Tyler Higbee has emerged as a big target for Rams quarterback Jared Goff

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LOS ANGELES -- His recent highlight-reel exposure might have been a revelation for some, but the dynamic pass-catching ability Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee displayed during consecutive 100-yard receiving performances was no surprise to others.

Bob Hudson helped develop it while coaching Higbee in high school in Florida. Jeff Brohm ...Read more

DeVante Parker becomes the latest Dolphin to have contract extended

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DAVIE, Fla. -- As a reward for his breakout season with the Miami Dolphins, receiver DeVante Parker is getting a long-term contract extension, with the 26-year-old getting a four-year deal that features an $8 million signing bonus.

The extension, which could pay Parker as much as $40 million, ensures that the Dolphins' 2015 first-round pick, ...Read more

Michael Vick owes $70,000 in back taxes on luxury cars

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Former football star Michael Vick left his Hampton mansion years ago, but he still owes the city $70,800 in unpaid taxes on a fleet of luxury cars.

Vick lived in the city after serving time in prison on federal charges of running a dog-fighting operation in Surry County, in which, federal investigators reported, he was ...Read more

Patriots to rebound over lowly Bengals

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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 13-3 (.813); season 132-75-1 (.638). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 11-4-1 (.733); season 111-92-5 (.547). Times are ...Read more

Jerry Jones likes Lincoln Riley, Matt Rhule but has one big problem with college coaches

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Jerry Jones liked the head coaching he saw last week at AT&T Stadium.

Specifically, Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley and Baylor's Matt Rhule in the Big 12 Conference championship game.

But the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager is not so sure a coach straight from the college level is the way to go for an NFL team.

"I am impressed with (Riley),...Read more

Vikings WR Adam Thielen ready to play Sunday vs. Chargers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Vikings appear on track to get Adam Thielen back in their lineup for the first time since Nov. 3.

The wide receiver was not listed with an injury designation on the team's final injury report of the week, indicating he'll make his return on Sunday from the right hamstring injury that's plagued him since Oct. 20. Thielen's ...Read more

Former Panther Rae Carruth reaches out to his son, 20 years after Charlotte shooting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As the 20th anniversary of Cherica Adams' death approaches, Saundra Adams said she has heard from the man convicted of orchestrating her daughter's murder -- former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth.

Carruth, who was released from a North Carolina prison in October 2018 after serving nearly 19 years, recently mailed what Saundra ...Read more

Former Ravens LB Terrell Suggs released by Cardinals

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BALTIMORE -- Former Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has been released by the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Friday.

Suggs, the Ravens' franchise leader in sacks (132 1/2) and games played (229), recorded 5 1/2 sacks in 13 games with the Cardinals but hadn't registered a full sack since Week 7.

He has played 69% of defensive snaps in ...Read more

Bears are optimistic Akiem Hicks will play against Packers after completing 3 practices this week

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CHICAGO -- Akiem Hicks' road back from a gruesome left elbow injury is almost complete. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman completed three practices this week and is trending toward playing against the Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Bears have until 3 p.m. Saturday to activate him from injured reserve. A corresponding roster move would be ...Read more

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery to have Lisfranc surgery, faces 9-month recovery

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PHILADELPHIA -- Alshon Jeffery will have surgery to correct a Lisfranc foot injury, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Friday.

The wide receiver was placed on season-ending injured reserve Thursday after suffering the injury in Monday night's win over the New York Giants.

Pederson said Jeffery will have the procedure soon "so he would want to get...Read more

Is Jimmy Garoppolo elite? The answer over the last seven games is unequivocally yes.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Warranted or not, there were plenty of questions surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of the season.

Is he good enough to win a Super Bowl? Is he worth his $137.5 million contract? Can he continue the 49ers' tradition of elite quarterback play that's been in flux since Steve Young retired in 1999?

There's ...Read more

Rams' Jalen Ramsey knows what he's up against in Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper

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LOS ANGELES -- Don't be fooled by statistics.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey emphasized that point Thursday when asked about an impending matchup against Dallas Cowboys star receiver Amari Cooper.

Ramsey pointed to a 2016 game, the seventh of Ramsey's rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cooper, playing for the Oakland ...Read more

Ravens rout Jets, 42-21, behind Lamar Jackson's 5-TD game

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BALTIMORE -- The celebration was almost muted Thursday night, as it had been the week before, when a playoff berth was clinched with a month left in the season. The Ravens were AFC North champions for the second straight year, and at the end, it looked almost like just another preseason win, quarterback Lamar Jackson relaxing on the sideline, M&...Read more

Ravens' Lamar Jackson breaks Michael Vick's single-season QB rushing record in first quarter vs. Jets

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has put another stamp in NFL record books, breaking Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback in the first quarter of Thursday night's game against the New York Jets.

Jackson's 5-yard run on the offense's first drive of the game gave him 1,044 yards for the 2019 season, and ...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football Week 15: Start and sit

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It's crunch-time and everything has to be perfect. I get it. I really do.

For most of you, it's the semifinals of your fantasy football playoffs and you want to make sure you pull out all the stops. A spot in your championship (and untold riches I'm sure) is at stake. Glory is on the line.

It makes sense to bench Julio Jones against a ...Read more

Marshawn Lynch paid an official visit to Seahawks, but it's not what you think

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SEATTLE -- Marshawn Lynch has been in town this week, and he paid a visit to the VMAC to say hello (along with the coaches, former teammates and other personnel he knows, his uncle, Lee, still works for the team).

Because he's still an unrestricted free agent and has not filed retirement papers, the team had to report it as an official visit ...Read more

Raiders great Charles Woodson knows Oakland fans will be hurting Sunday

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Charles Woodson always did have his finger on the pulse of the Raiders' local fan base.

That's why they turned out in startling numbers at the club facility in May of 2013, an organic, social-media driven flash mob that helped convince him to sign with the Raiders after seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Woodson was ...Read more

'Explosive' Kevin Pierre-Louis has a big opportunity with the Bears likely playing without their starting inside linebackers

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CHICAGO -- For Kevin Pierre-Louis, a 28-year-old on his fourth team in four seasons, this is the kind of opportunity that can potentially alter his career trajectory or leave him with the label of qualified backup and standout special teams player for the remainder of his career.

The Bears appear to be down to two reserves at inside linebacker ...Read more

Roger Goodell says Michael Vick will be in Pro Bowl despite petitions

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In the last two weeks, online petitions calling for Michael Vick to be barred from the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl for his dogfighting past have received more than 1.2 million signatures. Despite those pleas, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he has no plans to remove him from the roster.

At a news conference held at the end of the league's quarterly ...Read more

LaDainian Tomlinson says the Dallas Cowboys' next coach should be …

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If Jerry Jones wants advice from a fellow Hall of Famer about who should be the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, LaDainian Tomlinson is happy to provide it. And Tomlinson has someone in mind who would fit in perfectly.

"One guy I do believe that could make it work is Ron Rivera," Tomlinson told the Star-Telegram on Thursday. "He was our ...Read more