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Brandon Marshall says he’s 100-percent for first time in three years

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Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has had a problematic hip dating back to his time with the Denver Broncos. It’s required multiple surgeries including another clean up procedure this offseason.

But for the first time since 2010, Marshall finally feels the injury is in the past. According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Marshall has still been bothered by the hip the last two seasons. However, following arthroscopic surgery on the hip in January, Marshall made sure to take extra time off to make sure the injury had time to fully heal.

“The good thing about the procedure I got done and when I got it done is, I got it done at the start of the offseason, and when you’re able to do something like that, you can take your time with it,” Marshall said. “You can afford to be cautious. It’s about working smarter, and I probably could have started weeks ago, but no rush. We don’t play games until September. As long as I’m in top shape then, that’s all that matters.”

Over the last two seasons, he’s still “felt something” in his hip. Even so, Marshall made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and was named first team All-Pro last year. He caught 118 passes for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for the Bears. Now he’s looking forward to what he can do without the hip causing him any further discomfort.

“I’m excited to start this season 100-percent healthy and see how much better I can be, completely healthy.

“I feel so great, man.”

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Eli jokes Giants could probably find spot for Peyton if he wants to be quality control coach

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning was a guest on Friday’s edition of PFT Live from Radio Row in San Francisco and Mike Florio asked him the question you’d expect given the focus on his brother this week.

Eli gave the answer you’d expect, which is that no one knows whether Peyton will be calling it a career after Super Bowl 50. The youngest Manning brother did say with a smile that he’d be happy to play for his brother if he decides to transition to life as a coach in 2016.

“I think if Peyton wants to come and be a quality control [coach] for the New York Giants and work in the quarterback room … earn his ropes, earn his way into the coaching routine I think we could probably open up a spot for him,” Manning said. 

As for his actual coaches, Manning said he’s happy to still be working with Ben McAdoo and expressed gratitude for what he learned about football and life from Tom Coughlin over their 12 years working together.

Manning also shared stories about the worst torture he faced from Peyton while they were growing up and his thoughts about being a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award during an entertaining visit.

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Hospital fires two employees for leaking Jason Pierre-Paul records

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Well, this isn’t going to make people want to tell us secrets.

Via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com, the Miami hospital which was treating Pierre-Paul has fired two employees who leaked medical records to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The two individuals were fired from Jackson Memorial Hospital, which has been investigating the leak since shortly after the July 4 fireworks accident which cost the Giants defensive end a finger and other parts of his right hand.

“During the investigation of a breach that occurred in July 2015, Jackson Health System became a party to related litigation,” the statement from the hospital read. “It is our policy that we do not comment during pending litigation. That litigation has now been settled. As part of our investigation into the breach, it was discovered that two employees inappropriately accessed the patient’s health record. That finding resulted in the termination of both employees. Protecting the privacy of our patients is a top priority at Jackson Health System. Any time we have allegations of a breach, we immediately and thoroughly investigate.”

Schefter published the records, which included part of a record of another patient, while Pierre-Paul was having surgery to remove the right index finger. In the immediate aftermath, he hedged as to whether he should have published the records as opposed to just going with the information.

That decision led to two people losing jobs, and an apparent privacy claim settlement.

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Ron Rivera: Thomas Davis and Jared Allen will start Sunday

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Defensive End Jared Allen #69 of the Carolina Panther addresses the media prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose Convention Center/ San Jose Marriott on February 2, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers have few injuries to worry about going into the Super Bowl, and they’re not even all that worried about the two guys coming off broken bones.

Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive end Jared Allen were going to start Sunday.

“The only last hurdle is the conversation I have to have with the doctors, just to make sure they’re feeling comfortable, but I’d be surprised if it was anything different,” Rivera said. “I was real pleased with what we got from both those guys. I’m excited about having them back on the football field.”

Davis had surgery last Monday to get a plate and screws inserted into his broken right arm, while Allen has been getting treatment for a broken bone in his foot.

