NFL doesn't change policy on national anthem; next draft will be held in Dallas

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NEW YORK -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones always has been a maverick.

Jones did deals with Nike and Pepsi when the rest of the NFL went with Reebok and Coke. He wasn't a contrarian but a trendsetter, because where he went the rest of the league would typically follow.

That is not the case with his position on making it mandatory for players...Read more

Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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When: 8:15 p.m. EDT, CBS, NFL Network.

Line: Chiefs by 3.

Over/under: 47.

Sam Farmer's pick: Amazing that the Raiders, once a vogue Super Bowl pick, have lost four in a row. But that's not a fluke. Chiefs should bounce back after a sobering loss to Pittsburgh. Still, close. Chiefs 21, Raiders 17

(c)2017 ...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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CHIEFS (5-1) at RAIDERS (2-4)

Line: KC by 3.

Cote's pick: KC 27-17.

TV: 8:25 p.m. EDT, CBS/NFLN.

Kansas City, the NFL's final unbeaten team, fell last week, and have the '72 Dolphins ever celebrated earlier in a season or with less fanfare? Oakland comes in more desperate to this Thursday nighter that kicks off NFL Week 7, but this is a ...Read more

49ers' Eric Reid will kneel, but perhaps not for much longer

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Eric Reid said Wednesday he will continue to kneel during the national anthem but that he was optimistic the NFL soon will provide alternative platforms that will allay his and other players' need to protest.

Reid spoke one day after he and other players met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and a handful of owners, ...Read more

Ravens have disputed hit that led to Breshad Perriman's concussion

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The Ravens might not have Breshad Perriman for Sunday's road game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a concussion, and they are unhappy about how the starting receiver suffered the injury.

Coach John Harbaugh said before Wednesday afternoon's practice that the team has turned film in to the NFL of Chicago Bears rookie safety Eddie Jackson...Read more

Panthers' Kuechly edges forward in concussion protocol; Benjamin leaves practice

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The Carolina Panthers received a good bit of news Wednesday concerning one of their injured defensive players, while another one edged forward in the concussion protocol.

Safety Kurt Coleman, who's missed two games with a sprained knee ligament, returned to practice and could be on track to play Sunday at Chicago. When Coleman was injured ...Read more

Mike Zimmer on Teddy Bridgewater's return: 'We still don't know where it's going to go'

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Before quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suited up for his first practice in nearly 14 months on Wednesday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer wanted to temper expectations.

For a coach often preaching not getting "too high or too low," it makes sense, even more so considering how far Bridgewater has come and how far he has yet to go.

"I think ...Read more

NaVorro Bowman expected to debut for Raiders Thursday night

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- NaVorro Bowman will "probably" play Thursday night against the Chiefs, Raiders' coach Jack Del Rio said with a smirk on Wednesday, not wanting to officially declare the inevitable that Bowman plays.

Bowman signed with Oakland on Monday after the 49ers released him last Friday. Del Rio said previously that it wasn't out of the...Read more

Rams' Donald wants pay to catch up to his play

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Just down the road from the resort where the Los Angeles Rams are staying this week, there is a white two-story building that features a large logo for CAA Sports, the company that represents linebacker Alec Ogletree and defensive lineman Aaron Donald.

It's almost like the Rams can't escape the fact that an impasse exists ...Read more

NFL players, owners begin discussing anthem protests, other issues knowing they won't 'change overnight'

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NEW YORK -- Russell Okung wasn't required to take a red-eye flight from the West Coast so he could attend Tuesday's unprecedented meeting between NFL players, owners and executives, but he felt it was his duty.

"I feel very fortunate to have the seat at the table," said the Chargers offensive tackle, who flew from the West Coast, less than 48 ...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 7 NFL power rankings

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Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Eagles 5-1 (8). Modest free-agent additions like running back LeGarrette Blount, cornerback Patrick Robinson and defensive end Chris Long have paid big dividends.

2. Chiefs 5-1 (1). The NFL's last unbeaten fell but they can get back to winning ways Thursday night at Oakland.

3. Patriots 4-2 (6). Shook ...Read more

Ezekiel Elliott gets temporary restraining order, will play Sunday against 49ers

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is eligible to play again as a New York judge granted his motion for a temporary restraining order blocking the six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

It means that Elliott will be back at practice Wednesday and be on the field when the team resumes play Sunday against ...Read more

Days later, Chiefs QB Alex Smith still hot about hit

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Two days after it occurred, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith still isn't happy about the hit he took to the back of his knees from Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.

"I felt like it was extremely late," Smith said. "I felt there was nothing done there (by Mitchell) to avoid contact. It was really low from the back side. I thought it was about as ...Read more

Lions' Eric Ebron on his performance: 'It hasn't been the best'

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Eric Ebron admits his production could be better.

"It hasn't been the best," the Detroit Lions tight end said Tuesday. "But then again, it's early in the season and I can't be down upon myself. ... Ten games left and just go out there and play the rest of these 10 games and hopefully it all turns around for the offense entirely because not only...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football adds and drops for Week 7

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Each week I'll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football -- I define "widely available" as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues -- and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster.

Here are my best bets for Week 7:


WR Nelson Agholor, Eagles (ESPN:...Read more

The Martavis Bryant saga isn't easy to explain … even for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin

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The distraction of the week for the Steelers may just be in the media's mind, Mike Tomlin implied.

Martavis Bryant wants to be traded? Who said?

"I don't know where these reports come from," Tomlin said during his weekly news conference Tuesday. "Sometimes they come from family members or people close to them or sometimes they can come from ...Read more

Dolphins safety Nate Allen settles wrongful arrest lawsuit, report says

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The City of Fort Myers, Fla., has settled a lawsuit that will pay Miami Dolphins safety Nate Allen $440,000 for being wrongfully arrested in his hometown back in 2015, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

According to the newspaper, the Fort Myers City Council met on Monday in a closed-door session and unanimously agreed to pay Allen a ...Read more

New Raiders teammates excited to have NaVorro Bowman aboard

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Raiders hope to receive a jolt of adrenaline during a short week courtesy of new arrival NaVorro Bowman.

Bowman got to work quickly Monday after signing a one-year contract worth a reported $3 million, meeting with linebackers coach Sal Sunseri and participating in his first practice.

Coach Jack Del Rio didn't rule out ...Read more

Preparing Brett Hundley becomes Packers' No. 1 priority

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There was no ambiguity after the game Sunday about Mike McCarthy's plans for replacing injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and on Monday the Green Bay Packers coach was wondering if anyone had heard him say he's rolling with Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan.

Hours after the Packers announced that they were signing Callahan off ...Read more

National anthem protests take center stage when NFL players, owners meet this week

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NEW YORK -- It's ultra-rare for NFL players to participate in the annual fall meetings of the league's owners, but these are unusual times.

A group of players, their union's leader, and Commissioner Roger Goodell will join team owners Tuesday before the regularly scheduled meetings at the Conrad Hotel to discuss the national anthem controversy ...Read more