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Friday NFL preview: Pittsburgh's plan to replace Martavis Bryant

NFL Nation previews what to watch for Friday around the NFL, including how the Steelers plan on handling their WR depth chart with Martavis Bryant facing a four-game ban.

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McShay: Top TE prospects for 2016

Which tight ends are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes O.J. Howard and Pharaoh Brown.

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Falcons owner set to relinquish some duties

Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank plans to hire a chief executive officer to oversee all of his for-profit businesses, including the Falcons, he said in a statement released to ESPN.com.

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McShay: Top WR prospects for 2016

Which wide receivers are highest on Scouts Inc.'s draft board heading into the 2015 college football season? Todd McShay runs down his list, which includes Michael Thomas and Laquon Treadwell.

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Talented Mr. Roto: Believe in Maclin

Matthew Berry seems to get Jeremy Maclin in many of his fantasy drafts, as it looks like the wide receiver should help pick up the Chiefs offense this season. 10 lists of 10

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Saints rookie looks back on Katrina

Saints rookie Cyril Lemon was displaced from New Orleans as a child by Hurricane Katrina, which changed his life. He says now: "I look at it as a blessing. I wouldn't be the man I am today."

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Livin' La Vida Gronk

When your 4 older brothers are or have been professional athletes, but your dad calls you "probably the best pure athlete to come out of our house," that's a Gronk-sized honor. That's Glenn Gronkowski. The youngest Gronk

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Will Hill re-ups with Baltimore

The Ravens signed Will Hill to a two-year contract extension Thursday, showing a level of trust in a safety with several off-the-field problems in his past. Raven's future bright

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Texans' Mallett misses practice

After losing the starting QB job earlier in the week to Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett missed practice Thursday morning for what coach Bill O'Brien said was a "personal issue."

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RG III has to get confidence back

Adam Caplan says playing time is key for QB Robert Griffin III after being cleared to play following a concussion: "He needs to get reps in back of that new offensive line."

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Elway: Resting Manning will pay off

"Maybe it's not what he's used to," Broncos GM John Elway said of the added rest Peyton Manning has been given during training camp. "But I just think that at 39 years old, he can't work like he used to work. ... He may not be as far along as he wants to right now because he hasn't had that work, he'll be much farther along in December by taking this time off, when we're really going to need him.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension is for failed marijuana tests, according to a source, who adds Bryant is hopeful to hear back on his appeal in the next 7-10 days.

Giants lose another safety to injury

Nat Berhe will undergo surgery Friday to remove a hardened blood clot from his calf, which is likely to keep him out for the season. That would make him the fourth safety the Giants have lost for the season due to injury in the past 13 days.

Talented Mr. Roto: All-in on Amari

Not only is Amari Cooper Matthew Berry's top rookie for dynasty leagues, he's also the namesake of one of the better fantasy football team names Berry has seen this summer (Amari 2600). 10 lists of 10

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Manziel injury means McCown to start

The Browns don't believe Johnny Manziel's injury is a long-term issue, but he'll sit out the rest of the preseason, meaning Josh McCown will get the starting nod for the regular season.

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RG III cleared to play next preseason game

Washington QB Robert Griffin III, who suffered a concussion against the Lions, will start Saturday vs. the Ravens after being cleared by a neurologist.

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Colts' Toler (neck) listed as week-to-week

“As you go through and the doctors evaluate, that’s where he’s at right now,” coach Chuck Pagano said of CB Greg Toler, who was initially listed as day-to-day after suffering the injury in a preseason game against the Bears. Toler played 15 games last season.

Prior violations by company in stadium death

The subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Vikings stadium construction site has received nine citations for worksite safety violations in the past five years, according to public records. Story

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No acting career in Flacco's future

Ravens QB Joe Flacco showed off his funny side in his "Party Fail" commercial, but he has no interest in evaluating his own work: “I haven’t watched it yet; I’m like the only person." Will he ever?

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Wilson clarifies concussion comments

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson clarified Thursday he didn't suffer a concussion in the NFC Championship game against the Packers. Says Wilson: "I didn't have a concussion, I guess it was perceived wrong. I did not have a concussion." Wilson praises recovery water

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James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Is the Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill a top-10 quarterback? Yes, according to Pro Football Focus. Tannehill is rated No. 10 in PFF's rankings and most notably ahead of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a fan in Hall of Famer John Elway. "I've always liked Colin," Elway, now the Broncos G.M., told reporters Thursday, following the second of two joint practices between the teams in Colorado. "I think he's very athletic and I think that he's a guy that will make a lot of big plays. He's doing more within the pocket, which I think, as he continues to do that, it's going to help him. He's a great athlete and he's got that big play ability to avoid things and make things happen."

Mike DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles on the offense new coordinator Greg Olson has installed: "I think this one's definitely the best" of the offenses he has played in the past two seasons.

Manziel will miss final preseason games

Browns QB Johnny Manziel will miss the final two games of the preseason due to a sore elbow. He's completed 17 of 29 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown this preseason.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Senior NFL Writer 

With Martavis Bryant facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy, per Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without 19 touchdowns of 2014 production - Bryant with eight, Le'Veon Bell (suspended two games) with 11.

Griffin defers concussion questions

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III didn't provide and clarity about when, or if, he suffered a concussion when speaking to the media for the first time since leaving the team's Aug. 20 game against the Lions. Questions unanswered

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