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Aaron Hernandez found to have CTE and early brain atrophy

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in April while serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Boston University's CTE Center announced Thursday.

Hernandez died at age 27 and is one of the youngest former NFL players known to have the ...Read more

Gase: Still no decision on Timmons' return to Dolphins

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he still hasn't decided whether linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who is suspended indefinitely, will return to the team this season. Gase also said Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum has taken over the Timmons matter, for the most part.

"I haven't made any decisions," Gase said Thursday. "I'm going...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football Week 3 start/sit

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Et tu, David Johnson?

It seems every year we get players responding negatively to fans/fantasy owners about fantasy sports on Twitter or in an interview.

Martellus Bennett tweeted earlier this month: "I don't care about your fantasy football team. Thanks! Sincerely real life football guy."

Last week, Odell Beckham tweeted: "No offense. I ...Read more

Jordy Nelson practices, Randall Cobb does not for Packers

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy moved practice back two hours Wednesday, perhaps hoping to squeeze a little more healing time into the team's weekly practice schedule.

McCarthy said Wednesday before practice that 13 players would be listed on the injury report and take part only in rehab while the rest of the team ...Read more

Packers likely to lighten Ty Montgomery's hefty early load

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In recent years, a popular line of questioning for Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers examined the playing time for veteran outside linebacker Julius Peppers, a physical specimen known for his durability.

At age 36 for much of last season -- he turned 37 four days before the NFC Championship game -- Peppers ...Read more

Illness takes valuable Chargers reserve out of lineup

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Valuable reserve tackle Chris Hairston was lost to the Los Angeles Chargers for the rest of the season Wednesday when the six-year veteran from Clemson was placed on the non-football illness list.

The team did not disclose Hairston's illness. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Hairston, who played left and right tackle, was sitting ...Read more

Seahawks' Richard Sherman says NFL injury reports are 'for gamblers'

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Cornerback Richard Sherman legitimately had an injury last week, a hamstring issue that crept up in the Seahawks' season opener at Green Bay and caused him to miss two practices before Sunday's 12-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

But Sherman said he thinks there's a somewhat illegitimate reason the NFL cares so much about publicizing the ...Read more

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

 

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