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John Harbaugh dodges questions about Ray Lewis

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It’s widely believed that linebacker Ray Lewis will return from a torn triceps muscle to play for the Ravens when Baltimore welcomes the Colts back to town for the eighth time.

Coach John Harbaugh won’t be confirming that until he absolutely has to.

“It’s all going to be a game-time decision, as far as anybody knows,” Harbaugh said Monday, via  “This is the playoffs, and we’re not taking about injuries.  We’re not talking about activations.  We really don’t care what you or anybody else thinks about that.”

They should care what the league office thinks, but as long as the injury report is complete there’s no further obligation to say anything about player injuries.Though the Ravens previously were fined $20,000 for failing to disclose that safety Ed Reed had a shoulder injury, the consequences for fudging the injury report are a relatively minor cost of doing business — especially when the business entails chasing a championship.

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Seahawks add former college basketball player George Fant

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The Seahawks have a fondness for undrafted players as they had 24 of them on their 53-man roster at one point last season.

They also showed a fondness for former college basketball players who decided to make the switch to football when they traded for tight end Jimmy Graham before the start of the 2015 season. In George Fant, they’re getting one of both.

Fant finished his basketball career at Western Kentucky ranked 13th all-time in scoring and eighth in rebounding and then chose to continue his athletic career with a year on the football team. The 6’5″ Fant bulked up from 250 pounds, played 12 game and did well enough at his pro day that the Seahawks have signed him to their 90-man roster.

“We’re not sure if he’s going to play tackle or tight end, but that’s a 285-pound man that ran like 4.82 and is working out,” General Manager John Schneider said during an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle. “He has really good hands.”

The Seahawks have gone the non-traditional route to find offensive linemen in recent years with varying degrees of success. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Fant join that group if he shows well in the coming weeks.

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Russell Wilson advocates for return of NBA to Seattle

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, whose carefully-manicured public persona steers him away from saying controversial things (except when hawking magic water), has taken a public stance against City Hall.

Earlier this week, the Seattle City Council denied a request by entrepreneur Chris Hansen to build an arena in the vicinity of the venues that house the Seahawks and baseball’s Mariners. Via, the move means that the attempt to bring an NBA franchise back to town nearly a decade after the Sonics moved to Oklahoma is dead at worst, seriously delayed at best.

Wilson pushed back with a pair of tweets. He said it’s “baffling” that this “amazing city” doesn’t have the Sonics.

“Bring them back! Seattle Loves Basketball!” Wilson said.

Wilson, who loved baseball enough in past years to participate in spring training with the Texas Rangers and openly muse about playing baseball (it’s funny how a $20 million-per-year contract can bring that stuff to an abrupt end), then agitated for a showdown.

“Let’s stand up & fight to get our team back!” Wilson said.

Strong words from a guy whose public comments typically land in the milquetoast category. So what kind of battle is he advocating?

“Let’s start a petition Seattle!” Wilson declared.

While that’s hardly a fire-and-brimstone attack, the mere fact that Wilson has waded into what has become a hot-button political issue in Seattle is definitely out of character for him.

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Thursday morning one-liners

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Bills RB Jonathan Williams thinks they can have the best backfield in the NFL.

Former Dolphins coach Don Shula’s hospitalization became a time to reflect on a legendary era.

The Patriots have a number of big contract issues to deal with this offseason.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s cousin hopes to impress in his Jets tryout.

Sports books apparently liked the Ravens’ draft class, improving their odds.

Grading the Bengals’ 2013 draft, because that’s something you can do.

Browns QB Robert Griffin III, looking a little stiff.

A Pitt DL is among the Steelers rookie camp invitees.

Local P Cory Carter is excited for the chance to try out for the Texans.

The Colts are moving DE Earl Okine to OLB.

The Jaguars will bring in 25 players for rookie orientation.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota said the team has to “keep finding ways to get better.”

The Broncos’ rookies selected their jersey numbers (why hasn’t this become a three-hour special yet?).

The Chiefs released WR Fred Williams again.

The Raiders showed some confidence in existing LBs with their year’s draft.

The Chargers are first on the G Matt Slauson tour.

The Cowboys have a guy ready to volunteer to be their veteran backup QB — Roger Staubach.

Giants first-rounder Eli Apple’s mom wouldn’t let him wear a Rolex to the draft because he was “an unemployed college dropout.”

Eagles QB Carson Wentz: Already jinxed.

Washington third-round CB Kendall Fuller will get a chance to win the nickel job.

There might be more Bears made expendable after the draft.

The Lions made some quick moves to fill out their scouting staff.

Drafting LB Blake Martinez could allow the Packers to put Clay Matthews where he fits best.

Former Vikings coach Bud Grant must have one hell of a garage, to keep having all these garage sales.

The Falcons got some Navy SEAL training and inspiration.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen: Good at football, less so at golf.

Taking a look at the Saints defense, post-draft.

Not everybody hated the Buccaneers trading up to take a kicker in the second round.

The Cardinals put first-rounder Robert Nkemdiche in a room with Tyrann Mathieu before the draft.

The Rams think they’ve strengthened their TE position.

