunday, with the Denver... more

Adrian Peterson breached the 10,000-yard rushing mark and powered the Minnesota Vikings to a 10-point comeback in a 23-20 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears at the MSFC Metrodome. Adrian Peterson Here is what else we learned: 1.... more

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was ejected in the third quarter of the overtime win over the Chicago Bears for contacting an official. Cook pushed an official after an incredible touchdown catch by Alshon Jeffery that will be on every... more

Christian Ponder was ruled out for the second half of the Minnesota Vikings' matchup against the Chicago Bears and being evaluated for a possible concussion. Ponder was hit in the head Sunday by Bears lineman Shea McClellin on a third-down pass... more

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin came wicked close to hitting kick returner Jacoby Jones on Thanksgiving night. The Baltimore Ravens took the incident in stride after the game -- likely because they still won despite the suspect move by Tomlin.... more

The Indianapolis Colts have finally decided to ride the hot hand. Running back Trent Richardson has been benched in favor of Donald Brown, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First." Richardson now is... more

The Chicago Bears should get a boost to their dismal run defense when attempting to slow down Adrian Peterson. NFL Media's Stacey Dales reported Sunday morning that defensive tackles Jay Ratliff and Stephen Paea both expect to play against the... more

The Arizona Cardinals defense has been ferocious this season. Coordinator Todd Bowles' defense has been able to be so aggressive up front, in part because it can rely on cornerback Patrick Peterson to lock down opponents' best receivers. The matchup... more

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Sunday Primer: Week 13 November 30, 2013

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches. ... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Darrelle Revis, CB (groin) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Revis sounded optimistic about his chances of playing after practice... more

The New York Giants will be without their best pass rusher Sunday night when they face the Washington Redskins. Jason Pierre-Paul has been ruled out of the NFC East machup with a shoulder injury, the team announced Friday. The announcement... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be without star cornerback Darrelle Revis when they face Cam Newton, Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers. Revis injured his groin last week and is listed as questionable, coach Greg Schiano announced Friday. The... more

Kendall Wright put up his first 100-yard game last week . The second-year wide receiver is having a fantastic season for the Tennessee Titans, and he's developing a rapport with replacement quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The quarterback called... more

As media members  and players from other teams weigh in on whether Robert Griffin III should be playing, those within the Washington Redskins' locker room insist the quarterback is fine. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday that RGIII... more

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday due to a slightly hyperextended knee. Forte was limited in practice, but said he "felt good" afterward. He should be fine to play Sunday against the... more

Hosting the Week 13 edition of Let The Sleeping Bear Lie is Green Bay Packers left guard Josh Sitton. Reggie Bush Sitton, you'll remember, called the Detroit Lions' defensive front "dirtbags" and "scumbags " prior to their Thanksgiving Day... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy called Thursday's 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions "embarrassing" in all aspects. While Aaron Rodgers is viewed as a the eventual savior for a struggling offense, there is no one offering similar salvation for... more

Ron Rivera knows all about the coaching hot seat. The Carolina Panthers coach ended 2012 in a precarious position after a 7-9 season, and he began 2013 on a piping-hot seat after his team got off to a 1-3 start. Riverboat Ron, however, has the... more

Brandon Weeden, like the common house cat , has many lives. The Cleveland Browns quarterback will reassume the starting quarterback spot for the third time this season. "For the next five weeks, I'm a Cleveland Brown," Weeden said Wednesday, per... more

Joe Flacco hates the Wildcat offense . John Harbaugh isn't worried about his quarterback's criticism. "We're going to do everything we can do to move the ball offensively," Harbaugh said Wednesday, per The Baltimore Sun . "We've got guys that can play... more

While the Washington Redskins' season dissolves around Mike Shanahan, at least one player stands firmly behind his coaches. "I absolutely would endorse these guys," cornerback DeAngelo Hall said, per The Washington Post . "I think a big part of... more

The "Legion of Boom" added a new member not too long after officially losing another to a four-game suspension. On Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks announced they signed cornerback Perrish Cox. The 26-year-old was released earlier this month by the... more

On Monday, we told you how Joe Flacco wasn't thrilled about the Baltimore Ravens' use of the Wildcat offense . On Tuesday, Flacco doubled down on those feelings. "I don't like that stuff," he said, per the Baltimore Sun . "I think it makes you... more

The Cleveland Browns got a little tricky in selecting a backup quarterback for Brandon Weeden. Alex Tanney tweeted Tuesday he is headed from the Cowboys' practice squad to Cleveland's quarterback room. The Browns announced they agreed to terms  on a... more

Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Nick Foles will be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback moving forward . The fact that Foles remains the starter is not shocking. However, it's important that, after all his past posturing, Kelly sat firmly... more

Sean Lee thinks he could play Thursday against the Oakland Raiders, Jerry Jones said Tuesday. But the Dallas Cowboys owner isn't nearly as confident. Tony Romo "That's probably optimistic," Jones told KRLD-FM when asked about the possibility of... more

It seemed odd that a Tom Coughlin-coached team would talk so much  before  a Giants-Cowboys matchup. It turns out the coach wasn't aware of his team's yapping. From Jason Pierre-Paul's "there will be blood spilled " comment to Terrell Thomas' "you... more

On Sunday, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Robert Griffin III requested that his poor plays not be shown  in team meetings. Coach Mike Shanahan immediately denied the allegation . RGIII parroted his coach's comments after the Washington... more

Jay Cutler is in the final year of his contract with the Chicago Bears, but he wants a chance to grow in coach Marc Trestman's offense. "I would like to stay in Chicago," the quarterback said Monday on WMVP-AM's "The Jay Cutler Show," per CSN Chicago .... more

The Green Bay Packers had the ball with a chance to mount a game-winning drive against the Minnesota Vikings late in overtime, but star running back Eddie Lacy was not on the field when it counted. The Fox announcing crew of Kevin Burkhardt and John... more

Matt McGloin couldn't lead the Oakland Raiders to their second consecutive win, but he did enough in the 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans to earn a third straight start Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys. "Yeah, I thought Matt played well,"... more

The New York Giants talked a lot  leading up to Sunday's matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Following Dallas' 24-21 road victory, a few Cowboys players took the opportunity to get some things off their chest. Tony Romo "They talked and they... more

Andre Johnson didn't mince words following the Houston Texans' ninth straight loss. "We suck," Johnson said. "As an offense. That's pretty much it." The Texans' offensive ineptitude hit a season low in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.... more

In an effort to help supplement their struggling running game, the Baltimore Ravens turned to the Wildcat formation during their 19-3 win over the New York Jets. The scheme left quarterback Joe Flacco as thrilled as a 7-year-old forced to share his... more

The St. Louis Rams got off to a hot start and didn't let off the gas in a 42-21 trampling of the Chicago Bears. Benny Cunningham The Rams scored on their first three possessions to open up a 21-7 lead early in the first quarter. The game... more

The Tampa Bay defense forced five Detroit Lions turnovers and blocked a punt as the Buccaneers won their third consecutive game, 24-21 . The Bucs' D, without cornerback Darrelle Revis for the second half, picked off Lions quarterback Matthew... more

A mini-scuffle involving the Long brothers broke out Sunday during the second quarter of the St. Louis Rams' 42-21 win over  the Chicago Bears. After Bears quarterback Josh McCown was crushed while attempting to throw a pass, Bears guard Kyle Long... more

Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan are trying to settle their differences within the Washington Redskins' facility. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands in the playoff picture... more

The Seattle Seahawks suffered a big loss during the bye week. Cornerback Walter Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse (non-PED), NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL... more

The Denver Broncos might be without one of their dynamic pass catchers for Sunday's prime-time showdown with the New England Patriots. The status of Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is still up in the air as he deals with a nagging knee injury.... more

Revis Island is holding its grand re-opening, and Calvin Johnson will be the first man in the welcoming party . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" that Darrelle Revis will shadow Megatron on Sunday in the... more

The Miami Dolphins know they need to corral Cam Newton on third down if they plan to upset the hot Carolina Panthers. With that in mind, the name echoing in the Dolphins' locker room this week has been rookie Dion Jordan, NFL Media's Jeff Darlington... more

Cortland Finnegan's struggling season has come to an end. The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday they've placed the cornerback on the injured reserve list. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch previously reported the move was due to Finnegan's eye injury.... more

Sunday Primer: Week 12 November 23, 2013

Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Julius Thomas, TE (knee), Champ Bailey, CB (foot) Denver Broncos Harrison: Week 12 Game Picks Can the Chiefs hold off the Chargers? Will the Panthers keep this up? Elliot Harrison... more

Jerry Jones said there wouldn't be changes in play-calling duties during the Dallas Cowboys' bye week. There was, however, a change in the process of calling plays. Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will continue to select plays, but coach... more

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker James-Michael Johnson is helping make sure struggling families can celebrate Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner. The linebacker is assisting Mission Solano, a homeless shelter from his hometown of Fairfield, Calif., by... more

Robert Griffin III will be without one of his best targets Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers' defense. Breer: Two young QBs, one problem In his robust notebook, Albert Breer explains the predictable issue hindering Robert Griffin III and... more

The Indianapolis Colts have stubbornly stuck with the struggling Trent Richardson. The running back is listed as questionable to play Sunday versus the Arizona Cardinals with a calf injury, but the team expects him to be dressed. Offensive... more

With the Chicago Bears' offense moving the ball without Jay Cutler, the quarterback's future with the team has become a big question in the Windy City. A big season this year would have put Cutler in line for a Joe Flacco-type of payday. However, after... more

The New York Giants know that Sunday's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys could make or break their season. Giants players haven't been shy about telling anyone who would listen that they plan to take it to the Cowboys. Cornerback Terrell Thomas --... more

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has been oddly silent in recent weeks. Harrison: Week 12 Game Picks Can the Chiefs hold off the Chargers? Will the Panthers keep this up? Elliot Harrison makes his Week 12 predictions. READ After... more

Wes Welker should make the trip to face his former teammates. The Denver Broncos wide receiver has passed all the concussion protocol needed for him to be listed as probable , interim coach Jack Del Rio said Friday. Barring a setback before the game,... more

Jared Allen is coming to grips with the reality that his time with the Minnesota Vikings is rapidly coming to a close. The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end will be a free agent in 2014 and hinted several different times to USA Today's Tom Pelissero... more

The New York Jets can't stop the deep ball, and Joe Flacco can't stop throwing interceptions. The dueling displays of ineptitude will clash Sunday when the Jets visit the Baltimore Ravens. Flacco already has thrown a career-high 13 interceptions this... more

Calvin Johnson put up a goose egg in the second half of the Detroit Lions' Week 11 loss . Now the mega-wide receiver is tasked with going head to head with Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis on Sunday. Revis is still inching closer to... more

The New York Giants' season will hinge on Sunday afternoon's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants' four-game win streak has catapulted them from 0-6 cellar dwellers to a team that is back in the NFC East race. A criticism of the Giants'... more

Chip Kelly continues to play coy with the media about the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback job. Michael Vick, on the other hand, knows exactly who should be under center for the foreseeable future: Nick Foles. Harrison: Week 12 Game Picks... more

Ben Roethlisberger suggested Wednesday that he would take a hometown discount in upcoming contract negotiations to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger "You know what? Obviously, I will do whatever I need to do," Roethlisberger... more

The impetus behind Santana Moss' radio comments regarding Redskins players taking the onus for making mistakes was assumed to be about Robert Griffin III's postgame comments. Of course, there was more to the backstory. CSN Washington's Chick... more

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said earlier this week that he benched Reggie Bush during Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers because the running back isn't a "mudder." Matthew Stafford WITH Bush on the field Pass Plays QB Rating Comp % TD... more

Bobby Rainey burst into NFL consciousness -- and probably onto the majority of your fantasy teams -- with his 163 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' win over the Atlanta Falcons. The showcase earned Rainey the NFC Offensive... more

Tom Brady has spent 14 seasons in the NFL, and he's still seeing new situations. Brady was asked Tuesday on WEEI Radio if he'd ever seen a pass called uncatchable because it was too low; the New England Patriots quarterback called it a new... more

