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  • Bills receiver Goodwin out indefinitely with broken ribs

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills' already banged-up group of receivers has lost another player.Coach Rex Ryan said Marquise Goodwin is out indefinitely after breaking his ribs late in the first half of a 43-19 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

  • Dolphins center Mike Pouncey leaves game with knee injury

    August 29, 2015

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey left his team's exhibition game Saturday against the Atlanta Falcons with a knee injury, and he's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday.''I ain't concerned at all,'' he said. ''I'll be back at practice next week. I ain't missing no games. I'm playing. We've got a big season ahead of us.''

  • Packers' Randall Cobb leaves game with shoulder injury

    August 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Receiver Randall Cobb has left the Packers' preseason game Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles with a shoulder injury.Cobb appeared to be favoring his right arm after landing on the arm as he was trying to catch a pass on the sideline from rookie Brett Hundley on Green Bay's first offensive drive.

  • Rookies Abdullah, Zenner filling in nicely for Lions

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions rookie running backs Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner have made good impressions so far in training camp in the absence of last year's starter Joique Bell.Bell has been on the physically unable to perform list since the beginning of camp after undergoing procedures on his knee and Achilles in January.

  • Jets' 1st-rounder Leonard Williams leaves with knee injury

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets are hoping Leonard Williams won't be sidelined for long with a knee injury.The first-round draft pick left the Jets' 28-18 preseason victory over the Giants in the first half Saturday night. A bone bruise is a possibility, but the Jets will know more after the defensive lineman has an MRI exam Sunday.

  • Redskins' LT Trent Williams agrees to new 5-year contract

    August 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams agreed to terms Saturday on a new five-year contract that comes with million in guaranteed money.Williams' agent, Vincent Taylor, said Williams will receive an .5 million signing bonus. The sixth-year veteran will receive an average salary of .2 million, and the million deal provides for an additional .25 million in guaranteed money if he gets injured.

  • Bengals QB Andy Dalton leaves after 1 series with sore neck

    August 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Quarterback Andy Dalton scored on a keeper that completed Cincinnati's opening drive against the Chicago Bears on Saturday night, then left the game as a precaution because of a sore neck.Dalton had players piled on top of him after his 1-yard touchdown dive. He got up and spiked the ball, then came to the sideline. The Bengals said he had a sore neck and wouldn't return.

  • Falcons announce 5-year contract extension for Julio Jones

    August 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a .25 million, five-year contract extension with Julio Jones on Saturday that compares favorably with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers.The deal, announced by the team before Saturday night's preseason game at Miami, was expected. Owner Arthur Blank recently said an agreement would come soon, and he has consistently said he wants Jones to play his full career with the Falcons.

  • Playing 2nd game in 6 days, Titans played like 'tired' team

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota keeps showing he can shake off a rough start.Now the Tennessee Titans need to stop making so many mistakes and start helping out the rookie quarterback.While Mariota missed on his first three passes, the Titans hurt themselves as they gave up the first 17 points in a 34-10 loss at Kansas City on Friday night. Missed tackles kept alive too many drives, while penalties and poor execution stopped the Titans from getting much started.

  • Aaron Murray gets chance to shine in Chiefs preseason game

    August 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The nerves were obvious when the Chiefs' Aaron Murray rolled to his left late in the first half Friday night, looked downfield and threw a perfect pass - right to a Tennessee defender.After that, Murray never looked nervous again.

  • Bills' Gilmore hurts shoulder; Steelers' Hartley injured

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore will not return after hurting his right shoulder in a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.The Bills also announced that tests revealed Gilmore did not sustain a concussion.

  • Redskins' Trent Williams tweets he's agreed to new contract

    August 29, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams says he has agreed to a new contract.A few hours before the Redskins' game at the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Williams tweeted: ''Happy to announce I will be a redskin for the next 5 years. This is a dream come true.''

  • Jaguars waive WR Tandon Doss, 11 others to trim roster to 75

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived veteran receiver Tandon Doss and 11 others to reduce their roster to 75 players.The Jaguars also placed rookie defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (knee) and offensive tackle Josh Wells (thumb) on injured reserve Saturday, and waived injured receiver Greg Jenkins. If Jenkins clears waivers, he will revert to Jacksonville's IR list.

  • Raiders waive second-year safety Jonathan Dowling

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have waived safety Jonathan Dowling, making the move a day before their third preseason game.The team announced the move Saturday on Twitter ahead of Sunday night's home preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

  • Bills cornerback Gilmore being examined for concussion

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore has been taken to the locker room to be examined for a possible concussion.Gilmore was hurt tackling Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Markus Wheaton in the first quarter on Saturday afternoon. Gilmore led with his head, and was struck by Wheaton in the right shoulder and helmet.

  • Jaguars' Branch to miss 'significant time' with knee injury

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch will miss ''significant time'' early in the season after spraining a knee ligament.Coach Gus Bradley made the announcement Saturday, one day after Branch was injured during a preseason game against Detroit. Branch sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in the game, when teammate Aaron Colvin landed on him.

  • Cardinals take on Raiders, Saints host Texans on Sunday

    August 29, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Sunday night's preseason games (all times EDT):---TEXANS AT SAINTS, 4 p.m.Brian Hoyer gets his first chance to validate Houston coach Bill O'Brien's decision earlier this week to make him the Texans' starting quarterback over Ryan Mallett.

  • Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles

    August 29, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The pitch is for charity, but the call could favor California's professional sports teams.California's major league sports clubs and a leading raffle vendor are lobbying state lawmakers for the exclusive right to conduct charitable gambling at professional sports venues to sell raffle tickets that pay out half the proceeds as prize money and send the other half to charities of their choice. It would apply to 18 professional sports teams, 23 minor league teams and at several golf and racing events in the state.

  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Matthew Stafford didn't even need Calvin Johnson to carve up the Jacksonville Jaguars.Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Lions beat the Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night.

  • Chiefs lose Wilson, Titans lose Searcy in preseason game

    August 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson and Titans safety Da'Norris Searcy were banged-up in the opening quarter of Friday night's preseason game.Wilson hurt his shoulder on the game's first drive, while Searcy hurt his knee later in the opening quarter. Both were questionable to return.

  • Correction: High-Tech Practice story

    August 28, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) In a story Aug. 20 about professional sports teams using GPS devices to track player performance, The Associated Press reported, based on information provided by StatSports, that the New York Knicks were using the technology. The Knicks are not clients of StatSports.

  • Brisk morning workout ends Cardinals training camp

    August 28, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals brought their training camp to an end Friday with a brisk morning workout in front of a smattering of fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.The players packed their bags, checked out of the nearby Renaissance Hotel and returned to their homes. On Saturday, they will leave for Sunday night's preseason game at Oakland.

  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    August 28, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday's exhibition game at Baltimore because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play.In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted that Griffin "should be held from game play this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to game play can be made."

  • Saints testing potential of ex-basketball player Manhertz

    August 28, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton couldn't resist trying out another former college basketball player at tight end.Who could blame him after the smashing success Jimmy Graham became before New Orleans traded him and his hefty contract to Seattle?

  • Brady, Wayne lead Pats into Carolina

    August 28, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Friday night's preseason games:---PATRIOTS AT PANTHERS, 7:30 p.m.The Patriots get their first look at 36-year-old wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who signed with the team earlier this week. Wayne is making a fresh start in New England, saying the reason he chose the Super Bowl champs was because he ''I want to win.''

  • 49ers in turmoil as they face Broncos in exhibition game

    August 28, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Saturday night's preseason games:---49ERS AT BRONCOS, 9 p.m.Peyton Manning hasn't had his pair of Pro Bowl receivers on the field with him since the playoffs. Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is sitting this one out and Demaryius Thomas is still working his way into ''football shape'' after missing the entire offseason program in a contract dispute. In his debut last week, Manning's four drives all ended in punts thanks to drops and flags.

  • Coach Jen Welter calls groundbreaking NFL work 'fantastic'

    August 28, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jen Welter's groundbreaking days as an interim NFL coach are nearing an end.''It's been fantastic,'' she said. ''This is such a good group of guys who I think really embraced what could have been a challenging situation, and they just ran with it. I mean these players and these coaches have just been fantastic for me. It's been like a dream come true.''

  • Cowboys lineman RJ Dill gets 4-game ban over PED policy

    August 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas offensive lineman R.J. Dill, a third-year player who hasn't appeared in an NFL game, has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.Dill said Friday that he failed a drug test in May, about six months after he said he underwent testosterone replacement therapy when he was not under contract with a team. He said the NFL denied his request for a therapeutic use exception.

  • Vikings travel to Texas, Adrian Peterson waits to play

    August 28, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Each time he puts on his purple jersey and takes the practice field with the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson moves further past the lost 2014 season that included a child abuse charge against him.He still has two-plus weeks to go before he'll suit up for a game.

  • Raiders still seeking to identify backup running back

    August 28, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) With a starting running back that hasn't had more than 100 carries in a season since entering the NFL, the Oakland Raiders know they will likely have to count on some of their backups to generate a consistent running game this season.

  • Charge against Titans' Hunter reduced to misdemeanor

    August 28, 2015

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) The felony charge against Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter has been reduced to a misdemeanor count of assault and battery.Hunter had been facing a felony charge of malicious wounding that stemmed from a late-night flight at the Sandbar Raw Bar in Virginia Beach's oceanfront resort area during the July Fourth weekend, according to Virginia Beach police.

  • Broncos sign tight end Dan Light of Fordham

    August 28, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The ''Gronk of the Bronx'' might just become the ''Gronk of the Broncos.''Dan Light, the Fordham tight end with the catchy moniker, signed with Denver on Friday.Light (6-5, 265 pounds) caught 177 passes for 1,594 yards and nine touchdowns during his four-year college career.

  • Purple Heart, Bronze Star recipient fights for Rams spot

    August 28, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Long after the rest of the St. Louis Rams have left the practice field, Daniel Rodriguez drips with sweat, running dozens of extra pass routes with backup quarterback Austin Davis, who's also getting some extra work.Rodriguez prides himself on being the first in line for the JUGS machine that spits out tight spirals before practice, too.

  • Identifying zone-read plays makes it tough to protect QBs

    August 28, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) If Chip Kelly, Pete Carroll and other NFL coaches want to run zone-read plays, their quarterbacks are fair game - even when they don't have the ball.The league's competition committee has made it clear quarterbacks won't get special protection until they establish a passing posture. The rules aren't changing this year despite concerns that arose after Terrell Suggs was penalized for tackling Sam Bradford's knees on a handoff in a Ravens-Eagles game last Saturday.

  • A list of the NFL's safety rules regarding QBs

    August 28, 2015

    The NFL rules applicable to the quarterback as a runner include:1. When a quarterback runs an option and keeps the ball, he is a runner. He has none of the special protections given to a passer. Normal unnecessary roughness rules apply.It does not matter whether he is in or outside the pocket area.

  • Sanders missing second straight summer of work

    August 28, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) For the second straight year, Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders is missing a good chuck of training camp with a leg injury.Last year, it was a strained thigh that sidelined him for a week and a-half. This time, it's a pulled right hamstring.

  • Soft-spoken Teddy Bridgewater blossoms for Vikings

    August 28, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) An easy smile, slender build and soft, self-effacing voice. They seem to bely Teddy Bridgewater's status with the Minnesota Vikings.This rising star quarterback almost comes across as a choir boy.Well, he is.No, seriously.''I just joined this year,'' Bridgewater said after a recent practice. ''Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church, in Miami.''

  • Rams' new offensive line struggling to jell

    August 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) It's no secret that the St. Louis Rams want to run the ball this season, but their renovated starting offensive line has yet to come together through their first two preseason games.The Rams' starting unit has produced just three points in their six series of work in preseason losses to the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. They will go into this Saturday night's game against the visiting Indianapolis Colts looking to show improvement.

  • Entering 10th season, Jets' Colon still out to prove himself

    August 27, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Willie Colon walked out of the New York Jets' facility eight months ago uncertain if he'd ever be back.He had just completed his second season with the Jets, but changes were coming. There would be a new front office, head coach and assistant coaches, all trying to assemble a roster that would help the franchise rebound from a 4-12 season.

  • Jets sign veteran quarterback Josh Johnson

    August 27, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed quarterback Josh Johnson, adding another veteran to the mix.The Jets announced the move Thursday night, a few hours after bringing Johnson in for a workout. To make room on the roster, New York waived undrafted rookie quarterback Jake Heaps.

  • Elway says rest will be good for Manning - eventually

    August 27, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The long-term benefit of getting Peyton Manning so much rest this summer is that he should be fresher in December.The downside?September might not be so smooth.With longtime apprentice Brock Osweiler getting so many snaps this summer, Manning's work has been curtailed and the quarterback who has long despised taking a day - or even a play - off, was 8 for 15 for 52 yards in his preseason debut last week.

  • Prosecution of Hernandez cousin dropped for cancer treatment

    August 27, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Prosecutors say they'll abandon their case against a cousin of ex-New England Patriots player and murder convict Aaron Hernandez because of her worsening cancer.Tanya Singleton was charged with conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact in the 2013 killing of Odin (OH'-dihn) Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Prosecutors accused her of helping a Hernandez co-defendant flee to Florida.

  • WR looks like Falcons' deepest position heading into season

    August 27, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Like all NFL teams, the Atlanta Falcons have some worrisome positions.Receiver isn't one of them.Julio Jones and Roddy White are the primary targets, of course, but there's plenty of depth behind them.Leonard Hankerson has fully recovered from a 2013 knee injury that limited him to one game last season, giving the Falcons a reliable third receiver. Fourth-round pick Justin Hardy is making a good impression, and little-known free agent Nick Williams also is bidding to claim a spot on the 53-man roster.

  • Skins' RG3 evades concussion questions, OK'd to face Ravens

    August 27, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III evaded questions Thursday about when - or even if - he sustained a concussion in the Washington Redskins' second preseason game.''You've got to talk to the people who report that stuff,'' Griffin said. ''I don't report that stuff. I was in the locker room, taking a shower, getting ready to watch the rest of the game, so I don't know.''

  • Raiders LB Sio Moore fighting for spot on team

    August 27, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Despite being one of Oakland's best defensive players his first two years in the NFL, Sio Moore is just fighting for a spot on the team this season.After missing the offseason program while recovering from hip surgery and more than two weeks of training camp with an undisclosed injury, Moore has been passed on the depth chart by Malcolm Smith and must prove his worth to the new coaching staff.

  • Linebacker Ahmad Brooks sent home by 49ers

    August 27, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been banished from the San Francisco 49ers after being charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.The team sent him home Thursday morning from Colorado, where they are holding joint practices with the Broncos before playing a preseason game against Denver on Saturday night.

  • Redskins say QB Robert Griffin III cleared to face Ravens

    August 27, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins say an independent neurologist has cleared quarterback Robert Griffin III to play in Saturday's exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens.The Redskins announced Griffin's status Thursday, a week after he was hurt in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

  • Barth rejoins Buccaneers after being released in Denver

    August 27, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Kicker Connor Barth is back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being released by the Denver Broncos and re-signing with his old team.Coach Lovie Smith reiterated Thursday he's always looking for ways to potentially improve the roster. Barth's return creates competition the remainder of the preseason for incumbent Patrick Murray.

  • Giants offensive line gets some good news with Jets on tap

    August 27, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants might have their offensive line ready to play in the annual preseason game against the Jets.Coach Tom Coughlin on Thursday said that starting right tackle Marshall Newhouse was not injured when a defender stepped on his left ankle in practice on Wednesday and that center Weston Richburg's left knee is improving after missing a couple of days with tendinitis.

  • Tom Coughlin cuts back on practice, opts for Giants recovery

    August 27, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have been hit with so many injuries the past few seasons that coach Tom Coughlin is experimenting with practicing less.Coughlin on Thursday held a recovery day for his players. They did some football-related things to get ready for Saturday's annual preseason game against the Jets, but for the most part the soon-to-be 69-year-old coach staged a spa day.

  • Johnny Manziel out for rest of preseason with elbow injury

    August 27, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel's preseason is over, sacked by a stinging elbow.Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday that Manziel, who has made strides in his second year in the NFL after a rough rookie season, will not play in Cleveland's last two exhibition games because of lingering soreness in his right elbow. The injury has bothered him for two weeks and is more serious than initially thought.

  • Cardinals anticipate end of training camp

    August 27, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) So what's with those smiles on the faces of Arizona Cardinals players?Thursday was the last full day of training camp.The team breaks camp following a Friday morning practice two days ahead of the third preseason game in Oakland. That's welcome news to just about everyone.

  • Steelers rookies trying to find niche in new spots

    August 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The No. 16 jersey and what it ultimately signifies for Tyler Murphy fits just fine and all. It's just not the one he would prefer to wear.Given a choice, the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie would rather have a lower number, maybe one with a single digit. You know, the kind the guys who line up behind center wear.

  • Longtime Saints recall the team's role in Katrina recovery

    August 27, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Coming off a career-threatening injury, Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in a disaster zone. Sean Payton became coach of the Saints only after being passed over for the job he really wanted in Green Bay.

  • Texans RB Grimes escapes by playing piano, writing songs

    August 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Jonathan Grimes got an NFL pink slip four times before finally hanging on with the Houston Texans and spending all of last season with the team.With his football future in doubt so many times, the running back leaned heavily on his other love: music.

  • Duron Carter trying to show he can catch on in NFL

    August 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Duron Carter has that NFL look.At 6-foot-5, 211 pounds, he's a big enough receiver to take advantage of mismatches. He's fast enough to go deep or return kicks and, like his Hall of Fame dad, Cris, the Colts rookie receiver has demonstrated a penchant for making big plays.

  • Packers' Raji ready to contribute after missing last season

    August 27, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Veteran nose tackle B.J. Raji knows well the challenging path that injured Green Bay Packers teammate Jordy Nelson must take the next several months.''Like anything else in life, you have to acknowledge it, accept it and then move forward,'' Raji said Thursday. ''So the sooner you can acknowledge and accept it and just accept the situation, the better off you'll be.''

  • Saints seeking to ramp up pass rush as regular season nears

    August 27, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Sack-less through two preseason games, the New Orleans Saints have ratcheted up concerns about their lack of a pass rush this week.After releasing outside linebacker Junior Galette in July due to multiple off-the-field issues, they entered training camp with a huge hole to fill.

  • Former NFLer Jonathan Martin working on memoir

    August 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jonathan Martin, the former NFL tackle who abruptly left the Miami Dolphins and has since said he attempted suicide, is working on a memoir.Atria Books editor Todd Hunter told The Associated Press on Thursday that the publisher has agreed to terms with Martin for ''The Courage To Walk Away,'' co-written by Hilary Beard. Hunter says the book is tentatively scheduled for spring 2017.

  • Redskins QB Robert Griffin III evades concussion questions

    August 27, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III evaded questions Thursday about when - or even if - he sustained a concussion in the Washington Redskins' second preseason game.''You've got to talk to the people who report that stuff,'' Griffin said. ''I don't report that stuff. I was in the locker room, taking a shower, getting ready to watch the rest of the game, so I don't know.''

  • Gregory's work to impress Cowboys now showing on field, too

    August 27, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) At times this summer, Randy Gregory would sign autographs and give interviews until Dallas team personnel had to just about pull him off the field during training camp.The rookie defensive end from Nebraska has been trying to make a good impression, most notably with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, since conduct issues caused him to slide to the end of the second round in last spring's NFL draft.

  • Former NFLer Jonathan pnyMartin working on memoir

    August 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jonathan Martin, the former NFL tackle who abruptly left the Miami Dolphins and has since said he attempted suicide, is working on a memoir.Atria Books editor Todd Hunter told The Associated Press on Thursday that the publisher has agreed to terms with Martin for ''The Courage To Walk Away,'' co-written by Hilary Beard. Hunter says the book is tentatively scheduled for spring 2017.

  • Ravens All-Pro guard Yanda lets his play prove his worth

    August 27, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Entering the final season of a five-year contract, Marshal Yanda insists he isn't concerned about negotiating a new deal with the Baltimore Ravens.''We'll worry about that when the time comes,'' Yanda said. ''Right now, I'm focused on getting better as a football player and stuff like that. We'll get it done when we get it done.''

  • Dolphins prepare for 1st game in remodeled stadium

    August 27, 2015

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The steady thump of a lone hammer resonated at the entrance to the Miami Dolphins' stadium, where the team is about to play for the first time since a major remodeling project began.Renovations won't be done when the Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons kick off Saturday. The two-year project still has a year to go, and the estimated cost has climbed above 5 million.

  • Eagles QB Bradford hopes to hit rhythm vs. Packers

    August 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Quarterback Sam Bradford would embrace the chance to play deeper in the Eagles' third exhibition game in Green Bay on Saturday.But whether he plays at all depends on many different factors, Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly said Thursday.

  • Packers DL Letroy Guion suspended 3 games by NFL

    August 27, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The NFL suspended Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion without pay for the first three games of the regular season on Thursday, saying the eighth-year pro violated the league's policy on substance abuse.The 28-year-old Guion was arrested near his home in Florida in early February on felony charges of drug and firearm possession. A traffic stop turned up three-quarters of a pound of marijuana, a handgun and a bag containing more than 0,000 in cash.

  • Falcons' McKay reinstated to NFL Competition Committee

    August 27, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons team president Rick McKay has been reinstated as chairman of the NFL's powerful Competition Committee, the league said Thursday, after a nearly five-month suspension for the use of artificial noise at the Georgia Dome during games.

  • Wilson says he did not have a concussion in NFC title game

    August 27, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said Thursday he did not suffer a concussion in the NFC championship game against Green Bay, a day after comments in an article in Rolling Stone indicated Wilson may have suffered a head injury.

  • Manziel to miss Browns' final 2 exhibitions with elbow issue

    August 27, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will not play in Cleveland's last two exhibition games because of lingering soreness in his right elbow.Manziel has been shut down from throwing, and Browns coach Mike Pettine said the second-year QB will miss not only this Saturday's game at Tampa Bay but Cleveland's preseason finale at Chicago on Sept. 3.

  • Safety Will Hill signs 2-year contract with Ravens

    August 27, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Safety Will Hill has signed a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.The 25-year-old Hill is entering his first full season with Baltimore after starting the final eight games of 2014. He had 42 tackles, an interception and broke up four passes in 10 games.

  • 49ers GM: Ahmad Brooks remains on the team

    August 27, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke says embattled linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been excused from the team but remains on the roster ''on a day-to-day-situation.''Brooks was sent home from Denver on Thursday morning after a Santa Clara County grand jury charged him with misdemeanor sexual battery. The 49ers are practicing with the Broncos in advance of their preseason game Saturday night.

  • Titans' Mariota, Chiefs' rookies to reunite in preseason

    August 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is looking forward to a Pac-12 reunion when Tennessee travels to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night.The Heisman Trophy-winning rookie played against three of the Chiefs' draft picks during his standout career at Oregon. Two of them, cornerback Steven Nelson and linebacker D.J. Alexander, played for bitter rival Oregon State, while cornerback Marcus Peters played at Washington.

  • Redskins LB Junior Galette out for season with Achilles tear

    August 27, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says outside linebacker Junior Galette will miss the entire season after tearing his left Achilles tendon.Gruden discussed Galette's status on Thursday, a day after the pass rusher was injured toward the end of practice.

  • EJ Manuel to start at QB against Steelers in exhibition

    August 27, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Don't count EJ Manuel out of the Buffalo Bills quarterback competition just yet.After spending much of the previous two weeks working with the Bills' second- and third-stringers, Manuel will get his turn to start in Buffalo's third preseason game against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

  • Texans QB Mallett misses practice for personal issue

    August 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans backup quarterback Ryan Mallett missed practice on Thursday for what coach Bill O'Brien called a personal issue.Brian Hoyer was named the team's starter on Monday after competing with Mallett for the job. On Tuesday, Mallett expressed his anger and disappointment at losing the job, but said he was going to continue to work hard.

  • LINING UP: Brady, Pats head to Carolina; Titans face Chiefs

    August 28, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Friday night's preseason games:---PATRIOTS AT PANTHERS, 7:30 p.m.The Patriots get their first look at 36-year-old wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who signed with the team earlier this week. Wayne is making a fresh start in New England, saying the reason he chose the Super Bowl champs was because he ''I want to win.''

  • With Manziel out with sore elbow, Browns sign QB Pat Devlin

    August 27, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel's troublesome elbow forced the Browns to sign free agent quarterback Pat Devlin to give them some depth.With Manziel sidelined for the time being with elbow soreness and Connor Shaw out indefinitely following thumb surgery, Cleveland needed a third quarterback and brought in Devlin, who has never taken an NFL snap but spent time with three teams.

  • Company in Vikings stadium fatality had 9 safety violations

    August 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Minnesota Vikings stadium construction site has received nine citations for worksite safety violations in the past five years, according to public records.A Berwald Roofing Co. employee was killed Wednesday when he fell about 50 feet at the U.S. Bank Stadium construction site in Minneapolis. Another worker was injured.

  • Rams WR Quick back from significant shoulder injury

    August 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) It's been a long road back for Brian Quick. The finish line is in sight for the St. Louis Rams wide receiver.Quick's breakout season in 2014 was cut short by a shoulder injury that the team feared might be career-threatening. The former second-round pick out of Appalachian State was diligent with rehab, and he's expected to return for Week 3 of the preseason Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts.

  • Packers offensive line hobbled in training camp

    August 27, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Injured Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari has missed the last two weeks of practice, but he plans to take his usual spot up front once the regular season begins.And that's about as specific as Bakhtiari got on Wednesday about why he has been sidelined in training camp.

  • Lions trade Michael Williams to Patriots for draft pick

    August 26, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have traded tackle Michael Williams to the New England Patriots for a draft pick.The Lions took Williams in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, but he has not played in an NFL game.Williams played tight end at Alabama, catching 51 passes in four seasons and even returning a handful of kickoffs. But he was considered more of a throwback blocking end when he came into the NFL.

  • Grand jury indicts former 49er Ray McDonald on rape charge

    August 26, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on one count of rape of an intoxicated person.The announcement came Wednesday, with the indictment stemming from an incident Dec. 15 at McDonald's home.

  • Cowboys think they have depth to replace injured Scandrick

    August 26, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Orlando Scandrick's season-ending knee injury was a flashback for Dallas coach Jason Garrett to losing linebacker Sean Lee during the offseason a year earlier.There is one difference, though. This time, the Cowboys think they have the cornerbacks to absorb the blow.

  • Jets' Richardson awaits legal process, ruling on suspension

    August 26, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Sheldon Richardson is eager to find out when he'll be able to play this season.The New York Jets defensive lineman has already been suspended the first four regular-season games by the NFL. He's awaiting word on if he'll have to sit out a few more.

  • Raiders excited about upgraded facilities

    August 26, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders finally have a state-of-the-art training facility even if they are still searching for a permanent home.The Raiders showed off their new performance center on Wednesday during their first full practice since breaking training camp in Napa.

  • Seahawks LB Kevin Pierre-Louis pushing for playing time

    August 26, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) It doesn't take long for the speed of Kevin Pierre-Louis to catch your eye.The second-year Seahawks linebacker has loads of it. It's a trait that Seattle covets in its linebackers and Pierre-Louis fits the bill.Pierre-Louis showed flashes in limited action as a rookie before a shoulder injury prematurely ended his season. Now the 2014 fourth-round pick is making it difficult for Seattle's coaching staff to keep him off the field.

  • Old friends Bethea, Manning reunite at 49ers-Denver practice

    August 26, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Antoine Bethea faced Peyton Manning in practice when they were teammates for five seasons, so it was no surprise he intercepted the veteran during Wednesday's joint session between San Francisco and Denver.Even so, Bethea's pick of Manning sparked a small celebration among his 49ers teammates. The interception was one of the few highlights in an otherwise low-key session between the teams. No on-field skirmishes marred the first of two days of practices between the teams ahead of their exhibition game on Saturday night.

  • Receiver Josh Morgan hopes joining Saints revives his career

    August 26, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) While veteran receiver Josh Morgan is by no means assured of a roster spot in New Orleans, he is certain he made the right decision to sign with the Saints.After playing for dysfunctional teams with quarterbacks who were lightning rods for criticism in Washington and Chicago the past two seasons, he joined an offense that has been at or near the top of the NFL in all nine of quarterback Drew Brees' years in New Orleans.

  • Evan Mathis jumps at chance to play for Broncos

    August 26, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The signing of two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis turns Denver's most glaring question mark into one of its strengths.Mathis passed his physical, signed his contract, donned his familiar No. 69 jersey and a black baseball cap and watched Wednesday's joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers from the sideline.

  • Calvin Johnson may not play this week either for Lions

    August 26, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The third game of the preseason is usually something of a dress rehearsal, when teams give their regular starters a bit more playing time.That may not be the case for Detroit star Calvin Johnson.''I'm not quite certain you're going to see him at all,'' Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. ''There's no guarantees at this point.''

  • Humbled Vick at peace in reserve role with Steelers

    August 26, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The crowd around the backup quarterback's locker was three or four deep. Somewhere in the middle, underneath the bright lights that never seem to go away, Michael Vick spent 13 minutes answering the same questions that never seem to go away.

  • Cutler and the Bears thin at receiver as season nears

    August 26, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jay Cutler could only smile and roll with the injuries.The Chicago Bears quarterback on Wednesday found himself throwing to third-team receivers after yet another injury to one of his targets. This time, it was veteran Eddie Royal who sat out practice, nursing a hip injury. Royal became the fourth Bears wide receiver to go down with an injury in preseason.

  • Titans like preseason play of both Mariota, Mettenberger

    August 26, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans know very well the value of having a quality backup quarterback.This franchise has started one quarterback an entire season just once since the 2002 season and cycled through three different quarterbacks last year alone. It's why the Titans drafted Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 pick overall even though they had Zach Mettenberger on the roster.

  • Program says safety, but Bucannon more of a linebacker

    August 26, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) When the Arizona Cardinals selected Deone Bucannon in the first round of the 2014 draft, they envisioned a hard-hitting safety prowling the secondary.But when he was on the field as a rookie, it was mostly as an inside linebacker. That should be the case this year, maybe even more so.

  • Redskins' Galette injuries left ankle during practice

    August 26, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington linebacker Junior Galette injured his left ankle in the final minutes of Wednesday's practice.Coach Jay Gruden said he was worried about the situation.The Redskins were having Galette's ankle checked when Gruden met with reporters after practice, and the coach wasn't happy with the situation.

  • Patriots look for improvement in 3rd preseason game

    August 26, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Bill Belichick is looking for some major improvement from the New England Patriots as they head to Carolina for Friday night's third preseason game.''We weren't very good on either side of the ball, or in the kicking game,'' the coach said Wednesday when talking about last week's 26-24 victory at New Orleans.

  • Ex-NFLer Martin says he attempted suicide multiple times

    August 26, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Former NFL tackle Jonathan Martin posted on Facebook that difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times, and he wanted to share his struggle with social isolation to help others.Martin, who retired this year, said his problems date to childhood in California, and to being told his entire life he was not ''black enough.''

  • Lions trade Michael Williams to Patriots for 2016 draft pick

    August 26, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have traded tackle Michael Williams to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick.The Lions took Williams in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, but he has not played in an NFL game.Williams played tight end at Alabama, catching 51 passes in four seasons and even returning a handful of kickoffs. But he was considered more of a throwback blocking end when he came into the NFL.

  • Beckham intends to have fun even if it makes him a target

    August 26, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. is well aware how annoying he can be on the field.Not only does the New York Giants' receiver catch passes with ease, he has that infuriating habit of yapping to defensive backs and making celebratory gestures after big plays.

  • Lawmaker opposition casts doubt on new St. Louis stadium

    August 26, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Missouri's legislative budget leaders said they oppose spending taxpayer money on a new St. Louis football stadium, casting serious doubts on whether supporters can cobble together enough money for the facility before an approaching NFL vote on whether to relocate the Rams.

  • NFL, union still in dispute over Peterson suspension

    August 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson was reinstated by the NFL in April. He rejoined the Minnesota Vikings in June. He even got a new contract in July, with the guaranteed money he was seeking.From the league's view, then, there should be no further dispute about the application of the personal conduct policy related to Peterson's punishment last season. The situation turned out all right for the star running back, now that he's back on the field.

  • Chiefs' Knile Davis could hold key to running success

    August 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) There may be no more valuable player on the Kansas City Chiefs than Jamaal Charles, the game-breaking running back with the slick moves and world-class speed.His success this season could be closely tied to that of Knile Davis.

  • Johnny Manziel's elbow still sore, likely to miss exhibition

    August 26, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel entered the NFL with a flair for making sensational plays. And, as it turns out, an elbow problem.Manziel's right elbow soreness - a problem the Browns said has troubled the former Texas A&M star since he was in high school - isn't going away, so the team is shutting him down.

  • Clowney should be ready for Texans' opener vs Chiefs

    August 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play in Houston's season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 13.Coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday that the pass-rush specialist has looked good in practice and is improving every day.''He wants to be in there more which is a great sign,'' O'Brien said. ''That means he's probably feeling pretty good. A lot of it has to do with how he's feeling, how the knee's feeling. I think he feels decent and he's worked hard to get back to this point. And we'll just keep inching him forward to be able to go on that first game.''

  • Construction worker plunges to death at Vikings stadium site

    August 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A construction worker plunged about 50 feet to his death at the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium site Wednesday morning while a second worker with him was seriously injured.Officials were still trying to determine how the accident happened, said John Wood, senior vice president with Mortenson Construction, the general contractor overseeing the billion-plus project. The man who died, an employee of Berwald Roofing Co., fell from the edge of the roof into a snow gutter on the north side of U.S. Bank Stadium about 45 minutes into his shift and was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital, Wood said.

  • Injuries muddle secondary situation for Dolphins

    August 26, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Dolphins' secondary is more muddled than when training camp began, and clarity might not come anytime soon.Blame injuries. Starting safety Louis Delmas was sidelined for the season last week when he torn his right ACL for the second time in nine months, while cornerback Jamar Taylor's challenge for a starting job has been interrupted while he recovers from a quadriceps injury.

  • Rutgers coach: Didn't know of investigation when contacted

    August 26, 2015

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Rutgers coach Kyle Flood says that when he was contacted by university officials about communicating with a faculty member regarding the academic status of a player, he didn't know he was being investigated for possibly violating school or NCAA rules.

  • Raiders sign S Taylor Mays, was cut by Lions

    August 26, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent safety Taylor Mays.Mays was released last week by Detroit before signing with the Raiders on Wednesday. He is reunited with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., who was a coach at USC when Mays played there.

  • Manziel's elbow still issue, not throwing as Browns practice

    August 26, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel's sore right elbow may be a bigger pain than the Browns believed.Manziel did not throw during the portion of practice open to reporters on Wednesday, the second time in three days the former Heisman Trophy winner sat out passing drills. Reporters are only permitted to watch the first 30 minutes of practice because the team has shifted from training camp to the schedule the Browns will use during the regular season.

  • Panthers' Shula: It may take 'committee' to replace Benjamin

    August 26, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula isn't dwelling over the loss of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the season.While Shula says it's a major loss, he points out the Panthers still have plenty of offensive talent even with Benjamin sidelined with a torn ACL in his left knee.

  • Packers look for group effort to replace Jordy Nelson

    August 26, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The task of finding receivers who will fill the void left by Jordy Nelson's season-ending injury has started in earnest in Green Bay.Coach Mike McCarthy said no one man can pick up the slack.Randall Cobb caught 91 passes last year from MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, second on the team to Nelson's 98. Now Cobb is clearly the top option with Nelson out with a right knee injury.

  • Clowney should be ready for Texans' season opener

    August 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play in Houston's season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 13.Coach Bill O'Brien says that Clowney has looked good in practice and that they're going to: `keep inching him forward to be able to go in that first game.''

  • Worker killed, another hurt at new Vikings stadium site

    August 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A construction worker at the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium died and a second worker was seriously injured when they fell Wednesday morning while doing roofing work.The employees of Berwald Roofing were working on the north side of the project when they fell at about 7:45 a.m., said John Wood, a vice president for Mortenson Construction, the general contractor.

  • Worker killed, another injured at stadium construction site

    August 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The contractor for the Minnesota Vikings stadium under construction says one worker has died and another has been injured while doing roofing work.Mortensen Construction executive John Wood says two employees of Berwald Roofing fell while working on the north side of the partially constructed stadium Wednesday morning. The incident brought work on the stadium to a halt.

  • Falcons sign Grossman to compete for backup quarterback job

    August 26, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Rex Grossman believes he has a couple more seasons left in him.After signing the 35-year-old backup quarterback to a one-year deal on Wednesday, the Atlanta Falcons seem to agree.Grossman, who hasn't thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2011, is trying to beat out T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree for the primary reserve role behind three-time Pro Bowl selection Matt Ryan.

  • Broncos release kicker Connor Barth

    August 26, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The load taken off Brandon McManus's shoulders was replaced by a heavy heart.The Broncos released kicker Connor Barth on Wednesday to make room for two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, meaning McManus has regained his status as Denver's kicker.

  • Umenyiora signs 1-day contract to retire as a New York Giant

    August 26, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora has retired as a member of the New York Giants.Umenyiora, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants, signed a one-day contract Wednesday and announced his retirement after 12 NFL seasons, the first 10 with New York and last two in Atlanta.

  • Person rescued from roof of new Minnesota Vikings stadium

    August 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minneapolis firefighters used a rescue basket, ropes and cables to free a person trapped on the roof of the Minnesota Vikings stadium that's under construction.Fire officials say the person who fell into a rooftop crevice about 8 a.m. Wednesday was injured, but has been stabilized.

  • Firefighters working to free person trapped on stadium roof

    August 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minneapolis firefighters are working to free a person who fell into a crevice on the roof of the Minnesota Vikings stadium that's under construction.Fire officials say the person who fell into the crevice has been injured. No other details were immediately available.

  • FANTASY PLAYS: Time to figure out who's No. 1 in your draft

    August 26, 2015

    Your fantasy football draft draws near, and you're stoked because you've got the top overall pick. Visions of grabbing the hands-down best player and watching him carry you to a title has you giddy.Then you take a closer look at the candidates, and reality sets in: there just isn't a clear-cut No. 1 this year.

  • AP source: Cowboys' Scandrick out for year with knee injury

    August 26, 2015

    Orlando Scandrick's season is over before it started after the Dallas cornerback tore two ligaments in his right knee in practice at training camp Tuesday.A person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press that an MRI exam revealed tears to the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the injury.

  • Developer: Raiders stadium in Oakland, California, feasible

    August 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A San Diego businessman says his latest plan for a new Raiders stadium in the city of Oakland has a 50-50 chance of succeeding, but he's revealing little else about it.Floyd Kephart's proposal first called for the Raiders, the NFL and future stadium revenues to finance the proposed 0 million facility.

  • RB Gurley back on field for Rams

    August 25, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley didn't get a lot of reps during Tuesday's practice, but the No. 10 overall pick in the 2015 Draft took another step forward in his return from knee surgery.''I was real excited,'' Gurley said. ''I got the news a couple days ago, so I was definitely excited just to be able to get out here and get some reps.''

  • Eagles like their formidable group of inside linebackers

    August 25, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Mychal Kendricks watched during the offseason as the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Kiko Alonso, extended the contract of DeMeco Ryans and selected Jordan Hicks in the third round of the draft.Oh, and there were also rumors that the linebacker was about to be traded.

  • Cowboys' Scandrick injured, tells coach it's torn right ACL

    August 25, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick left practice at training camp Tuesday with what he told his secondary coach he believed was a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.Scandrick went down working against rookie receiver Lucky Whitehead and was carted off the field. The Cowboys were awaiting results of an MRI.

  • Several Titans miss practice, Mettenberger, McCluster sick

    August 25, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) With a very short turnaround between preseason games, a handful of Titans got a break from practice Tuesday.Coach Ken Whisenhunt also kept backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger and running back Dexter McCluster away from the team to prevent any illness from spreading to the other players.

  • Steelers sign QB Michael Vick to 1-year deal

    August 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Vick needed a job. The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a backup quarterback.One solid workout solved both problems.The Steelers signed the four-time Pro Bowler to a one-year deal on Tuesday night, hopeful there's enough game left in the 35-year-old's still dangerous legs to provide the defending AFC North champions some insurance should something happen to Ben Roethlisberger.

  • Buccaneers making strides on defense under Lovie Smith

    August 25, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is just one of the reasons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect to be better. A defense showing signs of improvement this preseason is eager to do its part, too.The Bucs forced three more turnovers Monday night during their 25-11 exhibition victory over the Cincinnati, giving them six in two games. They also had four sacks, scored a touchdown and set up two other scores in a performance that left coach Lovie Smith feeling good about the direction of a unit that ranked 25th in total defense a year ago.

  • Steelers confident offensive line can hum without Pouncey

    August 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Doug Legursky wants to get something straight. The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't lure the veteran offensive lineman off the couch and back into the locker room to do his best Maurkice Pouncey impersonation while the four-time Pro Bowl center recovers from a broken left ankle.

  • Cowboys back to work, awaiting Bryant's preseason debut

    August 25, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas coach Jason Garrett still wasn't in a talkative mood two days after a lackluster preseason game in San Francisco that left the Cowboys with just one decent chance to get tuned up for the regular season.Garrett said receiver Dez Bryant would go through individual drills in the afternoon practice Tuesday, the first of three workouts before Dallas breaks camp ahead of its first preseason home game Saturday night against Minnesota.

  • Vikings center Sullivan still out with back injury

    August 25, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan has been dealing with a back injury for the past week. Coach Mike Zimmer says the team is ''just being cautious with him.''Sullivan missed practice again Tuesday. He has been off the field for the last seven days, including the exhibition game Saturday. Joe Berger started instead against Tampa Bay.

  • Broncos beef up O-line by signing guard Evan Mathis

    August 25, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Not long after praising his young offensive line Tuesday, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak welcomed two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis to Denver. The 11th-year pro agreed to a one-year deal that could be worth up to million.Suddenly, Peyton Manning goes from having three NFL novices protecting him to working behind a line with a top set of guards.

  • B.J. Daniels trying to earn spot at receiver for Seahawks

    August 25, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) B.J. Daniels has played football since he was 6 years old and never played any position other than quarterback.So naturally there was some hesitation when the Seahawks came to him asking if he would consider moving to wide receiver this offseason. However, Daniels has made a fairly seamless transition to being on the receiving end of passes during training camp and is pushing for a spot on Seattle's 53-man roster.

  • 49ers, Broncos hope for 2 clean practices minus fighting

    August 25, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jim Tomsula won't tolerate fighting from his San Francisco players when they take the field with the Broncos this week for a pair of joint practices.Denver coach Gary Kubiak wishes everybody would just play football and quit talking about the tussling.

  • Reed expects to make preseason debut Saturday vs. Ravens

    August 25, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington tight end Jordan Reed, who missed the team's first two preseason games with a strained hamstring, said Tuesday that he expects to play against the Baltimore Ravens.Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he's hopeful that Reed returns to the lineup for Saturday's game.

  • Chiefs dealing with mounting number of nagging injuries

    August 25, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have not had that moment in training camp or preseason when everyone notices a player hobbling to the sideline or flat on the field, and there is a collective gasp.Nothing like the knee injury that will sideline Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the season, or the ankle injury to Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

  • Reggie Wayne looking forward to fresh start

    August 25, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Reggie Wayne said he was talking to several NFL teams before deciding to sign a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.''There were a lot of serious calls, from some good teams, but I felt like this was the best place,'' Wayne said Tuesday before joining his new team for his first practice.

  • Injured Nelson aims to get young Packers WRs up to speed

    August 25, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The shock of being out of the year has already worn off for Jordy Nelson.One of the first things to cross Nelson's mind upon returning to Lambeau Field on Tuesday was to get into the classroom to help get the younger receivers up to speed at training camp.

  • Bills close camp with playoffs-or-bust expectations

    August 25, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The high expectations running back Fred Jackson and the Bills had upon arriving at training camp a month ago haven't lessened as the team prepares to head home.''Oh man, this is by far the best team I've been a part of,'' Jackson said Tuesday, after putting a close to his ninth Bills camp in suburban Rochester.

  • Villanova names USC's Mark Jackson athletic director

    August 25, 2015

    VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova has hired USC's Mark Jackson to succeed Vince Nicastro as the program's athletic director.Jackson was senior associate AD and chief innovation officer at USC. Nicastro left after 15 years to become the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova's law school.

  • LB Mathis back on practice field for Colts

    August 25, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Robert Mathis returned to the Indianapolis Colts practice field on Tuesday after spending all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he continued to rehab from a torn Achilles tendon suffered last year.His return comes just as Indy is trying to find answers for its struggling defense - specifically when it comes to tackling.

  • Bengals release Josh Johnson, making McCarron the backup QB

    August 25, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals released quarterback Josh Johnson on Tuesday, making AJ McCarron the backup to Andy Dalton.McCarron impressed during a 25-11 preseason loss at Tampa Bay on Monday night, going 11 of 15 for 97 yards. He led an 80-yard touchdown drive.

  • Talks go on as lawyers try to win over 'Deflategate' judge

    August 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Even as negotiations aimed at settling the NFL's ''Deflategate'' scandal drag on, lawyers are seeking every legal advantage in a quest to win over a federal judge.Repeating arguments they made at a hearing one week ago, lawyers for the league, the players' union and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are sending Judge Richard Berman letters reminding him of their legal positions over the controversy stemming from deflated footballs at January's AFC championship game, which New England won over the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7.

  • Jaguars' Yeldon returns from injury, eager for NFL debut

    August 25, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon hasn't been hit in more than two weeks.Now that the rookie is no longer wearing a non-contact jersey, it's only a matter of time.A few days really.Yeldon will make his NFL debut Friday night in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions. The second-round draft pick from Alabama missed the first two exhibitions because of a sprained finger on his left hand.

  • Marshall's mission with Jets: trying to win a championship

    August 25, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Brandon Marshall has spent the month of January at home each of the past nine years, watching other players make postseason runs.The New York Jets wide receiver wants to know how it feels.Despite being on some solid teams during his NFL career, Marshall has never made the playoffs. He has played in 136 regular-season games, the league's longest active streak without a postseason appearance.

  • Falcons give audition to former Bears, Redskins QB Grossman

    August 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Rex Grossman, who hasn't taken a snap in an NFL game since 2011, could soon join the competition to be the backup for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.Grossman, 35, was given a physical Tuesday morning and a workout was planned after the team's practice.

  • Victor Cruz believes he will be ready for Giants opener

    August 25, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Receiver Victor Cruz is hoping to be ready for the New York Giants' regular-season opener against Dallas despite not playing in the first two games of the preseason.Cruz, who is coming back from his second knee surgery in as many years, missed practice again on Tuesday with a calf injury that has sidelined him for a week.

  • Dolphins' Albert joins full practice for 1st time this year

    August 25, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert sounded a tad rusty moments before his first full practice in 9 1/2 months.''I'm just a puzzle in the big picture,'' he said.Albert misspoke, later clarifying he meant he was merely a piece of the puzzle. But at 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, coming off reconstructive knee surgery, he is a big question mark for the Dolphins.

  • McCarthy: Pack will adjust, stay course without WR Nelson

    August 25, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Packers coach Mike McCarthy knows his team took a tough blow in losing top receiver Jordy Nelson to a knee injury.He is not interested in making excuses.McCarthy said Tuesday that the offense would adjust and move on. He is looking for receivers to step up, but nothing has changed in terms of how he wants his team to play.

  • McCarthy: Pack will adjust, stay course after losing Nelson

    August 25, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Packers coach Mike McCarthy said his team took a tough blow after losing top receiver Jordy Nelson to a knee injury, but vowed that the offense would adjust and move on.Nelson was lost for the season with the right knee injury after jumping for a pass on the first series of the 24-19 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

  • Dolphins' Delmas goes on reserved-injured list with torn ACL

    August 25, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins safety Louis Delmas has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list because of a torn ACL in his right knee.The move was made Monday. Delmas was hurt Wednesday during a scrimmage with the Carolina Panthers. He tore the same ACL last December against the Baltimore Ravens, and the latest injury threatens his career.

  • Rivera expects Panthers DT Lotulelei back for regular season

    August 25, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to be back on the field for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.The former first-round draft pick has missed most of training camp and both preseason games with a stress reaction in his right foot.

  • Steelers meeting with QB Michael Vick

    August 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Vick needs a job. The Pittsburgh Steelers need a backup quarterback.Both problems are close to being solved.The Steelers worked out the four-time Pro Bowler on Tuesday, hopeful there's enough game left in the 35-year-old's still dangerous legs to provide the defending AFC North champions some insurance should something happen to Ben Roethlisberger.

  • Texans' QB Mallett stung by losing starting job to Hoyer

    August 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Ryan Mallett was still seething on Tuesday, a day after Brian Hoyer beat him out to earn Houston's starting quarterback job.''Am I disappointed? Yeah. Angry? Little bit,'' Mallett said. ''Thought I did enough to deserve the job. But it was not seen that way so I'll do what's best for the team.''

  • Filing: Ex-Aaron Hernandez friend has immunity in 2 killings

    August 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Lawyers for a man investigators believe was with former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez when two men were killed in Boston say he has been granted immunity by prosecutors in the 2012 double shooting.In a court document filed Monday in a Florida lawsuit, lawyers for Alexander Bradley said they have given Hernandez's civil lawyers ''the agreement for immunity'' contained in a letter between a Boston prosecutor and Bradley's lawyer.

  • Mascot fight between school, Ohio goes down to the wire

    August 25, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A high school football team that has featured a tiger cub at games for decades might kick off the season without its beloved mascot because of rules implemented after a suicidal man released dozens of dangerous animals in 2011.Boosters typically lease a cub called Obie each year to play the mascot of Massillon's Washington High School Tigers, whose rich football tradition includes helping launch the career of Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals founder Paul Brown.

  • Healthy eating helps NFL players achieve fitness goals

    August 25, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Long before Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia and banned junk food in favor of personalized smoothies, fitness experts have been helping NFL players get bigger, stronger and faster by changing their eating habits.Players often transform their bodies during the offseason, but it requires more than pumping iron. Whether they're trying to bulk up or slim down, proper nutrition is essential.

  • Ronnie Hillman on the move in Denver's new offense

    August 25, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Ronnie Hillman and the zone-blocking scheme are proving a perfect fit in Denver.The fourth-year running back has gashed opponents for 120 yards on 16 carries this preseason and leapfrogged Montee Ball as C.J. Anderson's backup.

  • Jets sign tight end LaCosse, D-lineman Walls waived-injured

    August 24, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed rookie tight end Matt LaCosse, and waived-injured rookie defensive lineman Davon Walls.The 6-foot-6, 240-pound LaCosse was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 7 and waived Aug. 1. He adds depth to what has become a crowded tight ends spot, joining Jeff Cumberland, Jace Amaro, Kellen Davis, Steve Maneri, Wes Saxton and Arthur Lynch. Amaro has a sprained shoulder and will not play against the Giants on Saturday night.

  • Damon Harrison leads Jets to Super Bowl title - in Madden

    August 24, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets are Super Bowl champions - at least in Damon Harrison's videogame world.The nose tackle nicknamed ''Snacks'' has been playing an advanced copy of EA Sports' Madden NFL 16, which hits stores Tuesday, for the last two weeks and completed a full season Sunday night by leading the Jets where only Broadway Joe has gone before.

  • Panthers to rest injured Kalil for remainder of preseason

    August 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers plan to be cautious with center Ryan Kalil after the four-time Pro Bowl selection sprained his left knee in a preseason game Saturday night against the Miami Dolphins.Kalil won't play Friday night against the New England Patriots and will likely skip the preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers, too.

  • Sims tells Detroit TV station he's retiring

    August 24, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Rob Sims has announced his retirement.Sims made his announcement to TV station WJBK in Detroit on Sunday, and Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday that Sims was a leader who did a great job of setting examples for younger players.

  • Offensive line struggles have Colts searching for answers

    August 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts right tackle Jack Mewhort stood up in the locker room Monday and got right to the point.His mistakes led to the offensive line's dismal performance Saturday night.After allowing Andrew Luck to be pressured on the first two pass plays of the game and then reliving that experience all over again in the film room, Mewhort uttered the words everyone outside the team facility wanted to hear.

  • Seattle moving closer to settling on offensive line starters

    August 24, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The constant shuffling along the Seattle Seahawks' offensive line could be coming to an end.Coach Pete Carroll and offensive line coach Tom Cable said Monday that the starting five the Seahawks used in last week's preseason loss at Kansas City could be the unit that starts Week 1 of the regular season against St. Louis.

  • Ex-soccer player Josh Lambo hopes to make Chargers as kicker

    August 24, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Josh Lambo's soccer career ended sooner than he would have liked, so he turned to football.After the performance he had Saturday night for the San Diego Chargers, he might have a chance of making it in the NFL as a rookie.Lambo kicked a game-winning field goal of 47 yards as time expired at Arizona, as well as kicks of 53 and 43 yards. He also showed a strong leg on kickoffs, which the Chargers need.

  • NaVorro Bowman's first game back from injury memorable

    August 24, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jim Tomsula has said it over and over again: He reserves the right to back off NaVorro Bowman if he senses the star middle linebacker might need a break.On Sunday night, Tomsula finally let Bowman go - for one quick defensive series, at least. Bowman knew he had five plays max.

  • Patriots welcome veteran WR Wayne

    August 24, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots players are looking forward to having veteran wide receiver and former rival Reggie Wayne on their team.''He's a good player. He's played at a high level for a long time,'' fellow receiver Danny Amendola said Monday. ''He played on some other good football teams. We're excited to have him.''

  • Gurley cleared to practice with Rams

    August 24, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Todd Gurley has been cleared to practice with the St. Louis Rams, but the 10th overall pick in the draft still won't play in the preseason.Without him, the first team offense has mustered three points in two games. Coach Jeff Fisher is not concerned, adding he thought the starters looked good practicing against the Cowboys for two days last week in Oxnard, Calif.

  • Bills selling season tickets at record pace, pass 60,000

    August 24, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Coach Rex Ryan and the new-look Buffalo Bills are the hottest ticket in town.The Bills are selling season tickets at a record pace and have passed 60,000 sales. As a result, the team will establish a waiting list for fans interested in purchasing season tickets for next season.

  • Titans show signs of improved run threat to help rookie QB

    August 24, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Being able to run the ball will be the best way for the Titans to help Marcus Mariota thrive during his rookie season, and Tennessee finally might have a combination of offensive line and backs that helps them do just that.Now all coach Ken Whisenhunt has to do is settle on a lineup.

  • Cardinals look to improve pass blocking in camp's final week

    August 24, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The No. 1 priority for the Arizona Cardinals' offensive line is to keep Carson Palmer upright.And there were issues in that area in last weekend's 22-19 preseason loss to San Diego.Palmer, a 35-year-old quarterback coming off ACL surgery, played less than a quarter and was sacked twice. Backup Drew Stanton was sacked four times. All six sacks occurred in the first half.

  • Packers lose WR Jordy Nelson for the season to injury

    August 24, 2015

    The Green Bay Packers' worst fears about the severity of receiver Jordy Nelson's knee injury have come true.The team said Monday only that the star receiver suffered a ''significant right knee injury'' that would cost him the season. Nelson, one of the top targets for NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was injured Sunday in a preseason game at Pittsburgh.

  • Son of Broncos owner pleads not guilty

    August 24, 2015

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) John Bowlen, the 29-year-old son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, pleaded not guilty Monday to domestic violence charges stemming from a June 3 altercation with his girlfriend.He's due in Arapahoe County District Court again Oct. 27 for a motions hearing. County prosecutors told The Denver Post a jury trial was set for Dec. 15.

  • Titans CB Jason McCourty has surgery on injured groin

    August 24, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans starting cornerback Jason McCourty has had surgery to repair a groin injury, and coach Ken Whisenhunt says he's not ruling the veteran out of Tennessee's season opener.Whisenhunt announced Monday that McCourty had surgery earlier in the day.

  • Chiefs' Alex Smith laying blame for struggles on knowledge

    August 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) When the Chiefs traded for Alex Smith, one of the reasons that general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid were so enamored of him was his vast knowledge of the game.Turns out Smith may be too smart for his own good.After struggling through two preseason games, Smith said Monday that part of the issue is that he has too good of a grasp of the Kansas City offense. So rather than react to what defenses are giving him, Smith is trying to outwit them, leading to incompletions and interceptions.

  • Vikings kicker Blair Walsh struggling in preseason

    August 24, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Blair Walsh finished getting dressed in front of his locker, slipped a cap on backward and took a deep breath before turning to the reporters gathered around him.''OK,'' Walsh said, perhaps as much to himself as anyone else. ''Let's do this.''

  • Jaguars place Benn on injured reserve, waive 2, sign 3

    August 24, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed receiver Arrelious Benn on injured reserve with a broken left collarbone.Benn, who was expected to make the 53-man roster, broke his collarbone in Saturday's preseason game against the New York Giants and will have surgery Tuesday.

  • Preseason and training camp injuries mount up

    August 24, 2015

    The games don't count. That makes the pain from major preseason injuries even more, well, painful.Yet NFL teams go through weeks of training camp in the intense heat of summer, then play four exhibition matches - five if you are chosen for the Hall of Fame game.

  • Giants' shaky offense not a big worry for Manning, Coughlin

    August 24, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning and the Giants starting offense have been a preseason dud so far, but bad numbers haven't bothered the quarterback and coach Tom Coughlin.Odell Beckham Jr. has not caught a pass. Injuries kept Beckham, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle from taking the field at the same time in a 22-12 victory over the Jaguars over the weekend. And the starters have put up only two field goals in seven possessions in the preseason.

  • Ravens RB Taliaferro to miss several weeks with knee injury

    August 24, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) In the corner of the Baltimore Ravens practice field Monday, a cozy group of eight offensive linemen went through drills.Nearby, a lonely trio of running backs weaved through tackling dummies.The dearth of players was mostly because coach John Harbaugh decided to give many of the veterans a day off. But more than a few of the holes could be attributed to the team's expansive injury list.

  • Jaguars tab Wisniewski as starting center to open season

    August 24, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked veteran Stefan Wisniewski as the team's starting center.Coach Gus Bradley made the announcement Monday, saying Wisniewski beat out incumbent starter Luke Bowanko.Wisniewski started 61 games during four years in Oakland and played through a torn labrum last season. He had shoulder surgery after the season and signed a one-year, million contract with Jacksonville in April.

  • Falcons waive 2014 draft pick LB Marquis Spruill

    August 24, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have waived linebacker Marquis Spruill, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014.The team announced the move Monday, along with the signing of wide receiver John Harris.The 6-foot, 224-pound Spruill was drafted 168th overall out of Syracuse. But he missed his entire rookie season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery.

  • O'Brien names Hoyer the Texans' starting quarterback

    August 24, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Now that he's been named Houston's starting quarterback Brian Hoyer knows he'll have to continue to perform to keep that job.Hoyer had been competing with Ryan Mallett for the job. Coach Bill O'Brien announced the decision before practice on Monday.

  • Carter apologizes for advising rookies to get a 'fall guy'

    August 24, 2015

    Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter has issued an apology for telling NFL rookies at a league symposium in 2014 that they should ''get a fall guy'' to help them avoid trouble.Carter posted his apology on Twitter after an ESPN article drew attention to the remarks he made during a presentation last year. He told a group of rookies from NFC teams in the session that if any of them were to get into trouble off the field, it was important to have someone who would step forward and take the blame.

  • Geno Smith at Jets practice for 1st time since jaw broken

    August 24, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Geno Smith is working his way back to playing. For now, a visit to practice counts as progress for the New York Jets quarterback.Smith returned to the field Monday at the team's practice facility for the first time since being sidelined with a broken jaw after a teammate punched him nearly two weeks ago.

  • Peyton Manning ditches the glove for now

    August 24, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) No glove on his throwing hand. No feeling in his fingertips.Peyton Manning has ditched, at least temporarily, the sticky-feeling, orange-and-gray glove he's worn on his throwing hand at times since 2012. He's gone barehanded throughout training camp and also in his preseason debut at Houston over the weekend.

  • Raiders coaching staff has impressive playing credentials

    August 24, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders added an impressive group this offseason. They brought in 10 men who combined for 102 years of playing experience with 15 Pro Bowl appearances, five All-Pro selections and one Hall of Fame induction.That was just on the coaching staff.

  • Eagles, NFL disagree over hit on Sam Bradford's knees

    August 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The NFL says Terrell Suggs' hit on Sam Bradford's knees on Saturday night wasn't illegal and shouldn't have been a penalty.Chip Kelly disagrees.Suggs was called for roughing the passer after a low hit on Bradford in the first quarter of Philadelphia's 40-17 win over Baltimore. He argued the quarterback is fair game on zone-read plays. Dean Blandino, the league's vice president of officiating, agreed.

  • Bears DL Ratliff suspended 3 games for substance-abuse issue

    August 24, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The NFL suspended Chicago defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff without pay for the first three games of the season Monday, saying he violated its substance-abuse policy.Ratliff will miss games against the Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks before he is eligible to return to the active roster in time for the Oct. 4 game against Oakland. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday's game at Cincinnati.

  • Bills selling season tickets at record pace, pass 61,000

    August 24, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Coach Rex Ryan and the new-look Buffalo Bills are the hottest ticket in town.The Bills are selling season tickets at a record pace and have passed 61,000 sales. As a result, the team will establish a waiting list for fans interested in purchasing season tickets for next season.

  • Falcons new home will be known as Mercedes-Benz Stadium

    August 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons will share a stadium name with their biggest rival.Mercedes-Benz, which already has its name on the New Orleans Superdome, was announced Monday as the title sponsor of Atlanta's new .4 billion stadium.Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the company signed a 27-year agreement for the name Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017. The facility is under construction next door to the Falcons' current home, the Georgia Dome, which will be demolished after the new stadium is completed.

  • Browns' Manziel not throwing because of sore elbow

    August 24, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns believe Johnny Manziel's sore elbow could be the result of his slinging arm motion, something they won't try to change.Manziel did not throw any passes during practice Monday, the second time in two weeks that Cleveland's celebrated backup quarterback has been withheld from drills because of elbow pain. The Browns don't think Manziel has a serious injury and two days of rest should help.

  • Vikings release long snapper Cullen Loeffler after 12 years

    August 24, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have released long snapper Cullen Loeffler, the longest-tenured member of the team.Loeffler had been with the Vikings for 12 years, but Kevin McDermott beat him out in the competition for the long-snapping job.

  • Cowboys owner Jones apologizes to 49ers for grass comment

    August 23, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized to the San Francisco 49ers for his concerns and criticism of the Levi's Stadium grass leading up to Sunday night's preseason game.Jones, speaking outside Dallas locker room after a 23-6 loss, said he should have inspected the sod himself before speaking out on the radio Friday. Coach Jason Garrett also expressed concerns.

  • Jets' Wilkerson practices, hopeful to play vs. Giants

    August 23, 2015

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) The New York Jets hope Mo's a go for their third preseason game.Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson returned to practice Sunday after dealing with a sore hamstring the past few weeks, and hopes to play against the Giants on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.

  • Robert Griffin III returns to practice following concussion

    August 23, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III returned to practice Sunday, three days after the Washington quarterback left the Redskins' exhibition game against the Detroit Lions because of a concussion.Griffin fully participated in individual, 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 drills during the approximately 2-hour session at Redskins Park.

  • Falcons WR Roddy White to have minor surgery on elbow

    August 23, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Roddy White will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his right elbow, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn announced Sunday, thought the long-time Falcons receiver should be ready for the Sept. 14 season opener against Philadelphia.The 33-year-old White developed some unexpected swelling in his elbow late last week and didn't play in Friday night's preseason loss to the New York Jets.

  • Lions activate LaAdrian Waddle, Jason Jones

    August 23, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell had a big smile after practice Sunday.Offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle and defensive end Jason Jones were activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list and took part in individual drills.

  • Eagles rolling after lopsided preseason wins

    August 23, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Two impressive preseason wins are still preseason wins.The Philadelphia Eagles have outscored two AFC playoff teams 76-27 in a pair of routs, but neither the Indianapolis Colts nor the Baltimore Ravens prepared a game plan to face Chip Kelly's offense.

  • Giants hit with more injuries, safety Bennett Jackson out

    August 23, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants starting safety Bennett Jackson suffered a major knee injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars and will be lost for the season, the latest injury that has ravaged the team's most inexperienced position.Free-agent safety Justin Currie broke his right ankle and fibula earlier in the game Saturday night covering a kickoff, and Jackson went down in the waning minutes of the 22-12 victory, playing because the team didn't have enough safeties.

  • Jaguars' Yeldon to make preseason debut, maybe as starter

    August 23, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back T.J. Yeldon will make his preseason debut Friday against Detroit.A second-round draft pick from Alabama, Yeldon was held out of the first two exhibition games because of a sprained finger on his left hand.

  • Browns' Manziel cuts practice short due to sore right elbow

    August 23, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel's climb has been slowed by a sore elbow.The Browns' backup quarterback, who has made major strides on and off the field, cut his practice short Sunday after experiencing soreness in his right elbow - an issue that briefly sidelined him earlier in training camp.

  • Packers WR Jordy Nelson leaves with knee injury

    August 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson left Sunday's exhibition game against Pittsburgh in the first quarter with a potentially serious left knee injury.Nelson, who caught a career-high 98 passes in 2014 while making the Pro Bowl for the first time, fell to the ground when he tried to cut after making an 8-yard reception on Green Bay's opening drive.

  • Steelers center Pouncey leaves game with ankle injury

    August 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey left Sunday's preseason game against Green Bay in the first quarter with a left ankle injury.The four-time Pro Bowler was blocking in front of running back Le'Veon Bell when Packers cornerback Ha Ha Clinton-Dix rolled onto Pouncey's leg while making a tackle. Pouncey lay on the Heinz Field turf for several minutes before walking off under his own power. He was examined on the sideline before being taken to the locker room for X-rays.

  • Preseason AP Top 25 capsules

    August 23, 2015

    No. 1 OHIO STATEConference: Big Ten2014 Record: 14-12014 Poll Finish: No. 1Games to Watch: (at) Virginia Tech, Sept. 7; Penn State, Oct. 17; Michigan State, Nov. 21; (at) Michigan, Nov. 28.Repeating is difficult, but few teams in recent memory have been better positioned to win back-to-back national titles than Urban Meyer's Buckeyes. No matter who plays quarterback, J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones, Ohio State's offense has plenty of playmakers and one of the best lines in the country. All-American DE Joey Bosa leads a defense that returns seven starters, though Bosa will miss the opener at Virginia Tech because of a suspension. The Buckeyes haven't lost a game since their 35-21 upset loss to the Hokies at home in the second week of last season. They're looking extend to their 13-game winning streak by exacting revenge in the Labor Day night game in Blacksburg, Va.

  • Drops, flags prevent Manning from finding rhythm

    August 23, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The new hybrid offense that mixes Peyton Manning's skills and Gary Kubiak's philosophies needs more work, or at least Manning's top targets do.Dropped passes and penalties prevented the Broncos quarterback from finding the end zone or even a rhythm in his 2015 debut Saturday night.

  • Winston gets 2nd opportunity for Buccaneers

    August 23, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Monday night's preseason game:---BENGALS AT BUCCANEERS, 8 p.m.Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston was resilient in his preseason debut against Minnesota, overcoming some early mistakes to lead a long touchdown drive he capped with an 8-yard run. Coach Lovie Smith plans to play his starters at least a quarter, although Winston may wind up going a little longer after playing a full half in the 26-16 loss to the Vikings.

  • Giants linebacker Beason sprains knee against Jaguars

    August 23, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) New York Giants starting middle linebacker Jon Beason sprained his left knee in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night and did not return.Beason, one of the leaders of the defense, played four games last season before going on injured reserve with a foot injury.

  • Lions release Haggins and Mays, sign Butler

    August 22, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Jared Haggins and defensive back Taylor Mays and signed tight end Deon Butler.The Lions announced the moves Saturday night.Haggins was an undrafted free agent out of Florida State. Mays was a backup for the Cincinnati Bengals last season.

  • Renovated Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame opens to the public

    August 22, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The renovated Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is officially open to the public.The new Hall of Fame is 15,000 square feet spread across two levels and features nine galleries in the Lambeau Field atrium. It opened Friday.It incorporates new technology and interactive displays to allow fans to look back at the Packers' achievements in history while celebrating the team today.

  • Redskins TE Hamm says QB Griffin is 'fine' after concussion

    August 22, 2015

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was apparently doing well Saturday after leaving Thursday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions with a concussion.''Robert's fine,'' Washington tight end Je'Ron Hamm said on a conference call as the Redskins enjoyed a second straight off day. ''He got a little banged up. I (don't) like to see any of my teammates down there on the ground, (but) I'm glad to know that he's going to be all right.''

  • Brady back on field, perhaps vs. Brees in New Orleans

    August 22, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Saturday night's NFL preseason games (all times EDT):---PATRIOTS AT SAINTS, 7:30 p.m.Tom Brady took every first-team snap in Thursday's final joint practice with the Saints in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. And he picked apart New Orleans' defense, looking much sharper than his brief but largely ineffective appearance in the Patriots' preseason opener against Green Bay.

  • Bills' Jackson, Watkins return to practice

    August 22, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills are starting to get healthy again.After their top five running backs and first three receivers sat out Thursday night in a 11-10 preseason victory at Cleveland, running back Fred Jackson and receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods returned to the practice field Saturday.

  • Redskins TE Hamm says QB Griffin is 'fine'

    August 22, 2015

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was apparently doing well Saturday after leaving Thursday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions with a concussion.''Robert's fine,'' Washington tight end Je'Ron Hamm said on a conference call as the Redskins enjoyed a second straight off day. ''He got a little banged up. I (don't) like to see any of my teammates down there on the ground, (but) I'm glad to know that he's going to be all right.''

  • Starters looking for longer burn against Packers

    August 22, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger would appreciate the chance to work up a sweat on Sunday against Green Bay.The first two weeks of the Pittsburgh Steelers' extended preseason included one game where Roethlisberger didn't even bother suiting up and another in which he worked all of one series, dropped a pretty 44-yard touchdown to Martavis Bryant then promptly traded his helmet for a baseball cap.

  • New sod could be issue for Cowboys at 49ers exhibition

    August 22, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Saturday night's NFL preseason games (all times EDT):---COWBOYS AT 49ERS, 8 p.m.The Levi's Stadium grass will be a hot topic again as the 49ers host the Cowboys for San Francisco's first home game. New sod went down during the week following last weekend's two Taylor Swift concerts, and the Cowboys sure hope the turf holds up this time.

  • Chiefs' Eric Berry revels in smells of Arrowhead Stadium

    August 22, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Eric Berry has made the drive into Arrowhead Stadium on game day dozens of times over the years. On Friday night, he rolled down the windows and went a little bit slower.He wanted to smell the barbecue wafting off the grills in the parking lot. He wanted to see the kids throwing footballs between the cars. And more than anything, he wanted to hear all those Kansas City Chiefs fans shout words of encouragement when they saw him roll past.

  • Jets have plenty to work on despite preseason win

    August 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Two preseason games in, and the New York Jets are truly a work-in-progress.On offense. Defense, too. And, special teams.The starters weren't sharp early and the Jets were called for an eye-popping 17 total penalties - including 10 in the first half - in a 30-22 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night.

  • Bowe, Johnson back at practice for Browns

    August 22, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Dwayne Bowe and Duke Johnson finally got off their bikes and into the huddle.The wide receiver and rookie running back, both expected to be two of Cleveland's top playmakers this season, returned to practice Saturday after missing much of training camp with hamstring injuries. Bowe and Johnson sat out the first two exhibition games but remain hopeful they'll be on the field Saturday when the Browns play in Tampa Bay.

  • NFL Capsules

    August 30, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel made his case to reclaim the starting job by going 7 of 8 for 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-19 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.Getting his turn to start in Buffalo's offseason-long three-way quarterback competition, Manuel hit Charles Clay for a 67-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He re-entered the game for two-plus series in the third quarter, and hit Tobias Palmer for a 37-yard touchdown as Buffalo improved to 2-1.

  • Lions show plenty of power on defense

    August 21, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Lions have said all training camp they expect their defense to remain strong, despite the loss of high-profile players.In their first preseason game, the Lions had one sack against the Jets, Caraun Reid and Devin Taylor combining for it.

  • Cowboys concerned with 49ers' turf for preseason game

    August 21, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas owner Jerry Jones suggested Friday that the Cowboys could sit quarterback Tony Romo and other starters for a preseason game in San Francisco over concerns with the troublesome turf at Levi's Stadium.Jones made his comments in a radio interview a day after coach Jason Garrett said, ''I'm confident that the league will make sure that field is safe for everybody to play or we won't play the game.''

  • Mariota wants to protect ball after rough preseason debut

    August 21, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota knows exactly what he wants out of his home debut, and it's what his father has been telling him to do since high school.Protect the football.''He always told me when you're running with the ball, make sure you're taking care of it whether you're inside, outside the pocket, as well when you're throwing,'' Mariota said. ''Just make a decision.''

  • Redskins acquire TE Carrier from 49ers for undisclosed pick

    August 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Redskins acquired tight end Derek Carrier from the San Francisco 49ers on Friday.Carrier played in 11 games for the 49ers last season, his third in the league, making nine catches for 105 yards. He was originally signed by Oakland in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Beloit.

  • 49ers' Jimmie Ward eager to stay on field in second year

    August 21, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmie Ward is wearing a snazzy new shoe these days. Not that it's even noticeable.The San Francisco 49ers are taking extra care to protect their prized defensive back's troublesome right foot after his rookie season was cut short last fall when he sustained a second fracture and needed another surgery.

  • Steelers offensive line looking for even better 2015

    August 21, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers boasted the NFL's second-ranked offense in 2014. Having the same five guys frequently lining up in front for Ben Roethlisberger helped.Now a unit currently regarded as one of the best doesn't want to settle. The group intends to put last season's success in the past, focusing instead on even higher goals this fall.

  • Column: Harrison fumbles away a life lesson for his sons

    August 21, 2015

    James Harrison made his kids give their trophies back.There's no reward, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker insisted, just for showing up.Sorry, James, you got that one wrong.Rest assured, his 6- and 8-year-old sons will get plenty of experience dealing with failure over the course of their lives. They'll come to learn soon enough what a dog-eat-dog world it is out there. No need to deprive them of this bit of pride and accomplishment, even if they received their trophies merely for taking part in a camp.

  • Packers' running backs bring change-of-pace style

    August 21, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have a lot of options with Eddie Lacy and James Starks at running back.''Different style of runners,'' quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. ''Eddie is very powerful, downhill, but shifty as well. James is a slasher. He's got that different type of running style.''

  • Browns still satisfied with McCown over Manziel as starter

    August 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Josh McCown's right ring finger isn't badly injured. Still, the Browns won't let him raise his index finger just yet.McCown will not miss any practice time after hurting the finger on his throwing hand during an exhibition loss Thursday night to Buffalo. McCown threw interceptions on Cleveland's first two drives, raising questions about whether backup Johnny Manziel, who threw a touchdown pass and made a sensational play, was threatening to jump him on the depth chart.

  • Some top QB-tight end combinations in NFL history

    August 21, 2015

    Tony Romo and Jason Witten of the Cowboys have more completions than any quarterback-tight end combination in the NFL since 1991, as far back as STATS can go. Here's a look at some of the top QB-TE combos in league history:- Romo and Witten: Beyond the 632 completions, they are second with 7,139 yards. They aren't quite as prolific when it comes to touchdowns, going back to 1940. Their 35 TDs are tied for 11th with Lynn Dickey-Paul Coffman (Green Bay, 1979-85) and Matt Ryan-Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta, 2009-13).

  • Romo, Witten growing 'old' while seeking title for Cowboys

    August 21, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Tony Romo crouches to give his little son Hawkins instructions on running a pass route while Jason Witten carries one of his kids nearby, surrounded by autograph seekers.This is the training camp tradition after practice these days for one of the best quarterback-tight end combinations in NFL history, and the steady force in the Dallas offense for nearly a decade.

  • Brady back on field, perhaps vs Brees in New Orleans

    August 22, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Saturday night's NFL preseason games (all times EDT):---PATRIOTS AT SAINTS, 7:30 p.m.Tom Brady took every first-team snap in Thursday's final joint practice with the Saints in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. And he picked apart New Orleans' defense, looking much sharper than his brief but largely ineffective appearance in the Patriots' preseason opener against Green Bay.

  • Browns' McCown cleared after hurting finger against Bills

    August 21, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Browns quarterback Josh McCown will not miss any practice time after injuring his right ring finger in Thursday night's exhibition loss to Buffalo.McCown underwent X-rays following the game, and was examined Friday by Cleveland's medical staff. Browns coach Mike Pettine said McCown is ''good to go.''

  • Vikings to buy Eagan site for possible HQ, training facility

    August 21, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings, already bound for a glitzy new stadium, said Friday they could have another move in store - to the former headquarters of Northwest Airlines in Eagan.The football team's ownership announced the signing of a purchase agreement for a 185-acre property that could become its headquarters and training facility. The team did not disclose the price.

  • Indianapolis adds offensive lineman after cutting receiver

    August 21, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts signed offensive lineman Harland Gunn on Friday and waived undrafted rookie receiver L.T. Smith.The 6-foot-2, 310-pound guard played in 13 games with the Atlanta Falcons over the past two seasons and was in training camp with New England this season. He was waived Aug. 6.

  • Saints receivers, Patriots defensive backs tested each other

    August 21, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler appreciated the chance to spend a couple days being tested at practice by record-setting quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints' offense, even if there were moments when last season's Super Bowl hero got the worst of his matchup.

  • Steelers rookie corner Golson has shoulder surgery

    August 21, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Senquez Golson underwent shoulder surgery on Friday and is out indefinitely.The second-round pick out of Mississippi has been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp began nearly four weeks ago. Coach Mike Tomlin said Friday he's not certain what path the Steelers will follow when Golson begins rehabilitation.

  • Former NFL cheerleader sentenced to probation for rape

    August 21, 2015

    GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, with every other weekend in custody, after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware.Shattuck, often gasping for breath and sometimes weeping uncontrollably during the hearing, collapsed to her knees in the courtroom after she was sentenced.

  • Ex-college basketball player to make history Down Under

    August 21, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Jason Holmes will make a bit of American sporting history this weekend, when he becomes the first U.S. born-and-raised player to compete at the top level of Australian rules football.The former Morehead State basketball player, and brother of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes, has been included in the squad for the St. Kilda team to play against Geelong on Sunday in the Australian Football League.

  • NFL teams going high-tech in practice with GPS systems

    August 21, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The pod situated between Alex Smith's shoulder blades is about the size of a deck of cards, so small that the Chiefs quarterback barely notices it when he slips off his pads.The information it provides during practices could be worth millions.

  • Days with Gibbs, diverse career shape Packers' Mark Murphy

    August 21, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Mark Murphy played with such intelligence while with the Washington Redskins that Joe Gibbs didn't need to talk to him, the ultimate sign of respect from the Hall of Fame head coach.Murphy watched, listened and learned during four seasons playing safety for Gibbs in the 1980s. The experience would help shape Murphy's diverse career in sports, culminating in his tenure in one of the most influential positions in the NFL, president of the Green Bay Packers.

  • Redskins QB Griffin leaves exhibition game with concussion

    August 20, 2015

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) After watching Robert Griffin III get knocked around for three possessions, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden sent his starting quarterback back out for a fourth Thursday night. That one ended with consecutive sacks and Griffin leaving with a concussion.

  • RG3 leaves with injury in Redskins' 21-17 win over Lions

    August 20, 2015

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) With zero help from his offensive line, Robert Griffin III repeatedly wound up on the turf until leaving with a stinger and possible head injury after being sacked three times and fumbling twice Thursday night in the Washington Redskins' 21-17 exhibition victory over the Detroit Lions.

  • Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson back at full strength

    August 20, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson has worked hard to rebound from an injury-plagued season.''It all goes back to what he's done this offseason,'' Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. ''He was there every day, he's worked, he's taken care of his body and he's determined. If you get in that third and fourth year and play like he has, you should start making those plays when you have that kind of ability.''

  • Skins QB Griffin leaves with stinger, possible head injury

    August 20, 2015

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Robert Griffin III left the Washington Redskins' exhibition game against the Detroit Lions because of a stinger and a possible head injury Thursday night.The Redskins initially said their starting quarterback was questionable to return, but later ruled him out for the rest of the game. Team spokesman Tony Wyllie said the club wouldn't comment on whether Griffin had cleared concussion protocol until coach Jay Gruden's postgame news conference.

  • Rookie Grant has big shoes to fill in Steelers secondary

    August 20, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Doran Grant is well aware that his No. 24 previously belonged to recently retired cornerback Ike Taylor for more than a decade.He doesn't give much thought to it though. Grant is searching for daily improvement during his first training camp and wants to do enough to eventually become a mainstay in the Steelers secondary like Taylor before him.

  • Martin OK after stinger, but injuries mount for Romo's line

    August 20, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Cowboys All-Pro guard Zack Martin says he's OK after sustaining a neck stinger in practice earlier this week.But it's uncertain how many starting Dallas linemen will be available for a preseason game in San Francisco and that might influence quarterback Tony Romo's playing time.

  • Chargers break camp; Rivers expects better division result

    August 20, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers broke training camp on Thursday, saying they'd accomplished what they set out to do under the hot summer sun.All breaking camp really means is that the veterans don't have to stay in the team hotel anymore, and the Chargers will follow their regular-season schedule, which means practices are closed to the media.

  • Fully healed, Aaron Rodgers on the move for Packers

    August 20, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Eight months after being limited by a sore left calf, Aaron Rodgers is fully healed.So opponents must again stay on their toes against a quarterback known for his ability to extend plays.The NFL MVP had no issues in the offseason. He said he worked hard on his training regimen.

  • Former rugby league star Hayne continues to make NFL strides

    August 20, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jarryd Hayne certainly had no intention of inducing a collective laugh when it came to his thoughts on the fair catch in football.''You stick your hand in the air and they can't touch you,'' he said, straight-faced.The former Australian rugby league star is coolly making his way through an impressive first training camp with the San Francisco 49ers, showing that just maybe he can prove everybody wrong and earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

  • Luck, Cutler follow different paths through NFL

    August 20, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Three years ago, Andrew Luck walked off the field in Chicago and promised to learn from a forgettable NFL debut.The Colts rookie had just thrown three interceptions, one touchdown pass and barely completed half of his 45 throws in a 41-21 loss to the Bears.

  • Some tips to take to the betting window this football season

    August 20, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) No one loves football season more than the bookies in this city's legal gambling houses.Last year they took in a staggering .8 billion in bets on NFL and college games, keeping 4 million of it as profit. Bettors jammed sports books in Nevada, breaking records for money wagered and money lost on America's favorite sport.

  • Silent Brady stands out at joint Patriots-Saints practices

    August 20, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Tom Brady's media blackout, purportedly on advice of lawyers handling the legal challenge to his ''Deflategate'' suspension, has left him unavailable to even discuss how the New England Patriots look on the football field.

  • Christian Ponder expects boos in his return to Minnesota

    August 21, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Christian Ponder is under no illusions about what kind of reaction he'll get when he returns to Minnesota.''I would expect some boos probably,'' Ponder said.Ponder even joked that he might even respond to the expected harsh treatment with a bow when he takes on the Vikings in an exhibition game for the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night.

  • Emotions churning for QB Bradford ahead of preseason debut

    August 20, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sam Bradford was slightly disappointed last week when Eagles coach Chip Kelly informed him that he wouldn't play the preseason opener.The Eagles quarterback would be even more frustrated if Kelly decided to hold him out again Saturday against the Ravens.

  • Packers unveil development plans for area near Lambeau Field

    August 20, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Packers unveiled plans Thursday for a new business district west of Lambeau Field, a development that will feature a four-star hotel, brewery and restaurant, and a 10-acre public plaza.It has been dubbed the ''Titletown District,'' borrowing on the nickname assigned to Green Bay for being home of the 13-time world champion Packers.

  • Broncos place NT Marvin Austin Jr. on IR

    August 20, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos placed Marvin Austin Jr. on injured reserve Thursday after the fifth-year nose tackle missed all of training camp with a groin injury.The Broncos were awarded tight end Jake Murphy off waivers from Cincinnati.

  • Eagles linebacker Smith hurts right hamstring in practice

    August 20, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles outside linebacker Marcus Smith left the team's joint practice against the Ravens on Thursday on a cart with an apparent right hamstring injury.Smith went down hard after colliding with a Ravens player during a kickoff drill. He got up slowly then limped to the sideline, where trainers examined him before the cart hauled him back into the team complex.

  • Peyton Manning set to unveil his new mash-up offense

    August 20, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Get ready to see Peyton Manning like you haven't seen him in years.Roll-outs.Bootlegs.Sprint-outs.He'll be lining up under center or in the pistol (with a running back behind him for some play-action possibilities) instead of the shotgun, from which he's operated almost exclusively since joining the Broncos.

  • Jets' Aboushi suspended 1 game without pay by NFL

    August 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets offensive lineman Oday Aboushi was suspended one game without pay by the NFL on Thursday for violating the league's substance abuse policy.Aboushi, entering his third NFL season, will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Sept. 14, a day after the team's regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns. He can participate in all preseason practices and games.

  • Titans welcome Perrish Cox's aggressive approach to defense

    August 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Perrish Cox has a simple philosophy playing cornerback in the NFL: He has as much right to any ball in the air as anyone, and even teammates better beware.''I'm just ball hungry,'' Cox said. ''I want every ball that comes my way. I even tell our DBs that if I'm coming and ... if you aren't going for it, I'm going to get it.''

  • Giants receiver Victor Cruz not worried about calf injury

    August 20, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) For a few days, it appeared Victor Cruz was on the verge of getting over that second major knee surgery.The New York Giants wide receiver was making catches in practices. He looked smooth getting off the line of scrimmage and was making his cuts with ease.

  • Chiefs' Derrick Johnson finally returns to Arrowhead Stadium

    August 20, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The last time Derrick Johnson set foot in Arrowhead Stadium, he crumpled to the turf without anybody around him. As he stared up at the sky, his foot numb, the Chiefs' star linebacker had a sinking suspicion what was wrong.''I didn't know for sure until later,'' he said.

  • Panthers, Dolphins wrap up practices, move on from injuries

    August 20, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) The Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers wrapped up a productive, injury-free joint practice on Thursday - a welcomed change considering both teams lost starters to season-ending knee injuries the day before.The Panthers began adapting to the difficult notion they'll be without Kelvin Benjamin, their top playmaker in the passing game, leaving them without a clear No. 1 receiver. The Dolphins lost safety Louis Delmas, their emotional leader in the secondary, when he tore his right ACL just minutes after Benjamin left on a cart with a torn left ACL on Wednesday.

  • Cardinals lose NT Peters for season, G Iupati also hurt

    August 20, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Two of the Arizona Cardinals' most significant offseason acquisitions are injured, one of them - starting nose tackle Corey Peters - is lost for the season.Peters tore his left Achilles tendon in practice Wednesday. Starting left guard Mike Iupati will undergo surgery for a torn left meniscus. Iupati was hurt in Tuesday's practice.

  • Ravens security director found not guilty in groping case

    August 20, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) A jury on Thursday found the director of security for the Baltimore Ravens not guilty of charges that he groped a stadium worker after a game.Darren Sanders was acquitted of second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense stemming from accusations that he inappropriately touched a woman who works for a cleaning crew contracted with M&T Bank Stadium after a game in December.

  • Baltimore Ravens security director accused of groping stadium worker is found not guilty

    August 20, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore Ravens security director accused of groping stadium worker is found not guilty.

  • Some NFL coaches speak out to curb training camp fights

    August 20, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered this edict to his players before the start of this week's joint practices with the Miami Dolphins: You fight, you're out.''We told our guys if you get thrown off the field, I'm going to treat you like you got thrown out of a game,'' Rivera said Thursday.

  • LINING UP: Seahawks visit KC, Jets host Falcons on Friday

    August 20, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Friday night's NFL preseason games (all times EDT):---SEAHAWKS AT CHIEFS, 8 p.m.Two teams with more in common than one might think meet in their second preseason game when Seattle visits Kansas City.Start with the offensive line: Both teams have no idea who will be starting when the regular season rolls around. The NFC champion Seahawks have tried five options at left guard in camp, the latest move taking right tackle Justin Britt and sliding him over, all while converted defensive lineman Drew Nowak tries to play center. The Chiefs have had a different front five every week in practice, and are now without left tackle Eric Fisher because of a high-ankle sprain, and right tackle Jeff Allen because of a knee injury.

  • Another offensive lineman out for Vikings with pectoral tear

    August 20, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) When Carter Bykowski went down with a torn pectoral muscle this week, it not only depleted the Minnesota Vikings' depth on the offensive line.It also underscored a problem the Vikings have been trying to diagnose since earlier this summer.

  • Jury deliberates in trial for Ravens security director

    August 20, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) A Baltimore jury has begun deliberating in the trial of the director of security for the Baltimore Ravens, who is accused of groping a stadium worker after a game.Darren Sanders is charged with second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense stemming from accusations that he inappropriately touched a woman who works for a cleaning crew contracted with M&T Bank Stadium after a game in December.

  • AP sources: Bills contract talks with Dareus at a standstill

    August 20, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Negotiations have reached a standstill in the Buffalo Bills' bid to sign defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to a long-term contract, two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Thursday.Both people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the negotiations are private.

  • Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil buys into Arena League

    August 20, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Dick Vermeil is returning to pro football, this time as an owner in the Arena League.Vermeil, who took the St. Louis Rams to the NFL title in the 1999 season, joins former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski and current New Orleans Saints players Marques Colston and Jahri Evans as owners of the Philadelphia Soul. Vermeil will have a small stake, 2.5 percent of the franchise.

  • Packers' Jordy Nelson pledges gift to Kansas State

    August 20, 2015

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson has pledged an undisclosed gift to Kansas State to help with the next phase of renovations to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.The gift from the former walk-on combined with other contributions pushes to million the total raised for the next round of work. The million phase will connect the east concourse to the recently renovated Vanier Football Complex, fully enclosing the stadium.

  • Gordon, Perryman sit out Chargers practice; status unclear

    August 19, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers rookies Melvin Gordon and Denzel Perryman didn't practice Wednesday, and coach Mike McCoy didn't make it clear whether it was because of injuries or for rest.It's believed Gordon, a running back from Wisconsin, has an ankle injury.

  • Jets' Cromartie not worried by camp start: 'It's practice'

    August 19, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Antonio Cromartie will let the fans and media think what they want.The New York Jets cornerback has appeared to have a few issues during training camp, with receivers beating him on plays at times and his coverage not being up to par just yet this summer.

  • Ravens security director accused of groping takes stand

    August 19, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The security director for the Baltimore Ravens took the stand at his own trial to deny allegations that he groped a stadium worker after a game.Darren Sanders testified on Wednesday that he never touched his accuser, a woman who works for a cleaning service contracted with M&T Bank Stadium. The woman alleges Sanders grabbed her buttocks and breasts without her permission as she escorted him to the elevator after a December game.

  • Eli Manning not looking to be the NFL's top paid quarterback

    August 20, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning didn't ask the New York Giants to make him the NFL's highest-paid quarterback.A perplexed and slightly miffed Manning on Wednesday shot down a report that he wants to be the league's top-paid quarterback, insisting that was not the goal in contract talks.

  • Raiders' line benefits from addition of Rodney Hudson

    August 19, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Derek Carr was only on the field for two series in the Raiders' preseason-opening win over the St. Louis Rams. That was more than enough time for the second-year quarterback to realize how much better his supporting cast is.That includes up front, particularly at center, where Rodney Hudson is at the heart of Oakland's revamped offensive line.

  • Rookie stating case to be Bucs' starting middle linebacker

    August 19, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Rookie Kwon Alexander has done more than create a good first impression in training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The fourth- round draft pick of out of LSU has played his way into the starting middle linebacker job.The regular-season opener is more than three weeks away, however, coach Lovie Smith already has seen enough of Alexander to move him ahead of veteran Bruce Carter on the depth chart.

  • Tuitt looking for big things this season for Steelers

    August 19, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) It took nearly a full season for Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt to really get going in the NFL.A game-changing late-season hit on Jamaal Charles, one of the league's premier running backs, played a key role in accelerating Tuitt's development, which helped the Steelers surge down the stretch. Tuitt anticipates creating additional similar impact moments as he enters his second season.

  • Broncos getting their kicks at this training camp

    August 19, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have a kicking conundrum.Last year they had to carry kickoff specialist Brandon McManus when they made the switch to Connor Barth for field goals at midseason.They cannot afford that luxury this year.Coach Gary Kubiak wants to keep just one kicker and one punter (Britton Colquitt or Spencer Lanning) with one of them also handling kickoffs.

  • Prater gives Lions stability in kicking game

    August 19, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) When the Detroit Lions opened last season's training camp, the identity of their next placekicker was a mystery.A year later, there's no such concern.Matt Prater is back after signing with the franchise early last season, leaving one less thing for coach Jim Caldwell and his staff to worry about as Detroit seeks a second straight playoff berth.

  • Garry Gilliam getting chance at right tackle for Seahawks

    August 19, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Garry Gilliam's pivotal touchdown catch on a fake field goal helped spark Seattle's improbable comeback in the NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers.Now the former college tight end is trying to win a starting job along the offensive line for the Seahawks.

  • Patriots, Saints express mutual admiration at joint practice

    August 19, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The kinship between Bill Belichick and Sean Payton is apparent in the way they compliment each other, as well as the subjects they'd rather not discuss.They relate on matters ranging from winning it all to the awkwardness of tarnished reputations. Their franchises have drawn some of the harshest sanctions ever levied by the NFL.

  • Colts, Bears make productive work out of joint practice

    August 19, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Chicago and Indianapolis kept Wednesday's workout competitive and friendly.They learned a few things about themselves, too.With kickers Adam Vinatieri and Robbie Gould chatting it up and quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Jay Cutler running offenses on different fields, one thing became clear quickly: This week's two joint practices may be the most productive workouts the Bears and Colts have had since the end of last season.

  • Receiver Davante Adams catches on in 2nd Packers camp

    August 19, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Davante Adams would tackle a game of Monopoly with the intensity level that he would apply to a Green Bay Packers practice.Preparation is important. Mistakes are corrected and banked into Adams' brain so that he doesn't repeat them.

  • Erik Pears fitting in on 49ers O-line

    August 19, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) New right tackle Erik Pears is doing all he can to fit into the 49ers huddle.The 6-foot-8 Pears has a big void to fill after former starter Anthony Davis, 25, unexpectedly retired in June. The 49ers signed Pears in March to a two-year deal, thinking the 10-year veteran would back up both Davis and left tackle Joe Staley, a duo once considered one of the best in the league.

  • Panthers WR Benjamin has torn ACL, sidelined for the season

    August 19, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Wednesday, an injury that the team announced will sideline him for the season.''Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin,'' general manager Dave Gettleman said in a press release. ''He's worked tremendously hard to put himself in a positon to have a strong year. We're confident he will attack his surgery and rehab with the same determination he has met all challenges before.''

  • Eagles, Ravens see different look in joint practice

    August 19, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) For the Philadelphia Eagles, it was a chance to see something different. For the Baltimore Ravens, it was a chance to see something really different.The Eagles and Ravens practiced together for the first of three days on Wednesday, leading up to an exhibition game Saturday night in Philadelphia.

  • Vikings DT Shamar Stephen has knee scoped

    August 19, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings are missing a couple of key backups to injuries.Coach Mike Zimmer says Wednesday that defensive tackle Shamar Stephen had arthroscopic knee surgery and offensive tackle Carter Bykowski had shoulder surgery.

  • Stabler, Stanfel senior finalists for Hall of Fame

    August 19, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel were selected Wednesday as senior finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016.Stabler and Stanfel, who both died this year, were picked by the Hall's Seniors Committee.

  • Adding Chris Johnson latest move to boost Arizona run game

    August 19, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Probably no Arizona Cardinals player understands the importance of a successful running game better than quarterback Carson Palmer does.Palmer's big play-action shots downfield won't work if the defense doesn't have to worry about the run, and the Cardinals' average of 3.3 yards per carry last season ranked dead last in the league.

  • Jaguars, Bortles encouraged by preseason performance

    August 19, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Blake Bortles had one critique about his performance in Jacksonville's preseason opener.Not surprisingly, it involved what essentially was his only incompletion.Bortles completed 11 of 15 passes for 118 yards in a 23-21 victory against Pittsburgh last week. Of his four misses, three of them were dropped passes that should have been caught. The other was the one that stood out to Bortles, who spent much of the offseason tweaking his mechanics and footwork.

  • LINING UP: Browns vs. Bills, Redskins vs. Lions

    August 19, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Thursday night's NFL preseason games (all times EDT):---BILLS AT BROWNS, 8 p.m.Maybe the NFL should let these guys have the night off. Cleveland and Buffalo are bruised and broken.Both teams have been ravaged by injuries, the latest happening to Bills star running back LeSean McCoy, who hurt his left hamstring in practice on Tuesday as the teams concluded two days of workouts in Rochester, New York.

  • Chiefs coach Reid intends to stick to practicing alone

    August 19, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) By the time the Chiefs wrapped up practice last week and headed to their preseason opener in Arizona, it was no surprise that players had grown weary of beating up each other.That was perfectly fine with Andy Reid.He'd rather have them beat up each other than someone else - and vice versa.

  • Broncos DE Kenny Anunike needs a knee scoped

    August 19, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Defensive end Kenny Anunike, who starred in Denver's preseason opener, will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday amid concerns he's suffered another serious injury.Anunike led the Broncos with eight tackles, two QB hurries, a sack and a forced fumble in Denver's 22-20 win at Seattle last week.

  • EIi Manning not looking to be the NFL's top paid quarterback

    August 19, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning didn't ask the New York Giants to make him the NFL's highest-paid quarterback.A perplexed and slightly miffed Manning on Wednesday shot down a report that he wants to be the league's top-paid quarterback, insisting that was not the goal in contract talks.

  • Falcons RBs Freeman, Coleman may miss another preseason game

    August 19, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons could be another week away from seeing their top running backs play in a preseason game.Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman missed last week's win over Tennessee with hamstring injuries and may not play in Friday night's preseason game at the New York Jets.

  • Jets sign veteran quarterback Matt Flynn as a backup

    August 19, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Matt Flynn has been a well-traveled quarterback during an NFL career that has taken him all over the country.Next stop: the New York Jets.''Yeah, sometimes I have to look at the map app on the phone to figure it out,'' Flynn joked Wednesday when asked if he ever gets confused as to where he is.

  • 'Deflategate' judge says Brady suspension in jeopardy

    August 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge made clear Wednesday that the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady over ''Deflategate'' is in jeopardy as the star New England quarterback returned to practice.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who's been asked by the NFL Players Association to void the suspension, warned a league lawyer during oral arguments in the scandal over underinflated footballs that there was precedent for judges to toss out penalties issued by arbitrators.

  • Injuries to Benjamin, Delmas mar Dolphins-Panthers scrimmage

    August 19, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Major injuries marred the first day of a joint practice between Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Dolphins safety Louis Delmas both suffered torn ACLs, ending their seasons.

  • AP source: Dolphins safety Delmas tears ACL in right knee

    August 19, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Miami Dolphins safety Louis Delmas has again torn the ACL in his right knee during a scrimmage with the Carolina Panthers, which will likely sideline him for the season.The person confirmed the severity of the injury to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it hadn't been announced publicly. Delmas was carted off the practice field Wednesday after injuring the same ACL he tore last December against the Baltimore Ravens.

  • David Bakhtiari likely to miss Packers practice rest of week

    August 19, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Left tackle David Bakhtiari likely will miss the rest of the Green Bay Packers practice this week because of knee soreness.The team hasn't offered details on the injury to the third-year veteran who protects MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers' blind side.

  • Players' methods for recovery from training camp vary

    August 19, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Luke Kuechly sits on the edge of a six-foot wide, two-foot deep metal tub filled with ice and water contemplating the shock his body is about to endure.''Oh, I dread it every time,'' Kuechly says with a grin.But he gets in. He always gets in.

  • 'Deflategate' judge grills NFL; hopes to rule by Sept. 4

    August 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge has all but warned the NFL that he can erase New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension if it fails to negotiate a deal in the ''Deflategate'' case.Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan on Wednesday cited legal precedent for overturning the kind of penalty the NFL imposed on Brady during oral arguments by lawyers in the case.

  • Panthers receiver Benjamin carted off field with leg injury

    August 19, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will return to Charlotte to have an MRI on his left knee after he was injured and carted off the field during a scrimmage Wednesday with the Miami Dolphins.Coach Ron Rivera said the preliminary diagnosis is a sprained knee, but Benjamin will have additional tests to make sure there is no ligament damage. Rivera said the team hopes to know more information later Wednesday.

  • Judge: Aaron Hernandez lawyer may question tipster

    August 19, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) The judge who oversaw the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is allowing his lawyer to question under oath an anonymous tipster who raised concerns about one of the jurors who convicted him.Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh on Tuesday approved the request from lawyer James Sultan over the objections of prosecutors. The questioning will be done in court with Hernandez present, but the session will be closed to the public, Garsh said. She said a date for the examination would be determined later.

  • AP source: McCoy will be ready for Bills season opener

    August 19, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Bills running back LeSean McCoy's injured left hamstring will be healed in time for Buffalo's regular-season opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 13, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.McCoy was hurt a day earlier during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not issued any updates on McCoy's status.

  • Dolphins safety Delmas carted off field with leg injury

    August 19, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Dolphins starting safety Luis Delmas has been carted off the field with an apparent right leg injury.The injury occurred Wednesday during the first day of scrimmages against the Carolina Panthers at Wofford College.Delmas tore his right ACL last December against the Baltimore Ravens. The extent of Wednesday's injury was not immediately clear.

  • 'Deflategate' judge: No deal yet; hopes to rule by Sept. 4

    August 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The judge presiding over the ''Deflategate'' case said Wednesday that he hopes to rule before the NFL opens its season on whether the league was justified in suspending New England quarterback Tom Brady for four games. But he urged a settlement, calling it a ''logical and rational option.''

  • Panthers WR Benjamin carted off field with leg injury

    August 19, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers star wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has been carted off the field with an apparent left leg injury.The injury occurred during the first day of scrimmages Wednesday with the Miami Dolphins at Wofford College. Benjamin appeared to slip as he made a cut while running a crossing route. He sat up afterward holding his left leg.

  • 'Deflategate' back in court after Brady-Goodell talks fail

    August 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returns to practice and lawyers for the NFL and its players union face a federal judge Wednesday after settlement talks failed to reach a deal in football's deflation scandal.Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell along with their lawyers faced off for about four hours in New York City on Wednesday in an 11th-hour effort to strike a deal, two sources familiar with the legal case told The Associated Press.

  • Cowboys' All-Pro guard Martin leaves practice with injury

    August 18, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin left practice with an apparent neck or shoulder injury during 11-on-11 work against St. Louis at training camp.Martin went to the ground after making contact with a Rams defender and stayed down for several minutes before walking off the field on his own Tuesday.

  • Cowboys, Rams end practice early after fights break out

    August 18, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) The Cowboys and St. Louis Rams cut short the second of two joint practices at training camp Tuesday after several fights broke out, including one where Dallas receiver Dez Bryant was punched in the face.The workout at the Cowboys' camp facility ended about 30 minutes earlier than expected after the skirmishes on the field where the St. Louis offense and Dallas defense were scrimmaging.

  • Browns receiver Pryor aggravates hamstring injury

    August 18, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Cleveland Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor has been held out of practice after aggravating a hamstring injury, and starting cornerback Justin Gilbert hurt his right hip flexor.Coach Mike Pettine provided the update after the Browns completed a joint practice with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.

  • Redskins QB RG3 talks about much-discussed TV interview

    August 18, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Frustrated that a quote about striving to be the NFL's best quarterback was taken out of context, Robert Griffin III complained Tuesday that his name ''keeps getting used for headlines.''The Washington Redskins quarterback drew heavy scrutiny for his comments to WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, given his struggles with injuries and on-field performance the past two seasons.

  • LA Rams greats line up to cheer their team on the West Coast

    August 18, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) The Rams' defensive line gathered around Rosey Grier on the practice field on a gorgeous California day. Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald and Chris Long listened intently to the last surviving member of the Fearsome Foursome as he made a few points about teamwork and togetherness.

  • Bills' LeSean McCoy having test on injured left hamstring

    August 18, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy hurt his left hamstring Tuesday night and is having tests to determine the extent of the injury.Coach Rex Ryan said trainers informed him the hamstring is intact and has not been pulled off the bone, which he described as ''a real positive.'' The injury occurred about an hour into a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns.

  • Romo a go for 2nd workout with Rams, making it 4 straight

    August 18, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Tony Romo had to wait until after Dallas' first joint practice with St. Louis to see if his surgically repaired back would feel good enough to make it through a second straight day with the Rams.The 35-year-old quarterback gave himself the go-ahead Tuesday, which meant he was practicing for four consecutive days for the first time since 2013, between the two back surgeries he had in just eight months.

  • Titans finally intercept Mariota on his 231st pass of camp

    August 18, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota's streak of passes at Titans training camp without being intercepted finally is over. Linebacker Zach Brown picked off the rookie quarterback, though he needed a little help to pull in the pick.Linebacker Avery Williamson tipped Mariota's pass in a 2-minute drill Tuesday, then safety Da'Norris Searcy tipped the ball before Brown pulled in the Heisman Trophy winner's 231st pass of training camp through seven-on-seven and team drills.

  • Bills' McCoy suffers left leg injury during practice

    August 18, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has been escorted off the field after apparently hurting his upper left leg during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns.McCoy pulled up short and started limping during 7-on-7 drills about an hour into Tuesday night's practice. He walked to the sideline holding the back of his left leg, and then sat on the turf, where he was attended to by numerous trainers. He required help getting up, and then slowly made his way to the locker room. He was unable to bend his left leg.

  • Hester trying to show Falcons his skills at wide receiver

    August 18, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Devin Hester didn't sound exactly thrilled when he arrived for the start of his second training camp with the Atlanta Falcons.The four-time Pro Bowl return specialist said he didn't fully understand what his role would be as a receiver in new coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense.

  • Hard-hitting Nick Moody looks to make mark on 49ers defense

    August 18, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Joe Gaines and other teachers at Nick Moody's elementary school used to regularly pull the boy aside and remind him that physical stiff-arms and hip-checks on the playground could really hurt others.Moody knew exactly what he was doing with those football moves as one of the fastest and strongest kids in his school.

  • Astros' star Correa, J.J. Watt hang out at Texans camp

    August 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Astros star Carlos Correa is having second thoughts about jokingly saying he would like to try out for the Houston Texans after an impressive tackle of 5-foot-5 Jose Altuve during a postgame celebration last weekend.The rookie shortstop, who was the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, attended training camp on Tuesday and watched defensive end J.J. Watt level running back Alfred Blue with a tackle behind the line.

  • Manning to make preseason debut Saturday night

    August 18, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning will make his preseason debut Saturday night at Houston.Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that Manning ''will play quite a bit. Is that a quarter and a-half? Is that a half? Is that a quarter? I don't know. I'll see how the game goes, but I want them to get a bunch of snaps under their belt.''

  • Steelers' Wheaton moves to slot receiver in training camp

    August 18, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton doesn't mind where he plays, as long as he's on the field.That's good news for the Steelers, who are moving the talented wide receiver to the slot during training camp to add another dimension to an already-dangerous offensive attack.

  • Raiders counting on Latavius Murray to revive running game

    August 18, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Whether it was because of injuries his first year or a lack of trust from his coaches last season, Latavius Murray has been more of a spectator than a participant since joining the Oakland Raiders.Murray has played just 15 games and carried the ball 82 times since being drafted in the sixth round back in 2013. That's all about to change this season, with the Raiders counting on Murray to be that bell-cow running back they've been missing in recent seasons.

  • Offensive line shuffles continue for Seahawks

    August 18, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) A rough showing in the preseason opener has left the Seattle Seahawks searching for answers along the offensive line.Justin Britt, who started 18 games for Seattle at right tackle as a rookie last season, has been taking snaps with the first-team offense at left guard during practice this week. Britt is the fifth different player to take snaps with the first team at left guard since the start of training camp three weeks ago. Alvin Bailey, Keavon Milton and rookies Mark Glowinski and Kristjan Sokoli have also been there.

  • Jets GM says Geno Smith unlikely to go on short-term IR

    August 18, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Geno Smith might be able to avoid the short-term injured reserve list.The New York Jets quarterback had his jaw broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali last Tuesday, and had surgery two days later to have metal plates and screws inserted. Smith is expected to miss six to 10 weeks, leaving his availability uncertain for the regular season.

  • Manning's new O-line includes trio with zero NFL starts

    August 18, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning has never had an offensive line this young. In fact, three of the starters have never played in an NFL regular-season game.''I always like being around young football players,'' insisted Manning, who was already mastering X's and O's when these guys were just learning their ABCs.

  • Jets claim Lynch off waivers from Dolphins, cut Schum

    August 18, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have claimed tight end Arthur Lynch off waivers from the Miami Dolphins and waived punter Jacob Schum.Lynch was a fifth-round draft pick last year out of Georgia, but spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury. The Jets made the move Tuesday to add depth to the tight ends spot with Jace Amaro (shoulder) and Steve Maneri (hamstring) banged up.

  • Rookie LB Wagenmann out for season, Cardinals sign Walters

    August 18, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals rookie outside linebacker Zack Wagenmann is out for the season with a broken foot, and the team has signed safety Anthony Walters to take the vacated roster spot.Coach Bruce Arians says Wagenmann, undrafted out of Montana, broke the foot in the same spot as he did last year.

  • 49ers trade TE Asante Cleveland to Pats for OL Jordan Devey

    August 18, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers traded tight end Asante Cleveland to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots for offensive lineman Jordan Devey on Tuesday.The trade still needed to be finalized through the NFL and the players were expected to take physicals once they made their cross-country flights to their new teams, which could complete the deal as soon as Wednesday. San Francisco announced the agreement to the swap Tuesday.

  • Kiko Alonso returns to practice after missing 2 weeks

    August 18, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kiko Alonso was barely back on the field when a pass bounced off a receiver's hands and into his arms.The Philadelphia Eagles expect more big plays from their new linebacker.Alonso, acquired from the Buffalo Bills in a trade for two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, returned to practice Tuesday after missing two weeks because of a concussion.

  • Zach Zenner making strong impression with Lions

    August 18, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions likely will give their starters only a few snaps when they travel to Washington on Thursday for their second exhibition game.It's bad news for fans hoping to catch a long look at the likes of quarterback Matthew Stafford or star wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but it could be just what rookie running back Zach Zenner needs.

  • Tall target Coleman emerging in Saints' receiving corps

    August 18, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Through the first few weeks of his second NFL training camp, the only thing Brandon Coleman has had to apologize for is pretending to be Saints all-time leading receiver Marques Colston.Coleman signed some fake Colston autographs as a joke after a recent practice because so many people had been comparing the two tall targets in the Saints' receiving corps. But Coleman quickly regretted and posted an apology on social media.

  • AP sources: Brady, Goodell meet but 'Deflategate' unresolved

    August 18, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met Tuesday to discuss settling the ''Deflategate'' legal case but were unsuccessful, two people familiar with the case told The Associated Press.The failure to strike a deal after about four hours of talks means a Wednesday hearing will proceed as scheduled.

  • NFL suspends 49ers WR Jerome Simpson for 6 games

    August 18, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The NFL suspended San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerome Simpson on Tuesday without pay for the first six games of the season for violations of the league's substance-abuse policy - a penalty he hopes is his last after a rash of off-field issues have derailed his career.

  • Ravens heading to Philadelphia for practices with Eagles

    August 18, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens wrapped up their workouts on Tuesday and will be heading to Philadelphia for three joint practices with the Eagles before facing them in a preseason game on Saturday.Coach John Harbaugh also set up joint practices last year with the San Francisco 49ers, then coached by his brother, Jim. Those practices took place in Baltimore but the Ravens will go on the road this time.

  • Chris Johnson knows he has to earn playing time in Arizona

    August 18, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Chris Johnson came to the Arizona Cardinals with no assurances about what role he will play, and he says ''that's cool with me.''After surviving a shooting five months ago, he's just glad to be back playing in the NFL.''When he first called me and we talked, I told B.A. (coach Bruce Arians), `I don't want you to promise me anything or anything like that,''' Johnson said on Tuesday before his first practice with his new team. '''I'm willing to come in and work for whatever my role is and whatever y'all need me to do.'''

  • Browns safety Whitner gets cold reception from Bills fans

    August 18, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) On a hot muggy morning, Browns safety Donte Whitner received a cold reception in his return to the Buffalo Bills' training camp facility for the first time in five years.''BOOOOOOOO!'' several Bills fans yelled as Whitner took the field Monday, when Cleveland and Buffalo opened a two-day series of joint practices.

  • Tennessee's offensive line work in progress this preseason

    August 18, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are having to shuffle around players on the offensive line, a unit they hoped would be all set by this point of the preseason.They have used two first-round picks on offensive lineman since 2013, and both left tackle Taylor Lewan and right guard Chance Warmack appear safe. But left guard Andy Levitre, the highest-paid player on the Tennessee offense and the big free agent signee in 2013, has been working at center with the second unit replaced by veteran Byron Bell with Jamon Meredith working in Bell's spot at right tackle.

  • AP Source: 49ers trade TE Cleveland to Pats for OL Devey

    August 18, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers traded tight end Asante Cleveland to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots for offensive lineman Jordan Devey on Tuesday, a person with direct knowledge of the move said.The trade still needed to be finalized through the NFL and the players were expected to take physicals once they made their cross-country flights to their new teams, which could complete the deal as soon as Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because it hadn't been formalized.

  • Astros' star Correa and Watt hang out at Texans camp

    August 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros' star Carlos Correa is having second thoughts about jokingly saying he'd like a tryout with the Houston Texans after a pretty impressive tackle of 5-foot-5 Jose Altuve during a postgame celebration this weekend.The rookie shortstop, who was the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, attended training camp on Tuesday and saw Houston star defensive end J.J. Watt level running back Alfred Blue with a tackle behind the line. He says: ''I saw J.J. with a nice tackle out there and I'm like: `Wow, I better quit tackling people.'''

  • Seahawks release former Green Beret Nate Boyer

    August 18, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks released long snapper and U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer.With backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson suffering a high-ankle sprain in Seattle's preseason opener against the Denver Broncos, the Seahawks needed an additional arm in training camp. The team signed former Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters to provide additional depth behind Russell Wilson.

  • Saints add defensive tackle Hunter after Brown's injury

    August 18, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The New Orleans Saints are bringing in defensive tackle David Hunter, who had worked out with the club earlier this week.The move, confirmed by Hunter's agent, Garriet Blair on Tuesday, comes shortly after an apparent right knee injury to newly signed defensive tackle Austin Brown. A former Arena Football player with Orlando, Brown went down during his first Saints practice and was carted away. The injury occurred during a one-on-one drill against offensive guard Mike McGlynn.

  • Vikings place Loadholt on IR with torn Achilles tendon

    August 18, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Vikings have placed right tackle Phil Loadholt on injured reserve, ending his season with a torn left Achilles tendon.The move was made Tuesday, when the Vikings signed offensive tackle Stephen Goodin to fill Loadholt's roster spot. Loadholt was hurt on the second play from scrimmage Saturday in an exhibition game.

  • Chiefs' Charcandrick West catching passes, turning heads

    August 18, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) In an otherwise sloppy training camp practice, little-used running back Charcandrick West gave Chiefs coach Andy Reid a moment to smile.The diminutive backup headed out on a passing play, and quarterback Chase Daniel lofted a pass to him. But the throw wobbled off to the right, and West had to reach back with one hand to snare the ball. Then, in one fluid motion, he spun up field and ran for a touchdown.

  • Missouri board OKs M in tax credits for St. Louis stadium

    August 18, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A Missouri board approved million in tax credits Tuesday for a new riverfront football stadium in downtown St. Louis, the first piece of an effort by state leaders aimed at either preventing the Rams from moving west or luring another team to the city in its place.

  • Rivera wants to avoid fights with Dolphins in scrimmage

    August 18, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the goal of this week's scrimmages against the Miami Dolphins is for both teams to get better, not start fights.The Dolphins and Panthers will scrimmage Wednesday and Thursday at Wofford College in advance of their Saturday night preseason game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Patriots' Tom Brady doesn't practice day before hearing

    August 18, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady wasn't on the practice field with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, a day before the court hearing for the NFL and the players' union.Both sides are due in federal court for the hearing Wednesday in New York with Judge Richard M. Berman over the quarterback's four-game suspension by the NFL.

  • Lawyer: Ex-NFL star working on deal in tax evasion case

    August 18, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) An attorney for former NFL star Plaxico Burress said in court Monday he's confident his client can work out a deal with prosecutors in his tax evasion case, but he wouldn't say whether it would keep him out of jail.The former wide receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and New York Jets has pleaded not guilty to willful failure to pay state tax and issuing a bad check or electric funds transfer. Prosecutors say he failed to pay about ,000 in state income taxes from 2013, the amount that would be due for someone with a taxable income of about 0,000.

  • Bills sign linebacker Groves, running back Seale

    August 18, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed two free agents, linebacker Quentin Groves and running back Samuel Seale, to shore up injury-depleted positions.The team also announced Tuesday that linebacker Ty Powell and defensive end Jarius Wynn were placed on season-ending injured reserve. Powell hurt his right knee in practice Monday. Wynn hurt his knee in a preseason-opening 25-24 loss to Carolina on Friday.

  • Rams adjust secondary after losing EJ Gaines to foot injury

    August 17, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) St. Louis Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines will miss the entire season with a foot injury, depriving the secondary of a probable starter.Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Gaines' injury and recovery period Monday after the team opened three days of workouts in Southern California. Fisher also expressed confidence that the Rams can fill the void with the players already on their roster.

  • Starting Rams CB Gaines out for season with foot injury

    August 17, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) St. Louis Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines will miss the entire season with a foot injury, depriving the secondary of a probable starter.Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Gaines' injury and recovery period Monday after the team opened three days of workouts in Southern California.

  • Big fan turnout greets Rams at their California workouts

    August 17, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) The way their long-suffering Southern California fans see it, the Rams are considering restoration, not relocation.From the moment they stepped off the team bus Monday, the St. Louis Rams were serenaded by several thousand jersey-wearing, flag-waving fans celebrating a Southern California homecoming. They chanted ''L.A. Rams!'' while the players took the practice fields in Oxnard, an hour west of Los Angeles, and they held aloft banners reading ''Welcome Home!'' and ''We Missed You!''

  • AP Source: Bills agree to deal with LB Quentin Groves

    August 17, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the decision says the Buffalo Bills have agreed to a contract with free-agent linebacker Quentin Groves.The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the Bills have not announced the move. ESPN first reported the agreement.

  • Landry Jones off to so-so start after 1st 2 preseason games

    August 17, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have taken a long look at third-string quarterback Landry Jones this preseason.They want to see how the former Oklahoma standout has developed and matured as he enters his third NFL season. The results have been mixed through two extended preseason games.

  • Buccaneers sign veteran RT Gosder Cherilus to 2-year deal

    August 17, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed a need for help on the offensive line by signing right tackle Gosder Cherilus to a two-year contract.The seventh-year pro fills an opening created when Demar Dotson sprained his left knee during last weekend's preseason opener at Minnesota. Dotson has started 47 of 48 games over the past three seasons, and the Bucs aren't speculating when he might return.

  • Derrick Morgan tested free agency before choosing Titans

    August 17, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee linebacker Derrick Morgan believes he's right where he's supposed to be after testing free agency this offseason.He visited both the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers last March and even was drawing interest from the Dallas Cowboys when he decided to return to the Titans.

  • Clark and Lockett both stand out in debut for Seahawks

    August 17, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) For as good a wide receiver as Tyler Lockett was in college, and all the compliments he's received from his new teammates as a pass catcher in training camp, he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks because they needed a dynamic returner in the kicking game.

  • Cardinals, running back Chris Johnson agree to 1-year deal

    August 17, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals and running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.The Cardinals announced the deal on Monday while the team worked out at University of Phoenix Stadium.Johnson, who turns 30 next month, played last year with the New York Jets after spending his first six NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

  • Los Angeles stadium could bring shift in NFL divisions

    August 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Construction of an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area could come with another change: a possible shift in division for the Oakland Raiders or the San Diego Chargers.The teams have proposed a shared .78 billion stadium in the city of Carson - one of two stadium projects being considered by the NFL near Los Angeles that could bring professional football back to the region after a two-decade absence.

  • Big fan turnout greets Rams at their California workout

    August 17, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) If the Rams are headed back to Southern California, their long-suffering local fans are ready to welcome them home.The St. Louis Rams were greeted by a huge contingent of jersey-wearing, flag-waving fans chanting ''L.A. Rams!'' as they took the practice fields Monday in Oxnard, an hour west of Los Angeles.

  • AP Source: Cardinals, Chris Johnson agree to 1-year deal

    August 17, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Arizona Cardinals and running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.The person, who asked for anonymity because the agreement had not been officially announced, said the contract was agreed to on Monday.

  • Panthers' Rivera shuffles depth chart, wants RDE to emerge

    August 17, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera is still looking for someone to step up and claim the team's starting right defensive end spot once occupied by the talented, but troubled Greg Hardy.On Monday that meant shuffling the depth chart around.

  • Cautious Cowboys sit Bryant, Smith in practices with Rams

    August 17, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith would likely be playing - and maybe even practicing - if the Dallas Cowboys were back home in the middle of the regular season.Since it's still training camp in California, a joint workout with the St. Louis Rams isn't enough to get the All-Pro receiver and Pro Bowl left tackle on the field. Bryant has been out almost two weeks with a strained hamstring, and Smith is nursing an arm injury.

  • Falcons QB Ryan looks to show off his mobility this season

    August 17, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Matt Ryan has no plans to become a running quarterback.He does intend to use his legs more in the Atlanta Falcons' new offense.After Ryan took a brutal beating the last two years sitting in the pocket, the Falcons want to get their star quarterback moving around a bit more. He'll be rolling out, looking to make plays on the edge, and even getting the green light to run if there are some yards to be had without taking a big hit.

  • Accuser of Ravens security director testifies at his trial

    August 17, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) A stadium worker who accused the security director of the Baltimore Ravens of groping her after a game took the stand during the first day of trial.The trial for Darren Sanders began Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court. Sanders is charged with second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense stemming from allegations that he grabbed the female custodian's breasts and buttocks and kissed her without permission.

  • Patriots prepare for scrimmages with Saints

    August 17, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Bill Belichick won't spend any time on the golf course when the New England Patriots travel to The Greenbrier for joint practice sessions with the New Orleans Saints later this week.For the fourth straight year, the Patriots and Saints will participate in two joint practices on Wednesday and Thursday at the luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

  • Spagnuolo wants Giants defenders not to worry about errors

    August 17, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) After a shaky performance in their preseason opener, New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo wants his players to stop worrying about making mistakes.Speaking to reporters for the second time since training camp opened in late July, Spagnuolo felt many of his players were trying to be perfect on every play in the 23-10 loss to the Bengals on Friday.

  • Arians says Chris Johnson takes physical with Cardinals

    August 17, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said running back Chris Johnson took a physical with the team on Monday but that it was up to general manager Steve Keim and Johnson's agent whether a contract would follow.Johnson, who turns 30 next month, played last year with the New York Jets after spending his first six NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

  • Broncos host basketball coaches at training camp

    August 17, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Sometimes during the dog days of August, NFL training camp talk turns to hoops and hardwood.That was the case in Denver on Monday when the Broncos welcomed several visitors to their sideline, including Colorado State basketball coach Larry Eustachy and new Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone and his staff.

  • Browns lineman Seymour suspended 4 games by NFL

    August 17, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Browns backup center Ryan Seymour has been suspended by the NFL without pay for this season's first four games for taking a banned substance.The league said Monday that Seymour violated its policy on performance enhancing substances. The league did not say which substance Seymour, who started three games for Cleveland last season, used.

  • Manuel confident he can succeed in Buffalo or somewhere else

    August 17, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel insists he's focused solely on winning back his old starting job.And yet, the third-year player acknowledged for the first time that his days in Buffalo might be numbered.''At the end of the day, if I play well, it should take care of itself. Whether it's here or whether it's somewhere else, I don't know,'' Manuel told The Associated Press on Monday, after the Bills finished a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns.

  • Titans sign OLB Andy Studebaker, waive WR Clyde Gates

    August 17, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have signed outside linebacker Andy Studebaker and have waived wide receiver Clyde Gates.Studebaker, 29, played 13 games last season for the Indianapolis Colts. He spent the last two seasons with Indianapolis after spending five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • Raiders rookie LB Ben Heeney makes good first impression

    August 17, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Ben Heeney's exhibition debut went so well for the Oakland Raiders that he wanted to save his jersey as a keepsake with all the stains and sweat as memories.The only problem was that was Heeney's only game-ready jersey so it went back to the equipment staff to get washed for the next game.

  • Rivers: Commitment from Chargers outweighs uncertainty

    August 17, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Philip Rivers will be the San Diego Chargers' quarterback through 2019, he said Monday, ''wherever we are.''Whether he ends his career with the Chargers still based in San Diego or uprooted and moved to the Los Angeles area, Rivers will be able to retire with lightning bolts on his helmet.

  • Jaguars DE Clemons returns to practice after 2-week absence

    August 17, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons has returned to practice after sitting out the first two weeks of training camp.The 12-year veteran was held out while dealing with personal issues that prevented him from reporting to camp on time.

  • James Thrash hired as NFL/NFLPA appeals officer

    August 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former NFL wide receiver James Thrash has been hired jointly by the NFL and the players' union as an appeals officer for on-field player discipline.The announcement of the hiring of Thrash, who played with the Redskins and Eagles from 1997-2008, was made Monday by the league and the NFLPA. He joins Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks to handle such appeals.

  • Left tackle David Bakhtiari sidelined in Packers camp

    August 17, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) A sore knee sidelined left tackle David Bakhtiari at Packers training camp Monday and it was unclear if the starting offensive lineman will play in this weekend's preseason game at Pittsburgh.Coach Mike McCarthy did not offer details on the injury to the third-year tackle. Asked if he was concerned about Bakhtiari, McCarthy replied, ''Not today, no.''

  • With uncertain role, Jets' Kerley out to prove himself again

    August 17, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Jeremy Kerley is used to having to prove himself.In college. As an NFL rookie. And, now, as a veteran wide receiver trying to keep his role on the New York Jets.''I never really feel comfortable,'' Kerley said. ''I don't think anybody in my position can really feel comfortable being a slot receiver, a fifth-round pick.''

  • Ryan: Linebacker Powell's knee injury could be season ending

    August 17, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Calling it ''terrible news,'' Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said backup linebacker Ty Powell sustained a potentially season-ending injury to his right knee during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns on Monday.Ryan said the initial prognosis is that Powell tore a ligament, which would require surgery followed by a lengthy recuperation process.

  • Stills returns to practice and Albert shows progress

    August 17, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) To celebrate Kenny Stills' return to practice Monday with the Miami Dolphins, video highlights of his college touchdown catches were shown in the weight room as players headed for the field.Stills didn't see the video, but was told about it by teammates.

  • Jets' Marshall says Geno Smith did nothing to warrant punch

    August 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has come to Geno Smith's defense, saying the injured quarterback was not at fault in last week's locker-room fight.In an interview Monday with ESPN Radio's ''Mike & Mike'' show, Marshall says he saw then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali punch Smith and break his jaw. Marshall says Smith didn't stick a finger in Enemkpali's face, as some reports suggested.

  • Vikings' Phil Loadholt done for year with Achilles tear

    August 17, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) When Phil Loadholt limped off the field in the first quarter on Saturday night, Minnesota Vikings fans started going through all the lists of available free agents and trades their team could make to fill the 6-foot-8, 345-pound hole at right tackle created by his injury.

  • Last year's No. 1 pick Clowney back to practice for Texans

    August 17, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Jadeveon Clowney was so excited on Monday in his first practice with the Houston Texans since microfracture knee surgery that he asked coach Bill O'Brien if he could take a run at the quarterbacks.''I was like: `Coach, let me get some pass rush today,''' Clowney said. ''He was like: `No, it's your first day out here, we're going to take it slow.'''

  • Former NFL players appeal terms of concussion settlement

    August 17, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former NFL players who object to terms of the potential billion concussion settlement have filed appeals that are likely to delay payouts to thousands of retirees until next year.About a dozen appeals on behalf of as many as 90 former players were expected to be filed by Monday's deadline. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia could hear arguments on the issues this fall.

  • Trial for Ravens security director accused of groping begins

    August 17, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The trial for the Baltimore Ravens security director accused of groping a stadium worker after a game has begun.Darren Sanders is charged with second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense stemming from allegations that he grabbed a female stadium worker's breasts and buttocks and kissed her without permission as she escorted him to his car at a stadium in December. His trial opened Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court with jury selection.

  • Bills linebacker Powell carted off field with leg injury

    August 17, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills backup linebacker Ty Powell has been carted off a field after hurting his right leg in practice.Powell was hurt an hour into the Bills' joint practice with the Cleveland Browns on Monday. It happened during a team drill when Browns running back Jalen Parmele ran to his left toward Powell.

  • With Hall, others sidelined, Redskins wrap up training camp

    August 17, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) DeAngelo Hall watched the Washington Redskins' final training camp practice from the sideline Monday, resting the injured toe on his left foot.Normally, the 12th-year cornerback wouldn't mind sitting out a session in the stifling heat of August, with the regular season still nearly a full month away. This time was different, because he is coming off two tears to his Achilles tendon, and already missed preseason time because of a groin injury.

  • Redskins president dismisses name change for new stadium

    August 17, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins President Bruce Allen made clear Monday the team would not reconsider whether to change the team's nickname if it became a political barrier to building a new stadium in the nation's capital or elsewhere.The club currently plays at FedEx Field - which opened in Landover, Maryland, in 1997 - and has started exploring sites for a new facility, even though its lease there runs until 2026.

  • Chiefs' Fisher limps off as team resumes training camp

    August 17, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs have spent all of training camp shuffling their offensive line, trying to use the competition to figure out their best five by the regular season.Perhaps injuries will help them settle things.The Chiefs lost left tackle Eric Fisher to a sprained ankle early in Monday's practice, and it is unclear how long the former No. 1 overall draft pick will be out. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he would undergo an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury.

  • Bills shuffle cornerbacks: sign Lankster, cut Westbrooks

    August 17, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills continue shuffling cornerbacks by signing free agent Ellis Lankster and releasing Lavelle Westbrooks.Lankster is back with the Bills after being selected by Buffalo in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. He spent his rookie season in Buffalo before being cut the following year.

  • Redskins president dismisses name change for DC stadium

    August 17, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Team President Bruce Allen says the Washington Redskins will not reconsider whether to change the team's nickname if it becomes a political barrier to building a new stadium.The team currently plays at FedEx Field, which opened in Landover, Maryland, in 1997 and wants a new facility.

  • Football's future? QBs training with virtual reality

    August 17, 2015

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi quarterback Ryan Buchanan straps on a headset that covers his eyes, and instantly, he sees a scene that looks like a video game, all set from his perspective.In about a minute, he runs through a handful of plays, checking his receivers, deciphering defensive coverages and making split-second decisions about where to throw the football.

  • Cowboys' top pick Byron Jones out with shoulder injury

    August 16, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas cornerback Byron Jones, the team's first-round pick, will miss time with a left shoulder injury sustained in practice at training camp.Jones collided with cornerback Morris Claiborne in a seven-on-seven drill Sunday and stayed down briefly favoring his shoulder. Medical personnel checked him for several minutes before the former Connecticut player left the field.

  • Bowles makes Jets run gassers after 2 skirmishes at practice

    August 16, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Todd Bowles had seen enough shenanigans.After two skirmishes on the practice field on a steamy Sunday, the New York Jets coach ordered his players to run five penalty gassers - from one sideline to the other, and back - and followed it up with a huddle at midfield.

  • Winston's slow preseason start doesn't worry Bucs

    August 16, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston's preseason debut didn't go as smoothly as he would have liked, however the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came away from the outing feeling good about the rookie's progress.''You would like all of your players the first time they're going to be on the field to be perfect and get off to a good start and have it go that way throughout, but that's not the case,'' coach Lovie Smith said Sunday, reflecting on the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner's performance in a 26-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

  • Titans waiting for young backs to step up in running game

    August 16, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The easiest way to take the pressure off rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota will be if the Tennessee Titans can run the ball well.Right now, the Titans are waiting for someone in a very young running back group to step up and run with the ball.

  • Moats ready to bring pressure to Steelers pass rush

    August 16, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers gave Arthur Moats a new contract during the offseason.Now, the veteran outside linebacker wants to return the favor on the field as one of the leaders of a revamped Steelers defense.''To feel like you've been compensated for your efforts, it feels good,'' Moats said. ''But ultimately you have to produce and that's what I'm excited about.

  • Bills cornerback Darby still adjusting to NFL game

    August 16, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills rookie Ronald Darby had a tough NFL debut on Friday.However, coach Rex Ryan loves his cornerback's response.''You throw him to the wolves and that's no easy thing,'' Ryan said. ''He did get a little baptism by fire and things, but I like the way the kid's responded.''

  • Hayne makes big impression in first NFL action for 49ers

    August 16, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Even a day later, hype surrounded Jarryd Hayne's impressive first NFL action for the San Francisco 49ers.The former Australian rugby league star broke open a 53-yard run early in the second quarter of a 23-10 loss at Houston on Saturday night. He had five carries for 63 yards, a 33-yard kickoff return and a pair of punt returns totaling 24 yards.

  • Cowboys' Patmon still fighting year after unlikely rise

    August 16, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Tyler Patmon showed the Dallas Cowboys his feisty side long before he threw the first punch in a training camp fight with star receiver Dez Bryant.The second-year cornerback also showed some playmaking ability as soon as he took the field last year, which is why he made the roster as the longest of long shots - one of the extra bodies for rookie minicamp after going undrafted and unsigned as a free agent.

  • Bowles, Jets not happy with Geno Smith tossing balls at home

    August 16, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets flagged Geno Smith for a false start.Smith was photographed by the New York Post playing catch with a friend outside his New Jersey apartment Saturday, two days after the quarterback had jaw surgery. Smith had plates and screws inserted into the jaw, which was broken by a punch from then-teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali on Tuesday.

  • Giants defense struggles in first game with Spagnuolo back

    August 16, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Steve Spagnuolo's return as the New York Giants defensive coordinator was marked by tentative play, a lot of yards surrendered and way too many injuries.Other than the injuries, the group's play in a 23-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals probably should have been expected.

  • Saints' Payton eager to see more of Murphy in return game

    August 16, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Marcus Murphy, who was the last of the Saints' nine 2015 draft picks, is showing the potential to emerge as one of their top kick and punt returners in his rookie season.At the very least, coach Sean Payton likes what he's seen so far and wants to give Murphy ample opportunities to win the job.

  • Fox sees progress as Bears close training camp

    August 16, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) Coach John Fox saw plenty of progress from the Chicago Bears in training camp.On the final day Sunday, Fox also saw a lot of players tired of practicing and of each other as three shoving incidents marred the final drills.Still, he closed camp looking ahead past a few key injuries to practices in Indianapolis against the Colts prior to Saturday's preseason game feeling much had been accomplished.

  • Ryan says Wynn could miss season with ACL injury

    August 16, 2015

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan says defensive tackle Jarius Wynn could be lost for the season after a serious ACL injury.Ryan called the injury ''devastating'' to both the Bills and Wynn, and said that Wynn will miss the season if an ACL tear is confirmed.

  • Lamar Miller doesn't mind increased workload

    August 16, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller won't mind an increased workload in the regular season.Entering his fourth season and coming off a career-best 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014, he might be ready to ask for more carries.

  • Raiders WR Rod Streater returns to practice

    August 16, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) When Rod Streater went down with a season-ending broken foot last September, he left behind a wide receiver group on the Oakland Raiders that was extremely thin.The position group Streater joined Sunday when he practiced for the first time this training camp is appreciably deeper following the offseason additions of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. That has turned Streater from the No. 1 option to a player looking to solidify the role of third receiver on the Raiders offense this season.

  • Falcons add depth at RB by signing veteran Evan Royster

    August 16, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have released offensive tackle DeMarcus Love and signed three players, including running back Evan Royster.Royster, a sixth-round draft pick by the Redskins in 2011, adds depth to a position depleted by injuries. Running backs Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and, most recently, Antone Smith have suffered hamstring injuries. Smith was hurt while scoring a touchdown in the Falcons' 31-24 preseason win over Tennessee on Friday night.

  • McCloughan likes what he saw from RG3 in exhibition opener

    August 17, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) After Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden's public criticism of Robert Griffin III last season, it sure sounds as if there is a concerted effort to say mostly nice things about the quarterback nowadays.And not just on Gruden's part. General manager Scot McCloughan, too.

  • Steelers' James Harrison wants to return sons' trophies

    August 16, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesn't expect a trophy just for showing up. The same goes for his sons.The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year took to Instagram on Saturday to say he was returning two awards his sons James III and Henry received from a local athletics event run by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch.

  • Browns quarterback Shaw to have thumb surgery

    August 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Browns third-string quarterback Connor Shaw will undergo surgery on his right thumb and be out for an indefinite period.Shaw, who started Cleveland's final game last season as a rookie, injured his thumb during the second half of Thursday's exhibition opener against Washington. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 64 yards in the 20-17 loss.

  • Vikings lose Loadholt; Achilles tendon likely torn

    August 16, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt likely has a torn Achilles tendon on his left foot, an injury that could knock him out for the entire season.Loadholt limped off the field after the second play from scrimmage for the Vikings on Saturday night in their exhibition game against Tampa Bay. He was visibly upset, with his head in his hands, and he draped a towel over his head as he rode on a cart to the locker room.

  • Chargers announce 4-year extension for Philip Rivers

    August 16, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers have agreed to a four-year contract extension.The question is, will the quarterback finish his career in San Diego or Los Angeles?The Chargers announced the extension Saturday night. The deal reportedly is worth million, with million guaranteed.

  • Vikings lose right tackle Loadholt to leg injury

    August 15, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt has a significant injury to his lower left leg.Loadholt limped off the field after the second play from scrimmage for the Vikings on Saturday night in their exhibition game against Tampa Bay. He was visibly upset, with his head in his hands, and taken on a cart to the locker room. The Vikings announced Loadholt was out for the rest of the game but did not provide further details about the injury.

  • Welter, Thomas give preseason game a female flair

    August 15, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jen Welter walked from the sideline and shook hands with the line judge for the night's game between the Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.This was no everyday meeting. More like a barrier-breaker.Once a men's-only world, the NFL entered a new era Saturday night, when Welter became the first woman to coach an NFL game and Sarah Thomas became the first woman to work as a full-time on-field official.

  • Rams' Bates has MCL knee sprain

    August 15, 2015

    UNDATED (AP) St. Louis Rams special teams player Daren Bates will be out about a month with a MCL knee sprain sustained in the preseason opener.Coach Jeff Fisher said Saturday in a conference call that guard Rodger Saffold, who left the game holding his right arm during the opening drive, was still undergoing tests. Fisher said Saffold was feeling better after getting treatment all day.

  • Saints' Payton downplays shuffling caused by injuries

    August 15, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) When the New Orleans Saints' defense lined up in a five-defensive back formation during practice Saturday night, one of the first-team cornerbacks was second-year pro Stanley Jean-Baptiste and the nickel back was fifth-round draft choice Damian Swann.

  • Fitzpatrick's familiarity with offense has Jets confident

    August 15, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Ryan Fitzpatrick has sensed a change in how his New York Jets teammates are treating him lately.He's the starting quarterback now, so wide receivers such as Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker know it's time to buddy up a bit to the guy who'll be throwing them the ball the rest of training camp.

  • Denver shows off its depth in exhibition opener

    August 15, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Gary Kubiak's goal in the offseason was to bridge the gap between the Denver Broncos' star-studded starting lineup and the backups.He gave veterans lots of days off and the young guys plenty of snaps.The fruits of that approach showed up in their exhibition opener at Seattle, where the Broncos flaunted their defensive depth and fourth-year quarterback Brock Osweiler posted his best performance of his prolonged apprenticeship under Peyton Manning.

  • McFadden finally joining race to replace Murray in Dallas

    August 15, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Darren McFadden is ready to give Joseph Randle a run for the job of replacing NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray in Dallas.And the top five pick by Oakland in 2008 is looking to put seven mostly disappointing and injury-plagued seasons with the Raiders behind him. And he's facing plenty of skeptics after missing the first two weeks of his first training camp with the Cowboys because of a hamstring issue.

  • Quinten Rollins learning fast cornerback

    August 15, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Whatever Quinten Rollins lacks in actual on-field experience at cornerback position, the Green Bay Packers' second-round pick makes up for with his personality.Rollins played four years of basketball at Miami of Ohio before going out for football with his final year of eligibility - and was the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year.

  • Jets' Wilkerson has hammy setback; Amaro out with shoulder

    August 15, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Muhammad Wilkerson's sore hamstring is still keeping him off the field.The New York Jets defensive end recently had a ''minor'' setback,'' and remains day-to-day for a return to practice. Wilkerson has sat out most of training camp with the strained left hamstring.

  • Young trio of Redskins TEs get chance after others' injuries

    August 15, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) This is where things stand for the Washington Redskins at the tight end position: Je'Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon and Devin Mahina - none of whom has ever appeared in a regular-season NFL game - were the players getting reps at practice Saturday.

  • Coach hopes practices prepare Dolphins to be road warriors

    August 15, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin figures an extended trip during the preseason might help his team win on the road this year.The Dolphins will head to Spartanburg, South Carolina on Tuesday for two days of joint practice with the Carolina Panthers before the teams meet in an exhibition game Saturday night in Charlotte.

  • McFadden finally taking handoffs 2 weeks into Cowboys' camp

    August 15, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Darren McFadden is finally taking handoffs in practice at training camp for the Dallas Cowboys.After being relegated to side work for the first two weeks in California because of a hamstring problem, the oft-injured McFadden participated in the morning walkthrough Saturday. That's an indication he will get some work in the afternoon practice, although coach Jason Garrett said he would be eased in.

  • LINING UP: Tebow expected for Eagles on Sunday

    August 15, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Sunday's NFL preseason game (all times EDT):---COLTS AT EAGLES, 1 p.m.Sam Bradford won't play for the Eagles, but all eyes will be on Tim Tebow when he takes his first snaps in an NFL game since the 2013 preseason. Coach Chip Kelly is holding Bradford out until next week because he missed the 2014 season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament for the second time in less than a year.

  • At guard, Fluker out of his element for Chargers

    August 15, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) D.J. Fluker was out of his element in the San Diego Chargers' preseason opener.''That was my first try at guard,'' the third-year player said. ''I felt like a rookie for a minute.''Fluker's first two seasons had him at right tackle. But with the Chargers signing free-agent tackle Joe Barksdale in the offseason, the team is experimenting with Fluker at right guard.

  • Colts head home from training camp ready to start preseason

    August 15, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) Indianapolis changed its training camp schedule and it's already paying dividends.A shorter trip to Anderson University forced the Colts to move at a quicker pace and rely on more intense workouts to get the job done right.Now, they'll head to Philadelphia for Sunday's preseason opener looking to build on that momentum.

  • Titans defense struggles early just like rookie QB Mariota

    August 15, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota has a great excuse for a rough start to the first NFL preseason game of his career, and the rookie quarterback shook off three bad plays pretty nicely.Now if only the Tennessee defense could say as much.Mariota rebounded from being sacked, intercepted and fumbling a ball returned for a touchdown in the span of five plays by driving the Titans to a touchdown Friday night in a 31-24 loss to Atlanta.

  • Giants rookies safeties Collins, Thompson hurt in opener

    August 15, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The inexperienced group of safeties for the New York Giants just lost two players.Rookie Mykkele Thompson will miss the season with an Achilles tendon injury, and projected starter Landon Collins will be sidelined for at least a week with a sprained knee, coach Tom Coughlin announced Saturday.

  • Redskins TE Logan Paulsen out for season with injured toe

    August 15, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen needs surgery for a turf toe injury and will miss the entire season.Coach Jay Gruden says after practice at training camp Saturday that Paulsen will have the operation on Monday.Paulsen is the second Redskins tight end out for the season. Niles Paul broke his ankle in Thursday's preseason opener against Cleveland.

  • Jaguars safety Cyprien out for preseason with broken finger

    August 15, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without two starters for the rest of the preseason, maybe longer.Coach Gus Bradley said Saturday that safety Johnathan Cyprien will be sidelined for at least the next three games with a broken finger on his right hand. The news came a few hours after Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas broke a bone in the back of his right hand in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh.

  • Terrelle Pryor back from injury, practices with Browns

    August 15, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Following an unexpected delay, the Terrelle Pryor Project has resumed.Attempting to shift from NFL quarterback to wide receiver with the Cleveland Browns, Pryor returned to practice Saturday after missing more than one week with a hamstring injury. The former Oakland QB impressed the Browns early in training camp with how quickly he adjusted to his new position, but coach Mike Pettine said Pryor's physical tools will only take him so far.

  • Bears WR White needs surgery on leg stress fracture

    August 15, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) One day after injured Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White started running on grass for the first time at training camp, he felt pain and knew he faced a worst-case scenario.White will have surgery on his left shin to repair a stress fracture and will start the regular season on the physically unable to perform list after rest and therapy failed to cure shin pain he first had in June in organized team activities.

  • AP Source: RB Johnson coming to Arizona for physical

    August 15, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says running back Chris Johnson will visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday to undergo a physical.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the visit has not been publicly acknowledged by those involved.

  • Carr to Cooper leads Raiders to 18-3 exhibition win vs. Rams

    August 15, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Derek Carr took little time to build up his rapport with rookie receiver Amari Cooper.Carr completed three passes to Cooper on an opening field-goal drive and the Raiders beat the St. Louis Rams 18-3 in their exhibition opener under new coach Jack Del Rio.

  • Bills' Enemkpali says chance to play cleared his mind

    August 15, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Stepping on the field, linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali finally began putting behind the headlines he created with a sucker punch that broke the jaw of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith.''Getting out there just cleared my mind,'' Enemkpali said following his Buffalo Bills' debut in a preseason-opening 25-24 loss to Carolina on Friday. ''The staff, coaches, players, the way they made me feel welcome, I can't ask for a better place to be at.''

  • Jaguars TE Thomas likely done for preseason with hand injury

    August 15, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas likely will miss the rest of the preseason with a broken right hand.Coach Gus Bradley said Thomas has a ''stable fracture'' in the back of his hand.The team initially reported Thomas injured his left hand, but Saturday morning said it was right.

  • Seattle WR Chris Matthews leaves with shoulder injury

    August 14, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews is out of Seattle's preseason opener against Denver with a shoulder injury suffered on punt coverage.Matthews was injured late in the second quarter on Friday. He was hurt diving for a loose ball after it was fumbled by Solomon Patton. The pair dived for the loose ball at the same time and Matthews appeared to injure his left shoulder in the process. He was tended to for several minutes on the field before walking off holding his left arm to his body before being taken to the locker room.

  • Seattle coach Pete Carroll collides with ref, draws flag

    August 14, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Pete Carroll paid a price for the Seattle Seahawks first touchdown of the preseason.Carroll collided with field judge Eugene Hall on Tyler Lockett's 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Seahawks preseason opener against Denver on Friday night.

  • Broncos awarded punter off waivers

    August 14, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have been awarded punter Spencer Lanning off waivers from Tampa Bay.The Broncos waived punter Karl Schmitz - who was subsequently signed by the Buccaneers - last week to make room for tackle Matt Hall, who elected to retire.

  • Jaguars TE Thomas leaves preseason opener with hand injury

    August 15, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Tight end Julius Thomas left Jacksonville's preseason opener against Pittsburgh with a hand injury.The Jaguars said Saturday morning that Thomas injured his right hand when Steelers cornerback William Gay tackled him on a 2-yard gain in the first quarter. The team initially said it was his left hand. The injury came on Jacksonville's second play of the preseason and Thomas' first game with the Jaguars since signing a five-year, million contract that included million guaranteed.

  • Giants rookie safeties Collins, Thompson hurt

    August 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) New York Giants rookie safety Landon Collins left a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals to have an injured knee examined.The second-round pick from Alabama was hurt in the first quarter and came to the sideline. He later went to the locker room for X-rays that were negative.

  • John Bowlen's lawyer gets 10-day extension in case

    August 14, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The lawyer for John Bowlen, the 29-year-old son of the Denver Broncos owner, has been granted more time to review his client's domestic violence case.Bowlen and attorney Harvey Steinberg will appear again in Arapahoe County District Court on Aug. 24.

  • Brady's lawyers file more papers in suit vs NFL

    August 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady's attorneys filed more papers Friday in U.S. District Court in his lawsuit to overturn his four-game suspension by the NFL for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game.Lawyers for the star quarterback of the Patriots stressed in their memorandum of law that the league is attempting to misdirect the court and ''at every turn, the NFL misstates the record.''

  • Giants rookie safety Landon Collins suffers knee injury

    August 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) New York Giants rookie safety Landon Collins left a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals to have an injured knee examined.The second-round pick from Alabama was hurt in the first quarter and came to the sideline. He later went to the locker room for an exam.

  • Patriots sign Casey Walker

    August 14, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have signed defensive lineman Casey Walker.Terms were not announced.Walker spent part of last season on the Patriots' 53-man roster and practice squad. He played five games for the Patriots with one start and had 10 tackles and one sack.

  • LINING UP: Winston debuts, Texans host 49ers in preseason

    August 14, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Saturday night's NFL preseason games (all times EDT):---BUCCANEERS AT VIKINGS, 8 p.m.Plenty of attention will be on Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, the top pick in the draft from Florida State, in his first NFL action. Coach Lovie Smith said he's planning to play his starters for at least the first quarter, so Winston ought to get a couple of series throwing to Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins against a Minnesota defense that's been noticeably better under coach Mike Zimmer.

  • RB Bell sees Abdullah shine, gets more eager for return

    August 14, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell has been working hard to get back on the practice field. If he needed any extra incentive, he got it Thursday night.Lions rookie Ameer Abdullah's hype train picked up a lot of speed in the 23-3 win over the New York Jets after he gained 67 yards on seven carries. The most spectacular was a 45-yard run that included one cut that left New York linebacker Demario Davis spinning helplessly.

  • Bills reach injury settlement and release receiver Holley

    August 14, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have released receiver Caleb Holley after reaching an injury settlement with the player.Holley tore his right hamstring in practice on Monday, and placed on the reserve/injured list a day later. The move was announced on Friday, shortly before the Bills opened their preseason hosting Carolina.

  • Browns quarterback McCown showing Johnny Manziel the way

    August 14, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Josh McCown doesn't view Johnny Manziel as a threat. That alone makes the Browns' quarterback situation much more stable than the mess they had last year.A respected veteran with a golden reputation, but not many wins on his 12-year NFL resume, McCown was signed by Cleveland as a free agent to provide stability to their quarterback position and mentor Manziel, who couldn't control his Johnny Football persona and nearly partied himself out of the league as a rookie.

  • Fame finds courtroom artist after Brady drawing goes viral

    August 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jane Rosenberg's courtroom drawing of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is everywhere and now so is she, fending off cyberbullies who disparage her along the way.She's on network television, the radio, in newspapers and across the Internet. Everywhere she goes, so goes her sketch of an edgy Brady in a Manhattan federal courtroom Wednesday, when lawyers argued whether it's fair to suspend him for four games because a Patriots' employee deflated footballs before the Jan. 18 AFC championship game, which New England won.

  • Jets bring in quarterback Matt Flynn for physical

    August 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets are exploring veteran options to back up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.With expected starter Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw, the Jets brought Matt Flynn in for a physical Friday, but did not work him out. The 30-year-old Flynn, who was dealing with a hamstring issue, was released by New England earlier this week.

  • Tebowmania sweeps through Philly

    August 14, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) When Tim Tebow completes a pass or takes off running with the football, fans watching the Philadelphia Eagles practice cheer loudly and reporters quickly post about it on social media.Few, if any, players fighting for a roster spot ever drew more attention.

  • Andre Johnson has big hopes as he catches on with Colts

    August 14, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) Andre Johnson is starting over.After thriving for 12 seasons in Houston, he's working with a new quarterback and learning a new playbook. And now he's ready to head home Saturday after finishing his first training camp on a college campus.

  • NFL issues memo reminding players to avoid fighting

    August 14, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The NFL warned teams about fighting during games in response to inter- and intra-team altercations that have erupted in training camp, including the one that left New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith with a broken jaw.In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, executive vice president Troy Vincent reminded all 32 teams on Friday that ''fighting will not be tolerated.'' Vincent asked coaches, general managers and club executives to remind players of the rules, and noted that the prohibition of fighting will be a point of emphasis for officials.

  • Eagles QB Sam Bradford won't play against the Colts

    August 14, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford won't play in Sunday's exhibition opener against the Indianapolis Colts.Coach Chip Kelly says he's holding Bradford out an extra week because he's returning from his second ACL injury. Bradford has been full-go in practices during training camp.

  • Phinney continues comeback from injury at USA Pro Challenge

    August 14, 2015

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Olympic cyclist Taylor Phinney will continue his comeback from a devastating injury sustained more than a year ago when he starts next week's USA Pro Challenge.Phinney raced for the first time since his career-threatening crash at the 2014 national championships in last week's Tour of Utah. Phinney will be joined on the BMC Racing Team in his native Colorado by Tour de France stage winner Rohan Dennis.

  • Chiefs could sit several ailing players in preseason opener

    August 14, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs could be forced to rest a handful of players in their exhibition opener Saturday night in Arizona because of nagging injuries picked up during training camp.Linebacker is the position where they are most banged up. Former first-round pick Dee Ford is still out from a concussion, Josh Mauga left practice Wednesday with a bum heel, D.J. Alexander is hobbled by an ankle injury and James-Michael Johnson by a calf injury.

  • Rams have everybody back on improving defense

    August 14, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Relatively speaking, Gregg Williams has it easy in his second season as St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator.Unlike the offense, which has a new quarterback, three line replacements and a rookie running back on the mend, there are no fresh faces that must be integrated into a unit that made great strides the last two-thirds of 2014. During practices, the constant barks of encouragement right after the snap - ''Come on!'' - are being delivered to a cast he knows oh so well.

  • NFL Preseason Capsules

    August 14, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady completed one of four passes before giving way to Jimmy Garoppolo, and the New England Patriots fell 22-11 to the Green Bay Packers in both teams' exhibition opener on Thursday night.A day after appearing before a federal judge hearing the appeal of his ''Deflategate'' suspension, Brady played just two series - a three-and-out and a four-and-out.

  • Judge OKs sale of ex-Patriot Hernandez's .3M home, Hummer

    August 13, 2015

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts judge has ruled that a .3 million home and 2005 Hummer owned by former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez can be sold as part of a lawsuit filed over the death of a man Hernandez has been convicted of killing.

  • NFL using gold 50-yard line numbers

    August 13, 2015

    No need to adjust your television sets. Those are gold numbers at midfield in NFL exhibition games.Throughout the preseason and regular season, NFL fields will have gold 50s at midfield. It's to commemorate the 50th Super Bowl, which will be played next February in Santa Clara, California.

  • Bowman nearing return to 49ers after knee surgery

    August 13, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) In a trying offseason for the San Francisco 49ers that featured a number of key losses, one star player's comeback is providing a glimmer of hope.Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman is nearing the end of the road in his recovery from surgery on his left knee.

  • LINING UP: Mariota debuts, Bills host Panthers in preseason

    August 13, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Friday night's NFL preseason games (all times EDT):---TITANS AT FALCONS, 7 p.m.Tennessee rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 draft pick overall, has been impressive in training camp, avoiding interceptions just as he did while starring at Oregon.

  • Rams extend California trip for workouts with Cowboys

    August 13, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Spending extra time in California practicing against the Cowboys might seem as if it's an ominous sign to St. Louis Rams fans fearful their team will leave for the West Coast after this season.Players realize there's nothing they can do about it.

  • Jets QB Geno Smith has surgery on broken jaw

    August 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Geno Smith's broken jaw is on the mend.The New York Jets quarterback had plates and screws inserted Thursday into his jaw, which was broken when he was punched by former teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room Tuesday.Smith, whose jaw will not be wired shut, will remain in a New Jersey-area hospital overnight after electing for the surgery after getting a second medical opinion on the injury.

  • Falcons' Trufant likely to miss preseason opener with injury

    August 13, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant has a sprained shoulder and is expected to miss Friday night's preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.Trufant missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday.Coach Dan Quinn says he is ''leaning'' toward holding Trufant out of the game. Quinn says rookie Jalen Collins, a second-round pick from Louisiana State, and veteran Phillip Adams could see bigger roles.

  • Wilson, Seahawks back on field for 1st time since Super Bowl

    August 13, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) If this offseason for the Seattle Seahawks is about getting past what happened at the end of their Super Bowl loss to New England, then another step comes Friday night.It may just be preseason, but the Seahawks will finally get on the field in their exhibition opener against Denver.

  • Former LSU teammates Beckham, Hill poised for full season

    August 13, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) No player in the NFL had more receiving yards in the final nine games of last season than rookie Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants. No player in the NFL had more rushing yards in the final nine games of last season than Cincinnati Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill.

  • John Brown, J.J. Nelson bring Smoke & Fire to Cardinals

    August 13, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Smoke and Fire are sweeping through Arizona Cardinals training camp.Smoke is wide receiver John ''Smokey'' Brown, entering his second NFL season as a significant part of the team's prolific passing attack.His training camp roommate, rookie J.J. Nelson, has become Fire.

  • Amaya acquires fantasy sports betting acquisition

    August 13, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Online gaming company Amaya is bolstering its entry into fantasy sports betting by acquiring U.S.-based Victiv for an undisclosed price.The daily betting site launched last September will be rebranded StarsDraft and be ready for the upcoming NFL season and offer a venue for league soccer play in Europe.

  • Running back Josh Harris hoping for roster spot on Steelers

    August 13, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) A long run that ultimately didn't count served as a great confidence boost for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Josh Harris.Harris carried the momentum into his second year with the team and hopes to move another step closer to securing a roster spot during the Steelers' second preseason game Friday at Jacksonville.

  • Judge dismisses governor from St. Louis stadium lawsuit

    August 13, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A judge in Missouri's capital city dismissed Gov. Jay Nixon from a lawsuit challenging an effort to build a new professional football stadium in St. Louis, and transferred the case on Thursday to a St. Louis court.The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem was the second favorable court decision this month for proponents of the new stadium, but it nonetheless continues some uncertainty by allowing the lawsuit to go forward against the local sports authority.

  • Without mentioning Geno Smith, Enemkpali says he's sorry

    August 13, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Without mentioning New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith - the player he sucker punched - by name, linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali said he's sorry, and never meant to hurt anyone.As for joining his new team, the Buffalo Bills, on Thursday, Enemkpali said he's grateful for a second chance a day after being claimed off waivers.

  • CFL adds another sideline test to determine concussions

    August 13, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The CFL is adding a two-minute test to standard sideline examinations for suspected concussion. The aim is to quickly determine if a player should be pulled from the field or can safely return to play.The King-Devick test was initially developed by American optometrists Alan King and Steven Devick in 1976 to diagnose eye movement dysfunction that affects reading ability. A player rapidly reads aloud lines of irregularly spaced, nonsequential numbers on flip cards or smartphone/tablet apps.

  • Defenders Zettel and Johnson form colorful duo at Penn State

    August 13, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is amassing quite a collection of viral videos.There's the one of him recreating Michael Jackson's ''Thriller'' dance in his dorm room as a freshman, another where he uproots a tree with a tackle and a spot of him doing his best dinosaur and pig-in-a-slaughterhouse impressions.

  • Enemkpali sorry for punching Jets QB, happy to be in Buffalo

    August 13, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali said it was never his intention to hurt anyone and he's grateful to get a second chance at his career with the Buffalo Bills.Enemkpali spoke publicly for the first time Thursday after he was released by the New York Jets this week for breaking quarterback Geno Smith's jaw with a sucker punch in the team's locker room.

  • Rivera's focus on wide receivers, right defensive end

    August 13, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Ron Rivera said he'll be paying particularly close attention to his team's wide receivers and defensive ends when the Panthers open the preseason Friday night at Buffalo.Carolina is deeper than it has ever been at wide receiver in Rivera's five seasons, which has made for good competition at training camp and tough decisions ahead.

  • Manning expected to sit out Broncos' preseason opener

    August 13, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning isn't expected to play in the Denver Broncos' preseason opener at Seattle on Friday night.Coach Gary Kubiak has been managing Manning's snaps at training camp, giving the 39-year-old quarterback every few days off to keep his legs and mind fresh.

  • Beth Mowins gets NFL announcer shot during Raiders preseason

    August 13, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Beth Mowins has spent her accomplished career as a play-by-play announcer trying to tell the story, not be it.That will change Friday night when she becomes just the second woman play-by-play announcer ever for an NFL game. Mowins will handle the Bay Area broadcast of the Oakland Raiders' exhibition game against the St. Louis Rams, 28 years after Gayle Sirens broke the barrier when she broadcast a late-season game on NBC between Seattle and Kansas City.

  • Enemkpali, who punched Jets QB Smith, passes Bills physical

    August 13, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali is a member of the Buffalo Bills after passing his physical, and will address the media for the first time since breaking New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith's jaw during a locker-room altercation.

  • Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota ready for preseason debuts

    August 13, 2015

    Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. The Heisman Trophy winners' preseason debuts are looming, and the top picks in the NFL draft are poised to show what they are learning at training camp.Winston plays Saturday night when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Minnesota, while Mariota and the Tennessee Titans head to Atlanta on Friday night. It's the first of four preseason games prepping the rookies for Sept. 13 when they square off for the first time as professionals in their teams' season openers on Winston's home field.

  • Chiefs safety Eric Berry preparing to play preseason opener

    August 13, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is ready to step back onto the field for a real game. Well, as real as the preseason gets.The three-time Pro Bowl selection is expected to play in Saturday night's preseason opener again Arizona, fewer than nine months after being diagnosed with cancer. Berry is expected to play with the first- and second-team defenses in the first half against the Cardinals.

  • Settlement discussions in NFL 'Deflategate' case continue

    August 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For a second day Thursday, lawyers for the NFL and its players' union met separately with a federal judge to try to resolve their legal dispute over whether Commissioner Roger Goodell's four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady should stand.

  • Irritated coach Zimmer cuts Vikings practice short

    August 13, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Adrian Peterson did not practice again on Thursday because of a bruised thigh.To hear coach Mike Zimmer describe his team's final practice of training camp in Mankato, none of his other players did, either.An angry Zimmer cut practice short on Thursday morning, had his whole team run a lap and then ripped their lackluster effort as the team broke camp and headed back to the Twin Cities.

  • T.Y. Hilton agrees to 5-year, million deal with Colts

    August 13, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) T.Y. Hilton finally got the rich contract extension he wanted. The Colts got the pairing they need to remain a perennial Super Bowl contender.The Pro Bowl receiver on Thursday agreed to a five-year contract extension worth million, with million guaranteed. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said the deal makes Hilton the NFL's fourth-highest paid receiver.

  • T.Y. Hilton agrees to contract extension with Indianapolis

    August 13, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton has agreed to a contract extension with the Indianapolis Colts.The team on Thursday did not disclose terms. Hilton is expected to speak after a morning workout. He could have become a free agent after this season.

  • Kaepernick denies reports of an altercation with Aldon Smith

    August 12, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday denied reports that he and the recently released Aldon Smith had a confrontation at Levi's Stadium last week.Kaepernick, speaking at his weekly news conference, called the reports ''embarrassing'' and pointed out disparities.

  • Bills claim Enemkpali, day after he punched Jets QB Smith

    August 12, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan won't excuse linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali for a sucker punch that broke quarterback Geno Smith's jaw in the New York Jets' locker room.That doesn't mean Ryan - the former Jets coach in his first season in Buffalo - isn't willing to provide Enemkpali a second chance with the Bills.

  • Bradford ready to play if Kelly allows him

    August 12, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sam Bradford is eager to show his stuff in a real game.Bradford hopes to play when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in their preseason opener. But coach Chip Kelly will make that decision later this week.

  • Vikings coach Mike Zimmer mourns loss of father, Bill

    August 12, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has often spoke glowingly about his father, Bill, and the influence the beloved old football coach had on his son choosing to walk the same path.So a day after Bill Zimmer's passing, it was no surprise to see Mike Zimmer seeking refuge on the fields at training camp as he mourned his father's passing.

  • Giants reshaped defense gets tested during practices

    August 12, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Giants safety Jeromy Miles has no qualms about getting in some verbal shots at Bengals receiver A.J. Green during combined practices the past two days.They've gone against each other on the same fields before.''It's all friendly competition,'' said Miles, who began his career in Cincinnati and dealt with Green on a daily basis in practice for more than two years.

  • Seahawks' Anthony McCoy back from 2 Achilles tears

    August 12, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Getting back to normal has been a long and arduous process for Anthony McCoy.The Seattle Seahawks tight end has missed each of the last two seasons after suffering torn Achilles tendons during offseason workouts. McCoy tore his right Achilles during organized team activities in May 2013 then tore his left Achilles early in training camp last August.

  • Kaepernick responds to reports of a fight with Aldon Smith

    August 12, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday shot down rumors that he and the recently released Aldon Smith had a confrontation at Levi's Stadium last week.Kaepernick, speaking at his weekly news conference, called the rumor ''embarrassing'' and pointed out disparities.

  • LINING UP: Pack at Pats, Jets at Lions in preseason games

    August 12, 2015

    A look at what to expect in Thursday night's NFL preseason games:---PACKERS AT PATRIOTSWill the New England Patriots' preseason opener be a coming-out party for Jimmy Garoppolo or a thumb in the eye to Roger Goodell and the NFL's ''Deflategate'' investigation?

  • Bills claim Enemkpali off waivers after punching Jets Smith

    August 12, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan won't excuse linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali for a sucker punch that broke quarterback Geno Smith's jaw in the New York Jets' locker room.That doesn't mean Ryan - the former Jets coach who's now coaching Buffalo - isn't willing to provide Enemkpali a second chance with the Bills.

  • Vikings to train at MSU for at least 3 more years

    August 12, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have reached agreement on a three-year contract extension with Minnesota State University for their training camp site.The Vikings announced Wednesday they'll return to Mankato for their preseason ritual through at least 2018. This was their 50th straight summer staying on the hillside campus of the NCAA Division II school located about 70 miles southwest of their suburban Twin Cities headquarters in Eden Prairie.

  • Bengals hope Dalton learned a few things from Manning

    August 12, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Andy Dalton spent two days on the same practice fields as Eli Manning.The Bengals hope that something rubbed off on him.The Bengals and the New York Giants wrapped up two days of combined practices on Wednesday in preparation for their preseason opener on Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium.

  • Shazier eager to flash speed after missing 7 games in 2014

    August 12, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Ryan Shazier just started to put it all together during his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers before a setback, causing the promising linebacker to miss half of the team's final 14 games.Now, Shazier is healthy and eager to flash the speed that impressed the Steelers enough to make him their first-round pick in 2014.

  • Gruden: Redskins' starts will play about 1 quarter vs Browns

    August 12, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins expect to play their starters for about one quarter in their preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.At least that's the plan.Depending on how the offense fares those plans could change, head coach Jay Gruden said after a walk-through Wednesday. But Gruden's primary goal is finding out who among the backups and rookies warrant a spot on the final roster.

  • Indianapolis counting on beefed up defense to stop run

    August 12, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) The AFC championship game is a stinging reminder of how bad Indianapolis' run defense was last season - and why the Colts had a fix-it plan.Now, after nearly seven months of reflection and five months of work, the Colts are eager to prove this season will be different.

  • Bills claims Enemkpali off waivers after punching Jets Smith

    August 12, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills claimed Ikemefuna Enemkpali off waivers from the New York Jets on Wednesday, a day after the linebacker broke quarterback Geno Smith's jaw with a punch in the team's locker room.Bills coach Rex Ryan announced the move shortly before practice. Without excusing what Enemkpali did, Ryan called the player ''a good teammate'' and said he believes the linebacker can learn from the mistake that prompted the Jets to immediately release him.

  • The Latest: Brady, Goodell leave court after hearing, talks

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • Amari Cooper plays down exhibition debut for Raiders

    August 12, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Amari Cooper is willing to let other people get excited about his exhibition debut for the Oakland Raiders.For the rookie receiver, Friday night's game against the St. Louis Rams is just another step in his transition from top college wideout to NFL player.

  • The Latest: Brady exits court after 'Deflategate' hearing

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • Cardinals' Palmer ready for return, top backs still hurting

    August 12, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Carson Palmer will take a snap in an NFL game for the first time since tearing his ACL, but it will be a brief appearance.Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that the quarterback will play one series in Saturday night's game against Kansas City ''whether it lasts one play, three plays or 10 plays.''

  • Former Falcons LB Shembo agrees to misdemeanor plea, fine

    August 12, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Gwinnett County district attorney Danny Porter says former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo has agreed to a misdemeanor plea of cruelty to an animal.Shembo was arrested on May 29 for killing his girlfriend's dog.Shembo also agreed to a 00 fine with the dismissal of the felony charge of cruelty to an animal.

  • Court sketches of Tom Brady cause social media flurry

    August 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A courtroom artist whose gaunt sketches of Tom Brady at the first ''Deflategate'' civil suit hearing in Manhattan federal court led to a Twitter flurry says it's her job to show what's going on.Jane Rosenberg's drawings of the New England Patriots quarterback Wednesday were compared with everything from ''Lurch'' in ''The Addams Family'' to the figure in Edvard Munch's ''The Scream.'' See a sampling of the sketch and the memes here: http://bit.ly/1P7Cp89

  • NFL donation helps launch institute on sports health, safety

    August 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Dr. Stan Herring found a personal calling when he helped champion the first youth concussion law in the country in the state of Washington.Similar laws were eventually enacted in all 50 states and during that process, Herring and Dr. Richard Ellenbogen started pondering the next steps in promoting the benefits of youth sports while helping to make them as safe as possible.

  • AP source: Buffalo claims Enemkpali off waivers after punch

    August 12, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have claimed Ikemefuna Enemkpali off of waivers from the New York Jets after the linebacker was released for breaking quarterback Geno Smith's jaw with a punch in the team's locker room, a person familiar with the transaction said Wednesday.

  • WR Benjamin embracing the role of being Panthers' 'lead dog'

    August 12, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Kelvin Benjamin was an unknown quantity as a rookie last year in training camp.Now he's the player the Carolina Panthers are counting on to help them make a deep run in the NFC playoffs.In just one season, Benjamin has gone from a wide-eyed rookie to being the team's No 1 receiver. That's what happens when you catch 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns in a season - all Carolina rookie franchise records.

  • Bills QB Cassel believes his best years are still ahead

    August 12, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) On his third team in four seasons, Bills quarterback Matt Cassel's confidence remains unshaken in the 10-year veteran's bid to finally establish himself as an NFL starter.''There's always going to be critics out there,'' the 33-year-old said. ''And for me as a player, I think my best football's ahead of me.''

  • Panthers' Norman says he and Newton have made up, moved on

    August 12, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers cornerback Josh Norman said he has nothing but ''mad respect'' for Cam Newton and there are no hard feelings between he and the star quarterback following a training camp scuffle earlier this week.Norman even posted a selfie of himself and Newton on his Twitter account Tuesday night after the team watched the latest ''Mission Impossible'' movie together.

  • Judge puts NFL on hot seat as he belittles 'Deflategate'

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge put the NFL on the defensive over its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, demanding to know what evidence directly links Brady to deflating footballs and belittling the drama of the controversy.

  • Falcons still looking for best 5 on offensive line

    August 12, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The start of the preseason schedule finds the Atlanta Falcons still looking at different combinations on their new-look offensive line.Left tackle Jake Matthews' starting job is set. Ryan Schraeder appears secure at right tackle. The three interior positions are the big questions entering Friday night's preseason opener against Tennessee.

  • Brady or Garoppolo for Patriots exhibition game vs Packers?

    August 12, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Will the New England Patriots' preseason opener be a coming-out party for Jimmy Garoppolo or a thumb in the eye to Roger Goodell and the NFL's Deflategate investigation?That's what football fans will see when the Patriots play the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night in their exhibition opener.

  • Peyton Manning: Tom Brady apologized to him for email barb

    August 12, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning says Tom Brady apologized to him - unnecessarily - after taking a shot at him in recently released emails.Brady's exchange with a childhood friend last November was contained in documents released as part of the NFLPA's lawsuit on behalf of Brady seeking to quash his four-game suspension.

  • Former NFLer Ben Utecht writing book about head trauma

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ben Utecht, the former NFL tight end who became a leading advocate for players suffering from head trauma, is working on a memoir.Utecht has a six-figure deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint Howard Books, the Abrams Artists Agency announced Wednesday. Ultrecht's book, ''Counting the Days Until My Mind Slips Away,'' is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2016. He sustained numerous concussions as a player and struggles with severe memory loss.

  • Browns rookie lineman Danny Shelton having huge impact

    August 12, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) His frizzy hair flowing from the back of his helmet and those tree-trunk-sized calves separate Danny Shelton from others on the Browns' practice field.But there's something else about the 339-pound defensive tackle that makes him unique.

  • The Latest: Talks continue after 'Deflategate' hearing

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • Unsung backs set for long look in Cowboys' preseason opener

    August 12, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Gus Johnson might never get a better chance than the undrafted rookie running back will have for the Dallas Cowboys in their preseason opener.Injuries to the top three candidates to replace NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray could mean Johnson is the starter in San Diego on Thursday night. A month ago, Johnson was unsigned and waiting for a phone call that finally came just before the Cowboys reported to training camp in California.

  • Chiefs' Charles laments 'rough' offensive line last season

    August 12, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs' Jamaal Charles sounded off on the ineptness of his offensive line last season following Wednesday's practice, a rare departure from the normally buttoned-up running back.Charles acknowledged the hodge-podge of bodies the Chiefs had block for him was a big reason why his productivity dipped last season. It was also one of the reasons the Pro Bowl running back spent most of the season in the trainer's room.

  • Fitzpatrick steps in starting role again, this time for Jets

    August 12, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Ryan Fitzpatrick's bushy beard is already in midseason form. The New York Jets hope his command of the offense gets there, too. Quickly.The veteran quarterback is suddenly an NFL starter again, but not exactly how he - or anyone else - envisioned.

  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon confident in St. Louis as 'NFL city'

    August 12, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon remains confident in St. Louis as an NFL city, even if Rams owner Stan Kroenke succeeds in moving his franchise back to Los Angeles.After visiting Chiefs practice Wednesday, Nixon was asked about the future of the Rams in Missouri. NFL owners had met in suburban Chicago a day earlier and discussed the relocation of at least one team to the West Coast, and the Rams were among the teams presenting proposals.

  • Jaguars' Branch getting chance because of injury, issues

    August 12, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Rookie Dante Fowler Jr. is out for the season. Veteran Chris Clemons is sidelined because of personal issues.Fellow Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch could be the beneficiary of their absences.A second-round draft pick in 2012, Branch is getting a chance to prove his worth in training camp and the preseason. It's perfect timing, too, since Branch is entering the final year of his contract.

  • The Latest: Goodell, NFL meet judge first after hearing ends

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • The Latest: Hearing ends, but Brady, Goodell to meet judge

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • The Latest: 'Deflategate' judge presses NFL for evidence

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • NFL reviewing Jets' locker room punch of quarterback Smith

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Jets linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali could face discipline from the NFL under its personal conduct policy after breaking quarterback Geno Smith's jaw with a punch in the team's locker room.Enemkpali (EN-um-PAL-ee) and Smith got into a dispute Tuesday before the team's morning walkthrough, and the linebacker slugged the quarterback. Smith likely needs surgery and is sidelined for 6-10 weeks, according to coach Todd Bowles. Enemkpali was released by the team shortly after the incident.

  • The Latest: 'Deflategate' judge says both sides have point

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • AP adds award-winning sports writer to Tallahassee bureau

    August 12, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) MIAMI (AP) - Joe Reedy, an award-winning sports writer, is joining The Associated Press in its Tallahassee bureau to cover Florida State University sports and state government.The appointment was announced Wednesday by AP South Editor Lisa Marie Pane and Florida News Editor Terry Spencer.

  • The Latest: Court hearing begins in 'Deflategate' scandal

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • The Latest: Goodell, Brady meet separately with judge

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • Tom Brady and Roger Goodell in court for 'Deflategate'

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge put the NFL on the defensive over its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, demanding to know what evidence directly links Brady to deflating footballs and belittling the drama of the controversy.

  • The Latest: Goodell, Brady arrive for 'Deflategate' hearing

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here are the latest developments in a federal court hearing in football's ''Deflategate'' scandal, with the NFL, the players' union and superstar quarterback Tom Brady at odds about a four game suspension he received for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

  • With Geno Smith out, Jets try to move on from ugly punch

    August 12, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) It took just one destructive punch to rattle an entire franchise.Geno Smith's jaw is broken, Ikemefuna Enemkpali is out of a job and the New York Jets are trying to quickly move forward from one of the most stunning - and embarrassing - moments in team history.

  • 'Deflategate' brings Tom Brady and Roger Goodell to court

    August 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New England quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are set to explain to a judge why a controversy over underinflated footballs at last season's AFC conference championship game is spilling into a new season.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman ordered the men to appear before him Wednesday at an initial hearing in Manhattan after the NFL sued the players union two weeks ago.

  • New twist: Stars mixing it up in NFL training camp fights

    August 12, 2015

    NFL training camps are in full swing.There's never a shortage of desperation, heat or testosterone this time of year, and that leads to plenty of fisticuffs, on and off the field.Usually, high-profile players manage to stay above the fray.This summer, a few have made headlines, including Cam Newton, Dez Bryant and Geno Smith.

  • Raiders rookie tight end makes camp debut

    August 11, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Clive Walford wasn't bothered that Oakland coach Jack Del Rio pulled him out of the final 20 minutes of his first practice in training camp out of concern the rookie tight end might get fatigued.After missing the first nine days with an apparent leg injury, the Raiders' third-round draft pick understood Del Rio's reasoning Tuesday.

  • Rams lineman Aaron Donald set for 2nd NFL season

    August 11, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has high standards.''I haven't played my best football yet,'' the second-year player said Tuesday. ''I still have a lot more I need to learn. I broke down film a lot during the offseason and saw a lot of things I didn't like. I did good things, but I had a lot of things I didn't do right. I have to fix that. I'm trying to play a lot better than what I did last year and keep improving.''

  • Atlanta's Quinn looks to improve one of NFL's worst defenses

    August 11, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Dan Quinn isn't going to make comparisons to his old team.Good thing for the guys he's now coaching.The Falcons were one of the NFL's worst defensive teams a year ago, a situation their new head coach is determined to turn around. Quinn came to Atlanta after serving as defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, who have the league's most-feared unit and reached the last two Super Bowls.

  • 'Paper boy' Beasley proving his growing value to Cowboys

    August 11, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Cole Beasley has the security of a long-term contract and a growing bond with Tony Romo in the Dallas passing game.Whether the diminutive receiver can get rid of the ''paper boy'' tag put on him by coach Jason Garrett is another question, even with a bushy beard atop his 5-foot-8 frame.

  • Floyd hopes to be back for opener after surgery on fingers

    August 11, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd says he has no timetable for his return from surgery to repair his dislocated fingers but hopes he's back for the Sept. 13 season opener.Speaking to reporters for the first time since the surgery, Floyd said after the team's Tuesday workout that he plans to watch the practices closely while he's hurt.

  • Buccaneers play down training camp practice scuffle

    August 11, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shrugged off a scuffle between two players during practice, calling it a typical training camp dustup.No punches were thrown when offensive tackle Demar Dotson and defensive end George Johnson tussled briefly after getting tangled up on a 9-on-7 running drill on Tuesday.

  • Rod Smith still mentoring star receiver Demaryius Thomas

    August 11, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Rod Smith had a piece of advice for star receiver Demaryius Thomas: the Denver Broncos aren't paying you million just to catch passes.After encouraging a fatigued Thomas during practice Tuesday, Smith huddled with the Pro Bowler afterward and admonished him to be more of a leader as he enters his sixth season in the NFL.

  • BC-FBN--NFL Season Previews Schedule,ADVISORY

    August 11, 2015

    SPORTS EDITORS:All NFL regular-season preview capsules will move Sept. 4.The release schedule for NFL preview stories:TEAM PREVIEWSAll team previews will move Monday, Sept. 7.DIVISION PREVIEWSMonday, Aug. 31FBN--AFC EAST PREVIEWThe rest of the division has improved. Enough to push the perennial AFC East winners, the Patriots? The Dolphins, Bills and Jets hope so. By Dennis Waszak Jr., 800 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

  • Bills sign cornerback Westbrooks; waive receiver Holley

    August 11, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed free-agent cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks, and designated receiver Caleb Holley as waived/injured.The moves were announced Tuesday night, a day after Holley was carted off the field after partially tearing his right hamstring in practice.

  • Lions offensive coordinator says system will pay dividends

    August 11, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi says despite the Lions' success, he was too aggressive trying to install a new offensive system.''We probably did too much too fast last year,'' Lombardi said Tuesday. ''There's a level of comfort that you need your players to have so that they can react to what is happening on the field without having to concentrate on the scheme. We weren't always doing that.''

  • Peterson banged up, but teammate says it's not serious

    August 11, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was banged up a bit in a practice Tuesday, but he's expected to be fine.Peterson tangled up with other players during an inside running drill at training camp, falling to the ground while appearing to hurt his leg. Peterson limped to the sideline, tested the leg and eventually left the field with head trainer Eric Sugarman.

  • Steelers sign kicker Hartley to replace injured Suisham

    August 11, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers replaced the most accurate kicker in team history with a former Super Bowl champion.The Steelers signed Garrett Hartley on Tuesday after Shaun Suisham injured his left knee in a preseason loss to Minnesota on Sunday night.

  • Broncos return to rain-soaked fields minus the crowds

    August 11, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos will re-open their training camp to the public Wednesday.The team practiced on soggy fields Tuesday, a day after a powerful thunderstorm turned the complex into what defensive coordinator Wade Phillips called ''Dove Lake.''

  • Redskins QB Griffin gets set for heavier preseason workload

    August 11, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Unlike last summer, when Robert Griffin III played sparingly in three preseason contests and attempted only 20 passes, the Washington Redskins quarterback is expected to face a heavier workload this time around.He was named the starter back in February and the Redskins have not wavered from that stance. It helps that Griffin is healthy heading into Thursday's preseason opener Thursday at the Cleveland Browns.

  • Giants focus on backup quarterback competition vs Bengals

    August 11, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Ryan Nassib was 14 years old the last time Eli Manning didn't start a game at quarterback for New York. That was 11 years ago, Manning's rookie season and Tom Coughlin's first year as the Giants' head coach.Manning's streak of 167 consecutive starts leaves the Giants in a perpetual state of asking ''What if?'' when it comes to the health of their quarterback position. They know what they have in Manning. They think they know what they have in Nassib, now in his third year as Manning's backup.

  • Bengals, Giants look for energetic but peaceful practices

    August 11, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) They patted each other's helmets when the horn sounded to end practice, then gave shoulder-bump hugs as they headed back to the Paul Brown Stadium locker rooms.The first combined practice between the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals was downright respectful.

  • Ravens backup QB Schaub hopes experience comes in handy

    August 11, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) There are few jobs in the NFL that offer less potential playing time than backup quarterback on the Baltimore Ravens, the role Matt Schaub has assumed in the twilight of a lengthy and productive career.Schaub threw 10 passes with Oakland last season. The 34-year-old might see even less action this year, since Joe Flacco has never missed a start over the last seven seasons.

  • After 8 seasons, safety Griffin now Titans' oldest defender

    August 11, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) To his teammates, Tennessee safety Michael Griffin is ''Old Man Griff'' or simply ''Grandpa.'' The grizzled veteran even has a few gray hairs sprinkling the beard on his chin.Heading into his ninth NFL season and 30 years old, Griffin not only is Tennessee's oldest player on defense but also the longest-tenured player on the roster. He's outlasted so many safeties that Da'Norris Searcy is the 10th Griffin counts lining up beside during his career.

  • Revamped Saints secondary showing potential to improve

    August 11, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SRPINGS, W.Va. (AP) Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis launched himself horizontally across the front of receiver Nick Toon, nearly intercepting Drew Brees' pass at the goal line before the ball fell incomplete.New Orleans' revamped secondary has produced a number of such plays in training camp, and their promising practice form will have to translate on game days for the Saints to avoid a repeat of last season's losing campaign.

  • Murray fits in with Eagles after playing for rival Cowboys

    August 11, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) DeMarco Murray walked off the field hearing cheers and autograph requests from the same fans who used to hurl insults at him and his teammates.The former Cowboy is already a fan favorite in Philadelphia.''I definitely feel like an Eagle and I'm happy to be here,'' Murray said. ''It's a great group of guys.''

  • Packers' Rodgers expects to play preseason opener Thursday

    August 11, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Rodgers expects to play. Clay Matthews is preparing to do so, too.When Green Bay opens the preseason schedule Thursday night at the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, Packers coach Mike McCarthy is planning to go with what he has.

  • Patriots ready to hit players wearing other jerseys

    August 11, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots are ready to hit players wearing other jerseys.''It's always fun,'' defensive end Rob Ninkovich said Tuesday, after the Patriots finished their final full workout before the defending Super Bowl champions' Thursday night preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers at home.

  • At 40, Phil Dawson enjoys role as mentor to rookie punter

    August 11, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) One's the oldest on the team by a long shot at 40 and entering his 17th NFL season. The other is a poised rookie and the 49ers' youngest player who just turned 21 in June.Veteran kicker Phil Dawson is thoroughly enjoying his role as mentor for strong-legged punter Bradley Pinion, and the two have spent their time early in training camp finding a rhythm and learning each other's tendencies.

  • NFL owners hear presentations for Los Angeles stadiums

    August 11, 2015

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) Three NFL teams. Billions of dollars in play. One big opportunity.A whole lot more than California dreamin' on a warm summer day.NFL owners met in suburban Chicago on Tuesday to hear more about moving at least one team to the Los Angeles market. The Chargers and Raiders presented a proposal for a stadium in Carson that includes eight-plus acres of rent-free land for the league to use as it sees fit, and Rams owner Stan Kroenke also talked about his plan for a facility in Inglewood.

  • Seahawks' Okung going it alone in future contract talks

    August 11, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Okung is often asked to go it alone. It's the nature of his position as the Seattle Seahawks' left tackle.So perhaps it should be no surprise that Okung is venturing out on his own when it comes to handling the details of his football future.

  • Panthers QB Newton doesn't regret role in scuffle at camp

    August 11, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Cam Newton is defending his role in a scuffle with Carolina Panthers' teammate Josh Norman that put the star quarterback at risk of unnecessarily getting injured.Newton said Tuesday he would do it again.''I have no regrets of things that I've done,'' Newton said. ''It's been whispered about `franchise quarterback doing this or doing that.' What's the blueprint of a franchise quarterback? Leading your team. I'm not going to let anyone dictate how I play.''

  • Former 49ers first-round pick Anthony Davis talks comeback

    August 11, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Former San Francisco 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis is now talking about an NFL return next year at some point, just two months after he announced his early retirement at age 25 following a head injury last season.''When I return I'll be the best RT in the league again. Hands Down. (hash)KnowYourself,'' Davis posted on his Twitter account Tuesday. He has said he expected to take a year off to allow himself to fully heal.

  • Ivy League's top ref pokes fun at Brady, Deflategate

    August 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Even the Ivy Leaguers are making fun of Deflategate.The conference's head of referees said on a media conference call on Tuesday that he isn't worried about any teams tampering with the inflation of footballs. Ivy coordinator of football officials Jim Maconaghy joked with reporters: ''We've hired Tom Brady as our consultant.''

  • With Foster out, Blue prepared to step up for Texans

    August 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Alfred Blue isn't daunted at the prospect of filling in for Arian Foster.The second-year player is calm and cool about stepping up for the Houston Texans with Foster out indefinitely after groin surgery.He believes the key to success is simple.

  • AP Source: Cardinals OT Bobby Massie suspended 3 games

    August 11, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals starting right tackle Bobby Massie has been suspended for three games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the suspension has not been officially announced, said the suspension has been appealed.

  • Buccaneers sign DT McDaniel, activate WR Murphy

    August 11, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Tony McDaniel and activated receiver Louis Murphy active/non-football injury list.The Bucs also signed punter Karl Schmitz on Tuesday.To clear spots on the roster, linebackers Quinton Alston (injured) and Sammuel Lamur were released.

  • Jets' Smith out 6-10 weeks after punched in jaw by teammate

    August 11, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Geno Smith's hopes for a breakout season with the New York Jets took a major blow - to the jaw.The quarterback will be sidelined at least 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw after being punched by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room Tuesday morning. Smith, entering his third season, will require surgery to repair the injuries. He hadn't yet undergone the procedure as of late Tuesday afternoon.

  • Panthers QB Cam Newton defends role in scuffle at camp

    August 11, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton defended his role in a training camp scuffle with cornerback Josh Norman, saying he would do the same thing again.Newtown said Tuesday, ''What's the blueprint of a franchise quarterback? Leading your team. I'm not going to let anyone dictate how I play.''

  • Chiefs hope rare bit of continuity yields success

    August 11, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs churned through four coaches in eight years before Andy Reid arrived, and far more offensive and defensive coordinators. Each of them had varying schemes and ideas, and the result was a hodge-podge of failure.

  • Tannehill says deep pass will be part of Dolphins' offense

    August 11, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Ryan Tannehill stood in the Miami Dolphins' practice bubble Tuesday lobbing a succession of 35-yard passes, hitting each receiver in stride and making it look easy.It's not.A controlled-climate atmosphere with no pass rush, no secondary and receivers running at half speed isn't quite the same as going deep in New England in December. So we won't know for a while whether Tannehill has improved his accuracy on long passes, a glaring weakness in his first three NFL seasons.

  • NFL draft returning to Chicago in 2016

    August 11, 2015

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) Chicago is on the clock again.The NFL draft is returning to the Windy City for the second straight year after a long run at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The location has not been finalized, but it will be near Grant Park and run from April 28-30.

  • Jets' Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks after punched by teammate

    August 11, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will be sidelined at least 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw after being punched by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room Tuesday morning.Coach Todd Bowles made the announcement in an impromptu news conference before training camp practice was scheduled to start.

  • Eagles sign cornerback Marc Anthony

    August 11, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Eagles have signed cornerback Marc Anthony following a season-ending knee injury to rookie defensive back JaCorey Shepherd.Anthony was a seventh-round pick by Baltimore in 2013. The Ravens released him at the end of training camp and he spent that season on Tampa Bay's practice squad. He had short stints in camp with Tennessee and Tampa Bay in 2014.

  • Patriots get Ryan Groy from Bears for Matthew Wells

    August 11, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) The New England Patriots have acquired guard Ryan Groy from the Chicago Bears for rookie linebacker Matthew Wells.Groy appeared in four games as a rookie last season.Wells was drafted in the sixth round out of Mississippi State. He had 45 tackles and four sacks as a senior last season.

  • Manziel slowed by sore elbow, Thomas dodges knee injury

    August 11, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel didn't complete a single pass - right-handed.Cleveland's backup quarterback was limited in practice Tuesday by a sore right elbow, but is expected to play in Cleveland's exhibition opener against Washington on Thursday night.

  • Browns' Thomas dodges knee injury, Manziel rests sore elbow

    August 11, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas did not sustain any significant damage when he was hit on the right knee during practice.Thomas did not practice Tuesday, but that was a planned rest day for the veteran. Thomas had his knee struck from behind by rookie defensive tackle Danny Shelton, who inadvertently fell into the eight-time Pro Bowler while being blocked on a running play on Monday.

  • 'Deflategate' judge pressures NFL, union, Brady to settle

    August 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A federal judge took a peacemaker's role Tuesday, urging New England quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to find common ground to settle differences before he lowers the gavel on a controversy over deflated footballs.

  • In Year 2, Greg Robinson is experienced hand for Rams

    August 10, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Greg Robinson is no wide-eyed rookie anymore. The St. Louis Rams needed him to grow up fast.The No. 2 pick of last year's draft qualifies as an experienced hand on the offensive line, given the team's massive makeover.Robinson is the left tackle and two rookies are on track to start on the right side, second-round pick Rob Havenstein at tackle and third-rounder Jamon Brown at guard.

  • Titans likely playing plenty of young starters

    August 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Playing a rookie at quarterback means a team will be young at least in one position.In Tennessee, Marcus Mariota has plenty of company.Counting Mariota, the Titans likely will start at least seven players with two years' of NFL experience or less - five on offense alone.

  • Cowboys' Sean Lee finally full go, but playing it low key

    August 10, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Sean Lee waited 15 months to be cleared for every segment of practice after the oft-injured Dallas linebacker tore a ligament in his left knee in the first offseason workout of 2014.When the moment finally came a little more than a week into training camp, Lee played it low-key.

  • David signs .25 million contract extension with Bucs

    August 10, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Lavonte David isn't fazed by heightened expectations that'll come with being one of the highest-paid linebackers in the NFL.The fourth-year pro welcomes them after signing a five-year .25 contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are counting on him to help the franchise become relevant again.

  • After nearly losing leg, Miles trying to make Jets roster

    August 10, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Rontez Miles thought it was just a really bad bruise at first, and then his right leg started aching and swelling like a balloon.It got to the point where the New York Jets safety could barely walk, so he went to see John Mellody, the team's head athletic trainer - and the news was jarring.

  • Storm dumps 3 1-2 inches on Broncos facility on day off

    August 10, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A severe thunderstorm flooded the Denver Broncos practice fields Monday and caused damage to the parking lots and viewing areas at the empty UCHealth Training Center.More than 3 1-2 inches of rain fell in an hour.There weren't any crowds on hand because the storm struck on the players' day off.

  • Former Dolphins line coach sues over bullying scandal report

    August 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach implicated in the team's 2013 bullying scandal has filed a lawsuit against Ted Wells, the NFL's lead investigator into the case.Assistant coach Jim Turner was fired five days after Wells released a report on his investigation in early 2014. The suit was filed against Wells and his Delaware law firm, Paul Weiss.

  • Lawyer: Civil suit against Redskins linebacker dropped

    August 10, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The lawyer for Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette says a civil suit against the player has been dismissed.Galette, 27, practiced in pads for the first time Monday, though he still avoided contact to protect a healing shoulder injury. He smiled broadly following the workout when the dismissal of the civil suit was raised.

  • Dolphins' stoic Joe Philbin says he knows how to lighten up

    August 10, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) When Joe Philbin says he has a sense of humor, he's not joking.The Miami Dolphins coach has been described as a staid, stoic straight arrow. He's also meticulous and circumspect, known to pick up the stray piece of trash or read his postgame victory speech from note cards.

  • Lemuel Jeanpierre, Drew Nowak battle for Seahawks center job

    August 10, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Acquiring Jimmy Graham this season came with the realization that the Seattle Seahawks would need a new starting center for the first time since 2009.Seattle traded Max Unger to New Orleans in exchange for Graham this offseason and the search for his replacement is one of the more heated battles of training camp.

  • Bears top pick WR White has shin injury

    August 10, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears may not have first-round draft pick Kevin White running routes for Jay Cutler until the regular season.White, the seventh selection in the 2015 draft, hasn't practiced yet in training camp due to a left shin injury. The Bears have been vague on the exact nature of the injury, although coach John Fox has referred to it as ''shin splints.''

  • Packers punt in Masthay's direction with release of Mandell

    August 10, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Tim Masthay said nothing was out of the ordinary Monday morning, when the veteran Green Bay Packers punter and his young challenger, Cody Mandell, reported for work.''He was in meetings, and I lifted weights with him,'' Masthay said. ''But I did not see him after that.''

  • Redskins optimistic that 'organized chaos' will be stout

    August 10, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins defense was among the most porous in the NFL last season.And while the team is still more than a month from putting this year's version to a real test under new defensive coordinator Joe Barry, the players are eager for the challenge.

  • New Saints center Unger seeing change in an optimistic light

    August 10, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Saints center Max Unger was never going to be happy about being traded away from Super Bowl-contending Seattle, where he'd made good friends and become an established leader during his first six NFL seasons.He's even used the word ''bummed'' to describe his reaction to the offseason phone call informing him he'd been shipped to New Orleans, along with the Seahawks' first-round draft choice, in exchanged for star tight end Jimmy Graham.

  • Fast-rising Bettcher takes over as Cardinals D-coordinator

    August 10, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Just four years ago, James Bettcher was linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for the University of New Hampshire.Today he is the new defensive coordinator for an Arizona Cardinals team that expects to contend for the Super Bowl. He replaces the popular, successful Todd Bowles, who moved on to become head coach of the New York Jets.

  • Chargers slam San Diego's latest stadium proposal

    August 10, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The city and county's updated plans for a new .1 billion stadium were immediately trashed by the Chargers, making it look increasingly doubtful the long-running, contentious issue can be solved by City Hall's Sept. 11 deadline to have a deal in place to qualify for a January vote.

  • From Alex Karras to Peyton Manning, NFL's crossover stars

    August 10, 2015

    Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who died Sunday at age 84, turned his NFL fame, charisma and movie-star good looks into a wide-ranging and successful second career.Along with the more traditional former player route of broadcasting games, Gifford appeared in about a dozen films, hosted ''Wide World of Sports'' and covered several Olympics.

  • Colts hope Frank Gore can provide boost to running game

    August 10, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) The Indianapolis Colts are hoping Frank Gore can finally get their running game going.At the very least, there's a good feeling and a sense of confidence in Indy's backfield.Things are starting to fall into place for an offense that has been inconsistent on the ground in recent years.

  • Reid in line to help replace Suh for Lions

    August 10, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) His days in Detroit over, Ndamukong Suh still might help the Lions at defensive tackle.While Suh is training with the Dolphins, his offseason workout partner, Caraun Reid is taking a big step toward replacing him in the middle of the defensive line.

  • Jaguars sign DE Camaron Beard, waive LB Matt Robinson

    August 10, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed defensive lineman Camaron Beard for training camp and preseason depth.The team also waived injured linebacker Matt Robinson (hamstring), who will revert to the team's injured reserve if he clears waivers.

  • Ravens receiver Steve Smith to retire after this season

    August 10, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, one of 12 players in NFL history with 900 catches, says he will retire after this season - his 15th in the league.The five-time Pro Bowler spent his first 13 season with Carolina. He intends to leave after the second season of a three-year contract with Baltimore. He informed his teammates Monday before practice at training camp.

  • Packers LB Matthews returns to practice

    August 10, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Star linebacker Clay Matthews returned to practice Monday for the Green Bay Packers.Matthews didn't practice all of last week with what coach Mike McCarthy said was knee soreness.McCarthy said before practice Monday afternoon that Matthews' return to the field would be on a trial-and-error basis. It's unknown whether Matthews will play Green Bay's first preseason game Thursday night at the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

  • Alex Smith asked to carry load on his right shoulder

    August 10, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Alex Smith did everything the Kansas City Chiefs asked of him last season.Now, he must do more.The veteran quarterback with a reputation for being a game manager is being called upon to build on a solid if unremarkable season.After signing a four-year, million extension before training camp, Smith proceeded to throw for more than 3,000 yards and 18 touchdowns with only six interceptions, despite having his season cut a game short by injury.

  • New team, same Rex: Ryan takes Buffalo by storm

    August 10, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan had just finished wrapping up his daily post-practice session with reporters at training camp when a Bills fan in the nearby stands delivered what has become a common message to the team's new coach.''We love you, Rex!'' the woman yelled.

  • Hernandez lawyers seek dismissal of Boston murder indictment

    August 10, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have filed motions to dismiss the indictment charging their client with a double slaying in Boston in 2012.The motion says there was insufficient evidence presented to the grand jury to establish probable cause; the state impaired the integrity of grand jury proceedings; and the court lacks jurisdiction.

  • Julio Jones hopes to spend entire career with Falcons

    August 10, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Team owner Arthur Blank wants Julio Jones to be with the Atlanta Falcons his entire career.Jones, whose agent is working with the front office on a new contract, says he couldn't agree more.''We're on the same page,'' Jones said Monday. ''I want to be a Falcon for life. I guess he made it clear yesterday that they're obviously working toward that. All I can control is what I do out here on this field and stay consistent.''

  • Ravens WR Steve Smith to retire after this season

    August 10, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith says he will retire at the end of the 2015 season, his 15th in the NFL.The five-time Pro Bowler announced Monday that he will walk away from the game after the second season of a three-year contract with Baltimore.

  • Jets place Allen on IR, activate Vickerson from active-PUP

    August 10, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets placed safety Antonio Allen on the season-ending injured reserve list Monday and activated defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson from the active/physically unable to perform list.Allen tore an Achilles tendon during practice last Thursday. He was placed on the waived/injured list, cleared waivers over the weekend and placed on the Jets' IR list. Allen, a seventh-round draft pick from South Carolina in 2012, was injured on a non-contact play in team drills when he came out of his stance and then fell to the ground.

  • Giants heading to Cincinnati for workouts with Bengals

    August 10, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Training camp has brought something new for the New York Giants the past few years.A year ago, it was an early start and a five-game preseason that kicked off with the Hall of Fame game against the Buffalo Bills.This year it's going to be joint practices with the Bengals in Cincinnati, leading up to the preseason opener on Friday.

  • Patriots release QB Flynn, sign Lindley

    August 10, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Still unsure of the status of Tom Brady and with the preseason opener coming up, the New England Patriots released veteran quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday and signed Ryan Lindley to replace him as the team's third-stringer.Flynn signed with the Patriots on June 12, but was on the non-football injury list. He previously played with Green Bay, Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo.

  • Titans activate nose tackle Sammie Hill, sign CB Will Brown

    August 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have taken nose tackle Sammie Hill off the physically unable to perform list and signed cornerback Will Brown.The Titans also announced Monday they waived as injured cornerback Curtis Riley.Hill hurt a knee during the Titans' organized team activities and needed the first eight practices of training camp to work himself into shape.

  • Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas injures leg in practice

    August 10, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Joe Thomas screamed and crumpled to the ground in pain. In an instant, a routine morning practice for the Browns turned much more significant.The team is awaiting further medical tests on Thomas, their ultra-durable Pro Bowl left offensive tackle who injured his right leg Monday when massive rookie nose tackle Danny Shelton inadvertently rolled up on it during an 11-on-11 drill.

  • Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin misses practice with strained neck

    August 10, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was held out of practice Monday after straining his neck the previous day, putting his availability for their preseason opener in question.Kansas City visits Arizona on Saturday.Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he was unsure when Maclin was hurt during Sunday's practice, or whether the injury occurred during a brief scuffle with cornerback Marcus Cooper.

  • Eagles rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd has torn ACL

    August 10, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd has a torn ligament in his right knee that will likely end his season.Shepherd was injured when he ran into Darren Sproles after a play near the sideline during Sunday's practice at Lincoln Financial Field. An MRI on Monday confirmed he tore his ACL.

  • Panthers QB Newton involved in scuffle at training camp

    August 10, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Emotions got the best of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at practice on Monday and he ended up in a heated scuffle.Fights are common during training camps, but rarely involve franchise quarterbacks.Newton went at it with cornerback Josh Norman, a skirmish that ended with both players at the bottom of a pile and having to be separated by teammates. Neither player was injured.

  • Twitter huddles with NFL to tackle audience challenge

    August 10, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Twitter is huddling with the National Football League as it tackles the challenge of attracting a broader audience to its short messaging service.A two-year content and advertising deal announced Monday expands upon similar partnerships that Twitter forged with the NFL in 2013 and 2014.

  • On football field, in the booth, Frank Gifford a winner

    August 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) An NFL championship with the New York Giants. An Emmy award as television's ''outstanding sports personality.'' Induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Frank Gifford, as well known for being a buffer for fellow announcers Don Meredith and Howard Cosell on ''Monday Night Football'' as for his versatility as a player, died Sunday. He was 84.

  • Weekend's Sports In Brief

    August 10, 2015

    NFLNEW YORK (AP) Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who led the New York Giants to a league championship in 1956 and later teamed with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith in the ''Monday Night Football'' booth, died Sunday. He was 84.In a statement released by NBC News, his family said Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home of natural causes Sunday morning. His wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a host for NBC's ''Today.''

  • Vikings top Steelers 14-3 in Hall of Fame game

    August 10, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Teddy Bridgewater didn't want to talk about the completions. Last the Minnesota quarterback checked, getting the ball where it needs to go is the main part of his job.It's that one miss, however, that will stick with the reigning Rookie of the Year.

  • Holding pattern with starters opens doors for young Cowboys

    August 9, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dez Bryant tops a list Dallas starters unlikely to return to practice until after the preseason opener at San Diego.So say hello to receiver Lucky Whitehead, cornerback Byron Jones and running backs Lache Seastrunk and Gus Johnson, among others.

  • As camp progresses, Saints' Breaux closes in on NFL dream

    August 9, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Training camp hardly seems like work to first-year Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux.The 25-year-old New Orleans native, who was too injured to play college football, can't seem to stop smiling when he talks about his first few months in the NFL and how close he is to wearing black and gold in the Superdome on Sundays.

  • Eli Harold has quick learning curve on 49ers defense

    August 9, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Eli Harold came to work Friday morning and was hit quickly with the realization there would be no more easing into his rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers.Harold, the team's third-round draft pick, had been taking snaps during training camp this month at outside linebacker behind Aldon Smith, one of the NFL's premier edge pass rushers.

  • Bucs LB Lavonte David agrees to 5-year contract extension

    August 9, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Lavonte David and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a five-year, .25 million contract extension that will make him one of the highest-paid linebackers in the NFL.More than million of the deal is guaranteed.David agreed to terms Sunday and is expected to sign the contract on Monday, when the Bucs have scheduled a news conference to announce the extension.

  • Nickell Robey, Erik Williams sign with Bills

    August 9, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Nickell Robey to a contract extension.The third-year defensive back was entering the final year of his contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Robey signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent in April 2013. He has not missed a game for Buffalo.

  • Dwight Lowery eager for success with Colts

    August 9, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) Heading into his eighth NFL season, Dwight Lowery wasn't sure where he would play, or if he would get the chance to play, in 2015.Lowery is coming off what was one of the best seasons of his career. He started 15 of 16 games for Atlanta at safety, recording two interceptions and two forced fumbles, and 60 solo tackles.

  • Blank still longs for Falcons to win a Super Bowl

    August 9, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Owner Arthur Blank is not exactly disappointed with the financial state of the Atlanta Falcons.The Falcons' performance on the field is another matter.Since purchasing the franchise for 5 million in February 2002, Blank has watched the Falcons' value more than double.

  • Eagles rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd injures leg

    August 9, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of a right leg injury suffered in Sunday's open practice.Shepherd was injured when he ran into Darren Sproles after a play near the sideline. He stayed down for a few minutes before being carted off the field.

  • Panthers DE Johnson carted off field early with ankle injury

    August 9, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson was carted off the practice field with a left ankle injury.Coach Ron Rivera didn't know the specifics, but said Sunday that he doesn't believe the injury is serious. Rivera says ''until they get a chance to take a look I really couldn't tell you what it was.''

  • Rams' Ogletree eager to play at lighter weight

    August 9, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Alec Ogletree has led the St. Louis Rams in tackles both of his NFL seasons.The outside linebacker has shed a few pounds this year in hopes of making it three in a row.''I came in probably 10 pounds lighter than I did last year and I feel great,'' Ogletree said. ''I'm able to fly around.''

  • Latimer putting 2014 dud of a rookie year in rearview

    August 9, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Cody Latimer had to get past the fear and doubt that held him back his rookie season.That process started with a coveted invitation to Peyton Manning's annual passing camp at Duke, where hundreds of routes and countless catches began chasing away the butterflies, slowing his heartbeat and quelling his concerns.

  • Carr gets receiving help in year 2 with Raiders

    August 9, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) For all the good that Derek Carr accomplished as a rookie starting 16 games at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, there was one glaring negative: The inability to get the ball downfield.Carr finished last in the league in yards per completion and yards per attempt as he too often threw short and was hampered by receivers unable to generate big gains after the catch.

  • Chiefs' De'Anthony Thomas hoping to shine at wide receiver

    August 9, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) There were moments last season when the Chiefs' De'Anthony Thomas resembled the player that rapper Snoop Dogg nicknamed ''Black Mamba,'' a shifty do-everything star renowned for his speed and elusiveness on the Pop Warner playing fields.

  • Bohanon healthy, looking to keep role as Jets' fullback

    August 9, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Tommy Bohanon had been waiting to feel the smashing pop of his shoulder pads for too long.A broken collarbone ended the New York Jets fullback's season after just four games last year, so the first padded practice of training camp this summer was a loud, bone-rattling welcome back.

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford dies at 84

    August 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who led the New York Giants to a league championship in 1956 and later teamed up with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith in the ''Monday Night Football'' booth, died Sunday. He was 84.In a statement released by NBC News, his family said Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home of natural causes Sunday morning. His wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a host for NBC's ''Today.''

  • Browns running backs still slowed by slew of injuries

    August 9, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns are searching for a feature running back, the one they can feed the ball to down after down.For now, they'd settle for a healthy one.Injuries have ravaged Cleveland's offensive backs with Shaun Draughn, who has been making a strong push for a roster spot, the latest to get hurt. Draughn sat out Sunday's practice with a cast encasing his left thumb, which he injured during Friday's scrimmage in Columbus.

  • Sydney Seau pays tribute to Hall of Fame father

    August 9, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) The rules prevented Sydney Seau from honoring her Hall of Fame father Junior with an induction speech from the stage alongside the rest of the Class of 2015 on Saturday night.It hardly mattered. Like her relentless father, she found a way to deliver anyway.

  • Cowboys banner flies over Eagles practice

    August 9, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A banner supporting the Dallas Cowboys flew over Eagles practice during the national anthem on military appreciation day Sunday.The banner read: ''WE STILL DEM BOYZ! (hash)SACKSCOMIN!'' The Dallas Morning News reported Greg Hardy paid 0 to help fund the project.

  • Bills sign cornerback Nickell Robey to contract extension

    August 9, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Nickell Robey to a contract extension.The third-year defensive back was entering the final season of his contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed Sunday.Robey signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Cal in April 2013 and has not missed a game for Buffalo.

  • More than 67,000 attend Packers' Family Night practice

    August 9, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers accomplished two goals with their annual Family Night practice.The Packers entertained 67,191 fans for 90 minutes, and none of the players got hurt on Saturday night.''It's a win every single practice when you walk off the field and you don't have a major injury. And that's really how I view it,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

  • Bills' Cassel likely to start preseason opener

    August 9, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Even though veteran Matt Cassel will likely start for the Buffalo Bills in their first preseason game, Buffalo's quarterback competition appears to be far from over.Bills coach Rex Ryan made the announcement after a team scrimmage Saturday night, saying that Cassel will ''probably'' start Buffalo's preseason opener against Carolina on Aug. 14. Ryan added that Buffalo will rotate starters at QB in the preseason.

  • Steelers great Jerome Bettis enters Hall of Fame

    August 8, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) The Bus has finally arrived in Canton.Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.The sixth-leading rusher in NFL history became the 17th Steeler to enter football's most exclusive club when his bust was unveiled in front of a packed stadium, many of them Steelers fans who made the two-hour trip from Pittsburgh to give Bettis a rousing send-off.

  • Seau earns emotional send-off at Hall of Fame

    August 8, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Junior Seau's legacy lives on in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The linebacker was inducted into the Hall on Saturday night. Seau's daughter, Sydney, and his sons were on hand when their father's bust was unveiled in Canton, more than three years after Seau took his own life.

  • Geno Smith rebounds after early boos at Jets practice

    August 8, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The boos began when Geno Smith misfired on a pass early in practice.They got louder when the New York Jets quarterback lost the ball on a strip-sack by Calvin Pace. Then, he nearly got intercepted by Antonio Cromartie.It was only the ninth practice of training camp - and many of the fans at MetLife Stadium still let Smith have it.

  • 49ers still getting offense in sync

    August 8, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Going into the second week of camp, the San Francisco 49ers are still addressing growing pains on offense.For second-year offensive lineman Marcus Martin, that has meant learning a position he hasn't played since high school.

  • Jaguars RB Yeldon sprains finger during TD run in scrimmage

    August 8, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon sprained a finger on his left hand in the team's scrimmage Saturday night.Yeldon's hand slammed against linebacker Jeremiah George's helmet on a short touchdown run late in the scrimmage. The rookie from Alabama grabbed it immediately and headed to the sideline.

  • McQuaide is the man behind success of Zuerlein, Hekker

    August 8, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Jake McQuaide's objective is efficiency without being noticed.The long snapper is the man standing behind the curtain on St. Louis Rams special teams, getting the job done going on five NFL seasons.''I don't think he's ever had a bad day,'' kicker Greg Zuerlein said after practice Saturday. ''I don't want to jinx him, but the ball is always where it needs to be.

  • Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown enters Hall of Fame

    August 8, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Tim Brown's last catch was a winner.The longtime Raiders wide receiver entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, more than a decade after the end of a career that saw him catch 1,094 passes and score 105 touchdowns.Brown says he was worried his time would never come after getting passed over several times. He told his wife if he didn't get in this year he may have to wait until he became eligible for the veteran's committee.

  • Graham and Wilson working on connection in Seattle's offense

    August 8, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham were set to provide an otherwise mundane Seattle Seahawks scrimmage on Saturday a highlight they hoped could be replicated throughout the regular season.Just one problem. Cornerback Mohammed Seisay was more interested in intercepting the underthrown pass than giving the crowd sitting on the berm an opportunity to cheer Seattle's two offensive stars.

  • Bill Polian, architect of Bills, Colts, enters Hall of Fame

    August 8, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Bill Polian, the architect of two major rebuilding projects in Buffalo and Indianapolis is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The 72-year-old Polian was inducted on Saturday night following a career in which he showed a knack for giving struggling clubs a needed boost.

  • Harbaugh says Urban needs surgery for torn biceps

    August 8, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said defensive end Brent Urban will need surgery for a torn biceps.The second-year defensive lineman hurt his biceps on Thursday. He could miss three months because of the injury.The Ravens will decide at the start of the regular season whether to place Urban on season-ending injured reserve or give him the designation to return.

  • Chiefs waive wide receiver Armon Binns in series of moves

    August 8, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have waived wide receiver Armon Binns and linebacker Sage Harold and signed offensive tackle Anthony Dima and wide receiver Adam Drake in a series of moves Saturday.Binns had not been practicing after hurting his knee earlier in training camp. Harold was considered a longshot to make the roster at linebacker.

  • Steelers great Bettis leads eclectic Hall of Fame class

    August 9, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) The humbled men in gold jackets entering football immortality were unmistakable. So was the endless sea of twirling yellow Terrible Towels there to greet them and the outpouring of compassion for the legend who wasn't there.Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis headlined the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Saturday night, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history turning the annual enshrinement ceremony into a de facto pep rally.

  • Chiefs' great Will Shields enters Hall of Fame

    August 8, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Kansas City Chiefs lineman Will Shields has powered his way to football immortality.The 12-time Pro Bowl right guard was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Shields became just the third right guard to enter the Hall.

  • Tingelhoff joins teammate Tarkenton in Hall of Fame

    August 8, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Mick Tingelhoff spent most of his 17-year career snapping the ball to Fran Tarkenton.On Saturday night, Tarkenton returned the favor. The Hall of Fame quarterback presented Tingelhoff for induction as a member of the Class of 2015.

  • Mariota's streak intact after 1st practice at Titans stadium

    August 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota has thrown 140 passes in training camp without being intercepted.Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh got his hands on not just one, but two of the rookie quarterback's passes and couldn't finish off the pick.Turns out Mariota's teammates are enjoying just how tough the Heisman Trophy winner is making their jobs.

  • 5-time Super Bowl winner Haley in Hall of Fame

    August 8, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Charles Haley has a Hall of Fame bust to go with all those Super Bowl rings.The defensive end joined many of his former teammates when he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, more than 15 years after the last of his 100 1/2 sacks.

  • Cowboys' Romo still mindful of back after normal offseason

    August 8, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Tony Romo still takes it easy on his surgically repaired back even though he had a normal offseason for the first time in three years.The Dallas quarterback probably always will.Stretching exercises here, a day off there - it's all part of the routine for the 35-year-old Romo coming off one of the best seasons of his career. And one thing about this routine, he's always prepared to change it.

  • Ron Wolf, who rebuilt Packers, leads Hall Class of 2015

    August 8, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Ron Wolf, the man who brought Brett Favre to Green Bay, beat the quarterback to Canton.Wolf led off the eight-man Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Saturday night.Wolf spent 23 seasons with the Raiders, helping the organization to a pair of Super Bowl titles. He took over as general manager in Green Bay in 1991. He hired coach Mike Holmgren to revive the struggling franchise and orchestrated a trade that brought Favre to Green Bay from Atlanta.

  • Rookie guard Marpet competing for starting job with Bucs

    August 8, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston isn't the only rookie the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on to open the season as starters.Left tackle Donovan Smith has been working with the No. 1 offense since Day 1 of training camp. Now, the team's other second-round draft pick, Ali Marpet, is doing the same at right guard.

  • Taiwan Jones making another position switch for Raiders

    August 8, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Taiwan Jones is making another position switch.Two years after moving from running back to cornerback for the Oakland Raiders, Jones is going back to the offensive side of the ball.Oakland's new coaching staff led by head coach Jack Del Rio and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave decided earlier this offseason that Jones' blazing speed makes him more valuable as a running back with the ball in his hands rather than as a cornerback trying to cover receivers.

  • McCarron impressive in Bengals mock game

    August 8, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) AJ McCarron's performance during the Cincinnati Bengals' mock game indicated that he's ready to challenge for the backup quarterback job.A day after one of his best practices of training camp, McCarron was accurate with his throws during the team's annual mock game at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday. McCarron missed all of his rookie season while recovering from a sore shoulder.

  • Coughlin says he spoke to Jason Pierre-Paul on Friday

    August 8, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after practice on Saturday that he finally spoke with injured defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.''I spoke with him late Friday afternoon,'' Coughlin said.Pierre-Paul, who led the team with 12 1/2 sacks last season, suffered a serious hand injury in a July 4 fireworks accident.

  • Cooper Taylor, Jeromy Miles competing at safety for Giants

    August 8, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) For the New York Giants, one of the open competitions at training camp is at safety.Last season's starters Antrel Rolle (Chicago Bears) and Stevie Brown (Houston Texans) left the Giants as free agents.And so far the Giants don't have any clear-cut favorites to replace either Rolle at strong safety and Brown at free safety. Another veteran safety Quintin Demps was not re-signed.

  • Colts looking for consistency on offensive line

    August 8, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) The Colts' offense has a franchise quarterback, two talented tight ends, several skilled wide receivers, a 1,000-yard rusher and one major inconsistency.For the fourth straight season, Indianapolis is trying to establish an offensive line that can stay intact through the season.

  • Cowboys' Carr breaks hand, Bryant out with hamstring strain

    August 8, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is returning to Texas for surgery on a broken right hand, and All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant missed practice Saturday because of a strained hamstring.Coach Jason Garrett said defensive end Kenneth Boatright remained hospitalized two days after injuring his neck in practice but that all tests had come back normal.

  • Talib: I'm not jealous of Harris' emergence, accolades

    August 8, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Aqib Talib is still at the top of his game. Only, he finds himself often overshadowed by fellow University of Kansas alum Chris Harris Jr.Both of the Denver Broncos' starting cornerbacks had Pro Bowl seasons in 2014, each collecting 17 pass breakups, a sack and a forced fumble.

  • Backups to see plenty of action in Hall of Fame game

    August 8, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) The guys in the freshly minted gold jackets roaming the sideline during Sunday night's Hall of Fame game will be the latest member of the NFL's Who's Who.The guys on the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will be more Who's That?

  • Belichick: Long injury list linked to Super Bowl run

    August 8, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) There were 23 players missing from New England Patriots practice on Saturday when running back Travaris Cadet walked off the field with a trainer and kicked the ground in disgust.With more than a quarter of the roster injured, coach Bill Belichick believes the Super Bowl champs are a victim of their success.

  • Joint practice ends after Redskins, Texans start brawling

    August 8, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The joint portion of the final practice involving the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans came to an end Saturday when a series of fights broke out.The teams had just started working against each other when the first skirmish occurred. When more followed on subsequent plays, and on both fields, the coaches decided to break the teams apart and each team worked on its own field for the rest of the session.

  • Ravens RB Forsett 'still hungry' after breakthrough season

    August 8, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) A year ago, Justin Forsett was a journeyman looking for a job at the Baltimore Ravens training camp.Now, one Pro Bowl appearance and a 1,529 yards later, Forsett is seeking an encore to the finest of his seven NFL seasons.''I'm still hungry, still ready to go out and fight,'' the 29-year-old running back said. ''Nothing is given to me.''

  • 49ers move forward from release of linebacker Aldon Smith

    August 8, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Aldon Smith's teammates, coaches and everybody else around the San Francisco 49ers kept hoping the star linebacker had matured and moved forward from all the legal issues that overshadowed his young career as one of the NFL's most talented defenders.

  • Michael Sam makes Canadian Football League debut

    August 8, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to appear in a Canadian Football League game Friday night, playing sparingly for the Montreal Alouettes in a 26-23 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks.''I was focusing on my assignments, actually,'' Sam said when asked if he was thinking about the significance of the moment prior to kickoff. ''I'm not going to lie, there were some big jitters out there and I was nervous when I first got on the field. I didn't get any opportunities to make many plays. I had some good pass rushes, I thought, but close enough is not a sack.''

  • Falcons' Antone Smith impresses as top 2 RBs sit out

    August 7, 2015

    BUFORD, Ga. (AP) One week into training camp, first-year coach Dan Quinn is pleased the Atlanta Falcons haven't been hit with a major injury.That doesn't mean the Falcons aren't hurting.Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, the Nos. 1 and 2 running backs, missed the team's annual Friday night practice at a local high school. Both sustained hamstring injuries in the last couple of days.

  • Suh makes presence known early in Dolphins' scrimmage

    August 7, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Once the Miami Dolphins offense found a rhythm in their intrasquad scrimmage, the touchdowns started coming in rapid succession through the air and on the ground.Also worth noting: None came with Ndamukong Suh on the field.Suh made his presence known early with some impressive plays, the offense eventually got going and the Dolphins completed their first road trip - so to speak - of the season by scrimmaging for more than an hour at Florida International University on Friday night. The scoreboard said the final score was Defense 21, Dolphins 17, somewhat inexplicable since the Dolphins once led 30-0 and a bunch of touchdowns weren't even counted in the second half.

  • Manziel shines as Browns scrimmage at Ohio State

    August 7, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel's comeback is picking up speed.The second-year quarterback showed poise in the pocket and made several nice throws - all against Cleveland's backups - on Friday night as the Browns held an intrasquad scrimmage before 50,000 fans at Ohio Stadium, which also welcomed back former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

  • Jets' Amaro shaped by near-death experience in college

    August 7, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Jace Amaro remembers not being able to catch his breath on the sideline, the pain intensifying with each heave of his chest.That's when the fear kicked in.The New York Jets' second-year tight end was a sophomore at Texas Tech in 2012 when he got popped in the midsection by a West Virginia defender before halftime. The hit sure hurt, but not enough for him to leave the game. Amaro caught two more passes in the second half - and then his body told him it was time to stop.

  • Rams sign quarterback Nick Foles to contract extension

    August 7, 2015

    ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) The St. Louis Rams quickly decided Nick Foles was their quarterback of the future, signing him to a two-year contract extension.Coach Jeff Fisher broke the news during post-practice remarks Friday at Lindenwood University, grinning at the end of a lengthy answer summing up a scrimmage Friday night that drew about 4,000 fans.

  • 6-year-old gets opportunity to coach Panthers at Fan Fest

    August 7, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rising first-grader Braylon Beam served as the Carolina Panthers' honorary Make-A-Wish Foundation head coach during the team's Fan Fest practice.The 6-year-old Beam watched practice from the sideline with a clipboard in hand and mingled with players throughout the two-hour practice Friday at the team's stadium. He also had a chance to dance alongside quarterback Cam Newton.

  • Colts' Dorsett starting to get foothold on receiver's job

    August 7, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) Every day at the Indianapolis Colts' training camp, receiver Phillip Dorsett looks a little more confident, a little more comfortable.He's still studying the playbook, picking up tricks about getting open from Pro Bowl teammates T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson and developing a rapport with Andrew Luck.

  • Lions' new center Swanson says he learned a lot from Raiola

    August 7, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) With Dominic Raiola gone, Travis Swanson is set to become the man in the middle for the Detroit Lions.''We anticipate he's going to be a very, very vital part of what we're doing up front,'' Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. ''Right now he's at the apex of our offense and that's a very, very important position because he sets everything for us.

  • 'The League' tackles deflated footballs, Marshawn Lynch

    August 7, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Marshawn Lynch is able to poke fun at his Seattle Seahawks' final offensive play in the Super Bowl during the season premiere of FXX's ''The League.''The running back appears on a beach with Jon Lajoie's character, Taco, in the seventh season opener, which airs Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. EDT.

  • Harris feeling right at home in second stint with Broncos

    August 7, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Ryan Harris feels right at home, enjoying the orange-clad crowds and orange sunsets at training camp once again.The eighth-year offensive tackle from Notre Dame kept his house in suburban Denver when the Broncos gave up on him back in 2010.

  • Woodson still going strong for Raiders at age 38

    August 7, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Charles Woodson is showing few signs of slowing down even at age 38.While former teammate Tim Brown gets set for his Hall of Fame induction and most of his contemporaries are long done with their NFL careers, Woodson is preparing for his 18th NFL season with the enthusiasm of a much younger player.

  • DC Fangio mixing it up with Bears

    August 7, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio might be more appropriately dressed in a lab coat.Fangio has been mixing and matching while experimenting throughout training camp in an attempt to find the right fits for his 3-4 defensive scheme.

  • Da'Quan Bowers excited to have another opportunity with Bucs

    August 7, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Da'Quan Bowers is grateful to have another chance to prove himself with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.A major disappointment for four seasons after entering the NFL as one of the nation's top college pass rushers in 2011, the 25-year-old defensive lineman is back with the Bucs after attracting little interest from other clubs in free agency.

  • Bears' Vic Fangio experimenting in training camp

    August 7, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio might look more appropriately dressed in a lab coat.Fangio has been mixing and matching with experiments throughout training camp in an attempt to find the right fits for his 3-4 defensive scheme.

  • Bettis, Seau headline diverse Hall of Fame group

    August 7, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Tim Brown kept doing the math as the years ticked by and the phone call from the Pro Football Hall of Fame never came. So did Charles Haley.Not Jerome Bettis.Forget the politics. Forget the bold-faced names nearing eligibility (hello LaDainian Tomlinson). Forget about the statistics, the wholly appropriate nickname, or even the Super Bowl ring that defined his singular career. The sixth-leading rusher in NFL history didn't want to hear any of it.

  • Steelers rookie Bud Dupree set for Hall of Fame game

    August 7, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree can't wait for the opportunity to sack an opposing quarterback.The team's first-round pick hasn't yet been able to fully unleash through two weeks of training camp practices. Dupree will finally get the chance Sunday when the Steelers meet the Minnesota Vikings in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio.

  • Tyler Lockett impressing Seahawks with receiving potential

    August 7, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Rookie Tyler Lockett is turning heads in the Seattle Seahawks training camp with his quickness and route-running ability, and given his family history, it's really no surprise.His father and uncle are Kevin and Aaron Lockett, who like Tyler also had distinguished careers at Kansas State and played professionally.

  • Pryor returns to Ohio State as Browns scrimmage

    August 7, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Terrelle Pryor has returned to where his college roots rotted.The former Ohio State quarterback, attempting to make Cleveland's roster as a wide receiver, is back inside Ohio Stadium for the first time since he left the school amid a tattoos-for-memorabilia scandal that led to the firing of coach Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes being sanctioned by the NCAA.

  • Cardinals hope WR Floyd will be back by season opener

    August 7, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals are hopeful injured wide receiver Michael Floyd will be back in time for the Sept. 13 season opener against New Orleans.The Cardinals starter dislocated three fingers on his left hand in a drill during practice on Wednesday and underwent surgery that night.

  • Saints waive injured tight end Tabb, bring in veteran Smith

    August 7, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have waived injured tight end Jack Tabb and brought in veteran Alex Smith to replace him.Tabb, a rookie out of North Carolina, was carted from the field with an apparent knee injury during Thursday's practice.

  • Giants defensive line coach the 1 talking to Pierre-Paul

    August 7, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Robert Nunn has a special relationship with injured New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.Nunn has been the team's defensive line coach since 2010, the same year New York drafted Pierre-Paul in the first round. They have worked together the past six years, so it should come as no surprise that Nunn probably has had more contact with him than anyone in the organization since the defensive end suffered a serious hand injury in a July 4 fireworks accident.

  • Ex-football star Irving Fryar convicted in mortgage scam

    August 7, 2015

    MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) Former NFL star Irving Fryar was found guilty of a role in a mortgage scam on Friday and faces up to 10 years in prison.The 52-year-old former wide receiver, who made his name at the University of Nebraska and with several professional teams, applied for multiple mortgage loans in quick succession while using the same property as collateral, a jury found.

  • Titans agree to terms with fullback Zach Boren

    August 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with fullback Zach Boren and have waived injured fullback Connor Neighbors.Boren signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2014 and was waived after training camp that year. He spent part of the 2013 season on the practice squad of the Houston Texans, who had signed him as an undrafted free agent.

  • Amendola ready for bigger role with Patriots

    August 7, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Danny Amendola celebrated a one-handed touchdown catch at New England Patriots camp Friday by getting up and firing the ball into the stands.That's worth a fine during games. Not in training camp.''It was just a souvenir - appreciation for the fans coming out,'' Amendola said after making the catch over cornerback Logan Ryan during the workout.

  • Former Auburn QB Marshall impressing Jaguars at new position

    August 7, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Nick Marshall flashed a brief smile in the locker room Thursday as he noticed one of his college games being replayed on an 80-inch television.Teammates saw it, too, and responded by razzing the rookie.

  • Packers' depleted LB corps still without Matthews

    August 7, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Star receiver Jordy Nelson is a big fan of the Green Bay Packers' annual Family Night practice, which is held during training camp in front of a packed house at Lambeau Field.''It's kind of fun to do this one because there's like 90 percent kids and 10 percent adults,'' Nelson said Friday, contrasting the crowd demographics with those who attend a game. ''So it's a little different atmosphere - a lot of high-pitched screaming and a lot of fun.''

  • Texans' All-Pro Watt trying to be 'best athlete possible'

    August 7, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) J.J. Watt had just finished a 2 1/2-hour practice when he headed for the ball toss machine.Standing about 10 yards away, the Houston Texans' All-Pro defensive end and occasional touchdown-maker positioned himself in front of the machine and caught pass after pass, all using only his right hand.

  • Saints scrimmage indicates Watson, Colston still productive

    August 7, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Tight end Ben Watson and receiver Marques Colston looked more like enduring playmakers running downhill than aging veterans in decline.As Drew Brees drove the Saints to the end zone on the opening series of the club's annual preseason scrimmage Friday, his six completions included two to Watson and two to Colston, capped by Colston's touchdown on 3-yard fade.

  • Cardinals bring back center Sendlein to compete for job

    August 7, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Center Lyle Sendlein has come back to Arizona, the one place more than any other that he wanted to be.Sendlein had been with Arizona all eight of his NFL seasons, the last seven as a starter, before he was released, as expected, in a salary cap move on March 11. At the time, he reportedly turned down a one-year, .5 million offer to remain with the Cardinals. Instead, he became a free agent but, failing to find another team, signed a one-year deal with Arizona.

  • Bills RB Fred Jackson out with hamstring injury

    August 7, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson could miss two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury at practice on Friday.Jackson suffered the injury midway through the practice session and didn't return. The 34-year-old is Buffalo's No. 2 running back behind starter LeSean McCoy.

  • Titans rookie quarterback has yet to be intercepted in camp

    August 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota had what counts as a poor practice, yet the Tennessee Titans went another session in training camp without intercepting the rookie quarterback even once.It's a streak bound to end. The only question is when.Still, the Heisman Trophy winner who proved he could take very good care of the ball at Oregon is impressing his new teammates as the only quarterback in training camp yet to be intercepted through seven practices.

  • Cardinals to bring back center Sendlein to compete for job

    August 7, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Pending his passing a physical, center Lyle Sendlein is coming back to the Arizona Cardinals.Coach Bruce Arians confirmed the move Friday.Sendlein was with Arizona all eight of his NFL seasons, the last seven as a starter, before becoming a free agent following last season. He reportedly turned down a one-year, .5 million offer from the Cardinals earlier in the year. But he failed to sign with another team and agreed to a one-year contract to come back to Arizona.

  • Loeffler still snapping away at 34

    August 7, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Cullen Loeffler never dreamed he'd still be snapping a football when he was 34.When he started, Loeffler thought it might derail his dream of playing professional football, but he sees now that coaches usually know best.''I wasn't really sure if that's what I wanted to do,'' said Loeffler, the longest-tenured Vikings player. ''I'm really fortunate that (Texas coach Mack Brown) and the assistant coaches had the foresight to see that I could be pretty good at it.''

  • Buccaneers criticized on social media for women's campaign

    August 7, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started a campaign aimed at providing women greater understanding of football. What they didn't anticipate was a backlash from critics on social media who feel the initiative insults the fan base the team is attempting to reach.

  • 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith released after latest arrest

    August 7, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) More than missing one of the game's most menacing pass rushers, the San Francisco 49ers care that Aldon Smith can carry on with a healthy life off the field over the long haul.With or without football.Smith received second chance after second chance with the Niners before they finally had enough following his fifth run-in with the law. The franchise parted ways with the troubled but talented linebacker Friday after Santa Clara police accused him of drunken driving, hit and run and vandalism.

  • 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith released after recent arrest

    August 7, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Linebacker Aldon Smith has been released by the San Francisco 49ers after his latest arrest.The team announced the move Friday, hours after Smith was let out of jail.''It's a sad day,'' 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said. ''This is a day that doesn't have anything to do about football.''

  • Jets' Allen out for season, Milliner sidelined 6-8 weeks

    August 7, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets' secondary took a few big hits Friday.The team announced that safety Antonio Allen is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, and cornerback Dee Milliner will be sidelined up to two months with a wrist injury that requires surgery.

  • Aldon Smith released by San Francisco 49ers after latest arrest

    August 7, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Aldon Smith released by San Francisco 49ers after latest arrest.

  • Crowder making a splash at wide receiver for Redskins

    August 7, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) One of the smallest players at Washington Redskins training camp is having one of the biggest impacts on the team.Jamison Crowder, a 5-foot-8 wide receiver drafted in the fourth round out of Duke, is winning praise for getting open and making plays.

  • South Dakota tribe returning ,000 donation from Redskins

    August 7, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A Native American tribe from South Dakota will return a ,000 donation from a charitable arm of the NFL's Washington Redskins, saying the team name is ''derogatory and inappropriate.''The tribal council of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe voted Wednesday to return the check, which was issued last month by the Washington Redskins' Original Americans Foundation to the tribe's rodeo association.

  • Still young himself, Chiefs' Kelce forced to be mentor

    August 7, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Missouri (AP) Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is already getting the hang of being a veteran.Never mind that he is only entering his third season in the NFL, and that Kelce missed most of his first season due to injury. When practice had ended earlier this week, James O'Shaughnessy dutifully picked up Kelce's shoulder pads and helmet and trudged toward the locker room.

  • Buccaneers criticized on social for women's campaign

    August 7, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are starting a campaign aimed at providing women greater understanding of football.What the NFL team didn't anticipate was a backlash from critics on social media who feel the initiative called RED insults fan base the club is attempting to reach.

  • 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested in California

    August 7, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested yet again in his fifth legal run-in since the team drafted him, and two days after general manager Trent Baalke said the organization would like to keep him beyond this season.

  • 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested in Northern California

    August 7, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Police in Northern California have arrested San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism.Santa Clara Police report Friday that he was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and remains there on ,000 bail.

  • Prosecutor slams judge for ending Peterson's probation early

    August 7, 2015

    CONROE, Texas (AP) A Texas prosecutor has criticized the judge who cut short the probation of Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson in a child abuse case.State District Judge Kelly Case on Thursday reduced the 2012 NFL most valuable player's probation from two years to nine months already served. Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said Case seemed ''enamored with an elite athlete.''

  • Ginn done 'chasing a check,' happy to return to Panthers

    August 7, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Ted Ginn Jr. broke off the line quickly, used a stutter step to get by a defender and accelerated down the field as he hauled in a 55-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton before leaping the white picket fence that surrounds practice field at Wofford College to avoid injuring himself.

  • NFL experimenting further with sideline tablets

    August 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Coaches, players and game officials will be allowed to examine video on the sideline during preseason games. There's some strong thought they will be able to do so in the regular season by 2016.NFL teams began using Microsoft Surface tablets last year to examine photos of plays, and the feedback was so positive that Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson said, ''It's a difference maker for me.'' In several preseason games this summer, reviewing video of plays will be tested on new Surface Pro 3 devices.

  • Titans sign safety Josh Aubrey, waive/injured Cody Prewitt

    August 6, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have signed safety Josh Aubrey and waived safety Cody Prewitt with an injured foot.The Titans announced the moves Thursday.Prewitt, an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi, missed the last two practices because of his foot.

  • Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd has surgery on fingers

    August 6, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd has undergone surgery after injuring his fingers during practice.Floyd was hurt Wednesday and says in a tweet the operation ''went well as expected.'' He thanked supporters for their love.He also sent a photo on Instagram of him in a hospital bed with his left hand and forearm bandaged. Floyd was smiling, with a stuffed bear on his shoulder.

  • Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo to have knee surgery

    August 6, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the latest medical issue for the former first-round pick.Mingo did not practice Wednesday, and the Browns confirmed Thursday he'll have the procedure. It's not yet known how long Mingo will be sidelined, but similar operations typically require at least two weeks of rehab.

  • NFL partners with CFL for concussion tests

    August 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL and CFL are partnering on concussion testing during Canadian league games and practices this season.The leagues announced the agreement Thursday.During CFL training camp and regular-season games that began in June, team medical staffs have been using a remove-from-play sideline concussion screening test based on eye movement. It is being used in addition to the CFL's established sideline concussion examination, and the NFL will contribute funding to help determine whether the tests improve the ability to diagnose concussions.

  • Vikings' Peterson finishes probation early

    August 6, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) The attorney for Adrian Peterson says the Minnesota Vikings star running back who was accused of injuring his 4-year-old son is off probation early.Rusty Hardin says Peterson finished one-third of his probation and its terms, which allowed him to apply for early termination. Peterson is done with probation nine months after he pleaded no contest to recklessly injuring his son by striking him with a wooden switch. Hardin tells the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1hkvpdy ) a judge in Texas agreed that Peterson fulfilled the requirements of his probation and signed the early termination order late last week.

  • Will Shields latest Chiefs lineman to enter Hall of Fame

    August 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) On every team that Will Shields played, from high school in Oklahoma to college at Nebraska to the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, there was always someone better than him.More talented. More athletic. More important.But when he's asked to identify those players, the affable Shields runs into a flaw in his case. Most of the names he mentions never played 14 seasons in the NFL, or made 12 consecutive Pro Bowls, or paved the way for one of the best offenses in Chiefs history.

  • Ron Zook savors new role overseeing Packers special teams

    August 6, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Ron Zook speaks with what seems like a perpetually hoarse voice. It could be from all the yelling and cajoling that comes with having coached football for more than three decades.So Zook's resume might look odd, at least at first, for being away from the sideline for two years after getting fired as the head coach at the University of Illinois following the 2011 season. He returned to coaching in 2014, when the Green Bay Packers hired him as a special teams assistant coach.

  • Football is coming: 'Game of Thrones' author at Jets camp

    August 6, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) George R.R. Martin took his rightful place on the sideline at New York Jets training camp and - spoiler alert! - everyone survived.The ''Game of Thrones'' author, a big Jets and Giants fan, watched the two-hour-plus practice Wednesday at the Jets' facility with his wife Parris McBride and general manager Mike Maccagnan - playing the role of the kingsguard, of course - at his side.

  • Raiders LB Mack looks to build on big rookie season

    August 5, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Despite being a top five draft pick, a heralded rookie and a selection on the NFL's top 100 players list, Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack is far from satisfied heading into his second pro season.That attitude is fueled by the rejection he faced coming out of high school when he got only one scholarship offer to Buffalo rather than the opportunity to play at a higher-profile school.

  • Stevie Johnson fitting in well with Chargers

    August 5, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Stevie Johnson is fitting in well with quarterback Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.Johnson was among San Diego's free-agent acquisitions after playing for San Francisco. With Eddie Royal leaving for Chicago, Johnson has taken Royal's spot in the slot and also is playing outside.

  • Jets trying to find right guy for right guard spot

    August 5, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The big men up front are in a huge competition for the New York Jets.The hot spot is at right guard, specifically. And, a week into training camp, there are several players vying for the starting job in front of - and a bit to the right - of quarterback Geno Smith.

  • NFL doctor: Medical timeout might have helped in Super Bowl

    August 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Under the NFL's new medical timeout rule, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman might not have been on the field with New England trying to score the go-ahead touchdown in the Super Bowl.Edelman appeared dazed after a fourth-quarter hit by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. The trainer stationed in the press box to watch for potential head injuries noticed and let the staff on the sideline know. But with the Patriots in an up-tempo offense, Edelman remained in the game through the end of the drive.

  • 49ers look to bolster pass attack with new receiving options

    August 5, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Having spent his entire football career playing close to his Virginia home, new 49ers wideout Torrey Smith is enjoying his first extended stay out West in the Bay Area.''From where I went to high school, to playing with the Ravens, it's literally off the same highway,'' Smith said. ''I just constantly went up (Interstate) 95. It's been so close, I've been so comfortable with everything. This is my first time really being outside of that. With that, it's been peaceful.''

  • Lions agree to 4-year extension with linebacker DeAndre Levy

    August 5, 2015

    NOVI, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker DeAndre Levy.Team President Tom Lewand confirmed the agreement before Detroit's practice Wednesday night. General manager Martin Mayhew had said the previous day that the Lions were negotiating with the 28-year-old Levy, whose contract was up at the end of this season.

  • Cardinals WR Floyd leaves practice with hand injury

    August 5, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals starting wide receiver Michael Floyd left practice Wednesday with an injured left hand.The Cardinals didn't reveal the severity of the injury that occurred near the goal line at University of Phoenix Stadium. He was in obvious pain when he walked off the field with a trainer.

  • Cornerback competition heats up in Patriots' training camp

    August 5, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Devin McCourty is ready to change the subject.Like his coach Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots safety is focusing on this year's team and not the players who got away, like cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.

  • Seattle to lean heavily on Mebane, Rubin on defensive line

    August 5, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The cost of locking up Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner with contract extensions last week was the Seattle Seahawks having to release veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel for salary cap reasons.The Seahawks will now have to rely on free-agent signing Ahtyba Rubin and the return of Brandon Mebane to solidify their defensive front.

  • As pads go on, Colts embrace hitting portion of camp

    August 5, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) The months-long wait for Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jonathan Newsome is finally over.After dozens of non-contact workouts, constant meetings and endless hours of film study, he's getting back to real football.''We got a little taste of it yesterday,'' Newsome said Wednesday. ''The only difference today is putting on the pants, but for me once we put on the pads, it's time to start hitting.''

  • Bears' Cutler, new offensive coordinator on same page so far

    August 5, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler seems to have found a younger offensive coordinator to his liking.Adam Gase is the fifth, and youngest, offensive coordinator to work in Chicago with Cutler. The other four didn't work out. However, Cutler and the 37-year-old former Denver Broncos coordinator are in lockstep under new coach John Fox.

  • Seattle's tone changes as Chancellor holdout reaches 6th day

    August 5, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Kam Chancellor's holdout from Seattle Seahawks' training camp has extended to a sixth day.The second-team All-Pro strong safety was absent again from camp on Wednesday as he continues to seek a new contract from the team. Head coach Pete Carroll said it's an issue of concern for both sides. Carroll said he has not had any communication with Chancellor in a few days.

  • Chickillo seeks to become 3rd NFL family member

    August 5, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Anthony Chickillo is looking to become the third member of his family to play in the NFL.Chickillo is well aware of his family lineage as he attempts to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He feels it's time to carve his own path in professional football.

  • Redskins prepared for 3 days of practice with Texans

    August 5, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins returned to practice Wednesday after a day off, getting one more workout in before the Houston Texans arrive Thursday to begin three days of joint practices.It's the second year in a row the Redskins will help break up the monotony of training camp by lining up against another team. Last season, the New England Patriots spent three days at Washington's facility before the teams met in a preseason game. The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl.

  • Seattle activates safety Earl Thomas from PUP list

    August 5, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have activated All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas from the physically unable to perform list, raising hopes he'll be ready for the regular-season opener.Seattle announced Thomas had passed his physical and been added to the active roster following practice on Wednesday.

  • 1 of keys to Giants' defense will be healthy Jon Beason

    August 5, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) With end Jason Pierre-Paul's status uncertain because of a hand injury sustained in a July 4 fireworks accident, the New York Giants' defense can't afford any more injuries.That's what has made middle linebacker Jon Beason such a vital ingredient in coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's new defense.

  • NFL doctor: Super Bowl medical timeout might have helped

    August 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL's new rule calling for a medical timeout when a player appears possibly concussed might have helped after a Super Bowl play involving Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.Edelman appeared dazed after a hit by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor in the fourth quarter. New England was in an up-tempo offense and Edelman remained in the game. Soon after, he caught the winning touchdown pass.

  • Football is coming: 'Game of Thrones' creator at Jets camp

    August 5, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) George R.R. Martin took his rightful place on the sideline at New York Jets training camp and - spoiler alert! - everyone survived.The ''Game of Thrones'' creator, a big Jets and Giants fan, watched the two-hour-plus practice Wednesday at the Jets' facility with his wife Parris McBride and general manager Mike Maccagnan - playing the role of the kingsguard, of course - at his side.

  • Jaguars WR Lee injures hamstring in camp practice

    August 5, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee left practice early Wednesday with a hamstring injury.Lee, who is still recovering from a left knee injury, tweaked his right hamstring midway through practice and didn't return.Coach Gus Bradley says ''we'll just wait and see to what degree it is and where we go from there.''

  • Bills' Dareus playing up to his own high expectations

    August 5, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus let out a playful giggle, fondly recalling the first time he practiced in pads at training camp as a Buffalo Bills' rookie.Lined up across from guard Kraig Urbik in one-on-one drills, Dareus exploded out of his stance and lifted the 6-foot-5, 300-plus-pound offensive lineman off his feet before knocking him over - splat! - flat on his back.

  • Browns hit by rash of injuries to running backs

    August 5, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns are running low on running backs.Six practices into training camp, they've lost five backs, including Terrance West, the team's leading rusher in 2014, and touted rookie Duke Johnson, with injuries. On Wednesday, the Browns were so short-handed in the backfield that they used two defensive players at fullback during practice - not exactly the plan.

  • Humphries hyperextends knee, Palmer talks about day off

    August 5, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Cardinals first-round draft pick D.J. Humphries has a hyperextended right knee.Humphries, the 24th pick overall out of Florida, slipped on the turf and limped off the field during Tuesday's practice. An MRI showed the injury was not severe. Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that the big offensive tackle could be out up to a week.

  • Touchdown hunting: Chiefs look to Maclin to get to end zone

    August 5, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) On the first day of training camp, Alex Smith dropped back in a full-squad drill and lofted a pass toward Jeremy Maclin, who pulled it in and sprinted to the end zone.Just like that, Maclin had scored more touchdowns - ONE - than all of the Kansas City Chiefs' wide receivers combined last season.

  • Judge overseeing Brady case no stranger to big personalities

    August 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) If there's anybody who can take the hot air out of football's ''Deflategate,'' it's a Manhattan federal judge with a history of encouraging fast resolutions to perplexing problems.Judge Richard M. Berman quickly defined the ground rules in his first written orders after the National Football League and the NFL Players Association clashed over Commissioner Roger Goodell's four-game suspension of New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady - that settling the case is a priority, the heated rhetoric must stop, documents will be public and Goodell and Brady will have to come to court.

  • DE Alexander looks to earn back Panthers trust this season

    August 5, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Frank Alexander wouldn't have faulted the Carolina Panthers had they released him last year after testing positive four times for marijuana and being suspended twice by the NFL.Alexander knows he messed up having to sit out 14 games in 2014.

  • Saints' Ingram angling for expanded role in passing game

    August 5, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) As Saints quarterback Drew Brees rolled away from pressure, Mark Ingram raced out of the backfield and toward the left sideline, where he nimbly made a tough, twisting catch on a throw over his back shoulder.His father, former NFL receiver Mark Ingram Sr., might have enjoyed that play, even if it was only in training camp. The younger Ingram, now entering his fifth NFL season, hopes he'll be able to show off more of his receiving pedigree when it matters.

  • Dick LeBeau too busy with Titans' defense for sightseeing

    August 5, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dick LeBeau is a man of few words, many guitars and a love of history that takes him to preserved battlefields across the United States.When his day job allows.The Hall of Fame cornerback is about to start his 57th season in the NFL coaching with his sixth different team. LeBeau, who turns 78 in the season's opening month, joined the Tennessee Titans in February after leaving Pittsburgh, and he has been too busy to return to the Hermitage or visit Civil War battlefields a short drive away.

  • Rice, Irvin set as NFL Legends captains for Pro Bowl

    August 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hall of Fame wide receivers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin will serve as NFL Legends captains for the Pro Bowl.The NFL announced the captains Wednesday.The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, Jan. 31 in Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.Last season, Irvin and Cris Carter were captains, with Team Irvin beating Team Carter 32-28 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Rice and Deion Sanders served as captains the previous year, with Team Rice topping Team Sanders 22-21 in Honolulu.

  • Falcons' Freeman could make impact as runner and receiver

    August 5, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Devonta Freeman was more than willing to take up the slack when Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Tevin Coleman missed Wednesday's practice with a strained hamstring.After his busy practice, Freeman said he wants as many snaps as possible.

  • One of keys to Giants defense will be a healthy Jon Beason

    August 5, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) With end Jason Pierre-Paul's status uncertain because of a hand injury sustained in a July 4 fireworks accident, the New York Giants' defense can't afford any more injuries.That's what has made middle linebacker Jon Beason such a vital ingredient in coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's new defense.

  • 49ers release cornerback Chris Cook

    August 5, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have released cornerback Chris Cook, who underwent surgery in late October on a torn hamstring that prematurely ended his 2014 season and sent him to injured reserve.The 49ers like their depth at cornerback with Tramaine Brock and Shareece Wright the expected starters. New addition Wright intercepted a pass by Colin Kaepernick in Tuesday's first padded practice and ran it back approximately 30 yards for a pick-6.

  • Browns running backs dropping with injuries

    August 5, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns are running low on running backs.Injuries have sidelined five Cleveland backs in the first week of training camp, preventing the team from working on its rushing game and forcing the Browns to use two defensive players at fullback during practices.

  • Bills running back Dixon could miss month with calf injury

    August 5, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back Boobie Dixon could miss up to a month after pulling a calf muscle, posing a setback in his bid to secure a backup job.Coach Rex Ryan provided the update Wednesday, when the Bills resumed practicing at training camp following a day off. Dixon was hurt Monday.

  • Tannehill feels "safe" behind Dolphins' O-line

    August 5, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill says he feels ''safe'' behind his offensive line.His head coach, Joe Philbin, worries, even this early in training camp, when the defense usually gets the better of the battles. So much so that after the second day of pads, Philbin noted, ''We have to be a little firmer (with the) pocket.''

  • Texans RB Arian Foster has groin injury

    August 5, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster has a groin injury, coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday after practice.The second-year head coach said Foster is still being evaluated, but he would miss time, although how much was unspecified.

  • Haley takes 5 titles to Hall after gruff years in Dallas, SF

    August 5, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Charles Haley walks the sidelines at training camp a little more slowly these days, his gruff exterior softened by a smile as he jokingly chides reporters and team personnel with the Dallas Cowboys.It wasn't an act 25 years ago, when San Francisco was trying to appease one of the NFL's best pass rushers before giving up and trading him to a top NFC rival in the middle of what became a Hall of Fame career.

  • Ravens deny 'tipping off' Colts about deflated footballs

    August 5, 2015

    The Baltimore Ravens deny they tipped off the Indianapolis Colts about underinflated footballs before the AFC championship game.Court papers released Tuesday in New England quarterback Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL over his four-game suspension show that the Ravens contacted the Colts about deflated footballs used in Baltimore's playoff loss to the Patriots the previous week. But the Ravens said Wednesday that was not true.

  • Ryan tells AP: Bills running back Dixon out with calf injury

    August 5, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back Boobie Dixon could miss up to a month after pulling his calf muscle, coach Rex Ryan has told The Associated Press.Ryan provided the update Wednesday, when the Bills returned to training camp following a day off. Dixon was hurt Monday.

  • Clowney's father denied bond on attempted murder charges

    August 5, 2015

    ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) The father of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been denied bond after being charged with two counts of attempted murder in a shooting at a Rock Hill bar.A lawyer asked for bond because Clowney's father, David Morgan, was hurt in the shooting Tuesday. Local media reported that police opposed the request because of the seriousness of the charges.

  • New Orleans man convicted of shoving Bears chairman at game

    August 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Prosecutors say a 58-year-old New Orleans Saints fan has been found guilty of shoving Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey at Soldier Field last December.The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/1N9CyYc ) reports that a Cook County judge on Tuesday found Richard Kohnke of New Orleans guilty of a misdemeanor charge of battery with insulting or provoking conduct. Kohnke was sentenced to six months of court supervision.

  • Durable Mick Tingelhoff finally gets his Hall call

    August 5, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The NFL draft lasted 20 rounds in 1962, for the 14 teams in the league at the time. More than a dozen centers came off the board among the 280 players who were picked.Mick Tingelhoff didn't attain such status.His prestige was yet to come.

  • Woodson's ring of honor nod boosts unsung Dallas D of 1990s

    August 5, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Darren Woodson is going into the Cowboys' ring of honor, a nod to the unsung Dallas defenses on the Super Bowl-winning teams of the 1990s.The safety who spent all 12 of his seasons with the Cowboys will be the sixth player - and second defender - from an era that produced three championships in four seasons.

  • Special feelings for families involved in inductions

    August 5, 2015

    Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson was thrilled to hear that the Pro Football Hall of Fame will allow Junior Seau's daughter to speak from the stage during Saturday's induction ceremonies.She got to do it for her father, Claude Humphrey, when he entered the shrine last summer.

  • The brain or a game, former player Utecht asks

    August 5, 2015

    EDS NOTE: Ben Utecht was a standout tight end for the University of Minnesota who played in the NFL for six years, becoming a starter and winning a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. He retired in 2009 due to multiple concussions and memory loss. Utecht is now a national speaker, concussion advocate, and musician.

  • GM Baalke: 49ers would like to keep Aldon Smith beyond year

    August 5, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday night that the 49ers plan to keep Aldon Smith beyond this season and indicated the linebacker would like to re-sign with the team.''We're going to work hard to make sure that he remains here,'' Baalke said.

  • Witten, Cowboys seek repeat playoff run after past failures

    August 4, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Jason Witten doesn't deny that the Cowboys had a more complicated locker room with Terrell Owens in it and a different message coming from the top when Wade Phillips was the coach.The star tight end also says those factors were far from the most important when Dallas missed the playoffs the last two times it reported to training camp as NFC East champion.

  • Jets' Smith has 1st turnover, but showing signs of progress

    August 4, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Geno Smith made his first real gaffe of training camp, losing the football late in the New York Jets' fifth practice of the summer.A mistake? Sure. An overall sign of progress? Definitely.''It was his first turnover at camp,'' coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday. ''You don't blow it out of proportion.''

  • Bengals veteran tackles determined to hold onto starting job

    August 4, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith could see what's next when the Bengals took offensive tackles with their first two picks in the draft. For now, they're dug in as the starters, refusing to give the team a reason to replace them.Starting left tackle Whitworth is preparing for his 10th season. When he came to camp as a rookie in 2008, the Bengals had Levi Jones and Willie Anderson as their starting tackles. Jones was gone after that season. Anderson was released at the end of camp.

  • Lions continue negotiating with Levy to keep him beyond 2015

    August 4, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) DeAndre Levy's career-best production last season has the Detroit Lions hoping to come to an agreement that would keep him with the team beyond 2015.General manager Martin Mayhew confirmed Tuesday that the Lions are still negotiating with the 28-year-old linebacker, whose contract is up at the end of the season. In 2014 Levy made a career-high 151 tackles (117 solo), had a career-high 2.5 sacks and intercepted a pass.

  • Hall-bound, Ron Wolf keeps tabs on Packers through proteges

    August 4, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf still keeps a close eye on Green Bay in retirement.He has no qualms with bugging his proteges, either, about a roster decision.It might be difficult for current general manager Ted Thompson or Wolf's son, player personnel director Eliot Wolf, to argue with someone who is going to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

  • Brady testimony in NFL 'Deflategate' released

    August 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady denied under oath to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game, and investigator Ted Wells said in a transcript that he never warned the New England Patriots quarterback he would be punished if he didn't turn over his cellphone.

  • Jets' Wilkerson day to day with tweaked hamstring

    August 4, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is day to day with a tweaked hamstring that kept him out of practice Tuesday.Wilkerson spent the early portion of practice on a stationary bike, and then remained in the trainers' area the rest of the time. He was injured during practice Sunday, when he walked off the field and went to the locker room with a trainer.

  • Giants Ayers, Casillas have Jersey City hometown bond

    August 4, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Before they became teammates with the New York Giants this off-season, Robert Ayers and Jonathan Casillas didn't think they knew each other.The two seven-year NFL veterans made their way to the NFL by very different routes, but turns out, they both were born in Jersey City, just a short distance from MetLife Stadium, the Giants' home. And they faced each other on the basketball court at one time.

  • His diabetes under control, Cards' Peterson feeling 'great'

    August 4, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) A handful of games into last season, Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.He never mentioned it to reporters, word never leaked out of the locker room. Even now, he's hesitant to blame the illness for his subpar 2014.

  • Buccaneers aim for more production from tight end position

    August 4, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) With Jameis Winston throwing the football and Dirk Koetter calling plays, a healthy Austin Seferian-Jenkins figures to get more opportunities to flourish in Tampa Bay's offense.Same goes for Luke Stocker, Brandon Myers, Tim Wright and maybe even Cameron Brate, too.

  • Marcus Smith eager to prove he's not a first-round bust

    August 4, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Marcus Smith spent most of his rookie season watching from the sideline and barely contributed.The Philadelphia Eagles expect more from their 2014 first-round pick.''He's obviously way advanced from last year,'' coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday. ''I think he feels more comfortable. He came back in really good shape, did a great job in the conditioning test and ran around the last two days. We are excited to see how that progresses.''

  • Agent remains hopeful Colts can reach deal with T.Y. Hilton

    August 4, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) T.Y. Hilton's preference is to be paid like an All-Pro receiver in Indianapolis.On Tuesday, Hilton's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told a small group of reporters he was hopeful the two sides could agree to a contract extension by Labor Day weekend, as team owner Jim Irsay has suggested. Hilton's contract expires after the season.

  • Colts hoping Frank Gore can provide boost to ground game

    August 4, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) Frank Gore came to Indianapolis to win a championship.The Colts needed him to get their running game off the ground.Now it's time for this seemingly perfect combination to start producing results.''I am happy to be here. I wanted to be here as a free agent. I'm here to come and do the best that I can and be the best player that I can be in every phase of the game: blocking, catching and running,'' Gore said after Tuesday morning's workout. ''I want to do some good things here.''

  • Cowboys to add Super Bowl winner Woodson to ring of honor

    August 4, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson is set to be the sixth player from Dallas' Super Bowl-winning teams of the 1990s to join the franchise's ring of honor.The team's all-time leader in tackles with 1,350 in 12 seasons, Woodson will be honored when Dallas plays Seattle on Nov. 1. The 20 current names are displayed on a strip that runs below the upper deck at AT&T Stadium, a tradition that started at old Texas Stadium.

  • AP Pro32: Packers are preseason No. 1 in AP's power rankings

    August 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With a healthy Aaron Rodgers ready to resume his pinpoint passing, the Green Bay Packers will start the season as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 power rankings.In balloting by the 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL, the Packers finished ahead of the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

  • NFL union releases Brady testimony in "Deflategate"

    August 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The public now has more information to decide whether New England quarterback Tom Brady was truthful about deflated footballs.The NFL Players Association released the 457-page transcript of his June testimony in the deflated balls controversy in a filing Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. In it, Brady denies tampering with footballs in the AFC championship game, or told anyone to.

  • Steelers 2nd-year back Dri Archer looking for better season

    August 4, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Dri Archer's rookie season was erratic.The Pittsburgh Steelers dual threat at running back and wide receiver is hoping for more success - and running room - this season.''I'm just ready to get to work and ready to have a better year,'' Archer said. ''Having a year under your belt and going through everything, you're more comfortable. Now that I'm in Year 2, I know what to expect.''

  • Gronk happy to have contract settled, ready to play ball

    August 4, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Rob Gronkowski was asked if he dances his way to the bank with a million New England Patriots' check in his pocket.''I guess so,'' the smiling tight end said Tuesday, talking about his reworked contract that reportedly gives him million of the million bonus he had coming after the 2015 season. According to reports, the paying of that bonus would guarantee the rest of his deal through 2019.

  • 49ers O-linemen out to show they are better than last year

    August 4, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Alex Boone strolled through Levi's Stadium in a tank top with his large, tattooed arms on full display.''You don't see very many fat guys walking around here anymore,'' he quipped. ''That's for a reason.''High-intensity, fast-paced practices early in training camp certainly help that cause.

  • Browns' Pryor more confident of switch to wide receiver

    August 4, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Terrelle Pryor took the handoff, set his feet and unloaded a deep pass that fluttered, floated and somehow landed in Travis Benjamin's hands for a touchdown.Pryor knew the trick-play toss would get poor reviews.''They said it was wobbly and ugly,'' Pryor joked. ''They said I lost my QB skills. I told them I never had them. It was a duck, but it was a completion.''

  • Jaguars GM Caldwell confident 'greater days ahead'

    August 4, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) It's been a long and laborious building process for Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell.He revamped a mistake-filled roster from top to bottom. He jettisoned some players he probably should have kept. He brought in some guys he probably should have avoided.

  • Packers' 1st-round pick Randall picking up corner on the fly

    August 4, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Damarious Randall is learning about life as an NFL cornerback on the fly.If the Green Bay Packers' first-round draft pick is going to make mistakes, it might as well happen in training camp against some of the best offensive playmakers in the business in teammates Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.

  • Fiery Sanders expands his role with Denver Broncos

    August 4, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Emmanuel Sanders is so wired to win that he considers his competitive streak both a blessing and a burden.Sure, it helped him make the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2014, but the Denver Broncos' speedy wide receiver said he usually can't dial it down enough to enjoy a friendly video game or a round of poker.

  • AP Pro32: Packers preseason No. 1 in AP's power rankings

    August 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With a healthy Aaron Rodgers ready to resume his pinpoint passing, the Green Bay Packers will start the season as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 power rankings.In balloting by the 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL, the Packers finished ahead of the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

  • Hernandez lawyers ask to suppress evidence in double slaying

    August 4, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are asking a judge to toss out evidence seized from the SUV authorities say he was in when he fatally shot two men in 2012 over a spilled drink.Prosecutors say Hernandez killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a chance encounter at a Boston nightclub. They say after de Abreu accidentally bumped into Hernandez, spilling his drink, Hernandez followed the men in a Toyota 4Runner, pulled up to their car at a light and opened fire.

  • Former Lions running back Mel Farr dies at age 70

    August 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Mel Farr, a former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year who rushed for more than 3,000 yards in seven pro seasons with the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 70.Farr, a running back, played college football at UCLA and finished seventh in the voting for the 1966 Heisman Trophy. He was drafted in 1967 in the first round by the Lions and ran for 860 yards in 13 games as a rookie. Farr spent his whole NFL career with Detroit, from 1967-73.

  • Clowney's father charged with attempted murder

    August 4, 2015

    ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) The father of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for a shooting at a bar in Rock Hill.Rock Hill Police Department Capt. Mark Bollinger says David Morgan also was charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Bollinger said Tuesday that Morgan is in custody and awaiting a bond hearing.

  • Browns' Pryor more confident he can switch to wide receiver

    August 4, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) After a few practices with the Browns, Terrelle Pryor believes it's ''very realistic'' he can make a successful switch from NFL quarterback to wide receiver.Pryor says his confidence has grown in the early stages of his unique transition.

  • Vikings running backs, even Peterson, must work on blocking

    August 4, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) After an absence from NFL activity that spanned seven months, Adrian Peterson has returned as Minnesota's featured runner.But before he resumes his familiar role of carrying the ball, there's one more thing he must do: pass protection.

  • Coach Mike Zimmer expected to rejoin Vikings soon

    August 4, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is expected to rejoin the team soon.Zimmer missed practice Tuesday to be with his father, Bill, who has been in declining health. Zimmer was expected to return to Minnesota on Wednesday, when the team has a day off from practice. Training camp at Minnesota State University resumes on the field Thursday.

  • Polian follows unconventional route on road to Hall of Fame

    August 4, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bill Polian relied on simple, solid principles to build winners.He went from successful general manager to Hall of Fame executive by developing one more trait: becoming an astute salesman.After persuading Buffalo coach Marv Levy to throw in an extra second-round pick to get linebacker Cornelius Bennett in a 1987 trade, Polian sold Colts owner Jim Irsay on taking Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf in the 1998 draft. Those two moves turned long-languishing franchises into perennial title contenders, giving Polian a reputation that will culminate in his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

  • Jaguars have little hope of Justin Blackmon's return

    August 4, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Nearly two years after Justin Blackmon's last NFL practice, the Jacksonville Jaguars have all but given up on the suspended receiver.General manager Dave Caldwell said Tuesday he's pretty much lost hope Blackmon will return. Caldwell hasn't had any contact with Blackmon in some time and believes the former Oklahoma State star's skills would be diminished if he was reinstated by the league.

  • Packers linebacker Clay Matthews misses 2nd day of practice

    August 4, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Clay Matthews has missed a second straight day of practice after coach Mike McCarthy said he was holding out the Green Bay Packers' star linebacker as a precaution because of knee soreness.Matthews watched in a white cap on the sideline while teammates went through practice Tuesday morning.

  • Chiefs prove willingness to give players second chances

    August 4, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs have demonstrated a willingness under general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid to give players who have run into trouble a second chance.They've also proven there's no such thing as a third.Take the case of Justin Cox, a defensive back from Mississippi State. He went undrafted after missing the final three games and the Orange Bowl last season following a domestic violence arrest - a charge that was ultimately dropped - and the Chiefs gave him a shot. But when Cox was arrested again this summer, it took them less than 24 hours to send him packing.

  • Polian follows unconventional path on road to Hall of Fame

    August 4, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bill Polian relied on simple, solid principles to build winners.He went from successful general manager to Hall of Fame executive by developing one more trait: becoming an astute salesman.After persuading Buffalo coach Marv Levy to throw in an extra second-round pick to get linebacker Cornelius Bennett in a 1987 trade, Polian sold Colts owner Jim Irsay on taking Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf in the 1998 draft. Those two moves turned long-languishing franchises into perennial title contenders, giving Polian a reputation that will culminate in his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

  • Jaguars have little hope of suspended WR Blackmon returning

    August 4, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars are losing hope that suspended receiver Justin Blackmon will return.General manager Dave Caldwell said Tuesday he's had no contact with Blackmon in some time. He adds that he expects Blackmon's skills to be diminished after nearly two years away from football.

  • Ravens LB Mosley looks to build on Pro Bowl rookie season

    August 4, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley says his surgically repaired wrist feels 100 percent.''I have all the confidence I can have,'' he said. ''It's healed now, so I don't have any excuses.''Mosley started every game and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie last year. He had 129 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble, numbers that look even better considering he played the final six games with the broken wrist. He underwent surgery in the offseason and was cleared for training camp.

  • Aaron Hernandez's fiancee allowed to add his surname to hers

    August 4, 2015

    NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A judge has approved a request by the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to add his last name to hers.A probate judge in Rhode Island says she granted the request by Shayanna Jenkins on Monday to change her last name to Jenkins-Hernandez.

  • Judge won't let Aaron Hernandez's lawyer question tipster

    August 4, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts judge says a lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can't question under oath an anonymous tipster who raised concerns about a juror in the murder case.Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled Monday that such a step is premature.

  • Ron Wolf, architect of Packers revival, headed to Hall

    August 4, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) When the Green Bay Packers were searching for someone to help rekindle the glory of the Lombardi years, they turned to Ron Wolf.Wolf turned the Packers back into a powerhouse and now he's been rewarded with election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Former Lions RB Mel Farr dies at age 70

    August 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Mel Farr, the Detroit Lions' running back who rushed for over 3,000 yards in seven NFL seasons, has died. He was 70.A Lions spokesman said Farr's son confirmed his father died Monday.Farr spent his entire NFL career with Detroit, from 1967-73. He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1967, when he ran for 860 yards in 13 games.

  • Ravens safety Matt Elam out for season with biceps tear

    August 3, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Ravens safety Matt Elam will miss the season with a biceps tear.Coach John Harbaugh confirmed after Monday's practice that the third-year safety would undergo season-ending surgery. Elam injured his biceps while attempting to wrap a receiver during practice on Saturday.

  • Mariota collides with scout during Titans' night practice

    August 3, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota gave the Tennessee Titans a momentary scare Monday night when he scrambled and ran to the sideline where he crashed into a scout.Mariota popped right back up and headed to the sideline after hitting the scout who worked hardest to convince the Titans to draft the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

  • Eagles linebacker Travis Long tears ACL again

    August 3, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles linebacker Travis Long has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second straight year.Long was injured in practice Monday on the second day of training camp. The second-year pro missed last season after injuring his ACL in the final preseason game.

  • Quinton Dial could be big part of revamped 49ers DL

    August 3, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Quinton Dial is running with the first-team defense for the San Francisco 49ers, who are looking to once again turn a young, raw prospect into a producer along their defensive line after the departure of long-time starters Ray McDonald and five-time Pro Bowler Justin Smith.

  • Quinton Dial could be big part of 49ers revamped DL

    August 3, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Quinton Dial is running with the first-team defense for the San Francisco 49ers, who are looking to once again turn a young, raw prospect into a producer along their defensive line after the departure of long-time starters Ray McDonald and five-time Pro Bowler Justin Smith.

  • AP source: Former Jaguars WR Sanders faces 10-game ban

    August 3, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders, a fourth-round draft pick in 2013, is facing a 10-game suspension for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Sanders was cut last month following another failed drug test. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team and the league did not announce Sanders' failed test or pending suspension. ESPN first reported the 10-game ban, which would be enforced if Sanders signs with another team.

  • Trimmer McCoy ready to lead Bucs out of NFC South cellar

    August 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Gerald McCoy is entering his sixth NFL season and has yet to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the playoffs.That doesn't sit well with the three-time Pro Bowl selection, who is determined to help the team end a postseason drought and become relevant again.

  • Vikings' Zimmer to miss practice due to father's health

    August 3, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's father is ailing.Zimmer told reporters Monday that he will miss practice Tuesday because his father is ''not doing well.'' Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will supervise the team in his absence. The Vikings have a scheduled day off from practice Wednesday.

  • Timmons leader of young Steelers linebackers

    August 3, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons finally reached the Pro Bowl last season after an eight-year wait.He'd happily exchange it for a spot in the Super Bowl, which will depend a bit on how quickly the young linebackers around Timmons mature.

  • Vikings WR Jarius Wright 'carrying the torch' for friend

    August 3, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Jarius Wright has entered the final year of his rookie contract with the Minnesota Vikings, with three productive seasons on his resume as a fourth-round draft pick.There's more depth on the roster at wide receiver now. As always in the NFL, there's no guarantee that Wright will get to re-up and continue his career with the Vikings. He's grateful for what he's accomplished and experienced already, particularly considering what happened to his close friend, Greg Childs, whose injuries have sidelined his pro career.

  • Titans' offensive line ready to push back after rough season

    August 3, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans' offensive linemen are tired of being pushed around.Even left tackle Taylor Lewan says they were soft last season in a brutally honest assessment, and he's making it clear they intend to be this team's gritty foundation.

  • Panthers DT Lotulelei injures foot, out a couple of weeks

    August 3, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will miss a ''few weeks'' of action after being diagnosed with a right foot injury.Lotulelei was carted off the practice field Monday at Wofford College.''Star has a stress reaction in his foot,'' Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a release. ''We are going to be cautious. He is in a walking boot and we will reevaluate his foot in a few weeks.''

  • Ngata on injury list at start of practice for Lions

    August 3, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Ndamukong Suh's replacement began fall practice on the injured list.Detroit Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata missed the team's first practice of training camp Monday with a strained hamstring. The five-time Pro Bowler, whom the Lions acquired from Baltimore in the offseason when Suh left via free agency, was on the field with his teammates, but he wore a hat instead of a helmet. Ngata did not talk to reporters as he left the field after practice.

  • Graham fitting in just fine early in Seahawks camp

    August 3, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Jimmy Graham reached over the top of the shorter safety, hauled in the touchdown pass from Russell Wilson and immediately turned and spiked the football.Sure, it was only the fourth training camp practice for Graham with his new team, and the catch was made over a defensive back not likely to be around for the regular season. But the sight of Graham using his athleticism and size to haul in a TD from Wilson is one the Seattle Seahawks want to see regularly.

  • Bills offensive line coach Kromer grateful to rejoin team

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was excited to finally join the team at training camp, and grateful to the organization for allowing him to keep his job.Kromer spoke for only 48 seconds and did not take any questions shortly before the Bills opened practice Monday night. It was Kromer's first time back with the team since being placed on paid leave on July 14, two days after he was arrested and charged with battery for punching a boy in the face in Florida.

  • Tyrann Mathieu's 'journey' enters 3rd NFL season

    August 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Honey Badger is entering his third NFL season.Talking to the ever-approachable Tyrann Mathieu and watching him injury-free scrambling all over the field in practice, it's easy to forget how many teams considered him too high a risk to draft until the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the third round in 2013.

  • Injured players trying to come back stronger for Colts

    August 3, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) Running back Vick Ballard and offensive lineman Donald Thomas are favorites among the most important Colts fans.Coach Chuck Pagano and his assistants are big supporters. Even teammates vying for those precious 53 roster spots are rooting for them.

  • CB Hall fully healthy after 2nd Achilles tendon injury

    August 3, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Before Mohamed Sanu could take a step after his catch, cornerback Leon Hall reached in and emphatically stripped the ball out of arms, drawing a cheer from the crowd of about a thousand people on Monday afternoon.Later, he caught up with Sanu as he tried to pull in a long pass from Andy Dalton and again knocked the ball away.

  • Aaron Hernandez's fiancee asks court to change her surname

    August 3, 2015

    NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The fiancee of imprisoned ex-New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has petitioned a Rhode Island court to add the surname Hernandez to her name, matching their daughter's name.The Providence Journal says Shayanna Jenkins wore a gold wedding band along with a gold-and-diamond engagement ring on her left hand.

  • Bills offensive line coach Kromer joins team at camp

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has rejoined the team in time for its night practice at training camp, coach Rex Ryan says.Ryan made the announcement shortly before the Bills took the field Monday evening, their fourth day of camp in suburban Rochester. On Sunday, the Bills suspended Kromer without pay for the first six games of the regular season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

  • Osweiler capitalizes on Manning's day off

    August 3, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Brock Osweiler looked around and asked a pertinent question.''Are you sure I need to go up here?'' Osweiler asked as he stepped up to the podium after taking most of the snaps during Peyton Manning's day off.It's not that he was bashful. At 6-foot-8, he was pretty sure he didn't need to stand another foot higher, that's all.

  • Jackson, Gruden seeing progression in Griffin, other QBs

    August 3, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Wide receiver DeSean Jackson likes what he's seeing from Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins' other two quarterbacks through the first five days of training camp.''I definitely have seen progression in RG3 and all the other quarterbacks this year too,'' the speedy receiver said Monday before the team worked in full pads for the first time.

  • Panthers' Rivera returns to work with message for players

    August 3, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera returned to work Monday with a message for his players.Rivera missed the previous two days of training camp practice to attend the funeral in Reno, Nevada for his brother Mickey, who died last week following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

  • Rookie RB Gordon back at Chargers practice

    August 3, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers running back Melvin Gordon returned to practice Monday, one day after not working.But Gordon stressed he isn't hurt.''Just to get myself back right,'' he said of his respite.Gordon, the Chargers' first-round draft pick, didn't look compromised in a run-heavy training camp session. He hit the hole with authority, danced around would-be tacklers and looked every bit the star he was at Wisconsin.

  • Packers TE Quarless loses daughter at birth

    August 3, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless revealed Monday he missed the first two days of training camp because his daughter died at birth last week.Quarless had initially been excused from the first practice of camp on Thursday for what coach Mike McCarthy termed ''a positive personal situation.'' The coach's tone changed ominously the following day when Quarless was again absent, saying the sixth-year tight end was dealing with ''a very difficult family situation.''

  • Cardinals activate TEs Gresham, Niklas; Riddick injured

    August 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have activated tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas.Gresham, coming off back surgery, was on the physically unable to perform list, and Niklas, out with a hamstring injury, was on the non-football injury list.

  • Saints rookie Anthony opening eyes at linebacker

    August 3, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Max Unger wasn't the only player the New Orleans Saints acquired when they traded star tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle in a deal that sent shockwaves throughout the NFL.The Saints also picked up a first-round draft pick, one they used on linebacker Stephone Anthony. The rookie out of Clemson may never have teamed with Graham, but they will be forever linked by the trade.

  • McKenzie optimistic about Raiders in 4th year as GM

    August 3, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Reggie McKenzie knew it would take some time to build the Oakland Raiders the way he wanted to after being hired as general manager in January 2012.McKenzie has endured 37 losses in his first three seasons as he tore down the roster, got the salary cap in order and began building the team back up through the draft.

  • Judge: St. Louis residents don't need vote on stadium funds

    August 3, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The effort to build a new riverfront football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use city tax money for the project.St. Louis Circuit Judge Tomas Frawley's ruling voided a city ordinance requiring voter approval for any project using tax dollars for a professional sports facility. He called the 2002 law's language confusing and vague.

  • Jaguars won't use youth, inexperience as excuses in 2015

    August 3, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the NFL's youngest teams - again.Coach Gus Bradley could have two rookies, eight second-year players and four third-year pros in his starting lineup. And those are conservative estimates.The team's youth and inexperience surely will be a story line this season. But don't expect players and coaches to engage in the conversation.

  • Jackson challenging for safety spot with Giants

    August 3, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Bennett Jackson remembers the day last August when he received a text message that changed his life.''It said that I had been cut,'' said Jackson, selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of Notre Dame. ''It was definitely stressful. I thought it was over. I didn't know if I would get another chance, but if I did, I would make the most of the opportunity. I always felt like I had the talent to play in this league.''

  • Rams putting rookies Havenstein, Brown right to work

    August 3, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams plan to open the season with a pair of rookie offensive linemen playing side by side. Tackle Rob Havenstein and guard Jamon Brown must be quick learners and make the gamble pay off.Last year, the Rams had one rookie on the line. Tackle Greg Robinson was the second overall pick of the draft, so it was no surprise they cleared some space.

  • Chiefs' Jamaal Charles finally feeling healthy again

    August 3, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Jamaal Charles had holes in his shoes on the first day of training camp.The Chiefs running back was trying out a new pair, and they apparently were a bit tight in the toes. So Charles made incisions on each shoe that allowed his big toe to poke though.

  • Falcons' Julio Jones hoping for new contract before season

    August 3, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) After losing a few pounds in the offseason, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones believes he is stronger and more explosive.How much more explosive?''Now, on go balls, I've got another gear,'' Jones said Monday.There could soon be a new contract for the Atlanta star, too. The Falcons are in talks with Jones' agent, Jimmy Sexton, on a contract extension for Jones, who can become a free agent following the season.

  • Prosecutor: Tipster wrote sexual letters to Aaron Hernandez

    August 3, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) An anonymous tipster who raised questions about a juror in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had a sexually explicit relationship with him, a prosecutor said in a filing released Monday, the day Hernandez's girlfriend was seen wearing a wedding band.

  • Judge: St. Louis residents don't need vote on stadium bonds

    August 3, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The effort to build a new football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use bond proceeds for the project.St. Louis Circuit Judge Tomas Frawley's ruling voided a city ordinance requiring voter approval for any project using tax dollars for a professional sports facility along the Mississippi River. He called the 2002 law's language confusing and vague.

  • Whaley: Bills have exchanged contract proposals with Dareus

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Bills have exchanged contract proposals with defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, though no deal is imminent.General manager Doug Whaley is confident a front-runner will emerge in Buffalo's three-way quarterback competition. And Whaley has no intention to rush starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin onto the field until he's fully recovered after aggravating an injury to his right ankle.

  • Broncos P Colquitt takes a .4 million pay cut

    August 3, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Britton Colquitt is no longer the highest-paid punter in the First Family of Fourth Downs.That honor belongs to brother Dustin.Two years after becoming the league's highest-paid punter, Britton agreed to a .4 million pay cut from the Denver Broncos. He'll get .6 million instead of million.

  • Packers LB Clay Matthews misses practice (knee soreness)

    August 3, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Clay Matthews understood why everyone was so concerned.But the Green Bay Packers five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews insisted that missing Monday morning's practice with what coach Mike McCarthy termed ''knee soreness'' is not cause for alarm.

  • Panthers DT Lotulelei carted off field with foot soreness

    August 3, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was carted to the locker room with his right foot taped in ice.It's the same foot that Lotulelei fractured in January, preventing him from playing in the team's NFC divisional playoff game against Seattle.

  • Giants GM Reese speaks with injured DE Pierre-Paul

    August 3, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants finally have spoken with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul about his injuries.Giants general manager Jerry Reese said Monday morning in a radio interview that ''it was a personal conversation, and I want to keep it private between him and I.''

  • After 6-year wait, Tim Brown ready for Hall induction

    August 3, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Perhaps more than any other position in football, wide receivers are forced to depend on teammates for success.Without a quarterback to throw it, a line to block or other running backs and receivers to divert attention, it is nearly impossible for a wideout to accumulate the big numbers necessary to become a Hall of Famer.

  • Dolphins rookie Jordan Phillips benefited by Suh's mentoring

    August 3, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) For about three weeks preceding the start of Miami Dolphins training camp, rookie defensive lineman Jordan Phillips and his fiancee were on a vacation of sorts in Oregon.They were together about 22 hours a day.The other two hours of Phillips' time was owned by Ndamukong Suh.

  • Cowboys' Dez Bryant tangles with teammate in camp skirmish

    August 3, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dez Bryant kept going after Dallas cornerback Tyler Patmon in a heated training camp skirmish that didn't end until quarterback Tony Romo finally stepped in and calmed his star receiver.Bryant, who has a history of sideline antics that include screaming at coaches and teammates, threw something at Patmon and later appeared to take a swing at him after the two tangled during a play in 11-on-11 work late in the practice Sunday.

  • Raiders excited to break out the pads for first time

    August 2, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) After months of practicing in shorts and shells, the Oakland Raiders finally got the chance to put on the pads.The Raiders held their first padded practice under new coach Jack Del Rio on Sunday, a milestone that excites players ready to get back to the physical part of football after an entire offseason away from it.

  • Cowboys' Mincey back at practice after ending brief holdout

    August 2, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey didn't stay away from training camp long in his effort to get a reworked contract.The team's sack leader last season ended a brief holdout and worked on the side Sunday at practice after missing the first three days of camp, including the first padded practice. Mincey showed up Saturday night.

  • Bills suspend offensive line coach Kromer for first 6 games

    August 3, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills suspended offensive line coach Aaron Kromer without pay for the first six games of the regular season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.Bills President Russ Brandon announced the suspension Sunday night. The disciplinary action comes two days after prosecutors in Florida dropped a battery charge for causing bodily harm against Kromer for allegedly confronting two boys for using his beach chairs, pushing one to the ground and punching him in the face last month.

  • Cowboys' Bryant has prolonged incident with teammate at camp

    August 2, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dez Bryant kept going after Dallas cornerback Tyler Patmon in a heated training camp skirmish that didn't end until quarterback Tony Romo finally stepped in and calmed his star receiver.Bryant, who has a history of sideline antics that include screaming at coaches and teammates, threw something at Patmon and later appeared to take a swing at him after the two tangled during a play in 11-on-11 work late in the practice Sunday.

  • Rams' Trumaine Johnson, E.J. Gaines competing at cornerback

    August 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams' defense is so deep there are two starters, Trumaine Johnson and E.J. Gaines, competing for one of the cornerback spots.Johnson may have gained the edge Sunday in an evening practice at Rams Park. Gaines left practice early with a foot injury. He walked off on his own and did not return.

  • Aldon Smith, Glenn Dorsey hope to play full season

    August 2, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Two players the San Francisco 49ers could not depend upon last year will be counted on to play big roles this season.Linebacker Aldon Smith missed the first nine games last season serving a suspension handed down by the NFL. Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey sat out last season with a biceps tear.

  • Cardinals' TE Gresham still on sideline after back surgery

    August 2, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jermaine Gresham left the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent after last season and he was looking forward to a nice contract elsewhere.That all changed abruptly.The big tight end visited the Oakland Raiders and many expected him to sign there. But then came word that he had been diagnosed with a herniated disc and Gresham underwent surgery in mid-March.

  • Ravens' Harbaugh concerned about injury to safety Matt Elam

    August 2, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens coach John Harbaugh is concerned about the severity of the biceps injury to safety Matt Elam.Elam, a third-year safety, injured the biceps during practice on Saturday reaching for a receiver who had run by him. He had an MRI Sunday. If the biceps are torn, this could possibly be a season-ending injury.

  • Brandon Boykin eager for fresh start with Steelers

    August 2, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin is looking forward to a fresh start with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Boykin, who enters his fourth season, also wanted to clarify his comments on Sunday, a day after the Eagles traded him to the Steelers for a conditional fifth-round pick, stressing that his former head coach Chip Kelly is not a racist.

  • Miller no longer in NFL's drug program

    August 2, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Von Miller no longer carries all those extra pounds or the weight of the world.He's back at his natural position and size and his playfulness and smile are back, too.The Denver Broncos star linebacker has been discharged from the NFL's drug program after staying clean for two years, meaning he's no longer subject to regular, random urine testing.

  • With Zimmer, Vikings cornerback quality has increased

    August 2, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) An old adage about people is they're always harder on the ones they love.This fits Mike Zimmer and Minnesota's cornerbacks.Zimmer coaches them as critically as any players on the Vikings, and if there were a contest held to determine his favorite position on the field the others would probably be fighting for second place.

  • Seattle continues to keep core together by locking up Wagner

    August 2, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Bobby Wagner was patient to a point.The All-Pro middle linebacker was willing to sit back and let the Seattle Seahawks finish up their contract negotiations with Russell Wilson.But once Wilson's payday was taken care of, Wagner wanted to know if his future was in Seattle or if he would go into the final year of his rookie contract with uncertainty.

  • For Jets' Pace, monotony of camp really grinds his gears

    August 2, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Calvin Pace can't stand training camp.At all.Absolutely despises it.So, the fact the New York Jets are practicing this summer at their home facility instead of traveling up to SUNY Cortland in Central New York - as they did five of six years under Rex Ryan - makes the veteran linebacker happy.

  • With Jeffery leading pack, no shortage of options for Bears

    August 2, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) If indeed this is his time, his chance to assert himself as a true No. 1 receiver for the Chicago Bears, Alshon Jeffery was in no mood to discuss it.''I mean I'm not looking forward to anything,'' he said. ''I'm just doing my job whatever it takes for us to win. I mean whether that's me blocking, catching the ball. It doesn't matter. It's not one guy who stands out on our team. It takes 11 guys on the field. So each one of us has our part.''

  • Bengals end Michael Johnson hurts knee, team optimistic

    August 2, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson hurt his right knee during practice on Sunday and was taken off the field on a cart.Doctors initially thought the injury wasn't serious. He was sent for tests. The injury happened during the team's second practice of training camp.

  • Colts' Luck still looking to improve entering prime years

    August 2, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) Andrew Luck's impressive resume already includes 33 wins, two division titles and an AFC championship game appearance.Pretty good for a 25-year-old quarterback.Luck, of course, views things through a different lens. As he pours through game tapes, he sees too many turnovers, not enough touchdowns and too many blown chances on third down.

  • Matt Ryan feeling as young as ever in new scheme

    August 2, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Now in his eighth training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan says he has never felt better physically before the start of the season.The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, who turned 30 in May, is pleased to report that his body is in fine shape after absorbing 75 sacks over the previous two seasons.

  • Detroit Lions open training camp optimistic

    August 2, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Jim Caldwell couldn't stop smiling Sunday afternoon.The Detroit Lions coach was happy to be starting his second training camp in Allen Park, and looking forward to trying to build on last season's 11-5 record.''This is about as excited as I ever get,'' he said at his camp-opening news conference. ''I'm going to be in front of my team in a couple hours, and you can hear the buzz and feel the anticipation. These guys know that they have a chance to do something special this year, but it won't be easy.''

  • Panthers OT Michael Oher not a big fan of 'The Blind Side'

    August 2, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) When people first meet Michael Oher naturally they want to ask him about the 2009 hit movie ''The Blind Side,'' which is based on his life as an underprivileged youth growing up in Memphis, Tennessee.However, the Carolina Panthers starting left tackle would prefer to leave the notoriety he garnered from the film in the past.

  • New locker assignments help Titans know each other better

    August 2, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Defensive lineman Karl Klug is considered the Tennessee Titan most likely to get into a fight during training camp.Thanks to a shake-up in locker assignments, Klug could find himself sitting right next to the offensive lineman he just fought.

  • Jets' Wilkerson leaves practice with tweaked hamstring

    August 2, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets hope they aren't without Muhammad Wilkerson for too long.The star defensive end left practice Sunday with a tweaked hamstring, an injury coach Todd Bowles didn't believe is serious.Wilkerson, a key playmaker in Bowles' defense, walked off the field at training camp about halfway through practice and headed straight to the locker room. He didn't appear to be walking gingerly or with a limp.

  • New Texan Wilfork looks to learn from Watt

    August 2, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Vince Wilfork bristled when asked what he could teach J.J. Watt.Then the 12-year veteran and first-year Houston Texan let out a hearty chuckle.''Teach him what?'' he bellowed. ''What am I going to teach J.J.?''The big nose tackle has joined Watt, last year's Defensive Player of the Year, in Houston after spending the first 11 years of his career with the New England Patriots. While he isn't expecting to serve as a teacher to Watt, he thinks he could learn a thing or two from the 26-year old.

  • Sam Bradford doesn't hold back in practice with Eagles

    August 2, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sam Bradford was full-go on the first day of training camp.Bradford took snaps, fired passes and participated in all the quarterback drills with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He didn't even wear a clunky knee brace on his twice-surgically repaired left knee.

  • Plan to limit Manning's snaps will also benefit backup

    August 2, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The plan to give Peyton Manning a breather at training camp is designed to pay dividends not only for the five-time MVP but also his backup.Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Brock Osweiler will get his biggest chance yet to prove he's a worthy successor.

  • Redskins GM 'comfortable' with Galette despite 'scary' video

    August 2, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) General manager Scot McCloughan says a ''thorough, thorough, thorough'' vetting of Junior Galette left the Washington Redskins ''very comfortable bringing him on board,'' despite off-field problems that led the New Orleans Saints to cut the outside linebacker.

  • Cowboys' Mincey in camp after brief holdout over contract

    August 2, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey didn't stay away from training camp long in his effort to get a contract extension.The team's sack leader from 2014 ended a brief holdout and was expected to practice Sunday after missing the first three days of camp, including the first padded practice. Mincey showed up Saturday night.

  • Fired-up Brady talks trash, celebrates at Patriots camp

    August 2, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady still has that competitive fire.Brady's trash-talking and celebrations highlighted the fourth day of New England Patriots training camp Sunday.Cornerback Malcolm Butler served as Brady's foil on the second straight practice in pads. Butler, whose goal-line interception of Seattle's Russell Wilson sealed the title for New England in February, began chirping during drills.

  • Seattle acquires Seisay from Detroit for draft pick

    August 2, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have added depth to their secondary by acquiring cornerback Mohammed Seisay from the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick.Seattle announced the trade on Sunday. The Seahawks had an open spot on their 90-man roster after releasing defensive tackle Tony McDaniel in a salary cap move. The draft pick going back to Detroit is expected to be a late-round selection.

  • Rex Ryan lists guard Richie Incognito among Bills starters

    August 2, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) From being labeled an NFL bully to Buffalo Bills starter: guard Richie Incognito took a big step in his return to football following a 15-month hiatus that placed his career in jeopardy.Three days into training camp, coach Rex Ryan named Incognito the team's starting left guard. Ryan made the announcement Sunday, when he included Incognito along with center Eric Wood and left tackle Cordy Glenn as three offensive linemen he regards as starters.

  • Reese says Giants defense can surprise people without JPP

    August 2, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants' revamped defense is going to surprise people this season, even without injured star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, general manager Jerry Reese said Sunday.Speaking to reporters for the first time since players reported, Reese refused to say much about Pierre-Paul, whose status for the season is in question after injuring his right hand in a fireworks incident on July 4 in Florida.

  • All eyes on 1 million man as Chiefs' Houston gets to work

    August 2, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The massive linebacker with the sweat-drenched biceps insists he never took a day off this offseason, even if he never showed up for one of the Kansas City Chiefs' workouts.Early in training camp, it's easy to believe him.With his familiar No. 50 stretched across his broad shoulders, Justin Houston has wasted no time in terrorizing quarterbacks again - even if they happened to be his own teammates. While the Chiefs worked out in only shells during the first couple of days, and hitting the QB is always taboo this time of year, more than once Houston could have easily leveled the boom.

  • Texans' Clowney expected to begin practice Aug. 17

    August 2, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien's goal is to have outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney practicing on Aug. 17.O'Brien discussed Clowney's expected return on Sunday after Houston's second day of camp.The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft was placed on the physically unable to perform list just before camp began.

  • Maine man hires plane to fly banner protesting Brady ruling

    August 2, 2015

    SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) A man hired a plane to fly a banner over NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's vacation home in Maine, telling him to go back to New York.WCSH6 television reports (http://on.wcsh6.com/1VV5kSl ) that Richard Pate of Biddeford, Maine, hired a local pilot and plane Saturday to protest the suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

  • Pryor earning praise in transition to wide receiver

    August 2, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Four days into Terrelle Pryor's transition from a quarterback to wide receiver, he's not only fitting in at Browns training camp, he's standing out.''He's all in,'' wide receivers coach Joker Phillips said after morning practice Sunday. ''The guy is starving to be taught the techniques. He knows the system. I don't have to coach the alignments. I don't have to coach assignment. I don't have to coach adjustments.''

  • Indianapolis opens practice with 2 veterans on PUP list

    August 2, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) The Indianapolis Colts have put 2013 NFL sacks leader Robert Mathis and former starting guard Donald Thomas on the physically unable to perform list.Both moves Sunday were expected, with Mathis and Thomas still recovering from season-ending injuries. Both can be activated any time before the regular season.

  • Dolphins getting a break from on-field work Monday

    August 2, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) After four days of training camp practices, the Miami Dolphins will get a bit of rest.The Dolphins aren't scheduled to be on the field Monday, though it's not like training camp is completely shutting down. Player meetings are scheduled and other work surely will be happening, but the Dolphins hope some slight tweaks to the summer schedule will result in a fresher team for the regular season.

  • Seattle releases DT Tony McDaniel in salary cap move

    August 2, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have released veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to save salary cap space after signing quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner to contract extensions.Seattle made the move with McDaniel on Sunday and it will save the club between .5 and million against the salary cap. McDaniel was set to make .5 million in base salary.

  • Dolphins' Branden Albert show progress after knee surgery

    August 2, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert of the Miami Dolphins is showing progress in his return from major knee surgery.Albert had surgery on his right knee late last season. On Sunday, he participated in limited outdoor drills for the first time during camp. He wore a bulky brace and moved with a noticeable limp. He wore full pads after previously taking part only in warmups and walk-through drills.

  • Bus stop; Steelers great Jerome Bettis bulls way into Hall

    August 2, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) By the end of 2004, Jerome Bettis was done. Finished. Burned out.A dozen years in the NFL, most of them as the perpetually smiling blue-collared soul of the Pittsburgh Steelers, left him spent. The Steelers had just watched a 15-1 season evaporate a win shy of the Super Bowl. The tread on the force of nature simply known as ''The Bus'' had grown awfully thin.

  • Panthers waive injured WR Stephen Hill after torn ACL

    August 2, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have waived injured wide receiver Stephen Hill after he suffered a torn right ACL in practice.Panthers assistant coach Steve Wilks made the announcement on Sunday after practice. Hill was injured on Saturday when he attempted to catch a pass over the middle and landed awkwardly on his leg. He screamed as he fell to the ground.

  • Seahawks finalize contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner

    August 2, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Right on the heels of signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension, the Seattle Seahawks have locked up All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.The Seahawks and Wagner finalized a four-year contract extension on Saturday night, making sure Seattle keeps Wagner beyond the 2015 season when his rookie contract was set to expire. Team owner Paul Allen confirmed the agreement in a tweet.

  • Seattle finalize contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner

    August 2, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Seahawks and Bobby Wagner have finalized a four-year contract extension that keeps the All-Pro middle linebacker with the club after this season.Team owner Paul Allen confirmed Wagner's extension in a tweet late Saturday night. NFL.com first reported the deal and that it's worth million which would make Wagner the highest-paid middle linebacker in football.

  • AP Source: Seattle nearing extension with Bobby Wagner

    August 2, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) A person familiar with the deal says the Seattle Seahawks and linebacker Bobby Wagner are close to finalizing a contract extension that would keep the All-Pro middle linebacker with the club after this season.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday night on the condition of anonymity because the extension has not been officially announced by the team. NFL.com reported it would be a four-year extension.

  • Steelers trade future 5th rounder for Eagles CB Boykin

    August 2, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired cornerback Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft.The team announced the trade Saturday night.Boykin is entering his fourth NFL season after being selected by the Eagles in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2012 draft from Georgia.

  • 49ers deal with loose sod in Levi's Stadium on first day

    August 2, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) It took less than 30 minutes into the San Francisco 49ers' first training camp practice for the Levi's Stadium sod to come up in pieces, also only a couple of hours after the venue hosted a high school all-star game.The Niners kicked off their first training camp under new coach Jim Tomsula on Saturday night with hundreds of fans in the stands, and he could be seen stomping down a divot with his heel moments after watching wide receiver Bruce Ellington run a route a few yards away.

  • Hall of Fame: Seau's daughter to speak in interview

    August 1, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) The Pro Football Hall of Fame will allow Junior Seau's daughter to speak in an interview after his bust is unveiled next weekend.''Sydney will be given a chance to share thoughts about her father immediately following the unveiling of his bronzed bust,'' the Hall of Fame said Saturday night in a statement. ''The unveiling, which typically features just the presenter and enshrinee, will include Sydney and Junior's three sons. Her remarks will be live and onstage in a fashion similar to interviews of returning Hall of Famers.''

  • Panthers WR Hill will have MRI after injuring right leg

    August 1, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill will have an MRI on his right leg after being carted off the field Saturday.The team said it expects to know more about the extent of the injury Sunday.Hill attempted to make a catch across the middle during an afternoon practice in intense heat, but came down wrong on his leg and fell to the ground screaming in pain.

  • Thomas longs for reunion with his mother

    August 1, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Demaryius Thomas is still waiting to see his mother out from behind bars for the first time since the police came busting into his house one morning when he was 11.Katina Smith and her mother, Minnie Pearl Thomas, were arrested on drug trafficking charges. The police allowed Smith to walk her kids to the school bus stop before being taken into custody.

  • Marcus Mariota signing lures more than 3,400 to Titans camp

    August 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The chance at an autograph from Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota helped the Tennessee Titans lure their biggest crowd to training camp in years, so much so that the rookie quarterback couldn't send everyone away happy.More than 3,400 came out Saturday, more than doubling attendance at the first practice Friday.

  • Mason confident there'll be no drop-off while Gurley rehabs

    August 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Draft day could not have been a pleasant experience for St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason. Imagine how jarring it must have been to see his team take Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick.Sooner or later he'll lose his starting job. While Gurley rehabs from left knee surgery, there's incentive and opportunity.

  • Buccaneers hungry for success after disappointing season

    August 1, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are eager to distance themselves from their worst finish in nearly three decades.They're hoping Jameis Winston will lead the way, but coach Lovie Smith knows it'll take a lot more than the top pick in this year's draft to turn around a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2007.

  • Favre inducted into Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

    August 1, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) For a guy who played football into his 40s and nearly had to be dragged off the field, Brett Favre certainly seems to be enjoying his post-NFL life.The 45-year-old former quarterback spends most of his time around Hattiesburg, hanging out with old friends or watching his daughter's high school volleyball team. He has a big house on a sizable chunk of property to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Bengals hope upgraded defensive line produces some sacks

    August 1, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Michael Johnson's bald head glistens. It's a new look for the Cincinnati defensive end, who wore dreadlocks a couple of years ago.New feels good to Johnson, and not just when it comes to his hair style.Johnson had 26 1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Bengals, including 11.5 in 2012, before leaving for Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent last year. One injury-hampered and disappointing season later, Johnson is back to his NFL roots.

  • McPhee sees Bears striking fear in opponents

    August 1, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) Linebacker Pernell McPhee envisions a day when the Chicago Bears strike fear in opposing offenses, and he sees it happening sooner rather than later.Considering the way the defense performed the past two years, that is one lofty picture. But this is a different group of Bears from last season.

  • First practice gives Chiefs cornerbacks chance to shine

    August 1, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) There was already going to be plenty of competition for one of the starting cornerback jobs in Kansas City, even before the Chiefs learned Sean Smith would be suspended for the first three games of the regular season.Now, there are two jobs up for grab.

  • Jets GM supportive, but noncommittal on Richardson's future

    August 1, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Sheldon Richardson has a lot of making up - and growing up - to do with the New York Jets.General manager Mike Maccagnan echoed the supportive sentiment of coach Todd Bowles and Jets players had for the defensive lineman, but was noncommittal on Richardson's long-term future with the team.

  • Tomsula begins camp doing things his way, with player input

    August 2, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jim Tomsula walked through the cafeteria on Day 1 and fist-bumped a chef from across the high counter, then asked another member of the kitchen staff about her family.He was more red-faced than usual after forgetting to apply his sunscreen Saturday for San Francisco's morning walk-through. No protective hat for shade, either.

  • Cowboys welcome McClain despite issues with knee, suspension

    August 1, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Rolando McClain's surgically repaired right knee isn't ready for training camp, and the Dallas linebacker will miss the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.Meantime, simply having McClain in California is good enough for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

  • Williams expects plenty of carries with Steeleers

    August 1, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) DeAngelo Williams is used to splitting carries.Just don't call the Pittsburgh Steelers' running back a backup. The way the Carolina Panthers' career rushing leader sees it, there will be plenty of work to do alongside Steelers star Le'Veon Bell.

  • Jets' Devin Smith has partially punctured lung, broken ribs

    August 1, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Devin Smith had a painful start to his first NFL training camp.The New York Jets rookie wide receiver has what the team called a ''partially punctured lung,'' as well as broken ribs, and is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

  • Led by rugged Lacy, the Packers break out the pads in camp

    August 1, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) For the first time since their stunning loss in the NFC championship game in late January, the Green Bay Packers put on the pads Saturday.Running back Eddie Lacy responded in a predictable way.''That's when the big backs show up, when it's time to put the ball in their hand and accelerate the crease,'' coach Mike McCarthy said after practice.

  • 49ers rookie Hayne reiterates apology for offensive comments

    August 1, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) On the opening day of his first NFL training camp, former Australian league rugby star Jarryd Hayne reiterated how sorry he is for offensive comments last month about Jews that drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League and others.

  • Raiders LB Sio Moore returns following hip surgery

    August 1, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Sio Moore walked up to the assembled media members and began his news conference by saying ''Remember me?''After being a spectator for most of the offseason program following major hip surgery, Moore was taken off the physically unable to perform list by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday and practiced for the first time at linebacker.

  • Percy Harvin eager to establish fresh start with Bills

    August 1, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Bills receiver Percy Harvin is at peace with his checkered past, and wants more than anything to put it behind him.Whatever divisive reputation the talented yet troubled player established during his first six NFL seasons, it's not something Harvin wants accompanying him to Buffalo, his fourth stop in as many years.

  • Line is question mark on New York Giants' offense

    August 1, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) If there's anything that's going to slow down the New York Giants' offense this season, it's going be their offensive line.Getting big yards from a passing game that features Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz seems to be a given.

  • Minus All-Pro safeties, Seattle giving Terrell, Shead a shot

    August 1, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Part of what has made the Seattle Seahawks' defense the best in the NFL in recent seasons is the combination of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor at safety.For the start of training camp, those All-Pro names have been replaced by Steven Terrell and DeShawn Shead as Thomas continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery and Chancellor is holding out unhappy with his contract situation.

  • In 14th season, Hill's career comes full circle with Vikings

    August 1, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Shaun Hill's wife, Ashton, asked him this question midway through the offseason: If there were one place the veteran quarterback would like to live for the rest of his life, where would that be?Hill didn't hesitate.''It's easy,'' he said. ''The Twin Cities. So signing there was a no-brainer.''

  • Peterson, Jones return to Jaguars as coaching interns

    August 1, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Mike Peterson got chills as he walked onto the practice field to start training camp Friday.And that was before fans gave him a warm reception.Peterson, a former NFL linebacker who spent a chunk of his 14-year career in Jacksonville, is back with his former team as one of four intern coaches during camp. Longtime Jaguars fullback Greg Jones is another, along with Troy defensive line coach Bam Hardmon and Princeton assistant Leon Wright.

  • Marshall back on field but with a heavy heart

    August 1, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Brandon Marshall is back on the football field, trying to replicate last year's breakout season despite two screws in his right foot and a heavy heart.Marshall led the Broncos with 111 tackles last year despite being hobbled down the stretch by a right foot injury that required offseason surgery.

  • Healthy Palmer says arm strong as ever, maybe stronger

    August 1, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Lost in all the talk about Carson Palmer's season-ending torn ACL is the shoulder injury that sidelined him for three games early last season.He came back to make five starts, and his Arizona Cardinals won them all, but his arm strength was noticeably weakened.

  • Panthers WR Hill carted off the field with right leg injury

    August 1, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill was carted off the field Saturday with a right leg injury.Hill attempted to make a catch across the middle during an afternoon practice in intense heat, but came down wrong on his leg and fell to the ground screaming in pain.

  • Titans linebacker Orakpo healthy after revamping workouts

    August 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Brian Orakpo looks rock solid, so muscled that the Tennessee linebacker appears chiseled out of stone.Now Orakpo insists he also feels nimble and healthy thanks to breaking down, then revamping a workout routine the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker believes led him to tear his pectoral muscle not just once or twice but three times.

  • Saints' Tim Lelito in line for left guard spot

    August 1, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) When the New Orleans Saints traded guard Ben Grubbs to the Kansas City Chiefs in March, coach Sean Payton hinted they wouldn't have done it without a solid plan.That comes in the form of 6-foot-4, 315-pound Tim Lelito, a backup who may emerge as the man who replaces the two-time Pro Bowler.

  • Melvin Gordon tested at Chargers camp

    August 1, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Running back Melvin Gordon was tested - and Chargers coach Mike McCoy was smiling.''The defense did a nice job a couple of times there where he had to do something.'' McCoy said.Gordon, the Chargers' top pick from Wisconsin, often broke free for yardage Saturday in the training camp practice. It was the first day the Chargers were in pads and Gordon didn't disappoint.

  • Mum Brady sharp in Patriots' first padded practice

    August 1, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Two things were certain Saturday when the New England Patriots put on pads for the first time at training camp: The home fans sure do love Tom Brady, and the quarterback's suspension and court case haven't affected his accuracy.

  • Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall returns from 2 Achilles operations

    August 1, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) No one around the Washington Redskins harbors doubt about whether DeAngelo Hall has the know-how and competitive spirit necessary to come back from two - count `em, two! - operations on a torn Achilles tendon.Least of all the ever-confident Hall himself, of course, who answered with a simple ''Yeah'' and a chuckle when asked whether he can regain his starting job. He is, don't forget, second among active NFL players with 43 interceptions.

  • Panthers' secondary eager to break out of front 7's shadow

    August 1, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers' secondary is eager to finally break out from the shadows of the perennially strong front seven this season.They may finally have the personnel to do that.The Panthers have finished in the top 10 in defense the last three seasons largely because of a strong - and deep - front seven that can get to the quarterback without having to overload on blitzes.

  • Jets promote Davidson to director of football administration

    August 1, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have promoted long-time executive Jacqueline Davidson to director of football administration, making her one of the highest-ranking women in an NFL front office.Davidson is in her ninth season with the Jets and has been a chief negotiator of player contracts for the team, including the signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis during the offseason.

  • The line is the question mark on the Giants' offense

    August 1, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) If there's anything that's going to slow down the New York Giants' offense this season, it's going to be their offensive line.Getting big yards from a passing game that features Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz seems to be a given.

  • Redskins' Breeland expected to miss 4-6 weeks with bad knee

    August 1, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says cornerback Bashaud Breeland is expected to miss four to six weeks with an MCL problem in his right knee.Gruden addressed Breeland's injury on Saturday, a day after the second-year player was hurt during the second practice of training camp.

  • Broncos lose Kyle Williams to torn Achilles tendon

    August 1, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver returner Kyle Williams tore his left Achilles during a punt return drill at training camp Saturday and will miss the season.The oft-injured Williams missed much of the Broncos' offseason workouts with sore hamstrings. He was out of the league last year after playing in all four of Kansas City's preseason games.

  • Jets promote Jacqueline Davidson to dir. of football admin.

    August 1, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have promoted long-time front-office executive Jacqueline Davidson to director of football administration.Davidson is in her ninth season with the Jets and has served as a chief negotiator of player contracts for the team, including the re-signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis during the offseason.

  • Jets activate guard Willie Colon from active-PUP list

    August 1, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets activated guard Willie Colon from the active/physically unable to perform list, and he participated in the team's first padded practice Saturday.Colon was placed on the active/PUP list Wednesday when players reported for camp because of pain in his left knee. Both Colon and coach Todd Bowles were optimistic Friday that he would be activated soon, with the guard saying that he felt good and it would be ''time to roll'' when he was activated.

  • Falcons' Tamme making easy transition to life after Manning

    August 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta tight end Jacob Tamme was worried about playing with another quarterback after catching passes from Peyton Manning most of his career with Indianapolis and Denver.''Peyton has been a huge part of my career, and he's a great friend of mine,'' Tamme said. ''It's hard for me to go somewhere and feel like I was not falling off a cliff at the quarterback position. This is one of the few places where you could go and feel like you weren't.''

  • Scott Rodeo replaces Russ Warren as Giants team doctor

    August 1, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Dr. Russ Warren is stepping down as the New York Giants team doctor after 31 years.The Giants announced Saturday that Dr. Scott Rodeo will replace him. Rodeo has been an associate team doctor since 2000.Warren will remain with the organization as an active emeritus team doctor.

  • Browns owner preaches patience, won't 'blow things up'

    August 1, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) In his strongest statements yet regarding the direction of the Cleveland Browns since taking over as owner in 2012, Jimmy Haslam vowed to be patient and not make more changes if things go poorly this season.''We're not going to blow things up, OK? I think we are on the right track and not blow things up,'' Haslam said after Saturday's practice, which was the first in pads. ''I understand why people might ask that after a couple bumps in the road the first couple years. I think we are putting together a good foundation.''

  • Pads go on at Dolphins camp; Suh finds new gear

    August 1, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Poor Billy Turner. The second-year offensive lineman probably thought he was ready for what was coming Saturday, the first day of in-pads work at the Miami Dolphins training camp.Then he lined up against Ndamukong Suh, the prize acquisition by the Dolphins this offseason and perhaps the top defensive lineman in the game.

  • Browns lineman Winn hurts right knee in practice

    August 1, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns defensive lineman Billy Winn has been carted off the practice field with a potentially serious injury to his right knee.Winn got hurt during an inside running drill Saturday as the Browns practice in full pads for the first time in training camp. Coach Mike Pettine says the team will know more about the extent of Winn's injury following an MRI and X-rays.

  • Troubles haven't slowed down for NFL

    August 1, 2015

    Shattered cellphones. Fireworks accidents. Failed drug tests.The NFL's endless aggravation raged through an offseason marked by more crime and punishment, rules violations by owners, and the never-ending ''Deflategate'' saga.The latest black eye came from Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson, who addressed his recent drug suspension by telling his teammates and coaches as they reported to training camp that ''they don't have to worry about my name being in the news again.''

  • Indianapolis opens training camp with big expectations

    August 1, 2015

    ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) Andrew Luck was tired of watching his friends report to training camp. By Saturday, the Colts' now clean-shaven quarterback couldn't wait any longer.He was one of the first players to arrive at Anderson University, a Division III school about 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis where the Colts will spend the next two weeks, and got right back to work.

  • Jets rookie Devin Smith breaks ribs, to miss most of camp

    July 31, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets rookie wide receiver Devin Smith will miss the majority of the remainder of training camp after breaking some ribs during practice at training camp.The team announced Friday night that Smith was being hospitalized overnight as a precaution after getting hurt earlier in the day while making an impressive catch.

  • No injuries as bleacher section buckles after practice

    July 31, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Fans straining to get autographs from receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz caused a section of temporary bleachers to buckle slightly after the New York Giants' first training camp practice Friday.The Giants said no one was injured in the incident. Beckham and Cruz were ushered away by team officials.

  • Cowboys' Romo misses camp practice with sty in left eye

    July 31, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo missed the second full practice of training camp Friday because of a sty in his left eye.The team said Romo would be re-evaluated for Saturday's workout. The 35-year-old is coming off his first full offseason of work since 2012 after sitting out spring practice the past two years following back surgeries.

  • Jackson's strained calf adds to Denver D-line woes

    July 31, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos' biggest area of concern is their defensive line, where starting end Derek Wolfe is facing a four-game drug suspension.Midway through the first day of training camp, fellow defensive end Malik Jackson, who actually logged more snaps than Wolfe last year, strained his left calf.

  • Battery charge against Bills coach Kromer dropped

    July 31, 2015

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) Prosecutors say they've dropped a battery charge against Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, who was accused of punching a boy in the face for using his beach chairs in Florida.The State Attorney's Office filed a motion Friday to drop a charge of battery that caused bodily harm.

  • As camp begins, Rams know they want Foles long-term

    July 31, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Before playing a down, Nick Foles has made a big impression on the St. Louis Rams.They like what they've seen so much that even before the start of training camp Friday, they were talking about a contract extension.General manager Les Snead said the Rams have been in contact with the agent for Foles, due for free agency after the season. He thought it ''definitely realistic'' that Foles could be signed.

  • Texans report to camp with many questions on offense

    July 31, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans know they'll have a solid defense led by J.J. Watt.As they reported for camp Friday there were far more questions about the offense.Second-year coach Bill O'Brien will use camp to decide whether Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett will start at quarterback.

  • Thomas on PUP list to start Seahawks camp

    July 31, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas is starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list.Thomas had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder during the offseason and was in uniform but just a spectator when the Seahawks opened training camp Friday.

  • Jets rookie Devin Smith leaves practice after banging head

    July 31, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets rookie wide receiver Devin Smith left practice Friday after he banged into safety Jaiquawn Jarrett while making an impressive catch.Smith, a second-round draft pick out of Ohio State, caught a long pass from Geno Smith that deflected off the hands of cornerback Marcus Williams. While Smith was coming down, he and Jarrett collided with Smith's head and neck area taking the brunt of it.

  • Confident Arians aims for the top as Cardinals open camp

    July 31, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Coach Bruce Arians says he has one expectation for the Arizona Cardinals.And it's as high as they get in the NFL - a Super Bowl championship.''Put a ring on our finger,'' he said after the Cardinals reported for training camp on Friday. ''Nothing else is going to be successful or acceptable.''

  • Contract question lingers for Bears' Forte

    July 31, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) As much as he wanted a new contract from the Chicago Bears, Matt Forte would like to put all that talk behind him.The two-time Pro Bowl running back just can't quite dodge it.Forte was asked this week if he was disappointed new general manager Ryan Pace said no when he asked for an extension.

  • Bengals want Dalton to be more of a leader this year

    July 31, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Bengals want quarterback Andy Dalton to be more of a leader in their quest for an elusive playoff win. So far, no complaints.Dalton has thrown for more yards and touchdowns in a season than any other Bengal, has never missed a start in four seasons, and ranks with Joe Flacco as the only quarterbacks to lead their team to the playoffs in their first four seasons.

  • Raiders QB Derek Carr sharp in first practice

    July 31, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr dropped back to pass, scanned the field then hit wide receiver Michael Crabtree for a 30-yard completion.Carr and Crabtree later connected for another long gain moments later despite solid coverage from safety Charles Woodson,

  • Judge orders Goodell, Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The federal judge handling Tom Brady's attempt to overturn his four-game suspension ordered the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court twice in mid-August.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman told the sides Friday he had scheduled conferences Aug. 12 and 19 ''with your principles (including, without limitation, Mr. Goodell and Mr. Brady).'' He also requested the parties ''engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12.''

  • Antonio Smith says he trusts he'll be cleared

    July 31, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Defensive end Antonio Smith says he's confident he'll be cleared of any wrongdoing in a criminal sexual complaint against him in Texas.Smith missed OTAs and minicamp after news of the complaint surfaced in May, a month after signing a one-year, million deal in Denver.

  • Vernon Davis fired adviser last year who pushed for new deal

    July 31, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Vernon Davis parted ways with an adviser before last season who had been pushing the 49ers tight end to get pushy for a new contract.''I fired that person because he worships money,'' Davis said. ''That's not what I worship.''

  • Pay day: Wilson signs 4-year extension with Seahawks

    July 31, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Drawn out to nearly the last moment before a deadline that was not just for show, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks discovered a compromise in contract talks.Those worries about Wilson hitting free agency or Seattle having to use a franchise tag are now tabled for another five seasons. Wilson is locked up in Seattle for the prime of his career after signing an .6 million, four-year extension on Friday that includes a million signing bonus.

  • Jets, Bowles surprised, disappointed Richardson hid arrest

    July 31, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Todd Bowles and the New York Jets had no idea about Sheldon Richardson's latest troubles until media reports started popping up early Thursday night. That's around the same time Richardson's parents found out, too.The defensive lineman hid his arrest on July 14 in Missouri from the team and his family, hoping it might take a while - if ever - to come out. The coach and the rest of the team were disappointed by the defensive lineman's arrest - and stunned that Richardson didn't disclose it to the team.

  • Bears sign guard Tyler Moore to 3-year deal

    July 31, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed guard Tyler Moore to a three-year contract Friday.An undrafted rookie out of Florida, he appeared in 19 games with 14 starts over two seasons with the Gators. He spent the 2011 season at Nebraska, where he made four starts while playing in nine games.

  • Cowboys re-sign Keith Smith to shore up linebackers in camp

    July 31, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) The Cowboys have brought back linebacker Keith Smith and moved center Shane McDermott off the non-football injury list.Smith was released by Dallas in May after playing 10 games as an undrafted rookie free agent last season. He re-signed Friday, a day after Keith Rivers retired instead of reporting for training camp and Rolando McClain was placed on the physically unable to perform list.

  • Skins CB Breeland suspended by NFL, then injured at practice

    July 31, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) On a tumultuous day for Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland, the second-year player was suspended by the NFL on Friday, nearly a year after being cited for marijuana possession, then was carted off the field because he got injured in practice.

  • Former linebacker with ALS helps revive Ice Bucket Challenge

    July 31, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Over the past year, Tim Shaw has bungee-jumped off a bridge in New Zealand, visited Australia and helped drill a well in the Amazon. The former NFL linebacker also has talked with congressmen in Washington D.C. and Tennessee lawmakers.

  • Judge suggests Goodell, Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The federal judge handling Tom Brady's attempt to overturn his four-game suspension strongly suggested the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appear in court on Aug. 12 and 19.U.S. District Judge Richard Berman told the sides Friday he had scheduled conferences on both days ''with your principles (including, without limitation, Mr. Goodell and Mr. Brady).'' He also requested the parties ''engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12.''

  • Bennett shows, Chancellor holds out to start Seahawks camp

    July 31, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor and Bobby Wagner all took different approaches Friday to show displeasure with their contract situations with the Seattle Seahawks.Never shy about speaking his mind, Bennett used his words to convey unhappiness. Wagner was more straightforward, saying his personal deadline for getting a contract extension from his rookie deal is ''now.''

  • Bucs' Murphy, Spence will miss start of camp with injuries

    July 31, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed receiver Louis Murphy on the active/non-football injury list with an ankle injury that will sideline him for the start of training camp.Coach Lovie Smith also said Friday that defensive tackle Akeem Spence has a back injury that will prevent him from practicing. Spence was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list.

  • Accident has changed how Panthers QB Newton's views life

    July 31, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Cam Newton glances down at the faded yellow hospital bracelet on his left wrist, twirls it around with his fingers and contemplates how much his view of life has changed since an automobile accident last December.The Carolina Panthers' fifth-year quarterback escaped the crash with two minor fractures in his lower back despite flipping his truck near a highway overpass after being hit by another car. He missed only one football game, but the memory of that wreck has impacted him.

  • Matthews gets refresher on inside linebacker in Packers camp

    July 31, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Clay Matthews is getting a refresher course at Green Bay Packers training camp. It has nothing to do with rushing the quarterback.The long-haired linebacker is ticketed for major minutes again playing on the inside of the Packers defense. Now, Matthews gets to go through a full training camp to help pick up the nuances of a position that he only started playing in the middle of last season.

  • No surprise: Jameis Winston named Buccaneers starting QB

    July 31, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning over their offense to Jameis Winston.Coach Lovie Smith officially named the first overall pick in the NFL draft his starting quarterback on Friday, saying the 2013 Heisman Trophy is ready for the role.

  • Giants have deal with veteran wide receiver James Jones

    July 31, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have reached a contract agreement with veteran receiver James Jones.Coach Tom Coughlin confirmed the agreement Friday in a deal that adds depth to a receiving corps that includes Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.

  • Jaguars' Clemons arrives at training camp, sits out practice

    July 31, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons made it to training camp in time for the opening practice.It could be a few days before he actually gets on the field.The Jaguars placed Clemons on the active/non-football injury list Friday, a day after he failed to report for camp because of personal issues. He drove in from Georgia late Thursday night and joined teammates for meetings Friday morning. But it remains unclear when Clemons will take part in drills.

  • All eyes on QB Marcus Mariota as Titans open training camp

    July 31, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota barked out the snap count loud near the end of Tennessee's first practice of training camp. Sure enough, a defensive lineman jumped offside.So much for all that talk about how the quarterback might be too quiet.The No. 2 draft pick overall showed some of the skills Friday that led to him winning the Heisman Trophy last season at Oregon, completing 13 of 18 passes in team and 7-on-7 drills with no turnovers. He finished up strong completing three of his final four passes, including one to Kendall Wright in traffic that would have been a touchdown.

  • Ryan: Bills hiring Pat Meyer has no ties to Kromer's status

    July 31, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan says Pat Meyer's addition to his staff has nothing to do with offensive line coach Aaron Kromer being placed on paid leave for allegedly punching a boy in Florida.Though the Bills announced Meyer was hired as a football operations consult on Friday, Ryan said the hiring actually took place in June. That was before Kromer was arrested and charged with battery following an alleged altercation on July 12.

  • McCoy creates buzz as Buffalo Bills open training camp

    July 31, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) After LeSean McCoy's arrival in March excited much of the Buffalo Bills' fan base, the running back decided to give back on the first day of training camp.A little more than halfway through practice Friday, McCoy picked up a ball along the sideline and threw it into the stands, drawing a loud chorus of cheers.

  • Tannehill confident, hopeful of a breakthrough in 2015

    July 31, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Not long after connecting on a deep pass Friday, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill slapped hands with someone in celebration and was clearly smiling underneath his helmet.Sure, it was only Day 2 of training camp and the pads aren't even on yet.

  • McCoy creates a buzz as Buffalo Bills open training camp

    July 31, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) After being welcomed by Buffalo, running back LeSean McCoy gave back to the fans to open training camp.A little more than halfway through practice Friday, McCoy picked up a ball and threw it into the stands, drawing a loud chorus of cheers from the estimated crowd of 3,000 getting its first glimpse of the new-look, Rex Ryan-coached Bills.

  • Skins add LB Galette to pass rush, despite off-field issues

    July 31, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Whatever Junior Galette has been accused of away from football, and whatever punishment might come from an NFL review, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden wanted to sign the outside linebacker to help the team's pass rush.Less than a week after being released by the New Orleans Saints because of off-field problems, Galette agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Redskins that agent Alvin Keels wrote on Twitter is for the league minimum - 5,000 for a player entering his sixth season in the league.

  • Cardinals sign former UA cornerback Shaquille Richardson

    July 31, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed cornerback Shaquille Richardson, who played collegiately at Arizona.Richardson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers last year and spent most of the season on the practice squad before being released on Oct. 15. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in February but was released on April 21.

  • Titans receiver Hunter leaving legal questions to attorney

    July 31, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter says he's focusing only on football during training camp, referring questions about his arrest for a fight to his attorney.Hunter spoke Friday for the first time since turning himself in July 20, and he says he's not thinking about how that arrest might affect his future in Tennessee.

  • Falcons' Quinn brings hands-on approach to training camp

    July 31, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Dan Quinn brought a hands-on coaching style to his first Atlanta Falcons' training camp on Friday.It was most obvious when his hands were in blocking pads.Whether sprinting from one side of the field to the other or standing in the middle of a play, deflecting pass-rushers with blocking pads on his hands, Quinn was extremely active on the opening day of training camp.

  • Ravens Jimmy Smith wants place among top NFL cornerbacks

    July 31, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Jimmy Smith is healthy, very wealthy and ready to take on all NFL quarterbacks who dare throw to his side of the field.After missing the final eight games of the 2014 season with a foot injury that required surgery, Smith signed a four-year, million contract with the Baltimore Ravens in April. The deal, which includes million in guaranteed money, ranks high among the league's cornerbacks.

  • Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland suspended for 1 game by NFL

    July 31, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins second-year cornerback Bashaud Breeland was suspended without pay for one game by the NFL on Friday, nearly a full year after he was cited for marijuana possession.Breeland will miss the Redskins' first regular-season game, at home against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 13.

  • Chiefs veterans return to Missouri Western for training camp

    July 31, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito made it through all of training camp last season, through the long practices and insufferable heat on the campus of Missouri Western State University.Neither of them made it through their first game of the season.

  • Players' union, league seek quick resolution to Brady case

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL and the players' union say they want a New York judge to resolve their dispute over Tom Brady's suspension by Sept. 4.The league and union filed a joint letter in U.S. District Court on Friday proposing a ruling by that date in Brady's attempt to have his four-game suspension overturned. The union did not seek a court order on Friday that would allow the New England Patriots quarterback to play while a court case dragged on.

  • Manning not worried about contract heading into final year

    July 31, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning is more concerned about the New York Giants' scoring rather than his future with the team.Hours before the first training camp practice Friday, Manning shot down the notion he was in any way worried entering the season in the final year of his contact.

  • Farmer: Browns approach won't change despite his suspension

    July 31, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Even though he has been suspended for the first four weeks of the NFL's regular season, Browns general manager Ray Farmer said Friday his approach to building the roster during training camp and the regular season will not change.''We will prepare the same way and keep the best 53 players,'' Farmer said after the second practice of training camp. ''We will go through and figure out who is available. No decision is made in a vacuum. Coaches and scouts have a say and we talk about what is best for the Browns. It is not just me sitting in a room.''

  • Receiver Abbrederis misses Packers practice with concussion

    July 31, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Receiver Jared Abbrederis was held out of Green Bay Packers training camp on Friday with a concussion.The second-year wideout got hurt on the opening day of practice on Thursday after falling hard to the ground during an interception. Coach Mike McCarthy said Abbrederis was going through the concussion protocol.

  • Patriots circle wagons in camp and focus on football

    July 31, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots say they have more to worry about during training camp than the status of their star quarterback's lawsuit against the NFL and the team's image around the league.The defending Super Bowl champions are trying to replace Vince Wilfork on the defensive line and Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner in the secondary. Linebackers Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower are trying to come back from injuries. New additions such as cornerback/safety Robert McClain are learning the system. Some players - second-year running back James White and defensive lineman Sealver Siliga, for example - are looking for bigger roles, and others are fighting just for a roster spot.

  • Wilson signs 4-year contract extension with Seahawks

    July 31, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks.Wilson signed a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks on Friday, keeping him with the franchise that took him in the third round of the 2012 draft and watched him become one of the most successful young quarterbacks in NFL history.

  • Understated Beachum making big impact on Steelers line

    July 31, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Kelvin Beachum hardly fits the profile of the guys usually put in charge of protecting a football team's most valuable asset.Too short. Too little. Too nice.Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, however, asks you to look closer. Notice how the 6-foot-3, 305-pound left tackle's deft footwork keeps taller, faster, more agile defensive ends from finding quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Marvel at Beachum's cerebral approach, switching tactics every few snaps to keep guys on the other side of the line of scrimmage guessing. Respect the way he's worked his way from seventh-round flier to being considered among the best at one of the most vital positions in the game.

  • Manning and Thomas back together after 201-day separation

    July 31, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Demaryius Thomas and Peyton Manning are a long ways from being on the same page. At least they're back on the same field.The Denver Broncos kicked off Gary Kubiak's first training camp as head coach with their star passer and his top target together on the field for the first time in 201 days.

  • Agent says Junior Galette agrees to 1-year deal with Skins

    July 31, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Pass rusher Junior Galette agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins for the league minimum on Friday, according to agent Alvin Keels.Keels wrote on Twitter that Galette would sign a deal Friday, less than a week after the outside linebacker was released by the New Orleans Saints because of off-field problems that are being investigated by the NFL.

  • What's new in NFL? Plenty

    July 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bob Dylan sang about them. So did David Bowie.For 2015, the NFL is embracing the message from those musical giants. Yes, the most successful of American sports leagues is into changes.Extra-point attempts have been altered. Medical timeouts are the latest player safety measure. A female on-field official has a full-time job.

  • Bills defensive end Williams passes physical, joins camp

    July 31, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills say defensive end Mario Williams has passed his physical and was activated in time for the team's opening practice at training camp.Williams joined his teammates on the field in suburban Rochester on Friday morning.

  • Wilson, Seahawks agree to terms on contract extension

    July 31, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks.Wilson tweeted Friday morning that he has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks, keeping him with the franchise that took him in the third round of the 2012 draft and watched him become one of the most successful young quarterbacks in NFL history.

  • Bills hire former Bears offensive line coach Pat Meyer

    July 31, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have hired Pat Meyer as a football operations consultant, and he also has a background as an offensive line coach.The hiring was announced on Friday, shortly before the Bills opened training camp in suburban Rochester.

  • Jaguars' Chris Clemons arrives for training camp a day late

    July 31, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons has reported for training camp.The team says Clemons arrived at the facility early Friday, one day after failing to report because of ''personal things.'' Clemons had been the only player on the team's 90-man roster who didn't show.

  • Cowboys' Bryant says he's a changed man money can't change

    July 31, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dez Bryant took a couple of long pauses, first to search for a way to describe how he has matured and then to find the right word to describe skeptics who think he hasn't changed at all.The Dallas Cowboys All-Pro receiver could relax on the first day of training camp Thursday, thanks to the five-year, million contract that was the only reason he was there in the first place.

  • Falcons OL Holmes goes on physically unable to perform list

    July 30, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have placed offensive tackle Lamar Holmes on the physically unable to perform list after he sustained another foot injury.The move was announced Thursday, the day before the first practice of training camp under new coach Dan Quinn.

  • Without new contract, Jets' Wilkerson focused on football

    July 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Muhammad Wilkerson is frustrated and still wants a big payday. Until then, though, the New York Jets defensive end is keeping his contract situation off the field.Wilkerson practiced with his teammates Thursday as the Jets opened training camp - despite seeking a long-term extension.

  • Kubiak hoping history repeats itself with Elway, Manning

    July 30, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Gary Kubiak sure has the blueprints.He helped guide the Denver Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowls in the late 1990s as John Elway's backup-turned tutor and now he's trying to steer them back to the top of the NFL behind 39-year-old Peyton Manning.

  • Steelers' Cortez Allen, Jarvis Jones looking to bounce back

    July 30, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Cortez Allen and Jarvis Jones are not young anymore.Not by NFL standards anyway. And they know it.The Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed Jones in the first round two years ago and tasked the athletic if slightly undersized linebacker with becoming the latest link in a chain of pass rushers that stretches from James Harrison to Joey Porter to Greg Lloyd and beyond.

  • Jets' Richardson facing charges for resisting arrest

    July 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Sheldon Richardson has already been suspended four games by the NFL for drug use. The New York Jets defensive lineman is now facing trouble with the law.Richardson was charged Thursday in St. Charles County, Missouri, with resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations for an incident on July 14 - just two weeks after his NFL-issued drug suspension for marijuana use.

  • Bengals sign WR Greg Little, rookie Desmond Lawrence

    July 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals signed receiver Greg Little on Thursday at the start of training camp, giving him a second chance to show he can catch the ball consistently.The former Browns star signed with Cincinnati last season when injuries depleted the receiving group. He played in six games and had only six catches for 69 yards. He didn't catch a pass during a first-round playoff loss at Indianapolis.

  • Saints veterans set tone at training camp's outset

    July 30, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) As the New Orleans Saints took the field for the first practices of training camp, Drew Brees and some other elder statesmen on the roster talked about respect, trust, and accountability.It became apparent this offseason that the Saints believe last season's disappointing 7-9 record had less to do with talent than the culture in the locker room.

  • Packers offense opens training camp with running start

    July 30, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers got off to a running start at training camp.Coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't have it any other way for the NFL's highest-scoring team last season.''The tempo of practice was what I was looking for,'' McCarthy said Thursday.

  • Bears' Allen out to prove he's still elite pass rusher

    July 30, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) No matter how disappointing his first season with the Chicago Bears was, Jared Allen believes he can wreak havoc like no other pass rusher.''I'm ready to go out and bust someone's head open, honestly,'' he said. ''That's the kind of year that I want to have. I want to have fun.''

  • Titans agree to terms with nose tackle Isaako Aaitui

    July 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a deal with nose tackle Isaako Aaitui (ee-saw-AH-koe ah-ah-TOO-ee) and placed tight end Dorin Dickerson on injured reserve.The Titans announced the moves Thursday.The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Aaitui has played in four career games since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2011, and he also has been with the New York Jets, New Orleans and Washington. The native of American Samoa played in 44 games in college at UNLV.

  • Same ol' Dez: Enthusiastic Bryant back on field with Cowboys

    July 30, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dez Bryant wanted to toss a football with fellow receiver Cole Beasley almost as soon as he took the field for the first time at the training camp he threatened to skip without a long-term contract.The Cowboys had their enthusiastic All-Pro for the opening workout Thursday because the sides agreed on a five-year, million contract hours before a July 15 deadline that would have forced Bryant to play on a one-year deal - if at all.

  • Jets' suspended Richardson: 'I'm not a dope fiend'

    July 30, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson insists he won't fail another NFL-issued drug test because he's ''not a dope fiend.''Richardson was suspended by the league on July 1 without pay for the first four games of this season after violating the league's substance abuse policy.

  • Bills coach Kromer pleads not guilty to battery

    July 30, 2015

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he punched a boy in the face for using his beach chairs in Florida.Walton County court records show that Kromer filed a written plea of not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge. The sheriff's office says Kromer was arrested earlier this month after confronting two boys, pushing one to the ground and punching him.

  • Keith Rivers retires instead of reporting to Cowboys' camp

    July 30, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Linebacker Keith Rivers has decided to retire rather than report to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys.Coach Jason Garrett said he spoke with the 29-year-old Rivers about two hours before the team boarded a flight Tuesday for California. The Cowboys placed Rivers on the reserve/retired list before the first camp workout Thursday. He signed with Dallas in March and went through offseason workouts.

  • Bengals DT Devon Still relieved about daughter as camp opens

    July 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Devon Still was trim and upbeat when he arrived for the start of the Cincinnati Bengals training camp. Good news about his 5-year-old daughter put him in the right frame of mind.Leah Still's latest scan found no trace of the cancer that she's been fighting for more than a year. Still said on Thursday that she has to get treatments to strengthen her immune system, but the worst of it should be behind her.

  • Gates not sure how banned substance got into his system

    July 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates didn't shed much light on the surprising drug suspension that will sideline him for the season's first four games.Gates was in good spirits, though, with his usual bright smile, as he said Thursday that he's not sure how the substance got into his body that led to a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug.

  • Titans rookie QB tried surfing, prefers boogie board

    July 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says he isn't worried about his rookie quarterback surfing whenever he's home in Hawaii.Not that he had anything to worry about anyway; Marcus Mariota actually prefers boogie boarding.Mariota said Thursday he went surfing with some friends as a joke while he was home this summer. Mariota says he wasn't very good at surfing when he tried earlier in his life. This time around, he actually managed to stand up and ride a few waves.

  • Bills place Williams on active/non-football injury list

    July 30, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have place three players on the active/non-football injury list, including Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams.Cornerback Leodis McKelvin and kicker Dan Carpenter were also placed on the list, which is designated for injuries sustained outside of team activities.

  • Bears' Jennings pleads guilty to reckless driving charge

    July 30, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings pleaded guilty to reckless driving stemming from an arrest in Georgia in January.Karla White, office manager of the Gwinnett County Recorder's Court clerk in Georgia, said Thursday that Jennings was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and must complete a substance abuse program. He paid a ,147 fine.

  • Titans eager to start training camp after ugly 2-14 season

    July 30, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans and coach Ken Whisenhunt start training camp with the promise to be better than last season's ugly 2-14 record. Seems everyone is in agreement that the miserable experience was simply unacceptable.With a revamped roster and a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, they should be better - though nobody's offered any guarantee of what that will be.

  • Raiders arrive in Napa for training camp

    July 30, 2015

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) Oakland Raiders' rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper arrived for the start of training camp looking to make up for lost time.The fourth overall pick in the draft, Cooper didn't get much practice time with second-year quarterback Derek Carr in the offseason because of a finger injury that prevented Carr from throwing much.

  • John Mara says Giants have not been allowed to examine JPP

    July 30, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have no firsthand knowledge about the extent of the hand injuries Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sustained in a July 4 fireworks accident in Florida.A seemingly frustrated co-owner John Mara disclosed that most of the Giants' knowledge about JPP's condition has come from his agents and through text messages with the 26-year-old, who was tagged as a franchise player and due to make at least .8 million this season.

  • Bills owner says team in no rush to build new stadium

    July 30, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula says the team is in no rush to build a new stadium or sell naming rights to its current home.Pegula said Thursday that the team has time and an existing lease on the current stadium.When Pegula purchased the team in October 2014, he said the team would build a new stadium despite a 0 million renovation the previous summer. But that doesn't mean it's coming anytime soon.

  • Cowboys' McFadden starts training camp on injured list

    July 30, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Cowboys running back Darren McFadden will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list because of a hamstring injury that also bothered him in the offseason.Linebacker Rolando McClain also is on the injured list going into Thursday's first full camp workout. That was expected after coach Jason Garrett said he wouldn't be ready early in camp as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.

  • Ex-Saints pass-rusher Galette visits Redskins for physical

    July 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Pass rusher Junior Galette visited the Washington Redskins on Thursday to take a physical and meet with coach Jay Gruden and general manager Scot McCloughan, less than a week after being released by the New Orleans Saints because of off-field problems.

  • DE Mario Addison says Panthers are Super Bowl bound

    July 30, 2015

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers arrived at training camp Thursday filled with optimism, perhaps no one more so than fifth-year defensive end Mario Addison.Addison predicted Carolina is Super Bowl bound this season coming off back-to-back NFC South division titles.

  • Gurley ahead of schedule for Rams

    July 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Despite Todd Gurley being ahead of schedule in his return from injury, the St. Louis Rams aren't counting on the first-round pick right away.General manager Les Snead said Thursday that Gurley was impressive in conditioning tests earlier this week with just the rookies on the field for one of the hottest days of the summer.

  • Ross gives his Dolphins a simple start-of-camp message: Win

    July 30, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) About a half-hour into the Miami Dolphins' first practice of the season, owner Stephen Ross had his team, coaches and staff gather around him at midfield.He spoke for only a couple of minutes.Telling a team to win doesn't take long.

  • Pryor trying to catch on as wide receiver with Browns

    July 30, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Waiting for his turn to join Cleveland's offensive huddle, Terrelle Pryor cut an impressive figure.With broad shoulders, long legs and speed to burn, the former Oakland quarterback stood out among Cleveland's other wide receivers.''He looks great in a uniform,'' Browns coach Mike Pettine, who acknowledged spending some extra time watching No. 87 run routes and try to get separation from cornerbacks on Friday. ''He's a big, explosive athlete.''

  • Jaguars report for training camp without veteran Clemons

    July 30, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons was a no-show as the team reported for training camp Thursday.Coach Gus Bradley said Clemons failed to make it to Jacksonville because of ''personal things.'' It's unknown whether the 33-year-old Georgia native will be on the field for the first training camp practice Friday, but Bradley said he doesn't anticipate it being a long-term absence.

  • Redskins' RG3 not looking back, his 'focus on the future'

    July 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III is not interested in dissecting whatever criticism - and there's been plenty - that's come his way.He has no desire to discuss how he can improve as an NFL quarterback or how he determines on any given play whether to run, stay in the pocket or get rid of the football.

  • Ravens launch training camp eyeing return trip to playoffs

    July 30, 2015

    OWINS MILLS, Md. (AP) On the first day of yet another training camp for 15-year veteran Steve Smith, going through the motions was not an option.So when a long pass looked to be well out of his reach, Smith dived and made a spectacular grab, securing the ball to his chest before crashing to the ground.

  • Brady lawsuit transferred from Minnesota to New York court

    July 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota.Brady and the players' union filed their suit Wednesday in Minnesota. But the NFL already had filed papers Tuesday in New York, moments after announcing that Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspension for Brady's involvement in the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

  • Patriots open camp, try to ignore 'Deflategate' noise

    July 30, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Fans drove to Gillette Stadium past a booth selling ''Free Tom Brady'' T-shirts.Then, when they arrived for the New England Patriots' first training camp practice on Thursday, they let the star quarterback know how they felt.Brady took the field to a boisterous cheer from the more than 10,000 fans who sat in a sweltering sun to see the Super Bowl champions open the defense of their title.

  • Players who need to finally show their worth in 2015

    July 30, 2015

    Alshon Jeffery proved himself last year as a prime target in Chicago. Everson Griffen showed his stuff as a sackmaster in Minnesota.Both moved from the ''show us what you've got'' category to Pro Bowl consideration.Here's a road map to players who need to make the same kind of on-field statements this year - an All-Prove It Team, if you will - or could find themselves spending plenty of time away from the field.

  • Early retirement: players call it quits in prime of careers

    July 30, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime.Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate Chris Borland followed with his own stunning retirement on the heels of his spectacular rookie season, citing concern about head trauma over a hard-hitting career.

  • Boston's bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

    July 30, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) After the winter of their discontent, it's been one bummer of a summer for Bostonians.The Red Sox are languishing; the city forfeited a chance to showcase itself to the planet as an Olympics host; and now the NFL has upheld star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's entire four-game suspension.

  • GM Loomis: Saints equipped to overcome offseason setbacks

    July 29, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis doesn't buy the notion that the uncertainly surrounding his club at the opening of training camp this year has reached some unusual level.Not even as the club works to figure out who'll replace last season's most productive receiver, tight end Jimmy Graham, and last season's sack leader, Junior Galette.

  • With new hip, Jerry Jones sees pep in step of his Cowboys

    July 29, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Barely a week removed from hip replacement surgery, Jerry Jones eased into a chair for the training camp tradition he didn't want to miss: the Dallas owner's annual overview of the Cowboys.Just a few minutes later on the eve of the first camp workout, Jones was going on about how the defending NFC East champions seem to have a little bounce in their step.

  • Jake Long to visit Denver Broncos on Thursday

    July 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos want to see if former No. 1 draft pick Jake Long is healthy enough to bolster their offensive line to protect 39-year-old Peyton Manning.Long is scheduled to visit the Broncos on Thursday. He's also visited with the Giants and Falcons this week.

  • High expectations apparent as Buffalo Bills set to open camp

    July 29, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams sensed a difference upon reporting for his 10th training camp.The Bills have a new brash and outspoken coach in Rex Ryan, deep-pocketed new owners in Terry and Kim Pegula, and a roster stocked with high-priced additions which have combined to generate a buzz across western New York.

  • Receiver Martavis Bryant eyeing bigger role for Steelers

    July 29, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Ben Roethlisberger looked to his left, turned to his right and sent a 50-yard rainbow down the sideline.Martavis Bryant - his No. 10 jersey a white blur - raced under it and gobbled up the final 10 yards to the end zone with a couple of massive strides as the crowd at Saint Vincent College roared with approval.

  • 49ers remove RB Hyde from active/non-football injury list

    July 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Second-year 49ers running back Carlos Hyde has been elevated to the active roster less than 24 hours after the team announced he was on the active/non-football injury list.Hyde will be counted upon to carry the load following franchise rushing leader Frank Gore's departure. He had been placed on the active/non-football injury list four days ahead of the start of training camp.

  • Cowboys' Jones not talking Super Bowl, but optimism shows

    July 29, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Even if he's not talking Super Bowl, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also isn't hiding his optimism going into training camp.Jones offered his annual overview of the team on the eve of the first training camp practice Wednesday. For the first time in five years, the Cowboys come to camp in Oxnard, California, as defending NFC East champions.

  • Brady fights on, files lawsuit to stop suspension

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady took the fight over his ''Deflategate'' suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying ''I was wrong to put my faith in the league.''

  • The Latest: Brady and players' union file lawsuit again NFL

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs (all times local):6:20 p.m.Tom Brady is asking a federal judge in Minnesota to overturn his four-game suspension for the scandal known as ''Deflategate.''

  • Panthers WR Hill cited for drug paraphernalia

    July 29, 2015

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill has been cited for knowingly possessing drug paraphernalia with intent to use.Concord Police Department records indicate Hill was cited Tuesday - two days before players report to training camp - near Charlotte Motor Speedway for possessing two grinders with marijuana residue and a marijuana bowl used to process, prepare and store.

  • Brady vows to fight on, files lawsuit to stop suspension

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady asked a federal judge in Minnesota to overturn his four-game suspension for the scandal known as ''Deflategate.''In a filing Wednesday, lawyers working with the NFL Players Association asked U.S. District Judge David Doty to vacate the suspension or at least put it on hold until the case can be heard. Attorney Jeffrey Kessler told The Associated Press that the league broke at least four procedural rules when it suspended the reigning Super Bowl MVP for ''his alleged `general awareness' that somebody else violated a policy.''

  • Jags place running back Johnson on non-football illness list

    July 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed running back Storm Johnson on the active/non-football illness list, a potential setback to his chances of making the team.A seventh-round draft pick in 2014, Johnson needs to pass a physical to practice when training camp begins Friday.

  • Chicago Bears open first camp under Pace, Fox

    July 29, 2015

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) For all the moves the Chicago Bears made after last season, hiring general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox, one change that stands out to Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long is the open feeling.''You can definitely tell that a lot of the walls that had been built for whatever reason in the locker room have been knocked down,'' Long said. ''It's kind of an open-air environment for a lot of guys. And between upstairs and downstairs, there's great relationships between players, coaches, staff, personnel. Everybody's really cool. It's nice to have that one goal in mind. Just trying to get better every day.''

  • Patriots sign cornerback Tarell Brown

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots signed free-agent cornerback Tarell Brown on Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren't announced.The 30-year-old Brown spent last season with the Oakland Raiders after seven years with the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Titans agree to terms with tight end Coffman, RB Fluellen

    July 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee has agreed to terms with tight end Chase Coffman and running back David Fluellen a day before the Titans report for training camp.The Titans announced the deals Wednesday.The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Coffman played 13 games for Tennessee last season after being signed to the roster in September, and he finished with a career-high six catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. He has played 35 games over six seasons and also has been with Cincinnati and Atlanta.

  • Gettleman looks to make it 3 straight playoffs Panthers

    July 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) There were some questions when Panthers owner Jerry Richardson hired Dave Gettleman as the team's new general manager in 2013.Although Gettleman had worked in the NFL for 27 years - mostly with the New York Giants -he'd never held a position with ultimate power over personnel decisions or managed an NFL salary cap.

  • Cowboys' Mincey, seeking new deal, no-shows at training camp

    July 29, 2015

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey hasn't shown up for training camp, and executive vice president Stephen Jones says the Cowboys won't discuss a new contract with him until he does.Mincey is due to make .5 million in the final year of a two-year contract. He led the Cowboys with six sacks last season and provided leadership and stability for a defense that improved from one of the NFL's worst units in 2013.

  • Adrian Peterson back in pads and moving forward with Vikings

    July 29, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Adrian Peterson burst through the line of scrimmage and veered toward the sideline as he headed up the field.Safety Robert Blanton had the Minnesota Vikings running back in his sights and eased off the throttle as he went in to ''thud'' Peterson, looking to deliver a cordial bump during the team's first training camp practice with players in pads. To Blanton's surprise, Peterson lowered his shoulder and delivered a jolt to the fourth-year defensive back.

  • Jets place Colon, Ridley, Vickerson on active/PUP list

    July 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have placed right guard Willie Colon, running back Stevan Ridley and defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson on the active/physically unable to perform list.The Jets reported for training camp Wednesday, with the first practice scheduled for Thursday. All three players have to pass a conditioning test before being cleared to practice.

  • Cardinals place Gresham on active/PUP list

    July 29, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals placed tight end Jermaine Gresham on the active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday because of a back injury.Arizona signed Gresham to a one-year contract Friday. He had surgery in March to repair a herniated disk.

  • AP source: Offensive tackle Cherilus visits Buffalo Bills

    July 29, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with Gosder Cherilus' visit with the Buffalo Bills tells The Associated Press that the free-agent offensive tackle has completed his meeting and intends to visit other teams.The meeting took place on Wednesday, two people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Bills haven't announced the player's visit.

  • Falcons add depth for camp by signing DeMarcus Love

    July 29, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have made a move to bolster their offensive line depth before the start of training camp by signing tackle DeMarcus Love.Love, a native of Lancaster, Texas, was a sixth-round pick by Minnesota in the 2011 draft. He has not appeared in an NFL game.

  • Revis, Jets hoping to someday bring ring to hungry franchise

    July 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Darrelle Revis has something the New York Jets and their frustrated fans have been dreaming about for decades.A Super Bowl ring.The cornerback, who spent his first six seasons with the Jets and then one with Tampa Bay, won his fancy jewelry last season while with the rival New England Patriots.

  • Browns motivated by lack of national respect

    July 29, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Everywhere he's looked, Browns coach Mike Pettine has seen his team picked to finish no higher than fourth in the brutal, four-team AFC North.''I saw one that had us fifth,'' he joked.Punchlines aside, the Browns understand the outside perception of them is poor. And why shouldn't it be?

  • McCarthy eager to get started in 10th season leading Packers

    July 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Mike McCarthy marched quickly to the podium and spoke with the enthusiasm of a teacher greeting students on the first day of school.With players reporting to Packers training camp on Wednesday, McCarthy seemed as energized as ever going into his 10th season as the coach in Green Bay. Having a talented roster led by MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers will always add a spring to a coach's step.

  • Panthers' Rivera could miss practices after brother's death

    July 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers say coach Ron Rivera plans to be at Wofford College on Thursday when players report to training camp, but could miss some practices following the death of his brother.Rivera posted on Twitter that his brother Mickey, 56, died on Wednesday following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mickey Rivera lived in Reno, Nevada.

  • Dolphins' Parker, Jones on physically unable to perform list

    July 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Dolphins have placed first-round draft pick DeVante Parker as well as safety Don Jones on the physically unable to perform list.The Dolphins also announced Wednesday they have placed tight end Gerell Robinson on the non-football injury list.

  • Luck still ranks atop QB class that entered NFL in 2012

    July 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The pontificating and prognosticating that have always swirled around the quarterback class of 2012 can transform even a punter into a pundit.Take comparisons between Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill, two of the five current starting QBs drafted in 2012. This spring, Tannehill became the first of the group to sign a contract extension, and punter Pat McAfee was quick to suggest his Colts teammate was worth a lot more.

  • Redskins, LB Kerrigan agree to multi-year contract extension

    July 29, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Now that he has a multiyear contract extension, Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan realizes he'll be expected to take on more of a leadership role. Just not a loud one.''I don't necessarily think that means being a vocal leader, being a `rah-rah' guy, because that's not me and never has (been). Probably won't ever be me,'' Kerrigan said Wednesday, when the Redskins announced his new deal.

  • Steelers back Le'Veon Bell glad suspension reduced

    July 29, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is ready to move forward after the NFL cut his suspension from three games to two following his arrest last summer on DUI and drug charges.Bell appealed the initial suspension and the league cut one week off his suspension as part of a settlement. Bell said Wednesday he ''is finally glad to get it over with'' so he can focus on getting prepared for the 2015 season.

  • Chiefs release injured running back Cyrus Gray

    July 29, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs have released running back Cyrus Gray, who tore his ACL last November, in what coach Andy Reid described Wednesday as a ''football decision.''The former sixth-round pick ran for 99 yards and a touchdown in 35 games, but was also a valuable special teams player. His departure leaves Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Keshawn Hill, Anthony Sherman, Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West among running backs on the roster.

  • AP source: Offensive tackle Cherilus visiting Buffalo Bills

    July 29, 2015

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the visit tells The Associated Press that free-agent offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus is meeting with the Buffalo Bills to determine their interest in signing him.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Bills have not announced the visit. NFL.com first reported the meeting.

  • The Latest: Police in Maine asked to watch over Goodell home

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs (all times local):12:45 p.m.Police have been asked to keep an eye on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's home on the Maine coast following his decision to uphold the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

  • The Latest: NFLPA to challenge Goodell in Minn. fed court

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs (all times local):12:30 p.m.The NFL Players Association says it will file motions in federal court in Minnesota later Wednesday challenging the decision by league Commissioner Roger Goodell to uphold a four-game suspension for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in using underinflated footballs.

  • The Latest: McCourty says Pats support Brady amid discipline

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs (all times local):12 p.m.New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty says the team supports Tom Brady in his fight against the NFL.

  • The Latest: Kraft says Pats provided Belichick's cell to NFL

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs (all times local):11:40 a.m.New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says his team provided NFL investigators with coach Bill Belichick's cellphone as it looked into whether Tom Brady or others improperly tampered with footballs used in the playoffs last season.

  • Full text of Patriots owner Kraft's statement about Brady

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The full text of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's statement Wednesday after quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension was upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:In light of yesterday's league ruling, I felt it was important to make a statement today, prior to the start of training camp. After this, I will not be talking about this matter until after the legal process plays itself out and I would advise everyone in the organization to do the same and just concentrate on preparation for the 2015 season.

  • Brady vows to fight on; Kraft says he regrets not doing so

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension Wednesday, and team owner Robert Kraft opened training camp by saying he continues to ''believe and unequivocally support'' the three-time Super Bowl MVP.

  • The Latest: Belichick says Brady suspension won't alter camp

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using deflated footballs (all times local):10:35 a.m.Patriots coach Bill Belichick says the four-game suspension for star quarterback Tom Brady and the saga surrounding deflated footballs won't alter his team's preparation for the season.

  • Kraft says he regrets not appealing NFL penalties

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he was wrong to trust the NFL in the deflated footballs case and that he regrets not appealing the penalties against the team.Appearing at team headquarters Wednesday, a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld a four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Kraft angrily targeted the league for its handling of the case.

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he regrets not appealing NFL penalties against team

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he regrets not appealing NFL penalties against team.

  • Chiefs safety Eric Berry back at practice after cancer fight

    July 29, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) There was a moment in the early stages of chemotherapy when Eric Berry was having breakfast with his father, and the enormity of what faced him was so great that he broke down and cried.For 30 minutes, one of the toughest players on the Kansas City Chiefs wept.

  • Statement released by Tom Brady

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Full text of the statement released Wednesday by Tom Brady:---I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was ''probable'' that I was ''generally aware'' of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.

  • Tom Brady: 'I did nothing wrong' in Deflategate

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension for the scandal known as Deflategate, writing Wednesday in a 507-word Facebook post: ''I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.''Breaking his silence a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the punishment, Brady also denied destroying his cellphone to keep it out of the hands of investigators.

  • Chiefs' Berry to practice 8 months after cancer diagnosis

    July 29, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Eight months after getting the stunning news that he had cancer, Chiefs Pro Bowl safety was expected back on the practice field Wednesday, a day after doctors gave him the all-clear.The Chiefs medical staff and his own doctors put him through a battery of tests Tuesday and the team later announced he would join quarterbacks, rookies and select injured players for the first practice of training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University. Berry was scheduled to speak to reporters after practice.

  • NFL 2015: Players who could make breakthroughs in 2015

    July 29, 2015

    If you're not sure where Le'Veon Bell and Justin Forsett came from to reach the top of the NFL rushing charts, this will be helpful.If you couldn't identify Jerry Hughes or Tashaun Gipson before they burst through as top-level defenders, read on.Here's a road map to some likely breakthrough players - an All-Risers Team, if you will - for the 2015 season.

  • Patriots may be in limbo if Brady continues suspension fight

    July 29, 2015

    This isn't over. Not by a long shot.Roger Goodell's decision to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension is not likely the end of the deflated footballs saga.Brady appears headed to court seeking to overturn the suspension, and at the same time would place his New England Patriots in a damaging quarterback limbo.

  • 49ers place Carlos Hyde on active/non-football injury list

    July 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Second-year running back Carlos Hyde, who will be counted upon to carry the load following Frank Gore's departure, has been placed on the active/non-football injury list four days ahead of the start of training camp for the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Chiefs' Berry cleared to return after lymphoma treatments

    July 28, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Chiefs safety Eric Berry is returning to the practice field, less than eight months after a stunning cancer diagnosis threatened to derail his Pro Bowl career.Berry was cleared by the Kansas City medical staff and his own doctors after a battery of tests Tuesday. He will join quarterbacks, rookies and select injured players Wednesday morning for the first practice of training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University.

  • Buffalo Bills release veteran guard Chris Williams

    July 28, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have released offensive guard Chris Williams a day before players begin reporting for the start of training camp.Williams' status was uncertain after he missed all of the team's spring practices while still recuperating from back surgery in October. Though the Bills medical staff was monitoring his progress, Williams did not report to the team's facility until the start of a mandatory minicamp last month.

  • Defensive end Antonio Smith rejoining Broncos

    July 28, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Defensive end Antonio Smith will participate in the Denver Broncos' training camp after tending to a personal matter that kept him away from the team's offseason workouts this summer.The Broncos' brass and Smith decided it was best for him to stay away from the team after reports surfaced in late May that prosecutors in Texas were investigating a criminal sexual complaint against Smith.

  • Despite Suh's departure, Lions hoping to build on 2014

    July 28, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Ndamukong Suh was as emotional as anyone after the Detroit Lions lost a hard-fought, controversial playoff opener against Dallas last season.As Suh addressed reporters after that game against the Cowboys, it was fair to wonder if that was the end of an era in Detroit, and sure enough, the star defensive tackle left via free agency in the offseason, signing with Miami.

  • 49ers' Jim Tomsula begins first training camp as new coach

    July 28, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The mass exodus of big-name players, starters and stars on both sides of the ball made headlines all offseason for the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, new coach Jim Tomsula worked to assemble his team and an experienced coaching staff.

  • Coach Jack Del Rio aims for new version of Raiders

    July 28, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Whenever a player would make a mistake this offseason, first-year Oakland coach Jack Del Rio would make a point that this was a new version of the Raiders and those errors were no longer acceptable.There have been plenty of slipups over the past dozen years as the Raiders have been unable to post a winning record or earn a playoff berth since going to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season. In that 12-year span, the Raiders have lost more games and allowed more points than any team in the NFL.

  • Potential move casts shadow over Rams camp

    July 28, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Last summer, it was the Michael Sam experience. This year, it's the threat of a move back to the West Coast casting a large shadow on St. Louis Rams training camp.Owner Stan Kroenke has been silent about his intentions since acquiring a parcel of land in Inglewood, California, where a stadium could be built. The Rams are year to year on their lease for the Edward Jones Dome, and owners are holding a special meeting Aug. 11 in Chicago to address potential relocation of the Rams, Chargers and Raiders.

  • Contracts hanging over Seahawks more than Super Bowl loss

    July 28, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Forget about the Seattle Seahawks suffering from a ''Super Hangover'' after what happened in February.The events of the closing seconds in the Super Bowl became a secondary story line for the Seahawks this offseason, replaced by the ongoing questions about quarterback Russell Wilson's long-term future in Seattle.

  • With Palmer healthy, Cardinals look to contend

    July 28, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The first sentence when talk turns to expectations for the Arizona Cardinals invariably includes the words Carson and Palmer.His 2014 season began as Palmer's most promising since those heady days shortly after the Cincinnati Bengals made him the No. 1 overall pick in the draft in 2003. Surrounded by talent, with a firm grasp of an offensive scheme he loved, that team success that had eluded him for so long was happening.

  • All over now? Bolts open possibly last camp in San Diego

    July 28, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers resemble a circus as they prepare to open what could be their final training camp in San Diego.Ownership has stomped away from negotiations with the city for a replacement for aging Qualcomm Stadium, eager to keep its options open in the Los Angeles market and in the process angering fans who feel they're being abandoned.

  • With eye on preparation, Rodgers sets tone at Packers camp

    July 28, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Break time is just about over for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Training camp is here.Rodgers planned to tweak his training regimen and work out with some teammates in southern California during the offseason. Otherwise, the reigning NFL MVP was going to relax, with a plan that included playing catch-up on episodes of a favorite TV game show.

  • New offense, new coach, same goal for Peyton Manning

    July 28, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning can earn back every penny of the million pay cut John Elway asked him to take this offseason.All he has to do is win Super Bowl 50.Manning's restructured deal calls for him to earn million bonuses each for winning the AFC championship and the NFL title.

  • Hopes are high for Vikings, and they're happy to have them

    July 28, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) The strategy and style of Minnesota's coaching staff under Mike Zimmer is no longer new.Neither is the starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater.The sideshow that overshadowed last season has been dismantled, following Adrian Peterson's reinstatement from NFL suspension and the star running back's return to the Vikings with the guaranteed contract he sought.

  • Bears enter 1st camp under Fox looking to put losing in past

    July 28, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bears had just wrapped up a five-win nightmare season when chairman George McCaskey announced sweeping changes the following day.He fired general manager Phil Emery, sent coach Marc Trestman packing. And he became downright emotional when asked about his mom Virginia, the team matriarch and daughter of founding father George Halas.

  • Chiefs head into training camp with big expectations

    July 28, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs will look a little different on offense this season.They'll look a little familiar on defense.Neither of which is necessarily a bad thing. The Chiefs' popgun offense and stingy defense carried them to a 9-7 record last season, barely missing out on the playoffs on the final Sunday of the regular season.

  • Titans ready for training camp with Heisman winner Mariota

    July 28, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Drafting a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback brings greater attention and expectations to any NFL team.For the Tennessee Titans, all this buzz has been missing for years, so Marcus Mariota already has provided a big boost to the bottom line.

  • Hoyer and Mallett compete to start at QB for Texans

    July 28, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Coach Bill O'Brien has a big decision to make as he enters his second year with the Houston Texans. He'll have to choose Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett as his starting quarterback.The Texans improved seven games last season to finish 9-7, but missed the postseason again in large part after using four players at quarterback because of injuries and inconsistent play.

  • Indianapolis hoping offseason gambles produce Super Bowl run

    July 28, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts are going all in on a Super Bowl run.They've surrounded their perfectly groomed franchise quarterback with more speed, more power and a stronger defense. They've made no secret of their goal.Now it's time to see if Indianapolis finally has a strong enough hand to trump New England.

  • Panthers look for NFC South 3-peat, make deeper playoff run

    July 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have won two straight NFC South championships and have one playoff win to show for it.Fifth-year coach Ron Rivera would like to change that.Rivera said if the Panthers hope to make a deeper run in the NFC playoffs they'll need to learn to handle the inherent pressure that comes with being the favorites and taking everyone's best shot on game day.

  • Jaguars hoping to halt 4-year streak of NFL futility

    July 28, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have shown few, if any, signs of progress over the past four years.They are an NFL-worst 14-50 since 2010, the most dreadful stretch in the franchise's 20-year history and one of the least productive spans since the NFL moved to a 16-game schedule in 1978. Only Tampa Bay (1983-86), Detroit (2006-09) and St. Louis (2007-10) lost more games in a four-year window during those 37 seasons.

  • Saints to test revamped roster in training camp

    July 28, 2015

    New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is about to find out if his decision to jettison half a dozen prominent players has put his squad back on a playoff trajectory.As Saints training camp opens this week at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, one of few certainties is that the 2015 squad will look a lot different than the previous edition that went 7-9.

  • Quinn taking up-tempo approach to rebuilding Falcons

    July 28, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) As Seattle's defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn helped lead Seattle to two straight Super Bowls, including one championship. Quinn opens his first training camp as Falcons coach on Friday trying to overhaul Atlanta's woeful unit.

  • Expect 'Deflategate' to motivate Patriots for 2015 season

    July 28, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The last time the NFL punished the New England Patriots for cheating, they ran through the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record.Expect that same fury in 2015.With more time this offseason spent debating the ideal gas law than the team's fourth Super Bowl title since 2001, the Patriots have prepared the same way they usually do: allowing some of their biggest stars to leave, avoiding the big-name free agents, and quietly reloading the roster that has won the AFC East 11 times in the past 12 years.

  • Confident Winston ready to take over Bucs' offense

    July 28, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The large billboard standing on a major thoroughfare a few blocks from the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suggests an offensive explosion is on the horizon.Jameis Winston is preparing to lead it.''Cannons will fire,'' reads the sign bearing an image of the top pick in the NFL draft presumably poised to throw a touchdown pass.

  • RG3, Gruden, things to know about Redskins training camp

    July 28, 2015

    It will be fascinating to see how Year 2 of life together for Robert Griffin III and Jay Gruden plays out with the Washington Redskins, starting at training camp.The player known as RG3 has gone from Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall draft pick to apparent change-the-game sensation and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year to oft-injured and benched. Last season, his first with Gruden as Washington's head coach, was a real struggle for both.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul injury hangs over Giants' training camp

    July 28, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) If this was a normal training camp. Tom Coughlin's mission to get the New York Giants back to the playoffs after three sub-par seasons would be the focal point for everyone.Any chances for normalcy disappeared on July 4 when star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was injured in a fireworks accident in Florida.

  • Ryan's brash approach still can't answer Bills' QB question

    July 28, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Though he's parachuted out of a plane, tricked out his pickup truck in Bills colors and brought a tremendous buzz to Buffalo since arriving in January, coach Rex Ryan finds himself in a similar boat with many immediate predecessors on one important front.

  • Dolphins believe they can be special in 2015

    July 28, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Joe Philbin was looking out toward the Miami Dolphins practice field after an offseason workout when receiver Greg Jennings came along and offered his impassive coach a pair of sunglasses.With the season weeks away, Philbin was at his most relaxed. So he smiled slightly.

  • New era under way for Jets under Todd Bowles

    July 28, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Todd Bowles has made no bold statements, outrageous guarantees or back-page headlines in his first few months with the New York Jets.These are certainly toned-down times for the recharged franchise.Gone is the popular Rex Ryan, whose results never quite lived up to his bluster. The low-key Bowles has taken over, charged with returning the Jets to respectability after a 4-12 season that cost Ryan and GM John Idzik their jobs.

  • 'Dr. Jen' embraces breakthrough role with Arizona Cardinals

    July 28, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can't wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the Arizona Cardinals open training camp this weekend.It's only a six-week internship coaching inside linebackers for the Cardinals, through training camp and the four preseason games. Nonetheless, it marks another barrier broken for women in sports.

  • Assembly speaker joins San Diego officials in stadium talks

    July 28, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins joined San Diego politicians at a meeting with NFL officials on Tuesday, offering advice on completing a thorough environmental impact report for a possible new stadium for the Chargers.Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has been heavily criticized by the Chargers during the contentious stadium push, said Atkins ''voiced her strong support for getting our region across the finish line.''

  • Brady's future actions could lead to Patriots limbo

    July 28, 2015

    This isn't over. Not by a long shot.Roger Goodell's decision to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension is not likely the end of the deflated footballs saga.Brady appears headed to court seeking to overturn the suspension, and at the same time would place his New England Patriots in a damaging quarterback limbo.

  • 'Dr Jen' embraces chance for Cardinals coaching internship

    July 28, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Jen Welter is embracing her breakthrough status as the first woman to hold any kind of coaching position in the NFL.It's only a six-week internship with the Arizona Cardinals, through training camp and the four preseason games. Nonetheless, it marks another barrier broken for women in sports.

  • Patriots fans defiant after 'Deflategate' ruling

    July 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Patriots fans are steamed after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension Tuesday.In bars across downtown Boston, denizens of Patriots Nation expressed surprise and anger at the ruling while still holding out hope their beloved quarterback would be vindicated -- either in the courtroom or on the field.

  • Saints cut Bunkley, place Colston, Byrd on PUP

    July 28, 2015

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have released veteran defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, citing a failed physical.The Saints, in moves made Tuesday, also have placed receiver Marques Colston, safety Jairus Byrd and defensive lineman Glenn Foster on the physically unable to perform list. Those three players remain on the active roster and could return to the field at any time during the preseason.

  • Lions sign free agent CB R.J. Stanford

    July 28, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Free agent cornerback R.J. Stanford has signed with the Detroit Lions.The Lions announced the move Tuesday.The 27-year-old Stanford has spent the past three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He played in five games for the Dolphins last season, making one start.

  • Packers president: Naming rights off limits for Lambeau

    July 28, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The tradition-rich Packers are embracing trendy throwback looks for their alternate, third jerseys. They're nearly finished upgrading the wireless connectivity at Lambeau Field to help fans text and tweet about every touchdown pass from MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

  • Steelers RB Bell has suspension reduced to 2 games

    July 28, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Le'Veon Bell will head back to work a little earlier than the NFL originally planned.The league reduced the suspension against the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back from three games to two on Tuesday, leaving him eligible to play when the Steelers travel to St. Louis on Sept. 27.

  • Jaguars place Marks, Sample on PUP list to open camp

    July 28, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and safety James Sample on the physically unable to perform list.The team also placed defensive lineman Cap Capi on the non-football injury list Tuesday, three days before training camp.

  • Chiefs Pro Bowl DT Dontari Poe out after back surgery

    July 28, 2015

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs are facing a potentially devastating loss on defense, even though training camp doesn't begin for veterans until this weekend.Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe will miss camp and likely part of the season after undergoing surgery last week on a herniated disc. The injury initially occurred during the Chiefs' voluntary offseason program, but Poe aggravated it during a workout at home on July 8.

  • Mike Brown says Bengals might finally honor their past

    July 28, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals owner Mike Brown has changed his mind and is willing to honor some of the franchise's best players at a stadium where there is virtually no trace of the past.Brown said on Tuesday that he's never been nostalgic and doesn't like to pay tribute to past stars. The only notable nod to the Bengals history at Paul Brown Stadium is that it's named after his father, and even that left him with mixed feelings.

  • Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of ''Deflategate.''Then the players' union said it would take it all to court.Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • Excerpts from Goodell decision to uphold Brady suspension

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Excerpts from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to uphold New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension:THE CONCLUSION:''Notwithstanding my enormous respect for his accomplishments on the field and for his contributions and role in the community, I find that, with respect to the game balls used in the AFC Championship Game and the subsequent investigation, Mr. Brady engaged in conduct detrimental to the integrity of, and public confidence in, the game of professional football.''

  • Jets sign rookie wide receiver Hill, cut kicker Furney

    July 28, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed wide receiver Austin Hill and released kicker Andrew Furney, one day before the team reports for training camp.Hill was signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Arizona by Oakland in May, but released two weeks later. He had 49 catches for 635 yards and four touchdowns last year after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury.

  • Jets coach Bowles had offseason knee replacement surgery

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Todd Bowles is heading into training camp with his new team - and a new knee.The New York Jets' first-year coach had a partial right knee replacement on July 6, but doesn't expect to have any restrictions during training camp practices this summer. The Jets report for camp Wednesday at their facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.

  • AP source: Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson to report for camp

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Big Mo will show for training camp.New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson will report to the practice facility on Wednesday with the rest of his teammates despite being unhappy with his contract, according to a person familiar with his plans.

  • Revamped Eagles hope new faces take them to top

    July 28, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chip Kelly is going to win or lose with his guys.After winning 10 games in each of his first two seasons with a roster he inherited, Kelly took control of personnel decisions and shook up the Philadelphia Eagles in a big way. Gone are quarterback Nick Foles, two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, Pro Bowl wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis and several others.

  • Brady's suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.The league announced the decision Tuesday, with Goodell saying that the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

  • Tom Brady's 4-game suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    July 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady's 4-game suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • Browns still searching for long-term answer at quarterback

    July 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Things haven't changed much for the Browns.Oh, sure, the roster has been tweaked by draft picks, free agents and will be missing some familiar names. Cleveland's deep defense enters 2015 with a chance to be one of the NFL's top units. The coaching staff has undergone a makeover and the kicker and punter were booted.

  • Bryant, Romo on track with Cowboys set to open training camp

    July 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dez Bryant won't miss any of training camp because of a contract holdout, and Tony Romo won't need a crash course on conditioning in the mountains of the West Coast.Throw in the reduced season-opening suspension for defensive end Greg Hardy, and the focus will be just where the Dallas Cowboys want it for their first workout Thursday in Oxnard, California: starting preparation for what they hope is their first deep playoff run since winning the Super Bowl 20 years ago.

  • Core intact, optimistic Steelers ready for next step

    July 28, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Antonio Brown didn't miss so much as a meeting.The Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver could have disrupted training camp by staying home for a couple days in search of a raise. By league standards he's one of the biggest bargains in the NFL after leading the league in receptions, yards receiving and inventive touchdown celebrations.

  • John Harbaugh counting on youth to 'step up' at Ravens camp

    July 28, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Despite losing several key players during the offseason, the Baltimore Ravens have reason to believe they're better than a year ago.Squeezed by the salary cap, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome traded defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and failed to retain wide receiver Torrey Smith, linebacker Pernell McPhee and tight end Owen Daniels.

  • Bengals must sort out cornerback, backup quarterback spot

    July 28, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Don't bother to ask Dre Kirkpatrick about the cornerback competition during the Cincinnati Bengals training camp.From his perspective, there is none.''I think I already have a job,'' Kirkpatrick said. ''I've worked my butt off. They see it. And they see the growth in me, the maturity level in me now. I just have to say that I deserve it and it's finally time that it's come.''

  • Cowboys owner Jones has hip replacement, planning another

    July 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has undergone left hip replacement surgery. He plans to be with the team as usual when training camp starts in California this week.Team spokesman Rich Dalrymple says Jones had the procedure last Tuesday and ''has been mobile and walking comfortably for the past few days.'' Dalrymple said Jones also was planning to have his right hip replaced soon.

  • Cowboys release RB Ryan Williams

    July 28, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Ryan Williams, one of the possible replacements for NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray, has been released by the Cowboys.The oft-injured Williams was among three players cut Tuesday before the team left for training camp in Oxnard, California. The first workout is Thursday.

  • Freeman re-signs with Miami 4 days after they released him

    July 28, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Quarterback Josh Freeman has re-signed with the Miami Dolphins four days after they released him.The moves involved a contractual issue. Freeman re-joined the team Tuesday, two days before the start of training camp.The 2009 first-round draft pick first signed with Miami in April. He has 60 career starts but hasn't played since October 2013, and will try to challenge Matt Moore for the backup job behind Ryan Tannehill.

  • Aaron Hernandez's lawyer asks to question anonymous tipster

    July 28, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is asking a judge to let him question under oath a woman who called him anonymously and raised questions about a member of the jury that convicted his client of murder.

  • Texans' Clowney won't be ready for start of training camp

    July 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have placed outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on the physically unable to perform list.The move means the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft will not be ready for the start of training camp this weekend. But Clowney will be able to return to practice whenever he is ready.

  • Saints add 2 players after formally releasing Galette

    July 27, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have added tight end Kevin Brock and offensive lineman Cole Manhart after formally releasing outside linebacker Junior Galette.Galette's agent, Alvin Keels, told The Associated Press on Friday that Galette, whose 10 sacks led the Saints last season, would be released Monday if he passed a physical over the weekend.

  • Cardinals name woman to training camp coach position

    July 27, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter to coach inside linebackers through their upcoming training camp and preseason.The Cardinals say Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. Welter played running back and special teams in 2014 for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman to hold a non-kicking position for a men's professional sports league.

  • Seau lawyer: family won't disrupt Hall of Fame ceremonies

    July 27, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) The family of the late Junior Seau will not disrupt the Hall of Fame ceremonies on Aug. 8 despite its disagreement with a policy preventing live remarks during a posthumous induction.Steve Strauss, legal counsel to the Seaus and partner at Cooley LLP, said in an email Monday night that the family ''does not want this issue to become a distraction to Junior's accomplishments and legacy or those of the other inductees.''

  • Steelers ready for dynamic offense to take flight

    July 27, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Todd Haley came up with the number. Ben Roethlisberger didn't see any reason to argue.Thirty points.That's the number the relentlessly aggressive Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator believes his group can average in 2015.It's ambitious territory for a franchise that has been playing for more than 80 years and only came within shouting distance of it once: when Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth led the NFL in scoring on their way to a fourth Super Bowl title in the 1979 season.

  • Mike Wallace aims for more than deep throws with Vikings

    July 27, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings acquired Mike Wallace for his speed and his experience at the wide receiver position.He came to training camp with more than that.''I've got to take some things from Miami that I don't think I did as well and just try to bring it here and be a better person and a better player. Just lead more,'' Wallace said. ''I think I did a good job of leading by example on the field, but there's some things I could've'' done better.

  • Panthers' Martin contemplates retirement after back injury

    July 27, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers offense tackle Jonathan Martin, the lineman harassed during the Miami Dolphins' 2013 bullying scandal, is contemplating retirement following a back injury.Martin's agent Ken Zuckerman told The Associated Press on Monday his client recently injured his back during a workout. Zuckerman said doctors informed Martin he's not allowed to do any activity for six weeks and needs surgery, putting his availability for the season in question.

  • DE Da'Quan Bowers re-signs with Buccaneers

    July 27, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers is getting another opportunity to prove himself with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The 2011 second-round draft pick was a major disappointment in four seasons with the Bucs, appearing in 50 games but only making 10 starts after entering the NFL as one of the nation's top college pass rushers.

  • Johnny Manziel still No. 2 behind Josh McCown for Browns

    July 27, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel had an uneventful summer, but his improved behavior hasn't changed his position on Cleveland's depth chart.Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday that veteran Josh McCown will open training camp as the team's No. 1 quarterback, but Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner who had a disastrous rookie season, still has a chance to win the job based on his performance.

  • Manziel still No. 2 behind McCown for Browns

    July 27, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns coach Mike Pettine has been impressed with quarterback Johnny Manziel's improvement but said the former Heisman Trophy winner remains firmly behind Josh McCown for the starting job.Meeting with Cleveland reporters to preview training camp, Pettine said McCown, signed during the offseason, likely will be the starter for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Jets but he wouldn't guarantee it.

  • Colts continue fine-tuning roster along offensive line

    July 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts are still trying to firm up their offensive line.On Monday, the team announced it had signed tackle Matt Hall and waived guard Will Corbin.The latest moves come one day after Indy released Gosder Cherilus, the projected starter at right tackle.

  • Former Colts QB Trudeau charged with drunken driving

    July 27, 2015

    ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau has been arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, public intoxication and intimidating a police officer.Zionsville police say the arrest occurred Sunday night.

  • AP sources: NFL close to new football inspection rules

    July 27, 2015

    The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs.Two people familiar with the league's plans tell The Associated Press on Monday that proper inflation of the footballs will be documented as part of the new policy. But those people, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league has not released information on the new policy, say no instructions have been sent out yet.

  • Sabres shakeup: Brandon replaces Black as team president

    July 27, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Bills president Russ Brandon dressed for the occasion Monday, when it came time to discuss his new expanded role of overseeing Buffalo's other pro sports franchise, the NHL's Sabres.''Hey listen, I've got a Sabres tie on and Bills socks, so there you go,'' Brandon said, shortly after the Sabres announced he was taking over as team president as part of a front-office consolidation under Terry and Kim Pegula, who own both teams.

  • Indianapolis Colts Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (13-6)OPEN CAMP: Aug. 1, Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana.LAST YEAR: Continued steady progression with Andrew Luck leading way, winning second straight AFC South title and advancing one step deeper in playoffs for third consecutive year. Beat Bengals at home in wild-card round and beat Broncos on road before getting blown out - again - by Patriots in AFC championship game. Somehow, defense matched sacks total from 2013 despite losing league sacks champ Robert Mathis for whole season.

  • New England Patriots Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)OPEN CAMP: July 29, Foxborough, Massachusetts.LAST YEAR: Easily won AFC East for 11th time in 12 seasons, then beat Baltimore 35-31 and Indianapolis 45-7 to reach Super Bowl for sixth time in Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. Beat Seattle 28-24 when Malcolm Butler intercepted pass at goal line with 20 seconds left. Offseason was dominated by ''Deflategate'' controversy involving improperly inflated footballs in AFC championship game.

  • Miami Dolphins Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-8)OPEN CAMP: July 30, Davie, Florida.LAST YEAR: Dolphins finished at or near .500 for third consecutive year under coach Joe Philbin, extending long playoff drought. Aging defense ranked 20th in points allowed, compared with seventh and 11th in first two seasons under Philbin; in final four games Miami gave up 28, 41, 35 and 37 points. Most encouraging development was improvement of third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who set franchise record for completions and became Miami's first 4,000-yard passer since Dan Marino.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (3-13)OPEN CAMP: July 31, Jacksonville.LAST YEAR: Started 0-6 for second consecutive season under coach Gus Bradley, getting outscored 152-58 in first four games, and finished below .500 for sixth time in last seven years. Jaguars planned to keep QB Blake Bortles on bench as rookie, but third overall pick in draft ended up on field in Week 3 and started final 13 games. Bortles was one of seven rookies to start on offense, and not surprisingly, Jaguars struggled to score all year.

  • Oakland Raiders Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    OAKLAND RAIDERS (3-13)OPEN CAMP: July 31, Napa, California.LAST YEAR: Raiders went through two coaches and won just three games in 12th straight season without winning record or playoff berth. Dennis Allen was fired after team lost first four games and interim coach Tony Sparano lost his first six in charge before Raiders finally won. Bright spots from talented rookie class included Derek Carr, perhaps finally quarterback to end Oakland's revolving door at position since Rich Gannon left. LB Khalil Mack was one of NFL's top rookies and has makings of being a star.

  • St. Louis Rams Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS RAMS (6-10)OPEN CAMP: July 31, St. Louis.LAST YEAR: Second straight season-ending knee injury to quarterback Sam Bradford in August greatly complicated matters from start, and offensive line was also hit hard by health problems. Defense made great strides in final two-thirds of season with one of top pass rushes led by end Robert Quinn and NFL Defensive Rookie of Year Aaron Donald.

  • Baltimore Ravens Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    BALTIMORE RAVENS (11-7)OPEN CAMP: July 29, Owings Mills, Maryland.LAST YEAR: Despite distraction created by arrest and subsequent suspension of Ray Rice for domestic violence, Ravens reached playoffs for sixth time in seven years under coach John Harbaugh. Justin Forsett stepped in for Rice and had career year with 1,266 yards rushing, and Joe Flacco set personal high with 3,986 yards passing. After winning at Pittsburgh in postseason opener, Baltimore traveled to New England and lost 35-31 to eventual Super Bowl champions.

  • Cincinnati Bengals Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    CINCINNATI BENGALS (10-6-1)OPEN CAMP: July 30, Cincinnati.LAST YEAR: Reached playoffs for club-record fourth year in row, and became first NFL team to lose four straight opening-round games. 26-10 loss at Indianapolis left Andy Dalton tied with Warren Moon for most consecutive opening-round losses by quarterback. Coach Marvin Lewis fell to 0-6 in postseason, matching Jim Mora for futility. Cincinnati still hasn't won playoff game since 1990 season, one of worst stretches of postseason futility in NFL history.

  • Carolina Panthers Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    CAROLINA PANTHERS (8-9-1)OPEN CAMP: July 31, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina.LAST YEAR: Panthers battled back from 3-8-1 record to become first team to repeat as NFC South champions - despite finishing with losing record. It was rough season for QB Cam Newton, who had offseason ankle surgery, fractured two ribs in preseason and later broke two bones in his back following automobile accident several blocks from team's stadium.

  • Kansas City Chiefs Capsule

    July 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-7)OPEN CAMP: July 31, St. Joseph, Missouri.LAST YEAR: Despite rash of early injuries, Chiefs were off to 7-3 start following win over eventual NFC champion Seahawks. Lost four of final six, missing playoffs when Ravens secured last spot ahead of Kansas City in final week of regular season. LB Derrick Johnson missed most of season with torn Achilles tendon, while SS Eric Berry was diagnosed with lymphoma, though he has been cleared to practice. QB Alex Smith had up-and-down season in first year following four-year, million contract extension.

  • Chicago Bears Capsules

    July 27, 2015

    CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)OPEN CAMP: July 29, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois.LAST YEAR: Chicago missed playoffs for seventh time in eight seasons, costing GM Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman their jobs. But it wasn't just that Bears struggled; they were all-around mess. Trestman's offense took big step back in his second season, and defense ranked among worst in franchise history for second year under Mel Tucker. Along with poor play were distractions. LB Lance Briggs missed practice in week of opener to open restaurant in California. Former offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer leaked critical story of QB Jay Cutler. And WR Brandon Marshall drew attention for reasons that had nothing to do with his play.

  • Atlanta Falcons Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    ATLANTA FALCONS (6-10)OPEN CAMP: July 31, Flowery Branch, Georgia.LAST YEAR: Falcons' second straight losing record, following five straight winning seasons, cost coach Mike Smith his job. Team lost four starting offensive linemen to season-ending injuries. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, expected to be defense's top playmaker, hit IR before season. WR Julio Jones had big year with 104 catches for 1,593 yards, but defense gave up league's most total yards and yards passing. Atlanta's 22 sacks were second fewest in league.

  • Green Bay Packers Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    GREEN BAY PACKERS (13-5)OPEN CAMP: July 30, Green Bay, Wisconsin.LAST YEAR: Won fourth straight NFC North title in spite of calf injury that limited mobility of QB Aaron Rodgers late in MVP campaign. WRs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb gave opposing secondaries fits, while RB Eddie Lacy balanced attack on ground behind standout offensive line. Run defense improved in second half using pass rusher Clay Matthews more at inside linebacker. S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix showed promise in rookie year. Veteran Julius Peppers proved he can still make impact after signing as free agent. Packers have promised they learned lessons from stunning 28-22 OT loss at Seattle in NFC title game, falling apart after taking 16-0 lead at halftime and 19-7 early in fourth quarter.

  • Arizona Cardinals Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    ARIZONA CARDINALS (11-6)OPEN CAMP: JULY 31, Glendale, Arizona.LAST YEAR: Cardinals raced to 9-1 record before multitude of injuries, particularly at quarterback. They were 6-0 with Carson Palmer as starter before he went down with torn ACL. They still were successful behind backup Drew Stanton, but he, too, injured knee. By end of season, Arizona was down to third-stringer Ryan Lindley. Cardinals still made playoffs, but mustered virtually no offense in wild-card loss at Carolina. Defense, so strong most of season, faded down stretch, particularly against run. Still, team's success despite injury woes made Bruce Arians NFL Coach of Year for second time in three seasons. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, voted NFL's top assistant coach, was rewarded with head coaching job of Jets.

  • Seattle Seahawks Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (14-5)OPEN CAMP: July 30, Renton, Washington.LAST YEAR: NFL was 1-yard away from having its first back-to-back Super Bowl champions in a decade until Russell Wilson's pass in closing seconds was intercepted by New England's Malcolm Butler. It was crushing conclusion to season in which Seattle overcame midseason turmoil, including stunning trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin, to win its final six regular-season games and second straight NFC title.

  • Detroit Lions Capsules

    July 27, 2015

    DETROIT LIONS (11-6)OPEN CAMP: Aug. 2, Allen Park, Michigan.LAST YEAR: Made playoffs in coach Jim Caldwell's first season and had chance to win NFC North before losing at Green Bay in Week 17. Defense shut down opposing running games, and Detroit allowed only 282 points, second fewest in NFC. Matthew Stafford and offense didn't quite live up to expectations, but he threw only 12 interceptions, fewest of career in full season.

  • Buffalo Bills Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    BUFFALO BILLS (9-7)OPEN CAMP: July 31, St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, New York.LAST YEAR: Despite posting first winning record in a decade, Bills missed playoffs for 15th consecutive season - NFL's longest active drought - because of sputtering offense and questions at quarterback. In October, NHL Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula infused stability by vowing to keep Bills in western New York after purchasing team for NFL-record .4 billion following Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson's death in March. Coach Doug Marrone stepped down abruptly on Dec. 31, leading Pegulas to hire former Jets coach Rex Ryan.

  • San Francisco 49ers Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-8)OPEN CAMP: Aug. 1, Santa Clara, California.LAST YEAR: 49ers went 8-8 and missed playoffs for first time in four years following three straight trips to NFC championship game and Super Bowl runner-up after 2012 season. San Francisco parted ways with fourth-year coach Jim Harbaugh, now coaching his alma mater at Michigan.

  • Minnesota Vikings Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-9)OPEN CAMP: July 26, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota.LAST YEAR: Lost five of first six games without RB Adrian Peterson before rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater made some strides down stretch of coach Mike Zimmer's first season despite leaky OL and lack of dominant WRs. Zimmer's defense ranked seventh in yards passing allowed, major improvement in area that's lagged for decades. DE Everson Griffen shined in first full year as starter. Rookie LB Anthony Barr showed flashes of ability before season-ending knee injury.

  • Philadelphia Eagles Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-6)OPEN CAMP: Aug. 2, Philadelphia.LAST YEAR: Missed playoffs after 9-3 start. Despite several injuries on offense, still had no trouble moving ball and scoring points in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense behind Mark Sanchez. But couldn't overcome turnovers and poor defense. Kelly took control of personnel decisions in offseason and overhauled roster by trading, releasing or not re-signing five starters on offense and four on defense.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-14)OPEN CAMP: July 31, Tampa.LAST YEAR: One of NFL's biggest disappointments under first-year coach Lovie Smith and rookie general manager Jason Licht, who inherited talented young roster they augmented by spending generously in free agency. Most moves fizzled, and to make matters worse, health issues sidelined offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford during preseason and he never returned. 2-14 finish was Tampa Bay's worst in 28 years. Smith and Licht owned up to their mistakes, releasing three high-priced free agent acquisitions - QB Josh McCown, DE Michael Johnson and OT Anthony Collins - after just one year.

  • Houston Texans Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    HOUSTON TEXANS (9-7)OPEN CAMP: July 31, Houston.LAST YEAR: In first season under coach Bill O'Brien, improved seven games from terrible 2-14 campaign in 2013 behind spectacular year by DE J.J. Watt, NFL's Defensive Player of Year for second time in his four pro seasons. But last year's No. 1 overall pick, OLB Jadeveon Clowney, played just four games because of injuries. That coupled with injuries to several quarterbacks kept Houston from returning to postseason.

  • New York Jets Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    NEW YORK JETS (4-12)OPEN CAMP: July 30, Florham Park, New Jersey.LAST YEAR: Coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik both fired after team missed playoffs for fourth straight year, longest postseason drought under owner Woody Johnson. Jets were done in by eight-game losing streak after winning opener, setting tone for season marked by inconsistent play from quarterback Geno Smith and struggles in injury-filled and inexperienced secondary. Defensive line, led by Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison, emerged as one of league's best.

  • Cleveland Browns Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-9)OPEN CAMP: July 30, Berea, OhioLAST YEAR: Yet another circus as Browns were in playoff contention before dropping last five games, ending coach Mike Pettine's first season on sour note. There was improvement, but Browns were undermined by sideshows swirling around backup rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and former Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was suspended for first 10 games and played poorly when he returned.

  • Denver Broncos Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    DENVER BRONCOS (12-5)OPEN CAMP: July 31, Englewood, Colorado.LAST YEAR: Broncos began last season as prohibitive Super Bowl favorite after loading up on defense with Pro Bowlers. Peyton Manning had terrific first half before thigh injury derailed his season. John Fox headed off to Chicago after Denver's third straight postseason implosion, this time at home to Indianapolis. John Elway brought in old pal Gary Kubiak as Fox's replacement to try to coax another title out of aging QB.

  • New Orleans Saints Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-9)OPEN CAMP: July 29, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.LAST YEAR: Saints failed to qualify for playoffs. QB Drew Brees tied for NFL lead in yards passing with 4,952. But he also threw 17 interceptions, five more than in 2013. Saints struggled most defensively, ranking second-to-last in NFL. Coach Sean Payton responded by adding Dennis Allen as senior defensive assistant coach and purging roster of several players.

  • New York Giants Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    NEW YORK GIANTS (6-10)OPEN CAMP: July 30, East Rutherford, New Jersey.LAST YEAR: Another bad early stretch led to second straight losing season and third year in row out of playoffs. Injuries and porous defense were big contributors in seven-game losing streak. Offense came on under new coordinator Ben McAdoo, aided by emergence of rookie Odell Beckham Jr. as one of NFL's game-breaking receivers.

  • Washington Redskins Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-12)OPEN CAMP: July 29, Richmond, Virginia.LAST YEAR: In Jay Gruden's first season as NFL head coach, Redskins stayed right where they were: last in NFC East, spot they've resided in for six of past seven years. Quarterback Robert Griffin III got benched by Gruden, and publicly criticized, too, for what coach said were fundamental problems. With revolving door at QB - Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy also started games - offense was up and down, while defense couldn't stop anyone.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-6)OPEN CAMP: July 26, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.LAST YEAR: Bounced back from consecutive .500 seasons to win AFC North for first time since 2010 behind NFL's second-ranked offense. QB Ben Roethlisberger tied for league lead in yards passing while WR Antonio Brown set franchise records in receptions and yards receiving. RB Le'Veon Bell emerged as one of NFL's most versatile backs before injury in season finale against Cincinnati forced Bell to watch wild-card loss to Baltimore from sideline. Defense took significant step back, though offense was productive enough to cover up some holes.

  • Tennessee Titans Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    TENNESSEE TITANS (2-14)OPEN CAMP: July 30, St. Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tennessee.LAST YEAR: Coach Ken Whisenhunt started debut season with big win in Kansas City, year's lone highlight. Titans cycled through three quarterbacks and played seven offensive tackles while finishing with 10 straight losses for worst record since 1994. Only plus was their highest draft pick since 1984 at No. 2 overall.

  • Dallas Cowboys Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    DALLAS COWBOYS (13-5)OPEN CAMP: July 29, Oxnard, California.LAST YEAR: Ended three-year rut of 8-8 finishes with NFC East title and beat Detroit for first playoff win since 2009. Lost to Green Bay in divisional round. Tony Romo had most efficient season of career with big assist from NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray, who signed with division rival Philadelphia as free agent. Defense masked weak pass rush and significantly improved over 2013.

  • San Diego Chargers Capsule

    July 27, 2015

    SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (9-7)OPEN CAMP: July 30, San Diego.LAST YEAR: Went from 5-1, including Week 2 home upset of Seattle, to missing playoffs for fourth time in five seasons. Couldn't hang with elite of AFC, losing consecutive December home games to Patriots and Broncos. Needed only to win season finale at Kansas City, against backup quarterback Chase Daniel, but lost 19-7 as QB Philip Rivers was sacked seven times.

  • Torn pecs make Vikings take closer look at lifting regimen

    July 26, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) These weren't common football injuries, all these torn pectoral muscles, so the Minnesota Vikings took a closer look.Right guard Brandon Fusco (13 games missed) and right tackle Phil Loadholt (five games missed) each needed season-ending surgery after theirs occurred while blocking during games last year. Defensive end Brian Robison was able to avoid such a procedure after getting hurt while weightlifting in May, and so was cornerback Josh Robinson after a freak fall during practice in June. But there was enough to be concerned about that coach Mike Zimmer and his strength and conditioning coach and head athletic trainer initiated an extensive evaluation.

  • Vikings begin 50th summer in Mankato as NFL trends other way

    July 26, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Terence Newman has started his 13th season in the NFL a little bit like a rookie.This is the veteran cornerback's first year with the Minnesota Vikings and, thus, his first time attending professional training camp on a college campus.

  • Steelers celebrate 50th year at St. Vincent College

    July 26, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) The Steelers opened training camp Sunday at St. Vincent College with a special celebration ommemorating their 50th anniversary at the small school an hour southeast of Pittsburgh.''It has become a wonderful summer home for us,'' Steelers President Art Rooney II said. ''We've had a lot of success here and it's great to celebrate our 50th camp here.''

  • Vikings place linebacker Casey Matthews on injured reserve

    July 26, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Casey Matthews on injured reserve, ending his first season with the team before it started.Matthews, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, hurt his hip doing hurdles during offseason workouts and never made it on the field for practices with the team. Coach Mike Zimmer announced the news on Sunday.

  • Vikings sign kicker Blair Walsh to contract extension

    July 26, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings signed kicker Blair Walsh on Sunday to a four-year contract extension with .25 million guaranteed and a maximum value of million.Walsh, who will make 0,000 this season on the final year of his rookie deal, was given quite the reward on the first day of training camp for the team.

  • Colts release Gosder Cherilus; tackle slowed by injuries

    July 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts wanted Gosder Cherilus back to help anchor their offensive line this season. They just weren't willing to take a big gamble on a 31-year-old right tackle coming off knee surgery.On Sunday, the Colts released their projected starter at right tackle less than less than a week before players report to training camp.

  • Stable Steelers arrive in style for training camp

    July 25, 2015

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Antonio Brown couldn't say no. How often does Rolls-Royce ask if you would like to ride to work in a 0,000 car?So the All-Pro receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers relaxed in the back seat on Saturday while his brother Desmond carefully maneuvered the Phantom - wrapped in a design replete with Brown's signature scrawled across the doors, the Steelers logo on the sideview mirrors and a pair of gold stripes running right down the middle from end to end - to the dorm at Saint Vincent College as the team reported for training camp.

  • Peterson, Vikings tote high hopes to training camp

    July 25, 2015

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) The ''AP! AP!'' and ''MVP! MVP!'' chants started as soon as Adrian Peterson was spotted driving into the parking lot.The purple-clad crowd of autograph-seeking Vikings fans gathered at the annual reporting day saved the loudest cheers for a 30-year-old running back who played in only one game last season, formally welcoming the once-marooned Peterson back to Minnesota State University as players moved into their dorm rooms for training camp on a sunny Saturday.

  • NFL rookie free agent shot, wounded at Ohio home

    July 25, 2015

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Damond Powell Jr. was wounded by gunfire outside his Ohio home and remained hospitalized, team officials said Saturday.Powell, 22, was wounded in his driveway from shots fired from a car Friday evening, Toledo police said. Witnesses reported seeing three men wearing masks in a gold-colored vehicle, according to police.

  • Steelers sign general manager Colbert to 2-year extension

    July 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers and general manager Kevin Colbert have agreed to a contract extension through the 2018 NFL draft.The deal, announced Saturday, comes two days after the Steelers locked up head coach Mike Tomlin through the 2018 season.

  • Police: NFL rookie free agent shot, wounded at Ohio home

    July 25, 2015

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Police say Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Damond Powell Jr. was wounded by gunfire outside his Ohio home.Toledo Police say the 22-year-old Powell was wounded in his driveway from shots fired from a car Friday evening. A University of Toledo Medical Center staffer said Saturday she had no information to release about him, but police had said his injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.

  • 2 draft picks agree to deals to complete Colts' rookie class

    July 24, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with third-round draft picks D'Joun Smith and Henry Anderson.Terms were not immediately available Friday, though most rookies taken outside the first round sign three-year deals.The announcement means all eight of Indy's draft picks will be signed when players report to training next Saturday.

  • Nelson facing 'ultimatum': NFL career or life's mission?

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) David Nelson is unexpectedly facing a difficult decision.The NFL wide receiver, who's currently a free agent, believes he is being forced to choose between his football career and his life's mission.''I'm at a crossroads,'' Nelson wrote in a blog Friday on the website for his nonprofit organization, I'mME. ''While I'm grateful for the opportunities the NFL has given me over the years, I'm confused by what I've recently been given: an ultimatum.''

  • Olympic champion Shawn Johnson gets engaged at Wrigley Field

    July 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Olympic champion gymnast Shawn Johnson threw out a ceremonial first ball at Wrigley Field - and wound up with quite a catch.Johnson was walking off the field Friday before the Chicago Cubs hosted Philadelphia when she was surprised by longtime boyfriend Andrew East, a rookie long snapper for the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • Hall of Fame limits Seau's daughter's comments to video

    July 24, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Junior Seau's daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8.Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney Seau's comments to a video presentation about the former linebacker who committed suicide in 2012. Seau is one of seven men being inducted this year.

  • Cardinals sign free-agent tight end Jermaine Gresham

    July 24, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent tight end Jermaine Gresham to a one-year contract Friday.Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Gresham is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after being drafted 21st overall out of Oklahoma in 2010.

  • Hall of Fame bars Seau's daughter from comments

    July 24, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) Junior Seau's daughter will not be commenting on her father entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the Aug. 8 inductions.Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall has barred Sydney Seau from making a speech. Seau, who committed suicide in 2012, is one of seven men being inducted this year.

  • Agent: Saints inform 2014 sack leader Galette of his release

    July 24, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints have cut Junior Galette, who has been among their most productive pass rushers the past two seasons, but also has dealt with off-the field trouble.Galette's agent, Alvin Keels Jr., said Friday that his client has been informed he'll be released after he undergoes a physical.

  • Former NFL running back Thomas Jones scoring roles as actor

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Thomas Jones would wake up, crack open a few beers and wonder what was next.No more practices. No more games. No more locker-room laughs with his teammates. Life without football for the former NFL running back was a scary thought.''I was very depressed, in this weird space,'' said Jones, who retired after the 2011 season. ''There was this emptiness, almost like you broke up with your girlfriend and then it's like, what do you do? I had never been much of a drinker, but I was waking up in the morning and drinking Coronas. I needed something to get over it.

  • QB Freeman released by Dolphins before training camp begins

    July 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Quarterback Josh Freeman's bid to jump-start his career with the Miami Dolphins has ended even before training camp.Freeman was released Friday by the Dolphins, who open camp next week.The 2009 first-round draft pick signed a one-year contract in April. He has 60 career starts but hasn't played since October 2013, and during offseason workouts he failed to seriously challenge Matt Moore for the backup job behind Ryan Tannehill.

  • Bucs' C.J. Wilson placed on reserve/retired list

    July 24, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson has been placed on the reserve/retired list while he recovers from losing two fingers on his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident.The third-year pro out of North Carolina State is one of two NFL players, along with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants, who suffered hand injuries in accidents involving fireworks during the holiday weekend.

  • Steady Steelers looking for peaceful, productive camp

    July 24, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers will check into the tidy dorms at Saint Vincent College for the 50th consecutive summer on Saturday. For the first time in a decade Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor won't be among those getting their room keys and unpacking their shower shoes at the small school tucked in the southwest Pennsylvania hills.

  • NFL teams sending playoff letter to ticket holders

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) It's midsummer, yet NFL teams are reaching out to their season ticket holders about the playoffs.The league has required all 32 clubs to notify their fan bases before the regular season begins that they can reserve tickets for any postseason game the team might host in that season. The resolution was passed in March at the owners' meetings.

  • Broncos DE Derek Wolfe suspended 4 games

    July 24, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) His scary spinal injury behind him along with the ill-fitting 4-3 defense, Derek Wolfe couldn't wait for the 2015 season to get here.He won't be on the field now when it does.The NFL informed the Denver Broncos on Friday that Wolfe would be suspended for the first month of the season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

  • Vikings CB Jabari Price suspended 2 games by NFL

    July 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jabari Price has been suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the 2015 regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.Price has begun his second year in the league. He appeared in 14 games as a rookie in 2014 for Minnesota, playing primarily on special teams after being drafted in the seventh round of North Carolina. Price can participate in all preseason activities, and after missing the two games, he will be eligible to return to Minnesota's active roster Sept. 21.

  • Chiefs cornerback Smith suspended 3 games for DUI arrest

    July 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith will miss the first three games of the regular season, including matchups against the Broncos' Peyton Manning and Packers' Aaron Rodgers, after he was suspended Friday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

  • Prosecutors spent 2,000 on Aaron Hernandez prosecution

    July 24, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) The investigation and murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez cost prosecutors nearly half a million dollars, a spokesman said Friday.Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder for shooting Odin Lloyd in 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, and the motive for the killing remains unclear. At the time of the murder, the star tight end had a million contract with the Patriots.

  • Cowboys RB Randle gets 6 months of probation for mall theft

    July 24, 2015

    McKINNEY, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been put on six months of probation for stealing 3 worth of cologne and underwear from a Texas mall.Collin County jail records reviewed Friday show that Randle pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft in a plea deal involving his Oct. 13 arrest.

  • Biletnikoff helps build fitting tribute to slain daughter

    July 24, 2015

    LOOMIS, Calif. (AP) - Fred Biletnikoff beamed as the girls from the substance abuse home named for his slain daughter spoke of how Tracey's Place of Hope has helped them.Sixteen years ago, Biletnikoff's 20-year-old daughter Tracey had cleaned herself up from drug dependence and was helping teens recover when she was killed by an addict she was trying to kick back into rehab.

  • Panthers expect WR Benjamin will be ready for training camp

    July 23, 2015

    CHJARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will participate in all drills when the team opens training camp July 31.Benjamin missed most of minicamp and OTAs with hamstring injuries in both legs, a source of concern for Carolina's fifth-year coach. Rivera speculated at the time the injuries could be related to Benjamin being overweight.

  • Officers punished for detainment of NFL player Nate Allen

    July 23, 2015

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Officials say four southwest Florida police officers have been punished for the wrongful detainment of Oakland Raiders safety Nate Allen.Fort Myers police Chief Doug Baker said Thursday the arrest was isolated and not deliberate.

  • AP source: Union offered NFL settlement on Brady suspension

    July 23, 2015

    The players' union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady's four-game suspension last week that was ''met with silence'' by the NFL, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the NFL Players Association's offer was confidential. There is no timetable on when Commissioner Roger Goodell will rule on the New England quarterback's appeal.

  • Steelers, coach Mike Tomlin agree to 2-year extension

    July 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2018.Financial terms of the deal announced Thursday were not disclosed. Tomlin is 82-46 with Pittsburgh since replacing Bill Cowher following the 2006 season. The Steelers have won one Super Bowl and appeared in another under Tomlin and are coming off an 11-5 mark and an AFC North title in 2014.

  • Bills receiver Goodwin gets silver in long jump at Pan Am

    July 22, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin has won a silver medal in the long jump at the Pan Am Games, leaping 27 feet, 1 3/4 inches (8.27 meters).Fellow American Jeffery Henderson won Wednesday at 28-0 1/4 (8.54 meters), and Emiliano Lasa of Uruguay took bronze with 26-9 3/4 (8.17 meters).

  • Browns sign lineman, place two picks on injured lists

    July 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have signed offensive lineman Joe Madsen and placed rookie draft picks Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Randall Telfer on the active/non-football injury list.Madsen signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 as an undrafted free agent. The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder spent three weeks last season on Green Bay's practice squad and the former West Virginia standout also played for the Los Angeles KISS in the Arena League.

  • Late Buffalo Bills owner Wilson's foundation outlines plans

    July 22, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The foundation created by late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will deliver .2 billion over the next 20 years to causes in western New York and southeastern Michigan.The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is funded with proceeds from the sale of the Bills after the death of the franchise's founder in 2014.

  • Titans announce deal with Mariota

    July 21, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota signed with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, becoming the last of the NFL's first-round draft picks to finalize his deal.The former Oregon quarterback is expected to start immediately, with the timing of the contract keeping the No. 2 overall pick on track to open the season Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay against Jameis Winston - the No. 1 overall selection from the draft.

  • Company with Romo ties sues NFL over canceled fantasy event

    July 21, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) A company partly owned by Tony Romo sued the NFL on Tuesday over a canceled fantasy football event in Las Vegas that was to involve the Dallas quarterback and other star players.The Fan Expo LLC alleged in a lawsuit filed in Dallas County that the league intimidated players with threats of fines and suspensions if they attended what the NFL said was a gambling-related event because it was to be held at a facility associated with a casino.

  • Bills cut offensive tackle Hunter 3 weeks after signing him

    July 21, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Offensive tackle Wayne Hunter's chance to revive his career with the Buffalo Bills didn't last long.The Bills announced they released Hunter on Tuesday, three weeks after signing him. The move came a little over a week before Buffalo players begin reporting to training camp in suburban Rochester.

  • Chiefs waive rookie Cox after domestic assault charge

    July 21, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs have waived defensive back Justin Cox, who was charged with domestic assault, burglary and trespassing for an incident that occurred Monday in Starkville, Mississippi.Cox was being held on ,433 bond. The case is still under investigation.

  • Titans wide receiver Hunter granted bond by Virginia judge

    July 21, 2015

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was granted bond by a Virginia judge on Tuesday, a day after turning himself in to authorities in his hometown on a charge of malicious wounding.The charge stems from a late-night fight at the Sandbar Raw Bar in Virginia Beach's oceanfront resort area during the July Fourth weekend, according to Virginia Beach police.

  • Peterson, Vikings agree to redo last 3 years of deal

    July 21, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings agreed Tuesday to restructure the final three years of his contract, giving the six-time Pro Bowl running back million in guaranteed money.The Vikings announced the agreement four days before players will report to training camp, clearing away any lingering haze that surrounded their relationship with Peterson. Initially disinterested in returning to the team following his reinstatement by the NFL, Peterson softened this spring and took part in several offseason practices with the Vikings last month.

  • Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter arrested for assault

    July 20, 2015

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter has been arrested and is being held without bond for an assault that allegedly took place at a bar during the Fourth of July weekend.Hunter, 24, was booked into his hometown jail at the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office on Monday afternoon for a charge listed as malicious intent, stabbing, cutting, wounding. Neither a sheriff's office spokesman nor the Virginia Beach Police Department immediately returned messages left by The Associated Press.

  • BC-FBN--NFL Preseason Packages

    July 20, 2015

    EDITORS:The following packages will move for NFL preseason and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions coverage:JULY 27Team capsulesJULY 28Team previewsJULY 30-AUG. 1FBN--WHAT'S NEWNEW YORK - What's new in the NFL? Try longer extra-point kicks, and perhaps more 2-point conversion attempts. Medical timeouts. Darrelle Revis returning to the Jets, while Rex Ryan leaves them - and lands in Western New York. Tim Tebow back in the NFL. And plenty more. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by noon Friday, July 31.

  • Green Bay Packers post another year of record revenue

    July 20, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Green Bay Packers reported another year of record revenue Monday, with the NFL's only publicly-owned team bolstered in part by the windfall from the league's massive broadcasting deals.The Packers said revenue from the 2015 fiscal year topped 5 million, up 16 percent from the previous year. Revenue from national sources increased by 21 percent to 6 million.

  • Police: Ex-NFL player's mistress kills his wife then self

    July 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) A former NFL player's mistress, apparently jealous that he was taking his wife on a trip to Las Vegas, drove to his home near Atlanta, kidnapped her romantic rival and led officers on a chase into Alabama before killing the wife and herself, police said.

  • Adrian Wilson to be added to Cardinals Ring of Honor

    July 20, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals are adding Adrian Wilson to the team's Ring of Honor.The safety will be inducted at halftime of the Cardinals game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 27.Wilson spent 12 seasons with the Cardinals after being drafted in the third round out of North Carolina State. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, he finished his NFL career with 987 tackles (716 solo), 27 interceptions, 25 1-2 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and four touchdowns in 181 regular-season games, 162 as a starter.

  • Judge orders settlement talk for NFL, union on Peterson case

    July 20, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A federal magistrate ordered the NFL and the NFL Players Association into settlement negotiations Monday in their fight over Adrian Peterson's suspension.U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron set a settlement conference for Aug. 13. That is the same day U.S. District Judge David Doty has scheduled a hearing on the NFLPA's contempt-of-court motion against the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell, for not complying with Doty's order to send Peterson's disciplinary matter back to the NFL arbitrator.

  • 1 more pass: Favre's busy weekend ends with charity game

    July 19, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Brett Favre can still zip a pass into tight spaces.Now if his receivers were back in their prime, ol' No. 4 might have had a few more completions Sunday at his charity flag football game.It was all just for fun, of course. There are no more NFL comebacks for the 45-year-old quarterback.

  • Former pitcher Mark Mulder wins celebrity golf tournament

    July 19, 2015

    STATELINE, Nevada (AP) Mark Mulder won the American Century Championship on Sunday, holding off fellow former major league pitcher Eric Gagne by a point.Mulder finished with 82 points at Edgewood Tahoe in the modified Stableford event. Players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or worse.

  • Innovative roof makes Minnesota stadium lighten up

    July 20, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ethylene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene.It's not one of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's audible calls, nor is it a term for a three-wide receiver set in the Vikings offense.Look higher for the clues to this tongue-twister, all the way up to the roof of Minnesota's new stadium.

  • Bart Starr's son says Hall of Fame QB improving

    July 18, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr's son said his father's health is improving following two strokes and a mild heart attack.Bart Starr Jr, said Saturday night that that his 81-year-old father had started ''turning the corner in a significant way.''

  • Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee leads celebrity golf tournament

    July 18, 2015

    STATELINE, Nevada (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee matched the event record with 33 points Saturday to take a one-point lead in the American Century Championship.Scobee eagled the par-5 16th and had six birdies and two bogeys for a 6-under 66 at Edgewood Tahoe. He had 57 points after two rounds at Edgewood Tahoe in the modified Stableford event where players receive six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-2 for double bogey or worse.

  • Brett Favre returns to Lambeau for Packers Hall of Fame

    July 18, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Brett Favre headed up the Lambeau Field tunnel, a path that he had walked dozens of times.He turned left at the end, and then walked through a set of double doors. The Green Bay Packers' locker room was just down the hall on the right.

  • Longtime Buffalo Bills broadcaster Van Miller dies at 87

    July 18, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The voice of the Buffalo Bills from the team's earliest days in the AFL has died at age 87.Bills President Russ Brandon announced Saturday that retired broadcaster Van Miller died on Friday.Miller began his broadcasting career in 1955 calling high school sports for WBEN radio and television. He became the Bills' play-by-play man during the team's first season with the AFL in 1960.

  • NFL's first full-time female official low-key as debut nears

    July 17, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Sarah Thomas shared hugs and idle chatter at her first preseason clinic since the NFL made her the first full-time female on-field official.All of her colleagues were doing the same thing Friday in what amounts to the unofficial end of their offseason. The pharmaceutical representative and mother of three was just another one of the guys, which is how she hopes coaches and players see her when the regular season starts in two months.

  • Bill Arnsparger, Miami's "No-Name Defense" coach, dies at 88

    July 17, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Bill Arnsparger, the Miami assistant coach who directed the ''No-Name Defense'' that helped the Dolphins win Super Bowl titles in 1973 and 1974, died Friday. He was 88.Laura Prewitt, executive director of the Breeders' Cup Festival in Lexington, Kentucky, announced the death, saying Arnsparger died at his home in Athens, Alabama.

  • Jaguars release WR Ace Sanders

    July 17, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have released wide receiver Ace Sanders, a fourth-round draft pick in 2013.Sanders caught 51 passes as a rookie, but was less of a factor last season with only six catches. He also was suspended the first four games of 2014 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

  • Big weekend arrives for Favre, joining Packers Hall of Fame

    July 17, 2015

    The great thaw is nearly complete. The big weekend in Green Bay is finally here for Brett Favre.The former quarterback renowned for his durability and gunslinger mentality will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his No. 4 jersey retired on Saturday. It's a day some Packers fans thought they might never see.

  • Air game: Bills' Rex Ryan skydives with Army parachute team

    July 17, 2015

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan's first touchdown as Buffalo Bills coach came from 3,000 yards in the sky.Ryan descended more than 9,000 feet Friday in a tandem skydive with members of the United States Army Golden Knights parachute team at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

  • Bills coach Rex Ryan skydives with US Army parachute team

    July 17, 2015

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan's first touchdown as Buffalo Bills coach came from 3,000 yards in the sky.He descended more than 9,000 feet Friday in a tandem skydive with members of the United States Army ''Golden Knights'' parachute team. The jump was part of the Thunder of Niagara Airshow at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

  • Big weekend here for Favre, joining Packers Hall of Fame

    July 17, 2015

    The big weekend in Green Bay is finally here for Brett Favre.The former quarterback will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and have his No. 4 jersey retired on Saturday.Favre and the Packers have mended their relationship after a messy split from Green Bay in 2008. It stemmed from the then-annual offseason drama over whether Favre would retire.

  • Family, faith, fortune, football comes together for Thomas

    July 17, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Demaryius Thomas hit the jackpot this week - 48 hours BEFORE signing his million contract.The Denver Broncos star receiver awoke Monday morning to see he'd missed two calls from the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida.

  • Former Razorback Cobbs arrested on prostitution count

    July 17, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Former Arkansas and NFL running back Cedric Cobbs has been arrested on a charge of promoting prostitution.Pulaski County jail records show the 34-year-old Cobbs was booked into jail about 1:30 a.m. Friday. No attorney was listed for him.

  • million in tax credits sought for St. Louis stadium

    July 17, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) A revised plan for a new NFL stadium in St. Louis calls for the stadium authority to seek million in state tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board.The credits would be spread over three years to help fund the proposed open-air stadium along the Mississippi River north of the Gateway Arch, a major part of the effort to keep pro football in St. Louis.

  • Sharper sentencing in federal sexual assault case reset

    July 17, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The sentencing of former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper on federal charges that he drugged and assaulted women in four states has been rescheduled.U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo issued an order Thursday resetting Sharper's sentencing for Oct. 1 at the request of probation officer Marilyn Brasset. It was scheduled for Aug. 20 in New Orleans.

  • Brandon Marshall tweets that Jets 'will be my last team'

    July 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Brandon Marshall says the New York Jets will be the last stop of his playing career.The star wide receiver was answering questions from fans on Twitter on Thursday night when he was asked what team he expects to retire with. The 31-year-old Marshall responded: ''If I'm cut tomorrow, I'll retire. This will be my last team.''

  • Steelers sign defensive end Cam Heyward to 6-year contract

    July 16, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Cam Heyward spent the offseason swatting away questions about his future as the final year of his rookie deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers loomed this fall.No matter how he was asked, the defensive end always gave a variation of the same answer: ''I'm good.''

  • NFL Players Association, Wounded Warrior Project partner

    July 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The NFL Players Association has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project to provide sports business opportunities for injured service members.The partnership announced Thursday will benefit Wounded Warrior Project alumni and current and former NFL players. The goal is to give injured service members experience and professional development. The NFLPA will also raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

  • Memorable moments from the ESPY Awards

    July 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Host Joel McHale zinged an audience full of star athletes at the ESPY Awards, using his monologue to skewer the rich and famous at the show honoring the year's best moments in sports.The actor-comic noted the audience was ''all dressed up in the suits you usually wear to your depositions.''

  • New California law recognizes cheerleaders as employees

    July 15, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation recognizing California's professional cheerleaders as employees who are entitled to minimum wage and overtime.The Democratic governor announced Wednesday that he signed AB202, requiring that sports teams employ cheerleaders as workers instead of contractors. It provides them with sick leave and overtime pay, as well as other labor protections available to team staff.

  • Cowboys, Bryant beat deadline with 5-year, million deal

    July 15, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dez Bryant has the long-term contract he said he wouldn't play without, and the Dallas Cowboys can quit worrying about whether he really would skip games.The All-Pro receiver signed a five-year, million deal Wednesday, after months of posturing from both sides and less than an hour before a deadline that would have required him to play under a one-year agreement.

  • Levy, Tarkenton to present during Hall of Fame inductions

    July 15, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) There will be some familiar faces presenting the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy and Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton will be among those introducing the eight-member Class of 2015 during induction ceremonies on Aug. 8.

  • AP source: No long-term deal for Pierre-Paul with Giants

    July 15, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) A person close to the negotiations says defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did not get a new long-term contract deal from the New York Giants ahead of a deadline for players who have franchise tags.The lack of a deal by the Wednesday deadline is not surprising considering Pierre-Paul's status has been uncertain since he was hurt in a fireworks accident July 4.

  • Demaryius Thomas signs five-year, million contract

    July 15, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Demaryius Thomas hasn't lost any of his impeccable timing.The Denver Broncos' star wide receiver signed a five-year, million contract just before the deadline Wednesday.It's the richest contract in franchise history and includes .5 million guaranteed.

  • Lawsuit: DirecTV's 'NFL Sunday Ticket' is illegal monopoly

    July 15, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) DirecTV's exclusive right to broadcast certain NFL games is an illegal monopoly that raises costs for bars and restaurants, a San Francisco bar says in a lawsuit against the league and the satellite TV provider.The lawsuit filed this week in federal court in California challenges DirecTV's deal with the league for ''NFL Sunday Ticket,'' which gives subscribers nationwide live broadcasts of many Sunday games played in other cities. Those games are available to the subscribers only through DirecTV.

  • Air Force, Colorado to resume series after 46-year drought

    July 15, 2015

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Air Force and Colorado will face off on the football field in 2020, ending a 46-year drought in the series.The Falcons will visit Boulder on Sept. 12, 2020, and the Buffaloes will visit the Academy on Sept. 10, 2022.The last game between the schools was at Air Force on Oct. 5, 1974, with Colorado winning 28-27.

  • AP source: Cowboys, Bryant agree to 5-year, M deal

    July 15, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) A person close to the negotiations says Dez Bryant has agreed to a five-year, million contract with the Dallas Cowboys.The deal with the All-Pro receiver broke a stalemate that lasted months, and ended about an hour before the Wednesday deadline to get a multiyear deal done. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced, provided the terms to The Associated Press. The contract includes million guaranteed for last year's NFL leader in touchdowns receiving.

  • AP source: Cowboys, Dez Bryant agree to deal before deadline

    July 15, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) A person close to the negotiations says Dez Bryant has agreed to a five-year, million contract with the Dallas Cowboys.The deal with the All-Pro receiver broke a stalemate that lasted months, and ended about an hour before the Wednesday deadline to get a multiyear deal done. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced, provided the terms to The Associated Press.

  • Giants sign veteran safety Miles, waive Harris, Currie

    July 15, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have added depth at the safety position, signing veteran Jeromy Miles.The Giants announced the move on Wednesday, giving returning defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo a player he coached the last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

  • AP source: Chiefs, Houston reach 6-year, 1 million deal

    July 15, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs spoke with representatives for Justin Houston about an extension before last season. When they were unable to reach a pact, the defensive star made a big gamble by playing out the final year of his rookie contract.

  • J.J. Watt bowled over by meeting with Jennifer Aniston

    July 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) It's no secret that Jennifer Aniston has long been J.J. Watt's celebrity crush. The Houston Texans star had just never connected with her.Until now.Watt finally met the ''Friends'' star on Monday in Los Angeles, where they are represented by the same talent agency. He was there speaking to the agency's employees and was asked if there was anything they could do for him.

  • Bulls, WNBA's Catchings win Sports Humanitarian awards

    July 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Chicago Bulls and WNBA player Tamika Catchings have been honored at the first Sports Humanitarian of the Year awards.The Bulls won in the team category and received a ,000 grant to a charity related to their humanitarian efforts.

  • Murray, Hill win national prep athlete of the year awards

    July 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kyler Murray, a quarterback headed to Texas A&M, and sprinter Candace Hill were honored as the national prep athletes of the year Tuesday night.Murray led Allen (Texas) High to a 16-0 record and the Class 6A, Division I state championship last fall. The senior threw for 4,713 yards and 54 touchdowns.

  • Bills offensive line coach Kromer put on leave amid arrest

    July 14, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Bills President Russ Brandon says offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has been put on paid administrative leave after being accused of punching a boy in the face for using his beach chairs.Brandon says the team is following the league's personal conduct policy, putting Kromer on leave while investigating with the league.

  • Test: McNabb's alcohol level was more than twice legal limit

    July 14, 2015

    GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Arizona last month, police said Tuesday.Police in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert said lab tests show McNabb's blood-alcohol level was 0.17 percent. Arizona's legal limit is 0.08, and anything 0.15 or higher qualifies as extreme DUI.

  • Colts to induct former center Jeff Saturday in Ring of Honor

    July 14, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Former Colts center Jeff Saturday will become the 12th member to join the team's Ring of Honor on Sept. 21.Indianapolis will host the New York Jets that Monday night.Saturday joined the team as undrafted free agent in 1999 and became a fixture in the Indianapolis community and on the Colts' offensive line.

  • Body found in Texas lake, believed to be ex NFL receiver

    July 14, 2015

    WYLIE, Texas (AP) A body recovered from a Dallas-area lake is believed to be an ex-Houston Texans receiver who fell from an inflatable tube being towed by a boat.The Collin County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the body is believed to be 37-year-old JaJuan Dawson of Murphy.

  • Lawyer: Cops coerced Aaron Hernandez associate into talking

    July 14, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) An attorney for an associate of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez says his client was pressured into talking to police investigating the death of Odin Lloyd.The Herald News (http://bit.ly/1K5E4Kb ) reports that attorneys presented final arguments Monday for why Carlos Ortiz's statements should either be allowed or suppressed when he is tried on a murder charge in Lloyd's 2013 shooting. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

  • Demaryius Thomas gets good news about his family

    July 13, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Demaryius Thomas received some good news Monday and it had nothing to do with his contract stalemate with the Denver Broncos: his mother is getting out of prison early.President Barack Obama cut the prison sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders, and one of them was Katina Smith, who has been incarcerated in Georgia since 2000.

  • Search resumes for ex-NFL receiver missing on Texas lake

    July 13, 2015

    WYLIE, Texas (AP) Authorities are searching for a former Houston Texans receiver who fell out of a rented boat during a family outing at a Dallas-area lake.The Collin County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old JaJuan Dawson wasn't wearing a lifejacket Sunday night when he fell into Lavon Lake, near Wylie.

  • Cowboys' Bryant warns he won't play without long-term deal

    July 13, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dez Bryant is sending another signal that he won't play for the Dallas Cowboys without a long-term contract.The unsigned All-Pro receiver posted a message on Twitter to Dallas fans Monday, apologizing while saying he ''will not be there'' if he doesn't have a new deal by Wednesday's deadline.

  • Deputies: Bills coach Kromer punched boy in beach dispute

    July 13, 2015

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer punched a boy in the face after confronting him and another boy about using his beach chairs while they fished along the shore near his Florida home, according to an arrest report released Monday.

  • Hundreds pay to meet Johnny Manziel at autograph session

    July 13, 2015

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) About 350 fans paid at least 5 each to meet former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as he prepares for his second NFL season.The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner appeared Sunday at Aggieland Outfitters in College Station. The Eagle (http://bit.ly/1dVWJwl ) newspaper reports Manziel hosted his first public autograph signing session since being drafted last year by Cleveland. The paper said Manziel's licensing agent, Panini Authentic, oversaw the sold-out event that cost fans between 5 and 5 per ticket, depending on the size of the item being signed.

  • Bills OL coach Kromer arrested in Florida for punching boy

    July 12, 2015

    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested Sunday in Florida after shoving a boy to the ground and punching him, authorities said.The Walton County Sheriff's Office said the dispute arose after Kromer and his son confronted three boys about their use of beach chairs while fishing near their home. In a statement, the sheriff's office said Kromer grabbed the boys' fishing pole and threw it in the water before assaulting one boy.

  • Bills OL coach Kromer arrested in Florida for battery

    July 12, 2015

    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has been arrested in Florida for battery.Walton County jail records show 48-year-old Kromer was taken into custody just before 2 a.m. Sunday and released about an hour later.

  • At 20, Manning camp's influence on NFL is widespread

    July 11, 2015

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) Archie Manning never really intended the football camp he founded two decades ago to become a magnet for future NFL quarterbacks.The former New Orleans Saints great and father of football stars Peyton and Eli Manning simply saw the Manning Passing Academy as a way to get the family together and help typical high school quarterbacks and receivers better enjoy their fall Friday nights. Yet today, the Mannings can rattle off a slew of former campers or counselors who've become household names on Sundays.

  • NFL teams that using variable or dynamic ticket pricing

    July 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Which NFL teams use variable or dynamic pricing for tickets:AFC EASTBuffalo - YESMiami - YESNew England - YESNew York Jets - YESAFC NORTHBaltimore - NOCincinnati - NOCleveland - YESPittsburgh - YESAFC SOUTHHouston - NOIndianapolis - NO

  • Holy Cross hires Amanda Belichick as women's lacrosse coach

    July 10, 2015

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) Another Belichick will be coaching in Massachusetts.Holy Cross hired Amanda Belichick as its women's lacrosse coach on Friday. She is the daughter of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.Amanda Belichick was the coach at her alma mater, Wesleyan, the last two seasons. She has also served as an assistant at Ohio State and UMass.

  • Suspension reduced from 10 games to 4 for Cowboys' Hardy

    July 10, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Greg Hardy's suspension for his role in a domestic violence case was reduced from 10 games to four Friday and his agent said the Dallas defensive end might not be finished fighting the punishment.Arbitrator Harold Henderson, who heard Hardy's appeal, upheld NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Hardy. But he said the length was ''simply too much'' since the league had decided last year that suspensions in domestic cases would start at six games.

  • John Madden says Ken Stabler's death a 'shock to all of us'

    July 10, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ken Stabler's death came as a shock to John Madden. The Hall of Fame coach, like almost everybody else, had no idea the former Oakland Raiders quarterback had Stage 4 colon cancer.''If you know Kenny Stabler, that's Kenny Stabler,'' Madden said Friday, a day after Stabler's family announced his death.

  • Cowboys' Hardy gets suspension reduced from 10 games to 4

    July 10, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy's suspension for his role in a domestic violence case has been reduced from 10 games to four.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy announced arbitrator Harold Henderson's decision Friday.Hardy missed all but one game last season, but was paid his million salary while on Commissioner Roger Goodell's exempt list. Goodell gave Hardy the 10-game suspension in April after the league was allowed to view evidence from Hardy's domestic violence trial in North Carolina.

  • AP source: Giants haven't rescinded JPP's franchise tag

    July 10, 2015

    Jason Pierre-Paul's future with the New York Giants remains uncertain after a fireworks accident, even though a person with knowledge of the contract tells The Associated Press the team has not rescinded its .8 million franchise tag offer.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the details of Pierre-Paul's contract situation. The star defensive end was injured in an accident involving fireworks on July 4.

  • Former Oakland Raiders QB Stabler dead at 69

    July 9, 2015

    A Snake wouldn't seem to offer much help on a football field.Unless that snake was named Stabler.Ken Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69.

  • Curtis Conway joins Chargers' radio broadcast team

    July 9, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Former NFL wide receiver Curtis Conway and recently retired center Nick Hardwick have joined the San Diego Chargers' radio broadcast team.Conway replaces former Chargers player Hank Bauer as analyst and Hardwick will be a sideline reporter. They join Josh Lewin, the play-by-play announcer since 2005.

  • Rams take former Clemson OL Battle in supplemental draft

    July 9, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams selected offensive lineman Isaiah Battle in the fifth round of the NFL supplemental draft.The Rams announced Thursday that they've selected the former Clemson player. Battle played in 27 games and started 15 during three seasons with the Tigers.

  • Longtime Bengals executive John Sawyer dies

    July 9, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Former Cincinnati Bengals president and part owner John Sawyer has died. He was 90.The Bengals said that Sawyer died Thursday morning at a retirement home in Cincinnati after battling health problems for the past four years.He was team president from 1968-93 and had served as a vice president since 1994. He is considered to be one of the founders of the Bengals and had long been a key adviser to the Brown family, including Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown and his son Mike, now the team president.

  • Former 49er Ray McDonald charged with domestic violence

    July 9, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Former San Francisco 49er defensive tackle Ray McDonald was charged with domestic violence and false imprisonment in connection with allegations he assaulted his ex-fiancee while she held their 2-month-old child, prosecutors said Thursday.

  • Rose Bowl won't be temporary host of NFL franchise

    July 9, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Operators of Pasadena's Rose Bowl aren't interested in hosting an NFL team.The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1Sa50dJ ) says operators won't submit a proposal to become a temporary home to an NFL franchise considering a move to Southern California. Wednesday night's vote was unanimous.

  • Player's dad: C.J. Wilson lost 2 fingers in July 4 accident

    July 8, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The father of Tampa Bay cornerback C.J. Wilson told a Charlotte television station that his son lost two fingers in a July 4 fireworks accident.Curtis Wilson Sr., appearing on WBTV, said the fireworks did not pop out of the canister when they exploded.

  • Buccaneers: Wilson suffered hand injury in July 4th accident

    July 8, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say cornerback C.J. Wilson injured one of his hands in a Fourth of July accident.In a statement Wednesday, the team didn't describe the nature of the accident but said its ''primary concern at this moment is for his long-term health.''

  • Before football Hall of Fame, celeb golf for Jerome Bettis

    July 8, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jerome Bettis served as a mentor to Hines Ward, showing his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate the ropes when he entered the NFL.He'll do the same on the links almost 20 years later.Before Bettis is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he'll compete in the 26th annual American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe for the ninth time, joining Ward, a rookie in the field, and more than 80 of the biggest sports and entertainment stars for the nationally televised event July 17-19.

  • NFL hires Rod Graves as a senior vice president

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL has hired Rod Graves to be a senior vice president of football administration and club services.The league announced the appointment on Wednesday.Graves will oversee all club- and game-related initiatives related to the Competition Committee, general managers and head coaches. Graves' other responsibilities will include strategic development for coaching, scouting and officiating, the NFL combine and college relations.

  • Judge: Redskins' trademark must be canceled; team to appeal

    July 8, 2015

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) For the first time in a legal battle that has stretched over 20 years, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins' trademark registration, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans.

  • Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademark registration

    July 8, 2015

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins' trademark registration, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans.The ruling by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board. Bruce ordered the federal Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the registration.

  • NFL games coming to London EPL club Tottenham's new stadium

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The NFL will stage at least two regular-season games each season at Premier League club Tottenham's new London stadium over a 10-year period under a deal announced Wednesday.Tottenham is hoping to move into a new 61,000-seat venue adjacent to its current White Hart Lane stadium in 2018. It will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that would be used for American football.

  • NFL reaches 10-year stadium deal with Totttenham

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The NFL will play a minimum of two regular-season games a year at Premier League club Tottenham's new stadium over a 10-year period under a deal announced Wednesday.Tottenham's new 61,000-seat stadium is expected to open in the summer of 2018 and will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that would be used for NFL games.

  • ESPN's Jackson wins Pro Football Hall's broadcasting award

    July 7, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) ESPN broadcaster Tom Jackson has won the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.The Pro Football Hall of Fame made the announcement Tuesday. The NFL analyst will be recognized for ''longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football'' during the 2015 enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 8.

  • Ex-quarterback McNabb arrested again on suspicion of DUI

    July 7, 2015

    GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been arrested in Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time in 18 months, according to police documents released Tuesday.Police in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert said McNabb was cited and released from a police facility after being arrested June 28 following a non-injury collision late that night.

  • AP source: Giants aware of Pierre-Paul's fireworks injury

    July 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Giants are aware of an incident involving Jason Pierre-Paul and fireworks, but the team is unsure about the severity of any injuries to the star defensive end, a person with knowledge of the incident tells The Associated Press on Monday.

  • Longtime Chiefs executive Steadman dies at 86

    July 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Longtime Chiefs executive Jack Steadman, who spent more than four decades with the franchise and helped build its only Super Bowl team, died early Sunday. He was 86.Steadman died of natural causes, the Chiefs said in a statement. Steadman had been dealing with Alzheimer's disease in recent years. Funeral arrangements were pending.

  • GB Packers tight end Quarless charged with firing a gun

    July 4, 2015

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested Saturday after police said he allegedly fired two shots into the air during an argument outside a Miami Beach parking garage, authorities said.Miami Beach Police say a witness reported that Quarless was riding in a black Porsche with three other people around 5 a.m. Saturday when they pulled up to a car full of women. An arrest affidavit says the football player and another man approached the car. It said the conversation eventually escalated and the witness told authorities he heard the women yelling for Quarless and his friend to leave them alone.

  • Judge approves subpoena of phone records in Hernandez case

    July 3, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can take steps to identify an anonymous tipster who claimed that one of the jurors who convicted him of murder may have lied during jury selection, a judge ruled Friday.

  • Australian academy prepares punters for US college football

    July 3, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The fog is still lifting off a deserted playing field on the outskirts of this southern Australian city as 10 aspiring college football punters begin their morning drills.No one watches them practice on a chilly Melbourne day. Soon, they hope, almost all of them will be showing off their skills in front of crowds of more than 100,000 while punting at powerhouse college football programs 10,000 miles away.

  • Longtime Lions stalwart Charlie Sanders dies at age 68

    July 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders epitomized Detroit's blue-collar roots.Fans adored his gritty work ethic. Teammates embraced his leadership. Coaches found him to be a prized pupil and a talented teacher. And when Detroit's booming economy became the American standard, Sanders was rewriting football history with a trend-setting career.

  • Gates, Richardson, McClain each get 4-game NFL suspensions

    July 2, 2015

    Three-time All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season along with New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain for violating NFL drug policies.Gates' suspension is over the league's ban on performance-enhancing drugs, while Richardson and McClain will be sidelined under the substance abuse policy.

  • Texans release rookie Ivory after burglary charges

    July 2, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have released defensive lineman Brandon Ivory a day after he was charged in a residential burglary in Tuscaloosa.The team announced his departure on Thursday. The 23-year-old Ivory, a former Alabama standout, signed a free-agent contract with the Texans in May.

  • Chargers tight end Antonio Gates suspended 4 games

    July 2, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Antonio Gates' squeaky-clean image took a big hit Thursday when the San Diego Chargers' star tight end was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

  • Packers pass rusher Datone Jones suspended for season opener

    July 2, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Packers defensive end Datone Jones has been suspended for the first game this season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.The league said in a statement Thursday that Jones will be out for the Sept. 13 game at Chicago and eligible to return for the home opener in Week 2 against Seattle.

  • Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended 1st 4 games of season

    July 2, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, putting two key Dallas defenders on the sideline to start the season with pass rusher Greg Hardy's 10-game ban.

  • Jets' Richardson suspended 1st 4 games of season

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season on Thursday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.Richardson will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Monday, Oct. 5 after the team's Oct. 4 game against the AFC East rival Miami Dolphins.

  • Cowboys' McClain suspended 1st 4 games of regular season

    July 2, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.The league said in a statement Thursday that McClain would be suspended without pay and eligible to return for Dallas' Week 5 game against New England.

  • Former NFL star tackles overgrown field for football camp

    July 2, 2015

    HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) The weeds and wild grass rose well above Reggie McKenzie's knees as the former NFL star walked the field bearing his name in the small Detroit enclave of Highland Park. With two weeks until the start of the youth football camp he's been running for four decades, the city-owned field had yet to be mowed - and something had to be done.

  • Former sports writer and publicist Jack Disney dies at 80

    July 1, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Jack Disney, a longtime sports writer with the old Los Angeles Herald Examiner who later worked in publicity at two Southern California horse racing tracks, has died. He was 80.Officials at Santa Anita Park said Wednesday that Disney died Monday at his home in Irvine after a long fight with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

  • Redskins' name hinders DC's efforts for stadium site lease

    July 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The National Park Service won't grant the District of Columbia a new lease for the site of the Washington Redskins' old stadium in part because Interior Secretary Sally Jewell opposes the team's name.Jewell reiterated that position during a meeting in late April with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Interior Department spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw said.

  • Houston Texans lineman Brandon Ivory charged in burglary

    July 1, 2015

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Houston Texans defensive lineman Brandon Ivory has been charged in what police describe as a residential burglary in Tuscaloosa.Authorities say the 23-year-old Ivory, a former Alabama standout, was arrested with another man Wednesday after two people said a pair of men busted down a door and took two Apple iPads and cash.

  • WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

    July 1, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring.The Stamford-based company, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Monday, argues the wrestlers' claims are fraudulent and should be barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims in Connecticut.

  • Ex-NFL player pleads guilty in hit-and-run, gets probation

    July 1, 2015

    WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) Former Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people and will serve a year of probation.Spikes appeared Wednesday in Wrentham District Court, where he admitted negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of personal injury, operating an uninsured vehicle, speeding and a marked-lanes violation.

  • Offensive tackle Hunter attempts to revive career with Bills

    July 1, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills are providing offensive tackle Wayne Hunter an opportunity to revive his career.Hunter signed with the Bills on Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 and 318-pound Hunter has been out of football since being released by St. Louis following the 2012 season.

  • Steelers interested in hosting 2023 Super Bowl

    July 1, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to turn the 2023 Super Bowl into a home game.The franchise submitted an application at the owner's meetings in May for the right to bid on the 2023 Super Bowl. It's the first time the Steelers - whose six Super Bowl victories are the most in the NFL - and city have sent in an application to host the title game. The NFL will not open up the actual bidding for the game until 2018. The vote on who will host the 2023 Super Bowl won't come until 2019.

  • Pom-pom pay: California bill gives cheerleaders minimum wage

    July 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.

  • Ex-Cowboy Spillman charged with sexual assault in Texas

    July 1, 2015

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) Former Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman has been arrested on a sexual assault charge in an alleged 2014 incident at a Dallas-area hotel.Tarrant County jail records show Spillman surrendered early Wednesday and was freed on ,000 bond.

  • Judge rejects Aaron Hernandez move to toss murder conviction

    July 1, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts judge who oversaw the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has rejected a request to throw out his first-degree murder conviction or reduce it to second-degree murder.Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh turned down a motion for a required finding of not guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. A jury convicted Hernandez in April. The motion was a procedural step that had to be taken before an appeal.

  • California legislation responds to cheerleader lawsuits

    July 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.

  • Judge weighing Missouri lawmaker lawsuit over Rams stadium

    June 30, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A Missouri state lawmaker asked a judge to block Gov. Jay Nixon from working on plans to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis, calling the effort a misuse of taxpayer dollars for an ''illegal purpose.''Republican Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City represented a group six lawmakers suing Nixon and officials who oversee the current Rams stadium. They want to block Nixon and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority from taking action on a new stadium, saying they don't have the authority to do so.

  • California bill seeks to make cheerleaders team employees

    June 29, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees.The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. AB202 says they would have to be paid for overtime and sick leave, the same as other employees.

  • Eagles sign guard John Moffitt to 1-year deal

    June 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have signed guard John Moffitt to a one-year contract and released guard Cole Manhart.The 6-foot-4, 319-pound Moffitt was drafted by Seattle in the third round in 2011 and last played in the NFL two years ago with Denver.

  • Hyundai replaces General Motors as NFL auto sponsor

    June 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The National Football League is getting a new official automotive sponsor: Hyundai.The Korean automaker announced the sponsorship deal Monday, replacing General Motors Co. The deal gives Hyundai the ability to use NFL trademarks in its marketing and access to big events year-round such as the Super Bowl, playoffs and the widely watched draft of college players.

  • Report: Michigan, Pipkins in disagreement over health

    June 26, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins tells ESPN.com he plans to transfer, and he says the Wolverines' staff asked him to sign a medical scholarship form that would have halted his career.Pipkins says doctors initially said he has arthritis in his knee but should not be disqualified from competition. Pipkins says he was later sent by Michigan back to his knee surgeon, who then recommended he rest for six months.

  • Hernandez co-defendant's attorney says police were coercive

    June 26, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) An attorney for a man who was charged with murder along with ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez argued Friday that police coerced him to answer questions in the investigation and the information should not be allowed into evidence.

  • Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston: 'I'm just moving forward'

    June 26, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Jameis Winston knows there are always eyes on him - watching, dissecting and waiting for him to make a mistake.The spotlight doesn't leave, and Winston wants to shine in it.''It's about my actions,'' the Tampa Buccaneers rookie said while attending a youth football clinic. ''I got to be a quarterback. When I'm off the field, I got to be a quarterback. When I'm on the field, I've got to be a quarterback. I know people are going to look at me in each and every way.

  • Hernandez co-defendants appear in court on murder charges

    June 26, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Two men accused of joining with former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to kill a man in 2013 have appeared in court for the first time since Hernandez's murder conviction.Attorneys for Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz discussed trial dates Friday at Bristol County Superior Court. Both men have pleaded not guilty to murder.

  • Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston: 'I'm moving forward'

    June 26, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston knows he'll never escape scrutiny following multiple off-field incidents in college, but he's trying to ''be a better person'' as he embarks on his NFL career.The No. 1 overall pick says he's not looking back at his days at Florida State. The former Heisman Trophy winner had a string of problems in school, including a rape accusation that was dismissed after prosecutors cited problems with a police investigation.

  • Confidence biggest lesson at Pellerin's summer camp

    June 26, 2015

    MADISON, Miss. (AP) Sporting a straw hat to ward off the sun, Cleveland Browns defensive back Micah Pellerin keeps a watchful eye on the middle school kids racing across a football field in this historic Mississippi railroad town.The blazing morning sun already has temperatures into the 90s, so Pellerin and his former high school teammate Joe Marquez keep tabs on repetitions for each fundamental drill. They mix in frequent water and rest breaks, plus encouragement and smiles. Lots of smiles.

  • Aaron Hernandez co-defendants due in court on murder charges

    June 26, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Two men accused of joining with former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to kill a man in 2013 are due in court, the first time they will appear since Hernandez was convicted of murder in April.Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz are scheduled for status conferences Friday at Bristol County Superior Court. Both men have pleaded not guilty to murder.

  • Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin finishes 4th at nationals

    June 26, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin almost had a convenient excuse to miss some of training camp.Oh well, the long jumper can now leap into the Rex Ryan era without distractions. Goodwin finished fourth at the U.S. championships Thursday night, just missing out on a spot at worlds. His best attempt was 27 feet, 5 1/2 inches - or about a yard shy of a first down. Marquis Dendy of Florida won at 28-5 3/4.

  • Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery

    June 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Authorities in Las Vegas have charged Hall of Fame defensive lineman Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada.The criminal complaint filed Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court charges Sapp with three domestic battery misdemeanors that carry up to 18 months in jail if he's convicted.

  • NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery

    June 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Authorities in Las Vegas have charged NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada.The criminal complaint filed Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court charges Sapp with three domestic battery misdemeanors that carry up to 18 months in jail if he's convicted.

  • New Pitt AD Barnes focusing on football

    June 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Scott Barnes has been on the job less than two weeks, yet the new Pittsburgh athletic director already has a clear vision about what should be the top item of his ''to do'' list. It's the same as the second. And the third. And the fourth.

  • Ex-Detroit Lions coach Tommy Hudspeth dies at 83

    June 25, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Tommy Hudspeth, a Detroit Lions coach in the 1970s who also coached in college at BYU and UTEP, has died at 83.His death was announced Thursday by the Toronto Argonauts, for whom he once worked as coach and general manager. The CFL team said he died Tuesday of cancer.

  • NFL players union complains about Pats disciplining Butler

    June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL Players Association has complained to the league about whether the Patriots improperly disciplined cornerback Malcolm Butler during voluntary workouts.NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement consistently.

  • Tennessee Titans' home field to be renamed Nissan Stadium

    June 25, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans' home field is changing its name from LP Field to Nissan Stadium.Officials from the Titans and Nissan announced Thursday a 20-year partnership that renames Nashville's downtown stadium. The naming rights are subject to approval by the NFL and Metro Government Authority.

  • Bills receiver Goodwin on track for long jump at nationals

    June 25, 2015

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin spent the offseason running various slants, fades, screens and curls. His favorite? The ''go'' route.As in, go to the U.S. championships this week and try to earn a spot for worlds in the long jump. Goodwin needs to leap about a yard shy of a first down Thursday night for a chance to make the American squad.

  • Judge says ex-NFL star's co-defendant should get more info

    June 25, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A co-defendant of former NFL star Darren Sharper in a federal drug and sexual assault case is entitled to more information about witnesses and specific allegations being made by prosecutors who claim there was an attempt to keep witnesses from testifying in the case, a judge ruled Thursday.

  • Benson's daughter, grandchildren appeal competency ruling

    June 24, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The daughter and grandchildren of Tom Benson are appealing last week's ruling that found the Saints and Pelicans owner mentally competent to make his own business decisions.The appeal from daughter Renee Benson and her children, Rita LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc, was filed Wednesday.

  • Brady waiting for Goodell decision after 10-hour hearing

    June 24, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) It's back to the waiting game for Tom Brady.After making his case in a 10-hour hearing, Brady's fate is in the hands of Roger Goodell. Just when the NFL commissioner will announce his decision to uphold, reduce or eliminate Brady's four-game suspension in ''Deflategate'' is uncertain.

  • NFL concussion awards on hold amid appeals through this fall

    June 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Retired NFL players seeking payouts from the potential billion NFL concussion settlement could be waiting until next year based on appeals being weighed this fall.About 90 former players are appealing the final settlement approved this year by a federal judge in Philadelphia. The settlement covers about 21,000 NFL retirees.

  • Ex-NFL coach Haslett hired as Penn State's 'sounding board'

    June 24, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) The coach who guided the New Orleans Saints through Hurricane Katrina has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant.Penn State says Jim Haslett will work with its offensive, defensive and specials teams coaches and serve as a ''sounding board'' for the staff.

  • NFL concussion awards on hold through this fall amid appeals

    June 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Retired NFL players seeking payouts from the potential billion NFL concussion settlement could be waiting until next year based on appeals being weighed this fall.Dozens of ex-players are appealing the final settlement approved this year by a federal judge in Philadelphia.

  • Curry and James up for best male athlete at ESPY Awards

    June 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Stephen Curry and LeBron James are going head-to-head again not long after battling for the NBA title.The Golden State Warriors champ and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar are among the nominees for best male athlete at the ESPY Awards. Serena Williams leads the list of nominees for best female athlete.

  • After appeal, what's next in Brady deflated football saga?

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.The league suspended Brady for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

  • Brady appeal hearing ends after more than 10 hours

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

  • Brady appeal continues into evening at NFL offices

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With thunder clouds erupting over the city, Tom Brady and representatives from the players' union continued meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters into the evening Tuesday as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension.

  • Life's playbook: NFL schools rookies on being a professional

    June 23, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) To prepare rookies for life as professionals, the NFL is again providing a crash course filled with seminars, testimonials and advice on how to navigate the pitfalls of fame and fortune.All the league really had to do was have the new players look at Commissioner Roger Goodell's appointment book Tuesday.

  • Brady appeal continues into late afternoon at NFL offices

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady and representatives from the players' union have been meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters for much of Tuesday as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension.Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

  • Confederate flag case cited in Redskins trademark battle

    June 23, 2015

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week on license plates and the Confederate flag could be bad news for the Washington Redskins.Lawyers for Native Americans who object to the Redskins' name and trademark say their case has been strengthened by the decision, which found that Texas was not required to issue specialty license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag.

  • NFL schooling rookies on life as professionals

    June 23, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The NFL is again schooling its rookies on the pitfalls of professional life during a four-day symposium designed to make them better players and people.For the 17th straight year, the league is holding an orientation program focusing on financial responsibility, personal conduct, social media and other topics. The symposium includes guest speakers, including current and former players who provide firsthand accounts of situations they've faced, true stories that can have profound impact.

  • Only Jaguars mascot in team history retires after 19 years

    June 23, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) For the second time in franchise history, the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking for a new mascot.Or at least someone new to wear the ''Jaxson de Ville'' costume.Curtis Dvorak, who has been ''The Cat'' since the mascot's inception in 1996, announced Tuesday that he is retiring after 19 seasons.

  • Judge hears arguments on Redskins trademark battle

    June 23, 2015

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Lawyers for Native Americans who object to the Washington Redskins' trademark say their case has been strengthened by a recent Supreme Court ruling on license plates and the Confederate flag.A judge is hearing arguments Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria on the team's lawsuit.

  • Brady appeal begins at NFL headquarters

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady and representatives from the players' union are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters as the New England quarterback appeals his four-game suspension.Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

  • LeBeau, Moore, Scarnecchia win PFWA award

    June 22, 2015

    Hall of Fame coach Dick LeBeau, and Tom Moore and Dante Scarnecchia have won the Paul ''Dr. Z'' Zimmerman Award from the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).The award is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach in the NFL and named for Zimmerman, who covered the NFL for 29 years.

  • Lions sign veteran safety Taylor Mays

    June 22, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed free agent safety Taylor Mays.The team announced the move Monday. Mays is entering his sixth NFL season after stints with San Francisco in 2010 and Cincinnati from 2011-14. He played in all 16 games for the Bengals last season, primarily as a special teams contributor.

  • Time for Brady to present his case in suspension appeal

    June 23, 2015

    When Tom Brady's appeal hearing kicks off Tuesday, key arguments will be about who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league's findings about deflated footballs.The NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed the letters sent to Brady and the New England Patriots informing them of the penalties. The NFL Players Association challenged Vincent's power to issue punishment, citing Article 46 of the league's collective bargaining agreement.

  • Browns awarded Terrelle Pryor, will try him at receiver

    June 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Terrelle Pryor believes he can be an NFL wide receiver. The Browns are giving him a chance to catch on with them.Pryor, who has made 10 pro starts at quarterback, was awarded on waivers to Cleveland on Monday and the Browns intend to give him a shot at making their roster as a wideout.

  • Judge blocks contact with juror in Hernandez murder case

    June 22, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A judge is barring both sides of the completed Aaron Hernandez murder case from contacting one of the jurors who convicted the former New England Patriots star tight end of a 2013 killing.The order follows concerns from a Hernandez lawyer that the juror might have been ''untruthful'' during jury selection. Lawyer James Sultan said in earlier court records he received an anonymous tip that the juror had been present for a discussion about a separate Boston double-murder case Hernandez is also charged in.

  • Richardson gives 0,000 to families of Charleston shooting

    June 20, 2015

    Jerry Richardson, the owner of the NFL's Carolina Panthers, has donated 0,000 to the families of the Charleston shooting to help cover burial costs of the victims.Richardson sent a letter to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund dated Friday along with a check for 0,000.

  • Patriots sign top draft pick, DL Malcom Brown of Texas

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have signed their first-round draft pick, defensive lineman Malcom Brown from Texas.The Patriots chose Brown with the 32nd pick after his three-year college career in which he had 8 1/2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and 165 tackles in 39 games, 26 of them starts.

  • Former NFL player, Spanish-language TV pioneer dies at 77

    August 29, 2015

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Danny Villanueva, who was one of the NFL's first Latino kickers and a pioneer of Spanish-language television, has died. He was 77.Family members and officials at New Mexico State University, where Villanueva was a member of the athletic hall of fame, confirmed that he died Thursday after suffering a stroke earlier this week.

  • Steelers cited as top public relations staff

    August 29, 2015

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the Pete Rozelle Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for having the most efficient public relations staff in the NFL.The award, named for the NFL commissioner from 1960-89, is given to the club public relations staff that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media. Rozelle himself was a publicist for three years with the Rams.

  • Raiders sign 2nd-round pick Mario Edwards Jr.

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed second-round pick defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. to a rookie contract.With the deal announced Friday, the Raiders have now signed all 10 of their draft picks.Edwards was selected 35th overall out of Florida State. In three seasons in college, Edwards had eight sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Edwards also helped the Seminoles win the 2013 BCS National Championship.

  • Titans sign 3rd-round draft pick Jeremiah Poutasi of Utah

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have signed rookie offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi of Utah, leaving quarterback Marcus Mariota as their only draft pick still unsigned.The Titans announced Poutasi's signing Friday.The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Poutasi was the 66th selection overall when the Titans drafted him in the third round. Poutasi started 35 of his 36 games at Utah, spending his first season at right tackle as a true freshman before playing left tackle his final two seasons.

  • Polish prospect: Vikings give giant 27-year-old tackle a try

    August 29, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Babatunde Aiyegbusi has limited American football experience in leagues in Germany and his native Poland. Yet the 27-year-old offensive tackle is getting a shot at the NFL.He is the latest example of the obsessive search by NFL teams for unknown talent, a hunt unbounded by U.S. borders. Hulking at 6-foot-9 and 350 pounds, it's a wonder how Aiyegbusi has ever been hidden.

  • Brady's legacy faces next step in appeal to Goodell

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady grew from a sixth-round draft choice into one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Off the field, he's a celebrity with a supermodel wife and lucrative marketing deals.All that has made the New England Patriots superstar the object of admiration and respect to some, jealousy and enmity to others.

  • Eagles coach Chip Kelly hit with K tab for penthouse rent

    August 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has been hit with a ,000 tab in a lease dispute over an ,000-a-month penthouse.A city judge sided with landlord Tempa Berish and found that Kelly failed to give notice he was moving out after a year.

  • Former Jets player gets probation in 'revenge porn' case

    August 29, 2015

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) A former New York Jets linebacker was sentenced to probation Friday in a case that invoked New Jersey's landmark ''revenge porn'' law.Jermaine Cunningham, an NFL free agent, pleaded guilty last month to charges including invasion of privacy and admitted to posting revealing photos of a woman online without her consent. Prosecutors said the woman was Cunningham's estranged girlfriend.

  • Saints see Spiller as perfect for Payton's playbook

    August 29, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller spent much of his youth on baseball diamonds, where coaches sought to take advantage of his quick first step, range and sure hands by playing him at shortstop and center field.''I kind of credit my pass-catching ability to going from catching a baseball to a football,'' Spiller said during Saints minicamp this week.

  • Rivera pleased with QB Newton's development this offseason

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ron Rivera said the Carolina Panthers are well ahead of where they were last season in terms of preparation for the season in large part due to the health of quarterback Cam Newton.Newton participated in all offseason practices this spring and has taken ''some really big steps,'' according to Rivera, the team's fifth-year coach.

  • Judge rules Saints, Pelicans owner Benson is competent

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson - and the current power structure he has set up - have cleared a crucial legal hurdle in a struggle for control of the NFL and NBA teams.A judge ruled Thursday that the 87-year-old Benson remains competent to run his nearly billion business empire as he sees fit. The ruling means Benson's decision to oust his daughter and her two children from ownership positions with the sports franchises will stand.

  • QB Matthew Stafford not dwelling on tough playoff loss

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Matthew Stafford tries not to spend too much time thinking about how close his Detroit Lions came to an elusive victory in the postseason.''In this business, if you're thinking about what was, you've got issues,'' Stafford said. ''I feel like I've trained my body and my mind for as long as I've played quarterback to forget the last play, forget the last game, whatever it was, good or bad, and go forward.''

  • Russell Wilson remains silent on contract talks with Seattle

    August 29, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Wilson wouldn't budge much Thursday when asked about his ongoing contract negotiations after the Seattle Seahawks finished up minicamp.Wilson is set to enter the final year of his rookie deal, which is worth .5 million in 2015.

  • Texans extend contract of cornerback Johnathan Joseph

    August 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Cornerback Johnathan Joseph has signed a contract extension with the Houston Texans.The two-time Pro Bowler was entering the final year of the contract he signed when he signed as a free agent in 2011. The new deal will keep him in Houston for the next three years.

  • Chiefs head toward July with stable coaching staff, QB

    August 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) With minicamp over, the Chiefs are set to experience two major firsts when the team reports for training camp in late July.The upcoming season marks the first time in 12 years the Chiefs have the same coaching staff for a third straight year.

  • Hamstring keeps Odell Beckham Jr. out at Giants minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Odell Beckham Jr. didn't have much of a minicamp with the New York Giants.Bothered again by a hamstring injury, the dynamic wide receiver spent the past three days working in straight lines with trainers; talking with the also-injured Victor Cruz; taking mental notes on the field; and soaking in classroom sessions for a second season in coordinator Ben McAdoo's version of the West Coast offense.

  • Beasley ready to show Falcons they made right decision

    August 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Now that Vic Beasley has signed a four-year rookie contract and finished his first mini-camp, the rookie defensive end is eager for the next phase of his development with the Atlanta Falcons.Beasley, the NFL's No. 8 overall draft pick, must wait until the start of training late next month to show his new coaches and teammates what he can do in pads.

  • Bengals waive QB Terrelle Pryor at end of minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals waived quarterback Terrelle Pryor at the conclusion of their minicamp on Thursday, leaving one less candidate for the job of backing up Andy Dalton.The former Ohio State quarterback signed with the Bengals on May 10 following a tryout during rookie camp. He was competing with AJ McCarron and Josh Johnson for the backup job.

  • Cowboys QB Romo back strong, misses no offseason workouts

    August 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tony Romo walked off the field after the Dallas Cowboys finished their final minicamp practice without stopping to speak with reporters.The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback said plenty by taking part in every organized offseason workout for the first time in three years.

  • WR Adams has Rodgers, Packers excited

    August 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Davante Adams doesn't know what it means to be the Packers' offseason MVP. The second-year wide receiver knows this much: His coaches and teammates are excited about him.Now, he has more work to do.From coach Mike McCarthy to quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to the team's top wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, the one player who seems to have everyone in Green Bay buzzing is Adams, the team's second-round pick a year ago.

  • Titans waive tight end Taylor Thompson after minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have waived tight end Taylor Thompson after wrapping up their three-day mandatory minicamp.The Titans announced the move Thursday.Thompson was a fifth-round draft pick by Tennessee in 2012 out of Southern Methodist where he played defensive line. The Titans switched him back to the tight end position he played in high school, and he played 35 games over the past three seasons catching 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

  • Coach says Titans look improved, need to show it on field

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Coach Ken Whisenhunt believes a Tennessee's revamped and younger roster makes the Titans an improved football team.Tight end Delanie Walker says the Titans certainly are better than a year ago when they went 2-14, noting Thursday that they should be at least a .500 team this season.

  • McCoy trying to help Bucs' Winston make transition to NFL

    August 29, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Gerald McCoy remembers what it was like to enter the NFL on a struggling team lacking strong veteran leaders who rookies could rely on for guidance.That's one of the reasons the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle is eager to help No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston with his transition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Giants sign top draft pick, OT Ereck Flowers

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tackle Ereck Flowers, the New York Giants' top draft pick this year, has signed a four-year contract with the team.Flowers negotiated the deal himself, which the Giants announced Thursday at the end of their minicamp. He is slotted to make around .5 million with a signing bonus in the neighborhood of .7 million. The team holds an option on a fifth year.

  • Famed Bills receiver Reed joins team as coaching intern

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Legendary receiver Andre Reed is once again looking to make his mark with the Buffalo Bills.The Hall of Fame wide receiver joined his former team this week as a coaching intern. As part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, Reed is one of seven coaches who will work with the team through training camp.

  • Lions release cornerback Bill Bentley

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have released cornerback Bill Bentley.A third-round pick in the 2012 draft, Bentley has played only 18 games for the Lions. He went on injured reserve after last year's season opener with an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.

  • Adrian Peterson finding a new normal with Vikings

    August 29, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Adrian Peterson has been back on the football field, wearing that familiar purple No. 28 jersey and running through the plays that he ran last year before everything fell apart.After almost a full season away from the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson at first glance appeared to be restoring some normalcy his life. But after his child abuse case and discussions about his contract thrust fan criticism on him like he had never experienced before, getting back to ''normal'' may no longer be possible.

  • Bears sign Sherrod Martin, Daniel Thomas to 1-year deals

    August 29, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears have signed safety Sherrod Martin and running back Daniel Thomas to one-year contracts.Martin has appeared in 72 games with 38 starts over six seasons for Carolina (2009-13) and Jacksonville (2014). He has 195 tackles, eight interceptions, 22 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He played in 13 games for the Jaguars last season and had one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.

  • Ravens' Flacco adjusting to another offensive coordinator

    August 29, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Another year, another offensive coordinator for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.Marc Trestman follows Gary Kubiak, who replaced Jim Caldwell, who took over for Cam Cameron.The one constant throughout the process is that no matter who's in charge of the offense, Flacco finds a way to win.

  • Jaguars receiver Robinson has been 'unbelievable' in OTAs

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson spent last season looking for a niche.Cecil Shorts III was the veteran of the receiving corps. Marqise Lee was the higher-drafted rookie. Allen Hurns was the team's biggest surprise.

  • Judge rules Saints, Pelicans owner Benson is competent

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson remains competent to run his business empire, a civil judge ruled Thursday as he dismissed accusations by Benson's estranged heirs who've been ousted from ownership positions with the clubs.

  • Cam Heyward stepping into leadership role with Steelers

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The ball slammed to the ground to end a spirited Pittsburgh Steelers minicamp and Cameron Heyward sprang to his feet.It wasn't just the joy of reaching the end of four sometimes tedious weeks of organized team activities. The Steelers defensive end actually kind of enjoys the deep dive into football minutiae and wasn't even on the field Thursday for the last play before training camp begins July 25.

  • Rams' LB Akeem Ayers picks up Super Bowl ring

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Rams' linebacker Akeem Ayers had a busy week, picking up a Super Bowl ring before returning to the practice field with his new teammates.The New England Patriots had a Super Bowl ring ceremony at owner Robert Kraft's house on Sunday. Ayers, who signed as a free agent with the Rams in the offseason, was back on the field by Tuesday for OTAs.

  • Ravens to stay on West Coast after facing Broncos, 49ers

    August 29, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens will be staying out west during the regular season after playing in Denver and San Francisco.The Ravens open the season on Sept. 13 in Denver and play at Oakland the following week.Coach John Harbaugh says Thursday that instead of returning home after facing the Broncos, Baltimore will practice in the Bay area before taking on the Raiders.

  • Ball used in 2nd half of 'Deflategate' game auctioned

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A properly inflated ball from the game in which Tom Brady used underinflated footballs is up for auction.Bidding starts at ,000 in the auction running through July 17.An NFL-commissioned report found that during a halftime examination, 11 of the 12 balls used by the New England Patriots offense were under the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch. The balls were re-inflated for the second half against the Indianapolis Colts.

  • Lions' Jason Jones dealing with undisclosed injury

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell says defensive lineman Jason Jones has been dealing with an injury, but he didn't elaborate on what type.Jones has missed practice at minicamp this week. Caldwell says Thursday that Jones had ''a little bit of an injury that he got taken care of'' and he should be back in the fall.

  • Cardinals coach Arians wins PFWA's Horrigan Award

    August 29, 2015

    Arizona's Bruce Arians, the 2014 NFL Coach of the Year, has won the Jack Horrigan Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his cooperation with the media.Arians is the first member of the Cardinals to receive the honor. He was the league's top coach in 2012, when he served on an interim basis while Colts head coach Chuck Pagano battled leukemia. Arians joined the Cardinals the next season. In 2014, despite a slew of injuries, he led them to an 11-5 record and an NFC wild-card berth.

  • Dez Bryant joins Dallas Cowboys for last day of minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dez Bryant has indicated that he would be willing to miss regular-season games without a new long-term contract from the Dallas Cowboys.The unsigned All-Pro receiver still couldn't stay away from the team on the last day of minicamp Thursday.

  • Panthers to hold joint practices with Dolphins during camp

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have announced they will have joint training camp practices with the Miami Dolphins this summer.The practices are scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in advance of the Dolphins-Panthers preseason game in Charlotte on Aug. 22.

  • Giants defensive back line: young and inexperienced

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) There are a lot of questions about the New York Giants' defense heading into Steve Spagnuolo's second stint as coordinator and none is more pressing than the safety spots.The Giants have gone from a veteran group that struggled last season to the young and inexperienced corps that features an oft-injured third-year pro, a second-year player without a career start and two draft picks.

  • Bill Callahan brings passion to Redskins

    August 29, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Bill Callahan coached the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl after the 2002 season.Last season as Dallas won the NFC East for the first time in five years, Callahan was the coordinator and line coach for the NFL's second-ranked run offense.

  • Now a veteran, Bell can help rookies such as Abdullah

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Joique Bell remembers what it was like to be a rookie, when he was with Buffalo and roomed with first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller.As they prepared for the season, the two running backs were up late quizzing each other on the playbook.

  • Sudfeld clears waivers, placed on injured reserve by Jets

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have placed tight end Zach Sudfeld on season-ending injured reserve after he cleared waivers.The move Wednesday comes after Sudfeld was waived/injured earlier in the week because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered during minicamp practice last week. He was helped off the field after he went down when safety Calvin Pryor shoved him in the shoulder during non-contact drills.

  • Perriman appears to be a good catch for Ravens

    August 29, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The tall, slender receiver sprints downfield as his dreadlocks flap from under his helmet. Hands outstretched, the rookie makes the catch and hustles the rest of the way into the end zone.This slice of action from the Baltimore Ravens' minicamp on Wednesday involved top draft pick Breshard Perriman. It very well could have been a scene from 2011, when Torrey Smith arrived and made an immediate impression with his speed and unyielding work ethic.

  • Tannehill, Dolphins look sharp during mini-camp practices

    August 29, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked sharp during the second day of the Dolphins' mini-camp.He threw seven touchdown passes, three of them on consecutive plays during goal-line/red-zone work and had another on a long ball to Greg Jennings. Tannehill also connected with Jarvis Landry on a deep completion.

  • Falcons' Jones focused on new offense, not contract talks

    August 29, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Julio Jones is learning there are more ways to go about his job in the Atlanta Falcons' new offense.The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver believes the way to do that is to show up for work every day, even though he is looking for a new contract.

  • Weddle works with Chargers while statements linger

    August 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers coach Mike McCoy is focusing on the future and not All-Pro safety Eric Weddle.But as the Chargers concluded their minicamp on Wednesday - McCoy gave them Thursday off - Weddle's pointed remarks from Tuesday were still resonating.

  • Trevathan, Marshall aim to be back for training camp

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan is guaranteeing he won't re-injure the left kneecap that gave him so much trouble last season.How can he be so sure?Because, he revealed Wednesday, ''I've got a new kneecap. The old one is gone.''

  • Steelers' Grant given Ike Taylor's old No. 24

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers expected a lot from Doran Grant after they selected him in the fourth round of the draft. The 5-10, 200-pound cornerback hasn't let them down so far.Grant worked with the third secondary group during voluntary workouts and this week's minicamp and appears to be ready to take the next step in his development.

  • Galette says he'll meet with NFL about offseason arrest

    August 29, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette said Wednesday that he'll meet with NFL officials by the end of the month about an offseason arrest that stemmed from a domestic disturbance at his New Orleans-area home.Galette, who had a team-leading 10 sacks in 2014, said he hoped his meeting at league headquarters in New York would go well because prosecutors dropped the case.

  • Pats defenders line up to replace departing Wilfork

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) For a day, at least, Vince Wilfork was with the Patriots again, to collect a Super Bowl ring at the home of team owner Robert Kraft.His presence at the celebration served as an immediate reminder that the leader won't be in Foxborough this coming season for the first time in a long time.

  • Cowboys' Jones expects Dez Bryant will be at camp, all games

    August 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants Dez Bryant to spend his entire career with the team, and anticipates that the disgruntled All-Pro receiver will be at training camp and the regular-season opener.Bryant has not signed his franchise tender that will guarantee him .8 million this season. He has indicated his willingness to skip regular-season games without a new long-term deal.

  • Talks falter for new Chargers stadium in San Diego

    August 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Wednesday questioned whether the Chargers were serious about staying in San Diego as the strained relationship between the city and the NFL team hit a new low amid negotiations over a new stadium.Faulconer's uncharacteristically angry public words came one day after the team shot down the mayor's trial balloon for a city election this year on financing a stadium, dealing a blow to San Diego's efforts to prevent the Chargers from moving to Los Angeles. The team said the mayor's proposal wouldn't satisfy state election and environmental laws.

  • Browns' Manziel says 'Johnny Football' overtook him

    August 29, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Football became more than Johnny Manziel could handle.''It just overtook who I was as a person,'' the Browns quarterback said Wednesday.Speaking to the media for the first time since spending 10 weeks in a rehab facility, the polarizing Manziel said he's hoping to move past a regrettable chapter in his life. While he didn't divulge the reasons for his stay in a Pennsylvania substance-abuse facility, Manziel acknowledged he got caught up trying to live up to a persona he helped create.

  • Lots of study before camp ahead for Titans QB Marcus Mariota

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota loves playing football and calls playing in the NFL a privilege.Still, the rookie is ready for a break.Mariota wraps up his first NFL offseason Thursday with the final day of the Titans' three-day minicamp and six weeks of work learning a new offense and new teammates. Crammed in that time was a trip to Los Angeles for a NFL Players Association rookie event in late May.

  • Panthers promote Beane to assistant general manager

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have promoted Brandon Beane to assistant general manager.Beane joined the Panthers in 1998 and has spent the past seven years as the director of football operations. He served as the team's interim general manager for the final 10 weeks of the 2012 season after Marty Hurney was fired.

  • Not cruising yet: WR Cruz has learned to be patient

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Patience is one virtue few football players are familiar with.Then they get injured and they have little choice.Victor Cruz can't wait to be running all those zigs and zags, posts and fly patterns. But he has to wait, and the receiver is spending most of this week's New York Giants minicamp observing.

  • Giants use drone to videotape minicamp workout

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have become the latest NFL team to use a drone to videotape a portion of practice.The Giants entered the high-tech surveillance field Wednesday when they used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to videotape a part of the second day of a mandatory veterans minicamp.

  • Browns' Manziel: 'Johnny Football took over me'

    August 29, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he got caught up in the hype surrounding his ''Johnny Football'' persona and hopes to close a regrettable chapter in his life.Speaking for the first time since spending 10 weeks in rehab, Manziel says he's trying to move on after a rookie season he called ''a disaster.'' Manziel would not divulge the reasons behind his stay in a substance-abuse facility. He says he didn't do enough to suppress the spotlight on him and that everything that happened to him was his fault.

  • Former Packers QB Bart Starr took part in stem cell trial

    August 29, 2015

    Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr is participating in a clinical trial using stem cells as a possible treatment for strokes.Starr suffered two strokes and a mild heart attack last September. His family said Wednesday in a statement released by the Packers that Starr is participating in the trial.

  • Hamstring issues plaguing Panthers 2nd-year WR Benjamin

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers second-year wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is back on the sideline with more hamstring problems.Benjamin missed minicamp practice on Wednesday with a strained right hamstring. A left hamstring injury kept last season's 1,000-yard receiver out of most of Carolina's OTAs in previous weeks.

  • Jaguars sign A.J. Cann, getting rookie class under contract

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have their entire rookie class under contract.Third-round draft pick A.J. Cann, a 313-pound guard from South Carolina, signed his four-year deal Wednesday. Cann was the team's lone rookie unsigned heading into a three-day, mandatory minicamp that began Tuesday.

  • AP's Dave Goldberg wins writers' McCann Award

    August 29, 2015

    Dave Goldberg, who covered the NFL for The Associated Press for 25 years, has posthumously been given the Dick McCann Award by the Pro Football Writers of America for his distinguished work.Goldberg, who spent 41 years at the AP and passed away on Feb. 8 from complications following hip surgery, was the wire service's lead pro football writer from 1984-2009. Well known to three NFL commissioners - Pete Rozelle, Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell - his background as a political reporter was put to good use during two player strikes and the USFL-NFL trial. Goldberg also was a longtime member of the selection committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Tuesday Sports In Brief

    August 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady denied under oath to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game, and investigator Ted Wells said in a transcript that he never warned the New England Patriots quarterback he would be punished if he didn't turn over his cellphone.

  • O'Brien not ready to name starting quarterback

    August 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston coach Bill O'Brien wasn't ready to say who will start at quarterback as the team started a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.He did however discuss the most important factor that will go into his decision whether to go with Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer.

  • Learning curve less steep for Giants on offense

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The learning curve.New York Giants players on offense talked about it all of last year, their first season under new coordinator Ben McAdoo. His variation of the West Coast offense was vastly different from the attacks of previous years under Kevin Gilbride, head coach Tom Coughlin's long-time assistant.

  • Harvard, Yale players take rivalry to Colts' locker room

    August 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Undrafted running back Tyler Varga fits right into the Colts' locker room.Here, players routinely tout their alma maters and playfully trade barbs with guys who attended rival schools. So when Varga pulls out a camouflage baseball hat with the blue letter ''Y,'' it barely draws a response from his new teammates - with one notable exception.

  • Kevin Williams says Saints were the best fit for him, family

    August 29, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) After 12 years in the NFL, six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams is willing to concede he may have lost a step.Apparently, he hasn't lost his sense of humor.Asked why a month - not to mention 10 offseason training sessions - passed between the time he met with coaches in New Orleans and the day he signed with the Saints, Williams grinned and responded, ''I was waiting for minicamp, man.''

  • Winston upbeat about progress with Buccaneers

    August 29, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston smiles and keeps a positive attitude with just about everything these days.And that includes Florida's stifling heat and working mostly with second- and third-stringers on the opening day of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' mandatory minicamp.

  • Rams' redone offense faces adjustments

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Rams' offense has a new look just about everywhere.There's a new quarterback, new running back and a redone offensive line.But the biggest change might not be on the field at all.New offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is responsible for making all of the new - and old - pieces fit together while improving a unit that finished 28th overall in the NFL in 2014.

  • Seahawks officially sign backup QB Tarvaris Jackson

    August 29, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have officially signed backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, giving them a proven veteran behind starter Russell Wilson.Seattle finalized Jackson's deal Tuesday, the first day of minicamp. Seattle cleared a roster spot when defensive end Ryan Robinson was waived/injured after rupturing his Achilles tendon last week. Robinson cleared waivers and reverted to Seattle's injured reserve list.

  • Lions owner Martha Ford attends minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Martha Firestone Ford's presence around the Detroit Lions has been noticeable to members of the team, even as she remains largely out of the public eye.''She comes to practice often, as you can see,'' coach Jim Caldwell said. ''We talk periodically. One of the things you'll find out very, very quickly is that she knows football. She reads it, she studies, she knows what's going on, knows the team. So, most often it's questions about maybe a player that we've discussed, but she does a great job. She's on top of everything.''

  • Matt Ryan reports progress in learning new Falcons offense

    August 29, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Now in his third month working with new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterback Matt Ryan believes the Atlanta Falcons have a chance to be special this year.Ryan is getting a good feel for how Shanahan wants to attack even though several parts of the offense are still unsettled.

  • Packers sign 1st-round pick DB Damarious Randall

    August 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) First-round draft pick Damarious Randall has signed his rookie contract with the Green Bay Packers.The defensive back out of Arizona State was the 30th overall selection in this year's draft. He was the last of the Packers' eight picks this year to sign a contract.

  • Chargers reject San Diego election on new stadium

    August 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers on Tuesday shot down Mayor Kevin Faulconer's trial balloon to hold a citywide election this year on financing for a new stadium, dealing a blow to the city's efforts to stop the team from moving to Los Angeles.Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani said that the Dec. 15 election the mayor suggested wouldn't survive legal scrutiny under state election law and state law for environmental impact reviews.

  • Mike McCarthy mixing it up in Packers camp

    August 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels is looking for any edge to beat an opposing lineman.His offensive-minded head coach is sharing some tips that Daniels may not have necessarily received before this offseason.Coach Mike McCarthy is relinquishing offensive play-calling duties this year to spend more time working with the defense and special teams.

  • Matt Flynn has lots to learn as new Patriots backup QB

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Matt Flynn is back at the stadium where he made his first NFL start.He's not focusing on making another in place of Tom Brady.Flynn practiced with the New England Patriots on the first day of their three-day minicamp Tuesday, four days after signing with the Super Bowl champions.

  • Vaughn gets another chance in his 5th pro football league

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Chase Vaughn's journey to the NFL took him through two small Colorado colleges and four professional football leagues before he called in sick from his hospital job to covertly try out for the Denver Broncos.When he was offered an invitation to training camp last year, he had to quit his day job at National Jewish Health and `fess up to his fib: He wasn't really stricken with the stomach flu; he just couldn't seem to shake this football bug.

  • Versatile Moats finds a permanent home in Pittsburgh

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) If Arthur Moats is being honest, he's kind of surprised he's here.Not that the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker planned on leaving. But business is business. When Moats explored his options as free agency loomed in March, he figured he was heading south.

  • Suh finding his way with Dolphins, on and off the field

    August 29, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) While many of the Miami Dolphins were going 11-on-11 during minicamp Tuesday, Ndamukong Suh spent plenty of time watching from the sideline with Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon.Frankly, they didn't need to be out there. The Dolphins have a good idea what to expect from that trio.

  • Raiders sign 3rd round TE Clive Walford

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed third-round pick tight end Clive Walford.The deal announced Tuesday leaves second-round defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. as the only unsigned player in Oakland's 10-player draft class.Walford was selected 68th overall out of Miami. He caught 121 passes for 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns, becoming just the seventh tight end in Hurricanes history to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards.

  • Bills coach Rex Ryan welcomes raised expectations

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan welcomes the raised expectations that come with the Buffalo Bills setting a franchise season-ticket sales record.''Yeah, and they should be (raised),'' the first-year coach said after the Bills opened a three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

  • Suggs takes reigns of Ravens defense in 13th season

    August 29, 2015

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) As he prepares for his 13th NFL season, Terrell Suggs is beginning to realize that the shelf life of a hard-hitting outside linebacker is somewhat limited.Suggs is only 32, yet he understands there will soon come a time when he won't be spending fall and winter chasing down quarterbacks for the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Coach: Panthers' Norman on verge of being a top cornerback

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman may not be a household name right now.Assistant coach Steve Wilks predicts that's about the change.''He's on the verge of being one of the top corners in the National Football League,'' said Wilks, who also serves as Carolina's defensive backs coach.

  • Gipson hopeful to reach agreement with Browns

    August 29, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) After missing most of the offseason program, safety Tashaun Gipson is hopeful of reaching a long-term agreement with the Cleveland Browns before the start of the regular season.Gipson says he can't be bitter about the situation.''I know that one day, hopefully, eventually rather sooner than later, we can get something worked out, and this will be something that's far in the past,'' Gipson said. ''They've got to make the right moves for the team and I've got to do what's best for me going forward.''

  • TE Martellus Bennett back for Chicago Bears minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Tight end Martellus Bennett likened his first day under new Chicago Bears coach John Fox to starting out at a new school.When mandatory minicamp began Tuesday, Bennett made an appearance after staying away optional offseason workouts because he'd like a contract extension with two years still remaining on his present deal. Bennett seemed entirely in tune with the new Bears offense despite the absence.

  • Nose tackle Knighton brings big presence to Redskins

    August 29, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Terrance Knighton is imposing even on a football field filled with generally large men.What makes Washington's new 6-foot-3 and more than 350-pound nose tackle special, however, is his relative quickness for a man of his massive bulk.

  • Vikings' Kalil: 'It's the best I've felt in a long time'

    August 29, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Matt Kalil's performance for the Minnesota Vikings last season was frequently dissected, and dissed.For him, 2014 is best left forgotten.''What are you going to worry about last year for?'' he asked. ''I'm focused on this year and excited to get after it again. It's fun to play. It's fun to be out there.''

  • Seahawks CB Richard Sherman wins Good Guy award

    August 29, 2015

    Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has won the Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for his consistent cooperation with the media.Seattle's All-Pro follows teammate Russell Wilson as a winner of the award.The Good Guy Award is given to a NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. The award was first given by the PFWA in 2005.

  • Eagles will have at least five new starters on offense

    August 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) While Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray headline a new-look offense for the Philadelphia Eagles, their success depends on the performance of the blockers in front of them.The Eagles have two new starters on an offensive line that was dominant in 2013 but was depleted by injury in 2014. The team opened minicamp Tuesday without two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, who was released last week following a contract disagreement.

  • Bengals lineman Devon Still buoyed by daughter's improvement

    August 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Devon Still wore his blue hospital identification band on his left wrist during practice. No sense in taking it off. He'll need it when he visits his daughter again at the end of the week.The defensive lineman was back in town for the start of Bengals minicamp on Tuesday, relieved that his 5-year-old daughter seems to have turned the corner in her long fight against cancer.

  • Titans release Shonn Greene, choose youth at running back

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's decision to release veteran Shonn Greene kicks the Titans' youth movement at running back into full gear.Greene had stayed away from the Titans' offseason program until the start of the team's three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. He showed up, passed his physical and then was released with one year left on his contract at .25 million.

  • Chiefs release WR Da'Rick Rogers ahead of minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs released wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers and offensive lineman Kelvin Palmer and signed offensive lineman Tavon Rooks before the start of their mandatory minicamp Tuesday.Rogers, once a college standout for Tennessee, was kicked off the team for disciplinary issues and transferred to Tennessee Tech. But he's been unable to make it in the NFL, catching just 14 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns while bouncing through three franchises.

  • Vikings release safety Taylor Mays

    August 29, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have released safety Taylor Mays.The move was made Tuesday before the team began minicamp.The Vikings signed Mays as a free agent in March. He was a second-round draft pick out of USC by San Francisco in 2010 and traded by the 49ers the following year to Cincinnati, where he played three of his four seasons with the Bengals under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

  • Jaguars' Clemons vows to be more productive in 2015

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons wasn't looking for more money or trying to avoid injury.The 12-year veteran skipped the voluntary portion of the team's offseason program because ''it's the way I focus, the way I get in my zone.''

  • Bills sign veteran free agent defensive tackle Fluellen

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have added depth to an already talented defensive front by signing veteran free agent tackle Andre Fluellen.Listed at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, Fluellen has seven years of NFL experience spent mostly with the Detroit Lions.

  • Former Ravens cheerleader pleads guilty to rape

    August 29, 2015

    GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware last summer.Wearing a pained and anxious expression as the entered the courtroom, Molly Shattuck, 48, told a judge she understood that her plea to a single felony count of fourth-degree rape means she could face up to 15 years in prison. Shattuck, who will be sentenced Aug. 21, also will have to register as a sex offender.

  • No surprise, Dez Bryant no-show for Cowboys minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) As expected, Dez Bryant was a no-show for the start of the Dallas Cowboys mandatory offseason minicamp.Coach Jason Garrett, however, doesn't seem all that concerned about threats from Bryant's camp that the All-Pro receiver with the franchise tag is willing to sit out regular-season games without a new long-term contract.

  • Titans interim president staying on job through this season

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are keeping interim president Steve Underwood on the job through this season and postponing their search for his permanent replacement until the offseason.The team is looking for some stability after so many changes since owner Bud Adams died in October 2013

  • Giants open mandatory minicamp without Jason Pierre-Paul

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants opened their mandatory offseason minicamp without their best defensive player.Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is skipping the three-day minicamp after deciding not to sign the team's .8 million tender offer as its franchise player.

  • Former Ravens cheerleader to enter plea on child sex charges

    August 29, 2015

    GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and ex-wife of a prominent Maryland energy executive has agreed to enter a guilty plea after being charged with having sex with a 15-year-old boy.Forty-eight-year-old Molly Shattuck was scheduled to enter the plea before a Delaware judge Tuesday afternoon, days before her trial was to begin. Details of the plea agreement were not immediately available.

  • Titans release veteran running back Shonn Greene

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans have released running back Shonn Greene before the start of a three-day mandatory minicamp.The Titans announced the move Tuesday.Greene had not taken part in the team's offseason program and had one year left on the contract he signed in 2013. Greene ran for more than 1,000 yards in both 2011 and 2012 with the New York Jets. But injuries limited him to 11 games with Tennessee in 2013, and he ran for only 392 yards with two touchdowns in 13 games last season under coach Ken Whisenhunt.

  • Monday Sports In Brief

    July 28, 2015

    OLYMPICSBOSTON (AP) Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was undercut by its own mayor, its skeptical public and, finally, leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who were tired of the city's ever-changing blueprint.Next, it might be time to see if there is more Olympic love in Los Angeles.

  • 49ers sign OL Ben Gottschalk and 2 more, waive 2others

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers have signed offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk to a two-year contract while also adding kicker Corey Acosta and wide receiver Mario Hull on three-year deals.San Francisco waived wideout Darius Davis and tackle Chris Martin on Monday, four days after wrapping up a mandatory minicamp at Levi's Stadium.

  • Owen Daniels came for Kubiak, Manning, finds paradise

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) For Owen Daniels, this is heaven.His quarterback is Peyton Manning.His coach is Gary Kubiak.And he's living in Colorado.Daniels smiled at the mention of each of these benefits as the Broncos began their final week of offseason workouts Monday.

  • Jaguars DE Clemons reports for mandatory, 3-day minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons has reported for the team's mandatory minicamp.Clemons arrived in Jacksonville on Monday and is expected to be a full participant when the Jaguars take the field Tuesday for the first day of the three-day camp.

  • Chiefs preparing without Houston during mandatory minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The videos that Justin Houston has been posting on social media of his workouts this offseason, and the absurd amount of weights he's been lifting, should help set Chiefs coach Andy Reid at ease.Especially considering Reid probably won't see Houston until at least training camp.

  • Jets waive/injured Zach Sudfeld, sign Steve Maneri

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have waived/injured tight end Zach Sudfeld with a knee injury, and signed veteran tight end Steve Maneri.Sudfeld tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during minicamp practice last Wednesday. He was helped off the field after he went down when safety Calvin Pryor hit him in the shoulder during drills.

  • Under-construction Vikings venue has a name: US Bank Stadium

    August 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings will play in U.S. Bank Stadium starting next season, per a 20-year exclusive naming rights agreement with the banking behemoth.The agreement was announced Monday. The two sides declined to disclose the cost of the contract.

  • Practicing too hard costing Seahawks this offseason

    August 29, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seahawks have become notorious for the way they practice, from the music thumping throughout the workouts to the fast-paced intensity of players bouncing between drills.Turns out, though, the Seahawks went a little too hard last offseason. And they're about to pay for it during the team's mandatory minicamp this week.

  • Lawyer: Aaron Hernandez juror may have been 'untruthful'

    August 29, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez has told a judge he's concerned one of the jurors who convicted the former New England Patriots star tight end of murder may have been ''untruthful'' during jury selection.In redacted court documents released Monday, lawyer James Sultan says an anonymous tipster first called him April 16, a day after the 12-person jury convicted Hernandez of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Sharper pleads guilty to rape, finishes multistate plea deal

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Monday to rape in Louisiana, completing a series of pleas in four states that will see him serve at least nine years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting women.

  • Panthers sign LB Thomas Davis to 2-year contract extension

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Thomas Davis plans to end his career right where it began - with the Carolina Panthers.The 32-year-old linebacker signed a two-year contract extension Monday, which keeps him with the team through 2017.Financial terms were not released.

  • Former Saints player Gleason wins Halas Award

    August 29, 2015

    Former New Orleans Saints special teams player Steve Gleason, who is afflicted with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), has won the George Halas Award for overcoming adversity and succeeding.The award, announced Monday by the Professional Football Writers of America, is named for the former Chicago Bears owner and head coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member.

  • Falcons release veteran offensive tackle Sam Baker

    August 29, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have released veteran offensive tackle Sam Baker.The team announced the move Monday.Baker started 61 of his 70 career games, but injuries have hindered his progress. He missed last season after tearing his right patellar tendon during a preseason game, has undergone three back surgeries and even lost his starting job during the 2011 season.

  • Ex-NFL player Sharper pleads guilty to rape in Louisiana

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Monday to rape in a Louisiana drug-and-sexual-assault case, completing a series of pleas in four states that will see him serve at least nine years in prison.Sharper entered his plea in a Louisiana state court in New Orleans. He had already pleaded guilty in the federal courthouse in that city late last month.

  • Ex-NFL player Sharper pleads guilty to rape in Louisiana, completes multistate plea deal

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ex-NFL player Sharper pleads guilty to rape in Louisiana, completes multistate plea deal.

  • Ex-Giants RB David Wilson improves triple jump in 2nd meet

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Giants running back David Wilson significantly improved his performance in the triple jump in his second meet in two days but still was short of the qualifying standard for the U.S. championships.Wilson jumped 52 feet, 3/4 inches at the East Region Open Championships on Sunday with an eight-step approach. A day earlier, he went 48-1 1/4 in his first pro meet at the Adidas Grand Prix, realizing he wasn't ready for a full 12-step approach at this stage of his training.

  • Ex-Giants RB David Wilson makes pro debut in triple jump

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) David Wilson knew he looked like a football player lined up alongside the rest of the triple jumpers at the Adidas Grand Prix.At 196 pounds, he dwarfed the competition - and he felt that weight on his jumps, too.The former New York Giants running back came up well short of his personal best Saturday in his first professional track and field meet. Wilson plans to jump again Sunday as he tries to qualify for the U.S. championships.

  • Browns safety Gipson signs contract tender

    August 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Browns Pro Bowl safety Tashaun Gipson signed his one-year contract tender and will report to mandatory mini-camp next week.Gipson skipped the team's voluntary spring practices after the club placed a second-round tender on the restricted free agent in March. He'll now make .35 million next season.

  • Lions cut QB Anthony Boone

    August 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions say they have released quarterback Anthony Boone.Boone was an undrafted free agent out of Duke. He threw for 2,700 yards for the Blue Devils during the 2014 season, completing 56 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

  • Falcons, Beasley agree to terms on 4-year rookie contract

    August 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have reached terms on a four-year contract with defensive end Vic Beasley, the NFL's No. 8 overall draft pick.Beasley has participated in offseason training activities, but he was limited this week because of a sore shoulder.

  • Michael Sam leaves training camp for personal reasons

    August 29, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Michael Sam has left the Montreal Alouettes training camp for personal reasons.The CFL team said the rookie defensive end has been given special permission to return home to Texas.''With all due respect for Michael Sam, the nature of this decision will remain confidential,'' said a team statement. ''The Montreal Alouettes fully respect Michael Sam's decision and rally around him to offer him all time and support needed. The team has left the door open and Michael is welcome to come back whenever he feels ready.''

  • Saints sign defensive tackle Kevin Williams to 1-year deal

    August 29, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams to a one-year contract.Williams, whose signing was announced by general manager Mickey Loomis on Friday, is entering his 13th NFL season.The 6-foot-5, 311-pound lineman was a 2003 first-round draft choice by Minnesota, with whom he spent his first 11 seasons. Williams moved to Seattle last season, during which he was credited with 29 tackles, including three sacks. He also started all three of the Seahawks' postseason games.

  • Ex-NFL player charged criminally in alleged Ponzi scheme

    August 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Former NFL cornerback Will Allen and his business partner are facing criminal charges for an alleged multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme involving loans to professional athletes.Prosecutors and FBI officials in Boston say 36-year-old Allen, of Davie, Florida, and 55-year-old Susan Daub of Coral Springs, Florida, were arrested Friday morning on security fraud charges and appeared in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Chiefs wrap up OTAs, head to minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Andy Reid wrapped up his third organized team activities Friday since becoming the Chiefs head coach in 2013.Each year has built on the previous, especially during the first year when players went through a familiarization process of what Reid and the coaching staff expected on offense, defense and special teams.

  • Vikings DT Johnson acquitted in disorderly conduct case

    August 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson has been acquitted of all counts stemming from his October arrest at a Minneapolis restaurant.Johnson was charged with three misdemeanor counts, including disorderly conduct, after authorities say he refused orders to leave Seven, a downtown steakhouse and sushi lounge. Authorities used a chemical spray and a stun gun on Johnson.

  • Rams announce signing of all draft picks

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have signed first-round pick Todd Gurley, along with the rest of their draft class.The Rams, 6-10 last year, have announced the signings together under coach Jeff Fisher, who'll be entering his fourth season.Georgia's Gurley is rehabbing from knee surgery and might not be ready for the opener.

  • Bucs bring back TE Tim Wright

    August 29, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tim Wright is back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The team claimed him off waivers Friday, one day after he was released by New England.Tampa had traded Wright to the Patriots before last season in exchange for Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins.

  • Jets sign former Saints, Giants tackle Charles Brown

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed veteran tackle Charles Brown, adding depth to their offensive line.The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Brown signed Friday after participating in minicamp as a tryout player with the Jets earlier this week. The Jets released offensive tackle Sean Hooey on Thursday to make space on the roster for Brown.

  • Trial of Saints, Pelicans owner ends, ruling pending

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson emerged from an eight-day trial on Friday predicting he would maintain control of his teams, despite arguments by his recently estranged heirs that he is unfit to do so.''I already know the decision,'' Benson said, basing his assessment on state Civil District Judge Kern Reese's countenance as Reese informed both sides he would rule within a week. ''I could tell by his face.''

  • Patriots sign veteran QB Flynn as Brady faces suspension

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have signed Matt Flynn to shore up the quarterback position with Tom Brady facing a four-game suspension.That suspension could be reduced after Brady's hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on June 23, but Flynn provides depth at a spot where the Patriots only have second-year pro Jimmy Garoppolo.

  • Stephen Jones' voice resonates for dad Jerry with Cowboys

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Stephen Jones chuckles at the memory of being mediator between his dad -yeah, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones - and headstrong former coach Bill Parcells.''It was tough, tough, tough,'' the No. 2 man in Dallas' front office says. ''But it was worth it.''

  • Studious Tolzien moves up to back up Rodgers for Packers

    August 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Before he breaks the huddle, Aaron Rodgers likes to think good thoughts about the play that he's about to run for the Green Bay Packers. There are plenty of positive memories from which the two-time NFL MVP can draw.For backup Scott Tolzien, those memories will have to be generated at practice. If things are going right for Green Bay, Tolzien will never take a meaningful snap during a game.

  • Ex-Patriots linebacker cited in hit-and-run that injured 3

    August 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was cited by state police Friday for rear-ending another vehicle on a Massachusetts highway then leaving the scene.Spikes, 27, is accused of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, speeding, driving negligently and failing to stay within marked lanes.

  • Media group asks judge to unseal Hernandez juror documents

    August 29, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A media group on Friday asked a judge to unseal documents relating to an unspecified juror issue in ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's recent murder trial in Massachusetts.''It's an attack on the media that doesn't go anywhere. I think it ignores the First Amendment role of the media and press on behalf of the public to investigate the criminal judicial system,'' said Zack Kleinsasser, an attorney for newspaper publisher GateHouse Media.

  • Pontiac Silverdome for sale with asking price of M

    August 29, 2015

    PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) The Pontiac Silverdome is up for sale again, with an asking price of about million.The former home of the Detroit Lions was sold for 3,000 six years ago. Real estate broker Robert Mihelich says the stadium and its property went back on the market recently and has already gotten offers.

  • Jets could have deep stable of RBs

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) With all the additions for the New York Jets, from a new coaching staff to a top-level receiver to a prized rookie defensive lineman to the return of one of the NFL's best cornerback tandems, the stable of running backs has been somewhat overlooked.

  • Newspaper company asks judge to unseal Hernandez documents

    August 29, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Newspaper company GateHouse Media is asking a judge to unseal documents relating to a juror in ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's recent murder trial in Massachusetts.The newspaper publisher will go before a judge in Fall River Friday to argue that information about the unidentified juror must be made public. The company publishes several New England newspapers.

  • Cowboys sign top pick Byron Jones for 4 years, .6 million

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have signed first-round draft pick Byron Jones to an .6 million, four-year deal.With the signing of Jones on Thursday, the Cowboys have all eight of their draft picks from this year's draft under contract. Jones, a cornerback from Connecticut, was taken 27th overall.

  • Cowboys sign top pick Byron Jones for 4 years, .7 million

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have signed first-round draft pick Byron Jones to an .6 million, four-year deal.With the signing of Jones on Thursday, the Cowboys have all eight of their draft picks from this year's draft under contract. Jones, a cornerback from Connecticut, was taken 27th overall.

  • Chargers retiring LaDainian Tomlinson's No. 21

    August 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) No one will wear No. 21 for the San Diego Chargers again.The team will officially retire star running back LaDainian Tomlinson's jersey during a Nov. 22 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.The team made the announcement on Thursday with a smiling Tomlinson looking on.

  • Estate lawyer, psychiatrist testify in Benson trial

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The estate lawyer who helped Tom Benson oust his daughter and her two children from ownership positions with the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans concluded his testimony Thursday in a trial examining Benson's mental soundness.The closed trial, which could decide who ultimately takes control of New Orleans' NFL and NBA teams long-term, is expected to conclude Friday after what will be the eighth day of testimony. A ruling, however, is not expected from the bench, a civil court spokesman said. Rather, state Civil District Judge Kern Reese is expected to issue a written ruling for which there is no definite timeline.

  • Shane Ray turns Broncos' pass-rushing duo into a trio

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) When a state trooper found weed in his car just four days before the NFL draft, Shane Ray knew he hadn't helped himself.Or had he?His misdemeanor citation certainly wound up costing him financially after he fell from a projected top-10 pick all the way to No. 23, where the Denver Broncos traded up to grab the SEC player of the year.

  • Lions sign top draft pick, OG Laken Tomlinson

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions will open next week's mandatory minicamp with all their rookies on the field.On Thursday, the Lions signed top pick Laken Tomlinson, a 6-foot-3 323-pound guard they selected from Duke with the 28th overall pick. The offensive line was a weak spot during last season's run 11-5 record and NFC wild-card berth.

  • Rookie OL Ali Marpet signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    August 29, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a contract with rookie offensive lineman Ali Marpet, one of the team's two second-round draft picks.Marpet was the 61st overall selection out of Hobart College. That's the highest a player from a Division III program has ever been picked in the NFL draft.

  • DL Darnell Dockett would choose again to sign with 49ers

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Darnell Dockett figures he walked past former archrival Alex Boone seven times before they finally spoke the other day.San Francisco's new defensive lineman broke their silence with a good-natured question to Boone: ''Are you retiring?''

  • Detroit Lions reach deal with rookie Laken Tomlinson

    August 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions have reached a four-year contract agreement with offensive guard Laken Tomlinson, the team's first-round draft pick from Duke.Details of the deal weren't released Thursday.The 23-year-old Tomlinson was the 28th player picked in the NFL draft. He was Detroit's last draft pick to sign a contract.

  • Bengals sign 1st-rounder Ogbuehi, all 9 picks under contract

    August 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals signed first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi on Thursday, leaving all nine draft choices under contract.Ogbuehi, an offensive tackle from Texas A&M, was the 21st overall pick. He's recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Liberty Bowl and isn't expected to be ready to play until sometime during the season.

  • Steelers defensive coordinator Butler finally in charge

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Keith Butler waited patiently a dozen years for his opportunity to become defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Now, he's the man in charge.Butler is finally getting his chance to run the Steelers defense after the team promoted the longtime linebackers coach in January. The team did not renew the contract of Dick LeBeau, the 77-year-old Hall of Famer.

  • Colts' LB Mathis eager for quick return, being cautious

    August 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts linebacker Robert Mathis has learned a few things being in NFL locker rooms for the past 12 years.Ignore conventional wisdom, work relentlessly to prove the doubters wrong and play it safe when dealing with an injury.Less than 24 hours after team owner Jim Irsay tried to tamp down the early-season expectations for the 2013 NFL sacks champion, Mathis reluctantly acknowledged that he would accept the third part of the lesson while maintaining his goal of lining up for the Colts' regular-season opener Sept. 13 at Buffalo.

  • AP sources: Eagles release two-time Pro Bowl guard Mathis

    August 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chip Kelly dismissed another productive player.Two people with direct knowledge of the situation say the Philadelphia Eagles released two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis on Thursday. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't publicly disclosed the transaction.

  • Rams receivers looking for consistency going into season

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Kenny Britt is looking to make up for lost time.''There's definitely more that I feel I can give, because there's more that I want to give and there's more that I want to do in my career as I'm going into my seventh year,'' Britt said.

  • Panthers linebacker Thompson looks to make up lost ground

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers rookie linebacker Shaq Thompson has gone from cramming for final exams to cramming to learn an NFL playbook.Carolina's first-round draft pick returned to practice this week after missing most of the team's first three weeks of voluntary workouts while finishing up his classwork at the University of Washington.

  • Jaguars' Gerhart healthy again, feeling comfortable

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) An illegal tackle changed Toby Gerhart's season, maybe even his career.The former Stanford standout, who spent his first four years backing up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, came to Jacksonville last year to finally be an NFL starter. But Gerhart sprained his right ankle in the season opener - his foot twisted awkwardly as he was horse-collared - and he spent the rest of the year trying to recover.

  • Eagles release two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis

    August 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Two sources with direct knowledge of the situation say the Philadelphia Eagles have released two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis.The sources told The Associated Press about the move Thursday, insisting on anonymity because the team had not yet publicly disclosed the transaction.

  • Ex-Giants RB Wilson set to make pro debut in triple jump

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) His football career cut short, David Wilson found competition anywhere he could: pool, Uno, Connect Four.Now he finally gets to compete for real for the first time since his final NFL game in October 2013. The former New York Giants running back is set to make his pro debut in track and field in the triple jump at Saturday's Adidas Grand Prix.

  • Murray looks to build on late-season success for Raiders

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Latavius Murray provided a tantalizing glimpse of what he might be capable of during his 82 carries last season for the Oakland Raiders.With a new coaching staff intent on establishing the run in Oakland, Murray just might get the chance to show what he can do with even more opportunities this season.

  • Rookie Leonard Williams no 'fish out of water' with Jets

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Leonard Williams hauled a few practice trash bins from the field to the sideline, one of the dirty jobs of an NFL rookie.The New York Jets defensive lineman has gotten pretty good at carrying veterans' helmets to the locker room, too.

  • At 22, linebacker Brown set to take command of Bills defense

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan reacts in mock surprise when reminded how young Preston Brown is, and the trust the Bills are placing in the second-year linebacker to command the huddle of their high-priced defense.''Oh, gawd, I didn't realize he was 22. I'm a little nervous,'' the Bills new coach said. ''But no. He certainly has more of, I don't know if mature is the right word. But he's been around the game awhile.''

  • Jets' Bowles urges players to be smart on social media

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Hashtag: Think before you post something on social media.That's the message New York Jets coach Todd Bowles has given his players about using forums such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.''I don't want them to be robots,'' Bowles said after the team's final minicamp practice Thursday. ''They've just got to be smart about it. There's a fine line between hurting the team and hurting yourself. Then, talking on social media, you've got to be smart about it.''

  • Mathis eager for quick return but taking cautious approach

    August 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Robert Mathis figures it's better to be smart than fast when it comes to injuries.Indianapolis' Pro Bowl linebacker reiterated Thursday that he expects to be in the opening day lineup but acknowledged he wouldn't try to rush his return.

  • Giants waive linebacker Jones, sign Tony Johnson

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have swapped a couple of linebackers on their roster.The Giants announced on Thursday that they had signed Tony Johnson and waived Ryan Jones.Johnson played two seasons at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Southwest Mississippi Community College. He had 92 tackles (52 solo), 2 1/2 sacks, seven tackles for losses, an interception and a fumble recovery in 24 games. He finished third on the team with 69 tackles last season.

  • Colts, Bears agree to joint practices before preseason game

    August 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts and Bears will hold two days of joint practices in Indianapolis before squaring off in August.Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano says the teams will work out at the Colts' complex on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. They will meet in a preseason game Aug. 22.

  • Jets' Brandon Marshall: man for all occasions

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Brandon Marshall, wide receiver, has made a move of convenience for Brandon Marshall, media mogul.When Marshall was traded by the Bears to the Jets during the NFL draft in May, it created a logistical solution for his budding career in front of the TV camera.

  • Wife of Saints, Pelicans owner testifies in competency trial

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Gayle Benson, a former interior decorator now first in line to inherit New Orleans' NFL and NBA franchises, was called Wednesday to testify in a trial examining husband Tom Benson's mentally competency.Benson chose his wife as his primary successor and disowned relatives who'd previously been in line to take over his business empire.

  • Irsay delivers clear message to Colts at minicamp workout

    August 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts opened Wednesday night's practice to the public. Then team owner Jim Irsay poured out his heart.Moments after the Colts completed their second-to-last offseason workout, Indy's team owner strolled stoically onto the field, stepped inside the circle of players and did his best impersonation of Knute Rockne with an impassioned, finger-pointing speech.

  • Romo has no regrets about comments on NFL over fantasy event

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Tony Romo has no regrets about comments he has made about the NFL since the cancellation of a fantasy football-themed event where the Dallas Cowboys quarterback was to be a headliner.But Romo refused Wednesday to elaborate on what he said during radio interviews the previous day.

  • Romo has no regrets over fantasy comments about NFL

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Tony Romo says he has no regrets about comments he has made about the NFL over a canceled fantasy football-themed event that he was going to headline.But the Dallas Cowboys quarterback on Wednesday wouldn't elaborate on what he said the day before in radio interviews.

  • QB Smith knows much of Jets' season hinges on his progress

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The quarterback remains the question for the New York Jets.The defense is revamped, the offense reloaded. Now, it's time for Geno Smith to step up. And, he knows it.''I believe that we all have to take the next step, we all have to raise our level of play and me, as the quarterback, my game has got to be on point every single week,'' Smith said Wednesday. ''I have to be on top of my game mentally and physically, so it's something that we all know.''

  • Free agent defensive tackle CJ Mosley signs with Dolphins

    August 29, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Free agent defensive tackle C.J. Mosley has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, where he rejoins former teammate Ndamukong Suh.Mosley played with Suh and the Detroit Lions in 2013-14, and started eight games last year.

  • Packers WR Jordy Nelson catching passes after hip surgery

    August 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Staring intensely from the sideline, Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson hunched over at the hip with his hands on his knees while clutching a play sheet.He has looked a lot like a coach during the offseason while he mends from hip surgery.

  • 49ers kicker Phil Dawson still going strong at 40

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The gray in his goatee is getting much more noticeable. Yet 49ers kicker Phil Dawson isn't yet thinking about retirement, even at a time when many of his San Francisco teammates have done just that.Dawson, who turned 40 in January, is more concerned about getting comfortable with a new holder than he is about life after the NFL.

  • Unproven wide receivers must step up for Saints offense

    August 29, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Unproven wide receivers are going to have to come through for the New Orleans Saints if they want to stay in the ranks of the NFL's top passing teams.The Saints have finished fourth or higher in passing rankings every year since coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees arrived in 2006.

  • Peyton Manning rolls with the changes in Denver

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Although he won't have to deal with AARP solicitations for another decade, Peyton Manning is certainly more of a graybeard quarterback than a greenhorn at age 39.Still, the Denver Broncos star took exception Wednesday when he was asked more than once about being old, at least by NFL standards.

  • Gay stepping into leadership role for revamped secondary

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers' cornerback William Gay feels winning will cure the woes of a secondary that gave up plenty of big plays last season.Gay is now the longest-tenured cornerback on the team following Ike Taylor's offseason retirement and he doesn't want to see last season's issues continue to plague a defense that carries aspirations of finishing at the top.

  • Raiders plan to give young cornerbacks a chance

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) When the Oakland Raiders began overhauling their team after another dismal season, one position noticeably didn't get much help.After bringing in a different pair of veteran starters at cornerback the past three seasons in failed trials, the Raiders decided it was time to give the young guys a closer look.

  • Cardinals' Brown looks to make bigger impact in second year

    August 29, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) John Brown is bigger, stronger, maybe a little faster, and has learned a few things.All of this after the Arizona Cardinals' second-year wide receiver caught 48 passes for 696 yards with five touchdowns as a rookie in 2014.''This year I know a lot more than I did last year,'' Brown said. ''That helps me out on the field. It's also become easier. Everyone knows about me now, I just have to perform and produce to be better than I was last year.''

  • Titans expect to play much faster now in 2nd year of defense

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are enjoying the difference that a year makes, especially on defense.Twelve months ago, coordinator Ray Horton was busy installing his 3-4 scheme for a team that had played a 4-3 for years. The Titans went on to rank among the NFL's worst defenses.

  • Lions start 2nd year under offensive coordinator Lombardi

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions are starting their second year under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, and the unit hopes to catch up to last season's stellar defense.The Lions ranked 22nd in scoring offense last season yet finished 11-5 and reached the NFC playoffs thanks to a defense that held teams to an average of 17.6 points - third-best in the league.

  • Jets' Cromartie, former teammate Winslow in Twitter squabble

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Kellen Winslow Jr. and Antonio Cromartie might need more than 140 characters to settle this Twitter squabble.Winslow took exception to New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie putting teammate Dee Milliner on the spot during an interview Tuesday when he took a microphone and asked if Milliner thought he was ''on the roster bubble.''

  • Bills GM Whaley: Chris Williams recovering from back surgery

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive guard Chris Williams is still recuperating from back surgery, and it's uncertain whether he'll be cleared for the start of training camp next month.General manager Doug Whaley provided the update to The Associated Press on Wednesday, revealing why Williams has been absent from the team's offseason voluntary workouts and practices. New coach Rex Ryan previously said that he's not yet spoken with Williams, but had not provided a reason why the player had not been in attendance.

  • Fantasy Sports Combine shuffles lineup for NFL

    August 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Organizers of the Fantasy Sports Combine are going ahead with plans for their inaugural event in Las Vegas next month in contrast to the Tony Romo-led Fantasy Football Convention that was scuttled after the NFL reiterated its policy banning active players from making promotional appearances at casinos.

  • Pryor no longer 'ticked off,' ready for correct position

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Calvin Pryor thought the question was backward.''Do I think I'm an intimidator?'' the New York Jets safety repeated. ''I want the other guy feeling that intimidation. I want that guy to know I'm a hitter. I don't want to say it ... but I play like my hair is on fire.''

  • Buccaneers claim punter Spencer Lanning off waivers

    August 29, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed punter Spencer Lanning off waivers from Cleveland and released punter Andrew Wilder.Lanning spent the past two seasons with the Browns, appearing in all 32 games. He averaged 44.1 yards per punt, with a net average of 38.6 yards.

  • Raiders QB Derek Carr returns to practice from finger injury

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Ever since he was big enough to throw a football, Derek Carr has done just that any chance he could get.So when an injury to the ring finger on his throwing hand prevented him from doing just that for more than a month, the frustration level grew for Carr even if he knew that the time off was what was best for him and the Oakland Raiders.

  • Seahawks agree to terms with backup QB Tarvaris Jackson

    August 29, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back their backup quarterback after agreeing to terms with veteran Tarvaris Jackson.Details of Jackson's deal were not released by the team Tuesday. But it's an important signing for Seattle, which had just two quarterbacks on its roster: starter Russell Wilson and second-year free agent signing R.J. Archer. B.J. Daniels has been moved from quarterback to wide receiver.

  • Demaryius Thomas absent from mandatory Broncos minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning drifted back on one of his opening snaps at minicamp and immediately glanced toward his left. No Demaryius Thomas.Sorry, Peyton, he's miles away, absorbing this complicated offense largely on his own.As expected, Thomas was absent as the Denver Broncos started a mandatory minicamp Tuesday. The three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is boycotting the team's offseason program after the team placed its .8 million franchise tag on him. He's not subject to a fine, though, because he hasn't signed his tender.

  • Steelers rookie TE James finds mentor in Heath Miller

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jesse James remembers as an 11-year-old growing up in the Pittsburgh suburbs watching tight end Heath Miller and his hometown Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.A decade later, James, a rookie fifth-round pick embarking on his first tentative steps in the NFL, finds himself learning the ropes from the guy he studied so closely.

  • Sherman glad to avoid surgery, fires back at Cromartie

    August 29, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) A wide-brimmed hat was the only extra piece of attire for Richard Sherman.No brace, not even a sleeve covering the left elbow he injured in last January's NFC Championship game.''I'm out there naked. No, I'm not wearing anything,'' Sherman said on Tuesday after the Seattle Seahawks wrapped up their organized team activity. ''I'm just (playing) ball. I try not to put it in too many stressful situations, but I pretty much control my game out there and stay out of bad spots.''

  • Rams going with young offensive line

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Rams rookie Rob Havenstein could not have picked a better spot to start his NFL career.The offensive tackle from Wisconsin is known for his run blocking, which fits in well with coach Jeff Fisher's offense.''That's one of the things coach Fisher has told me is we're going to run the ball. . We definitely ran the ball a lot (at Wisconsin) and from everything coach Fisher has told me, I'm going to have an opportunity to do that as well,'' Havenstein said.

  • 49ers coach Jim Tomsula will guide players on social media

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula wants nothing to do with social media. Still, he will hold a meeting to give guidance about how to be responsible when taking thoughts to Twitter, Instagram or other sites.''I don't like it at all. I don't know anything about it. I don't do it, I don't use it, I really don't want everybody to know where I'm at all the time or what I'm eating,'' Tomsula said Tuesday. ''I don't get it, personally. It just so happens every time I do hear about it, it's not in a good way. That's where I'm at. The guys know that. They laugh, they make fun that I'm in the Dark Ages. If that's going to be a part, and it is a part of society, we've got to figure out how to manage it.''

  • QB Palmer back practicing for Cardinals

    August 29, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) A major part of Carson Palmer's long-anticipated return to full practice Tuesday was the Arizona Cardinals quarterback's return to being hard on himself for his performance.Palmer is back from a season-ending torn ACL suffered in a game last November. He took snaps and made throws in 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday, the first day of the team's three-day June mini-camp.

  • Winston cuts hair to benefit pediatric cancer research

    August 29, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston is sporting a new look after cutting his hair in support of pediatric cancer research.The top pick in the NFL draft joined 12 other Tampa Bay Buccaneers in shaving their heads in the team auditorium Tuesday. The Cut For A Cure Charity Challenge raised ,500 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, including a ,000 donation from Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

  • Matthews, Moore, Reed return in limited practice work

    August 29, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Offensive tackle Jake Matthews, safety William Moore and linebacker Brooks Reed have returned from injuries and were still limited in practice Tuesday for the Atlanta Falcons.Rookie defensive end Vic Beasley, the NFL's eighth overall draft pick, was limited with a sore shoulder. Rookie cornerback Jalen Collins, a second-round pick, went through some drills, but is still not at full speed following foot surgery a couple of months ago.

  • Jaguars' Bortles honing mechanics, throwing tighter spirals

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) There's one noticeable difference with Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles this year: He's throwing prettier passes.Fewer ducks. Fewer wobblers. Fewer balls that make coaches cringe.''I've got to continue to work on it, continue improve it, but it's definitely night and day from this time last year,'' Bortles said Tuesday.

  • Culliver expected to help Washington secondary

    August 29, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) No defense allowed more touchdown passes last year than Washington's. Since then, the Redskins have changed defensive coordinators, signed three potential starting linemen, and added two possible starting safetiesThe biggest upgrade, however, might be at cornerback. Three-time Pro Bowl selection DeAngelo Hall is expected to return from a torn left Achilles tendon that ended his season in Week 3. And Washington lured Chris Culliver away from San Francisco with a four-year, million contract, half of which is guaranteed.

  • Mo shows: Frustrated Wilkerson reports for Jets minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Muhammad Wilkerson is back with his teammates, even though he's not happy about his contract situation.The New York Jets defensive end reported for the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday despite still looking for a long-term extension that he expected to be taken care of by now.

  • Demaryius Thomas, Antonio Smith miss minicamp for Broncos

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) As expected, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and defensive end Antonio Smith didn't attend Denver's mandatory minicamp Tuesday.Thomas is boycotting the Broncos' offseason program after the team placed its .8 million franchise tag on him. He won't be fined since he hasn't signed his tender and isn't under contract.

  • Titans sign C Fernando Velasco, put CB Brandon Harris on IR

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have reacquired center Fernando Velasco and have placed cornerback Brandon Harris on injured reserve.The team announced Velasco's signing and Harris' move to injured reserve on Tuesday.Velasco started his career with the Titans in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia and remained with the team through 2012. He played 13 games and made seven starts with the Carolina Panthers last season and started 11 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013.

  • Report: Taxpayer tab on St. Louis stadium plan reaches M

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The proposed riverfront football stadium in St. Louis already has cost taxpayers million, according to a newspaper report Tuesday.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1HXYj92 ) reported that that figure is based on the latest invoices released this week from financing advisers, railroad track engineers, contract attorneys and management.

  • Jeremy Maclin leads new-look Chiefs wide receiver corps

    August 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) When David Culley first got to know Jeremy Maclin, the young wide receiver was just another rookie fresh out of Missouri trying to learn his way in the pressure-cooker NFL.When they reunited this past offseason, everything had changed.

  • San Diego mayor eyes Charger stadium vote by Dec. 15

    August 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the city could hold a special election by Dec. 15 on a new stadium for the NFL's Chargers, a few weeks before a team could file to relocate to Los Angeles under league rules.Faulconer addressed reporters Monday after a second round of negotiations with the team on a plan to finance a new stadium in San Diego. He says the City Council has until Sept. 18 to decide on whether to put a plan to voters by mid-December.

  • Bears sign cornerback Tracy Porter to 1-year contract

    August 29, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed veteran cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year contract Monday to bolster their secondary.Heading into his eighth NFL season, Porter is best known for his clinching 74-yard interception return touchdown for New Orleans against Indianapolis in the 2010 Super Bowl.

  • Attorney: Judge dismisses Ray McDonald defamation lawsuit

    August 29, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A California judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald against a woman who accused him of rape.McDonald failed to produce any admissible evidence that the woman had spoken to anyone other than law enforcement officials about her accusations, and statements to police are considered protected speech, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Elfving said in the ruling last week.

  • Jonathan Stewart ready to become Carolina's primary back

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Jonathan Stewart will enter the season as the Panthers' undisputed featured running back for the first time in eight years.And the 28-year-old is anxious to make the most of the opportunity.When Carolina released its all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams in March in a salary cap move, it paved the way for Stewart to step in and become the team's No. 1 back. The 5-foot-10, 228-pounder who combines shiftiness and power says it won't change his approach.

  • Titans rookie Green-Beckham rehabbing strained hamstring

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dorial Green-Beckham has only one worry, and that's making sure he rehabs the tight hamstring that has kept the Tennessee Titans rookie sidelined the past three weeks.Proving the Titans made the right decision by drafting him will come soon enough.

  • Attorney: Judge dismisses defamation lawsuit by former 49er

    August 29, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) An attorney says a California judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald against a woman who accused him of rape.Gloria Allred, who is representing the woman, said Monday that Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Elfving had tossed all five causes of action in the lawsuit by McDonald.

  • No Eric Weddle at Chargers practice again

    August 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Another Chargers practice, another day without Eric Weddle.The team's All-Pro safety missed the first day of the final week off OTAs on Monday. With the sessions being voluntary, Weddle isn't subject to discipline.That changes next week for the team's three-day mandatory minicamp.

  • Dolphins defensive tackle moonlights as an Uber driver

    August 29, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Word on the street is Miami Dolphins reserve defensive tackle A.J. Francis has good acceleration, an excellent motor and a high ceiling in his 2014 Dodge Charger.He's an Uber driver.Francis is under contract to earn 0,000 this year in his third NFL season, but paychecks don't start coming until July, and it's uncertain he'll make the team. He wanted some extra spending money, so in April he became a driver for hire with Uber, making to an hour.

  • Giants CB Amukamara's goal: stay healthy this year

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Looking back on his first four seasons with the New York Giants, cornerback Prince Amukamara is a bit frustrated.While there have been accomplishments and steps toward becoming a top defensive back, it's a period marked by injuries and surgeries.

  • Cowboys sign former Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk and linebacker Justin Jackson.Washington drafted Seastrunk in the sixth round last year but cut him at the end of the preseason. He split 2014 on the practice squads of Carolina and Tennessee before the Titans signed him to a futures contract after the season. He was waived May 18.

  • Jaguars rookie Sample calls broken arm 'flukish' injury

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety James Sample heard the pop and felt the pain.He figured his arm injury was bad, but he still wanted to know exactly what happened.So Sample sat down with coach Gus Bradley a few hours after breaking his right arm in practice last Thursday and watched the video.

  • Jaguars rookie Sample: broken right arm 'flukish' injury

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety James Sample expects to miss 10 to 12 weeks with a broken arm, an injury he calls ''flukish.''Sample provided the prognosis Monday, four days after he broke his right arm while trying to knock the ball out of a teammate's hands during non-contact drills.

  • Bears sign cornerback Tracy Porter

    August 29, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed veteran cornerback Tracy Porter to a one-year contract Monday to bolster their secondary.Heading into his eighth NFL season, Porter is best known for his clinching 74-yard interception return touchdown for New Orleans against Indianapolis in the 2010 Super Bowl.

  • Texans and Redskins to hold joint practices

    August 29, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Houston Texans and Washington Redskins will hold joint practices in Richmond from Aug. 6-8.It will be the first time the teams have worked together during training camp. Houston worked last preseason with the Atlanta Falcons.Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones called the dual workouts ''a clear benefit of our state-of-the-art training facility. Welcoming the Houston Texans to Richmond, Virginia for practice sessions with the Washington Redskins is thrilling.''

  • Patriots release Spikes after his car found abandoned

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes on Monday as authorities investigated whether his Mercedes was involved in an accident after the car was found abandoned in a highway median near where three people were hurt in a vehicle that was rear-ended.

  • Police: Car found abandoned belongs to Patriots linebacker

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a damaged car belonging to New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was found abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 over the weekend.The 2011 Mercedes-Maybach was found with front-end damage at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Foxborough after the operator via the OnStar on-board navigation system reported hitting a deer, state police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement. It's not clear who had been driving.

  • Steelers WR Bryant looking for breakout 2015

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is hoping for a smoother ride in his second season in the NFL.Drafted in the fourth round a year ago, Bryant finished his rookie season with 26 receptions for 549 yards and was second on the team to Antonio Brown with eight touchdown catches. He also led the Steelers with 21.1 yards per reception, highlighted by a 94-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals that kickstarted Pittsburgh's run to the AFC North title.

  • Browns acquire punter Andy Lee from 49ers, waive Lanning

    August 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns believe they've kicked their special teams up a notch.Cleveland acquired three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers and released punter Spencer Lanning on Saturday, moves that complete a sweep of the Browns' specialists from last season.

  • Romo-led fantasy event in Vegas called off as NFL balks

    August 29, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) A fantasy football-themed event in Las Vegas headlined by Tony Romo was called off after the NFL reiterated a policy banning appearances associated with casinos.A league spokesman said Saturday the NFL ''reminded the players association'' of the policy with the National Fantasy Football Convention event scheduled for next month.

  • Browns acquire punter Andy Lee from 49ers

    August 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have acquired three-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.The Browns also waived punter Spencer Lanning, who signed with the club as a free agent in 2013.Cleveland sent a late-round 2017 draft pick to the Niners for Lee, who made the Pro Bowl in the 2007, 2009 and 2011 seasons. His days in San Francisco were numbered when the Niners drafted Clemson punter Bradley Pinion.

  • Jets' Wilkerson uncertain whether he'll attend minicamp

    August 29, 2015

    LINDEN, N.J. (AP) Big Mo could be a no-show at New York Jets minicamp.Star defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has stayed away from the team during voluntary workouts while looking for a new contract, and is uncertain if he'll attend the Jets' three mandatory practices next week.

  • 49ers announce right tackle Anthony Davis is retiring

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Right tackle Anthony Davis announced his retirement from the San Francisco 49ers in yet another shocking loss for the team this offseason, and it was unclear whether the decision stemmed from his difficulties with a concussion last year.

  • Saints, Pelicans president testifies in Benson trial

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Attorneys for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson began calling their witnesses Friday in the 87-year-old billionaire's mental competency trial, starting with a top sports executive.Dennis Lauscha, who serves as president of New Orleans' NFL and NBA clubs, politely declined to make any comments as he emerged from the closed courtroom following about four hours of testimony.

  • 49ers say T Anthony Davis is retiring

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Tackle Anthony Davis, the 11th-overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, has told the team that he plans to retire.The 49ers announced the move Friday. Davis hadn't been with the team during offseason workouts.San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke thanked Davis in a statement for his contributions to the 49ers and said the team ''wishes him the best as he moves on from the game.''

  • Rams' strong pass rush is back

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams' strong pass rush is back under coordinator Gregg Williams.Defensive end Robert Quinn led the team with 10 1/2 sacks and has 29 1/2 the last two seasons. The Rams had 40 sacks in the last 11 games after getting shut out in the first five.

  • Newspaper company wants Hernandez juror documents unsealed

    August 29, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Newspaper company GateHouse Media is asking a judge to unseal documents relating to a juror in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's recent murder trial in Massachusetts.The company publishes Fall River's The Herald News, the Taunton Daily Gazette and Quincy's The Patriot Ledger. It says information about the unidentified juror must be made public.

  • Fullback Bruce Miller back on the field for 49ers

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller apologized Friday to anyone he disappointed during his offseason legal case.''I want to apologize to everyone that this had a negative effect on,'' Miller said Friday. ''Completely understand the expectations of me. I have the same expectations. We're on the same page. ... I've completely committed to taking the steps necessary to be here and be a part of this football team.''

  • 'Kickalicious' releases 2nd trick-shot video; seeks NFL gig

    August 29, 2015

    ''Kickalicious'' is back, with another trick-shot video and an unwavering pursuit of a job with an NFL team.Havard Rugland has released another YouTube video showing him making kicks all over Norway.Rugland's first video, released in 2012, earned him notice and helped get him signed by the Detroit Lions in 2013. He was released late in training camp that year.

  • Jaguars rookie James Sample breaks arm in practice

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety James Sample will miss the rest of the team's offseason program because of a broken arm.A fourth-round draft pick from Louisville, Sample broke his right arm Thursday while trying to strip the ball from a teammate during non-contact drills. The Jaguars said he had surgery Friday and is expected to return during training camp in August.

  • Sarah Thomas 1st full-time female NFL official

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sarah Thomas is among 10 new officials joining the NFL's crews this season.NFL officiating director Dean Blandino said Friday that Thomas will work as a line judge with veteran referee Pete Morelli. Thomas already had been announced as the first woman hired by the league as a full-time, on-field official.

  • Dolphins 1st-round pick Parker undergoes foot surgery

    August 29, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins first-round draft pick DeVante Parker underwent left foot surgery Friday and will likely miss the start of training camp, but he's expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.The former Louisville receiver had surgery on the same foot last year, when he sat out the first seven games of his senior season. Parker's foot bothered him in recent offseason practices with the Dolphins, and he decided to undergo another procedure to replace a screw.

  • As recovery continues, George starting to feel like old self

    August 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George was ready to play Thursday night - and not just in another charity softball game.He was ready for the biggest challenge of all. A little more than 10 months after a horrific leg injury and just hours after impressing his coach with an hour-long workout, the Indiana Pacers' two-time All-Star proclaimed he felt like his old self and was ready to face his biggest rival.

  • Psychiatrist testifies about Saints, Pelicans owner

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A psychiatrist who examined New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson spent more than five hours testifying about the 87-year-old billionaire's mental health.And he's not done.Dr. Ted Bloch is one of three physicians who performed a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, the results of which have been sealed.

  • Psychiatrist testifies about Saints and Pelicans owner

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A psychiatrist who examined New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is the latest witness to testify about the 87-year-old billionaire's mental health.Dr. Ted Bloch is one of three physicians who performed a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, the results of which have been sealed.

  • Foles getting acquainted with new team, new offense

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Quarterback Nick Foles is getting to know his new St. Louis Rams teammates.''We love him,'' wide receiver Kenny Britt said Thursday after the second OTA session and first open to reporters. ''Great deep ball, he puts it on the money every time.

  • Ben Watson not changing approach with Saints

    August 29, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Even with an opportunity at tight end, veteran Ben Watson has not changed his approach to summer practices with the New Orleans Saints.The Saints traded three-time Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham to Seattle in March, did not draft a tight end and have not signed a free agent to replace Graham through early June.

  • Son of Broncos owner arrested on domestic violence charges

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) John Bowlen Jr., the 29-year-old son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and an administrative employee of the team, has been placed on indefinite leave following his arrest on domestic violence charges.The younger Bowlen was arrested Wednesday night in the Denver suburb of Glendale on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment after allegedly pushing his girlfriend against a bathroom wall, police said.

  • Raiders sign WR Kris Durham, LB Chase Williams

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent receiver Kris Durham and undrafted free agent linebacker Chase Williams.The Raiders also announced Thursday that they waived tight end Scott Simonson and waived linebacker Jacoby Hale with an injury designation. Oakland also placed receiver Andre Debose on the reserve-injured list and waived linebacker Miles Burris from that list.

  • QB Newton shows no signs of added pressure after big contact

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton connected with Ted Ginn Jr. on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone Thursday.He raced along the sideline screaming, laughing and playfully taunting the defense before culminating his touchdown celebration with a flying hip bump with the veteran wide receiver.

  • Rudolph aiming, again, for productive year with Vikings

    August 29, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Kyle Rudolph's main goal on the field is to get open. The Minnesota Vikings tight end has already been covered more than ever this year.With a huge tattoo, that is: He has added a colorful tribute to his family, blanketing his left arm.

  • Redskins checking 'off-field situation' involving Crowder

    August 29, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins say they are investigating what they called ''an off-field situation'' involving fourth-round draft pick Jamison Crowder.Crowder's Instagram feed Wednesday night briefly included photographs of a woman who claims to have been abused by the receiver. The photos show a cut on her inner lip and bruises on her arm. They have been deleted, but screenshots circulated Thursday on social media.

  • Cardinals wrap up OTAs with air of confidence

    August 29, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up what coach Bruce Arians called ''outstanding'' OTAs, the team displaying an obvious air of confidence about what lies ahead in the coming season.''We got a lot accomplished as a football team,'' Arians said after Thursday's session, ''in every phase - special teams, offense, defense. Everybody got better.''

  • Kirchner, Fitterer promoted in Seahawks' scouting department

    August 29, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks have promoted Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner to the role of co-directors of player personnel, the team said Thursday.Fitterer has been Seattle's director of college scouting since 2011 and Kirchner was the director of pro personnel from 2013-14. Kirchner interviewed for the general manager position with the New York Jets this past offseason.

  • Rams release rookie Sasser due to pre-existing condition

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have released rookie wide receiver Bud Sasser because of a pre-existing medical condition.Coach Jeff Fisher declined to reveal the nature of the problem Thursday, but said the former Missouri star, a sixth-round pick, had failed his physical.

  • Aaron Hernandez double murder trial to begin in December

    August 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Jury selection for the double murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tentatively scheduled for Dec. 1, a judge said Thursday.Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke also set a date of Jan. 4 for the trial to begin in earnest. Hernandez was not present in court Thursday.

  • Bills to host Browns for 2 training camp practices

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine are teaming up once again.The Ryan-coached Bills will host Pettine and the Cleveland Browns for a pair of joint practices at Buffalo's training camp facility in suburban Rochester. The sessions will take place Aug. 17-18, leading up to their preseason game at Cleveland on Aug. 20.

  • Trio of college QBs in unfamiliar roles with Steelers

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Tajh Boyd, Devin Gardner and Tyler Murphy combined for more than 21,000 yards passing and 150 touchdowns during their collegiate careers.And yet all three understand if the Pittsburgh Steelers require any of them to so much as cock back their arm once during a regular season game, things are likely pretty bleak.

  • Senators push for end to military paying NFL to honor troops

    August 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The New England Patriots got 5,000 from the Army National Guard for honoring American troops, including a ''True Patriot'' program during a halftime show at home games.''Hardly a deprived franchise,'' scoffed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday as he and two other lawmakers won Senate approval for a prohibition on lucrative Pentagon contracts with NFL teams for the various ceremonies honoring the military.

  • Safety at corner: Packers' 1st-round pick Randall adjusting

    August 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Damarious Randall leaned over at his locker and did a contemplative stare following his second full day of offseason workouts.There is a lot to take in as the first-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers.''It's just more like still surreal to me. Just sitting here kind of learning everything,'' Randall said in a quiet locker room. ''Right now, I'm just learning the playbook and taking it day by day.''

  • Chargers' Fluker goes from homeless to graduate, NFL starter

    August 29, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) D.J. Fluker had bouts of anger sometimes, wondering how God let him and his family wind up homeless, five people sleeping shoehorned into a car.The challenges of trying to succeed in football and school - and he valued both - became daunting at times, too.

  • Special NFL owners meeting on LA set for Aug. 11

    August 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) NFL owners will hold a special meeting about a potential relocation of a team or teams to Los Angeles on Aug. 11 in Chicago.The need for such a meeting became clear after the 32 owners were updated last month on stadium developments both in Los Angeles and in the three cities with teams interested in moving: San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland.

  • Judge could set date in Aaron Hernandez Boston murder trial

    August 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Lawyers for former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez are due in court in Boston, where a judge could set a date for his double murder trial.Hernandez isn't expected to attend Thursday's hearing. He is serving life in prison without parole after being convicted of killing an acquaintance in 2013.

  • Lions sign Williams, release Lora

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed running back Rasheed Williams and released receiver Erik Lora, according to a report on the team's website.Williams is an undrafted rookie out of Alfred State. Lora played at Eastern Illinois from 2009-13.

  • Still no word from Hardy in Dallas, but teammates impressed

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Greg Hardy missed practice Wednesday because he was ill, so the latest chance for the Dallas defensive end to meet with reporters ended the same way as the first two.There's still no word from the player facing a 10-game suspension to start the season for his role in a domestic violence case.

  • Granddaughter of Saints, Pelicans owner concludes testimony

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Rita LeBlanc once expected to spend many years running the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, which would have made her one of the most powerful women in pro sports.This week, the disowned granddaughter has spent many hours on a witness stand, trying to persuade a judge that her 87-year-old grandfather, Tom Benson, was not of sound mind when he ousted her, her mother and her brother from ownership positions with his NFL and NBA clubs, and changed his succession plan to place his third wife in line to control his business empire.

  • Starter or not, Fitzpatrick aims to be ready for Jets

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Ryan Fitzpatrick has been in this spot many times throughout his NFL career.The veteran quarterback is the backup, not the New York Jets' projected starter right now. That label belongs to Geno Smith, who's coming off two shaky seasons.

  • Yahoo lands rights to show NFL game on Internet this fall

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is teaming up with Yahoo to show a game live on the Internet this fall.The alliance announced Wednesday follows up on the NFL's previously announced plan to stream the Oct. 25 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. The game, which will be played in London, is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

  • Zimmer's voice was important in Peterson's return to Vikings

    August 29, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Mike Zimmer was Adrian Peterson's coach for a mere offseason and one regular season game, before the tumultuous hiatus began for the Minnesota Vikings running back.Zimmer never wavered in his support for Peterson during the child abuse ordeal that kept him away from the team for months. The first-year coach knew how valuable Peterson would be for his offense, how exceptional his ball-carrying ability was.

  • Raiders waive/injured seventh-round pick Andre Debose

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have waived/injured seventh-round draft pick Andre Debose because of an Achilles tendon injury.Debose is a return specialist out of Florida. No other details on his injury were provided by the team.Oakland also announced Wednesday the signing of free agent wideout and return man Trindon Holliday. He split the 2014 season between the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay. Holliday had three kickoff returns for 83 yards with San Francisco and two punt returns and two kickoff returns with the Buccaneers.

  • All grown up, Tuitt eyeing breakout season for Steelers

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) It's a business decision that doubles as a reminder for Stephon Tuitt.The second-year Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman decided against buying a home during the offseason, preferring to lease a small apartment instead not far from the team facility. Nothing against where he works or anything. But Tuitt figures writing that monthly rent check is a way to keep him rooted in the reality that nothing in the NFL is guaranteed.

  • Jets' Amaro leaves practice with apparent back injury

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro left the team's practice with what appeared to be a back injury.Amaro was running a route early during the practice Wednesday when he stopped short, went down on a knee and clutched his back while grimacing. He was looked at by trainers on the sideline and then headed to the locker room.

  • Jets announce plans for variable pricing for season tickets

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets are using variable pricing for season tickets for the team's 10 home games, including the preseason, at MetLife Stadium this year.The team announced the pricing plan Wednesday after using it for individual game tickets last season.

  • New Redskins defensive coordinator making presence felt

    August 29, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) One of the biggest changes at Washington Redskins' practices is the presence of new defensive coordinate Joe Barry.His energy is inescapable.If Barry, who replaced Jim Haslett in January, isn't playing quarterback for linebackers during positional drills, he's exhorting players before and after every snap of 11-on-11 work.

  • Aaron Hernandez lawyer seeks inquiry on juror issue

    August 29, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A lawyer for former NFL player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez has asked a judge to allow an inquiry into what he says is a juror's ''exposure to significant extraneous matter.''Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Knee injuries to 2 prized picks have NFL teams concerned

    August 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) NFL teams are reviewing the way they handle rookie minicamps after season-ending knee injuries to two prized picks less than a week after all the hugs and handshakes of draft night.Locker rooms and front offices were jolted when defensive end Dante Fowler, the third overall pick, blew out his left knee on the first day of Jacksonville's rookie minicamp. Twenty-four hours later, tight end Jeff Heuerman, Denver's third-round selection, tore his left ACL covering a kickoff.

  • Bills McCoy says he's done talking about ex-coach Chip Kelly

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running LeSean McCoy is done talking about Chip Kelly, and sees no reason to explain what he meant in suggesting his former coach might have shown a racial bias when parting ways with several Philadelphia Eagles star players.

  • NFL chooses Yahoo as partner in experiment to stream game

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL says it has chosen Yahoo as its partner in an experiment to stream a game internationally in October.The league had announced in March that it planned to stream the Oct. 25 matchup between Buffalo and Jacksonville from London. The NFL said Wednesday it will use Yahoo's platforms for the free broadcast.

  • Peterson 'feels good to be back in the building'

    August 29, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Nearly eight months passed for Adrian Peterson between practices with the Minnesota Vikings.His public image and personal brand took a huge hit. He had to miss 15 precious games in a sport with so few. He found himself thoroughly baffled by what to do next, whether he even wanted to return to the NFL, let alone Minnesota. He turned 30.

  • Kin of Saints, Pelicans owner testify in competency case

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A lawyer for the estranged heirs of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson described the tone in the courtroom as ''somber'' and ''emotional'' as his clients began testifying about their patriarch's mental state.Taking the witness stand on Tuesday were Benson's daughter, Renee, and his granddaughter, Rita LeBlanc. The pair, along with Renee Benson's son, Ryan LeBlanc, claim in a lawsuit filed in January that Tom Benson was not of sound mind when he ousted them from ownership positions five months ago, instead leaving his third wife in position to take over.

  • Rams hire Jeff Garcia as offensive assistant

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Rams have added former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia to the coaching staff as an offensive assistant.Garcia will primarily assist wide receivers coach Ray Sherman. The move was announced on Tuesday.Garcia was with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL last year, and previously tutored NFL quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Tyrod Taylor and Matt McGloin.

  • Veterans Peppers and Raji back to fortify Packers D

    August 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Two of the most respected veterans on Green Bay's defense are separated by just a couple stalls in the locker room.Julius Peppers and B.J. Raji feel as if they have a lot left to accomplish despite all the hits they have administered, and all blocks they have shed over the years.

  • Left tackle Donald Penn optimistic about Raiders in 2015

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Donald Penn isn't getting much sleep at home these days, not with a 2-month-old daughter to take care of.The Oakland Raiders' veteran left tackle has been trying to catch up at nights following the team's offseason workouts. Even then, there hasn't been much time to rest.

  • Ray McDonald's ex says former 49er repeatedly attacked her

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Former San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald's ex-fiancee says in court records that McDonald repeatedly attacked her over several months.The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/1KKJxZn) that a restraining order obtained by the newspaper Tuesday shows the 27-year-old woman says he once choked her and once put his knee to her stomach while she was pregnant, according to her application for the temporary restraining order.

  • Falcons try to move on after Shembo arrested for dog killing

    August 29, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) New coach Dan Quinn believes the Atlanta Falcons made the right decision to cut ties immediately with Prince Shembo after the linebacker was arrested last week for killing a dog.The team waived Shembo last Friday, the same day he turned himself in at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on a cruelty to animals charge.

  • Column: Peterson changes course at just the right time

    August 29, 2015

    Adrian Peterson made his point, only to find out no one was in any mood to listen.He wasn't going to win his fight to get more money guaranteed in his contract, not when the Minnesota Vikings held all the cards. He wasn't going to rally fans to his side, not when there was little sympathy for a player who missed most of the previous season dealing with felony child abuse charges.

  • Titans working to run better with Mariota, other draft picks

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Of the many items on Tennessee's needs improvement list, nothing may be higher offensively than running the ball better.It's a topic coach Ken Whisenhunt has repeatedly mentioned this offseason, a not so subtle message for an offense that can stand to improve across the board.

  • Wilson says little about contract negotiations with Seahawks

    August 29, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Wilson provided a warning. Don't expect him to make statements regarding his contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks until a deal is reached.''I'm going to be the boring, cliche answer, but it's the truth,'' Wilson said following Seattle's organized team activity on Tuesday that was open to the media. ''Ultimately, I believe it will work out, hope that it does. I just take one day at a time. It's a private matter. I don't really talk about that kind of stuff.''

  • Steelers top pick Dupree hoping to be quick study

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Bud Dupree isn't one for humble bragging, but he's willing to make an exception just this once.''God blessed me with being a smart individual,'' the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker said when pressed on where his photographic memory comes from. ''If I see it one time and I do it one time, I know it. I really don't have to study that much and I just stick with it. It's always been a gift I feel.''

  • Redskins sign NT Jerrell Powe, T Willie Smith

    August 29, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Free-agent nose tackle Jerrell Powe and offensive lineman Willie Smith have signed with the Washington Redskins.The team announced the deals Tuesday. Washington also waived tackle Tovar Allen.Powe has played in 28 games, making four starts, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans over the past four seasons.

  • Bengals defense trying to get up to speed in workouts

    August 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Defensive end Michael Johnson is fitting in as though he never left Cincinnati. The rest of the Bengals defense is trying to get back to the way it was as well.One of the main focuses in Cincinnati's offseason workouts is getting the defense back to where it was two years ago, when it was the backbone of a playoff team. The Bengals have kept the unit essentially intact, so it's more a matter of working on the little things than starting all over.

  • AP Source: Panthers-Newton 5-year deal worth 3.8 million

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman believes Cam Newton can lead the Panthers to ''the Promised Land'' so he made the fifth-year quarterback the highest-paid player in franchise history.He'll get no argument from Newton.''I feel like I can get us there as well,'' Newton said of leading the Panthers to their first Super Bowl title. ''They're not saying anything I don't think myself.''

  • 49ers fullback Miller pleads no contest to disturbing peace

    August 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge stemming from an argument with his former fiancee that led to his arrest March 5.Santa Clara County prosecutors said that Miller smashed the woman's cellphone. He must attend a 16-week domestic violence counseling course as part of his sentence.

  • Despite shuffling, Chiefs offensive line could be settled

    August 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) As another round of musical chairs began with the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line last week, it was hard to fathom just who would be left off the first team when coach Andy Reid finally called for the music to stop.There was Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft just two years ago, shuffling over to join the second string for a few reps during an optional offseason workout.

  • Goodell makes it official: He will hear Brady's appeal

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official Tuesday: He will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in January. The players' union said Goodell should recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he can't be impartial and could be called as a witness.

  • Star RB Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota Vikings

    August 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Donning his purple No. 28 jersey for the first time in nine months, Adrian Peterson said Tuesday he has apologized to the 4-year-old son he struck with a wooden switch and had ''learned a lot from my mistake.''Peterson returned to the Vikings and practiced for the first time since September. He then told reporters he has met all the requirements that came from pleading no contest to a misdemeanor that caused him to miss the final 15 games of last season.

  • Browns welcome kid with rare disease for symbolic contract

    August 29, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) The newest member of the Browns arrived in a limousine, signed his contract and suited up in front of his locker.Dylan Sutcliffe then headed out to the practice field, where the 9-year-old boy with a rare disease that affects the nervous system lived out his dream of joining his favorite NFL team.

  • Derrick Johnson, Dontari Poe miss Chiefs offseason workout

    August 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe walked gingerly off the Chiefs' practice field Tuesday with back pain, and linebacker Derrick Johnson sat out with inflammation in his knee.The Chiefs were getting back to work with the second week of organized team activities when Poe walked off the field. A team spokesman did not say how long he might be out.

  • Browns coach dismisses Manziel bottle-throwing incident

    August 29, 2015

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns coach Mike Pettine is defending quarterback Johnny Manziel, saying he's unhappy with outside chatter about Manziel's relationship with the team following a rehab stay and a minor confrontation with a fan.Pettine said Tuesday he's not concerned after the former college star threw a water bottle at a heckler during a PGA Tour golf tournament in Texas.

  • Titans agree to terms with tight end Phillip Supernaw

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with tight end Phillip Supernaw and have waived defensive tackle Lucas Vincent.Supernaw, who is listed as 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds, played two games for the Kansas City Chiefs and six games for the Baltimore Ravens last season. He caught three passes for 30 yards.

  • Saints extend defensive end Cameron Jordan through 2020

    August 29, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints' brass appears confident that defensive end Cameron Jordan's dip in sacks last season was not the start of a trend.Jordan signed a contract extension on Tuesday that runs through the 2020 season and is worth up to million, with million guaranteed, said Jordan's agent, Doug Hendrickson of Relativity Football.

  • NFL looking for more international games in Mexico, Germany

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Commissioner Roger Goodell casually mentioned last month the NFL's interest in adding more international games. He mentioned potential contests in Germany, Mexico and Brazil.Sure, the league has been thoroughly satisfied with its series of game at Wembley Stadium, with three more London matches set for the 2015 season. The appetite for more global expansion has been whetted, though, and while future games in the United Kingdom pretty much are a certainty, events along the Rhein or in Rio might loom, too.

  • Redskins sign NT Jerrell Powe, formerly with Chiefs, Texans

    August 29, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Free-agent nose tackle Jerrell Powe has signed with the Washington Redskins.The team announced the deal Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 311-pound Powe has played in 28 games, making four starts, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans over the past four seasons.

  • Adrian Peterson returns to Minnesota Vikings

    August 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings, telling The Associated Press that he will participate in the team's voluntary practice on Tuesday and still has love for his team after nine months away.Peterson sent an e-mail to the AP early Tuesday morning saying he's excited to put on a uniform again after missing the final 15 games of last season while addressing child abuse charges in Texas. He also skipped the team's voluntary practices last week while openly lamenting the fact that the final three years of his contract are not guaranteed.

  • Adrian Peterson is returning to the Minnesota Vikings for practice on Tuesday

    August 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson is returning to the Minnesota Vikings for practice on Tuesday.

  • Bengals' Devon Still and daughter to receive Jimmy V Award

    August 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his 5-year-old daughter Leah will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance honor at the ESPY Awards in July.Leah was diagnosed last June with stage-4 neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer in young children. Still said last week that his daughter ''hit a pretty serious complication'' in the process of getting a stem cell transplant, with her liver affected by chemotherapy.

  • Broncos 1st-round pick Shane Ray signs contract

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Shane Ray, Denver's first-round draft pick, has signed his rookie contract, worth approximately million over four years. It includes a signing bonus of nearly million.Ray practiced with the Broncos for the first time Monday, taking part in on-field individual drills for the first time since sustaining a turf toe injury five months ago.

  • Benson in good spirits as trial vs. estranged heirs starts

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson walked slowly toward a court room where a struggle for control of his pro sports teams is playing out.Using a cane with his left hand while a young lawyer held the 87-year-old's right arm for support, Benson paused near several media members and quipped, ''Y'all can report that I'm still walking - damn good.''

  • Right side, left side doesn't matter to Chargers lineman

    August 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Chargers lineman D.J. Fluker took the podium, but not before taking some advice.''Hey Fluke,'' Chargers guard Orlando Franklin yelled. ''Give me a shout out.''The Chargers started their second week of full-squad OTAs on Monday and it was Fluker's turn to address the media.

  • Cooper looks to show Cardinals he was worth high pick

    August 29, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Jonathan Cooper knows this is his chance to show the Arizona Cardinals that he was worth being chosen as the No. 7 overall draft pick in 2013.So far, it's been a tough road in the NFL for the big guard from North Carolina.After earning the starting spot at left guard in training camp, he broke his leg in a preseason game and missed his entire rookie season. He was back last year, but had a tough time regaining his old form.

  • Brock Osweiler makes most of Peyton Manning's day off

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) These are the days Brock Osweiler lives for.When you're a fourth-year quarterback who has yet to start an NFL game; when you're entering the final year of your rookie contract still waiting for your shot; and when you're Peyton Manning's understudy, you embrace chances like No. 17 did at practice Monday.

  • Jaguars awarded QB Jeff Tuel off waivers from Bills

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new quarterback, one familiar with offensive assistants Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett.The Jaguars were awarded Jeff Tuel off waivers from Buffalo on Monday, reuniting him with two of his former Bills coaches.

  • Cardinals sign 1st-round pick Humphries to 4-year deal

    August 29, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have signed first-round draft pick D.J. Humphries to a four-year contract.The deal completes the signings of all the Cardinals' seven picks this season.Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle out of Florida, was the 24th overall pick in the draft.

  • Jim Kelly upbeat in return to host charitable golf tourney

    August 29, 2015

    BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) Walking past a stationary football target positioned off a tee box at his own charitable golf tournament, Jim Kelly couldn't resist a chance to test his arm.Swish! The Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback raised both hands in celebration after his spiral-perfect pass landed square in the mesh pocket from 10 yards out.

  • AP Source: Cardinals give DT Rucker a 1-year extension

    August 29, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Arizona Cardinals have given defensive tackle Frostee Rucker a one-year extension, keeping him under contract through the 2016 season.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the team has not officially announced the deal.

  • Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis sidelined with leg injury

    August 29, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis is expected to miss the rest of the team's spring practices with a leg injury.Sturgis was absent from Monday's workout and will likely sit out the eight remaining OTA and minicamp practices this month, coach Joe Philbin said. The injury creates an opportunity for undrafted rookie Andrew Franks, the other placekicker on the roster.

  • Titans agree to terms with receiver Dorial Green-Beckham

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a contract with their second round draft selection, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.The Titans announced the deal Monday but did not release terms of the contract.Off-field issues dropped the 6-foot-5, 237-pound Green-Beckham from a likely first-round selection down to No. 40 overall to Tennessee. He said the night he was drafted that he had been a young guy having fun in college and put that all in his past.

  • Colts' Mathis says he'll be ready for Sept. 13 season opener

    August 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis says his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles tendon is ahead of schedule and that he plans to be ready for the season opener in September.Mathis injured his left leg while training in Atlanta last fall. The injury occurred while he was serving a four-game suspension for using a fertility drug.

  • Giants punter unhurt in hydroplaning crash on NJ Turnpike

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Rattled but mostly unhurt, New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford said he's just happy to be alive after totaling a rented car on the New Jersey Turnpike early Monday as he tried to return home for practice from watching the birth of a daughter in California.

  • AP Source: Panthers, Cam Newton contract talks continue

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Contract talks between the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton on a multi-year contract extension are continuing and the sides are close to getting a deal done, said a person close to the negotiations.A deal could be completed within the next two days, the person said on Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side has publicly released details of the negotiations.

  • MetLife Stadium installs magnetometers for fan use

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The idea is simple: get as many as 80,000 people into MetLife Stadium as quickly and efficiently as possible in the most secure manner.Beginning this week, the home of the New York Giants and Jets and site of dozens of other mega-events will use walk-through metal detectors at all gates. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, no more wanding or pat-downs.

  • Manziel tosses water bottle at heckler during PGA event

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Troubled Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a heckler in an incident that didn't lead to any arrests or charges at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament.Manziel had been turning away autograph requests from the fan for about two hours Saturday during the third round when an exchange escalated in the pool area of the Four Seasons Resort where the PGA Tour event is held, Irving police spokesman James McLellan said.

  • Johnny Manziel has run-in with fan at Nelson golf tournament

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a heckler in an incident that didn't lead to any arrests or charges at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament.Irving police spokesman James McLellan says the fan had been asking the Cleveland quarterback for an autograph for about two hours Saturday when an exchange escalated in the pool area at the Four Seasons resort where the PGA Tour event is held. The bottle didn't hit the fan.

  • Polamalu protege Thomas ready to step in for Steelers

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Shamarko Thomas wasn't necessarily looking for a role model when he arrived from Syracuse to the Pittsburgh Steelers as a fourth-round draft pick in 2013.After muddling through an uneven rookie year, the safety quickly identified one last spring and was thrilled that veteran Troy Polamalu was glad to help.

  • Falcons sign veteran guard Chris Chester

    August 29, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have added depth to their offensive line by signing nine-year veteran guard Chris Chester.Chester started all 64 of Washington's games over the last four years. He will be reunited with Kyle Shanahan, the former Redskins offensive coordinator who's beginning his first season with the Falcons under new coach Dan Quinn.

  • Bengals' Devon Still asks for prayers for sick daughter

    August 29, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still is asking for prayers for his daughter, Leah, who's had a setback in her fight against cancer.The 5-year-old girl went into a hospital on May 5 to start the process of getting a stem cell transplant. The 4-to-6-week process involves high doses of chemotherapy at the outset.

  • 49ers Bowman confident he'll return to top form post-injury

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) NaVorro Bowman intercepted a pass in the end zone by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and even in a late May practice it meant plenty. Even with his speed not quite the same thanks to a bulky brace he still wears to protect his surgically repaired left knee.

  • Browns waive long snapper Yount

    August 29, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns waived veteran long snapper Christian Yount.The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL's steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing the Browns to sign Charley Hughlett off Kansas City's practice squad a few days before the finale in Baltimore.

  • AP Source: Brady's deflate appeal will be June 23

    August 29, 2015

    A person familiar with the situation says Tom Brady's appeal of his suspension in the deflated footballs scandal will be heard on June 23.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the date hasn't been officially announced. The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended four games after an NFL investigation found that he was ''at least generally aware'' of an illegal scheme to play the AFC championship game with improperly deflated footballs.

  • Bills shuffle quarterbacks: Claim Matt Simms; cut Jeff Tuel

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their depth at quarterback by claiming Matt Simms and waiving Jeff Tuel.The Bills were awarded Simms on Friday, a day after he was cut by the New York Jets. He spent two seasons in New York and is reunited with former coach Rex Ryan in Buffalo.

  • Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge

    August 29, 2015

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Shembo was charged after his then-girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma last month.

  • Gino Gradkowski the anchor of Denver's revamped O-line

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning will have four new offensive linemen working in front of him in 2015.With Ryan Clady (knee) going on IR Friday, right guard Louis Vasquez is Denver's only starter returning to a position he played last season.As it stands now, the anchor of this reconstructed offensive line is a man who didn't miss a snap for Baltimore in 2013 but whose snaps last year for the Ravens were limited.

  • Rams running back Trey Watts suspended for 4 games by NFL

    August 29, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Rams reserve running back Trey Watts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.Watts, a two-year veteran, will be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 5. He is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.

  • Atlanta Falcons linebacker faces animal cruelty charge

    August 29, 2015

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) Police on Friday charged Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo with aggravated animal cruelty after his girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma.Denicia Williams called police on April 19 to report that her ex-boyfriend had killed her dog, Gwinnett County police said in a news release Friday. Williams told police she had taken her Yorkie, Dior, to Shembo's apartment on April 15. At some point, she left Shembo alone with the dog, and when she found the dog later he was unresponsive.

  • Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots' use of deflated footballs.He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was asked about Tom Brady, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and how the team was handling the fallout from the investigation.

  • Judge keeps court closed in Saints, Pelicans ownership row

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A judge denied a motion by media outlets who sought to open court for next week's trial involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged heirs.Judge Kern Reese, who ruled Friday in New Orleans civil court, said he carefully weighed the public's constitutional right to access the court room against the 87-year-old Benson's privacy rights regarding his medical history.

  • Stanford, San Jose St. to host Super Bowl practices

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The two Super Bowl teams will practice for next year's game in the Bay Area on the campuses of Stanford and San Jose State.Stanford said Friday that the NFC champion will practice on its campus, as well as using the field house, weight room and conference rooms to prepare for the game on Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

  • Sharper pleads guilty in federal sexual assault case

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in connection with allegations he drugged and assaulted women in four states, the latest development in the former Pro-Bowler's fall from grace.Sharper, wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled together, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs to commit rape and two counts of distributing drugs to commit rape.

  • Broncos sign Ryan Harris day after Ryan Clady's injury

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos have signed veteran offensive lineman Ryan Harris a day after losing perennial Pro Bowler Ryan Clady to a torn knee ligament.Harris was set to join the Broncos at practice Friday, the final day of this week's on-field work.

  • Sharper set for change-of-plea in sex assault case

    August 29, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former NFL star Darren Sharper is moving closer to resolving charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in four states.Sharper faces at least nine years in prison after having pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges that he distributed drugs with the intent to commit rape in Nevada, Arizona and California. He previously pleaded not guilty in New Orleans, but is set to change that plea Friday morning in federal court.

  • At a game, indoor football isn't about the money

    August 29, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Chuck Wright was hooked the first time he tried professional indoor football. His pay for that game: a bill and six-pack of Bud Light.''If I never did anything else,'' he said, ''I could always say I got paid to play. It's true.''That was 10 years ago, and the 34-year-old is still going strong, now with a team called the Omaha Beef. It's an eclectic mix of dreamers hoping to get noticed by a team in the Arena Football League, CFL or even the NFL and realists like Wright who know they're going nowhere.

  • Matthews happy getting time at inside linebacker spot

    August 29, 2015

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Clay Matthews said he's happy with continuing to spend at least part of his time at inside linebacker.Whether the Green Bay Packers' five-time Pro Bowl linebacker really likes the idea or is continuing to toe the company line, this much was clear during Thursday's first open-to-the-public organized team activity practice.

  • Broncos LB Brandon Marshall recovering from foot surgery

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Brandon Marshall is putting his foot down - only not the right one, since there are two screws holding it together.That starting spot at inside linebacker for the Denver Broncos? It will belong to him again once he's healthy.''I just believe in myself to the fullest,'' he said.

  • Saints getting a first look at their defensive overhaul

    August 29, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) An autograph-covered football commemorating the New England Patriots' Super Bowl triumph last season now sits in cornerback Brandon Browner's locker at the headquarters of his new NFL team, the New Orleans Saints.In a sense, Browner is the face of a defensive overhaul New Orleans initiated after ranking second to last in yards allowed last season.

  • Jaguars' top pick Dante Fowler has successful knee surgery

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars say Dante Fowler has undergone successful surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.The procedure was done Wednesday in Pensacola by Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon who is a specialist in repairing damaged ligaments for professional athletes. Fowler, the Jaguars' top pick in this year's NFL draft, will miss the entire 2015 season. He is expected to be back in Jacksonville next week where he will begin his rehab with team doctors and medical staff.

  • Adrian Peterson vents on Twitter about honoring contract

    August 29, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson took to Twitter on Thursday to express his frustration over criticism he is receiving while staying away from the voluntary portion of Minnesota Vikings' offseason.The former NFL MVP has come under scrutiny from fans after saying he wanted a long-term commitment from the team despite the fact that he missed most of last season while addressing child abuse charges. He has three years and about million left on his deal, but none of that is guaranteed.

  • Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive system

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots' two rookie guards are helping each other study the team's complex offensive schemes.They've already learned a much simpler strategy.No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of their secretive coach.

  • Tebow makes his Philly debut

    August 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A slimmer Tim Tebow threw passes in shorts while a horde of reporters critiqued his mechanics and analyzed his arm motion.Welcome to Philly, Tim.The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner spoke to a large gathering of media for the first time Thursday since signing a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles last month.

  • Panthers expect offseason additions will free up WR Benjamin

    August 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Help has arrived for Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.Coach Ron Rivera is excited about the overall depth and competition at wide receiver, saying it is ''much better'' than it was a year ago when Carolina was in the midst of a major overhaul after cutting ties with its top four wideouts.

  • Allen looking to regroup in new-look Steelers secondary

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers paid Cortez Allen last fall to take over the shutdown cornerback role that Ike Taylor handled for the better part of a decade.The Steelers hardly got their money's worth, and Allen knows it.A 2014 that began with a five-year, million contract ended with Allen on injured reserve and his confidence decreased.

  • Jets release backup QB Matt Simms

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have released quarterback Matt Simms, who backed up starter Geno Smith the past two seasons.Simms became expendable when the Jets drafted Baylor's Bryce Petty in the fourth round earlier this month. With Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick ahead of him and the team high on Petty, Simms was a long shot to make the roster this season.

  • Broncos left tackle Clady tears ACL, likely out for season

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos are searching for someone to watch Peyton Manning's back after left tackle Ryan Clady tore his left ACL and will likely be out for the season.It's a big responsibility and tryouts begin immediately.The requirements are simple: Don't let anyone hit the five-time NFL MVP - something Clady was deftly able to do.

  • Eagles' Kelly says McCoy was wrong to question his motives

    August 29, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles coach Chip Kelly says LeSean McCoy was wrong to suggest he favors white players over black players, adding he never considers race when building his roster.''I've got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he's wrong,'' Kelly said Thursday. ''We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color's never been one of them.''

  • Wilson's agent says no deadline on contract extension

    August 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The agent for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said in a radio interview that the sides have made progress in attempts to get a contract extension done, but there is no deadline for reaching an agreement.Agent Mark Rodgers told 710ESPN Seattle on Thursday morning that he remains optimistic that Wilson will remain Seattle's quarterback for a long time. Wilson has one year remaining on his rookie contract, which will pay him .5 million, and the Seahawks could keep Wilson under control after next season by using the franchise tag.

  • Browns to play intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 7 at Ohio Stadium

    August 29, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Browns will play their annual intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 7 at Ohio Stadium.The team announced Thursday that the ''Orange and Brown'' scrimmage in the afternoon will be free to fans.Before the game, there will be Browns alumni autographs, live music, food and beverage specials and interactive entertainment at St. John Arena, near Ohio State's home field.

  • Oldest former Bears player Siegal dies at 97

    August 29, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) John Siegal, an end who helped the Chicago Bears win three NFL titles in the 1940s and was their oldest former player, has died. He was 97.The Bears said Wednesday that he died this week at his home in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania.

  • NFL lineman Ray McDonald arrested again

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) NFL lineman Ray McDonald has been arrested for the second time this week.The Santa Clara Police Department said the former San Francisco 49ers defensive end was arrested Wednesday for violating a restraining order by being at a residence in Santa Clara.

  • Ihedigbo attends Lions' offseason workouts

    August 29, 2015

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) James Ihedigbo was on the field for the Detroit Lions' offseason training activities Wednesday.But it's not clear whether he'll stay there if his demand for a new contract is not met.The free safety asked the team for a new deal and said he would skip OTAs if he did not get one after getting 71 tackles and a career-best four interceptions in 13 games during last season's run to an NFC wild-card berth.

  • Texans back at work after weather delay

    August 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) While he enjoyed his offseason, J.J. Watt couldn't wait to get back on the field Wednesday for Houston's first offseason practice.''This is where we feel comfortable,'' he said. ''This is where we feel the most at home when we're out there playing the game and working, competing and trying to get better.''

  • Raiders sign LB Miller, WR Williams

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent linebacker Horace Miller and re-signed wide receiver Milton Williams III.The Raiders waived cornerback Travell Dixon and receiver Austin Hill on Wednesday to make room on the roster.Miller spent training camp last summer with Seattle and then was signed in October to Carolina's practice squad. He spent one week on Carolina's active roster in December, but did not play in a game. He was waived by the Panthers in April.

  • Peyton Manning adjusting to new offense in Denver

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Shortly after the Denver Broncos received new orange T-shirts reading ''Keep Your Feet,'' the most expensive ones on the field got tangled.When Peyton Manning took the snap and turned to hand off, the quarterback and the football both hit the turf.

  • Marshall meshing with Jets, looking to prove himself again

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Brandon Marshall insists he didn't need a fresh start, a departure from a suddenly decaying situation with the Chicago Bears.He's in New York now, and looking to prove himself again - on a Jets team that's young, hungry and highly proficient in trash talking on the practice field.

  • Jaguars tight end Lewis welcomes new role, accepts pay cut

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Tight end Marcedes Lewis knew his role would change after the Jacksonville Jaguars signed free agent Julius Thomas in March.Lewis' salary ended up getting modified, too.Lewis restructured the final year of his contract, taking a significant pay cut to remain in Jacksonville. Now, with the Jaguars holding organized team activities, the veteran is trying to prove he can stay healthy and be a valuable asset in a complementary role alongside Thomas.

  • McClain, Bryant on offseason missing list for Dallas Cowboys

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys figured they would be without receiver Dez Bryant most of the offseason because of the star receiver's contract situation.Now Dallas is adding linebacker Rolando McClain to the missing list for spring workouts after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

  • Pressure on Titans' offensive linemen to protect rookie QB

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nobody faces more pressure to keep the Titans' new investment in quarterback Marcus Mariota safe than Tennessee's offensive linemen.And it's not like anyone will let them forget that either.Titans center Brian Schwenke said know that they have to protect the quarterback, especially when it's a rookie and the No. 2 selection overall in the draft. That's something a player tucks away in the back of his mind so he can focus on playing hard.

  • Chargers to begin stadium negotiations with city, county

    August 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) A spokesman for Mayor Kevin Faulconer says city and county officials will sit down with executives from the Chargers on Tuesday to begin negotiations for a new stadium.The Chargers are threatening to leave for the Los Angeles area if they don't get a new stadium deal.

  • Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on "Deflategate"

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn't appeal the Patriots' punishment for using underinflated footballs.Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal.

  • Bowles: Jets' QB competition is on, but it's Smith's to lose

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets will have a quarterback competition, after all. Well, sort of.After some headline-making comments by offensive coordinator Chan Gailey caused some confusion and controversy last week, coach Todd Bowles clarified things a bit Wednesday.

  • Bears RB Matt Forte says he won't hold out for extension

    August 29, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte says he will not hold out for a contract extension.A two-time Pro Bowl pick, he says he will report to training camp on time despite the team's refusal to extend his deal. Forte is entering the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2012.

  • Coach says Peterson can play for Vikings or not play at all

    August 29, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Adrian Peterson spent the last five months sending vague and sometimes ambiguous messages about his desire or lack thereof to remain with the Minnesota Vikings.Peterson and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer finally cut to the chase Wednesday.

  • Redskins release veterans Chris Chester, Tracy Porter

    August 29, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have released guard Chris Chester and cornerback Tracy Porter.The move clears about .3 million from Washington's salary cap. The Redskins have yet to sign Brandon Scherff, the fifth overall selection in this year's NFL draft, and would like to re-sign fellow offensive tackle Trent Williams, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and running back Alfred Morris, all of whom have been chosen for Pro Bowls and whose contracts expire after this season.

  • Pugh making biggest transition in Giants' new-look O-line

    August 29, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Justin Pugh originally had his mind set on moving from his right tackle spot of the last two years to right guard, where he would team with first-round tackle Ereck Flowers to transform the Giants into an efficient power-running team.

  • Bowles says Jets' QB competition is on after all

    August 29, 2015

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets will have a quarterback competition, after all.Well, sort of.Coach Todd Bowles says Wednesday that Geno Smith will head into training camp as the starter, and says it's the third-year's quarterback's job to lose. Bowles insists there will be competition at the position this summer - even if Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't necessarily split snaps with Smith running the first-team offense.

  • "Hard Knocks" coming to Houston

    August 29, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans will be the stars of this season of ''Hard Knocks.''The popular HBO reality series picks one team each season to follow during training camp. This year, viewers will get an inside look at the team with Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and last year's No. 1 overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney, who is recovering from microfracture surgery.

  • Indianapolis signs 1st-round draft pick Phillip Dorsett

    August 29, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Receiver Phillip Dorsett has a lot of work to do this offseason.First, he needs to learn the Colts' playbook, then he wants to develop a rapport with Andrew Luck, and only then will he ponder how to spend his first big paycheck.As the Colts conducted another offseason workout Wednesday, the former Miami star became the NFL's newest millionaire. Terms of the deal were not released by the team, but under the rookie cap, it will be for four years somewhere between the .7 million Baltimore's Breshad Perriman got and the .7 million given to New Orleans' Stephone Anthony. Perriman was drafted No. 26 overall, Dorsett went No. 29 and Anthony was taken 31st.

  • Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on Deflategate

    August 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Robert Kraft made his first public remarks in eight days, but said nothing about the Patriots deflated footballs scandal.The club owner spoke for 80 seconds Wednesday at a ceremony to introduce the team's first-round draft choice. He and team president Jonathan Kraft stood on a platform on either side of defensive tackle Malcom Brown from Texas in the middle of Gillette Stadium.

  • Bills GM tells AP he's had initial talks to re-sign Dareus

    August 29, 2015

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills general manager Doug Whaley says re-signing Marcell Dareus is his team's top priority, and he's already had preliminary contract talks in a bid to lock up the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle before the start of training camp next month.

  • For Bears chairman, plenty to second guess in McDonald case

    August 29, 2015

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said Wednesday he has repeatedly second-guessed his decision to approve the Ray McDonald signing and asked himself what he could have done differently.McDonald was released by the team Monday following a domestic violence arrest for an incident in Santa Clara, California, in which he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancee and their infant. The Santa Clara Police Department said Wednesday night that he was arrested again for violating a restraining order stemming from that incident.

  • Zimmer says Peterson can play for Vikings or not play at all

    August 29, 2015

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Adrian Peterson has two choices: He can either play for the Vikings or he cannot play at all.The star running back has missed the first two days of optional team practices and is not expected to attend any of the optional workouts this summer. He has been upset with the team for a perceived lack of support while he faced a child abuse charge last season and his representatives have said he should play elsewhere next season.

  • Veteran back Williams ready for next act with Steelers

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) DeAngelo Williams wants to get something straight. Yes, the longtime running back came to Pittsburgh in the offseason to give the Steelers a much-needed influx of depth behind All-Pro Le'Veon Bell.Just don't peg Williams as merely a backup. While he understands his job is to fill in when Bell needs a break, Williams is confident there is plenty of life left in his 32-year-old legs. There better be with Bell facing a three-game suspension to start the 2015 following his arrest on DUI and marijuana charges last summer.

  • McClain joins Bryant on offseason missing list for Cowboys

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Receiver Dez Bryant hasn't been part of the offseason with the Cowboys as expected because of his contract situation. Now linebacker Rolando McClain could miss most of spring workouts recovering from right knee surgery.With defensive end Greg Hardy set to miss Thursday for the appeal of his 10-game suspension over a domestic violence case, the story for Dallas is as much about who isn't on the field as who is.

  • Antonio Smith absent from Broncos OTAs amid criminal probe

    August 29, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Coach Gary Kubiak says Antonio Smith's absence from the Denver Broncos' voluntary organized team activities should ''absolutely not'' be viewed as a judgment or punishment.Prosecutors in Texas are investigating a criminal sexual complaint against the defensive end who signed with the Broncos two months ago.

  • Before arrest, 911 caller says NFL player Ray McDonald drunk

    August 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A 911 caller says NFL defensive end Ray McDonald is drunk in a recording that led to his arrest on suspicion of assaulting a woman holding the couple's baby at his home in Northern California.In the audio released Tuesday, a woman identifies herself as the mother of the alleged victim. She says in the call at 3:41 a.m. PDT Monday that she wasn't at McDonald's Santa Clara home but that her daughter told her to call police.

  • 49ers QB Kaepernick apologizes for Houston storm post

    August 29, 2015

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15.Kaepernick had posted on Twitter and Instagram earlier Tuesday a photo of submerged cars and this message: ''I warned you the (hash)7torms Coming !!! (hash)Houston. Kaepernick's jersey number is 7.

  • 911 tapes released about NFL defensive end Ray McDonald

    August 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The California Highway Patrol has released audio from the 911 call that led to the arrest of NFL defensive end Ray McDonald on suspicion of child endangerment and domestic violence.A woman, who is identified as the mother of the alleged victim, tells a dispatcher that McDonald is drunk during a 911 call about 3:41 a.m. PDT Monday.

  • QB Christian Ponder makes most of opportunity with Raiders

    August 29, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) After spending last season mired on the bench in Minnesota, Christian Ponder is happy for any chance he gets to work with the first-team offense.Even if that chance only comes in offseason workouts.Ponder has spent the past two weeks during the offseason program for the Oakland Raiders working with the top offense while starter Derek Carr nurses a finger injury on his throwing hand.

  • Stars missing for various reasons as Seahawks open OTAs

    August 29, 2015

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham and Cliff Avril were absent for personal reasons. Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin were just absent.And Marshawn Lynch? Well, no one expected him around anyway, since this is the way the Seattle Seahawks' star running back handles voluntary offseason workouts.

  • Healthy Honey Badger says 'football is fun again'

    August 29, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Honey Badger is happy again.Tyrann Mathieu is darting around the practice field at OTAs, no brace on his knee, no cast on his thumb.''Football is fun again,'' the Arizona Cardinals safety said after Tuesday's workout.Coach Bruce Arians said Mathieu ''looks like a rookie again,'' and he meant it as a high compliment.

  • Chargers start OTAs with Philip Rivers firmly in place at QB

    August 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers opened OTAs on Tuesday with Philip Rivers at quarterback.''Just like I thought I would be,'' Rivers said.Rivers is entering his 12th season and it comes on the heels of an eventful few months.In the run-up to the NFL draft, speculation was rampant that the Chargers might trade Rivers to the Tennessee Titans for the No. 2 pick and select Oregon's Marcus Mariota as Rivers' replacement.

  • All-Pro LB Justin Houston absent from OTAs

    August 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Chiefs kicked off the third phase of the offseason workout program Tuesday with the first set of voluntary organized team activities missing nine players.The biggest name absent from the practice field didn't come as a surprise.

  • Marcus Mariota adapting to huddle, complex plays with Titans

    August 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota never had to worry about huddling up to call plays at Oregon - he and the Ducks simply glanced to the sideline for what to run next.Now with the Tennessee Titans, it's up to Mariota to huddle up his teammates and call a play only he has received from the sideline. The play can be as short as three words or as long as 11.

  • Ndamukong Suh takes part in 1st OTA with Dolphins

    August 29, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins attendance is on the rise. Ndamukong Suh showed up for practice Tuesday.The 4 million defensive tackle drew attention for his absence from offseason training sessions in recent weeks, but he was on the field with the rest of his new teammates for the Dolphins' first organized team activity.

  • Freeman makes opening bid to be Falcons' starting RB

    August 29, 2015

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Devonta Freeman believes he is next in line to be the Falcons' starting running back.He has made an early statement that he won't be outworked for the job.The team released veteran Steven Jackson, the starter the last two years. Backup Jacquizz Rodgers signed with the Bears.

  • RG3 looks relaxed as Redskins begin voluntary workouts

    August 29, 2015

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III was noticeably more relaxed when he reported for the Washington Redskins voluntary workouts.Maybe it has something to do with him being named Washington's starting quarterback, or that he became a father since the season ended. Or it could be a little of both.

  • No show: Jaguars' Clemons skips start of voluntary OTAs

    August 29, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars are without another defensive lineman.The latest one has nothing to do with an injury.Veteran defensive end Chris Clemons skipped the first day of organized team activities Tuesday, leaving the Jaguars even more short-handed on the D-line. Jacksonville already was down three defensive linemen: tackles Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) and Roy Miller (knee) and first-round draft pick Dante Fowler Jr. (knee).

  • Cowboys add former first-round draft pick WR AJ Jenkins

    August 29, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys have signed receiver A.J. Jenkins, a former first-round draft pick.Jenkins, who had worked out for the Cowboys last week, was the 30th overall pick by San Francisco in 2012.Dallas also Tuesday waived injured receiver Chris Boyd.

  • 911 tapes released on NFL defensive end Ray McDonald

    August 29, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The California Highway Patrol has released audio from the 911 call that led to the arrest of NFL defensive end Ray McDonald on suspicion of child endangerment and domestic violence.KRON-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1LG0MJ8 ) Tuesday that a woman, mother of the alleged victim, says McDonald was drunk when she called authorities before dawn Monday.

  • Steelers wide receiver Brown focused on 2015, not contract

    August 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers trickled off the field in small groups, sweaty and a little spent from the first real day of football in nearly five months, even if it was just practice in shorts.Antonio Brown lingered, as happens whenever the All-Pro wide receiver has his No. 84 jersey pulled on. He spent 20 minutes helping linebacker Sean Spence with a series of stretches and sit-ups.

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