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Te'o on 49ers' hoax jab: 'Find a new joke'
Mani Te'o played every defensive snap in Saturday's 38-35 come-from-behind win against the San Francisco 49ers, but it still wasn't enough to keep his opponent from dredging up the past.

Giants' Beckham named Pro Bowl alternate
Odell Beckham Jr. wasn't selected to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday night, but the electrifying New York Giants wide receiver has a good chance to cap off his brilliant rookie season at the NFL's all-star game nonetheless.

Smith denies drinking with ex-49er McDonald
San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith has denied drinking alcohol with former teammate Ray McDonald and a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by McDonald last week.

RG III likely will play despite shoulder sprain
Robert Griffin III sprained his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over Philadelphia, leaving him limited in practice Wednesday.

Arians: QB Stanton could be back for playoffs
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that there's an "85 percent" chance that Drew Stanton will be ready for the Cardinals' first postseason game since 2009.

Jones: Cowboys will franchise Dez if needed
The Dallas Cowboys are prepared to issue their franchise tender to Dez Bryant this offseason if the team can't reach agreement on a long-term extension with its star receiver, owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday.

Raiola apologizes to Lions; NFL upholds ban
Injured Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch said suspended center Dominic Raiola apologized to some of his teammates for being a distraction leading up to the team's NFC North title showdown against the Green Bay Packers.

Officials: Suspicious fire guts McClain's house
Alabama authorities have suspicions about a fire that gutted a mansion owned by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain.

Wolverines say 'Happy Birthday' to Harbaugh
While Jim Harbaugh won't confirm or deny any contact with the University of Michigan, the Wolverines don't seem to be hiding their interest in him about their coaching vacancy.

Raiders QB Carr misses practice with illness
The Raiders practiced Tuesday without starting quarterback Derek Carr, who was sent home for the day after showing up sick.

Browns' Whitner on Gilbert: 'Stop being a kid'
Browns safety Donte Whitner is known to lay the wood on opposing receivers, and he did so verbally on Cleveland's No. 8 overall pick in May's draft.

Rodgers 'getting better' after calf injury, flu
Aaron Rodgers thinks he'll be ready for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. He'll also be ready if the Green Bay Packers have to change their game plan because of his calf injury.

Vikings waive Tate after just three games
The Minnesota Vikings have placed running back Ben Tate on waivers, the team announced.

Flacco: Super Bowl the standard for Ravens
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says having a winning season isn't complete without a Super Bowl title.

Maclin hoping to reach new deal with Eagles
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin expressed confidence that he and the Eagles will be able to work out a new contract.

Through it all, Rex not at loss for confidence
Despite his team's struggles, Jets coach Rex Ryan still sees himself as one day being a Super Bowl-winning coach.

With season on line, Falcons put Moore on IR
The Falcons placed starting strong safety William Moore on injured reserve after he re-injured his right shoulder in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Hurting for QBs, Cleveland turns to Thigpen
Free-agent quarterback Tyler Thigpen has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan

X-rays negative on right arm of Bengals WR Green
Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green sustained a right biceps bruise that limited his effectiveness during the team's 37-28 win on Monday, but he hopes to be able to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jets' Smith: Coaching change 'could be good'
As the Jets prepare for what figures to be a tumultuous offseason, several players have publicly supported Rex Ryan. On Monday, quarterback Geno Smith said change could be a good thing.

Bears to start Cutler as Clausen concussed
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will start the season finale against the Vikings after Jimmy Clausen experienced delayed symptoms of a concussion Sunday evening, and will not play this weekend, the team announced on Monday.

Arians: Cardinals to start rookie QB Thomas
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday at his news conference he was leaning toward starting rookie quarterback Logan Thomas against San Francisco on Sunday, and then minutes later declared on a local radio station that Thomas would indeed get the nod.

McCoy: Rivers will play Sunday vs. Chiefs
Chargers coach Mike McCoy says that Philip Rivers will play Sunday despite a persistent back injury.

Coughlin chides Beckham but likes his edge
New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin came to Odell Beckham Jr.'s defense Monday, a day after his star rookie wide receiver received a taunting penalty and was involved in a sideline brawl with the St. Louis Rams.

Sources: Jets eyeing Casserly as consultant
Preparing for the likelihood of an organizational housecleaning, Jets owner Woody Johnson is poised to hire former Texans and Redskins general manager Charley Casserly as a consultant in the event he decides to make major changes, according to sources.

State: Hernandez trial likely to last 6-10 weeks
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez returned to court Monday for what will likely be his final hearing before his murder trial begins next month.

Jaguars' Marks says Pro Bowl voting 'all BS'
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, who is 13th in fan voting at his position, says he deserves to make the Pro Bowl.

Arizona State WR Strong declares for draft
Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong will forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft, the school announced Monday.

Gould: This season not the Chicago Bear way
Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould spoke out Monday in support of benched quarterback Jay Cutler, and later said much of the team's drama under head coach Marc Trestman "isn't the Chicago Bear way."

Cards to keep Fitzgerald for 2015, at least
Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim says receiver Larry Fitzgerald's contract is "baked" into the team's books for 2015.

Now healthy, WR Williams released by Bills
The Buffalo Bills released wide receiver Mike Williams on Monday, the team announced.

Bears' Young has torn Achilles, coach confirms
Chicago Bears defensive end Willie Young suffered a torn left Achilles tendon Sunday against the Detroit Lions, coach Marc Trestman confirmed on Monday.

Bears' Marshall blasts Raiola: A dirty player
Brandon Marshall blasted Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola on Monday, calling him "a dirty player and a worse human being" for stomping on Ego Ferguson's ankle during Sunday's game.

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