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» Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dolphins owner says Gase, top personnel execs will be back

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins' disappointing season had owner Stephen Ross cursing Sunday.

Cam Newton ready to move on from career-worst passer rating

ATLANTA (AP) Cam Newton says he has already moved on from one of the worst starts of his career.

Antonio Gates wants to play next season, will talk to Bolts

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Antonio Gates wants to play in the NFL next season, and the record-setting tight end intends to talk to the Los Angeles Chargers about staying with the team.

Bills, Titans, Falcons make way into playoffs with wins

The Buffalo Bills are in the NFL playoffs.

Seahawks lose finale, miss playoffs for first time since ’11

SEATTLE (AP) Doug Baldwin spent the week preparing for the inevitable reality, knowing that even with a victory it was going to be difficult for the Seattle Seahawks to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

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Dolphins owner says Gase, top personnel execs will be back

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says coach Adam Gase and the top two personnel executives will be retained despite a disappointing season.

Jags say they’re ready for playoffs after losing 2 straight

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jacksonville has hit its first adversity at the worst possible moment, not that any of the Jaguars sound worried.

QB-in-waiting Mahomes shows flashes of talent in Chiefs win

DENVER (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs got an enticing glimpse of their quarterback-in-waiting with the debut of Patrick Mahomes II.

Bengals coach Lewis: ’I want to coach this team’

BALTIMORE (AP) Marvin Lewis had just snagged a victory well worth celebrating, yet the focus of his postgame session had very little to do with X's and O's.

Landry, 2 others ejected in Dolphins’ loss to Bills

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins punctuated a disappointing season of undisciplined play with a fight and three ejections Sunday.

Bills, Titans, Falcons make way into playoffs with wins

The Buffalo Bills are in the NFL playoffs.

Bills RB LeSean McCoy limps into playoffs with ankle injury

The Buffalo Bills could be without running back LeSean McCoy in the opening round of the playoffs.

Raiders fire coach Jack Del Rio after 6-10 season

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was fired Sunday after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season.

Raiders fire coach Jack Del Rio after 6-10 season

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was fired Sunday after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season.

The Latest: Playoff seeds, matchups set in dramatic fashion

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Bills end 17-year playoff drought with win and help

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Buffalo Bills snapped the longest current non-playoff drought in North American pro sports with a 22-16 victory Sunday at Miami and Cincinnati's victory at Baltimore. The Bills hadn't made the postseason since 1999.

The Latest: Landry, 2 Dolphins teammates ejected vs Bills

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Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is choosing family over football.

Jones, Smith-Schuster power Steelers backups by Browns 28-24

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger wore sweatpants and tried to stay warm.

The Latest: Titans closing in, which isn’t helping Chargers

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Colts fire coach Chuck Pagano after 4-12 season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) First, Chuck Pagano lost Andrew Luck.

Woe and 16: Browns go winless after 28-24 loss to Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) It was a lost season distilled to one play, filled with hope and achingly familiar anguish for a franchise that's known little else over the last two decades.

The Latest: Bills RB McCoy carted off with ankle injury

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Gronk goes catchless in Patriots’ 26-6 win over Jets

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady's eyes widened when he was told that he didn't even throw a pass in the direction of tight end Rob Gronkowski on Sunday - the first time in the three-time All-Pro's career that he wasn't targeted for an entire game.

The Latest: Henry shows flash after slow start for Titans

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The Latest: Dolphins QB Cutler out early; 2018 uncertain

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Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith says he will take an immediate extended leave of absence to help his wife battle breast cancer.

The Latest: Chiefs rookie QB Mahomes has good 1st impression

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NFL rushing leader Gurley inactive as Rams rest starters

NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams is inactive for Sunday's home regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Latest: Browns complete 2nd 0-16 season in NFL history

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The Latest: Steelers’ Smith-Schuster fills in well for Brown

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Panthers RB Stewart inactive for 1st time this season

Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart is inactive for the first time this season Sunday against Atlanta.

The Latest: Lions rolling in possible finale for Caldwell

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The Latest: Pats closing in on home field with lead on Jets

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The Latest: Vikings defense dominating again early vs Bears

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The Latest: Browns closing in on 0-16, trailing Steelers

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The Latest: Pats make sure Jets aware of frigid temperatures

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Steelers sitting Big Ben, Bell vs winless Browns

The Pittsburgh Steelers are giving Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and other starters the day off against the winless Cleveland Browns despite having a shot at home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Big doings in NFL finales center on NFC South

There's no question the NFC has been the dominant conference this season, with the South being the top division.

James Harrison active for Patriots after leaving Steelers

James Harrison is active for the New England Patriots against the New York Jets for the regular-season finale Sunday after being signed following his release by Pittsburgh.

» Saturday, December 30, 2017

Matt Forte placed on IR, ending year and maybe Jets career

NEW YORK (AP) Matt Forte's season is over. His career with the New York Jets might be, too.

On Football: Some 2017 NFL memories, good and bad

The Associated Press will hand out its individual NFL awards on the night before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Until then, here are some off-the-beaten track honors to consider.

Vikings place long snapper Kevin McDermott on IR

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have placed long snapper Kevin McDermott on injured reserve, forcing them to break in a new specialist right before the playoffs.

Man’s tongue-in-cheek obituary blames Cleveland Browns

HURON, Ohio (AP) An Ohio man's tongue-in-cheek obituary blames the winless Cleveland Browns for contributing to his demise.

New general manager Gettleman fires Giants VP Marc Ross

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have fired Marc Ross, the team's vice president of player evaluation for the last five seasons.

Man’s tongue-in-cheek obituary blames Cleveland Browns

HURON, Ohio (AP) An Ohio man's tongue-in-cheek obituary blames the winless Cleveland Browns for contributing to his demise.

» Friday, December 29, 2017

Raiders try to finish disappointing season on positive note

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Instead of preparing for the playoffs as many speculated four months ago, the Oakland Raiders held their final practice Friday and began planning for the offseason.

Dolphins’ Tunsil doubtful against Buffalo with ankle injury

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil is doubtful for Sunday's game against Buffalo because of an ankle injury.

Davis following in Marshall’s footsteps in Denver

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Todd Davis has grown accustomed to following fellow inside linebacker Brandon Marshall's lead.

NFL changes concussion protocol after Savage incident

HOUSTON (AP) The NFL and the players' union announced a series of changes Friday to the way potential concussions are handled during games following an ugly incident in which Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms shaking.

Jags’ Ngakoue fined $30,387 by NFL for contact with official

NEW YORK (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has been fined $30,387 by the NFL for making physical contact with a game official during a loss to San Francisco last Sunday.

Dave Gettleman introduced as New York Giants general manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Dave Gettleman is going right to work as the New York Giants' general manager.

Rams’ Gurley is OK with losing rush title for playoff health

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Todd Gurley realizes he could lose his first NFL rushing title - and maybe even the league MVP award - while he stands on the sideline at the Coliseum this Sunday.

Quavo jokes about tryout with Texans after Heinicke plays

HOUSTON (AP) Quavo of the Grammy-nominated rap group Migos had some fun on social media this week after it was pointed out that he once held a high school football record that Houston Texans backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke eventually broke.

Luck returns to Colts’ complex with ’better’ shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Luck looks healthy and sounds confident.

Backups Ridley, Jones ready to fill in for Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) Stevan Ridley figured he'd have to wait until 2018 to get a shot at reviving his career.

Stanford’s future could hinge on Bryce Love’s draft decision

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) The loss of record-breaking running back Christian McCaffrey to the NFL turned out to not harm Stanford as much as expected thanks to a breakthrough season for Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love.

Jets’ Shell has concussion, won’t play against Patriots

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets right tackle Brandon Shell will not play in the season finale against the New England Patriots because of a concussion.

Dave Gettleman introduced as New York Giants general manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Vowing to kick some butt and return the New York Giants to prominence, Dave Gettleman has taken over as general manager for the reeling franchise.

Harrison, now a Patriot, done discussing Steelers exit

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) James Harrison is happy to be with Patriots. He's done talking about his departure from the Steelers.

Jets give GM Maccagnan, coach Bowles 2-year extensions

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets are choosing stability over a shake-up.

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns to return after missing last 6 games

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns is expected to play in the regular-season finale at Tennessee, his first action since Nov. 12.

Falcons sign OG Douglas to address injury concerns on line

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) In a move which reflects concerns about injuries on the offensive line for Sunday's game against Carolina, the Atlanta Falcons have signed guard Jamil Douglas from their practice squad.

Cowboys put Tyron Smith, Scandrick on IR before finale

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are putting left tackle Tyron Smith and cornerback Orlando Scandrick on injured reserve before the season finale at Philadelphia.

NFL changes concussion protocol after Savage incident

HOUSTON (AP) The NFL and the players' union announced a series of changes Friday to the way potential concussions are handled during games following an ugly incident in which Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms shaking.

Belichick runaway winner in AP’s NFL coach rankings

With five Super Bowl titles and the third-most wins in NFL history, the comparisons for Bill Belichick are with the all-time greats in the game rather than his current peers.

Dolphins’ Tunsil doubtful against Buffalo with ankle injury

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil is doubtful for Sunday's game against Buffalo because of an ankle injury.

Bradley could be coveted after restoring coaching rep in LA

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Gus Bradley's coaching career is back on track. The Chargers will soon find out whether that track leads out of Los Angeles.

Jets extend contracts for GM Maccagnan, coach Bowles

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets are choosing stability over a shake-up.

Titans won’t have DeMarco Murray for regular-season finale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans will play their important regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars without running back DeMarco Murray.

Where’s the power? NFC has big edge on AFC in 2017

The NFC dominated the AFC in interconference matchups this season in a fashion the conference hadn't done since the first year of the merger.

Belichick runaway winner in AP’s NFL coach rankings

New England coach Bill Belichick's five Super Bowl titles make him the runaway winner in The Associated Press' top 10 rankings of NFL coaches.

Luck returns to Colts’ complex with ’better’ shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Luck says his throwing shoulder feels stronger and he hopes to participate in the Indianapolis Colts' offseason workouts.

The buzz around Denver: Broncos host to 100,000 honeybees

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Sometimes at practice, a few honeybees will buzz around the Denver Broncos' Gatorade bottles.

Vikings center Pat Elflein ruled out with shoulder injury

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer says rookie center Pat Elflein will miss Sunday's game against Chicago because of a shoulder injury, his second missed start of the season.

Even Engram and Sterling Shepard will miss Giants finale

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning is going to be without his top two receivers for the New York Giants' regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins.

Houston WR Hopkins to miss 1st career game with calf injury

HOUSTON (AP) Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins will miss the first game of his career on Sunday because of a calf injury.

Jets extend contracts for GM Maccagnan, coach Bowles

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have extended the contracts of general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles.

Dave Gettleman introduced as New York Giants general manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Vowing to kick some butt and return the New York Giants to prominence, Dave Gettleman has taken over as general manager for the reeling franchise.

Eagles play for franchise-record 14th win this season

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Even with home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs already secured, the Philadelphia Eagles have one goal remaining.

NFL changes concussion protocol after Savage incident

HOUSTON (AP) The NFL and the players' union announced a series of changes Friday to the way potential concussions are handled during games following an ugly incident in which Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms shaking.

Jets extend contracts for GM Maccagnan, coach Bowles

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have extended the contracts of both general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles.

Cowboys put Tyron Smith, Scandrick on IR before finale

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are putting left tackle Tyron Smith and cornerback Orlando Scandrick on injured reserve before the season finale at Philadelphia.

Dave Gettleman introduced as New York Giants general manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Dave Gettleman says his goal is to win and return the New York Giants to prominence as he takes over as general manager for the reeling franchise.

Where’s the power? NFC has big edge on AFC in 2017

The NFC dominated the AFC in interconference matchups this season in a fashion the conference hadn't done since the first year of the merger.

Packers rule out WRs Adams, Nelson for finale against Lions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Receivers Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson are among six key players who will miss the Green Bay Packers' season finale against the Detroit Lions because of injuries.

Eagles to play starters vs Cowboys in regular-season finale

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles and the other Philadelphia starters will play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The Ice Bowl, 50 years later: Where are they now?

A look at where some noteworthy players are 50 years after the famous Ice Bowl playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Green Bay won 21-17 to reach the second Super Bowl:

Frozen toes, frayed nerves: Packers fans remember "Ice Bowl"

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) John Des Jardins braved the ''Ice Bowl'' bundled up in layers of sweatshirts tucked beneath a wool-lined buckskin vest.

Saints’ Kamara: NFL ’Grinch’ fines $6K for Christmas cleats

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara says the NFL has fined him $6,079 for wearing Christmas-themed red cleats with white trim during last Sunday's victory over Atlanta.

Stretching for touchdown can backfire into costly fumble

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Derek Carr would do it all over again: stretch the ball toward the goal line for a potential winning touchdown, even though he knows the extra effort backfired and cost the Oakland Raiders a chance to win.

» Thursday, December 28, 2017

Brees not surprised Saints were able to overcome slow start

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Playoff-bound New Orleans can clinch its first NFC South championship in six years by beating the last-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a prospect few envisioned when the Saints opened the season with consecutive losses.

Wilson hopes win over Cardinals gets Seahawks to playoffs

SEATTLE (AP) Russell Wilson has never carried this much of the load for the Seattle Seahawks to be successful.

Panthers hope to stay hot, spoil Falcons playoff hopes

ATLANTA (AP) The NFC South has a chance for bragging rights as the NFL's strongest division with three playoff teams.

Not much at stake for this year’s Lions-Packers finale

Twice in the past three seasons, this was a de facto NFC North title game.

Saints’ Kamara says he was fined $6K for Christmas cleats

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara says the NFL has fined him $6,079 for wearing Christmas-themed red cleats with white trim during last Sunday's victory over Atlanta.

Vikings have plenty more to play for in rematch vs. Bears

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have won a whole bunch of games since their previous matchup with Chicago, a steady march to become NFC North champions that has put plenty of distance between the playoffs they're about to enter and that ugly first half they played against the Bears.

Chiefs, Broncos turning to young QBs in season finale

DENVER (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs are taking the bubble wrap off rookie QB Patrick Mahomes II in their regular-season finale at Denver, where the Broncos are taking another look at Paxton Lynch , who's in danger of being their most disappointing first-round pick since Marcus Nash in 1998.

Saints’ Kamara says he was fined $6K for Christmas cleats

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara says the NFL has fined him $6,079 for wearing Christmas-themed red cleats with white trim during last Sunday's victory over Atlanta.

Saints crediting rookies Lattimore, Kamara for resurgence

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and running back Alvin Kamara have one game left to improve New Orleans' chances of matching a feat accomplished once in NFL history - a half-century ago.

49ers optimistic about rookie Thomas despite sack total

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Early in his rookie season, Solomon Thomas felt the pressure of being the No. 3 overall pick, knowing 49ers fans were expecting the defensive lineman to post big numbers for a team needing to upgrade its pass rush.

Byron Maxwell’s return to Seahawks comes with a punch

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Early in his first stint with the Seattle Seahawks, Byron Maxwell made a realization. With all the talent in Seattle's secondary, he felt he needed something unique added to his game if he was going to find a way onto the field.

Pagano jumpstarted Raiders’ transformation on defense

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) John Pagano found out his 15-year tenure with the Chargers ended last offseason on social media, when it was reported that new coach Anthony Lynn wanted to go a new direction for his defense.

Falcons’ offense still searching for consistency

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons are still searching for consistency on offense with one game left in the regular season.

Jets’ Forte playing on ’1 leg,’ but plans to continue career

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Matt Forte has no intentions of calling it a career, even if his body has limited his production.

Cowboys’ Bryant opens up on struggles, nixes idea of pay cut

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dez Bryant didn't seem sure how to respond when asked if he would be willing to take a pay cut after perhaps the most difficult season of the Dallas receiver's career.

Von Miller just wishes final game meant more

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Von Miller wishes Sunday's season finale meant something and he yearns for the day his sage advice hits home with his younger teammates.

Patriots eyeing top seed, Jets still motivated for finale

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long said he feels he isn't able to ascertain the identity of his team until after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Jags playing for momentum, Titans need win for playoff spot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars insist they're ready to play , no need to heal up for the playoff berth earned with their first AFC South title. That's how coach Doug Marrone and Jaguars top football executive Tom Coughlin prepare for the postseason.

Texans, Colts try to build momentum heading into offseason

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Houston and Indianapolis head into Sunday's season finale facing the same plight.

Jaguars relying on rookies as injuries to receivers continue

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Dede Westbrook's role with the Jacksonville Jaguars has changed dramatically in the last six weeks.

Steelers close to team mark for sacks in a season

PITTSBURGH (AP) Improved coverage in the Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary has allowed the defense an opportunity to make team history.

Jets’ Forte playing on 1 good leg but plans to continue

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets running back Matt Forte says he has been playing on one good leg since the team's bye week last month but has no intentions of calling it a career.

New York Giants hire Dave Gettleman as general manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants are turning their rebuilding process over to an old hand who believes in old-time football.

Bills have chance to end 17-season playoff drought

MIAMI (AP) It has been eight years since the most recent playoff game for the Carolina Hurricanes, 13 years for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and 16 years for the Seattle Mariners.

Eagles playing for franchise-record 14th win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Even with home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs already secured, the Philadelphia Eagles have one goal remaining.

Big doings in finales center on NFC South

There's no question the NFC has been the dominant conference this season, with the South being the top division.

WR Jordy Nelson misses 2nd day of practice for Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Jordy Nelson missed a second day of practice with a shoulder injury, leaving his availability in the Packers' already short-handed receiving group in doubt for Green Bay's season finale against Detroit.

Browns’ Joe Thomas still undecided on playing future

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Joe Thomas has a major decision to make this offseason.

Washington Redskins won’t see these New York Giants in 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Washington Redskins had better take one last look at the New York Giants because this is a team that is going to look a lot different next season.

Ageless Fitzgerald mum on future after another big season

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Larry Fitzgerald might well be the most popular athlete in the history of the state of Arizona.

New York Giants hire Dave Gettleman as general manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have hired former Carolina Panthers executive Dave Gettleman as their general manager.

Saints bring back Edebali, place Kikaha on injured reserve

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have placed edge pass rusher Hau'oli Kikaha on injured reserve, ending his season. New Orleans filled his spot on the roster by bringing back Kasim Edebali, who spent the previous three seasons with the club.

