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» Friday, May 25, 2018

Packers sign veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed tight end Marcedes Lewis, adding another veteran to back up Jimmy Graham.

Jaguars sign rookie Chark to 4-year deal worth about $4.5M

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie receiver DJ Chark to a four-year contract worth about $4.5 million.

Civils rights activists rally outside of NFL headquarters

NEW YORK (AP) Civil rights activists protested outside NFL headquarters Friday, calling on team owners to overturn their new national anthem policy and urging a boycott of the league and its sponsors.

Steelers prepare for life without injured Ryan Shazier

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker remains a fixture at the team's facility as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at best.

Packers sign veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed tight end Marcedes Lewis, adding another veteran to back up Jimmy Graham.

Civils rights activists rally outside of NFL headquarters

NEW YORK (AP) Civil rights activists gathered outside of NFL headquarters and called on team owners to overturn a new policy aimed at stopping player protests during the national anthem. They also encouraged a boycott of the league and its sponsors.

Workers to fix automation issues on Atlanta stadium’s roof

ATLANTA (AP) Workers will begin the final construction phase of Mercedes-Benz Stadium's tricky retractable roof on Tuesday, nine months after the facility opened.

Work set to fix automation issues on Atlanta stadum’s roof

ATLANTA (AP) Workers will begin the final construction phase of Mercedes-Benz Stadium's tricky retractable roof on Tuesday, nine months after the facility opened.

NFL players, coaches grapple with new anthem policy

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking about football matters - Seattle's recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines.

NFL’s policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook.

» Thursday, May 24, 2018

NFL teams under no time pressure to form own anthem policies

With no deadlines to meet and a monthlong summer break coming up, NFL teams are in no hurry to formulate a policy on demonstrations during the national anthem.

NFL’s policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook.

Saints’ first offseason work sharpens focus on new faces

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Patrick Robinson spied Drew Brees stepping up to throw deep down the middle, sprinted back toward his own end zone and made an outstretched interception of a ball that initially looked to be thrown beyond anyone's reach.

Buccaneers sign draft picks Vita Vea, Carlton Davis

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed first-round draft pick Vita Vea and second-round selection Carlton Davis to four-year contracts.

Seahawks’ Baldwin says NFL "really missed it" with policy

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin had harsh words for the comments made by President Donald Trump regarding the NFL's new national anthem policy on Thursday, as players began to process the new mandate from the league's owners.

Police: Incognito threw weights before hospitalization

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Police took veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito to a mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told officers the government is spying on him, according to a report released Thursday.

NFL’s policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook.

Ravens’ Joe Flacco welcomes Lamar Jackson with ’open arms’

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco laughed at the notion that he holds a grudge against first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson.

Chiefs sign top draft pick Speaks to rookie contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs signed second-round draft pick Breeland Speaks to his four-year rookie contract Thursday, making him the third of their six draft selections to sign a deal.

NFL teams under no time pressure to form own anthem policies

With no deadlines to meet and a monthlong summer break coming up, NFL teams are in no hurry to formulate a policy on demonstrations during the national anthem.

Police: Incognito threw weights before hospitalization

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Police took veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito to a mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told officers the government is spying on him, according to a report released Thursday.

NFL teams with foundation to support veterans, families

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is joining an effort for nonprofit organizations to support healthy lifestyle programs for veterans and their families.

The Denver Broncos have revamped their backfield

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) ��� Jackhammers and buzz saws nearly drowned out the coaches hollering during OTAs this week at Denver Broncos headquarters, which is undergoing a makeover this spring.

Police: Incognito threw weights before hospitalization

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Police took veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito to a Florida mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told officers the government is spying on him.

NFL sparks new questions over anthem; Trump lauds league

ATLANTA (AP) With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem.

NFL teams with foundation to support veterans, families

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is joining an effort for nonprofit organizations to support healthy lifestyle programs for veterans and their families.

Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones has knee surgery

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones has had knee surgery that will prevent him from participating in the team's series of spring practices.

Trump suggests NFL players who kneel shouldn’t be in US

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the "The Star-Spangled Banner," saying that "maybe you shouldn't be in the country" if you don't stand for the anthem.

NFL sparks new questions over anthem; Trump lauds league

ATLANTA (AP) With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem.

Trump suggests NFL players who kneel shouldn’t be in US

WASHINGTON (AP) ��� President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the "The Star-Spangled Banner," saying that "maybe you shouldn't be in the country" if you don't stand for the anthem.

Trump suggests NFL players who kneel shouldn’t be in US

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the ''The Star-Spangled Banner,'' saying that ''maybe you shouldn't be in the country'' if you don't stand for the anthem.

Trump lauds NFL policy banning kneeling for national anthem

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the ''The Star-Spangled Banner,'' saying that ''maybe you shouldn't be in the country'' if you don't stand for the anthem.

What’s next? NFL sparks new questions with anthem policy

ATLANTA (AP) With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem.

What’s next? NFL sparks new questions with anthem policy

ATLANTA (AP) With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem.

Column: Score one for Jerry Jones and billionaire owners

NFL owners were busy handing out prizes at their meeting in Atlanta, doling out Super Bowls to various cities and giving Nashville the 2019 draft.

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

ATLANTA (AP) Stand or stay out of sight.

» Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

WASHINGTON (AP) With its decision to ban kneeling during the national anthem, critics are accusing the NFL of prioritizing being in the good financial graces of mainstream America over the social justice passions of its players trying to draw attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

49ers’ Foster won’t stand trial on domestic violence charges

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A Santa Clara County judge ruled Wednesday that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not have to stand trial on domestic violence charges after determining there was no evidence that Foster ever hit his ex-girlfriend.

Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

WASHINGTON (AP) With its decision to ban kneeling during the national anthem, critics are accusing the NFL of prioritizing being in the good financial graces of mainstream America over the social justice passions of its players trying to draw attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

49ers’ Foster won’t stand trial on domestic violence charges

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A Santa Clara County judge ruled Wednesday that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not have to stand trial on domestic violence charges after determining there was no evidence that Foster ever hit his ex-girlfriend.

Prescott, Elliott increase roles with Witten, Bryant gone

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Less than two years removed from spectacular rookie seasons that transformed the Dallas offense, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott are even more in control of the future of the Cowboys.

49ers’ Foster won’t stand trial on domestic violence charges

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A Santa Clara County judge ruled Wednesday that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not have to stand trial on domestic violence charges after determining there was no evidence that Foster ever hit his ex-girlfriend.

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

ATLANTA (AP) Stand or stay out of sight.

New Cardinals cornerback Taylor looks to earn starting job

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) For now anyway, Jamar Taylor seems the odds-on favorite to win the cornerback job opposite Patrick Peterson, a chore that's loaded with action since that's the direction most opponents decide to throw.

The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy ’not really a compromise’

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem but permitting them to stay in the locker room if they prefer (all times EDT):

Bears see more comfortable Trubisky emerging as leader

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) As he prepares for his second season, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky can sense the difference and so can his teammates.

’Miracle’ TD gives Diggs ’old smile’ as contract year begins

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) More than four months have passed for Stefon Diggs since his yes-that-really-happened touchdown reception for Minnesota on the desperate last play from scrimmage gave the Vikings a postseason victory for the ages over New Orleans.

