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  • Running back Lacy limited in practice for Packers

    December 10, 2014

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy was limited in practice Wednesday after bruising his hip in the Packers' victory this week over Atlanta.Coach Mike McCarthy said he would monitor Lacy on the practice field Thursday. McCarthy has also said that he doesn't have high concern about the injury to the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

  • Attorney for Titans' Hill calls allegation false

    December 10, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The attorney for Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Sammie Hill says a woman's allegation he sexually assaulted her is false and an attempt at extortion.Attorney Ed Garland issued a statement Wednesday night saying Hill had consensual sex and is cooperating with an investigation by the Atlanta Police Department. Garland said he is doing his own investigation.

  • FANTASY PLAYS: In semis, time for bold thoughts

    December 10, 2014

    One of the top analysts in fantasy football started Week 15 with a thought you wouldn't even consider two months ago or even two weeks ago: Benching Peyton Manning in favor of less talented quarterbacks with better matchups.But Sigmund Bloom, co-owner of Footballguys.com, mused on Twitter that after two bad weeks, he didn't envy fantasy owners who have to choose between Manning and Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger or Jay Cutler. Manning put up 2 fantasy points last week in standard leagues (that's not a typo, we double-checked) and 13 points the week before.

  • Carr shows steady progress as rookie for Raiders

    December 10, 2014

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Derek Carr believes he has made steady progress in his rookie season as an NFL quarterback even if it hasn't always been evident in his results.Those subtle steps to becoming a more polished pro passer paid off in a big way last week in the signature performance of Carr's rookie season with the Oakland Raiders.

  • Sherman not the only Seattle CB shutting down WRs

    December 10, 2014

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Tharold Simon never started a game in his NFL career until Week 7 of this season when he finally got to line up opposite Richard Sherman in Seattle's secondary.Simon was fully aware of what that meant: lots of passes were about to be thrown his way.

  • Manning: 'There's different ways to win.'

    December 10, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning is tied for the NFL lead with 36 touchdown passes and he's 90 yards shy of his 14th 4,000-yard season.So, why all the angst?Because he hurt fantasy owners in their playoffs last week when his TD streak came to a halt at 51 games, three shy of Drew Brees' NFL record, and he was picked off twice for the fourth time in the past six games.

  • Chargers QB Philip Rivers focused on rival Broncos

    December 10, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Unlike last season at about this time, the San Diego Chargers are in control of their destiny heading into Sunday's game against Denver.Last year, the Chargers needed the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens to collapse to make the postseason. Not so this season.

  • Bills Marrone sticking with Orton as starter

    December 10, 2014

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - So long as it's his call, Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is sticking with veteran journeyman quarterback Kyle Orton as his starter for the remainder of the season.What has suddenly become unclear is whether that decision rests solely with Marrone.

  • Jets' Smith focused on strong finish, not doubters

    December 10, 2014

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Geno Smith knows many fans have already moved on from him.With the New York Jets sitting at a dreadful 2-11, the race is on for the No. 1 draft pick - and possibly Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston coming to town as the team's new quarterback.

  • Trevathan eligible to return from IR this week

    December 10, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Linebacker Danny Trevathan is eligible to return from IR this weekend, just in time to give Denver's defense an added dose of nastiness for the stretch run.''I can't wait,'' nose tackle Terrance Knighton said. ''Because Brandon Marshall is having a Pro Bowl year. And with him and Danny back, there's just so much speed on the field, two guys who can fly around and do so much, can cover, can tackle, can blitz.

  • Cowboys QB Romo takes it easy as Eagles game looms

    December 10, 2014

    IRVING, Texas (AP) - By now, Tony Romo is used to his abbreviated workouts on Wednesdays.He participated in Cowboys' morning walk-through but did not take the field for the afternoon practice. Instead, the veteran quarterback went through a workout aimed at strengthening his surgically repaired back.

  • Bolden makes big impact on Patriots special teams

    December 10, 2014

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Brandon Bolden figured he'd have to make an impact on special teams with the New England Patriots after a solid career as a college running back.Undrafted rookies don't get the ball very often in the NFL.''I was like, `Hey I'm an undrafted guy. I've got to do whatever I can. So you need somebody to run down on punts? Hey, coach, I can do it. You need somebody to run down on kickoffs? Hey, coach I can do it,''' Bolden said Wednesday.

  • Receiver Shorts could be in final weeks with Jaguars

    December 10, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Cecil Shorts III might be in his final weeks with the Jacksonville Jaguars.With three games remaining, the Jaguars (2-11) have shown little, if any, interest in re-signing the fourth-year receiver who's in the final year of his rookie contract.

  • Eagles' Sproles almost forgotten after fast start

    December 10, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Darren Sproles burst onto the scene in his early appearances with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, as the season heads down the stretch, Sproles has become almost a forgotten man.''There have been times where we intend to get him the ball and we can't for some reason,'' Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.

  • Lions avoiding drama against weaker opponents

    December 10, 2014

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - This is exactly the type of stretch that might have derailed Detroit's playoff hopes in recent years.Three straight home games. All against teams with losing records. With the pressure of the postseason race hanging over every play.