With Rams resting stars, Jimmy G gets chance to shine

LOS ANGELES (AP) With Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and other stars with the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams sitting out to rest up for the playoffs, Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers could turn into the Jimmy Garoppolo Show.

New York Giants hire Dave Gettleman as general manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have hired former Carolina Panthers executive Dave Gettleman as their general manager.

Raiders still beloved in LA, but Chargers have playoff hopes

CARSON, Calif. (AP) The Raiders spent only 13 seasons in Los Angeles after moving down in 1982.

Bills activate safety Anderson, release safety Elston

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have activated safety Colt Anderson after he missed the past 11 weeks with a broken forearm.

Steelers weigh options while Browns try to avoid 0-16

PITTSBURGH (AP) When the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped Cleveland with a 21-18 victory in the 2017 season opener on Sept. 10, they stressed there was no need to panic despite a largely ''meh'' performance.

Browns’ Joe Thomas still undecided on playing future

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas says Cleveland's coaching situation will have no bearing on his decision whether to keep playing.

Jaguars to remove tarps, sell 3,501 more playoff tickets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have received permission from the NFL and sponsors to remove tarps from four sections of seats and sell more tickets to the franchise's first home playoff game since the 1999 season.

On Football: Some 2017 NFL memories, good and bad

The Associated Press will hand out its individual NFL awards on the night before the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Until then, here are some off-the-beaten track honors to consider.

Ravens look to clinch wild-card berth against Bengals

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens fully understand the ramifications of Sunday's regular-season finale against Cincinnati.

Chiefs QB Smith’s future hot topic as Mahomes gets NFL debut

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alex Smith is spending this week helping to prepare Patrick Mahomes II to make his NFL debut, since the Kansas City Chiefs have already locked up the AFC West title and have nothing to gain from beating the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Former Dolphins assistant ’doing well’ in wake of scandal

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen says former offensive line coach Chris Foerster is doing well in the wake of a video scandal that cost him his job in October.

Bears-Vikings Capsule

CHICAGO (5-10) at MINNESOTA (12-3)

Chiefs-Broncos Capsule

KANSAS CITY (9-6) at DENVER (5-10)

Packers-Lions Capsule

GREEN BAY (7-8) at DETROIT (8-7)

Saints-Buccaneers Capsule

NEW ORLEANS (11-4) at TAMPA BAY (4-11)

Bills-Dolphins Capsule

BUFFALO (8-7) at MIAMI (6-9)

Go with meaningful games in season finales

This late in the season, it's wise to invest only in meaningful games, particularly those in which both teams have something at stake.

49ers-Rams Capsule

SAN FRANCISCO (5-10) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-4)

Texans-Colts Capsule

HOUSTON (4-11) at INDIANAPOLIS (3-12)

Raiders-Chargers Capsule

OAKLAND (6-9) vs LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-7)

Bengals-Ravens Capsule

CINCINNATI (6-9) at BALTIMORE (9-6)

Cardinals-Seahawks Capsule

ARIZONA (7-8) at SEATTLE (9-6)

Tales from the cold: Ice Bowl still chills 50 years later

The penultimate day of 1967 was as beautiful as it gets in Green Bay in late December. Chilly, yes, but the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed the sunshine as they practiced at Lambeau Field for their New Year's Eve game against the Green Bay Packers.

Tales from the cold: Ice Bowl still chills 50 years later

The penultimate day of 1967 was as beautiful as it gets in Green Bay in late December. Chilly, yes, but the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed the sunshine as they practiced at Lambeau Field for their New Year's Eve game against the Green Bay Packers.

AP Was There: 1967 Cowboys-Packers Ice Bowl game

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967, became one of the games that defined the NFL, a contest between the Cowboys and Packers played on the tundra in Green Bay.

Panthers-Falcons Capsule

CAROLINA (11-4) at ATLANTA (9-6)

Browns-Steelers Capsule

BROWNS (0-15) at STEELERS (12-3)

Jets-Patriots Capsule

JETS (5-10) at PATRIOTS (12-3)

Jaguars-Titans Capsule

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (10-5) at TENNESSEE (8-7)

Redskins-Giants Capsule

WASHINGTON (7-8) at NEW YORK GIANTS (2-13)

Cowboys-Eagles Capsule

DALLAS (8-7) at PHILADELPHIA (13-2)

Patriots in wait-and-see mode as they welcome Harrison

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Patriots safety Devin McCourty got a closer look at James Harrison when the linebacker strolled through the locker room on Wednesday.

» Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Mitchell Trubisky takes final rookie step against Vikings.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky never expected to line up under center only five games into his rookie season with the Chicago Bears.

Gore, Vinatieri won’t use season finale as retirement party

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Gore and Adam Vinatieri have been defying the odds for years.

Titans QB Mariota to play his 1st regular NFL season finale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota will scratch one big item off his list Sunday when the quarterback plays in his first regular-season finale with the Tennessee Titans.

Chargers won’t watch scoreboard for playoff hopes on weekend

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Although the Los Angeles Chargers will need help to get into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, coach Anthony Lynn doesn't want his players to know whether they got that help until after their game against the Oakland Raiders.

Steelers’ Bell might not get chance at elusive rushing title

PITTSBURGH (AP) Le'Veon Bell could potentially make some Pittsburgh Steelers history Sunday.

Petty remains Jets starter, but could Hackenberg see action?

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) There's a chance that Christian Hackenberg could - finally - make his regular-season debut for the New York Jets.

Goff, Gurley, Donald won’t play in season finale for Rams

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Rams plan to rest quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald in their season finale against San Francisco on Sunday.

49ers trying to keep perspective amid Garoppolo’s fast start

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Heading into his first full offseason as San Francisco's coach, Kyle Shanahan wants the 49ers to maintain perspective now that expectations are rising dramatically with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback.

Arians calls Seattle’s CenturyLink Arizona’s ’home field’

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona coach Bruce Arians was not thrilled when he discovered his spirited post-victory words to his players last Sunday would be piped out on TV for everyone to see and hear.

Ex-college hoopster Michael Clark gets shot at WR with Pack

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Wide receiver Michael Clark gave up basketball to chase his football dream in college.

Titans QB Mariota to play his 1st regular NFL season finale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota will scratch one big item off his list Sunday when the quarterback plays in his first regular-season finale with the Tennessee Titans.

Police probe crash of vehicle registered to NFL player

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Police investigating a single-car accident found marijuana and hollow point bullets in an abandoned vehicle registered to Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver DeSean Jackson.

Petty remains Jets starter, but could Hackenberg see action?

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Bryce Petty remains the New York Jets' starting quarterback, and will be under center against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Bills’ Kyle Williams focused on team goals, not his future

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Kyle Williams stood at his locker, grudgingly discussing a topic he'd prefer to avoid: himself.

For Saints QB Brees, less has been more to record effect

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Drew Brees spreads credit for another NFL record that he's on the verge of reclaiming this week.

Seahawks in rare situation of needing help to make playoffs

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Throughout their lengthy streak of playoff appearances, the Seattle Seahawks have kept their postseason possibilities under their control.

Plenty of blame to spread around for Raiders fall

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) A season that started with the highest expectations in Oakland is ending with a losing record and many questions about how things went so wrong for the Raiders in 2017.

Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph looking ahead to playoffs, for once

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) For the first time in Kyle Rudolph's seven-year career, the Minnesota Vikings tight end is willing to concede there's more riding on Sunday's game than just one victory.

Patriots in wait-and-see mode as they welcome Harrison

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Patriots safety Devin McCourty got a closer look at James Harrison when the linebacker strolled through the locker room on Wednesday.

Petty remains Jets starter, but could Hackenberg see action?

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Bryce Petty remains the New York Jets' starting quarterback, and will be under center against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Browns coach Jackson convinced he’ll be back next season

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Hue Jackson doesn't think the losing will include his job.

Goff, Gurley, Donald won’t play in season finale for Rams

LOS ANGELES (AP) Quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald won't play for the Los Angeles Rams in their season finale against San Francisco.

Gore, Vinatieri won’t use season finale as retirement party

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Gore and Adam Vinatieri have been defying the odds for years.

Jets place RG Brian Winters on IR, promote DL Deon Simon

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Brian Winters is being shut down for the New York Jets' season finale.

Dip time: Browns coach backs up promise to jump in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) His team already sunk, Browns coach Hue Jackson is taking the plunge.

Mitchell Trubisky takes final rookie step against Vikings.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky never expected to line up under center only five games into his rookie season with the Chicago Bears.

Mixed results for Redskins rookie class

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Headlined by defensive lineman Jonathan Allen's run-stuffing game, there is plenty to like about the performances from the Washington Redskins' 2017 draft class.

Falcons focus on locking up playoff spot by beating Panthers

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Falcons found themselves in what coach Dan Quinn on Wednesday called ''a spin cycle of frustrated, anger and then motivated'' after a mistake-filled loss last week at New Orleans.

Jaguars defense eager to return to form against Titans

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Malik Jackson thanked the San Francisco 49ers for giving Jacksonville's defense an ''awakening.''

Giants suspend Apple for finale for ’detrimental’ conduct

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) A day after Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins referred to him as a cancer, cornerback Eli Apple was suspended Wednesday by the New York Giants for the season finale against the Washington Redskins.

Runts? Misfits? Panthers keep finding answers at receiver

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Runts. Misfits. Rugrats.

Jets place RG Brian Winters on IR, promote DL Deon Simon

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have placed guard Brian Winters on injured reserve with an abdominal injury that he has been dealing with for most of the season.

Dolphins’ Cutler says he’s undecided regarding 2018

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Even though Jay Cutler says he made a good decision to come out of retirement, he may call it quits again soon.

Dip time: Browns coach backs up promise to jump in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND (AP) His team already sunk, Browns coach Hue Jackson is taking the plunge.

Manning heading into season finale with future unclear

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning is heading into the final game of the season facing uncertainty for the first time in his New York Giants career.

Vikings’ Bradford could return to practice next week

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford could return to practice next week as he recovers from a knee injury from Week 1.

Bengals finish against Ravens who blanked them at the start

CINCINNATI (AP) A false start on the first snap of the season.

Joe Flacco peaking at right time for playoff-hopeful Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Joe Flacco is already in playoff mode for the Baltimore Ravens, who hope to ride his hot streak well into January.

Anderson closing in on 1,000 yards for first time

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have nothing to play for Sunday against Kansas City except pride and personal milestones such as C.J. Anderson adding ''1,000-yard rusher '' to his resume.

Browns coach Jackson convinced he’ll be back next season

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson has no doubt he'll back next year despite a 1-30 record over the past two seasons.

Rookie QB Mahomes to start for Chiefs in game at Denver

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes II snapped a 34-year streak in which the Chiefs eschewed drafting a quarterback in the first round when they traded up to pick him 10th overall earlier this year.

Dolphins’ Cutler says he’s undecided regarding 2018

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Even though Jay Cutler says he made a good decision to come out of retirement, he may be headed there again soon.

Column: Tough year, and tough times ahead for the NFL

It was one of the great Super Bowls ever, a dramatic comeback win that cemented forever the legacies of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Gore, Vinatieri won’t use season finale as retirement party

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Gore and Adam Vinatieri don't intend to use Sunday's season finale as their retirement party.

Rookie QB Mahomes to start for Chiefs in game at Denver

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) First-round draft pick Patrick Mahomes II will make his NFL debut at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs when they play an otherwise meaningless game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Gase says Dolphins didn’t make the most of their talent

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he anticipates a ''horrible'' offseason stewing about the many what-ifs of a disappointing season.

Matching execs and coaches to teams a business of its own

NEW YORK (AP) For a guy who has dealt with so many high-profile people - Jerry Jones, Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll to name a few - Jed Hughes manages to stay out of the limelight.

» Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Rams could rest starters in season finale against 49ers

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams are headed to the playoffs, and head coach Sean McVay plans to take advantage of that certainty.

Patriots remain on top in latest AP Pro32 poll

NEW YORK (AP) Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have that familiar look that the rest of the NFL has grown accustomed to over the years.

Rams lose pass rusher Matt Longacre for the season

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Rams pass rusher Matt Longacre is done for the season because of a back injury.

Lions’ Caldwell focused on Packers, not his future with team

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Beginning what could be his last week as head coach of the Detroit Lions, Jim Caldwell was his usual deflective self.

Fired food worker charged in Lambeau Field car rampage

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) A fired food service worker is charged with ramming other vehicles at Lambeau Field in Green Bay last week.

Fox says he’s not worrying about future coaching Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears coach John Fox insisted he is not worrying about his future.

Bills owner Pegula questions NFL replay review inconsistency

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills owner Terry Pegula wondered what television NFL officials were watching in questioning inconsistencies in video replay rulings after Buffalo receiver Kelvin Benjamin's touchdown was overturned in a loss at New England last weekend.

Arians denies report he’s leaving Cardinals as ’fake news’

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says a report that he and the franchise have agreed to part ways after this season is untrue, labeling it ''fake news.''

Ex-Steelers star linebacker Harrison signs with Patriots

James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room.

Texans looking to end skid in finale against Colts

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have lost five games in a row for the first time since 2013, and as they prepare for their regular-season finale at Indianapolis they're trying not to dwell on how disappointing this season has been or look too far ahead.

Tomlin noncommittal about lineup for finale vs. Browns

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Tomlin isn't sure how long of a break he wants to give his star players before the postseason begins.

Jerry Jones: Jason Garrett to return as Cowboys coach in ’18

DALLAS (AP) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett will return for an eighth full season after Dallas missed the playoffs in a year marred by the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Garoppolo leads 49ers to historic in-season turnaround

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo has already helped the San Francisco 49ers make a bit of history for the NFL's best in-season turnaround.

Ex-Steelers star linebacker Harrison signs with Patriots

James Harrison is no longer the odd man out or the oldest man in the locker room.

Titans coach not ruling DeMarco Murray out vs. Jaguars yet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee fans wanting to see Derrick Henry start at running back instead of DeMarco Murray will get their chance to see what that looks like in the Titans' most important game of the season.

Vikings place Easton on injured reserve, sign Overbaugh

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed long snapper Jeff Overbaugh and placed guard Nick Easton on injured reserve.

Jason Spriggs to IR as injuries shuffle Packers OL again

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers will have another new starting right tackle for their season finale at Detroit after Jason Spriggs was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Jaguars ’all in’ on winning regular-season finale at Titans

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in the regular-season finale even though Jacksonville is locked into its playoff seeding.

Bills place Cadet, Holmes on IR; promote 3 practice squaders

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have placed receiver Andre Holmes and running back Travaris Cadet on season-ending injured reserve in a series of roster moves made before their season finale at Miami.

Ex-Steelers star Harrison expected to sign with Patriots

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star James Harrison is hinting that he's signed with the New England Patriots, although they aren't confirming the deal.

Broncos declare Paxton Lynch the starter for finale

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos will start Paxton Lynch in their season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs - providing he can play on his sprained left ankle that's sidelined him for more than a month.

Jerry Jones: Jason Garrett to return as Cowboys coach in ’18

DALLAS (AP) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett will return for an eighth full season after Dallas missed the playoffs in a year marred by the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Jaguars "all in" on winning regular-season finale at Titans

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has no plans to rest starters in the regular-season finale even though Jacksonville is locked into its playoff seeding.

Fox says he’s not worrying about future coaching Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears coach John Fox insists he is not worrying about his future.

Arians denies report he’s leaving Cardinals as ’fake news’

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says a report that he and the franchise have agreed to part ways after this season is untrue, labeling it ''fake news.''

Rest vs. reps is bigger issue for Eagles than rest vs. rust

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Before they tackle rest vs. rust, the Philadelphia Eagles have to approach rest vs. reps.

Seahawks show resolve in keeping their playoff hopes alive

SEATTLE (AP) All the built-in excuses were there for the Seattle Seahawks if they fell short.

Kirk Cousins starting for Redskins in season finale

WASHINGTON (AP) Redskins coach Jay Gruden said that quarterback Kirk Cousins would start Sunday's season finale at the New York Giants despite the potential of an injury and no postseason ramifications involved.

Titans coach not ruling DeMarco Murray out vs. Jaguars yet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey says he's not ruling out DeMarco Murray of their regular-season finale against Jacksonville just yet despite an injured right knee that has the running back day to day.

Bills owner Pegula questions NFL replay review inconsistency

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills owner Terry Pegula questioned the lack of consistency in NFL replay rulings and said the issue needs to be addressed after Buffalo receiver Kelvin Benjamin's touchdown was overruled in a loss to New England last weekend.

Surging Ravens look for 1 more win to end playoff drought

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Playing their best football at just the right time, the Baltimore Ravens need only to beat Cincinnati at home on Sunday to reach the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Broncos declare Paxton Lynch the starter for finale

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos will start Paxton Lynch in their season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bills owner Pegula questions NFL replay review inconsistency

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills owner Terry Pegula is questioning the lack of consistency in the NFL's replay rulings after Buffalo receiver Kelvin Benjamin's touchdown was overruled in a loss to New England last weekend.

Tales from the cold: Ice Bowl still chills 50 years later

The penultimate day of 1967 was as beautiful as it gets in Green Bay in late December. Chilly, yes, but the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed the sunshine as they practiced at Lambeau Field for their New Year's Eve game against the Green Bay Packers.

Panthers’ Damiere Byrd out rest of season with leg injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers say starting wide receiver Damiere Byrd will miss the remainder of the season with a lower leg injury.

Tales from the cold: Ice Bowl still chills 50 years later

The penultimate day of 1967 was as beautiful as it gets in Green Bay in late December. Chilly, yes, but the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed the sunshine as they practiced at Lambeau Field for their New Year's Eve game against the Green Bay Packers.

Tales from the cold: Ice Bowl still chills 50 years later

The penultimate day of 1967 was as beautiful as it gets in Green Bay in late December. Chilly, yes, but the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed the sunshine as they practiced at Lambeau Field for their New Year's Eve game against the Green Bay Packers.

NFL Overreactions: Dak Prescott was a one-year wonder

Dak Prescott was a one-year wonder.

Eagles clinch top seed, but Foles has tough time vs Raiders

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles has three weeks to get in sync with his receivers.

Derek Carr struggles in Oakland’s latest loss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Derek Carr got paid a lot of money to make plays he couldn't against the Philadelphia Eagles on a national stage.

