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» Sunday, April 22, 2018

Buffalo Bills draft capsule

12, 22 BUFFALO BILLS (9-8)

New England Patriots draft capsule

23. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)

New York Jets draft capsule

3. NEW YORK JETS (5-11)

Miami Dolphins draft capsule

11. MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-10)

Houston Texans draft capsule

68. HOUSTON TEXANS (4-12)

Tennessee Titans draft capsule

25. TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)

Jacksonville Jaguars draft capsule

29. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (12-7)

Indianapolis Colts draft capsule

6. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-12)

Los Angeles Chargers draft capsule

17. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-7)

Oakland Raiders draft capsule

9. OAKLAND RAIDERS (6-10)

Denver Broncos draft capsule

5. DENVER BRONCOS (5-11)

Kansas City Chiefs draft capsule

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-7)

Cincinnati Bengals draft capsule

21. CINCINNATI BENGALS (7-9)

Cleveland Browns draft capsule

1, 4. CLEVLEAND BROWNS (0-16)

Baltimore Ravens draft capsule

16. BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-7)

Pittsburgh Steelers draft capsule

28. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (13-4)

Green Bay Packers draft capsule

14. GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-9)

Chicago Bears draft capsule

8. CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)

Minnesota Vikings draft capsule

30. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (14-4)

Detroit Lions draft capsule

20. DETROIT LIONS (9-7)

Washington Redskins draft capsule

13. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (7-9)

Dallas Cowboys draft capsule

19. DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)

Philadelphia Eagles draft capsule

1. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (16-3)

New York Giants draft capsule

2. NEW YORK GIANTS (3-13)

Los Angeles Rams draft capsule

87. LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-6)

San Francisco 49ers draft capsule

9. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (6-10)

Arizona Cardinals draft capsule

15. ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-8)

Seattle Seahawks draft capsule

18. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-7)

New Orleans Saints draft capsule

27. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft capsule

7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)

Carolina Panthers draft capsule

24. CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)

Atlanta Falcons draft capsule

26. ATLANTA FALCONS (11-7)

» Saturday, April 21, 2018

Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries ’lawful lynching’

AMSTERDAM (AP) Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job.

Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries ’lawful lynching’

AMSTERDAM (AP) Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job.

Accepting rights award, Kaepernick decries ’lawful lynching’

AMSTERDAM (AP) Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job.

Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty for inequality protests

AMSTERDAM (AP) Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality.

» Friday, April 20, 2018

Cowboys TE James Hanna retiring after battling knee injury

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys tight end James Hanna is retiring because of a knee injury that has hampered him the past two seasons.

Colts’ confidence in Luck’s recovery prompted trade

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard keeps responding to the same old questions about Andrew Luck with the same old answers.

Ex-Packer Ahman Green avoids jail; abuse charge dismissed

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green avoided jail time under a plea agreement in which a felony child-abuse charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Vikings LB Brothers gets 4-game suspension for PED violation

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

Chris Borland quit NFL, now helps those in retirement

Chris Borland knows firsthand all about the challenges of early retirement, having stepped away from a promising football career after one year because of concerns over head injuries.

AP source: Ravens offer Saints WR Snead 2-year contract

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Baltimore Ravens have offered New Orleans Saints restricted free agent receiver Willie Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract.

Football and academics: tough balancing act at some schools

NEW YORK (AP) Football is complicated. Life is more so.

NFL Draft: Defensive Player Thumbnails

A look at some of the top prospects available at each position in the upcoming NFL draft (x-denotes early entrant):

Former NFLer Chris Borland helps others adjust to retirement

Chris Borland knows firsthand all about the challenges of early retirement, having stepped away from a promising football career after one year because of concerns over head injuries.

» Thursday, April 19, 2018

Patriots broadcaster Gil Santos dies on 80th birthday

BOSTON (AP) Gil Santos, the New England Patriots' longtime radio voice, died Thursday on his 80th birthday and 57th wedding anniversary.

Champ Eagles vs. Atlanta to open season, also play in London

NEW YORK (AP) Super Bowl champion Philadelphia will host Atlanta to kick off the 2018 NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 6.

The New York Giants have released receiver Brandon Marshall

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have terminated the contract of veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Dwight Freeney to retire as member of Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Defensive end Dwight Freeney will retire as a member of the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.

New Bears offense an eye-opener for QB Mitchell Trubisky

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky can see a huge difference after only three days running new coach Matt Nagy's offense.