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Jets sign CFL pass rusher Freddie Bishop

VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 30:  Freddie Bishop III #95 of the Calgary Stampeders celebrates after sacking Zach Collaros #4 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game at BC Place November 30, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Jets have had to face Dolphins edge rusher Cameron Wake many times since Wake left the CFL for Miami in 2009 and started racking up the 70 career sacks he’s recorded over the last seven seasons.

Now the Jets hope that they can get some of the same success from a Canadian import of their own. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Jets have signed edge rusher Freddie Bishop to a two-year contract.

Bishop, who visited with several teams, is coming off an 11 sack season for the Calgary Stampeders. He had three sacks in his first year with the team and spent some time in 2013 with the Lions after wrapping up his college career at Western Michigan.

Schefter reports that the Jets also signed kicker Kyle Brindza to a future contract. Brindza opened the year as the Buccaneers’ kicker, but lost the job after missing six field goals and two extra points in the first four weeks of the year.

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Goodell: No independent investigation of HGH allegations at this point

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During Friday’s press conference in San Francisco, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell faced a question about the HGH allegations made against Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Specifically, the question had to do with the league’s response to this allegation in comparison to the independent investigations that were launched to look into bullying allegations involving Dolphins players and last year’s Deflategate saga. Goodell said that the league was looking into the HGH allegations with the same gusto despite the fact that there is no independent investigation planned by the league at the moment.

“We take every allegation of violations of our policies and procedures, particularly as it results to safety, very seriously,” Goodell said. “When these allegations first came up, very seriously. When these allegations first came up, we immediately began our own investigation. We were making sure we were working with the other sports involved and the World Anti-Doping Agency, making sure that we were getting all the pertinent information. We will work with law enforcement if they are involved, but we will also continue our own investigation working cooperatively with everyone.”

Goodell said that the league could still initiate an independent investigation and promised that “when we find the facts, we’ll share.”

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Goodell doesn’t see early retirements as a player safety problem

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t believe that players are retiring early because the game is unsafe.

PFT asked Goodell about that in what turned out to be the last question of his annual “State of the League” press conference today, and Goodell said players’ retirements are personal decisions and not a reflection of heightened concerns about injuries. Asked specifically about Calvin Johnson’s expected retirement at the age of 30, Goodell praised Johnson but disagreed with the idea that his retirement is a bad sign for the league.

“Calvin Johnson is a great player and a great young man,” Goodell said.

Several players retired early last year, including Patrick Willis at age 30, Jason Worilds at 27, Jake Locker at 26, Anthony Davis at 25 and Chris Borland at 24. If Johnson is the first in a wave of players to retire early again this year, Goodell may have to re-examine whether it’s a bad sign for players’ perceptions of what the game is doing to their long-term health.

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Haslam says Browns willing to help, but unable to reach Manziel

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Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam told reporters at the Super Bowl Friday that team employees have been unsuccessful in their attempts to reach quarterback Johnny Manziel.

“We’ll do anything we can to help him personally,” Haslam said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and his family. We are not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player. We are worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that’s all we need to say on the issue.”

Earlier this week the Browns released a team statement that quoted new executive director of football operations Sashi Brown as saying the Browns are essentially done with Manziel from a football standpoint. For salary cap reasons, he likely won’t be released until the start of the new league year next month.

Haslam said in Cleveland last week that he believed the team’s relationship with Manziel could be fixed, but that was about 30 hours before police helicopters were searching for Manziel in Dallas. Manziel’s father said Friday he fears for his son’s life.

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Goodell “disappointed” in last week’s Pro Bowl, hints at changes to format

HONOLULU, HI -  SUNDAY, JANUARY 31:  Jerry Rice, Team Irvin quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks Michael Irvin, and defensive end Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks pose with the Pro Bowl Trophy after the end of the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 31, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.Team Irvin defeated Team Rice 49-27.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images) Getty Images

The quality of the play in the Pro Bowl has been an issue for the NFL at various points in recent years and it has come up again this week after a lackluster showing in Hawaii last Sunday.

