• Ryan Mallett says he wants to return to Texans next season

    Houston Chronicle "Ryan Mallet’s arm was in a sling and he was careful not to draw attention to himself Friday. But the 6-6 quarterback was impossible to miss in the Texans’ locker room and during practice, which featured Mallett shadowing healthy QBs Case Keenum and Thad Lewis as they prepared for a critical home..." December 20

  • Obama confuses 'Interview' star with Flacco

    ESPN.com "During Friday's year-end White House news conference, President Barack Obama said it was a mistake for Sony to cancel the release of "The Interview" because of the threat of violence from North Korea. He added that he loved the film's actors, Seth Rogen and James Flacco. Wait, who was that..." December 20

  • Mike Singletary among coaching candidates on Fritz Pollard Alliance list

    USA Today "Throw Mike Singletary's name into the ring as the NFL coaching carousel begins to spin. The Hall of Fame linebacker, currently working for the NFL, is on the list of nine head coaching candidates that the Fritz Pollard Alliance (FPA) submitted to the league this week with the purpose of..." December 20

  • Ray & Janay Rice -- Handcuffed and Making Out After Elevator Fight

    TMZ.com "Ray Rice and then fiancee Janay Palmer were handcuffed the night of the Atlantic City elevator fight ... and even kissed each other in an elevator as police escorted them out of the casino. The surveillance video posted by ABC News shows cops seated with Ray and Janay at separate tables in the..." December 20

  • Rex Ryan on how Tom Brady makes everything easier: ‘My wife could coach him’

    Sportress of Blogitude "As Rex Ryan looks back on his tumultuous tenure as head coach of the New York Jets, the fiery and brash leader recognizes all too well that the inability to get consistent production out of the quarterback position may be one of the primary reasons he likely will be out of a job at season’s..." December 20

  • Brandon Browner Fined $8,268 For Throwing Brandon Gibson To Turf

    NESN "Brandon Browner avoided a fine for his hard hit on San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green two weeks ago, but he wasn’t so lucky this time around. The New England Patriots cornerback was fined $8,268 by the NFL for throwing Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson to the turf early in the..." December 20

  • Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray: Decision to play vs. Colts is mine

    SI.com "Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray said the decision about whether he will play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts will be made by him. Murray had surgery Monday to insert a plate and screws, stabilizing a broken bone in his left hand. He went through a limited number of plays at..." December 19

  • 10h
    Darren Urban @Cardschatter

    Arians: Stanton could still be active Sunday but Lindley will start at QB. G Jonathan Cooper is out because of his wrist injury.

  • Documents show ESPN mischaracterized testimony from Rice appeal

    Pro Football Talk "Last week, a kerfuffle erupted between the NFL and ESPN regarding an ESPN report that focused on one key portion of the Ray Rice appeal process. Specifically, the league accused ESPN of distorting the testimony and the evidence. The fight centered on the impression created by Don Van Natta,..." December 19

  • Ex-49er Ray McDonald -- Out of Work & Under Investigation ... No Problem

    TMZ.com "If Ray McDonald is pissed off about getting cut from the San Francisco 49ers -- he did a bang up job of hiding it outside his attorney's office. The defensive lineman let out a massive yawn as he strolled to his car after meeting his lawyer in San Jose Friday -- 2 days after he was named a..." December 19

  • NFL or Michigan? Harbaugh said to be torn

    ESPN.com "San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's family and friends have been encouraging him to take the University of Michigan head-coaching job, but he is torn because his heart is in the NFL, according to sources close to the situation. Harbaugh first would like to see what head-coaching..." December 19

  • FCC Rejects Claim That the Word ‘Redskins’ Is Obscene

    Time "Denies a law professor’s attempt to strip a radio station of its license because of repeated use of the word The Federal Communications Commission denied a Washington area law professor’s petition to strip a radio station of its license because of repeated use of the word “redskins” when..." December 19

  • Rashad Jennings officially ruled out for Giants in Week 16

    Newark Star-Ledger "For the third straight day, Giants running back Rashad Jennings was unable to practice Friday because of an ankle injury. He was officially ruled out for Sunday's game in St. Louis. The Giants only other player on this week's injury report was linebacker Jameel McClain (knee). He is expected to..." December 19

  • NFL hands out hefty fine for Redskins' Santana Moss

    USA Today "The NFL has fined Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss $22,050 for the tirade that led to his ejection in last week's loss to the New York Giants. Moss was incensed by the decision to overturn a touchdown by teammate Robert Griffin III in the second quarter and took out his frustration on..." December 19

