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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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Sam Darnold Rejects Notion Of Avoiding Browns In Draft

Nov 28, 2017 11:42 AM

Sam Darnold denied a rumor that he might remain at USC for his junior season if the Cleveland Browns end up with the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Darnold has been widely rumored to stay in school despite his high draft standing.

"I didn't say anything about the Browns," Darnold told reporters after the Trojans' practice Monday. "I've never said anything bad about (an NFL) team. They know I would never say anything."

Darnold's draft availability has been the topic of speculation since earlier this month, when the MMQB's Albert Breer said during a radio interview that Darnold would wait to see if the Browns had the No. 1 pick before deciding whether to enter the draft.

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, NCAA

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Michael Crabtree, Aqib Talib Suspended Two Games

Nov 28, 2017 8:35 AM

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

Both players plan to appeal the suspensions.

Talib, Crabtree and Raiders guard Gabe Jackson were ejected with 11:47 remaining in the first quarter of Sunday's game between Oakland and the Denver Broncos. Talib and Crabtree were ejected for fighting, and Jackson was ejected for making contact with an official.

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

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Jason Witten Denies Interest In Leaving Cowboys For Volunteers

Nov 27, 2017 6:43 PM

Jason Witten is not currently considering leaving the Dallas Cowboys to become head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Witten has been linked to the job despite remaining an active player.

"Coaching is something I can see myself down the road, having one of those opportunities, but right now I'm all in with this team and my feet are planted firmly here and this opportunity that I have in 2017 and getting it right this week," Witten said. "And not only that, but I really love this team we have and what we're trying to build and get it right, right now and for beyond, for the future.

"So I feel too good to think that I'd consider something like that at this point."

Tennessee backed out of their agreement with Greg Schiano following backlash from fans.

Witten's name was mentioned as a possibility by outkickthecoverage.com, which said Witten would be willing to leave immediately to take over at his former school.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor, NCAA

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Packers Say Helmet-To-Helmet Hit Ruined Final Drive

Nov 27, 2017 8:45 AM

Brett Hundley had the best game of his career for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, but Mike McCarthy says a helmet-to-helmet hit on the quarterback ruined the team's final drive.

T.J. Watt sacked Hundley on the first play of Green Bay's final drive, which began with the score tied 28-28 and 80 seconds on the clock. There was no penalty called. On the next play, Jamaal Williams took a short pass out of bounds, stopping the clock with 32 seconds left.

"There was a hit on the first play," McCarthy said. "We all recognized it. The quarterback wasn’t checked. ...

"The play entry from the boundary went in late because I thought there was a helmet-to-helmet hit on Brett Hundley. You obviously check to see if your quarterback's OK. That's a natural reaction in the flow of the game. It might affect how you're going to call the second play, too. That's what happened as far as Jamaal. I don't fault Jamaal for going out of bounds on the second down.

"Jamaal didn't know we were out of the two-minute mode. . . . It's football. It happens. Hey, I don't want to see officials make calls in the fourth quarter of a game. It happens sometimes. It happened tonight. That's the reality of what happened. No excuses. That's where we were."

Hundley said he didn’t tell Williams to stay in bounds, since the plan was to play for overtime. The Pittsburgh Steelers forced the Packers to punt and drove for the game-winning field goal.

"It's football," Hundley said. "You've got to get up and keep playing. Threw a screen, and we just didn't communicate with Jamaal … letting him know what the situation is, and that's on me as the quarterback to let him know and let our offense know what our thoughts are going into the down."

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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.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

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

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

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Chiefs Sign Darrelle Revis
The Chiefs needed depth at cornerback.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Broncos To Start Paxton Lynch Against Raiders
The 2016 first-round pick will be backed up by Trevor Siemian, while Brock Osweiler will be inactive.

Edward Lewis/NFL

Seahawks Waive Dwight Freeney After Four Games
Dwight Freeney recorded three sacks during his brief run with the team.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Jerry Jones Won't Sue NFL Over Roger Goodell's Extension
Jerry Jones says he will not sue the NFL over Roger Goodell's pending contract extension, but emphasized that he still wants "accountability" in the process.

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Ken Norton Jr. Fired By Raiders As Defensive Coordinator
Ken Norton Jr. was hired by the Raiders in 2015.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Bills 'Still Evaluating The QB Position'
The Bills still haven't decided on their quarterback going forward.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Eagles May Keep Going For Two With Jake Elliott In Concussion Protocol
With Jake Elliott in the NFL's concussion protocol, the Eagles may continue going for two instead of relying on a kicker for extra point attempts.

Reuben Frank/CSN Philly

Andy Reid: Quarterback Must Get Offense In Rhythm
The Chiefs have lost four of their last five games as they've started to struggle offensively.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Broncos Fire Mike McCoy As Offensive Coordinator, Musgrave Promoted
Mike McCoy was hired by the Broncos in 2017 after serving as head coach of the Chargers from 2013 until 2016.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Richard Sherman Blasted Bills As Nathan Peterman Struggled
There were a lot of questions surrounding the Bills' decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman heading into Sunday's game.

Dan Hanzus/NFL

Hue Jackson: Browns Sticking With DeShone Kizer
Hue Jackson benched DeShone Kizer more than once earlier this season, but the coach says he's sticking with the quarterback despite four turnovers on Sunday.

Mary Kay Cabot/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Trump Calls For Marshawn Lynch To Be Suspended For Anthem Protest
The Raiders running back wore a T-shirt that read "Everybody vs. Trump" prior to a game on Oct. 1.

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UCLA Fires Head Coach Jim Mora
Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

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Owners To Meet Dec. 13 To Discuss Roger Goodell's Contract
There will be an owners-only meeting that will deal with the impending extension for Roger Goodell when the NFL gathers for a Dec. 13 meeting in Texas, according to sources.

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Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald Agree On One-Year Extension
He currently ranks sixth in the NFL's all-time receiving list with 15,066 yards. Barring injury, he should finish the season third, behind only Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.

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LeSean McCoy: Players Were Surprised By QB Change
LeSean McCoy says Bills players were shocked to hear the team was benching Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman.

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