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Giants left tackle Will Beatty injured while lifting weights

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If the Giants drafted Ereck Flowers to be the left tackle of the future, that timeframe might be accelerated.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Giants left tackle Will Beatty suffered a pectoral injury while lifting weights, and the extent of the injury is unknown.

Beatty is being evaluated today, and if surgery is required, it would knock him out for five or six months.

That’s a huge blow for a Giants line that was going to be shuffled anyway.

If Beatty’s unavailable, either Flowers or Justin Pugh would likely be considered for the job. Prior to the injury, Flowers coming in with the ninth overall pick likely meant Pugh was shifting inside from right tackle.

UPDATE 3:26 p.m. ET: According to Tom Rock of Newsday, Beatty has gone in for surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. That will keep him off the field until at least November.

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Goodell: It’s not inevitable that a team moves to L.A.

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A report from Albert Breer of NFL Media this week had the league feeling confident that there would be a team moving to Los Angeles for the 2016 season and Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday that he believed it is a question of how many teams will be making the jump, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wasn’t willing to go that far during his press conference at the owners meetings.

The Rams, Raiders and Chargers are all involved in plans for new stadiums in Los Angeles while efforts of varying strength go on in their local markets to erect new buildings. On Wednesday, Goodell was asked if he thought it was inevitable that at least one team would be moving to L.A. in the near future.

“No I don’t. I think there is significant progress, but I don’t think it’s inevitable,” Goodell said. “There is certainly momentum, there is certainly opportunities. I can’t remember the last time we had two facilities that were actually entitled and being developed. That’s a positive development, but a lot more work has to be done.”

Goodell said he hasn’t decided whether to shrink the timeline for relocation applications and cited the need to make sure there was “sufficient time” for the local markets to make their best proposals. Goodell said he hasn’t reviewed the latest proposal from San Diego and hasn’t “heard directly from” Oakland, but that there’s been good progress in St. Louis.

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Chan Gailey: No competition, Geno Smith is Jets starter

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There might be questions about the opening week starting quarterback for some teams in the AFC East, but one of them seems locked in.

The Jets, of course.

New offensive coordinator Chan Gailey told reporters today that incumbent Geno Smith was expected to enter the season as the starting quarterback.

Gailey said he didn’t anticipate a competition for the job, saying “Because Geno’s the starter,” via Brian Costello of the New York Post.

That goes against what Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan said in March, after trading for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick (who played for Gailey in Buffalo).

Of course, at the moment it’s a moot point, since Fitzpatrick isn’t well enough to practice fully until training camp, as he comes off last year’s broken leg.

But it sounds like the Jets want to give Smith every opportunity to make the job his own, which he has failed to so far.

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Roger Goodell wants to hear from Tom Brady himself

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The NFLPA has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension.

But it doesn’t sound like that’s happening, though the Commissioner didn’t give a clear answer.

Goodell sidestepped that question, saying only he wanted to do the “right thing.”

But he said he wants to hear from Brady himself, and it sounds like he’s giving him every opportunity to hand over the text messages in question (if not the phone itself).

“I look forward to hearing directly from Tom if there’s new information . . . information that can be helpful to us getting this right,” Goodell said.

Goodell said the decision by Patriots owner Robert Kraft to not pursue an appeal of the team penalties was Kraft’s alone, saying it was “something he wanted to do.”

Goodell also answered with a flat “No” when asked if the league asked the Patriots to suspend Jim McNally and John Jastremski, shooting down a report that they did just that.

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Bengals sign second-round pick Jake Fisher

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The Bengals have finished a deal with Marcus Mariota’s blind-side protector at Oregon.

Second-round pick Jake Fisher, who started at left tackle for the Ducks in Mariota’s Heisman Trophy-winning season of 2014, has signed his rookie contract with Cincinnati, the team said Wednesday.

Fisher (6-6, 306) played both left and right tackle at Oregon. In Year One, Fisher could be an understudy to left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right tackle Andre Smith. Longer term, he would figure to push for a starting job.

The Bengals now have 6-of-9 draft picks under contract.

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Goodell says NFL has more ideas for improving extra points

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The NFL is not done tinkering with extra points.

