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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Dion Lewis discusses signing a contract extension with the Patriots through 2017, as reported by ESPN's Field Yates. Says it is a good feeling, but that there is more work to do.

Week 5 fantasy flex ranks: WRs taking over

Eric Karabell ranks the top-100 fantasy players among non-QBs and thinks wide receivers are taking over -- but not completely. In just two games, Le'Veon Bell already ranks 17th in standard scoring among RBs. Top 100 (Insider)

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Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said a 1-2 running back punch with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman is what was expected all along coming into the season. Coleman progressing well off fractured rib, Quinn said, although Coleman was limited yesterday.

Fisher playing Macarena, annoying players

In preparation for Aaron Rodgers who has a tendency to draw defenders offsides, Rams coach Jeff Fisher has played loud, obnoxious music at practice and scared them with air horns. Said DE William Hayes: "We were in there looking at film and he brings the air horn in there. I was in the boots, getting my legs right, and he comes in there and the first thing I did was I jumped offside." Message (incredibly) loud and clear

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was not at practice Thursday as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered last week vs. the Eagles.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins corner Chris Culliver is not at practice today after missing Wednesday as well. Culliver played with an injured knee vs. the Eagles last week. Fellow corner DeAngelo Hall has a helmet on but remains on the sidelines as the defensive backs go through individual drills. Hall hurt his toe in week 3 and faced a three-to-four week recovery period.

What you need to know for NFL's Week 5

Dan Graziano runs through the biggest storylines heading into this weekend, with five unbeaten teams in action and a few playoff contenders in need of a win.


Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

After watching the beginning of Thursday's practice, Bills WR Sammy Watkins (calf) is now participating in individual drills, the final portion of practice open to reporters. That's more than what he did Wednesday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions OC Joe Lombardi said Matthew Stafford has played better than is given credit for but what has been missing has been "the big play." The Lions tried more deep passes Monday night but didn't hit.

Jones on Hardy 'guns' comment: 'Oh my ...'

When informed of DE Greg Hardy's curious choice of words to describe his return from suspension, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told SI: "Oh my goodness," before adding, "Well, you're not allowed to have guns on the football field. We all know that's just a way of expressing yourself. I hope his guns are ablazin'." Commissioner weighs in

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett has spoken to Greg Hardy about the defensive end's comments regarding "guns blazing" and Tom Brady's wife, saying that's not what the organization stands for. "We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what you say ... He understands that now," Garrett said.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers offensive line could get a big boost this week with the return of Bryan Bulaga (knee). Coach Mike McCarthy said he came through his first practice in 3 weeks "smoothly." Bulaga (knee) will go in pads today.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins (calf) is in a helmet but only watching Thursday's practice. Running backs Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy are not practicing.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Bengals open practice Thursday morning they have back nearly everyone who missed Wednesday's practice. CB Adam Jones is among those back. It appears DE Wallace Gilberry will be limited.

Aldon Smith pleads not guilty to charges

Prosecutors say Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith has pleaded not guilty to hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism. The 25-year-old was arrested in August in Santa Clara on drunken driving charges. The 49ers then released him before the Raiders signed him five weeks later.

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Hasselbeck to start in place of Luck

Adam Schefter on the tough situation the Colts are facing at QB: "A 40-plus-year-old quarterback who threw over 50 passes on Sunday now has to bounce back in a short week where he’s battling a virus to play the tough Houston Texans defense."


Aaron Donald is a man-child

Four a.m. weight-lifting sessions as a little kid got the second year player started. He is a baby-faced He-Man now, still considered small for his position. The NFL's Steph Curry

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Flacco reads classic book to kids

There's no doubt about it, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is an elite children's book. Here to read it to Baltimore City elementary school students... is Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Watch it


How Gore and Johnson reunited in Indy

It had been 14 years since they won a title together at “The U” -- but Andre Johnson and Frank Gore are back together in the chase for another. He kept calling and calling and calling

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Neither Colts' QB, Andrew Luck and Matthew Hasselbeck, threw passes in practice this week. Not ideal situation for Thursday, or any, night.

Andrew Luck out again for Colts

Matt Hasselbeck will make his second straight start on Thursday when the Colts visit the Texans as Andrew Luck is still unable to play because of a shoulder injury, a source told Adam Schefter.

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Does Chip Kelly treat players like 'kids'?

Says former NFL coach Brian Billick: "[Players are like] what if I don't want to drink a damn smoothie? OK? I take good care of myself, don't treat me like a college kid, I'm a professional, and that's basically at the heart of it."


Fantasy flex plays: Go with Gurley

With the starting job firmly in hand and playing for a team with limited receiving talent, Dr. Renée Miller says the sky is the limit for Todd Gurley in a matchup vs. the Packers this week. Fantasy flex plays (Insider)

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Winston's fantasy advice: Go with Devonta

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has three rushing TDs in back-to-back games, but that's not a surprise to former Seminoles teammate Jameis Winston: "He's going to get three touchdowns every game. I know he's going to always show up. ... (Fantasy owners) need to go with him."

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Ken Whisenhunt on the Titans' RBs: "I'm just happy that we're more effective running the football. That to me is the first step. All that about if it's one back or it's different guys, I really don't care." Team is averaging 126 rush yards a game and 4.2 yards a carry.