Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers (Yahoo Sports)
Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a 14-12 Seahawks victory clinched on what now is often dubbed the ''Fail Mary.'' Russell Wilson's desperation pass on the final play was called a touchdown reception for Golden Tate by the replacement officials. ''It will be about the 2014 Green Bay Packers. It's the third straight season the Packers have traveled to face the defending Super Bowl champions.
Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech (Yahoo Sports)
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he's been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. Kosar has been removed as a color commentator for Cleveland's preseason games by the team. The Browns said Wednesday night he was being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, who will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan. Kosar contends he's been removed because of slurred speech he attributes to ''a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL.'' ''This is very unfortunate,'' he said in a statement, ''as I believe my football acumen and ability to describe what is happening on the field, has been well received by Cleveland Browns fans.'' The 50-year-old Kosar estimates he has had more than a dozen documented concussions.
Lions like Caldwell's cool, calm, collected style (Yahoo Sports)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Coach Jim Caldwell has already made his mark as the new leader of the Detroit Lions.
Detroit Lions welcome new faces (Yahoo Sports)
Their new coach has been to Super Bowls and the Detroit Lions how have two new players who have championship rings. Free-agent acquisitions Golden Tate and James Ihedigbo - who played on the winning side of the last two Super Bowls - finished their second day of minicamp practices with their new team Wednesday. Coach Jim Caldwell, who guided Indianapolis to a Super Bowl and has two championship rings as an assistant, said having players with recent Super Bowl experience only can help. Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns last season with Seattle and ended the run starting in the Super Bowl against Denver.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to divorce wife (Yahoo Sports)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has announced that he and his wife Ashton are divorcing. Wilson made the announcement in a statement released by the Seahawks on Wednesday. He says decisions like this are not easy and respectfully asks for ''prayers and understanding and privacy during this difficult time.'' The pair married in January 2012 after he finished his college career at Wisconsin and before he was drafted by the Seahawks. The couple had been visible at Seahawks events for his first two seasons in the league.
Cardinals player gets probation for assault plea (Yahoo Sports)
A judge on Wednesday sentenced Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington to a year of supervised probation for assaulting a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter. Now Washington, one of the team's top defensive players, will wait to see what punishment he may face from the NFL under its personal conduct policy. The 27-year-old pleaded guilty nearly a month ago in Maricopa County Superior Court to aggravated assault arising out of a May 1 argument with the woman. Authorities said Washington choked the woman and caused a fall that broke her right collarbone.
RG3 to be honorary pace car driver at Richmond (Yahoo Sports)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car before Saturday night's NASCAR race at Richmond.
Payton unsure about RB Mark Ingram's 2015 option (Yahoo Sports)
The New Orleans Saints have not decided whether to exercise a 2015 team option on running back Mark Ingram's contract, coach Sean Payton said Wednesday. New Orleans already has exercised a similar option on defensive end Cameron Jordan worth $6.97 million in base salary. The club has until May 3 to do so for Ingram, who like Jordan was a 2011 first-round draft choice. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner said this week he isn't sure what New Orleans will do.
NFL players talk about race with Harvard students (Yahoo Sports)
Richard Sherman was called all kinds of names after his raging rant at the end of the NFC championship game. ''I wanted to educate the uneducated,'' Sherman said in a discussion at the Harvard Business School. ''I felt the need to turn the discussion on its head.'' Sherman was mostly known only by football fans before his admittedly overexcited postgame trash-talk about Michael Crabtree after the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC title. When they called me a 'thug,' I provoked a discussion.'' That discussion took him to Harvard, along with former NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Seattle signs Trufant, CB expected to retire (Yahoo Sports)
The Seattle Seahawks have signed former cornerback Marcus Trufant, who is expected to announce his retirement from football. Seattle announced the signing Wednesday and said Trufant was expected to announce his intentions during a news conference Thursday. Trufant spent nearly his entire NFL career with his hometown team. The native of Tacoma, Wash., and former star at Washington State was a first-round pick by the Seahawks in 2003.