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  • NFL sends memo reminding clubs of game day protocols; team under investigation

    NFL.com "Ahead of Sunday's slate of NFL games, the league issued a memo Friday reminding clubs about game day protocols. The memo, obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, included another emphasis on face covering requirements and the NFL's intention to continue to impose..." September 25

  • Houston Texans' J.J. Watt crashes his brothers' Pittsburgh Steelers media availability

    USA Today "The Pittsburgh Steelers-Houston Texans game is going to be the most powerful in Week 3 - because of all the Watts. That's right, the Texans' J.J. Watt will face a Steelers team that has both T.J. and Derek Watt on the roster. So the eldest Watt did what every..." September 25

  • Contender or fool's gold? Separating NFL's best 2-0 teams from the rest

    USA Today "A total of 11 NFL teams have jumped out to 2-0 starts, tying the league record for the most in a single year. While it’s still early, a hot start normally bodes well for postseason implications. Since 1990, of the 244 teams that have opened the year with 2-0 records, 151 of..." September 25

  • Top Free Agents Who Can Help Desperate NFL Teams

    Bleacher Report "As expected, NFL free agency isn't slowing down as the calendar turns to Week 3.  With injuries piling up and expanded practice squads a part of this year's proceedings, notable names such as Blake Bortles, Ezekiel Ansah and Devonta Freeman have..." September 25

  • Texans Won’t Rule Out Antonio Brown

    The Spun "Arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL over the past decade currently isn’t playing football. In fact, he’s not even on a team. Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown remains a free agent. The New England Patriots released Brown during the 2019 season..." September 25

  • Cam Newton, Dak Prescott among 15 players in contract year to keep an eye on

    CBS Sports "A flurry of signings took place as the start of the regular season was approaching. Multiple players who would have been highly sought after in free agency or franchise tag candidates were taken off the market. Some of the more notable signings of players heading into a contract year..." September 24

  • NFL Season Off To Highest-Scoring Start Ever

    Pro Football Talk "More points and more touchdowns have been scored in the first two weeks of this season than in any opening two weeks in NFL history. So far this season, NFL teams have scored a combined 1,611 points. That breaks the previous record of 1,556 points scored in the first two weeks of the..." September 23

  • NFL players express disappointment in Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

    NFL.com "A number of NFL players expressed disappointment and frustration regarding Wednesday's news that a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for their role in the death of Breonna Taylor. The one indictment brought by the grand jury was three..." September 23

  • 2021 Draft QB Class Has NFL Teams Thinking About Losing in the 2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "Some teams acquire their franchise quarterbacks through luck, and solid draft scouting—such as the New England Patriots with Tom Brady or the Seattle Seahawks with Russell Wilson. Other teams make moves in free agency (Drew Brees). Rarely are starting-level quarterbacks acquired via..." September 22

  • NFL announces no players tested positive for COVID-19 from Sept. 13-19

    Sportsnet "The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that no players were positive for COVID-19 during the testing period from Sept. 13-19. " September 22

  • NFL hoping for full stadium at Super Bowl, but prepared for no fans

    Yahoo! Sports "Most NFL stadiums have been empty this season, and those with fans at all are operating at significantly reduced capacities. The NFL isn’t sure whether that will still be the case on Super Bowl Sunday. NFL event planners toured Raymond James Stadium this morning as part of the..." September 22

  • Roger Goodell on fining coaches for mask violations: 'You can't let up'

    USA Today "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has no qualms about harshly penalizing coaches who violate the NFL’s protocols mandating that they wear facemasks while roaming the sidelines. The NFL on Monday fined three coaches – San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan,..." September 22

  • Should NFL abandon the mask rule for coaches?

    Pro Football Talk "When the NFL developed its policy that coaches must cover their mouths and noses on the sidelines, the NFL planned eventually  to conduct COVID-19 testing on players and coaches three times per week. Now that the NFL is conducting, and likely will continue to conduct, COVID-19 testing on a..." September 22

  • How rash of injuries could impact NFL trade deadline

    Sportsnaut "The biggest story to come out of Sunday’s Week 2 NFL action was myriad injuries suffered by multiple teams around the league. We’re talking game changers for contending teams and season-ending injuries to some of the game’s biggest stars.  All of this..." September 21

  • NFL may discipline coaches for not wearing face coverings

    Yardbarker "After a Week 1 warning, the NFL may be about to get serious when it comes to coaches who did not properly wear face coverings on the sideline. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the NFL is reviewing footage from Week 2 games and may fine several coaches for not following the..." September 21

  • How much trouble are 0-2 NFL teams really in given expanded playoff setup?

    USA Today "There are 11 teams with 0-2 records following the NFL's second week of action.   The Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina..." September 21

  • J.J. Watt: Ross Blacklock play “stupid” and “selfish”

    SI "The Houston Texans showed little passion as they fell to 0-2 at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Their 33-16 loss was epitomized by the late ejection of rookie defensive tackle Ross Blacklock who had had a forgettable home debut. Star defensive end J.J. Watt wasn't afraid to..." September 21

  • NFL sends final warning to teams regarding COVID-19 sideline protocols

    CBS Sports "The NFL is very serious about enforcing all COVID-related measures on game days this season, as a strongly-worded memo to teams indicated last week. Troy Vincent, the NFL's vice president of football operations, told me that fines and other punishment will be forthcoming for those who do..." September 20

  • NFL received great coronavirus news following Week 1

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL had extremely low rates of positive COVID-19 tests throughout the offseason, but many were concerned about how travel would impact that once games began. Through one week, the travel appears to have had no impact at all. Zero players or coaches tested positive for the..." September 20

  • Texans promote C.J. Prosise ahead of Ravens game

    Pro Football Talk "Running back Duke Johnson might not be playing for the Texans against the Ravens on Sunday, so the team has elevated a running back from the practice squad for the day. Former Seahawk C.J. Prosise got the call. He’ll return to the practice squad after the game. " September 19

  • J.J. Watt compared to Lamar Jackson

    Clutch Points "J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans will be tasked with trying to slow down Lamar Jackson on Sunday versus the Baltimore Ravens. Greg Roman, the offensive coordinator of the Ravens, compared Watt to Jackson ahead of Sunday’s much-anticipated..." September 19

  • J.J. Watt limited in practice again but has no designation

    Yahoo! Sports "Texas defensive end J.J. Watt has spent the week on practice report as limited with a hip injury. But Watt will play Sunday against the Ravens. He was not given a designation. Watt, 31, has played all 16 games only once the past four seasons. That came in 2018 when..." September 18

  • What's next for the NFL after getting through Week 1? Fans at games, other looming concerns

    ESPN "There really can be no debate: The NFL has aced its initial efforts to practice and play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since training camp practices began in mid-August, only seven players have produced positive test results. There have been no team outbreaks, and the only scare was..." September 18

  • A new mark for Black quarterback matchups in the NFL

    The Undefeated "Sometime on Sunday afternoon in Long Beach, California, trailblazer Marlin Briscoe plans to settle into his sofa, put up his feet and grab a remote control. He’ll have a lot of football to watch. The first Black quarterback in the old American Football League, which..." September 18

  • Deshaun Watson proud to be part of historic group

    Houston Chronicle "In the history of the NFL, there have never been this many Black quarterbacks that started the season opener. It's a sign of a progress and inclusiveness in the league at a position that lacked diversity for decades. " September 18

  • How Texans safety Michael Thomas spread 'End Racism' shirts throughout NFL in Week 1

    USA Today "As Week 1 of the NFL season kicked off, thousands of players stood together in solidarity in their fight against racism and systemic oppression. Their message – presented on black T-shirts worn as they arrived at stadiums or took the field for pre-game warmups – was clear and..." September 18

  • 2020 NFL Cap Space, By Team

    Pro Football Rumors "Cap management has been extra complicated in the NFL this year. After ~70 NFL players opted out of the 2020 season, teams were left with holes and plenty of available dollars to fill the gaps. At first, the ongoing uncertainty over next year’s salary cap had teams nervous about..." September 18

  • Truth is, NFL thriving while players take action on social injustice

    USA Today "Let’s save ourselves some headaches for the next two months and dispense with the nonsense. The NFL is not dying. Throngs of fans are not turning off their televisions – or phones or tablets or however else they’re watching – in disgust over the player protests..." September 17

  • John Harbaugh: Deshaun Watson holds the ball longer than any NFL QB

    Pro Football Talk "Ravens coach John Harbaugh says Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will be a unique challenge on Sunday because of how long he holds onto the football. Harbaugh said that Watson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and that his ability to extend plays rather than throw..." September 17

  • The Best NFL Free Agent Still on the Market at Every Position

    Bleacher Report "NFL free agency remains a viable avenue for teams in need of a quick fix. While the market doesn't have a headline name like Jadeveon Clowney anymore, the fact that he's already putting on a show with the Tennessee Titans is a good indication of just how quickly the..." September 17

  • Texans trying to get 15,000 fans in by October

    KHOU.com "The Houston Texans won’t have fans in the stands at the home opener at NRG Stadium against Baltimore, but they do hope to welcome them back for the second home game, which will be against Minnesota. According to the team, they’re working with..." September 17

  • Ten Chiefs fans told to quarantine after contact with infected fan at game

    Chiefs "As the City of Kansas City Health Department has reported, a guest who attended Thursday night's game at Arrowhead Stadium has presented positive for COVID-19. We have worked in close cooperation with Dr. Rex Archer and the Kansas City Health Department to provide all of the relevant..." September 17

  • NFL Contract Guarantees, Explained

    Pro Football Rumors "Unlike in the NBA or MLB, players’ contracts in the NFL aren’t guaranteed by default. Typically, an NFL player will receive at least some guaranteed money when he signs a deal, but that money often comes in the form of contract bonuses, and in particular signing bonuses. While..." September 17

  • Seven positives in latest round of NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 testing

    NFL.com "In the latest weekly update on NFL-NFL Players Association testing results, there were seven confirmed positives, including two players, out of 40,479 tests from Sept. 6 through Saturday. It's one fewer positive test than the previous week's results. " September 17

  • Kickers struggle in empty outdoor stadiums

    MSN.com "NFL kickers had a brutal Week One. Empty stadiums may be to blame. Kickers missed more field goal attempts in Week One of 2020 than they’ve missed in any opening week since 1982, when field goal kickers were far less accurate than they’ve become in recent..." September 17

  • Coaches, players test negative for coronavirus in Chiefs-Texans game, groundskeeper tests positive

    Yardbarker "The NFL season was officially kicked off last week with the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans. While fans across the country were delighted to see football back, many were nervous about how long it would last in the wake of the global pandemic. But for at..." September 17

  • No starting quarterbacks injured or benched in Week One for first time since 2011

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL got a piece of good news to start the 2020 season: All 32 starting quarterbacks made it out of Week One unscathed. No quarterbacks suffered serious injuries in Week One, and no quarterbacks were benched, either. That means 2020 is poised to be the first season since 2011 when..." September 17

  • Texans Reportedly Deny Credentials To Photographer Who is Suing Deshaun Watson Over Copyrighted Photos

    Chron "Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is being taken to court for allegedly using copyrighted photos without a local photographer's permission. The photographer filed a suit on Monday in federal court alleging that Watson violated copyright law. According to the Houston..." September 16

  • Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson head preliminary list for Hall-of-Fame's Class of 2021

    SI "Quarterback Peyton Manning and defensive back Charles Woodson are among 130 preliminary candidates named Wednesday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for its modern-era Class of 2021.  Of course, Manning and Woodson are more than nominees for election. Both are expected to be..." September 16

  • The 5 most-likely Odell Beckham Jr. trade scenarios

    Sportsnaut "Dreadful. Pathetic. Whatever term we want to use for the Cleveland Browns’ season-opening performance, they were just not on the same level as the Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland dropped the opener by the score of 38-6. Baker Mayfield was a disaster under center. Star wide..." September 16

  • NFL’s social justice messaging sparks anger in every direction

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL spent its first 100 years trying to be all things to all people. It might spend the next 100 deciding which of its fans it can least afford to enrage.  Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season is in the books, and with it the league’s first attempt at a more progressive stance..." September 15

  • Mike Ditka again tells NFL players to 'get the hell out' of country after protests

    USA Today "Mike Ditka spent five-plus decades around pro football. He's a Hall of Famer and a Super Bowl champion. But when it comes to NFL players protesting police brutality and racial injustice during the national anthem, Ditka sounds like a broken record … of the stubbornly..." September 15

  • How Long Will It Take For an NFL Team to Give Adam Vinateri a Call?

    The Big Lead "Finding a reliable kicker has recently become rather difficult for NFL teams other than the Baltimore Ravens, who are blessed with Justin Tucker. Since the NFL changed the extra point rules in 2015, forcing kickers to make a 33-yard attempt instead of a 15-yard chip shot following..." September 15

  • Fantasy football waiver wire: Rams' Malcolm Brown grabs opportunity by the horns

    USA Today "Without the benefit of preseason games, the opening week of the NFL season finally pulled the curtain back on how teams plan to use their players. Week 1 usually provides the widest variety of waiver-wire pickups in fantasy leagues, but this year things are even more wide-open than..." September 15

  • Duke Johnson To Miss Time

    Yardbarker "The Texans will be without Duke Johnson for at least a little while. The running back is considered “week-to-week” with an ankle sprain suffered in Thursday night’s loss to the Chiefs, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Johnson is unlikely to suit up..." September 14

  • Eric Reid calls NFL's anti-racism campaign 'disingenuous,' 'diabolical'

    Yahoo! Sports "Eric Reid has never been shy in sharing his opinions about commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s treatment of Black people, especially when it comes to protesting. That hasn’t changed with the start of the 2020 NFL season, even though Reid hasn’t been signed by any team and..." September 14

  • Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Patrick Mahomes Lead NFL Jersey Sales After Week 1

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 NFL season kicked off in Week 1 with former NFL MVPs Cam Newton and Tom Brady making their debuts in new homes. With two superstar quarterbacks changing uniforms, we’ve seen a big shake-up in jersey sales to begin the NFL season. While Kansas City Chiefs quarterback..." September 14

  • Texans sign quarterback Alex McGough to practice squad

    Houston Chronicle "Quarterback Alex McGough has signed with the Texans' practice squad, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly. McGough was cut by the Texans during the final week of training camp. The dual-threat quarterback recently worked out for the New York Jets. " September 14

  • NFL warns coaches about not using face covering on sidelines

    The Score "The NFL sent a memo Monday reminding teams and coaches of the importance of following the league's guidelines on wearing face coverings on the sidelines. "Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals..." September 14

  • Donald Trump tells crowd 'football is boring as hell' during campaign rally in Nevada

    USA Today "The Trump family attacks on the American institution that is football continued Sunday. Nearly a week after Donald Trump's son, Eric, tweeted that "Football is officially dead," and while the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams were playing on "Sunday..." September 14