Elway: last year’s draft class has to step up in 2018

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) While John Elway and his staff wrap up preparations for next week's NFL draft, it's the Denver Broncos' 2017 draft class that's really on the clock.

Under wraps: Browns GM Dorsey keeping draft plans private

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns general manager John Dorsey is old-school cool, from his wardrobe to keeping his plans for the upcoming NFL draft private.

Cardinals sign CB Marcus Williams to 1-year deal

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed cornerback Marcus Williams to a one-year contract.

Jaguars unveil ’no-nonsense’ uniforms, helmets for 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The old-school Jacksonville Jaguars are going to look like they play in 2018.

Jags’ best friend? NFL team 1st with dog park inside stadium

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) These cats are for the dogs.

The New York Giants have released receiver Brandon Marshall

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have released veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

NFL Draft: Defensive Player Thumbnails

A look at some of the top prospects available at each position in the upcoming NFL draft (x-denotes early entrant):

NFL Draft: Offensive Player Thumbnails

A look at the top prospects available at each position in the upcoming NFL draft (x-denotes early entrant):

Jaguars unveil ’no-nonsense’ uniforms, helmets for 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have unveiled new uniforms and helmets, going with an old-school look that matches the team's blue-collar identity.

NFL appoints Theodore to lead head, neck, spine committee

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has appointed Dr. Nicholas Theodore chairman of the head, neck and spine committee, which plays a major role in the league's health and safety initiatives.

Under wraps: Browns GM keeping draft plans private

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey is keeping his plans with the No. 1 pick private.

NFL hires Theodore to lead head, neck, spine committee

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has hired Dr. Nicholas Theodore as chairman of the Head, Neck and Spine Committee, which plays a major role in the league's health and safety initiatives.

NFL confirms times and dates for this year’s London games

LONDON (AP) The NFL has confirmed the times and dates for the three regular-season games to be played in London this year.

Champion Eagles to face host Jaguars in London

NEW YORK (AP) The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will head to England's home of soccer when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in one of four NFL international games next season.

Peyton Manning inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

DENVER (AP) Peyton Manning isn't heading to the broadcast booth or the front office anytime soon.

» Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Patriots tight end grabs share of 4-legged Gronkowski

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Rob Gronkowski has a stake in a big namesake.

Fred Jackson cherishes chance to retire with Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Fred Jackson was so strapped for cash while playing professional football in Germany, he and his wife had to rely on their poker winnings to afford going out for fancy dinners.

WR Jackson working to improve chemistry with Bucs QB Winston

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay's DeSean Jackson is eager to put one of the least productive seasons of his NFL career behind him.

Judge says no to law firm on concussion settlement

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A federal judge has denied a law firm's request to be added as an administrator of the NFL's estimated $1 billion concussion settlement.

Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald Boxing HOF parade grand marshal

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been named grand marshal for the International Boxing Hall of Fame's annual parade.

Lions sign cornerback Raysean Pringle

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed cornerback Raysean Pringle.

Hester, Forte to sign 1-day contracts, retire with Bears

CHICAGO (AP) Record-setting return specialist Devin Hester and running back Matt Forte will sign one-day contracts with the Chicago Bears and retire as members of the organization where they starred.

Titans say they will exercise 5th-year option on QB Mariota

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have announced they will exercise their fifth-year option on quarterback Marcus Mariota.

» Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Nagy, Bears trying to build foundation for future

LAKE FORST, Ill. (AP) New coach Matt Nagy looked out his window Tuesday morning and saw a group working in unison to create something bigger and better for the Chicago Bears.

DE Ezekiel Ansah signs franchise tag with Detroit Lions

DETROIT (AP) Ezekiel Ansah signed his franchise tag Tuesday, signaling his return to the Detroit Lions .

Von Miller defends shark hunting trip

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Von Miller says he didn't do anything wrong when on a recent shark fishing excursion in Florida that's drawn the interest of conservation officials.

Falcons begin offseason program with plenty to sort out

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have started their offseason conditioning program with some must-see TV.

Fitzgerald still highly motivated entering his 15th season

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) As the Arizona Cardinals gathered at midfield near the start of their first minicamp of the year, Larry Fitzgerald stood with his arm around the shoulder of team President Michael Bidwill.

McCarron unfazed by talk of Bills drafting a quarterback

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) AJ McCarron couldn't help notice the number of draft-eligible quarterback prospects the Buffalo Bills have paraded through their facility in recent days.

Jaguars back at work with AFC title game loss still stinging

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Blake Bortles got a stark reminder Tuesday of how Jacksonville's season ended three months ago.

