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Steven Nelson diagnosed with concussion - 2018-08-18T02:52:17+00:00
Steven Nelson was hurdled by Falcons tight end Austin Hooper at the goal line for a touchdown. That wasn’t the worst part. Hooper kicked Nelson in the head, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters after the game that Nelson has a concussion. The Chiefs cornerback left the game after that play, early in the [more]

Baker Mayfield’s stats don’t look as good as last week - 2018-08-18T02:30:55+00:00
Baker Mayfield had a handful of plays that excited the home crowd, but the No. 1 overall pick generally put in a workmanlike performance in his second preseason game. Tyrod Taylor started against his former team and went 4-for-7 for 22 yards, while running once for 5 yards, in staking the Browns to a 7-0 [more]

AJ McCarron suffers hairline collarbone fracture - 2018-08-18T02:18:31+00:00
And then there were two. The competition for the starting quarterback job in Buffalo may be down to second-year pro Nathan Peterman and rookie Josh Allen, thanks to an injury suffered on Friday night by veteran free-agent arrival AJ McCarron. According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, McCarron suffered a hairline fracture of the [more]

Josh Rosen throws a touchdown pass in a successful outing - 2018-08-18T02:13:21+00:00
Josh Rosen didn’t get much attention last week after his preseason debut. He will this week. Rosen took some snaps behind the first-team offensive line and drove the Cardinals down the field, connecting with second-round pick Christian Kirk for a 13-yard touchdown. He benefited from a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty and a 40-yard pass [more]

Ryan Tannehill gets extended work, but no touchdowns - 2018-08-18T02:11:05+00:00
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is back. Sort of. Maybe. The seventh-year pro turned five Friday night drives into a trio of field goals in his most extensive action since December 2016. “We’re moving the ball but we’re getting field goals,” coach Adam Gase said at halftime, per the team. “We had a great opportunity after [more]

Giants announce concussion for Jalen Simmons - 2018-08-18T01:41:19+00:00
Giants running back Jalen Simmons gave everyone a scare when he remained on the turf, on his stomach, after being hit in the head. He walked off slowly, escorted by athletic trainer Ronnie Barnes, to the locker room. The Giants announced Simmons has a concussion. Simmons, who is with his third team since entering the [more]

Sam Bradford perfect in his three series as he leads Cardinals to one TD - 2018-08-18T01:07:57+00:00
Sam Bradford expected to play more this week after getting only eight snaps and one attempt in the preseason opener, and he did. The Cardinals quarterback played three series, the last ending in a 9-yard touchdown run by David Johnson eight seconds into the second quarter. Although the Cardinals’ first two drives had false starts [more]

Christian McCaffrey leads versatile offense for Panthers - 2018-08-18T01:03:29+00:00
Any success the Panthers have had offensively in recent years has been without what you’d call a sterling group of wide receivers. The good news is, they’ve put enough weapons around Cam Newton this offseason to make it easy for him to spread it around. Newton had a bad interception, but he also led a [more]

Robert Nkemdiche injures his foot - 2018-08-18T00:46:48+00:00
Cardinals defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche injured his right foot Friday night against the Saints, and he won’t return. Nkemdiche could have used the snaps. In 17 career games, he has no starts, with 15 career tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and no sacks. The former first-round pick was slowed by injuries his first [more]

Patrick Mahomes hits the highs and the lows in a half - 2018-08-18T00:37:24+00:00
The Chiefs have insisted they’re willing to let Patrick Mahomes learn through his mistakes, because they think big plays are coming as well. He proved them right on both counts in the first half against the Falcons Friday. Mahomes lost track of the Falcons defense and threw a bad interception, but followed with a ridiculous [more]

Kyle Williams leaves with a knee injury - 2018-08-18T00:34:58+00:00
The Bills announced a knee injury for defensive tackle Kyle Williams. He obviously will not return. Williams stayed down on the field after a 19-yard run by Browns running back Carlos Hyde. Williams walked off on his own power but with a limp. Williams played all 16 games last season and 15 the previous season. [more]

Falcons fast start triggered by Calvin Ridley’s kickoff return - 2018-08-17T23:21:40+00:00
Since Julio Jones isn’t playing tonight, the Falcons figured to lean on rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley a little more. They started with the opening kickoff. The first-round pick sparked a quick drive with a 34-yard return to start the game, and the Falcons needed less than four minutes to put together a seven-play touchdown [more]

Jamaal Williams has minor ankle sprain - 2018-08-17T22:29:29+00:00
Jamaal Williams won’t miss much time after being diagnosed with a minor ankle sprain, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports. The Packers running back limped off in the second quarter after two carries for 2 yards and one reception for 6 yards. But he avoided a high-ankle sprain. Williams, a fourth-round pick in 2017, had [more]

Falcons rookie running back Ito Smith fined $26,739 - 2018-08-17T21:54:04+00:00
The NFL fined Falcons rookie running back Ito Smith $26,739 for unnecessary roughness, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports. Smith lowered his helmet while blocking in last week’s preseason game against the Jets. Officials flagged him, costing the Falcons 15 yards, and coach Dan Quinn later said he urged Smith to lower his shoulder instead. Smith [more]

League fines Jarvis Landry, Denzel Ward - 2018-08-17T21:27:50+00:00
Browns players Denzel Ward and Jarvis Landry were fined for their actions against the Giants in the preseason opener. The NFL docked Ward $10,026 for taunting and Landry $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Officials penalized Ward 15 yards for taunting and Landry 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the league [more]

