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Kevin Patra


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


February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two weeks ago Thomas Davis underwent surgery to repair a broken arm. On Sunday he played like it never happened in the Carolina Panthers' 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Davis compiled seven tackles, including one for loss, while not... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Injuries are the biggest issue with the Pro Bowl. In a sport in which injury is more inevitable than avoidable, players attempting to dodge getting hurt leads to a less-than-stellar product. In Sunday's 49-27 blowout win by Team Irvin , tight end Tyler... more

January

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

More evidence mounts that Super Bowl 50 will be Peyton Manning's last game in the NFL. As NFL Network cameras caught Manning and Bill Belichick embracing after the AFC Championship Game , the quarterback acknowledges it might be the last time the two... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everyone has an opinion on Peyton Manning. Wednesday night it was Brandon Marshall's turn. The New York Jets receiver appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his Project 375, which supports mental-health awareness, and compared the... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jordy Nelson's absence played a huge role in the Green Bay Packers' offensive struggles this season. It was evident from the team's bye week onward, when defenses played press coverage and stacked the box, knowing the slow-footed receiving corps couldn't... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divisional Round Cheat Sheet January 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cam Newton is the clear frontrunner to win the 2015 NFL MVP award. Some fans have even gone so far as to refer to it as the CaMVP. The Carolina Panthers' quarterback, however, isn't concerned with the awards race.† "It's irrelevant to me right now,"... more

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

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

The Green Bay Packers clinched a playoff berth Sunday and notched their 10th win of the season, but the offense remains a rickety wheel. Aaron Rodgers threw for just 204 yards on 39 attempts with a touchdown and interception for a passer rating of 68.8.... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 15 Cheat Sheet December 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't look now, but the Carolina Panthers' championship-caliber defense is matched with a championship-caliber offense. After Sunday's 38-0 whitewash of the Atlanta Falcons, Cam Newton and Co. took the NFL lead in scoring at 31.6 points per game (411... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 13 Cheat Sheet December 04, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consider Sunday's tilt between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons a loser-leaves-the-playoff-hunt match . Bucs coach Lovie Smith told his players this week that Sunday was a must-win game. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter underscored that... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 12 Cheat Sheet November 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 10 Cheat Sheet November 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 9 Cheat Sheet November 06, 2015

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

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

With the San Francisco 49ers moving to Blaine Gabbert for Sunday's tilt against the Atlanta Falcons, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst compared the signal-caller to a certain former Niners quarterback: Alex Smith. Smith, like Gabbert, was drafted at 21... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to start Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday's pivotal division tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he has no reservations about Big Ben this week and the team is comfortable with where the... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last season the Green Bay Packers' offense steamrolled opponents at Lambeau Field. In 2015, however, it's been more of a struggle. Sunday's 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers was the latest example of the Packers' seemingly herky-jerky offense not... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 6 Cheat Sheet October 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While the Kansas City Chiefs wait to confirm Jamaal Charles' knee injury is an ACL tear, as feared, the question becomes where to turn at the running back position. While many lay football fans will automatically assume Knile Davis will take over the... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terrell Owens' "A Football Life" aired Friday night on NFL Network. While promoting the in-depth look at his life this week, T.O. hopped on Philadelphia radio. Of course, with the Eagles' current struggles the former receiver -- who helped carry Philly... more

T.J. Yeldon leads all rookie running backs with 259 rushing yards and has taken on the lead role in the Jacksonville Jaguars' backfield. Ahead of facing the rookie runner on Sunday , Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy made an interesting... more

With both LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams already ruled out, the Buffalo Bills' backfield is razor thin. Boobie Dixon is slated to get the start, but is still dealing with the aftereffects of a calf injury. In Rex Ryan's ground-and-pound offense the... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Marshawn Lynch (calf) RB -- OUT; Fred Jackson (ankle) RB, Seattle Seahawks With Lynch out, the Seahawks hope Jackson can go... more

For the first time since being traded to the Dallas Cowboys, Matt Cassel will be active. The quarterback told reporters he will be active for the Cowboys' contest versus the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Cowboys acquired Cassel from the Buffalo... more

The 2015 season is not shaping up the way C.J. Anderson envisioned it after being crowed the Denver Broncos' starting running back prior to the season. Gary Kubiak's offense has helped make stars out of lesser talented running backs, but Anderson can't... more

The San Francisco 49ers' offense is a trolley wreck. With Colin Kaepernick struggling in the passing game, defenses are loading up against Carlos Hyde and stuffing the run game, discombobulating the operation. Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst said... more

Mike Vick's first start as a Pittsburgh Steeler came on a short week, which led to some of the inconsistencies on offense. Now that the quarterback has gone through a full week's slate of practices, he's becoming more comfortable with the offense... more

Football is a young man's game. At least, except for Thursday night. In the age of the Millennial, it was four men over 32 years old that combined to score all the points for the Indianapolis Colts in their 27-20 win over the Houston Texans: Frank Gore,... more

Never underestimate the "Revenge Game" factor. Indianapolis Colts receiver Andre Johnson entered Thursday night's tilt with the Houston Texans -- the team for which he had played the past 12 years -- looking like a shell of himself. In the four weeks... more

Dion Lewis has taken off in his first season with the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick ensured the shifty back will be around for several more years. The Patriots signed Lewis to a contract extension through the 2017 season, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Aaron Rodgers stands alone atop the 2015-quarterback mountain. With apologies to first-ballot Hall of Famer Tom Brady, no one is currently within leagues of Rodgers' peak. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has been so skilled at every aspect of the... more

Fire up NFL GamePass , pop on any Cincinnati Bengals contest from this season and one of the first things that will jump off the screen is Andy Dalton slinging the ball deep. Through four games, the Red Rifle has been firing bullets. Many of them deep.... more

It was just one game, but Todd Gurley has the attention of opponents. The St. Louis Rams rookie running back galloped for 146 rushing yards -- 161 scrimmage yards -- in his first career start in Week 4. In just his second game back from ACL surgery,... more

Ryan Mallett got benched Sunday, but he'll retain the starting quarterback job. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Monday that Mallet will keep the starting gig, despite the quarterback's poor performance in the team's 48-21 blowout loss to... more

The last winless team in the NFL will take the field Monday night when the Detroit Lions (0-3) battle the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at CenturyLink Field. Here are five matchups to watch tonight: Thomas Rawls vs. Lions' front seven With Marshawn Lynch... more

Last week, Todd Gurley said he didn't get to show his explosiveness . On Sunday the rookie running back blew up. "He came out this week and he exploded," receiver Tavon Austin said of Gurley, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Gurley gobbled up 146... more

Reinforcements are on the way this week for several NFL teams. Four-game suspensions for a bevy of players ended following Sunday's contests. The Dallas Cowboys, who have been decimated by injuries, will get two defenders back on the field in pass... more

Matt Hasselbeck helped get the Indianapolis Colts to .500 with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday . Now the team plans to hand the reins back to Andrew Luck. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told NFL HQ on Monday morning that Luck should be... more

Jay Cutler has been compared to a lot of things within the city of Chicago in his last seven years. Odds are Sunday marked the first time that comparison included the Christian savior. Following the Chicago Bears' 22-20 come-from-behind win over the... more

Sunday's slate of NFL games offered so many missed kicks it felt like the errant boots could have been their own Red Zone channel. While the prevailing notion was that we haven't seen a kicking week this poor in a long time, that's a bit overstating it.... more

Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin powered the St. Louis Rams over the Arizona Cardinals in a 24-22 win . Austin scored two touchdowns and the rookie running back carried the Rams in the second half, rushing for all but two of his 146 yards after the break.... more

Marshawn Lynch is officially out for Monday night against the Detroit Lions, the team told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday. Heading into the weekend, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll initially said Lynch would be a game-time decision. It appears he... more

While kickers across the NFL struggling Sunday, Robbie Gould remains stellar. The Bears' kicker nailed a 50-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give Chicago (1-3) a 22-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders (2-2). Here is what you need to know:... more

The 0-3 Chicago Bears plan to start Jay Cutler Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at Soldier Field. The quarterback's injured hamstring isn't 100 percent, but he is expected to return to the field after missing just one start, NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Despite getting through his super secret throwing session Saturday , Andrew Luck will not play Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback was ruled inactive because of a shoulder injury. Matt Hasselbeck started at... more

With the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins kicking of the 2015 London series this week, there has been much discussion about the future of the international games . The plan for 2016 will include more than just London. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Eric Decker will play in London. The New York Jets' wide receiver is active and will play Sunday versus the Miami Dolphins. Decker missed last week's loss with a knee injury suffered in Week 2. Decker's presence on the field is huge for Jets... more

With offensive line injuries piling up, the San Diego Chargers thinned out their loaded backfield to compensate. The team announced it released running back Donald Brown in order to make room for guard Michael Ola. Brown signed a three-year, $10.5... more

Marshawn Lynch is officially questionable to play Monday night against the Detroit Lions. The Seattle Seahawks' running back is dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice on Thursday and Friday. Lynch left last week's win over the... more

The outlook for receiver Davante Adams got worse on Saturday. The Green Bay Packers announced Adams and safety Morgan Burnett were both downgraded to doubtful. Adams did not practice all week after exiting Monday night's game early with an ankle... more

After a disastrous performance in Thursday night's overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a move at kicker. The Steelers signed Chris Boswell, NFL Media's James Palmer reported, per a source. To make room on the roster,... more

Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell missed his third practice of the week on Saturday as he nurses an ankle injury, the team's official website reported . Bell was officially declared out for Monday night's tussle with the Seattle Seahawks. It... more

Victor Cruz returned to the practice field for the first time in more than a month this week, but immediately suffered a setback with his injured calf and will miss another game. Speaking at a charity event Friday night, New York Giants coach Tom... more

Injury news for the Baltimore Ravens' receiving corps continues to trickle in. Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed on Saturday that wide receiver Steve Smith sustained small fractures in his back against the Steelers and will miss Baltimore's Week 5... more

Brandon Weeden has completed 29 of his first 33 passes in 2015. The quarterback's 87.9 completion percentage is tops of any quarterback to throw 30-plus passes. Those passes, however, have almost all been short. Weeden has thrown just two balls more... more

With a dearth of pass-catching talent on the roster, the Baltimore Ravens have looked to the trade market to secure a receiver. The Ravens acquired receiver Chris Givens from the St. Louis Rams, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports, per a source informed of... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted: Andrew Luck (right shoulder) QB, Indianapolis Colts Luck was limited all week at practice, but coach Chuck Pagano remains... more

Arian Foster Watch has begun in earnest this week. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the running back practiced and will be a game-time decision †Sunday when his team faces the Atlanta Falcons . "Progression is well, I think from two... more

DeMarco Murray was back at practice Thursday, but wouldn't commit to playing Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles running back was listed as a full participant Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Murray missed last week's win over the New York Jets... more

Jared Allen spent all offseason explaining how moving to outside linebacker in the Chicago Bears' new 3-4 defense was rejuvenating and would keep him fresh. With all due respect to the four-time First-Team All-Pro pass rusher, we weren't buying it. It... more

Aaron Rodgers is grateful for the comparison to Michael Jordan in his prime, voiced by backup Scott Tolzien on Monday night , but believes he's not on that level. "Well, I appreciate the kind words," Rodgers said Wednesday, via ESPN.com . "I don't know... more

The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins are set to square off at FedEx Field at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Hurricane Joaquin might have a say in whether that game gets played as scheduled. NFL officials are tracking the hurricane, which is pressing... more

September

Victor Cruz's return to the practice field didn't last long. New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the wideout participated Wednesday on a limited basis for the first time since Aug. 17. However, Coughlin added after practice that Cruz felt his... more

Trailing by 10 points in the second half, deep in his own territory on fourth-and-10 with his team in desperate need of a spark, Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee took matters into his own hands. The punter took a slightly off-target snap and rumbled... more

Aaron Rodgers made it easy on those choosing the NFC Offensive Player of Week 3. The Green Bay Packers quarterback threw five touchdowns, to go along with 333 yards on 24-of-35 passing, in a 38-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. The... more

Jerry Jones watched Julio Jones carve up his defense on Sunday to the tune of†12 catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 20 targets . After seeing the Atlanta Falcons receiver dominate from every portion of the field, the Dallas Cowboys owner got an... more

Chris Johnson might not be CJ2K anymore, but he sure looks better than the rusted unicycle we saw the past couple seasons. Johnson carried 22 times for 110 yards, two touchdowns and caught one pass for 40 yards in the Arizona Cardinals' 47-7 rout of the... more

The 0-3 Baltimore Ravens desperately need a win over bitter rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football . With Ben Roethlisberger out and Michael Vick in, one might assume the Ravens are glad to see the backup -- just don't tell that to Joe... more

With injuries depleting their pass rush, the Carolina Panthers have acquired some much-needed aid. The Chicago Bears announced that they have traded pass rusher Jared Allen to the Panthers. Carolina will send a 2016 sixth-round pick to Chicago, Bears... more

Through three games, Julio Jones has stacked the most dominant start to a season of any receiver in NFL history. The Atlanta Falcons' wideout has terrorized secondaries at a record-setting place. Jones has the most receptions (34) by any player in the... more

Drew Brees missed the first meaningful game of his New Orleans tenure on Sunday with a shoulder injury, but following the Saints' 27-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the quarterback believes he will be able to play next weekend. "I don't know my... more

After much anticipation, No. 10 overall pick Todd Gurley played his first football game since blowing out an ACL on Nov. 15, 2014. The St. Louis Rams' running back entered the 12-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers early in the second quarter and took... more

A.J. Green dropped his first target Sunday. At the end of a frenetic 28-24 win , the Cincinnati Bengals receiver dropped the hammer on the Baltimore Ravens. Green compiled 10 receptions for 227 yard and the final two Bengals touchdowns to vault Cincy to... more

For the second straight year the Miami Dolphins opened the season 1-2. Sunday's 41-14 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills at home was particularly disheartening following an offseason of optimism. Coach Joe Philbin took ownership of his team's lackluster... more

