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  • Titans: Rookie Zach Mettenberger will start at QB

    October 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans will start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback against the Houston Texans on Sunday, switching away from Jake Locker who has missed three of the past four games with injuries. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday that the decision to go with Mettenberger was made Tuesday... more »
  • Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers 35-21

    October 24, 2014 1:53 AM

    DENVER, CO - Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos' 35-21 victory... more »
  • Johnson still a doubt for Lions game in London

    October 23, 2014 9:17 AM

    BAGSHOT, England - Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is still a doubt for Detroit's game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in London. Johnson has missed the last two games, both wins, for the Lions (5-2) with a right ankle injury. He made the trip to England, but said Thursday... more »
  • Beckham's star on the rise

    October 21, 2014 1:56 PM

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Life in the NFL is changing quickly for New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The first-round draft pick has gone from a player who could not get on the field because of a hamstring injury, to an exciting young talent to Giants' No. 1... more »
  • Saints look for silver lining after losing to Lions

    October 20, 2014 10:52 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Saints coach Sean Payton is starting this week by emphasizing the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss. With his players mystified by their inability to close out close games, Payton is steering clear of the kind of criticism that could shatter the... more »
  • Lions rally late for 24-23 win over Saints

    October 19, 2014 5:12 PM

    DETROIT - Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:38, including the winner to Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining, and the Detroit Lions rallied for a 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints (2-4) were in control late in the fourth quarter when Stafford... more »
  • Landry gets 1st NFL td catch, Miami loses late to Green Bay

    October 12, 2014 7:34 PM

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with 3 seconds left Sunday, and the Green Bay Packers rallied past the Miami Dolphins 27-24. Former LSU Tiger Jarvis Landry scored the first touchdown of his pro career with an 11 yard touchdown... more »
  • LaFell's 2 TDs help lift New England to win over Buffalo 37-22

    October 12, 2014 6:33 PM

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and posted his 60th career 300-yard game to lead the New England Patriots to a 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Brandon LaFell had two touchdown catches, including a 56-yarder, and the Patriots' defense forced three turnovers... more »
  • Judge: NFL concussion opt-outs due by Tuesday

    October 11, 2014 11:14 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - Tuesday remains the deadline to opt out of the NFL's settlement of concussion claims after a judge in Philadelphia denied an extension request. Lawyers for some retired players want the deadline delayed until after a Nov. 19 fairness hearing on the settlement. But Senior U.S. District Judge Anita... more »
  • Colts hold on for 33-28 win over Texans

    October 10, 2014 9:14 AM

    HOUSTON, TX - Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts had a great first quarter and did just enough the rest of the way to hold on for a 33-28 victory over the Houston Texans on Thursday night. The Colts (4-2) raced to a 24-0 lead after one quarter, but allowed... more »
  • NFL owners' meetings focus on personal conduct

    October 8, 2014 3:58 PM

    NEW YORK - There hasn't been much football talk at the NFL owners' meetings Wednesday. Instead, the focus has been on the personal conduct policy, and on educating everyone involved in the league about domestic violence. After approving the sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula in... more »
  • Saints add another tight end to the roster

    October 7, 2014 11:04 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - With Jimmy Graham nursing a shoulder injury, the New Orleans Saints have signed tight end Tom Crabtree. The 28-year-old Crabtree, who has played three seasons with Green Bay and one season with Tampa Bay, signed on Tuesday. In a corresponding move, the Saints placed injured safety... more »
  • Wilson leads penalty-prone Seahawks by Skins 27-17

    October 7, 2014 3:08 AM

    LANDOVER, MD - Russell Wilson rushed for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown Monday night, and the Seattle Seahawks overcame more than a dozen penalties - including three that wiped out apparent touchdowns by Percy Harvin - in a 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins. Wilson completed 18 of... more »
  • Seattle takes down Washington 27-17 on Monday Night Football

    October 6, 2014 11:14 PM

    LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Russell Wilson rushed for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown Monday night, and the Seattle Seahawks overcame more than a dozen penalties - including three that wiped out apparent touchdowns by Percy Harvin - in a 27-17 victory over the Washington Redskins. Wilson completed 18... more »
  • Aeneas Williams honored by Southern at homecoming Play Video

    October 5, 2014 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What a year it's been for Aeneas Williams. In August, the former safety for the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals was inducted into the NFL hall of fame. Then on Saturday, he was honored by his alma mater, Southern, at homecoming. The school, celebrating... more »
  • 2 former LSU Tigers score for NY Giants in win over Falcons

    October 5, 2014 9:54 PM

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - First-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. made his NFL debut a memorable one, catching a go-ahead 15-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with 10:02 left to lead the New York Giants to a 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Fellow rookie Andre Williams... more »
  • Manning passes 500 td milestone with Broncos win over Cardinals

    October 5, 2014 9:48 PM

    DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning has thrown his 500th career touchdown pass, joining Brett Favre as the only members of the exclusive club. Manning threw a 7-yard dart to tight end Julius Thomas to give Denver a 7-3 lead over Arizona in the first quarter Sunday. Thomas has caught six... more »
  • Saints defeat Buccaneers 37-31 in OT

    October 5, 2014 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Saints locked up their second win of the season with a touchdown 5 minutes and 36 seconds into overtime. The win puts the Saints (2-3) tied for second in the NFC South with Atlanta and 1 game behind Carolina for the division lead. The Saints... more »
  • Saints safety Byrd has season-ending knee surgery

    October 3, 2014 2:02 PM

    METARIE - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says starting free safety Jairus Byrd has had season-ending knee surgery. Payton said Friday the three-time Pro Bowler injured his lateral meniscus Thursday during a workout. Payton, who doesn't normally announce injuries, says Byrd had informed his father, Gil, an assistant with... more »
  • Cowboys' Spillman subject of reported sex assault

    October 2, 2014 1:58 AM

    GRAPEVINE, TX - Dallas Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman is under investigation but hasn't been arrested or charged after a report of an alleged sexual assault at the team hotel last month. Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said Wednesday night that the alleged incident took place early the... more »
  • FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'

    September 30, 2014 6:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Tuesday that the commission "will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we'll be responding accordingly." A... more »
  • FCC spikes sports blackout rule

    September 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts. The Federal Communications Commission has voted to spike a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV. The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted... more »
  • NFL says mistake made in player prayer penalty

    September 30, 2014 9:15 AM

    KANSAS CITY, MO - The NFL says Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for dropping to his knees in prayer in the end zone after an interception. NFL spokesman Michael Signora writes in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that "the officiating mechanic... more »
  • Chiefs offense hums in 41-14 rout of Patriots

    September 30, 2014 7:20 AM

    KANSAS CITY, MO - Perhaps the Kansas City Chiefs gave their neighbors across the parking lot a little bit of inspiration with their impassioned performance against New England. Jamaal Charles returned from an ankle injury to score three touchdowns, Alex Smith threw for 248 yards and three scores, and the... more »
  • Colts' Landry suspended four games

    September 29, 2014 11:04 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts safety LaRon Landry has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy. Landry has started all four games for the Colts (2-2) and had 18 tackles. He cannot return to the team until after Indy's Oct. 26 game against Pittsburgh. The... more »
  • Saints humbled, but not hopeless after 1-3 start

    September 29, 2014 6:15 PM

    METAIRIE - New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette says he and his teammates "have to be realistic and know" that they're not as good as they thought they were. Galette says the Saints need to improve drastically during their final 12 games, and there doesn't seem to be a... more »
  • Cowboys DB Claiborne done for season

    September 29, 2014 3:42 PM

    IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys cornerback and former LSU Tiger Morris Claiborne will have season-ending surgery after tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee. Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Claiborne will have surgery in the next couple of days and be put on injured reserve. Claiborne got... more »
  • ESPN suspends Simmons 3 weeks for NFL comments

    September 25, 2014 8:37 AM

    ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after he repeatedly called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar during a profane tirade on a podcast. ESPN announced the suspension Wednesday. "Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN's journalistic... more »
  • Saints taking critical look at first win

    September 22, 2014 5:56 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints are taking a critical look at their first victory of the season. While they're relieved they've finally won after a pair of close loses to open the season, they're not entirely happy with how they played in their home opener against Minnesota. New Orleans,... more »
  • Owner: 'No misinformation' by Ravens on Rice

    September 22, 2014 3:23 PM

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has criticized a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator. Bisciotti spoke Monday after... more »
  • Roethlisberger, Steelers top Panthers 37-19

