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Friday, October 24, 2014

Eagles: C Jason Kelce (recovering from sports hernia surgery) listed as questionable for Sunday (ESPN)

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Acho brothers to face off for the first time in NFL

TEMPE, Ariz. – Whenever the Acho brothers were split up on opposing pickup basketball teams as kids in Texas, there was bound to be at least one errant pass from Sam to Emmanuel each game. Fortunately for Sam, an Arizona Cardinals starting outside linebacker, he didn’t have to think twice about passing to Emmanuel often. Besides the occasional pickup game, the two never played on opposing teams growing up – even through college at the University of Texas.



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Thank-you note tells Vikings' Mike Zimmer his bad-luck days are gone

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- However many well-wishers Mike Zimmer has encountered during a trying stretch as the Minnesota Vikings' first-year head coach, none moved him to share the message publicly the way Alex Loehlein did. Loehlein, an 8-year-old boy who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy -- a fatal and incurable degenerative muscle disease -- visited the Vikings' facility on a recent Saturday to take in the team's practice, meet players and get his Vikings helmet autographed.



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Redskins Video: John Clayton discusses the team's QB situation and the status of Robert Griffin III (ESPN)

from ESPN http://espn.go.com/nfl/ Redskins Video: John Clayton discusses the team's QB situation and the status of Robert Griffin III (ESPN)

Video: NFL Live throws challenge flags for the Saints defense, the Seahawks and Bears QB Jay Cutler (ESPN)

from ESPN http://espn.go.com/nfl/ Video: NFL Live throws challenge flags for the Saints defense, the Seahawks and Bears QB Jay Cutler (ESPN)

Ravens: TE Owen Daniels to miss at least 1 game after undergoing left knee procedure, says John Harbaugh (ESPN)

from ESPN http://ift.tt/1sYBqxw Ravens: TE Owen Daniels to miss at least 1 game after undergoing left knee procedure, says John Harbaugh (ESPN)

Raiders hope to get Maurice Jones-Drew more involved

ALAMEDA, Calif. – It certainly seems like Maurice Jones-Drew is out of the Oakland Raiders’ plan at running back. Jones-Drew, the Week 1 starter, who missed two games with a hand injury, hasn’t gotten much work. He had three carries for 6 yards last week against Arizona, and he has clearly fallen way behind Darren McFadden in the pecking order. He has 48 yards on 18 carries this season. Still, Oakland interim coach Tony Sparano, a run-game specialist, says he hopes to get Jones-Drew more involved.



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Jason Pierre-Paul taking care of his business

Jason Pierre-Paul didn't have his best game two weeks ago against the Philadelphia Eagles and star left tackle Jason Peters, but he rebounded well enough Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys and star left tackle Tyron Smith that New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin singled him out in a team meeting Monday morning. "Coach Coughlin mentioned him specifically as having a great game, and when we went back and watched the film, we were amazed," Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara said.



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No future Hall of Famers on list of upcoming opposing QBs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Remember the incredible run of backups, developmental players and journeymen quarterbacks the Kansas City Chiefs played against last year in their 9-0 start? It’s been a distant memory this year. The Chiefs have instead gone up against a couple of quarterbacks who are certain to eventually reach the Hall of Fame (Tom Brady and Peyton Manning) and another who will likely get to Canton (Philip Rivers). Two of the others were former first-round draft picks (Ryan Tannehill and Jake Locker) and the last was Colin Kaepernick.



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Jerry Jones might not bid for Super Bowl if it means losing home game

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said it will be difficult for the franchise to bid on a Super Bowl because of a new rule that states NFL teams that are awarded the championship game will lose a regular-season home game. "That will put a difficult caveat to our bid," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Friday. "We probably will make a bid. They tell you what they want in a bid, but you can make a bid without what they want in a bid.



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A.J. Green is looking 'better and better'

CINCINNATI -- If you have already benched Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green on your fantasy team and penciled him in as "out" for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, don't. His head coach gave a rather sizable nugget of hope Friday afternoon that Green could play this weekend. After uttering his normal "we'll see," when asked about Green's status for Sunday's game, coach Marvin Lewis added that his injured Pro Bowl superstar has been progressing well through his rehab duties all this week.



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Colts: WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) will not play Sunday vs. Steelers, says Chuck Pagano (ESPN)

from ESPN http://m.espn.go.com/general/story?storyId=11755110 Colts: WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) will not play Sunday vs. Steelers, says Chuck Pagano (ESPN)

Bye comes at perfect time for wounded 49ers

Jim Harbaugh’s instructions and hopes for his San Francisco 49ers team as it broke in Santa Clara this week for the much-needed bye? “I want them to enjoy their families, enjoy their children if they have them, play with their kids and come back mentally stronger, physically stronger,” Harbaugh said in the wake of last weekend’s 42-17 blowout loss at the Denver Broncos. “We resume next Monday.” Truly, the bye could not have come at a better time for the Niners, who are 4-3 and in second place in the NFC West, behind the Arizona Cardinals (5-1) and ahead of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks (3-3).



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Bengals' third-down woes start on first

CINCINNATI -- In their two losses this season, the Cincinnati Bengals converted just five percent of third-down chances they have had. Yes, five ... percent. Only one of the 20 third-down conversion opportunities have gone favorably for them in the two games that have been lost by a combined score of 70-17. When an offense isn't able to turn third-down opportunities into first downs, it stays on the field for a shorter amount of time, and it greatly diminishes its scoring capability.



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RE: Brian Hoyer's leash ... how long (or short) should it be?

BEREA, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer is finding out what life is like for a Cleveland Browns quarterback. Win, and he’s celebrated. Lose, and he’s suddenly asked about the backup. It’s happened for 15 years in Cleveland, since Ty Detmer was given one game to hold off Tim Couch in 1999. With Hoyer, the scrutiny becomes more intense because his backup is the darling of Instagram, Johnny Manziel, a guy who threw for 7,000 yards in college. That increases the scrutiny exponentially, which Hoyer learned in training camp.



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Broncos Video: Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi debate whether Denver can run the table rest of season (ESPN)

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