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Editorial: Break up this abusive football cartel

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The outright duplicity that guided the words and actions of Rams owner Stan Kroenke and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, among others, were widely assumed but not proven beyond doubt in the public’s eye until the release of court documents behind the $790 settlement with St. Louis regional entities. The collusion among team...Read more

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The Dallas Cowboys lost talent in the offseason. But here's why McCarthy is confident

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Mike McCarthy is considered by some to be a dead man walking as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

The front office did little to improve the team in the offseason, following last year’s 12-5 season that ended with a wildcard loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cowboys traded No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns and allowed ...Read more

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Joe Judge, Matt Patricia confirm offensive roles with the Patriots

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During a video conference with the media Monday, both Joe Judge and Matt Patricia acknowledged now having roles with the Patriots offense.

Judge, the former head coach of the New York Giants, and former special teams coach with the Patriots, confirmed reports he was working with the quarterbacks.

Patricia, meanwhile, who has primarily been a ...Read more

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Miami native Deandre Johnson looks to take advantage of consecutive opportunities with UM, Dolphins

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MIAMI — More than a year ago, Deandre Johnson got the opportunity to return home to Miami to play one final college season with the Hurricanes. Now, he gets his first crack at making an NFL roster with his hometown Dolphins.

The edge defender and Miami Southridge High grad was one of the Dolphins’ undrafted free agent signings at the ...Read more

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Dolphins signing former Pro Bowl pass rusher Melvin Ingram

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The Miami Dolphins aren’t done adding talent to the roster this offseason, and they just landed a three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher.

Melvin Ingram is signing with the Dolphins, according to a league source on Sunday.

Ingram, who can play both defensive end and outside linebacker and visited Miami in April, has made his mark in the NFL over ...Read more

Dolphins, Buccaneers to hold joint practices during training camp

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The Dolphins and Buccaneers will hold joint practices in training camp ahead of their preseason opener in Tampa, a league source confirmed to the Miami Herald.

It would mark the second consecutive year the Dolphins conducted joint practices. In 2021, the team held sessions with the Bears ahead of their preseason opener in Chicago and the ...Read more

Here's what Kenny Pickett's new teammates had to say about the first-round pick at rookie minicamp

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PITTSBURGH — For the Steelers, the debut of Kenny Pickett will be one of the most anticipated in years. Such is life when you're not just a quarterback, not just a first-round pick, but a first-round quarterback.

But for coach Mike Tomlin, seeing Pickett up close at rookie camp this weekend was probably one of his least informative ...Read more

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Omar Kelly: Don't overlook Dolphins' undrafted rookies because history is on their side

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — When you’re 6-foot-7 as a child it’s fairly common to have folks mention, if not praise your size, especially in the sports world.

But for offensive linemen, height isn’t everything. A player’s reach and arm length often determines their level of proficiency because of the job requirements.

That’s why there ...Read more

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Scott Fowler: With the Sean Payton rumor looming, Panthers coach Matt Rhule faces a crucial season

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Matt Rhule has gone undefeated over the past four months.

And for most returning NFL head coaches, the month of May means you survived the yearly purge, your fan base is excited about your draft picks and questions about your job security are off the table until at least October.

Not so with Rhule, however, who has gone 10-23 in his first two ...Read more

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Jerreth Sterns could beat some tall odds to earn a job with Bucs

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TAMPA, Fla. — Jerreth Sterns wasn’t drafted because he’s only a playbook taller than 5 feet 7. But that has never stopped the wide receiver from standing out.

The bigger the game, the bigger he plays.

The former Western Kentucky star became one of only three players in the past two decades to lead the nation in receptions (150), ...Read more

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Larry Stone: NFL reaffirms it knows how to fire up the hype machine by putting Russell Wilson's return to Seattle up first

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SEATTLE — The feat of promotional sleight of hand performed by the NFL regarding its scheduling rollout Thursday once again leaves me in awe.

Somehow, they have managed to take a slate of 17 games for which the opponent and even the site was already known, and fostered a feverish anticipation for its revelation of the date. In other words, we...Read more

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GOAT on the field, TV rookie Tom Brady will face these criticisms in booth

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LOS ANGELES — Throughout his legendary NFL career, quarterback Tom Brady has been calculated and careful in speaking to the media, giving measured responses and — unlike a lot of players — rarely making controversial off-the-cuff comments.

But when his playing career is over, when he’s in the broadcast booth for Fox, he won’t have the...Read more

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Steelers rookie QB Kenny Pickett enters new arena on familiar ground

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PITTSBURGH — Just as he had many times during his five-year career at Pitt, Kenny Pickett walked onto the practice field at the South Side facility on Friday, looking much the same as the quarterback who produced an ACC championship and became a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2021.

This, though, was a little different. Perhaps even a lot ...Read more

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Broncos' Jerry Jeudy meets with coach Nathaniel Hackett upon release from jail

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DENVER — Shortly after he was released from the Arapahoe County Jail on Friday morning, Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy headed to the team’s facility to meet with coach Nathaniel Hackett.

Jeudy was arrested Thursday and spent the night in custody, charged with a misdemeanor second-degree tampering charge that included a domestic violence ...Read more

2022 NFL schedule: Steelers open season in Cincinnati; 5 prime-time games on tap

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers will open their 2022 regular season on the road against the defending AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals, but will play one of the NFL’s marquee games at home when they celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Immaculate Reception against the Las Vegas Raiders on Christmas Eve in prime time.

The Steelers will ...Read more

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Welcome back, Tom Brady. NFL front loads Bucs schedule.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady’s decision to end his retirement made the NFL reconfigure its entire 2022 schedule.

No player moves the ratings needle like the seven-time Super Bowl winner, and the Bucs were rewarded with five prime-time games, including one at Arizona on Christmas night.

But don’t think the folks in the league office on Park ...Read more

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NFL 2022 schedule: Stay tuned! It's the start of major broadcasting changes.

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LOS ANGELES — The Rams and Chargers are in the spotlight.

So is Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

And the NFL is trying several experiments, including an unprecedented tripleheader on Christmas Day.

Highlights, wrinkles and Easter eggs of the league's 2022 schedule:

In terms of viewers, NBC's two biggest games last season involved Tom ...Read more

Bob Wojnowski: Schedule is out, and predicting Lions' record is trickier than usual

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It was a reflective moment, a couple days after the Lions finished a draft that was widely praised. Dan Campbell leaned back in his chair and smiled so widely his eyes practically disappeared.

“Brad and I were kind of laughing the other night,” he said, talking about Lions GM Brad Holmes. “When we looked up (at the Lions roster), the ...Read more

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Bears will play 3 prime-time games in 2022, including Week 2 meeting against Packers in Green Bay

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CHICAGO — The Matt Eberflus era in Chicago officially will begin when the Bears open their season against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 11 at Soldier Field, according to the 2022 schedule the team released Thursday night.

The new Bears coach then will get his first taste of the rivalry with the Green Bay Packers when his team visits ...Read more

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Ravens' 2022 NFL schedule has stiff early tests and an AFC North-heavy finish

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BALTIMORE — After their first losing season in six years, the Ravens won’t have to wait long to see where they stand among the NFL’s elite.

Early-October home games against the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals and a late-October road matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers highlight the Ravens’ 2022 schedule, announced Thursday, ...Read more