Browns’ Jackson: team still undecided on QB for No. 1 pick

CLEVELAND (AP) As the NFL draft nears, the Cleveland Browns are still doing their homework on quarterbacks.

Browns owner Dee Haslam steps down as media company CEO

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns owner Dee Haslam is stepping down as the CEO of her media company to focus more on the NFL franchise and community work in Cleveland.

New Broncos QB Case Keenum’s drive as strong as ever

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Case Keenum couldn't wait to get out of Minnesota.

Rodgers hopeful for contract extension as Packers retool

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) An offseason of change for the Green Bay Packers has been met with occasional displeasure by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

DE Ezekiel Ansah signs franchise tag with Detroit Lions

DETROIT (AP) Ezekiel Ansah has signed his franchise tag, signaling his return to the Detroit Lions.

J.T. Barrett tries to make draft impression with Bengals

CINCINNATI (AP) J.T. Barrett peeled off the orange No. 5 practice jersey, tossed it in a laundry bin and headed for the locker room. He stopped at one intersection and tried to get his bearings - he'd never had to navigate the Paul Brown Stadium passageways.

Eagles center Jason Kelce gets married, sequins not included

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce had another excuse to get dressed up this weekend- however not in outlandish sequins like he wore in the Super Bowl parade - when he and his girlfriend tied the knot.

Eagles center Jason Kelce gets married, sequins not included

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce had another excuse to get dressed up this weekend- however not in outlandish sequins like he wore in the Super Bowl parade - when he and his girlfriend tied the knot.

Ex-Jet Nick Mangold, one of NFL’s best centers, retires

NEW YORK (AP) Nick Mangold has made his final snap after 11 years of consistency, toughness and NFL-wide respect as one of the game's best centers.

Ex-Jet Nick Mangold, one of NFL’s best centers, retires

NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold has retired after an 11-year career in which he established himself as one of the NFL's best at his position.

» Monday, April 16, 2018

DL Aaron Donald skips start of Rams’ voluntary workouts

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Defensive lineman Aaron Donald has skipped the start of the Los Angeles Rams' voluntary offseason workouts.

NFL player takes teen to prom for special-needs students

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) A special-needs student had a one-of-a-kind prom date when an NFL player returned to his home county in Alabama to take her to the dance.

Chargers’ Pouncey says Miami release was "fuel to the fire"

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Although Mike Pouncey is thrilled to start work with the Los Angeles Chargers, the center still has a few bittersweet thoughts about how his last job ended.

Pass rusher David Irving returns to Cowboys on $2.9M deal

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Defensive end David Irving is returning to the Dallas Cowboys after signing a $2.9 million, one-year offer as a restricted free agent.

NFL player takes teen to prom for special-needs students

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) A special-needs student had a one-of-a-kind prom date when an NFL player returned to his home county in Alabama to take her to the dance.

Vikings sign LB Eric Kendricks to contract extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings can cross another core player off their to-do list for contract extensions.

Jets claim K Rose; S Miles, TE Sterling sign RFA tenders

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have claimed kicker Nick Rose off waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers, giving free-agent signing Cairo Santos some camp competition this offseason.

Redskins make moves to bolster depth along offensive line

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have shored up their offensive line by re-signing swing tackle Ty Nsekhe and interior lineman Tony Bergstrom and exercising the fifth-year option on starting right guard Brandon Scherff's contract.

Chiefs begin offseason with QB Pat Mahomes leading the way

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs began their offseason conditioning program Monday, although the amount of work amounted to meetings and some informal, players-only time on the practice field.

Posluszny would rather retire a year early than a play late

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Sitting in the front row with his wife and two young daughters, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny got blind-sided like never before in his NFL career.

Bengals learning new offense after finishing last in the NFL

CINCINNATI (AP) Andy Dalton is getting acclimated with the Cincinnati Bengals' new offense, which is a lot different than the one that finished last in the league.

NFL to prohibit use of certain helmets for 1st time

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL for the first time is prohibiting certain helmets from being worn by players.

TE Gavin Escobar signs with Dolphins, his 5th team

MIAMI (AP) Tight end Gavin Escobar has signed with the Miami Dolphins, his fifth team in a six-year NFL career.

Denver Broncos release running back C.J. Anderson

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) C.J. Anderson is leaving Denver with a million memories, a Super Bowl ring and no hard feelings.

Seahawks bring back backup QB Austin Davis

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have brought back another arm for the beginning of their offseason program, re-signing quarterback Austin Davis.

