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Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle still in concussion protocol, questionable vs. Broncos; McDaniel optimistic about Armstead, Phillips

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle remained in concussion protocol Friday but has not been ruled out by coach Mike McDaniel ahead of Sunday’s home opener against the Denver Broncos.

Waddle will officially be listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. He has advanced to the point of limited practice ...Read more

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Ravens rule out 7 players Sunday, including Odell Beckham Jr., Justice Hill; Colts QB Anthony Richardson sidelined

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BALTIMORE — Through the first two games of the season, no NFL team has lost more players to injury than the Ravens. That trend will continue this week.

Baltimore will be without seven players for its Week 3 game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. Most notable among them are wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., running back...Read more

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Jets QB Aaron Rodgers not putting timetable on return to field

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NEW YORK — Aaron Rodgers said last week “anything is possible” when he was asked about returning to play this season in his first public comments since tearing his Achilles against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.

During his latest appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show,” the soon-to-be 40-year-old Jets quarterback said Friday he wasn’t ...Read more

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Micah Parsons blasts ESPN analyst Bart Scott for making light of Trevon Diggs' injury

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Bart Scott has been heavily criticized on social media for his comments when discussing Trevon Diggs' injury on ESPN's “First Take.”

On Thursday it was announced that Diggs tore his ACL in practice and would miss the remainder of the season.

When speaking about Diggs’ injury, Scott had this to say about the Dallas Cowboys cornerback:

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Panthers QB Bryce Young officially ruled out vs. Seahawks

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers (0-2) officially ruled out rookie quarterback Bryce Young (ankle) Friday for Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks (1-1).

Veteran backup Andy Dalton will start in Young’s place. Dalton has started 162 games during his 13-year career, including 14 games last season. Dalton has thrown ...Read more

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Joe Starkey: Nobody is expecting '40-point games' from Steelers, but offense better bust out now

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That would be my advice to the Steelers offense, and it's not an unreasonable ask. It's not a demand to recreate that perfect preseason. This is a football town; people know preseason football can be deceiving. It's not even a demand for scoring explosions every week.

It's just a rational, history-based request for a ...Read more

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49ers climb to 3-0 with home-opening rout of Giants

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Scoring 30 points and winning before a stadium packed with 49ers fans is the NFL’s most impressive early-season trend.

Thursday night’s extra element: this 30-12 victory over the New York Giants came in the 49ers’ home opener, following expected road wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers (30-7) and the Los Angeles Rams...Read more

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Raiders WR Davante Adams calls out teammates: 'You need everybody in football'

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LAS VEGAS — The game film indicated there were big plays for the taking in the Raiders’ lopsided loss Sunday at Buffalo.

To some, that creates optimism that better days are ahead. The theory is that the problem isn’t talent but execution.

To which star wide receiver Davante Adams rolls his eyes.

“I mean, it’s not a relief, honestly,...Read more

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Giants' Saquon Barkley reveals he has high ankle sprain before sitting out 49ers game

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Saquon Barkley’s right ankle sprain isn’t “ordinary” after all.

Barkley sustained a “high ankle sprain” in the Giants’ Week 2 win in Arizona, Taylor Rooks reported on Prime Video’s Thursday Night Football game coverage.

Barkley told this to Rooks directly on Wednesday. The high ankle sprain diagnosis ...Read more

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'Emotions run hot': Eagles' A.J. Brown explains his animated conversation with Jalen Hurts

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PHILADELPHIA — On Thursday afternoon following the Eagles’ first walk-through of the week, wide receiver DeVonta Smith shared lunch and a side of scripture with his teammate A.J. Brown in the NovaCare Complex cafeteria.

“Do not judge others and you will not be judged,” Smith read from the Gospel of Matthew in the locker room, repeating ...Read more

Despite calls for his job, embattled Steelers coordinator Matt Canada remains confident in his offense

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The Halloween costumes are back in full force on social media. This fictional one is labeled: High School Offensive Coordinator. Includes hat, sunglasses and 10-play playbook.

It's a funny bit on Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada that's made the rounds since 2021, the year he took over as the play caller.

That's not the only thing ...Read more

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Rams coach's decision begs the question: Do coaches try to cover spread?

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Rams coach Sean McVay said his decision to kick a field goal on the game’s final play against the 49ers on Sunday had nothing to do with covering the point spread.

Los Angeles was a 7½-point underdog most of the week before closing at +7. Down 10 with four seconds left, McVay opted for an otherwise meaningless 38-yard field goal as time ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: What happens to the Miami Dolphins' passing game if Jaylen Waddle doesn't play Sunday?

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Through all the Dolphins’ offensive injury chaos last season — quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, left tackle Terron Armstead, right tackle Austin Jackson, running back Raheem Mostert, to name a few — there were two constants, wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill.

Waddle and Hill, the speedsters who make life ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: How D'Andre Swift and the Eagles' run game saved the Old Men and the D (and Jalen Hurts)

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The Eagles are 2-0, but the Eagles have problems.

Their quarterback is a little gun-shy, a little rusty, and a little out of sorts.

So, run the ball.

Their frontline defenders are either too old, too young, or too hurt to be counted on to win games on their own.

So, run the ball.

Their first-time offensive coordinator, who calls the plays (...Read more

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Jets QB Zach Wilson hopes previous experiences vs. Patriots will help him in 5th career meeting

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Zach Wilson‘s history against the Patriots has been like a horror scene from ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.’

Wilson hopes to change that in his fifth career meeting against New England this Sunday.

“Every film is worth something,” Wilson said about his previous games against the Patriots. “There’s learning experiences from all of...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: Chiefs' Andy Reid is on cusp of more coaching history. Will he end as NFL wins leader?

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Around the time Andy Reid made his first national television appearance, as a 13-year-old competing in a Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Monday Night Football, he also was gazing into his future, and perhaps sowing its seeds, without even knowing it.

Not merely from that night at the Los Angeles Coliseum, from where it’s still hard to unsee ...Read more

John Niyo: Time to find out if Lions are out of their depth

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Federal Reserve conducts an annual stress test to see whether big banks have the required capital to survive an economic downturn, or even a worst-case scenario.

The NFL does something similar each season, albeit a bit more violently. And based on this week’s injury report, the Lions are undergoing their stress test...Read more

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There's not a hotter quarterback on 3rd down than Bucs' Baker Mayfield

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TAMPA, Fla. ― It can’t last. At some point before the first cool front sweeps through Tampa Bay, Baker Mayfield’s blistering hot streak on third down will be gone.

But for right now, nobody is playing better when it matters most in games than the Bucs quarterback.

The biggest reason for the team’s 2-0 start may be Mayfield’s success ...Read more

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'We believe in the process:' Luke Getsy has Justin Fields' back as Bears QB works through growing pains

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CHICAGO — With the Chicago Bears at 0-2, his offense struggling and his quarterback expressing frustration this week about playing “robotic” and wanting to more freely use his instincts, Luke Getsy had a lot of ground to cover during his weekly session with reporters Thursday morning.

Acknowledging the abnormal nature of the week, the ...Read more

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Sam McDowell: The Chiefs always put their eggs in the Patrick Mahomes basket. But now more than ever.

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Patrick Mahomes walked into the Chiefs facility Wednesday, three days after their first win of the season and four days before a visit from the Bears. He would talk about an offense that’s been slow out of gate, about defenses that are choosing more and more zone coverages against him and about how his receivers might be handling all of it.

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