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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) tackles Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, including Hightower. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

66 players opt out of NFL season due to coronavirus pandemic

Aug. 6, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen. Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday's deadline. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, whole those voluntarily opting out receive...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, the sun sets behind Allegiant Stadium, new home of the Las Vegas Raiders football team, as it nears completion in Las Vegas. Officials in Nevada have declared

Raiders unable to utilize all their new digs in Las Vegas

Aug. 6, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

After years of playing in a dilapidated stadium in Oakland with a rundown team facility, the Raiders were looking forward to showing off their fancy new digs in Las Vegas this season. Those plans have been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Raiders will play their first season at $2 billion Allegiant Stadium...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives at a news conference, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the Broward Health Corporate Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Friday, the governor's office released a video promoting

Florida governor pushes to reschedule UF-FSU football game

Aug. 6, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will push to get the annual football game between Florida State and the University of Florida rescheduled, saying Thursday that keeping the famed rivalry going will be good for the state. He made his effort known during a discussion on...

FILE - This Nov. 28, 2019, file photo shows Detroit Lions offensive tackle Rick Wagner (71) blocking for quarterback David Blough, right, against Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) during the second half of an NFL football game in Detroit. Wagner, now an offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers, has a tough assignment as he returns to his home state. The West Allis native and former Wisconsin lineman is getting the first shot to emerge as Green Bay’s right tackle, a spot where Bryan Bulaga had been a fixture for a decade before signing with the Los Angeles Chargers. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

Packers' Wagner savors chance to play for home-state team

Aug. 6, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Rick Wagner says the decision to sign with his home-state team was easy. The challenge Wagner now faces is much more difficult. Wagner is attempting to bounce back from a down season while making sure the Packers don’t take a step back at right tackle, a position that...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Calvin Ridley, left, and Julio Jones work on a drill during a team strength and conditioning NFL football workout in Flowery Branch, Ga. It would be easy to overlook Calvin Ridley, being a receiver who plays on the same team as Julio Jones. Ridley, though, has other ideas. Heading into his third year with the Atlanta Falcons, he's planning on a breakout season and making sure everybody knows his name, too. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Falcons WR Ridley eager to step out of Julio's large shadow

Aug. 6, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — When you're a receiver on the same team with Julio Jones, it's easy to get overlooked. Calvin Ridley is hoping to change that in 2020. Heading into his third season with the Atlanta Falcons, the former first-round pick out of Alabama — hey, that sounds familiar —...

Star Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons opts out of season

Aug. 6, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

Penn State All-American Micah Parsons is opting out of the 2020 season because of concerns about COVID-19. The junior linebacker made his announcement with a social media pos t Thursday. He will be eligible to enter the 2021 NFL draft and is already expected to be high first-round selection. Later in the day,...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin speaks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore.  While Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is encouraged by the fact no players have opted out of the 2020 season, he's also wary the season will be able to go without interruption amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

While Steelers remain united, Tomlin warily eyes 2020

Aug. 6, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are united heading into the 2020 season. Yet even with every member of his team opting to play this fall, that doesn't mean Mike Tomlin is certain his club — or the NFL at large — will be able to navigate without any complications the next five months...

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) follows a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla. Defensive end Joey Bosa has agreed to a six-year, $135 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to multiple people familiar with the decision. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, July 28, 2020 because the contract has not been finalized.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Bosa brothers reunion on hold after Joey's new deal in LA

Aug. 6, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The potential for a Bosa brothers reunion in the NFL will have to wait at least a few more years. With big brother Joey signing a long-term extension with the Los Angeles Chargers last week and younger brother Nick having three years left on his rookie deal with the San Francisco...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeSean McCoy, left, gets a hug from quarterback Tom Brady during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Tampa. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Brady learning new playbook, excited to get started in Tampa

Aug. 6, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t content with making the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relevant again. The six-time Super Bowl champion is hungry to win another title. And the Bucs, who’ve missed the playoffs 12 consecutive seasons, feel they have a supporting cast talented enough to help the...

Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama top preseason coaches' poll

Aug. 6, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

Clemson is No. 1 in the USA Today coaches’ preseason poll for a second straight year. The Tigers received 38 of 65 first-place votes in the poll released Thursday. Clemson is seeking its third national title in five years after losing 42-25 to LSU in last season’s championship game. Ohio State,...