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  • 2020 NFL Roster Bubble: Biggest Names Who Could Be Cut

    Bleacher Report "The NFL roster bubble remains a major facet of training camps this summer no matter how unorthodox things might feel.  A number of new factors make the bubble process more complicated than most years, though. The NFL reduced the roster limit to 80 players, and the..." August 14

  • Dont’a Hightower Hilariously Chanted ’28-3' To Encourage Fiancee During 17-Hour Labor

    Total Pro Sports "For linebacker Dont’a Hightower, the New England Patriots’ comeback in Super Bowl LI was tough and took a lot of willpower, but that only took a few hours. If coming back from 25 points is tough, try going through labor for 17 hours. That was the challenge faced by..." August 14

  • 2021 NFL draft could see big ripple effects from college football cancellations, postponements

    USA Today "The 2020 NFL draft was an unprecedented event in the league's century-long history, the entire process basically conducted from a virtual standpoint once the COVID-19 pandemic exploded shortly after the completion of this year's scouting combine. And yet, with 40% of..." August 14

  • Todd Gurley Selling His Stunning Los Angeles Home For $2.3 Million

    Total Pro Sports "Todd Gurley is putting the final nail in the coffin in regards to the Los Angeles Rams after the running back put his L.A. area home for sale at $2.3 million. The massive property is in Chatsworth, CA, and comes loaded with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, with over 5,000 square feet of..." August 13

  • As St. Louis Cardinals’ COVID-19 issues worsen, the NFL must take note

    Sportsnaut "The St. Louis Cardinals have not played a single Major League Baseball game in over two weeks since the outbreak of COVID-19 started within their clubhouse. Earlier on Thursday, it was noted that St. Louis’ game against the White Sox set for Friday has been postponed..." August 13

  • Todd Gurley among Falcons’ veterans who will get plenty of rest in camp

    ESPN "Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said running back Todd Gurley II, who has had lingering issues with his left knee, could be among the players limited once the team gets into the heart of training camp practices. Quinn did not announce a specific plan for Gurley, who passed..." August 13

  • Logan Ryan and Other NFL Players Who Need to Be Signed Immediately

    Bleacher Report "Just this week, it was reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Logan Ryan, who is one of the most accomplished 20-something-year-old free agents in the NFL, is selling himself to teams as a safety rather than a cornerback.  And now, the longtime corner will..." August 13

  • Falcons to re-sign Luke Stocker, pending COVID-19 testing

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Tight end Luke Stocker, who was released by the Falcons in March, is set to be re-signed pending COVID-19 testing, a source confirmed. Stocker visited the team, and NFL Media first reported the prospective signing. The AJC confirmed that report. " August 13

  • Six teams under pressure to extend star players before franchise tag decisions loom in 2021

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA reached an agreement in late July that removed some of the economic uncertainty for 2021 with the COVID-19 pandemic causing a loss of revenue this year. The 2021 salary cap will have a floor of $175 million, and the revenue loss will be spread out the next three years. If..." August 13

  • NFL's positive test rate across all personnel stands at 0.46%

    ESPN "The overall positivity rate for the NFL's coronavirus testing program has been 0.46%, well below the threshold set this summer for avoiding outbreaks at team facilities. Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, reported the following data during a conference call..." August 12

  • NFL's top nine offenses in 2020? Watch out for the Bengals?

    NFL.com "We are less than a month away from the start of the 2020 NFL season, and I'm dreaming of offense. The stars, the strategies and the subplots -- yes, the subplots! I can't wait for Ben Roethlisberger's return to action in Pittsburgh. I'm endlessly curious about how Joe..." August 12

  • Commissioner likely will have committee of outside advisors for COVID-19 issues

    Pro Football Talk "The Commissioner is expected to have plenty of discretion when it comes to issues regarding COVID-19. In exercising it, he’ll potentially be relying not on the Competition Committee but on a committee of outside advisors. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that..." August 12

  • Will NFL consider Friday night games?

    Yahoo! Sports "Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays will entail football this year. The only question at this point is what kind. The NFL likely will move some Sunday games to Saturday, if college football doesn’t happen this year. With high school football limited if not gone altogether this..." August 12

  • NFL to continue daily testing for COVID-19 until Sept. 5

    The Score "The NFL and NFLPA are extending the daily testing period for the coronavirus through Sept. 5, the union announced Wednesday. The details of the agreement are being finalized, a source told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. The NFL previously agreed to administer COVID-19..." August 12

  • NFL Executive and League’s Highest-Ranking Woman Steps Down

    Wall Street Journal "NFL chief operating officer Maryann Turcke, the No. 2 at the league offices, is stepping down from her position as part of a broader shake-up inside the NFL’s headquarters. The moves come during an unprecedented offseason and ahead of an uncertain 2020 season as the league..." August 12

  • NFL “laser focused” on Super Bowl 55 as scheduled

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs plan to have reduced seating capacity at Raymond James Stadium and two Power Five conferences announced they will not play college football in the fall this season. But the NFL expects to host Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7 in Tampa as planned. NFL executive vice president Peter..." August 12

  • Are lack of positives due in part to players, coaches having COVID-19 antibodies?

    Pro Football Talk "The disclosure by Chargers coach Anthony Lynn in the season premiere of Hard Knocks that he has had COVID-19 invites speculation as to how many other players and coaches and staff had it in the offseason but didn’t let it be known publicly. In turn, that invites..." August 12

  • Titans place star free-agent signing Vic Beasley on injury list

    Sportsnaut "It was just this past Friday that star Tennessee Titans free-agent signing Vic Beasley finally reported for training camp after a lengthy, unexcused absence. We have no idea what was happening behind the scenes. But there’s some more bad news on this front for the..." August 11

  • NFL lifts ban on tryouts with health-related limits still intact

    NFL.com "The NFL has opened the door for lingering free agents to potentially find new homes. The league informed all 32 clubs on Tuesday that its prohibition on tryouts has been lifted, effective immediately, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported per a source informed of the..." August 11

  • ESPN/ABC would be interested in Saturday NFL games

    Pro Football Talk "As two of the five major college football dominoes have kicked the can to spring 2021 at the earliest, the NFL may soon have an opportunity to slide some Sunday games to Saturday. If that happens, a pair of Disney-owned networks would be interested in televising the product. Andrew..." August 11

  • Donald Trump On NFL, 'If They Don’t Stand for Anthem, I Hope They Don’t Open'

    TMZ "Donald Trump says he's rooting for the NFL season to happen as planned -- but ONLY if the players stand for the national anthem. Trump appeared on "Outkick the Coverage" and was asked about the challenges the NFL is facing with the COVID..." August 11

  • 5 NFL teams that could surprise in 2020

    Larry Brown Sports "Seeing a team go from worst-to-first has become the norm in the NFL, and 2020 is not likely to see that change. There will be many top teams that sink to the bottom while others rise up and surprise the football world. We’re not here to predict which team will go from..." August 11

  • Falcons activate safety Chris Cooper from COVID-19 list

    AtlantaFalcons.com "The Atlanta Falcons announced Tuesday that safety Chris Cooper has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Cooper was initially placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday. In a corresponding move, the Falcons have waived rookie offensive lineman Hunter Atkinson. " August 11

  • Falcons collection of former first-rounders not by design

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team didn’t have a “master plan” to stockpile players who were first-round draft picks. With the addition of cornerback Darqueze Dennard on Aug. 3, the Falcons signed or acquired eight first-round draft picks this..." August 11

  • NFLRA announce protections for 2020 season, opt-out program

    NFL.com "The NFL Referee Association announced Sunday they have come to an agreement with the NFL on health and safety protections and an opt-out program for upcoming 2020 season. The NFLRA Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the plan and full membership will meet Monday via video..." August 09

  • Falcons re-sign safety J.J. Wilcox and what it means

    AtlantaFalcons.com "The Falcons made it official on Sunday and re-signed safety J.J. Wilcox. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network first reported the possibility of Wilcox returning to Atlanta back on Thursday. Wilcox, 29, was with the Falcons last season but tore his ACL on the first day of..." August 09

  • Deion Sanders Fires Back At People Criticizing His Strong Take On Player Opt-Outs

    Total Pro Sports "NFL Hall of Famer and former college football superstar Deion Sanders wanted to get a harsh message this week on the growing number of football players at all levels who have chosen to opt-out of the 2020 season due to health concerns and worries with player safety. “All Players..." August 09

  • NFL privately remains very confident full season will be played

    Pro Football Talk "Although the Commissioner has subtly shifted his vow from playing a full season to playing a complete one, the NFL privately has a high degree of confidence that the 2020 season will be played in full, pandemic notwithstanding. Yes, a hardened bubble in some cities may become..." August 09

  • NFL likely to play Saturday games if college football is canceled

    Larry Brown Sports "With increasing doubts about the college football season being played on schedule in the fall, the NFL appears ready to swoop in to fill the potential void. According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the NFL is likely to move some games to Saturdays in the event college..." August 08

  • Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson atop list of Pro Football Hall of Fame first-year eligible players for 2021

    USA Today "In a normal year, this weekend would have featured the induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2020. A ceremony to enshrine the modern-era selections had been scheduled for Saturday, with the Centennial Slate group to follow in September. But the..." August 08

  • Deion Sanders slams players for opting out of 2020 season

    Clutch Points "Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders is not happy at players who chose to opt out of the 2020 NFL season. In a Twitter post, the 52-year old slammed all players who opted out of their respective campaigns, noting that the league will continue and play the season with..." August 08

  • Hall's revised selection rules: Good for coaches, more bad news for seniors

    SI "The Pro Football Hall-of-Fame’s board of trustees on Friday approved a plan that, for the next four years, changes its selection process to make it easier for coaches and more difficult for seniors to reach Canton. Here’s how: Under the new guidelines, in addition to five..." August 07

  • NFL still finalizing opt-out procedures for game officials

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL announced on Friday that it will waive the guideline that prevents an official from working a game involving the same team more than twice this season, allowing officials to work games closer to home. Whether that persuades officials to working at all in 2020 remains to be..." August 07