Vikings sign LB Eric Kendricks to contract extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a multiyear contract extension.

NFL to prohibit use of certain helmets for 1st time

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL for the first time is prohibiting certain helmets from being worn by players.

NFL to prohibit use of certain helmets for 1st time

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL for the first time is prohibiting certain helmets from being worn by players.

Bears sign WR Bennie Fowler to 1-year contract

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have signed receiver Bennie Fowler to a one-year contract.

Redskins re-sign tackle Ty Nsekhe, bolster offensive line

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have re-signed offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, giving them valuable depth on the line.

AP Source: Denver Broncos release C.J. Anderson

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that running back C.J. Anderson has been released by the Denver Broncos.

Bills open offseason workouts by signing receiver Kerley

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills began addressing their needs at receiver by signing free agent Jeremy Kerley to a one-year contract as part of a series of moves in opening their offseason conditioning program.

Browns sign WR Josh Gordon as exclusive rights free agent

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will make $790,000 next season after signing with the club as an exclusive rights free agent.

Longtime Steelers linebacker James Harrison retires again

PITTSBURGH (AP) James Harrison is taking another shot at retirement, and this time it's likely to stick for the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker.

Longtime Steelers linebacker James Harrison retires

PITTSBURGH (AP) Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is taking a second crack at retirement.

Longtime Steelers linebacker James Harrison retires

PITTSBURGH (AP) Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is taking a second crack at retirement.

» Sunday, April 15, 2018

49ers: Foster to miss offseason program for legal issues

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster won't participate in the offseason program while he tends to legal matters related to his domestic violence charges.

49ers: Foster to miss offseason program for legal issues

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster won't participate in the offseason program while he tends to legal matters related to his domestic violence charges.

49ers: Foster to miss offseason program for legal issues

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster won't participate in the offseason program while he tends to legal matters related to his domestic violence charges.

Eagles release cornerback Daryl Worley after his arrest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Daryl Worley, hours after he was arrested.

Eagles release cornerback Daryl Worley after his arrest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Daryl Worley, hours after he was arrested.

» Friday, April 13, 2018

Landry signs $75 million contract extension with Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) Before throwing Jarvis Landry a pass, the Browns made a huge commitment to him.

NFL suspends QB Sanchez 4 games for PED violation

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has suspended free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez for the first four games of next season for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances.

NFL suspends QB Sanchez 4 games for PED violation

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has suspended free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez for the first four games of next season for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Jets waive 4, including RB Jeremy Langford

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have waived four players, including running back Jeremy Langford.

Seahawks sign K Sebastian Janikowski, QB Stephen Morris

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks are hoping Sebastian Janikowski can solve their kicking issues.

Seahawks sign K Sebastian Janikowski, QB Stephen Morris

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks are hoping Sebastian Janikowski can solve their kicking issues.

Ex-Raider Aldon Smith transferred to inpatient rehab center

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Authorities say Aldon Smith is being transferred to an inpatient substance abuse treatment center as he awaits his next court date.

Packers re-sign veteran cornerback Davon House

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Free agent cornerback Davon House is returning to the Green Bay Packers after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal.

Cowboys release Dez Bryant, look to catch salary-cap relief

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dez Bryant never lived up to the big contract he signed with the Dallas Cowboys when he was among the best receivers in the NFL.

NFL seeks special investigator in concussion settlement

The NFL accused some lawyers representing players in the $1 billion concussion settlement of fraud and wants a special investigator appointed.

NFL seeks special investigator in concussion settlement

The NFL accused some lawyers representing players in the $1 billion concussion settlement of fraud and wants a special investigator appointed.

NFL seeks special investigator in concussion settlement

The NFL is accusing some attorneys representing players in the $1 billion concussion settlement of fraud, and has asked to have a special investigator appointed to investigate.

Cowboys release Dez Bryant, look to catch salary-cap relief

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, deciding salary-cap relief and the star receiver's declining production outweigh the risk of him returning to All-Pro form with another team.

Jim Kelly progressing ’remarkably well’ after cancer surgery

Jim Kelly is progressing so ''remarkably well'' two weeks after surgery to have cancer removed from his jaw, his doctor expects the Hall of Fame quarterback to be released from the hospital soon.

Cowboys release star WR Dez Bryant after 8 seasons

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys released Dez Bryant on Friday, deciding salary cap relief with the star receiver's declining production outweighs the risk of him returning to All-Pro form with another team.

