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Buffalo Bill have player wearing OJ Simpson’s former No. 32

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — For the first time in 42 years, the Bills have a player wearing O.J. Simpson’s former No. 32. Running back Senorise Perry wore the jersey number at Buffalo’s spring practices this week. Simpson, whose name remains on the Bills Wall of Fame, served nine years for armed robbery and assault after confronting two sports collectibles ...

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Roethlisberger focused on being a better leader in 2019

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger heard the noise. How could he not? At times, it was deafening. Antonio Brown. Le’Veon Bell. A handful of other former teammates long since gone from the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room. The talking heads on TV. They all came for him in some form or another during a turbulent offseason, questioning everything from his character ...

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Ngakoue rejoins Jaguars, vows to play even without new deal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Yannick Ngakoue grew tired of watching from the sideline as teammates participated in 11-on-11 drills. So he took a different approach to stand out Tuesday. The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end ran onto the field during a special teams play, scooped up a punt and started juking would-be tacklers. “Just trying to show my athleticism a little ...

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Jets’ Gase: There was no power struggle with Maccagnan

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Adam Gase is calling a timeout on the perceptions that he won a power struggle with Mike Maccagnan. The New York Jets coach — and acting general manager — said he was surprised when team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson told him Maccagnan was being fired as the GM last Wednesday. There had been rumors ...

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Manning not worried about having Jones waiting in the wings

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning hasn’t been looking over his shoulder since the New York Giants took heir apparent Daniel Jones with the sixth pick overall in the NFL draft. The 38-year-old Manning is always focused on what he can control and right now that’s being the Giants’ quarterback in 2019. There seems to be no doubt the ...

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Catching on: Langley switches from cornerback to receiver

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Here’s the catch: Brendan Langley reached a point where he would rather receive passes than pick them off. So, the Denver Broncos third-year player is calling an audible and going over to the other side — from cornerback to wide receiver. No offense, he just prefers offense. “It’s going well,” Langley said of learning the ropes ...

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Redskins’ Reuben Foster carted off field with knee injury

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster appeared to injure his left knee during his first snap at an offseason practice Monday and was taken off the field on a cart. Foster stepped on one of offensive lineman Tyler Catalina’s feet, his left leg landed wrong and he went down in obvious pain. His left leg was stabilized ...

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Browns coach Kitchens surprises Kareem Hunt at his baptism

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has been watching Kareem Hunt work toward redemption. On Sunday, he showed the running back that he’s got his full support. Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey surprised Hunt by attending his baptism at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church on Cleveland’s east side. Hunt, who was suspended eight games by the ...

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Only on AP: Redskins recovery methods aim to reduce injuries

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Sunglasses shield your eyes from the infrared lights that give oxygen to your body’s cells. Uggs boots, rubber gloves and shorts are the only protection from freezing temperatures as cold as minus 200 degrees. Then comes the sensory deprivation of floating pitch black in 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt while meditation music plays. And that’s just ...

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Eagles’ Chris Long announces retirement after 11 NFL seasons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long announced his retirement from football Saturday night, ending an 11-year NFL playing career that included winning two Super Bowl titles and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Long posted his decision on Twitter , with a tweet that included a picture of his right hand holding up a red cup ...

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