October will not be a good month for Roger Goodell, the emperor with no clothes.

Raiders owner Mark Davis should stop fretting about his team winning its first football game of the season. His team is 0-4. So, no, this is not the year of the great turnaround. This is last year, the year before that, and the year before that.

Right tackle Donald Stephenson is back with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brandon Carr stared away from a small group of reporters, looking a little emotional and unsure how or whether to answer a question he probably knew was coming.

Sixteen years ago, before they hired Jon Gruden, the Oakland Raiders got a frigid dose of reality from the agent of the little-known, teenage-looking coach.

Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month.

Dallas Cowboys safety and special teams player C.J. Spillman is involved in a sexual assault investigation in Grapevine, Texas, police say.

Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, according to the New York Daily News.

VIKINGS AT PACKERS

ALAMEDA, Calif. - New Raiders head coach Tony Sparano met with his players Wednesday, detailed what to expect the remainder of the season and then sent them away for four days as is the norm during a team's bye week.

Steve Smith took some parting shots at the Carolina Panthers, three days after the outspoken wide received led the Baltimore Ravens to a 38-10 win over his former team.

Geno Smith believes he is still the answer.

Jon Cooper wants his Tampa Bay Lightning to know something about heightened expectations. They don't mean anything unless you prove you're as good as you think you can be.

The Ravens head to Indianapolis Sunday for a meeting with the NFL's top-scoring offense — a big reason the Baltimore defense will once again focus hard on eliminating the big play.

Teddy Bridgewater is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Peyton Manning's next touchdown throw will be his 500th, and he's spreading the credit around just like he does the football.

NFL Thursday night

The New Orleans Saints' early season slide is the kind of scenario Sean Payton had in mind when the coach and his staff placed a premium on character during player evaluations.

Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend.

Former NFL player Donald Reche Caldwell has pleaded guilty to drug charges in Florida.

Through the first quarter of the fantasy football season, some surprising names have topped the leaderboards at each position.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive Cam Heyward is growing into his role as a leader on a defense in transition.

Former NFL and University of Florida player Donald Reche Caldwell has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon has voluntarily checked into a treatment facility and seems to be doing well.

Ndamukong Suh stuck to his policy of not talking about his contract status and the free agency that awaits him at the end of the season.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton never expected he'd still be dealing with pain in his left ankle more than six months after surgery.

As opposing defenses attempt to contain the Dallas Cowboys' passing game by doubling Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, Terrance Williams is quietly making the most of his opportunities.

It didn't take quarterback Kyle Orton long to make a distinct impression in his first practice as the Buffalo Bills' starter on Wednesday.

Mike Adams got a firsthand look at Peyton Manning's record-breaking blockbuster last season in Denver.

Brandon Carr stared away from a small group of reporters, looking a little emotional and unsure how or whether to answer a question he probably knew was coming.

After a disappointing season that ended with a broken leg in the regular-season finale, New York Giants tackle Will Beatty is back in form and smiling a lot this week.

When the Atlanta Falcons returned to practice Wednesday, it looked a bit like training camp.

The NFL has announced Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended an additional 10 games after violating the league's substance abuse policy again.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says cornerback Dee Milliner will play Sunday at San Diego after he missed the last two games with a quadriceps injury.

The Arizona Cardinals' plans on having Carson Palmer back under center following their bye week have appeared to have hit a snag, as the veteran quarterback was excused from Wednesday's practice to see a specialist about his ailing right shoulder.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was suspended 10 games without pay Wednesday for violating the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse.

Jared Allen hated the view from the couch. He hopes to be in on the action this time.

The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games.

Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they're not.

Ndamukong Suh walked to the microphone to start his weekly media session Wednesday, then quickly stepped down from the podium to go and find a member of the Detroit Lions media relations department.

Receiver Jarrett Boykin will miss the Green Bay Packers' game against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night with a groin injury.

VIKINGS (2-2) at PACKERS (2-2)

The Houston Texans have already won more games than they did in last year's dreadful 2-14 season.

The Browns' upcoming schedule looks pillowy soft, comfortable. It's appealing for sure, loaded with games they can — and maybe should — win.

Jake Locker practiced Wednesday for the Tennessee Titans, and now the quarterback will see how his right wrist responds to a full session of throwing the ball.

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith didn't have many inflammatory things to say in the days leading up to the Baltimore Ravens' 38-10 win against the Panthers or immediately after.

Arizona coach Bruce Arians said quarterback Carson Palmer was seeing another specialist Wednesday after his injured shoulder regressed following some throwing last week.

Most of us want to learn from the past, not live in it.

Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure of being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He got called a draft bust, then turned the tide to win back those same fans who had booed him out of Candlestick Park.

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher named Austin Davis the starting quarterback for not only Week 5's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but also the rest of the season.

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