Santana Moss intimated that he'd like to see Robert Griffin III act a bit more like Tom Brady ... at the podium, that is . The Washington Redskins wide receiver told WJFK-FM on Tuesday that he thinks RGIII should take more accountability when... more

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh considered kicking off to start overtime instead of taking the ball first in a 23-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. "We had that conversation," Harbaugh said Monday, per the Ravens' official website . "We thought real... more

Robert Griffin III said after the Washington Redskins' 24-16 loss  that it felt like the Philadelphia Eagles' defense knew what plays were coming. RGIII's comments were taken as a shot , at least tangentially, at coach Mike Shanahan. On Monday,... more

Like every epic game, the layers to the Carolina Panthers' 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots are stacked thick. The entertaining match between Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith and Pats cornerback Aqib Talib provided fireworks from the... more

Tom Brady's immediate reaction to the picked-up flag on the final play of the New England Patriots' thrilling 24-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers was an expletive-filled plea for an explanation. Brady was more cerebral later with the media when... more

The NFL will keep the Dec. 1 matchup between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants in its original slot on "Sunday Night Football" at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC, the league announced Monday. The Redskins fell to 3-7 with a loss Sunday, all but wiping... more

The Seattle Seahawks' defense wasn't the only thing holding back Adrian Peterson on Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings running back admitted after Sunday's 41-20 loss that his groin hindered his performance. "Actually, it was bothering me a lot,"... more

With each game, Josh McCown's cheering section grows. After executing a superb game plan in the Chicago Bears' 23-20 overtime victory  over the Baltimore Ravens, McCown said he appreciates the fan support, but he's just keeping the seat warm for the... more

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz defended his decision to attempt a fake field goal early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 37-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger Leading 27-23, the Lions had an easy opportunity to go up... more

Andre Johnson dismissed his heated, late-game argument with Matt Schaub after the Houston Texans lost 28-23 to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. At 2-8, the Texans' season is forked, and a coaching change likely is on the horizon. Johnson was asked if... more

The fast-improving Philadelphia Eagles defense held its seventh straight opponent to 21 or fewer points on Sunday in a 24-16 win over the Washington Redskins. According to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, at least part of the credit should... more

After a failed fake field-goal attempt by the Detroit Lions, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led a 16-play, 97-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to put the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead for good in a 37-27 victory . Ben Roethlisberger His... more

The Terrelle Pryor love-fest seems short-lived. While the young Oakland Raiders signal-caller has the support of owner Mark Davis, others in the organization aren't convinced that Pryor is the long-term answer, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver said... more

The San Francisco 49ers expect tight end Vernon Davis to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported , citing two sources informed of the player's health. Davis suffered a concussion early in last week's loss... more

A powerful weather system might bring tornadoes to portions of the Midwest and impact several NFL games. The National Weather Service issued a high-risk alert Sunday for eastern Illinois, Indiana and far southwest lower Michigan. A map on Weather.com... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak will, in fact, coach from the press box Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the team decided Kubiak was well enough to return two weeks after suffering a mini-stroke,... more

Sunday Primer: Week 11 November 16, 2013

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Tony Gonzalez, TE (toe); Harry Douglas, WR (knee) Atlanta Falcons Both of Matt Ryan's targets were limited in practice Friday.... more

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier sounded optimistic about Christian Ponder's progress after the quarterback practiced again Friday. Billick: A winning formula Brian Billick studies one of his favorite statistics (toxic differential), drawing... more

Gary Kubiak is back with the Houston Texans, but the coach might not be on the sideline Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Kubiak told reporters Friday, via the Houston Chronicle , that he might lead his team from the press box. After suffering... more

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley underwent successful spinal fusion surgery Thursday in Pittsburgh, NFL Media's Andrea Kremer reported Friday. Finley is up and walking, and he plans to return to Green Bay today, per Kremer . Finley... more

The consternation about the lack of touches for running back C.J. Spiller is growing palpable for Buffalo Bills fans. Wide receiver Robert Woods is already out for Sunday's contest against the New York Jets. Stevie Johnson , who missed practice... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers know they need playmaking wide receiver Vincent Jackson to get the ball more often if they are to improve upon their first win of the season. Jackson was targeted just 12 times over the last two weeks (five catches), which... more

There is one thing Adrian Peterson is positive about: People love him. Earlier this year, Peterson's teammates dismissed the ludicrous idea that the Minnesota Vikings would trade AD. The running back reiterated Thursday he wants to remain with the... more

The San Francisco 49ers are prepared to unleash Aldon Smith on Sunday against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. "I think he's ready this week to get back to playing a lot," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday, per the San... more

In the above video you will see Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden rip the helmet off Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker before head-butting Walker. Following the Colts' 30-27 win  Thursday, Walker pulled no punches. Schein: Best... more

The Kansas City Chiefs will have their best wide receiver on the field for Sunday's crucial division matchup against the Denver Broncos. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start despite being arrested on charges of speeding and marijuana possession... more

St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin finally broke out in Week 10. Austin's electric 98-yard punt return for a touchdown earned him the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week award. The rookie also had receiving touchdowns of 81 and... more

Despite turnover machine Eli Manning, the New York Giants' three-game winning streak has vaulted them back into the race for the putrid NFC East division title , at 3-6. Andre Brown While Manning was the key cog behind the team's two Super Bowl... more

Don't be shocked to see Aaron Rodgers back on the field sooner rather than later. When asked during his weekly "The Aaron Rodgers Show" on 540 ESPN Radio whether he targeted a Thanksgiving matchup with the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions for his return,... more

Dwayne Bowe was arrested shortly before midnight Sunday on charges of speeding and possession of a controlled substance. The Chiefs were on their bye week when Riverside, Mo. police pulled over the wide receiver for speeding. A news release published... more

Jerry Jones has no plans to make big changes during the Dallas Cowboys' bye week. Battista: 'Boys will be 'Boys Same old story in Dallas: offseason hype followed by in-season disappointment. Judy Battista identifies the constant issue. READ... more

New York Jets fans should be thanking Darrelle Revis on Tuesday morning. The now Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback sealed a 22-19 win over the Miami Dolphins, the Bucs' first victory of the season, with an interception. The side effect of the win is... more

Denver Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said Monday he asked the NFL to review the hit on Peyton Manning that aggravated the quarterback's ankle injury Sunday in a win over the San Diego Chargers. Peyton Manning Late in the fourth quarter,... more

The Detroit Lions swept the Chicago Bears in the season series for the first time since 2007. Still, Brandon Marshall said those wins were an aberration from the Bears' proverbial younger sibling.  On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the... more

Matt Flynn will get his chance at a Green Bay Packers reunion. The quarterback worked out  for the Packers on Monday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the news. Rapoport reported last week... more

Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman defended his decision to keep an obviously banged-up Jay Cutler on the field until the final drive of Sunday's 21-19 loss to the Detroit Lions. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Detroit Lions' 21-19... more

The San Francisco 49ers weren't bluffing when they said Aldon Smith would have to earn playing time. After fully practicing this week -- following his return from a leave of absence to seek substance-abuse treatment -- the 49ers' 2012 team MVP didn't... more

The Houston Texans' front office isn't alone in being frustrated with the team's coaching staff . Veteran safety Ed Reed said the Texans were "outplayed and outcoached " in their 27-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the team's seventh straight... more

The Detroit Lions swept the Chicago Bears for the first time since 2007 with a 21-19 victory Sunday at Soldier Field to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC North. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley made a fantastic play, shedding a block and... more

Gary Kubiak is expected to be back with the Houston Texans next week after suffering a mini-stroke , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning." One reason for Kubiak rushing back, as Rapoport pointed out,... more

Michael Vick still is not on the cusp of returning to the Philadelphia Eagles' lineup. The injured quarterback told NFL Media's Albert Breer that he wouldn't dress for Sunday's game  against the Green Bay Packers, and that he remains a week or two... more

The Miami Dolphins' locker room scandal might cost several people their jobs. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver said on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the coach and general manager aren't expected to make it through unscathed. Silver: Tip... more

Reactions to the Miami Dolphins' Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin fiasco have been plenty and wide-ranging. However, few hold the weight of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. The 83-year-old Shula coached the Dolphins for 26 seasons, winning 274 games... more

Arian Foster's season is done. The Houston Texans running back will undergo surgery either Wednesday or Thursday, and he'll miss the rest of the 2013 season with a back injury, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday , according to two sources... more

Questions about whether Nick Foles is the ideal fit to run Chip Kelly's offense persist. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback admitted even he was skeptical at first. Breer: Blueprint for interim coaches In a robust notebook, Albert Breer has advice... more

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson places the responsibility for the backup quarterback position squarely on his own shoulders. The playoff picture How would your team's prospects look if the season ended today? See where each team stands... more

Sunday Primer: Week 10 November 09, 2013

Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Giovani Bernard, RB (ribs) Cincinnati Bengals Bernard plans to play, despite being limitied in practice all week, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Roddy White, WR... more

Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin continued Saturday to avoid directly addressing questions about the events that led to the suspension of offensive guard Richie Incognito. When asked about the incident last May wherein Incognito allegedly harassed a... more

A good argument could be made that the Buffalo Bills' season would be much different if EJ Manuel didn't injure his LCL on a scramble back in Week 5. It was the second time this year Manuel injured himself on a scramble play. When the rookie... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis reiterated that his reconstructed knee still is not 100 percent, but it is rounding into form. "I'm getting back to my old self," Revis said, per the Tampa Bay Times . "I'm feeling very comfortable. The... more

With Rashard Mendenhall returning to the Arizona Cardinals' starting lineup on Sunday to face the Houston Texans, the broader question is how much rookie running back Andre Ellington will touch the ball. According to coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox was released Friday from a Charlotte-area hospital. Battista: Lessons from #Chuckstrong What can the Broncos and Texans do in the wake of their coaches' health scares? Look to Indianapolis, Judy Battista writes. READ... more

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster missed his third consecutive practice Friday and has been ruled out for Sunday's tussle with the Arizona Cardinals. Battista: Lessons from #Chuckstrong What can the Broncos and Texans do in the wake of their... more

Reggie Bush sounds excited to face the Chicago Bears' defense. Match made in Motown Mark Kriegel says Lions running back Reggie Bush has found a home that's as far removed as possible from the glitz of Hollywood: Detroit. More ... In the... more

Cincinnati Bengals fans would love to see Giovani Bernard's carries substantially increase. His dynamic ability is breathtaking, and he's a home run threat every time he touches the ball. However, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden insists... more

Much to the bewilderment of fans, media members and even some of his own players, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier took two timeouts when the Washington Redskins were driving down to the goal line with the clock ticking in Thusday night's 34-27... more

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant returned to practice Thursday  on a limited basis after missing Wednesday's session with a back issue. The 25-year-old dealt with back issues at the end of last season and has missed several snaps this season... more

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's 2013 season lasted one game. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Vilma was placed on season-ending injured reserve , only one game after being activated from the IR-recall list . The team... more

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said he was shocked when learning how the situation devolved between teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. "If you asked Jonathan Martin who his best friend is on this team two weeks ago, he'd say... more

Following the recent hospitalizations of coaches John Fox and Gary Kubiak , questions of how the stress heaped on NFL coaches have been magnified. Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the health scares of his colleagues won't keep him from his... more

The Houston Texans announced  Wednesday that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take over as the interim coach until Gary Kubiak returns. Kubiak, 52, collapsed on the field at halftime of Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts and... more

After watching kicker Randy Bullock struggle for eight weeks, the Houston Texans brought in three kickers for a tryout Tuesday. The audition included kickers Neil Rackers, Shayne Graham and Justin Medlock, but none will replace Bullock, interim... more

The two quarterbacks who won the Week 9 offensive players of the week awards started the season on the bench, underscoring the importance of backup quarterbacks. Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles' perfect passer rating and... more

Minnesota Vikings defensive players Brian Robison and Kevin Williams openly questioned the play-calling at the end of Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. While coach Leslie Frazier prefers the team keeps those thoughts in-house, defensive... more

