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Miami Dolphins trade Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL-leading Eagles bolstered their running attack Tuesday, acquiring Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick hours before the trade deadline. Ajayi has 465 yards rushing and is averaging 3.4 yards per carry with no touchdowns. He went to the Pro Bowl last season after running for 1,272 yards, including three 200-yard ...

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Former NFL receiver charged with felony domestic assault

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derrick Mason, a wide receiver who played 15 seasons in the NFL, has been charged with felony aggravated domestic assault and misdemeanor vandalism. Metro Nashville Police say in a news release that the 43-year-old Mason turned himself in Monday night. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. Police say a ...

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Panthers blitzing more on defense, winning games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers are bringing the heat under first-year coordinator Steve Wilks – and it’s working. Carolina is 5-3 at the midway point of the season, due in large part to its blitzing defense. The Panthers rank No. 2 in the league in overall defense and have held half of the eight opposing offenses they’ve faced this season ...

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First-year coach McDermott draws praise for Bills 5-2 start

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Nothing about the Buffalo Bills’ impressive start to the season comes as a surprise to cornerback Leonard Johnson. Though new to Buffalo, Johnson is no stranger to Sean McDermott. And Johnson says the Bills’ first-year coach deserves much of the credit for instilling a winning mentality with his team-first approach in a bid to resurrect a ...

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Report: 49ers get QB Garoppolo from Patriots for 2nd rounder

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly acquired their quarterback of the future by trading for New England backup Jimmy Garoppolo. ESPN reported Monday that the Niners dealt a 2018 second-round pick to the Patriots for Garoppolo. San Francisco (0-8) had been expected to either draft a quarterback high in the first round next year or try ...

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Steelers can relax a bit after outlasting Lions

DETROIT (AP) For much of the second half, it felt like the Pittsburgh Steelers were just holding on, trying to make it to their bye week before the Detroit Lions could reach the end zone. Afterward, Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates could relax a bit. This wasn’t their best performance, but it was a win. The Steelers made one big ...

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ICYMI in NFL Week 8: Texans kneel; game of season in Seattle

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) The two most significant events of the NFL weekend took place at the same site: First, dozens of Texans players knelt during the national anthem as a rebuke to team owner Robert McNair and his comment about ”inmates running the prison.” Then, quarterback Deshaun Watson and Houston went back and forth with Russell Wilson and the host ...

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Non-special teams hurt Raiders, Chargers, Jets, Redskins

When special teams become not just ordinary but inept, teams lose. Ask the Los Angeles Chargers,New York Jets , Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders. Their kick teams pretty much kicked away their chances of winning Sunday. The worst performances were turned in by the Chargers at Foxborough. The Patriots seemed ripe for a third loss at home. LA made sure ...

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NFL’s Goodell visits site of new Tottenham stadium in London

LONDON (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has paid a visit to the new stadium in London that will host regular-season games next season. Goodell visited the site of Tottenham’s new soccer stadium on Monday. The NFL has a 10-year deal with the club to play games at the 61,500-seat venue in North London. The NFL finished up its four London ...

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