  • Young Houston receivers face challenge at Indy

    December 10, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) - Led by DeAndre Hopkins, Houston's young receivers have been good all year.They will need to be even better on Sunday at Indianapolis if star receiver Andre Johnson can't play. Johnson suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit last weekend and is listed as day to day this week.

  • WR Jones, S Moore making improvement for Falcons

    December 10, 2014

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Star receiver Julio Jones and safety William Moore are making improvement from injuries as the Atlanta Falcons prepare for a crucial game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Falcons limited themselves to a walk-through Wednesday, looking to recover physically from a grueling Monday night loss to the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike Smith said Jones and Moore would not have been able to practice, even if it had been a normal workout.

  • Clear film may rescue birds from Vikings glass

    December 10, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A window film designed by 3M Co. could wind up helping prevent bird deaths from the Minnesota Vikings' new glass-heavy stadium.The team's $1 billion stadium due to open in 2016 depends on vast windows to create an airy feeling. But bird lovers have asked the team to change out clear glass with ''fritted'' glass that they say is safer for birds.

  • Ravens sack-happy Dumervil sets sights on playoffs

    December 10, 2014

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Having already placed his name in the Baltimore Ravens record book, Elvis Dumervil has turned his attention toward getting the team into the postseason.With 3 1/2 sacks against Miami last Sunday, Dumervil broke the team single-season record of 15 set by Peter Boulware in 2001. Dumervil now has 16 sacks, one short of his career high and tied for the NFL lead with Justin Houston of Kansas City.

  • Cardinals seek road rebound against stingy Rams

    December 10, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bruce Arians makes no effort to hide his distaste for short turnarounds between games.Good for the Arizona Cardinals coach to get it all out of his system now, with an opportunity at getting closer to a playoff spot and facing an opponent with a stingy defense.

  • Jets' Harvin (ankle) uncertain vs. Titans

    December 10, 2014

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Percy Harvin is planning to play.The New York Jets wide receiver is dealing with a sprained left ankle that had him in a walking boot earlier in the week, but he was optimistic about his chances of suiting up against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

  • Chiefs backing toward playoffs once again

    December 10, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After the way the Kansas City Chiefs collapsed toward the end of last season, and especially in the playoffs, they arrived at training camp in July with the mantra of ''finish.''It didn't matter whether it was a drive, a game or the entire season.

  • Dolphins looking to find offensive groove again

    December 10, 2014

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The Dolphins' recent offensive woes have come at a bad time for a team with fading playoff hopes, particularly with a trip to the New England Patriots up next on Sunday.Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been under more duress from opposing pass rushers while his threat to throw deep has all but disappeared. The offense does not look like the same unit that put up 23 points in the second half of a 33-20 season opening win over New England.

  • Bengals' A.J. Green in best stretch of career

    December 10, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) - Cornerback Leon Hall notices something different about receiver A.J. Green during practice these days. He's more animated. He's not holding anything back.All good signs for a Bengals team that needs him to be a difference-maker down the stretch.

  • Colin Kaepernick working on how he answers media

    December 10, 2014

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Unexpectedly cheerful and far more chatty than the norm, Colin Kaepernick insisted he takes every part of his job seriously and is working at giving more thoughtful public responses even after poor performances.Scrutinized locally and nationally for his terse, short answers along with bad play in recent weeks - word counts, anyone? - the quarterback took a different approach during his weekly Wednesday media session in the locker room at Levi's Stadium. Kaepernick said he received some guidance about public speaking.

  • Big plays still dogging Steelers' defense

    December 10, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dick LeBeau's defense is not easy to grasp. For that, the Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator is unapologetic.Yet for all the wrinkles the ever-tinkering LeBeau adds on a weekly basis, there is an underlying simplicity. Containment, not chaos, is the key to success.

  • Titans stumbling toward worst season since '94

    December 10, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - First-year Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt is done making predictions now that his talk of hosting a playoff game has been replaced with Tennessee competing for the top overall draft pick.Things have gone downhill in a hurry.The Titans, heading for their worst season in 20 years, are underdogs at home Sunday against the New York Jets in a matchup of 2-11 teams. They have lost 10 of the last 11 and could match the 2-14 mark in 1994 with three games left for a franchise that hasn't picked first overall since 1978 - a selection gotten via trade, not poor play.

  • Lewis faces 4-foot-3 celeb on Manziel height

    December 10, 2014

    CINCINNATI (AP) - With a 4-foot-3 Cleveland television celebrity in the audience to question him, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis apologized a third time on Wednesday for calling Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel ''a midget.''Lewis referred to the 6-foot quarterback that way during a radio show on Monday night. He has tried for the last two days to get beyond the remark, which added a little more intrigue to a game with playoff implications for both Ohio teams.

  • Vikings sign tackle Carter Bykowski

    December 10, 2014

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Michael Mauti on injured reserve and signed offensive tackle Carter Bykowski off San Francisco's practice squad.Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that Mauti needed minor surgery on his knee. The second-year player from Penn State has played almost exclusively on special teams.