After the Baltimore Ravens conceded five sacks and struggled to run the ball against the Cleveland Browns in a Week 9 loss , it would have been easy to place blame on the offensive line. However, coach John Harbaugh stood up for his blockers. "I... more

Houston Texans kicker Randy Bullock's bumpy season might have hit rock bottom Sunday night when he missed three field goals, including a game-tying attempt . "It was a bad outing, but I can put it behind me and move forward," Bullock said, per the... more

DeMarcus Ware insisted he would be back sooner than anticipated. It appears the defensive end is right on schedule, and he should be in the lineup Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys take on the New Orleans Saints. The playoff picture How would your... more

Immediately after the Green Bay Packers announced that Aaron Rodgers would be out the rest of Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears with a shoulder injury, the Matt Flynn jokes/speculation began. Coach Mike McCarthy was asked specifically... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed and was taken off the field on a stretcher during halftime of Sunday night's 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Kubiak, 52, was taken to a local hospital and admitted overnight. He underwent what the team... more

C.J. Spiller returned after missing one game, and the Buffalo Bills running back looked close to being back to his old self on Sunday, gashing the Kansas City Chiefs' defense in the Bills' 23-13 loss . Spiller was so impressive that he gained 155 yards... more

Tuel Time might have to be taken off the air once again. Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has been fully cleared to return, the team announced through its official Twitter account . Manuel sprained his LCL  in Week 5 against the... more

The entire Minnesota Vikings coaching staff is under siege. Leslie Frazier has gotten heat for his quarterback decisions and the Vikings' 1-7 record. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has been scorched for his play-calling and inability to get... more

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field at halftime of Sunday night's 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The coach was taken to the hospital and signs were positive, but players still had a game to play. Defensive end Antonio Smith... more

The Kansas City Chiefs moved to 9-0 as its defense took advantage of another backup quarterback in a 23-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo practically dominated the game in every aspect except the ones that ultimately matter: turnovers and... more

Roddy White hasn't been himself all season. In an effort to try to get fully healthy, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver does not expect to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay... more

The Buffalo Bills will start rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel on Sunday against the 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Tuel will start in place of Thad Lewis, who has been dealing with a rib injury. The team later... more

The Chicago Bears might have found an eventual solution to their injury-plagued defensive line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Bears on... more

The New England Patriots suffered another season-ending loss to their defensive corps. The team announced it placed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly on the injured reserve list with a knee injury, ending his season. The team signed offensive lineman Josh... more

Denver Broncos coach John Fox, 58, was taken to a Charlotte-area hospital Saturday after feeling light-headed while playing golf. Fox, however, is OK. "I am doing fine," Fox told NFL Media columnist Michael Silver in a text message. "Don't believe... more

Sunday Primer: Week 9 November 02, 2013

Everything you need to know for Week 9 as Sunday kickoff approaches. ... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted. Arian Foster, RB (hamstring) Houston Texans Foster fully practiced Friday after being limited the... more

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma likely will return to face his former New York Jets team Sunday. Ryan Brothers on NFL Network Before Rex and Rob face off Sunday, a retrospective on their college playing days will be featured on "NFL... more

Antonio Cromartie doesn't think the New York Jets will need him to cover Jimmy Graham on Sunday . Ryan brothers on NFL Network Before Rex and Rob face off Sunday, a retrospective on their college playing days will be featured on "NFL GameDay Morning,"... more

Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy has provided some early-season ground punch to the previous aerial-based assault. Lacy has touched the ball 24 or more times the last four weeks, since retuning from a concussion injury, including 27... more

It appears that C.J. Spiller is on track to play this week. The Buffalo Bills running back, who has been battling an ankle injury, practiced Wednesday and Thursday for the first time in two weeks, on a limited basis. Spiller missed last week's game... more

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff continues to make his rounds on the NFL's version of speed dating. After meeting with  the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears last week, Ratliff visited the Miami Dolphins late this week, a... more

Despite the rumblings about Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier's job security after a rocky 1-6 start, lowlighted by a wayward Josh Freeman experiment two weeks ago, general manager Rick Spielman has no intention of firing his lead man. "Leslie... more

Believe it or not, we've reached the midway point of the 2013 NFL season. Some teams are looking forward to making a playoff push, while others already  are  in evaluation mode. Below are some storylines  (clearly not comprehensive)  to watch for in the... more

Christian Ponder will start at quarterback when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made the announcement Friday after practice. "Christian gives us the best chance to win," Frazier said ,... more

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan knows slowing down New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham on Sunday  is key. Graham is such a weapon that Ryan said he's even considered deploying cornerback Antonio Cromartie to defend the Saints star. "It's a thought,"... more

We've all been wondering why Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis has been playing so much zone this season. Disgruntled Bucs fans , in particular, have had near conniptions pondering why a shutdown cornerback with the nickname "Revis Island"... more

Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the team this week after an emotional breakdown following a cafeteria prank . Martin did not play in the Dolphins' 22-20 overtime win Thursday night and is with his family after seeking counseling.... more

The Cincinnati Bengals suffered several brutal losses Thursday night. Geno Atkins sustained an ACL injury , and the Bengals were victims of a "Wake-off loss" on a safety in overtime. Some less-brutal news coming out of the 22-20 defeat to the... more

October

The San Francisco 49ers are poised to add another asset to their defensive backfield. Jim Harbaugh told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport  on Wednesday that cornerback Eric Wright could be back this week or next week. "He's done a real nice job. He's... more

Shonn Greene will see his load increase out of the Tennessee Titans' backfield. Coach Mike Munchak said Wednesday that Greene should accumulate around 15 carries per game moving forward.  Greene missed five weeks early in the season after having... more

In the least-shocking Player of The Week award -- maybe ever -- Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson's 329-yard performance earned him the offensive award in the NFC for Week 8. Let's be honest, Megatron practically had the award wrapped up by... more

Arizona Cardinals rookie running back Andre Ellington had a breakout performance Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons, rushing for 154 yards on 15 carries. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he plans to get the ball to his most dynamic running back more... more

Let's take another trip to the wonderful land of the hypothetical. On this vacation from reality, our tour guide happens to be Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. After witnessing Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson obliterate his team with... more

Nick Foles has taken a step toward returning to the starting lineup. Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Tuesday that Foles has been medically cleared to practice. The quarterback will split reps evenly with rookie Matt Barkley.... more

The revelation might have come too late to save his job, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said the team is considering using Darrelle Revis more in man-to-man coverage. "We need to make sure we're accentuating our best players, putting... more

We've presented the argument about why it makes sense for the Atlanta Falcons to trade Tony Gonzalez by Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. It's not happening, coach Mike Smith said as much himself . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported again on... more

New York Jets wide receiver David Nelson confirmed that Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones made threatening comments to him Sunday . However, the receiver isn't worried enough to change his address . "I wouldn't say it was a... more

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is taking baby steps toward naming his starting quarterback for Sunday . On Monday, Frazier wouldn't say who will start, but he did eliminate Matt Cassel from the equation. "I don't want to discount Matt, but... more

In a rare October occasion, Monday night's NFL game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis will be in direct competition for local fans' attention with Game 5 of Major League Baseball's World Series. Given the drastic differences in circumstance... more

The Houston Texans will start Case Keenum at quarterback for Week 9 , coach Gary Kubiak said Monday. The second-year NFL quarterback performed well in his first start, a 17-16 loss to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7. Before the... more

The Green Bay Packers' offense is transforming into a one of the most balanced attacks in the NFL. That fact should scare opponents. Eddie Lacy Not only is Aaron Rodgers playing at an MVP level , sans three of his top targets, but Eddie Lacy... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers seemed surprised to see Terrelle Pryor scamper for an NFL record 93-yard touchdown  on the Oakland Raiders' first play from scrimmage , and they weren't alone. Backed up to their own 7-yard line to start the game, even Pryor's... more

Numbers. Those often-tricky counting symbols can frequently befuddle, and when used in NFL statistics, can be contorted to prove any desired point. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Detroit Lions' 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys... more

Matthew Stafford can't beat good teams. Matthew Stafford can't lead clutch fourth-quarter drives. Matthew Stafford can only make big plays to Calvin Johnson. Take all of those storylines, crumble them in a ball, douse them in motor oil and introduce... more

Dez Bryant was livid that Tony Romo wasn't targeting him in the Dallas Cowboys' 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions. After all, Bryant had just two catches (including a ridiculous touchdown ) for 22 yards through three quarters Sunday. After Romo... more

All the positive signs that Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray would play against the Detroit Lions in Week 8 proved to be false. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the Detroit Lions' 31-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys from Week 8... more

The San Francisco 49ers have shaken their early-season offensive doldrums by getting back to basics: pounding the ball with Frank Gore and relying on Vernon Davis. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver said on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that... more

When Mike Shanahan returns Sunday to the land where he won two Super Bowls, Denver fans will see a lot of recognizable offensive weapons. While they do not yet match the Hall of Famers that Shanahan's offenses boasted in Denver, the Washington Redskins... more

Terrelle Pryor's progress this season has been one of the most entertaining storylines to follow. He has almost single-handedly transformed the Oakland Raiders from a 2014 NFL Draft quarterback-lottery team into one that is intriguing to watch every... more

All those people who spent their week with fingers crossed in hopes Percy Harvin would play Monday night are going to be disappointed. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Saturday that Harvin will not play  Monday against the St. Louis Rams.... more

Sunday Primer: Week 8 October 26, 2013

Everything you need to know as we approach kickoff... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Jimmy Graham, TE (foot) New Orleans Saints It was assumed that coming off a bye week Graham would be fine. However, he... more

Mario Williams is enjoying a renaissance season in his second year with the Buffalo Bills. Under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, Williams, an eight-year veteran, has moved around the line with success this season. The former No. 1 overall pick... more

Aldon Smith's decision to enter an in-patient treatment facility last month will be taken into consideration when it comes time to determine punishment for his transgressions, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "Certainly," Goodell told reporters... more

The last time the Dallas Cowboys faced the Detroit Lions, Jerry Jones watched Calvin Johnson catch two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a rousing comeback, including this Megatron Special . Still, when asked Friday which of the Lions' offensive... more

Not everyone is joining the "Fire Schiano" rock band forming down in Tampa. On Friday, we passed along Darrelle Revis essentially punting on a chance to back up his coach after Thursday night's deplorable loss to the Carolina Panthers. Eventually,... more

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green has been nearly uncoverable through seven weeks. The dynamic receiver has been so out of this world in 2013 that New York Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman cited otherworldly aid when asked how... more

New York Giants radio analyst Carl Banks said during Monday night's game that running back Peyton Hillis ran like he was carrying an ice wagon . That is what happens when a player goes from the couch to "Monday Night Football." The newest Giants... more

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is coming off his best game of the season, but he admitted Thursday that we won't see a full-strength JPP this year. "I'd say it's about 75 percent still to this day," said Pierre-Paul, who underwent... more

Greg Schiano's time in Tampa Bay is dwindling. Silver: Inside the Bucs' sinking ship How bad is it in Tampa? "Like being in Cuba," says one ex-Buc. Michael Silver explains why Greg Schiano doesn't fit in the NFL. READ One of the main reasons... more

Christian Ponder will get a chance to show he's a born-again quarterback. The former Minnesota Vikings starter, benched in favor of Josh Freeman, explained to reporters that he's only been told he'll start for this game, according to ESPN.com .... more

First, Bill Belichick disputed that his players broke a rule by pushing each other on an overtime field-goal attempt in the New England Patriots' loss to the New York Jets. Then he admitted he was wrong . Now, the Patriots coach is accusing the Jets... more

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant caused a Rock-sized eyebrow raise  earlier this week when he said he can do whatever Calvin Johnson can do. Bryant's comments were relayed to injured Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson -- who still... more

Andrew Luck just keeps winning. Luck's cold-blooded performance against the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for Week 7. Luck completed 21 of 38 passes for 228 yards with three touchdowns and no... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano isn't fretting about his team's 0-6 start to the season. "We'll win our share (of games), don't worry," Schiano said Wednesday morning on NFL Network's "NFL AM." The Bucs coach reiterated that he didn't... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin isn't ready to see his season end. Despite possibly having a season-ending torn labrum , Martin said Tuesday that he would not miss the duration of the 2013 campaign. "No," Martin said when asked if... more

