• Chip Kelly: If 11 wins isn't enough, then 'shame on us'

    ESPN.com "The question of whether the Philadelphia Eagles made progress in Chip Kelly’s second season as head coach will be hard to answer definitively. If they beat Washington on Saturday and the New York Giants in the season finale Dec. 28, the Eagles will finish 11-5. That will be one victory better..." December 18

  • Ben Roethlisberger: Le'Veon Bell is having an MVP-caliber season

    CBSSports.com "Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell didn't crack the top five on our MVP Projection list this week, but it sounds like he would crack Ben Roethsliberger's top five. The Steelers quarterback was talking about his team's offense during a radio interview this week when he casually mentioned that he..." December 18

  • 2h
    Jeff Dickerson @ESPNChiBears

    Cutler: "I would like to stay here [in Chicago]."

  • All quiet on Randall Cobb's contract talks

    ESPN.com "Randall Cobb talked more about his contract situation at his locker on Thursday than he has with the Green Bay Packers, apparently. Three months away from hitting free agency, the fourth-year receiver said he's no closer to getting a long-term deal done with the Packers than he was back in..." December 18

  • Marc Trestman thinks Jay Cutler can benefit from benching

    Pro Football Talk "Bears coach Marc Trestman took to the podium for the first time since benching quarterback Jay Cutler, and said he discussed the switch with the players involved before going upstairs. Trestman told reporters that he met with Cutler and Jimmy Clausen before discussing it with General Manager..." December 18

  • Report: Vick says playing for Skins would be a dream come true

    CSN Washington "At 34 years old, Jets quarterback Michael Vick believes he can still be a face of a franchise. His one-year, $5 million deal expires in the offseason, and the chance New York's front office feels the same way about Vick and his capabilities is unlikely, which could leave the Virginia native..." December 18

  • 4h
    Jeff Legwold @Jeff_Legwold

    For #Broncos Manning was on field for walk-through and stretch, went back inside for full practice, given a rest day.

  • Seahawks extend K.J. Wright

    Pro Football Talk "The Seahawks have locked up a young starter on their stellar defense for the next four years. K.J. Wright, the 25-year-old linebacker who has started all 14 games this season, has signed a four-year extension. “In the offseason, we identified K.J. as one of our core players moving forward..." December 18

  • Andre Johnson passes concussion protocol, will play vs. Ravens

    Houston Chronicle "Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson said Thursday he passed the NFL’s concussion protocol and will play against the Ravens on Sunday at NRG Stadium. “I feel normal,” Johnson said. He missed last Sunday’s 17-10 road loss to the Colts after suffering a concussion during the Texans’ 27-13 win..." December 18

  • 8h
    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

    Bill O'Brien is delaying an official announcement as long as possible but every expectation Case Keenum starts vs. Ravens on Sunday

  • Charles Tillman: Bears teammates still have faith in Jay Cutler

    CBSSports.com "Jay Cutler's Season of Sadness has ingloriously -- and mercifully -- reached its logical conclusion. On Wednesday, two days after throwing three interceptions in the Bears' latest loss, he was benched for Jimmy Clausen. It's the clearest sign yet that changes will be coming in the offseason. If..." December 18

  • Cutler's benching could signal QB's end with Bears

    USA Today "Jay Cutler is fast becoming his generation's Jeff George: Strong arm. Stronger will. Unfixable gunslinger. That's Cutler in a nutshell nine seasons and 130 interceptions into an NFL career that's gone nowhere. Cutler's mounting turnovers and losses left Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman no..." December 18

  • Report: Michigan offers Jim Harbaugh six-year, $48 million deal

    CBSSports.com "The Michigan Wolverines really want Jim Harbaugh and to get him, the school is apparently willing to make Harbaugh the highest paid coach in college football. According to NFL.com, Michigan has offered Harbaugh a six-year deal worth $48 million. If Harbaugh accepted the deal, the $8 million per..." December 18

  • Philip Rivers (back, chest): 'No doubt' I'll face 49ers

    NFL.com "Philip Rivers missed the last two days of practice as reports of the severity of his back injury swirl. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that while Rivers (chest, back) didn't practice, he did take all the snaps in walk through and the team is optimistic he'll play Saturday..." December 18

  • Rams move unlikely for 2015

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "By now you’ve heard it, discussed it, and maybe even fretted over the question: Could Sunday’s contest against the New York Giants be the Rams’ final home game played in St. Louis? Not the last game of the 2014 season. But the final game as in … forever. Is this The End? Will the Rams call Los..." December 18

  • Ray Rice makes public appearance in Baltimore, hopes for 'second chances' after 'horrible mistake'

    Newark Star-Ledger "After being reinstated to the NFL and breaking his months-long silence on the "Today" show, former Rutgers and Ravens running back Ray Rice made a return to Baltimore on Wednesday. He was in attendance along with former Ravens teammate Torrey Smith at a Toys For Tots charity event. " December 18

  • Minor injuries not expected to sideline Raiders QB Carr

    San Francisco Chronicle "Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said after Sunday’s game that he was aware of the risks of keeping quarterback Derek Carr in the rout late, and it turns out everybody got a little lucky. Carr did in fact injure his thumb on the last drive — which resulted in a Raiders touchdown in the 31-13..." December 18

