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2hBy Ian O'Connor

O'Connor: Goodell loses again, because that's what he does

By botching the disciplinary matters before him, the NFL commissioner has severely damaged the integrity of his office, not to mention whatever is left of his legacy, writes Ian O'Connor.

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2hJim Trotter

Trotter: Brady decision exposes NFL's power again

In case after case, we learn repeatedly that NFL justice simply isn't in line with the standards of American justice. And this has owners questioning the guy who hands out that justice.

Brady's fantasy stock rising significantly (1:51)
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1hJeff Legwold

Broncos' Ward suspended by NFL for opener

Broncos Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward is suspended for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Ravens for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy, the team confirmed.

Bayless: This is an enormous blow to the absolute power of the commissioner (2:25)
1dMel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando

NFL 25 Under 25 Rankings: Khalil Mack is No. 1

Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack leads Mel Kiper Jr.'s and Mike Sando's annual list of the NFL's top 25 players under the age of 25. Where does second-year stud Odell Beckham Jr. fall on the list?

2hDavid Purdum

Brady ruling shifts Patriots' Super Bowl odds

Las Vegas sportsbooks reacted to news of Tom Brady's appeal win by reinstalling the Patriots as the co-favorites in the AFC and bumping up the point spread in next week's season opener.

Peyton explains the real reason he wears a glove on his throwing hand (1:17)
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J.J. Watt is football's real-life action hero

Defensive linemen normally don't make TV cameos, appear in movies or get their own commercials. Except now, there's Watt -- selected as the best player in the NFL and the league's biggest reality TV star.

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Why an undefeated preseason matters for the Chiefs

Kansas City is 3-0 this preseason heading into Thursday night's game at St. Louis. Teams that finish the preseason without a loss generally don't fare much better than those that go winless. But the Chiefs are a different matter.

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#NFLRANK: The top 100 players

Who is the best player in the NFL: J.J. Watt or Aaron Rodgers? Our 70-plus voters settled that and plenty of other debates in this year's ranking of the top 100 players.


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the view at Sun Life Stadium for Dolphins-Buccaneers. Players will be fighting for roster spots tonight.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery played catch on the Soldier Field turf before the preseason finale vs. Cleveland. The Bears kept Jeffery indoors and away from the media for the last two weeks. Jeffery has been out with a calf strain since Aug. 12.

When football meets futbol

Kaka, on the East Coast for international matches with Brazil, had time to snap a pic with Tim Tebow. No word on if they practiced Tebowing.


SportsCenter live from Gillette Stadium

Following the overturning of Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, Gillette Stadium is sure to be crazy for tonight's Patriots' preseason finale -- and SportsCenter will be there with Lindsay Czarniak hosting. Live on ESPNEWS, WatchESPN

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Drum roll, please: Recently-signed Matt Flynn will start at QB tonight for the Jets. He's the frontrunner for the No. 2 job, which means he's competing for the right to be released when Geno Smith returns in a month or so. Several older vets are in the starting lineup, including Jason Babin, Joe Mays and Stephen Bowen -- bubble players.

Cotton, metallic ink and ... freedom

Those are the ingredients in Julian Edelman's latest T-shirt according to a tweet sent after Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. Edelman was just one of many players to share their reactions on Twitter. See the tweets


NFL gets a judicial smackdown

Charles P. Pierce writes of today's Brady ruling: "It's impossible to read [Judge Richard] Berman's decision as anything other than a statement of complete disgust that this alleged petty gamesmanship ever wound up in his courtroom -- and his disgust is focused almost exclusively on the NFL." Brady freed

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Jets rookie DE Leonard Williams (knee), who won't play tonight, is running 100-yard gassers with other starters who will get the night off.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Devonta Freeman not expected to play tonight as the Falcons try to get their top running back ready for opener coming off hamstring strain.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

A Steelers source said locker room doesn't seem happy with Brady/DeflateGate news largely because of timing, with the Steelers-Patriots game seven days out, but at least players know what to expect now

NFLPA president: 'Happy for Tom'

Eric Winston's statement: "It's important to remember that when one player's rights are upheld, it is a victory for all players. However, this whole ordeal has highlighted the need for players and owners to work together to make all policies fair and transparent for everyone in our game. I welcome an opportunity to have open and constructive dialogue with the league in the near future for how we can best accomplish that."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The following players won't dress for the Packers' preseason finale against the Saints: WR Randall Cobb, DB Micah Hyde, CB Demetri Goodson, LB Sam Barrington, G T.J. Lang, WR Ty Montgomery, DE Datone Jones. It's likely several others, including QB Aaron Rodgers, will be healthy scratches.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

About an hour and a half before kickoff in Indianapolis, it looked as if the Bengals' offensive starters we're going through a modified practice. A lone uptempo drive got several sweating through their shirts. It's likely the only action they'll see tonight.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

The Ravens a little more advanced with their technology.

Reiss: Kraft 'unlikely' to go after NFL

Even with Tom Brady's suspension vacated, don't expect Patriots' owner Rober Kraft to try and get his team's penalities revoked, writes ESPN's Mike Reiss. It's business-related

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Court nullifies Brady suspension

The last page of Judge Richard Berman's ruling clearly states his decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Former third round draft pick Dez Southward is on the spot for the Falcons tonight. The defensive back is on the roster bubble.

Berry: Brady 'going to have a huge year'

ESPN's fantasy expert Matthew Berry: "From Week 5 on, after that Monday night debacle against Kansas City, only Aaron Rodgers averaged more fantasy points per game [19 PPG] than Tom Brady."


Berry takes a leap of faith in fantasy

In his annual "bold predictions" column, ESPN's fantasy analyst Matthew Berry makes some gutsy guesses for the 2015 season. Could Matt Jones really surpass Alfred Morris? Who is this guy?

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SportsCenter @sportscenter

7 days away from the start of the NFL season. Here's everything you need to know about the Ravens #In15Seconds.


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to Indianapolis, where the Bengals are about to face the Colts in the preseason finale. I'll be using this vantage point to see how backups like QB AJ McCarron, RBs James Wilder Jr. and Terrell Watson, and DT Devon Still fare.