The Carolina Panthers moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2003 and banished the New Orleans Saints to 0-3 to start on the strength of a 300-yard passing day from Cam Newton in a 27-22 win. Here is what you need to know: 1) Greg Olsen can't be... more

The Minnesota Vikings (2-1) harassed Philip Rivers into two turnovers in a 31-14 home blowout win over the San Diego Chargers (1-2). Here is what you need to know: 1. The Vikings' defense obliterated the Chargers' offensive line and pummelled Philip... more

Jeremy Hill was benched last week following fumble issues. It's all the penalty he'll endure for the two miscues. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala the benching was punishment enough and he expects... more

Brandon Weeden! Luke McCown! It's Sunday Night Football in Week 4! Somewhere an NBC executive will not be happy reading NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport's latest report on Drew Brees. After reporting earlier in the week that Brees would miss games... more

The Indianapolis Colts' depressing 0-2 start to the 2015 season has magnified the rift between coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson. The coach's postgame comments Monday night regarding the poor play of the offensive line the last three... more

The Seattle Seahawks officially activated Kam Chancellor on their 53-man roster Saturday. The transaction was a formality after coach Pete Carroll said Friday he expected the strong safety to start after missing the first two games of the season in a... more

Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams are both officially listed as questionable with ankle injures for the Green Bay Packers in Monday night's tilt versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Both participated on a limited basis on Saturday. "I thought Eddie did some good... more

Eric Fisher is back in the starting lineup. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters on Saturday the No. 1 overall pick in 2013 will start at right tackle Monday night versus the Green Bay Packers. Fisher battled an ankle injury that... more

New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall is going to great lengths to provide evidence of the very large chip that resides on his shoulder. Speaking on SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio on Friday, the 31-year-old wideout lamented that he's not considered... more

Despite all the indications, Jimmy Graham insists he isn't frustrated. "I've been reading the same thing," he said, via the Seattle Times . "It's a surprise to me. I'm not really sure where that came from." We can help there. First NFL Media's Mike... more

Given that we incessantly track when NFL players mess up, it's only fair to highlight when one spends his Friday night doing good deeds in the community. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton crashed a Halloween party Friday night and brought some... more

The length of Dez Bryant's recovery from a broken foot is a bit of contention, but the Dallas Cowboys are optimistic he'll only miss four games. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told KRLD-FM that it's "fair" to think that Bryant will be... more

Andrew Whitworth won't play out the final year of his five-year contract. The Cincinnati Bengals signed the left tackle to a one-year contract extension through 2016, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported, according to a team source. NFL Media Insider Ian... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Marshawn Lynch (calf) RB, Seattle Seahawks Beast Mode is battling a calf issue stemming from last week's loss and will be a game-time decision versus the Bears. UPDATE: NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The Chicago Bears are officially Jimmy Clausen's team this week. Coach John Fox announced that quarterback Jay Cutler is out Sunday with a hamstring injury, giving Clausen the start against the Seattle Seahawks. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

After leaving Kam Chancellor's status for this Sunday's home contest versus the Chicago Bears up in the air earlier in the week , Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday the safety looks ready to go. "He's looked like he's in just rare form," Carroll... more

Eddie Lacy is on the proper path to playing Monday night. The Green Bay Packers running back was limited in practice Friday after missing Thursday's practice with an ankle injury. "We'll see how things go," McCarthy said, via ESPN's Rob Demovsky .... more

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller started his rookie season on fire with a league-leading three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 22 tackles in his first month on the job in 2014. The playmaking was enough to earn Defensive Rookie of The Month... more

Here's one to file under the "duh" drop-down on your Internet browser. Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi on his play calling: "Not good enough, I guess," Lombardi said, via the Detroit Free Press . "We got to score more points."... more

One thing abundantly clear from the Jacksonville Jaguars' Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins: The Jags plan to work rookie running back T.J. Yeldon hard. The rookie carried the ball 25 times for 70 yards last Sunday. Bernard Pierce carried just three... more

After feeling as "low as a crippled cricket's ass" following Tony Romo's injury, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has risen to a more optimistic level. The Cowboys will be without Romo and Dez Bryant for weeks, but Jones believes his team can do more... more

Don't expect Arian Foster to return to the playing field this weekend. The Houston Texans running back said Thursday he plans to wait until he's 100 percent to hit the field, then said he's not yet 100 percent. "I'm going to make sure I'm 100 percent... more

The Baltimore Ravens finally got their first-round pick back on the practice field. Receiver Breshad Perriman returned after missing the past eight weeks with a knee injury. Perriman has done mostly individual drills while dealing with a PCL sprain.... more

Whether or not Chuck Pagano heaped blame for the Indianapolis Colts' loss †Sunday on Andrew Luck, the quarterback is shouldering the weight of another 0-2 start. "One hundred percent," Luck said Wednesday, via the Indy Star . "I have to improve. There... more

Drew Brees is "pretty confident " he'll play Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers. That conviction has Sean Payton flowing with optimism. During a conference call on Thursday with Charlotte media, Payton said there is a good chance Brees plays , based... more

If there is a point-after-try revolution on the way, the Pittsburgh Steelers are at the forefront. Ben Roethlisberger zipped two passes for two-point conversions following early touchdowns Sunday in the Steelers' 43-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers.... more

History suggests that any team falling to 0-3 this week can pack their Super Bowl aspirations into a tiny capsule and jettison it into the outer reaches of the cosmos where that container of despair will eventually be swallowed by an unforgiving black... more

Anyone who laughingly dismisses the Washington Redskins as having a chance to win the NFC East is stuck on offseason headlines and hasn't paid attestation to the field through two weeks. The Redskins have been one of the most physical teams in the NFL... more

Last week, Todd Gurley said he didn't know what he would tell St. Louis Rams coaches when asked if he was ready to play. This week, when asked the same question, the rookie running back was much more optimistic: "Yeah, I would (say I'm ready)." "I'm... more

Despite leading the Cleveland Browns to their first victory of the season and posting a two-touchdown, 133.9 passer rating in Week 2, Johnny Manziel is headed back to the bench in favor of Josh McCown. "Obviously I'm not going to sit here and say that I... more

Whether or not Drew Brees plays in a pivotal NFC South bout with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday remains to be seen after the veteran quarterback suffered a rotator cuff injury. While Brees is vocally optimistic about his chances, his offensive linemen... more

The length of Tony Romo's rehabilitation from a fractured left clavicle is the singular question sitting on the tips of every tongue in Cowboys land. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that tests determined Romo won't need surgery on his... more

Jimmy Graham's one-catch, 11-yard performance Sunday night in a loss in Green Bay isn't what anyone had in mind when Seattle acquired him this offseason in a blockbuster trade. Speaking on 710 ESPN radio Monday morning, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said... more

T.Y. Hilton will take the field as the Indianapolis Colts attempt to avoid an 0-2 start to the season. The wideout is active Monday night versus the New York Jets, the team announced before the game. Hilton was officially listed as questionable.... more

In the movie script of Derek Carr's football life, Sunday's 37-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens could provide the emotional, uplifting scene where the down-on-his-luck quarterback -- coming off an injury -- turns the ball over at a key moment, only... more

SuperCam took flight Sunday afternoon in Charlotte and came down with a touchdown in the Carolina Panthers' 24-17 victory over the Houston Texans. Cam Newton has made some jaw-dropping runs in his career, but Sunday's touchdown to put the Panthers up... more

After two weeks, things aren't going swimmingly for Ndamukong Suh in South Beach. Despite adding the $114 million player this offseason, the Dolphins' defense somehow appears worse in 2015.† Sunday, Miami gave up 396 total yards in a 23-20 loss to the... more

Pervasive dejection consumed New Orleans following Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The feeling was embodied by Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose post-game demeanor reeked of disappointment and depression after the 26-19 loss , the team's... more

The cacophony of cries emanating from Philadelphia hit fever pitch levels following Sunday's disastrous 20-10 home loss to the rival Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles' offense was a pathetic amalgam of missed blocks, dropped passes, terrible throws and... more

Adrian Peterson plowed over the Detroit Lions' defense as the Vikings moved to 1-1 on the season in a 26-16 home win . Here is what you need to know: 1) Norv Turner's game plan was clear from the start, handing the ball to Adrian Peterson three... more

Johnny Manziel will start Week 2, but he's not playing for the future starting job. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Browns still consider Manziel as their backup and Josh McCown as their starter. McCown will retain the job when... more

The Houston Texans turned to Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback this week after watching Brian Hoyer flounder for less than four quarters of the 2015 season. Mallett entered the game last week and sparked the Texans to two scoring drives,... more

LeSean McCoy is on the field as the Buffalo Bills attempt to knock off Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that McCoy is playing in Sunday's AFC East showdown, despite being listed as questionable and... more

The Chicago Bears will try to avoid an 0-2 start against the Arizona Cardinals without Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery will be inactive for Sunday's contest. The hope is that the receiver will return to full health next week. Jeffery was listed questionable... more

With Andre Ellington not making the trip to Chicago, the Arizona Cardinals made a roster move at running back. The team announced it promoted running back Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad in advance of Sunday's game against the Bears. Chris... more

T.Y. Hilton returned to the practice field Saturday and is officially questionable for Monday night's contest versus the New York Jets. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he's optimistic that Hilton will play this week. "He looked good.... more

Alshon Jeffery's hamstring could keep him out this week versus the Arizona Cardinals. Jeffery is officially questionable with his latest injury, a week after being a game-time decision in the season opener. If Jeffery is unable to play, the Bears will... more

Tight end Jordan Reed is officially questionable to play versus the St. Louis Rams on Sunday with a quad injury. To hear Reed tell it, there is no question about the matter. "Yeah, I'm going to play," he said, via the Washington Post . "One hundred... more

The old man on the Ravens' block will continue to pull extra duty. While some my quiver at the notion of No. 1 receiver Steve Smith Sr. handling punt return duties, the wideout isn't worried about the added injury risk. "Football has a degree of... more

After sitting out the Week 1 shellacking, Mike Evans feels ready to return to the field, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to be cautious with their young, stud receiver. "Mike Evans has been able to do more and more each day, which is a good... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted. LeSean McCoy (hamstring) RB, Buffalo Bills Rex Ryan is cautiously optimistic about Shady playing Sunday, but hamstrings are... more

With Josh McCown still marred in concussion protocol, Johnny Manziel will get the start for the Cleveland Browns in Week 2. The team announced Friday that Manziel would make the start against Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. As NFL... more

Kam Chancellor's absence was noticeable on the field in the Seahawks 34-31 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams, as his replacement, Dion Bailey, got burned for a game-tying touchdown. Echoing comments from NFL Media's Michael Robinson †last week,... more

The game that spawned a thousand headlines this week adds another one Friday morning. The lead up to the New England Patriots-Buffalo Bills showdown Sunday afternoon in Western New York has been filled with boisterous proclamations and entertaining... more

With the game on the line Thursday night, Peyton Manning ran the no-huddle, shotgun offense leading an 80-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the Denver Broncos' eventual 31-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Scrapping the under-center snaps and... more

The Denver Broncos got the last laugh after a scoop-and-score fumble recovery led to a 31-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. After the win, Broncos linebacker Von Miller continued to rub it in, calling Chiefs tight end Travis... more

Thursday night Jamaal Charles took control of the contest, then he gave it away. The Kansas City Chiefs' running back fumbled the ball with 35 seconds to plays, leading to the Denver Broncos' game-winning score in a wild 31-24 contest. "It's one of... more

With Dez Bryant expected to miss at least a month -- likely longer -- due to a broken foot , the Dallas Cowboys are auditioning some stopgaps. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys plan to work out several wide receivers today... more

When the Pittsburgh Steelers traded for cornerback Brandon Boykin, it looked like a move to upgrade one of the weakest secondaries in the NFL. Then in Week 1, in a loss to the New England Patriots, the slot specialist rode the bench, seeing zero... more

With Andre Ellington likely sidelined this week after suffering a (Grade 1) PCL sprain, Chris Johnson will get new life in the Arizona Cardinals backfield. Prior to Ellington's injury with about 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday's... more

Marcus Mariota's scintillating Week 1 performance has turned the spotlight on the Tennessee Titans, a franchise relegated to the basement and ignored the past several years. However, the man protecting Mariota's blindside, former first-round pick Taylor... more

Carlos Hyde slammed shut the questions about taking over the role shouldered by Frank Gore for the past decade. The second-year back displayed power, speed, elusiveness and a plethora of spin moves in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings.... more

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Cody Parkey missed a 44-yard field goal that could have given his team a one-point edge in Monday night's 26-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Parkey missed time this preseason with a groin injury, but said that wasn't the... more

The Minnesota Vikings resembled nothing that made them a trendy pick to make the playoff leap in 2015 as they bumbled and slunk their way to a 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Monday night. The Vikes looked discombobulated on offense and got gashed... more

Bill O'Brien might know who his starting quarterback will be next week, but he's not sharing. The Houston Texans coach declined to name a starter publicly until kickoff next Sunday when they visit the Carolina Panthers. "I'm not going to make a big... more

The Washington Redskins will be without their best deep threat for multiple games. DeSean Jackson suffered a pulled hamstring and is expected to miss three to four weeks, coach Jay Gruden confirmed Monday. Gruden added that he could be back sooner, but... more

Aldon Smith played Sunday for the Oakland Raiders despite participating in just one light practice after signing with the team Friday . He had little impact on the outcome. The pass rusher said after the 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, he isn't... more

Ndamukong Suh moved to South Beach but his reputation followed in his carry-on luggage. During the second quarter of the Miami Dolphins' 17-10 victory over the Washington Redskins, Suh tackled running back Alfred Morris. While getting up and returning... more

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton decided to punt the ball down five points with 1 minute and 58 seconds left in an eventual 31-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. With the ball at their own 7-yard-line and two timeouts, facing a fourth-and-6, Payton... more

