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McCarthy: Packers doctor evaluating tests on Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers coach Mike McCarthy was cautious. His players seemed hopeful. Green Bay might be getting quarterback Aaron Rodgers back soon from a collarbone injury. But the final decision rests with the team doctor, with the help of other experts, on whether the two-time NFL MVP is healthy enough to return […]

1-on-1, play after play, NFL CBs and WRs can get on nerves

When the Jalen Ramsey vs. A.J. Green, and Aqib Talib vs. Michael Crabtree in-game tussles played out, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott thought back to advice he received decades ago, before his San Francisco 49ers faced the Dallas Cowboys. “A buddy of mine, Dennis Thurman, who played for the Cowboys, called […]

End of winning streak gives Vikings enough time to recover

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings returned home from Carolina as a defeated team for the first time in 10 weeks, carrying with them a long list of cringe-worthy and uncharacteristic blunders that contributed to the loss. The outcome, though, could actually work in their favor. With all that postseason capital built up […]

Panthers’ D records 6 sacks, 3 takeaways to beat Vikings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers were determined not to let quarterback Case Keenum get comfortable in the pocket. They succeeded in that mission Sunday. Carolina turned up the heat on the Vikings upstart quarterback, sacking Keenum six times and forcing two interceptions and a fumble to earn an important 31-24 victory that helped the […]

Rodgers poised for return after Packers beat Browns in OT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Aaron Rodgers stood on the sideline, fighting off the December chill inside a large green Packers jacket and stocking cap. His game-day look could soon be more familiar. Relegated to being a cheerleader since breaking his collarbone in October, Rodgers may be back on the field next Sunday for Green Bay, which […]

WATCH: Seattle DT heads for stands, as Seahawks melt down in final seconds

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson was jogging off the field when something whizzed by his head. Jefferson stopped, pulled off his helmet and headed toward a rowdy section of fans. Jefferson pushed aside security guards and started jawing with the spectators. Just when it looked like Jefferson was about to […]

UPDATE: Badgers announce La Crosse native Kobe King out for season

MADISON, Wis. — Kobe King’s freshman season with the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (4-7) is over. The La Crosse native will have season-ending surgery to his left knee, the team announced Monday. No confirmation on what he injured, but some have said it’s a torn ACL. King “will be eligible to apply for a […]

As Packers prepare for Rodgers’ return, winless Browns await

CLEVELAND (AP) — Barely, but the Green Bay Packers somehow survived without Aaron Rodgers. They just need to do it for one more week. With Rodgers on the verge of returning from a broken collarbone after missing seven games, the Packers (6-6) have stayed in the hunt for a spot in the NFC playoffs without […]

Keenum, Vikings can clinch NFC North this weekend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Case Keenum’s improbable season has the Minnesota Vikings thinking playoffs. Keenum entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012, one year after Cam Newton made a splash as the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. While the two quarterbacks have taken dramatically different paths, it is Keenum who has […]

BROWN OUT: Browns fire VP, coach Jackson keeps job for ’18

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sashi Brown brought analytics, a bevy of draft picks and some stability to the Cleveland Browns. In the end, losing mattered most. With the Browns not winning and still the NFL’s saddest franchise, owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam decided it was time to make yet another change at the top before things […]

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