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Matt Hasselbeck Starting At QB For Colts In Week 5

Oct 8, 2015 12:42 PM

Matt Hasselbeck will start for the Indianapolis Colts at quarterback against the Houston Texans.

Chuck Pagano had said his team will "do the right thing" regarding Andrew Luck and his injured shoulder. The Colts have never described the exact nature of Luck's injury, but have said there is "zero truth" to reports that Luck has a partial shoulder subluxation.

Luck threw lightly at practice Tuesday, and the team was unsure if he would be able to play, despite Luck's optimism earlier in the week.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts

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Dolphins Fire Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle

Oct 8, 2015 1:43 PM

The Miami Dolphins have fired defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.

The Dolphins fired Joe Philbin following their Week 4 loss to the New York Jets.

Coyle had been defensive coordinator of the Dolphins since 2012.

Lou Anarumo will replace Coyle as defensive coordinator.

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Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor

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Alex Smith Throwing 3rd Down Passes 7.8 Yards Short Of Marker

Oct 7, 2015 2:33 PM

Alex Smith is throwing third down passes 7.8 yards short of the first down marker on average, according to Football Outsiders.

Smith has a high completion rate and low interception rate, but he's notoriously conservative in his passes.

Matt Williamson/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

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Tom Brady Pays Practice Players Who Intercept His Passes

Oct 7, 2015 2:18 PM

Ryan Tannehill lashed out to practice squad players who had intercepted him, which differs dramatically to the practices of Tom Brady.

Brady reportedly pays practice squad players if they pick him off.

"I won't say how much he paid them, but he'd pay scout team and practice squad guys if they picked him off," Donte Stallworth said. "Not in an arrogant manner, but more, 'let's work together.' He'd tell them, if you can read me, read the receiver, pick me off and I'll pay you.

"Tommy likes to have fun. He's a great teammate and he loves to compete. He's trash talking guys, they trash talk him. But it's all fun. He's insanely competitive."

Shalise Manza Young/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots

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Cosell: Seahawks Have Most Remedial Passing Game In NFL

Oct 7, 2015 1:49 PM

Russell Wilson currently ranks 11th in passer rating at 101.2.

Wilson's ability to make plays with his legs and their running game offsets their poor offensive line and simple scheme.

"The Seahawks have most remedial pass game in the NFL," said Cosell. It's elementary. We marvel at it. Simple, unsophisticated."

Greg Cosell/

Tags: Seattle Seahawks

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St. Louis Stadium Will Cost Taxpayers $215M More Than Promised

Oct 7, 2015 1:12 PM

According to documents FOIA’d by St. Louis Magazine, taxpayers would be obligated to pay significantly more money for a new stadium in St. Louis for the Rams than politicians have been claiming.

Missouri has committed $240 million toward a new stadium, and the city of St. Louis another $150 million. There will be an extra $215 million through 2051.

National Car Rental has agreed to a 20-year, $158 million agreement to name the stadium, but there is no mention of whether that money will help pay for the stadium.

Barry Petchesky/Deadspin

Tags: St. Louis Rams

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Deal Between Rams, Chargers In Los Angeles Possible

Oct 7, 2015 12:08 PM

Some owners believe the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers may be able to strike a deal to work together on a football stadium in Los Angeles.

The Rams have previously wanted to work alone on their proposed stadium in Inglewood, while the Chargers have been working with the Oakland Raiders on a site in Carson.

Some owners actively oppose Stan Kroenke’s desire to move the Rams, believing that Dean Spanos has tried long enough to get a new stadium in San Diego.

The Raiders have become an afterthought with the Rams-Chargers impasse.

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune (via PFT)

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

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Odell Beckham Jr. Fined $9,000 For Punch In Bills' Game

Oct 7, 2015 11:33 AM

Odell Beckham Jr. has been fined approximately $9,000 for his actions in Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Television cameras show Beckham throwing a punch at the helmet of Bills safety Duke Williams during a Buffalo interception return in the fourth quarter.

Preston Brown also accused Beckham of throwing a punch, telling the Buffalo News that the star wideout will "get away with it" because he is "the 'golden boy' of the league."

Dan Graziano/ESPN

Tags: New York Giants

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Bills Accuse 'Prima Donna' Odell Beckham Of Punching Duke Williams

Oct 6, 2015 4:36 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. appeared to punch Duke Williams in Week 4 following an Eli Manning interception.

