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Family: Frank Gifford had CTE

Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died last summer of natural causes, suffered from the concussion-related brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), his family said Wednesday. Story

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said Texans do a good job of moving J.J. Watt around, so "It's not like we can just run away from him, since we don't know where he's gonna be." Said it's important to get rid of the ball since Watt is relentless. And said Watt's job is basically to "wreak havoc."

Starr ready for emotional homecoming

The Packers legend survived two strokes, a heart attack and four seizures last year -- and then a life-threatening bronchial infection three months ago -- and is set to attend Thursday's ceremony for Brett Favre. A legend at Lambeau

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Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd practicing for first time since suffering a shoulder injury against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 9.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens QB Matt Schaub said he's excited at the opportunity to start again in the league. "It's a good anxiety to get back out there in the huddle. It's been a whirlwind couple of days."

Obama pardons turkeys, cooks Packers

President Barack Obama pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys today, and while listing the things he was thankful for, he said he's grateful the Bears will beat the Packers on Thursday.

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Mularkey said WR Kendall Wright "looked much better than I was expecting" at Wednesday practice. After three missed games with a sprained left knee, Wright was still limited to specific number of plays.

Best, worst NFL DFS matchups

Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders says DeAndre Hopkins is a must-have for his matchup vs. the Saints this week. Week 12 tips (Insider)

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Marshawn Lynch has hernia surgery

The Seahawks RB had surgery Wednesday to repair a sports hernia injury, according to ESPN sources and a report. The surgery was first reported by the NFL's website. Story

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Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Mariota was back at Oregon over the weekend, where his Heisman Trophy got a Hawaiian blessing. He left field Wednesday with his LT, Taylor Lewan.

Tom Brady is cooling off a bit

Don't look now, but the Patriots quarterback has been good, rather than great, over the past three weeks.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

With 220,026 votes, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has the received the seventh most Pro Bowl votes among all positions.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"As a quarterback, you just throw to the open guy. It sounds so simple." - 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"The one thing I believe is that certain storms, you cant go around. Youve got to go right through them, and were steering right through. -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula with the Arizona media today on managing the Niners' personnel changes this season.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Despite playing six games, Ben Roethlisberger leads the league with 11 completions on passes thrown at least 30 yards downfield. In the last 10 seasons, no NFL quarterback has thrown more than 16.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions are bringing in Ernie Accorsi to assist with the GM search. Team prez Rod Wood said he will only work for Lions in this cycle.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is now second in Pro Bowl fan voting behind Tom Brady.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said he will play Sunday vs. the New York Giants. Williams did not practice today after suffering a left patella contusion vs. Carolina.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Staff Writer 

For Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is practicing Wednesday and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware was not practicing, but Warecwas working off to the side with strength and conditions coaches.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Tomsula said Wednesday he has not had any conversations with 49ers management on his job security with a 3-7 record, or if he will return next season. "We're in a performance-based business," he said. "And all of us in it, get it. So I don't think (about job security) or work that way, The long-term goal is Sunday. That's just where I stay"

Tom Brady: Manning has been 'remarkable'

The Patriots QB said no one respects Peyton Manning more than he does, and that it's unfortunate timing for an injury: "If anyone can appreciate what he's accomplished, it's me." New England and Denver face off Sunday without Manning.


Harbaugh: I never insinuated Rams dirty

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Jeff Fisher was likely "misinformed" about his comments regarding a scuffle between the teams on a punt return during Sunday's game. Fisher was irked and responded: "[Ravens] need to take a look in the mirror." Story

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins: "Anybody who watches film, I get open." But he knows that other players get open, too.

WR Fantasy Ranks: Cooks a top-15 play

He has 55 fantasy points in the last three weeks and Field Yates thinks his workload should remain consistent in the coming weeks.


Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been placed in the 49ers' concussion protocol, coach Jim Tomsula announced Wednesday, putting Brooks' availability for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in question. Tomsula also announced that DL Glenn Dorsey, who underwent knee surgery on Tuesday, would be placed on IR soon.