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'It's all new territory': Are NFL's 'obese' linemen at greater risk amid coronavirus pandemic?

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As a team physician for Tulane and co-director of the New Orleans school's Center for Sport, Dr. Gregory Stewart is never far from the ravages of the coronavirus. Louisiana has one of the nation's highest COVID-19 per-capita death rates, with over 4,100 total reported as of Sunday. All 64 parishes are considered hot spots for the virus.

The ...Read more

Could the Dolphins quarantine Fitzpatrick, Tagovailoa or Rosen? Flores has looked into it.

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Could the Miami Dolphins banish one of their three quarterbacks away from teammates, or the team facility altogether, to ensure the team will not be in a bind if the other quarterbacks come down with COVID-19?

It's been a topic floated around NFL teams since the start of training camps, which have tried to avoid the coronavirus with health and ...Read more

After rocky beginning, Panthers' Eli Apple is hoping for 'fresh start' with Carolina

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Panthers' cornerback Eli Apple turned 25 on Sunday, but even that didn't keep him from feeling like an elder on the Panthers' defense.

After selecting seven defensive players in the 2020 NFL draft, the Panthers have one of the youngest defenses in the NFL. Only six defensive players on the Panthers' roster have been in the league longer than ...Read more

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews says he never considered opting out of 2020 season

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Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said he never considered opting out of the 2020 season because of COVID-19, despite the fact that he has Type 1 diabetes.

"Opting out never really crossed my mind," Andrews said Monday on a Zoom call with local media members. "Obviously, I think safety is the most important thing, and seeing what the (NFL Players ...Read more

Dolphins' rebuilt offensive line has more questions than answers

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Successful offensive lines feed off chemistry, communication and cohesion.

That's why most NFL insiders expect the truncated NFL offseason, limited contact in training camp, and the lack of a preseason to present the greatest challenge to those units around the league.

It doesn't help that the Miami Dolphins embarked on a massive makeover ...Read more

How the Bears approached their 1st week of training camp with personal COVID-19 responsibility on their minds: 'One slip-up and it can spread like wildfire'

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Chicago Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan considered taking the NFL's opt-out offer this season.

Trevathan's fiancee -- his "backbone," he said -- has chronic asthma and allergies, and he also has two young children he worries about during the COVID-19 pandemic. He put "hard thought" into his decision.

"(Opting out) is going in your mind...Read more

Cameron Smith faces greatest challenge with heart condition found after COVID-19 test

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Cameron Smith was the sort of large lad who put the hurt on others.

Born at 11 pounds, 2 ounces, Smith was so imposing upon delivery that the doctor told his mother, Suzy Lakata Smith, to "check under his arms for hair. I think we have a man."

Smith continued to grow, pulverizing all comers in youth football and throughout his Granite Bay High...Read more

Ravens reportedly expected to sign Kenjon Barner, who could battle for returner jobs

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The Ravens are expected to sign free-agent running back and returner Kenjon Barner, according to the NFL Network.

Barner, 31, would be an immediate contender at the Ravens' unsettled kick and punt return positions. In 14 games last season for the Atlanta Falcons, he averaged 7.6 yards per punt return, scoring on a 78-yard return, and 23.9 yards...Read more

'This is my happy place.' Sammy Watkins fine with less money, output to stay in KC

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Part I: Sammy Watkins would like to be bigger component of the Chiefs' offense. He thought he would be when he signed a $48 million deal in 2018.

Part II: Sammy Watkins is happy in Kansas City. Wanted to come back this year. Even took less money to do it.

Both parts can be true.

Both are true, he emphasized Sunday, his first meeting with ...Read more

Dolphins sign former Colts receiver Chester Rogers

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The Miami Dolphins continued adding to their the receiver unit with Sunday's signing of a five-year veteran who has started 22 NFL games the past four seasons.

