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Eddie Lacy: I Think I Look Good

May 25, 2016 1:37 PM

Eddie Lacy has appeared to lose weight this offseason as he made his first public practice with the Green Bay Packers during the new league year.

"I think I look good," said Lacy.

Lacy's listed weight is 234 pounds but he appeared to play in the 260 range in 2015.

Mike McCarthy called the power back out in January, making it clear that Lacy "cannot play at the weight he played at" in 2015.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Green Bay Packers

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NFLPA President: NIH Report 'Microcosm' Of How NFL Treats Players

May 25, 2016 11:51 AM

NFL Players Association president and Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston criticized the NFL over allegations in a recent congressional report on the way the NFL improperly handled its recent concussion study was "a symptom" and "microcosm" of the way the league treated its players.

The 91-page report highlighted ways the NFL pressured the National Institutes of Health to take the $16 million project from a prominent Boston University researcher, and instead redirect the money to members of the league's committee on brain injuries. The study was to have been funded by a $30 million "unrestricted gift" the NFL gave the NIH in 2012.

According to Winston, such actions by the NFL are par for the course.

"The way they treated NIH is a symptom and is just a microcosm of really the way they treat players throughout the league, right?" Winston said Tuesday. "Every player needs to know because it's every player that's going to be affected by a study like this. It's every player that's going to be affected by personal conduct. It's every player that's affected by these things. So it's not just about my vendetta or it's not just about me. ... It's about educating the players and letting them know, 'Listen, this affects you.'"

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Tags: Legal

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Larry Fitzgerald Has 'No Idea' If 2016 Could Be His Final Season

May 24, 2016 8:18 PM

Larry Fitzgerald had a resurgent season in 2015, catching 109 balls for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns.

"Honestly, I have no idea," Fitzgerald said, via the Cardinals' team site. "I really don't look at it like that."

Fitzgerald hinted last month that his future could be linked to the quarterback position of the Arizona Cardinals.

"A lot of it's tied to Carson (Palmer) -- Carson's playing at a high level," he said. "I don't want to go through any other quarterback situations. It's been great to have the stability that we have now with the big fella, he's been playing lights out."

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Roger Goodell Calls Raiders To Vegas Reports 'Premature'

May 24, 2016 8:16 PM

Roger Goodell called any talk of the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas "premature" and discounted most of the available rumors as speculation during his news conference at the Spring League Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday.

Goodell also noted that the Las Vegas market would have to be considered "from a gambling standpoint" before the league would consider letting a franchise relocate there.

Mark Davis, who has met with officials in Vegas recently, told reporters on Tuesday at the meetings that the move would "unite Raider Nation."

"I think this has been a very transparent issue," Goodell said about the ongoing struggle for the Raiders to secure a new stadium in Oakland. "I spoke to (Oakland's mayor) last night at 10 o'clock. I'm in touch with her. I told her before, if there are proposals and solutions that she can identify or that we can help them identify. We have given from an ownership standpoint another $100 million, $300 million, to get a stadium built in Oakland. We believe in that market. I know Mark Davis does. But there has to be a solution that's developed. It's not just on us. There has got to be cooperative agreement to try to find that solution. It's been a long time coming. This isn't something that started 12 months ago. This has been a long time that we have been seeking a solution in Oakland and it's time to get to that. We will play our part and I know the Raiders will also."

He added: "The Raiders have been very open about the challenges to get a stadium built. It's not fair to ship all of that responsibility to the Raiders. Public officials, the private sector, the Raiders, the NFL we all have a responsibility. It is a shared responsibility. It's not one person saying it's somebody else's responsibility. We all have to work together to find that solution."

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Tags: Oakland Raiders

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Tyler Eifert To Undergo Minor Ankle Surgery, Out Three Months

May 24, 2016 5:10 PM

Tyler Eifert will undergo a minor ankle surgery and is likely to begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

The recovery period is estimated at three months, per the Enquirer, which could put Eifert's availability for the start of the season at risk.

Eifert has dealt with injuries throughout his career.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Injury

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Atlanta Awarded 2019 Super Bowl, Miami Gets 2020, LA In 2021

May 24, 2016 3:46 PM

Atlanta has been awarded the 2019 Super Bowl.

The Atlanta Falcons are building a new stadium that will house the game.

Miami will receive the 2020 Super Bowl in the Dolphins' renovated stadium.

Los Angeles will host the 2021 Super Bowl in the Rams' new facility in Inglewood.

The NFL had previously awarded the 2017 Super Bowl to Houston and the 2019 edition to Minneapolis. 

All of the stadiums, with the exception of Houston, are either new stadiums or renovated ones.

RealGM Staff Report

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Bills' GM: Football Is A Violent Game Humans Not Supposed To Play

May 24, 2016 1:38 PM

Doug Whaley, general manager of the Buffalo Bills, responded to a question regarding whether Sammy Watkins is injury-prone by wondering why it is surprising that football players get injured so often.

"I wouldn't say [he's injury-prone]. If you look at his game log, he's only missed three games. So is he injury-prone? I wouldn't say that. Are things going to come up with a guy like this? We hope that gets limited in the future," Whaley said, before stating his broader thoughts on football.

"This is the game of football," he told WGR 550 radio. "Injuries are part of it. It's a violent game that I personally don't think humans are supposed to play."

Watkins underwent surgery this offseason on a broken foot.

Mike Rodak/ESPN

Tags: Buffalo Bills

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Dwight Freeney Works Out For Bengals

May 24, 2016 11:44 AM

Dwight Freeney will work out for the Cincinnati Bengals.

A midseason addition to Arizona's roster last October, Freeney made a major impact for the Cardinals defensively. 

Freeney recorded eight sacks and forced three fumbles in just 245 snaps in 2015.

Pro Football Focus credited Freeney with having the sixth-best pass-rush productivity among 3-4 outside linebackers.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Browns Release Brian Hartline

May 23, 2016 5:52 PM

The Cleveland Browns have released Brian Hartline.

Hartline struggled to gain separation and was a below replacement level wide receiver.

First-round pick Corey Coleman is in line to be the team's leading receiver, with Andrew Hawkins the remaining veteran.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Congressional Report: NFL Tried To Influence Study On Brain Damage

May 23, 2016 11:17 AM

At least a half-dozen top NFL officials waged an improper campaign to influence a major U.S government research study on football and brain disease.

A 91-page report describes how the NFL pressured the National Institutes of Health to strip the $16 million project from a prominent Boston University researcher and tried to redirect the money to members of the league's committee on brain injuries. The study was to have been funded out of a $30 million "unrestricted gift" the NFL gave the NIH in 2012.

After the NIH rebuffed the NFL's campaign to remove Robert Stern, an expert in neurodegenerative disease who has criticized the league, the NFL backed out of a signed agreement to pay for the study, the report shows. Taxpayers ended up bearing the cost instead.

The NFL's actions violated policies that prohibit private donors from interfering in the NIH peer-review process, the report concludes, and were part of a "long-standing pattern of attempts" by the league to shape concussion research for its own purposes.

"In this instance, our investigation has shown that while the NFL had been publicly proclaiming its role as funder and accelerator of important research, it was privately attempting to influence that research," the report states.

Steve Fainaru, Mark Fainaru-Wada/ESPN

Tags: Legal

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Tom Brady To Appeal Four-Game Suspension
The court upheld Tom Brady's suspension in a 2-1 decision April 25.

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Buccaneers Had Winston 1A, Mariota 1B In 2015
Jon Robinson was with the Buccaneers during that draft decision and is now GM of the Titans.

John Breech/CBS Sports

Brock Osweiler Doesn't Hold Grudge Against Broncos
Brock Osweiler passed on an opportunity to remain with the Broncos to become the starting quarterback of the Texans.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Bears To Use 'Hot Hand' Strategy At Running Back
John Fox has always liked a running back by committee approach.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Buccaneers Inspired By Belichick, Gostkowski In Selecting Kicker Early
The Buccaneers had a first-round grade on Roberto Aguayo.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Steelers Experimenting With Robot Tackling Dummies
The dummies could aid in tackling development without the risk of players hitting each other.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Tom Benson Testifies Estranged Heirs Tried To Kill Him
Tom Benson petitioned to prevent the Saints or Pelicans to pass to his daughter and her children.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

NFL Moving Pro Bowl From Hawaii To Orlando
The NFL held the Pro Bowl in Miami in 2010 and in Glendale, Arizona in 2015.

Scott Soshnick/Bloomberg

Jalen Ramsey Has Small Tear In Meniscus
The Jaguars expect Jalen Ramsey to be available for Week 1 of the regular season.

Mike DiRocco/ESPN

Peyton Manning 'Got His Fill' Of Playing Football
Peyton Manning says his retirement is going well so far.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Cowboys Sign Ezekiel Elliott To Four-Year, $24.9M Deal
The deal includes an option for the fifth season and the first four years are fully guaranteed for Ezekiel Elliott.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Michael Bennett Unhappy With Contract But Won't Hold Out
Michael Bennett has two seasons remaining on the four-year, $28.5 million deal he signed during the 2014 offseason.

Sheil Kapadia/ESPN

Andrew Luck Feels 'Obligation' To Stay Healthy
After missing nine games due to injuries last season, Andrew Luck is healthy again.

Mike Wells/ESPN

Sam Bradford Explains Why He Asked For Trade
Sam Bradford sign a two-year contract with the Eagles in March believing he would have the chance to establish himself as the long-term quarterback.

Phil Sheridan/ESPN

Joe Philbin Feels Fortunate To Join Colts As O-Line Coach
Joe Philbin was fired last season by the Dolphins as head coach.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Chargers Claim Zach Mettenberger Off Waivers
Zach Mettenberger has a QBR of just 16.5 over the past two seasons.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Cam Robinson Arrested On Drug, Weapon Charges
Cam Robinson was fourth overall in Jeff Risdon's initial mock for 2017.

Dan Parr/NFL.com

Mark Sanchez Undergoes Surgery On Left Thumb
Mark Sanchez initially injured the thumb while working in the weight room on Thursday.

ESPN

Kirk Cousins, Washington Remain Optimistic About Long-Term Deal
Washington would like to sign Kirk Cousins to a multi-year deal that would carry a lower cap figure.

Mike Jones/Washington Post

Sammy Watkins Undergoes Surgery On Broken Foot
Sammy Watkins had a screw inserted in his foot to repair the injury.

Mike Rodak/ESPN