The Detroit Lions re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million contract Friday with half of the money guaranteed. Pettigrew had an off year in 2013, making 41 catches for 416 yards with two touchdowns, his lowest numbers in each category since his rookie season in 2009. Pettigrew said he wanted to stay with the Lions because he is in "a groove" with his teammates, including quarterback Matthew Stafford. Before re-signing, Pettigrew tested the free-agent market including interest from the New York Giants and New York Jets.
The Seattle Seahawks re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a four-year contract on Monday. "I don't think there's any better situation, no matter how much money is involved," Bennett said. Bennett was an afterthought in 2013 free agency but became vital to the Seahawks' Super Bowl-winning defense. Bennett's brother, Martellus, plays tight end for the Chicago Bears, who were making a strong play for the defensive end.
Sunday night could see the debut of two key Steelers — one for this season, the other for his career. The team has been without key offensive cog Heath Miller at tight end, and it has soldiered on too without running back Le’Veon Bell, who was expected to be their bell cow back this season. [Play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Create or join a league today! ] Both practice fully this week at times, so each could be on the field when the 0-2 Steelers take on the 2-0 Chicago Bears in Pittsburgh. They’d be returning at a critical juncture, as the offense has struggled mightily and the heat has been turned up on coordinator Todd Haley.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will attempt to practice this week but remains doubtful to play in his first game since he was injured in the regular-season finale in December 2012 against the Miami Dolphins.
Sept 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews were fined by the NFL on Friday as a result of hits over the weekend. Goldson drew a $30,000 fine for "unnecessarily striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area" during the second quarter of Sunday's 18-17 loss to the New York Jets. Goldson was penalized for committing a personal foul after hitting Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. Matthews was fined $15,000 for his late hit against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. ...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson was fined $30,000 by the NFL on Friday for hitting New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in the head and neck area in the teams' season opener last Sunday.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not make the trip to Buffalo for Sunday's season opener against the Bills, according to NFL.com.
The Buffalo Bills want to do everything they can to help their rookie quarterback, E.J. Manuel, in his first NFL start against the New England Patriots. But the bigger concern might be assisting a secondary that will be without perhaps its two best players. The Bills are reporting that safety Jairus Byrd is doubtful with a foot injury and corner Stephon Gilmore is doubtful with a wrist injury. Gilmore was expected to be out for the next several weeks, but there had been hope that Byrd could return for the opener, which now looks to be in serious doubt. Think Tom Brady is excited for this one? [Play Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: The No. 1 free fantasy football game! ] On the other side of the coin, the Patriots only report reserve offensive lineman Will Svitek (knee) as out and tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/back) as doubtful among their key contributors who could miss. Wide receiver Danny Amendola is probable.
The New England Patriots released quarterback Tim Tebow on Saturday, placed veteran safety Adrian Wilson on injured reserve and will keep tight end Rob Gronkowski on their 53-man roster, according to reports.
The New England Patriots released quarterback Tim Tebow on Saturday but will keep tight end Rob Gronkowski on their 53-man roster, according to multiple reports.

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