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Jay Gruden: Kirk Cousins starter for 2015

The Redskins coach announced this morning that Cousins will be the team's starting QB for the season. Cousins got the job over Robert Griffin III, who's been dealing with injuries on and off since 2012.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets RB Stevan Ridley, who underwent major knee surgery last November, is expected to begin the season on the PUP list. They have three capable backs in Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Zac Stacy, so there's no need to rush Ridley. Todd Bowles also left open the possibility of CB Dee Milliner (wrist surgery) beginning the season on short-term IR. That would help with roster management.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Now former Rams CB Imoan Claiborne had an interception against Raiders in first preseason game but will be best remembered as the player who punched Cowboys WR Dez Bryant in the face during fracas in Oxnard.

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Seattle Seahawks have traded wide receiver Kevin Norwood to the Carolina Panthers for a 2017 undisclosed conditional draft choice.

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Surgery on Jaguars TE Julius Thomas would be to tighten ligaments at finger joint that were stretched at injury. They tighten naturally but haven't done so as quickly as hoped and won't be fully healed by opener. Surgery now gets him back sooner.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams made a series of roster moves to get closer to league-mandated 75 players by Tuesday. No major shocks though CB Imoan Claiborne, who had played well in preseason was a mild surprise. Team has three more moves to make to get to 75.

Bills name Tyrod Taylor Week 1 starter

Ryan Clark says Rex Ryan's decision to start Taylor is about potential: “You know what you have with those other guys. … Here’s the guy with the most upside.”


Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain has been activated off the physically unable to perform list and can begin practicing this week. He will miss the first four games of the regular season due to violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. McClain has been recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Joique Bell said he was somewhat limited in reps but that he did everything with the first team offense for the Detroit Lions on Monday. Bell, who was taken off PUP earlier in the day, said his recovery has "exceeded my expectations."

RG III can't catch a break

Last season, Robert Griffin III struggled with his footwork. Now he's struggling with his health. His future in Washington is uncertain, but one thing is clear. "The RG III experiment is running out of time," John Clayton says.


Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Devon Still is back on the Bengals' roster bubble. It's a spot he was also in this time last year before being cut. The defensive tackle today said: "I feel like I've put good enough tape out there that I have a good chance to make this ballclub. And if not, then I'll have an opportunity to play somewhere else."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets No. 1 pick Leonard Williams (knee) is confident he'll face the Browns: "Yeah, I'll definitely be ready by Week 1." He expects to miss 5-7 days. Because of injuries, the Jets may have to play "some" starters on Thursday night, per Todd Bowles. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick won't play. Bowles hasn't decided whether Bryce Petty or Matt Flynn will start at QB.

Ted Ginn Jr. is not happy ... with Madden

The speedy Panthers WR was given an 88 rating for speed in Madden NFL 16, and it's not sitting well with him. “I’m very pissed,’’ Ginn said when asked about the rating. “An 88?’’ Vowing to prove Madden wrong

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No settlement reached in Brady appeal

Sal Paolantonio and Andrew Brandt explain why the two sides were unable to come to a settlement. Judge Richard M. Berman will rule by Sept. 4.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said "other guys did a little bit better" when it came to cutting Ryan Broyles.

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

"There's nothing wrong with my language, it's how it's portrayed," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said of Hard Knocks. "They make you look like you swear a lot. I don't really swearing that much." Sure, coach. (The comment, said in jest, drew raucous laughter from assembled media)

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers will pay $3.4 million to kicker Josh Scobee, who converted 76.9 percent of his FGs last year. Ravens' Justin Tucker, the NFL's most accurate kicker, will make $1.1 million less this season.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Tight end Travis Kelce just left Chiefs practice with a trainer. Right leg injury. Walked off without help.

Seahawks plan to release Norwood

Seahawks WR Kevin Norwood, the 2014 4th-round pick, was told the team planned to release him, subject to waivers, but was, instead, traded to the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN sources and media reports.

In surprising move, Bills cut jackson

RB Fred Jackson was released by Buffalo today. His time in the Bills' backfield dates back to 2007, but his last 1,000-yard rushing season was 2009. At 34, he was the oldest running back in the NFL.

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Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN

Found it interesting Colbert mentioned Bryant put the Steelers in a tough situation "to begin the year." Makes sure to point out bad timing

Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

After Texans CB Charles James scored the touchdown that got called back against the Saints, several teammates ran onto the field to celebrate with him. The official warned coach Bill O'Brien that wasn't allowed. O'Brien said today, smiling, that he replied: "it's 3 minutes to go in a preseason game, and they're celebrating because they love the guy. You should've seen the 12 men on the field you they had that you missed about four plays ago." He added at the podium, "I'll probably get fined for that."