• Colin Kaepernick’s birth mother says NFL star has brought shame to America and his family

    news.com "The San Francisco 49ers quarterback copped widespread criticism from players and fans, but also support from others, when he refused to stand during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during Friday night’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. His mother Heidi Russo — who put Kaepernick up for..." August 31

  • Saints sign Paul Kruger

    Pro Football Talk "The Saints finished Tuesday with 74 players on their roster, but it looks like they’ll be topped up at 75 soon. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Saints will sign linebacker Paul Kruger. Kruger visited with the Saints on Tuesday after being released by the Browns and also drew interest..." August 31

  • Kaepernick Anger Intense in NFL Front Offices

    Bleacher Report "Across NFL front offices, there are team officials who are not offended, and even embrace, the controversial position of Colin Kaepernick. They are out there. Statistically, they have to be. But they are keeping a low profile. They seem to be far outnumbered by the members of NFL front offices..." August 31

  • ESPN's Jon Gruden breaks down Broncos' chances with Trevor Siemian

    DenverBroncos.com "ESPN's Monday Night Football commentator and former head coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday he thinks the Broncos can find early wins as Trevor Siemian "continues to progress and show the world what he's all about." Gruden joined Sean McDonough, Lisa Salters and producer Jay Rothman on a media..." August 31

  • Power runners Derrick Henry, DeMarco Murray give Titans offense an identity

    Tennessean "In a league that seemingly becomes more pass-happy with each passing year, the Titans’ emphasis on an old-school, smashmouth attack may offer a unique advantage. How many NFL defenses, after all, are gearing themselves toward stopping power rushing offenses these days? Instead of loading up..." August 31

  • Miami Dolphins OG Laremy Tunsil admits ‘I still need some work’

    Palm Beach Post "Rookie offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil expects to receive plenty of work in the Dolphins’ preseason finale Thursday at Hard Rock Stadium against the Titans, work that Tunsil says he still needs. “Looking at the film I feel like I played pretty good,” Tunsil said today about Thursday game..." August 31

  • With Bridgewater Injured, Vikings Will Turn to Zimmer

    SI "Disaster-control class was in session Tuesday afternoon, via cell phone from upstate New York to suburban Minneapolis. The instructor, Bill Parcells, was reminding the student, Mike Zimmer, what he learned in his long apprenticeship as an NFL assistant, including the four seasons Zimmer worked..." August 31

  • Rodgers, Cook find timing

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "New tight end Jared Cook missed valuable practice work with Aaron Rodgers because of the foot surgery that sidelined him during OTAs and the first two weeks of training camp. Even this week, the starters were playing scout team, so they ran Kansas City’s offense, not their own. Still, Rodgers and..." August 31

  • Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Strives To Become “Master At Protection”

    Seahawks.com "If Russell Wilson is going to improve upon the best season by a quarterback in Seahawks history, it won’t be because his arm becomes stronger or more accurate, nor will it be because he gets faster or more elusive. Instead, what Wilson knows can help him grow the most as a quarterback is improving..." August 31

  • Haley, Roethlisberger relationship built on trust, desire to win

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Sometimes Ben Roethlisberger calls the plays, and that's the way Todd Haley wants it. Sometimes Haley calls the plays, and that's the way Roethlisberger likes it. Other times, it is a little of both — it just depends. Regardless of how the Steelers' no-huddle offense is constructed, it is..." August 31

  • Ameer Abdullah wants to be the Detroit Lions' short-yardage RB

    Detroit Free Press "Ameer Abdullah could have easily made a left turn for the sideline. In his first game back from January shoulder surgery, that might have been the wise thing to do. If not out of bounds, Abdullah could have tried one of his patented stutter-steps, something like the move he shook Eric Weddle..." August 31

  • Does something have to give with Jets’ WR glut?

