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NFL suspends Cowboys' McClain for first 10 games of season

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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain missed the offseason program against the wishes of coach Jason Garrett because it was voluntary.

Now he will miss the first 10 games of the season under league suspension.

McClain has been suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

McClain will be eligible to return to the...Read more

Andrew Luck's new deal makes Seahawks' Russell Wilson the 4th-highest paid QB in NFL

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The Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck agreed to a new contract Wednesday that by all accounts will make him the highest-paid player in the NFL (and by extension, the highest-paid player in the history of the league, as well). It's officially being called a five-year extension worth $139 million with $87 million guaranteed.

The ...Read more

Ravens' Elvis Dumervil returns from philanthropic visit to Haiti

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Though Elvis Dumervil was born in Miami and has lived in the United States his whole life, his roots are in Haiti. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Haiti, and Dumervil recently returned there to check on the progress of his rebuilding project in Bercy, on the western part of Haiti.

In honor of his No. 58 jersey, the Ravens' linebacker is...Read more

Seahawks reach agreement on contract extension with Doug Baldwin

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The Seahawks have completed what was one of their prime offseason objectives -- reaching agreement on a contract extension with receiver Doug Baldwin.

A source confirmed to the Seattle Times that Baldwin will receive $46 million over four years with $24 million guaranteed on a new contract that will take him through the 2020 season.

Baldwin ...Read more

Buddy Ryan a beloved teacher to Dan Hampton, Mike Singletary, others

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The lessons Buddy Ryan taught players are what kept them coming back for more.

Dan Hampton and Gary Fencik went to visit their former defensive coordinator each spring. Mike Singletary spoke from the heart about his travels to see Ryan in January at the release of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "The '85 Bears."

The Bears set records when Ryan,...Read more

Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at age 82, was a mentor to Panthers' Ron Rivera

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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was a rookie linebacker in the fall of 1984 trying to learn the nuances of the Chicago Bears' 46 defense.

From the back of the Bears' defensive alignment, Rivera heard the gruff voice of the short, gray-haired man known as Buddy.

"Hey, Chico," yelled Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, calling Rivera by ...Read more

Legendary former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan dies

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Buddy Ryan, the countrified, colorful and controversial coach who could design a defense and find the talent to man it as well as anyone in NFL history but whose sneering disdain for what happened on the other side of the ball led to his downfall in Philadelphia, died Tuesday at 85 after a long battle with cancer.

James Solano, Ryan's agent, ...Read more

New players, new mentality, same scheme for Ravens defense

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At some point this summer, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees figures to have a better idea of how all the pieces will fit together. Bookend pass rushers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, rookie defensive end Bronson Kaufusi and top cornerback Jimmy Smith could all be recovered from injuries and back on the field. A clear leader will ...Read more

Aldon Smith's attorney fights probation violation charge

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Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith's long-running legal woes continued Friday as he was arraigned in Santa Clara (Calif.) County's Hall of Justice for allegedly violating conditions of his probation by driving while drunk last year.

Smith was arrested Aug. 6 on three charges: hit and run, DUI with prior conviction and vandalism.

Smith's defense ...Read more

Lions cheerleader hopefuls give it their all

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DETROIT -- Hopes and dreams and plenty of Detroit pride came to Ford Field Saturday.

The women trying out for the inaugural Detroit Lions cheerleaders squad brought all three.

They lined up outside Gate G before 8 a.m. full of nervous energy and prayers as they readied for what many see as a chance at a lifetime dream.

"I've been waiting on ...Read more

Calvin Johnson talks retirement, says he was fed up with football

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For anyone still wondering why Calvin Johnson retired in March after nine NFL seasons, the answer was right there on his right ring finger Saturday.

Nearly six months after he played his last football game and four months after he filed paperwork officially ending what should be a Hall-of-Fame career, Calvin Johnson showed up for his annual ...Read more

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