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Teddy Bridgewater cleared for practice; Vikings plan to bring him along slowly

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This week, more than 13 1/2 months after he injured his left knee in the Vikings' final practice of the 2016 preseason, Teddy Bridgewater will make his return.

Dr. Dan Cooper, who performed the surgery in September 2016 to repair torn ligaments in Bridgewater's left knee, cleared the quarterback to return to practice Monday morning, and coach ...Read more

Steelers' Martavis Bryant denies asking for a trade

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Despite many reports to the contrary, Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant said Monday afternoon that he did not request a trade from the Steelers and is "good to go." Bryant's comments came some 14 hours after news broke that he had requested a trade, the result of his unhappiness with his usage in the offense.

"No, I'm good, man," Bryant said ...Read more

NaVorro Bowman will reportedly sign one-year deal with Raiders

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Former 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman will sign a one-year, $3 million deal with the Oakland Raiders, per multiple reports.

Bowman visited the Raiders on Monday and had a visit scheduled with the Dallas Cowboys for Tuesday.

Bowman was released by the 49ers last week and brings a veteran presence to the Oakland linebacking corps. Raiders ...Read more

Cowboys at the bye: Breaking down the good, the bad and what needs to happen

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The Dallas Cowboys managed to create plenty of drama during their bye week.

After falling below .500 with Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones became the first NFL owner to declare he'd discipline players who protested during the national anthem.

That didn't sit well with some players and the team met with Jones on...Read more

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers breaks collarbone, could miss rest of season

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Green Bay Packers' hopes of winning a Super Bowl have absorbed an enormous dent. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was playing some of the best football of his terrific career, suffered a broken right collarbone Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Shortly after halftime the Packers announced Rodgers could miss the rest of the ...Read more

Novak field goal as time expires gives Chargers win, Raiders' fourth straight loss

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Just three weeks ago, the Raiders were one of three undefeated teams left in the NFL.

Now they're on a precipitous downfall with no clear-cut solution to stop the bleeding, and arguably one of the best football teams marches into the Coliseum in just four days.

Everyone within the team insists the Raiders are so close. ...Read more

Bears' first road win since 2015 wasn't pretty, but they'll take what they can get

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There was reason to exhale and occasion to laugh late Sunday afternoon in the visiting locker room at M&T Bank Stadium. Somehow, in a game they controlled yet probably still should have lost, the Bears had seized -- or maybe salvaged or more accurately stolen back -- a 27-24 overtime upset of the Ravens. That meant, thankfully, they had an ...Read more

Hue Jackson, Deshaun Watson star in Browns' latest text-related saga

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HOUSTON -- What's with the Browns and text messages?

There was the time former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel urged the Browns to draft him in 2014 by texting then-quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains something along the lines of let's "wreck this league."

We all know how that one turned out.

Later the same year, ex-Browns general manager Ray ...Read more

Rams bounce back to beat Jaguars, 27-17

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A long road trip got a lot more enjoyable for the Los Angeles Rams.

A 27-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday ensured the Rams a pleasant stay in Florida as they prep for the second leg of the excursion to London.

Pharoh Cooper returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Malcolm Brown returned a blocked ...Read more

Confusion on whether Panthers LB Luke Kuechly sustained concussion vs. Eagles

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Did he or didn't he?

That's the question Panthers fans and NFL followers were asking Sunday after confusion emerged as to whether middle linebacker Luke Kuechly actually had a concussion Thursday night in Carolina's loss to Philadelphia.

Citing league sources, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Kuechly "passed the test" and the team does not ...Read more

Steelers prevail 19-13 against Chiefs in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Steelers delivered a knockout blow to the last remaining undefeated NFL team, holding on for a 19-13 victory.

After losing two of the past three games, the Steelers smothered Kansas City's offense in the first half and held their breath as the Chiefs mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter.

They raised their record to ...Read more

Lions lose wild game to Saints, but odds of NFC North title improve

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NEW ORLEANS -- Forget the final score, a mildly respectable yet totally exhilarating 52-38 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

What happened at the Superdome on Sunday won't soon be forgotten.

In many ways, the Detroit Lions played their worst game of the Jim Caldwell era.

Matthew Stafford turned the ball over five times. The Saints scored three ...Read more

Beathard-inspired comeback falls short for winless 49ers, lose to Redskins, 26-24

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LANDOVER, Md. -- Rookie C.J. Beathard replaced an ineffective Brian Hoyer at quarterback Sunday and sparked a valiant comeback, but the 49ers ultimately remained winless and fell 26-24 at host Washington.

The 49ers (0-5) have now lost a NFL-record five straight games by three points or less, getting defeated in overtime on the road the previous...Read more

Ravens' two special teams touchdowns not enough in overtime loss to Bears, 27-24

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BALTIMORE -- It turned out that the Ravens' rally from 11 points down with just over five minutes to play simply delayed the inevitable.

Chicago Bears kicker Connor Barth made a 40-yard field goal with just over two minutes left in overtime as the Ravens fell, 27-24, in front of an announced 70,716 at M&T Bank Stadium that arrived late and left...Read more

Vikings knock out Aaron Rodgers, Packers in 23-10 win

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago Bears has started the season 2-4, after defeating the Ravens in Baltimore. The Detroit Lions are 3-3, losers of two straight games after their defense was filleted for 52 points on Sunday. And the Green Bay Packers -- still tied with the Vikings atop the NFC North at 4-2 after a 23-10 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium on ...Read more

Kevin Hogan throws three interceptions, Browns fall to Watson, Texans, 33-17

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HOUSTON -- Browns quarterback Kevin Hogan provided a spark in his first NFL start, but it was for the wrong team.

Hogan threw three interceptions and committed an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone for a safety as the Browns fell 33-17 to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

With Browns coach Hue Jackson benching rookie quarterback ...Read more

Dolphins rally to beat Falcons, 20-17, in stunning win

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ATLANTA -- Something magical happened in Atlanta on Sunday, interrupting what looked like a Dolphins drubbing and sending the Dolphins to their most stunning win in recent memory.

Down 17-0 at halftime, the Dolphins suddenly showed a pulse, erasing a large deficit and upsetting the heavily-favored Atlanta Falcons, 20-17, with a shocking 20-0 ...Read more

Report: ex-49er NaVorro Bowman to visit Raiders

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NaVorro Bowman might not be straying far in his first foray as a free agent.

Bowman, granted his release Friday by the 49ers, will visit the Raiders "in the coming days," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning.

The 49ers released Bowman only after he vetoed a trade, and that potential partner was identified Sunday as the New ...Read more

Rams must find a way to contain Fournette

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the days leading up to the start of their 11-day trip, the Los Angeles Rams spent time making sure they were appropriately packed, including passports required for the second leg to London.

So it's probably a good thing that film study of the Jacksonville Jaguars' tendencies was relatively uncomplicated.

There is no ...Read more

A forgotten man last season, Ravens' Buck Allen steps to forefront of improved running game

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It was extremely hard to accept, but Ravens running back Buck Allen had been through the experience before. He knew how to handle the disappointment, how to push aside any potential feelings that he wasn't wanted or valued, and how to stay ready if his opportunity did come.

As a redshirt freshman at the University of Southern California, Allen ...Read more