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LADD BIRO: Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 4 of the 2014 season. ]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 01:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brain group says NFL concussion settlement ‘deeply flawed’ ]]>

A national brain injury group says the proposed payout scheme for NFL concussion-related injuries is “deeply flawed.” ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Coach Dennis Allen fired by Raiders ]]> Lead story image

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night four games into his third season. The decision was announced soon after the Raiders (0-4) returned from London, where they lost their 10th straight game dating to last season, 34-14 to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The firing was first reported by Fox Sports. Allen was the first head coach hired by Oakland after the death of longtime owner Al Davis. His 8-28 record is the worst for the franchise since before Davis arrived in 1963. His contract was set to run through next season. An announcement … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:08:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ray Rice video was sent to NFL security chief Jeffrey Miller ]]> Lead story image

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law enforcement official says. The NFL has repeatedly said no one with the league saw the violent images until TMZ Sports released the video earlier this month. Miller said Thursday through an NFL spokesman that he never received the video. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release details of the case, said he doesn’t know if Miller ever saw the … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:51:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bill Simmons suspended by ESPN for NFL, Roger Goodell comments ]]> Lead story image

ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after he repeatedly called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar during a profane tirade on a podcast. ESPN announced the suspension Wednesday. “Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards,” ESPN said in a statement. “Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.” Simmons’ podcast was released Tuesday. He said he thought Goodell lied about not knowing what was on a security video that showed … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wife reported Rob Bironas missing before fatal crash ]]> Lead story image

A woman told a 911 dispatcher former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was driving erratically just before his SUV crashed. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy Football: Rookies making an impact early ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: If the theme of Week 2 was the wicked sting of the injury bug, this weekend may go down as the dawn of the Class of 2014. Injury and ineptitude led to a changing of the guard at quarterback in Minnesota and Jacksonville, respectively. Much like Derek Carr in Oakland, both Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles are stepping into less-than-desirable offensive situations and cannot be expected to prosper in the short term. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas dies in car crash ]]> Lead story image

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36. The former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from home, Metro Nashville Police said. In a statement on the department website, police said his SUV was speeding when it went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:20:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy Football: Who to start, sit in Week 3 ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: Wondering whether or not to start LeSean McCoy and Jordy Nelson, or to bench Alfred Blue and Jerricho Cotchery? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:00:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jonathan Dwyer arrested on assault charges, deactivated by Cardinals ]]> Lead story image

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 their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. “Given the serious nature of these allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities,” the team said in a statement. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league’s personal-conduct policy. One of … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:07:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vikings admit ‘mistake,’ will sit Adrian Peterson ]]> Lead story image

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 felony child-abuse charge in Texas. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Greg Hardy removed from Panthers’ active roster until domestic violence case resolved ]]> Lead story image

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers announced they’ve placed Greg Hardy on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, meaning the Pro Bowl defensive end has been removed from the team’s active roster until his domestic violence case is resolved. The decision comes just hours after the Vikings took a similar disciplinary approach with Adrian Peterson, who is addressing child abuse charges in Texas. Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim claimed the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in the bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. Hardy is … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:07:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ray Rice indefinite suspension by NFL appealed by players’ union ]]> Lead story image

BALTIMORE — The NFL players’ union appealed Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension Tuesday night. Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. The Baltimore running back had already served the first game of that suspension when, on Sept. 8, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, now his wife, in that elevator. Within hours, the Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the “new evidence.” Goodell and … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:19:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vikings say Adrian Peterson will play Sunday ]]> Lead story image

Minnesota Vikings say running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play Sunday in New Orleans. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:43:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL succumbs to sponsors, not Adrian Peterson’s son or Ray Rice’s wife ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: It took a hotel chain boycott and the threat of other corporate action, not the welts of an abused 4-year-old boy, for the Vikings to suspend Adrian Peterson. No matter where this mess ends up, let’s make sure we never lose sight of that. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:56:10 -0500