Beleaguered Trubisky gets start Sun. for Bears

2:41 PM ET LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (right hip pointer) practiced without restrictions for the third consecutive day on Friday and will start against the New York Giants on Sunday at Soldier Field. Trubisky was not given an injury designation on the Bears’ final report. Bears coach Matt Nagy said […]

Veteran Johnson among three QBs signed by XFL

10:15 AM ET Veteran NFL backup Josh Johnson was among three quarterbacks signed by the XFL on Friday ahead of a supplemental round to its inaugural draft, raising the total of league-distributed quarterbacks to 11. Johnson, who started three games for the Washington Redskins in 2018, will join the Los Angeles Wildcats. He also played […]

The Cowboys aren’t playing the Cowboy way on offense. Is that good or bad?

7:05 AM ET Dissecting the Dallas Cowboys is America’s pastime, and at this point it feels a little silly. They are, after all, 6-4 and in first place in the NFC East. This time last year, they were 5-5 and went on to win the division. Since the start of the 2016 season, only four […]

Week 12 NFL game picks, schedule guide, fantasy football tips and more

7:30 AM ET The Week 12 NFL slate is stacked with great matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the keys to every game, a bold prediction for each matchup and final score predictions. Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information provides a stat to know for each game, and the Football Power Index (FPI) goes inside […]

Hopkins’ monster game gives Texans’ huge playoff boost

11:34 PM ET HOUSTON — Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has two home run-hitting wide receivers in Will Fuller and Kenny Stills, so star DeAndre Hopkins‘ role has been a little different this season. But it was a throwback night in the Houston Texans‘ 20-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday. Mina Kimes: Texans […]

Tim Tebow gives ‘one of the toughest goodbyes’ to his pet dog, Bronco

10:42 PM ET staff They say a dog is a human’s best friend. Well, former Florida star quarterback and ESPN television analyst Tim Tebow, for one, showed how much his dog meant to him. Tebow posted an emotional tribute to his pet dog, Bronco, after the 9-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback died Wednesday. “One of the […]

McCaffrey, 23, youngest to join Madden 99 club

8:32 PM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christian McCaffrey’s acrobatic and lightning-quick moves have been compared by opponents to those seen on video games, so it should come as no surprise the Carolina Panthers running back now is a member of the exclusive Madden 99 club. The 23-year-old McCaffrey, on pace to break Chris Johnson’s single-season […]

NFL: No evidence of Rudolph using racial slur

1:17 PM ET The NFL “found no such evidence” that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph directed a racial slur at Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett just prior to last week’s brawl, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday. Garrett made the allegation during an appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday, sources told ESPN’s Josina […]

Garrett’s suspension upheld; Pouncey’s reduced

2:52 PM ET Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett‘s indefinite suspension has been upheld and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey‘s ban has been reduced to two games following appeals, the NFL announced Thursday. The Garrett decision, made by appeals officer James Thrash, means he will be suspended without pay for at least the remainder of […]

Ravens CB Peters: No chip on shoulder for Rams

2:35 PM ET OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters says he holds no animosity toward the Los Angeles Rams heading into Monday night’s reunion with his former team. “I don’t got a chip on my shoulder,” Peters said Thursday. “How did it end? I got traded, and I’m liking the situation I’m […]

Sources: Garrett says Rudolph used racial slur

1:17 PM ET During an appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday, Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett alleged that Mason Rudolph directed a racial slur at him just prior to last week’s brawl on “Thursday Night Football,” sources told ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter, an accusation the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback strongly denies. “Mason […]

DeAndre Hopkins’ game evolves thanks to Texans’ supporting cast

6:00 AM ET HOUSTON — If you ask Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins who his favorite NFL receiver is right now, it might not be who you think. The reason for his choice is not because of a similar skill set or any familiar background. It’s because he makes plays and, in turn, his […]

Weddle won’t divulge Ravens secrets to Rams

9:56 PM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams will play the Baltimore Ravens next week on Monday Night Football. It’s a critical game for the 6-4 Rams, […]

AB files defamation countersuit against accuser

8:44 PM ET Antonio Brown is countersuing Britney Taylor for defamation and interference with his NFL contracts and endorsements, according to documents obtained Wednesday by ESPN. Brown, the subject of an NFL investigation over Taylor’s claims of rape and sexual assault, is denying the accusations against him and requesting a jury trial. Taylor had served […]

