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Snead knows time is now for the Rams to improve

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LOS ANGELES--He engineered two of the biggest trades in NFL draft history, one that netted the Los Angeles Rams a haul of picks for the No. 2 overall selection, another that cost the franchise a haul for the right to choose No. 1.

And along with beleaguered Rams Coach Jeff Fisher, he quietly received a two-year contract extension before this ...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football adds and drops for Week 14

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Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football -- I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues -- and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Here's my best bets for Week 14:

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--TE Ladarius Green, Steelers (...Read more

Chiefs 'optimistic' about star receiver Jeremy Maclin's availability Thursday vs. Raiders

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid indicated Tuesday that injured receiver Jeremy Maclin, who has missed the last four games with a lingering groin injury, is looking more likely to play against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.

"I know he's feeling better," Reid said. "So yeah, we're optimistic."

Reid was also asked how the chilly weather -- it's ...Read more

Chiefs seek to keep Raiders' Carr from finding success in rivalry

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Chiefs coach Andy Reid got acquainted with each other on more than an opponent basis at last year's Pro Bowl.

Reid coached the Jerry Rice team, and Carr joined the Giants' Eli Manning and the Bills' Tyrod Taylor as quarterbacks.

Carr, who passed for 198 yards and a touchdown in the game, was impressed.

"I ...Read more

Despite rough outing and benching, Kaepernick will start at QB Sunday

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Despite completing just one pass for four yards against the Chicago Bears and getting benched in the second half, Colin Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback when the 49ers host the New York Jets on Sunday.

Although head coach Chip Kelly is still in Maine following the death of his father, 49ers offensive ...Read more

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas out for season with broken tibia, Pete Carroll confirms

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At halftime of Sunday night's Seahawks' win over the Carolina Panthers, Steven Terrell tried to offer Earl Thomas a few consoling words.

Thomas, who suffered a cracked tibia early in the second quarter, didn't want to hear it, instead rerouting the conversation, offering Terrell a few tips about taking over the spot that Thomas has manned as ...Read more

Cowboys shrug shoulders at playoff berth with sights set higher

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DALLAS -- Safety Barry Church, unlike many of his Dallas Cowboys teammates, didn't watch football Sunday. Instead, he learned the Cowboys clinched a playoff berth from a text message.

"My wife, she didn't know what that meant, but I did," Church said. "So I kind of took it for a grain of salt. Now we're ready to get back to New York."

A season...Read more

Pederson questions effort of some Eagles

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For all of the banal statements NFL head coaches make throughout a season, Eagles coach Doug Pederson offered an honest assessment when asked Monday if all of his players "played hard" in the team's embarrassing 32-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Not everybody," Pederson said.

That admission came after repeatedly insisting that the Eagles ...Read more

Chiefs-Raiders: Shortest of weeks, biggest of games

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Andy Reid didn't sleep Sunday night after the Chiefs' 29-28 victory at Atlanta.

The adrenaline of the dramatic triumph, which turned on Eric Berry's field-length return of an interception on a two-point conversion, may have had something to do with it.

But after the remarkable triumph at Denver the previous week and the incredible comebacks ...Read more

Ezekiel Elliott leads Pro Bowl voting, with Dak Prescott second

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Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads 2017 Pro Bowl voting, with 681,361. His rookie teammate, Dak Prescott, ranks second with 607,621 votes.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (519,210), Steelers receiver Antonio Brown (508,913) and Raiders quarterback (500,770) round out the top five.

The Cowboys have three other players leading ...Read more

It could be another wild finish to the AFC playoff race

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The Oakland Raiders are the No. 1 seed in the AFC Monday morning. By late Thursday, they could be the No. 5 seed.

One year ago, eventual Super Bowl champion Denver did not secure a playoff berth until the second-to-last week of the regular season and did not wrap up home-field advantage until the final week of the season.

There are four games ...Read more

Mike Zimmer has returned to coaching, expected to travel to Jacksonville, Vikings announce

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has resumed coaching and is expected to travel to Jacksonville, Fla. for Sunday's game, the team announced Monday.

Zimmer, the 60-year-old coach who missed his first NFL game Thursday due to emergency eye surgery, will address reporters Wednesday during his regularly scheduled press conference.

He's expected to ...Read more

Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso has surgery to repair broken thumb

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Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Kiko Alonso underwent surgery to repair his broken right thumb on Monday, Dolphins coach Adam Gase said.

Gase said Alonso's status for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals at Hard Rock Stadium is uncertain. He would likely be replaced by Mike Hull.

Alonso suffered the injury during the third quarter of ...Read more

Packers undeterred by elements, defeat Texans, 21-13

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Snow already had poured onto Lambeau Field for three hours when kicker Nick Novak lined up for an extra point in the fourth quarter. His Houston Texans had just scored a touchdown that made it a one-score game, and there was an outside chance they could recover the onside kick for an opportunity to tie the game.

But Novak, a ...Read more

Seahawks' Earl Thomas hints at retirement on Twitter after breaking bone in leg vs. Panthers

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SEATTLE -- Earl Thomas had hoped his stay on the sideline would be short-lived.

Instead, in his first game back after missing his first game since high school last week, Seattle's perennial All-Pro free safety suffered what was reported to be a broken bone in his left leg after colliding with teammate Kam Chancellor early in the second quarter....Read more

Seahawks rout Panthers, 41-20

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SEATTLE -- Pete Carroll sounded no alarms after last Sunday's desultory loss at Tampa Bay.

Instead, from almost the second the game ended, Carroll promised it was just a blip on the radar, just one of those days.

He was proved right with a vengeance that even he might not have foreseen, with the Seahawks scoring a season high in a 40-7 ...Read more

Raiders rally again, beat Bills, 38-24, for sixth straight win

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- There's not many better things going right now than Derek Carr and the Raiders when facing a fourth-quarter deficit.

Carr, with tape and a splint on his right pinkie finger, engineered the sixth fourth-quarter comeback of the season as the Raiders earned their sixth straight win with a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on ...Read more

Cowboys clinch playoff berth with Redskins' loss to Arizona

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A season of firsts continued for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday as they became the first team to clinch a playoff spot.

The NFC East-leading Cowboys (11-1), who have the best record in the NFL and the inside track to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, secured at least a wild card playoff berth thanks to a 31-23 loss by the Washington ...Read more

Panthers bench Cam Newton, for one play, vs. Seahawks

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SEATTLE -- Carolina Panthers quarterback and reigning league MVP Cam Newton was benched for the start of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks for disciplinary reasons, a team source confirmed.

It was the first time in Newton's six-year career he didn't start a game for a reason other than an injury.

Derek Anderson started in place of ...Read more

Chargers outplayed by Bucs in 28-21 loss

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SAN DIEGO -- Chargers turned in a below-average performance Sunday and paid for it, losing to the underdog Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 28-21, at Qualcomm Stadium.

Where this game was concerned, put away the violins regarding the Chargers' bad injury luck.

Tampa Bay (7-5) overcame injuries to several players during the game and saw a backup safety, ...Read more