Lights, cameras, Browns: Team set for "Hard Knocks" series

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Mostly unwatchable for several seasons, the Cleveland Browns could become a summer TV sensation.

The Latest: Bethea: New NFL policy ’not really a compromise’

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem but permitting them to stay in the locker room if they prefer (all times EDT):

Jets to pay fines if players violate anthem policy

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets say they will pay any fines and not penalize players if they violate a new NFL policy to stand or stay in the locker room during ''The Star-Spangled Banner.''

The Latest: Zimmer proud Vikings didn’t kneel last year

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem but permitting them to stay in the locker room if they prefer (all times local):

The Latest: Browns’ Taylor surprised players had no input

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem but permitting them to stay in the locker room if they prefer (all times local):

Incognito taken into custody for psychiatric examination

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Richie Incognito, the NFL offensive lineman who was once suspended for bullying a teammate, was taken into custody Wednesday for psychiatric examination after an incident at a Florida gym.

Chargers’ Telesco laments Henry’s injury, demurs on Gates

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chargers tight end Hunter Henry tore his knee ligament while running an ordinary route during a non-contact workout on the opening day of organized team activities, general manager Tom Telesco confirmed Wednesday.

While Bell stays home, rookie Samuels looks to impress

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jaylen Samuels smiled at the question. It's not the first time he's been asked where exactly he fits on the football field.

Football is easier for Norman after ’Dancing With the Stars’

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Josh Norman thought football was difficult.

Worst to first: Browns top choice for "Hard Knocks" series

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Here's a new one: The Cleveland Browns were a No. 1 pick.

The Latest: Broncos’ Wolfe agrees with new anthem rule

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem but permitting them to stay in the locker room if they prefer (all times local):

Ex-Bills guard Incognito in custody after gym disturbance

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito has been taken into custody for psychiatric examination after an incident at a Florida gym.

No pressure not a good thing for Matthews and the Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Clay Matthews is learning new playbook terminology this spring under a new defensive coordinator, though his overall goals haven't changed.

Dolphins’ Tannehill back at practice after missing 2017

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Ryan Tannehill dropped back to pass and the pocket quickly collapsed, making it just like old times.

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

ATLANTA (AP) NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at quelling the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.

The Latest: Steelers’ Foster says players powerless

ATLANTA (AP) The Latest on the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem but permitting them to stay in the locker room if they prefer (all times local):

NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

ATLANTA (AP) NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.

Dolphins’ Tannehill back at practice after missing 2017

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Ryan Tannehill is back on the field with the Miami Dolphins and says he's not thinking about his surgically repaired left knee.

NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

ATLANTA (AP) NFL owners approved a new policy Thursday aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests sparked by Colin Kaepernick and polarized by President Trump, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.

NFL awards 2019 draft to Nashville, home of Tennessee Titans

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL draft is heading to Music City.

NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

ATLANTA (AP) NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.

Zack Martin misses first of Cowboys’ offseason practices

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Two-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin missed the first session of the Dallas Cowboys' voluntary offseason practices and wasn't expected to take part Wednesday while working on a contract extension.

NFL awards Super Bowl to Arizona (2023), New Orleans (2024)

ATLANTA (AP) The Super Bowl is headed back to New Orleans for the 11th time and will make its fourth stop in Arizona.

NFL awards 2019 draft to Nashville, home of Tennessee Titans

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL draft is heading to Music City.

NFL awards Super Bowl to Arizona (2023), New Orleans (2024)

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL has awarded future Super Bowls to Arizona and New Orleans.

NFL awards the 2019 draft to Nashville, home of the Titans

ATLANTA (AP) The 2019 NFL draft will be held in Nashville.

"Sunday Night Football" sets TV ratings record

NEW YORK (AP) America has spoken: NFL over ''American Idol.''

Broncos’ Shane Ray far from ready to concede job to new kid

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Everywhere he looks at the moment Broncos linebacker Shane Ray spots motivation.

Jets’ Donahue says 30-day stay in rehab was ’life-changing’

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Dylan Donahue feels fortunate to have a second chance.

» Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chargers tight end Hunter Henry tears ACL during practice

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chargers tight end Hunter Henry tore an anterior cruciate ligament during practice, likely sidelining him for next season.

NFL discussing possible steps to deal with anthem protests

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL approved a new owner for the Carolina Panthers, passed a rule to eject players who hit with their helmets, and took steps to spice up the kickoff.

NFL unanimously approves Tepper’s $2.2b purchase of Panthers

ATLANTA (AP) The new owner of the Carolina Panthers is committed to keeping the team in the Carolinas.

Bridgewater looks sharp, healthy in practice with Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Teddy Bridgewater rolled right, kept moving and then zipped a pass down the field on the run.

NFL discussing possible steps to deal with anthem protests

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL approved a new owner for the Carolina Panthers, passed a rule to eject players who hit with their helmets, and took steps to spice up the kickoff.

Rodgers, Packers gets used to new faces and playbook tweaks

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers' eventful offseason included a trip to India to see the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and a pit stop to watch his girlfriend, race car driver Danica Patrick, at Daytona.

NFL discussing possible steps to deal with anthem protests

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL approved a new owner for the Carolina Panthers, passed a rule to eject players who hit with their helmets, and took steps to spice up the kickoff.

Raiders counting on rebound season from Amari Cooper

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Amari Cooper's upward career trajectory took a major detour last season when a combination of drops, injuries and overall poor play plagued him all season.

Patriots take field for OTA with no Brady, no Gronk

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Seven-on-seven drills.

Helmet hits will lead to ejections under new NFL rule

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL has passed a new rule for this season that says any player who initiates contact with his helmets is subject to ejection after an in-game video review that will be decided in New York.

Jets trade QB Hackenberg to Raiders for 2019 7th-round pick

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Christian Hackenberg spent his final day with the New York Jets much as he did in his first two seasons.

Jags begin on-field work with Bortles ’ahead of everyone’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Between wrist surgery, signing a $54 million contract and nearly getting robbed, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles had quite the start to the offseason.

Eagles release starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have released starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks after six seasons with the team.

Broncos new QB Keenum gets first taste of Denver’s defense

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) One thing that Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch all quickly learned in Denver was that nothing comes easy against the Broncos' ''No Fly Zone'' secondary at practice.

Jets trade QB Hackenberg to Raiders for 7th-round pick

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have traded quarterback Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

Titans lean heavily on young receivers under new coaches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans seem confident that their young wide receivers will quickly make an impact this year.

Roethlisberger will "try to help" Rudolph adjust to NFL

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger insists he has no problem with the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Mason Rudolph.

Favre says he went to rehab 3 times to fight addictions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

Chiefs TE Harris suspended 1 game by NFL for drug violation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was suspended one game without pay by the NFL on Tuesday for violating its substance abuse policy.

NFL unanimously approves Tepper’s $2.2b purchase of Panthers

ATLANTA (AP) The new owner of the Carolina Panthers is committed to keeping the team in the Carolinas.

Giants taking a chance on Josh Mauro despite PED suspension

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) When a new coach comes in, it's always interesting to see who lines up with the first-team units.

Rams’ Kelly pleads guilty, charge could be dropped in a year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Los Angeles Rams sixth-round draft pick John Kelly has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay court costs but will have his misdemeanor drug charge dismissed if he avoids trouble for a year.

