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Titans’ Locker ‘most likely’ out for the season

The Tennessee Titans' embarrassing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars was bad enough, but the worse news is that quarterback Jake Locker could be lost for the season with a foot injury.

Per a source, TitanInsider.com reported that Locker's foot injury was "bad" and that he was "most likely" out for the

The Tennessee Titans’ embarrassing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars was bad enough, but the worse news is that quarterback Jake Locker could be lost for the season with a foot injury.

Per a source, TitanInsider.com reported that Locker’s foot injury was “bad” and that he was “most likely” out for the remaining seven games of the season.

Locker suffered the injury running on an option play. He limped back to the huddle and stayed in the game, but could not execute a handoff to Chris Johnson on the ensuing play and the Titans lost the football and a scoring opportunity in the red zone.

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Ed Reed demoted from Texans’ lineup

The Houston Texans waited for free agent signee Ed Reed to recover from a hip injury to join their starting lineup.

It was thought that Reed might be the final missing piece for a championship. Instead, the Texans have gone into a tailspin at 2-6 and Reed now finds himself no longer a

The Houston Texans waited for free agent signee Ed Reed to recover from a hip injury to join their starting lineup.

It was thought that Reed might be the final missing piece for a championship. Instead, the Texans have gone into a tailspin at 2-6 and Reed now finds himself no longer a starting safety, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Interim coach Wade Phillips, who is also the Texans defensive coordinator did not commit to Reed being a starter this week after he came off the bench last week against the Colts. Phillips indicated that Reed was more likely to be a situational player.

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Texans auditioning kickers today

Randy Bullock's struggles as the Houston Texans kickers were magnified when he missed three field goals Sunday night in a 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Now, according to the Houston Chronicle, the 2-6 Texans will bring in three kickers on Tuesday to look at, including two who have previously kicked

Randy Bullock’s struggles as the Houston Texans kickers were magnified when he missed three field goals Sunday night in a 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Now, according to the Houston Chronicle, the 2-6 Texans will bring in three kickers on Tuesday to look at, including two who have previously kicked for them. Veterans Neil Rackers and Shayne Graham, both of whom have been with the Texans before, will audition as well Justin Medlock, who formerly played for the Carolina Panthers.

According to the report, it’s not a sure thing that Bullock will be replaced, but his job security took a hit with his three misses Sunday night.

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Kubiak did not suffer heart attack or stroke

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak did not suffer a heart attack or stroke in Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts after he collapsed on the sideline at halftime.

Kubiak was headed to the Texans locker room, but dropped to a knee after being light-headed and dizzy, according to the Houston

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak did not suffer a heart attack or stroke in Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts after he collapsed on the sideline at halftime.

Kubiak was headed to the Texans locker room, but dropped to a knee after being light-headed and dizzy, according to the Houston Chronicle.

After being on the ground for several minutes, he was taken by stretcher to an ambulance and on to a local hospital. Kubiak apparently never lost consciousness and is still being tested an evaluated to determine what caused the incident.

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Tommie Smith named Titans president, CEO

The Tennessee Titans released a statement from the late Bud Adams' family that Tommie Smith, Adams' son-in-law will take over as team president and CEO.

In addition to Smith vaulting to the top of the team hierarchy, his wife Susie Adams Smith and her sister Amy Adams Hunt will serve as co-chairpersons of

The Tennessee Titans released a statement from the late Bud Adams’ family that Tommie Smith, Adams’ son-in-law will take over as team president and CEO.

In addition to Smith vaulting to the top of the team hierarchy, his wife Susie Adams Smith and her sister Amy Adams Hunt will serve as co-chairpersons of the club’s board of directors.

Adams’ grandson, 28-year-old Kenneth Adams IV, who has worked in the organization since 2006, joins the team”s board of directors as well.

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Foster, Tate both iffy for Texans

With Arian Foster and Ben Tate, the Houston Texans came into the eason with arguably the best one-two punch in the NFL at running back.

But now with Tate battling a rib injury and Foster bothered by a hamstring, the Texans find themselves hamstrung at the running back spot entering this week's game

With Arian Foster and Ben Tate, the Houston Texans came into the eason with arguably the best one-two punch in the NFL at running back.

But now with Tate battling a rib injury and Foster bothered by a hamstring, the Texans find themselves hamstrung at the running back spot entering this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“I’m very concerned. We understand Ben’s situation. I think they’re both going to give us everything they can to try and play this week. I don’t think we’re going to know anything until later in the week, which is probably a good thing,” Coach Gary Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle.

If the Texans are without Foster and Tate, the running game will be left in the hands of Deji Karim, Ray Graham and Dennis Johnson.

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Britt discusses trade possibility

Kenny Britt's 2013 season has been a very forgettable one so far.

And rumors have persisted that the Tennessee Titans have been shopping him around the NFL.

On Monday, in an interview with TitanInsider, Britt addressed that speculation just 24 hours before the league trading deadline on Tuesday.

“Do

Kenny Britt’s 2013 season has been a very forgettable one so far.

And rumors have persisted that the Tennessee Titans have been shopping him around the NFL.

On Monday, in an interview with TitanInsider, Britt addressed that speculation just 24 hours before the league trading deadline on Tuesday.

