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  • Steelers rattled after dismal loss to Eagles

    August 22, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have just over two weeks to get ready for the season opener.Suddenly, it doesn't seem like nearly enough time.The Steelers were pushed around in a 31-21 exhibition loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night. The starters on both offense and defense struggled while playing into the third quarter as the Eagles took a 24-0 lead.

  • Hester looking for Falcons' rebound against Titans

    August 22, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) - From his vantage point in Chicago, Devin Hester saw the Atlanta Falcons as a consistent playoff contender.As a free agent, Hester, 31, was looking for a new home that could give him a good chance to get back to the postseason. He said that was a big reason he signed with Atlanta - despite the Falcons' 4-12 finish last season.

  • Romo, Tannehill ready for dress rehearsals

    August 22, 2014

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Tannehill had a neat explanation for what the third preseason game means to NFL teams.''It doesn't really count,'' the Miami Dolphins quarterback said. ''But it matters.''When the Dolphins play host to the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night, it'll most definitely matter for plenty of players, particularly to those on the proverbial bubble at this point in training camp.

  • Redskins, Ravens focus on selves, not rivalry

    August 22, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) - The Redskins and Ravens have more important goals Saturday night than bragging rights in a tepid rivalry.These teams don't have a whole lot of familiarity with each other. Not much hatred, either. Especially in August.''The main thing is, it's our third preseason game and we're really looking at ourselves,'' Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. ''You don't concern yourself with your opponent so much in the preseason, in terms of game-planning or scheming.''

  • Chiefs OT Stephenson suspended for PEDs violation

    August 22, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.Stephenson was a fill-in starter last season but was expected to anchor the right side of the line this year. He remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday night's game against Minnesota.

  • Browns' Gordon in limbo awaiting NFL ruling

    August 22, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon says the only place he can find peace is on the football field. His time there could be running short.The Pro Bowler is still awaiting word from the NFL on whether he'll be suspended for all or part of the season. Gordon recently appealed a yearlong league suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse program and has been practicing and playing in limbo for weeks.

  • Denver Broncos punt return job open again

    August 22, 2014

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Jordan Norwood's season-ending knee injury jumbled the Denver Broncos' search for Trindon Holliday's replacement on punt returns and dented the team's depth at wide receiver.''I'm very disappointed for him and at this point for us, selfishly,'' coach John Fox said. ''Jordan Norwood worked very hard and had a very good opportunity to make this football team and make us better. I know he's very disappointed just like we are. However, it's next man up and we move on, adjust and give somebody else an opportunity.''

  • Colts announced daughter of DT Montori Hughes dies

    August 22, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts coach Chuck Pagano says defensive tackle Montori Hughes had not been at practice recently because his infant daughter died from a sudden illness last week.Maveah Alice Hughes was 3 months old. Pagano did not provide many details about what happened but did offer condolences to Hughes and the baby's mother, Leigh Burton.

  • Colts' Wayne hoping to get on field vs Saints

    August 22, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Wayne and Drew Brees spent most of August following the same script.They tried to get healthy, stay on the practice field and convince their coaches they should play in the most significant week of the preseason.Brees appears to have won his case and will direct the New Orleans Saints prolific offense against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night.

  • A goal for Bills starters against Bucs: score a TD

    August 22, 2014

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Bills running back C.J. Spiller attempted to inject some levity into EJ Manuel's post-practice news conference by asking the quarterback a question.A smiling Spiller wondered earlier this week what the offense's focus would be for Saturday's exhibition game when the Bills (1-2) host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2).

  • Manziel fined $12,000 for middle finger flip

    August 22, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger.The NFL fined the Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline, a person familiar with the penalty told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the ruling has not been made public.

  • Cassel returns to Kansas City as QB of Vikings

    August 22, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The last time Matt Cassel stepped inside Arrowhead Stadium, banners were flying overhead asking for him to be benched. He'd been booed at a celebrity softball game and become a scapegoat for an entire organization that had fallen on hard times.

  • Vikings adding $19M to stadium project

    August 22, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings are kicking in another $19.7 million for their new stadium to make sure it has the features they want.Rising steel prices and refined cost estimates for the stadium's massive pivoting glass doors created a budget shortfall and left the Vikings with a choice: Scrap certain features to cut costs or increase their share of the project.

  • Hernandez fiancee seeks perjury-charge dismissal

    August 22, 2014

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A lawyer for the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez asked a judge Friday to throw out perjury charges, saying Shayanna Jenkins did not willfully lie as she was bombarded with 1,630 questions over two days before a grand jury.

  • Police: Steelers' Bell, Blount admitted buying pot

    August 22, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount told police they ''pitched in'' to buy a bag of marijuana with a female friend shortly before they were pulled over - and Bell acknowledged smoking some, though he told the officer who pulled them over he felt OK to drive, police said in court papers.

  • Offseason academies keep NFL players in shape

    August 22, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - This past offseason, Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson could have made like a couple of college kids on spring break, sleeping `til noon and then hitting the beach.Instead, they rose with the sun and worked until they dropped.

  • Three-down LBs grow scarcer as pass plays increase

    August 22, 2014

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball.''Never.''A slight exaggeration? Perhaps.What's certain is that an NFL linebacker's role has changed since Tippett's retirement after the 1993 season ended a 12-year career, all with the New England Patriots, in which he sacked quarterbacks, shadowed receivers, tackled rushers and tried to catch his breath.