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Deaths from brain, heart problems higher for NFL than MLB

NFL players may be more likely to die from brain diseases and heart problems than Major League Baseball players but the reasons are unclear.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 5:54 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Kurt Warner says Seahawks’ Russell Wilson isn’t a top-five NFL QB, and he might be right

A few days ago, the Hall of Fame quarterback was on NFL Network, giving his top five QBs heading into the 2019 season. There were 10 quarterbacks on the list …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Analysis: Answering six key questions about Bobby Wagner’s future with the Seahawks

Bobby Wagner left no question Tuesday about what he wants in order to remain with the Seahawks beyond this season: an extension before the start of the 2019 season that …


Chuck Pagano puts stamp on Bears ‘D’ after year out of coaching

New Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano gets to put his stamp on a unit that emerged as one of the best the past four seasons under Vic Fangio, particularly …


Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph: ‘These guys expect to see me out here’

As a ninth-year veteran on an expiring contract with a team in a tight salary cap situation, tight end Kyle Rudolph has no guarantee he’ll get to continue his career …


Just JuJu; With Antonio Brown gone, Smith-Schuster ready to lead

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is ready to prove he can thrive without Antonio Brown. The 22-year-old Smith-Schuster is the de facto leader of Pittsburgh’s wide receiver group following …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera: Not a big deal that Cam Newton isn’t throwing yet

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he’s not concerned that Cam Newton still isn’t throwing a football nearly four months after his starting quarterback had surgery on his right shoulder. Rivera …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 2:35 p.m.

NFL committee to decide whether to tweak interference rule

NFL owners gave the competition committee the go-ahead Wednesday to decide whether to refine the new rule allowing replay challenges involving pass interference. The proposed tweak would take the decision …


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

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

Bobby Wagner present, but not participating at Seahawks OTAs

Bobby Wagner will be present for the Seattle Seahawks’ optional offseason activities but he doesn’t plan to participate.


Marcus Mariota’s approach to final year of contract: ‘Let it ride’

Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Marcus Mariota hasn’t changed anything about how he prepares for this season. That includes no talk of holding out or public …


Derek Carr back for 6th year as Raiders QB after offseason rumors

Derek Carr has acknowledged that speculation about whether the Oakland Raiders would draft a quarterback this offseason was annoying, even if he was confident it wouldn’t happen. Coach Jon Gruden, …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

NFL owners to consider tweaking pass interference reviews

NFL owners meeting Wednesday will consider a proposal to refine the new rule that allows challenges involving pass interference. They also may announce locations to host upcoming drafts. Owners voted …


Matthew Stafford endures ‘tough times’ after wife’s tumor surgery

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is juggling his job on the field and his role as a husband and father as his wife recovers from surgery to remove a brain …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

Robert Kraft trial postponed while prosecutors appeal video ruling

A Florida judge has delayed the trial of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on a misdemeanor charge that he paid for sex at a massage parlor. Judge Leonard Hanser …


Yannick Ngakoue rejoins Jaguars, vows to play even without new deal

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue emphatically says he plans to play this season even if he doesn’t get a long-term contract. The former Maryland standout and third-round draft pick …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Buccaneers moving on from 6-time Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving on from Gerald McCoy. The team released the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, describing the move as a mutual agreement after nine seasons. McCoy …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Ben Roethlisberger bothered by criticism but eager to move on

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he needs to do a better job as a leader in 2019. Roethlisberger received pointed criticism from former teammates Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell …


Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott detained by police at Vegas music festival

Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed by police after a scuffle involving event staff at a Las Vegas music festival but was not arrested. Police say the 23-year-old running …


Redskins’ Reuben Foster carted off field with apparent knee injury

Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster appeared to injure his left knee during an offseason practice and was taken off the field on a cart. Foster went down clutching at his …


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 6:51 p.m.

Larry Stone: Give Seahawks credit for hard but necessary choices while remaking core

For the Seahawks, this has been an offseason of amazing efficiency in the realm of roster construction.


Versatile Kareem Jackson sees time at safety and in slot

The Denver Broncos are lining up versatile defensive back Kareem Jackson at safety and in the slot position during organized team activities. That could change depending on the contract talks …


Broncos rookie Drew Lock doesn’t begrudge Joe Flacco for his comments

Drew Lock says he doesn’t begrudge Joe Flacco for saying his top priority is to win games, not mentor the Broncos’ rookie quarterback. Lock says he’s learning plenty from Flacco …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson suspended 6 games for PED violation

Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The NFL did not specify …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

AP sources: Jets, Adam Gase trade Darron Lee to Chiefs for 6th-rounder

Two people with direct knowledge of the deal say the New York Jets have agreed to trade linebacker Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round draft pick. …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Kupple of Rams: Ketner Kupp signs with Los Angeles, joining brother Cooper and three other ex-EWU standouts

When asked last season about the professional football prospects of his younger brother, Los Angeles Rams receiver and former Eastern Washington star Cooper Kupp saw a potential self-made NFL linebacker.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 1:38 p.m.

Kareem Hunt tells Browns, ‘You can trust me,’ after violent past

Browns running back Kareem Hunt knows only his actions will help him outrun a violent past. Hunt spoke for the first time since Cleveland signed him in February after he …


Seahawks sign former New York Jets starting QB Geno Smith

The Seattle Seahawks have added former New York Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith to the competition to back up Russell Wilson. Smith started his first two seasons with the Jets …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

M-E-S-S: Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan; Adam Gase acting GM

The New York Jets have fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Adam Gase will serve as the acting GM in his place. The stunning decision by team chairman and …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Practice? Odell Beckham Jr. spends 1 day with Browns, leaves again

One practice appears to be enough for Odell Beckham Jr. The star wide receiver was not at Cleveland’s voluntary workout after showing up Tuesday following a monthlong absence. Beckham had …