» Monday, December 25, 2017

Cancer survivor Quessenberry makes debut for Texans

HOUSTON (AP) Cancer survivor David Quessenberry knew all week that he'd make his NFL debut on Monday for the Houston Texans against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Houston’s Yates struggles again in 34-6 loss to Steelers

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's quarterback woes continued on Monday, and it led to yet another loss.

Eagles starting left guard Steven Wisniewski inactive again

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles left guard Steven Wisniewski was inactive against the Oakland Raiders on Monday, forcing the NFC East champions to start another backup on the left side of the offensive line.

Possible changes loom as Bears seek strong finish at Vikings

CHICAGO (AP) Most of the snow was cleared by the time Mitchell Trubisky plowed in on a draw for a 4-yard touchdown.

Another touchdown reversal has NFL facing more scrutiny

With yet another touchdown reversal by officiating chief Al Riveron, the only thing that's ''clear and obvious'' anymore is the owners' decision to grant full replay authority to NFL headquarters has only added to the league's cluster of headaches.

Jaguars WR Strong out for season with torn knee ligament

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost another receiver for the season.

Pittsburgh WR Brown headlines inactives against Texans

HOUSTON (AP) Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, who leads the NFL in yards receiving, was inactive against the Houston Texans on Monday after injuring his left calf last week.

Prescott sees humbling side of NFL, bright Cowboys future

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Now that Dak Prescott knows how the other half lives in the NFL, the Dallas quarterback can see where it was easy to think every season would be like his remarkable rookie year.

Eagles can secure No. 1 seed with Christmas win over Raiders

PHILADELPHIA (AP) All the Philadelphia Eagles need to ensure they stay home in January is one more win.

Patriots in driver’s seat, Bills facing must win in finale

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) With one game left in the regular season, the New England Patriots are exactly where they want to be.

Gritty Seahawks keep playoff hopes alive, eliminate Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Already missing two of their defensive stars for the season, the Seattle Seahawks were coming off their most-lopsided loss under coach Pete Carroll and facing Ezekiel Elliott in his return to the Dallas Cowboys after two of their worst showings against the run this year.

Gurley helps Rams clinch NFC West in 27-23 win over Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Putting the ball in the hands of Todd Gurley is the easiest decision for the Los Angeles Rams. The star running back is doing his best to push himself into consideration for NFL MVP with an amazing season.

Thomas’ mere presence mattered in Saints win over Falcons

NEW ORLEANS (AP) With a playoff berth at stake, the Saints found ways to capitalize on the mere presence of hobbled star receiver Michael Thomas.

One week left, questions to answer - and some certainty, too

One week left, lots of questions to answer.

ICYMI in NFL Week 16: Patriots benefit again on TD reversal

The Patriots got a big break when officials overturned a touchdown catch for the other team. No, this is not a repeat.

» Sunday, December 24, 2017

NFL won’t have Sunday night game on New Year’s Eve

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has announced there will be no Sunday night game on New Year's Eve to ensure matchups with playoff implications that impact each other are played at the same time on the final week of the season.

Gritty Seahawks keep playoff hopes alive, eliminate Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Already missing two of their defensive stars for the season, the Seattle Seahawks were coming off their most-lopsided loss under coach Pete Carroll and facing Ezekiel Elliott in his return to the Dallas Cowboys after two of their worst showings against the run this year.

Thomas’ mere presence mattered in Saints win over Falcons

NEW ORLEANS (AP) With a playoff berth at stake, the Saints found ways to capitalize on the mere presence of hobbled star receiver Michael Thomas.

Fitzgerald hears his name chanted in big home finale

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The chants are so familiar at University of Phoenix Stadium now.

49ers win 4th straight behind Garoppolo, beating Jags 44-33

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Carlos Hyde talked about the San Francisco 49ers as a Super Bowl team - at least for next season. The mood in the Jacksonville Jaguars was much more low-key even though they clinched their first division title.

Cowboys’ playoff hopes fade to black despite Elliott return

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ezekiel Elliott carried 15 times in the first half of the star Dallas running back's return from a six-game suspension.

Jaguars lose their cool in 44-33 loss to 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars lost their cool and possible a chance at a first-round bye. The only saving grace was Jacksonville clinched its first division title since 1999.

Giants sputter offensively in 23-0 loss to Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Eli Manning's first trip to University of Phoenix Stadium was one of the highlights of his career.

Chargers beat Jets 14-7 to keep postseason hopes alive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) When the Los Angeles Chargers opened the season 0-4, few gave them much of a chance to make the playoffs.

Loss leaves Browns with 1 more chance to avoid winless year

CHICAGO (AP) The Browns are barreling toward a winless season, and defensive end Myles Garrett had a message for anyone afraid Cleveland will draft them - don't be.

Titans RB Murray hurts right knee in loss to Rams

NEW YORK (AP) Tennessee could be without starting running back DeMarco Murray next week when it tried to clinch a playoff spot.

Gurley helps Rams clinch NFC West in 27-23 win over Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Putting the ball in the hands of Todd Gurley is the easiest decision for the Los Angeles Rams. The star running back is doing his best to push himself into consideration for NFL MVP with an amazing season.

The Latest NFL playoff race: Cowboys out, Seahawks survive

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Seahawks beat Cowboys 21-12 in playoff elimination game

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Justin Coleman put Seattle in front for good with a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown and the Seahawks won a playoff elimination game against Dallas, beating the Cowboys 21-12 on Sunday in Ezekiel Elliott's return from a six-game suspension.

Patriots in driver’s seat, Bills facing must win in finale

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) With one game left in the regular season, the New England Patriots are exactly where they want to be.

Bucs QB Winston joins Dan Marino in elite company

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Few have ever compared Jameis Winston to Dan Marino - until now.

Lions stumble out of contention, lose to Bengals 26-17

CINCINNATI (AP) With everything on the line, Matthew Stafford and the Lions fell apart.

Defense propels Saints past Falcons, into playoffs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) �� Whether it was the weirdest interception of Marshon Lattimore's football life or a ball-dislodging hit by Tyeler Davison near the goal line, the Saints' defense poetically tipped the scales in a long-awaited playoff-clinching victory.

Skid pins Titans’ hopes of ending playoff drought on finale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The playoff math for the Tennessee Titans couldn't be simpler now.

Chargers beat Jets 14-7 to keep postseason hopes alive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) When the Los Angeles Chargers opened the season 0-4, few gave them much of a chance to make the playoffs.

Falcons’ goal-line failures, mistakes define loss to Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) If the Atlanta Falcons end up just missing the NFL postseason, they'll have to spend a long offseason regretting a cornucopia of mistakes in a 23-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Bears QB Trubisky gets win against hometown team

CHICAGO (AP) The snow was steady for most of the day, making for treacherous footing at Soldier Field.

Playoff-bound Panthers riding high behind opportunistic ’D’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers defense appears to be peaking at the right time.

Irked by overturned TD, Bills still cling to playoff hopes

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have endured their share of near misses against the New England Patriots.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis still coy about future after win

CINCINNATI (AP) Marvin Lewis knew what everybody was wondering: Is this his farewell to Cincinnati?

Osweiler or Lynch? Broncos QB carousel keeps spinning

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) The Denver Broncos' quarterback carousel continues to spin, and no one's quite sure when or where it'll stop.

The Latest: Cowboys feed Elliott in return from suspension

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Chiefs’ season rolls on as Dolphins’ playoff hopes disappear

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kareem Hunt stood in front of his locker room and mused about an up-and-down season, one that was highlighted by five straight wins and low-lighted by six losses in a seven-game stretch.

Dolphins’ playoff hopes crushed in 29-13 loss to Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Dolphins needed to beat the Kansas City Chiefs at frosty Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, then have six other scenarios break their way, to have any hope of reaching the postseason.

The Latest: Lions out, Saints and Panthers in, KC clinches

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Cowboys’ Orlando Scandrick out 3rd straight game

Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick with miss his third straight game with a back injury in what amounts to a playoff elimination game between the Cowboys and Seattle.

Packers left to try to avoid a losing record

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Davon House's shoulder hurts and his back aches.

The Latest: Referees angering fans in Tennessee

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The Latest: Turnovers dominating Falcons-Saints matchup

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Eagles can secure No. 1 seed with Christmas win over Raiders

PHILADELPHIA (AP) All the Philadelphia Eagles need to ensure they stay home in January is one more win.

The Latest: Rams having trouble kicking without Zuerlein

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Cancer survivor Quessenberry to make NFL debut for Texans

HOUSTON (AP) During the really tough times as he fought to overcome cancer, David Quessenberry would daydream about reaching his lifelong goal of playing in an NFL game.

The Latest: 4 NFL players protest during anthem

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The strong safety: Harrison Smith steadies Vikings defense

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Harrison Smith can be a man of few words and big plays.

The Latest: Mystery solved, Osweiler starts at QB for Denver

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Chargers, Lions, Dolphins need wins to extend playoff hopes

The Christmas Eve NFL schedule is full of games with playoff implications , and as many as six teams could be out with a loss.

Jets’ Muhammad Wilkerson inactive against Chargers

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive against the Los Angeles Chargers after being benched at New Orleans last Sunday for being late to a team meeting.

Vikings shut out Packers 16-0, keep eye on 1st-round bye

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) While winning at Lambeau Field means a lot to the Minnesota Vikings, the NFC North champions have bigger goals in mind.

Battered by more injuries, Packers get shut out again

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Battered by more injuries, the Green Bay Packers left Lambeau Field for the final time this season with a whimper.

Vikings shut out Packers 16-0, keep eye on 1st-round bye

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Case Keenum stopped one last time before heading up the tunnel at Lambeau Field, clapping his hands above his head while Minnesota Vikings fans chanted ''Skol! Skol!''

» Saturday, December 23, 2017

Ravens need 1 win to reach playoffs after beating Colts

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens need one more win to get into the playoffs.

Colts lose another close one in frustrating 3-12 season

BALTIMORE (AP) The game played out as many had before, complete with an ending that was both predictable and painstakingly familiar.

Ravens beat Colts 23-16 to edge closer to playoff berth

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens didn't force a turnover, scored only two touchdowns and were dangerously close to going into overtime at home against lowly Indianapolis.

OLB Matthews among 5 Packers starters inactive for Vikings

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry are among five starters inactive for the Green Bay Packers' game Saturday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Broncos rule out receivers Sanders and Latimer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Injured wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer didn't make the Denver Broncos' trip to Washington and will miss Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Raiders say there’s ’good chance’ WR Amari Cooper will play

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Coach Jack Del Rio says there's a ''good chance'' the Oakland Raiders will have receiver Amari Cooper back after he missed last week's game with a sprained ankle.

Steelers cut sack leader, 5-time Pro Bowler James Harrison

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Harrison's long tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over.

Veteran CB Haden on track to return for Steelers vs. Texans

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden isn't taking anything for granted.

Steelers cut 5-time Pro Bowler James Harrison

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Harrison's long tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over.

Saints receiver Thomas a late addition to injury report

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have added leading receiver Michael Thomas to their injury report in advance of Sunday's game against Atlanta.

WR Maclin inactive for Ravens vs Colts

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have placed receiver Jeremy Maclin on the inactive list for their game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Steelers cut 5-time Pro Bowler James Harrison

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Harrison's long tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers is over.

Saints’ Mauti lost large intestine, then saved NFL career

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints linebacker Michael Mauti became so fearful of food in recent years that even the thought of a holiday dinner gave him high anxiety.

With Hurns uncertain, Jags promote Strong to active roster

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted receiver Jaelen Strong to the active roster, an indication Allen Hurns will miss his sixth consecutive game.

Saints’ Mauti lost large intestine, then saved NFL career

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints linebacker Michael Mauti became so fearful of food in recent years that even the thought of a holiday dinner gave him high anxiety.

Faith brought Jets’ Davis from ’broken’ to better than ever

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Demario Davis pulled into his driveway after another long day of practice and sat quietly in his car.

» Friday, December 22, 2017

Fired food worker arrested after ramming vehicle at Lambeau

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Police say a fired food service worker rammed a former co-worker's car at Lambeau Field, bringing numerous law enforcement agencies to the Green Bay Packers' stadium.

Raiders’ Amari Cooper still trying to get back on the field

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hopes to get receiver Amari Cooper back in the lineup this week, if for no other reason than it should force teams to change their coverage schemes.

"Bones" Fassel maintains strong special teams for Rams

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) John Fassel should have been celebrating when the Los Angeles Rams had their kicker, punter and return specialist voted in as Pro Bowl starters Tuesday. Instead, the special teams coordinator everyone calls ''Bones'' was setting up tryouts with 12 kickers to replace Greg Zuerlein, who is out for the season with a back injury.

Faith brought Jets’ Davis from ’broken’ to better than ever

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Demario Davis pulled into his driveway after another long day of practice and sat quietly in his car.

Wagner set to go for Seahawks despite sore hamstring

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Linebacker Bobby Wagner practiced on Friday and will play when the Seattle Seahawks face the Dallas Cowboys despite a lingering hamstring problem.

Chiefs’ Peters blames self for flag-tossing suspension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters says he chose to throw an officials' flag in frustration during a loss to the New York Jets, so he had nobody to blame but himself for the resulting one-game suspension.

Jags rule out WR Lee, list Hurns as questionable for 49ers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without leading receiver Marqise Lee and could be missing wideout Allen Hurns again at San Francisco on Sunday.

Raiders’ Lynch fined $24,309 by NFL for shouting at official

NEW YORK (AP) Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was fined $24,309 by the NFL on Friday for yelling at a game official last Sunday against Dallas.

Cardinals trying to win with injury-riddled roster

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) If the Arizona Cardinals are to win their final two games to finish at 8-8, they'll need to rely on their depth.

It’s a catch. Wait, there’s a catch to the catch.

It's a catch. Wait, there's a catch to the catch.

Fired food worker arrested after ramming vehicle at Lambeau

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Police say a fired food service worker rammed a former co-worker's car at Lambeau Field, bringing numerous law enforcement agencies to the Green Bay Packers' stadium.

Raiders’ Lynch fined $24,309 by NFL for shouting at official

NEW YORK (AP) Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has been fined $24,309 by the NFL for yelling at a game official last Sunday against Dallas.

Police: 1 in custody after disturbance at Lambeau Field

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay's police chief says one person is in custody after a disturbance that drew numerous law enforcement and emergency agencies to Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

NY Giants interview interim GM Abrams for permanent position

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have interviewed interim general manager Kevin Abrams for the team's permanent position.

Titans cornerback Ryan questionable vs Rams, Sims on IR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee cornerback Logan Ryan missed his third straight day of practice Friday and is questionable when the Titans host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Jets’ Winters out; Williams out of concussion protocol

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets right guard Brian Winters will not play against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday because of an abdominal injury.

It’s a catch. Wait, there’s a catch to the catch.

It's a catch. Wait, there's a catch to the catch.

Who’s the greatest NFL team? New film offers up an option

Argue all you want about which is the best team in NFL annals. A new documentary is offering up one option: the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Brady No. 1 QB by AP NFL panel; gets 9 of 11 No. 1 votes

There is little doubt the QB any NFL coach or player would want leading the way to win a big game right now is Tom Brady.

Who’s the greatest teams? Hall of Fame has a candidate

Argue all you want about which is the best team in NFL annals. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has opted for the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Moon denies allegations in harassment lawsuit

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon denied allegations of sexual harassment and sexual battery by an assistant for his sports marketing firm and said that he had "witnesses that would testify" to their inaccuracy.

Kick Tac Toe coming to this season’s Pro Bowl skills event

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) NFL kickers are getting a chance to show off their skills during Pro Bowl week.

» Thursday, December 21, 2017

QB Yates hopes to be better this week

HOUSTON -- For Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, the starting job that eluded him for years is firmly within his grasp.

Raiders’ Pro-Bowl linemen in flux

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders may have had three offensive linemen selected to the Pro Bowl, but the makeup of that position group going into their Week 16 game against the Philadelphia Eagles has been compromised.

Kamara could change the equation in Falcons-Saints rematch

NEW ORLEANS (AP) For Saints rookie sensation Alvin Kamara, a rematch with rival Atlanta is all about unfinished business.

In turbulent season, Manning returns to site of triumph

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) In his turbulent 14th NFL season, Eli Manning returns to the scene of one of his greatest triumphs.

Browns look to hit brakes on winless march against Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Time is running out on the Cleveland Browns with two games left in the regular season.

13 of 16 games in Week 16 have playoff implications

Holiday cheer could be in order in New Orleans, Carolina, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Kansas City this weekend.

Steelers seek group effort to replace star receiver Brown

PITTSBURGH (AP) Replacing Antonio Brown won't be a one-man job for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

49ers will be tested on both sides of ball against Jaguars

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have more than just the league's top-ranked scoring defense to deal with when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit on Sunday.

Raiders QB Derek Carr takes step back in year 4

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The touchdown passes and yards are down. The interceptions and sacks are up.

NFL notebook: Rams lose K Zuerlein to back injury

Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowl kicker Greg Zuerlein underwent season-ending back surgery on Thursday and was placed on injured reserve by the team.

Joseph blunt about navigating quarterback uncertainty

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos began 2017 ensnared in a dreaded quarterback competition and they're ending the year entangled in another.

Titans facing must-win with Rams close to clinching NFC West

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee linebacker Brian Orakpo has made it very clear to the rest of the Titans that their postseason already is underway.

K.J. Wright says players with concussion should sit 1 game

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Coming off the second concussion of his career, Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright said Thursday he believes any player that suffers a concussion should be required to sit out at least one game.

Hall of Famer Moon denies allegations in harassment lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon denied Thursday that he sexually harassed a former assistant.

Papa John’s founder exiting as CEO weeks after NFL comments

NEW YORK (AP) Papa John's founder John Schnatter will step down as CEO next month, about two months after he criticized the NFL leadership over national anthem protests by players - comments for which the company later apologized.

Playoffs, Gronk hit backdrop matchup between Bills, Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) For the better part of two decades, the second meeting of the regular season between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots has had only mild drama attached to it.

Jets’ Petty enters second start of year looking for progress

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The numbers were far from pretty, and some of the tape wasn't much better.

Nick Foles facing Raiders for first time since historic game

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Since the last time the Philadelphia Eagles saw the Oakland Raiders, Nick Foles was traded, released, contemplated retirement and returned as a backup quarterback.

Steelers prepare for Monday game at Texans without Brown

HOUSTON (AP) Already in the playoffs after winning the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers still have plenty to play for in their last two games, starting with Monday's matchup with the Houston Texans.

