NFL News Wire

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

FANTASY PLAYS: Playoffs add pressure, but stick to decisions (AP, 1:46 AM ET)

Friday, December 9, 2016

49ers sign tight end Vance McDonald to 5-year extension (AP, 9:58 PM ET)
History, playoffs surround Ravens matchup with Patriots (AP, 8:04 PM ET)
NFL suspends Saints safety Vaccaro 4 games under PED policy (AP, 7:44 PM ET)
Oakland unveils stadium plan to keep Raiders in Bay Area (AP, 7:37 PM ET)
Browns rookie Jordan Payton suspended 4 games by NFL (AP, 7:02 PM ET)
Browns rookie Jordan Payton suspended 4 games by NFL (AP, 7:02 PM ET)
Snow, cold no problem for Seahawks after playoff experience (AP, 6:38 PM ET)
OBJ fined for verbal abuse of official on the field (AP, 6:23 PM ET)
Broncos' Brandon Marshall shares racist letter he received (AP, 6:00 PM ET)
Jeff Fisher, Les Snead dismiss rumors of rift inside LA Rams (AP, 5:35 PM ET)
Mularkey taking time to name Titans new starting cornerback (AP, 4:48 PM ET)
With Mangold out, Wesley Johnson takes center stage for Jets (AP, 4:28 PM ET)
Prosecutors push for cellphone evidence at Hernandez trial (AP, 4:27 PM ET)
Vikings safety Harrison Smith to miss Jaguars game (AP, 4:09 PM ET)
Siemian takes another step toward returning to lineup (AP, 4:09 PM ET)
Giacomini, McLendon among 6 Jets ruled out vs. 49ers (AP, 4:07 PM ET)
AP source: Aldon Smith makes reinstatement case to Goodell (AP, 4:02 PM ET)
Dolphins could be without 2 linebackers against Arizona (AP, 4:02 PM ET)
Patriots rookie Malcom Mitchell awaits Monday night stage (AP, 3:27 PM ET)
Chiefs keep up dominance of AFC West with win vs Raiders (AP, 2:43 PM ET)
Bills defensive tackle Williams questionable vs. Steelers (AP, 2:41 PM ET)
Panthers' Kuechly questionable with concussion vs. Chargers (AP, 1:38 PM ET)
Jaguars WR Hurns, TE Thomas ruled out, won't play vs Vikings (AP, 12:48 PM ET)
Siemian has more than 1 way to imitate Peyton (AP, 12:03 PM ET)
More NFL coaches going for it on 4th-down situations (AP, 11:04 AM ET)
NFL to play 4 regular-season games in London next year (AP, 9:53 AM ET)
And down the stretch they come in NFL season (AP, 9:45 AM ET)
Full circle: RG3 back as Browns starting quarterback (AP, 9:32 AM ET)
Chiefs come through to take control of division race (AP, 7:13 AM ET)
FANTASY PLAYS: Playoffs add pressure, but stick to decisions (AP, 3:03 AM ET)
NFC South race heats up for Buccaneers, Saints down stretch (AP, 2:58 AM ET)
Raiders' Derek Carr once again struggles against the Chiefs (AP, 2:01 AM ET)
Chiefs' Johnson leaves game vs Raiders with Achilles injury (AP, 1:11 AM ET)
Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West (AP, 12:59 AM ET)
Vikings' Rhodes, Jags' Ramsey among league's best young CBs (AP, 12:25 AM ET)
Colts, Texans ready to pin playoff hopes on high-stakes game (AP, 12:06 AM ET)
Falcons continue playoff push in visit to struggling LA Rams (AP, 12:06 AM ET)
Struggling 49ers host reeling Jets in game someone must win (AP, 12:05 AM ET)
Broncos visit Titans as defending champs chase playoff berth (AP, 12:05 AM ET)
Dallas Cowboys can clinch NFC East with win over Giants (AP, 12:05 AM ET)
Steelers seek to stay hot in traveling to face tepid Bills (AP, 12:05 AM ET)
Packers won't doubt Thomas-less Seahawks defense (AP, 12:05 AM ET)
Cousins, Redskins aim for repeat of 2015 (AP, 12:04 AM ET)
Chargers, Panthers hope 4th quarter struggles behind them (AP, 12:04 AM ET)
Browns nearing 1-year anniversary of last win, face Bengals (AP, 12:04 AM ET)
Jim Caldwell stays calm through highs and lows with Lions (AP, 12:04 AM ET)
Underachieving Cardinals face overachieving Dolphins (AP, 12:03 AM ET)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

2 Texas teams on top of their divisions hit the road (AP, 11:54 PM ET)
