Cowboys' Elliott fined $26,739 by NFL for helmet hit while being tackled

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FRISCO, Texas -- Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been fined by the NFL for the second time in four weeks.

Elliott was fined $26,739 for lowering his helmet to initiate contact against Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Corey Graham in last Sunday's 29-23 overtime victory.

He was being tackled and was already falling toward the ground ...Read more

Former Falcons star Bill Fralic dies at 56

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Former Falcons offensive lineman Bill Fralic, who played for the team from 1985-92, died Thursday following a battle with cancer, according to the University of Pittsburgh.

Fralic was 56 years old.

After a storied career for the Pitt Panthers, the three-time All-American was drafted second overall in the 1985 draft by ...Read more

Khalil Mack hopes Bears defense can put an end to Aaron Rodgers' interception streak

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CHICAGO -- Khalil Mack was reminded Friday of Aaron Rodgers' current run without an interception, a streak that has been building since September -- 91/2 games, 368 passes.

Mack just shrugged.

"One of the best in the league," the Bears outside linebacker acknowledged after practice at Halas Hall. "That's kind of what you expect from a guy like...Read more

Raiders WR Martavis Bryant suspended indefinitely by NFL

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Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL "for violating the terms of his April 2017 conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse," the league said in a statement.

Bryant is currently on injured reserve with a knee injury and becomes an unrestricted free agent after this ...Read more

Chiefs' secondary takes a hit as Kendall Fuller to have surgery, report says

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs appear to have lost a key piece of their secondary as they pursue a division title and the top seed in the AFC playoffs.

Starting cornerback Kendall Fuller is believed to have played through a fractured wrist in the 29-28 loss to the Chargers on Thursday night and was expected to have surgery Friday morning, ...Read more

Eagles coach Doug Pederson says Carson Wentz has 'stress injury' that could take three months to heal

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PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Friday that quarterback Carson Wentz "has a stress injury" in his back that could take as long as three months to heal, but will not require surgery.

Pederson wouldn't say when Wentz's injury occurred. He called Wentz "questionable" for this Sunday's game at Los Angeles against the Rams.

Pederson...Read more

Green Bay fan loses bid to wear Packers gear on sidelines for Sunday's Bears game in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- A die-hard Packers fan has lost his court bid to don his Green Bay gear and stand on the sidelines before Sunday's Chicago Bears-Packers game.

A federal court judge in Chicago on Thursday denied the temporary restraining order and injunction sought by Green Bay resident Russell Beckman against the Bears. That means on Sunday, Beckman...Read more

Chargers rally to finally beat Chiefs and clinch a playoff berth

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This noise. This chill. This challenge.

That's what the Los Angeles Chargers traveled roughly 1,500 miles to confront Thursday, aware that reality and the NFL gave them no other choice.

"Kansas City has made it known we have to go through them," coach Anthony Lynn said this week, "if we're going to win this division."

The ...Read more

Chiefs can't clinch AFC West as Chargers erase 14-point deficit, win on two-point play

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A fine mist hung in the air over the brightly illuminated stadium, a combination of fireworks residue, barbecue smoke and rain that held off for most of the cold night.

Rogue yellow streamers from the touchdown cannons zipped around over the stadium, attached to the invisible wires that helped network cameras soar over the ...Read more

922 NFL player arrests in almost 19 years and Goodell says: 'What we're doing is extraordinary'

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is cute when he gets all sanctimonious. And he's never been cuter than after the league owners winter meetings this week.

Faced with two recent high-profile incidents in which NFL players were accused of mistreating women, Goodell did what he does best -- stick his head in an alternate reality.

Reuben Foster was ...Read more

Pats to rebound after stunning loss to Dolphins

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The Los Angeles Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 9-7 (.563); season 135-71-2 (.655). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-8 (.500); season 99-101-8 (.495). Times Eastern.

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Amari Cooper said Raiders owner Mark Davis, not Jon Gruden made trade decision on him

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FRISCO, Texas -- While in Dallas on Wednesday for the NFL owners meetings, owner Mark Davis tried to offer an explanation to the Oakland Raiders seemingly inexplicable decision to trade standout receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys.

It's a decision that's becoming more foolish by the day with Cooper, the fourth overall pick by the ...Read more

Panthers' Cam Newton hopes to send back 'gift' from Saints he's had in locker all year

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After New Orleans swept Carolina in three games, including the wild card, last season, the Saints sent Cam Newton a couple of "gifts."

A bottle of wine, and a broom.

The wine was from defensive end Cam Jordan, and was a bottle of "Jordan" red, which is Jordan's own favorite. He had said prior to last year's wild-card matchup...Read more

Richard Sherman responds to Frank Clark's declaration that the Sherman era in Seattle is over

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SEATTLE -- What did Richard Sherman think of Frank Clark's comments to a few reporters following Monday night's win over Minnesota that "Sherman and his era is over" in Seattle?

The answer came Thursday when Sherman held his weekly press conference with reporters in the Bay Area.

Sherman was asked about Clark's comments being "the elephant in ...Read more

Greg Cote's Week 15 NFL picks

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Pinch me. (But not that hard!) My dream season continues. Went 12-4 straight-up last week and 8-8 against the spread. I've had seasons where a .500 week ATS would have had me doing backflips. This year it's a disappointment. Still, we bull's-eyed yet another Upset of the Week pick with Dolphins over Patriots ("Aawwk!"), which I'd have had ...Read more

Fantasy football playoffs (Week 15): Start and sit

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Is it possible a waiver-wire pickup or well-scouted sleeper in your lineup this week will make the difference in you advancing to your league's championship or battling for third-place next week?


Is it likely? Probably not.

It's much more likely your best players -- the players you likely drafted or traded for at some point -- will make...Read more

Carson Wentz has fractured vertebra, will seek medical opinion outside the Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA -- Carson Wentz has a fractured vertebra, revealed after the Eagles quarterback underwent a series of tests, an NFL source said Thursday.

The team didn't officially comment.

The fracture will fully heal if given sufficient time, the source said. The Eagles have yet to rule out Wentz for Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Rams, but ...Read more

Raiders rescind rent offer to Oakland, explore options for 2019

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Raiders on Wednesday ended talks to play in Oakland for the 2019-2020 season, a day after the city of Oakland filed a federal lawsuit against the team and the NFL.

Pulling a proposed deal off the table, the NFL team made good on its promise to withdraw its offer to play next season at the Coliseum if a suit was filed, ...Read more

Chargers aim to stop losing streak against Chiefs in AFC West showdown Thursday night

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He is winless in three games as a head coach against Kansas City, his team having led for barely seven minutes total in the three defeats.

And that's the positive spin advancing the Los Angeles Chargers' Thursday night visit to Arrowhead Stadium, where the reception is forecast to be chilly and damp. And the weather might ...Read more

Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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L.A. CHARGERS (10-3) at KANSAS CITY (11-2)

TV: Fox, NFL Network, 8:15 p.m. EDT.

Line: Chiefs by 3 1/2.

Over/under: 53.

Sam Farmer's pick: Had they not dropped a bunch of passes, the Chargers might have beaten the Chiefs in the opener. L.A. is making those catches now, and has the defensive firepower to pull this off against the hobbled ...Read more

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