Saints place safety Kenny Vaccaro on injured reserve

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints placed starting safety Kenny Vaccaro on injured reserve, the latest blow to a defense that lost starting end Alex Okafor for the season a month ago and also placed starting middle linebacker A.J. Klein on injured reserve earlier this week.

Zeke’s return major test for Seahawks struggling run defense

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle's Michael Bennett was clearly paying attention when news started circulating of the workouts Ezekiel Elliott was doing to stay in shape during his suspension.

Handling distractions: Panthers can reach playoffs with win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers find themselves on the brink of clinching a playoff spot despite a season filled with off-field distractions.

Garoppolo faces toughest test yet in Jaguars’ defense

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo has started his tenure with San Francisco better than any quarterback has done with a new team.

Falcons know turnover margin is key in final 2 games

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Falcons know they need to start winning the turnover margin if they want to return to the playoffs.

Vikings LT Reiff’s ankle improves; questionable vs Packers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff's sprained ankle has improved, and the team has listed him as questionable to play at Green Bay.

Bears’ TE Miller progressing in recovery from leg injury

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller continues to take steps in his recovery from an injury that nearly cost him his left leg.

In Cousins, Redskins have QB continuity that Broncos envy

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) For all the injury problems and inconsistency the Washington Redskins have endured this season, they're glad they've avoided quarterback roulette.

NFL says it is not pressuring Panthers owner to sell team

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The NFL made it clear Thursday it isn't forcing Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to sell the team while he is under investigation for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.

Seahawks fined $100K for Wilson concussion violation

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have been fined $100,000 for not properly following concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson during a game in November.

NFL tells game officials not to use index cards to measure

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has told its officials not to use index cards or any other paper to aid in measurements.

NFL tells refs don’t use paper as measuring tool

The NFL has instructed its officials to no longer use paper as a means to measure first downs.

Vikings look to get past Packers in final push to playoffs

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) If the Minnesota Vikings have their way, they won't have to take another road trip after this weekend, even in the playoffs.

NFL Injury Report for Saturday games

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS

Titans cornerback LeShaun Sims out possibly rest of season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee cornerback LeShaun Sims will miss the Titans' game with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday with a hamstring injury that likely will sideline him the remainder of the season.

Seahawks, Cowboys face simple playoff scenario: win or else

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott knows about the stack of scenarios required to get the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs.

Steelers LB Shazier making progress, according to father

The father of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier said his son is making progress as he copes with a severe spinal injury, but there's a long road ahead in his bid for recovery.

Giants interview ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for GM job

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have interviewed ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for their general manager's job.

Seahawks fined $100K for concussion protocal violation

The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 by the NFL for failure to follow concussion protocol during a game last month against the Arizona Cardinals, the league and the NFLPA announced Thursday.

Seahawks fined $100,000 for violating concussion protocol

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have been fined $100,000 for not properly following concussion protocol with quarterback Russell Wilson during a game in November.

Chargers’ tenuous playoff hopes hinge on beating Jets first

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) All the momentum the Los Angeles Chargers gained in their playoff push came to a screeching halt last Saturday.

Young QBs getting hurt too often in NFL

Carson Wentz , knee.

Seahawks fined $100K for concussion protocal violation

The Seattle Seahawks were fined $100,000 by the NFL for failure to follow concussion protocol during a game last month against the Arizona Cardinals, the league and the NFLPA announced Thursday.

Chiefs offensive line big reason for late-season turnaround

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alex Smith likes to do something special for his offensive line during the holidays, a small token of appreciation for the hard and often thankless work they do keeping him upright.

Bills WR Benajmin (knee) back at practice

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin returned to the practice field on Thursday.

Falcons RB Coleman clears concussion protocol

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has cleared the concussion protocol and is on target to return for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Rams Pro Bowl K Zuerlein to undergo back surgery

Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowl kicker Greg Zuerlein is undergoing season-ending back surgery on Thursday and was placed on injured reserve by the team.

Detroit’s Marvin Jones downplaying return to Cincinnati

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) With their playoff hopes teetering, the Detroit Lions have plenty at stake when they play at Cincinnati this weekend.

Ravens could be formidable postseason foe thanks to defense

There are some folks in the AFC who shudder at the thought of facing the Ravens' defense in the playoffs.

Ravens seek to remain playoff-bound in matchup with Colts

BALTIMORE (AP) The formula for the Baltimore Ravens to gain entry into the postseason is simple: win their final two games.

Bills WR Benajmin (knee) back at practice

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin returned to the practice field on Thursday.

Lions try to stay in contention vs down-and-out Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) Reaching the postseason was an annual thing when receiver Marvin Jones Jr. played four seasons with the Bengals.

Miller: Eagles no fools with Foles

When Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL two games ago, fans in Philadelphia and south Jersey went into mourning. The Eagles are one of only five teams that have been in business in the same city since the Super Bowl era began without winning one, and before Wentz got hurt, they were counting on getting off that list.

Chiefs have clear playoff road, Dolphins need plenty of help

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs head into their regular-season home finale against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday with a playoff situation that is straightforward and favorable.

Steelers-Texans Capsule

PITTSBURGH (11-3) at HOUSTON (4-10)

Falcons-Saints Capsule

ATLANTA (9-5) at NEW ORLANS SAINTS (10-4)

Packers WR Adams (concussion) ruled out vs. Vikings

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams has been ruled out of Saturday night's game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings, coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday.

Rams-Titans Capsule

LOS ANGELES RAMS (10-4) at TENNESSEE (8-6)

Jaguars-49ers Capsule

JACKSONVILLE (10-4) at SAN FRANCISCO (4-10)

Seahawks-Cowboys Capsule

SEATTLE (8-6) at DALLAS (8-6)

Colts-Ravens Capsule

INDIANAPOLIS (3-11) at BALTIMORE (8-6)

Trash? Jaguars QB Bortles ’making guys eat those words’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles kicked Jadeveon Clowney's ''trash'' talk to the curb.

Chargers-Jets Capsule

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-7) at NEW YORK JETS (5-9)

Packers WR Adams (concussion) ruled out vs. Vikings

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams has been ruled out of Saturday night's game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings, coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday.

Browns-Bears Capsule

CLEVELAND (0-14) at CHICAGO (4-10)

Lions-Bengals Capsule

DETROIT (8-6) at CINCINNATI (5-9)

Raiders-Eagles Capsule

OAKLAND (6-8) at PHILADELPHIA (12-2)

Broncos-Redskins Capsule

DENVER 5-9 at WASHINGTON (6-8)

Dolphins-Chiefs Capsule

DOLPHINS (6-8) at CHIEFS (8-6)

Giants-Cardinals Capsule

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-12) at ARIZONA (6-8)

Vikings-Packers Capsule

MINNESOTA (11-3) at GREEN BAY (7-7)

FANTASY PLAYS: Playing key matchups to win a fantasy title

Welcome to Week 16 - time to win a fantasy championship.

Bortles brushes aside Clowney’s ’trash’ comment

Quarterback Blake Bortles dismissed defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's "trash" comment in much the same manner that his Jacksonville Jaguars did away with the Houston Texans this season.

Bills-Patriots Capsule

BILLS (8-6) at PATRIOTS (11-3)

Barr thriving for Vikes while bracing for Packer-fan hate

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Anthony Barr has scrolled through the social media hate messages directed at him from disgruntled fans of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Nick Foles has no illusions about taking Carson Wentz’s job

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nick Foles has too much respect for Carson Wentz to call himself the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lions getting excellent play from rookies

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- With two games left in the regular season, the Detroit Lions are at a critical junction for their franchise.

49ers K Gould fails to get just desserts

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Robbie Gould is the hottest kicker in the NFL.

Denver starting QB a mystery even to Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Their protracted quarterback competition last summer cost them cohesion as Trevor Siemian never really found a good rhythm with his receivers.

Wilkerson’s Jets days likely numbered

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The video is on YouTube. You can watch it if you want to relive the good old days.

» Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Titans’ Kern rewarded for punting prowess

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans placed three players onto the AFC Pro Bowl roster, and none was more deserving than first-time selection Brett Kern, a punter who is in his 10th NFL season.

Injured O-line has Cousins beat up

ASHBURN, Va.-- Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has taken an increased beating in 2017.

Bears have to pass better to run

-- LAKE FOREST, Ill.The sporadic effectiveness of the Chicago Bears running game is a paradox they've been unable to properly address.

Broncos play ’name that quarterback’

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The eight-game losing streak stopped a week and a half ago. The questions about the Denver Broncos' quarterback position have not.

Wagner and Thomas patch up internal battle

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said Wednesday he regretted his reaction toward safety Earl Thomas following Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Returning Cowboys RB Elliot ripped and ready

FRISCO, Texas -- Running back Ezekiel Elliott is back for the Dallas Cowboys (8-6) in their final push for the playoffs, starting Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks (8-6).

NFL Network executive David Eaton resigns

NEW YORK (AP) NFL Network executive David Eaton has resigned amid complaints about a hostile work environment for female employees - and a history of sexually explicit conversations on Twitter.

Chargers have no margin for error

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Welcome to the playoffs, and that's part of quarterback Philip Rivers' message to the team.

Chiefs seek first back-to-back division titles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and his squad stand on the brink of an accomplishment unrealized during the franchise's previous 57 seasons -- winning back-to-back divisional championships.

Rams put Pro Bowl K Zuerlein on IR

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- One day after being selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team, the Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was placed on injured reserve because of a disk injury in his back. He will undergo surgery on Thursday.

Freeman not looking to extend drama with Saints coach

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Devonta Freeman says he feels too good to harbor resentment against New Orleans coach Sean Payton.

Winston wants to target WR Evans more

TAMPA, Fla. -- Last Christmas Eve, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were at New Orleans needing a win to help secure a playoff spot. A year later, they travel to Carolina on the same day trying to secure their fifth win of the season and snap a four-game losing streak.

Patriots hope to be better in quick turnaround vs. Bills

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots (11-3) are coming off by far their biggest win of the season.

Rams place Pro Bowl K Greg Zuerlein on IR, sign Ficken

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams spent Tuesday celebrating their excellence on special teams after having their kicker, punter and return specialist voted in as Pro Bowl starters.

Rams can clinch division this week

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- On the verge of completing one of the most remarkable turnarounds in NFL history, the Los Angeles Rams are keeping things in perspective.

Stanton back under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Quarterback Drew Stanton was healthy enough to return to the starting lineup for the last few weeks.

Bears’ Trubisky tries to keep hometown Browns winless

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Consider Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky more of a casual fan of the Browns than a die-hard loyalist growing up near Cleveland.

Saints face important division games

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints can clinch a playoff berth by beating the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Steelers veterans Haden, Gilbert return to full practice

PITTSBURGH (AP) For vastly different reasons, two of the Steelers veteran starters were prevented from practicing fully or playing in games during December.

Vikings expect to maintain sense of urgency

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is using recent history to help illustrate to his players the importance of not taking their proverbial foot off the accelerator now that they have clinched the NFC North.

Defending NFC champion Falcons try to stay focused

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons want to atone for their Super Bowl collapse.

Steelers face life without WR Brown

PITTSBURGH -- Wide receiver Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is a three-time All-Pro and the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. His greatness is evident any time he steps onto the field.

NFL notebook: Pats strip Brady’s trainer of team privileges

The New England Patriots have stripped Tom Brady's trainer of several team privileges, adding to the speculation of a rift between the trainer and coach Bill Belichick, according to a report in The Boston Globe.

Saints defensive depth tested further after loss of Klein

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Two key moves the Saints made in free agency to bolster their defense worked for a while - until injuries took their toll.

Cowboys star Elliott mum on hiatus in return from suspension

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Ezekiel Elliott's Dallas teammates alluded to the happy-go-lucky locker room personality they missed - along with the football skills - during the star running back's six-game suspension.

Dolphins remain alive for postseason ... barely

DAVIE, Fla. -- Head coach Adam Gase has a simple answer for those who wonder about the Miami Dolphins' motivation for Sunday's game at Kansas City.

Packers not accustomed to playoff elimination

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- These are unique times in Green Bay.

Back to the backup: QB Hundley gets another shot for Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) It has been a little quieter than normal in the Green Bay Packers' locker room this week.

Giants interview Gettleman for GM post

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants interviewed former team employee and former Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman for their vacant general manager position.

Collins not ready to call it quits on Giants’ dreadful year

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) For the past couple of weeks, Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins of the New York Giants has struggled preparing for games.

Surprised Stanton set to take back QB job in Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Drew Stanton acknowledged he's surprised that he's back as the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals for the next-to-last game of the season.

Eagles learned from tough win over Giants

PHILADELPHIA -- Not a lot of Philadelphia Eagles fans saw the appeal in Sunday's ugly 34-29 win over the 2-12 New York Giants. But head coach Doug Pederson thinks the hard-fought game, which saw the Eagles come back from an early 20-7 deficit, could benefit his team in next month's playoffs.

Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner regrets Twitter reaction after loss

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner expressed regret Wednesday for taking to social media to vent his frustrations about comments made by teammate Earl Thomas after Seattle's blowout loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

White focused on Bills beating Patriots, not Gronkowski hit

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White says he's willing to forgive and forget Rob Gronkowski for blindsiding him in the back of the head during Buffalo's loss to New England earlier this month.

Giants hope to build on effort against Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants didn't win last weekend's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but they sort of came away with a moral victory in knowing they were able to stand toe-to-toe with one of the NFC's best teams.

Titans cornerback misses practice, backup hurts hamstring

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee cornerback Logan Ryan missed practice as he heals from an ankle injury that knocked him out of the Titans' previous game, and backup cornerback LeShaun Sims hurt a hamstring, needing an MRI.

Wilkerson practices for Jets, playing status uncertain

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Muhammad Wilkerson was back on the field with the New York Jets.

Colts’ Pagano has great respect for Ravens

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chuck Pagano knows the Baltimore Ravens very well.

At 5-9, Bengals strive to be motivated

CINCINNATI -- Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals said he is not concerned about his team being complacent over the last two weeks of the season, despite the fact they were eliminated from the playoffs two weeks ago and are hurtling toward a second straight losing season.

Panthers without LB Davis this week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There is little wiggle room for the Carolina Panthers, even with their recent success and a 10-4 record.

Bills once again go against Patriots

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A few years back when he was taking over as head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan famously said that he's not in the AFC East to "kiss" Bill Belichick's rings.

Ravens QB Flacco puts together good stretch of games

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have not played well against the Indianapolis Colts in their history.

Giants inteview former Panthers exec Gettleman

Former Carolina Panthers executive David Gettleman interviewed for the vacant New York Giants general manager position, the team announced Wednesday.

Senior Bowl awaits QB decisions

All but 16 spots for the Senior Bowl have been filled, with a couple of intriguing quarterbacks still to make their decisions.

Patriots’ Gronkowski named AFC Offensive Player of Week

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career, the NFL announced on Wednesday.

Texans add cancer survivor Quessenberry to roster

The Houston Texans added offensive tackle and cancer survivor David Quessenberry to their 53-man roster, the team announced.

Report: Patriots ban Brady’s trainer from plane, sideline

The New England Patriots have stripped Tom Brady's trainer of several team privileges, adding to the speculation of a rift between the trainer and coach Bill Belichick, according to a report in The Boston Globe.

» Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Panthers’ Davis gets suspension cut to one game

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis had his two-game suspension reduced to one game after an appeal, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Steelers top league with eight Pro Bowl picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a showdown to the New England Patriots for AFC supremacy on Sunday night, but they were atop the pack when it came to filling out the Pro Bowl roster.

QB Winston at his best despite loss

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jameis Winston reminded everyone Monday night why he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft and provided hope that he is not headed in the wrong direction.

NFL notebook: Season ends for Packers QB Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers' triumphant return from a broken right collarbone lasted all of one week.

Saints place LB Klein on injured reserve, sign TE Phillips

The New Orleans Saints placed linebacker A.J. Klein on injured reserve Tuesday due to a groin injury.

Chargers place TE Henry on IR

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday due to a lacerated kidney.

Lions WR Jones done for season

Detroit Lions wide receiver T.J. Jones has been placed on injured reserve with an ailing shoulder, the team announced.

Quinn not pleased with Falcons execution

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons have won five of six games and are right in the think of the NFC playoff race.

Packers place QB Rodgers on injured reserve

Aaron Rodgers' triumphant return from a broken right collarbone lasted all of one week.

Bucs LB Glanton undergoes surgery on broken leg

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Adarius Glanton underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the broken leg he sustained in Monday's game, ESPN reported.

Steelers WR Brown out vs. Texans; Conner to IR

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has a "significant lower leg contusion" and been ruled out of the team's road game against the Houston Texans on Christmas Day, coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday.

Reports: Steelers RB Conner to have knee surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back James Conner will undergo knee surgery and likely will miss at least the remainder of the regular season, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

Patriots TE Gronkowski returns in big way

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Individual performances rarely overshadow team accomplishments in New England.

Winston’s play offers silver lining for Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. -- Statistical performances are small consolation for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are playing out the string in a lost season.

Playing time reduced for Lions RB Abdullah

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah admitted that he was frustrated at his lack of playing time in Sunday's win over the Bears.

Lions win with an another O-line combination

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- At the risk of it sounding like an excuse, a viable explanation exists for some of the Detroit Lions' struggles on the offensive line this year: injuries.

Beatdown by Rams has Seahawks reeling

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks suffered one of their worst defeats in franchise history on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

» Monday, December 18, 2017

Two losses leave Titans in trouble

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two weeks ago, the Tennessee Titans embarked on a Western trip to Arizona and San Francisco with an 8-4 mark and first place in the AFC South in their control.

49ers want more touchdowns in red zone

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers scored on seven of their eight offensive possessions Sunday (not counting a kneel-down at the end of the first half) and punted just once in Sunday's 25-23 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Breaks falling 49ers’ way now

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Remarkably, about four hours before a fumble through the end zone destroyed the Oakland Raiders' playoff hopes, a similar play about 50 miles away threatened to doom the 49ers' winning streak.

Packers uncertain whether Rodgers will be shut down

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For all practical purposes, the Green Bay Packers' season is over. And it now seems like a mere formality that Aaron Rodgers will be shut down as well.

Players support Jets head coach Bowles

FLORHAM PARK, N.Y. -- On Mark Ingram's 50-yard touchdown run to seal the New York Jets' 31-19 loss to the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye sprinted after Ingram until he scored.

Raiders coach Del Rio annoyed by calls

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The day after the Oakland Raiders' 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio had not changed his mind about two calls that helped change the course of a game that all but eliminated the Raiders from the playoff picture.

