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Steelers Cut Josh Scobee, Sign Chris Boswell

Oct 3, 2015 8:42 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have cut Josh Scobee and signed Chris Boswell.

Scobee missed two field goals in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter to set up the Steelers' loss in Week 4 to the Baltimore Ravens.

Scobee made just six of 10 field goal tries and missed one extra point in four games in Pittsburgh.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Elo Ranks 2007, 2004 Patriots As Best Two NFL Teams Of All-Time

Oct 3, 2015 9:39 PM

The Elo rating evaluates a team’s skill level at any given moment and it puts the 2007 New England Patriots and 2004 Patriots as the first and second best teams in NFL history.

The 2007 Patriots went 18-0 until losing in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.

The 1942 Chicago Bears, 1998 Denver Broncos and 1989 San Francisco 49ers rounded out the top-5.

Neil Paine/FiveThirtyEight

Tags: New England Patriots

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Chargers Cut Donald Brown

Oct 3, 2015 8:41 PM

Donald Brown has been released by the San Diego Chargers to make room for Michael Ola.

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

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Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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Steve Smith Sr. Broke Four Ribs Against Steelers

Oct 3, 2015 8:20 PM

Steve Smith Sr. broke four ribs during the Baltimore Ravens' win on Thursday over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith's injury is believed to only be a short-term concern.

Smith vowed revenge on Mike Mitchell, a former teammate who gave him the big hit.

"The best thing I can do without threatening him and saying that I will assault him when I see him," Smith said after the game, "is I will say I look forward to playing him again. He's on my lifetime hit list."

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Injury

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LeSean McCoy Out For Week 4, Won't Return Until 100 Percent

Oct 2, 2015 1:04 PM

LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins will not play in Week 4 for the Buffalo Bills against the New York Giants.

McCoy has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks and says he won't play until he's 100 percent healthy again.

McCoy was acquired via trade by the Bills in the offseason from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Karlos Williams has played well for the Bills at running back in McCoy's absence.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Fantasy, Injury

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Alshon Jeffery Out For 3rd Straight Week With Hamstring Injury

Oct 2, 2015 1:01 PM

Alshon Jeffery will miss Week 4 as he continues to work on returning from a hamstring injury.

Jeffery also sat out Weeks 1 and 2.

Jeffery missed almost a month this preseason with a calf injury and now is dealing with this secondary issue.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Fantasy, Injury

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NFL Rule Changes Have Favored Offenses, Killing Parity

Oct 2, 2015 12:20 PM

Kerry J. Byrne of the Boston Herald believes the NFL has killed parity through a series of rule changes to help offenses.

Rule changes in the name of player safety have made it more difficult for NFL defenses and special teams have also been legislated out of the sport.

Quarterbacks threw interceptions on 4.3 percent of attempts back in 1981; that rate was down to 2.5 percent in 2014, the lowest in NFL history. 

NFL teams averaged just 26.7 rushing attempts per game last season, the fewest in NFL history.

Teams with the best quarterbacks have consistently had success in recent seasons while those searching for a quarterback have had the worst records in the NFL.

Kerry J. Byrne/Boston Herald

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Ekpre-Olomu Expected To Be 1st Player To Collect Draft Value Insurance

Oct 2, 2015 12:12 PM

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is expected to be the first player to collect on a loss of draft value insurance, according to the man who underwrote the policy.

Keith Lerner told CBS Sports Thursday night that Ekpre-Olomu is in the process of collecting a $3 million claim after suffering a season-ending knee injury in December. The All-American corner, projected to be a first-round draft choice last May, slipped to the seventh round after blowing out his ACL before the College Football Playoff National Championship.

“That claim is close to getting paid,” said Lerner, the Gainesville, Florida-based head of Total Planning Sports Services.

Lerner added the claim should be paid in the next 30-60 days. Ekpre-Olomu was the 241st player taken in the draft by Cleveland.

Dennis Dodd/CBS Sports

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

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Eddie Lacy's Sprained Ankle 'Going Away'

Oct 1, 2015 7:35 PM

Eddie Lacy hasn't completely healed from his sprained right ankle, but he's feeling better than he did in 2013 when he had the same injury.

