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Vikings release Jeff Gladney after his indictment on felony domestic violence charge

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MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney was indicted by a grand jury in Dallas County (Texas) on Tuesday on a felony assault charge from an altercation involving a former girlfriend in April.

The Vikings released Gladney later Tuesday.

"We take these matters very seriously and condemn all forms of domestic violence," the team statement...Read more

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Chip Scoggins: With so much at stake, Mike Zimmer has every right to be angry with unvaccinated Vikings

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The Vikings asked one of their quarterbacks to take nearly all the reps in a training camp practice Monday. The other available quarterback didn't even have his name sewn on the back of his jersey after signing an hour before practice. The team claimed another quarterback off waivers later in the day.

And Kirk Cousins? QB1 was at home, in ...Read more

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'I didn't mean to hit him like that': JT Ibe apologizes after Panthers camp collision

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — J.T. Ibe wants to apologize.

The Carolina Panthers rookie safety was kicked out of practice and then waived Tuesday after hitting wide receiver Keith Kirkwood too high during a team drill. Kirkwood was put on a backboard and on a cart. He was later placed in an ambulance.

Ibe spoke to The Charlotte Observer in an exclusive ...Read more

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Joe Judge blasts and punishes Giants for team brawl escalated by Evan Engram, Logan Ryan

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NEW YORK — Joe Judge unleashed a torrent of F-bombs and ran his Giants players into the ground on Tuesday after Xavier McKinney, Evan Engram and Logan Ryan ignited a team-wide brawl.

Franchise quarterback Daniel Jones ended up at the bottom of the pile and had to be pulled out by left guard Kenny Wiggins and defensive tackle Danny Shelton. ...Read more

Paul Zeise: Dwayne Haskins is giving Steelers a reason to be optimistic

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The 2021 NFL season hasn’t even begun and there is already a discussion about the Steelers’ 2022 season. That’s mostly because there are many worried about the Steelers’ quarterback position after Ben Roethlisberger retires, and Roethlisberger is expected to step away after this season.

There has been a lot of discussion about what the ...Read more

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With coach Rob Ryan in his ear, the game is slowing down for Ravens LB Patrick Queen

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For a moment early during the Ravens’ fifth training camp practice Monday morning, new inside linebackers coach Rob Ryan, the person perhaps most responsible for ensuring a successful second-year jump from Patrick Queen, stopped him in the middle of a coverage drill.

The two went back-and-forth before Queen settled back into the drill, ...Read more

Seahawks' new offense under Shane Waldron puts premium on tempo, conditioning

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RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks will put on full pads for Tuesday’s training camp practice at the VMAC for the first time since their last game — a desultory 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in front of an empty stadium at Lumen Field.

That game helped precipitate the biggest change in Seattle’s offseason — firing offensive coordinator...Read more

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Bucs' present to Tom Brady for his 44th birthday? Take the day off.

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TAMPA, Fla. ― What do you get the quarterback who has seven Super Bowl rings for his 44th birthday? How about a little rest?

Tom Brady turns 44 years old Tuesday, making him one of the oldest quarterbacks in NFL history.

Warren Moon played for the Chiefs eight days after his 44th birthday in 2000, Brady’s rookie year. The Raiders’ George...Read more

Mike Zimmer fears Vikings are 'going to have guys miss games' without COVID-19 vaccine

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As the Vikings prepared to practice shorthanded at quarterback for a second time on Monday, coach Mike Zimmer doubled down on his critique of unvaccinated players and offered a simple summation of the risk to the Vikings: "I just feel like we're going to have guys miss games."

The Vikings signed Case Cookus on Monday after a workout that also ...Read more

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Carson Wentz's latest injury could cost the Eagles a first-round draft pick from the Colts next year

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The first-round pick the Eagles are hoping to get from the Indianapolis Colts as part of the Carson Wentz trade could be in jeopardy.