NFL unanimously approves Tepper’s $2.2b purchase of Panthers

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL has unanimously approved a $2.2 billion deal to sell the Carolina Panthers to the David Tepper.

Panthers have new face at top, new faces on field this year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) While NFL owners were busy unanimously approving the sale of the Carolina Panthers to hedge fund owner David Tepper in Atlanta, his new team was taking the field for the first time together this season 250 miles away in Charlotte.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz back on the field for start of OTAs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carson Wentz was back on the field throwing passes less than six months after knee surgery ended his season.

Favre says he went to rehab 3 times to fight addictions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

Favre says he went to rehab 3 times to fight addictions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol.

NFL helmet maker helping curb soldiers’ head injuries

The creator of the innovative football helmet that performed best in NFL testing the last two years is taking its concussion-reducing technology from the playing field to the battlefield.

Cardinals release cornerback Marcus Williams

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Cardinals have released cornerback Marcus Williams.

» Monday, May 21, 2018

Jets sign fourth-rounder TE Chris Herndon to 4-year deal

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed tight end Chris Herndon, their fourth-round draft pick, to a four-year contract.

’Pay the man’: Rams back DT Aaron Donald in latest absence

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Aaron Donald is skipping another set of offseason workouts while his contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Rams drag on into their second year.

Cardinals release cornerback Marcus Cooper

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Cardinals have released cornerback Marcus Cooper.

"Pay the man": Rams back DT Aaron Donald in latest absence

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Aaron Donald is skipping another set of offseason workouts while his contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Rams drag on into their second year.

NFL: Patricia’s past not subject to personal conduct policy

DETROIT (AP) The NFL has determined sexual assault allegations against Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia from 1996 are not subject to its personal conduct policy.

Incognito becomes a free agent after being cut by Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Richie Incognito's playing days might not be over after all.

NFL: Patricia’s past not subject to personal conduct policy

DETROIT (AP) The NFL says sexual assault allegations against Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia from 1996 are not subject to its personal conduct policy.

Incognito becomes a free agent after being cut by Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Richie Incognito's playing days might not be over after all.

Goodell details NFL’s stance on sports gambling after ruling

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Congress should enact uniform standards for any states that plan to legislate sports betting.

Raiders sign draft picks Brandon Parker, Nick Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed third-round tackle Brandon Parker and fourth-round cornerback Nick Nelson to rookie contracts.

Giants CB Eli Apple trying to make the most of second chance

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Apple is vowing to mend his ways after being given a second chance by the New York Giants.

Redskins rookie Guice learning about pro life, Alex Smith

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins rookie Derrius Guice is learning there is plenty to learn about his new professional football life.

ESPN Deportes to televise 2019 Super Bowl in Spanish

NEW YORK (AP) Next season's Super Bowl from Atlanta will be televised in Spanish by ESPN Deportes.

Goodell details NFL’s stance on sports gambling after ruling

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Congress should enact uniform standards for any states that plan to legislate sports betting.

» Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cowboys WR Terrance Williams arrested on intoxication charge

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was arrested on a charge of public intoxication early Saturday after police responded to an accident involving his car and found Williams riding an electric bicycle on a road near his home.

Cowboys WR Terrance Williams arrested on intoxication charge

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been arrested on a charge of public intoxication after police responded to an accident involving his car and found Williams riding an electric bicycle on a road near his home.

Browns send CB Taylor to Cardinals for 2020 draft pick

CLEVELAND (AP) Jamar Taylor's trade to Arizona is official.

» Friday, May 18, 2018

Jets sign third-rounder DL Nathan Shepherd to 4-year deal

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd, the team's third-round draft pick out of Fort Hays State , to a four-year deal worth the slotted amount of $3.4 million.

Houston teams; athletes offer support after school shooting

HOUSTON (AP) Rockets star Chris Paul is among many in the Houston sports world offering condolences to the families affected by an area school shooting that left 10 people dead.

AP Source: Cardinals finalizing deal for CB Jamar Taylor

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Cardinals are finalizing a trade that would bring cornerback Jamar Taylor from the Cleveland Browns, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday.

Raiders sign first-round pick Kolton Miller

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick Kolton Miller to a rookie contract.

AP Source: Cardinals finalizing deal for CB Jamar Taylor

PHOENIX (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Arizona Cardinals are finalizing a trade that would bring cornerback Jamar Taylor from the Cleveland Browns.

AP source: Cowboys’ Gregory seeks return after yearlong ban

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is seeking reinstatement to the NFL after missing the 2017 season over multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy, a person with direct knowledge of the application said Friday.

» Thursday, May 17, 2018

Seahawks sign draft picks Shaquem Griffin and Tre Flowers

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks continued to lock up their 2018 draft class by signing linebacker Shaquem Griffin and cornerback Tre Flowers to rookie contracts Thursday.

Reuben Foster’s ex-girlfriend testifies she lied about abuse

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The former girlfriend of Reuben Foster testified at a preliminary hearing Thursday that she lied to police when she said the San Francisco 49ers linebacker attacked her, allegations that led to a domestic violence case against him.

Green Bay Packers sign CB Jackson, OLB Burks

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed second-round pick Josh Jackson and third-rounder Oren Burks of Vanderbilt.

Knock, knock: Browns there; team set for HBO’s ’Hard Knocks’

CLEVELAND (AP) Ready or not, the Cleveland Browns are getting their close-up.

Broncos add Colorado State QB Nick Stevens to roster

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) John Elway has changed his mind about adding another quarterback to the Denver Broncos' roster.

Raiders sign free agent G Cameron Hunt

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent guard Cameron Hunt.

Titans claim offensive lineman John Theus off waivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have added an offensive lineman, claiming John Theus off waivers from the New Orleans Saints.

Green Bay Packers sign 2nd-round pick Josh Jackson

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed second-round draft pick Josh Jackson from Iowa.

Jags, Vikings to hold joint practices before preseason game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings, teams that fell one victory shy of the Super Bowl last season, will hold joint practices in August.

Knock, knock: Browns there; team set for HBO’s ’Hard Knocks’

CLEVELAND (AP) Ready or not, the Cleveland Browns are getting their close-up.

AP Source: Browns to be featured on HBO’s ’Hard Knocks’

CLEVELAND (AP) If any team knows hard knocks, it's the Cleveland Browns.

AP Source: Browns to be featured on HBO’s ’Hard Knocks’

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Browns will appear on HBO's ''Hard Knocks'' this season.

» Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Seahawks sign first-round pick Rashaad Penny to rookie deal

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks signed first-round pick running back Rashaad Penny to his rookie contract Wednesday.

Raiders sign draft picks Hurst, Ateman to rookie deals

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed fifth-round defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and seventh-round receiver Marcell Ateman to rookie contracts.

Stability gives Bears’ defense a sharper sense of confidence

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Cornerback Prince Amukamara appreciated the give and take with new Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy at Tuesday's practice.

Willson with Detroit after growing up across the border

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) When you play for the Detroit Lions, you can be from Canada and still be considered local.

Titans add veteran wide receiver Nick Williams to roster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Nick Williams.

Bills will retire Thurman Thomas’ No. 34 on Oct. 29

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills plan to retire Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey Oct. 29 when they host the New England Patriots.

