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Case Keenum's competitive fire won't let him go down easy in Vikings' starting role

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Case Keenum is the underdog story you should love, but might be upset about.

That's because a starting quarterback is probably injured if Keenum, who will make his second start for the Vikings on Sunday, is in the game. Starter Sam Bradford's short-term future is in question because of a swollen left knee, but this is certain: A loss to the ...Read more

Lions sign Jim Caldwell to multiyear contract extension

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Maybe now the questions about Jim Caldwell's future as Detroit Lions coach can stop.

Caldwell has signed a multiyear contract extension with the Lions, the team confirmed Saturday afternoon.

ESPN, which first reported the news, said the deal actually was signed "months ago" but not disclosed.

Caldwell, whose original contract with the Lions ...Read more

Donald Trump slams the NFL; league, players, NFLPA strike back

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On Friday night, President Donald Trump attacked the NFL, using explicit language to make a thinly-veiled reference toward former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose peaceful protest by way of kneeling during the national anthem continues to stir conversation worldwide over a year after it began.

Trump, who spoke at a political rally in ...Read more

Garrett has no plans to address team over President Trump's anthem remarks

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has no intentions of addressing President Donald Trump's comments criticizing NFL players for protesting the national anthem with his team. And the players themselves had little to say on the subject matter.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday, Trump ripped NFL players who protested and said any ...Read more

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

Chiefs QB Alex Smith finds a groove

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The words were sympathetic and surprising.

Before Alex Smith made his first start for San Francisco in 2005, the mother of legendary 49ers quarterback Steve Young pulled his parents aside and offered her condolences.

"She said, 'Oh, I'm so sorry for you. I can't imagine having to go through that ever again,'" Doug Smith recalled. "Both my wife...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

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