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NFL reinstates Vikings’ Adrian Peterson

By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Now it remains to be settled where he will play next season. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the Minnesota Vikings star a letter Thursday advising him of his reinstatement. Peterson missed most of last season while facing child abuse charges ...

Ex-Patriots star Hernandez guilty of murder

By The Associated Press
FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a ...

Pats’ Blount to miss 1 game for substance abuse violation

By The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount was suspended for the first game next season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The league announced the suspension without pay Tuesday without saying when the violation occurred. Blount ...

NFL notebook: NFL reportedly hires first female official

Staff and Wire Reports
The NFL hired its first female official, Sarah Thomas, in a groundbreaking move, according to the Baltimore Sun. Thomas, who became the first female to ...

NFL notebook: Ex-Steelers WR Washington joins Texans after signing 1-year deal

Staff and Wire Reports
The Steelers reinforced the depth on their defensive line Wednesday, re-signing free agent end Clifton Geathers to a one-year contract. Geathers, 27, signed with the Steelers on Dec. 1, the day after Brett Keisel was lost for the season because of ...

Franklin Regional grad Hickey continues to prepare for NFL Draft

By Michael Love
Sean Hickey was 8 when he started playing organized football. Almost immediately, he dreamt about one day suiting up for an NFL team and getting to ...

Recent early retirements in NFL could be trend — or simply a coincidence

By Mark Kaboly
Patrick Willis’ aching feet couldn’t take it anymore. Jake Locker didn’t have the passion for the game. Jason Worilds wanted to commit more time to his religion. ...

NFL notebook: Browns GM suspended, team fined for ‘Text-gate’

Wire Reports
Although many observers expected the NFL to lower the boom on the Browns for ‘Text-gate’, the penalties it issued Monday were more like a slap on the wrist. The league suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer without pay for the first ...

49ers’ Tomsula proud of Steel City roots

By Mark Kaboly
PHOENIX — New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula spent more than an hour fielding questions from reporters during an NFC coaches’ media breakfast Wednesday at the ...

NFL notebook: Change to extra points likely in 2015

Wire Reports
Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season. While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion ...

NFL notebook: Jets file tampering charges against Patriots over comments about Revis

Wire Reports
The Jets filed a tampering charge against the Patriots for talking about cornerback Darrelle Revis, according to multiple media reports. On Monday, when Patriots owner ...

NFL notebook: Owners vote to suspend TV blackout policy

By Tribune-Review
e_SBlt The NFL said Monday that team owners voted for a one-year suspension of the long-standing blackout policy for the preseason and regular season. There were no blackouts last season, because the minimum number of tickets were sold for every ...

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bednarik dies

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Chuck Bednarik, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and one of the last great two-way NFL players, died early Saturday the Eagles said. ...

NFL notebook: Cowboys sign defensive end Hardy

By Tribune-Review
• The Cowboys made their big play in free agency with defensive end Greg Hardy. Although Hardy could face a league suspension for violating the NFL’s domestic conduct policy, the team said it agreed to terms with the former Panther ...

NFL notebook: WR Wallace ripped by Pouncey twins

Wire Reports 11:58 p.m.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Dolphins center Mike Pouncey made critical comments toward former teammate Mike Wallace on Tuesday. In a television interview with CBS 4 in Miami, the twins shared their thoughts on the way Wallace ended the regular season ...

NFL notebook: Tebow reportedly works out for Eagles

Staff and Wire Reports
Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake was arrested over the weekend for public intoxication in Oceanside, Calif., according to a TMZ report. Blake was taken into custody early Sunday morning and was released later in the day. “We are aware of the report and ...