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June 25, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Frank Minnifield and Niko Noga told jurors in the NFL antitrust trial that the league's free agency system has unfairly restricted them from choosing where they want to work. Minnifield, Noga and the six other players who are suing the NFL say the league's Plan B free agency system has cost them money and the opportunity to test their worth on an open market. "I believe pro football players should have rights like everyone else in this room," said Minnifield, a Cleveland Brown defensive back.
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March 22, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla.  - The NFL set scoring and yardage records last season - the league loves that - and had all the hallmarks of competitive balance, including 48% of games that were decided by seven points or fewer, the fourth-most in history. But, as is typical this time of year, there's a push from teams to further tweak the rules. The ideas might be legitimate improvements, or maybe just superfluous tinkering, but that's for team owners to decide at this week's annual meetings, a three-day event at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando.
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December 5, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tim Tebow's dream of playing quarterback for a professional football team might be over in America, or at least the NFL, but Italian league team Milano has offered him a four-month contract. Milano team President Marco Mutti told the Associated Press that the offer has been sent to Tebow's agent and the club is awaiting an answer. “We would be more than happy to have him,” Mutti said. The Milano Seamen lost last season's championship game to the Parma Panthers, 51-28.
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February 19, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - There will be intrigue, just as there is every year with the NFL scouting combine, as the nation's top college football prospects look to turn the heads of their future employers with size, speed and strength. But this year's event promises a little history to go along with the mystery. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, on track to become the first openly gay NFL player, will be working out for teams, as will a record 103 players who opted to forgo their senior seasons and make the early plunge into the draft pool.
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January 29, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
Is this a bad omen for the two groups bidding to bring an NFL franchise to Los Angeles? K.W. Jeter's novel "Noir," set in the 21st century, has a chilling scene in which an investigator stumbles into the End Zone Hotel in L.A. "The place had a pro football motif," Jeter writes, "yellowing posters of numbers and helmeted players on the walls, from a time when there'd been those kinds of teams. . . .
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October 23, 1990 | BOB OATES
Herschel Walker, the 225-pound sprinter who has been turned into a jogger by the Minnesota Vikings, continues to be the most misunderstood football player of our time. The charge that Walker lacks courage was brought into the open on national television Sunday by NBC announcer O.J. Simpson. It is a preposterous charge. The truth is that Walker has all the courage that Simpson ever showed in his NFL career. And to allege otherwise is to slander a veteran athlete irresponsibly.
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December 10, 1991 | BOB OATES
What backup quarterback is playing the NFL's best football in this year of the backup? There are three lively candidates. Steve Beuerlein, Steve Bono and Jeff Kemp have been winning game after game as replacements for, respectively, Troy Aikman at Dallas, Joe Montana and Steve Young at San Francisco, and Randall Cunningham and Jim McMahon at Philadelphia. And they aren't alone.
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January 2, 1991 | BOB OATES
This is the winter of the backup quarterback. From coast to coast, as the NFL's 71st regular season wound down over the weekend, more than the usual number of No. 1 quarterbacks were on the bench, and more backups were making winning plays. And no one was more surprised than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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November 29, 1987 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
GAME OF THE DAY Cleveland (7-3) at San Francisco (8-2), 5 p.m. TV: ESPN. In a season searching for superpowers comes this week's possible Super Bowl preview. By destroying the Oilers last week, the Browns asserted some command of the AFC Central, although Coach Marty Schottenheimer insists: "We are not elite. We haven't accomplished anything yet." Tell it to the statisticians.
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August 3, 1989 | From Times wire services
Dotted lines are being signed on contracts as pro football training camps get into full swing. Green Bay Packers linebacker Tim Harris signed a two-year contract worth $1.185 million and ended his 11-day holdout today. Harris, the Packers' leader in sacks the last three seasons, called a press conference today to announce his signing. The Packers do not announce the signing of veteran players. He was to participate in his first practice this afternoon.
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December 10, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
They coach the same game, with the same-sized fields and same oblong ball. They both wear whistles, headsets and sunglasses that hide sleep-starved eyes closer to Xs than O's. But the difference between being a head football coach in college and the NFL is like the difference between Wal-Mart and Wall Street. "When you're in the NFL, and you're going to do something that's going to help you win, no one ever says, 'What does it cost?'" said Jerry Glanville, who coached at Portland State more than a decade after coaching the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons.
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December 5, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tim Tebow's dream of playing quarterback for a professional football team might be over in America, or at least the NFL, but Italian league team Milano has offered him a four-month contract. Milano team President Marco Mutti told the Associated Press that the offer has been sent to Tebow's agent and the club is awaiting an answer. “We would be more than happy to have him,” Mutti said. The Milano Seamen lost last season's championship game to the Parma Panthers, 51-28.
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November 22, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The big story in the NFL this weekend is Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady. Or is it? The matchup of two of the premier quarterbacks in the history of the game, the Denver Broncos' Manning and the New England Patriots' Brady, is where the NFL wants our goose bumps. There is no denying the attraction. Both teams are very good. Manning is chasing Brady's single-season touchdown passing record of 50. The game is in the prime-time Sunday night spot, where the best in the business, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, broadcast and analyze the action.
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November 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-0 and the NFL's only undefeated team. But how good are they, really? We'll know a lot more Sunday when the Chiefs play at Denver in a pivotal AFC West showdown. None of the teams the Chiefs have beaten have a winning record, but the Broncos are 8-1 and have Peyton Manning, who is in good position to win an unprecedented fifth most-valuable-player award. Manning took a physical beating in Sunday's victory at San Diego and had an MRI exam on his sore right ankle Monday, but the examination revealed no new damage.
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November 6, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
WASHINGTON (3-5) AT MINNESOTA (1-7) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PST. Line: Redskins by 2 1/2. Over/under: 50 1/2. Sam Farmer's pick: Robert Griffin III is coming off his best game of the season, and he got good protection in that overtime victory over San Diego. He faces a defense that is missing three starters in the secondary and its two top nose tackles. Redskins 27, Vikings 24
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October 24, 2013 | Wire reports
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley's football future remains in question, but he's taken a major step toward recovering from the spinal contusion sustained in Week 7. A person with knowledge of Finley's condition told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that the tight end was released from the hospital Thursday. At this point, surgery is not deemed necessary, though it is an option, and Finley might elect to have surgery to completely eliminate any future risk.
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September 23, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in foreign territory, and not just because they're playing in London on Sunday. The Steelers are among the NFL's six winless teams, 0-3 for the first time since 2000, and desperately seeking answers. Never in the modern era of the league has Pittsburgh lost its first four games. "It's a situation we're not familiar with," defensive end Brett Keisel said after Sunday night's 40-23 loss to Chicago. "If we have the type of character we think we do, we can overcome this and find a way to fight back.
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September 15, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
How did the San Diego Chargers prepare to face Philadelphia on a quick turnaround? In part, they spent last week turning around quickly. To prepare for Sunday's game at Philadelphia after a Monday night opener and to adjust to Chip Kelly's fast-forward offense, the Chargers secretly employed a novel strategy at their closed-to-the-media practices. Instead of getting a long look at the formation they were facing, defensive players turned their backs to the offense and instead trained their eyes on defensive coordinator John Pagano.
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