Marshawn Lynch out for Seahawks NFC wild-card playoff game

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The Seattle Seahawks have downgraded running back Marshawn Lynch to out for Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. Lynch has not played in a game since Nov. 15, and he underwent abdominal surgery Nov. 25. Lynch notified the team after the final workout Friday that he could not play.  He did not travel with the team to Minneapolis later in the day. “We’ve got ...

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Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams out vs. Bengals

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without running back DeAngelo Williams in Saturday’s AFC wild-card matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. The #Steelers consider RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) out vs. #Bengals, sources say. If they win, there’s a chance he plays next week. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2016 This leaves Pittsburgh, who already have Le’Veon Bell on injured reserve, down ...

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Martavis Bryant accepts Big Ben’s challenge: ‘It woke me up’

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger publicly challenged wide receiver Martavis Btyant to ‘toughen up.’ The second-year receiver has vowed to respond. “It was good for him to challenge me,” Bryant said. “I’m going to accept it. “He’s the leader of the team. If he feels like you need to step up your game it’s his job to call you out. I’m ...

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49ers interview Chip Kelly

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Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly met Thursday with the San Francisco 49ers about their open head-coaching position, reports The 49ers also met Thursday with Buffalo Bills assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn. The 49ers are searching for a head coach for the second-consecutive year after firing Jim Tomsula on Sunday night after a 5-11 season. Kelly, 52, was fired Dec. 30 after the ...

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2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists announced

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The 15 Modern-Era Finalists to be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced Thursday night. The 15 finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s Selection Committee from a list of 108 nominees that earlier was reduced to 25 semifinalists, during the multi-step, year-long selection process. The 2016 Modern-Era Finalists with their positions, years and ...

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Adrian Peterson: Marshawn Lynch is ‘second best’ to me

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Adrian Peterson won the NFL rushing title this season and has made it clear he believes he’s the best running back in the NFL. The runner-up goes to Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch, says Peterson. “I remember coming out [of college] with him. We trained together in Arizona, and I knew he was going to be a force to be reckoned with,” ...

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Report: Johnny Manziel may not have been in Las Vegas

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Johnny Manziel was driving around the greater Cleveland last Saturday morning and was given a citation for having expired license plates, according to Scott Taylor of WOIO-TV. Here is #JohnnyManziel traffic citation in North Olmsted, Ohio on Saturday morning Jan 2nd for expired plates. — Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylorTV) January 7, 2016 Manziel, 23, was reportedly in Las Vegas later ...

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Peyton Manning to start for Denver Broncos

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Peyton Manning will return as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback to begin the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs. “I just do what I think is best for our football team,” Kubiak said. “I feel really good about this, about how far Peyton has come.” Manning, 39, came in relief of Brock Osweiler during Sunday’s regular season finale against the ...

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Minnesota Vikings taking first step towards long-term success

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Feet up, relaxed, and smiling, the look on the face of Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer as he sat on the team bus following Sunday’s win in Green Bay resembled that of a proud father–who’d just watched his son step on the throat of a schoolyard bully. Ending your enemy’s run of four straight division crowns while their loyal ...

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers fire Lovie Smith


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired head coach Lovie Smith. Statement from Buccaneers Co-Chairman Joel Glazer: “After careful consideration, we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change. I want to thank Lovie for his hard work and dedication to the Buccaneers during his time here. This decision was difficult on a variety of levels. I am disappointed ...

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