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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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Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0

Brian Hoyer: Our Goal Is to Go 1-0

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns (6-3) will host the Houston Texans (4-5) on Sunday.  

Cleveland continues to impress this year and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the importance of this game.

"Our main goal this week is to be 1-0," Hoyer said. "We're not going to get a berth into the playoffs based off this game. We realize its one game at a time, so from here on out its seven one game seasons."

Hoyer will be going up against an old teammate -- Ryan Mallett, the starting quarterback this week, who was a backup to Tom Brady in New England.

"I can honestly say it's the strongest arm I've ever seen," Hoyer said of Mallett.  

Hoyer was also in New England when Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was the defensive coordinator for the Patriots.

"I don't think I'd be the player I am today without Billy," Hoyer said. "My time in New England, I remember him telling me 'I don't really coach Tom Brady, I just kind of guide him in the right direction and game plan', I feel like I got the benefit of his extra coaching.  It really helped me out as far as a quarterback in this league."

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Tom Brady: We Have ‘to Put Up a Lot of Points’ Sunday

Tom Brady: We Have ‘to Put Up a Lot of Points’ Sunday

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Sunday night.

New England quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday that the key to beating the Colts will be putting up a lot of points.

"When you play another great offense you're going to have to put up a lot of points," Brady said. "My focus is on the other side of the ball, but you also know you're not going to be able to score 13 points and win the game."

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on track to break Peyton Manning's single season passing yards record and is the leader of the NFL's highest scoring offense.

"He's a great player," Brady said of Luck.  "He's in his third year and he's had a lot of success.  They're offense is doing a great job this year, they score a lot of points especially at home and he's kind of the ring leader."

With a win on Sunday, the Patriots will remain the top seed in the AFC.

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Seahawks DT Mebane Done for Season

Seahawks DT Mebane Done for Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn hamstring.The 29-year-old was placed on the season-ending injured reserve Tuesday; he suffered the injury during the team's win Sunday over the New York Giants.Mebane has been dominant for a Seahawks team that ranks fourth in rushing yards allowed per game.“There is nobody like Mebane,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a unique player. He’s had, I think, the best season he’s had since he’s we’ve been here to this point — most consistent, best factor — so that’s a big hit to take.”Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel, and Jordan Hill will take Mebane's place on the line.The Seahawks signed tight end RaShaun Allen from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to take Mebane's roster spot.

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Jaguars Place Rookie WR Allen Robinson on Injured Reserve

Jaguars Place Rookie WR Allen Robinson on Injured Reserve

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars placed wide receiver Allen Robinson on the injured reserve list Tuesday because of a broken right foot. He suffered the injury during Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in London.

The Jaguars selected Robinson out of Penn State in the second round of this year’s NFL draft. In his rookie campaign, he had 48 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson leads the team in receptions and receiving yards.

With Robinson out, the Jaguars are expected to rely heavily on veterans Cecil Shorts III as well as rookies Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee.

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Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Mark Sanchez made his first start with the Eagles (7-2) and lead his team to a 45-21 victory over the Panthers (3-6-1) on Monday night.

Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles defense did the rest of the work.

Philadelphia sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton nine times and forced five turnovers with three picks in the rout.  

Darren Sproles capped off a terrific first quarter with a 65-yard punt return to give the Eagles a 17-7 lead.

"Just an outstanding performance by all three phases," Sanchez said.

Newton and the Panthers have now lost four in a row.

"We've got to do things better," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "I have to coach better, coaches have to coach better, we have to practice better and then go out and play better. And we're going to do it together as a team."

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Manning Tosses Five TDs, Broncos Stomp Raiders

Manning Tosses Five TDs, Broncos Stomp Raiders

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- After a disappointing loss to New England last week, the Denver Broncos righted the ship with a 41-17 trouncing over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Peyton Manning tossed five touchdowns for the Broncos (7-2) while the defense held Oakland (0-9) to less than 250 total yards of offense.

The game did not start off that well for Manning and the Broncos. A pair of early interceptions saw Denver trailing 10-6 with 11 minutes to play in the second quarter. That all changed when C.J. Anderson caught a screen pass and scampered 51 yards for a touchdown, giving Denver a 13-10 advantage.

That scoring play started a string of five touchdown passes on five possessions for Manning, turning a brief upset scare into another rout. The Raiders were held scoreless for almost the entire second half, scoring a garbage touchdown with less than a minute remaining in regulation.

It was the ninth time in Manning's career that he threw for at least five touchdowns, breaking a tie with Drew Brees for the most in NFL history. The 38-year-old also extended his own league mark of most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes to 15 games. Both Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders each caught a pair of touchdowns in the win.

Derek Carr threw two touchdowns in the loss, but also threw a pair of interceptions.

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Carson Palmer Exits Cardinals Win with Injury

Carson Palmer Exits Cardinals Win with Injury

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals improved to an NFL-best 8-1 on the season with a 31-14 win over St. Louis on Sunday. However, team officials are fearful that quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL in the fourth quarter and could be out for the rest of the year.

Arizona was trailing the 3 and 6 Rams 14-10 entering the fourth quarter, but were driving when Palmer went down. The 34-year-old was carted off the field after clutching the same left knee that was surgically repaired in 2006 after tearing his ACL and MCL in a playoff game against Pittsburgh.

"We don't know anything about Carson's injury or the length, whatever it is yet," coach Bruce Arians said. "He will be evaluated and get an MRI and everything and we will know something by tomorrow and hopefully by Tuesday."

With their leader sidelined, and the scoreboard not in their favor, the Cardinals turned to Drew Stanton and immediately took control. Stanton found Josh Brown on a 48-yard touchdown pass to take a 17-10 lead before the defense sealed the deal. Patrick Peterson picked off an Austin Davis pass and ran it back 30 yards before Antonio Cromartie recovered a fumble and scored, putting the game out of reach for St. Louis.

Davis threw two interceptions for the Rams, who were held to 244 total yards of offense. Prior to the injury, Palmer was 25-for-36 for 241 yards and an interception. 

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