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Kiko Alonso Suffers Torn ACL

Kiko Alonso Suffers Torn ACL

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Buffalo Bills suffered a hit to their defense on Tuesday.  Top linebacker Kiko Alonso is expected to miss the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL injury.
“We feel badly for Kiko because he has worked very hard this offseason in preparation for the upcoming season, but we look forward to his return with his style of play that made him one of the league’s outstanding rookies in 2013,” Bills general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement on Wednesday.
Alonso was recovering from hip surgery this offseason. 
Alonso won the Defensive Rookie of the Year last season and finished third in combined tackles.
The Bills begin training camp on July 18.
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Cowboys Acquire Linebacker Rolando McClain Via Trade

Cowboys Acquire Linebacker Rolando McClain Via Trade

NFL via Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — Dallas Cowboys acquired linebacker Rolando McClain in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. Dallas sent a 2015 sixth-round pick to Baltimore in return for McClain and Baltimore’s 2015 seventh-round pick.
McClain was selected out of Alabama with the eighth overall pick by the Raiders in 2010. He eventually was released by the Raiders after multiple arrests and other off-field issues.
                                                               
McClain signed with the Ravens in 2013 but retired before playing a game. The NFL reinstated McClain in March 2014 after the linebacker communicated that he wanted to play, but McClain decided to retire again soon after. But again the itch to play came back again, and McClain was officially taken off the reserve/ retired list Tuesday.                                                                                                                                                     
The addition of McClain helps the Cowboys replace linebacker Sean Lee, who tore his ACL and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.
                                                                                                                           
The 24-year-old McClain has played in 41 NFL games. During that time, he had 175 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 17 passes defended.
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Manziel Determined to Be Starter Week 1

Manziel Determined to Be Starter Week 1

Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is poised and ready to be the starter come Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Manziel said at the end of his first offseason training program on Friday that he expects to be the starter over Brian Hoyer.
“Absolutely,” Manziel said.  “I want to play. That’s what anybody wants to do. Anybody that’s been a starter in the past, and been playing, they want to play,” he said. “To say I don’t want to be the starter, that would be ridiculous.
“I absolutely want to start, that’s my goal. Hopefully I can achieve that.”
Manziel credited Hoyer’s work ethic and said that he can learn a lot from a quarterback that was an understudy to Tom Brady in New England.
“What I can learn from him, from a routine standpoint, from a knowledge standpoint, and where I need to get to,” Manziel said. “When camp starts, I’ll have a better grasp of the playbook. It won’t feel like I’m brand new to everything. But still, I think everything coach Pettine said was spot on, that Brian obviously is ahead — he’s been doing this a lot longer than I have. I’m a rookie, and so I have a lot of ground to catch up on.”
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Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

David Derner/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings sees that emerging receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is on the verge of becoming a star.
“I’m going to be honest: Once I saw him make a couple…

Jaguars Sign Blake Bortles

Jaguars Sign Blake Bortles

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Jacksonville Jaguars signed their rookie quarterback Blake Bortles on Wednesday.
Bortles was drafted by the team with the No. 3 pick and signed a four-year contract worth $20.65 million.
“It’s awesome,” Bortles told Jaguars.com on Wednesday. “It’s a once in a lifetime thing to sign your first contract, it’s a cool feeling.” 
Chad Henne is scheduled to be the starter in 2014, but Bortles is taking everything in stride as he prepares for training camp in July.
“I’m trying to get better each and every day and trying to improve what I can do,” Bortles told the website.
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Giants’ Jon Beason Fractures Foot, May Miss Season Opener

Giants’ Jon Beason Fractures Foot, May Miss Season Opener

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants defensive players continue to drop like flies. This time linebacker Jon Beason injured his right foot during OTAs, suffering a ligament tear and a small fracture.
Beason will be further inspected by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Unfortunately for Beason and the Giants, his status for the team’s season-opener Sept. 8 against Detroit Lions is up in the air.
“The prognosis is ‘X’ amount of time and [the Sept. 8 opener] is within that time frame,” Beason said in a statement. “I expect to be back [for that game]. If not, I’ll be back as soon as I can. That’s really how you have to look at it. If it’s not 16 [games played], maybe it’s 15 or 14. Whatever it is, you want it to be that number as opposed to one.”
After struggling with injuries with the Carolina Panthers, the Giants traded for the former Pro Bowler. He then played like his old self, making 93 tackles for the club in 12 games.
The Giants resigned Beason to a three-year deal worth $16.8 million earlier in the offseason.
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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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Seahawks Sign Kevin Williams

