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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence making progress toward ‘hopefully playing’ at Browns on Sunday

Trevor Lawrence has ditched the crutches and the walking boot. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback feels “a lot better” than he thought he would two days after sustaining a high ankle sprain against Cincinnati.

Final five games could go a long way toward determining Fields’ and Eberflus’ futures with Bears

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields says he’s not getting too worked up about his future because football “doesn’t define who I am as a person.”

Pittsburgh looks to avoid another home upset against a 2-win team when reeling New England visits

The Pittsburgh Steelers will try to get their playoff hopes back on track when they host New England.

Steelers try to regroup after upset loss to Cardinals when they host the reeling Patriots

The Pittsburgh Steelers will try to avoid a second home upset loss to a two-win team when reeling New England visits.

Fantasy plays: Players to start and sit for NFL Week 14

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had one of his worst outings of the season against the Pats, completing fewer than 60% of attempts and totaling just 8.0 points.

Rams sign longtime Packers kicker Mason Crosby to their practice squad

The Los Angeles Rams have signed longtime Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby to their practice squad. The move likely indicates the 39-year-old Crosby will soon be the third kicker to appear in a game for Los Angeles this season, given Lucas Havrisik’s recent struggles.

49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw says he has apologized to Eagles security staffer

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw says he has exchanged apologies with the Philadelphia Eagles security official after a sideline dustup led to both being ejected.

Browns waiting to make call on starting quarterback as rookie Thompson-Robinson returns to practice

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski declined to announce his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

Indy’s Al-Quadin Muhammad gets 6-game suspension for performance-enhancing substance violation

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad has been suspended six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

49ers’ Christian McCaffrey, Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill among best bets to score in Week 14 of NFL season

It’s crunch time, playoff time, and scoring is of the utmost importance. These are the players who will take you to the top in Week 14, the best bets to score.

Chiefs missing several starters to injury as they begin preparing for visit from Bills

The Chiefs were missing two starters on each side of the ball to injuries Wednesday as they began preparing for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Wednesday’s Transactions

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BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with RHP Craig Kimbrel on a one-year contract.

Bills designate tight end Knox, cornerback Elam as candidates to return from injured reserve

The Buffalo Bills opened a three-week window for tight end Dawson Knox and cornerback Kaiir Elam to resume practicing and be activated off injured reserve.

Vikings will stick with Joshua Dobbs at QB, after bye week assessment

Joshua Dobbs still has the starting quarterback job for the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Kevin O’Connell made the decision during the bye week.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy out with appendicitis, expects to be on sideline against Eagles

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is away from the team to undergo surgery for appendicitis, but expects to be on the sideline Sunday night for a highly anticipated rematch with Philadelphia.

Zach Wilson to start at quarterback for the Jets on Sunday against the Texans

Zach Wilson is back in as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback. Wilson was benched for two games after struggling in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers, but will be under center for the Jets’ home game Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Panthers say goodbye to Spartanburg, will host training camp in Charlotte next summer

The Carolina Panthers are staying home next summer for training camp. The Panthers have joined a growing trend of NFL teams who’ve decided to streamline football operations by remaining at the team headquarters where they train year-round.

Bills GM says edge rusher Von Miller to practice and play while facing domestic violence charge

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane is disappointed in the allegations of domestic violence made against Von Miller, while stressing he and the team are waiting for the legal process to play out rather than rush to judgement.

Oddsmakers set historic low over/under totals in 2 NFL games this week

The oddsmakers aren’t expecting many points in a couple of NFL games this week. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the over/under for the Patriots-Steelers game on Thursday night and the Jaguars-Browns game on Sunday are both currently set at 30.5 points.

Offensive struggles mount for the Patriots, Giants and Jets

It’s been more than a decade since the NFL featured three offenses as challenged as the ones for the New England Patriots, New York Jets and New York Giants.

Lions lose best interior defensive lineman, putting Alim McNeill (knee) on injured reserve

The Detroit Lions have placed their best interior defensive lineman, Alim McNeill, on injured reserve with a knee injury and signed cornerback Kindle Vildor off the practice squad.

Bailey Zappe appears likely to make his 2nd straight start for the offensively challenged Patriots

All signs point to quarterback Bailey Zappe making his second straight start for the New England Patriots on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cowboys cornerback DaRon Bland shrugs off blip in historic season as Eagles await

Dallas cornerback DaRon Bland has gone from pick-6s to getting picked apart in his breakthrough NFL season.

Roger Goodell says football will become a global sport in a decade

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he sees football becoming a global sport within the next decade and that his league is at the forefront of that effort.

Mitch Trubisky thinks he can still be a starting quarterback. His next chance begins Thursday

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky is trying to focus on his present and not his future.

Patrick Mahomes headlines list of nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award

Two-time league MVP Patrick Mahomes headlines the list of 32 players chosen as finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

Shaky O-line play catches up with Jaguars as QB Trevor Lawrence sprains his right ankle in loss

There have been season-long whispers that Jacksonville’s shaky pass protection would eventually get quarterback Trevor Lawrence hurt.

Jets waive QB Tim Boyle and sign QB Brett Rypien off Seahawks’ practice squad

The New York Jets waived Tim Boyle after two starts and signed Brett Rypien off the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad in the team’s latest shuffle at the quarterback position.

Browning’s 354-yard performance rekindles Bengals’ playoff hopes

With Joe Burrow out for the season, the Cincinnati Bengals’ chances of making the playoffs seemed slim.

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence has a high ankle sprain that could force him to miss games

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has a high ankle sprain that could force him to miss the first game of his NFL career.