Beckham was lit up by Williams during Stephon Gilmore's return.

"I don't know what's up with him," Gilmore said, per Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News. "He acts like nobody's supposed to hit him and you're supposed to let him catch the ball. He's weird. He gets mad when you play physical with him. He's weird.

"He's different. It's kind of like you're playing your little brother and he gets mad at you for being too physical with him -- throwing a tantrum. I'm like, 'Man, we're playing football. It's a physical game. ... He's a prima donna. He feels like he's on top of the world and nobody's supposed to do anything to him."

Sean Wagner-McGough/CBS Sports

Tags: Buffalo Bills, New York Giants

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Bills Sign Dan Herron

Oct 6, 2015 2:04 PM

The Buffalo Bills have signed Dan "Boom" Herron following his Tuesday workout.

The Bills needed depth at running back with Karlos Williams' concussion and LeSean McCoy's hamstring.

Trent Richardson also worked out for the Bills.

Herron has played in 25 career games, starting three, and racking up 389 yards and one touchdown on 87 carries. 

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Roddy White Wants More Targets, Trying To 'Bear With It'
Roddy White has just six receptions through the first four weeks of the season and went without a catch in Week 2 and Week 3.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Eagles' Getting Backfield Contact On 42.7 Percent Of Runs
The Eagles have the worst percentage of runs with contact in the backfield with 42.7 percent.

Ben Stockwell/Pro Football Focus

Warner: Kaepernick Still Learning To Play Within Pocket
Colin Kaepernick has struggled during the first four weeks of the season after spending the offseason working with Kurt Warner.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Trent Richardson, Boom Herron Working Out For Bills
LeSean McCoy is dealing with an injured hamstring, while Karlos Williams suffered a concussion.

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K.J. Wright Should Have Been Flagged On Calvin Johnson Fumble Play
K.J. Wright committed an illegal bat of the ball, which should have given the Lions back the ball where they lost possession.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Cowboys Lose Lance Dunbar For Season With Torn ACL
Lance Dunbar suffered the injury on the opening kickoff of the second half when his foot appeared to stick in the turf.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Dez Bryant Could Return After Week 6 Bye
Dez Bryant suffered a broken foot in Dallas' season-opening win over the Giants.

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Longtime NFL Scout: Ohio State Could Be Most Talented NCAA Team Ever
Ohio State could have as many as eight first round picks in 2016.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Falcons Don't Play Team With Winning Record Until Week 14
The Falcons' only games against a team with a winning record are against the Panthers.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Terrelle Pryor Working Out For 49ers
Terrelle Pryor has auditioned for a host of teams this season at wide receiver as he attempts a conversion from quarterback.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Ryan Tannehill Has Had Rising Tension With Practice Squad Players
Joe Philbin was struggling on how to handle Ryan Tannehill's confidence issues since he was even appearing rattled in these situations.

Aaron Wilson/National Football Post

Todd Gurley Receives Game Ball In First NFL Game
Todd Gurley's performance came just 10 months after reconstructive knee surgery and he had nine carries for 106 yards in the final 12 minutes of the game.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Luck Expected To Play In Week 5 Despite Partial Shoulder Separation
Andrew Luck sat out Week 4, which was the first game he's missed in his NFL career.

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Joe Philbin Fired By Dolphins
Dan Campbell will serve as Miami's interim head coach for the remainder of the season after Joe Philbin's firing.

Adam Schefter, James Walker/ESPN

Clay Matthews To Kaepernick: You Ain't Russell Wilson Bro
Colin Kaepernick struggled again in Week 4 and was on the receiving end of trashtalk from Clay Matthews.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

DeMarco Murray Loves Offense But Not Satisfied With Number Of Carries
Through three games, DeMarco Murray has 29 carries for 47 yards.

Phil Sheridan/ESPN

Joe Philbin Speaks With Dolphins' Owner Following Loss
Joe Philbin isn't worried about his job security following the conversation.

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Elo Ranks 2007, 2004 Patriots As Best Two NFL Teams Of All-Time
The 2007 Patriots went 18-0 until losing in the Super Bowl to the Giants.

Neil Paine/FiveThirtyEight

Steelers Cut Josh Scobee, Sign Chris Boswell
Josh Scobee made just six of 10 field goal tries and missed one extra point in four games in Pittsburgh.

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Chargers Cut Donald Brown
Donald Brown signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with $4 million guaranteed in 2014.

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