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Gerry Dulac: The 3rd quarterback rule is back. But will NFL teams actually use it?

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PITTSBURGH — Not surprisingly, the NFL has dusted off the third quarterback rule and brought it back in an attempt to avoid a potential repeat of what happened to the San Francisco 49ers in last season's NFC championship game.

The rule, which hasn't been in effect since 2010, will have no impact on the Steelers' 53-man roster makeup because ...Read more

What 49ers QB Trey Lance has in common with Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Not only is this the first season Trey Lance feels fully healthy from a physical standpoint, but the 23-year-old has made significant strides with his mental health, too.

Speaking at OTAs on Tuesday, the 49ers third-year quarterback revealed he’s been working with a mental health professional to keep his mind right. ...Read more

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Eddie George's prolific post-playing career makes stop at Bears OTAs through diversity coaching fellowship

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CHICAGO — Eddie George had no plans to coach football.

The long hours turned off the former Tennessee Titans All-Pro running back. He loved having time to invest in his golf game. He was building his wealth management business and acting in movies, TV and plays, including starring on Broadway as Billy Flynn in “Chicago.”

“Trying to ...Read more

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Bob Wojnowski: Lions' Jameson Williams must learn the right routes, on and off field

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Jameson Williams said he wasn’t fully aware of NFL rules against players gambling and didn’t know he did anything wrong. His confusion might be considered understandable with all the league’s ties to betting sites, except the guidelines are explicit, and ignorance of the rules isn’t a remotely acceptable excuse.

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Bears get OK to begin teardowns inside Arlington racetrack structures in preparation for new stadium

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears took another step toward a potential new stadium at the Arlington International Racecourse site when the village of Arlington Heights on Friday issued a permit for interior demolition of the grandstand, office and jockey building at the racetrack.

Arlington Heights spokesperson Avis Meade confirmed that the village...Read more

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ESPN reporter: DeAndre Hopkins joining Chiefs 'would make so much sense to me'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Memorial Day weekend got off to an electric start when the Arizona Cardinals released former All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Yahoo Sports’ Chris Cwik reported the Cardinals had tried trading Hopkins, but couldn’t find a team willing to make a deal. Kwik’s story notes “Hopkins was set to make $19.4 million...Read more

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Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes agrees to Shaq's 2-on-2 basketball game with one stipulation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes joined the “NBA on TNT” crew on Thursday before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to talk about “The Match” golf event.

Other topics were discussed, including Mahomes’ ankle. During the AFC Divisional playoff win over the Jaguars, Mahomes suffered a high-ankle sprain that ...Read more

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Falcons' Desmond Ridder out to prove he deserves to be in the NFL

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder is taking charge.

“He’s smart,” said Falcons wide receiver Penny Hart, who came over from the Seahawks and played with veteran quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Geno Smith in Seattle. “Really smart. Really strong arm. He hit me in the face one time. I’m not ashamed to say it. He...Read more

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Fans can cry (with joy) in Bye Dan beer to celebrate impending Commanders sale

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Not only is Dan Snyder on his way out as owner of the Washington Commanders but also he has been canned.

In fact, creators of the "Bye Dan" beer celebrating his departure cannot keep cans of that craft brew in stock.

"We're up to almost 2,000 individual orders and we're still getting calls for it every day," said Chris Burns, owner of Old Ox ...Read more

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Vahe Gregorian: As always, Patrick Mahomes knew just what to do and say, even about brother's situation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four summers ago, I made the pilgrimage to Whitehouse, Texas, to work on a “Beyond the arm” piece about Patrick Mahomes just as he was surfacing to superstardom with the Chiefs.

Through interviews with people who’ve known him for years, a striking composite picture emerged. It’s informed how I’ve perceived him ...Read more

Seahawks QB Geno Smith taking 'command' of team in Year 2 as starter

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RENTON, Wash. — One of the biggest stories of this Seahawks offseason is that the biggest story of last offseason — who will play quarterback — is now a non-story.

As the Seahawks began OTAs (organized team activities) this week, there is a clear offensive leader in quarterback Geno Smith.

After winning a training-camp battle with Drew ...Read more

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Davante Adams says he has no issues with Raiders

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LAS VEGAS — Star wide receiver Davante Adams said Thursday he’s happy to be a Raider and enjoys his relationship with coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler.

Recent comments by Adams raised questions about how content he was with the direction of the club. But speaking after a morning workout during organized team activities,...Read more

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Mark Kiszla: How much time does Russell Wilson have to show coach Sean Payton he's the right QB for Broncos?

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A slimmed-down Russell Wilson might be watching what he eats at the dinner table, but the words that come out of the quarterback’s mouth are still as sweet as sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.

With Sean Payton large and in charge as the Broncos coach, Wilson is no longer the entitled DangerRuss we saw last season, at least not out on the ...Read more

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Clarence Hill: Dak Prescott, Mike McCarthy find purpose to make Cowboys offense more efficient

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FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Dak Prescott want to make one thing clear about the expected changes offense in 2023.

They are not trying to re-invent the wheel about something that was a productive and successful as any unit in NFL over the past couple of years.

Their focus is on being more efficient, ...Read more

Lions' Jameson Williams moving forward after 'out of the blue' gambling suspension

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ALLEN PARK, Mich — Jameson Williams is pleading ignorance for his actions, but he's also accepted the consequences for violating the NFL's gambling policy and is ready to move on from the mistake.

Williams has been suspended the first six games of the season for gambling on something other than NFL games while at a team venue, which includes ...Read more

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Sources: Patriots lost two OTA practice after Joe Judge-led meetings

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BOSTON — The Patriots were docked two days of Organized Team Activities because of scheduling errors caused by Joe Judge-led special teams meetings earlier this offseason, league sources told the Boston Herald.

According to documents obtained by Boston Sports Journal, Judge held 20-minute “special teams workshops” prior to regular ...Read more

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Christian McCaffrey could propel any of 49ers' three QBs to Super Bowl

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Organized team activities are mostly manufactured drama and the 49ers are no different.

Will Brock Purdy be ready for Week 1?

Can Trey Lance show enough to challenge Purdy until he’s ready?

Is Sam Darnold a darkhorse candidate to start Sept. 10 in Pittsburgh?

One thing was clear as the media got its first look ...Read more

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Giants QB Daniel Jones' new target Darren Waller looks different: 'He's a true 6-6 and he can fly'

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NEW YORK — Daniel Jones could be forgiven this season if he throws to Darren Waller so often that he gets accused of forcing it to him.

Waller looks like the first pick in a pickup basketball game. When he’s covered, he still looks open. He runs like a deer.

It didn’t take long for Jones to notice how different Waller would be as a ...Read more

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Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo still on the mend

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LAS VEGAS — As the Raiders moved into the on-field phase of their offseason program, one prominent player was missing. And it looks like it might be a little while before their new starting quarterback gets on the field.

Jimmy Garoppolo, who the Raiders signed last March to replace Derek Carr, is being held out of on-field work as a result of...Read more

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DirecTV keeps NFL Sunday Ticket rights for restaurants, bars and casinos

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LOS ANGELES — DirecTV didn’t punt the entire “NFL Sunday Ticket” package of professional football, after all.

On Thursday, the satellite TV provider and EverPass Media announced they would distribute Sunday Ticket games to more than 300,000 business establishments in the U.S. — sports bars, casinos, restaurants and offices — through...Read more