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The Seattle Seahawks placed wide receiver Percy Harvin on the regular season physically unable to perform list after having surgery to repair an injured hip on August 1. The move means Harvin will miss at least the first six weeks of the season and coul…Share Tweet
Buffalo Coach Doug Marrone announced that the rookie E. J. Manuel had fully recovered from a left knee injury and would start against New England on Sunday.Share Tweet
Result Is Often Sour, for a Week, Anywaynytimes.com Sep 4, 2013Beginning in 1965, the Giants have stumbled out of the gate whenever they’ve faced the Cowboys. Twice, though, the Giants have recovered to win the Super Bowl.Share Tweet
Pro-Pot Billboard Erected Outside Mile High Stadiumdeadspin.com Sep 4, 2013The Broncos host the Ravens for the NFL season opener Thursday night and all eyes will be on Denver. Looking to capitalize on the publicity, a pro-marijuana group has put up a billboard one block west of the stadium, urging the NFL to follow Colorado's …Share TweetNnamdi Asomugha has made tens of millions of dollars in his NFL career. Anthony Dixon has made about $1 million. So when Asomugha arrived in San Francisco and wanted the No. 24 jersey Dixon already wore for the 49ers, Asomugha figured he could buy Dixon…Share Tweet
NFL moving closer to using helmet sensorsWith the NFL’s concussion liability regarding retired players on the way to being extinguished via settlement, the league can now focus on taking additional steps to limit liability to its current and future players. After months of delay, the NFL could…Share Tweet
48 reasons to follow the road to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadiumnydailynews.com Sep 4, 2013From the Manning Bowl to the new-look Patriots, the Rex Ryan circus and Tom Coughlin's future with the Giants, the storylines abound this NFL season.Share Tweetnytimes.com Sep 4, 2013Even with their immense home-field advantage, and Peyton Manning’s passing, the short-handed Broncos face a tall task in beating the Ravens.Share TweetHouston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt believes he can be even better this season.Share TweetThe season starts on Thursday. Which means we’ve run out of time for making our playoff predictions for the coming campaign. It’s becoming harder to do it. The talent gap is getting tighter and tighter among the best and worst teams, and the reality of …Share TweetFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Santonio Holmes will likely be on the field for the New York Jets in their season opener.Share TweetSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and former Niners tight end Delanie Walker have been named in a lawsuit by a Northern California man who said he was shot during a party at Smith's house.Share Tweet
Harbaugh raises concerns over talk of hitting KaepernickLast year, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll suspected that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was seeking help from the officials by raising questions about the limits of permissible contact against receivers. Packers coach Mike McCarthy may now suspect that Harbaugh …Share TweetAt first blush, the lawsuit filed Sunday by four players who previously hadn’t filed suit appeared to reflect an intention by those players to break from the proposed settlement announced three days earlier. Their lawyer tells PFT that, in reality, the …Share TweetGiants coach Tom Coughlin sounded an optimistic note when describing two of his injured stars today, saying that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and receiver Victor Cruz are “full speed ahead.” However, PFT’s Mike Florio is reporting that Pierre-Paul, w…Share Tweet
Montee Ball knows he needs to be a better pass blockerEven though they took Montee Ball with the 58th overall pick and cut Willis McGahee, the Broncos will open the season without a clearly defined pecking order in the backfield. One of the reasons for that is Ball’s lack of polish as a pass blocker. Peyto…Share TweetThe NFL's annual kickoff game will take place Thursday in Denver, so what better time for a pro-marijuana group to ask the league to discontinue punishment for its players who want to smoke some weed? The Marijuana Policy Project purchased a billboard n…Share TweetSix-time Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters believes he joined a team talented enough to contend for a championship when he ended his one-season sabbatical by signing with the Dallas Cowboys.Share TweetIt’s the first week of injury reports, which means that teams have to disclose more information about the various aches and pains afflicting their players heading into the first weekend of the regular season. For the Patriots, that means finally putting…Share TweetDenver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has been ruled out of tomorrow’s season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, according to the USA Today. Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowler, sprained his foot in Denver’s second preseason game against the Seattle Seahawk…Share TweetBengals safety Taylor Mays plays kind of like a linebacker. And because of injuries at the position, he might have to finally be one. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Mays is taking snaps at linebacker in the Bengals’ nickel and dime d…Share TweetIt’s now just a bit more than 24 hours away from the start of the regular season and Pro Football Talk on NBCSN remains the place to go for all the information you need heading into Week One. Wednesday’s edition will focus on the biggest storylines head…Share TweetThe Raiders haven’t said who’s starting at quarterback in the season opener this weekend and they may also need to find themselves a left tackle. Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group reports that coach Dennis Allen said that rookie Menelik Watson tw…Share TweetWhen Rob Chudzinski took over play-calling duties for the Carolina Panthers in 2011, wide receiver Steve Smith enjoyed the wrinkles the playbook offered. By the end of Chudzinski's tenure last season, Smith was less enthralled. In speaking with Seattle-…Share Tweet
