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Amari Cooper said Raiders owner Mark Davis, not Jon Gruden made trade decision on him

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FRISCO, Texas -- While in Dallas on Wednesday for the NFL owners meetings, owner Mark Davis tried to offer an explanation to the Oakland Raiders seemingly inexplicable decision to trade standout receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys.

It's a decision that's becoming more foolish by the day with Cooper, the fourth overall pick by the ...Read more

Panthers' Cam Newton hopes to send back 'gift' from Saints he's had in locker all year

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After New Orleans swept Carolina in three games, including the wild card, last season, the Saints sent Cam Newton a couple of "gifts."

A bottle of wine, and a broom.

The wine was from defensive end Cam Jordan, and was a bottle of "Jordan" red, which is Jordan's own favorite. He had said prior to last year's wild-card matchup...Read more

Richard Sherman responds to Frank Clark's declaration that the Sherman era in Seattle is over

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SEATTLE -- What did Richard Sherman think of Frank Clark's comments to a few reporters following Monday night's win over Minnesota that "Sherman and his era is over" in Seattle?

The answer came Thursday when Sherman held his weekly press conference with reporters in the Bay Area.

Sherman was asked about Clark's comments being "the elephant in ...Read more

Greg Cote's Week 15 NFL picks

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Pinch me. (But not that hard!) My dream season continues. Went 12-4 straight-up last week and 8-8 against the spread. I've had seasons where a .500 week ATS would have had me doing backflips. This year it's a disappointment. Still, we bull's-eyed yet another Upset of the Week pick with Dolphins over Patriots ("Aawwk!"), which I'd have had ...Read more

Fantasy football playoffs (Week 15): Start and sit

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Is it possible a waiver-wire pickup or well-scouted sleeper in your lineup this week will make the difference in you advancing to your league's championship or battling for third-place next week?

Sure.

Is it likely? Probably not.

It's much more likely your best players -- the players you likely drafted or traded for at some point -- will make...Read more

Carson Wentz has fractured vertebra, will seek medical opinion outside the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA -- Carson Wentz has a fractured vertebra, revealed after the Eagles quarterback underwent a series of tests, an NFL source said Thursday.

The team didn't officially comment.

The fracture will fully heal if given sufficient time, the source said. The Eagles have yet to rule out Wentz for Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Rams, but ...Read more

Raiders rescind rent offer to Oakland, explore options for 2019

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Raiders on Wednesday ended talks to play in Oakland for the 2019-2020 season, a day after the city of Oakland filed a federal lawsuit against the team and the NFL.

Pulling a proposed deal off the table, the NFL team made good on its promise to withdraw its offer to play next season at the Coliseum if a suit was filed, ...Read more

Chargers aim to stop losing streak against Chiefs in AFC West showdown Thursday night

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He is winless in three games as a head coach against Kansas City, his team having led for barely seven minutes total in the three defeats.

And that's the positive spin advancing the Los Angeles Chargers' Thursday night visit to Arrowhead Stadium, where the reception is forecast to be chilly and damp. And the weather might ...Read more

Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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L.A. CHARGERS (10-3) at KANSAS CITY (11-2)

TV: Fox, NFL Network, 8:15 p.m. EDT.

Line: Chiefs by 3 1/2.

Over/under: 53.

Sam Farmer's pick: Had they not dropped a bunch of passes, the Chargers might have beaten the Chiefs in the opener. L.A. is making those catches now, and has the defensive firepower to pull this off against the hobbled ...Read more

Oakland's suit against NFL raises serious doubts about Raiders playing in that city next season

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IRVING, Texas -- Oakland is suing the NFL over the relocation of the Raiders, and that raises serious doubts about where the team will play next season while its Las Vegas stadium is being built.

"All options are on the table," Raiders owner Mark Davis said Wednesday at the league's annual December meetings.

Well, maybe not all options. ...Read more

NFL defends its handling of Kareem Hunt case

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IRVING, Texas -- The NFL on Wednesday defended its controversial handling of the Kareem Hunt investigation, even though incriminating surveillance video of the star running back -- footage that surfaced months after his skirmish with a woman in a Cleveland hotel -- led to the Kansas City Chiefs releasing him.

"There is information out there in ...Read more

Fantasy football Week 15 lineups: Start, sit, sleepers

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If you're reading this, you've either made the fantasy football playoffs or you just like torturing yourself.

In honor of Week 15 -- the start of the postseason for some, or the second round for others -- I've included additional players I like and dislike for each category.

START

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers at Bears

Consider it bulletin ...Read more

Ravens accept apology, support Patrick Ricard after offensive tweets surfaced last weekend

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Several Ravens players said Wednesday that backup defensive tackle Patrick Ricard has not lost their friendship and trust after several racist and homophobic tweets he wrote years ago began trending the night before the team's overtime loss at the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I was shocked honestly," nose tackle Michael Pierce said of his reaction to ...Read more

Rushing title 'would be cool' but Ezekiel Elliott focused on bigger goals

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FRISCO, Texas -- Of course, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott would like to win the NFL rushing title, which would be his second in three years in the league.

He won as a rookie in 2016 with 1,631 yards and would have likely won last year if not for a six-game suspension. He still led the league in yards per game.

This season he's ...Read more

Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan out for season with broken left foot: 'That's a big loss for us'

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CHICAGO -- The Bears placed slot cornerback Bryce Callahan on injured reserve with a broken left foot Wednesday afternoon, ending his season.

Callahan broke his foot in the second quarter of Sunday's victory over the Rams. Bears coach Matt Nagy said Callahan's injury requires surgery.

The Bears signed cornerback Marcus Williams to take ...Read more

Lamar Jackson will start as Ravens quarterback Sunday over Joe Flacco

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BALTIMORE -- For the first time in his 11 years in Baltimore, a healthy Joe Flacco will not start at quarterback for the Ravens.

Coach John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that Flacco will be ready to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday but that rookie Lamar Jackson will remain the team's No. 1 quarterback.

Though the Ravens did their...Read more

Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks out for season with knee injury, broken tibia

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SEATTLE -- Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is out for the season after breaking his tibia against the Vikings on Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning, citing unnamed sources. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed the news in his press conference Wednesday afternoon saying Kendricks also has a knee injury that will ...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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CHARGERS (10-3) at CHIEFS (11-2)

Line: KC by 3 1/2

Cote's pick: KC 34-27

TV: 8:20 p.m., Fox

The NFL Week 15 bell rings, the gates bang open and pounding out first is the Game of the Week, a rare Thursday night gem, guaranteed offensive fireworks in a duel for AFC West supremacy. Chiefs clinch division and first-round bye with a win, Chargers...Read more

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has back soreness; status vs. Rams undetermined

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PHILADELPHIA -- Carson Wentz is a new addition to the Eagles' injury list, with a back injury that will sideline him for practice Wednesday. Whether Wentz will be able to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams has yet to be determined.

Coach Doug Pederson labeled Wentz's injury as "back soreness, a little tightness" and said the Eagles are ...Read more

Rams wary that wounded Eagles are scary

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LOS ANGELES--The last time the Philadelphia Eagles visited the Coliseum, they were on their way to the Super Bowl.

Quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury during last season's Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams, but backup Nick Foles stepped in, led the Eagles to a 43-35 victory and went on to lead a playoff run and...Read more

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