“Do I expect to be here? I don’t know what my future is. If I’m here, that’ll be great. If I’m not, it would be a fresh start. Right now, my mind is if I’m here, I am,” Britt said.

Britt, a first-round pick in 2009, has just eight catches for 67 yards in seven games and has lost his starting job in Tennessee. Asked if the trade talk bothered him, he replied “No, not at all. The game is about business and if they feel I’m not getting the job done, it’s up to them to keep me or not. But I’m grateful for the opportunity they gave me to be here. Hopefully, I’m not going anywhere because I would love to stay here.”

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Locker likely to start for Titans

Jake Locker appears on track to start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Locker, who will wear a knee brace on his sprained right knee, got the majority of reps on Friday, and per TitanInsider, made it through the week with no setbacks, setting him up

Jake Locker appears on track to start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Locker, who will wear a knee brace on his sprained right knee, got the majority of reps on Friday, and per TitanInsider, made it through the week with no setbacks, setting him up to make the start after missing just two games with knee and hip injuries suffered against the New York Jets three weeks ago.

Most had believed Locker would be out until after the Titans bye week next week, but his work through the week, combined with the struggles of backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, have opened the door for him to play vs. the 49ers.

Ironically, last year, Locker missed five games with a separated shoulder and returned the week before the bye to play aginst Miami when most thought he would not play in that game either.

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Locker, Greene practice for Titans

The Tennessee Titans got quarterback Jake Locker and running back Shonn Greene back on the practice field on Thursday.

Locker, who has been out two weeks with a sprained hip and sprained MCL, did limited work, per TitanInsider, as did Greene.

Locker did individual, 7-on-7 and took a snap or

The Tennessee Titans got quarterback Jake Locker and running back Shonn Greene back on the practice field on Thursday.

Locker, who has been out two weeks with a sprained hip and sprained MCL, did limited work, per TitanInsider, as did Greene.

Locker did individual, 7-on-7 and took a snap or two in team drills. Both players are expected to see an increase in their reps Thursday and Friday, barring setbacks. Of the two, Greene, who had his right knee scoped, would appear to have a better shot of playing Sunday against the 49ers.

“I think Shonn has a chance. He’ll do more tomorrow, and we’re going to think positively,” Titans coach Munchak said. “I would hope that he’s up and ready. How much he can do is another thing. It’s just a matter of if we feel things go well the next couple days, then we feel like he’d have a great chance to contribute on Sunday.”

Also, middle linebacker Colin McCarthy will start for an injured Moise Fokou (knee), and the Titans are making a switch at center from veteran Rob Turner to rookie Brian Schwenkie in an attempt to shore up an offensive line that has struggled in recent weeks.

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Titans haven’t ruled out Locker for this week yet

Jake Locker will begin "football activities" htis week, according to Coach Mike Munchak.

Locker, who sprained his hip against the New York Jets, has missed the past two games and probably won't be under center when the Tennessee Titans host the San Francisco 49ers. But after ruling him out quickly the previous two

Jake Locker will begin “football activities” htis week, according to Coach Mike Munchak.

Locker, who sprained his hip against the New York Jets, has missed the past two games and probably won’t be under center when the Tennessee Titans host the San Francisco 49ers. But after ruling him out quickly the previous two Mondays, Munchak said there was some chance that Locker could return this week.

He’s gonna be able to do more this week. He’s doing well. Just like him and Shonn Greene, starting today, they’ll be a lot more active,” Munchak said via TitanInsider. “Now it’s just a matter of seeing how they handle more activity. I think the rest part and the light stuff is over, and now he can get more into real football stuff, and now it’s just a matter of how quickly he progresses without pain, the same with Shonn Greene. We’ll see how Shonn is this week running and how he handles and how his knee responds to more football-like activity. The next couple of days, we’ll get a feel for where those two are in terms of how soon they can help us win.”

Of the two, it would seem taht Greene, who has been out since week two after having his right knee scoped, would have the better chance of returning this week. And if that is the case, that could be a nice boost for a sagging Titans running game that has fallen on hard times in recent weeks.

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VY offers his services to Texans

With the Houston Texans struggling at the quarterback position with Matt Schaub (now injured) and T.J. Yates, a hometown hero has offered his services to the club.

Vince Young, a Houston native who led the University of Texas to a national championship in 2005, tweeted that he is "ready' to join

With the Houston Texans struggling at the quarterback position with Matt Schaub (now injured) and T.J. Yates, a hometown hero has offered his services to the club.

Vince Young, a Houston native who led the University of Texas to a national championship in 2005, tweeted that he is “ready’ to join the Texans and help.

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Texans rip fans who cheered Schaub injury

Matt Schaub, who had thrown a pick-six in four consecutive games, went down with a leg injury in Sunday's 38-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

When he was injured, a portion of the Houston Texans faithful at Reliant Stadium cheered, much to the chagrin of Texans' players. Receiver Andre Johnson had some

Matt Schaub, who had thrown a pick-six in four consecutive games, went down with a leg injury in Sunday’s 38-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

When he was injured, a portion of the Houston Texans faithful at Reliant Stadium cheered, much to the chagrin of Texans’ players. Receiver Andre Johnson had some of the strongest words in support of Schaub and against the fans who cheered his injury.

