• New lawsuit alleges NFL knew about CTE for decades

    Larry Brown Sports "Is it possible the National Football League was aware of and made efforts to conceal chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) for decades? A recently filed lawsuit alleges exactly that. A lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court by the estate of Adrian Robinson Jr., a former NFL linebacker who..." May 23

  • CBS producer believes Tony Romo will be the next John Madden

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Legendary CBS Sports Producer Lance Barrow broke a little Tony Romo news at the Ben Hogan award ceremony Monday night, while also making the boldest of predictions about the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback as he moves from the football field to the broadcast booth as the network’s lead NFL..." May 23

  • How Can Anyone Think Shortening the NFL's Overtime to 10 Minutes is a Good Idea?

    The Big Lead "The NFL is on the verge of doing something really dumb for a dubious reason that will have a clear negative impact on the game. Overtime in the NFL has been tinkered with over the past decade and the end result isn’t perfect. Our own Jason Lisk has proposed a few sensible fixes. The league, it..." May 23

  • Owners discussing change that would allow teams to hire coaches still in playoffs

    ESPN "Owners on Monday were discussing a change to the timing of certain NFL head-coaching hires, which would allow teams to agree on but not announce the hiring of a coach in the playoffs after a second interview, according to league sources. If the change is approved, it will alter the timing of..." May 23

  • Kelvin Benjamin looks overweight and slow during OTAs

    Larry Brown Sports "It is no secret that Kelvin Benjamin has struggled with conditioning issues throughout his NFL career, and it appears the star receiver has a long way to go before he is considered in shape for the 2017 season. With the Panthers having begun organized team activities this week, team reporter..." May 23

  • Manchester Born Broncos Player 'Scumbag Terrorist Won't Break Us'

    TMZ "Manchester born and raised Denver Broncos tackle Menelik Watson says the scumbag terrorists who attacked his home city are only gonna make Manchester stronger. Watson -- who was drafted in the 2nd round of the '13 draft, and plays tackle for the Broncos -- was visibly shaken when we spoke to..." May 23

  • Odell Beckham expected to report to OTAs on Thursday

    Pro Football Talk "Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was a no-show for the first day of voluntary Organized Team Activities, but he’s not boycotting OTAs entirely. Beckham is likely to be at OTAs on Thursday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports. There’s been no word from Beckham about why he is absent from the start..." May 23

  • Panthers' Michael Oher misses first day of voluntary OTAs

    ESPN "Michael Oher did not attend the first day of voluntary organized team activities Tuesday, but a league source said the Carolina Panthers offensive tackle plans to attend a mandatory June 13-15 minicamp. Oher also plans to play for the Panthers this season if cleared from the concussion..." May 23

  • Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Melvin Ingram is 'still doing his negotiating thing'

    Los Angeles Times "Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, a belly-rolling, lineman-battling 311-pounder, felt good about his team after its first day of organized team activities last week. He saw Joey Bosa, the league’s reigning rookie of the year, position himself down the line. Denzel Perryman, Jatavis..." May 23

  • Terrell Owens pitches services to fake Twitter account of Jaguars GM

    Sportsnaut "Every now and then retired NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, 43 years young, lets the world know he still wants to play football. He’s back at it again. A hilarious tweet sent by Owens shows him reaching out Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell. Whether Owens knows it and is..." May 23

  • Rams' Aaron Donald skipping OTAs while team, reps talk extension

    ESPN "Aaron Donald, the game's best interior pass-rusher, was absent from the first day of the Los Angeles Rams' organized team activities on Monday, while he and his representatives at CAA continued to negotiate a potential extension. Rams general manager Les Snead confirmed that Donald's absence..." May 23

  • Hue Jackson says don’t be surprised if QB DeShone Kizer receives most of his attention during OTAs

    Akron Beacon Journal "Cody Kessler will begin organized team activities Tuesday as the first-string quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he’ll receive the most tutoring from coach Hue Jackson. Actually, Jackson suggested Monday he’ll likely be more focused on trying to help rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer get up to..." May 23

