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Days later, Chiefs QB Alex Smith still hot about hit

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Two days after it occurred, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith still isn't happy about the hit he took to the back of his knees from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.

"I felt like it was extremely late," Smith said. "I felt there was nothing done there (by Mitchell) to avoid contact. It was really low from the back side. I thought it was about as ...Read more

Lions' Eric Ebron on his performance: 'It hasn't been the best'

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Eric Ebron admits his production could be better.

"It hasn't been the best," the Detroit Lions tight end said Tuesday. "But then again, it's early in the season and I can't be down upon myself. ... Ten games left and just go out there and play the rest of these 10 games and hopefully it all turns around for the offense entirely because not only...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football adds and drops for Week 7

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Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football -- I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues -- and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Here are my best bets for Week 7:

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WR Nelson Agholor, Eagles (ESPN:...Read more

The Martavis Bryant saga isn't easy to explain … even for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin

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The distraction of the week for the Steelers may just be in the media's mind, Mike Tomlin implied.

Martavis Bryant wants to be traded? Who said?

"I don't know where these reports come from," Tomlin said during his weekly news conference Tuesday. "Sometimes they come from family members or people close to them or sometimes they can come from ...Read more

Dolphins safety Nate Allen settles wrongful arrest lawsuit, report says

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The City of Fort Myers, Fla., has settled a lawsuit that will pay Miami Dolphins safety Nate Allen $440,000 for being wrongfully arrested in his hometown back in 2015, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

According to the newspaper, the Fort Myers City Council met on Monday in a closed-door session and unanimously agreed to pay Allen a ...Read more

New Raiders teammates excited to have NaVorro Bowman aboard

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Raiders hope to receive a jolt of adrenaline during a short week courtesy of new arrival NaVorro Bowman.

Bowman got to work quickly Monday after signing a one-year contract worth a reported $3 million, meeting with linebackers coach Sal Sunseri and participating in his first practice.

Coach Jack Del Rio didn't rule out ...Read more

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

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