Rams will have to keep close watch on Beckham

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CLEVELAND -- The matchups were memorable, not for their seriousness but for the fun.

After the 2014 and 2016 seasons, cornerback Aqib Talib played against star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the Pro Bowl, the NFL's annual exhibition that is heavy on camaraderie and light on real competition.

"That's playing around," Talib said last week. "...Read more

Trying to bring Cleveland back to relevance is perfect job for Kitchens

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CLEVELAND -- It didn't last long, but the year before he got back into football, Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens was a used-car salesman.

Such an odd fit for the plain-speaking Kitchens, a former Alabama quarterback who has always been a people person but can't get out of the way of his own candor.

"I like being straight up and honest ...Read more

Bears kicker Pineiro suffers 'minor' knee injury in weight room and is questionable for Redskins game

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CHICAGO -- Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro suffered a right knee injury in the weight room Friday and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Redskins, coach Matt Nagy said Saturday. Pineiro is right-footed.

Nagy characterized the injury as "minor" and believes Pineiro will play. However, there was uncertainty about Pineiro's ...Read more

Eddy Pineiro's leg, motivation and swagger could help Bears break the Curse of Robbie Gould

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CHICAGO -- The meeting happened on the Soldier Field sideline before kickoff of the Bears' season opener against the Packers.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, one of Chicago's higher-profile Bears fans, shook kicker Eddy Pineiro's hand, thanked him for what he had done so far and encouraged him to keep it up.

"I was like, 'What?! This is awesome,' " ...Read more

How rookie deals of Ravens' Lamar Jackson, Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes can help keep teams' cores together

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It is forever tempting to build a team around a young quarterback, but it is almost never easy. There are developmental hiccups and physical limitations, injuries and inconsistencies. Starting quarterbacks are the Jenga piece that can't be bungled, and only so many come ready-made. Drew Brees, the NFL's all-time passing leader, didn't make the ...Read more

Rams' Everett gets his chance to prove he's a starter

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LOS ANGELES--It's been a while since tight end Gerald Everett started for the Los Angeles Rams.

He did it twice as a rookie in 2017 but played behind Tyler Higbee every game last season as the Rams made a run to the Super Bowl.

With Higbee sidelined because of a bruised lung suffered in the victory over the New Orleans Saints last week, ...Read more

Richard Sherman sees NBA's 'player empowerment' coming to NFL

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Star NFL players are beginning to take after their NBA counterparts by taking more control of their careers. And 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman believes it's ultimately good for the sport.

"I think it's good for the game just because it gives something different," Sherman said. "It's not as predictable."

Fans of ...Read more

Calvin Johnson: Lions 'wanted me to change my story' about suffering concussions

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DETROIT -- Two former Detroit Lions football players publicly criticized the team Friday for the way it handled concussions under former coaches Jim Caldwell and Jim Schwartz.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson said in a Sports Illustrated interview that the Lions "wanted me to change my story" about suffering a concussion in a 2012 game against the ...Read more

Jerry Jones explains what went wrong for Taco Charlton with Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys officially gave up on defensive end Taco Charlton on Wednesday, waiving the 2017 first-round pick and labeling him a franchise bust forever

Charlton, who notched four sacks in just 27 games with the Cowboys, was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and could face his former team Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys have gone out ...Read more

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson will miss game vs. Lions with abdominal injury

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles' receiving corps will have its depth tested once again Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Still healing from an injured abdomen, DeSean Jackson will miss the home game. Fellow wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and tight end Dallas Goedert are questionable with calf injuries.

Coach Doug Pederson announced Jackson's status ...Read more

Josh Rosen's aggressive approach earned him Dolphins' starting QB job

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Josh Rosen's two impressive deep passes during Sunday's 43-0 loss to the New England Patriots caught the attention of everyone in South Florida, including the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff.

Although both passes were dropped by receivers, Rosen's ability to spread the field provided hope for Miami's struggling offense.

Miami's ...Read more

Amid Jalen Ramsey rumors, Ravens coach John Harbaugh coy on trade speculation

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BALTIMORE -- Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade and the Ravens are reportedly in the mix. Multiple reports have linked the Ravens to Ramsey, for whom the Jaguars are reportedly seeking two first-round draft picks.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was vaguely asked Friday how much he pays attention to ...Read more

Panthers QB Cam Newton ruled out for Sunday's game vs. Cardinals with foot injury

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has officially been ruled out for the team's game this weekend against Arizona, coach Ron Rivera said Friday.

Kyle Allen, a second-year quarterback out of Houston who went undrafted, will start in Newton's place.

"He's actually come a long way, but the unfortunate part was last week ...Read more

How a Miami videographer wound up in center of Antonio Brown's league-altering summer

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While the world freaked out about a minute and 57 seconds of more Antonio Brown insanity, the mind behind the mad-genius idea of incorporating Jon Gruden's own secretly recorded words into a video about Brown sat in silence.

In a vast backyard somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alejandro Narciso sat with his feet dangling in a pool, head ...Read more

Chiefs' speed, mobility of QB Patrick Mahomes pose tough test for Ravens defense in rematch

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Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey received a straight-forward text message from his father, former NFL running back Bobby Humphrey, about his team's upcoming Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs: Be ready to run.

"My dad just sent me a text, saying, 'You better have your track shoes on this week,'" Humphrey told reporters Wednesday.

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Rams Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley well-armed for stiff competition with tacklers

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LOS ANGELES -- It began as a typical Cooper Kupp reception.

In last week's victory over the New Orleans Saints, the Rams' slot receiver lined up on the left side, and then broke toward the middle of the field, catching a pass from quarterback Jared Goff at the 40-yard line. Kupp ran with the ball for 10 yards -- and then things got interesting....Read more

Rosen has risen for sinking Dolphins

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What a few weeks ago was a burning question -- who will start at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins -- is now little more than a quaint curiosity.

The team's one-time burning question sits under all the rubble of the first two weeks, when the woeful Dolphins were outscored, 102-10, traded two of their best players, and signed 13 players off the...Read more

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen 'continuing to take the proper steps'

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As the Vikings gathered for their team meeting on Wednesday morning, Mike Zimmer had a series of plays he wanted to show them from Everson Griffen's game in Green Bay on Sunday.

The highlights -- of the defensive end dipping his shoulder low as he banked around David Bakhtiari in the first quarter, of him bull-rushing Lane Taylor...Read more

Rams the choice over Browns in Sunday Night Football

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The Los Angeles Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 10-6 (.625); season 19-12-1 (.613). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-8 (.500); season 15-16-1 (.484). All times eastern....Read more

Life-size Patrick Mahomes cutout stolen from McDonald's, suspects crash car in getaway

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The real Patrick Mahomes likely would have avoided the other car and then thrown an 80-yard touchdown pass.

Alas, a pair of alleged thieves in Lawrence, Kan., didn't prove to be as elusive as Mahomes, the Chiefs' star quarterback.

Patrick Compton of the Lawrence Police Department said officers responding to a two-car injury crash at 9th and ...Read more