    New York Post "Perhaps the toughest roster decision the Jets have to make this weekend is at wide receiver. The team has three rookies who have had strong training camps and preseasons — Charone Peake, Jalin Marshall and Robby Anderson. Can they keep all three? “It’s possible,” coach Todd Bowles said...." August 31

  • When it comes to Giants, not a lot of depth

    New York Daily News "The Giants are like a lot of NFL teams right now: Depth entering the 2016 season is a concern. You still would take an Eli Manning-led offense with Odell Beckham and hopefully a healthy Victor Cruz over a lot of other franchises’ top weapons. The revamped Big Blue defense also is exciting, with..." August 31

  • DeVante Parker needs to take better care of his body

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase stopped just short of saying wide receiver DeVante Parker, who left Monday's practice early because of an undisclosed ailment, needs to be more mature about his approach to taking care of his body. But Gase, speaking after Tuesday's walk-through practice, made it..." August 31

  • #VeteransForKaepernick Is The Eye-Opening, Other Side Of The Colin Kaepernick National Anthem Controversy

    Uproxx "When Colin Kaepernick decided to sit out the National Anthem at the San Francisco 49ers preseason game against the Packers, he lit a powder keg of controversy that has dominated TV airwaves and the Internet all week. His not-so-silent silent protest has been met with some support and plenty of..." August 31

  • Teddy Bridgewater suffers dislocated knee, torn ACL

    NFL.com "Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and torn ACL at practice Tuesday, the team announced in a release. "After undergoing an MRI, it was determined that Teddy suffered a complete tear to his ACL and other structural damage," the statement read...." August 31

  • Teddy Bridgewater's leg snapped, made Vikings vomit, reports say

    Sporting News "There were a few clues that Teddy Bridgewater's injury was worse than your garden-variety ACL tear. First, an ambulance showed up to the Vikings practice field. Then, coach Mike Zimmer gave a somber press conference, adding that the injury was "significant" and non-contact. That's never a good..." August 31

  • Source: Peyton Manning staying retired

    Pro Football Talk "Peyton Manning is going to stay on the speaking circuit. A source with knowledge of Manning’s plans told PFT that Manning will not consider returning to the NFL and therefore is not an option for the Vikings as they go about addressing their quarterback situation following the injury suffered..." August 30

  • Chris Berman once again set to call late game of week 1 MNF doubleheader

    Awful Announcing "In news sure to be celebrated across the land, ESPN is once again handing play-by-play duties for the late Week 1 Monday Night Football game to Chris Berman, according to SI‘s Richard Deitsch. The now-traditional opening week MNF doubleheader is a bit of an odd fit for ESPN. As a network with..." August 30

  • Harrison apologizes to Kaepernick, did not know he was black

    Larry Brown Sports "Rodney Harrison apologized on Twitter Tuesday afternoon for criticizing Colin Kaepernick, and he provided a very questionable excuse for saying Kaepernick is “not black.” In a series of tweets, Harrison apologized to anyone he offended and claimed he had no idea Kaepernick was biracial." August 30

  • Bart Scott on Colin Kaepernick: 'I think the death of Muhammad Ali has stirred the pot'

    USA Today "San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem just happens to come months after the death of Muhammad Ali. And former linebacker and CBS analyst Bart Scott sees a connection, not just with Kaepernick’s actions, but those of other big-name athletes..." August 30

  • Blacks Represent 70 Percent Of NFL Players, Fan Base 83 Percent White

    Real GM Football "Seventy percent of African-American men comprise NFL rosters despite representing only six percent of the United States' population. While the majority of NFL players are black, the NFL fan base is 83 percent white and 64 percent male. The NFL has no African-Americans who are a majority..." August 30

  • Buccaneers 'begged' Tim Tebow to play new position in Tampa Bay

    Sporting News "Tim Tebow debuted his baseball skills to MLB teams Tuesday, and some NFL fans remain puzzled. They wonder, for example, why Tebow would change sports. NFL teams liked Tebow as a player; they just didn't want to use him as a quarterback. A position change could have helped the former Heisman..." August 30

  • Cowboys To Meet With QB Austin Davis

    Pro Football Rumors "The Cowboys are known to be in the market for a veteran backup quarterback after losing Tony Romo to start the season, and they’ll meet with with a signal-caller who just earned his walking papers yesterday. Dallas is set to host quarterback Austin Davis, who was waived by the Browns on Monday,..." August 30

  • Colin Kaepernick's Birth Mom Criticizes Him for Not Standing During National Anthem

    Complex "Just about everyone has an opinion on Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem prior to a Packers/49ers game in San Francisco on Friday night. And that includes his birth mother Heidi Russo, who gave birth to the future NFL quarterback at the age of 19 back in 1987..." August 30

