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Menelik Watson ruled out for Week One

Menelik Watson ruled out for Week One

profootballtalk.com Updated Sep 6, 2013
The signs were all pointing toward the Raiders needing to find a left tackle to replace Menelik Watson for the opener against the Colts on Sunday and coach Dennis Allen confirmed it on Friday afternoon. Watson has been ruled out of the contest, which wi…
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  • Colts are confident heading into opener

    Colts are confident heading into opener

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The moment crossed Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano’s mind almost three weeks ago. It was verified a week after that. Pagano’s Colts were thoroughly outplayed in their preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 11. Pagano ad…
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  • Jake Locker and bad decision rate

    Jake Locker and bad decision rate

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    Bad Decision Rate (BDR) is a metric from KC Joyner, the Football Scientist, that was recently featured prominently in ESPN The Magazine’s NFL preview issue. Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker had the lowest bad decision rate in the league in 2012 …
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  • Still no decision on Jags' Blaine Gabbert

    Still no decision on Jags' Blaine Gabbert

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    It’s the same story for the Jaguars and quarterback Blaine Gabbert. He continues to progress as he tries to return from a fractured right thumb and do more and more in practice each day, but coach Gus Bradley said the final decision on whether Gabbert w…
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  • On the Steelers using bunch formations

    On the Steelers using bunch formations

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As the Pittsburgh Steelers break their huddle Sunday at Heinz Field, they’ll often deploy pass targets in a bunch formation. The Tennessee Titans defensive backs will have to sort through who’s following whom and how. The bunch is a …
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  • Gary Kubiak on Ed Reed: He could be a game-time decision on Mon…

    Gary Kubiak on Ed Reed: He could be a game-time decision on Monday

    profootballtalk.com Sep 6, 2013
    The Texans won’t open their season until Monday night, giving safety Ed Reed an extra day to convince the team that he’s healthy enough to play. Coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that there’s a chance that could happen. Kubiak said that Reed was able to do …
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  • Jaguars to be without TE Lewis in Week 1

    Jaguars to be without TE Lewis in Week 1

    Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis will miss the season opener against Kansas City after aggravating a left calf injury.
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  • Pat Angerer diagnosed with concussion a week later

    Pat Angerer diagnosed with concussion a week later

    profootballtalk.com Sep 6, 2013
    Colts linebacker Pat Angerer may not play this week against the Raiders, after a slow-developing concussion. According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, Angerer said he suffered a concussion on the first play of the preseason finale against the…
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  • Chargers restructure Philip Rivers’ contract

    Chargers restructure Philip Rivers’ contract

    profootballtalk.com Sep 6, 2013
    The Chargers are taking care of a little housekeeping before kicking off their season against the Texans on Monday night. Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego reports that the team has reached an agreement with quarterback Philip Rivers to restructure his co…
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  • For Chris Myers, life is full of love, smiles

    For Chris Myers, life is full of love, smiles

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    HOUSTON -- Chris Myers leans over his baby Keane, cradled in his wife's arm in Room 18 of Memorial Hermann Hospital. When they named him Keane, they didn't know the name's roots meant "fighter" and "handsome." Between his parents, st…
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  • Double Coverage: Texans at Chargers

    Double Coverage: Texans at Chargers

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    In the second half of the opening Monday night double header, Houston is traveling to San Diego to put an end to NFL Week 1. The Chargers are in rebuild mode while the Texans are looking to take the next step this season and become a true Super Bowl con…
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  • Double Coverage: Raiders at Colts

    Double Coverage: Raiders at Colts

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    The Indianapolis Colts surprised the league by finishing with an 11-5 record and making the playoffs behind rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. The Oakland Raiders struggled with a 4-12 record. They're expected to have problems again this season as the rebu…
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  • Cushing's deal shows Texans' trust in him

    Cushing's deal shows Texans' trust in him

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    Numbers can be deceiving when it comes to NFL contracts, but in the case of inside linebacker Brian Cushing, the "Moneybags" moniker J.J. Watt gave him yesterday is apt. Cushing was absolutely correct when he said most players coming off a tor…
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  • RTC: Manning needlessly overlooked

    RTC: Manning needlessly overlooked

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    Reading the coverage of the Texans... The discussions of the Texans' safeties have revolved around Ed Reed, his replacement starter Shiloh Keo and rookie second-round pick D.J. Swearinger. But Danieal Manning, the starter opposite Reed or Keo, is an imp…
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  • Hopkins touts awesome Clemson intro

    Hopkins touts awesome Clemson intro

    ESPN.com Sep 6, 2013
    HOUSTON -- If you watched Saturday night's game between Clemson and Georgia, you saw one of the coolest college football traditions around. Clemson's football team showed up at the stadium they call Death Valley in busses, the players all dressed in gam…
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  • Peyton Manning helps Broncos bury pain of playoff loss to Balti…

    Peyton Manning helps Broncos bury pain of playoff loss to Baltimore

    CNNSI.com Sep 6, 2013
    After a brutal playoff loss, Peyton Manning was firing on all cylinders as the Broncos routed the Ravens.
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  • Aldon Smith, Delanie Walker sued again

    Aldon Smith, Delanie Walker sued again

    profootballtalk.com Sep 6, 2013
    Another day, another lawsuit alleging that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and former 49ers (now Titans) tight end Delanie Walker created a situation that resulted in a shooting. OK, the lawsuits weren’t actually filed on consecutive days. Still, Smith and…
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  • Fullback Michael Robinson set to visit Titans

    Fullback Michael Robinson set to visit Titans

    profootballtalk.com Sep 6, 2013
    The Seattle Seahawks released veteran fullback Michael Robinson during their final cuts last weekend. Now the Seahawks’ former special teams captain is getting a look from a new team. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Robinson is scheduled t…
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  • Video - Jags Without TE Lewis In Week 1 02:01

    Jags Without TE Lewis In Week 1

    Sep 6
    Herm Edwards discusses how the Jaguars will approach week 1 without TE Marcedes Lewis and with the possibility of not having QB Blaine Gabbert.
  • Video - An epic preview: Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts 01:14

    An epic preview: Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts

    Sep 6
    The Oakland Raiders kick off the season facing star quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Can the Silver and Black kick off the season with a win?

Sports Columnists

  • No. 10, 10 Years In

    Sep 6
    Eli Manning has had the Cowboys’ number. - (Rich Schultz/Getty Images) EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Giants open at Dallas Sunday. It’ll be the start of Eli Manning’s 10th season in the NFL, which of course seems impossible. Wasn’t it four or five years a…
  • Manning in Full

    Sep 6
    Not since Joe Kapp in 1969, before the AFL-NFL merger, had a quarterback thrown for seven touchdowns. (Joe Mahoney/AP) - DENVER — Long after the East Coast went to bed Thursday night, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning flipped a short throw to his left …
  • Don Banks: Peyton Manning helps Broncos bury pain of playoff loss to Balti…

    Sep 6
    DENVER -- When they trudged off the field in the ugly aftermath of their 38-35 double overtime divisional-playoff loss to Baltimore last January, making it a stunning one-and-done postseason in Denver, the Broncos had to be thinking about this game, the…
  • Bill Simmons ranks the teams in the NFC

    Sep 6
    The Sports Guy finishes up his look at the 2013 NFL season by ranking the teams in the National Football Conference.