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Von Miller’s sack streak leads to AFC defensive player of the month

The weather is starting to cool, and Von Miller is just heating up. The Broncos linebacker was named AFC defensive player of the month for October after a dominating string of performances. Miller had 7.0 sacks during the month, which led all NFL players. He’s working on a streak of six consecutive games with a…

Chris Johnson is “frustrated” with diminished Jets role

Jets running back Chris Johnson has something in common with Jets fans. He’s “frustrated” with the way things are going. The artist formerly known as CJ2K is on pace for about half a K this season, with just 268 yards on 67 carries with one touchdown. “Of course I’m frustrated,” Johnson told Brian Costello of the New…

Taylor Lewan pleads guilty to two misdemeanors

Since he was accused of hitting an Ohio State fan after his final home game at Michigan 11 months ago, Taylor Lewan has insisted he was innocent. Now he has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in connection with the incident. Lewan, who was the Titans’ first-round draft pick this year and is a starting offensive…

Nate Washington: Mettenberger has better understanding of NFL than Roethlisberger did

Wide receiver Nate Washington entered the NFL with the Steelers in 2005, where he became teammates with second-year quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Washington is now in Tennessee and playing with rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who made his first start against Houston last week. Washington liked what he saw from Mettenberger and compared him favorably to Roethlisberger…

Panthers forced to resort to Canadian rookie at left tackle

The Panthers were hoping they might be able to stash David Foucault on the practice squad this year. Instead, he’s starting at left tackle for the Panthers tonight against the Saints. This is hardly the situation they envisioned, when mainstay Jordan Gross announced his retirement this offseason. The plan was to shift Byron Bell over to…

PFT’s Week Nine picks

Last week was a good week.  For me.  Not for MDS. We disagreed on two games, and my faith in the Steelers and Saints finally paid off. So that five-game lead MDS enjoyed has shrinked/shrunk/shrunken/whatever to three.  And we disagree on three games this week.  They also happen to be the biggest three games of…

Mark Barron wasn’t a fan of Lovie Smith’s defense

When the Buccaneers traded former seventh overall pick Mark Barron to the Rams for a pair of draft picks this week, it was easy to say that Barron being a poor fit for the defense run by head coach Lovie Smith was the chief reason for the move. Barron did nothing to defuse that notion…

Torrey Smith sees some good in Vontaze Burfict

After a pair of WWE-style toe holds against the Panthers earlier this month, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict instantly became known as the dirtiest player in pro football.  Ravens receiver Torrey Smith agrees with that sentiment, with a caveat. During the third quarter of Sunday’s game at Cincinnati, Smith ran a slant route from the “X”…

Johnny Manziel has been freelancing with the scout team

Many figured that Johnny Manziel would be on the field for the Browns by now. Apparently, that number included Manziel, who is getting a little antsy on the bench behind utterly sufficient Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. Safety Donte Whitner said he could see Manziel getting frustrated, but not in a destructive way. “We talk back…

Ronnie Hillman limited after hurting shoulder in practice

Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has made the most of the opportunity provided by Montee Ball’s injury over the past few weeks and there’s been talk that he’s earned a bigger piece of the pie in the backfield even after Ball returns to action. That makes it a very bad time for Hillman to get injured, which…

Belichick, Welker say they’ve moved on

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was furious with his former receiver, Wes Welker, after last year’s AFC Championship Game. Welker knocked then-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib out of the game with a block that Belichick called “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.” But as they prepare to face each other on Sunday, Belichick and Welker both…

Alex Smith practices in full, says shoulder feels fine

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that quarterback Alex Smith sprained his right shoulder while beating the Rams last Sunday, which meant Wednesday’s practice would be one to watch for a gauge of how Smith is feeling as the team heads toward a meeting with the Jets. There wound up being nothing much to worry about…

Thursday morning one-liners

Bills LB Nigel Bradham is making a name for himself. You can find stats to prove anything, including that the Dolphins are the second-best team in football. The emergence of Patriots WR Brandon LaFell follows a familiar script. This is fun: The New York Daily News came up with a list of teams worse than…

Eric Decker steps into a Twitter minefield of bitter Jets fans

One of these days, earnest people looking for feedback from the public are going to realize that asking Twitter for it is not always the best idea. New Jets wide receiver Eric Decker was just being nice, offering signed gear to the best response he got to an innocuous question, when Twitter and Jets schadenfreude…

Arrest video shows Joseph Randle making more bad decisions

As if weren’t bad enough that Cowboys running back Joseph Randle stole underwear and a tester bottle of cologne from a Dillard’s at a local mall, he showed an utter lack of self-awareness while being booked by police. Video from the Frisco City Jail, obtained by CBSDFW 11, showed Randle cracking jokes, making unauthorized cell…

Buccaneers re-sign Mike Kafka to practice squad

Two days after waiving him from the 53-player roster, the Buccaneers re-signed quarterback Mike Kafka to their practice squad on Wednesday, per the NFL’s transactions. The 27-year-old Kafka has been under contract to Tampa Bay, whether on the roster or practice squad, for all but a handful of days since February 10. With his knowledge…

Raiders bring back Larry Asante

With three defensive backs missing practice on Wednesday, the Oakland Raiders made a move to bolster their secondary depth. Oakland re-signed safety Larry Asante to replenish the ranks after Tyvon Branch and Usama Young both landed on injured reserve. To make room on the roster, the Raiders released linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, who re-signed to the…

Richard Sherman could return punts again on Sunday

The season began with one member of the Legion of Boom serving as the punt returner.  The experiment with safety Earl Thomas went poorly, and the plug was pulled quickly. Quietly, another member of the team’s secondary assumed the duties last week, with receiver Bryan Walters injured. Richard Sherman filled in against the Panthers, returning…

Marcus Lattimore practices Wednesday

49ers second-year tailback Marcus Lattimore took part in the club’s Wednesday practice, according to the NFL’s transactions. Lattimore, who turned 23 on Wednesday, has yet to play in an NFL game in his two-year pro career. He suffered serious right knee injuries as a collegian on October 27, 2012. Lattimore remains on the reserve/non-football injury…

Undrafted rookie Brock Coyle to start at middle linebacker for Seahawks

With Malcolm Smith ailing with a groin injury and Bobby Wagner still out with turf toe, the Seahawks have once again had to reshuffle their linebacker group. Undrafted rookie Brock Coyle is set to make his first NFL start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The move to put Coyle in the lineup bumps K.J. Wright back out to his…

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