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Steelers Raid Le'Veon Bell's Locker After Deadline Passes

Nov 15, 2018 8:18 AM

Several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers raided Le'Veon Bell's locker and removed his No. 26 nameplate after Wednesday's practice.

Bell forfeited his $14.5 million franchise tag by failing to report to the team on Tuesday. He is ineligible to play this season.

The running back's locker remained intact and untouched during his holdout. Bell left behind a locker full of stuff, including cleats, shirts and a CD labeled "Le'Veon Bell #1."

 

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

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Jason Kelce: Accountability Behind Eagles' Struggles

Nov 15, 2018 8:26 AM

Jason Kelce believes a lack of accountability is the root of the Philadelphia Eagles' struggles.

"Last year, it just seemed like everybody was clicking. We had guys like Brent Celek who had been here a long time who was very accountable, Torrey Smith who had been in the league for a long time, very accountable. Mack Hollins was a guy that gave great effort," the lineman said. "LeGarrette Blount and all of these running backs that, they had their limited amount of stuff that they had to know, but they knew what to do, and they knew how to do those things. That's what we're missing. We're missing that accountability."

Kelce stressed that he isn't suggesting current players on the team are "bad guys" or giving poor effort, but that a mix of departures and injuries have depleted them in areas both tangible and intangible.

"This isn't just players, this is coaches, this is everybody. Everybody takes accountability in making sure that everybody is ready to go. From a players' standpoint, it's on you to make sure that you're watching the film, you're doing everything during the week necessary for you to improve, to make sure that you understand the finer coaching points, every little detail, so that when you're in the middle of the game, you're not playing slow or apprehensive, you know exactly what you have to do and you can go 100 percent and give great effort. And it's also on the coaches to make sure everybody's ready to go," he said.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

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NBC Flexes Steelers/Chargers, Rams/Bears In Week 13, 14

Nov 14, 2018 6:05 PM

NBC has moved the Week 13 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers to Sunday Night Football. The game replaces the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

NBC has also moved the Week 14 game between the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams to their Sunday Night Football slot.

NBC originally had the Steelers and Oakland Raiders scheduled for Week 14.

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Ben Roethlisberger Didn't Hear Back From Le'Veon Bell On Text

Nov 14, 2018 11:56 AM

Ben Roethlisberger texted Le'Veon Bell before the 4:00 PM deadline on Tuesday, but didn't hear back.

Bell decided not to report and will forfeit the entirety of his $14.5 million franchise tag.

"I texted him, saying I hoped he was going to show up and if he decided not to, I wished him nothing but the best," Roethlisberger said Wednesday morning from his locker. "He was a great teammate and football player."

Roethlisberger and Bell played together for five seasons.

"To each their own on what they want to walk away from," Roethlisberger said.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Rams Allot Thousands Of MNF Tickets For First Responders

Nov 14, 2018 8:37 AM

Thousands of tickets for Monday night's Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game have been allotted to Los Angeles-area first responders.

The game, originally scheduled to be played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, will now be played at the L.A. Coliseum because Azteca's playing surface did not meet NFL standards.

The Rams said they will be "providing thousands of complimentary tickets to first responders who are bravely protecting the greater Los Angeles community, as well as people who have been impacted by our community's recent tragedies."

Over the past seven days, the Los Angeles metropolitan area has been ravaged by the Woolsey fire and devastated by a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, near where the Rams' facility is located.

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

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Tom Brady Wants To Spread Ball Around More

Nov 14, 2018 8:33 AM

Tom Brady wants to distribute the football more than he did in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Brady targeted Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon 12 times each, while no other receiver had more than three passes thrown at them.

"I have to figure out a way to get the ball to everybody, so we can all make plays," Brady told WEEI. "When everyone is making plays, I think our offense is tough to stop. That will certainly be something we try to focus on and make sure everyone is getting looks they deserve and make plays when we get them."

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Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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NFL Moves Rams-Chiefs From Mexico City To Los Angeles

Nov 13, 2018 4:48 PM

The Los Angeles Rams will host this Monday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to poor field conditions at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The game will be played on Monday Night Football.

Players were threatening to boycott the game due to injury concerns.

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Le'Veon Bell Doesn't Report To Steelers, Won't Play In 2018

Nov 13, 2018 3:59 PM

Le'Veon Bell did not report by today's deadline and will be ineligible to play for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Bell will become an unrestricted free agent this winter.

