Chasing Brady: Donald, Suh to lead Rams’ Super Bowl pursuit
ATLANTA (AP) — Practically every member of the Los Angeles Rams has a favorite story about Aaron Donald's feats of ridiculous athleticism.
Michael Brockers loved the moment at Carolina in 2016 when Donald beat the Panthers' left guard and launched himself like Superman, swallowing up Cam Newton while airborne.
Rams’ Robey-Coleman says he got threats from Saints fans
ATLANTA (AP) — The comments on social media grew darker by the hour until Nickell Robey-Coleman decided to stop looking.
Fans being frustrated is one thing. Seeing threats on his life crawl into his Instagram feed took it to another level.
"There was a little bit of everything," the Los Angeles Rams cornerback said Wednesday at the team hotel.
Rams’ Robey-Coleman will pay NFL fine for infamous hit
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman will pay his fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC championship game.
Pro Bowlers want better officiating, more accountability
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell watched the NFL's conference championship games on his phone while flying home from South Africa last weekend.
Cantrell sends Goodell letter about Saints-Rams game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Still reeling from Sunday's New Orleans Saints loss in the NFC Championship, Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she has sent a letter on behalf of the city to football Commissioner Roger Goodell about the missed call that likely cost the Saints the game.
Veteran TE Watson rips Goodell for silence on blown calls
Retiring New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson strongly criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday for his public silence following a blown call in the NFC championship game.
Watson posted a letter to Goodell on Twitter, saying "we all realize that football is an imperfect game, played, coached and officiated by imperfect people. What occurred last Sunday in New Orleans, though, was outside of that expected and accepted norm."
AP sources: NFL to consider expanding replay reviews
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will consider expanding replay reviews to include certain penalties, including pass interference.
‘NFL bleaux it’: Billboards protest missed call in NFC game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying "Saints got robbed" and "NFL bleaux it."
WDSU-TV reports Louisiana car dealership owner Matt Bowers paid for 10 billboards across Atlanta through Feb. 3, including one outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Column: Pats’, Rams’ titles not tarnished by bad officiating
Yes, the Los Angeles Rams got away with a flagrant foul (or two) by cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman that allowed them to sneak out of New Orleans with the NFC championship, right past the highway sign on the causeway over Lake Pontchartrain reading, "WE WERE ROBBED ."
Rams’ McVay knows PI call missed, but also saw Goff facemask
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — When the Los Angeles Rams' team bus rolled into their suburban training complex after a boisterous flight from New Orleans, the players and coaches were greeted by rowdy fans welcoming home the new NFC champions in the middle of the night.
Saints owner vows to pursue changes in NFL policies
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints owner Gayle Benson says she pledges to aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies that will promote more "fairness and integrity."
Benson says it's clear the Saints were "unfairly deprived" of a trip to the Super Bowl by the inaction of game officials "charged with creating a fair and equitable playing field."
Column: Officiating helps determine Super Bowl teams
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl.
On Sunday, the league might have made enough errors to determine both teams that will play in the championship game in two weeks.
Blown call, Zuerlein’s 57-yard FG send Rams to Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl.
After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday — an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation.
Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sean Payton was glassy-eyed, calm and shrugged his shoulders at times, seemingly resigned to New Orleans' bitter fate — as unfair as he thought it was.
And the Saints coach said NFL executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams agreed with him that officials on the field missed two obvious penalties on one late, game-turning play that might have prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl.
Rams backup cornerbacks set to step up against Vikings
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Sam Shields expects to be tested if the Los Angeles Rams do not have their two starting cornerbacks available against Minnesota on Thursday night.
"That's part of the game. Backups, hey, you gots to go at 'em," Shields said Tuesday night.
With Aqib Talib set to undergo surgery and the availability of Marcus Peters uncertain, Shields, Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman are preparing for an expected challenge from Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Rams like how Talib, Peters and Suh are fitting in
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — When the Los Angeles Rams traded for cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters and signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, there were questions about how those three personalities might or might not coexist on the same defense.
Wrapping up their mandatory minicamp Wednesday, the Rams are optimistic those concerns have been put to rest.
Los Angeles Rams free agency capsule
LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Lamarcus Joyner (franchise tag; CBs Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman; WR Sammy Watkins; C John Sullivan; LB Connor Barwin; DTs Dominique Easley and Tyrunn Walker; LS Jake McQuaide; S Cody Davis; RB Lance Dunbar; TE Derek Carrier; OL Cornelius Lucas.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Matt Longacre; CB Troy Hill; RB Malcolm Brown; LBs Cameron Lynch and Garrett Sickels.
Rams dealing with first major wave of injuries
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams managed to avoid significant injuries during their 7-2 start, but their luck turned in a 24-7 loss at the Minnesota Vikings.
