Steelers' Harrison vows he'll be cleared

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The NFL flexed its muscles again when it mandated James Harrison meet with its investigators about performance-enhancing drugs under its timetable and not his. Harrison and the NFLPA asked for a meeting on Aug. 30, and the league scheduled the date for Thursday morning instead.

At this point, after a drama-filled eight months of back-and-forth ...Read more

Teddy Bridgewater says he expects to play Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium

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Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said Wednesday he expects to play in Sunday's preseason opener at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Bridgewater returned on a limited basis Tuesday during practice, taking part in short-yardage and red zone situations while stepping aside when quarterbacks lined up at the 35-yard line for deep passes in individual drills....Read more

Chip Kelly on Kaepernick: 'If he's up, he's going to play'

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Colin Kaepernick has been practicing in full this week, but as has been his custom, 49ers coach Chip Kelly wouldn't say which of his quarterbacks would start the third preseason game Friday against the Packers.

"I know you guys don't like the answer," Kelly said Wednesday morning. "But we're going to do it the same way every time -- when we get...Read more

Chargers pull 'best offer' from Joey Bosa

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The Chargers are calling it their "best offer."

And now, it is gone.

The team offered to No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa and his representation Tuesday evening the highest cash payout in the initial calendar year for a first-round draft pick in team history, a source said Wednesday. It was declined. Having communicated to Bosa's rep Brian Ayrault...Read more

No telling when Kyle Long will return from shoulder injury

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You don't need to use your imagination to know what the Bears offense looks like without Alshon Jeffery.

Try picturing it, though, minus three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long.

Long's absence -- he has missed the last three practices with a shoulder injury -- is the most glaring injury issue for the Bears, a team with a long list of ...Read more

Steelers' Harrison to meet with NFL investigators on Thursday

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been informed that his meeting with NFL investigators is 11 a.m. Thursday at the Steelers practice facility, the Post Gazette has learned.

The date meets the requirement the league sent out last week that Harrison and two other players -- Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers -- ...Read more

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco confirms he'll play Saturday

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Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro confirmed Tuesday what was widely expected: Quarterback Joe Flacco will make his 2016 preseason debut and play Saturday against the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Especially getting Joe back, this will be the first time we have our starting quarterback in there," Campanaro said when asked about the ...Read more

Cowboys finally get to see rookie back Ezekiel Elliott run

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FRISCO, Texas -- Rookie fourth-overall pick Ezekiel Elliott will make his long-awaited Dallas Cowboys debut in Thursday's preseason game at the Seattle Seahawks.

Elliott missed the first two preseason games out of precaution because of a sore hamstring, but he is ready to officially don the Cowboys blue star for the first time.

"I'm excited to...Read more

Ravens' Breshad Perriman on his comeback: 'I know it will be worth the wait'

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For weeks, Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman has tried to block the negativity out. He knows there is plenty of outside skepticism and frustration. Nobody can possibly be more frustrated than he is about his failure to get, and stay, on the field.

After completing his first full-squad practice since he partially tore the ACL in his left ...Read more

Panthers' Graham Gano willing to be flexible in changing times for NFL's kicking game

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In today's NFL kicking game, you either adapt or wither away.

Panthers kicker Graham Gano knows that. No, he didn't like that the point-after attempt was moved back from the 2 to the 15-yard line last season. And no, he doesn't care much for the new touchback rule that gives teams the ball at the 25-yard-line instead of the 20.

Depending upon ...Read more

Browns excited about what Gordon-Pryor tandem could do for their offense

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Browns flaunted their twin towers at wide receiver Tuesday in a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they're not interested in breaking Josh Gordon and Terrelle Pryor apart.

A Browns source confirmed the franchise has no interest in trading Gordon, an All-Pro selection in 2013 who's been suspended for 27 of the ...Read more

Receiver Devin Funchess, rookie cornerback Daryl Worley fight during Panthers' practice

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When the Panthers brought back retired cornerback Charles Tillman to teach the young cornerbacks his "Peanut punch," this wasn't what they had in mind.

When rookie Daryl Worley tried Tillman's ball-jarring technique on wide receiver Devin Funchess during Tuesday's practice, Worley inadvertently caught Funchess' neck with his fist and a fight ...Read more

Dez Bryant sustains concussion, won't play Thursday at Seattle

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dez Bryant sustained a concussion during practice Monday, and will not play in the Dallas Cowboys' preseason game at the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.

Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford has also been ruled out because of a concussion, a team spokesman said. It's unknown at this time whether Bryant or Crawford will make the trip ...Read more

Dolphins hope to get 'a long look' at Arian Foster vs. Falcons

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Arian Foster's got jokes. Here's one from the Dolphins locker room Monday.

Asked how much work he needs during the preseason to be ready for Week 1in Seattle, Foster sarcastically (we believe) responded:

"Thirty-seven reps."

How did you come about that number?

"It's an algorithm."

What's the formula?

"We can sit here and talk mathematics ...Read more

Foster says NFL players should prepare now for possible work stoppage

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The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players does not expire for another five years. But listening to Ramon Foster, one of the Steelers representatives for the players' union, NFL fans should enjoy the football while they can.

Player discipline remains one of the hot-button issues for the union, and the Steelers, in ...Read more

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen returns to practice, might play Friday against Patriots

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After missing the past four practices with back spasms, All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen could still see playing time Friday against the New England Patriots if all goes well.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Olsen could be suited up for Friday night's exhibition if Olsen's back continues to heal.

"Well, if he's ready to go he will," ...Read more

Dolphins backup Anthony Steen suddenly the center of attention

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As much as Miami Dolphins center Anthony Steen is trying to keep things normal, these are abnormal times. As Steen made his way through the locker room Monday, his fellow offensive linemen jokingly serenaded him with calls of "Steeeeen!!!"

This is what sometimes happens when you become a surprise starter in the NFL. Steen, the second-year ...Read more

Steelers intend to play Roethlisberger, Brown in third preseason game

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The Steelers intend to finally use their two biggest offensive stars when they play their third preseason game in New Orleans on Friday night, but both Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown said it's more of a desire rather than a necessity they get into a game.

Roethlisberger and Brown -- the NFL's most productive passing combo when together in...Read more

Colin Kaepernick returns to 49ers practice, on schedule to play vs. Packers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- An energetic, ebullient and seemingly strong-armed Colin Kaepernick went through a full practice Monday, the first time he has done so since Aug. 10.

The quarterback threw short passes and deep passes next to Blaine Gabbert during the warm-up portion of practice. Reporters no longer have access to full session and leave ...Read more

Chiefs activate Tamba Hali, who will start practice this week

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The Chiefs took the first step toward getting outside linebacker Tamba Hali ready for their season opener Sept. 11 against San Diego, activating the 11-year veteran from the physically unable to perform list Monday.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid hinted Sunday that a move -- which allows Hali, 32, to participate in on-field drills during practice this ...Read more