Panthers move into next phase of OTAs, but will tackle Michael Oher be with them?

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When the Panthers begin the third phase of organized team activities Tuesday -- the phase that starts to resemble real football -- they are expected to do so without offensive tackle Michael Oher.

Oher's status has been a mystery since the last week of September when he entered the concussion protocol and -- other than firing off an occasional ...Read more

Allen Hurns goes from homeless in high school to donating thousands to his alma mater

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Here was a man who they aspired to be. Here was a millionaire. A local legend. An NFL star. A man who'd sat in their same seats and made it out.

And so they watched as this man wearing a T-shirt and a diamond-studded Egyptian cross sauntered to the forefront of the Carol City (Fla.) Senior High gymnasium to speak on Saturday morning. It didn't ...Read more

Calvin Johnson: Playing through concussions is part of NFL life

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If Tom Brady played through a brain injury last season like his wife, Giselle Bundchen, suggested, he wouldn't be the first NFL player to do so.

In fact, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said that's a regular practice in the NFL

"Guys get concussions, they don't tell the coaches," Johnson said after his "Catching Dreams" football ...Read more

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he had another eye surgery this week

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Mike Zimmer had surgery No. 8 on his right eye this week.

The Vikings head coach, speaking at his foundation's first youth football camp, told reporters Saturday at Winter Park, Minn., that he had "another little surgery" on Wednesday.

"It's so complicated. But they took the silicone oil out, put the gas bubble in," said Zimmer, his eyeball ...Read more

Unlike his combative dad, Panthers DE Bryan Cox Jr.'s big fight is for roster spot

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As the sixth round gave way to the seventh round and it became increasingly apparent Bryan Cox Jr. wouldn't be drafted last month, the food at his draft party started getting cold but none of the attendees got too hot -- including the host.

Considering Bryan Cox Sr. racked up fines totaling roughly $150,000 during his 12-year NFL career for ...Read more

No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett signs rookie contract with Browns

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There's workout music. There's pregame music. There's walk-up music.

Apparently there's signing music, too.

Moments after the Browns announced No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett signed his rookie contract on Friday, the team tweeted a video clip of the former Texas A&M defensive end sitting in an office as he handled the paperwork.

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Browns sign DT Brantley two days after battery complaint against him dismissed

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The Browns signed defensive tackle Caleb Brantley to his four-year rookie contract Friday.

Brantley joined the team April 29 as a controversial sixth-round draft pick because he had been accused of punching a woman in the face 16 days earlier, but the state attorney's office in Gainesville, Fla., announced Wednesday a misdemeanor battery ...Read more

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills reaches out to support free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Kenny Stills hasn't been afraid to speak his mind on social issues, considering the Dolphins wide receiver chose to kneel during the national anthem last season.

Recently, he reached out to quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the pioneer of the anthem kneeling movement, who has been unable to find a job in the league this ...Read more

Steelers release tight end Ladarius Green

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The Steelers had high hopes that adding veteran tight end Ladarius Green would bring a new dimension to an already potent offense.

Instead, he brought them real headaches, and those led to him playing just six games. He caught 18 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown in a brief Steelers career that ended on Thursday when they released him.

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Raiders' Reggie McKenzie on Derek Carr contract: 'We'll get it done'

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Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie strongly disputed a recent report that there are any communication issues regarding the pending contract extension of quarterback Derek Carr.

"I see Derek every day," McKenzie said Thursday in an interview on 95.7 The Game. "We have a great relationship, communicate very well. Now, that's not going to be ...Read more

Inglewood football stadium's opening delayed a year because of record rainfall

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LOS ANGELES -- The $2.6 billion stadium for the Rams and Chargers in Inglewood, originally scheduled to open in 2019, will be delayed almost a year and is now scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2020 NFL season.

Developers, who broke ground on the project in November, blamed the postponement on record rainfall during the "mass excavation...Read more

Sentence transferred to Minnesota, Floyd can join Vikings next week

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Michael Floyd's sentence in Arizona has been transferred to Minnesota, clearing the way for him to attend Vikings offseason workouts next week, according to a league source.

Floyd, who signed a one-year deal with the Vikings last week, was arrested in Arizona last December after he fell asleep in the driver's seat of his vehicle while stopped ...Read more

Alex Smith remains focused on goals, despite Chiefs' selection of Patrick Mahomes

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Alex Smith knew the Chiefs were drafting a quarterback. He said as much a few weeks before the draft, so when the Chiefs moved up to select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in the first round, he was hardly surprised.

That's one of the reasons he felt compelled to call Mahomes shortly after his selection and welcome him to Kansas City....Read more

Eagles agree to terms with LeGarrette Blount on a one-year deal

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PHILADELPHIA -- Cue sounds of rejoicing throughout the land.

The Eagles moved to fill what a vocal segment of their fanbase considered a gaping hole Wednesday, agreeing to terms with 6-foot-1, 245-pound power back LeGarrette Blount on a one-year contract. When he signs, the Eagles will have to release a player, something they haven't done yet. ...Read more

Ricky Williams still high on cannabis use, and now he's talking about it

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Ricky Williams, the former Miami Dolphins running back whose career and reputation were tarnished by marijuana use, is now a national spokesman for cannabis use.

After spending years as the punchline for pothead jokes, Williams will be a keynote speaker at the Southeast Cannabis Conference and Expo, June 9-11 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/...Read more

New Eagles cornerbacks Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas building a bond

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In 2002, the Eagles invested two of their first three draft picks on cornerbacks who started together for five seasons. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie mentioned that draft on the second night of the draft this year, when the Eagles used their second- and third-round picks on cornerbacks.

Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas aren't necessarily expected to...Read more

New Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reportedly robbed at gunpoint

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According to a television station in Texas, rookie Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was robbed at gunpoint Friday in Smith County, Texas.

The story said that Mahomes and three others were getting out of a vehicle when a suspect pulled into the driveway and "gesturing as if he had a handgun in his waistband. The suspect then demanded property ...Read more

Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy meets first weight incentive

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When the Seahawks signed free agent running back Eddie Lacy in March, they did so with a contract that famously included incentives to meet monthly weight goals during the offseason and into the regular season.

Monday, Lacy's agents reported via Twitter that Lacy had passed his first test, weighing in at 253 -- two pounds under the 255 that his...Read more

Could Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III be an option for Seahawks? Pete Carroll says maybe

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Could Colin Kaepernick really be an option for a Seahawks' team whose backup quarterback spot hasn't exactly gotten more clearer during the offseason?

Coach Pete Carroll didn't rule it out during an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle Monday on the Brock and Salk Show.

Asked if Kaepernick or Robert Griffin III, both free agents, could be options for...Read more

Mother knows (them) best

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Hi, Mom.

Think of the countless times that football players have looked into the sideline TV cameras and mouthed those two little words.

It was in that spirit that DirecTV gathered the mothers of some of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL draft so they could tell their story of raising sons whom millions of football fans will cheer on fall ...Read more


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