Chiefs' Johnson leaves game vs Raiders with Achilles injury (AP, 11:54 PM ET)
Dallas rookies get Giants again 12 games after only loss (AP, 8:14 PM ET)
Saints' Cooks "laughs" at notion he disrupted the offense (AP, 7:58 PM ET)
Humphries goes from inactive to versatile and essential. (AP, 7:48 PM ET)
League fixes mistake, credits Miller with another sack (AP, 7:39 PM ET)
Jets place Nick Mangold (ankle) on season-ending IR (AP, 7:14 PM ET)
Eagles having issues on defense after strong first half (AP, 7:07 PM ET)
Raiders missing 3 starters to injury for showdown in KC (AP, 7:06 PM ET)
Houston's Reader flourishes under watchful eye of Wilfork (AP, 6:58 PM ET)
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian returns to practice (AP, 6:51 PM ET)
Packers' Julius Peppers sees sacks spike, gets practice rest (AP, 6:40 PM ET)
Newton: 'Demoralizing' season not due to lack of preparation (AP, 6:36 PM ET)
Matt Barkley faces Lions in his first road start for Bears (AP, 6:35 PM ET)
Steelers red-zone D looks to keep opposition out of end zone (AP, 6:35 PM ET)
A rookie disappointment, Beasley makes huge leap for Falcons (AP, 6:25 PM ET)
Gailey: Petty had to learn 'everything' when he got to Jets (AP, 6:13 PM ET)
Heisman winner Derrick Henry now patient backup with Titans (AP, 6:06 PM ET)
Full circle: RG3 back as Browns starting quarterback (AP, 5:02 PM ET)
Stirring bad memories of '84, Dolphins defense is in retreat (AP, 4:53 PM ET)
Jaguars' Bortles, Robinson trying to 'get on same page' (AP, 4:37 PM ET)
Police investigating racist graffiti in Giants player's home (AP, 4:29 PM ET)
Redskins' NFL-worst 3rd-down defense is obstacle to playoffs (AP, 4:27 PM ET)
Vikings trying to survive a season full of trials (AP, 3:43 PM ET)
Funeral arrangements set for ex-NFL player Joe McKnight (AP, 3:03 PM ET)
RG3 returns as Browns seek 1st win against Ohio rivals (AP, 1:10 PM ET)
Panthers struggling run defense looks to shut down Gordon (AP, 12:40 PM ET)
Woeful offenses collide as Vikings, Jaguars try to end skids (AP, 12:26 PM ET)
Lions host Bears, aiming for 5th straight win and 7th in 8 (AP, 11:33 AM ET)
First-place Bucs host Saints in crucial NFC South battle (AP, 11:17 AM ET)
Steelers seek to continue roll in traveling to play Bills (AP, 11:07 AM ET)
Seahawks looking for first win in Green Bay since 1999 (AP, 11:02 AM ET)
Redskins, Eagles both try to end losing streaks (AP, 10:56 AM ET)
Patriots can clinch AFC East title with win over Ravens (AP, 10:34 AM ET)
Dolphins try for 1st win over Cardinals since 1999 (AP, 10:28 AM ET)
Falcons sign CB Alford to 4-year contract extension (AP, 10:24 AM ET)
Von Miller, Broncos face off against Marcus Mariota, Titans (AP, 10:20 AM ET)
Jets seek 1st win at San Francisco since 1983 (AP, 10:04 AM ET)
Cowboys go for 12 in row and NFC East title (AP, 10:04 AM ET)
Atlanta Falcons continue playoff push vs slumping LA Rams (AP, 10:03 AM ET)
Texans, Colts ready for high-stakes game in AFC South (AP, 9:04 AM ET)
Barry Switzer makes case to Trump for 'secretary of offense' (AP, 8:47 AM ET)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

After a decade of ineptitude, Rams' offense still struggling (AP, 9:51 PM ET)
LA Rams quarterback Jared Goff misses practice with illness (AP, 9:02 PM ET)
Banged-up Redskins get Williams back at critical juncture (AP, 8:47 PM ET)
Packers LB Nick Perry out vs Seattle with hand injury (AP, 8:22 PM ET)
Seattle turns to Steven Terrell with Thomas out for season (AP, 8:17 PM ET)
Marshall praises Bowles - by comparing Jets to 2014 Bears (AP, 8:07 PM ET)
Rivera wonders if relocation chatter is affecting Chargers (AP, 7:44 PM ET)
Giants Beckham can't help himself, complains about officials (AP, 7:28 PM ET)