The 49ers have been impressed with QB Colin Kaepernick’s arm.

The Seahawks signed a former college basketball star.

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Hue Jackson: Browns’ running backs are “as good as I’ve seen”

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Browns coach Hue Jackson loves what he inherited at running back.

Jackson said on 92.3 The Fan that last year’s 1-2 punch of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson are good enough that the Browns didn’t need to sign or draft another running back.

“Those two guys are as good as I’ve seen in a while,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of “Their talent is extreme.”

So far they haven’t shown that extreme talent: Crowell carried 185 times for 706 yards and four touchdowns last season, while Johnson added 104 carries for 379 yards, with no touchdowns. That’s why Jackson is getting a lot of questions about why the Browns didn’t upgrade at the position.

“I’ve been getting so much mail or phones calls with people saying, ‘Well wait a minute, why don’t you guys have a running back?”’ he said. “I really think Isaiah Crowell is a really good running back. I think he’s going to have a sensational season, I really do.”

Crowell is 23 years old and Johnson is 22, so both players have plenty of time to improve. Jackson sounds confident that they will.

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Rams taking a look at former Auburn wideout Duke Williams

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The Rams are going to take a look this weekend at one of the year’s more talented wide receiver prospects, who didn’t play much after getting kicked off his team in October.

According to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register, the Rams will try out wideout D’haquille “Duke” Williams, who was kicked off the team at Auburn’s team last year.

Williams was a talented and productive player his junior year at Auburn, in which he caught 45 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns. But he caught just 12 passes last season, after being busted for a bar fight which was the final straw after other suspensions and rules violations.

He admitted at the Scouting Combine he was risky because of those off-field issues.

“If I didn’t get in any trouble, I know I’m a legit first-round pick,” he said. “But God got other plans. I’m a first-round pick no matter what, but off the field I’m a seventh-round pick. My character is a seventh-round pick. I mean, I’m just happy to be here. It’s a blessing to be here.

“Whatever team picks me, first through seventh round, it doesn’t really matter. Undrafted. Whenever I get my opportunity, I’m going to just prove to them that I belong.”

No one drafted him, but it appears the Rams are willing to give him a quick look, to see if he’s actually learned his lesson.

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Mike Maccagnan, Jason Licht join Thursday’s PFT Live


Our series of post-draft conversations with the guys who made draft picks last week continues on Thursday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio.

Jets G.M. Mike Maccagnan and Buccaneers G.M. Jason Licht join the program, which gets rolling at 6:00 a.m. ET. The full three-hour show replays at 9:00 a.m. ET.

So dial us up on Sirius 213, XM 202,, the NBC Sports Radio app, and/or any of our fine-to-very-fine affiliates throughout the country for one hour, two hours, three hours, or all six.

You also can (should) download the podcast at iTunes or audioBoom.

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Von Miller declares he’s “going to be a Denver Bronco for life”

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Having a Super Bowl MVP award in your back pocket apparently makes you confident.

But while it didn’t necessarily help Von Miller on “Dancing with the Stars,” it does extend to his looming contract situation.

Via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post, Miller told an appreciative crowd at a promotional appearance yesterday that he didn’t envision any drama in terms of his contract.

“I’m going to be here in Denver no matter what,” Miller said. “The contract is going to take care of itself. I’m going to be a Denver Bronco for life.”

Of course, he’s not showing up for workouts, and there’s been no reported movement of a long-term deal since the Broncos used the franchise tag on their star outside linebacker. Miller did say last week he expected a deal “any day,” but that might be more of his bubbly enthusiasm than a reflection of a negotiation.

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Schneider: Seahawks will place Marshawn Lynch on retired list by June 1

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Marshawn Lynch cryptically announced his retirement during Super Bowl 50 with a tweet showing a pair of sneakers hanging from a telephone wire. However, he still hasn’t officially filed the paperwork and the Seahawks haven’t placed him on the retired list.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said following the conclusion of the draft on Saturday that Lynch remains “committed to being retired.”

“He’s riding camels and stuff, man,” general manager John Schneider joked when asked if he saw a scenario where Lynch would play for Seattle in 2016.

Schneider expanded on the Lynch topic in an interview with Mitch Levy on Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle. The Seahawks could spread out the cap hit from Lynch’s retirement by waiting to place him on the reserve/retired list until after June 1. The $5 million cap charge could be split into equal $2.5 million shares in 2016 and 2017. However, Schneider said they aren’t looking to do that.

“If we place him on reserve/retired, then we accept that cap hit this year and we’d rather do that than do it after June 1,” Schneider said. “That’s the situation for us. We’d rather pay as we go, so we’d rather do it right now.”

Seattle prepared for life after Lynch through last weekend’s draft. They selected three running backs and three offensive linemen among their 10 selections. Notre Dame’s C.J. Prosise, Arkansas’ Alex Collins and Clemson’s Zac Brooks will join Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael as the group to take over the rushing attack for Seattle in the post-Lynch era.

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Colts sign first-round pick Ryan Kelly


The Colts announced Wednesday night that they’ve agreed to terms with their first-round pick, Ryan Kelly.

