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Bears receiver Anthony Miller day to day with left shoulder issue

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The Bears are going to be "smart" with rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller, coach Matt Nagy said Monday, after Miller left Sunday's victory in Arizona on two occasions with what Nagy termed a dislocated left shoulder.

Miller was originally injured when he attempted to shield himself from Cardinals cornerback Bene Benwikere on a short crossing ...Read more

How Lions' Kerryon Johnson ended five years of rushing futility

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Kerryon Johnson was a junior in high school the last time a Lions running back rushed for 100 yards in a game.

It was Thanksgiving of 2013, and to the best of Johnson's recollection, he was playing in an Alabama state playoff game that day.

"You probably ran for 200" yards that day, a reporter suggested Sunday.

"Probably, yeah," Johnson said....Read more

Dolphins DE William Hayes tears ACL trying to avoid roughing-the-passer penalty on sack

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Miami Dolphins veteran defensive end William Hayes is done for the season after suffering an injury while trying to abide by a controversial NFL rule.

Hayes tore the ACL in his right knee while sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the second quarter of Sunday's 28-20 victory.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Monday that Hayes ...Read more

Falcons safety Ricardo Allen out for season with torn Achilles

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons safety Ricardo Allen suffered a torn Achilles and is out for the season.

The team announced the extent of the injury Monday morning. It was first reported by ESPN.com Monday.

Allen, who signed a three-year $19.5 million contract extension over the offseason, was injured in overtime of the 43-37 loss to the Saints...Read more

Browns name rookie Baker Mayfield their 30th starting quarterback since 1999

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BEREA, Ohio -- The Browns hope the 30th time is the charm.

Rookie Baker Mayfield will become the 30th quarterback to start for the Browns (1-1-1) since 1999 when they visit the Oakland Raiders (0-3) on Sunday.

Browns coach Hue Jackson named Mayfield the starter after Monday's practice, a move everyone knew would be made after the No. 1 overall...Read more

49ers Jimmy Garoppolo test results confirm ACL tear to left knee

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jimmy Garoppolo's season indeed is over, as a MRI exam Monday confirmed he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in the 49ers' loss Sunday at Kansas City.

C.J. Beathard, who went 1-4 last season as a rookie starter, will now replace Garoppolo as the injury-laden 49ers (1-2) next face the Los Angeles ...Read more

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey's career day should change narrative about what he is

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It really isn't complicated.

When the Carolina Panthers' offense, led by coordinator Norv Turner, sees defensive looks that make it advantageous to utilize dual-threat running back Christian McCaffrey as a receiver, they line him up at receiver.

When they see looks that make it advantageous to utilize McCaffrey as a running back, they line him...Read more

Lions dominate Tom Brady, Patriots in 26-10 win

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DETROIT -- The fans were going crazy.

Lions running back Kerryon Johnson was sitting on the bench and they flashed his picture on the scoreboard in Ford Field. He had 101 yards.

Yes, the Lions had an honest to goodness 100-yard rusher for the first time in forever. His teammates were celebrating, jumping up and down, and the crowd was going ...Read more

Mac Engel: Cowboys offense digs a new humiliating hole in Seattle

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SEATTLE -- The Dallas Cowboys should trade for Earl Thomas on the condition that he not only play safety but wide receiver and quarterback, too.

The grumpy Seattle Seahawks safety wants to be a Cowboy, and at this point he should re-consider his position; the team he wants to play for is not the group that exists.

The Dallas Cowboys of 2016, ...Read more

Saints shut down run, defeat Falcons in shootout, 43-37 in overtime

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ATLANTA -- The Saints invited the Falcons into the shootout.

Almost 1,000 yards and after the ninth lead change, the Saints prevailed 43-37 in overtime over the Falcons on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Quarterback Drew Brees scored on a 1-yard run on the 15th play of overtime to help the Saints improve to 2-1. The Falcons dropped to 1-2 on ...Read more

Bears seize first place with 16-14, comeback win against Cardinals

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan intercepted Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen with 1 minute, 10 seconds to play to help preserve a 16-14 victory at State Farm Stadium on Sunday.

After the Bears forced Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford to fumble in the fourth quarter, they took a 16-14 lead on Cody Parkey's 43-yard ...Read more

Rams defeat Chargers in first bout of 'Fight for L.A.'

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LOS ANGELES -- Jared Goff, the young upstart, won a duel with Philip Rivers in the first game of the so-called Fight for L.A.

Goff passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams defeated the Chargers, 35-23, before an estimated crowd of 68,000 on Sunday at the Coliseum.

Goff, a third-year pro, completed 29 of 36 passes, with one ...Read more

Behind Chris Carson and a rejuvenated run game, Seahawks beat Cowboys, 24-13, to avoid 0-3 start

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SEATTLE -- Maybe the Seahawks looked like a team in disarray as kickoff neared Sunday following a week of questions about offense's fit with Russell Wilson's talents and then Earl Thomas' mysterious asking out of practices.

Certainly those who bet on games thought so as the line shifted from Seattle being favored by three points early in the ...Read more

Vikings humbled, hammered by Bills in 27-6 loss

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The structure of the Vikings' schedule dictates they will have to regroup quickly after Sunday's 27-6 loss against the Buffalo Bills, with a Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Rams looming before a NFC Championship Game rematch with the Philadelphia Eagles.

If there's any silver lining in what's facing the Vikings over ...Read more

In Carson Wentz's 2018 debut, Eagles defense again comes through in clutch, defeat Colts

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PHILADELPHIA -- Carson Wentz returned to the lineup for the Eagles, but left thanking his defense after the Eagles' 20-16 win on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Derek Barnett tripped Andrew Luck just enough for the Indianapolis Colts quarterback to lose his footing on a decisive fourth down 4 yards away from taking the lead with 73 seconds ...Read more

Sacks, takeaways put Panthers, defense back on track in victory over Bengals

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Now that was more like the defense the Carolina Panthers are accustomed to.

A week after the Atlanta Falcons ran over and passed through this Panthers defense with ease, it was clear from the start of Sunday's 31-21 victory over against the Cincinnati Bengals that that same cavalier attitude wouldn't be tolerated. And boy, ...Read more

Ravens overcome shaky start to beat Broncos, 27-14, and move into tie for first place in AFC North

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BALTIMORE -- Ninety minutes before kickoff Sunday, the Ravens announced the news they had been hoping to avoid hearing all week. Linebacker C.J. Mosley was out. Defensive tackle Michael Pierce was out. A defense that had been shredded through much of its first loss of the season was missing two of its top players, not to mention the already ...Read more

Chiefs outlast 49ers and move to 3-0 with victory in home opener

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Patrick Mahomes dazzled in the first half of his Arrowhead debut, but it was ultimately up to the defense to get a crucial stop in the fourth quarter to preserve the Chiefs' 38-27 win over the 49ers on Sunday.

That the Chiefs (3-0) were even in this predicament after leading 35-7 was largely a byproduct of shaky defense in ...Read more

Dolphins' speed shines bright in 28-20 win over Raiders, Miami's first 3-0 start since 2013

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins fans were not shy to share their displeasure with the offense by booing early in the first half on Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

Those feelings surely did not last for long.

Dolphins speedster Jakeem Grant scored two touchdowns, newcomer Albert Wilson high-fived Grant before he put the ...Read more

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hurt; team fears he may have torn ACL

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jimmy Garoppolo's fourth-quarter knee injury overshadowed all else that went wrong in the 49ers' 38-27 loss Sunday to a high-powered Kansas City Chiefs team.

Garoppolo got hurt on a third-down scramble to the Chiefs 7-yard line, where he endured a helmet-to-helmet collision with cornerback Steven Nelson with 5:17 remaining. ...Read more