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    This week's opening of NFL training camps has revealed a new league-wide fashion trend: The Guardian Cap. The waffled helmet covering creates a soft-shell layer that can significantly reduce the impact of helmet-to-helmet hits, according to the company.  The Guardian Cap, which closely resembles rugby's scrum cap, was adopted during the annual league meetings in March as part of the NFL's ongoing effort to reduce head trauma during practices. San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle works on a blocking drill during Wednesday's practice. Kittle can be seen wearing a Guardian Cap, which reduces the force of collisions  Tennessee Titans players wear guardian caps on their helmets as they warm up before practice According to the league, the cap can reduce the force of head contact by 10 percent when worn by one player, and by 20 percent if every player involved in a collision has one covering their helmet. Players at certain positions deemed to be at greater risk are required to wear the caps between the start of training camp and the second preseason game, when concussion rates...
    (CNN)It's been months since the Houston Texans agreed to trade embattled quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns, but the furor over the deal -- described by one NFL observer as a case of "talent trumps trouble" -- just won't go away.In March, a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, declined to charge Watson over allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct after determining there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime. The incidents were described as "stemming from massage therapy sessions," according to a statement on the NFL website. Meanwhile, a second grand jury in Brazoria County, Texas, in March declined to indict Watson after considering evidence in a criminal complaint alleging sexual misconduct, also during a massage therapy session.However, Watson still faces 22 civil complaints from his accusers, many of them alleging sexual assault and misconduct during massage sessions. Watson has repeatedly denied the accusations of sexual assault and misconduct made against him, and Watson's attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement "I believe that any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A jury on Friday convicted a man of killing a college football player in Kansas and wounding another player who recovered and now plays for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL. Francisco “Franky” Mendez, 21, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the April 28, 2019, death of Dwane Simmons, 23, a cornerback for Washburn University in Topeka. Mendez was also convicted on four counts of attempted murder for shooting at Washburn players Corey Ballentine, Channon Ross, Kevin Neal Jr. and J.J. Letcher Jr., wounding Ballentine, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The shooting occurred hours after Ballentine was drafted by the New York Giants. He recovered and now plays for the Atlanta Falcons. The other three men were not injured. Testimony at the trial indicated Simmons and Ballentine were shot as they stood outside a Topeka house where they had attended a party to celebrate Ballentine being drafted. A car driven by Mendez pulled up and asked the group if they had any marijuana. When the players said they didn’t, another person in the car asked the...
    (CNN)A federal judge approved Friday modifications to the NFL's concussion agreement settlement with former players to end the use of race norms and demographic estimates based on race for scoring of diagnostic tests.Two years ago, two Black retired players sued the NFL for allegedly discriminating against African-American players who submitted claims to the concussion settlement program set up after a 2015 final lawsuit settlement. The players, Najeh Davenport and Kevin Henry, said the NFL race-corrected their neurological exams, which prevented them from being compensated.US District Judge Anita Brody eventually dismissed the players' lawsuit and ordered a mediator to address concerns about how race correction was being used.The New York Times reported in October the league and the players had reached an agreement to end the use of race norming, which assumed players being evaluated for neurocognitive impairment started with worse cognitive function if they were Black. Read MoreNYT: Agreement reached to scrap race as a factor in NFL concussion settlementsWith the modifications to the concussion settlement approved by Brody, Black retired players who were denied payments for dementia can have...
    Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina Gamecocks. (The Tennessean) These five players really helped themselves with their 2022 NFL Draft stock after a great week down in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. It is not officially draft season until the college football and NFL worlds collide down in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. What makes this annual event in Alabama so compelling is players who have day two or day three draft grades are able to help themselves out with a great week. It allows small school guys to compete against the big boys, as well as players to truly introduce themselves to the NFL scouting world on an even playing field. This game is big, but the practices are what matter the most here. Here are five players who turned enough heads in Mobile to see their 2022 NFL Draft stock soar.Senior Bowl: 5 players who really elevated their 2022 NFL Draft stock 5 Kingsley Enagbare DE South Carolina Gamecocks Kingsley Enagbare could be a second-round pick after a strong week in MobileWhile it was a tumultuous run for the South Carolina...
    NFL star Aaron Rodgers has laughed off a report that he would boycott the Super Bowl if his team qualifies, in protest against the COVID-19 rules. The Green Bay Packers quarterback described the suggestion as 'fake news' and the 'dumbest f****** story ever,' accompanied by emojis showing crying with laughter. Rodgers has caused anger this season by claiming in August he was 'immunized', but later admitting he was not vaccinated and then catching COVID. He was fined for putting other players and staff at risk, and lashed out against a 'woke mob' encouraging him to get vaccinated. He later apologized for his 'misleading' comments suggesting he was fully vaccinated.  Earlier on Friday, sports presenter Boomer Esiason shared on air a text from a 'source' who claimed Rodgers would stage a protest against the COVID rules, which Rodgers has publicly criticized. Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback with the Green Bay Packers, on Friday laughed off a report that he was going to boycott the Super Bowl Boomer Esiason received a text from a trusted source which indicates that Aaron Rodgers will threaten...
    "Our data has been consistent of that throughout the season, and I think it's particularly true of this new variant, with omicron, of what we're seeing. It's all about symptom recognition and prompt testing," Sills continued. As the playoff season approaches for the NFL, a number of teams in the thick of the playoff race have been decimated by COVID-related absences and have had to play crucial games with large numbers of key players absent. Last week, two games were delayed after COVID protocols caused dozens of absences among the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams. The Browns ultimately lost a crucial game against Vegas with many of their most important players, including their top two quarterbacks, absent from the roster. This week, the struggles have continued, as the Browns' division rival and fellow playoff contenders the Baltimore Ravens reportedly only had 13 defensive players eligible to enter their practice facility on Wednesday. Likewise, the New Orleans Saints, who are also contending for a playoff spot, are preparing to start a largely-unheard of rookie this week after their second...
    The NFL has been ravaged by Covid this week and while the league announced immediate plans to button up against the virus, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes looser testing protocols are on the way. “I think we will get to a point probably this week that we’ll only test if symptomatic, that’s if you’ve been vaccinated,” Jones told K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “That’s a good thing. Test when you’re symptomatic and that’s it.” Thursday afternoon, the league told its players to mask up as part of their enhanced protocols to deal with the nationwide spread of Covid. While the league had a record number of players test positive for Covid on Monday with 37, many of them are asymptomatic. The NFL is attempting to prevent the spread of Covid, but also ensure healthy players will remain on the field. Jones believes that will come with reduced testing. “There will be stepped up protection because of this outbreak we’re having right now,” Jones admitted of the league’s recently enhanced protocols. “You’ll have masks, you’ll have more...
    Colton Underwood admitted that he used to avoid showering with his NFL teammates because he was worried he might get turned on and outed as gay - and shared the 'extremely homophobic but very homoerotic' antics that went on in the locker room. Colton, 29, who previously played for the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles, shocked his fans when he publicly came out in April during an interview with Good Morning America - after spending years hiding his sexuality from the world. Now, he has revealed how hard it was for him to be in the locker room with the other players - who often walked around naked and made jokes about each other's private parts - while trying to keep his sexuality hidden from them.  According to the former NFL star, players often commented on each other's 'penis sizes,' but if someone looked at someone else for too long, they would 'flip a switch' and call them names like 'a f*g' or 'a queer.' Colton Underwood admitted that he used to avoid showering with his NFL teammates because...
    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has tested positive for COVID-19—and multiple reports say that he’s still unvaccinated, despite him strongly suggesting over the summer that he’d been jabbed. The positive result means Rodgers will miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, as will practice quarterback Kurt Benkert, who also tested positive, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. That will leave the team solely with Jordan Love, who joined last year, to start the game. Rodgers will be eligible to return on Nov. 13 after a 10-day quarantine. Requests for comment to Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were not immediately returned. Rodgers has yet to clarify his vaccination status, but NFL Network reporters Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday that Rodgers has not received a shot. That’s despite the player being asked in August if he was vaccinated, and responding, “Yeah, I’ve been immunized.” He said at the time he was not going to judge players who opted not to receive a shot. “It’s a personal decision,” he said during the Aug. 26 press conference. Rodgers...
    Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has an idea that could revolutionize college football. The best college football coaches are innovative and willing to think outside the box. They want to find new ways to improve circumstances and situations and don’t generally sit around waiting for change, they make it happen. Ryan Day is one heck of a football coach and it’s unsurprising that he’d support something that could help better protect players. According to Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors, if given the opportunity, Day would voice his support for doing away with kickoffs in college football. Instead of having the game start with a kickoff, it would start with the offense having the ball at a predetermined spot on the field. In this case, that predetermined spot would be the 25-yard line. On his weekly radio show, Ryan Day said he would vote to do away with kickoffs and have offenses start at the 25-yard line every time for player safety reasons, though he still thinks onside kicks should be allowed. — Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 14, 2021 ...
    You don't have to defend Jon Gruden's words to wonder why emails he sent 10 years ago are surfacing now. I certainly don't. I'm much more of a Tony Dungy guy in terms of both style and substance. I also believe using email to personally attack people the way Gruden did was extremely unwise. The truth, however, is that every person in corporate America is facing extinction from the marriage of corporations and social justice in the workplace. A person who is appalled by the content of Jon Gruden's emails may one day find himself being pressured to fly one of the pride flags his company passes out to employees in June. His religious convictions about gender and sexuality may not be enough to keep him out of corporate crosshairs. He must adapt or DIE — or more specifically, feel the full weight of his company's Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity regime. The NFL suffered a tremendous public relations loss during the Kaepernick years. It tried to appease players who felt entitled to engage in political protest on their...
    Tom Brady, 22 years into an NFL career that began during the Clinton administration, thinks the league has finally gone soft. The 44-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP says penalties are being called too frequently on defensive players in an effort to protect quarterbacks.  'I think there's a lot of plays and hits that are happening on quarterbacks now that are flags for defensive players that probably weren't that way 10 or 15 years ago,' Brady told longtime sports anchor and sideline reporter Jim Gray on a podcast earlier this week. 'So I'd say the game is a little softer than it used to be.'   Bucs QB Tom Brady complained to podcast host Jim Gray that the NFL is softer these days Brady and podcast host Jim Gray were Sunday night's quarterback matchup between the Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson and Brady's Super Bowl LV counterpart, Patrick Mahomes (center) of the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady was largely complimentary of the pair's performance in the thrilling 36-35 Ravens victory. But while he praised their ability to run with...
