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How many NFL players will opt out?
It’s expected the NFL players will have the ability to choose not to play in 2020, with the only cost being the sacrifice of their salary. No fines, no bonus forfeiture. Just no weekly pay. Some, like...
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Texans’ Keke Coutee says results will speak for themselves in 2020
Texans receiver Keke Coutee burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2018, catching 11 passes in his first NFL game, the most for a player in his debut since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. But he hasn’t quite...
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Nike removes all Washington gear from website
Nike has yet to issue the kind of statement that FedEx did regarding the name of the Washington team. The NFL’s official apparel provider has adopted a different approach. At Nike.com, there’s...
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Kendrick Norton embracing life, a year after crash that took his arm
A year ago, life was different for Kendrick Norton, as he was preparing for NFL training camp in the same city he starred in college. But even after losing his left arm in a July 4, 2019 car wreck, the...
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Ugo Amadi using experience against Davante Adams as motivation
Seahawks cornerback Ugo Amadi has a sour taste in his mouth over the end of his rookie season. In Seattle’s Divisional Round loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Seahawks were trailing 28-23 with 2:19...
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Report: Players could face fines for “reckless” behavior under detrimental conduct
As the NFL tries to find a way to successfully execute its 2020 season, the NFL Players’ Association held a conference call on Thursday for its player representatives to discuss concerns about the...
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Jacob Martin on Bill O’Brien’s pledge to kneel: That speaks volumes
Texans coach Bill O’Brien has pledged to kneel with his players during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice. Linebacker Jacob Martin appreciates the coach’s show of...
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D.J. Reed tore pectoral muscle while working out
49ers defensive back D.J. Reed tore a pectoral muscle during a recent workout, Reed confirmed on social media. “Today it felt like I was dreaming,” Reed wrote. “I wanted to wake up from...
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Change the Mascot movement praises FedEx for asking Washington to change name
FexEx, whose name is on the Washington stadium and whose founder owns part of the team, has asked the team to change its name. The movement that has been trying to change the name for years has applauded...
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South Carolina governor warns of no football in his state this year
If Clemson and the University of South Carolina will be practicing and playing football this year, those schools may be practicing and playing in a state other than South Carolina. Via MyrtleBeachOnline.com...
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Eagles coaches will quarantine, take COVID-19 test before players’ arrival
The Eagles want their coaches and staff back in town by July 10, Geoff Mosher of insidethebirds.com reports. That will allow coaches to quarantine in their homes for a week before undergoing a COVID-19 test...
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FedEx’s statement amounts to Fred Smith calling out his partner, Daniel Snyder
Legacies are on the line, and Fred Smith knows it. The founder of FedEx owns a minority piece of the Washington team, along with Robert Rothman and Dwight Schar. Thus, the jarring, 16-word statement from...
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FedEx asks Washington to change team name
FedEx is requesting a name change for the team that plays at FedEx Field. A day after a group of investment firms asked FedEx and other companies to stop doing business with the team unless it changes the...
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Jets receiver Vyncint Smith predicts “a big year”
The Jets still are talking to free agent receiver Demaryius Thomas. But if Vyncint Smith does what he says he’s going to do, the Jets could be set at the position. Smith, who has run as fast as 4.38...
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Pac-12 considering multiple options, including moving football to spring
Football could be a spring sport in the Pac-12 in the coming school year. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says he’s still hopeful that football season can start as usual, but that recent rises in...
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49ers promote masks, with a shot at the Saints
As it becomes clear that the simplest way everyone can reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a mask, NFL teams are promoting the wearing of masks in the hopes that the football season will be able to...
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Giants announce hires including director of wellness, and a female scout
The Giants announced a list of new hires and new staff positions, including hiring a director of wellness and clinical services, and also their first full-time female scout. “This has been a difficult...
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Report: NFL to play black national anthem before season openers
The NFL will play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” commonly known as the black national anthem, before every season opener, Jason Reid of ESPN reports. Stadiums will have someone perform...
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Allegiant Stadium is 98 percent complete ahead of July 31 deadline
Allegiant Stadium set a July 31 substantial completion deadline. Twenty-nine days until then, the $2 billion stadium is ahead of schedule. Construction is 98 percent complete, Mick Akers of the Las Vegas...
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How college players can protect themselves
Mike Florio examines the unique situation college football players will find themselves in this season and why lawyers may have to get involved
Report: NFL uninterested in delaying 2021 draft even if college plays in spring
Every football league is considering every scenario for getting this season played. Several college programs already have had to shut down their strength and conditioning work due to too many positive COVID...
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NFL, NFLPA have many issues to work out
The NFL will eliminate the first and fourth weeks of the 2020 preseason and Mike Florio explains what the potential impact could be moving forward.
Pressure mounting on Snyder to change team name
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is facing pressure from advertisers to switch the name of his franchise, but Mike Florio isn't sure if it's enough for the name to finally change.
NFL chief medical officer says protocols will change and evolve during the season
The NFL is putting together protocols for playing the 2020 season in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, but those protocols will change as the season goes on. Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical...
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NFL lacks clarity surrounding Patriots scandal
With no statement from the NFL regarding the Patriots' punishment, Mike Florio argues that more transparency needs to come from the league in order to prevent future discrepancies.
Teams hesitant to sign AB with suspension looming
Mike Florio discusses the potential ramifications if an NFL team signs WR Antonio Brown.
Chiefs say there will be no naming rights deal this season
Arrowhead Stadium is going to remain Arrowhead Stadium, at least for another year. After a report from Sports Business Journal that the team was close to a naming rights deal with Government Employees...
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“Opt out” rights for players could create a complicated set of issues
As the NFL and NFL Players Association try to reach a comprehensive agreement on the contours and requirements of football season in a pandemic, one of the most important issues for discussion relates to...
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Browns sign third-rounder Jordan Elliott
The Browns have now signed more than half of their 2020 NFL Draft class. The team announced that third-rounder Jordan Elliott had signed his rookie deal. He’s the fourth of their seven picks to sign,...
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Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Disturbing resurgence” puts pandemic “completely in flux”
It wasn’t supposed to be this way as the Fourth of July approached. The new cases of COVID-19 registered on July 1 wasn’t supposed to set a new single-day record. Numbers weren’t supposed...
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Cam Newton: This is about respect, not money
The terms of the contract that quarterback Cam Newton agreed to with the Patriots include $500,000 in guaranteed money, a $1.05 million base salary and a collection of roster bonuses and incentives that...
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Seven more SoFi Stadium workers test positive for COVID-19
Construction work on SoFi Stadium has continued through the COVID-19 pandemic and is nearing completion, but the number of infected workers has continued to rise. In emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times...
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Nine more NBA players test positive for COVID-19
As the NBA prepares to resume play in Orlando later this month, more players are testing positive for COVID-19 before they arrive. Via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, the NBA announced that nine more NBA...
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After more than a decade on the market, Chiefs may have a naming-rights partner
The Chiefs finally may have a naming-rights partner for their home playing field. Terry Lefton of Sports Business Journal reports that the defending Super Bowl champions are closing in on a deal to sell...
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Kurt Warner biopic gets its Kurt Warner
We learned earlier this year that Kurt Warner’s storybook rise from stocking grocery shelves to winning a Super Bowl and being named NFL MVP is being made into a movie and that movie now has its...
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USC recommends online classes, no campus residence
The viability of pro and college football continues to remain in question for 2020, but more and more pieces of evidence are emerging that will make it harder for one or both forms of the sport to proceed...
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NFL needs to provide more details about latest Patriots penalties
The latest punishment of the New England Patriots came with no press release or other announcement from the NFL. Although the league confirmed reports regarding the price to be paid by the Patriots for the...
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Tavon Young says he’s healthy, Ravens “believe in him 100 percent”
The Ravens had a strong secondary in 2019 despite the loss of cornerback Tavon Young to a neck injury and they’re hoping that his return keeps their defensive backfield among the best in the league....
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Buccaneers have high demand for tickets, no idea if fans can attend
After the Buccaneers signed Tom Brady, their problem selling tickets went away. But now they’re dealing with an unexpected problem, thanks to COVID-19. Bucs COO Brian Ford told season ticket holders...
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Patriots retained ability to apply franchise tag to Cam Newton in 2021
When seeing the initial details regarding Cam Newton‘s bargain-basement contract with the Patriots, some wondered whether the Patriots agreed not to apply the franchise tag in 2021 in order to get him...
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Robert Quinn wants to be “icing on the cake” for Bears defense
The Bears made a change at outside linebacker this offseason when they released Leonard Floyd and signed Robert Quinn as a free agent. On paper, the move looks like one that should bear fruit for the team...
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Colin Kaepernick teams up with RFK Human Rights to support community bail funds
Jails present a heightened risk of infection during the ongoing pandemic. Plenty of Americans who have yet to be convicted but who can’t afford bail remain stuck in jail pending the resolution of...
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Pandemic will likely push teams toward cashless transactions
The headline from Wednesday’s item from Daniel Kaplan of TheAthletic.com focused on the possibility that team’s will ask fans who attend games (if any attend games) to sign a waiver. But there...
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Trent Brown sees “special times” ahead for the Raiders
Right tackle Trent Brown was one of the Raiders’ free agent acquisitions during the 2019 offseason and the team went from 4-12 to 7-9 with the help of their new additions. Another offseason has come...
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Report: 49ers have discussed extensions with Raheem Mostert, Kendrick Bourne
The period between the end of offseason programs and the start of training camp is often a time for teams to work on contract extensions for their own players and a report indicates the 49ers are...
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Current NY guidelines preclude fans, and tailgating
If the season started today, the Bills would have to play in front of an empty stadium, with no tailgaters. (Also, a lot of people would be saying “Why is the season starting on July 2?”)...
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Penn State AD: Football in the spring “would be a last resort”
College football has plowed ahead of its professional brethren, with players returning to campuses — and many of them quickly catching COVID-19. So the decision-makers at that level are a bit ahead of the...
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Dolphins still optimistic about having “some” fans in the stands
Although the NFL is still planning to open the season on time with fans in stadiums, the COVID-19 situation in some states is trending in the wrong direction. One of those states is Florida, and Miami...
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Jonathan Taylor: “Different level of focus” needed to prepare for upcoming training camp
Coming into the NFL for your rookie season without any offseason on-field work with your team and a shortened preseason to prepare for the season presents numerous challenges for the newest crop of NFL...
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Name change necessary for RFK site to be option for new Washington stadium
If Dan Snyder wants a new stadium for his football team within the confines of the District of Columbia, he must first change the name of the team. According to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, a name...
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NFL’s proposed timeline has rookies reporting as early as July 19
Training camps open July 28, giving the league four weeks to strike a deal with the NFL Players Association for putting everyone back to work. Based on the league’s tentative timeline, however, the...
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Report: NFL firm on decision to move to two preseason games
As the NFL looks to trim the preseason in half, the NFLPA appears to want the number of preseason games to be cut even further. Denver Broncos player representative Brandon McManus said in a tweet Wednesday...
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Report: Jets “still talking” to Demaryius Thomas
The Jets acquired receiver Demaryius Thomas from the Patriots in early September. He could return for another season. The Jets are “still talking” with the free agent, Connor Hughes of...
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