The Arizona Cardinals have suffered many injuries to offensive linemen in recent years. So when first-round pick D.J. Humphries left the practice field while having his right knee looked at, it would be no surprise if the Cardinals were holding their collective breath. Apparently then can now all exhale. According to Kent Somers of the…
Brian Westbrook’s versatility made him a nightmare for opposing defenses to handle during his nine-year career spent predominantly with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now the Eagles are honoring him with a spot in their Hall of Fame. Westbrook, an analyst for ProFootballTalk on NBCSN, will join linebacker Maxie Baughn as new members of the Eagles Hall…
While basic P.R. concerns prevent the NFLPA from putting it this way, the primary argument against the suspension of Tom Brady is that, even if he did what he’s accused of doing, he can’t be suspended for it. As to Brady’s alleged “general awareness” that one or more Patriots employees were deflating footballs, the NFLPA…
When the NFL released the 20-page, single-space ruling upholding the four-game suspension imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady without also releasing the transcript, it was impossible to verify the accuracy of any conclusions reached in the ruling. The transcript has now been released, and plenty of comparing-and-contrasting is going on. The idea for this one…
Not long after PFT obtained a copy of the Tom Brady appeal hearing transcript, which was filed in federal court Tuesday by the NFLPA, I scrolled through the document to see how many pages I’d have to read. When I got to the last page — 456 — I noticed a comment from NFL outside…
In the days before they played the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, the Colts were alerted by the Ravens to pay special attention to potential problems with the game balls. Colts equipment manager Sean Sullivan sent an email to G.M. Ryan Grigson before the AFC Championship saying that the Ravens’ special teams coach, Jerry…
Giants owner John Mara, a member of the NFL’s Los Angeles committee, thinks the league will have two L.A. teams next season. Mara said on WFAN 660 that the short-term answer for the league will be to have teams playing in a temporary home, and the long-term answer will be building a new stadium. “I…
The NFLPA has made its initial filing in a New York federal court in the case involving Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. Filed with the main document was the lengthy transcript of the 10-hour appeal hearing. PFT has obtained a copy of the transcript, and the resident lawyer has been assigned the responsibility of…
The Lions want to lock up a pair of key defensive parts, including one which hasn’t taken a snap for them. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew said he was working on new deals for both linebacker DeAndre Levy and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who are entering the…
Defensive lineman Jerel Worthy has bounced from the Packers to the Patriots and Chiefs over the last two years as he’s tried to find a home in the NFL and now he’ll look for an extended stay in the same state where he played his college ball. Worthy has been claimed off of waivers by…
San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday night that the 49ers plan to keep Aldon Smith beyond this season and indicated the linebacker would like to re-sign with the team. ''We're going to work hard to make sure that he remains here,'' Baalke said. Smith, who when at his best is one of the game's top pass-rushers, is entering a contract year after missing the first nine games of 2014 serving an NFL suspension for violations of the league's substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.
Tom Brady denied under oath to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game, and investigator Ted Wells said in a transcript that he never warned the New England Patriots quarterback he would be punished if he didn't turn over his cellphone. In a 457-page transcript released on Tuesday, Brady maintained his innocence in the NFL scandal known as ''Deflategate.'' He denied discussing air level with the ballboys or even thinking about how inflated the footballs were when he selected them.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is day to day with a tweaked hamstring that kept him out of practice Tuesday.
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- T.Y. Hilton's preference is to be paid like an All-Pro receiver in Indianapolis.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson is set to be the sixth player from Dallas' Super Bowl-winning teams of the 1990s to join the franchise's ring of honor.
Terrelle Pryor took the handoff, set his feet and unloaded a deep pass that fluttered, floated and somehow landed in Travis Benjamin's hands for a touchdown. ''They said it was wobbly and ugly,'' Pryor joked. Attempting the switch from NFL quarterback to receiver with the Browns, Pryor is making progress and believes his chances of making the roster are growing daily.
Mel Farr, a former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year who rushed for more than 3,000 yards in seven pro seasons with the Detroit Lions, has died. Farr spent his whole NFL career with Detroit, from 1967-73. ''The entire Lions family is saddened by the passing of Mel Farr,'' Lions President Tom Lewand said in a statement Tuesday.
Nearly two years after Justin Blackmon's last NFL practice, the Jacksonville Jaguars have all but given up on the suspended receiver. General manager Dave Caldwell said Tuesday he's pretty much lost hope Blackmon will return. Caldwell hasn't had any contact with Blackmon in some time and believes the former Oklahoma State star's skills would be diminished if he was reinstated by the league.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Clay Matthews has missed a second straight day of practice after coach Mike McCarthy said he was holding out the Green Bay Packers' star linebacker as a precaution because of knee soreness.
Steven Jackson is just one of the NFC South players with something to prove.
Ex-CFL coach Marc Trestman kicks off Canada Week, our examination of North America's other league.
The Jets opened up the checkbook this offseason in an attempt to jumpstart the passing game. Will it work?
Tom Brady is clearly the class of the AFC East at quarterback. But who's next in line? Chris Burke and Doug Farrar debate.
HOF 2015: Mick Tingelhoff, the Vikings center who started 240 straight games, gets Hall call
Woodson's spot in ring of honor boosts unsung defenses from Cowboys' Super Bowl run of 1990s
HOF 2015: Taking part in Hall of Fame inductions a special feeling for families of entrants
The Brain or a Game: Former NFL player Ben Utecht speaks out on Seau induction, brain injuries
GM Trent Baalke says 49ers hope to re-sign linebacker Aldon Smith, tight end Vernon Davis
Internal email reveals Ravens assistant warned Colts about previous problem.
Niners' new-look offensive line out to prove it can protect Kaepernick, help improve offense
Carolina Panthers CB Chris Houston retires from football after 7 seasons
The NFLPA's filing includes hundreds of Brady's email and phone records.
EDS NOTE: Ben Utecht was a standout tight end for the University of Minnesota who played in the NFL for six years, becoming a starter and winning a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. He retired in 2009 due to multiple concussions and memory loss. Utecht is now a national speaker, concussion advocate, and musician.
San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday night that the 49ers plan to keep Aldon Smith beyond this season and indicated the linebacker would like to re-sign with the team.
In a transcript released in a filing by the N.F.L. players’ union, Brady maintained his innocence in the case involving deflated footballs.
Jason Witten doesn't deny that the Cowboys had a more complicated locker room with Terrell Owens in it and a different message coming from the top when Wade Phillips was the coach.
Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf still keeps a close eye on Green Bay in retirement.
Tom Brady denied under oath to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game, and investigator Ted Wells said in a transcript that he never warned the New England Patriots quarterback he would be punished if he didn't turn over his cellphone.
The National Football League players union on Tuesday made public a full transcript of star New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's June 23 appeal of his four-game "Deflategate" suspension before league Commissioner Roger Goodell.
With a healthy Aaron Rodgers ready to resume his pinpoint passing, the Green Bay Packers will start the season as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 power rankings.
In 1925, four high school students were recruited to fill out a team’s depleted roster, leading to a rout, the sale of a franchise and penalties all around.
Nearly two years after Justin Blackmon's last NFL practice, the Jacksonville Jaguars have all but given up on the suspended receiver.
When summer starts, we're like kids with a whole set of new toys. So many peaches, melons, eggplants, tomatoes, even zucchini, that we just can't wait to dig into and cook. But like all infatuations, this one has a limited shelf-life. Once the newness wears off, we're left with fixing dinner....
Convention Center design: A review in the Aug. 2 Arts & Books section about the proposed expansion for the Los Angeles Convention Center did not fully describe the city Bureau of Engineering's procedure in this case for selecting architects. Teams of architects competing to design the expansion...
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have reached their highest level since the United Nations began keeping detailed records six years ago, the international agency reported Wednesday.
Jimmy Rollins played 15 seasons in Philadelphia, winning a World Series title, a most-valuable-player award and establishing himself as the finest shortstop in franchise history.
Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday approved a $5-million settlement with the family of an aspiring TV producer who was held hostage in a West Hollywood apartment before sheriff's deputies mistook him for an armed suspect and killed him.
The Angels have an opening for a general manager. Dave Dombrowski, one of the finest general managers of his generation, parted ways with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO - The federal investigation involved years of undercover work and culminated in a sweeping indictment with 29 defendants. Among them was former state Sen. Leland Yee, who pleaded guilty July 1 to racketeering.
At least four men who were ticketed by Los Angeles International Airport Police while driving for Uber's low-cost car service have criminal convictions that would bar them from operating a taxi in Los Angeles, records show.
California election officials are reversing a policy that prevents 45,000 felons from casting ballots, placing the state in the forefront of a movement to boost voting rights for ex-criminals.
Frustrated with Congress' lack of action on stricter gun control laws, Los Angeles leaders have joined other cities in trying to sidestep Washington by imposing tighter regulations at the local level.
I'm going to analyze a play that looks like it's simply a quarterback throwing to a wide-open receiver for a 24-yard gain.But it's much, much more than that, and you would never know it unless you study film and know the subtle nuances that made it happen. This came in the second quarter of the Green Bay Packers' game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 16 last year.Let's start before the snap. Here's a classic case where you have safeties in a two-deep shell as Aaron Rodgers starts to look at the defense; it could almost be quarters coverage, or maybe man. The Buccaneers try to change the d…
We all hear about the pending magnetic resonance imaging. Sometimes the test is needed and helpful. Often, especially on the big injuries, the team doctor already knows the diagnosis and has passed it on to the club. Done correctly, physical exam is extremely accurate for major ligament and tendon tears like ACL, PCL, MCL, Achilles, [...]