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Jay Gruden Puts the Pressure on Robert Griffin III

Jay Gruden Puts the Pressure on Robert Griffin III

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jay Gruden's first year as the head coach of the Washington Redskins isn't going as smoothly as he had hoped, and now he's speaking out against his quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

In four starts this season, Griffin has yet to resemble the same player who electrified the NFL during his rookie year in 2012 as he's dealt with various injuries and ineffectiveness.

The Redskins won the NFC East in 2012, but have gone just 6-20 since. Gruden is putting the heat on Griffin to step up and perform like the player the franchise drafted him to be.

"He's auditioned long enough," Gruden told NFL.com. "Clock's ticking. He's gotta play.

"We'll see. ... We want Robert to excel, we really do. But the last two games, it hasn't been very good, anywhere. We gotta play better around him. And the biggest thing for us as playcallers, and for him, we just have to come together and jell with plays he's comfortable with. That takes time. But we don't have a lot of time."

Griffin has thrown just two touchdown this season to go along with four turnovers.

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Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Admits a Change of Scenary May Be Best

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Admits a Change of Scenary May Be Best

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since 2007, running back Adrian Peterson has been the face of the Minnesota Vikings franchise, but after a recent child abuse scandal, Peterson knows it might be best to move on.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Peterson said “maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” Peterson said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

Back in September, Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after he used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month.

Earlier this week, the NFL suspended Peterson for the rest of the season. He had missed the previous nine games after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. 

Now in his eighth NFL season, Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards during his career. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Raiders Notch Year’s First Win, Upset Chiefs 24-20

Raiders Notch Year’s First Win, Upset Chiefs 24-20

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Derek Carr threw only one touchdown pass Thursday night, but it was the most important one for the Oakland Raiders. With 1:42 remaining in regulation, Carr connected with James Jones on a 9-yard scoring play that put the Raiders ahead for good as they beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20.

It was the first win of the year for Oakland (1-10) who snapped a 16-game losing streak that dated back to last season. Led by a dominant run game, the Raiders racked up 179 yards on the ground while the defense held the Chiefs to just one touchdown on three redzone trips. 

"That was really hard-fought, they are a great team obviously, they will probably go to the playoffs and do some great things," Carr said. "I can't wait to see my teammates' smiles."

The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs from Latavius Murray in the first half. Kansas City (7-4) eventually clawed back, tying the game at 17-17 in the four quarter when Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles connected for a 30-yard touchdown pass. The Chiefs then took the lead on a Cairo Santos field goal with nine minutes to play.

Over the next seven minutes, Carr orchestrated a 17-play, 80-yard drive that ended with the Raiders earning their first victory since Nov. 17, 2013, when they defeated Houston.

Meanwhile, Kansas City had their five-game win streak snapped and fell half a game behind Denver for first place in the AFC West.

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Blount Is a Patriot Again

Blount Is a Patriot Again

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back LeGarrette Blount is a New England Patriot again.After being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, Blount signed with the Patriots Thursday, the team he played for last season.ESPN reports the deal is for two years, is worth the veteran's minimum, and comes with incentives.The 27-year-old Blount was released by the Steelers the day after he left the field -- before the team's Monday night game versus the Titans ended. Reportedly Blount was mad because he didn't receive any carries in the game. He then went unclaimed on waivers.Blount played a big role in the Patriots making the AFC Championship game last season. He ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the team's AFC Divisional playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.Blount has played in 10 games this season rushing for 266 yards on 65 carries and two touchdowns.The Patriots released defensive lineman Casey Walker to open up a roster spot for Blount.

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NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Due to the extreme blizzard that's hit the Buffalo area, the NFL announced Thursday that the Sunday's Bills game against the New York Jets would be moved to another city.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports the game will be played Monday night in Detroit at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

The Buffalo area has been hammered with at least six feet of snow which has stopped the Bills from holding practice Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Bills' officials, every foot of snow that falls in and around the teams' stadium takes three days to remove. It is estimated that the stadium currently has four feet of snow in it -- and another two feet is expected to fall before it's all over.

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Cardinals Prepare for Seahawks

Cardinals Prepare for Seahawks

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals will travel to Seattle on Sunday with a big chip on their shoulder playing as the underdog under backup Drew Stanton.

Stanton led the Cardinals to a 14-6 win over the Lions last Sunday, but they won't be the favorite entering the 12th man at CenturyLink Field.

"I would've anticipated that," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. "Going up there, everybody's usually an underdog. It's another one of those things that we don't really need any extra motivation to go play them, especially at their place.

"They're the world champions. We're just 9-1. We haven't done s--- until we do something, but this is a big game."

Seattle is coming off a 24-20 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday and sits three games out of the NFC West behind Arizona.

"We know it's going to be difficult," Stanton said. "We're not trying to pretend that it's not, but at the same time, we have to stick with our keys and what we think we can do to be successful."

