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AP Source: Adrian Peterson tells coach he won't be at OTAs
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings will open their optional team practices this week without Adrian Peterson....

Patriots fans rally in support of Tom Brady
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Dozens of New England Patriots fans filled a parking lot at Gillette Stadium to protest the four-game suspension handed to quarterback Tom Brady over the "Deflategate" scandal....

AP sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal....

Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as "sexual in nature."...

Former players: NFL teams 'conspired' to push painkillers
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players - often illegally - as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health....

Judge dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice
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MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) -- A judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator last year....

What happened at NFL meetings and what it means
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- NFL owners concluded an especially hectic spring meetings by setting up what figures to be a very busy summer and fall....

Goodell mentions Germany, Mexico for possible games
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A future regular-season NFL game in Mexico or Germany was discussed by NFL owners Wednesday....

Column: In the end, the NFL cartel is what matters most
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Tom Brady is on his own, cast off by an owner who figured out that being in the club that practically prints money is a lot more important than being loyal to one of his employees....

Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday it's his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case....