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Rams' Donald picks up pace pursuing QBs, payday

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LOS ANGELES--Aaron Donald appeared fully focused when he sacked Brian Hoyer to seal the Los Angeles Rams' 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.

A day after the win improved his team's record to 2-1, coach Sean McVay said he has not sensed that Donald's ongoing contract situation has been a distraction to the three-time ...Read more

Cowboys' Elliott will play at least 2 more games; court sets stay hearing for Oct. 2

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will play at least two more games under a temporary injunction, blocking a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, before a federal appeals court hears his case.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans posted a notice Friday that it would hear...Read more

Cowboys' Brown defends block on Broncos' Miller: 'The block I did was legal'

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown defended himself for a block in last Sunday's game that didn't sit well with Denver pass rusher Von Miller.

Miller called Brown's low block on the Cowboys' second play from scrimmage "dirty" and "baffling." But Brown disputed that notion.

"I saw that he was critical of it. He did fall a ...Read more

Ravens reminded from second they got off plane in London that this isn't a typical road game

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LONDON -- The Ravens have said all week that they're treating their matchup Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars as a business trip. Yet, when they exited their team charter early Friday morning at Heathrow Airport after an overnight flight from Baltimore, they were reminded that this is anything but a typical road game.

Purple-wearing fans ...Read more

Bears' Trubisky says learning process 'a lot more complex than people think'

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As the outside world continues its enlivened debate about the Bears quarterback situation, rookie Mitch Trubisky continues plugging away behind the scenes.

On Friday, with three weeks of regular-season practice under his belt, Trubisky spoke openly at Halas Hall about the learning curve he's climbing. And sure, he acknowledged, it's sometimes ...Read more

Vikings' Sam Bradford ruled out for Sunday's game against Buccaneers

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Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is out for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed.

The quarterback, who has been limited in practice the first two days of the week because of the left knee issues that kept him out of last Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, wasn't taking part in the brief portion of Friday's ...Read more

Rams' suddenly dynamic offense bails out defense to hold off 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It wasn't over until Aaron Donald sacked San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer with 1 minute 44 seconds left.

And even then, there was a sense that something else might happen to put the Los Angeles Rams in jeopardy.

But the Rams held on for a 41-39 victory on Thursday night at Levi's Stadium, improving their ...Read more

In preparing for Sunday's game in London, several Ravens have experience on their side

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While many Ravens will be making their first trip to London for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it's the second visit for Eric Weddle -- and it's something the strong safety has been anticipating.

"I've been wanting to go back since '08 just to see it again and enjoy it a little bit better," he said after Wednesday's practice in...Read more

Packers linebacker Nick Perry to undergo hand surgery

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers could be without starting outside linebacker Nick Perry for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Perry, the team's best edge rusher, is scheduled to have surgery on his injured hand, according to coach Mike McCarthy, and the length of his absence will not be determined until after the procedure....Read more

49ers fall to 0-3 after comeback against Rams falls short; Goff throws three TDs

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Brian Hoyer started the night with an interception and ended it on his back -- sacked by Aaron Donald to end the 49ers' last gasp.

In between, it was a night of frantic scoring, crazy comebacks and mounting injuries. It all added up to a 41-39 loss in a prime time game at Levi's Stadium, sending the 49ers to an 0-3 start.

Till...Read more

Quarterback Sam Bradford practicing again Thursday for Vikings

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Quarterback Sam Bradford moved with a little more bounce in his step during the 15 opening minutes of Thursday's practice before reporters were booted.

Bradford, who has been officially listed as limited in five practices since injuring his left knee against the Saints on Sept. 11, was limited again Thursday, but he at least showed more ...Read more

Win or lose, Browns and Bengals fans will win tickets to Cedar Point

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No matter the final score, there will be no losers among Browns and Cincinnati Bengals fans at FirstEnergy Stadium when the Ohio state rivals meet Oct. 1.

Fans arriving at the Cleveland stadium will receive a boarding pass for a free visit to Cedar Point anytime during the 2018 season.

The Browns and the amusement park are partnering to create...Read more

Aaron Hernandez had CTE, lawyer will sue NFL on behalf of his daughter

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Aaron Hernandez, who went from NFL star to convicted killer, had an advanced case of the degenerative neurological disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy and the brain function of a 67-year-old when he killed himself, his lawyer and Boston University said Thursday.

The attorney filed a federal lawsuit against the National Football League on ...Read more

Greg Cote's Week 3 NFL picks

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Went a solid 11-5 straight-up in Week 2 but slipped to 7-9 vs. the evil betting line, misfiring on our Upset of the Week call when Aaron Rodgers let us down in Atlanta. We did bull's-eye another outright upset in Broncos over Cowboys, and also had a trio of 'dogs-with-points in Bills, Dolphins and Lions. (Note: Thursday night pick was Rams (-2) ...Read more

Aaron Hernandez found to have CTE and early brain atrophy

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in April while serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Boston University's CTE Center announced Thursday.

Hernandez died at age 27 and is one of the youngest former NFL players known to have the ...Read more

Gase: Still no decision on Timmons' return to Dolphins

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DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he still hasn't decided whether linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who is suspended indefinitely, will return to the team this season. Gase also said Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum has taken over the Timmons matter, for the most part.

"I haven't made any decisions," Gase said Thursday. "I'm going...Read more

Eddie Brown's fantasy football Week 3 start/sit

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Et tu, David Johnson?

It seems every year we get players responding negatively to fans/fantasy owners about fantasy sports on Twitter or in an interview.

Martellus Bennett tweeted earlier this month: "I don't care about your fantasy football team. Thanks! Sincerely real life football guy."

Last week, Odell Beckham tweeted: "No offense. I ...Read more

Jordy Nelson practices, Randall Cobb does not for Packers

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy moved practice back two hours Wednesday, perhaps hoping to squeeze a little more healing time into the team's weekly practice schedule.

McCarthy said Wednesday before practice that 13 players would be listed on the injury report and take part only in rehab while the rest of the team ...Read more

Packers likely to lighten Ty Montgomery's hefty early load

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In recent years, a popular line of questioning for Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers examined the playing time for veteran outside linebacker Julius Peppers, a physical specimen known for his durability.

At age 36 for much of last season -- he turned 37 four days before the NFC Championship game -- Peppers ...Read more

Illness takes valuable Chargers reserve out of lineup

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Valuable reserve tackle Chris Hairston was lost to the Los Angeles Chargers for the rest of the season Wednesday when the six-year veteran from Clemson was placed on the non-football illness list.

The team did not disclose Hairston's illness. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Hairston, who played left and right tackle, was sitting ...Read more

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