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Pat Shurmur Reminds Odell Beckham Not To Talk About Injuries

Dec 13, 2018 8:50 AM

Odell Beckham didn't practice with the New York Giants on Wednesday, a few days after missing a game with a sore quadriceps.

Pat Shurmur is hoping the receiver doesn't offer up any injury updates on his own this week.

"I think he's getting better each day, but we'll know more as the week goes on," Shurmur said. "And I encourage our players not to talk about their injuries. So hopefully that's about all you'll get out of it."

Beckham posted on social media about the injury last Friday, the first time the injury was revealed. The Giants later listed him on the injury report.

New York Daily News

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NFL Won't Pay For Videos During Investigations

Dec 13, 2018 8:46 AM

The NFL has no plans to change its investigative procedures despite questions surrounding the probe of Kareem Hunt.

The league doesn't -- and won't start -- paying for videos or other information.

"I think that is not likely at all, for a number of reasons," NFL special counsel for conduct Todd Jones said. "Not the least of which is you all have a journalistic privilege, you all have First Amendment protections. You all can get information from sources and wrap it up in sort of like 'sources.' We don't have that luxury."

The NFL reviewed police documents and spoke with local investigators, but didn't see video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February until TMZ posted it online on Nov. 30.

"There is information out there in this surveillance society that we can't get when we need it, and when we get it, we act on it," Jones said.

"To become mercenary and pay for videos opens up a Pandora's box of all kinds of opportunities and things that may come to us, from not just surveillance video in public places or surveillance video in residences. You're talking about the world of social media and everybody on a smartphone, as TMZ's in the business of doing, is buying people's smartphone snippets for a fee, and the NFL's not going there."

ESPN

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Carson Wentz Unlikely To Play Against Rams

Dec 13, 2018 8:42 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles are concerned that Carson Wentz won't play on Sunday because of a back injury, according to a source.

Nick Foles has been told to be ready to face the Los Angeles Rams.

Wentz sat out Wednesday's practice with back "soreness" and "tightness" and Doug Pederson wouldn't commit to him playing.

Monday marked the one year anniversary of Wentz tearing his left ACL and LCL against the Rams.

ESPN

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Saints Release Brandon Marshall

Dec 12, 2018 5:23 PM

Brandon Marshall has been released by the New Orleans Saints.

Marshall has played 178 regular season games without ever playing in the playoffs during his 13-season career.

Marshall began this season with the Seattle Seahawks, appearing in six games and catching 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown before he was released Nov. 1.

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Cardinals Remain Confident In Future With Josh Rosen

Dec 12, 2018 8:20 AM

The Arizona Cardinals planned to ease Josh Rosen into the NFL, but the rookie was forced to start when Sam Bradford went down with an injury.

Rosen has been put in a tough spot as the Cardinals have suffered a number of injuries along the offensive line as well.

"He is certainly the guy we're going to ride with," Steve Keim said told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He has shown everything to me, internally, that you would look for in a franchise quarterback."

Arizona Sports 98.7

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Mike Zimmer To Be More Involved In Vikings' Offense

Dec 12, 2018 8:16 AM

Mike Zimmer plans to be more involved with the offense in the wake of the Minnesota Vikings firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

DeFilippo was fired after Monday night's 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

"At the end of the day, it is a production business," Zimmer said. "It's difficult. It's hard thinking about it, hard making the decision, hard trying to. I have a lot of respect for John. I think he is a very, very brilliant mind. But we weren't producing is the end of it."

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski will take over offensive coordinator duties on an interim basis.

The Vikings are on the cusp of the postseason, slotted as the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture with three games remaining.

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

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Derek Newton Signs With Panthers

Dec 12, 2018 8:12 AM

Derek Newton has signed with the Carolina Panthers, bringing him one step closer to a remarkable comeback.

Newton has not played since tearing both of his patellar tendons in 2016 while with the Houston Texans.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

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Melvin Gordon Will Be Game-Time Decision Against Chiefs

Dec 12, 2018 8:09 AM

Melvin Gordon will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Gordon has missed the last two games with a sprained right knee.

"I've been grinding hard to get back and we're still trying to decide what we're going to do," Gordon said. "I know Coach [Anthony Lynn] is trying to be careful and doesn't want me to further hurt myself or things like that. So we'll see where that goes, but I'm a lot stronger and more confident than I was last week."

The running back said the decision will be a mutual one made by himself, the medical staff and the Chargers' front office.

