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NFL notebook: Dungy clarifies Sam comments

By The Associated Press 9:51 p.m.
ABC News reported that former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy attempted to clarify comments he made about Michael Sam, the openly gay linebacker who was drafted by the Rams. Dungy issued a statement saying Sam “absolutely” deserves to play …

NFL notebook: Dungy says he would not have drafted Sam

By Wire Reports
Former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted Rams defensive end Michael Sam. Sam, who is the first openly gay …

NFL notebook: League will limit pre-draft evaluations

By Wire Reports
The NFL will limit the number of underclassmen who can receive evaluations for the draft to five from a single school, although special exceptions will be allowed. Concerned about the record 107 underclassmen who applied for this year’s draft, and …

Bills’ GM Whaley, an Upper St. Clair native, goes all-in

By The Associated Press
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Pardon Doug Whaley for using a baseball analogy when discussing his all-in approach to transforming the Buffalo Bills into something he …

NFL notebook: Goodell suggests Raiders could play at 49ers’ new stadium

By Wire Reports
With confetti streaming  down under a blue sky, the  49ers officially opened their $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara with a ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with all the opulence of their new home. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell added a twist to …

NFL notebook: Jermichael Finley says the Steelers showed interest

By Wire Reports
• Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley will undergo further testing on his injured neck Wednesday and send the results to all 32 teams, Finley told USA Today. Finley recently suggested he was hopeful for a reunion with the Packers. …

NFL brain injuries taking lead role in Smith film to be shot in Pittsburgh

By Jason Cato
Steelers center Mike Webster dominated his position like few before him, winning four Super Bowls and earning a place in the Pro Football Hall of …

Judge gives preliminary OK to NFL concussion settlement

By The Associated Press
A federal judge Monday granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia came about two weeks after the NFL agreed …

NFL notebook: PSU’s Robinson signs rookie deal with Jaguars

By Wire Reports
Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson signed a four-year rookie contract worth $3.5 million. Robinson signed the deal Tuesday, five days after the team completed its offseason program. A second-round pick from Penn State, Robinson gets a signing bonus of $873,000. With …

NFL notebook: Salary cap collusion lawsuit kept alive

By Tribune-Review
• A players’ union lawsuit accusing NFL team owners of setting a secret salary cap in 2010 was kept alive by a federal appeals court Friday. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially reversed a federal judge’s order that …

Trademark office deems ‘Redskins’ disparaging

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Patent and Trademark Office ruled on Wednesday that the Washington Redskins’ name is “disparaging of Native Americans” and should be stripped of trademark protection — a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the …

NFL notebook: Smith gets majority of snaps at QB for Jets

By The Associated Press
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said second-year quarterback and West Virginia product Geno Smith is getting about “70-75 percent” of the snaps with the first-team offense and will continue to do so when training camp starts next month. Also, the …

NFL notebook: Browns, Manziel reach contract agreement

By Wire Reports
Quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Browns reached an agreement on a contract. The NFL’s rookie wage scale projects the contract to be worth $8.25 million over four years, according to ESPN. The former Heisman Trophy winner will enter training camp …

NFL notebook: Former Colts tight end Clark with retire Wednesday

By Tribune-Review
• Former Colts tight end Dallas Clark will retire Wednesday with the team that brought him into the NFL. Clark was Indy’s first-round pick in 2003. In nine seasons, he broke the franchise’s career tight end records for receptions (427) …

NFL notebook: Texans’ Clowney has sports hernia surgery

By Tribune-Review
Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery. Coach Bill O’Brien disclosed the procedure Friday and said Clowney had been struggling with a groin issue. O’Brien said the …

NFL notebook: Kaepernick cleared of sexual assault charges

By Tribune-Review
• A memo released by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office said there was insufficient evidence that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick committed any crime involving a woman at a downtown hotel on April 1. Tests indicated the woman was not …