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

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

Seahawks' Richard Sherman says NFL injury reports are 'for gamblers'

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Cornerback Richard Sherman legitimately had an injury last week, a hamstring issue that crept up in the Seahawks' season opener at Green Bay and caused him to miss two practices before Sunday's 12-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

But Sherman said he thinks there's a somewhat illegitimate reason the NFL cares so much about publicizing the ...Read more

Rams' Goff is going from bystander to commander

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The last time Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff was in Levi's Stadium for an NFL game, he stood on the sideline wearing a sweatsuit.

The No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, who grew up and played college football in the San Francisco Bay Area, was inactive for the Rams' opener against the San Francisco 49ers last season. ...Read more

Cowboys' Cole Beasley: 'We're not worried' about Ezekiel Elliott

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FRISCO, Texas -- Count Cole Beasley among those within the Dallas Cowboys locker room who feel Ezekiel Elliott will bounce back from his worst professional game on Sunday.

Elliott was held to just 8 rushing yards on nine carries, and drew the ire of the coaching staff for a "lack of effort" on two interceptions thrown by Dak Prescott.

Beasley ...Read more

Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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When: 8:15 p.m. EDT, NBC and NFL Network.

Line: Rams by 2.

Over/under: 40.

Sam Farmer's pick: Despite losing at home to Washington, the Rams are finally dynamic on offense. They're playing with confidence. The 49ers are pretty solid, but they just can't score. Rams 23, 49ers 16

(c)2017 Los Angeles ...Read more

Steelers' Watt says groin injury 'wasn't serious'

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Steelers rookie outside linebacker T.J. Watt, who left the Vikings game with a groin injury and did not return, was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. He said a scan of his injury proved the injury is minor and cannot be injured further.

Watt said he originally sustained the injury in practice last week and aggravated it covering a ...Read more

Ben Roethlisberger on offense's slow start: 'No one is going to be perfect'

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Thirty points per game was the stated goal before the season. All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell were going to light up opposing defenses. The return of Martavis Bryant presence was going to add another dimension as was the arrival of rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Expectations were sky-high for the Steelers ...Read more

Gase declines to elaborate on Timmons suspension, leaves door open for return

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase declined to go into details on linebacker Lawrence Timmons' indefinite suspension on Wednesday, saying he prefers to keep the details in-house.

But in a key statement, Gase didn't rule out Timmons eventually returning to the team.

"It's going to be something I'm going to keep in house, and I'll decide on that later," ...Read more

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford: 'I've been through a lot with this knee'

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Though Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford said his left knee feels better than it did on Sunday, when he was unable to play in the team's 26-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, it remains unclear whether he will be able to start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bradford said he plans test his knee throughout the week, after a noncontact...Read more


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