A "miskick" highlighted the Seattle Seahawks' topsy-turvy opening week loss to the St. Louis Rams, but Marshawn Lynch getting stuffed short on fourth-and-1 in overtime was the exclamation point. The parallels between Sunday's situation and the... more

Jameis Winston's NFL debut did not go as planned. His first pro pass was intercepted and taken back for a touchdown and he struggled to move the offense behind a shaky offensive line. "Jameis didn't play well ," Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. "That's... more

Peyton Manning's first contest that counted in coach Gary Kubiak offense did not go swimmingly. Last time the Denver Broncos kicked off the season against the Baltimore Ravens, Manning put on a historic performance, throwing seven touchdowns. Sunday, he... more

The 2015 season didn't kick off how the Seattle Seahawks planned. To open overtime against the St. Louis Rams, Pete Carroll's team appeared to try a surprise onside kick. In actuality it was just one of the worst hit kicks in memory. "That's not what... more

Aaron Rodgers tossed three touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers pulled away from the Chicago Bears in a 31-23 win at Soldier Field. Here is what you need to know: 1. It's like James Jones never left Green Bay. The veteran receiver remained in... more

Jarvis Landry returned a punt for a 69-yard score to give the Miami Dolphins a lead they wouldn't relinquish in a 17-10 win over the Washington Redskins. Here's what you need to know: 1) It wasn't pretty for Ryan Tannehill, but he'll take the win with... more

EJ Manuel went from having a shot at the starting quarterback job to being inactive Week 1 for the Buffalo Bills versus the Indianapolis Colts. With Manuel out, Matt Cassel is officially the backup quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor. Taylor... more

Following Geno Smith's infamous broken-jaw incident on Aug. 7, the New York Jets took the temperature of potential quarterbacks available for trade. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's GameDay Morning that one inquiry made... more

The backup quarterback mystery in Washington is solved . NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Saturday that Colt McCoy will be listed as the Redskins' No. 2 quarterback tomorrow behind starter Kirk Cousins, per a team source. McCoy prepared for the... more

Dallas Cowboys ascending defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford got his big payday. The defensive tackle agreed to a new five-year extension Saturday, the team announced. Hard #WorkK pays off! Blessed to be part of the @DallasCowboys for the next 5... more

Aldon Smith will indeed make his debut for the Oakland Raiders when they open the season Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals. The pass rusher signed in Oakland on Friday.† NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Smith will play about 20 snaps, per... more

The Cleveland Browns added another running back to their 53-man roster. The team announced Saturday they signed Shaun Draughn off the practice squad. Prior to the roster move, the Browns were set to enter Sunday's tilt with the New York Jets with... more

Even with a first-time head coach, the championship expectations won't diminish in Atlanta. The Falcons hired Dan Quinn away from Seattle after Atlanta suffered back-to-back losing seasons in a weak NFC South. In a Q&A with the Atlanta... more

The St. Louis Rams will attempt to plow through the Seattle Seahawks' defense on Sunday with a depleted running back corps. Jeff Fisher ruled out No. 10 overall pick Todd Gurley last weekend. Meanwhile Tre Mason sat out of practice all week with a... more

The Sunday night showdown between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys should be full of offensive fireworks. The Cowboys' secondary is banged up and will need the front seven to provide pressure to ease their task covering Odell Beckham Jr. The... more

The Oakland Raiders won't reveal whether Aldon Smith will play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, just days after signing a deal with the Oakland Raiders, which can be worth up to $8 million with bonuses. Coach Jack Del Rio didn't sound worried... more

Everything you need to know as kickoff approaches... Sunday's key game-time decisions All players questionable unless noted Alshon Jeffery (calf) WR; Eddie Royal (hip) WR; Marquess Wilson (hamstring) WR, Chicago Bears Coach John Fox was... more

Jonas Gray won't be sleeping through the Miami Dolphins' Week 1 tilt with the Washington Redskins. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the running back has been promoted from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster, per a team source.... more

The hype regarding Sunday's Tennessee Titans-Tampa Bay Buccaneers tussle will surround Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. As Mariota astutely pointed out this week , however, the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in the draft will not take the field at the... more

Robert Griffin III has finally been cleared to play. During an interview on WTOP Radio, Redskins team president Bruce Allen announced RGIII was cleared to play by doctors after missing the past several weeks with a concussion. "Robert has been cleared... more

The outside paranoia surrounding the New England Patriots got another boost Thursday night when it was reported during the 2015 NFL Kickoff that the Pittsburgh Steelers' headsets were playing the Pats' radio broadcast. Following the Patriots' 28-21 win,... more

Khalil Mack's improved pass-rushing skills this preseason -- as he moved to defensive end in his second year -- caught the eye of opponents. In anticipation of facing the Oakland Raiders' whirling dervish of terror and flame on Sunday, Cincinnati... more

Jay Gruden made an emphatic declaration Monday naming Kirk Cousins the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the entire 2015 season. "When it's all said and done, after all the film we've gone through, after all the offseason activity, all the... more

Could A.J. Green soon join the bevy of young superstar receivers with a new mega contract? NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that talks between the Bengals and Green have ramped up significantly over the past few days, as the sides try to... more

Two years ago Peyton Manning opened up the NFL season by dropping a seven-touchdown mega bombs on the Baltimore Ravens. Fast-forward to this weekend, there are a multitude of questions hanging over the 39-year-old quarterback. Manning hasn't looked... more

Buffalo Bills linebacker IK Enemkpali has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. Enemkpali punched New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith during a locker room altercation... more

No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston and No. 2 overall selection Marcus Mariota will share a football field on Sunday, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Tennessee Titans. The rookie quarterbacks spent this week downplaying the matchup. Winston... more

Somewhere Rex Ryan read the above headline and giggled with glee. The Buffalo Bills' loquacious coach has always been enamored with mobile quarterbacks because of their effect on defenses, which is why we always considered Tyrod Taylor to have a... more

While football fans -- and fantasy owners -- wring their hands over the Dallas Cowboys' running back job, Jason Garrett scoffs at the notion that it matters who starts Sunday night versus the New York Giants. "It doesn't matter," Garrett said... more

Arizona Cardinals tight end Ifeanyi Momah has a torn meniscus, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source informed of Momah's injury. Rapoport reported Momah will have surgery on Thursday and has been placed on IR . Momah, 25,... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North. Change we can believe in Geno Atkins is back, baby! After being called a JAG by his defensive coordinator after last season, the defensive... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North Change we can believe in History be damned. Pittsburgh's football legacy might be the Steel Curtain, Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Mel... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North Change we can believe in Ozzie Newsome is the shrewdest general manager in the NFL. So when he traded away Haloti Ngata in the offseason,... more

Bengals Browns Ravens Steelers Around the NFL's season preview continues with the AFC North. Change we can believe in The Browns added a terror to an already solid defensive front. Danny Shelton has all the makings of a dominant... more

Montee Ball's stay on the Denver Broncos' final 53-man roster didn't last 24 hours. The team announced it waived the running back Sunday, along with center Gino Gradkowski after they were awarded center James Ferentz and tight end Mitchell Henry off... more

Arian Foster's return should happen sooner rather than later. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Foster won't be placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list as initially expected, per two sources informed of the plans.... more

With the 2015 season looming, Geno Smith took another step toward returning. The New York Jets quarterback participated in positional drills Monday for the first time since suffering a broken jaw when he was punched by a teammate last month, the New... more

The loss of tight end Julius Thomas for up to a month will put more pressure on Jacksonville Jaguars second-year receiver Allen Robinson. Sans the pass-catching tight end, Blake Bortles said the biggest area he expects to see Robinson make a leap in... more

This Labor Day is vital for the New York Giants and Jason Pierre-Paul, as the sides will finally meet face-to-face. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Albert Breer reported JPP is in New York and received a physical on his hand, which didn't... more

Todd Gurley won't play in Sunday's Week 1 opener, but the St. Louis Rams' running back is making strides. The first-round pick told the team's official website that he's shed the non-contact beanie he'd been wearing in practice. "I can do... more

Reunited and it feels so good! Veteran wide receiver James Jones signed with the Green Bay Packers on Monday, two days after he was cut by the New York Giants. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported James would be rejoining the Packers. The... more

The Cleveland Browns thinned out their backfield on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans acquired running back Terrance West from Cleveland in exchange for a conditional 2016 draft pick, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Browns... more

The Chicago Bears released starting right tackle Jordan Mills on Sunday after claiming guard Patrick Omameh off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thanks Chicago for the memories and all that you've done for me. #BearDown ‚?? Jordan Mills... more

The New York Jets placed cornerback Dee Milliner on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a wrist injury. The move to IR recall will knock out the former first-round pick for the first eight games of the season -- he will be eligible to... more

Tom Brady spoke to reporters Sunday for the first time since his four-game suspension was nullified . The New England Patriots quarterback said he isn't worried about the NFL's subsequent appeal of the decision. "That's their choice and I think that's... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers owned the No. 1 waiver claim position following Saturday's cuts and utilized it well, snatching up five players. The Bucs added defensive end Kourtnei Brown (cut by the Texans), linebacker Jeremiah George (Jaguars), quarterback... more

The Dallas Cowboys are adding another young running back to their stable. The Seattle Seahawks traded Christine Michael to the Cowboys in exchange for an undisclosed 2016 draft choice, Dallas announced Sunday. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported, per a... more

Robert Griffin III remained part of the Washington Redskins' organization beyond Saturday's cut deadline. On Sunday, coach Jay Gruden insisted the team didn't cut ties with RGIII because the quarterback still can play a role behind starter Kirk Cousins.... more

The uncertainty of the Baltimore Ravens' receiving corps mounts as the 2015 season approaches. First-round pick Breshad Perriman was drafted to provide a deep threat alongside Steve Smith Sr. Instead, the rookie has been on the sidelines with a knee... more

Lost in the bedlam of Saturday's cuts deadline was some subtextual good news for the New Orleans Saints. Safety Jairus Byrd was not placed on the team's reserve/physically unable to perform list. He's on the active roster and can return to the field at... more

Uncertainty turned to doubtful , which became official Saturday: Todd Gurley won't play Week 1. St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced the team's first-round pick would miss the opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The announcement comes as no... more

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Thursday following U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's ruling nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension . Kraft highlighted Brady's integrity throughout the process and looked forward to... more

The NFL appealed U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's ruling nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a statement released Thursday prior to the league's court filing, cited competitive fairness as a key component in... more

Following U.S. District Judge Richard Berman nullifying Tom Brady's four-game suspension Thursday morning, the NFL Players Association released a statement from executive director DeMaurice Smith calling for future cooperation between the league office... more

The Tennessee Titans could be one of the most improved teams in the NFL in 2015. There is zero questioning an offense led by Marcus Mariota will be immensely more entertaining than last year's edition in Nashville. One of the wild cards to the... more

Chip Kelly initially took issue with the NFL saying Terrell Suggs shouldn't have been flagged for his preseason Week 2 hit of Sam Bradford because it wasn't on a zone-read play. After viewing the NFL's weekly officiating video, Kelly relented that... more

Prior to naming Tyrod Taylor the Buffalo Bills' quarterback this week, Rex Ryan wanted to keep the decision in-house. The coach's reasoning was to keep their Week 1 opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, guessing and force them to spend time... more

The latest digital extra for NFL Network's Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 New England Patriots special was released Wednesday. In our most recent peek, the Patriots' coach discusses his classic "On To Cincinnati" press conference. "I could... more

Add another tick mark to the tally of low-level trades this week as teams swap spare parts that don't fit their NFL hot rods. The Houston Texans shipped tight end Khari Lee to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2017, it was... more

The hits keep coming for the New Orleans Saints' defense and this week it's the secondary that is getting jammed. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that cornerback Keenan Lewis underwent hip surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss four to six... more

With Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension to start the 2015 season sapping some explosion from the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense, the team plans to ride a veteran at the No. 3 receiver spot. That man: Darrius Heyward-Bey "I knew it was coming," Ben... more

When Randall Cobb went down over the weekend with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder, Packer Nation collectively held its breath. While the sprain was minor, there was concern the wideout wouldn't be ready to face the Chicago Bears in Week 1. However,... more

Jerry Jones believes the Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden duo can perform behind the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line, but he's hedging on the height of those expectations. The owner told KRLD-FM on Tuesday he just wants a running game that opponents... more

Some Indianapolis Colts fans are not happy Reggie Wayne signed with the New England Patriots. "Anywhere but there!" some bellowed and moaned on social media following his one-year pact with the conference rival. There has been a lot said locally about... more

The Buffalo Bills' outward reaction to the release of running back Fred Jackson has been a collective hand-wringing over what has been labeled a difficult group decision. However, Jackson points the finger squarely at one man. "Doug Whaley was behind... more

Teams whittled down their rosters prior to Tuesday's deadline -- when each franchise must move from 90 to 75 players -- and some notable names were released. On Monday, the Indianapolis Colts released guard Donald Thomas, the team announced. The... more

Some in the NFL world might have been surprised that career backup Tyrod Taylor won the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback gig, but those in the locker room were not among them. "He's going to be tremendous for this team," Percy Harvin said, via the... more

The Jacksonville Jaguars offense sure could use a consistent deep threat. Marqise Lee was drafted in 2014 with the talent to be that field-stretching option opposite possession receiver Allen Robinson. Lee played just 13 games as a rookie, catching 37... more

Fred Jackson is on course to reunite with Beast Mode. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that Jackson is flying to Seattle this morning to meet with the Seahawks and both sides expect a deal to get done, per two sources informed of... more

August

The Carolina Panthers added a new face to their depleted receiving corps. The team announced Monday that they traded for Seattle Seahawks receiver Kevin Norwood. The Seahawks initially planned to cut the 2014 fourth-round pick out of Alabama, before... more

Martavis Bryant's second-year leap will be put on hold to start the NFL season. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver has been suspended four games†for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse†after his appeal was denied Monday, the team... more

After coach Jay Gruden announced Kirk Cousins as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the entire 2015 season , the next logical question is: What does that mean for Robert Griffin III? Gruden said Monday the team has no plans to cut ties... more

