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NFL requiring all teams to hold training camp at team facilities

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The NFL has required that training camps take place at team facilities this season, as opposed to off-site locales, and banned the tradition of joint practices among teams during the coronavirus outbreak.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the changes Tuesday in a memo to the 32 clubs, noting that the NFL Players Association was "strongly...Read more

Dolphins sign former Navy standout Malcolm Perry

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The Miami Dolphins have signed the eighth member of the team's 11-player 2020 draft class.

Former Navy standout Malcolm Perry, who excelled as both a slotback and quarterback in Navy's triple-option offense while amassing 4,359 rushing yards, has signed his four-year contract according to Jason Bernstein, his agent.

Perry will likely receive a...Read more

'We need more Panthers players to step up.' NFL stars looking for justice, not attention

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They donned masks and clothing that made them stand out just a little bit less. The NFL players taking part in Monday's "justice walk" in Charlotte weren't there to be seen. The usual signs of a professional athlete being at a public event, with large groups asking for pictures, weren't there.

Among the 1,000 or so participants were five ...Read more

Miami Dolphins only needed a few words to make a big statement about social justice

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A day after their CEO called out police brutality and systemic oppression as "pure evil," the Miami Dolphins again demonstrated that, as an organization, they are on the side of peaceful protesters.

And they did so with barely saying a word.

The team's official Twitter and Instagram accounts participated in the #BlackoutTuesday movement, ...Read more

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie issues emotional statement after participating in team meeting on racism

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Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie described himself as "heartbroken and repulsed" by injustice suffered by African-Americans, in a statement issued by the team on Tuesday afternoon.

"There are no words strong enough to describe the horrific deaths and injustices that the black community continues to endure," Lurie said. He noted the world's fight ...Read more

Wes Unseld, legendary center for Baltimore Bullets, dies at 74

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On and off the basketball court, Wes Unseld seemed larger than life. At 6-feet-6, the Baltimore Bullets center routinely dominated players who towered above him. And at the Unseld School, an educational center that his wife ran in West Baltimore, Unseld dwarfed the youngsters who gave him hugs and who called the man who mopped the floors and ...Read more

Browns, Crew advocate for greater efforts 'to end racism,' promote 'justice and equality'

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Owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam and other high-ranking officials of the Browns and Columbus Crew released a joint statement Monday lobbying for societal changes in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

Floyd died on Memorial Day while in custody of Minneapolis police after former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes,...Read more

Current and former Seahawks, including Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin, speak out on George Floyd's death, weekend protests

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Events of the past week elicited an outpouring of emotion-laden statements from local athletes on social media.

The Seahawks were no exception.

Among current and former Seahawks who voiced public support for efforts to bring attention to the need for change in the wake of the death last week of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis ...Read more

Former Dolphins WR Kenny Stills responds to NFL's statement on George Floyd's death

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Players from around the NFL have reacted to the recent protesting and riots that stem from last week's death of George Floyd, a black male who was filmed in a now viral video face down with Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's knee pressed against Floyd's neck for over eight minutes.

Chauvin has since been fired, along with three other ...Read more

Browns' Myles Garrett says changes needed to combat police brutality, defends Colin Kaepernick

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On Sunday, defensive end Myles Garrett became the latest prominent Browns player to share his feelings about the death of George Floyd.

Protests erupted across the country in recent days after Floyd died on Memorial Day while in police custody. A bystander's cellphone video shows former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd...Read more

Arthur Blank, Matt Ryan, other Falcons speak out on George Floyd's death

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ATLANTA -- While protests spread across the nation over the weekend in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, several Falcons, including owner Arthur Blank, commented on the issues of protesting, social injustice and police brutality.

Some of the protests that started peaceably, turned violence that ...Read more

Former 49ers Eric Reid, Torrey Smith spar on Twitter over Jed York donation

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Former 49ers safety Eric Reid had some sharp words for 49ers owner Jed York on Saturday night.

Reid, who knelt alongside Colin Kaepernick for the national anthem during the 2016 season, took to Twitter after York pledged to donate $1 million in the fight against racial discrimination.

"Nobody wants your money Jed," Reid tweeted. "We want ...Read more

The second-year NFL offensive players who could break out in 2020

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For all the excitement surrounding rookies when they enter the NFL, it's rare to see them make an immediate impact on the field. It takes time for players to learn the playbook, adapt to life out of college and adjust to the speed of the professional game -- even for superstars such as reigning Most Valuable Player Lamar Jackson.

As the NFL ...Read more

49ers negotiations with George Kittle might be tougher than anticipated

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The agent for 49ers star George Kittle says he isn't looking to make Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the NFL.

He's looking for more.

"I don't care about the tight end market," Kittle's agent, Jack Bechta, told NFL Network. "I'm being paid to do a George Kittle deal."

Kittle was first-team All-Pro in 2019, his third season in the league. ...Read more

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