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Super Bowl rematch: Panthers-Broncos opens season

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Super Bowl rematch. Minus Peyton Manning, of course. The NFL season will begin the way the last one ended, with the Denver Broncos playing the Carolina Panthers. Denver beat Carolina 24-10 in February in the Super Bowl, Manning’s final game. The rematch will be on Thursday night, Sept. 8 in Denver. “We’re glad that it’s out,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said. “We knew who we were going to play and now we know when we’re…

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NFL has some little-known rules and regulations

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Thanks to Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright and back judge Greg Wilson, football fans now know all about the obscure NFL rule known as the “illegal bat.” The Seahawks received a big break when a flag wasn’t thrown on Wright for batting Calvin Johnson‘s fumble out of the back of the end zone for a touchback after Kam Chancellor knocked it loose just shy of the goal line. The Lions (0-4) never got the ball at the 1 like they should…

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Bucs trade Tim Wright again, bring in another place-kicker

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The Tampa Bay Bucs continue to look for kicking help. Only days after re-adding kicker Connor Barth to the team roster, the Bucs acquired rookie kicker Kyle Brindza, a former Notre Dame kicker, in a trade for tight end Tim Wright. The Bucs had traded Wright to the New England Patriots in the trade for guard Logan Mankins last year but reclaimed him when the Patriots released him. Brindza finished his career at Notre Dame as the school’s leader in…

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