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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 …


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.

NFL domestic violence policy could see many changes


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he and the league’s owners spent about five hours at Wednesday’s fall meetings talking about domestic violence and that his job is to correct mistakes in how he handled the Ray Rice case and make sure they don’t happen again. …

Derrick Shelby suspended by Dolphins after nightclub arrest


Miami Dolphins reserve defensive lineman Derrick Shelby was suspended indefinitely in the wake of his arrest on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and trespassing at a nightclub.

Tom Brady leaves no doubt


The critics pounced after the second-worst loss in Tom Brady’s career. The New England Patriots just went back to work. Their focus resulted in a 43-17 rout of the previously unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals just six days after the Patriots fell apart in a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

COUCH SLOUCH: It is possible to enjoy a Sunday without the NFL


For the first time in a half-century, I willingly turned away from an NFL Sunday last weekend. Sure, life interrupts once in a while — births, deaths, the occasional flat tire, marriages, divorces. Otherwise, though, me and the NFL have been holding hands every Sunday …