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Harrison makes big difference for Steelers on and off the field

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The Steelers added three first-round draft picks to pump up their fading group of linebackers and yet the one who was never drafted, the one who does not seem to fade, might have the biggest impact on all of them.

At least that's how Joey Porter sees the effect that 37-year-old James Harrison has on his young teammates, Jarvis Jones and rookie ...Read more

Broncos starting safety T.J. Ward suspended for season opener vs. Ravens

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ATLANTA -- The Ravens could be without a couple of key players in their Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos, including running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, wide receiver Breshad Perriman and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

The Broncos learned Thursday that they'll be without a key defensive starter as well.

Denver announced ...Read more

NFL plans to appeal judge's decision to lift Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension

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A federal judge on Thursday erased New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for the "Deflategate" controversy.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman wrote in his opinion that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of Brady's case was "fundamentally unfair" and was "premised upon several significant legal deficiencies...Read more

Chiefs president opens up about why team is changing touchdown celebration song

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Shortly before the team's annual kickoff luncheon on Wednesday at the Downtown Marriott, Chiefs president Mark Donovan went into detail about the team's recent decision to stop playing a version of Gary Glitter's "Rock 'N' Roll Part 2" song after every touchdown.

"We're much better at celebrating traditions -- it's part of our core -- than we ...Read more

Former NFL coach Gruden alarmed by Manziel's elbow trouble: 'I'd be very concerned'

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The trouble Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel is experiencing with his throwing arm has raised the eyebrows of Jon Gruden, the former Super Bowl-winning head coach and unabashed Manziel fan who has worked closely with the former Heisman Trophy winner.

"Hopefully it's nothing severe, but I'd be very concerned anytime a young quarterback ...Read more

NFL preview 2015: Team-by-team breakdown

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AFC EAST

BUFFALO BILLS

2014: 9-7 (second in AFC East).

Coach: Rex Ryan (first season).

Additions: QB Matt Cassel; TE Charles Clay; WR Percy Harvin; RB LeSean McCoy; G Richie Incognito.

Subtractions: LB Kiko Alonso; RB C.J. Spiller; QB Kyle Orton.

Outlook: This could be the best Bills team in years -- if only Ryan can find a quarterback. ...Read more

Networks update their rosters for upcoming NFL season

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Rounding up network plans for the NFL this season:

CBS

--What's on: Sunday road games of AFC teams; a few crossover NFC games (including Bears-Seahawks in Week 3); Thursday night games during Weeks 2 through 8, plus Packers-Lions on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Panthers-Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

--What's new: All announcing teams return, with the ...Read more

Greg Cote's NFL rankings

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Welcome to the 96th season for the NFL, the 50th season for the Miami Dolphins, and the first season ever to approach with a federal judge wasting his time trying to decide whether the league's biggest star was aware that footballs he used in a game had been infinitesimally underinflated.

This is where I annually rank the 32 teams. ...Read more

Lance Briggs plans to retire, will be part of CSN's Bears coverage

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It looks like Lance Briggs will not wear another uniform in the NFL.

The seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Bears plans to retire, he said Wednesday afternoon during CSN Chicago's broadcast of the Reds-Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

Briggs said he expects to submit paperwork to the NFL making his retirement official soon, perhaps in the next ...Read more

Latest Raiders stadium plan for Oakland violates team's 'terms and conditions' for deal

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Floyd Kephart has known for months that the cornerstone of his plan to finance a new stadium for the Oakland Raiders was a nonstarter for the team. Yet, he has continued to pitch it, raising further doubt that Oakland and Alameda County will retain him as their hand-picked financial partner in securing a new Raiders stadium ...Read more

Tyrann Mathieu isn't letting down the Arizona Cardinals

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Undersized and overburdened, that was Tyrann Mathieu.

Not only was he widely seen as too small to play safety in the NFL, but he was weighed down by his off-the-field baggage from college. He had been kicked off the Louisiana State team after multiple positive tests for marijuana, shown the door less than a year after he was a ...Read more

Colts GM Ryan Grigson not afraid to swing, miss in Super Bowl quest

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INDIANAPOLIS -- When 25-year-old Andrew Luck is the face of your franchise, the time to win a Super Bowl is now. And next season. And every season after that. Probably last season too.

That is the position the Colts find themselves in with the best under-30 quarterback in the NFL. Indianapolis has made incremental steps in Luck's three seasons,...Read more

Browns' Manziel says elbow surgery not necessary

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel said doctors consulted by the Browns about an elbow issue that dates back to his freshman or sophomore year at Texas A&M have not mentioned surgery for the problem that will sideline him from the final two preseason games.

Manziel seemed confident that what he described as "elbow/forearm soreness, just some tendinitis...Read more

Seahawks reportedly set to sign running back Fred Jackson

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Free-agent running back Fred Jackson, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday, is meeting with the Seahawks Tuesday and could sign with the team quickly, according to a report from NFL.com.

Jackson is 34 years old and has played for the Bills since 2006, and was a teammate there of Marshawn Lynch's, once beating out Lynch for the ...Read more

Bears remain vague on Alshon Jeffery mystery

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The Alshon Jeffery mystery has entered its third week with the Bears wide receiver missing yet another full week of practice because of a left calf injury.

Jeffery did not attend Tuesday's practice at Halas Hall, the team's final full practice before Week 1 preparation begins next week. Jeffery was also not present at Monday's practice after ...Read more

Tomlin: Steelers' Bryant has 'issues … bigger than football'

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Mike Tomlin said suspended wide receiver Martavis Bryant has issues bigger than football that need to be addressed. The coach confirmed Tuesday that the Steelers were aware of his impending four-game suspension for some time, which was reflected in their personnel decisions earlier this year.

A team source told the Post-Gazette on Monday that ...Read more

Dolphins cut longtime punter Brandon Fields, go with rookie Matt Darr

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Matt Darr is a three-time state champion thrower, a former high school linebacker and just two years removed from the college football doghouse.

Tuesday, he's the new punter for the Miami Dolphins.

Darr learned early Tuesday that he beat out former Pro Bowler Brandon Fields for the Dolphins' punting job, the latest sign that almost no familiar...Read more

Tebow to get his last shot at Eagles' No. 3 QB job

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After practice finished on Monday and Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez retreated to the Eagles' locker room, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow remained on the field for a few minutes of extra work.

Barkley and Tebow, in competition for the No. 3 job, must prepare for the final preseason game on Thursday. It will be a "big week" for those playing in the ...Read more

Judge to decide on Brady's suspension by Friday

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A federal judge said Monday that he will decide this week in the Deflategate scandal after the NFL and the Players Association representing Tom Brady failed to settle the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman met with both sides in his chambers for more than 45 minutes before emerging Monday morning.

"We did not reach a settlement,...Read more

Bills name Tyrod Taylor starting quarterback

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Tyrod Taylor is a Super Bowl champion. He also has never started an NFL game.

The second part is about to change as the Buffalo Bills announced Monday that Taylor will be their starting quarterback going into the 2015 season.

Taylor beat out Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel for the role after all three quarterbacks posted strong showings in the Bills...Read more