Rex Ryan finally made a solid quarterback decision. The Buffalo Bills will head into Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts with Tyrod Taylor under center, the team announced Monday . Taylor was the most impressive of the three Bills in the quarterback... more

The Houston Texans acquired some offensive line depth in a trade with the Denver Broncos on Monday. The Broncos announced they shipped reserve offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston in exchange for a 2016 pick. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers found a veteran kicker to help plug the hole caused by injuries. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Steelers acquired long-time Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee, per a source informed of the deal. The Steelers... more

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has swung another trade and Tim Wright is on the move again. The Buccaneers traded the tight end to the Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. The trade was later confirmed by the Bucs. In... more

The Arizona Cardinals' offensive line has become a sweltering concern as the 2015 NFL season approaches. Injuries and a looming suspension to right tackle Bobby Massie has thrust a unit that was supposed to be improved into flux. During the first half... more

Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden flashed Saturday night, leading Jerry Jones to label it "vintage McFadden ." Lest anyone think the veteran back's performance would land him the bulk of the carries entering the 2015 season, that's not the... more

The Oakland Raiders' starting offense put up 15 points on the Arizona Cardinals in a 30-23 loss Sunday night. Those 15 points came on five Sebastian Janikowski field goals. Six times in nine drives, the Raiders' first-teamers were in a position to... more

Brandon Bostick is once again searching for a new start to his career. The Minnesota Vikings announced they cut the tight end Sunday, along with 11 other players as they whittle their roster down prior to Tuesday's deadline. The Vikings grabbed... more

The Seattle Seahawks' offense hasn't clicked through three preseason games. While coach Pete Carroll isn't pleased with his struggling first-string unit, he assured fretting fans that the sky is not falling after Saturday's 16-15 victory over the San... more

The New York Jets received some good news Sunday. First-round pick Leonard Williams suffered a muscle strain in Saturday night's 28-18 win over the Giants, but there is no ligament damage, NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reported. The injury won't keep the... more

Every week Odell Beckham Jr. or another receiver makes a ridiculous catch that seems to defy the laws of physics. The jaw-dropping plays from Beckham -- you know the one -- and his ilk are leading some to wonder if the gloves receivers and other... more

With Julio Jones signing a new five-year, $71.25 million contract extension †on Saturday, all eyes now turn to A.J. Green. The Cincinnati Bengals' wideout is next in line for a massive deal after Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Jones and T.Y. Hilton have... more

In two preseason appearances Peyton Manning doesn't yet look comfortable in the Denver Broncos' new offense. In Saturday night's 19-12 win over the San Francisco 49ers, Manning finished with 14-of-21 passing for 124 yards, an interception and couldn't... more

The St. Louis Rams could enter the 2015 season with a bit of a quagmire in their backfield. Saturday night starter Tre Mason exited the Rams' 24-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a mild hamstring sprain, coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Sunday. Mason... more

Sam Bradford has taken the field for only four series this preseason. All four have ended in touchdowns. Saturday night in a 39-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback looked especially dialed in during his three... more

Most NFL stars gladly grab pine during the preseason once their allotted snap count is reached. Coming off a missed season due to an ACL tear, San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman rejected his seat on the bench. Entering Saturday night's 19-12... more

Johnny Manziel's sore elbow will prevent him from being under center for the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. Browns coach Mike Pettine stated there is no structural damage to the quarterback's elbow, but said Thursday that Manziel will miss Saturday's... more

Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman remains out with a knee injury. Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday there is "no timetable " for the receiver to return from a sprained PCL and admitted Perriman's injury is healing slower than the team... more

Some Hollywood actors are simply better at playing the villain than the hero. On the football field, Terrell Suggs embraces that role with open arms. "You're naturally the villain when you go into an opponent's stadium, anyway," Suggs said, via... more

Paper is a wonderful product. Just ask Michael Scott . On paper we can jot names of players down, analyze them on a flat surface and come to conclusions about a football team before a game is played. New Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh... more

Doug Martin looks like a rejuvenated version of the running back who took the NFL by storm in 2012. After two dismal seasons, he has Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to thank for ensuring yet another chance at the starting gig in Tampa Bay.... more

Jadeveon Clowney continues to make positive progress toward the 2015 season. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday the linebacker is on track to play in the season opener. "The knee is feeling decent. We'll keep inching him forward to get... more

The Bennett brothers are not shy about giving their opinions. Lately those sentiments have taken shots at quarterbacks. Michael Bennett recently ripped "mediocre" quarterbacks who get paid too much. Martellus Bennett pondered why signal-callers are... more

Terrell Suggs' hit on Sam Bradford this weekend kicked up dust regarding when a quarterback is protected and when he should be protected. A line has been drawn in the grass. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said it was a legal hit... more

Kam Chancellor's holdout reached it's 26th day on Tuesday and it has no appearance of ending anytime soon. Even as games that count rapidly approach, the safety's Seattle Seahawks teammates aren't miffed about the three-time Pro Bowler's stance on his... more

After agreeing to a deal to join the Denver Broncos, guard Evan Mathis pointed to the team's chances of winning a Super Bowl as the main factor in his decision. "The No. 1 priority in finding a new place to play was playing for a contender," Mathis... more

Jordy Nelson's season-ending injury sideswiped a Green Bay Packers offense set up for an explosive season. While much of the recent discussion has centered around which of the young wideout targets will step up to help fill the void , Randall Cobb said... more

Most NFL coaches entering training camp with a quarterback conundrum want the situation sorted out by the third preseason game to maximize the reps the battle winner gets with the starters in the dress rehearsal . Then there is Rex Ryan. The Buffalo... more

Ryan Mallett lost the Houston Texans' starting quarterback job to Brian Hoyer, but that doesn't mean we won't see him on the field this season. A dejected Mallett spoke to the media Tuesday morning and said he plans to stay ready if called upon.... more

With the addition of receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Kansas City Chiefs want to open up the offense. Alex Smith believes the veteran's presence, along with speed on the outside in Albert Wilson and De'Anthony Thomas can help improve the Chiefs' deep passing... more

Ronnie Hillman is movin' on up at Mile High. The Denver Broncos shifty running back has stood out during the first two preseason games, carrying 16 times for 120 yards, a whopping 7.5 average per carry. "He's moved himself up. He's had a really good... more

The Pittsburgh Steelers added some insurance at center with Maurkice Pouncey injured. Doug Legursky returns to The Steel City, the team announced Tuesday morning . The 29-year-old center started 17 games over four seasons in Pittsburgh from 2009-2010.... more

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Terrell Suggs' low hit on Sam Bradford was a legal play because it was deemed by the league to have taken place on a read option play. Chip Kelly begs to differ. The Philadelphia Eagles coach said... more

Sam Bradford didn't appreciate Terrell Suggs hitting him in the knee during the first quarter of Saturday's 40-17 Philadelphia Eagles win over the Baltimore Ravens. Suggs was flagged on the play, but NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told... more

Over the past three seasons, Peyton Manning has completed 1,245 passes for 14,863 yards with the Denver Broncos. The quarterback told The MMQB's Peter King he's done all that without having feeling in his fingertips on his right hand. "I can't feel... more

As the outside world packs rocket fuel into the Jarryd Hayne hype train, those within the San Francisco 49ers' organization insist on yanking the break. "I'm still a long way off from where I want to be," Hayne said after another impressive performance... more

The Houston Texans will roll with Brian Hoyer to start the season. Coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Monday that Hoyer has been named the starter to open the 2015 season, beating out Ryan Mallett. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported the news.... more

Marcus Mariota displays a bounty of positive traits on the football field. Perhaps the best attribute the Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback deploys is poise under duress. The unflappable rookie dealt not only with a fierce St. Louis Rams pass rush in... more

The Dallas Cowboys got sideswiped by the San Francisco 49ers in a 23-6 shellacking Sunday night. The loss left Jason Garrett sounding like he was rattling off a rejected Dr. Seuss manuscript. "It wasn't very good on offense . It wasn't very good on... more

NaVorro Bowman hit the field for the first time in 19 months with a bang. The linebacker played just three snaps in the San Francisco 49ers' 23-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. On those three plays Bowman compiled three tackles, including... more

If Bill O'Brien declares a starting quarterback next week, it likely won't be based on Saturday night's performances. Neither Ryan Mallett nor Brian Hoyer impressed in the 14-10 loss to the Denver Broncos. In reality, both were downright awful.... more

The Atlanta Falcons deployed one of the most listless defensive pass rushes in the NFL the last several years. Enter coach Dan Quinn. "I love this system," defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux beamed Friday night, via the team's official website . "I... more

Cleveland Browns rookie running back Duke Johnson entered training camp with a chance to earn a large role in the offense. Instead, he's been mostly on the shelf with a hamstring injury, missing the team's first two preseason games. Johnson returned to... more

Marcus Smith will miss two to three weeks after he was carted off the field with a tweaked hamstring Thursday. The Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick in 2014 told reporters Friday he expects to be back on the field before the regular season starts,... more

After the Buffalo Bills' quarterback battle looked like it could have been locked down Thursday night, eyes will turn to the next big QB competition: the Houston Texans, who take on the Denver Broncos on Saturday. As of now, coach Bill O'Brien insists... more

It wasn't the plan for Devin Funchess to become the Carolina Panthers' de facto No. 1 wide receiver out of the gate his rookie year. Alas, injures can ruin even the best-laid plans. With Kelvin Benjamin tearing his ACL , the expectations for Funchess... more

Guess who's back, back again. Aaron's back, good luck trying to defend . After a serious calf injury left Aaron Rodgers hobbling down the stretch last season, the Green Bay Packers are ready to declare that "he's back ." "I'm back to playing the way I... more

Robert Griffin III took a brutal beating early in the Washington Redskins' 21-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. With veteran left tackle Trent Williams sitting out with soreness in his right foot, the Redskins' offensive line was overwhelmed by the... more

Marcell Dareus enters the final season of his rookie deal looking for a massive new contract from the Buffalo Bills. The defensive tackle thought not holding out of training camp might spur a deal, but the sides haven't moved any closer. It's making... more

Johnny Manziel made several splashy plays during the Cleveland Browns' lone touchdown drive in the 11-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, which induced flutters of optimism about the maligned quarterback. "I'm still going out trying to play... more

Le'Veon Bell became the NFL's best dual-threat running back last season, putting up 1,361 yards rushing (second in the league) and 854 yards receiving (top at his position). Despite those numbers, the Pittsburgh Steelers' third-year back believes he... more

As the NFL regular season approaches with vigor, the one play Seattle Seahawks fans would rather forget will be replayed over and over and over and over again. Malcolm Butler's interception to seal the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory is the... more

On Tuesday running back Darren McFadden verbalized what we've all known for a while: The Dallas Cowboys will employ a running back by committee. "You know the competitor in me definitely wants to be the No. 1 guy that goes out there. But at the same... more

Chuck Pagano enters the final year of his contract as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts armed with what he calls the best team he's helmed. "Our roster is probably better right now than it's been at any point," Pagano said for the second time... more

While the football world effervesced watching Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah gash the New York Jets' defense last week, the rookie had a different take on his performance. "I think my first preseason game went OK, borderline good, but by no... more

The Carolina Panthers saw one of their star players, and another promising one, go down Wednesday morning. Kelvin Benjamin was carted from practice after suffering what appeared to be a left knee injury, according to reporters at the joint practice with... more

The Buffalo Bills announced the signings of defensive lineman Red Bryant and running back Cierre Wood on Wednesday. The moves address depth issues stemming from injuries at both positions. The top four Bills running backs are sidelined with injury,... more

To paraphrase The Everly Brothers : All Jameis has to do is dream. Dream, dream, dream. When asked Tuesday about his relationship with wide receiver Mike Evans, the rookie quarterback said he's got big aspirations for himself and the receiver. "I'm a... more

The Miami Dolphins activated rookie receiver DeVante Parker from the active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday morning. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the move is more procedural than anything and the timetable for a recovery... more

Chris Johnson's standing in the Arizona Cardinals' backfield will depend on his performance over the next three weeks . The running back said Tuesday he's not trying to prove anything. "I don't say (I have) something to prove to somebody, I say... more

Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams is hospitalized, coach Rex Ryan announced Monday. The rookie tailback "was in a lot of pain" when he woke up Monday, Ryan said. The extent of the injury is currently unknown. Williams led the Bills in... more

Monday marked a key day in Jadeveon Clowney's road to redemption. The Houston Texans brought the former No. 1 overall pick off the PUP list and eased him into practice Monday.† "I felt pretty good," Clowney told the media after practice. "Just happy... more

As if putting his John Hancock on a four-year, $83.25 million contract extension weren't indication enough that Philip Rivers is married to the Chargers whether in San Diego or Los Angeles, we got more proof Monday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport... more

Amid all the buzz about offensive playmakers and young studs following the first week of preseason action, one of the most impressive defensive units slid mostly under the radar. The Denver Broncos' front dominated the Seattle Seahawks' beleaguered... more

The Indianapolis Colts have talked up rookie receiver Phillip Dorsett since the moment he was drafted in the first round. On Sunday, we finally got to see what all the hype was about for ourselves. Dorsett didn't disappoint. With T.Y. Hilton and Donte... more

The first week of NFL preseason pollenates the air with optimism about the coming autumn months. If not checked, these spores can blossom into full-blown hype waves, with entire fan bases caught in the contagion. Take, for instance, former Rugby League... more

A locker room fight cost Geno Smith a broken jaw, along with a month of playing time and forced IK Enemkpali to change zip codes. Two practice scuffles on Sunday earned the entire New York Jets' team wind sprints. While no punches were reportedly... more

Sam Bradford is the Philadelphia Eagles' presumptive starting quarterback, but he won't see the field Sunday in the team's first preseason game. Coach Chip Kelly said Friday that Bradford won't play against the Indianapolis Colts on NFL Network Sunday... more

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will miss the preseason, but could be ready when the games that count kick off. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Friday, Ertz is dealing with a core issue. "Zach has a core muscle injury and he's probably going to... more