“It’s bad when members of the other team are saying that’s messed up that (fans) would do something like that,” Johnson said via the Houston Chronicle. “It just shows no class. It wasn’t all the fans. But those are the same people that you’re out somewhere with your family and you tell them they can’t have an autograph right now, those are the same people that tell you you’re rude.

“It shows what they’re all about. You don’t cheer about nobody being injured – I don’t care who it is.”

Schaub was replaced by T.J. Yates, who came in and threw a pick-six, giving the Texans five consecutive games with a pick-six against them.

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Gregg Williams not worried about coaching future

Gregg Williams returned from suspension this season and has helped turn around what was a deplorable Tennessee Titans defense from last year.

Williams, who signed a one-year contract after his suspension for the Saints bounty episode was lifted in February, isn't entertaining any notions of becoming a defensive coordinator or head coach again

Gregg Williams returned from suspension this season and has helped turn around what was a deplorable Tennessee Titans defense from last year.

Williams, who signed a one-year contract after his suspension for the Saints bounty episode was lifted in February, isn’t entertaining any notions of becoming a defensive coordinator or head coach again just yet. His title in Tennessee is senior defensive assistant.

Speaking to the media for just the second time since training camp opened, Williams said via TitanInsider, “Those kinds of things, I just love coaching, no matter what position. I loved being a special teams coordinator, I loved being a defensive coordinator. I loved being a position coach,” Williams said. “I really, in all honesty, I take no time to think about those things. I love being a mentor and leader of young men. I love that aspect of it, and this is really a good group of young men to be around. And I get as much from them as they do from me.”

If the Titans’ defense continues to play well – Tennessee is plus 9 ini turnover margin – Williams could find himself again a coveted commodity, just a year after being out of the league.

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Andre Johnson still limited

Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson continues to be bothered by a shin injury suffered three weeks ago against the Baltimore Ravens.

His practice time has been limited since then, and the Houston Chronicle reports that Johnson, who is likely to practice Friday, will be a game-time decision when the struggling Texans

Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson continues to be bothered by a shin injury suffered three weeks ago against the Baltimore Ravens.

His practice time has been limited since then, and the Houston Chronicle reports that Johnson, who is likely to practice Friday, will be a game-time decision when the struggling Texans host the St. Louis Rams.

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Gabbert ‘week to week’ with hamstring injury

Stop me if you've heard this before, but Blaine Gabbert is out with an injury.

The Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback is "week to week," according to Coach Gus Bradley after injuring his hamstring Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. It marked the fifth time in past calendar year that Gabbert has not been

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Blaine Gabbert is out with an injury.

The Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback is “week to week,” according to Coach Gus Bradley after injuring his hamstring Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. It marked the fifth time in past calendar year that Gabbert has not been able to finish due to an injury, per the Florida Times-Union.

The Jaguars, who are 28-point underdogs against Denver this week, will start Chad Henne over Gabbert on Sunday. It’s probably just as well, considering Gabbert is 5-22 in his career as a starting quarterback.

The worse news, of course, for Henne and Gabbert, once he comes back, is that left tackle Luke Joeckel, the second overall pick is out for the season, and the team traded its previous left tackle Eugene Monroe to Baltimore last week in order to shift the rookie to his natural left tackle spot.

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Daniels given IR recall designation

The Houston Texans have placed tight end Owen Daniels on injured reserve with a designation to return, says ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Daniels suffered a broken fibula in Sunday night's 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Reports from Monday indicated that Daniels would miss a minimum of four weeks and up

The Houston Texans have placed tight end Owen Daniels on injured reserve with a designation to return, says ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Daniels suffered a broken fibula in Sunday night’s 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Reports from Monday indicated that Daniels would miss a minimum of four weeks and up to eight weeks while the injury healed. The move by the Texans ensures that Daniels will miss eight weeks, as he cannot be brought back until after that time has elapsed.

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Texans’ Daniels out with broken fibula

The news keeps getting worse for the Houston Texans, as the team learned Tuesday that it has lost tight end Owen Daniels for up to two months with a broken fibula.

The injury is expected to sideline him from four to eight weeks, says the Houston Chroncle.

Daniels was the

The news keeps getting worse for the Houston Texans, as the team learned Tuesday that it has lost tight end Owen Daniels for up to two months with a broken fibula.

The injury is expected to sideline him from four to eight weeks, says the Houston Chroncle.

Daniels was the Texans’ second-leading receiver with 24 catches this season.

Houston is already reeling with QB Matt Schaub’s troubles, as he has thrown a pick six in four straight games as the club has fallen to 2-3 and into third place in the AFC South.

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Kubiak leaves options open at QB

After seeing quarterback Matt Schaub throw a pick six for the fourth straight game, Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak stated that he will stick with the struggling signal-caller, but did leave himself an out, if necessary.

Kubiak benched Schaub in the Texans' 34-3 thrashing at San Francisco Sunday night after three more interceptions,

After seeing quarterback Matt Schaub throw a pick six for the fourth straight game, Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak stated that he will stick with the struggling signal-caller, but did leave himself an out, if necessary.

