• Raiders Expected To Focus On Long-Term For Derek Carr Before Addressing Khalil Mack

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that the Raiders are expected to focus on signing QB Derek Carr to a long-term extension before turning their attention to a new contract for OLB Khalil Mack. Florio mentions that the Raiders have the..." December 08

  • With injured finger, Derek Carr no longer lining up under center

    Pro Football Talk "Two weeks ago, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr dislocated his right pinkie finger while taking a snap from under center. He briefly left the field to get his finger checked out, and hasn’t taken a snap from under center since. Carr operated exclusively out of the pistol and shotgun formations..." December 08

  • Redskins TE Jordan Reed ‘optimistic’ about playing Sunday

    Sportsnaut "Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed believes he’ll be on the field for Week 14’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mike Jones of The Washington Post quoted Reed, saying that he is “optimistic” about playing. Reed also said that “It’s painful but something I can deal with.” Reed..." December 08

  • Troy Aikman almost came out of retirement to play for the Eagles

    The Comeback "Troy Aikman famously played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys, retiring after the 2000 season. But during a radio interview on Thursday, Aikman revealed that he almost came out of retirement in 2002, after a phone call from Andy Reid. The interview was with KTCK-AM in Dallas, and was..." December 08

  • Raiders Fans, Apparently Thirsty, Drink All Of Airplane’s Booze On Flight To KC

    NESN "It sounds like Oakland Raiders fans traveling to Kansas City for Thursday night’s big matchup with the Chiefs will be, to borrow a phrase from Tom Brady, nice and lubed up for kickoff. Raiders fans are notoriously rowdy, and it’s probably not a huge surprise, but some fans — a lot of fans,..." December 08

  • Jets Shut Nick Mangold Down For Year

    Pro Football Rumors "Frustrated with the slow healing of his ankle, Jets center Nick Mangold is being shut down for the year, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. With four games to go this year and no chance of making the playoffs, the decision has been made to end Mangold’s season after today’s visit with specialist Dr...." December 08

  • NFL believes Oakland ‘has no strong desire’ to keep the Raiders

    Sportsnaut "While we let the shock wear off regarding that, there’s something else happening behind the scenes with the Raiders. In reality, they could be playing their last handful of games in Oakland, a city the franchise has called home for the past 20-plus seasons. By now it’s well known that the..." December 08

  • Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

    Yardbarker "On Sunday, an important piece of NFL history was set. No, not Tom Brady winning his 201st game. Quarterback wins is a useless stat, after all. The history I mean is the first-ever interception returned for a two-point score, thrown by Matt Ryan. Ever since defensive two-point scores were..." December 08

  • Shannon Sharpe: Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't realize his value to the Giants

    Fox Sports "Odell Beckham Jr. is fifth in the NFL in receiving yards and fourth in receiving touchdowns and his Giants have won six of their last seven games, but the headlines surrounding Beckham over the last few weeks have more often been about his comments and gestures on the sideline and in press..." December 08

  • Texans’ Brian Cushing has been playing through broken bones in his back

    Houston Chronicle "Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing disclosed today that he has been playing with broken bones in his back. Like other NFL players suffering from the wear and tear of the season, Cushing is playing in December's crunch time despite being hurt. He's trying to help the Texans end their..." December 08

  • Ezekiel Elliott investigation still “active and ongoing”

    Pro Football Talk "In the never-ending NFL news cycle, stories bubble up before being pushed to a rear burner, forgotten until the next time the lid begins to softly rattle against the rim of the pot. For Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, the simmering continues when it comes to his pending domestic violence..." December 08

  • Emmitt Smith: RB Ezekiel Elliott 'poised to do great things' in NFL

    ESPN "Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, has enjoyed watching Ezekiel Elliott as much as any Dallas Cowboys fan this season. It's because he's a connoisseur of running backs. Smith sees things the average fan doesn't, so his appreciation of what Elliott has done is greater than..." December 08

  • Freddie Mitchell found out from strippers that Donovan McNabb hated him

    Larry Brown Sports "Former NFL wide receiver Freddie Mitchell and Donovan McNabb played together for four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but they were never able to establish much chemistry. Mitchell insists that was not due to a lack of effort on his part. Although Mitchell was not all that talented, he..." December 08