The Ameer Abdullah hype train is ripping so rapidly down the tracks after Thursday night's performance it's about to careen out of control. New York Jets coach Todd Bowles added some gas to the burning optimism about the Detroit Lions' rookie running... more

When Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said this week the team has†discussed signing Ray Rice it felt like either a trial balloon to gauge public sentiment or a shot across the bow of his young running back group. It turns out it was probably a bit... more

La'el Collins is not your normal undrafted rookie. On Thursday night the Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman displayed why: Not sure who's watching but what a great block by @70LaelCollins #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/FvK2qhBuCn ‚?? Deryk Gilmore... more

After giving up play calling this season, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy quipped during a halftime interview on Thursday night that he was "bored stiff." After the 22-11 win over the New England Patriots, the coach has some new game tape to watch.... more

The New York Jets played poorly Thursday versus the Detroit Lions in a 23-3 loss . (Deletes tired punchless pun.) With quarterback Geno Smith on the shelf following jaw surgery, Ryan Fitzpatrick played just one series. He led Gang Green's offense to a... more

Despite the 27-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, the first look at a Chicago Bears defense moving to a 3-4 defense with a bevy of 4-3 players was about what you'd expect: uninspiring. Most of the first-team defensive unit played only the first series or... more

The Arizona Cardinals' backfield has been a mess this offseason, but we got a smidgen of positive news Thursday. Coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is "real close to being full speed " after dealing with a hamstring injury. Ellington is expected to... more

The Minnesota Vikings are a trendy team to take a step forward in 2015 and make a playoff run. But coach Mike Zimmer didn't like what he saw on Thursday. Zimmer stopped practice to make the team run and then reamed out his squad for what he called a... more

If you missed the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" with the Houston Texans you might not be aware of a little squabble between receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall. During a scrimmage, Hall -- from the sidelines... more

Last year Arizona Cardinals receiver John Brown became an offseason sensation. The wideout nicknamed "Smoke," because of his speed, now has a tagalong this training camp in rookie J.J. Nelson, who coach Bruce Arians has come to call "Fire." "Wherever... more

Doug Martin will get his shot at becoming the next running back reclamation project. As Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling pointed out on a recent podcast , Martin has the chance to join the likes of Mark Ingram and Ryan Mathews as veteran tailbacks who... more

After one big-name receiver got a contract extension Thursday morning, it's on to the next one. Agent Drew Rosenhaus -- who just locked down T.Y. Hilton to a†five-year, $65 million contract extension †in Indy -- plans to travel to Jacksonville to meet... more

The Indianapolis Colts and T.Y. Hilton agreed to a contract extension Thursday morning, the team's official website announced. "I love being here. This is a dream come true," Hilton told reporters. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported it's a... more

Wednesday's settlement conference involving the NFL, NFL Players Association and Tom Brady concluded in New York after roughly 7.5 hours. The proceedings included one period open to the public, which was then followed by a session during which the... more

Cancer swiped the end of the 2014 season from Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, but it won't take away the start of the 2015 preseason. Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Berry will play on Saturday night against the Arizona Cardinals in the... more

The Chicago Bears plan to get back to pounding the football on the ground under offensive coordinator Adam Gase. The biggest beneficiary will be Matt Forte, who is glad to be taking more handoffs a year after catching 102 passes. "When you run the... more

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas hasn't missed a regular-season snap through eight seasons. Oh, he's been injured, but that hasn't caused him to miss one play. On Tuesday, while brushing off what he considers a "minor" knee injury after... more

The Geno Smith incident in the New York Jets locker room has brought a lot of questions out of the woodwork. After discussing the situation and locker room dynamic Tuesday night on NFL Network, guest analyst Lance Briggs was asked if he ever wanted to... more

Jadeveon Clowney's return from microfracture surgery on his knee could come soon, but the Houston Texans won't push it. Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that the team won't rush the linebacker back to the field if he's not physically ready. The target... more

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher doesn't expect rookie Todd Gurley to play during the preseason. The running back won't even go so far as to say he'll be ready for the season opener. "I don't know," Gurley told SiriusXM NFL radio hosts Gil Brandt... more

NFL owners met in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss possible relocation to Los Angeles. The outcome didn't sound good for Oakland. Executive vice president of NFL ventures and business operations Eric Grubman made a resounding statement regarding the city... more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Tom Brady will meet in New York on Wednesday with Judge Richard Berman in an effort to resolve the legal dispute regarding the Patriots quarterback's four-game suspension. Speaking in Chicago on Tuesday, Goodell said... more

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got in a scuffle at practice Monday with corner Josh Norman. The story blew up because generally quarterbacks remain above the fray during training camp fights. On Tuesday, the Panthers' quarterback poked fun... more

The effusive praise emanating from Tampa Bay about rookie quarterback Jameis Winston reached new heights over the weekend. Buccaneers center Evan Smith sent the plum of positivity into the stratosphere. Smith, who spent the beginning of his career with... more

Eric Ebron's progress in his sophomore NFL season remains a pivot point for the Detroit Lions' offense. Behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, Ebron's ability to become a playmaker for quarterback Matthew Stafford would completely open up offensive... more

Training camp and preseason are where new faces on new teams attempt to work out the kinks before the games start to count. The quarterback-receiver timing and relationship is a key aspects offenses work through in August. On the first day of San... more

It's 89 one last time. Steve Smith Sr. announced Monday he will retire at the end of the 2015 season. "I feel like this is the best place, if this is going to be the end, this will be the best place to end," the Baltimore Ravens receiver said.... more

Matt Cassel will get the first preseason crack at winning the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback job. Coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Cassel would start Friday when the Bills host the Carolina Panthers. The announcement signals Cassel is a smidgen... more

We have a trade! NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports that the Chicago Bears traded guard Ryan Groy to the New England Patriots, according to a source close to the situation. Groy, 24, appeared in four games as a rookie to close out 2014 at left guard. He... more

A small ownership contingent will meet in Chicago on Tuesday for a Special League Meeting on Los Angeles to discuss potential steps toward relocation to the area. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the meeting will include just principal owners,... more

Eric Mangini sits with the unenviable task of leading a San Francisco 49ers defense that has seen major pieces exit the building. The losses have been recounted many, many times this offseason, but the most recent exit is likely the one that stings the... more

The preseason is mainly for players battling for jobs and rookies. For the latter group, even those selected in the first round, early games allow them to get their feet wet against NFL competition. Sometimes it goes swimmingly. Sometimes they... more

Darren McFadden won't practice until after the team's first preseason game. There had been a chance the Dallas Cowboys running back would hit the field Saturday, but he remained on the sideline working with trainers while nursing a hamstring injury.... more

Eddie Royal is slated for a big role in the Chicago Bears' offense in 2015. The veteran receiver is scheduled to work mostly out of the slot, with Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson and rookie Kevin White --†when healthy -- on the outside. Offensive... more

We haven't heard from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell since he upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension , which jumpstarted a hastening legal process . On Friday, he spoke to the Canton Repository's Todd Parker from the Hall of Fame. Goodell was asked if... more

BREAKING! Football players are competitive. Even during an amicable training camp scrimmage tempers can flare. Our most recent example comes from the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported the teams had to be... more

One huge question mark hovering over the New York Giants' offense as we enter preseason concerns the state of the offensive line. After attempting to settle the position in the offseason, injures have re-jumbled the group. Tackle Ereck Flowers, right... more

LeSean McCoy scored just five touchdowns last year in Philadelphia, many times coming off the field in goal line situations. Could that change now that he's with Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills? With bigger backs Anthony Dixon and Fred Jackson on the... more

The goal of every coach is to get his best 11 players on the field. For Chip Kelly that will be tricky in 2015 with a loaded backfield. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews should take up at least 80 percent of the tailback snaps this season, so Kelly must... more

Aldon Smith went from redemption story to released in the a blink of an eye Friday. After the San Francisco 49ers cut the talented pass rusher following yet another arrest , his former teammates echoed coach Jim Tomsula , saying they hope Smith takes... more

LeGarrette Blount suffered a knee injury in practice Friday that will keep him out a few weeks, at least. The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young reports that Blount suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee. It's unclear the severity of the sprain,... more

Johnny Manziel has a ways to go before snatching the starting gig away from Josh McCown, but Manziel has won over one large critic: Joe Thomas. "He's really proved to a lot of people that this is important to him and he's ready to be an NFL starting... more

Todd Gurley didn't start training camp on the PUP list , but don't expect to see him on the field during the preseason. Coach Jeff Fisher told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp on Thursday that the St. Louis Rams will bring along... more

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith ran into trouble again. Smith was arrested by Santa Clara police on Thursday night for a hit and run, DUI and vandalism, the department tweeted on Friday . Online records show the 25-year-old was booked on... more

The Minnesota Vikings are a trendy pick to shoot up the standings this season. And why not? It's a team that boasts a promising young quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, devastating running back, nice receiving weapons, a good young corps of defensive... more

With Rex Ryan boasting about how much the Buffalo Bills plan to run the ball in 2015 , his tight ends better get ready to block, a lot. So far, according to the coach, the group led by Charles Clay, Chris Gragg, rookie Nick O'Leary and Matthew Mulligan... more

Tracking quarterback interceptions during training camp is one of the most frivolous plots this time of year. Sure, it's neat that rookie Marcus Mariota has yet to throw a pick in six practices. It's also utterly meaningless without context. What type... more

Toby Gerhart's first chance as a featured NFL running back fell flat. The Jacksonville Jaguars' tailback was frank about 2014. "Last year sucked, bluntly," Gerhart said, via the team's official website . He's not exaggerating. Dealing with... more

Robert Griffin III is optimistic Year 2 in Jay Gruden's offense will be much different than his disappointing 2014 season. "Second year in it, I feel like you can go out there and you kind of know what to do, and I think that helps," Griffin said, via... more

One of the biggest mysteries entering the 2015 season is the health of Peyton Manning's throwing arm. The first review from Denver Broncos' training camp, via receiver Demaryius Thomas, is a positive one. "I know you're not going to believe this, but... more

DeSean Jackson doesn't think an NFL player can stop him . But a blocking sled can hold him back a few weeks. The Washington Redskins receiver suffered an injured right shoulder when he ran into a sled Thursday during practice. Redskins coach Jay... more

Chicago Bears coach John Fox attempted to downplay Kevin White's shin injury following Wednesday's practice. But according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the concern about the stud rookie receiver is very real. "He hasn't done any running on hard... more

Arian Foster's latest groin injury will cost him the beginning portion of the 2015 NFL season. The Houston Texans' running back has missed 11 games over the past two seasons due to injury, including a previous groin issue. The most recent setback... more

At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray was once asked to move to linebacker during college. Now in the NFL, the tailback tries to emulate other big backs, like Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray. "Size and speed," said... more

Darren McFadden has yet to see the field during Dallas Cowboys training camp. That could change this weekend. After doing some side work Wednesday, McFadden will test out his tweaked hamstring today and decide if he can practice on Saturday (the Cowboys... more

The NFL is morphing into a running back-by-committee league, with the average number of attempts per season for top-10 rushers falling from 338 in 2006 to 280 last year. Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, however, insists he prefers to ride one back if... more

Robert Mathis likely won't hit his goal of being back on the field by Week 1. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday he expects the linebacker to return from his Achilles tendon tear in "early October or late September." "It's hard to... more

The Seattle Seahawks' secondary got some good news Wednesday. Safety Earl Thomas officially passed his physical and is off the physically unable to perform list, the team annnounced . Thomas has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery on a... more

During his 10-year run with the San Francisco 49ers, Frank Gore was part of teams that went to a Super Bowl and three consecutive NFC Championship games. The running back told NFL Media's Nate Burleson on Tuesday that his new Indianapolis Colts team... more

The Terrelle Pryor comeback story has hit a snag. Or tweak, rather. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver tweaked his hamstring and sat out Wednesday's practice. According to coach Mike Pettine, it's "doubtful" Pryor will in Friday's scrimmage at Ohio... more

Detroit Lions players are tired of hearing how much worse off they will be with Ndamukong Suh no longer on the team. "I think some of (those concerns) are overblown," defensive end Jason Jones said, via MLive.com . "I think so. I just think with the... more

Some analysts believed the Miami Dolphins snagging former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi in the fifth round could have been the steal of the 2015 NFL Draft. While that prediction could still come to fruition, the rookie has a long way to go before... more

Purgatory is supposed to be a temporary place of punishment. For NFL teams in quarterback purgatory, that temporary state can be interminably long and ultimately doom a franchise. This is where Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley admitted his... more

The importance of Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals' success in 2015 is not to be underestimated. To underscore that point, when Tyrann Mathieu accidentally knocked running back Kerwynn Williams into the quarterback during Monday's practice, the... more

The Indianapolis Colts are working diligently to lock down two cornerstones before training camp ends. No. Not Andrew Luck. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp that the more immediate priorities for... more

The comparison was almost too easy. It was like Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter stole it from one of those cheap player-comparison generators used during television shows. When asked about Bucs second-year tight end Austin... more

Khalil Mack's sensational rookie season placed him in the upper echelon of 4-3 outside linebackers. The new Oakland Raiders coaching staff isn't pigeonholing their stud playmakers, however. Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports Mack has been working "a... more

The Dallas Cowboys' pass rush was a concern entering last season. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said it's probably the real reason the Cowboys bowed out of the playoffs. "At the end of the day, it's probably what cost us a chance to win a... more

Jimmy Graham isn't perceived as a good blocker. Whether perception is reality -- or whether recent injuries have sapped his ability to block -- we will find out now that he's in the Seattle Seahawks' run-first offense. "(In New Orleans) the last two... more

Cam Newton has been hit a lot in four NFL seasons. To be exact, the Carolina Panthers quarterback has been hit 587 times -- 270 more than any other signal-caller since 2011. Not that Newton is concerned. "Sacks, touches, hits, I'm fine," Newton told... more