Kubiak benched Schaub in the Texans’ 34-3 thrashing at San Francisco Sunday night after three more interceptions, allowing second-stringer T.J. Yates to mop up.

“He is, but I’m in the evaluation process,” Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle when asked if Schaub was still the Texans’ starter.

It marked Houston’s third straight loss and dropped them to 2-3, marking the first time the Texans have had a losing record since 2010.

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Titans to ‘reassess’ Britt’s role

Kenny Britt seems to be sinking further into the doghouse for the Tennessee Titans after catching just one of six passes thrown his way in Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Britt, who was out last week with sore ribs and a sore neck, has just six receptions on the season,

Kenny Britt seems to be sinking further into the doghouse for the Tennessee Titans after catching just one of six passes thrown his way in Sunday’s 26-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Britt, who was out last week with sore ribs and a sore neck, has just six receptions on the season, and it appears that offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is getting frustrated with the 2009 first-round pick.

“We’re gonna have to reassess everything at this point. We’ll evaluate after we watch the tape,” Loggains said via TitanInsider. “Obviously, I’m not gonna hide anything. He had probably three drops in the game. The one that bothered me most was when it was 17-13, and you’ve got third and 2, and you’ve got to make that play. We dropped the ball, and it puts you in a tough spot. We were moving the football. We had kind of flipped the field again, and that hurt us.”

Britt was already relegated to the third receiver role for much of the day, as Nate Washington and Kendall Wright played mostly in the two receiver sets. Now, Britt could be in danger of falling even farther down the depth chart.

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Texans’ Johnson, Cushing still limited

Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson was limited on Thursday with a bruised shin, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Also, linebacker Brian Cushing, who has been battling a concussion, was limited on Thursday as well. His status for Sunday against the 49ers is uncertain.

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Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson was limited on Thursday with a bruised shin, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Also, linebacker Brian Cushing, who has been battling a concussion, was limited on Thursday as well. His status for Sunday against the 49ers is uncertain.

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Manuel leaves game with knee injury

The Buffalo Bills lost starting quarterback E.J. Manuel in Thursday night's game after he took a shot to his right knee on a scramble against the Cleveland Browns.

Manuel, the team's first-round pick, tried to jog on the sideline and ride the stationary bike, but he eventually went to the locker room to

The Buffalo Bills lost starting quarterback E.J. Manuel in Thursday night’s game after he took a shot to his right knee on a scramble against the Cleveland Browns.

Manuel, the team’s first-round pick, tried to jog on the sideline and ride the stationary bike, but he eventually went to the locker room to be further evaluated.

In his place came another rookie, undrafted Jeff Tuel, whose night ended badly with a pick six throw to Cleveland’s T.J. Ward that turned a six-point deficit into a 37-24 loss.

The Bills have to hope that Manuel’s injury won’t keep him out of the lineup too long, because it was very clear Thursday night that Tuel is very green right now.

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Monroe to Ravens becomes official

Per the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars will now have 10 picks (not counting any potential compensatory selections) in next year's draft.

Per the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars will now have 10 picks (not counting any potential compensatory selections) in next year’s draft.

Monroe is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season, but could get a contract extension from the Ravens. According to the team’s website, it is not certain whether Monroe will play this weekend for Baltimore, given his limited time to get ready due to the trade.

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Titans’ Griffin fined $21,000 for hit on Jets’ Hill

Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin is appealing the $21,000 fine the NFL levied on him for his block Sunday on New York Jets receiver Stephen Hill.

Griffin turned from defender to blocker on Hill and leveled him following Alterraun Verner's first-quarter interception against Geno Smith. The league, however, took issue with Griffin's hit

Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin is appealing the $21,000 fine the NFL levied on him for his block Sunday on New York Jets receiver Stephen Hill.

Griffin turned from defender to blocker on Hill and leveled him following Alterraun Verner’s first-quarter interception against Geno Smith. The league, however, took issue with Griffin’s hit to the head and neck area, especially after Hill left the game with a concussion and did not return.

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Jaguars, Jacksonville reach deal to upgrade stadium

While the product on the field hasn't improved very much in Jacksonville this season, at least the fans will soon be more comfortable watching that not-so-quality product being put before them.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville announced Wednesday a tentative agreement to make $63 million worth of improvements to EverBank

While the product on the field hasn’t improved very much in Jacksonville this season, at least the fans will soon be more comfortable watching that not-so-quality product being put before them.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville announced Wednesday a tentative agreement to make $63 million worth of improvements to EverBank Stadium. The team’s contribution will be $20 million, while the city is on the hook for around $43 million.

Mayor Alvin Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping, Gator Bowl Association President Rick Catlett and City Council announced that the improvements will include new scoreboards and other upgrades.

“EverBank Field is one of Jacksonville’s most important economic development assets,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “This agreement will make our National Football League stadium a world-class facility. It will enhance the fan experience for those who cheer on the Jaguars and come here for the Florida-Georgia game, Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl and other major events. It will attract new customers to the sports complex. It will help revitalize Downtown. This is an important step forward for Jacksonville.”

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Ravens acquire Monroe from Jaguars

The Baltimore Ravens have acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for multiple draft choices.

