• John Mara wants Eli Manning to play for Giants in 2018 as team’s GM search begins

    New York Daily News "Eli still loves the Giants. And John Mara still loves Eli. The Giants are a team in transition, but Mara said Wednesday that he wants Eli Manning back for his 15th season with the Giants in 2018. Manning has previously said the Giants are all he knows and he wants to remain. When Mara was..." December 13

  • Saints season-ticket holder sues for refund over player protests: 'One way or another they'll pay'

    The Advocate "A Morgan City man is suing the New Orleans Saints for a refund on his season tickets because some players have disrespected the national anthem before games this season. Lee Dragna filed a lawsuit Monday in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna seeking a refund for the tickets as well as..." December 13

  • Robert Griffin III says he turned down a contract offer from Cardinals

    Arizona Sports "In 2012, Robert Griffin III was the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. In 2017, the former Heisman winner has yet to appear on an NFL roster, let alone take a snap. But that doesn’t mean he’s done with football. In fact, Griffin revealed Tuesday on ESPN that he turned down offers from two..." December 13

  • Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in 49ers history in his first two starts. But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s play has not changed how he views the contract situation that must be addressed before the start of the new league year in March. The 49ers..." December 13

  • Tyrod Taylor practicing, will start if he’s healthy

    Pro Football Talk "The Bills are making an unexpected playoff push, and they may have their starting quarterback back at the helm this week. Tyrod Taylor was back at practice Wednesday, after missing last week’s game with a knee injury. Of course, the Bills need him to be well, since backup Nathan Peterman..." December 13

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster: 'I'm not going to change my game' after suspension

    Sporting News "JuJu Smith-Schuster still plans to play physically, even after an illegal hit got him suspended from Sunday's win over the Ravens. "I'm not going to change my game," Smith-Schuster said, via ESPN.com. The rookie Steelers wideout was suspended for his brutal hit on Bengals linebacker..." December 13

  • Patriots Re-Sign DL Ricky Jean Francois, Place OL Marcus Cannon On IR

    NFL Trade Rumors "The New England Patriots announced Wednesday that they’ve re-signed DL Ricky Jean Francois and placed OL Marcus Cannon on injured reserve. The Patriots also waived WR Bernard Reedy and LB Jonathan Freeny. Francois, 31, is a former seventh-round pick of the 49ers back in 2009. He played four..." December 13

  • Giants To Start GM Interviews Next Week

    Pro Football Rumors "The Giants are expected to start GM interviews next week, according to Judy Battista of NFL.com (on Twitter). However, they are unlikely to name one before end of the season for fear of missing out on candidates currently with teams. After Jerry Reese was let go, the Giants did not rule out..." December 13

  • Roger Goodell plans to step aside as commissioner at end of new deal

    Larry Brown Sports "Roger Goodell’s new five-year contract is expected to be his last. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed to reporters Wednesday that Goodell has decided to step aside as commissioner when his new deal expires in 2024, and that he intends to devote part of his time in the years to come to..." December 13

  • Colts RB Frank Gore Says He’ll Return Next Year If There’s A Great Situation For Him

    Indianapolis Star "After carrying the football an astounding 36 times at an age when most of his peers have long since retired, Frank Gore seemed puzzled about all the fuss. Asked how his body felt a day after a career-high number of rushing attempts in Sunday’s blizzard conditions in Buffalo, the Indianapolis..." December 13

  • Report | NFL teams informed of likely 2018 salary cap

    Fanrag Sports "At the NFL owners’ meetings in Texas this week, the teams received a clearer picture of what the 2018 NFL salary cap will look like. The cap’s grown by more than $10 million in each of the past five years, and that trend could well continue come 2018. But the increase might not be quite as much..." December 13

  • Eagles' Zach Ertz clears concussion protocol, coach says

    The Patriot News "After a mix up last week, Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson stated with certainty Wednesday tight end Zach Ertz has cleared concussion protocol and will practice in full this week. "He's good to go," Pederson said. Ertz, the Eagles' receptions leader, missed Sunday's win over the Rams...." December 13

  • Bruce Arians: Blaine Gabbert's smarts comparable to Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck

    ESPN "Bruce Arians knows a smart football mind when he sees one. Two of his protégés -- Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck -- are considered among the brightest quarterbacks in football history. And Arians thinks the Arizona Cardinals' current quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, is just as smart as Manning and..." December 13

  • Packers QB Aaron Rodgers Medically Cleared

    NFL Trade Rumors "Packers QB Aaron Rodgers announced Tuesday that he’s been medically cleared to return from the broken collarbone that led to him being placed on injured reserve. You can expect the Packers to officially activate him from injured reserve on Wednesday. Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters..." December 12

  • Josh McCown may be considering retirement after broken hand

    Larry Brown Sports "Veteran New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown may be calling it quits after 15 seasons in the NFL. In an appearance Tuesday on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” Matt Forte, one of McCown’s teammates on the Jets, revealed that McCown hinted at retirement after suffering a season-ending..." December 12

  • Eagles reportedly not interested in signing Colin Kaepernick to replace Wentz

    CBS Sports "Whenever an NFL contender has lost its quarterback to a serious injury this season -- from Ryan Tannehill to Aaron Rodgers to Deshaun Watson -- Colin Kaepernick's name has surfaced almost immediately as a possible replacement. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear Kaepernick's name come up..." December 12

  • Ex-Chief Larry Johnson convinced he's living with CTE

    Washington Post "He inches forward, with jets overhead and the ground 50 stories below. Larry Johnson can feel it happening: the arrival, he calls it, of the demons. They push him toward the barrier of a rooftop deck of an apartment building where he sometimes comes to visit a friend and, in moments like these,..." December 12

  • RG3 Claims He Nearly Signed With Ravens

    Pro Football Rumors "Robert Griffin III wasn’t able to land an NFL contract this year, but he says he was close. In an appearance on ESPN, RG3 said that he almost wound up playing for the Ravens (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter). The quarterback added that he has had “interesting offers” from other teams as..." December 12

  • New England Patriots close to deal with WR Kenny Britt

    247 Sports "Kenny Britt signed a four-year deal with over $32 million with the Cleveland Browns in the offseason, but he did not even make it through his first full season with the team after being released earlier in December. According to one report, though, he has found a new team. According to Field..." December 12

  • Carson Wentz had NFL's top-selling jersey in November

    NFL.com "The Philadelphia Eagles placed Carson Wentz on injured reserve Tuesday. The official paperwork represented the culmination of a night terror turned reality for Iggles fans, who thought, maybe -- just maybe -- this was finally the year. Ugh, maybe it still is! This has been a weird season. If..." December 12

  • Steelers' Mike Tomlin: Ryan Shazier still wants to game-plan from his hospital bed

    CBS Sports "Ryan Shazier's season officially ended on Tuesday when the Steelers placed him on injured reserve with a brutal back injury that required spinal stabilization surgery. But that won't stop Shazier from helping his team win football games this season. On Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin..." December 12

  • Why there shouldn’t be a debate: Devin Hester belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    NBC Chicago "Devin Hester announced his retirement on Tuesday, putting an official end to the greatest career a return man has ever had in NFL history. That’s not an opinion borne out of a view through Bear goggles. Consider his accomplishments: — Most punt return touchdowns (14) of anyone in NFL..." December 12

  • Tom Savage defends Texans' Bill O'Brien, says he's 'doing fine'

    ESPN "Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage tweeted Monday that he's "doing fine" and defended Bill O'Brien, writing that "nobody cares more about his players than" the coach. The NFL and NFLPA announced Monday that they are investigating whether the league's concussion protocol was followed after..." December 12

  • Report: Aaron Rodgers pushing hard to play; collarbone not fully healed

    Larry Brown Sports "Aaron Rodgers is eligible to return from injured reserve this week, and Green Bay Packers fans are downright giddy about the possibility of the star quarterback taking the reigns again just in time for the playoffs. At this point, there’s still a chance that won’t happen. Rodgers underwent a CT..." December 12

  • Jerry Jones won’t be withdrawing resolution to delay Goodell deal

    Pro Football Talk "Roger Goodell’s deal is done, but Jerry Jones isn’t done with his effort to block it. Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas during his weekly Tuesday appearance that the resolution to delay Goodell’s contract by six months is “still in place.” That admission came after Jones said he’s not going to..." December 12