At his annual press conference from the Super Bowl, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about his reaction to the game. The commissioner did not have a positive take on what he saw.

“I was disappointed in what I saw on Sunday,” Goodell said. “I raised this issue three or four years ago. We worked with a number of players to make changes to the game. They had a positive impact, at least in the short term but I didn’t see that this past week. …It’s not the kind of game we want to continue to have in its current format. … If it’s not real competition that we can be proud of, we have to do something different.”

There have been a variety of ideas tossed around about other ways to approach the Pro Bowl, including ditching the game entirely or having some sort of a skills competition. Goodell wouldn’t speculate on what path the league might take, but it’s become clear over the years that stripping away the physical nature of the games that matter leaves very little of value on the field in the Pro Bowl.

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Ryan Leaf sees himself in Manziel

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Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf told the Dan Patrick Show Friday that when he reads stories about Johnny Manziel, “I feel like I’m holding up a mirror. That’s how I behaved.”

Leaf said he didn’t develop substance abuse issues until his brief NFL career was over, but the No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL Draft said he believes he relates to Manziel in that he didn’t understand that football could disappear so quickly.

“He says he’s fine and he’s been to treatments…when this happened, I thought it was a great thing,” Leaf said. “Imagine if I would have gone and got behavior counseling early in my career.

“You have to be out of football for a year. You have to get your stuff right because, though this is a great game and the NFL is an institution, it’s fleeting. It’s gone in a second.”

The recent news regarding Manziel, who’s expected to be cut by the Browns next month, has not been good. Manziel’s father said Friday that he’s worried for his son’s life.

Leaf told Patrick that his addiction to painkillers that led to his 2012 arrest “got bad enough that I was willing to walk into people’s homes and take their pills. The best thing that ever happened to me was being put in jail.”

After completing a chemical dependency program that was a required part of his parole, Leaf got out of prison in Dec. 2014. He’s now working for an addiction recovery company.

You can watch Leaf talking with Patrick about Manziel below.

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Roger Goodell wants two personal fouls to equal ejection

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., left, and Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, right, wrap one another up during first-quarter action at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. The Panthers won, 38-35. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS) Getty Images

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wasn’t getting planted questions from Play 60 kids Friday, he actually mentioned some things that might help the game.

Among the topics he broached was that he wanted to create a rule which would call for a player with two personal fouls in the same game to be ejected.

Turning it into a yellow card/red card situation would create a deterrent, or at least keep things from spiraling out of control such happened several times this year.

One of the most obvious examples was the Panthers-Giants game in which Odell Beckham was flagged for spearing Panthers cornerback Josh Norman in the head, and that would lead to him being thrown out under such a rule.

The measure will have to go through the competition committee, but should be the kind of thing that has plenty of traction.

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NFL announces Texans and Raiders will play in Mexico City on November 21

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Early in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual press conference, he was asked about the NFL playing a game in Mexico City for the first time since 2005.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported earlier in the week that the Texans and Raiders were expected to play a game at Azteca Stadium during the 2016 regular season. On Friday, Goodell confirmed it.

Goodell said that the two teams will play on Monday, November 21 in Mexico’s capital with the Raiders serving as the “home” team. The last game played in the stadium drew over 100,000 fans.

“Expanding our International Series of regular-season games to Mexico marks an important step in our continued international growth,” Goodell said in a release from the league sent out shortly after the announcement.  “We have a tremendous, passionate fan base in Mexico and we know the atmosphere on game day will be outstanding.”

The announcement means that there will be four games played outside the United States during the 2016 season. The Jaguars, Rams and Bengals will be serving as “home” teams for games in London that will be played at Wembley and Twickenham Stadiums.

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Roger Goodell says priority is still to keep Chargers and Raiders in place

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As has become customary, Sam Farmer from the Los Angeles Times stood up to ask commissioner Roger Goodell a question about L.A.

But this time, it was about whether Los Angeles was going to get a second team, and what the league intended for San Diego and Oakland.

“It is very much a  priority for us to keep our teams in their markets,” Goodell said when asked about the Chargers and Raiders.

