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Leighton Vander Esch insists his neck injury is "behind" him - ProFootballTalk

Leighton Vander Esch insists his neck injury is "behind" him - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesMichael Irvin’s career ended because of spinal stenosis. has not talked to the Hall of Fame receiver, but the Cowboys linebacker is confident his neck injury stemming from spinal stenosis won’t be an issue in the future.“I don’t worry about my neck. ,” Vander Esch said on a videoconference, via Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram. “People can think what they want to think. I don’t want talk about it.”Vander Esch, who had neck issues in college, missed seven games last season and underwent surgery in January. He will play with a small neck...

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One coach believes one or more COVID-19 deaths are inevitable - ProFootballTalk

One coach believes one or more COVID-19 deaths are inevitable - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAs the pandemic continues to surge through the country, and as some in politics and media continue to pooh-pooh it all, the NFL is in the early stages of what will be a significant experiment regarding the operation of a full-contact sports league without a hardened, league-wide bubble.Given the raw numbers of players and coaches and other essential staff, and coupled with the extent to which the virus has permeated much of the country (including many of the communities in which NFL teams operate), the NFL should be braced for the...

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Adam Gase on defensive losses: Gregg Williams does a great job adapting - ProFootballTalk

Adam Gase on defensive losses: Gregg Williams does a great job adapting - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesIn defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the Jets trust.That was the message from head coach Adam Gase during a Wednesday video conference when the subject of the team’s defensive losses came up for discussion. Safety was traded to the Seahawks and linebacker opted out of playing this season, so the Jets have a couple of holes to fill.Gase said that he’s confident that Williams’ ability to adapt to any situation will serve the team well.“When you’re starting like this, Gregg will adjust things that he was either planning in the spring,...

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Austin Hooper: I'm not like Jason Witten, where it's me vs. other TEs - ProFootballTalk

Austin Hooper: I'm not like Jason Witten, where it's me vs. other TEs - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe Browns made the highest-paid tight end in the NFL during free agency and drafted in the fourth round. It prompted former first-rounder , uncertain of his role, to request a trade.Njoku since has declared he’s “all Cleveland,” and the Browns have big plans for multiple tight ends.Hooper, 25, played four seasons in Atlanta, making him the veteran of the group. He vows to mentor the other tight ends, calling out Raiders tight end in the process.It is unclear whether Hooper knows Witten or why he said what he said about the former...

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Matt Breida declares himself the fastest player in the NFL - ProFootballTalk

Matt Breida declares himself the fastest player in the NFL - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesDolphins running back says there’s no one in the NFL as fast as him.Asked today who the fastest player in the NFL is, Breida said it’s him and he offered as proof the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, which use tracking data on every player’s shoulder pads to measure running speed. Breida’s 83-yard touchdown run last season made him the in the league, at 22.3 mph.“Until someone beats my time, beats me out, ,” Breida said, via the Palm Beach Post.Breida recently bought himself a Lamborghini, which he says matches his style of play.“I like going...

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Ron Rivera: Dwayne Haskins right where he needs to be at this junction - ProFootballTalk

Ron Rivera: Dwayne Haskins right where he needs to be at this junction - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesWashington head coach Ron Rivera said on Tuesday that he is “” by how quarterback has looked since getting cleared for football activities and reiterated that he can see Smith being part of a quarterback competition this summer.Rivera also spent some time talking about the quarterback who ended last season as the team’s starter. had his rough moments in seven starts as a rookie and the first-round pick had to learn a new offense remotely this offseason, but Rivera said he isn’t “very far behind” as a result of that impediment.“He’s done...

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Bruce Arians: Clock is ticking for Buccaneers to get ready for opener against Saints - ProFootballTalk

Bruce Arians: Clock is ticking for Buccaneers to get ready for opener against Saints - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesIt’s been over 20 years since the last time Bruce Arians had to get ready for the start of a football season without some preseason games to help get his team ready to play games that count.Arians was the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama in 1997. He’s been in the NFL ever since. Without a preseason, Arians knows that the season opener against the New Orleans Saints on September 13 will sneak up rather quickly and they’ll need to make sure they’re ready to play.“,” Arians said of the altered reality of training camp in...

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Shaq Barrett: "Too much up in the air" to get long-term deal this offseason - ProFootballTalk

Shaq Barrett: "Too much up in the air" to get long-term deal this offseason - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty Imagesmade a big splash during his first season with the Buccaneers, but he wasn’t able to turn his 19.5 sacks into a long-term deal with the team.Barrett will play on a one-year contract for the second straight season after being franchise-tagged by the team early in the offseason. There were discussions about doing a longer deal, but Barrett said on Monday that the circumstances of this offseason worked against getting it done.“It was pretty much just the whole situation with COVID,” Barrett said, via Kyle Wood of the Tampa Bay Times. “It...

