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Browns Plan To Ride 'Hot Hand' At Running Back

Jun 22, 2018 9:05 AM

The Cleveland Browns have a crowded backfield with Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson and Nick Chubb.

The team's running backs coach, Freddie Kitchens, plans to ride the "hot hand" this season.

"If they are having success why would you change?" Kitchens told the team's website.

"Ultimately, all three of those guys can run our running game," he added. "Duke can do a few more things in the passing game. Ultimately, we feel like that is a position of strength. Coach [Bill] Parcells taught me a long time ago, do not turn a position of strength into a weakness. You would like to keep it a strength, and we are fortunate that is where we are."

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

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Jim Kelly's Wife Says Latest Surgery 'Went Well'

Jun 22, 2018 9:01 AM

Jim Kelly had a follow-up surgery on Thursday that "went well," according to his wife.

Kelly, 58, underwent a 12-hour surgery in late March to remove oral cancer and reconstruct his upper jaw.

The Hall of Fame quarterback has dealt with the cancer disease since 2013.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Misc Rumor

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San Antonio Gets Eighth AAF Franchise

Jun 22, 2018 8:58 AM

The Alliance of American Football has awarded San Antonio its eighth franchise.

The team will be coached by former San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley. Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Darryl "Moose" Johnston is the general manager.

San Antonio joins Orlando, Atlanta, Memphis, Salt Lake, Phoenix, San Diego and Birmingham as cities for The Alliance's inaugural season.

The Alliance will kick off its season the week after the Super Bowl and has a TV contract with CBS.

Associated Press

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Jameis Winston To Receive Three-Game Suspension From NFL

Jun 21, 2018 6:04 PM

The NFL will suspend Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The suspension stems from an alleged incident with a female Uber drive in March of 2016.

Winston is not expected to appeal the suspension.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Fantasy, Suspension

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Martavis Bryant Hasn't Failed Or Missed Drug Test

Jun 21, 2018 3:19 PM

Martavis Bryant has not missed or failed a drug test.

The Raiders declined comment but “fear potential NFL discipline” for Bryant for a situation “believed to pertain to the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.”

Bryant has missed more games due to failed drug tests (20) than he has started in his four-year NFL career. 

The Oakland Raiders acquired Bryant this offseason.

Vic Tafur/The Athletic

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal, Suspension

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Saquon Barkley Has NFL's Best Selling Jersey

Jun 21, 2018 10:22 AM

Saquon Barkley has yet to play a down in the NFL, but he already has the league's top selling jersey.

The New York Giants drafted Barkley second overall last month.

After Barkley, the best selling jerseys belong to Carson Wentz, Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Von Miller, Mitch Trubisky, Odell Beckham, Tom Brady, Josh Allen and Cam Newton.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

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Report: Jameis Winston Bracing For Suspension

Jun 21, 2018 10:18 AM

The NFL is still investigating Jameis Winston for the alleged incident from March 2016 with an Uber driver in Arizona.

"The Winston camp is prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension of some kind," ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron said. "The thought from the Winston camp is that would be a maximum of three games. I do not know at this time whether or not they plan to appeal, and I do not know that three games is an accurate number. I've been told that would seem to be the maximum number of games that the suspension could be. It's also likely that it's less than that and it's one game."

The suspension would arise not necessarily from the incident itself but from a failure to make a timely report of the allegation.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Joe Thomas Taking His Time With Broadcasting Offers

Jun 21, 2018 10:13 AM

Joe Thomas has retired from football and is likely to enter broadcasting.

The former Cleveland Browns tackle is taking his time deciding between television offers.

"I've had some offers from FOX [and] some other networks for doing it this fall, but I think right now I just want to take time away, step back, not overcommit myself this fall," Thomas said.

"It'll be my first year away from football in a long time, so I'd rather just take little bites at the media/broadcasting apple and then see where I am at this point next year and see if it's something I want to do."

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Misc Rumor

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Broncos' Stadium Gets New, Temporary Name

Jun 21, 2018 10:09 AM

The Denver Broncos' home will be known as Broncos Stadium at Mile High while the team continues to look for a new naming-rights sponsor.