NFL upholds 1-game ban for Browns’ Ogunjobi

4:58 PM ET The one-game suspension for Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was upheld by appeals officer James Thrash on Wednesday, the NFL announced. Thrash, however, rescinded Ogujobi’s fine of $10,527. Ogunjobi had been disciplined for shoving Mason Rudolph from behind during last Thursday night’s game after Browns teammate Myles Garrett had hit the […]

Sources: Kawhi, with George, plans to face Celts

3:48 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Close NBA Senior NBA Insider Joined ESPN in 2017 Host of The Woj Pod Ohm Youngmisuk Close ESPN Staff Writer Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined […]

Source: Garrett appeal points to 2013 Smith ban

12:56 PM ET Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett used a precedent-based argument on Wednesday during his suspension appeal hearing, citing the NFL’s punishment for a former Houston Texans player in 2013, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano. Five days after being suspended indefinitely for ripping off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph‘s helmet and clubbing him […]

Jets’ Bell rips NFL for ‘random’ HGH blood tests

12:22 PM ET FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell ripped the NFL for its drug-test policy, indicating Wednesday on Twitter that he’s being unfairly targeted. “I done had 5 ‘random’ HGH blood test in 10 weeks,” Bell tweeted, adding that he wants to league to concentrate on finding those who […]

Rudolph regrets his actions, is OK with Garrett

12:01 PM ET PITTSBURGH — At the same time Myles Garrett‘s appeal was being heard by the NFL in New York, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph walked into a cramped back room of the team facility with a paper of prepared remarks in hand. Facing dozens of cameras and media members with his back against […]

Mason Rudolph says he has no excuse for role in Browns-Steelers brawl

QB involved in fight that ended with blow from own helmet Browns’ Garrett suspended indefinitely over incident Comment: NFL cares more about optics than actions Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph says there is “no acceptable” excuse for his role in a brawl with Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett that ended with Garrett ripping off Rudolph’s helmet, then hitting Rudolph on the head with it. “I should’ve done a better job handling that situation,” Rudolph said. “I have no ill will towards[..]

AB posts apology to Patriots’ Kraft for ‘drama’

12:22 PM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Wide receiver Antonio Brown posted an apology to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Instagram on Tuesday. Brown wrote: “Mr. Kraft I apologize sincerely to you and your organization! All I wanted to be was an asset to the organization; sorry for the bad media and the drama […]

Ex-Ravens coach: No plan to move Lamar to WR

12:01 PM ET OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg denied a report Tuesday that he wanted to move quarterback Lamar Jackson to wide receiver. “That didn’t happen,” Mornhinweg said in a statement released by the Ravens. “Never said that.” Former NFL general manager Mike Lombardi said on The GM Shuffle […]

Gronk won’t say ‘never’ on return, but not in ’19

10:04 AM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t ruled out a return to football in the future, but he has no plans to do so in 2019. “I wouldn’t say ‘never coming back,'” Gronkowski told ESPN on Tuesday. “I’m 30 years old. I’m young. I still stay fit, […]

Week 12 Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus each team’s most underrated player

6:35 AM ET NFL NationESPN The NFL Power Rankings are all about evaluating teams every week. Because we have to rank all 32, there aren’t teams that fall through the cracks. That’s not the case with individual players, though. Some players, no matter what they do, don’t get the big headlines. Whether this player is […]

Philip Rivers’ four interceptions crush Chargers’ slim playoff hopes

11:46 PM ET MEXICO CITY — The Los Angeles Chargers viewed their prime-time matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs as a must-win to have any chance at reaching the postseason. After a 24-17 loss to the Chiefs at Aztec Stadium on Monday night, the 4-7 Chargers can now turn their attention toward next season heading […]

Philip Rivers intercepted four times as Chiefs beat Chargers in Mexico City

Kansas City Chiefs 24-17 Los Angeles Chargers Patrick Mahomes and Co maintain lead in AFC West The Kansas City Chiefs stayed on top of the AFC West with a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium. Patrick Mahomes passed for 182 yards and hit Travis Kelce for his only touchdown, while LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams rushed for touchdowns as the Chiefs (7-4) hung on to win the fourth regular-season NFL game played in Mexico despite a few problems with Azteca[..]

