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Wake-up call: Patriots at Super Bowl, Day 5
A look at what's ahead Friday for New England Patriots at Super Bowl XLIX

Pool report from Patriots practice
he following is the pool report from New England Patriots practice on Wednesday, as filed by Jarrett Bell of USA Today.

Patriots very pleased with grass at Cardinals' practice facility
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The New England Patriots are raving about the grass fields and the amenities of the Arizona Cardinals' practice facility.

Adrian Peterson races Kevin Hart, and wins
Peterson could be in Minneapolis on Friday when U.S. District Court judge David Doty will hear the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL on his behalf.

Vikings' new stadium will have LED lights
The Minnesota Vikings' new stadium will be the first stadium to install LED lights during its initial construction.

LeSean McCoy on deal: 'Anything can happen'
LeSean McCoy's body tells him one thing. His contract may be saying something else.

Archie Manning: Peyton Manning will decide on return 'maybe in next week or two'
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Manning said on Christmas Eve that he intended to return for the 2015 season, but then backtracked Jan. 11 following the Broncos' 24-13 playoff loss.

Three Seahawks at their third straight Super Bowl
The Seattle Seahawks have three players who are going to their third consecutive Super Bowl.

Mike Brown sees Vance Joseph 'as a star,' says Marvin Lewis
Cincinnati Bengals' head coach explains why team denied permission for assistant to void contract, take defensive coordinator job with Denver Broncos.

What exactly is Josh Gordon's 'problem'?
Cleveland Browns wide receiver owes fans more of an explanation about his off-field struggles than his recent essay provides.

LeSean McCoy on deal: 'Anything can happen'
LeSean McCoy's body tells him one thing. His contract may be saying something else.

Nick Foles: 'I just don't think about' Marcus Mariota talk
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback eager to prove he's still the team's top choice despite the draft buzz.

Cowboys position reviews: LBs
Throughout the season, linebackers coach Matt Eberflus mixed and matched his guys because of injuries, but as a group the linebackers performed well.

Chip Kelly gets his man, now has to make it work
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Philadelphia Eagles coach will handle all the important duties of a general manager, with some help from Ed Marynowitz.

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Looking back so Cowboys don't make same 2010 mistake
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IRVING, Texas -- In 2009, the Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East, finished 11-5 and won a playoff game before losing in the divisional round to a team from the NFC North.

Redskins hire Matt Cavanaugh as QB coach
Cavanaugh spent the last two seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Chicago Bears.

Will things be tougher for Cowboys' D in 2015?
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Conventional wisdom holds that the Cowboys will be better defensively in 2015 because it will be the second year under coordinator Rod Marinelli.

Redskins thoughts: Perry Fewell
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Just a few thoughts on the Washington Redskins hiring Perry Fewell as a secondary coach on Tuesday:

Should the Giants try to do something about Victor Cruz's contract?
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I'm curious to see whether the Giants feel the need to do anything about the second-highest cap hit on their roster -- Victor Cruz.

49ers welcome back personnel executive Tom Gamble
Gamble had worked with the Philadelphia Eagles the past two seasons.

Three Seahawks at their third straight Super Bowl
The Seattle Seahawks have three players who are going to their third consecutive Super Bowl.

Closing arguments for Aaron Donald as defensive ROY
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Among Aaron Donald's achievements -- his nine sacks led all rookies and represent the most by any first-year player in the past three years.

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Russell Wilson said the ultimate goal is to feed the beast
On zone-read plays, Russell Wilson says he wants to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch "99 percent of the time."

Bruce Irvin on the Seahawks defense: 'Big dudes who can run'
Seattle All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Irvin is the best all-around athlete on the team.

Russell Wilson and Tom Brady have an email connection
Russell Wilson and Tom Brady have exchanged emails in the past after meeting through a mutual friend.

Pete Carroll cherishes having his son along for the ride
There've been a lot of special moments for Pete Carroll the last two years, but the one that's meant the most to him is getting to do it with his son.

Examining Nick Foles as a fit for the Rams
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One of the first rumors of quarterback moves by the St. Louis Rams has to do with Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller Nick Foles.

Debating Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack for defensive rookie of the year
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Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack are expected to be among the top candidates to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Adrian Peterson races Kevin Hart, and wins
Peterson could be in Minneapolis on Friday when U.S. District Court judge David Doty will hear the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL on his behalf.

