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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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4hJim 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.

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Brady's fantasy stock rising significantly (1:51)
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Bayless: This is an enormous blow to the absolute power of the commissioner (2:25)
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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?

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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.

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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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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

This is most likely the final time Dolphins fans will see backup quarterback and former first-round pick Josh Freeman in uniform. Freeman hasn't done enough to convince Miami to keep three quarterbacks when the team cuts to 53 players on Saturday.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

Texans coach Bill O'Brien likes to see how his players react in various situations. Texans QB Tom Savage threw a pick six to the Cowboys' Corey White from out of his own end zone that tied the game at 7. Savage then fumbled on the next drive. O'Brien will be keen to see if his developing quarterback can stop the bleeding.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams starters played about two series as expected against Chiefs. One touchdown drive for offense and valuable extra reps for young offensive line. Best news for team? No starters with any apparent injuries of note.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

It's been a rough first half for the Vikings in Nashville; kicker Blair Walsh is now 5-for-11 in the preseason after missing from 48 yards against Tennessee. The Vikings rested most of their offensive starters, and they trail the Titans 14-3.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

After nine series in Cincinnati's preseason finale at Indianapolis on Thursday, QB AJ McCarron had a relatively mixed line. He left just before the fourth quarter after going 15-for-28 for 219 yards. He also was sacked four times and led two FG drives.

Patriots fans celebrate Brady ruling

There were plenty of signs throughout Gillette Stadium to celebrate that Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. However, Brady wasn't around to see much of it as he and a number of other starters were sent home before tonight's game against the Giants.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers had nothing going on offensively against Panthers, failing to convert all seven third-down attempts. Pittsburgh has three first downs through two-and-a-half quarters. The Panthers lead 17-3

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

The Colts second, third and fourth running backs are all dealing with injuries. Boom Herron (shoulder) and Vick Ballard (hamstring) left Thursday's game against Cincy with injuries. Rookie Josh Robinson is in the concussion protocol.

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.

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Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers have announced that CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), DL Darnell Dockett (ribs), TE Vance McDonald (ankle) and WR Torrey Smith (knee) will NOT play in tonight's preseason finale against the San Diego Chargers.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Biggest Jets takeaway from the first half: QB Matt Flynn (10-for-14, 136 yards, 2 TDs) performed reasonably well for a guy who hadn't played a game since last December. He made 1 horrible decision, resulting in an interception near his goal line, but he didn't look out of place. Looks like he'll be the No. 2 for Week 1...and until Geno Smith is healthy.

Mike Rodak @mikerodak

Surprised to see Bryce Brown playing this deep into the game. Bills could need him if McCoy, Karlos Williams aren’t 100% — or 50% — for Wk 1

Brady's return improves Patriots' chances

According to ESPN's Football Power Index, the Patriots are now favored in each of their first four games with Brady playing and also now have a 3-in-4 chance of reaching the playoffs.

Legal FAQ: Inside the judge's decision

You've got questions? ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson has answers. Why he still feels like the league's legal position remains strong despite the ruling today and how this reminds him of a 2004 ruling involving Maurice Clarett. Looking at precedent

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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

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers rushed for only 276 yards in their first three preseason games. They had 205 with less than three minutes left in the first half against Pittsburgh. Rookie Cameron Artis-Payne showed why he led the SEC in rushing last season at Auburn, gaining 67 yards on 12 carries. He could be a fifth-round steal and solid insurance for starter Jonathan Stewart, who has had his share of injuries.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

With a 6-0 lead at halftime, Marvin Lewis had reason to be pleased Thursday night at Indianapolis: Anytime they don't score on you, I guess you have to say it was a pretty good half."

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

With a very competitive situation in their secondary, the Texans gave a good long look to their safeties and corners early against the Dallas Cowboys as their regular starters rested. Hard Knocks star Charles James started the game as did corners Kevin Johnson and Jumal Rolle. At safety the Texans used Lonnie Ballentine and Andre Hal.

Phil Sheridan ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Rasheed Bailey late in the first half of the Eagles' preseason finale against the Jets. Jets 17, Eagles 12 at halftime.

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TOUCHDOWN EAGLES. Tim Tebow finds Rasheed Bailey on 3rd & 16 for an 18-yard TD. Jets lead 17-12.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals weren't very balanced offensively in the first half of Thursday's preseason finale at Indianapolis. They rushed for only 29 yards compared to the 184 AJ McCarron passed for. After getting the start, the QB was 13-for-22 in the half, leading a pair of FG drives.