NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell leaves Federal court Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Last-minute settlement talks between lawyers for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have failed, leaving a judge to decide the fate of

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said he had ''no qualms'' about the willingness of both sides to try to reach a settlement in the controversy that has hung over professional football since New England easily won the AFC title game in January.

Posted: August 31, 2015, 4:43 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis cut former starting left guard Donald Thomas and defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton on Monday.
Posted: August 31, 2015, 4:33 pm

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) scores a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Fred Jackson's tenure with the Buffalo Bills is over after the veteran running back, respected team leader and fan favorite was released on Monday. The decision came only as a mild surprise after the Bills acquired LeSean McCoy in a trade this offseason. General manager Doug Whaley called it a ''difficult decision'' in a statement released by the team.

Posted: August 31, 2015, 3:47 pm
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have traded sixth-year tackle Chris Clark to the Houston Texans for a 2016 seventh-round draft pick.
Posted: August 31, 2015, 3:26 pm

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Logan Thomas (6) is tackled Oakland Raiders defensive end Shelby Harris, bottom, and outside linebacker Neiron Ball (58) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Ball was called for a face mask penalty on the play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Even though Carson Palmer spent much of the first half on his back and running from the Oakland defense, Arizona coach Bruce Arians is not concerned about his offensive line. Palmer was sacked three times and threw two interceptions before the Cardinals rallied in the second half to beat the Raiders 30-23 on Sunday night when Marion Grice ran for an 11-yard score with 31 seconds left. ''Pass protection is not an issue,'' Arians said.

Posted: August 31, 2015, 4:50 am
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears terminated two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings' contract Sunday and placed safety Ryan Mundy on season-ending injured reserve because of a hip problem.
Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:33 am

Houston Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson (30) tries to drag down New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joseph Morgan (13) in the second half of a preseason NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. The Texans won 27-13. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Brian Hoyer sounded pleased about his first game as the Houston Texans' designated starter. Ryan Mallett, meanwhile, looked determined not to let his disappointment linger over his relegation to a backup role. Hoyer led scoring drives on two of his three series on Sunday, and the Texans went on to a 27-13 preseason victory over the inconsistent and undisciplined New Orleans Saints.

Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:26 am

In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, photograph, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks takes part in drills before an NFL football scrimmage at the Denver Broncos' headquarters Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks will not practice this coming week with the San Francisco 49ers, who sent him away from the team after he was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery Wednesday. Coach Jim Tomsula said Sunday there was no change in Brooks' status. The team sent him home Thursday morning from Colorado, where the 49ers held a pair of joint practices with the Broncos before playing a preseason game against Denver on Saturday night.

Posted: August 30, 2015, 11:58 pm

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine celebrates with quarterback Josh McCown (13) after McCown threw a touchdown pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)

Duke Johnson's concussion has aggravated the Browns' headache at running back. Johnson is following the NFL's protocol on head injuries after the rookie sustained a concussion in the first half of Saturday night's 31-7 win over Tampa Bay. Coach Mike Pettine said Sunday that Johnson, whose exhibition debut ended after he was rocked on a hit by Buccaneers cornerback Mike Jenkins, could be sidelined for some time.

Posted: August 30, 2015, 7:45 pm

New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (62) is walked off the field during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The New York Jets - and their anxious fans - can exhale. An MRI exam Sunday revealed that rookie defensive lineman Leonard Williams has a muscle strain behind one of his knees, and the team avoided a potentially devastating injury to its first-round draft pick. Williams got hurt in the first half of the Jets' 28-18 preseason victory over the Giants on Saturday night.

