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Defensive end Chris Clemons has been unable to practice with the Seattle Seahawks since his left knee gave out on the shoddy turf of FedEx Field in Seattle’s playoff victory over the Washington Redskins in January. Clemons spent the entirety of training…Upvote Share Tweet
Dickerson braces for another assault on his recordIf it wasn’t for Adrian Peterson, Eric Dickerson could relax. Today’s NFL has become obsessed with the passing game. Throw in the trend toward multiple tailbacks, and no one else would come within 500 yards of Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105 y…Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Sep 2, 2013It would have been advantageous for Rex Ryan to get fired and Mark Sanchez to get cut rather than go through what will be a miserable and wasted season in their careers, with their futures hanging over a bad Jets team the next four months.Upvote Share TweetFormer Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Danny Watkins had a tryout with the Miami Dolphins on Monday and is reportedly set to sign with the team. But Watkins’ agent says not so fast. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Watkins will sign…Upvote Share TweetWell, that was fast. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday that he won’t disclose his starting quarterback until Sunday. It’s Monday night, and Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Terrelle Pryor will start over Matt Flynn when the Rai…Upvote Share Tweet
Greetings from DenverThe flight from Pittsburgh to Denver didn’t have Internet service, which is a good thing since Twitter and red wine don’t mix too well for me. But I made it to Denver without any major incidents, and we’ll be doing all broadcasts through Thursday from M…Upvote Share TweetJadeveon Clowney is considered the top NFL prospect, but Teddy Bridgewater isn't far behind.Upvote Share TweetAfter Thursday’s preseason finale, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he knows the name of his starting quarterback. But Allen declined to share it with the media. On Monday, Allen declined again. “I’m sure all of you have your questions on who the startin…Upvote Share TweetColts' rookie Boyett arrested for resisting arrestUpvote Share Tweet
Hernandez will be arraigned FridayOn Thursday, the NFL season officially kicks off. On Friday, the murder case against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez does, too. He’ll be arraigned in Fall River Superior Court at 2:00 p.m. ET, via FOX 29 in Boston. As Fred Gwynne once showed J…Upvote Share TweetThe Montreal Alouettes continue to hold the CFL negotiating rights for quarterback Tim Tebow. And the Alouettes continue to sound anything but enthused about the prospect of signing him. “We’ve never had a conversation with him or his representation,” G…Upvote Share TweetBills fill kicking void, sign ex-Dolphin CarpenterUpvote Share TweetJets coach Rex Ryan wasn’t at the team facility when final roster cuts were due on Saturday because he was attending the Clemson-Georgia game. Some members of the New York media have questioned whether that’s a good use of an NFL head coach’s time durin…Upvote Share TweetNot one NFL team thought the Oakland Raiders made a mistake in cutting quarterback Tyler Wilson. He was once a top prospect at quarterback, but that seems like ages ago. Despite having a contract that would be very light for a young NFL quarterback, not…Upvote Share Tweet
N.F.L. Roundup: Cruz Expects to Be Ready for Openernytimes.com Sep 2, 2013Wide receiver Victor Cruz, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and fullback Henry Hynoski returned to practice for the Giants, with Cruz saying he expected to play Sunday against the Cowboys.Upvote Share Tweet
Trenton Robinson, Michael Bamiro join Eagles practice squadMany teams like to hold onto players that spent the summer with them when they fill out their practice squads and the Eagles mostly followed suit when they announced the first five players who would be on that unit. Four of the five players were with th…Upvote Share TweetRob Gronkowski might be back on the practice field, but the Patriots still needed some tight end cover. According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, the Patriots are expected to sign former Packers tight end Matthew Mulligan. If Gronkowski isn’t su…Upvote Share Tweet
Jamoris Slaughter returns to Browns on practice squadThere was a point this offseason when Browns rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter thought he had a chance to earn a starting spot on the team’s defense, but things didn’t wind up working out that way for the 2013 sixth-round pick. Slaughter was waived as the…Upvote Share Tweet