The trade was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN later confirmed by multiple media outlets.

Monroe is under contract through 2014 and gives the Ravens a potential upgrade over Bryant McKinnie at

The Baltimore Ravens have acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for multiple draft choices.

The trade was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN later confirmed by multiple media outlets.

Monroe is under contract through 2014 and gives the Ravens a potential upgrade over Bryant McKinnie at left tackle. Meanwhile, the strugging Jaguars, who have lost every game by double digits thus far, get draft picks to rebuild with.

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Locker has sprained hip, no damage to joint

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has a sprained hip, but suffered no damage to his hip joint or socket, per TitanInsider.

Locker suffered the injury in Sunday's game, and the Titans put him through a second MRI on Tuesday after the swelling went down to determine the extent of the injury.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has a sprained hip, but suffered no damage to his hip joint or socket, per TitanInsider.

Locker suffered the injury in Sunday’s game, and the Titans put him through a second MRI on Tuesday after the swelling went down to determine the extent of the injury.

Locker will still be out for several weeks, and a best-case scenario would probably have him back after the Titans bye week on Oct. 27.

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Bradley voices support for Gabbert

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-4 and quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne have taken turns struggling.

But Coach Gus Bradley says he is still supportive of Gabbert, who threw two interceptions in his first eight passes on Sunday in a 37-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

“I would say stronger now after

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-4 and quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne have taken turns struggling.

But Coach Gus Bradley says he is still supportive of Gabbert, who threw two interceptions in his first eight passes on Sunday in a 37-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

“I would say stronger now after watching the tape,” Bradley told the Florida Times-Union. “I saw him scramble around and make a play to Clay Harbor. I saw him scramble around and throw it to Ace on an explosive play. I saw him do some things.”

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Fokou, Clary fined $7,875 each for incident

The incident that led to Tennessee Titans linebacker Moise Fokou getting a 15-yard penalty Sunday has also drawn him a fine of $7,875, per TitanInsider.com.

Fokou claimed that Chargers guard Jeromey Clary tried to break his arm by putting it "in a blender" on a play. The good news for Fokou

The incident that led to Tennessee Titans linebacker Moise Fokou getting a 15-yard penalty Sunday has also drawn him a fine of $7,875, per TitanInsider.com.

Fokou claimed that Chargers guard Jeromey Clary tried to break his arm by putting it “in a blender” on a play. The good news for Fokou is that the league also hit Clary with an equal fine.

Fokou said Wednesday that if the NFL fined him he would appeal the punishment.

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Bradshaw to miss Colts game vs. Jaguars

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw will be out for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to a neck injury, the Colts announced.

Bradshaw's absence likely means a bigger load for Trent Richardson, whom they acquired from the Cleveland Browns last week.

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Running back Ahmad Bradshaw will be out for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to a neck injury, the Colts announced.

Bradshaw’s absence likely means a bigger load for Trent Richardson, whom they acquired from the Cleveland Browns last week.

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Fisher takes only two questions after Rams’ shellacking

The St. Louis Rams were awful Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers, falling 35-11 at home to their NFC West brethren.

After the game, Rams coach Jeff Fisher was in no mood to discuss the loss with reporters, taking only two questions before leaving the podium. While that's good for the beat

The St. Louis Rams were awful Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers, falling 35-11 at home to their NFC West brethren.

After the game, Rams coach Jeff Fisher was in no mood to discuss the loss with reporters, taking only two questions before leaving the podium. While that’s good for the beat guys’ deadline, it’s not so good in terms of providing insight into what ails the Rams, who now stand 1-3 with problems on both sides of the football.

Fisher wa was asked about the Rams running game which has been a problem in the post-Steven Jackson era, gaining just 18 yards Thursday night.

“We’re going to get it fixed, OK. That’s all I’m going to tell you. We’ll get it fixed,” Fisher said via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

If there’s a bright spot for the Rams, they have 10 days now to prepare for their next opponent – the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Pryce: Lewis’ leadership ‘a little self-serving’

After Ray Lewis said the Baltimore Ravens lacked leadership following an incident where receiver Jacoby Jones was hit with a champagne bottle by a stripper on a party bus.

But former Raven Trevor Pryce told the Baltimore Sun that Lewis' leadership was a bit "self-serving."

"Here's the thing about the

After Ray Lewis said the Baltimore Ravens lacked leadership following an incident where receiver Jacoby Jones was hit with a champagne bottle by a stripper on a party bus.

But former Raven Trevor Pryce told the Baltimore Sun that Lewis’ leadership was a bit “self-serving.”

“Here’s the thing about the Ray Lewis leadership thing, when you start telling the media that things would be fixed if you were there, that can be a little self-serving,” said Pryce. “Once you read the narrative about yourself, that’s the narrative you’re going to stick with. God bless him, but they asked Ray that question knowing exactly what the answer will be. Me personally, Trevor Pryce, I’ve been to many a player function where things got a little bit out of hand, but nobody went running to the media. I’ve seen things happen at player functions that were crazy and I’ll say, ‘How could this have been avoided?’ Well, the only way to avoid is to not have a party at all. It was a party, and it went wrong.

