Manziel's troubles mount, police open criminal investigation (Yahoo Sports)
Johnny Manziel's troubles - both legal and personal - are worsening. A scrambling quarterback who can usually wriggle his way out of a predicament, Manziel is under pressure unlike any he's felt before. Dallas police announced Friday night they were launching a criminal investigation into a domestic violence assault complaint filed against Manziel, who was involved in an altercation last weekend during which he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, several times.
Rivera: LB Davis, DE Allen expected to start in Super Bowl (Yahoo Sports)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Coach Ron Rivera says he expects linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive end Jared Allen to start for Panthers on Sunday in the Super Bowl.
Both teams have spirited final practices before Super Bowl (Yahoo Sports)
Both quarterbacks missed just one pass against their scout teams, Newton's coming on the last play of the Panthers' 90-minute practice in San Jose. ''It's been a good week,'' Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. As is their custom, the Broncos took the field at Stanford Stadium about 90 minutes earlier than they did Wednesday and Thursday and ran their full script of plays, a condensed version of what they do on Thursdays.
Goodell proposes what might be called Odell Beckham Jr. Rule (Yahoo Sports)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing to require the ejection of any player who is flagged for two personal fouls in a game. In December, Beckham, a receiver for the New York Giants, was allowed to stay in a game despite drawing three personal-foul penalties for unnecessary roughness, including one for a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on cornerback Josh Norman, whose Carolina Panthers will play in Sunday's Super Bowl.
Ex-Broncos RB Montee Ball arrested in domestic case (Yahoo Sports)
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former Wisconsin and Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball was jailed early Friday on a felony battery charge after an apparent dispute with his girlfriend.
J.J. Watt feels concussions are an expected injury (Yahoo Sports)
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says he knew concussions were a risk when he decided to play football, so he's not any more alarmed by the studies of prolonged head trauma suffered by NFL players. ''I think there's this big perception that players have been shocked by the concussion news that has come out,'' Watt told The Associated Press Thursday at a Verizon event promoting the (hash)minute50 VR Experience. While head trauma in football comes as no surprise, the conversation intensified after the recent film, ''Concussion,'' which brought to light that some former players suffered from the asymptomatic brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE.
Hola: Texans-Raiders in Mexico City on Nov. 21 (Yahoo Sports)
The NFL is heading back to Mexico. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday that the Oakland Raiders will host the Houston Texans in a Monday night game on Nov. 21 at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. It's the first game there since 2005, when Arizona beat San Francisco 31-14 before 103,467 fans.
Raiders owner Mark Davis intrigued by Las Vegas as NFL city (Yahoo Sports)
Owner Mark Davis has a sly response when it comes to his interest in moving the Oakland Raiders to Sin City. ''First off, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,'' he cracked with a grin Friday. As hard as Davis tried to keep the attention Friday on an announcement about Oakland's Nov. 21 Monday night game against the Texans in Mexico City, the relocation issue came up in a hurry.
15 Hall of Fame finalists, 4 connected to Polian (Yahoo Sports)
Bill Polian entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year, making one of the most dynamic speeches heard at the Canton shrine. This year, Polian has nearly as strong a connection to the hall. Polian hired Tony Dungy as his coach in Indianapolis, where together they won the 2006 NFL championship.
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson wins NFL military award (Yahoo Sports)
Vincent Jackson's commitment to supporting the military has earned him the NFL's Salute To Service Award. The Tampa Bay wide receiver will be presented the honor Saturday night at NFL Honors by USAA, the league's military appreciation sponsor. The award was created to acknowledge exceptional efforts by members of the NFL to honor and support the military community.