NFL

Five questions: New England Patriots

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The Patriots winning the AFC East has almost reached the death and taxes level of certainty, which means the big question for them is always about something bigger. Can they win the Super Bowl? They’ve certainly got a chance to get there in a conference that many believe is set up for another title game…
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Jay Gruden calls false start calls on RG3 “a little insane”

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III picked up two false start penalties in the first quarter of Monday night’s preseason game, and coach Jay Gruden wasn’t happy about it. Gruden wasn’t unhappy with Griffin. He was unhappy that the officials were so strict about the false start rules that they flagged Griffin for merely moving while…
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Report: Kyle Cook retiring after six seasons

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Center Kyle Cook never caught on with another team after being released by the Bengals in March and now it looks like he won’t be doing it in the future either. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Cook has decided to retire after six seasons. Cook went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2007, made…
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Levi's Stadium turf being torn out after safety issues at 49ers practice

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Frank Schwab) — Levi's Stadium, the brand-new home of the San Francisco 49ers, might be one of the more fan-friendly spots in the NFL , but that kind of gets overshadowed if the turf is unusable for playing football. The 49ers cut short their practice on Wednesday, attended by thousands of fans, because of safety concerns over the turf. According to CSN Bay Area , large divots in the turf kept coming up...
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Half-baked plan: Both Blount and Bell to play tonight

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The Steelers are going to take their time deciding how to handle running backs LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell. And they’re definitely going to wait longer than a day. According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will play both of them tonight against the Eagles. Bell, who was also charged…
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PFT Live: Steelers talk with Ed Bouchette, 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Two Steelers players were caught with grass in Pittsburgh, they’re tearing up the grass in Santa Clara and we’ll be talking about all that and much more during Thursday’s edition of PFT Live. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will join Mike Florio to discuss the arrests of running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount…
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Raiders have no worries about Khalil Mack

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney got a lot of attention for his sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during last week’s preseason game, but there was no such acclaim for Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack after his own sack. That’s because Mack’s sack came against backups for the Lions, which isn’t exactly what you’d call a crowning achievement…
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Jason Garrett: DeVonte Holloman advised to end career after neck injury

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — One of the Cowboys’ young defensive players has reportedly received some unfortunate news. Second-year linebacker DeVonte Holloman has been advised by doctors to give up football due to a neck injury, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday, according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Holloman injured his neck in the Cowboys’ Saturday exhibition…
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49ers already replacing the sod in their new stadium

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The 49ers are going to have some dirt and grass stains on their brand new Levi’s, as they’re already replacing the sod in their state-of-the-art stadium. After one concert, a soccer match and one preseason NFL game, the field was already in such dire shape the 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh pulled his team off the…
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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell paid his own way to fly to game after arrest

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Frank Schwab) — Not surprisingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't hold up their team charter flight for Le'Veon Bell while he was having blood drawn following a marijuana possession arrest. So not only did Bell, the team's second-year starting tailback, get charged with marijuana possession and likely a DUI (that's why he was having blood drawn), he had to book a flight, go through security with the common...
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Tom Coughlin: Want excitement? Move extra points to the 1

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Giants coach Tom Coughlin says the NFL went in the wrong direction in its preseason extra point experiment. Coughlin says that if the idea is to make extra points a more exciting play, moving kicks back to the 15-yard line while keeping two-point conversion attempts at the 2-yard line wasn’t the right way to do…
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Chargers preseason tickets going for next to nothing

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Each week during the regular season, we monitor the Chargers for blackouts. But in the preseason, it’s hard for some people to give away the tickets they’ve already paid for. According to Jonathan Horn of U-T San Diego, the secondary market for Chargers tickets underscores the (lack of) value of the preseason for consumers. They found…
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Will Packers keep three quarterbacks?

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — One year ago, the Packers had Vince Young, B.J. Coleman and Graham Harrell competing to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But by the beginning of the 2013 regular season, all three reserves were gone. A total backup QB reshuffling isn’t in the cards this season for Green Bay, which has two capable reserves in…
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Le’Veon Bell made his own way to Philadelphia

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount were both in a car pulled over by police on Wednesday and are expected to be charged with possession of marijuana after 20 grams of it were found in the vehicle, but only Bell is also facing potential DUI charges since he was behind the wheel. Bell was…
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Report: 49ers don’t want to trade holdout guard Alex Boone

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Considering the 49ers either did or did not offer holdout guard Alex Boone a new deal that would pay him like a top-12 guard in the NFL, his situation is still very much in limbo. Thus, teams are calling to ask about his availability. But according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers are not…
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