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Colin Kaepernick helps start defense fund for people arrested protesting George Floyd death

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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has helped start a fund to provide defense lawyers for those who are arrested in Minneapolis protesting the police killing of George Floyd.

Kaepernick has created the Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative web page, which says it has identified top lawyers "to provide legal resources for those in ...Read more

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker will miss Dustin Colquitt. And it's more than sentimental.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Harrison Butker arrived in Kansas City nine days after losing his job. As a rookie that season in 2017, he walked into the Chiefs' locker room having never attempted a kick in an NFL game, and he couldn't be more serious about changing that.

And then he met his new team's elder statesman.

You see, punter Dustin Colquitt had...Read more

Dolphins hope to make doubters 'put their foot in their mouth' for 6-10 prediction

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The Miami Dolphins added quarterback Tua Tagovailoa among 11 new rookies, spent more than $140 million in guaranteed money to 11 free agents and sprinkled in even more talent to their roster along the way this offseason.

Still, national expectations appear largely bullish for coach Brian Flores and his Dolphins team during the 2020 season.

In ...Read more

Darren Sproles' advice to Chiefs rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 'My hometown, be ready'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wide receiver Tyreek Hill admits he didn't know much about running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire when the Chiefs used a first-round draft pick on the LSU star last month.

So, what was Hill's initial reaction after doing some quick research on his new teammate?

"I looked at his highlights and I was like, 'Dang, this dude is ...Read more

No surprise as Carlos Hyde will count $2.75 million against Seahawks' salary cap

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SEATTLE -- There was no real surprise when the contract details finally came in for Carlos Hyde, a free-agent running back the Seahawks agreed to sign to a one-year deal last week.

Hyde's signing became official this week, and the contract calls for him to make a base salary of $1.5 million with bonuses of $1.25 million (including $31,250 for ...Read more

Dolphins coach Brian Flores addresses death of George Floyd, encourages powerful to speak out

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Last year Brian Flores became the first current NFL coach to publicly support Colin Kaepernick and other players who knelt before football games to create awareness to social justice issues, which include the police brutality that has plagued communities of color for decades.

This week the Miami Dolphins coach provided ESPN an exclusive ...Read more

Melvin Gordon ready for fan-less games since Chargers 'didn't have fans anyway'

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LOS ANGELES -- The Chargers' struggle to attract fans in Los Angeles continued to be a source of derision this week when Melvin Gordon referenced the situation during an interview with former NFL cornerback Marcus Cromartie.

The ex-Chargers running back now with Denver suggested the situation prepared him for the possibility of having no fans ...Read more

NFL teams set to reopen ticket offices and retail shops

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On the same day NFL owners made some subtle changes to the pro game, the league prepared for Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to the 32 clubs Thursday rolling out plans for the second phase. Beginning Monday, franchises may reopen ticket offices, retail shops, and other customer-facing facilities, ...Read more

Ravens coach John Harbaugh shares insights on team's roster as he awaits return to field

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Feeling cooped up and deprived of your favorite routines? If so, you have much in common with Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

On a conference call with season-ticket holders Thursday, Harbaugh said he's going stir crazy, just like so many other people trapped at home by the coronavirus pandemic.

Harbaugh said the Ravens have done their best to "...Read more

Will Bobby McCain's injury history keep him from being successful at free safety for Dolphins?

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Miami Dolphins defensive back Bobby McCain has always had a scrappy, underdog reputation -- one which matches his physical style of play in the team's secondary.

That style and mentality were a driving force behind McCain's move from nickel cornerback to free safety last season, but the two shoulder injuries he suffered in the nine games he ...Read more

Carolina Panthers sign veteran cornerback Eli Apple to one-year deal

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The Panthers have signed cornerback Eli Apple to a one-year deal.

The move fills a major need for the team in the defensive backfield. Prior to the signing, Carolina only had one cornerback with three-plus years of experience going into this upcoming season. While Apple won't turn 25 until August, he has spent the last four seasons in the ...Read more

Detroit Lions' Taylor Decker 'not really worried about' playing during pandemic

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Taylor Decker has spent most of the spring at his home in Arizona, where his gym has remained opened and fully functional during the coronavirus pandemic.

Decker figures he's more fortunate than many of his NFL peers, who've been left to build makeshift weight rooms in their garages.

A product of his own experience, he's also not the least bit...Read more

NFL team owners approve minor rules changes for 2020 season, table onside kick discussion

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NFL owners shied away from making a quirky rules change Thursday, opting instead to table the discussion of creating an alternative to onside kicks.

The owners, who convened via teleconference, approved four less conspicuous changes to the game:

-- Automatic replay reviews have been expanded to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a ...Read more

What quarterback controversy? Dolphins players excited to have both Tua Tagovailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki waited for the NFL draft dust to settle before reaching out to new teammate Tua Tagovailoa.

When they finally connected, it didn't take long for Gesicki to see what makes the Dolphins' next franchise quarterback so special.

"Obviously, his performance in college kind of speaks for itself," Gesicki said ...Read more

Mike McCarthy has full confidence Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott will be ready to go

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Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has a lot on his plate in trying to get his new team ready for the season virtually while adhering to coronavirus protocols with his family from their home in Green Bay, Wis.

He doesn't know when he will see his players in person for the first time as NFL facilities remain closed due to COVID-19.

He doesn't ...Read more

Why Mark Davis has Raiders in better shape in Vegas than Al Davis did in Oakland

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Has serenity arrived at dysfunction junction?

Things are going smoother for Mark Davis in Las Vegas than they ever did for his father Al Davis during the Raiders' second act in Oakland. For East Bay fans that are heartbroken over the Raiders leaving town a second time, it's a tough concept to swallow but impossible to refute.

Allegiant Stadium...Read more

Seahawks OL Duane Brown staying in the moment as he prepares for 13th NFL season

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Duane Brown is the second-oldest Seahawk at 34, entering his 13th NFL season in a career in which he has established himself as one of the best left tackles of his generation but also coming off a season in which injuries took their toll, and with a contract situation that puts him at risk of being a salary-cap casualty a year from now.

But if ...Read more

NFL, college football players turn to workouts at parks to stay in shape during coronavirus pandemic

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- There's no set day, time or place, and very little warning.

The texts get sent out to various NFL players interested in attending South Florida's commando workouts the night before with a location and time, and that gets circulated around by past, present and hopeful professional football players.

When morning arrives,...Read more

Pats' Jason McCourty preps body and mind for return to the field

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COVID-19 has kept NFL players away from the team, but it hasn't stopped Jason McCourty from showing up to Gillette Stadium.

There are no secret tunnels, and head coach Bill Belichick is not handing him a secret pass card or doing anything the NFL would investigate.

The veteran cornerback's off-season groin surgery requires rehabilitation, so ...Read more

Will Trubisky be able to handle pressure from Foles in Bears' QB competition? 'That'll be the big question,' Nagy says.

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CHICAGO -- The announcement came April 3 over a conference call with local media. Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy declared "an open competition" for the starting quarterback job. It was a significant development but hardly surprising. The Bears had put the writing on the wall in spray paint two weeks earlier when they...Read more