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Jordy Nelson on PUP list, tells fans not to 'freak out'

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    Fear not, Packers fans. Jordy Nelson is confident he can work through his left knee injury.

    The wide receiver was placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday and doesn't have a timetable for his return, but he chalked the incident up as a "hiccup" and said he pl夜网论坛ans to play in the season opener against the Jaguars on Sept. 11.

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    Nelson was quick to say it wasn't his right knee, which suffered a torn ACL a year ago, and there's no need for fans to "freak out."

    "We're not worried about it," Nelson said, via ESPN.com. "We're going to work through it inside and continue to progress, and we'll be ready to go at some point during camp and definitely for the season."

    Nelson missed all of last season after he tore his right ACL in an exhibition game. He said recovery in that knee has gone as expected and he is focused on playing in Week 1.

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    Adrian Peterson dealing with minor hamstring injury

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    Adrian Peterson suffered a slight hamstring pull while working out last week, but the Vikings are confident it won't keep him sidelined long.

    Although the running back missed the team's first two practices, coach Mike Zimmer stressed S夜网论坛aturday that patience is important in recovery and clarified the veteran is being eased back into action to avoid aggravating the injury.

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    "He can do things; he just can't turn it all the way loose," Zimmer said, via ESPN. "We're just being careful."

    Peterson passed a conditioning test on Friday and worked out on the sidelines with team trainers on Saturday. As he rehabilitates during his light workload, the Vikings will give other players like fellow rusher Jerick McKinnon the opportunity to show off their skills.

    "It's good we get to see some of these young backs. But [Peterson will] be out here fairly soon, I think," Zimmer said.

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    Last month, Peterson discussed calling it quits to avoid the toll the NFL offseason takes on him. He insists "training camp probably took five, 10 years off my career" and added by the end of it "you don't want to do anything."

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    Unlike Rams, Raiders move to Vegas is transparent

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    Another NFL team is likely relocating, 夜网论坛but at least this time we know exactly what's going on. 

    It's becoming more apparent the Oakland Raiders will move to Las Vegas after Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed legislation into law Monday that provides the final key piece of the funding for a new stadium.

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    “We will be doubling down on what we do best,” Sandoval told a jovial crowd that included Raiders owner Mark Davis.

    The Nevada State Assembly and Senate voted last week to approve $750 million in public funding to go toward a $1.9 billion stadium project.

    Davis has pledged $500 million toward the move, which he expects to take place after two more seasons in Oakland. Before the Raiders can relocate, the move would have to[......]

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    Bills linebacker impressed by Martellus Bennett

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    There was a bit of bitterness floating through the Buffalo Bills locker room Sunday after a 41-25 loss to the New England Patriots, which led to linebacker Zach Brown offering one of the more eye-popping observations from the game.

    “I’m more impressed with [Martellus] Bennett than Gronk,” Brown said, via the Boston Globe. “When Tom Brady wasn’t here, you didn’t hear [Gronkowski]. But when Tom Brady comes back he knows where to place it, how to place it, and he uses Gronk’s size to his advantage.

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    "As far as blocking, no, I do not think he’s one of the best. Bennett is probably a better blocker.”

    Brown would know better than most. As a linebacker, he's often lined up opposite one of the Patriots' physical tight ends, so he gets a first-hand experience.

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    With that being said, Gronkowski hauled in five passes for 109 yards and a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The touchdown was the 69th of his career, which is good for the Patriots' touchdown record. Bennett, who was signed in the offseason to complement Gronkowski in Belichick's famed two-tight e[......]

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    Seahawks miscues were non-factors in Falcons' victory

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    The Seahawks made several momentum-killing mistakes, but those plays probably didn't affect the end result of Saturday's divisional playoff game, considering how the Falcons offense played. 

    Atlanta put up 422 yards of total offense and capitalized on each Seattle mistake en route to a 36-20 victory at the Georgia Dome. 

    Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was superb, throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns with completions to eight different receivers on a 26-for-37 day. 

    With the game well in hand, the Falcons played most of the fourth quarter without Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones, who caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. 

