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Kobe Bryant gives Cleveland Browns pep talk before playing Denver Broncos

The Cleveland Browns, getting ready for a prime-time game in Denver, had a special guest at their team meeting Friday -- one who knows a little bit about Showtime.Former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant spoke to the team for about...

Doug Baldwin of Seattle Seahawks expects to face San Francisco 49ers

8:34 PM ETBrady HendersonESPN RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin expects to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers despite his latest injury in a season that has been filled with them.While it has been frustrating for...

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden not worried future organization

ASHBURN, Virginia -- Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden doesn't know what his future holds with the organization. He does know he's in a precarious situation, five years into his contract. But, he said, it hasn't added any sort of...

NFL says Bobby Wagner of Seattle Seahawks committed penalty

6:43 PM ETKevin SeifertNFL Nation CloseESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008The NFL acknowledged Friday that Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner committed a foul Monday night during a key field goal block in...

Drew Brees of New Orleans Saints gifts 174 players, coaches milestone balls

METAIRIE, La. -- Drew Brees surprised dozens of his past and present receivers, offensive linemen, coaches and mentors this week with commemorative footballs and letters to recognize the part they played in him breaking the NFL career passing-yardage record."I...

Week 15 NFL betting nuggets to know for every game

Both of the top trends last week came through with the Bears and Seahawks covering at home.This week the top trend points to the Patriots bouncing back off a tough loss and continuing their recent success against the Steelers....

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was fined $26,739 for hit

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was fined $26,739 for lowering his helmet to initiate contact against Philadelphia defensive back Corey Graham in last week's win against the Eagles.Elliott is appealing the fine.Elliott was the first offensive player to...

NFL suspends Oakland Raiders receiver Martavis Bryant for violating substance abuse policy

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- As long feared by the Oakland Raiders, receiver Martavis Bryant was hit with an indefinite suspension by the NFL on Friday, minutes before the team departed for Sunday's game at Cincinnati.Bryant was placed on injured reserve...

Tight end Jimmy Graham says ‘my numbers suck’ with Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Jimmy Graham hasn't made the impact that the Green Bay Packers had hoped for when they signed the tight end to a three-year, $30 million contract in free agency.The five-time Pro Bowl selection apparently feels...

NFL fines, reinstates referee Roy Ellison for run-in with Buffalo Bills DE Jerry Hughes

The NFL has fined umpire Roy Ellison one game check ($9,300) and reinstated him from administrative leave after reviewing his confrontation with Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes on Dec. 2, a league source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.The...

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Justin Layne of Michigan State Spartans declares for NFL draft

Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.Layne announced his decision in a tweet Friday, thanking coach...