• Cutler's benching could signal QB's end with Bears

    USA Today "Jay Cutler is fast becoming his generation's Jeff George: Strong arm. Stronger will. Unfixable gunslinger. That's Cutler in a nutshell nine seasons and 130 interceptions into an NFL career that's gone nowhere. Cutler's mounting turnovers and losses left Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman no..." December 18

  • Report: Michigan offers Jim Harbaugh six-year, $48 million deal

    CBSSports.com "The Michigan Wolverines really want Jim Harbaugh and to get him, the school is apparently willing to make Harbaugh the highest paid coach in college football. According to NFL.com, Michigan has offered Harbaugh a six-year deal worth $48 million. If Harbaugh accepted the deal, the $8 million per..." December 18

  • Sources: Russell Wilson changing agents

    ESPN.com "Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who is eligible for a new deal after this season, is changing agents, according to a memo the NFL sent teams Wednesday. Sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Wilson is likely to go with his baseball agent, Mark Rodgers. Wilson did speak recently..." December 18

  • Polk, not McCoy, begins practice with Eagles' starters

    CSN Philly "Eagles practice began Wednesday with a twist: Chris Polk was running with the first-team offense while LeSean McCoy watched from the sideline. What does this mean? Impossible to tell. But it certainly was certainly unusual to see the 2013 NFL rushing leader and two-time all-pro on the..." December 18

  • Bears may be protecting Cutler against injury

    Pro Football Talk "Question: What team benches a quarterback who signed a contract that pays him $22.5 million in 2014 and another fully-guaranteed $15.5 million in 2015? Answer: A team that doesn’t want an injury to derail a plan to trade or cut the quarterback. Yes, Cutler will get $2.8125 million to not..." December 18

  • 49ers release Ray McDonald

    SB Nation "The San Francisco 49ers released defensive end Ray McDonald, according to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Network Bay Area. San Jose police are investigating rape allegations leveled against McDonald this week. Police were called to a local hospital on Monday when staff there treated a possible..." December 17

  • Federal judge dismisses painkillers lawsuit against NFL

    Washington Post "A U.S. district judge Wednesday dismissed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL in which former players alleged the league illegally administered painkillers to them to mask pain and conceal injuries so they could remain on the playing field. In making his ruling, U.S. District Judge William..." December 17

  • Darrelle Revis: 'Sad' for Rex Ryan

    ESPN New York "It has been two years since he last played for the New York Jets, but Darrelle Revis still has an affinity for coach Rex Ryan, whose defensive scheme allowed the star cornerback to create "Revis Island." Revis, currently in his first season with the New England Patriots, is upset at the..." December 17

  • Troy Aikman was offered Eagles QB job while announcing game in 2002

    CBSSports.com "Chip Kelly probably didn't reach out to any retired quarterbacks after Nick Foles went down injured in November, but another Eagles coach did when his quarterback went down 12 years ago. Back in 2002, Fox announcer and former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was annoucing a game when Andy Reid..." December 17

  • Browns teammates shun Manziel in introductions

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Fox Sports' Pam Oliver, who worked the sideline for the Browns-Bengals game Sunday, reported on CBS' show "We Need to Talk" that some of Johnny Manziel's teammates kept their hands to themselves during pre-game introductions and refused to acknowledge him. "Mike Pettine, when he was debating..." December 17

  • Redskins' Gruden thinks what he says about RG3 gets "twisted"

    CSN Washington "Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday he believes his comments on Robert Griffin III are often “twisted” to fit the narrative that he and Griffin have a contentious relationship. “I don’t have much of a concern really,” Gruden said, asked whether he’s concerned about how his relationship..." December 17

  • Mike Pettine: Bernie Kosar off mark

    ESPN.com "Coach Mike Pettine said Bernie Kosar's comments on the Cleveland Browns' front-office culture were "a little dramatic" and that "obstacles are being removed for us to be successful." "Sometimes guys will make comments that are a little over the top," Pettine said at his Wednesday news..." December 17

