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NFL Projecting 2018 Salary Cap Between $174M-$178M

Dec 12, 2017 5:26 PM

The NFL is projecting a salary cap for 2018 between $174.2 million and $178.1 million.

The final number will be determined in the spring.

The salary cap for the 2017 came in at $167 million.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Nick Foles: Eagles Won't Change Offense Without Carson Wentz

Dec 13, 2017 8:24 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles have no plans to alter their offense in the wake of Carson Wentz's season-ending ACL injury.

Doug Pederson and Nick Foles have both declared that no radical changes will be made.

"We're going to run this offense," Foles said. "Nothing is going to change. ... I've always been a gunslinger, just let it rip. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to play loose, count on the guys, lead this team. There's no other place I'd rather be. That's why I came back here."

Dave Zangaro/NBC Sports Philadelphia

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

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Aaron Rodgers Says He's Cleared To Return

Dec 13, 2017 8:19 AM

Aaron Rodgers announced on Instagram Tuesday night that doctors have medically cleared him to return to the field for the Green Bay Packers.

On Monday, Mike McCarthy said Rodgers underwent tests to determine how much his surgically repaired right collarbone had healed.

"It's been a long road from that day to this, but I'm happy to say I've been medically cleared to return. Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks and a big thank you to Dr McKenzie and our incredible training staff," Rodgers wrote.

The Packers will face the Carolina Panthers this weekend. At 7-6, they remain in the NFC playoff picture.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Larry Johnson Fears He's Suffering From CTE

Dec 12, 2017 6:34 PM

Larry Johnson believe he is now suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disorder linked to more than 100 former football players.

Johnson is dealing with anxiety, paranoia, the occasional self-destructive impulse, which are consistent with CTE in past victims.

Johnson is now 38 years old and retired from the NFL in 2011.

Johnson set an NFL record in 2006 with 416 carries and was a two-time Pro Bowler.

Like Aaron Hernandez who suffered from CTE, Johnson has a history of erratic behavior and violence: He has been arrested six times, and several of the incidents involved Johnson physically assaulting women. 

“Blank spots” are what Johnson calls the empty spaces in his memory, and there are seemingly more of them every year.

Johnson says years ago he was diagnosed him with type-1 bipolar disorder, a condition he blames on head injuries.

Kent Babb/Washington Post

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Patriots To Sign Kenny Britt

Dec 12, 2017 4:02 PM

The New England Patriots are finalizing a deal to sign Kenny Britt.

Britt was released last week by the Cleveland Browns.

Britt gives the Patriots additional depth at wide receiver.

Field Yates/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Aaron Rodgers, Packers Facing Difficult Decision On Week 15

Dec 12, 2017 1:19 PM

Aaron Rodgers' status for Week 15 remains uncertain.

Rodgers underwent the all-important first CT scan to determine how his fractured collarbone is healing on Monday, but there is not a definitive determination on his status.

Rodgers is pushing hard to play after he's practiced for the past two weeks.

The decision was described as a "risk/reward" proposition as it has yet to fully heal.

Rodgers chose a surgical procedure involving two plates and 13 screws as an aggressive way of accelerating healing and protecting his throwing shoulder. I

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Fantasy, Injury

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Steelers Place Ryan Shazier On IR

Dec 12, 2017 1:13 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have played Ryan Shazier on the reserve/injured list due to a spinal injury he suffered last Monday.

Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6 in Pittsburgh, a surgery performed by UPMC neurosurgeons and Steelers team physicians Drs. David Okonkwo and Joseph Maroon.

“Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during the remainder of this season,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “However, even off the field Ryan will continue to be one of our team leaders. We know his spirit and positive outlook will help him to continue in his recovery, as well as serve as an inspiration to our team.”

Teresa Varley/Steelers.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Injury

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Colts Violated NFL Policy By Sending Non-Players To Clear Snow

Dec 12, 2017 9:27 AM

The Indianapolis Colts violated an NFL policy when they sent sideline personnel onto the field to remove snow from the area where a kick would be lined up in order to help Adam Vinatieri get better footing on Sunday.

Officials working the game in Buffalo quickly sent the Colts' personnel off the field.

"Under no circumstances will a Referee permit clearing by the grounds crew, or other team personnel, of a spot for a PAT or field goal attempt. Only players are permitted to clear such spots by hand or foot," the NFL Game Operations Manual states.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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NFL Won't Punish Seahawks For Actions Against Jaguars

Dec 12, 2017 9:19 AM

No members of the Seattle Seahawks will be suspended for their actions at the end of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a league official.

However, the NFL is still reviewing the melee under the standard process.

The finish to Jacksonville's victory included fights on consecutive plays as the Jaguars were kneeling to run out the clock and Seattle's defensive linemen continued their rush at full strength.

Seahawks lineman Quinton Jefferson was ejected and a drink was thrown at him from the stands as he was running off the field. He turned back and began arguing with fans who were wearing clothes with Jaguars logos. When more drinks were thrown at him, including one that nearly hit his head, Jefferson rushed toward the railing separating the field from the stands and briefly began climbing it. A member of the Seahawks' equipment staff pulled him off.

ESPN

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

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49ers Waiting Until Offseason To Discuss Contract With Jimmy Garoppolo

Dec 11, 2017 10:44 PM

The San Francisco 49ers won't begin talks with Jimmy Garoppolo on a new contract until the offseason.

The 49ers can use the franchise tag on Garoppolo, which means there is a lack of urgency on their end.

"Obviously, we're very encouraged with how these two games have been," Kyle Shanahan said. "We'll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything. But I definitely don't think that's something he's thinking about at this point and it's definitely not something that I'm thinking about either."

Garoppolo completed 20 of 33 for 334 yards with a touchdown and interception in the 49ers' 26-16 victory in his second start.

Associated Press

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Josh McCown Out For Season With Broken Hand
Bryce Petty will start for the Jets in place of Josh McCown to finish the season.

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Carson Wentz Has Torn ACL, Will Miss Rest Of Season
Carson Wentz suffered the injury while diving into the end zone in an eventual win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon.

ESPN

LeSean McCoy: Trade By Eagles 'Was Wrong, Weird'
LeSean McCoy is on the verge of becoming the 30th player in NFL history to gain 10,000 yards rushing for his career.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Jameis Winston Denies Rift With Dirk Koetter
Jameis Winston is denying a report that a rift has developed with Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Ben Roethlisberger Becomes First QB With Three 500-Yard Games
Ben Roethlisberger threw for more than 500 yards against the Ravens on Sunday night, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to record three such games.

ESPN

Verizon Signs $500M Annual Deal With NFL
The deal is worth an average of nearly $500 million, which nearly doubles the current $250 million per year Verizon is paying.

John Ourand, Daniel Kaplan/Sports Business Journal

Jerry Jones Attempted To Delay Goodell Extension By Six Months
Jerry Jones spent the past few weeks trying to build support to delay or derail Roger Goodell's contract.

Seth Wickersham/ESPN

Eagles Fear Carson Wentz Tore ACL
Carson Wentz came up limping after absorbing multiple hits on a touchdown run that was negated by a holding penalty.

Tim McManus/ESPN

C.J. Fiedorowicz May Retire Due To Recurring Concussions
C.J. Fiedorowicz's contract extension has a de-escalator if he's cut due to a pre-existing condition such as a concussion.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Browns' Top Priority Is Finding Quarterback
The Browns have passed on opportunities to draft Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in successive drafts.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL.com

Browns Release Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt has 18 receptions for 233 yards and two touchdowns this season.

ESPN

Russell Wilson Believes He Has Edge With 'Limitless Mind'
Russell Wilson works with a brain coach, Trevor Moawad, a renowned mental trainer.

Michael-Shawn Dugar/Seattle Post Intelligencer

Jets OC Endorses Josh McCown As Starter In 2018
Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the Jets for the remainder of the season and perhaps beyond that as well.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Drew Brees Blames TNF For Saints' Injuries
Drew Brees was critical of playing on Thursday nights after the Saints lost six players to injury in a loss to the Falcons.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Browns Hire John Dorsey As General Manager
John Dorsey has worked in NFL player personnel for 26 years.

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Michael Bennett, Alex Smith Headline 2017 Walter Payton Award Nominees
The NFL has released their list of nominees for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

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Josh Rosen Denies Report He's Made Decision On Declaring For Draft
Josh Rosen is expected to be a top pick in the draft if he declares.

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Roger Goodell's Probable Annual Pay Likely Below $30M
While Roger Goodell's contract extension was announced as a five-year, $200 million deal, it is loaded with incentives he'll likely never receive.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Jerry Jones' Stance On Roger Goodell's Contract Galvanized Owners
The committee wanted to avoid allowing Jerry Jones to take the Roger Goodell contract issue to the floor at the meeting.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Hue Jackson Will Remain Head Coach Of Browns In 2018
Hue Jackson was hired by the Browns before the 2016 season.

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