Panthers: Signed agreement to sell NFL team to David Tepper

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers are off the market.

Panthers: Signed agreement to sell NFL team to David Tepper

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers are off the market.

Panthers: Signed agreement to sell NFL team to David Tepper

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers are off the market.

Panthers: Signed agreement to sell NFL team to David Tepper

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers say they've signed a ''definitive agreement'' to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management.

» Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Titans agree to terms on deal with linebacker Rashaan Evans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans now have three of their four draft picks under contract with linebacker Rashaan Evans, the No. 22 pick overall out of Alabama, agreeing to terms.

Lions acquire Bisnowaty off waivers from Giants

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have acquired offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty off waivers from the New York Giants.

49ers claim CB Goodwin off waivers, cut WR Carter

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have claimed cornerback C.J. Goodwin off waivers from the New York Giants and waived receiver DeAndre Carter.

Coach Steve Wilks, Cardinals back rookie after recent arrest

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk took the field Tuesday for the first time since a report surfaced about his arrest in the months before the team chose him in the second round of the NFL draft.

AP sources: Tepper to buy Panthers for record $2.2 billion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion.

Packers sign first-round draft pick Jaire Alexander

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed first-round draft pick Jaire Alexander, a cornerback from Louisville.

AP sources: Tepper to buy Panthers for record $2.2 billion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion.

AP sources: Tepper to buy Panthers for record $2.2 billion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion.

AP sources: Tepper to buy Panthers for record $2.2 billion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion.

AP sources: Tepper to buy Panthers for record $2.2 billion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) People familiar with the situation say hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Carolina Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson for a record $2.2 billion.

» Monday, May 14, 2018

Settlement reached in Giants, Manning memorabilia fraud case

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) Three sports memorabilia collectors who accused New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of providing bogus ''game-worn'' equipment that was sold to unsuspecting fans settled their lawsuit against the Super Bowl-winning quarterback on Monday, days before the case was scheduled to go to trial.

The Latest: Settlement reached in Giants, Manning fraud case

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the trial in a lawsuit accusing New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of selling bogus memorabilia (all times local):

Jets claim OT Garcia off waivers from Pats; K Rose waived

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have claimed offensive tackle Antonio Garcia off waivers from the New England Patriots and waived kicker Nick Rose.

Cardinals aware of Christian Kirk arrest before draft

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Cardinals say they were aware before they drafted him that wide receiver Christian Kirk had been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and property damage.

Lions sign 3 free agents, waive Lewis, Barnes

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Deontez Alexander, tight end Marcus Lucas and cornerback Josh Okonye.

Saints add 4 players, waive 4 others after rookie camp

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed four players and waived four players following a recent rookie camp that also included veterans who were offered tryouts.

49ers sign 6th-round safety Marcell Harris to rookie deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers signed sixth-round safety Marcell Harris to a four-year deal.

Raiders sign 5th-round pick Johnny Townsend to rookie deal

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed fifth-round pick Johnny Townsend to a four-year contract.

Broncos running back Henderson recovering from auto accident

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos running back De'Angelo Henderson is recovering from minor shoulder and ankle injuries he sustained over the weekend when his Jeep was hit by a driver fleeing police in a stolen vehicle.

Dive play: Browns coach jumping into Lake Erie for charity

CLEVELAND (AP) Hue Jackson's shuddering season with the Cleveland Browns will include one last chill.

Dive play: Browns coach jumping into Lake Erie for charity

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns coach Hue Jackson is keeping his promise to jump into Lake Erie.

Trial delayed in Giants, Eli Manning memorabilia fraud case

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) A trial has been delayed in a lawsuit accusing New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of selling bogus ''game-worn'' equipment to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam.

Law professor takes up appeal for ex-NFL player’s killer

GRETNA, La. (AP) A law professor is taking up the appeal of the man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road-rage shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight.

It’s a Mother’s Day engagement for Taraji P. Henson

LOS ANGELES (AP) Taraji P. Henson got more than a card on Mother's Day.

Trial on tap in Giants, Eli Manning memorabilia lawsuit

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in a New Jersey memorabilia dealer's lawsuit that accuses New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of conspiring with the team's equipment staff to sell bogus ''game-used'' helmets to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam.

» Sunday, May 13, 2018

Trial on tap in Giants, Eli Manning memorabilia lawsuit

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in a New Jersey memorabilia dealer's lawsuit that accuses New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of conspiring with the team's equipment staff to sell bogus ''game-used'' helmets to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam.

Chuck Knox, former Rams, Seahawks, Bills coach, dies at 86

Chuck Knox, the former NFL coach who took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC championship games and also led the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, has died. He was 86.

Chuck Knox, former Rams, Seahawks, Bills coach, dies at 86

Chuck Knox, the former NFL coach who took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC championship games and also led the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, has died. He was 86.

Former Seahawks, LA Rams coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

SEATTLE (AP) Chuck Knox, the veteran NFL coach who led the Seattle Seahawks for nine years and took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC championship games, has died. He was 86.

» Saturday, May 12, 2018

Shurmur: Collins shouldn’t talk about Flowers situation

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur thinks Landon Collins should just speak for himself.

Titans’ top draft pick gets personal time with coach Vrabel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans has gotten an up-close view of how Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel works on the practice field.

Lions sign undrafted OL Brett Kendrick of Tennessee

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed offensive lineman Brett Kendrick, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Tennessee.

Chad Kelly has chance to win Broncos backup QB job

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Not even the signing of free agent Case Keenum could keep the Broncos from staging yet another quarterback competition this offseason.

Shurmer: Collins shouldn’t talk about Flowers situation

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants coach Pat Shurmer thinks Landon Collins should just speak for himself.

Lions sign undrafted OL Brett Kendrick of Tennessee

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed offensive lineman Brett Kendrick, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Tennessee.

1 hurt in propane tank explosion at Chicago’s Soldier Field

CHICAGO (AP) A man has been treated for smoke inhalation after a propane tank exploded during an event at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Bills sign linebacker Tremaine Edmunds to 4-year deal

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed first-round draft pick Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech to a four-year deal.

Texans’ Reid says time with brother gave him jump start

HOUSTON (AP) Justin Reid used to frequent his older brother's house to watch NFL game film and study game preparations.

» Friday, May 11, 2018

Cardinals sign drafts picks Edmonds, Campbell, Cunningham

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals signed fourth-round pick Chase Edmonds and two other draft choices to four-year contracts Friday.

Chargers coach Lynn to get college degree 26 years later

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Anthony Lynn left Texas Tech in 1992 for a life in the NFL, he was only six class hours shy of earning his degree.

Redskins’ Doug Williams keeps an eye out for HBCU talent

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Reggie Barlow called Doug Williams to talk about a couple of his Virginia State players as potential rookie camp invites for the Washington Redskins.

Rosen says focus all football on first day in Cardinals camp

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Josh Rosen jogged onto the field as an Arizona Cardinal for the first time on Friday and took a moment to reflect.

Colts sign top draft pick, 8 others before rookie mini-camp

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) First-round choice Quenton Nelson is one of nine draft picks who have signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Pats’ McDaniels: No promises came with decision to return

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) In his first public comments since he declined at the last minute to accept the Indianapolis Colts' head coaching position, Josh McDaniels denied Friday that he'd made any deal to succeed Bill Belichick as coach of the New England Patriots.

