Football Wiretap

DeMarco Murray To Play Week 16 With Protective Pad

Dec 21, 2014 10:47 AM

DeMarco Murray will play in Week 16 with a protective pad on his left hand, which was broken last Sunday.

The Dallas Cowboys are "a little nervous" about telegraphing their plays with Murray in the game and concerned with how much he can do in the passing game and blocking.

If Murray is ineffective early, expect the Cowboys to move to a heavier running back by committee approach.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Fantasy, Injury

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NFL Waiting On Better L.A. Stadium Offers

Dec 21, 2014 2:21 PM

The NFL wants better options and offers on a stadium site in Los Angeles before a team actually makes a decision on relocating.

The St. Louis Rams are the clear frontrunner to move to Los Angeles when the time comes, according to Jay Glazer.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Tags: St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Legal

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49ers, Jim Harbaugh Expected To Part Ways Quickly After Week 17

Dec 21, 2014 2:19 PM

Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers will part ways within 24 to 48 hours after the end of the season.

When Michigan approached the 49ers in regards to Harbaugh, the club talked to him about and the coach said he wanted to remain focused on the end of the season.

The Chicago Bears are also a possibility for Harbaugh, along with the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, NCAA

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Philip Rivers May Need Offseason Back Surgery

Dec 21, 2014 1:24 PM

Philip Rivers has a bulging disk in his lower back and may need surgery in the offseason.

Rivers has dealt with a rib ailment for much of the season, but the back is the present issue and what forced him to miss recent practice time.

Rivers was 33-for-54 with 356 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions Saturday at Levi's Stadium in the San Diego Chargers' 38-35 comeback win.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Injury

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Julio Jones To Play Week 16

Dec 21, 2014 11:19 AM

Julio Jones will play in Week 16 through his oblique injury.

The Atlanta Falcons will meet the New Orleans Saints in a key NFC South game

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Fantasy, Injury

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DeAndre Hopkins To Start Despite Ankle Injury

Dec 21, 2014 10:54 AM

DeAndre Hopkins will play in Week 16 despite an ankle injury.

Hopkins sat out practice all week.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Fantasy, Injury

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David Shaw Plans On Remaining At Stanford

Dec 21, 2014 10:52 AM

David Shaw is again the most coveted NFL head caoching candidate in the college ranks, but he has told people he plans on remaining at Stanford.

Shaw led Stanford to the Fiesta Bowl and two Rose Bowls in his first three seasons.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: NCAA

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Jay Gruden 'Impressed' By Robert Griffin III's Performance

Dec 20, 2014 9:59 PM

Washington beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24 with a perfromance from Robert Griffin III that left Jay Gruden "impressed."

Griffin finished the game 16-for-23 for 220 yards and one interception.

“I thought he did an outstanding job of managing the football game," said Gruden. "Not only in the passing game, but he did a lot at the line of scrimmage in the running game which is very, very important. So he did an excellent job. But just trying to get him comfortable, trying to get him the opportunity to make good, sound decisions like he did.

“It was great to see Robert compete and play. He went out there, players responded for him, and huge to get a win for him.

“(Keeping his eyes up, scanning the field) that’s what he’s been doing I think. We had a little more success, so it looked like you played better when you win the game. I think he did a great job today of, like I said handling the running game, and then when he was asked to go back to pass, read through progressions, I think he did a good job.”

Gruden had previously benched Griffin multiple times this season.

“I’m impressed with Robert. You have to be impressed with his performance. He made some big throws, stood in there and made a couple runs, and I just think he managed the game extremely well. Getting out of the huddle, no delay-of-game penalties. He competed, man, and that’s what you want to see a quarterback do: be a competer, be a leader. I told him before the game, ‘I don’t care if you go 14 for 100 or 10 for 10 or 1 for 1 man, as long as we get the W.’ And anytime we get a victory, the quarterback always gets a major, major thumbs up, so I’m happy for Robert.”

