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Jim Caldwell Signs Extension With Lions

Sep 23, 2017 9:39 PM

Jim Caldwell has signed a multi-year contract extension with the Detroit Lions.

The deal was reportedly agreed upon months ago.

Caldwell had been in the final year of his contract and consistently has had to answer questions about whether he will return in 2018. 

Caldwell has taken the Lions to the playoffs in two of his three seasons.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, Misc Rumor

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NFL Responds To 'Divisive' Comments From Donald Trump

Sep 23, 2017 1:57 PM

Roger Goodell released a statement in response to comments from Donald Trump about the state of the NFL regarding player protests and the physical nature of the game.

"The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture," wrote Goodell. "There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we've experienced over the last month.

"Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities."

USA Today

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Rob Gronkowski Has $5.75M Incentive To Play Against Texans

Sep 22, 2017 8:08 AM

Rob Gronkowski has significant financial incentive to play against the Houston Texans this weekend.

Gronkowski has been slowed by a groin injury this week and his playing status hasn't been confirmed for Week 3.

The tight end restructured his contract with the New England Patriots this offseason and can earn an extra $5.75 million through incentives this season. He has a base salary of $5 million but can earn the full $10.75 million if he plays in 90 percent of the offensive snaps, or catches 80 passes, or notches 1,200 receiving yards, or is a first team All-Pro.

Jeff Howe/Boston Herald

Tags: New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

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Todd Gurley First With Six TDs Through Three Games Since 2011

Sep 22, 2017 8:00 AM

Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns on Thursday night, giving him six on the season.

Gurley is the first non-quarterback with six touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season since Calvin Johnson did so in 2011.

"I gave everybody what they've been waiting for," Gurley said.

In addition to his three scores against the San Francisco 49ers, he rushed for 113 yards. It marked the first time he surpassed 100 yards since Week 14 of the 2015 season.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Steven Hauschka: White People Need To See Inequality Exists

Sep 22, 2017 7:50 AM

Steven Hauschka wants "to do more" to advance the discussion of racial inequality.

The Buffalo Bills kicker was moved by a recent player memo to the NFL asking for help with awareness of issues of racial inequality and criminal justice reform.

"I think a lot of white people don't understand it and are afraid to be involved," Hauschka said. "And I think it's important for white people to see there is inequality everywhere in the country right now, and in the world."

Chris Long, Seth DeValve and Justin Britt are all white and have publicly supported teammates.

"I don't have all the answers, I don't even pretend to," Hauschka said. "But I am open to talking about it and I am open to learning about it with the hopes that one day, either our generation or future generations, can improve racial inequality and how people are treated around the world."

Buffalo News

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Aaron Hernandez Had Stage 3 CTE

Sep 21, 2017 9:48 PM

Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday.

An attorney for Hernandez announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the New England Patriots for hiding the true dangers of the sport.

Hernandez had stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.

"We're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age," attorney Jose Baez said.

Hernandez was 27 when he killed himself in April.

Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.

"When hindsight is 20-20, you look back and there are things you might have noticed," he said. "But you don't know."

Associated Press

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T.Y. Hilton On Colts Falling To 0-3: 'It Can't Happen'

Sep 21, 2017 9:01 AM

T.Y. Hilton is confident the Indianapolis Colts will find the win column against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.

"Can't go down 0-3. I don't think we've been down 0-3 since I've been here. So, it can't happen, it won't happen," Hilton said.

The Colts haven't been 0-3 since 2011, when they finished 2-14 and earned the No. 1 pick that was used on Andrew Luck. Indianapolis is 0-2 for the fourth straight year.

"We all understand the magnitude of it and the urgency," Chuck Pagano said. "They need a win, and we need a win. We'll go back to work on Wednesday and prepare just like we did, but just try to do it better and clean up the things we need to clean up. It's a big week."

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Misc Rumor

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Packers May Reduce Ty Montgomery's Snaps

Sep 21, 2017 8:56 AM

The Green Bay Packers may begin to ease off on Ty Montgomery's playing time.

Green Bay has monitored the overuse of players in the past and Montgomery leads all running backs with 139 offensive snaps played this season.

"I feel good," he said. "My body feels good. And obviously I'm thankful and blessed to have a role in this offense."

Montgomery has been on the field for 88% of Green Bay's snaps, the highest total since Matt Forte played 92% of snaps for the Chicago Bears in 2014.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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NFL Players Want Month Dedicated To Activism

Sep 21, 2017 8:52 AM

A group of four players sent the NFL a memo in August requesting league support and asking for a month to be dedicated to social activism.

The request came not long after Roger Goodell reportedly had talked to several players regarding their game-day activism efforts.

Michael Bennett, Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin co-wrote the 2,740-word document intended to push the NFL into efforts "similarly to what the league already implements for breast cancer awareness, honoring military, etc."

"We would like November to serve as a month of Unity for individual teams to engage and impact the community in their market," the memo stated.

ESPN

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Jets 'Definitely Not' Tanking For No. 1 Pick

Sep 20, 2017 8:21 PM

Christopher Johnson insists the New York Jets are "definitely not" tanking this season.

Johnson is Jets chairman and CEO with older brother Woody now serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom for President Donald Trump.

The Jets have been perceived by some as sacrificing wins this season in attempts at securing a higher draft pick in 2018.

Sam Darnold is considered the probable first overall pick and would give the Jets a franchise level quarterback.

Dennis Waszak Jr./Associated Press

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Roger Goodell Secures Extension Through 2024
The contract extension of Roger Goodell as commissioner of NFL has been agreed upon.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Sam Bradford's Knee Injury Was Not Due To Contact
Sam Bradford said he has a clear indication of what the injury diagnosis but wouldn't divulge the nature or severity.

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

Jay-Z Declines Offer To Perform At Super Bowl
The NFL did not directly dispute the report that Jay Z passed on the gig.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tarik Cohen Only RB Among NFL's Leaders In Targets
Tarik Cohen has enjoyed a productive start to his NFL career with the Bears.

RealGM Staff Report

Ben McAdoo May Give Up Play-Calling Duties
The Giants have struggled offensively, which has led Ben McAdoo to consider giving up play-calling duties as soon as this week.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Santana Moss: RGIII Out Of NFL Due To Issues With Coaches
Santana Moss says his former Redskins teammate, Robert Griffin III, is out of football because of his issues dealing with coaches.

CSN Mid-Atlantic

Charles Tillman Training To Become FBI Agent
Charles Tillman is currently at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, according to multiple sources.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

DeMaurice Smith Unanimously Re-Elected As Head Of NFLPA
DeMaurice Smith's three-year term runs through 2021, which coincides with the final year of the current collective bargaining agreement.

ESPN

Dolphins Acquire Stephone Anthony From Saints
A 2015 first-round pick, Stephone Anthony has yet to play a down this season after starting 19 games over the past two seasons.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Robert Griffin III: Mike Shanahan Never Wanted Me
Santana Moss claims Robert Griffin III gloated about his role in the firing of Mike Shanahan.

Scott Allen/Washington Post

Jerry Jones Confirms Role In Negotiating Roger Goodell's Contract
Jerry Jones reportedly believes Roger Goodell's salary as commissioner has been too high.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Browns Favored For First Time Since 2015
The Browns have opened as 2.5-point favorites against the Colts on Sunday.

ESPN

Chargers Sticking With Younghoe Koo
The Chargers won't be shifting from kicker Younghoe Koo despite two rough games to begin the season.

Los Angeles Daily News

Jason Garrett, Ezekiel Elliott To Discuss Lack Of Effort
Jason Garrett will meet with Ezekiel Elliott to discuss the running back's lack of effort in two plays during Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Ben McAdoo Blames Eli Manning For 'Sloppy' Fourth Down Play
The Giants attempted a comeback in the second half against the Lions on Monday, but it was derailed by what Ben AcAdoo called "sloppy quarterback play" by Eli Manning.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Odell Beckham Jr., Giants Could Agree Upon Extension During Season
Odell Beckham is one of the biggest bargains in all of professional sports with just a $1.8 million salary this season.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Valuation Of Cowboys Increases By 14 Percent To $4.8 Billion
On average, NFL teams are now worth $2.52 billion, which is an increase of eight percent since 2016.

AP

Andy Dalton Losing Support Of Bengals' Players
A.J. McCarron would logically take over the job, but there's a feeling among some players that the Bengals should consider signing Colin Kaepernick.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Le'Veon Bell: Explosive Plays Will Come
Le'Veon Bell has started the season slowly, but he's ready to turn small gains into large ones for the Steelers.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Saints Are 1-11 In September Since 2014
The Saints are 0-2 for the fourth straight season and are just 1-11 in the month of September since the start of the 2014 season.

Josh Katzenstein/NOLA.com