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Justin Blackmon news is encouraging

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It’s early in the process and there is still a long way to go, but the fact that Justin Blackmon has voluntarily entered a treatment facility is a good sign that the troubled receiver may finally be turning his life around. That should make the Jacksonville Jaguars cautiously optimistic that there’s a chance he could one day be back on the field. Admitting to a problem is the first step in solving a substance-abuse issue and that seems to be what Blackmon is doing.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 20:20:40 EDT

Bengals aim to be beasts on road, too

CINCINNATI -- Yes, this is a new season for the Cincinnati Bengals. So no, the statistics from last year don't have a direct bearing on the way this year's team is currently playing. But they still can, in certain cases, provide added background into perhaps explaining what the team is doing differently this year as it continues roaring through this fast start. The Bengals, in case you haven't heard, are 3-0 and in command of not only the AFC North, but the entire conference as the lone unbeaten team.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:30:55 EDT

Saints quarterback Drew Brees responds to 'panicked mob'

METAIRIE, La. -- The highlight of Drew Brees' press conference Wednesday came when the New Orleans Saints quarterback answered one question about a theory from the "panicked mob," then another reporter followed up by saying, "Can I ask another panicked mob question?" "Sure," Brees said with a laugh. "Let's go. The sky is falling." Brees was good-natured while answering those particular questions about whether his arm strength is diminished and whether the Saints' training camp practices at The Greenbrier resort made them too soft.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:20:08 EDT

Dwight Freeney limited with knee issue

SAN DIEGO -- Not visible during the early portion of practice, San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney appears to have gotten onto the field at some point Wednesday afternoon. Freeney was listed as limited with a knee issue on the team’s injury report. Others who practiced on a limited basis include three players who did not play against Jacksonville over the weekend: tight end Ladarius Green (hamstring), tight end David Johnson (shoulder) and cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring).

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:55:25 EDT

Austin Davis earned Rams' starting QB job but has chance for more

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The only thing surprising about St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher's announcement that Austin Davis is his quarterback this week and for the rest of the season is that there was an announcement at all. There were plenty of signs along the way that Davis would retain the job after making a positive impression in his two starts against Tampa Bay and Dallas. It was the commonsense move, and Fisher wasn't going to eschew that in favor of something that wasn't best for his football team.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:30:05 EDT

Steelers' Stephon Tuitt says light is starting to come on

PITTSBURGH -- Stephon Tuitt didn’t try to hide a wide smile on Wednesday afternoon and for good reason. “I literally felt like 90 percent of the plays I was in, I did right,” the rookie defensive end said. “That alone shows progress.” Tuitt has played sparingly on defense through the first quarter of the season and when asked if a light went on for him during the Steelers’ first practice of the week, he said, “Kind of.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:00:15 EDT

Ravens paying Andrew Luck the utmost respect

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- In my 14 years of covering the Baltimore Ravens, I don't recall a time when the defensive players raved about a young quarterback like they did when talking about Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Wednesday. "We're really impressed with the kid. We don't say that about a lot [of players]," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "Usually we come up here and play a political game and we're like, 'This guy can make every throw and this guy is pretty good.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:32:30 EDT

Tony Romo: You want to feel healthy

IRVING, Texas -- This Wednesday off thing seems to have agreed with Tony Romo, so the Dallas Cowboys quarterback was a spectator at practice just as he was the previous two weeks. After not functioning well in the first two games, the Cowboys and Romo agreed to alter the quarterback's practice schedule so he could spend more time strengthening his core and legs to help him on game days. The results could not have been better. Romo has completed 40 of 52 passes for 479 yards and five touchdowns and one interception since undergoing this routine.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:27:45 EDT

With Danny Trevathan 'looking good,' Broncos set to face Arizona

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With linebacker Danny Trevathan on track to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, the Denver Broncos will be at full strength as they play their first game coming off a Week 4 bye. Trevathan, who suffered a fracture at the top of his tibia in an Aug. 12 training camp practice, practiced fully on Monday and again on Wednesday. He was the team’s leading tackler last season and his return gives the Broncos plenty of options in their personnel groupings on defense, especially since his replacement, Brandon Marshall, has performed well enough to be tied for the team lead in tackles after three games.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:25:36 EDT

Kyle Orton deflects comparison to Manuel

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Kyle Orton stood with his arms crossed and nearly expressionless in front of his locker for six minutes Wednesday, answering questions for the first time since being named the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback Monday. At one point, Orton was asked, "Why will you run the offense better than EJ [Manuel]?" Orton wasn't going there. "Not saying that I will," Orton responded. "I mean, that's a loaded question. That's a crap question.

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:15:44 EDT