Jim Kelly progressing ’remarkably well’ after cancer surgery

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is progressing ''remarkably well'' two weeks since having surgery to have cancer removed from his jaw. He is expected to be released from the hospital soon, says the doctor who oversaw the lengthy operation.

NFL draft: Big D is about something other than Dallas

Big D is about to stand for something other than Dallas.

Former Memphis walk-on says he’s best receiver in NFL draft

Anthony Miller is trying really hard to follow advice given to him at the NFL combine.

Former Memphis walk-on says he’s best receiver in NFL draft

Anthony Miller is trying really hard to follow advice given to him at the NFL combine.

» Thursday, April 12, 2018

49ers’ Reuben Foster charged in assault against girlfriend

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of dragging his girlfriend and punching her in the head, leaving her with a ruptured eardrum, authorities said.

Favre says he might have had "thousands" of concussions

Brett Favre says he might have had ''thousands'' of concussions during his Hall of Fame career.

NFL rejects Burfict’s appeal, upholds 4-game suspension

CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be sidelined to start a season for the fourth year in a row, this time serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers.

NFL rejects Burfict’s appeal, upholds 4-game suspension

CINCINNATI (AP) The NFL has rejected linebacker Vontaze Burfict's appeal and imposed a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancers, the fourth year in a row he'll miss the start of a Bengals season.

Texans release right tackle Derek Newton

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans released right tackle Derek Newton on Thursday.

Ex-Saint Gleason considered for Congressional Gold Medal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Federal lawmakers from Louisiana and Washington have submitted legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.

Buffalo Bills place guard Incognito on reserve/retired list

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have placed Richie Incognito on their reserve/retired list in a move confirming the offensive guard's intention to abruptly quit football after 11 seasons.

Ex-Saint Gleason considered for Congressional Gold Medal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Federal lawmakers from Louisiana and Washington have submitted legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.

49ers’ Reuben Foster charged in assault against girlfriend

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of attacking his girlfriend, authorities said.

49ers’ Reuben Foster charged in assault against girlfriend

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Authorities say San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of attacking his girlfriend.

Buffalo Bills place guard Incognito on reserve/retired list

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have placed Richie Incognito on their reserve/retired list in a move confirming the offensive guard's intention to abruptly quit football after 11 seasons.

AP source: Browns near contract extension with Jarvis Landry

CLEVELAND (AP) Jarvis Landry is about to make a major grab.

Gleason under consideration for Congressional Gold Medal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Federal lawmakers from Louisiana and Washington have submitted legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State University football player Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal.

AP source: Browns near contract extension with Jarvis Landry

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Browns are close to finalizing a contract extension with star wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

» Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Meredith joins Saints after Bears decline to match offer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Restricted free agent receiver Cameron Meredith is the newest member of a New Orleans Saints offense that ranked second in the NFL last season.

Meredith joins Saints after Bears decline to match offer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Restricted free agent receiver Cameron Meredith is the newest member of a New Orleans Saints offense that ranked second in the NFL last season.

Linebacker Terence Garvin signs with Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) Linebacker Terence Garvin has signed with the Miami Dolphins, his fourth NFL team since entering the league in 2013.

Ravens-Bears at Hall of Fame to kick off preseason schedule

NEW YORK (AP) The Ravens and Bears will kick off the NFL's preseason on Aug. 2 in the Hall of Fame game as they honor 2018 inductees Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher.

Patriots owner calls for reform after Meek Mill prison visit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is calling for reform of the criminal justice system after visiting rapper Meek Mill in a Pennsylvania prison.

Ravens-Bears at Hall of Fame to kick off preseason

NEW YORK (AP) - The Ravens and Bears will kick off the NFL's preseason on Aug. 2 in the Hall of Fame game as they honor 2018 inductees Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher.

Seahawks sign former San Francisco CB Dontae Johnson

RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have signed former San Francisco cornerback Dontae Johnson to help with the depth in their overhauled secondary.

Meredith joins Saints after Bears decline to match offer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints coach Sean Payton says restricted free agent receiver Cameron Meredith is joining the Saints.

Griffin III hopes to start anew as a backup QB with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) After winning a Heisman Trophy, being picked second overall in the 2012 NFL draft and becoming an instant sensation with the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III is looking ahead to a promising future instead of wistfully gazing at his brilliant past.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft visits Meek Mill in prison

PHILADELPHIA (AP) New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is calling for reform of the criminal justice system after visiting rapper Meek Mill in a Pennsylvania prison.

» Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bills guard Richie Incognito set to retire after 11 seasons

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Richie Incognito is abruptly calling it quits on an 11-season NFL career, three years after the Buffalo Bills gave the offensive guard a second chance at playing following his role in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal.

