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It looks official: Philadelphia to host 2017 NFL draft

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It looks as if the NFL will indeed visit Philadelphia next April.

The idea that the city will host the 2017 NFL player draft surfaced publicly in July when Rep. Bob Brady told the Inquirer that Mayor Jim Kenney had agreed to commit $5 million to host the three-day event.

On Wednesday, the NFL said it will make a "major announcement" on ...Read more

Vikings place Bridgewater on injured reserve, re-sign QB Sorensen

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The Vikings placed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.

Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee, torn anterior cruciate ligament and other structural damage during what head coach Mike Zimmer described as a non-contact, "freaky" incident. The quarterback was dropping back to pass in a regular team drill when ...Read more

Browns hope rookie receiver Coleman finds mojo in preseason finale after clumsy debut

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Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman received a crash course on Murphy's law last week during his NFL preseason debut.

He caught a screen pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III for a 9-yard gain late in the first quarter, but the play was negated by receiver Terrelle Pryor's pass interference penalty.

He was targeted twice in the second...Read more

Steelers claim QB Mettenberger off waivers, place Gradkowski on IR

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The Steelers thought they might have to wait until after the final preseason cuts to find a No. 3 quarterback. Turns out, they didn't have to wait that long.

Concerned that veteran Bruce Gradkowski had become injury prone, the Steelers claimed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger off waivers and plan to use him as their No. 3 ...Read more

Steelers' Harrison cleared of any wrongdoing by NFL

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The NFL has cleared Steelers linebacker James Harrison of any wrongdoing as a result of its investigation and interview of him following a report on the now-defunct Al-Jazeera America television network.

"The NFL found no credible evidence that Pittsburgh's James Harrison and Green Bay's Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers were provided with or ...Read more

Steelers restructure Antonio Brown's contract, add $4 million to 2016 salary

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Antonio Brown received more money, and the Steelers got to hang onto their policy regarding contract extensions.

It was a win-win for both sides when the Steelers advanced Brown $4 million this year from his 2017 salary under a restructured deal the All-Pro receiver signed Wednesday morning before the team left for its final preseason game at ...Read more

NBC's Harrison publicly apologizes for questioning Kaepernick's race

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One day after causing a social-media storm with his comments on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NBC Sports TV personality Rodney Harrison used a preseason media conference call to make a formal apology to the pro football player.

It all began Tuesday when Harrison spoke to a Houston-area sports station. He was asked about ...Read more

Browns' Josh Gordon prepares to hit ground running after suspension

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BEREA, Ohio -- Josh Gordon's 43-yard touchdown catch in Friday's preseason game sent the Browns wide receiver on a trip down memory lane.

"It definitely did send a spark to me and help me remember some things," Gordon, an All-Pro selection in 2013, said. "Have that sense of nostalgia of this is where I belong. This is where I need to be. This ...Read more

Cowboys' Prescott in rare company as rookie starting season opener

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have seen enough.

After losing their top two quarterbacks, the Cowboys will place Dak Prescott in bubble wrap for Thursday's preseason game against the Houston Texans. Jameill Showers, the only other healthy quarterback on the roster, will start and play the entire game.

"He's come in and handled it like a ...Read more

Colin Kaepernick has John Carlos' backing

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- To John Carlos, it all looks so familiar. A national anthem. An act of defiance. A firestorm of outrage and debate.

In 1968, it was Carlos and teammate Tommie Smith raising gloved fists on the medal stand at the Mexico City Olympics.

In 2016, it's 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem to ...Read more

Rams QB Jared Goff could get his first NFL start, even if it's only a preseason game

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LOS ANGELES--Jared Goff has played as a reserve in each of the Los Angeles Rams' three exhibitions, but he could achieve another of his pro football firsts if he starts Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Coach Jeff Fisher declined to say whether Goff would start -- "Don't know yet; there's a 50-50 chance," he said Tuesday -- but ...Read more

Steelers place Ladarius Green on PUP list

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The Steelers have placed tight end Ladarius Green on the physically unable to perform list. He won't be eligible to practice or play for the Steelers until after the sixth week of the regular season.

Green, who signed a four-year, $20 million free agent deal in March, has yet to practice with the Steelers. Ankle surgery kept him from practicing...Read more

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles says he'll be ready for game action

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Last year, running back Jamaal Charles underwent knee surgery for the second time in his Chiefs career. But having endured the rehabilitation and recovery once was of no use to Charles the second time.

"The doctor told me, 'Don't treat it like you did the first one,' " Charles said. "It's totally different, just like every knee is different."

...Read more

Ameer Abdullah wants to be the Lions' short-yardage RB

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Ameer Abdullah could have easily made a left turn for the sideline. In his first game back from January shoulder surgery, that might have been the wise thing to do.

If not out of bounds, Abdullah could have tried one of his patented stutter-steps, something like the move he shook Eric Weddle with on his first career carry last year.

But with ...Read more

Falcons hold meeting over anthem, protest issues

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons coach Dan Quinn addressed the social protest of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the team.

"We had a nice meeting about that, actually," Quinn said on Tuesday. "We know that we are one team. We would hope that if anybody wanted to demonstrate in any way, for any cause, that they'd consult their ...Read more

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee slowed by knee injury

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee hasn't practiced this week as he deals with a knee injury, but coach Jason Garrett doesn't believe this is a long-term issue.

Lee underwent an MRI on Monday, and Garrett said the results were "positive" in a good way for Lee and the Cowboys.

"We don't think it's long term," Garrett said. "He'...Read more

Dolphins coach Gase challenges WR Parker to do what it takes to stay on the field

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Wide receiver DeVante Parker can't stay healthy.

He'll sit out Thursday's preseason finale after tweaking his left hamstring in practice Monday.

Parker has already missed several weeks of training camp with a similar injury, and a foot issue derailed his senior season at Louisville and rookie NFL year.

On Tuesday, Dolphins' coach Adam Gase ...Read more

Ravens receiver Perriman says he's ready to make NFL debut Thursday

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The Ravens' preseason finale Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints will be highlighted by the competition for a few open roster spots and the likely NFL debut for the team's 2015 first-round draft pick.

After completing another practice and spending about a half-hour afterward with teammate Mike Wallace catching balls from the JUGS ...Read more

As 49ers, Colin Kaepernick head to San Diego, safety becomes an issue

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest has made him a lightning-rod for criticism, but that doesn't have him fearing his safety when the 49ers visit the San Diego Chargers for Thursday's exhibition-season finale.

"No, because if something happened, you'd be proving my point," Kaepernick said Tuesday in an informal ...Read more

Lions surprised Calvin Johnson is on 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Before the NFL outlawed the practice two years ago, Calvin Johnson celebrated most of his touchdowns by dunking the football over the goalpost.

And now that Johnson has agreed to appear on the ABC series "Dancing with the Stars," several of his former Detroit Lions teammates said there's a reason Johnson dunked instead of danced when he reached...Read more