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  • Dolphins LB Jerome Baker agrees to 3-year, $39M extension
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 13, 2021

    Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract extension, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told multiple media outlets on Sunday.

    • The extension includes $28.4 million guaranteed.

      Baker, 24, has led the Dolphins in tackles in each of the last two seasons. He had 126 in 2019 and 112 the following season.

      Baker had a career-best seven sacks and two forced fumbles in 16 games (11 starts) in 2020.

      Baker has recorded 317 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions in 48 career games (37 starts). He was selected by the Dolphins in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft out of Ohio State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Travis Kelce: Browns 'neck and neck' with Chiefs in AFC
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 13, 2021

    Tight end Travis Kelce believes the Cleveland Browns are serious challengers to his Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC entering the 2021 season.

    • Kelce, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was at Browns receiver Jarvis Landry's celebrity softball game in a suburb of Cleveland. Kelce told the Akron Beacon Journal that he sees the Browns as "definitely a contender" coming off their first playoff appearance in nearly 20 years.

      "It's definitely there," Kelce said. "Baker (Mayfield) and the gang have upped the ante, made this team an unbelievable team and a team you have to prepare for and take serious. I think that moving forward without a doubt, I can see a lot more playoff games between us, and I'll just take it one day at a time and hope for it.

      "I think the Browns and Chiefs are definitely neck and neck," he added.

      Kelce's Chiefs defeated the Browns 22-17 in last season's AFC Divisional Round on their way to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

      Despite that loss, 2020 was Cleveland's best season in recent memory after being bottom-feeders for years. The Browns finished 11-5, their best record since 1994, and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round for their first postseason win since that same season.

      The Chiefs, meanwhile, have built one of the league's best teams with former MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the center of it. Kansas City owns the winningest regular-season record in the NFL over the past five seasons, 60-20.

      The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Browns at Arrowhead Stadium to open the 2021 season.

      "It's impressive to see where they've come from and where they are now because it's a legit contender," Kelce said, "and every team's going to have to bring it."

      --Field Level Media

  • Le'Veon Bell: 'I’ll never play for Andy Reid again'
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 13, 2021

    Running back Le'Veon Bell apparently wasn't much of a fan of coach Andy Reid during his brief stint with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    • Bell, now a free agent, shared his feelings in a response to a comment on Instagram.

      "I'll never play for Andy Reid again," Bell wrote. "I'd retire first."

      Bell did not go into greater detail on Reid, his coach since joining the team on Oct. 17 -- three days after his release from the New York Jets.

      The 29-year-old Bell rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Chiefs. He had two carries for six yards in the AFC divisional-round win over the Cleveland Browns before being inactive for the AFC Championship Game vs. the Buffalo Bills.

      Bell did not play in Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

      Bell was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro with the Pittsburgh Steelers before sitting out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag in a contract dispute.

      After signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March 2019, Bell gained 1,250 yards from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns in 15 starts with the team that season.

      Bell has rushed for 6,453 yards and 40 touchdowns and caught 394 passes for 3,259 yards and eight scores in 88 games (81 starts) with the Steelers (2013-17), Jets (2019-20) and Chiefs (2020).

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Cam Newton could rejoin Patriots Monday
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 13, 2021

    New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton could be available for the beginning of mandatory minicamp on Monday after making a surprise showing at OTAs on Friday, according to ESPN.

    • Newton, 32, sustained a bone bruise in his right hand during a June 4 practice session and it was feared the former NFL MVP could miss the remainder of OTAs and the June 15-17 minicamp before returning to action at training camp in late July.

      But coach Bill Belichick said Thursday that the New England Patriots quarterback's hand injury is healing.

      "He's doing all right," Belichick told reporters. "He won't participate today, but ... he's getting better. I think he'll be all right."

      And on Friday, Newton showed up to the Patriots OTA session and "threw the ball around a bit," per ESPN.

      First-round draft pick Mac Jones, third-year player Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer are getting the reps in Newton's absence.

      Newton re-signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal in March after going 7-8 and passing for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first season with New England in 2020.

      The No. 1 overall pick in 2011, Newton has passed for 31,698 yards and 190 TDs and rushed for 5,398 yards and 70 scores in 140 games (139 starts) with the Carolina Panthers (2011-19) and Patriots. The 2015 MVP is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texans, 49ers are latest NFL teams to cancel mandatory minicamps
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 12, 2021

    Multiple NFL teams have now canceled minicamps this offseason, with the 49ers and Texans joining the Eagles and Colts as teams officially giving those workouts a miss.

