• Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirms Earl Thomas out for season with broken tibia

    Seattle Times "Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that free safety Earl Thomas is out for the season with a broken tibia. Thomas suffered the injury with 10:40 to play in the second quarter when he collided legs with teammate Kam Chancellor as each was attempting to defend a pass from Carolina’s Cam..." December 05

  • Bears Place QB Jay Cutler On I.R. Claim CB Johnthan Banks Off Waivers From Lions

    NFL Trade Rumors "Brad Biggs reports that the Bears have claimed CB Johnthan Banks off of waivers from the Lions on Monday and placed QB Jay Cutler on injured reserve. Cutler, 33, is in the third year of his seven-year, $126.7 million contract that included $54 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary..." December 05

  • Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are dominating the Pro Bowl vote

    CBS Sports "It looks like the Cowboys are once again America's Team, and if you need proof of that, just look at the Pro Bowl voting. After roughly six weeks of voting, the Cowboys have been the clear winners on America's ballot with Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott ranking as the top two vote-getters in..." December 05

  • Doug Pederson has been assured he'll return as Eagles coach in '17

    ESPN "With the Eagles faltering, coach Doug Pederson has come under heavier scrutiny of late. His team has dropped seven of nine, including a 32-14 defeat at the hands of the struggling Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, to fall to 5-7 and out of the playoff picture following a 3-0 start. Play on both..." December 05

  • Odell Beckham Doesn’t Want to Blame Refs For Loss, Then He Blames the Refs

    Black Sports Online "Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not pleased with the officiating crew that handled yesterdays Giants v. Steelers game, a loss for the Giants halting their six game win streak. OBJ got into several discussions with Terry McAulay’s crew during the game and implied there is some..." December 05

  • Julio Jones dealing with turf toe

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Falcons are fighting to hold onto their lead in the NFC South after a tough loss on Sunday, and they are hoping their most explosive playmaker can battle through his latest injury. Julio Jones, who has dealt with a number of minor injuries this season, was hobbled late in Sunday’s..." December 05

  • Broncos Claim Veteran RB Justin Forsett Off Waivers From Lions

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Denver Broncos have claimed veteran RB Justin Forsett off of waivers from the Lions on Monday, according to Adam Schefter. Forsett is reunited with HC Gary Kubiak, whom he played for while with the Texans. Forsett, 31, was actually among the team’s roster cuts coming out of the preseason..." December 05

  • Cardinals' Bruce Arians says lack of friends discredits retirement report

    Sporting News "Cardinals coach Bruce Arians strongly denied the CBS Sports report over the weekend claiming his "confidants" believed he'd retire after the 2016 season. "First of all, I don't have that many friends," Arians joked on his appearance with "Bickley & Marotta" on Arizona sports radio. Then he..." December 05

  • Bills place Percy Harvin on non-football illness list

    Pro Football Talk "The Percy Harvin first annual unretirement has ended. There was one? The Bills have announced that Harvin has been placed on the non-football illness list. Harvin had missed the last two games with an “illness” designation; prior to the Week 12 win over the Jaguars, the illness reportedly was a..." December 05

  • Ron Rivera 'very comfortable' with decision to bench Cam Newton

    USA Today "One day after facing intense scrutiny for his unorthodox move, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he remains satisfied with his decision to bench star quarterback Cam Newton for a dress code violation. “I’m very comfortable with it,” Rivera said Monday afternoon during a press conference...." December 05

  • Cam Newton & Ron Rivera: The Wardrobe Confrontation At Team Bus

    TMZ "Here it is ... the moment Panthers head coach Ron Rivera confronted Cam Newton about his dress code violation before the team trip to Seattle ... and TMZ Sports has the video. It all went down on Saturday at the bay area hotel where the team had been staying since playing the Raiders in..." December 05

  • Browns' final month could be Robert Griffin III's final chance with the team

    ESPN "The Cleveland Browns barely got a passing glance at the guy they expected to carry the quarterback spot this season. After spending an entire offseason, training camp and preseason getting him ready and talking him up, Robert Griffin III lasted one game, 26 passes and one loss. He has been..." December 05

