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John Fox: Mitch Trubisky played outstanding on Sunday

There isn’t anything eye-popping about the numbers Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky compiled during Sunday’s 27-24 overtime win against the Ravens, but that isn’t how the Bears are defining the rookie’s performance at this point. They saw growth from Trubisky over his first start in terms of knowing when not to take risks that could come [more]

Ernie Accorsi: A Giants scout begged me to draft Tom Brady, I didn’t listen

One of the most interesting “what ifs” in NFL history is, What if some other team had drafted Tom Brady before the Patriots finally took him late in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft? Former Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi admits that team could have been the Giants, if only he had listened [more]

Bucs playing wait-and-see this week on Jameis Winston

As other teams around the league are having their seasons scrambled by quarterbacks with shoulder injuries, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter is glad he’s not having season-ending conversations about Jameis Winston. That doesn’t mean he’s going to be able to play this week with a sprained AC joint, but the news could have been a lot [more]

NaVorro Bowman: I still have a lot of juice left

Linebacker Navorro Bowman‘s brief spell as a free agent came to an end on Monday when he signed a $3 million deal with the Raiders for the rest of the season. Bowman was released by the 49ers on Friday and called the decision to sign with the Raiders “pretty easy” because he didn’t have to [more]

Mike Zimmer doesn’t think Anthony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers was “dirty”

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr‘s hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers might have been a lot of things (including season-changing for the league and the Packers). But according to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, it wasn’t “dirty.” “We’re playing football,” Zimmer said, via Courtney Cronin of “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt but I think everything [more]

Seahawks’ Luke Joeckel not expected to play this week after knee surgery

Seahawks left guard Luke Joeckel did indeed have surgery on his knee last week during Seattle’s bye week. Head coach Pete Carroll said last week Joeckel would have the arthroscopic procedure done last Thursday and the schedule was followed as planned, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Carroll didn’t have an expected timetable [more]

Report: Ezekiel Elliott’s hearing expected to be held Tuesday

Ezekiel Elliott‘s attorneys are doing everything they can to give the star running back a chance to play this week. The hearing on the NFLPA’s emergency temporary restraining order motion is expected to be held Tuesday, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN. The NFLPA filed with the Southern District Court of New York seeking to [more]

Saints special teamer Nate Stupar reportedly tears ACL

Saints linebacker Nate Stupar tore an anterior cruciate ligament Sunday, according to Herbie Teope‏ of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The team will place Stupar on season-ending injured reserve. Stupar was hurt while covering a punt in the Saints’ victory over the Lions. A seventh-round pick of the Raiders in 2012, Stupar also has spent time [more]

Panthers promote QB Garrett Gilbert from practice squad

The Panthers opened Monday with three quarterbacks on their 40-man roster and they’ll close the day with four. The team announced that Garrett Gilbert has been promoted to the active roster from the practice squad. Safety Dez Southward was dropped from the roster in a corresponding move. Gilbert was a Rams sixth-round pick in 2014 [more]

With Fifth Circuit case stalled, NFLPA seeks relief in New York case for Elliott

The NFL Players Association had hoped to promptly get clarity from the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit regarding the question of whether the injunction blocking Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension is, or isn’t, in effect. With the Fifth Circuit not taking action on Monday, the NFLPA needed to go elsewhere. A [more]

Arik Armstead needs hand surgery, IR possible

49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead broke his hand and needs surgery, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday. San Francisco could place Armstead on injured reserve, which would rule him out for at least eight weeks. “He’s going to need surgery, so it’s going to be some time,” Shanahan said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay [more]

Mike McCarthy gets angry as reporter asks about Colin Kaepernick

Packers coach Mike McCarthy grew visibly angry today when a reporter asked if Green Bay would consider signing free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. McCarthy said that with Aaron Rodgers injured, the Packers were confident in Brett Hundley as the new starter and Joe Callahan as the backup. When a reporter then asked, “Is there any [more]

PFTPM podcast: Week Six Five-Down Territory edition

Monday began with the PFT Live three-hour radio/TV show. Monday ends with the PFTPM podcast. It’s the Week Six Five-Down Territory edition, with a deep dive into five different topics from the Sunday that was. This week: (1) the Aaron Rodgers injury aftermath, in depth; (2) the implications of Teddy Bridgewater‘s return to practice; (3) [more]

Elliott will seek preliminary injunction in New York case

As the NFL and NFL Players Association wait for clarity (or something close to it) from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit regarding whether Ezekiel Elliott‘s injunction will remain in place while he pursues a petition for rehearing, the NFLPA will be seeking relief from the other court where Elliott-related issues are [more]

Washington will work out kickers in wake of Dustin Hopkins’ injury

Washington will work out kickers this week in case Dustin Hopkins can’t play against the Eagles next Monday night. Hopkins strained his right hip rotator muscle against the 49ers, coach Jay Gruden said. “He’s pretty sore, Gruden said, via quotes distributed by the team. “. . . We’ll have to see how it is later [more]

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