Chiefs' Travis Kelce has a new game plan … for opioid addiction

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After eight surgeries in nine years, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is no stranger to the toxic allure of opioid pain medications.

It's why, given the country's opioid epidemic, Kelce has decided to partner with healthcare provider Cigna to help amplify the public conversation around opioid awareness and talk about preventive solutions.

"During...Read more

Why Raiders defensive star Khalil Mack is expected to skip team's mandatory minicamp

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When the Raiders' mandatory minicamp kicks off Tuesday, it's expected that the team's defensive star will not be there.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Khalil Mack will not attend the three-day camp in Alameda, Calif.

Mack has not appeared at any of the Raiders' voluntary workouts. However, if he's not in attendance Tuesday, he ...Read more

Julio Jones to skip Falcons' mandatory minicamp

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones will not attend the team's mandatory minicamp, which begins Tuesday.

"We have been in contact with Julio and his representation," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement released by the team. "We will not discuss those conversations publicly except ...Read more

A look at Julio Jones' bizarre offseason

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- So, what's up with Julio Jones?

There could be answers to the myriad of question surrounding the bizarre offseason of Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones. The Falcons All-Pro wide receiver is expected for the team's mandatory three-day mini-camp, which starts Tuesday.

Jones has not commented about his social media scrubbing ...Read more

Roquan Smith has to 'earn his stripes,' but first month with Bears set foundation

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CHICAGO -- Vic Fangio, straight shooter that he is, isn't about to anoint a player who has yet to practice in pads at Halas Hall the next great Chicago Bears linebacker.

But in about a month with the Bears, Roquan Smith has demonstrated to his teammates and coaches some of the speed, smarts and instincts that turned him into the No. 8 overall ...Read more

32 fantasy football impact rookies to watch

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Most teams are close to concluding their offseason OTAs, so the newly drafted skill players we'll be focused on for our fantasy drafts have had a little taste of what life in the NFL will be like.

Some will have an early opportunity to make an impact, some will have to wait their turn. Regardless, you need to know every name on this list:

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Former Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry: Browns QBs 'a lot better than what I had in Miami'

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Jarvis Landry hasn't hidden the fact that he had a nasty breakup with the Miami Dolphins, but it appears he isn't finished taking shots -- intentional or not -- at the franchise with which he spent his first four years.

Landry, who was traded to the Cleveland Browns this offseason for a 2018 fourth- and 2019 seventh-round pick, recently took a ...Read more

Browns, running back Duke Johnson agree to three-year, $15.6 million contract extension

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The Browns secured one of their better players through the 2021 season on Thursday.

The franchise and running back Duke Johnson agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth $15.6 million, including a signing bonus of $5 million, a person familiar with the deal confirmed for the Beacon Journal/

NFL Network first reported ...Read more

Star receiver Sammy Watkins calls Chiefs 'brightest offense that I've ever been in'

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Running a simple dig route on the strong side of the offense on Wednesday afternoon, Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins let a simple pass from Matt McGloin bounce out of his spread-eagle hands. Groans were heard around the field.

Just a couple of snaps later and on the weak side of Patrick Mahomes, Watkins ran a speedy post route inside, picking up ...Read more

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes on not taking endorsements: 'It was a group decision'

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said the idea to turn down endorsement offers last season was a "group" decision.

"With the people I have in my group, and just with the Chiefs, we just made that decision," Mahomes said. "With me, I wanted to go and grind and just work."

The story about Mahomes turning down deals sprang up recently when his ...Read more

Terrell Owens won't attend his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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Terrell Owens might still feel slighted by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In February, Owens was announced as a member of the 2018 class. But the receiver felt that the honor was overdue.

On Thursday, the former Cowboys wideout announced he would not be attending his own induction ceremony, which will take place on Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio.

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Bears Chairman George McCaskey: New NFL rule 'will return the anthem to what it should be'

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Bears Chairman George McCaskey addressed the media Thursday regarding the NFL's new national anthem policy, the team's stance and President Donald Trump's involvement in the issue.

Here are highlights from that session.

--On players' purpose in protesting during the anthem and the new NFL rule, from his opening statement

The first players to ...Read more

Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker out to silence doubters this season

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Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker is well aware that things have not gone according to plan his first three NFL seasons.

Injuries have slowed his development but this could be the year he plays up to his potential. At least that's how Parker is approaching this season.

"Not where I wanted to be," Parker said of how his career has gone so far. "...Read more

Malcolm Jenkins chooses handwritten signs instead of spoken words to convey message after White House cancellation

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Malcolm Jenkins, perhaps the most outspoken player on the Eagles, chose not to speak on Wednesday. Instead, Jenkins responded to questions about the Eagles' rescinded White House invitation by holding up a series of handwritten signs. They read:

--"You aren't listening"

--"More than 60 percent of people in prison are people of color"

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Eagles' Doug Pederson not eager to answer questions on White House controversy

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he was "looking forward to going down" to Washington to visit the White House, but did not want to delve into details about the rescinded invitation or how many representatives the team planned on sending.

"We did something last season that was very special," Pederson said. "A milestone here in the city of ...Read more

49ers' Reuben Foster pleads no contest to assault weapon charge

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers star linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault weapon possession charge Wednesday, closing a tumultuous legal chapter that included domestic-violence charges being thrown out because his accuser recanted her allegations.

Foster was sentenced to two years probation, and will not ...Read more

Carson Wentz practicing even more in Eagles OTAs

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Carson Wentz continues to increase his workload, as he returns from a major knee injury.

After surprising some in the media with how much he could practice during the previous two weeks of spring workouts, the Eagles quarterback took another step forward this week and has participated in 7-on-7 drills. Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed that ...Read more

Ravens to forfeit two days of OTAs this week for violation of league rules

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For the second time in three years and third time since 2010, the Ravens will forfeit organized team workouts and face fines because they violated NFL rules governing contact during offseason drills, the team and league announced Wednesday.

"The Baltimore Ravens will forfeit two Organized Team Activity (OTA) days (June 7 and 8), and both the ...Read more

Donald Trump, White House celebrate America instead of Eagles, leaving some fans disappointed in their team

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump spoke for about four minutes on Tuesday afternoon. He made no mention of the Eagles.

At 3:03 p.m., with American flags waving and the United States Marine Band and Army Chorus offered as an opening act, Trump started addressing an invited crowd on the White House's South Lawn without the Lombardi Trophy in sight.

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Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill showcasing knowledge in offseason workouts

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase wasn't pleased with his offense's performance Tuesday, the first day of Miami's three-day minicamp. The defense almost lived in the backfield, frequently pressuring quarterback Ryan Tannehill and his fellow quarterbacks. And there was a dropped pass or two to go along with general choppiness.

"It was probably not one of...Read more