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Chad Johnson Makes CFL Debut

Chad Johnson Makes CFL Debut

Elsa/Getty Images(MONTREAL) — It wasn’t in the NFL and it wasn’t with his usual flash and flare, but Chad Johnson was back in professional football on Friday. The former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver made his debut for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in the final preseason game for the squad.

An 11-year veteran of the NFL, Johnson amassed over 11,000 receiving yards with both the Bengals and the New England Patriots. In his first real game action since 2011, Johnson caught one pass for 13 yards. The Alouettes fell to the Ottawa REDBLACKS, 26-10, in their final tune-up before the regular season begins.

“It felt good. Nervous, butterflies, it was cool,” said Johnson on his return to professional football. “I have a lot of work to do but it felt good.”

The outspoken wide out played 10 years for the Bengals, earning six Pro Bowl selections before signing with the Patriots in 2011, helping the team reach the Super Bowl. In 2012 he signed with the Miami Dolphins but was released following an arrest for domestic battery to which he pleaded no contest.

Montreal opens up the 2014 CFL regular season on June 28 when they take on Calgary.

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Vince Young Announces Retirement

Vince Young Announces Retirement

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — He has not played since 2011, but Vince Young announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday. Young played parts of six seasons with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.

Young was the third overall pick in 2006 by the Titans and was named Rookie of the Year, starting immediately. The former Texas Longhorn was also selected to the Pro Bowl in both 2006 and 2009. The 31-year-old threw for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career.

After not playing in 2013, Young was cut by the Green Bay Packers and was later signed by the Cleveland Browns May 1. Cleveland also signed Tyler Thigpen that day before releasing Young after they drafted Johnny Manziel. 

Althought he signed a rookie contract that guaranteed him just under $27 million, Young suffered from financial issues his entire career and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year. 

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Chiefs Release Pro Bowl Corner Flowers

Chiefs Release Pro Bowl Corner Flowers

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Brandon Flowers, Pro Bowl corner for Kansas City, was released by the team on Friday. Flowers had started for each of the past six seasons for the Chiefs.

Flowers had not been attending offseason practices with the Chiefs, causing many to speculate that he was not happy with the franchise. The cornerback took to twitter on Friday saying “thanks to the Hunt family for the 6 years in Kansas City”. 

“We appreciate Brandon’s contributions to the team over the last six seasons,” a statement released from new general manager John Dorsey said. “It’s in the best interest of the club and the player to part ways at this time. We wish him nothing but the best as he continues his career.”

Marcus Cooper has replaced Flowers in the starting lineup during offseason workouts.

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Chuck Noll, Legendary Steelers Coach, Dead at 82

Chuck Noll, Legendary Steelers Coach, Dead at 82

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who led Pittsburgh to four Super Bowl titles, has passed away at the age of 82. The Alleghany County Medical Examiner confirmed that Noll had died of natural causes.

After playing seven season in the NFL, all with the Cleveland Browns, Noll began his ascent to one of the greatest coaches in league history as the defensive line coach for the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960. Noll spent three years as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Colts who set a record for fewest points allowed in 1968.

A year later he would be named the 14th head coach in Steelers history, a team that had eight consecutive losing seasons prior to his arrival. Pittsburgh won the first of four Super Bowl titles in 1975 before winning three more championships in 1976, 1979, and 1980.

In 23 seasons, Noll was 209-156-1 including the postseason. He was inducted into the professional football Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Dan Marino Files Lawsuit Against NFL

Dan Marino Files Lawsuit Against NFL

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Dan Marino is one of 15 former NFL players that have filed a concussion-related lawsuit against the league. The Hall of Fame quarterback and 14 other plaintiffs filed the suit in federal court in Philadelphia last week.

While the lawsuit does not specifically state any medical issues for any of the plaintiffs, it does seek undisclosed damages and special medical monitoring.

Marino retired in 1999 and joins a group of almost 5,000 other players who have sued the NFL for misleading players about the long-term effects of concussions.

The league continues to deny those claims while more and more of it’s former athletes come forward against the NFL. A settlement between the league and its players was reached last August, giving more than $765 million to the original plaintiffs. In January, that settlement was rejected by a federal judge.

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Colts’ Mathis Suspended Four Games

Colts’ Mathis Suspended Four Games

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Indianapolis star linebacker Robert Mathis has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy. However, the drug which Mathis tested positive for is not a common one to football fans.

The linebacker was seeking fertility assistance and was reportedly told by the prescribing doctor that the drug would not cause a problem with the NFL.

“It is difficult for me to address the circumstances surrounding this suspension because they involve very personal medical information,” said Mathis in a statement. “Like many families, my wife and I faced fertility challenges, and I sought medical assistance. I specifically asked the doctor if the medication he prescribed for me would present a problem for NFL drug testing, and unfortunately, he incorrectly told me that it would not. I made the mistake of not calling the NFL or NFLPA to double-check before I took the medication at the end of last season.”