Following the mandated four days without pads to start training camp, most NFL teams are finally hitting the thumping portion of practices. For the Arizona Cardinals, the pads went on Monday. Leave it to coach Bruce Arians to succinctly explain what... more

The start of training camp practices ignites position battles. With quarterback being the most vital job in all of sports, signal-caller battles remain the most intriguing. Two heated up Saturday in Buffalo and Houston. First we begin with the Bills... more

The Philadelphia Eagles traded cornerback Brandon Boykin to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the teams announced Saturday. The Eagles will receive a conditional fifth-round pick in 2016. The price is fairly cheap for a cornerback-needy Steelers squad. Boykin... more

The Washington Redskins quarterback situation receives all the buzz, but the offensive focus will shift in 2015. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network's Total Access Saturday night that the Redskins plan to run the ball a lot more than... more

Marc Trestman led a pass-heavy offensive scheme during his two years with the Chicago Bears, but the new offensive coordinator of the Ravens insists he will stick with what Baltimore does best. "Ravens football starts with the running game, and that... more

Jameis Winston was officially named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback on Friday. The rookie said Saturday that he's ready to carry the Bucs. "One thing that I've learned is if you can play it don't matter what age you are, it doesn't... more

Jameis Winston's first training camp practice as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback is put on hold. The team announced that due to weather conditions, Saturday's open practice at One Buc Place has been cancelled. The Bucs might still... more

Hearing Eric Weddle discuss the 2015 San Diego Chargers training camp feels like listening to a senior talk about his last year of high school. The Chargers have a bevy of core veterans entering contract years, including Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates,... more

The football gods seem to have it out for Kyle Williams . The Denver Broncos receiver was carted off the field after sustaining an injury during special teams drills on Saturday. The team announced that Williams suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in... more

Joique Bell's health remains in question as the Detroit Lions report to training camp this weekend. Coach Jim Caldwell said Friday that there is no timetable for Bell's return from knee and Achilles procedures this offseason. "From a schematic... more

July

The Washington Redskins look to be without cornerback Bashaud Breeland. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports Breeland suffered an injury to his MCL on Friday and will miss the rest of camp. Prior to sustaining the injury, the NFL announced the... more

Trent Richardson's latest fresh start kicked off poorly in Oakland. The Raiders running back begins training camp on the active/non-football injury list . No official word was given for the reason behind Richardson sitting out. Receiver Rod Streater... more

Kam Chancellor is officially holding out. NFL Media's Steve Wyche reported the Seattle Seahawks' safety was not in attendance as the team took the field for its first training camp workout on Friday. Chancellor wants more money , NFL Media Insider Ian... more

The least-shocking news of the day came out of Tampa Bay. Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith announced Friday that No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston will be the team's starting quarterback. "Jameis Winston is our starting quarterback. He'll be taking... more

At long last, the Seattle Seahawks have signed Russell Wilson to a contract extension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the four-year contract extension is worth $87.6 million, per a source involved in the negotiations. The deal includes a $31... more

Matt Forte set an NFL record with 102 catches from the running back position last season. The Chicago Bears' tailback doesn't plan on duplicating that performance in 2015. "Catching 100 balls is not my goal as a running back," Forte said Thursday, per... more

The Buffalo Bills were so intent on wooing fullback Jerome Felton during free agency they dispatched a private plane to pick up their lead blocker. The fullback came boasting some Rex Ryan-like expectations.† Felton, entering his eighth NFL season,... more

Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy suffered a rib strain (left side) during practice Thursday, NFL Media's Desmond Purnell reported, per a team source. The pass rusher, however, was unconcerned about the injury. "I don't get hurt,'' Hardy proclaimed... more

Left tackle Taylor Lewan is ready to Make the Leap in Year 2 and he plans to drag the Tennessee Titans' entire line along for the ride. "As an offensive line, it starts with us," he said Thursday, via ESPN.com . "We have to be the foundation of this... more

The Dallas Cowboys gave Dez Bryant a five-year, $70 million contract, including $45 million in guarantees. The receiver said the big money won't change the way he plays or acts. "It's no pressure, man," Bryant said, via ESPN.com . "It's no pressure.... more

If even a sliver of doubt festered in the recesses of the minds of Tennessee Titans fans about whether Marcus Mariota would start Day 1, coach Ken Whisenhunt erased it Thursday. Asked about the Titans' quarterback pecking order, Whisenhunt replied:... more

The self-imposed deadline †looms for the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson to strike long-term contract agreement before training camp starts. Players report on Thursday and practices begin Friday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the two... more

Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association suffered a blow in their attempt to vacate the NFL's four-game suspension on the New England Patriots quarterback. According to a court document obtained by NFL Media's Albert Breer, U.S. District Judge Richard... more

The consternation about Kelvin Benjamin's hamstring can be put on hold as the Carolina Panthers report to training camp. The receiver told reporters Thursday morning that he is 100 percent †after dealing with injuries to each of his hamstrings this... more

Cordarrelle Patterson enters his make or break season with the Minnesota Vikings working with the second-team offense. Despite being pushed down the depth chart, coach Mike Zimmer offered a modicum of praise for the receiver. "I don't know that he's... more

Entering his 11th NFL season, Roddy White, like many aging veterans, needs a little medical maintenance from time to time. The Atlanta Falcons receiver -- who turns 34 in November -- told ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure he had his knee drained prior to... more

Jeremy Mincey didn't report to training camp in an effort to get a new deal, but the Dallas Cowboys don't plan to play ball. They are prepared to fine the veteran for missing time. "I think it is (disappointing), he is a player who is under contract and... more

The Washington Redskins announced a multi-year contract extension for outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as the team kicked off training camp Wednesday. "To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the... more

When the Seattle Seahawks report for training camp on Thursday, one of their key defensive players might not show. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that safety Kam Chancellor wants more money and has told Seattle that he's strongly considering a... more

The Stephen Hill reclamation project hit a legal bump. The Carolina Panthers wide receiver was issued a citation for a drug paraphernalia charge during a traffic stop in Concord, North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Concord Police... more

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made a surprise media appearance Wednesday morning to underscore the team's disappointment in the NFL's decision to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension . "The decision handed down by the league yesterday is... more

The Cincinnati Bengals are rarely breathed in the same air as the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts when it comes to discussing the NFL's best offenses heading into 2015. Despite boasting the likes of A.J. Green, Jeremy Hill,... more

Amidst the swirling torrent of bad, frustrating news, we've received a good note.† With Cincinnati Bengals opening training camp this week, defensive tackle Devon Still can battle for his job with a clear mind. Still posted a picture on his†Instagram... more

Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe will miss the beginning of training camp and the start of the season is in doubt. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder told reporters Tuesday that Poe underwent surgery on a herniated disc in his back on July 15. Poe... more

As the New England Patriots' training camp inches closer , we still await an announcement from the NFL regarding Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the NFL and NFL Players Association... more

Victor Cruz's health after a devastating patellar tendon tear last season is one of many storylines to follow as training camps open this week . New York Giants teammate Prince Amukamara recently worked out with Cruz and raved about the receiver's... more

In a surprising move, the Miami Dolphins have re-signed quarterback Josh Freeman after cutting him just four days ago , the team announced Tuesday. It's unclear at this time why Miami cut Freeman last week only to re-sign him one day before players... more

As we sit in July, the biggest impediment to the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl dreams is a weak secondary. Coach Mike Tomlin spent Monday's practice session conducting some hand-on teaching to his remade group. "We're going to build this but we're... more

Mike Wallace understands there is a target on his back after being cast off by the Miami Dolphins. "I definitely have something to prove," Wallace said Monday from Minnesota Vikings training camp, via 1500 ESPN . "Everyone knows why I'm here. I have a... more

The prevailing belief surrounding Amari Cooper is that he'll be the best wideout the Oakland Raiders selected since grabbing Tim Brown at No. 6 overall in 1988. The Hall of Famer has a similar glowing review of the rookie receiver. "This guy is just... more

When Brandon Browner signed with the New Orleans Saints this offseason NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that one big reason the team chased the corner was to add a dominant locker room leader . It seems the Saints weren't the only ones to admire... more

Jason Pierre-Paul's situation in New York remains murky after the pass-rusher had his right index finger amputated following a fireworks accident earlier this month. "I'm sorry to say, there's nothing new ," Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said Thursday,... more

The Jermaine Gresham tour continues. The veteran tight end, still rehabbing from herniated disc surgery, is visiting with the Green Bay Packers, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported. Gresham, 27, visited the Arizona Cardinals last week . In addition, he... more

For months we'd been told Earl Thomas was on a path to be back by Week 1. Now that optimism has shaved a bit. While he's making progress in his rehab from February shoulder surgery on a torn labrum, the Seattle Seahawks' star safety will not be ready... more

The New England Patriots cornerback news keeps spinning this offseason. The Pats reached a one-year agreement with corner Tarell Brown, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source involved in the deal. ESPN first reported the news . Brown... more

Kelvin Benjamin caused much consternation among Carolina Panthers fans this offseason after being limited by two separate hamstring injuries. Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday at a charity golf event that he's heard good reports on Benjamin's health and... more

Ultimately the Jacksonville Jaguars need Marqise Lee to blossom alongside Allen Robinson in 2015, but they won't push him to start training camp. The Jags held Lee out of minicamp due to a knee injury he sustained this offseason. The team plans to bring... more

Last month Sam Bradford said if he wasn't ready for 11-on-11 drills by the time training camp rolled around "something has gone horribly wrong." With 10 days to go before the Philadelphia Eagles hit the field on Aug. 2, it appears nothing has gone wrong... more

Playing alongside Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate is considered the team's No. 2 receiver. But don't tell Tate that. "I'll go back to when I signed my contract," Tate said, per the Detroit Free Press . "I was fully aware that if I'm playing with one of the... more

As we careen towards training camp the health of certain players will come into a clearer focus. According to Houston Texans team physician, Dr. Walt Lowe, there is reason for optimism about Jadeveon Clowney. Lowe recently told Forbes.com the pass... more

The grind begins today for rookies of three NFL teams. First-year players for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints are scheduled to report to training camp. Veterans don't report for the trio of squads until July 29 -- with... more

Dwight Freeney sits squarely on Marc Sessler's list of best remaining free agents . The 35-year-old Freeney hasn't sniffed much action on the open market after putting up 3.5 sacks in 16 games -- including nine starts -- with the San Diego Chargers in... more

Jim Tomsula is charged with keeping the San Francisco 49ers in contention in a deep NFC West despite massive overhauls within the organization. The biggest change could be considered the coach himself, who takes over for the departed Jim Harbaugh. CEO... more

More than six months since Dez Bryant's catch against the Green Bay Packers was ruled incomplete upon review, the topic still hasn't cooled for many Dallas Cowboys fans. #DezCaughtIt is still a popular hashtag on Twitter, even when the subject's not... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap " in 2015. This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

Deadlines spur action. The Chiefs and franchised-tagged outside linebacker Justin Houston nailed down a long-term deal before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, the team announced. Houston inked a six-year, $101 million deal that includes $52.5 million... more

Miami Dolphins rookie receiver DeVante Parker earned rave reviews during OTAs. That ended when he underwent foot surgery last month . NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported at the time that Parker is likely to start training camp on the physically... more

When the Buffalo Bills' training camp opens on July 30, Tyrod Taylor will get a chance to earn a starting quarterback gig. With Rex Ryan's affinity for mobile quarterbacks, Taylor will be a sneaky pick to win the job over EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel, in... more

Today at 4 p.m. ET marks the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign a long-term deal. None of the five players slapped with the tag this year have signed an extended deal. Four of the five haven't inked their tag tender and have stayed away from... more

Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has been placed on indefinite paid administrative leave stemming from an arrest for assault and battery , the team announced Tuesday. "Over the last few days our organization has continued to gather... more

Sometimes when the alpha dog leaves the room it allows others to grow. According to Dallas Cowboys coaches that is what has happened with Terrance Williams this offseason as Dez Bryant stayed away from workouts in an effort get a long-term deal.... more

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson took part in OTA's after blowing an Achilles and missing 15 games last season. Now the three-time Pro Bowler is aching to finally hit someone again. "I can't wait until training camp," Johnson said, per the... more

Each year in the aftermath of NFL Network's Top 100 Players list being completed, gripes begin to filter out from jilted competitors. Some complaints about the list -- voted on by the players -- are flimsy. Others are warranted. Our latest submission... more

Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested for assault and battery early Sunday morning in Florida. Kromer and his son, Zachary, got into an altercation with his neighbor's son, a minor, in Inlet Beach, according to a Walton County... more

Despite falling just a half sack short of the NFL single-season record, Justin Houston remains one of the most overlooked stars in the NFL -- as evidenced by his No. 27 ranking in the 2015 Top 100 list . The Kansas City Chiefs franchise tagged the... more

Fast, elusive, speedster, swift, spry, fleet of foot, evasive, speedy, lissome, agile. None of the above adjectives have ever or will ever be used to describe Peyton Manning's running ability. The Denver Broncos' quarterback has utilized speed of mind... more

During the Rookie Symposium last month, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston told Around The NFL he planned to spend the time before training camp losing weight and diving into the playbook . According to veteran tight end Luke Stocker, the... more

The San Francisco 49ers have undergone the most stunning offseason in NFL history. From coaching changes to surprise retirements, the inhabitants of the Niners' facility look very different from when the team started training camp last year. Speaking at... more

Sen'Derrick Marks led the Jacksonville Jaguars with 8.5 sacks before tearing his ACL in the final game of 2014. Despite the short recovery period before the 2015 season, the defensive tackle is optimistic that he will be ready for the Jags' season... more

The Jeremy Hill offseason hype is rolling hard and fast. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson hopes the second-year running back jumps on the train and embraces the hype. "We can't run from it because they're going to say it," Jackson... more

Few in the football world understand the battle Jason Pierre-Paul has in front of him after having his right index finger amputated following a July 4 fireworks accident. One man who knows a thing or two about losing digits is Hall of Fame defensive... more

