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  • Packers' Bryan Bulaga regains old form

    Packers' Bryan Bulaga regains old form

    ESPN.com Updated 5 minutes ago
    GREEN BAY, Wis. – In a two-series appearance in last Saturday's preseason game at St. Louis, several things stood out from the Green Bay Packers’ starting offense. Most marveled over quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who had only two incompletions in 13 attemp…
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  • Tingelhoff named senior finalist for 2015 HOF

    Tingelhoff named senior finalist for 2015 HOF

    ESPN.com 14 hours ago
    Former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff has been nominated as the senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2015 class of inductees.
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  • Jordan Palmer will be No. 2 QB in Seattle

    Jordan Palmer will be No. 2 QB in Seattle

    ESPN.com 14 hours ago
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – With the No. 2 quarterback spot still up for grabs, Jordan Palmer will be the first quarterback off the bench to replace starter Jay Cutler when the Chicago Bears travel to Seattle on Friday night to face the Seattle Seahawks. Bears …
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  • Vikings Wednesday practice report

    Vikings Wednesday practice report

    ESPN.com 14 hours ago
    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A few observations from the Minnesota Vikings' practice on Wednesday afternoon: With Chad Greenway sitting out of team drills because of an injury to his right wrist, Michael Mauti got most of the work with the first team in Green…
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  • Chris Conte ready for preseason debut

    Chris Conte ready for preseason debut

    ESPN.com 15 hours ago
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Nearly five months since undergoing shoulder surgery, Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte will make his preseason debut Friday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. “I feel good. I’m excited to go out th…
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  • Holmes could see action in Seattle

    Holmes could see action in Seattle

    ESPN.com 16 hours ago
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Santonio Holmes expects to see action in some spots Friday night when the Chicago Bears face the Seattle Seahawks, but the staff wants to make sure to put the receiver into positions he’s comfortable with as he learns the new offens…
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  • Lions' Fairley admits weight led to demotion

    Lions' Fairley admits weight led to demotion

    Nick Fairley's weight is creeping up again for the Detroit Lions.
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  • Packers hiding hand signals from Seahawks

    Packers hiding hand signals from Seahawks

    ESPN.com 18 hours ago
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If the Seattle Seahawks think they have the Green Bay Packers' no-huddle offense figured out from watching Aaron Rodgers run it last Saturday at the St. Louis Rams, they should think again. According to several Packers' players and co…
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  • Lamarr Houston No. 80 in player rankings

    Lamarr Houston No. 80 in player rankings

    ESPN.com 19 hours ago
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- A Chicago Bears defender finally made the cut in our NFLRank project, which commenced with Day 3 on Wednesday as ESPN continued to rank the top 100 players on offense and defense, with defensive end Lamarr Houston checking in at No.…
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  • Matthew Stafford ranked No. 71

    Matthew Stafford ranked No. 71

    ESPN.com 20 hours ago
    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The ESPN #NFLRank project continues to roll on, and the second Detroit Lions player has made an appearance. Reggie Bush popped up on Monday at No. 98 among offensive players. Now his quarterback, Matthew Stafford, has shown up on th…
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  • Lions practice report: Gomes remains out

    Lions practice report: Gomes remains out

    ESPN.com 20 hours ago
    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions took in their final day of open-to-the-media preparation for their third preseason game against Jacksonville on Friday. Safety DeJon Gomes was in attendance Wednesday but continued to sit out of practice as he reco…
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  • Lions hopeful Ezekiel Ansah plays Friday

    Lions hopeful Ezekiel Ansah plays Friday

    ESPN.com 21 hours ago
    ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions are already preparing to unleash wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Friday for the first time this preseason. Now, another player might be joining him. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday that he is hopeful defens…
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  • Tim Shaw's ALS diagnosis raises fears of connection to playing …

    Tim Shaw's ALS diagnosis raises fears of connection to playing football

    yahoo.com 23 hours ago
    Another recent NFL player has been diagnosed with ALS. Tim Shaw, a special-teams ace and linebacker who played with the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans, announced on Tuesday that he is the latest former player…
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  • Vikings coaches see value in keeping Christian Ponder

    Vikings coaches see value in keeping Christian Ponder

    profootballtalk.com Aug 20 (yesterday)
    Apparently the Vikings have not been overwhelmed with trade offers for former first-rounder Christian Ponder. So now they’re talking him up, and trying to salvage his value to their organization. Clearly buried behind Matt Cassel and the latest savior T…
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  • Zimmer tries to balance sturdy and exotic D

    Zimmer tries to balance sturdy and exotic D

    ESPN.com Aug 20 (yesterday)
    MINNEAPOLIS -- As elementary as the Minnesota Vikings' game plans have been for their first two preseason contests, the Vikings' wins over the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals have already seen coach Mike Zimmer and defensive coordinator George Edw…
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  • Video - Lions' Johnson Won't Dunk 03:13

    Lions' Johnson Won't Dunk

    Aug 20
    Eric Allen discusses WR Calvin Johnson's decision to skip celebratory dunks in order to avoid being fined by the NFL.
  • Video - Vikings Have Depth At WR 01:46

    Vikings Have Depth At WR

    Aug 20
    ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling says the Vikings' depth at wide receiver should help them overcome the loss of Jerome Simpson to suspension.
  • Video - Packers Could Be Without Bostick 01:16

    Packers Could Be Without Bostick

    Aug 19
    ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky says Green Bay might have to replace injured tight end Brandon Bostick.
  • Video - Lions Demote DT Fairley 01:30

    Lions Demote DT Fairley

    Aug 19
    ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says defensive tackle Nick Fairley continues to struggle with his weight.

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  • Browns QB? Flip a Coin

    Aug 19
    All along, Browns coach Mike Pettine wanted to name a quarterback entering the third week of the preseason. The third game is when all NFL teams play their first units the most all summer. In the case of a new coaching staff such as Cleveland’s, it’s th…
  • Silicon Valley Victory

    Aug 18
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — There are two words for the 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium, which opened for football Sunday afternoon: imaginative and cool. Imaginative, because the Niners, when they couldn’t get a deal done with the city of San Francisco for a new s…
  • Sweat the Small Stuff

    Aug 12
    GREEN BAY, Wis. — When I go from camp to camp every summer, I often ask what players did in the offseason to get better. In the Packers camp, the emphasis hasn’t been as much about skill improvement. The mantra has been about injury-prevention, and cond…