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Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in concussion protocol

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Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is in concussion protocol, and his status for Sunday’s game against the Chargers is uncertain.

Garoppolo endured a rough night on Sunday against the Raiders and took some big hits against a physical Steelers defense. While he never came off the field, he was feeling the effects of the punishment he took and...Read more

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Chargers' Mike Williams out for rest of season with torn ACL

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The Chargers will be without wide receiver Mike Williams for the reminder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Williams was injured Sunday after making a catch late in the third quarter of the team's 28-24 victory at Minnesota. An MRI scan on Williams' left knee revealed the extent of the injury.

In his ...Read more

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How a 49ers mandate saved Keena Turner's life

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The wisest soul in the organization, a 49ers lifer who has provided perspective and counsel for decades, was uncharacteristically speechless.

Keena Turner heard the words yet couldn’t comprehend their meaning.

It was February of 2022, and a Stanford cardiologist was routinely delivering the results of an echocardiogram, the only two words of...Read more

Steelers offense comes through early and late to put away Raiders

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LAS VEGAS — The Steelers’ first time playing in Sin City brought a night of celebrities, from Mike Tyson to Carrie Underwood, but nothing was more of a spectacle than an offense that shook off the cobwebs and woke up from its two-week stupor.

Kenny Pickett turned in his best game of the season, the defense overcame penalties and mental ...Read more

Bob Wojnowski: 'Violent' Lions' defense dances all over Falcons in crucial win

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DETROIT — This is what fans desperately wanted to see, and what the Lions craved to show. If they’re truly to be a force this season, it’s exactly what they have to do.

Hit the quarterback. Punish the running back. Clobber the receivers. Get up, do it again.

The Lions’ defense sent the Falcons spinning backward Sunday, and it seemed ...Read more

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Mike Preston: Ravens loss to Colts was both a comedy and a tragedy

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BALTIMORE — The Ravens’ 22-19 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium was both a comedy and a tragedy.

When Colts quarterback Gardner Minshew II accidentally stepped out of the end zone for a safety to put the Ravens ahead, 19-16, with 2:06 left in regulation, the game should have been over.

After all, how ...Read more

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Dan Wiederer: Chicago Bears are low on morale and answers after another blowout loss at the end of a stressful week

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — What can you even say at this point? How can you even begin to process where these Chicago Bears are now and where they were Sunday evening as they made their way out of Arrowhead Stadium with crates full of doubt and frustration, distraction and confusion?

These Bears finished the first calendar month of what was supposed ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: That 70's Show! Miami Dolphins blitz Denver Broncos and grab enough history in doing so.

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Marino. Duper. Clayton. Moore. Nathan. Those 1984 Miami Dolphins that re-wrote the NFL record books? Get me rewrite. They never scored more than 45 points in a game.

These Dolphins kissed that number good-bye in Sunday’s third quarter.

Csonka. Kiick. Warfield. Morris. Griese. The 17-0, Perfect Season Dolphins? Ha! ...Read more

Ken Sugiura: On dismal day, Desmond Ridder, Falcons offense fail to measure up

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DETROIT – The Falcons’ hopes rode on Desmond Ridder’s right arm. An afternoon thin on points and first downs had still benevolently offered up a chance for Ridder’s team to close the margin to a field goal early in the fourth quarter. Perhaps they could conjure up another comeback.

It was fourth-and-4 at the Detroit 37-yard line. The ...Read more

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Seahawks pounce in second half to beat Panthers in Week 3

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SEATTLE — OK, so maybe this game wasn’t quite a perfect homage to the 2013 Super Bowl team in style.

But it certainly was in substance, as the Seahawks wore down and out-physicaled — and ultimately simply outplayed — the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Lumen Field, taking a 37-27 win on a day the team honored the only Super Bowl winning ...Read more

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In her 'football era'? Taylor Swift fans (mostly) excited she's in KC to watch Travis Kelce

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Taylor Swift said yes to Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce on Sunday — accepting his invitation to watch him play at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

And the reaction to her return to Arrowhead, where she played two huge shows in early July, came swiftly from her fans.

“I’m living for this,” one Swiftie gushed on ...Read more

Five things that stood out about the Chiefs' best outing yet, a blowout win vs. Bear

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Either the Chiefs offense is back, or the Bears are just that bad.

OK, it could be both.

But for one week, it doesn’t really matter. The Chiefs needed to string together a few offensive successes, and, well, they got more than a few.

They scored the game’s initial 41 points in a 41-10 win Sunday against visiting ...Read more

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Vikings fall to 0-3 with 28-24 loss to Chargers

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MINNEAPOLIS — Ten days after the Vikings lost back-to-back regular-season games for the first time under Kevin O'Connell, they fell to 0-3 when they were denied two chances for the go-ahead score on the Chargers' goal line in a 28-24 loss Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Kirk Cousins threw incomplete for Justin Jefferson on a fourth down with 2:...Read more

Colts stun Ravens, 22-19, with 53-yard field goal in OT after Lamar Jackson, offense struggle in crunch time

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BALTIMORE — Tropical storm Ophelia delivered only a glancing blow to Baltimore over the weekend, but the Ravens’ offense was still messy for much of a soggy Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.

A week after an impressive and well-balanced performance to beat the Bengals in Cincinnati, the offense struggled to find its rhythm after its ...Read more

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Patriots get right with 15-10 win over Jets in strong defensive performance

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — God bless Zach Wilson.

The Patriots can partially thank the Jets quarterback for a get-right game Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium. With a 15-10 Week 3 win over the Jets, the Patriots improved their record to 1-2.

The Patriots essentially closed the game out with Wilson taking a safety when outside linebacker ...Read more

Lions defense bounces back with dominant effort, grounds Falcons

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DETROIT — All week, the Detroit Lions didn't shy away from needing to overcome a sudden rash of injuries; they embraced it. And on Sunday, against the Atlanta Falcons, they proved their mettle, answering the challenge for the next guy and the next guy and the next guy to step up in a 20-6 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on ...Read more

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Miami Dolphins break franchise scoring record, rout Denver Broncos in home opener

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins don’t need much time to ignite their offense these days.

After three plays and a minute and 23 seconds, Tyreek Hill was already celebrating a touchdown catch with fans behind the wall beyond the corner of the end zone.

Hill’s 54-yard touchdown from Tua Tagovailoa was just the beginning of another ...Read more

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Alan Williams' resignation as Chicago Bears defensive coordinator was conduct-related, sources say

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the Chicago Bears try to focus on Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, information regarding the sudden and unusual resignation of defensive coordinator Alan Williams continues to trickle out.

Multiple sources told the Tribune that Williams’ departure from the team was conduct-related. ESPN’s Adam Schefter...Read more

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Brad Biggs: 4 ideas for the Bears to consider while trying to jump-start Justin Fields and a feeble offense

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CHICAGO — At 0-2, the Chicago Bears are scraping for answers.

The Bears made big headlines with the resignation of defensive coordinator Alan Williams on Wednesday and double media sessions with quarterback Justin Fields, who suggested coaching had, at least in part, led him to “robotic” play.

Well before coordinator Luke Getsy spoke ...Read more

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Jaylen Waddle ruled out for Broncos game; Dolphins elevate Robbie Chosen

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MIAMI — The Dolphins on Saturday ruled out wide receiver Jaylen Waddle for Sunday’s home opener against the Denver Broncos. Miami also elevated wide receiver Robbie Chosen and linebacker Cameron Goode from the practice squad for the Week 3 matchup.

Waddle was originally listed as questionable because of a concussion. He returned to practice...Read more