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NFL Insiders predict – Best 2018 team fit for Le’Veon Bell of Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell said last week that he’s prepared to sit out a season, or even retire, if he is hit with the franchise tag for the second consecutive year. The 25-year-old Bell played on a $12.1 million franchise tag in 2017, and that number is projected to increase to around $14.5 million for next season. From the wild-card round through Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, ESPN.com has the playoffs covered. • Schedule, coverage, more »• Resetting the NFL playoff bracket » Last July, Bell turned down…

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Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo on track to play Sunday against Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Championship Game

2:09 PM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was scheduled to participate in a portion of practice Wednesday and appears on track to start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, despite a concussion he suffered in the divisional round of the playoffs. “He’ll be fine,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. Vikings S Andrew Sendejo walks off the field after suffering an injury…

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Jeremy Lane of Seattle Seahawks admitted to marijuana use before driving, according to arrest report

8:29 PM ET Brady HendersonESPN Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane registered a blood-alcohol-content level well under the legal limit but admitted to having smoked marijuana before he was pulled over early Sunday morning, leading to his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a Washington State Patrol incident report. Lane was pulled over on Mercer Island just east of Seattle after his 2006 Dodge Charger was clocked traveling 80 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to the report, which was obtained by ESPN. The arresting patrolman…

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New York Jets lower season-ticket prices

The New York Jets are lowering season-ticket prices, with the lowest prices being lower than those when the Jets first moved into MetLife Stadium in 2010. On Tuesday, season-ticket holders were given the 2018 prices, which were down by a weighted average of 11 percent compared with last season. The cheapest tickets in the upper deck will be $45 a game, while tickets in the mezzanine will cost $95 per game. The bigger news for Jets fans is that those mezzanine tickets, previously available only with a $2,500 to $4,000…

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is interested, but not involved in buying the Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., retired as a full-time driver in NASCAR’s top series, has an interest in being a minority owner of the Carolina Panthers. The sports’ 15-time most popular driver told The Associated Press that he recently called Marcus Smith, the president and chief operating officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., about potential involvement in purchasing the Panthers. The subject came up when Earnhardt was asked whether he was involved with a group headed by Charlotte businessman Felix Sabates, a minority owner with Chip Ganassi Racing, to buy…

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Minnesota Vikings players still in shock after stunning last-second victory over New Orleans Saints

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adam Thielen was drained mentally, physically and emotionally. Being on the field for one of the greatest plays in Minnesota Vikings history and seeing the replay hundreds of times of Case Keenum‘s 61-yard pass to Stefon Diggs for the first walk-off finish ever to an NFL postseason game, the receiver needed more than just a moment to process what he had witnessed. Not even 24 hours after the catch that catapulted the Vikings into the NFC Championship Game at the last possible second, the shock factor…

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Ken Norton Jr., Mike Solari joining Seattle Seahawks staff

12:01 AM ET Brady HendersonESPN Changes to the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff continue, with the team expected to hire Ken Norton Jr. as defensive coordinator and Mike Solari as offensive line coach, sources told ESPN on Monday. Norton would replace Kris Richard, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Richard has served on the team’s coaching staff for the past eight seasons, including the past three as defensive coordinator. Earlier reports indicated Richard wasn’t expected to return. The San Francisco 49ers hired Norton as their assistant head coach/defense and inside linebackers…

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Ex-Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey’s stubbornness cost him – Tennessee Titans Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It was clear when Marcus Mariota stood frustrated and, in his own words, “embarrassed” at the podium following a 35-14 playoff loss to New England last week that the Tennessee Titans were at a crossroads. “You play to win the whole thing,” Mariota said after the game. “Yeah, it’s nice to be in the playoffs, but again, you don’t play to get in, especially coming into the divisional playoff and losing the way we did.” It felt as if Mike Mularkey began to dig in his heels…

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Inside the play that saved the Minnesota Vikings’ season

12:20 AM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 MINNEAPOLIS — The “Minnesota Miracle” happened on a play called “Seven Heaven.” Why do the Minnesota Vikings use that name? Because if the quarterback hits the seven route, a deep corner in this case, well, something heavenly happens. Stefon Diggs was running the seven route on Sunday night when he caught his miraculous 61-yard touchdown on a heave from Case Keenum that lifted the Vikings to a…

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Mike Mularkey, Tennessee Titans talking contract extension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Mularkey is returning as Tennessee Titans head coach and is talking with the Titans about a contract extension that would keep him in town beyond the 2018 season, a league source told ESPN. Initial talks began last week following the Titans’ 22-21 wild-card playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Titans made progress in 2017, finishing 9-7 and making the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. They overcame an 18-point deficit at Kansas City to win their first playoff game since the…

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