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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dion Jordan (95) plays against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of the NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Dion Jordan to a one-year contract. The Niners announced the deal Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to add another former first-round pick to their talented line. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)

49ers sign former first rounder Dion Jordan to 1-year deal

Aug. 7, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Dion Jordan to a one-year contract. The Niners announced the deal Friday to add another former first-round pick to their talented line. Jordan was the No. 3 overall pick by Miami in 2013 but has never lived up to his billing...

Lions waive DT Daylon Mack

Aug. 7, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions waived defensive tackle Daylon Mack. The team announced the move Friday. The NFL's transaction report listed the move with a failed physical designation. The Lions acquired Mack off waivers from Baltimore last weekend. Mack was a fifth-round draft pick by the...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (29) runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md. The Washington Football Team has released Guice after he was charged in a domestic violence incident. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

Washington releases RB Guice after domestic violence arrest

Aug. 7, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

The Washington Football Team released running back Derrius Guice on Friday after he was charged in multiple domestic violence incidents. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department told The Associated Press that Guice was arrested on one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor throws the ball downfield against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Carson, Calif. Taylor is expected to succeed Philip Rivers, who started the past 14 seasons before signing with Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

Chargers' Tyrod Taylor maintains same mentality as starter

Aug. 7, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Tyrod Taylor understands why many may compare his opportunity with the Los Angeles Chargers to the one he had in Cleveland two years ago. But the veteran quarterback sees many differences. The only thing that hasn't changed is how Taylor views his job. “I’ve been a...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Southern Utah celebrates with the trophy after defeating Northern Arizona in an NCAA college football game for the Big Sky Conference title Cedar City, Utah. The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well.(Jordan Allred/The Spectrum via AP)

The Latest: Clemson's Trevor Lawrence considered opting out

Aug. 7, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence said he considered opting out of this season when he was unsure what college football would look like going forward amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Lawrence said Friday once he understood...

Saints sign linebacker Bradham, activate linebacker Ellis

Aug. 7, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have signed linebacker Nigel Bradham and activated linebacker Kaden Elliss from the club's Reserve/Covid-19 list, general manager Mickey Loomis said Friday. The 6-foot-2, 241-pound Bradham is an eight-year veteran out of Florida State who began his NFL career as a...

FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, speaks during a news conference at the at the football league's fall meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The NFL's chief medical officer says it's not surprising there have been positive tests for COVID-19 among players reporting to training camp because the disease is cutting across football just as it has through societies around the world. Players currently have to pass COVID-19 testing before they are allowed into training camp. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

NFL medical boss: New COVID-19 protocols to verify positives

Aug. 7, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

The NFL's chief medical officer says the league is establishing a new two-step protocol for players and coaches who have no known history of the COVID-19 infection and receive a positive test. Dr. Allen Sills said Friday any individual in that situation who is also asymptomatic will be given two confirmatory...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014, file photo, Portland head coach Eric Reveno instructs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. “We're looking for opportunities to make changes that will last,” said Reveno, now the Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach who sparked the movement to give college athletes a day off to vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election, even those who are right in the middle of their seasons. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

Column: Beyond kneeling, T-shirts, sports push major changes

Aug. 7, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Kneeling is a powerful gesture. T-shirts send a meaningful message. Locking arms is a mighty symbol of unity in these troubled times. It doesn't stop there. If you look even deeper across the gamut of sports, a truly inspiring movement is emerging from the nation's social upheaval, sparked...

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon scores on a touchdown pass from quarterback Sam Darnold during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in East Rutherford, N.J. Herndon was all set for a big breakout season a year ago with the Jets. A four-game suspension and a few tough injuries put those plans on hold. Now, the third-year tight end is ready to make up for lost time. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Jets' Herndon focused on bouncing back from lost season

Aug. 7, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Herndon was all set for a big breakout season a year ago with the New York Jets. A four-game suspension and a few tough injuries put those plans on hold. Now, the third-year tight end is ready to make up for lost time. “My body’s feeling good,” the 24-year-old...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, file photo, Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith, right, celebrates with teammate Preston Smith after sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins during the second half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis. Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith aren’t related, but the Packers pass rushers share the same last name and the same type of productive games. They combined for 25 ½ sacks last season after both signed with the Packers as free agents in early 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)

Packers' pass-rushing Smiths eager to expand their games

Aug. 7, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

Social distancing protocols will prevent Green Bay Packers outside linebackers Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith from having the side-by-side joint locker-room interviews that followed so many of their games last season. They’ll have to continue getting together while surrounding the opposing...