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Here’s a story we’ve never encountered before. (That’s a reaction we seem to have all too often when covering the NFL.) 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and Titans tight end Delanie Walker face a lawsuit in California. According to CSNBayArea.com, a man nam…Upvote Share Tweet
Former Seattle Seahawks fourth-round draft pick Chris Harper isn’t just changing teams this week, he’s changing positions as well. Harper was released by Seattle during roster cuts over the weekend and signed to the Seahawks’ practice squad. However, th…Upvote Share TweetOn Monday, the Bears cut Kyle Adams. On Tuesday, they brought him back. The third year pro from Purdue, who has appeared in 23 games for the Bears over his first two seasons, apparently became expendable when the Bears traded for veteran tight end Dante…Upvote Share TweetThe first quarterback selected in the NFL Draft in April appears set to start the season opener for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. According to Peter Schrager of FOXSports.com, Bills head coach Doug Marrone is expected to name E.J. Manuel the Bills’ Week …Upvote Share Tweet
John Conner was “shocked” when the Bengals cut himThe season finale of Hard Knocks showed fullback John Conner losing his job. He wasn’t happy about it. As Conner sat down with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis to hear the bad news that he was cut, Conner asked what he could have done differently. Lewis answe…Upvote Share TweetAfter weeks of on-and-off negotiations, the Dallas Cowboys signed free-agent guard Brian Waters on Tuesday night.Upvote Share TweetFLORHAM PARK, N.J. – LaDainian Tomlinson has looked into the crystal ball and he sees no future for his former teammate Mark Sanchez as a starting quarterback. Tomlinson and Sanchez were teammates on the New York Jets for the final two years of the runn…Upvote Share TweetBill Belichick makes the personnel decisions in New England, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft has complete trust in his coach. But Kraft sure sounds like he wishes Belichick had found a spot on the 53-man roster for Tim Tebow. Kraft said on CBS This Morn…Upvote Share Tweet
Why your team won't win the Super BowlWith the season's start looming and optimism high around the league, here's why your favorite team won't win it all.Upvote Share TweetFour former NFL players have sued the league and its helmet maker, claiming they hid information about the dangers of brain injury.Upvote Share Tweet
Breaking down every team in sixty secondsYou want up-tempo? Everything you need to know about every team entering the season, in sixty seconds.Upvote Share TweetPittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman will start Sunday’s season opener against Tennessee.Upvote Share TweetLamar Miller has won the starting tailback job in Miami. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be the full-time workhorse. Then again, it doesn’t mean he won’t be. Either way, Miller currently doesn’t know how much he’ll be getting the ball. “They haven’t told us…Upvote Share TweetWith the Packers’ backup quarterback situation more unsettled than the Jets’ starting quarterback situation, it’s been easy to forget that Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson has knee surgery in early August and missed the balance of training camp. He retur…Upvote Share TweetThe Rams decided they would prefer not to wait four games for the return of suspended linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, choosing to release him Tuesday afternoon.Upvote Share TweetThe New Orleans Saints plan to place linebacker Jonathan Vilma on injured reserve-designated to return, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetBrian Cushing did well for himself in his new deal with the Texans. A league source tells PFT that Cushing’s deal is a six-year, $55,643,000 contract, with $21 million guaranteed. Cushing was heading into the final season of the five-year, $14 million c…Upvote Share TweetThe pressure and criticism already are mounting for Rex Ryan, but the New York Jets coach laughed off the latest controversy -- his decision to leave the team on cutdown day to attend his son's college game Saturday night at Clemson.Upvote Share TweetThe Falcons parted ways with veteran right tackle Tyson Clabo this offseason, and with his replacement failing to step up, they were forced to dip back into the veteran market. The team announced they signed former Buccaneers right tackle Jeremy Trueblo…Upvote Share TweetTwo days and counting. That’s how long it is before the 2013 NFL season is finally underway and we’ll be spending those days preparing ourselves and PFT Planet for all that’s coming our way. Pro Football Talk on NBCSN will do its part on Tuesday by outl…Upvote Share TweetThe Cleveland Browns have filled their vacancy at kicker, signing veteran Billy Cundiff, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetWith Anthony Spencer's availability for Sunday's season opener against the New York Giants in doubt because of knee surgery, the Cowboys added a second defensive end to the roster in four days by trading for Caesar Rayford.Upvote Share Tweet
Pack's Rodgers: Not changing way I leadGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn't plan to change his leadership style just because he received some criticism from a couple of former teammates this offseason.Upvote Share TweetHow was your Labor Day? It was better than Colts rookie John Boyett's.Read more...Upvote Share TweetHouston Texans safety Ed Reed practiced fully on Tuesday for the first time since joining the team as a free agent.Upvote Share TweetWhen Donovan McNabb was critical of the Lions’ decision to give quarterback Matthew Stafford a big new contract, Stafford said he understood where McNabb was coming from because the Lions were coming off of a 4-12 season. Stafford didn’t agree with McNa…Upvote Share TweetUpon releasing former first-rounder Danny Watkins, Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman suggested that the pressure of being a first-rounder might have been too much for Watkins. In his first interview with reporters after being signed by the Dolphins, …Upvote Share TweetIt’s looking more likely that the Broncos will be without cornerback Champ Bailey when they face the Ravens on Thursday night. Bailey did not practice today, according to the official injury report distributed by the team. As we previously passed along,…Upvote Share TweetRobert Meachem is heading back to the New Orleans Saints.Upvote Share Tweet
