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Jake Matthews expects to play this week

Jake Matthews expects to play this week

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated 4 hours ago
Falcons rookie tackle Jake Matthews was forced to the sideline for the team’s loss to the Bengals last Sunday because of a sprained ankle and the prospect of another missed game loomed with Atlanta scheduled to face the Buccaneers this Thursday. Matthew…
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  • Colston's shutout both rare and normal

    Colston's shutout both rare and normal

    ESPN.com 4 hours ago
    METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t seem too surprised or concerned over the fact that receiver Marques Colston was held without a catch for the first time in 87 games played during Sunday’s 26-24 loss at the Cleveland Browns. A…
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  • NFL could intervene soon in Hardy case

    NFL could intervene soon in Hardy case

    As the Panthers struggle with the question of whether to let defensive end Greg Hardy play in the wake of a judge’s finding that he committed domestic violence, the Panthers may soon be off the hook. Per a league source, the NFL could soon be intervenin…
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  • Lions lose another cornerback

    Lions lose another cornerback

    profootballtalk.com 5 hours ago
    It’s two weeks into the season and the Lions have already lost two nickel cornerbacks. Nevin Lawson, who stepped in for Bill Bentley after Bentley tore his ACL, had surgery on dislocated toes in Charlotte after Sunday’s loss to the Panthers and coach Ji…
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  • Bucs' offensive line improving

    Bucs' offensive line improving

    ESPN.com 6 hours ago
    TAMPA, Fla. -- On Monday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith realized it had been several days since he had fielded a media question about the offensive line. “I think just about every time I’ve come in here someone has asked about the offensive lin…
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  • Sagarin ratings have Saints at No. 6 in NFL; simulation stays w…

    Sagarin ratings have Saints at No. 6 in NFL; simulation stays with 9-7 record even after opening stumbles

    nola.com 16 hours ago
    The simulation continues to predict a tight three-way race for the NFC South title, which means all three teams have a slim margin for error if they want to make the playoffs.
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  • Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Cleared to Play as His Lawyer Denies a…

    Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Cleared to Play as His Lawyer Denies a New Abuse Allegation

    nytimes.com ESPN.com Sep 15 (yesterday)
    The Vikings said the star running back, who faces child abuse charges in Texas, would participate in practices and meetings this week.
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  • Bengals coaches defend Dunlap's hit on Ryan

    Bengals coaches defend Dunlap's hit on Ryan

    ESPN.com 19 hours ago
    One day after several Falcons offensive players complained Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap delivered a "cheap shot" on Matt Ryan, two of Dunlap's coaches came to his defense Monday saying they didn't think there was anything wrong with it.
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  • DeAngelo Williams ready to return

    DeAngelo Williams ready to return

    ESPN.com 19 hours ago
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers expect all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams to return to practice on Wednesday and be ready for Sunday night's game against Pittsburgh. Williams missed Sunday's 24-7 victory against Detroit that improved Car…
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  • Bucs promote LB Brandon Magee

    Bucs promote LB Brandon Magee

    ESPN.com 19 hours ago
    TAMPA, Fla. -- In what could be a sign that middle linebacker Mason Foster may miss some playing time, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added a linebacker Monday afternoon. Brandon Magee was promoted from the practice squad. Magee appeared in eight games for th…
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  • Source: Bucs' Foster dislocates shoulder

    Source: Bucs' Foster dislocates shoulder

    ESPN.com 19 hours ago
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting linebacker Mason Foster suffered a dislocated shoulder during Sunday's loss to the visiting St. Louis Rams, a source confirmed.
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  • Lovie Smith unhappy with defense

    Lovie Smith unhappy with defense

    TAMPA, Fla. -- When a football team is losing, the easy scapegoats are the quarterback and the head coach. Josh McCown and Lovie Smith have been getting their share of the blame during Tampa Bay's 0-2 start. But Smith pointed the finger in another direc…
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  • Kalil focused on 'business' not controversy