  • Eric Dickerson Reacts to Jeff Fisher's Extension with Rams

    Fox Sports "Los Angeles Rams legend Eric Dickerson shared his thoughts on the team giving head coach Jeff Fisher an extension. Sunday was a rough day for Los Angeles Rams fans after it was reported the team was extending head coach Jeff Fisher’s contract for another two seasons. Of course, Rams legend Eric..." December 05

  • NFL players detail their painful, gritty post-game recovery routines

    SI "It’s 9:35 on a Monday morning in mid-November, 10 weeks into another NFL season and 20 hours after Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson played 67 snaps against the Texans. Sunday was all booming fighter-jet flyovers and screaming Jacksonville fans and defenders inflicting pain. Monday starts in a dimly..." December 05

  • Jets Owner Woody Johnson under consideration for ambassadorship

    Page Six "Jets owner Woody Johnson has emerged as a leading contender for a key ambassadorship under Donald Trump — sources exclusively tell Page Six — with other Trump backers lining up for prestigious diplomatic posts, including former MTA chief Peter Kalikow, Duke Buchan III, Georgette Mosbacher and..." December 05

  • Buccaneers’ Cecil Shorts out for season with leg injury

    Fanrag Sports "Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Cecil Shorts was carted off the field during the team’s game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After catching a pass from quarterback Jameis Winston in the first quarter, Shorts took a shot to his lower-body and immediately stayed down. His leg was..." December 05

  • Saints' Josh Hill suffered broken fibula

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill suffered a broken right fibula in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, according to a source familiar with the injury. Hill also has a level of sprain to the right ankle, according to the source. The fourth-year tight end went down in the second..." December 05

  • Buffalo Bills in 'shock' after collapse in Oakland

    NFL.com "Talk about a long flight home. The Buffalo Bills could only peer back and ponder the wreckage after watching a 15-point third-quarter lead morph into a season-crushing 38-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. "It definitely did shock me," Bills safety Corey Graham said, per Vic Carucci..." December 05

  • Why Matthew Stafford is MVP

    CBS Sports "If I had to give an MVP award with the season essentially three-quarters complete, I would go with Matthew Stafford. He is flat out making plays all over the field, from four different arm slots, to a whole bunch of receivers on a team that doesn't have a running back. Stafford put on another..." December 05

  • Giants WR Victor Cruz upset over no targets in loss to Steelers

    New York Daily News "Victor Cruz went MIA on Sunday and he’s pretty ticked about it. Cruz’s role on the Giants’ offense was almost completely phased out as he split time with Roger Lewis Jr. and received exactly zero targets in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Steelers. Did that bother him? “Take a guess,” he..." December 05

  • Danny Amendola Suffers High-Ankle Sprain, With Hopes Of Returning For Playoffs

    CBS Boston "Sunday’s thorough win over the Los Angeles Rams was not a complete celebration for the New England Patriots, as wide receiver Danny Amendola suffered an ankle injury late in the third quarter and did not return. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the injury is a high-ankle sprain, and it..." December 05

  • Giants have tough road ahead if they want to make playoffs

    New York Daily News "Can any thought be more mind-numbing than Jerry Jones popping the champagne next Sunday night in the visitors’ locker room at MetLife Stadium and celebrating the NFC East championship? Just a few days ago, the Giants game next week against the ’Boys had the potential to be the most..." December 05

  • Raiders will earn home field over Patriots if both finish 14-2

    Pro Football Talk "We’ve reached the point in the season when fans are starting to look at playoff tiebreakers, and the tiebreaker scenarios feature some good news for Raiders fans. If the Raiders and Patriots both win out to finish the season 14-2, the Raiders will be the No. 1 seed in the AFC and have..." December 05

  • Panthers bench Cam Newton for dress code violation

    USA Today "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the start of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks for what coach Ron Rivera told NBC was a "dress code violation." Veteran backup Derek Anderson started in Newton’s place and threw an interception on the first series of the game." December 05

  • Earl Thomas tweets he’s thinking about retirement after being carted off with leg injury

    SI "After he was carted off with a leg injury during Sunday night’s game against the Panthers, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas tweeted that he was thinking about retirement. “This game has been so good to me no regrets,” Thomas wrote. ‘A lot is running through my mind including retirement thanks for..." December 05

