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Martellus Bennett hasn’t been at Bears workouts

Martellus Bennett hasn’t been at Bears workouts

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated 17 hours ago
The absence of running back Matt Forte from Bears voluntary workouts when they started on April 13 drew some attention, but another offensive starter’s decision to be elsewhere the last two weeks has gone relatively unnoticed. Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChic…
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  • Kluwe says Peterson hasn’t handled his situation well

    Kluwe says Peterson hasn’t handled his situation well

    profootballtalk.com 7 hours ago
    One of Adrian Peterson’s always-outspoken former teammates says that Peterson needs to do a better job of handling his personal issues and his pending return to the NFL. Chris Kluwe, the former Vikings punter who played with Peterson for six seasons, be…
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  • Rick Spielman: Cordarrelle Patterson has “really grown up a lot…

    Rick Spielman: Cordarrelle Patterson has “really grown up a lot”

    profootballtalk.com 19 hours ago
    The Vikings changed the complexion of their receiving corps this offseason when they traded for Mike Wallace and released Greg Jennings and it would change even more if Cordarrelle Patterson made the switch from intriguing talent to consistent performer…
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  • Norv Turner tells Bridgewater doubters where to stick their bro…

    Norv Turner tells Bridgewater doubters where to stick their brooms

    profootballtalk.com Apr 25 (yesterday)
    A year ago, when the Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater in the first round of the NFL draft, there were plenty of doubts. After Bridgewater’s lousy Pro Day workout, some around the NFL believed he simply lacked the physical tools to become a franchise qu…
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  • Mayhew would prefer players walking on the ground, not on bipla…

    Mayhew would prefer players walking on the ground, not on biplane wings

    ESPN.com Apr 24 (2 days ago)
    Mayhew would prefer players walking on the ground, not on biplane wings
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  • Lions talking extension with DeAndre Levy, waiting to talk to H…

    Lions talking extension with DeAndre Levy, waiting to talk to Haloti Ngata

    profootballtalk.com Apr 24 (2 days ago)
    Lions president Tom Lewand said early this month that and linebacker DeAndre Levy had yet to open up contract negotiations and, as a result, he couldn’t say whether the team’s talks with Levy would extend past the start of training camp. Lewand should h…
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  • Stephen Tulloch says he’s ready to play today

    Stephen Tulloch says he’s ready to play today

    profootballtalk.com Apr 24 (2 days ago)
    There was some uncertainty earlier this offseason about whether the Lions would hold onto linebacker Stephen Tulloch because he has a $5.8 million cap hit for the 2015 season. The Lions opted to hold onto Tulloch, leaving the timing of his return from l…
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  • Lions will pick up the option on left tackle Riley Reiff

    Lions will pick up the option on left tackle Riley Reiff

    profootballtalk.com Apr 24 (3 days ago)
    Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew told reporters today the team was picking up the fifth-year option on former first-round tackle Riley Reiff. And they have some options on what to do with him as well. “I think Riley Reiff’s a heck of a left tackle,” …
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  • PFT Live: Greg Jennings, Chance Warmack, Thomas Dimitroff

    PFT Live: Greg Jennings, Chance Warmack, Thomas Dimitroff

    profootballtalk.com Apr 24 (3 days ago)
    Wide receiver Greg Jennings landed a new job with the Dolphins this week and we’ll talk to him about it on Friday’s edition of PFT Live. Jennings signed a two-year deal with Miami after visiting a few teams following his release from the Vikings and he’…
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  • Glover Quin hopes James Ihedigbo remains a Detroit Lion in 2015

    Glover Quin hopes James Ihedigbo remains a Detroit Lion in 2015

    ESPN.com Apr 23 (3 days ago)
    Glover Quin hopes James Ihedigbo remains a Detroit Lion in 2015
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  • Dick Butkus, Jim Kelly among former players scheduled to announ…

    Dick Butkus, Jim Kelly among former players scheduled to announce picks in second round

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23 (3 days ago)
    The NFL will be holding the draft in Chicago this year and one of the city’s most-loved football players is scheduled to announce the Bears’s second-round pick. Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus is one of the 32 retired players that the NFL announced …
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  • Throwback Thursday: The Aaron Rodgers Draft (and more!) of 2005

    Throwback Thursday: The Aaron Rodgers Draft (and more!) of 2005

    yahoo.com Apr 23 (4 days ago)
    The 2005 NFL draft will forever be The Aaron Rodgers Draft. The most famous image from that day was Rodgers impatiently sitting in the green room until the Green Bay Packers took him with the 24th pick. And the most enduring story from that draft is tha…
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  • List of trade destinations for Adrian Peterson keeps shrinking