“That’s not a question of leadership. That’s what is making the current Ravens upset about it is because they’re saying, ‘We were going to have this party regardless if Ray was here or not.’ That’s the disconnect between what’s real and what leadership is what a leadership would do.”

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Jaguars offer free beer for ticket buyers

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a promotion Thursday morning for three hours, offering two free beers for fans who purchased tickets for Sunday's home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Fans who bought tickets through the promotion had to be at least 21 years old, of course.

At 0-3, the Jaguars have

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a promotion Thursday morning for three hours, offering two free beers for fans who purchased tickets for Sunday’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Fans who bought tickets through the promotion had to be at least 21 years old, of course.

At 0-3, the Jaguars have to do something to attract fans. Playing for the No. 1 pick in 2014 isn’t exactly a great marketing campaign while you’re in the midst of it. However, if it works out and the Jaguars can get the right guy next year, then perhaps they won’t have to resort to free beer promotions to sell tickets in future years.

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Bucs top two receivers miss practice

It is already tough enough for rookie Mike Glennon making his first NFL start on Sunday.

But now his receivers are in question as neither Vincent Jackson nor Mike Williams practiced on Wednesday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Williams, who is battling a hamstring injury, indicated that he feels fine

It is already tough enough for rookie Mike Glennon making his first NFL start on Sunday.

But now his receivers are in question as neither Vincent Jackson nor Mike Williams practiced on Wednesday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Williams, who is battling a hamstring injury, indicated that he feels fine and expects to play Sunday. Jackson, who was out with a rib injury, was not in the locker room to comment on his condition.

The Bucs will want to get both receivers back as quickly as possible to help ease the transition this week from Josh Freeman to Glennon.

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Fokou says Chargers tried to ‘put arm in a blender’

Tennessee Titans linebacker Moise Fokou said Wednesday that the San Diego Chargers intentionally tried to hurt his arm, leading him to retaliate and draw a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.

“They were trying to put my arm in a blender,” Fokou said." That's what they were trying to do. It was kind of

Tennessee Titans linebacker Moise Fokou said Wednesday that the San Diego Chargers intentionally tried to hurt his arm, leading him to retaliate and draw a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.

“They were trying to put my arm in a blender,” Fokou said.” That’s what they were trying to do. It was kind of like a fight or flight kind of feeling, just mano-a-mano, survival of the fittest. I felt that my arm was in a compromising position and when I got up my first instinct was to kind of defend myself, right, wrong or indifferent. That’s just how I felt.”

Fokou did not identify the Chargers player, but he was penalized for roughness on San Diego right guard Jeromey Clary, per the game replay.

It was teammate Bernard Pollard, in an interview with 102.5 The Game in Nashville, who first brought the situation to light Wednesday. Pollard was talking about player safety and penalties when he threw the Fokou situation out there as part of the conversation.

“We’re very conscious of the safety factor. We had a guy try to break our linebacker’s arm, blatant as all get out,” Pollard told the station. “When you’ve got guys aiming for head shots and things like that, we want those guys suspended.”

It will be interesting to see how the league views the situation, especially with Fokou’s side of the matter coming out publicly now. Fokou said he has not heard from the league, but would appeal if a fine came his way.

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Rice to practice, hopes to play Sunday

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said he was expecting to practice on Wednesday and play this Sunday after missing last week's game with a hip flexor injury.

Rice told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun that he plans to play this week against the Buffalo Bills after sitting out last

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said he was expecting to practice on Wednesday and play this Sunday after missing last week’s game with a hip flexor injury.

Rice told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun that he plans to play this week against the Buffalo Bills after sitting out last week against the Houston Texans.

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Bucs benching Freeman, starting Glennon

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made the switch at quarterback, benching Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, per Adam Schefter.

The Bucs are off to an 0-3 start, and a lot of the finger-pointing has been at Freeman, who has been criticized for his work and study habits as

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made the switch at quarterback, benching Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, per Adam Schefter.

The Bucs are off to an 0-3 start, and a lot of the finger-pointing has been at Freeman, who has been criticized for his work and study habits as well has his inconsistent play this season. Freeman is in the final year of his rookie contract, and the change would seem to signal the end of his days as a Buccaneer is near.

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DeAngelo Williams critical of Chudzinski

Carolina Panthers running DeAngelo Williams was asked about his resurgence in 2013, as he already has 291 yards rushing in three games.

Williams hasn't broken the 1,000-yard barrier since 2010, but with Jonathan Stewart out, he has done well with the extra workload thus far. But Williams had another reason for his resurgence

Carolina Panthers running DeAngelo Williams was asked about his resurgence in 2013, as he already has 291 yards rushing in three games.

Williams hasn’t broken the 1,000-yard barrier since 2010, but with Jonathan Stewart out, he has done well with the extra workload thus far. But Williams had another reason for his resurgence – the departure of former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

“I’m not going to start anything or push anything out there,” Williams told ESPN. “I can say this, though — a different offensive coordinator. I can definitely say that. The last offensive coordinator got rid of his starting running back.”

Williams was referring to the Browns trading Trent Richardson to the Colts last week.

The point Williams was trying to make is that new Panthers OC Mike Shula has relied on the running game more with the Panthers than Chudzinski did last year, thus increasing Williams’ carries.