Report: Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman also won’t play - 2018-08-17T21:13:11+00:00
The Falcons listed only two regulars as out tonight. However, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution adds two bigger names to the list. Per Ledbetter, the Falcons will hold out running back Devonta Freeman and receiver Julio Jones again this week. The team announced only that linebacker Deion Jones and kicker Matt Bryant wouldn’t [more]

Shamarko Thomas fined $26,739 for hit that led to ejection - 2018-08-17T21:01:44+00:00
Safety Shamarko Thomas lost his job with the Colts shortly after being ejected from the team’s preseason opener and now he’s lost a fair chunk of money as well. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Thomas was fined $26,739 for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Seahawks wide receiver David Moore a little over a week [more]

Report: Nick Foles’ shoulder injury is minor - 2018-08-17T21:01:36+00:00
The play looked far worse than it ended up being, thankfully for the Eagles. Further medical tests reveled quarterback Nick Foles‘ shoulder is “OK,” and the Eagles don’t expect a prolonged recovery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The Eagles announced a strained shoulder for Foles after a strip-sack by Adrian Clayborn on Thursday night. [more]

AAF announces another 105 players under contract - 2018-08-17T20:59:51+00:00
The Alliance of American Football begins play in February, less than six months from now. The spring league has announced the names of another 105 players for its eight teams. The AAF previously announced 100 players under contract. Highlights of the latest additions include receiver Stephen Hill (Atlanta), a former second-round pick of the Jets, [more]

Report: Jake Kumerow has sprained SC joint in shoulder - 2018-08-17T20:54:17+00:00
Packers wide receiver Jake Kumerow‘s strong summer has been interrupted by a shoulder injury, although it’s not clear yet how long the interruption will be. Rob Demovsky of reported on Friday that Kumerow was getting tests on his shoulder after hurting it while diving into the end zone to cap an 82-yard touchdown against [more]

Falcons announce Deion Jones, Matt Bryant won’t play - 2018-08-17T20:49:26+00:00
The Falcons announced that two regulars, linebacker Deion Jones and kicker Matt Bryant, won’t play Friday night against the Chiefs. That means Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman are among those who will play. They aren’t likely to play long, however. Ryan played one series and threw one pass in the preseason opener last [more]

Brent Celek leaning toward retirement but definitely wouldn’t play for Cowboys - 2018-08-17T20:36:52+00:00
Brent Celek is leaning toward retirement, not feeling right about putting “another uniform on.” But he makes it clear that there is one place he absolutely, positively, definitely won’t go. “Hell no. Do you think I would play for the Cowboys? Philly is my home,” Celek said on 97.5 The Fanatic, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. [more]

Quarterback sneaks won’t violate the new helmet rule - 2018-08-17T20:26:35+00:00
The new rule against lowering the helmet and initiating contact with an opponent applies anywhere and everywhere on the football field. With one important exception. Quarterbacks who drop their helmets and ram forward on a sneak play will not be subject to punishment. NFL senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron explained during a Friday visit [more]

Jake Kumerow getting tests on injured shoulder - 2018-08-17T20:20:59+00:00
Jake Kumerow was excluded from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ “piss poor” assessment of the team’s young receivers earlier this month and he did nothing to change that on Thursday night. Kumerow had three catches for 114 yards against the Steelers and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix called him “one of our top receivers” after the game [more]

Report: DeMarco Murray to join FOX as college football analyst - 2018-08-17T20:16:36+00:00
Some team still may call DeMarco Murray to inquire about a return to the NFL, but the former running back has a new job. FOX soon will announce Murray has joined the network as a college football analyst, Barry Horn reports. Murray, who spent his first four seasons in Dallas, becomes the latest ex-Cowboy to [more]

My Cause, My Cleats expands for 2018 - 2018-08-17T19:57:12+00:00
In recent years, the NFL has dedicated one week of the regular season for the players to wear cleats aimed at promoting causes important to them. For 2018, the program will expand. Each team will have a designated My Cause, My Cleats game, spanning Week 13, Week 14, Week 15, and ending with the Week [more]

Malcolm Jenkins says he was flagged for doing his job - 2018-08-17T19:55:10+00:00
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins drew a penalty flag for a hit on Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson on Thursday night, and afterward Jenkins said the penalty was for doing nothing more than his job. Jenkins, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness, said the official told him the flag was thrown because Jenkins didn’t have to [more]

“Personal reasons” led to Marcus Smith’s departure from Seattle - 2018-08-17T19:20:54+00:00
Coach Pete Carroll said Marcus Smith is dealing with a personal matter, and the Seahawks decided it was best to part ways after consulting with the defensive end. “Really, there were some personal reasons that came into it,” Carroll said, via Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR and PFT. “He has been a great kid [more]

49ers sign Dexter McCoil - 2018-08-17T19:07:42+00:00
Defensive back Dexter McCoil was dropped by the 49ers in late April, but he’s getting another chance with the team. The 49ers announced McCoil’s signing on Friday afternoon. Safety Terrell Williams Jr. was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. McCoil played in the Arena League and CFL before joining the Chargers in 2016. [more]

Malcolm Jenkins: I want the conversation to be about the issues, not the anthem - 2018-08-17T18:59:50+00:00
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins stayed in the tunnel Thursday night instead of raising his fist as he had done for parts of the past two seasons. On Friday, he explained why. “I want the conversation to be about the issues, not about the anthem and whether it’s the right time or wrong time,” Jenkins said, [more]

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