Posted: August 30, 2015, 5:35 pm
Robert Griffin III remains on the Redskins roster for now, but 13 other players won’t get to stick around to see how Kirk Cousins does as the team’s new starting quarterback. The team is down to 75 players on Monday, leaving them with no other moves to make before Tuesday’s deadline to trim the roster…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 5:14 pm
Kirk Cousins spent all offseason being told he was competing with Colt McCoy for the No. 2 quarterback job, behind starter Robert Griffin III. Today Cousins learned that wasn’t the case. So how did Cousins react when coach Jay Gruden told him this morning that he is Washington’s starting quarterback for the 2015 season? “Welcome…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: August 31, 2015, 5:00 pm
After Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston limped off the field in the team’s second preseason game and didn’t return to the game, coach Lovie Smith said the decision to remove him from the game wasn’t made because of an injury. Winston was limping on the sideline again while getting battered by the Browns pass rush on…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 4:59 pm
After saying for months that Robert Griffin III was his quarterback, Washington coach Jay Gruden reversed course today, saying that Cousins is the starter — and will remain the starter, meaning Griffin has no chance to unseat him. “Kirk Cousins will be the starter for 2015, moving forward,” Gruden said. “It’s Kirk’s team.” Of course,…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: August 31, 2015, 4:44 pm
The Ravens waived eight players Monday in anticipation of Tuesday’s NFL deadline for cutting rosters to 75. Offensive linemen Marcel Jones and Leon Brown, cornerback Tramain Jacobs, punter Justin Manton, long snapper Patrick Scales and wide receivers Aldrick Robinson, Trent Steelman and DeAndre Carter were the players let go. Robinson is a veteran of 36…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 31, 2015, 4:39 pm
Some moves make too much sense to not happen quickly. The Giants announced they have brought back safety Stevie Brown, after he was released by the Texans. The team’s Twitter account reports that Brown is healthy and ready to hit the ground running, which makes him different from most of their secondary. The Giants have…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: August 31, 2015, 4:03 pm
Robert Griffin III is out, Kirk Cousins is in as the quarterback carousel spins on furiously in Washington. We’ll be talking about the Redskins’ decision during Monday’s PFT Live when Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic joins Mike Florio to sort out everything that’s going on with the team. They’ll talk about why the team made…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 3:40 pm
The Bills have made their decision, and it’s one no one would have expected this offseason. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Bills are going with Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback for the regular season opener. They gave EJ Manuel a courtesy start in the preseason, and the prevailing sentiment early in…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: August 31, 2015, 3:31 pm
For weeks, I’ve been saying that the Tom Brady litigation will end in the near future only with a settlement. And even with Monday’s settlement conference resulting in yet another no-settlement declaration, a settlement remains possible until the moment Judge Richard M. Berman rules on the case. If/when he rules, the losing party (or both…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 31, 2015, 3:31 pm
The settlement talks in the Tom Brady case haven’t led to a resolution, which means the decision on Brady’s four-game suspension will rest with Judge Richard Berman. “We did not reach a settlement. The parties tried quite hard I think,” Berman said, via Stephen Brown of the New York Daily News. “In some case [a…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 3:29 pm
Running back Fred Jackson’s release is the headline for the Bills ahead of Tuesday’s deadline to cut rosters to 75 players, but there are plenty of other guys out of work in Buffalo as well. The Bills have dropped 11 other players from the roster, leaving them with 77 players and two more moves to make…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 3:18 pm
The two teams that have hired Gary Kubiak as a head coach have come together on a trade that will send tackle Chris Clark to Houston. The Denver Post reports that the Broncos will get a 2016 seventh-round pick in return for Clark. The deal will not be official until Clark passes a physical with…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 3:05 pm
If the goal for the Washington football organization is to confuse anyone and everyone possible, mission accomplished. There’s currently one less area of confusion. Per multiple sources, and confirming multiple reports, quarterback Kirk Cousins will start in Week One against Miami. “He’s the head coach and it’s his call,” one source said. “All are on…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:51 pm
The Broncos cut quarterback Zac Dysert and veteran linebacker Reggie Walker among a flurry of cuts, as they pared their roster to 79 in advance of tomorrow’s deadline. They also placed tight end Jeff Heuerman, this year’s third-round pick, on injured reserve. The Broncos waived cornerback Tevrin Brandon, guard Andre Davis, tight end Joe Don Duncan, punter Spencer Lanning, safety Ross…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:43 pm
The Bills have cut veteran running back Fred Jackson, making Jackson the most notable name of the early cuts leaguewide. Jackson, 34, has amassed over 1,000 total yards in five of the last six seasons. He started nine games and played in 14 last season. He was due to make $2.35 million this season. The…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:29 pm