  • Tom Brady practices Wednesday, knee is “feeling good”

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots didn’t file an injury report on Wednesday, because they don’t play until Monday. But they practice they did, and quarterback Tom Brady was able to participate despite a knee injury that has been limiting his practice time in recent weeks. “I’m feeling good, so it was good to be out..." December 08

  • Dak Prescott just made it fun to despise the Dallas Cowboys again

    Fox Sports "Some statements only fly when somebody else says them. It's okay to call Nick Saban a genius, but if Saban said that about himself he'd be a shameless narcissist. (Since he seems to think it, he's only partially so.) Say Tom Brady is a handsome rule-bender all you want, but if Brady referred to..." December 08

  • Falcons optimistic Jones will play vs. Rams

    Larry Brown Sports "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is dealing with a nagging toe injury, but it sounds like he is expected to play through it. Although Jones was held out of practice on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that he is expected to suit up against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday." December 08

  • Washington shuts first-rounder down for the year in hopes of healthy 2017

    Redskins.com "With the Washington Redskins potentially needing assistance at the center position with Spencer Long’s status uncertain for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced on Wednesday that Kory Lichtensteiger has been designated for return. Lichtensteiger, who was placed on..." December 08

  • Falcons lock up Alford with 4-year extension worth reported $38M

    Fox Sports "The Atlanta Falcons have one of the top young cornerbacks in the game today in Desmond Trufant, but they’ve found their long-term partner for him on the other side. On Thursday, the team announced it has signed Robert Alford to a four-year extension. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is..." December 08

  • Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

    Yardbarker "On Sunday, an important piece of NFL history was set. No, not Tom Brady winning his 201st game. Quarterback wins is a useless stat, after all. The history I mean is the first-ever interception returned for a two-point score, thrown by Matt Ryan. Ever since defensive two-point scores were..." December 08

  • RG3 on Hue Jackson: 'When you see a coach break down, it makes you want to win for him'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The sight of Hue Jackson welling up with tears after the 27-13 loss to the Giants was not lost on his players. They love playing for him. They know how meaningful it would be for him to bust the 0-12 streak Sunday against the Bengals, where he spent four seasons before taking the Browns..." December 08

  • Brian Robison on NFL officiating: Something needs to be done

    Pro Football Talk "After the Vikings lost on Thursday night in part because of a controversial no-call on a hit to Sam Bradford, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said, “I’m sick and tired of the reffing in this league.” A week later, Robison has calmed down a bit. But he said this morning on PFT Live that he’s..." December 08

  • Brandon Marshall says Todd Bowles should remain Jets coach for keeping team together

    New York Daily News "Brandon Marshall was as clear as he could be. He didn't stutter. He didn't waver. He was direct and confident. When asked in the locker room Wednesday why he thinks the Jets haven't splintered during this demoralizing and disappointing season, he offered just two words: "Todd Bowles." With..." December 08

  • Le'Veon Bell: 'My goons' have my back after dirty play by Giants linebacker

    CBS Sports "Le'Veon Bell is one of the league's most dynamic players, and as such, he can be a source of frustration for opponents, particularly late in games. That was the case Sunday, when the Steelers running back rushed for 118 yards and had another 64 yards in receiving. The boiling point came late..." December 08

  • Stephon Gilmore 'wishes' coaches would allow him to match up with Antonio Brown

    Buffalo News "Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and the big, bad Pittsburgh Steelers' passing attack visit New Era Field on Sunday. Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore hopes to get a chance to test himself against Brown, who can make a convincing case as the best receiver in the NFL. Since entering the..." December 08

  • Jason Pierre-Paul’s future with Giants much less certain than return this season

    New York Daily News "Jason Pierre-Paul's 2016 season is probably over. His NFL career is not. His Giants tenure could be finished, though. Imagine that: Has JPP played his final down for Big Blue? No one has time to think about it now. The Giants (8-4) can't dwell on Wednesday's news that Pierre-Paul, 27, will..." December 08

