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Gronk’s getting in one more Vegas run before surgery

Gronk’s getting in one more Vegas run before surgery

profootballtalk.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Updated May 17, 2013
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will have a fourth arm surgery on Monday. But that’s three days away. OK, two days and change. Still, that’s time for plenty of living. And Gronk will be living it up one more time in Las Vegas. Jumpseat.me, a jet-sha
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  • Bills’ Mt. Rushmore could get crowded

    Bills’ Mt. Rushmore could get crowded

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Only one team made it to four straight Super Bowls. But, like every team, the Buffalo Bills are limited to four heads on their version of Mt. Rushmore. So nominate the best of the Bills below. And we realize it won’t be easy. Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas,
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  • Williams, former fiancée at impasse over ring

    Williams, former fiancée at impasse over ring

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    When it comes to the lawsuit recently filed by Bills defensive lineman Mario Williams for the recovery of a $785,000 engagement ring from his former fiancée, the wheels of justice are spinning quickly. According to David Barron of the Houston Chronicle…
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  • Source:  Gronkowski “probably” needs back surgery

    Source: Gronkowski “probably” needs back surgery

    A mere possibility quickly has become a probability. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski “probably” will need back surgery. He currently is waiting for a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins. The back surg
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  • Hope and Concern: New England Patriots

    Hope and Concern: New England Patriots

    ESPN.com May 17, 2013
    The AFC East blog concludes this week’s “Hope and Concern” series with the reigning AFC East champion New England Patriots. Biggest reason for hope: improved defense It is easy to point out the future Hall of Fame pair of quarterback Tom Brady and h
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  • Dion Sims is fourth Dolphins draft pick to sign

    Dion Sims is fourth Dolphins draft pick to sign

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    The Dolphins drafted a pair of players named Dion last month and they announced Friday that they have agreed to a contract with one of them. Tight end Dion Sims, selected in the fourth round with the 106th overall pick, signed his four-year rookie deal …
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  • Five gun and drug charges for Mike Goodson

    Five gun and drug charges for Mike Goodson

    Jets running back Mike Goodson was just the passenger this morning, but he’s far from off the hook. Goodson was charged with five gun and drug counts Friday morning, after New Jersey State Police found the car he was riding in parked in the middle of Ro
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  • Eight in the Box: Returning from injury

    Eight in the Box: Returning from injury

    ESPN.com May 17, 2013
    A look at key players for each AFC East team who are coming back from injuries: New England Patriots: There is no bigger injury concern in the AFC East this offseason than Rob Gronkowski. The Pro Bowl tight end has had three surgeries within the past ye…
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  • Patriots sign Jamie Collins, Steve Beauharnais

    Patriots sign Jamie Collins, Steve Beauharnais

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    The Patriots got two more draft picks under contract on Friday and both of them are linebackers. Second-round pick Jamie Collins and seventh-round selection Steve Beauharnais have both reached agreement on their four-year rookie deals. The team announce…
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  • The Next Dynamic Duo

    The Next Dynamic Duo

    CNNSI.com May 17, 2013
    Tyler Eifert was highly coveted for a reason. Now with the Bengals, he'll pair with Jermaine Gresham to form a tight-end duo that could rival the Patriots', Chris Burke writes.
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  • Geno Smith on agent, Garrard's retirement

    Geno Smith on agent, Garrard's retirement

    ESPN.com May 17, 2013
    New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has been a lightning rod before, during and after the NFL draft. The media is following Smith’s every move and analyzing. The latest will be Smith’s decision to hire a new agent. I was among several reporters who c
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  • Saban chafes at comparison to Satan

    Saban chafes at comparison to Satan

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Yes, Nick Saban hasn’t worked in the NFL since the conclusion of the 2006 season. You know, not long after he insisted he wouldn’t be the coach of the school where he has been the coach for six years and counting. When Saban coached the Dolphins (2005
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  • C.J. Spiller not ready to concede spot on Bills track team

    C.J. Spiller not ready to concede spot on Bills track team

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    The Bills added some serious speed this offseason. But C.J. Spiller is not prepared to let anyone else anchor the relay team. The Bills running back is fast, running a 4.37 40 at the Combine. But third-round pick Marquise Goodwin ran his in 4.27 this ye…
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  • Chad Johnson must stop downward spiral

    Chad Johnson must stop downward spiral

    ESPN.com May 17, 2013
    Nine years ago I was a cub reporter covering the Cincinnati Bengals for the Columbus Dispatch. Chad Johnson was entering his fourth season and starting to come into his own. I watched Johnson come of age with the Bengals and also covered his decline wit…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Tracing Doug Whaley’s move from Wall Street to Bills G.M. The Dolphins signed undrafted rookie T Rupert Bryan and plan to move him to fullback. Do the changes on the defensive line foreshadow scheme changes for the Patriots? Jets G Vladimir Ducasse know
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  • The Fifth Down: George Sauer’s Love-Hate Connection With Footba…

    The Fifth Down: George Sauer’s Love-Hate Connection With Football

    nytimes.com May 17, 2013
    The Jets receiver became a critic of the game and its role in American society. But the decision to walk away was also personal.
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  • Cribbs calls Idzik’s comment on his knee a “negotiation tactic”…

    Cribbs calls Idzik’s comment on his knee a “negotiation tactic”

    profootballtalk.com May 17, 2013
    Jets General Manager John Idzik said this week that when his team took a look at Josh Cribbs, they found that his knee “isn’t quite there yet.” Cribbs, who subsequently signed with the Raiders, thinks Idzik was just trying to bring Cribbs’ price d
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  • 111-Day NFL Warning: Wes Welker Switches Sides in the Brady-Man…

    111-Day NFL Warning: Wes Welker Switches Sides in the Brady-Manning Blood Feud

    grantland.com May 17, 2013
    What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NFL season? Well, you're in luck! We here at the Triangle are set to spen...
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  • Video - Back Trouble Added To Gronkowski's Woes 02:23

    Back Trouble Added To Gronkowski's Woes

    May 17
    As the injury woes continue to pile up for Rob Gronkowski, Dr. Michael Kaplan discusses the procedure scheduled for the tight end's forearm.
  • Video - Jets RB Mike Goodson Arrested 03:44

    Jets RB Mike Goodson Arrested

    May 17
    AFC East blogger James Walker discusses Mike Goodson's off-field issues following an arrest on drug and weapons charges.
  • Video - ESPNBoston.com Daily Download 03:16

    ESPNBoston.com Daily Download

    May 17
    Cary Chow recaps the day in sports that saw the Bruins top the Rangers in overtime, and the Red Sox come back to beat the Rays.
  • Video - NFL Cold Hard Facts 01:22

    NFL Cold Hard Facts

    May 17
    ESPN NFL analysts Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins share their thoughts on Mark Sanchez, Ryan Tannehill and the Cowboys.

Sports Columnists

  • NFL - John Clayton breaks down big spenders and big bargains in free agenc…

    May 17
    Plenty of teams made big splashes early in free agency, but keep an eye on those who waited for smart bargains, writes John Clayton.
  • Don Banks: NFL is watching, but not expecting to strip Haslam of Browns ow…

    May 17
    In the relatively short but tortured history of the re-incarnated Cleveland Browns, every dark cloud appearing on the horizon has generally presaged a darker and more ominous one, leading the team's fans and even the organization itself to develop an al…
  • Chadiha: Rolando McClain's wise move

    May 17
    To get his life in order, Rolando McClain is right to retire from the NFL at the age of 23, writes Jeffri Chadiha.