Roquan Smith puts focus on football at Bears rookie camp

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith appreciated the chance to display his speed on the field Friday at rookie minicamp.

Josh Allen thrown for loss (of words) at meeting Jim Kelly

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The only time Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen ever felt rattled on his first day of practice was shortly after the session ended Friday.

Redskins’ Doug Williams keeps an eye out for HBCU talent

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Reggie Barlow called Doug Williams to talk about a couple of his Virginia State players as potential rookie camp invites for the Washington Redskins.

Falcons sign veteran defensive tackle Terrell McClain

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a deal with free-agent defensive tackle Terrell McClain, who started two games for the Washington Redskins in 2017.

Cowboys rookie Vander Esch takes big step on improbable path

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Ask Leighton Vander Esch about his improbable path from eight-man high school football to first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, and the rookie linebacker is quick with a retort of never being fazed by brighter lights or bigger cities.

Lindsay willing to play any role to latch on with Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The fieriness of undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay will be put on the backburner.

Hubbard’s career changed in dodgeball, led him to Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) Sam Hubbard was engrossed in a dodgeball game during his high school gym class when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer walked through the door. A lot of heads turned, including his.

NFL: Bills acted properly in team president’s resignation

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The NFL has determined the Buffalo Bills acted properly in the aftermath of team president Russ Brandon's resignation amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee.

Ridley enjoys ’more freedom’ at Falcons rookie minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Even with temperatures in the mid-80s for the opening day of the Falcons rookie minicamp, wide receiver Calvin Ridley wore long sleeves under his red No. 18 jersey.

Suspect in break-in at NFL star’s home waives extradition

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) A third suspect wanted in connection with a burglary at the home of New England Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowsi has waived extradition from Maine, where he's in custody.

Panthers sign running back Kenjon Barner from Eagles

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have signed free-agent running back Kenjon Barner from the Philadelphia Eagles to a one-year contract.

Barkley tries to temper Giant expectations as minicamp opens

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) When it comes to football, Saquon Barkley has a knack for doing what might sound impossible.

Pats’ McDaniels: No promises came with decision to return

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) In his first public comments since he declined at the last minute to accept the Indianapolis Colts' head coaching position, Josh McDaniels denied Friday that he'd made any deal to succeed Bill Belichick as coach of the New England Patriots.

Rudolph: In Pittsburgh to learn, not ’bother’ Roethlisberger

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mason Rudolph started wearing the No. 2 while playing high school football in South Carolina. He kept it during his record-breaking career at Oklahoma State, where he left as the program's all-time winningest quarterback.

Josh Allen thrown for loss (of words) at meeting Jim Kelly

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rookie quarterback Josh Allen says the only time he became rattled during his first Buffalo Bills practice was when he was introduced to Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.

49ers sign 5th-round pick D.J. Reed Jr.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have signed cornerback D.J. Reed Jr. to a four-year contract.

Buffalo Bills keeping training camp in Rochester

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills are keeping their training camp at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester.

Colts sign top draft pick, 8 others before rookie mini-camp

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) First-round choice Quenton Nelson is one of nine draft picks who have signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Giants sign 3 of 6 draft picks, start rookie minicamp

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have signed three of their six draft picks and 11 undrafted free agents.

» Thursday, May 10, 2018

Jaguars sign 4 draft picks, including 4th-rounder Richardson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed four of their seven draft picks, including fourth-rounder Will Richardson.

QB Blake Bortles, Jaguars teammates thwart suspected thief

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was picked without being on the field.

Bears sign 6 of 7 draft picks

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have signed six of their seven draft picks, leaving Georgia linebacker and No. 8 overall selection Roquan Smith as the only one left.

Cardinals sign first-round pick Josh Rosen

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed first-round pick Josh Rosen to a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth.

Panthers sign 5 draft picks

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers signed five of their eight draft picks.

Bills sign 4 of 8 draft picks before start of rookie camp

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed four of eight draft picks in preparing to open their annual rookie minicamp.

Titans agree to terms with Dane Cruikshank, QB Luke Falk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with half their draft class in reaching deals with defensive back Dane Cruikshank and quarterback Luke Falk.

Lions waive running back Tion Green

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have waived running back Tion Green.

Lions’ Patricia says he was ’falsely accused’ of assault

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Thursday he was ''falsely accused'' in a 1996 sexual assault allegation that resurfaced this week, and he indicated that the matter has not been an issue as he has climbed from job to job in the years since.

Raiders release quarterback Josh Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have released quarterback Josh Johnson.

Ex-NFL player: Police fabricated evidence for gun charge

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) A former NFL linebacker's career was cut short after authorities in New Jersey fabricated evidence linking him to a gun used in a shooting, the player alleged in a lawsuit filed this week.

Falcons reach agreement with DT Senat before rookie minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with third-round draft pick Deadrin Senat, a defensive tackle from South Florida.

Cardinals sign deaf fullback Coleman to 1-year deal

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year contract.

Gase says he’s comfortable with Miami’s backup QB situation

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he likes his revamped roster, and that includes the quarterbacks who will compete this summer to back up Ryan Tannehill.

Giants release former starting running back Paul Perkins

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Running back Paul Perkins was released by the New York Giants on Thursday with a non-football injury.

Lions’ Patricia says he was ’falsely accused’ of assault

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Thursday he was ''falsely accused'' in a 1996 sexual assault allegation that resurfaced this week, and he indicated that the matter has not been an issue as he has climbed from job to job in the years since.

Police: 3rd suspect in break-in at NFL star’s home caught

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Massachusetts police say a third suspect has been arrested in connection with a burglary at Rob Gronkowsi's house while the New England Patriots star was away at the Super Bowl.

Lions’ Patricia says he was ’falsely accused’ of assault

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Thursday he was ''falsely accused'' in a 1996 sexual assault allegation that resurfaced this week, and he indicated that the matter has not been an issue as he has climbed from job to job in the years since then.

Ex-NFL player: Police fabricated evidence for gun charge

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) A former NFL linebacker's career was cut short after authorities in New Jersey fabricated evidence linking him to a gun used in a shooting, the player alleged in a lawsuit filed this week.

Lions’ Patricia says he was ’falsely accused’ of assault

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia says he was ''falsely accused'' in a 1996 sexual assault allegation that resurfaced this week.

The Latest: Prosecutors: No comment on ex-NFL LB lawsuit

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) The Latest on the lawsuit filed by former NFL linebacker Khaseem Greene against authorities in New Jersey (all times local):

Tessitore, Witten, McFarland, Salters on ESPN ’MNF’ crew

NEW YORK (AP) Joe Tessitore calls his new gig at ESPN a ''legacy job.''

Ex-NFL player: Police fabricated evidence for gun charge

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) Authorities manufactured evidence to pursue a gun charge against a former NFL linebacker even after another man admitted lying about getting a weapon from the player, a lawsuit alleges.

Tessitore, Witten, McFarland, Salters on ESPN ’MNF’ crew

Three new voices will work ESPN's Monday night games this NFL season: play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore, analysts Jason Witten and Booger McFarland.

Ex-NFL player says police knew gun charge was based on lie

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) A former NFL linebacker says in a lawsuit that police and prosecutors in New Jersey knew a shooter had lied about getting a weapon from the player, but charged him anyway.

