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Randy Moss, Ray Lewis among Hall of Fame semifinalists for 2018

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 27 semifinalists for the Class of 2018. It includes six first-year eligible candidates in defensive back Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, wide receiver Randy Moss and defensive lineman Richard Seymour. In addition, safety LeRoy Butler, defensive ends Leslie O’Neal and Simeon [more]

Seahawks cut Dwight Freeney

Dwight Freeney, the longtime defensive end with a Hall of Fame resume, may have hit the end of the road. Freeney was cut by the Seahawks today. The 37-year-old Freeney had three sacks in four games this season, but at this point he’s just a situational pass rusher, and the Seahawks apparently want to devote [more]

Colts think Jacoby Brissett will be ready to start Sunday

The Colts think they came out of their bye week with their starting quarterback healthy and ready to go. Then again, they thought they were coming out of their offseason with their starting quarterback healthy and ready to go, so they’ve kind of lost the benefit of the doubt on some of this stuff. As it [more]

AFC playoff picture: Steelers, Patriots atop the conference

Some things never change. The Steelers and Patriots are the two franchises that have played in the AFC Championship Game the most, and the Steelers and Patriots are the two teams atop the AFC this year. Here’s how the AFC playoff picture looks, with each team now having played 10 games: LEADERS 1. Steelers (8-2): [more]

Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan tenure isn’t going as well as expected

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh has a habit of staying at each of his coaching stops only four years at a time. University of San Diego, four years. Stanford, four years. 49ers, four years. But none of those tenures ended because Harbaugh was struggling. To the contrary, he has consistently performed well. The bar, however, rests much [more]

Colts claim Jermaine Grace, waive Darnell Sankey

The Colts claimed linebacker Jermaine Grace off waivers from Atlanta. They waived inside linebacker Darnell Sankey in a corresponding move. Grace played in five games with the Falcons this season before being waived on November 14. He originally signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent May 2. He played in 37 games at Miami [more]

Over/under on coaching vacancies this year: 7.5

During a recent episode of PFT Live, producer Rob “Stats” Guerrera and I went through the 32-team NFL standing and identified the teams that could be changing coaches after the season. We ultimately set the over/under at 7.5. And both of us took the over. Which means that we think at least eight coaching jobs [more]

League’s top doc defends Colts handling of Jacoby Brissett’s concussion

The Colts insisted they followed the proper protocols in dealing with quarterback Jacoby Brissett‘s concussion. Then again, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Andrew Luck was going to be fine to play this year, so it’s reasonable to not give them the same benefit of the doubt as we may have in the past. So the [more]

Colts activate Clayton Geathers, waive Josh Perry

The Colts activated safety Clayton Geathers from the physically unable to perform list. They waived outside linebacker Josh Perry in a corresponding move. Indianapolis placed Geathers on PUP on Sept. 2 after he needed additional recovery time from neck surgery in March. Geathers has played in 24 career games, with 11 starts, since the Colts [more]

Colts want to know why Stephon Tuitt wasn’t penalized for hit on Jacoby Brissett

The Colts want to know why Steelers linebacker Stephon Tuitt wasn’t penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit that has quarterback Jacoby Brissett in concussion protocol. The Colts will send the play — a 3-yard run by Brissett — to the NFL, coach Chuck Pagano said, via Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan. Tuitt can expect a [more]

Jacoby Brissett enters concussion protocol after game

The NFL is conducting a review of how the Seahawks handled Russell Wilson‘s concussion evaluation when referee Walt Anderson sent the quarterback to the sideline for a check on Thursday night. The NFL likely will seek to find out exactly what happened in Indianapolis on Sunday, too. Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett took a helmet-to-helmet hit [more]

Ben Roethlisberger leads fourth-quarter comeback for 20-17 win

The Steelers were outplayed for much of Sunday’s game against the Colts, but when it mattered most, Pittsburgh found a way. Pittsburgh trailed 10-0 early, 10-3 at halftime and 17-3 early in the third quarter. But the Steelers scored 17 unanswered points to pull out a 20-17 victory over Indianapolis. Chris Boswell, who had a [more]

Steelers score 14 unanswered to tie Colts 17-17

The Steelers seem to have gotten it together in the second half. After falling behind 17-3 early in the third quarter, Pittsburgh has scored 14 unanswered points. Ben Roethlisberger found JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 7-yard touchdown with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter. The extra point, though, was blocked, leaving Pittsburgh trailing by eight. Colts [more]

Steelers lose Mike Mitchell, Joe Haden

The Steelers lost cornerback Joe Haden to a left leg injury. He returned to the sideline on crutches and wearing a leg sleeve. The team has ruled out his return, obviously. It got worse when safety Mike Mitchell was carted off early in the third quarter to have his ankle evaluated. Mitchell had his right [more]

Ben Roethlisberger struggling as Steelers trail Colts 17-3

The Steelers had a rough first half with 100 total yards. They went 0-for-5 on third down in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger has completed only 7 of 15 passes for 72 yards, and Le'Veon Bell has nine carries for 40 yards. The Steelers finally got on the board with 30 seconds left in the [more]

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