NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed the league's commitment to concussion research in a letter Thursday to the 32 team owners. Goodell told the owners the league never considered not honoring a $30 million commitment to the NIH ''in its entirety.'' He also stressed that the league will provide substantial additional funding for projects relating to safety equipment, treatment of athletes who have experienced concussions, and a study relating to the incidence and prevalence of long-term health consequences. ''We look forward to a productive and ongoing partnership with the NIH and others to advance our shared priorities, and to committing additional funding to medical research and engineering advances to enhance the safety of athletes at all levels,'' Goodell wrote.
Posted: May 26, 2016, 9:56 pm

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill prepares to pass during an NFL football practice Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Ryan Tannehill threw a pass Thursday and then fell to the turf face down, which happened a lot last season. Instead, Tannehill did push-ups as punishment for his errant throw at a net during passing drills in a Miami Dolphins OTA. Executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum decided Tannehill needed more help, and hired as coach Adam Gase, who enjoyed success as an assistant working with Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and Jay Cutler.


Posted: May 26, 2016, 9:46 pm
Tennessee Titans second-round pick Kevin Dodd will be out until the start of training camp after undergoing surgery on his right foot Thursday morning. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Dodd had had some soreness in his foot dating back to the Titans rookie mini-camp. Mularkey said further tests on the foot indicated more damage could potentially be done to it if Dodd didn't undergo surgery.
Posted: May 26, 2016, 9:09 pm

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Keenan Reynolds, center, runs a drill with teammates during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Saturday, May 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens have forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts.


Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:22 pm
Saints star quarterback Drew Brees says he's ''not stressing'' about a recent lack of progress on a possible contract extension with New Orleans and said he'll approach this season the same way whether he gets a new deal or not. An extension could help the Saints reduce Brees' cap burden this season by spreading out what the franchise QB is owed, but with most high-profile free agents already signed this offseason, it appears the Saints are prepared to move ahead with Brees' current cap burden if they cannot reach an agreement this summer.
Posted: May 26, 2016, 2:27 am

FILE - In this May 7, 2016, file phoito, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant tosses the ball as he watches rookies work out during the team's NFL football minicamp in Irving, Texas. Quarterback Tony Romo is practicing for the first time since before last year's Thanksgiving loss to Carolina, when he broke his left collarbone for the second time in 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Tony Romo isn't sure how to define young. The Dallas quarterback just knows he feels more like a 30-year-old than someone on the downhill side of 40 coming off a twice-broken left collarbone and now a couple of years removed from a pair of back surgeries that weren't far apart. Plus, his teammates like to kid him about the whole age thing with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the record he thinks Romo has four or five more good years in him.


Posted: May 25, 2016, 11:17 pm

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves federal court, in New York. Brady will appeal his four-game suspension by the NFL, seeking a second hearing before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court. The decision by the New England Patriots quarterback was confirmed Monday, May 23, 2016, by NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The New England Patriots joined the latest ''Deflategate'' appeal to support Tom Brady on Wednesday, taking sides with their star quarterback in court for the first time in his fight against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell. In an eight-page friend of the court brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals , the Patriots said they ''stand to lose their All-Pro quarterback for 25 percent of the upcoming regular season based on a severely flawed process.'' They also tried to raise the stakes in an effort to persuade the entire circuit to overrule the 2-1 decision that reinstated Brady's four-game suspension last month. The Patriots have never wavered in their defense of Brady as he fights the penalty for being ''at least generally aware'' of an illegal scheme to deflate footballs.


Posted: May 25, 2016, 10:43 pm

Washington Redskins' DeSean Jackson reacts after a two-point conversion by Jamison Crowder in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

DeSean Jackson isn't taking part in voluntary team workouts, and the Washington Redskins don't seem to care. Jackson was the only healthy player not at Redskins Park this week for the first organized team activities of the offseason.


Posted: May 25, 2016, 10:34 pm

New York Jets rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg, left, listens as quarterback Geno Smith (7) speaks during NFL football practice, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Geno Smith has never doubted himself or lacked confidence in his abilities. Not when he slid to the second round of the NFL draft in 2013. Not when he struggled through two up-and-down years as the New York Jets' starting quarterback.


Posted: May 25, 2016, 8:51 pm

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley watches the action during their NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley acknowledges he used ''a poor choice of words'' when referring to football being a violent game that he personally didn't think was intended to be played by humans. A day earlier, in an interview with Buffalo's WGR Radio, the GM wondered whether football was meant for ''humans'' when answering a question whether receiver Sammy Watkins was injury prone.