Seahawks Sign Kevin Williams

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Seattle Seahawks have loaded up on defense again.  Seattle and defensive tackle Kevin Williams agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday.
The one-year deal is worth $2 million, according to league sources.
The six-time Pro Bowler spent 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and started 15 games last season in a difficult year for the team.
Seattle will have their mandatory three-day minicamp on Tuesday.
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Report: Steelers Reward Maurkice Pouncey with 5-Year Extension

Report: Steelers Reward Maurkice Pouncey with 5-Year Extension

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Steelers recognize they need to keep their offensive line in tact if they want to get back to the playoffs. In an effort to do so, they’ve rewarded center Maurkice Pouncey with a five-year extension.
Pouncey is one of the NFL’s richest offensive lineman. His new extension is worth $44 million, including $13 million in guaranteed money.
In new money, Pouncey is the NFL’s highest-paid center at $8.8 million. His new deal will pay him $48 million over the next six years.
The 24-year-old Pouncey was selected 18th overall by the Steelers in the 2010 Draft. Since coming to Pittsburgh, he’s been one of the best at his position.
Pouncey is also fortunate because about nine months ago, he suffered a torn ACL.
Maurkice’s twin brother, Mike, is a center for the Miami Dolphins and has been vocal in his desire for a new contract as well.
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Mike Pettine Not Worried About Johnny Manziel’s Off-the-Field Behavior

Mike Pettine Not Worried About Johnny Manziel’s Off-the-Field Behavior

Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been the subject of media scrutiny thanks to how he’s spent his time away from the football field since getting drafted. His head coach, Mike Pettine, has no issues with how his new quarterback is spending his time off.
“I’m not concerned,” Pettine said Tuesday after the Browns minicamp practice. “I would become concerned if it was something criminal, and I would be concerned if it affected his job.”
Photos have surfaced recently of Manziel partying in Vegas and attending other events that have seen paparazzi follow him like he’s a Hollywood celebrity.
If Pettine was concerned about Manziel’s behavior this offseason, he admits it’d be hypocritical.
“I was involved with an event this weekend,” Pettine said, “and if there were cameras at certain times it probably wouldn’t have been the most flattering. We had a good time but we were responsible. When it becomes irresponsible or it becomes part of something that involves breaking the law or we feel is a potential problem. we’ll step in.”
Manziel was selected 22nd overall by the Browns.
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Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

Falcons Lose Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the Season

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Atlanta Falcons are dealing with the loss of a defensive starter before training camp has even started as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
The team had been holding out Weatherspoon from organized team activities as he recovered from a knee injury. He apparently was running with the medical staff when he suffered the injury.
“We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon,” coach Mike Smith said in a statement. “Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.”
Unfortunately for Weatherspoon, he’s entering the final year of his contract with the team, leaving his future in Atlanta up in the air.
The 26-year-old Weatherspoon has played just 16 games in one season in his four NFL seasons.
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Texans Sign Top-Pick Clowney

Texans Sign Top-Pick Clowney

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans signed the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft Jadeveon Clowney, the team announced Friday.
The Houston Chronicle reports the deal is for four years, includes a fifth-year option, and is fully guarenteed. The Chronicle also reports the contract is worth $22.272 million and comes with a signing bonus worth $14.518 million.
The 6-foot-5, 266 pound Clowney played three seasons at South Carolina where he recorded 24 sacks including a school record 13 in 2012. The two-time first-team All-Southeastern conference selection finished his college career with 130 tackles, 24 sacks, 47 tackles for a loss and nine forced fumbles.
Clowney, who played defensive end in college, is transitioning to outside linebacker in Houston’s 3-4 system.
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Pete Carroll Takes a Shot at the 49ers

Pete Carroll Takes a Shot at the 49ers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is still committed to the run game in 2014.
Coming off their Super Bowl run, the Seahawks have put their win over the Broncos in February in the past and are focusing on one practice and one week at a time headed into September.
“We want to run the football whenever we want to,” Carroll said on Wednesday the team’s annual Town Hall meeting with fans, according to the Seattle Times.  “We are an absolutely committed running football team.”
The Seahawks will square off against the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game and Carroll was asked about their head coach, Jim Harbaugh.

“[He's] a great coach and we love beating him,” Carroll said.
The 62-year-old coach signed a contract extension in April that will keep him with the Seahawks through the 2016 season.
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NFL Suspends Giants Cornerback Jayron Hosley for Four Games

NFL Suspends Giants Cornerback Jayron Hosley for Four Games

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — All of the sudden, the New York Giants defensive backfield is a lot thinner as the NFL has suspended cornerback Jayron Hosley for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the league’s drug policy.
It i…

Joey Logano: NASCAR’s Safer than the NFL

Joey Logano: NASCAR’s Safer than the NFL

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — NASCAR driver Joey Logano believes that his sport is safer than the NFL.  
“We take a hit maybe once every 15 races or so, on average, and these guys are taking hits on every play,” said Logano when he visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. “So I feel like my sport’s a lot safer.”
“We may look crazy going 200 miles an hour thinking that, but I’d much rather hit a wall at 200 than have a 300-pound linebacker coming at me,” he added.
Logano, who has two Sprint Cup victories this season, said drivers also have more protection around them inside the car than football players in regards to safety.
“There’s areas that we have to improve on. I don’t think there’s as much area in football to improve on,” Logano said. “Obviously you got your pads, you got your helmets, stuff like that, but you’re still going to get hit every time.”
“There’s still going to be big guys hitting you, and obviously when you get all that adrenaline going, those hits don’t become softer. I think they are big and that’s just a big difference. You are kind of comparing apples to oranges on that.”
NASCAR comes to Michigan on June 15 for the Quicken Loans 400.
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Brian Hoyer Wants to Participate in Full OTA Drills

Brian Hoyer Wants to Participate in Full OTA Drills

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has been limited at the team’s organized activities, but he’s battling the coaching and training staff about when he’ll get to participate in full 11-on-11 drills.
Hoyer has spent all offseason recovering from a surgically repaired right knee that he injured in October and has been limited to just a shotgun position where defenders let up while pass rushing.
“You never want to see someone else doing your job,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “That’s the biggest thing for me. I feel I’m ready, and I know a lot of people who come back from this injury talk about the mental aspect. I think I’ve conquered that months ago.”
“So I know [the coaches and medical staff] emphasized it’s the best thing in my interest and for the team, but as the competitor in me, I want to be out there with my guys, calling the plays and running them.”
Hoyer understands the importance of being on the field with a team that just drafted former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
“My argument is OTAs, are they that important? For me, they are. This isn’t my third year in this offense. I’m trying to get out there and read plays that I haven’t ever run before,” Hoyer said.  “I understand what’s at stake. I’m not stupid. I don’t want to get hurt here and not even be in training camp. I also know how much it means to be taking these reps right now.”
Hoyer wants to start working with the offense in full drills so he can implement himself in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
“The NFL is a copycat league, so some of the plays I’m running with Kyle when I was in New England we stole from Kyle just to put in our offense,” Hoyer said. “So there’s a lot of things that have carryover, but there’s certain things Kyle runs that I’ve never run before. So I’ve been begging to get those reps because I want to make the mistakes in OTAs, not when it comes to training camp.”
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Arizona Cardinals Sign LB Ernie Sims

Arizona Cardinals Sign LB Ernie Sims

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 29-year-old Sims spent the previously two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he compiled 86 tackles with one forced fumble in 22 games.
Sims was originally drafted out of Florida State by the Lions with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. He spent four years in Detroit, where he accumulated over 100 tackles in each of his first three seasons. He recorded a career-high 172 tackles in 2007.
The Cardinals finished the 2013 season with the sixth overall defense in the league.
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Giants Waive Safety Will Hill

Giants Waive Safety Will Hill

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants have had enough of safety Will Hill as the team has decided to waive the safety after being suspended a third time by the NFL in the past three years.
On Friday, the NFL suspended Hill for six g…

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