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Something is brewing with Brock Osweiler and Bill O’Brien in Houston, and it’s not a problem

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    Sporting News NFL Writer Alex Marvez is touring training camps with SiriusXM NFL Radio. Here is Alex’s take from Houston Texans camp.

    HOUSTON — Their quarterback/head coach relationship remains so fresh that Brock Osweiler and Bill O’Brien are still having get-to-know-you sessions five months after the former was famously swiped away from the Denver Broncos.

    A long-standing bond, though, isn’t needed to recognize what has become obvious at Houston Texans training camp: O’Brien finally has a franchise-caliber quarterback to work with in his third season at the helm.

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    I say “caliber” because there simply isn’t enough evidence for me to confidently proclaim that Osweiler has a legitimate shot at earning his second Super Bowl ring as a starter rather than backup like in Denver. The 25-year-old comes to the Texans with only seven career starts in four NFL seasons, all of which came last year when Peyton Manning was sidelined with a foot injury.

    Although he showed plenty of promise, it spoke volumes about what Denver thought of Osweiler for both the short- and long-term when he was benched in Week 17 once a noodle-armed Manning was ready to return.

    Osweiler’s bitterness about the situation and a better contract offer from the Texans led to his offseason signing in Houston. The only thing he’s sweating now is buckets of perspiration when the Texans practice outdoors like earlier this we[......]

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    Cowboys' La'el Collins going on IR with torn ligament

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    The Cowboys will be without one of their starting offensive linemen most of the season.

    Second-year guard La'el Collins will go on injured reserve after tearing a ligament in his right foot in the second quarter of Sunday's 31-17 victory over the visiting Bears.

    MORE: What we learned in Week 3

    The Cowboys have yet to officially place Collins on IR, but multiple reports say Collins tore a ligament in his big toe and will mis夜网论坛s about 10 weeks. That would make Collins eligible to return about the first week of December. Given the 10-week timeline, Collins could play in Dallas' final five regular-season games. 

    Collins was considered a first-round draft prospect last year, but went undrafted because of an investigation into the killing of his ex-girlfriend. He was never considered a suspect in the case and signed with the Cowboys as a priority undrafted rookie. He soon became the Cowboys' starting left guard, supplanting Ronald Leary at the position.

    Leary replaced Collins on Sunday night and will take over his old starting job with Collin[......]

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    Texans place Devon Still on IR after Lisfranc surgery

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    Devon Still missed the entire 2015 NFL season while caring for his daughter, Leah, during her cancer treatments. Unfortunately for Still, his 2016 season is over. 

    Still was supposed to replace J.J. Watt after Watt was placed on injured reserve with a back injury. Instead, Still joined Watt on the IR on Tuesday following surgery to repair a Lisfranc foot sprain.

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    "It's tough," Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters, via the Houston Chronicle. "As soon as they diagnosed it, they went ahead and operated on him. I think that's a tough thing. Obviously, Devon being a Penn State guy and what he's gone through the past couple of years with his daughter, Leah. We feel for the guy, but he did a good job for us while he was here and I'm sure he'll come back and play more football in this league."

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    Tom Brady comments on Foot Locker commercial

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    Tom Brady teamed up with Foot Locker for a goofy commercial that would give Peyton Manning a run for his money, and the internet ate it up Wednesday. 

    During the spot, Brady goes off on a tongue-in-cheek tirade poking fun at Deflategate, the NFL's air pressure scandal that cost the Patriots quarterback the first four games of the 2016 season. For anyone not named Roger Goodell, it was hard not to laugh at the lighthearted jabs, including Brady.

    MORE: Deflategate, from start to end

    "I don’t exactly know what was going through my mind when I made the decision," he said with a laugh during a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, via the San Francisco Chronicle.

    If you haven't seen it, the commercial begins with two Foot Locker customers debating the merits of the shoe retailer that "keeps getting better, even after all these years."

    "Kind of makes you wonder what Foot Locker is up to," one 夜网论坛says to the other as they encounter Brady sitting at a diner.

    "That’s an unfortunate mindset you’ve got there," Brady responds. "Just bec[......]

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    Believe Pete Carroll when he rules out coaching Rams

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    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll succinctly shot down a report linking him to the Rams.

    First, when asked Tuesday about the story linking him to the open coaching job, the former USC coach gave reporters an "I have no comment about that."

    MORE: 7 best candidates for Rams job

    Pressed specifically if he would rule out becoming the Rams coach, he said, "Yes."

    Case closed, right? (Although plenty of coaches say they have no interest in jobs and end up taking them.) Here's why to believe Carroll, according to The Seattle Times.

    1. Before this season, Carroll, 65, signed an extension with the Seahawks that means they could ask the Rams for draft-choice compensation.

    2. Not coincidentally, Carroll signed the extension that runs through 2019 only after the Seahawks extended GM John Schneider's contract through 2021. Carroll frequently talks about his close working relationship with Schneider.

    3. Carroll, who'll turn 68 early in the final season of the new contract, knows it coincides with the peak years of core Seahawks players like Russ夜网论坛ell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett.

    Believe Pete Carroll.

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    Eagles vs. Cowboys: Score, results, highlights from Sunday night game in Dallas

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    The Philadelphia Eagles scored 30 unanswered second-half points and cruised to a 37-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

    Dallas led 9-7 at halftime but Philadelphia tallied touchdowns on its first three drives in the second half to pull away.

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    Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and Jay Ajayi rushed for 91 yards on just seven carries to lead the Eagles. Philadelphia (9-1) registered 215 yards on the ground total.

    The Eagles' defense, meanwhile, held the Cowboys (5-5) to 225 total yards. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.

    Sporting News provided live updates throughout Sunday’s game. Here’s how Philadelphia came away with the road win.

    Eagles vs. Cowboys: Score, results, highlights

    Final score: Eagles 37, Cowboys 9

    (All times Eastern)

    11:28 p.m.: Dallas goes three-and-out with backup Cooper Rush in at quarterback. Philadelphia gets the ball back and ru[......]

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    Doubt new Raiders CB Rashaan Melvin if you want — he's used to it

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    He rode the bench as a high school junior. He was a college walk-on. He went undrafted, then spent four NFL seasons bouncing between five different teams.

    Rashaan Melvin has gotten to where he's at today by using such snubs as inspiration. The mindset won't be changing even though the cornerback could look at the one-year, $5.5 million contract he recently signed with Oakland as the pinnacle of his efforts.

    The deal, which is worth more than double the $2.7 million he earned during the past four years combined, has actually provided more fuel for Melvin to show he's worthy of an even pricier long-term extension that didn't come at the start of last week's free-agent signing period.

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    "I take it as a one-year 'prove-it' deal," Melvin told co-host Gil Brandt and me on Sirius夜网论坛XM NFL Radio. "I’ve shown the world that I can play football at a high level. I truly do still believe I am a No. 1 corner.

    "It's hard to fight that stigma that 'This guy hasn't played a full season. This guy, he's unproven,' or whatever else they may have said during this time in free agency. I'm very surprised that (interest) is not where I thought it would be at or the respect level is not what I t[......]

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    Raiders vs. Broncos results: Oakland takes comfortable win over lackluster Denver

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    The Raiders opened their post-Antonio Brown era with a comfortable 24-16 win over the Broncos, who made four trips to the red zone and came away with one touchdown.

    Oakland quarterback Derek Carr made use of his non-Antonio Brown targets, completing 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos were only outgained by 13 yards but were much worse on third down, converting six of their 13 attempts, and struggled mightily near the end zone.

    The Raiders had three sacks and all were crucial. Two were third-down stops in the red zone, and the third knocked Oakland out of field goal range at the end of the first half, following some ugly two-minute drill offense.

    MORE: Biggest overreactions from Week 1 in the NFL

    Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco was 21 for 31, gaining 268 yards and scoring one touchdown.

    Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in his NFL debut, including a two-yard score late in the second quarter to cap a drive that took over eight minutes off the clock.

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    Josh Allen injury update: Bills QB progressing well, but remains in concussion protocol

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    Bills quarterback Josh Allen is progressing well as he participated in individual drill work at practice, though he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol. 

    Buffalo coach Sean McDermott provided a brief update Wednesday after a big helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday's game against the Patriots put Allen in the concussion protocol. McDermott said Allen will be in meetings with the team Wednesday, and he plans to get both Allen and backup Matt Barkley ready for Week 5 against the Titans.

    “We’ll get them both ready, but with Josh being in the protocol, he’ll do some individual drill work out there, but other than that he’s in the protocol," McDermott said (via the team's official website). “We’ve got a lot of confidence in Josh. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Matt and that’s where it is.”

    Allen suffered the injury Sunday in the fourth quarter when he was scrambling for a first down and was knocked down by Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones.

    The hit sparked some controversy leaving t[......]

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