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Bye week gives injured Chargers Bosa, Gordon time to heal

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LOS ANGELES -- Through seven weeks, they've been one of the better teams in the NFL.

Now, the Chargers are on their scheduled break, giving them a chance to be something else.

"We got time to just be off and be dads or friends or sons," defensive lineman Damion Square said. "Whatever you are just go be that. Enjoy being off because we gotta ...Read more

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen to rejoin team Wednesday

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Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who has been away from the team for a month while battling mental health issues, will resume team activities Wednesday.

Griffen was taken by police for an evaluation on Sept. 22, the day before the Vikings lost to Buffalo at U.S. Bank Stadium. At the time, the team reported him out because of a knee injury...Read more

Bears defense needs a boost, and here comes Jets QB Sam Darnold off a 3-pick game

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If Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio needs to perk up his players after back-to-back losses, perhaps he just should show some of the lowlights from the Jets' loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

A week after losing to 19th-year quarterback Tom Brady, the Bears host the Jets and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who is coming off the worst game of ...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 8 NFL rankings

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Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Rams 7-0 (1): How good are they right now? The Rams grumbled about their red-zone offense after scoring 39 points against the 49ers.

2. Patriots 5-2 (2): The first-round pick the Cowboys forked over for Amari Cooper makes the Patriots' acquisition of Josh Gordon look like thievery. He's starting to get in...Read more

Fantasy football Week 8: Add and drop

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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's my best bets off the waiver wire for Week 8:

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WR Tre'Quan ...Read more

Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins before Dolphins game: 'Who's Xavien Howard?'

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Houston Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins had a simple response for Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard's claim Hopkins pushes off on opposing defenders.

"Who's Xavien Howard?" Hopkins said bluntly to reporters in Houston on Tuesday.

Hopkins and Howard will face off on when the Dolphins visit the Texans, adding to the anticipation for ...Read more

Jason Garrett discusses trading a first-round pick for Amari Cooper

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett explained his team's decision to give up a first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for receiver Amari Cooper on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday morning.

"Well, obviously it's a big decision," Garrett said. "We talked about it a lot, at all levels of our organization. I do believe we...Read more

Broncos' No. 2 QB Chad Kelly arrested for trespassing

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Could the Chiefs face a former draft pick at quarterback for the Denver Broncos this weekend?

It's possible.

Backup Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing at 1:17 a.m. Tuesday morning. Kelly, who had a troubled college career at Clemson before transferring to Ole Miss, is the Broncos' No. 2...Read more

Raiders' Derek Carr responds to critics on Twitter

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Derek Carr is under siege, and not just when he drops back to pass.

With the Raiders having already traded away former cornerstone players Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, there is speculation that the Raiders' franchise quarterback could be next.

Add to that a column in the subscription site "The Athletic" describing "a ...Read more

Week 8 fantasy football waiver wire: Mack, Trubisky could be game-changers

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It's encouraging to still find viable running backs on the waiver wire heading into Week 8. When it comes to such a precious commodity, the cupboard is usually bare by this time, so finding an RB1 is a minor miracle.

1. Marlon Mack, RB, Colts

Mack had picked up nearly 28 percent adds in ESPN leagues by Sunday and should see another double-...Read more

With so many close games through seven weeks, NFL coaches are under a bigger microscope than ever

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NFL coaches are always under the magnifying glass. But, as we approach the midway point of the season, the implement is now an electron microscope.

This is when the launch sequence begins for teams contemplating a coaching change, and patience around the league has worn thin. What's more, the gap between the haves and have-nots has narrowed ...Read more

Fantasy football winners and losers from the Amari Cooper trade

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The Raiders not only shocked the football world by trading receiver Amari Cooper to the Cowboys for a first-round pick Monday, they also shook up the fantasy football landscape. Cooper's journey to Jerry World changes the fortunes of several key players.

Winner: Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

Prescott's in the mold of risk-averse quarterbacks who ...Read more

Raiders place Lynch on injured reserve, can't return until Christmas Eve

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Unless Marshawn Lynch has a Christmas gift in mind for his hometown fans, he's likely played his last game in Oakland as a Raider.

Lynch was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury Monday, just a few hours after the Raiders traded wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round draft pick.

Players on...Read more

John Harbaugh: Wind was a factor for Justin Tucker in Ravens' loss but it's not to blame

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the wind Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium factored into kicker Justin Tucker's crucial missed extra-point attempt in their 24-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints, but that "at the end of the day, it's a missed kick."

In his weekly news conference Monday, Harbaugh acknowledged that the installation of four new video ...Read more

Injuries to Dolphins' Albert Wilson, Kenny Stills open playing time DeVante Parker

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Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson was one step away from scoring another explosive touchdown.

Instead, it is likely his first season with his hometown team may be over.

Injuries have finally caught up to the Dolphins' depth at wide receiver, leaving Miami scrambling after Sunday's loss to the Lions with a game against the Texans in Houston on ...Read more

Cowboys trade for Amari Cooper, give up first-round draft pick

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are desperate for a No. 1 receiver no more.

They have traded a first-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper ahead of the Oct. 30 trade deadline.

The move will fill a need at the position the Cowboys (3-4) have had since the release of Dez Bryant on April 13. He was the team's ...Read more

Miami police are investigating an incident involving Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

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Injured Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams almost had as bad a weekend as his teammates.

While the Cowboys were losing to the Washington Redskins, 20-17, on Sunday, Williams was in Miami dealing with the aftermath of a police investigation over a hotel room altercation, first reported by TMZ.

Williams is currently serving a three-game ...Read more

A few misguided fans tried to buy custom Rae Carruth jerseys, NFL shut them down

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Former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth was released from prison Monday morning, and apparently a few misguided fans tried to celebrate by creating a custom Carruth jersey on the NFL's official shopping site.

The league quickly blocked any attempt to do so.

If you try to create a jersey with Carruth's name on the back, you will get an error ...Read more

Rae Carruth released from prison after serving 19 years in murder of Cherica Adams

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CLINTON, N.C. -- Former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth walked out of prison and back into the free world Monday.

At 8:02 a.m. on a cold and clear October morning, Carruth was released from the minimum-custody facility at Sampson Correctional Institution, about 190 miles east of Charlotte. He will no longer be primarily identified as offender ...Read more

All fun and games: Chiefs rout Bengals in prime time

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Patrick Mahomes stood on the fringes of his gyrating teammates, looking over as the glob of red-clad Chiefs moved in rhythm to celebrate Kareem Hunt's second touchdown of the night with a choreographed celebration dance.

When they zigged, he zagged. When their hands went down, his stayed up. When they slid, he hopped.

So ...Read more