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Eagles add GM back to Roseman’s title

Eagles add GM back to Roseman's title

Howie Roseman is again general manager of

Eagles add GM back to Roseman’s title

Howie Roseman is again general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Roseman, executive vice president of football operations since 2015, was operating in a de facto GM role with the team. He formally held the position for four seasons but gave it up during Chip Kelly’s run as head coach.

Instrumental in constructing a Super Bowl roster in 2017, Roseman helped make the moves needed to draft Carson Wentz and last week signed off on the quarterback’s new contract. He also was vital in selecting head coach Doug Pederson as Kelly’s replacement.

On Thursday, Roseman’s GM title was restored as Joe Douglas left the Eagles to become general manager of the New York Jets.

Douglas was the Eagles’ vice president of player personnel.

Roseman has been with the Eagles for 20 years, starting in a salary-cap advisory role before blending into personnel.

“Joe Douglas did such an outstanding job for us and has such an outstanding reputation around the league that we knew we had to be prepared and we knew that we had to have a succession plan,” Roseman said Thursday, announcing Andy Weidl was promoted to help fill Douglas’ role.

“We want everyone here to see that there’s room for growth, that there is room for continued titles and promotions based on us winning and good things happening for the organization. We want the people in this organization to know that they have opportunities to grow within the areas of their expertise and expand their repertoire of knowledge while helping us win football games.”

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Rose ties Tiger’s U.S. Open record to lead at Pebble Beach

Rose ties Tiger's U.S. Open record to lead at Pebble Beach

Rose ties Tiger’s U.S. Open record to lead at Pebble Beach

England’s Justin Rose punctuated a day of record-smashing scoring by the field on Thursday, rolling in a birdie putt on his final hole to tie Tiger Woods’ all-time record at a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with a 6-under-par 65.

Rose isn’t likely to pull away like Woods did in 2000 for a 15-stroke victory. His birdie on 18 put him one shot clear of Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Aaron Wise and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.

Rose needed only 22 putts Thursday, and was a perfect 15-for-15 from inside 10 feet. He rolled in three consecutive birdies to finish his round, and said he knew the final one was for something special when it dropped in while playing with Woods.

“The only reason that I knew is that, I think maybe Rickie (Fowler) had that putt (for the record) earlier today,” Rose told FOX Sports. “I was watching a little bit of the coverage … so on the last hole I thought, ‘This would be kind of cool to do it in front of the great man himself.'”

Rose hit only nine greens, but made a number of sand saves and relied heavily on the most improved aspect of his game. The 2013 U.S. Open champion at Merion entered the week ranked 11th on Tour in putting.

“Any U.S. Open, you have to manage your game,” he said. “The premium here isn’t necessarily about length, it’s about keeping the ball under the hole. But I don’t know if I did a good job of anything well today except scrambling. Which is nice, it’s nice to score like that and know there’s a little bit more in the long game.”

Scott Piercy, who was twice at 5 under during the morning wave, bogeyed his final hole to drop to 4 under, where he is tied for sixth place with Nate Lashley. A group of eight players another shot off the pace includes Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

Two-time defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka reached 3 under before suffering his lone bogey of the day at the par-3 17th. He is tied for 16th along with Matt Kuchar, Spain’s Sergio Garcia and amateur Viktor Hovland.

“I felt really comfortable right out of the gates and struck it nicely,” said Koepka, who has won four of the past nine majors. “Unfortunately, I didn’t hit it as well on the back nine. And if you don’t hit greens out here, you’re not going to score. You can shoot yourself out of it today, and I didn’t do that.”

Woods battled an inconsistent iron game throughout his first round. Like his playing partner Rose, Woods used a bevy of hard-earned scrambles for par to get into the clubhouse in a tie for 28th at 1 under.

Playing in the morning wave, Fowler carded six birdies against a lone bogey. He pulled his approach shot left on the par-5 18th hole, and his birdie putt slid right of the cup, preventing Fowler from beating Rose to the punch in tying Woods’ Pebble Beach record.

“I thought I made it as soon as I hit it, just didn’t really react the way I thought it would,” Fowler told FOX Sports. “To be honest, I felt like that was about as bad as I could have shot. I thought there was more out there.

“It was just a fun day, it’s nice when you can shoot a stress-free 66 and get off to a good start for the week.”

Fowler was alone atop the scoreboard when he left the course, but he soon was joined by Schauffele and Oosthuizen, who chipped in for eagle on his second hole of the day and holed out from a green-side bunker on No. 9 to finish it.

Schauffele also had an eagle, but did it in dramatic fashion on the 18th hole after ricocheting his drive off the rocks along the ocean. He went on to cap off a 5-under 31 on the back nine.

“My round was solid, but I feel very fortunate just because of that late eagle,” he said. “I hit two really bad shots and a great putt, and that’s how that 3 occurred there.”

McIlroy carded a 3-under 68 in the morning wave despite failing to birdie any of the three par-5s.

“I think I did what I wanted to do,” McIlroy told FOX Sports with a sigh. “I feel like I just did everything you need to do in a U.S. Open. I stayed patient. I bogeyed the first hole, then played really, really solid golf after that.

“I did what you’re supposed to do at a U.S. Open — made a lot of pars, chipped off the birdies when you can … and I thought it was a good day’s work.”

Fowler’s day included six birdies against a lone bogey. Most important, he hit 13 fairways — his most on Tour this season.

“It definitely helps everything out from there. Driving the ball well frees you up a bit. I feel like I’m swinging it well throughout the bag. You gotta get the ball in the fairway to allow yourself to use the rest of your game to your advantage. If you don’t drive it in the fairway, you’re just playing catch-up.”

McIlroy was candid earlier in the week how important he felt getting off to a fast start would be. It has been five years and 17 starts since his last major victory, but McIlroy has also gone on to win the past three majors in which he opened with a 68 or better.

“Especially trying to get back to winning these big events, you know, it is important,” McIlroy said of Thursday’s start. “The first two majors of the year, I think I shot 73 at Augusta and I shot over par at Bethpage (in the PGA Championship) as well. It’s so hard to chase, especially when the golf courses are so hard.

“To get off to a good start like this today … you’re right in the tournament from the start, which is a nice position to be in.”

NOTES: World No. 2 Dustin Johnson shot an even-par 71. He is one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. … Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (2-under 69), the winner of the last U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach in 2010, put together his first bogey-free round in a major since the 2009 PGA Championship at Bellerive. … Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard carded a 6-over 11 on the 18th hole Friday, the highest score on a single hole in a U.S. Open since John Daly’s 14 on 18 at Pebble Beach in 2000. Bjerregaard hit his first two tee shots left into Pacific Ocean and his third out of bounds.

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Chiefs K Butker signs contract extension

Chiefs K Butker signs contract extension

The

Chiefs K Butker signs contract extension

The Kansas City Chiefs signed kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension on Thursday, with NFL Network reporting that the deal is worth five years, $20.3 million.

Butker confirmed the contract extension on Twitter, saying he was “proud to announce that I’ve signed an extension” and that he is “excited to be a part of this team for the next six years.”

In his second year with the Chiefs in 2018, Butker, 23, was 16 of 16 on field-goal attempts under 40 yards. He ended the regular season 24 of 27 on all field-goal attempts, and was 65 of 69 on extra-point attempts, with both totals leading the NFL.

The Georgia Tech product, who was previously signed off the Carolina Panthers practice squad, was 2 of 2 on field-goal attempts in two playoff games last season. Including bonuses, Butker could make as much as $21.5 million on the deal.

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Reports: Lions C Ragnow’s injury a minor one

Reports: Lions C Ragnow's injury a minor one

Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow sustained a

Reports: Lions C Ragnow’s injury a minor one

Detroit Lions center Frank Ragnow sustained a minor right ankle sprain in Friday night’s loss to the Buffalo Bills, NFL Network reported.

A more serious injury was feared when Ragnow’s leg was rolled over by a Bills player and he subsequently was assisted from the field.

The Free Press reported Saturday that Ragnow is expected to miss only “minimal time” but that he was scheduled to undergo an MRI to confirm the injury.

Ragnow, the No. 20 overall pick of the Lions in 2018, started all 16 games of the season at left guard but is moving to center this season.

There was no update about the condition of middle linebacker Jarrad Davis, who suffered a right leg injury on the second play from scrimmage. He was tripped up by a teammate, linebacker Devon Kennard, as they pursued a Buffalo ball carrier. Davis was helped off the field, then driven to the locker room on a cart.

Lions head coach Matt Patricia was scheduled to speak to the media via conference call later Saturday.

–Field Level Media

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Panthers coach Rivera: No timetable for Newton’s return

Panthers coach Rivera: No timetable for Newton's return

Panthers coach Rivera: No timetable for Newton’s return

Cam Newton might be in jeopardy of missing the Carolina Panthers’ opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 8.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said “there is no timetable” for the quarterback’s return, two days after Newton suffered a left mid-foot sprain in apreseason game against the New England Patriots. Newton exited the stadium in a walking boot and X-rays detected the sprain.

General manager Marty Hurney expressed hope Newton will play in the opener. Rivera wouldn’t go that far, only declaring he is “cautiously optimistic” that Newton will soon be on the practice field.

“There really isn’t any timetable, but we’re going to do everything we can to make sure it’s right and ready to roll,” Rivera said after Saturday’s practice. “What we’re going to do is take it day by day because there is no timetable. So we’ll begin to focus in on what we need to as time progresses.”

The Panthers returned to the practice field on Saturday but Newton remained inside for treatment on his foot.

“The doctors feel the more we keep him off of it, the more we keep it elevated, we’re expecting it to take care of itself quickly,” Rivera said.

Rivera said Newton would have missed the preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday regardless. Newton had offseason shoulder surgery and Rivera has been mindful of the amount of throwing he does leading up to the season.

“Things are going great with his shoulder,” Rivera said. “So the best part is he’s getting a chance to rest. We’re putting the positive spin on it.”

Kyle Allen, who started one game last season, ran first string in the Saturday quarterback rotation. Will Grier, a third-round pick out of West Virginia, received an even amount of work, and Taylor Heinicke, who played in six games (one start) last season, also saw action.

Rivera said the club won’t work out any unsigned quarterbacks.

“We feel really good about what we have,” Newton said. “We like what we’re seeing. There have been some good things about decision making that have been pretty good. The progress you see, especially in practice — I know it’s not a game — but you see the growth.

“That’s what we’re trying to do is develop the one or two guys that are going to be here a while with Cam.”

Allen said that he is preparing to the starter.

“I always prepare that way,” Allen said. “If you don’t prepare that way you’re going to be underprepared. Whether or not Cam is going to be ready — hopefully, he’s going to be ready — but ready or not I’m going to be prepared.”

The 30-year-old Newton completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games last season. He missed the final two contests due to the shoulder injury.

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49ers’ Shanahan explains hiring of Foerster as consultant

49ers’ Shanahan explains hiring of Foerster as consultant

49ers’ Shanahan explains hiring of Foerster as consultant

In an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan explained the controversial hiring of Chris Foerster after word of the move involving the former Miami Dolphins offensive coach was first reported by ESPN on Friday night.

“He is still in a consulting role because I understand the seriousness of this matter,” Shanahan said in Kansas City in advance of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Chiefs.

Shanahan said Foerster came aboard last year to serve as an out-of-town consultant responsible for helping the staff with advance scouting reports.

“This year we took it a step forward,” Shanahan offered. “We brought him in part time, but still a consultant. He is in the office at times. He’s able to do things like watch film with us, but he’s still in a consulting role.”

Foerster, 57, resigned from the Dolphins after a video went viral that showed him allegedly snorting cocaine. On Oct. 9, 2017, Foerster announced his resignation, and went to get professional help for drug and alcohol addiction.

He previously was an assistant with the 49ers in 2008-09 and 2015, and also worked with the Washington Redskins from 2010-14. Shanahan was the Redskins offensive coordinator from 2010-13.

Foerster served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line coach in 1996-2001 when 49ers general manager John Lynch played there.

“We’re trying to ease him back in. I understand how big of a problem he did have,” Shanahan said. “I also understand what he is doing in committing to fix that problem. We’re trying to give him a chance to get back on track.”

Also on Shanahan’s staff are John Benton, in his third season as offensive line coach, and Zach Yenser, an assistant offensive line coach in his first season.

–Field Level Media

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Vikings use run, pass to down Cardinals

Vikings use run, pass to down Cardinals

Vikings use run, pass to down Cardinals

The Minnesota Vikings started their third preseason game with a bang Saturday, and ended with one, too, defeating the visiting Arizona Cardinals 20-9 in Minneapolis.

Running back Dalvin Cook set a team preseason record with an 85-yard run for a touchdown to give the Vikings a 7-3 lead with 7:10 left in the first quarter. His only other carry was a 3-yard gain.

Veteran starting quarterback Kirk Cousins struggled, finishing 3-of-13 passing for 35 yards with a passer rating of 39.6. He was sacked twice after the offensive line had not allowed him to be sacked in the first two exhibition games. But backup Kyle Sloter came to the rescue in the fourth quarter, engineering two scoring drives, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to fullback Khari Blasingame on fourth-and-2 with 50 seconds to go.

Sloter completed 6 of 7 passes for 102 yards for the Vikings, who are 3-0 during the preseason. Sean Mannion went 6-of-9 passing for 57 yards for Minnesota, which did not toss an interception.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, the first overall pick in the 2019 draft, completed 14 of 21 passes for 137 yards, but could only lead Arizona to field goals during his first half of action. The Cardinals are 1-2 in the preseason.

–Field Level Media

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Patriots TE Kendricks suspended for season opener

Patriots TE Kendricks suspended for season opener

Patriots TE Kendricks suspended for season opener

New England Patriots tight end Lance Kendricks was suspended for the first game of the regular season without pay for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Kendricks will miss New England’s opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 8. He is eligible to return to the active roster the next day.

Kendricks is allowed to play in New England’s final preseason game against the New York Giants on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Kendricks has caught 241 passes for 2,505 yards and 19 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons with the Rams (2011-16) and Packers (2017-18). He had 19 receptions for 170 yards and one score last season for Green Bay.

Kendricks signed with the Patriots last month as a free agent.

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LB Worrilow retires day after signing with Ravens

LB Worrilow retires day after signing with Ravens

LB Worrilow retires day after signing with Ravens

Linebacker Paul Worrilow, signed by the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, told coach John Harbaugh on Saturday that he is retiring.

Worrilow, 29, missed last season with the Philadelphia Eagles because of a torn ACL. The Eagles released him earlier this month, and the Ravens picked him up to provide depth at the position.

“I spoke to him last night, and he was great — all ready, excited to go, so I was surprised, you know,” Harbaugh told reporters on Saturday. “I assume he’s trying to figure things out, work things out, what he wants to do, he and his family. Every person has a right to do that.”

Worrilow was an All-American at Delaware and signed in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, where he spent four seasons. He moved on to the Detroit Lions in 2017.

In his career, he has 413 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 72 games (52 starts).

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Fowler among three tied for early U.S. Open lead

Fowler among three tied for early U.S. Open lead

Fowler among three tied for early U.S. Open lead

Rickie Fowler narrowly missed a birdie putt on the final hole that would have tied the U.S. Open scoring record at Pebble Beach, settling for a 5-under-par 66 on Thursday to share the lead with Xander Schauffele and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen after the morning wave.

With players taking advantage of ideal scoring conditions along the Monterrey Peninsula, it was the first time there were three scores of 66 or better in a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach — and the afternoon wave was just starting.

Fowler carded six birdies against a lone bogey. He pulled his approach shot left on the par-5 18th hole, and his birdie putt slid right of the cup, preventing Fowler from tying Tiger Woods’ U.S. Open course-record 65 from the first round in 2000.

“I thought I made it as soon as I hit it, just didn’t really react the way I thought it would,” Fowler told FOX Sports. “To be honest, I felt like that was about as bad as I could have shot. I thought there was more out there.

“It was just a fun day, it’s nice when you can shoot a stress-free 66 and get off to a good start for the week.”

Fowler was alone atop the scoreboard when he left the course, but he soon was joined by Schauffele and Oosthuizen, who chipped in for eagle on his second hole of the day.

Schauffele equaled the feat, but did it in dramatic fashion with an eagle on the 18th hole after ricocheting his drive off the rocks along the peninsula. He went on to cap off a 5-under 31 on the back nine.

“My round was solid, but I feel very fortunate just because of that late eagle,” he told FOX Sports. “I hit two really bad shots and a great putt, and that’s how that 3 occurred there.”

Scott Piercy was the first to reach 5 under for the tournament with an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole. He went 1 over the rest of the way, missing a par putt on No. 18 to fall to 4 under, which he called a “kick in the stomach.”

Piercy finished with the eagle, five birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.

“I thought it was set up really fair,” Piercy said of the course. “If you hit a good shot, you got rewarded for it. If you miss, which I did a couple of times, you really had to scramble.”

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was among a group of four players another shot off the pace. He carded a 3-under 68 despite failing to birdie any of the three par-5s.

“I think I did what I wanted to do,” McIlroy told FOX Sports with a sigh. “I feel like I just did everything you need to do in a U.S. Open. I stayed patient. I bogeyed the first hole, then played really, really solid golf after that.

“I did what you’re supposed to do at a U.S. Open — made a lot of pars, chipped off the birdies when you can … and I thought it was a good day’s work.”

Fowler’s day included six birdies against a lone bogey. Most important, he hit 13 fairways — his most on Tour this season.

“It definitely helps everything out from there. Driving the ball well frees you up a bit. I feel like I’m swinging it well throughout the bag. You gotta get the ball in the fairway to allow yourself to use the rest of your game to your advantage. If you don’t drive it in the fairway, you’re just playing catch-up.”

McIlroy was candid earlier in the week how important he felt getting off to a fast start would be. It has been five years and 17 starts since his last major victory, but McIlroy has also gone on to win the past three majors in which he opened with a 68 or better.

“Especially trying to get back to winning these big events, you know, it is important,” McIlroy said of Thursday’s start. “The first two majors of the year, I think I shot 73 at Augusta and I shot over par at Bethpage (in the PGA Championship) as well. It’s so hard to chase, especially when the golf courses are so hard.

“To get off to a good start like this today … you’re right in the tournament from the start, which is a nice position to be in.”

NOTES: World No. 2 Dustin Johnson shot an even-par 71. He is one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. … Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (2-under 69), the winner of the last U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach in 2010, put together his first bogey-free round in a major since the 2009 PGA Championship at Bellerive.

–Field Level Media

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49ers’ Bosa says injury shouldn’t keep him from camp

49ers' Bosa says injury shouldn't keep him from camp

Rookie Nick Bosa said the hamstring injury

49ers’ Bosa says injury shouldn’t keep him from camp

Rookie Nick Bosa said the hamstring injury that forced him to miss OTAs and minicamp shouldn’t keep him off the field when the San Francisco 49ers open training camp next month.

“I think I’m going to be just fine,” Bosa told NBC Sports Bay Area. “I’m going to get this hammy perfectly right, and I think there will be plenty of time to play football and get the reps that I need.”

The defensive end was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain on May 23.

“I was worried when it happened,” Bosa said. “I was pretty down on myself that I couldn’t stay on the field but once I got with the guys and just had some of the older guys talk me up a little bit, it’s been super helpful.”

Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL draft, hasn’t played in a game since September, when he injured his core muscle playing for Ohio State.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the hamstring isn’t all to watch with Bosa. He still hasn’t signed his rookie contract, and that could be delaying the signing of pick Nos. 3-6 , who have yet to agree to contracts.

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Bucs edge Browns on last-minute field goal

Bucs edge Browns on last-minute field goal

Matt Gay kicked a 21-yard

Bucs edge Browns on last-minute field goal

Matt Gay kicked a 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining, lifting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 13-12 preseason win over the visiting Cleveland Browns on Friday.

Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert exited early in the third quarter due to a shoulder injury. He hit on 4 of 5 passes for 33 yards before leaving.

Austin Seibert went 4-for-4 on first-half field goals, including a 54-yarder, to account for all of Cleveland’s scoring.

Both starting quarterbacks played the entire first half, but neither was particularly effective.

Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield led three field-goal drives, but he completed just 10 of 26 passes for 72 yards. He threw an interception on a long pass on the final play of the half.

Browns backup quarterback Drew Stanton went 3 of 6 for 37 yards.

Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston completed 9 of 19 passes for 88 yards. He was followed to the field by Gabbert and then Ryan Griffin (11 of 17, 121 yards and a TD).

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2 Lions starters hurt in loss to Bills

2 Lions starters hurt in loss to Bills

2 Lions starters hurt in loss to Bills

The Lions lost their preseason game Friday, 24-20 to the visiting Buffalo Bills, but of bigger concern to Detroit was the loss of two players to right leg injuries.

Linebacker Jarrad Davis got hurt on the second play from scrimmage. He was tripped up by a teammate, linebacker Devon Kennard, as they pursued a Buffalo ball-carrier. Davis was helped off the field, then driven to the locker room on a cart.

In the second quarter, Lions center Frank Ragnow had his leg rolled over by a Bills player. He also was assisted from the field.

As for the game action, Bills quarterback Josh Allen played the first half and guided two touchdown drives. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 49 yards. Matt Barkley went 12 of 14 for 142 yards and a touchdown off the bench.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was in for the majority of the first half, and he threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ty Johnson. Stafford finished 12 of 19 for 137 yards.

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Report: Ex-Dolphins assistant Foerster hired by 49ers

Report: Ex-Dolphins assistant Foerster hired by 49ers

Report: Ex-Dolphins assistant Foerster hired by 49ers

Former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster has been hired by the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN reported Friday night.

The new role remains unclear as Foerster, 57, who resigned from the Dolphins after a video linked publicly showed him allegedly snorting cocaine, will assist the “coaching staff with game-planning,” according to two sources who spoke with ESPN. His hiring has not been officially announced, though Foerster has been with the team throughout the offseason.

On Oct. 9, 2017, Foerster announced his resignation, and went to get professional help for drug and alcohol addiction.

He completed a 60-day drug and alcohol treatment program and, in the midst of a 24-day, inpatient rehabilitation program in January 2018, told NFL.com that his public downfall was “divine intervention.”

“I was to the point where I was just praying to God, I want this stuff out,” Foerster told NFL.com in 2018 while spending time in a South Florida sober-living facility. “Not like exposed, but I want this out of my life. I can’t do this anymore. All this (stuff) I had going on outside of work, I don’t want to do this anymore. I don’t want to drink anymore. I don’t want to use anymore. And sure enough, two weeks later, the video came out.”

Foerster checked into a rehab facility three days before his 56th birthday after he was forced to step down following the release of an online video that showed him snorting a white powder at the team’s training facility. He said the video was filmed during a stretch when he used cocaine every day for eight or nine consecutive days.

Foerster’s coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Colorado State in 1982. His other NFL jobs include coaching the offensive line with the 49ers (2008-09, 2015), the Washington Redskins (2010-14) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), when 49ers general manager John Lynch was a member of the team.

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Bucs backup QB Gabbert dislocates non-throwing shoulder

Bucs backup QB Gabbert dislocates non-throwing shoulder

Bucs backup QB Gabbert dislocates non-throwing shoulder

Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder on Friday during Tampa Bay’s 13-12 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns.

It was not known if Gabbert would require surgery, but coach Bruce Arians said the Bucs would sign a quarterback ahead of their Thursday preseason finale against the Cowboys in Dallas.

Starter Jameis Winston will not play next week, while third-string QB Ryan Griffin is expected to take limited snaps. Rookie Nick Fitzgerald is out while recovering from a hamstring injury.

“His shoulder popped out,” Arians said of Gabbert, who was a starter for five games in 2017 with Arians’ Arizona Cardinals. “He was hurting pretty good, but (I told him), ‘Good thing it’s not your throwing shoulder. You’ll be all right.'”

The injury occurred in the third quarter as a scrambling Gabbert was brought down around the ankle by Browns linebacker Adarius Taylor. Awkwardly landing on his arm, Gabbert called for the training staff while clutching his left wrist. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 33 yards without a touchdown or interception.

“It was tough (watching), but Blaine’s a soldier, and it was a great opportunity for Griff to step in and do a great job. He’s been doing a great job this entire preseason,” Winston said.

Griffin, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown but was sacked twice, has not played in a regular-season game. He received a vote of confidence from Arians after showing “poise.”

“He’s moved our team up and down the field just like he did again tonight,” Arians said.

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Reports: CB Moore, Colts agree to four-year extension

Reports: CB Moore, Colts agree to four-year extension

Reports: CB Moore, Colts agree to four-year extension

The Indianapolis Colts and Kenny Moore agreed on a four-year contract extension that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid slot cornerback in terms of guaranteed money, according to multiple reports.

Moore reportedly is assured of $18 million, more than the $16 million guarantee that the Detroit Lions gave Justin Coleman in March.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Moore’s extension includes $30 million for 2020-23, with a maximum value of $36 million. ESPN reported that the extension could rise to $40 million total with escalators.

Per Rapoport, the last year on Moore’s existing contract, 2019, was worth $645,000.

Moore, who played at Valdosta State, signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2017. The Patriots placed him on waivers before the start of the season, and he was claimed by the Colts.

He had a breakout season in 2018. In 15 games, all starts, Moore made 77 tackles and had three interceptions, one forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.

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Ex-Texans employee: Ex-GM Gaine ‘targeted minorities in leadership’

Ex-Texans employee: Ex-GM Gaine 'targeted minorities in leadership'

A former Houston Texans employee accused the

Ex-Texans employee: Ex-GM Gaine ‘targeted minorities in leadership’

A former Houston Texans employee accused the team of discrimination in a federal complaint, alleging recently fired general manager Brian Gaine “targeted” African-American employees, USA Today reported Thursday.

Jeff Pope was the team’s security coordinator until he was fired on May 8. In a 4,500-word filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, he alleges he is one of nine African-Americans fired by Gaine since the team named him GM in January 2018.

The Texans abruptly fired Gaine last Friday. Chairman and CEO Cal McNair said Gaine was being let go after “a thorough evaluation of our football operations.”

Amy Palcic, a team spokeswoman, told The Houston Chronicle that Pope’s complaint “was not a factor in the recent decision to relieve Brian Gaine from his job as general manager.”

The team also issued a statement: “We have just been made aware of Mr. Pope’s claim. We do not comment on pending litigation. The Houston Texans do not tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind.”

Pope, in his filing, pointed the finger at Gaine.

“It appeared, and I believe, that he was targeting all minorities in leadership positions and was set to replace them with non-African-Americans. Which he did,” Pope wrote in the complaint, which was obtained by USA Today.

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Closing birdie lifts Koepka to Tour Championship lead

Closing birdie lifts Koepka to Tour Championship lead

Closing birdie lifts Koepka to Tour Championship lead

Brooks Koepka birdied the final hole to move into the lead through the second round of the Tour Championship on Friday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Koepka shot a 3-under-par 67, leaving him with a net total of 13 under based on the weighted scoring system implemented for the FedEx Cup playoff finale.

He is up one shot on Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who birdied the final two holes, and Justin Thomas.

McIlroy shot a 67 while Thomas posted a 68.

For the round, Thomas was 3 under through eight holes, but he proceeded to make all pars the rest of the way other than a bogey on No. 17, and he finished with a 68.

Koepka also was 3 under after eight holes. He made his lone bogey at No. 13 before recording a birdie on the par-5 18th hole.

The PGA Tour is using a new scoring format for the Tour Championship, so players began at varying levels under par based on their standing prior to the event.

Xander Schauffele (69) made a late push in an up-and-down round. His birdie on No. 17 was followed by an eagle at No. 18, so he stands at 11 under, alone in fourth place.

Schauffele, who had the best round Thursday with 64, tumbled a bit Friday with three bogeys during a four-hole stretch (Nos. 8-11).

Schauffele began the tournament six strokes behind Thomas, the points leader entering the week.

England’s Paul Casey (67) is within striking distance at 9 under, good for fifth place.

More than half of the 30-golfer field posted an over-par score Friday.

Play was suspended for more than an hour late in the afternoon because of weather concerns. The leaders had just passed the midway mark of the round.

Australia’s Adam Scott made putts of 66 and 72 feet on the back nine, helping him to a 68 and moving to 5 under for the tournament. He is in 10th place.

Chez Reavie posted the best score of the day, a 64. Coupled with his 71 on Thursday, his tournament total is 6 under, leaving him tied for seventh place with Patrick Reed. Patrick Cantlay is in sixth at 7 under.

Reavie played the front nine in 5 under, capped by a hole-in-one on the ninth hole. The ace came on a 230-yard hole, with the ball bouncing on the front of the green and rolling to the cup. It was his fifth hole-in-one in PGA Tour play.

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Chiefs TE Kelce on schedule for training camp

Chiefs TE Kelce on schedule for training camp

Chiefs TE Kelce on schedule for training camp

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce expects to be 100 percent at the start of training camp next month.

Kelce said he’ll be fully recovered from offseason ankle surgery when the Chiefs take the field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.

“I’m ready to go,” Kelce said. “It’s kind of been a little bit of an experience just not being able to really go out there and train for the upcoming season quite yet. I don’t know if I’ve had an injury that hasn’t allowed me to get on the field, at least a little bit in the offseason, outside of my knee surgery my first year.”

Kelce, 29, was named All-Pro in 2018 — he caught 103 passes for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns — and described the offseason as “frustrating.” The Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, and Kelce has spent the entire offseason as an observer.

“Right now, just getting healthy is the main thing, and I think we’re there. I think by the time training camp comes around, I’ll be 100 percent,” Kelce said.

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Reports: Pats accuse Texans of tampering with Caserio

Reports: Pats accuse Texans of tampering with Caserio

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Reports: Pats accuse Texans of tampering with Caserio

The Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans and the league opened an investigation, according to multiple reports Wednesday, regarding Houston’s attempts to hire New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio as its new general manager.

The Texans fired former GM Brian Gaine on Friday, 17 months after giving him a five-year contract and one day after the Patriots’ Super Bowl ring ceremony. According to multiple reports, new Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby — the Patriots’ former team chaplain — was at Thursday’s ring ceremony, as was Caserio.

Asked Tuesday if he or Easterby had contact with Caserio or his representatives before Gaine’s firing, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters, “I would say that the answer to that is no relative to contact about anything having to do with the Houston Texans. No.”

The Texans have formally requested permission to interview Caserio, just as they did in January of 2018, when the Patriots denied the request and the Texans moved on to hire Gaine.

Caserio, 43, has held his position since 2008 as the top personnel man for Bill Belichick, who has final authority on personnel decisions. He is also close with O’Brien, who coached in New England from 2007 to 2011.

Caserio has turned down numerous overtures for GM jobs in the past, though he was allowed to interview with the Miami Dolphins in 2014. He is widely considered the favorite for the Texans’ job if he is interested.

Houston has reportedly interviewed San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew — the former Detroit Lions GM — and former Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer for the opening.

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Cowboys WR Cooper says he won’t hold out

Cowboys WR Cooper says he won't hold out

Cowboys WR Cooper says he won’t hold out

Preparing for his first training camp with the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Amari Cooper is also entering the final season of his rookie contract.

However, the 24-year-old is far more focused on his team than his contract, and he vows to continue to practice through the offseason and not hold out in hopes of forcing the Cowboys’ hand.

“I just handle my business,” Cooper told reporters Wednesday at the Cowboys’ minicamp in Frisco, Texas. “I’m more anxious about camp and actually playing football. …

“I just want to get better and I love football. That’s why I’m here. I love coming out here doing seven-on-seven, routes on air, team periods and being able to showcase my ability. To be able to run routes, that’s like the greatest thing to me. It’s kind of like an art to me. It’s like a painter drawing or something like that. That’s how I feel every time I run a route.”

The Cowboys acquired Cooper from the Oakland Raiders last October in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick. After grabbing 22 balls for 280 yards and one touchdown in six games with Oakland, Cooper was a revelation for Dallas. In nine games, the 2015 first-round pick had 53 catches for 725 yards and six touchdowns, earning his third Pro Bowl selection despite the limited time with the team.

Drafted fourth overall out of Alabama by the Raiders in 2015, Cooper had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons — and consecutive Pro Bowl berths — in his first two seasons. But his numbers dipped in his third season in 2017 (48 catches and 680 yards — though he did score seven touchdowns), and when new coach Jon Gruden took over in 2018, his days in Oakland were numbered.

He is due $13.9 million for the 2019 season thanks to his fifth-year option. Odell Beckham is the highest-paid receiver in the league currently, making $18 million per season as he approaches his first season with the Cleveland Browns.

Antonio Brown ($16.7 million), Mike Evans ($16.5 million) and DeAndre Hopkins ($16.2 million) are next on the list. And receivers including Julio Jones, Mike Thomas and A.J. Green are also in talks for new deals with their teams.

But when it comes to measuring his contract against those of other receivers, Cooper said, “I ain’t counting nobody’s pockets.”

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Post-Gronk Patriots trade for TE Roberts

Post-Gronk Patriots trade for TE Roberts

New England added tight end Michael Roberts in a

Post-Gronk Patriots trade for TE Roberts

New England added tight end Michael Roberts in a trade with the Detroit Lions, agreed to on Thursday.

According to multiple reports, the Lions are owed a seventh-round pick in return.

The Patriots are shuffling into life after Rob Gronkowski at tight end with significant uncertainty. Roberts, entering his third season, was a fourth-round pick out of Toledo in 2017.

Matt LaCosse, who caught one touchdown in 15 games for the Denver Broncos last season, lined up with the first-team offense at mandatory mincamp for the Patriots this week. With Gronkowski retired, New England is counting on 38-year-old Benjamin Watson to hold off Father Time another year. But Watson, who was lured out of retirement, is suspended the first four games of the 2019 season.

Detroit drafted T.J. Hockenson in the first round, spent a seventh-round pick on Isaac Nauta and signed free agent Jesse James to fill out the tight end depth chart.

Gronkowski, 30, retired in March, taking his 79 career TD receptions and one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets out of the offensive gameplan.

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Ex-NFL lineman Bennett found dead; son charged

Ex-NFL lineman Bennett found dead; son charged

Authorities have

Ex-NFL lineman Bennett found dead; son charged

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a 22-year-old man accused of killing his parents, retired NFL lineman Barry Bennett and his wife, who were found dead earlier this week in their Minnesota home.

The Todd County (Minn.) Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that it is seeking the public’s help in finding Dylan John Bennett. ESPN reported Friday afternoon that authorities believe he fled to Mexico.

The bodies of Barry Bennett, 63, and his 66-year-old wife, Carol, were found in their home in Long Prairie, Minn., on Wednesday. They were discovered after authorities went to their house on a welfare check requested by a friend.

Both victims were shot, ESPN reported, adding that Barry Bennett reported in December that his son had been in a mental health facility and discussed killing his parents.

The elder Bennett played 11 seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1978-81), New York Jets (1982-88) and Minnesota Vikings (1988). He appeared in 132 games and posted 18.5 sacks in his career.

A product of Concordia College in Minnesota, he was a native of Saint Paul, Minn. After his NFL stint ended, he had a second career as a physical education teacher, the Star Tribune reported.

Jim Christopherson, who coached Barry Bennett at Concordia, told the Pioneer Press that Dylan Bennett was adopted by the couple. He said Dylan recently graduated from Bemidji State University and had found a job in China.

The Vikings tweeted their condolences on Friday afternoon.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol. Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time,” the Vikings said.

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Roethlisberger to play vs. Titans

Roethlisberger to play vs. Titans

Roethlisberger to play vs. Titans

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will see his first preseason action of the summer in Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Roethlisberger’s expected participation on Friday after the 37-year-old quarterback said earlier in the week that he was “pretty sure” he’d play against the Titans.

Tomlin did not divulge whether Josh Dobbs or Mason Rudolph would immediately replace Roethlisberger on Sunday.

Roethlisberger will lead a new-look offense this season, with disgruntled stars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown playing elsewhere. Running back Bell held out last season, opted for free agency and signed with the New York Jets while wideout Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders.

Despite the distractions, Roethlisberger posted his best statistical season in 2018 — his 15th as a starter — leading the league and setting career highs in completions (452), attempts (675) and passing yards (5,129) and tossing a career-high 34 touchdown passes. The Steelers missed the playoffs, however, at 9-6-1.

The Steelers’ first-round pick (11th overall) in 2004, Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl selection. He ranks sixth in NFL history in passing yards (56,194) and seventh in touchdown passes (363).

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Seahawks WR Moore injures shoulder in practice

Seahawks WR Moore injures shoulder in practice

Seahawks WR Moore injures shoulder in practice

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore sustained a shoulder injury in practice and is not expected to be ready for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Pete Carroll announced Friday.

Carroll said that Moore would be out for “a while” after he was injured on Thursday.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the 24-year-old Moore is receiving a second opinion on the injury.

Moore was expected to play a larger role this season after recording 26 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games (seven starts) in 2018.

The five receiving scores tied Moore for second on the team with Jaron Brown and two-time Pro Bowl selection Doug Baldwin

Baldwin was released by the team on May 9 and announced his retirement three days later.

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Packers WR St. Brown (ankle) could miss six weeks

Packers WR St. Brown (ankle) could miss six weeks

Packers WR St. Brown (ankle) could miss six weeks

Green Bay Packers receiver Equanimeous St. Brown sustained a sprained left ankle in the team’s preseason game in Winnipeg and could be sidelined up to six weeks, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday.

St. Brown needed assistance to leave the field in Thursday’s 22-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Winnipeg, where turf conditions forced the NFL to play on an 80-yard field.

The 22-year-old St. Brown caught 21 passes for 328 yards during his rookie season after being selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

St. Brown is part of an improved wide receiver corps in Green Bay, which consists of star Davante Adams as well as Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow, Trevor Davis, Allen Lazard and undrafted rookie Darrius Shepherd, among others.

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Titans LT Lewan loses appeal, will serve four-game ban

Titans LT Lewan loses appeal, will serve four-game ban

Tennessee Titans left

Titans LT Lewan loses appeal, will serve four-game ban

Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan lost his appeal and received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Friday.

Lewan acknowledged last month over social media that he tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. The 28-year-old posted apparent polygraph results on Instagram to detail that he didn’t knowingly use the substance.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Lewan is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the Titans’ roster on Monday, Sept. 30, following the team’s Week 4 contest at Atlanta.

Lewan signed a five-year, $80 million contract last season to become the highest-paid tackle in the league.

He has played in 73 games (68 starts) since being selected by Tennessee with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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NFL notebook: Pats file tampering charges vs. Texans

NFL notebook: Pats file tampering charges vs. Texans

The Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans

NFL notebook: Pats file tampering charges vs. Texans

The Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans and the NFL opened an investigation, according to multiple reports Wednesday, regarding Houston’s attempts to hire New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio as its new general manager.

The Texans fired former GM Brian Gaine on Friday, 17 months after giving him a five-year contract and one day after the Patriots’ Super Bowl ring ceremony. According to multiple reports, new Texans executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby — the Patriots’ former team chaplain — was at Thursday’s ring ceremony, as was Caserio.

Asked Tuesday if he or Easterby had contact with Caserio or his representatives before Gaine’s firing, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters, “I would say that the answer to that is not relative to contact about anything having to do with the Houston Texans. No.”

The Texans have formally requested permission to interview Caserio, just as they did in January 2018, when the Patriots denied the request and the Texans moved on to hire Gaine.

–Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wishes Antonio Brown’s run in Pittsburgh — which ended with his trade to the Oakland Raiders — had resolved more amicably.

Brown left Pittsburgh, torch in hand, criticizing management, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and other team leaders. He didn’t exactly share kind words about Smith-Schuster, either.

“The man’s a role model. In that situation, I didn’t want it to end like that,” Smith-Schuster said. “I have no hard feelings against him. Obviously if we’re ever in the same room, I’m going to say what’s up to him. I think hatred is a huge word to use against somebody. At the end of the day, he’s a great player, he comes out every day with work ethic. He worked hard. Other than that, I don’t have anything toward him like that.”

–The Kansas City Chiefs signed right tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a one-year extension, putting him under contract through 2021.

NFL Network reported the extra year is worth $11,255,000, with Schwartz’s 2019 and 2020 salaries fully guaranteed.

Schwartz, who was named first-team All-Pro in 2018, was scheduled to make $6.6 million in both 2019 and 2020, with a cap hit of $8 million in each season. It’s unclear if the contract structure in 2019 and 2020 was affected.

–Running back Sony Michel underwent minor knee surgery, causing him to miss offseason workouts with the Patriots, according to multiple reports.

A reason for his absence had not previously been revealed. The date of the knee scope was not announced, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Michel should be ready for training camp next month.

Michel wasn’t seen at any of the Patriots practices that were open to the media, including minicamp last week, during the offseason.

–The Tennessee Titans will retire quarterback Steve McNair’s No. 9 jersey and running back Eddie George’s No. 27 during the Sept. 15 home opener.

The pair, who led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, will be the first to have their jerseys retired after playing primarily for the Titans, since the team was rebranded from the Oilers in 1999.

Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bruce Matthews (No. 74) played five of his 19 seasons in Tennessee — after the team moved from Houston in 1997 — and three as a Titan, but none of the franchise’s other five with retired numbers played more recently than 1993.

–The Chicago Bears waived former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt, one of three kickers at mandatory minicamp.

A day earlier, with the whole team and about 25 former Bears gathered to watch, all three kickers missed a 42-yard attempt.

“Um, whatever went through your mind went through my mind,” coach Matt Nagy said of the missed kicks. “Yeah, no, I mean, that’s about as real as it gets. They were 0-for-3 out there. For today, we can’t have that. We are going to figure this thing out, but 0-for-3 today, no good.”

–Baltimore Ravens first-round wideout Marquise Brown was cleared for individual drills, allowing him to practice with teammates for the first time.

Brown didn’t do much, but his progress in his recovery from a Lisfranc injury has him on track to be ready for training camp.

The Ravens drafted Brown 25th overall out of Oklahoma in April.

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Titans to retire jerseys for McNair, George

Titans to retire jerseys for McNair, George

The Tennessee Titans will retire quarterback Steve McNair's

Titans to retire jerseys for McNair, George

The Tennessee Titans will retire quarterback Steve McNair’s No. 9 jersey and running back Eddie George’s No. 27 during the Sept. 15 home opener, the team announced Wednesday.

The pair, which led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, will be the first to have their jerseys retired after playing primarily for the Titans, since the team was rebranded from the Oilers in 1999.

Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bruce Matthews (No. 74) played five of his 19 seasons in Tennessee — after the team moved from Houston in 1997 — and three as a Titan, but none of the franchise’s other five with retired numbers played more recently than 1993.

“Steve and Eddie will be forever linked as two of the driving forces for our team in the late 90’s and early 2000’s,” owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement. “They were the heart and soul of the team and each made the other a better player and ultimately led to a great deal of team success. Their statistics will forever live in our record books, but their play and sacrifice is what our fans will always remember.”

McNair, who was tragically shot and killed in 2009, was drafted third overall by the then-Houston Oilers in 1995 and went on to start 131 of 139 games across 11 seasons with the franchise, throwing for 31,304 yards, 174 touchdowns and 119 interceptions, reaching three Pro Bowls and sharing MVP honors with Peyton Manning in 2003.

His number has not been worn by a Titan since he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 2006.

George, 45, was drafted 14th overall in 1996 and started all 128 games over eight seasons with the Titans, earning four Pro Bowl nods and All-Pro honors in 2000.

His number was been worn just once since he left Tennessee for the Dallas Cowboys in 2004, when running back Chris Henry used it briefly in 2009.

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Reports: Pats’ Michel had knee scope, will be ready for camp

Reports: Pats' Michel had knee scope, will be ready for camp

Reports: Pats’ Michel had knee scope, will be ready for camp

Running back Sony Michel underwent minor knee surgery, causing him to miss offseason workouts with the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

A reason for his absence had not been revealed.

The date of the knee scope was not announced, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Michel should be ready for training camp next month.

Michel wasn’t seen at any of the Patriots practices that were open to the media, including minicamp last week, during the offseason.

The No. 31 overall draft pick in 2018, Michel has had a variety of knee issues. He tore an ACL in high school, then had a knee strain at Georgia in 2017.

He missed the first game of the 2018 season after having a knee procedure as training camp opened, and he missed two more games later in the year.

In 13 games, he rushed for 931 yards with six touchdowns. In three playoff games, including the Super Bowl, he had 336 yards rushing and six more TDs.

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Trademark denied: Pats’ Brady can’t claim ‘Tom Terrific’

Trademark denied: Pats' Brady can't claim 'Tom Terrific'

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Trademark denied: Pats’ Brady can’t claim ‘Tom Terrific’

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Tom Brady’s application to trademark “Tom Terrific.”

The New England Patriots quarterback sought to trademark the phrase because he wanted to keep others from marketing that nickname in connection with him.

When news of his application got out in June, however, it caused a furor among fans of Tom Seaver, the Hall of Fame pitcher who got the nickname as a member of the New York Mets from 1967 to 1977.

And that’s just why the patent office rejected the trademark, stating “the applied-for mark consists of or includes matter which may falsely suggest a connection with Tom Seaver.”

The ruling, dated Thursday, continued: “Although Tom Seaver is not connected with the goods provided by applicant under the applied-for mark, Tom Seaver is so well-known that consumers would presume a connection.”

Brady said in June that it never was his intention to encroach on Seaver’s legacy.

“It’s unfortunate,” Brady said. “I was actually trying to do something because I didn’t like the nickname, and I wanted to make sure no one used it, because some people wanted to use it.

“I was trying to keep people from using it, and then it got spun around to something different than what it is. Good lesson learned, and I’ll try to do things a little different in the future.”

Brady has six months to respond to the rejection. If he doesn’t, the application will be closed.

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Dolphins’ Flores taunts activist/WR Stills with Jay-Z playlist

Dolphins' Flores taunts activist/WR Stills with Jay-Z playlist

Dolphins’ Flores taunts activist/WR Stills with Jay-Z playlist

Brian Flores decided to pump up the volume on wide receiver Kenny Stills’ disdain for Jay-Z with a practice playlist the Miami Dolphins’ head coach said was intended to challenge the veteran receiver to perform under pressure.

One day after Stills — he has been outspoken regarding social activism and criticized owner Stephen Ross’ support of President Donald Trump — called out Jay-Z for saying he was “past kneeling,” the Dolphins came to practice and heard eight straight Jay-Z tunes. They were selected by Flores.

When the playlist ended, Flores challenged Stills in front of the team to put up or shut up.

“We talked about it in-house and he handled it in-house,” Stills, 27, said. “For the most part, I think it was him seeing if I could handle if people were going to heckle me or play Jay-Z in another stadium if I could be mentally strong enough to handle that sort of treatment. I’ve been dealing with this since 2016 — music, boos, racial slurs. So I don’t think a little Jay-Z music is going to ruffle my feathers that bad.”

Flores defended his choice of music and motivational ploys on Thursday.

“It was a challenge to Kenny to perform regardless of whatever is going on outside,” Flores said of playing the Jay-Z songs. “I would say, and I said this to him, he hasn’t performed up to that level over the course of training camp, or as I’ve seen. So that was the challenge — to get open, catch the football and make plays for this team, regardless of what’s going on outside of this building.”

Flores grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and said his stance on social activism is not a part of what he brings to practices. He said he supports those who use their voice — because they’re telling his own story.

“I’m a son of immigrants. I’m black. I grew up poor. I grew up in New York during the stop-and-frisk era. So I’ve been stopped because I fit a description before. So everything that these guys protest, I’ve lived it, I’ve experienced it. So I applaud those guys’ protest,” Flores said. “So whether it’s (Colin) Kaepernick, or Eric Reid or Kenny, I applaud those guys. I told Kenny that in our meeting in front of the entire team.

“I don’t know how many people have, but I lived it. So I understand why guys protest. And it’s important. And you know what else is important to me? There’s 89 guys in that locker room who are counting on Kenny to get open, catch the football and perform for this team.”

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Panthers ‘optimistic’ Newton can play in opener

Panthers 'optimistic' Newton can play in opener

Panthers ‘optimistic’ Newton can play in opener

The Carolina Panthers are “cautiously optimistic” that Cam Newton will be able to play in the season opener after the quarterback sustained a foot injury during Thursday night’s preseason game, general manager Marty Hurney said.

“Cam Newton has a mid-foot sprain in his left foot, and we are cautiously optimistic he will be ready for Week 1,” Hurney said on Friday.

Newton sustained the injury on a sack in the first quarter of Carolina’s 10-3 preseason loss to the New England Patriots.

The 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player limped off the field before retreating to the locker room. Newton exited the stadium in a walking boot.

Newton was making his preseason debut, his game first action since having shoulder surgery in April. He went 4-of-6 passing for 30 yards, taking two sacks, before departing.

Newton, 30, is entering his ninth NFL season. He completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games last season, missing the final two due to the shoulder injury.

The Panthers open the regular season Sept. 8 against the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

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Colts QB Brissett expected to sit out vs. Bears

Colts QB Brissett expected to sit out vs. Bears

Colts QB Brissett expected to sit out vs. Bears

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett is expected to sit out Saturday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

The decision to keep Brissett under wraps comes as questions surround the availability of fellow quarterback Andrew Luck for the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 8.

Luck, who is dealing with injuries to his left calf and high ankle, previously had been ruled out of playing in any preseason games.

“At some level, we want to protect Jacoby anyway, to be honest with you, regardless of Andrew’s status,” coach Frank Reich said Thursday. “Because in theory, even if Andrew is playing Week 1, he still hasn’t taken a lot of reps. So we’re still going to protect Jacoby anyway.”

Brissett started 15 games for the Colts in Luck’s absence in 2017, with the team going 4-11 in that stretch.

Brissett, 26, completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2017. He also rushed for 260 yards and four scores.

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Giants’ Shurmur: ‘Eli’s our starter’

Giants' Shurmur: 'Eli's our starter'

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Giants’ Shurmur: ‘Eli’s our starter’

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning remains the team’s starting quarterback despite another strong showing by rookie Daniel Jones, coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday.

Shurmur stopped short of declaring the 38-year-old Manning as the starter for the season opener against Dallas immediately following Thursday’s 25-23 preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

That, apparently, prompted reporters to bring up quarterback concerns during a conference call on Friday morning.

“Eli’s our starter, and we’re getting Daniel ready to play,” Shurmur said. “(Jones) has done a good job in the preseason. He’s getting better and he’s going to do continue to do that, so that at whatever time we need him to play, he’ll be ready.”

Jones was ready on Thursday, completing 9 of 11 pass attempts for 141 yards in four series. The sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft is 25 of 30 for 369 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason.

Manning is 8-23 as the starter over the past two seasons, throwing 40 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions during that span.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion enters his 16th NFL season ranked seventh all-time in passing yards (55,981) and eighth in TD passes (360).

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Ex-NFL lineman Bennett found dead; son sought

Ex-NFL lineman Bennett found dead; son sought

Authorities are

Ex-NFL lineman Bennett found dead; son sought

Authorities are looking for a 22-year-old man in connection with the death of retired NFL lineman Barry Bennett and his wife, who were found dead earlier this week in their Minnesota home.

The Todd County (Minn.) Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that it is seeking the public’s help in finding Dylan John Bennett. His car was located outside the state, officials said.

The bodies of Barry Bennett, 63, and his 66-year-old wife, Carol, were found in their home in Long Prairie, Minn., on Wednesday. They were discovered after authorities went to their home on a welfare check requested by a friend.

The cause of death remains under investigation, the sheriff’s office said Friday.

Bennett played 11 seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1978-81), New York Jets (1982-88) and Minnesota Vikings (1988). He appeared in 132 games and posted 18.5 sacks in his career.

A product of Concordia College in Minnesota, he was a native of the state. After his NFL stint ended, he had a second career as a physical education teacher, the Star Tribune reported.

Jim Christopherson, who coached Barry Bennett at Concordia, told the Pioneer Press that Dylan Bennett was adopted by the couple. He said Dylan recently graduated from Bemidji State University and had found a job in China.

The Vikings tweeted their condolences on Friday afternoon.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol. Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time,” the Vikings said.

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Chiefs sign RT Schwartz to extension

Chiefs sign RT Schwartz to extension

Chiefs sign RT Schwartz to extension

The Kansas City Chiefs signed right tackle Mitchell Schwartz to a one-year extension, putting him under contract through 2021, Schwartz’s agent said Wednesday.

Agent Mike McCartney announced the one-year deal on Twitter.

NFL Network reported the extra year is worth $11.255 million, with Schwartz’s 2019 and 2020 salaries fully guaranteed. Schwartz was scheduled to make $6.6 million in both 2019 and 2020, with a cap hit of $8 million in each season.

It’s unclear if the contract structure in 2019 and 2020 was affected.

The highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history, Trent Brown, averages $16.5 million annually and will play right tackle for Oakland this season after playing on the left side for New England last year. The highest-paid full-time right tackle, Denver’s Ja’Wuan James, averages $12.75 million annually.

Schwartz, who turned 30 last week, was named first-team All-Pro in 2018, the first such honor of his career. He has never missed an NFL snap in seven seasons, spending his first four with the Cleveland Browns and the last three with the Chiefs after arriving in free agency.

According to STATS LLC, Schwartz has allowed just 2.5 sacks and committed four penalties in three out of the last four seasons.

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Bears cut Blewitt, search for kicker continues

Bears cut Blewitt, search for kicker continues

Bears cut Blewitt, search for kicker continues

Chicago’s search for a kicker hit the upright again at minicamp.

The Bears waived former Pitt kicker Chris Blewitt on Wednesday, one of three kickers at mandatory minicamp. On Tuesday, with the whole team and about 25 former Bears gathered to watch, all three kickers missed a 42-yard attempt.

“Um, whatever went through your mind went through my mind,” head coach Matt Nagy said of the missed kicks. “Yeah, no, I mean, that’s about as real as it gets. They were 0-for-3 out there. For today, we can’t have that. We are going to figure this thing out but 0-for-3 today, no good.”

Still under contract are Eddy Pineiro, acquired from the Oakland Raiders, and former AAF kicker Elliott Fry, but the Bears aren’t satisfied with those options as training camp looms.

“We talk it through and we figure it out and we do everything we possibly can to make sure that in the end, when we get to the very end, we have the right guy there,” Nagy said.

The Bears cut Cody Parkey, who missed a 43-yard attempt that would have given Chicago a win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Instead, the Bears lost 16-15 after Parkey missed the kick with seconds remaining.

The Bears have actively searched for a new starting place-kicker since the club cut Parkey.

Parkey missed seven field goal attempts and three extra points in the regular season.

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Brady, Patriots beat Panthers; Newton exits

Brady, Patriots beat Panthers; Newton exits

Tom Brady was sharp

Brady, Patriots beat Panthers; Newton exits

Tom Brady was sharp in his preseason debut, while Cam Newton left his debut with a foot injury as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 10-3 on Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass.

Newton hurt his left foot while getting sacked to end the third series. He limped off the field, received treatment on the sideline and was taken to the locker room before being ruled out. He finished 4 of 6 for 30 yards, taking two sacks.

Brady went 8 of 12 for 75 yards on three possessions, with two drives ending in punts before an 85-yard touchdown drive. Rookie fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham — not veteran backup Brian Hoyer — entered next and played the rest of the game. He finished 15 of 19 for 134 yards.

Panthers first-round pick Brian Burns had two more sacks, giving him four in the preseason, and one forced fumble. Third-round quarterback Will Grier entered third at quarterback, after Kyle Allen, and went 4 of 8 for 44 yards.

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Smith-Schuster regrets bitter end to AB’s run with Steelers

Smith-Schuster regrets bitter end to AB's run with Steelers

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wishes

Smith-Schuster regrets bitter end to AB’s run with Steelers

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wishes Antonio Brown’s end run in Pittsburgh had been amicable.

Smith-Schuster jumped to the No. 1 receiver role with the team when Brown was dealt to the Oakland Raiders.

Brown left Pittsburgh, torch in hand, criticizing management, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and other team leaders. He didn’t exactly share kind words about Smith-Schuster, either.

“The man’s a role model. In that situation, I didn’t want it to end like that,” Smith-Schuster said Wednesday. “I have no hard feelings against him. Obviously if we’re ever in the same room, I’m going to say what’s up to him. I think hatred is a huge word to use against somebody. At the end of the day he’s a great player, he comes out every day with work ethic. He worked hard. Other than that, I don’t have anything toward him like that.”

Brown put Smith-Schuster on blast with a direct attack via Twitter shortly after the Steelers announced Smith-Schuster as the team’s 2018 Most Valuable Player. The team award is voted on by players in the locker room.

Brown tweeted: “Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days ! by the way check the list.”

Smith-Schuster replied to the April 7 Twitter storm.

“All I ever did was show that man love and respect from the moment I got to the league. I was genuinely happy for him too when he got traded to Oakland w/ a big contract, and now he takes shots at me on social media?

“Crazy how big that ego got to be to take shots at people who show you love! Smh.”

With the benefit of hindsight, Smith-Schuster said he should have passed on the emotional response and avoided the negative attention it brought.

“I never want to be the center of attention for causing problems,” Smith-Schuster said. “I just try to stay positive as much as possible. When stuff like that goes sideways, I say what I say and then I back out and leave it at that.”

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Jaguars’ Ramsey: No extension coming in 2019

Jaguars' Ramsey: No extension coming in 2019

Jaguars’ Ramsey: No extension coming in 2019

The Jacksonville Jaguars informed Jalen Ramsey he won’t receive a contract extension this year, the All-Pro cornerback said Tuesday at minicamp.

Ramsey said he wasn’t upset about the situation, even joking on Twitter that he planned to “ask for so much money, they have to put me on lay-away.”

“As long as I’m a part of this organization, as long as I’m a part of Duval County, I’m going to give the city and the players all I’ve got, and I think y’all know that,” Ramsey said. “I’ve fought through injuries. I’ve fought through everything, haven’t missed a game. …

“I feel like I have outplayed my rookie contract and I feel I’ve earned a new contract. But at the end of the day, it’s not the end of the world. I’m tremendously blessed. I’m so blessed. I’m not down on it or anything like that at all, but that is the circumstance. That is what I’ve been told.”

Ramsey, 24, is entering his fourth season. In April, the Jaguars exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie contract that will pay him $13.7 million in 2020. He will earn a base salary of $3.6 million in 2019.

Ramsey has started all 48 games since the Jags made him the No. 5 overall pick in 2016, totaling 193 tackles, nine interceptions and 44 passes defensed. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2017 and has made two straight Pro Bowls (2017-18).

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Ex-NFL DE Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI

Ex-NFL DE Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI

Ex-NFL DE Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI

Former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith was arrested Monday in Kansas on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The 29-year-old was initially stopped for a traffic violation. He was issued citations at the station in Mission, Kan., and picked up there by a friend, a police spokesman told the Kansas City Star.

Smith has not played in the NFL since November 2015, when he was suspended by the league for a year for violating its substance-abuse policy.

The 49ers drafted Smith No. 7 overall in 2011 and he was an immediate success, tallying 14 sacks as a rookie and earning first-team All-Pro honors with 19.5 sacks in 2012.

After four seasons and 44 sacks in 50 games with San Francisco, he played in seven games for the Raiders prior to his suspension in 2015.

Smith has a long history of run-ins with the law, including at least three previous DUI arrests.

Last November, Smith entered no-contest pleas to two misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

In exchange for his plea, he received a sentence of 90 days in jail and received credit for time served in a residential treatment center. He also was sentenced to three years of probation, one year of domestic violence counseling and 25 hours of community service.

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Koepka: Golfers complain too much at U.S. Open

Koepka: Golfers complain too much at U.S. Open

Koepka: Golfers complain too much at U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is known as the toughest test in golf, with narrow fairways, penalizing rough, and pin placements almost impossible to reach.

Some of the top pros claim the way the USGA has set up its championship courses in recent years is more than tough; it’s been unfair.

Those complaints were a big topic of conversation Tuesday after practice rounds for this week’s U.S. Open, which begins Thursday at the famed and picturesque Pebble Beach in northern California.

But you won’t hear any moaning from the guy who is going for his third consecutive U.S. Open title.

“I mean, everybody has got to play the same golf course,” Brooks Koepka said.

“It doesn’t make a difference if you put it in the fairway and you hit every green, there’s really no problem, is there? So obviously they’re not doing what they’re supposed to do. So they’re not playing good enough. If they put it in the fairway, you shouldn’t have to complain about the rough. You hit the greens and you hit it close, you shouldn’t have to complain about the greens.

“I’ve just never been one to complain, make excuses. It doesn’t matter. Nobody wants to hear anybody’s excuse. I find it annoying even when I play with guys and they’re dropping clubs or throwing them or complaining, like telling me how bad the golf course is or how bad this is. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me.

“It’s just something we’ve all got to deal with. If you play good enough, you shouldn’t have a problem.”

Koepka won last year at Shinnecock Hills in New York with a 1-over-par total. Perhaps the moment most remember from the event is Phil Mickelson, afraid his putt at a treacherous hole location was going to roll off the green and into a bunker, chased down the ball and hit it back while it was moving. He was assessed a two-stroke penalty.

On Saturday at Shinnecock, the last 45 players to tee off failed to break par.

Tough or unfair?

“I think big picture you still had the right champions every single time. And that’s what you want to do in majors, you want to separate who is playing the best from who’s not,” said Jordan Spieth, who won the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, when dead fescue grass on the greens was a significant storyline.

“And I don’t see how that’s not had the right result in any of the previous years, even though certainly everything could have gone a hundred percent perfectly and it didn’t, necessarily.”

The USGA has narrowed the fairways slightly from the typical setup at Pebble Beach, and Englishman Justin Rose said, “The rough seems penal but not outrageous.”

“I think there’s going to be some very unlucky lies around the greens and the tops of the bunkers the way they’ve let the fescue, or whatever that grass is around the tops of the bunkers, grow,” he added.

“It’s quite a coarse grass as well. Any ball that lands just over the top of a bunker and lands in that longer grass, I think the ball is going to stick in there and you’re going to have some tough lies. And maybe you’ll see guys not move a ball possibly from the tops of those bunkers. That’s probably the most penal area of the golf course, I think.”

It’s all fine by Koepka.

“I just view it as this is what it is this week, and I’ve got to deal with it and go,” he said. “In my mind it doesn’t equate to a bad setup or good setup.”

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Cowboys WR Hurns making strides after brutal injury

Cowboys WR Hurns making strides after brutal injury

Cowboys WR Hurns making strides after brutal injury

Allen Hurns’ horrific lower-leg injury appeared to be the type that might cause him to miss at least part of the 2019 NFL season.

But the Dallas Cowboys receiver is recovering fast and he told reporters on Tuesday that he expects to be fully ready when training camp opens next month.

Hurns, 27, ran pass routes on Tuesday for the first time since badly dislocating his left ankle and breaking his fibula during the NFC wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 5. He said he will participate in individual drills on Thursday, the final day of camp.

Hurns was injured after catching a pass in the first quarter of the wild-card contest and was taken to the hospital with his leg in an air cast. He soon underwent surgery.

“I still get a little cringy thinking about it, but you know what’s surprising going through that? It wasn’t like the worst pain in my life,” Hurns told reporters in Frisco, Texas. “I was more freaked out about my ankle facing another way, but it was crazy for sure. Especially I had to stay off social media with everybody tagging me and things like that showing me the videos. I try not to watch it.”

Hurns was unable to put weight on the lower leg for two months. The first step was jogging, and now he describes himself as 90 percent recovered.

“It’s a progression thing,” Hurns said. “That’s the great thing about it. Each week you come in and you see that, ‘OK, I progressed to this,’ and you can look back and say I’m not where I was. That’s the great thing.”

Hurns caught just 20 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns last season in his first year with Dallas after playing his first four campaigns with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His best season was in 2015 when he established career highs of 64 receptions, 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The meager 2018 production adds another element, as Hurns is due to be paid $4 million in base salary in 2019 with a salary cap hit of $6.25 million.

He said he is aware the Cowboys might approach with an ultimatum: Take a pay cut or be released.

“I know that I’d return. I’m not sure where it’s going to be,” Hurns said. “My main thing is to get healthy, put together a great training camp and go from there.”

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Raiders to draw spotlight on ‘Hard Knocks’

Raiders to draw spotlight on 'Hard Knocks'

Just watch, baby.

Raiders to draw spotlight on ‘Hard Knocks’

Just watch, baby.

That is what HBO is hoping football fans will do this summer when they feature the Oakland Raiders on the latest season of “Hard Knocks.” The network and the NFL announced Tuesday that the Raiders will be showcased in the 14th edition of the series.

The five-episode series will have no shortage of storylines as it focuses on the Raiders, who are led by fiery head coach Jon Gruden and acquired superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown during the offseason. Oakland is looking to bounce back from a 4-12 season in what is expected to be its final season in the Bay Area before the franchise moves to Las Vegas.

The series likely will spend ample time on the Raiders’ rookie class, which includes a trio of first-round picks: defensive tackle Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson, running back Josh Jacobs out of Alabama and safety Johnathan Abram out of Mississippi State.

HBO plans to air the series debut on Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

“Everybody wants to be a Raider,” team owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one.”

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NFL notebook: Saints’ Jordan reportedly lands $52.5M extension

NFL notebook: Saints' Jordan reportedly lands $52.5M extension

NFL notebook: Saints’ Jordan reportedly lands $52.5M extension

The New Orleans Saints and defensive end Cameron Jordan reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

The extension will take the four-time Pro Bowl pass rusher through the 2023 season and be worth $52.5 million — with a max value of $55 million, including performance-based bonuses — and $42 million in guaranteed salary, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Jordan, who turns 30 next month, is now under contract for five years with a max of $74.5 million on the deal.

–HBO and the NFL announced that the Oakland Raiders will be featured on Season 14 of “Hard Knocks.” HBO plans to air the series debut on Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. ET.

The five-episode series will have no shortage of storylines as it focuses on the Raiders, who are led by fiery head coach Jon Gruden and newly acquired superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown. Oakland is looking to bounce back from a 4-12 season in what is expected to be its final season in the Bay Area before the franchise moves to Las Vegas.

The series likely will spend ample time on the Raiders’ rookie class, which includes a trio of first-round picks: defensive tackle Clelin Ferrell out of Clemson, running back Josh Jacobs out of Alabama and safety Johnathan Abram out of Mississippi State.

–A judge declared a mistrial on eight remaining counts against former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II, who was found guilty of felony rape one day earlier in Vista, Calif.

Winslow also was found guilty on misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and lewd conduct. He was acquitted on another lewd-conduct charge on Monday, but the jury was deadlocked on the other eight charges, and Judge Blaine K. Bowman ordered the jurors to return Tuesday.

Shortly after 10 a.m. PT, Bowman received a note from the jurors saying they remained deadlocked on the remaining charges, which included six felonies. He then polled the jury in the courtroom. After hearing the results, he declared a mistrial on all eight counts.

–New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur set the stage for a summertime quarterback competition between Eli Manning and rookie Daniel Jones.

Shurmur previously said Manning would be the starter and Jones would figure out where he fits in the quarterback pecking order. That tune changed dramatically when Shurmur said he is “constantly” evaluating which quarterback gives the team the best chance to win.

“We’re gonna play the very best player,” Shurmur said. “I know we’re dancing around the words here, but right now Eli is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel is getting ready to play. We’ll just see what happens.”

–Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will sit out this week’s mandatory minicamp because of a calf strain that also kept him out of last month’s organized team activities.

Coach Frank Reich told reporters that the team was being cautious with the injury and that it was a “no-brainer” that Luck would be ready for training camp in late July.

Luck said he has been able to throw “significantly” while rehabbing the calf injury.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars informed Jalen Ramsey he won’t receive a contract extension this year, the All-Pro cornerback said at minicamp.

Ramsey, 24, who is entering his fourth season, said he wasn’t upset about the situation, even joking on Twitter that he planned to “ask for so much money, they have to put me on lay-away.”

–Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones will not report to minicamp in hopes of having his contract situation addressed by the team before the start of the 2019 season.

Jones’ deal was set on the back burner when the Chiefs acquired Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks and signed him to a massive contract.

–Allen Hurns was expected to miss at least part of the 2019 NFL season after sustaining a horrific lower-leg injury in January, but the Dallas Cowboys receiver told reporters that he expects to be fully ready when training camp opens next month.

Hurns, 27, ran pass routes for the first time since badly dislocating his left ankle and breaking his fibula during the NFC wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 5. He said he would participate in individual drills on Thursday, the final day of camp.

–The Minnesota Vikings and tight end Kyle Rudolph agreed to a multi-year contract extension Monday night — a day before the team’s mandatory minicamp was set to begin.

Rudolph, who had just one year left on his previous deal, confirmed on his Twitter account that he is staying with the Vikings long term. He landed a four-year, $36 million extension, according to multiple reports.

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Chargers sign first-round pick Tillery

Chargers sign first-round pick Tillery

Chargers sign first-round pick Tillery

The Los Angeles Chargers signed defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, the team’s 2019 first-round draft pick, to a four-year contract Tuesday.

According to ProFootballRumors.com, Tillery is set to receive $11.4 million, which is the slotted amount for the 28th overall pick, with a $6.3 million signing bonus.

The Chargers could lean heavily on Tillery (6-foot-6, 300), who shined during his collegiate career at Notre Dame. Tillery joins a talented defensive front that includes Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

Los Angeles has two more draft picks to sign: second-rounder Nasir Adderley (defensive back, Delaware) and third-rounder Trey Pipkins (offensive guard, Sioux Falls.)

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NFL notebook: Cowboys reportedly make big offer to Elliott

NFL notebook: Cowboys reportedly make big offer to Elliott

NFL notebook: Cowboys reportedly make big offer to Elliott

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly have offered to make holdout Ezekiel Elliott one of the NFL’s two highest-paid running backs.

ESPN’s Ed Werder tweeted Thursday the Cowboys’ offer was less than what Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley earns — he signed a four-year, $57.5 million contract with $45 million guaranteed last summer — but more than Le’Veon Bell’s deal with the New York Jets.

In March, Bell signed the NFL’s second-richest running back contract, a four-year, $52.5 million deal that included $27 million in guarantees.

Elliott, 24, was the fourth overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has two years remaining on his rookie contract and wants a new deal before reporting to the team. He’s due to earn $3.85 million this season.

— The Washington Redskins turned down an offer of a 2020 first-round pick from the New England Patriots for disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams, multiple outlets reported.

The Team 980 tweeted the Patriots were told the offer “wasn’t enough.” NBC Sports Washington echoed the report: “Have heard the same.”

However, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport questioned the veracity of the information. “From what I understand, this is false. ‘Unequivocally not true’ was the precise wording. So, carry on,” he tweeted.

— Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio said injured reserve could be an option for quarterback Drew Lock after the rookie sprained his right thumb Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

“Obviously, because it’s his throwing hand and a thumb, that’s a pretty serious injury for a quarterback,” Fangio said. “It will be some time before we know exactly where he’s at and how much time he would miss.”

— The Los Angeles Chargers will place safety Derwin James on injured reserve ahead of Week 1, the team announced.

James underwent surgery for a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his foot, multiple outlets reported. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis.

The NFL Network reported James was expected to be sidelined approximately three months.

— Dallas Cowboys’ Amari Cooper will not play in the preseason, but the wide receiver said his foot injury was not a concern.

Cooper dealt with a foot injury as a sophomore at Alabama and as a rookie with the Oakland Raiders in 2015. He was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis this summer and has missed three weeks of practice.

— The Arizona Cardinals traded safety Rudy Ford to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive tackle Bruce Hector.

Ford, 24, was a sixth-round pick in 2017 out of Auburn. He played in 23 games and had nine tackles during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

— The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent linebacker Jayrone Elliott and waived injured defensive end Lavon Hooks.

Elliott, 27, recorded 57 tackles, 4.0 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 38 games with the Green Bay Packers from 2014-16.

— Pittsburgh named Ray Sherman as interim wide receivers coach for the 2019 season.

He replaces Darryl Drake, who died suddenly Aug. 11.

— The Los Angeles Chargers brought back wide receiver Dontrelle Inman.

Inman, 30, played in 41 games over four seasons with the Chargers before being traded to the Chicago Bears in October 2017.

— The preseason game between Green Bay and Oakland in Winnipeg was played with shortened dimensions due to concerns about the turf in each end zone.

With holes in the turf — from where Canadian Football League goal posts are placed — that could not be properly filled, each end zone was moved 10 yards closer to the middle of the field. Pylons were placed at each end of both 10-yard lines, marking the front of the end zone, and at each end of both normal goal lines (for the back of the end zone).

The Packers sat 33 players, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and all of the team’s starters.

— Patriots safety Patrick Chung was indicted on a charge of cocaine possession, a Class B felony, in New Hampshire.

According to a statement from Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois, a grand jury returned an indictment of Chung on Aug. 8 for an incident that took place on June 25 in Meredith, where Chung has a home.

The charge carries a potential prison term of 3 1/2 to seven years.

— John Elway appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to raise awareness for Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition that prevents curled fingers from being straightened.

Elway, Denver’s president of football operations and general manager, was diagnosed with the condition 15 years ago, well after the Hall of Fame quarterback’s 16-year career had ended. Elway recently underwent a non-surgical treatment to attempt to straighten his fingers.

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Jones shines again as Giants beat Bengals

Jones shines again as Giants beat Bengals

First-round rookie Daniel

Jones shines again as Giants beat Bengals

First-round rookie Daniel Jones had another impressive outing, throwing for 141 yards, as the visiting New York Giants beat the Cincinnati Bengals 25-23 in preseason action Thursday night.

Jones hit 9 of 11 attempts while playing four series, bringing his preseason stat line to 25 of 30 for 302 yards and a touchdown. He fumbled once on a sack, but the Giants recovered.

Jones entered after Eli Manning went 4 of 8 for 41 yards in one series, leading a 15-play, 66-yard drive for a field goal. Giants wideout Brittan Golden had two catches for 59 yards and a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Andy Dalton was sharp for the Bengals, going 7 of 10 for 104 yards and a touchdown in three series of work. Fourth-round rookie Ryan Finley continued his strong preseason by going 14 of 20 for 155 yards.

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Brady, Patriots beat Panthers was Newton exits

Brady, Patriots beat Panthers was Newton exits

Tom Brady was

Brady, Patriots beat Panthers was Newton exits

Tom Brady was sharp in his preseason debut, while Cam Newton left his debut with a foot injury, as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 10-3 on Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass.

Newton hurt his left foot while getting sacked to end the third series. He limped off the field, received treatment on the sideline and was taken to the locker room before being ruled out. He finished 4 of 6 for 30 yards, taking two sacks.

Brady went 8 of 12 for 75 yards on three possessions, with two drives ending in punts before an 85-yard touchdown drive. Rookie fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham — not veteran backup Brian Hoyer — entered next and played the rest of the game. He finished 15 of 19 for 134 yards.

Panthers first-round pick Brian Burns had two more sacks, giving him four in the preseason, and one forced fumble. Third-round quarterback Will Grier entered third at quarterback, after Kyle Allen, and went 4 of 8 for 44 yards.

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