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Martellus Bennett played with torn MCL, separated shoulder in 2013

Say this about Martellus Bennett: He's got a tough side to go along with his sense of humor. The Bears' veteran tight end told reporters on Monday that he played most of last season with a torn ACL and separated shoulder. That this wasn't known until now is not much of a surprise. Bennett turned in the best statistical season of his career in 2013 -- his first year...
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Jared Allen suffering from pneumonia, lost 18 pounds

All week, Bears defensive end Jared Allen missed practice with what was termed an “illness.” That illness, it turns out, is pretty severe. According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, Allen is suffering from pneumonia, which has caused him to lose 18 pounds. He’s dropped from 255 pounds to 237. Jared Allen is out today bc pneumonia. Weight dropped all the way to 237. Had another...
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Adrian Wilson asks for high school job on Twitter

The writing is on the wall, and Adrian Wilson sees it. The free agent safety hasn't played a down of meaningful football since 2012, his last year with the Cardinals. And he's getting desperate for a job. Any job. https://twitter.com/adrian_wilson24/status/514502823107903488 Wilson's last NFL stint was with the Bears, who signed him to a one-year deal on June...
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DeMarco Murray thinks fumbling problem is bad luck

DeMarco Murray's recent case of fumbleitis isn't being caused by his form. It's not a result of the way he's holding the ball, nor is it any sort of coincidence, either. It's, as he believes, merely a case of bad juju. “I’m not going to overthink it and try to do a whole lot and change my game,” Murray said, per the Star-Telegram. “I’ll continue to...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rex Ryan compares Ndamukong Suh to Warren Sapp

Ndamukong Suh, the Lions' feared defensive tackle, already has the respect of his peers. And, now, Rex Ryan. On Wednesday, days before he welcomes him to MetLife Stadium, the Jets coach heaped praise onto Suh, comparing him to Hall of Famer Warren Sapp. "Suh is probably the version now of Warren Sapp," Ryan said, via ESPN.com. "He's probably as close to...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bruce Arians: Hit on Drew Stanton was ‘cheap shot’

For the second straight week, Drew Stanton got it done. The Cardinals' backup quarterback, filling in for the injured Carson Palmer, threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers, helping the team improve to 3-0. Along the way, however, Stanton was the victim of a brutal hit by Niners linebacker Dan Skuta -- a hit that Cards coach Bruce Arians deemed dirty. https:...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Foles, Eagles make NFL history with win over Redskins

Just call them the Cardiac Birds. On Sunday, the Eagles rallied from an early deficit to narrowly defeat the rival Redskins, 37-34, at Lincoln Financial Field. For the third week in a row, Philadelphia battled back from a 10-plus point deficit. For the third week in a row, they escaped with the W. Not good for a fan's blood pressure. Good enough for the record books. https...
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Brandon LaFell ‘frustrated as hell’ with Patriots’ offense

For Brandon LaFell, all is not well. The Patriots' backup receiver told the Boston Globe that he's "frustrated as hell" with his blocking-based role in the offense. “I’m frustrated as hell, man,” LaFell said. “I want to catch passes like every other guy in here, like every receiver around the league. But the game plan is not for me to catch, it’s to...
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Brandon LaFell ‘frustrated as hell’ with Patriots’ offense

For Brandon LaFell, all is not well. The Patriots' backup receiver told the Boston Globe that he's "frustrated as hell" with his blocking-based role in the offense. “I’m frustrated as hell, man,” LaFell said. “I want to catch passes like every other guy in here, like every receiver around the league. But the game plan is not for me to catch, it’s to...
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Pierre-Paul: ‘Nothing concerns me’ about Texans offense

If there's such a thing as a must-win game in Week 3, the winless Giants are facing it. Alone in the NFC East basement, Big Blue plays host on Sunday to the 2-0 Texans. A win would get New York's season back on track. A loss would, if history is any indication, likely torpedo their postseason hopes. The Texans boast the NFL's eighth-best rushing attack, led by the...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Stanton on the art of being a backup quarterback

An old adage says the backup quarterback is always the most popular guy in town. Drew Stanton says there’s more to the profession than meets the eye. “There’s an art to it. No question about that,” Stanton said, via AZCentral.com. Stanton, a former second-round pick now on his fourth team, was thrust into action by the Cardinals in Week 2, when starter Carson Palmer was ruled...
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Joique Bell on Lions’ loss: ‘I let my city down’

Six days after jolting the Giants, the Lions were overpowered by the Panthers, losing 24-7 in Sunday's sloppy, mistake-filled contest. Nobody, it seems, is taking the defeat harder than Lions running back -- and Detroit native -- Joique Bell. "I let my city down," Bell said, per MLive.com. "Coming from a place I have a lot of pride for, I know a lot of people...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