Lions coach Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia maintained his innocence and his new team said it supported him after a 1996 sexual assault allegation resurfaced Wednesday night.

Lions coach Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia maintained his innocence and his new team said it supported him after a 1996 sexual assault allegation resurfaced Wednesday night.

» Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lions coach Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia is maintaining his innocence after a 1996 sexual assault allegation against him resurfaced Tuesday night.

Johnson trades Chiefs red for Raiders silver and black

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Derrick Johnson has been the enemy in Oakland for 13 years, tormenting the Raiders while wearing red for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chiefs promote Borgonzi to director of football operations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs have promoted Mike Borgonzi to director of football operations and Ryan Poles to assistant director of player personnel as part of a series of front-office moves made following the NFL draft.

Eagles sign running back Matt Jones and all 5 draft picks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have signed running back Matt Jones to a two-year contract and also agreed to terms on four-year deals with all five of their draft picks.

49ers sign OL Mike Person to 1-year deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have signed offensive lineman Mike Person to a one-year deal.

Steelers sign 5th round pick, RB Jaylen Samuels

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed rookie running back Jaylen Samuels to a four-year contract.

Raiders lineman Donald Penn won’t be charged after LA probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn will not be charged with a crime after an investigation into an alleged domestic-violence incident last month in Los Angeles.

Falcons agree to terms with 4 draft picks, including Oliver

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with four of their six draft picks, including cornerback Isaiah Oliver, a second-round pick from Colorado.

Agents: Mark Ingram didn’t use PED, reviewing options

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Representatives for Mark Ingram say the Saints running back did not test positive for a performance enhancing drug and is weighing options for challenging his four-game suspension.

Some items stolen from top Bears draft pick’s car recovered

CHICAGO (AP) Police say several items have been returned after they were stolen from Chicago Bears first-round draft pick Roquan Smith's car in Georgia, but not his Bears-issued iPad.

Jets’ Darnold using high-tech training that could help QBs

NEW YORK (AP) Sam Darnold zipped pass after pass down the field, knowing each one of them counted.

» Tuesday, May 8, 2018

49ers’ Foster pleads not guilty in domestic violence case

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from allegations that he attacked his then-girlfriend in their home in February.

Chiefs claim TE Ellis off waivers in series of roster moves

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs were awarded tight end Alex Ellis off waivers from the New Orleans Saints and released defensive tackle Stefan Charles as part of a series of roster moves Tuesday.

2 former employees file discrimination suit against Lions

DETROIT (AP) Two former Detroit Lions employees have filed suit against the team, claiming they were fired because of racial and age discrimination.

Saints’ Ingram suspended 4 games for NFL substance violation

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The NFL says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four regular season games of 2018 because of a violation of the league's performance enhancing drug policy.

Washington Redskins re-sign veteran guard Shawn Lauvao

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have re-signed Shawn Lauvao as they look to fill a hole at starting left guard.

Saints’ Ingram suspended 4 games for NFL substance violation

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The NFL says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four regular season games of 2018 because of a violation of the league's performance enhancing drug policy.

Tony Dungy next inductee into Buccaneers Ring of Honor

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Super Bowl-winning Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy is the next inductee into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Ring of Honor.

Jenkins named Browns new chief operating officer

CLEVELAND (AP) Longtime Cleveland Browns executive David Jenkins has been named the team's chief operating officer.

» Monday, May 7, 2018

49ers release offensive lineman Zane Beadles

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have released offensive lineman Zane Beadles.

Seahawks sign 5 tryout players following rookie camp

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have signed five tryout players following their rookie minicamp, highlighted by wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow.

Raiders sign former Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have officially signed free agent linebacker Derrick Johnson to a one-year contract.

Former Broncos RB Anderson signs 1-year deal with Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Former Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson has signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.

Harbor seal that made mostly wrong Super Bowl picks dies

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) A harbor seal that gained some fame by making annual Super Bowl picks usually incorrectly has died at a Connecticut aquarium.

Michael Griffin signs 1-day contract, retires with Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Michael Griffin says his 10-year NFL career was a blessing that lasted far longer than some of his former teammates at the University of Texas.

Cardinals release QBs Doughty, Torgersen

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have released Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen, two quarterbacks they claimed off waivers a month ago.

Vikings sign WR Chad Beebe, son of ex-Bills player Don Beebe

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed four players who took part in their rookie minicamp, including wide receiver Chad Beebe, the son of former Buffalo Bills wideout and folk hero Don Beebe.

AP Source: Saints release tight end Coby Fleener

METAIRIE, La. (AP) A person familiar with the decision says the New Orleans Saints have released veteran tight end Coby Fleener.

Ryan happy to have record extension signed before camp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Matt Ryan pulled out his secret weapons to seal the five-year contract extension that made him the NFL's highest-paid player.

49ers release offensive lineman Zane Beadles

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have released offensive lineman Zane Beadles.

Raiders sign former Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have officially signed free agent linebacker Derrick Johnson to a one-year contract.

Players’ union files grievance on behalf of Eric Reid

The NFL players' union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid.

Players’ union files grievance on behalf of Eric Reid

The NFL players' union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid.

Giants release 5 players before start of rookie minicamp

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have released five players, but only one who saw action in a regular-season game last season.

Georgia Southern honors NFL player killed by drunken driver

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) Georgia Southern University has honored Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, an alumnus killed by a drunken driver in February.

Georgia Southern honors NFL player killed by drunken driver

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) Georgia Southern University has honored Indiana Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, an alumnus killed by a drunken driver in February.

Georgia Southern honors NFL player killed by drunken driver

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) Georgia Southern University has honored Indiana Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, an alumnus killed by a drunken driver in February.

» Sunday, May 6, 2018

Raiders sign 2nd-round pick P.J. Hall

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) ��� The Oakland Raiders have signed second-round defensive tackle P.J. Hall.

Jets sign sixth-rounders Nickerson, Fatukasi

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed their last two sixth-round draft picks in cornerback Parry Nickerson and defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi.

Suit alleging Manning sold bogus memorabilia nears trial

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey memorabilia dealer who claims New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning conspired with the team's equipment staff to sell bogus ''game-used'' helmets to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam could get a chance to make his case in court next month.

» Saturday, May 5, 2018

Raiders sign 6th round pick Azeem Victor

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed sixth-round linebacker Azeem Victor to a four-year contract.

Alcoholics Anonymous founding document sells for $2.4M

LOS ANGELES (AP) ��� The founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, known to adherents as the "Big Book," sold at auction Saturday for $2.4 million to billionaire and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Alcoholics Anonymous founding document sells for $2.4M

LOS ANGELES (AP) The founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, known to adherents as the ''Big Book,'' sold at auction Saturday for $2.4 million to billionaire and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

49ers sign 3 draft picks to contracts

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have signed three of their draft picks to four-year contracts.

Shepherd, Fatukasi could make big impact on Jets’ D-line

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Nathan Shepherd jumped off the defensive line, got into the New York Jets' backfield and saw Sam Darnold standing just a few feet away.

Chiefs open 3-day rookie minicamp after D-filled draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Turns out there were enough bodies on offense for the Kansas City Chiefs to practice after all.