After the league approved a new rule yesterday to move extra point kicks back to the 15-yard line and allow the defense to score two points by returning turnovers to the opposite end zone, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that the league has thought of other ideas to improve extra points. However, Goodell added that the owners wanted to make only a relatively minor change this year before considering more changes next year.

“We think those changes are terrific,” Goodell said. “We thought of some other ideas in the context of that, but I think the bottom line on that is the ownership would like us to do this in stages so we can see the impact of the changes and evaluate that as we go through the season.”

Goodell didn’t say what any of those other ideas are, but the one that has received the most attention is the possibility of moving two-point conversion attempts up from the 2-yard line to the 1-yard line, which would make them easier and therefore encourage teams to go for two more often. That won’t happen in 2015, but it might happen in 2016. More changes to extra points may be on the way.

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Jim Irsay: Patriots game will be “huge, huge, huge”

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Before the Colts faced the Patriots in the AFC Championship game last year, they notified the league about concerns they had regarding the proper inflation of footballs used by the Patriots, a move that touched off what’s come to be known as DeflateGate.

You likely know where things have gone from there, up to and including Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s decision this week to stop fighting the penalties that the league imposed on his team. On Wednesday the fall out continued at the NFL owners meeting in San Francisco as there was discussion about the procedures for handling footballs in the future.

Colts owner Jim Irsay opted not to share what the owners talked about, but did say that it is important that “the chain of custody [of footballs] and everything is watched really closely.” He also said what everyone else has been saying for some time in regard to the Week Six matchup with the Patriots next season.

“The Patriot game will be a huge, huge, huge game, obviously,” Irsay said, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

You can probably tack on another “huge” or two if Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension is unsuccessful. That would make the Sunday night matchup of the AFC finalists his first game of the 2015 season and it’s hard to imagine that any football fan will be doing anything but tuning in to see how it plays out.

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Cowboys sign second-rounder Randy Gregory

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Randy Gregory has his chance.

And now he has a contract to go with it.

The Cowboys announced their second-rounder had signed his rookie contract, realizing a significant savings over what he might have made at one point.

Once considered a top-10 pick, a number of issues including a failed drug test at the Scouting Combine clouded his future, and teams stayed away until the Cowboys took him 60th overall.

They have an immediate need for pass-rushers, particularly with free agent acquisition Greg Hardy’s 10-game suspension keeping him off the field past midseason (pending appeal).

If Gregory can stay on the field, he has a chance to make the Cowboys look like geniuses, but only time will tell if either is true.

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Browns sign fourth-rounder Ibraheim Campbell

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The Browns took 12 players during the draft and they now have 11 of them under contract.

The team announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with fourth-round safety Ibraheim Campbell. That leaves third-round running back Duke Johnson as the only unsigned member of the draft class.

Campbell made 45 starts at Northwestern and finished his career with the Wildcats with 316 career tackles, 11 interceptions, 24 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil coached at Northwestern with their head coach Pat Fitzgerald a decade ago and Fitzgerald gave his old friend a good review when the Browns were doing their pre-draft research.

He projects as a strong safety in the NFL, which means that he’ll be opening his career as a backup to Donte Whitner while trying to find a role on special teams.

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Brett Favre: Lambeau return for Bears game is “right fit”

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The Packers will welcome Brett Favre back to Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night to unveil his retired jersey when they face the Bears, something that suits their former quarterback just fine.

Favre faced the Bears 32 times as a starter for the Packers and he referenced the long history between the two teams while explaining why he felt the game was a good choice for his big night.

“I felt like that was the right fit,” Favre said during a Wednesday conference call, via “The tradition and the history between the Bears [and Packers] dates back long before any of us were around. Just some fun games and rivalries over the years, and so being a Thanksgiving game, just the magnitude of that in itself is huge. And to me, it’s just the right fit, the right choice.”

Favre was hoping to get on the field over the summer as well for a flag football game, but the Packers passed in order to protect the grass at the stadium. Favre said it would have been great to play at Lambeau, but said the backup venue — University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium — is “a great place to play.”

That game will be held on July 19, a day after Favre will be in Green Bay for his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.

