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Josh Gordon Enters Inpatient Rehab Facility

Sep 29, 2016 5:50 PM

Josh Gordon was set to be reinstated by the NFL to return to play in Week 5 but he's instead entered an inpatient treatment facility.

Statement from Josh Gordon "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an inpatient rehabilitation facility. This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process."

Statement from Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown on Josh Gordon "We support Josh in taking this step to seek additional help and treatment. His singular focus must be on his own health. We want nothing more than for Josh to be successful personally and professionally and will not comment on his status with the organization at this time."

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Fantasy, Suspension

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Lady Gaga Announced As Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Performer

Sep 29, 2016 8:48 PM

Lady Gaga has been officially announced as the performer for Super Bowl LI Halftime Show in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.

This will be Lady Gaga's second time performing on the Super Bowl stage, after having sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 last February. Lady Gaga also performed at last year's Oscars.

Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars performed at last year's halftime show following Katy Perry's performance at the previous Super Bowl.

RealGM Staff Report

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NFL Still Hasn't Sent Two Winning Teams To Play Game In London

Sep 29, 2016 6:34 PM

The NFL has actively attempted to grow the game in Europe by hosting at least one game in London since 2007 but they've rarely featured teams between two high quality teams.

Not a single game of the 15 so far has matched up two teams with winning records. 

The 1-2 Colts will play the 0-3 Jaguars this Sunday.

2007: Giants (5-2) vs. Dolphins (0-7)
2008: Chargers (3-4) vs. Saints (3-4)
2009: Patriots (4-2) vs. Buccaneers (0-6)
2010: Broncos (2-5) vs. 49ers (1-6)
2011: Bears (3-3) vs. Buccaneers (4-2)
2012: Patriots (4-3) vs. Rams (3-4)
2013: Steelers (0-3) vs. Vikings (0-3)
2013: 49ers (5-2) vs. Jaguars (0-7)
2014: Dolphins (1-2) vs. Raiders (0-3)
2014: Lions (5-2) vs. Falcons (2-5)
2014: Cowboys (6-3) vs. Jaguars (1-8)
2015: Jets (2-1) vs. Dolphins (1-2)
2015: Bills (3-3) vs. Jaguars (1-5)
2015: Lions (1-6) vs. Chiefs (2-5)
2016: Colts (1-2) vs. Jaguars (0-3)

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Dez Bryant Unlikely To Play Against 49ers

Sep 29, 2016 4:16 PM

Dez Bryant, who avoided having an MRI initially because he was fearful the results would reveal bad news about his right leg injury, is not expected to play Sunday, according to a source.

Jason Garrett confirmed Thursday that Bryant missed an MRI, a treatment session and two team meetings earlier this week.

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his tibial plateau in his right leg near the knee, according to a source.

"He's a very, very passionate person. He loves football. He loves this team. He's a driven guy and his response to this was not the right one," Garrett said. "It was an understandable response given his personality and everything he puts into this.

"He's an emotional person and he didn't handle it the right way. What we have to do as a team is we have to handle it the right way. We understand where he was coming from and then we address it, we solve it, we move on. That's how we handle things here. And that's what we've done."

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Injury

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Buccaneers Want Jameis Winston To Throw Less

Sep 29, 2016 4:13 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to focus on the ground game more and limit the number of throws Jameis Winston has to make.

"In the last two games, we've thrown too much," Dirk Koetter said. "We've got to quit getting behind by two scores, and we need to run the ball better."

Doug Martin will miss another week or two with a hamstring injury, which may limit Tampa Bay's ability to run.

Winston has thrown more than 50 times each of the past two weeks.

Tampa Times

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Eric Decker Will 'Probably' Have MRI On Shoulder

Sep 29, 2016 7:53 AM

Eric Decker was held out of practice on Wednesday and will "probably" undergo an MRI to determine the extent of a shoulder injury.

Decker has been dealing with the injury and aggravated it against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. He was able to play last week without a lot of practice time.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New York Jets, Injury

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NFL Now Unlikely To Play 2018 Game In China

Sep 29, 2016 7:49 AM

Despite reports that the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers would play in China in 2018, a league spokesman says there's probably more work to do than can be done in two years.

"I would say there's a low likelihood of it happening," Executive V.P. of International Mark Waller said. "But we're working hard to see if we can make it work."

There are logistical challenges to flying the Rams and 49ers 13 hours to Beijing, having them spend a week practicing and playing in a country with a 15-hour time difference, then having them fly back and get ready to play another game.

Albert Breer/The MMQB

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Dez Bryant Was No-Show, Led To Delayed MRI

Sep 29, 2016 7:45 AM

The MRI on Dez Bryant's injured right knee was delayed because he was was absent from Monday's treatment for injured players and Tuesday's meetings, according to sources.