"I'm hopeful," Anthony Lynn said. "He's one of our better players. I'd like for him to play. We're trying to win every game we can to get into the playoffs, but if he's not ready, he's not going to play."

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

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Jason Witten Can't Return To Cowboys At This Point In Season

Dec 11, 2018 3:25 PM

Jason Witten cannot be reinstated to the Dallas Cowboys because he is on their reserve/retired list at this point in the season.

Players on that list can't be reinstated after Week 13.

There were reports over the weekend that Jason Garrett was attempting to convince Witten to come out of retirement. 

“There’s nothing there,” said Witten on ESPN via the Dallas Morning News. “Look, I’m enjoying where I’m at. Those guys are red hot. They don’t need to change a thing with the way they’re playing, and the way that defense is playing.

“They’re in good shape and so am I.”

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

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Vikings Fire John DeFilippo As OC, Promote Kevin Stefanski

Dec 11, 2018 2:48 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have fired John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator.

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski has been promoted to replace DeFilippo on an interim basis.

DeFilippo was the fourth offensive coordinator to serve under Zimmer since his tenure began in Minnesota in 2014.

DeFilippo signed a two-year contract with the Vikings when he was hired in February, one week after coaching the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks to a win in Super Bowl LII.

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

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Jon Gruden Claims He Didn't Know Reggie McKenzie Would Be Fired
Jon Gruden put the decision on Mark Davis, who hired him to run football operations.

Ray Ratto/CSN Bay Area

Vance Joseph Wants Case Keenum To Take More Chances
Vance Joseph wants to see Case Keenum be more aggressive as the Broncos close out the season.

Nicki Jhabvala/The Athletic

Bill Belichick Takes Blame For Final Play Against Dolphins
Bill Belichick is taking the blame for the Patriots' breakdown on the Dolphins' game-ending 69-yard touchdown Sunday.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Raiders Fire Reggie McKenzie
The Raiders were 39-70 with Reggie McKenzie as GM.

ESPN

Ezekiel Elliott Becomes First Offensive Player Called For Helmet Hit
For the first time all season, an offensive player was flagged for lowering his helmet on Sunday.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Larry Fitzgerald Passes Jerry Rice's Catch Mark
Larry Fitzgerald has passed Jerry Rice for the most catches with one team in NFL history.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Redskins To Start Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson was signed just last week after Colt McCoy suffered a season-ending injury.

John Keim/ESPN

Aaron Rodgers Sets Mark For Most Passes Without Interception
Aaron Rodgers has 23 touchdowns and just one interception this season.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Jim Harbaugh Reiterates He Won't Leave Michigan For NFL Return
Jim Harbaugh says he still has "big plans" at Michigan.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jason Garrett Has Tried To Convince Jason Witten To Return To Cowboys
Jason Witten has so far resisted those overtures and remains a color analyst with Monday Night Football.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Raiders Will Fire Reggie McKenzie As GM In Offseason
Jon Gruden has had total control over the organization since his hire last offseason.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Kyler Murray Could Be 1st Rounder If He Chose Football Over Baseball
Kyler Murray's agent Scott Boras was steadfast that he will be playing baseball once Oklahoma's football season ends.

Joel Anderson, Jake Trotter/ESPN

Todd Gurley Says He Wanted Rushing Title Last Season
Todd Gurley finished 22 yards behind Kareem Hunt for the NFL's rushing title last season, something he said didn't bother him at the time.

Los Angeles Times

Kelvin Benjamin Signing With Chiefs
The deal is for one year, which means Benjamin will be a free agent this offseason.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Richard Sherman Sees Eventual Switch To Safety
Richard Sherman, who turned 30 in March, says he's open to moving to safety before the end of his career.

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Relationship Between Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan Reaching Impasse
The belief is Mike Maccagnan can learn from his mistakes, but the brain trust has lost faith in Todd Bowles.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Eli Manning One Loss From Tying Brett Favre For Second-Most Ever
If the Giants lose on Sunday, Eli Manning will tie Brett Favre for the second-most quarterback losses in NFL history.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Aaron Rodgers: Accountability Wasn't Issue Under Mike McCarthy
The Packers are 11-16-1 since the start of last season.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Ravens Want Lamar Jackson To Better Protect Football
Lamar Jackson is undefeated in his first three NFL starts, but the Ravens want him to be better.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Cam Newton's Repaired Shoulder Still Bothering Him
Cam Newton is still experiencing pain in his right shoulder a year and a half after it was surgically repaired.

David Newton/ESPN