The next step for the Indianapolis Colts in Andrew Luck's fourth season is clear: Super Bowl. "I'd like to think that we can get better and improve on 2014," Luck told Neil Reynolds of BritViewNFL.com . "That's the goal for every team when hope springs... more

Eli Manning hasn't spoken with injured teammate Jason Pierre-Paul, but the New York Giants quarterback knows how vital the pass rusher is to the team's success in 2015. "Obviously (Pierre-Paul) is an important player," Manning said Friday, via the... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

Editor's note: On Wednesday Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed, according to a source informed of the situation. ESPN first reported the news. The New York Giants' athletic trainer sent to... more

Tyrone Crawford's offseason hype-wagon continues to kick up dust as it rolls through the summer desert. Gregg Rosenthal recently broke down the defensive tackle's play for our "Making the Leap" series. On this week's Around The NFL Podcast, Rosenthal... more

Before Buffalo Bills training camp beings in Rochester, N.Y., on July 30, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will get in one more quick competition. The 24-year-old was one of 623 athletes named to Team USA this week to compete in the 2015 Pan American... more

ROSENTHAL HANZUS SESSLER WESSELING PATRA ORR Wednesday night marks the end of our journey on the NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2015 countdown as players 10 through 1 will be revealed starting at 8 p.m. ET. We at Around The... more

The New York Giants hope to gain some medical clarity on Jason Pierre-Paul today. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones reports that athletic trainer Ronnie Barnes will visit JPP at a Miami hospital. A team source told Jones they believe the pass rusher "is doing... more

When the Baltimore Ravens selected Breshad Perriman in the first round of the NFL Draft, it was presumed the rookie reciever would slot alongside Steve Smith as an immediate starter to fill Torrey Smith's former role as a deep threat. Through offseason... more

Despite a July 4 arrest , the Green Bay Packers aren't planning to cut tight end Andrew Quarless. ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported †Tuesday, citing two sources, that the Packers won't release Quarless after the 26-year-old was charged with misdemeanor... more

The New York Giants are withdrawing their $60 million long-term contract offer to Jason Pierre-Paul following the star pass rusher's fireworks incident over the weekend, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per three sources informed of the... more

Take solace, dear fan, sometimes NFL executives do have the same response as you when transactions happen. The latest evidence comes from NJ Advanced Media , who spoke with an anonymous NFL exec about the Philadelphia Eagles' trade for quarterback Sam... more

Count Tony Romo among those in the Dallas Cowboys organization not worried about Dez Bryant missing games. When asked about the wide receiver during a media session at his football camp back home in Wisconsin, the quarterback brushed aside any concerns.... more

A year ago around this time, Khiry Robinson was a candidate to make the leap in the New Orleans Saints' backfield. Now the 25-year-old power back is buried behind Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller. While he appears to be the odd man out of the rotation,... more

While praising his offensive line's potential , Oakland Raiders assistant coach Mike Tice took the time to discuss the running backs who will be jaunting through the holes his group plans to create. The Raiders imported Trent Richardson, Roy Helu and... more

The Minnesota Vikings' cornerback depth took a hit heading into training camp. Corner Josh Robinson suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle prior to last month's minicamp, ESPN.com's Ben Goessling reported Saturday , via a league source. Robinson... more

A positive offseason for Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless took a sideways turn early Saturday morning. The 26-year-old was arrested at 5:35 a.m. on Saturday and charged with misdemeanor discharging a firearm in public, Miami Beach PD... more

Dwayne Bowe traded one receiver-needy team for another when he signed with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. The wideout said he plans to fill the No. 1 role vacated by the suspended Josh Gordon. "When Josh was here he was the touchdown man and I'm... more

The New York Jets starting quarterback gig is Geno Smith's to lose, but the third-year signal-caller isn't fretting about the expectations. "I don't feel any pressure," he said this week at his local youth football camp, via the team's official website... more

Ronde Barber spent his 16-year NFL career in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backfield trying to stop quarterbacks. Now the three-time All-Pro cornerback believes his former team got a stud in Jameis Winston. "He gives you the spectacular, but he... more

Prior to the July Fourth holiday, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson was on hand to celebrate the dedication of an accessible "smart home" for Sgt. Adam Keys, a severely wounded veteran. Johnson attended the ceremony on Wednesday, a year after donating... more

NFL Network continued "The Top 100 Players 2015" countdown on Wednesday, revealing players 20 through 11 on the list. Our five takeaways from the latest episode: 1. We've reached the cornerbacks' episode of the Top 100 . A lot of chirping between this... more

The recent history of the Detroit Lions is a sad tale, overflowing with bitter losses and miserable season stacked upon miserable season. The Lions haven't won a playoff game since 1991 -- that was pre-birth for the team's 2015 draft picks. Detroit last... more

The Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status. The list... more

The Philadelphia Eagles dumped DeSean Jackson last offseason, which resulted in a swirl of rumors regarding the reason Chip Kelly cut a star receiver . On Tuesday's debut episode of his new reality TV show, "DeSean Jackson Home Team" on BET, the current... more

Amari Cooper possesses the natural talents that could help transform the Raiders' passing offense from a smorgasbord of faulty short threats and singles hitters to one with a playmaker boasting the ability to hit a home run at any moment. Second-year... more

June

Joique Bell missed the Detroit Lions' offseason program after knee and Achilles surgeries. The time sitting on the sidelines caused coaches to ponder what sort of shape the starting running back will be in when he eventually returns. For his part, the... more

With Adrian Peterson back in the fold, Jerick McKinnon understands he'll take a backseat in 2015. But even with Peterson driving the car, the second-year back is confident he can have a productive season. "If I had a fantasy team and could take myself,... more

It would surprise no one if Marshawn Lynch ever just up and left the NFL. The running back told Conan O'Brien during Monday night's show he considered retiring before the Seattle Seahawks showed him the money. "I mean, you know, in this game, you... more

The Carolina Panthers' revamped receiving corps has been one of the most-discussed units in the NFL this offseason, with praise emanating from nearly every corner of the franchise. Pairing mammoth receivers Kelvin Benjamin and rookie Devin Funchess... more

After being cut by three teams in a calendar year, Terrelle Pryor realized making an NFL roster would be near impossible if he insisted on working only as a quarterback. Prior to being swooped up by the Cleveland Browns, Pryor relented and planned to... more

Mike Evans helped make the 2014 rookie receiver class one of the best in NFL history. Along with Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, John Brown, Martavis Bryant, Jordan Matthews and others, the young group boasts a potent combo of... more

After seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Darren McFadden changed cities for the first time in his NFL career. Apparently, the move to Dallas rejuvenated the running back. "It's great to be in Dallas," McFadden said Saturday at a football camp at... more

As we wade deeper into the quiet period of the calendar for players and coaches, Russell Wilson's contract situation hovers as one of the most interesting topics for offseason fodder. The blow-by-blow accounts of the complex contract negotiation... more

BEREA, OHIO -- The NFL Rookie Symposium is set to wrap up this weekend. The event marks the end of offseason work for rookies. Now they head into the down time before the real battle for jobs begins next month in training camp. The entire conference had... more

BEREA, Ohio -- You read the headline correctly. You clicked. Most likely your motives are to agree or to mock. That's fine. When asked during Friday's Play 60 event at the NFL's Rookie Symposium what his expectations are for this season, New York... more

BEREA, Ohio -- Jameis Winston took a moment away from playfully goofing off with middle schoolers during Friday's Play 60 event at the Rookie Symposium to speak to the media. After answering a bevvy of social media and character-related questions, the... more

AURORA, Ohio -- During Randy Gregory's draft visit, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli showed the rookie film of Simeon Rice to display the type of pass-rusher Gregory could be at the NFL level. As the offseason has progressed, the old... more

Entering the NFL draft, a lot of questions surrounded what type of player Vic Beasley would be as a rookie. Some viewed him as merely a situational pass-rusher during his first season with the Atlanta Falcons, as he grows into the game. But Beasley told... more

Around The NFL crew will document the players we believe will be "Making the Leap" in 2015 . This could be a player emerging from no-name status to a quality starter. Or it could mean an excellent player jumping to superstar status.† Next on the list... more

Of all the young receivers ready to take a big leap in 2015, Denver Broncos' Cody Latimer remains the biggest mystery. Rarely seeing the field last season, the 6-foot-2 Latimer caught just two passes. While he might not "Make the Leap " into stardom... more

Todd Gurley's rehab from an ACL tear is progressing to the point where the St. Louis Rams running back is eyeing next month's training camp for his return to the field. "That is definitely a goal that I'm shooting for," Gurley told NFL Media's Tiffany... more

After being slapped with the franchise tag, Jason Pierre-Paul sat out during offseason workouts waiting for a long-term deal from the New York Giants. For any Big Blue fan worrying that the defensive end is sitting around gaining weight, the defensive... more

BEREA, Ohio -- Indianapolis Colts receiver Phillip Dorsett garnered rave reviews during OTAs and minicamp . After completing offseason work, the rookie told Around The NFL on Tuesday that he doesn't know what role he will play this season alongside T.Y.... more

BEREA, Ohio -- The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted running back T.J. Yeldon to be the workhorse tailback they'd been missing. The songs from OTAs and minicamp have praised the rookie's ability both in the run and passing game. However, Yeldon told Around... more

AURORA, OHIO -- Shane Ray oozes confidence. Despite a rocky beginning to his football career, in which the pass-rusher was cited for marijuana possession, saw his draft stock tumble and dealt with a toe injury that forced him to miss most of the Denver... more

Since his release by the Philadelphia Eagles, the play and fit of Evan Mathis has provided heated offseason discussion. Pro Football Focus graded Mathis as its top guard three out of the past four seasons. Others see the 33-year-old as an aging vet who... more

Antonio Brown is the alpha dog in the Pittsburgh Steelers' receiving corps. Martavis Bryant is making the leap to full-time No. 2 in his second season. With both players gobbling up snaps on the outside, it leaves one position open for third-year wideout... more

The lengths the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to go to ensure Jameis Winston's success have reached the virtual. Following the Dallas Cowboys' lead , the Bucs plans to purchase a virtual reality system to aid the quarterback's development, FOX Sports... more

We've reached the end of minicamp, which marks the start of NFL downtime, until we hit next month's training camp and the grind of the 2015 season. Before the NFL teams broke minicamp, many players were likely asked to assess their squad and how this... more

Russell Wilson's contract negations with the Seattle Seahawks continue to unravel in a kinked sort of fashion. The complexity of the situation -- Wilson being a third-round pick and woefully underpaid, only part of the issue -- makes it difficult to get... more

Yet another team has cut Terrelle Pryor. The Cincinnati Bengals announced Thursday they released the quarterback a little more than a month after signing him. The move solidifies AJ McCarron as the backup behind Andy Dalton. McCarron has been the rave... more

The offensive line experiment continues during Chicago Bears minicamp. Kyle Long took snaps at left tackle on Wednesday, per the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs . The two-time Pro Bowl guard lined up at right tackle to being minicamp on Tuesday -- an... more

"The Blind Side," depicting the extraordinary journey of offensive tackle Michael Oher became a popular film and won Sandra Bullock an Academy Award for her portrayal of the football player's adoptive mother. While the movie, based on a best-selling... more

The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver corps has been the focal point of offseason discussions due to their lack of production last year and perceived question marks in 2015. With every chat, however, should come a caveat: The most dynamic pass-catcher on... more

Sam Bradford continues to make strides on the field and the Philadelphia Eagles would like to make progress in keeping him in town past this season. NFL Media's Albert Breer reports the Eagles have had preliminary contract talks with Bradford. The... more

Julio Jones wants a new contract, but he won't skip work to get one. "I'm not going to hold out for anything," the Atlanta Falcons' wide receiver said Wednesday, via ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure . "My teammates need me. I'm being selfish if I'm not here... more

The public back-and-forth between Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys regarding contract negations for the receiver continues. A day after Jason Garrett said he's not concerned with the contract dispute ,†Bryant stated his stance on Twitter. "Everybody... more

Former Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt will attempt to make a return after battling drug issues. Moffitt abruptly retired in 2013 , saying he was "ready to live a different kind of life." FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported on Wednesday that after... more

With Kyle Shanahan running the Atlanta Falcons' offense, much of the discussion has centered on the running back competition or the dynamic potential of a healthy Julio Jones-Matt Ryan combo. However, the crux of the offense will come down to line play,... more

The New York Giants sat with a gaping hole at safety this offseason. The void is currently being filled by rookies Landon Collins, Mykkele Thompson and Bennett Jackson (a converted corner), alongside third-year pro Cooper Taylor (coming off injury that... more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to force Jameis Winston to earn his stripes. The No. 1 overall pick took snaps with the second-team offense as the Bucs opened mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. The rookie is playing along. "As soon as I earn it,''... more

We've tracked Eric Weddle's contract situation from its genesis this offseason, and this week the safety is trying to turn the page. But not without taking a final shot. With the San Diego Chargers not planning to discuss a new contract for the safety... more

With Brandon Marshall shipped to the New York Jets this offseason, the role of the Chicago Bears' No. 1 wide receiver falls on the shoulders of Alshon Jeffery. "I don't see why (Jeffery can't be the No. 1)," quarterback Jay Cutler said Tuesday, per... more

The Eagles' release of guard Evan Mathis last week led to a stir as Philly opened mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. Following Chip Kelly's statement that Mathis requested his release multiple times †-- which Mathis denied , saying he'd only asked once... more

Offseason workouts are nearing their end, but first 25 teams will take the field this week for minicamp workouts. Minicamps mark the first time this offseason that attendance is mandatory and players can be fined for skipping. Per the Collective... more

The Green Bay Packers will continue the seemingly endless search for tight end production in 2015. Jermichael Finley provided sometimes maddening potential and earned three seasons above the 650-yard plateau -- with eight touchdowns in 2011 -- during... more

The Tennessee Titans have thinned out their backfield ahead of minicamp. The Titans released running back Shonn Greene on Tuesday morning, the team announced. The running back reported to the team after previously skipping voluntary offseason... more