Bell had lost out on $8.5 million in wages for the 2018 season already and will now lose out on an additional $6 million. Bell is hoping to sign a long-term deal this offseason.

James Conner will remain the starting running back of the Steelers.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jerry Jones Calls Lincoln Riley Links 'Total Speculation'

Nov 13, 2018 10:26 AM

Jerry Jones had a tepid denial when asked about reports linking Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley to the Dallas Cowboys.

“That would be total drawing it out of the air. … Totally speculation,” Jones said.

Jason Garrett's future with the Cowboys is uncertain as they enter the final seven games of the season.

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Stepfather Of Patrick Mahomes' Girlfriend Dies At Game

Nov 13, 2018 9:00 AM

Patrick Mahomes skipped his postgame news conference on Sunday after his girlfriend's stepfather died while at the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium.

"We're sorry to hear about what took place yesterday," Andy Reid said. "Our prayers and blessings are with the family. I've talked to Patrick and they're doing well for the circumstance that took place."

The Chiefs don't expect the tragedy to affect Mahomes' preparation for Week 11, noting that the quarterback was at the team facility Monday.

Mahomes isn't expected to miss any playing time either, though Reid said, "If he has to, that's not a big deal."

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

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Bills Cut Nathan Peterman
Peterman has thrown three touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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NFL Set On Mexico City Game Despite Poor Field Conditions
The NFL is determined to play next week's Monday Night Football game between the Chiefs and Rams despite significant concerns about the poor playing surface, according to league sources.

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Hue Jackson Joins Bengals As Special Assistant
The Browns fired Hue Jackson two weeks ago.

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Sean Payton Smashes Fire Alarm Before Sunday's Win
Sean Payton said it was not a motivational tactic.

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Cooper Kupp Out For Season With Torn ACL
Cooper Kupp has caught 40 passes for 566 yards and 6 touchdowns.

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Jets Unlikely To Fire Todd Bowles During Season
The Jets have now lost four straight games entering their bye.

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Frank Gore Reaches 500 Yards In 14th Straight Season
Frank Gore has set an NFL record by reaching 500 yards for the 14th straight season.

Adam Beasley/Miami Herald

Chiefs-Rams Has Highest Over/Under Since 1986
A lot of points are expected when the Chiefs and Rams play in Mexico City next Monday night.

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Dion Lewis Calls Beating 'Cheap' Patriots 'Personal'
Dion Lewis didn't say much leading up to Sunday's game between the Titans and Patriots, but afterward was a different story.

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Mark Davis Takes Blame For Raiders' 1-8 Start
After the Raiders' loss to the Chargers on Sunday, owner Mark Davis took the blame for the team's 1-8 start.

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Le'Veon Bell Not Expected To Report By Tuesday's Deadline
Ten months ago, Le'Veon Bell said he "definitely would consider" sitting out the 2018 season or retiring at the age of 26 if the Steelers used the franchise tag on him.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Michael Thomas Fined $30,000 By NFL For Cellphone Celebration
When asked if someone helped plant the phone, Michael Thomas said, "Um, I think someone ... I think Joe Horn left it."

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LeSean McCoy Breaks Silence On Frustrations
LeSean McCoy has avoided interview requests since the Bills' loss on Oct. 29.

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Joe Flacco Could Sit Week 11 With Hip Injury
Lamar Jackson would likely start for Joe Flacco if he's injured.

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Dez Bryant Suffers Torn Achilles In Practice
Dez Bryant signed with the Saints this week.

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NFL Discouraging Networks From Running Billboard Ads During Games
Billboard ads have been used on television for decades.

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Leonard Fournette Returning From Hamstring Injury For Week 10
Leonard Fournette practiced the entire week without any setbacks.

John Reid/Florida Times Union

James Conner Enters Concussion Protocol
James Conner left the fourth quarter of Thursday's game between the Steelers and Panthers after suffering a concussion.

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Todd Haley Thought He'd Be Cleveland's Interim Head Coach
After firing Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, the Browns named Gregg Williams their interim coach.

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Steelers, Panthers Set Record With Three TDs In 23 Seconds
The Steelers and Panthers set an NFL record with three touchdowns in 23 seconds during the first quarter of Thursday night's game.

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