  • Michael Vick has nearly paid off $18 million in debt

    USA Today "When Michael Vick was released from jail after serving 548 days for involvement in a dogfighting ring, he owed creditors nearly $18 million dollars. Vick agreed to live on a restrictive budget and use two-thirds of every dollar he earned to pay off creditors and taxes. Six years after he made his..." December 17

  • Will Darrelle Revis return to the Patriots next season?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ex-Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is under contract next year with the Patriots, albeit for a prohibitive salary-cap number that's going to force the Patriots to decide whether to bring him back. And in a conference call with New York reporters on Wednesday in advance of Sunday's Jets-Patriots..." December 17

  • Cam Newton returns to Panthers' practice

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton returned to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since sustaining two fractures in his lower back during a two-car accident last week in Charlotte. Backup quarterback Derek Anderson received more reps than Newton during the 30-minute portion..." December 17

  • Police investigating 49ers’ Ray McDonald for possible sexual assault

    Sacramento Bee "San Jose Police are once again looking at 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald, this time in relation to an alleged sexual assault that occurred Monday. Police obtained a search warrant based on a preliminary inverstigation and served it at McDonald’s San Jose home Tuesday. According to police, at..." December 17

  • Judge bars Patriots gear from courthouse at Hernandez trial

    Boston Globe "The judge in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has barred anyone wearing Patriots-themed clothing from entering the courthouse during the trial. Judge E. Susan Garsh, in a court order filed on Friday, wrote, “No person wearing clothing, or a button or..." December 17

  • ABC-7 makes suicide joke about Jay Cutler

    Chicago Sun-Times "Every jokester knows there are some things off limits. I like to call it the 4-H club: Hitler, holocaust, health (cancer, AIDS, mental issues, addiction, etc.) and hate (racism, bullying, etc.). You just don’t go there unless you have a prepared apology and resume ready. Well, ABC-7 and..." December 17

  • Aaron Rodgers 'baffled' by Kromer's Jay Cutler comments

    NFL.com "Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler are rivals on the field, but they are also friends who happen to be members of a relatively small fraternity. And as a franchise quarterback who credits a supportive and open environment for helping him thrive with the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers was appalled by what..." December 17

  • Satirical site claims Cardinals sign Tim Tebow, fools a lot of people

    Arizona Republic "Here is your daily reminder that not everything on the Internet is true -- especially when it comes from a satirical site. The website Dailyleak.org posted a story on Saturday that claimed the Cardinals had brought on former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow at quarterback. Even though the..." December 17

  • Tony Dungy says Bears took Lovie Smith for granted

    CBSSports.com "The Chicago Bears are on a three-game losing streak and now sit in last place in the NFC North with a 5-9 record. Head coach Marc Trestman has been the subject of intense scrutiny and may be fired at the end of the season. Of course, this means it's time to bring up former head coach Lovie..." December 17

  • DeMarco Murray practices on Wednesday

    Pro Football Talk "Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it was not “unrealistic” for running back DeMarco Murray to play against the Colts on Sunday despite having surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand on Monday. Murray’s presence in the lineup didn’t get any less realistic on Wednesday. Murray was able to..." December 17

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    Mike Smith told the New Orleans media he'll make a decision on Julio Jones' game status about 10:30 CST Sunday morning.

  • Manziel at facility more than 5 hours early

    ESPN.com "Johnny Manziel called his ugly debut as an NFL starter an "absolutely" humbling experience, and his midweek preparation habits for Sunday's game at Carolina seem to validate those words. ESPN spotted Manziel's car arriving at the Browns' facility at around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, more than five..." December 17

  • Jets GM John Idzik is 50-50 to return in 2015, says high-ranking source

    Metro News "A Jets road win this past Sunday over the equally bad Titans might have been a feel-good and resilient moment. But for a 3-11 team that has now won just twice since the season opener, it might not be enough to save its general manager, who might just have one foot out the door already. Speaking..." December 17

