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Rams hoping Tyler Higbee, Temmarick Hemingway can make tight end spot stronger

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LOS ANGELES -- Running back Todd Gurley was coming off a star-making rookie season and the Los Angeles Rams had selected quarterback Jared Goff with the top pick in the NFL draft.

Tight ends who can block and catch passes were regarded as a component that would help both.

That is why the Rams drafted Western Kentucky's Tyler Higbee in the ...Read more

Another domestic violence incident and NFL could punish Tyreek Hill as repeat offender

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Tyreek Hill will not be subject to NFL discipline upon entering the league but could be considered a repeat offender under its conduct policy if he is involved in another incident of domestic violence.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday that a player new to the league who has already been arrested or charged with violent or threatening...Read more

Ex-49er Dana Stubblefield once told police he kicked girlfriend to stop her from feeding newborn

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield, who on Monday was charged with raping a developmentally disabled woman, once admitted to police he kicked a girlfriend who was trying to feed their newborn daughter "because she didn't need to be fed at this time of the morning."

Stubblefield was not arrested in the incident, ...Read more

Dolphins' Michael Thomas thinks of life after football with post-graduate degree

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Michael Thomas might be a nickel for now, but he wants his future to be about great big dollar signs.

And after cracking the books during the NFL's offseason, the Dolphins defensive back has the tools to make that vision a reality.

Thomas on Thursday will graduate from the University of Miami's Executive MBA for Artists and Athletes program.

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Rams' rookie receivers are set for minicamp

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They are coming to an NFL team that ranked last in passing in 2015.

So receivers Pharoh Cooper and Michael Thomas undoubtedly sense opportunity with the Los Angeles Rams.

Cooper, a fourth-round draft pick from South Carolina, and Thomas, a sixth-round pick from Southern Mississippi, will be in Oxnard on Friday when the Rams begin a rookie ...Read more

Prosecutor consulted with victim in Chiefs draft pick Tyreek Hill's plea agreement

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The district attorney who oversaw Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill's plea agreement for domestic abuse by strangulation that resulted in a deferred three-year sentence said the victim was consulted about and supportive of the arrangement.

"My prosecutor met with her and her family on multiple occasions," wrote Laura Thomas, district attorney for ...Read more

49ers trading Kaepernick appears unlikely after draft moves

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Broncos drafted a quarterback in the first round. The Jets took one in the second. The 49ers? They waited until the end of the sixth round to select Louisiana's Jeff Driskel.

Those moves strongly suggest the 49ers' liveliest offseason story -- when will they trade Colin Kaepernick? -- is all but over.

For the last ...Read more

Ex-49er Dana Stubblefield: 'I am completely innocent' of rape allegation

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield responded Tuesday to allegations that he raped a "developmentally delayed" woman by saying he is "completely innocent" of the charges.

Stubblefield briefly addressed the media Tuesday at the Jubilee Christian Center in North San Jose, Calif., where he is a member, to voice his ...Read more

Don Shula hospitalized with fluid retention, sleep apnea

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Legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula has been hospitalized due to fluid retention and sleep apnea, his wife Mary Anne Shula said Tuesday.

"The family is looking for a speedy recovery," Mary Anne Shula said in a written statement.

Shula was in South Florida when he became ill. He is being treated at an undisclosed local hospital.

Shula, 86, has ...Read more

Ex-49er Dana Stubblefield charged with raping disabled woman, he denies allegations

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield was charged Monday with the rape of a "developmentally delayed" woman, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said the woman was assaulted on April 9, 2015, when she went to his Morgan Hill home to interview for a baby sitter's job. The woman ...Read more

Chiefs exercise fifth-year option on Eric Fisher

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The Chiefs exercised their fifth-year option of left tackle Eric Fisher, the team announced Monday.

The Chiefs had until Monday to execute the option, which should approach $12 million for 2017. The option is guaranteed for injury, which means he'd be paid even if he were to be seriously hurt in 2016.

If Fisher doesn't get hurt this season but...Read more

Ex-Bear Antrel Rolle: Practice field 'had a whole lot to do with' season-ending injury

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Antrel Rolle's time with the Chicago Bears lasted a little more than 13 months and included only seven games played. Rolle suffered a high ankle sprain in early October against the Oakland Raiders, an injury that caused him to miss the next two contests. Then, on the Friday afternoon before the team's Week 11 Broncos game, the veteran safety ...Read more

Seahawks GM John Schneider: No one will wear No. 24 this season

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One of Seattle's seventh-round picks in last weekend's NFL draft, Clemson running back Zac Brooks, wore No. 24 in college, the same number worn since 2010 by Marshawn Lynch.

But Brooks won't be able to wear that number with the Seahawks.

Seattle general manager John Schneider said Monday during an interview on the "Brock and Salk Show" on 710 ...Read more

Cowboys RB Alfred Morris knows what addition of Ezekiel Elliott means

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alfred Morris was watching the NFL draft when the Dallas Cowboys selected Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick.

Morris welcomes the Ohio State running back despite what it might mean for him.

The addition of Elliott creates a crowded running backs room with veterans Morris, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar fighting ...Read more

Ex-Panthers CB Josh Norman says 'sticks and stones' thrown his way after tag rescinded

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It's been nearly two weeks since the Carolina Panthers pulled the franchise tag on Josh Norman, and the Pro Bowl cornerback is still talking about his former employer.

In a column he wrote for The Players' Tribune, Norman -- without mentioning anyone by name -- says there were "sticks and stones" thrown at him after the Panthers cut ties last ...Read more

Steelers linebacker James Harrison says, 'I'm back'

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Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison confirmed Monday what the Steelers believed to be true for quite some time. Harrison, who will turn 38 Wednesday, posted a photo on Instagram with a message that read: "I'm back"

The Steelers had a strong feeling Harrison would return for his 13th season with the Steelers. On Saturday, when the draft ...Read more

Bears release veteran safety Antrel Rolle

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The Bears released veteran safety Antrel Rolle on Sunday, the day after they selected two safeties in the draft.

Rolle, 33, missed nine games last season due to knee and ankle injuries. After joining the Bears as a free agent with an impeccable track record of durability, the Bears were initially unsure whether his injuries were a sign of ...Read more

Vikings draftee Treadwell finds himself in good hands in Cris Carter

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Laquon Treadwell was struggling early on in his return from a gruesome leg injury last fall when a friend reached out for a helping hand from the man who had two of the best mitts in NFL history.

"Laquon was in a bit of a slump," Vikings Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter said Friday. "They wanted to know if I could talk him through his junior ...Read more

Eight Bruins, four Trojans selected in the NFL draft

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Three days of waiting ended for six UCLA players and one player from USC on Saturday, the final day of the NFL draft.

Bruins offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch, running back Paul Perkins and receiver Jordan Payton were selected in the fifth round. Linebacker Aaron Wallace, tight end Thomas Duarte and receiver Devin Fuller were picked in the ...Read more

Draft reiterates importance of the quarterback

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CHICAGO -- Many will remember this NFL draft as the year California's Jared Goff went first and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz second, the third time in five drafts that the event kicked off with quarterbacks going 1-2.

Just as intriguing, though, were the quarterback story lines later in the draft, when Oakland got a bargain-basement deal ...Read more