Colts waive Justice CunninghamJustice Cunningham, the final pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has been waived by the Colts, the club said Monday. A tight end from South Carolina, Cunningham caught four of the seven passes thrown his way in the preseason, including all three in the exhibit…Upvote Share TweetBears wide receiver Brandon Marshall made some waves last week when he said that he was frustrated by the state of his recovery from hip surgery and by the fact that he was “being pushed a little bit” to practice and play in the preseason. Marshall then…Upvote Share Tweet
Eagles awarded linebacker Najee Goode on waiversThe Eagles have added one linebacker and parted ways with another. The club announced Monday it was awarded ex-Buccaneers linebacker Najee Goode on waivers. With Goode arriving, the Eagles have released linebacker Emmanuel Acho, whom they acquired from …Upvote Share Tweet
Dontay Moch headlines Cardinals practice squadThe Bengals knew they were done with linebacker Dontay Moch early enough that they were trying to trade the 2011 third-round pick before Saturday’s deadline to cut the roster to 53 players. Their efforts were unsuccessful, though, and Moch wound up on t…Upvote Share TweetBengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap’s summer got off to a good start when he signed a contract extension with the team, but things took a bad turn when he suffered a concussion early in training camp. Dunlap got back to work last week after an extended …Upvote Share TweetWashington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III will be under center for next week's Monday night opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.Upvote Share TweetCould the Steelers be making a change at punter? According to Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports, the Steelers will be adding ex-Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko on Monday. The Patriots waived Mesko, their punter for the previous three seasons, on Saturday, keepin…Upvote Share TweetIsaac Redman is proceeding as if he will start the Pittsburgh Steelers' season opener Sunday, and there is a good reason the fourth-year running back is taking that approach.Upvote Share Tweet
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson says no Patriots player can stop him, but mentions somebody on a different teamBuffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson had at least one of the essential components necessary for effective trash-talk prior to an NFL game. First, Johnson found a reporter who was willing to print a bold prediction. The Buffalo News reporter Tim Graham …Upvote Share Tweet
Cover-Two: Which teams could make the jump to the postseason?Every year, also-rans jump into the playoffs. Which teams will make the leap in 2013?Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins' top pick Jordan expected to playAll indications from Dolphins players and coaches are that No. 3 overall draft pick Dion Jordan (shoulder) is expected to play in Sunday's season opener against the Browns.Upvote Share TweetThere’s a rule in the NFL that states that only the players with the 51 highest base salaries on the team count against the salary cap from the start of the league year until just before the start of the regular season. At that point, every player on th…Upvote Share Tweet
Romo finds “something special” in his throwing motionEvery day, it seems that someone from the Cowboys is saying something to increase expectations for the 2013 season. Last week, executive V.P. Stephen Jones said the team had the “secret sauce” to succeed. Now, quarterback Tony Romo declares that he has …Upvote Share TweetThe Seahawks were the first team in the NFL to lose a player off their practice squad this season when the 49ers signed 2013 fourth-round wide receiver Chris Harper before the Seahawks could even announce that he had agreed to join seven others in Seatt…Upvote Share Tweet
Every NFL starting QB as their team name: The Eli Manning/Giant combination might be the best.deadspin.com Sep 2, 2013Every NFL starting QB as their team name: The Eli Manning/Giant combination might be the best. [KSK]Read more...Upvote Share TweetThe Saints' defense was historically bad in 2012. If it can step up, New Orleans will play deep into January.Upvote Share TweetJaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert said last week that he was on track to start in Week One despite a hairline fracture in his thumb and things have stayed that way this week with Gabbert making his return to practice on Monday. Jaguars coach Gus Bradle…Upvote Share TweetJairus Byrd is dealing with plantar fasciitis, which would leave the Bills short at safety in the event that he’s not able to play in the early weeks of the season. As a way to deal with that possibility, the Bills are expected to sign veteran Jim Leonh…Upvote Share TweetNew York Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee should considering handing out name tags during his next positional meeting to identify who is in the room. The Jets signed former first-round pick Brady Quinn on Monday and released backup Graham Harrell. Gree…Upvote Share TweetThe Raiders will go with second-round pick Menelik Watson at left tackle with Jared Veldheer out, but Alex Barron will no longer be the next man up should something happen to Watson. Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Monday that Barron h…Upvote Share Tweet