  • Jay Gruden, RG3, and the Redskins deserve each other and the mess they've made

    USA Today "Jay Gruden doesn’t want Robert Griffin III as his starting quarterback. Dan Snyder has no intention of trading away the 24-year-old three seasons removed from earning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Snyder also plans to keep Gruden as his head coach. It’s the most functional move the..." December 17

  • Bears safety Chris Conte willing to exchange shorter lifespan for career in NFL

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte made some rather sobering comments during an appearance on a Chicago radio station regarding the heavy price that some players are apparently willing to pay to have an NFL career. Conte, 25, in his fourth season with the Bears after being drafted in the third..." December 17

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    Annie Heilbrunn @annieheilbrunn

    #Chargers announce they will not exercise stadium termination clause for 2015. That means they have at least another year in San Diego.

  • Brady unfazed by Broncos Knighton's SB guarantee

    ESPN.com "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a simple reply when asked about Broncos defensive tackle Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton's so-called Super Bowl guarantee: "It doesn't matter what you say. It matters what you do." "Pot Roast is a big man, so I would never say anything that would get him mad at..." December 17

  • Murray feels great, backups set to go

    ESPN Dallas "DeMarco Murray made a quick appearance in the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after undergoing surgery on his left hand. Murray was sporting a heavy wrap on his hand, but he said he felt great. He also said he has done a fair amount of research on his injury -- a..." December 17

  • Bills buy Lions pizza and wings for letting them use Ford Field

    Sporting News "When a colossal snowstorm shut down the city of Buffalo last month, the Bills found themselves without a home stadium to use for their Week 12 matchup with the Jets. The Lions were able to lend the Bills the use of Ford Field on short notice, and now the Bills are here to repay the favor. How..." December 17

  • Chris Borland (ankle) likely done for the season

    NFL.com "Chris Borland made an instant impact when given the opportunity this season, earning buzz as a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate. His rookie campaign is now likely over. Niners defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday "it would be a stretch right now" for Borland to play in San..." December 17

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    Jim Wyatt @jwyattsports

    #Titans RB Dexter McCluster is out for tomorrow's game vs #Jaguars and sounds like for the year. Hurt knee vs Jets on Sunday

  • Too risky to leave Odell Beckham on punt returns

    New York Post "Everyone is enthralled with Odell Beckham Jr. Victor Cruz, recovering from knee surgery, is looking forward to lining up with him. “He’s such a brilliant talent,’’ Cruz said while appearing with Beckham on “Rachael Ray,’’ in an episode to be aired Wednesday morning. “I’m happy he’s on our..." December 17

  • Jackson hasn’t been himself with Redskins

    Courier-Post "When the Eagles last saw DeSean Jackson, he was intent on showing his former teammates, coaches and fans what they were missing after they released him last spring. Sure, Jackson had a long touchdown reception, an 81-yarder, but the revenge factor was muted somewhat as the Eagles won the game..." December 17

  • Sources: Graham, Eagles engage in extension talks

    CSN Philly "Months ago, this would have seemed inconceivable. Eagles outside linebacker Brandon Graham is not only gearing up for his first start in more than two years Saturday against Washington but also, according to multiple league sources, has been approached by the team about a contract..." December 17

  • Report: Trestman likely to be fired

    Covers.com "Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is likely to be fired at the end of the regular season, according to AM-670 in Chicago. Citing a source, Dan Bernstein reported Tuesday via Twitter that team ownership met Monday when it was determined the second-year coach is likely to be fired. Per..." December 16

  • Merril Hoge says whoever drafted Johnny Manziel should be fired

    Sporting News "Johnny Manziel has had a rough 24 hours. The Browns were shut out against the Bengals, opposing players did his signature "money" sign, and of course the media jumped on him. ESPN's Merril Hoge has always been skeptical of Manziel, and the thrashing he took at the hands of Cincinnati didn't..." December 16

  • Report: Tom Brady’s Swearing On Sideline Draws Complaints To FCC

    NESN "Some people are taking Tom Brady’s words to heart. The New England Patriots quarterback recently has been caught by TV cameras swearing up a storm on the sidelines. Most notably, Brady’s tantrum in a recent game against the Green Bay Packers drew complaints after the quarterback repeatedly..." December 16

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    Howard Eskin @howardeskin

    Sources tell me @eagles QB Nick Foles fractured collarbone only 70% healed. So obviously no way Foles plays in reg season games.

