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N.F.L. Roundup: Carolina Panthers Await Medical Approval for Ca…

N.F.L. Roundup: Carolina Panthers Await Medical Approval for Cam Newton to Start

nytimes.com ESPN.com Updated 4 hours ago
Newton could return for Carolina against Cleveland on Sunday, 12 days after he broke bones in his back in a car crash.
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  • William Gay re-emerges as a force on defense

    William Gay re-emerges as a force on defense

    post-gazette.com 6 hours ago
    Late in the 2008 season, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wore a microphone for NFL Films during a game at Baltimore in which his team clinched the AFC North title. Cornerback William Gay recorded the first interception of his career to thwart a final Ravens …
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  • Annual Pro Bowl snub Andrew Whitworth deserves pick this season

    Annual Pro Bowl snub Andrew Whitworth deserves pick this season

    ESPN.com 8 hours ago
    CINCINNATI -- It's late December, meaning it must be time for the yearly tradition Andrew Whitworth has grown far too accustomed to. When the Pro Bowl teams are announced Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Bengals left tackle may not hear his name called. If…
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  • Browns' Mingo fined $16,537 for hit on Dalton

    Browns' Mingo fined $16,537 for hit on Dalton

    ESPN.com 9 hours ago
    Barkevious Mingo's hit on Bengals QB Andy Dalton was costly to the Cleveland Browns on the field Sunday, and now it's costly to his bank account.
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  • Tough love for Johnny Manziel, Hall of Fame pace for Joe Thomas

    Tough love for Johnny Manziel, Hall of Fame pace for Joe Thomas

    The Browns have been supportive of Johnny Manziel's rebound efforts after his ugly debut, publicly building his confidence up in the locker room and the podium. "He's a playmaker," Kyle Shanahan said. But Manziel might not get the same treatme…
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  • Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals Preview

    Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals Preview

    nytimes.com ESPN.com 10 hours ago
    Peyton Manning did not pass for more than 257 yards in any of Denver’s last four games, but the Broncos went 4-0 because of a yeoman effort by C. J. Anderson.
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  • Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers Preview

    Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers Preview

    nytimes.com 11 hours ago
    Pittsburgh has set a number of franchise records this season as Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown have lit up the scoreboard.
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  • Troy Polamalu not expected to play on Sunday

    Troy Polamalu not expected to play on Sunday

    profootballtalk.com 11 hours ago
    The Steelers host the Chiefs on Sunday in a game that’s vital for both team’s chances of making the playoffs and it looks like the Steelers are going to have to try to win it without safety Troy Polamalu. Polamalu has been out of practice all week after…
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  • Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers Preview

    Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers Preview

    nytimes.com 11 hours ago
    Cam Newton is likely to return after practicing in a limited fashion, and Carolina still has a legitimate chance to reach the playoffs.
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  • Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans Preview

    Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans Preview

    nytimes.com 11 hours ago
    Baltimore’s defense has relied on a heavy pass rush this season, with Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs wreaking havoc each week, but it has had no luck keeping its secondary healthy.
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  • Stop the run to stop Peyton Manning

    Stop the run to stop Peyton Manning

    ESPN.com 11 hours ago
    CINCINNATI -- It's the most odd formula for beating a quarterback the caliber of the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning, but it may be the Cincinnati Bengals' best hope for claiming a crucial 10th and playoff-clinching win. The Bengals believe if they can s…
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  • Joe Thomas facing charges for discharging manure

    Joe Thomas facing charges for discharging manure

    profootballtalk.com 12 hours ago
    Some days the jokes fall right into your lap. According to the Associated Press, Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is accused of multiple enviornmental violations on his Wisconsin hunting land, including “discharging manure into a wetland.” Considering his …
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  • Source: Texans expect to start QB Keenum

    Source: Texans expect to start QB Keenum

    ESPN.com 13 hours ago
    Recently signed quarterback Case Keenum is expected to start for the Houston Texans against the visiting Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, according to a league source.
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  • Torrey Smith named Ravens' Man of the Year nominee

    Torrey Smith named Ravens' Man of the Year nominee

    ESPN.com 13 hours ago
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Wide receiver Torrey Smith was officially recognized Friday as the Baltimore Ravens' nominee for the NFL's annual Man of the Year award -- named after former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. The award goes to one of 32 play…
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  • A.J. Green back to practice after brief illness

    A.J. Green back to practice after brief illness

    profootballtalk.com 13 hours ago
    After worrying everyone through a series of big toe problems earlier this year, A.J. Green’s latest reason to miss practice wasn’t nearly as big a deal. According to Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website, the Bengals wide receiver was back on the …
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  • AFC North going for rare trifecta

    AFC North going for rare trifecta

    ESPN.com 14 hours ago
    If the top three teams in the AFC North -- the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens -- all win this week, it would mark just the second time that an AFC division has had three teams with at least 10 wins since the current eight-d…
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  • Marvin Lewis doesn’t get Jeremy Hill’s touchdown celebrations, …

    Marvin Lewis doesn’t get Jeremy Hill’s touchdown celebrations, but likes how often he’s celebrating

    profootballtalk.com 14 hours ago
    Bengals running back Jeremy Hill has made an impression on several fronts during his rookie season. He’s made headlines with his mouth by criticizing opponents and his own offense’s predictability and he’s shown off a penchant for elaborate touchdown ce…
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  • Pittsburgh Steelers finally have some depth at outside lineback…

    Pittsburgh Steelers finally have some depth at outside linebacker

    ESPN.com 15 hours ago
    PITTSBURGH -- James Harrison did not have to introduce himself to the reporters hovering over him as he sat in front of his locker earlier this week. But the veteran outside linebacker felt the need to do so anyway following a question about whether the…
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  • Bengals' rushing success may hinge on Russell Bodine

    Bengals' rushing success may hinge on Russell Bodine

    ESPN.com 17 hours ago
    CINCINNATI -- It was Russell Bodine's knack for physicality that impressed Cincinnati Bengals coaches during the pre-draft process last winter and spring. Film of his blocking ability in college at North Carolina, along with his impressive strength (he …
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  • Dick LeBeau says Ryan Shazier could play more this Sunday

    Dick LeBeau says Ryan Shazier could play more this Sunday

    ESPN.com 17 hours ago
    Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said he expects rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier to play more Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs visit Heinz Field. Shazier has played primarily on special teams the last two weeks after missing the pr…
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  • Gary Kubiak expects emotional return to Houston

    Gary Kubiak expects emotional return to Houston

    profootballtalk.com 18 hours ago
    The Ravens will be in Houston Sunday, which means offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will be back in town for a game for the first time since being relieved of his duties as Texans head coach last season. Kubiak said Thursday that he has nothing but “gre…
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  • Video - Keenum To Start For Texans 00:55

    Keenum To Start For Texans

    Dec 19
    John Clayton discusses Texans coach Bill O'Brien's decision to start Case Keenum at quarterback against the Ravens in Week 16.
  • Video - President Obama Combines Franco And Flacco 00:36

    President Obama Combines Franco And Flacco

    Dec 19
    President Barack Obama caused a social media stir, and a response from quarterback Joe Flacco's Twitter account, when he referred to actor James Franco as James Flacco during a White House news conference.
  • Video - Cam Can Handle The Pain 00:57

    Cam Can Handle The Pain

    Dec 18
    John Clayton talks about how Cam Newton is preparing for week 16.
  • Video - NFL Live Prediction: Broncos-Bengals 01:09

    NFL Live Prediction: Broncos-Bengals

    Dec 18
    The NFL Live crew make their picks for Denver at Cincinnati.

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