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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a season ticket member fan forum before practice at the Cleveland Browns NFL football team's training camp facility in Berea, Ohio. Several NFL teams are reopening their training facilities Tuesday, May 19, 2020, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as state and local municipalities allow them. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

NFL coaches could return to team facilities next week

May. 28, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, he...

A couple wear a protective masks due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak as they walk on the shore of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Mass., Friday, May 22, 2020. Beaches in Gloucester reopened with restrictions on Friday after being closed two months ago due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Unemployment rate soars past 15%; COVID-19 cases near 91,000

May. 22, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate soared to 15.1% in April — up from about 2.8% in March — as the state’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus shuttered wide swaths of the economy, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019 file photo Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver arrives before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Whenever normalcy returns to the NFL, Isaiah Oliver knows there will be a new role waiting for him as a leader in the Atlanta Falcons' secondary. A second-round pick in 2018, Oliver is suddenly one of the most experienced cornerbacks on the roster after the team cut ties with longtime stalwart Desmond Trufant in a salary cap move. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, file)

Falcons CB Oliver ready for leadership role in secondary

May. 21, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Whenever some sense of normalcy returns to the NFL, Isaiah Oliver knows there will be a new role waiting for him as a leader in the Atlanta Falcons’ secondary. A second-round draft pick out of Colorado in 2018, Oliver is suddenly one of the most experienced cornerbacks on the roster...

In this May 2020 photo provided by Riddell, a Riddell SpeedFlex helmet sits next to a computer screen displaying information from the InSite tool. Teaming with Catapult, an Australia-based technology company, Riddell is providing coaches, players and medical staff detailed information regarding anything from practice regimens to helmet contacts to overall preparation for athletes. (Riddell via AP)

NFL studying helmet face guard that works like surgical mask

May. 20, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With an eye toward getting back on the field during a pandemic, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same sort of protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, who heads up the league's competition committee, said the issue was raised during...

This is the players entrance of the Indianapolis Colts training facility, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Indianapolis. Coaching staffs and all players except those undergoing injury rehabilitation are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league's plan. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NFL teams can reopen training facilities with government OK

May. 19, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities Tuesday, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as state and local municipalities allow them. Coaching...

FILE - In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn works with his defensive linemen during the first day of an NFL training camp football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Quinn knows this is an offseason unlike any other. Hes not shying away from that reality. But this is also a time that craves a bit of normality, so Quinn is dealing with plenty of familiar issues, including rookie camp, roster moves, position changes, and focusing on areas that need the most improvement. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

In strange offseason, Falcons' Quinn embraces the challenge

May. 12, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In an offseason that's anything but normal, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn hasn’t lost his eternal optimism. So what if the NFL is still on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic? That just gives Quinn a chance to find new ways to reach his players and deal with various...

FILE - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, a New England Patriots Super Bowl LI ring, created after the 38-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, is seen at the Super Bowl Rings exhibit in Indianapolis. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has donated his Super Bowl LI championship ring to an auction that raises money to provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

COVID-19 deaths top 5,000; Baker outlines reopening plan

May. 11, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts death toll from COVID-19 surged past 5,000 on Monday even as the state began mapping out plans to gradually restart the state’s economy. Massachusetts reported another 129 confirmed COVID-19-related death, bringing to 5,108 the total number of deaths recorded in the...

FILE - In this May 23, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen talks to reporters after NFL football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. Allen chooses to stay home even when Georgia has opened up many businesses. Allen says he'd rather stay safe and acknowledges he is nervous when contemplating the possible time the Falcons will welcome players back to their facility as the NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Falcons' Allen says idea of practice is 'nerve-racking'

May. 9, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Ricardo Allen didn't budge when Georgia was one of the first states to open businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta Falcons safety believes it is smart to stay home. He says he worries about the time when teams across the league open for practice. Restaurants, barber shops...

FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Hali Flickinger swims in the women's 200m butterfly semifinal at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, some athletes and coaches have taken advantage of the unexpected free time to try new things, or maybe brush up on an old hobby. For Olympic swimmer Hali Flickinger, it's gardening and home renovations. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Column: With sports on hold, athletes take up new pursuits

May. 7, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and coaches have been looking for ways to pass all that unexpected free time. We’ve heard plenty of familiar pursuits. Binge-watching a television series. Hunkering down with video games. Play time with the kids. Some have...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014, file photo, sans arrive at Wembley Stadium before an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions in London. The NFL is moving its five games scheduled for London and Mexico City this season back to U.S. stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. All five regular-season games will now be played at the stadiums of the host teams.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

NFL moving London, Mexico City games back to US stadiums

May. 4, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

The NFL is moving its five games scheduled for London and Mexico City this season back to U.S. stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. All five regular-season games will be played at the stadiums of the host teams. Scheduled were two home games for the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London and...