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Cards put Tony Jefferson through concussion protocol again
Head coach Bruce Arians said Jefferson would see the team's independent neurological consultant Friday as a precaution.

Ron Rivera on why Cam Newton is pressing: 'Because he wants to win ...'
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Carolina Panthers coach says quarterback needs to stop trying to make every play on his own.

Russell Okung and Kam Chancellor questionable for Sunday
Left tackle, strong safety recovering from injuries as team prepares to face Oakland Raiders.

Reggie Wayne a full participant in practice for Colts
Veteran receiver on track to play Monday night against New York Giants

Injury Report: Geno Smith is questionable
Quarterback dealing with shoulder injury as team prepares to face Kansas City Chiefs.

Giants injury update: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie improving, still hurting
Cornerback's status is day-to-day as team prepares for Monday night game against Indianapolis Colts.

Jay Gruden: Bashaud Breeland's knee 'OK'
Cornerback suffered sprain late in practice, status will be updated on Saturday.

Mark Ingram makes strong case for leading role
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Mark Ingram makes strong case for leading-man role, but what will New Orleans Saints do when injured running backs return?

Miami Dolphins' final injury report: Dion Sims out
Toe injury will keep backup tight end on sidelines

Texans list a more optimistic Brian Cushing as questionable
The rest did Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing some good.

Giants injury update: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie improving, still hurting
Cornerback's status is day-to-day as team prepares for Monday night game against Indianapolis Colts.

Jay Gruden: Bashaud Breeland's knee 'OK'
Cornerback suffered sprain late in practice, status will be updated on Saturday.

Ronald Leary questionable for Sunday
Dallas Cowboys left guard Ronald Leary is questionable for Sunday's game against the NFC-leading Arizona Cardinals.

The future of Sean Lee is at weakside linebacker
Jerry Jones said on Friday that Sean Lee, the Cowboysâ

J.J. Watt catches Eagles in transition
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The Philadelphia Eagles expect stating center Jason Kelce back in action, just in time to help them deal with J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.

Cowboys prepping for Cardinals' blitzing
The Dallas Cowboys expect the Arizona Cardinals to blitz often on Sunday, especially after the Washington Redskins sacked Tony Romo five times.

Redskins vs. Vikings preview
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The Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins will meet for the fifth consecutive season on Sunday and Ben Goessling and John Keim break it down.

Colts vs. Giants preview
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The Indianapolis Colts had won five games in a row before last week's 51-34 loss to Pittsburgh. The New York Giants had won three in a row before losing in Philadelphia and Dallas prior to last week's bye.

Eli Manning: Giants' offense won't take unnecessary risks
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While Eli Manning understands Jerry Reese's desire to be more aggressive, he's not going to take chances with the ball just for the sake of it.

If he plays, Tony Romo will wear extra protection
The Dallas Cowboys are doing all they can to make sure Tony Romo will be protected if he can play Sunday.

In Brandon Weeden, Cardinals preparing for 'another big arm'
With Tony Romo a game-time decision Sunday, the Cardinals are preparing to potentially face Brandon Weeden.

Cards put Tony Jefferson through concussion protocol again
Head coach Bruce Arians said Jefferson would see the team's independent neurological consultant Friday as a precaution.

49ers injury report: Patrick Willis questionable
There were no changes to the San Francisco 49ers' injury report as no players missed practice because of injury Friday.

Russell Okung and Kam Chancellor questionable for Sunday
Left tackle, strong safety recovering from injuries as team prepares to face Oakland Raiders.

Greg Robinson back home at left tackle
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The eventual plan was always to have Greg Robinson as St. Louis' starting left tackle, but Jake Long's knee injury has sped that process up.

Larry Foote relies on experience to handle play calling against up-tempo teams
The Cardinals' Larry Foote relies on experience to handle the play calling against up-tempo teams

Rams vs. 49ers preview
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Paul Gutierrez and Nick Wagoner break down SundayÃ

Raiders vs. Seahawks preview
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The Seattle Seahawks return home this Sunday to CenturyLink Field to face a winless team in a game that should be an easy victory for the Seahawks.The Oakland Raiders are 0-7, just trying to find a way to get on the right track.

Patrick Peterson returns to full practice status
Patrick Peterson returns to full practice status for Arizona Cardinals, likely clearing him for Sunday's game at Dallas.

Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett do not practice
Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett were additions to the Seattle Seahawks injury list Thursday, as they did not practice.

Vikings healthy before Redskins game
The Minnesota Vikings are almost fully healthy as they head into Sunday's meeting with the Washington Redskins.

