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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Patriots tight against the salary cap, CB Stephon Gilmore's contract was tweaked to help provide needed space. Specifically, $4.95 million of Gilmore's base salary was turned into a fully guaranteed roster bonus (prorated over four years), which created $3.71 million in cap space in 2018. This gives the team some room at the trade deadline if it wants to make a move.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots' trip to Chicago to face the Bears on Sunday provided Bill Belichick a springboard to do something close to his heart: Teach history. Players relayed that Belichick went into depth Thursday on the history of Soldier Field, which included iconic old photographs that traced back to some of the earliest games played in the stadium, such as Army vs. Navy – watched by 110,000 spectators – on Nov. 27, 1926. On Friday, when Belichick was asked by reporters about his own memories of coaching at Soldier Field, he highlighted Walter Payton's first game, in 1975, when Belichick was just breaking into the NFL as a special assistant with the Baltimore Colts. "It's a great environment. It's a lot different now. Obviously, it's hard to even recognize Soldier Field as Soldier Field -- certainly from the inside," Belichick said, in reference to renovations from the early 2000s that still preserved some of the stadium's original columns on the outside. "It's a big, expansive structure like JFK [Stadium] in Philly or the [Los Angeles Memorial] Coliseum. You don't see those stadiums any more. It's a pretty special place."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nice ovation for Sam Darnold at the Barclays Center, where he is sitting courtside for Friday's Knicks-Nets game.

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

The Rams final injury report of the week, along with game status for Sunday against the 49ers. As Sean McVay said on Wednesday, Cooper Kupp is OUT Sunday because of a knee sprain. All others listed on report are expected to play.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Al Riveron, the NFL's Senior Vice President of Officiating, said in his weekly officiating video that Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald should have been penalized for his hit on Oakland's Amari Cooper last week. Riverson said McDougald lowered his head to initiate contact, a penalty, and that he alternatively could have been flagged for unnecessary roughness on a defenseless player. McDougald told reporters postgame that he thought it was a clean hit. That Riveron disagrees means McDougald will likely be fined.

Charlie Creme @CharlieCreme

In 10 years I can't wait to revel with other Browns' fans in all the great memories of the Carlos Hyde era.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Now a little further removed from ACL surgery, 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been back in the building since Tuesday and taking part in team meetings. Kyle Shanahan said it's good to have Garoppolo back and that Garoppolo will be around more as he gets closer to start of rehab.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers Friday injury report: Out — WR Dante Pettis (knee). Limited — CB Jimmie Ward (hamstring). Questionable — WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee), CB Richard Sherman (calf), WR Trent Taylor (back), CB K'Waun Williams (shoulder), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion).