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CINCINNATI -- Vontaze Burfict has barely begun his second professional contract, but he wants the Cincinnati Bengals to know that he already has deal No. 3 on his mind. When he signed his new three-year contract extension worth about $20 million Wednesd…Upvote Share Tweet
Browns get some needed positivesESPN.com 28 minutes agoCLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns needed it. The quarterbacks needed it. The offense needed it. Doesn’t matter who it was against, where it was and how it happened. This Browns offense and these quarterbacks finally got some positive things done i…Upvote Share Tweet
Margus Hunt's focus on finishing pays offESPN.com 52 minutes agoCINCINNATI -- Marvin Lewis' expectations for Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt were simple Thursday night. The coach just wanted Hunt to dominate. And that's exactly what he did. With a battered and bruised Colts offensive line opposite him, …Upvote Share TweetFozzy Whittaker ran for a 2-yard touchdown, Graham Gano added a short field goal and the Carolina Panthers beat the listless Pittsburgh Steelers 10-0 in the preseason finale Thursday night.Upvote Share TweetJohnny Manziel's second series in his fourth preseason game was the most Manziel of drives ever. After a first-play sack and fumble after coming on in relief of starter Brian Hoyer in which Manziel held the ball too low and carelessly, the madness and m…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 3 hours agoCINCINNATI -- In their final preseason game last year, the Cincinnati Bengals were forced to look on as promising outside linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was loaded onto a cart, sidelined before the end of the first quarter with a season-ending shoulder injur…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com 3 hours agoAndy Dalton practiced some drop kicks in shorts before the game, the most activity he got all night.Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 4 hours agoBrowns quarterback Brian Hoyer spent most of the preseason competing to become the starting quarterback in Cleveland and may have prolonged the process with mediocre play in the team’s early preseason games, but he ended the summer on a good note. Hoyer…Upvote Share Tweet
Bills' Sammy Watkins re-injures rib vs. Lions, ruled out of gameyahoo.com 5 hours agoThe Buffalo Bills decided they wanted to get injured wide receiver Sammy Watkins some repetitions in a meaningless preseason game. It appears to be a bad decision. Watkins suffered a bruised rib injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago, sat …Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 5 hours agoThe NFL received a much-deserved round of national applause for finally admitting that which pretty much everyone knew: The league got it wrong when suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice for only two games for committing domestic violence against his …Upvote Share Tweet
Hawkins to start at WR opposite AustinESPN.com 6 hours agoThe Cleveland Browns announced prior to Thursday night's preseason finale that Andrew Hawkins will start at the receiver spot vacated by the suspension of Josh Gordon. Hawkins joins Miles Austin in the starting lineup. When Hawkins was signed, it was pr…Upvote Share Tweet
League isn’t saying whether Ray Rice would be a second-time offenderprofootballtalk.com 8 hours agoWith the NFL introducing a new domestic violence policy that includes the possibility of a lifetime ban for a second offense, an obvious question arises regarding Ravens running back Ray Rice. Does Rice’s first offense, which was handled so badly that t…Upvote Share Tweet
Browns coach watching several positionsESPN.com 10 hours agoBEREA, Ohio -- Mike Pettine listed several positions he will be watching with great interest during the preseason finale against Chicago. Pettine’s philosophy on building a roster is not to lock himself into numbers at each position, but to go in with a…Upvote Share Tweet
Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill not fully 'turnt'ESPN.com 11 hours agoCINCINNATI -- The world still has yet to see the best of Jeremy Hill. At least, that's what the Cincinnati Bengals running back believes. About a half hour after the Bengals held on to beat the Cardinals in Sunday night's preseason contest that saw Hill…Upvote Share TweetThe question of whether the CFL would welcome suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon is complicated, convoluted, and ultimately irrelevant. As Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer said during Thursday’s PFT Live, the Browns won’t give Gordon perm…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 13 hours agoThe Baltimore Ravens (3-0) and New Orleans Saints (3-0) face off in the preseason finale Thursday night (8 ET) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 1. Wide receiver battle. The Ravens have four players (Michael Campanaro, Kamar Aiken, Deonte Thompson and Jer…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Browns talk with Mary Kay Cabot, PFT Planet calls and tweetsprofootballtalk.com 14 hours agoThe NFL officially suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for the 2014 season on Wednesday, leaving the Browns without their top wide receiver after a long wait to find out the details of Gordon’s ban. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wi…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 17 hours agoPennsylvania police have raided another home owned by former Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend in a drug bust. Thankfully, no chickens were involved this time. According to Liz Navratil of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Townsend owns a home in Ross wher…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens' Suggs, Ngata slip in #NFLRankESPN.com 17 hours agoIn what has been a trend for Baltimore Ravens players, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and linebacker Terrell Suggs dropped this year in ESPN's defensive player rankings. Ngata plummeted 13 spots, going from No. 9 last year to No. 22 this year. The fall i…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens Edge SaintsAug 28The Ravens beat the Saints 22-13 to end the preseason undefeated.
Panthers Blank SteelersAug 28Fozzy Whittaker scored the lone touchdown in the Panthers' 10-0 win over the Steelers.
Special Teams Propel BengalsAug 28The Bengals scored two touchdowns on special teams in a 35-7 win over the Colts.
'CFB 24/7' season preview: Rookie predictionsAug 28Dave Dameshek, Daniel Jeremiah, Matt "Money" Smith and Akbar Gbajabiamila debate which defensive rookies could have better seasons than Jadeveon Clowney and rank the quarterbacks picked in the last two NFL Drafts.
‘I want people to say, Man, I would have loved to play with that guy.’Aug 28Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Drew Brees is 35, but he is still a little kid. Or he…
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