Questions about Michael Vick's availability were answered early this week. Vick will start at quarterback when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New York Giants on Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday . After missing game action... more

Le'Veon Bell's emergence over the last three weeks allowed the Pittsburgh Steelers to waive running back Isaac Redman on Monday. Bell's 93-yard performance in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens validated the Steelers' evaluation of the... more

Dez Bryant respects Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, but that doesn't mean Bryant is going to bow to Megatron when the two square off Sunday in Detroit . The Dallas Cowboys receiver said Johnson is "the best at what he does," during a Monday radio... more

In the immediate aftermath of the Minnesota Vikings' ugly 23-7 loss to the New York Giants, it was fair to ponder whether the Josh Freeman experiment could cost some employees their jobs. His staff made changes on the field, but owner Ziggy Wilf will... more

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick took the blame Monday for Chris Jones' penalty, admitting he was wrong when he said after Sunday's 30-27 overtime loss to the New York Jets that his team didn't commit a penalty . "On the field-goal play at the... more

The New York Jets got a big win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. Then a Jets fan provided a whopping loss for humankind. In the video at the bottom of this post, you will watch a man in a Wayne Chrebet jersey and camouflage pants (you can't... more

Jim Schwartz said he was told during the Detroit Lions' 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals that he couldn't challenge an apparent forward lateral on a blocked field goal near the end of the first half. "I thought it was a forward lateral, but the... more

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been fined multiple times in the past for illegal hits. But Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall thinks the NFL needs to do more. During the second half of the Redskins' 45-41 win , Meriweather... more

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall made a nice defensive play in the end zone Sunday against Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Unfortunately, Hall injured his right Achilles tendon on the first-quarter pass breakup. The Bengals... more

Mike Nugent kicked a game-winning field goal on the road for the second straight week to give the Cincinnati Bengals the 27-24 victory over the Detroit Lions. The back-and-forth contest at Ford Field was highlighted by big plays from two of the NFL's... more

Philip Rivers had another death by a million paper cuts performance Sunday, as the San Diego Chargers avoided a letdown by defeating the winless Jacksonville Jaguars 24-6. The Chargers quarterback completed his first 14 passes of the game -- his... more

The Houston Texans surprised some when they opted to start Case Keenum this week against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, Texans quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell doesn't view it as a shock, and he believes Keenum has the skill set to succeed at the NFL... more

DeMarco Murray is expected to miss some time with an MCL injury, but the Dallas Cowboys might be looking to permanently replace the running back. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the Cowboys no... more

The homecoming comparisons will be made liberally all Sunday leading up to Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis . Battista: Quiet before the storm Peyton Manning has kept mum about his return to Indy. In her Week 7 primer, Judy Battista says this... more

Sunday Primer: Week 7 October 19, 2013

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches: Key game-time decisions Breer: Inside the NFL Notebook Will Greg Schiano's woes deter NFL teams from giving it the old college try? Albert Breer studies that question and much more. READ... more

The mere thought of the Minnesota Vikings trading Adrian Peterson is ludicrous . Debate: Should Vikes deal Peterson? A newspaper columnist created a stir by saying the Vikings should deal Adrian  Peterson . Harebrained scheme or wise idea?READ... more

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones could miss his first rivalry game against the Baltimore Ravens. Jones suffered a concussion during last week's win over the New York Jets, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Jones must... more

Jay Cutler isn't going to take the bait. The Chicago Bears quarterback knows that everyone wants to make a big deal of his upcoming matchup against the Washington Redskins and cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Kriegel: In Marc they trust Marc Trestman's... more

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware still won't give up hope that he will face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday , despite dealing with a thigh injury that could have him out three to four weeks. Ware declared himself a game-time decision, even... more

The NFL fined Ndamukong Suh on Wednesday for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden during Sunday's game . The Detroit Lions defensive tackle was fined $31,500, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The team's official website... more

Five days remain until Peyton Manning takes the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the hoopla already is boiling over. Harrison: Week 7 Power Rankings Elliot Harrison provides his updated NFL pecking order, with one preseason darling tumbling all the... more

Jacoby Jones should see his role in the Baltimore Ravens' offense expand as he continues to progress after missing four games with a knee injury. "It was great," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, per The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday. "Jacoby gave us a speed... more

The Week 6 Players of the Week Awards will add fuel to the "Nick Foles for Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback" campaign. Nick Foles Foles took home the award Wednesday for NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Foles diced up the Tampa Bay... more

Josh Freeman's road to the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback job was paved with interceptions and ineptitude . All it's waiting for now is for the lines to be painted. Freeman took the first-team reps during individual drills at Wednesday's... more

The Peyton Manning homecoming party has been more than a year in the making. With the weeklong lead-up to Sunday's reunion now underway, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay told USA Today's Jarrett Bell  that he doesn't regret releasing Manning in... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars have not closed the door on wide receiver Cecil Shorts playing Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Shorts entered last weekend's tilt with the Denver Broncos nursing a groin injury. He left with his arm in a sling... more

DeMarcus Ware conceded Monday that he is doubtful to play this week when the Dallas Cowboys face the Philadelphia Eagles. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Ware is expected to miss three to four weeks after straining his quadriceps... more

Matt Schaub didn't hear the Houston Texans fans who cheered his injury Sunday; he was deafened by the sound his ankle made. "It popped and must've come out and come back in place," Schaub said Monday on KILT-AM, per the Houston Chronicle . " ... It... more

The editor of the crusty book "Take the Points" probably is busy updating it with a chapter on the Baltimore Ravens' 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. With 5:22 left in the second quarter, down 3-0, John Harbaugh's Ravens faced a... more

DeMarco Murray sprained the MCL in one of his knees during the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys' 31-16 victory over the Washington Redskins. From then on Sunday, the Cowboys' running game just suffered. "Yeah, DeMarco, that's going to be a... more

The Denver Broncos didn't destroy the Jacksonville Jaguars, as many predicted they would, winning Sunday by "just" 16 points, 35-19. On two separate occasions, the Jaguars got within two points of the 6-0 Broncos, leading some fans to boo . Peyton... more

So you're telling me there's a chance? Last week, coach Chip Kelly said Nick Foles could win the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback job if Foles went 100-for-100 passing with 27 touchdowns. Foles fell a tad short Sunday, going 22-of-31 passing... more

The San Francisco 49ers' defense forced four turnovers and the offense added a heavy dose of the ground game to go along with a huge game from Vernon Davis en route to a 32-20  win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Niners overcame two Colin Kaepernick... more

Aaron Rodgers was under siege most of the game but the Green Bay Packers' quarterback made big plays when necessary in a 19-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Aaron Rodgers The Packers' offensive line couldn't slow down Terrell Suggs and... more

The Green Bay Packers' wide receiving corps took two big hits Sunday in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens. James Jones was ruled out early with a knee injury. Then, with under a minute left in the first half, Randall Cobb was injured on a hit... more

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is active and will start in Sunday's tilt with the Cleveland Browns. Even if he plays on a limited basis, Megatron's availability is a big boost for Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush and the entire Lions offense.... more

Last month, Brett Favre's agent, Bus Cook, turned heads when he said the former All-Pro quarterback still could play in the NFL . The crux of Cook's argument centered on the assessment that Favre is in the best shape ever. There were analogies to... more

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski likely won't make his season debut against the New Orleans Saints . NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday night that Gronkowski has not gained clearance and is not likely to play in Week 6,... more

Sunday Primer: Week 6 October 12, 2013

Here's what you need to know for all of Sunday's games as kickoff approaches. Sunday's storylines Green Bay Packers (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-2) Without Clay Matthews, it will be interesting to see how Dom Capers attacks Joe Flacco and whether... more

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier decided he couldn't pretend any longer. Frazier said Friday that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback when the Vikings take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday . "We made a decision a couple days ago," Frazier... more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks became the third member of the team diagnosed with a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday , according to two sources informed of... more

Calvin Johnson participated in Detroit Lions practice for the second straight day. Megatron made positive progress again Friday, this time not wearing a knee brace. Johnson has been dealing with swelling in his knee and ditching the brace is a... more

As the Buffalo Bills wait for Jairus Byrd to make his season debut this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, questions surrounding the safety's future continue to swirl. Bills general manager Doug Whaley addressed reports that the Bills would be... more

Sometimes brothers fight. Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould and return man Devin Hester engaged in a verbal spat with 5:12 left in the second quarter of the Bears' 27-21 victory on "Thursday Night Football." The incident occurred following a... more

Christian Ponder practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, but that doesn't mean he will see the field Sunday. Ponder reportedly has been cleared to play, but Matt Cassel is likely to start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, ESPN reported Thursday .... more

The evolution of Terrelle Pryor is one of the most intriguing early-season storylines. Formerly seen as an athlete masquerading as a quarterback, Pryor has vastly improved, especially in his accuracy and pocket passing. Pryor has completed 72.7 percent... more

When Brandon Marshall takes the field for the Chicago Bears on NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football, " his shoes will stand out. Amidst the sea of pink towels, gloves and cleats supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the receiver will don green... more

Near the beginning of a recent "Live for Football " Pepsi commercial, Jim Harbaugh stands at a dry erase board looking like he's about to go all "A Beautiful Mind" on us. During every airing it's difficult not to wonder what genius he's about to scribble... more

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub confirmed to reporters Wednesday afternoon that he contacted team security after seeing fans take pictures outside his home. However, Schaub downplayed the incident, saying that to his knowledge, he didn't notice... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, Santa Clara County prosecutors said Wednesday in a release, obtained by NFL Media. KNTV-TV first reported the news . Smith is... more

We knew Brian Hartline was a skilled receiver. We didn't realize he was good at punting as well. When asked by Terrell Davis on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Wednesday whether or not he thought Dolphins teammate Lamar Miller was a 25-carry-per-game running... more

Antwan Barnes' season was cut short once again. Geno Smith The New York Jets placed the linebacker on injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury early in Monday night's win , according to the team's official Twitter account . The Jets... more

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has doubled down on squashing the Josh Gordon trade talk. Silver: Cincy's Magic Mike Bengals D-coordinator Mike  Zimmer has a simple intent: to spoil dreams. Michael Silver offers his approval. Plus, 32... more

News out of Houston keeps getting worse. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Texans plan to place tight end Owen Daniels on the injured reserve/designated to return list, according to a person informed of the move. ESPN first... more

Geno Smith's Monday night performance not only won over critics and headline writers , it also earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for Week 5. Geno Smith Smith completed 16 of 20 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns, but... more

When NFL owners passed a rule compeling teams to participate in the HBO/NFL Films television series "Hard Knocks," you almost could hear the sound of coaches' heads exploding. Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians verbalized... more

The 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers have just a 1.2 percent chance of making the playoffs. Despite the long odds, safety Ryan Clark sees the Steelers making it happen. "I just believe we can win. That's just the bottom line," Clark said, per the... more

Hindsight is biased, but that won't stop the questions asking whether or not Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith should have kicked a field goal from the 1-yard line to end the first half of Monday night's 30-28 loss to the New York Jets. Trailing... more

T.Y. Hilton was on fire Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts receiver scorched one of the NFL's best defenses, catching five passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 34-28 victory over the Seattle Seahawks On NFL Network NFL Replay... more

It was evident to everyone watching the Detroit Lions' offense attempt to move the ball in the 22-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday that Calvin Johnson's absence made a huge difference in the contest. The Packers moved their safeties into... more

Brandon Marshall has utilized the F-word -- frustrated -- consistently the last two weeks , both Chicago Bears losses, to describe his feelings about his production. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New Orleans Saints' 26-18 win over... more

The Dallas Cowboys lost 51-48 to Peyton Manning and the undefeated Denver Broncos on Sunday, but Jerry Jones declared it a moral victory. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air a special 3.5-hour version of the Denver Broncos' 51-48 win over the... more