» Friday, May 4, 2018

Shaquem Griffin ready to have focus on football in Seattle

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The number was different on Friday - No. 49 instead of No. 18. So were the colors, trading black and gold for dark blue and white.

Raiders’ Hurst happy to turn focus from heart to football

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) After months of questions about the health of his heart sent him tumbling down the draft board until being taken by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round, Maurice Hurst was happy to get on the practice field and turn the conversation to football.

Auburn star Carlson ready as Vikings turn to rookie kicker

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Daniel Carlson's career-best field goal at Auburn was 56 yards. His confidence range indoors reaches 65. During pre-draft training in the high altitude of his home state Colorado, he said, even a 75-yard kick was makeable.

Raiders agree to deal with LB Derrick Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders agreed to a one-year deal Friday with veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson to bolster the middle of their defense.

Seahawks release Cliff Avril; injury cost him most of 2017

SEATTLE (AP) Defensive end Cliff Avril was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday with a failed physical designation due to a neck injury that cost him most of the 2017 season.

Confident Darnold hits Jets practice field for first time

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Todd Bowles chuckled for a moment and then just couldn't resist the urge to break from his normally low-key, stoic public persona.

Three top Packers picks get started, ’hard work’ ahead

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) For a host of rookies, the road to a spot on the Green Bay Packers' roster began on Friday. While what they did during the first of two post-draft rookie orientation camp practices won't decide their fates, coach Mike McCarthy believes a good start is vital for them all.

Chiefs’ new offensive lineman is son of biggest rival’s boss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Reggie McKenzie kept telling his son that if his Oakland Raiders were going to draft him last week, it would require making the switch from mammoth defensive tackle to bruising offensive guard.

Vikings to turn off lights at night for neighbors

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings are turning off the lights at the team's new practice facility south of Minneapolis after neighbors complained about the glow.

AP source: Raiders agree to deal with LB Derrick Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson to bolster the middle of their defense.

Confident Darnold hits Jets practice field for first time

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Todd Bowles chuckled for a moment and then just couldn't resist the urge to break from his normally low-key, stoic public persona.

Mayfield confident QB competition won’t divide Browns

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Baker Mayfield intends to conquer, not divide.

Dolphins claim QB Bryce Petty after his release by Jets

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Dolphins have claimed quarterback Bryce Petty a day after he was waived by the New York Jets.

Vikings sign 2nd-round draft pick OT Brian O’Neill

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed offensive tackle Brian O'Neill, their second-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh.

Seahawks release Cliff Avril; injury cost him most of 2017

SEATTLE (AP) Defensive end Cliff Avril was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Friday with a failed physical designation due to a neck injury that cost him most of the 2017 season.

Seahawks’ Cliff Avril released; injury cost him most of 2017

SEATTLE (AP) Defensive end Cliff Avril has been released by the Seattle Seahawks with a failed physical designation due to a neck injury that cost him most of the 2017 season.

Vikings to turn off lights at night for neighbors

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings are turning off the lights at the team's new practice facility south of Minneapolis after neighbors complained about the glow.

Column: Time’s up for cheerleaders/dancers at NFL, NBA games

ATLANTA (AP) This is not a rant against cheerleading.

Panthers assistant coach Fuller resigns after investigation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have announced that defensive backs coach Curtis Fuller resigned following an investigation into complaints of inappropriate conduct.

Bills hire Morgan to take over as player personnel director

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have hired Dan Morgan to take over as their player personnel director.

Vikings bow to neighbors, to turn off lights at night

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings are turning off the lights at the team's new practice facility in Eagan after neighbors complained about the glow.

4 charged in slaying linked to killing of ex-Packers player

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Four men are charged with murder and kidnapping in a slaying that police in Alabama say is linked to the killing of a former Green Bay Packers player.

Ivy Leaguers measure up for NFL personnel folks

NEW YORK (AP) They're not comparable to Power Five players, or even guys from the MAC, AAC or Mountain West. At least not on the football field.

» Thursday, May 3, 2018

Vikings sign 4 draft picks: Carlson, Gossett, Aruna, Downs

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed half of their draft class, securing rookie contracts with kicker Daniel Carlson, guard Colby Gossett, defensive end Ade Aruna and linebacker Devante Downs.

Jets waive quarterback Bryce Petty after 3 seasons

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have waived quarterback Bryce Petty, parting ways with their 2015 fourth-round draft pick after three seasons.

Cowboys’ Jason Witten retiring sans Super Bowl for TV job

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jason Witten mostly held it together while announcing he was retiring after 15 years with the Dallas Cowboys to go into TV.

Broncos decline fifth-year option on Shane Ray

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos declined to exercise outside linebacker Shane Ray's $9.23 million fifth-year option for 2019 on Thursday, a week after selecting North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb in the NFL draft.

Saints add 4 undrafted rookies

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have added four undrafted rookie free agents, including former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Cowboys’ Jason Witten retiring sans Super Bowl for TV job

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jason Witten mostly held it together while announcing he was retiring after 15 years with the Dallas Cowboys to go into TV.

Cowboys’ Jason Witten retiring sans Super Bowl for TV job

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jason Witten mostly held it together while announcing he was retiring after 15 years with the Dallas Cowboys to go into TV.

Falcons QB Ryan agrees to 5-year, $150 million extension

ATLANTA (AP) Matt Ryan is the NFL's first $100 million man.

Dolphins acquire DT Akeem Spence from Lions for draft pick

MIAMI (AP) Defensive tackle Akeem Spence has been acquired by the Miami Dolphins from the Detroit Lions for a late-round draft pick in 2019.

Redskins say they’re concerned about cheerleader allegations

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins say they're concerned by allegations made by cheerleaders in a New York Times article about a trip to Costa Rica for a photo shoot in 2013.

Falcons QB Ryan agrees to 5-year, $150 million extension

ATLANTA (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan has become the NFL's highest-paid player, agreeing to a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $100 million with the Atlanta Falcons.

QB Ryan agrees to 5-year contract extension with Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) Quarterback Matt Ryan has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons.

Redskins say they’re concerned about cheerleader allegations

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins say they're concerned by allegations made by cheerleaders in a New York Times article about a trip to Costa Rica for a photo shoot in 2013.

Dolphins acquire DT Akeem Spence from Lions for draft pick

MIAMI (AP) Defensive tackle Akeem Spence has been acquired by the Miami Dolphins from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2019 draft pick.

Cowboys’ Jason Witten retiring, heading to ESPN

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jason Witten is retiring after 15 years with the Dallas Cowboys, choosing the TV booth just as friend and longtime teammate Tony Romo did a year ago.

Cowboys’ Jason Witten retiring, heading to ESPN

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jason Witten is retiring after 15 years with the Dallas Cowboys, choosing the TV booth just as friend and longtime teammate Tony Romo did a year ago.

Warrant canceled for Jets’ Anderson in Florida traffic case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) An arrest warrant for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson for skipping a court hearing stemming from an alleged Florida traffic violation has been rescinded.

NFL, union to host symposium on mental health on May 14

ATLANTA (AP) The NFL and the players' union will host a symposium on mental health on May 14.

Browns begin talks about long-term development, new stadium

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Browns are discussing long-term plans for a major downtown development project that could include major stadium renovations - or a new facility.

