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Bob Holtzman ESPN 

The 49ers haven't announced a starting quarterback for tonight, but based on everything Chip Kelly has said recently I would except it to be Colin Kaepernick. It doesn't mean he will win the job, but Kelly has said repeatedly the only way to accurately evaluate is to get Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert reps with the starters. We'll see.

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Marshawn Lynch adds "Bout That Action" to his trademark phrases. Already has "Beast Mode" & "I'm Just Here So I Don't Get Fined."

Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman practices his one-handed catches before tonight's game vs. Carolina.


Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Barring a last-minute change, the Patriots plan to have Jimmy Garoppolo start tonight vs. Carolina. Tom Brady will also play.

Luck flashes back to high school with new flip phone

After agreeing to a six-year, $140M deal with the Colts, QB Andrew Luck decided to buy himself a new flip phone.


Mike Reiss ESPN New England Patriots reporter 

Welcome to Bank of America Stadium, where the Patriots visit the Panthers (7:30 p.m. ET). Some hot, humid conditions will be a nice challenge for the Patriots from a conditioning perspective.

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though Adrian Peterson will not play when the San Diego Chargers hit the road to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, running back Melvin Gordon is looking forward to playing in front of his mentor Adrian Peterson. Gordon worked out with Peterson this summer in Houston in preparation for his second season in the NFL.


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How will Broncos' offense look without Manning?

Without QB Peyton Manning around, expect Denver's offense to look a little different. Faster game

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions DE Kerry Hyder picked up a hefty preseason fine of $18,231 for roughing the passer during last week's game against the Bengals.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The betting board at the renovated Westgate SuperBook is, um, impressive.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said in a conference call today that rookie strong safety Keanu Neal missing the first three regular season games vs. Tampa Bay, Oakland, and New Orleans would be the worst-case scenario, and he's hopeful Neal will miss just two once the first-round pick undergoes a right knee scope Monday. Quinn optimistic about Kemal Ishmael returning from a shoulder injury to replace Neal.