Cardinals’ new coach Wilks recasting team in his image

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) A little over three months into the job, new Arizona coach Steve Wilks is busy recasting the Cardinals in his own image.

Former Jaguars player charged with crashing into ex-wife

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Authorities say former Jacksonville Jaguars safety and assistant coach Marlon McCree was arrested over the weekend following a vehicle chase with his ex-wife and crashing his truck into her SUV.

Bills guard Richie Incognito texts The AP he’s ’done’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito said he's ''done'' in a text to The Associated Press amid reports he is considering retirement after 11 NFL seasons.

Bills guard Richie Incognito texts The AP he’s ’done’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito said he's ''done'' in a text to The Associated Press on Tuesday amid reports he is considering retirement after 11 NFL seasons.

Bills guard Richie Incognito texts The AP he’s ’done’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito said he's ''done'' in a text The Associated Press on Tuesday amid reports he is considering retirement after 11 NFL seasons.

Bills guard Richie Incognito texts The AP he’s ’done’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito texts The Associated Press he's ''done,'' amid reports he is considering retirement after 11 NFL seasons.

» Monday, April 9, 2018

Colts’ Luck expects to be better QB following long recovery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Luck said all the right things Monday.

Cowboys add defensive line depth with free agent Kony Ealy

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end Kony Ealy to a one-year deal, their latest attempt to add depth to the defensive line through bargains in free agency.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel finally gets to work with players

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Mike Vrabel is finally getting to work with players as the Titans' new coach.

Giants open OTAs with Odell Beckham Jr. in the building

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have opened their first organized team activities under new coach Pat Shurmur with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the building.

Jets sign WR Charles Johnson, LB Kevin Minter

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed free agent wide receiver Charles Johnson and linebacker Kevin Minter.

Lions sign QB Matt Cassel and re-sign WR TJ Jones

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions bolstered their backup options at quarterback and wide receiver.

Packers’ Trevor Davis accused of making false bomb threat

LOS ANGELES (AP) Police say Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis was arrested after falsely claiming to have explosives while checking in for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport.

Colts’ Luck expects to be better QB following long recovery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Luck says his surgically repaired right shoulder feels good and he hopes to be on the field when the Indianapolis Colts open training camp this summer.

Packers’ Trevor Davis accused of making false bomb threat

LOS ANGELES (AP) Police say Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis was arrested after falsely claiming to have explosives while checking in for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport.

Giants open OTAs with Odell Beckham Jr. in the building

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have opened their first organized team activities under new coach Pat Shurmur with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the building.

Lions sign QB Matt Cassel, add depth behind Matthew Stafford

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Matt Cassel.

Giants open OTAs with Odell Beckham Jr. in the building

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have opened their first organized team activities under new coach Pat Shurmur with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the building.

Lions sign QB Matt Cassel, add depth behind Matthew Stafford

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Matt Cassel.

» Sunday, April 8, 2018

Titans agree to terms with defensive lineman Bennie Logan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have added a veteran defensive lineman a day before kicking off their offseason program under new coach Mike Vrabel.

Police: Ex-Raider Aldon Smith violated monitoring conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Authorities say former Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers player Aldon Smith is back in a California jail after violating a condition of his bail.

» Saturday, April 7, 2018

Bears re-sign DL Jenkins to 1-year contract

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have re-signed defensive lineman John Jenkins to a one-year contract.

» Friday, April 6, 2018

Ndamukong Suh sees potential dominance in Los Angeles Rams

LOS ANGELES (AP) Ndamukong Suh had his pick of teams when the Miami Dolphins released him last month. The dominating defensive lineman chose the Los Angeles Rams, who have suddenly become a desirable destination.

Panthers LB Davis says he’s been suspended 4 games

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis said he has been suspended by the NFL and will miss the first four games of next season after testing positive for a banned substance.

Ezekiel Elliott headlines youth football camp in Mexico

DALLAS (AP) Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott is headlining a youth camp in Mexico organized by a fantasy football group that got its start with backing from former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Browns trade another quarterback, send Hogan to Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Cleveland Browns traded their third quarterback of the offseason, sending Kevin Hogan to the Washington Redskins.

Titans strength coach retires after 32 years with franchise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The NFL assistant coach with the longest consecutive tenure with the same team finally is retiring.

Browns trade another quarterback, send Hogan to Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Cleveland Browns traded their third quarterback of the offseason, sending Kevin Hogan to the Washington Redskins.

