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Browns owner Haslam says franchise hasn't given up on Manziel

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has made stern public comments about quarterback Johnny Manziel as recently as January.

But Haslam has voiced support and softened his stance in the aftermath of last year's 22nd overall draft pick spending more than 10 weeks this offseason in a rehabilitation facility specializing in alcohol and drug ...Read more

Raiders activate linebacker Sio Moore

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NAPA, Calif. -- Linebacker Sio Moore was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list Saturday and made his debut on the second day of Raiders training camp.

Moore missed the final three games of last season with a hip injury that required offseason surgery, and he remained out for most of the offseason program.

He worked out on the ...Read more

Reggie Bush lobbying to be 49ers punt returner

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Most NFL veterans in their 30s want no part of special teams. Then there's Reggie Bush, who turned 30 in March and who is lobbying hard to be the 49ers' punt returner this season.

"It's another way to get the ball in my hands, it's another way for me to help out the team," Bush said Saturday, hours before the team's first...Read more

Browns owner Haslam vows to stick with Pettine, Farmer: 'We're not going to blow things up'

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns owner Jimmy Haslam made a bold statement Saturday in support of coach Mike Pettine and general Mmnager Ray Farmer.

Haslam vowed not to fire them after the 2015 season if the team doesn't reach a certain number of wins while facing the NFL's ninth-toughest schedule.

"We're not going to blow things up. OK?" Haslam said ...Read more

Cowboys sign former Texas Tech LB Will Smith

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OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys signed linebacker Will Smith on Saturday. Dallas selected the former Texas Tech player in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, and he spent a portion of his rookie season on their practice squad.

Smith fills the roster spot left open by Jeremy Mincey's holdout.

The Cowboys were short on linebackers after Keith ...Read more

Panthers OT Michael Oher can't be invisible after 'The Blind Side'

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Many offensive linemen play their entire careers in relative obscurity, which is fairly remarkable given the popularity of the NFL.

The diehards know their names and where they fit on the depth chart, but until fantasy leagues start awarding points for pancake blocks, most fans only hear about linemen when they're flagged, ...Read more

Belichick On 'Cheaters' Banner: Don't Know What You're Talking About

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick didn't provide much insight into the Patriots' quarterback situation Friday when he was asked about the progress of Jimmy Garoppolo, who is working with the first group of receivers in training camp so far. He is the likely starting quarterback should Tom Brady's suspension by the NFL hold up.

"Yeah, I'm not ...Read more

Missouri man sent video highlights to the Chiefs via Twitter and got a job

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- For the moment, running back Jamaal Charles cannot be LaVance Taylor's favorite Kansas City Chiefs player.

Taylor is Taylor's favorite Chief, and Charles happens to play the same position.

An underdog story with a strong local twist has unfolded at Chiefs camp. Taylor, who grew up in Raytown and became a record-setting ...Read more

Browns GM Farmer says Manziel can still be NFL starter if 'used the right way'

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BEREA, Ohio -- Browns general manager Ray Farmer remains in Johnny Manziel's corner, even though the 22nd overall pick in last year's NFL draft is on track to ride the bench behind a veteran journeyman for the second consecutive season.

There is little evidence Manziel can succeed in the league after his disastrous rookie season. He led the ...Read more

Lions 'majorly concerned' with getting RB Bell healthy

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The Detroit Lions are counting on Joique Bell to be a big part of their offense this fall, but no one can say how soon he'll be back on the field.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said during a brief meeting with beat reporters Friday that he doesn't have a timetable for Bell's return from the knee and Achilles surgery that kept him out all offseason. ...Read more

Seahawks agree to contract extension with QB Wilson

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It took until almost the 11th -- or should that be the 12th -- hour.

But the Seahawks have reached an agreement on a contract extension with quarterback Russell Wilson Friday morning, shortly before the team is to begin training camp at the VMAC in Renton, Wash., preparing for the 2015 season -- and when Wilson's side had set a deadline to get ...Read more

Seahawks enter training camp with different drama, same goal

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RENTON, Wash. -- There are no shortage of questions hovering over the Seahawks as they begin training camp Friday, headlined by the continuing uncertainty over the future of quarterback Russell Wilson.

As an apparent deadline -- the beginning of practice Friday -- for Wilson and the Seahawks to agree to a contract extension neared, there was no...Read more

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker's timetable to return unknown

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Dolphins rookie wide receiver DeVante Parker no longer has a projected return date.

Coach Joe Philbin, who originally said he expected the first-round pick from Louisville to be ready by the Sept. 13 opener at Washington, wouldn't commit to a general return date when speaking after Thursday's first practice of training camp.

"It's a long time ...Read more

Ravens' Webb fails conditioning test, is one of two new absences at training camp

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Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb failed his conditioning test Wednesday, which kept him off the practice field as training camp began Thursday and earned him a spot on the physically unable to perform list until he passes.

"The conditioning test measures anaerobic conditioning," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It measures the ability to ...Read more

Panthers CB Tillman recalls harrowing flight to Charlotte

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Charles Tillman once thought he had been shot at in a plane flying over Iraq, so the emergency landing in Indianapolis this week was nothing to worry about for him.

The 13-year veteran and first-year Panther was on an American flight Tuesday out of Chicago that had a fuel leak. The pilot landed the Charlotte-bound plane in ...Read more

Bears' Jared Allen has chip on shoulder and something to prove

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Jared Allen kept his mind open and enthusiasm high in March when new Bears coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace approached him with moving to outside linebacker in the Bears' new 3-4 front. The NFL's active sack leader saw it as a spark after one of his worst years.

Four months later, on the eve of the first ...Read more

Packers coach Mike McCarthy shooting for a fast start, winning finish

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Every offseason Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy pores over the data, assesses the good and bad and looks for something that will pacify a sour stomach borne from the frustrations of the past season.

He always makes changes, sometimes big ones like adopting a nontraditional practice schedule or stripping himself of play-...Read more

Ravens' Suggs doesn't add fuel to fire when asked about Deflategate suspension

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In a departure from his usual habit of directing barbs at New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs took the high road Wednesday when asked about the embattled former NFL Most Valuable Player.

Brady's four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate was upheld Tuesday by NFL commissioner Roger ...Read more

Jen Welter is a breakthrough performer

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- For Jen Welter, the most appealing part of joining the Arizona Cardinals' coaching staff is not that she's an NFL pioneer -- the first female coach in league history -- but that she's treated like an equal.

That hasn't always been the case.

When she made headlines by playing in a men's professional league for the Texas ...Read more

Panthers WR Hill cited for possession of drug paraphernalia

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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill was cited by Concord, N.C., police for possession of drug paraphernalia the week the Panthers report to training camp in Spartanburg, S.C.

According to the police report, Hill was cited at 2:26 p.m. Tuesday with two misdemeanors: possession of marijuana paraphernalia and failure to wear a seatbelt. ...Read more