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Niners expected to lean on Trey Lance's strengths as rookie QB makes his first start vs. Cardinals
Oct 10, 2021
What is Trey Lance going to look like when he makes his first career start on Sunday against the Cardinals? According to John Beck, who worked with the rookie up through the draft, "very athletic and dynamic."
Contract figures, underlying tension contributed to Patriots-Tom Brady split
Oct 03, 2021
The Week 4 matchup between the Buccaneers and Patriots will be one for the history books. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport takes a look back at the factors that helped set the stage for Sunday night's showdown between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
Bears QB Justin Fields, complete with photographic memory, debuts as starter in Week 3
Sep 26, 2021
Quincy Avery has been working with Justin Fields since the QB was in high school. And when asked how ready the new Bears starter is for his debut, what comes to mind isn't anything from on the football field.
49ers were Aaron Rodgers' top choice if tumultuous offseason with Packers led to split
Sep 26, 2021
Aaron Rodgers will play on "Sunday Night Football" for the Packers, a statement that is obvious despite the fact that this offseason, it was anything but. The veteran QB was reportedly eyeing San Francisco had his differences with Green Bay not been resolved.
Broncos rebuffed trade interest from Saints for CB Kyle Fuller
Sep 19, 2021
Former Pro Bowl cornerback Kyle Fuller had yet to play a snap for the Broncos, but the Saints were quick to probe Denver on its potential interest in trading its big-time free-agent acquisition shortly after he signed with the club.
Cowboys to play linebacker Micah Parsons at DE due to defensive line injuries
Sep 19, 2021
With injuries tanking the Dallas Cowboys' group of pass rushers, Micah Parsons -- the talented rookie tackler from Penn State -- will see more time along the defensive line, starting in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Trade talks for Texans QB Deshaun Watson could pick up around Nov. 2 deadline
Sep 12, 2021
Deshaun Watson will not play in the Houston Texans' regular-season opener Sunday against the Jaguars. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport updates Watson's future in the NFL and the league's investigation into the allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against the QB.
Virginia Tech CB prospect Caleb Farley's stock one of biggest questions in 2021 NFL Draft
Apr 27, 2021
Caleb Farley has dealt with a back injury for more than two years, and the Virginia Tech CB's draft stock is one of the bigger question marks as the 2021 NFL Draft approaches, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport report.
Ohio State QB Justin Fields managing epilepsy as he heads into 2021 NFL Draft
Apr 21, 2021
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has confirmed to NFL teams that he is managing epilepsy -- a neurological disorder that can cause seizures.
Cowboys will sign or tag Dak Prescott, have no medical concerns after two ankle surgeries
Feb 07, 2021
The Cowboys are expected to make a push to sign their quarterback to a long-term contract prior to the March 9 deadline for applying the franchise tag -- a sign they're confident in Prescott's ongoing recovery from multiple surgeries on the ankle he fractured in October.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes expected to have toe surgery following season
Feb 07, 2021
Following Sunday's Super Bowl, Patrick Mahomes is expected to see a foot specialist and will likely have surgery to repair his ailing toe, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. The expectation is that it won't heal on its own, an indication of just how significant the injury is.
New Orleans Saints facing discipline again for COVID-19 violations
Feb 06, 2021
The Saints are again facing discipline for violations of the NFL's policies on COVID-19 that may have contributed to one of their star players becoming infected, and the punishment is likely to be the biggest yet for their third offense.
Patriots considered trading for Stefon Diggs prior to blockbuster Vikings-Bills deal
Jan 24, 2021
The blockbuster trade that sent All-Pro wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Vikings to the Bills ended up working out for all parties involved. A last-minute offer from the Patriots, however, could have led to drastically different results.
Jaguars expected to move on from Doug Marrone with eyes on Urban Meyer as possible replacement
Jan 02, 2021
The Jaguars haven't made a final decision on coach Doug Marrone's future, but he's likely to be replaced in the days following Sunday's finale against the Colts -- and they're expected to make a run at least one possible big-name replacement in Urban Meyer, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.
Former Giants GM Jerry Reese interviews for Jaguars' vacant GM job, while other teams loom
Dec 27, 2020
Former New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese has already interviewed with Jacksonville, according to sources informed of last week's meeting, and Reese is a name to watch as at least five other teams go about their searches for GMs.
NFL plans to expand regular season to 17 games per team in 2021
Dec 27, 2020
The NFL is planning to expand the regular season to 17 games in 2021 -- a historic move that would generate new revenue and could at least slightly soften an anticipated drop in the salary cap next year, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport report.
Tom Brady, Bruce Arians planned golf outing during bye week until NFL stepped in
Dec 13, 2020
With a much-needed breather in Week 13, after two straight losses, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady had a plan to take advantage of the bye week -- golf. That was until the NFL stepped in.