“It’s better than that because it’s not going to be a lingering thing,” Lacy said Thursday. “It’s going away. My rookie year, it really didn’t go away.”


Lacy carried only 10 times but managed 46 yards in Week 3. Lacy also caught three passes for 41 yards, including a 26-yard catch-and-run on a screen

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Fantasy, Injury

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Breshad Perriman Undergoes PCL Surgery, Out Indefinitely

Oct 1, 2015 3:25 PM

Breshad Perriman is out indefinitely after re-injuring his PCL during Sunday's pregame warmups.

Perriman underwent surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews.

Perriman was the Baltimore Ravens' first round pick.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Injury

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Wes Welker Impressive In Giants' Workout
Tom Coughlin said Wes Welker was "quick" and impressive, adding he's is healthy and could be signed.

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Andrew Luck Limited In Practice, Still Expected To Play
Andrew Luck is battling a shoulder injury and is day-to-day, but Chuck Pagano has "supreme confidence" he won't miss any time.

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Tom Brady Earning $10M Per Year Below Market Value
Tom Brady has one of the most team-friendly contracts in the NFL due to a restructured contract in 2013 and a subsequent extension.

Andrew Brandt/Sports Illustrated

Adrian Peterson Believes He Could Have Gone To NFL From High School
Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns as a high school senior in 2003 and then went on to rush for 1,860 yards with 15 touchdowns -- 5.9 yards per carry -- as a true freshman.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Jarryd Hayne Has Better Skill-Set For Punts, Not Kickoffs
The 49ers are using Jarryd Hayne on punt returns, but they don't believe his skills translate as well on kickoffs.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Marshawn Lynch 50-50 For Week 4, Could Mean More Thomas Rawls
Thomas Rawls was productive for the Seahawks in the absence of Lynch in Week 3.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Leonard Fournette Won't Sit Out 2016 To Prepare For NFL Draft
LSU's Leonard Fournette has rejected suggestions he sit out his junior seasons in college to ensure he enters the NFL injury-free.

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NFL's Appeal Of Tom Brady Suspension Won't Be Heard Until 2016
The move virtually guarantees Tom Brady will play the entire regular season and postseason without the threat of being suspended for his role in Deflategate.


PFF Gives Aaron Rodgers Negative Grade For Week 3
Aaron Rodgers had 333 passing yards, five touchdowns, no interceptions and a 138.5 passer rating, which are simply video game numbers.

Ben Stockwell/Pro Football Focus

Giants Working Out Wes Welker, Hakeem Nicks
The Giants are thin at wide receiver as Victor Cruz works his way back from injury.

Josina Anderson/ESPN

NFL Players Can Play Daily Fantasy
NFL players are allowed to play daily fantasy games provided the prizes are below a certain amount.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Panthers Acquire Jared Allen From Bears
Jared Allen didn't fit the Bears' 3-4 scheme and he'll now get a chance to work in Carolina's 4-3.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Terrelle Pryor Working Out For Seahawks As Wide Receiver
Terrelle Pryor was previously with the Seahawks as a backup quarterback.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Drew Brees Expects To Play In Week 4
Ian Rapoport reported Drew Sunday that Brees is a "long shot" to play in Week 4 after suffering a rotator cuff injury.

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Derek Carr Receives Aaron Rodgers Comparison From Tramon Williams
Tramon Williams was impressed playing against Derek Carr in Week 3.

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Broncos Find Compromise With Pistol Formation
Denver's offense played faster than they have all season and Peyton Manning was able to fade into his comfort zone.

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Ben Roethlisberger Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL
The Steelers were relieved Ben Roethlisberger didn't tear his ACL.


Raiders' Carr, Murray, Cooper Make NFL History
No trio 25 years old or younger have as many passing, rushing and receiving yards as Derek Carr, Latavius Murray and Amari Cooper did in Week 3.

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Group Of Influential Owners Opposed To Rams' Move To Los Angeles
Both the Chargers and Rams appear to have enough votes to block a move by the other party.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tom Brady: Way Too Early To Think About 2007 Comparisons
The Patriots have scored 119 points over their first three games, more than they did over the same timeframe in 2007.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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