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Ron Rivera on why Cam Newton is pressing: 'Because he wants to win ...'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is pressing. You can see it in his body language. You can feel it in his performance. You can hear it in his voice. Head coach Ron Rivera understands why. "Because he wants to win in a very bad way," Rivera said on Friday as he explained Newton’s performance in Thursday night’s 28-10 loss to New Orleans that knocked Carolina out of first place in the NFC South. Until he reached the NFL, Newton seldom lost.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:10:09 EDT

Russell Okung and Kam Chancellor questionable for Sunday

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks are a banged up lot entering Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Starting left tackle Russell Okung and starting strong safety Kam Chancellor will be game-time decisions, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday after practice. The good news is starting center Max Unger probably will play for the first time in four weeks, even though he’s listed as questionable with his foot injury. "Max made it through the week, so that’s a real good sign," Carroll said.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:45:20 EDT

Reggie Wayne a full participant in practice for Colts

INDIANAPOLIS -- First it was Trent Richardson and Vontae Davis on Thursday. Then it was Reggie Wayne on Friday. Wayne joined Richardson and Davis as full participants in practice Friday, giving the indication he is headed in the right direction to play for the Indianapolis Colts on Monday against the New York Giants. He missed last Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh with an elbow injury. Coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday that he wanted to see Wayne in practice Friday and Saturday before making a decision on his status for Monday.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:21 EDT

Injury Report: Geno Smith is questionable

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Geno Smith is questionable with the injury to his right shoulder, but all signs point to the New York Jets' quarterback being available in the event starter Michael Vick can’t continue against the Chiefs on Sunday. Here is the rest of the injury report: Jets Doubtful: CB Darrin Walls (calf/knee). Questonable: QB Smith (right shoulder). Probable: OL Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), OL Willie Colon (knee), TE Jeff Cumberland (shoulder/finger), LB Demario Davis (finger), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), OL Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (wrist/ankle).

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:59:10 EDT

Giants injury update: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie improving, still hurting

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' coaches have one defensive game plan for Monday Night if cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie can play and another in case he can't. But based on the way Rodgers-Cromartie has practiced this week, they are optimistic he'll be able to help them against the Colts. "We're working him, and it depends on how he feels," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Friday. "He's been good in back-to-back practices now, and that's something he didn't do before our last game.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:45:18 EDT

Jay Gruden: Bashaud Breeland's knee 'OK'

ASHBURN, Va., -- Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland injured his knee near the end of practice, but coach Jay Gruden said the rookie should be fine. However, they probably won’t know until Saturday whether he will play against Minnesota. Breeland is starting for the injured DeAngelo Hall and is coming off his best game of the season, with several key plays in the win against Dallas. Gruden said during his news conference that the injury was not serious.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:35:30 EDT

Mark Ingram makes strong case for leading role

METAIRIE, La. -- Five days ago, New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram had just one 100-yard rushing game in his NFL career. Now he has three. Ingram ran the ball 30 times for 100 yards in Thursday night's 28-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers -- the most carries ever by a running back in Sean Payton's nine years as New Orleans' coach. That's new territory for Ingram, as well. "I've never carried the ball 30 times since high school. I think my most at Alabama was maybe 24 or 27, something like that," said the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, who has finally gotten the opportunity to showcase himself as the kind of every-down back he was in college.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:47 EDT

Miami Dolphins' final injury report: Dion Sims out

The Miami Dolphins (4-3) will host the San Diego Chargers (5-3) in a big game for both teams. Miami enters on a two-game winning streak, while San Diego has lost two in a row. Here is a look at the final injury report for Miami: Out: TE Dion Sims (toe) Questionable: G Daryn Colledge (illness, back), LB Koa Misi (ankle) Probable: TE Charles Clay (knee), LS John Denney (knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (neck), G Nate Garner (neck), LB Chris McCain (foot), C Mike Pouncey (hip), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) Analysis: The Dolphins are very healthy to enter the midpoint of the season.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:10 EDT

Texans list a more optimistic Brian Cushing as questionable

HOUSTON -- The rest did Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing some good. "Moving around, cutting, running, endurance," Cushing said. "Feel a lot better; just excited." Cushing added that he wasn't sure yet if he would play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he did say this: "Nothing's definite, but I feel good. I want to play and hope to play. That's the plan." The Texans listed inside linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (knee) as out.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:45:40 EDT

Book offers glimpse into Johnny Manziel's fame

No position in sports has evolved more than quarterback, a notion veteran college football reporter Bruce Feldman deftly chronicles in his new book, "The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks." Part of the book focuses on how Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel navigated the height of his mushrooming fame, around the time he appeared at SEC Media Days in July 2013 as Texas A&M's reigning Heisman winner. I figured this would be a good chance to take Browns fans into what exactly Manziel was dealing with in college.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:35:01 EDT