Video shows Aaron Hernandez was at same club as two double-homicide victims on night of their deaths in 2012Authorities found on a year-old surveillance video that Aaron Hernandez and two victims of a double homicide, a crime authorities have been investigating Hernandez for, were in the same Boston nightclub on the night the double homicide took place, the H…Share TweetDefensive end Ziggy Ansah, the Detroit Lions' first round pick in April, has been officially diagnosed with a concussion according to the Lions' injury report Wednesday.Share TweetWhen the New York Jets traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April, they gave up more than one of the NFL's best cornerbacks. They also gave away much of their playbook.Share TweetThe Rams cut linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar on Tuesday, a move that was easy to see as the other shoe dropping after coach Jeff Fisher slammed Dunbar as “selfish” in the wake of the announcement of his four-game suspension for violating the league policy on …Share Tweet
Demaryius Thomas: Peyton Manning’s arm is significantly strongerBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning was awfully good last year. Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas says Manning is noticeably better this year. Thomas said in an interview on ESPN that in his first season with Manning last year, he thought Manning’s arm w…Share TweetIt’s been just about a month since 49ers linebacker had surgery to repair a slight fracture in his right hand, an injury that kept him out of the entire preseason. Willis has resumed practicing and coach Jim Harbaugh said at his press conference Wednesd…Share TweetThe Minnesota Vikings shouldn't have any trouble paying for their share of a new $975 million stadium, the chairwoman of the public authority managing the project said Wednesday.Share TweetThe Packers will be down a cornerback when they face the 49ers to kick of the 2013 season. Coach Mike McCarthy said at his Wednesday press conference that Casey Hayward will not play. Hayward injured his hamstring early in training camp and then wound u…Share TweetThe New York Giants on Wednesday placed injured running back Andre Brown on injured reserve with a designation for a possible return.Share TweetThe Jets named Geno Smith their starting quarterback for the season opener on Wednesday morning, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to stop having weekly discussions about who will start the next game. Coach Rex Ryan was asked Wednesday afternoon if Sm…Share Tweet
Next Man Up: The NFL is a business. But when a teammate is sho…The NFL is a business. But when a teammate is shockingly cut, the feeling is often quite surreal.Share Tweet
Bucs kick tires on six tight ends, four receiversWhen the Bucs head to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, they won’t have to worry about dealing with cornerback Darrelle Revis, since he now, you know, plays for them. But the Bucs still have concerns about the men who’ll be running routes and catching passes, …Share TweetPatriots tight end Rob Gronkowski talked to reporters Wednesday for the first time since his back surgery in June, and while he said he was getting healthier, he stopped well short of saying he’d be ready this week. “Do I expect to play on Sunday? I’m p…Share Tweet
The Audibles Preseason All-Pro teamUnstoppable threats and shutdown defenders headline our Preseason All-Pro Team.Share TweetDan Carpenter passed a chance to audition for a vacant Browns job, and he’s going to get at least one week’s work with the Bills. Via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Bills coach Doug Marrone announced that Carpenter would kick this week. Sixth-round pic…Share TweetThe Texans loved what they saw of rookie offensive lineman David Quessenberry in training camp and the preseason. Unfortunately, they won’t be seeing anything from him in the regular season. Quessenberry suffered a broken foot in practice this week will…Share TweetFormer Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, now an analyst for Fox Sports 1, lifted the lid Tuesday off a commonly used practice in NFL and college football.Share Tweet
Ross harmonizes charitable giving, effort to get stadium charityThe decision of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to give $200 million to the University of Michigan invites an obvious question from those who oppose the use of taxpayer funds to upgrade Sun Life Stadium. Why not use that $200 million for the upgrades instea…Share Tweet
Colts getting healthy in time for openerThe Colts have been waiting for four members expected to play big roles on their offense to get healthy the last few weeks and it looks like they will have all four of them in the lineup against the Raiders. Coach Chuck Pagano previously said that runni…Share TweetThe NFL players' union has set up a system to provide safe rides for its members.Share Tweetdeadspin.com Sep 4, 2013Some people are fans of the Philadelphia Eagles. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the Philadelphia Eagles. 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...Share TweetLinebacker Rocky McIntosh was one of the players who made his team’s initial 53-man roster only to get axed the next day to make room for a waiver claim, but McIntosh wasn’t out of work for long. He also didn’t have to go far to find work. McIntosh re-s…Share TweetMichael Vick has been synonymous with the word comeback for years. And now he's set to overcome another personal hurdle. This report out of his home state of Virginia says that Vick is prepared to escape from the throes of bankruptcy and finish paying o…Share Tweet
