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  • !Cowboys player allegedly involved in a sexual assault
    Despite unprecedented sensitivity to the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault in the NFL, incidents involving NFL players continue. The latest allegedly happened on the evening of September 20. According to the New York Daily News, defensive back C.J. Spillman has been accused of sexually assaulting a female at the team’s hotel. “We ha…
    - 1 hour ago, October 1, 2014 10:59 pm - -
  • !Alexander says suspension arises from violation “many months ago”
    The four-game suspension imposed on Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has become a 10-game suspension.  Alexander has issued a statement expressing regret for the incident that, according to Alexander, happened a long time ago. “I’m very sorry to the Panthers organization, my teammates, and Panthers fans that my mistakes from many months…
    - 1 hour ago, October 1, 2014 10:45 pm - -
  • !Report: Aaron Dobson benched after he “mouthed off” to McDaniels
    The Patriots scratched wide receiver Aaron Dobson in each of the last two games. We now reportedly have an idea why. According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, the Patriots benched Dobson for the Sept. 21 win vs. Oakland and the Sept. 29 loss at Kansas City after the second-year wide receiver “mouthed…
    - 2 hours ago, October 1, 2014 10:19 pm - -
  • !Derek Carr could be the key to luring Gruden
    As the 2014 draft approached, Raiders owner Mark Davis developed a strong desire to draft quarterback Derek Carr.  On the afternoon before the draft began, chatter emerged that Davis was pushing for Carr to be taken with the fifth overall pick in round one. The Raiders passed, as did each of the next 32 teams. …
    - 3 hours ago, October 1, 2014 9:05 pm - -
  • !Geno gets testy over Vick questions
    Well, at least he didn’t tell anyone to go f–k himself. Jets quarterback Geno Smith, who lost his cool and yelled a pair of “F” bombs into the stands at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Lions, was in no mood on Wednesday to take questions about a guy who once shot a pair…
    - 4 hours ago, October 1, 2014 7:49 pm - -
  • !Reche Caldwell faces prison time after guilty plea on drug charge
    Former NFL receiver Reche Caldwell could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug conspiracy. Caldwell admitted to a scheme to distribute the drug “Molly,” prosecutors say. According to the Tampa Tribune, Caldwell admits that he signed for and accepted a parcel from China containing 1.5 kilograms…
    - 4 hours ago, October 1, 2014 7:36 pm - -
  • !Kaepernick avoids topic of locker-room turmoil
    After non-reporter Deion Sanders reported that 49ers players want coach Jim Harbaugh to coach someone other than the 49ers, the team trotted out several players to debunk the report from the non-reporter. But where were the team leaders?  Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Colin Kaepernick were all silent on the topic in…
    - 5 hours ago, October 1, 2014 7:29 pm - -
  • !The time Larry Donnell shoveled dirt on every other bad beat story
    Look, fantasy football bad beat stories are generally just tedious. Here’s an example: Last week, a fantasy owner benched Giants tight end Larry Donnell in favor of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. Donnell outscored Davis, and the fantasy owner lost. Yawn. Well, what if we told you the fantasy owner was Larry Donnell himself? This…
    - 5 hours ago, October 1, 2014 6:49 pm - -
  • !Trent Williams: Seahawks aren’t unstoppable, we can beat them
    As Washington left tackle Trent Williams studies film of Seattle’s defense in preparation for Monday night’s meeting, his conclusion is this: These guys are beatable. Williams said he and his teammates won’t go into the game against the defending champion Seahawks intimidated, because they know they can win. “Can we beat them? Yeah,” Will…
    - 6 hours ago, October 1, 2014 6:14 pm - -
  • !Knee injury keeps Kyle Williams out of practice
    The Bills have had one of the stingiest run defenses in the league through the first four weeks of the season, but they were missing one of the major cogs in that effort when they kicked off practice for Week Five. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams didn’t participate because of the knee injury he suffered in…
    - 7 hours ago, October 1, 2014 5:16 pm - -

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  • !Report: Patriots benched WR for mouthing off to coach
    The New England Patriots apparently benched wide receiver Aaron Dobson for two games for mouthing off to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The report comes from Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe and indicates that Dobson was benched solely for his verbal actions directed at McDaniels.on Dobson: source says he "mouthed off" to Josh McD…
    - 3 hours ago, October 1, 2014 9:19 pm - -
  • !Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel
    When the Buffalo Bills announced that veteran journeyman Kyle Orton would replace second-year quarterback EJ Manuel in the starting lineup for their Week 5 outing against the Detroit Lions, some were thrown for a loop by the decision. After all, Manuel is still a young quarterback with upside while Orton had just recently quit on the Dallas Cowboys…
    - 7 hours ago, October 1, 2014 5:21 pm - -
  • !Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it
    Some NFL players don’t partake in fantasy football and don’t want to hear about how they have to play better because YOUR team is suffering because of it. Some NFL players, like 49ers receiver Stevie Johnson, enjoy their work fantasy league so that they can harass YOU on Twitter. And some play fantasy football, draft themselves and then sit the…
    - 7 hours ago, October 1, 2014 5:06 pm - -
  • !Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment
    If you expected Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to lay low while he serves his suspension, you would have been wrong. In an interview with ESPN the Magazine, Gordon made some… interesting statements. First of all he claims that he hasn’t smoked marijuana since entering the NFL:Josh Gordon was assigned a horse to bond with in rehab.…
    - 8 hours ago, October 1, 2014 4:20 pm - -
  • !Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me
    In case you haven’t realized, Steve Smith has some issues with the way his 13-year Carolina Panthers career came to an end. On Wednesday, Smith responded a recent report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that indicated the Panthers decided to cut Smith because they were afraid he would be “divisive” in the locker room as […]
    - 9 hours ago, October 1, 2014 2:59 pm - -
  • !J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday
    J.J. Watt used some of his big contract money to buy his mom a new car for her birthday.
    - 9 hours ago, October 1, 2014 2:49 pm - -
  • !WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn
    Ravens WR Steve Smith thoroughly enjoyed himself in Week 4. In the days leading up to the Ravens’ game against the Panthers, Smith made it a point to make it nearly impossible for Panthers media to the do their job. Then on Sunday, Smith carved up the Panthers to the tune of 7 catches, 139 yards, and 2 touchdowns. During the game, Smith was caug…
    - 11 hours ago, October 1, 2014 1:05 pm - -
  • !Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'
    Jon Gruden is the most high-profile name linked to the Oakland Raiders in the wake of the team’s decision to fire head coach Dennis Allen. If Gruden has any interest in the vacancy, he is keeping it to himself. During a chat with “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on Wednesday, Gruden joked that he […]
    - 11 hours ago, October 1, 2014 12:55 pm - -
  • Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD
    Tom Brady inadvertently stirred up some controversy on Monday night when he ignored Jimmy Garoppolo after the rookie quarterback threw his first NFL touchdown. Brady stayed sitting on the bench after Garoppolo came to the sideline as the New England Patriots trailed the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14. Brady eventually started looking over plays with the…
    - 13 hours ago, October 1, 2014 10:37 am - -
  • Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler
    If you have watched the Green Bay Packers in their no-huddle offense at all over the past two seasons, you may have noticed Aaron Rodgers making a smoking gesture with one of his hand signals. It obviously indicates some sort of play call or formation change, but Rodgers wants you to believe he did it […]
    - 16 hours ago, October 1, 2014 8:28 am - -

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  • !Cowboys' Spillman faces sexual assault claim
    Dallas Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman is being investigated in connection with an alleged sexual assault at the team's hotel on September 20th, according to Grapevine, Texas police.
    - 7 mins ago, October 1, 2014 11:57 pm - -
  • !Panthers' Alexander suspended 10 games
    Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander, scheduled to return Wednesday from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, has been suspended for 10 more games for a second violation.
    - 8 mins ago, October 1, 2014 11:56 pm - -
  • !Rams' Fisher sticking with Davis as top QB
    St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher officially named Austin Davis his starting quarterback on Wednesday afternoon.
    - 15 mins ago, October 1, 2014 11:49 pm - -
  • !Newton: Length of ankle rehab downplayed
    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton expressed surprise on Wednesday that his left ankle that was surgically repaired in March still isn't 100 percent.
    - 44 mins ago, October 1, 2014 11:20 pm - -
  • !Gannon on Raiders: 'Should be embarrassed'
    One of the last great Oakland Raiders players has taken aim at the woebegone franchise again, with Rich Gannon railing against the team Wednesday.
    - 1 hour ago, October 1, 2014 10:42 pm - -
  • !Suspended Jags WR Blackmon in treatment
    Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has voluntarily checked into a treatment facility and seems to be doing well.
