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LOS ANGELES-The NFL suffered a rare setback Friday when its far-reaching and high-profile suspension of Ray Rice was overturned, allowing the running back to return to the league immediately - if anyone will take him.

In a holiday week packed with meaningful games, the AFC West showdown between the Broncos and Chiefs will have as much impact as any.

Two star quarterbacks. Two championship-winning coaches. Two of the NFL's marquee franchises.

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III spent 2011 and 2012 chasing some of football's most prestigious prizes.

There's no denying it: For Rodger Saffold, the Oakland Raiders are not and will never again be just another opponent.

The last 10 days could not have gone much worse for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Asked to assess the importance of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers supplied an answer that should stand for the rest of the season.

Forget about the surprisingly small number in the win column. Last time Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor checked, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints were still dangerous.

Tom Coughlin's much-maligned defense has a chance to look considerably better Sunday.

Each week, before Ryan Kalil gets going on Carolina's game plan and upcoming opponent, the eight-year veteran Panthers center has made a ritual of reviewing his younger brother's performances for Minnesota.

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