Brian Robison's injury source of humor in Vikings locker room
Brian Robison's injured rear end has been a source of humor in Minnesota Vikings locker room

Redskins vs. Vikings preview
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The Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins will meet for the fifth consecutive season on Sunday and Ben Goessling and John Keim break it down.

Vikings want Teddy Bridgewater to think faster -- but not always throw sooner
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Rookie QB learning to process coverages quicker so he knows where to go with the ball sooner in the process.

Marc Trestman expects Bears to 'find themselves'
Eight games provide a large enough sample size for even optimists to paint somewhat of a bleak picture of the Bears coming out of the bye week.

Chicago considering reshuffling offensive line
Injury to guard Matt Slauson could lead to several different line combinations being tried by team.

Everson Griffen named NFC Defensive Player of the Month
Minnesota Vikings' offseason investment in defensive end is paying off.

Vikings' Brian Robison sits out with gluteal injury
Robison did not practice Wednesday and was listed on the Vikings' injury report with a gluteal injury.

Packers' D can't survive on turnovers alone
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The Green Bay Packers have been very good at forcing turnovers, but when they can't their defense has proven to be suspect.

Rising/Falling: Detroit Lions Week 9
Each week, we'll take a look at who or what might be rising or falling with the Detroit Lions.

Ron Rivera on why Cam Newton is pressing: 'Because he wants to win ...'
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Carolina Panthers coach says quarterback needs to stop trying to make every play on his own.

Panthers must find themselves on offense before season is lost
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nine games into the season the Carolina Panthers have lost their identity offensively.To salvage a season that is close to being lost, they must find a way to get it back.

Rivera says Greg Hardy should be reinstated if trial postponed
Ron Rivera believes Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy should be reinstated if his domestic violence trial is rescheduled for after the season.

Bucs could be without three injured starters
The Buccaneers will be without their punt and kickoff returner and are likely without their starting running back and left tackle against Cleveland.

Cason benching another signal Panthers secondary has to be addressed
Ron Rivera insisted CB Antoine Cason wasnâ

Is Cam Newton becoming too fixated on Kelvin Benjamin?
A Carolina Panthers passing game overly focused on Kelvin Benjamin has sputtered in recent weeks.

Despite early turnovers, Saints 'play to win the game'
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Once again, bad things were happening to the New Orleans Saints on the road Thursday night.An interception on the opening drive that bounced off the hands of receiver Kenny Stills and into the waiting arms of a defensive tackle.

Falcons rookie James Stone hopes to be rock solid moving forward
It was far from a flawless first start for James Stone, but the Atlanta Falcons center had reason to hold his head high.Last Sunday's matchup against Ndamukong Suh and the stout Detroit Lions' front was a baptism by fire for Stone, an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee.

Saints in first place -- and they have defense to thank
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The Saints' defense stepped up to turn the tide of a division that had become the NFLÃ

Cam Newton didn't deliver when the Panthers needed him to
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In a game the Carolina Panthers needed to win, Cam Newton did not live up to his "Superman" moniker.

Dont'a Hightower off Patriots' injury report
New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

Injury Report: Geno Smith is questionable
Quarterback dealing with shoulder injury as team prepares to face Kansas City Chiefs.

Miami Dolphins' final injury report: Dion Sims out
Toe injury will keep backup tight end on sidelines

Eric Decker backs wife in Twitter skirmish
Eric Decker is standing by his woman in a low-level skirmish with Jets fans, and said his wife will be reactivating her Twitter account.

Bills have improved in key areas under Kyle Orton
Four games into the Kyle Orton era, there is little doubt that he has given the Buffalo Bills a better shot at making the playoffs than EJ Manuel.

Bill Belichick dismisses early weather forecasts
Bill Belichick isn't concerned about the possiblity of rain or even snow on Sunday when the New England Patriots play host to the Denver Broncos.

Broncos vs. Patriots preview
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Sunday's game will mark the 16th time that quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning square off against each other.

Devin McCourty: Patriots want to make plays vs. Peyton Manning, not outsmart him
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As a fifth-year defensive back, Devin McCourty knows better than to try to outsmart Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.The fact of the matter is you simply can't.

Injury report: Four Patriots remain limited
Defensive lineman Chandler Jones still not participating in practice

Vince Wilfork on Broncos: 'The best of the best'
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — You don’t have to tell New England Patriots defensive captain Vince Wilfork how challenging Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos is going to be.

Carlos Rogers doubtful to play Sunday
After missing Friday's practice, it seems unlikely that he'll be in uniform against the Seattle Seahawks.

