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49ers trade for WR Sanders from Broncos

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Emmanuel Sanders arrived in what he called "wide receiver heaven" in 2014 and with Peyton Manning throwing him passes, he certainly found bliss in Denver, where he became a champion and a bona fide NFL star.

On Tuesday, he escaped what had become wide receiver purgatory when the Broncos (2-5) traded him to the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers (6-0), where he'll catch passes from rising star Jimmy Garoppolo and play at Levi's Stadium, site of the Broncos' Super Bowl triumph over the Carolina Panthers.

"It's hard. Anytime you break or you leave a place, it's tough," Sanders said as he left Broncos headquarters while his ex-teammates practiced behind him. "We definitely had a great run out here in Denver. I had a lot of great times. Obviously, all good things come to an end. Looking forward to getting out to San Fran and showcasing my talent, meeting the guys, hopefully add my explosiveness, my capabilities to their system and trying to win."


Patriots acquire WR Sanu from Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons traded receiver Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick in 2020, according to a person within the NFL.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams were still completing Tuesday's deal, which was first reported by ESPN.


Jets angry Darnold remark made it on air

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets are disappointed and angry quarterback Sam Darnold's comment about him "seeing ghosts" made it on air during the "Monday Night Football" game.

Darnold was wearing a microphone for ESPN's broadcast of New York's 33-0 loss to New England. After the third of his five turnovers in the game, the Jets' frustrated quarterback was sitting on the sideline in the second quarter when he made his comment that quickly went viral on social media after it aired.


Hall of Fame CB Brown dies at 78

Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, who provided the iconic play of the Oakland Raiders' first Super Bowl title, died on Tuesday. He was 78.

The Raiders and Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Brown's death but did not reveal a cause. He had been dealing with cancer.


Patriots trounce Jets 33-0, move to 7-0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tom Brady set the tone and the New England Patriots' blitz-happy defense took over from there.

Bill Belichick's bunch is still undefeated after another absolutely dominant performance.


Panthers sticking with Allen at QB

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers are back from the bye week and Kyle Allen will be back at quarterback.

Coach Ron Rivera ended any potential suspense over his quarterback situation Monday by declaring Allen the team's starter when the Panthers visit the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers this Sunday.


QB Ryan has ankle sprain, may still play

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's decadelong streak of consecutive starts is on the line due to a sprained right ankle.

Coach Dan Quinn said Ryan ran in a pool on Monday to test the ankle and has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against Seattle.


Suspended Browns RB Hunt practicing

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Kareem Hunt ran back to the Browns sooner than expected.

The suspended star returned to the team and practiced Monday after serving only six games of an eight-game NFL suspension for two violent off-field altercations that threatened to end his playing career.


Raiders trade CB Conley to Texans

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders traded 2017 first-round cornerback Gareon Conley to the Houston Texans on Monday for a 2020 third-round pick, marking the third former first-round pick traded away by coach Jon Gruden in the past 14 months.

The Raiders made the deal a day after allowing Aaron Rodgers to throw for 429 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-24 victory for Green Bay and six days before Oakland (3-3) takes on the Texans (4-3).


McCain to be punished for spat with fan

Dolphins safety Bobby McCain regrets a series of confrontations he had with Bills fans, during which he allegedly spit on one's face following Miami's loss at Buffalo.

"I wish I could have handled myself better," McCain said Monday, without going into detail of what happened. McCain added he has spoken with coach Brian Flores, but declined to say whether he will miss any playing time in Miami's next game at Pittsburgh on Oct. 28.

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