Sounding the Gjallarhorn has been a powerful Vikings pregame tradition since 2007

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MINNEAPOLIS -- David Dixon played 11 NFL seasons for the Vikings, but the former guard was not ready to block a 66,913-fan purple wave before the 2019 season finale against the Bears while sounding the Gjallarhorn in the upper levels of U.S. Bank Stadium.

Sounding the Gjallarhorn -- signaling an awakening of the gods in Norse mythology -- has ...Read more

Oakland group hopes to launch NFL's first Black-owned franchise

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An Oakland-based group wants to create the NFL's first Black-owned franchise, and that proposal is expected to land at league headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

With the Raiders having relocated this year to Las Vegas, Oakland is again without a franchise, just as it was during the Raiders' tenure in Los Angeles from 1982-94.

So begins a ...Read more

Florida man charged with assault in attack on Eagles' Dallas Goedert at South Dakota bar

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Kyle Douglas Hadala, 29, from Sarasota, Fla., has been charged with simple assault for punching Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert early Saturday in an Aberdeen, South Dakota, bar, Aberdeen police said Monday.

The department's announcement on its Facebook page directed further inquiries to the Brown County State's Attorney's Office.

Sources ...Read more

Dak Prescott signs $31.4 million franchise tag, making him highest-paid Dallas Cowboy ever

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DALLAS -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has officially gone from being the best bargain in the NFL to having the richest one-year contract in franchise history.

That much is guaranteed after Prescott signed the exclusive franchise tender of $31.4 million on Monday, as had been expected.

Prescott and the Cowboys could still reach a ...Read more

Fauci pushes back at critics over his pessimism about NFL season

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Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease specialist, said he's been mistakenly painted as an obstacle to the National Football League's upcoming season and only gave its officials advice after they requested it.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said he was consulted by the NFL as it searches for a ...Read more

Race and the NFL: a star-studded panel discusses social change, protests

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It was a rare admission by the National Football League. In a video earlier this month, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was "wrong" for not listening to players earlier about inequality and police misconduct. He encouraged "all to speak out and peacefully protest."

After the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans ignited ...Read more

Video shows Philadelphia Eagles' Dallas Goedert apparently being sucker-punched in South Dakota bar

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A video surfaced Sunday of the apparent assault on Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert, which happened in an Aberdeen, South Dakota, bar early Saturday morning.

Initial reports Saturday indicated the 6-foot-5, 256-pound Goedert was sucker-punched while dining at a restaurant with his family. Though The Zoo Bar in Aberdeen serves food, Goedert ...Read more

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott expected to sign franchise tag

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While quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys remain at an impasse on a long-term extension, there was never any doubt regarding his presence on the field in 2020 because of the franchise-tag designation.

That point should be proven on Monday when Prescott is expected to sign his $31.4 million exclusive franchise tender, a source said, ...Read more

Miami Dolphins' Mike Gesicki hopes to continue his tight end evolution in 2020

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The Miami Dolphins are hoping Mike Gesicki picks up right where he left off in 2019.

That was in the back of the Gillette Stadium end zone, celebrating his final-minute, game-winning touchdown, which delivered the Dolphins' first road win over the New England Patriots in a decade.

That score was a glorious ending for what turned into a ...Read more

'It is different': Tide is turning when it comes to national anthem protests

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While driving outside of his hometown of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, recently, Ian Troost had to stop himself midsentence. He couldn't believe what he was seeing. As the former Pitt football player passed a farm, he spotted a large plywood sign rising from the ground. On it, in a county in which 95% of residents are white, was the message "Black ...Read more

As sports face more COVID-19 cases, NFLPA tells players to stop working out together

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As coronavirus cases spread throughout sports organizations, the NFL Players Association sent its players a strong advisement Saturday:

Stop working out together.

In a statement authored by Dr. Thom Mayer, the association says "no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts."

"Please be advised ...Read more

Analysis: What injuries to Samuel, James mean to 49ers receivers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- There was significant news Friday coming out of Nashville, Tennessee, where a slew of 49ers skill players were holding on-field training sessions. An unknown member of the team tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an NFL Network report, which came on the heels of other concerning news about the team's receivers...Read more

5 things we learned from Chicago Bears assistant coaches

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears made 13 of their assistant coaches available to the media this week, a Zoom Q&A binge that offered progress reports on key players and insight into the team's plans for 2020. The virtual interview sessions provided an introduction to new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor; insight into what new quarterbacks coach John ...Read more

Seahawks' lingering offseason questions: What's going to happen with Jadeveon Clowney?

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SEATTLE -- One of the key questions hanging over the Seahawks as they head into the summer ends with one that was also hanging over their heads as they headed into the winter and spring -- what's going to happen with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney?

The answer may be the same as it was then -- no one really knows, but Seattle might still be able...Read more

Trump says Anthony Fauci 'has nothing to do with NFL football'

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci often have different takes on the coronavirus, so perhaps it makes sense they don't agree on how the NFL season might unfold.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, told CNN that "football may not happen this year" unless the NFL isolates players and team...Read more

Chicago Bears coaches say Khalil Mack approached this offseason with something to prove — 'and that's something we all can be encouraged by'

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With teams confined to online interactions during the NFL offseason because of the coronavirus pandemic, coaches need to have a certain level of trust that their players are preparing physically to be ready when they hit the field at training camp.

But Chicago Bears coaches didn't need that blind faith when it comes to Khalil Mack.

Many times ...Read more

49ers WR Deebo Samuel needs surgery on broken foot

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The 49ers took a body blow Thursday with the news that wide receiver Deebo Samuel will need surgery for a broken left foot, the club confirmed.

Samuel sustained the injury during throwing sessions with teammates in Nashville and will have surgery, according to the NFL Network.

The injury is described as a "Jones fracture," which a break ...Read more

Darrell Bevell likes Detroit Lions' new offensive linemen who 'like to hurt the opponent'

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Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell hasn't been able to see his new additions to the offensive line on the field yet, but from what he has seen from their game film and what he's learned about them in the offseason, he's encouraged that the unit's attitude will be different this season.

The Lions signed free-agent tackle ...Read more

Seahawks' lingering offseason questions: What are the top 5 position battles to watch before the season?

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Adjusting to the realities of the COVID-19 outbreak meant that NFL teams were forced to conduct their offseason programs virtually.

And that meant no on-field workouts the past month, with players instead Zooming into meetings for a few hours a day.

Usually, teams could have had up to 13 full-squad on-field workouts in their OTA (Organized ...Read more

The Chicago Bears are scheduled to report to training camp in 6 weeks — but the coronavirus still looms. So how is this all going to work?

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During a volatile time in which racial tension across the nation have sparked complex and emotional discussions throughout the NFL, Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan was asked recently whether the social tumult could make it difficult to focus on football when practice resumes this summer.

Trevathan shook his head. Bigger concerns had ...Read more