MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The low moment of Minnesota's most recent game at Chicago came at the opening of the second half, when former Vikings return ace Cordarrelle Patterson took the kickoff 104 yards...
CHICAGO (AP) — Kirk Cousins will take a victory any day of the week. That he finally got one on a Monday night didn't seem to matter.
Cousins threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, and the...
CHICAGO BEARS (12-5)
New faces: Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, CB Buster Skrine, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, K Eddy Pineiro, RB David Montgomery, RB Mike Davis, WR...
CHICAGO BEARS (12-5)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Bourbonnais, Illinois
LAST YEAR: In his first year, coach Matt Nagy took Bears to playoffs for first time since 2010 with NFC North title....
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears added to a crowded wide receiver group in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday by selecting Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley with the 126th...
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LAST SEASON: Bears made huge jump in first season under coach Matt Nagy, winning NFC North at 12-4 after four straight last-place finishes. Season ended with playoff loss...
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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: K Stephen Gostkowski, P Ryan Allen, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Chris Hogan, WR Phillip Dorsett, LT Trent Brown, RT LaAdrian Waddle, DE...
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have signed kicker Nick Rose ahead of Sunday's AFC playoff game against New England.
Rose is expected to handle kickoffs for the divisional-round game. Michael Badgley has made 20 of 22 field goals during the regular season and playoffs but only 15 percent of his kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks (9 of 60), a league low. Rose had a 71 percent touchback rate (32 of 47) in 10 games with the Redskins and Chargers last season.
Initial reports were encouraging after Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford suffered a scary injury in Dallas' NFC East-clinching 27-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Crawford injured his neck on the second play of the game. His neck was stabilized on a stretcher with his facemask removed, and the seventh-year player was moving his arms and legs before he was taken off the field.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — To be a productive member of the New England Patriots, it's usually best to approach the game plan each week with adaptive eyes.
No one has learned that lesson more this season than receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
When he was traded by Oakland to the Patriots in March, Patterson arrived in New England hoping to land a place on Tom Brady's receiving corps following an offseason shake-up that saw the departures of both Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots are accustomed to making adjustments.
That was certainly their philosophy during their matchup with the Bills on Monday night.
Down to just two healthy running backs on the roster with leading rusher and rookie Sony Michel inactive with a knee injury, New England started receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the backfield in a move done more out of necessity than by design.
CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Kwiatkoski and DeAndre Houston-Carson combined for a big play for the Chicago Bears on a kickoff in the first quarter against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Chicago's (not very) special teams got progressively worse from there.
The Bears managed very little resistance on Cordarrelle Patterson's 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Kyle Van Noy scored off a blocked punt in the second half of the Patriots' 38-31 victory.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Phillip Dorsett has a message for anyone who thinks the New England Patriots don't have enough talent at wide receiver with Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games of the season.
"I think we're ready to go," Dorsett said Thursday as his team gets ready for Sunday's opener against the Houston Texans.
"We've got a lot of guys, a lot of playmakers, not just in the receiving room, but in the running back room, the tight ends room.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent quarterback Josh Johnson to compete for the backup position.
The team on Monday also officially announced the signing of cornerback Shareece Wright, who said last week he agreed to join the Raiders, and the details of a trade agreed to over the weekend that sent kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to New England.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are trading star kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots.
A person familiar with the deal said Sunday that the deal will become official after Patterson passes a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Pardon My Take first reported the trade.
NFL Network reported that Oakland will receive a fifth-round pick in the deal and send one of its six sixth-round picks to New England.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With one starting receiver ejected, a second hurt and Oakland's once 21-point lead down to seven, Derek Carr dropped back to pass with a chance to seal a victory with a third-down conversion.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson will miss his fourth straight game with a foot injury.
The Raiders on Friday ruled Amerson out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.
Right tackle Marshall Newhouse is expected to start this week after missing last week's game with hip and quadriceps injuries.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch provided the early touchdown, the dance moves and the inspiration for the crowd in celebratory home opener in Oakland.
OAKLAND RAIDERS (12-5)
New faces: RB Marshawn Lynch, TE Jared Cook, OL Marshall Newhouse, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, QB EJ Manuel, defensive assistant John Pagano, rookies CB Gareon Conley, S Obi Melifonwu, DT Eddie Vanderdoes, LB Marquel Lee, DT Treyvon Hester.
Key losses: RB Latavius Murray, LB Malcolm Smith, LB Perry Riley, DT Dan Williams, OL Austin Howard, OL Menelik Watson, RB Taiwan Jones, OC Bill Musgrave.
