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Pettine: Manziel's recovery 'on schedule'

The Browns QB has been throwing tennis and weighted balls as he recovers from a sore right elbow. He has been dealing with tendonitis and hasn't thrown a football since Aug. 11. Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel could begin throwing again as early as Friday.

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Andy Levitre trade benefits both teams

NFL Insiders explain: The Falcons got a new starter, and the Titans got value for a player who might have been cut.


Jen Welter Reflects On Internship

"I took every chance I could just to really get to know them for the men that they were," said the former Cardinals coaching intern.


Does Barkley trade mean Tebow time?

ESPN's Adam Schefter says with Matt Barkley going to Arizona, it could mean Tim Tebow will make the roster: "If the Eagles are going to carry three quarterbacks, then Tim Tebow would stand to figure to make that roster in Philadelphia."


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like the Falcons will take a longer look at Sean Renfree behind starting quarterback Matt Ryan after letting go of veteran Rex Grossman, according to Adam Schefter. The team also reportedly cut ties with T.J. Yates, who backed up Ryan last year.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers confirmed the release of veteran defensive lineman Darnell Dockett on Friday as part of the first wave of cuts to get the roster down to 53 players by Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. Also released were ILB Philip Wheeler, S Craig Dahl, OL Joe Looney and undrafted rookies Patrick Miller, a left tackle, and Issac Blakeney, a receiver.

Barkley traded to Cardinals for draft pick

The Cardinals received QB Matt Barkley from the Eagles for a conditional 7th-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Fox Sports. If Philadelphia chooses to carry three QBs, there's a chance Tim Tebow will remain on the roster.

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Mike Rodak @mikerodak

LeSean McCoy on opener availability: "We'll see." Said he didn't do too much running or cutting today.

Gronk's latest project: hot sauce

ESPN's Darren Rovell says Rob Gronkowski decided to put his name and image on a hot sauce called Gronk's Hot Sauce: "His father and his brothers ... figured hot sauce was natural because Rob thinks he's hot."


Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Eric Berry made the decision not to play for the Chiefs in Thursday night's final preseason game. Coach Andy Reid said Berry told him he was "In a pretty good place" and indicated he didn't need more game action.

LeSean McCoy: 'I'll be ready'

The Bills RB told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Friday that he'll be ready to start the season. Anderson reported earlier in the week McCoy had suffered a "small tear" in his hamstring while rehabbing, and the Bills would consider holding him out if he's not 100 percent.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Tyler Murphy, former BC quarterback, is expected to make the Steelers' 53-man roster as a wide receiver, according to a source. Pittsburgh, former home of Kordell Stewart, loves its WR-QB combos. The Steelers worked the undrafted Murphy at quarterback and receiver in the preseason.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bruce Arians said the Arizona Cardinals were not interested in re-signing DT Darnell Dockett "at this moment."

Likely destinations for Robert Griffin III

RG III's standing in Washington is tenuous at best right now, so ESPN's NFL Nation reporters rated which teams would have the most interest in the QB. Wait ... Giants + Eagles?

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Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Pettine on Johnny Manziel and Browns QB situation: "Any time your backup is coming off an injury and you’re not exactly sure when he’s going to be 100 percent, there’s reason for angst."

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Pettine on Johnny Manziel’s rehab from elbow injury with the season opener nine days away: “He’s going through his rehab protocol. We expect him to be throwing a football soon, if not today.”

Owners mull Goodell's disciplinary role

NFL owners plan to discuss changing the commissioner's role in the player discipline process, according to the Washington Post. Goodell currently hears appeals on player discipline, but the NFLPA has pushed for a neutral arbitrator to fill that role. The next scheduled owners meeting is in October.

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RG III a fantasy football bargain?

Not starting Week 1 makes Robert Griffin III an unappealing fantasy player at the moment. However, if he can get on the field, his legs give him fantasy value. Best bargains (Insider)


Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Texans said QB Tom Savage will miss "significant time" with a shoulder injury that will not require surgery.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Productive day so far for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have released at least seven players and traded another - P Brad Wing (traded to Giants) WR Shakim Phillips, OLB Howard Jones, CB Kevin Fogg, LB L.J. Fort (news via Adam Caplan), WR Jarrod West (via Josina Anderson), DL Mike Thornton, DL Ethan Hemer (via Fox Sports).

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Sean Payton if K Dustin Hopkins' 53-yard FG miss left Saints back to Square 1 in kicker battle instead of confirming their decision. "That's a good question ... It's a good distance, he had the leg for it, he just missed it wide," Payton said, explaining that they'll go back now and really look closely at everything in Hopkins vs. Zach Hocker. "(Hopkins) has been fairly consistent in camp. He's striking the ball well. And yet you're hoping - I was hoping, certainly we all were hoping there would be a wider margin with either of those players."