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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) is hit by Carolina Panthers defensive back Robert McClain (27) during the first half of an NFL football game in Denver. Sanders, who signed a three-year, $33 million extension with the Broncos on the eve of this season's opener, has gained a reputation as a fearless receiver who can take a licking and keep on ticking. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)

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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015, file photo, North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik works with players during an NCAA college football practice in Chapel Hill, N.C. Chizik said the Tar Heels' defense played "soft" last week against James Madison and will have to play better against Pittsburgh "or this game could get ugly." (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

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Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi gestures at the beginning of a press conference after she did not show up at a scheduled meeting with a delegation of the Italian Olympic Committee, in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Raggi says it’s irresponsible to bid for 2024 Olympic Games, effectively dooming Rome’s candidacy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, file photo,o Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian looks to pass against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half in a NFL football game in Denver. Siemian has won his first two starts, both in Denver, and now gets his first start on the road on Sunday against the the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

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An entrance to Bank of America Stadium is shown after a second night of violence following Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. With Charlotte being in a state of emergency due to protests over a police shooting it raises the question of whether coaches and players think the game should be moved or postponed for the safety of all involved. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, file photo, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan walks on the sideline during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Orchard Park, N.Y. If injuries and suspensions aren’t enough, the 0-2 Bills brace to host Cardinals after switching offensive coordinators. Ever defiant coach Ryan looks forward to challenge by saying he wants to see how the Bills measure up against one of NFL’s top teams. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots in Charlotte, N.C. The Vikings and Panthers will be counting on their backup running backs when they meet Sunday in Charlotte. Both teams lost their “featured backs” last week to injury, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus, while Stewart is dealing with a pulled hamstring. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, New York Giants' Damon Harrison stretches during practice at the team's NFL football training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants spent a lot of money to sign Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison and to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul for the defensive line. Through two games, New York has two sacks, one by safety Landon Collins and the other from nickel back Leon Hall. Still, the Giants are off to their best start since 2009, and host the Redskins on Sunday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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File- This Sept. 11, 2016, file photo shows Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll yelling to his team against the Miami Dolphins in the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle. Chip Kelly and Carroll overlapped for only one season as college coaches in the Pac-10. They’ve met only once since both found their way to the NFL. If all goes to plan in both Seattle and San Francisco, the pair will get quite familiar over the next few seasons, beginning Sunday when the Seahawks host the 49ers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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File-This Sept. 18, 2016, file photo shows Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims (34) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz. The workload for Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers will increase with two-time Pro Bowl selection Doug Martin's absence. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. Wentz's excellent start is nothing compared to what Ben Roethlisberger did his rookie season. two quarterbacks share an agent and other similarities. They'll meet Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles host their intrastate rival Pittsburgh Steelers. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File

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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2015 file photo, former Tennessee State and Olympic women's track coach Ed Temple speaks during the dedication of his statue in Nashville, Tenn. Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach who led the U.S. women's team to 15 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial and gender barriers in the sport, died Thursday night, Sept. 22, 2016. He was 89. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

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FILE - in this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. Green Bay’s struggling offense is looking to get its timing back when the Packers face the Detroit Lions in the home opener at Lambeau Field on Sunday.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2016, file photo, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws the ball as quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) looks on during an NFL football training camp practice with the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. If Cutler is sidelined Sunday night with a sprained right thumb that forced him out during last week’s 29-14 loss to Philadelphia, Brian Hoyer is in line for his 27th career start with his fourth different team _ and his first against the Cowboys. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) dives into the end zone for a touchdown past Houston Texans linebacker Max Bullough (53) during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Comic book writer Stan Lee throws the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) breaks into the open field as offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (57) blocks Georgia Tech defensive lineman Kyle Cerge-Henderson (54) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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The Washington Redskins only gave the ball once to running back Matt Jones in six goal-to-go offensive opportunities in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. (Associated Press)

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New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett runs onto the field to warm up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo, Coastal Carolina back De'Angelo Henderson, right, looks for running room against the North Dakota State defense during an FCS quarterfinal NCAA college football game in Fargo, N.D. It’s almost a sure thing that Coastal Carolina running back De’Angelo Henderson will find the end zone. The Chants fifth-year senior set the NCAA Division I mark for most consecutive games with a touchdown, at 29 games and counting. Henderson said it’s always been his job to score touchdowns and he never thought about the record until passing it earlier this season.(AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)