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Nate Burleson injured in car accident

Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places in an automobile accident this morning, reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Burleson is undergoing surgery this morning, and it is not known how much time he could miss as a result of his injuries.

According to

Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places in an automobile accident this morning, reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Burleson is undergoing surgery this morning, and it is not known how much time he could miss as a result of his injuries.

According to Birkett, alcohol was not a contributing factor to the crash.

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Gabbert expected to start for Jaguars this week

It remains to be seen if Monday's announcement by Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is good news or not.

But the news is that Blaine Gabbert will be back at quarterback this week when the Jaguars face the Indianapolis Colts. Gabbert was dreadful in the Jags' opener, a 28-2 loss to Kansas City,

It remains to be seen if Monday’s announcement by Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is good news or not.

But the news is that Blaine Gabbert will be back at quarterback this week when the Jaguars face the Indianapolis Colts. Gabbert was dreadful in the Jags’ opener, a 28-2 loss to Kansas City, but suffered a cut on his hand that required 15 stitches and cost him the next two games.

In his place, Chad Henne started the next two games and fared only slightly better as Jacksonville enters the game at 0-3.

But the Jaguars have to find out once and for all if Gabbert, the 10th pick overall in 2011, can become an adequate NFL quarterback, or they will likely be spending one of the top overall picks in the 2014 draft on a quarterback.

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Ravens awarded safety Miles off waivers

The Baltimore Ravens claimed safety Jeromy Miles off waivers on Monday, after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, according to Bengals.com.

Miles, a top special teams performer for Cincinnati, had missed two games with a hamstring injury this year.

According to the report, Cincinnati plans to bring

The Baltimore Ravens claimed safety Jeromy Miles off waivers on Monday, after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, according to Bengals.com.

Miles, a top special teams performer for Cincinnati, had missed two games with a hamstring injury this year.

According to the report, Cincinnati plans to bring in veteran Chris Crocker, who has had multiple tours of duty with the Bengals, in for another look.

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Report: Ravens’ Jones hurt in party bus brawl

Jacoby Jones' season was already off to a disastrous start, thanks to a week one friendly fire injury that has him on the shelf.

Now, it appears Jones may be the victim of some not-so-friendly fire that reportedly came from a stripper on a party bus.

TMZ reported that Jones

Jacoby Jones’ season was already off to a disastrous start, thanks to a week one friendly fire injury that has him on the shelf.

Now, it appears Jones may be the victim of some not-so-friendly fire that reportedly came from a stripper on a party bus.

TMZ reported that Jones was struck in the head with bottle by a stripper named Sweet Pea after a fight broke out on the party bus that was carrying Jones and several of his teammates.

An ambulance was called for Jones, but no arrests were made, per the report.

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Is Freeman losing his grip on Bucs’ QB job?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 0-3 with Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.

And now more than just fans are wondering how much longer Josh Freeman will be the team's starting quarterback.

Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay times suggests that that time might be relatively soon, based on Freeman's

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 0-3 with Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots.

And now more than just fans are wondering how much longer Josh Freeman will be the team’s starting quarterback.

Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay times suggests that that time might be relatively soon, based on Freeman’s 45 percent completion percentage and his 59.7 passer rating. The fact that the Bucs scored just three points against New England is another problem working against Freeman, who is in the final year of his contract and was not voted as a team captain this year.

Rookie Mike Glennon is untested, and Bucs coach Greg Schiano never went to him to see if he could provide a spark against the Patriots, but if things don’t improve the rookie’s time might come soon.

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Locker, coaches wanted Hunter in game for final TD

Justin Hunter became a hero in part on Sunday because of the on-going struggles of Kenny Britt.

Hunter, the Titans' second-round draft pick in Aprilk made his first NFL catch a memorable one, hauling in a 34-yard TD toss from Jake Locker with 15 seconds left in the game, lifting Tennessee to a

Justin Hunter became a hero in part on Sunday because of the on-going struggles of Kenny Britt.

Hunter, the Titans’ second-round draft pick in Aprilk made his first NFL catch a memorable one, hauling in a 34-yard TD toss from Jake Locker with 15 seconds left in the game, lifting Tennessee to a 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said that Locker and the Titans coaching staff wanted Hunter in the game at the end, even though he had dropped a 50-yard touchdown pass earlier.

“We have a lot of faith in Justin. Justin is going to be an extremely special player,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains told TitanInsider.com. “When we had to have it, that’s a guy that Jake wanted in, that’s a guy that we wanted in as a coaching staff. We knew we were gonna give him a jump ball, and there was an extreme mismatch no matter who was covering him. He was gonna go up above them and catch the ball.”

That is in contrast to Kenny Britt, who had no catches Sunday after tweeting Tuesday about 2013 being likely his last year in Tennessee. If Hunter emerges and continues to make big plays, Britt might turn out to be right about his time as a Titan, as he could be phased out as the team’s primary X receiver this year unless he turns things around.

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Angerer out for Colts

Linebacker Pat Angerer, who did not practice Friday due to a knee injury, will not play Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts against San Francisco, per the Associated Press.

