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NFL notebook: Raiders’ Jones-Drew retires; Woodley released

By Tribune-Review
e_SBlt Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement Thursday, and linebacker LaMarr Woodley, a former Steelers star, was released by the team. Woodley was paid more than $4.8 million last season before a season-ending biceps injury. Jones-Drew was paid $2.5 million last season but rushed for only 96 yards ...

Mother of NFL Hall of Famer and Aliquippa native Ditka dies

By Staff Report
The mother of NFL Hall of Famer and Aliquippa native Mike Ditka died, according to multiple media reports. Charlotte Ditka, 93, died Wednesday at the Beaver Meadows senior care center in Beaver, according to the reports. In addition to Mike ...

NFL notebook: Report: Manning set to return to Broncos, takes $4M pay cut

Staff and Wire Reports
Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy. Weeks of speculation about the five-time MVP’s future ended Wednesday with word that he is returning for an 18th season in the NFL and fourth in ...

‘Big Mo’ ranks with A-K’s gridiron greats

By George Guido
It was a stellar football career that almost never happened. Ed “Big Mo” Modzelewski, quit school to join the military in World War II, but got ...

NFL notebook: Bills reportedly reach deal to trade for former Pitt star McCoy

Wire Reports
BUFFALO, N.Y. — LeSean McCoy will lead Rex Ryan’s “ground and pound” running attack for the Bills next season. Two people familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the Eagles have agreed to trade McCoy, the former ...

NFL notebook: Lions opt not to tag DT Suh

Wire Reports
Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after the Lions did not use the franchise tag on the defensive tackle. Though the team did not comment, the Lions website said the franchise tag’s price of ...

NFL notebook: Cowboys to place franchise tag on wide receiver Bryant

Wire Reports
The Cowboys expect to place the franchise tag on wideout Dez Bryant, NFL.com reported Saturday. “I still think that it’s probably, you know, would be a stretch to think that we would have something done by Monday and beat the franchise-tag ...

Ruling favors Vikings’ Peterson, sets up reinstatement

By The Associated Press
A federal judge has opened the door for faster reinstatement of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, ruling an NFL arbitrator “failed to meet his ...

NFL notebook: After ruling, Panthers’ Hardy seeking immediate reinstatement

From Wire Reports
Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is seeking immediate reinstatement from the NFL after a federal judge cleared the way for Adrian Peterson’s return to the league. Hardy’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Thursday, “We are working very closely with the NFLPA on ...

NFL notebook: Lions release veteran running back Bush

By The Associated Press
The Lions released running back Reggie Bush on Wednesday, halfway through the four-year deal he signed as a free agent before the 2013 season. Bush started 23 games for the Lions. He rushed for 1,006 yards in 2013, but this past ...

NFL notebook: Seahawks’ S Thomas has surgery on shoulder

Wire Reports
Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas had surgery Tuesday on his injured left shoulder. According to multiple reports, the 25-year-old likely will need six to eight months to recover, which jeopardizes the possibility he will be ready for the start of ...

Combine quarterbacks must learn new techniques to make jump to next level

By Mark Kaboly
INDIANAPOLIS — With the spread offense, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota hasn’t used something as fundamental for a quarterback as calling plays in a huddle since high ...

NFL Scouting Combine notebook: West Virginia receiver White possesses rare blend of speed, strength

By Mark Kaboly
INDIANAPOLIS — West Virginia’s Kevin White said it was going to be very important for him to run a fast time in the 40-yard dash ...

Former Pitt OT Clemmings highly touted for NFL Draft despite inexperience

By Mark Kaboly
INDIANAPOLIS — T.J. Clemmings didn’t have a very good Senior Bowl week. “It was rough,” NFL Network draft expert Daniel Jeremiah said. But rough enough to ...

NFL notebook: Experts say ‘no chance’ Los Angeles can handle 3 teams

By Tribune-Review
Los Angeles is the hottest market for new stadiums in the country — and the NFL teams that could come with them — but the possibility that three teams will kick off one Sunday in the region is a football ...

Board tries to help underclassmen make decision about NFL

By Mark Kaboly
INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL Draft Advisory Board told Jesse James that he should stay in school and not forgo his senior season at Penn State. It ...