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NFL probes Winston groping allegation

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(TSX / STATS) -- The NFL is investigating an allegation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016.

The league's investigation was first reported Friday by BuzzFeed News, which viewed a letter it said was sent from NFL special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel to the Uber driver.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to ESPN that the "allegation was shared with the NFL and we have reached out to Uber to request any information they may have."


Owners to meet Dec. 13 over Goodell deal

(TSX / STATS) -- The Roger Goodell contract extension negotiations will be discussed Dec. 13 during an owners-only session at the league's meetings in Irving, Texas.

The decision to conduct a discussion at the meetings comes on the heels of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' recent request for a special meeting on Nov. 28. That request was denied but Jones and the other owners will get to chat about the demands of Goodell as reports suggest the NFL commissioner is looking for an annual package of nearly $50 million in his next contract.


Cards give Fitzgerald 1-year extension

(TSX / STATS) -- The Arizona Cardinals signed Larry Fitzgerald to a one-year contract extension on Friday that keeps the 10-time Pro Bowl wide receiver under contract through the 2018 season.

In his 14th season, the 34-year old Fitzgerald has 60 catches for 677 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cardinals in all three categories. He is on pace for 107 receptions for 1,204 yards in 2017 -- no player in NFL history has ever had 100-plus receptions and 1,000-plus receiving yards in a season he began at age 34 or older.


Cardinals QB Gabbert to start vs. Texans

(TSX / STATS) -- Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday that quarterback Blaine Gabbert will start over injured Drew Stanton for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

Arians told reporters that Stanton, who has a sprained knee, will be Gabbert's backup if he can physically play.


Big Ben has 4 TDs, Steelers drill Titans

(TSX / STATS) -- PITTSBURGH -- Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau schemes to make opposing offenses "one-dimensional."

It was his mantra through 16 seasons as a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coach.


Browns WR Coleman to return Sunday

(TSX / STATS) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman will return from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, coach Hue Jackson said.

Coleman has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his hand in a 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 17. The former first-round pick was placed on injured reserve but later was designated to return by the Browns (0-9).


Cowboys LT Smith may be out vs. Eagles

(TSX / STATS) -- Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith sat out Thursday with groin and back issues.

After missing practice on consecutive days, Smith's availability is in question for the Cowboys (5-4) in Sunday's home game versus the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (8-1).


Backups step up in Steelers' secondary

(TSX / STATS) -- PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers entered Thursday's game with the No. 2 pass defense in the NFL.

But half of its secondary was also out with injuries.


Elliott withdraws appeal of 6-game ban

(TSX / STATS) -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has withdrawn his appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, his agents announced in a statement on Wednesday.

Elliott sat out the first game of his suspension in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 22-year-old will be eligible to return to the Cowboys (5-4) on Christmas Eve against the Seattle Seahawks.


Jags WR Westbrook expects 200 in debut

(TSX / STATS) -- Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook has great expectations heading into his potential NFL debut on Sunday against the winless Cleveland Browns.

Westbrook, who could be activated off injured reserve this week following core muscle surgery, offered the following to "Teal & Black Blitz" on SportsRadio 930 Wednesday:

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