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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Indiana wide receiver Nick Westbrook runs during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers, in Bloomington, Ind. Gone for the most part this year are access to in-person interviews, campus workouts and visits to team headquarters. Those who competed in college all-star games but didn't receive a combine invite, like Indiana receiver Nick Westbrook, have the advantage of performing in front of scouts. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Pro day cancellations forcing changes to NFL draft process

Apr. 5, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bill Polian simplified the NFL's draft process years ago. He studied film, relied on medical experts, checked the numbers and interviewed players. With the flurry of pro days canceled because of the new coronavirus, the Hall of Fame executive who constructed multiple Super Bowl teams...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019, file photo, Denver Broncos offensive guard Connor McGovern (60) blocks during the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons in Canton, Ohio. McGovern's tireless work ethic was born from football and potatoes. The big, Midwest-bred New York Jets offensive lineman spent his childhood playing on the ballfields of Fargo, North Dakota, and helping out on the potato-filled farms owned by his family. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Jets' new center McGovern raised on football and potatoes

Apr. 3, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Connor McGovern's tireless work ethic was born from football and potatoes. The big, Midwest-bred New York Jets offensive lineman spent his childhood playing on the ballfields of Fargo, North Dakota, and helping out on the potato-filled farms owned by his family. “The family business...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, right, hands the trophy to head coach Andy Reid after the chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. It's hard enough when things are normal — only seven franchises have won back-to-back championships. But it's even more difficult when the offseason has been thrown into turmoil because of the coronavirus pandemic, affecting everything from free agency to the NFL draft to team workouts that should have begun this month, but will not. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Chiefs' Reid plotting Super Bowl defense from his basement

Apr. 2, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid is like most people these days. The Kansas City Chiefs coach is hunkered down in his basement, trying to avoid going out in public as he works from a makeshift office consisting of a computer, an iPad and an old side table. The difference, though: He's trying to build a...

FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, NFL vice president Troy Vincent  speaks to the media during an owners meetings in Key Biscayne, Fla. Vincent has sent a letter to several prospects inviting them to participate “live” in the NFL draft in three weeks. The Associated Press on TuesdayMarch 31, 2020, obtained the letter sent by the league's football operations chief to prospective early selections in the draft, which will be held remotely on April 23-25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

NFL team owners vote to expand playoffs to 14 teams

Mar. 31, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs — with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase. NFL team owners voted Tuesday to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for a total of 14 next season as they continue to plan for the 2020 season to begin on time. During a...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo, the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, left, lines up against the Los Angeles Rams' defense during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. The NFL's decision to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams this season could have a major impact on the league based on how things have played out in the past.(AP Photo/Don Wright, File)

How paths might have changed under expanded NFL playoffs

Mar. 31, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

Lovie Smith's coaching tenure in Chicago might not have ended had the Bears made the playoffs his final three seasons instead of missing out by one spot his last two years. Playoff droughts in Cleveland and Tampa Bay wouldn't be nearly as long or painful had the Browns and Bucs sneaked their way into the...

FLE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Reggie Ragland (59) plays against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. The Detroit Lions have agreed to a contract with linebacker Reggie Ragland, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Friday, March 27, 2020, because the deal had not been announced.  (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)

Lions reach deals with LBs Reggie Ragland, Elijah Lee

Mar. 27, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to contracts with linebackers Reggie Ragland and Elijah Lee. The Lions confirmed the deals Friday. Ragland started 32 games over the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round in 2016, but a knee...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski (61) reacts during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Pittsburgh Steelers officially signed the well-traveled Wisniewski to a two-year deal on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, bringing the veteran offensive lineman to his hometown. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Happy Homecoming; Wisniewski thrilled to join Steelers

Mar. 27, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Six months ago, Stefen Wisniewski's Sundays consisted of spending the afternoon watching the NFL on TV wondering if his phone was ever going to ring. The veteran offensive lineman tried not to fixate on the circumstances that led to him sitting on the couch. “You try not to drive...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Samantha Rapoport speaks at the NFL Women's Forum in Indianapolis. The forum was begun by Rapoport, the league's senior director of diversity and inclusion. The idea is simple: providing opportunities. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

New playbook: Women rising through NFL ranks at many levels

Mar. 27, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sophia Lewin was 12 years old when she told her father about her career goal: coaching football. Her dad didn't exactly scoff, but he suggested perhaps scouting would be a more attainable profession. Nowadays, there are women handling both jobs. According to 2019 research by the Institute...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo,  Oct. 28, 2018. Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell (93) during the warm-up before an NFL football game against Philadelphia Eagles at Wembley stadium in London. Armed with a new contract after being traded from Jacksonville to Baltimore, five-time Pro Bowl defensive end hopes to be a difference-maker in the Ravens' bid to reach the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

Ravens DE Campbell took unusual path after trade from Jags

Mar. 26, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — If this was a typical NFL offseason, Baltimore Ravens newcomer Calais Campbell would have taken his physical at the team facility, signed his contract extension within the building and introduced himself at a news conference attended by general manager Eric DeCosta and coach John...

Vikings add free agents WR Tajaé Sharpe, DE Anthony Zettel

Mar. 25, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings agreed to contract terms Wednesday with wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe and defensive end Anthony Zettel, adding two fifth-year veterans at positions vacated by star players. Sharpe played his first four NFL seasons for Tennessee, a fifth-round draft pick in 2016...