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Acho brothers to face off for the first time in NFL

TEMPE, Ariz. – Whenever the Acho brothers were split up on opposing pickup basketball teams as kids in Texas, there was bound to be at least one errant pass from Sam to Emmanuel each game. Fortunately for Sam, an Arizona Cardinals starting outside linebacker, he didn’t have to think twice about passing to Emmanuel often. Besides the occasional pickup game, the two never played on opposing teams growing up – even through college at the University of Texas.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:20:19 EDT

Thank-you note tells Vikings' Mike Zimmer his bad-luck days are gone

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- However many well-wishers Mike Zimmer has encountered during a trying stretch as the Minnesota Vikings' first-year head coach, none moved him to share the message publicly the way Alex Loehlein did. Loehlein, an 8-year-old boy who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy -- a fatal and incurable degenerative muscle disease -- visited the Vikings' facility on a recent Saturday to take in the team's practice, meet players and get his Vikings helmet autographed.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:29 EDT

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix solidifies Packers' safety spot

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was 13 yards away from Jerricho Cotchery when the Carolina Panthers receiver caught a swing pass at his own 48-yard line in the third quarter of Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. In 1.4 seconds, Clinton-Dix had closed the gap. The story would be better if the Green Bay Packers rookie made the tackle, but then safeties coach Darren Perry might not have anything to hold over the first-round pick. In what was his first NFL start, Clinton-Dix led the Packers with eight tackles (including seven solo stops).

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:45:44 EDT

Browns' most fascinating position battle not QB this week; it's RB

If the Cleveland Browns ever call to the bullpen at quarterback, the season will get weird in a hurry. But that's not a reality this week. As written here, Brian Hoyer struggling against Oakland and Tampa Bay would qualify as a three-week stretch of bad play against inferior opposition, which might -- might -- be enough to nudge coach Mike Pettine to change. But Browns coaches don't foresee that. Johnny Manziel said Friday that he's the backup and "that's that.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:25:08 EDT

Offseason workout partner helped Cowboys' DeMarco Murray

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray deflects questions about the amount of work he has received this season like defenders. He doesn’t much care that he is 31 carries away from the most he has had in a season and that Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins is just the eighth game of the season. He says his body feels good. Part of it has to do with what he did in the offseason. Starting in March, before the official beginning of the Cowboys’ offseason program, Murray became Jason Witten’s workout partner.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:10:23 EDT

Dez Bryant: DeMarco Murray's milestones 'big deal' to teammates

IRVING, Texas -- DeMarco Murray insists that he does not care about setting records and hitting milestones. But his Dallas Cowboys teammates definitely care about Murray making history. "I'm pretty sure it's not [his goal], because he never talks about it," receiver Dez Bryant said. "Never talks about it at all. But the other guys around him, we all notice it and think about it. That's why we practice hard, so we can give him that opportunity to reach that.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:50:48 EDT

John Sullivan: Honesty crucial on concussions

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Shortly after Vikings center John Sullivan walked to the sideline Sunday in Buffalo, after taking a knee to the head from Brandon Spikes on a play in which Sullivan tried to cut-block the Bills linebacker, the dizziness and double vision that initially made Sullivan think he'd suffered his fifth concussion started to go away. Sullivan sat on the Minnesota Vikings' bench with athletic trainer Eric Sugarman, and Sullivan said he felt good enough to go back in the game on the Vikings' drive as they moved toward the Bills' 20.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:33 EDT

Who steps up in Owen Daniels' absence?

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The loss of tight end Owen Daniels couldn't have come at a more inopportune time.  The Baltimore Ravens are playing for first place in the AFC North and are going against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that has been repeatedly beaten by tight ends. Over the past three weeks, the Bengals have allowed tight ends to average 121 yards receiving and score four touchdowns. In the season opener, Daniels and Dennis Pitta combined for 14 catches for 117 yards against the Bengals.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:45:45 EDT

Bears' Brandon Marshall plans to use drama as 'fuel'

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Brandon Marshall brushed off any potential distraction caused by last week’s locker room flap on the heels of Chicago’s 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins, and plans to use the frustration from the defeat and residual drama as “fuel” for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Asked Friday how he’s moved on from last week’s disappointment, Marshall said, “Do what I’ve been doing my whole career.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:41:19 EDT

Hakeem Nicks' role should increase with Reggie Wayne out

INDIANAPOLIS – Hakeem Nicks will have an increased in the Indianapolis Colts’ offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday with fellow receiver Reggie Wayne not playing because of an elbow injury. “I look forward to every opportunity,” Nicks said. “Each week I prepare accordingly, prepare like I’m going to play, just like I’m going to play this week. Just have to go out there and play within the offense and everything will be good.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:30:55 EDT