Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, left, is greeted by teammate Jack Conklin, right, after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr look ready for the season to start after a successful preseason dress rehearsal. Mariota led Tennessee to scores on all four drives he played and Carr threw two touchdown passes for Oakland and the Titans beat the Raiders 27-14 on Saturday night. ''All in all, guys have put in the work,'' Mariota said.


Posted: August 28, 2016, 4:24 am

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) thaws as Los Angeles Rams defensive end Eugene Sims (97) pursues during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

DENVER (AP) -- Trevor Siemian threw his first touchdown pass of the preseason and tightened his grip on the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback job in a 17-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night.


Posted: August 28, 2016, 4:19 am

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, right, and New York Giants' Odell Beckham, left, pose for photographs after exchanging jerseys following pan NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 21-20. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown pass to Eric Decker and the New York Jets' defense stifled Eli Manning and the New York Giants' starters in a 21-20 preseason loss Saturday night. Both teams' first-string offenses did very little in the last regular-season tuneup for most starters, but Fitzpatrick connected with Decker for a 22-yard score three plays after Darrelle Revis intercepted Manning on a pass intended for Odell Beckham Jr. in Giants territory in the second quarter.


Posted: August 28, 2016, 3:57 am

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws to a receiver in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The night was supposed to be about the long-awaited returns of quarterback Joe Flacco and linebacker Terrell Suggs. Flacco went 11 for 16 for 94 yards in his first action since November, but the Ravens apparently lost tight end Benjamin Watson for the season during a 30-9 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. After Watson tore his right Achilles tendon on the game's first play, promising rookie running back Kenneth Dixon left in the second quarter with a sprained knee.


Posted: August 28, 2016, 3:25 am

Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin (98) sacks Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Sam Bradford continues making his pitch to be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback. With Carson Wentz missing a second straight game because of fractured ribs, Bradford led the Eagles on three touchdown drives and to a third straight preseason victory, 33-23.


Posted: August 28, 2016, 3:00 am

Los Angeles Rams' Tavon Austin, left, chats with young fans during practice at Crawford Field at University of California, Irvine, on Monday, August 8, 2016. (Kyusung Gong/The Orange County Register via AP)

Wide receiver Tavon Austin has signed a four-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams. ''Tavon has been an integral part of our offense and special teams since we drafted him in 2013,'' coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. ''It is important to our organization to retain players we've drafted and invested in, and Tavon is an example of that.


Posted: August 28, 2016, 12:13 am

Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is assisted off the field after injuring himself in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson has torn his right Achilles tendon and is likely lost for the season. Signed as a free agent in March, Watson was expected to be a key element in the Ravens' passing game.


Posted: August 27, 2016, 11:39 pm

San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick, left, and Blaine Gabbert stand on the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Green Bay won 21-10. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem before games because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities. Kaepernick sat on the team's bench Friday night during the anthem before the Niners played host to the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game. ''I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,'' Kaepernick said.


Posted: August 27, 2016, 10:39 pm

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Alex Smith looked sharp in leading three scoring drives in the first half and the Kansas City Chiefs got a 23-7 preseason victory over the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Smith completed 20 of 30 passes for 181 yards before Nick Foles came in to start the third quarter. The defense strangled Chicago's offense, and the Chiefs (1-2) came away with the win after dropping their first two exhibitions.


Posted: August 27, 2016, 10:17 pm

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is examined on the sideline after he left the game with an injury during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Tony Romo is out with yet another back injury and it's unknown when he will return, although Dallas coach Jason Garrett says he expects his star quarterback to play this season. Garrett said Saturday that Romo sustained a broken bone in his back when he was hit from behind by Seattle's Cliff Avrill and slid awkwardly on the third play of a preseason game. Rookie Dak Prescott, a fourth-round pick who has had a strong preseason, is the presumed starter, although Garrett wouldn't acknowledge that either.