Mathis’ mother, Denis White, was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer in August of 2013. Wishing to give her another grandchild, Mathis sought out fertility help from Dr. Steven Morganstern in Atlanta. Due to a health condition that his wife, Brandi, suffers from, Dr. Morganstern advised Mathis begin taking the drug Clomid to help accelerate the process.

The 33-year old began taking the drug in November and stopped after finding out his wife was pregnant. The couple is expecting a baby girl in the fall and Mathis’ mother is still alive.

“The drug for which Mr. Mathis tested positive is not approved by the FDA for fertility in males and is a performance-enhancing drug that has been prohibited for years,” said a statement released by the NFL. “Importantly, Mr. Mathis did not consult with the policy’s Independent Administrator, a physician jointly approved by the NFL and NFL Players Association. Nor did he consult with his team doctor, the team’s training staff, the NFLPA, the league office or the hotline established under the policy to give confidential information to players. Each of these sources would have warned against using this substance.”

Mathis was the league leader in the sacks in 2013, recording 19.5 in his 12th season. He is eligible to return on Sept. 29 following the Colts Sept. 28 meeting with Tennessee. Mathis is still eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason workouts, including team practices and games.

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Michael Sam Drafted By Rams in Seventh Round

Michael Sam Drafted By Rams in Seventh Round

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Sam has become the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, being chosen in the seventh round (249th overall) by the St. Louis Rams. Sam announced his sexuality back in February and said his announceme…

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins 4 – Montreal Canadiesn 2 (Bruins lead series, 3-2) 
NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Brooklyn Nets 104 – Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 2-1)

Greg Jennings Happy to have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Greg Jennings Happy to have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — With the issues the Minnesota Vikings issues at quarterback in recent years, wide receiver Greg Jennings is thrilled the team has drafted former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Vikings traded back i…

49ers Exercise Option on Aldon Smith

49ers Exercise Option on Aldon Smith

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco 49ers have decided to hold on to embattled linebacker Aldon Smith a little longer. San Francisco exercised the 2015 option on Smith’s contract, worth a reported $9.75 million.
The 49ers had until m…

NFL Releases 2014 Schedule

NFL Releases 2014 Schedule

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Seattle Seahawks will begin their title defense on Sept. 4 against the Green Bay Packers in the season opener for the NFL. A rematch of the infamous “Fail Mary” game in 2012 starts the 2014 season for the de…

Seahawks Acquire Pryor from Oakland

Seahawks Acquire Pryor from Oakland

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The Seattle Seahawks acquired quarterback Terrelle Pryor in a trade from the Oakland Raiders on Monday for a seventh round pick in the upcoming draft.
Pryor was the last draft pick of the late Oakland owner Al…

Seahawks Acquire Pryor from Oakland

Seahawks Acquire Pryor from Oakland

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The Seattle Seahawks acquired quarterback Terrelle Pryor in a trade from the Oakland Raiders on Monday for a seventh round pick in the upcoming draft.
Pryor was the last draft pick of the late Oakland owner Al…

49ers Aldon Smith Arrested at LAX

49ers Aldon Smith Arrested at LAX

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after indicating that he was in possession of a bomb.
According to the LAPD, Smith was charged with a false bom…

Source: Carroll to Sign Extension with Seattle

Source: Carroll to Sign Extension with Seattle

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Super Bowl champions have come to terms with head coach Pete Carroll on a contract extension, according to league sources. While details of the contract have not been released, a press conference is schedu…

Jets Sign Vick, Release Sanchez

Jets Sign Vick, Release Sanchez

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Jets made yet another move at quarterback on Friday, this time releasing Mark Sanchez and signing Michael Vick to replace him. The team confirmed the news on Twitter, posting a picture of Vick…

Broncos Sign WR Emmanuel Sanders

Broncos Sign WR Emmanuel Sanders

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(DENVER, Colo.) — The Denver Broncos continued their torrid offseason spending on Sunday, signing free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The deal is expected to net the wide out $18 million over three years.
The four-year p…

Steve Smith Signs with Baltimore

Steve Smith Signs with Baltimore

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Free-agent wide receiver Steve Smith didn’t take long to find his new home. A little more than 24 hours after being cut by Carolina, Smith signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The team announce…

Browner: “NFL Has Reinstated Me”

Browner: “NFL Has Reinstated Me”

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Seattle Seahawk Brandon Browner says the NFL has reinstated the suspended cornerback, tweeting that he was contacted by the league on Tuesday. Browner was suspended in November for violating the leagu…

Manning Wins Record Fifth MVP Award

Manning Wins Record Fifth MVP Award

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player on Saturday, receiving 49 of 50 votes. It is the fifth MVP award for Manning, the most ever by any NFL player.
The Denver quarte…

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