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Antonio Smith under investigation for child abuse

Veteran defensive lineman Antonio Smith, who signed with the Broncos earlier this year after being released by the Raiders, is under investigation for child abuse, according to TMZ. The Fort Bend County, Texas district attorney, John Healey, tells TMZ that the child abuse division is handling the case. No charges have been filed against Smith,…

PFT Live: Ryan Tannehill, John Spanos

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill signed a contract extension with the Dolphins this week that can pay him up to $96 million over the next six years and we’ll get a chance to hear his thoughts about it on Thursday’s PFT Live. Tannehill will join Mike Florio to discuss the conversations that led up to the agreement…

D.J. Hayden hopes to build on close to last season

Cornerback D.J. Hayden didn’t play in the first six games of last season while rehabbing a foot injury that landed him on the PUP list and added to questions about Hayden’s ability to stay healthy at the NFL level after he missed eight games as a rookie. Hayden says it’s been “frustrating,” but that he…

Ray Rice’s domestic violence charges to be dropped today

Ray Rice doesn’t have an NFL job. But soon, he won’t have a criminal record, either. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the former Ravens running back has completed his pretrial intervention program, and his domestic violence charges could be dismissed by a judge in New Jersey today. Rice has complied with all the…

Ben Tate working out for Cowboys

The Cowboys have downplayed their need for more help in the backfield this offseason, but that doesn’t meant that they won’t take a look at what’s available on the open market. Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that free agent Ben Tate is working out for the team on Thursday. Tate would join a backfield that…

Raiders moving into Levi’s Stadium was a non-starter

Raiders owner Mark Davis is perfectly willing to share. But not with the 49ers. While the Raiders are looking at a joint facility in Carson with the Chargers as a possibility if there’s no deal to stay in Oakland, Davis nixed the idea of bunking with his neighbors across the bay. “There’s not going to…

Panthers sign safety Marcus Ball

The Panthers tweaked their roster on Wednesday by waiving 2013 fourth-round pick Edmund Kugbila off of their offensive line and they made another alteration on Thursday. The team announced that they have signed safety Marcus Ball and waived safety Kimario McFadden. The moves leave the Panthers roster at the offseason maximum of 90 players. Carolina…

Cam Heyward won’t ruffle feathers, but wants new deal in Pittsburgh

Over the last couple of years, defensive end Cam Heyward has gone from a rising member of the Steelers Defense to one of their longest-tenured players. As Heyward has watched players like Troy Polamalu and Brett Keisel move on to other teams, he’s noticed that they spent their entire careers with the Steelers. Heyward’s rookie…

Sheldon Richardson leaves Jets down two defensive linemen at OTAs

The absence of defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson from Jets organized team activities this week came as no surprise since he’s been absent for all of the team’s offseason work as he tries to leverage his way into a long-term contract with the team. Less expected was the absence of Wilkerson’s counterpart at defensive end Sheldon Richardson,…

Goodell doesn’t answer question about media leaks

During Wednesday’s press conference that ended the quarterly ownership meeting in San Francisco, Tom Curran of CSN New England asked Commissioner Roger Goodell a pointed question regarding media leaks by the league during the #DeflateGate investigation. In response, Goodell referred generally to the report generated by Ted Wells. When Curran followed with a specific question…

Peyton Manning makes an appearance on final Letterman show

In this age of the DVR, I’m careful about spoilers. But when the TV show that could be spoiled has morphed into a major event, anyone who chooses not to do it live proceeds at their own risk of learning things before getting a chance to catch up. So for the same reason that I…

Buccaneers send their rookies to finishing school

NFL teams always give their rookies a crash course in football at their first minicamp, Some, like the Rams, give them some financial tips before they hand them a bonus check. But the Buccaneers want to make sure their draft class knows which fork to use. Via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the…

New extra point rule criticized over player safety concerns

Most rules changes the NFL has adopted in recent years have been part of a broader effort to make the game safer. But some say the league’s new extra point rule will increase injuries. Now that extra point kicks will be 13 yards longer, and blocked kicks can be returned by the defense for two…

Thursday morning one-liners

The Bills could have a rookie starter up front. Dolphins RB Lamar Miller could be set for a breakout year. The Patriots are hoping for more pass-rush this season. The Jets have another missing DE, but no one knows why. Ravens rookie WR Breshad Perriman is feeling right at home. There are many Bengals looking…

Matt Bryant: PAT change will make cold-weather games more interesting

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant doesn’t have to worry about weather during home games played in a dome, which shouldn’t make the change in extra points too much of an issue for him in 2015. Bryant said moving the line of scrimmage back to the 15-yard line isn’t a “big deal” to him, but he does think…

Brees: Draft sent message that we believe in our skill position players

Over the course of the offseason, the Saints said farewell to tight end Jimmy Graham, wide receiver Kenny Stills and running back Pierre Thomas. They signed running back C.J. Spiller, but otherwise left the team’s skill positions untouched as they spent their nine draft picks on other positions. One of those picks was for quarterback…

Derek Carr’s agent: No surgery needed on finger

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t been practicing with the team this week because of a right ring finger injury that Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported may require surgery if the current rest doesn’t alleviate numbness in the digit. Carr’s agent Tim Younger has reacted strongly to the report of that possibility. Younger called it a…

Darrelle Revis: Tom Brady’s status shouldn’t impact punishment

Former Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis doesn’t necessarily have much sympathy for his old team’s penalties, or Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. At the same time, his respect for his former quarterback is clear. In an interview with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis said Brady was “definitely a Hall of Famer,” and that…

Jim Irsay says team in L.A. is a matter of when, not if

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday that a team in Los Angeles was still a good possibility, but not “inevitable.” One of his bosses disagrees. “It’s not a matter of ‘if’ now, but ‘when,’” Colts owner Jim Irsay said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. While 49ers CEO Jed York wasn’t quite as…

Duerson family won’t appeal concussion settlement

While there is still a push by some to appeal the approved $765 million settlement approved by Judge Anita Brody last month, the family of Dave Duerson is dropping their intentions to appeal the agreement. According to the Associated Press, Chicago lawyer Thomas Demetrio said the family of the former Bears safety doesn’t want to obstruct…

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