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Falcons great Mike Kenn: Not just another wise guy

The more time you spend talking to Mike Kenn, the more convinced you become that his common-sense approach can fix much of what ails the NFL. ‘‘Something they have to look at from a concussion standpoint is the players’ helmets don’t fit correctly anymore,’’ he …


Ex-Texas QB Colt McCoy leads Redskins past Cowboys in Arlington


ARLINGTON, Texas — Colt McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath’s 40-yard field goal in overtime and Dallas was unable to answer after Tony Romo returned from an apparent injury, sending the Redskins to a 20-17 victory on Monday night that snapped the Cowboys’ six-game winning …

Peyton Manning throws 3 more TDs in 35-21 win over Chargers


DENVER — Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the …

NFL Fantasy football: 4 RBs to consider ... or not


JEFF AGREST: Torches are being passed in NFL backfields, some by design, some by necessity.

Arbiter rules Roger Goodell should testify in Ray Rice’s appeal


A person familiar with the case has told The Associated Press that an arbiter has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify in Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the appeal have not …

Michael Sam released by Cowboys


The Dallas Cowboys have released Michael Sam from the practice squad, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time.

Roethlisberger throws 2 TDs as Steelers rally past stunned Texans


PITTSBURGH — One dizzying sequence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in complete control against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first …

Peyton Manning sets NFL record for TD passes, topping Brett Favre with 509


DENVER — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s NFL record for touchdown passes with his 509th. The record-breaker was an 8-yarder to Demaryius Thomas with 3:09 left in the first half that gave Denver a 21-3 lead over San Francisco on Sunday night. Manning’s receivers played …

DeMarco Murray sets NFL record, passes Jim Brown with 7th-straight 100-yard game


ARLINGTON, Texas — DeMarco Murray is the first running back in NFL history to start a season with seven straight 100-yard games. The NFL rushing leader reached 100 yards on a 1-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter for the Dallas Cowboys against the New …

NFL Fantasy football: Picks to start, sit in Week 7


LADD BIRO: Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 7 of the 2014 season.

Tom Brady throws 3 TD passes, Patriots block FG to beat Jets 27-25


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and the New England Patriots held off the New York Jets 27-25 when Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt was blocked on the last play Thursday night. The surprisingly competitive Jets suffered their sixth straight loss …

NFL Fantasy football: Time to cut bait on these 4 former starters


JEFF AGREST: Patience is a virtue, but too much can be a detriment, even in fantasy football. If a player isn’t producing, you have to cut bait at some point.

49ers rally to 31-17 win over Rams


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers answered St. Louis’ fast start with a big finish. Kaepernick threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, helping the 49ers erase an early 14-point deficit and beat the Rams 31-17 on Monday night. Brandon …

Fantasy Football: Some players just aren’t worth the headache


Last season, I declared Cam Newton the “Most Frustrating Player in Fantasy Football.” Perhaps exasperating is the better term, but whatever words you use to describe him, they probably aren’t consistently flattering.

Newton will drive you crazy because he can go for weeks at a …

Giants’ Victor Cruz tears patella tendon, carted off field with injury


PHILADELPHIA — New York wide receiver Victor Cruz was carted off the field after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee in third quarter in the Giants’ 27-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

Cruz went down after a leaping attempt at …

NFL Fantasy Football: Who to start, sit in Week 6


LADD BIRO: Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 6 of the 2014 season.