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Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf Arrested in Calif.

Former No. 2 draft pick busted on a domestic battery charge

(Newser) - Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in Southern California on Friday, reports the AP . Leaf, 44, was arrested on a domestic battery charge in Palm Desert, which is about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to booking information provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Saturday.... More »

NFL May Give Teams a Big New Play

Owners will vote on an alternative to the onside kick: a 4th-and-15 chance

(Newser) - Much is up in the air about the coming NFL season, and that now includes the venerable onside kick. League owners will vote later this month on a big rule change related to the kick that could result in more dramatic comeback attempts. Instead of an onside kick, teams could... More »

Games Without Fans Would Throw NFL for a Huge Loss

League would be out $5.5B, and one player says it 'wouldn't be fun'

(Newser) - A pandemic season played in empty stadiums would be problematic for the NFL. About $5.5 billion of stadium revenue would be out the window, Forbes reports. That includes money lost in tickets, concessions, sponsors and parking and at team stores. Some franchises would suffer more than others. The Dallas... More »

NFL Player: I Was Sexually Assaulted on a United Flight

2 men say attendants ignored their complaints

(Newser) - An NFL player and a second man say they were sexually harassed and assaulted during a late-night flight—and United Airlines flight attendants failed to take their complaints seriously. In a lawsuit filed Monday, the player, identified only as John Doe 1, says he was on a flight from Los... More »

Warrants Issued for NFL Players After Armed Robbery at Party

Police are looking for DeAndre Baker, Quinton Dunbar

(Newser) - Police in South Florida are trying to find New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party, authorities said Thursday. Miramar police issued arrest warrants for both men Thursday on four counts each of armed... More »

An NFL Legend Is Dead at 90

Former Dolphins coach Don Shula has the league's only perfect season

(Newser) - He coached the 1972 Miami Dolphins to a perfect 17-0 record, culminating with a Super Bowl win. No NFL coach before or since matched that feat by Don Shula. The 90-year-old died "peacefully at his home," the team announced Monday, reports TMZ . No cause of death was announced... More »

Report: NFL Chief Has Reduced Salary to $0

League is cutting pay, furloughing workers

(Newser) - Commissioner Roger Goodell has reduced his salary to $0 and other NFL employees will be taking pay cuts or furloughs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Goodell, who makes upward of $30 million a year from salaries and bonuses, voluntarily had his salary reduced this month, a person familiar with the... More »

People Were Really Starved for a Sporting Event

NFL Draft, held virtually, shattered viewing records

(Newser) - Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a... More »

New Patriots Kicker Will Cover Controversial Tattoo

Justin Rohrwasser's tattoo has been adopted by a right-wing militia group

(Newser) - New Patriots kicker Justin Rohrwasser says a tattoo on his arm is not representative of a loosely organized right-wing militia group that has adopted the symbol. Rohrwasser, who played at Rhode Island and Marshall, was taken 159th overall in the fifth round of the draft Saturday. He said in a... More »

Joe Burrow Was First Pick in Unusual NFL Draft

Virtual event had relatively few glitches

(Newser) - The Cincinnati Bengals selected Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow of LSU with the first pick in an unprecedented virtual NFL draft . The biggest drama on this night wasn’t who was going to be the No. 1 pick—Burrow sewed that up a long time ago—or how the top... More »

Thursday's NFL Draft Will Be a Strange One

League teams up with ESPN to hold 'unprecedented' virtual draft

(Newser) - Commissioner Roger Goodell won't have to leave his "man cave" to preside over this year's NFL draft, because it's going to be a "virtual extravaganza," per the New York Post —meaning the entire thing will be produced remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.... More »

Gronkowski Abandons Retirement to Reunite With Brady

Tight end will join him on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Newser) - Four-time All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has agreed to a reunion with Tom Brady. The agent for the retired New England star confirmed Tuesday that pending completion of a physical, Gronkowski has agreed to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are acquiring his rights from the Patriots. A... More »

Alleged Stay-at-Home Scofflaw in Tampa Is Familiar Face

New Buccaneer Tom Brady busted for working out in local park shut down due to coronavirus: mayor

(Newser) - It's weird enough seeing the words "the Buccaneers' Tom Brady." It must've been even weirder for the city employee who reportedly stumbled upon the former Patriot working out in a Florida park to have to tell him the park was closed due to the coronavirus and... More »

NFL's Von Miller Goes Public With COVID-19 Diagnosis

'Take this seriously,' Broncos star says

(Newser) - NFL star Von Miller says he has the coronavirus and he wants to come forward with his diagnosis to show people how serious the disease is. "I'm going to do whatever I have to do to get thru this!" Miller wrote in an Instagram post Thursday night.... More »

Coronavirus Hits the NFL

Brian Allen of the LA Rams tested positive 3 weeks ago

(Newser) - Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen says he tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago, the AP reports. Allen is the first active NFL player to acknowledge testing positive during the coronavirus pandemic. The third-year pro is not hospitalized and is “feeling good,” according to a statement issued... More »

Ex-NFL Quarterback Killed in Car Crash

Former Viking, Seahawk Tarvaris Jackson was 36

(Newser) - The NFL is mourning former quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who was killed in a single-car crash in Alabama Sunday night. Police say the 36-year-old was killed when his 2012 Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway, hit a tree, and overturned around 7 miles south of Montgomery, his hometown, ESPN reports. The Alabama... More »

Brady's First Attempt Involves Wordplay

With his new team, quarterback wants to own 'Tompa Bay'

(Newser) - Tom Brady has lost before at the US Patent and Trademark Office —when he sought sole rights to "Tom Terrific" while with the New England Patriots—but you don't become a star athlete by giving up. Now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the quarterback wants to reserve... More »

Legendary Kicker Dies of Coronavirus

Tom Dempsey's record stood for decades and sparked a major New Orleans party

(Newser) - Tom Dempsey, the kicker who made a 63-yard field goal that stood as the NFL record for more than 40 years, died Saturday of COVID-19. Dempsey, 73, lived in a New Orleans senior center, where he tested positive for the coronavirus in March, USA Today reports. At least 14 other... More »

Tom Brady Is Leaving the Patriots

He sends out a farewell to fans and the team

(Newser) - Tom Brady will not be playing for the New England Patriots next year, but it's still not clear where he'll end up instead. The all-star QB issued a pair of tweets Tuesday morning, one to fans and the other to his teammates and the Patriots organization to say... More »

NFL Players Narrowly Approve Adding 17th Game

Many stars opposed league's new CBA

(Newser) - NFL players have approved a new labor agreement that includes a 17-game regular season. The deal, which runs through the 2030 season, was accepted by the 32 team owners last month, the AP reports. The NFL Players Association's membership spent the past week voting on the 439-page document after... More »

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