Vikings' new stadium will have LED lights
The Minnesota Vikings' new stadium will be the first stadium to install LED lights during its initial construction.

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Jay Feely questions leadership of Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman
Jay Cutler passed for 3,212 yards in 2014, the most in his six years with the Bears, but Jay Feely said the team needs more than solid stats at QB.

Mike McCarthy mum on possible changes to Packers' special teams
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A poor season for Green Bay's special-teams unit became worse in the NFC Championship Game.

Mike McCarthy: Next year's Packers won't 'bear the burden' of collaspse
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Mike McCarthy says Packers will learn from bitter defeat in NFC Championship Game.

Mike McCarthy thankful for condolences following brother's death
Coach Mike McCarthy will speak to reporters today for the first time since his news conference immediately following the Packers' loss to Seattle.

Vikings likely to miss out on Duron Carter
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It appears CFL star Duron Carter, the son of Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, will not be joining the Vikings.

Clint Hurtt named Bears outside linebackers coach
Clint Hurtt served as the Bears' defensive line coach in 2014.

Packers bring in punting competition
The Green Bay Packers signed first-year player Cody Mandell to compete with Tim Masthay, who struggled down the stretch this season.

Seahawks CB Byron Maxwell a free agent worth watching for Saints
The Super Bowl has a couple of free agents who could be enticing to New Orleans.

Falcons could keep running backs coach Gerald Brown
Another member of the previous Atlanta Falcons coaching staff could remain with incoming head coach Dan Quinn.

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Patriots' Rob Ninkovich, Jonathan Casillas make Saints feel regret, jealousy
Former Saints prepare to play in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Panthers Greg Olsen says Kam Chancellor key to Seattle defense
Panthers tight end says Rob Gronkowski will have his hands full with Kam Chancellor.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis: 'I have a lot of football left in me'
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will turn 32 in March. But heâ

John Lynch faces uphill battle for Hall of Fame
John Lynch was one of the hardest-hitting safeties ever. But that might not be enough to convince the voters to put him in the Hall of Fame.

Mike Tice thankful for chance with Falcons, but ready to move on
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With friends and family on West Coast, move to become assistant with Okaland Raiders made sense.

Report: Bountygate hurt Roger Goodell's relationship with Paul Tagliabue
Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue said he and Goodell haven't talked much since Goodell replaced Tagliabue and that "Bountygate didn't help."

Panthers' Greg Olsen shines in Pro Bowl with two TD catches
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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen proved he deserved to be in the Pro Bowl after waiting eight years to get there.Olsen caught a pair of touchdown passes and was the target for a potential game-winner on Sunday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Pool report from Patriots practice
he following is the pool report from New England Patriots practice on Wednesday, as filed by Jarrett Bell of USA Today.

Patriots very pleased with grass at Cardinals' practice facility
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The New England Patriots are raving about the grass fields and the amenities of the Arizona Cardinals' practice facility.

Anyone have a crossword puzzle?
This moment Thursday morning captured, in a sense, where things stand from a media perspective at the Super Bowl.

Todd Bowles adds three more assistants to Jets' coaching staff
The New York Jets' coaching staff should be just about complete.

Fred Jackson eager to play for Rex Ryan, says Doug Marrone's exit was sudden
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Veteran RB Fred Jackson hasn't had the opportunity to say a formal hello to the new coach, and he didn't get to say goodbye to the previous coach.

Tom Brady driven to 'close the order' in Super Bowl
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The New England Patriots' Tom Brady can tie Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana for the most Super Bowl victories by a starting quarterback with four.

Jets hire former Bears scout as college scouting director
GM Mike Maccagnan made another key hire in his rebuilt front office, naming Rex Hogan the senior director of college scouting for the New York Jets.

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Dont'a Hightower grows into the job
As one would expect based on his role as the leader of the defensive huddle, Dont'a Hightower has drawn quite a bit of media attention in Arizona.

Brandon Browner's perspective on coaches
cornerback Brandon Browner has a unique viewpoint when it comes to the two head coaches in Super Bowl XLIX because he's played for both of them.

Jack Del Rio to have influence on Raiders' personnel moves
Unlike previous Oakland Raiders coaches, Jack Del Rio will have significant say on who the Raiders pursue in free agency.