The Rams and Chargers have been discussing an arrangement for the future, but Goodell emphasized that the goal was to get stadium deals done in place in the existing markets. Which means those markets better come up with deals soon.

Of course, that wasn’t as much of a priority when it came to St. Louis, considering the money Stan Kroenke threw at the league for the right to move to Los Angeles.

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Montee Ball arrested after dispute with girlfriend

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 14:  Running back Montee Ball #28 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to facing the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 14, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 24-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

Running back Montee Ball’s playing career went in the wrong direction this season and things have now taken a bad turn for him off the field as well.

Ball was arrested in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday morning after an altercation with his girlfriend. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Ball was taken to Dane County Jail on a “tentative charge” of substantial battery.

“The woman told police she had a dispute with her boyfriend,” a police source told the newspaper. “She said he put his hands on her, picked her up and threw her.”

The woman told police that she suffered a cut on her leg that required stitches. Ball was described as “cooperative” when police arrived at the hotel at 3:40 a.m. to respond to the call.

Ball, a 2013 second-round pick, was released by the Broncos in September. He signed with the Patriots practice squad late in the season, but was not signed to a future contract when New England’s season ended with an AFC championship game loss to his former team.

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Deion Sanders says Johnny Manziel’s girlfriend is a problem

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For all the problems Cleveland-for-now quarterback Johnny Manziel has at the moment, one Hall of Famer thinks his girlfriend is near the top of the list.

Manziel was investigated but not charged after an incident with Colleen Crowley last week, and has refused his family’s efforts to check him into a rehab facility.

“Johnny’s in love,” NFL Network personality Deion Sanders told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “And Johnny’s in love with something that’s crippling him right now. I understand it. And it upsets me that grownups don’t understand it. Because he feels as though this game don’t love him, the people in this game don’t love him, so the only thing that he associates with love is that thing that’s really inflicting a lot of pain on him and that’s his girlfriend.”

According to various reports, the two had broken up in December, but got into a violent altercation last weekend in Texas. One police report said Crowley told cops Manziel struck her several times. Manziel has denied that.

“I’m not saying she is the problem. I’m saying their relationship is inflammatory,” Sanders said. “His last two issues have been with her. Take away that and what you got?”

With all due respect to Sanders, take away the girlfriend and you have a player who has made trouble for himself for years. Blaming the girlfriend might be an easy tactic for players, and one that will resonate within the community of the locker room.

And like former teammate Michael Irvin, Sanders thinks Dallas would be good for Manziel, given owner Jerry Jones’ penchant for collecting troubled youth.

“Jerry could help Johnny,” Sanders said. “There’s so many different instances that this has happened, that Jerry has really helped guys. If it wasn’t for Jerry Jones, Dez Bryant probably wouldn’t be in the league. So this has Jerry written all over it, and he has the infrastructure to really help this kid.”

It’s clear that he needs it, whether Dallas is the place to get it or not.

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Emmitt Smith: Every player has to decide between nightlife and career

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When running back Emmitt Smith was on the Cowboys in the 1990s, he was part of a team that had great success on the field despite off-field issues that regularly made headlines.

Johnny Manziel has made the same kind of headlines without having the same kind of on-field success since entering the NFL. During a Friday appearance on PFT Live from Radio Row in San Francisco, Smith was asked what he’d say to the (for now) Browns quarterback.

I think Mr. Manziel has a decision to make,” Smith said. “It’s either the nightlife of his career. Just that simple. I think every player comes to that crossroad. It’s either the nightlife, the streets, or your career. I chose my career and I think a lot of players choose their career as well. Some don’t. He needs to get it. He may be a guy that already has enough, if you will, but you have to be hungry. You gotta be willing to sacrifice certain parts of your life.”

Smith said “if you’re not willing to do it, maybe [playing in the NFL] is not for you.” Some of Smith’s teammates were able to excel without limiting themselves away from the game, but there aren’t a lot of players who have been able to strike that balance during their time in the league.

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