OAKLAND RAIDERS (12-5)
OPEN CAMP: July 29, Napa Valley Marriott, Napa, California
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Cordarrelle Patterson's skills as a kick returner are unquestioned after four seasons in the NFL with two first-team All-Pro selections, the second highest-return average since World War II, and five momentum-changing touchdowns.
When the Oakland Raiders told him they wanted to get more out of him as a big-play wide receiver, he jumped at the chance to sign a two-year deal as a free agent.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed All-Pro kickoff returner and speedy receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to a free-agent contract Monday.
Patterson is a former first-round pick by Minnesota in 2013, who has excelled as a returner but struggled for consistency as a receiver during his career.
He caught only 132 passes in four seasons with the Vikings, but has been a first-team All-Pro twice and a second-team pick once as a returner in his four-year career.
On first look, it's tempting to ask "Is that all there is?" on the NFL free agency front.
A deeper investigation reveals some talent being available at most positions. As for studs, game changers and franchise players, well, there simply isn't much now that the Steelers won't be letting prize running back Le'Veon Bell slip away.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph has been picked as an injury replacement on the NFC Pro Bowl team, for Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams.
This will be the first Pro Bowl for Joseph in his seven-year career. He's the first Vikings defensive tackle to be selected since Kevin Williams in 2010. The announcement was made on Thursday.
DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs is inactive for Thursday's game against the Detroit Lions.
Diggs was questionable on the team's injury report Wednesday with a knee injury, and losing him in a matchup of first-place teams is a blow for Minnesota. Cordarrelle Patterson is expected to start in Diggs' place.
Vikings cornerback Terence Newman is out with a neck injury and is expected to be replaced by Trae Waynes.
Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy is inactive with a knee injury.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings put up 30 points on the Arizona Cardinals to finally snap a four-game losing streak that had soured their season.
On paper, that should be reason to celebrate for an offense that has struggled this season to sustain drives, open holes in the running game and put the ball in the end zone. But one of those touchdowns came on a 100-yard interception return by Xavier Rhodes, and another came on a 104-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carson Palmer, still in full pads and uniform, sat motionless in front of his cubicle deep inside Minnesota's stadium long after another disheartening defeat.
The Arizona Cardinals, coming off an NFC runner-up finish with all kinds of star power on both sides of the ball, have stunned themselves with their underperformance in this steadily spoiling season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings returned, literally, to their winning way.
Xavier Rhodes took back one of his two interceptions 100 yards for a touchdown and Cordarrelle Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards for a score in Minnesota's 30-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, helping the Vikings stop their four-game losing streak.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Out of the doghouse and into the end zone, Cordarrelle Patterson's career renaissance kicked into overdrive on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Patterson returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown to put the Vikings in control of the game, and also had four catches for 53 yards in Minnesota's 30-24 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears are holding star right guard Kyle Long and left guard Josh Sitton out of their game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Long, a three-time Pro Bowl lineman, was listed as doubtful after exiting last week's loss to Green Bay because of a strained triceps. Sitton missed his second consecutive game because of an ankle injury. Ted Larsen started at right guard and Eric Kush at left guard on Monday night.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have ruled running back Jerick McKinnon and strong safety Andrew Sendejo out of their game at Chicago because of sprained ankles.
Neither McKinnon nor Sendejo has practiced at all after getting hurt last week at Philadelphia. The Vikings also ruled defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and backup guard Zac Kerin (hand) out for the game Monday against the Bears.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon is out of the walking boot that was protecting his injured ankle earlier this week. But he was still not able to practice Friday as the team prepares for its game at Chicago on Monday night.
Punt returner Marcus Sherels (wrist), kick returner and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (concussion), safety Andrew Sendejo (ankle) and guard Zac Kerin (hand) also did not practice on Friday.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will be wise to treat Cordarrelle Patterson carefully this weekend.
He has had their attention since his very first play against Minnesota's biggest rival.
Patterson set an NFL record that can never be topped as a rookie for the Vikings on Oct. 27, 2013, when he caught the opening kickoff at the Metrodome and returned it 109 yards for a touchdown.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have taken a cautious start to the season with running back Adrian Peterson, because of a hamstring pull he suffered prior to training camp while working out.
Peterson has been held out of full-team drills, doing some conditioning work on the side with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.
"He can do things. He just can't turn it all the way. So we're just being careful," coach Mike Zimmer said.