Alex Smith led a 10-play, fourth-quarter touchdown drive to give the Kansas City Chiefs the lead, and then the quarterback watched his defense intercept two passes to secure a 26-17 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Smith threw an interception... more

Green Bay's defense smothered the Calvin Johnson-less Detroit Lions offense in a 22-9 victory that moved the Packers' record to 2-2. With Megatron on the sideline, the Packers were able to load up to stop Reggie Bush, who had just 13 carries for 44... more

Richard Seymour continues to wait for the right situation to pop up before he returns to the field. The All-Pro defensive lineman told CBS Sports that he is willing to return to a "contending" team by Week 10. It seems clear that Seymour is... more

Josh Freeman might be back on the field quicker than most would have predicted after his divorce from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that Freeman's agent has talked to... more

Rating players makes the media's world go round. Whether it's rating players against one another (so you know who to start in fantasy ) or Top 100 lists, we can't help but try to quantify NFL players. Sunday morning on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay... more

Concern about Ahmad Bradshaw's ability to return from a neck injury , which could potentially require surgery , necessitates Trent Richardson's upward progress within the Indianapolis Colts' offense. Harrison: Week 5 Game Picks Can Andrew Luck and Co.... more

Sunday Primer: Week 5 October 05, 2013

We enter the second quarter of the NFL season, when teams begin to either stamp their marks on the season or dissolve into an afterthought. These are the things you need to know for all of Sunday's games as kickoff approaches. Sunday's storylines... more

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not travel with the team to Cincinnati and will miss Sunday's contest against the Bengals, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, per a source informed of the decision. Meanwhile, Pats... more

The Baltimore Ravens announced Saturday  they have cut veteran receiver Brandon Stokley and re-signed tight end Billy Bajema. Stokley had nine receptions for 79 yards in three games this season. His release might be a good sign that Jacoby Jones... more

In an announcement that should shock no one, the Atlanta Falcons ruled out Steven Jackson for their Monday night tilt against the New York Jets. Falcons coach Mike Smith told media members  Saturday that Jackson would miss his third consecutive game... more

The New England Patriots' defensive front knows teams will try to exploit Vince Wilfork's absence . "I'm sure they're going to try to run the ball more," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly told the Boston Herald . "I mean, we're lighter up front now. Take... more

Much was made about Chip Kelly's new regiment during training camp. His smoothies and up-tempo practices became a novelty. The Philadelphia Eagles coach claimed this week that his new sports science and conditioning programs were responsible for the... more

The New England Patriots added depth to their wide receiver group Thursday when the team signed Austin Collie. The newly signed receiver declined to discuss whether that contract included an injury waiver.  "I'd rather not talk about that," Collie said... more

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel suffered an LCL sprain in his right knee that will not require surgery. "We think it will be a few weeks," coach Doug Marrone said Friday about how long the rookie could be out. Marrone declined to give a... more

Buffalo Bills punter Shawn Powell was burned Thursday night, then fired Friday morning. The Bills announced they released the punter after a disastrous game in which he allowed Cleveland Browns return man Travis Benjamin to set a single-game franchise... more

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spent some amicable time together this offseason at a youth football camp. But don't expect the two to don matching costumes this Halloween. "I don't... more

While breaking down where Josh Freeman might land after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, our Chris Wesseling put the Oakland Raiders at the top of the list , pointing to offensive coordinator Greg Olson's familiarity with the quarterback.... more

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd was ready to make his season debut Thursday night, but coach Doug Marrone decided the timing wasn't right. "It was the first time we did things full speed," Marrone said after the Bills' 37-24 loss  to the Cleveland... more

The blow-by-blow of Josh Freeman's troubled relationship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers presses on. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per a union source, that the Bucs fined Freeman twice in the last month, including once in the past... more

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson embraced the jokes after his pizza-induced car accident. Now, he's making his goals public. "When I get back, I'm still going to try to go after that 1,000 yards," Burleson said, per the Detroit News on... more

A couple of 400-yard passing performances lead the NFL's Week 4 Players of the Week awards. Philip Rivers Quarterback Philip Rivers continued his career renaissance with a 401-yard, three-touchdown torching of the Dallas Cowboys' secondary to... more

Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson already lost the tip of his finger , but concern remains that he could lose even more. Coach Bruce Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday night that Johnson's stubbed digit, which caused him to miss last... more

San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner will appeal the $21,000 fine he received Tuesday for a Week 4 hit against St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens. Whitner was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play when he drove his shoulder into... more

Blaine Gabbert, making his first start since being injured in the season opener , threw three interceptions and completed 17 of 32 passes with zero touchdowns in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 37-3 blowout loss to the Indianapolis Colts. However, after... more

The corrosive relationship between Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continues its daily dissolve. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the Bucs have been actively shopping Freeman and could try to unload the quarterback before... more

Antrel Rolle should have just gone "Remember the Titans" and given reporters his rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough ." Instead the safety boasted that his 0-4 New York Giants team would go streaking. "I believe we can go 12-0 from this... more

Bruce Arians was brought to Arizona to bolster one of the worst offenses in the NFL. So far, it's not going well.                     Patrick Peterson     On Monday, the day after the Cardinals' 13-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the... more

September

EJ Manuel gets all the attention , but other Buffalo Bills rookies have been balling through four weeks. Linebacker Kiko Alonso should be the answer to the question: Who is the leading candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year? The 6-foot-3,... more

Jay Cutler relapsed Sunday. It's not a huge surprise. Cutler has been addicted to throwing game-killing interceptions for so long, he was due for a retrogression. Like all of us attempting to squelch a bad habit, going cold turkey is not an easy... more

It was 4th-and-ballgame . The football left the hand of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, looped toward the back corner of the end zone and seemed to hang in the air, interminably floating to Roddy White's outstretched arms for a game-winning score.... more

The New England Patriots' 30-23 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night appears to have come at a heavy price -- 325 pounds, to be exact. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the New England Patriots' 30-23 win over the Atlanta... more

You could play "Madden NFL 25" all day long and might not be able to conjure up as many combo moves as Reggie Bush displayed Sunday in the Detroit Lions' 40-32 victory over the Chicago Bears. Reggie Bush Bush ran, spun, leapt, cut, spun again,... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was all set to start Sunday against the Washington Redskins, six days after he suffered a concussion. However, the plan changed Saturday night when Pryor's concussion symptoms resurfaced, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer... more

Kenny Britt said earlier this season it looked like this would be his last year as a Tennessee Titan. Now, he might not even last until the end of the season. The Titans are fielding offers for the wide receiver, ESPN reported Sunday . The team... more

After the benching of struggling quarterback Josh Freeman in favor of third-round draft pick Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said he wasn't worried about his job security. Despite an 0-3 record to start 2013 -- 7-12 overall --... more

USC fired head football coach Lane Kiffin on Sunday morning after the team's charter plane arrived in Los Angeles following the Trojans' 62-41 loss at Arizona State, the school announced . Kiffin has had a tumultuous career since Oakland Raiders owner... more

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor will start Sunday against the Washington Redskins, just six days after suffering a concussion. Pryor passed the NFL's concussion tests Friday and Saturday, paving the way for his start Sunday, the San Francisco... more

Sunday Primer: Week 4 September 28, 2013

Only three of Sunday's matchups pit teams with winning records against each other. (Extra points if in the preseason you knew the New York Jets versus the Tennessee Titans would be one of those games.) These are the things you need to know for all of... more

The questions about whether tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola would play Sunday have been answered a day early. Neither player traveled with the New England Patriots to Atlanta to face the Falcons on Sunday night , NFL Media's... more

Tom Brady has been asked a lot about his former understudies this week. After being the first to report that Matt Cassel would start for the Minnesota Vikings this week, Brady gave a glowing review of Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. "He... more

Much was made this week about Colin Kaepernick "favoriting" hate-filled messages from Twitter users. Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was more philosophical Friday about his young starting quarterback embracing the hate.... more

The Buffalo Bills operate the NFL's fastest offense at 21.4 seconds per play. If you were shocked it wasn't Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles or Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos, don't worry, you aren't alone. Harrison: Week 4 Game Picks How many... more

Tight end Jermichael Finley took a ferocious hit and suffered a concussion in the Green Bay Packers' Week 3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. In a video posted to his personal website and tweeted on Friday, Finley discussed the play and his... more

On Friday, we chronicled Calvin Johnson's disdain for the Chicago Bears. We only can assume that Megatron would give this post a thumbs down. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, NFL Media's Stacey Dales... more

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden gave a simple answer when asked what he learned standing on the sideline watching Brian Hoyer lead the team to a Week 3 victory . "Don't get hurt," Weeden said, per The Plain Dealer . "I don't know how... more

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said Friday he pushed himself in practice all week to see how his injured hip would respond, but deferred to coach John Harbaugh regarding his status for Sunday. "The week went as expected," Rice said, per The... more

Chip Kelly isn't worried about the altitude and thin air in Denver slowing down his offense, but he'll still have to deal with the Denver Broncos' defense. Champ Bailey's return remains uncertain for a Denver Broncos defense, who -- thanks in part... more

Calvin Johnson faces his most difficult test of the season Sunday when the Chicago Bears visit Ford Field with the division lead on the line . Needless to say, the Detroit Lions wide receiver isn't rolling out the welcome mat. "It's easy to have a... more

Christian Ponder fans across the pond won't have the opportunity to see the quarterback play Sunday. The Vikings announced Friday that backup quarterback Matt Cassel will start for Minnesota against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in place of Ponder,... more

Nate Burleson underwent surgery Wednesday after breaking his forearm in two places in an unfortunate car accident caused by sliding front-seat pizza. Matthew Stafford Burleson's agent tweeted Wednesday that the surgery went well for the... more

On Monday night, Peyton Manning, fresh off another Player of the Week performance, already was thinking about this week's tussle with Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles. Peyton Manning Manning suggested the matchup with the Eagles would be... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers received some good news this week when coach Mike Tomlin announced that rookie running back Le'Veon Bell will play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Tomlin said Bell "perked up dramatically" over the past week. Bell was... more

Sometimes, the Players of the Week awards surprise with a few eyebrow raisers. Other weeks, we look at the list, nod and move forward. Peyton Manning Week 3 was a nodding week. In the AFC, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning got the nod... more

The New York Giants are turning to The Terminator for assistance. The Giants have signed fullback John Conner, the team announced Wednesday. The National Football Post was first to report . Giants starting fullback Henry Hynoski suffered a... more

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder might have a more difficult time sucking it up this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers than we originally thought. Power Rankings: Bona fide Bears Elliot Harrison had his doubts about the Bears --... more

Entering the 2013 NFL season, national perspective decided that the NFC was better top-to-bottom than the AFC. DeMarco Murray Well, at least through the first three weeks of the season, that view should be soaked in turpentine and turned into a... more

Terrelle Pryor played superbly Monday night in a 37-21 loss to the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, the Oakland Raiders quarterback doesn't remember portions of it. Sorry about the loss RaiderNation. I don't remember much ! Good hit by whoever it... more

It was all fun and games for the Denver Broncos during their 37-21 "Monday Night Football" victory over the Oakland Raiders. Peyton Manning The Broncos running backs got a little extra gaming in. Early in the fourth quarter, with Denver... more

The reality of playing with a rookie quarterback is hitting C.J. Spiller like a charging linebacker. The Buffalo Bills running back missed the second half of Sunday's 27-20 loss to the New York Jets because of a knee injury , but he was confident... more

Each week on "Only the Best," we highlight some of the best plays , performances and moments from the previous Sunday. The Chicago Bears had their huge lead cut to four points Sunday night with more than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The... more

For a coach entering the season on the hot seat, leading the Detroit Lions to their first ever win in Washington, D.C, must have felt good for Jim Schwartz as his team moved to 2-1. The fifth-year Lions coach often is maligned for his poor decisions... more

Before I pass along the latest edition of "NFL players are freaking tough," I'd like to warn that if you have just eaten or become queasy easily, you might not want to continue reading. There are many other great stories you could check out . For... more

Prior to the Dallas Cowboys' 31-7 bulldozing of the St. Louis Rams, we relayed to you NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport's report that Jason Hatcher called out Tony Romo for audibling out of running plays. After the Cowboys ran 34 times for 193 yards in... more