NFL to contact Bills regarding team president’s resignation

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The NFL plans to contact the Buffalo Bills regarding team president Russ Brandon's abrupt resignation amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee.

Bruce Arians joins CBS as NFL game analyst

NEW YORK (AP) Bruce Arians is joining CBS as an NFL game analyst.

Bruce Arians joins CBS as NFL game analyst

NEW YORK (AP) Bruce Arians is joining CBS as an NFL game analyst.

NFL to contact Bills regarding team president’s resignation

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The NFL plans to contact the Buffalo Bills regarding team president Russ Brandon's abrupt resignation amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female team employee.

AP source: Cowboys’ Jason Witten retiring, heading to ESPN

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jason Witten never even hinted that his 15th season with the Dallas Cowboys would be the tight end's last, suggesting as recently as two weeks ago he intended to return.

AP source: Cowboys’ Jason Witten retiring, heading to ESPN

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jason Witten never even hinted that his 15th season with the Dallas Cowboys would be the tight end's last, suggesting as recently as two weeks ago that he intended to return.

AP source: Cowboys’ Witten retiring, heading to ESPN

FRISCO, Texas (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the decision says Jason Witten is retiring after 15 seasons, choosing the offer of lead analyst for ESPN's ''Monday Night Football'' over becoming the longest-tenured player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys.

Arrest warrant issued for Jets’ Anderson after court no-show

NEW YORK (AP) An arrest warrant was issued for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson after he failed to appear for a court date in Florida.

Arrest warrant issued for Jets’ Anderson after court no-show

NEW YORK (AP) An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson after he failed to appear for a court date in Florida.

» Wednesday, May 2, 2018

LA Chargers exercise 5th-year option on RB Melvin Gordon

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Chargers have exercised their fifth-year contract option for 2019 on running back Melvin Gordon.

AP source: Giants decline fifth-year option on OT Flowers

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the New York Giants have declined to pick up the fifth-year option of offensive tackle Ereck Flowers' contract.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders energized by offseason moves

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) When Emmanuel Sanders returned from vacation to start the Denver Broncos' offseason training program, he went straight to the team store and loved what he saw.

Jaguars decline to exercise 5th-year option on Dante Fowler

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars declined to exercise the fifth-year option in defensive end Dante Fowler's rookie contract.

Giants sign QB Alex Tanney, defensive end A.J. Francis

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have added a veteran defensive tackle and another quarterback to compete for the backup job to Eli Manning.

Browns trade TE Telfer to Chiefs for DE Nicolas

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Browns traded tight end Randall Telfer to the Kansas City Chiefs for defensive end Dadi Nicolas.

Authorities: Slaying possibly linked to killing of ex-Packer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A man whose bullet-riddled body was found dumped along a rural road in Alabama apparently was killed in retaliation for the slaying of a former Green Bay Packers player, authorities said Wednesday.

Jaguars decline to exercise 5th-year option on Dante Fowler

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars declined to exercise the fifth-year option in defensive end Dante Fowler's rookie contract.

Steelers place LB Ryan Shazier on IR, ending 2018 season

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on injured reserve for the 2018 season to give him more time to recover from spinal stabilization surgery.

Browns trade TE Telfer to Chiefs for DE Nicolas

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Browns traded tight end Randall Telfer to the Kansas City Chiefs for defensive end Dadi Nicolas.

Falcons’ Freeman encouraged by progress with injured knee

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) After struggling with a knee injury late last season, Devonta Freeman says he is on track to returning to the form that made him the NFL's highest-paid running back.

Authorities: Slaying possibly linked to killing of ex-Packer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Alabama authorities say they've found the body of a man believed to have been killed in retaliation for the slaying of a former Green Bay Packers player.

Unsigned safety Reid files collusion grievance against NFL

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL players' union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.

Unsigned safety Reid files collusion grievance against NFL

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL players' union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners.

Titans agree to terms with safety Kendrick Lewis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with safety Kendrick Lewis while waiving safety Denzel Johnson.

Russ Brandon resigns as Bills, Sabres president

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Russ Brandon abruptly resigned his dual role as president of the NFL's Buffalo Bills and NHL's Buffalo Sabres after being confronted by the teams' owners regarding an alleged inappropriate relationship with a female employee, two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

» Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Vikings cornerback Terence Newman: ’This will be it for me.’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Only time will tell how sweet Terence Newman's 16th season in the NFL turns out to be.

Jets re-sign linebacker David Bass

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have re-signed linebacker David Bass, who spent last season with the team.

Redskins to host Jets for 3 days of joint camp practices

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins will host the New York Jets this summer for three days of joint training camp practices.

Titans claim linebacker Gimel President off waivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have claimed outside linebacker Gimel President off waivers.

Russ Brandon resigns as Bills, Sabres president

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Russ Brandon abruptly resigned his dual role as president of the NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Buffalo Sabres after being confronted by the teams' owners regarding an inappropriate relationship with a female employee, two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

Russ Brandon resigns as Bills, Sabres president

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Russ Brandon abruptly resigned his dual role as president of the NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Buffalo Sabres in a major shake-up for the teams' owners, Terry and Kim Pegula.

Chicago State hires former Bears, Notre Dame DT Zorich as AD

CHICAGO (AP) Former Chicago Bears and Notre Dame defensive tackle Chris Zorich has been hired as athletic director at Chicago State.

AP source: Bills, Sabres president Brandon leaving teams

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills and Sabres president Russ Brandon is leaving his post in a major shake-up made by the teams' owners, Terry and Kim Pegula.

Raiders O-lineman Alexander suspended 4 games for PEDs

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Vadal Alexander has been suspended without pay for the first four games next season for a violation of the league policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

AP source: Bills, Sabres president Brandon leaving teams

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills and Sabres president Russ Brandon is leaving his post in a major shake-up made by the teams' owners, Terry and Kim Pegula.

NFL draft a big draw, but not a record-setter

NEW YORK (AP) With someone walking onstage every few minutes to read a name off a piece of paper, the NFL draft wouldn't seem like a big television draw. Yet the 11.2 million people who watched this year made it the week's second most popular program.

Colts release 6 players to make room for rookies, sign 10

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts have waived six players as they prepare to welcome their new draft picks and undrafted rookies.

Falcons address void, add undrafted fullbacks McNitt, Marx

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) After completing the draft without a fullback on their roster, the Atlanta Falcons have added two candidates who were undrafted college free agents.

Colts release 6 players to make room for rookies

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts have waived six players as they prepare to welcome their new draft picks and undrafted rookies.

Former Green Bay Packers player shot to death in Alabama

PINSON, Ala. (AP) Authorities say a former Green Bay Packers player has been found shot to death in his home in Alabama.

Falcons address void, add undrafted fullbacks McNitt, Marx

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) After completing the draft without a fullback on their roster, the Atlanta Falcons have added two candidates who were undrafted college free agents.

NFL expands program for overseas practice squad players

NEW YORK (AP) Eight NFL teams will carry on their practice squads a player who came from an expanded program for overseas players.

Former Green Bay Packers player shot to death in Alabama

PINSON, Ala. (AP) Authorities say a former Green Bay Packers player has been found shot to death in his home in Alabama.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is writing a memoir

NEW YORK (AP) Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson knows he has an inspiring story to tell. The man who led the Eagles to a dramatic Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots is working on a memoir.