November 2017 - Football Wiretap

Josh Gordon Activated From Commissioner's Exempt List

Nov 30, 2017 6:12 PM

The Cleveland Browns have officially activated Josh Gordon from the Commissioner's Exempt List.

The Browns will start Gordon at wide receiver in Week 13.

Gordon last played in the NFL during the 2014 season.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Fantasy, Misc Rumor, Suspension

John Mara Regrets How Giants Handled Eli Manning Benching

Nov 30, 2017 1:44 PM

John Mara admitted he regrets the way the New York Giants handled the benching of Eli Manning.

Manning refused an option to start Sunday's game against Oakland before likely sitting in the second half for Geno Smith.

"Maybe the timing of it could have been a little different. I wish I could've been here when that was all going down," said co-owner John Mara, who was attending owners' meetings in New York when the decision was made on Tuesday. "What I did not expect -- and this was my fault; maybe I was naïve. I did not expect Eli to react by saying to go ahead and start the other guys.

"I understand, especially after speaking with him [Wednesday]. I completely understand, but that took me by surprise a bit and maybe I would've handled that a little differently."

Manning has had an inconsistent career though he's won two Super Bowls. The Giants currently have a 2-9 record.

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Tags: New York Giants

Case Keenum Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Month

Nov 30, 2017 11:15 AM

Case Keenum has been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month for November.

Keenum led the Vikings to a 3-0 record to go with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

Here are the other player of the month honors for November:

Saints DE Cam Jordan, NFC Defensive Player of the Month: Jordan had three sacks in November.

Rams K Greg Zuerlein, NFC Special Teams Player of the Month: Zuerlein went 12 of 12 on field goals and 11 of 12 on PATs.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, AFC Offensive Player of the Month: Brady threw for at least three TDs in each game this past month and went 3-0 for New England.

Chargers CB Casey Hayward, AFC Defensive Player of the Month: Hayward had three interceptions in November for the streaking Chargers.

Ravens K Justin Tucker, AFC Special Teams Player of the Month: Tucker went 6 of 6 on field goals and 8 of 8 on PATs.

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Personal Award

Carson Wentz Tops Fan Pro Bowl Voting

Nov 30, 2017 7:47 AM

Carson Wentz has accumulated the most fan votes for this season's Pro Bowl.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback leads all players with 422,491 Pro Bowl votes. That puts him ahead of Tom Brady, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Drew Brees in the Top 5.

Fan voting continues through December 14. Players and coaches also get a vote, and the Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on December 19.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

Philip Rivers Calls Benching Of Eli Manning 'Pathetic'

Nov 30, 2017 7:44 AM

Philip Rivers didn't pull any punches when asked about the benching of fellow 2004 draft-class member Eli Manning.

"I honestly thought it was pathetic," Rivers said . "He's been out there 210 straight games -- with no telling how many bumps and bruises and injuries -- for his team. He won two Super Bowl MVPs. And with the respect he's had in the locker room over the years, and really the respect he's gained throughout the league, you feel like the guy has earned the opportunity -- if they are in fact deciding to go another direction -- he's earned the opportunity to finish it off these last five weeks."

The Chargers made a draft-day trade that sent Manning to New York in return for Rivers and three other draft picks.

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Tags: San Diego Chargers, New York Giants, Misc Rumor

Eric Reid, Michael Thomas Withdraw From The Players Coalition

Nov 29, 2017 10:17 AM

Eric Reid and Michael Thomas have withdrawn from The Players Coalition, which was initially founded by Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin.

Reid and Thomas have been two of the NFL's most outspoken players. Reid kneeled with Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season and continues to do so in 2017.

Roger Goodell, several team owners, NFL Players Association officials and 13 current players gathered for talks at league headquarters in October. The parties put out a joint statement claiming the conversations "focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities."

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Miami RB Mark Walton To Enter Draft

Nov 29, 2017 7:20 AM

University of Miami junior running back Mark Walton plans to enter the NFL Draft after signing with agent Zac Hiller, according to a report.

Walton's season ended in October following a right ankle injury that required surgery.

In 30 games with the Hurricanes, Walton rushed for 2006 yards (5.1 yards per attempt) and 26 touchdowns. He also caught 56 passes for 624 yards and two touchdowns.


Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

Aqib Talib, Michael Crabtree Have Suspension Reduced To One Game

Nov 29, 2017 7:17 AM

Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree have each had their two-game suspensions reduced to one game after they were ejected for fighting in Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.

Both players appealed the initial two-game suspension.


Tags: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Suspension

49ers To Start Jimmy Garoppolo Week 13

Nov 28, 2017 6:45 PM

The San Francisco 49ers will start Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback for Week 13 against the Bears.

Garoppolo played the last 1:07 during last Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks after C.J. Beathard went down with an injury.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo from the Patriots ahead of the deadline.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers

Darren McFadden Announces Retirement From NFL

Nov 28, 2017 4:01 PM

Darren McFadden has announced his retirement from the NFL.

McFadden and the Dallas Cowboys parted ways last week.

McFadden was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Arkansas by the Oakland Raiders. 

McFadden rushed for 1,000 yards in two of his seasons.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

Giants To Start Geno Smith Over Eli Manning In Week 13
Eli Manning had started 210 straight regular season games.

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NFL Denies Deal With Jerry Jones Over Litigation Threat
Jerry Jones seemed to hint at a quid pro quo when he said last week that he won't sue over Roger Goodell's anticipated contract extension.

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Cardinals Could Start Blaine Gabbert In 2018
Blaine Gabbert has a 61.1 completion percentage while averaging 249 yards per game.

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Sam Darnold Rejects Notion Of Avoiding Browns In Draft
Sam Darnold has been widely rumored to stay in school despite his high draft standing.


Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib Suspended Two Games
The NFL has suspended Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib for two games after the two players were ejected from Sunday's game for fighting.

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49ers To Decide On Starting Quarterback Midweek
The 49ers have yet to choose between C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback this week.

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Jason Witten Denies Interest In Leaving Cowboys For Volunteers
Jason Witten is not currently considering leaving the Dallas Cowboys to become head coach of Tennessee.

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Packers Say Helmet-To-Helmet Hit Ruined Final Drive
Brett Hundley had the best game of his career for the Packers on Sunday night, but Mike McCarthy says a late helmet-to-helmet hit on the quarterback ruined the team's final drive.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Chiefs Aren't Ready To Replace Alex Smith With Patrick Mahomes
The Chiefs have lost three straight games and Alex Smith continues to struggle to get the offense going.

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Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib Ejected Following Fight
Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree exchanged shoves before swinging punches at each other.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

49ers Anticipate Signing Jimmy Garoppolo To Franchise Tag
The 49ers have ample cap space to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a $25 million deal for one season.

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Darren McFadden, Cowboys Agree To Release
Darren McFadden has been inactive over the past two weeks despite the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott.

Todd Archer/ESPN

UCLA Hires Chip Kelly As Head Coach
Chip Kelly has worked in broadcasting this season after he was fired by the 49ers.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Greg Olsen Activated From Injured Reserve
Greg Olsen suffered a broken foot in Week 2 and missed the past eight games.

David Newton/ESPN

Devonta Freeman Ruled Out For Week 12
Devonta Freeman has been ruled out for Week 12 as he remains in the concussion protocol.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Jerry Jones Continues To Back Jason Garrett
Jerry Jones addressed the Cowboys following their blowout loss to the Chargers.

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Chiefs Sign Darrelle Revis
The Chiefs needed depth at cornerback.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Chip Kelly To Decide Between Florida, UCLA
Troy Aikman is putting a "full-court press" on Kelly to accept the UCLA job.


SkyCam Unlikely To Catch On As Primary Camera Angle
The SkyCam was used twice this year during Sunday night telecasts due to unforeseen circumstances and in a third game as an experiment.

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Tyrod Taylor Named Bills' Starting QB Again
Tyrod Taylor was benched last week in favor of Nathan Peterman, who threw five interceptions in the first half.

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