Mike Tomlin issues statement of support for Mason Rudolph amid racial slur allegations

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PITTSBURGH -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin issued a statement in support of quarterback Mason Rudolph Saturday morning two days after Browns defensive end Myles Garrett again accused Rudolph of using a racial slur during a November game in Cleveland.

Garrett, who was reinstated by the NFL earlier this week after serving an indefinite suspension, ...Read more

Browns' Myles Garrett 'exposed to legal liability' stemming from racial slur accusation, Mason Rudolph's agent says

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Myles Garrett could face a lawsuit stemming from the Browns defensive end accusing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph of calling him the "N-word" moments before their fight Nov. 14 in Cleveland.

Tim Younger, Rudolph's agent, said Saturday morning in a prepared statement legal action is an option for his client.

ESPN's Mina Kimes ...Read more

Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst suspended four games for violating NFL's drug policy

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BALTIMORE -- Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 regular season after violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Friday.

The NFL did not disclose the substance, but anabolic and androgenic steroids, stimulants, and human or animal growth hormones,...Read more

Ravens release highly paid starting safety Tony Jefferson, a respected on- and off-field leader, saving $7 million

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BALTIMORE -- The Ravens released safety Tony Jefferson on Friday, cutting ties with one of their defense's highest-paid starters after his third and most inconsistent season in Baltimore.

Jefferson, 28, struggled in coverage last year and suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 5. He acknowledged on social media last month that he did not ...Read more

Browns' Myles Garrett says Steelers' Mason Rudolph called him 'stupid N-word' before fight

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Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has publicly doubled down on his accusation that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur in the buildup to their fight Nov. 14 in Cleveland.

"He called me the N-word," Garrett said during part of an Outside the Lines interview with Mina Kimes that ESPN aired at 11 p.m. Thursday ...Read more

Kevin Colbert optimistic about Ben Roethlisberger's return, the Steelers' improved defense

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PITTSBURGH -- Despite the uncertainty of Ben Roethlisberger's elbow injury, general manager Kevin Colbert said he feels better about the Steelers heading into the 2020 season than he did at this time a year ago, even though the team was coming off a better statistical record.

But he also said the Steelers have to be "realistic" about how well ...Read more

Dolphins should be concerned about Lions ahead of NFL draft

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If the Detroit Lions weren't already a cause for concern for the Miami Dolphins before the NFL draft, rumors surrounding their quarterback situation this week could create further angst.

The draft, which begins April 23 in Las Vegas, may be 10 weeks away -- but it's never too early to be watchful of impending moves that could impact the top ...Read more

2020 NFL mock draft: Three-round projections

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We are less than two weeks away from the NFL combine, but before we kickoff the "Underwear Olympics" in Indianapolis, here's a reminder from your friendly neighborhood draft analyst: former Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young is the best prospect in this draft.

A quarterback will almost certainly be selected with the top overall pick. That ...Read more

QB Shuffle: Derek Carr, Tom Brady aren't going anywhere, but others will be

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Let's dispense with the Derek Carr-Tom Brady scenarios first and get down to the business of figuring out who might go where in what promises to be an active free agency period for quarterbacks.

Brady was reportedly a possibility for the Raiders were he to leave New England, according to a Super Bowl Sunday report by ESPN's Adam Schefter. The ...Read more

'We got the city turnt.' Chiefs basking in fame as fans line up overnight to see them.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He brought a sleeping bag and a sock hat, his security for a 21-degree night. The windchill fell to 17, but not cold enough to even considering leaving his spot.

For more than 10 hours, he reserved his place just outside the front door of a Dick's Sporting Goods store in Lenexa. Same as he'd done the night before. Same as he...Read more

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett reinstated by NFL

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Browns fans who turned "free Myles Garrett" into a rallying cry on social media have had their wishes granted.

The NFL reinstated Garrett on Wednesday, lifting the indefinite suspension the star defensive end received in November for his actions in a brutal fight with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

The decision had been looming...Read more

Antonio Brown apologizes to Ben Roethlisberger — again

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As the Post-Gazette's Joe Starkey pointed out last week, Antonio Brown apologies tend not to have the longest shelf life.

It's noteworthy, then, that almost a week after his high-profile interview with 93.7 The Fan's "Fan Morning Show," in which he apologized for at least some of the acrimony he caused during his exit from Pittsburgh a year ago...Read more

Cam Newton sees himself with Panthers in 2020, but team owner David Tepper still not committing

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Just down the way from where Cam Newton's name hangs in the Panthers' locker room, team owner David Tepper reiterated the message he has been preaching since November when it comes to the franchise quarterback's future with the team.

"I've said (the same thing) again and again about it," Tepper said Tuesday. "It's a question ...Read more

Dallas Cowboys replacing Dak Prescott with Tom Brady would be 'insane,' Irvin says

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FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys' Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin wants one thing known about the Dak Prescott-Tom Brady rumors that he inflamed over weekend: "just cause he repeated it, doesn't mean he believes it."

Irvin, who now works for the NFL Network, not so innocently commented on a Boston radio station late last week about the ...Read more

The Ravens have one of the NFL's top rosters. League rules could still force them to spend heavily this offseason.

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BALTIMORE -- Their entire starting offense could be back. Three Pro Bowl defensive backs will return, along with a handful of other defensive starters. On special teams, the "Wolfpack" is still going strong. For a team still a month away from the start of free agency, the Ravens already have one of the NFL's most impressive rosters.

But the ...Read more

Philip Rivers isn't ready to call it a career after parting with Chargers

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LOS ANGELES -- It's not necessarily his choice but after 16 seasons as an NFL quarterback, Philip Rivers finds himself running the option.

His days with the Los Angeles Chargers are over. The team announced as much Monday morning, making official what everyone knew was coming. And now Rivers begins the next chapter of his life.

The options in ...Read more

Rams add to staff by announcing special teams, running backs coaches

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LOS ANGELES -- Sean McVay's revamped Los Angeles Rams coaching staff is all but complete.

McVay hired John Bonamego as special teams coordinator, the team announced Monday, and Thomas Brown will join the staff as running backs coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Bonamego, 56, replaces John Fassel, who left the Rams after last...Read more

Former Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers will be Vikings assistant

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Dom Capers, a former head coach of the Panthers and Texans, will join the Vikings staff as a senior defensive assistant.

The 69-year-old Capers is a familiar face in the NFC North -- he was the Packers defensive coordinator from 2009-17, including their Super Bowl XLV title following the 2010 season.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, ...Read more

Philip Rivers and Chargers agree to part ways as QB heads to free agency

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LOS ANGELES -- After 16 seasons and 235 consecutive starts, Philip Rivers will not be the Chargers quarterback in 2020.

The team announced Monday that the sides were mutually parting ways, ending a relationship that began on April 24, 2004, when the Chargers acquired Rivers from the New York Giants in a draft-day deal that included Eli Manning....Read more

Dolphins draft target Tua Tagovailoa gets positive update on hip injury

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Tua Tagovailoa, the standout Alabama quarterback who the Miami Dolphins will evaluate further later this month, received some encouraging news in his road to recovery from a severe hip injury two months before the 2020 NFL draft.

NFL Network reported Monday, citing sources, that Tagovailoa's three-month CT scan on his hip "was as positive as ...Read more