Arizona knocked off Seattle in Week 16 last year to hand them their first home loss.

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Browns Cut Ben Tate

Browns Cut Ben Tate

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Browns signed running back Ben Tate to a two-year, $6.2 million contract this offseason.

Tuesday, the Browns released Tate after he suited up for only ten games.  

The Browns signed Tate away from the Houston Texans to be their feature back in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense. Tate proved to offer little in Cleveland.

When playing his old team this past week, Tate carried the ball twice for -9 yards. 

Tate had also complained about sharing carries with fellow running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. 

When asked about the release, General Manager Ray Farmer stated, "With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team. This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward."

 

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NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson for the Remainder of the 2014 Season

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson for the Remainder of the 2014 Season

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL ruled Tuesday morning that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be suspended for the rest of the 2014 season without pay.

Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015 due to violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Back in September, Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after he used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month.

"You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter. "When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's mother. You also said that you felt 'very confident with my actions because I know my intent.'"

"These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future," Goodell continued.

The NFLPA said in a statement: "The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian's legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding."

Peterson had missed the last nine games due to being placed on the Commissioner's exempt list.

Peterson is in his eighth NFL season, all with the Vikings, and has the third-most career rushing yards among active players.

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Browns’ Gordon Returns from Suspension

Browns’ Gordon Returns from SuspensionMatt Sullivan/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Cleveland Browns superstar wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL after serving a 10 game suspension. Gordon was suspended by the league after testing positive for marijuana. It was his th...

Steelers Rally on Bell’s 200 Yard Effort

Steelers Rally on Bell’s 200 Yard Effort

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Pa) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied from 11 points down at the start of the fourth quarter to defeat the Tennessee Titans 27-24 on Monday Night Football. 

Coming off an upset loss to the New York Jets last week the Steelers continued to show signs of playing down to their opponent.  With an opportunity to put the Titans in hole with less than one minute to in the first half, Ben Roethlisberger tossed an interception to defensive back Jason McCourty. Tennessee immediately capitalized when rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger found a wide open Nate Washington streaking upfield for an 80 yard touchdown strike.

The Titans would enter halftime leading 17-13 and would assume a lead of 24-13 when late in the third quarter, Mettenberger connected with tight end Chase Coffman for a short touchdown. 

The Steelers would regroup as their defense remained firm and Roethlisberger began to find a groove connecting with his receivers on short and intermediate passes. Running back LeVeon Bell also carried the load as he rushed for 204 yards on 33 carries and added a touchdown. 

The Steelers are now 7-4 as they head into their bye week.

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Saints Rookie Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Thumb

Saints Rookie Cooks Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Thumb

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS, La.) -- The struggling New Orleans Saints suffered another setback, as first round rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks will be out for at least a month with a broken thumb. 

Cooks' agent, Jeff Sperbeck, announced that his client underwent successful surgery to repair the break on the thumb on his right hand. 

When the injury occurred is not clear, but Cooks was seen grabbing his right hand after being tackled when returning a punt in last weeks loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

 Cooks has 53 catches and 550 yards with four total touchdowns this season, following being drafted out of Oregon State. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Dallas Mavericks 107 (8-3) - Charlotte Hornets 80 (4-7)

Denver Nuggets 106 (3-7) - Cleveland Cavaliers 97 (5-4)

Orlando Magic 107 (5-7) - Detroit Pistons 93 (3-8)

Phoenix Suns 118 (5-5) - Boston Celtics 114 (3-5)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (13-4-2, 26pts)   - New York Rangers 1 (7-7-4, 18pts)

Top-25 College Basketball: (7) Louisville 88 (2-0) - Jacksonville State 39 (0-2)

Miami 69 (2-0) - (8) Florida 67 (1-1)

(12) Villanova 81 (2-0) - Maryland-Eastern Shore 44 (0-2)

(24) Michigan 77 (2-0) - Bucknell 53 (1-1)

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Marshawn Lynch Takes Subtle Shot at the Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch Takes Subtle Shot at the SeahawksChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ever since the summer, there have been rumblings that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was entering his final season with the team. After the team's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Lynch v...

ESPN: Colts Fear Ahmad Bradshaw Has a Broken Leg

ESPN: Colts Fear Ahmad Bradshaw Has a Broken LegJim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Not only did the Indianapolis Colts lose to the New England Patriots on Sunday night, they also may have lost starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw to a broken ankle. ESPN reports that the Colts are worried that Bra...

