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Fantasy Football: Who to start, sit in Week 4

LADD BIRO: Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 4 of the 2014 season.


Brain group says NFL concussion settlement ‘deeply flawed’

A national brain injury group says the proposed payout scheme for NFL concussion-related injuries is “deeply flawed.”

Coach Dennis Allen fired by Raiders


ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night four games into his third season.

The decision was announced soon after the Raiders (0-4) returned from London, where they lost their 10th straight game dating to last season, 34-14 to the …

Ray Rice video was sent to NFL security chief Jeffrey Miller


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law enforcement official says.

The NFL has repeatedly said no one with …

Bill Simmons suspended by ESPN for NFL, Roger Goodell comments


ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after he repeatedly called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar during a profane tirade on a podcast. ESPN announced the suspension Wednesday. “Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must …

Wife reported Rob Bironas missing before fatal crash


A woman told a 911 dispatcher former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was driving erratically just before his SUV crashed.

Fantasy Football: Rookies making an impact early


LADD BIRO: If the theme of Week 2 was the wicked sting of the injury bug, this weekend may go down as the dawn of the Class of 2014. Injury and ineptitude led to a changing of the guard at quarterback in Minnesota and Jacksonville, respectively. Much like Derek Carr in Oakland, both Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles are stepping into less-than-desirable offensive situations and cannot be expected to prosper in the short term.

Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas dies in car crash


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36. The former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost …

NFL Fantasy Football: Who to start, sit in Week 3


LADD BIRO: Wondering whether or not to start LeSean McCoy and Jordy Nelson, or to bench Alfred Blue and Jerricho Cotchery? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.

Jonathan Dwyer arrested on assault charges, deactivated by Cardinals


PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals …

Vikings admit ‘mistake,’ will sit Adrian Peterson


Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team “made a mistake” in bringing back its superstar following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

Greg Hardy removed from Panthers’ active roster until domestic violence case resolved


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers announced they’ve placed Greg Hardy on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, meaning the Pro Bowl defensive end has been removed from the team’s active roster until his domestic violence case is resolved. The decision comes just hours after the Vikings took …

Ray Rice indefinite suspension by NFL appealed by players’ union


BALTIMORE — The NFL players’ union appealed Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension Tuesday night.

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino …

Vikings say Adrian Peterson will play Sunday


Minnesota Vikings say running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play Sunday in New Orleans.

Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list


MINNEAPOLIS — After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

NFL succumbs to sponsors, not Adrian Peterson’s son or Ray Rice’s wife


RICK MORRISSEY: It took a hotel chain boycott and the threat of other corporate action, not the welts of an abused 4-year-old boy, for the Vikings to suspend Adrian Peterson. No matter where this mess ends up, let’s make sure we never lose sight of that.