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What's trending in the NFL: One Bengal suspended, another accuses player of faking injury

Here are the top stories from Monday:

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been suspended three games for safety violations. Meanwhile, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones said Steelers wide receiver "Antonio Brown was not hurt. I know he was faking." (by Coley Harvey)

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III lets writing speak for him in locker letter. From Jason Reid's story on Griffin's future: "Under both Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden, Griffin displayed little progress as a dropback passer. Two head coaches essentially gave up on him. Other teams won't ignore that. Any franchise that considers pursuing Griffin must understand this: If they plan to use him in a conventional pro-style offense, they're taking on a project."

Big Ben likely, Antonio Brown "not looking good" to play vs. Broncos (by ESPN.com news services)

From Bill Barnwell's story ranking the difficulty of every Super Bowl path: "We often give too much credit to the teams that show up and produce impressive performances while forgetting about the teams that spent the week on bye, getting a little healthier. What we saw this weekend matters, but it's only one week. Take 2013, when three of four wild-card road teams won their games and the Colts required a massive comeback against the Chiefs to avoid making it the same clean sweep we saw this weekend. The next week, three of those four road teams lost by an average of 12 points."

Cardinals emerge as Super Bowl 50 favorites in Las Vegas (by David Purdum)

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman says he will go "full throttle" on broken foot (by Mike Reiss)

Broncos remain frustrated by Steelers' hit on safety David Bruton Jr. (by Jeff Legwold)

From Sheil Kapadia's story on how Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson stacks up to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: "Wilson was the more accurate passer, and it wasn't particularly close. Wilson also averaged 8.33 yards per attempt (fourth) compared to 7.75 for Newton (seventh), so this is not a case of one quarterback dinking and dunking. Both guys have shown they are capable of pushing the ball downfield."


Best stat

From ESPN Stats & Information research: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has not won a postseason game played outdoors in which the kickoff game-time temperature was 40 degrees or colder. As of now, Accuweather.com has the high temperature in Denver for the game against the Steelers as 33 degrees.


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