    Mississippis nurses are resigning to protect themselves from Covid-19 burnout Will an asteroid ever hit Earth? NASA scientist gives reassuring answer San Francisco waived quarterback Josh Rosen in recent days, putting the former No. 10 pick on the market again until he was signed by the Falcons. The 49ers already have Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance on their roster, and Rosen was outdone by third-stringer Nate Sudfeld during training camp. Rosen never appeared in a regular-season game for San Francisco after the team signed him from Tampa Bay. The UCLA product, originally drafted by the Cardinals, was once a promising Fantasy prospect and should be nowhere near your 2021 Fantasy football rankings. © Provided by CBS Sports Aug 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (37) rushes against Tennessee Titans outside linebacker James Folson (48) during the second half at Nissan Stadium.  Using SportsLine's Fantasy football rankings 2021 can help you avoid players like Rosen who come in with hype but never truly materialize. Which players could end up being 2021 Fantasy football busts? Who...
    Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera is the latest to speak out on the league’s new emphasis on taunting penalties. As a member of the NFL’s Competition Committee, Rivera decided to talk with reporters on Wednesday regarding the league’s decision to crack down on taunting, imposing harsh penalties for players who taunt other players on the field. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "Quite honestly, we don’t need the young people to see that," Rivera said, NBC Sports reported. "We don’t need the Pop Warner, peewee football kids seeing us act like that. We want to put it out there as professionally as possible." Rivera’s thoughts regarding taunting penalties came a day after New York Giants owner John Mara said that he gets "sick and tired of the talking that does go on from time to time on the field." Rivera believes NFL players need to set an example to young fans watching their games. "If you make a great play, great. Be excited, but don’t do it towards your opponent," Rivera said. "That’s all we’re asking....
    Underrated 90s movies you can stream right now Mark Cuban’s Top Investing Advice Pittsburgh's backfield has been an NFL Fantasy football black hole the past few years, but Najee Harris could change that in 2021. The first-round pick out of Alabama has been one of the top 2021 Fantasy football picks according to the latest 2021 Fantasy football ADP. He saw his first action in the Hall of Fame Game with eight touches for 25 yards. He's certainly one of the top 2021 Fantasy football rookies you need to know about in the 2021 Fantasy football rankings. © Provided by CBS Sports Aug 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (37) rushes against Tennessee Titans outside linebacker James Folson (48) during the second half at Nissan Stadium.  How does Harris stack up against Kyle Pitts, Ja'Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle and Travis Etienne in the Fantasy football rankings 2021? Which 2021 Fantasy football breakouts could emerge from this year's rookie class? Before setting your 2021 Fantasy football draft strategy, be sure to check out the...
    A group of retired NFL players and their spouses have traveled to Washington on Wednesday and petitioned the Justice Department to probe the use of race-norming in the league's landmark $1 billion class-action concussion settlement — a practice that may have negatively impacted hundreds, or even thousands, of black former players. In June, the league pledged to evaluate concussion claims without the use of race-norming, which presumes African-American players start with lower cognitive functioning, making it harder for them to prove neurological decline and qualify for settlements. But despite the NFL's reversal, the impact of race-norming in concussion settlement is not fully understood, and players are accusing the league of using the practice as a strategy to limit payouts. 'The owners obviously did this to save money,' Charles Mann, a 60-year-old former 49ers and Redskins defensive end, told The Washington Post while petitioning the Justice Department on Wednesday. 'We need fresh blood, new people to come in here and take a look at this.' A Justice Department spokesperson told the Post that the petition would be reviewed, but declined to...
    Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill didn't want the COVID-19 vaccine, but says he's getting it because the NFL 'forced his hand' with protocols that would have made his life 'miserable' otherwise.  'I'm currently in the [vaccination] process right now,' Tannehill told reporters after Thursday's training camp practice.'The NFL has kind of made it clear what they want to happen. If you don't fall in line, they're going to make your life miserable with all the protocols. 'It is what it is,' he continued. 'I love this game. I love this team. I want to be able to compete and do the things I think are important to build chemistry and win football games. Ultimately, that forced my hand into getting the vaccine.'  NFL players are only encouraged to get the vaccine, while all Tier 1 and 2 personnel, which includes coaches, are required to get the injection. The protocols for unvaccinated players remain the same as they were for everyone during the 2020 season. The difference now, since the release of several vaccines, is that players who have gotten the...