  • Sources: Russell Wilson changing agents

    ESPN.com "Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who is eligible for a new deal after this season, is changing agents, according to a memo the NFL sent teams Wednesday. Sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Wilson is likely to go with his baseball agent, Mark Rodgers. Wilson did speak recently..." December 18

  • Polk, not McCoy, begins practice with Eagles' starters

    CSN Philly "Eagles practice began Wednesday with a twist: Chris Polk was running with the first-team offense while LeSean McCoy watched from the sideline. What does this mean? Impossible to tell. But it certainly was certainly unusual to see the 2013 NFL rushing leader and two-time all-pro on the..." December 18

  • Eli Manning admits there’s ‘room for improvement’ in learning Ben McAdoo’s offense with Giants

    New York Daily News "Ever since the spring, Eli Manning has worked to learn Ben McAdoo’s offense, but with two games to go in 2014, the two-time Super Bowl MVP says he still doesn’t have it totally down. “There’s definitely room for improvement,” Manning said Wednesday. “There’s still some mistakes, there’s calls I..." December 18

  • Bears may be protecting Cutler against injury

    Pro Football Talk "Question: What team benches a quarterback who signed a contract that pays him $22.5 million in 2014 and another fully-guaranteed $15.5 million in 2015? Answer: A team that doesn’t want an injury to derail a plan to trade or cut the quarterback. Yes, Cutler will get $2.8125 million to not..." December 18

  • 'Irreplaceable' Suh still mum on future, focuses on season

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is known as a man of few words, and he lived up to that reputation when asked about his future with the team after playing in what could be his final game in Detroit. Suh invited his friend and billionaire investor Warren Buffett to Sunday's 16-14..." December 18

  • Aldon Smith reacts to possibility Justin Smith will retire

    CSN Bay Area "Defensive end Justin Smith remains undecided on his future, so the 49ers’ final two games could be the last of his NFL career. Smith recently said he would decide after the season whether he would attempt to play his 15th NFL season. But many players in the 49ers’ locker room believe it is a..." December 18

  • 49ers release Ray McDonald

    SB Nation "The San Francisco 49ers released defensive end Ray McDonald, according to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Network Bay Area. San Jose police are investigating rape allegations leveled against McDonald this week. Police were called to a local hospital on Monday when staff there treated a possible..." December 17

  • Federal judge dismisses painkillers lawsuit against NFL

    Washington Post "A U.S. district judge Wednesday dismissed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL in which former players alleged the league illegally administered painkillers to them to mask pain and conceal injuries so they could remain on the playing field. In making his ruling, U.S. District Judge William..." December 17

  • Darrelle Revis: 'Sad' for Rex Ryan

    ESPN New York "It has been two years since he last played for the New York Jets, but Darrelle Revis still has an affinity for coach Rex Ryan, whose defensive scheme allowed the star cornerback to create "Revis Island." Revis, currently in his first season with the New England Patriots, is upset at the..." December 17

  • Troy Aikman was offered Eagles QB job while announcing game in 2002

    CBSSports.com "Chip Kelly probably didn't reach out to any retired quarterbacks after Nick Foles went down injured in November, but another Eagles coach did when his quarterback went down 12 years ago. Back in 2002, Fox announcer and former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was annoucing a game when Andy Reid..." December 17

  • Browns teammates shun Manziel in introductions

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Fox Sports' Pam Oliver, who worked the sideline for the Browns-Bengals game Sunday, reported on CBS' show "We Need to Talk" that some of Johnny Manziel's teammates kept their hands to themselves during pre-game introductions and refused to acknowledge him. "Mike Pettine, when he was debating..." December 17

  • Redskins' Gruden thinks what he says about RG3 gets "twisted"

    CSN Washington "Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday he believes his comments on Robert Griffin III are often “twisted” to fit the narrative that he and Griffin have a contentious relationship. “I don’t have much of a concern really,” Gruden said, asked whether he’s concerned about how his relationship..." December 17

  • Mike Pettine: Bernie Kosar off mark

    ESPN.com "Coach Mike Pettine said Bernie Kosar's comments on the Cleveland Browns' front-office culture were "a little dramatic" and that "obstacles are being removed for us to be successful." "Sometimes guys will make comments that are a little over the top," Pettine said at his Wednesday news..." December 17

  • Michael Vick has nearly paid off $18 million in debt

    USA Today "When Michael Vick was released from jail after serving 548 days for involvement in a dogfighting ring, he owed creditors nearly $18 million dollars. Vick agreed to live on a restrictive budget and use two-thirds of every dollar he earned to pay off creditors and taxes. Six years after he made his..." December 17

  • Will Darrelle Revis return to the Patriots next season?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Ex-Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is under contract next year with the Patriots, albeit for a prohibitive salary-cap number that's going to force the Patriots to decide whether to bring him back. And in a conference call with New York reporters on Wednesday in advance of Sunday's Jets-Patriots..." December 17

  • Cam Newton returns to Panthers' practice

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton returned to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since sustaining two fractures in his lower back during a two-car accident last week in Charlotte. Backup quarterback Derek Anderson received more reps than Newton during the 30-minute portion..." December 17