  • Rams Junior High: Inside a Dysfunctional Front Office

    SI "The Rams media session Tuesday didn’t play like a normal press conference inside the team’s temporary headquarters in Thousand Oaks, Calif. It was more like an assembly at what some in the building have come to know as “Rams Junior High.” Coach Jeff Fisher was the speaker. General manager Les..." December 08

  • Giants’ Nikita Whitlock Has Home Vandalized With Hateful Graffiti

    CBS New York "The Bergen County home of a local athlete was broken into Tuesday evening. Several items were taken, but what’s more disturbing is what the suspects left behind. The first thing New York Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock saw when he walked in to his Moonachie home was a graffiti swastika on the..." December 08

  • Robert Alford signs four-year extension with Falcons

    Pro Football Talk "You can scratch cornerback Robert Alford from the list of free agents hitting the market in the offseason. The team announced that Alford has signed a contract extension with the Falcons that will keep him in Atlanta beyond the 2016 season. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it is a four-year..." December 08

  • Seahawk Richard Sherman: Punishment for Cam Newton was appropriate

    Seattle Times "Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was as surprised as everybody else when Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers began and Derek Anderson was at quarterback instead of Cam Newton. “I thought maybe there was an injury to Cam that they may have been withholding or he sprained his hand in..." December 08

  • Boomer Esiason: Browns would be undefeated with Tom Brady

    Sportsnaut "The Cleveland Browns sit at 0-12, and realistically, can finish the season with an 0-16 record. But former league MVP Boomer Esiason believes that with Tom Brady as Cleveland’s quarterback, the team would be undefeated. Speaking on Inside the NFL, Esiason said (h/t John Breech, CBS Sports) that..." December 08

  • Robert Griffin III will reportedly start for 0-12 Browns against the Bengals

    CBS Sports "It looks like the Cleveland Browns have decided that Robert Griffin III gives them their best chance at picking up their first win. According to ESPN.com, RG3 will be the team's starting quarterback when the Browns play host to the Bengals on Sunday. Griffin hasn't played since Week 1, when he..." December 08

  • Odell Beckham Jr. on ref's calls against him: 'Everybody can see it'

    USA Today "At first he said he didn’t want to get into it. But then, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not back off from postgame comments he made about officiating in the team’s 24-14 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. “It doesn’t surprise me,” Beckham said Wednesday at his..." December 08

  • Broncos reportedly work out two quarterbacks as Trevor Siemian rehabs foot injury

    Fox Sports "The Denver Broncos had quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree in for a workout Tuesday as starter Trevor Siemian continues to rehab his foot injury, Pro Football Talk reported. Yates, who suffered a torn ACL last season while playing for the Texans, has appeared in 18 games during his..." December 07

  • Arthur Blank reveals the last thing Michael Vick said to him before going to prison

    Fox Sports "Back in 2007, quarterback Michael Vick was the face of the Atlanta Falcons franchise – having been selected to three Pro Bowls in the six seasons since the team made him the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the 2001 draft. But the discovery of a dog-fighting operation at Vick’s Virginia..." December 07

  • Hue Jackson: If Joe Thomas is traded I’m leaving with him

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Thomas is one of the few star players the Cleveland Browns have on their roster, which is why his name seems to come up in trade rumors year after year. But the Browns held onto Thomas through the trade deadline, and head coach Hue Jackson insists they will do the same going forward. On..." December 07

  • Adrian Peterson on '16 return: 'Something I envision'

    NFL.com "At 6-6, two games back in the NFC North, the next few weeks will be pivotal for the Minnesota Vikings and star running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson has been running on the side during practice. He said Wednesday he feels good and can make cuts. However, All Day admitted those workouts are..." December 07

  • Rex Ryan sounds noncommittal on Tyrod Taylor's future with the Bills

    Fox Sports "At 6-6, the Buffalo Bills are currently on the outside looking in in regard to the playoff bubble. Should they miss the postseason, it will extend their drought to 17 years in a row without a seat at the coveted table. While that would certainly be a disappointment, making the playoffs isn’t their..." December 07

