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NFL notebook: Rams leave Sam off practice squad

By Wire Reports
The Rams signed 10 players to their practice squad. As expected, Michael Sam was not among them. The Rams added two each at linebacker, offensive line, wide receiver and safety Monday, fortifying needy positions. Sam starred at defensive line for Missouri, but coach Jeff Fisher said the defensive line was …

NFL notebook: Niners’ McDonald arrested after domestic incident

By Wire Reports
SAN JOSE, Calif. — 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting …

NFL notebook: Bailey, Sam among cuts

By Staff and Wire Reports
For the first time in his career, Champ Bailey was told he isn’t good enough. Jettisoned by the Saints after a difficult training camp, the …

NFL notebook: Seahawks part ways with Jeannette’s Pryor

By Tribune-Review
The Seahawks cut quarterback Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette on Friday night, according to multiple reports. The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, who acquired Pryor from the Raiders this offseason for a seventh-round pick, will go with Tarvaris Jackson as the …

NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher …

NFL notebook: Manning fined for taunting Texans safety

By Tribune-Review
Peyton Manning was docked a reported $8,268 for taunting Texans safety D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game last week. The Broncos quarterback laid into the safety for hitting Wes Welker in the head, which left the slot receiver with his …

Cardinals’ Fitzgerald feels best days aren’t behind him

By The Associated Press
TEMPE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald turns 31 on Sunday. For a decade, he has defined everything that is good about the Arizona Cardinals, shattering franchise …

NFL upholds Browns WR Gordon’s 1-year ban

By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss …

Not to be left behind, speedy Steelers are on the fast track in NFL

By Alan Robinson
Ike Taylor missed the first week of offseason workouts only to learn upon reporting that the Steelers had become Usain Bolt-type fast. Rookie linebacker Ryan …

NFL notebook: QB Newton says ‘no doubt’ he’ll be ready for opener

By The Associated Press
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has no doubt he will play in the season opener Sept. 7 at Tampa Bay. Newton, who cracked his ribs last week against New England, left little question about his Week 1 status while talking with …

NFL notebook: Ex-player Gilbert releases platform for NFLPA bid

By Tribune-Review
Sean Gilbert on Tuesday unveiled the platform that he will stand upon in trying to oust NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith during the next election in March. The 44-year-old former Aliquippa and Pitt defensive tackle would move to …

NFL notebook: Leagues join to evaluate concussions

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions. The “think tank,” funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was Sunday …

NFL notebook: Torn ACL sidelines Rams QB Bradford for season

By Wire Reports
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has a torn ACL in his left knee for the second straight year and is out for the season. Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the extent of the injury Sunday night. “We lost our quarterback,” Fisher said. …

NFL notebook: Browns considering 2 QB system with Hoyer, Manziel

By Wire Reports
The Browns seem to have a backup plan in place for quarterback Johnny Manziel. Coach Mike Pettine hinted that the team is exploring ways to …

NFL notebook: Browns rookie QB Manziel fined for gesture

By Tribune-Review
Johnny Manziel was slapped on the finger. The NFL fined the Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger at Washington’s sideline. Manziel said he was reacting to incessant taunting by the Redskins during Monday night’s nationally …

NFL could delay punishment

By Michael Hasch and Mark Kaboly
Two Steelers running backs officially were charged Thursday with marijuana possession, but don’t expect the NFL to deliver swift action against Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette …