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New York Giants may count on two rookies to start – New York Giants Blog

The New York Giants could have as many as 19 returning starters when the NFL season opens, but there are two rookies and two second-year players trying to earn their spots this summer. Here’s a starting-lineup projection entering training camp: Offense Quarterback (Eli Manning): His job isn’t in jeopardy, even though the Giants drafted a quarterback in the third round. Manning had a down year in 2016 (26 touchdowns, 23 turnovers). But with improved weapons, there is hope this will be a bounce-back season. Running back (Paul Perkins): The second-year…

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For O.J. Simpson, welcome mat of Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton still out

O.J. Simpson will remain an annual invitee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies after his release from a Nevada prison. Contacted Friday about the possibility of Simpson attending the yearly event, Hall of Fame officials said, “All Hall of Famers are invited to attend the annual enshrinement.” Simpson, 70, has served nine years of a nine- to 33-year sentence for his 2008 conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping charges. A Nevada parole board voted unanimously Thursday to grant Simpson his release from prison as early as Oct….

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Malik Jackson believes Jacksonville Jaguars will win Super Bowl

Defensive tackle Malik Jackson believes this will be a “super” year for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The defensive tackle told Bleacher Report’s “Simms & Lefkoe Podcast” that he is “very confident” in the Jaguars and expects to win a Super Bowl this season. “The Panthers did it. If the Panthers can do it after the season they had — but we’re going to win the Super Bowl,” he said. “If they can do it, why can’t we?” The Carolina Panthers were 7-8-1 in 2014, then went 15-1 in 2015 and reached…

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Ring is the thing: Five Ravens get married or engaged during break – Baltimore Ravens Blog

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The ultimate goal for the Baltimore Ravens is to get that Super Bowl ring by the end of the season. But it was the Ravens’ significant others who received the diamonds in what became a summer of love for this football team. Five Ravens players got engaged or married during the month-long break before training camp. Nose tackle Brandon Williams, outside linebacker Brennen Beyer and inside linebacker Lamar Louis all walked down the aisle, and safety Tony Jefferson and defensive end Chris Wormley popped the question….

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Parole board votes to release O.J. Simpson from prison in October

LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star. With the ruling, the 70-year-old Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1 after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence. When the final…

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Tony Romo says Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott a ‘good kid’ despite mistakes

FRISCO, Texas — Even though Tony Romo played in just one series last season for the Dallas Cowboys because of a back injury suffered in a preseason game, he developed a strong relationship with Ezekiel Elliott. Based on that, he thinks the young running back should be given some room to figure things out. “With Zeke, he’s a friend and I know he’s a good kid and he’s just trying to find his way,” Romo said on the “Ben and Skin Show,” on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Thursday….

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Mike Williams of Los Angeles Chargers may need surgery

The Los Angeles Chargers are still hoping that first-round pick Mike Williams, who has shown some encouraging signs after receiving a second epidural, will not need surgery on his herniated disk, league sources tell ESPN. The rookie wide receiver recently was given the epidural in a last-ditch effort to get him ready at some point during training camp, but sources said he is not expected to be available for the start of camp and there is concern he could need season-ending back surgery. Another source is optimistic that Williams will…

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Wes Welker doesn’t spend time worrying about long-term health ramifications

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Having once referred to himself as the “poster child” for concussions in the NFL, retired wide receiver Wes Welker said Wednesday that he wouldn’t change much about his career and doesn’t spend time worrying about potential long-term health ramifications. Welker sustained at least six media-documented concussions as an NFL player, which includes a stretch in which he had three concussions in nine months starting in the 2013 season. Wes Welker, 36, had the most productive stretch of his career with the New England Patriots from 2007 to…

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Geronimo Allison of Green Bay Packers suspended one game

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Geronimo Allison, the Green Bay Packers‘ second-year receiver who made a surprising contribution as a rookie, was suspended for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday. Allison, 23, was charged in December with possession of marijuana in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, stemming from a September traffic stop. Allison pleaded no contest in April, when he paid a $330.50 fine to reduce the charge from a misdemeanor to an ordinance violation, according to Wisconsin circuit court records….

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O.J. Simpson Nevada parole hearing

O.J. Simpson is set for a parole hearing Thursday at 1 p.m. ET, on the remaining counts for which he was convicted in Las Vegas in 2008. Simpson has a strong chance of a favorable outcome before the Nevada Board of Parole, which in 2013 paroled him on five counts. Here’s a refresher on Simpson’s status and what could happen next: Why is he in prison? Simpson was convicted for his part in a September 2007 crime in which he and several accomplices entered a Las Vegas hotel room and…

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