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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 file photo, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) smiles as he runs off the field after the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. Ezekiel Elliott won’t be running off to federal court during preparations for the season opener the way he did last year, when the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys was fighting the NFL’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. This year, there’s no question about Elliott’s availability after Sunday’s trip to Carolina. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe, File)
September 05, 2018 - 5:50 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott won't be running off to federal court the week of the season opener the way he did last year, when the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys was fighting the NFL's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. While the 2016 NFL rushing leader knew...
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September 05, 2018 - 10:25 am
ATLANTA (11-7) at PHILADELPHIA (16-3) Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC OPENING LINE - Eagles by 4 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Atlanta 8-10, Philadelphia 13-5-1 SERIES RECORD - Eagles lead 19-14-1 LAST MEETING - Eagles beat Falcons 15-10, NFC divisional playoff, Jan. 13 AP PRO32 RANKING - Falcons No. 8,...
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This image taken from the Twitter account of the former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick shows a Nike advertisement featuring him that was posted Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multi-year deal to make him one of the faces of Nike's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract. (Twitter via AP)
September 04, 2018 - 9:59 pm
An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues. The deal unveiled by...
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This image taken from the Twitter account of the former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick shows a Nike advertisement featuring him that was posted Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multi-year deal to make him one of the faces of Nike's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract. (Twitter via AP)
September 04, 2018 - 4:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Why do it? Nike has touched off a furor by wading into football's national anthem debate with an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who was the first athlete to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest police brutality against blacks and hasn't...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, former NFL player and now analyst Jason Witten, left, and play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore pose for a photograph before their ESPN telecast of a preseason NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets in Landover, Md. Witten holds one of the most prominent television jobs in the sport as the lead analyst for Monday Night Football." Witten is approaching his new role in similar fashion as he did his old one when his comprehensive film work made him the second most productive tight end in NFL history. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 04, 2018 - 1:57 am
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Jason Witten sat in a room with his new teammates going over video of his latest performance. It wasn't much different than what he did for 15 seasons as a tight end with the Dallas Cowboys. But instead of being one of the faces of perhaps the NFL's most high-profile...
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Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Damon Hazelton, left, and quarterback quarterback Josh Jackson (17) celebrate a touchdown on their first drive against Florida State during an NCAA college football game in Tallahassee, Fla., Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
September 03, 2018 - 10:35 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Josh Jackson threw two touchdown passes, one early and another late, and No. 20 Virginia Tech handled 19th-ranked Florida State 24-3 in the rain Monday night to spoil coach Willie Taggart's debut with the Seminoles. Florida State looked dysfunctional and disorganized most...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) steps back to throw against the New York Giants during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game, in East Rutherford, N.J. Darnold will start at quarterback in the New York Jets' season-opening game at Detroit on Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold will be the youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The announcement Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, by coach Todd Bowles comes as no surprise as the rookie was solid while starting the Jets' second and third preseason games.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
September 03, 2018 - 3:52 pm
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Todd Bowles finally revealed the big decision that everyone expected. Sam Darnold will start at quarterback in the New York Jets' season-opening game at Detroit next Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold will also make some NFL history by becoming the youngest quarterback...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) answers questions at a post-game meeting with reporters following a 29-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are beginning preparations for their Week 1 opener against Cleveland without All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell. Bell did not arrive at the team's facility in time for practice on Monday and has yet to sign his one-year franchise tender, leaving his status for Sunday's visit to the Browns in doubt. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich, File)
September 03, 2018 - 1:57 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers stressed all summer the need to avoid the kind of off-the-field distractions they couldn't seem to shake in 2017. So much for that. While the two-time defending AFC North champions hit the practice field on Monday to prepare for their Week 1 opener in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles throws during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Cleveland. Eagles coach Doug Pederson says Nick Foles will start against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Pederson made the announcement on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, one day after a testy exchange with reporters in which he insisted he wanted to wait. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, Fle)
September 03, 2018 - 11:48 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Doug Pederson says Nick Foles will start against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Pederson made the announcement on Monday, one day after a testy exchange with reporters in which he insisted he wanted to wait. "In the best interest of everything about the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch takes part in drills at NFL football training camp in Englewood, Colo. John Elway cut ties with his biggest draft bust Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, when he waived quarterback Paxton Lynch less than 24 hours after including him on the Denver Broncos’ 53-man roster. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 02, 2018 - 4:24 pm
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway cut ties with his biggest draft bust Sunday when he waived quarterback Paxton Lynch less than 24 hours after including him on the Denver Broncos' 53-man roster. In another move, the Broncos placed safety Su'a Cravens on IR with an injured left knee and re-signed...
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