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With new contract in hand, Ryan Tannehill vows to win a lot of games

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The Dolphins have been a mediocre team in three years with Ryan Tannehill as their quarterback, going 7-9, 8-8 and 8-8 in Tannehill’s three seasons. But now Tannehill has a new contract to stay in Miami through 2020, and he thinks they’re going to win a lot in the next six seasons.

We’re here to win; that’s what we get paid to do,” Tannehill said, via ESPN. “That’s why the coaching staff is here, that’s why [GM] Dennis [Hickey] is here — we’re all trying to find ways to build a winning team and do everything we can to win. . . . I think we’re going to win a lot of games.”

The Dolphins are spending a lot of money to win now and will worry about the salary cap implications later: The Dolphins were big spenders in free agency and have signed so many players to so many big contracts that they’re projected to be a whopping $21 million over the cap next year.

Which means that Tannehill better be right about winning a lot of games. There’s no worse position for a team to be in than having a losing roster while lacking the cap space to bring in new players. The Dolphins are wedded to the team they have, and they have to hope that Tannehill is ready to lead them.

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Chargers sign QB Chase Rettig

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The Chargers have added one quarterback and waived another, signing second-year pro Chase Rettig and parting ways with rookie Cole Stoudt, the club said Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Rettig spent training camp and most of the preseason with the Packers in 2014 before being waived in August. He was a four-season starter at Boston College (2010-2013), throwing for a career-best 3,065 yards as a junior.

Rettig is one of four quarterbacks on the Chargers’ roster. The Chargers kept just Kellen Clemens behind Philip Rivers a season ago, and it’s possible Rettig’s best chance to stick in San Diego could be the practice squad.

A Clemson product, Stoudt signed as an undrafted free agent with San Diego earlier this month.

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Los Angeles wants to get in the Super Bowl mix, and soon


Given that new stadiums have often been rewarded with Super Bowls, it only stands to reason that the newest place trying to build one will want in the mix.

Even if they don’t have a team at the moment.

According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, L.A. will be considered as a host for Super Bowl LIV in 2020, assuming there’s an NFL franchise there by then.

So that means there’s a pretty good chance.

Owners are hearing proposals from owners with stadium proposals in Inglewood (Rams owner Stan Kroenke) and Carson (the Chargers and Raiders) today at their meetings in San Francisco.

Owners won’t vote on Super Bowl LIII until May, and Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa and South Florida are bidding for that one now.

Whichever three aren’t picked will go into the hopper for the next one.

But with all the momentum toward getting the league back into the nation’s second-largest market now, it stands to reason that sending its biggest sporting event there is on the docket.

There are boxes to check off first, namely, finding a team (or two) to put there, and having them playing in a new stadium by 2018.

The league has played seven Super Bowls in Los Angeles, five at the Rose Bowl and two at the Coliseum.

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Colts sign rookie kicker Taylor Pontius

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The Colts, who have had a knack for finding placekicking talent in recent years, have added an offseason rookie understudy to Adam Vinatieri, announcing a deal with North Alabama’s Taylor Pontius on Wednesday.

Pontius hit 11-of-14 field goals in his final collegiate season in 2014, but the fact the Colts signed him after trying him out over the weekend is perhaps most relevant to his professional future. In the past two years, the Colts have signed Brandon McManus and Cody Parkey as rookie backups to the legendary Vinatieri, and both young kickers landed jobs elsewhere, with Parkey a Pro Bowler for Philadelphia in 2014.

For Pontius, the key will be showing enough to draw interest from another club. And teams surely must know that Indianapolis knows scout and teach kickers, even when it is utterly secure at the position with Vinatieri.

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Packers sign Ty Montgomery, have just one unsigned pick

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And another team moves another step closer to having business taken care of before Memorial Day.

According to Rob Demovsky of, the Packers have signed third-round pick Ty Montgomery, a wide receiver from Stanford.

The Packers themselves described Montgomery as a bigger Randall Cobb, and he should have a chance to make an early impact as a return man, just as the smaller Cobb did his early years.

His signing leaves just first-rounder Damarious Randall to sign to complete their eight-man draft class.

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