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Maybe Aldon Smith really was misguided enough to post that video on social media and believe no one would ever find out, as he seems to suggest. Maybe Le'Veon Bell was shortsighted...(full article)

And so Ray Rice says he will donate his entire salary to organizations focused on domestic-violence prevention if an NFL team signs him as the training camp clock goes tick, tick, ...(full article)

I am sorry. I don't want to say this. Please let me be wrong. Please, please, please let me be wrong. It's just that I think it's only a matter of time before Josh Gordon fails yet...(full article)

So I’ve been away for awhile, a bit on vacation (I highly recommend reading, “When Breath Becomes Air,” about the life lessons of a dying neurosurgeon), a bit dru...(full article)

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Those were Le’Veon Bell’s words in a rap he released last month, an apparent (if informal) request for $15 million per season on his new contract, which would leapfrog him past...

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Sometimes the arc of an NFL team’s season can reflect real changes in its performance, but just as often it’s simply an illusion of the schedule machine: Does the team play its...

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DeAngelo Will Bail Out Steelers Again

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Fiery, Passionate Dennis Green Dead at 67

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Can Goodell Save His Job? Should He?

As I think back on the first decade of the Goodell Era in NFL history, and I ponder the second, I wonder: Will there even be another 10 years? Will the spiteful, harsh, hatefu...

His Healthy Reason for Retiring at 29

I’m only 29 and I still have the physical ability to play at a very high level, so I know that my decision to retire may be puzzling to some. But I am thinking of my family first...

49ers Should Swallow Pride, Fix Stadium

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Wentz Should Easily Adjust to Bench

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Only in Alternate Universe Is Brady Guilty

The other day, I was talking with a friend about Tom Brady. And here’s what he said: “I think he probably did something, but the whole thing was stupid.” At the time, I sort ...

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Aside from the flock of lawyers clocking copious billable hours, perhaps no one was more disappointed than I when quarterback Tom Brady ended his epic battle against ...

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fter the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James opened the ESPY Awards with a speech that had nothing...

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Cops Threaten Not to Work Browns Games

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Cooley Cut, and Redskins Fans Lose

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Steelers' Wallace 'Ready to Roll'

Pro Bowl receiver Mike Wallace returned to the Steelers today and said he is glad to be back with his teammates and ready to begin the regular season. Wallace reported to the Ste...

Tall Problem Faces Seahawks' Wilson

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To Pats' Hernandez, Deal a 'Blessing'

Aaron Hernandez stood tall, shoulders broad and smile wide, and he displayed some real emotion while discussing his new contract last night at Gillette Stadium. Hernandez signed ...

Jets, Rams Swap Struggling Linemen

The most scrutinized right tackle in the NFL is no longer a Jet.   Less than a week after Rex Ryan benched the beleaguered Wayne Hunter, the Jets traded him to the Rams for a...

Ravens Err in Releasing K Cundiff

The Billy Cundiff haters — and there are enough in this town to hold several conventions — are celebrating today. About time the Ravens unloaded that choker, they're sa...

Colts Acquire Dolphins CB Davis

Jim Irsay huffed and puffed, and on the fourth day, look what the “trade winds” blew in: Vontae Davis, a richly talented veteran cornerback, acquired Sunday by the In...

Rookie QB Foles Impresses Eagles

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Giants' Amukamara Sprains Ankle

Prince Amukamara has been fighting his way back from injury since his second day in the NFL. This was going to be his shot to show everyone why he was a first-round draft pick. T...

Bucs' Defense Stands Up to Pats

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Coaches on the Hot Seat

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Collie's Concussion Confirmed

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Merriman Cut But Worth Bills' Risk

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Suspension of Chiefs' Hali a Surprise

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Cowboys Tip Raiders in Slopfest

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Jets Silent on Wildcat Package

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Vick Looking Better Than Ever

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King: Top 10 Storylines of Camp

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