  • New York Jets waive 2015 second-rounder Devin Smith

    NFL.com "The New York Jets waived 2015 second-round pick Devin Smith on Monday. The receiver was waived with an injury designation. Smith, the No. 37 overall pick two years ago, tore his ACL in Phase One of offseason workouts. "It's bad luck and bad timing because the kid worked so hard to get..." May 23

  • Michael Bennett, columnist, appear to bury hatchet after apology

    Pro Football Talk "Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett threatened to boycott the Seattle Times after a column critical of Bennett appeared in the paper on Sunday. While the column from writer Matt Calkins largely praised Bennett for his on-field performance, numerous charity endeavors and engaging personality,..." May 23

  • Rogers: Calvin Johnson deserved better from Lions

    Detroit News "There isn’t a manual for these things. But when you begin examining how NFL franchises have handled similar issues over the years, a pattern has developed: There’s a right way and a wrong way for an organization to handle the retirement of a player still under contract. Calvin Johnson isn’t..." May 23

  • Jay Gruden thinks Chris Thompson is the NFL’s best third-down back

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "In 2016, Chris Thompson simply needed to prove to Jay Gruden that he could handle 16 NFL games. Now, looking ahead to 2017, the fifth-year running back hopes to show his head coach he can shoulder 16 NFL games and a larger workload. "I have a feeling that I might get a little more this..." May 23

  • Blaine Gabbert hoping Cardinals provide him with the stability he's never had

    Arizona Republic "If Bruce Arians had any concerns about Blaine Gabbert memorizing the playbook, he should have been with reporters when the Cardinals’ newest quarterback was asked if he could name all the offensive coordinators he’s had during his half-dozen years in the NFL. Gabbert rattled them off like they..." May 23

  • Jay Gruden on Redskins’ revamped defense: ‘I think we have to be good now’

    Washington Post "The Washington Redskins begin their offseason practices on Tuesday, and their roster will look drastically different. They parted ways with some familiar faces during free agency, including wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and defensive linemen Chris Baker and Ricky Jean Francois,..." May 23

  • Bears building a 'special' bond with new QB Mike Glennon

    Chicago Tribune "Tight end Zach Miller had Mike Glennon’s cellphone number even before the quarterback signed with the Bears a few months ago — the two played for the Buccaneers during the 2013 season. Now, the entire offense has it, and Miller hopes the off-field bond the starting quarterback has built with..." May 23

  • Chiefs’ tackle Jah Reid sues former college

    Kansas City Star "Jah Reid to Central Florida: Please ask permission to use my likeness. Reid, the Chiefs offensive tackle, has filed suit against his college, Central Florida, and a separate corporation led by Knights football coach Scott Frost for improper use of his likeness promoting the school’s football..." May 23

  • Donnel Pumphrey wants to make NFL little by little

    Philly.com "With the exception of high school, college and the pros, no one has ever questioned whether Donnel Pumphrey was big enough to play the game of football. "Oh, yes. I've been doubted at every level," said Pumphrey, who will drag another set of potential doubters around the field at the NovaCare..." May 23

  • NFL considering roster exemption rule for concussed players

    ESPN "NFL owners will continue discussing this week a proposal to create a roster exemption for players who have suffered concussions, a change that presumably would reduce pressure on players to return to action before they are ready. Owners began gathering Monday night in Chicago for their..." May 23

  • Tony Romo to make broadcasting debut this weekend

    NFL.com "Ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will make his CBS broadcasting debut this weekend at the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. CBS Sports Producer Lance Barrow dropped the news nugget that Romo would spend time at the 18th hole during this weekend's..." May 23

  • The New England Patriots Will Sponsor The Gay Bowl This Fall

    Good Sports "Since 2002, the best teams in the National Gay Flag Football League have gathered from around the country to crown a Gay Bowl champion. For the first time ever, they’ll have an NFL team supporting them while they do it. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will become the first NFL team..." May 23

  • Look for overtime rule change to be a one-year experiment

    Pro Football Talk "I hate the idea of reducing preseason and regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10. I hate it because: (1) it likely will lead to unintended consequences; (2) it definitely will lead to more ties; and (3) it seems to be motivated primarily if not solely by a desire to eliminate one of the..." May 23