Ahmad Bradshaw will play for Colts on SundayThe Colts didn’t get a chance to see running back Ahmad Bradshaw in a preseason game as he was held out as part of his recovery from offseason foot surgery, but they are ready to take the wraps off him now that the regular season is upon us. Coach Chuck…Upvote Share Tweet
Jets Sign Handsome, Bad QB To Temporarily Replace Handsome, Bad QBdeadspin.com Sep 2, 2013The Jets weren't satisfied with their quarterbacks after the cutdown to a 53-man roster, so they made another move Monday, signing Brady Quinn.Read more...Upvote Share TweetWhile acknowledging that Rob Gronkowski's return to the practice field was a step forward, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick fell well short of predicting a potential return date for the tight end.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Preview Week: Top 10 brewing controversies entering the 2013 seasonThe NFL officially returns on Thursday, and Shutdown Corner is rolling out the red carpet, previewing everything to come for the 2013 season. We’ll finish it off by picking our individual awards and the Super Bowl winner on Thursday before the Ravens an…Upvote Share TweetHouston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith said he forgives Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito and himself for an incident three weeks ago that resulted in his suspension through the first game of the season.Upvote Share TweetThe 49ers had a surplus of linebackers, and continue to turn them into future surplus draft picks. The Colts announced they acquired Cam Johnson from the 49ers for a conditional draft pick. The former seventh-round pick spent most of last year on the pr…Upvote Share TweetNew York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz returned to practice Monday after missing two weeks with a bruised heel, a good sign for the star wideout's chances of playing in the regular-season opener Sunday night against Dallas.Upvote Share TweetOne of the most dry and rigid personalities in the NFL feels a strange connection to a 20-year old who has become the embodiment of everything that is wrong with college football. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is known for his unflappable, eve…Upvote Share Tweet
Eighty years ago, NFL made changes that would forever alter the futureEighty years ago, the NFL made changes that would forever alter the league's future.Upvote Share TweetThe Cincinnati Bengals have been awash in mostly positive vibes this offseason. They are routinely mentioned among the AFC's sleeper Super Bowl picks among the pundits. "Hard Knocks" has raised their profile, and virtually nothing controversia…Upvote Share TweetThe Carolina Panthers made an upgrade at safety on Monday, signing free agent Quintin Mikell to a one-year deal.Upvote Share TweetThe understudy to Aaron Rodgers might be the least steady job in sports these days. From Graham Harrell to B.J. Coleman to Vince Young, the Green Bay Packers went through their in- and out-of-house options to protect their best asset and decided that no…Upvote Share Tweet
Gleason didn’t sue NFL, could get up to $5 million in settlementAs the dust begins to settle on the settlement of the NFL’s concussion litigation, some intriguing twists will emerge. For example, former Saints defensive back Steve Gleason, who has spent the past few years valiantly battling ALS, is eligible for a se…Upvote Share TweetThe Cowboys took to the practice field this morning, but not before trading another spare part for another future draft pick. According to the team’s official website, they sent tight end Dante Rosario to the Bears in exchange for a 2014 seventh-round p…Upvote Share TweetMaybe cornerback Marquice Cole is going to be the new Ross Ventrone for the Patriots. The Patriots just announced they re-signed Cole, after releasing him in final cuts this weekend. To make room for him on the roster, they released offensive lineman Jo…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Preview Week: Which teams have the toughest four-game stretch to start the season?There’s little doubt that the schedule is a huge factor in the NFL. The problem is determining which teams have tough ones at the start of the season. With so much change in the standings year to year, judging the strength-of-schedule metric can be dece…Upvote Share TweetThe Dolphins have announced the initial eight members of their practice squad, six of whom were part of the team until the cut to 53 players over the weekend. Among that group are wide receivers Marvin McNutt and Brian Tyms. McNutt was a sixth-round pic…Upvote Share TweetThe 49ers signed receiver Chris Harper off Seattle's practice squad, according to a league source.Upvote Share Tweet
