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Preparing Brett Hundley becomes Packers' No. 1 priority

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There was no ambiguity after the game Sunday about Mike McCarthy's plans for replacing injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and on Monday the Green Bay Packers coach was wondering if anyone had heard him say he's rolling with Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan.

Hours after the Packers announced that they were signing Callahan off ...Read more

National anthem protests take center stage when NFL players, owners meet this week

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NEW YORK -- It's ultra-rare for NFL players to participate in the annual fall meetings of the league's owners, but these are unusual times.

A group of players, their union's leader, and Commissioner Roger Goodell will join team owners Tuesday before the regularly scheduled meetings at the Conrad Hotel to discuss the national anthem controversy ...Read more

Mitch Trubisky's numbers not eye-popping, but John Fox sees growth

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The Bears had some things to celebrate and some to scrutinize Monday as they returned from Baltimore, where they pulled off a 27-24 overtime victory against the Ravens on Sunday. Here's what we learned at Halas Hall.

John Fox saw growth in Mitch Trubisky's decision-making against the Ravens.

Trubisky did something Sunday no rookie quarterback ...Read more

For Browns, Kizer looks like their starting quarterback again and 2017 feels like 2016

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Hue Jackson continued to indicate Monday he will likely reinsert DeShone Kizer into the starting lineup this week in hopes the rookie quarterback will help the Browns escape a dreaded feeling of deja vu their coach can't deny he's experiencing.

The Kevin Hogan experiment failed miserably in Sunday's 33-17 loss on the road to the Houston Texans,...Read more

Ezekiel Elliott not giving up, plans to file for TRO with New York judge

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is officially on the NFL's suspended list.

That happened Friday, a day after the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, granted the NFL a stay of the preliminary injunction blocking his six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy and ordered that his case against the league be ...Read more

Chiefs' running game seeks answers following brutal effort vs. Steelers

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Somewhat lost in the Chiefs' inability to slow down running back Le'Veon Bell in their 19-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday was their equally distressing inability to get any semblance of a ground game going.

The Chiefs ranked second in the NFL in rushing entering the contest at 156 yards per game, and boasted the NFL's leading ...Read more

Chiefs re-sign running back C.J. Spiller for the fourth time

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In the wake of an injury to running back Charcandrick West, the Chiefs have once again re-signed running back C.J. Spiller, sources told The Star.

This marks the fourth time the Chiefs have signed Spiller in the past year. Spiller, 29, was released at the 53-man roster deadline to create a spot for cornerback Steven Nelson. He was quickly re-...Read more

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

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