• Bon Jovi, Toronto group's Bills bid on 'life support'

    Slam Sports "Jon Bon Jovi and his Toronto backers are reassessing whether even to continue in their pursuit of the Buffalo Bills, QMI Agency has learned. Their bid has been on the rocks for weeks and no one within the group is optimistic they'll wind up buying the NFL team, according to two sources in the..." August 21

  • 7h
    Ed Bouchette @EdBouchette

    Steelers will allow NFL to handle any disciplinary measures vs. Bell, Blount. Again, Goodell not likely to act in 2014. Both play tonight

  • Pettine on Manziel: Could be 'scenario where he doesn't play this year'

    CBSSports.com "First-year coach Mike Pettine could have done better with the Browns' quarterback situation in recent weeks, but he seems to have learned from his mistake. After naming Brian Hoyer the starter, Pettine put to rest the idea that rookie Johnny Manziel could see the field in specialty packages or..." August 21

  • Source: 49ers not interested in trading Boone

    CSN Bay Area "The 49ers have received inquiries from teams regarding the availability of holdout guard Alex Boone but are not interested in dealing him, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Another source said the 49ers have told teams that they would be willing to part with Boone for a first- or second-round draft..." August 21

  • Is Johnny Manziel just Tim Tebow with a better arm and bad attitude?

    New York Post "This week has made it clear that it isn’t too soon to wonder whether Johnny Football will ever make it in the NFL. To wonder if he’s just Tim Tebow with a better arm and a much worse attitude. The Browns couldn’t have made it any easier for Johnny Manziel to win the starting quarterback job,..." August 21

  • 22h
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Following the marijuana-related arrest, #Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount did travel with the team for the preseason game. Le'Veon Bell did not

  • Steelers' Bell, Blount taken into custody, admit to pot possession

    NFL.com "The Pittsburgh Steelers backfield could be facing legal trouble. Detective Brian Kohlhepp of the Ross Township, Pennsylvania Police Department confirmed to NFL Media that running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were pulled over Wednesday around 1:30 p.m. ET. They, along with an..." August 21

  • Extra point change may soon be permanent

    CSN New England "It was good to see some cockeyed preseason kicks. So good, said NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino, that extra points will change permanently “in the very near future.” Speaking on The Dan Patrick Show this week, Blandino shared the numbers after two preseason games with kickers attempting..." August 21

  • Jim Irsay trial postponed, moved from August to October

    CBSSports.com "Jim Irsay was originally scheduled to face trial on Aug. 28, but thanks to a continuance, that date has now been pushed back two months. The new trial date for the Colts owner is scheduled for Oct. 30, according to the Associated Press. Irsay is facing two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving..." August 21

  • Montee Ball on track for season opener

    Denver Post "Montee Ball participated in practice Wednesday in a limited capacity, continuing to regain strength after an appendectomy. He won't play Saturday, but his progress suggests he's on track for the season opener. He won't know until he takes that first hit. "There was no hesitation to return..." August 21

  • Cowboys' DeVonte Holloman's career is over after serious neck injury

    Dallas Morning News "Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said during his Thursday press conference that DeVonte Holloman’s career is likely over. The 23-year old second-year linebacker left Saturday’s preseason game with a neck injury. He was going for a tackle with 6:34 left in the fourth quarter and one of his..." August 21

  • 9h
    Terez A. Paylor @TerezPaylor

    Jamaal Charles returned to practice today. Got some scout team work too

  • Redskins uncertain on Bowen's return

    ESPN.com "The Washington Redskins still remain uncertain about whether or not defensive end Stephen Bowen will return for the season opener. With a little more than two weeks before that game, Bowen is on the physically unable to perform list. Bowen continues to work his way back after having..." August 21

  • Johnny Manziel still struggling with Browns' playbook

    SB Nation "Johnny Manziel lost out on the Cleveland Browns' Week 1 starting quarterback job, though the reason might not have much to do with Brian Hoyer. Manziel was unable to grasp offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's playbook well enough to earn the role, according to NFL.com's Rapoport, despite..." August 21

  • 8h
    Curtis Crabtree @Curtis_Crabtree

    Pete Carroll said Marshawn Lynch will get some work this week. "It's time for him to get some carries." Would be first touches of preseason.

  • NFL claims immunity in Oakland Raiderette cheerleader lawsuit

    Yahoo! Sports "Cheerleaders across the NFL have begun filing suits against their teams and in some cases the NFL, charging an array of offenses including improper working conditions and below-minimum wage payment. Now the NFL has responded to a suit filed by two Oakland Raiderettes cheerleaders, and is declining..." August 21

  • Lions DT Nick Fairley says he plans to start in season opener

    Detroit News "Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley stood at his locker smiling Wednesday, answering questions about his recent demotion with a surprisingly cavalier attitude. He admitted to gaining weight since training camp, up to 315 pounds despite thinking his ideal weight is 305. He didn’t think the idea..." August 21