The Colts selected Kelly with the 18th pick last Thursday. He was a three-year starter at Alabama who did not allow a sack in his final two college seasons.

Kelly won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center last fall. He was a second-team All-American, a first-team All-SEC pick and a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy that’s awarded to the nation’s top lineman.

He started 36 of 46 career games at Alabama and figures as the immediate starter at center for the Colts.

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Mathis tutoring potential replacement as Colts switch DE to OLB

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The Colts used four draft picks on offensive linemen last week, addressing one major area of need.

That means the team still has a pretty glaring need for pass-rush help, and Zak Keefer of the Indy Star wrote Wednesday that one way the Colts are addressing that is switching second-year player Earl Okine from defensive end to outside linebacker.

In making the switch, Okine is following and learning from veteran pass rusher Robert Mathis, who learned the outside linebacker spot in 2012 after nine years as a 4-3 defensive end. Mathis, 35, shared the team lead with seven sacks last season.

He’s probably a pretty good teacher for Okine, 26, who played just 59 snaps last season. Mathis has 118 career sacks in 178 games.

Okine called Mathis the greatest pass rusher of all-time said learning from Mathis “is all I do in meetings. I ask him everything.”

Okine has played in the CFL, the FXL and the Arena League over the last three years. He was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster by the Colts last October, and now he’s looking at a four-month trial period that could determine whether he’ll stick around.

“I’m pretty confident in myself,” Okine said. “I’m ready.”

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Adrian Peterson partners with Salvation Army to raise funds for Palestine, TX floods


The most famous native of Palestine, Texas is doing what he can to help his hometown in an hour of need.

Flash flooding in Palestine over the weekend killed six people, including four children. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who went to school with one of the adult victims, has partnered with the Salvation Army to raise awareness to the problem and funds for those in need.

Peterson has donated $100,000. He’ll also match all fan donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to another $100,000.

Fans can donate by texting “AP28” to 51555 or by visiting the Salvation Army page created for contributions.

Every dollar you give gets doubled, up to $100,000. Any amount helps.

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Former NFL wide receiver Brett Perriman hospitalized

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Former NFL wide receiver Brett Perriman collapsed and was taken to a Miami-area hospital Tuesday night, per multiple reports.

CBS Radio in Miami reported that Perriman, 50, collapsed due to “extremely high blood pressure” and quoted an unnamed family member as saying Perriman had shown “small signs of progress” from Tuesday into Wednesday.

Perriman played 10 NFL seasons and played for the Saints, Lions, Chiefs and Dolphins. He was a second-round pick of the Saints in 1988.

His son, Breshad Perriman, was a first-round pick of the Ravens in 2015. Also a wide receiver, Breshad Perriman was injured early in training camp last summer and did not play as a rookie. collected some tweets showing support for Perriman, including one from his son.

Brett Perriman had a career-best 1,488 receiving yards in 1995 with the Lions. In that season, Perriman and Herman Moore became the first teammates in NFL history to each record more than 100 receptions and more than 1,400 receiving yards in the same season.

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Eagles sign five picks

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The bad old days when it took weeks or months to sign a draft class are long gone.

The latest reminder of that came on Wednesday when the Eagles announced that they’ve signed five players they selected last week.

Running back Wendell Smallwood is the highest pick to agree to a deal. He was drafted in the fifth round after leading the Big 12 in rushing last season. He’ll try to earn time on offense along with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles.

The Eagles also signed two safeties, sixth-rounder Blake Countess and seventh-rounder Jalen Mills. Seventh-round defensive end Alex McCalister and seventh-round linebacker Joe Walker round out the group.

That leaves three players unsigned, including second overall pick Carson Wentz. Once upon a time that contract negotiation could drag into camp, but Wentz will be joining today’s quintet soon enough.

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Johnny Manziel turns himself in, posts a $1,500 bond


Former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has taken a break from whatever he’s been doing lately, to turn himself into authorities.

According to the, Manziel has been booked and posted bond for his domestic violence case in Texas. He faces his first court hearing tomorrow.

His attorney said Manziel had posted his $1,500 bond in Highland Park, and will appear in a Dallas County courtroom tomorrow.

Manziel was indicted by a grand jury for misdemeanor assault family violence for allegedly hitting then-girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

If he’s convicted, he faces a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Obviously, it’s been more costly to him professionally, as the former first-rounder is radioactive to NFL teams.

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Lions add Andre Caldwell


As the Lions try to prepare for life after Calvin Johnson, they’ve added another receiver to the depth chart.

Per a league source, Detroit has signed former Broncos receiver Andre Caldwell to a one-year deal.

Caldwell, who actually is older than Calvin Johnson, arrives after four seasons in Denver and four before that in Cincinnati.

His best season came in 2009, when Caldwell caught 51 passes for 432 yards and three touchdowns. Last year, Caldwell caught only 10 passes for 72 yards and a pair of scores in the regular season. He also added three catches for 36 yards in the postseason, including a 22-yard reception in Super Bowl 50.

The catch and run came on a third down during the opening drive of the game, which resulted in a field goal.

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