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Chargers to explore tight end options

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LOS ANGELES -- It's difficult to quantify the loss of Hunter Henry, the Los Angeles Chargers tight end who tore a right knee ligament while running a simple out route Tuesday and will undergo surgery that will sideline him for the 2018 season.

Henry, a second-round pick out of Arkansas in 2016, established himself as one of the NFL's emerging ...Read more

Mike Zimmer: It's important Vikings stand for the national anthem

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On Wednesday, NFL owners approved a new policy regarding the national anthem.

Not much is expected to change with the Vikings, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

"I was proud of my team last year," Zimmer said Wednesday following an offseason practice in Eagan. "They stood for the anthem. I think it's important we stand for the anthem. I ...Read more

49ers' Jed York abstains from NFL's anthem vote

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After owners voted on a national anthem policy Wednesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners took the podium and touted how the vote had been unanimous.

That may have been the case, but one owner, 49ers CEO Jed York, abstained from the vote, telling reporters afterward that he wanted to discuss the issue ...Read more

Charges against 49ers' Reuben Foster dropped in domestic violence case

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The domestic violence case against 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not go to trial, Santa Clara County Judge Nona Klippen announced Wednesday afternoon.

Klippen dismissed two charges against Foster, domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury and forcefully attempting to prevent a victim ...Read more

Ezekiel Elliott believes it's time for him to become a leader for the Cowboys

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FRISCO, Texas -- Running back Ezekiel Elliott became more vocal on the practice field during organized team activities (OTAs) on Wednesday than in his previous seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

It's not by accident.

For a team that has seen Jason Witten retire and Dez Bryant get released this offseason, Elliott feels it's time he stepped up ...Read more

NFL's new anthem policy won't impact Dak Prescott and always-standing Cowboys

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FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have always stood and respected the national anthem, as mandated by owner Jerry Jones.

And that won't change in 2018, despite a new anthem policy adopted by the NFL Wednesday that gives players the option to stay in the locker room but be subjected to a fine if they sit or kneel.

The new policy is a ...Read more

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is back, and feeling good

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Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is back, and so are hopes Miami can return to the playoffs.

Tannehill looked good Wednesday, the second day of this week's three-day organized team activities. He appeared agile and confident. It's a far cry from a few months ago when Tannehill, while nursing an injured left knee, would look out the window ...Read more

NFL commissioner says investigation of Panthers' Jerry Richardson isn't a 'farce'

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ATLANTA -- Carolina Panthers founder Jerry Richardson is on his way out, but the investigation of workplace misconduct allegations against him remains a major issue that's largely unaddressed by NFL owners.

The league's spring meeting in Atlanta -- which Commissioner Roger Goodell called "unusually busy and productive" -- included a unanimous ...Read more

NFL says players must stand for anthem if on field but can opt to stay in locker room

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ATLANTA -- National Football League owners reached a consensus Wednesday on a policy governing players' conduct during the national anthem, addressing one of the more controversial and divisive subjects in recent memory.

Under the new policy, players who do not choose to stand for the anthem before games will have the option of staying in the ...Read more

New Eagles linebacker Paul Worrilow likely out for season after suffering torn ACL

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Paul Worrilow, a free-agent veteran the Eagles signed this offseason, collided with fellow linebacker Corey Nelson and running back Donnel Pumphrey during drills Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex and crumpled to the turf. A source close to Worrilow confirmed an NFL Network report that he had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Presumably,...Read more

Chargers tight end Hunter Henry suffers torn ACL, out for season

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The Chargers did what they could to show their appreciation to tight end Antonio Gates, one of the best players in the team's history, as they made plans to move on.

Tuesday, those plans might have changed.

Gates' replacement, third-year tight end Hunter Henry, suffered a season-ending knee injury during the team's first organized team ...Read more

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett isn't interested in leaving the field much this year

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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio -- Myles Garrett wants to maximize his opportunities to make a game-changing difference for the Browns, and he's confident he'll become a fixture in the lineup because he's healthier and stronger than he was a year ago.

"I wanted to get in better condition, so I can be out there and make plays, create turnovers," Garrett said ...Read more

Falcons don't expect Julio Jones until minicamp

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn has discussed wide receiver Julio Jones' contract situation with him, but doesn't expect Jones back with team until the mandatory minicamp in June.

"I know the topic of Mr. Julio Jones is on a number of people's mind," Quinn said Tuesday after the second organized team activity (OTA). "I want to let you know that Julio ...Read more

Report: Dez Bryant won't be signing with the Packers, according to Aaron Rodgers

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It doesn't look like Dez Bryant is going to become a member of the Green Bay Packers.

On Tuesday, the team's quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, told reporters that while he doesn't make roster decisions, he doesn't expect the franchise to add the former pro bowler.

Last week, Jason Witten, the longtime Dallas Cowboys tight end turned Monday Night ...Read more

NFL owners approve David Tepper as Panthers owner; he immediately outlines team goals

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ATLANTA -- NFL owners voted to begin a new chapter in Carolina Panthers history Tuesday, and unanimously approved David Tepper as the team's new owner.

The vote gave the Panthers the second owner in team history. It also marked the end of Jerry Richardson's 25-year tenure as owner and a turbulent five-month period for the franchise.

Speaking ...Read more

Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris suspended for season opener

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Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Tuesday.

He will remain eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games but will miss the Chiefs' regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 9. He can return the following...Read more

Browns QB Tyrod Taylor on handling presence of Baker Mayfield: 'My mindset doesn't change'

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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio -- As Tyrod Taylor walked into the movie theater inside Strongsville's SouthPark Mall to see "A Quiet Place" last month on draft night, he learned the buzz surrounding the Browns' quarterback situation would become infinitely louder.

Coach Hue Jackson had called Taylor to notify him the Browns were drafting Heisman Trophy ...Read more

NFL's brass to discuss sports betting

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ATLANTA -- The NFL's annual May meetings are typically a chance to clean up any unresolved issues from the more substantial gathering of team owners two months earlier. But this year, there are several significant topics on the table, among them sports gambling, the sale of the Carolina Panthers, the potential modification of kickoffs and the ...Read more

NFL won't discipline Matt Patricia, Lions over 1996 arrest

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Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia will not be disciplined for failing to disclose a 1996 arrest for sexual assault, and the NFL determined that the Lions "engaged in appropriate and thorough hiring practices" even though they did not learn of Patricia's arrest until three months after he was hired.

"We determined that the Lions handled the ...Read more

Cowboys' Terrance Williams addresses arrest, car accident in statement

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Terrance Williams gave his side of the story on Saturday night.

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was arrested by Frisco, Texas, police early Saturday, as first reported by the Star-Telegram.

Williams was arrested on a charge of public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor, after police found a Lamborghini registered to him crashed into a light ...Read more