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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) is making progress, but they won't know his status until the end of the week. Sounds like it could be a game-time decision against the Bengals on Sunday.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Wilson, on conference call with Bengals media, says he's looking forward to coming to Cincinnati. He was born at Christ Hospital here although he moved away at a young age. "Looking forward to having some White Castle and Skyline Chili."

Johnson: Eagles O-line is 'sinking the ship'

OL Lane Johnson identified his own unit as one of the reasons the Eagles are 1-3. WR Jordan Matthews also said: "Every game’s like a playoff game."


'What were you, on SnapFace there?'

Bill Belichick will notice if a reporter is paying a little too much attention to his or her phone. And he did so today using one of his favorite jokes.


John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins must contend with loud crowd noise in Atlanta on Sunday. They'll practice with crowd noise but as quarterback Kirk Cousins said, they must be prepared with their signals throughout the week. They will use silent counts and Cousins said he'll do his share of having to tell in the huddle.


Week 5 fantasy football RB ranks

Devonta Freeman is a near-universal pick as a top-5 RB to start this week. RB ranks

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Tania Ganguli ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans will be without two of their top three receivers on Thursday, having ruled out Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington. That likely means rookies Jaelen Strong and Chandler Worthy will be active. Both were inactive last week and Strong has been inactive the past three weeks. Running back Jonathan Grimes, who missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, will be out again with the same injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints TE Michael Hoomanawanui meeting media for first time. Expects to play this week after arriving too late last week after Patriots trade.

These teams have their priorities in order

Some players on these "Mighty Mites" teams stopped what they were doing to dance when "Watch Me Whip" came on -- while the rest of their teammates continued to play. Watch them 'Whip'

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Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers when asked if he could go all year without an interception: "It's Week 5. That's a tough one to answer. I don't know if it's possible. I don't think it is, but I enjoy the streak."

Cowboys, Dez still eyeing Week 7 return

Owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that Week 7 vs. the Giants continues to be the Cowboys' target date for WR Dez Bryant's return from a broken foot. Bryant hasn't played since a Week 1 win vs. the Giants.

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Julius Thomas makes step toward return

The Jaguars' tight end practiced without a cast for the first time since breaking his hand Aug. 14 during Jacksonville's preseason opener. Thomas, who caught 12 TDs last season with Denver, isn't sure of when he will return: "It's going to be a continuous process working with the doctors. It's not going to be just you cross one hurdle off and go play with the rest of the kids."

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan has a Nashville-area home in same gated neighborhood as Ken Whisenhunt. Whiz said he's not seen Ryan. "Maybe I've just not been there that much." Joked he wasn't invited to neighborhood pot luck but that the two could "compare notes, share some info."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith said they call top cornerback Desmond Trufant "Sticky Man" for the way he covers and shuts down one side of the field.

Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Odell Beckham: These are grown men out here. I don’t think anybody should be talking about what happened after they lost a game.”

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio considers himself a good luck charm for the Chicago Cubs. Fangio tells us he was in San Francisco when the Giants won two of their World Series titles. Fangio even said he was the Texans defensive coordinator in 2005 when the Astros reached the World Series.

Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Odell Beckham says he'll appeal his fine. "I get punched every single game. I get hit in my face every single game."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs QB Jameis Winston on Falcons RB, former Florida State teammate Devonta Freeman leading the league in scoring (42 points), "I'm not surprised at all, man. He's a baller. Anything you ask him to do, he's going to handle it."

Stallworth: Brady paid per interception

With the story of Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill expressing his frustration with practice-squad players last week, it sparked chatter on social media among former players. Donte' Stallworth, for example, tweeted that he recalled Pats QB Tom Brady taking a different approach with practice squad players. Giving back?

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees said he's fine, he's full with his shoulder injury. Made every throw in practice. He told the team to take him off the injury report because he doesn't like being on there.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

"I don't play for job security." - Colin Kaepernick

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell on the batted ball controversy at the end of Monday night's Lions-Seahawks game: “After a certain point, you’ve just got to stop talking about it. After the game was over with, it was done, and we moved on. Nothing you can do about it. It doesn’t help you to lament or anything of that nature. It may make you feel good for a moment, but it doesn’t make any difference in the grand scheme of things. So it makes sense to move on quickly.”

Berry's Flex rankings for Week 5

Matthew Berry's in an Atlanta state of mind for Week 5. RB Devonta Freeman is No. 9 overall and his teammate, Julio Jones, remains at No. 1 overall. Top 200

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Kelly responds to his running back

Eagles coach Chip Kelly on DeMarco Murray's comments that he's not getting enough touches: "It’s tough to be productive when you’re not on the field."


Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

This is standard around the Giants' building and has been for some time. As I understand, it's standard around the league.