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Elway: Resting Manning will pay off

"Maybe it's not what he's used to," Broncos GM John Elway said of the added rest Peyton Manning has been given during training camp. "But I just think that at 39 years old, he can't work like he used to work. ... He may not be as far along as he wants to right now because he hasn't had that work, he'll be much farther along in December by taking this time off, when we're really going to need him.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension is for failed marijuana tests, according to a source, who adds Bryant is hopeful to hear back on his appeal in the next 7-10 days.

Giants lose another safety to injury

Nat Berhe will undergo surgery Friday to remove a hardened blood clot from his calf, which is likely to keep him out for the season. That would make him the fourth safety the Giants have lost for the season due to injury in the past 13 days.

Livin' La Vida Gronk

When your 4 older brothers are or have been professional athletes, but your dad calls you "probably the best pure athlete to come out of our house," that's a Gronk-sized honor. That's Glenn Gronkowski. The youngest Gronk

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Talented Mr. Roto: All-in on Amari

Not only is Amari Cooper Matthew Berry's top rookie for dynasty leagues, he's also the namesake of one of the better fantasy football team names Berry has seen this summer (Amari 2600). 10 lists of 10

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Manziel injury means McCown to start

The Browns don't believe Johnny Manziel's injury is a long-term issue, but he'll sit out the rest of the preseason, meaning Josh McCown will get the starting nod for the regular season.


RG III cleared to play next preseason game

Washington QB Robert Griffin III, who suffered a concussion against the Lions, will start Saturday vs. the Ravens after being cleared by a neurologist.

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Colts' Toler (neck) listed as week-to-week

“As you go through and the doctors evaluate, that’s where he’s at right now,” coach Chuck Pagano said of CB Greg Toler, who was initially listed as day-to-day after suffering the injury in a preseason game against the Bears. Toler played 15 games last season.

Prior violations by company in stadium death

The subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Vikings stadium construction site has received nine citations for worksite safety violations in the past five years, according to public records. Story

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No acting career in Flacco's future

Ravens QB Joe Flacco showed off his funny side in his "Party Fail" commercial, but he has no interest in evaluating his own work: “I haven’t watched it yet; I’m like the only person." Will he ever?

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Wilson clarifies concussion comments

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson clarified Thursday he didn't suffer a concussion in the NFC Championship game against the Packers. Says Wilson: "I didn't have a concussion, I guess it was perceived wrong. I did not have a concussion." Wilson praises recovery water

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Is the Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill a top-10 quarterback? Yes, according to Pro Football Focus. Tannehill is rated No. 10 in PFF's rankings and most notably ahead of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a fan in Hall of Famer John Elway. "I've always liked Colin," Elway, now the Broncos G.M., told reporters Thursday, following the second of two joint practices between the teams in Colorado. "I think he's very athletic and I think that he's a guy that will make a lot of big plays. He's doing more within the pocket, which I think, as he continues to do that, it's going to help him. He's a great athlete and he's got that big play ability to avoid things and make things happen."

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles on the offense new coordinator Greg Olson has installed: "I think this one's definitely the best" of the offenses he has played in the past two seasons.

Manziel will miss final preseason games

Browns QB Johnny Manziel will miss the final two games of the preseason due to a sore elbow. He's completed 17 of 29 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown this preseason.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

With Martavis Bryant facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy, per Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without 19 touchdowns of 2014 production - Bryant with eight, Le'Veon Bell (suspended two games) with 11.

Griffin defers concussion questions

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III didn't provide and clarity about when, or if, he suffered a concussion when speaking to the media for the first time since leaving the team's Aug. 20 game against the Lions. Questions unanswered

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Steelers' fantasy values up in the air

Ben Roethlisberger likely will be without two top weapons when the season starts in two weeks. Can fantasy football owners trust him or other Steelers players for the long haul? Play for free

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Perriman 'slower healing' than expected

Coach John Harbaugh said rookie WR Breshad Perriman (knee) is taking longer to heal than the team expected and there is no timetable for his return to the field. He was Baltimore's first-round pick out of UCF.

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Offense will be missing in NFL opener

Notable players likely to miss the Patriots-Steelers season-opener due to suspension: Tom Brady and LeGarrette Blount (Patriots); and Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant (Steelers).

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Fantasy Focus: Pondering Jordan Reed

Matthew Berry and Field Yates think that Jay Gruden’s offense has been fantasy friendly toward tight ends, so you should be thinking Redskins tight ends this year. Listen to the podcast

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Players to avoid drafting early

ESPN fantasy analysts Field Yates and Matthew Berry explain why they hesitate to draft Bills RB LeSean McCoy and Bears RB Matt Forte.


Super Bowl helped New Orleans recover

Families wrote messages to Drew Brees after the 2009 Super Bowl. One read: "My family lost everything in August 2005. Last night you and our beloved boys gave us everything back." Hurricane Katrina: 10 years later

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