NFL

Redskins QB Alex Smith on playing again: ‘That’s the plan’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith says he hopes to play football again but still needs to make basic progress like relearning how to run after breaking his right leg. In an interview during a massage at a shopping mall with “The Oh My Goff Show,” posted Friday on YouTube, Smith said “the steps I’m at right now ...

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Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins tackling mental wellness head on

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brian Dawkins is tackling mental health issues the same aggressive way he took on anyone who dared cross the middle during his Hall of Fame career as a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos. Since revealing he suffered from depression and had suicidal thoughts early in his playing career, Dawkins has been on a mission ...

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Jets’ Douglas fills out staff with Hogan, Savage, Alexander

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Douglas filled out his front office staff with some familiar faces who have plenty of NFL experience. The New York Jets general manager hired Rex Hogan as the team’s assistant GM, Chad Alexander as director of player personnel, Phil Savage as senior football adviser and Chris Nolan as a college scout. The team also announced ...

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After piggybacking on baseball, NFL stood tall in expansion

George Halas wanted an NFL team in Dallas, and in 1960 the influential founder of the Chicago Bears helped Clint Murchison get one. Less than 10 years later, a league that for decades piggybacked geographically on baseball went from 16 to 26 franchises in a merger with the rival American Football League, making plans to get even bigger on its ...

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Fans arrive in droves to honor Bowlen at public tribute

DENVER (AP) — Some wore full costumes and others sported jerseys, including one Denver Broncos supporter with “P. Bowlen” on the back. Quite a few devotees stood in the rain for about an hour before making their way inside the stadium. The fans arrived in droves Tuesday to pay respect to owner Pat Bowlen, who died last week at 75 ...

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NFL teams up with NCAA for next round of safety improvements

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL’s top medical experts are asking college football physicians and trainers to help make the game safer. They want the NCAA to pitch in, too. Dr. Allen Sills and Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, spent Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis sharing data about their findings on the prevention and ...

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Broncos to honor Bowlen in myriad ways in 2019

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are planning several ways to honor team owner Pat Bowlen , who died last week at 75 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s just two months shy of his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Renaming their stadium in his honor isn’t one of those. The team has lacked a naming ...

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QB Josh McCown retires after 16 NFL seasons

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh McCown was sometimes the starting quarterback, often the backup — and always among the most-respected and well-liked players in whatever locker room he was in. And there were many. McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, wrote in a piece for The Players’ Tribune posted Monday that he is retiring from playing football after an ...

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Peyton Manning adds another honor in TN Sports Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Peyton Manning, the former quarterback with a record five NFL MVPs among the string of awards and honors to his credit, calls his decision to attend the University of Tennessee one of the best he’s ever made. That makes being inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night along with a handful of ...

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Cowboys TE Rico Gathers gets 1-game substance-abuse ban

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has been suspended for the first game in 2019 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The decision Friday came about 10 months after the former Baylor basketball player was arrested on a marijuana possession charge. The arrest came just before the final cuts of the preseason last year, but ...

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