  • Colts GM: Trent Richardson needs to answer the bell, do his job

    CBSSports.com "By any measure, running back Trent Richardson has been a huge disappointment. The Colts gave up a first-round pick to get him and he responded by averaging 2.9 yards per carry last season. Impossibly, Richardson's been worse this preseason, managing just 2.4 yards per carry. For months, the..." August 21

  • Harbaugh pulls 49ers practice after footing problems on Levi’s Stadium turf

    CSN Bay Area "Coach Jim Harbaugh brought his team together less than an hour into practice Wednesday evening and abruptly led his team out of Levi's Stadium due to poor field conditions. Basic plays provided huge divots, and there were patches of sod that were still discolored from the 49ers' game Sunday..." August 21

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams

    Forbes.com "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20

  • Harbaugh, 49ers could part ways after this season

    San Jose Mercury News "This is not being written to intentionally disrupt the 49ers' 2014 preparations, though I'm sure I will be accused of exactly that. From what I've heard from several NFL sources, some who know Jim Harbaugh well, I'll say that 80% of the NFL people I talk to assume that there's a strong chance..." August 20

  • Brian Hoyer named starter over Manziel for opener

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Despite awful performances by both of his quarterbacks in Monday night's loss at Washington, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced Tuesday he has chosen Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel to start the season opener against the Steelers Sept. 7. Hoyer will also start Saturday night's "dress..." August 20

  • Johnny Manziel struggled with Browns' playbook

    NFL.com "It felt like there were no winners in the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback competition, but we now know that Brian Hoyer will line up under center in Week 1. Johnny Manziel wasn't ready. This competition was never about Hoyer. As Browns coach Mike Pettine said, it was about Manziel versus..." August 20

  • Jim Kelly Showing no Evidence of Cancer

    BuffaloBills.com "The New York Head & Neck Institute at Lenox Hospital in Manhattan, the hospital spearheading Jim Kelly’s cancer treatments and evaluation, released this statement today: Jim Kelly was evaluated yesterday at the New York Head & Neck Institute at Lenox Hospital in Manhattan, three months after..." August 20

  • Jerry Jones blames teams like Seattle for more penalties

    Fox Sports Southwest "It's no secret that we’ve seen a lot more yellow on the field this preseason. Last Friday, 32 penalties were assessed in New Orleans' 31-24 victory over Tennessee. According to research done by Sports Day columnist Rick Gosselin, the most called in a single game last season was 27. The NFL..." August 20

  • Mike Carey, longtime NFL referee, avoided Washington’s games because of the name

    Washington Post "Mike Carey sat quietly by himself in the CBS NFL game-day studio in Manhattan on Monday. As he had for 19 integrity-driven seasons as one of the league’s most highly respected officials, the network’s recently hired rules analyst blended seamlessly into the background, doing what every good..." August 20

  • Bengals reach a new deal with Vontaze Burfict

    Pro Football Talk "With Andy Dalton taken care of, the Bengals are moving on to other business. The next in line is weakside linebacker, who has agreed to a multi-year extension with the team, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN. Adam Schefter says it’s a four-year, $20 million deal, with $7.6 million this..." August 20

  • 1d
    Kent Somers @kentsomers

    #azcardinals are signing DT Isaac Sopoaga, per source. Worked out for them this afternoon.

  • Lions' Nick Fairley breaks silence: 'I want to stay here in Detroit'

    Detroit Free Press "Nick Fairley said he has gained seven pounds since the start of training camp and, after nearly two weeks in a backup role, the big defensive tackle is hopeful that he’ll regain his starting job with the Detroit Lions by preseason’s end. “Really, what I plan on doing is just continue to get..." August 20

  • 1d
    Matt Maiocco @MaioccoCSN

    Source: Teams have inquired about trading for #49ers holdout guard Alex Boone, but SF is not interested in trading him.

  • Report: NFL asking potential Super Bowl halftime acts to pay to perform

    CBSSports.com "If the NFL has its way, fans won't be the only ones paying to attend the Super Bowl in February. According to the Wall Street Journal, the league is asking performers to pay for the right to be the halftime act at Super Bowl XLIV in Arizona. Nothing's set in stone yet, but the league has..." August 20

  • Ex-players clash on NFL concussion lawsuit settlement

    USA Today "Sean Morey has a pretty short temper. Sometimes he's even flown into a rage without knowing why — a problem he attributed to brain injuries he suffered as an NFL player. "I take an antidepressant to lengthen my fuse," Morey told USA TODAY Sports. But his passion still flares, especially..." August 20

  • Still no ruling in the Josh Gordon case

    Pro Football Talk "A full 15 days have passed since hearing officer Harold Henderson concluded the hearing in connection with the appeal of Browns receiver Josh Gordon’s one-year suspension. Nearly four months have passed since word of the suspension first emerged. And there’s still no ruling. The..." August 20

  • DeAngelo Hall on penalty emphasis: Seahawks got their ring, now we have to deal with consequences

    Pro Football Talk "The amount of flags for defensive holding and illegal contact have been a major talking point throughout the preseason and one player affected by them thinks he knows why the league moved to emphasize those calls this season. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said there are “no ifs, ands or..." August 20

  • 1d
    Mary Kay Cabot @MaryKayCabot

    #browns Desmond Bryant did have wrist surgery, Pettine not sure if he'll be ready for opener.

  • Pettine: Gordon's effort in loss disappointing

    ESPN.com "The Cleveland Browns did not like what they saw in wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday night in the 24-23 loss to Washington. Coach Mike Pettine said there were a couple plays when the team did not see the proper effort from Gordon. "There were a couple plays where I think -- we just came..." August 20

  • Report: Progress in Crabtree contract talks

    Sacramento Bee "Three weeks ago when he was asked about a possible contract extension for receiver Michael Crabtree, the best face Trent Baalke could put on the matter was that the 49ers were “going to try.” “But at some point you’ve got to stop negotiating deals and let these guys concentrate on football,”..." August 20

  • Brett Keisel signs two-year deal with Steelers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Steelers officially announced the signing of defensive end Brett Keisel today. Keisel, who is entering his 13th season, signed a two-year contract. The Steelers cut defensive lineman Al Lapuaho to make room on the roster for Keisel, who will travel with the team to Philadelphia but is not..." August 20

  • Did playing in NFL give Tim Shaw ALS?

    Forbes.com "Tim Shaw, a well-respected NFL journeyman, on Tuesday announced that he’s suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Shaw’s the latest reminder of why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is personal for NFL players: He’s at least the fourth NFL veteran in the past seven years to be..." August 20

  • NFL expands practice squads to 10 players

    NFL.com "The NFL Competition Committee discussed expanding practice squads from eight to 10 players back in March. The owners tabled the idea back then, but the measure has now passed. The NFL announced Tuesday that change will go into place for only the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Absent a further..." August 20

  • Geno named starting QB ... for this week

    ESPN New York "Wide receiver David Nelson summed up the reality of the New York Jets' quarterback situation. "When the coaches say, 'First-group offense,' we know who's walking in the huddle," Nelson said Tuesday. "It's not something that needs to be said. He's the guy and we're moving forward." He, of..." August 20

  • Eagles acquire former Oregon RB Kenjon Barner from Panthers

    Philly.com "The Eagles traded for Panthers running back/returner Kenjon Barner, a former Oregon standout who played for coach Chip Kelly. They surrendered a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. Barner, who is 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, was a 2013 sixth-round pick. The 25-year old had only six carries and..." August 20

  • 2d
    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #49ers next contract target: WR Michael Crabtree. There is progress. Hope is for a deal before the season. Otherwise shelved until after

  • Mike Ditka calls Redskins name debate 'stupid' and 'appalling'

    Sporting News "The debate over whether the name of Washington's NFL team is an insult is "stupid" and the people who oppose it are "asinine,'' according to legendary coach, broadcaster and Hall of Fame player Mike Ditka. "This is so stupid it’s appalling,'' Ditka, now an ESPN analyst, told the website..." August 20

  • Titans, Jake Locker embrace scrambling despite injuries

    Tennessean "Even after all those injuries and all those missed games, Jake Locker remains willing to put his body in harm's way. And he does so with the endorsement of his coach, Ken Whisenhunt. Locker is being encouraged to run for yardage when the opportunity presents itself, particularly when his..." August 20

  • O-line stability a welcome change for Raiders

    San Francisco Chronicle "Last year, starting in the preseason, the Raiders' offensive line had more personnel changes than the Temptations did through the '70s and '80s. This year, at least there's stability. While the tight end corps has taken some hits, the line has stayed intact. In 2013 there were already three..." August 20

  • Final bids in Buffalo Bills sale due in roughly two weeks, per reports

    Buffalo Rumblings "Per two separate reports, final, binding bids for the Buffalo Bills could be submitted before or near Labor Day weekend, with a target date for a new owner set for October. On Monday afternoon, John Kryk of the Toronto Sun reported at the tail end of another Jon Bon Jovi update that final,..." August 20

  • Eagles counting on LeSean McCoy to be 'Barry Sanders-esque'

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy was upset when he missed a practice this week due to a painful big toe. Last season's NFL rushing champ wants every repetition he can get as heads into the season hoping to raise the bar he set in 2013. "Any time I'm not capable of going out there and practicing — missing — is..." August 19

  • Report: NFL wants to charge Super Bowl halftime acts

    Fox Sports "The NFL wants Super Bowl halftime acts to pay to play. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the league is looking to cash in by charging acts for the exposure they get during the big game. Since many acts can receive an immediate bump in tour and record sales after a halftime..." August 19

  • J.J. Watt wants to remain with Texans; waiting for extension

    Houston Chronicle "J.J. Watt wants to remain with the Texans as long as possible. The 2012 NFL defensive player of the year also knows he’s in line for a major contract extension. Watt said Tuesday he hasn’t considered holding out because it would keep him off the football field. But the face of the franchise..." August 19

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