There is no question the Indianapolis Colts' offense will score points by the boatload in 2015. The bigger question from now until January is how the defense has been upgraded. One of the key additions on D is veteran outside linebacker Trent Cole.... more

The Cincinnati Bengals have earned four consecutive trips to the playoffs and four consecutive first-round losses. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth believes the Bengals need to find some attitude if they are to finally end their 24-season playoff victory... more

Montee Ball believes he and C.J. Anderson are the Denver Broncos' 1A and 1B running backs . As the Broncos' offseason work wraps up this week, Anderson's standing in the top spot remains solid heading to training camp in July. "We're right where... more

Martellus Bennett is back at Halas Hall. The Chicago Bears tight end reported to the team facility for a physical ahead of Tuesday's on-field minicamp session, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. The Chicago Tribune first reported the news .... more

RexMania has overtaken Western New York. The Buffalo Bills announced it set a franchise record for seasons ticket sales for 2015 with more than 57,500 sold so far. The previous record in the team's 55-year history had been 57,132, set in 1992, when the... more

Mandatory minicamp kicks off this week for 25 NFL teams, but not every big-name player will be in attendance. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and New... more

The comparison was obvious from the moment Ryan Tannehill inked his new contract. The quarterback became the second young signal-caller that Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum signed to a large deal before his... more

Evan Mathis got his wish when he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles late last week. Now we wait to see if he gets the contract he wanted after bristling about playing for the $5.5 million he was set to earn from Philly. Mathis' agent, Drew... more

From the moment Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced he would hand off play-calling duties, many believed that Aaron Rodgers should just be allowed to call the plays. After all -- the thinking goes -- Peyton Manning seems to call his own... more

Adrian Peterson missed nearly the entirety of the 2014 season, which to some might dash his chance to possibly break Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record. However, the Minnesota Vikings running back believes the all-time mark of 18,355 yards is still... more

Demar Dotson won't skip minicamp after all. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting right tackle decided to change gears and report to mandatory camp next week, PewterReport.com reported on Friday . Per the report, Dotson had a "change of heart" after... more

The health of Jadeveon Clowney hovers over the Houston Texans defense like a dense fog. If the former No. 1 overall pick is healthy after last year's microfracture surgery on his right knee, the Texans will boast an uber scary defensive front with... more

Kelvin Benjamin returned to the practice field Thursday after nursing a hamstring injury this fall. The Panthers, rightfully so, are being cautions with Benjamin, as hamstrings are fickle injuries with a tendency to flare up if not fully healed.... more

Jimmy Graham can catch. But can Jimmy block? Moving to the Seattle Seahawks' run-first offense, Graham's ability to block has become the focal point of questions posed to the tight end. Those questions germinated from new teammate, Michael Bennett,... more

Uncertainty behind Tom Brady's lingering four-game suspension has caused concern outside the Patriots' locker room. Inside, the team insists the threat of missing the future Hall of Fame quarterback doesn't affect the way they work. "It hasn't changed... more

Does Porsche make roller coasters too? During New York Jets mandatory minicamp this week, Geno Smith displayed that he is still working through the ups and downs of being a starting NFL quarterback. "He makes some good throws, he makes some bad... more

The Cincinnati Bengals announced the signing of first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi on Thursday. NEWS: #Bengals sign 1st Round draft pick (21st overall) Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M #LetsRoar pic.twitter.com/4GEX8oYWqU ‚?? Cincinnati Bengals... more

Certainly, the producers of HBO's Hard Knocks hope to portray a heated quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett when camera crews descend on Houston Texans training camp later this summer.† However, Texans coach Bill O'Brien might dash... more

The New England Patriots' roster turnover continues this offseason.† The newest member to be jettisoned from Foxboro is Tim Wright. The Pats released the tight end on Thursday, the team announced. New England also announced that quarterback Garrett... more

When the Indianapolis Colts drafted Phillip Dorsett in the first round last month, many viewed the receiver as potential insurance in case T.Y. Hilton left via free agency next offseason. The Colts have a lot of mouths to feed, with Andrew Luck's... more

The reasons for Super Bowl expectations in Green Bay are plentiful and harvested from fertile logic. One argument is that the Packers -- who are in the midst of a mostly unnoticed, mini youth movement -- boast several young players poised to make a... more

Robert Mathis and Jim Irsay continue to twirl in their dance of dueling optimism and caution with regards to the linebacker's health. Irsay said in March that the veteran could be out until November, to which Mathis stated at the time he'd be "clicking... more

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is charged with installing a new offense to new players. Teaching a grizzled vet like Peyton Manning new tricks has its advantages , but one place Dennison admitted some difficulty is in installing an... more

Peyton Manning's fire for football found new kindling this offseason. The Denver Broncos' 39-year-old quarterback said following Wednesday's mandatory minicamp practice that learning the new scheme has "stimulated" his focus. "I've talked to some... more

The Chicago Bears tinkered with Kyle Long at right tackle during Wednesday's OTAs. In what could eventually fuel improved pass protection, Long took reps on the outside after earning Pro Bowl bids in his first two seasons at right guard. Incumbent... more

Muhammad Wilkerson won't sit ouf of minicamp in an effort to get a new deal, but his defensive line teammate, Sheldon Richardson, is putting on a heck of a PR campaign on his behalf. "He's worth that penny," Richardson told the New York Daily News .... more

After the Cincinnati Bengals' season ended with another playoff loss, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther called out defensive lineman Geno Atkins. As a refresher, here is one of Guenther's quotes from January : "This year, he was just... more

The Green Bay Packers boast the best player on the planet, have been to the playoffs the past six seasons and won the NFC North each of the past four years. Yet they haven't reached the Super Bowl since the 2010 season. Aaron Rodgers, the 2014 NFL MVP,... more

Former San Francisco 49ers Chris Borland and Anthony Davis walked away from the NFL due to concussion concerns. Niners safety Eric Reid admitted to the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that he considered giving up his playing career after suffering... more

Last week Antonio Cromartie suggested Richard Sherman couldn't be considered the best corner in the NFL because the Seattle Seahawks' defensive back doesn't trail the opponent's best receiver. On Tuesday Sherman provided his rebuttal: "That was... more

James Jones hasn't seen much activity on the open market since being cut by the Oakland Raiders last month. The veteran receiver hopes that changes. "I'm not retiring . I still want to play. If you need a WR, come get me," Jones told ESPN's Josina... more

There will be no holdout this year for the New York Jets. Muhammad Wilkerson showed up to the first day of Gang Green's minicamp on Tuesday. The defensive lineman has pushed for a new contract since last year and has stayed away from the facility... more

David Quessenberry continues to work out with his team, attend meetings and train to return to the football field. The offensive lineman, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 364 days ago, isn't cleared for action on the football field just yet.... more

Six NFL teams open minicamp Tuesday, which marks the beginning of the end to their pre-training camp workouts. The teams include: Arizona Cardinals Denver Broncos Indianapolis Colts New York Jets Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers... more

Carson Palmer will be full-go when the Arizona Cardinals open minicamp Tuesday. "I'm ready. I'm excited. I'm 100 percent. I'm cleared," Palmer told ESPN's Josh Weinfuss on Monday . "I can do everything. I've tested out. Gotten stronger every week, every... more

The Seattle Seahawks continue to try to sort out potential contract extensions on their stacked roster. While Russell Wilson's new deal slowly comes along, the Seahawks have turned their attention to an extension for Bobby Wagner. NFL Media Insider... more

Tracy Porter has found a new home in the Windy City. The Chicago Bears announced Monday they had signed the cornerback to a one-year contract. Porter has played seven seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and... more

New Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach Cory Undlin narrowed his offseason focus to one key point: eliminating the big, extra yardage plays. "We are out of the X-play business," Undlin said last week, via CSN Philly's Reuben Frank . "We're not doing... more

The moment Seattle acquired Jimmy Graham, it was easy to understand how the tight end could fill the biggest void in the Seahawks' offense. During OTAs Graham has reportedly been unstoppable and gives Russell Wilson a pass-catcher he can target even... more

Yes, offseason tropes can become overbearing, redundant notes of minutia that will mean diddly when games actually start to matter. Yet in early June, these seemingly ever-present storylines can also offer us the opportunity to discuss a player or team... more

Anthony Davis' surprising announcement on Friday that he will step away from San Francisco for the next year or so cast another cloud over the 49ers. As Around The NFL colleague Chris Wesseling pointed out , the players the Niners lost this offseason... more

The Atlanta Falcons boast plenty of offensive talent for new coordinator Kyle Shanahan to play with. The trio of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Matt Ryan can put up yards with ease and the potential has newcomer Leonard Hankerson squawking about the... more

A year ago the New York Giants were installing a new offense under coordinator Ben McAdoo while Eli Manning dealt with ankle surgery, limiting his offseason reps. After struggling to start the season, Big Blue caught a groove. Thanks in large part... more

In nine seasons, Alex Smith has never shown a proclivity to push the ball down the field. The Kansas City Chiefs would like to change that slightly in 2015. "We've got to sort of retrain, rethink just a little bit," offensive coordinator Doug Pederson... more

NFL players skip voluntary OTAs for a plethora of reasons, each individual to the circumstance. Tampa Bay Buccaneers right tackle Demar Dotson's motives are apparently monetary. The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman reports that the 29-year-old blocker has... more

DeVante Parker had been the story of Miami Dolphins OTAs for his ability to snatch footballs out of the air. Now the rookie receiver is making news for a more concerning reason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Parker had undergone... more

If there were any questions that Adrian Peterson would show up to Minnesota Vikings OTA in any condition other than cut and ready to roll, those concerns were quickly dashed. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner gushed about the running back who returned... more

Jameis Winston remains the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' presumptive starting quarterback, but coach Lovie Smith will make the No. 1 overall pick earn the gig. On Thursday, Winston worked with the No. 2 offense while Mike Glennon lined up with the first... more

Beware the red rubber ball. Earlier this week, San Diego Chargers rookie Denzel Perryman was scolded for taking part in a game of dodgeball while injured . It seemed like an innocent enough activity, even for a player with a tweaked hamstring.... more

The New Orleans Saints' top defensive player in 2014 suffered a pectoral injury. Linebacker Junior Galette injured his pectoral muscle recently and is evaluating his options whether to undergo surgery, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer, per a source... more

Dennis Pitta returned to the practice field Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens twitter feed proclaimed with an accompanying video displaying the evidence. Pitta, rehabbing from a surgically repaired right hip for the second time, was able to run routes... more

During last month's Spring League Meeting, NFL executive Eric Grubman, the man in charge of handling potential relocation to Los Angeles, indicated that another meeting would be necessary to discuss the situation. We now know when that added owners... more

Jared Allen famously never wanted to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Now that the Chicago Bears pass rusher is forced into playing the position under new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio -- after Allen's poor 2014 season and an unmovable... more

Devin Gardner entered the NFL Draft as a wide receiver after playing quarterback full-time the past two seasons at Michigan. After going undrafted and having a cup of tea with the New England Patriots, Gardner landed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.... more

Sound the trope alarm! Our most recent player to discuss how he changed his health habits this offseason (a traditional narrative from OTAs) is none other than Around The NFL favorite, John Brown. Last year at this time, the Arizona Cardinals' speedy... more

Like many young players entering the NFL today, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota played soccer as a youth. The Hawaiian native credited the sport with helping develop the athleticism, fundamentals and intelligence that have aided his path to... more

Rex Ryan doubled down on his prediction that the Buffalo Bills would end their playoff drought in 2015. "I think we'll be in it this year," Ryan said,†via NJ.com . "So we'll see." Ryan made a similar comment at his introductory press conference... more

De'Anthony Thomas made the move from the running back room to the wide receiver room this offseason. After spending his rookie season working with the Kansas City Chiefs' tailbacks in practice and meeting rooms, Thomas has spent his time this offseason... more

By every metric, Eric Ebron didn't have a spectacular rookie season. The 2014 first-round pick admitted as much this offseason and Detroit Lions coaches have discussed it at length. Still, some fans and media members have already labeled the tight... more

Cam Newton became the latest $100 million quarterback on Tuesday. The highest-paid player in the Carolina Panthers' 21-year history is also one of the most dynamic athletes in the NFL. His combination of size, speed and power makes him a monster for... more

Russell Wilson's contract could be the next of the new-wave quarterbacks to fall. Or not. The Seattle Seahawks signal-caller said Tuesday he is prepared to play 2015 under his current deal if the sides can't come to a long-term agreement. "Yeah, I'm... more

Richard Sherman opted for rest over surgery on his injured left elbow, damaged when hyperextended toward the end of the NFC title game. The rehab seems to be doing the trick, as the All-Pro corner has been a full participant in OTAs. "It's doing a lot... more

Much like Bill Murray's character Bob Wiley , Derek Carr is baby-stepping his way to success . The Oakland Raiders quarterback threw a few short passes during Tuesday's OTAs before heading back to the sidelines during passing drills. It's the... more

May

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has plans to build an 80,000-seat stadium in Inglewood, California. Those plans took another step forward. The grandstands at the former Hollywood Park were imploded Sunday morning at 6 a.m. P.T., at the site of the... more

During his rookie campaign Jeremy Hill slowly took over as the main ball carrier in the Cincinnati Bengals' backfield. Hill's rookie campaign ended with 222 carries for 1,124 yards -- 5.1 yards per carry average -- and nine touchdowns. In his... more

Josh McCown is set as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback. The lack of a battle with Johnny Manziel was assured when coach Mike Pettine signaled that McCown was clearly in the pole position early this month. The veteran is glad he doesn't... more

The question seemed fair enough: Has Joe Flacco grown from a quarterback who was bolstered by a running game and defense early in his career to one who will now raise up the young offense talent on the Baltimore Ravens' roster, as great quarterbacks do?... more

Following Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's no-nonsense comments about Adrian Peterson, some wondered whether the relationship between the two took a hit. Zimmer said last week that Peterson "can play for us, or he cannot play ," which could have be... more