Pierre Garçon says injured foot is 100 percent healedRedskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon said in May that he wasn’t sure if he was still going to have trouble with the injured tendon in his foot that caused him to miss games last season and play at less than 100 percent when he was on the field. Things a…Upvote Share TweetIn order for a quarterback and coach to get along, there has to be effective communication between both men. It is easy to understand why Seneca Wallace is no longer playing for Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers. Wallace, who signed with San Francisco …Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Sep 3, 2013Some people are fans of the New England Patriots. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the New England Patriots. This 2013 Deadspin NFL team preview is for those in the latter group. Read all the 2013 NFL previews so far right here.Read more...Upvote Share TweetThe Ravens will be missing a starter this week, as defensive lineman Arthur Jones is already ruled out while getting tests for an undisclosed medical condition. With the emphasis on undisclosed. “I’d rather leave an explantion of Art’s situation up to A…Upvote Share TweetGiants running back Andre Brown will miss the first eight games of the season. Brown, who broke his leg in the preseason, is being placed on short-term injured reserve, a league source tells PFT. That means he has to miss the first eight weeks but can r…Upvote Share TweetThe Lions haven’t said whether or not rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah suffered a concussion more than a week ago, but the speculation won’t be stopping after Ansah sat out another practice on Tuesday. Ansah was in attendance at the team’s practice, how…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Preview Week: 10 biggest wild cards heading into 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 TweetWith Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski back at practice after multiple offseason surgeries (several to his arm, one to his back), it’s unclear when he’ll be able to play. By not leaving him on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which would have side…Upvote Share TweetCowboys wide receiver Miles Austin played in all 16 games for the Cowboys last season, although his efforts were hindered almost all year long by hamstring issues that forced him out of some games and limited him in others. That makes two straight years…Upvote Share TweetHouston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins passed his concussion test and was cleared to play in Monday night's season opener against the San Diego Chargers.Upvote Share TweetThe New Orleans Saints have had the Atlanta Falcons' number in recent seasons and as the two NFC South rivals are set to meet in Week 1, linebacker Junior Galette says his team's goal is to extend that domination to the rest of the division.Upvote Share TweetBrowns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo is doing some work on the field, but CEO Joe Banner said it’s still too soon to know if he’ll play this week, after Mingo suffered a bruised lung in the preseason. Banner told Nate Ulrich of the Akron Be…Upvote Share TweetIn Part 2 of our team-by-team preview, we look at the teams that will likely take a step back from their 2012 performancesUpvote Share Tweet
MMQB experts make their playoffs, Super Bowl and award predictionsThe MMQB's NFL analysts make their playoff, Super Bowl and award picks, plus give more thoughts on how 2013 will play out.Upvote Share Tweet
Cover-Two: Predicting NFL division racesWho will win the NFC West crown? Predicting that and every other division race.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Preview Week: Second-year players who will emerge to help their teams this seasonThe NFL officially returns on Thursday, and Shutdown Corner is rolling out the red carpet, previewing what’s 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 and Br…Upvote Share TweetThe Bengals aren’t sure if left tackle Andrew Whitworth will be able to play in Week One because of a knee injury and the team is moving to shore up the position ahead of the game by bringing back a familiar face. Tackle Dennis Roland was cut over the w…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Broncos talk with Mike Klis, Raiders talk with Vic TafurThe season kicks off in Denver on Thursday night and PFT Live will be there all week to bring you the latest on the Ravens, Broncos and everything else heading into the weekend we’ve been waiting for ever since the Ravens took home the Lombardi Trophy i…Upvote Share TweetJaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert returned to practice on Monday for the first time since being diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right thumb. Coach Gus Bradley said that Gabbert was progressing as planned, but cautioned that the team would hav…Upvote Share Tweet
Media member Bart Scott rips media “jerks” in Jets’ locker roomBart Scott thinks there are a lot of bad people in the Jets’ locker room. And he’s not talking about his former teammates or coaches. Scott, who played for the Jets the last four seasons and retired this year, said on WFAN this morning that the reporter…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Preview Week: Watch SportsDash on Yahoo Sports for a Week 1 primerJoin us for the premiere episode of SportsDash on Yahoo Sports, as I talk NFL opening week with hosts Dave Briggs (@davebriggstv) and Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno), and former NFL quarterback Shaun King (@realshaunking).Click here to watch the live stre…Upvote Share TweetThe Rams start the 2013 season with the youngest roster in the NFL and they added eight more players at the start of their professional careers to the practice squad on Monday. All eight of the players signed to the practice squad were among the final c…Upvote Share TweetThe Indianapolis Colts released rookie safety John Boyett after he was arrested early Monday morning outside of a downtown nightclub in the city.Upvote Share Tweet
49ers keep seven of their own on the practice squadThe 49ers have filed seven of their eight practice squad spots, keeping guys who were in camp with them already. The list includes running back Jewel Hampton, wide receiver Chuck Jacobs, offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, guard Patrick Omameh, nose tackl…Upvote Share Tweet
Chase Minnifield lands on Redskins practice squadThe Redskins went the familiar route with the eight players making up their practice squad. Cornerback Chase Minnifield and running back Jawan Jamison join six other players who were with the Redskins right up until final cuts. In the case of Minnifeld,…Upvote Share TweetRusty Smith is heading back to the Titans. Smith, the quarterback cut by the Titans on Saturday, has returned to the team’s practice squad. The Titans kept only two quarterbacks, Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick, on the 53-man roster, and like most team…Upvote Share TweetSteelers running back Jonathan Dwyer showed up for training camp as a lean, mean, fighting machine. It wasn’t enough to get him a spot on the 53-man roster. Cut after signing a one-year, $1.323 million tender offer as a restricted free agent, Dwyer is l…Upvote Share Tweet
Why The NFL And Players Were Both Desperate To Settle Concussion Suitsdeadspin.com Sep 3, 2013Now that emotions have cooled, it's worth looking back at the concussion litigation that led to a $765 million settlement from the NFL. Something resembling a near-certainty emerges: Had it gone to trial, this was a case the NFL was going to win, for tw…Upvote Share TweetThe first full Week One injury report will arrive on Wednesday. For the teams who’ll play Thursday night, the initial report was published on Monday. For the two teams who’ll be playing, the list of injured players reflects good news as to one key playe…Upvote Share TweetThe Bills will need someone to step into the nickel linebacker role vacated by Bryan Scott. Injuries could leave the Dolphins thin at corner in the opener. Patriots rookie S Duron Harmon credits Adrian Wilson with mentoring him this summer. G Willie Col…Upvote Share Tweet
Georgia receiver tears ACL celebrating a TD, draft status uncertainGeorgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell, a talented junior who was considered a good prospect for the 2014 NFL draft, blew out his knee in the team’s opener while celebrating a teammate’s touchdown. Coach Mark Richt confirmed that Mitchell has a torn ACL and …Upvote Share TweetNew York Jets coach Rex Ryan took a different approach to final cuts this past weekend. Most NFL coaches huddle up with their assistants and front office executives to figure out who will make their 53-man roster. There is usually a lot of debating betw…Upvote Share TweetIn addition to cutting down to a final roster this weekend, the Rams helped solidify future ones. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams signed defensive end Eugene Sims to a two-year contract extension. He was already under co…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Sanchez won’t be able to go this weekIn recent days, the sea change in New York has been noticeable, as reports have emerged that paint quarterback Geno Smith as the favorite of the Jets’ coaching staff. But it appears that whatever the long-term implications of a quarterback change might …Upvote Share Tweet
Bruce Arians: Rashard Mendenhall ready for openerRashard Mendenhall injured his knee during the Arizona Cardinals’ third preseason game against the San Diego Chargers and did not appear in their preseason finale. He also didn’t practice for the Cardinals on Monday, However, head coach Bruce Arians isn…Upvote Share TweetThe Oakland Raiders have named Pryor the team's Week 1 starting quarterback, according to multiple reports.Upvote Share Tweet
2-Day NFL Warning: A Team-by-Team Rundown of the 2012 Rookie Classgrantland.com Sep 3, 2013What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NFL season? Well, you're in luck! We here at the Triangle are providing a...Upvote Share Tweet
Lawrence Taylor passes 'LT' to LaDainian TomlinsonSep 3In the first episode of "A Football Life Backstory" Hall of Fame LB Lawrence Taylor makes a surprise call into the show and blesses LaDainian Tomlinson with the nickname "LT."
Source: Cushing Gets ExtensionSep 3ESPN.com Texans reporter Tania Ganguli breaks down why the Texans decided to sign LB Brian Cushing to a six-year extension.
Ed Reed Practices With TexansSep 3ESPN.com Texans reporter Tania Ganguli breaks down the latest on Ed Reed's playing status after he completed a full practice with Houston for the first time since joining the team as a free agent.
Anquan Boldin talks San Francisco 49ers footballSep 3San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin talks about being the veteran of the receiving corps and helping the younger receivers develop.
On the Defense After Defending Ex-PlayersSep 3As we head into Week 1 of the NFL’s 94th season, I’m playing defense after Monday’s column on Kevin Turner and the plaintiffs’ attorney, Chris Seeger. Your email: GOOD QUESTION. “I’ve enjoyed your NFL work for many years. It’s the first thing I read eve…