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Aaron Rodgers Undergoes Successful Surgery, Could Return In 2017

Oct 20, 2017 3:42 PM

Aaron Rodgers has undergone successful surgery to repair his broken collarbone.

There's a possibility of Rodgers returning this season.

"I think it will be clear when the discussion is completed, and we'll make that decision," Mike McCarthy said Friday. "That's what the conversations are for today."

McCarthy said Rodgers would not attend Sunday's game at Lambeau Field because he's recovering out of town. 

"Everything went very well is my understanding talking with Dr. McKenzie, and he's recovering," McCarthy said.

Rodgers missed seven weeks when he broke the collarbone on his left side.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Fantasy, Injury

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Vikings Expect Sam Bradford To Play Again In 2017

Oct 20, 2017 1:55 PM

The Minnesota Vikings expect Sam Bradford to play again this season.

Bradford has not played or practiced since Oct. 9th.

There have been reports Bradford's injury could be a season-long or career-ending injury.

Case Keenum will start again for the Vikings with Bradford out. The Vikings are also working Teddy Bridgewater back from his injury in 2016.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Injury

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Marshawn Lynch Ejected After Making Contact With Official

Oct 20, 2017 10:42 AM

Marshawn Lynch was ejected from the Oakland Raiders' win over the Kansas City Chiefs after running onto the field during a scuffle in which he subsequently pushed and grabbed an official.

Lynch appeared to be trying to get Marcus Peters, who was penalized on the play for a late hit on Derek Carr. Lynch and Peters are good friends who grew up in Oakland together.

Contact with an official is an automatic ejection.

"I was disappointed that he ran out because I knew we had a 15-yard penalty and we were going to be in good shape," Del Rio said after the game. "I didn't get a chance to, like, have a conversation about it. I told him you can't leave the bench like that. And that was about it. Next thing I knew he was being tossed. The ref told me actually had put his hands on him. I didn't see that occur. Obviously, you can never put your hands on an official and he was DQed."

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Tags: Oakland Raiders

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Teddy Bridgewater Expects To Play In 2017

Oct 19, 2017 5:47 PM

Teddy Bridgewater believes he will play at some point in 2017.

The Minnesota Vikings plan to ease him into practices.

Mike Zimmer said Thursday he needs to see that Bridgewater has mobility and can protect himself in the pocket and avoid defenders. Taking baby steps has been critical to his approach.

"It could be just completing a pass down the field or making a sudden movement in the pocket," Bridgewater said Thursday. "Just going to look for little things each day to do whatever I can to get back to who I was before and even better."

Bridgewater said he thought about his return to practice every day since he dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL and other ligaments nearly 14 months ago. 

"I used it as motivation," Bridgewater said. "I use that to tell myself, hey, 'I'm one step closer.' Being out there, running out of that tunnel yesterday just did something to me, in a good way."

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Injury

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Odell Beckham's Injury Won't Impact Extension Talks With Giants

Oct 19, 2017 11:00 AM

Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants are expected to pick up their discussions on a long-term contract this offseason.

John Mara doesn't believe Beckham's injury will interfere with those talks.

"I don't think it will have any effect because I think he's going to make a full recovery," Mara said.

The Giants also feel comfortable signing Beckham before he fully returns.

"I don't necessarily think so because I think our medical people feel pretty strongly that he'll make a full recovery. Knowing him, he will work so hard to get back, he has so much pride," he said.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

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Shad Khan: Donald Trump Jealous Of NFL

Oct 18, 2017 11:19 PM

Shad Khan responded to the criticism the NFL has received from Donald Trump.

“Let’s get real,” Khan told Bell. “The attacks on Muslims, the attacks on minorities, the attacks on Jews. I think the NFL doesn’t even come close to that on the level of being offensive. Here, it’s about money, or messing with — trying to soil a league or a brand that he’s jealous of.”

Trump previously tried to purchase the Buffalo Bills.

“He’s been elected President, where maybe a great goal he had in life to own an NFL team is not very likely,” Khan said. “So to make it tougher, or to hurt the league, it’s very calculated.”

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Bennett: Kaepernick Resolution Needed Before More Talks With Owners

Oct 18, 2017 10:09 PM

While Roger Goodell is attempting to move the NFL past the player protests, Michael Bennett believes the continued unemployment of Colin Kaepernick must be addressed.

"I think the first step to even being able to even have a conversation is making sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL," Bennett said Wednesday. "I think before we even negotiate anything about whether we sit, whether we stand [during the national anthem], it should be a negotiation about opening up the doors for Colin Kaepernick and giving him an opportunity again, because I feel like through everything, that's been lost.

"All of us are having an opportunity to be able to speak to our employers, but to think about the guy who started everything not to be able to have a voice at this moment, it just doesn't seem very right to me."

Kaepernick was brought up during the meetings between owners and players, according to Bennett, but there wasn't much discussion about him.