    September 22, 2014 2:09 AM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ben Roethlisberger threw two 7-yard touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell ran for 147 yards and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Carolina Panthers 37-19 on Sunday night. The Steelers had gone eight quarters without a touchdown before Roethlisberger's two scoring strikes in the third. They were... more »
  • Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

    September 19, 2014 3:51 PM

    NEW YORK - Commissioner Roger Goodell says that "over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong; that starts with me." At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players... more »
  • NFL to partner with violence hotline

    September 19, 2014 10:45 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL is partnering with a domestic violence hotline and a sexual violence resource center. Responding to increasing criticism that the league has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning domestic abuse cases involving players, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to the clubs late Thursday announcing... more »
  • Black women's group criticizes NFL

    September 17, 2014 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A leading black women's group says the NFL's decision not to include any African-American women as consultants on domestic violence is "unacceptable." The Black Women's Roundtable is made up of leaders who represent black women and girls. They say the NFL should have included black women when it... more »
  • NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

    September 17, 2014 10:50 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL says it has reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing. The league said Wednesday that under the new rules, three previously suspended players - the Broncos' Wes Welker, Cowboys' Orlando... more »
  • Vikings bar Peterson from team activities

    September 17, 2014 10:30 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS - Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says the team "made a mistake" by bringing back Adrian Peterson following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. The Vikings had benched Peterson for last Sunday's loss to New England. But the next day, the team said they would bring him... more »
  • Anheuser-Busch 'disappointed' in NFL

    September 16, 2014 5:26 PM

    Anheuser-Busch, one of the NFL's biggest sponsors, says it isn't happy with the recent controversy that has engulfed the league. The beer giant issued a statement on Tuesday saying it was "disappointed and increasingly concerned" by recent incidents and was not yet satisfied with the league's response. It said it... more »
  • Where's the tape? America responds to video

    September 13, 2014 10:36 AM

    We only respond if there's video. That's one lesson that can be drawn from the belated reaction to football player Ray Rice knocking out his fiancee in an elevator. Rice was arrested back in February, and in July was suspended for two games. But once video of the actual punch... more »
  • Ravens overcome a week of distraction with win

    September 12, 2014 2:04 AM

    BALTIMORE, MD - Playing three days after running back Ray Rice was released, the Ravens got a pair of touchdown passes from Joe Flacco and rolled past the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night. Rice was reaching the end of a two-game suspension for domestic violence when a video... more »
  • Source says Rice video sent to NFL

    September 10, 2014 4:15 PM

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from... more »
  • Rice dropped by Nike, Madden 15 after firing

    September 9, 2014 12:06 PM

    NEW YORK - Both Nike and Electronic Arts severed business ties with Ray Rice a day after he was let go by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL, following the release of a video showing him striking his then-fiancee in February. Nike Inc. confirmed via email... more »
  • Longer Rice video shows obscenities, spitting Play Video

    September 9, 2014 7:10 AM

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Ray Rice and Janay Palmer can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and she appears to spit in the face of the three-time Pro Bowl running back right before he throws a brutal punch in a video shown to The Associated Press by a law... more »
  • Saints aim to correct fundamental errors

    September 8, 2014 5:50 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he and his teammates have to get back to the lessons they learned in Pop Warner football. The Saints say poor fundamentals, mainly in the area of tackling, were costly in their 37-34 overtime loss at Atlanta to open the regular season. Before... more »
  • Video of punch leads to Rice suspension, firing

    September 8, 2014 2:06 PM

    OWNING MILLS, Md. - The NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice hours after a video surfaced Monday of Rice punching his then-fiance in the face. The Ravens announced they had also terminated Rice before the NFL suspension was handed down. The video shows Rice and Janay Palmer,... more »
  • Ryan, Bryant lead Falcons past Saints 37-34 in OT

    September 7, 2014 3:42 PM

    ATLANTA - Matt Bryant kicked a 51-yarder field goal on the final play of regulation, then booted a 52-yarder in overtime to give the Atlanta Falcons a 37-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints. In another thriller between the NFC South rivals Sunday, Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448... more »
  • Goodell: NFL closely watching McDonald case

    September 4, 2014 8:24 AM

    RENTON, WA - Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is closely watching San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald's case after the institution of the league's new policy on domestic violence. Goodell spoke after attending a youth event Wednesday night. Goodell said the league is still waiting to get all... more »
  • Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games

