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Minnesota Vikings executive vice president & general manager Rick Spielman, left, speaks as owner/chairman Mark Wilf, center, and executive vice president legal affairs Kevin Warren, right,  listen during a news conference  in Eden Prairie, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, team owner Zygi Wilf said that the team "made a mistake" in bringing back their superstar running back following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Vikings reconsider, put Peterson on paid leave

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson has had the potential to be that rare post-modern NFL running back playing productively into his 30s. After that extraordinary comeback from knee reconstruction, Emmitt Smith’s career rushing […]

09/18/2014

Phoenix police officers escort Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer,  to the 4th Avenue Jail following his arrest, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 in Phoenix. Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players.(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

Police: Cardinals RB Dwyer head-butted wife

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday. The […]

09/18/2014

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is pushed out of bounds by Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte, top, as Shea McClellin helps on defense during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Kaepernick fined for inappropriate language

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick said Wednesday he has been fined more than $11,000 by the NFL and he will appeal the penalty for what an official called “inappropriate language” by the 49ers […]

09/18/2014

The NFL Logo is seen on the field before the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mat Otero)

Report: NFL racial hiring up, women hires lagging

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NFL set an all-time high for its racial hiring practices, yet continues to struggle with diversity in gender hiring at the team level. The annual report released Wednesday by The […]

09/17/2014

Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy waves to fans as he arrives for an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Panthers remove DE Greg Hardy from active roster

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have removed Greg Hardy from the team’s active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end’s domestic violence case is resolved. Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said Hardy will continue […]

09/17/2014

FILE - In tis July 25, 2011, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right, accompanied by NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, left, speaks during a news conference at the NFL Players Association in Washington. The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week. Under the new rules announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month. And of more immediate impact — this weekend — the new performance-enhancing drug policy the […]

09/17/2014

FILE - In this July 26, 2014, file photo,Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, stretches during NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Vikings have reversed course and placed star  Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, the team announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

After making ‘mistake,’ Vikings bench RB Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team “made a mistake” in bringing back its superstar following his indictment on a […]

09/17/2014

The Anheuser-Busch St. Louis brewery. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)

Anheuser-Busch, Visa voice NFL disapproval

Major sponsors including Anheuser-Busch are adding to the chorus of disapproval over the National Football League’s recent actions but the companies are stopping short of pulling advertising. Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that it has spoken with […]

09/16/2014

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) yells at teammate Julius Thomas during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

AP Pro32-Power Rankings

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 16, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point […]

09/16/2014

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon rests during practice at the NFL football team's training campin Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

DA: Josh Gordon gets probation in DWI case in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A prosecutor said Tuesday that suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon will receive probation and undergo a substance-abuse assessment after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in North Carolina. Acting Wake […]

09/16/2014

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