  • Colin Kaepernick expected to start Thursday for the 49ers

    Sportsnaut "San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly must have channeled his inner Rex Ryan when he came up with this conclusion regarding his quarterback situation. Apparently, the 49ers are going to give their embattled quarterback another opportunity to prove himself. The hope here is that..." August 30

  • Calvin Johnson to join DWTS, sister says he ‘can’t dance’

    Larry Brown Sports "Calvin Johnson has already found a way to keep busy now that he has retired from the NFL — he’s going to dance. It was revealed on “Good Morning America” Tuesday that Johnson will be one of the contestants on Season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars.” The former Detroit Lions wide receiver will..." August 30

  • Vikings practice ends early after Teddy Bridgewater injures leg

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Teddy Bridgewater clutched his left leg as he laid on the ground, his Vikings teammates visibly and audibly distraught. Team staffers ushered media off the field roughly 25 minutes into the Vikings afternoon practice on Tuesday almost immediately after athletic trainers rushed to Bridgewater’s..." August 30

  • Steve Spurrier Hints Dan Snyder Ruined his NFL Coaching Career

    Pro Football Talk "Steve Spurrier has written a book reflecting on his coaching career, and a big chunk of that book is devoted to his least successful stop, in Washington. Spurrier, who went 12-20 in 2002-03 in his only stint as an NFL head coach, says that the biggest lesson owner Dan Snyder needed to learn was..." August 30

  • Tom Brady explains why he's keeping his plans during suspension a secret

    Fox Sports "Tom Brady is a little over a week away from the start of his four-game suspension. When that time comes, Brady won’t be allowed to talk to his teammates, engage in any football-related activities with the team or attend games as a fan. So what exactly will he do for four weeks with no football..." August 30

  • Patriots Shopping Receiver Aaron Dobson For Potential Trade

    NESN "A New England Patriots wide receiver soon could be on the move. The Patriots are shopping wide receiver Aaron Dobson, sources told NFL Media’s Albert Breer on Tuesday. Dobson was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and appears to be on the roster bubble this summer. Dobson has 53..." August 30

  • Dallas Cowboys receiving calls about Darren McFadden

    NFL.com "The phone is ringing in Dallas. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Cowboys have received calls from teams hoping to trade for veteran running back Darren McFadden, per a source. Dallas, though, really wants to keep McFadden on the roster, Rapoport was told. The 'Boys..." August 30

  • Justin Houston (knee) to start 2016 season on PUP

    NFL.com "The Kansas City Chiefs will start the season without Justin Houston. The linebacker was placed on the physically unable to perform list, the team announced Tuesday. Houston will miss at least the first six games of the season. The 27-year-old pass rusher battled knee issues in 2015, missing..." August 30

  • Chiefs' Josh Mauga: Out for season

    CBS Sports "Mauga (shoulder) will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, BJ Kissel of chiefs.com reports. Mauga will miss the entire 2016 season due to a labral tear. The Chiefs' veteran linebacker was expected to be a catalyst of this year's defense. Ramik Wilson will have a chance to earn a..." August 30

  • Rodney Harrison Says Colin Kaepernick Is Not Black: Mixed Race Doesn't Count

    TMZ "Colin Kaepernick is not a TRUE black man ... because he's mixed race ... so says ex-NFL star Rodney Harrison. The former Patriots safety went on SportsTalk 790 in Houston -- and not only blasted Kaepernick for his National Anthem protest, but says he doesn't REALLY understand the plight of..." August 30

  • White House Objects to NFL QB Colin Kaepernick's Protest of 'Star-Spangled Banner'

    ABC News "The White House today called NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of “The Star-Spangled Banner” “objectionable,” but defended his constitutional right to demonstrate. Prior to San Francisco’s Friday night preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers’ player remained seated between..." August 30

  • Panthers Sign Veteran Safety Major Wright

    Black and Blue Review "The Carolina Panthers found help and experience for their banged-up safety group. They signed strong safety Major Wright on Tuesday, two days after he was let go by the Bucs. Wright, 28, spent the past two seasons in Tampa Bay. He made nine starts in 21 games with 76 tackles and no..." August 30