Cincy's Hawkins on IR, has chance to returnThe Bengals made a series of much-anticipated roster moves Wednesday morning as they set their roster for Sunday's opener at Chicago, including placing receiver Andrew Hawkins on injured reserve with a designation for a possible return later this season…Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens placed tight end Dennis Pitta on the injured reserve-designated for return list Wednesday and re-signed tight end Billy Bajema.Share TweetAs Annie once sang, tomorrow is only a day away and that means the return of football is only a day away as well. PFT Live is in Denver this week for the season opener between the Ravens and Broncos, bringing you everything you need from the site of the…Share TweetThe Texans signed inside linebacker Brian Cushing to a six-year contract extension Wednesday, locking up their defensive leader through the 2019 season.Share Tweet
NFL predictions 2013: SI.com experts predict Super Bowl, awardsThe 2013 NFL season kicks off Thursday when the defending champion Baltimore Ravens take on the Denver Broncos. Can the Ravens make it two in a row? Is Peyton Manning destined to be the 2013 MVP? Will the Patriots take a step back after a tumultuous off…Share Tweet
NFL Preview Week: Players facing a make-or-break season for their NFL careersThe NFL will keep giving players chances, until there's a better option available. The higher you're drafted, or the more money you're given in free agency, the more chances you generally receive. But patience runs out for everyone. No matter where you'…Share Tweet
Keyshawn among 12 contestants in 'DWTS'Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is among 12 contestants in the upcoming 17th season of "Dancing With the Stars."Share TweetRex Ryan has taken some criticism for taking the day off on Saturday to attend his son’s game at Clemson. But his boss isn’t among those criticizing him. Jets owner Woody Johnson supported Ryan’s decision to go to Clemson and had no problem with it, Joh…Share TweetThe Bengals have placed wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on short-term injured reserve and re-signed offensive tackle Dennis Roland, the club said Wednesday. PFT reported the return of Roland to Cincinnati on Tuesday. He’s made 30 starts in the last five se…Share Tweet
NFL Preview Week: Which teams will get the most from their rookie draft classes this season?The 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…Share Tweet
Stephen Ross makes record donation to MichiganDolphins owner Stephen Ross is really, really rich. But he’s not a miser. Most recently, Ross has made the biggest donation ever to the University of Michigan. The gift, trumpeted via press release by the football team he owns, amounts to $200 million. …Share TweetAs expected, the New York Jets will start rookie quarterback Geno Smith in the season opener Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Wednesday.Share Tweet
Waiver claims leave Jags starting fresh on special teamsAll offseason, Jaguars special teams coach Mike Mallory worked with a particular set of guys, many rookies in key roles, but at least a similar set of faces. But after the team made seven waiver claims after final cuts, he’s starting anew the week of th…Share TweetReal estate magnate and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross plans to give $200 million to the University of Michigan for its business school and athletics programs.Share Tweet
49ers' Williams honoring slain 'brother' in '13As Kyle Williams suits up for his first game in more than nine months, he will pull his No. 10 San Francisco 49ers jersey over a new No. 81 tattoo on his inner left forearm that honors a former teammate.Share TweetLions safety Louis Delmas has spent a lot of time dealing with injuries to his knees in the last couple of years, leading Delmas to say that he has so much rehabilitation equipment that his house looks like a hospital. It might be time for a yard sale. …Share Tweet
Terrell Thomas: We’re not worrying about Week OnePatience is a virtue near and dear to Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas‘ heart. The Giants have shown tremendous patience with a player that hasn’t played since the end of the 2010 season because of a pair of torn ACLs and Thomas wants fans of the team t…Share TweetBills TE Scott Chandler and DE Alex Carrington may be next in line to get long-term contracts. Dolphins G Richie Incognito offered some words of encouragement to his new teammate, Danny Watkins. Lawyers for former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez are seeking…Share TweetTuesday was the first day that teams could make use of the rule allowing one player a year to return from injured reserve and the Steelers availed themselves of that option. Tight end Matt Spaeth is the player who will hope to take advantage of being al…Share TweetThe Giants haven’t done the paperwork with injured running back Andre Brown yet, but they’re still expected to put him on the injured reserve/designated for return list, which would knock him out for eight games. And they’re taking a look at possible re…Share Tweet
Buccaneers place Danny Gorrer on short-term IRThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they have placed cornerback Danny Gorrer on injured reserve Tuesday and re-signed defensive tackle Gary Gibson after releasing him in their cuts to 53 players over the weekend. Gorrer was tagged with the designated to …Share Tweet
Chris Chamberlain’s agent to file grievance against SaintsLinebacker Chris Chamberlain suffered a torn ACL last preseason with the New Orleans Saints that landed him on injured reserve for the entirety of the 2012 season. Chamberlain was once again placed on injured reserve during the Saints’ cut-down to 75 pl…Share Tweet
'GameDay': Can anyone top the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC?Sep 4Find out which team the "NFL GameDay" crew believes has the best chance to unseat the San Francisco 49ers from the NFC throne.
Lights. Camera. Action.Sep 4Find out what the ideal acting role is for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings. Could an Emmy or Oscar be in his future?
Revis Says He'll Share Jets' SecretsSep 4ESPN.com Buccaneers' reporter Pat Yasinskas assesses Darrelle Revis sharing the Jets' secrets before the opener in New York.
Inside Edge: Cardinals-RamsSep 4ESPN Insider Mike Sando delivers some key stats to help you decide a winner between Arizona and St. Louis.