    Atlanta had the NFL's highest-scoring offense during the regular season and picked apart one of the NFL's best defenses on Saturday. Atlanta, which averaged nearly 34 points per game and scored over 40 points five times this season, could have scored over 40 against the Seahawks, but kneeled on the ball three times inside the Seahawks 5. 

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    NFL Combine: Past participants recount crazy interview process

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    Andrew Whitworth should consider himself fortunate.

    Nothing out of the ordinary occurred during his meetings with teams at the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine.

    “I really didn’t have any strange questions,” said Whitworth, who would become a Cincinnati Bengals second-round draft pick.

    “Maybe I was just scary. I don’t really have that personality they want to mess with because I am usually so serious about stuff.”

    Not everyone is so fortunate.

    The 15-minute sessions are intended to help clubs get a better feel for the prospect they may be selecting. Most of them unfold without incident. But the way some squads conduct these “job interviews” leave players scratching their heads or, in extreme cases, hoping that they don’t get picked by the questioning party.

    Take the case of Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo while he was going through the 2011 Combine.

    “One tea夜网论坛m put on lowlights of all my worst plays and basically just asked me, ‘What were you thinking on this play? What happened here?’” Castonzo recalled. “It was brutal.”

    That experience was benign compared to what happened with another club.

    “There was one guy standing over my left shoulder and one guy over my right shoulder,” Castonzo said. “They were talking to me in[......]

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    Cowboys vs. 49ers: Score, results, highlights from Week 7 game at San Francisco

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    The Cowboys entering Sunday's Week 7 game against the 49ers as 6 1/2-point favorites seemed like an irrelevant fact given the way the 2017 NFL season has progressed. Dallas (2-3) was coming off a bye after a rough start to the season, and San Francisco (0-6) had lost five straight games by three points or less.

    So much for that, as the Cowboys flexed their muscles in every phase of the game on their way to a 40-10 win.

    Dallas did receive a boost earlier in the week when running back Ezekiel Elliott was cleared to play against San Francisco, as his six-game suspension was kicked further down the road. His play was a huge factor Sunday.

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    The Cowboys got the win they desperately needed in order to keep pace in the NFC East, in which the Eagles had taken a solid lead going into their Monday night showdown against the Redskins.

    SN provided live scoring updates for Sunday's Cowboys-49ers game in San Francisco. Here's how it went down.

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    World Series Game 5 trounces NFL's 'Sunday Night Football' in overnight TV ratings

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    Major League Baseball is experiencing a thrilling World Series, with home runs flying out of ballparks and fans rediscovering the Grand Old Game this postseason. The NFL, however, is a league "on fire," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, with players battling owners, fans boycotting games and TV viewers tuning out. 

    That raises the question of whether the different states of the NFL and MLB are impacting TV viewership.

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    With a strong 12.8 overnight TV rating, Fox's telecast of the Astros' Game 5 win over the Dodgers handily beat NBC's "Sunday Night Football" telecast of the Steelers vs. Lions, which drew a 9.4 Nielsen rating. That means Sunday night's Game 5 numbers were 36 percent higher than the NFL[......]

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    It's no defense of Roethlisberger's comments, but Steelers' D needed more help

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    If everything had gone according to plan, Ben Roethlisberger would be delighted today, and an army of journalists would not be picking through his most recent radio interview like they’d been handed an original copy of “Macbeth."

    The Steelers’ plan did not work, so those in management made the best of the situation. But the problem is they did not make the 2018 Steelers a better team.

    That’s at the core of Roethlisberger’s comments last Friday to radio station 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, which plays host to his weekly radio show each fall.

    Feel free to dissect Roethlisberger's snark regarding whether he intends to help mentor third-round draft pick Mason Rudolph, the quarterback from Oklahoma State. Except to the extent it’s motivated by his obvious disappointment at the Steelers' personnel moves on defense, it is inconsequential to the question at hand.

    The question is whether the team’s work in free agency and now the draft has repaired a defense that rarely was exceptional in 2017, that gradually declined as the season progressed and then collapsed when star linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury in week 13.

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