Browns' Crowell says more must be done to show anti-police post doesn't define his character

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns running back Isaiah Crowell believes he must do more to convince the masses his anti-police Instragram post doesn't define his character.

"I still have to prove it every day," he said Thursday on the eve of training camp opening.

Crowell has issued at least three public apologies, vowed to donate his first game check ...Read more

Reinstated Browns' WR Gordon says he's been selfish in past but changed during suspension

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BEREA, Ohio -- Sitting out all of last season forced Josh Gordon to have an epiphany.

The Browns' recently reinstated wide receiver finally realized what the rest of the world knew. Letting his All-Pro talent waste away would be foolish.

"You definitely get that sense of need to do something important with your life and with my career, ...Read more

Steelers' Bell says he was informed in March of failed drug test

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Steelers halfback Le'Veon Bell said Thursday he was notified in March by the NFL that he had failed a drug test but declined to say what his appeal of a four-game suspension is based upon.

That appeal, coach Mike Tomlin said, will not take place until the second week of August.

"I'll just let it take its course," Bell said during an interview ...Read more

Falcons sign British defensive end Efe Obada

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Apparently, five defensive ends weren't going to be enough.

The Falcons waited just a couple of hours after their first training-camp workouts to adjust their roster, signing defensive end Efe Obada, a veteran of the British American Football Association who served briefly last season on Dallas' practice squad.

Also, the Falcons waived wide ...Read more

Lions' Golden Tate plans to play 'smarter' to avoid concussions

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Between Calvin Johnson's abrupt retirement and emerging research on the topic, Golden Tate has spent a lot of time thinking about concussions of late and the long-term effects they'll have on his future.

Tate, after reporting for training camp with the rest of the Detroit Lions veterans on Thursday, said his understanding of brain injuries has ...Read more

Vikings sign head coach Mike Zimmer to contract extension

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The Vikings reported to training camp Thursday with high expectations and big news involving the coach who has helped create those expectations.

On the campus of Minnesota State University in Mankato, general manager Rick Spielman announced that head coach Mike Zimmer, who last year led the Vikings to an 11-5 record the NFC North title in his ...Read more

Rolando McClain not on Cowboys' flight to training camp

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The Dallas Cowboys departed for training camp on Thursday, and linebacker Rolando McClain was not among the players on the team's chartered flight, according to a source.

Coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that he expected McClain to join the team on the flight. He is still under contract with the Cowboys.

However, it remains unknown whether ...Read more

Kyle Long's calf injury could be worrisome for Bears

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- For a non-padded practice on the first morning of training camp, the Chicago Bears managed to have themselves quite an eventful Thursday. First, top draft pick Leonard Floyd left practice on the back of a cart, unable to finish the morning because of the lingering effects of a stomach bug. Then, at the conclusion of Thursday...Read more

Browns' Bryant pleads guilty to attempted drug possession; NFL to review under its policies

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Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge stemming from a traffic stop on Christmas morning, but he isn't out of hot water with the NFL.

Bryant pleaded guilty to attempted drug possession, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court, according to court records. The charge was ...Read more

Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace fails conditioning test

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The Ravens will have their first full-squad practice of training camp Thursday and one of their high-profile free agent acquisitions might not be on the field.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged Wednesday that Mike Wallace did not pass the team's conditioning test, which he'll need to do before he's permitted to practice with the team. ...Read more

Ravens QB Flacco braces for first practice since his injury

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The scar from surgery is still visible just below the left pant leg on Joe Flacco's workout shorts. What is also obvious is the mental residue the Ravens quarterback still carries going into the start of the team's training camp.

A little more than eight months after being helped off the field at M&T Bank Stadium after suffering the first ...Read more

Bears' Pernell McPhee to start season on PUP list after knee surgery

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Chicago Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee is one of three players who will begin training camp Thursday on the physically unable to perform list, general manager Ryan Pace said.

The Bears will ease McPhee back into football after he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the winter and missed all of the offseason program.

General ...Read more

Rams release quarterback Nick Foles

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The Nick Foles era with the Rams officially ended Wednesday when the team released the veteran quarterback a day before veterans were due to report to training camp.

Foles requested the release, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Foles' future with the Rams was in doubt two weeks before the NFL draft when they consummated a trade ...Read more

In procedural move, Chiefs put Jamaal Charles on PUP list to start camp

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Jamaal Charles will open training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday.

Charles, who is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, participated in individual drills and warmups during the end of organized team activities in late June.

Reid was ...Read more

Jerry Jones, Cowboys weren't counting on troubled DE Randy Gregory

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FRISCO, Texas -- Owner Jerry Jones said the Dallas Cowboys have not received official word from the NFL on an additional suspension for troubled defensive end Randy Gregory.

But he acknowledges that Gregory is in a treatment facility and won't joining the team for the start of training camp on Thursday.

Gregory, who was already suspended for ...Read more

Study as it goes for Rams rookies

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LOS ANGELES--As they arrived at UC Irvine on Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles Rams rookies could not help finding reminders of college.

They are pros now, preparing for their first NFL training camp, but the dorm-style apartments and campus buildings took them back to university experiences that ended several months ago.

"I thought I left ...Read more

Wife will present Brett Favre for Hall of Fame

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the list of presenters for this year's inductees, and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be presented by his wife, Deanna.

Deanna Favre becomes just the second wife to present a husband for induction into the Hall of Fame. The only other wife was Kim ...Read more

Seahawks agree to a contract with Pete Carroll through 2019

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The Seahawks have reached agreement on a new contract with coach Pete Carroll through the 2019 season, a source confirmed to the Seattle Times on Tuesday, completing one of their main offseason tasks four days before the team opens training camp.

The agreement, reported first by ESPN's Adam Schefter, had been considered as likely to get done ...Read more

Eric Berry's status to start Chiefs training camp is uncertain

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Chiefs coach Andy Reid has exchanged texts with safety Eric Berry this summer, but he could not shed any light on whether his star safety will report to training camp with the rest of the veterans on Friday.

"First of all, we love Eric Berry, he's a huge part of this football team," Reid said. "Whether he's here or not, I can...Read more

Ravens bring in offensive tackle Jake Long, former first overall pick

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The Ravens have an open roster spot as Thursday's first full-squad practice of training camp nears, and it appears they will use it to add depth to a position where they have some questions.

Veteran offensive tackle Jake Long, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft whose career has been slowed by a series of injuries, has agreed to terms on a...Read more