Angerer was listed as doubtful, but will miss the game against the 49ers, as will safety LaRon Landry, who had already been ruled

Linebacker Pat Angerer, who did not practice Friday due to a knee injury, will not play Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts against San Francisco, per the Associated Press.

Angerer was listed as doubtful, but will miss the game against the 49ers, as will safety LaRon Landry, who had already been ruled out with an ankle injury.

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Lions’ Delmas docked $5,000 for wrong socks

Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas found out when he got his paycheck that he had been fined $5,000 by the NFL for not wearing the correct color of socks.

Delmas wore blue and orange socks in the Lions' loss against Arizona last week, but the Lions are only allowed to wear blue and

Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas found out when he got his paycheck that he had been fined $5,000 by the NFL for not wearing the correct color of socks.

Delmas wore blue and orange socks in the Lions’ loss against Arizona last week, but the Lions are only allowed to wear blue and white or solid blue. So how did Delmas find out he’d been fined?

“When you get the damn check,” Delmas told MLive.com.

Teammate Isreal Idonjie was also fined $15,750 for a roughing the passer penalty.

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Rice doubtful with hip flexor injury

Ray Rice's hip flexor injury is regarded as a two-week injury, meaning that Bernard Pierce will get the start for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Rice suffered the injury last week against the Cleveland Browns and is listed as doubtful for the game.

Ray Rice’s hip flexor injury is regarded as a two-week injury, meaning that Bernard Pierce will get the start for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Rice suffered the injury last week against the Cleveland Browns and is listed as doubtful for the game.

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Bush could be game-time decision

Reggie Bush was back on the practice field for the Detroit Lions on Friday, doing limited work.

But that doesn't necessarily mean Bush, who suffered a knee injury last week against Arizona and missed Wednesday and Thurday, will be in the lineup when the Lions face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

In

Reggie Bush was back on the practice field for the Detroit Lions on Friday, doing limited work.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean Bush, who suffered a knee injury last week against Arizona and missed Wednesday and Thurday, will be in the lineup when the Lions face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

In fact, FoxSports Detroit says Bush, who is listed as questionable on the injury report, could wind up being a game-time decision for the Lions.

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Sam Baker out for Falcons

Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker will miss Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins due to knee and foot injuries, according to ESPN.com.

Right tackle Lamar Holmes is expected to slide over to left tackle to battle against Dolphins star pass rusher Cameron Wake on Sunday. Jeremy Trueblood also could see

Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker will miss Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins due to knee and foot injuries, according to ESPN.com.

Right tackle Lamar Holmes is expected to slide over to left tackle to battle against Dolphins star pass rusher Cameron Wake on Sunday. Jeremy Trueblood also could see time at left tackle.

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Battle ‘sick’ about $21,000 fine for leading with helmet

When Jackie Battle saw the fine from the NFL awaiting him Thursday, he said it made him feel ill.

Battle is the first NFL running back fined under the league's new "crown of the helmet" rule, which now prohibits running backs from lowering their head and leading with the helmet against a defender

When Jackie Battle saw the fine from the NFL awaiting him Thursday, he said it made him feel ill.

Battle is the first NFL running back fined under the league’s new “crown of the helmet” rule, which now prohibits running backs from lowering their head and leading with the helmet against a defender once they are outside the tackle box. Battle’s hit came against Houston’s Danieal Manning, though he was not flagged on the play.

“I didn’t expect it. I thought it was a perfectly legal play. I’ve been running like that my whole career, so I didn’t think they’d get me for it,” Battle said. “It came yesterday. I couldn’t even eat lunch. It made me sick.”

Battle said he won’t change his style as a physical runner, because of the fine.

“I’m not changing my style one bit. I’m a physical runner. I’ve got to protect myself. If somebody’s gonna go low on me, I’ve got to get low too. The low man wins. I’m not gonna change the way I run one bit,” he said.

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Arian Foster says he took money at Tennessee

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in a new documentary that he took money while at the University of Tennessee.

Foster made the comments in the documentary called Schooled: The Price of College Sports, according to SI.com.

"I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in a new documentary that he took money while at the University of Tennessee.

Foster made the comments in the documentary called Schooled: The Price of College Sports, according to SI.com.

“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year, I was getting money on the side,” said Foster. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.

“There were plenty of times where throughout the month I didn’t have enough for food,” Foster said in the documentary. “Our stadium had like 107,000 seats; 107,000 people buying a ticket to come watch us play. It’s tough just like knowing that, being aware of that. We had just won and I had a good game, 100 yards or whatever You go outside and there’s hundreds of kids waiting for you. You’re signing autographs, taking pictures, whatever.

“Then I walk back, and reality sets in. I go to my dorm room, open my fridge, and there’s nothing in my fridge. Hold up, man. What just happened? Why don’t I have anything to show for what I just did? There was a point where we had no food, no money, so I called my coach and I said, ‘Coach, we don’t have no food. We don’t have no money. We’re hungry. Either you give us some food, or I’m gonna go do something stupid.’ He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. [laughs] But then, the next day I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful.”

Foster raises plenty of valid points, most of which have been argued endlessly when it comes to the discussion of compensating athletes at big-time college football programs. Nonetheless, the NCAA and the University of Tennessee probably aren’t smiling about Foster’s revelation.

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