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Mom and Dad are the real MVPs of cancer survivor Eric Berry's epic homecoming

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FAIRBURN, Ga. -- The sign still stands on a table in the hallway of Carol and James Berry's suburban home.

"As you enter this house, please leave your sadness and uncertainty outside the door. If you have fear, and anxiety, throw them away.

"Positive energy only! Love, well wishes, and encouragement are keys!"

That was the environment they ...Read more

Packers linebacker Perry ruled out against Seattle with hand injury

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers will be without one of their best defensive players Sunday when they host the Seattle Seahawks. Outside linebacker Nick Perry who leads the team in sacks (8.0) and ranks fourth in tackles, has already been ruled out with a hand injury.

"He has a significant hand injury," coach Mike McCarthy said in his ...Read more

Coach Hue Jackson won't name starting quarterback, but it'll likely be Griffin

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns coach Hue Jackson insisted he's not playing mind games with the Cincinnati Bengals by holding off on naming Robert Griffin III as his starting quarterback for Sunday's game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

"I do need to see Robert go through the week," Jackson said Wednesday. "It is not so much gamesmanship. We are talking about a ...Read more

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer declares himself 'good to go'

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With the white eye bandage removed, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday he's simply "good to go" after his latest follow-up appointment with doctors to review his surgically-repaired right eye.

This came a day after Zimmer said there was "still a lot to be determined" with his recovery from a fourth operation last week to repair a detached...Read more

Rookies, Cowboys have grown a lot since season-opening loss to Giants

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dueling rookie of the year sensations quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott weren't so blunt.

So receiver Brice Butler did it for them.

A Dallas Cowboys team that has already clinched a playoff spot with the best record (11-1) in the NFL, one that is one win from clinching the NFC East and a quarterback who...Read more

Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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OAKLAND (10-2) AT KANSAS CITY (9-3)

TV: NBC, NFL Network, 8:15 p.m. EST.

Line: Chiefs by 3.

Over/under: 46.

Sam Farmer's pick: As hot as the Raiders have been on their six-game winning streak, and as well as they've protected Derek Carr, the relentless Kansas City pass rush will make the difference here.

Chiefs 28, Raiders 24

(c)2016 Los ...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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RAIDERS (10-2) at CHIEFS (9-3)

Line: KC by 3.

Cote's pick: KC 24-20.

TV: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC/NFLN.

The nation was saddled with Monday night's abysmal Colts-Jets game. Now, it's as if the football gods have decided we suffered enough and deserve a reward, so NFL Week 14 opens with a great, big, important matchup as old rivals Oakland and ...Read more

Panthers' Ron Rivera: Not benching Cam Newton could have resulted in 'chaos'

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As the fallout from Ron Rivera's benching of quarterback Cam Newton for a dress code violation reached a fourth day Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers coach sought to end discussions of the so-called Tiegate once and for all.

Rivera began his press conference with another explanation of his decision to sit Newton for the first series of Sunday's ...Read more

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly back at practice, brings energy for teammates

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Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly rode into Wednesday afternoon's practice on a golf cart, helmet in hand.

It was his first appearance at practice with a helmet since suffering a concussion in a Nov. 17 Thursday Night Football matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Kuechly had a scary collision and was carted off the field in tears. He...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football Week 14 start/sit

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Some thoughts after Week 13 of the fantasy football season:

Recommending Colin Kaepernick the week he goes 1-of-5 for four yards and gets replaced by Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter, regardless of snowy conditions, has to be the low point of this column. I take solace in the fact I wasn't alone, but still. Fantasy can be so fickle.

Things...Read more

John Fox, Vic Fangio address rumored tension on Bears staff

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As word spreads through NFL circles that a John Fox-Vic Fangio divorce could be looming when this season ends for the Chicago Bears, an awkward vibe accompanied Wednesday's proceedings at Halas Hall.

During the team's usual media availability, both Fox and Fangio addressed a Tribune report that first publicized a possible separation between the...Read more

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:

ADD

--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

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