49ers’ Alex Boone reportedly offered to play for $1

Alex Boone's recent holdout was well-documented, but an interesting twist in the saga slipped through the cracks. A source tells Profootballtalk.com that the 49ers guard offered to play the 2014 season for $1. The proposal, which the team declined, was contingent on Boone becoming a free agent in the offseason. Per the CBA, Boone couldn't have signed for less than the...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rob Ryan vows Saints’ defense ‘will be great’

Following last season’s regular season opener, when the Saints defeated the Falcons, Rob Ryan famously bought rounds of drinks for patrons in a New Orleans bar. This year, he likely drank to help him forget. Last Sunday, the Falcons, en route to a 37-34 victory, tore Ryan’s defense to shreds in a game the outspoken defensive coordinator deemed a “stinker.” “Look, that was...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Chargers’ Attaochu calls mom to pray before every game

Before he hits the field, Jerry Attaochu finds time to have one very important conversation with his biggest and most influential fan. His mom. The Chargers rookie linebacker told U-T San Diego that he calls his mom, Comfort, to pray in the hours before every game, often repeating the word "amen." "I say probably at least 10 of them," Attaochu said. "...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Smith corrects report about Panthers earnings

You might've read that the Panthers were on the hook for money owed to veteran receiver Steve Smith, whom the team released in March. You might've seen Smith, now with the Ravens, haul in an 80-yard touchdown in Baltimore's Week 1 loss to the Bengals. Combined, those facts led ProFootballTalk to tweet out the following on Sunday: https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Orakpo: Roughing the passer should be reviewable

In the midst of the Texans’ win over the Redskins on Sunday, there were two roughing the passer penalties, one of which altered the course of the contest. This got Brian Orakpo thinking. “Maybe we should start reviewing those types of hits,” the Redskins linebacker said, via Sports Radio 610 in Houston. “Because those are real momentum type plays. Maybe we should review them...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Rex Ryan on win over Raiders: 'Should've been a rat kill'

Take a glance at the final score, and you'd think the Jets squeaked by the Raiders. Take a glance at the stat lines, and you'd begin to rub your eyes in disbelief. New York defeated Oakland 19-14 at home in Sunday's regular season opener, a game they dominated on both sides of the ball. The Jets racked up 402 offensive yards and held the Raiders to just 158 total...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Rashad Jennings expects to cry before first MNF game

Rashad Jennings has appeared in 53 games over his five-year NFL career. Shockingly enough, he's never had the privilege of lacing up for the biggest primetime stage -- Monday Night Football. Until now. (Or, technically, three days from now.) On Monday night, when the Giants open the regular season in Detroit, Jennings will play in his first MNF contest. And he expects it...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Schlereth: Eric Decker a ‘marginal No. 2′ WR

If you ask Mark Schlereth, the New York Jets' prized offseason acquisition wasn't much of a prize. Appearing on ESPN New York 98.7 Wednesday, the opinionated NFL analyst ripped into Eric Decker, whom he considers a "marginal" No. 2 wide receiver. "Decker, in my mind, was your fourth option in Denver, and that’s the talent I think he has," Schlereth...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Smith on new contract: ‘Everybody wants a loan’

The four-year, $68 million contract extension Alex Smith inked on Sunday -- which included $45 million in guarantees -- made him a rich(er) man. And a butt of jokes. The Chiefs' veteran quarterback told the Kansas City Star that he's endured barbs from teammates over his new pact. “Oh yeah, that’s part of the deal,” Smith said. “You better be ready to wear it...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders fielding oldest roster in NFL

The Raiders spent the offseason loading up on a slew of veteran talent, a calculated effort to inflate their win total. To nobody's surprise, it's subsequently inflated the team's collective age. Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, doing some calculations following Saturday's final roster cutdowns, deduced that Oakland has the oldest roster in the NFL. The average age...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Gonzalez on retirement: 'I don't even want to play anymore’

The cleats that Tony Gonzalez hung up are remaining right where they are. On Thursday, Gonzalez reiterated to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin that he's not interested in returning to the NFL. https://twitter.com/BenVolin/status/505029925209124864 https://twitter.com/BenVolin/statuses/505031071353036800 Not a whole lot has changed since Aug. 19, when Gonzalez insisted that...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cam Newton: ‘No doubt’ I’ll be ready for Week 1

Exhale, Panthers fans. Your franchise quarterback will be under center on Sept. 7. Per the Charlotte Observer, Cam Newton, who's dealing with cracked ribs, affirmed he'll be ready for the regular season opener in Tampa Bay. “There’s no doubt in my mind,” Newton said. “I’m just going to worry about things that I can control. I’m going to continue to come in...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerry Jones: Cowboys want to win with ‘glitz and glamour’

The Cowboys already are the NFL’s most valuable franchise. Now Jerry Jones wants them to be known as the most glamorous. “We’re the glitz and the glamour of the NFL,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We want to kick [our opponents’] you know what with glitz and glamour.” On Monday, the Cowboys announced a partnership with Hublot, a high-end Swiss watchmaker...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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