  • Redskins send Jordan Reed to IR, ending disappointing season

    Pro Football Talk "Washington decided to put an end to the weekly question about Jordan Reed‘s health. The oft-injured tight end was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, along with running back Byron Marshall, and linebacker Chris Carter. Reed was limited to just 27 catches for 211 yards this season, as he dealt..." December 12

  • ESPN suspends Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis after sexual harassment allegations

    Awful Announcing "ESPN has reportedly suspended Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis after a lawsuit filed Monday night alleged they sexually harassed a coworker while working for NFL Network. McNabb and Davis will not appear on ESPN or ESPN Radio airwaves as the network investigates the claims. NFL Network similarly..." December 12

  • Belichick on looking past Miami: “Give me a break”

    Pro Football Talk "There has been plenty of talk in recent weeks about the Steelers looking past opponents to their showdown with the Patriots. After the Patriots lost on Monday night to the Dolphins, the first question from reporters for coach Bill Belichick was whether his team was looking past their opponent to..." December 12

  • Packers, Aaron Rodgers at crossroads with key decision

    NFL.com "A day after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers underwent the all-important first CT scan to determine how his fractured collarbone is healing, there is still no word on his status. Coach Mike McCarthy called it a medical decision on Monday and said the team is conferring with several experts. "I..." December 12

  • Matthew Stafford doesn't expect to play with taped fingers going forward

    Detroit Free Press "Matthew Stafford said his swollen right hand has progressed to the point that he does not believe he'll need to wear any supporting apparatus on his digits for the rest of the season. "I don’t know yet," Stafford said Tuesday. "I wouldn’t think so, but I don’t know. Possibly." Stafford..." December 12

  • Coleman still in concussion protocol, Levitre out as Falcons return to practice

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Falcons returned to practice on Tuesday, but running back Tevin Coleman (concussion protocol) was not on the field during the portion of practice that’s open to the media. Left guard Andy Levitre (triceps injury) was at practice, but did not have his helmet and was not participating in..." December 12

  • Steelers Place LB Ryan Shazier On Injured Reserve

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that they’ve placed LB Ryan Shazier on injured reserve. “Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during the remainder of this season,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “However, even off the field Ryan will continue to be..." December 12

  • Report: Eli Apple ‘disliked’ within Giants organization

    ESPN "The New York Giants are "disappointed" in cornerback Eli Apple, and he could face discipline for tweeting during Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Apple, the 10th overall pick last year, was inactive for the fourth straight game. He responded to a tweet asking why he..." December 12

  • Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis Just Said What?

    Sportsnaut "Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is most definitely on the hot seat after his team started the season 5-8 and is completely out of the AFC Playoff race. That was brought to an entirely new level following an embarrassing 33-7 home loss to the last-place Chicago Bears this past..." December 12

  • Devin Hester officially announces his retirement

    Pro Football Talk "After playing for the Seahawks in their Divisional Round loss to the Falcons in last season’s playoffs, kick returner Devin Hester said he thought he was done with his playing career. Hester didn’t get around to officially closed the door on returning until Tuesday, however. That’s when he..." December 12

  • Donald Trump is reportedly disappointed that Tom Brady has 'distanced himself'

    CBS Sports "During the run up to the 2016 presidential election, there was a lot of focus on the New England Patriots, in large part because of close ties between quarterback Tom Brady and then-Republican candidate Donald Trump. Brady, who repeatedly pointed out that Trump was a good friend of his and he..." December 12

  • NFL Network suspends 3 analysts accused of sexual harassment

    Larry Brown Sports "NFL Network is suspending three prominent analysts in the wake of sexual harassment accusations. The network announced on Monday that ex-NFL stars Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans have been suspended after a suit was reportedly filed against them in Los Angeles Superior Court by..." December 12

  • Rob Gronkowski-Less Patriots Were Historically Bad On Third Down Vs. Dolphins

    NESN "It’s hard to win football games when you don’t convert on third down. It’s almost impossible to do so when you don’t convert any of your third downs. The New England Patriots did just that Monday night, going a putrid 0-for-11 in third-down situations in a 27-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins at..." December 12

