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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has consulted with the NFL as his family’s Pilot Flying J trucking company deals with a fuel rebate controversy, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reported Sunday night. Of particular note: Grossi quoted an unnamed league source wh…Upvote Share Tweet
CNNSI.com Jul 7, 2013Kaepernick criticized for Dolphins hat, fires backUpvote Share TweetHey Packers fans, remember that game you lost at Seattle last year? You know, the one where the replacement official called a touchdown that should have never been? Seattle Screwjob, Fail Mary, etc.? Yes, yes, figured you would. And we're pretty sure yo…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Jul 7, 2013Succeeding in the NFL and after it is a challenge many players fail. In his guest MMQB, Austen Lane speaks from experience, crafting a guide for his peers to handle the struggle.Upvote Share TweetIt’s been four years since the Lions selected quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. And there are still bad habits Stafford needs to break. Although Stafford insists there’s nothing wrong with his mechanics, it would…Upvote Share TweetThe American Civil Liberties Union is concerned about Aaron Hernandez's accommodations in prison as the former New England Patriots tight end waits for his murder trial to start. In a blog post on ACLU.org, the group expresses concern about the damage b…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Jul 7, 2013Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was released from jail Sunday morning, 11 days after he returned to Dallas County's custody due to violating terms of his pretrial release by allegedly testing positive for marijuana twice.Upvote Share Tweet
Gun charges provide strong fallback in Hernandez prosecutionConstitutional protections premised on the idea that it’s better for 10 guilty men to go free than one innocent man to be imprisoned mean that Aaron Hernandez could be acquitted of murdering Odin Lloyd., if his high-priced defense lawyers can conjure “r…Upvote Share TweetPolice and team officials say New York Giants linebacker Dan Connor was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport after federal authorities alleged that a switchblade was found in his luggage.Upvote Share Tweet
Kerrigan optimistic about D.C. defenseWith so much focus on the question of whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will get, and stay, healthy, it’s easy to forget about the other side of the ball. That could be harder to do once the games start. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan believes t…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Pros Go Back to College to Fight for Their Video Game Rightsdeadspin.com Jul 7, 2013Two letters and a number. That's all you need to be a household name in college football—or its video game, at least. But this year, when NCAA Football 14 hits shelves on Tuesday, South Carolina's fearsome DE#7 and Texas A&M's do-it-all QB#2 will be…Upvote Share Tweet
Trent Richardson remains on schedule for training campA month ago, Browns running back Trent Richardson was denying a report that a leg injury would keep him out of the start of training camp. From all indications, Richardson is still on pace to achieve his optimistic goal of being ready to go when the Bro…Upvote Share Tweet
Pat White willing to play other positions to stay with RedskinsAs Pat White prepared to enter the NFL more than four years ago, he resisted the notion of moving to a position other than quarterback. Now that he’s back in the league after a three-season absence, White is willing to do what it takes to stick. “Whatev…Upvote Share Tweet
Rams to become free agents in two seasons, but where will they go?With 31 NFL stadiums and the useful life of each one in the range of 20 to 30 years, it’s safe to say that at any given moment at least one NFL team will be jockeying for a new venue. Most of them do their jockeying atop a horse named Taxpayer’s Money. …Upvote Share Tweet
Buffalo Bills salary cap outlook: C.J. Spiller is a bargain in 2013The "Shutdown Countdown" is underway. In addition to previewing each team, "Shutdown Corner" will be taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the Buf…Upvote Share Tweet
Franchise quarterback or the next great defensive end? Next year’s draft debate could be fascinatingIf you've spent any time looking at the 2014 NFL draft (and why not, there's still three weeks of dead time until training camp), there's a potentially fascinating storyline brewing. If a team that needs a quarterback gets the first pick of the draft (a…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Hernandez failed no drug tests with PatriotsRegardless of whether Aaron Hernandez failed one drug test or six drug tests or something in between during his time at Florida, Hernandez reportedly failed no drug tests during his NFL career. According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, zero is the mag…Upvote Share Tweet
Today’s politicians could finish what Nixon started in 1972At a time when some politicians want to end blackouts for any stadiums built or maintained with public money, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press looks back more than 40 years, at a time when all games, sold out or not, were still blacked out in …Upvote Share Tweet
Lions enjoy peace during quiet timeMost NFL coaches spend the period between the conclusion of the offseason program and the start of training camp sleeping with one eye on the cell phone. Last year, Lions coach Jim Schwartz may have eventually decided to quit sleeping altogether. This y…Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons don’t plan to use Steven Jackson much in the preseasonIn Sunday’s one-liners, there was a note about running back Jacquizz Rodgers helping new teammate Steven Jackson learn the intricacies of the Falcons offense. That effort will continue into training camp as Jackson prepares for a lead role in his first …Upvote Share TweetAs we mentioned last week, the talks for a new contract between the Broncos and left tackle Ryan Clady were expected to hit another gear this week. And that seems to be the case, as Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Broncos will resume talks…Upvote Share TweetAfter he was released by the Titans early this offseason, Matt Hasselbeck had a choice of what to do next. He could sign somewhere to compete for a starting quarterback job or he could move into the role of an wise old backup to a player on the way up t…Upvote Share Tweet
Steelers look to Lawrence Timmons to step into larger roleThere’s been a lot of discussion this offseason about the need for young players and reserves to carve out big roles on a Steelers defense that’s lost veteran leaders like linebacker James Harrison and defensive tackle Casey Hampton. Such needs go beyon…Upvote Share TweetWhat an incredible two years for Robert Griffin III. He became the first Baylor player to win the Heisman Trophy, was drafted second overall by the Washington Redskins, won NFL offensive rookie of the year and became one of the most popular players in t…Upvote Share Tweet
Alfred Morris was a “lost little puppy” last yearRedskins running back Alfred Morris was one of the more surprising rookie success stories in 2012 as he went from a sixth-round pick to the second-most rushing yards in the league while helping his team to the playoffs. A debut like that would leave man…Upvote Share TweetRavens inside linebacker Jameel McClain has rehabbed and worked and waited. And now, all he’s waiting on is a thumbs-up from the team doctors to complete his comeback from a spinal cord contusion which he suffered last December. McClain did limited indi…Upvote Share Tweet
Sunday morning one-linersWill 2013 be a breakout season for Bills DT Marcell Dareus? Former Dolphins WR O.J. McDuffie looks back at five memorable moments in his career. A strong offensive line could help the Patriots thrive despite holes at wide receiver and tight end. Jets LB…Upvote Share Tweet
Stripping draft picks is the only way to dissuade teams from taking chances on troubled playersThe Aaron Hernandez saga has placed renewed focus on the decisions of teams to take chances on players with checkered pasts that could make for troubling futures. Already, there’s talk of barring academically ineligible players from the Scouting Combine…Upvote Share Tweet
Joe Schmidt thinks the Lions have to learn how to winThe Detroit Lions are in a paradox: In order to win, they need to know how to win. But they won’t know how to win until they’ve experienced winning. That’s the view of one former Lion who won a lot during his Hall of Fame career: Joe Schmidt, who was on…Upvote Share Tweet
Parting Shot: Jay-Z's InfluenceJul 7Bryan Burwell discusses the potential impact Jay-Z could have in the world of sports representation.
Peter King: Guest MMQB: Austen Lane on the struggle to succeed on- and off…Jul 7Peter King is taking his annual vacation, and he's lined up some special guests to fill in on MMQB in the meantime. This week, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Austen Lane takes over.
John Clayton's NFL mailbag: Franchise-tag system flaws exposedJul 7Mailbag: The franchise-tag system doesn't appear to be working as intended for teams or players, writes John Clayton.