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Wednesday NFL preview: Raiders whiff on Richardson; what's next?

NFL Nation previews what to watch for around the league Wednesday, including Oakland's next move at running back after the costly release of Trent Richardson.

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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.

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Thumbs down for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

A quick observation of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and how he's played in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 14 against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Montee Ball: 'I'll show them what I can do'

Having been relegated to the No. 4 running back role in Saturday's preseason game, Montee Ball hopes to remind the Denver Broncos of his value.

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Rodak: Quarterback choice is classic Rex Ryan

Instead of playing it safe at quarterback, Bills coach Rex Ryan is rolling the dice with the unproven Tyrod Taylor as his starter. It's a move that aligns perfectly with Ryan's bold style.

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Seifert: Rules changes and points of emphasis for 2015

Offsetting penalties for in-game fighting? Not anymore. Expect to see scuffles -- mild or otherwise -- result in ejections this season. That's not the only rules/procedural change in store.

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McManus: NFL fine system harsh on defenders

In a game geared toward offense, NFL defenders often feel helpless as they bear the brunt of the league's fine system, writes Jane McManus.

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Cam's little bro following in his shoes

Panthers QB Cam Newton's younger brother, Cailyn Newton, who is a junior QB at Grady High School, impresses on the field against Washington High School.


Tough to be a vegan NFL player?

Bears DT David Carter knows all too well. “The hardest part is keeping my weight up above 300 [lbs]. … I feel like my body adapts a lot easier to what I’m doing out there on the field.”


Harbaugh has message for lip readers

Was John Harbaugh dropping F bombs at Jay Gruden on Saturday? Some lip readers think so, but Harbaugh has a message for them: "There's more than one word to the English language that begins with F." Was it 'football?'

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Brady: "It's been such an enjoyable offseason"

The QB joked in front of a crowd during the team's annual fundraiser, the 2015 Patriots Premiere. The appearance marks the first time he has spoke in front of an audience since his appearance at Salem State College on May 7th, and just the 2nd time since the Wells Report was released,

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Are the Seahawks over Superbowl loss?

Russell Wilson seems to think so. According to the QB it wasn't until an April trip to Hawaii that Seattle players finally put last season's loss behind them. Hawaii cures all

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

In thanking Bills fans for their support, former RB Fred Jackson took a parting shot at Bills GM Doug Whaley in an interview with The Buffalo News, saying, "There's only one person in that organization that I haven't gotten honesty from, and that was him."

Tomlin: Steelers to help Bryant

Coach Mike Tomlin said that Martavis Bryant, who faces a four-game suspension after multiple failed drug tests over marijuana use, is dealing with issues that are "bigger than football." 'We stand behind him'


Brees reached out to Cam Cameron

Saints QB Drew Brees sent the LSU offensive coordinator a text message to express support after he heard about Cameron's treatment for prostate cancer and his plan to coach in 2015. "He's a guy who's had a tremendous impact on my career," said Brees,

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Deflategate: No ruling today

Late Tuesday afternoon U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman said he "anticipates" issuing his decision by the end of the week. Ruling coming soon

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Is Richardson done in the NFL?

Trent Richardson was the No. 3 pick in 2012, but was cut Tuesday by the Raiders. Bill Williamson writes: "What team is going to give him another chance? Why would they? ... It’s not that he’s no longer a Raider. It’s that he may no longer be an NFL player." 'Just a guy'

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Manziel was flagged during draft prep

One NFL team flagged Manziel with tendinitis in his throwing elbow -- commonly known as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow -- during the 2014 NFL draft, a source with direct knowledge of that team's draft evaluations tells ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Story

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Texans owner: Watt wouldn't destroy phone

"What escalated the whole thing is that Brady and the Patriots were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, they didn't," Bob McNair told Houston's Sports Radio 610. "If it was J.J. Watt, I think he would have been cooperative, and it wouldn't be a question. ... I don't think J.J. would destroy his cellphone."

Cobb says he could play week one

Packers WR Randall Cobb thinks his sprained right shoulder will be healed enough to play in 12 days when the Packers open the regular season against the Bears. "I don't plan on missing a game," Cobb said. "I'm doing everything in my power to get back before then."

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' roster cut-down included four recent draft picks because of injuries. CB P.J. Williams, a 3rd-round pick this year, was placed on injured reserve. They also waived-injured WR Nick Toon (4th-rounder in 2012) and S Vinnie Sunseri and LB Ronald Powell (both 5th-rounders in 2014).

Business as usual continues for Patriots

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss says despite a ruling on Tom Brady's appeal hearing coming this week it was “just like any other day” at New England’s practice.


It's never too late for fantasy football

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Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Norv Turner said today that Mike Wallace "has played a lot better in the last two years than people give him credit for." If Wallace has one of his typical years -- 65 catches and nine or 10 TDs -- Turner said the receiver will "make a great contribution to our team."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots moves today: Claimed WR Davaris Daniels on waivers from Vikings; placed LB Dane Fletcher & DT Chris Jones on reserve/PUP; placed FB James Develin, WR Josh Boyce, WR Jonathan Krause & CB Darryl Roberts on injured reserve; waived OL Chris Barker and LB D.J. Lynch.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson is done playing football for a while. He won't play in the final preseason game, according to Todd Bowles, who doesn't want to risk injury. Because he faces a four-game drug suspension, Richardson's next game is Oct. 18, if then. There's a chance his suspension could be increased due to an arrest in mid-July. He didn't want to speak to reporters after Tuesday's practice.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chicago Bears reached the 75-man roster limit on Tuesday by claiming QB Zac Dysert and TE Gannon Sinclair off of waivers, placing RB Senorise Perry on injured reserve and waiving QB Shane Carden and OG Lucas Nix.

Ravens don't expect Pitta back this season

TE Dennis Pitta was moved to reserve-Physically Unable to Perform, meaning he'll miss the first six games of the regular season after two hip surgeries in two years. "As far as I'm concerned, you plan for the worst and you hope for the best," coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers WR Antonio Brown on the franchise moving $2 million of 2016 money up a year: "They could have told me to stick to the original deal. They showed tremendous faith and gratitude."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers got down to 75 players by placing WR Jordy Nelson on injured reserve, reaching injury settlements with WRs Javess Blue and Jimmie Hunt and releasing QB Matt Blanchard, WR James Butler, LB Adrian Hubbard, DB Kyle Sebetic and TE Harold Spears.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said RB Chris Johnson will get between 10-12 carries in Denver.