Washington is a city of sporting champions. Just don't tell its woeful NFL team

The capital has enjoyed success in baseball, hockey and basketball recently. The football team, however, are terrible and show few signs of improvement Just 37 miles but light years away from the stadium at which Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson put on a show for thousands of delirious fans, Washington played the New York Jets before thousands of empty red, yellow and orange seats. The Jets – a terrible team themselves – won, 34-17, and the score flattered Washington. Washington’s record fell to 1[..]

Panthers owner: Won’t stand long-term mediocrity

7:32 PM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper would not address the future of coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney during a Monday meeting with Charlotte-based reporters, but he made it clear that he will not accept long-term mediocrity. Tepper also made it clear that no decision has been made […]

Irked Bengals WR Boyd: Nothing came my way

5:09 PM ET CINCINNATI — Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd wasn’t bashful about voicing his frustration after the least productive outing of his career. Boyd had only one catch for zero yards in the Bengals’ 17-10 loss at Oakland, Cincinnati’s 10th defeat in as many games this season. The fourth-year receiver was targeted a mere […]

Nagy: Trubisky sat for injury, not bad play

1:57 PM ET Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a right hip pointer injury and that the decision to remove him from Sunday night’s game had “zero to do with his play.” The coach said Trubisky suffered the injury on a sack at the end of the second quarter […]

Kitchens: Browns standing by suspended Garrett

1:36 PM ET BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said Monday that the Browns will continue to support suspended defensive end Myles Garrett while also not excusing Garrett for his actions Thursday against Pittsburgh. “Myles Garrett’s a good person,” Kitchens said. “We’re not going to pile on Myles. He had a bad lapse in […]

Tua resting after successful surgery on hip

12:56 PM ET Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had successful surgery on his right hip Monday morning in Houston, the school announced. The surgery went as planned, according to the school, which said Tagovailoa is “resting comfortably.” “Tua’s prognosis is excellent, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Alabama orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lyle […]

Lamar in the lead: Ravens QB has top MVP odds

12:24 PM ET Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson began the season as a long shot to win NFL MVP. He’s now the favorite. For the first time this season, Jackson sits atop the odds to win NFL MVP. He is 7-5 at Caesars Sportsbook, after entering the season — his second in the NFL and […]

Brady expresses frustration with Pats’ offense

10:45 AM ET FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged disappointment with the team’s offense Monday morning, which helped explain why his media session following the team’s 17-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles felt more like it came after a loss. “It’s just frustration with the offense; we’re trying to grind them […]

Let’s overreact to Week 11: Rams are playoff contenders

6:45 AM ET This is a column about overreactions, as any regular Monday reader knows, but they don’t always come easily. Sometimes, you’re sitting in your hotel room on a Sunday night, watching a couple of teams that combined to win 25 games last season but now can’t find the end zone, and you have […]

Eight teams for six spots: Making sense of the loaded NFC playoff race

8:50 AM ET The NFC playoff picture is a beautifully muddled mess. Sunday saw the 49ers and Vikings hold serve in their divisional races by pulling out comeback victories, leaving three of the NFC’s four divisions within one game at the top. The Saints reaffirmed their stranglehold on the South by all but eliminating the […]

Week 11 NFL playoff picture: Patriots, Ravens running away with AFC

11:30 PM ET With six weeks remaining in the regular season, the AFC might already be coming down to a two-team race. The Patriots and Ravens stand well atop the conference after wins Sunday afternoon. As we get closer to clinching season here at Playoff Picture headquarters, we’ll start to sprinkle in projections from ESPN’s […]

Late 49ers TD ‘worst-case scenario’ for Caesars

8:53 PM ET The ending of the San Francisco 49ers–Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday produced a “worst-case scenario” for Caesars Sportsbook — as well as for some Cardinals bettors. The 49ers opened as 13.5-point favorites at Caesars Sportsbook but closed as 10-point favorites. At other Vegas sportsbooks, the spread closed at 49ers -9.5. Down 30-26 […]

Browns rally around Garrett after helmet attack and turn fire on Rudolph

Thursday’s Steelers-Browns game marred by rolling brawl Browns defensive star set to miss rest of season after ban Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson believes Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph deserves to be punished for his role in a brawl that overshadowed last week’s game between the two teams. In Thursday’s win over the Steelers, Cleveland’s Myles Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet from the quarterback’s head. As the confrontation continued, Rudolph lunged at Garrett. Garrett [..]

