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Chiefs meet with domestic-violence groups, outline approach for awareness training

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The NFL has been roundly criticized for not doing enough to prevent the abuse of women in the wake of high-profile domestic-violence incidents involving former players Ray Rice and Greg Hardy.

That scrutiny has also fallen on the Chiefs, especially since they earlier this month drafted troubled wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who pleaded guilty to ...Read more

Bears strike a deal with first-round pick Leonard Floyd

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The Bears agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd on a four-year contract Friday, a deal that includes a club option for a fifth year.

Floyd, selected ninth overall, is expected to boost the team's pass rush and the outside linebacker will push for a starting position immediately.

The Bears now have eight of their nine draft ...Read more

Steelers' Brown trades his dancing shoes for football cleats

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Part of Mike Tomlin's evaluation of cornerbacks is simple. Can they cover Antonio Brown?

Rookie Artie Burns might well do that some day. Thursday was not one of those days. Brown reported for his first spring practice, trading in his dancing shoes for football cleats, and the rookie cornerback A.B. matched up for the first time with the All-Pro...Read more

Ex-Lions WR Brett Perriman moves hospitals, still in ICU

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Brett Perriman remains in intensive care more than three weeks after suffering a stroke, but the former Detroit Lions receiver was recently moved to a hospital near his home in Atlanta.

Perriman, who played six seasons for the Lions in 1991-96, suffered a stroke May 3, according to a news release from the Shepherd Center hospital.

Perriman was...Read more

Things improving for Ravens WR Breshad Perriman on and off the field

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When Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman spoke to reporters after Thursday's organized team activity, he featured something he didn't show for most of last season: a smile.

Perriman has more to be happy about these days. He says he's 100 percent healthy after missing his entire rookie season with a knee injury sustained on the very first full...Read more

Ray Rice returns to Ravens' facility to speak to rookies

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Twenty months after the Ravens released him in the wake of his domestic violence incident Ray Rice returned to the team's headquarters and told his story to the organization's rookies.

Rice, who has been out of the NFL since his release in September 2014, watched the Ravens' organized team activity Wednesday and then spoke to the team's ...Read more

NFL penalizes Ravens for violating practice rules

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The NFL ordered the Ravens to forfeit three organized team activities and fined the organization and head coach John Harbaugh more than $480,000 combined for violating the league's collective bargaining agreement during the team's rookie minicamp earlier this month.

An investigation by the league confirmed that the Ravens had rookies and tryout...Read more

Dolphins' Misi involved in Fort Lauderdale nightclub brawl

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Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi clocked a man in the head outside a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., nightclub over the weekend, police say, but Misi was never arrested or charged because the alleged victim refused to press charges.

Misi's weapons, according to the Fort Lauderdale police incident report: hands, fist, feet and teeth.

The on-duty officer ...Read more

Case Keenum knows he's listed as Rams' starting QB, for now

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The trade to the top of the NFL draft did not unnerve him, the No. 1 pick was not a surprise and the aftermath, Case Keenum said, would not change the way he approaches his job.

Keenum was the Rams' presumptive starting quarterback going into offseason workouts.

Nearly five months later, as the Rams prepare for the start of organized team ...Read more

Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones using snub as motivation

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Drafted in the first round to play the highest-profile position on a legendary defense for the team with the largest Lombardi Trophy collection in the NFL, Jarvis Jones has come up small.

There may be contributing reasons, but as he enters his fourth NFL season and what may be his last with the Steelers, Jones knows the score.

"Obviously I ...Read more

Browns tackle Thomas says he's happy new regime hasn't traded him: 'It wouldn't have surprised me'

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BEREA, Ohio -- Joe Thomas belongs on the Mount Rushmore of the expansion-era Browns, but the offensive lineman with a strong case for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame still thought the new regime could trade him this offseason.

Thomas is glad he hasn't been shipped away, despite the 47-97 record he has endured since the Browns ...Read more

Darren McFadden has been where Ezekiel Elliott is as the No. 4 overall pick

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IRVING, Texas -- Darren McFadden has been in Ezekiel Elliott's cleats. He was the fourth overall choice in 2008. Elliott was the fourth overall choice last month.

"Coming in as the fourth overall pick is going to be a lot of weight on your shoulders," McFadden said. "But I feel like it's something he can handle. He's been doing a great job in ...Read more

Browns' Pryor says he's '10 times' better as receiver: 'I don't even call it a transition anymore'

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BEREA, Ohio -- Terrelle Pryor's confidence as a wide receiver has grown so much this offseason that the big, athletic former quarterback no longer views his transition as such.

"I don't even call it a transition anymore," Pryor said Wednesday after the fifth practice of organized team activities. "I feel like I'm there. I already transitioned. ...Read more

New Eddie Lacy taking shape for Packers

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Shortly after the Green Bay Packers began practice Tuesday, the running backs gathered in the back corner of Ray Nitschke Field. One by one, the players moved quickly through a footwork drill. Coach Ben Sirmans was a phantom defender.

Like moths to a flame, the media horde assembled. This was the first organized team activity...Read more

Vikings' Walsh: 'I thought I had one of my better years'

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It's not quite the same as a January wild-card game at TCF Bank Stadium, but, for the record, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh made all five field-goal attempts during the team portion of the OTA session that was held in the team's indoor facility Wednesday morning.

In his first attempts during a team portion of an OTA session, Walsh was straight ...Read more

Raiders studying Las Vegas option

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta, South Florida, and Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Raiders, meanwhile, are simply looking for a place to call home.

With little to no progress on a new stadium in Oakland, Raiders owner Mark Davis has turned his full attention to Las Vegas and said he'll move his team there if that city ...Read more

L.A. is awarded 2021 Super Bowl by NFL

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Four months after giving the Rams the green light to return to Los Angeles, NFL owners on Tuesday awarded the city the right to host the Super Bowl in early 2021, after an absence of 28 years.

The game will be played at the soon-to-be built $2.6-billion Inglewood stadium, which is scheduled to open for the 2019 season.

In ...Read more

South Florida lands 2020 Super Bowl, plans festival for NFL Centennial celebration

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The drought is over, and the Super Bowl is coming back.

NFL owners voted Tuesday to award Super Bowl LIV (54) to South Florida in February 2020, ending a string of rejections.

The game at the Miami Dolphins' newly renovated stadium in Miami Gardens will be a record 11th to be staged in South Florida, breaking a tie with New Orleans.

It will ...Read more

NFL owners award 2019 Super Bowl to Atlanta

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The Super Bowl is headed back to Atlanta after a vote Tuesday by NFL owners to play America's No. 1 sporting event in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in February 2019.

It will be the third Super Bowl played in Atlanta and the first since 2000.

One of four bidders for the 2019 Super Bowl, Atlanta won on the owners' fourth ballot. Miami and Tampa ...Read more

WR Kelvin Benjamin missing from Panthers first OTA practice

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The most glaring absence at the Carolina Panthers' first OTA session was third-year receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin, kicker Graham Gano and defensive tackle Paul Soliai were given excused absences to attend to their respective family issues.

Rivera said he expects all three to return later this week for other ...Read more