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NFL players can wear custom cleats to promote causes important to them this week

As has been chronicled thoroughly, the NFL’s obsession with legislating every single thing players can and cannot do includes the color and design of the shoes they wear on game days. Stray, and they’ll be fined. But for once, the league has relented. Show More Summary

Jason Witten's receptions streak ends at 130 games after catch wiped out

Lost a bit in the postgame shuffle of the Dallas Cowboys beating the Minnesota Vikings and running their record to 11-1 was the fact that for the first time in 130 games, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten did not catch a pass. Actually, Witten did — but it didn’t count. Show More Summary

Man who police say killed Joe McKnight released without being charged

The NFL world was shocked to hear news Thursday that former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed in New Orleans. There was more shock on Friday with news that the man authorities say shot McKnight was released without being charged. Show More Summary

A couple of controversial calls go Dallas' way, and the Cowboys escape with a win

The Dallas Cowboys marked another thing off their championship contender checklist. Even when their offense was shut down, and Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant all had relatively quiet nights, the Cowboys still won a tough road game. Show More Summary

NFL says it will hire up to 17 full-time officials and increase size of each crew

One solution that is always suggested to fix the NFL’s officiating issues is hiring full-time officials. Now we’ll see if that helps. NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent told the Associated Press that the league plans to hire up to 17 full-time officials. Show More Summary

Former Jets, Chiefs RB Joe McKnight killed in Louisiana shooting

Former NFL running back Joe McKnight has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting on Thursday in Terrytown, La. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, McKnight, 28, was killed at approximately 3 p.m. local time after an argument at an intersection in the suburb just across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Show More Summary

Rehab isn't helping, so Bears' Jay Cutler to have season-ending surgery

The 2-9 Chicago Bears will be finishing out their season with their third-string quarterback under center. On Thursday, Bears coach John Fox told reporters that veteran QB Jay Cutler’s rehabilitation efforts have not been effective, and that he will undergo surgery to repair his damaged labrum in his throwing shoulder. Show More Summary

Trevor Siemian missed another Broncos practice, opening door to Paxton Lynch starting

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian missed a second straight day of practice Thursday, making it likely that rookie Paxton Lynch will steer the offense on Sunday. Fortunately for the Broncos, they will be on the road against the...Show More Summary

Patriots dealt huge blow, as Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery

The AFC race just opened up in a big way. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, unquestionably the best tight end in the NFL when healthy, will undergo back surgery on Friday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. WhileShow More Summary

NFL MVP, ROY and awards rankings: There are three legit MVP candidates right now

Some years, the NFL MVP favorite is pretty clear by December. That’s not the case this year. There are good candidates, but the race at this point comes down to three players. There can be cases made for others, though it’s an annual tradition for people to make bad MVP arguments to be contrarian. Show More Summary

Blake Barnett to Arizona State: Latest Transfer Details, Comments, Reaction

Former Alabama redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Barnett decided to join the Arizona State Sun Devils on Monday. Barnett announced the news on his Twitter account: Along with Barnett, Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks...Show More Summary

NFL draft: Gifted underclassmen with tough decisions to make on coming out

When Texas running back D’Onta Foreman declared for the 2017 NFL draft on Wednesday, it was a no-brainer. There was little chance of him pulling a Ricky Williams-esque shocker and returning to campus. The reasons were clear. Texas had just fired head coach Charlie Strong. Show More Summary

Mike Zimmer will step aside with bad eye, let Mike Priefer coach Vikings on Thursday

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer’s eye condition worsened on Wednesday, and he will not coach Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as the interim coach for the Vikings, according to GM Rick Spielman on Thursday. Show More Summary

Yahoo Sports poll: Fans want more player celebrations in the NFL

The NFL is letting its players wear specialized cleats this week, and it has led to players using the #cleatsforacause hashtag to show them off. It’s unusual because the NFL has plenty of rules in place that prevent players from expressing themselves. Show More Summary

Vikings' Mike Zimmer undergoes emergency eye surgery, won't coach Thursday vs. Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had surgery for a torn retina early this month, and he needed another emergency surgery Wednesday. The team announced Zimmer had emergency eye surgery on Wednesday night and will not be on the sidelines Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from Show More Summary

Miami Dolphins ban brawling fans, but fan violence and arrests aren't uncommon

It’s not that unusual to find a video taken on a smartphone of NFL fans brawling in the stands, or outside in the parking lot. The unusual part of a fight from Sunday’s Miami Dolphins game is the fans involved won’t return to the stadium. Show More Summary

TV ratings and attendance for L.A. Rams games aren't blowing anyone away

Throughout the history of expansion and relocated pro sports teams, a great first season at the gate has been a near certainty. Whether the team wins or loses, there’s a novelty for at least the first season. The Los Angeles Rams aren’t really getting that grace period. Show More Summary

J.J. Watt donates $10K for high school player left in coma after serious football injury

J.J. Watt has been away from the field most of this season while he’s coming back from a serious injury, but the All Pro defensive lineman for the Houston Texans hasn’t stayed away from his philanthropic side. When Watt heard what happened to high-school football player Grant Milton, he went to work. Show More Summary

Dolphins cut player mid-practice who was arrested on drug charges, with gun in car

Former Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Leon Orr was arrested on Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana and a controlled substance after a traffic stop, via the Naples Daily News. According to the Collier County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office, officers stopped Orr in his black BMW for what they believed to be illegally tinted windows. Show More Summary

Greg Cosell's Week 12 Review: Aaron Rodgers played a different game vs. Eagles

The highlight of Monday night’s Green Bay Packers win was an amazing throw from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams in the end zone. The ball placement into a small window was as precise as it gets. It’s maybe the best throw I’ve seen this season. Show More Summary

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