  • NFL flexes Bucs-Cowboys on Dec. 18 to prime time

    NFL.com "Everyone knows the Cowboys sit atop the NFL as the league's best through 13 weeks. It appears the Buccaneers are also a hot ticket. Fresh off the Cowboys clinching a playoff spot, the NFL has decided to flex the Dec. 18 game between Tampa Bay and Dallas out of the 1 p.m. ET slot and into the..." December 04

  • Chip Kelly coached 49ers following death of his father

    CSN Bay Area "Paul Kelly, the father of Chip Kelly, passed away on Friday night, the 49ers coach confirmed Sunday afternoon. Kelly flew from Chicago to New Hampshire late Friday after learning of his father’s death. He returned for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field. The 49ers lost their 11th consecutive game,..." December 04

  • Jeff Fisher: I signed extension in the offseason

    Pro Football Talk "It feels like we’ve been talking about Rams coach Jeff Fisher getting a contract extension since the offseason before news broke on Sunday morning of agreement on a two-year extension, but it was actually old news. Reports that Fisher signed the extension weeks ago were off by a bit as well. It..." December 04

  • Tom Brady sets record for all-time QB victories

    NFL.com "Tom Brady has accomplished another remarkable feat in his Hall of Fame career. The New England Patriots quarterback became the NFL's all-time leader for wins by a quarterback (including playoffs), surpassing Peyton Manning's mark in a 26-10 victory over the Rams. Since becoming the Patriots'..." December 04

  • Troy Aikman on Time He Almost Came out of Retirement to Play For Dolphins

    Black Sports Online "Many teams tried to get Troy Aikman to not retire, or actually lace them back up after he walked away from the Dallas Cowboys. During the NFL Network’s “A Football Life” on Friday, the Cowboys’ Hall of Fame quarterback said he almost came out of retirement to join his former offensive..." December 04

  • 49ers' Kaepernick benched in fourth quarter vs Bears

    CSN Bay Area "Trailing by 18 points early in the fourth quarter Sunday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly had seen enough from quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kelly benched Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert after Kaepernick and the 49ers' passing game was non-existent against the Chicago Bears on a snowy day at..." December 04

  • Browns ownership vowing to stay the course despite winless season

    CBS Sports "Browns ownership, in the face of what could shape up as an 0-16 season, recently held a staff meeting for all team employees to make the case for not making coaching and management changes despite now having lost 30 of their last 33 games. Sources said owner Jimmy Haslam, his wife Dee, coach Hue..." December 04

  • Eagles Dorial Green-Beckham Wearing Yeezys For The Non-Existent “Yeezy Foundation”

    Sole Collector "Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham used today's free pass on cleats to wear the Adidas Yeezy 350 cleat, which earned several players $6,000 fines when worn during Week 1 of the season. Since then, the model has mostly been on ice, sans the customs laced up by Landon Collins..." December 04

  • Nick Fairley appears to take cheap shot at Matthew Stafford

    Detroit Free Press "There's no love lost between former teammates, apparently. While stepping over Matthew Stafford after a sack, former Detroit Lions and current New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley took a cheap shot to the face of the Lions' quarterback. The moment was captured by the Fox TV cameras...." December 04

  • No Fun League strikes again: 49ers penalized for snow angel celebration

    Sportsnaut "In what might be the worst game of the NFL season, it’s only fitting that we’d get one of the season’s most bizarre penalties from the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. After scooping up a blocked punt, Donta Johnson appeared to score a touchdown. Unfortunately, he had stepped out of..." December 04

  • 49ers' Chip Kelly will return as team's HC in 2017

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Sunday morning (via NinersNation.com) that 49ers HC Chip Kelly will not pursue the Oregon head-coaching job and will instead be back in San Francisco next year. On Wednesday, Kelly confirmed that he had no plans to return to Oregon, so this shouldn’t come as a..." December 04

  • Aldon Smith still hasn't met with Goodell, Raiders not counting on return

    CBS Sports "Last year, Raiders pass-rusher Aldon Smith was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Per NFL rules, Smith was allowed to apply for reinstatement after one year, which he has done. As of this time, Smith is still waiting for a meeting with commissioner Roger..." December 04

