When will Gronk's role expand? 

September, 21, 2014
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The New England Patriots held off a scrappy Oakland Raiders team Sunday to go 2-1 on the young season. They've managed to do so without leaning much on Rob Gronkowski, who still is working his way back from reconstructive knee surgery. After reeling in three of six targets for 44 yards and a score Sunday, Gronk now has 11 receptions on 23 targets for 116 yards and 2 TDs.

Lighter workload better for Peppers? 

September, 21, 2014
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The Green Bay Packers went outside of their typically frugal free-agent box during the offseason to sign Julius Peppers with the hope that he could get after opposing quarterbacks.

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Rookie WR Beckham Jr. nearing debut? 

September, 21, 2014
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As the New York Giants attempted to redesign their offense under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, they plunked down a first-round pick on WR Odell Beckham Jr., whom they hoped would excel in their new west-coast system.

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Will Lions manage to re-sign Suh? 

September, 21, 2014
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DT Ndamukong Suh is in the final year of his rookie contract and decided to table extension talks with the Detroit Lions until after the season.

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Who replaces Jeter in 2015? 

September, 21, 2014
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As ESPN.com's Buster Olney writes Sunday, the New York Yankees would probably have been better off by having the retiring Derek Jeter sit out of more games, rather than continue to play through prolonged slumps in service of what proved to be a season-long farewell tour.

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How can Reds fix lineup? 

September, 21, 2014
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With just seven games left in the 2014 season, it will still take some doing for the Cincinnati Reds to avoid ending up in the National League Central cellar. According to Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the main reason the Reds have faltered is that they simply haven't been able to get enough runners on base.

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D-Jax ready for revenge vs Eagles? 

September, 21, 2014
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The timing of DeSean Jackson's shoulder injury -- a sprained AC joint -- couldn't have been worse, since it happened just one week prior to his scheduled return to Pennsylvania to battle the Philadelphia Eagles, which unceremoniously kicked him to the curb during the offseason.

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Will Jamaal Charles play Sunday? 

September, 21, 2014
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UPDATE: Ian Rapoport said on "NFL Gameday Morning" that Jamaal Charles "is not expecting to play today," though he added that Charles will "test it out pregame to be sure."

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More work going forward for Run-DMC? 

September, 21, 2014
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When the Oakland Raiders brought Maurice Jones-Drew into the fold during the offseason, the concern was that with all of the wear and tear he's put on his body as he nears 30, he may not hold up. While we may not be able to blame a broken hand on age or workload, the end result is the same: he missed last week's game.

It appears he also will sit out Sunday's tilt with the New England Patriots.

"The #Raiders are not expecting to have RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) today vs. #Patriots, I’m told. Will be Darren McFadden & Latavius Murray," tweeted NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

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Joyce preparing to move on? 

September, 21, 2014
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With the Tampa Bay Rays closing out the season with a six-game road trip, Sunday marks the final home game for the team in 2014. It also likely will be the final time Matt Joyce appears in a Rays uniform in front of the hometown fans.

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Shaky Nathan still in favor? 

September, 21, 2014
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Although it looked at though manager Brad Ausmus was considering bringing Joakim Soria into the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Kansas City Royals, he did ultimately turn to closer Joe Nathan to close out a 3-2 victory for the Detroit Tigers.

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When will Jeff Taylor be 100 percent? 

September, 21, 2014
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On Dec. 20, Jeff Taylor ruptured his Achilles tendon and quickly had surgery to repair the damage. He's expected to take part in training camp in a couple of weeks, but how is he doing physically?

He bulked up his upper-body strength during the summer but has shed weight since.

“At one point in the summer I weighed about 230 pounds. That’s not what I wanted to be during the season – you don’t need that weight wearing on (your) knees,” Taylor said. “Now I’m about 215 – still strong, but way more ready to jump.”

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O's getting playoff rotation in order 

September, 21, 2014
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The Baltimore Orioles may not know yet which team they'll be playing in the American League Division Series, but they do know they're going to be there. That's why manager Buck Showalter is taking some time to manipulate his rotation to get Chris Tillman on the mound for Game 1.

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AD's impact on new Vikings stadium 

September, 21, 2014
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Losing arguably the best running back in the NFL is going to be tough for the Minnesota Vikings' chances of winning games, but how will Adrian Peterson's indefinite -- and perhaps permanent -- absence from the Vikes impact the franchise off the field as they build their new stadium?

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Will the Reds shop Jay Bruce? 

September, 20, 2014
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The end of the 2014 season can’t come fast enough for the Reds' Jay Bruce, whose .214 batting average does not even rank among the 25 right fielders in the majors.

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