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Thursday
May142015

Patriots Answer to Wells Report, Says Conclusions are 'Incomplete'

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- After attorney Ted Wells defended his report that led to the NFL's punishment of the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, the team fired back, creating a website to challenge some of the findings discovered by Wells.

The Patriots' rebuttal is nearly 20,000 words written by attorney Daniel L. Goldberg, who represents the team and was present at all interviews of team personnel conducted at Gillette Stadium.

In creating the website, Goldberg wrote, "Our intention is to provide additional context for balance and consideration."

The website said conclusions in the Wells report were "incomplete, incorrect and lack context."

"There is no evidence that Tom Brady preferred footballs that were lower than 12.5 [pounds per square inch] and no evidence anyone even thought that he did," it said.

It also stated that the Wells report dismissed "scientific explanations for the natural loss of psi" in the footballs by rejecting referee Walt Anderson's memory of which air gauge he used to measure them. The Patriots included a "scientific conclusion" by Nobel Prize winner Roderick MacKinnon that contested the report's findings.

The NFL Players Association officially appealed Brady's suspension Thursday afternoon. The appeal will be heard by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.


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Thursday
May142015

Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin Says He'll Be Playing in Atlanta in 2016

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin says he will be playing for the Atlanta Falcons come the 2016 NFL season.

"I'm going to be in Atlanta next season," Irvin told BlackSportsOnline.com while attending the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals in Atlanta on Wednesday night. "I'm ready."

The Seahawks did not pick up the fifth-year option on Irvin's contract, which would have cost the team $7.8 million in 2016.  Irvin will be making $1.6 million in 2015.

Irvin is from Atlanta, and he's interested in joining former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is now the head coach of the Falcons.


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Tuesday
May122015

Texans Release Former Second Rounder Swearinger

Houston Texans/NFL(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Texans have released safety D.J. Swearinger Monday after two seasons with the team.

Swearinger, a 2013 second round pick out of South Carolina under former head coach Gary Kubiak, was seen as a poor fit in the culture current head coach Bill O'Brien was seeking to foster.

The team had been trying to trade Swearinger Monday and released him after finding no suitors.

Swearinger, 23, posted on his Instagram account that he had been released by the team.

“One heck of an opportunity #texannation I appreciate everything and the opportunity and memories,” Swearinger wrote. “It’s time for a new chapter and the defining moment of my career!! So long #HOUSTONTEXANS.”

Swearinger most notably blew out the knee of tight end Dustin Keller, who had just signed a one-year $5 million deal with the Dolphins, in the preseason of his rookie year.


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Tuesday
May122015

Tom Brady Suspended Four Games for Role in Deflategate

Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the upcoming 2015 National Football League season for his role in the Deflategate scandal, the league announced Monday.

Brady was at the center of the controversy after the Indianapolis Colts, Brady's opponents in the AFC Championship Game this past January, complained that the Patriots-supplied game balls seemed to be underinflated. Last week, a 243-page report, overseen by attorney Ted Wells, found that it was "more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [Patriots employees Jim] McNally and [John] Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls."

Brady previously denied any wrongdoing, saying that he believed he had always played within the confines of the rules.

Brady will miss the first four games of the upcoming season without pay -- returning in time for the Patriots' rematch with the Colts on October 18.

The league additionally fined the Patriots organization $1 million and forced them to forfeit a pair of future draft picks.

Team owner Robert Kraft posted a statement to the Patriots' Facebook page on Monday evening, saying that "despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today's punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation."

Calling the punishment "based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence," Kraft blasted the entire investigation, calling it "one-sided."

"Tom Brady has our unconditional support," Kraft concluded, "our belief in him has not wavered."

 
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Monday
May112015

Report: Patriots Agree to Deal with Tight End Fred Davis

National Footbal League(NEW YORK) -- After sitting out the 2014 season due to suspension, former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to ESPN.

Davis' deal comes just four days after the NFL reinstated him after serving an indefinite suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

A six-year NFL veteran, Davis could provide a boost to New England's passing game if he makes the team. The Patriots are taking a small gamble that 29-year-old Davis can still be a productive player in the league.

The team already has tight ends Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Tim Wright, Michael Hoomanawanui, and rookie AJ Derby.

In his last season in the NFL back in 2013, Davis played in 10 games, but due to injury was limited to just seven catches for 70 yards and one touchdown.


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Sunday
May102015

Broncos Rookie TE Tears ACL, Will Miss 2015 Season

IStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Denver Broncos rookie tight end Jeff Heuerman tore his left ACL during Saturday's rookie minicamp practice and will miss the 2015 season, according to the team.

Heuerman was a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.  He became the second rookie to suffer a season-ending ACL tear during a non-contact practice.  The Jacksonville Jaguars' third overall pick, Dante Fowler Jr., suffered a torn ACL on Friday and is also expected to miss the 2015 season.

The Broncos were in jerseys and shorts for an afternoon workout. Heuerman was in the open field during a special-teams drill; he planted his left leg to cut and his knee buckled.  He was taken for an MRI Saturday evening, and it confirmed the initial diagnosis by the team's training staff that he had torn the ACL.


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Saturday
May092015

Cowboys Defensive Lineman Josh Brent to Retire Again

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- For the second time during his NFL career, Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent has decided to retire.

This is the second time that Brent has retired since a conviction for intoxication manslaughter in the crash that killed fellow teammate Jerry Brown in 2012. Brent was placed on the reserve/retired list Friday by the team.

"It is with careful consideration, much thought and reflection that today I announce my retirement from the NFL," Brent said in a statement. "I have not taken this decision lightly, as my time in the NFL and as a member of the Dallas Cowboys has been the opportunity of a lifetime. Two of the greatest institutions in sports are the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys and I am humbled, honored and blessed to have been a part of both."

Brent didn't play football in 2013, and played just one game last season after he had served a 10 game suspension.

He ends his career with 46 tackles and 1.5 sacks.


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Friday
May082015

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett Denies Trade Demand, Wants a Raise Instead

Tom Pennington/Getty Images Sport(NEW YORK) -- Reports have recently surfaced that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett wants to be traded. Still, he's denying those reports, but is admitting he would like a raise.

"I think everyone who has a job, they want a raise for whatever they're doing," Bennett said on Seattle's King 5 TV. "I'm just like any other American. I think everybody wants to be paid a little bit more. So I don't think I fall short of that."

"People assume when you ask for a little more money, they assume that you want to be traded or something like that," he added. "But that's not what I'm trying to go for."

Back in March 2014, Bennett agreed to a four-year deal worth $28.5 million with $16 million guaranteed and an $8 million signing bonus. And he's scheduled to make $6 million in 2015.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider has said the team will not renegotiate contracts.


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Monday
May042015

Patriots Rookie Joe Cardona Unsure If Navy Will Let Him Join Team

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though he was drafted by the New England Patriots over the weekend, former Navy long snapper Joe Cardona is unsure if he will be able to join the team and pursue a career in the NFL.

Because of the service commitment that comes with his degree, Cardona may have to put his NFL dreams on hold.

He was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round.

"The decision is out of my hands," Cardona told Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald. “Right now I’m prepared to be the best football player I can be for the New England Patriots and the best naval officer I can be. Whatever duty I’m doing at the time, I’m doing it. I’m just prepared to do my best.”

Cardona is the first Navy graduate to be drafted since the Green Bay Packers selected defensive tackle Bob Kuberski in the seventh round of the 1993 draft.


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Monday
May042015

Rams Trade Running Back Zac Stacy to the Jets

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Zac Stacy got his wish. Just days after requesting a trade, the St. Louis Rams traded the running back to the New York Jets for a seventh-round draft pick.

"We thought the idea of bringing Zac in for that kind of investment would be very beneficial and increase the competition at that position," Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said. "He's had success in the league. Two years ago, he was close to a 1,000-yard back. This past season, his production wasn't quite as high, but we do think he's a good-caliber running back."

The Rams selected running back Todd Gurley tenth overall in the draft this past Thursday, prompting Stacy to simply tweet "Yikes." Less than 24 hours after, the tweet had been deleted, but reports had surfaced that Stacy requested a trade.

Stacy now goes from one crowded backfield to another. Stacy will join running backs Stevan Ridley, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Daryl Richardson in New York.


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