Posted: May 25, 2016, 6:46 pm
The Packers have a great starting quarterback. At the bottom of the depth chart, they have made an adjustment. Gone is Ryan Williams. Taking his place is former North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams. Undrafted in May, Marquise Williams set more than 20 records at Chapel Hill, including career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (35), career rushing yards…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: May 26, 2016, 9:58 pm
The Browns on Thursday announced the signing of their second-round pick, outside linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah. Ogbah had 28 sacks over three seasons at Oklahoma State and will try to transition to a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Browns. The Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Year last fall, Ogbah was twice his team’s defensive MVP…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: May 26, 2016, 9:36 pm
The Buccaneers traded tight end Tim Wright to the Patriots just before the start of the 2014 season, claimed him off of waivers from the Patriots last June and then traded him to the Lions for kicker Kyle Brindza in August. Now they have another chance to bring him back to the roster. Wright was waived…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:54 pm
The Ravens had an interesting speaker in Wednesday to address the team’s rookies as part of an ongoing series of speeches and seminars. Ray Rice. The Ravens released Rice in 2014 after video surfaced of Rice punching his then-fiancee. He was suspended indefinitely by the NFL when the video surfaced; he’d previously been facing a…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:49 pm
The Cowboys have hosted a single Super Bowl in their gigantic stadium. They could soon be trying to host another. Via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys could make a play for one of the next two Super Bowls to be awarded: Super Bowl LVI, to be played in 2022, or Super Bowl LVII,…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:18 pm
Dolphins defensive end Mario Williams said this week that he’s enjoying what he’s seen from the team’s defensive scheme after a dismal year with the Bills in 2015. Williams isn’t the only member of the team excited about life under a new coaching staff. Unlike Williams, quarterback Ryan Tannehill didn’t have to switch teams to…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 8:11 pm
The Texans drafted a pair of wide receivers last month and they got one of them under contract on Thursday. According to multiple reports, the Texans have signed third-round pick Braxton Miller. It’s the standard four-year rookie contract for players picked outside of the first round. Miller started his Ohio State career as a quarterback…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:53 pm
The Associated Press publishes every January the All-Pro team based on the recently-concluded regular season. And while much of the list is aimed at sparking debate and/or percolating #hottaeks, plenty of players have bonuses, escalators, and/or incentives riding on this honor. Currently, the AP is exploring (#asexpected) the possibility of “modernizing” the All-Pro team. A…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:43 pm
Knile Davis doesn’t want his fumble in the playoffs to define him, but he also knows he might not get the chance to redeem himself in Kansas City. But he also said he didn’t ask to be traded this offseason, even after the Chiefs signed two running backs who were not him to extensions. “I…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:28 pm
The NFL did the Ravens a favor by not disclosing the amount of the fines imposed on the team and coach John Harbaugh for violating the rules regarding offseason practices. That’s the extent of any gratuity given to the team or its coach. The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement provides that the head coach “shall be subject…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:11 pm
Running back Trent Richardson signed with the Ravens this offseason in an effort to resuscitate a career that started going off the rails shortly after Richardson was the third overall pick of the 2012 draft. His effort to get things moving in the right direction can’t hit too many snags if it is going to…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:04 pm
With the NFL now allowing on-field officials to use the real-time communications system devised for allowing the league office to assist with replay for other matters (whatever those matters specifically may be), some of the folks whose interests will hinge directly on the outcome of these decisions are raising once again an important question regarding…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: May 26, 2016, 6:45 pm
Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he doesn’t want to talk about a new contract during the season, which suggests that if a deal is going to get done, it has to get done this summer. So could that distract from Brees’ offseason work? Not according to Saints coach Sean Payton, who said after the third…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: May 26, 2016, 6:36 pm
One of the three players selected in the second round of the draft by the Titans won’t be on the field for the rest of the team’s offseason work. Coach Mike Mularkey said that defensive end Kevin Dodd had “preventative” foot surgery on Thursday and will miss the rest of OTAs and the team’s mandatory…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 6:22 pm
The Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh have been punished by the NFL for breaking the rule requiring rookie minicamp to consist only of non-contact practices without pads. “We made a mistake and we are sorry for that. We accept the NFL discipline,” the Ravens said in a statement. That discipline will consist of a…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: May 26, 2016, 6:05 pm
