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Dalvin Cook says he's focused on Week 1, not his contract status

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As the Vikings start full-squad practices at training camp, Dalvin Cook remains without a contract extension. Hours before participating the team's first practice on Friday, the running back said he'll be "full-go" in preparation for the season, with or without a new contract.

Cook said his agent, Zac Hiller, and the Vikings have...Read more

Browns QB Baker Mayfield admits to moments of self-doubt in season gone wrong

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield admitted that moments of self-doubt crept into his thinking at times last season when he and the team struggled.

"Absolutely," Mayfield stated during his first media availability of training camp Friday afternoon. "I think that is one of those things I talked about with our team. You've got to find that belief....Read more

The pandemic could somewhat change this one aspect of the Miami Dolphins' rebuilding plan

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Some unsolicited advice to Miami Dolphins players Davon Godchaux, Raekwon McMillan, Ted Karras, Vince Biegel and the rest of Miami's group of potential 2021 unrestricted free agents:

You better be really, really impactful in your roles this season, because money is going to be tight next offseason.

And if you're a player with no 2021 dead ...Read more

The Ravens built their team to be versatile. In a pandemic, that could be 'a sword that cuts both ways.'

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Kordell Stewart got his nickname not because of how he moved. It was because he was a multihyphenate. Early in his Pittsburgh Steelers career, "Slash" was a quarterback-receiver-running back. Years later, he'd go on to earn another slash, the most unlikely and fleeting of his career -- and in Baltimore, of all places.

In 2004, Stewart had been ...Read more

49ers and George Kittle agree to record-setting new extension after months of negotiations

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No tight end in NFL history opened a career with a better three years than George Kittle.

For that and so much more, the 49ers are rewarding him with a five-year, $75 million contract extension, a league source and coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed.

"I found out last night and I was able to keep my mouth shut. It's something we've been working on ...Read more

Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa wears Ryan Fitzpatrick jersey, cherishes learning from veteran QB

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sat down in a chair for his Thursday news conference, hoping the camera broadcasting the Zoom interview could capture his outfit.

Tagovailoa slipped on a Ryan Fitzpatrick, No. 14 Dolphins jersey, hoping to channel some of his own charming personality in the manner of one of the NFL's most affable ...Read more

Report: Seahawks cut rookie cornerback for breaking COVID protocol by trying to sneak a woman into team hotel

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It barely caused a ripple when the Seahawks waived undrafted rookie free agent cornerback Kemah Siverand Tuesday, a transaction that seemed like one of a hundred run-of-the-mill moves NFL teams make every season.

But Siverand now figures to go down in Seahawks lore for the reason he was cut: He reportedly tried to sneak a woman into the team ...Read more

Chiefs, Travis Kelce agree on four-year contract extension

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The Chiefs front office has had a productive offseason.

After signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes, defensive lineman Chris Jones, receiver Sammy Watkins and others to new deals, they agreed on a contract extension Thursday with another of their stars.

Tight end Travis Kelce agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth between $14 to $15 million ...Read more

Safety Derwin James says Chargers' defense will be secondary to none

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LOS ANGELES -- Derwin James mentioned playmaking, versatility and experience when addressing the potential of the Los Angeles Chargers' secondary Wednesday.

Then, in trying to as simply as possible suggest what each defensive back will do in 2020, James added this:

"I feel like Des is gonna be Des and Casey's gonna be Casey and Chris gonna be ...Read more

Doug Pederson returns from coronavirus isolation in time for Eagles' first full practice of training camp

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson has tested negative for the coronavirus after 10 days away from the team, and has completed the league's requirements to return, a source close to the situation told The Inquirer on Wednesday.

The team is to take the field for its first full, non-walkthrough practice Wednesday.

Pederson, 52, tested positive twice and...Read more

With 32 days until the Bears' 1st game, Matt Nagy isn't sure what a best-case scenario would be for a Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles decision

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Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles threw routes to wide receivers on air -- meaning no defenders to work around -- for the first time Wednesday in the Chicago Bears quarterback competition. The battle won't heat up until Monday, when the team holds its first practice in full pads.

Coach Matt Nagy praised the two passers as the clock ticks for a ...Read more

George Kittle casts doubt on report that 49ers extension is coming this week

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Tight end George Kittle's well-earned, much-anticipated contract extension is coming, reportedly as early as Friday, though he's not confirming so.

The 49ers will announce a six-year, $94.8 million pact Friday with the All-Pro tight end, Sports Illustrated's Grant Cohn reported Wednesday, adding that half of that money would be guaranteed.

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Cowboys create COVID-19 bubble by moving players into hotel for training camp

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The majority of the Dallas Cowboys players have checked into the Omni Hotel adjacent to the team's headquarters at The Star in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday morning in an attempt to form a bubble so they could shield themselves and their families from COVID-19 during training camp, a source said.

Rookies and free agents were already staying there ...Read more

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn reveals on 'Hard Knocks' he tested positive for coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn revealed on the first episode of "Hard Knocks" that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

The moment came Tuesday night during the opening scene of the first episode of the annual HBO series, which this year is featuring the Chargers and Los Angeles Rams.

"I can't promise you you're not ...Read more

Bears waive kicker Ramiz Ahmed — an indication Eddy Pineiro's job appears safe

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The Chicago Bears waived kicker Ramiz Ahmed, ending the prospect of a training camp kicking competition before full practices begin this week.

Incumbent Eddy Pineiro had an inside track on retaining his job. Tuesday's roster move strengthens Pineiro's grip and ends the possibility of an abbreviated sequel to last summer's kicking competition.

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First-round draft pick Javon Kinlaw impressing 49ers teammates in early going

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- You might not have heard much from Javon Kinlaw since the 49ers' returned to their facility earlier this month and began preparing for the upcoming season. But that doesn't mean the recent No. 14 pick in the draft is going unnoticed behind closed doors in Santa Clara.

"He's really hard working in the meeting room. He ...Read more

Raiders' Will Stanback returns to training camp amid unspeakable heartbreak

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A former Canadian League all-star who hopes to make a run at the Raiders roster returned to training camp Tuesday while dealing with the tragedy of losing both his parents, a team source confirmed.

Running back Will Stanback lost his father William on July 21 from bladder cancer. His mother, Patricia, passed away on July 30 from a heart attack,...Read more

'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