    • Each team made its decision public this week, citing slightly different reasons (though they came down to player health).

      In Houston, Texans head coach David Culley pointed at the team's participation in voluntary workouts as a reason to remove mandatory minicamp from the schedule.

      "We needed to make sure for at least four weeks during the offseason we had as many players here as possible," Culley told USA Today.

      The 49ers had more of a strict timetable in mind, seeking at least 40 days rest for their players.

      "We kinda decided a while ago we weren't gonna do minicamp," head coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I like the guys to get away for 40 days, and we started a week later this year than usual - the whole league did -- so they only would've gotten away for 32 days, and I think that does add up."

      Mandatory minicamp workouts are ongoing in other locations throughout the league.

      --Field Level Media

  • Super Bowl winner Chris Hogan set for pro lacrosse debut
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 12, 2021

    Chris Hogan, who won two Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots, is expected to make his pro lacrosse debut Saturday.

    • In February, two months after the New York Jets released him, the wide receiver said he was switching sports.

      The 33-year-old Hogan played lacrosse at Penn State and now is a member of the Cannons Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League. The Cannons meet the Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club at noon Saturday in Atlanta.

      Hogan, a midfielder, was inactive for the Cannons (0-1) in their first game last weekend, and tweeted earlier this week that he'd be active against the Whipsnakes.

      "Turning dreams into reality, I am beyond excited that I have been given the opportunity to dress for my first @PremierLacrosse game," he posted. "Can't wait to take the field with my team and compete with the best lacrosse players in the world!"

      The Cannons are led by Lyle Thompson, who is considered to be one of the top lacrosse players in the world.

      At Penn State in 2009, Hogan was a first-team All-ECAC selection when he scored 34 points on 29 goals and five assists. He finished his career with 71 points on 57 goals and 14 assists.

      When he graduated, he had one season of NCAA eligibility remaining and used it playing wide receiver and defensive back at Monmouth.

      In the NFL, Hogan played with the Buffalo Bills (2012-15), Patriots (2016-18), Carolina Panthers (2019) and Jets. In 100 regular-season games (39 starts), he caught 216 passes for 2,795 yards and 18 touchdowns.

      Playing in nine postseason games, he added 34 catches for 542 yards and four touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Giants CB Sam Beal pleads guilty on gun charges
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 11, 2021

    New York Giants cornerback Sam Beal, a former third-round supplemental draft pick in 2018, has pled guilty to two separate gun charges in Ohio, according to multiple reports.

    • The charges came from a June 2020 arrest in the Cleveland area. According to court records, Beal, 24, carried a concealed weapon, improperly handled a firearm and possessed marijuana.

      Beal's alleged indiscretions led to a plea deal, in which he entered a diversion program and has been put on probation for two years.

      For his career, Beal has totaled just one pass defended, one safety and 26 total tackles, with no interceptions in six games played (three starts), all of which came in 2019.

      Beal opted out of competition in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      --Field Level Media

  • 49ers sign OL Senio Kelemete to one-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 11, 2021

    The San Francisco 49ers signed free agent offensive lineman Senio Kelemete to a one-year contract on Friday.

    • The 49ers waived/injured offensive lineman Justin Skule to make room for Kelemete. Skule sustained a torn ACL earlier in the week.

      Kelemete, 31, has made 42 career starts at multiple positions, including five starts (14 games) at left guard with the Houston Texans in 2020.

      He was originally a fifth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2012.

      Kelemete appeared in one game with Arizona in 2012, 57 games (22 starts) with the New Orleans Saints from 2014-17, and 30 games (20 starts) with the Texans from 2018-20.

      Skule, 24, has played in 31 regular-season games since being selected by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He made 12 starts at tackle and guard.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rams coach Sean McVay 'in a better mood' since Matthew Stafford trade
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay gladly acknowledges that the team's acquisition of quarterback Matthew Stafford in exchange for Jared Goff is keeping him in high spirits.

    • "I think I've been very happy," McVay said when asked Thursday about the March swap. "Everybody says, 'Man, you just seem like you're in a better mood this offseason,' and I said, 'Damn right I am.'"

      The Rams made it to Super Bowl LIII after the 2018 season behind Goff, a two-time Pro Bowler and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft. However, Goff's play declined since then, and reports after the 2020 season indicated that the McVay-Goff relationship had splintered.

