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  • 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

  • Christian McCaffrey: Being No. 1 fantasy pick is 'more pressure than anything'

    SI "Christian McCaffrey’s 2019 season was spectacularly special. The Panthers superstar joined Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig as the third back in league history to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark in both the rushing and receiving category. He also set the single-season reception record for a..." 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 "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

  • 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

  • ‘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

  • Antonio Brown's NFL employability: Still worth risk? For which team? "The longest running soap opera in the NFL just offered its latest twist this past week. The league announced that free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown will be serving an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the league's personal-conduct policy. That punishment will start..." August 05

  • Which teams are best situated if their coaches test positive?

    Pro Football Talk "As the positive COVID-19 test for Eagles coach Doug Pederson shows, any NFL head coach can be rendered unavailable at a moment’s notice in 2020. So which teams are in the best shape to withstand the sudden availability of their head coach? " August 05

  • Former teammate wonders how Cam Newton will handle Bill Belichick

    Boston Herald "To project how the NFL’s most fascinating coach-quarterback marriage will evolve this season — whether it will feel like an extended honeymoon or unravel due to irreconcilable differences — it reasons to ask those who know Bill Belichick and Cam Newton best. Their..." August 05

  • NFLPA president JC Tretter: NFL tried to “walk back” concessions made during negotiations

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL and NFL Players Association struck a verbal deal regarding a revision to the Collective Bargaining Agreement to reflect safety protocols and economic realities of the pandemic on July 24. So why did it take so long to reduce the agreement to a signed writing, 10 days later? As..." August 04

  • Opt-out stipend must be repaid, even if player is cut in 2021

    Pro Football Talk "The official agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association says plenty about the rules for player opt outs. The agreement does not expressly address whether a player who opts out for 2020, who collects a six-figure stipend, and who fails to make the team in 2021 must pay the money..." August 04

  • Voluntary bubbles could be the key to minimizing virus transmission

    Yahoo! Sports "NFL teams have, technically, a “virtual bubble” around each practice facility. But the bubble bursts each night, as players and coaches go home. Coupled with testing that has a 24-hour turnaround, the ability of players to go home (and potentially catch the virus from a..." August 04

  • NFL, NFLPA revise training-camp drug testing due to COVID-19

    Pro Football Talk "With one type of test sample being collected from all players on a daily basis (at least for now), another type of sample has not been collected, yet. Under the 2020 labor deal, the window for preseason testing pursuant to the substance-abuse policy shifted to the first two weeks of..." August 04

  • Cops Don't Believe NFL Player Involved in L.A. House Party Shooting

    TMZ "There were no NFL players involved in the fatal shooting at a raging house party in a swanky Los Angeles mansion, contrary to reports ... at least according to cops. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they believe the Mulholland Drive mansion party that ended when shots rang out was..." August 04

  • NFL, NFLPA set up disciplinary system for players who don't adhere to coronavirus protocol

    USA Today "Aiming to enforce strict adherence to the league-wide efforts to detect and prevent the spread of coronavirus, the NFL and NFLPA have set up a disciplinary system that was laid out in a memo issued to players Tuesday and obtained by USA TODAY Sports.  Players who refuse to..." August 04

  • Multiple people shot at Beverley Hills party thrown for NFL player

    New York Post "Four people have been critically wounded in a shooting at a Beverly Hills house party held for an NFL player, according to reports. The LAPD received a call about the large party on Mulholland Drive, near Franklin Canyon Park, about 7:30 p.m. Monday, according to the LA..." August 04

  • The NFL Considers Sporting Events High-Risk COVID Activities

    The Big Lead "The NFL sent teams a finalized list of things they consider "high-risk COVID-19 conduct" on Monday. The new rules leave plenty of wiggle room for players to go out and live their lives as the founding fathers intended, as long as they stick with smaller groups and always use their..." August 04

  • Four NFL playoff teams from 2019 likely to miss 2020 postseason

    CBS Sports "Training camps are readying to get underway in the NFL, and that means teams can finally get to the task of attempting to overthrow the Kansas City Chiefs to become the newest Super Bowl champion, as long as all can adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols that themselves..." August 04

