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John Mara Would Like Giants To Keep Eli Manning In 2018

Dec 13, 2017 3:24 PM

John Mara would like the New York Giants to bring back Eli Manning in 2018.

Manning was benched for one game this season before the Giants fired Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese.

Mara said, however, that the Giants' new general manager and head coach will be involved and that a quarterback could be drafted.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Tags: New York Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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

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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.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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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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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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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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Carson Wentz Has Torn ACL, Will Miss Rest Of Season

Dec 11, 2017 12:39 PM

Doug Pederson has confirmed that Carson Wentz has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.

Wentz suffered the injury while diving into the end zone in an eventual win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles clinched the NFC East title with Sunday's win and they currently have the best record in the conference at 11-2.

Nick Foles replaced Wentz and will start going forward.

ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Jameis Winston Denies Rift With Dirk Koetter

Dec 11, 2017 8:49 AM

Jameis Winston is denying a report that a rift has developed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter.

"Me and Coach Koetter have a great relationship, first and foremost, and we've got the same goal when we go out there on that football field -- and that's to win the football game. So it doesn't matter what anybody else can possibly say," Winston said after a loss on Sunday.

"Obviously, a lot of stuff can come out when we're not doing as expected, but that's false. Coach Koetter coaches his tail off, and he definitely supports me. So whatever anybody else has to say outside of that -- that's just water under the bridge, man."

According to the report, Winston has been frustrated this season by what he felt was a lack of support by the head coach.

Tampa Bay is 4-9 on the season.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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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

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

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

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

RealGM Staff Report

Browns Fire Sashi Brown As GM
Sashi Brown has been fired as general manager of the Browns.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Geno Smith Doesn't Understand Why He Won't Start For Giants
After firing Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese, the Giants are going back to Eli Manning in Week 14.

Joseph Staszewski/New York Post

Vikings Plan For Cam Newton: Hit Him Like A Running Back
The last time the Vikings played the Carolina Panthers, in September 2016, Cam Newton was sacked a total of eight times by six different players.

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

Clinton Portis, Santana Moss Admit To Drinking Before Games
Clinton Portis and Santana Moss have admitted to drinking before games while with the Redskins.

Washington Post

Broncos Won't Make Changes To Staff Until Offseason
The Broncos are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, but John Elway says no changes will be made to the team's staff until after the season ends.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Eli Manning Jersey Sales Rise After Benching
The Giants benched Eli Manning last week, but his jersey sales didn't take a hit.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Colin Kaepernick Honored With Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
Colin Kaepernick was presented with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award by Beyonce on Tuesday night.

ESPN

Sean Payton: Even Saints Undervalued Alvin Kamara In Draft
The remainder of the NFL missed on Alvin Kamara when the Saints took the running back 67th overall this past spring.

Josh Katzenstein/NOLA.com

Ryan Shazier Won't Need Surgery, Will Remain In Hospital
Ryan Shazier underwent an MRI and a CT scan at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after suffering a back injury early in the first quarter of Monday night's Steelers-Bengals game.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Jerry Reese Fired By Giants
Jerry Reese became general manager of the Giants in 2007.

Aditi Kinkhabwala/NFL

Giants Fire Ben McAdoo
Ben McAdoo has been fired by the Giants as head coach.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Eli Manning Plans On Playing Next Season
His future with the Giants may be in limbo, but Eli Manning has stated that he plans to play football next season.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Josh Gordon Has 'More Work To Do' After Four Catch Debut
Josh Gordon played his first game for the Browns on Sunday since Dec. 21, 2014.

Pat McManamon/ESPN