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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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Texans owner: Watt wouldn't destroy phone

Texans owner Bob McNair said J.J. Watt would not have destroyed his cell phone if he faced the same situation as the Patriots' Tom Brady had with his dispute with the NFL over deflated footballs.

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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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Taylor: Claiborne must make most of his chance

With Orlando Scandrick lost to injury, Morris Claiborne has a shot at starting in the Dallas Cowboys' defensive backfield. First, he must improve his technique, route recognition and playmaking.

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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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Steelers restructure 3 contracts

The Steelers have restructured the contracts of WR Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller and K Shaun Suisham, creating nearly $6 million of cap room for this year, league sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team plans to use the majority of the extra cap room to offset the large number of injured players that have been counting against the Steelers' salary cap.

Starr's wife, son recall Ice Bowl

Ian O'Connor: "As Starr took his team down the field, Cherry said, “I was scared to death. I really didn’t think we could do it.” Bart Jr., 10 years old and wrapped in a blanket, was sitting with friends near the opposite end zone and feeling a much different vibe." 'He’s going to find a way’

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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers QB Philip Rivers on incident with Frank Clark: "There's been way more made of it than what there is. I always thought, shoot, what happens between the lines -- what's said and what's done -- kind of stays there."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant plans to meet with coach Mike Tomlin on Friday to discuss how he avoids future pitfalls. "I own up to my mistake," said Bryant about his suspension. "I want to move past it and get better."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Judge Richard M. Berman today: "The court anticipates issuing its Decision and Order by the end of the week."

Carroll on Jackson: It's just a visit

Pete Carroll on Fred Jackson: "This is a visit for us. This isn't a signing. ... For those of you that have already made the decision on what's going on, we have not made that decision at all at this point." (via NFL Nation Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadi)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Sounds like Matt Flynn will start at quarterback for the Jets on Thursday against the Eagles. With Geno Smith (jaw) injured, they want an experienced backup for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Flynn is the favorite, but he needs PT. Todd Bowles: "You're probably going to see a lot of Matt and we're going to try to see some of Josh (Johnson) as well. We'll try to focus on those two guys." Bowles was undecided on whether to play rookie Bryce Petty in the finale.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons get to 75-man roster limit by reaching injury settlement with former second-round draft pick Peter Konz, who underwent another knee surgery recently. The offensive lineman never really panned out in three seasons, starting 28 games.

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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Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Chiefs release WR Junior Hemingway as they trim roster to 75. Other moves today: QB Tyler Bray to non-football injury list, LB Justin March to injured reserve and OL Tavon Rooks waived.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Big week for Steelers WR Sammie Coates, who looks to crack the lineup for next Thursday's game at New England.

It's never too late for fantasy football

The NFL season may be only 10 days away, but it's the right time to sign up for fantasy football and start building your winning team. Play for free

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams starters unlikely to play much in preseason finale but coach Jeff Fisher said young offensive linemen will likely play more than starters normally would in a fourth preseason game.

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'

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