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Marvin Lewis of Cincinnati Bengals discusses Ken Zampese firing

CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis called it a “very difficult” decision to fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese last Friday after the team’s 0-2 start. Speaking publicly about the decision for the first time Wednesday, Lewis also cautioned his players that the change of direction wasn’t a magic fix after they failed to score a touchdown in either game. “It’s a step,” Lewis said. “I told the players that on Monday morning. This is not magic. You have to do the work. Offense, defense and special teams all alike. We…

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Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell told Hue Jackson he can do more

BEREA, Ohio — Running back Isaiah Crowell has talked with coach Hue Jackson about his limited carries in the Cleveland Browns‘ first two games of the regular season, Crowell said Wednesday. “We talked, and he said he wants to give me the ball and stuff like that,” Crowell said. “But we really didn’t go into big depth about it. I just told him I feel like I’m a big-time player and I can make some plays with the team. I just kept it at that.” Crowell has run the ball…

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Terrelle Pryor of Washington Redskins asks Cody Davis of Los Angeles Rams to avoid hits to knees

Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor posted a message on Twitter for Los Angeles Rams safety Cody Davis Tuesday night: Aim higher. Pryor clearly was bothered by a Davis hit during Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Rams. With just under seven minutes remaining in the game, Pryor cut left across the middle and caught a pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Davis raced up from the secondary and hit the 6-foot-4 Pryor around his right knee. @CodyDavis rule 101 … not a dirty play…BUT..We all want success try to hit a…

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Former Bears All-Pro CB Charles Tillman training to be FBI agent

CHICAGO — Former NFL All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman is training to become an FBI agent, sources confirmed to ESPN Tuesday evening. The Chicago Tribune first reported the news. According to multiple ESPN sources, Tillman is currently at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Tillman, 36, earned a criminal justice degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. His father, Donald Tillman Jr., was a sergeant in the Army. Tillman’s interest in possibly joining the FBI post-football dates back to his playing career, during which Tillman — according to another source —…

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt may be available for game against Chicago Bears

PITTSBURGH — Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (groin) might be available for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, giving credence to Watt’s belief that the injury isn’t serious. When Watt got hurt in the second quarter of Sunday’s 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings, it was Anthony Chickillo who replaced him, not veteran James Harrison. Tomlin said Chickillo was the “hot hand” after two sacks in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. Harrison did not log a snap Sunday. T.J. Watt has two sacks and…

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Eric Reid of San Francisco 49ers out Thursday, perhaps longer, with knee injury

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Already down two starters at linebacker, the San Francisco 49ers will be without strong safety Eric Reid in Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday evening that Reid suffered an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, would not be available to play against the Rams, and is likely to miss more time beyond that. “He definitely won’t play this week,” Shanahan said. “I guess the good news is he is not going to need surgery so…

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Matthew Stafford’s eyes, arm, feet live up to his big-money deal – Detroit Lions Blog

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The pocket fell around Matthew Stafford and once again, the Detroit Lions quarterback was forced to improvise. Like he’s done so often during the first two weeks of the season, Stafford spun out of the back of the pocket, away from the pressure. And then he made his decisions. Sometimes, if the lane was there, he took off, trying to get the first down. Other times he kept his eyes focused downfield, searching for a pass-catcher, any pass-catcher, to make a play. This is the Stafford…

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Dallas Cowboys worth $4.8 billion, almost twice as much as average

The Dallas Cowboys, the most valuable sports team in the world, are now worth $4.8 billion. That’s according to the latest NFL franchise values published by Forbes on Monday. The publication said the value of the Cowboys, who have been the most valuable NFL team for the past 11 years, rose 14 percent over last year. Jerry Jones paid $140 million for the Cowboys and their stadium in 1989. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports Jerry Jones paid $140 million for the Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium in 1989, which means the team is…

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Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree key Oakland Raiders’ win over Jets – Oakland Raiders Blog

OAKLAND — Marshawn Lynch got hyphy on the sideline, the Oakland native dancing and celebrating his homecoming and a big Raiders lead with more than 12 minutes to play Sunday. It only got better from there for the Raiders in a 45-20 victory over their old AFL rivals, the New York Jets, with Lynch scoring his first touchdown since 2015 and receiver Michael Crabtree tying a career best with three TD catches. What it means: The Raiders are 2-0 for the first time since 2002, when they started out 4-0…

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