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If college football season doesn’t happen, NFL likely will play on Saturdays
Bad news: There may be no college football on Saturdays this year. Good news: There may be NFL football on Saturdays this year. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL likely will move games...
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College football season moves closer to postponement, at best
The MAC was the first domino. And it may end up being big enough to knock the other ones over. Multiple reports indicate that college football season will be scrapped within the week. The focus then would...
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Big Ten could be the next conference to cancel football
The Mid-American Conference may not be the biggest domino to fall today. Not even close to it. Pete Thamel of Yahoo.com reports that Big Ten school presidents are meeting on Saturday, and that “all...
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Inside facilities, face shields can’t be used without face masks
The first week of training camp included images of a couple of coaches who sported a welder’s look, faces behind plastic shields in lieu of a face mask. Friday’s memo regarding changes to the...
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Vikings’ Cameron Smith will have open-heart surgery, miss season
Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith announced today that he will miss the season because he needs open-heart surgery to repair a congenital defect. “I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a...
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Joe Flacco visits neck surgeon, on track to return in mid-September
Jets backup quarterback Joe Flacco still is expected to miss the first game or two, assuming, of course, the season starts on time. But Flacco received an encouraging update from Dr. Alexander Vaccaro...
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NFL removing Quinton Dunbar from exempt list
Seahwaks cornerback Quinton Dunbar is not facing criminal charges in connection with a robbery in his home state of Florida in May. Thus, as expected, the NFL is removing Dunbar from the Commissioner Exempt...
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Browns claim M.J. Stewart off waivers, activate Jarvis Landry from PUP
The Buccaneers waived cornerback M.J. Stewart on Friday. The Browns claimed him on Saturday. Cleveland announced several transactions. The Bucs made Stewart a second-round choice in 2018, but he lasted only...
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Rams place A’Shawn Robinson on non-football injury list
The Rams placed defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson on the active/non-football injury list, the team announced Saturday. Robinson has an unspecified injury that occurred before the start of training camp...
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Dolphins sign Ricardo Louis, place Ray Smith on retired list
The Dolphins had receivers Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns opt out of the 2020 season, leaving them in need of depth at the position. They signed receiver Ricardo Louis on Saturday among several moves. Louis...
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Pitt first-round prospect Jaylen Twyman to skip 2020 college football season
Yet another potential first-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft has decided not to play college football in 2020. Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman announced today that he won’t play...
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49ers sign Spencer Long
Veteran offensive lineman Spencer Long wasn’t out of work for long. Long, who was released by the Bills this week, has signed with the 49ers, according to multiple reports. Last year Long was a backup...
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Jaguars reduce to 80
The Jacksonville Jaguars had opted to carry 90 players on the active roster for the early stages of camp. They have now reduced to 80 players more than a week before the deadline for doing so. Waived by the...
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Mike McCarthy: I’m the one who has the most to learn in Cowboys’ offense
New Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy says he has more work to do in learning the offense the team already runs than the team has to learn the offense McCarthy prefers. Although McCarthy will obviously make...
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Titans hold out hope for 25-percent capacity
At a time when multiple teams have realized that the 2020 season will be played without fans in their home stadiums, the Tennessee Titans are holding out hope for having paying customers present. Via...
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MAC scraps 2020 season
The MAC has become the first Division I, FBS college football conference to pull the plug on the 2020 season. Brett McMurphy reports, and others have confirmed, that the Mid-American Conference has canceled...
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Deion Sanders calls out those who opt out
Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio recently decided not to share his views about players opting out. Former Washington (and Atlanta and Dallas and San Francisco and Baltimore) cornerback Deion...
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Report: Josh Doctson will use his opt-out year to do work in Africa
Jets receiver Josh Doctson hasn’t publicly explained why he decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, but privately, he has reportedly told the Jets that he wants to do humanitarian work in Africa....
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Zach Ertz sees big loss in canceling high school football season
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz says that if Pennsylvania cancels high school sports for the rest of this year, as the governor is recommending, it’s going to be a big loss for kids like him. “I want kids...
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Trevor Lawrence thought about opting out but will play for Clemson this year
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is widely regarded as the likely first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, considered opting out of the upcoming college football season before deciding to play amid...
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NFL introduces point of care testing
The memo generated by the league on Friday to all teams regarding changes to the coronavirus testing protocol contains a new development that could eventually go a long way toward enhancing the testing...
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Tyrod Taylor undeterred by Justin Herbert’s presence
After Philip Rivers left for Indianapolis, everyone expected the Chargers to draft a quarterback. Even Tyrod Taylor. “I figured that the Chargers would take a quarterback,” Taylor said Friday,...
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Cooper Kupp hopes to stay with the Rams long term
Robert Woods is looking for a new contract from the Rams, saying Thursday he hopes to stay in Los Angeles long term. A day later, Cooper Kupp repeated the sentiment. Kupp is entering the final season of his...
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Russell Okung would owe Carolina up to $2.5 million if he retires, in theory
Panthers tackle Russell Okung didn’t opt out, but he may eventually retire. It’s a smart way to manage an opt-out deadline that arrived way too early for NFL players to make an informed decision...
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Washington waives Derrius Guice
Washington didn’t waste any time, moving on from running back Derrius Guice soon after his arrest on domestic violence-related charges. The team announced it has waived Guice. “On Thursday we learned...
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Report: Derrius Guice arrested on domestic violence-related charges
Washington running back Derrius Guice was arrested on domestic violence-related charges in Virginia on Friday, The Washington Post reports. Guice faces one count of strangulation, a felony, as well as three...
