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Green won't suffer in more diverse offense

Green won't suffer in more diverse offense

ESPN.com Updated Oct 18, 2013
CINCINNATI -- As the Cincinnati Bengals begin opening up their passing game and directing more balls to more receivers, their star pass-catcher, A.J. Green, should fare better than other receivers who have gone through similar offensive changes on their…
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  • Quentin Groves not fined for roughing Matthew Stafford

    Quentin Groves not fined for roughing Matthew Stafford

    profootballtalk.com Oct 18, 2013
    Late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, with the Lions leading 24-17, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a third-down incompletion. But the Browns’ celebration was short-lived because Cleveland linebacker Quentin Groves was flagged for roug…
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  • NFL confirms $31,500 fine for Lions DT Suh

    NFL confirms $31,500 fine for Lions DT Suh

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    The NFL has confirmed the $31,500 fine handed down to Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.
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  • Week 7 NFL Injury Report; Packers might not have 46 healthy pla…

    Week 7 NFL Injury Report; Packers might not have 46 healthy players vs. Browns

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    The Green Bay Packers might not have enough players to dress the maximum number of 46 on game day Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.Asked McCarthy if #Packers have to suit up 46 players even if they don't have 46 healthy ones. "That's a good ques…
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  • Browns cut Bobby Rainey, promote Tori Gurley

    Browns cut Bobby Rainey, promote Tori Gurley

    profootballtalk.com Oct 18, 2013
    The Browns appear ready to give Tori Gurley a chance to play one of his many former teams. According to the league’s transaction wire, the Browns have promoted Gurley and cornerback Julian Posey from the practice squad, and waived running back Bobby Rai…
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  • Browns update: Sheard listed as probable

    Browns update: Sheard listed as probable

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    It seemed that linebacker Jabaal Sheard would return for the Browns last week. He didn’t. But he might on Sunday against Green Bay. Sheard was a full participant in practice all week and is listed as probable on the team’s injury report. He missed three…
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  • Calvin Johnson listed as probable this week

    Calvin Johnson listed as probable this week

    profootballtalk.com Oct 18, 2013
    There will be no Calvin Johnson watch this week. The Lions wide receiver, recovering from a sore knee that cost him a game and made him a game-time decision last week, appears to have recovered nicely. The Lions are listing him as probable for Sunday’s …
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  • Browns QB Hoyer undergoes knee surgery

    Browns QB Hoyer undergoes knee surgery

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer had his torn ACL repaired at the Cleveland Clinic on Friday.
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  • James Jones, Mike Neal, Casey Hayward all questionable for Sund…

    James Jones, Mike Neal, Casey Hayward all questionable for Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Oct 18, 2013
    The Packers were hoping to have more clarity about the status of wide receiver James Jones and outside linebacker Mike Neal on Friday, but a question mark is just going to have to suffice. Both players were listed as questionable for this weekend’s game…
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  • Ray Rice says he's back to full strength

    Ray Rice says he's back to full strength

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- You can no longer blame the Baltimore Ravens' struggles in the running game on Ray Rice's hip injury. The Pro Bowl running back declared himself at full strength heading into Sunday's game at the Pittsburgh Steelers. "There is …
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  • Steelers notebook: LB Jones questionable vs. Ravens

    Steelers notebook: LB Jones questionable vs. Ravens

    By Ralph N. Paulk, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewRookie linebacker Jarvis Jones, diagnosed with a concussion after Sunday’s win at the Jets, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against AFC North rival ...
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  • With Newman back, Bengals are injury-free

    With Newman back, Bengals are injury-free

    CINCINNATI -- For the second straight weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals will be leaving town Saturday for a road game with an injury-free roster. Sure, there are players among them who have minor bumps and bruises. We are, after all, heading to the midpoi…
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  • Ravens rule out linebacker Josh Bynes

    Ravens rule out linebacker Josh Bynes

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens starting inside linebacker Josh Bynes was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after he needed surgery on an infected finger, coach John Harbaugh announced Friday. Bynes cut his finger last we…
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  • Double Coverage: Ravens at Steelers

    Double Coverage: Ravens at Steelers

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    . The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers renew their storied rivalry Sunday at Heinz Field, and both teams are badly in need of a win. That should only increase the intensity, which is never an issue anyway when these teams meet. What is a bit…
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  • Willis McGahee returns to practice

    Willis McGahee returns to practice

    profootballtalk.com Oct 18, 2013
    The Browns’ starting tailback resumed practicing on Friday. Willis McGahee, who sat out practice on Thursday with a knee ailment, returned to the field on Friday morning, multiple media outlets reported, including the Canton Repository. According to mul…
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  • Coach: Bills RB Spiller to play vs. Dolphins

    Coach: Bills RB Spiller to play vs. Dolphins

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller will play Thursday against the Cleveland Browns despite a sprained ankle, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Flacco eyeing rare four-peat in Pittsburgh

    Flacco eyeing rare four-peat in Pittsburgh

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is looking to accomplish something that hasn't been achieved in Pittsburgh for 44 years. With a win at Heinz Field on Sunday, Flacco would become the first visiting quarterback to win four str…
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  • Wake-up caw: Webb is 'baiting' teams

    Wake-up caw: Webb is 'baiting' teams

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    Teams are testing Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb more this season, and they're having success doing so. Webb has been targeted 40 times through six games, an average of 6.7 times per contest -- his highest mark in three seasons, according to…
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 03:42

    'Playbook': Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Oct 18
    Will the problems with the Baltimore Ravens offensive line be an issue against the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense? The "Playbook" gang takes a look at the battle up front and explains who will come out on top.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay Packers 03:56

    'Playbook': Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay Packers

    Oct 18
    Is Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy going to provide another dimension to the Packers' offense that could make them unstoppable? Our analysts dissect Lacy's game and offer a Browns player that could stop Lacy.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Cincinnati Bengals vs. Detroit Lions 03:56

    'Playbook': Cincinnati Bengals vs. Detroit Lions

    Oct 18
    Can the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line hold off the impressive Detroit Lions front seven? The guys discuss the battle in the trenches and the play of Lions tight end Joseph Fauria.

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  • Peyton Versus His Past

    Oct 18
    Peyton Manning spent 14 seasons with the Colts. In his second year with the Broncos, the veteran quarterback is paying a visit to his former home. (Getty Images) There is only one game this weekend, one game that will draw every football-loving eye in A…