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NFL adds Monday to Wild Card Weekend

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NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is adding Monday night to its Wild Card Weekend.

The league announced Friday that it will play one of its first six playoff games on Monday night, beginning with this season.

The NFL added a third wild-card team in each conference last season, and then played three wild-card games on Saturday and three on Sunday during its first weekend of the playoffs.


Falcons' Gage, Terrell out vs. Giants

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons will be without receiver Russell Gage and cornerback A.J. Terrell for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Coach Arthur Smith ruled out both players on Friday, along with rookie receiver Frank Darby.


Panthers go to 3-0 but McCaffrey injured

HOUSTON (AP) Thanks to another efficient performance from Sam Darnold and continued dominant play by their defense, the Carolina Panthers are 3-0 for the first time since 2015, when they reached the Super Bowl.

That combination was certainly too much for the Houston Texans in Carolina's 24-9 victory on Thursday night. But a hamstring injury to star running back Christian McCaffrey could cause serious adversity for Darnold and the Panthers' offense going forward.


WR Beckham on facing Bears: 'We'll see'

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. shrugged and smiled about his playing status.

"We'll see," the Browns star receiver said.


OC Canada takes blame for Steelers' woes

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada appreciates his players - from longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to second-year guard Kevin Dotson - taking the onus for a sluggish start.

The first-year play-caller also thinks it's perhaps a bit misguided. Canada knows he was promoted in January to help create a system that would not force the Steelers to rely so heavily on the now 39-year-old Roethlisberger.


Donald out to disrupt Brady, Bucs again

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept Aaron Donald off the stat sheet last season.

No tackles. No sacks. No hits, hurries or passes defended for the first time in the defensive tackle's decorated career.


Edelman emotional over Gillette return

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Julian Edelman will soon return to the field where his NFL career began and ultimately ended.

He said Thursday he hopes his return will be as much as a salute to the franchise that took a chance on an underdog and helped him grow into one of the most clutch postseason performers in the team's history.


Broncos sign LB Patrick off Jags' PS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos added another pass rusher Thursday when they signed outside linebacker Aaron Patrick off the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.

In a corresponding move, they waived running back Nate McCrary, whom they'd signed off waivers from the Ravens following the 53-man roster cuts.


Tebow keeping faith in Meyer, Lawrence

Tim Tebow is confident Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence can turn the Jacksonville Jaguars around despite an 0-2 start.

"I just think that they have to stay the course and continue to work to improve," Tebow said Thursday in an interview for next week's AP Pro Football Podcast. "I think there's a lot of talent there and they just have to continue to try to get better. And every week, I think Trevor's got so much talent and ability and I think he's a great young man and I think he's going to be just fine."


Bears to start Fields with Dalton ailing

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears planned to have Justin Fields adjust to the NFL while watching from the sideline as a backup to veteran Andy Dalton.

Well, so much for that.

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