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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:

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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

Mitch Trubisky's numbers not eye-popping, but John Fox sees growth

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The Bears had some things to celebrate and some to scrutinize Monday as they returned from Baltimore, where they pulled off a 27-24 overtime victory against the Ravens on Sunday. Here's what we learned at Halas Hall.

John Fox saw growth in Mitch Trubisky's decision-making against the Ravens.

Trubisky did something Sunday no rookie quarterback ...Read more

For Browns, Kizer looks like their starting quarterback again and 2017 feels like 2016

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Hue Jackson continued to indicate Monday he will likely reinsert DeShone Kizer into the starting lineup this week in hopes the rookie quarterback will help the Browns escape a dreaded feeling of deja vu their coach can't deny he's experiencing.

The Kevin Hogan experiment failed miserably in Sunday's 33-17 loss on the road to the Houston Texans,...Read more

Ezekiel Elliott not giving up, plans to file for TRO with New York judge

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is officially on the NFL's suspended list.

That happened Friday, a day after the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, granted the NFL a stay of the preliminary injunction blocking his six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy and ordered that his case against the league be ...Read more

Chiefs' running game seeks answers following brutal effort vs. Steelers

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Somewhat lost in the Chiefs' inability to slow down running back Le'Veon Bell in their 19-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday was their equally distressing inability to get any semblance of a ground game going.

The Chiefs ranked second in the NFL in rushing entering the contest at 156 yards per game, and boasted the NFL's leading ...Read more

Chiefs re-sign running back C.J. Spiller for the fourth time

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In the wake of an injury to running back Charcandrick West, the Chiefs have once again re-signed running back C.J. Spiller, sources told The Star.

This marks the fourth time the Chiefs have signed Spiller in the past year. Spiller, 29, was released at the 53-man roster deadline to create a spot for cornerback Steven Nelson. He was quickly re-...Read more

 

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