  • Chiefs' Charles, Hali held out with injuries

    December 10, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, linebacker Tamba Hali and tight end Anthony Fasano were held out of practice Wednesday with knee injuries.All of them are considered day to day, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.Defensive lineman Allen Bailey also missed practice as he continues to recover from a concussion, but wide receiver Junior Hemingway returned to the field after passing his concussion tests. Hemingway had missed the previous two games.

  • Texans place Clowney on injured reserve

    December 10, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans have placed top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney on the injured reserve two days after he had microfracture surgery on his right knee.The surgery was the second this season for the outside linebacker. He had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee after being injured in Week 1.

  • Eli on Giants' injury report, says it's formality

    December 10, 2014

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Eli Manning is on the New York Giants' injury report for the first time in more than two years and seems to be embarrassed by it.He says it's a formality and he practiced as usual on Wednesday.''I don't know if I really deserve to be on an injury report,'' Manning said. ''They kind of told me they had to list something, so I said: `OK' I really can't control that.''

  • Union hires Nassar to run Players Inc.

    December 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Ahmad Nassar has been hired to run NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFL Players Association.Nassar's appointment as NFLPI president, announced Wednesday, will become effective Monday, Feb. 2, the day after the Super Bowl.

  • Jaguars placing Robinson on injured reserve with foot sprain

    December 10, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Denard Robinson's season is over.The Jacksonville Jaguars are placing their leading rusher on injured reserve with a mid-foot sprain.Robinson hurt his right foot early in Sunday's loss against Houston, but stayed in the game. It was still bothering him Wednesday, and tests revealed an injury that takes six to eight weeks to heal.

  • Manziel moves into starter's role with Browns

    December 10, 2014

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Johnny Manziel seemed a little taller. Not in height, but definitely in stature.The playmaking, headline-making, love-him-or-hate-him sensation who has spent the majority of his rookie season as an orange-helmeted spectator, Manziel is now the Browns' starting quarterback - No. 2 is No. 1.

  • Gruden will name starting QB after week of practice

    December 10, 2014

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden Wednesday didn't name who his starting quarterback will be, in part to try and keep the firestorm over his choice from erupting as was the case earlier this season.''I'm not going to announce (the starter) until I see the week of practice, see how it goes,'' Gruden said after Wednesday's practice in which Colt McCoy, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins all took snaps.

  • Former Bills star Talley to accept fan donations

    December 10, 2014

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Darryl Talley and his family can't thank their fans enough.Overwhelmed by the wealth of support he received at his time of need, the former Buffalo Bills star linebacker accepted nearly $153,000 in donations generated in two weeks during an impromptu Internet fundraiser that pooped up after revelations of health problems he considers side effects from his hard-hitting play.

  • Owners approve new personal conduct policy

    December 10, 2014

    IRVING, Texas (AP) - NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously Wednesday to change the league's personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players' union responds.The league announced it will hire a special counsel for investigations and conduct to oversee initial discipline, but Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain authority to rule on appeals. The commissioner also may appoint a panel of independent experts to participate in appeals.

  • Bills: Receiver Mike Williams to be released

    December 10, 2014

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills receiver Mike Williams will be released once he recovers from a left calf injury.The team provided the clarification on Wednesday, a day after Williams was not claimed off the waived-injured list. Once Williams is released, the Bills won't have to pay the final four years of his contract. The fifth-year player was due to make a $5.2 million base salary next season.

  • Cardinals-Rams Capsule

    December 10, 2014

    ARIZONA (10-3) at ST. LOUIS (6-7)Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkOPENING LINE - Rams by 2 1-2RECORD VS. SPREAD - Arizona 8-4, St. Louis 7-5SERIES RECORD - Tied 35-35-2LAST MEETING - Cardinals beat Rams 31-14, Nov. 9, 2014LAST WEEK - Cardinals beat Chiefs 17-14; Rams beat Redskins 24-0

  • Worst time for short week for Cardinals

    December 10, 2014

    Even as the Arizona Cardinals are presented an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth, they have plenty to be concerned about.Injuries, for one. No contender's lineup has been more damaged than Arizona's, with the latest being the sidelining of top running back Andre Ellington.

  • Ex-Steeler Blount in deal to dismiss pot charge

    December 10, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount would have a marijuana possession charge dismissed if he completes 50 hours of community service by a February court date, a western Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday.Blount, 28, was playing for Pittsburgh when he and Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell were arrested Aug. 20 after police said they found marijuana in Bell's car during a traffic stop in Ross Township, a Pittsburgh suburb.

  • Panthers' Cam Newton discharged from hospital

    December 10, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton has been discharged from the hospital following a two-car crash that left the quarterback with two fractures in his lower back, team officials said.Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said Wednesday that Newton was thankful for the care he received and is stiff and sore, but otherwise ''his spirits were high.'' Newton left the hospital with his family and will stay with them while recuperating. He will not be at the team's facility Wednesday.