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NFL, lawyers at work on $765M concussion deal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 4:14 pm]
A judge overseeing thousands of NFL concussion-linked lawsuits says lawyers are still working to address her concerns about a proposed $765 million fund. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody says she fears the fund may not be large enough to cover up to 20,000 retired players for 65 years.

Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 3:39 pm]
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.

Jaguars release LB Allen after failed physical (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 3:31 pm]
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran linebacker Russell Allen after he failed a physical.

Clarification: NFL Concussion Lawsuit story (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 3:29 pm]
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In a story April 16, The Associated Press reported that a judge had again denied preliminary approval of a $765 million NFL concussion settlement. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody clarified Thursday that the ruling was not new but was a clerical move to add her January denial to all pending cases.

Jaguars WR Tandon Doss arrested in Indianapolis (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 3:07 pm]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indianapolis police have arrested Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Tandon Doss on a disorderly conduct charge, but he will not be prosecuted.

Critics, knee are no concern for Jets RB Johnson (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 2:29 pm]
Chris Johnson knows what a lot of people are saying about him. Well, the New York Jets running back is listening - and can't wait to silence the critics. ''I can turn the bad things people are saying into a good thing for me ... and prove the naysayers wrong.'' Johnson was signed Wednesday to a two-year deal after he was released by the Tennessee Titans on April 7. He said there were other teams interested, but New York was his first - and, it turned out, only - visit.

Montreal team sign Chad Johnson to 2-year contract (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 1:57 pm]
Former NFL star Chad Johnson will make his return to the gridiron in the Canadian Football League. The veteran receiver signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday after impressing team officials at a minicamp in Vero Beach, Fla. He last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England. ''Chad Johnson did an outstanding job the last three days,'' Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. He was very happy and very excited to be on the field again and we are happy to welcome him to the Alouettes.'' Johnson, who once changed his last name to Ochocinco, spent most of his 11 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Vikings sign safety Kurt Coleman (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 1:13 pm]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman.

Jets' Johnson not concerned about knee, carries (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 1:03 pm]
Newly signed Jets running back Chris Johnson has no concerns about whether his surgically repaired knee will be healthy in time for training camp or how New York will split carries in its backfield. Johnson was signed Wednesday by the Jets after he was released by the Tennessee Titans on April 7. Johnson adds that a report suggesting he has arthritis in the knee is ''not accurate.'' After balking at splitting carries last season, Johnson says this year ''is about winning,'' and sharing the workload with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell isn't an issue.

Aaron Hernandez associate accused of lying to feds (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 9:45 am]
An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to a federal grand jury. Oscar Hernandez Jr. was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Boston. Authorities say he is not related to Aaron Hernandez. Aaron Hernandez and two other men are charged in the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was found dead about a mile from Aaron Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

Metrodome demolition reaches completion early (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 8:57 am]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Metrodome is no more.

Sharper's attorneys to question Arizona evidence (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 17, 2014, 1:41 am]
Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper are questioning the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women. It's the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving Sharper in Louisiana, California, Florida, Arizona and Nevada. Bail in Sharper's California rape case was set at $1 million, but he was indicted in Arizona last month on charges of sexual assault and administering dangerous drugs, so authorities in California have kept him jailed.

Sidney Rice agrees to terms with Seahawks (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 7:10 pm]
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks and wide receiver Sidney Rice have agreed to terms on a deal.

Chiefs WR Bowe pleads guilty to lesser charges (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 4:32 pm]
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe has pleaded guilty to amended charges of defective equipment and littering in connection with his November arrest for possessing marijuana. City prosecutor Amy Ashefford says Bowe's amended charges are no different from what others get when charged with speeding and possessing pot for the first time. Bowe's attorney, Kevin Regan, says the case is closed and there is no admission of guilt for the marijuana charge, which was dismissed. Bowe was pulled over in the Kansas City suburb on Nov. 10 for driving 48 in a 35 mph zone.

Murray hopes workout eases NFL draft concerns (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 3:49 pm]
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Quarterback Aaron Murray still has some convincing to do after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in late November.

AP Source: Giants sign QB Josh Freeman as backup (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 3:19 pm]
A person familiar with the deal says quarterback Josh Freeman has agreed to terms with the New York Giants. Freeman was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October after a messy split. The 17th pick in the 2009 draft, Freeman started 59 games for the Bucs over four-plus seasons before the relationship soured.

Judge nixes deal in batch of NFL concussion cases (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 2:47 pm]
A federal judge in Philadelphia has declined to approve deals for another batch of retired players suing the NFL over concussion-linked claims. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody's preliminary ruling Wednesday follows a similar ruling in January on the proposed $765 million umbrella settlement. Brody's latest ruling involves a group of plaintiffs led by Kevin Turner, a former Philadelphia Eagle now battling Lou Gehrig's disease. Attorney Sol Weiss, representing the players, insists the deal is fair and sufficient to cover their needs.

Officer: Sharper's DNA found on 1 Arizona victim (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 2:46 pm]
An Arizona detective says the DNA of former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them last year at a Tempe apartment. Tempe police Detective Kevin Mace said at a hearing in Phoenix on Wednesday that Sharper's DNA was recovered from one of the women's clothing, but none of his DNA was found during an exam of the other victim. Mace's testimony came at a hearing in which Sharper's lawyers are challenging the evidence used to keep him in an Arizona jail without bail.

Bengals sign punter T.J. Conley (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 2:33 pm]
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals signed punter T.J. Conley on Wednesday, though Kevin Huber is expected to make a full recovery from a neck injury and a broken jaw.

Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 16, 2014, 2:28 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a deal.





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