Colts give Da’Rick Rogers a practice squad chanceOne of the more intriguing prospects among this year’s undrafted free agents is back in the league, although in a new place. Wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers has signed with the Colts practice squad, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. Rogers was waive…Upvote Share TweetThe Dolphins had one former member of the Bears on their roster at fullback when Sunday started and they had one when the day ended, but it wasn’t the same fullback. Miami claimed Tyler Clutts off of waivers and cut Evan Rodriguez, leaving them with one…Upvote Share TweetAt different points this preseason, it looked like the Packers’ backup quarterback would be Graham Harrell or Vince Young. Neither of those men made it through to the 53-man roster, however, which means that B.J. Coleman is currently the No. 2 in Green …Upvote Share Tweet
Lawyer bristles at criticism of concussion settlementThe prevailing reaction to the news that the NFL has settled the concussion lawsuits for a package that amounts to $3.9 million per team per year for three years and $703,000 per team per year for 17 years thereafter has been, “That’s all?” The lawyers …Upvote Share Tweet
Peter King's Monday Morning QuarterbackThink the players got a bad deal in the concussion suit? They explain why they're happy with the settlement.Upvote Share Tweet
Jake Long ready to roll after a light camp workloadThe Rams signed Jake Long for the impact he could make (or prevent) in the fall. So they weren’t going to push him this summer. The Rams admitted keeping their prize left tackle signing on a pitch count during training camp, which he appreciated. “I’m f…Upvote Share TweetThe Giants didn’t have to look far to fill seven of the eight spots on their practice squad. The team brought back seven players they waived on Saturday, offering those players the chance to build on the work they did with the Giants over the summer whi…Upvote Share Tweet
Astros will wear NFL jerseys at OaklandWith the NFL returning this week, other sports could ignore it. Or surrender. The Houston Astros are choosing to surrender. According to MLB.com, the Astros will wear NFL jerseys on Wednesday, September 4 against the A’s in Oakland. And it won’t necessa…Upvote Share TweetCornerback Champ Bailey sprained his foot a couple of weeks ago in a preseason game against the Seahawks, leading to crutches, a walking boot and uncertainty about his status for the season opener. Bailey has ditched the crutches and boot and was back a…Upvote Share TweetClaiming CB Brandon Burton off waivers left the Bills with two open roster spots. TE Dion Sims has become an important player for the Dolphins. The Patriots claimed four players off waivers and were beaten out in claims for two others. Five rookies coul…Upvote Share TweetBills running back C.J. Spiller has returned to Buffalo after spending a week back home in Florida, supporting his stunned family after his grandfather went on a shooting spree, killing two people and injuring two others before killing himself. Spiller …Upvote Share Tweet
America's Game: Brother vs BrotherSep 2Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh talks about what it was like to go up against his brother in the Super Bowl.
'America's Game:' Rematch with the New England PatriotsSep 2The Baltimore Ravens had a chance to get revenge against the New England Patriots, who beat them the year before in the 2011 AFC Championship Game. Hear their story as they tell you about their emotions as they took the field that night.
America's Game: An amazing comebackSep 2The Baltimore Ravens relive last season's AFC Divisional Playoff against the Denver Broncos and the amazing late-game comeback that led to their double-overtime win.
America's Game: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returnsSep 2As the leader of the Baltimore Ravens' defense, linebacker Ray Lewis made it his goal to get back on the field for his last run at a Super Bowl championship.
One-Minute DrillsSep 2Adrian Peterson won MVP, J.J. Watt was Defensive Player of the Year and Colin Kaepernick was one of the most electrifying new stars to emerge in 2012 - (Charlie Neibergall/AP :: Denis Poroy/AP :: Patric Schneider/AP0 Ready for the 2013 season to finally…
Fighting for Themselves, Fighting for the GameSep 2For more than 4,500 players and their families, the fight with the NFL over the role of football in post-career health problems has been a long, stressful battle. - (Matt Rourke/AP) There’s only one story today, still. I know the season is three days aw…