Texans’ struggling O-line takes another hit

HOUSTON -- One of the most vexing problems facing the Houstin Texans has been their inconsistent and injury-riddled offensive line.

Texans’ O’Brien says he’s not quitting

HOUSTON -- Facing rampant unconfirmed speculation about his job security as the Houston Texans careen toward a losing season for the first time under his tenure, head coach Bill O'Brien made it abundantly clear that he has no plans to walk away.

Players support Jets head coach Bowles

FLORHAM PARK, N.Y. -- On Mark Ingram's 50-yard touchdown run to seal the New York Jets' 31-19 loss to the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye sprinted after Ingram until he scored.

Redskins’ Lanier showing growth as pass rusher

HERNDON, Va. -- There is not much left for the Washington Redskins to play for after being eliminated from NFC wild-card contention two weeks ago.

Bengals’ Lewis claims no decision on his future

CINCINNATI -- During his regularly-scheduled Monday press briefing, Marvin Lewis remained steadfast in his denial of a report that he will step down as Cincinnati Bengals head coach at the end of this season.

Arians changes tune; Cardinals go back to QB Stanton

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A day after saying he planned to stick with Blaine Gabbert as his starting quarterback, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had a change of heart on Monday.

Questions still surround Browns coach Jackson’s future

BEREA, Ohio -- With only two games remaining and the Cleveland Browns still winless, the future of coach Hue Jackson is in doubt despite team owner Jimmy Haslam declaring Jackson will be back as head coach in 2018.

Questions still surround Browns coach Jackson’s future

BEREA, Ohio -- With only two games remaining and the Cleveland Browns still winless, the future of coach Hue Jackson is in doubt despite team owner Jimmy Haslam declaring Jackson will be back as head coach in 2018.

Bad loss in Buffalo likely dooms Dolphins

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins had their slim playoff hopes take a huge blow with a 24-16 loss at Buffalo.

Desperate Chargers face elimination Sunday

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Even after a day off, the Los Angeles Chargers felt the sting of their latest effort.

Injury-plagued Bears WR Wheaton makes small contribution

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Two catches might seem like a small contribution, but for wide receiver Markus Wheaton, the two passes against Detroit were one more than he'd made all season.

Giants QB Manning showing he has something left

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has no doubt heard the growing criticism about his performance and how it's time for the Giants to move on from him.

Fox sees progress in Bears QB Trubisky

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Progress is in the eyes of the beholder.

Giants’ offense wakes up against Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' sleeping offense finally woke up.

Becker to serve as Panthers’ COO after Richardson scandal

The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that long-time executive Tina Becker will serve as Chief Operating Officer of the team in the wake of the scandal involving owner Jerry Richardson.

NFL notebook: Panthers tab Becker to run organization

The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that long-time executive Tina Becker will serve as Chief Operating Officer of the team in the wake of the scandal involving owner Jerry Richardson.

Martin, three other starters down for Bucs vs. Falcons

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) will be without three defensive starters for Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons (8-5) at Raymond James Stadium.

In playoff push, Ravens focus on next opponent

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are determined to take care of business as they edge closer to their first postseason berth since 2014.

Jaguars’ Bortles looks like Mr. December

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles had perhaps the best game of his career Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Rams dominate Seahawks ... in Seattle

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams are back on track in the NFC West after beating the Seattle Seahawks to take a two-game division lead with two games remaining.

Jaguars’ owner elated about playoff berth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- No members of the current coaching staff and only three current players (tight end Marcedes Lewis, quarterback Chad Henne and linebacker Paul Posluszny) were on the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster in 2012, the first season under the ownership of Shad Khan.

Saints strive to be better on third down

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints are on the verge of clinching a playoff berth despite an uncharacteristically low rate of success in converting third downs.

S Harmon saved Patriots’ victory over Steelers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Safety Duron Harmon of the New England Patriots recorded his team-high fourth interception to seal and steal a victory Sunday evening in Pittsburgh.

Patriots TE Gronkowki returns in big way

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Individual performances rarely overshadow team accomplishments in New England.

Bucs down three starters vs. Falcons

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) will be without three defensive starters for Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons (8-5) at Raymond James Stadium.

With division won, Vikings shoot for first-round bye

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings clinched their second NFC North title in three seasons, but their target point is much higher as they take their 11-3 record to Lambeau Field to face the 7-7 Packers on Saturday night.

Steelers believe they will play Patriots again

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers went from being in the driver's seat for the No. 1 seed in the AFC to possibly having to win their final two games of the regular season to earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

Cowboys stay alive, get RB Elliott back

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys' 20-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders extended their winning streak to three games and has them with a 3-3 record during the absence of running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Panthers put distractions aside

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are 10-4 and it's almost like that accomplishment has been overshadowed to some degree.

Bills WR Benjamin to have surgery after season

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin said following the Bills' 24-16 victory over Miami that he will be undergoing surgery as soon as the season ends to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee.

RB Hunt, K.C. offense appear back on track

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kareem Hunt appeared destined for rookie of the year honors when the Kansas City Chiefs reigned at 5-0 atop the AFC before a midseason swoon sent the club's offense spiraling south.

Raiders OT Penn to undergo surgery, snapping streak

Oakland Raiders standout left tackle Donald Penn will undergo season-ending foot surgery after being injured in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Bills remain relevant in playoff chase

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- By defeating Miami Sunday, the Buffalo Bills have guaranteed that they will be playing a meaningful game in Week 17 of a season for the first time since 2004.

Eagles can clinch home-field advantage this week

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles clinched a first-round playoff bye Sunday with their 34-29 win over the New York Giants. This week, they can clinch home-field advantage through the playoffs with a win over the Oakland Raiders (6-8) or a loss by the Minnesota Vikings (11-3), who are the only other team still in the running for home-field advantage in the postseason.

Bye, Blaine: Cardinals to start QB Stanton over Gabbert

The Arizona Cardinals haven't scored a touchdown in their last 10 quarters and that helped prompt a change to quarterback Drew Stanton for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Panthers LB Davis suspended two games for hit on Adams

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was suspended two games by the NFL on Monday for his blindside hit that resulted in a concussion for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.

Texans’ O’Brien: ’I’ll never resign’

Embattled Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien insisted Monday that he will not quit or resign in his post.

Cowboys excited to have Elliott back from suspension

The Dallas Cowboys' 20-17 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday extended their winning streak to three games and has them with a 3-3 record during the six-game suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Steelers WR Brown terms injury as "minor setback"

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown isn't letting his calf injury get him down.

Panthers LB Davis apologizes for hit on Packers WR Adams

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams took to social media to vent his frustration on Monday on the heels of the blindside hit he received from Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.

Texans’ Clowney on Jaguars QB Bortles: ’He’s trash’

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney wasn't too impressed by Blake Bortles, even though the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback lit up the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Cowboys’ Elliott set to return Monday

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys will get a boost for the final two games of their stretch run.

NFL roundup: Brady, Patriots slip past Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- Tom Brady beat the Pittsburgh Steelers once again, and he got help from Duron Harmon.

Seahawks’ playoff streak in danger

SEATTLE -- After absorbing a 42-7 home field pasting at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams, the Seattle Seahawks suddenly find themselves on the verge of missing the playoffs.

» Sunday, December 17, 2017

Titans’ playoff hopes take hit with loss to 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Tennessee Titans had the San Francisco 49ers right where they wanted them Sunday. Or so they thought.

Steelers’ Smith-Schuster seizes opportunity

PITTSBURGH -- Antonio Brown made NFL history with his first catch of the game Sunday. The Pittsburgh Steelers star became the first receiver to catch 100 passes in five consecutive seasons.

K Dawson providing lone offense for Cardinals

LANDOVER, Md.-- Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson has scored his team's last 30 points, going back 10 quarters.

Saints WR Thomas having incredible season

NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees and Sean Payton had seen enough.

Steelers WR Brown won’t need surgery for torn calf

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown partially tore his left calf muscle on Sunday in Pittsburgh's 27-24 loss the New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported.

Dolphins blew opportunity for playoffs with loss to Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Miami Dolphins were back in the playoff picture after back-to-back victories.

Eagles’ special teams throw block party vs. Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Eagles already wrapped up a playoff berth before adding a first-round bye with their 34-29 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.

Jaguars’ defense continues to wreak havoc

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars' defense remains on a historic pace.

NFL roundup: Brady, Patriots slip past Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- Tom Brady beat the Pittsburgh Steelers once again, and he got help from Duron Harmon.

Richardson, under fire for allegations, puts Panthers up for sale

Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson announced Sunday night that he is putting the team up for sale at the end of the 2017 season.

Lewis denies report about leaving Bengals after season

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a listless performance in Minnesota on Sunday that dropped his Cincinnati Bengals to 5-9, coach Marvin Lewis was left to answer questions about his future with the team.

QB Flacco, P Koch play key roles in Ravens’ win

CLEVELAND -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been a plague to the Cleveland Browns since he was a rookie in 2008.

Packers QB Rodgers’ return marred by turnovers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One game into his return from a two-month absence, Aaron Rodgers isn't about to give up on the season even if the Green Bay Packers are pretty much out of the NFC playoff hunt.

Steelers WR Brown (calf) exits game vs. Patriots

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was taken to a local hospital for X-rays after sustaining a left calf injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field.

NFL roundup: Jaguars clinch playoff berth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars clinched their first playoff berth since 2007 in style.

Packers WR Adams evaluated for concussion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams was evaluated for a possible concussion after taking a vicious hit in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

Ravens WR Maclin leaves with knee injury

CLEVELAND -- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin injured a knee against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday and will not return, according to a press box announcement.

Giants S Collins (ankle) ruled out vs. Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants safety Landon Collins has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles after apparently tweaking his ankle.

Report: Richardson’s actions led to Panthers settling with accusers

The NFL is taking over the investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson amid a report on Sunday that the team settled with at least four former employees.

Colts QB Luck may need more shoulder surgery

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck reportedly is planning to resume throwing before determining whether he needs corrective surgery on his right shoulder.

NFL takes over investigation of Panthers owner Richardson

The NFL is taking over the investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson.

Jaguars RB Fournette (quad) inactive vs. Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars starting running back Leonard Fournette was declared inactive for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans because of a quad injury.

NFL takes over investigation of Panthers owner Richardson

The NFL is taking over the investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson.

Report: Bengals coach Lewis plans to leave after season

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is planning to leave the team after this season to pursue opportunities elsewhere, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Report: Bengals coach Lewis plans to leave after season

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is planning to leave the team after this season to pursue opportunities elsewhere, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter?.

Peters snags two INTs in return from suspension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters returned to the lineup Saturday after a one-game suspension handed down by Kansas City head coach Andy Reid, and he did so in spectacular fashion during the team's 30-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Steelers’ Smith-Schuster likely to play; Pats rule out 2

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is likely to play Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh's AFC showdown with the New England Patriots, sources told ESPN on Saturday.

» Saturday, December 16, 2017

Chargers’ Perryman, Phillips exit with hamstring injuries

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman left Los Angeles' Saturday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a hamstring injury and safety Adrian Phillips departed with an apparent knee injury.

Lions finally able to contain Howard in win vs. Bears

DETROIT -- Akeem Spence was tired of seeing Jordan Howard consistently gash the Detroit Lions' run defense.

Chargers LB Perryman exits with hamstring injury

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman left Los Angeles' Saturday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a hamstring injury.

Reports: Jaguars RB Fournette will sit out with quad injury

Jacksonville Jaguars starting running back Leonard Fournette will not play in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans because of a quad injury, multiple media outlets reported Saturday. The Jaguars have not officially ruled Fournette out for the game but he has not practiced all week and was listed as questionable on Friday.

NFL notebook: Packers activate QB Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers officially activated quarterback Aaron Rodgers off injured reserve Saturday ahead of the team traveling for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Packers officially activate QB Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers officially activated quarterback Aaron Rodgers off injured reserve Saturday ahead of the team traveling for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Bucs DT McCoy, CB Hargreaves won’t play Monday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ruled out defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III for Monday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons, coach Dirk Koetter said Saturday.

Cardinals add TE Holmes to active roster, drop RB Hill

The Arizona Cardinals promoted tight end Gabe Holmes to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday and released running back Bronson Hill.

Falcons RB Coleman ruled out with concussion

Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman was ruled out for Monday night's game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a concussion, the team announced Saturday.

Bengals put OL Johnson on IR

The Cincinnati Bengals placed center T.J. Johnson on the injured reserve Saturday due to a chest muscle injury.

Steelers RB Bell tops fan vote for Pro Bowl

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is the most popular player among fans in the NFL's Pro Bowl voting.

RB Bush: ’I’m done’ after 11 NFL seasons

Running back Reggie Bush, who has not played since last season, says "I'm done" after 11 NFL seasons and wants to retire as a New Orleans Saints player.

Week 15 Game Scout: Bears at Lions

CHICAGO BEARS (4-9) AT DETROIT LIONS (7-6)

Week 15 Game Scout: Chargers at Chiefs

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-6) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-6)

Week 15 Game Scout: Dolphins at Bills

MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-7) AT BUFFALO BILLS (7-6)

Week 15 Game Scout: Packers at Panthers

GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-6) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (9-4)

Week 15 Game Scout: Ravens at Browns

BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-6) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-13)

Week 15 Game Scout: Texans at Jaguars

HOUSTON TEXANS (4-9) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (9-4)

Week 15 Game Scout: Bengals at Vikings

CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-8) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-3)

Week 15 Game Scout: Jets at Saints

NEW YORK JETS (5-8) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-4)

Week 15 Game Scout: Eagles at Giants

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (11-2) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (2-11)

Week 15 Game Scout: Cardinals at Redskins

ARIZONA CARDINALS (6-7) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-8)

Week 15 Game Scout: Rams at Seahawks

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-4) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-5)

Week 15 Game Scout: Patriots at Steelers

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-2)

Week 15 Game Scout: Titans at 49ers

TENNESSEE TITANS (8-5) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-10)

Week 15 Game Scout: Cowboys at Raiders

DALLAS COWBOYS (7-6) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (6-7)

» Friday, December 15, 2017

Broncos still ride quarterback carousel

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Trevor Siemian has played his last snap of the season. Whether he has played his last snap as a Bronco is just one of a myriad of questions the Denver Broncos will have to answer, one by one, at their quarterback position over the coming months.

Redskins LB Brown ruled out for Sunday

NFL tackle leader Zach Brown will be sitting out due to multiple injuries when the Washington Redskins host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

NFL notebook: Cardinals place RB Peterson on IR

The 2017 season for Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson has reached an end because of a neck injury.

NFL Injury Report

CHICAGO BEARS at DETROIT LIONS (Saturday)

Panthers owner Richardson facing workplace misconduct allegations

Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson faces allegations of workplace misconduct, and the team has opened an investigation into the issue, the team announced Friday.

It’s ’Groundhog Day’ for the Colts

INDIANAPOLIS -- A couple weeks ago, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano joked about the movie "Groundhog Day" when referring to his team's play each week.

Cardinals RB Peterson’s season ends due to neck injury

The 2017 season for Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson has reached an end because of a neck injury.

Jets DE Wilkerson will miss Saints’ game due to tardiness

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is being benched because he showed up late again to a team meeting.

Broncos QB Siemian out for season with dislocated shoulder

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated left shoulder, coach Vance Joseph told reporters Friday.

Cardinals RB Peterson’s season ends due to neck injury

The season for Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson is coming to an end because of a neck injury.

Bills QB Taylor starting versus Dolphins

The Buffalo Bills will start quarterback Tyrod Taylor in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, coach Sean McDermott announced Friday.

Colts TE Williams released from hospital with concussion

Indianapolis Colts tight end Brandon Williams was released from the hospital Thursday night after suffering a concussion during the game against the Denver Broncos.

Cardinals RB Peterson’s season ends due to neck injury

The season for Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson is coming to an end because of a neck injury.

Colts squander another lead vs. Broncos

INDIANAPOLIS -- It is a worn-out storyline for the Indianapolis Colts.

» Thursday, December 14, 2017

NFL notebook: Browns GM Dorsey rips previous regime

New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey didn't wait long to take a shot at the previous regime.

Bucs can play spoiler in NFC South

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have three games remaining in the season against NFC South teams battling for a playoff spot. How they perform could go a long way in determining the future of head coach Dirk Koetter.

Falcons try to avoid trip to ’Trap House’

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons, who are in the thick of the NFC playoff race, don't plan to look past Tampa Bay and quarterback Jameis Winston in a classic trap-game scenario.

Lions OL will be missing key parts vs. Bears

The Detroit Lions have some holes to patch for Saturday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Giants place G Pugh on season-ending injured reserve

New York Giants guard Justin Pugh will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo announced Thursday.

Browns GM Dorsey ridicules previous regime

New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey didn't wait long to take a shot at the previous regime.

Browns GM Dorsey ridicules previoius regime

New Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey didn't wait long to take a shot at the previous regime.

Miller: Patriots play NFL’s real model franchise

Arguably, the two best teams in the NFL will play Sunday in the biggest game of the regular season, New England at Pittsburgh.

Lions’ receivers playing at elite level

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions still cannot run the ball, and their offensive line is a mess. But with three games left in the season, it is clear they have one of the deepest receiving corps in the NFL.

Marrone won’t talk about Jaguars’ playoff chances

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's the second week in December and the Jacksonville Jaguars aren't discussing an early first-round pick in the upcoming draft.

» Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Texans next in line for Jaguars’ defense

HOUSTON -- It was a perfect storm, a combination of an aggressive pass rush and lockdown pass coverage that completely overwhelmed an overmatched Houston Texans offense.

Titans QB Mariota won’t blame injury for slump

Most of the talk regarding the Tennessee Titans -- aside from their overall poor play Sunday in Arizona -- has been about what is going on with quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Challenge ahead for Patriots in Pittsburgh

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots (10-3) are coming off their worst defensive performance in months, allowing the Dolphins to throw and run the ball equally productively in New England's 27-20 in Monday night's loss in Miami.

Season officially over for TE Reed

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins finally had to stop waiting for tight end Jordan Reed.

Goodell and Jones kiss and make up

IRVING, Texas -- Roger Goodell has his exit date set, and there will be a new NFL leader in 2024.

Eagles’ Wentz undergoes knee surgery

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz underwent surgery to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament on Wednesday, he confirmed via his Twitter account.

Carr empty for answers on what ails Raiders’ offense

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders' problems have run deep a year after going 12-4.

49ers seek to extend win streak

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers are proud to boast: If the NFL playoffs began this week as an everyone's-invited tournament, they would enter as one of the hottest teams in the league.

Takeaways key for Chiefs’ success

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs delivered their most complete game of the season in last week's 26-15 win over the Oakland Raiders, and now they face the challenge of repeating that performance in another AFC West divisional matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Statistics suggest Bears QB Trubisky is improving

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The numbers for Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky are beginning to reflect improvement, according to the coaching staff.

Bears work to finish season strong

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee refused to downplay the significance of the final three games, even if his 4-9 team is out of the playoff picure and the future is uncertain for the coaching staff and players.

Eagles QB Foles plans to ’keep this thing rolling’

PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Foles practiced for the first time Wednesday as the Philadelphia Eagles' new starting quarterback.

Seahawks try to overcome defensive injuries

RENTON, Wash. -- With five Pro Bowl defensive players potentially out for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams, the Seattle Seahawks face a tall task in their pursuit to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

Chargers face Chiefs and crowd Saturday night

COSTA MESA. Calif. -- It's an AFC West showdown between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night that few saw coming.

Saints hope to feast on Jets

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints have had extra time to stew on their last game, a bitter 20-17 loss at Atlanta last Thursday.

Crucial division game for Rams in Seattle

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- In dropping a game they seemingly had control of Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Los Angeles Rams certainly made life more difficult for themselves relative to the playoffs.

Dolphins increase creativity on offense

DAVIE, Fla.-- Offensive diversity is serving the Miami Dolphins well, and it will likely be a staple in Sunday's game at Buffalo -- a contest that has AFC wild-card implications.

More shuffling on Cardinals’ O-line

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals' offensive line hasn't been nearly as decimated as the one belonging to their opponent this Sunday, the Washington Redskins, but it's been beaten up and battered just the same.

Giants CB Apple apologizes for Twitter post

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Cornerback Eli Apple's strange season with the New Yorek Giants took another weird twist when, after being deactivated for the fourth week in a row, he took to Twitter during the NFL's mandated "social media blackout" period.

Giants eager for rematch with Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the New York Giants, their Week 3 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles will probably be viewed as the turning point in what has been a miserable season.

Rodgers set to return Sunday for Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It didn't happen at 12:12 a.m. or p.m., as many predicted it would.

Steelers play huge game that matches big-time QBs

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots will play a game Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field that likely will decide the No. 1 seed in the AFC. For the first time in NFL history, a game will pit two quarterbacks with a combined seven Super Bowl victories.

For Vikings, no place like home

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Coming off his first loss since Oct. 1, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer isn't feeling all that nostalgic about 2008 to 2013 when he was Marvin Lewis' defensive coordinator in Cincinnati.

NFL notebook: Rodgers prepares to play vs. Panthers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is preparing to play his first game in eight weeks this weekend against the Carolina Panthers, coach Mike McCarthy announced on Wednesday.

Ravens stay serious for game vs. Browns

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are not taking the winless Cleveland Browns lightly.

Pagano focuses Colts on winning

INDIANAPOLIS -- With three games remaining in the 2017 regular season, don't expect the Indianapolis Colts to use the occasion to take a long look at the team's younger players.

Mood lighter for Broncos after Sunday victory

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The notion of "tanking" as the Denver Broncos' lost season winds down only sounds good in theory, and only from the outside.

Browns know new GM Dorsey watching closely

BEREA, Ohio -- If the Cleveland Browns need any new inspiration to finish the season strong, they have it in the form of a new boss.

Bengals know well Vikings head coach Zimmer

CINCINNATI -- For all the struggles they have endured as a franchise in recent years, the Cincinnati Bengals have been a cradle of coaches, so to speak.

Panthers prep for return of Packers QB Rodgers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are back in a tie for first place in the NFC South, but they are also in a week of preparation that comes with uncertainty about the opponent to some degree.

Taylor likely at QB for Bills Sunday

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- In what has been an almost weekly question surrounding the Buffalo Bills since head coach Sean McDermott made the ill-fated decision to start Nathan Peterman for a game a month ago in Los Angeles, McDermott did not have a definitive answer on who would start Sunday's home finale against Miami.

Packers QB Rodgers preparing to play Sunday

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is preparing to play his first game in eight weeks this weekend against the Carolina Panthers, coach Mike McCarthy announced on Wednesday.

Eagles TE Ertz clears concussion protocol

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has cleared concussion protocol, coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday.

’Mr. Falcon’ Tommy Nobis dies at 74

Tommy Nobis, the first player drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons, died Wednesday. He was 74.

Ex-NFL RB Larry Johnson believes he has CTE

Former NFL running back Larry Johnson said in an interview he believes he suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease known as CTE.

Broncos place S Simmons (ankle) on IR

The Denver Broncos placed safety Justin Simmons on injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.

Patriots sign WR Britt, welcome back DL Jean Francois

The New England Patriots officially signed veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt on Wednesday, giving quarterback Tom Brady a taller, bigger target.

Commissioner Goodell to retire at end of contract

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who signed a five-year contract extension last week, intends to retire at the completion of his new deal in 2024.

Roethlisberger, Stewart earn NFL honors

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after passing for 506 yards in Sunday night's win against the Baltimore Ravens.

49ers sign WR McCaffrey off Packers’ practice squad

The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receiver Max McCaffrey from the Green Bay Packers' practice squad on Wednesday.

Bengals co-founder Pete Brown dies

Pete Brown, the Cincinnati Bengals' senior vice president of player personnel and co-founder of the team in the mid-1960s along with his brother Mike and father Paul Brown, died Tuesday. He was 74.

Ex-NFL RB Larry Johnson believes he has CTE

Former NFL running back Larry Johnson said in an interview he believes he suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease known as CTE.

Packers’ Rodgers says he is cleared to play

The uncertainty about whether Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be ready to return this week was resolved Tuesday night when Rodgers announced on Instagram that he was medically cleared to play football.

» Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Week 15 Game Scout: Broncos at Colts

DENVER BRONCOS (4-9) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-10)

NFL notebook: WR Britt reportedly agrees to join Patriots

Kenny Britt is getting another shot, and with the defending Super Bowl champions no less.

WR Britt reportedly agrees to deal with Patriots

Kenny Britt is getting another shot, and with the defending Super Bowl champions no less.

Dolphins remain alive in unlikely playoff chase

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins are back in the AFC wild-card playoff picture thanks to Monday's surprising 27-20 win over New England.

Agent: Redskins’ Cravens medically cleared to return in 2018

Washington Redskins safety Su'a Cravens has received medical clearance to resume football activities and wants to return next season, his agent said in a statement Tuesday.

WR Britt close to deal with Patriots

Kenny Britt is close to getting another shot, and with the defending Super Bowl champions no less.

Bucs promote LB Bullough, waive CB Olatoye

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers promoted linebacker Riley Bullough to the active roster from the practice squad and waived cornerback Ayodeji Olatoye, the team announced Tuesday.

Patriots want to quickly forget Monday night

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The defending champion New England Patriots (10-3) had been cruising toward this Sunday afternoon's trip to Pittsburgh for a showdown with the Steelers (11-2) that will likely decide the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture, simultaneously serving as a rematch of last year's conference title game and a would-be preview of what's in store for this January.

Lions C Swanson dealing with concussion

Detroit Lions center Travis Swanson was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol after reporting symptoms following the team's 24-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Tuesday.

Broncos place RG Leary (back) on injured reserve

The Denver Broncos placed right guard Ron Leary on injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday.

Steelers place LB Shazier on injured reserve

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on injured reserve Tuesday, nearly one week after he underwent spinal stabilization surgery.

Agent: Redskins’ Cravens medically cleared to return in 2018

Washington Redskins safety Su'a Cravens has received medical clearance to resume football activities and wants to return next season, his agent said in a statement Tuesday.

Hester announces retirement over Twitter

Devin Hester, the all-time leader in combined kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns, announced his retirement from the NFL on Twitter Tuesday.

NFL Network suspends Faulk, 2 others, amid sexual harrassment claims

The NFL Network suspended Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and fellow analysts Heath Evans and Ike Taylor "pending an investigation" into allegations of sexual harassment and assault, the network announced.

Tough night in Miami for Brady, Patriots

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Only one of Tom Brady's first-quarter passes was caught Monday night, but that grab was made by the other team.

» Monday, December 11, 2017

Shanahan spreads credit around for wins

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Jimmy Garoppolo is 2-0 as the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback.

Cowboys DE Lawrence rips officials

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence could be facing a fine from the NFL.

Second-half surges keep Cowboys’ playoff hopes alive

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are riding a two-game win streak and have renewed playoff hopes because they suddenly changed their fortunes in the second half.

Titans’ offensive woes continue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans' lackluster play the past two months -- especially on offense -- bit them Sunday and bit them hard with a 12-7 loss at Arizona.

Seahawks regret end-of-game actions

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will not see any suspensions handed down from the NFL for actions taken by several players in the closing moments on Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Eagles QB lose Wentz; offense in Foles’ hands

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles clinched their first NFC East title in four years Sunday. But it came at a steep price.

Jets’ McCown bids sad farewell to 2017 season

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown will need surgery on his fractured left hand, head coach Todd Bowles announced on Monday.

Texans coach O’Brien passionate about Savage situation

HOUSTON -- In an impassioned and detailed breakdown of the events surrounding Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage suffering a scary concussion and briefly going back into the game Sunday, head coach Bill O'Brien was emphatic Monday about one thing.

With McCown injured, it’s Petty’s turn for Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J.-- Let's start today with a joke: The New York Jets still aren't eliminated from postseason contention.

Chargers dominate Redskins; head to Kansas City

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The right side of .500 looks just fine for the Los Angeles Chargers. It took a four-game winning streak to reach 7-6 and if the players want to enjoy it, have at it.

Jaguars finally get O-line back together

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the first time since Week 4, the Jaguars' offensive line was intact. Tackles Cam Robinson and Jermey Parnell, guards Patrick Omameh and A.J. Cann along with center Brandon Linder finally started a game together.

Mystery of Raiders’ offense continues

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Where has Derek Carr gone?

Jaguars QB Bortles silencing the doubters

JACKSONVILLE -- With the Jacksonville Jaguars gaining more and more attention, the first thing people talk about is the success the Jaguars have had due to their defense.

Chiefs CB Peters back from suspension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters sat out Sunday's game against Oakland with a one-game suspension handed down by head coach Andy Reid.

RB Riddick provides spark for Lions’ offense

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions won't find a permanent fix for their league-worst rushing attack until the offseason, but they are at least willing to try a new approach down the stretch.

Reid credits complete effort for Chiefs’ win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It took a long 40 days and 40 nights between victories for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Sunday's dominating 26-15 triumph over the Oakland Raiders arguably ranks as the team's most complete game since Week 3 for head coach Andy Reid's squad.

After tough loss, Rams look ahead to Seahawks

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams were kicking themselves after essentially giving a game they had control over to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, denying themselves a chance to open a two-game lead over the Seahawks and move into a tie for the top seed in the NFC playoff.

Broncos get back to basics in victory

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos' equation for success had not changed: Avoid egregious errors on offense and special teams, get an early lead and play pressure defense that forces the opponent into mistakes.

Rodgers might be back for Packers this week

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Back in 2010, Aaron Rodgers returned after missing the majority of two full games late in the season with a concussion, then led the Green Bay Packers to six straight wins and an eventual Super Bowl title.

Packers were determined not to lose to Browns

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers were hell bent on making sure they were not the first team to lose to winless Cleveland.

After snow game, Colts have short week

INDIANAPOLIS -- It will be a short week for the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare for Thursday night's nationally televised home game against the Denver Broncos.

Blowout losses have Redskins reeling

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The goal for the Washington Redskins was to finish the season strong, even if the playoffs were a remote possibility.

Patriots WR Hogan expected to play vs. Dolphins

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan is expected to play in Monday's game against the host Miami Dolphins following a four-game absence due to a shoulder injury.

Bears’ Miller present after multiple leg surgeries

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- There have not been many positives in the second half of the Chicago Bears' season, but one came Sunday and another followed a day later.

Spagnuolo proud of Giants’ effort in defeat

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants might not have won the game against the Dallas Cowboys, but interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo believes that the character shown by the players after experiencing one of the most difficult and emotionally charged two weeks in the franchise's history was admirable.

Giants still keep rookie QB Webb under wraps

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With the 2017 season lost, the New York Giants have started to look at some of their younger talent, such as rookie running back Wayne Gallman, the team leader Sunday in carries and rushing yardage.

Despite loss, Ravens in good position for playoffs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are still in a solid position to earn a berth in the postseason despite another disappointing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Blowout losses have Redskins reeling

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The goal for the Washington Redskins was to finish the season strong, even if the playoffs were a remote possibility.

NFL notebook: Eagles’ Wentz (ACL) out for season

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs, coach Doug Pederson announced Monday.

Bucs QB Winston strongly denies rift with Koetter

TAMPA -- This has been a tough year for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and head coach Dirk Koetter. Winston missed three games with a shoulder injury and was banged up in four others.

Vikings beat up on offensive line

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings lost ground to Philadelphia in the race for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, but the bigger concern is the health of their offensive line heading into a Week 15 home game against the Bengals.

Cardinals lose LT Veldheer for season

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals will be without left tackle Jared Veldheer for the final three weeks of the season, head coach Bruce Arians announced on Monday, after it was learned the veteran suffered a fractured ankle during Sunday's 12-7 victory over the Titans.

Sack leader Jones of Cardinals bemoans his misses

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Chandler Jones took over the NFL lead in sacks on Sunday when he bagged his 14th of the season in the Arizona Cardinals' 12-7 victory over the Titans.

Steelers’ defense has struggled lately

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense continues to struggle, especially when it comes to giving up big plays.

Browns fail again in final quarter

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns are picking themselves up off the sod again after losing to the Green Packers 27-21 in overtime on Sunday.

Offense coming alive for Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- There was a time not all that long ago that the Pittsburgh Steelers had trouble scoring.

Bengals embarrassed by loss to Bears

CINCINNATI -- Defensive end Carlos Dunlap called it "embarrassing." Running back Giovani Bernard said it was "frustrating."

McDermott’s questionable decision works out for Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott made a dubious decision, one that could have cost the Bills any chance at sneaking into the playoffs.

Quarterback huge question mark for Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- With the Buffalo Bills' playoff chances hanging in the balance, they have all kinds of problems at the quarterback position this week.

Panthers remain in mix after big home win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The right kind of mindset worked for the Carolina Panthers, both leading into the game against the Minnesota Vikings and during the game when adversity struck.

Jets QB McCown to miss rest of season with broken hand

New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured left hand, the team announced Monday.

NFL investigating Savage concussion protocol

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Monday he "never would have allowed (Tom Savage) back in the game" had he seen the video of the quarterback's hands appearing to shake involuntarily.

Patriots WR Hogan expected to play Monday night

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan is expected to play in Monday's game against the host Miami Dolphins following a four-game absence due to a shoulder injury, multiple outlets reported.

NFL investigating concussion protocol

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Monday he "never would have allowed (Tom Savage) back in the game" had he seen the video of the quarterback's hands appearing to shake involuntarily.

Eagles QB Wentz out for season with torn ACL

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs, coach Doug Pederson announced Monday.

NFL, Verizon strike five-year deal to expand streaming

The NFL and Verizon announced on Monday a multi-year deal that will allow games to be streamed on Verizon mobile and digital platforms.

Eagles QB Wentz out for season with torn ACL

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs, coach Doug Pederson announced Monday.

NFL, Verizon strike five-year deal to stream games

The NFL and Verizon announced on Monday a multi-year deal that will allow games to be streamed on Verizon mobile and digital platforms.

NFL roundup: Eagles outgun Rams despite Wentz’s injury

LOS ANGELES -- Carson Wentz passed for four touchdowns, and Jake Elliott added three field goals to help lift the Philadelphia Eagles past the Los Angeles Rams 43-35 in a battle between NFC divisional leaders on Sunday.

Steelers dedicate win to injured teammate Shazier

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Shazier watched from a hospital bed Sunday night as his Pittsburgh Steelers blew a lead, rallied to come within a yard of tying the score, blew it again, and then rallied again for a 39-38 win over the Baltimore Ravens that clinched the AFC North Division.

Seahawks’ Jefferson tries to climb into stands

Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, sent to the showers late in Seattle's 30-24 road loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, nearly took a detour into the stands on his way off the field.

Seahawks Jefferson tries to climb into the stands

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, sent to the showers late in Seattle's 30-24 road loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, nearly took a detour into the stands on his way off the field.

Eagles fear QB Wentz may have torn ACL

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz left Sunday's 43-35 win against the Los Angeles Rams with a knee injury in the third quarter.

» Sunday, December 10, 2017

Foles steps in for Wentz and gets win over Rams

LOS ANGELES -- With the Hollywood sign overlooking the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on a smog-free Sunday, Philadelphia's Nick Foles was ready for his close-up.

Bortles outduels Wilson in Jaguars’ win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is no longer a punchline.

Cardinals WR Fitzgerald’s latest milestone may be last

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald moved into third place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list, passing childhood idol Randy Moss when he hauled in a 23-yard catch in the third quarter of Sunday's 12-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Broken hand clouds rest of McCown’s season

DENVER -- New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown's improbable career resurgence has taken a hit.

Bears QB Trubisky shows progress against Bengals

CINCINNATI -- One way for Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to measure the improvements he has made in recent weeks is the level of trust his teammates give him in the huddle during games and in practice.

Redskins flustered over late-season collapse

CARSON, Calif. -- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins expressed their frustration over how poorly the team has played recently.

NFL notebook: Eagles’ Wentz injures knee in win vs. Rams

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz left Sunday's 43-35 win against the Los Angeles Rams on with a knee injury in the third quarter.

NFL roundup: Eagles outgun Rams despite Wentz’s injury

LOS ANGELES -- Carson Wentz passed for four touchdowns, and Jake Elliott added three field goals to help lift the Philadelphia Eagles past the Los Angeles Rams 43-35 in a battle between NFC divisional leaders on Sunday.

Titans LT Lewan departs with back injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan left Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter with a lower back injury and will not return, according to Titans' officials.

