Meyer says assistant’s firing best thing for Buckeyes

CHICAGO (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a saying he uses with his program: Event + Response = Outcome.

The outcome this time was the dismissal of a longtime assistant.

Meyer is facing questions about his relationship with former receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired Monday after an Ohio court granted a domestic violence protection order to his ex-wife last week.

“It’s something our team lives by, E + R = O, you press pause and get your mind right and step up, press pause and gather information, get your mind right, gather energy, and then step up to do the right thing,” Meyer said Tuesday of Smith’s dismissal. “That’s the position I hold. That’s how we did that.”

Smith, the grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. At the time of the charge, Zach Smith’s attorney said Smith’s ex-wife had accused him of driving to her apartment after she told him they would meet elsewhere so he could drop off their son.

Smith pleaded not guilty last month. Courtney Smith asked for a civil protection order on Friday, and her request was granted. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 3.

Zach Smith was accused of aggravated battery on his then-pregnant wife in 2009 while he was a graduate assistant on Meyer’s staff at Florida. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence, and Meyer, who calls the late Bruce one of his biggest mentors, brought Smith along when he took over Ohio State before the 2012 season.

“In 2009 Zach was an intern, a very young couple,” Meyer said. “As I do many times, most coaches and people in leadership positions, you receive a phone call, first thing you do is tell your boss, let the experts do their jobs. We’re certainly not going to investigate.

“It came back to me that what was reported wasn’t actually what happened. And Shelley (Meyer’s wife) and I actually both got involved because of our relationship with that family and advised for counseling and wanted to help as we moved forward.”

The Smiths got divorced in 2016. Asked if Smith’s firing had anything to do with the allegations becoming public, Meyer acknowledged it was a factor.

“I really don’t care about that,” Meyer said. “I try to stay focused on what’s the most important thing. That’s our players and our team.

“But I do understand the value. It’s The Ohio State University is bigger than all of us. So you have to do what’s right by them. And the timing. It wasn’t just my decision. It was a group effort on several people that I rely on.”

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Redskins sign LB Bostic, move LB Foster to IR

Redskins sign LB Bostic, move LB Foster to IR

Two days after

Redskins sign LB Bostic, move LB Foster to IR

Two days after Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the practice field with a season-ending torn left ACL, Washington placed him on injured reserve and signed free agent linebacker Jon Bostic.

Bostic, who turned 28 earlier this month, will essentially fill the substantial void left by Foster, who was injured after the first workout of the team’s offseason program.

A five-year veteran, Bostic started 14 of 16 games with Pittsburgh last season, recording 73 tackles and a career-best 2.5 sacks in his lone campaign with the Steelers. He has also played for Chicago (2013-14), New England (2015) and Indianapolis (2017) and spent 2016 with Detroit, but missed the entire season after suffering a season-ending foot injury during training camp.

For his career, Bostic has recorded 313 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 70 games (46 starts).

The move formally ends the season for Foster, who was emotionally distraught on Monday as he was assisted to the cart and into the locker room with an air cast on his left knee.

Foster crumpled to the ground on the third play and immediately was tended to by defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and team president Bruce Allen. Head coach Jay Gruden said Foster, in a non-contact drill while going about three-quarters speed, stepped on guard Tyler Catalina’s foot and “landed funny on his left leg.”

“Very disappointing what happened,” Gruden said after Monday’s workout. “His first rep as a Redskin, he runs through the gap and gets injured. … He’s devastated. He’s obviously guarded right now. He felt something happen in his leg. But he’s very upset about it.

The Redskins claimed Foster off of waivers when the San Francisco 49ers parted with the troubled linebacker last season. The 49ers let Foster go in the wake of a domestic violence accusation stemming from an alleged incident during a team road trip to Tampa, Fla.

Foster, 25, was a first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017 (31st overall). He has played in 16 of a possible 32 games in his career.

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Cleveland awarded 2021 draft; K.C. gets 2023

Cleveland awarded 2021 draft; K.C. gets 2023

The 2021 NFL Draft

Cleveland awarded 2021 draft; K.C. gets 2023

The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland, and Kansas City will host the 2023 draft, the league announced Wednesday from its spring meetings in Florida.

The event in Cleveland will be centered downtown, around FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and on the shore of Lake Erie.

“Cleveland has a passionate fan base and the city offers distinctive iconic locations and attractions that will bring the NFL Draft experience to fans in unique and exciting ways,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

“We are incredibly honored to be able to showcase the City of Cleveland and the passion of Browns fans through the unique international platform the NFL Draft provides,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam added in a statement. “This is an exceptional opportunity for Northeast Ohio that even extends beyond football.”

Cleveland was a finalist for the 2019 (awarded to Nashville) and 2020 (Las Vegas) drafts. Denver and Kansas City were also finalists for those drafts, although Denver was not expected to be a contender for any drafts awarded this week.

The 2022 draft location has yet to be determined.

The 2023 draft in Kansas City will be centered on the Missouri side of downtown, around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

“We know Chiefs fans will come out to celebrate along with thousands of fans from teams around the country for an incredible experience as we welcome the next generation of NFL players,” Goodell said in a statement.

“This is a historic day for Kansas City and Chiefs Kingdom, and we are thrilled to be named the host city for the 2023 NFL Draft,” chairman and CEO Clark Hunt added in a statement.

The draft began moving around the country in 2015, being held in Chicago for two years before going to Philadelphia (2017), Dallas (2018) and then Nashville last month. Before that, the draft was held annually in New York City from 1965-2014.

The free event has expanded since it started moving around, drawing hundreds of thousands of fans across three days of action with fan-interactive games and drills, opportunities to take photos with the Lombardi Trophy and more.

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Reports: Vikings TE Rudolph confirms 5-year offer

Reports: Vikings TE Rudolph confirms 5-year offer

After weeks

Reports: Vikings TE Rudolph confirms 5-year offer

After weeks of trade rumors and prior broken-down negotiations over a contract extension, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph confirmed a report that the team has offered him a five-year extension, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Rudolph, 29, was quoted by ESPN on the second day of the Vikings organized team activities (OTAs) as asserting the Pro Football Talk report was accurate. The PFT report stated that the team’s offer would make Rudolph one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL.

“That’s what they’re working at,” Rudolph said, per ESPN. “We’re in a tough situation. Everybody knows that. That’s why we (the Vikings) have the best salary-cap guy in the NFL and I believe I have one of the best agents. So, like I said, they’re working really hard.”

One week earlier Rudolph, whose 41 touchdown receptions rank as the most in franchise history for tight ends, firmly told the Star-Tribune that he was “too young” to take a pay cut to remain a Viking.

Rudolph has one year left on his contact and is due $7.5 million in 2019. The Vikings have about $1.13 million left in cap space, which ranks as the second-lowest amount of available in their budget in the league, according to Over The Cap.

Despite his contract status being up in the air, the veteran has participated in all voluntary OTA workouts thus far.

“I don’t know what kind of example it would set if I wanted to be here and I wasn’t here,” he said. “And that’s not the kind of person I am. If I was at home right now and everybody else was out here at practice, that would be really hard for me.”

Minnesota drafted Alabama tight end Irv Smith in the second round as a potential replacement.

Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has spent his eight-year NFL career in Minnesota, catching 386 passes for 3,787 yards and 41 touchdowns. He had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four scores last season. He ranks second in team history for catches and receiving yards among tight ends.

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Falcons DE Means out for season (Achilles)

Falcons DE Means out for season (Achilles)

Falcons DE Means out for season (Achilles)

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Steven Means suffered a torn Achilles during OTAs and will miss the 2019 season, the team announced Wednesday.

Means, 28, played in eight games (four starts) for the Falcons last season, signing in September after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles at the end of training camp. Means made 14 tackles, including three for loss and a sack, in 2018.

He was vying to reprise his role as a reserve pass-rusher behind Vic Beasley, Takkarist McKinley and Adrian Clayborn.

Means, a fifth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, has 26 career tackles and three sacks in five NFL seasons. He has played for the Buccaneers (2013-14), the Baltimore Ravens (2014), the Eagles (2016-17) and Falcons.

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Panthers QB Newton out, TE Olsen in at OTAs

Panthers QB Newton out, TE Olsen in at OTAs

Cam

Panthers QB Newton out, TE Olsen in at OTAs

Cam Newton was not cleared to throw as the Carolina Panthers worked out together Wednesday, four months after the quarterback had shoulder surgery.

Head coach Ron Rivera said the team remains focused on Newton returning at full strength for the start of training camp in July.

“We’ll just continue to go through the process,” Rivera said Wednesday after the first day of organized team activities. “It’s really … not that big a deal.”

Newton, 30, had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January after sitting out the final two games of the 2018 season. Doctors removed scar tissue that remained from a 2017 surgery on his partially torn rotator cuff.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback and 2015 MVP said last month he had not been given a timetable for his return. He said he started a vegan diet and hired a personal trainer to prepare for the 2019 season.

There was good news for one of Newton’s key targets, however.

Tight end Greg Olsen, whose 2018 season ended in December with a foot injury, told reporters he can be a full participant at OTAs. Injuries have limited him to just 16 games combined over the past two seasons.

“I’ve been cleared for everything for a while now,” Olsen told reporters.

Olsen, 34, is entering his 13th NFL season — his ninth with the Panthers. He was a Pro Bowl selection each year from 2014-16, when he gained at least 1,000 yards each season.

He has 666 career receptions, with 57 of them for touchdowns.

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Long admits marijuana use, points to flaws in NFL testing

Long admits marijuana use, points to flaws in NFL testing

Long admits marijuana use, points to flaws in NFL testing

Recently retired defensive end Chris Long admits to using marijuana as an NFL player, saying that the league should move toward a place where testing positive does not result in a suspension.

“I certainly enjoyed my fair share on a regular basis throughout my career. I was never afraid to say that, but I’m able to say it more explicitly now,” Long said of his marijuana use on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday.

“Listen, if not for that, I’m not as capable of coping with the stressors of day-to-day NFL life. A lot of guys get a lot of pain management out of it.”

Long, 34, announced his retirement Saturday night. He made 70 career sacks in 11 NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2008-2015), New England Patriots (2006) and Philadelphia Eagles (2017-18). He was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft.

The NFL announced earlier this week that the league and the NFL Players Association have created a committee that “will establish uniform standards for club practices and policies regarding pain management and the use of prescription medication by NFL players as well as conduct research concerning pain management and alternative therapies.”

Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, told the Washington Post: “We’ll look at marijuana.”

“We should be headed to a place where we allow players to enjoy what I would not even call a drug,” Long said. “It’s far less dangerous than guzzling a fifth of alcohol and going out after a game.

“I think from a standpoint of what’s safer for people and the player, certainly people in the spotlight, it is far less harmful than alcohol. It is far less harmful than tobacco, and at various points in the league’s history, they have engaged in partnerships on different levels with those respective industries.”

Long said he was able to easily beat once-a-year testing by the NFL.

“Players know when the test is. We can stop,” Long said.

“In that month or two that you stop, you’re going to reach for the sleeping pills, you’re going to reach for the pain killers and you’re going to reach for the bottle a little bit more. … If you’re serious about players not smoking, you’d be testing more often. I hope they go the opposite direction and just kind of realize how arbitrary doing that one test a year is.”

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Combine staying in Indy for now; prime time in 2020

Combine staying in Indy for now; prime time in 2020

The NFL Scouting Combine will remain in Indianapolis

Combine staying in Indy for now; prime time in 2020

The NFL Scouting Combine will remain in Indianapolis through at least 2021, while on-field workouts will be moved to the afternoon and prime time starting in 2020, the league announced Wednesday.

On top of a one-year extension through 2021, the agreement to hold the combine in Indianapolis includes a series of annual options in the future, with the league planning to evaluate the combine’s status in the city after 2021.

Starting next year, on-field drills and workouts — typically held during the morning and afternoon — will be bumped to the afternoon and prime time, with the goal of drawing more viewers.

“We are always looking at ways of bringing more football to a wider audience,” the league told NFL Network in a statement. “This will enable us to accomplish the goal of reaching more fans while still fully maintaining the football integrity of the event. We will adjust the schedule to ensure a positive experience for the players and clubs.”

The combine has been held in Indianapolis since 1987 as a centralized location for all teams to watch prospects and meet with them for interviews and medical testing, but there have been rumors and reports that the league is considering moving the event to a larger market. One possibility would be Los Angeles, where NFL Network will eventually have a large campus at the Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium and complex in Inglewood.

Many teams have pushed back against the idea of moving the combine, arguing in favor of the convenience of Indianapolis, where the events are centralized at the downtown convention center and Lucas Oil Stadium, with player physicals handled at nearby hospitals and everything running on a consistent schedule for years.

That schedule will change at least somewhat moving forward, with the workouts being pushed later, when players typically were meeting with teams in past years.

The NFL has shaken up the draft in recent years to garner more attention and viewers, splitting it into three days — with the first two in prime time — moving it around the country and featuring it in more places on television.

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NFL tables talks to overhaul overtime

NFL tables talks to overhaul overtime

NFL tables talks to overhaul overtime

NFL overtime rules will be unchanged for the 2019 season, the competition committee declared Wednesday in Key Biscayne, Fla., at its annual May meeting.

A proposal by the Kansas City Chiefs received considerable attention, and commissioner Roger Goodell welcomed a debate he said should continue with a particular focus on changes to OT for playoff games.

Competition committee chairman Rich McKay said the proposal, which guarantees both teams one possession in overtime, will be revisited next year by NFL owners.

Current rules allow for the team receiving the ball first in overtime to score a touchdown and end the game.

The impetus for the Chiefs’ plan was an overtime loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in January. In that game, the Patriots won the coin toss, and Tom Brady engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive then ended in a Rex Burkhead touchdown and a New England trip to the Super Bowl.

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NFL tables OT overhaul, bans Oklahoma drill

NFL tables OT overhaul, bans Oklahoma drill

NFL tables OT overhaul, bans Oklahoma drill

NFL overtime rules will be unchanged for the 2019 season, the competition committee declared Wednesday in Key Biscayne, Fla., at its annual May meeting.

A proposal by the Kansas City Chiefs received considerable attention, and commissioner Roger Goodell welcomed a debate he said should continue with a particular focus on changes to OT for playoff games.

Competition committee chairman Rich McKay said the proposal, which guarantees both teams one possession in overtime, will be revisited next year by NFL owners.

Current rules allow for the team receiving the ball first in overtime to score a touchdown and end the game.

The impetus for the Chiefs’ plan was an overtime loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in January. In that game, the Patriots won the coin toss, and Tom Brady engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive then ended in a Rex Burkhead touchdown and a New England trip to the Super Bowl.

The NFL also announced it would ban teams from using several well-known one-on-one drills from practice and training camp, including the popular Oklahoma Drill and the Bull in the Ring. Each simulates one-on-one play between either a pair of linemen or a blocker and would-be tackler. Eliminating the drills is intended to reduce incidences of head injuries during contact portions of practice.

A committee was formed and met in Atlanta last month to discuss which drills to eliminate to reduce helmet-to-helmet contact on the practice field.

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Panthers QB Newton not cleared to throw at OTAs

Panthers QB Newton not cleared to throw at OTAs

Cam

Panthers QB Newton not cleared to throw at OTAs

Cam Newton was not cleared to throw as the Carolina Panthers worked out together Wednesday, four months after the quarterback had shoulder surgery.

Head coach Ron Rivera said the team remains focused on Newton returning at full strength for the start of training camp in July.

“We’ll just continue to go through the process,” Rivera said Wednesday after the first day of organized team activities. “It’s really … not that big a deal.”

Newton, 30, had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January after sitting out the final two games of the 2018 season. Doctors removed scar tissue that remained from a 2017 surgery on his partially torn rotator cuff.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback and 2015 MVP said last month he had not been given a timetable for his return. He said he started a vegan diet and hired a personal trainer to prepare for the 2019 season.

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Report: Chiefs’ Mathieu alleged victim in $5M extortion plot

Report: Chiefs' Mathieu alleged victim in $5M extortion plot

Report: Chiefs’ Mathieu alleged victim in $5M extortion plot

A relative of Tyrann Mathieu has been accused of trying to extort $5 million from the Kansas City Chiefs safety.

ESPN reported that Geourvon Keinell Sears, 21, allegedly threatened to reveal personal information to TMZ if he didn’t receive the money.

Documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana contend Sears demanded $1.5 million from Mathieu in April, then raised the price to $5 million.

While the alleged victim of the extortion plot is identified only by initials in court documents, Mathieu’s lawyer, Denise White of EAG Sports, confirmed to KMBC 9 in Kansas City that Mathieu was the target. White said Mathieu is working through a “private and personal family issue.”

Sears is alleged to have told Mathieu’s friends that if the money was not paid, he would “kill you all.”

Sears is set to appear in court on June 21. He is free on $25,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Mathieu, 27, is entering his seventh NFL season but his first with the Chiefs. Mathieu sign a three-year contract in March. He spent the first five seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals, then played the 2018 season with the Houston Texans.

A first-team All-Pro in 2015, Mathieu has played in 82 games (73 starts) in his career and has 394 tackles, 13 interceptions and 19 quarterback hits on his record.

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Kraft trial postponed indefinitely; prosecution appeals video ruling

Kraft trial postponed indefinitely; prosecution appeals video ruling

Kraft trial postponed indefinitely; prosecution appeals video ruling

Robert Kraft’s trial has been suspended indefinitely as prosecutors appeal a judge’s ruling over the admissibility of video surveillance footage.

The suppression of the key video evidence could end the case against Kraft, who was charged with a misdemeanor alleging he paid for sex at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla.

Judge Leonard Hanser in Palm Beach County postponed the trial indefinitely as prosecutors launched an appeal of Hanser’s decision to disallow secretly shot video of Kraft.

The footage allegedly shows Kraft participating in a sex act at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in January.

Kraft, 77, pleaded not guilty. He owns the New England Patriots and still would be subject to NFL discipline regardless of the outcome of the appeal and trial.

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Goodell: NFL action on Hill secondary to child’s welfare

Goodell: NFL action on Hill secondary to child's welfare

Goodell: NFL action on Hill secondary to child’s welfare

Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill remains away from the Kansas City Chiefs as authorities investigate allegations of child abuse, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league has not been in touch with Hill as that process continues.

“We will not interfere with that,” Goodell said Wednesday at league meetings in Florida.

“The priority is the young child. We will obviously be cooperative with whatever the court wants. We are prepared to go ahead and have an interview whenever we have the permission to do so, and then we’ll go ahead and make a determination based on what information we have at that time.”

Specifically, Goodell said any disciplinary action from the NFL will wait until the investigation concludes.

Last month, the district attorney’s office in Johnson County, Kan., declined to press charges against Hill or his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, after an incident in which their young son suffered a broken arm.

But days later, an audiotape emerged in which Espinal accuses Hill of breaking the boy’s arm, and he threatens her in return. The Chiefs banned Hill, 25, from participating in team activities but did not cut ties with him, and the Kansas Department for Children and Families and local law enforcement reopened their investigations.

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Reports: Bengals G Redmond hit with PED suspension

Reports: Bengals G Redmond hit with PED suspension

Cincinnati

Reports: Bengals G Redmond hit with PED suspension

Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Alex Redmond will be suspended four games for violating the NFL’s Performance-Enhancing Drug Policy, per reports from ESPN on Wednesday.

“Played last season with a torn labrum and hamstring injury, and made bad decision to try to help it,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted.

Redmond, 24, started 15 games at right guard last season for the Bengals. He was an undrafted free agent out of UCLA in 2016, signing with the Bengals that year before being cut at the end of training camp. Cincinnati brought him back in January 2017, and he played in five games that season.

He re-signed with the Bengals in April on a one-year exclusive rights free agent contract worth a reported $645,000.

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Seahawks’ Wagner not practicing while seeking new deal

Seahawks' Wagner not practicing while seeking new deal

Seahawks’ Wagner not practicing while seeking new deal

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is present at organized team activities but will not practice, as he seeks an extension from the team entering the final year of his contract.

“It’s a tricky situation,” Wagner told reporters Tuesday, adding that he wanted to attend as a leader of the defense. “This is a business. You get hurt, they’re going to cut you. So you’ve got to be mindful of that. … Y’all know I’m fresh enough, going to be in shape.”

Wagner, who turns 29 in June, is due $11.4 million in 2019, the final season of a four-year, $43 million deal. He said Tuesday he intends to set a new benchmark for salary among off-ball linebackers, after C.J. Mosley joined the New York Jets on a five-year, $85 million contract in free agency in March.

“That’s the plan, to break that,” said Wagner, who is serving as his own agent and said the sides have had communication and have a plan for the negotiation.

Head coach Pete Carroll sounded pleased with how Wagner has handled the situation, and said that talks have gone well.

“Bobby’s been great,” Carroll said. “Everything’s going to come together in time. Everything’s in order, and we’re in order of what we want to do, and it feels very comfortable and very amicable and all of that. So everything’s going just right.”

Wagner has reached five straight Pro Bowls and had four first-team All-Pro nods, including in each of the last three seasons. He racked up 138 tackles (six for loss), 11 passes defensed, one interception (returned for a touchdown), one sack and eight quarterback hits in 15 games last season.

He hopes to reach an agreement before the season but reiterated that he’s prepared for this to be his final season in Seattle, if necessary.

The seven-year veteran has 916 tackles (51 for loss), 41 passes defensed, nine interceptions, 16.5 sacks and 60 QB hits in 103 career games since the Seahawks drafted him in the second round in 2012.

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Bosa pulls hamstring, 49ers RBs still hurting

Bosa pulls hamstring, 49ers RBs still hurting

San Francisco 49ers top pick

Bosa pulls hamstring, 49ers RBs still hurting

San Francisco 49ers top pick Nick Bosa left practice early on Tuesday, sustaining a hamstring during a pass-rushing drill and sitting out the remainder of workouts.

With the 49ers in their second day of a three-day week of organized team activities, Bosa did some 11-on-11 work, as well, before the injury forced the defensive end to limp off to the sidelines.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters afterward that the team does not yet know the severity of the injury, which happened while Bosa was working with the second-team defense, but Bosa remained out on the sidelines through the end of practice.

Bosa, 21, was selected second overall in April. He played in only three games as junior last season at Ohio State, suffering a core muscle injury in September and sitting out the remainder of the season to recover and prepare for the draft.

Shanahan also gave injury updates on his running backs, a position group with three players currently out.

Matt Breida suffered a slightly torn pectoral muscle during offseason lifting, Raheem Mostert had his fractured arm re-set because it was not healing properly, and Jerick McKinnon, coming off a torn ACL that cost him all of last season, is running lightly. All three are expected back for training camp, however.

On the bright side, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo — also coming back from a torn ACL, his suffered in Week 3 last season — threw passes during 7-on-7 drills while wearing a knee brace. He won’t be cleared for full team drills until camp, Shanahan said.

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Report: 2021 NFL Draft awarded to Cleveland

Report: 2021 NFL Draft awarded to Cleveland

The 2021 NFL Draft

Report: 2021 NFL Draft awarded to Cleveland

The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland, according to an Uproxx report on Tuesday.

The league is expected to officially announce the news, and potentially the hosts of other future drafts, on Wednesday, as owners hold spring meetings in Florida this week.

Cleveland, Kansas City and Denver were among the finalists for recent drafts that were awarded to Nashville (2019) and Las Vegas (2020). Multiple outlets reported Tuesday that Denver is not expected to be awarded a future draft this week.

“We’re confident in our city and our proposal, and feel Cleveland has a great chance at securing this event,” David Gilbert, president of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, told Cleveland.com in a statement earlier Tuesday.

The draft began moving around the country in 2015, being held in Chicago for two years before going to Philadelphia (2017), Dallas (2018) and then Nashville last month. Before that, the draft was held annually in New York City from 1965-2014.

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Steelers’ Roethlisberger: ‘I lacked in leadership’ in 2018

Steelers' Roethlisberger: 'I lacked in leadership' in 2018

As the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2019 organized

Steelers’ Roethlisberger: ‘I lacked in leadership’ in 2018

As the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 organized team activities got underway on Tuesday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger pinned the team’s 2018 struggles on himself.

“I lacked in leadership,” Roethlisberger told reporters. “Because that’s my job as the leader of this team, to get us to the playoffs. I’m gonna need to focus and refocus my energy and time on, how can I be a better leader to get us back to the playoffs?”

The comments came a day after Roethlisberger told Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate, KDKA, he probably went “too far” in making critical comments about wide receiver Antonio Brown after a loss at Denver last year. Brown had a falling out with the team, demanded a trade this offseason and was dealt to the Oakland Raiders.

“I took some heat and deservedly so for some of the comments … and especially towards him,” Roethlisberger told KDKA. “I genuinely feel bad about that and I’m sorry.”

On Tuesday, the 37-year-old spoke further about Brown, who responded Monday to the quarterback’s interview with KDKA by tweeting only, “Two face.” The QB said he wasn’t sure why the pair’s relationship deteriorated last year and added that he didn’t get a chance to repair it.

“I never really saw any of it coming,” Roethlisberger said. “I would have loved to have had the chance to talk to him. That’s why I said yesterday, whatever I did to offend him, I apologize for it. I tried to do that in person, talk to him. He wouldn’t allow me to.”

Roethlisberger also said Tuesday he is emphasizing his connections with his current teammates, as this group looks to build toward a better season.

“You just have to focus on the guys that are here and make sure they are good,” he said. “Everyone I’ve talked to is good with me. … We’ve been attacked from all angles this year, this offseason. We just need to stick together and have each other’s backs.”

The Steelers finished 9-6-1 in 2018, missing the postseason for the first time since 2013. They haven’t had a losing season since 2003.

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Patriots OT Veldheer retiring after nine seasons

Patriots OT Veldheer retiring after nine seasons

The New England Patriots placed

Patriots OT Veldheer retiring after nine seasons

The New England Patriots placed recently signed offensive tackle Jared Veldheer on the reserve/retired list Tuesday.

ESPN reported earlier in the day Veldheer informed the team he planned to retire.

Veldheer, who turns 32 in June, joined the Patriots on May 13 as a free agent, signing a reported one-year, $3.5 million deal worth up to $6.5 million with incentives.

A nine-year veteran, Veldheer started 12 games at right tackle for the Denver Broncos last season after being acquired via trade, allowing just one sack but committing seven penalties.

He spent the previous four years with the Arizona Cardinals, playing primarily left tackle before moving to the right side in 2017. A third-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2010, Veldheer made 113 career starts in 118 games, with the majority at left tackle.

Isaiah Wynn, a 2018 first-round pick, was expected to get the first shot at starting on Tom Brady’s blind side after incumbent left tackle Trent Brown left for the Raiders in free agency. Wynn is recovering from a torn Achilles sustained in August.

New England also lost swing tackle LaAdrian Waddle to the Buffalo Bills in free agency.

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OTAs notebook: Jags’ Ramsey absent, but Ngakoue shows

OTAs notebook: Jags' Ramsey absent, but Ngakoue shows

Cornerback

OTAs notebook: Jags’ Ramsey absent, but Ngakoue shows

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey remains absent from Jacksonville Jaguars offseason workouts, but defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was present on Tuesday after missing workouts earlier this spring.

Ngakoue, 24, is entering a contract year — in which he’ll make $2.025 million — after totaling 29.5 sacks through three seasons. The former third-round pick said he’ll continue to participate as he seeks a new deal.

“Of course, I’m going to play,” he said. “I love the game. I’m in God’s hands at the end of the day. I’ve been playing this game my whole life and that’s what I’m here to do.”

Ramsey is not expected to attend until the team’s mandatory minicamp is held from June 11-13. He is working out on his own and has said he will be with the team and “ready when it’s time.”

–Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is present at OTAs but will not practice, as he seeks an extension from the team entering the final year of his contract.

“It’s a tricky situation,” Wagner told reporters, adding that he wanted to attend as a leader of the defense. “This is a business. You get hurt, they’re going to cut you.”

Wagner, who turns 29 in June, is due $11.4 million in 2019, the final season of a four-year, $43 million deal. He said he intends to set a new benchmark for salary among off-ball linebackers, after C.J. Mosley joined the New York Jets on a five-year, $85 million contract in free agency in March.

–As expected, Houston Texans franchise-tagged outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney did not show for OTAs.

Clowney, who has yet to sign his $15.967 million tender, is not expected to attend even for mandatory minicamp absent a long-term extension, which the sides have until July 1 to work out.

“I have every belief and trust that JD is working on his own and getting ready for whenever he does decide to show up.,” head coach Bill O’Brien said.

–Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is absent from OTAs, as expected.

Jones, who turns 25 in July, has been absent all offseason while seeking a new deal. He is due $1.2 million in 2019, the final year of his rookie deal.

Jones racked up 15.5 sacks and 29 QB hits last season, ranking third and fifth, respectively, in the NFL.

–Wideout Antonio Brown was not present for the start of Oakland Raiders OTAs.

Head coach Jon Gruden did not offer a reason for Brown’s absence but did not sound concerned.

“Hopefully we’ll see him here in the next couple of days,” Gruden said. “He’s been working extremely hard learning our offense, and really excited to get him out here.”

–Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay and defensive tackle Damon Harrison were absent from OTAs, amid reports that both are interested in new contracts.

Slay, 28, has two years left on a four-year, $48.2 million extension signed in July of 2016. He is due $13 million in 2019 and $10.5 million in 2020, with cap figures of $15.9 million and $13.4 million, respectively.

Harrison, 30, was acquired for a conditional fifth-round pick from the New York Giants in October and also has two years remaining on his deal. He is due $7 million in 2019 and $9.25 million in 2020.

–Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was absent from OTAs, amid reports he is seeking a new deal.

Jenkins, 31, is due $8.4 million in 2019 and $7.9 million in 2020 before his contract expires. The safety market jumped considerably this offseason, with four players reaching at least $13.75 million annually.

“It is a voluntary program, and Malcolm is one of those guys, leader of the football team, and not concerned with him,” head coach Doug Pederson said.

–Green Bay Packers safety Josh Jones is absent from OTAs as he seeks a trade, ESPN reports.

The team was expected to move Jones, 24, to linebacker after signing Adrian Amos in free agency and drafting Darnell Savage in the first round last month, but Jones is reportedly not on board with the switch.

A 2017 second-round pick, Jones is under contract through 2020. He has started 12 of 29 games through two seasons, making 96 tackles and breaking up seven passes.

–Field Level Media

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