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Panthers QB Cam Newton on no-catch day for Kelvin Benjamin: Never again

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As Cam Newton plans for his annual football trip to his hometown, he has already made a promise to Kelvin Benjamin.

Benjamin didn't catch a single pass last week in Carolina's 22-10 loss to Minnesota, and Newton only targeted him once. It was far and away the fewest times Newton has ever thrown to Benjamin, and the quarterback said Wednesday it...Read more

Russell Wilson a full participant in practice Wednesday

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

The key now is if he can fully participate again on Thursday. If so, then expect Wilson to play Sunday in New York when the Seahawks take on the Jets.

"Everything went kind of as planned," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said about Wilson in comments to ...Read more

Seahawks sign veteran running back C.J. Spiller to add depth to injured backfield

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The Seahawks on Wednesday signed veteran running back C.J. Spiller, adding depth to an injury-ravaged backfield in time for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Spiller was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2010, taken ninth overall. He was released by the Saints earlier this month after being inactive for New Orleans' first game ...Read more

All downhill for Bears' Kyle Fuller since early in his rookie season

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It all started so well for Kyle Fuller as a rookie.

The cornerback looked like a star in the making at the outset of the 2014 season when he picked off Colin Kaepernick twice in the fourth quarter of an upset of the 49ers in San Francisco. He helped preserve a victory the following week over the Jets when he snared a pass from Geno Smith in the...Read more

Cowboys feel they have the depth to survive Bryant's knee injury

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture of the tibia in his right knee and could miss up to three weeks, per a source.

The Cowboys are listing Bryant as day-to-day and have not ruled him out for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Bryant did not practice on Wednesday and coach Jason Garrett ...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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DOLPHINS (1-2) at BENGALS (1-2)

Line: CIN by 7 1/2.

Cote's pick: CIN 27-23.

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

The Miami Dolphins are weird and unpredictable and I have little real idea which Fins will take the field in Cincy on this prime-time stage to kick off Week 4. Nobody can know. Adam Gase doesn't. Miami nearly stunned the NFL in its ...Read more

Eagles' Carson Wentz and Jordan Matthews: A quick connection

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Carson Wentz connected with Jordan Matthews for a 12-yard touchdown on Sunday and the two sought each other for a celebration. They were about to jump up and bump shoulders, a popular post-touchdown display, before stopping at the last moment. They pretended to straighten neckties, then proceeded to share the type of earnest handshake reserved ...Read more

Cowboys place rookie DE Charles Tapper on IR

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FRISCO, Texas -- Rookie defensive end Charles Tapper's season likely is over before it began.

The Cowboys placed the fourth-round draft pick on injured reserve Wednesday. He will miss at least the next eight weeks if not the season while rehabbing a back injury.

The Cowboys signed offensive tackle Emmett Cleary to take Tapper's place on the ...Read more

Roethlisberger expects Steelers to use Bell, Williams at the same time

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Le'Veon Bell or DeAngelo Williams?

Why not both?

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hinted Wednesday morning there's a good chance both running backs are on the field at the same time Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, as Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense attempts to kickstart the passing game.

Bell returns this week from...Read more

Cowboys' Dez Bryant has hairline fracture in his right knee

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in his right knee, coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday.

Garrett also said Bryant remains day-to-day, but it's unlikely Bryant will play with that type of injury based on the results of the magnetic resonance imaging exam.

"He has a slight hairline fracture in one ...Read more

Under Pete Carroll, Seahawks know doing the wrong thing sometimes is the right thing

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Richard Sherman did the wrong thing.

He wasn't supposed to leave his receiver alone down the sideline, and he wasn't supposed to break toward the middle of the field, and he wasn't supposed to intercept a pass in the end zone. But he did the wrong thing, and by doing the wrong thing, he not only saved the Seahawks' win at home against the Rams ...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 4 NFL power rankings

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Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Patriots 3-0 (1). Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will have his pick of head-coaching offers after the season.

2. Broncos 3-0 (3). Trevor Siemian keeps playing smart football and first-round pick Paxton Lynch will get plenty of time to watch and learn.

3. Vikings 3-0 (5). Mike Zimmer's defense is ...Read more

Bears sign running back Joique Bell

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Injuries at running back have prompted the Chicago Bears to sign veteran running back Joique Bell. Bell posted a picture of himself, along with general manager Ryan Pace and salary cap head Joey Laine, signing the contract The Bears have not announced the agreement or the necessary corresponding roster move.

The oft-injured Bell was the Detroit...Read more

Sam Bradford trade has been an early win-win for Vikings, Eagles

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After three weeks, two NFC teams sit undefeated.

Sam Bradford has been on both rosters this season.

The Vikings (3-0) and Eagles (3-0) each are faring pretty well since the early Saturday morning trade on Sept. 3 that sent Bradford to Minnesota in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick.

While you can ...Read more

Panthers share blame for Vikings' hit parade on QB Cam Newton

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If you're looking for someone to blame for the eight sacks and 12 hits that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took during Sunday's loss to Minnesota, there's plenty to go around.

An Observer film analysis showed all five offensive linemen gave up sacks or hits on Newton, who exacerbated matters by holding the ball too long on at least four of ...Read more

Falcons offense unstoppable in 45-32 win over Saints

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NEW ORLEANS -- The Falcons were rude guests for the 10th anniversary party for the re-opening of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.

Just downright nasty and rude as they looked nearly unstoppable on offense, got two real sacks and scored on defense as they defeated the rival New Orleans Saints 45-32 on Monday night before a dejected crowd. ...Read more

After winless September, reeling Bears struggling to regroup

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A sense of desperation proved palpable Sunday night in Texas. Inside the visitors' quarters at AT&T Stadium, an agitated Bears team attempted to digest its winless September.

Outside linebacker Willie Young spoke with a sense of urgency, realizing how quickly the season had begun to circle the drain. Or, perhaps more alarmingly, just how many ...Read more

Pederson works to keep high-flying Eagles grounded

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Doug Pederson sent his players off for a weeklong break on Monday warning them of another tough opponent they'll encounter: success.

The Eagles have rallied around the idea that few believed in them during the first three weeks of the season. Now that they have converted many skeptics after opening the season 3-0 and dominating the Pittsburgh ...Read more

Panthers' first-round pick Vernon Butler to miss several weeks with high ankle sprain

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The Panthers will be without first-round pick Vernon Butler for the next few weeks.

An MRI exam on Butler's right foot Monday confirmed a high-ankle sprain that is expected to sideline the former Louisiana Tech standout for several weeks, according to a league source.

Butler was injured while making a tackle on Vikings running back Jerick ...Read more

Panthers coach Ron Rivera asks NFL for clarity on Kelvin Benjamin penalty against Vikings

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera called the league Monday to get clarity on Kelvin Benjamin's illegal block Sunday against the Vikings, which brought back a touchdown that would have given the Panthers a 15-point, second-quarter lead in their 22-10 loss.

Running back Fozzy Whittaker caught a swing pass from Cam Newton out of the backfield and turned ...Read more