With the Rams, Fowler has all the right moves

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LOS ANGELES--The celebration is hardly understated.

After Los Angeles Rams edge rusher Dante Fowler sacks a quarterback, he takes several dramatically long strides behind the line of scrimmage. He stands up straight and then bends forward as if bowing, swiping his right hand back and forth across the top of his cleats. As he raises his torso, ...Read more

For Saints and fans, it remains a no-call to arms

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NEW ORLEANS -- Thomas Morstead refused to watch the most recent Super Bowl.

So he watched another one.

Morstead, a punter for the New Orleans Saints, participated this year in the region-wide boycott of the Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. Instead, he threw a party at his home and, for the first time, watched ...Read more

'Next men up' can't let Chargers down

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LOS ANGELES -- Two phrases have been getting a lot of use around the Los Angeles Chargers' locker room this season. One has a meaning that extends beyond the field, but the other is a common football cliche.

A few years ago, quarterback Philip Rivers adopted "nunc coepi," Latin for "now I begin," as his personal motto. He sees each moment in ...Read more

Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher hurts groin, listed as questionable vs. Raiders

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher didn't finish practice Friday because of a groin injury, Andy Reid said.

Fisher's status for Sunday's game is uncertain; the Chiefs designated him as questionable on their Friday afternoon injury report.

On the team's unofficial depth chart, Cam Erving is listed as the primary backup at the ...Read more

Even without a sack, Bears' Mack made key contributions in season-opening loss

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CHICAGO -- Khalil Mack didn't have a sack in the Bears' season-opening loss to the Packers, but his presence helped Leonard Floyd and others take down quarterback Aaron Rodgers five times.

Outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino determined Mack positively affected 31 of the 34 plays he had the opportunity to influence. (Mack played 55 of 61 ...Read more

Ravens great Terrell Suggs returns to Baltimore as a Cardinal: 'Kind of weird for all of us'

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BALTIMORE -- When Terrell Suggs first glanced at the Arizona Cardinals' 2019 schedule, the narrative implications of his new team's Week 2 matchup did not register.

Then, Suggs looked again.

In his first road game as the member of a team other than the Ravens, the 17-year veteran would run onto the field at ... M&T Bank Stadium.

"I consider ...Read more

Former Ravens receiver Torrey Smith announces retirement, says he's returning to Baltimore

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BALTIMORE -- Former Ravens and Maryland football standout Torrey Smith, one of the top wide receivers in the history of both teams, announced his retirement from football in a social media post Friday morning.

Smith, 30, played eight NFL seasons with the Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers, winning two Super ...Read more

Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf showing he's wise beyond his years

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RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf presented a rather, well, youthful front during his first NFL game Sunday.

Thanks in part to a suggestion from teammate Gary Jennings, Metcalf wore a mouthguard painted as a baby's pacifier.

Metcalf indicated there was no great meaning to it, just something fun to do.

Any reaction from anybody?

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Dolphins' Minkah Fitzpatrick, upset about playing time and his position, wants out of Miami

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Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Miami Dolphins' first-round pick a year ago, has not been happy with his playing time or the positions he is playing in new coach Brian Flores' defense.

And now, Fitzpatrick wants out of Miami.

Fitzpatrick, Miami's No. 11 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, and his agent Joel Segal are actively seeking a trade to another team ...Read more

49ers quarterback controversy? GM John Lynch isn't buying it

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It's been seven years since the 49ers had a real quarterback controversy, but those itching for that kind of drama with Jimmy Garoppolo may be disappointed.

While some reports suggest the 49ers may be open to changing quarterbacks and going with Nick Mullens should Garoppolo continue to struggle, general manager John Lynch pumped the brakes on ...Read more

Trubisky's revelation that he was told not to talk about Packers game 'was taken the wrong way,' Nagy says

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CHICAGO -- Bears coach Matt Nagy said Thursday he did not tell quarterback Mitch Trubisky not to talk about the Packers game with reporters. He said he believes Trubisky's revelation about such a directive was some sort of misunderstanding.

"Let me just tell you this: It didn't come from me," Nagy said when asked why it would be productive for ...Read more

Rams are the in rematch with Saints

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The Los Angeles Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to (O/U = over/under). Record last week, 9-6-1(.600). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-9-1 (.400). Times Eastern.

LAC (1-0) at DET (0-0-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m.

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Browns grieve with one of locker room's joyous spirits after Chris Smith's girlfriend's death

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BEREA, Ky. -- Freddie Kitchens called a voluntary meeting Wednesday on the Browns' day off to deliver the news that defensive end Chris Smith's girlfriend had been struck by a car and died early that morning. Kitchens said it was the toughest thing he's ever done as a coach.

But defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence and linebacker Christian Kirksey...Read more

Carolina Panthers land contract moves NFL team closer to its new Rock Hill facility

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ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are another step closer to relocating team facilities to Rock Hill.

Multiple sources confirmed to The Herald that property is under contract for sale to the team. Mayor John Gettys said Thursday afternoon he isn't aware of a finalized deal. He said a final sale could come by early fall to year's end.

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Fantasy football Week 2: Start and sit

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If there's one thing I know about people who play fantasy football, it's that we're all rational human beings who never overreact to anything.

This means no one is panicking after Ben Roethlisberger laid an egg in New England (he's prone to doing that on the road from time-to-time).

This also means you're not blowing your FAAB wad on Malcolm ...Read more

Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. says Gregg Williams teaching 'dirty hits' caused string of leg injuries he's endured

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BEREA, Ohio -- Odell Beckham Jr. is not a fan of Gregg Williams or his coaching style.

Beckham suffered a high-ankle sprain during the 2017 preseason when he was a member of the New York Giants playing the Browns and former Cleveland defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit him low.

Traded from the Giants to the Browns in March, Beckham blames ...Read more

Raiders opponents singing no sad songs about soon-to-be-vacated Coliseum

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Earlier this week, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid contemplated his final business trip to the Oakland Coliseum. His team will face the Raiders Sunday. Next time the Raiders host their bitter division rival, barring a postseason matchup, will be in Las Vegas.

Speaking for generations of Raiders opponents, especially head coaches, Reid ...Read more

Seahawks offensive line challenging itself after a 'tough' opener against Bengals

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RENTON, Wash. -- It was the kind of statement that in seasons past might have sounded like an unintentional joke.

To a man, after Sunday's surprisingly suspenseful 21-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the members of the Seahawks offensive line said that the game did not meet their standards.

In the last few years of the Tom Cable era, most ...Read more

Greg Cote's Week 2 NFL picks

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After a record-setting season for our picks last year, we might have seen this coming. A humbling opening week. I should have sensed something was amiss when I missed my Upset of the Week pick by 50 points. (Thanks for the no-show, Dolphins). We failed to rally from there, alas. We did nail the road-underdog Bills and Colts with the points, but ...Read more

Detailing Zeke Elliott's educated holdout, meeting with Emmitt Smith, journey to deal

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It has been one week since Ezekiel Elliott boarded a plane in Cabo and headed home to sign a six-year, $90 million contract extension, including a whopping $50 million in guaranteed money, with the Dallas Cowboys.

Elliott secured his goal of becoming the richest running back in NFL history while also helping the Cowboys stay flexible in the cap...Read more


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