Pettine on Gordon: The rules are the rules


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Mike Pettine reiterated that the Cleveland Browns did not agree with the timing on the decision to uphold the suspension of Josh Gordon, but he wasn’t ready to call it unfair.

“The rules are the rules,” Pettine said after the preseason win over the Bears. “The league has a system that they set up. It was collectively bargained. We respect it.”

Pettine admitted that the timing on Gordon’s suspension for a positive marijuana test was “not ideal” for the team.

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Preseason Fantasy Football Stock


Fantasy Football stock for all of the NFL preseason games thus far.

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NFL Preseason Recap and Fantasy Football Notes


Recaps of all of the NFL preseason games with fantasy football notes and quarterback target numbers.

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Observation Deck: Seattle Seahawks


In the most meaningless of four meaningless games, the Seattle Seahawks gave up five touchdowns in an ugly first half, including four TD passes, to end the preseason with a 41-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum.

Mental mistakes and sloppy play characterized a game where many of the players on the field won’t be in a NFL uniform next week. The Seahawks played better in the second half, but it’s still not the way they wanted to head into the regular season against Green Bay on Sept.

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Observation Deck: Oakland Raiders



OAKLAND – Start your engines for Derek Carr-mania.

The rookie quarterback was brilliant (if that’s possible in the preseason) Thursday night as the Oakland Raiders blitzed the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Making his first start, the second-round pick led the Raiders to a three-touchdown lead over Seattle a minute into the second quarter of an eventual 41-31 Oakland victory.

Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

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Observation Deck: Arizona Cardinals



Thursday night was Logan Thomas’ chance to show Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians the progress he’s made during his first training camp. But Thomas struggled to get the Cardinals’ offense going, missing receivers short and high. The Cardinals’ 12-9 loss to San Diego wasn’t all on Thomas’ shoulders, but his 73 passing yards on 9-for-21 passing didn’t help. Arizona’s offensive line didn’t keep Thomas clean, but it was a chance for Thomas to find out what running for his life was about.

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Vontaze Burfict aims for bigger haul in 2016


CINCINNATI — Vontaze Burfict has barely begun his second professional contract, but he wants the Cincinnati Bengals to know that he already has deal No. 3 on his mind.

When he signed his new three-year contract extension worth about $20 million Wednesday, Burfict let front office officials know that he’d be back in a little more than two years when it’s time to renegotiate. His plan? To stay in stripes as long as possible.

“I told Troy [Blackburn] I’ll be back in 2016,” Burfict told ESPN.

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Observation Deck: San Diego Chargers


The San Diego Chargers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 12-9 Thursday evening at Qualcomm Stadium in the team’s final preseason game, finishing the exhibition season at 2-2. The two teams will meet again in 10 days in the regular-season opener at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sept. 8.

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy sat the starters on both sides of the ball, giving players fighting for roster spots plenty of opportunities to make their case for earning a roster spot.

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McCarthy: ‘Don’t know if I’ve felt this good’


GREEN BAY, Wis. – We’ll see if Mike McCarthy feels the same way in a week, but after Thursday night’s preseason finale – a 34-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field – the Green Bay Packers coach made a bold statement to his team that he later repeated to the media.

“I don’t know if I’ve felt this good coming out of the preseason as I do tonight,” McCarthy said.

With the regular-season opener next Thursday at the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, McCarthy wasn’t willing to look any further than where his team stood coming out of the preseason.

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Jones on Dez: ‘We had some good visits’


ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has had a pair of one-on-one meetings with Dez Bryant to discuss the Pro Bowl receiver’s potential contract extension, but no deal is imminent.

The parties are working to get a deal done before the regular season begins — as Bryant will cut off negotiations until next offseason — but neither side is certain an agreement will be reached over the next week.

“I don’t know,” Jones said.

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