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — The Bears are set to start Training Camp Wednesday, with players battling for jobs and everyone battling the COVID-19 pandemic. As CBS 2’s Marshall Harris reported Tuesday, one of the biggest questions as the Bears enter this week’s camp is just how they are doing with the vaccination rate. READ MORE: One Person Killed, One Officer Injured In Calumet City Police Shooting While around 80 percent of the NFL’s players have had at least one shot, General Manager Ryan Pace said his team is around 85 percent vaccinated. “Everyone has different opinions on what they want to do, but if we just tell them, ‘Hey listen – for these different reasons, in can be a lot more convenient, you know, from the football world, and for these reasons, it can be really good for you health-wise,’ and then they’ve got to make their decision, and that’s kind of what we’ve done,” said Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. READ MORE: West Side Teens Get Some Maritime Experience Out In Lake Michigan On Boats, Thanks To Community...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The NFL is adding big incentives for teams that are vaccinated against COVID-19. As CBS 2’s Marshall Harris reported Thursday, punishments could also be in store for the unvaccinated in the league. Not being vaccinated could end up hitting the Bears and other teams hard in the standings and hitting players in the wallet. READ MORE: MISSING: Yakira Ali, 2, And Yahaira Ali, 4, Last Seen In Woodlawn, Believed To Have Been Abducted By Father If an outbreak among unvaccinated players causes the cancellation of a game, the league said the team responsible will have to forfeit the game and no game checks will be issued. READ MORE: Attorney General Merrick Garland Visits Chicago As Feds Launch Strike Force Amid Serious Spike In Violence NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at least 75 percent of NFL players are at least partially vaccinated, while more than half of the league’s teams are above the 80-percent vaccinated threshold. If a game has to be canceled, the NFL said the team responsible won’t just forfeit. The team that suffered the outbreak...
    Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins posted, then deleted, a tweet saying that the NFL’s new harsh penalties for players refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine were making him question his future in the league. Hopkins followed up with several additional tweets that expressed his vocal opposition to being vaccinated. On Thursday, the NFL announced new Covid-19 policies, including the potential for forfeited games and a loss of pay if there is an outbreak among unvaccinated players. NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero tweeted a thread highlighting the key points of the new NFL Covid rules: The NFL just informed clubs that if a game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week season in 2021 due to a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will FORFEIT and be credited with a loss for playoff seeding, per sources. Massive implications. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2021 And the biggest penalty of all for players: “If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled within the current 18-week scheduled due to a Covid...
    Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley continues to be one of the NFL’s most outspoken players against getting the Covid-19 vaccine. He might be the most vocal, but Beasley certainly isn’t alone in his desire to refuse the vaccine. With NFL training camps beginning to open this week, only 13 of the league’s 32 teams have reached the 85 percent vaccination threshold, which allows for reduced Covid-19 restrictions. Two teams failed to even reach 50 percent. On Monday, ESPN’s Todd Archer reported former wide receiver Michael Irvin was very disappointed to see his Dallas Cowboys fall short of the 85 percent mark, claiming it was a sign of players who didn’t care about winning. “Dude, you’re not thinking right,” Irvin said. “Nothing else can be more important…And not being one of the [85 percent vaccinated teams] says there’s other things to a great number of people on this team that are more important than winning championships, and that makes me worried.” After seeing Irvin’s comments, Beasley took to Twitter attempting to defend his stance...
    Getty New York Jets defensive star, Quinnen Williams, slamming Dwayne Haskins Jr into the turf. The New York Jets were noticeably absent from the 2020 version of the NFL Network’s “top 100” series. Each offseason for the last 10 years, the NFL Top 100 has revealed who is the best of the very best in all of professional football. This is an annual list that features the top 100 NFL players as voted on by the players. One of the major reasons the green and white didn’t have a participant on last year’s list is because they traded away their best player right before the start of training camp. The Jets agreed to a blockbuster deal that sent their former All-Pro safety, Jamal Adams, to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a slew of draft picks. The former LSU star ended up landing No. 27 overall on the NFL’s top 100 list, but as a member of the Seahawks. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy...
    NFL legend Bruce Smith revealed Monday some of his Buffalo Bills teams in the 1990s had players who were gay, but the locker room was never concerned about each other’s personal lives. Smith also congratulated Carl Nassib on his historic announcement last week that he is gay. Nassib became the first active NFL player to reveal their orientation. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Smith, a Hall of Famer who starred on the Bills’ defensive line, was asked in an interview with TMZ Sports about whether he had any gay teammates. "We had a gay player in our locker room. I think it was the mid-to-late-90s, and I think we might have had two. But that wasn’t what we were focused on. We were focused on winning games. And each and every person that was in that locker room was contributing to the goal at hand, which was winning football games. None of that other stuff mattered. This was about winning football games and trying to be a good person," Smith told TMZ Sports. Smith played for the...
    The Simpsons Envy: Every animated FOX primetime show since The Cheapest Neighborhoods in the 50 Biggest US Cities The 2021 NFL Draft saw a record 65 players selected from one conference, the SEC. The first of those picks set a record in itself, as Florida's Kyle Pitts became the highest-drafted tight end in NFL history when he went fourth overall to the Atlanta Falcons. In a Falcons' passing attack that just lost Pro Bowler Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans, how high should Pitts be in your 2021 Fantasy football rankings? © Provided by CBS Sports May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback draft pick Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Everyone expects Pitts to measure up favorably against other rookies, but how he performs against the league's other tight ends will determine where you should target him with your 2021 Fantasy football picks. Will Pitts be one of the 2021 Fantasy football sleepers to select? Before setting your 2021 Fantasy football draft strategy, be...
    Which James Bond theme song is the best Bond theme song? 27 Most Lucrative Side Hustles for People Over 50 The USFL is coming back. Though we're not sure what it'll look like. Fox announced Thursday that the ill-fated 1980s football league would be reborn in 2022, though the network didn't offer any specifics regarding the league. All we know from the Fox release is that the network will broadcast the league's games and that it owns a minority stake in the company that will own and operate the USFL. “I’m extremely passionate about football and the opportunity to work with FOX Sports and to bring back the USFL in 2022 was an endeavor worth pursuing,” USFL co-founder and current The Spring League CEO Brian Woods said in a statement. “We look forward to providing players a new opportunity to compete in a professional football league and giving fans everywhere the best football viewing product possible during what is typically a period devoid of professional football.” Fox said the league will have a minimum of eight teams and will...
    George Gojkovich/Getty Images The NFL has offically ended a policy known as "race-norming" due to a civil rights lawsuit.  "Race-norming" is the assumption that Black players had a lower cognitive function than whites. The policy made it harder for retired Black players to get settlement checks for brain injuries.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The NFL agreed to stop using the practice "race-norming," which assumed Black players have a lower cognitive function than white counterparts, according to Maryclaire Dale of the Associated Press.  "Race-norming" has prevented some retired Black players from qualifying for compensation in the NFL's $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims. In the original settlement, the NFL used a scoring algorithm for dementia testing that assumed Black men start with lower cognitive skills before the injury. Black retirees would have had to score much lower than whites to qualify for a piece of the settlement.  For example, former Pittsburgh Steelers players Kevin Henry and Najeh Davenport were denied compensation for brain injuries based on their scores in the league's cognitive test to judge...
    Behold, 26 Incredibly Talented (and Handsome) Asian Actors Who Deserve to Be Leading Men 10 Cost-Friendly Ways To Support Working Moms This Mother’s Day Denver Broncos right tackle Ja'Wuan James suffered an Achilles tear on Tuesday, a devastating blow for an athlete in his prime.  Making matters considerably worse, James might be out $10 million because of the injury. He suffered the tear while working out away from team facilities, a detail that allows the Broncos to void his otherwise fully-guaranteed contract.  To make the situation perfectly clear, the NFL sent out a memo on Wednesday reminding teams — and players — that the Broncos don't owe James a dime of his salary. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports The NFL made an example of Ja'Wuan James — and took a victory lap against the NFLPA. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) NFL makes example of James amid dispute with NFLPA The injury occurred during a dispute between the NFL and the NFLPA over offseason workouts. Teams across the league reached the voluntary workout portion of their calendars in late April, also known...
    Brett Favre in 2018. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File Brett Favre said that it's 'hard to believe' Derek Chauvin meant to kill George Floyd.  Favre made the comments on his podcast "Bolling with Favre." Several NFL current and former players have harshly responded to Favre on social media.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Brett Favre finds it hard to believe that Derek Chauvin meant to kill George Floyd.  The Hall-of-Fame NFL quarterback gave his perspective on Chauvin's recent guilty verdict on his podcast "Bolling with  Favre" on Wednesday.  "I find it hard to believe, and I'm not defending Derek Chauvin in any way, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd," Favre said. "That being said, his actions were uncalled for. I don't care what color the person is on the street. I don't know what led to that video that we saw where his knee is on his neck, but the man had thrown in the towel." Favre's comments have elicited strong backlash from other players.  Former...
    By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer The term in use these days is “legal tampering.” Doesn't seem sensible, and some might call it the “cheating period” instead. Regardless, on Monday, two days before the NFL's 2021 business year begins, the 32 teams and agents for the players will be making deals. Lots of deals, even if they aren't official until Wednesday. “I hate calling it the legal tampering period because that just seems like that’s a debacle of the English language,” Rams general manager Les Snead says. “Legal tampering, and tampering is illegal? But we’ll have to adjust based on that because there’s no guarantee that you can re-sign (players).” Even at a time when the salary cap has plummeted by $16 million due to lost revenues during the COVID-19-impacted 2020 season, lots of money will be going to the most-prized players. That likely will include Tampa Bay pass rusher Shaq Barrett; Green Bay All-Pro center Corey Linsley and standout running back Aaron Jones; Detroit wide receiver Kenny Golladay; San Francisco tackle Trent Williams; and Chargers tight end Hunter...
    The term in use these days is “legal tampering.” Doesn’t seem sensible, and some might call it the “cheating period” instead. Regardless, on Monday, two days before the NFL’s 2021 business year begins, the 32 teams and agents for the players will be making deals. Lots of deals, even if they aren’t official until Wednesday. “I hate calling it the legal tampering period because that just seems like that’s a debacle of the English language,” Rams general manager Les Snead says. “Legal tampering, and tampering is illegal? But we’ll have to adjust based on that because there’s no guarantee that you can re-sign (players).” Even at a time when the salary cap has plummeted by $16 million due to lost revenues during the COVID-19-impacted 2020 season, lots of money will be going to the most-prized players. That likely will include Tampa Bay pass rusher Shaq Barrett; Green Bay All-Pro center Corey Linsley and standout running back Aaron Jones; Detroit wide receiver Kenny Golladay; San Francisco tackle Trent Williams; and Chargers tight end Hunter Henry. No superstars about to break the...
    National Guard, tankers activated in Mississippi water crisis Dominion Voting Systems takes out ad on conservative radio NFL free agency is a grift. Well, that’s not actually true. The real grift is the NFL locking rookies in to set contract structures, which has tanked the value of veteran players. Because rookies can give you 90% of what a veteran can for half the price, it’s almost impossible to find good value in the free-agent market if you’re looking to buy from the top shelf. © Provided by For The Win But there is value to be found. While building a foundation through free agency isn’t the smartest business model, teams have to participate in the market to supplement a homegrown foundation. Recent history has shown that the best way to approach the silly season is to actively participate in free agency while avoiding the inflated cost of the more high-profile options. Teams get into trouble when they pay players to fill roles they aren’t equipped to fill. Like paying a WR2 or CB2 to be the top dog of...
    NFL legend Jerry Rice is considered by many as the greatest football player ever. Rice, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers, is the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), and total touchdowns (208), but he’s willing to concede the title of "GOAT" to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady after he came away with the seventh championship in his career on Sunday night. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Rice spoke to 95.7 The Game on Monday, and he said even though Brady’s the greatest player of all-time, he says that he played in a much more physical era of football than Brady. "I don't have seven Super Bowl rings, but I think I played in an era when football was more of a contact sport. You're seeing a lot of that now -- players are protected," Rice said via Pro Football Talk. "When you have seven rings, you're doing something right. I think with Brady, he still wants to play. He said something about playing until he's 45. I think...
    Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy joins the latest episode of "Ainsley's Bible Study" on Fox Nation to discuss the Bible and using his position to help his players develop spiritually. "As a Christian, do you really think God cares who wins the game?" host Ainsley Earhardt asks Dungy, now a NFL analyst for NBC Sports. "Absolutey," Dungy replies, recalling studying with a chaplain while he was a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "[The chaplain] read from First Corinthians, Chapter Nine, where Paul says, ‘Hey, in a race everybody runs, but only one wins first prize, so run to win,’" he added, referring to 1 Corinthians 9:24. "And that freed me up. I had never heard that before." VideoIn the next verse, Paul writes: "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible." "Make sure you're winning the race to heaven and spiritually, and not just these earthly races," Dungy interpreted. Dungy went 148-79 in the regular season and playoffs over 13 seasons as the head coach of...
    Celebs react to Tom Cruises on-set meltdown 25 Things To Sell When You’re Ready To Retire Deshaun Watson defends Texans players get-together that appeared to violate NFL COVID-19 rules A group of Houston Texans players were in attendance at the grand opening of Deshaun Watson’s new restaurant franchise on Tuesday, and the NFL might have something to say about that. Watson, the new owner of a Lefty’s Cheesesteak franchise, saw a turnout that included Brandin Cooks, Laremy Tunsil, Tytus Howard, Duke Johnson, Roderick Johnson and Charles Omenihu according to the Houston Chronicle. Also in attendance were various friends and family, including Watson’s mother and girlfriend, and other business acquaintances. The event wasn’t held in secret, as the Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson tweeted out photos of the guests posing for pictures. Deshaun Watson @deshaunwatson event @charless_94 @KingTunsil78 @RodBeBalling @voltpt_ @AlexDWeb1 @brandincooks @DukeJohnson_8 @ChesterPitts @levelstothis_2 Willie D, Z-Ro, Watson's family and girlfriend @JillyAnais @eatleftys @NickScurfield @StickysChicken Ryan Lachaine, etc pic.twitter.com/yX74XCj2jS— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 15, 2020 Here’s why the NFL might have a problem with that.Why the Texans’ event might have broken...
    Lightfoot offers plan to close loopholes allowing Chicago police to cooperate with immigration agents Bodies of four children wash up on Libyan coast Louis Riddick’s time on MNF proves that he’s ready to be a GM ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Louis Riddick could be making a jump from broadcasting, back into the game itself. On Wednesday it was reported that both the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions has set up interviews with Riddick, with both potentially interested in hiring him for their vacant GM positions. As an analyst, Riddick has been one of the best parts of Monday Night Football. His knowledge of players and systems shines every single week. To back that up he also has the experience as a former player, and NFL executive to get the job done. Selected in the 1991 NFL Draft, Riddick was a journeyman running back who played for five different teams over his eight year career. When he finally retired from football all together in 2001 the Washington Football Team hired Riddick as a pro scout, he then rose in...