The Steelers quest to find a healthy kicker has le them to trade for one. According to Jeff Prosser of 1010XL in Jacksonville, Scobee is already en route to the Steelers. Scobee was the longest-tenured Jaguars player, having worked for them since 2004, when he was chosen in the fifth round. They’re now handing the…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:28 pm
The NFL didn’t want him to do it. And he didn’t want to do it. But Giants co-owner John Mara has arrived at the federal courthouse in Manhattan for Monday’s latest hearing in the litigation arising from Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Judge Richard M. Berman requested Mara to be…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:19 pm
The Colts have confirmed the release of guard Donald Thomas along with 13 other moves that leave the team with 76 players. Among the most recognizable of the names that have been dropped from the roster is defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton. Pendleton spent the last two seasons with the team, although a knee injury left…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:15 pm
Terrelle Pryor wasn’t in the lineup for the Browns on Saturday as the team held him out a few days after he returned to practice after healing from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the first two preseason contests. Browns coach Mike Pettine said a little more than a week ago that the…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:03 pm
Once upon a time, Denarius Moore was a good receiving prospect. But not even reuniting him with the coach who led him to his best work helped him keep a job this year. The Bengals just announced that Moore was among their cuts today in advance of tomorrow’s deadline to get to 75. Moore averaged…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:02 pm
Martavis Bryant’s emergence last season helped the Steelers become the league’s most productive offense, and over the last month Bryant has looked like he’s going to be a star. But last week’s news that Bryant will start the 2015 season by serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy was not a…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:55 pm
The Falcons clipped the wings of 13 players and placed tackle Lamar Holmes on the regular season PUP list to get their roster to 76 players ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for the first round of cuts this summer. Holmes broke his foot this offseason and will be ineligible to rejoin the team for practices or…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:49 pm
The Buccaneers hope they have their quarterback for years to come in Jameis Winston and now they need to work on finding offensive linemen who can do more than help him up after taking a hit from an opposing defensive player. Winston has been sacked seven times in three preseason games, which is more than…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:39 pm
The Browns began the process of getting to the 75-man roster limit by tomorrow’s deadline, cutting several veterans in the process. The team announced they had cut linebackers Everette Brown and Moise Fokou, running back Jalen Parmele and cornerback Aaron Ross. None of those names are necessarily surprises, though Fokou did start 12 games for the Titans last year before…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:31 pm
The Washington organization might on the same page as it pertains to their quarterback plan, but it appears that for now it involves Kirk Cousins starting the opener. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, incumbent starter Robert Griffin III won’t re-take his concussion test until next week, clearing the way for Cousins to start…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:22 pm
Tim Wright’s well-traveled NFL career is taking another turn. The Buccaneers have traded Wright to the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. In what has to be an NFL first, this is actually the second consecutive year that the Buccaneers have traded Wright late in the preseason. Last year the Bucs shipped Wright and…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:20 pm
The Lions and Ryan Broyles are parting ways, two days after the wide receiver asked for his release in a meeting with general manager Martin Mayhew. A second-round pick in 2012, Broyles has been slowed by injuries and caught 32 passes in just 21 games. He tore his right ACL last December — it was…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:07 pm
Making the case for all three Bills quarterbacks. There’s not much depth chart intrigue left for the Dolphins. A projected 53-man roster for the Patriots. The Jets pared five wide receivers from the roster on Sunday. The third preseason game wasn’t a great one for Ravens rookies. Bengals RB Jeremy Hill lamented not being able…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 12:22 pm
After two regular-season appearances in two seasons, the Colts have decided to move on from veteran guard Donald Thomas. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Colts have released Thomas. He immediately becomes a free agent. Signed in 2013 as an unrestricted free agent and installed as the starting left guard with a…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 31, 2015, 12:12 pm
The first cuts from Chargers camp don’t include any surprising names nor does it include many names familiar to those who haven’t spent the summer paying very close attention to the team’s practices. Quarterback Chase Rettig, wide receiver Titus Davis, linebacker Curtis Grant, cornerback Manny Asprilla, defensive lineman Cameron Botticelli, running back Jahwan Edwards, tackle…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: August 31, 2015, 11:43 am

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