      Earlier this year, the Rams decided to replace him with Stafford, who had mutually agreed with the Detroit Lions to part ways.

      McVay talked up Stafford at a news conference Thursday arranged by the committee running next year's Super Bowl in Inglewood, Calif.

      "This guy, he's a special guy," McVay, 35, said about Stafford, 33. "I think one of the best ways that I can describe him when you hear people that have been around him, there's a known confidence where when he walks into a room, you feel his presence, but he's got a great humility about himself. Everybody loves being around him, and he's one of those guys that's a true igniter. He makes everybody around him better."

      Los Angeles sent Goff, two first-round picks and a third-rounder to Detroit to land what it saw as a quarterback upgrade. At the time, Goff seemed a bit blindsided.

      "I'm just excited to be somewhere that I know wants me and appreciates me," Goff told NFL Network after the trade.

      Stafford will seek a fresh start in Los Angeles after spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Lions. For his career, Stafford has thrown for 45,109 yards and 282 touchdowns versus 144 interceptions -- almost a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio. However, Detroit only managed to make the playoffs just three times and post double-digit wins twice during the Stafford era.

      --Field Level Media

  • Russell Wilson: ‘I did not request a trade’
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Thursday insisted he never asked the organization for a trade while acknowledging "unfortunate frustrations" with how the season ended.

    • In his first public comments since causing a stir in February, Wilson asserted that "I've always wanted to play here for my full career."

      Two days after the Super Bowl, Wilson did two interviews in which he aired his frustrations with getting hit too much and made allusions to being on the trade market. His comments set off months of speculation about whether the Seahawks would trade him and to where.

      "I did not request a trade," Wilson said Thursday. "The reality is, I think calls were getting thrown around and this and that, and I think that's just the reality, but at the end of the day the real reality is that I'm here, and I'm here to win, and I'm here to win it all.

      "There was a lot of people, there was a whole thing saying I requested a trade, and that's just not true," Wilson said. "I didn't request a trade. Everything kind of started from there. Obviously, tons of teams were calling and I think that the reality was I didn't want to go anywhere else, I wanted to play in Seattle. But if I had to go somewhere, these are the teams I would go to or consider. At the end of the day I have a no-trade clause, right?"

      Wilson has been sacked 394 times in his career in the regular season, including 47 times last season, third most in the league.

      "I'm frustrated (about) getting hit too much. I'm frustrated with that part of it. At the end of the day, you want to win," Wilson said in one of those February interviews.

      Then, Wilson was cryptic as to whether he would return to Seattle.

      "I'm not sure if I'm available or not. That's a Seahawks question," Wilson said in a separate interview. "The reality of professional sports is things happen, things change. I'm not sure how long I will play in Seattle. I think hopefully it will be forever. But things change, obviously, along the way."

      Wilson has three years remaining on the $140 million extension he signed in April 2019.

      --Field Level Media

  • Packers sign QB Jake Dolegala, TE Jace Sternberger suspended
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    The Green Bay Packers may not have the quarterback they want in minicamp but they're compensating by adding more of them.

    • The Packers have signed Jake Dolegala after he tried out during the team's minicamp, NFL Network reported Thursday, citing the QB's agents.

      Also Thursday, the NFL announced that Green Bay tight end Jace Sternberger has been suspended two games for violating the NFL Policy and Program on substances of abuse.

      The signing gives the Packers five QBs on the depth chart -- the absent Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love, Blake Bortles, Kurt Benkert and Dolegala.

      Dolegala spent time on the New England Patriots' practice squad last season but was waived by the team on April 30. Dolegala spent the 2019 season with the Cincinnati Bengals but never appeared in a game.

      Sternberger caught 12 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in 12 games for the Packers last season. The Packers took Sternberger in the third round of the 2019 draft. Sternberger will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 21. He's allowed to participate in the team's offseason program and preseason games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pro Bowl CB Johnathan Joseph retires after 15 seasons
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph retired Thursday after 15 seasons and 211 games with four NFL teams.

    • "Today I retire from the NFL," the 37-year-old free agent posted on Twitter. "In the summer of 2006, I signed my first NFL contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Fifteen years later, I can say I accomplished my childhood goal of making it to the NFL. I will never forget as a kid telling my father I wanted to be in the NFL."

      The Bengals drafted Joseph in the first round (24th overall) in 2006. He played five seasons in Cincinnati before making two Pro Bowls (2011, 2012) during a nine-year tenure with the Houston Texans. He split last season with the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans.

      Joseph's career totals include 787 tackles, 32 interceptions (seven returned for touchdowns), eight forced fumbles (one returned for a score), six fumble recoveries and 200 passes defensed in 211 games (192 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Fame game kicks off NFL preseason Aug. 5
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    NFL preseason games -- canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic -- return this summer, beginning with the Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5.

    • The NFL released the preseason schedule on Thursday.

      The Hall of Fame Game kicks off a slate of three games for each team, down from four in previous seasons. The extra game has been tacked on to the regular season, with each team playing 17 games instead of 16.

      In another Week 1 preseason game of interest, fans will get their first glance at the revamped Jaguars, led by new coach Urban Meyer and No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence at quarterback, when the Cleveland Browns visit Jacksonville on Aug. 14.

      The preseason wraps up Aug. 29.

      The Cowboys will be featured in the regular-season opener, as well, when they visit the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 9.

      The 2021 preseason week-by-week schedule, with all times Eastern:

      WEEK 1

      Thursday, Aug. 5

      Pittsburgh and Dallas (Canton, Ohio), 8 p.m.

      Thursday, Aug. 12

      Washington at New England, 7:30 p.m.

      Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

      Friday, Aug. 13

      Tennessee at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

      Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

      Dallas at Arizona, 10 p.m.

      Saturday, Aug. 14

      Miami at Chicago, 1 p.m.

      Denver at Minnesota, 4 p.m.

      New Orleans at Baltimore, 7 p.m.

      Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.

      New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.

      Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

      Houston at Green Bay, 8 p.m.

      Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m.

      Seattle at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.

      Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m.

      Sunday, Aug. 15

      Carolina at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

      WEEK 2

      Thursday, Aug. 19

      New England at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

      Friday, Aug. 20

      Kansas City at Arizona, 8 p.m.

      Cincinnati at Washington, 8 p.m.

      Saturday, Aug. 21

      Buffalo at Chicago, 1 p.m.

      New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

      Baltimore at Carolina, 7 p.m.

      Atlanta at Miami, 7 p.m.

      Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

      Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

      Houston at Dallas, 8 p.m.

      Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

      Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m.

      Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m.

      Sunday, Aug. 22

      New York Giants at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

      San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30 p.m.

      Monday, Aug. 23

      Jacksonville at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

      WEEK 3

      Friday, Aug. 27

      Indianapolis at Detroit, 7 p.m.

      Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

      Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30 p.m.

      Minnesota at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

      Saturday, Aug. 28

      Green Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

      Baltimore at Washington, 6 p.m.

      Chicago at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

      Tampa Bay at Houston, 8 p.m.

      Arizona at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

      Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05 p.m.

      Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10 p.m.

      Sunday, Aug. 29

      Jacksonville at Dallas, 1 p.m.

      Miami at Cincinnati, 4 p.m.

      Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4 p.m.

      New England at New York Giants, 6 p.m.

      Cleveland at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Dak Prescott to sign big deal with Jordan Brand
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    After signing a massive contract with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, quarterback Dak Prescott is inking another big deal, multiple outlets reported.

    • Prescott will sign a five-year contract with the Jordan Brand and will be the only quarterback on the Nike offshoot's list of endorsers, as well as the highest-compensated NFL player, ESPN reported.

      Financial terms were not disclosed. Prescott had represented Adidas since his rookie season in 2016.

      In March, the Cowboys and Prescott agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal with $126 million guaranteed.

      Prescott is on the comeback trail after suffering a compound fracture and dislocation of his ankle on Oct. 11 in a game against the New York Giants. He was done for the season, and the Cowboys finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

      A fourth-round draft pick, Prescott has passed for 17,634 yards with 106 touchdowns and 40 interceptions over five seasons with the Cowboys and 69 games (all starts).

      Prescott's best season came in 2019 when he passed for 4,902 yards and 30 TDs, both career bests, but Dallas went just 8-8 that season and did not advance to the playoffs.

      The two-time Pro Bowl selection turns 28 next month.

      In May, Forbes magazine ranked Prescott as No. 4 on its list of the highest-paid athletes in the world with $107.5 million in total earnings, thanks in large part to a record $66 million signing bonus. The earnings, from May 2020 through April 2021, set a record for NFL players.

