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With a healthy Hyde good things could happen for 49ers

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers couldn't have scripted it any better as they emerged from their offseason program: Running back Carlos Hyde emerged healthy.

New coach Chip Kelly's fast-break offense will lean heavily this season on Hyde, assuming he's durable enough to lead a unit that's still unsure whether Blaine Gabbert will outlast Colin ...Read more

Report: Ex-Lions CB shot while naked and intruding in Portland, Ore.

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A former Detroit Lions cornerback, Stanley Wilson II, was shot while allegedly attempting to break into a Portland, Ore., home naked Wednesday, according to a report from KGW.com.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office told KGW.com that the shooting occurred shortly before 4 p.m., and that deputies found Wilson in a water fountain in the ...Read more

Steelers release veteran kicker Suisham, who calls knee injury 'catastrophic'

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The Steelers on Friday released veteran place kicker Shaun Suisham, the most accurate kicker in franchise history, with a failed physical designation.

And it seems it's only a matter of time before Suisham files his retirement papers with the NFL.

Suisham released a statement Friday morning that detailed his failed attempt at making a comeback...Read more

Paul Zeise: Health will play major role in Steelers' Super Bowl chances

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And so it begins ...

By the time the Steelers, battered and bruised, were eliminated by the Broncos in the playoffs in January, a number of people had already installed them as favorites to win the AFC next season.

On Wednesday, The Sporting News installed the Steelers as the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and the reasoning, though somewhat ...Read more

Matthew Stafford's wife to judge Lions cheerleader tryouts

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When Matthew Stafford does something big on the football field this year, some of the cheerleaders rooting him on will be hand-picked by his wife.

Kelly Stafford, a former cheerleader at Georgia, announced on Instagram Wednesday that she will help judge Detroit Lions cheerleader tryouts this weekend.

"So excited that I get the chance to help ...Read more

Former Cowboys player Randle in court on charge of criminal threat

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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle wracked up a new felony charge Tuesday connected to an alleged threat made against a Sedgwick County (Kan.) Jail deputy while Randle was incarcerated on two other pending felony cases, according to court and Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office records.

The deputy was in one of the jail's detention ...Read more

Panthers LB Thomas Davis honored for being helpful to media

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Carolina Panthers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis has checked a lot of boxes over the past two seasons, highlighted by his first appearance in a Super Bowl in February.

Davis picked up another honor Tuesday when the Pro Football Writers Association named him the winner of its 12th annual Good Guy Award, given to the player who maintains ...Read more

Matthew Stafford says Lions 'tougher' to defend sans Calvin Johnson

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Maybe it's wishful thinking, but quarterback Matthew Stafford said Tuesday that the Detroit Lions will be a tougher team to defend without Calvin Johnson.

"I think we're going to do it a little bit differently than we have in the past," Stafford said in an interview on SiriusXM NFL radio. "We used to feature Calvin, and everybody kind of got ...Read more

Agency puts to rest notorious Browns QB jersey

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The Cavaliers killed Cleveland's painful title drought Sunday night, and advertising agency Brokaw Inc. followed suit by retiring the notorious jersey that used to list all of the Browns' starting quarterbacks since 1999 -- an NFL-leading 24 and counting.

Brokaw Inc. tweeted the following announcement Monday: "Bye bye bad juju. It's a new day ...Read more

Jim Brown to bask in championship parade as Browns players reflect on Cavs' triumph

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Browns legend Jim Brown cannot wait to celebrate with the Cavaliers during their championship parade Wednesday in downtown Cleveland, where the iconic running back says LeBron James should be immortalized with a statue after spearheading the end of the city's infamous title drought.

"I'm happy to take that plane ride and be given the ...Read more

John Harbaugh: Terrell Suggs has 'real chance to be ready to go' for Ravens camp

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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has kept a very low profile since suffering a torn Achilles heel in the team's season-opening loss in Denver last September.

Except for his arrest on charges of driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident after he crashed his car near his home in Arizona in March -- and a short response on ...Read more

Goff growing into the job

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LOS ANGELES--As Jared Goff addressed his status as the face of an NFL franchise in the country's second-largest market, he sounded awfully similar to the most dominant athlete in town.

"I'm very honored that they decided to do what they did, trade the picks to take me with the first pick," Goff said. "I don't take it lightly at all."

But ...

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Panthers sign offensive tackle Michael Oher to 3-year contract extension

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The Panthers have signed left tackle Michael Oher to a three-year contract extension, rewarding the man who has become synonymous with the protectors of a quarterback's blind side.

Oher received $21.6 million in new money over the three years, with $9.5 million guaranteed, according to a league source.

Oher, 30, who was set to become a free ...Read more

Tony Romo says there's more work ahead before Cowboys training camp begins

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IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo insists he has accomplished a lot this offseason, but the Dallas Cowboys quarterback won't rest on his success. He and Dez Bryant begin working together next weekend.

Bryant sat out team drills during the offseason program, taking part only in the team's walk-throughs during mini-camp and some individual drills while ...Read more

Fletcher Cox excited about 'mind-blowing' contract

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Fletcher Cox received a message this week from a teacher in his hometown of Yazoo City, Miss. The teacher assigned her students to write what they wanted to be when they were older.

Six wrote Fletcher Cox.

"You get a lot of kids back home that's like that, and it's a lot of kids that look up to me," Cox said. "I look at it as this is where I ...Read more

Dolphins' Tunsil plans to train at Ole Miss, even after draft-night gaffe

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Now this could be awkward.

Laremy Tunsil plans to go back to school this summer.

Now, it's not uncommon for rookies to train at their university in the five weeks between minicamp, which for the Dolphins ended Thursday, and training camp.

But there's nothing common about the way Tunsil left the University of Mississippi.

On draft night, he ...Read more

Cowboys' Romo mum on NFL interfering with fantasy convention

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IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo didn't offer much in regards to his thoughts about postponing -- and likely canceling -- his fantasy football convention for a second consecutive year.

Romo spoke publicly for the first time Thursday since news broke that the NFL reportedly continues to interfere with his hopes of putting on a fantasy football ...Read more

Panthers QB Newton: I haven't peaked in football

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton can't even the count the ways he can improve his game in the season after winning the NFL's most valuable player award last season.

There's his completion percentage, which could stand to go up. He's reading defenses better than ever before, coach Ron Rivera said, but he can still improve.

There are ...Read more

One-year extension puts Panthers' Rivera among NFL's highest-paid coaches

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The NFL's reigning Coach of the Year is now among the league's highest-paid coaches.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera received a one-year contract extension that will pay him more than $6 million a year, a league source said Thursday.

Rivera, who led the Panthers to a 17-2 record and a berth in Super Bowl 50 last season, is under contract through the...Read more

Joe Flacco plans to be on field for Ravens when training camp starts

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In Joe Flacco's mind, his surgically repaired left knee was in good enough shape for him to return to the field two months ago. There simply was no point in that, nor did it make much sense for him to be out there this week during the Ravens' three-day mandatory minicamp.

But when the Ravens reconvene on July 28 for the official start of ...Read more