QB Savage concussed in Texans loss to 49ers

HOUSTON -- There was no denying the unsightliness of the image of Texans quarterback Tom Savage early in the second quarter on Sunday, prone and on his back, frighteningly rigid, and seemingly concussed following a devastating hit from 49ers left defensive end Elvis Dumervil

Winter wonderland perfect setting for Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- As the winter weather rolled into Western New York this week, the Buffalo Bills team motto was: "When it's too cold for them, it's just right for us."

Bucs QB Winston denies report of rift with Koetter

TAMPA, Fla. -- On and off the field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' promising season has come apart at the seams.

Injured Berry much more than safety valve for Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The most valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs defense wore a hoodie Sunday instead of a helmet, delivering a message that only he could deliver at the time when his teammates needed it most.

Backup QB Hundley keeps Packers afloat

CLEVELAND -- Aaron Rodgers can return as the Packers' quarterback next week with a chance to keep Green Bay in the playoff hunt, thanks to his backup, Brett Hundley.

Eagles QB Wentz out with knee injury

LOS ANGELES -- Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz left Philadelphia's game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday with a knee injury in the third quarter.

QB Manning returns to cheers in Giants loss to Cowboys

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lost in the New York Giants 11th loss in a season that the team probably can't wait to see end was the return to the starting lineup by franchise quarterback Eli Manning.

Panthers’ defense leaves Vikings seeing red

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers' goal-line defense rose to the occasion twice to prevent the Minnesota Vikings from taking the lead.

Jets QB McCown injures hand vs. Broncos

DENVER -- New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown was shaken up for the second time Sunday when he took a hit from Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray as he released a pass.

Titans LT Lewan departs with back injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tennessee Titans left tackle Jake Lewan left Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter with a lower back injury and will not return, according to Titans' officials.

NFL roundup: Stewart (3 TDs), Panthers top Vikings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jonathan Stewart's third touchdown run of the game was a 1-yard leap with 1:47 remaining, lifting the Carolina Panthers past the Minnesota Vikings 31-24 on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.

Bills rookie QB Peterman injured vs. Colts

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman was escorted to the locker room and evaluated for a concussion during the third quarter of Sunday's snow-ravaged game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Texans QB Savage (concussion) exits vs. 49ers

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage suffered a concussion in the second quarter and did not return for the second half on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium.

Packers CB House (back) exits vs. Browns

CLEVELAND -- Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House suffered a back injury with about 11 minutes to play in Sunday's game with the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Buccaneers DT McCoy (biceps) injured vs. Lions

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy sustained a biceps injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium.

Raiders WR Cooper leaves with leg injury

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper left midway through the second quarter with an apparent leg injury in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Lions QB Stafford (hand) active vs. Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who suffered a hand injury last week at Baltimore and was limited all week in practice, was declared active for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

Steelers LB Shazier shows gradual improvement

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday after sustaining a severe back injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, remains hospitalized but continues to show gradual improvement.

» Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dolphins G Bushrod ruled out for Monday game

The Miami Dolphins will sport a makeshift offensive line for the third straight week when they play the New England Patriots on Monday night.

NFL notebook: Brady sorry for yelling at McDaniels

New England quarterback Tom Brady on Saturday put to rest any talk of a rift between himself and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Cowboys’ Durant, Irving, Scandrick ruled out for Sunday

The Dallas Cowboys on Saturday ruled out three players for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Steelers to honor Shazier with special cleats

Several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, including wide receiver Antonio Brown, will honor injured teammate Ryan Shazier on Sunday.

Brady apologizes for outburst directed at McDaniels

New England quarterback Tom Brady on Saturday put to rest any talk of a rift between himself and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Bengals place CB Jones on IR

The Cincinnati Bengals placed cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Giants QB Smith’s father received death threats

Geno Smith Jr., father of New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith, said he received a death threat last week before his son started in place of a benched Eli Manning.

» Friday, December 8, 2017

Week 14 Game Scout: Colts at Bills

IINDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-9) AT BUFFALO BILLS (6-6)

Week 14 Game Scout: Vikings at Panthers

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-2) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (8-4)

Week 14 Game Scout: Bears at Bengals

CHICAGO BEARS (3-9) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-7)

Week 14 Game Scout: Packers at Browns

GREEN BAY PACKERS (6-6) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-12)

Week 14 Game Scout: 49ers at Texans

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-10) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (4-8)

Week 14 Game Scout: Raiders at Chiefs

OAKLAND RAIDERS (6-6) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-6)

Week 14 Game Scout: Cowboys at Giants

DALLAS COWBOYS (6-6) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (2-10)

Week 14 Game Scout: Lions at Buccaneers

DETROIT LIONS (6-6) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-8)

Week 14 Game Scout: Titans at Cardinals

TENNESSEE TITANS (8-4) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-7)

Week 14 Game Scout: Jets at Broncos

NEW YORK JETS (5-7) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-9)

Week 14 Game Scout: Redskins at Chargers

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-7) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6-6)

Week 14 Game Scout: Seahawks at Jaguars

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-4) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (8-4)

Week 14 Game Scout: Eagles at Rams

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-2) AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-3)

Week 14 Game Scout: Ravens at Steelers

BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-5) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10-2)

Week 14 Game Scout: Patriots at Dolphins

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-7)

Injury report for Sunday NFL games

CHICAGO BEARS at CINCINNATI BENGALS

NFL notebook: Browns say they complied with Rooney Rule

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam introduced new general manager John Dorsey on Friday morning and said the team "absolutely" complied with the NFL's Rooney Rule that requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate.

Raiders WR Cooper game-time decision for Chiefs

Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper returned to practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Saints loss to Falcons tightens AFC South

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints had an opportunity to take control of the NFC South.

Defense gets Falcons in thick of playoff race

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- With Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan misfiring, the team needed a defensive stop to stay in the NFC playoff race and pick up some ground on the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

Browns release WR Britt

Wide receiver Kenny Britt was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday, the team announced.

Saints coach Payton irate about officiating in loss to Falcons

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is still fuming over what he called "extremely poor" officiating in Thursday night's loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Lions QB Stafford questionable for Sunday

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a bruised right hand.

Cardinals RB Peterson (neck) ruled out for Sunday

Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson will miss Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans due to a neck injury, coach Bruce Arians told reporters Friday.

Browns insist they followed Rooney Rule in GM hire

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam introduced new general manager John Dorsey on Friday morning and said the team "absolutely" complied with the NFL's Rooney Rule that requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate.

Bengals down six starters for game vs. Bears

The Cincinnati Bengals ruled out six starters for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, including five on defense.

Ex-Giants RB Jennings retires after 8 NFL seasons

Former New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings announced Friday he is retiring after eight seasons in the NFL.

Brees on injuries: ’100 percent a product of playing on Thursday night’

The New Orleans Saints lost six players to injuries during a 20-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Drew Brees sounded off after the game, saying the reason is "100 percent a product of playing on Thursday night."

Pain, no gain, for Saints

ATLANTA -- The New Orleans Saints have a nine-day break before hosting the New York Jets on Dec. 17, and the NFC South leaders will need all that time and maybe more.

Browns hire Dorsey as GM after firing Brown

The Cleveland Browns shook up their front office Thursday, first firing executive vice president/general manager Sashi Brown, then hiring John Dorsey as the new GM.

» Thursday, December 7, 2017

Browns hire Dorsey as GM after firing Brown

The Cleveland Browns shook up their front office on Thursday, first firing executive vice president/general manager Sashi Brown, then hiring John Dorsey as the new GM.

Saints’ Kamara exits with concussion

ATLANTA -- New Orleans standout rookie running back Alvin Kamara sustained a concussion in the first quarter of the Saints game against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

Dolphins know problems Patriots present

DAVIE, Fla. -- Injuries remain a big deal for the Miami Dolphins as quarterback Matt Moore, running back Damien Williams and right guard Jermon Bushrod are all sidelined and it's conceivable none returns this season. That cuts into the starting quality and depth on the offense, a unit that, considering it averages 17.4 points per game, 26th in the NFL, can't afford to lose any talent.

NFL notebook: Browns fire GM; Shazier undergoes surgery

The Cleveland Browns have fired executive vice president/general manager Sashi Brown, the team announced on Thursday.

Browns fire executive VP Sashi Brown

The Cleveland Browns have fired executive vice president/general manager Sashi Brown, the team announced on Thursday.

Steelers LB Shazier undergoes spinal surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday night on the heels of the injury he sustained earlier in the week, the team announced Thursday.

Bills CB White calls Gronk a "dirty player"

Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White told reporters that it's "a joke" that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski received only a one-game suspension from the NFL following his late hit in Sunday's game.

Bengals’ Lewis: Rookie WR Ross admits he hid injury

Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver John Ross admitted to concealing an injury to his left shoulder, coach Marvin Lewis said during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Browns fire executive VP Sashi Brown

The Cleveland Browns have fired executive vice president/general manager Sashi Brown, the team announced on Thursday.

Miller: 49ers stake future on Garoppolo

Joe Montana was a late, third-round draft choice passed over by every other team in the NFL. Steve Young was a refugee from the defunct USFL, thought more of a running back than a quarterback by most NFL people. Jeff Garcia was a Canadian Football League quarterback not even on NFL teams' radar.

Reports: Browns fire executive VP Sashi Brown

The Cleveland Browns have fired executive vice president/general manager Sashi Brown, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday.

Hall of Fame QB Moon accused of sexual harassment

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual battery in a lawsuit filed by a female employee of his sports marketing firm.

O’Brien still supports Texans defensive coordinator Vrabel

HOUSTON -- A year ago, the Hoiuston Texans sported the top-ranked defense in the NFL.

Texans’ Cushing expected to play Sunday after suspension ends

HOUSTON -- Surrounded by cameras inside the Houston Texans' locker room, a contrite Brian Cushing got choked up as the veteran linebacker discussed the 10-game suspension he served for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy.

Crucial game ahead for Eagles against Rams

PHILADELPHIA -- A week ago, the Philadelphia Eagles were experiencing the high of a nine-game winning streak and looking forward to the possibility of home-field advantage in the playoffs and a first-round bye.

Lions QB Stafford ’not out of the woods yet’

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford ranks third among NFL quarterbacks with 108 straight starts, but he is no lock to make it 109.

» Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Titans hope TE Stocker can help run game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It might not be this week, but eventually it looks as if Luke Stocker will make a contribution to the Tennessee Titans ground game.

Seahawks ready for late-season run

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is optimistic that his team is on the verge of making another late-season surge.

Elway bemoans Broncos’ lack of competitiveness

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos will not be able to avoid their first losing season of the John Elway era as general manager. That was assured with last week's 35-9 loss at Miami.

Jets’ secondary needs to bounce back

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets' secondary has made one interception in its last five games after a stretch of eight picks in five games, and last week against the Chiefs, it allowed Alex Smith to throw for 366 yards and four touchdowns.

Cowboys can’t afford any more losses

The Dallas Cowboys (6-6) need to win all four of their remaining games, starting Sunday against the New York Giants (2-10), to legitimize any and all hope of making the playoffs.

Jets have issues playing on the road

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets have shown they can fly high at home, but to prevent their playoff hopes from crashing and burning, they will have to bring their air show on the road.

49ers must address needs other than QB

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Now that the focus has been taken off quarterbacks in the next draft, the San Francisco 49ers can shift their attention to other positions of need.

Rams work while fires rage nearby

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The biggest game of the Los Angeles Rams' season comes with an ominous backdrop included.

Redskins can’t get TE Reed healthy

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The insinuation rankles Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.

Deja vu for Patriots against Dolphins

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- If it feels like the New England Patriots (10-2) and Miami Dolphins (5-7) just played, that's because the AFC rivals met just two weeks ago for a 35-17 New England win in Foxborough.

Bucs remain consistently inconsistent

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Detroit Lions have lost two games in a row, and at 6-6, their postseason chances are likely teetering on Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8), who are likely playing to save head coach Dirk Koetter's job.

Jaguars reminded what winning feels like

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The excitement and riveting atmosphere that will permeate throughout EverBank Field when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday has been missing in recent years.

Chargers focus only on next game

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The view from atop the AFC West is a nice perch for the Los Angeles Chargers. They face the Washington Redskins on Sunday with a piece of the division lead in their back pocket.

Cardinals ageless WR Fitzgerald keeps on ticking

TEMPE, Ariz. -- If it weren't for their 34-year-old wide receiver, the Arizona Cardinals would be getting almost next to nothing out of the rest of their receiving corps.

Jaguars have avoided consecutive losses

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One of the reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars have won twice as many games as they have lost is that they have not lost back-to-back games this season.

Raiders’ Carr looks for first win at Arrowhead

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Derek Carr said he looks forward to playing at Arrowhead Stadium. The results indicate otherwise.

Packers wary of winless Browns

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- No one wants to be the 2008 Detroit Lions, the only team in NFL history to ever go 0-16. For the second straight season, Cleveland is trying to avoid that ghastly label.

Steelers LB Shazier transferred to Pittsburgh hospital

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been transferred from University of Cincinnati Medical Center to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment and additional testing on his spinal injury, the team announced Wednesday.

Bears K Nugent faces former team

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- After two straight games in which they were burned by former Chicago players, the Bears have that same formula working to their advantage this week.

Giants rookie QB Webb might get shot

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The strange season that is quarterback Davis Webb's rookie year with the New York Giants seemed to take another odd turn.

Spagnuolo takes over Giants for last four games

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's been an emotional 60 hours for Steve Spagnuolo, who on Monday was named the New York Giants interim head coach following the dismissal of Ben McAdoo.

Bears O-line hurting without Long

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears center Cody Whitehair noticed how difficult football had become for injured teammate Kyle Long as the season progressed, and so did others.

NFL notebook: Goodell signs five-year extension

Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL, according to a memo sent to league owners from the compensation committee on Wednesday.

Ravens like their secondary depth

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens' secondary has been the strength of the team.

Steelers prepare with Shazier in their thoughts

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to play the Baltimore Ravens this week while still dealing with some uncertainty about the health of their teammate Ryan Shazier, who remains in a Cincinnati hospital with a spinal cord injury.

Browns still searching for first win

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns' opportunities to avoid becoming only the second team in NFL history to finish 0-16 are down to four.

Vikings are road warriors

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Since their birth in 1961, the Minnesota Vikings have not won six consecutive road games in a single season. They are sitting on five straight as they head to Carolina as a 2 1/2-point favorite in Sunday's game.

Steelers LB Shazier transferred to Pittsburgh hospital

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been transferred from University of Cincinnati Medical Center to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment and additional testing on his spinal injury, the team announced Wednesday.

Bills QB Peterman could get call again

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills might have to turn to rookie Nathan Peterman at quarterback Sunday when they host the Indianapolis Colts in a game they must win to continue to entertain any realistic chance of making the playoffs.

Goodell signs five-year extension

Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL, according to a memo sent to league owners from the compensation committee on Wednesday.

RB Kamara key to Saints’ evolution

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints are three-quarters of the way through the season and their offense has evolved from what it has traditionally been.

Ryan and Brees to battle for 18th time

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees have faced each other 17 times.

Panthers need bounce-back game vs. Vikings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Maybe it was some sort of reality check for the Carolina Panthers, who had been on a roll for more than a month.

Colts GM Ballard to evaluate roster in final four games

INDIANAPOLIS -- While the Indianapolis Colts head into this week's game at Buffalo with a 3-9 record and a three-game losing streak, first-year general manager Chris Ballard is using the Bills game and the three games after that to continue his evaluation of the franchise.

Bengals WR Ross placed on Injured Reserve

CINCINNATI -- It was thought that Cincinnati rookie wide receiver John Ross was likely to be part of the active roster on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Giants QB Manning returns to starting role vs. Cowboys

Eli Manning is officially back as the New York Giants' starting quarterback for Sunday's home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Goodell signs five-year extension

Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension to remain the commissioner of the NFL, according to a memo sent to league owners from the compensation committee on Wednesday.

Bengals S Iloka’s one-game ban reduced to fine

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka's one-game suspension has been overturned following appeal, and he will play in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Chiefs suspend CB Peters one game

KANSAS CITY -- Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters received a one-game suspension from head coach Andy Reid following his actions against the New York Jets on Sunday, the latest in a series of incidents involving the volatile and competitive Peters in his young career.

Bengals S Iloka’s one-game ban reduced to fine

The one-game suspension of Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka was overturned and he instead received a $36,464.50 fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, the league announced Wednesday.

Patriots re-sign LB Freeny

The New England Patriots re-signed linebacker Jonathan Freeny on Wednesday to fill the open roster spot when tight end Rob Gronkowski was suspended one game.

Week 14 Game Scout

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-3) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (7-5)

Seahawks’ Wilson earns NFC Offensive Player of Week

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his three-touchdown performance in Sunday night's victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

» Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Steelers WR Smith-Schuster, Bengals S Iloka suspended

CINCINNATI -- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka received one-game suspensions from the NFL for violations of safety-related playing rules in Monday night's game.

NFL notebook: Steelers’ Shazier remains hospitalized

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier remains in a Cincinnati hospital on Tuesday, one day after he sustained a spinal injury in Monday's game against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Broncos place DE Wolfe on IR

Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury, the team announced on Tuesday.

Patriots TE Gronkowski has appeal denied

The NFL has denied New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski's appeal of his one-game suspension for his late hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White last Sunday in Buffalo, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Bills place DE Lawson on IR, ending his season

Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.

Steelers WR Smith-Schuster, Bengals S Iloka suspended

CINCINNATI -- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka received one-game suspensions from the NFL for violations of safety-related playing rules in Monday night's game. Both players are expected to appeal.

A familiar script for Bengals

CINCINNATI -- Monday night's 23-20 loss to the Steelers followed a familiar script for the Cincinnati Bengals. They built a 17-0 lead in the second quarter, and still led 20-10 in the fourth. But, a franchise-record 173 penalty yards, key drops, and lack of execution late in the game led to yet another second-half meltdown against the AFC North rival Steelers, similar to the epic collapse in the closing minutes of the 2015 AFC wild-card game.

Steelers thoughts with LB Shazier

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers were hopeful Tuesday after receiving news that linebacker Ryan Shazier had movement in his lower extremities after a scary back injury sent him to the hospital Monday night when the Steelers played the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Steelers WR Smith-Schuster, Bengals S Iloka suspended

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka received one-game suspensions from the NFL for violations of safety-related playing rules in Monday's contest.