    - 2 hours ago, October 1, 2014 9:59 pm - -
  • !Jets' Ryan: Ultimately, lineup decisions mine
    After hearing the critics weigh in, Jets coach Rex Ryan wanted another crack Wednesday at the idea of who has the final say on benching a player. Ryan clarified that the committee approach ends when the game starts.
    - 3 hours ago, October 1, 2014 9:10 pm - -
  • !NFL re-ups 'Sunday Ticket' deal with DirecTV
    The NFL and DirecTV announced Wednesday it had extended its relationship.
    - 4 hours ago, October 1, 2014 8:08 pm - -
  • !WR Smith rips Panthers GM: It was personal
    Steve Smith blasted Carolina GM David Gettleman during a radio interview Wednesday, criticizing the manner in which he was released by the Panthers earlier this year.
    - 4 hours ago, October 1, 2014 7:35 pm - -
  • !Palmer seeks another opinion on shoulder
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    - 5 hours ago, October 1, 2014 7:32 pm - -

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  • !Watkins sees differences between Orton and Manuel
    Two prominent Buffalo Bills wide receivers wasted no time explaining the things that Kyle Orton does better than EJ Manuel. Orton didn't take the bait when asked to compare himself to his predecessor.
    - 4 hours ago, October 1, 2014 7:50 pm - -
  • !Raiders' Derek Carr expects to play vs. Chargers
    The bye week can be friendly for some players and teams. Derek Carr is hoping a week off allows him time to heal, and told reporters he expects to play against the San Diego Chargers in Week 6.
    - 6 hours ago, October 1, 2014 6:32 pm - -
  • !NFL, DirecTV extend NFL Sunday Ticket in multiyear deal
    The NFL and DirecTV have extended and expanded DirecTV's exclusive rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket and its package of every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game through a new multiyear agreement.
    - 7 hours ago, October 1, 2014 5:10 pm - -
  • !Larry Donnell regrets benching Larry Donnell in fantasy
    Larry Donnell started Vernon Davis over himself in fantasy last week. The decision cost the Giants tight end a victory and taught him a valuable lesson about believing in thyself.
    - 7 hours ago, October 1, 2014 4:57 pm - -
  • !Panthers' Frank Alexander suspended 10 games
    The NFL announced that Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended 10 games for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse. Alexander was also suspended for the first four games.
    - 7 hours ago, October 1, 2014 4:53 pm - -
  • !Austin Davis announced as St. Louis Rams' starting QB
    The St. Louis Rams' season was thought to be over after quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill were injured. But Austin Davis has been a much-needed boost and will start at QB until further notice.
    - 8 hours ago, October 1, 2014 4:31 pm - -
  • !Steve Smith unloads on Panthers' Gettleman, Rivera
    Steve Smith unloaded on Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and general manager Dave Gettleman on Wednesday. Find out what the Baltimore Ravens star receiver had to say about his former employer.
    - 8 hours ago, October 1, 2014 4:01 pm - -
  • !Jon Gruden: 'I'm not even thinking about coaching'
    Jon Gruden told ESPN Radio on Wednesday he's not even thinking about a return to the sidelines amid growing speculation that the Oakland Raiders will make a play for a reunion with the former coach.
    - 8 hours ago, October 1, 2014 3:57 pm - -
  • !Carson Palmer suffers setback, goes to see specialist
    On Wednesday, Carson Palmer was supposed to be evaluated for Week 5. But the Arizona Cardinals quarterback saw a specialist for the nerve issue in his shoulder. Will the veteran return this season?
    - 8 hours ago, October 1, 2014 3:51 pm - -
  • !Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) questionable vs. Packers
    Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday the Vikings will have a few scenarios ready if Teddy Bridgewater's ankle isn't ready for Thursday's game. Who would take snaps if the rookie quarterback isn't healthy?
    - 9 hours ago, October 1, 2014 3:16 pm - -

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  • !So, Uh, Josh Gordon Had To Make Friends With A Horse In Weed Rehab
    This right here is what the dumbest extreme of the dimmest science attached to the moron NFL image machinery looks like. Read more...
    - 7 hours ago, October 1, 2014 5:05 pm - -
  • !Bill Belichick Really Just Wants To Talk About Cincinnati
    Bill Belichick was in excellent press-conference form two days after the Chiefs demolished the Patriots. Reporters kept asking him about the Patriots' roster, Tom Brady's age, and concerns for the team's current state. Belichick wasn't interesting in talking about anything else but Sunday night's game against Cincinnati.Read more...
