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Rams' Goff is going from bystander to commander

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The last time Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff was in Levi's Stadium for an NFL game, he stood on the sideline wearing a sweatsuit.

The No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, who grew up and played college football in the San Francisco Bay Area, was inactive for the Rams' opener against the San Francisco 49ers last season. ...Read more

Cowboys' Cole Beasley: 'We're not worried' about Ezekiel Elliott

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FRISCO, Texas -- Count Cole Beasley among those within the Dallas Cowboys locker room who feel Ezekiel Elliott will bounce back from his worst professional game on Sunday.

Elliott was held to just 8 rushing yards on nine carries, and drew the ire of the coaching staff for a "lack of effort" on two interceptions thrown by Dak Prescott.

Beasley ...Read more

Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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L.A. RAMS (1-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO (0-2)

When: 8:15 p.m. EDT, NBC and NFL Network.

Line: Rams by 2.

Over/under: 40.

Sam Farmer's pick: Despite losing at home to Washington, the Rams are finally dynamic on offense. They're playing with confidence. The 49ers are pretty solid, but they just can't score. Rams 23, 49ers 16

(c)2017 Los Angeles ...Read more

Steelers' Watt says groin injury 'wasn't serious'

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Steelers rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt, who left the Vikings game with a groin injury and did not return, was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. He said a scan of his injury proved the injury is minor and cannot be injured further.

Watt said he originally sustained the injury in practice last week and aggravated it covering a ...Read more

Ben Roethlisberger on offense's slow start: 'No one is going to be perfect'

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Thirty points per game was the stated goal before the season. All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell were going to light up opposing defenses. The return of Martavis Bryant presence was going to add another dimension as was the arrival of rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Expectations were sky-high for the Steelers ...Read more

Gase declines to elaborate on Timmons suspension, leaves door open for return

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase declined to go into details on linebacker Lawrence Timmons' indefinite suspension on Wednesday, saying he prefers to keep the details in-house.

But in a key statement, Gase didn't rule out Timmons eventually returning to the team.

"It's going to be something I'm going to keep in house, and I'll decide on that later," ...Read more

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford: 'I've been through a lot with this knee'

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Though Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford said his left knee feels better than it did on Sunday, when he was unable to play in the team's 26-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, it remains unclear whether he will be able to start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bradford said he plans test his knee throughout the week, after a noncontact...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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RAMS (1-1) at 49ERS (0-2)

Line: LAR by 2.

Cote's pick: LAR 20-17.

TV: 8:25 p.m., NFL Network.

Today's challenge, kids: Make this typically stinky Thursday night matchup seem interesting to those who have no wagering or fantasy investment. OK. Hmm. Here we go! Um, two rebuilding teams with first-year head coaches! No? How about this: A pair ...Read more

After two injury-plagued years, Chiefs' Justin Houston is all the way back

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Shortly after his fourth-quarter interception in the Chiefs' 27-20 win over Philadelphia on Sunday, Chris Jones turned toward veteran teammate Justin Houston and did something you might not expect:

He challenged him.

"I need one -- I need a sack from you," Jones told Houston, playfully.

He did this purposely. Jones, 23, might be young, but he...Read more

Brotherly love will be put aside as LaFleurs take opposite sides in Rams-49ers game

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LOS ANGELES--It's a problem a mother is proud to have, one that with a little creativity is easily solved.

Kristi LaFleur couldn't decide which son to represent when Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and San Francisco 49ers receivers coach Mike LaFleur meet in an NFC West matchup Thursday.

So mom created a team of her own: "...Read more

Jim Caldwell doesn't take issue with Odell Beckham block on Jarrad Davis

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Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell did not take issue with a block by New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. that helped land rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis in the NFL's concussion protocol.

"It was a block," Caldwell said at his news conference Tuesday.

Asked if he thought the block was illegal or dirty, Caldwell said, "There was no ...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 3 NFL power rankings

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Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Falcons 2-0 (1). They continue to have the solution for the Packers, but losing pass rusher Vic Beasley for a month or so to a hamstring tear will hurt.

2. Chiefs 2-0 (3). They traded up in Round 3 to make Kareem Hunt the sixth running back drafted, and he's the most dynamic offensive player in the league...Read more

Dolphins acquire linebacker Stephone Anthony from Saints

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The Miami Dolphins addressed the team's void at linebacker by trading for former Clemson standout Stephone Anthony on the same day the Dolphins suspended Lawrence Timmons indefinitely following his disappearance Saturday ahead of Sunday's game.

The Dolphins sent New Orleans an undisclosed 2018 draft pick Tuesday for Anthony, who was the 31st ...Read more

Elliott waits for next legal move on his suspension, game status unclear

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Will the Dallas Cowboys have star running back Ezekiel Elliott on the field and in uniform against the Arizona Cardinals Monday?

That question has yet to be answered.

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which is based in New Orleans, but handles Texas district courts, did not rule on the NFL's motion for an emergency stay of the temporary ...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football adds and drops for Week 3

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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 3:

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RB Chris Carson, Seahawks (ESPN: ...Read more

Panthers place Olsen on injured reserve, promote rookie fullback Armah

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The Panthers have placed tight end Greg Olsen on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on Monday to repair his broken right foot.

The team confirmed the move on Tuesday. Olsen, an 11-year veteran in the NFL, has not previously missed a game since his rookie season.

"He broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot -- it's called a Jones ...Read more

Lawrence Timmons suspended indefinitely by Dolphins after going AWOL on Saturday

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The Miami Dolphins have suspended Lawrence Timmons indefinitely following his puzzling disappearance from the team Saturday ahead of Sunday's 19-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Timmons had spent his previous 10 seasons in the NFL establishing himself as a leader off the field, and a pillar of consistency on it. But his disappearance from ...Read more

Former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman training to join the FBI

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Forget unsuspecting NFL wide receivers. The next guy Charles Tillman executes the "Peanut Punch" on might be a fugitive running from the law.

The former Chicago Bears cornerback recently began training to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation, multiple individuals told the Tribune, including a high-ranking law enforcement source who is not ...Read more

Browns put wide receiver Corey Coleman on injured reserve

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The Browns placed starting wide receiver Corey Coleman on injured reserve Tuesday, meaning he'll miss at least seven games this season.

Coleman suffered a broken right hand in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and had surgery Monday afternoon to repair a fractured metacarpal. The 15th overall pick in last year's draft broke a ...Read more

Lions' defense, special teams lead way in 24-10 win over Giants

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They had every reason to fail Monday.

They were on the road, on the brightest of Monday night stages, against a desperate team with a good defense and a star wide receiver who gutted his way onto the field.

But with so much stacked against them, the Detroit Lions instead gave everyone reason to believe they are for ...Read more