  • Washington place Colt McCoy on IR

    NFL.com "The Colt McCoy experiment is over for the season. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced Tuesday that the quarterback will be placed on season-ending injured reserve. McCoy suffered a neck injury in Week 14 and aggravated the injury on Sunday after just 13 snaps. The Redskins will..." December 16

  • Andre Johnson On Track To Return From Concussion Against Ravens On Sunday

    Battle Red Blog "The greatest player in Texans' franchise history is likely to play when the Baltimore Ravens come to town in Week 16 of the 2014 season, according to Bill O'Brien. Read on to see exactly what O'Brien had to say about Andre Johnson's availability. After a concussion suffered against the Jaguars..." December 16

  • Keenan Allen out Saturday with ankle, collarbone injuries

    Bolts From The Blue "Keenan Allen, San Diego's top receiving target and Philip Rivers' most reliable possession receiver, left last Sunday's game against the Broncos after injuring his ankle fighting for extra yards after a reception. While the ankle injury ended Allen's afternoon, the team announced Tuesday that the..." December 16

  • Jaguars re-sign Roy Miller gets 4-year, $16M contract extension

    BigCatCountry.com "The Jaguars have re-signed defensive tackle Roy Miller to a new contract. It's official. The Jaguars have re-signed Roy Miller to a long term extension. It is a four-year deal worth just a little more than $16 million, according to Mark Long of the Associated Press. " December 16

  • Rivera: No intention of rushing Newton back

    ESPN.com "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will return to the starting lineup Sunday against Cleveland only if he is able to protect himself, coach Ron Rivera said Monday. Newton suffered two small fractures in his lower back last Tuesday when his truck rolled in a two-vehicle accident near Bank..." December 16

  • If Bears coach Marc Trestman was safe before, he shouldn't be now

    Yahoo! Sports "The foreshadowing for the Chicago Bears' loss came on Thursday when the team tried to put back Humpy Dumpty instead of chucking it in the trash. The Aaron Kromer embarrassment could have been an opportunity to turn an ugly situation on its head, and even if the Bears were taking an..." December 16

  • Andrew Hawkins Has Some Remarkable Thoughts On Protest

    Deadspin.com "Andrew Hawkins made headlines when he took the field with a shirt protesting the recent shooting of two unarmed Ohioans. The Browns made us proud when they refused a demand from Cleveland cops to apologize. And now that he's explained it, we realize that Hawkins isn't just some athlete who threw..." December 16

  • Kosar rips Browns' 'uneducated' front office

    ESPN.com "Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar said an "uneducated" front office is responsible for the debacle that took place in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. "They don't know how to lead and organize and set a culture for doing what you have to do to play winning NFL football,"..." December 16

  • League gives Falcons OK for record amount of debt

    Sports Business Daily "NFL owners last week approved waiving league debt rules to allow the Atlanta Falcons to incur $850 million of debt, sources said, a sum that would be a record amount of borrowing for an NFL team. The Falcons need the money to finance their new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017... " December 16

  • Ravens place Lorenzo Taliaferro, Jackson, Brooks on IR, sign Casey Walker

    Baltimore Sun "The Ravens placed rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro on injured reserve due to a sprained foot suffered against the Miami Dolphins, signing former New England Patriots defensive tackle Casey Walker to the active roster. Taliaferro was in a walking boot last week and wasn't expected to..." December 16