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Jason Pierre-Paul Severely Injures Hand In Fireworks Accident

Jul 5, 2015 4:45 PM

Jason Pierre-Paul severely injured his hand in a Fourth of July fireworks accident.

Details remain unconfirmed at this point but Pierre-Paul may have lost some fingers.

Andy Slate/WINZ (via Darin Gantt/ProFootballTalk)

Tags: New York Giants, Injury

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Wilson Would Consider Playing Baseball As Well If Dealt To Mariners

Jul 4, 2015 11:41 AM

Russell Wilson would consider playing both football and baseball if he were to be traded to the Seattle Mariners.

The Texas Rangers own Wilson's MLB rights.

"I would definitely consider it," he said.


Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are in the middle of contract negotiations.

Conor Orr/

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

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Rolando McClain Suspended Four Games For Substance Abuse Violation

Jul 2, 2015 4:49 PM

Rolando McClain has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

McClain can return to the Cowboys' active roster Oct. 5, following the team's Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints.

"I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake," McClain said in a statement. "I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error. I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots."


Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

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Antonio Gates Suspended Four Games For PED Violation

Jul 2, 2015 4:47 PM

Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

In a statement, Gates said he did not knowingly take a banned substance, but he acknowledged he did take supplements this offseason and would accept the consequences.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Gates said. "I'd like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."


Tags: San Diego Chargers, Suspension

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Sheldon Richardson Suspend Four Games By NFL

Jul 2, 2015 4:10 PM

Sheldon Richardson has been suspended by the NFL for four games for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

Richardson will be eligible to return to the New York Jets on Monday, Oct. 5, after the Jets' Week 4 game against the Miami Dolphins.

"I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans. However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on," Richardson said in a statement.

"I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field."


Tags: New York Jets, Suspension

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Richard Sherman Ahead Of Revis On NFL's Top 100

Jul 2, 2015 12:51 PM

Richard Sherman is ahead of Darrelle Revis on the NFL's Top 100.

Sherman fell four spots to No. 11 in the 2015 edition, ahead of fellow cornerbacks Revis (No. 17) and Patrick Peterson (No. 19).

Revis made the leap from No. 37 last year and 67 in 2013 after finally recovering from a torn ACL.

Tags: New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, IQ

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Erroneous Report About Surfing Clause In Mariota's Contract Surfaces

Jul 2, 2015 12:46 PM

There's a report that Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans have stalled on their contract talks because there is a clause preventing him from surfing.

But Mariota is not a surfer.

A source with direct knowledge of the situation tells PFT that there’s no truth to the report, and that Mariota isn’t a surfer.

“Somebody made something up here,” the source said.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Tennessee Titans

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Brett Favre Not Attempting Comeback, Believes He Can Still Play In NFL

Jul 1, 2015 5:53 PM

Brett Favre is not preparing an NFL comeback at the age of 45, but he does believe he can still play.

Favre finished his career with the Minnesota Vikings after a storied career with the Green Bay Packers and one season with the New York Jets.

"I think I could play," told Sports Illustrated for an upcoming cover story. "As far as throwing. Of course, we're not trying to start some he's-coming-out-of-retirement deal. Do I think I could play and lead a team? Look, no. But I could play. I could make all the throws I made before, I just couldn't throw it near as far, but that never matters anyway."

Conor Orr/

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor

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Brandon Spikes Pleads Guilty To Hit-And-Run Crash

Jul 1, 2015 5:50 PM

Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people, and he will serve a year of probation.

Spike admitted negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of personal injury, operating an uninsured vehicle, speeding and a marked-lanes violation.

State police found a damaged Mercedes-Benz Maybach luxury car belonging to Spikes abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 in Foxborough on June 7.

The New England Patriots cut Spikes after the accident.


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Marshawn Lynch Considered Retirement Before Seahawks' Offer

Jul 1, 2015 2:11 AM

Marshawn Lynch considered retiring before the Seattle Seahawks gave him a three-year, $31 million offer.

Lynch's new deal was worth $24 million in new money.

"I mean, you know, in this game, you know, at this running back position, you don't go that long," he said. "But, I mean, they put 12 in front of you for a year you start to think like 'Yeah, maybe I can do this again.'"

Said Conan: "12 thousand dollars."

Replied Lynch: "Yeah, something like that."

Kevin Patra/

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

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Rex Ryan More Impressed By Tyrod Taylor Than Matt Cassel
Tyrod Taylor is one of the NFL's most athletic quarterbacks, but he hasn't shown as much as a passer.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Russell Wilson Won't Change Approach Regardless Of Contract
Russell Wilson will give a full effort in 2015 regardless of his contract status with the Seahawks.

Terry Blount/ESPN

Michael Bennett Open To Holding Out
Michael Bennett signed a four-year, $28.5 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) in 2014.

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Darren McFadden Feels Like Rookie Again Joining Cowboys
Darren McFadden rushed for less than 3.5 yards per carry in each of the past three seasons.

Kevin Patra/

Russell Wilson: The Contract Will Work Itself Out
It has become increasingly clear that a deal between the Seahawks and Russell Wilson will not get done quickly or easily.

Kevin Patra/

Guenther: Manziel Can Become Good QB In Right System
Paul Guenther believes Johnny Manziel can still develop into an effective NFL quarterback.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Morris Claiborne Weighed Just 150 Pounds Following Surgeries
Morris Claiborne has gained some of the weight back ahead of the 2015 season.

Chris Wesseling/

Dez Bryant, Cowboys Renew Contract Talks
The Cowboys had their first face-to-face meeting with Dez Bryant's agents Tom Condon and Roc Nation's Kim Miale in nearly four months.

Chris Wesseling/

Patrick Peterson Adjusting To Life With Diabetes
Patrick Peterson was diagnosed with diabetes last season and lowering his sugar intake was one of the most significant byproducts.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

NFL Could Use 27,000-Seat Soccer Stadium As Temporary L.A. Venue
The venue is home to the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS and seats just 27,000.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Jameis Winston Trying To Lose Weight Before Training Camp
Jameis Winston's weight was a topic for the media and fans earlier in the year, but he looked impressive during workouts.

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Union Files Complaint Against Patriots On Malcolm Butler Punishment
The complaint by the union was filed Wednesday and done without Malcolm Butler's approval following an initial review.


Florio: Goodell's Underlings Were Out To Get Patriots
Mike Florio believes it was the failure of Roger Goodell to react decisively in the Ray Rice debacle that enabled those beneath him to seize on this Patriots' situation.

Ryan Glasspiegel/The Big Lead

Broncos Initially Asked Peyton Manning To Take $10M Pay Cut
The Broncos were never prepared to cut Peyton Manning, but were adamant about him taking a reduced salary.

Mike Kils/Denver Post

Chip Kelly Has Seen Improvement From Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow could beat out Matt Barkley for the final roster spot on the Eagles.

Chris Wesseling/

Tom Brady Has 10-Hour Appeal Hearing
A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that "Tom Brady's greatest ally today was Tom Brady."

Rachel Cohen/AP

Report: Broncos Tried To Trade Peyton Manning To Texans
Peyton Manning's revised contract for 2015 includes a no-trade clause.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Rob Gronkowski Only Living Off Endorsement Money
Rob Gronkowski has yet to spend any of the $10 million he's earned on his contract with the Patriots over his first five NFL seasons.


Ahmad Bradshaw Receives One-Game Suspension
Ahmad Bradshaw has received a one-game suspension by the NFL following his no contest plea in May on marijuana possession.


Russell Wilson Continuing To 'Trust The Process' On Contract Talks
Russell Wilson referenced his time at NC State before transferring to Wisconsin to finish his collegiate career.

Terry Blount/ESPN

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