    - 9 hours ago, October 1, 2014 2:53 pm - -
  • !Aaron Hernandez's Lawyers Want His Trial Moved From "Biased" Boston Area
    Aaron Hernandez appeared in a Bristol County court yesterday, as his lawyers filed a motion requesting that one of his murder trials be moved "outside the boundaries of the Boston media market." Their reasoning includes a poll finding that most people in Bristol County already think he's guilty.Read more...
    - 11 hours ago, October 1, 2014 1:14 pm - -
  • Steve Smith Tells Panthers To Go Home, Mow His Lawn For Him
    Ever since Steve Smith dropped 139 yards and two touchdowns on the Carolina Panthers in a Week 4 grudge match against his old team, we've been waiting for a clip of him talking shit on the sideline or in the locker room to appear, because that's what Steve Smith does , and he's great at it . Thanks to last night's episode of Inside the NFL, w…
    - 12 hours ago, October 1, 2014 11:46 am - -
  • You'll Be Seeing A Lot Less Pink In The NFL This Pinktober
    The dreaded Pinktober Pinkout Pinktacular is almost here, and NFL Shop already is emailing the ladies telling us to buy pink, pink, pink. But there's a good chance football fans will see less pink this time around, according to Uni Watch. Read more...
    - 1 day ago, September 30, 2014 2:50 pm - -
  • New Mega Man Sequel To Feature Battle Against Boss "GoPro Man"
    Send stories, photos, and anything else you might have to tips@deadspin.com.Read more...
    - 1 day ago, September 30, 2014 12:49 pm - -
  • Chiefs Fan Celebrates By Faux-Face-Fucking Nearby Patriots Fan
    As the Chiefs drubbed the Patriots last night, Grant Hinkle, a poker player and Kansas City fan, rubbed it in the face of a Pats fan sitting next to him. He had a series of celebrations planned out.Read more...
    - 2 days ago, September 30, 2014 10:41 am - -
  • Andy Reid: "When You Go To Mecca, You Should Be Able To Slide Wherever"
    Let's put to rest any lingering doubt about Husain Abdullah's intentions when he went to his knees and touched the crown of his helmet to the grass. Like every defensive back, Abdullah had thought long and hard about what he'd do if and when he scored.Read more...
    - 2 days ago, September 30, 2014 10:18 am - -
  • Raiders Fire Dennis Allen After 0-4 Start
    It turns out that the AP reporter who reported that Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was about to be fired before being like, "Nah, haha ignore me!" was onto something after all. Last night, the Raiders, who suck, announced that Allen had been sacked.Read more...
    - 2 days ago, September 30, 2014 10:09 am - -
  • NFL Admits Flag On Husain Abdullah Was A Mistake
    Abdullah should not have been penalized. Officiating mechanic is not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons. — Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) September 30, 2014Read more...
    - 2 days ago, September 30, 2014 9:43 am - -

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  • Raiders make Tony Sparano interim coach
    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.McKenzie replaced his hand-picked coach by promoting offensive line coa…
    - 1 day ago, September 30, 2014 8:21 pm - -
  • FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'
    WASHINGTON -- The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves.FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Tuesday that the commission "will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we'll be responding accordingly."A law professor has challenged the…
    - 1 day ago, September 30, 2014 6:27 pm - -
  • NFL has laundry list of verboten celebrations
    Dancing Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, shuffling Ickey Woods and the group high-fiving Fun Bunch? Their entertaining touchdown celebrations would be illegal in today's NFL.Though the league rulebook has some very specific examples of what constitutes a penalty, the gray area is as wide as ever.Take, for example, Husain Abdullah's drop to his knees…
    - 1 day ago, September 30, 2014 4:35 pm - -
  • Cardinals running back facing 9 charges for hitting wife
    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been formally charged with assaulting his wife during two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment.An indictment publicly released late Friday charges Dwyer with felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors, including assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.Investigat…
    - 2 days ago, September 29, 2014 5:40 pm - -
  • NFLPA to investigate handling of Rice case
    WASHINGTON (AP) The NFL players' union has hired former federal prosecutor Richard Craig Smith to oversee its investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case.Smith will look at how the league and the Baltimore Ravens handled issues of due process and discipline, as well as look at the conduct of the league office and the Ravens that led to…
    - 7 days ago, September 24, 2014 1:15 pm - -
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