Last Thursday, the Washington Post published a poll of 504 self-identifying Native American adults, 90 percent of whom said they aren’t bothered by the name of the local NFL team. Although some supporters of the name continue to insist that this means any lingering opposition to the name comes only from white liberal journalists, multiple Native…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: May 26, 2016, 6:05 pm
When Jordy Nelson tore his ACL in the 2015 preseason, immediate fears about what it would mean for the Packers offense were lessened by the presence of Davante Adams. Adams had been the subject of praise around the team all offseason, including Aaron Rodgers predicting stardom for the 2014 second-round pick. As is often the…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 5:41 pm
Veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney is making the rounds right now in search of a home for the 2016 season, but a stop in Dallas doesn’t look like it will be one of the tour dates. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, that the team…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 5:25 pm
When news broke this morning that Baylor would fire head football coach Art Briles, I dashed off a quick post about whether he would have a future in the NFL. A few minutes later, Baylor posted a statement about the investigation that led to Briles’ firing. Having now read that statement, here’s what I think…
Author: Michael David Smith
Posted: May 26, 2016, 5:17 pm
The Panthers offense was already pretty good last year, thanks to an MVP season from quarterback Cam Newton. It might be even better today. Via the team’s official website, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was back on the field Thursday for OTAs, his first on-field work since tearing his ACL in training camp last year. Benjamin was…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: May 26, 2016, 4:40 pm
When the Panthers rescinded the franchise tag they gave cornerback Josh Norman, there was immediate discussion about the Panthers using some of the money earmarked for Norman toward an extension for defensive tackle Kawann Short. Short is entering the final year of his rookie contract and a report earlier this month had discussions about that…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:59 pm
On-field practices during OTAs are supposed to be non-contact, but they’re never non-risk. According to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vikings defensive tackle B.J. Dubose suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during Wednesday’s workout, and is expected to miss the entire season. The injury happened during an 11-on-11 drill. A sixth-round pick last year from Louisville,…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:58 pm
Lions running back Ameer Abdullah had shoulder surgery in January and could be out until training camp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday. The report said Dr. James Andrews repaired a torn labrum that Adbullah had suffered during a mid-December game. The report also said Abdullah is ahead of schedule in his…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:55 pm
The place where the Miami NFL franchise plays has been known by many names. From Dolphins Stadium to Joe Robbie Stadium to Pro Player Stadium to Pro Player Park to Dolphin Stadium to Land Shark Stadium to Sun Life Stadium to a stadium that currently has no naming-rights partner, the venue has carried plenty of labels since…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:42 pm
As Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins waits for a big-money, long-term deal, he’s getting a close look at a guy to whom the organization recently gave a big-money, long-term deal. But it’s not the first time Cousins has witnessed the work of cornerback Josh Norman — apart from last season’s loss to Carolina. “I was able…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:23 pm
The Buccaneers Thursday announced the signings of cornerback Javien Elliott and safety Kimario McFadden. Elliott is an undrafted rookie out of Florida State. He’s a former walk-on who became a productive player at Florida State last season and previously had tried out for the Steelers as part of their rookie minicamp earlier this month. McFadden…
Author: Zac Jackson
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:22 pm
Washington is encouraged by the progress Junior Galette has shown in his comeback from a torn Achilles, but they’re not going to let him push it. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the recovering pass-rusher won’t practice until training camp in late July. While the rest of his teammates were going through OTAs,…
Author: Darin Gantt
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:09 pm
Defensive end Mario Williams‘ 2015 season with the Bills was marked by his complaints about what the team was asking him to do on defense and complaints from others that Williams wasn’t giving the team everything he had. That unhappy mix and Williams’ big cap number led the Bills to part ways with Williams once…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:09 pm
Earlier this week, the NFL parlayed the interest of five cities into three Super Bowls via a process that, as a practical matter, results in the submission of competitive bids. Even with the loose, wink-nod quid pro quo that calls for a city with a new stadium to be included in the currently non-rotating Super Bowl rotation,…
Author: Mike Florio
Posted: May 26, 2016, 2:43 pm
Running back Jeremy Langford had more than 800 yards of total offense in 2015 and joined Gale Sayers and Walter Payton as the only Bears rookies since 1960 to run for touchdowns in four straight games. Langford did that work as a complement to Matt Forte in the Bears backfield, but Forte has moved on…
Author: Josh Alper
Posted: May 26, 2016, 12:42 pm

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