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Vaughan Johnson, former Saints Pro Bowl linebacker, dies at 57

METAIRIE, La. -- Vaughan Johnson, a member of the New Orleans Saints' legendary "Dome Patrol" linebacking corps, died Thursday night at the age of 57 in North Carolina, according to Saints Hall of Fame general manager Ken Trahan.The four-time Pro Bowler had been battling kidney disease for several years and lung failure most recently, according to Trahan's report for CrescentCitySports.com.Johnson began his career with the USFL's Jacksonville Bulls from 1984-1985,
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Jets’ Le’Veon Bell returns from flu with season-high 87 yards

BALTIMORE -- Five nights after famously rolling a 251, New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell bowled through the Baltimore Ravens for a season-high 87 yards.Coming off an eventful week that included a bout with the flu and a headline-making bowling party, Bell showed flashes of his old form Thursday night, but it wasn't enough to sustain the Jets, 42-21 losers at M&T Bank Stadium.Bell lost close to 10 pounds
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Rams’ Todd Gurley stiff-arms QB Jared Goff’s compliment

9:29 PM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Last week, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley let his head coach shoulder the blame. This week, it's his quarterback who intended to deliver a compliment, but perhaps didn't find the right words."Sounds like I suck and then I
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Jets place tight end Ryan Griffin on IR with ankle injury

BALTIMORE -- New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold won't have his top red-zone threat for the remainder of the season, as tight end Ryan Griffin was placed on injured reserve Thursday before their game against the Baltimore Ravens.Griffin already had been ruled out after suffering an ankle injury last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. His roster spot was filled by backup offensive lineman Brent Qvale, who was activated from IR.The
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Virginia city says former NFL QB Michael Vick owes $70K in unpaid taxes

HAMPTON, Va. -- Former football star Michael Vick owes tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes on luxury cars that he owned in Virginia, officials said.Officials said Vick owes the city of Hampton about $70,000, the Daily Press of Newport News reported Thursday. Vick lived in Virginia after serving time in prison for running a dog-fighting operation.Hampton Treasurer Molly Ward told the newspaper that the city has failed to
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Panthers’ Donte Jackson says criticism of interim coach was ‘totally out of line’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson on Thursday admitted he was "totally out of line'' for criticizing interim head coach Perry Fewell for two defensive calls that led to touchdowns in Sunday's 40-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.Jackson was the nearest defender when he appeared to leave his coverage on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Calvin Ridley in the second quarter. He also was the
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Giants’ Janoris Jenkins says using the R-word is a ‘hood thing’

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins apologized for Tweeting an inappropriate word at a fan Wednesday saying it was "slang" that is "just part of my culture."Jenkins was responding to a critical fan. He took exception when asked why the stats Jenkins was using to showcase his effectiveness weren't contributing to any wins."I can only do my job.. retard," Jenkins tweeted.Giants coach Pat Shurmur met with
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I know Odell Beckham Jr. wants to be here

BEREA, Ohio - Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry said Thursday that teammate Odell Beckham Jr. wants to stay in Cleveland, despite reports and speculation OBJ is looking for a way out."I think he wants to be here," Landry said. "I know he wants to be here."Sunday morning, Fox Sports reported during its NFL pregame show that Beckham has been telling opposing players and coaches before games, "come get me" out
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Matthew Berry’s Love/Hate – Fantasy football sleepers, busts for Week 15, updated rankings for 2020

There is always next year. A mantra you may be saying after last week's injury-filled debacle, as so many starters left the game early. Or maybe you played against someone who had Jameis Winston, Ezekiel Elliott and Zach Ertz, or some other combo of fantasy stars from Week 14. Or maybe you are still in the playoffs. Hopefully that's the case, but no matter what, it's always fun to look