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PITTSBURGH (AP) Maybe it’s Ramon Foster’s pep talk in the tunnel before the Pittsburgh Steelers head out onto the field. Sure, let’s go with that. Before every prime-time game, the longtime left guard will gather his teammates around him and remind them that the rest of the NFL has stopped. There is only one game …

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) When Jimmy Garoppolo made the first two starts of his career, he knew the role was temporary with Tom Brady waiting to return from suspension in New England. It’s a far different case as Garoppolo prepares to make his first start for San Francisco (1-10) on Sunday in Chicago. The 49ers …

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) That obvious chemistry between Blaine Gabbert and emerging tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was honed as both toiled for the Arizona Cardinals scout team early this season. Now, with both thrust into significant roles, Gabbert has found Seals-Jones as a favorite target. In the two games since Gabbert became the starter, Seals-Jones has …

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) After every victory, a new photo collage of highlights greets the Denver Broncos in the hallway leading to their locker room. They’re sick of seeing the same pictures. The Broncos have lost seven straight games since their 16-10 win over the Raiders on Oct. 1, their longest losing streak in half a …

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had to abandon any realistic hope of defending their NFC East title while losing three straight games without suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott. A fourth straight defeat when Washington visits Thursday night would hand the crown to Philadelphia with the Eagles still having five …

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had to abandon any realistic hope of defending their NFC East title while losing three straight games without suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott. A fourth straight defeat when Washington visits Thursday night would hand the crown to Philadelphia with the Eagles still having five games …

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has cleared the concussion protocol after missing two games and could return for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday Freeman has full clearance to practice “with no limitations.” Freeman, the league’s highest paid running back, has suffered two concussions this …

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has cleared the concussion protocol after missing two games and could return for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Dan Quinn says Freeman has the go-ahead for ”fully practicing with no limitations” on Wednesday. Freeman, the league’s highest paid running back, has suffered two concussions …

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ray Lewis played on many a great defense with the Baltimore Ravens, including the 2000 team that won a Super Bowl and set an NFL record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game season. The former standout middle linebacker ranks the current unit right up there with the best of them. …

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