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Tests on Douglas’ foot came back negative

Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas, who left the game with a foot injury in the second quarter, had tests done on his foot on Friday. “They were all negative,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “We’ve got a couple of days to get some treatment and we’ll have an injury report on Wednesday.” Douglas had two catches for 14 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown pass before...
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Vikings prepare for loud environment against desperate opponent

Adam Zimmer is now the Vikings linebackers coach, but he was on the opposite sideline during the 2009 NFC Championship Game. Serving as an assistant linebackers coach for the Saints against the Vikings, Zimmer recalled the defense having helmet communicator issues because of the deafening noise inside the Superdome. “It was so loud, [Jonathan] Vilma was our signal guy and he...
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Detroit Lions' Ryan Broyles patiently waiting for his turn

Remember Ryan Broyles? The Detroit Lions drafted him in the second round in 2012. Had a bunch of knee injuries, finally was healthy this year, looked explosive and led the team in exhibition-season receiving yards. Yeah, that guy. Whatever happened to him? Rest assured, Broyles is still in Detroit and on the team. Actually, he can be found at his locker most days, smiling and...
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Bears happy to see Devin Hester break record

Devin Hester's record-breaking performance Thursday night in Atlanta caught the attention of many of his former teammates, who were thrilled to see Hester set the NFL career record for return touchdowns with his 20th score. Hester's 62-yard punt return in the first half of the Falcons' 56-14 thrashing of the Buccaneers broke a record he had shared since October with...
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Kirk Cousins’s football career has been marked by patience, persistence

Kirk Cousins awoke Monday to an avalanche of text messages and a vague sense that a greater weight than normal sat on his shoulders. The plays that hadn’t worked in Sunday’s 41-10 triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars ran like a tape-loop in his head. As it dawned on him that he’d awoken as starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Cousins decided that the best way...
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Williams not worried about his reputation for 'jaw-jabbing'

ANYONE WHO has witnessed a hockey fight and asked about it afterward knows what an exercise in futility such an effort is. It's embarrassing, the antagonists will tell you afterward, whether they are recurring combatants or occasional ones. Not the fight itself. They might even be proud of that work. But the words that come out of their mouths before, during and after it? ...
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Injuries could sideline two starting linebackers for Raiders on Sunday

A Raiders defense that has given up 400 yards rushing in the first two games — one of only two NFL teams to do that the past five years — looks like it will be without two of its three starting linebackers in New England on Sunday. Outside linebacker Sio Moore was ruled out Friday with an ankle injury. And middle linebacker Nick Roach looks like he will miss his third straight...
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Broncos' Marvin Austin set to play Sunday at Seattle after dad's death

It's been a difficult year for Broncos defensive linemen. Malik Jackson's father, Jodie Jackson, died at 47 earlier this month. His funeral was Sept. 4 in New Jersey, and Malik Jackson returned to the Broncos in time to play defensive line in their season opener on Sept. 7. On Friday, Marvin Austin Sr., the 49 year-old father of defensive tackle Marvin Austin, died from...
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Titans' Delanie Walker is quick study of new offense

Delanie Walker made the catch, bounced off the defender like a pinball and sprinted to the end zone. The veteran tight end's 61-yard touchdown against the Cowboys was the highlight of an otherwise dismal game for the Titans. Walker has heard all the buzz about how much speed he displayed, but he's not sure what to make of it. It's like everyone previously thought he...
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Leader of new wave of NFL quarterbacks awaits Steelers

No one in NFL history threw for 10,000 yards and rushed for 2,000 yards in their first four seasons before Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did it in three. Newton’s start also included 92 touchdowns (throwing and rushing), second most for an NFL player in his first three seasons behind only Dan Marino. Newton is the poster child for the new wave of NFL quarterbacks —...
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Johnny Manziel swears he was really proud of Brian Hoyer -- literally

Johnny Manziel was one of the first people to congratulate Brian Hoyer when he came over to the sidelines after his game-winning field goal drive against the Saints, high-fiving him and pulling him in for a shoulder bump. "I'm f----ng proud of him!'' Manziel said Friday with the cameras rolling and tape recorders whirring. "I don't know if I can say that...
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Bengals hope Titans QB Jake Locker lays another egg

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has been known for many things, most recently his inconsistent play in a home loss to Dallas last week. But step away from football, and here's one offbeat fact fans probably don't know about Locker: He built a chicken coop in his back yard. Questions about it prompted his laughter near the conclusion of the Titans' conference...
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Jeremy Zuttah leading improved Ravens offensive line with athleticism and smarts