The Rams lost their top wide receiver Robert Woods for several weeks with a shoulder injury, but injuries to cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman could be even more damaging with the New Orleans Saints on deck this Sunday.
Bills Preview Capsule
BUFFALO BILLS (7-9)
New faces: WRs Jordan Matthews, Andre Holmes and rookie Zay Jones; safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer; CBs rookie Tre'Davious White, E.J. Gaines and Shareece Wright; OLs Vlad Ducasse and rookie Dion Dawkins; FBs Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert; QB T.J. Yates and rookie Nathan Peterman; PK Stephen Hauschka; coach Sean McDermott; general manager Brandon Beane.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen shows signs of moving past injuries
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — If there were any doubts that Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is healthy again, joint practices with the Rams and New Orleans Saints have quashed them.
Allen caught touchdowns in live red-zone and goal-line drills against the Saints, and also had an impressive one-handed grab in the 7-on-7 period. But it was a hit the previous week in the first meeting of the future stadium co-tenants that has been the talk of the Chargers' training camp.
Rams see Sammy Watkins as difference-maker at receiver
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — If the Los Angeles Rams needed someone to vouch for wide receiver Sammy Watkins before acquiring him in a trade from the Buffalo Bills on Friday, they didn't have to go very far.
Wide receiver Robert Woods and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who both played in Buffalo for the past four seasons before signing with Los Angeles as free agents, expect the former No. 4 overall draft pick to provide a major jolt of energy to the Rams' passing offense.
Fight for LA: Rams, Chargers scuffle during joint practice
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Fight for LA finally has some punch.
A handful of skirmishes broke out Wednesday when the Los Angeles Chargers visited the Los Angeles Rams' training camp for the teams' second joint practice in five days.
The fights mostly arose between the Chargers' offense and the Rams' defense during a lively scrimmage.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed eight players, including cornerback Marcus Cromartie, who spent the previous three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
Cromartie had one start in 21 games for the 49ers and addresses Buffalo's backfield depth. The Bills lost starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore in free agency, and released top backup Nickell Robey-Coleman, who has signed with the Los Angeles Rams.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have signed former Southern California defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman.
The Rams announced the agreement Friday with Robey-Coleman, who spent his first four NFL seasons in Buffalo.
Robey-Coleman was known as Nickell Robey during his Trojans career. He was a three-year starter from 2010-12 and an all-conference selection at USC, where he also returned kicks.
Bills sign 3 free agents, including CB Leonard Johnson
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed three free agents, including cornerback Leonard Johnson.
Johnson has five seasons of NFL experience, including last year playing for new Bills coach Sean McDermott in Carolina. Overall, Johnson has five interceptions in 62 career games, including 20 starts.
Buffalo needs depth at cornerback after losing starter Stephon Gilmore and cutting primary backup Nickell Robey-Coleman.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have released five players in a cost-cutting move before the start of free agency.
Kicker Dan Carpenter and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman top the list of cuts, which also includes long snapper Garrison Sanborn, tight end Gerald Christian and safety Phillip Thomas.
Carpenter had been with the Bills since 2013 and was entering the final year of his contract.
Bills still stung by memories of last loss to Dolphins
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Putting a big dent in the Miami Dolphins' playoff chances is motivation enough for the Buffalo Bills.
But that's not all.
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman are among numerous Bills players having a few other scores to settle when the AFC East rivals meet Saturday.
For Dareus, it's the memory of being sidelined and helplessly watching Jay Ajayi gain 214 yards rushing in the Dolphins' 28-25 win at Miami on Oct. 23.
Bills prep for rematch with Landry mindful of ‘dirty hit’
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — As the Buffalo Bills prepare for a rematch with Jarvis Landry, their cornerbacks aren't backing off in their unfavorable opinion of the Miami Dolphins receiver.
They still think Landry was way out of bounds with his block that ended the season for Bills safety Aaron Williams.
"We know it was a dirty hit," cornerback Stephon Gilmore said.
"He's just one guy that made a move that real professionals wouldn't make," cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman said.
Bills still miffed over refs in last year’s loss to Jaguars
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Some 13 months later, Nickell Robey-Coleman insists he didn't interfere with Jaguars receiver Bryan Walters. And the Bills cornerback's wish is that NFL referee Terry McAulay and his crew were officiating Buffalo's home game against Jacksonville on Sunday.
"That's the crew that made the terrible calls," Robey-Coleman told The Associated Press this week.
FOXBORO — The Bills never have gotten in Tom Brady’s face before a game, which made their antics in Week 4 all the more perplexing. But they’re threatening to pounce again Sunday during the rematch in Buffalo.
Dirty hit? Block by Landry injures Bills’ Williams
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jarvis Landry apologized for the block that injured Aaron Williams, said he wished he could take it back, and offered little defense when asked if the hit was dirty.
"Call it what you want," Landry said. "It's football."