Panthers' Kuechly questionable with concussion vs. Chargers (Yahoo Sports)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says three-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly will play against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday if he's cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol.
Siemian takes another step toward returning to lineup (Yahoo Sports)
Trevor Siemian is on track to return to the Denver Broncos' starting lineup Sunday at Tennessee barring a setback. Coach Gary Kubiak officially listed Siemian as 50-50 but indicated that if he shows up Saturday like he did Friday - without pain or soreness and able to move around - he'll be back under center when the Broncos (8-4) face the Titans (6-6). Kubiak said there's always a risk of re-injury for any player, but the Broncos would feel good about putting Siemian back on the field with an orthotic and tape, ''but the bottom line: can you do what you need to do to play?
AP source: Aldon Smith makes reinstatement case to Goodell (Yahoo Sports)
Suspended Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday in hopes of being reinstated from his substance-abuse ban. A person with knowledge of the meeting said Smith sat down with the commissioner and other league staff to make his case to be allowed back on the field following his yearlong suspension for violating rules on substance abuse. There is no timeline for when or if Smith will be reinstated.
NFL to play 4 regular-season games in London next year (Yahoo Sports)
The NFL will stage four regular-season games in London next year. The NFL started playing regular-season games in London in 2007, and has recently played three games per season in the British capital. The league has never before played four games in one season in London.
Falcons receiver Sanu out Sunday vs Rams; Jones questionable (Yahoo Sports)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons will be without receiver Mohamed Sanu for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams because of a groin injury.
49ers sign tight end Vance McDonald to 5-year extension (Yahoo Sports)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension Friday through the 2021 season.
NFL suspends Saints safety Vaccaro 4 games under PED policy (Yahoo Sports)
New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro will serve a four-game suspension, starting this Sunday at Tampa Bay, because he violated league rules pertaining to performance enhancing drug use, the NFL announced Friday. The league did not specify which banned substance was found in Vaccaro's system. The Saints have four regular-season games left, meaning Vaccaro's won't play again this season unless New Orleans (5-7) rallies to make the playoffs.
OBJ fined for verbal abuse of official on the field (Yahoo Sports)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $12,154 for verbal abuse/excessive profanity toward an official following the Giants' 24-14 loss at Pittsburgh last weekend.
Jaguars WR Hurns, TE Thomas ruled out, won't play vs Vikings (Yahoo Sports)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without receiver Allen Hurns and tight end Julius Thomas again Sunday against Minnesota.
Jeff Fisher, Les Snead dismiss rumors of rift inside LA Rams (Yahoo Sports)
Although Jeff Fisher and Les Snead are both disappointed in the Los Angeles Rams' performance during their five-year tenure, the coach and the general manager both insist those feelings aren't personal. Fisher and Snead dismissed widespread speculation about the health of their partnership Friday, saying they work together closely and professionally. ''Honestly, I don't know where this came from,'' Fisher said.