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NBA, players' union reportedly forming $300 million foundation to support social justice

NBA, players' union reportedly forming $300 million foundation to support social justice

LiveThe NBA isn’t just putting “Black Lives Matter” on some courts and calling it a day.talked about the league partnering with the National Basketball Players Association to form a foundation — with $300 million to start — to focus on social justice issues. And players will get a say in where the money goes. Marc Stein of the New York Times had this report.Post-game announcements from Chris Paul:1) NBA and WNBA players will soon speak with Michelle Obama to discuss voting initiatives2) CP3 spoke with excitement of the NBA forming a joint foundation with the players' union to support...

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Andrew Berry: Odell Beckham engaged, focused on having great year - ProFootballTalk

Andrew Berry: Odell Beckham engaged, focused on having great year - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe Wall Street Journal published an interview with Browns wide receiver that saw Beckham express misgivings about the NFL’s plans to play the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.In the interview, which was conducted before Beckham arrived to camp, the wideout said that he felt “like the season shouldn’t happen and I’m prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it.” On Tuesday, Browns General Manager Andrew Berry fielded questions about Beckham’s comments during a video conference with reporters.Berry said that the...

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LeSean McCoy: Others were interested, Tom Brady and warm weather won out - ProFootballTalk

LeSean McCoy: Others were interested, Tom Brady and warm weather won out - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesRunning back dropped hints about a desire to return to the Buccaneers throughout the offseason, but he won’t be in Philadelphia this year.McCoy signed with the Buccaneers and told reporters on a Tuesday conference call that he continued to monitor the Eagles and other teams that showed interest before deciding to head to Tampa. His was pretty simple.“. Tampa. Warm weather. C’mon,” McCoy said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.McCoy worked with Brady and other Bucs offensive players on Tuesday and said guys were asking how long Brady...

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Opt-out stipend must be repaid, even if player is cut in 2021 - ProFootballTalk

Opt-out stipend must be repaid, even if player is cut in 2021 - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe official agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association says plenty about the rules for player opt outs. The agreement does not expressly address whether a player who opts out for 2020, who collects a six-figure stipend, and who fails to make the team in 2021 must pay the money back.The league’s position is that the money, if the player takes the base level $150,000 stipend, is owed to the team in 2021, if the player doesn’t make the team.“Yes,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT regarding whether the money would be owed by...

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Jack Del Rio keeps opinion on NFL players opting out to himself

Jack Del Rio keeps opinion on NFL players opting out to himself

The Washington Football Team has seen two players decide to opt-out of the 2020 season due to concerns playing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.Last week, became the first player to opt-out. Brantley was deemed high-risk and will earn a stipend of $350,000. On Monday, linebacker , citing the that have asthma.In an , Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was asked his general opinion about decisions to opt-out (the interview was conducted before Harvey-Clemons announced his decision). Del Rio's answer speaks for itself."I have personal views that would probably not sit well...

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Josh Allen: NFL has great opportunity to give nation "hope" - ProFootballTalk

Josh Allen: NFL has great opportunity to give nation "hope" - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesOf the 48 NFL players who have , none are quarterbacks.The Bills have two players on the list, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and cornerback , but third-year quarterback Josh Allen is all in.He and his teammates returned to the team facility Monday to begin workouts for the 2020 season.“One, and two, I think it’s a great opportunity to give this nation hope and allow them to see us go out there and do what we do,” Allen said in a conference call, via Matt Bove of WKBW. “Sunday is a very special day in the lives of a lot of people around...

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DeAndre Hopkins: Kyler Murray has an arm - ProFootballTalk

DeAndre Hopkins: Kyler Murray has an arm - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty Imageshasn’t seen much of , but he’s seen enough.Since the Texans traded the All-Pro receiver to the Cardinals on March 16, Hopkins has gotten little on-field work with the team’s second-year quarterback because of the pandemic.Murray passed for 3,722 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in winning offensive rookie of the year honors in 2019.“Kyler ,” Hopkins said on a conference call, via video from the team. “Obviously, I’m thankful to play with a quarterback like that who can make any throw, anywhere on the field and has confidence...

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Ohio bans fans from football games, for now - ProFootballTalk

Ohio bans fans from football games, for now - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAny football games played in Ohio will have to be played in empty stadiums under a new state order, although it’s possible the order could be lifted before the Bengals and Browns start their seasons.The announcement from the Ohio Department of Health prohibits all spectators from attending contact sporting events. That will include NFL games, Ohio State and other college football games, and high school football games.But it’s unclear how soon the order will be lifted, as the state may ease some restrictions if the COVID-19 situation...

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NFL to urge teams to alter travel schedules for less time away from home - ProFootballTalk

NFL to urge teams to alter travel schedules for less time away from home - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesNFL teams sometimes give themselves more time on the road than they actually need, by flying to a Sunday game site on Friday, or West Coast teams staying on the East Coast for a week in between two East Coast road games. This year, the league doesn’t want teams doing that.The NFL, under the theory that teams are more equipped to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in their home facilities than on the road, is strongly urging teams between two games, and not to arrive two days before road games, according to Peter King in this week’s Football...