The oft-injured Wentz is injured again. He hurt his left foot in a training camp practice late last week and had surgery to repair it on Monday. Colts coach Frank Reich said he will be out 5 to 12 weeks.

The ...Read more

Gene Collier: Another year, another pilgrimage to Canton for Steelers Nation

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Every now and again in this town, just as summer makes the turn into its last full month, an emotional momentum starts to build that’s as tangible and enduring as our most hallowed traditions.

So yes, another bloody fistful of Steelers are about to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and the number of persons who’...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Dolphins' most important piece to rebuilt offensive line is one no one talks about

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For years, the Miami Dolphins have spent massively and futilely on the offensive line. They’ve used four, first-round picks in the past 10 years on it.

They also signed four free agents over that period to contracts in the double-digit millions — like last year with guard Ereck Flowers’ guaranteed $19.5 million. He’s now in Washington. ...Read more

Bob Wojnowski: Dan Campbell's Lions in a spirited rush to find a pass rush

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — It’s hands on, energy up and voices raised at Lions camp these days. Dan Campbell figures before you can change a negative culture, you have to change a negative atmosphere. Lions players used the word “fun” so many times during the first week of training camp, it was hard to tell if they were purely excited about ...Read more

Falcons' A.J. Terrell finding his way to the ball

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Falcons’ left cornerback A.J. Terrell had a strong day at practice Sunday.

“I finally got my hands on the ball today,” Terrell said. “I look forward to many more during camp for myself.”

Terrell is the only projected returning starter from last season’s secondary, which was last in the league in pass defense. He was the lone bright...Read more

Despite legal uncertainty, Aldon Smith hoping to make positive impression with Seahawks

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RENTON, Wash. — There is much uncertainty surrounding veteran defensive end Aldon Smith in his first training camp with the Seahawks.

There is, most pressing, a legal matter in Louisiana, where Smith has been charged with second-degree felony battery relating to an alleged assault in April.

Smith is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 24, and the...Read more

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Disgruntled cornerback Xavien Howard admits 'nothing is getting done' with Dolphins

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Xavien Howard seems to realize he’s at the mercy of the Miami Dolphins.

At least for now.

Despite the cornerback’s request to be traded earlier this week — and thorough explanation on an Instagram post about the displeasure he feels about his contract situation — he’s aware there’s a strong possibility he ...Read more

Browns and Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb agree to 3-year, $36.6 million contract extension

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Nick Chubb epitomizes the tough, smart, accountable identity coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry want to define the Browns, so the franchise rewarded the two-time Pro Bowl running back accordingly.

Chubb and the Browns agreed Saturday to a three-year, $36.6 million contract extension, which includes $20 million guaranteed, a ...Read more

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Former NFL fullback Anthony Sherman compares COVID-19 vaccination wristbands to segregation

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Retired NFL fullback Anthony Sherman lashed out against the NFL’s training camp policy of using wristbands to indicate COVID-19 vaccination status to racial segregation.

“The @NFL is making players wear colored wrist bands now based on vaccination status,” Sherman tweeted. “Funny, I thought we all agreed on the evils of segregation back...Read more

Three Vikings quarterbacks, including Kirk Cousins, sidelined by league COVID-19 protocols

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MINNEAPOLIS — Jake Browning was the only Vikings quarterback available for Saturday's annual night practice at TCO Stadium, after the other three quarterbacks were forced to quarantine due to the league's COVID-19 protocols.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins was deemed a high-risk close contact to an infected player, according to a league source, and ...Read more

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Giants coach Joe Judge on Saquon Barkley's impressive workout: 'I'm very pleased with where he's at'

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NEW YORK — Joe Judge didn’t accelerate Saquon Barkley’s recovery timeline based on Thursday’s impressive on-field workout, which included sprinting and jump-cutting.

But the Giants coach admitted “I’m very pleased with where [Barkley] is at” in his rehab from last fall’s surgery for a torn right ACL and partially torn meniscus. ...Read more