  • Joe Buck once relieved himself while announcing Brett Favre touchdown

    Sportsnaut "It’s the age-old question men and women have asked themselves for years now. What do announcers broadcasting sporting events do in the event they have to use the powder room? The half won’t end. The game won’t end. Those performing on the field or on the court aren’t cooperating with the needs of..." December 07

  • Johnny Manziel tells Lamar Jackson not to go to Browns

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Cleveland Browns are once again the worst team in football next season, they could end up in a position to draft Heisman Trophy favorite Lamar Jackson in 2018. For Jackson’s sake, Johnny Manziel is hoping that doesn’t happen. Manziel, who knows plenty about winning the Heisman and..." December 07

  • Eagles reunion likely to 'intrigue' DeSean Jackson

    ESPN "A source close to DeSean Jackson believes the wide receiver would be “intrigued” by a possible return to Philadelphia, and that the Eagles will be in the conversation this offseason should Jackson hit the open market. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Eagles are likely to pursue a..." December 07

  • Andre Johnson continues tradition, takes children on shopping spree

    Sportsnaut "When Andre Johnson left the Houston Texans for Indianapolis after being cut in 2015, it seemed as though the city would have to officially say goodbye to a local legend. Despite his departure, Houston still has a place in Johnson’s heart, as evidenced by his annual Christmas shopping spree for..." December 07

  • Joe Thomas, Loyal Lineman

    ESPN "The 106th loss of Joe Thomas' NFL career was, predictably, melancholic. It came on an unseasonably warm November day in Cleveland, in a stadium overrun by acres of silver-and-blue Dallas Cowboys gear. A woman in Browns apparel fell asleep in her seat. There was a fight on the field at the..." December 07

  • Report: Rashaan Salaam Died By Suicide

    Deadspin "Police have yet to give an official cause of death for Rashaan Salaam, the former Heisman winner who was found dead in a park in Boulder, Colo. yesterday, but Salaam’s mother has told USA Today that police suspect that suicide was the cause of death. From USA Today: His mother, Khalada, told..." December 07

  • John Fox will reportedly be back with Bears in 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Bears have not been a good team since they brought in John Fox as head coach prior to the 2015 season, but it sounds like the organization is willing to give him one more shot. Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Fox is expected to remain with the Bears in 2017,..." December 07

  • Jeremy Maclin On Track To Play Thursday

    Pro Football Talk "The Chiefs only have one full practice this week before they take on the Raiders in a home game on Thursday night and the word from Kansas City is that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will be a full participant in it. Coach Andy Reid broke the news when he met with the media on Tuesday and it..." December 07

  • Looking Ahead To 2017 Franchise Tags

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL’s salary cap for 2017 won’t officially be set until sometime after the Super Bowl, but based on the direction the cap has trended in recent years, we have a general idea of where it may end up. Predicting an increase of about 8.2% on this year’s $155.27MM cap, Joel Corry of CBSSports.com..." December 07

  • San Diego Chargers in contact with L.A. Coliseum about possible move

    USA Today "The San Diego Chargers recently have been in contact with representatives of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum about possibly relocating there for the 2017 season, the Coliseum Commission President told USA TODAY Sports. The team has been contemplating a move to Los Angeles after San Diego..." December 07

  • Todd Bowles now in desperate scramble to save his job

    New York Post "The Jets were humiliated by the Colts on Monday night, 41-10, in front of a national TV audience, a half-empty stadium and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Can it get much worse than this? Here are some thoughts and observations on the game: 1. I have been consistent this season in believing..." December 07

  • NFL says Gregory “not in compliance,” not eligible to return to practice yet

    Pro Football Talk "Suspended Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory will not be allowed to return to practice this week, according to the Cowboys. Per Albert Breer of the MMQB.com, the NFL informed Gregory he was “not in compliance” and therefore can not practice with his teammates on Wednesday. The Cowboys confirmed..." December 07

  • Jeff Fisher hilariously explains why he couldn’t find challenge flag

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher’s seemingly clueless ability on the sideline has been the subject of many jokes around the NFL world in recent years. This was taken to a completely different level when Fisher was seen fishing (drum roll, please) for his challenge flag during the Rams’..." December 07