Chester Rogers, who signed a one-year deal, joins Ricardo Louis as the second receiver Miami signed this weekend to cushion the absences of Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns, two veterans ...Read more

There's so much more that Rams' Jalen Ramsey can do, and so much more money to make

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LOS ANGELES -- On a late-January evening in Miami Beach, Fla., two days before the Super Bowl, Jalen Ramsey owned the spotlight.

The Rams' star cornerback was not in an NFL stadium; he stood alone before a rapt audience in an upscale store on South Beach's trendy Lincoln Road. The shop had been converted into a dimly lit performance space and ...Read more

Tua's health, Fitzpatrick's presence will play key roles in Dolphins OC Chan Gailey's work in Miami

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It's been roughly two weeks since the Miami Dolphins began their training camp with strength and conditioning drills and walk-through scenarios ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

Yet, one bit of news out of Dolphins camp may come as a surprise.

Dolphins coaches say they have not seen rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throw a football during a ...Read more

'Who knows?' Watching MLB stumble, Ravens fans, players feeling uncertain as team prepares to play amid pandemic

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BALTIMORE -- Tim Rutherford has not missed a Ravens home game since the team came to Baltimore in 1996.

During a run that's included two Super Bowl victories, the retired WMAR-TV news photographer has rarely looked forward to a season more than the one ahead. But Rutherford says this knowing he might never lay eyes on the 2020 Ravens because of...Read more

Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan are hoping to expand Bears' legacy of linebackers

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CHICAGO -- In the bright lights of the prominent Thursday night NFL season opener last September, Roquan Smith shot through a gap on the left side of the Green Bay offensive line and made a fine ankle tackle of Packers running back Aaron Jones for no gain.

On the next snap, Aaron Rodgers ran a play fake and Jones tried sneaking out of the back ...Read more

Rams receiver Cooper Kupp ready to impress entering contract year

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LOS ANGELES--To prepare for training camp, Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp performed a variety of exercises and drills so that he could report in top shape.

Climbing fences to find usable turf for workouts during a COVID-19 pandemic became part of his regimen.

"Getting kicked off just about every field here in Thousand Oaks, which was ...Read more

For Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, stability comes with responsibility

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In one sense, Kirk Cousins' ninth NFL season finds the quarterback with the stability he's long sought and often lacked in his career.

He's set to take home more cash ($40 million) than any quarterback in the NFL in 2020, thanks to a new deal that rewarded him with a $30 million signing bonus in exchange for a lower cap number.

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Panthers' Russell Okung considered opting out, but retirement 'nowhere near imminent'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Although Panthers left tackle Russell Okung considered opting out of the 2020 NFL season, he is "completely committed" to being a part of the team this season and retirement is nowhere near imminent, said his agent, J.I. Halsell.

Reports emerged Friday that the 10-year veteran tackle was mulling retirement after considering ...Read more

'You can sense it. You can feel it.' A closer look at the Bears quarterback competition and the dynamics for 2020

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CHICAGO -- As the Chicago Bears conduct an unusual training camp in Lake Forest, the Chicago Tribune takes a closer look at the quarterback competition.

-- QBs currently on roster: 3.

-- QBs projected on final roster: 2.

-- Roster locks: Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles.

-- Practice squad candidates: Tyler Bray.

-- Biggest offseason ...Read more

Ex-Falcons RB Devonta Freeman looking for the 'right fit' with new team

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ATLANTA -- Former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, after changing agents, is looking to get into camp with an NFL team.

Freeman, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio with hosts Bill Lekas and Bruce Gradkowski on Thursday.

"Just picking the right spot where I can be really, really highly utilized and get a real good ...Read more

Vikings put their trust in Brian O'Neill at right tackle

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Brian O'Neill is only entering his third NFL season, but the Vikings right tackle is already being asked about advising younger teammates.

That marks the trust O'Neill has earned in just 28 starts, during which the former second-round pick has developed into a cornerstone and budding leader on offense, according to coordinator Gary Kubiak.

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