  • Police investigating 49ers’ Ray McDonald for possible sexual assault

    Sacramento Bee "San Jose Police are once again looking at 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald, this time in relation to an alleged sexual assault that occurred Monday. Police obtained a search warrant based on a preliminary inverstigation and served it at McDonald’s San Jose home Tuesday. According to police, at..." December 17

  • Judge bars Patriots gear from courthouse at Hernandez trial

    Boston Globe "The judge in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has barred anyone wearing Patriots-themed clothing from entering the courthouse during the trial. Judge E. Susan Garsh, in a court order filed on Friday, wrote, “No person wearing clothing, or a button or..." December 17

  • ABC-7 makes suicide joke about Jay Cutler

    Chicago Sun-Times "Every jokester knows there are some things off limits. I like to call it the 4-H club: Hitler, holocaust, health (cancer, AIDS, mental issues, addiction, etc.) and hate (racism, bullying, etc.). You just don’t go there unless you have a prepared apology and resume ready. Well, ABC-7 and..." December 17

  • Aaron Rodgers 'baffled' by Kromer's Jay Cutler comments

    NFL.com "Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler are rivals on the field, but they are also friends who happen to be members of a relatively small fraternity. And as a franchise quarterback who credits a supportive and open environment for helping him thrive with the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers was appalled by what..." December 17

  • Satirical site claims Cardinals sign Tim Tebow, fools a lot of people

    Arizona Republic "Here is your daily reminder that not everything on the Internet is true -- especially when it comes from a satirical site. The website Dailyleak.org posted a story on Saturday that claimed the Cardinals had brought on former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow at quarterback. Even though the..." December 17

  • Tony Dungy says Bears took Lovie Smith for granted

    CBSSports.com "The Chicago Bears are on a three-game losing streak and now sit in last place in the NFC North with a 5-9 record. Head coach Marc Trestman has been the subject of intense scrutiny and may be fired at the end of the season. Of course, this means it's time to bring up former head coach Lovie..." December 17

  • DeMarco Murray practices on Wednesday

    Pro Football Talk "Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it was not “unrealistic” for running back DeMarco Murray to play against the Colts on Sunday despite having surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand on Monday. Murray’s presence in the lineup didn’t get any less realistic on Wednesday. Murray was able to..." December 17

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    Mike Smith told the New Orleans media he'll make a decision on Julio Jones' game status about 10:30 CST Sunday morning.

  • Manziel at facility more than 5 hours early

    ESPN.com "Johnny Manziel called his ugly debut as an NFL starter an "absolutely" humbling experience, and his midweek preparation habits for Sunday's game at Carolina seem to validate those words. ESPN spotted Manziel's car arriving at the Browns' facility at around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, more than five..." December 17

  • Jets GM John Idzik is 50-50 to return in 2015, says high-ranking source

    Metro News "A Jets road win this past Sunday over the equally bad Titans might have been a feel-good and resilient moment. But for a 3-11 team that has now won just twice since the season opener, it might not be enough to save its general manager, who might just have one foot out the door already. Speaking..." December 17

  • Jay Gruden, RG3, and the Redskins deserve each other and the mess they've made

    USA Today "Jay Gruden doesn’t want Robert Griffin III as his starting quarterback. Dan Snyder has no intention of trading away the 24-year-old three seasons removed from earning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Snyder also plans to keep Gruden as his head coach. It’s the most functional move the..." December 17

  • Bears safety Chris Conte willing to exchange shorter lifespan for career in NFL

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte made some rather sobering comments during an appearance on a Chicago radio station regarding the heavy price that some players are apparently willing to pay to have an NFL career. Conte, 25, in his fourth season with the Bears after being drafted in the third..." December 17

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    Annie Heilbrunn @annieheilbrunn

    #Chargers announce they will not exercise stadium termination clause for 2015. That means they have at least another year in San Diego.

  • Brady unfazed by Broncos Knighton's SB guarantee

    ESPN.com "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a simple reply when asked about Broncos defensive tackle Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton's so-called Super Bowl guarantee: "It doesn't matter what you say. It matters what you do." "Pot Roast is a big man, so I would never say anything that would get him mad at..." December 17

  • Murray feels great, backups set to go

    ESPN Dallas "DeMarco Murray made a quick appearance in the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after undergoing surgery on his left hand. Murray was sporting a heavy wrap on his hand, but he said he felt great. He also said he has done a fair amount of research on his injury -- a..." December 17

  • Bills buy Lions pizza and wings for letting them use Ford Field

    Sporting News "When a colossal snowstorm shut down the city of Buffalo last month, the Bills found themselves without a home stadium to use for their Week 12 matchup with the Jets. The Lions were able to lend the Bills the use of Ford Field on short notice, and now the Bills are here to repay the favor. How..." December 17

  • Chris Borland (ankle) likely done for the season

    NFL.com "Chris Borland made an instant impact when given the opportunity this season, earning buzz as a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate. His rookie campaign is now likely over. Niners defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday "it would be a stretch right now" for Borland to play in San..." December 17