Posted: August 27, 2016, 8:54 pm
Trevor Siemian got his second straight start Saturday night in his bid to win the Broncos’ starting quarterback job. Siemian led one touchdown drive, one field goal drive and threw an interception. A 43-yard pass from Siemian to Demaryius Thomas set up a field goal that gave the Broncos a 10-9 halftime lead over the…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 28, 2016, 2:48 am
Colts guard Jack Mewhort suffered a torn ACL during Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Eagles, NFL Network reported. Mewhort will miss the entire 2016 season if further examination confirms a torn ACL and the Colts, already thin on the offensive line, will have to scramble to try to replace one of their better players.…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 28, 2016, 2:27 am
Bryan Stork is apparently going to officially be new Redskins center Bryan Stork fairly soon. Stork tweeted Saturday night that he’s anxious to get the next chapter of his career started. “I will forever have nothing but great memories at [the Patriots],” Stork tweeted. “Looking forward to making more [with the Redskins].” The Patriots traded…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 28, 2016, 2:13 am
Preseason results don’t mean much and are usually quickly forgotten. In Oakland Saturday night, it’s fair to say the offenses beat the defenses. The Titans got the ball first and scored immediately. A 60-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to rookie Tajae Sharpe set up a short touchdown run by DeMarco Murray. The Raiders came right…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 28, 2016, 1:55 am
Veteran Jets linebacker David Harris suffered a shoulder injury and has been declared out of Saturday night’s Jets-Giants preseason game. Harris suffered the injury late in the first half. He probably wasn’t going to return to Saturday night’s game anyway, but he’s a key player in the Jets’ defense and the Jets hope he won’t…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 28, 2016, 1:29 am
Colts guard Jack Mewhort suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Eagles. Mewhort is one of the Colts’ best offensive linemen, and if Mewhort suffered a significant injury it would be a significant blow to the Colts. The Colts just don’t have much depth across their offensive…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 28, 2016, 1:09 am
The Jets were patient with running back Matt Forte over the last several weeks. But when Forte made his preseason debut in Saturday night’s game vs. the Giants, the Jets kept Forte busy. Forte got five touches on the game’s first drive, three by run and two on receptions from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 28, 2016, 12:58 am
Veteran Giants cornerback Leon Hall suffered a concussion during the first quarter of Saturday night’s Jets-Giants preseason game. Hall signed with the Giants earlier this month. He previously played exclusively for the Bengals, who drafted him in the first round in 2007. The Giants also announced that rookie linebacker B.J. Goodson was being evaluated for…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 28, 2016, 12:42 am
The Colts got shoved around in the first half of Saturday night’s preseason game by the Eagles, who took a 17-3 lead into halftime. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck completed 13-of-18 passes for 134 yards but was sacked three times. The Colts were able to move the ball but couldn’t sustain drives and scored only in…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 28, 2016, 12:33 am
With the Tavon Austin extension official, a debate already has begun regarding whether the Rams are paying the 2013 first-rounder too much. “Tavon has been an integral part of our offense and special teams since we drafted him in 2013,” coach Jeff Fisher said in the press release announcing the deal. “It is important to…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 11:43 pm
Colts cornerback Darius Butler intercepted Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford on the first Eagles possession of Saturday night’s preseason game. By the second drive, Butler was out with an ankle injury. Two weeks from the season opener, it’s bad timing for Butler and worse for the Colts. They’re already without starting cornerback Vontae Davis until at…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 27, 2016, 11:41 pm
Veteran Ravens tight end Ben Watson suffered a torn Achilles tendon on the first play of the Ravens-Lions preseason game Saturday night and will miss the 2016 season. The Ravens signed Watson in March. He played the last three seasons with the Saints and had a career-best 74 receptions last season. The team announced the…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 27, 2016, 11:28 pm
49ers coach Chip Kelly told reporters Saturday that quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem does not affect Kaepernick’s place on the depth chart or any other football matters. Kelly said Kaepernick, who started Friday night’s preseason game, remains in competition with Blaine Gabbert for the team’s starting quarterback job. Kelly…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 27, 2016, 10:52 pm
The NFL starts handing out real fines before the players are receiving real paychecks. The league office has confirmed to PFT two players who have already received $18,231 fines for roughing the passer in the preseason: Kerry Hyder of the Lions and John Simon of the Texans. Players are paid their base salaries in 17…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: August 27, 2016, 10:52 pm
The Rams don’t have many offensive weapons. One of the few they have will be sticking around for a while. PFT has confirmed that receiver Tavon Austin, the eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft, has agreed to terms on a four-year extension. It’s a four-year extension, worth $42 million. Per a league source with…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 10:33 pm