    September 3, 2014 8:18 AM

    ENGLEWOOD, CO - Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports. ESPN reported the violation had to do with amphetamines. The Broncos didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press requesting comment Tuesday. NFL Media reported Welker was notified... more »
  • Rams cut Sam, 1st drafted openly gay player

    August 30, 2014 3:19 PM

    ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and... more »
  • Saints wait anxiously to learn roster moves

    August 29, 2014 6:07 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints rookie linebacker Ronald Powell said he felt as if he was waiting for a call-back after a job interview. With the final preseason game over, young players such as Powell, receiver Nick Toon, and safety Pierre Warren have little to do but wait and see if they'll... more »
  • 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

    August 29, 2014 3:19 PM

    SANTA CLARA, CA - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won't be eligible to return... more »
  • Saints fall to Ravens in preseason finale 22-13

    August 28, 2014 11:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Justin Tucker hit five field goals and the Baltimore Ravens wrapped up a perfect preseason with a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. Baltimore (4-0) found the end zone only once on Tyrod Taylor's 8-yard pass to Deonte Thompson, but that was... more »
  • NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

    August 28, 2014 2:39 PM

    NEW YORK - NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell. In a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners Thursday, and obtained by... more »
  • Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

    August 28, 2014 2:44 AM

    A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason. Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure... more »
  • Houston stadium will enforce bag policy on LSU fans

    August 27, 2014 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU fans will be met by stricter security enforcing a new bag law implemented this year by the NFL at all NFL-affiliated stadiums. Those attending the season opener against Wisconsin will be must follow tighter rules concerning what they can bring into the Houston Texans' NRG... more »
  • Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence

    August 27, 2014 3:25 AM

    NASHVILLE, TN - Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test, meanwhile, means Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss a full year. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say... more »
  • Saints trim preseason roster to 75 players

    August 26, 2014 5:14 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints outside linebacker Victor Butler, who was seen as a key free agent acquisition in 2013, has been included among eight cuts made by New Orleans as the club prepares to close out the preseason with a roster of 75 players. New Orleans brought in Butler from Dallas,... more »
  • Slap Ya Mama gets slapped with NFL ad ban

    August 25, 2014 9:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The cajun spice company, Slap Ya Mama, is no longer allowed to superimpose their banner ad on the football field in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The local favorite spice brand got a notice from the NFL saying they could no longer electronically superimpose their logo on the... more »
  • NFL, FIFA, other officials meet about concussions

    August 25, 2014 4:50 PM

    NEW YORK - Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions. The "think tank," funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was held Sunday and Monday at league headquarters in New York. Dozens... more »
  • Graham says he's done dunking after "steep" fine

    August 24, 2014 1:49 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got the message from the NFL. He's not dunking footballs over goal posts any more. On Saturday night, the Pro Bowl tight end finally responded to a $30,000 fine imposed by league officials. He called it "steep" and said "you can't really have... more »
  • Brees returns, leads Saints past Colts 23-17

    August 23, 2014 10:46 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and led New Orleans to a 23-17 win at Indianapolis on Saturday night. After missing more than two weeks of practice and the Saints' first two preseason games with a strained left side muscle, Brees showed no sign... more »
  • Colts' Wayne hoping to get on field vs Saints

    August 22, 2014 1:08 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees should be back at his old job Saturday night, leading the Saints prolific offense against Indianapolis. Colts receiver Reggie Wayne hopes he'll be lucky enough to play. Brees has recovered from a strained left oblique muscle in time to play in the most... more »
  • Cowboys first team valued over $3 billion

    August 20, 2014 3:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Forbes says Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value. For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, valued at $3.2 billion. Only Real Madrid at $3.4 billion is worth more among global... more »
  • PAT experiment: 8 missed extra points

    August 20, 2014 12:42 PM

    FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Eight extra point kicks from the longer distance - usually 33 yards - were missed during the NFL's experiment in the first two weeks of the preseason. The 94.3 percent success rate (133 of 141) was below the regular season rate (99.6 percent) from 2013 when... more »
  • Manziel struggles for Browns in 2nd preseason game

    August 18, 2014 10:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hoping to establish some credibility on the field, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel instead cast more doubts in the Browns preseason loss to the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Manziel went 7-16 for 65 yards and a touchdown, but the touchdown pass was basically a glorified handoff... more »
  • Mettenberger's return to the Bayou state Play Video

    August 16, 2014 11:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Zach Mettenberger was cheered as he stepped in front of a Louisiana crowd on a Louisiana field, but even he didn't expect such a warm ovation as the visiting quarterback when the Tennessee Titans faced the New Orleans Saints on Friday. Mettenberger, the former LSU star... more »
  • Saints take quick 7-0 lead

    August 15, 2014 7:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - While Drew Brees didn't get the start at quarterback for the first preseason game inside the Superdome this season, Luke McCown showed great command of the offense to get the Saints off on the right foot. The scoring drive took 16 plays, 80 yards, and 6:30... more »
  • Manziel expected to see action

    August 9, 2014 12:34 PM

    Cleveland fans will get their first look at Johnny Football under fire. Top draft pick Johnny Manziel is expected to see action in the Browns' exhibition game against Detroit tonight. His performance could go a long way in determining if Manziel is close to challenging Brian Hoyer for the starting... more »
  • Minus Brees, Saints offense shines in preseason win over Rams

    August 8, 2014 11:06 PM

    ST. LOUIS - The New Orleans Saints got offensive production from a couple of players with something to prove, and backup quarterback Ryan Griffin led the Saints to a 26-24 win in their preseason opener over St. Louis Friday night. Saints Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees sat out with... more »
  • Bengals' Dalton get big raise

    August 4, 2014 9:38 PM

    CINCINNATI (AP) -The Cincinnati Bengals are making Andy Dalton one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league. Dalton signed a six-year extension on Monday. According to multiple reports, the deal is worth up to $115 million and will prevent Dalton playing out the final year of his rookie contract.... more »
  • Promise of Saints LT Armstead grows in camp

    August 4, 2014 4:23 PM

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV - On paper, Terron Armstead is a second-year pro out of a small school with rather limited NFL experience for a starting left tackle. The Saints see him not only as their best bet to keep Drew Brees safe from jarring blind-side hits, but as a... more »
  • Giants top Bills in NFL preseason opener

    August 3, 2014 11:31 PM

    CANTON, OH - Aeneas Williams and his fellow Hall of Fame inductees enjoyed one more moment in the spotlight, as the former Southern Jaguar standout attended the NFL's annual preseason kickoff game won by the New York Giants on Sunday night. The Giants topped the Buffalo Bills 17-13 as... more »
  • NFL sideline tech inches forward, still no video

    August 3, 2014 11:27 AM

    NEW YORK - Tablets are making their debut on the NFL sideline Sunday. The devices will be used by players and coaches to view aerial photos of previous plays. In the past, those images were transmitted to a printer on the sideline, and teams would review black-and-white pictures on paper.... more »
  • Former Jaguar Aeneas Williams Joins NFL Hall of Fame

    August 2, 2014 8:45 PM

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Former Southern University defensive back Aeneas Williams has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Williams was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, who split 14 NFL seasons between the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. He retired after the 2004 season and was selected... more »
  • Ingram places Saints RB mix among NFL's best

    August 1, 2014 5:01 PM

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV - Mark Ingram speaks boldly about the promise of New Orleans' running game, considering the Saints ranked near the bottom of the NFL in rushing last season and then traded away Darren Sproles. Ingram says the Saints have one of the deepest and most talented groups... more »
  • Saints WR Colston expects rest to equal success

    July 31, 2014 7:13 PM

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Marques Colston says he made resting his ailing left foot a priority during the offseason and feels far healthier than he did a year ago. Colston heads into his ninth season as New Orleans' all-time leading receiver, but is coming off one of his least... more »
  • Trufant, Alford step into Atlanta leadership roles

    July 28, 2014 9:52 PM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons need new leadership on defense, and coach Mike Smith says second-year cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford fit the job description perfectly. Coming off a 4-12 season that ended with their defense ranked last in third-down efficiency, second-worst against the run and... more »
  • NFL's top-selling jersey belongs to Manziel

    July 21, 2014 4:37 PM

    CLEVELAND - Johnny Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland's depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL's top-selling jersey. The league said Monday the rookie quarterback's No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle's... more »
  • NFL to restrict evaluations of underclassmen

    July 18, 2014 11:56 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL will limit the number of underclassmen who can receive evaluations for the draft to five from a single school, although special exceptions will be allowed. Concerned about the record 107 underclassmen who applied for this year's draft, and with 37 of them not selected, the... more »
  • LSU shrugs off NFL departures, has high hopes Play Video

    July 16, 2014 6:33 PM

    HOOVER, Ala. - The NFL has taken another big chunk out of LSU's roster. As usual, coach Les Miles just shrugs, says that's part of the job and plans to replace them with guys who are just as good or better. The Tigers had nine players selected in May's draft... more »
  • Sharper in California court on rape charges

    July 16, 2014 2:14 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper, who is facing sexual assault allegations in several states, is returning to court in California. Sharper is scheduled to appear Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, where he's charged with drugging and raping two women last year after meeting them... more »
  • Lawyers: Judge approves NFL concussion settlement

    July 7, 2014 3:45 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a deal that would compensate former NFL players for concussion-related claims. Attorneys Sol Weiss and Christopher Seeger said in a statement that Monday's decision represents "an extraordinary settlement" for the plaintiffs. The NFL last month agreed to remove a $675... more »
  • Phase 1 of Panthers' Stadium renovation almost done

    June 25, 2014 5:15 PM

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Panthers are putting the final touches on phase one of a $125 million stadium renovation project. Panthers director of stadium operations Scott Paul led a media tour Wednesday showing off the stadium's two new larger video boards, two new ribbon boards, an improved sound system and... more »
  • NFL agrees to remove cap on concussion damages

    June 25, 2014 10:56 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - The NFL has agreed to remove a cap on concussion-related damages after a judge questioned whether a proposed settlement provided enough money to cover retired players. A revised settlement agreement filed Wednesday also eliminates a provision that barred anyone who gets concussion damages from the NFL from suing... more »
  • Former Southern Lab product Chuck Wiley returns to host football camp Play Video

    June 21, 2014 11:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chuck Wiley has been out of the NFL since 2004, but the former Southern Lab and LSU defensive end once again offered some pro-level to more than 100 aspiring youngsters at his 12th annual Bayou All-Stars camp. Wiley met with young boys (and girls for cheerleading... more »
  • Defensive End/Comedian Cameron Jordan keeps mood light at Saints camp Play Video

    June 15, 2014 11:30 PM

    METAIRIE - Cameron Jordan has carved out a great start to his New Orleans Saints career with 21.5 sacks in 4 years and a Pro Bowl appearance in 2013. He also provides some much-needed comic relief for the Saints locker room. Sports 2's Brian Holland gives us a... more »
  • Ridley focused on eliminating fumbles

    June 5, 2014 5:24 PM

    BOSTON - Fumbles have plagued former LSU Tiger running back Stevan Ridley even when the ball was dry. Steady rain presents another challenge for the New England running back. It wasn't a problem for him as Patriots conducted their organized team activities on a soggy day. Ridley lost fumbles in... more »
  • Saints C Goodwin striving to win back his old job

    June 5, 2014 4:47 PM

    METAIRIE - Jonathan Goodwin figures he's probably a better center now than when he left New Orleans after the 2010 season. The key is how well he can hold up physically at age 35. Goodwin has played in the past three NFC championship games with San Francisco, going to one... more »
  • Senators vote with Benson in workers comp dispute

    May 22, 2014 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators on the labor committee have narrowly sided with New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson over the NFL players in a dispute over how workers compensation claims for professional athletes should be calculated. The bill by Rep. Chris Broadwater, pushed by the team owner, would calculate workers... more »
  • Former NFL players file suit

    May 21, 2014 6:12 AM

    ATLANTA - Tuesday was supposed to be a day of celebration for the NFL, as the league announced Minneapolis, Minnesota as the host city of the 2018 Super Bowl. Instead, the league is now addressing concerns following a new lawsuit. Former players accuse the league of putting profits ahead... more »
  • Super Bowl could be back in New Orleans in 2018

    May 20, 2014 6:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Could the Super Bowl be coming back to Louisiana? NFL owners should decide today. New Orleans is a finalist for Super Bowl LII in 2018, along with Minneapolis and Indianapolis. The Crescent City is considered the favorite to win the bid, largely because of its warm... more »

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