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49ers in turmoil as they face Broncos in exhibition game (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:32:31 PDT)
Peyton Manning hasn't had his pair of Pro Bowl receivers on the field with him since the playoffs. Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is sitting this one out and Demaryius Thomas is still working his way into ''football shape'' after missing the entire offseason program in a contract dispute. In his debut last week, Manning's four drives all ended in punts thanks to drops and flags.

WR looks like Falcons' deepest position heading into season (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:36:36 PDT)
Like all NFL teams, the Atlanta Falcons have some worrisome positions. Julio Jones and Roddy White are the primary targets, of course, but there's plenty of depth behind them. Leonard Hankerson has fully recovered from a 2013 knee injury that limited him to one game last season, giving the Falcons a reliable third receiver.

Falcons' McKay reinstated to NFL Competition Committee (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:06:07 PDT)
Atlanta Falcons team president Rich McKay has been reinstated as chairman of the NFL's powerful Competition Committee, the league said Thursday, after a nearly five-month suspension for the use of artificial noise at the Georgia Dome during games. Commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision after meeting with McKay in New York on Wednesday, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. The league also fined the Falcons $350,000 and stripped the team of a fifth-round draft pick in 2016.

Dolphins prepare for 1st game in remodeled stadium (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:41:09 PDT)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins are about to play in their stadium for the first time since a major remodeling project began.

NFL-National Football League roundup
(Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:50:48 PDT)
Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette suffered a torn Achilles at the team's morning practice Wednesday. Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters that Galette suffered a left ankle/foot injury. NFL Network reported via sources that Galette will miss the season based on MRI results revealing the full tear.

Animal-loving Steelers fans protest Vick signing
(Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:03:28 PDT)
A small group of animal protesters gathered outside the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice facility on Wednesday to express dismay at the NFL team's decision to sign quarterback Michael Vick. Vick said after practice that he's used to such protests and can only try to continue to make amends through his work with the Humane Society. "I can't take it back," Vick said.

Falcons sign Grossman to compete for backup quarterback job (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:45:59 PDT)
Rex Grossman believes he has a couple more seasons left in him. After signing the 35-year-old backup quarterback to a one-year deal on Wednesday, the Atlanta Falcons seem to agree. Grossman, who hasn't thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2011, is trying to beat out T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree for the primary reserve role behind three-time Pro Bowl selection Matt Ryan.

Umenyiora signs 1-day contract to retire as a New York Giant (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:49:14 PDT)
Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora has retired as a member of the New York Giants. Umenyiora, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants, signed a one-day contract Wednesday and announced his retirement after 12 NFL seasons, the first 10 with New York and last two in Atlanta. The retirement was three weeks in the making, and Umenyiora joked about it.

Vick ticks boxes as Big Ben back-up at Steelers
(Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:30:26 PDT)
(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year deal, the team announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed but the veteran is expected to act as back-up to Pro Bowl signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger. The 35-year-old Vick spent last season with the New York Jets but was used sparingly behind the impressive Geno Smith.

NFL-Vick ticks boxes as Big Ben back-up at Steelers
(Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:28:22 PDT)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year deal, the team announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed but the veteran is expected to act as back-up to Pro Bowl signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger. The 35-year-old Vick spent last season with the New York Jets but was used sparingly behind the impressive Geno Smith.

NFL quarterback Michael Vick joins Steelers as back up
(Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:54:42 PDT)
Veteran free agent quarterback Michael Vick joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as backup to Ben Roethlisberger. Vick, 35, has signed a one-year deal which could see him earn up to $1 million if he makes the Steelers team. "There's not a throw on the field he can't make from an arm strength standpoint," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

Falcons give audition to former Bears, Redskins QB Grossman (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:51:17 PDT)
Rex Grossman, who hasn't taken a snap in an NFL game since 2011, could soon join the competition to be the backup for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he is happy with backup quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree. Grossman spent his first six seasons with the Chicago Bears, where he was a first-round draft pick in 2003.

Preseason and training camp injuries mount up (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:02:18 PDT)
Despite new rules resulting from the 2011 labor agreement that curtail the number and intensity of practices, key players such as Packers star receiver Jordy Nelson don't make it to the real season. Few receivers are as important to their teams as Nelson is to Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay. ''It's difficult to lose a guy like that in a meaningless game,'' Rodgers said.

Mercedes-Benz will sponsor Falcons' new stadium for 27 years (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:00:01 PDT)
The Atlanta Falcons announced on Monday that Mercedes-Benz will hold the naming rights to the team's new stadium, scheduled to open in the 2017 season. The luxury automaker has moved its headquarters from New Jersey to suburban Atlanta. Coincidentally, the company also holds the naming rights to the dome of the Falcons' NFC South rivals, the New Orleans Saints. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the deal will last for 27 years. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that the largest stadium naming deals in the NFL, the Jets'/Giants' arrangement with Metlife and the Cowboys' deal with AT&T, approach the $20 million per year range. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The $1.4 billion stadium will also host a new soccer team, Atlanta United FC, and boasts an innovative iris design to allow for the opening of the dome on fair-weather days. More photos of the stadium design:

Falcons waive 2014 draft pick LB Marquis Spruill (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:06:35 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have waived linebacker Marquis Spruill, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014.

Falcons new home will be known as Mercedes-Benz Stadium (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:30:59 PDT)
The Atlanta Falcons will share a stadium name with their biggest rival. Mercedes-Benz, which already has its name on the New Orleans Superdome, was announced Monday as the title sponsor of Atlanta's new $1.4 billion stadium. Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the company signed a 27-year agreement for the name Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

Falcons WR Roddy White to have minor surgery on elbow (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:43:28 PDT)
Roddy White will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his right elbow, Atlanta coach Dan Quinn announced Sunday, thought the long-time Falcons receiver should be ready for the Sept. 14 season opener against Philadelphia. The 33-year-old White developed some unexpected swelling in his elbow late last week and didn't play in Friday night's preseason loss to the New York Jets. Quinn said he has no doubt that White will be fully recovered in time for the regular season.

Jets have plenty to work on despite preseason win (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:04:06 PDT)
Two preseason games in, and the New York Jets are truly a work-in-progress. The starters weren't sharp early and the Jets were called for an eye-popping 17 total penalties - including 10 in the first half - in a 30-22 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night. ''You aren't going to win ballgames having 17 penalties,'' coach Todd Bowles said after the game.

Ryan, Falcons starters sharp early in 30-22 loss to Jets (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:23:28 PDT)
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons' starting offense are already clicking. Ryan was sharp for the second straight preseason game, leading Atlanta to touchdowns in both of his series before the New York Jets came back to beat the Falcons 30-22 on Friday night. Ryan finished with a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating while going 4 of 5 for 75 yards, including a 60-yard completion to fullback Collin Mooney, and a 2-yard touchdown toss to Leonard Hankerson.

Mariota wants to protect ball after rough preseason debut (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:33:04 PDT)
Marcus Mariota knows exactly what he wants out of his home debut, and it's what his father has been telling him to do since high school. ''He always told me when you're running with the ball, make sure you're taking care of it whether you're inside, outside the pocket, as well when you're throwing,'' Mariota said. Now Mariota will get his second chance Sunday night when the Titans (0-1) host the St. Louis Rams (0-1) and former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher.

Romo, Witten growing 'old' while seeking title for Cowboys (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:16:26 PDT)
Tony Romo crouches to give his little son Hawkins instructions on running a pass route while Jason Witten carries one of his kids nearby, surrounded by autograph seekers. This is the training camp tradition after practice these days for one of the best quarterback-tight end combinations in NFL history, and the steady force in the Dallas offense for nearly a decade. ''When you are competitors like we are and you've gone through the highs and lows like we have, you grow,'' said Witten, who needs 57 catches to become the NFL's second tight end with 1,000 for his career, trailing only Tony Gonzalez.

Some top QB-tight end combinations in NFL history (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:16:26 PDT)
Tony Romo and Jason Witten of the Cowboys have more completions than any quarterback-tight end combination in the NFL since 1991, as far back as STATS can go. Here's a look at some of the top QB-TE combos in league history:

Indianapolis adds offensive lineman after cutting receiver (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:35:27 PDT)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts signed offensive lineman Harland Gunn on Friday and waived undrafted rookie receiver L.T. Smith.

Watch the crazy 'Madden' trailer, including Colin Kaepernick as Al Pacino (Shutdown Corner)
(Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:24:20 PDT)


Ex-NFL quarterback Kramer surivives suicide attempt: media
(Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:47:52 PDT)
Former National Football League quarterback Erik Kramer was treated for a gunshot wound following an apparent failed suicide attempt, US media reported. The incident took place Tuesday at a motel in Calabasas, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Kramer's ex-wife told NBC News that depression and head injury were factors for Kramer, who played with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.

Cardinals lose NT Peters for season, G Iupati also hurt (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:13:31 PDT)
Two of the Arizona Cardinals' most significant offseason acquisitions are injured, one of them - starting nose tackle Corey Peters - is lost for the season. Peters tore his left Achilles tendon in practice Wednesday. Starting left guard Mike Iupati will undergo surgery for a torn left meniscus.

Jets' Aboushi suspended 1 game without pay by NFL (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:14:35 PDT)
New York Jets offensive lineman Oday Aboushi was suspended one game without pay by the NFL on Thursday for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Aboushi, entering his third NFL season, will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Sept. 14, a day after the team's regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns. ''I apologize for my actions and understand the repercussions,'' Aboushi said in a statement issued by the team.

LINING UP: Seahawks visit KC, Jets host Falcons on Friday (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:01:50 PDT)
Two teams with more in common than one might think meet in their second preseason game when Seattle visits Kansas City. The NFC champion Seahawks have tried five options at left guard in camp, the latest move taking right tackle Justin Britt and sliding him over, all while converted defensive lineman Drew Nowak tries to play center. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is unlikely to play for Seattle.

Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer tries to commit suicide, NBC News reports
(Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:43:31 PDT)
Former National Football League quarterback Erik Kramer tried to commit suicide by shooting himself at a motel in the Los Angeles area, NBC News reported. Kramer's former wife, Marshawn Kramer, told NBC News late on Wednesday that he suffered from depression, which she thought was linked to his playing days in what could be another case of a retired player being plagued by head injuries after retirement. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Deputy Crystal Hernandez on Thursday confirmed deputies went to check on a man on Tuesday night at a motel in Calabasas and found he had a gunshot wound from an apparent suicide attempt.

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