Browns sit Baker Mayfield, several other starters against Colts

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Quarterback Baker Mayfield and several other Browns starters didn't play in Saturday's 21-18 win over the Indianapolis Colts in preseason game No. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Coach Freddie Kitchens explained he was satisfied with what the Browns accomplished during joint practices with the Colts on Wednesday and Thursday at Grand ...Read more

Ezekiel Elliott home from Cabo, won't face charges from Las Vegas incident

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has returned to Dallas from Cabo San Lucas.

And while he did not come home to a new contract -- he is still holding out and there has been no progress on a new deal with the Cowboys -- he has learned that he will not face criminal charges over his Las Vegas altercation with a security guard.

According to ...Read more

Chargers safety Derwin James will have foot surgery, miss several games

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LOS ANGELES -- The Chargers' worst fears were confirmed Saturday when they learned Derwin James will be sidelined deep into the regular season.

The team's All-Pro second-year safety will undergo surgery next week to repair a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

A more definitive timeline should be known after the ...Read more

Panthers' Eric Reid sounds off on Jay-Z owning an NFL team: 'Despicable'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers safety Eric Reid didn't go so far as to call Jay-Z a sellout, but he did consider the hip-hop mogul's foray into the NFL "despicable."

Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's entertainment firm, Roc Nation, will now produce the NFL's Super Bowl halftime show, it was announced Wednesday, officially creating a partnership between Jay-Z...Read more

Ryan Fitzpatrick likely to return to starting role for Dolphins in Thursday's preseason game vs. Jaguars

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The period of experimentation has apparently concluded.

The Miami Dolphins will use the third preseason game as a dress rehearsal for their Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, and coach Brian Flores said that he'll likely use Ryan Fitzpatrick as his first-team quarterback this coming week as Miami prepares...Read more

Eagles lure Josh McCown out of retirement, sign QB to 1-year contract

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Eagles signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a 1-year contract to backup Carson Wentz, an NFL source said Saturday.

McCown, an 18-year veteran, had retired this offseason. His deal is worth $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million if certain incentives are met. The Eagles were down two healthy ...Read more

Eagles sign former Army offensive lineman Brett Toth, who received waiver to go to NFL

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PHILADELPHIA -- When you have just five draft picks two years in a row, as has been the case for the Eagles in 2018-19, you have to find creative ways to bring in young talent.

The team announced Friday evening that it had signed offensive lineman Brett Toth to a three-year deal. Toth, who turns 23 on Sept. 1, was the first Army player to ...Read more

Bears keep Kyle Long home from Friday's preseason game against Giants

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Two days after being removed from practice for his role in a fight, Bears right guard Kyle Long is not at MetLife Stadium for the team's preseason game against the Giants on Friday night.

Coach Matt Nagy said multiple times Wednesday that the matter would be handled internally, and it appears that one repercussion from ...Read more

Sources: Cowboys RB Elliott in great shape while holding out

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HONOLULU -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is away from the team in Cabo San Lucas holding out for a new contract.

But he has apparently gotten in his work while the rest of the Cowboys were in training camp.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Elliott currently weighs in the 220-pound range, the lowest since his rookie year, and he will be...Read more

Chargers safety Derwin James will miss several weeks because of foot injury

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LOS ANGELES -- Chargers safety Derwin James will miss several weeks after being diagnosed with a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.

The injury occurred Thursday during a joint practice with the New Orleans Saints in Costa Mesa.

"This could have been something all along," coach Anthony Lynn said after practice Friday, "...Read more

Six players who have impressed Jerry Jones at Cowboys training camp

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OXNARD, Calif. -- As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to travel to Hawaii for Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams, owner Jerry Jones reflects on the last three weeks and what's ahead, including some of the players who have impressed him the most.

"When (Rams owner) Stan Kroenke and I first started talking about this (game in Hawaii...Read more

Another Eagles QB goes down, this time Cody Kessler, in preseason win against Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- At this rate, the Eagles will be forced to start Carson Wentz in the traditional preseason finale against the Jets, on Aug. 29, because they won't have any other healthy quarterbacks.

That has no chance of really happening, of course, but the team definitely is trending the wrong way at the most important position, after ...Read more

Speedy rookie RB Ty Johnson is Detroit Lions' version of 'muscle car'

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HOUSTON -- He's a car guy, so it's fitting he ended up in Detroit. And watching him run, you get a sense of what kind of vehicle he likes to let loose with on the open road.

Ty Johnson has been one of the pleasant surprises of the first three weeks of Lions training camp.

He had carries of 13 and 17 yards in the Lions' preseason-opening loss ...Read more

Miami Dolphins' Preston Williams ready to take off from runway modeling to NFL

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TAMPA, Fla. -- It was Miami Swim Week and the glamorous and glitzy runway fashion shows and pop-up parties were jam-packed with celebrities, models, designers and social-media influencers.

It was a July afternoon and surely those in attendance at one particular pool-side event had no clue that one of the models was Miami Dolphins rookie wide ...Read more

Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. not worried about injury costing him time with Baker Mayfield

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WESTFIELD, Ind. -- Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is confident his talent and work behind the scenes can overcome the chances he's missing to develop chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Dealing with a hip injury, Beckham sat out one-on-one, seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills Thursday in the second and final joint practice the ...Read more

Ex-49er Colin Kaepernick reflects on third anniversary of his first anthem protes

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Three years ago Thursday, then-49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee and launched a movement.

In a tweet, he reflected on the anniversary and his decision to protest social injustices. A video attached to the post includes graphic and disturbing content. Should you be interested, it can be found archived on Kaepernick's ...Read more

Jake Delhomme on Cam Newton, Panthers playoff hopes and his broadcasting style

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Jake Delhomme, who won five playoff games as the Carolina Panthers' starting quarterback from 2003-09 and remains one of the most popular players in team history, returns to the team this year as its primary radio analyst.

And as you'll see from some of what Delhomme said Wednesday about Cam Newton's arm strength, the ...Read more

Allen Robinson's clutch performance in Bears' playoff loss sets stage for big 2019 season

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CHICAGO -- When we last left Allen Robinson, he was giving the Bears exactly what they paid for. In the biggest game of last season, Robinson put together a highlight reel that easily could serve as a trailer for 2019.

There he was in the third quarter, torching Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox on a slant-and-go and hauling in a 45-yard catch to...Read more

Travis Kelce doesn't hide his enthusiasm for Chiefs' offense: 'Anything we want to do'

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- When it comes to the potential of the Chiefs' offense, Travis Kelce dreams big and doesn't mind sharing.

"The sky's the limit for this offense," Kelce said to open his media availability after practice on Wednesday. "We're taking it up a level (from) where we've been in years past."

Go on ...

"You can just tell from the ...Read more

Dolphins' Kenny Stills speaks with Steve Ross, both 'agree to disagree' following social media spat, Trump fundraiser

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills says he has spoken to team owner Steve Ross, following their social media spat last week, and both have somewhat come to terms with their respective political views.

Stills said he was unsure if Ross was receptive to his point of view, which pointed out the contradictory nature of Ross's ...Read more