Saints seek rushing resurgence against Buccaneers (AP, 7:09 PM ET)
Peterson says he sees comeback, but not for non-contender (AP, 7:09 PM ET)
Jets sign Robinson, promote Wilds, claim Brown from Jaguars (AP, 7:07 PM ET)
Joique Bell will graduate, may play for Lions this weekend (AP, 6:56 PM ET)
Raiders S Karl Joseph out vs. Chiefs with toe injury (AP, 6:48 PM ET)
Broncos' D to test Titans' improved protection of Mariota (AP, 6:47 PM ET)
49ers coach Chip Kelly returns after father's funeral (AP, 6:47 PM ET)
From bubble to huddle, Petty ready to be Jets' starting QB (AP, 6:26 PM ET)
Aaron Hernandez in court for 2012 drive-by shootings (AP, 6:23 PM ET)
Bills QB Taylor shows frustration in face of criticisms (AP, 6:18 PM ET)
Rivera disciplined Newton to avoid 'chaos' setting in (AP, 6:16 PM ET)
Cowboys plan to keep on driving even if home field clinched (AP, 6:10 PM ET)
Zimmer says his eye is 'good to go' after latest follow-up (AP, 6:05 PM ET)
Arizona looking for first win of season in the East (AP, 6:03 PM ET)
Fangio says he plans to return for 3rd year running Bears' D (AP, 6:00 PM ET)
Tannehill needs breakout December to get Miami to playoffs (AP, 6:00 PM ET)
Browns tackle Thomas again a pillar amid ruins of season (AP, 5:59 PM ET)
Steelers striking right balance during playoff push (AP, 5:58 PM ET)
Special teams could play big role for Patriots vs. Ravens (AP, 5:51 PM ET)
Ailing Falcons practice without Jones, 3 other starters (AP, 5:42 PM ET)
Forsett arrives in Denver but questions remain at QB (AP, 5:35 PM ET)
Ravens' new grass field draws mostly praise, some criticism (AP, 5:23 PM ET)
Jaguars' defense has been bright spot in dark season (AP, 5:13 PM ET)
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has hernia surgery (AP, 5:12 PM ET)
Panthers LB Kuechly returns to practice, status uncertain (AP, 3:54 PM ET)
Former Saints running back describes Smith shooting (AP, 3:52 PM ET)
Bengals head to Cleveland among NFL interception leaders (AP, 3:49 PM ET)
Browns rookie Kindred breaks ankle during bye week (AP, 3:33 PM ET)
Jackson's suspension puts 1st-place Colts in potential bind (AP, 3:12 PM ET)
Raiders visit Chiefs with AFC West, playoff implications (AP, 1:39 PM ET)
Great rivalry game in KC for AFC West lead (AP, 1:31 PM ET)
Fitzgerald, Marshall among nominees for Walter Payton award (AP, 12:23 PM ET)
Raiders, Chiefs meet in pivotal showdown for AFC West lead (AP, 12:20 PM ET)
Longtime Cowboys linebacker Dave Edwards dies at 76 (AP, 11:11 AM ET)
Rams' slide threatens to take down Fisher despite extension (AP, 1:54 AM ET)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cardinals sign punter to practice squad, Butler job on line (AP, 9:50 PM ET)
Jets planned 2-3 weeks ago to play Petty in final 4 games (AP, 9:13 PM ET)
Will Smith's widow: 'He didn't have to do that to my baby' (AP, 9:03 PM ET)
Tomlin happy with cornerback Ross Cockrell's evolution (AP, 7:27 PM ET)
Cruz talks to McAdoo after no-target game vs. Steelers (AP, 7:10 PM ET)
Packers DT Mike Pennel gets 2nd 4-game suspension of season (AP, 6:56 PM ET)
Colts' D'Qwell Jackson suspended for 4 games (AP, 6:46 PM ET)
Vikings welcome Zimmer back to practice after eye surgery (AP, 6:39 PM ET)
Bucs promote WR Huff, place WR Shorts on injured reserve (AP, 6:17 PM ET)
Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets after benching in Chicago (AP, 5:49 PM ET)
Bell returning to Lions; Detroit also signs CB Jackson (AP, 5:43 PM ET)
Raiders QB Derek Carr looks for success vs. Chiefs (AP, 5:42 PM ET)
AP Power Rankings: Cowboys still No. 1 as top 6 stays same (AP, 5:23 PM ET)
FANTASY PLAYS: Waiver priorities - handcuff, bolster benches (AP, 5:15 PM ET)
Jets waive C.J. Spiller, Jeremy Ross after loss to Colts (AP, 5:07 PM ET)
