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Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore was arrested and booked into Fulton County Jail on a battery charge on Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to WSB-TV, Moore was involved in a dispute with a woman and…Upvote Share Tweet
With two picks in the first round of the draft (No. 23 and No. 25 overall), the Minnesota Vikings have the ammunition available to move up in the first round if they so desire. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, it’s a decision the Vikings arUpvote Share Tweet
Broncos begin and end NFL’s 2013 Thursday slateNot long ago, Thursday games were rarely seen specials on the NFL regular-season menu. Now, they are regular dishes. The NFL has scheduled 17 Thursday games in 2013. The NFL Network will air 13 regular-season games on Thursdays in 2013, the eighth seaso…Upvote Share TweetWe interrupt the ongoing coverage of the 2013 regular-season schedule to continue our coverage of the case of the trashed Scouting Combine hotel room. One of the players staying in the room, receiver DeAndre Hopkins, denies any involvement in the trashi…Upvote Share TweetBoth new and old rivalries dot an exciting 2013 NFL schedule, writes John Clayton.Upvote Share Tweet
Once again, every team has one short-week gameSome believe it’s unfair to expect NFL teams to play on a Thursday after playing on a Sunday. But the NFL makes that process as fair as it possibly can be. Every team plays one, and only one, short-week game in 2013, with one game on a Sunday and anotheUpvote Share Tweet
Twelve intriguing regular-season gamesI’m an unabashed fan of schedule-release day. I’ve been smiling all day, even as the flood waters inch collect down the street from my home in Chicagoland. Anyways, I’ve got a printed copy of the schedule, an Internet connection and a box of LemonheUpvote Share TweetOther than passive-aggressively not sending any players to the Orioles opener, the Ravens have mostly played nice about not being able to open the season at home. Jets head coach Rex Ryan has no such qualms about ripping his former neighbors. The one-ti…Upvote Share TweetAn FBI agent's affidavit says a Pilot Flying J employee told authorities that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam knew about rebate fraud at the truck stop chain his family owns.Upvote Share Tweet
Prime time is ready for RG3The man who sold more jerseys with his name on the back than any player in any year in NFL history will have his jersey plastered all over prime time TV in 2013. Assuming his knee is healthy enough to let him play. The Redskins have five - yes, five -Upvote Share TweetThe Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will open the 2013 season at Denver in the now-traditional Thursday night kickoff game.Upvote Share Tweet
Monday Night Football opens with Eagles-RedskinsRedskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has extra time to get ready for the opener. At least an extra day. The first Monday Night Football game of the year will feature the Eagles at the Redskins, by which time we’ll know if RG3 is ready to keep a fastUpvote Share TweetA baseball conflict prevented the Ravens from getting the Super Bowl champions’ traditional Thursday night Week One home game. But they will get a Thursday night home game on NBC. The NFL’s 2013 regular season schedule includes the Ravens hosting theUpvote Share TweetA trashed hotel room at the Indianapolis scouting combine belonged to Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Rutgers wide receiver Mark Harrison, according to league sources.Upvote Share TweetThe San Francisco 49ers have signed tight end Cameron Morrah to a one-year contract, helping fill a void left by Delanie Walker's departure to the Tennessee Titans.Upvote Share TweetBranden Albert does indeed have permission to talk to the Dolphins - as long as he does his talking through his agent. An odd circumstance arose on Thursday when it was reported that the Chiefs had given the Dolphins permission to meet with Albert, theUpvote Share TweetAlthough the NFL hasn’t yet released the full 2013 regular-season schedule, some details are trickling in. And those details include one game that may be as intriguing as a Week One matchup of two teams coming off losing seasons could be. In Week One, tUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Apr 18, 2013With the 2012 NFL season in the books, and the scouting combine in the rear-view, it's time to take a closer look at the 50 players we think will be the biggest difference-makers at the next level from this draft class. To that end, we're happy to conti…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Player's Boyfriend: Teammates Knew We Were Humping And Didn't Minddeadspin.com Updated Apr 18, 2013Anyone wondering whether an NFL locker room would accept a gay teammate? Check out this interview with Russell "Hollywood" Simpson, the man who says he's Kerry Rhodes's former lover (emphasis ours):Read more...Upvote Share TweetAt this week’s minicamp, running back LeSean McCoy got his first extended look at the offense the Eagles will be running in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach and it comes as no surprise that McCoy is looking forward to getting things up to fullUpvote Share Tweet
Samari Rolle sues doctor who cleared Jarvis JonesAs the 2013 draft approaches, questions remain regarding whether the spinal condition that forced linebacker Jarvis Jones from USC to Georgia will cause one or more teams to shy away from him in the draft. And now there’s a question regarding prior workUpvote Share TweetWell, if anyone would know, it would be Lovie Smith. The former Bears coach underlined the importance of having a good quarterback, saying during an appearance on ESPN you can’t win a Super Bowl without one. Smith has been undone by backup quarterbacksUpvote Share TweetThe NFL will begin welcoming its latest crop of draftees a week from tonight in New York and Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network has plenty to help get you prepared for it during Thursday’s show. Corey Chavous of DraftNasty.com will be on hand to brUpvote Share TweetThe Lions have good participation in their offseason program, but one guy who isn’t there may never be there again. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said running back Jahvid Best wasn’t taking part in voluntary conditioning workouts, via Anwar RichUpvote Share TweetPanthers General Manager Dave Gettleman held his first pre-draft press conference since moving from the Giants to the Panthers and sounded like a man pleased with the makeup of his roster heading into next week. While Gettleman admitted that the depth a…Upvote Share TweetThe Pittsburgh Steelers have signed nose tackle Steve McLendon, who was a restricted free agent, to a three-year contract, the team announced Thursday.Upvote Share TweetFalcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff is not going to come right out and confirm the reports that he’s trying to trade up in the first round of the draft, because general managers never come right out and say what their draft plans are. But DimitroffUpvote Share TweetDetroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch can see and sense the Lions heading in the right direction.Upvote Share TweetThe Chiefs have signed free agent linebackers Zac Diles and Akeem Jordan in recent weeks, but they aren’t done adding bodies at the position. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the team has signed linebacker Orie Lemon after a strong performance inUpvote Share TweetI never understood why advertisers cared about the 18-35 demographic until I turned 36, and all of a sudden stuff that I cared about for years no longer seemed all that important. After more than a decade in this business, things that once seemed import…Upvote Share TweetReport: Falcons looking to trade up in first roundUpvote Share TweetAs we prepare for another edition of Pro Football Talk, we’re once again giving you a chance to do some of our work for us. We’ve got three potential topics for the final segment of the show. We can’t decide which one to use. So we’ll let you deciUpvote Share Tweet
David Baas has elbow surgeryGiants center David Baas has gone under the knife again. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Baas had surgery on his elbow earlier this week. Baas needed to have bone spurs removed and the expectation is that Baas will miss the remai…Upvote Share TweetEli Manning didn't sound too worried about seeing Victor Cruz again at the New York Giants' practice facility.Upvote Share TweetAs the St. Louis Rams continue to improve the collection of pass catchers who will help quarterback Sam Bradford realize his full potential, they are taking a close look at South Carolina’s Ace Sanders. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-DispUpvote Share Tweet
Matt Barkley may not have hurt his draft stock by staying in schoolIt’s been widely stated that former USC quarterback Matt Barkley ended up hurting his draft stock by eschewing last year’s NFL draft and returning for a senior season in which the Trojans were the most disappointing team in college football. But whileUpvote Share Tweet
Great Expectations: To say that Dion Jordan enters the NFL with hype …To say that Dion Jordan enters the NFL with hype is an understatement. The former college tight end and potentially elite pass rusher will make any D look good, Chris Burke writes.Upvote Share TweetWe know the drill by now. Initial reports of a new contract often look better than the deal itself reveals. The latest example? Seahawks cornerback Antoine Winfield. Six days ago, multiple media outlets reported that the one-year agreement is worth $3 m…Upvote Share TweetPhiladelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek believes new coach Chip Kelly's fast-break offense will reshape the NFL.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Draft history full of good, bad and weird momentsBig decisions. Blockbuster deals. Cascading boos. Peter Bukowski explores the things -- from the unbelievable to the uncomfortable -- that have made the NFL draft so memorable.Upvote Share TweetOver the course of his career, opposing teams have been the only ones to benefit from dropped passes by Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. That won’t be the case in the 2013 season. Finley has followed in the footsteps of Patriots wide receiver DannyUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Apr 18, 2013With the 2012 NFL season in the books, and the scouting combine in the rear-view, it's time to take a closer look at the 50 players we think will be the biggest difference-makers at the next level from this draft class. To that end, we're happy to conti…Upvote Share TweetOver the course of linebacker D’Qwell Jackson’s career with the Browns, he’s seen a lot of good defenses wearing Ravens and Steelers uniforms push his team’s offense around on the way to victories that propelled Baltimore and Pittsburgh to the plaUpvote Share Tweet
Cedric Benson getting closer to 100 percentThe last time we heard about running back Cedric Benson, he was paying off three citations he received while in Wisconsin during his stint with the Packers. Those citations don’t have much to do with his football career, but the same can’t be said ofUpvote Share Tweet
Sanchez, Tebow feud keeps percolatingA team that already has had plenty of distractions seems to be on the verge of another one. Regardless of anything he ever has said, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez never wanted Tim Tebow on the team. And now that Sanchez is trying to take advantage of wh…Upvote Share Tweet
Marcus Lattimore is still chasing his NFL dreamNo one could come back from that injury, right? Well, Marcus Lattimore is making the impossible possible, and perhaps crafting the NFL's next great story, Andy Staples writes.Upvote Share TweetFormer Bills, Panthers and Colts executive Bill Polian has never been shy with his opinions. And now that he’s a member of the media being paid to share them, he’s not shy about changing them either. During a spot with ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” shoUpvote Share TweetTyrann Mathieu says he failed more than 10 drug tests before he got kicked off the football team at LSU. Coach Les Miles says he doesn’t know if that’s true or not - but Miles does stand by the way LSU handles drug tests for its players. Miles saidUpvote Share TweetBrowns running back Trent Richardson didn’t necessarily say he was going to change his running style. But something is definitely different. Richardson, one of the poster children for the new crown of the helmet rules, said he can’t worry about possibUpvote Share TweetFor the first time in franchise history, the Bengals have qualified for the postseason in consecutive non-strike seasons. But they still haven’t won a playoff game since the week before they destroyed Bo Jackson’s hip. To get to the next level, the BeUpvote Share Tweet
Johnson: Foxborough bomb tweet 'ironic'The attack on the Boston Marathon has brought back into focus a tweet made by Stevie Johnson earlier this month in which he asked North Korea to bomb Foxborough, Mass., the home city of the New England Patriots.Upvote Share Tweet
Thursday morning one-linersThe Bills are counting on more from LB Nigel Bradham as part of a remade group. Auburn DE Corey Lemonier was among the final wave of Dolphins visits. Florida State DE Tank Carradine visited the Patriots Monday, and while getting checked out at an area h…Upvote Share TweetBlaine Gabbert hasn’t been operating under illusions when it comes to his job security with the Jaguars. He’s said all offseason that he expects to compete with Chad Henne for the starting job, a realistic approach even if he may have been laying it oUpvote Share TweetWe know the Bears don’t plan to use Devin Hester as a wide receiver in 2013, but that doesn’t mean that returning kicks and punts is the only role they have in mind for him. The Bears have had Hester working on the team’s kick coverage units as wellUpvote Share Tweet
Jets college scouting director pumps up QB classThe crop of quarterbacks in this year’s draft class has widely been criticized for its supposed lack of talent. There isn’t an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this year’s class and every quarterback in this draft has significant holes that canUpvote Share Tweet
Avoiding Dumb Mistakes at the NFL Draftgrantland.com Updated Apr 18, 2013What do smart NFL teams do in and around draft day that naive, stupid teams don't do? They draft better players, of course, but it's not that simple. ...Upvote Share Tweet
New England Patriots schedule breakdownApr 18Heath Evans and Shaun O'Hara take a look at the New England Patriots' schedule and reveal their thoughts on key matchups and win total.
FBI: Browns Owner Haslam Knew Of Company's FraudApr 18According to an FBI agent's affidavit, Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam knew about rebate fraud at the truck stop chain.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson excited to start 2013 scheduleApr 18With the release of the 2013 NFL schedule, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson shares his excitement about the upcoming season.
Biggest threat to the Baltimore Ravens in 2013Apr 18Which team has the best chance to overtake the Baltimore Ravens as the NFL's best? Our experts debate.
Don Banks: Must-See TV: 17 games that highlight 2013 scheduleApr 18There will always be differing opinions on what makes for must-see TV, but now that the 2013 NFL schedule is ours for the anticipating, here are the 17 games in the league's 17-week regular season that I can't wait to see.
NFL - These matchups highlight 2013 scheduleApr 18Both new and old rivalries dot an exciting 2013 NFL schedule, writes John Clayton.
Miami Dolphins get OK from Kansas City Chiefs to talk to Branden Albert --…Apr 18The Kansas City Chiefs have given the Miami Dolphins permission to talk to left tackle Branden Albert to help facilitate a trade for a second-round choice, a source said.
The 13th-annual ranking of the NBA's top-50 players, Part 1Apr 18After a necessary delay, it's time for Bill Simmons's annual ranking of the NBA's top 50 most valuable assets.