Raiders sign CB Senquez Golson, DE Armonty Bryant

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent cornerback Senquez Golson and defensive end Armonty Bryant.

Patriots sign free agent WR Jordan Matthews

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Jordan Matthews as they continue jumbling their corps of targets for Tom Brady.

Jets re-sign OLs Dozier, Qvale

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have re-signed offensive lineman Dakota Dozier.

» Thursday, April 5, 2018

Agent: Fullback Line, linebacker Mauti returning to Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The agent for fullback Zach Line and linebacker Michael Mauti says both veteran free agents have reached contract agreements to return to the New Orleans Saints.

Barkley, Chubb, 4 QBs attending draft; Mayfield declines

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Six first-team All-Americans, including Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, are among 22 players who will attend the NFL draft.

Minnesota Vikings sign WR Tavarres King

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed wide receiver Tavarres King.

Barkley, Chubb, 4 QBs attending draft; Mayfield declines

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Six first-team All-Americans, including Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, are among 22 players who will attend the NFL draft.

Brandin Cooks would like long stay in LA, but focused on now

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Brandin Cooks has been traded twice in the past 13 months despite being one of the NFL's most productive receivers over the past three years, so the Rams' new top target knows he probably shouldn't get completely comfortable in Los Angeles.

Marquette King signs with Raiders’ rival Denver

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Marquette King has found a team will allow him to keep it real, seek his revenge and maybe pursue records.

Cardinals awarded waiver claims on QBs Doughty, Torgersen

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have been awarded waiver claims on quarterbacks Brad Doughty from the Miami Dolphins and Alek Torgersen from the Detroit Lions.

New York Giants sign cornerback William Gay

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have signed durable cornerback William Gay.

Cardinals RB Johnson healthy, raring to get back to the NFL

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) David Johnson is back and, he says, better than ever.

Steelers re-sign RB Ridley, WR Hunter to 1-year deals

PITTSBURGH (AP) Running back Stevan Ridley and wide receiver Justin Hunter are sticking with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Marquette King signs with Raiders’ rival Denver

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Marquette King has found a team will allow him to keep it real, seek his revenge and maybe pursue records.

Jets re-sign OL Ben Ijalana

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have re-signed tackle Ben Ijalana, who has been a backup with the team.

Marquette King signs with Raiders’ rival Denver

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Marquette King has signed a three-year, $7 million contract with the Denver Broncos less than a week after his surprising release from the Oakland Raiders.

» Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Out with old: new look unveiled for 20th season as Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are heading into their 20th season with that nickname sporting a new look that wound up more of an update featuring some subtle changes.

Colts add depth at linebacker by signing Najee Goode

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts found depth at linebacker by singing free agent Najee Goode.

Linebacker Korey Toomer signs one-year contract with 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Linebacker Korey Toomer has signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Eagles agree on 1-year deal with tight end Richard Rodgers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Eagles and tight end Richard Rodgers have agreed on a one-year contract.

Von Miller under investigation in hammerhead shark catch

DENVER (AP) Broncos linebacker Von Miller is potentially in hot water after a social media post in which he poses with a bloody hammerhead shark that was caught on a fishing expedition.

Josh Bellamy signs restricted free agent tender with Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears receiver Josh Bellamy has signed his restricted free agent tender.

Falcons agree to new 1-year deal with S/LB Kemal Ishmael

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have kept one of the most versatile players on their defense by agreeing to a new one-year contract with safety/linebacker Kemal Ishmael, who was an unrestricted free agent.

USC quarterback Darnold visiting Browns, who have No. 1 pick

CLEVELAND (AP) Sam Darnold was quarterback No. 2 on the Browns' visitation list this week.

School shooting threat made on Patriots’ player’s Instagram

BOSTON (AP) A social media message to New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has led police to a teenager who posted a threat about shooting up his school.

Out with old: new look unveiled for 20th season as Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are heading into their 20th season with that nickname sporting a new look.

Enunwa back with Jets, who sign free agent center Swanson

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa has signed his restricted free agent tender.

Ravens GM Newsome not feeling nostalgic before final draft

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Perhaps Ozzie Newsome will be filled with emotion and just a bit of sadness in the weeks ahead as he prepares for his final NFL draft as general manager of the Baltimore Ravens.

Giants defensive coordinator says unit will be relentless

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) From the time James Bettcher was hired as defensive coordinator by Pat Shurmur, there has been speculation whether the New York Giants were switching from a four-man front to a three-man look.