As inaccurate passes sailed by receivers, promising drives sputtered to a halt and the deficit grew field goal by field goal, one question creeped up: Was there any thought by Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano to finally bench Josh Freeman in favor... more

The Detroit Lions earned their first ever win at Washington with a 27-20 victory over the Redskins, improving their record to 2-1. The win moved the Lions' all-time record to 1-21 in the D.C. area. The Lions got the victory, but the storyline... more

The New Orleans Saints' defense dominated the line of scrimmage, intercepted two passes, earned four sacks and harassed Carson Palmer all game long, leading the 31-7 rout  of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals' offensive line had no answer for the... more

Aldon Smith will play Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers after being arrested Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. While Smith will be on the field, the outside linebacker might play sparingly, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

The Detroit Lions suffered another loss in D.C. This time, it was before the kickoff of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Reggie Bush is inactive Sunday after injuring his knee in Week 2, the team announced . Bush wanted to play , NFL... more

Ed Reed finally made it on the field in a Houston Texans uniform. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier Sunday that Reed would be active and start  after recovering from offseason hip surgery. The team later confirmed Reed's status .... more

Fans aren't the only one imploring the Dallas Cowboys to run the ball more . On NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning," NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport relayed a story about Cowboys defensive lineman Jason Hatcher getting after Tony Romo in practice this... more

Robert Griffin III continues to knock off the rust after offseason knee surgery. But questions about when -- or if -- we will see the dynamic RGIII of last season never seem to diminish. On NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" on Sunday morning, former NFL... more

The San Diego Chargers' offensive line was staring at a tough matchup against the Tennessee Titans' front four. That matchup is getting a bit tougher. Chargers rookie right tackle D.J. Fluker suffered a concussion in practice this week after colliding... more

Darrelle Revis spent the first six years of his NFL career with the New York Jets, where he was taught to dislike the New England Patriots. "I think you get brainwashed being a New York Jet," Revis told NFL Media's Albert Breer this week. "You're... more

Sunday primer: Week 3 September 21, 2013

Some coaches often say three constitutes a streak. As we make our way to the third Sunday of the season a handful of teams are streaking toward 3-0 starts, while some big-time teams try to avoid a three-loss streak. These are the things you need to know... more

The fall has been fast and hard for running back Peyton Hillis. The man once elected to adorn the cover of Madden NFL 12 was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, the team confirmed. The news was first reported by SportsTalkFlorida.com... more

Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown didn't travel with the team as they journey to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. The 2012 first-team All-Pro will have his 78-game consecutive starts streak snapped. He was listed as questionable on the... more

The Washington Redskins announced a late addition to the injury report Saturday. Tight end Fred Davis is questionable for Sunday's tilt with the Detroit Lions due to an ankle injury. Davis has struggled mightily coming off an Achilles injury that... more

Justin Houston's dominance over the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line in the Kansas City Chiefs' 26-16 win Thursday night got a statistical boost. On Friday, Houston was credited with another sack of Michael Vick on the Eagles' final play, giving... more

Tennessee Titans running back Jackie Battle was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness, using the crown of his helmet on a would-be tackler in Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. The rule,... more

Former Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren told a radio station he'd have quit if told the team he coached had traded away Trent Richardson. It's only fitting then that current Browns CEO, Joe Banner, offered his rebuttal Friday via radio waves.... more

As Giovani Bernard scampered up and down the field Monday night , it was evident the rookie running back should be a bigger part of the Cincinnati Bengals' offense. The electric Bernard has 95 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 touches through two... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers' anemic offense must play better in order to avoid an 0-3 start to the season. You know that, we know that and the Steelers know that. "I'm not happy with anything right now," offensive coordinator Todd Haley said Thursday, per... more

Chip Kelly's NFL honeymoon lasted one half of football. Since a dominating first half in the season opener against the Washington Redskins, Kelly's team has been outscored 53-79. On Thursday night, the first-year coach might have thought he was back at... more

Robert Griffin III's rocky first two weeks of the 2013 season have left him answering a bevy of questions about his comeback from offseason ACL surgery. Wednesday's edition of "What's wrong with Robert?" centered on his lack of running plays this... more

The Denver Broncos suffered their biggest loss of the young season Wednesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that injured starting left tackle Ryan Clady is going on season-ending injured reserve , according to a source who spoke with Clady.... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' stout defense received good news Wednesday as they prepare to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and attempt to avoid falling to 0-3 Sunday . The NFL announced Dashon Goldson 's one-game suspension has been... more

Pittsburgh Steelers fans aren't alone in their frustration with offensive coordinator Todd Haley's play-calling. Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown confronted Haley on the sideline during the second half of Monday night's 20-10 loss to the... more

NFL teams that start the season 0-3 have a zero percent chance of winning the Super Bowl. That's not an opinion. Since the NFL expanded the playoffs to 12 teams in 1990, exactly zero clubs have started the season 0-3 and made the Super Bowl, per the... more

Vernon Davis left the San Francisco 49ers' blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night with a hamstring injury . The dynamic tight end took to Twitter on Tuesday night to update the severity of the injury. No need to worry y'all. My leg is... more

St. Louis Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold left the second quarter of Sunday's matchup  against the Atlanta Falcons with a left knee injury. He didn't return to the game and left the stadium on crutches. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday... more

No-huddle is the new black. Poor metaphors aside, the proliferation of no-huddle offenses helped set records through the first two weeks of the NFL season. St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, whose team ran the no-huddle offense superbly in a failed... more

The lack of a rushing attack has been a major motif  through the first two weeks of the NFL season. The Dallas Cowboys' offense provided a microcosm of that theme in their 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Cowboys starting running... more

It's not a good day to be the leader of the preseason "Ben Roethlisberger for MVP " parade. The thought process behind the now seemingly wayward prediction was that the veteran quarterback would be more comfortable in Todd Haley's offense and carry a... more

One of the keys to Jay Cutler's comfort in the Chicago Bears' new offense is the offseason addition of tight end Martellus Bennett. The self-proclaimed "Black Unicorn" has proven invaluable through two weeks. On NFL Network NFL Replay will... more

After leading the Buffalo Bills to a last-second 24-23 victory Sunday , rookie quarterback EJ Manuel got a little misty-eyed. "I can't even tell you how I felt," Manuel said. "Honestly, I don't know. I think I started crying there. I'm not usually... more

Chip Kelly's frustration showed Sunday after the Philadelphia Eagles' 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Frustration over an offense that missed opportunities to score. Frustration over a defense unable to get off the field. "Obviously, we left... more

Tom Brady visibly was frustrated with New England's young wide receivers during Thursday night's 13-10 win over the New York Jets. Following the game, the Patriots quarterback said he needs to work on his body language. On Monday morning, Brady... more

Richard Sherman performed masterfully Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers, shutting down Anquan Boldin, intercepting Colin Kaepernick and carrying a big stick against the run game. Of course, to paraphrase Sherman's words , that big stick... more

In a matchup of first-year NFL coaches, Mike McCoy's less-hyped San Diego Chargers offense took advantage of a mediocre Philadelphia Eagles defense and kept Chip Kelly's dangerous offense on the sideline most of the game en route to a 33-30 victory .... more

Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd was carted off the field Sunday after two Eagles defenders sandwiched him on the first play from scrimmage in the second half of San Diego's 33-30 win over Philadelphia . On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air... more

Shortly after Joe Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory last season, we found out that the quarterback's wife, Dana, was pregnant. Sunday, Mrs. Flacco gave birth to the couple's second child, the Ravens announced . The Flaccos'... more

The rocky relationship between Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman and coach Greg Schiano isn't smoothing out anytime soon. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the situation in Tampa... more

Ndamukong Suh's controversial on-field past and present is the main reason the NFL slapped him with a record-setting $100,000 fine for an unnecessary-roughness penalty he committed during the Detroit Lions' Week 1 win over the Minnesota Vikings. ... more

Michael Irvin continues to lead the Dez Bryant cheering section. The former No. 88 stood by his 2013 MVP selection , saying Sunday on NFL Network's "GameDay Morning" that the attention opposing defenses devote to Bryant should be an important part of the... more

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson might see a heavy workload Sunday against the Houston Texans. The man brought in to share those carries, Shonn Greene, is "very doubtful," to play, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning. The... more

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Dunta Robinson will miss Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys as he tends to a personal issue , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning." Rapoport reported Saturday that... more

Week 1 was 'Knock the Rust Off' week for many NFL players. In Week 2, we should get a better idea whether the storylines coming out of opening weekend were aberrations or plots to keep an eye on as the season progresses. These are the things you need to... more

New York Jets general manager John Idzik isn't using Mark Sanchez's placement on the short-term injured reserve list as a chance to declare rookie Geno Smith the team's permanent starting quarterback. "I think everyone is getting a taste that we... more

Pat White will be released by the Washington Redskins on Saturday to make room for the signing of kicker John Potter , NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source informed of the move. The Redskins later announced that White... more

The Washington Redskins signed kicker John Potter on Saturday as insurance if Kai Forbath can't play in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, The Washington Post reported . Forbath is questionable for the game with a groin injury and has not... more

The New York Jets announced Saturday  that Mark Sanchez was placed on the injured reserve-designated for return list after the quarterback injured his right shoulder in the team's third preseason game. The decision quiets the questions about... more

The last time Ben Roethlisberger faced off against James Harrison in a live football game, Big Ben hit the ground a lot. In 2001, Roethlisberger, a redshirt freshman, led Miami (Ohio) against Harrison's Kent State squad. Roethlisberger was sacked five... more

The Houston Texans will receive a much-needed boost on the defensive line when Antonio Smith returns to action on Sunday after serving a suspension for swinging a helmet at Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito. The mistake kept Smith... more

Mark Sanchez told NFL Media's Rich Eisen on Thursday there was "no doubt " he won the New York Jets' starting quarterback job before he tore the labrum in his right shoulder. On Friday, Jets coach Rex Ryan repudiated Sanchez's declaration. "I... more

If you took a straw poll from across the NFL asking who would play the Optimus Prime to Calvin Johnson's Megatron, you'd get an array of responses. This week Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians offered up Patrick Peterson as the perfect foil to... more

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace might not have been thrilled with his production  in Week 1 , but it won't change how quarterback Ryan Tannehill distributes the ball. "I'm going to play the quarterback position the way coaches install the... more

Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner, who the New York Jets hope will take over the Island formerly named after Darrelle Revis, was benched during Thursday's 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots after a series of miscues and miscommunications. "Well,... more

There is nothing quite like a kicker beef . Like a henhouse dispute, this one is all squawking. It started when Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee discussed practicing at a baseball field in order to simulate the conditions for his team's... more

New York Jets center Nick Mangold tackled New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib out of bounds following a game-ending interception in the Patriots' 13-10 victory Thursday night, which started a heated scrum . After the game Mangold insisted he... more

The Tennessee Titans' defense talked tough after their physical Week 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Titans take on another playoff contender in the Houston Texans this week. Brian Cushing Running back Arian Foster responded... more

David Wilson's play is trying Tom Coughlin's patience. But perhaps not as much as reporters who peppered the New York Giants coach with questions about the running back. On Wednesday, a visibly frustrated Coughlin wouldn't commit to Wilson as the... more

Ndamukong Suh apologized to his Detroit Lions teammates Tuesday for his low block that brought a record-setting $100,000 fine from the NFL and a negative spotlight from the media, once again.  Brooks: Motor City's new sparkplug Is this the year... more

Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds were listed as co-starters at outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers before Week 1. Their workload in the season opener indicates that the two players will be splitting time on the field. Jones split time with... more

The Miami Dolphins decided to swim against the NFL tide this season when coach Joe Philbin switched the players' off day from Tuesday to Thursday. "We're giving it a whirl," Philbin said, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel . The norm in the NFL is... more

The Cleveland Browns will get a breath of fresh air when first-round draft pick Barkevious Mingo hits the field for his first NFL regular-season game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday. After being... more