Carson Wentz's future uncertain as Jalen Hurts makes first career start for Eagles
Dec 13, 2020
When Jalen Hurts steps on the field against the New Orleans Saints, he will do more than simply make his first start for the Eagles. Hurts' performance may also go a long way in determining Carson Wentz's future in Philadelphia.
Eagles' Doug Pederson, Chargers' Anthony Lynn among coaches on hot seat
Dec 06, 2020
Several NFL coaches have begun facing the possibility of being let go by their organizations amid tumultuous seasons. Among those names are Doug Pederson, Anthony Lynn and two coaches who have just one win between them.
Niners could play 'home' games in Arizona due to COVID-19 restrictions
Nov 29, 2020
When Santa Clara County released new COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, it banned all contact sports and mandated a 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling into the area from 150 miles away. In short, it left the 49ers searching for a new home to finish the season.
Eagles plan to give Jalen Hurts his most snaps this season on Monday
Nov 29, 2020
Jalen Hurts is expected to receive increased playing time at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, and unlike on previous snaps, Carson Wentz won't be on the field. It will be the first time in 2020 that this dynamic will take place.
NFL playoff bubbles a subject of active discussion as COVID cases rise
Nov 29, 2020
As COVID-19 cases rise around the country, the NFL has been affected more over the last two weeks that at any time since training camp began. The league is now considering its most dramatic action yet to prevent such situations in the postseason.
Saints' Sean Payton 'just wants to know' if Taysom Hill is future at QB
Nov 22, 2020
After conversations with several people involved with the New Orleans Saints' decision to name a starter in place of the injured Drew Brees, an explanation became clear as to why Taysom Hill is expected to start against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Donations to Buffalo hospital 'a true testament' to how community feels about Josh Allen
Nov 15, 2020
Josh Allen spends some of his time away from the game at Oishei Children's Hospital and has developed a relationship with those in the building. So, when the Buffalo Bills quarterback mentioned that his grandmother recently passed away, it stirred up feelings for the hospital's president.
Bucs GM Jason Licht on Antonio Brown: 'He's just so explosive'
Nov 08, 2020
For the good on the field, and for the bad off the field, Antonio Brown's return to the NFL generated endless headlines. Now, as he is set to return Sunday night against the Saints, Tampa Bay's top evaluator weighed in on what he's like now that he's back on the field.
Titans fined $350K for COVID-19 violations; Raiders could be next
Oct 25, 2020
The Tennessee Titans have been fined $350,000 for COVID-19 protocol violations -- the result of a review by the NFL and NFLPA, which now have turned their attention to lapses surrounding multiple positive COVID cases with the Las Vegas Raiders.
The end of Minshew Mania? Jags QB could be benched if he continues to struggle
Oct 25, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback Gardner Minshew is in danger of being benched if he continues to struggle, and that could happen as soon as today against the Los Angeles Chargers, multiple sources say.
Titans could face discipline if review finds they did not follow COVID-19 protocol
Oct 04, 2020
When NFL and NFLPA officials descended upon Nashville to review the Titans' COVID-19 outbreak, it put the team in position to potentially face discipline for how they followed the jointly negotiated protocols.
Jets coach Adam Gase's job status not hanging in balance tonight
Oct 01, 2020
The 0-3 New York Jets face the 0-3 Denver Broncos tonight on "Thursday Night Football," exclusively on the NFL Network. While rumors abound in regard to Adam Gase's job security, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports his status doesn't hang in the balance of the game's outcome.
Cardinals' Budda Baker playing through thumb injury, plans for surgery
Sep 27, 2020
When the Cardinals defense takes the field Sunday against the Lions, All-Pro safety Budda Baker will be out with his teammates. But he will do so playing through a thumb injury that figures to take him off the field in the next week.
Referees focusing on 'clear and obvious' calls as penalties drop
Sep 20, 2020
When NFL teams took the field for Week 1, it wasn't just the first time in months that players and coaches took part in competitive action. It was the same way for the referees. As the NFL's Senior VP of Officiating Training and Development Walt Anderson explained this week, the goal was simple.
An inside look at wild backstory behind Saints' last-ditch effort to sign Jadeveon Clowney
Sep 06, 2020
Making a final push late Saturday to land star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, the Saints got creative, attempting to pull off a move believed to be the first of its kind in NFL history – but couldn't get final clearance from the league.
Important salary-cap negotiations loom for NFL, NFLPA
Jun 02, 2020
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Judy Battista report the NFL and NFLPA acknowledge that important negotiations are coming quickly to determine how to handle yearly salary caps for 2020 and beyond, considering there are likely to be steep revenue losses due to COVID-19.