"I don't think we can work alongside of them until we address that issue," Bennett said. "I think the issue with Kaepernick is the start to a conversation. If they want us to be open to what they want, the dialogue, then that's something that needs to be on the table right there."

Bennett will continue to sit going forward.

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2018 NFL Draft To Be Held At AT&T Stadium In Dallas

Oct 18, 2017 5:39 PM

AT&T Stadium in Dallas will host the 2018 NFL Draft.

The NFL has taken its draft on the road in each of the past three seasons in Chicago and Philadelphia.

This will be the first draft hosted in an NFL stadium.

"Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event's evolution and grow it even further," Roger Goodell said in a release. "We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality."

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Draft, Draft Misc

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NFL Officially Awards 2021 Super Bowl To Tampa Bay

Oct 18, 2017 5:37 PM

The NFL has officially awarded the Super Bowl in 2021 to Tampa Bay.

Tampa was provisionally awarded the game when Los Angeles had to move back their year from 2021 to 2022 due to stadium construction delays.

“The final approval of Super Bowl LV is a great source of pride for the Glazer family, the Buccaneers organization and the entire Tampa Bay region,” Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement from the team. “We have made substantial improvements in recent years to ensure that Raymond James Stadium could ultimately host the game for a third time and we appreciate that our fellow owners have recognized the stadium and our area’s long and distinguished history as a world-class host city.”

Tampa Bay hasn't hosted a Super Bowl since 2009.

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Andrew Luck To Stop Throwing Due To Increased Soreness

Oct 18, 2017 5:25 PM

Andrew Luck will stop throwing due to soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Luck practiced for two days two weeks ago and then increased his workload last week.

"The doctors and the trainers have decided to give him a cortisone shot to kind of take away some of that inflammation that's been happening," Chris Ballard said.

"He'll continue to rehab. We're just going to shut down the throwing right now to get this thing calmed back down."

Ballard would not put a date on when Luck will resume practicing. 

The Indianapolis Colts aren't prepared to put Luck on injured reserve at this time.

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Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Injury

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Roger Goodell Wants To Get NFL Players Protesting 'Down To Zero'
The NFL has appeared to alternate between supporting their players and also attempting to prevent them from demonstrating.

RealGM Staff Report

Jonathan Allen Out For Season With Foot Injury
Jonathan Allen was the first round pick of Washington in 2017 and had already recorded 10 combined tackles and one sack.

Adam Schefter/ESPN (via The Score)

NFL TV Ratings Down 18.7 Percent From 2015
Total viewership of the NFL is down 7.5 percent in 2017 compared with the first six weeks of 2016.

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Chris Long Donating Remaining 10 Game Checks To Charity
Chris Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed.

Associated Press

Judge Blocks Six-Game Suspension Of Ezekiel Elliott
A judge in New York has ruled in favor of Ezekiel Elliott with a temporary restraining order on his six-game suspension.

RealGM Staff Report

Falcons Want To Increase Julio Jones' Targets
Julio Jones has just 38 targets compared to 72 for Antonio Brown.

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Jaguars Release Jason Myers, Sign Josh Lambo
Jason Myers missed a 52-yard field goal attempt against the Jets and a pair of 54-yard field goals against hte Rams.

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Aaron Rodgers To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery On Collarbone
Aaron Rodgers suffered the injury in the Packers' Week 6 loss.

RealGM Staff Report

NaVorro Bowman Agrees To One-Year, $3M Deal With Raiders
NaVorro Bowman will get his full salary from the 49ers in addition to the contract with the Raiders.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Teddy Bridgewater Cleared To Practice
The Vikings now have a decision on whether to take Teddy Bridgewater off the PUP list.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Martavis Bryant Requests Trade From Steelers
The Steelers do not plan on honoring the request.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance For Collusion Against NFL Owners
Colin Kaepernick has hired Mark Geragos as his attorney.

Mike Freeman/Bleacher Report

Aaron Rodgers Suffers Broken Collarbone
Aaron Rodgers has suffered a broken collarbone and could miss the remainder of the season.

RealGM Staff Report

Teddy Bridgewater Expected To Come Off PUP List
Teddy Bridgewater wants to play, but the Vikings would like to give him as much time as possible to heal.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Brandon Marshall Plans To Play In 2018
Brandon Marshall will be 34 next season and has a future awaiting him in broadcasting.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers Don't Plan On Trading Carlos Hyde
Carlos Hyde's future with the 49ers is uncertain moving forward under John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

49ers Backed Out Of NaVorro Bowman Trade With Saints
The 49ers backed out of the deal when they learned NaVorro Bowman preferred to become a free agent and choose his next team.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Ezekiel Elliott Requests Full-Panel Rehearing
Ezekiel Elliott could play again while the court determines whether or not to grant the request.

Austin Knoblauch/NFL.com

NFL Will Keep Raiders-Chargers Game In Oakland
With fires ongoing in the Bay Area, air quality in Oakland has been poor.

ESPN

DeAndre Levy Testifies Lions Discouraged Him From Speaking About CTE

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