Chelsea James/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Redskins

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Eagles' Loss Clinches Playoff Berth For Lions; Cowboys In With Win

Dec 20, 2014 9:53 PM

With their surprising 27-24 loss to Washington on Saturday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles are on the brink of elimination from playoff contention.

The Eagles will be eliminated if the Dallas Cowboys beat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

The loss also knocked Philadelphia from Wild Card contention, clinching a playoff berth for the Detroit Lions.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions

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Cam Newton Cleared To Play 11 Days After Accident

Dec 20, 2014 6:57 PM

Cam Newton has been medically cleared to play in Week 16 just 11 days after suffering two small fractures in his back during a car accident.

Through 12 games, Newton has passed for 2,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has rushed for 425 yards and three touchdowns on 85 carries.


The Carolina Panthers started Derek Anderson last week in place of Newton.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Fantasy, Injury

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Julian Edelman Won't Play Week 16 Due To Concussion
Tom Brady figures to use Danny Amendola and Brian Tyms more frequently without Julian Edelman.

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Ryan Mallett Prefers To Re-Sign With Texans
Ryan Mallett will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and wants to continue working with Bill O'Brien.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Jim Harbaugh Torn Between Michigan, NFL
Jim Harbaugh first would like to see what head-coaching opportunities come available in the NFL.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

NFL Won't Relocate To Los Angeles In 2015
Roger Goodell told the Raiders, Rams and Chargers any team that is considering relocating to Los Angeles should look to 2016 instead, according to sources.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

DeMarco Murray Appears Likely To Play In Week 16
The Cowboys have increased optimism that DeMarco Murray will play in Week 16 despite a broken hand that was surgically repaired this week.

Igor Mello/CBS Sports

Cliff Avril Signs Four-Year, $28.5M Extension With Seahawks
Cliff Avril has been a productive pass rusher for the Seahawks.

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Jay Cutler Wants To Remain With Bears
Jay Cutler signed a seven-year, $127 million contract in the offseason, with $54 million guaranteed.

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K.J. Wright Signs Four-Year, $27M Extension With Seahawks
K.J. Wright has started 54 of 58 games over four years, emerging as one of the NFL's best coverage linebackers.

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DeMarco Murray To Make Final Decision On Playing With Broken Hand
DeMarco Murray underwent surgery on his broken hand on Monday.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Philip Rivers Battling Serious Back Injury
Philip Rivers has struggled in recent weeks, but he expects to play on Saturday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Sean Payton Doesn't Think ESPN Should Zoom On Play Sheet
Sean Payton said he doesn't think opponents can really glean anything valuable from seeing the zoomed-in look of his play-calling sheet.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Derek Carr Endorses Tony Sparano As Raiders' Head Coach In 2015
Derek Carr gave Tony Sparano an endorsement to remain head coach of the Raiders.

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Trestman's Benching Of Cutler Further Magnifies Distrust From Players
A portion of the locker room feels "confused and uncomfortable" over how Marc Trestman handled Jay Cutler's benching compared to the minor discipline Aaron Kromer received.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Bears Bench Jay Cutler, Will Start Jimmy Clausen
Jay Cutler is owed $15.5 million next season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Michigan Makes Six-Year, $48M Offer To Jim Harbaugh
Michigan has made a six-year, $48 million offer to Jim Harbaugh.

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Michael Vick Has Paid Down $18M Debt Owed To Creditors
As part of the plan to pay off his creditors, Michael Vick stuck to living on a $300,000 budget.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Ray McDonald Released By 49ers
Ray McDonald has been released by the 49ers.

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Ray McDonald Being Investigated On Alleged Sexual Assault
San Jose Police are once again looking at Ray McDonald, this time in relation to an alleged sexual assault that occurred Monday.

Matt Barrows/Sacramento Bee

Robert Griffin III Staying As Silent As Possible Until Season Ends
Robert Griffin III said he is staying off Twitter and Facebook until after the season.

John Kelm/ESPN

Chris Conte Believes Playing In NFL Worth Risk Of Early Death
Chris Conte just wants to be able to outlive his parents.