Super Bowl in Los Angeles is delayed a year; Inglewood will host in 2022

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CHICAGO -- Call it the Super Bowl Reshuffle.

Five days after the Los Angeles Rams announced their Inglewood stadium would be finished in 2020, a year later than the original plan, NFL owners unanimously voted to push the Los Angeles Super Bowl back a year until February 2022.

Tampa, Fla., will host the 2021 game originally promised to L.A. -- ...Read more

Marshawn Lynch easing in to Raiders system at OTAs

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Marshawn Lynch spent most of his first public practice with the Raiders Tuesday engaging with teammates and coaches, flashing his ever-present smile and appearing to enjoy the concept of playing for his hometown team.

Lynch talked and laughed with left tackle Donald Penn and place kicker Sebastian Janikowski during warmups. ...Read more

Alex Smith clarifies comment about Chiefs being committed to him 'through this year'

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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on Tuesday clarified something he said last week, about the team being committed to him for only this season.

Smith has two years left on his contract, but last month the Chiefs selected a quarterback, Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech, in the first round of the NFL draft for the first time since 1983.

Does Smith ...Read more

What was Calvin Johnson doing at the Raiders practice?

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- No, he's not coming out of retirement to join the Raiders.

Former Detroit Lions great Calvin Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, is merely serving as a guest of offensive coordinator Todd Downing for this week of the Raiders' organized team activities.

"He's obviously a big good-looking guy," Raiders coach Jack Del ...Read more

Ben Roethlisberger only committed to playing in 2017

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has three years and $46 million remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2015, but he said Tuesday he did not give team president Art Rooney II a commitment beyond the 2017 season when he informed him last month that he would return for his 14th NFL season.

"I never commit to anyone more than one ...Read more

Steelers' Bryant: 'I changed my whole life around'

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Martavis Bryant walked off the Steelers practice field for the first time in 16 months, 10 pounds heavier yet looking and sounding as if the weight of the world was off his shoulders.

"I changed my whole life around compared to how I used to be," he said.

Of course, the gifted wide receiver made promises before, to Ben Roethlisberger and other...Read more

Seahawks legend Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

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Cortez Kennedy, one of three Seahawks to have his number retired and one of four to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after playing his entire career in Seattle, has died at the age of 48.

Sgt. Wanda Miglio of the Orlando (Fla.) Police Department confirmed that Kennedy was found dead of still unknown causes Tuesday morning, stating via ...Read more

Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Melvin Ingram is 'still doing his negotiating thing'

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, a belly-rolling, lineman-battling 311-pounder, felt good about his team after its first day of organized team activities last week.

He saw Joey Bosa, the league's reigning rookie of the year, position himself down the line. Denzel Perryman, Jatavis Brown and Kyle Emanuel, the team's trio of ...Read more

Rams' Aaron Donald misses first day of organized team activities because of contract situation

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LOS ANGELES -- Aaron Donald deserves a raise, Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said a few months ago.

Now Donald, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, apparently is taking a stand until he gets one.

Donald was absent from the first day of organized team activities Monday because of his contract situation.

"We were aware he wasn't...Read more

Ex-Ravens safety Matt Elam arrested for second time in less than three months

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Raven safety and first-round draft bust Matt Elam has been arrested for the second time in less than three months.

According to Palm Beach (Fla.) County records, Elam was booked at 8:48 a.m. Monday at the county's main detention center and charged with grand theft and battery.

He's being held on $4,500 bond.

TMZ Sports reported that he was ...Read more

Adam Gase eagerly awaiting Tuesday's start of Dolphins OTAs

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Organized team activities don't get many football fans excited. OTAs basically consist of players running around without pads and without contact during the spring.

But Dolphins coach Adam Gase will view things differently when his team takes the field Tuesday.

"I think every time we get out there it's important," he said. "We only get so many...Read more

Is Raiders' Derek Carr frustrated by slow contract negotiations? He speaks out

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Derek Carr hasn't signed the contract extension with the Oakland Raiders the quarterback has been talking about most of the offseason.

Time to panic? Not according to Carr, who disputes a recent report that he's grown frustrated by the pace of the negotiations.

"I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (...Read more

Steelers OTA preview: Martavis Bryant seems ready to go

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This could be one of the more intriguing springs for the Steelers as they begin practices Tuesday, the first of 10 permitted voluntary sessions followed by a three-day minicamp.

While few starting jobs would seem to be seriously contested, there are important questions begging for answers, or at least clarifications, which can start to be ...Read more

Mike Zimmer, after another surgery, taking time away from Vikings

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Coach Mike Zimmer, who last Wednesday had yet another surgery on his right eye, "will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health," general manager Rick Spielman announced in a statement Monday morning.

"We all agree Mike's health is the priority and we believe rest and recovery are in ...Read more

Panthers move into next phase of OTAs, but will tackle Michael Oher be with them?

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When the Panthers begin the third phase of organized team activities Tuesday -- the phase that starts to resemble real football -- they are expected to do so without offensive tackle Michael Oher.

Oher's status has been a mystery since the last week of September when he entered the concussion protocol and -- other than firing off an occasional ...Read more

Allen Hurns goes from homeless in high school to donating thousands to his alma mater

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Here was a man who they aspired to be. Here was a millionaire. A local legend. An NFL star. A man who'd sat in their same seats and made it out.

And so they watched as this man wearing a T-shirt and a diamond-studded Egyptian cross sauntered to the forefront of the Carol City (Fla.) Senior High gymnasium to speak on Saturday morning. It didn't ...Read more

Calvin Johnson: Playing through concussions is part of NFL life

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If Tom Brady played through a brain injury last season like his wife, Giselle Bundchen, suggested, he wouldn't be the first NFL player to do so.

In fact, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said that's a regular practice in the NFL

"Guys get concussions, they don't tell the coaches," Johnson said after his "Catching Dreams" football ...Read more

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he had another eye surgery this week

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Mike Zimmer had surgery No. 8 on his right eye this week.

The Vikings head coach, speaking at his foundation's first youth football camp, told reporters Saturday at Winter Park, Minn., that he had "another little surgery" on Wednesday.

"It's so complicated. But they took the silicone oil out, put the gas bubble in," said Zimmer, his eyeball ...Read more

Unlike his combative dad, Panthers DE Bryan Cox Jr.'s big fight is for roster spot

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As the sixth round gave way to the seventh round and it became increasingly apparent Bryan Cox Jr. wouldn't be drafted last month, the food at his draft party started getting cold but none of the attendees got too hot -- including the host.

Considering Bryan Cox Sr. racked up fines totaling roughly $150,000 during his 12-year NFL career for ...Read more

No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett signs rookie contract with Browns

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There's workout music. There's pregame music. There's walk-up music.

Apparently there's signing music, too.

Moments after the Browns announced No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett signed his rookie contract on Friday, the team tweeted a video clip of the former Texas A&M defensive end sitting in an office as he handled the paperwork.

...Read more

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