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At 35, Broncos QB Russell Wilson believes he has more years ahead of him: 'I still got a little speed'

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DENVER — When Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson entered the league in 2012, his goal was to play until his 40s.

Now at 35 and playing some of his best football since his Seattle days, Wilson is confident he can reach that goal through his drive and work ethic.

“I still got a little speed,” Wilson said with a smile. “Every day, I get ...Read more

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Chris Perkins: Jeff Wilson Jr., Emmanuel Ogbah typify the character of 2023 Dolphins

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It couldn’t have been easy for Miami Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to watch fellow running backs Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane tear off big run after big run earlier this season. Both, to a certain extent, were making Wilson, who was on injured reserve, expendable.

In the same fashion, it was tough for ...Read more

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Jets' Allen Lazard on why he's not surprised with Aaron Rodgers' return: 'His stubbornness just to kind of prove everyone else wrong'

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NEW YORK — After the rest of the team came out on Wednesday, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on the practice field for the first time since tearing his Achilles four plays into his debut with the team on Sept. 11.

Many speculated if Rodgers would even return to practice before the end of the season. But his return didn’t seem to ...Read more

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Eagles' James Bradberry takes the high road after 49ers' Deebo Samuel doubles down on calling him 'trash'

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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles cornerback James Bradberry was greeted by nearly two dozen media members Wednesday afternoon when he arrived at his locker at the NovaCare Complex.

Before a single question was asked of the reigning All-Pro, Bradberry mulled, smirked, and said: “I already know what’s coming.”

Of course, Bradberry was reminded in ...Read more

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Bucs' Barrett raising water safety awareness after daughter's drowning

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TAMPA, Fla. — Shaquil Barrett is trying to prevent families from suffering a tragic drowning like the one that took the life of his 2-year-old daughter, Arrayah, in April.

The Bucs linebacker announced on Wednesday that he will be supporting the Arrayah Hope Foundation and Fifty50 Foundation Sunday as part of the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: The retiring DeSean Jackson, the most exciting Eagles star ever, made big plays -- and big mistakes

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PHILADELPHIA — The career of DeSean Jackson, the most dynamic player in Eagles history, officially ended Wednesday. For a franchise that featured Randall Cunningham, Michael Vick and Reggie White, that’s saying something.

In an era of mega-receivers, Jackson’s big-play ability transcended his position. There have been better Birds, but ...Read more

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Ray Fittipaldo: Steelers WR Diontae Johnson apologized, but is he wearing out his welcome with Steelers?

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson apologized to his teammates Wednesday morning for failing to play to the whistle after teammate Jaylen Warren fumbled. Johnson owned up to his mistake, but 15 months after the Steelers signed him to a two-year, $36 million deal, the front office might be contemplating Johnson's long-term future on...Read more

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Bailey Zappe leads QBs, Mac Jones sits out at start of Patriots practice Wednesday

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FOXBORO, Mass. — Patriots backup quarterback Bailey Zappe took the majority of reps in an initial passing drill during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday.

Undrafted rookie receiver/quarterback Malik Cunningham also threw during the drill that involved wide receivers and tight ends. Mac Jones did not take a single rep, and instead ...Read more

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NFL power rankings, Week 13

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Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, injuries and roster depth, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders.

Here are the rankings heading into Week 13:

1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1, No. 1 last week)

Last week: Win vs. Bills,...Read more

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Jets are opening QB Aaron Rodgers' 21-day practice window

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NEW YORK — After months of speculation, Aaron Rodgers will finally return to practice.

On Wednesday, Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters that Rodgers was cleared to return and the team will open his 21-day practice window. This is the first time Rodgers has returned to the field since tearing his Achilles four plays into the season opener ...Read more

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Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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NFL WEEK 13

GREG COTE’S THURSDAY NIGHT PICK

SEAHAWKS (6-5) at COWBOYS (8-3)

Line: DAL by 9.

Cote’s pick: DAL, 34-13.

TV: 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Prime Video.

We went a season-best 14-2 last week — and a rather incredible 14-2 against the spread as well. Clean slate now for Week 13, but need to keep the hand hot! No NFL team does home-...Read more

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DeSean Jackson to officially retire as an Eagle

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PHILADELPHIA — DeSean Jackson will officially retire as a member of the Eagles later this week.

The former Eagles wide receiver and 15-year veteran will be an honorary captain for the team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field and will hold a press conference on Friday to announce the news himself.

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John Romano: A Bucs decline was inevitable, but someone will still have to pay

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TAMPA, Fla. — Hey, remember when the Bucs traded for Rob Gronkowski a month after signing Tom Brady for $25 million a year? Wild, wild times.

And remember when they signed Leonard Fournette in September 2020 because Brady needed a more versatile running back? And remember when they signed Antonio Brown in October of that year even while he ...Read more

Pete Carroll vague on status of Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker III: 'There will be some questions'

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RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks playing again on Thursday meant the team does not have to release a game status report until Wednesday.

So, when coach Pete Carroll met the media Tuesday for the last time before Thursday’s kickoff at Dallas, he pretty much evaded specifics.

But when it came to running back Kenneth Walker III, who didn’t ...Read more

A potential path to a division title -- and maybe more -- is starting to come into focus for Steelers

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With the AFC lacking what appears to be a dominant team and a favorable schedule immediately ahead of them, the Steelers might not be blamed for thinking they can be more than just a potential playoff participant this season.

It is not far fetched to think they can be a division champ and — get this — even a top seed in the conference.

The...Read more

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Vikings will spend bye week figuring out who will be their QB

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MINNEAPOLIS — When the Vikings play their next game in Las Vegas on Dec. 10, they plan to have Justin Jefferson on the field for the first time in more than two months, catching passes from one of three quarterbacks who's never thrown to him in a game.

They'll spend their bye week figuring out which one of those quarterbacks it will be.

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Broncos OLB Nik Bonitto's patience paid off in fourth quarter vs. Browns. Is he on verge of another hot streak?

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The fourth-quarter blast of big plays probably felt like a long time coming for Nik Bonitto.

With the Broncos leading by two scores and Cleveland down to No. 3 quarterback P.J. Walker, Bonitto and the Denver front seven revved up the pass-rush engine.

He ripped around the left side for a sack on a second-and-11 early in the fourth.

On the ...Read more

Shaq Leonard expected to visit the Eagles after the free agent LB met with the Dallas Cowboys

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After not signing a deal following his visit with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, former Colts four-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard is now expected to visit with the Eagles, a source familiar with the situation told The Inquirer.

Leonard, the 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year and a three-time Pro Bowler, was waived by the Colts last ...Read more

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Scott Fowler: Here's the question I wanted to ask Panthers owner David Tepper at his news conference

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I didn’t get a chance to ask a question of Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper on Tuesday, as he and his PR folks froze me out of his 14-minute news conference.

The question that I planned to ask? I’m going to put it in this column instead.

First, though, let’s analyze one of the more remarkable things Tepper did say in the news ...Read more

Aaron Rodgers: Return from torn Achilles depends on health, if Jets are 'alive' in playoff race

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The Jets’ position in the postseason picture will be a factor in whether Aaron Rodgers tries to return from a torn Achilles this season — but not the only one.

First and foremost, Rodgers must be healthy enough to play before he considers whether a comeback makes sense, the 39-year-old quarterback said Tuesday during his weekly appearance ...Read more