Raiders say they aren't worried about Cooper slump

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- It's hard to deny that Raiders rookie receiver Amari Cooper has hit a skid.

The No. 4 overall pick had more drops (two) than receptions (one) in Oakland's most recent loss, an 18-13 defeat against the Detroit Lions that was their third straight setback.

Cooper has 10 drops this season, according to Pro Football Focus, which ...Read more

Browns QB McCown says he's refreshed after resting ribs, spending time with family during bye

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BEREA, Ohio -- Josh McCown has endured a painful rib injury for the past month, but he looked like a new man Tuesday when the Browns returned from a five-day, bye-week break.

He spent time with his wife and kids at their home in Charlotte, N.C., coached a couple of his sons' basketball games, attended his daughter's gymnastics meet and returned...Read more

Panthers DE Frank Alexander suspended for a year under NFL substance abuse policy

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For a third time in just more than a year, the NFL has suspended Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

And this time it's for at least a year.

Alexander, who was suspended for four games at the start of the 2014 season and then another 10 games as he was about to return from ...Read more

Panthers QB Newton's preparation for Cowboys is literally lights out

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Cam Newton had never seen Bank of America Stadium as dark as it was in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The fifth-year Carolina Panthers quarterback stayed at the team facilities past 2 a.m. Tuesday watching tape and preparing for the Dallas Cowboys on a short week.

"I've never been here long enough to catch the lights off," said Newton ...Read more

Brad Biggs' NFL Week 12 power rankings

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Last week's rank in parentheses.

1. Patriots 10-0 (1): Thirteen consecutive seasons with at least 10 wins. It's going to be tough to replicate 16-0 of 2007 though.

2. Panthers 10-0 (2): Thanksgiving game versus Cowboys isn't a revenge match for Greg Hardy. It's a revenge game for the Panthers for Hardy putting them in a terrible position.

3. ...Read more

Ravens claim Jimmy Clausen, place Joe Flacco on injured reserve

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Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who played for Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman last season in Chicago, was claimed off waivers by the Ravens to back up new starter Matt Schaub.

Quarterback Joe Flacco, who suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams, was placed on season-ending injured reserve. ...Read more

Bears' Forte will play vs. Packers; Jeffery remains uncertain

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Lock it in: Bears running back Matt Forte will be back in action Thursday night in Green Bay, returning after a three-game absence caused by a medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee.

Alshon Jeffery? He's also hopeful to face the Packers, but still not certain if he'll be available Thanksgiving night as he continues working through ...Read more

Panthers DE Charles Johnson activated, may not start vs. Cowboys

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Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson said he thinks he could have come back before the mandatory eight-game absence, but he's just happy to be back now.

Johnson, who suffered a hamstring injury in Week 3, is back on the active roster after spending eight weeks on temporary injured reserve.

"I thought I could (come back sooner) but ...Read more

Rams coach Jeff Fisher tells John Harbaugh, Ravens to 'look in the mirror'

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St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Ravens coach John Harbaugh probably won't be exchanging Christmas cards this holiday season.

In response to Harbaugh's comment Monday suggesting that the Rams are regular participants in extracurricular activity, Fisher said the Ravens "need to take a look in the mirror" on his weekly ESPN 101 radio show.

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Dolphins claim former Jets pass rusher Quinton Coples

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The Miami Dolphins have claimed former New York Jets defensive end Quinton Coples off waivers, adding the former first-round pick to their injury-decimated defensive line.

Coples, a former North Carolina standout, was drafted 16th overall in the 2012 draft, but he failed to live up to expectations with the Jets, the team the Dolphins play on ...Read more

Kaepernick out of surgery for 'extensive' shoulder tear

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had surgery in Vail, Colo. Tuesday morning on his left, non-throwing shoulder. A source said the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. Peter Millett of the Steadman Clinic, said the tear in the quarterback's labrum was "extensive."

Kaepernick's recovery is expected to last four to six ...Read more

Browns bench Manziel, name McCown starting QB moving forward

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Johnny Manziel lost his job as the starting quarterback of the Browns a day after a video and photographs surfaced online showing the 22nd overall pick in last year's draft partying.

Browns coach Mike Pettine announced his decision to start veteran Josh McCown moving forward in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. Austin Davis will serve as ...Read more

Bears waive QB Clausen, protect Fales with promotion

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears waived quarterback Jimmy Clausen on Monday, a move coach John Fox said was prompted by another team's interest in fellow quarterback David Fales. Therefore, the Bears promoted Fales from the practice squad to their 53-man roster and showed Clausen the door.

It's worth noting that the Baltimore Ravens lost ...Read more

NFL quarterbacks rule the drama in Week 11

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So much backing up in the NFL on Sunday, the whole league should have been beeping.

The backup quarterbacks for Denver, Indianapolis and Houston led their teams to victories, and Tony Romo, who has watched Dallas backup quarterbacks languish for seven weeks, returned to lead the Cowboys to their first win since September.

As for the Baltimore ...Read more

Short-handed on offense, Bears struggle to find a rhythm against Broncos

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CHICAGO -- Against the Denver Broncos -- the NFL's top-ranked defense -- on Sunday, the Bears may have suffered their greatest setback 90 minutes before kickoff. It was then that the team officially declared running back Matt Forte (knee) and receiver Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) inactive. Receiver Eddie Royal (knee) was also out, leaving ...Read more

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to see specialist, may need surgery

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SEATTLE -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will travel to Philadelphia on Monday to see Dr. William C. Meyers and hopefully determine what is wrong with his abdomen. Head coach Pete Carroll said the injury could be a sports hernia and didn't rule out that Lynch could have to have surgery.

"Nothing is ruled out at this point," ...Read more

Joe Flacco 'in shock' after season-ending injury

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BALTIMORE -- As many of his star teammates had gone down and the losses started to pile up, quarterback Joe Flacco remained one of the few constants for the Ravens.

But in their 16-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, Flacco became the latest player to see his season prematurely end in what has quickly become the most ...Read more

No joke: Tony Romo makes a difference for Cowboys

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- As a final punctuation mark to two months of losing, the gray clouds over Sun Life Stadium opened and washed the Dallas Cowboys' offense with rain early in Sunday's game.

The symbolism -- and the humor therein -- were not lost on Tony Romo.

"Oh, yeah, there's humor," said the Cowboys quarterback, who was taking his first...Read more

49ers' Seattle Seahawks woes continue in 29-13 defeat

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SEATTLE -- The San Francisco 49ers lost a fifth straight visit to Seattle on Sunday, falling 29-13 to the Seahawks and allowing 209 rushing yards to undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls.

Blaine Gabbert, making his second consecutive start at quarterback, passed for 264 yards for the last-place 49ers (3-7). They remained winless through five road games...Read more

Chiefs crush Chargers 33-3, get back to .500

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SAN DIEGO -- Five weeks ago, things looked so bleak for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs were 1-5, losers of four straight, and Jamaal Charles -- their best offensive player -- was out for the season.

At that time, it was certainly hard to imagine the Chiefs' season ending in a scenario that resembled anything close to what they set out to ...Read more