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  1. Coach Bruce Arians said both will be limited to walkthroughs for now.
    Contrast that with the Atlanta Falcons, who will host the Eagles in the prime-time opener at the Georgia Dome.
    “I never saw Hyde, I was too busy trying to keep my balance after being pushed from behind,” Beason said. “I wanted to get that Cheap NFL Jerseys out there and I hope it goes out to him and that’s how I feel.”
    And so is staying put at No. 6 overall.
    Second Place 锟?Daytona Beach News-Journal, to Nigel Cook, for “Wings and Waves”
    One trait his old boss, Bill Parcells, turned into an art was figuring out how to get the most from each of his players by treating them individually.

  2. POROUS DEFENSES: Both defenses have given up a lot of yards this season. The Saints rank 30th, giving up 404.9 yards per game, while the Giants rank 29th, allowing 401.7 yards per game.
    Browns coach Mike Pettine said Friday he’ll wait until next week before deciding on whether to stick with Manziel as his starting quarterback. Manziel filled in for injured starter Josh McCown on Thursday night against Cincinnati and delivered some Johnny Football moments as well as a few he’d like to have back during a 31-10 loss to the unbeaten Bengals.
    METAIRIE, La. (AP) 鈥?The New Orleans Saints have placed late-round draft choices Davis Tull and Marcus Murphy, and rookie free agent Antonio Johnson on their non-football injury list.
    Gruden said Thursday that Reed hurt a quadriceps muscle, adding: “I think it’s minor.”
    General manager Reggie McKenzie has been busy to start the free agency period, having already added new starting defensive tackle Dan Williams and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton, as well as linebacker Malcolm Smith, to a defense that allowed the most points in the NFL last season.
    Other things we learned as a pair of rematches next week loom.

  3. The timing is far from ideal for Smith, too. He is entering a contract year after one of the best seasons of his career. He started all 16 games and was part of a stingy defense that did not allow a 300-yard passer, and finished second to NFC champion Seattle in scoring.
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) 鈥?Cam Newton tries to distract Graham Gano in practice sometimes, walking over to the veteran kicker and whispering in his ear, “Just a little bit of pressure.”
    New England is at Dallas on Sunday.
    Arians blamed some of the players’ hamstring problems on the gap between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp.
    Linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks were held out of practice Thursday for a second straight day, but coach Mike Zimmer said the team was “just being careful” and that he thinks they’ll both play this weekend. Barr has been wearing a wrap on his left hand. Kendricks missed the previous game because of a rib injury.
    Allen said there is no extra pressure on the Steelers defense with the Roethlisberger injury.

  4. But is Mayweather next? The real cash cow.
    Two years after becoming the league’s highest-paid punter, Britton agreed to a $1.4 million pay cut from the Denver Broncos. He’ll get $1.6 million instead of $3 million.
    The NFL, in response, said the lottery is not a public sale at all and argued that the New Jersey law doesn’t apply. The lottery offers winners the chance to purchase tickets at prices that last year started at $500.
    Rice was charged last year in New Jersey with assaulting then-fiancee Janay Palmer. In September, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Palmer in an elevator.
    New York led 20-10 after Larry Donnell made a sliding 10-yard catch with cornerback Robert Alford on his back.
    Expectations: Fox has reputation for turning around teams. He’s facing big task in Chicago, where Bears missed playoff seven of past eight years. The defense ranked among worst in franchise history the past two seasons. On offense, Cutler needs to cut back on turnovers after leading the NFL with 24 last season. White’s injury was a big blow for team trying to change direction.

  5. Tempering the excitement about the playing experience of the staff is this fact: Only three of the past 29 Super Bowl champions were coached by men who played in the NFL, with Sean Payton’s playing career lasting only a short stint as a replacement player in 1987.
    “What we’re challenging him to do is make more impact plays,” the coach added. “The great players around here, though, what they ultimately did was win a championship.”
    Overall, the Colts are 1-4 against the Patriots in the playoffs since 2003.
    Blalock, a second-round pick from Texas in 2007, started all 125 games in which he played, including 15 in 2014.
    Atlanta’s other starting cornerback, Desmond Trufant, wears the No. 21 Sanders made famous in Atlanta, but the Prime Time play of the day belonged to Alford.
    TIGHT ENDS

  6. Not that Williams is counting. While allowing he “absolutely” would like to “be involved in every aspect of the game” he’s hardly in the mood to lobby for more playing time. It was a nice debut, albeit in a losing effort.
    That changed in the third quarter. Wilson was 5 of 5 for 110 yards in the quarter and Seattle outgained Chicago 162-24. Seattle finally converted a third down when Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for 22 yards midway through the period and the Seahawks capped the drive with Graham’s first touchdown at home. Wilson was protected long enough to find Graham coming open across the middle, watching the big tight end step away from Brock Vereen for the TD.
    Jim Miller didn’t play as a backup to Brady during the 2004 season. But he enthusiastically ran the scout team and ended up with a Super Bowl ring.
    The Raiders and Chargers have been taking preliminary steps in anticipation of getting approval to move to Los Angeles. They announced plans for a joint stadium in Carson in February in response to the stated desire of St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke to build a new stadium in Inglewood.
    Green Bay’s 28th-ranked offense with Rodgers at the controls has been bogged down, in part, by recent struggles with the running game. Eddie Lacy doesn’t have a 100-yard rushing game this season, and he has run for only 68 yards on 28 carries the last three games.
    The Tigers (65-78) are 19 games behind AL Central-leading Kansas City.

  7. Tennessee ranked 10th out of 14 Southeastern Conference teams in points per game (28.9) and 11th in yards per game (370.5) this past season, but the offense fared much better after Joshua Dobbs took over as the Volunteers’ starting quarterback.
    The injury bothered Rodgers since the 20-3 win Dec. 21 at Tampa Bay.
    “I would say sooner than later, this guy’s going to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Payton said. “That is a fact.”
    Oakland lost two of its first three games in the next season, 1973, scoring no touchdowns with Lamonica behind center. After a loss to archrival Kansas City, Madden gave Stabler a chance to show what he could do in practice. Stabler did enough for Madden to start him, and the Raiders beat the Cardinals, and then won four straight games after that.
    Since taking over ownership from Randy Lerner in October of 2012, Haslam has had three head coaches and GMs. Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur, whom Haslam inherited from Lerner, were fired after the 2012 season while team president Joe Banner, general manager Michael Lombardi and coach Rob Chudzinski were dismissed after a 4-12 season in 2013 that finished with seven straight losses.
    Belichick didn’t address the controversy during his typically bland news conferences, and Brady wouldn’t even acknowledge that there’s any additional motivation for him to beat the Colts one more time.

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