  • Contact Tracers Are Posing A Potential Problem In Locker Rooms

    Pro Football Talk "Playing football and social distancing doing mix. The NFL nevertheless will try to keep players at least six feet apart when they’re not practicing or playing. Per multiple sources, one specific issue has emerged: In locker rooms, it’s difficult to keep players more than..." August 07

  • Chris Mortensen's Mentions On Fire After He Tweeted 69 Players Opted Out

    The Big Lead "Chris Mortensen's job is to report NFL news for ESPN. The latest report by Mort was a final tally of the number of players who opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of coronavirus concerns by the Thursday deadline. That number was 69. If Mort has not muted his replies yet,..." August 07

  • 2020 NFL Cap Space, By Team

    Pro Football Rumors "A total of 67 NFL players opted out of the 2020 season, leaving teams with major roster holes and newly-found cap space. Here’s the rundown of every team’s official cap figure, via ESPN.com’s Field Yates (on Twitter): " August 07

  • NFL Reportedly Considering Virtual Fans For 2020 Season

    The Spun "The 2020 NFL season sits just over a month away, but a few major question marks remain before the season kicks off. One of the biggest questions heading into the new season revolves around fan attendance. As the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, some have wondered if fans..." August 07

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

    Yahoo! Sports "As the pandemic continues to surge through the country, and as some in politics and media continue to pooh-pooh it all, the NFL is in the early stages of what will be a significant experiment regarding the operation of a full-contact sports league without a hardened, league-wide..." August 06

  • Falcons to re-sign S J.J. Wilcox

    The Falcoholic "We are now well into the first week of training camp, and already some moves have been made. Another move is reportedly on the way, as the Atlanta Falcons are expected to re-sign safety J.J. Wilcox, per Tom Pelissero. Due to the circumstances we find ourselves in..." August 06

  • NFL coaches: No preseason games hurts young players, alters routines

    ESPN "When New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was considering how to proceed with the team's backup quarterback spot prior to the 2019 season, preseason games were critical in his analysis. Tom Brady was locked into the top spot, with Brian..." August 06

  • Will Antonio Brown get signed during training camp?

    Pro Football Talk "It’s been nearly a week since the NFL gave receiver Antonio Brown (partial) clarity regarding his status, with an eight-game suspension to be served in 2020 and, potentially, further punishment of an unresolved civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault and rape.. Since then,..." August 06

  • 56 NFL players have tested positive for COVID-19 since reporting to camp

    Mass Live "The latest NFL coronavirus test results are in: There have been a total of 56 positive COVID-19 cases leaguewide since players began to report for training camp, according to the NFL Players’ Association. The NFLPA also reports that there were a total of 107 player positives during..." August 06

  • 'NFL Votes' Initiative Launched to Encourage Voting by Players, League Personnel

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is taking steps to encourage everyone from league personnel and players to fans to do what they can to vote.  Per an official statement from the league, the NFL Votes initiative is focused on helping people in "three key components of the electoral..." August 06

  • NFL to bring more employees back to league office later this month

    MSN.com "With NFL players back in training camp settings, the league itself is about to bring more employees back into the office again. According to Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press, the league office is going to enter Phase Two of reopening its Manhattan office later..." August 06

  • Calvin Ridley’s healthy, aiming for elusive thousand-yard season

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley plans to bounce back from an injury that cut short his second season and show that he’s an elite player. “I’m 100%,” Ridley said Tuesday. “I was pretty much 100% close to the last game. I’m 100%. I have no..." August 05

  • Austin Hooper got a head start working with Baker Mayfield

    Cleveland.com "The bonding between Browns new tight end Austin Hooper and Baker Mayfield began even before the Browns made him the highest paid tight end in the NFL. “I was in contact with Baker before I signed,’' Hooper said on a Zoom call with Browns media. “At the end of the..." August 05

  • NFL sets up snitching hotline to report COVID-19 violations

    Yahoo! Sports "As NFL teams buckle up for a season that will hinge on the league remaining safe from COVID-19, the NFL Players Association is reportedly setting up its own hotline for players to report team safety violations. Players will be able to text the number while remaining anonymous,..." August 05

  • Randy Gregory criticizes ‘unfair’ NFL reinstatement process

    Yardbarker "Randy Gregory is eager to play in the NFL again, but he says the NFL is making his reinstatement process a difficult one.  Gregory posted a statement to Twitter on Wednesday criticizing the NFL’s handling of his reinstatement case. He said he has done everything right..." August 05

  • Mike Vrabel, Titans still awaiting Vic Beasley's arrival to camp

    NFL.com "More than a week after he was supposed to report for COVID-19 testing, Vic Beasley still hasn't shown up to Tennessee Titans training camp. The Titans placed the pass rusher on the reserve/did not report list last week. GM Jon Robinson noted last Thursday he'd been in touch..." August 05

  • ‘Several big names’ considering opting out of NFL season

    Larry Brown Sports "Numerous NFL players have made the decision to opt out of the 2020 season, and the biggest names may be yet to come, according to one report. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said Tuesday that “big names” are “strongly considering” opting out ahead of..." August 05