  • Patriots reportedly have no intention of trading Rob Gronkowski

    Larry Brown Sports "With Rob Gronkowski having recently undergone his third back surgery since 2009, there has been some speculation that his career — at least with the New England Patriots — could be over. According to one report, that is not the case. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Sunday that the Patriots are..." December 04

  • Jeff Fisher extension was signed “weeks ago”

    Pro Football Talk "For most of the season, league insiders have insisted that the Rams and coach Jeff Fisher already have a new deal in place. In the aftermath of the news that Fisher has a two-year extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the deal indeed has been in place for “weeks.” Which raises an..." December 04

  • Confidants of Bruce Arians believe he'll weigh retirement after season

    CBS Sports "Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has endured two health scares this season and, after contemplating retirement a few years ago, some in the coaching community expect him to do the same again this winter. Arians' health has been a concern in the past and he has talked of fearing for his life at times..." December 04

  • Tom Coughlin, Jaguars have mutual interest

    Larry Brown Sports "The Jacksonville Jaguars are widely expected to fire head coach Gus Bradley before the start of the 2017 season, and they could be looking to bring back an old face to replace him. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Jaguars are expected to reach out to Tom Coughlin, who is..." December 04

  • Rams sign Les Snead to contract extension

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Rams and coach Jeff Fisher came to terms on a two-year contract extension, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. No terms of the deal were immediately reported. General manager Les Snead also signed an extension, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Fisher’s extension doesn’t mean he’s..." December 04

  • NFL competition committee to review Ravens' intentional holding tactic

    ESPN "The NFL's competition committee will review the final play of last week's Baltimore Ravens-Cincinnati Bengals game to determine whether the same tactics used by the Ravens will be allowed in the future, a league source told ESPN. The Ravens intentionally committed holding on nine Bengals..." December 04

  • Saints could look to trade Cooks this offseason

    NFL.com "Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks has walked a fine line, trying to stay silent amid a diminished role but also wanting to contribute to his team's dynamic offense. As he told reporters this week, every once in a while you have to speak up for yourself. Cooks added, "Closed mouths don't get..." December 04

  • Rams, Jeff Fisher ink contract extension

    Pro Football Talk "Apparently a 4-7 record is enough to earn a contract extension in Los Angeles. Jeff Fisher and the Rams have signed a two-year deal through 2018, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Although a contract extension for Fisher has long been discussed, there was talk that the disappointing..." December 04

  • Eric Dickerson continues his non-vendetta vendetta against Jeff Fisher

    Pro Football Talk "Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson has said he doesn’t have a vendetta against Rams coach Jeff Fisher. I’m starting to wonder whether Dickerson knows what the word means. Dickerson, who launched his attack nearly a week ago based on the perception that he was no longer welcome on the..." December 04

  • NFL to introduce Fan Fest at scouting combine this March

    USA Today "While the NFL continues to consider changes to how players are evaluated at its annual scouting combine, the league is moving forward with plans to give fans an up-close look at the action. In a memo to clubs Friday night, obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Jeff Foster – president of National..." December 04

  • Eagles expected to pursue DeSean Jackson in free agency

    ESPN "The Philadelphia Eagles are likely to pursue a reunion with Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson during the offseason, sources told ESPN. Multiple teams believe Jackson, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, could return to Philadelphia. The Eagles would benefit..." December 04

  • Antonio Allen calls for reconsideration of “stand your ground” laws

    New York Post "The Jets’ locker room was a bleak and mostly silent place Friday afternoon, and it had absolutely nothing to do with their 3-8 record. Joe McKnight hadn’t worn a Jets uniform since the preseason three years ago, long enough — especially with this woebegone franchise — for much of the current..." December 04

  • Steelers' Haley: Offensive line playing like 'best in the league'

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Ben Roethlisberger wasn't sacked in the past two Steelers games, and opponents have managed just three sacks over the past five. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley in September gushed about the play of the offensive line. After something of a lull from Weeks 3-7, it's time for Haley to boast..." December 04