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The #NFLRank Top 10s are here, with Calvin Johnson leading the way on offense and J.J. Watt on defense. How do these players stack up overall? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

NFLRank Top Players

Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

NFLRank -- Offense: 7

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

NFLRank -- Offense: 5

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson

NFLRank -- Defense: 8

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

NFLRank -- Offense: 1

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

NFLRank -- Defense: 5

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

NFLRank -- Defense: 2

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

NFLRank -- Offense: 3

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

NFLRank -- Defense: 3

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

NFLRank -- Defense: 1

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

NFLRank -- Offense: 4

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NFL upholds Josh Gordon's suspension

Josh Gordon's appeal of his one-year suspension for violation of the league's substance abuse policy has been denied, meaning the Cleveland Browns will be without the Pro Bowl wide receiver for all of 2014. The decision comes at a time when the NFL's disciplinary philosophy is under scrutiny, especially in light of Ray Rice's two-game suspension after an offseason arrest for domestic violence. The move also comes on the same day an NFL Nation survey showed players agree with Barack Obama's stance on marijuana.

  • Do you agree with the NFL's decision to uphold Josh Gordon's one-year suspension for a positive drug test?

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  • How many games will the Browns win this season (4-12 in 2013)?

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  • Should the NFL allow its players to use medicinal marijuana?

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      64%
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      36%

    Discuss (Total votes: 49,845)

  • What grade would you give the NFL for the way it disciplines its players?

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      19%

    Discuss (Total votes: 48,949)

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Before Saturday's St. Louis Rams-Cleveland Browns game, Twitter user @SquareKnight made the type of playful, hyperbolic statement that Twitter lives and breathes on:


You know what happened: In the fourth quarter of the Rams' 33-14 win, Sam followed @SquareKnight's tweet to a T.


But then there was that thing about the promise of drinks ...



Internet trolls, as they do, also had their say, prompting a clarification:


Still, despite negativity from frustrated fellow Twitter users who wanted a free beer, this story has a pretty happy ending:




The man, who did not want to be named, said he is donating $500.

Information from Darren Rovell was used in this report.

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We know the images of sports well, through awe-inspiring photographs and embedded-in-our-brains highlights.

This artist, though, is looking at the athletes and coaches we love a little differently. Well, OK, a lot differently. With some of the most minimalist sports portraits you'll find, Instagram user @lessonsinsport allows us to see big stars in quite a different light.

Check out our favorites:


Barry Sanders


Jim Harbaugh


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Muggsy Bogues


Steve Spurrier

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Hoyer to start over Manziel

Although neither quarterback has had a particularly stellar preseason, the Browns have decided on Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel to start in Week 1. Hoyer struggled in their Monday night game against the Redskins, but Manziel didn't do much better, and he sparked a controversy by gesturing with his middle finger toward the Redskins' bench. Manziel may be the team's QB of the future, but it remains to be seen just when that will come.

  • Did the Browns make the right call in naming Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel?

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  • When will Johnny Manziel be the Browns' full-time starting quarterback?

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      38%
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      17%
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      27%

    Discuss (Total votes: 257,012)

  • How much do you believe Johnny Manziel's obscene gesture toward the Redskins' sideline during Monday night's game factored into his not getting the Browns' starting quarterback job?

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      23%
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    Discuss (Total votes: 60,632)

  • How many games will the Browns win this season?

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    Discuss (Total votes: 43,063)

  • Did the Browns make the right call in naming Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel?

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      80%
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      20%

    Discuss (Total votes: 69,234)

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