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Colt McCoy visit gets high school investigated for unauthorized…

Colt McCoy visit gets high school investigated for unauthorized practice

profootballtalk.com Updated Apr 5, 2012
Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has turned out to be a real troublemaker. In December, his re-entry into a game against the Steelers got the Browns investigated for allowing a player with a concussion to play. Now, his trip to an Illinois high school has …
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  • Bengals' Simpson gets 15 days for drug charge

    Bengals' Simpson gets 15 days for drug charge

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Apr 5, 2012
    COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky judge has sentenced Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson to 15 days in jail and three years' probation for a drug-related charge.
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  • Ed Reed is mad at the Ravens and likes answering his own questi…

    Ed Reed is mad at the Ravens and likes answering his own questions

    Ed Reed will be entering the final year of his six-year, $44.4 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens. As a team leader, perennial All-Pro and future Hall of Famer, he believes the Baltimore Ravens should have already locked him up beyond 2012. Sinc…
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  • Grade the Ravens in free agency

    Grade the Ravens in free agency

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2012
    I've given my grades out to all the AFC North teams after the first wave of free agency was complete. Now, it's your turn. Give me your grade and a two-line assessment (good, bad or indifferent) of how the Ravens have fared so far this offseason. You ca…
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  • Colts sign Brandon McKinney

    Colts sign Brandon McKinney

    profootballtalk.com Apr 5, 2012
    Colts head coach Chuck Pagano will have another familiar face on the Colts defense this season. The team announced Thursday that they have signed free agent defensive tackle Brandon McKinney. McKinney spent the last four years with the Ravens after star…
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  • Kiper, McShay debate Tannehill to Browns

    Kiper, McShay debate Tannehill to Browns

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2012
    Should the Cleveland Browns draft Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the fourth overall pick? ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. says no. "He's overrated, overhyped. I don't think he should be a top-eight pick but we know he will be." ESPN's Todd…
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  • Future looks strong for Ravens corners

    Future looks strong for Ravens corners

    Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb agreed to a five-year, $50 million extension with a $10 million signing bonus, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Webb is now signed through the 2017 season. This move not only takes away the possibilit…
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  • Steelers receive surprising offseason visit

    Steelers receive surprising offseason visit

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2012
    The Steelers received a surprising visit Wednesday, and it wasn't from a free agent or a draft prospect. This one was more special than that. Running backs coach Kirby Wilson made his first appearance at the team's facility since he was severely burned …
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  • Wake-up call: USC's Kalil to visit Browns

    Wake-up call: USC's Kalil to visit Browns

    ESPN.com Apr 5, 2012
    Every morning, grab a cup of coffee and get your AFC North wake-up call here: USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil is scheduled to make a pre-draft visit to Cleveland, according to the Plain Dealer. Kalil is expected to be taken No. 3 overall by the Minnesot…
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Apr 5, 2012
    Is Justin Blackmon better than Michael Floyd? Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill may be overdrafted. The Jets want to sign TE Dustin Keller long term. Rams WR Danny Amendola doesn’t expect to be a Patriot. The Ravens get C Peter Konz in this seven-round mock d
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  • Video - Ky. judge sentences Bengals' Simpson to 15 days 02:10

    Ky. judge sentences Bengals' Simpson to 15 days

    Apr 5
    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in jail and three years' probation on…
  • Video - Rumor Central: NFL Draft Trades 01:04

    Rumor Central: NFL Draft Trades

    Apr 5
    ESPN Insider Chris Sprow discusses NFL teams that could make draft trades.
  • Video - On the clock:  Bengals 06:23

    On the clock: Bengals

    Apr 5
    How will the Bengals use their two first-round picks? Our draft analysts put Cincinnati on the clock on "Path to the Draft."
  • Video - Quality QBs 03:12

    Quality QBs

    Apr 5
    Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay talk about Robert Griffin III turning down a request to work out for the Colts and Ryan Tannehill moving up draft boards.

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  • Don Banks: Ban Gregg Williams? Better yet, use him as the face of change

    Apr 5
    With that explosive new piece of evidence regarding his favorite motivational techniques surfacing via audio tape, exiled former Saints defensive coordinator/ bounty program mastermind Gregg Williams has handed the NFL the ultimate bludgeon and all but …
  • The murky water of chastising and celebrating NFL violence

    Apr 5
    Fines, suspensions and concussion awareness are fighting an uphill battle against hypocrisy and fan apathy.