  • Former GM Doug Whaley predicts bright future for Bills

    ESPN "Former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley publicly addressed his firing last month for the first time Monday, taking responsibility for his team's performance while praising owners Terry and Kim Pegula. "Great owners. Great people and great owners," Whaley said during an interview on..." May 23

  • NFL should readopt sudden death overtime instead of reducing it five minutes

    USA Today "This isn't your father’s NFL. I get it. You can now watch contests on your phone. Players miss weeks while recovering from concussions (sometimes anyway). The crucial play might just be reversed with an instant replay review from the league's Manhattan nerve center. It’s the evolution of a..." May 23

  • Steelers' Bryant expected to practice Tuesday for 1st time since 2015

    247 Sports "x Martavis Bryant is finally back. Weeks after being conditionally reinstated by the NFL, the Steelers' wide receiver is expected to practice with the team on Tuesday for the start of the team's OTAs. This will be the first time Bryant has practiced with the team since the week leading up..." May 23

  • Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald will address future only during training camp

    ESPN "Larry Fitzgerald knows the questions about his playing future are coming, but the veteran Cardinals wide receiver doesn't plan on answering them all season long, like he had to last year. Fitzgerald said Monday night at an Arians Family Foundation charity dinner that he will address his..." May 23

  • NFL safety Matt Elam arrested for grand theft and battery

    TMZ "NFL free agent Matt Elam was arrested again Monday morning in Florida, making it his second trip to jail this year ... TMZ Sports has learned. According to jail records, the ex-Baltimore Ravens safety was busted for grand theft and battery in Delray Beach, Florida this morning. Elam -- who..." May 22

  • OJ Simpson Getting Another Parole Hearing in July

    NBC Los Angeles "OJ Simpson is getting another chance at parole in July, according to documents from the Nevada Department of Corrections. The actual parole hearing date in connection with his 2008 conviction for armed robbery in Nevada will not be set until mid-June. Simpson's jail record lists him as..." May 22

  • Reggie Bush still wants to play in 2017

    NFL.com "The market for veteran running backs has been painfully slow this offseason, but recently a few 30-somethings found landing spots. More hope to follow. Speaking Monday to NFL Network's Up To the Minute Live, which airs at 4 p.m. ET, Reggie Bush said he plans to play in 2017. "That's my..." May 22

  • Derek Carr has “complete faith” contract will be done by camp

    The Fresno Bee "Derek Carr hasn’t signed the contract extension with the Oakland Raiders the quarterback has been talking about most of the offseason. Time to panic? Not according to Carr, who disputes a recent report that he’s grown frustrated by the pace of the negotiations. “I have an agent who is in..." May 22

  • Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he’s ‘highly confident’ turnaround will begin this year

    Akron Beacon Journal "If Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is right, the long-awaited reversal of his team’s fortunes is on the horizon. Haslam and the rest of the franchise’s bigwigs are talking a good game coming off a 1-15 season, the worst in team history. This is the time of year for optimism in the NFL, and even the..." May 22

  • Calvin Johnson right to be miffed at Detroit Lions for way things ended

    Detroit Free Press "When Tony Romo retired from the NFL last month, the Dallas Cowboys gave him a nice parting gift. Romo was allowed to keep $5 million in signing-bonus prorations that the team could have otherwise forced him to repay under the current collective bargaining agreement. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones,..." May 22

  • Non-profit group plans show of support for Kaepernick at NFL HQ

    ESPN "A New York-based organization that works with parolees trying to get back into the workforce has organized a show of solidarity for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, which will take place on May 24 at 5 p.m. at NFL headquarters in New York. Kevin Livingston, the president of 100 Suits..." May 22

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick “excited” to join Buccaneers

    Pro Football Talk "While it wasn’t quite the same 44-shot uzi-spray that a Jets quarterback once used on the way through the door, a former Jets quarterback has repeatedly uttered the E-word when talking about his new team. New Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, in comments to the team’s official website..." May 22