  • Jarvis Landry confirms he was mimicking deflating football with TD celebration

    WEEI Boston "It appears Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry was taking a shot at the Patriots following his second touchdown Monday night. The receiver placed the football on the ground in the end zone and appeared to mimic deflating it. “This song right here, ‘Take the air out the ball, just so I can..." December 12

  • Tom Brady the main culprit in a bad night for the Patriots

    Boston Herald "Tom Brady had his worst game of the year last night. In fact, he had his roughest outing in quite some time. A 59.9 passer rating? From the player who’s now become the favorite to win the MVP thanks to Carson Wentz’ season-ending knee injury? It was hard to watch, all the inaccurate..." December 12

  • Colts sent non-players on field to clear snow, violating NFL policy

    Pro Football Talk "Just before Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri lined up for a game-tying extra point on Sunday in Buffalo, the Colts sent some sideline personnel onto the field to attempt to remove snow from the area where the kick would be lined up, and help Vinatieri get better footing. That’s a violation of league..." December 12

  • Luck Making Progress In Europe

    Pro Football Rumors "When asked about the status of quarterback Andrew Luck, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he is “doing fine” and is receiving treatment in Europe, the teams reports. “(He’s) communicating via e-mail and text; making progress,” Pagano said. “I think everybody knows — he’s in Europe..." December 12

  • Giants have no plans to have Davis Webb play at QB this year

    Newsday "Eli Manning will start at quarterback for the Giants on Sunday with no blueprint to get rookie Davis Webb on the field or even in uniform during the final three games of the season. “I’m week by week and let’s win the next game,” interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Monday of his game plan..." December 12

  • Josh Gordon mocks Browns’ talent in Twitter spat

    New York Post "The Browns would prefer Josh Gordon talk a big game through his playing ability, not through 280 Twitter characters. Following the Browns’ 27-21 overtime loss Sunday to the Packers, wide receiver Gordon engaged in a social-media spat with Green Bay corner Damarious Randall. After the Green..." December 12

  • Jets' Todd Bowles tries to explain latest coaching blunder

    Newark Star-Ledger "Todd Bowles deserves credit for this year's Jets team. Talent wise, they're not very good. Yet Bowles has them playing their hearts out most weeks, and in most games. They've exceeded expectations. But that doesn't mean the third-year coach has been perfect. In Sunday's 23-0 loss to the..." December 12

  • Colts coach Chuck Pagano not focusing on job status

    Clutch Points "The Indianapolis Colts suffered their fourth-straight loss in Week 14 versus the Buffalo Bills and have since been officially ruled out of the playoffs. Needless to say, the 2017 NFL season has been a year-long struggle starting from the opening week. Now that the Colts have missed the playoffs..." December 12

  • NFL issues memo warning teams of 'significant' punishment for abuse of officials

    ESPN "The NFL warned its teams Monday that it will begin levying "significant discipline" to anyone engaging in offensive conduct or contact against game officials, responding to a series of incidents that had grown increasingly worrisome to the NFL Referees Association. The message was delivered..." December 12

  • Raiders’ Jack Del Rio: “We’ve got to man up.”

    San Jose Mercury News "Jack Del Rio wasn’t in the mood to dress up a pig. The Raiders coach saw the same thing everyone else saw in a 26-15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and wanted fans to know he’s more angry about it than they are. At the start of his weekly news conference Monday, Del Rio said: “Here’s what I..." December 12

  • Bill O’Brien expects C.J. Fiedorowicz back

    Houston Chronicle "Texans coach Bill O’Brien reiterated that he anticipates tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz returning for next season despite suffering three concussions this season and twice being placed on injured reserve. Fiedorowicz's California-based agent told The Chronicle that the former Iowa standout wants to..." December 12

  • Carson Wentz vows to come back “stronger than ever”

    Pro Football Talk "Carson Wentz admits he’s had a “tough” day after the medical staff confirmed he tore the ACL in his left knee during Sunday’s loss to the Rams. But in a video message he posted on social media, the Eagles quarterback said the injury will not “stop me” and vowed to return “stronger than..." December 11

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