The temporary name change was announced Wednesday following a vote by the district that oversees the taxpayer-built stadium.

The stadium has had two naming-rights sponsors since it opened in 2001, most recently Sports Authority. Both names included a reference to the Broncos' original stadium. The team took down large signs with Sports Authority's name earlier this year after the company declared bankruptcy and stopped making payments.

ESPN

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Eric Decker Interested In Signing With Patriots

Jun 20, 2018 8:00 PM

Eric Decker remains a free agent and has interest in joining the New England Patriots.

"I think the Patriots would be a good fit and being drafted by Josh McDaniels in Denver. I talked with New England last year during the free-agency process in June. That is always an option that I would definitely love to entertain," Decker said, according to SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Decker spent the 2017 season with the Tennessee Titans.

SirusXM NFL Radio (via The Score)

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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NFLPA Hires Doug Whaley As Director Of College Scouting
Doug Whaley is the former general manager of the Bills.

ESPN

Packers Plan To Go Running Back By Committee
The Packers don't plan to feature a lead running back this season.

Herbie Teope/NFL

Adam Vinatieri Isn't Ready To Discuss Retirement
Adam Vinatieri, 45, is entering his 23rd season in the NFL but he's not ready to contemplate a life without football.

ESPN

Panthers Sign D.J. Moore
The deal comes with a fifth-year team-option.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Falcons 'Uneasy' With Julio Jones-Terrell Owens Relationship
Julio Jones skipped all offseason program work with the Falcons and the team also isn't thrilled that he has been spending time with Terrell Owens.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Vikings To Induct Dennis Green Into Ring Of Honor
The late Dennis Green will be inducted into the Vikings' Ring of Honor at halftime of Minnesota's game against the Bills on Sept. 23 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

Dak Prescott: Cowboys Plan On 'Surprising A Lot Of People'
The Cowboys have undergone an overhaul this offseason, but Dak Prescott sees better days ahead.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Colts Will Limit Andrew Luck In Training Camp
Andrew Luck threw a football last week, but the Colts will still take it easy with their quarterback.

Albert Breer/SI

Redskins Adjusting Camp Schedule To Keep Players Fresher
Jay Gruden is going to emphasize rest when the Redskins report to training camp later this summer.

Matthew Paras/Washington Times

Ben Roethlisberger Not Pushing For New Contract
Ben Roethlisberger's five-year contract, signed in 2015, averages about $20 million per year.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Tom Brady Feels Retirement Getting Closer
Tom Brady said he's still motivated to keep playing.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Odell Beckham Jr. Won't Skip Giants' Training Camp
Odell Beckham is scheduled to make $8.5 million this season.

ESPN

Dante Fowler Motivated By Declined Option
The Jaguars declined Dante Fowler's fifth-year option, which has motivated the defensive end.

Herbie Teope/NFL

Texans, Benardrick McKinney Agree Upon $50M Extension
The Texans have agreed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension with inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney.

Sarah Barshop/ESPN

Joe Flacco Trying To Respond To Ravens' QB Competition
The Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson at the end of the first round and Joe Flacco has responded by showing up to minicamp in the best shape of his career.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Matt Ryan Expects Julio Jones To Attend July Workouts
Julio Jones has skipped the Atlanta Falcons' mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new contract.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Chargers Have Reached Out To Antonio Gates
The Chargers have left open the possibility of re-signing Antonio Gates in the wake of Hunter Henry's season-ending ACL injury.

Jack Wang/Los Angeles Daily News

Carson Wentz Isn't Sure When He'll Be Cleared For Full Contact
Carson Wentz participated in seven-on-seven drills last week, but isn't sure when he'll clear what the Eagles are calling his final hurdle.

Zach Berman/Philly.com

Sam Darnold Learning Fast, Could Start For Jets
Sam Darnold has made a strong impression with the Jets and could be the team's starting quarterback if he continues to absorb the playbook at his current pace.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Jarvis Landry Didn't Have Good Relationship With Ryan Tannehill
Jarvis Landry hasn't heard from Ryan Tannehill since he was traded by the Dolphins and the wide receiver isn't surprised.

ESPN