During an offensive line meeting on Thursday, Jeremy Zuttah impressed his teammates with yet another example of how he had already considered every possibility heading into Sunday's game in Cleveland. The starting center pointed out what rookie reserve tackle James Hurst would only call a "rare front" shown by the Browns this season that would have given the Ravens...
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NY Jets to have their hands full with Bears' receivers

Things won't get any easier for the Jets’ secondary on Monday. A week after giving up 346 passing yards to Green Bay’s high-octane offense, Gang Green has to deal with another frightening air attack with the Chicago Bears coming to town. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb did plenty of damage, but now a towering trio of targets in receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery...
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Shane Vereen finds a niche and just runs with it

Shane Vereen will probably never be the so-called “bell-cow back” for the Patriots. He knows he fits a niche in the offense that doesn’t lend itself to him carrying the ball 20-plus times a game. In fact, Vereen has had 10 or more rushing attempts in a game just five times in his career. Going forward, Vereen will be what he’ll always be on this team — a big-play threat...
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Chargers lose Melvin Ingram for at least eight weeks

The injury woes that have plagued Melvin Ingram continue. Ingram, the outside linebacker who was the Chargers’ first-round draft pick in 2012, has been placed on injured reserve with the return designation. That means he’ll miss at least the next eight weeks.
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Ravens VP: We'll address ESPN 'inaccuracies' after Browns game

On a day that saw more than 8,000 Ray Rice jerseys exchanged at M&T Bank Stadium, Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne maintained that the ESPN report of a team coverup in Rice's domestic-violence case contained "inaccuracies" that will be addressed at some point after Sunday's matchup with AFC North rival Cleveland. "...
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Crosby not on ice at Penguins practice

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was not on the ice with Group A for the practice session at training camp Saturday. The Penguins did not give a reason for his absence. Crosby did skate Friday, one day after it was announced he would be held out of the start of training camp, and said he planned to skate Saturday if nothing changed. Crosby and usual linemates Pascal Dupuis...
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Maple Leafs’ Rielly, Gardiner ramp up compete level

Morgan Rielly is on a losing streak. The Maple Leafs defenceman can’t seem to win a coin flip. That’s how he and roommate/teammate/friend Jake Gardiner decide who does what at their downtown condo. “We flip a coin to see who drives. The loser drives,” said Gardiner, taking a moment away from Friday’s testing at Maple Leafs training camp. “I’m on a cold streak right...
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East Carolina WR Cam Worthy suspended 2 games

The East Carolina Pirates will be without their top wide receiver Cam Worthy for their next two games, as he has been suspended for violating the student code of conduct, according to Fox Sports Carolinas' Lauren Brownlow. Worthy's suspension will run through October 4th, so he will miss Saturday's in-state showdown against North Carolina and the game against SMU. The...
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Kings goalie Quick practices, not 100 percent

Goaltender Jonathan Quick practiced with the Los Angeles Kings on the first day of training camp Friday but said his surgically repaired wrist is not 100 percent. "But we're working and we're right on track with where we thought it'd be at this point," said Quick, who is three days past 12 weeks from the surgery, which was said to require a recovery period of 10-12 weeks.
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Jets starting season with fresh slate, says Ladd

Everyone likes to remind the Winnipeg Jets they haven't been playoff team for seven seasons running. Captain Andrew Ladd said Friday the team is preferring to look at a shorter-term picture and look at it differently. "Every year is a clean slate for everybody," Ladd said. "I think that the confidence we took away from the end of the year, the adversity we went...
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Finally healthy, Letang looking to make his presence felt as a leader

Few players possess the frame of reference the past couple of seasons have provided Penguins defenseman Kris Letang. Even fewer possess Letang's considerable hockey skill. A stroke, a strained knee and an infected elbow limited Letang to 37 games in last season, the first full season since the birth of his son, Alexander. Now, the 2013 Norris Trophy finalist is healthy, and...
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Senators' Cody Ceci ready to prove he deserves a spot

- Cody Ceci is taking nothing for granted. Despite playing 49 games for Ottawa last season as a rookie, the former first rounder knows there are some numbers working against him. Seven other defenceman have one-way contracts while Ceci is still on his entry level deal. That means he can be sent to Binghamton without having to clear waivers. "It's no secret I'm the...
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Ravens cut Deonte Thompson, promote Fitzgerald Toussaint with Bernard Pierce questionable

The Ravens have cut veteran wide receiver Deonte Thompson, promoting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint from the practice squad to the active roster. The roster move coincides with starting running back Bernard Pierce's being listed as questionable on the injury report with a thigh injury. Pierce rushed for a season-high 96 yards last Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers...
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