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Kaepernick to Jets: I'm Your 'Risk-Free Contingency Plan'

Ex-49ers quarterback, now a free agent, says he'd lead team's practice squad if they'd let him

(Newser) - The New York Jets are in a tough spot after their newest quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon during his debut for the team earlier this month. One notable name thinks they may have the solution to the Jets' current conundrum: Colin Kaepernick , the NFL quarterback exiled...

Fans Boo as Miami Dolphins Opt Not to Go for NFL Record

Head coach says it wouldn't have been good karma

(Newser) - Much to the disappointment of some very loud Miami Dolphins fans, the NFL team's head coach says he chose good karma over setting an NFL record in Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. Up 70-20 over the Broncos at Florida's Hard Rock Stadium as the game came...

His Knee Injury Was So Bad ESPN Wouldn't Air Replay

Browns star running back Nick Chubb is out for the season

(Newser) - The play looked as ordinary as could be , except that Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb could not get up afterward. Then ESPN announcer Joe Buck provided the first hint of real trouble at the Monday night game: "I'm told the replay of Nick Chubb getting injured is...

Former NFL Player Missing After Mother's Body Found

Police near Chicago are looking for Sergio Brown

(Newser) - Police in suburban Chicago are looking for a former NFL player after the body of his 73-year-old mother was found by a creek behind her home, reports WBBM . Authorities say Myrtle Brown appears to have been killed during an assault in Maywood, per the AP . They are now looking for...

NFL Player Slams Racist Messages: 'This Is Sick'

Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison was hit with 'disgusting' comments after loss to Eagles

(Newser) - The Minnesota Vikings didn't have a great game Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles, losing to the East Coast team 34-28, but the night proved even worse for Vikings running back Alexander Mattison, a Black player who says he received a series of racist messages and other disturbing comments after...

After Rodgers Injury, NFLPA Speaks Out

Players association wants league to switch to all natural grass

(Newser) - The NFL Players Association wants the league to switch all its fields to natural grass, calling it "the easiest decision the NFL can make." Executive Director Lloyd Howell issued a statement Wednesday morning saying NFL players "overwhelmingly prefer it and the data is clear that grass is...

He Is Now the Highest Paid Player in NFL History

Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals scores 5-year contract for $275M

(Newser) - Joe Burrow is now the reining king of the NFL in one respect: The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has signed the richest contract in league history, reports ESPN . The 26-year-old scored a five-year deal for $275 million, per USA Today . The contract bests that of a fellow quarterback, Justin Herbert of...

Ex-NFLer Dies After Steel Beam Falls on His Head

Construction accident fells Mike Williams, formerly of the Buccaneers and Bills

(Newser) - Mike Williams, a former NFL wide receiver who was named a finalist for offensive rookie of the year in 2010, has died in a construction accident. The 36-year-old, a fourth-round pick out of Syracuse who played four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a fifth with his hometown Buffalo...

NFL Rookie's Mayo-in-Coffee Habit Scores Him a Deal

Will Levis of the Tennessee Titans gets a lifetime supply of Hellman's mayonnaise

(Newser) - NFL rookie quarterback Will Levis has made a splash—in his coffee and across the internet—in sharing his habit of putting mayonnaise in his coffee. Most onlookers responded to an initial 2021 TikTok video , and later clips , with disgust. But not Hellman's, the brand of mayo Levis used....

NFL Veteran Charged With Hit-and-Run, Striking Witness

Police: Bystander said driver slapped her across the face

(Newser) - An NFL veteran faces multiple charges in South Carolina after police said he drove a pickup truck into four vehicles, struck a woman in the face, and fled the scene. Robert Quinn, a defensive back, turned himself in to Summerville police on Friday, per Yahoo Sports . The charges against Quinn...

Patriots, Packers End Game After 'Just Scary' Injury
Teams End Game After Injury

Teams End Game After Injury

Patriots, Packers act quickly, months after Damar Hamlin's collapse

(Newser) - When cornerback Isaiah Bolden was placed on a stretcher and taken off the field Saturday night, players' thoughts went not just to the New England Patriots rookie, but also to the Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin , who collapsed during a game in January. "It brought out that Damar feeling, and...

Ex-NFL Player Dies in Motorcycle Crash
Ex-NFL Player Dies
in Motorcycle Crash

Ex-NFL Player Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Alex Collins, a former Seahawk and Raven, crashed into SUV in Florida

(Newser) - Former NFL running back Alex Collins died Sunday when his motorcycle crashed into an SUV, sending him hurtling through the vehicle's window. The 28-year-old Florida native, who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens from 2016 to 2021, was driving in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, around 10:20pm Sunday...

Bills Player Who Collapsed Set for Saturday's Game

Buffalo's Damar Hamlin to play in season opener, his first competition since his January cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Damar Hamlin has reached another major milestone in his return to football. The Bills safety was scheduled to suit up and play in Buffalo's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, per the AP . The game will mark the first time Hamlin has appeared in a competitive setting...

Male Coach Is First in NFL to Come Out as Gay

Jacksonville Jaguars strength coach Kevin Maxen says he hopes to inspire others

(Newser) - In a big moment for LGBTQ+ representation in sports, Jacksonville Jaguars strength coach Kevin Maxen has become the first male coach in a major US men's pro sports league to come out as gay. Maxen, a former Division III linebacker who has been with the Jaguars since 2021, tells...

Dan Snyder Cuts $6B Deal to Leave the NFL
NFL Owners
Unanimously End
Dan Snyder Era

NFL Owners Unanimously End Dan Snyder Era

League approves Commanders sale while imposing a $60M fine

(Newser) - The NFL enthusiastically welcomed a new owner of the Washington Commanders on Thursday, bringing Dan Synder's 24-year custodianship of the storied franchise to a close. The owners voted unanimously to approve the $6.05 billion sale of the team to a group led by Josh Harris, Yahoo Sports reports....

He Gave Up the NFL for Pokemon Cards
He Gave Up the NFL
for Pokemon Cards

He Gave Up the NFL for Pokemon Cards

And as Zak Keefer of the Athletic reports, the move has paid off for Blake Martinez

(Newser) - To get to the heart of this story, you'll need to unpack the following sentence: "Blake brings the same level of hype he had sacking a quarterback when he pulls a Charizard from a pack." The quote is from an exec at Whatnot, a platform where collectibles...

Sheriff: It Wasn't Rip Current That Led to Ex-NFLer's Death

'No indication' of that as cause of Ryan Mallett's apparent drowning on Florida beach, per officials

(Newser) - Officials are now saying that ex-NFL quarterback Ryan Mallett's death earlier this week in an apparent drowning off of Florida's shores wasn't caused by a rip current. Per CBS News , the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office posted a video Wednesday on Facebook with an update on the...

NFL Suspends 4 Players for Gambling Violations
NFL Announces
Gambling Suspensions

NFL Announces Gambling Suspensions

Three players are out indefinitely, another for six games

(Newser) - The NFL suspended three players indefinitely on Thursday for violating the league's gambling policy, and a fourth was sidelined for six games. Cornerback Isaiah Rodgers Sr., a projected starter for the Indianapolis Colts, and his new teammate Rashod Berry, a backup defensive end, both received indefinite suspensions and were...

San Francisco Just Got an Early 250th Birthday Present
Super Bowl 60
Finally Has a Home

Super Bowl 60 Finally Has a Home

NFL's biggest game of the year is headed to San Francisco Bay Area in 2026

(Newser) - The Super Bowl will return to the Bay Area in 2026 at the home of the San Francisco 49ers, following a vote of approval by NFL owners on Monday at their spring meetings. This will be the third time for the big game in the Bay Area, per the AP...

Mourners Honor Jim Brown
Jim Brown 'Broke Down Walls'

Jim Brown 'Broke Down Walls'

LeBron James says football great made speaking out possible

(Newser) - "I was a symbol of a Black man who wanted all of my freedoms," Jim Brown told the Washington Post in 1979. "It's very difficult for White America to understand that if you are part of football's elite why you are not satisfied with recognition...

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