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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots had free-agent safety Matt Daniels, who played for the Rams (2012-2013) and Jaguars (2014), in for a workout today. The 6-foot-0, 211-pound Daniels entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free-agent out of Duke. This is standard operating procedure as the team works out free agents regularly to keep emergency lists fresh.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints released DB Don Jones to make room for re-signed WR Joseph Morgan, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

It's up to 14 QB hits now for the Packers defense against Rams QB Nick Foles on Sunday. Adjusted from 12 after film review. Most for the Green Bay defense since 15 on Oct. 2, 2014 vs. Vikings.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots had free-agent CB Bill Bentley, formerly of the Lions, in for a workout today. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Bentley played in 18 games (8 starts) for the Lions from 2012-2014. Entered NFL as a third-round draft pick out of Miami. This is standard operating procedure as the team works out free agents regularly to keep emergency lists fresh.

NFL won't let Williams wear pink all year

The NFL has players wear pink accessories in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but DeAngelo Williams -- who lost his mother to breast cancer -- wanted to wear them all season. However, the league told him no, saying there are no exceptions to the uniform policy. Story

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

For what it's worth: DE Sheldon Richardson is listed as the backup to rookie Leonard Williams on the Jets' updated depth chart for the media. It's hardly a surprise, considering Williams is coming off his best game and Richardson is returning from a four-game marijuana suspension. This doesn't preclude them from starting Richardson on Sunday, but it looks like he'll be eased into a full-time role.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints' Drew Brees when asked if it can be a good thing to harness anger, frustration: "Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I’m not really happy with the way that things have gone thus far. So you can say I’m a little bit angry, disappointed, frustrated, chip on the shoulder. I’m harnessing that into something positive."

Cassel to start over Weeden after bye

Brandon Weeden has been informed by Cowboys coaches that the team will start Matt Cassel after the bye week vs. the Giants, according to ESPN and media reports.

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Steelers Super Bowl contenders?

The NFL Insiders crew thinks Pittsburgh will be great once QB Ben Roethlisberger returns from injury. "They’ve got a great passing game with Ben there. They’re a bonafide challenger when he’s back."


Charles Tillman really likes peanuts

The Panthers CB, who stopped by ESPN on his bye week, probably knows more about peanuts than you do.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Saints DC Rob Ryan: "Hell, we're probably last in the league in every single category. ... We plan on getting better, we know who we're playing this week (the 5-0 Falcons). And it's gonna be a hell of a challenge and our guys will be up for it."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"(Colin) Kaepernick remains the same; he's a threat, played well (Sunday) night. They're trying to find what he does well with the guys around him now, and they're starting to find their way that way a little bit. Obviously, they have a great back in Carlos Hyde, three really good tight ends and the receivers (Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin)...guys that we know well. It's a dangerous group." - Ravens coach John Harbaugh, on facing the 49ers this weekend at Levi's Stadium.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints G Jahri Evans said he will play Thursday vs Falcons. He missed the last three games with a knee injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton on Falcons QB Matt Ryan, "No. 1, he's extremely competitive. He's always played some of his best football, it seems, in the fourth quarter. And then he's accurate. He's got enough escapability that he can extend the play, find the receiver down the field. When you start putting together all the things you're looking for from a skillset, the leadership; he's durable as well. He's doing a great job of playing the position and obviously playing it effectively late in the game. What's most important is winning, and he's doing a good job with that."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

With a rash of injuries along the O-line, Chargers HC Mike McCoy was asked if the team should have drafted an offensive lineman in the first round instead of a running back: "We are very pleased with who we picked. Melvin Gordon is a special player."

5 reasons why Andy Dalton could win MVP

Scoff if you like. But the Cincinnati QB is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 1,500 yards and have a TD-to-INT ratio better than 5-to-1 through their teams' first five games. The other two, Peyton Manning in 2013 and Aaron Rodgers in 2011, went on to win the MVP award. 4 more reasons

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NFL Power Rankings: Muddle in the middle

Did you see the Seahawks starting 2-3? How about the Cowboys? Or Eagles? Overall, 10 teams stand at 2-3. Do we see potential in anyone among this mediocre tier? Full rankings

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted he thought "what if" when he saw wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the locker room today. Benjamin was lost for the season with a knee injury in training camp. Rivera said nobody is having to remind Benjamin to eat "clean" after concerns with weight during the offseason.

Daniel Fells' MRSA recovery good so far

Said ESPN's Dan Graziano: "There are still more surgical procedures that await. Their hope is that he continues to respond well to the mixture of antibiotics they have him on."


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly obviously is thrilled to be out of the concussion protocol. Here's what he said about when the injury occurred.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DE Jared Allen didn't practice today because of a pinched nerve. Said it is hard to feel his foot. Here's what he said when asked if he could play Sunday against Seattle.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DE Jared Allen was trying to explain explain how to chase Russell Wilson when he said you have to "shoot your gun," then caught himself and said he probably shouldn't have said it that way. He eventually got to take your shot" to be politically correct. He jokingly reminded he is an avid hunter. It was a funny moment.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams had first bye week practice Tuesday with emphasis on making corrections and self-scouting. They'll get a head start on preparations for week 7 against Cleveland this week but for now their focus is on improving within. That means more reps for young players and some down time for veterans like James Laurinaitis, Robert Quinn and others.