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Joe Reitz to start at guard against the Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- With Hugh Thornton expected to miss Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins because of a knee injury, Joe Reitz will start at guard, according to a source. Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said during his media portion on Wednesday that they'll choose either Reitz or Xavier Nixon to start, but the decision has already been determined. Thornton injured his knee against the Jaguars. Nixon initially replaced Thornton in the lineup before A.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:30:14 EDT

DeAngelo Williams breaks silence, admits to tough season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams talked to the media Wednesday. Unless you're dealing with Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who was fined $50,000 last week on top of a $50,000 fine from 2013 for violating the NFL's media policy in terms of being available for interviews, that's typically not a big deal. It is here because Williams hadn't talked to the media since a few days before a Week 4 game at Baltimore.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:15:45 EDT

Short week presents challenge for Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens overcame the odds to hand the New Orleans Saints their first prime-time loss at home in five seasons. But recovering from a road "Monday Night Football" game presents a new set of challenges. Flying 2 1/2 hours back from New Orleans immediately after the game, the Ravens landed in Baltimore at 4 a.m. Tuesday. The coaches slept an hour at the team facility before starting their all-day preparation for the Chargers, so they could get the game plan to the players on Wednesday morning.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:15:07 EDT

Colts' Daniel Herron could continue to start at RB over Trent Richardson

INDIANAPOLIS -- What seemed like a temporary switch at the starting running back position for the Indianapolis Colts because Trent Richardson missed some practice time last week with flu-like symptoms was actually not the case. Colts coach Chuck Pagano actually started Daniel “Boom” Herron at running back against the Jacksonville Jaguars because he outperformed Richardson in practice last week. Pagano didn’t say who will start at running back against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, but if he goes off performance against the Jaguars, Herron will continue to start.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:25:59 EDT

Colts vs. Redskins preview

When: 1 p.m., Sunday Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis TV: Fox INDIANAPOLIS -- So much for Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III. Now it’s simply the Indianapolis Colts trying to move a step closer to winning their second consecutive AFC South title and the Washington Redskins seeing if quarterback Colt McCoy can improve his record to 3-0 this season when the two teams meet at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. McCoy replaces Griffin, who was benched on Wednesday.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:21:27 EDT

'Madden NFL 15' faces are evolving

EA Sports has rolled out an update to accommodate several elements of gameplay and appearance to "Madden NFL 15." No detail is too small, as uniforms have been revised to account for commemorative patches on jerseys for the Jaguars, Lions and Raiders. You can get full details here. More striking are the updated facial features for many players. Here's a sampling: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins Jacksonville Jaguars quarterba ...

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:11:14 EDT

Dolphins' Jarvis Landry 'wanted to scream' after seeing Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch

DAVIE, Fla. – Few NFL players know New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as well as Miami Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry. The longtime friends were college teammates and roommates at LSU and, according to Landry, the pair talk daily. That is why Landry has a unique and well-informed perspective on Beckham's amazing, one-handed touchdown catch in last Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Some are calling it one of the greatest catches in NFL history, and Landry agrees.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:00:08 EDT

Broncos injuries on defense might require all hands on deck

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – With Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs’ No. 4 ranked rushing attack waiting in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, the Denver Broncos’ injury issues on defense will require some attention. Linebacker Brandon Marshall, who is the team’s leading tackler and has played 95.5 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season, did not practice Wednesday as he goes through the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:50:52 EDT

Mike Pettine not loathe to challenge Josh Gordon

BEREA, Ohio -- There are no sacred cows with Mike Pettine. On Wednesday the Browns coach acknowledged the immense talent of Josh Gordon, but challenged him on one front. Pettine wants Gordon to be more aggressive in going after the ball on some throws. He referred to the throws on ESPN Radio’s "Mike & Mike" as “50-50 balls,” when making a catch or not sometimes comes down to effort. “As good as Josh is, and he knows this, just the competitive part down the field,” Pettine said.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:29:01 EDT

Reflective Jamaal Charles dedicates game to drowning victim

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --The news about safety Eric Berry's lymphoma hit hard everyone connected with the Kansas City Chiefs, but perhaps no one more than running back Jamaal Charles. The two players became close in 2011. Berry and Charles suffered a torn ACL a week apart from one another, Berry in the season opener and Charles in Week 2. They pushed each other through the recovery from surgery and rehab, along with tight end Tony Moeaki, who tore his ACL the final week of the preseason that year.

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:20:51 EDT