      He also has endorsement deals with Albertson's, Anheuser Busch InBev, AT&T, Beats Electronics, Directv, Frito-Lay, Panini and PepsiCo.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bears QB Justin Fields inks $18.8M rookie deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with first-round pick Justin Fields on a fully guaranteed four-year, $18.9 million contract that includes an $11.1 million signing bonus for the quarterback, NFL Network reported Thursday.

    • The Bears traded up nine spots with the New York Giants to grab Fields with the 11th overall pick out of Ohio State in the 2021 NFL Draft. He was the fourth quarterback selected.

      Fields completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 2,100 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions in eight games for the Buckeyes in 2020. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2019 after passing for 3,273 yards with 41 TDs and three picks, adding 484 yards and 10 scores on the ground.

      With the Buckeyes, he had a 20-2 record and led the team to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances.

      The rookie is competing with veteran Andy Dalton for the starting job. Dalton joined the Bears in free agency after starting nine games last season with the Dallas Cowboys. Chicago also has former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles on the QB depth chart.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cam Newton's hand 'getting better,' says Bill Belichick
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    Cam Newton will miss Thursday's organized team activity, but coach Bill Belichick said the New England Patriots quarterback's hand injury is healing.

    • "He's doing all right," Belichick told reporters Thursday morning. "He won't participate today, but ... he's getting better. I think he'll be all right."

      Newton, 32, sustained a bone bruise in his right hand during a June 4 practice session.

      Recent reports suggested the former NFL MVP could miss the remainder of OTAs and the June 15-17 minicamp before returning to action at training camp in late July.

      First-round draft pick Mac Jones, third-year player Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer are getting the reps in Newton's absence.

      Newton re-signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal in March after going 7-8 and passing for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first season with New England in 2020.

      The No. 1 overall pick in 2011, Newton has passed for 31,698 yards and 190 TDs and rushed for 5,398 yards and 70 scores in 140 games (139 starts) with the Carolina Panthers (2011-19) and Patriots. The 2015 MVP is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Free agent RB Todd Gurley visiting Ravens
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    Free agent running back Todd Gurley will visit the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, NFL Network reported.

    • The Detroit Lions hosted Gurley last week and have an interest in him, coach Dan Campbell said.

      Gurley, 26, played last season in Atlanta after a five-year stint with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, who selected him No. 10 overall in the 2015 draft. A two-time All-Pro, Gurley led the league in touchdowns twice and surpassed 1,100 rushing yards in three seasons before the Rams cut him in March 2020 in a cost-saving move.

      If Gurley lands in Baltimore, where he was born, he'd be competing for a job in a packed backfield that already includes Gus Edwards, JK Dobbins and Justice Hill.

      A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Gurley has rushed for 6,082 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and 67 touchdowns. He also has 243 career receptions for 2,254 yards and 12 TDs.

      He started 15 games for the Falcons in 2020, rushing for 678 yards and nine TDs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Chiefs OL Kyle Long (leg) likely to miss training camp
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 10, 2021

    Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Kyle Long sustained a leg injury that could keep him off the field until just before the start of the regular season, NFL Network reported Thursday.

    • The injury occurred Wednesday at the Chiefs' voluntary OTAs, and the report said signs point toward a fractured kneecap. He likely will miss training camp.

      Long alluded to the injury on Twitter Thursday morning.

      "I did everything I could to prepare to get back for football. Zero regrets," he posted. "I've been getting better everyday and having so much fun with my new team. Focusing on controlling the things I can control. Yesterday was not one of those things! Thanks for the well wishes."

      Long, 32, is making a comeback after sitting out the 2020 season after the Chicago Bears declined his option. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract in March.

      Long missed 34 games over his final four seasons in Chicago due to injury, including the final 12 games of 2019 with a hip issue. Prior to that, the 2013 first-round pick reached the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons while missing just one of 48 games.

      His father is Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, and his brother, defensive end Chris Long, played 11 seasons with three teams, winning two Super Bowls.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants’ Saquon Barkley will return when ‘my body tells me I’m ready’
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley told reporters Wednesday that patience has been a key to his rehab from a torn ACL in his right knee.

    • And Giants fans might require some patience to hold on until Barkley can return to the field at 100 percent.

      The 24-year-old Barkley wouldn't describe exactly where he's at in his rehab process, nor put a timetable on when he expects to return to game action, noting that "nothing (is) going to be forced for me to come back" and nobody around him is rushing him.

      "It's going to be whenever my body tells me I'm ready and it will show when I'm ready to go, that's when I'll be able to go out there and be hopefully as good as I was before or even better," he said.

      Barkley, who injured the knee in September, acknowledged that remaining patient was tough as his Giants teammates get back to the practice field during organized team activities.

      "When you have a sport that you love that's taken away from you, you want to get back there as fast as you can obviously, but you have to be smart," he said. "At the end of the day I want to do the best for my team, not just for a short span but for a long time."

      One day earlier, Giants coach Joe Judge also declined to reveal a timetable for Barkley's return, but said that the back has been "tremendously positive" during the process.

      "He comes in every day, he attacks every day from a rehab standpoint," Judge said.

      Barkley's third NFL season ended prematurely when he tore the ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has gained 2,344 yards on 4.7 yards per carry with 17 rushing touchdowns and six receiving scores in 31 career games for New York.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says he's fully back, 'buried' ankle injury
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said Wednesday that he is fully recovered from the devastating right ankle injury he suffered nearly eight months ago.

    • The compound fracture on Oct. 11 ended Prescott's 2020 season after five games. But now, he proclaimed, he is recovered.

      "I've buried the injury," Prescott told reporters after Wednesday's practice. "Honestly, guys, you know me. From the point of practice, from the point of just moving forward and going about my life, I've buried it mentally. And I think you guys and a lot of people around have to help me in burying it as well as we move forward."

      Instead of feeling sorry for himself after seeing a promising season cut short, Prescott was quick to attack the arduous rehab he faced.

      By the time he reached the point where he was doing on-field work, Prescott felt he was ahead of the forecasts. He initially dealt with occasional foot soreness following workouts, but eventually that subsided over time.

      "I think the first couple of days we were also on the turf, maybe that played a part in it; doing more true, just more drops and football movements than I have in the rehab part of it," Prescott said. "From the first week of even teaching sessions to now, I left practice, will leave today, hopefully no soreness, no residual swelling or anything like that.

      "I say that because with all that gone and none of those effects, that's what allows me and helps me bury it, to be honest with you guys. I don't even think about it before practice, pre-practice, but still doing all the necessary things and being smart that I am still only seven months away from the injury."

      Prescott signed a four-year, $160 million contract with $126 million guaranteed in March. The big deal came despite the major injury that interrupted what was lining up as a big statistical season.

      Prescott was leading the NFL with 1,856 passing yards and was on pace for nearly 6,000 yards when he sustained the injury. He passed for nine touchdowns and was intercepted four times.

      In 69 starts over five seasons in Dallas, Prescott has a 42-27 record. He has completed 66 percent of his passes for 17,634 yards with 106 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. He has also run for 24 touchdowns.

      Prescott was a fourth-round pick in 2016 out of Mississippi State. He was the eighth quarterback selected and has proven to be a big-time steal for the Cowboys.

      --Field Level Media

  • Packers QB Jordan Love proclaims he'll be ready to start opener
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    Jordan Love is under the microscope with reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers withholding his services from the Green Bay Packers.

    • It remains unclear if Rodgers will relent and rejoin the team he has played with for the past 16 seasons.

      But if Rodgers stays away, Love says he will be ready to start the regular-season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 12.

      "A hundred percent," Love told reporters on Wednesday. "Obviously, this is a time where I'm getting a lot of extremely valuable reps that I might not have been getting in a normal circumstance. So I'm just going to take it day by day. ... But yeah, that's what I'm here for. I was drafted here to play quarterback, so I'll definitely be ready Week 1."

      Love was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft by Green Bay, a move that didn't sit well with Rodgers.

      Rodgers wanted offensive help that could contribute right away and definitely wasn't expecting the team to select his potential replacement.

      Rodgers seemed motivated by the situation and had a stellar season that included a career-best 48 touchdown passes along with 4,299 yards and just five interceptions, helping the Packers reach the NFC title game and earning his third league MVP award.

      But he made it clear in his postgame press conference following that title game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that there were issues and the situation had only worsened despite upper management making attempts to patch things up.

      That puts Love in a situation in which his every throw at the three-day minicamp is being scrutinized.

      Media accounts say Love performed significantly better Wednesday than he did one day earlier, when he struggled with his accuracy.

      "It was a good day for me and everybody else as well, just bouncing back from yesterday's practice on offense, you know, it wasn't our best practice all-around," Love said. "Bouncing back meant a lot for everybody."

      Days like Wednesday are important for Love, who has never played in a game for the Packers since the 2020 preseason was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      "I definitely think good days build confidence, and just stacking good days on top of each other," Love said.

      Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur is looking for Love to find an even keel between the good days and bad days.

      "Listen, you can never get too high and never too low in this game," Packers coach Matt LaFleur said after practice. "One of the biggest emphases for Jordan is just to treat each play as its own entity. We're always grading the decision-making, the timing, the accuracy, and we want to see the consistency just continue to get better and better."

      Love showed promise in 2018 at Utah State when he passed for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

      But he took a major step backwards the following season by passing for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns and an FBS-worst 17 interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Raiders agree to deal with CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    The Las Vegas Raiders agreed to terms with cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, his agency announced Wednesday.

    • Terms of the deal weren't immediately released.

      The 31-year-old Wreh-Wilson spent the past five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He had a career-best three interceptions in 15 games last season.

      Overall, Wreh-Wilson has four interceptions in 75 career games (17 starts) with the Tennessee Titans (2013-15) and Falcons. He has 132 tackles and one forced fumble.

      Wreh-Wilson was a third-round selection by the Titans in the 2013 NFL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Peyton Manning voted into Broncos' Ring of Fame
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    Quarterback Peyton Manning on Wednesday was voted into the Denver Broncos' Ring of Fame.

    • Manning will join Champ Bailey as the lone players to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and be honored by the Broncos in this manner in the same year. Bailey accomplished the feat in 2019.

      The NFL's only five-time Most Valuable Player, Manning spent the first 14 seasons of his career with the Indianapolis Colts before finishing with a four-year run with the Broncos. The 14-time Pro Bowl selection guided the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII while setting the single-season passing touchdown record in 2013 before helping the club win Super Bowl 50 in his final NFL game.

      "It comes as no surprise that Peyton Manning was unanimously elected as the 35th member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame," Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. "His four seasons in Denver were marked by record-setting individual success and exceptional leadership that helped the Broncos to multiple Super Bowls and one of the winningest periods in team history.

      "When Peyton arrived in 2012, his impact and standard was felt throughout our team, the entire organization and in the community. Coming back from a serious injury -- with a new team in a new city -- to not only win MVP but to have one of the greatest single seasons ever by any player was a remarkable feat.

      "Peyton defined greatness as a Bronco. We're thrilled that he will now join the other Broncos legends as our newest Ring of Famer."

      Manning threw for 17,112 yards and 140 touchdowns in his 58 games with the Broncos. He finished his career with 71,940 yards and 539 scores in 266 career games with Indianapolis and Denver.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Falcons WR Calvin Ridley had minor foot surgery
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley had minor foot surgery but should be ready for training camp, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

    • Ridley, 26, recently had "a little cleanup" procedure with Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis., per the report.

      He is not participating in this week's minicamp. The Falcons are scheduled to report to training camp on July 27.

      Ridley enters the 2021 season in the spotlight as quarterback Matt Ryan's undisputed go-to target following the trade of seven-time Pro Bowl selection Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans.

      With Jones missing seven games last season, Ridley led the Falcons and set career highs with 90 catches for 1,374 yards. He caught nine touchdown passes.

      A first-round pick in 2018 (26th overall) out of Alabama, Ridley has 217 catches for 3,061 yards and 26 touchdowns in 44 games (30 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns suspend chief of staff after DUI
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 9, 2021

    The Cleveland Browns suspended chief of staff Callie Brownson after she was charged with drunken driving.

    • Browns coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed the suspension Wednesday but did not specify its duration. He said Brownson would not be fired.

      "She's extremely remorseful. I've spoken to her many times and she'll learn from this," Stefanski said, per the NFL Network. "I'm disappointed, she's disappointed."

      Brownson was pulled over at 12:27 a.m. on May 27 in Brunswick, Ohio, after driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone. Her blood-alcohol content was 0.2150, more than double the Ohio legal limit of 0.08, according to court records.

      She pleaded no contest on Tuesday in Brunswick's Mayor's Court to a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence. She paid $780 in court costs and fines, had her license suspended and must attend a driver intervention program, according to Cleveland.com.

      Brownson, 31, is entering her second season with the Browns. She made history last season as the first woman to coach an NFL position group during a regular season game when she filled in for tight ends coach Drew Petzing against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 29.

      --Field Level Media