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Bucs coach Bruce Arians would start Tua Tagovailoa

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians -- known as the NFL's "quarterback whisperer" -- said there should be no quarterback controversy for the Miami Dolphins.

He said he would start rookie Tua Tagovailoa -- if he's healthy -- over longtime veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"I think it all depends on his health; if he's ...Read more

Coronavirus outbreak isn't the first calamity the NFL has confronted

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Billions of dollars are riding on it, along with the hopes of millions of NFL fans. Every indicator points to there being pro football games this fall, even in the midst of this country's biggest health crisis in generations.

"If there's a way for a team to be on the field and play football, they're going to do it," Hall of Fame quarterback ...Read more

Roger Goodell says NFL was wrong for not listening to players about racial equality

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a one-minute video on social media Friday night saying the league was "wrong" for not listening to players earlier about inequality and police misconduct, and encouraging "all to speak out and peacefully protest."

"I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much needed change in this country...Read more

'We were wrong,' NFL commissioner says, after Black Lives Matter video

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A day after several NFL stars appeared in a Black Lives Matter video, the league responded.

In an 81-second video, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledges the need to recognize what some of the league's biggest stars insisted he acknowledge -- racial inequality. Kansas City Chiefs players Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann ...Read more

Trump criticizes Drew Brees over anthem apology

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump criticized New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for apologizing over comments he made in opposition to National Football League players kneeling during the national anthem.

"He's truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent ...Read more

SoFi Stadium construction worker falls and dies, halting work on project

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LOS ANGELES -- A construction worker died after falling at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday morning, and work on the $5 billion project has been temporarily stopped, according to three people with knowledge of the incident.

A spokesman for Turner-AECOM Hunt, the joint venture overseeing the project, didn't immediately comment.

One person ...Read more

Seahawks expected to be among NFL teams to have coaches returning to facilities soon

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The NFL on Thursday informed the league's 32 teams that coaches will be allowed back at team facilities on Friday, with the expectation that the Seahawks will be among the teams whose coaches will soon be back at their workplaces.

Coaches had been kept out for now as part of the league's policy regarding the COVID-19 pandemic but will now be ...Read more

Saints' Drew Brees apologizes for national anthem, American flag comments: 'Breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused'

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In the aftermath of the controversial Drew Brees comments concerning standing for the National Anthem, the New Orleans Saints quarterback offered an apology via Instagram, saying among other things that "it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused."

He later added, "I am sick of the way my comments were perceived yesterday but I take full...Read more

Dolphins coach Brian Flores lost a close friend who was murdered during nation's protests

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Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores has always known race relations served as a fault line in the undercurrent of America.

Growing up as a black man of Honduran descent in one of the toughest and poorest Brooklyn neighborhoods, it was a reality he grew accustomed to and couldn't escape, no matter where football took him.

That's why Flores is ...Read more

Akiem Hicks says NFL players were afraid to kneel with Colin Kaepernick in 2016. How will they use their voices now?

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Well before he became an NFL player, Chicago Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks understood there was a certain set of rules for how he needed to act as a black man in America.

"I feel like I've been censored my whole life," Hicks said Wednesday on a call discussing the country's unrest following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis ...Read more

Malcolm Jenkins 'disappointed,' 'hurt' by Drew Brees' anthem protest comments

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Malcolm Jenkins is upset, and he has every right to be.

His New Orleans Saints teammate, veteran quarterback Drew Brees, was asked in an interview with Yahoo Finance about how he felt of national anthem protests returning to the NFL this season in reaction to the ongoing protests over police brutality and systemic racism that came to another ...Read more

Russell Wilson on George Floyd: 'A guy was murdered last week. There needs to be a change. It's not overly complicated'

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Russell Wilson spoke to media who cover the Seahawks Wednesday. But for the first time in his eight-plus years as the team's quarterback -- a career in which he has become one of the most iconic figures, sports or otherwise, in Seattle's history -- he didn't want to talk about football.

For the first time, Wilson did not end a press conference ...Read more

8 things we heard from Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson, including his conversations with white teammates about the police killing of George Floyd and the NFL's past handling of Colin Kaepernick's protests

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Wide receiver Allen Robinson spoke with the Chicago media on a Zoom call Wednesday as the Bears opened their virtual organized team activities this week.

Robinson addressed the protests and unrest around the country following a Minneapolis police officer's killing of George Floyd and the NFL's response to previous athletes' protests. He also ...Read more

Luke Kuechly is considering joining the Panthers front office as a pro scout

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Luke Kuechly's time with the Carolina Panthers may not be over.

The team announced that the formerlinebacker is "considering" a role in the team's front office as a pro scout.

Kuechly, who announced his retirement in January, officially went on the league's reserved/retired list Tuesday, which allows the team to spread out his cap hit over the...Read more

Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott makes heartfelt plea on George Floyd, pledges $1 million

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It's one thing to make a statement.

It's quite another to make a statement and have an action plan.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott ended days of silence on the killing of George Floyd, an African American man, by a white Minneapolis police officer as protests and uprisings continue in cities across the country with a powerful personal...Read more

NFL requiring all teams to hold training camp at team facilities

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The NFL has required that training camps take place at team facilities this season, as opposed to off-site locales, and banned the tradition of joint practices among teams during the coronavirus outbreak.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the changes Tuesday in a memo to the 32 clubs, noting that the NFL Players Association was "strongly...Read more

Dolphins sign former Navy standout Malcolm Perry

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The Miami Dolphins have signed the eighth member of the team's 11-player 2020 draft class.

Former Navy standout Malcolm Perry, who excelled as both a slotback and quarterback in Navy's triple-option offense while amassing 4,359 rushing yards, has signed his four-year contract according to Jason Bernstein, his agent.

Perry will likely receive a...Read more

'We need more Panthers players to step up.' NFL stars looking for justice, not attention

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They donned masks and clothing that made them stand out just a little bit less. The NFL players taking part in Monday's "justice walk" in Charlotte weren't there to be seen. The usual signs of a professional athlete being at a public event, with large groups asking for pictures, weren't there.

Among the 1,000 or so participants were five ...Read more

Miami Dolphins only needed a few words to make a big statement about social justice

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A day after their CEO called out police brutality and systemic oppression as "pure evil," the Miami Dolphins again demonstrated that, as an organization, they are on the side of peaceful protesters.

And they did so with barely saying a word.

The team's official Twitter and Instagram accounts participated in the #BlackoutTuesday movement, ...Read more

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie issues emotional statement after participating in team meeting on racism

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Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie described himself as "heartbroken and repulsed" by injustice suffered by African-Americans, in a statement issued by the team on Tuesday afternoon.

"There are no words strong enough to describe the horrific deaths and injustices that the black community continues to endure," Lurie said. He noted the world's fight ...Read more