Harrison, Matthews, Peppers talk PEDs with NFL investigators (Yahoo Sports)
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers defensive players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers met this week with NFL investigators looking into allegations linking them to performance-enhancing drugs, the players' union said Thursday. Matthews and Peppers met with league representatives on Wednesday, while Harrison did so on Thursday, according to the NFL Players Association.
Browns trade linebacker Barkevious Mingo to Patriots (Yahoo Sports)
The Cleveland Browns have traded disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2017 fifth-round pick. The Browns selected Mingo with the No. 6 pick in 2013. Mingo's size - 6-foot-4, 240 pounds - and speed have made him intriguing, but none of Cleveland's coaching staff has found the best way to utilize him.
AP source: Elway, Coughlin, Arians added to committee (Yahoo Sports)
John Elway, Bruce Arians and Tom Coughlin have been added to the NFL's powerful competition committee, a person familiar with the appointments tells The Associated Press.
Ex-NFL-star Sharper gets 20 years in Louisiana rape case (Yahoo Sports)
Making clear that she thought the sentence was a light one, a Louisiana judge Thursday formally imposed a 20-year prison sentence on former NFL star Darren Sharper, who last week was sentenced by a federal judge to 18 years and four months in a drug and rape case with victims in four states. Defense attorney Billy Gibbens said that the two sentences are essentially the same, when credit for time served and other factors are considered. The sentence follows Sharper's guilty pleas in state and federal courts in New Orleans, and pleas of guilty or no contest to similar charges in Arizona, California and Nevada - all the result of a multi-jurisdiction plea deal that once called for a sentence of about nine years.
Ravens QB Flacco poised for return after 9-month absence (Yahoo Sports)
It's time to find out how Joe Flacco will respond to taking a hit on his surgically repaired left knee. Flacco will start at quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night against the Detroit Lions, his first game action since tearing his ACL and MCL nine months ago in a game against the St. Louis Rams. The injury ended Flacco's run of 137 straight starts.
Charles, Hali among several Chiefs stars out preseason game (Yahoo Sports)
The third preseason game is usually the dress rehearsal for the regular season, the one time in the four-game series when starters play into the third quarter as if the outcome mattered. It will be hard for the Kansas City Chiefs to approach Saturday's game in Chicago that way. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the final practice of the week Thursday that several starters and backups will not play due to injuries and their rehab situation.
Lions release running back Stevan Ridley (Yahoo Sports)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have cut running back Stevan Ridley.
Jaguars' Beachum 'can see the light' as he nears full return (Yahoo Sports)
Beachum will make his Jaguars debut Sunday night against Cincinnati, starting at left tackle. It will be his first game action since the former Pittsburgh Steelers starter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Arizona on Oct. 18. ''I don't know how close, but I really feel close to being similar to myself,'' said Beachum, who started 39 games in four seasons with the Steelers.
With no deal, Chargers withdraw offer to first-rounder Bosa (Yahoo Sports)
Joey Bosa's holdout turned ugly Wednesday when the San Diego Chargers pulled their contract offer to the first-round draft pick and said they'll restructure a new deal that would reflect him playing less than a full season. Bosa has missed all of training camp as his agents and the team wrangle over how much of his $17 million signing bonus he'll get up front, as well as offset language in the case he gets cut. The Chargers were counting on the former Ohio State star to help bolster their pass rush and bring some excitement to a season that could be pivotal to their future in San Diego.
Giants owner Mara 'comfortable' with NFL suspension of Brown (Yahoo Sports)
A visibly shaken Giants owner John Mara said Wednesday he was fine with the NFL's suspension of placekicker Josh Brown for one game, despite allegations Brown abused his ex-wife as many as 20 times prior to the Giants signing Brown to a two-year extension last spring. ''Based on the facts that were placed in front of us, we're comfortable with our decision to re-sign Josh and the league's suspension,'' Mara said in an emotional address to the media while his team practiced.