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Wednesday NFL preview: Why Bell could have a big week

NFL Nation previews what to watch for Wednesday, including how an injury to a backup tight end could propel the Steelers' RB Le'Veon Bell to another big game.

7hDarren Rovell

NY Atty. General questions DraftKings, FanDuel

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an inquiry into DraftKings and FanDuel to look into possible advantages daily fantasy employees might have gained by exploiting data.

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Power Rankings: Rewarded for big wins?

The Rams made major headway after winning in Arizona. The Ravens and Giants also rose in the wake of road victories, but not as much as you might have guessed.

18hDave Tuley

Tuley: Week 5 NFL Vegas Power Rankings

Which team is the NFL's best in Las Vegas' eyes? Dave Tuley and two Vegas handicappers give their power ratings for every NFL team heading into Week 5.

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18hMike Sando

Sando: Seattle's offense will get better

The Seahawks' offense hasn't looked good so far, but recent history tells us Pete Carroll's team gets better on offense as the season goes along, and that would make sense with this group.

Dynamic Duo: Austin and Gurley (1:00)

Why each undefeated team is a Super Bowl contender

NFL Nation reporters take a closer look at the six unbeaten teams across the league and examine reasons to be excited and reasons to be concerned about their potential Super Bowl runs.

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2dJohn Clayton

Clayton: The golden age of Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is now 30, but he could just be entering his prime, with weapons to throw to, a running game to fall back on, and a coaching staff eager to maximize his talent.

Vick, Steelers looking to bounce back in San Diego (1:55)
This is the year for Andy Dalton (1:28)


Fantasy free agents for Week 5

Field Yates scours the waivers so you can target the best players for your teams. RB Boobie Dixon could be a fascinating fill-in starter for Buffalo in Week 5. Free-agent finds

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Jeremy Hill joins a fantasy league

The Bengals RB has been racking up points and he shares his chosen players and his on-field offensive game plan on Fantasy Football Kickoff. “It’s actually pretty fun,” he said.


Rams to wait on Ogletree diagnosis

Rams LB Alec Ogletree underwent surgery to repair his broken right fibula on Tuesday, but coach Jeff Fisher said the team will wait on placing him on the season-ending injured reserve. If he was placed on short-term IR, he'd be able to return after 8 weeks.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

New Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell will hold his first practice with the team tomorrow morning. Campbell vows to "change the culture" and said it starts on the practice field.

Tillman: 'I was short, I was scrawny'

Panthers CB Charles Tillman talks about his new book "Middle School Rules," which tells the trials and tribulations of his childhood.


NFL Power Rankings

The Packers are up to No. 2 behind the idle Patriots as the AFC has three of the top five teams. All 32 teams

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Free-agent finds for Week 5

Four teams are on bye this week which means you may need some helps off the waivers. Field Yates says WR Leonard Hankerson is an under-the-radar player to target because he's surpassed Roddy White's production in Atlanta. Players to target

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints have signed veteran OT Tony Hills, per his agent Mark Slough. Hills has bounced around the NFL as a backup with several teams since 2008. ... Saints were apparently looking for o-line depth since they tried out an OT, a G and a C on Tuesday. Not sure if this is a sign that LT Terron Armstead is dinged up since they weren't looking exclusively at OTs. G Jahri Evans has been sidelined by a knee injury for two weeks.

Hilton has historically dominated Texans

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has 16 receptions for 344 yards and four touchdowns the last two times he faced the Texans in Houston. Can he do it again Thursday?


Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans worked out an injury settlement with inside linebacker Mike Mohamed, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this season. The move frees up Mohamed to play for another team this season rather than spending the whole year on the Texans injured reserve list.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams RB Todd Gurley shed his knee brace for today's practice. Said he feels faster without the brace and was excited to get rid of it. Wanted to test it out this week but unsure if he'll wear it on Sunday against Green Bay.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Jeff Fisher says team will not put LB Alec Ogletree on injured reserve at this time. Ogletree has surgery to repair a fractured right fibula, Fisher said as he corrected his earlier declarations of an ankle injury. Ogletree will be inactive on game days moving forward.

Bennett: Chancellor needs to get paid

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett videobombed teammate Kam Chancellor's interview by yelling "Pay him!"


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets worked out free-agent RB Travaris Cadet (Patriots), perhaps because they're concerned about Bilal Powell, who suffered a groin injury on Sunday. Cadet also has kickoff-returning experience, another unstable position. DE DeAngelo Tyson (Ravens) also worked out for the Jets.

What in the world is an illegal bat?

What happened last night in the Seahawks-Lions game? What's the controversy? Who ever heard of an "illegal bat"? And what SHOULD have happened? You've got questions, we've got answers. FAQ

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Bills accuse Beckham of throwing punches

They say he did it after plays in the Giants' 24-10 win in Buffalo Sunday. LB Preston Brown said, "That's what he does. He'll get away it. He's the 'golden boy' of the league. He's on the cover of Madden. Sometimes, you get away with stuff like that." (The Buffalo News)

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Caldwell: 'We're not going to cry about it'

Lions coach Jim Caldwell on the ref's missed call after Seahawks LB K.J. Wright's batted ball was incorrectly ruled a touchback and possession for Seattle: "I mean what can you do? You know what I mean? We're not going to cry about it."


Luck 'not totally out of the woods'

Even if Andrew Luck returns on Thursday from a shoulder injury, Stephania Bell says, "It might be a problem if he takes more hits, if he lands on his shoulder, if he gets hit in the process of throwing."


NFL Week 4 in emojis

Sarina Morales breaks down the struggles of the NFL kicker in Week 4.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have released both S Kenny Phillips and WR Joseph Morgan, according to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates. One of those spots will go to new punter Brandon Fields.

Burke: Bad call was dramatic in many ways

It wasn’t the Fail Mary, but in terms of blown calls, it’s hard to shift a game result more than what happened last night, writes Brian Burke. Dramatic win probability shift

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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Greg Hardy spoke at length for the first time since signing with the Cowboys but he deflected any talk related to he reasons why he was suspended by the NFL. "In the last two seasons, it's been a blur," Hardy said. Now that I'm back, I don't reminisce. I don't look back. I need to get to progress."

Le'Veon Bell's greatest hurdle

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell shares his story about the day that threatened his NFL dream and the mom who showed him how to overcome obstacles.


Jackson suffers high ankle sprain

Seahawks RB Fred Jackson has a high ankle sprain, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson in a text. Jackson suffered the injury Monday night vs. the Lions and is hoping to "be back asap." This leaves Thomas Rawls as the only healthy running back on the active roster.