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Manish Mehta: Le'Veon Bell will have a chance to exact revenge against Adam Gase

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NEW YORK — Le'Veon Bell will have a first chance to exact sweet revenge when a lifeless opponent rolls into town Sunday.

Bell versus Adam Gase is the headliner for an otherwise predictable affair between the juggernaut Chiefs and 0-7 Jets. The outcome between the reigning Super Bowl champions and the only winless team in the NFL isn't in ...Read more

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Patriots to place Julian Edelman on injured reserve

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The Patriots will be without wide receiver Julian Edelman for at least three weeks.

According to the NFL Network, the Patriots are placing Edelman on the injured reserve after the receiver underwent knee surgery on Thursday morning.

The 34-year-old was ruled out of Sunday's matchup in Buffalo, but now he'll also miss the Patriots upcoming ...Read more

Paul Zeise: Steelers defense will lead the way Sunday against the Ravens

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers play the Ravens on Sunday in what is no doubt the biggest game of the week in the NFL. It is the second week in a row all eyes around the NFL will be on the game involving the Steelers.

This matchup has become the NFL's best rivalry game. There are older rivalries like Packers-Bears and Washington-Cowboys, but none ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: The matchups the 49ers must win to beat the Seahawks

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There will not be a 12th Man in Seattle on Sunday, but that won't make the Seahawks a pushover for the Niners in the first of two rivalry games this year.

The 49ers are a team in constant flux because of injuries but have shown resilience and depth that should be the envy of the league. The Seahawks are a team that has perceived stability ...Read more

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Rams activate A'Shawn Robinson, who could make debut Sunday in Miami

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LOS ANGELES — The NFL trading deadline is Tuesday, and these Los Angeles Rams never have been shy about making a splash.

In 2018 they traded for edge rusher Dante Fowler. Last season they dealt cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and then traded for cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

The Rams are 5-2 heading into Sunday's game against the...Read more

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Giants' Saquon Barkley has successful surgery on torn right ACL

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NEW YORK — Saquon Barkley underwent successful surgery on his right knee in Los Angeles on Friday, 40 days after his season-ending injury in Chicago in Week 2.

Barkley had surgery to repair a torn ACL and a cleanup done to repair a partially torn meniscus. He also had strained the MCL in his right knee on Sept. 20, so the surgery was delayed ...Read more

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Chargers avoid major COVID-19 disruption as they prepare for Broncos

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LOS ANGELES — The Chargers returned to practice Friday and remain on schedule to play Sunday at Denver following offensive lineman Ryan Groy's positive test for COVID-19.

After Groy's results came back around midnight Wednesday, coach Anthony Lynn decided to cancel practice Thursday. The players who already were at the team's facility were ...Read more

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Cowboys list QB Andy Dalton as doubtful but not yet out for Eagles game

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FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have officially listed quarterback Andy Dalton as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dalton has not yet been ruled out, but the Cowboys are not holding out much hope.

Owner Jerry Jones said Dalton, "should be ready to go next week," on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan Friday.

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Le'Veon Bell's former OC Todd Haley trashes Adam Gase for 'fraudulent talk' and poor coaching

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NEW YORK — The coach who helped turn Le'Veon Bell into a superstar had some choice words for the coach who derailed his career.

Former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley unloaded on Adam Gase for failing to have a clue on how to properly use the multi-talented player.

"I was very frustrated for him in New York," Haley said on The ...Read more

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Will Hernandez won't play Monday; Giants get everyone else back after negative coronavirus tests

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NEW YORK — Starting left guard Will Hernandez will miss Monday night's Giants-Buccaneers game due to his confirmed positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday.

But the good news is Hernandez is feeling well. Plus, the Giants got all nine of their quarantined close contact players and coaches back for Friday's practice after they all tested negative. ...Read more

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Jason Pierre-Paul on his former team: 'I'm going to destroy the Giants'

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TAMPA, Fla. — Jason Pierre-Paul had a broken neck and was at home in south Florida when the Bucs played the Giants last season and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones ran for the what proved to be the winning touchdown for his former team.

"That last play, I knew he was going to run the ball. Just on my couch, looking," Pierre-Paul said Friday. "...Read more

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Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is not making excuses on his league-leading 7 penalties

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CHICAGO — Akiem Hicks spent the week putting some "deep thought" into the matter.

That's required when officials throw their yellow flags at you four times in one game, as they did to Hicks on Monday night in the Bears' 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Hicks has been the fierce leader of a strong Bears defense this season with 3 1/2 sacks...Read more

Odell Beckham Jr. thanks fans, says knee injury 'doesn't make much sense'

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While Odell Beckham Jr. thanked fans and revealed his emotions in the wake of his season-ending knee injury, Jarvis Landry is leading the way as the Browns move on without their three-time Pro Bowl receiver.

In a heartfelt story posted on Instagram Friday, Beckham made his first comments since he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in ...Read more

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Source: Vikings linebacker Todd Davis tests positive for COVID-19

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MINNEAPOLIS — Linebacker Todd Davis tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday morning, a league source said, but the Vikings are proceeding as scheduled for Sunday's game in Green Bay.

The Vikings held practice on Friday morning, when Davis was not present. He was placed on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list in the afternoon, joining rookie ...Read more

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Ravens sign All-Pro LT Ronnie Stanley to huge contract extension through 2025

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BALTIMORE — The Ravens signed All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley to a five-year contract extension Friday, building on their commitment to retaining homegrown talent with a massive deal for one of the team's most important pillars.

Stanley, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, agreed to a new deal worth $112.9 ...Read more

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Sam Farmer's Week 8 NFL picks

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The Los Angeles Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 11-3 (.786); season 74-30-1 (.712).

Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-7-1 (.462); season 59-45-1 (.567).

Off: Arizona, ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: History in the making? The buildup to Tua's start involves 21 preceding QBs.

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So this is what it's going to be like from here — a million video hits when Tua Tagovailoa sits on the field after a game, the lead story on ESPN when he's named Miami Dolphins starter, a half-dozen radio stations wanting scraps of a columnist's thoughts leading up to the start and former coach Jimmy Johnson on the line with some advice?

"He ...Read more

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2021 NFL draft Big Board: Top 25 prospects

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We're almost two months into the college football season and there are still some FBS schools who have yet to play a single game — most notably the entire Pac-12.

As we continue to navigate our way through the most surreal college football season on record, I figured I'd take this opportunity to update you on our next class of NFL prospects a...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Soft, spineless Cowboys and Jerry Jones face a dire 2020 without Dak Prescott

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PHILADELPHIA — When Browns lineman Myles Garrett bonked Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on the head with Rudolph's own helmet, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey pounced on Garrett and commenced to pounding Garrett's head and fired off a kick to the helmet, to boot.

This was the proper reaction.

When Jon Bostic tried to decapitate Andy ...Read more

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Every week, Rams' Aaron Donald plays like defensive player of year. Can he win again?

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LOS ANGELES — The grin that spread across Aaron Donald's face belied his answer.

Asked Thursday if one of his goals was to join the small club of three-time winners of the NFL defensive-player-of-the-year award, Donald chuckled.

"I'm just going week to week," Donald, a two-time winner, said during a videoconference with reporters, "and I'm ...Read more