Bears backup quarterback Connor Shaw needs surgery after suffering a broken leg in Saturday’s preseason game vs. the Chiefs. Bears Coach John Fox told reporters the team will know more about the extent of the injury after Shaw has surgery. He was injured when he was hit by Rakeem Nunez-Roches of the Chiefs while making…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 27, 2016, 10:30 pm
Maybe the Patriots will soon be leaking that they’ll be cutting Terrance Knighton, so that they can trade him. The veteran defensive tackle didn’t play in Friday night’s preseason game against the Panthers. Knighton, who played last year in Washington, didn’t sound happy about the development. “I prepared myself to play,” Knighton said, via Jeff Howe of the…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 10:18 pm
The Redskins made 10 roster cuts Saturday as they prepare for two mandatory roster cutdowns this week. Waived by the team were offensive tackles Al Bond and Cody Booth; linebackers Shiro Davis and Ejiro Ederaine; cornerback Jeremy Harris; linebacker Willie Jefferson; running back Kelsey Young and wide receivers Valdez Showers, Dez Stewart and Jarvis Turner.…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 27, 2016, 10:14 pm
Dolphins DE Cameron Wake accepts his current role as a non-starting pass-rush specialist. Bills TE Chris Gragg suffered a torn ACL on Friday night against Washington. Patriots WR Julian Edelman was rusty in his preseason debut. Jets WR Brandon Marshall says that rookie WR Robbie Anderson “has that wow factor.” Ravens QB Joe Flacco will…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 9:47 pm
The 49ers have traded cornerback Kenneth Acker to the Chiefs in exchange for a future draft pick. The 49ers’ release on the trade noted that Acker must pass a physical before the trade is finalized. ESPN reported that the pick sent to Kansas City was a seventh-round pick in 2018. Acker was a sixth-round pick…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: August 27, 2016, 8:58 pm
The Dolphins have cut 11 players as they move toward the 75-man roster limit. The biggest name of the bunch is cornerback Brandon Harris, a 2011 second-round pick of the Texans who has had a disappointing NFL career and still has never started a regular-season game. Players placed on waivers were linebacker Akil Blount, center/guard…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: August 27, 2016, 8:04 pm
If Week Three of the preseason is the week that most resembles the regular season, the Bears’ offense is not in good shape. Then again, the Bears’ offense didn’t look good in the first two weeks of the preseason either. In today’s game against the Chiefs, Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler completed just six of…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: August 27, 2016, 7:59 pm
Through three preseason games, Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has passed the eyeball test. The real test comes when opposing defenses have enough evidence to eyeball him. If starting quarterback Tony Romo will indeed miss 6-10 weeks with a broken bone in his back, Prescott will play enough preseason games to result in the generation of…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 7:47 pm
Packers running back Eddie Lacy might be about to drop even more weight. After being tackled by his dreadlocks last night, Lacy said he’s strongly considering a haircut to keep future defenders from employing the same move. “I’m debating after that,” Lacy said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I don’t know how…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: August 27, 2016, 7:40 pm
Notwithstanding a report from PFT (those bastards) that quarterback Tony Romo will miss 6-10 weeks with a broken bone in his back, coach Jason Garrett said Saturday that he won’t rule out Romo for Week One. Regardless of whether Romo could play that soon (and there’s a very, very, very strong chance he won’t be…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 7:00 pm
If that hit on quarterback Tony Romo’s back looked bad, there’s a good reason for it. It was bad. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Romo is expected to miss 6-10 weeks with a broken bone in his back. The team will be announcing the injury; it’s unclear whether the team will put…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 6:50 pm
Bears cornerback Tracy Porter exited today’s game against the Chiefs with what appeared to be a head injury. Porter, the Bears’ most experienced defensive back, was attempting to tackle Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris when he was accidentally kneed in the back of the head by Bears safety Harold Jones-Quartey. Porter stayed on the ground…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: August 27, 2016, 6:18 pm
Twenty years ago, the NBA suspended a player who refused to stand for the national anthem. The NFL will not be doing the same thing. “Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem,” the NFL said in a statement issued Saturday, in response to the controversy that emerged…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 5:50 pm
The Browns may have “no intent” to trade receiver Josh Gordon, but they reportedly will do so in exchange for a second-round draft pick. That’s precisely what they rejected for him in 2013. As Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer explained two years ago, the Browns turned down during the 2013 season the chance…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 4:45 pm
Now that everyone knows: (1) that Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been standing for the national anthem; and (2) that he’s doing it because he refuses to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” the next question is how other NFL players will react to…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: August 27, 2016, 3:52 pm

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