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NFL's COVID Problem May Have Gotten Bigger

Jets players sent home after a positive test

(Newser) - Add another NFL team to the COVID-19 list. Sources tell Pro Football Talk that players and coaches from the New York Jets were sent home Friday after one of the players received a "presumptive positive" coronavirus test, meaning another test will be administered to make sure the first wasn'... More »

2 NFL Teams Shut Facilities After COVID Tests

Tennessee, Minnesota make move after Titans see 8 positive results

(Newser) - The NFL is facing its first major COVID-19 issue since the resumption of play. The Tennessee Titans shut down their facilities on Tuesday after three players and five team staffers tested positive for the coronavirus, reports the Tennessean . The shutdown is expected to be in effect until Saturday, one day... More »

At One NFL Game, 1.8K Familiar Faces

Cardboard cutouts from 'South Park' filled stadium for Broncos-Buccaneers game

(Newser) - There were far fewer humans in the stands at Denver's Empower Field at Mile High stadium on Sunday for the Broncos' game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that doesn't mean there weren't plenty of fans on hand—and most of the faces likely looked familiar to... More »

Their NFL Friendship Was Made Legendary on the Big Screen

Chicago Bears' Gale Sayers, depicted in 'Brian's Song' as supporting sick teammate, dead at 77

(Newser) - Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, who made his mark as one of the NFL's best all-purpose running backs and was later celebrated for his enduring friendship with a Chicago Bears teammate with cancer, has died. He was 77. Nicknamed the "Kansas Comet" and considered among the best open-field... More »

NFL Hands Down $1M in Fines Over Face Masks

Head coaches for Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers now owe $100K each for not following safety protocols

(Newser) - A week after the NFL warned its coaches and teams about following proper safety protocols regarding COVID-19, the league has now handed down more than $1 million in fines, including to three head coaches. Sources tell ESPN that Vic Fangio of the Denver Broncos, the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll, and... More »

NFL Linebacker Gives Young Fan His Glove—and Wedding Ring

Oops

(Newser) - NFL players often give gloves to fans after a game ends—but when Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard did so after Sunday's game, he also accidentally gave away his wedding ring, the Spun reports. "My step-nephew got @dsleon45’s game gloves yesterday," Bleacher Report's Tyler Brooke... More »

NFL Wrestles With Abundance of False Positives

77 players have been re-examined and came back negative

(Newser) - The NFL had 77 positive COVID-19 tests from 11 teams re-examined by a New Jersey lab after false positives, and all those tests came back negative, the AP reports. The league asked the New Jersey lab BioReference to investigate the results, and those 77 tests are being re-tested once more... More »

Super Bowl Winner Convicted of 'Unconscionable' Crime'

Dana Stubblefield faces 15 years to life for raping disabled babysitter

(Newser) - A former Super Bowl winner and NFL defensive rookie of the year has been found guilty of raping a developmentally disabled woman following a nine-month trial. A jury in Santa Clara County convicted former San Francisco 49ers star Dana Stubblefield of rape by force, oral copulation by force, false imprisonment,... More »

Amazon Is Pulling All Washington Redskins Merch

NFL team is reviewing its racist name

(Newser) - Amazon will stop selling Washington Redskins merchandise after the football team said it would undergo a review of its name , which is considered a racial slur, the AP reports. The Seattle-based online shopping giant informed sellers Wednesday morning that it would be pulling Redskins merchandise from its online marketplace. Other... More »

He's the First Half-Billion-Dollar Player Ever in Sports

Kansas City Chiefs agree to 10-year contract extension worth $503M for Patrick Mahomes

(Newser) - The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a 10-year contract extension with quarterback Patrick Mahomes that is worth $503 million, making him "the first half billion dollar player in sports history," his agency tweeted . The Super Bowl MVP's contract is the richest-ever not just at the NFL... More »

Coming to NFL Games: the Black National Anthem

'Lift Every Voice and Sing' will be performed before 'Star-Spangled Banner' during Week 1

(Newser) - The NFL isn't dropping the national anthem, but it is, at least for a week, adding the song known as the Black national anthem. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" will be performed before every kickoff during the opening week of the NFL season, a source tells outlets including... More »

WaPo to Redskins Owner: 'Change the Name. NOW'

Editorial board says if Dan Snyder won't do it, the NFL should

(Newser) - The Washington Post editorial board is calling on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his football club's name. Under the headline "Change the Name of the Washington NFL Team. Now," the newspaper says in an editorial posted online Friday that if Snyder won’t switch the... More »

Goodell Finally Brings Up the Elephant in the Room

NFL commissioner says 'I welcome' a team signing Colin Kaepernick

(Newser) - Some people weren't thrilled that Roger Goodell's recent statement condemning racism and police brutality never brought up Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who started that conversation in the NFL by kneeling as the national anthem played before games. Finally, Goodell is directly addressing the man whose name he neglected... More »

Players Asked NFL to Speak Up. They Got Their Wish

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell condemns racism, police brutality—but no mention of Kap

(Newser) - The ripple effects of the protests for George Floyd have made their way to the NFL. On Thursday, a roster of top players, including the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and the Texans' Deshaun Watson, made a short video imploring the league to speak up on racism and police brutality. On Friday,... More »

Drew Brees Apologizes Yet Again

New Orleans Saints quarterback still under fire after his first apology

(Newser) - Drew Brees' first apology didn't go over well with everyone , and now the New Orleans Saints quarterback is trying again. "I know there’s not much that I can say that would make things any better right now, but I just want you to see in my eyes... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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