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Rams' Jalen Ramsey plays it cool about facing Tom Brady and the Buccaneers

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LOS ANGELES — Don’t expect Jalen Ramsey to get overly amped about playing against Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

Ramsey, star cornerback for the Rams, has utmost respect for Brady — “the greatest to play the game,” he said — but the two-time All-Pro said he takes every opponent seriously and ...Read more

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Chargers' Joey Bosa misses practice a third time and is questionable to face Chiefs

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LOS ANGELES — Edge rusher Joey Bosa did not practice Friday for the third day in a row, but the Chargers have not ruled him out for their game Sunday at Kansas City.

The three-time Pro Bowl player is dealing with what the team has called ankle and foot issues. He is officially listed as questionable.

"It's not anything serious or long term, ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Dolphins need Will Fuller to be dynamic, consistent, reliable right away

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins can finally play with the team’s new toy Sunday.

Will Fuller, the Dolphins’ biggest free-agent addition this offseason, completed a full week of practice with his new team for the first time since mandatory minicamp back in the summer.

That hints that Fuller appears to be on track to play in ...Read more

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Giants' Kenny Golladay could see reduced workload; Jason Garrett calls blow-up 'no big deal'

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NEW YORK — Jason Garrett said “it’s not a big deal at all” that Kenny Golladay screamed at the Giants’ offensive coordinator on the sideline in Week 2.

Golladay might see his snaps reduced Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, though, in an effort to keep him fresh for late-game situations.

Wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said ...Read more

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Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey to miss 'a few weeks' with hamstring injury

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers will be without star running back Christian McCaffrey for “a few weeks,” a league source confirmed Friday.

McCaffrey had an MRI done a day after he strained his hamstring in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 24-9 win over the Houston Texans Thursday night. NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport was the ...Read more

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Bucs' Jason Pierre-Paul, Jaydon Mickens out for game vs. Rams

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TAMPA, Fla. — There’s a reason the Bucs used their first-round pick on an outside pass rusher.

Jason Pierre-Paul, who led the Bucs with 9 1/2 sacks last season, will miss Sunday’s game against the Rams. Pierre-Paul, 32, has hand and shoulder injuries. He received a second opinion in Denver earlier this week and the treatment called for ...Read more

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Tom Brady is NFL's most disliked player in most of the nation, study shows

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TAMPA, Fla. — Nine days before his highly anticipated return to Foxborough, Tom Brady remains New England’s favorite son to many in Massachusetts.

But the adoration doesn’t exactly stretch across time zones.

A social media study conducted by BetOnline found that the 44-year-old Bucs quarterback and seven-time Super Bowl champion is the ...Read more

Report: NFL reinstates former Seahawks receiver Josh Gordon from suspension

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SEATTLE — Former Seahawks receiver Josh Gordon is being reinstated by the NFL and will be eligible to play as soon as next week, according to an ESPN report Friday.

Gordon was indefinitely suspended after it was revealed that he had not successfully completed all the steps of his reinstatement last December.

At that time, Gordon was a member...Read more

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Brad Biggs: Matt Nagy didn't have to state the obvious -- of course Andy Dalton can lose his job to Justin Fields because of an injury

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CHICAGO — Justin Fields will remain the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears as long as his play warrants.

That’s not what coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday at Halas Hall in an impromptu media appearance. In fact, it contradicts his announcement that the first-round draft pick will start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy...Read more

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Clarence E. Hill Jr.: It's time for Cowboys to rein in special teams coach John Fassel

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Dallas Cowboys special teams John Fassel is going to get head coach Mike McCarthy fired one day.

It had to be said.

McCarthy needs to rein him in now or take his chances with what appears to be the inevitable.


Because while special teams can often be about production, it’s also a lot about protection.

Don’t give up a big return. ...Read more

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Panthers 24, Texans 9: Insta-reaction as Carolina loses McCaffrey but moves to 3-0

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HOUSTON -- The Carolina Panthers survived another Christian McCaffrey injury behind impressive quarterback Sam Darnold and a stingy defense, moving to 3-0 Thursday night in a 24-9 road victory over Houston that also raised several questions.

Can the Panthers win games against higher-level competition without McCaffrey, if his hamstring injury ...Read more

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Rams' DeSean Jackson, Sony Michel ready to step into fast lane against Buccaneers

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Rams running back Sony Michel is on track for a big opportunity Sunday against the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Will receiver DeSean Jackson finally enjoy a similar profile?

Those situations continued to evolve for coach Sean McVay on Thursday as his team prepared for Sunday’s game at SoFi Stadium.

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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson 'not going to change' mindset after Pete Carroll's assessment of OT possession

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RENTON, Wash. — Throughout training camp and the preseason, Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson insisted all was well.

Whatever discussion happened in the offseason concerning Wilson's future with the team, they said, was A, mostly a hyped-up media creation; and B, old news.

But, the nature of the NFL and the white-hot media attention it ...Read more

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Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey knocked out of Texans game with injury

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HOUSTON — Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has been ruled out of Thursday night’s game with a hamstring injury.

McCaffrey suffered the injury in the second quarter against the Texans. A replay showed him pull up as he ran for a two-yard gain with 12:13 left before halftime.

McCaffrey immediately went to the team’s ...Read more

Gene Frenette: Jacksonville's Gene Deckerhoff loves grind as voice of Bucs, Seminoles

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Over the 33 seasons that Gene Deckerhoff has double-dipped as the play-by-play voice for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Florida State Seminoles, he has grown accustomed to dealing with football highs and lows that come with being so emotionally invested in his job.

Those two extremes are reflected in the respective records of the NFL franchise ...Read more

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Ravens rookie Odafe Oweh has 'infinite' potential. To reach it, he's asked for help.

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He had said before his first game that the goal was to win, so after he did not, after Odafe Oweh and the Ravens returned home with a Week 1 loss and a target on their back, he made time for more practice, this time on his own.

“This is your profession now,” Oweh had explained, “so what you’ve got to do is what you’ve got to do.” ...Read more

Hobbled Steelers defense preparing to play some younger players against Joe Burrow and the Bengals

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Cam Heyward wanted the pressure. He believed the Steelers defense was built to shoulder the load early in the season until the offense could find its footing. He still believes that, even if some of the best defensive players are on the sidelines and some unfamiliar faces are lining up next to him Sunday afternoon against the Bengals.

"I think ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Jacoby Brissett more than capable of keeping Dolphins afloat in Tua's absence

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Ever had a fridge full of leftovers nobody wanted to eat?

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with any of those meals. They were nutritious, and even delicious earlier in the week. Warm them up one more time, and they should satisfy your hunger.

But that doesn’t stop you from ordering takeout because you desire something fresh, new and more ...Read more

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3 things you should know about Jaguars WR Marvin Jones Jr.

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In June, Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. showed that his talents extend beyond the field.

In celebrating Jacksonville's own James Weldon Johnson's birthday, Jones provided an acclaimed performance by singing ''Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing,'' one of the most powerful songs of the last 150 years, hailed by many as the black national anthem.

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Justin Rogers: Lions show newfound transparency with Jamie Collins trade talks

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell doesn't usually talk on Thursday, but when news broke a day earlier that his team had put veteran linebacker Jamie Collins on the trade block, the coach did what his predecessor wouldn't and addressed the news head on.

"At some point, it’s like what are we doing?" Campbell said. "It’s ...Read more