    Dylan Moses, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Alabama football should have several players taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.Few Power 5 teams are dripping with as much NFL talent as Alabama football is in 2020. The Alabama Crimson Tide are expected to win the SEC this fall, making the College Football Playoff for the sixth time in seven years. Obviously, coaching has been a huge part of the Crimson Tide’s success, but you cannot overstate what it means for this blue-blood program to have more on-field talent than just about anybody they come across. Many players will star on NFL Sundays.These Alabama football players will be studs in the NFL 6 Dylan Moses LB Alabama Crimson Tide Had this been two years ago, there was no question about how high Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses would have gone in the 2019 NFL Draft. We all knew we were looking at possibly the first defensive player off the board after his sensational sophomore season in 2018. However, a torn ACL ended his junior...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been charged in a traffic crash that killed a longtime police captain who was the father of New England Patriots running back James White. Authorities said Thursday that 32-year-old Daniel Tucker Chamblin of Hollywood surrendered and was being held in the Broward County jail. Court records did not list an attorney for him, and a court appearance is set for Friday. Investigators say Chamblin was driving 95 mph (152 kph) when his car slammed into a vehicle driven by Lisa White, mother of the Patriots player. In the passenger seat was Tyrone White, the 59-year-old father of James White and a captain with the Miami-Dade County Police Department. He was killed. Officials say Lisa White was seriously injured, but is recovering. Chamblin is charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and speeding. James White played high school football at national power St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, starred at Wisconsin and been part of two Patriot Super Bowl-winning teams. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. Wade Payne/AP Images The Tennessee Titans had two more players test positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, continuing an outbreak that started September 24. Several Titans players reportedly had a private workout last week, despite the NFL telling them not to gather. Members of the NFL are reportedly angry at the Titans, with some calling for a forfeiture and loss with their Week 5 game now in jeopardy. A forfeiture comes with issues over pay, but rescheduling their Week 5 game also has a domino effect on other games. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Two more Tennessee Titans players test positive for COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the team's total to 23 positives since September 24, according to ESPN. One player on Thursday tested positive while another inconclusive test from Wednesday turned out to be a positive. The new positive tests on Thursday come after a player tested positive on Wednesday, continuing the Titans' COVID-19 outbreak, which began last week. The Titans' Week 4 game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed because of the...
    The NFL has reportedly fined several Las Vegas Raiders players after it was revealed they failed to follow league and local health guidelines by going maskless at a recent charity event; and now commissioner Roger Goodell is threatening violators with potential forfeits.   In a memo sent to the teams Monday after a conference call involving NFL and club executives, Goodell reiterated the need to adhere fully to all of the league's health and safety guidelines. 'Protocol violations that result in virus spread requiring adjustments to the schedule or otherwise impacting other teams will result in additional financial and competitive discipline, including the adjustment or loss of draft choices or even the forfeit of a game,' Goodell wrote in the memo obtained by The Associated Press. 'Simply put, compliance is mandatory. Now is the time to recommit ourselves to our protocols and best practices for the duration of the season.' SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  The Darren Waller (left) Foundation held a fundraising event at the DragonRidge Country Club in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson to raise money to help...
    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy says every NFL team needs to cooperate with the league’s coronavirus safety protocols, especially after at least 11 members of the Tennessee Titans organization had tested positive for the virus marking the first outbreak the NFL has had to deal with. Due to the outbreak, the Titans' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers game set for Week 4 was postponed to a later date. “I think it just reiterates the importance of all of us always having the masks on,” Nagy told reporters, according to ESPN. “When you really think about it, it’s really not that hard to put a mask on. Just wear your mask and wear it all the time. It’s not hard.” TITANS-STEELERS MATCHUP MOVED TO LATER DATE AS MORE POSITIVE CORONAVIRUS TESTS REPORTED The league’s announcement to postpone the game came as an additional Titans player and personnel member tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. “The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game scheduled for Week 4 will be rescheduled to later this season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for...
    San Francisco 49ers star Nick Bosa is done for the year. The 49ers announced Monday night that Bosa tore his ACL Sunday against the Jets. That means we won’t be seeing him in an NFL game again until 2021. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) An MRI confirmed Nick Bosa suffered a torn ACL in yesterday’s game. We’re all wishing @nbsmallerbear a speedy recovery ???? pic.twitter.com/RN9fiFIBUI — San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 21, 2020 Well, I think we all knew this was coming, and now it’s a done deal. It’s wild that Saquon Barkley and Nick Bosa tore their ACLs on the same day. Week two was just brutal for the NFL. Star players were falling all over the place. Here’s the Nick Bosa injury play.pic.twitter.com/ipyH46WggR — Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 20, 2020 Hopefully, Bosa is able to make a quick recovery because the 49ers need him on the field. It obviously won’t happen this year, but he should be ready for week one 2020. Not only do the 49ers need him...
    Colin Kaepernick at the 2019 The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Images The NFL played a video about social justice that showed Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Kaepernick and Reid both criticized the video on Twitter, calling the league's stance "half-hearted" and "diabolical." Kaepernick and Reid both filed collusion grievances against the NFL that were settled in 2019. Both are currently unsigned. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, who both started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality in 2016, are criticizing the NFL's "half-hearted" messages of social justice. During Week 1 of the NFL season, the league played a video in each stadium promoting social justice and racial equality, according to ESPN. The video included an image of Kaepernick and Reid kneeling during the national anthem with the San Francisco 49ers four years ago. Kaepernick has gone unsigned in the NFL since beginning the anthem protest. Reid played two years with the Carolina Panthers, but...