  • NFL Selects Aug. 6 as Opt-Out Deadline for 2020 Season

    SI "The NFL has selected Thursday as the last day players can opt out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Thursday's deadline is reportedly set for 4 p.m. ET.  " August 04

  • NFL, NFLPA have resolved all issues for 2020 CBA changes "All remaining issues between the NFL and the NFL Players Association on the side letter to the collective bargaining agreement making changes for the 2020 season have been resolved and, following a review by the union, the deal is done, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday..." August 04

  • Signing bonus rule will clear cap space for teams with opt-outs

    Pro Football Talk "NFL teams will be getting some additional cap space when players who received signing bonuses opt out of the 2020 season. The prorated portion of a player’s signing bonus will be removed from his team’s 2020 cap space as soon as he officially opts out, according to Tom..." August 04

  • Window to promote practice squad players extended to 90 minutes before games

    Yahoo! Sports "Under normal operating procedures, teams promoting players from the practice squad to play in that week’s games had until 4 p.m. ET on the day before the game to make the move. This season is not progressing under normal operating procedures and that has led to a change in that..." August 04

  • Teddy Bridgewater 'honored' to follow Cam Newton with Panthers

    ESPN "New Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said Monday that he feels "honored" to follow in the footsteps of Cam Newton. Bridgewater also acknowledged understanding how Newton might feel disrespected that Carolina didn't stick with him..." August 03

  • Kawann Short plans to “step up and lead vocally” as longest-tenured Panthers defender

    Yahoo! Sports "Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short last played a game in the second week of the 2019 season and the Panthers team he returned to at training camp looks a lot different than that one. Luke Kuechly, Mario Addison, James Bradberry and Vernon..." August 03

  • Negotiations continue on revised CBA

    Pro Football Talk "No deal is done until it’s done, and the deal between the NFL and the NFL Players Association regarding the parameters for pro football in a pandemic still isn’t done. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, negotiations continue regarding the precise language of the..." August 02

  • Could ESPN broadcast future Super Bowl?

    Sportsnaut "ESPN has reportedly chosen its Monday Night Football broadcast team for the 2020 NFL season. Now, the network could be setting its sights on the Super Bowl. After striking out on top free-agent talent Peyton Manning and Tony Romo earlier this offseason, ESPN tabbed..." August 02

  • NFL teams concerned players are exploiting opt-out rule

    Larry Brown Sports "While the NFL took steps to prevent the opt-out rule from being exploited by players in 2020, there are concerns around the league that some players and agents have found a way to do it anyway. On Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the league is looking to..." August 02

  • NFL expected to move up opt-out deadline

    The Score "NFL players who are still undecided on whether they'll play during the COVID-19 pandemic might be running out of time to mull over their choice. The league is expected to move up the deadline for players to opt out of the coming season to Tuesday or Wednesday, ESPN's Adam..." August 02

  • Every NFL Team's Secret Weapon for 2020

    Bleacher Report "It's surprisingly easy for quality NFL players to go unnoticed. Because of the fact that many fans root for teams and not individuals, only the league's biggest stars are on most of their radars. Those stars aren't the only ones responsible for success, though...." August 02

  • Deal “likely” today on revised CBA

    Pro Football Talk "Eight days ago, the NFL and the NFL Players Association hammered out an agreement for the parameters and protocols of pro football in a pandemic. Today, it’s expected that the agreement will be formally signed by both sides. Per multiple sources, the deal was expected to be done..." August 01

  • Bill Belichick: Cam Newton, other QBs will compete for starting job

    The Score "Cam Newton is widely expected to be under center for the New England Patriots' season opener against the Miami Dolphins in September. But head coach Bill Belichick isn't just going to hand the starting job to the former NFL MVP as the Patriots get training camp..." August 01

  • Antonio Brown accepts suspension, won’t appeal

    Pro Football Talk "Free agent receiver Antonio Brown has accepted his eight-game suspension and isn’t expected to appeal, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports. Earlier Friday, the NFL announced it has suspended Brown for eight games for multiple violations of the..." July 31

  • NFL, NFL Referees Association are still negotiating opt-out procedures

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL and the NFL Players Association have worked through most if any all of the issues associated with pro football in a pandemic, with a signed agreement coming. The NFL and the NFL Referees Association have not. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL continues to..." July 31

  • Electronic whistles will be available to officials in 2020

    Yahoo! Sports "The coronavirus spreads through the expulsion of droplets from the nose and mouth. Blowing into a whistle entails, duh, expelling droplets from the mouth. Thus, the NFL has an optional replacement for the whistle this year. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, officials will..." July 31

  • ESPN Reportedly Decides On “Monday Night Football” Broadcasting Team

    The Spun "ESPN has reportedly made a final decision on who will be in the booth for Monday Night Football when the 2020 NFL season kicks off. After a failed experiment with Booger McFarland and Joe Tessitore in the booth, the Worldwide Leader needed a new team. Following a months-long search,..." July 31

  • Mike Golic campaigned to do ‘Monday Night Football,’ made awesome badges

    Larry Brown Sports "Before Mike Golic became one half of the famous “Mike & Mike” show two decades ago, he wanted a job working in the broadcast booth for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” He and his family wanted it so badly, in fact, that they made campaign badges and..." July 31

  • 30 players have opted out of the season; everything you need to know

    Arrowhead Pride "As you know, Kansas City Chiefs right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was the first NFL player to decide not to play the 2020 season under the opt-out provisions established by the league and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) as a result of the..." July 31

  • NFL chief medical officer “cautiously optimistic” about 2020 season

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s chief medical officer believes the league has the right plan in place to play a full season during a pandemic, even as he acknowledges that won’t be easy. Dr. Allen Sills said the virus may be with us throughout the 2020 NFL season, but the league has protocols..." July 31

  • 2K, NFLPA Strike Deal To Feature Current NFL Players In Multiple Video Games

    Total Pro Sports "Exclusive rights to NFL simulation video games belong to EA Sports through at least 2025 thanks to a vote from league owners this offseason, however, that doesn’t mean current NFL players won’t be featured in other games in the near future. 2K announced Thursday an..." July 30

  • Panthers Release DE Chris Smith

    Pro Football Rumors "In addition to releasing kicker Graham Gano, the Panthers parted ways with another vested veteran Thursday. They cut defensive end Chris Smith, David Newton of notes. The Panthers signed Smith as a street free agent just before the new league year began. A..." July 30

  • Biggest Snubs From the NFL Top 100 Players List

    The Big Lead "Folks, a list was posted, and I am upset about it. Players around the NFL ranked who they believe are the Top 100 players in the league. It is unclear how seriously they take this exercise, but omissions were made, and I will use this platform to express my displeasure over..." July 30

  • Panthers Release K Graham Gano

    Cat Scratch Reader "The news has been confirmed by both Alaina Getzenberg and Joe Person. The Carolina Panthers have decided to part ways with veteran kicker Graham Gano, according to an Instagram post from Gano’s wife Brittany. " July 30

  • How in the world is the NFL going to pull this off?

    The Score "The COVID-19 outbreak that clobbered baseball's Miami Marlins, which forced MLB to scramble to rework its schedule, is a window into the chaos that potentially awaits the NFL as training camps open this week. The NFL and its players' union hammered out a variety of..." July 30

  • Lamar Jackson Ranks No. 1 in NFL Network Top 100 Players of 2020

    Bleacher Report "Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has assumed the top spot on the annual NFL Top 100 list after NFL Network revealed the final 10 choices Wednesday. The reigning NFL MVP did not make the player-selected 2019 list. He stepped into his team's starting role midway through..." July 30

  • NFLPA approves all 32 teams' COVID-19 plans

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL Players Association approved all 32 teams’ Infectious Disease Emergency Response (IDER) plans on Wednesday, a source told Yahoo Sports, clearing the runway for every team to officially get their training camp for 2020 off the ground.  The IDER plans, which have been..." July 29