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Fans will be present for nine of 14 games this weekend - ProFootballTalk

Fans will be present for nine of 14 games this weekend - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe virus continues to spread, the cases continue to spike . . . and the NFL continues to expand the number of venues into which fans are welcome.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy points out on Twitter that to be played this weekend will have fans present.Fans will attend Bears-Panthers in Charlotte, Bengals-Colts in Indianapolis, Lion-Jaguars in Jacksonville, Ravens-Eagles in Philadelphia, Browns-Steelers in Pittsburgh, Texans-Titans in Nashville, Jets-Dolphins in Miami, Packers-Buccaneers in Tampa, and Cardinals-Cowboys in Dallas.The NFL’s...

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Lamar Jackson admits to flopping and drawing a foul - ProFootballTalk

Lamar Jackson admits to flopping and drawing a foul - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youUSA TODAY SportsNFL officials protect quarterbacks. And quarterbacks know it. And quarterbacks take advantage of it.from Sunday’s Bengals-Ravens game, courtesy of the Week Five edition of Mic’d Up. Cincinnati defensive lineman hits Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson near the sideline. Jackson falls, a flag comes out for unnecessary roughness, and the Ravens pick up 15 yards of field position.Said Jackson after the play, “Man, he didn’t do sh-t. I tried to flop.”Later in the clip, Jackson is seen and heard laughing as he says, “Ooooh, got a free...

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Pepsi still plans for a Super Bowl halftime show - ProFootballTalk

Pepsi still plans for a Super Bowl halftime show - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThere may be no fans present for the Super Bowl, but if there’s a Super Bowl, there will still be a concert at halftime of it.Earlier this week, Pepsi’s head of sports marketing Justin Toman confirmed that there will indeed be a Super Bowl halftime show.Speaking at the virtual Intersport Brand Innovation Summit, Toman made it clear that the halftime show, sponsored by Pepsi, will be ready to go.“We believe if there is a game, even if there’s not a game, candidly, there will be an appetite by about a 100 million or so of our closest...

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Tom Brady wants revenge on Aaron Rodgers . . . at golf - ProFootballTalk

Tom Brady wants revenge on Aaron Rodgers . . . at golf - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesIn 2018, got revenge for his only career loss to . Brady now wants revenge against Rodgers for their only head-to-head golf competition.“He beat me on the golf course, which I didn’t like,” Brady told reporters on Thursday, three days before his Buccaneers host the Packers. “We played nine holes of golf and he made a putt at the end to win, so I was a little pissed about that. . . . I always enjoy my time around him. Still trying to get him back on the golf course, though.”Before that, Brady will get Rodgers back on the football field,...

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Mike Vrabel: Ryan Tannehill took advantage of opportunity and hasn't looked back - ProFootballTalk

Mike Vrabel: Ryan Tannehill took advantage of opportunity and hasn't looked back - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesToday’s NFL typically gives first-round quarterbacks not much time to figure out the pro game. , the eighth overall pick in 2012, got seven seasons with the Dolphins to try to figure it out.In his two seasons with the Titans, Tannehill has figured it out.“Ryan’s worked very hard,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel told Houston reporters on Thursday. “He came in as a backup and made the switch. He’s become a very efficient quarterback for us. A very good leader. This team means a lot to him. He’s a captain, obviously. In his command and what we’re...

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Saints didn't suspend Michael Thomas - ProFootballTalk

Saints didn't suspend Michael Thomas - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesMuch has been written and said in recent days regarding the one-game suspension imposed by the Saints on receiver Michael Thomas. There’s one small problem with that.He was never actually suspended.PFT has obtained a copy of the letter that the Saints sent to Thomas. The subject line of the letter uses the phrase “Fine for Conduct Detrimental to the Club.”Here’s the key language: “[T]his letter is to notify you that you have been fined in the amount of $58,823.53 . . . for engaging in conduct detrimental to the club.” In other words,...

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Goodell: Titans didn't "willingly" violate COVID-19 protocol - ProFootballTalk

Goodell: Titans didn't "willingly" violate COVID-19 protocol - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesLess than a week after the league was making it known that the Titans would be hit hard with punishment for violating COVID-19 protocols, the Commissioner is sending a far different message.Jay Feely of CBS said prior to kickoff of the Bills-Titans game on Tuesday night that Goodell told Feely no one from the Titans “willingly” violated the league’s rules and regulations regarding the pandemic.This comment meshes with the regarding the Titans. Late last week, the league was making it known to other teams that the Titans would face...

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Bruce Arians has no concerns about Tom Brady chewing out teammates - ProFootballTalk

Bruce Arians has no concerns about Tom Brady chewing out teammates - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesLast Thursday night, Buccaneers quarterback on center after a drive that eventually had Tampa Bay facing third and 5. Coach Bruce Arians has no problem with Brady giving the business to his teammates.“,” Arians said Tuesday, via JoeBucsFan.com. “I don’t have any problem with it. At least I don’t have to go back there and cuss them out. They’ve already got an earful by the time I get over there.“Tom has got to be Tom. I’m not going to ask him to be somebody different. He does a good job of patting [teammates] on the back, too. He might...

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Patriots don't believe they have an outbreak - ProFootballTalk

Patriots don't believe they have an outbreak - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe Titans and Patriots have had multiple players test positive in recent days for COVID-19. The Titans, with well over 20 total positives, clearly are undergoing an outbreak. The Patriots don’t believe they are.And for good reason. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Patriots don’t believe Saturday’s positive result generated by happened at the facility, since the team wasn’t there from Friday, October 2 through Friday, October 9.The team believes that Cowart could have caught it from teammate (who caught it away from work...

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Saturday night games won't be an option for NFL until December - ProFootballTalk

Saturday night games won't be an option for NFL until December - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAt one point on Thursday, there was talk of the NFL moving the Week Five game between the Bills and Titans to Monday and, in turn, sliding the Week Six Thursday night game between the Chiefs and Bills to Saturday.A Saturday game was never a viable option, assuming the league intended to actually televise the Chiefs-Bills game.The broadcast antitrust exemption prohibits the NFL from televising games from the second Friday in September through the second Saturday in December. This year, that allows the NFL to begin televising Saturday...

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Coaches become increasingly frustrated with league’s approach to COVID-19

Coaches become increasingly frustrated with league’s approach to COVID-19

As the NFL continues to struggle with the containment of COVID-19 in team facilities, NFL coaches continue to become more and more frustrated by the league’s approach.Per multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, there’s a growing belief in the coaching community that the league is more concerned about blaming teams for outbreaks than preventing outbreaks from happening.As one source explained it to PFT, Monday’s league-wide conference call included a presentation from NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills. He emphasized during the call that infections are inevitable but that if...

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Joe Burrow says his mom has gotten used to him taking hits - ProFootballTalk

Joe Burrow says his mom has gotten used to him taking hits - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAfter the Bengals won their first game of the season — quarterback ‘s first win of his career — PFT spoke to Burrow by phone. Beyond Burrow’s explanation that the game ball for the first of many NFL victories went , here’s what Burrow said.As to how his mother feels about the hits he takes, and he has taken more than his fair share, Burrow said this: “You know, she doesn’t like them. But that’s how I play. She’s been watching it since I was in third grade. I can take a hit or two. She’s gotten used to it.”He added that he’s feeling fine...

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NFL has told teams not to worry about lower ratings - ProFootballTalk

NFL has told teams not to worry about lower ratings - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe days of Happy Days have long since ended. But even as live TV viewership continues to dramatically decline, the NFL continues to rule the landscape.That’s the message that was sent, essentially, by the league office to teams that are fretting about reduced ratings.John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Brian Rolapp, who runs the league’s media operation, sent a memo to all teams on September 25 about an early-season dip in viewership.“The 2020 presidential election and other national news events are driving substantial...

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Report: Texans owner is "expected to lean heavily" on Jack Easterby in coaching search - ProFootballTalk

Report: Texans owner is "expected to lean heavily" on Jack Easterby in coaching search - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesTexans executive V.P. of football operations Jack Easterby emerges from the firing of coach/G.M. Bill O’Brien with considerable power in the organization, even though his hiring for that position never was subject to a diverse search that complied with the Rooney Rule. Now, Easterby will have a major voice in a pair of hires that the Texans eventually make: Coach and General Manager.According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Texans owner Cal McNair is “expected to lean heavily” on Easterby for “what’s expected to be a...

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The Bill O'Brien firing puts a spotlight on Jack Easterby - ProFootballTalk

The Bill O'Brien firing puts a spotlight on Jack Easterby - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe Texans have fired Bill O’Brien as head coach and General Manager, after an 0-4 start to his tenure in both jobs. The Texans did not fire Jack Easterby as executive V.P. of football operations, after an 0-4 start to his tenure in the position.That disconnect raises several obvious questions about Easterby’s role in O’Brien’s firing, and in Easterby’s future with the team.First, did owner Cal McNair make the decision to fire O’Brien with or without Easterby’s input? If McNair sought Easterby’s input, what did Easterby say? Was the idea...

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Jon Gruden tests the league's patience on mask wearing, again - ProFootballTalk

Jon Gruden tests the league's patience on mask wearing, again - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAfter Week One, the NFL made it clear that coaches who fail to properly and consistently wear face coverings during games would be subject to potential “accountability measures.” After Week Two, Raiders coach Jon Gruden and four other coaches each received $100,000 fines, with their teams separately fined $250,000 each.After Week Three, the league reiterated the requirement that coaches and other sideline personnel must wear mask coverings at all times. This time, the league specifically mentioned suspensions and/or lost draft picks as...

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NFL already has visited New England to investigate potential protocol breaches - ProFootballTalk

NFL already has visited New England to investigate potential protocol breaches - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAfter the Titans’ outbreak began, it took the league several days to show up to investigate whether the team followed all applicable COVID-19 protocols. With only one positive in New England, the league moved much more quickly.Per a league source, the NFL promptly launched an investigation into whether the Patriots complied with all relevant protocols, after news of quarterback ‘s positive test emerged.There hadn’t even been (and still hasn’t been) a second positive in New England. Which makes it a bit strange, to say the least, that the...

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NFL is willing to put teams in hotels for the rest of the season; will the NFLPA agree? - ProFootballTalk

NFL is willing to put teams in hotels for the rest of the season; will the NFLPA agree? - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesEvents of recent days make it more and more clear that the best way (perhaps the only way) to get all 256 regular-season and 13 postseason games played this year will be to put all teams in hotels, immediately.Per multiple sources, the NFL gladly would do that. The question is whether the NFL Players Association would agree to it.As one source explained it to PFT, the NFLPA balked during July negotiations at a Thursday-to-Sunday team-by-team bubble. The union likely would balk at a continuous bubble for the balance of the season.The...

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Saints get positive test result for fullback Michael Burton after flight to Detroit - ProFootballTalk

Saints get positive test result for fullback Michael Burton after flight to Detroit - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe Saints got an unexpected surprise after they arrived in Detroit on Saturday night.Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Saints learned late Saturday night that fullback tested positive for COVID-19.While it’s possible that Burton’s positive is a false positive, the league and the Saints have commenced supplemental testing of players who were in close proximity to Burton. The league’s contact tracing identified three players. Four other players not identified via bracelets worn by the players were sitting near Burton on...

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Kyle Shanahan: Potential Dee Ford retirement is "not being discussed" - ProFootballTalk

Kyle Shanahan: Potential Dee Ford retirement is "not being discussed" - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe latest injury situation involving 49ers defensive end has sparked chatter and speculation that it could cause Ford to retire. On Friday, the R-word came up during coach Kyle Shanahan’s videoconference with reporters.“It’s not being discussed,” Shanahan said, “and I don’t want to say anything strong that people blow up, but it’s similar to what I said a couple of weeks ago. When you’re dealing with the back and things like that, everything’s a concern. Also, that stuff does loosen up just randomly, too. That’s why we’re playing it...

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Bruce Arians isn't interested in a rule preventing coaches from pulling down masks to argue with officials - ProFootballTalk

Bruce Arians isn't interested in a rule preventing coaches from pulling down masks to argue with officials - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe NFL Referees Association wants the NFL to put a stop to coaches lowering their face coverings to argue with officials. One coach isn’t interested in penalizing coaches for unsportsmanlike conduct when they do it.“Rules are rules,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said. “We don’t need anymore. We’ve got enough rules.”But we already have a rule: Coaches must wear a face covering at all times. There are no exceptions for calling plays or yelling instructions or giving an official the business, verbally.Already, coaches are subject to...

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Adam Gase remains the Jets coach - ProFootballTalk

Adam Gase remains the Jets coach - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe best gig in sports media is the radio host, for a variety of reasons. One key reason is this: The radio host can become a reporter from time to time, without the accountability that goes along with it.If the radio host who breaks news is right, the radio host gets to take a victory lap. If the radio host who breaks news is wrong, the radio host can say that the radio host was merely passing along what the radio host heard from an otherwise reliable source.That’s currently relevant because a radio host broke the news this week that,...

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NFL has not generally banned group activities away from the team facility, yet - ProFootballTalk

NFL has not generally banned group activities away from the team facility, yet - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesOn Monday night, several Raiders attended an indoor event with too many people and not enough (no) masks. The NFL has not issued a blanket ban on similar activities by the Raiders and all other teams, yet.A report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal claims that the league sent a memo on Thursday to all teams stating generally that “.” That’s not the case.The quoted language comes not from a stand-alone memo specifically targeting the Monday event in Nevada but from the memo setting forth “supplemental intensive protocols” for teams that are...

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NFL had proposed a "COVID Academy," with 100 free agents in a bubble - ProFootballTalk

NFL had proposed a "COVID Academy," with 100 free agents in a bubble - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAs the NFL and NFL Players Association deals with the aftermath of the first COVID-19 outbreak of the 2020 season, the league and union should dust off concepts that previously had been discussed but not adopted.Case in point: The league had proposed a “COVID Academy” aimed at having free agents who are constantly tested for the virus immediately available for any/all teams having a need for new players.The COVID Academy would have opened the week of September 7, after the setting of rosters and the establishment of practice squads....

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Bruce Arians expects more maximum snaps for Rob Gronkowski - ProFootballTalk

Bruce Arians expects more maximum snaps for Rob Gronkowski - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesMany believed that the Buccaneers would work tight end into the offense slowly, giving him limited reps at first and gradually building his workload. That hasn’t been the case.Gronkowski has participated in the vast majority of the offensive snaps, maxing out at 93 percent against the Broncos. So will that continue?“It was one of those games we had planned it,” coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday, via JoeBucsFan.com. “He looks great, no wear for tear. He had a great practice just now, so yeah, we’ll see how it goes. But I wouldn’t see in...

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