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Roger Goodell set for five-year extension after push-back from Jerry Jones

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IRVING, Texas -- Jerry Jones got a chance to air his grievances Wednesday, but Roger Goodell is staying on as NFL commissioner for years to come.

Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, wanted to pump the brakes on the contract extension in the wake of Goodell imposing a six-game suspension on star Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott because of ...Read more

Sam Farmer's Thursday night NFL pick

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DENVER (4-9) AT INDIANAPOLIS (3-10)

TV: NBC, NFL Network, 8:15 p.m. EST

Line: Broncos by 2 1/2

Over/under: 40.5

Sam Farmer's pick: The Broncos suddenly sprang to life Sunday with a shutout of the Jets. That doesn't mean Denver is back, but it's a reminder that this team is capable of winning. The Colts can't seem to close a game. Broncos 20,...Read more

No one has been more valuable than Philip Rivers during Chargers' climb in standings

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers likes to think of himself as "old school."

He has had to be persuaded to spend more time stretching. He cannot be talked out of playing come Sunday. He gains yards with his arm, not his feet.

But some "new school" statistics could be the backbone to an argument that would've ...Read more

Cowboys aren't in scoreboard watching mode quite yet

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys insist they aren't getting caught up with the various scenarios that need to happen for them to make the playoffs.

"Honestly, I'm focused on my own business. I know how important it is for us to win and that's the only thing we can control," quarterback Dak Prescott said. "The rest is kind of crossing fingers...Read more

Browns' Kizer says he's worried about maximizing his potential, not future draft picks

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns coach Hue Jackson has watched DeShone Kizer encounter more adversity this season than any other rookie quarterback he's ever guided.

Kizer has been benched three times. He's had to leave games with a migraine and bruised ribs. He had to hear about the organization trying to trade for Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback ...Read more

Jones takes 'gentleman' approach to Goodell's contract, wins other battles

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IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't achieve his ultimate goal of delaying, if not outright blocking, a contract extension on Wednesday for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell has already signed a six-year extension worth up to $200 million that runs through 2024 in what will be his last contract with the NFL.

But Jones...Read more

Greg Cote's Thursday night NFL pick

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BRONCOS (4-9) at COLTS (3-10)

LINE: DEN by 21/2.

COTE'S PICK: IND 21-19.

TV: 8:25 p.m. Thursday, NBC/NFL.

Still haven't started your holiday shopping? This doleful equine matchup is a great excuse to shut off the TV, leave the house as if it were on fire and hit a mall. Heck, cleaning the fish tank would be preferable to this game. (An ...Read more

Tommy Nobis, called the 'finest two-way player' ever, dies at 74

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Legendary University of Texas two-way player Tommy Nobis has passed away at age 74.

Nobis was an All-American linebacker for the Longhorns from 1963-65. He also played offensive guard.

He was drafted No. 1 by the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and 5th by the AFL's Houston Oilers in 1966. He signed with the Falcons and played 11 seasons in Atlanta ...Read more

Panthers' blitz scheme attributable to one man

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It's hardly a secret that Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks really, really likes to blitz.

In fact, Wilks' aggressive playcalling is becoming common even late in tight games, when sending a blitz offers as high a risk as it does a reward.

"He believes that whoever is dialed up and is running that pressure, that they're going ...Read more

Silence prevails as Packers ponder Aaron Rodgers decision

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Another day came and went with veritable silence on the Aaron Rodgers front. As Tuesday afternoon gave way to evening, it was anyone's guess who will line up at quarterback when the Green Bay Packers return to practice Wednesday.

Rodgers underwent a series of scans Monday to reveal the progress of his surgically repaired ...Read more

Eagles QB Nick Foles: 'My job right now is to step in that huddle and keep this thing rolling'

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The reality that Carson Wentz is out for the season became official when Wentz went on injured reserve Tuesday, and the Eagles' hopes now fall upon Nick Foles. The coaching staff spent the last two days preparing a game plan for Sunday's game against the New York Giants with Foles as the starting quarterback, and the team returns to practice ...Read more

Brad Biggs' Week 15 NFL power rankings

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Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Steelers 11-2 (2): No retirement chatter from Ben Roethlisberger after he threw for 506 yards in an exhilarating rally over the Ravens.

2. Eagles 11-2 (4): Not many teams have a better backup QB situation than the Eagles do with Nick Foles. He has three weeks to get tuned up for the playoffs.

3. Patriots...Read more

Adam Gase not talking playoffs, but Dolphins in the hunt

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Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase was in no mood to hand out over-hyped accolades or engage in pie-in-the-sky speculation Tuesday. There was no playoff talk, and no mention of anything beyond this week's game at Buffalo.

Gase acknowledged that Monday's 27-20 victory over New England was significant, but that's all.

"It's a good win for us because...Read more

Lions' Matthew Stafford doesn't expect to play with taped fingers going forward

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Matthew Stafford said his swollen right hand has progressed to the point that he does not believe he'll need to wear a supporting apparatus on his digits for the rest of the season.

"I don't know yet," Stafford said Tuesday. "I wouldn't think so, but I don't know. Possibly."

Stafford played with athletic tape covering his right ring and pinky ...Read more

Former Bears returner Devin Hester retires: 'Hopefully next time I see y'all it'll be in Canton'

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Former Bears returner Devin Hester announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

"Hopefully next time I see y'all it'll be in Canton," Hester wrote in a statement he tweeted out.

Hester is the all-time punt-return touchdowns leader with 14. He ran back 13 of those with the Bears from 2006-13, one of the most electrifying players in ...Read more

Marshall Faulk among NFL Network analysts suspended amid sexual harassment lawsuit

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Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk is among three current NFL Network analysts who have been suspended "pending an investigation" amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

The others are Heath Evans and Ike Taylor. NFL Network announced the suspensions late on Monday.

The former players were named in a lawsuit by former NFL Network employee...Read more

We put together a Panthers playoff primer, and it's enough to make you scream

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The race is on.

The Carolina Panthers (9-4) find themselves in the thick of things as the complicated playoff chase unfolds within the NFC South.

The Panthers know their best shot at the postseason is winning their final three games. But aside from that, they don't have much control.

"I think we still have a lot of work cut out for us," said ...Read more

Kenyan Drake, defense lift Dolphins to upset of Patriots

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Just when it appeared the Dolphins' playoff hopes were gone, along with all hopes of having a winning record, the New England Patriots strolled into town. And strangely, they were just what Miami needed to breathe life into a season choking and wheezing on self-inflicted wounds for weeks.

Miami, an 11-point underdog, ...Read more

Cry, Eagles, cry? Not necessarily

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Philadelphia is a city in mourning, but also one with a flicker of hope.

A day after Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz hobbled off to the Coliseum locker room during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams, the grim news was confirmed: The NFL most valuable player candidate suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ...Read more

Bears tight end Zach Miller reflects on long road back after knee injury

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The trip was planned and booked. Kohler, Wis. The American Club. Just a few days to relax and recharge. That's how Bears tight end Zach Miller had planned to spend the team's weekend off in early November.

"Something just nice and easy," he said. "Just to get away for a little bit. Maybe get a massage, a pedicure, you never know."

Miller ...Read more