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4hBill Barnwell

Time to toss out football's unwritten rules

"You have to take the points here." "Don't go for two until you have to." "Run the ball here because if you don't go anywhere you can just run out the clock." It's time for unwritten rules to go.

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Quiz: How ready are you for NFL Week 8?

With one team ending its championship drought in the 2016 World Series, we want to see how much you know about NFL droughts with this week's quiz.

An unwritten rule worth following: no more cheap hits (1:14)

Eagles/Cowboys game, Bills /Patriots, more

Wendi Nix, Bill Polian, Jarrett Bell and Adam Caplan discuss the Carson Wentz-Dak Prescott rookie QB matchup, Bills- Patriots rematch, buyer's remorse or reward and Russell Wilson's opinion on overtime ties.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on Marcell Dareus saying Wednesday that he will play Sunday: "I hope he's right." Dareus has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury after missing the first four games because of a suspension.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on LeSean McCoy, who missed practice Thursday: "Not sure. Probably similar to last week. We'll see how he progresses the next couple of days."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says opponents not running through pregame drills is an "unwritten thing," but insists it's "no big deal" for Sunday's game against Patriots. Bills players said Wednesday they will retaliate if Patriots players run through their pregame drills again, as they said happened in Week 4.


Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts DC Ted Monachino brought something different to the podium when talking about LB Josh McNary, who was called for unnecessary roughness against Tennessee in Week 7: "Josh is a little bit of a blind dog in a meat house at times."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive tackle Vernon Butler didn't sound as optimistic about his return after experiencing soreness in the ankle sprain that has sidelined him the past three weeks.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Randall Cobb and Clay Matthews (both with hamstrings) went through the stretching period only. They watched the lengthy jog-through session and then didn't do any individual drills. WR/RB Ty Montgomery (illness) didn't seem to do much, either.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

T.J. Lang (hip) didn't practice on Thursday. He missed part of last week's game against the Bears. Others who didn't practice were CB Damarious Randal (groin), CB Quinten Rollins (groin), RB James Starks (knee), TE Jared Cook.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Hue Jackson on Josh McCown starting Sunday vs. the Jets: "All signs are pointing in that direction. ... We're really trending that way now."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets DE Mo Wilkerson, WR Brandon Marshall and RB Bilal Powell returned on a limited basis.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets who won't play Sunday, per Todd Bowles: LB Darron Lee, RT Brent Qvale and LB Bruce Carter.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug Martin (hamstring) still not practicing today for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Clinton McDonald (hamstring) and Robert Ayers (ankle) were both practicing. No sign of Louis Murphy. Dirk Koetter told us yesterday that he suffered a setback last week.

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

From June 1 through Aug. 31, Marcus Mariota merchandise was the No. 25 top-seller among NFL players , per the NFLPA.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Robert Ayers (No. 91, far left) was back again practicing today. Yesterday was the first time in three weeks that he'd practiced since suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 and testing it once in practice before the Carolina game.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets OC Chan Gailey on Ryan Fitzpatrick's claim that he will be playing "pissed off" for the rest of the year: "I feel like every year he's played like that. ... He always plays with a chip on his shoulder."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Josh Norman is participating in individual drills and moving well today. He's still in the concussion protocol and will visit an independent doctor later today. If cleared he'll play Sunday in London.


Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Lamar Miller (shoulder) is practicing today. Running back Jonathan Grimes was also out there. He has been out since Week 3 against the Patriots when he injured his ankle.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Three key players are going through stretching exercises today: corner Josh Norman, tight end Jordan Reed and tackle Trent Williams. Norman and Reed must be cleared by an independent doctor today as part of the concussion protocol. Williams has a sprained knee.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Matt Jones is not practicing today. He hurt his knee Sunday vs. Detroit and did not practice Wednesday.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB Dion Lewis (33) is practicing for the first time since opening the season on the PUP list.