Rams Bulldoze Broncos 22-7

Rams Bulldoze Broncos 22-7

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Kenny Britt hauled in four catches for 128 yards and a touchdown to help the St. Louis Rams upset the Denver Broncos 22-7 Sunday.Shaun Hill returned to the field to complete 20 of 29 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown in his first start for the Rams (4-6) since Week 1."It's a constant process to stay up, especially as a backup, it's tough," Hill said. "But it's something you've got to do."Greg Zuerlein kicked five field goals, including two from over 50 yards, and the Rams' defense picked off Peyton Manning twice as the Broncos lose for only the third time this season."We didn't execute very well and I just think I didn't play very well," Manning said. "No excuses. I have to play better and we have to score more points than seven."Denver (7-3) attempted to get into the game before halftime when Manning threw a 42-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders, moving the Broncos within 6 points. That was the last time Manning would find the end zone, as his streak of 15 consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes was snapped.Denver did have some unfortunate luck as well. The Broncos lost Julius Thomas (ankle), Montee Ball (groin) and Sanders (concussion) to injuries.Rams running back Tre Mason had 29 carries for 113 yards in the win.

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Watt Records Fourth Touchdown in Texans Win

Watt Records Fourth Touchdown in Texans WinScott Halleran/Getty Images(Cleveland, Oh.) -- Defensive end J.J. Watt is making a case to be the MVP of the league. Sunday, the Texans defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-7 and J.J. Watt scored his fourth touchdown of the season.   Ryan Mallet was m...

Peterson Skips NFL Hearing

Peterson Skips NFL Hearing

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson skipped a meeting Friday with the NFL that had been scheduled in regards to potential disciplinary action.

Peterson had previously agreed to meet with the NFL even though he has been uncooperative in supplying the information the NFL has requested related to the accusations of excessive corporal punishment towards his son. 

This meeting was to determine if Peterson would face further discipline from the league aside from the eight game paid suspension he had already served while resolving his court case.

According to ESPN, a league official told them that the meeting was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but the NFLPA would not be able to attend the meeting that day.

"We informed the union that we were unwilling to postpone the hearing beyond this week given that the player and union had both expressed a strong desire to resolve this matter as soon as possible, and we had been given no meaningful reason why Adrian and the union could not appear and participate," a league official told ESPN. "We offered other alternatives for this week, but those also were not acceptable. We also have yet to receive more than cursory materials in response to our requests for information on the case. Accordingly, we went forward with the review on Friday as scheduled.

"We had hoped that Adrian would take advantage of his opportunity to be heard and present whatever information he believes should be considered before a decision on discipline, counseling and services is made. Because he and the NFLPA elected not to do so, we will have to address this based on the information currently available to us."

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Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing

Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing

Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was fined $100,000 Friday by the NFL after cameras caught him yelling profanity after their matchup with the Steelers.

Despite the hefty fine, Ryan made fun of the situation.

“Yeah, I think I was saying thank you,” Ryan joked early in the week. “Emotions run high in games, and sometimes I think its best (that) what happens on the field stays on the field. That’s where it stems from. It’s a very emotional game. Obviously, I have to do a good job of controlling my emotions and things like that. Things happen and I am sorry if I offended anybody.”

 According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen the severity of the fine is based around this being Ryan's third such infraction.

In 2011, Ryan was fined $75,000 for cursing at a fan after the fan yelled "Bill Belichick is a better coach than you."

In 2010 he was fined $50,000 for flipping the bird to a fan at an MMA event.

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Peyton Manning: It Won’t Be Easy in St. Louis

Peyton Manning: It Won’t Be Easy in St. Louis

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos will travel to St. Louis on Sunday to take on the Rams.

Quarterback Peyton Manning is well aware of the Rams defense.

"Their front has been active all season long in my opinion," Manning said. "They got really good players, a lot of first round draft choices. That's where it starts for any defense, we've got to be able to control those guys somehow and that falls on everybody."

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders realizes that the Rams are hot right now.

"You can't take these guys lightly. Their last three games they faced San Francisco, Seattle, Arizona, and they played those guys really well," Sanders said. "This is a good football team that we're facing with a great defensive line and we're playing them at home, we definitely have to bring our A-game."

Denver comes into the game at 7-2 and is 2-2 on the road this year.

The Rams (3-6) announced this week that Shaun Hill will be the starting quarterback.

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Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did just fine against the league's best pass rush.Tannehill, who was playing behind an offensive line that was missing left tackle Branden Albert, completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Dolphins to a crucial 22-9 win over the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.The win puts Miami (6-4) in sole possession of second place in the AFC East and evens their season's series with Buffalo at a game apiece.It was a game of field goals in the first half. Dan Carpenter's second field goal, with 3:26 remaining in the second quarter, gave Buffalo a 6-3 lead which it took into halftime.After Carpenter hit a field goal to put the Bills up six in the third quarter, the Dolphins scored 19 unanswered points, 12 of them coming off Tannehill touchdown passes to win the game.Lamar Miller had 15 carries for 86 yards in the win.While the Bills' pass rush couldn't force Tannehill to throw a pick, they did come up with five sacks, 3.5 of those coming thanks to Mario Williams.The Bills (5-5) will look to get back on track next week when they host the New York Jets. Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be in Denver to take on the Broncos in Week 12.

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