    On Thursday night, the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs joined arm-in-arm for a “moment of unity,” prompting a torrent of boos from the few fans that were in attendance. Despite some initial reports, the moment did not take place during the National Anthem. According to Fox News, both the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – what has been dubbed the “Black National Anthem” – played prior to the game. Though the Kansas City Chiefs appeared on the field for both songs, the Houston Texans stayed in the locker room for the songs’ duration. When the Texans did emerge, they joined the players mid-field and locked arms as a show of unity. At that moment, the crowd noticeably booed. A moment of silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality in our country. #ItTakesAllOfUs pic.twitter.com/srC0SlnWdh — NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2020 Speaking with reporters after the game, Texans defensive end JJ Watt said the moment of booing was “unfortunate” and seemed to come out of nowhere, considering that neither the flag nor the National Anthem...
    Western fires burn thousands of acres & weather is no help Two Beloved Chains From Your Childhood Are Going Out of Business Steelers GM Kevin Colbert on 2021 NFL draft prospects: We’ll take the one that has played most recently NFL front offices are still navigating what figures to be another year of taking an unusual path to the draft.  As things stand now, the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences remain closed for a fall season, even with some glimmers of hope that continue to crop up. Maybe they’ll play; maybe those reports turn out to be fool’s gold. But for any NFL draft prospect who is forced to miss (or who chose to miss) the 2020 college football season, they’ll have to find ways to convince teams that having done so shouldn’t be held against them. One NFL general manager who might need extra convincing of this is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Kevin Colbert. In an excellent interview with The Ringer’s Kevin Clark, Colbert said that the combination of conferences shutting down and other prospects opting out of...
    Four years later, the NFL admitted it was wrong and said it now supports Colin Kaepernick in his fight against racial injustice, encouraging players to take a stand - or a knee - for the cause. What happens next? The league’s 101st season kicks off Thursday night, when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans. NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one side, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps. Players will be permitted to wear decals on the back of helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM “The NFL stands with the Black community, the players, clubs and fans,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week. “Confronting recent systemic racism with tangible and productive steps is absolutely essential. We will not relent in our work.” After George Floyd’s death...
    Four years later, the NFL admitted it was wrong and said it now supports Colin Kaepernick in his fight against racial injustice, encouraging players to take a stand – or a knee – for the cause. What happens next? The league’s 101st season kicks off Thursday night, when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans. NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one side, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps. Players will be permitted to wear decals on the back of helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality. “The NFL stands with the Black community, the players, clubs and fans,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week. “Confronting recent systemic racism with tangible and productive steps is absolutely essential. We will not relent in our work.” After George Floyd’s death at the hands of a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Players are calling their actions a boycott.Others say they meet the definition of a strike.Whatever you call them they would have been unthinkable 10 years ago, or even five years agoFormer University of San Francisco basketball star Bill Cartwright played 15 seasons in the NBA. Six of them with the powerhouse Chicago Bulls teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s.RELATED: NBA players decide to resume playoffs, sources tell ESPNHe says pro sports has never seen anything like this - nobody has."I've got friends of mine who are shocked and I'm saying to them this has been going on a long time. Where have you been?" Cartwright said.The police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin has tapped into a deep well of pain and anger for today's pro athlete.That's why the Milwaukee Bucks and later, every team scheduled to match up in the first round of the NBA playoffs decided not to play today.RELATED: Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting: Father says Jacob Blake, Black man shot by police, is paralyzed"Thank goodness that we're fighting," he said. "Thank goodness...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Players are calling their actions a boycott.Others say they meet the definition of a strike.Whatever you call them they would have been unthinkable 10 years ago, or even five years agoFormer University of San Francisco basketball star Bill Cartwright played 15 seasons in the NBA. Six of them with the powerhouse Chicago Bulls teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s.RELATED: NBA players decide to resume playoffs, sources tell ESPNHe says pro sports has never seen anything like this - nobody has."I've got friends of mine who are shocked and I'm saying to them this has been going on a long time. Where have you been?" Cartwright said.The police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin has tapped into a deep well of pain and anger for today's pro athlete.That's why the Milwaukee Bucks and later, every team scheduled to match up in the first round of the NBA playoffs decided not to play today.RELATED: Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting: Father says Jacob Blake, Black man shot by police, is paralyzed"Thank goodness that we're fighting," he said. "Thank goodness...
    A pair of retired black NFL players have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the league's $1billion concussion settlement discriminates against African Americans because it uses an evaluation process that presumes they had lower cognitive function before their head injuries than white claimants. Lawyers on behalf of former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Kevin Henry and ex-Green Bay Packers fullback Najeh Davenport filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Tuesday in hopes of establishing on class-action lawsuit on behalf of other black claimants. The filing comes in response to the NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement that resolved thousands of lawsuits from former players who accused the league of hiding the risks of repeated concussions. Retired NFL players can receive as much as $3 million if they suffered from moderate dementia, for instance, but most claims are for far less money.  The payment plan for retirees suffering from cognitive decline was agreed to by the owners and players in 2013, as was the assessment criteria. Lawyers on behalf of former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive...