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Chris Clemons to practice Wednesday for Seahawks

Chris Clemons to practice Wednesday for Seahawks

profootballtalk.com Updated Sep 2, 2013
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…
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  • Dickerson braces for another assault on his record

    Dickerson braces for another assault on his record

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    If 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…
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  • Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez enter NY Jets' season doomed to fail

    Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez enter NY Jets' season doomed to fail

    nydailynews.com Sep 2, 2013
    It 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.
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  • Agent denies report Danny Watkins signs with Dolphins

    Agent denies report Danny Watkins signs with Dolphins

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Former 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…
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  • Report:  Pryor will start for Raiders

    Report: Pryor will start for Raiders

    Well, 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…
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  • Greetings from Denver

    Greetings from Denver

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Teddy Bridgewater is a top NFL quarterback prospect

    Teddy Bridgewater is a top NFL quarterback prospect

    CNNSI.com Sep 2, 2013
    Jadeveon Clowney is considered the top NFL prospect, but Teddy Bridgewater isn't far behind.
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  • Allen won’t name starter before Sunday

    Allen won’t name starter before Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    After 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…
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  • Colts' rookie Boyett arrested for resisting arrest

    Colts' rookie Boyett arrested for resisting arrest

    Colts' rookie Boyett arrested for resisting arrest
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  • Hernandez will be arraigned Friday

    Hernandez will be arraigned Friday

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    On 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…
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  • CFL’s Alouettes won’t be calling Tebow

    CFL’s Alouettes won’t be calling Tebow

    The 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…
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  • Bills fill kicking void, sign ex-Dolphin Carpenter

    Bills fill kicking void, sign ex-Dolphin Carpenter

    Bills fill kicking void, sign ex-Dolphin Carpenter
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  • Rex Ryan defends taking time off to attend Clemson game

    Rex Ryan defends taking time off to attend Clemson game

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Jets 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…
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  • Tyler Wilson doesn’t get claimed by any team on waivers, gets a…

    Tyler Wilson doesn’t get claimed by any team on waivers, gets added to Raiders’ practice squad

    Not 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…
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  • N.F.L. Roundup: Cruz Expects to Be Ready for Opener

    N.F.L. Roundup: Cruz Expects to Be Ready for Opener

    nytimes.com Sep 2, 2013
    Wide 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.
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  • Trenton Robinson, Michael Bamiro join Eagles practice squad

    Trenton Robinson, Michael Bamiro join Eagles practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Many 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…
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  • Patriots expected to add Matthew Mulligan

    Patriots expected to add Matthew Mulligan

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Rob 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…
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  • Jamoris Slaughter returns to Browns on practice squad

    Jamoris Slaughter returns to Browns on practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    There 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…
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  • Colts waive Justice Cunningham

    Colts waive Justice Cunningham

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Justice 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…
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  • Brandon Marshall: “Everything is good” with hip structurally

    Brandon Marshall: “Everything is good” with hip structurally

    Bears 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…
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  • Eagles awarded linebacker Najee Goode on waivers

    Eagles awarded linebacker Najee Goode on waivers

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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 …
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  • Dontay Moch headlines Cardinals practice squad

    Dontay Moch headlines Cardinals practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Carlos Dunlap ready for season opener

    Carlos Dunlap ready for season opener

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Bengals 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 …
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  • Shanahan: RG III will start Monday opener

    Shanahan: RG III will start Monday opener

    Washington 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.
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  • Report: Zoltan Mesko joining Steelers

    Report: Zoltan Mesko joining Steelers

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Could 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…
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  • Steelers' Redman expects to start at RB

    Steelers' Redman expects to start at RB

    Isaac 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.
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  • Bills receiver Stevie Johnson says no Patriots player can stop …

    Bills receiver Stevie Johnson says no Patriots player can stop him, but mentions somebody on a different team

    Buffalo 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 …
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  • Cover-Two: Which teams could make the jump to the postseason?

    Cover-Two: Which teams could make the jump to the postseason?

    CNNSI.com Sep 2, 2013
    Every year, also-rans jump into the playoffs. Which teams will make the leap in 2013?
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  • Dolphins' top pick Jordan expected to play

    Dolphins' top pick Jordan expected to play

    ESPN.com Sep 2, 2013
    All 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.
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  • Barry Cofield restructures contract

    Barry Cofield restructures contract

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    There’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…
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  • Romo finds “something special” in his throwing motion

    Romo finds “something special” in his throwing motion

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Every 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 …
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  • Seahawks announce eight-man practice squad

    Seahawks announce eight-man practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Every NFL starting QB as their team name: The Eli Manning/Giant…

    Every NFL starting QB as their team name: The Eli Manning/Giant combination might be the best.

    deadspin.com Sep 2, 2013
    Every NFL starting QB as their team name: The Eli Manning/Giant combination might be the best. [KSK]Read more...
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  • Peter King's One Minute Drill: New Orleans Saints

    Peter King's One Minute Drill: New Orleans Saints

    CNNSI.com Sep 2, 2013
    The Saints' defense was historically bad in 2012. If it can step up, New Orleans will play deep into January.
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  • Blaine Gabbert returns to practice, “progressing as planned”

    Blaine Gabbert returns to practice, “progressing as planned”

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Jaguars 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…
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  • Jim Leonard taking physical with Bills, expected to sign

    Jim Leonard taking physical with Bills, expected to sign

    Jairus 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…
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  • Jets sign Brady Quinn as fourth quarterback; release Graham Har…

    Jets sign Brady Quinn as fourth quarterback; release Graham Harrell

    New 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…
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  • Raiders sign Tony Pashos, cut Alex Barron

    Raiders sign Tony Pashos, cut Alex Barron

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Ahmad Bradshaw will play for Colts on Sunday

    Ahmad Bradshaw will play for Colts on Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Jets Sign Handsome, Bad QB To Temporarily Replace Handsome, Bad…

    Jets Sign Handsome, Bad QB To Temporarily Replace Handsome, Bad QB

    deadspin.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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...
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  • Belichick says Gronkowski 'moving forward'

    Belichick says Gronkowski 'moving forward'

    ESPN.com Sep 2, 2013
    While 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.
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  • NFL Preview Week: Top 10 brewing controversies entering the 201…

    NFL Preview Week: Top 10 brewing controversies entering the 2013 season

    yahoo.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Texans' Smith forgives Incognito, himself

    Texans' Smith forgives Incognito, himself

    ESPN.com Sep 2, 2013
    Houston 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.
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  • Colts acquire Cam Johnson from 49ers

    Colts acquire Cam Johnson from 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Giants' Cruz back practicing from heel injury

    Giants' Cruz back practicing from heel injury

    New 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.
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  • Joe Flacco is a big fan of Johnny Manziel, says ‘being hated is…

    Joe Flacco is a big fan of Johnny Manziel, says ‘being hated is not a bad thing’

    yahoo.com Sep 2, 2013
    One 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…
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  • Eighty years ago, NFL made changes that would forever alter the…

    Eighty years ago, NFL made changes that would forever alter the future

    CNNSI.com Sep 2, 2013
    Eighty years ago, the NFL made changes that would forever alter the league's future.
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  • Cincinnati Bengals sign Geno Atkins to a five-year, $55 million…

    Cincinnati Bengals sign Geno Atkins to a five-year, $55 million extension

    The 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…
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  • Panthers upgrade at safety, sign vet Mikell

    Panthers upgrade at safety, sign vet Mikell

    The Carolina Panthers made an upgrade at safety on Monday, signing free agent Quintin Mikell to a one-year deal.
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  • Green Bay Packers sign ex-49er Seneca Wallace to back up Aaron …

    Green Bay Packers sign ex-49er Seneca Wallace to back up Aaron Rodgers

    The 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…
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  • Gleason didn’t sue NFL, could get up to $5 million in settlemen…

    Gleason didn’t sue NFL, could get up to $5 million in settlement

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    As 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…
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  • Cowboys trade Dante Rosario to Bears

    Cowboys trade Dante Rosario to Bears

    The 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…
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  • Patriots bring back Marquice Cole after short absence

    Patriots bring back Marquice Cole after short absence

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Maybe 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…
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  • NFL Preview Week: Which teams have the toughest four-game stret…

    NFL Preview Week: Which teams have the toughest four-game stretch to start the season?

    yahoo.com Sep 2, 2013
    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…
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  • Dolphins set their practice squad

    Dolphins set their practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • 49ers sign 4th-round Seahawks WR Harper

    49ers sign 4th-round Seahawks WR Harper

    The 49ers signed receiver Chris Harper off Seattle's practice squad, according to a league source.
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  • Colts give Da’Rick Rogers a practice squad chance

    Colts give Da’Rick Rogers a practice squad chance

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    One 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…
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  • Dolphins make a change at fullback

    Dolphins make a change at fullback

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Ted Thompson: We should have brought Vince Young in earlier

    Ted Thompson: We should have brought Vince Young in earlier

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    At 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 …
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  • Lawyer bristles at criticism of concussion settlement

    Lawyer bristles at criticism of concussion settlement

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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 …
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  • Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback

    Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback

    CNNSI.com Sep 2, 2013
    Think the players got a bad deal in the concussion suit? They explain why they're happy with the settlement.
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  • Jake Long ready to roll after a light camp workload

    Jake Long ready to roll after a light camp workload

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Giants sign seven to practice squad

    Giants sign seven to practice squad

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Astros will wear NFL jerseys at Oakland

    Astros will wear NFL jerseys at Oakland

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    With 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…
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  • Champ Bailey returns to practice

    Champ Bailey returns to practice

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Cornerback 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…
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  • Monday morning one-liners

    Monday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Claiming 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…
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  • C.J. Spiller returns to Bills

    C.J. Spiller returns to Bills

    profootballtalk.com Sep 2, 2013
    Bills 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 …
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  • Video - America's Game: Brother vs Brother 09:28

    America's Game: Brother vs Brother

    Sep 2
    Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh talks about what it was like to go up against his brother in the Super Bowl.
  • Video - 'America's Game:' Rematch with the New England Patriots 05:38

    'America's Game:' Rematch with the New England Patriots

    Sep 2
    The 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.
  • Video - America's Game: An amazing comeback 06:00

    America's Game: An amazing comeback

    Sep 2
    The 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.
  • Video - America's Game: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returns 06:04

    America's Game: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returns

    Sep 2
    As 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.

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    Sep 2
    Adrian 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 Game

    Sep 2
    For 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…