Bengals' Burfict has best game since playoff meltdown (AP, 5:05 PM ET)
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's rising star keeps climbing (AP, 3:11 PM ET)
Man arrested in ex-NFL player's death; sheriff defends probe (AP, 3:01 PM ET)
Kubiak has faith in Lynch's future and hope for Siemian now (AP, 2:49 PM ET)
Oakland Raiders can end 14-year playoff drought this weekend (AP, 1:50 PM ET)
Oakland Raiders can end 14-year playoff drought this weekend (AP, 1:44 PM ET)
Overreaction: Cam Newton will eschew fashion, dress boring (AP, 7:30 AM ET)
Field days, uh, nights, for Colts in 41-10 romp over Jets (AP, 7:11 AM ET)
Jets embarrassed by Colts, turn to Petty for last 4 games (AP, 5:53 AM ET)
Luck throws for 4 TDs, Colts rout Jets 41-10 (AP, 12:32 AM ET)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jury selection previews possible 'stand-your-ground' defense (AP, 11:31 PM ET)
LA Rams stagger toward finish with 7 losses in 8 games (AP, 10:41 PM ET)
Rivera not worried about losing team after benching Newton (AP, 9:37 PM ET)
Jets honor Joe McKnight with moment of silence (AP, 9:02 PM ET)
Browns back from bye, but no word on if RG3 will start (AP, 8:38 PM ET)
Raiders begin preparations for Thursday showdown vs Chiefs (AP, 8:38 PM ET)
Seattle loses safety Earl Thomas for rest of the season (AP, 8:11 PM ET)
Streaking Buccaneers tied for first place in NFC South (AP, 7:49 PM ET)
Bills QB Taylor not immune from blame after loss to Raiders (AP, 7:38 PM ET)
Luck, Hilton active for Colts; Wilkerson to play for Jets (AP, 7:29 PM ET)
Saints desperate to address their own volatility (AP, 7:25 PM ET)
Justin Forsett reunites with Gary Kubiak in Denver (AP, 7:24 PM ET)
Bears place Cutler on injured reserve (AP, 7:10 PM ET)
Young Cardinals back David Johnson joining elite company (AP, 6:40 PM ET)
Packers defense shows improvement despite injuries (AP, 6:25 PM ET)
Chargers coach Mike McCoy clear about wanting to return (AP, 6:16 PM ET)
With 4 games to go, Giants offense needs to wake up (AP, 6:10 PM ET)
Lions using productive paranoia to surge atop the NFC North (AP, 6:09 PM ET)
Jaguars' Robinson shows frustration after latest loss (AP, 5:49 PM ET)
Bears gain confidence from rare win with young lineup (AP, 5:44 PM ET)
Houston focused on making playoff push after 3-game skid (AP, 5:40 PM ET)
With lopsided loss, Dolphins lose control of playoff fate (AP, 5:38 PM ET)
Surging Ravens hit their groove in time for playoff push (AP, 5:32 PM ET)
Migraines land Harvin on Bills' season-ending illness list (AP, 5:23 PM ET)
Coach Quinn: Falcons up to task of figuring out shortcomings (AP, 5:17 PM ET)
Bengals figure how to get offense moving without AJ Green (AP, 5:04 PM ET)
Tied atop AFC South, Titans focus on Denver, not playoffs (AP, 5:01 PM ET)
Redskins' Blackmon, Long in NFL's concussion protocol (AP, 4:10 PM ET)
Patriots taking advantage of newfound depth at running back (AP, 4:10 PM ET)
Titans put rookie linebacker Kevin Dodd on injured reserve (AP, 3:51 PM ET)
Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn't play favorites (AP, 3:42 PM ET)
Eagles heading backward as losses get worse (AP, 2:39 PM ET)
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer returns after eye surgery (AP, 2:32 PM ET)
Dolphins LB Alonso undergoes surgery to repair broken thumb (AP, 2:31 PM ET)
Chiefs continue to defy odds on way to 9-3 record (AP, 2:08 PM ET)
FANTASY PLAYS: Crazy week a sign of more chaos to come (AP, 1:58 PM ET)
Steelers defense playing important role in turnaround (AP, 1:39 PM ET)
The Latest: Jury selection begins in Saints star's death (AP, 12:57 PM ET)
Timeline: Events related to shooting death of Saints' Smith (AP, 9:02 AM ET)
This time of year, it doesn't hurt to be physical in the NFL (AP, 3:23 AM ET)