    Kalil focused on 'business' not controversy

    ESPN.com 21 hours ago
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Kalil brothers could share some interesting stories about handling adversity with everything that's going on with their respective teams. If they wanted to, that is. Ryan Kalil is the starting center for the Carolina Panthers, who…
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  • McCoy highlights hypothetical injury report

    McCoy highlights hypothetical injury report

    ESPN.com 21 hours ago
    TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the stranger quirks in the NFL is the injury report for a Thursday night game. Teams are required to put out an injury report on Monday. But that report generally is hypothetical because teams usually don’t practice on Mondays. So …
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  • Marvin Lewis: A.J. Green doesn’t have long-term injury

    Marvin Lewis: A.J. Green doesn’t have long-term injury

    profootballtalk.com 21 hours ago
    The Bengals improved to 2-0 on Sunday, but saw a player integral to their chances of continuing a winning streak leave the game with a foot injury. Wide receiver A.J. Green suffered what is believed to be a strained ligament in his foot early in the Ben…
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  • The Film Don't Lie: Panthers

    The Film Don't Lie: Panthers

    ESPN.com 22 hours ago
    A weekly look at what the Carolina Panthers must fix: Running game: Of the 19 rushes by a running back, 11 were for 1 yard or less. Seven of those went for negative yards. I know leading rusher DeAngelo Williams was out with a thigh injury, but even aga…
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  • The Film Don't Lie: Buccaneers

    The Film Don't Lie: Buccaneers

    ESPN.com 22 hours ago
    A weekly look at what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers must fix: Back in the offseason, there was a lot of talk about how the Buccaneers could use the size of their receiving crew to create all sorts of matchup advantages. But that hasn’t materialized so far, a…
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  • The Film Don't Lie: Saints

    The Film Don't Lie: Saints

    ESPN.com 22 hours ago
    METAIRIE, La. -- A weekly look at what the New Orleans Saints must fix: The Saints have had a handful of costly errors from every unit during their 0-2 start. The one common bond: They have to be smarter in their home debut Sunday against the Minnesota …
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  • The Film Don't Lie: Falcons

    The Film Don't Lie: Falcons

    ESPN.com 22 hours ago
    A weekly look at what the Falcons must fix: The Atlanta Falcons have to be more physical on both the offensive and defensive lines as they prepare for Thursday night's quick turnaround game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On offense, right tackle Lama…
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  • Saints can survive, but Ingram was thriving

    Saints can survive, but Ingram was thriving

    METAIRIE, La. -- Two thoughts immediately spring to mind following the news that New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will be out for at least a month with a broken hand: The negative: Geez, it sure feels like the Saints are in "anything tha…
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  • Clock was handled properly at end of Rams-Bucs game

    Clock was handled properly at end of Rams-Bucs game

    profootballtalk.com Sep 15 (yesterday)
    The Buccaneers didn’t get an opportunity to try a game-winning field goal against the Rams on Sunday because of a 10-second runoff resulting from a player injury occurring when Tampa lacked time outs. The rule, aimed at avoiding the fabrication of offen…
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  • Video - Teams With Unexpected Starts 02:38

    Teams With Unexpected Starts

    Sep 16
    Herm Edwards and Brian Dawkins discuss which of the NFL's 0-2 teams have the best chance to make the playoffs and whether the Bills and Texans can continue their winning ways.
  • Video - Chances Greg Hardy Plays This Week 01:46

    Chances Greg Hardy Plays This Week

    Sep 16
    ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder discusses the situation facing DE Greg Hardy, who was deactivated for the Panthers' Week 2 game against the Lions.
  • Video - Conversation With NFLPA Executive George Atallah 03:16

    Conversation With NFLPA Executive George Atallah

    Sep 15
    The NFLPA's George Atallah talks with Bob Ley about the union's stance on player discipline and players rights versus the public image of the league.
  • Video - Saints RB Ingram Out With Injured Hand 02:46

    Saints RB Ingram Out With Injured Hand

    Sep 15
    Mike Triplett discusses who the Saints will need to handle extra rushing attempts over the next month while RB Mark Ingram recovers from a hand injury.

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