    List of trade destinations for Adrian Peterson keeps shrinking

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23 (4 days ago)
    As we creep closer to the 2015 NFL Draft, the list of possible non-Minnesota destinations for Adrian Peterson keeps getting smaller and smaller. While the Vikings have insisted they want to keep him, his making it clear he’d prefer to be elsewhere has c…
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  • Duron Carter: I know I’m on my last chance

    Duron Carter: I know I’m on my last chance

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23 (4 days ago)
    The narrative arc of Cris Carter’s career is well known at this point as Carter wound up putting together a Hall of Fame career with the Vikings after washing out in Philadelphia as a result of his drug and alcohol use. His son Duron Carter wouldn’t min…
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  • Opening point spreads suggest no strong consensus yet on 49ers,…

    Opening point spreads suggest no strong consensus yet on 49ers, Vikings

    profootballtalk.com Apr 22 (4 days ago)
    The first point spreads of a new NFL season are set with a foot in two worlds — one in the previous season, one in the upcoming season, neither shoe really dug into the earth. These lines are the Long Island Iced Teas of the sports betting world — dashe…
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  • Greg Jennings agrees to terms with Miami

    Greg Jennings agrees to terms with Miami

    profootballtalk.com Apr 22 (4 days ago)
    Veteran receiver Greg Jennings, who has played for the Packers and Vikings during a nine-year NFL career, will be playing in a considerably warmer climate in 2015. Per a league source, Jennings has agreed to terms with the Dolphins. The deal is worth $8…
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  • Glover Quin thinks the Lions will win seven of their first eigh…

    Glover Quin thinks the Lions will win seven of their first eight games

    profootballtalk.com Apr 22 (4 days ago)
    Lions safety Glover Quin was licking his chops when he saw the Lions’ schedule last night. Quin told Detroit reporters that in his view, the Lions should win seven of their first eight games and be at 7-1 when they go into their Week Nine bye. Quin sugg…
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  • PFT Live: Bears talk with John Mullin, Dolphins talk with Arman…

    PFT Live: Bears talk with John Mullin, Dolphins talk with Armando Salguero

    profootballtalk.com Apr 22 (5 days ago)
    The Bears will be heading to Green Bay on Thanksgiving for a date with the Packers that will also reportedly include a ceremony to retire Brett Favre’s jersey. On Wednesday’s PFT Live, John Mullin of CSN Chicago will join Mike Florio to discuss that con…
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  • Gus Bradley: Adrian Peterson trade not something we’re discussi…

    Gus Bradley: Adrian Peterson trade not something we’re discussing

    profootballtalk.com Apr 22 (5 days ago)
    A report in the Pioneer Press this week listed the Jaguars among six teams that could trade for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson before or during the draft, but coach Gus Bradley did his best to throw cold water on his club’s inclusion on that list …
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  • Lions meet with a pair of safety prospects

    Lions meet with a pair of safety prospects

    profootballtalk.com Apr 22 (5 days ago)
    The Lions opened up their offseason workout program this week without veteran safety James Ihedigbo, who is staying away from the voluntary work in hopes of convincing the team to address a contract that will pay him $1.6 million this season. Time will …
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  • Rodney Austin’s agent calls arrest a “non-issue”

    Rodney Austin’s agent calls arrest a “non-issue”

    profootballtalk.com Apr 22 (5 days ago)
    The Lions weren’t taking any chances, cutting guard Rodney Austin immediately upon word of his arrest. But Austin’s agent called the arrest on two misdemeanor assault charges a “non-issue,” and said he expected Austin to be cleared. Via Dave Birkett of …
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  • Sports Briefing | Football: Patriots-Steelers to Open N.F.L. Se…

    Sports Briefing | Football: Patriots-Steelers to Open N.F.L. Season

    nytimes.com Apr 22 (5 days ago)
    New England will host Pittsburgh in a game featuring two quarterbacks with a combined six Super Bowl rings and nine Super Bowl appearances: Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.
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  • Video - Much-needed reconciliation between Favre and Packers 01:04

    Much-needed reconciliation between Favre and Packers

    Apr 26
    Gene Wojciechowski explains why Lambeau Field will get even better on Thanksgiving night, when the Packers retire Brett Favre's number.
  • Video - Ahman Green predicts Packers' 2015 record 01:48

    Ahman Green predicts Packers' 2015 record

    Apr 22
    Watch former Green Bay Packers great Ahman Green predicts the team's record in 2015.
  • Video - Predicting the Packers' 2015 record 01:48

    Predicting the Packers' 2015 record

    Apr 22
    Watch former Green Bay Packers great Ahman Green predicts the team's record in 2015.
  • Video - Lions' Quin sets sights on fast start 02:01

    Lions' Quin sets sights on fast start

    Apr 22
    Mark Schlereth discusses Lions safety Glover Quin's prediction that Detroit will begin the season with a 7-1 record.

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