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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Isaac Redman gave the Steelers his all

PITTSBURGH – Isaac Redman, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in four-plus seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, should not have any regrets after announcing his retirement on Friday. Redman, who is only 29, has to walk away from the game because of a career-ending spinal injury. No one can question whether Redman left anything on the field. “Last season I tried my best to play through a neck injury but I just wasn’t myself on the field,” Redman wrote on his Twitter account.



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Observation Deck: Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE -- Are the Seattle Seahawks really this good? With most of the starters playing for both teams in the first half, the Seahawks embarrassed the Chicago Bears and built a 31-0 lead Friday night en route to a 34-6 victory at CenturyLink Field. In the first half of the last two preseason games with starters on the field, Seattle outscored the San Diego Chargers and the Bears 55-7. The Seahawks scored on all nine first-half drives in those two games with 510 yards of offense.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Cards' camp smooth in year two at stadium

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Around football, they say a player improves most between his first and second seasons. Same can be said for a training camp. The Arizona Cardinals concluded their second training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium -- a vastly different setup than they had for their first 25 years in the desert, when camp was held in Flagstaff -- on Friday, and its rave reviews weren't as much for the location as it was the execution. “A lot different of a camp,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.



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Giants G Geoff Schwartz carted off field in 2nd qtr of preseason game vs. Jets due to knee injury (ESPN)

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Three more 49ers check in on #NFLRank

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Three San Francisco 49ers players appear in the #ESPNRank project between Nos. 60 and 51 among offensive players. That part of the rankings was released Friday. Receiver Anquan Boldin was No. 54, a year after being No. 83. “Boldin led the NFL in third-down receptions (33), receiving yards (529) and first downs (529) last season,” according to ESPN Stats & Info. “His 1,179 receiving yards in 2013 were the most by a 49er since Terrell Owens in 2002.



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Cardinals Camp Report: Day 19

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Arizona Cardinals training camp: Friday was the Cardinals' last training camp practice and head coach Bruce Arians ended it more than an hour earlier than its scheduled conclusion time. Arizona worked on its situational offense for most of practice, most notably from inside the red zone and from its own 1. Quarterback Carson Palmer worked the Cardinals down the field, working on a variety of routes.



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Chargers LB Manti Te'o will miss Sunday's preseason game vs. 49ers due to sprained foot (ESPN)

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Lance Briggs No. 56 in player rankings

The NFLRank project rolled into Friday with Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs coming in at No. 56, as ESPN continued to list the top 100 players around the league on offense and defense. The latest rankings grouped players between Nos. 60 through 51. Charles Tillman checked in at No. 66 in the project on Thursday, while tight end Martellus Bennett made the list on Tuesday with a No. 82 ranking. Defensive end Lamarr Houston became Chicago’s first defender to crack the top 100 (No.



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James Ihedigbo inactive for Detroit Lions

DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions will be without one defensive starter and a key defensive reserve Friday night against Jacksonville. Safety James Ihedigbo and linebacker Kyle Van Noy will be sitting out against the Jaguars along with rookie wide receiver TJ Jones. More interesting, though, might be some of the starter replacements. Isa Abdul-Quddus will start at safety in place of Ihedigbo instead of Don Carey, perhaps signifying Abdul-Quddus' move up the depth chart.



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Focus shifts to receivers for Browns

BEREA, Ohio -- For all the attention being paid to the struggles of the Cleveland Browns' quarterbacks this preseason, it should be noted that the wide receivers haven’t given them much help or performed much better. There have been dropped passes, routes ran at the wrong depth, cuts made at improper angles and, in the case of Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon last Monday, an apparent lack of interest and effort in the game. The play of the wideouts will be a focal point Saturday night when the Browns (0-2) meet the St.



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Bengals DT Geno Atkins (ACL surgery last October) to play in Sunday's preseason game (ESPN)

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Bolts use rotation of players to replace Te'o

SAN DIEGO -- With inside linebacker Manti Te'o ruled out for this week’s contest against San Francisco because of a sprained left foot, the San Diego Chargers will use a rotation of players to replace the Notre Dame product. Sixth-year pro Reggie Walker is listed as Te’o’s backup on the team’s unofficial depth chart and will see time next to Donald Butler with the starters. But depending on what personnel grouping defensive coordinator John Pagano employs, free-agent addition inside linebacker Kavell Conner should see time with the starters as well.



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Verrett, Freeney expected to play vs. 49ers

SAN DIEGO -- Two impact defensive players for the San Diego Chargers are expected to see their first action this preseason on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Cornerback Jason Verrett and outside linebacker Dwight Freeney both fully participated in practice this week and are physically ready to play on Sunday. Verrett took off a red jersey this week that Chargers head coach Mike McCoy made him wear during practice to remind the TCU product to go easy in order to protect a surgically repaired shoulder.



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Redskins fall short in player rankings

ESPN’s player rankings haven’t been kind to the Washington Redskins, but coming off a 3-13 season, that is to be expected. The key now isn’t where they’re ranked this fall, it’s where they are on the list a year from now -- that will be determined by their on-field success. The Redskins haven’t been represented by many players defensively and I don’t expect that to change. Ryan Kerrigan, at No. 67, is thus far the only Redskins’ defender on the list (ahead of linebackers such as San Francisco’s Ahmad Brooks).



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Bond with Gonzalez could help Toilolo soar

Some guys bond while out fishing. Others connect over beers at a sports bar. For Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo, such bonding occurred on the basketball court. Shooting hoops with retired former teammate Tony Gonzalez is how the 6-foot-8 Toilolo spent one of his days back home in Southern California this summer. The duo stopped by the University of California-Irvine in June after Toilolo returned from organized team activities. "We were on the same team,’’ Toilolo said of the pickup games.



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T.J. Ward checks in at No. 59 in #NFLRank

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- ESPN used a vast array of voters from the network’s many NFL platforms, as well as Football Outsiders and Pro Football Focus, to rank the league’s top 100 players on offense and top 100 players on defense. In the end, 85 voters picked on defense, 90 on offense. Today, players ranked No. 60 down to 51 are featured. And for the Denver Broncos, one of their newest players – safety T.J. Ward – checked in at No.



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Dolphins waiving TE Michael Egnew (former third-round pick) - source (ESPN)

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