  • Seahawks give Cliff Avril $28.5 million extension

    Pro Football Talk "Having a starting quarterback — much less a star — on a cheap rookie contract gives a team incredible flexibility to keep other good parts around him. The Seahawks used that Friday. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Seahawks have signed defensive end Cliff Avril to a new..." December 19

  • Disturbing details in Darren Sharper rape case come out during hearing

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The criminal charges against former St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's deputy Brandon Licciardi are bad enough: in state court, he faces counts of battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated rape and human trafficking; in federal court, he faces counts of distributing drugs used in rapes and witness..." December 19

  • 15h
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    DeMarco Murray has high threshold for pain. Said one source: "We primarily left it up to him, in which case he will definitely opt to play."

  • Panthers QB Cam Newton set to start Sunday against Browns

    Charlotte Observer "If the Carolina Panthers are to stay alive another week in the NFC South playoff race, it likely will be with their franchise quarterback behind center. Barring any physical setbacks over the next couple of days, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton is on target to start Sunday’s game..." December 19

  • Joe Thomas facing charges for discharging manure

    Pro Football Talk "Some days the jokes fall right into your lap. According to the Associated Press, Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is accused of multiple enviornmental violations on his Wisconsin hunting land, including “discharging manure into a wetland.” Considering his employer has been doing that along the..." December 19

  • The stunning omission on Odell Beckham’s Rookie of Year ballot

    New York Post "No Giant has ever won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Odell Beckham Jr. could change that, and even take a huge step toward that end Sunday in St. Louis. “It’s always in the back of your mind. But right now, honestly, just finish out the last couple of games and whatever happens, happens. You..." December 19

  • NFL Scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

    Larry Brown Sports "In an era where top-shelf wide receivers are valued way more highly than star running backs, Alabama’s Amari Cooper seems like the perfect NFL prospect. Apparently what you see isn’t always what you get. According to a report from NFL.com, NFL scouts are not exactly in love with Cooper. In..." December 19

  • 18h
    Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

    Sen'Derrick Marks' $600K sack bonus represents 20% of his base salary this season.

  • Seattle GM says John Idzik is right man for Jets

    Newsday "If Jets owner Woody Johnson wants the opinion of the front-office architect of the defending Super Bowl champion on whether he should keep John Idzik as his general manager, here it is: "I think [Idzik] should be able to hire his own coach and see how it goes," John Schneider, the Seahawks'..." December 19

  • 10h
    Adam Teicher @adamteicher

    Dwayne Bowe again didn't practice because of flu. He missed the entire practice week but Reid said he expects him to play vs Steelers

  • Cutler says he was “shocked” and “disappointed” to lose job

    Pro Football Talk "Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he was “shocked at first, then disappointed” to lose his job, but he didn’t lose his sense of humor. The local media descended to today’s press conference about his benching, after most of them missed his post-game remarks Monday. “I’m glad you guys could..." December 18

  • Chip Kelly: If 11 wins isn't enough, then 'shame on us'

    ESPN.com "The question of whether the Philadelphia Eagles made progress in Chip Kelly’s second season as head coach will be hard to answer definitively. If they beat Washington on Saturday and the New York Giants in the season finale Dec. 28, the Eagles will finish 11-5. That will be one victory better..." December 18

  • 1d
    Jeff Dickerson @ESPNChiBears

    Cutler: "I would like to stay here [in Chicago]."

  • Ben Roethlisberger: Le'Veon Bell is having an MVP-caliber season

    CBSSports.com "Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell didn't crack the top five on our MVP Projection list this week, but it sounds like he would crack Ben Roethsliberger's top five. The Steelers quarterback was talking about his team's offense during a radio interview this week when he casually mentioned that he..." December 18

  • Richardson says he's among top DL

    ESPN.com "One year after being named the NFL's top defensive rookie, New York Jets standout Sheldon Richardson believes he's just as good as any defensive lineman in the league, including J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans. "J.J. Watt, he's got a few more sacks than me, but it's the same type of..." December 18

  • 1d
    Tim Kawakami @timkawakami

    Harbaugh: "As you know, I only talk about the job that I have. We've been together a long time. Always been my policy."

  • Kyle Shanahan 'felt bad' for Manziel

    ESPN.com "Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan isn't burying his quarterback. In fact, he's building him up. Johnny Manziel struggled in his NFL debut Sunday but needed more help from teammates that never came in the 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Shanahan said. Sunday's game..." December 18

  • All quiet on Randall Cobb's contract talks

    ESPN.com "Randall Cobb talked more about his contract situation at his locker on Thursday than he has with the Green Bay Packers, apparently. Three months away from hitting free agency, the fourth-year receiver said he's no closer to getting a long-term deal done with the Packers than he was back in..." December 18

  • Marc Trestman thinks Jay Cutler can benefit from benching

    Pro Football Talk "Bears coach Marc Trestman took to the podium for the first time since benching quarterback Jay Cutler, and said he discussed the switch with the players involved before going upstairs. Trestman told reporters that he met with Cutler and Jimmy Clausen before discussing it with General Manager..." December 18

  • Report: Vick says playing for Skins would be a dream come true

    CSN Washington "At 34 years old, Jets quarterback Michael Vick believes he can still be a face of a franchise. His one-year, $5 million deal expires in the offseason, and the chance New York's front office feels the same way about Vick and his capabilities is unlikely, which could leave the Virginia native..." December 18

  • 1d
    Jeff Legwold @Jeff_Legwold

    For #Broncos Manning was on field for walk-through and stretch, went back inside for full practice, given a rest day.

  • Seahawks extend K.J. Wright

    Pro Football Talk "The Seahawks have locked up a young starter on their stellar defense for the next four years. K.J. Wright, the 25-year-old linebacker who has started all 14 games this season, has signed a four-year extension. “In the offseason, we identified K.J. as one of our core players moving forward..." December 18

  • Andre Johnson passes concussion protocol, will play vs. Ravens

    Houston Chronicle "Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson said Thursday he passed the NFL’s concussion protocol and will play against the Ravens on Sunday at NRG Stadium. “I feel normal,” Johnson said. He missed last Sunday’s 17-10 road loss to the Colts after suffering a concussion during the Texans’ 27-13 win..." December 18

  • 1d
    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

    Bill O'Brien is delaying an official announcement as long as possible but every expectation Case Keenum starts vs. Ravens on Sunday

  • Charles Tillman: Bears teammates still have faith in Jay Cutler

    CBSSports.com "Jay Cutler's Season of Sadness has ingloriously -- and mercifully -- reached its logical conclusion. On Wednesday, two days after throwing three interceptions in the Bears' latest loss, he was benched for Jimmy Clausen. It's the clearest sign yet that changes will be coming in the offseason. If..." December 18

  • 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

  • Philip Rivers (back, chest): 'No doubt' I'll face 49ers

    NFL.com "Philip Rivers missed the last two days of practice as reports of the severity of his back injury swirl. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that while Rivers (chest, back) didn't practice, he did take all the snaps in walk through and the team is optimistic he'll play Saturday..." December 18

  • Rams move unlikely for 2015

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "By now you’ve heard it, discussed it, and maybe even fretted over the question: Could Sunday’s contest against the New York Giants be the Rams’ final home game played in St. Louis? Not the last game of the 2014 season. But the final game as in … forever. Is this The End? Will the Rams call Los..." December 18

  • Ray Rice makes public appearance in Baltimore, hopes for 'second chances' after 'horrible mistake'

    Newark Star-Ledger "After being reinstated to the NFL and breaking his months-long silence on the "Today" show, former Rutgers and Ravens running back Ray Rice made a return to Baltimore on Wednesday. He was in attendance along with former Ravens teammate Torrey Smith at a Toys For Tots charity event. " December 18

  • Minor injuries not expected to sideline Raiders QB Carr

    San Francisco Chronicle "Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said after Sunday’s game that he was aware of the risks of keeping quarterback Derek Carr in the rout late, and it turns out everybody got a little lucky. Carr did in fact injure his thumb on the last drive — which resulted in a Raiders touchdown in the 31-13..." 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

  • Eli Manning admits there’s ‘room for improvement’ in learning Ben McAdoo’s offense with Giants

    New York Daily News "Ever since the spring, Eli Manning has worked to learn Ben McAdoo’s offense, but with two games to go in 2014, the two-time Super Bowl MVP says he still doesn’t have it totally down. “There’s definitely room for improvement,” Manning said Wednesday. “There’s still some mistakes, there’s calls I..." 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

  • 'Irreplaceable' Suh still mum on future, focuses on season

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is known as a man of few words, and he lived up to that reputation when asked about his future with the team after playing in what could be his final game in Detroit. Suh invited his friend and billionaire investor Warren Buffett to Sunday's 16-14..." December 18