Archie Manning: Peyton Manning will decide on return 'maybe in next week or two'
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Manning said on Christmas Eve that he intended to return for the 2015 season, but then backtracked Jan. 11 following the Broncos' 24-13 playoff loss.

Amari Cooper could be tempting for Raiders at No. 4 overall
Most early mock drafts have Raiders targeting Alabama's star wide receiver.

Bobby Johnson will need to improve Raiders' TE play
Bobby Johnson was hired to be the Raiders' tight end coach, but it's his background as an offensive line assistant that made him an attractive option.

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San Diego mayor seeks specific financial plan for stadium proposal
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SAN DIEGO – Stating it has not been done in more of a decade of discussions on the stadium issue, San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer said one of the primary reasons for creating an advisory group to study a new home for the San Diego Chargers is putting together a specific financing proposal that can be presented to voters.

Super Bowl reminders everywhere for Broncos
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For players good enough to draw a crowd in the Super Bowl mayhem, it is an odd existence.

Todd Grantham's decision a bad sign for Raiders
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Todd Grantham turned down a two-year offer from the Raiders to stay at his same position at Louisville.

Hue Jackson talks Derek Carr, memories of his time in Oakland
Count former Oakland head coach and current Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson among Derek Carr's fans.

How Seahawks' Legion of Boom got its name
"When we saw Legion of Boom, it jumped out," said safety Kam Chancellor.

Mike Brown sees Vance Joseph 'as a star,' says Marvin Lewis
Cincinnati Bengals' head coach explains why team denied permission for assistant to void contract, take defensive coordinator job with Denver Broncos.

What exactly is Josh Gordon's 'problem'?
Cleveland Browns wide receiver owes fans more of an explanation about his off-field struggles than his recent essay provides.

AFC North Rookie of the Year: C.J. Mosley
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley barely edged out Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill for the AFC North's Rookie of the Year honor.

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Former basketball star could be draft option for Pittsburgh Steelers
There might not be a more intriguing prospect in the 2015 draft than Miami (Ohio) cornerback Quinten Rollins.

How badly the Ravens missed Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith was a rising star at cornerback in 2013, but once injuries cost him the second half of 2014 the Baltimore Ravens' defense suffered.

Hue Jackson: Still a place for Jermaine Gresham
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson indicates Jermaine Gresham still has a place on the roster, but the player is a free agent.

New Browns WRs coach Joker Phillips has plenty of work ahead
New Cleveland Browns WRs coach Joker Phillips has plenty of work ahead, and he should point the team to the free-agent market.

Ravens announce coaching staff changes
The Baltimore Ravens filled most of their openings on their coaching staff by promoting from within. The only addition was the hiring of Andy Bischoff, who has worked with new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman in the past, as the team's offensive quality control coach.

Paul Guenther confident Geno Atkins will return 'with a vengeance'
"I'm confident that he'll come back next year and be the guy that we all know," Guenther said.

Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Jags' 2014 rookies 10th
The Jaguars and Cowboys tied for 10th in Mel Kiper Jr's rankings of the top 10 rookie classes in terms of winning contributions.

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Duron Carter's addition could have impact on Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks
The looming signing of WR Duron Carter from the CFL could affect the futures of Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks with the Indianapolis Colts.

Colts have option to exercise voiding Trent Richardson's contract
Indianapolis Colts have option to excercise voiding Trent Richardson's contract.

Colts have league-high 10 players on ESPN.com's All-AFC South team
The Colts, who have swept the division each of the past two years, have a league-high 10 players on ESPN.com's All-AFC South team.

Colts, Texans dominate All-AFC South team
Selecting J.J. Watt to this team was probably the easiest decision we had to make as we selected our All-AFC South team this season.

Three Titans make ESPN's All-AFC South team
The Tennessee Titans got three players on the All-AFC South team during a woeful 2-14 season.

Andrew Jackson's arrest adds to list of Colts' problems
Jackson was charged with drunken driving in Kentucky, his second offense in less than a year.

No guarantee Robert Mathis will be ready for training camp
Robert Mathis' Achilles injury might not be healed in time for training camp, according to Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson.

Colts can get out of Trent Richardson's contract
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Because of his suspension, the Indianapolis Colts might be able to get out of Trent Richardson's contract without owing him money for 2015.


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