Ronnie Hillman full pariticpant in Friday's practice
Hillman is formally listed as a probable for Sunday's game.

Corey Liuget returns to Miami, focused on satisfying immense potential
The Chargers' Corey Liuget returns to his hometown of Miami for a second straight year in a continuation of his evolution as a player.

Patriots feel like the Broncos' fourth divisional opponent
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Denver Broncos players and coaches say playing the Patriots offers the same we-know-them, they-know-us headaches an AFC West team would bring.

Chiefs finding defensive coordinator Sutton was worth the wait
Bob Sutton has made a difference as the Chiefs' defensive coordinator.

Priest Holmes a fitting entrant to Chiefs Hall of Fame
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Priest Holmes lost his all-time Kansas City Chiefs rushing record two weeks ago to Jamaal Charles, but he won’t lose his place in club history.

Broncos vs. Patriots preview
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Sunday's game will mark the 16th time that quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning square off against each other.

Raiders vs. Seahawks preview
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The Seattle Seahawks return home this Sunday to CenturyLink Field to face a winless team in a game that should be an easy victory for the Seahawks.The Oakland Raiders are 0-7, just trying to find a way to get on the right track.

Peyton Manning, Bill Belichick set for 23rd meeting
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Devner Broncos QB, New England Patriots coach share mutual respect after years of matching up against each other.

Morning links: Props for Weddle, Conner
Good morning.Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has a couple San Diego Chargers on his midseason All-Pro team. Eric Weddle gets the nod at free safety, and linebacker Kavell Conner is a somewhat surprise addition as Prisco’s special teams ace.

What can Jeremy Hill give the Bengals?
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CINCINNATI -- All of a sudden, the spotlight on Jeremy Hill has intensified.With Giovani Bernard slated to miss the first game of his young career Sunday due to injury, the focus in the Cincinnati Bengals' backfield shifts to his rookie replacement.

Owen Daniels is a game-time decision for Ravens
Tight end dealing with knee injury as team prepares to face Pittsburgh Steelers.

A.J. Green questionable for Sunday
Receiver battling foot injury hopes to return to lineup against Jacksonville Jaguars.

Marcus Gilbert and Steve McLendon appear ready for Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be close to full strength Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens.

Luke Joeckel probable for Sunday
Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (concussion) fully participated in practice on Friday and is listed as probable for the Jacksonville Jaguars for Sunday.

Halloween revisited: Geno Atkins' past year
It was a year ago Friday night that Geno Atkins suffered the injury that ended his 2013 season.

ESPN expert picks: Ravens at Steelers
Baltimore RavensÃ

Ravens vs. Steelers preview
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The Ravens will try to sweep their bitter rival, the Steelers, for the first time since 2011.

How much heavier is Giovani Bernard's workload?
A quick glance at Bernard's 2014 numbers show that perceptions are meeting reality.

Could Tampa Bay's Cover 2 scheme help Browns' run game?
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their safeties deep, offering an opportunity for Cleveland to recharge its rushing attack.

Reggie Wayne a full participant in practice for Colts
Veteran receiver on track to play Monday night against New York Giants

Texans list a more optimistic Brian Cushing as questionable
The rest did Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing some good.

Dexter McCluster not the X factor the Titans advertized
Versatlie offensive weapon has had little impact for Tennessee to this point in season

Time to believe in Denard Robinson in fantasy
Is it time to buy into Jaguars running back Denard Robinson as a legitimate fantasy starter?

RTC: Luke Joeckel plans on playing Sunday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Reading the coverage of the Jacksonville Jaguars ...Left tackle Luke Joeckel said he plans on playing on Sunday against Cincinnati after a quicker-than-anticipated recovery from a concussion, writes the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.

RTC: Not enough from free agent class
Reading the coverage of the Tennessee Titans…The Titans are not getting enough bang for their buck from their recent free agent additions, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Colts vs. Giants preview
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The Indianapolis Colts had won five games in a row before last week's 51-34 loss to Pittsburgh. The New York Giants had won three in a row before losing in Philadelphia and Dallas prior to last week's bye.

Texans' J.J. Watt, Eagles' Connor Barwin are prolific at batting passes
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Watt leads the league this season with six batted passes. Barwin is tied with several players for second with three. They have a similar background.

GM Ryan Grigson on Gosder Cherilus: 'He's been fighting through some things'
Cherilus has only been listed on the teamâ

Ryan Fitzpatrick takes an old-school approach to film study
iPad and other tablets seem to help offensive players study game film. But that's not the case for Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.


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