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Cards give Fitzgerald 1-year extension

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Star receiver Larry Fitzgerald has signed a one-year contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals.

The team announced the deal Friday.

The 34-year-old Fitzgerald leads the NFC with 60 receptions. He led the NFL with 107 last year.


Big Ben has 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans

PITTSBURGH (AP) Another uninspiring half in the books in a season littered with them for a team that expects to play deep into January and beyond, Ben Roethlisberger decided he had seen enough.

So the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback decided it was time to speak up. The defense had kept the Tennessee Titans and star Marcus Mariota in check, yet a game that had the makings of a blowout didn't feel like one mostly because the offense kept squandering chance after chance.


QB Rodgers 'making really good progress'

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers' potential return from a broken collarbone took a major step forward this week. But, as Rodgers has said all along, there has to be a reason to return.

The Packers quarterback, who is on injured reserve, went through a conditioning session on Wednesday that included taking snaps and mimicking the throwing motion with a towel. It was his first time doing anything football-related on the field since suffering the injury at Minnesota on Oct. 15.


Falcons' Coleman ready for added role

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Tevin Coleman kept the Falcons' running game moving for one week after Devonta Freeman was lost with a concussion.

With Freeman's recovery time unknown, Coleman may be left in the lead role for another game, and possibly longer.


Hernandez house sells $3K less than ask

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Aaron Hernandez's home has been sold for $1 million, about $300,000 lower than the asking price.

The Boston Herald reports that the 7,100-square-foot mansion in North Attleborough was sold to 23-year-old real estate investor Arif Khan.


'Skins hand ball to Perine as new No. 1

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Fish Smithson still can't get the number 427 out of his head.

Being in the Washington Redskins' locker room with running back Samaje Perine is one constant reminder.


NFL: Jones conduct detrimental to league

NEW YORK (AP) The Associated Press has obtained a letter sent by the NFL to Jerry Jones' attorney accusing the Dallas Cowboys owner of "conduct detrimental to the league's best interests" over his objection to a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The letter accusing Jones of sabotaging the negotiations was sent to David Boies on Wednesday. Jones hired Boies and threatened to sue the NFL if Goodell's contract extension was approved by the compensation committee, made up of six owners. All 32 owners voted unanimously in May to let the committee finalize a deal with Goodell.


Bills customize cleats for cancer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Should Dion Dawkins require inspiration when Buffalo hosts the New England Patriots in a few weeks, the Bills offensive tackle can just look down.

On Dawkins' feet will be a pair of cleats designed by pediatric cancer patients at Buffalo's John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.


Due to Wentz, Eagles No. 1 in red zone

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carson Wentz has turned the red zone into his zone.

The second-year quarterback is having an outstanding season for the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1). He's been at his best inside the opposition's 20-yard line.


Panthers thinking playoffs with Cam, D

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) A re-energized Cam Newton, a suddenly improving running game and the league's No. 1-ranked defense have the Carolina Panthers thinking about a return to the playoffs for the fourth time in five years under coach Ron Rivera.

The Panthers enter the bye weekend having won three straight, leaving them at 7-3 and a half-game behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

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