The Denver Broncos’ new offense features a half-dozen players coming off injuries that cut short their 2018 seasons. One is right guard Ronald Lear, who says he realized during his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon that he had more patience and resilience than he thought. Leary says he figures all of the Broncos coming off injuries learned similar lessons that will benefit both them and the team.
The NFL will not suspend Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill under its personal conduct policy. The league had been investigating his involvement in a domestic violence case involving his 3-year-old son. The league says it has not been given access to information in the court proceedings. A district attorney said last month an investigation was dropped because officials couldn’t prove who injured the boy.
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and running back Phillip Lindsay provided the good vibes when the Denver Broncos opened their first training camp under new coach Vic Fangio. Sanders and Jones are both coming off injuries they suffered last December. Inside linebacker Todd Davis was the first casualty of camp when he sustained a right leg injury and was carted off the field.
Broncos CEO and president Joe Ellis says he no longer is running the team as he felt owner Pat Bowlen would have wanted. Ellis said it’s time to forge a new identity following Bowlen’s death last month after a long fight with Alzheimer’s. Up until now, Ellis said he ran the team in a ‘What would Pat do?’ sort of way, now it’s time to look ahead and not behind.
A Louisiana judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed against the NFL over the blown playoff “no-call” that led to the Rams beating the Saints and advancing to the Super Bowl. State Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard issued the ruling Thursday.
If you don’t have a team, or particularly care about any teams, the NFL may have just come up with its best idea of the 21st century.
For the first time in the Pete Carroll era, the Seahawks will have their rookies report for training camp at the earliest permissible date – which for Seattle is Wednesday.
Ryan Leaf has been hired by ESPN to be a college football analyst, another step in the remarkable comeback of the former Washington State star who has battled drug addiction and served time in prison.
The Green Bay Packers reported a profit of just $724,000 in their latest fiscal year, which included their second straight season without a playoff appearance, a large contract extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and change in head coach from Mike McCarthy to Matt LaFleur.
Oakland Raiders guard Richie Incognito has been suspended without pay by the NFL for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Incognito pleaded guilty in April to disorderly conduct in Arizona after being accused of threatening employees at a funeral home where his father’s body was being held. He is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games. Incognito may return to the Raiders’ active roster on Sept. 16.
A Texas sheriff says he has apologized to New England Patriots player Elandon Roberts for the actions of a deputy during a March traffic stop but also defended the deputy for making the stop. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said during a news conference Friday that he spoke with Roberts and his attorney and said the deputy should not have taken so long with the March 10 traffic stop. But Nehls also says the stop was warranted and dismissed those who turn it into “a racial issue.”
Jets second-year tight end Chris Herndon has been suspended without pay by the NFL for the first four regular-season games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Herndon pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated in New Jersey in June 2018. Herndon is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games. He can return to the Jets’ active roster on Oct. 7.
Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth said on social media that he needs a kidney transplant. The 38-year-old Haynesworth posted an Instagram that he’s been battling kidney disease for a few years and that his kidneys failed him Sunday and he’s looking for a donor.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers. Smith is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the team Sept. 30, after the team’s Week 4 game at the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams.
NFL authorities are thinking of ending AT&T Inc.’s 25-year grip on some Sunday afternoon broadcasts to accommodate companies that show content via “over-the-top” apps on internet-enabled televisions.
Former New England Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi is recovering in a Massachusetts hospital after suffering a second stroke. His family says in a statement that the 46-year-old immediately recognized the warning signs of arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties. It says he is “recovering well.” Bruschi had a stroke in February 2005 just days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl but returned to play again.
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton suffered multiple injuries and had his arm amputated following a car crash. Sports agent Malki Kawa confirmed the injuries in a tweet on Thursday morning. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho says the Ford F250 Norton was driving early Thursday crashed into a concrete barrier and overturned. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews rendered aid to Norton, who was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center with severe injuries to his left arm.
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The NFL says Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott won’t be suspended over an incident in Las Vegas. Police say there was altercation between Elliott and a security guard. The league says Commissioner Roger Goodell determined Elliott didn’t violate the league’s personal conduct policy. Elliott met with Goodell a day before the NFL’s decision was announced. The two-time NFL rushing champion tweeted a statement acknowledging a “poor decision” and vowing to avoid trouble.
Ezekiel Elliott is vowing to avoid incidents similar to a recent one in Las Vegas that forced the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell. Elliott tweeted that he had “worked hard to make better decisions” but “failed to do that” during a music festival in May. Elliott was briefly handcuffed but not arrested after a run-in with a security guard. Goodell suspended the two-time rushing champion for six games in 2017 over domestic violence allegations.