Packers waive WR Jared Abbrederis

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have parted ways with wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.

Placed on injured reserve Monday, Abbrederis was waived with an injury settlement, according to a source familiar with the situation. He will be subject to waivers for the next 24 hours and if not claimed will be a free agent.

Abbrederis suffered a ...Read more

Greg Cote's NFL picks for Week 8

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The inevitable finally occurred. After six consecutive winning weeks against the spread we had a lil' toe-stub last week. Not too bad, though. Not a blindside punch. Just a lovetap. We bull's-eyed yet another Upset of the Week call with Dolphins over Bills ("Aawwk!"), nailed a second outright upset with Colts winning at Titans and also had a '...Read more

Browns coach Jackson says 'all signs are pointing' to QB McCown starting Sunday vs. Jets

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns coach Hue Jackson said he expects quarterback Josh McCown to return to the starting lineup at home Sunday against the New York Jets.

"All signs are pointing in that direction," Jackson said Thursday. "He had another good practice today and worked hard. So I think we're really trending that way right now."

McCown fully ...Read more

NFL's investigation of Ezekiel Elliott remains open despite no charges

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FRISCO, Texas -- The NFL investigation into alleged domestic violence allegations against Dallas Cowboys running Ezekiel Elliott remains an open case, per league spokesman Brian McCarthy.

The Columbus (Ohio) City attorney's office declined to pursue charges against Elliott last month because of conflicting and inconsistent information, stemming...Read more

Vikings' Robison denies bounty accusation; Zimmer sets record straight on stuffed animals

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Vikings defensive end Brian Robison strongly denied an accusation by former Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks that the team ran a bounty program similar to the NFL's infamous "Bountygate" scandal that led to stiff punishment of the New Orleans Saints back in 2012.

"I haven't heard of any bounty program since I got here (in 2007)," Robison ...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football Week 8 start/sit

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Some thoughts after Week 7 of the fantasy football season:

What got into Jay Ajayi?

Can the Packers passing game sustain four wide receivers fantasy production?

It's good to see LeGarrette Blount is allowed to score touchdowns despite Tom Brady's return.

Why is Matt Jones so frustrating to own? He has nine fumbles in 265 career touches -- ...Read more

Has Matt Ryan's late-game magic worn off?

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has a reputation in the NFL for snatching victories from the jaws of defeat with his late-game heroics.

But after throwing two late-game interceptions in consecutive weeks, it's reasonable to ponder if the player nicknamed "Matty Ice" for his calmness under pressure has lost his cool hand in ...Read more

Goff takes snaps with Rams' first team but Keenum is still the starter

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Jared Goff took a moment before the first play call and slapped hands or bumped fists with teammates in the huddle.

The rookie quarterback was about to start perhaps his most important practice since the Los Angeles Rams selected him No. 1 in the NFL draft.

With the Rams in a bye week, coach Jeff Fisher on Wednesday ...Read more

Flacco says Ravens' offensive problems start with him

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Just as he did after the firing of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman earlier this month, quarterback Joe Flacco took accountability for the struggles of the Ravens offense.

"I'm obviously not playing good enough," Flacco said Wednesday. "We're not a good offense and it starts with the quarterback. I've got to be better. We've got to be more ...Read more

Browns' Thomas hopes coach Jackson's declaration holds true

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BEREA, Ohio -- Left tackle Joe Thomas hopes coach Hue Jackson was right when he emphatically stated Monday the Browns are not going to trade the nine-time Pro Bowl selection.

"It feels good to be loved. I'm hoping that they stick to their word on that," Thomas said Wednesday as the Browns (0-7) prepared to host the New York Jets (2-5) on Sunday...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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Line: TEN by 31/2.

Cote's pick: TEN 23-16.

TV: 8:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, NFLN

The NFL having these two teams grand-marshal its Week 8 parade is like a restaurant leading off its menu with liver and onions. I'm not even sure Jacksonville and Nashville are interested in this matchup. Blake Bortles and Marcus ...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football adds and drops for Week 8

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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 8:


--RB Knile Davis, Packers (ESPN: ...Read more

Dolphins' Ajayi again named Offensive Player of the Week

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Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has been piling up yards at a record pace, and the awards are starting to follow.

Ajayi was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week, the NFL announced Wednesday. Ajayi, the 2015 fifth-round pick from Boise State, rushed for a career-best 214 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in...Read more

It's not just the Vikings … overreactions run rampant in the NFL

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Perception kissed the Vikings gently on the forehead and awakened them Sunday morning as NFC favorites, NFL darlings and a warm-n-fuzzy Super Bowl feel-good story in the making. Then, after a 3-hour, 9-minute Philadelphia flogging, perception kicked the Vikings out the back door as a 5-1 fraud, an exposed pretender and a 5-11 flop in the making....Read more

This week could be a good bye for Rams' Goff

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LOS ANGELES--It's only a midweek, bye-week practice for a team that has lost three games in a row and slipped below .500.

The coach has made it clear that there will be no change at the sport's most important position.

Yet all eyes -- and no doubt a phalanx of cameras -- will be on rookie quarterback Jared Goff on Wednesday when the Rams ...Read more

Browns safety Jordan Poyer vows to resume career despite lacerated kidney

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Browns starting free safety Jordan Poyer absorbed a brutal hit he compares to a car accident, then grabbed his cellphone moments before an ambulance took him to St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

"I called my mom, called my girlfriend, called me dad, just let them know I was all right, that I was breathing and I wasn't dead yet," ...Read more

Bears QB Cutler on having coach Fox's support: 'He doesn't have a choice'

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Jay Cutler slung footballs to receivers at Halas Hall on Tuesday morning, whether he returned to that position as the beneficiary of circumstance or just fortuitous timing mattered less than the simple fact he was back on the practice field, recovered from the sprained right thumb that sidelined him for five weeks.

In the big picture, though, ...Read more

After Rivers sliced them, Falcons brace for Rodgers

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The Chargers spread the Falcons out Sunday, and quarterback Philip Rivers surgically sliced them with short passes. The Packers essentially did the same thing to the Bears last week -- and they have an even better quarterback than Rivers and a deeper group of pass targets than San Diego's.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a two-time league ...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 8 NFL power rankings

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Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Patriots 6-1 (1). LeGarrette Blount carrying a considerably larger workload than he has before and delivering with 566 yards and career-high eight touchdowns.

2. Seahawks 4-1-1 (3). Pete Carroll doesn't want to rely on hurdling the long snapper on field-goal attempts to hang tight in any more games.

3. ...Read more

Could Arian Foster's retirement slow growth of Dolphins young running backs?

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Running back Arian Foster, who announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday night, isn't responsible for Jay Ajayi's back-to-back 200-yard games. But you wonder whether Foster's veteran presence among the Miami Dolphins' young running backs will be missed.

It seems unlikely until you consider Foster did establish a presence on the team ...Read more