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NFL Reporter: Fitbit Exposed My Boyfriend

Jane Slater reveals all on Twitter

(Newser) - An NFL reporter says she caught her ex-boyfriend cheating when his Fitbit data went crazy in the middle of the night, USA Today reports. "Wish the story wasn't real," Jane Slater tweeted in a post that's gotten over 470,000 likes and 46,000 retweets. "... More »

Tweet With Slur Costs NFL Player His Job

Janoris Jenkins said it's just slang to him

(Newser) - His response to a fan on Twitter cost an NFL player his job Friday. The New York Giants waived Janoris Jenkins after he'd called a critical fan a "retard" earlier in the week. "It's not a word that you should use," said Dave Gettleman, the... More »

10 Ex-NFL Players Charged With Health Care Fraud

Justice Department says they submitted false claims to reimbursement plan

(Newser) - Ten former NFL players have been charged with defrauding the league's health care benefit program, the Justice Department said Thursday. They include five former players on the Washington Redskins, including Clinton Portis and Carlos Rogers, the AP reports. Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health... More »

For Hundreds of Walmart Shoppers, 'Wonderful News'

Chicago Bears' Khalil Mack paid off 300 holiday layaway accounts at store in Fort Pierce, Fla.

(Newser) - A Walmart in Florida took to Facebook on Friday with some "wonderful news" for its customers: Someone had paid off all of the store's active holiday layaway accounts. The bighearted person who did so, per CNN : Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who opened his wallet to help out... More »

Accused NFL Player Would 'Appreciate Another Chance'

Antonio Brown apologizes and hints at playing again

(Newser) - A month after ripping the NFL and saying his career was over, former star receiver Antonio Brown said he'd like a team to give him another chance. He made the statement in a long Instagram post Friday, USA Today reports, that began with an apology "to my family,... More »

Radio Analyst's Take on NFL QB Earns Him Suspension

Tim Ryan said 'dark skin' of Ravens QB Lamar Jackson helped him pull off plays in 49ers game

(Newser) - If you were listening Monday morning to a radio breakdown of Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, a comment from one analyst about the Ravens quarterback may have had you wondering: Did he just say that? That was the reaction of the 49ers, who... More »

A Rare Suspension for Betting in the NFL

Josh Shaw was punished in college for inventing story about daring rescue of nephew

(Newser) - Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw was suspended indefinitely on Friday for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season, the first time in more than 35 years a player has been banned for gambling. The suspension will last at least through the 2020 season, the AP reports. Suspensions of... More »

NFL Quarterback Misses Final Play to Take Selfie

Dwayne Haskins was AWOL during last snap

(Newser) - Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins celebrated his first victory as a starter Sunday by taking a selfie with a fan. One problem: The game wasn't over yet. With two seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Redskins had to bring backup quarterback Case Keenum onto the field to take... More »

His Stats Were Hard-Core. The Football He Invented Was Soft

Ex-Vikings kicker Fred Cox, inventor of Nerf football, dies at age 80

(Newser) - "The weight was right. When you threw it, it flew like a football." That's what former Minnesota Viking Fred Cox told Vikings.com a few years back about the invention he came up with that became just as well-known as his stellar football career. In 1972, the... More »

That Does It: Miami Dolphins Running Back Is Out of a Job

Mark Walton is accused of repeatedly punching his pregnant girlfriend

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins are done with Mark Walton. The NFL team cut their top running back after police arrested him early Tuesday morning for allegedly pushing his pregnant girlfriend against a wall and punching her several times in the head and face, the Miami Herald reports. She had just told... More »

Report: No NFL Offers for Kaepernick After Workout

But he still accomplished his goal, allies say

(Newser) - Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's workout for NFL team representatives did not go smoothly —and insiders say it didn't bring him any closer to returning to the league. A source tells NBC Sports that the 32-year-old has not been contacted by any team with an offer of a... More »

Kaepernick Workout Doesn't Go So Smoothly

The ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback changed venues at the last minute

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick's much-publicized workout for at least 10 NFL teams ran into trouble Saturday and nearly didn't happen, TMZ reports. The quarterback-turned-activist had a noon workout scheduled at the Atlanta Falcons facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia, but his reps said the NFL asked him to sign an "... More »

NFL Gives Longest Suspension Ever for On-Field Attack

Browns' Myles Garrett is out for season after hitting Steeler Mason Rudolph with Rudolph's helmet

(Newser) - It seemed obvious that the Cleveland Browns' Myles Garrett would receive some kind of suspension after ripping the helmet off of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hitting him in the head with it during Thursday night's game in Cleveland. Now we know for how long: at least through... More »

NFL Star Facing Punishment Over This Play

Browns' Myles Garrett smashed opponent's head with helmet

(Newser) - The Cleveland Browns finally achieved two consecutive wins with Thursday's 21-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers—but as Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield notes, "it feels like we lost." Indeed, "this season is unofficially officially over" for the 4-6 Browns, whose "best player … shouldn't... More »

Report: At Least 10 Teams Will Attend Kaepernick Workout

But head coaches are unlikely to appear at Saturday workout

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick says he's been ready to return to the NFL for three years—and he may be getting a chance soon. A league source tells CNN that at least 10 teams have expressed an interest in sending personnel to watch the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's private... More »

Kaepernick Gets an NFL Invite, but Some Are Skeptical

All teams are invited to watch free agent at private workout on Saturday, but conditions give pause

(Newser) - Will Colin Kaepernick soon be back in the game? ESPN got its hands on an NFL memo Tuesday inviting all 32 teams to attend a private workout for the out-of-work quarterback this Saturday in Atlanta, an event that will offer an interview with the 32-year-old and a chance to see... More »

Former Spartan, NFL Receiver Dead at 38

Charles Rogers played for the Detroit Lions

(Newser) - Former Michigan State star and Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers has died at the age of 38. A woman who identified herself as Cathy Rogers, his mother, confirmed the death Monday in a phone call from the AP . Other details were not immediately known. Marshall Thomas, Rogers' former basketball coach... More »

Player Booted Over Sex Assault Allegations Goes After NFL

Antonio Brown says he'll never play for league again, then says he actually wants to

(Newser) - After the New England Patriots released Antonio Brown in September amid sexual assault allegations, the wide receiver didn't exactly take it well online, putting up posts (which he mostly took down later) ranting against the NFL. Now, after a brief hiatus from publicly airing his grievances, Brown was back... More »

The Home Team Was Winning. Then, a Streak of Black

Black cat haunts New York Giants at home

(Newser) - It might've been a sign of good luck had the Carolina Panthers been on the field. Instead, the New York Giants suffered a "cat-astrophe" Monday after a black cat interrupted the first half of an NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys, reports People . The cat sprinted onto the... More »

Cleveland Browns Cut Player Over His Post-Game Tweets

Jermaine Whitehead lashed out at people who criticized his game on Sunday

(Newser) - It started with tweets and ended with one. "We've waived S Jermaine Whitehead," the Cleveland Browns tweeted Monday in sharing the news it had cut its safety over tweets he posted right after the team's 24-19 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, reports the AP... More »

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