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NFL adjusts testing procedures to address false positives
The Matthew Stafford situation forced the NFL and NFL Players Association to revisit its COVID-19 testing protocols to address the dynamic of false positives. Per multiple reports, the NFL and NFLPA have...
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NFL still finalizing opt-out procedures for game officials
The NFL announced on Friday that it will waive the guideline that prevents an official from working a game involving the same team more than twice this season, allowing officials to work games closer to...
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Texans place Kenny Stills on non-football illness list
The Texans placed receiver Kenny Stills on the non-football illness list, according to Friday’s transactions wire. Stills, 28, has an unspecified illness unrelated to COVID-19. COVID-19 is a separate...
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DeAndre Baker no longer appealing Commissioner Exempt list placement
Giants cornerback Deandre Baker has been formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm and that’s led him to take a different approach to his placement on the Commissioner Exempt list....
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Falcons waive Craig Reynolds
The Falcons waived running back Craig Reynolds, the team announced Friday. Reynolds, 24, went undrafted out of Kutztown in 2019, signing with Washington. The team waived him out of the preseason. Reynolds...
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Jake Fromm on racist texts: That’s not indicative of who I am
Jake Fromm apologized Friday for racist text messages sent to a childhood friend in 2019 that surfaced in June. The rookie quarterback said his words, calling for gun silencers to be “very expensive so only...
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Hall of Fame changes selection process to enshrine more coaches
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is changing the way it selects Hall of Famers, and coaches are likely to benefit. Starting next year and through the Class of 2024, the selection process will always include...
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Dolphins activate three from COVID list
The Dolphins activated three players from the reserve/COVID-19 list, including two they put on the list yesterday. The team announced that defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, safety Brandon Jones, and...
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Lions waive Daylon Mack
Defensive tackle Daylon Mack‘s stay in the Motor City turned out to be a short one. The Lions claimed Mack off of waivers from the Ravens on August 3 and announced that he’s been placed back on...
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Mike McCarthy: Cowboys will discuss national anthem stance
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones annually holds a state of the franchise press conference to open training camp. Not this year. That’s just one of many things COVID-19 has affected. Jones has not talked to...
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Harrison Smith: Good to have some new faces on defense
The Vikings said farewell to several long-term members of their defense this offseason and they’ll be filling those slots without the usual amount of time to work together in the offseason, but that...
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Titans put Jack Crawford on reserve/COVID-19
The Titans got one pass-rusher back today, and lost one for the time being. The team announced that defensive lineman Jack Crawford was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The list is for players who...
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Russell Okung “keeping his options open”
Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung appears to be at least considering the possibility of walking away before the start of the season. Following up on the report that Okung may retire because of COVID-...
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Two Michigan State players will opt out of 2020, return in 2021
Michigan State has had two players opt out of the 2020 season over COVID-19 concerns. Both expect to return to the team in 2021. Senior Jordan Reid, who has started 27 of 39 career games at right tackle,...
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Falcons have worked out coaching contingency plans
“Next man up” applies to coaching staffs too, so Falcons coach Dan Quinn spent some time this offseason coming up with a contingency plan. Via the team’s official website, Quinn said that...
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Kevin Stefanski met with Baker Mayfield in Austin this offseason
One of the first things on Kevin Stefanski’s to-do list after the Browns hired him was to head to Austin, Texas, for a face-to-face meeting with Baker Mayfield. As it turns out, it was months before...
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Browns activate Ja’Marcus Bradley from COVID-19 list
The Browns cleared their reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. The team announced that wide receiver Ja'Marcus Bradley had been activated after being placed on the list The undrafted rookie from Louisiana-...
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Mike McCarthy: Dak Prescott “very upbeat, very driven”
Dak Prescott didn’t get the long-term contract he coveted this offseason. He will get it at some point, whether it’s in Dallas or elsewhere. Prescott has not indicated disappointment. Maybe it...
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Report: Russell Okung considering retirement due to COVID concerns
Before Thursday’s deadline for players to opt out of taking part in the 2020 season, PFT noted that any player who decided not to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic after the deadline would have the...
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Report: Daniel Snyder sues over reports that surfaced last month
The days preceding last month’s report in the Washington Post regarding 15 former Washington Football Team employees alleging sexual harassment against the team consisted of over-the-top...
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Jarrett Stidham “definitely ready” to compete with Cam Newton
Friday was the day for Patriots quarterbacks to meet with the media and Brian Hoyer, Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham all did their time on Zoom calls with reporters. Newton talked about how it has been a...
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DeForest Buckner believes he’s “slept on” around the league
The Colts traded a first-round pick for defensive tackle DeForest Buckner this offseason and then signed him to a four-year $84 million contract extension, so it’s clear that they think highly of the...
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Contact tracers are posing a potential problem in locker rooms
Playing football and social distancing don’t mix. The NFL nevertheless will try to keep players at least six feet apart when they’re not practicing or playing. Per multiple sources, one specific...
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Eagles bring back Vinny Curry
The Eagles added a familiar face to their pass-rush mix. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Eagles have brought back defensive end Vinny Curry. Curry had five sacks last year in a reserve role,...
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Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie retires
Longtime Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie is borrowing a page from his friend Eli Manning, and walking out without ever having played for another team. DeOssie announced Friday that he was retiring from the...
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DeAndre Baker faces four robbery charges, Quinton Dunbar not charged
Giants cornerback Deandre Baker is being charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm, while Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar is not facing criminal charges in connection with the same incident....
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Cam Newton: Joining Patriots has been “breath of fresh air”
Cam Newton met with reporters on a video conference Friday and answered a question about the end of his time with the Panthers by saying that he’s not going to “dwell on the past” now that...
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