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The 'other' Steve Smith nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Steve Smith, Sr. was one of the most productive wide receivers of his generation. The 16-year NFL vet retired in January after amassing 1,031 catches for 14,731 yards and 81 touchdowns, all top-12 marks in league history. Despite a lack of size at just 5-foot-9, Smith was known for his toughness and ability as a dynamic return man. Show More Summary

Did Texans make right decision to start Deshaun Watson this week?

Had the Houston Texans turned to quarterback Deshaun Watson as their starter back in May, it would have made sense. He’s the most talented quarterback the Texans have. The notion that a rookie quarterback has to sit – especially one with as many big-game reps as Watson – is outdated. Show More Summary

Robert Griffin III is clowning fools on a basketball court

We’ve all spent a lot of time in this young NFL season fretting and fuming about the fact that Colin Kaepernick deserves/doesn’t deserve a job/exile because of his football skills/anthem protests (circle the answers you feel appropriate). Show More Summary

Report: Cardinals' David Johnson to have wrist surgery, headed to IR but may return

As the Arizona Cardinals and David Johnson feared, the third-year running back needs surgery to correct the dislocated wrist he suffered in Arizona’s season-opening loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The team and player were waiting for results on the second opinion they sought for the injury. Show More Summary

Tampa Bay's home game against Chicago will go on as scheduled

Despite several anxious days of waiting and watching, Hurricane Irma spared much of Florida, and the state is returning to normal. Week 1’s game between the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers was postponed to Week 11, but the team has announced that Week 2’s home game against the Chicago Bears will go on as scheduled. Show More Summary

Sergio Dipp explains his awkward 'Monday Night Football' sideline moment

Sergio Dipp, the world’s most awkward-slash-lovable “Monday Night Football” commentator, is working his way through the internet news cycle, and right now he’s in the peek-behind-the-curtain phase. Dipp made Twitter history on Monday night when he stammered through a heartfelt but cringeworthy sideline sequence. Show More Summary

Broncos' game-winning field-goal block was by design, not just luck

DENVER – Do you think icing the kicker is useless? It seems like it most of the time. Late Monday night, a timeout and a conversation between two teammates during that break was the reason the Denver Broncos were able to pull off a game-winning field goal block to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 24-21. Show More Summary

Broncos win a late-night thriller on a blocked field goal

DENVER – Most of the country was probably in bed by the time the Los Angeles Chargers made the second game in the “Monday Night Football” doubleheader interesting. A little before 1 a.m. Eastern time, trailing the Denver Broncos 24-7 in the fourth quarter, the Chargers finally got going. Show More Summary

The night ESPN's Sergio Dipp became famous for awkward sideline report

Sergio Dipp’s fame rose after a sideline report on “Monday Night Football.” (ESPN screen shot) Sideline reports are generally forgettable. They’re wallpaper during the broadcast. Even the informative ones about injuries or strategy don’t become famous. Show More Summary

Slingin' Sam Bradford? Vikings QB lets it fly and has big game vs. Saints

Last season Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford played mostly a safe game. When in doubt, check it down. You’re going to get only so far playing that way. That Bradford was nowhere to be found on Monday night. Bradford pushed the ball downfield and found open receivers all night. Show More Summary

Adrian Peterson has sideline argument with Sean Payton in quiet Saints debut

Adrian Peterson started for the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. It was a nod of respect to the veteran as he faced his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. He carried on the first play and gained 9 yards. And that’s pretty much it for positive vibes from Peterson’s Saints debut. Show More Summary

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs honored Randy Moss with his cleats and his touchdown celebration

Stefon Diggs honored Randy Moss in more ways than one. (Getty Images) Randy Moss was inducted into the Minnesota Vikings’ Ring of Honor during Monday night’s contest between the Vikings and the New Orleans Saints, and some of Minnesota’s new receivers couldn’t help but honor him. Show More Summary

Cardinals' Bruce Arians: Timetable for David Johnson to return is minimum 8 weeks

The Arizona Cardinals suffered a significant loss on Sunday when dynamic running back David Johnson was lost to a wrist injury. Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions. He caught a pass from...Show More Summary

Buccaneers, Dolphins displaced after Hurricane Irma damages Florida

Just a couple of weeks since we saw the Houston Texans decamp to Frisco, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey decimated Houston, two other NFL teams have temporarily moved their bases of operation. Hurricane Irma, which battered much of Florida this weekend, has forced the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to find new places to practice. Show More Summary

Jim Brown, Browns owner were key in pregame show of unity with police

Last week started out with a contentious threat from Cleveland’s police union that it wouldn’t participate in a Browns pregame ceremony for the national anthem, in response to many Browns kneeling for the anthem during a preseason game. Show More Summary

NFL Week 1 Superlatives: Rams' Jared Goff gets most improved

We’re unveiling a new feature this season – weekly NFL superlatives. It’s meant to be a lighthearted look at Sunday’s games, as we highlight best dressed, most improved, and even class clown. Here’s the picks for Week 1: Most likelyShow More Summary

NFL Week 1: Tony Romo, Eli Manning highlight social media winners and losers

Eli Manning face: 2017 edition (Screenshot via NBC) This NFL season, we’re introducing a weekly installment in which we look at social media winners and losers across the NFL. Each week, we’ll scour Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and whatever...Show More Summary

Giants' offensive incompetence shows how valuable Beckham is

Odell Beckham Jr. is angling for a new, lucrative long-term deal with the Giants. And when negotiations begin, all he needs to do is walk into a Meadowlands conference room and replay Sunday night’s game. He’ll walk out with a whole lot more zeroes than he already has. Show More Summary

The top five plays of NFL Week 1

Amazingly enough, Amari Cooper scored a touchdown on this play after it looked like he was tackled. (AP) We got a taste of the NFL on Thursday night, with the traditional season opening game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots. Show More Summary

NFL Week 1 Winners and Losers: The Seahawks have a big offensive problem

Offensive linemen play in obscurity, rarely reaching a level in which casual fans learn their names. You might not know any of the Seattle Seahawks‘ offensive linemen by name, but after Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers you already know that group is the biggest obstacle to Seattle doing much this season. Show More Summary

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