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Browns' Manziel says elbow surgery not necessary

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel said doctors consulted by the Browns about an elbow issue that dates back to his freshman or sophomore year at Texas A&M have not mentioned surgery for the problem that will sideline him from the final two preseason games.

Manziel seemed confident that what he described as "elbow/forearm soreness, just some tendinitis...Read more

Seahawks reportedly set to sign running back Fred Jackson

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Free-agent running back Fred Jackson, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday, is meeting with the Seahawks Tuesday and could sign with the team quickly, according to a report from NFL.com.

Jackson is 34 years old and has played for the Bills since 2006, and was a teammate there of Marshawn Lynch's, once beating out Lynch for the ...Read more

Bears remain vague on Alshon Jeffery mystery

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The Alshon Jeffery mystery has entered its third week with the Bears wide receiver missing yet another full week of practice because of a left calf injury.

Jeffery did not attend Tuesday's practice at Halas Hall, the team's final full practice before Week 1 preparation begins next week. Jeffery was also not present at Monday's practice after ...Read more

Tomlin: Steelers' Bryant has 'issues … bigger than football'

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Mike Tomlin said suspended wide receiver Martavis Bryant has issues bigger than football that need to be addressed. The coach confirmed Tuesday that the Steelers were aware of his impending four-game suspension for some time, which was reflected in their personnel decisions earlier this year.

A team source told the Post-Gazette on Monday that ...Read more

Dolphins cut longtime punter Brandon Fields, go with rookie Matt Darr

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Matt Darr is a three-time state champion thrower, a former high school linebacker and just two years removed from the college football doghouse.

Tuesday, he's the new punter for the Miami Dolphins.

Darr learned early Tuesday that he beat out former Pro Bowler Brandon Fields for the Dolphins' punting job, the latest sign that almost no familiar...Read more

Tebow to get his last shot at Eagles' No. 3 QB job

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After practice finished on Monday and Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez retreated to the Eagles' locker room, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow remained on the field for a few minutes of extra work.

Barkley and Tebow, in competition for the No. 3 job, must prepare for the final preseason game on Thursday. It will be a "big week" for those playing in the ...Read more

Judge to decide on Brady's suspension by Friday

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A federal judge said Monday that he will decide this week in the Deflategate scandal after the NFL and the Players Association representing Tom Brady failed to settle the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman met with both sides in his chambers for more than 45 minutes before emerging Monday morning.

"We did not reach a settlement,...Read more

Bills name Tyrod Taylor starting quarterback

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Tyrod Taylor is a Super Bowl champion. He also has never started an NFL game.

The second part is about to change as the Buffalo Bills announced Monday that Taylor will be their starting quarterback going into the 2015 season.

Taylor beat out Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel for the role after all three quarterbacks posted strong showings in the Bills...Read more

Judge to decide on Brady's suspension by Friday

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NEW YORK –– A federal judge said Monday that he will decide this week in the Deflategate scandal after the NFL and the Players Association representing Tom Brady failed to settle the case.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman met with both sides in his chambers for more than 45 minutes before emerging Monday morning.

"We did not reach a ...Read more

Cousins named Redskins starter, leaving Griffin in limbo

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Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden has named his Week 1 starting quarterback.

And it's not the guy he said it was going to be six months ago.

"Kirk Cousins will be the starter for 2015, moving forward," Gruden said Monday.

In February, Gruden announced that Robert Griffin III would be the team's starting quarterback "moving forward," ...Read more

Gloves in NFL have gained popularity but use is largely unregulated

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Odell Beckham Jr. was a rookie when he leaped, a superstar when he landed.

The New York Giants receiver made one of the signature plays of the 2014 NFL season with his 43-yard touchdown catch against Dallas, jumping and bending his body Matrix-style, then somehow securing the football with just three fingers.

In the aftermath of what some ...Read more

Packers' Randall Cobb down, but likely not out

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The horror that spawned after six offensive plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when the anterior cruciate ligament in Jordy Nelson's right knee severed, returned one week later and three snaps earlier, an offense perhaps beginning to wither.

It happened on the third play of the first possession for the Green Bay Packers, ...Read more

Bears cut two-time Pro Bowler Tim Jennings

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Tim Jennings has seen how situations can turn quickly, even for some of the NFL's highest-paid players.

When the Bears turned Halas Hall upside down in January and brought in a new front office and coaching staff, he was on alert. So he wasn't caught off guard in March when fellow cornerback Alan Ball was signed to a one-year contract for what ...Read more

Cowboys see a healthy, happy, MVP-type Romo

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Any questions about Tony Romo's readiness for the 2015 season should have gone away at the 9:07 mark of the second quarter against the Vikings on Saturday.

Romo delivered a vintage play, spinning away from a collapsing pocket and buying enough time to find rookie Lucky Whitehead running free in the end zone.

That marked Romo's second touchdown...Read more

Entering year three, Chiefs coach Andy Reid has his quarterbacks' trust

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The Chiefs like to joke that when it comes to the practice field, it's hard to sneak a mistake -- no matter how small -- past the big man in the bright red jacket.

"He doesn't miss anything," quarterback Alex Smith said of his coach, Andy Reid, with a grin. "He doesn't need the tape."

So imagine how detailed Reid must be when it comes to his ...Read more

Seahawks rally to beat Chargers, 16-15

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SAN DIEGO -- In the exhibition game regarded most like a dress rehearsal for the regular season, Seattle's defense and special teams looked pretty well groomed for opening night.

The offense, though, continued its preseason-long struggles by playing in a manner that would threaten to get the whole production shut down on opening night.

The No....Read more

Pryor's preseason debut as NFL wide receiver delayed again

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Browns wide receiver-in-training Terrelle Pryor is running out of chances to get on the field for preseason action and prove he deserves a roster spot.

Pryor sat out Saturday night when the Browns faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third exhibition game for both teams. He has yet to make his NFL debut as a receiver after ...Read more

Steve Smith ejected, John Harbaugh confronts Jay Gruden after on-field fight

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver were ejected for their roles in an on-field fight late in the first quarter of Saturday's preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium.

The issue developed after a third-down completion to wide receiver Kamar Aiken over the middle.

Washington linebacker ...Read more

Falcons, Jones reach five-year, $71.25 million contract extension

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Falcons agreed to a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension with wide receiver Julio Jones on Saturday.

Jones and the Falcons wanted to reach an agreement before the start of the regular season.

"We could not be more thrilled to make Julio a Falcon for life," Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank said. "Julio ...Read more

Del Rio wants Raiders to play and stay healthy

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has some mixed feelings approaching his team's third preseason game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

On one hand, he'd like to treat it like the dress rehearsal it typically is and see his starters play into the third quarter. On the other, a team that has gone through camp relatively healthy ...Read more