Steelers LB Shazier remains hospitalized

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier remains in a Cincinnati hospital on Tuesday, one day after he sustained a back injury in a game against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Stock Report: Roquan Smith confirms status as college’s top LB

A look at NFL prospects who helped themselves over championship weekend:

Ex-Giants WR Cruz calls firing of McAdoo "long overdue"

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said the firing of coach Ben McAdoo should have happened sooner.

Steelers’ Brown cites ’karma’ following win vs. Bengals

Antonio Brown was overheard repeating the word "karma" as fellow Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster talked to reporters about his block that left Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict prone on the field Monday.

Bears sign K Nugent, place K Santos on IR

The Chicago Bears signed Mike Nugent and placed fellow kicker Cairo Santos on injured reserve, the team announced.

Steelers’ Shazier ’continues to improve’ in hospital

CINCINNATI -- Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was carted off the field during the first quarter of Pittsburgh's 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, was due to remain in the hospital overnight.

Cushing officially back from suspension

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing took an important step toward rejoining his teammates on the field as soon as Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Steelers LB Shazier hospitalized with back injury

CINCINNATI -- Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was carted off the field during the first quarter of Pittsburgh's Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Lions unable to protect Stafford well enough

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Matthew Stafford has gutted his way through two different ankle injuries this year, but the Detroit Lions quarterback was finally forced to miss time Sunday against the Ravens because of a swollen right hand.

Slow starts, Stafford injury limit Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Back-to-back losses and four straight slow starts have the Detroit Lions' playoff chances on life support, but head coach Jim Caldwell said he does not think major changes are needed to his coaching staff, his game plans or anything else.

Kizer to remain Browns’ QB

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer was again reminded there will be setbacks to his career just when it seems he has things figured out.

» Monday, December 4, 2017

Eagles hope to practice better on road

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said after Sunday night's 24-10 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle that he didn't think his team had a particularly good week of practice leading up to the game.

Garoppolo was not the 49ers’ only star against Bears

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo stole the headlines, but it was hard to determine which was most impressive in Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears -- the 49ers' offense or defense.

49ers coach Shanahan pleased with Garoppolo debut

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- And now the San Francisco 49ers have a new problem.

Turnovers, protection issues plague Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated much of Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers. But three things doomed one of their best offensive efforts of the season and spoiled the return of quarterback Jameis Winston.

Seahawks happy to have McDougald around

RENTON, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald has proven to be a vitally important free-agent addition in the wake of Kam Chancellor's season-ending injury.

Seahawks QB Wilson on fire against Eagles

RENTON, Wash. -- With no running game and three Pro-Bowl defensive starters out for the season, quarterback Russell Wilson has needed to be spectacular to keep the Seattle Seahawks among the league's best teams.

Losing Jones may hurt Titans’ run defense

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The heart of the Tennessee Titans defense for the last two seasons has been their ability to stop the run.

Packers’ pass rush picks up steam

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers had seven sacks against Tampa Bay on Sunday, and that was their most since Week 3 of 2015, a streak of 45 games.

Stayin’ alive is Packers mantra

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Since 2007, just 10 of the 106 teams that failed to record double-digit victories in a season (9.4 percent) qualified for the postseason. It is no wonder Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has been preaching 10 wins to his troops for several days now.

Steelers LB Shazier carted off

CINCINNATI -- Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was carted off the field during the first quarter of Pittsburgh's Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rams competing for first-round playoff bye

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams' dramatic turnaround and now very real playoff push took a decided turn for the best on Sunday.

Steelers WR Brown active for game vs. Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is listed as active for Monday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Jets still have post-season hopes

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The song "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey has special meaning to people from New Jersey, because it was the song played during the final scene of The Sopranos.

Gabbert likely in Cardinals’ plans for 2018

TEMPE, Ariz. -- After making his first two starts of the season in Weeks 11 and 12, it almost seemed like a virtual lock that quarterback Blaine Gabbert would have a significant role with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018.

Dolphins’ Gase piles on Broncos with onside kick

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With the Denver Broncos trailing Miami 33-9 in the fourth quarter Sunday, their former offensive coordinator, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, seemed to rub their nose in the defeat by calling a successful onside kick.

Broncos hit even lower than rock bottom

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The question is no longer about whether change is coming to the Denver Broncos after the season.

Saints have another chance to solidify lead

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints strengthened their hold on first place in the NFC South on Sunday when they beat Carolina and Atlanta lost to Minnesota.

Raiders battle back for division tie

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders got even Sunday in more ways than one.

Despite struggles, Fox sees progress from Bears QB Trubisky

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- It's become routine now for Chicago Bears head coach John Fox to face questions about his job security during the midst of a current five-game losing streak.

Chargers climb back into division tie

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Three's company atop the AFC West, and the Los Angeles Chargers could not be more thrilled.

Jaguars pull off another fake punt

JACKSONVILLE -- So how many times can a team execute a fake punt play without the rest of the NFL catching on and watching for a pass or run? Apparently, the answer is at least three as that's how many times the Jacksonville Jaguars have successfully accomplished such a feat.

Jaguars pull off another fake punt

JACKSONVILLE -- So how many times can a team execute a fake punt play without the rest of the NFL catching on and watching for a pass or run? Apparently, the answer is at least three as that's how many times the Jacksonville Jaguars have successfully accomplished such a feat.

Colts eliminated, but Pagano stresses effort

INDIANAPOLIS -- Moving on.

Zimmer has eyes focused on Vikings’ next game

EDEN PRAIRE, Minn. -- Placement and perception at the top of the NFC shifted dramatically Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings (10-2) moved ahead of Philadelphia (10-2) into the top spot in the conference heading into Week 14.

Patriots LB Lee performs well against former team

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Linebacker Eric Lee was a member of the Buffalo Bills practice squad barely two weeks ago. Sunday afternoon in Buffalo he notched his second game as a member of the New England Patriots with a pretty impressive performance against his former team.

Ravens on a roll heading to home stretch

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are playing their best football at the most critical time of the season.

Patriots likely won’t have TE Gronkowski for next game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Sunday's trip to Buffalo to take on the Bills brought the New England Patriots another win, the team's eighth straight, as well as a less-expected short-term loss as tight end Rob Gronkowski earned a one-game suspension thanks to a fourth-quarter, post-play hit on a Buffalo defender.

NFL notebook: Giants fire McAdoo, GM Reese

The New York Giants fired second-year head coach Ben McAdoo in a housecleaning on Monday morning, less than a week after the benching of quarterback Eli Manning created a backlash from fans.

Falcons’ road to playoffs goes through New Orleans

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- If the defending NFC Champions are going to return to the playoffs, they must defeat their arch-rivals New Orleans Saints at least once and maybe twice.

Manning still wants to play somewhere next season

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning doesn't know what the future has in store for him. But one thing he does know is that he wants to play somewhere in 2018.

Beckham claims double standard for old GOAT Brady

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham took to social media to claim a double standard exists on the heels of watching New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's fiery outburst on the sideline Sunday.

Third-down defense a nightmare for Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It never really mattered what the New York Jets offense did on first or second down in their 38-31 win over the Kansas City on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Total housecleaning hits the Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With the New York Giants having made the earth-shattering and historic franchise decision to dismiss both head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese, team co-owner John Mara and the rest of the organization are now left to pick up the pieces of what Mara termed "the perfect storm" behind the embarrassing downward spiral of the team's 2017 season.

Panthers bemoan missed opportunities in loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers did not perform up to their standards in the showdown at New Orleans, losing 31-21 to snap a four-game winning streak.

Dolphins play complete game in beating Denver

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins finally played complementary football -- offense, defense and special teams -- and the result was their only blowout victory of the season, a 35-9 victory over Denver that broke an energy-sapping five-game losing streak.

QB Taylor’s status unknown for next game

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Monday that quarterback Tyrod Taylor did not sustain any ligament damage in his knee and instead suffered a patellar tendon contusion.

Falcons CB Trufant out of concussion protocol

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant is out of the league's concussion protocol and set to return to practice, coach Dan Quinn said Monday.

Ravens CB Smith suspended 4 games for PED violation

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, who suffered a season-ending left torn Achilles injury in Sunday's game, has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced Monday.

Patriots’ Gronkowski suspended one game for late hit

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski received a one-game suspension from the NFL on Monday following his late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White.

Giants fire coach McAdoo, GM Reese

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants fired second-year head coach Ben McAdoo in a housecleaning on Monday morning, less than a week after the benching of quarterback Eli Manning created a backlash from fans.

Lions QB Stafford gets good news on hand injury

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford does not have any broken bones in his throwing hand and is just dealing with soreness, coach Jim Caldwell said Monday.

Bills QB Taylor day-to-day with knee injury

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is considered day-to-day with a bruised patellar tendon in his knee, coach Sean McDermott said Monday.

Giants fire coach McAdoo, GM Reese

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants fired second-year head coach Ben McAdoo in a housecleaning on Monday morning, less than a week after the benching of quarterback Eli Manning created a backlash from fans.

2018 mock NFL draft: Giants replace Manning with Rosen

Turnarounds sparked by young star quarterbacks Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and -- prior to his season-ending injury -- Deshaun Watson could be all the encouragement QB-needy clubs need in 2018, with five passers projected to be among the first 32 picks in this updated first-round mock draft.

Giants fire coach McAdoo, GM Reese

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants fired second-year head coach Ben McAdoo in a housecleaning on Monday morning, less than a week after the benching of quarterback Eli Manning created a backlash from fans.

Ravens CB Smith suspended 4 games for PED violation

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, who suffered a season-ending left torn Achilles injury in Sunday's game, has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to multiple reports Monday.

Seattle’s McDougald proves to be more than fill-in

SEATTLE -- Last offseason, the Seattle Seahawks were ecstatic to sign Bradley McDougald, knowing they probably were going to need the veteran safety to fill in at some point for Earl Thomas and/or Kam Chancellor.

NFL roundup: Seahawks end Eagles’ win streak

SEATTLE -- Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, and the Seattle defense held the league's No. 1 offense to a season low in points as the Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-10 on Sunday night.

» Sunday, December 3, 2017

Eagles TE Ertz exits with possible head injury

SEATTLE -- Zach Ertz, the Philadelphia Eagles' star tight end, left the game against the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter Sunday night after due to a possible head injury.

Rams reach new horizons by not looking ahead

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It would have been hard to blame the Los Angeles Rams if they were looking ahead to next week's NFC showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Manning, still itching to play, plans to be active in ’18

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Giants quarterback Eli Manning found himself in an unfamiliar position Sunday, standing on the sideline as the backup to Geno Smith during New York's 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Potent tandem Ingram, Kamara too strong for foes

NEW ORLEANS -- "Picking your poison" is an expression that usually refers to trying to stop a multi-faceted opponent in one area at the expense of another, hoping that the balance sheet will work out in the end.

Chargers K Coons finds new fame

CARSON, Calif. -- Kicker Travis Coons was a trivia answer to a Los Angeles sports question before leading the Chargers to a 19-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns at the StubHub Center on Sunday.

NFL notebook: Giants may fire McAdoo

New York Giants ownership may be ready to fire coach Ben McAdoo after Sunday's loss against the Oakland Raiders, which would come less than a week after the benching of quarterback Eli Manning created a backlash from fans.

NFL roundup: Brady, Pats continue mastery of Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Tom Brady completed 21 of 30 passes for 258 yards en route to his 27th career victory over the Buffalo Bills as the New England Patriots won 23-3 on Sunday for their eighth straight victory.

More of the same for spiraling Broncos in Miami

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.-- The Denver Broncos were hoping for something different on Sunday that would help snap a long losing streak, but the team had its two nagging variables crop up again.

Chiefs’ Revis returns to New York with a dud

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The return of Darrelle Revis was mostly a dud.

Jaguars’ young receivers come up big

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are down their top two receivers in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.

Awaiting Rodgers’ return, Packers keep playoff hopes alive

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For years, the Green Bay Packers' winning formula started with, and sometimes ended with, quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

’Dirty’ hit by Gronkowski draws ire of Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- New England Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski could be facing disciplinary action for his late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White during Sunday's game.

Injuries, turnovers piling up for Texans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien felt like he were pushing a rock up a hill all day with no reward, one couldn't blame him.

Rams LB Ogletree injures elbow, out vs. Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree exited Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with an elbow injury and will not return.

Harbaugh bids to keep rolling Ravens grounded

BALTIMORE --The Baltimore Ravens suddenly look like a dangerous team.

Garoppolo impressive in 49ers’ starting debut

CHICAGO -- Jimmy Garoppolo felt butterflies in his stomach as he warmed up before making his first start with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

Vikings RB McKinnon unveils dance move in homecoming

ATLANTA -- Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon said in advance that he had something special ready if he scored in his homecoming on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Ravens CB Smith suffers season-ending Achilles injury

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during Sunday's 44-20 victory over the Detroit Lions.

NFL roundup: Brady, Patriots continue mastery of Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Tom Brady went 21-of-30 passing for 258 yards en route to his 27th career victory over the Buffalo Bills as the New England Patriots won 23-3 on Sunday for their eighth straight victory.

Bills QB Taylor, CB White exit game against Patriots

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor left Sunday's game against the New England Patriots with a knee injury and did not return and Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White was escorted to the locker room and evaluated for a head injury during the fourth quarter.

Colts RB Gore fifth on NFL rushing list

Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore moved into fifth place on the NFL's all-time rushing list during Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bills QB Taylor exits with knee injury

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor left Sunday's game against the New England Patriots with a knee injury and will not return.

Ravens CB Smith departs with Achilles injury

BALTIMORE -- Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered an Achilles injury and was ruled out against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

McAdoo in limbo: Giants coach could be canned in 24 hours

The New York Giants ownership may be ready to fire coach Ben McAdoo after Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, which would come less than a week after the benching of quarterback Eli Manning created a backlash from fans.

Vikings TE Morgan, Falcons G Levitre exit with injuries

ATLANTA -- Minnesota Vikings backup tight end David Morgan suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Chiefs’ Reid gives up play-calling duties

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid plans to give up his play-calling duties for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, handing over the responsibilities to offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.

Cardinals RB Peterson a game-day decision vs. Rams

Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson is a game-day decision for Sunday's contest against the Los Angeles Rams with a neck injury, although ESPN reports the team is "pessimistic" about his chances to play.

» Saturday, December 2, 2017

Patriots DE Flowers to miss Bills’ game

New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the host Buffalo Bills, the team announced on Saturday.

Steelers’ Brown misses practice, questionable for Monday’s game

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown missed practice for the second straight day on Saturday, putting his availability in question for Monday's game against the host Cincinnati Bengals.

Chargers place K Novak on IR, promote Coons

The Los Angeles Chargers placed Nick Novak on injured reserve and signed fellow kicker Travis Coons from the practice squad on Saturday.

NFL notebook: Packers QB Rodgers returns to practice

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrated his birthday Saturday by practicing with the team for the first time since breaking his collarbone on Oct. 15.

Packers QB Rodgers returns to practice

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrated his birthday Saturday by practicing with the team for the first time since breaking his collarbone on Oct. 15.

Colts promote WR Brent, C Fabiano

The Indianapolis Colts promoted wide receiver K.J. Brent and center Anthony Fabiano to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Saturday.

Jaguars release S Pryor

The Jacksonville Jaguars released safety Calvin Pryor and promoted defensive end Carroll Phillips to the active roster, the team announced Saturday.

Buccaneers add OL Liedtke to active roster

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers promoted offensive lineman Mike Liedtke from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday.

Colots promote WR Brent, C Fabiano

The Indianapolis Colts promoted wide receiver K.J. Brent and center Anthony Fabiano to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Saturday.

Eagles sign WR Jeffery to four-year extension

The Philadelphia Eagles signed wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a four-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced Saturday.

» Friday, December 1, 2017

Week 13 Game Scout: Vikings at Falcons

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (9-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (7-4)

Week 13 Game Scout: Chiefs at Jets

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-5) AT NEW YORK JETS (4-7)

Week 13 Game Scout: Lions at Ravens

DETROIT LIONS (6-5) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-5)

Week 13 Game Scout: Patriots at Bills

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-2) AT BUFFALO BILLS (6-5)

Week 13 Game Scout: 49ers at Bears

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-10) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-8)

Week 13 Game Scout: Buccaneers at Packers

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-7) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (5-6)

Week 13 Game Scout: Colts at Jaguars

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-8) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (7-4)

Week 13 Game Scout: Broncos at Dolphins

DENVER BRONCOS (3-8) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-7)

Week 13 Game Scout: Texans at Titans

HOUSTON TEXANS (4-7) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (7-4)

Week 13 Game Scout: Browns at Chargers

CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-11) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-6)

Week 13 Game Scout: Rams at Cardinals

LOS ANGELES RAMS (8-3) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-6)

Week 13 Game Scout: Panthers at Saints

CAROLINA PANTHERS (8-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (8-3)

Week 13 Game Scout: Giants at Raiders

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-9) AT OAKLAND RAIDERS (5-6)

Week 13 Game Scout: Eagles at Seahawks

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-1) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (7-4)

Decision for Redskins on injured guys playing

One blowout loss on Thursday put an end to any realistic hopes the Washington Redskins had of reaching the NFC playoffs.

Secondary changes help Dallas defense

FRISCO, Tex. -- When head coach Jason Garrett talked about changes the Dallas Cowboys were looking at on defense following three consecutive double-digit losses, the one that was acknowledged was the benching of cornerback Anthony Brown for rookie second-round pick Chidobe Awuzie.

Win provides Cowboys hope

FRISCO, Tex. -- The Dallas Cowboys' fans finally exhaled and they have started dreaming again following a 38-14 victory over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

NFL notebook: Panthers DE Johnson suspended for PED use

Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced Friday.

Panthers DE Johnson suspended for PEDs

Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced Friday.

NFL injury report for Sunday games

CAROLINA PANTHERS at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Packers RB Montgomery to undergo surgery

Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery was placed on injured reserve on Friday and will soon undergo season-ending wrist surgery.

Cardinals sign DT Peters to three-year extension

The Arizona Cardinals signed defensive tackle Corey Peters to a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season, the team announced Friday.

Broncos promote CB Rios

The Denver Broncos promoted cornerback Marcus Rios to the active roster from the practice squad on Friday.

Panthers DE Johnson suspended for PEDs

Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced Friday.

Jackson has ’big plans’ for Gordon’s return Sunday

BEREA, OHIO -- Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson will not ease wide receiver Josh Gordon into the lineup Sunday in Los Angeles against the Chargers.

Cowboys finally find their offense

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It took four games, but the Dallas Cowboys finally figured out how to score points and win a game without Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup.