Making Rodgers the league’s highest-paid player is a good starting point toward reconciliation.

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I’m completely comfortable with him throwing when he’s ready, when the doctors say he’s ready, head coach Frank Reich said, per Andrew Walker of the Colts official site. He’s totally engaged in every aspect of what we’re doing mentally. The physical part for a guy like him, you’ve got to work at it, but I’m not worried about that.

That’s plenty of time.

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Steelers convert Ryan Shazier’s salary to bonus, report says

Ryan Shazier won’t play a down in 2018, but he’s still getting paid.
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In a remarkable gesture, the Steelers converted $8.26 million of the linebacker’s $8.718 million base salary for 2018 into a signing bonus.

According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, Shazier will receive the money right away.

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Maybe Keenum is a newly discovered Brees, a pinpoint short-passer and brilliant decision-maker who puts receivers in position to gain yards after the catch. But it’s more likely that Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and the deep corps of Vikings weapons excelled at turning short receptions into first downs and making their quarterback look good.

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Favre details addiction, recalls trips to rehab

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehab centers for his dependence on painkillers and alcohol during his career.

I’m paid to play quarterback, so I don’t make those decisions, Rodgers said Tuesday after the Packers’ first OTA practice that was open to the media.

It needs to be his system, his structure. But I would classify him as still very actively involved and just checking everything and being on top of what’s available.”

According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sherman was serving as essentially another member of the 49ers coaching staff in the team’s OTAs on Tuesday.

Sherman, who was well known for his active role in coaching up younger teammates with the Seattle Seahawks, has taken on the same mindset with his new teammates on the 49ers.

“When you’ve got a guy that has played in (the defense) that long, and really started in that system, and has kind of excelled in it as well as anyone, it’s nice to have,” Shanahan said.

As Shanahan mentioned, San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was an assistant defensive coach in Seattle when Sherman was drafted in 2011. They spent three years together in Seattle before Saleh moved on to join Gus Bradley’s staff in Jacksonville. With the 49ers running a very similar scheme to the one Sherman excelled in with the Seahawks, he’s more than qualified to dispense advice to his new colleagues.ravens_100

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Hours before his Swedish countrymen were to play for their second straight world championship, Daniel Alfredsson reflected on how his life has changed since he has become a Womens Tony Snell Jersey hockey dad. Alfredsson headlined the group of eight 2018 inductees to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame on the final day of competition in Copenhagen.
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Asked if he’d heard anything about the future of Erik Karlsson, a fellow Swede and current captain of the Senators who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2019, Alfredsson said: To me, he says that he wants to stay. But it’s not all in his hands.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before Game 5 that he has not spoken to or interacted with Irving during the series other than seeing him at the end of the bench during games in Boston.

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But for a series rife with adjustments, the truth of how Houston salvaged its championship aspirations lies within the minutiae. Methodically and stubbornly, the Rockets have invited the Warriors to play their brand of isolation basketball, influencing Golden State for long enough stretches to temporarily secure advantages with a style of play that blatantly benefits Houston.

The Warriors’ 14 assists in Game 4 represented a series low. Their 48.2 assist rate in the series is worse than the Rockets’ assist percentage (49.3), a remarkable and surprising development. The final period on Tuesday revealed Golden State at its most unrecognizable and disjointed.

Chatwood walked six while allowing four runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Chicago manager Joe Maddon said Chatwood has a busy delivery that the Cubs need to harness.
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Indians: Francona said all reports are good on OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) after he had two hits for Triple-A Columbus on Monday. Chisenhall has been sidelined since April 7. … Francona said OF Bradley Zimmer (bruised left rib) could be ready to play by the weekend, whether he returns from the disabled list or goes on a rehab assignment.

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The Cubs will turn to left-hander Jon Lester (4-1, 2.52 ERA) to try to create positive momentum in his 10th start. The 34-year-old has limited opponents to 40 hits in 50 innings this season while walking 21 and striking out 44.

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An even 102 innings of those have been against the Indians. Lester is 7-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 16 career starts.

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Plutko never has faced the Cubs. He has an opportunity to seize the Indians’ fifth-starter job in place of struggling veteran Josh Tomlin, who was demoted to the bullpen several days ago.

If you look at Adam’s track record, one of the key reasons for his success has been his fastball command, Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said recently to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Last year, he was not able to do that whether it was because of health or performance.

This year, he’s pitched like he did early in his minor league career and in college at UCLA.

Tomlin, 33, has handled his demotion to the bullpen like a professional. He allowed a 433-foot home run to the Cubs’ Ian Happ in the ninth inning of the series opener. He is 0-4 with a 7.88 ERA in 32 innings this season.

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And the Vegas Stats and Information Network – founded by legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger and his family – wants to make sure Garden State bettors know what the action is on their NFL teams once sports books officially open in the coming weeks following Monday’s Supreme Court ruling a federal ban preventing states from regulating sports betting is unconstitutional.

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In its first statement issued in the aftermath of Monday’s landmark ruling paving the way for nationwide sports betting, the NFL makes clear its intention not to lobby individual states but to lobby Congress for a law that protects the NFL’s interests.

The NFL’s long-standing and unwavering commitment to protecting the integrity of our game remains absolute, the league said. Congress has long-recognized the potential harms posed by sports betting to the integrity of sporting contests and the public confidence in these events. Given that history, we intend to call on Congress again, this time to enact a core regulatory framework for legalized sports betting. We also will work closely with our clubs to ensure that any state efforts that move forward in the meantime protect our fans and the integrity of our game.

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Astrology apparently telling former NFL great Ricky Williams to invest in Bitcoin

We have to set the scene for you. It’s the only way this is going to work. Shortly after his marijuana-themed Super Bowl party, former NFL great Ricky Williams had a reckoning of sorts. It had to include some high-grade wacky tobacky and an astrologist.

There’s no telling if this is how it went down, but we’re here for suggestions.

Either way, Williams — known to be a bit of an odd duckling — just recently indicated that he’s studying astrology. Not only that, astrology itself told Mr. Williams to invest in Bitcoin.

Fast forward to 2017, and West was basically an afterthought in Kansas City. Rookie Kareem Hunt took the NFL world by storm, while West logged just 18 carries and 27 receptions.

That could make West a cap casualty this offseason, as his contract features an easy out for Kansas City. While he is due to earn just over $2 million in 2018, only $333,000 is guaranteed. If backs like Spencer Ware, Kerywnn Williams and undrafted rookie Darrel Williams impress in the offseason, West could be out.

Ware would be a nice complement to the speedy Hunt if he’s back to 100 percent after last year’s knee injury. He’s a big back at 229 pounds, but is a capable runner and receiver who averaged 4.3 yards per carry and had 33 receptions in 2016. If Ware is healthy, West would be the Chiefs’ No. 3 back at best, and the team may want a cheaper option in that role.

Free-agent running back Adrian Peterson told NFL Network on Thursday that he is healthy and ready to roll as he looks to sign with a new team for the 2018 season. Peterson, who spent last season with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals, turned 33 years old in March but told the network that he still believes he can be a very productive running back in the NFL. I’m ready, Peterson told NFL Network.

He brought in safety Damarious Randall and cornerbacks E.J. Gaines and T.J. Carrie. He drafted Ohio State product Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick and also shipped Jason McCourty off to the New England Patriots.

Taylor could be following McCourty out of Cleveland. According to Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer, the Browns are looking to trade him.

If the Browns are unable to move Taylor and aren’t happy with his performance in the offseason, they could opt to release him. While he has two years remaining on his contract, only $1.5 million of it is guaranteed.

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It’s common for players to work out side deals to free up certain numbers, with the player giving up the number coming away with some form of compensation. There’s no indication that happened here, although such a transaction would likely fall under the Patriots’ omerta.

Tyrell Crosby, the team’s fifth-round selection, was one of the surprising draft slides before the Lions stopped his descent. Similar in size to Cowboys All-Pro Tyron Smith, and with arms nearly as long, the Lions are hoping Crosby can start his career at offensive tackle. Lacking the elite athletic traits that made Smith so dominant, Crosby appears destined for a move inside to guard, either as depth or an eventual successor to T.J. Lang.
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The University of Alabama put 12 players in the NFL this season, breaking their own record of 10 from last season.

Many NFL coaches routinely speak to Nick Saban to pick his brain. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is practically a Saban groupie. There’s no question that the greatest college football conduit to the NFL, possibly ever, is Alabama.

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Panthers defensive backs coach Curtis Fuller abruptly resigned this week for reasons that were not made completely clear, but a new report indicates that his resignation was a result of workplace misconduct with female Panthers employees.
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