Bryant was injured in Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears.

Injured players are required to report for treatment on Monday, even though it is a day off.

The MRI took place Wednesday morning. Bryant was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his tibial plateau in his right leg near the knee.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Injury

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C.J. Spiller Agrees To Sign With Seahawks

Sep 28, 2016 6:48 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a deal with C.J. Spiller.

Spiller has been a free agent after spending the 2015 season with the Saints.

The Seahawks are thin at running back following the retirement of Marshawn Lynch and the injury to Thomas Rawls.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Cam Newton: I Won't Let Kelvin Benjamin Go Catchless Again

Sep 28, 2016 5:45 PM

Kelvin Benjamin saw just one target and went catchless in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Cam Newton says he won't let that happen again.

"That can't happen. That can't happen. And if I'm speaking for it, that won't happen again," Newton said. "He's too good of a player, as well as Devin (Funchess) and Ted (Ginn) and those guys. Philly (Brown) had a great game, did everything the coaches asked him to do and more. We just have to find ways to stay on rhythm. We weren't running in rhythm and we have to find any and every way to stay in rhythm in a hostile environment."

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Tags: Carolina Panthers

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NFL, Tom Coughlin's Agent Deny Reported Meeting With Bills Ownership
Both the NFL and Tom Coughlin's agent have denied a report that he met with Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula over the weekend.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Terrelle Pryor Believes Browns Can Win Out
The Browns have started the season with three straight losses, but Terrelle Pryor believes they can rebound in a big way.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Seahawks Confident Russell Wilson Will Face Jets
Russell Wilson was a participant in Wednesday morning's walkthrough.

Conor Orr/NFL

Rex Ryan Joins Conference Call, Asks Julian Edelman If He'll Play QB
The Patriots have not indicated who will start Sunday's game at quarterback.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

David Carter, Griff Whalen Are Rare NFL Vegans
Tyrann Mathieu's agent says his client is about 90 percent vegan.

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Dez Bryant Has Hairline Fracture In Knee
Dez Bryant could continue playing despite the injury or miss three weeks.

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Todd Bowles: Jets Had 'Come-To-Jesus Meeting' After Loss
The Jets had an important meeting after Sunday's blowout loss to the Chiefs.

Conor Orr/NFL

Adam Gase Warns Dolphins: Shape Up, Or You'll Be On Bench
Adam Gase is willing to send players to the bench if they don't perform for the Dolphins.

Adam H. Beasley/Miami Herald

Ronnie Lott 'Optimistic' About Keeping Raiders In Oakland
Ronnie Lott is "optimistic" about keeping the Raiders in Oakland as he continues to talk to government and team officials about a way to keep the club from moving.

Vic Tafur/San Francisco Chronicle

Referees Threatened To Sit Antonio Brown Over Custom Cleats
The NFL threatened to sideline Antonio Brown for the second half of Sunday's game if he didn't take off his baby blue cleats emblazoned with the faces of his children.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

J.J. Watt Could Miss Remainder Of 2016 With Back Injury
J.J. Watt has re-injured his back and is expected to miss a significant period of time.

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Colin Kaepernick: Let's Make America Great For The First Time
Colin Kaepernick was not impressed by the debate performance of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Bears Sign Joique Bell
Joique Bell struggled last season with Detroit, rushing 90 times for 311 yards and four touchdowns.


Thomas Rawls Could Miss Month With Hairline Fracture
The Seahawks could be without Thomas Rawls for a month because of a hairline fracture in his fibula.

Nick Shook/NFL

Hue Jackson: Browns Aren't "Tanking" For No. 1 Pick
Hue Jackson said on Monday, a day after the Browns lost in overtime against the Dolphins, that the team isn't losing in hopes of getting the No. 1 overall pick in next spring's draft.

Conor Orr/NFL

Anthony Davis Again Retires From NFL
Anthony Davis suffered another concussion in practice on Sept. 15 and has not played since.


Greg Hardy Arrested On Drug Charge
Greg Hardy has been arrested on drug charges in Texas.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Ben McAdoo Requests Odell Beckham Become Less Distracting
Ben McAdoo twice had conversations on the sideline with Odell Beckham during Sunday's 29-27 loss to Washington.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Jay Cutler Not Guaranteed Bears' Starting QB Job When Healthy
The Bears started Brian Hoyer in their loss at the Cowboys in Week 3.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Carson Wentz Has Highest PFF Grade Ever For Rookie Through Three Games
Carson Wentz isn't just the highest-rated rookie QB, Wentz is best-rated signal-caller in the NFL through three games.

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