  • Giants bring back OL Will Beatty

    sny.tv "The Giants are bringing back Will Beatty after releasing the offensive lineman earlier this year, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. New York beat out several other suitors for Beatty, who accepted a 1-year deal with a guarnateed salary of just over $1 million, plus about $750,000 in..." August 30

  • Green Bay Packers trade Lerentee McCray

    ALL 22 "The Green Bay Packers had hopes for Lerentee McCray, but in the end it didn’t work out. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Packers traded the outside linebacker to the Buffalo Bills for a draft pick. McCray was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in..." August 30

  • Arian Foster calls out Tony Stewart for angry tweet towards Colin Kaepernick

    CBS Sports "The NFL regular season is just more than a week away, but much of the talk right now has nothing to do with football. Instead it concerns 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has caused quite a debate by announcing that he will not stand for the national anthem before games as a form of..." August 30

  • Cowboys LB Sean Lee underwent an MRI for a knee injury

    Fox Sports "As if the Dallas Cowboys didn’t have enough injury concerns with Tony Romo out for six to 10 weeks, their best defender has an issue of his own. On Tuesday, head coach Jason Garrett revealed that linebacker Sean Lee is dealing with a knee injury that has kept him out of practice since last..." August 30

  • Redskins Release Perry Riley Jr., Stephen Paea

    NFL.com "The Redskins' active roster now stands closer to 75 players, as Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced on Tuesday that linebacker Perry Riley Jr. and defensive end Stephen Paea have been released. Riley Jr., 28, was a fourth-round pick for the Redskins in the 2010 NFL Draft. During his six..." August 30

  • 5 young NFL players set to explode in 2016

    Sportsnaut "Last season saw a ton of rookies impress. From Jameis Winston’s dazzling performance in Tampa Bay to Amari Cooper’s 1,000-yard season in Oakland, top picks strutted their stuff big time. Heck, even some mid-round picks proved to be worth a higher slot than which they were drafted. We can look..." August 30

  • Barkevious Mingo says going from Browns to Patriots is ‘culture shock’

    Larry Brown Sports "Barkevious Mingo may as well have hit the lottery when the Cleveland Browns traded him to the New England Patriots, and the former first-round pick has already seen some major differences in the way the two teams operate. Mingo seemed pleased about the transition while speaking to reporters..." August 30

  • Madden 17 to include commentary on Colin Kaepernick controversy

    San Jose Mercury News "Even your video games will dispense thoughts on the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick. Madden 17 announced it will touch on the 49ers quarterback's refusal to stand for the national anthem in an update before the season starts. The game's developers previously said there would be..." August 30

  • Jerry Rice calls out Colin Kaepernick for 'disrespecting the flag'

    Fox Sports "San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice shared some words for quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Monday night in response to the quarterback's controversial decision to sit for the National Anthem to protest racial injustice and policy brutality toward black people and people of color. Wrote the..." August 30

  • Texans' coach Bill O'Brien says J.J. Watt could play in opener

    Houston Chronicle "Texans coach Bill O'Brien said today, "I can definitely see" defensive end J.J Watt playing in the regular season opener against Chicago. "J.J. is progressing well," he said "He's made a lot of progress the last couple of weeks. He's on the right track. We feel good bout where he is right..." August 30

  • Chargers waiving quarterback Zach Mettenberger

    Pro Football Talk "When the Titans released quarterback Zach Mettenberger this offseason, there were teams other than the Chargers who wanted him. Today, the Chargers decided they no longer did. According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers have waived Mettenberger as part of their..." August 30

  • Chiefs willing to trade Aaron Murray, in case anyone’s interested

    Pro Football Talk "Teams have to take their rosters from 90 to 75 by this afternoon, and then to 53 this weekend. So if you’ve got extra stuff you don’t want sitting around the garage, you might as well put it on Craigslist and see if anybody else wants it. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the..." August 30

  • Emmanuel Sanders compares Trevor Siemian to Aaron Rodgers

    Sportsnaut "It’s always nice to have confidence in your starting quarterback. That’s taken to a whole new level when you’re tasked with catching passes from him. There’s also something a bit absurd about comparing a quarterback with zero regular season experience to a former MVP. That’s exactly what..." August 30