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John Elway: short-term pain for resting Peyton Manning well worth the long-term gain

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The long-term benefit of getting Peyton Manning so much rest this summer is that he should be fresher in December....

Week after rough outing, Redskins QB RG3 evades concussion questions, cleared to face Ravens

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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Robert Griffin III evaded questions Thursday about when - or even if - he sustained a concussion in the Washington Redskins' second preseason game....

Longest-tenured Saints gratified to have been part of the first decade of Katrina recovery

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Coming off a career-threatening injury, Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in a disaster zone. Sean Payton became coach of the Saints only after being passed over for the job he really wanted in Green Bay....

Randy Gregory working to impress Cowboys after slide in draft, and results showing on field

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OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- At times this summer, Randy Gregory would sign autographs and give interviews until Dallas team personnel had to just about pull him off the field during training camp....

Santa Clara County grand jury indicts former NFL defensive lineman Ray McDonald on rape charge

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on one count of rape of an intoxicated person....

Lack of support from key lawmakers casts serious doubts on new St. Louis football stadium
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's legislative budget leaders said they oppose spending taxpayer money on a new St. Louis football stadium, casting serious doubts on whether supporters can cobble together enough money for the facility before an approaching NFL vote on whether to relocate the Rams....

'My role is clear;' Humble, stoic Michael Vick happy for chance to extend career with Steelers

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The crowd around the backup quarterback's locker was three or four deep. Somewhere in the middle, underneath the bright lights that never seem to go away, Michael Vick spent 13 minutes answering the same questions that never seem to go away....

Who's that again? Cutler and the Chicago Bears are thin at receiver as season nears

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Jay Cutler could only smile and roll with the injuries....

Ex-NFLer Martin says he struggled with social isolation and attempted suicide multiple times

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MIAMI (AP) -- Former NFL tackle Jonathan Martin posted on Facebook that difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times, and he wanted to share his struggle with social isolation to help others....

Texans expect last year's top pick Clowney expected to play in season opener vs Chiefs
HOUSTON (AP) -- Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play in Houston's season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 13....