Sure, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy scampered through  around and over the Washington Redskins en route to a 184-yard performance Monday night. But there still was a noticeable dearth of good run games in Week 1. LeSean McCoy... more

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett had planned on feeding C.J. Spiller this season until the running back "throws up ," but during Week 1, Fred Jackson did a good amount of eating. On NFL Network NFL Replay will re-air the... more

Gronk watch: Week 2 Edition will be an abbreviated version as the New England Patriots face the New York Jets on NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football ." The Boston Herald took much of the suspense out of Gronk watch, reporting earlier this week... more

Brian Cushing didn't look quite right for most of the night. Coming off ACL surgery that wiped out most of his 2012 season, the Houston Texans' All-Pro linebacker was a step slower than normal Monday night as he knocked off the rust. Brian Cushing... more

Jason Pierre-Paul, coming off back surgery, played in Sunday night's sloppy loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The New York Giants defensive end mostly played on passing downs and picked up a sack, but he didn't feel like himself. "It felt like a preseason... more

Jay Cutler looked more comfortable in the second half of his first win under coach Marc Trestman than any other time since moving to Chicago. It took some time for Trestman's offense to get churning Sunday, but the Bears came back from an 11-point... more

Geno Smith got some help  as he led the New York Jets to an 18-17 win  over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his first NFL career start Sunday. The rookie quarterback now will get some help in the film room. The Jets announced Monday they have... more

The Tennessee Titans beat up on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's 16-9 season-opening win . Afterward, Titans defenders weren't shy about pointing out their newfound toughness. "We are not the Titans of old," defensive end Derrick Morgan said, per The... more

Ndamukong Suh's solid opening game, as part of a stout Detroit Lions front that bottled up Adrian Peterson, will be overshadowed by a boneheaded personal-foul penalty. The defensive tackle was flagged Sunday for a low block on John Sullivan when he... more

The curtains closed on the comedy of errors at Ford Field on Sunday with a 34-24 Detroit Lions victory over the Minnesota Vikings. In a game highlighted by a combined six turnovers and 16 penalties for 140 yards, the two NFC North combatants traded... more

Charles Tillman and an aging Chicago Bears defense held the Cincinnati Bengals at bay long enough for Jay Cutler to get coach Marc Trestman's offense in gear in Sunday's 24-21 season-opening victory . Peanut Tillman had two first-half interceptions in... more

What is a touchdown? The Detroit Lions gave us perfect examples Sunday of the contention between what is and isn't a touchdown in the first half of their season-opening matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. In the first quarter, it appeared... more

The San Francisco 49ers will unleash quarterback Colin Kaepernick against the Green Bay Packers after keeping him tied down during the preseason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that Kaepernick was... more

The NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" crew kicked off Week 1 of the NFL season by taking a long look at a few coaches who already are sitting on toasty chairs. The names mentioned were mostly familiar: Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions, Rex Ryan of the... more

The Cleveland Browns got the first Sunday morning injury watch off to a bad start. Starting left defensive end Ahtyba Rubin is expected to be out Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, citing a person informed of... more

Rookies to watch in Week 1 September 08, 2013

Football is back!!!!! For rookies, Sunday is their first taste of a true NFL party day. NFL Network's "GameDay First" analysts Shaun O'Hara and Sterling Sharpe shared which rookies they will be watching today. O'Hara took rookie offensive... more

Finally football Sundays are back. Every weekend we'll take a look at important injuries you'll want to keep an eye on leading up to Sunday's kickoffs. We'll also point out any other factors that might affect your fantasy teams and some key storylines to... more

San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o will have to wait at least another week to make his NFL debut. The rookie was officially listed as out for Monday night's matchup against the Houston Texans. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier... more

All fantasy football fans holding out hope that by the power of some Belichickian miracle Rob Gronkowski would play Week 1 won't get their wish. Gronkowski didn't make the trip with the New England Patriots to Buffalo, NFL Media's Albert Breer... more

Darrelle Revis will play Sunday for the first time since his season-ending ACL injury last September when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on his former team, the New York Jets. Ty Law, a former Jet and three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England... more

The New England Patriots re-signed kick returner Leon Washington  on Saturday. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported the move, citing a source informed of the transaction.  The team later officially announced the signing, which sets the roster at 53... more

Regardless of what Johnathan Joseph believes , the Houston Texans will wait until Monday to decide if Ed Reed will play.  NFL Network's new Sunday lineup » 7 a.m. ET: "NFL GameDay First" » 9 a.m. ET: "NFL GameDay Morning" » 1 p.m.... more

The Oakland Raiders placed injured left tackle Jared Veldheer on the injured reserve-designated to return list (a.k.a. IR-recall ) on Saturday. The team announced the move , which keeps alive the chance that the veteran tackle could return this season.... more

The Miami Dolphins locked up strongside linebacker Koa Misi with a four-year extension Friday night, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a person involved in the contract. Misi was entering the final year of his rookie contract.... more

The New York Jets are dropping one of their quartet of quarterbacks, at least for now. The Jets are releasing quarterback Brady Quinn on Saturday, NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported. Quinn signed with New York earlier this week .  ESPN first... more

Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward was ruled out of Sunday's season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, but he likely will miss much more time. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Saturday that the second-year pro might miss at... more

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted what many Cowboys fans already complain out: He doesn't pay much mind to salary-cap concerns. "I'm by nature not a good budget guy," Jones said Friday on KRLD-FM, per ESPNDallas.com . NFL Network's new Sunday... more

Cary Williams' time with the Philadelphia Eagles has been anything but smooth. First, the cornerback caused a kerfuffle when he skipped optional workouts. He then got kicked out of a joint practice with the New England Patriots for fighting, and on... more

Jim Harbaugh didn't like Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews' "tough talk " about hitting read-option quarterbacks, so he contacted the NFL  earlier this week. The San Francisco 49ers coach said Friday he didn't care for the answers he got.... more

Philip Rivers restructured his contract, converting $5 million of his base contract into a signing bonus, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. Bryan McIntyre first reported the news. Rivers' restructure frees up salary-cap space for the San... more

Randy Moss doesn't want to be considered part of the media , even though he gets paid as an analyst for a media organization . This week in a Fox Sports conference call with reporters, the non-media member media member was critical of the... more

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel and his injured knee will be tested by the New England Patriots in his first career start Sunday . Bills coach Doug Marrone continues to insist Manuel is fully healthy , according to WGR-AM. Marrone... more

The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens were forced to start this season on the road. They were greeted by the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning's all-time performance . The outcome of Thursday's 49-27 Broncos win didn't have the Ravens... more

The Denver Broncos' defense heard all the questions this offseason. How will they replace Elvis Dumervil? What will they do until Von Miller gets back from his suspension? "I took it personally," linebacker Shaun Phillips said after Thursday's 49-27... more

With the lopsided final score in Thursday's season opener, it's easy to forget that the Denver Broncos trailed the Baltimore Ravens by three points on the opening series of the second half. On the third play of the drive, facing a third-and-9,... more

After six years in New York, Darrelle Revis believes his familiarity with the Jets will help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on both sides of the ball this coming Sunday . "I'll spill the beans and let him know what we used to run," Revis said about what he... more

When Emmanuel Lamur was carted off the field in Thursday's preseason finale with a season-ending separated shoulder, there were questions about how the Cincinnati Bengals would replace the nickel linebacker. We might be closer to the answer, and it... more

The Baltimore Ravens are keeping the door ajar on the outside chance that tight end Dennis Pitta can walk though it at some point this season. On Wednesday, the Ravens officially placed Pitta on the injured reserve-designated for return list, after he... more

Houston Texans fans likely will have to wait at least one more week to see what Ed Reed looks like in their favorite team's uniform. Reed is "highly unlikely" to play Week 1 when the Texans take on the San Diego Chargers on "Monday Night Football,"... more

Louis Delmas has been the keystone in the Detroit Lions' secondary the last several years. Unfortunately for Lions fans, the safety hasn't stayed healthy, and the house of cards that is Detroit's defensive secondary has folded. Delmas displayed... more

The Buffalo Bills will kick off the EJ Manuel era this weekend. Coach Doug Marrone said Manuel will be the Week 1 starter when the Bills take on the New England Patriots, the team announced Wednesday morning. Manuel takes over the starting... more

Mark Sanchez remains "day to day" with a right shoulder injury, but it's appearing more likely the besieged New York Jets quarterback will be out for several weeks. The New York Post's Brian Costello reported Wednesday morning that doctors don't want... more

The Green Bay Packers have spent a good chunk of the offseason working on defending the read option after they ended the 2012 season by watching quarterback Colin Kaepernick run wild in the San Francisco 49ers' playoff win. NFL Network's new prime-time... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers officially are keeping their starting running back situation under wraps for now, but that is not stopping Isaac Redman from viewing it as his job to lose. "I go out there with the first team, do the first four reps, that's... more

In a move that was expected, Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller appears to have won the battle to start. Miller was listed as the first-string back on the Dolphins' latest depth chart, which the team released Monday. Coach Joe Philbin was mum when... more

Most NFL coaches live at the team facility on a normal day. On a day like Saturday's roster cutdown deadline , they spend what must be excruciating hours helping to determine their future roster. For that reason, it was curious when pictures of New York... more

Indianapolis Colts rookie safety John Boyett was arrested early Monday on preliminary charges of disorderly public intoxication and resisting law enforcement after an altercation with police, according to Marion County Jail records obtained by NFL.com... more

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall returned to practice Monday after missing the team's final preseason game with a previously scheduled four-day absence to have his surgically repaired hip examined. Marshall said his hip joint is "in... more

After an offseason of flirting , the Carolina Panthers signed free-agent safety Quintin Mikell in an effort to bolster a shaky secondary, the team announced Monday . The Panthers also placed free safety Haruki Nakamura on injured reserve with a... more

It's Labor Day, so Tom Coughlin's injured high-profile Giants returned to work. New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul participated in practice Monday, according to multiple reports. Silver: 32 questions for 32... more

The Dallas Cowboys made their third trade in three days, this time sending tight end Dante Rosario to the Chicago Bears for a 2014 seventh-round draft pick, the Cowboys' official website reported Monday. The Cowboys now can add another... more

Geno Atkins has signed a long-term contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Monday. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy first reported the deal. The five-year extension is worth $55 million , with Atkins earning $22 million... more

With the NFL's 2013 season approaching, Petyon Manning has shelved the rapping , pizza-hustling persona. In a conference call with out-of-town media Sunday, the Denver Broncos quarterback, by all accounts, got a bit testy when prodded about how last... more

Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw is close to returning to the field after sitting out the entire preseason. Bradshaw signed with the Colts this offseason after undergoing foot surgery in January. Chuck Pagano said the running back is... more

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer went from starter to the street in the matter of a week when he became one of the bigger-name players cut over the weekend . Dwyer's release, however, wasn't at the urging of the Steelers' coaching... more

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd shed some light on the foot injury that has caused him to miss time since signing his franchise tender. Byrd said Sunday he had a second opinion on his foot after dealing with plantar fasciitis . The safety added... more

Quarterback EJ Manuel is ahead of schedule after returning to the Buffalo Bills practice field Sunday, said coach Doug Marrone.The first-round draft pick had been sitting out after having his knee scoped. Manuel participated in individual drills... more

The New England Patriots signed Leon Washington this offseason to provide pop to their return game. The Patriots pulled the plug Sunday when they released the veteran return man , a person informed of the transaction told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The... more

Chris Kluwe announced Sunday  on Twitter that he has parted ways with the Oakland Raiders. The team later confirmed the punter's release . The outspoken punter signed with the Raiders this offseason after being cut by the Minnesota Vikings. Kluwe said... more

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was in full uniform Sunday at the team's first regular-season practice, according to multiple reports . Gronk avoided the dreaded physically unable to perform list to start the season, indicating the... more

Several eyebrows were raised when the Oakland Raiders were one of three teams to keep four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster on Saturday's cutdown day. Those eyebrows now can return to their normal furrow. Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round pick in... more

People of Denver, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco understands that you detest his image hanging on your stadium. In an attempt to promote Thursday's annual "Kickoff" event that pits the Baltimore Ravens against the Denver Broncos, the NFL hung... more

Any NFL player breathing a sigh of relief after surviving Saturday's roster cut deadline , during which hundreds of men lost their jobs, received a quick reminder Sunday that no job is safe. Less than 24 hours after the Cleveland Browns announced cuts... more

The New Orleans Saints kept injured linebacker Jonathan Vilma on the active roster Saturday. He joined several big-name players who avoided the physically unable to perform list, meaning he'll remain eligible to return as soon as he's healthy.... more

Adrian Peterson continues to have designs about rushing for 2,500 yards in 2013. The Minnesota Vikings running back told The Star Tribune's Dan Wiederer that people have been focusing on the number "too much," saying the rushing mark is a goal --... more

Ray Lewis will go down as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, and he almost certainly will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. It turns out that Lewis also is a noted conspiracy theorist. During an interview for NFL Films' "America's Game,"... more

August

Tom Coughlin's 67th birthday just so happened to fall on the same day that NFL teams must whittle their rosters to 53 players -- a day that isn't the New York Giants coach's favorite of the year. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on... more

Several big-name players came off the active/physically unable to perform list Saturday and were moved to the active roster as NFL teams made cuts toward setting their 53-man rosters. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to... more

The San Diego Chargers have severed ties with wide receiver Robert Meachem, who became a multimillion-dollar mistake for the organization. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players.... more

Ryan Lilja came out of retirement to sign with the Denver Broncos and reunite with Peyton Manning in search of a second Super Bowl ring. NFL roster cut tracker Teams had until 6 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players.... more

It appears the Geno Smith era is set to begin for the New York Jets. Jets coach Rex Ryan recently has come around on the rookie quarterback after originally feeling more comfortable with longtime starter Mark Sanchez, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport... more

While saying Robert Griffin III had been cleared to play in the Washington Redskins' season opener , coach Mike Shanahan mentioned Thursday that Dr. James Andrews had a "couple concerns" regarding the quarterback's recovery from knee surgery. Sources... more

Brian Banks' attempt to make an NFL roster in 2013 came up short in his first attempt. The Atlanta Falcons are releasing the linebacker, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first reported Friday . The team later officially announced the move along with its other... more

The Chicago Bears waived veteran offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb on Friday, according to the lineman's Twitter feed. Good bye, Chicago! I gave you 3 years of me. â?? J'Marcus Webb (@jmarcuswebb) August 30, 2013 The Bears later confirmed that they... more

Hundreds of men will lose their jobs over the next two days as NFL teams have until 6 p.m. ET Saturday to trim their rosters to 53 players. The prospect of being out of work can overwhelm many players, but Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks isn't... more

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd signed his franchise tender last week but still didn't attend the team's final preseason game Thursday. The seemingly disgruntled safety only has practiced on a limited basis and missed the Bills' 35-13 loss to the... more

Terrelle Pryor's preseason start for the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night was a consensus dud. Uneven, lackluster, bland, uninspiring -- whatever synonym used to describe the third-year pro's 3-of-8 passing performance against the Seattle Seahawks... more

Big concerns swirl about the Denver Broncos' defense as we advance swfitly toward the regular season. Bracing to play without All-Pro linebacker Von Miller for the first six games , the hobbled defensive unit received some encouraging news Tuesday.... more

Confidence never has been lacking in Jerry Jones' family. Stephen Jones, the son of the Dallas Cowboys owner, displayed his father's bravado Tuesday when discussing the team's ability to make a Super Bowl run. "We're convinced we've got the secret... more

The NFL's efforts to protect players, especially from head injuries, have rammed a wedge between offensive and defensive players. Likely first-ballot Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez had some harsh criticisms for defenders who dive at knees, after Houston... more

Rex Ryan continually talks about how much he loves the quarterbacks on the New York Jets' roster. Now he has one more to heap praise on. Are you there, Rex? Mark Kriegel says Rex Ryan lacks his usual bluster. Entering a do-or-die season, could the... more

The New York Jets swapped kickers to compete with incumbent Nick Folk, signing Dan Carpenter and releasing veteran Billy Cundiff, the team announced Tuesday . Carpenter was cut by the Miami Dolphins earlier this preseason and briefly signed with the... more

Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland's fun story ran its course this preseason after the Detroit Lions released the kicker Tuesday, the team announced . Rugland expressed his gratitude for the opportunity via Twitter, saying "it was a great experience." He... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a run of bad luck in recent seasons with the health of early round draft picks , but the team dodged a bullet when it found out what really caused linebacker Jarvis Jones to leave the stadium on a stretcher... more

San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney's low blow on Kevin Williams injured the defensive tackle Sunday and set the Minnesota Vikings afire regarding the legality of the block. Looney, a second-year pro, knows the block looked like a cheap shot. He... more

Randy Starks currently sits as the third man in the Miami Dolphins' defensive tackle rotation behind Paul Soliai and Jared Odrick. The 10-year veteran believes he's being penalized for skipping voluntary organized team activities to protest the fact... more

The last quarterback decision Rex Ryan made blew up in his face , but that doesn't mean he won't have the final say in who ultimately gets the starting job under center for the New York Jets. Ryan will have the last word on whether Mark Sanchez or Geno... more

Malcom Floyd, the San Diego Chargers' No. 1 wide receiver, returned to the practice field for the first time in two weeks Monday, per The Associated Press. Philip Rivers' best wide receiver target "dodged a bullet " two weeks ago after initially fearing... more

The Cleveland Browns placed running back Dion Lewis on the season-ending injured reserve list, The Plain Dealer reported Monday. Before suffering a fractured fibula in a preseason tilt against the Detroit Lions, Lewis had been having a very strong... more

Henry Melton, one of the most intriguing defensive tackles entering the season, looks to be on pace to be available for the Chicago Bears' season opener , according to the Chicago Tribune . The Pro Bowl defensive tackle began exercising Monday as he... more

NFL roster cuts week usually marks the coldest season of the football year. As teams begin to reduce their rosters, Around The League will keep you updated on the biggest names as they hit the open market. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to reduce... more

Jason Pierre-Paul has been cleared to practice after being activated off the New York Giants' reserve/physically unable to perform list, the team announced Monday . Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery in early June. JPP said Monday that despite... more

Arian Foster returned to the practice field last week after spending three months recovering from a strained calf and sore back, and the Houston Texans running back said the time off will make him better this season. "My body feels great," Foster told... more

Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah left Sunday's practice during stretching drills with two trainers and a towel covering his head. The walkout occurred a day after a hit during a non-padded practice left the first-round draft pick appearing dazed,... more

New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was among 14 players cut by the team Monday morning. McKnight's release marks the end of a rocky relationship that began when the Jets gave up a sixth-round pick and moved up 12 spots in the fourth round of the... more

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams went down with what looked like an ugly knee injury in the second half of Sunday's 34-14 preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He was hurt on a low block by 49ers backup guard Joe Looney. Vikings... more

Ronnie Hillman entered the preseason as the favorite to win the Denver Broncos' starting running back gig. Despite the local outcry , coach John Fox said Hillman isn't fumbling away that chance. One week after he fumbled while trying to dive into the... more

Ronnie Hillman entered the preseason as the favorite to win the Denver Broncos' starting running back gig. Despite the local outcry , head coach John Fox said Hillman isn't fumbling away that chance. One week after fumbling trying to dive into the... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to bring Maurice Jones-Drew along slowly. In his second appearance since coming undergoing Lisfranc surgery, the Jags' No. 1 running back carried seven times for 28 yards in Saturday night's 31-28 preseason loss to the... more

With the Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation looking drearier by the day, coach Doug Marrone is holding out hope that EJ Manuel can practice before Week 1 . "That's what I'm hoping for," Marrone said, per the Bills' official website . "He had the... more

The Indianapolis Colts' no-coast offense sliced and diced the preseason darling Cleveland Browns on Saturday night. In the midst of wrapping sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck in a praise blanket, Colts coach Chuck Pagano pointed to the one thing that... more

The Dallas Cowboys were bamboozled by their own monstrous scoreboard (combined with some poor tackling) in their preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night. On the Cowboys' second possession, punter Chris Jones booted a ball... more

The Oakland Raiders played it safe this week with Darren McFadden. The oft-injured running back sat out the Raiders' 34-26 preseason loss to the Chicago Bears on Friday night. McFadden suffered a minor shoulder injury during last week's game  against... more

The drama regarding when New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes will return to the field took another twist Friday. The Jets activated Holmes from the reserve/physically unable to perform list, the team announced . As NFL.com's Ian Rapoport... more

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson's offensive participation has been a fascinating side story in the offseason. He's been touted as a top-five NFL wide receiver by his coach, Bruce Arians, and compared to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders by... more

Marcus Lattimore still is holding out hope that he'll see the field for the San Francisco 49ers this season. If that miracle happens, it officially won't be within the first six games. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh... more

With last season's leading tackler, Bobby Wagner, nursing a sore shoulder, the Seattle Seahawks started a former running back at middle linebacker in their 31-10 thumping of the San Diego Chargers in Thursday night's preseason opener. Allen Bradford... more

Two NFL players channeled their inner fútboleros after Thursday night's preseason opener in San Francisco. Pass-rushing studs Von Miller and Aldon Smith met at midfield following the Denver Broncos' 10-6 win to exchange jerseys. "It was his... more

Darius Slay arguably is the most important player on the Detroit Lions this season. The rookie, however, has a lot to learn. And we mean a lot . Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham relayed a story to TheMMQB.com's Robert Klemko about... more

One side dish to our yearly NFL training-camp meal is rookie hazing. While it's been curtailed a bit in the last decade or so, you still can find the occasional rookie dunked into an ice bath or strapped to a goal post covered in talcum. A more... more

In an effort to keep offenses off balance, the New York Giants have been tinkering with using defensive end Justin Tuck as a stand-up rushing linebacker. "We're toying around with a lot of things, and that's one of them," Tuck told Conor Orr of The... more

Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco flaunted his swag Tuesday, brushing off questions about the Baltimore Ravens losing tight end Dennis Pitta for the 2013 season . "It's not going to change really what we do or anything like that," Flacco said, his... more

Vince Young got another chance at an NFL career, and he's prepared to take on any role that comes with it. "I just want to get in here and earn the team respect and staff and coaches' respect and continue to keep playing football, the game that I... more

The Denver Broncos' self-inflicted managerial holes  (two of the team's top executives, Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, are serving suspensions for DUIs) left executive vice president of football operations John Elway to seek alternate advice when replacing... more

Alfonzo Dennard has attended all eight practices of training camp. However, he has not participated in the New England Patriots' last three practice sessions due to an unspecified minor injury, the Boston Herald reported Monday morning .  Some... more

Even in 7-on-7 drills, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly isn't going to let his quarterbacks off the hook. In an effort to make sure his signal-callers are creating good habits, the Eagles use three "flyswatter " ballboys with black nets on their... more

HBO's "Hard Knocks" kicks off Tuesday chronicling the Cincinnati Bengals' 2013 training camp. NFL's summer drama For over a decade, HBO's "Hard Knocks" has found drama in the drudgery of NFL training camp. Gregg Rosenthal revisits past classics via... more

Trent Richardson played lead blocker Saturday at the Cleveland Browns' "Family Night" practice. His teammate on this night was 5-year-old cancer survivor Ryan Encinas who juked, dodged and scampered his way to a 40-yard touchdown to close out the night in... more

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy stuck by Mason Crosby time and time again last season as the kicker failed to shake his case of the yips. However, Crosby's performance at the Packers' scrimmage Saturday night will make that support more difficult... more

Tracy Porter initially cried foul after his No. 24 was given to Charles Woodson. In his first non-Twitter chance to speak about his feelings, the sixth-year pro coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued 2012 insisted he was over it. "The jersey... more

Greg Jennings continues to have fun with his perceived spat with his former Green Bay Packers teammates. After Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier threw cold water on Jennings' media-driven back-and-forth with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers,... more

We told you Wednesday morning about the possibility of quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears running the read option . On Wednesday afternoon, Cutler was asked how much read option he'll be running in 2013. "None," he responded... more

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