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Rookie receiver Van Jefferson has grabbed some spotlight in Rams' two wins

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LOS ANGELES - Two games, two big plays.

Los Angeles Rams rookie receiver Van Jefferson made his presence felt in victories over the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles, and he appears primed for an expanding role heading into Sunday's road game against the unbeaten Buffalo Bills.

Jefferson, a second-round draft pick, has easily melded ...Read more

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Ryan Fitzpatrick accounts for three touchdowns, leads Dolphins to first win of the season

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Maybe, it was all the pregame chatter centered around rookie Tua Tagovailoa.

Maybe, Ryan Fitzpatrick realized it could have been the final prime-time game of his career.

But as Fitzpatrick showed on Thursday night in Jacksonville, he's still got a lot of FitzMagic left in him. And the Dolphins could use every bit of it as ...Read more

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Hot Cardinals correct mistakes by hiring Kliff Kingsbury, drafting Kyler Murray

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Less than three years ago, the Arizona Cardinals were coming off the best five-year run in franchise history.

A new chapter was beginning - coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer had retired - and the team rested its hopes on first-year coach Steve Wilks and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, drafted 10th overall out of UCLA.

But that ...Read more

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Fantasy football Week 3: Start and sit

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The injury bug struck the NFL hard in Week 2. Here's a recap of last week's games, followed by Week 3's best bets:



Browns 35, Bengals 30: Both Baker Mayfield and rookie Joe Burrow will be solid streaming candidates in most fantasy formats going forward.

49ers 31, Jets 13: Here's hoping Raheem Mostert doesn't miss too much ...Read more

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Cordarrelle Patterson, Bears express fear as they continue to reckon with the Breonna Taylor ruling: 'It was heartbreaking'

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CHICAGO - Cordarrelle Patterson saw the Breonna Taylor ruling through the eyes of his 8-year-old son.

"My girlfriend, she's white. So my kids are mixed," the Chicago Bears running back and return specialist said via Zoom Thursday. "But I'm fully Black so my kids think they're fully Black, so they don't see color.

"... So, when my kid comes to ...Read more

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Dallas Cowboys' banged up defense looks to slow hot Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

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FRISCO, Texas - As good as the Dallas Cowboys feel about themselves following last Sunday's epic 40-39 comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons, they are not in denial about their shortcomings, especially on defense.

The Cowboys (1-1) have offered little resistance in their first two games. They rank 24th in the NFL in yards allowed, have ...Read more

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Michael Rand: Would a lopsided loss Sunday mean Vikings' worst three-game start ever?

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This is the 60th season of Vikings football, a winding historical path of extraordinary highs and unbelievable lows.

But even if this franchise has taught us to expect the unexpected - and despite my skepticism about their prospects for this year before any games had been played - I did not imagine that two games in I would be writing a ...Read more

George Kittle just might return from knee injury vs. Giants despite MetLife field concerns

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Tight end George Kittle's injured knee is feeling better every day, "so that's awesome," he said after a second straight day of 49ers practice.

That does not mean he is a lock to return from a one-game absence and play in Sunday's game against the New York Giants, nor does it sound like the MetLife Stadium turf will scare him if it's his call ...Read more

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott calls decision in Breonna Taylor case 'disgusting'

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FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott didn't hold back when asked for his reaction to the news that police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, were not charged in the death of Breonna Taylor.

On Wednesday, the Jefferson County grand jury chose only to indict one officer for "wanton endangerment" for blindly shooting 10 rounds ...Read more

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For all of Patrick Mahomes' elite traits, here's one more: His voice. Let us explain.

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes underthrew his receiver, Mecole Hardman, by about three yards on a deep route Sunday, and so Chargers cornerback Desmond King reached up and plucked the ball out of the sky.

As the Chargers sideline celebrated a game-changing, fourth-quarter turnover, Mahomes remained near the line of scrimmage, tapping his ...Read more

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Jerick McKinnon ready for every-down role for the wounded 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Very little has gone to plan for the San Francisco 49ers during the first two weeks of the 2020 season.

They lost their best pass rusher, Nick Bosa, for the year with a torn ACL. Star tight end George Kittle and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman have already missed time with injuries, and pass rusher Dee Ford's status is ...Read more

Jimmy Garoppolo's injury may reveal a flaw with NFL officials' face masks

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Jimmy Garoppolo's high-ankle sprain Sunday is worth revisiting, not to actually analyze his health, but rather the NFL's safety measures regarding officials' face coverings.

If officials can not promptly stop plays because masks interfere with their whistles, then, well, what's an injured player to do?

"There have been no issues. Officials ...Read more

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MetLife Stadium turf cleared for Giants-Niners on Sunday

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The new MetLife Stadium turf passed Wednesday's extra inspection. Giants-Niners on Sunday is a go.

"Yesterday, representatives from the NFL, NFLPA, MetLife Stadium, the Giants and Jets, Field Turf and the independent field inspector conducted an additional review of the field surface at MetLife Stadium," the league said in a statement. "The ...Read more

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What Mike McCarthy learned about Dak Prescott in Dallas Cowboys' historic comeback

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FRISCO, Texas - As a quarterback guru who has tutored the likes of Joe Montana, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers during his expansive coaching career, Mike McCarthy has seen his share of quarterback-led miraculous comebacks.

On Sunday, he witnessed the Dak Prescott comeback experience for the first time as coach of the Dallas Cowboys

So what did ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: How the Eagles will save the season and Doug Pederson's job

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PHILADELPHIA - Doug Pederson cannot survive if the Eagles lose to the visiting Bengals on Sunday, then fall to 0-4 at San Francisco the following Sunday night. General manager Howie Roseman will need to shift blame from his own shortsighted transactions, which is the real issue. Emotional intelligence and a three-year-old Super Bowl win earn a ...Read more

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Justin Rogers: Matt Patricia has no good answers for Lions' consistent inconsistency

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DETROIT - What's Matt Patricia supposed to say at this point? If the Lions coach had the answers to what's ailing his team after dropping 11 consecutive games and squandering four straight double-digit leads, he'd incorporate them into his game plans, not share them via the media.

For the better part of three years, Patricia has preached the ...Read more

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Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes named one of Time's most influential people

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has forever changed Kansas City, the architect of a Super Bowl parade that strolled down Grand Boulevard.

But his reach stretches far beyond Kansas City.

Mahomes has been named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2020, joining celebrities, activists, political figures ...Read more

Do the Steelers want to be conservative or creative on offense?

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Ben Roethlisberger had many reasons to resume his career at the age of 38 after shredding elbow ligaments in his right arm last season. One of his more popular responses has been to play with this Steelers defense, which he believes is one of the best he's ever seen with the Steelers.

And Roethlisberger has played with many great ones over his ...Read more

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Brad Biggs: Danny Trevathan doesn't have an injury to explain poor showing. Bears have to hope veteran LB can recharge soon.

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CHICAGO - The Chicago Bears gave Danny Trevathan a day of rest Wednesday, three days after his playing time took a significant cut, but they didn't list an injury for the inside linebacker that would explain something hampering his performance the last two weeks.

Trevathan was held out of the full-pads afternoon practice at Halas Hall. He ...Read more

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Injury bug strikes Dallas Cowboys again as cornerbacks Awuzie, Diggs latest victims

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FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys continue to be plagued by a rash of injuries with starting cornerbacks Chido Awuzie and Trevon Diggs being the latest.

Awuzie will be out multiple weeks because of a hamstring injury suffered against the Atlanta Falcons, according to coach Mike McCarthy.

And Diggs, the rookie second-round pick, missed ...Read more