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Report: Next round of TV deals "likely to maintain status quo" - ProFootballTalk

Report: Next round of TV deals "likely to maintain status quo" - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesThe NFL’s media deals expire soon, and the pandemic has thrown a wrench in what had seemed to be momentum toward a new wave of contracts. Quietly, the momentum has continued.John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that the league met with representatives of all major networks in early June, and that the next round of TV deals is “likely to maintain the status quo.”Currently, FOX has Thursday Night Football and one of the Sunday afternoon packages. CBS has the other Sunday afternoon arrangement. NBC televises Sunday Night Football,...

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Dwayne Johnson, RedBird Capital buy XFL for $15 million - ProFootballTalk

Dwayne Johnson, RedBird Capital buy XFL for $15 million - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesCan you smell what the Rock is buyin’?Dwayne Johnson, a former pro wrestler who has become a major film and TV star, is , according to Scott Soshnick of Sportico.com.Per the report, Johnson teamed up with RedBird Capital and pressed the “buy it now” button, making the purchase only hours before an auction was due to begin. They’ll pay a total of $15 million, splitting the price equally.It’s unclear when the XFL will return to action, how it will be televised, and where the games will be played. Still, Johnson’s presence gives the league...

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FMIA: After Two Early Playoff Exits, Lamar Jackson Enters 2020 On A Mission: 'I'm Tired Of Going Home' - ProFootballTalk

FMIA: After Two Early Playoff Exits, Lamar Jackson Enters 2020 On A Mission: 'I'm Tired Of Going Home' - ProFootballTalk

Lamar Jackson did not watch the Super Bowl. The game was on his home turf in south Florida for the first time in 10 years, and Jackson loves football, but he couldn’t bring himself to watch. Not the biggest surprise, really; players who think they should be playing in the game often don’t watch it—just hurts too much. Even so, that weekend should have been glorious for Jackson. Here he was, just turned 23, and at NFL Honors the night before Chiefs-Niners, the league handed him the MVP Trophy. In his hometown! Second unanimous MVP winner ever! With his mom beaming by his side! What a...

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Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for COVID-19, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Pederson, 52, is asymptomatic and is feeling well at this time, the source said. ESPN’s Tim McManus first reported that Pederson informed his players on Sunday night after a second positive test. The Eagles later released the following statement: — Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles)Most of the Eagles' meetings are still virtual and Pederson will be able to lead them. But assistant head coach and running backs coach Duce Staley will handle any head coaching responsibilities in...

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Marlins outbreak came from night out in Atlanta: report

Marlins outbreak came from night out in Atlanta: report

The Phillies' 2020 season was put on hold by Major League Baseball on Tuesday after at least 17 Miami Marlins players tested positive for COVID-19 between Opening Day and Tuesday.The root of the Marlins' sudden outbreak hasn't been confirmed, but according to USA Today baseball insider Bob Nightengale, it started in Atlanta.During an appearance in in Pittsburgh, Nightengale reported that "at least" one Marlins player, possibly more, left the team hotel and went out while in Atlanta, days before the season began.Here's the report, verbatim, from Nightengale:I think it's a wake-up call for...

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Howard Mudd seriously injured in motorcycle crash - ProFootballTalk

Howard Mudd seriously injured in motorcycle crash - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesHoward Mudd, a longtime NFL assistant who is considered one of the best offensive line coaches in league history, has been hospitalized after a motorcycle crash.Mudd is in the intensive care unit at a Seattle hospital and will need multiple surgeries for injuries described as “,” according to FOX 59 in Indianapolis.A family friend described the 78-year-old Mudd as “awake on and off.”Mudd played college football at Michigan State and was drafted by the 49ers in 1964. He had a seven-year NFL career and played in three Pro Bowls, then he...

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The full Joey Bosa contract breakdown - ProFootballTalk

The full Joey Bosa contract breakdown - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty ImagesAt first blush, the new contract for Chargers defensive end . On closer inspection, it’s spectacular.Here are the full details of the deal Bosa signed this week, per a source with knowledge of the numbers.1. Signing bonus: $35 million.2. Fully-guaranteed roster bonus, due August 15: $7 million.3. 2020 base salary: $1 million, fully guaranteed at signing.4. 2021 base salary: $13.75 million, fully guaranteed at signing.5. 2022 base salary: $21.25 million, fully guaranteed at signing.6. 2023 base salary: $24 million, guaranteed for injury...

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Bucs giving Last Chance U star John Franklin one more chance in the NFL - ProFootballTalk

Bucs giving Last Chance U star John Franklin one more chance in the NFL - ProFootballTalk

Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near youGetty Imagesplayed college football at Florida State, Auburn and Florida Atlantic, but he’s best known from his time at East Mississippi Community College, where he was one of the stars of the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U. Now he’s getting what may be his last chance at a football career in Tampa Bay.Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said of Franklin what all coaches seem to say about him: He’s a phenomenal athlete, but he needs to find a way to contribute on the field.“He’s one of those guys who has got so much talent and athletic ability,...

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