Bills agree to sign defensive end Fede to 1-year contract

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent defensive end Terrence Fede.

Robert Griffin III, Ravens, reach agreement on 1-year deal

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Robert Griffin III is poised to resume his NFL career about 35 miles away from where he started it.

Ex-NFL star Clinton Portis to repay casino $190K in debt

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Former NFL star Clinton Portis has reached an agreement to repay $190,000 he owes a New Jersey casino.

Robert Griffin III, Ravens, reach agreement on 1-year deal

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have reached agreement on a 1-year deal with quarterback Robert Griffin III, whose once-promising NFL career grinded to a halt two years ago.

Starting guard signs tender to stay with Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts guard Jeremy Vujnovich has signed the team's one-year offer.

Ex-NFL star Clinton Portis to repay casino $190K in debt

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Former NFL star Clinton Portis has reached an agreement to repay $190,000 he owes a New Jersey casino.

USC quarterback Darnold visiting Browns, who have No. 1 pick

CLEVELAND (AP) Southern Cal's Sam Darnold is visiting the Cleveland Browns, who are meeting with quarterbacks to potentially draft No. 1 overall.

Costas: NFL faces day of reckoning because of head injuries

Bob Costas isn't backing down on his belief that the NFL faces a day of reckoning on the issue of brain injuries, and talks about the one event he wishes he had been able to broadcast on the "AP Sports Weekly" podcast .

» Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Saints QB Brees sues over millions spent on jewelry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has filed a lawsuit accusing a California businessman of cheating him out of $9 million through jewelry purchases.

Patriots trade deep threat Cooks to Rams for 1st-round pick

BOSTON (AP) Tom Brady is losing one of his top receivers, and Jared Goff is getting a speedy new target.

Saints QB Brees sues over millions spent on jewelry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has filed a lawsuit accusing a California businessman of cheating him out of $9 million through jewelry purchases.

Patriots trade deep threat Cooks to Rams for 1st-round pick

BOSTON (AP) Tom Brady will be without one of his top receivers from last season after the Patriots traded deep threat Brandin Cooks to the Rams on Tuesday for Los Angeles' first-round draft pick, 23rd overall.

Eagles agree on 1-year deal with Paul Worrilow

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a one-year contract with linebacker Paul Worrilow.

Cardinals convene, keep 2018 goals in focus

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Making the Super Bowl this season isn't totally on the minds of the Arizona Cardinals at present. They're setting daily goals of improvement amid injury rehabilitation.

Patriots trade deep threat Cooks to Rams for 1st-round pick

The New England Patriots have traded deep threat receiver Brandin Cooks to the Rams for Los Angeles' first-round draft pick, 23rd overall.

Former Jets and Patriots WR/DB Rademacher dead at 75

Bill Rademacher, a two-way player for the New York Jets in their early years, has died. He was 75.

Jets sign former Vikings, Panthers TE Bucky Hodges

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed tight end Bucky Hodges.

County officials OK bonds for Raiders stadium in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Officials in Nevada's Clark County have approved the sale of bonds for the construction of the Oakland Raiders' stadium in Las Vegas.

Nose tackle Taylor re-signs with Skins; last played in 2014

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Nose tackle Phil Taylor Sr. has re-signed with the Washington Redskins after missing the past three NFL seasons with injuries.

OL Quinton Spain signs tender to remain with Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Quinton Spain has signed his restricted free-agent tender, a move that enables the Titans to keep their starting left guard from last season.

Bob Costas talks sports, and his answers might be surprising

Bob Costas isn't backing down on his belief that the NFL faces a day of reckoning on the issue of brain injuries, and talks about the one event he wishes he had been able to broadcast on the ''AP Sports Weekly'' podcast.

Raiders sign wide receiver, special teamer Dwayne Harris

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Free agent wide receiver and special teams player Dwayne Harris has signed with the Oakland Raiders.

» Monday, April 2, 2018

Cardinals sign wide receiver Butler to 2-year deal

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent wide receiver Brice Butler to a two-year contract.

Jets claim former Raiders TE Clive Walford off waivers

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have claimed tight end Clive Walford off waivers from the Oakland Raiders.

Titans agree to terms with former Redskins LB Will Compton

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with linebacker Will Compton, who spent the last five seasons with the Washington Redskins.

Cravens brings fresh mind, body into reboot with Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Su'a Cravens has found happiness, harmony and himself just in time for his do-over in Denver.

» Sunday, April 1, 2018

Geno Smith agrees to 1-year deal with Chargers

LOS ANGELES (AP) �� Geno Smith has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.