Reid backs 'elite' Colin Kaepernick despite Jay-Z's reported concern

Former quarterback worked out for teams over weekend Kaepernick changed venue of session at last minute 32-year-old believes he has been blackballed by NFL Eric Reid believes Colin Kaepernick showed he still has the ability to play in the NFL after the former quarterback worked out in front of team scouts over the weekend. Reid, who plays for the Carolina Panthers and is a close friend of Kaepernick, said several representatives at the workout had been impressed by the 32-year-old’s skills. “The goal was ac[..]

NFL officials' main concern appears to be preserving the illusion of infallibility

The league has given officials a chance to take a second look at pass interference calls this season. The new rule has only caused more controversy Let’s get this out of the way first: there’s no way a non-call ended up costing the Houston Texans the game on Sunday. The Texans ended up losing to the Baltimore Ravens 41-7 for a number of reasons, the most obvious being that Lamar Jackson threw for four touchdowns. Still though, there’s every reason for the Texans to be upset that NFL officials refused to mak[..]

Reid: Kap accomplished goal, proved he can play

7:19 PM ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid could have thrown his team’s management under the bus for not attending quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s workout on Saturday after his quarterback threw four interceptions in Sunday’s 29-3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He didn’t. But Reid said Kaepernick, his former San Francisco 49ers teammate, […]

NFL takeaways: Big stories from important Ravens, Colts and Vikings wins

6:50 PM ET The Ravens made a massive statement in the AFC with a blowout win over the Texans. The Saints and Cowboys got back on track, the Colts got a big victory in the AFC South and the Vikings came back from a 20-point deficit to beat the Broncos. The Niners pulled off a […]

Double pass: Patriots’ Julian Edelman throws TD pass to Phillip Dorsett II

6:37 PM ET PHILADELPHIA — Struggling in the red zone against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the New England Patriots turned to some razzle-dazzle to score their first touchdown early in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. The results struck the Eagles with the suddenness of a “Golden Flash.” At the Eagles’ 15-yard line, Tom […]

Tagovailoa set to have hip surgery on Monday

6:33 PM ET Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is scheduled to have hip surgery Monday after being evaluated in Houston, team orthopedic surgeon Lyle Cain said in a statement released Sunday night. Tagovailoa dislocated his hip in the Crimson Tide’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday, ending his season. Sources confirmed to ESPN that he […]

Hopkins: Need ‘someone new’ deciding PI calls

5:59 PM ET BALTIMORE — After what appeared to be a clear instance of pass interference wasn’t called even after a replay review, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins called for action by the NFL. In the first quarter of the Texans’ 41-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, cornerback Marlon Humphrey appeared to […]

Vikings make rare 20-point comeback after half

4:35 PM ET MINNEAPOLIS — Stefon Diggs jumped up and down on the Vikings’ sideline, screaming in elation as “Enter Sandman” blared out of the speakers inside U.S. Bank Stadium with just over 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Moments before, Diggs had caught a 54-yard touchdown from Kirk Cousins to breathe life […]

Sources: Brawl appeal rulings expected by Wed.

6:41 AM ET Jointly appointed officers Derrick Brooks and James Thrash are expected to hear and rule upon the appeals of the three players suspended for Thursday night’s Steelers–Browns melee no later than Wednesday morning and possibly as early as Tuesday, NFL sources told ESPN. The appeals for the three suspended players — Myles Garrett, […]

Tagovailoa’s season done with dislocated hip

1:36 PM ET Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will miss the remainder of this season after suffering a dislocated right hip Saturday in the Crimson Tide’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State, Alabama orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain said in a statement. Tagovailoa also suffered a posterior wall fracture, sources confirmed to ESPN, and medical officials are […]

Colin Kaepernick calls out NFL: 'Stop running from the truth, I'm ready' – video

Colin Kaepernick has said he is ready to play in the NFL after a long awaited tryout at an Atlanta high school on Saturday. ‘I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years,’ said the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who made headlines by kneeling at games during the US anthem to protest against racial injustice. Kaepernick has said that teams were not willing to sign him to distance themselves from the protests, which US president Trump criticised as unpatriotic and disrespectful Co[..]