  • Chiefs Travis Kelce Dating TV Personality Kayla Nicole

    Black Sports Online "Kelce has good taste. Look at the hand placement, that is when you know it is real and you are never planning to let her go without a battle. TMZ Sports has learned Kelce’s been dating model/TV personality Kayla Nicole for the last six months … and guess what? She’s amazingly..." May 22

  • NFL spokesman says Elliott investigation 'remains under review'

    Bleacher Report "The NFL's investigation into running back Ezekiel Elliott "remains under review," a league spokesperson told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. As Rapoport noted, the league has been investigating Elliott since July 2016 after he was accused of domestic violence. Elliott was never arrested or charged..." May 22

  • Bruce Allen believes July 15 will be “driving point” in Kirk Cousins contract talks

    Pro Football Talk "When he was asked about his desire for a long-term contract recently, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said that he’s in a “good place” right now and noted that many players are on one-year contracts without anyone making a major fuss. It was team president Bruce Allen’s turn to talk about..." May 22

  • Darrelle Revis won't face league discipline after charges dropped

    ABC News "Former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis no longer faces the possibility of NFL discipline stemming from felony assault charges that were dismissed in March by a Pittsburgh judge, a league spokesman said Monday. At the time of the dismissal, the league said it would continue to review the..." May 22

  • Redskins 'getting close' to adding GM

    NFL.com "Months after the Washington Redskins fired general manager Scot McCloughan, the position remains unfilled. Redskins president Bruce Allen told reporters the team is getting close to adding to their front office. "We met with over a dozen people from the outside, talked to everybody on the..." May 22

  • Aaron Hernandez requested new cellmates several times before suicide

    USA Today "Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez requested new cellmates in prison several times before he committed suicide, including a request to be with one cellmate he described as “my heart,” according to letters he wrote to prison staff — first obtained by the Boston Globe and authenticated by..." May 22

  • Mike Zimmer will miss some OTAs after eighth eye surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer disclosed over the weekend that he recently had an eighth surgical procedure on his right eye. On Monday, Zimmer has disclosed that the development will cause him to miss some of the team’s OTA sessions. Zimmer told Paul Allen of KFAN that the fourth-year coach will..." May 22

  • Nevada plans to offer mobile betting at Raiders stadium

    ESPN "Fans at future Las Vegas Raiders home games will be able to legally place bets on their phones from inside the planned $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat stadium, unless the league can persuade Nevada gaming officials to change policy. Last week, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority unanimously approved a..." May 22

  • Michael Sam saga might keep other gay NFL hopefuls from coming out

    Sporting News "The NFL still hasn’t fielded an openly gay player during a regular-season game. And according to a former team executive, that day may not be coming anytime soon based upon what happened with Michael Sam. With a 2014 National Health Interview Survey identifying 1.6 percent of Americans as..." May 22

  • New overtime rule could let receiving team win with just a field goal

    Pro Football Talk "When the NFL changed its overtime rule in 2012, it was supposed to guarantee both teams the ball, unless the team that received the overtime kickoff scored a touchdown on its first possession. But as the NFL prepares to change its overtime rule again, that “guarantee” is no longer so solid. The..." May 22

  • Man on an island: Is there a job for former Jets star Darrelle Revis?

    ESPN "When Darrelle Revis became a free agent in 2014 and 2015, he was in such demand that it took him only a few hours to sign with his next team -- yes, hours. Clearly, the third time isn't the charm. The hours have turned into months. Revis, released by the New York Jets on March 9, still hasn't..." May 22

  • Start of OTAs means Lynch must start chasing down Siemian for Broncos QB job

    NBC News 9 Colorado "Vance Joseph declared the Denver Broncos’ quarterback competition wouldn’t begin until training camp. Paxton Lynch must start competing this week. A first-round draft pick a year ago, Lynch ended last season a distant second to Trevor Siemian as the Broncos’ starting quarterback. By all..." May 22

  • Celebration rule change of some sort coming

    Pro Football Talk "The celebration rules, they are a-changing. It’s still unclear what they’ll be a-changing to. Despite an expectation in the days preceding the annual meeting in March that changes of some sort would be made to the rules regarding player celebrations, the rules never changed. In fact, the topic..." May 22