EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins returned to practice with the Minnesota Vikings and vowed to go to even greater lengths for social distancing in order to keep the virus away and stay on the field.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Honky tonk honk if you love racing! There’s a new sound of this musical city that drowns out the country tunes at the Grand Ole Opry and the cacophony coming from bands playing at every bar — and the party people hanging from the rafters — as you walk down Broadway.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Robert Saleh looks at the New York Jets' running backs and sees so many possibilities.
Speed. Power. Athleticism. Versatility.
Some — or all — of those descriptions can be applied to Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson, La'Mical Perine, Josh Adams, Austin Walter and rookie Michael Carter.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay’s Jordan Love spent the offseason preparing as if he might be the quarterback of a Super Bowl-caliber team.
The Packers’ second-year quarterback is spending training camp instead tuning up for what might be his own version of the Super Bowl: the three-game preseason.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans haven’t needed their backup quarterback since Ryan Tannehill took over as the starter in 2019, though competition for that job took another twist on Thursday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — While Pat Graham isn't a big fan of playbooks, the slimmed-down New York Giants defensive coordinator did let his mind wander about some new formations for his unit while vacationing near Cape Cod this summer.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr says this year's Raiders have a do-it-all group of receivers that he believes are the best he’s had in eight seasons.
“Oh yeah, absolutely, very diverse,” Carr said this week.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Three of the four Miami Dolphins players who had been on the COVID-19 reserve list were removed from it Thursday.
Coming off the list were tight ends Cethan Carter and Adam Shaheen and receiver Preston Williams.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller was so eager to race out to the berm overlooking the Denver Broncos' practice fields and fire up the crowd that he even dreamt about it before training camp.
“I had a dream the other day that I was running out from the facility, and I did the little clap like I always do,” Miller said.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — One thing rookie quarterback Mac Jones has learned during his infant New England Patriots career is that no matter the situation, his coaches want to see confidence in everything he does on the field.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Isaiah Simmons was a can't-miss prospect when the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in last year's draft. Pundits said he was a perfect prototype for the do-everything defensive player that NFL teams craved.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — NFL officiating chief Al Riveron, a Cuban who became the league's first Hispanic referee, retired Friday.
Riveron worked as an on-field official for nine years and became a member of the NFL's officiating staff in 2013 as a senior director.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Deion Jones describes his career-high 4 1/2 sacks last season as “just another taste” of his pass-rush potential.
There may be more big-play opportunities for the Atlanta Falcons' middle linebacker in new defensive coordinator Dean Pees' scheme this season.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — As COVID-19 and Delta variant positives increase across America, the NFL kicks off its first preseason since 2019 expecting the usual crowds.
The numbers in the nation are of concern to some, staggeringly disappointing to others, and ignored by many.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — It was a race to the end zone between Washington's offense and a small bird walking on the sideline.
The offense reached the goal line first, but the bird is the star of training camp this week.
The themes for the 2021 NFL draft were many, starting with the quarterbacks.
Then, of course, was an actual live draft with players and fans on hand...
Robert Griffin III has not totally shut the door on his NFL career but he is taking the next step toward his future beyond the playing field.
The Heisman Trophy winner and former Pro Bowl quarterback has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN to be a college football and NFL analyst.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A nonprofit foundation started by Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said Thursday it would donate $93,000 to an Alabama girls home to cover the funeral expenses of eight children killed in a horrific interstate crash in June.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Soon to be known as Guardians, the Indians aren't leaving home anytime soon.
Ending rampant speculation they would be relocating, the Indians agreed Thursday to a 15-year lease extension at Progressive Field, keeping them at their downtown ballpark through 2036 and perhaps longer.
1900 — The first Davis Cup is held with the United States beating Britain, 3-0.
1949 — Ezzard Charles knocks out Gus Lesnovich in the eighth round at Yankee Stadium in his first world heavyweight title defense.
Players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.
TOKYO (AP) — American Sydney McLaughlin has broken her own world record to win the women’s 400-meter hurdles in 51.46 seconds. She edged out Dalilah Muhammad, who won silver to make it a U.S.
The latest on the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. (all times EDT):
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — You can never have enough capable pass rushers in the NFL.
Sure, the Los Angeles Rams have the most disruptive interior defensive lineman in the game in Aaron Donald and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, who signed a four-year contract worth $64 million after getting 10 1/2 sacks in his first season with the team, to get after the quarterback.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders signed free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Wednesday.
McCoy adds pass rushing depth to the Raiders interior defensive line after sitting out all of last season with a torn quadriceps.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — While he might be one of the NFL's youngest coaches, Joe Judge believes in being old-fashioned when it comes to running the New York Giants.
It's the way he learned football as a youngster and he isn't going to change what he felt was a successful method of teaching, even if he is dealing with rich athletes.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Jake Browning left Washington with more wins than any player in Pac-12 history, a four-year starter whose productive career put him in the company of a long line of standout Huskies quarterbacks.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz dismissed speculation of the Buffalo Bills relocating if a deal can’t be negotiated for public funds to pay for the construction of a new stadium.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his relationship with general manager Brian Gutekunst is a “work in progress,” but he has nothing but affection for the man Gutekunst drafted as his possible replacement: backup Jordan Love.
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Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says he can't envision any scenario in which he would deal quarterback Aaron Rodgers...
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets signed well-traveled veteran quarterback Josh Johnson, giving them an experienced backup behind rookie Zach Wilson.
Linebacker Brendon White, an undrafted free agent from Rutgers, was waived Wednesday to make room for Johnson.
Producer Charlie Yook and NFL Network didn't have their own draft broadcast last year, but he was able to glean a couple of things from last year's joint effort with ESPN...
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jadeveon Clowney is shattering preconceived notions, harassing quarterbacks and making quite an impression in his first training camp with the Browns.
“I’m just trying to make plays, be flashy,” Clowney said.
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor spent the offseason preparing for a heavier workload.
Marlon Mack focused on getting healthy.
Now the two 1,000-yard runners are back at training camp, getting acclimated to their new roles and giving Colts coach Frank Reich a glimpse of how this two-man tandem could be effectively deployed this season.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When Jameis Winston and Tayson Hill dropped back to pass during 11-on-11 drills at Saints training camp Wednesday, they didn't have the option to throw to record-setting receiver Michael Thomas or established veteran Tre'Quan Smith.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed veteran linebacker Alec Ogletree to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Ogletree has started all but one of the 95 games he has played in since the St.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — If you’re looking for stars during Hall of Fame enshrinement week, concentrate on the museum itself and the inductions this weekend.
You won’t find many, if any, stars playing Thursday night when the NFL preseason begins with Dallas playing Pittsburgh.
1921 — Radio station KDKA and announcer Harold Arlin provide the first broadcast of a major league game as the Pirates beat the Phillies 8-5 at Pittsburgh.
1936 — At the Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his third of four gold medals, winning the 200-meter race in an Olympic-record 20.7 seconds.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans might have to wait a while before their highly talented trio of receivers are all together at full strength.
A.J. Brown has been the team's top offensive performer after a week of camp, looking better than ever after offseason minor surgery on both knees.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Whether he's on the sideline or in the middle of drills, Robert Nkemdiche always seems to have a smile on his face.
Maybe it’s maturity. Maybe it’s a realization that the chance he’s getting in Seattle could be the final opportunity to shed the perception that he's an immature first-round bust who never matched his potential.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos insist there's been no separation one week into the quarterback clash between Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Defensively, the Detroit Lions have nowhere to go but up as head coach Dan Campbell prepares for his first season.
Last year's squad finished last in the NFL in both points (519) and yards (6,716) allowed, the worst marks in the franchise’s 91-year history.
WEBBERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Calvin Johnson is simply in awe that he will soon join Jim Brown and Gale Sayers as Pro Football Hall of Famers inducted at 35 years old or younger.
“That’s football royalty, man," Johnson said in an interview with The Associated Press.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay had to leave his favorite Miami Dolphins jersey behind and try on a new one from the Tennessee Titans once his buddy Ryan Tannehill was traded.
Maybe Hunter-Reay can ask the Titans quarterback about the benefits of switching teams when they catch up this weekend at the inaugural IndyCar Music City Grand Prix run over the bridge and through the streets of Nashville.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — When Will Grier fumbled an exchange from center Matt Paradis in practice Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers backup quarterback knew what was coming next.
A few moments later, Grier and Paradis found themselves running toward the sideline to tap a large sign that reads “DBO” — which stands for “don’t beat ourselves.”
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Sammis Reyes got in his car, put on podcasts and tried to learn something while he was driving. Sam Cosmi borrowed his sister's car to make the most out of the mileage.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The realization he could make a living in the NFL didn't actually dawn on Steve Hutchinson until his final year at Michigan, when he learned his status as a widely projected first-round draft pick.