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Steelers’ James Conner Out Extended Time

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will certainly be without running back James Conner for this week’s tilt against the Oakland Raiders, but Conner could miss more that just one game with what is considered a more serious injury than the team initially believed.

Conner, 23, was believed to have suffered a minor contusion, but now it has been discovered that he has a slightly more serious sprain, an injury that will certainly keep him out of Sunday’s game, and could cost him more games as well.

Conner has rushed for 909 yards and 12 touchdowns this season for Pittsburgh, filling in for Le’Veon Bell as Bell has sat out this season due to a contract dispute in what certainly seems like a parting of ways between Bell and the organization.

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Bills Sign Lee Smith

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The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran tight end Lee Smith to a three-year, $9 million deal, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

The signing marks a return for Smith as he played for the Bills from 2011 until 2014 before heading off to spent the last few seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Smith is known for his blocking skills and is widely considered one of the league’s best blocking tight ends.

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Dolphins Sign Mark Walton

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Mark Walton

The Miami Dolphins have signed troubled running back Mark Walton, according to to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe.

Walton, a fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this offseason after he was arrested for the third time in three months.

Walton has the talent, and may be a good pickup for the Dolphins, but he is likely facing a suspension from the league for the arrests.

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Chargers’ Phillip Rivers Content with Contract Situation

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Phillip Rivers

The Los Angeles Chargers will enter the 2019 season as one of the favorites in the AFC and veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers is feeling good about the upcoming season, as well as his current contract situation with the team.

The Chargers and Rivers could work out a contract extension, but Rivers isn’t stressing about that right now:

“I just feel at peace,” Rivers said, during an appearance on FOX Sports Radio San Diego. “If the extension is what works best for both of us and that’s how it plays out, then great. If not, shoot, let’s go have a heck of a 2019 and then we’ll worry about 2020 when we need to worry about it. I say that with every intention of being the quarterback in 2020 here. It’s not for any reason other than, hey, I signed up for this many years and this year is the last year running and let’s go if that’s what’s best. I really do feel at peace about it and feel good.”

Rivers is slated to earn $11 million in the final year of his contract.

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